11 items from 2015
London — Grindstone Entertainment Group has acquired North American distribution rights to action-thriller “Mercury Plains,” starring Scott Eastwood (“Fury,” “The Longest Ride,” “Suicide Squad”), with distribution to be handled by Lionsgate Home Entertainment.
The film, which also stars Nick Chinlund (“Con Air,” “Training Day,” “The Chronicles of Riddick”) and Angela Sarafyan (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 2,” “The Immigrant,” “Paranoia”), sees a young man run away to Mexico, where he is recruited by the captain of a group of teens who fight drug cartels. Isolated at the desert camp and unsure what he is really fighting for, he proves himself by becoming the captain’s top soldier. As the Mexican police close in, he realizes that his only way out is to escape back to America. But first he must outwit the captain.
- Leo Barraclough
Update 8/6/15: A new trailer for The Last Witch Hunter is now online and contains a lot more monsters and magic. Check it out at the bottom of this post. Previously: Vin Diesel is a huge nerd. You may not be able to tell that based purely on the Fast & Furious franchise, but Diesel's got some serious geek credentials. He founded a video game company just to make games for his Pitch Black movies, and he not only grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons, but he still does as an adult, and better yet -- he taught Judi Dench how to play while they were filming The Chronicles of Riddick. So don't be so shocked to see the muscle car icon starring in a fantasy movie like The Last Witch Hunter, which has just revealed its first teaser trailer. The teaser...
- Peter Hall
James argues that instant dread may not be the best initial reaction to a sequel announcement...
There's a new Pitch Perfect movie coming out next week. I knew that they were making Pitch Perfect 2 but I didn't realise it was coming around for general release so soon. I became aware when I saw a poster for the film in the lobby of my local multiplex last week.
My first thought was "Oh, Pitch Perfect 2 is coming out". My second thought, sadly, was "Hurm. Do we really need a Pitch Perfect sequel?" (This is the crucial thought so remember this). My third thought was "Ah, it's coming out on the same week as Mad Max: Fury Road." I then had fantastical visions of Max singing a capella mash-ups in the haze of the post-apocalyptic outback, bustin' rhymes and bustin' feral thug-brains in perfect harmony. There's your sequel pitch - 'Mad Max: The Rockatansky Rock-Off'. »
Vin Diesel is a huge nerd. You may not be able to tell that based purely on the Fast & Furious franchise, but Diesel's got some serious geek credentials. He founded a video game company just to make games for his Pitch Black movies, and he not only grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons, but he still does as an adult, and better yet -- he taught Judi Dench how to play while they were filming The Chronicles of Riddick. So don't be so shocked to see the...
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Every October, we stab them with knives, killing their regular appearances and bringing them to new life with sharpened teeth, ghoulish gazes, and impossibly wide, sinister smiles. We make pumpkins into little monsters every year, but what if they came to life on their own... and wanted revenge for the years of jack-o'-lantern carvings, discarded guts, and baked seeds? Darin Beckstead's Proof of Concept for his planned feature film, Evil Nature, expertly explores this unnerving "what if?" with ample amounts of holiday humor and creature-centric horror. We've been provided with the fun and frightening Evil Nature Proof of Concept to share with Daily Dead readers, along with an exclusive Q&A with director Darin Beckstead.
Press Release -- "The brainchild of filmmaker Darin Beckstead has been unleashed! This two-minute Proof of Concept was inexpensively lensed during a single evening in Los Angeles and Executive Produced by Gilbert Adler (Constantine, »
- Derek Anderson
If you asked me last week what action movie this summer would rise to the top when it came to representation of women, I would definitely not have said “Mad Max: Fury Road.” But then everything changed when the new trailer dropped. All those lovely ladies in gossamer gowns? They’re back with a vengeance. Turns out they’re integral to the plot, and Not merely extras shoehorned into the trailer to ratchet up the testosterone levels. And they’ve got something to say to all the skull-mouthed fedoras out in the anonymous forums apocalyptic wasteland: women are not things. What Skull Mouth wants with these women is unclear, but his intentions are no doubt nefarious. Whether a personal harem, virgin sacrifices, or idols up on pedestals to be worshipped by his followers, Skull Mouth sees ladies as property, preferably his. Charlize Theron is having none of that garbage. There’s a history here, »
- Donna Dickens
Kingsman: the Secret Service is the fifth directorial effort from director Matthew Vaughan and yet another film that I thoroughly enjoyed. I should mention that I have been a fan of Mark Vaughan’s work since Layer Cake, one of my favorite British gangster movies and Vaughan’s first feature. So I admit I’m a little biased, I loved Kick Ass, I really loved X-Men: First Class, and I was so excited when I heard about this film. Yes, I know I left out Stardust, yes, it’s because I really didn’t like it.
Based on yet another comic by Mark Millar, Kingsman is a breathtaking re-imagination of the whole British spy genre…and then some. Interestingly enough this is not the first Mark Millar project Vaughan has helmed, the first being Kick –Ass 1 (the better one). Vaughan is also credited as “co-plotter” on The Secret Service, the »
- Robert Jefferson
In a stunning fall from grace, the directing duo of the Wachowskis have gone from changing the sci-fi landscape with their influential 1999 movie The Matrix to a bizarre pastiche of half-thought-out genre tropes and tired plot details with the incredibly leaden Jupiter Ascending. The movie is like a big budget movie version of one of those embarrassingly awful hard-sci-fi e-books that lousy would-be authors self-publish on Amazon. They hardly make any sense, they’re full of half-thought-out steampunk-inflected bullshit, and they have a hilariously bad sense of epic grandeur. You can’t fault the Wachowskis for trying to go all out given the way they have tried to make themselves auteurs that best match style and substance, but Jupiter Ascending may have gone a bit too far.
Mila Kunis plays Jupiter Jones, a lowly Russian émigré who now lives in Chicago with her huge family who cleans rich people’s toilets just to scrape by. »
- Sean Hutchinson
Martial artist Darren Shahlavi, who appeared in the web series "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" and the TV series "Arrow," has died. He was found at his home by his roommate after apparently passing away in his sleep. The cause of death was not provided. He was only 42. Shahlavi was born in England and began practicing martial arts at age 7. He moved to Hong Kong to pursue a stunt career in the early 1990s, where he was tapped to star in "Tai Chi 2." He moved to the United States to continue his career, performing stunt work for films like "The Chronicles of Riddick," "Night at the Museum" and "300." He also had acting roles in 2002's "I Spy" alongside Eddie Murphy and 2004's "The Final Cut" with Robin Williams. In 2010, Shahlavi appeared in the martial arts film "Ip Man 2." The following year he starred in "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" as Kano. Shahlavi has since had guest roles on "Arrow. »
This is it, folks. After 400(!) episodes, Ricky and Simon decided to wrap up the Sound on Sight podcast. To send it off in style, they take a look back at the very best films of 2014, with some help from a variety of former guest- and co-hosts. Smack dab in the middle, with the help of special guests Kate Rennebohm and Adam Nayman, they go deep on Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, the biggest missing piece in their 2014 moviegoing. It’s a nearly three-hour blowout, because it didn’t seem right to go out small. Cheers!
The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay
Starbreeze Studios & Tigon Studios
Xbox, Xbox 360, PS3, PC
2004 was supposed to be the year of Riddick, at least as far as Universal Studios was concerned. In response to the adamant fan demands for a sequel to the 2000 cult-classic Pitch Black, Universal was attempting to seize an opportunity by building a multi-million dollar franchise out of one the sci-fi slashers surviving characters: Richard B. Riddick, better known as simply “Riddick”.
In an ambitious plan to get the franchise off the ground, Universal launched three different properties that year. The reasonably successful but fiscally disappointing film, The Chronicles of Riddick, launched to the most fanfare but was not received as well as expected. It was paired closely with an animated, straight-to-dvd, prequel titled The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, which was a mostly unremarkable short that served the task of filling »
- Mike Worby
11 items from 2015
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