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Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus Review

Forget what you know about Wolfeinstein II: The New Colossus. It’s better than that. Yes, it’s coarse and crass and bombastic, just as pre-release footage promised. Yes Nazi heads go flying. But really, it’s a glorious crime caper in the mold of Ocean’s Eleven, sprinkled with the wit of an Inglorious Basterds; a tale told with swagger and spliced with humanity, capable of catching you with a well-timed fork out of the blue.

Its predecessor, The New Order, was a dish of good ideas that wound up feeling a little undercooked. It was daring to be different but also trying to pay lip service to the Wolfenstein legacy. This time around, the wildly talented bunch at Stockholm’s MachineGames have turned up the heat. That doesn’t mean bigger explosions and bigger baddies, mind you. It means a sense of place and a real sense of confidence.
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The ‘Spider-Man 2’ Video Game Is One of the Best Movie Tie-Ins Ever Made

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Most video games based on movies are terrible. They exist to promote the film, they rarely have enough time to be done right because their release is tied to the movie’s release date rather than its own schedule, and they’re usually cheap and disposable. However, there are exceptions such as GoldenEye 007, The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, and Spider-Man 2. But I want to draw special attention to Spider-Man 2 because it’s been 13 years since the game came out, and yet the Spider-Man games we’ve had since have been …
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'Westworld's' Thandie Newton on All Those Nude Scenes, Season 2 and the Han Solo 'Star Wars' Spinoff

Interview With the Vampire, Tom Cruise's undercover agent in Mission: Impossible II, Vin Diesel's alien overlord in The Chronicles of Riddick — the most human may just be Maeve, the robot madam on HBO's Westworld. The character presented the British-born actress with many challenges, physically and emotionally, but at least the wardrobe was simple: She says she spent the majority of her onscreen time naked. Newton, 44, spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about her character, her hopes for season two and...
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Opportunities for filmmakers in Indonesia

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A tax incentive will be in a place by 2018.

Indonesian and international experts discussed the opportunities for more international shoots to come to the archipelago, in a panel at the Indonesian pavilion in the Village International on Saturday.

Endah Sulistianti, deputy chairman of the Indonesian Agency for Creative Economy, spoke about how the current government is developing the film sector and is working on having a tax incentive in place by 2018.

Five cities have started their own film commissions to offer one-stop shops for filmmakers – they are Siak, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Bojonegoro and Banyuwangi.

Los Angeles-based producer George Zakk, whose credits include The Chronicles Of Riddick, recalled his experience of shooting 2013’s The Philosophers in Indonesia and praised affordability, “extraordinary” locations, and the skill of local crews.

The panel also included Lalu Rois Amri, head of locations promotion at the Indonesia Film Council; and Jakarta-based producer Meiske Taurisia of Palari Films. Screen International
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Gears Of War Movie Picks Up Steam After Recruiting Avatar Scribe

Video games are fun. Movies are fun. But when the two combine to produce a live-action feature film – or, by the same token, a tie-in video game in the vein of The Chronicles Of Riddick: Escape From Butcher Bay – the results often range from disastrous to flat-out disappointment.

2016 was no exception, either, after the back-to-back flops of Assassin’s Creed and Duncan Jones’ budding franchise-starter, Warcraft: The Beginning. There have been rumblings of potential sequels for both blockbusters, but without any tangible development in almost six months, the thought of revisiting the Animus – and indeed the mystical realm of Azeroth – is about to be chalked up as wishful thinking.

But if Hollywood executives have been deterred by those box office bombs, it doesn’t show; The Division and the Alicia Vikander-fronted Tomb Raider are just two examples of high-profile video game movies incubating in development, and Deadline brings
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"Supergirl" - Kneel Before 'Zod'

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According to VancouverFilm.Net, actor Mark Gibbon ("The Chronicles Of Riddick") portrays 'Kryptonian' super-villain 'General Zod' in the season finale of The CW's "Supergirl":

Zod was previously played by Terrence Stamp in the features "Superman" and "Superman II", Michael Shannon in "Man of Steel" and Callum Blue in the TV series "Smallville".

The character 'Dru-Zod' created by Robert Bernstein and George Papp, debuted in DC's "Adventure Comics" #283 (April 1961), as a warlord from 'Krypton', home planet of 'Superman'. 

Like all Kryptonians under a yellow sun, General Zod possesses high-level superhuman strength, speed and endurance sufficient to stand against 'Superman' and other Kryptonians; super hearing; x-ray vision; telescopic, microscopic and heat vision; super-breath and freeze-breath; virtual invulnerability; accelerated healing and flight.

Due to his background as a Kryptonian general, Zod possesses a detailed knowledge of military tactics, battle strategy and competent military leader. Because he was trained
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Fast 8: writer offers some curious sequel ideas

Ryan Lambie Apr 10, 2017

The screenwriter behind Fast & Furious 8 discusses some far-out ideas for future Fast sequels...

The Fate Of The Furious. Fast & The Furious 8. Fast 8. Or, as it's known by its keyboard shortcut, F8. The latest in the long-running, wheel-spinning franchise sees Vin Diesel team up with a super hacker played by Charlize Theron in yet another car-related, action-packed caper. The movie's out this week, and if it's a success, we're sure to see yet more installments roll out of Universal's garage in the near future.

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In the run-up to Fast 8's release, screenwriter Chris Morgan's been talking to Uproxx about some of the directions the series could potentially take - and he certainly isn't ruling out the possibility of a sequel set outside Earth's orbit.

"Look, I
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Newswire: Fifty Shades to go even Darker with an unrated version due in April

  • The AV Club
Promising more sexy situations with an emotionally manipulative hunk, Fifty Shades Darker is getting an unrated edition that will be released April 25 on Digital HD. According to ComingSoon.net, the edition ”plung[es] fans even deeper into the mesmerizing, hidden world of Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele.”

Given that half-hearted innuendo, we’re going to assume that means more boring sex scenes, but maybe the unrated edition has an in-depth explanation of The Chronicles Of Riddick poster in Christian Grey’s childhood bedroom. That truly is the movie’s greatest mystery. (For what it’s worth, Jamie Dornan has said that the poster is there because it’s ”kind of funny,” but we have to think there’s more to it.)
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'Fifty Shades Darker' Trivia: Why Christian Grey Has a 'Chronicles of Riddick' Poster in His Childhood Bedroom

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When you watch a movie like Fifty Shades Darker -- the much-hyped sequel to Fifty Shades of Grey, and the second installment in a trilogy to conclude with Fifty Shades Freed next year -- you expect a lot of the conversation to revolve around the hotter moments between Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) and Ana Steele (Dakota Johnson), or the delicious romantic intrigue that permeates every corner of the film. Curious fans, however, are very interested in a much smaller part of the film -- a throwaway moment in Christian's childhood bedroom where we see a Chronicles of Riddick poster hanging on the wall. The Chronicles of Riddick, like Fifty Shades Darker, is the second film in a three-part series, and it stars Vin Diesel as a highly skilled predator and member of a warrior race...

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Fifty Shades Darker Review

Oh, Fifty Shades Darker. It’s impossible to fantasize about what could have been. Foundations for an erotic trashterpiece are laid, but director James Foley doesn’t understand camp sensibilities. With someone like Rob Cohen in charge (The Boy Next Door, anyone?), all those flatlining dramatics and misplaced jokes would gel together. Fluid sensuality with spanking, oils and cuffs, dictated by a sadist who gets off on punishing mommy lookalikes (hawt). Instead, Foley’s tonal jerkiness kills the mood like an awkward boner, shocking this dominating system with unexpected diversions.

Oh, but this is the relationshippy Fifty Shades entry. Right. Christian Grey (A Bucket Of Dry Cement Jamie Dornan) cannot live another day with Anastasia (Dakota Johnson), so he opens contract negotiations. No punishments, no rules, and no secrets. Ana doesn’t take much convincing, and their relationship blossoms under the new respectful boundaries. Sexual desires become less whippy, but something still isn’t right.
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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Review: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Loosen Up For Sexier, Sillier Sequel

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‘Fifty Shades Darker’ Review: Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan Loosen Up For Sexier, Sillier Sequel
Don’t let that title fool you: The second entry in the “Fifty Shades of Grey” cinematic trilogy is by no means a darker outing than its predecessor, and the franchise (already set to wrap up with a third feature in 2018) is all the better for it. Whipping up a proper tone for the big screen versions of E.L. James’ wildly popular novels was always going to be the films’ biggest problem, and while director James Foley might not quite nail it, wily injections of humor prove to be an unexpectedly helpful addition to the kinky franchise.

Picking up mere days after the events of Sam Taylor-Johnson’s 2015 “Fifty Shades of Grey,” Foley’s film quickly shifts gears away from the doom and gloom of the first film to give audiences something sexier, sillier and a fair bit soapier. After gliding through a series of literally tattered childhood memories that
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Voltron Live-Action Movie Is Happening with X-Men Writer

  • MovieWeb
This past summer, Universal Pictures' parent company NBCUniversal acquired DreamWorks Animation for $3.8 billion, with Universal Pictures inheriting the studio's slate of projects in development. One of these projects was actually a live-action adaptation of Voltron, which was being quietly developed at the studio. Today we have word that the project is in fact moving forward at Universal, with the studio setting X-Men and Watchmen writer David Hayter to write the script.

Deadline reports that Tom Engleman (The Chronicles of Riddick, The Lone Ranger) is set to produce. DreamWorks Animation is also behind the animated series Voltron: Legendary Defender, which debuted on Netflix this summer. It isn't known if there will be any connection between the live-action project and the animated series.

There had previously been a live action project called Voltron: Defender of the Universe, which was being developed by Atlas Entertainment several years ago. Thomas Dean DOnnelly and
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8 Halloween Movie Marathons Worth Checking Out This Weekend

  • BuzzSugar
Planning on holing up this weekend with a big bowl of fun-sized candy (trick-or-treaters be damned) and some movies? You're in luck, because there are lots of great films playing on basic cable. Favorites like Hocus Pocus, Paranormal Activity, and Zombieland will be playing on various channels all weekend. Of course, there are lots of spooky movies on Netflix, but this way, you can just turn on one channel and plug in for hours. Check it out! Freeform: 13 Nights of Halloween Saturday, Oct. 29 7 a.m. — The Nightmare Before Christmas 8:35 a.m. — Corpse Bride 10:35 a.m. — The Hunger Games 1:45 a.m. — The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 5:15 p.m. — The Addams Family 7:20 p.m. — The Addams Family Values 9:25 p.m. — Hocus Pocus 11:30 p.m. — Sleepy Hollow Sunday, Oct. 30 7 a.m. — Corpse Bride 9 a.m. — Spooky Buddies 11:05 a.m. — Scooby-Doo 1:10 a.m. — Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed 3:15 p.
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Reliving "Riddick"

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Sneak Peek the classic science fiction action feature "Riddick" starring Vin Diesel, available on Blu-ray/DVD:

"...the latest chapter of the groundbreaking saga that began with 2000′s hit sci-fi film 'Pitch Black' and 2004′s 'The Chronicles of Riddick' reunites writer/director David Twohy and Vin Diesel, reprising his role as the antihero 'Riddick', a dangerous, escaped convict wanted by every bounty hunter in the known galaxy.

"The infamous Riddick has been left for dead on a sun-scorched planet that appears to be lifeless. Soon, however, he finds himself fighting for survival against alien predators more lethal than any human he’s encountered. The only way off is for Riddick to activate an 'emergency beacon' and alert mercenaries who rapidly descend to the planet in search of their bounty.

"The first ship to arrive carries a new breed of merc, more lethal and violent, while
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Stéphane Barbato’s ‘Cockatoo Spritz’ Cannes Clip: Vr Experience Hits Croisette

It’s hard to accurately demo a piece of virtual reality filmmaking in a clip fit for web viewing, but this exclusive attempt, from Stéphane Barbato's Cockatoo Spritz, does its best to show off a new project from Star Vr, who are in Cannes premiering the full short at the Majestic. Parent company Starbreeze Studios, a Stockholm-based videogames company behind impressive titles like Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons and The Chronicles of Riddick: Escape from Butcher Bay, have…
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Shane Black's risky 'Predator' strategy: Can a 'genre' title work as an event film?

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Shane Black's risky 'Predator' strategy: Can a 'genre' title work as an event film?
In a new interview with Agence France-Presse, writer-director Shane Black has reiterated that his forthcoming sequel/reboot The Predator will be "significantly bigger" than previous entries in the franchise, giving us the first bona fide "event picture" of the long-running film series. No doubt this is an exciting prospect for longtime fans, but it also raises the question of whether a franchise that has been viewed as "genre" for 30 years can successfully be reinvented as a blockbuster.  First, some context. The first Predator, which starred the then-unstoppable action-movie star Arnold Schwarzenegger, was budgeted at a mere $15 million (or about $31 million adjusted for inflation) and brought in a total of $98 million worldwide -- an unqualified mid-range box-office success. In 1990, the Schwarzenegger-less Predator 2 received a significantly higher budget ($35 million) but underperformed relative to its predecessor with $57 million worldwide, effectively ending the franchise until the critic-loathed but financially-successful Alien vs. Predator films
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Giuseppe Tornatore, David Twohy line up China projects

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Giuseppe Tornatore, David Twohy line up China projects
Italian filmmaker Giuseppe Tornatore and Us writer-director David Twohy are developing projects with China, which were both announced on the first full day of the Beijing International Film Festival (April 16-23).

Tornatore has agreed to make a film for Alibaba Pictures, the filmmaking arm of ecommerce giant Alibaba, which he signed with Alibaba Pictures’ CEO Zhang Qiang at the end of the Bjiff’s Co-production Forum on Sunday.

However, the specific project has not yet been identified and it’s unclear whether it will be made as a co-production under the China-Italy treaty.

Separately, producers Steve Chicorel and Sriram Das announced Us-China co-production Ice Moon Rising – a sci-fi project to be directed by David Twohy who wrote The Fugitive and directed The Chronicles of Riddick and its sequel. Chicorel and Das are in the process of locking down a Chinese co-producer and international sales agent for the film.

The producing partners are also working with director [link=nm
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FilMart: China’s Hgc Switches on to Content’s ‘Higher Power’

FilMart: China’s Hgc Switches on to Content’s ‘Higher Power’
Higher Power,” a sci-fi feature from U.S. and U.K. sales and finance company Content Media, has been acquired for China by Hgc.

Other deals on the movie, produced by the veteran Lorenzo di Bonaventura, include those for Japan (with Ccc / Culture Entertainment), Korea (with Entermode), pan regional pay-tv (Fox International), India (PVR), Malaysia and Vietnam (Vsg), Philippines (Pioneer), Singapore (Shaw) and Thailand (Sahamongkol).

The film about an everyman who risks his life to save his daughter, and ends up with powers beyond his imagination, is directed by Matthew Santoro. It stars Ron Eldard (“Black Hawk Down”), Colm Feore (“The Chronicles of Riddick”), Jordan Hinson, Austin Stowell and Jade Tailor.

Content also sold supernatural horror film “Don’t Knock Twice” to India’s PVR, Indonesia’s Rapi Films, Rain Film for Malaysia and Vietnam, Pioneer for the Philippines, Taiwan’s Cmc Content, Thailand’s M Pictures, and pan-regional pay TV to Fox International.
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18 Image Changes WWE Wrestlers Should Never Have Tried

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Good god, but people in the wrestling business have taken on some godawful image changes over the years. These are people who appear in front of millions for a living, and to whom appearances can be everything… yet very often their appearance is so poorly judged that it looks like their parents lost a bet with God.

We’re not talking about changes in gimmick here, which rules out oddities like Kevin Nash as Oz, or Giant Gonzales and his furry, airbrushed nude-leotard.

Neither are we talking about people who looked hilarious when they started out in the business, when perhaps fashion was a little different or they didn’t know any better – so Jeff Hardy as a scrawny boy-band type and Ric Flair’s high-waisted check trousers and huge coiffure don’t count either.

No, this article is dedicated to the wrestlers that somehow didn’t realise that
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