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The fourth episode of The Driving Dead premiered yesterday on the series' website. The series focuses on the consequences of reckless driving. Also: Blu-ray release details for Navy SEALs vs. Zombies and the Children of the Corn trilogy.
The Driving Dead: Press Release: "Springfield, Ill. (August 24, 2015) – Actor Michael Rooker returns to his starring role in The Driving Dead Series with a new webisode, “The Chase,” premiering today.
The Driving Dead Series launched in August 2014 by the Illinois Department of Transportation (Idot) to thwart dangerous driving behaviors, like drinking and driving and failure to wear a seatbelt, among the most at-risk audience – young men. According to recent Idot data, seat belt usage in Illinois reached an all-time high of more than 95 percent in 2015. This marks an increase over last year representing an estimated 377 lives saved on Illinois roads.
The web-based Driving Dead Series has amassed more than 2.4 million YouTube views with its first three episodes. »
- Tamika Jones
Sneak Peek new revealing images of "Mad Men" actress January Jones and "Blue Crush" star Kate Bosworth in the September 'Desire' issue of "Vs Magazine", with alternate covers featuring "The Giver" actress Odeya Rush, photographed by Francesco Carrozzi and Ellen von Unwerth:
January Jones, best known for playing 'Betty Draper' in the AMC TV series "Mad Men" (2007–2015), is also noted for roles in "American Wedding" (2003), "Unknown" (2011) and "X-Men: First Class" (2011). She currently stars as 'Melissa Shart' in the Fox series "The Last Man on Earth".
Kate Bosworth made her film debut in "The Horse Whisperer" (1998) before landing a lead role as a teenage surfer in "Blue Crush" (2002). She also appeared in the features "Wonderland" (2003), "Beyond the Sea" (2004), "Superman Returns" (2006), "Straw Dogs" (2011) and "Still Alice" (2014).
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- Michael Stevens
Arclight is seeking to co-ordinate a global day-and-date release at the end of this year. Distributors committed to theatrical outings with the picture include theatrical release Viswaas (India), Aqua Pinema (Turkey), Ram Indo (Vietnam), Pioneer (Philippines) and Pt Prima (Indonesia).
Producers have employed a similarly international crew. VFX is headed by supervisor Bruce Jones (“The Italian Job.” “Star Trek”), art director Ian Bailie, (“Atonement,” “Pride and Prejudice”) and Scott Winig as director of photography. Sound editing is supervised by Oscar-nominated Kami Asgar and Sean McCormack. Oscar-winning Mark Paterson (Les Miserables) did the final sound mix. »
- Patrick Frater
First look at a new Amnesiac clip Ahead of the film’s release tomorrow, we’ve got an exclusive new Amnesiac clip featuring Kate Bosworth (Straw Dogs, Superman Returns) and Wes Bentley (“American Horror Story,” Final Girl, P2). Check it out in the player below! Amnesiac tells the story of a man who wakes up in bed suffering from…
- Spencer Perry
In the aftermath of this weeks disastrous Fantastic Four release, David Opie argues that reboots are still essential to modern day filmmaking…
Remake. Reimagining. Reboot. The Three dreaded R’s of Hollywood.
Every day, it seems that studios announce plans to launch yet another a new franchise reboot and every day, the internet responds with a collective groan louder than the sound of Fantastic Four crashing and burning at the box office.
See Also: Fantastic Four Clobbered At The Box Office
“How dare they mess with a classic!?”
“Is there no originality left in Hollywood!”
In the harshest backhanded compliment ever given, critics are describing the new Fantastic Four movie as the best so far, yet the reviews are overwhelmingly negative, seemingly confirming the fears that fans held about the project ever since it was first announced. Fantastic Four isn’t the only reboot suffering from a backlash though. »
- David Opie
It turns out Tatum is still on board, but the incident got us thinking of some other superhero castings that nearly were but never will be:
(Nb Please take it as read that Jude Law was considered for all of these roles.)
Hugh Jackman has become so synonymous with the iconic X-Man that it's strange to think of anyone else taking on the role (even if they inevitably will). But before he had been cast, Russell Crowe was considered to play the angry Canadian mutant, and is credited with directing Bryan Singer's attention towards his fellow Aussie.
You wouldn’t have expected last month’s Comic Con to have been won by a basically C list comic book property like Deadpool, but that apparently was the case out of San Diego. The panel there was supposedly best in show, not just in terms of superhero flicks, but in general, and that’s saying something. After all, Ryan Reynolds is not exactly a beloved figure there (even if I think he’s very underrated) and the character itself was rather mishandled the first time out, but that’s the difference a great Teaser or Trailer can make. Now, folks can’t wait for the Deadpool movie, and the Trailer we have for you later on this piece will help to explain why. It’s not Oscar material, but hey, sometimes fun is fun. A quick introduction to the superhero. The character is known as “the Merc with the »
- Joey Magidson
Long before Bryan Singer made Superman Returns, it was going to be Tim Burton who brought the Man of Steel back to the big screen, the director signing Nicolas Cage to star in Superman Lives. That project wound up not getting made due to multiple factors, but it turns out that Cage actually doesn't have a problem with that, given that he thinks the movie is better off existing in all of our individual imaginations. Cage recently sat down with Yahoo! in promotion of his new movie Runner, and it was during their conversation that the subject of the doomed Superman Lives came up. The actor was asked about the documentary that was recently released about the project, titled The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, and while he didn't really have anything incredibly specific to say about the movie, he did express a lack of regrets regarding the project's »
Does Hollywood try to remake/sequelize/franchise-extend every single one of its successful movies? Sometimes it feels that way, but there’s a little more nuance to studio practices than that. If you’re looking for meaning in this summer’s blockbuster season – not always easy – you could call it Dr. JurassicMax or How Hollywood Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Reboot. Rebooting franchises isn’t as common, well-received, or lucrative as you might think. Today let’s look briefly at the history of the reboot – and how this summer changed it.
First, what technically counts as a reboot? One school would say that anytime the cast shuffles, it’s a reboot, meaning we’re now on the second reboot (and third iteration) of Spider-Man films. That’s pretty rare; far more often, duration between films is the deciding factor, and it just doesn’t feel right to slap »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
Watch a trailer for Irrational Man below: »
It’s a common complaint from comic book fans whenever the first images of their favourite characters from a new movie are released: “they don’t look like the comics”.
Even going back as far as Bryan Singer’s X-Men, there were those in the comic book community who bemoaned the fact Wolverine was not in the classic yellow suit, or that Cyclops wasn’t clad in blue, or Storm wasn’t in white. Daredevil’s suit looks like it’s left over from a bondage party, Thor isn’t wearing his trademark helmet, Superman is missing his red panties. The list goes on.
But what people seem to forget is that these are movie adaptations and interpretations of comic books, not literal translations. And, as such, things are going to change.
- Luke Owen
When "Perks of Being a Wallflower" actor Ezra Miller was cast as The Flash for the upcoming films in the DC cinematic universe, the hiring raised a few eyebrows. A good actor most definitely, but it also ended hopes there and then that The CW's DC small screen universe would crossover with the larger cinematic one. Out doing press for "Trainwreck," Miller spoke with MTV and seems very excited about nabbing the role:
"Barry Allen is the Silver Age, who follows a lot of interesting discoveries in physics... Where he comes from is, we figured out the event horizon was there, and then he was the character who was created through our mythos machine of comic books, to break that event horizon so we could explore in fantasy, and I think that's an interesting idea. And what's an interesting idea to me is, what does that do to someone?"
- Garth Franklin
There are few superhero movie series with as much history as Superman: he’s been in films since 1978 and his tenure on TV and comics is more extensive than almost any other comic book character. Everyone knows who the guy is, and everyone’s seen the films, so with Superman fever reignited by the new Batman v Superman trailer, what better time to re-visit the classic (and not-so-classic) films for a little refresher course?
From the original four Christopher Reeve-starring movies to the divisive homage sequel that was Superman Returns and the more successful 2013 reboot Man of Steel, the series is packed with unforgettable one-liners. Be it thoughtful advice from father to son, hilarious villain wise-cracks from one of several Lex Luthors, or even a few cheeseball quips you won’t be able to stop yourself quoting, each of these lines has embedded themselves in the collective consciousness of the masses, »
- Jack Pooley
The X-Men movies took comic books seriously, exploring themes of isolation and prejudice present in Stan Lee and Jack Kirby's Marvel creations. It's fair to say that without the X-Men movies there'd be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy.
To mark X-Men's birthday, Digital Spy dived back through all seven franchise instalments to present a (non-definitive) ranking:
7. X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)
Oh, Fox. If this is how you try to make up for The Last Stand, we need to have a serious talk. Logan's origin story proves, at best, an unnecessary and forgettable outing that could have been so much more.
For all his hard work, Hugh Jackman couldn't elevate this film above its poor script, by-the-numbers storytelling and laughably bad CGI. Now »
When people use the word "fandom," I often wonder just what exactly it is that they think they're describing. After all, fandom is a big amorphous concept, and there is no one face of it. However, if you really want to take the temperature of where we are right now, there's really no better place to do it than the San Diego Comic-Con, and this year, I decided that I want to start a new tradition when we come back from Comic-Con each year. Here, then, is 2015's State Of The Union for fandom in all its weird and wonderful glory. Growing But Fractured The first thing that is evident is that whatever fandom was, it not longer is that thing. It has become more inclusive, more aware, and far more vocal than ever before. It is also deeply fractured, and it has become increasingly difficult for any single property to unite people. »
- Drew McWeeny
Zack Snyder would like you to know that everything is under control. Whatever your criticisms of his directorial interpretation of Superman may be, it’s all intentional. Any ambivalence you may be harboring about Man of Steel’s ending, characterization or overall tone, is all part of the plan. Snyder is your buddy, and he is shocked because you, me, none of us get it. It’s not that Man of Steel presented an unrecognizable interpretation of Superman muddied by blunt political allegory and blatant disregard for property damage. It was supposed to be like that. And so here is the trailer for the mandated sequel, proving just how planned out this franchise was from the beginning. Here is nearly four minutes of civilian casualties and 9/11 imagery, answering every lingering criticism as Zack Snyder and David Goyer present Batman v. Superman: We Meant to Do That.
Zack recently told Entrainment Weekly, »
- Adam Hofbauer
20th Century Fox
It didn’t look good for 20th Century Fox’s X-Men franchise there for a while after Bryan Singer’s second movie back in 2003. When the director left to make Superman Returns, the third instalment was helmed by Brett Ratner, and though it’s probably not quite a bad as its reputation suggests it certainly marked a pretty major dip in quality.
Credit must be given to Matthew Vaughn for giving things a burst of fresh energy with First Class, but many would argue that things didn’t really get back on track until Bryan Singer returned with X-Men: Days Of Future Past. Now, Singer is promising the “true birth of the X-Men” with next year’s Apocalypse, and it’s shaping up to be something very special indeed.
Some of today’s most talented young thesps will bring life to fan-favourite characters we haven’t seen »
- Mark Cassidy
Everything I know about Tim Burton's failed 1998 superhero film Superman Lives I've learned from Kevin Smith's great recollection in An Evening with Kevin Smith. Starring Nicolas Cage as the titular protagonist, kooky producer Jon Peters guiding it as long as he could and possibly hosting a giant spider in the third act, this would have been not only a wildly different take on the iconic Man of Steel but vastly eccentric from anything produced in the superhero genre then-or-now. Smith can only give one man's account, though, and like any movie there are more than a handful of people who need to come together to make it happen. To writer/director Jon Schnepp's credit, the filmmaker rounded up as many of those people as he could and successfully made a movie about one that failed to do so entirely. The film in question, The Death of "Superman »
- Will Ashton
Exclusive And Updated, 10:22 Am: Samuel Goldwyn Films, which released the former faith-based film Fireproof to phenomenal box office success, has just acquired Giving Films’ 90 Minutes in Heaven and will distribute the film on September 11 in 800 theaters. Based on Don Piper's New York Times best-selling autobiography of the same name, the Giving Films feature stars Christensen (Star Wars II and III) and Kate Bosworth (Superman Returns) as Don and Eva Piper. Michael Polis… »
Add Matt Bomer to the ranks of the nearly-Super. The Magic Mike Xxl star has said that, like Nicolas Cage, Ashton Kutcher and Jude Law before him, he was once going to play Superman on the big screen.
Speaking on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Bomer said he was chosen to play the superhero by Brett Ratner. The director had been working on a version of the superhero story, scripted by Jj Abrams, that was doing the rounds in 2002.
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- Henry Barnes
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