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What the frack?
In a strange convergence of cult worlds, Battlestar Galactica’s Callum Keith Rennie has joined the ever-expanding cast of Fifty Shades of Grey to play the part of Anastasia’s (Dakota Johnson) stepfather, Ray Steele. The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
The U.K. native, who played the part of Leoben Conoy on Battlestar Galactica, has recently been tending toward recurring television roles in shows like The Killing and Californication, but he has appeared in a number of Hollywood pics, including Mememto, eXistenZ, and Blade: Trinity.
In the racy, bestselling novel, Ray is a key figure in Anastasia’s life. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Marvel is pretty much ruling the entertainment industry right now, comics, television and film all included. Every six months or so, we are greeted with a new installment from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is vastly growing into a universe that in no time soon will be as big as the comic universe (except of course for X-Men and Fantastic Four, who are in their own universe. But hey, two universes are better than none. Or twenty). The critical reaction towards all of these films have been nothing but positive (the only Marvel movie this decade that was considered generally bad was Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance and, come on, it’s a flaming skeleton on a motorcycle played by Nicolas Cage. It’s not a bad movie, it’s a guilty pleasure).
However, things were not always this grand, as back in the dark times, we had such bombs as Daredevil, »
- Adam Pearce
Patton Oswalt is many things to many people. To most, he’s known as the funniest comic working today, whose routines will never allow you to look at “Star Wars” or KFC’s Famous Bowls in the same way again. To others, he is an outstanding dramatic actor, having delivered powerhouse performances in films like “Big Fan” and “Young Adult” as well as on the FX series “Justified.” To the child in all of us, he will always be Remy, the culinary rodent in “Ratatouille.” Then there’s Oswalt the performance artist: the man who once stood perfectly still for three minutes during the opening scene on “King of Queens,” has elevated Twitter to an art form, and penned thoughtful, moving essays on everything from heckling to the Boston Marathon bombings.
Even Oswalt admits that his fan base is becoming “more complex” every day. “I know people who like ‘King »
- Jenelle Riley
With shows like The Walking Dead and American Horror Story scooping up high ratings and accolades like they’re going out of style, there’s no doubt that horror is dominating TV right now. It’s even becoming a big time trend to turn popular horror movies into their own series’, with spin-offs of Psycho and Silence of the Lambs already moving into their second seasons and others based on The Shining, Scream, The Exorcist and From Dusk Till Dawn currently in the works.
That said, the road to success hasn’t always been an easy one, when it comes to TV adaptations of beloved horror flicks. Over the years we’ve seen many of them come and go, either failing to catch on with audiences the way shows like Bates Motel and Hannibal have or even failing to ever find their way in front of the cameras.
Today, we »
- John Squires
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Kane Hodder’s Exit to Hell, trailer for Evil Feed, Another, and Terrible Angels, video highlights from Steven Yeun interview with Conan O’Brien, and much more:
Exit to Hell Release Details: “After robbing a mafia run strip club, a naïve group of thugs head for the border to enjoy their bounty. But when they enter the remote and wind-swept town of Redstone, they gruesomely discover that revenge is all in how you slice it. Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th, Hatchet) takes the title role as Sheriff Slade Sickle, a man with an abiding appetite for justice! Exit to Hell co-stars Tiffany Shepis (Nightmare Man, Dark Reel) and Rena Riffel (Showgirls, Mulholland Dr.) in this carnage-filled tribute to American Grindhouse cinema.
Uncork’d Entertainment has inked North American VOD, »
- Tamika Jones
Odd List Simon Brew 27 Sep 2013 - 07:49
It's not always smiles behind the camera, as this list of feuding co-stars proves. I Love Trouble, indeed...
It's a fallacy that everyone gets on together on a movie set. Just as in an everyday office, some people get on better with others. That's as you might expect. But when it comes to film, occasionally a disagreement between two stars becomes oh-so-apparent to pretty much anyone in the stalls at their local Odeon.
This isn't designed by any measure to be a definitive list (yep, Swayze and Jennifer Grey weren't best chums making Dirty Dancing), but here are some of the more interesting examples of where co-stars simply didn't get on...
To date, we struggle to think of a more bizarre screen combination for a romantic blockbuster than that of I Love Trouble. The movie, a »
The cinematic elites often criticize horror films for lacking a strong grasp of storytelling and containing cheap dialogue. While the die-hard horror fans know this to be pure poppycock, a lot of horror films have incredible lines that go unnoticed. We’re all aware of the iconic quotes and one-liners of our genre, but horror films actually possess a variety of incredible insults. The next time you want to call someone a “dick” or “bitch” or “douchebag,” kindly remind yourself that horror films are a cornucopia of comebacks. (Sorry, not sorry for all of the alliteration in that introduction.)
13) “You see, I take these glasses off, she looks like a regular person, doesn’t she? Put ‘em back on…formaldehyde-face!” from They Live.
- BJ Colangelo
Real quick mission statement: this column is for discussion of superhero movie news and superhero movies. Titular allegiance aside, this sphere includes non-Marvel properties.
This week: Instead of re-hashing stuff we’ll be talking about for years, this week we’re going to talk about Spawn and black superheroes in their own movies.
There comes a time when examining mainstream media where one runs across a race issue or two. Or seven. Or two-dozen. I’m not sure how much weight to put on the race part of this week’s discussion, but I’m fairly sure talking about it won’t hurt anyone. So let’s talk about Jamie Foxx and Spawn.
Several people and outlets have put together recent comments made by Jamie Foxx about roles he’d like to play with Spawn-creator Todd MacFarlane’s ongoing insistence he’d like to reboot his character into a »
Dear Ryan Reynolds,
Hi. How are things? I'm guessing, since you are a successful movie star who has made millions of dollars and is generally understood to be in the 99th percentile of attractive people in the world, that things are, overall, going well. Congratulations on everything, including last week's debuts of both "R.I.P.D." and "Turbo." On a larger scale — the scale of life, you might say — things are going swimmingly for you. (Scarlett Johansson And Blake Lively? What? Come on, dude. High five.) And that's great. It's important to keep perspective.
As a loyal fan of your work, however, I want to do my part to help you get out of this, um, "slump" you're in currently, career-wise.
If I may: It seems like you may not care as much as you once did.
To be clear, I don't mean "care" as in "You lack the passion for acting »
- Nick Blake
Warner Brothers's The Conjuring swept to the top of the North American charts on a solid $41.5m (£27m). The critically acclaimed haunted house story stars Vera Farmiga and Patrick Wilson and is directed by genre maestro James Wan.
Of perhaps greater interest were the new movies that stumbled. Universal has enjoyed a tremendous year so far, but Ripd was always going to flop. The studio switched release dates several times and announced back in February it was giving the supernatural buddy movie the retroactive 3D treatment, a desperate move that scrawls the writing on the wall in large capitals.
- Jeremy Kay
Review Ron Hogan 22 Jul 2013 - 06:38
Nick (Ryan Reynolds) is a Boston cop with a bright future. He has a lovely wife, but there's not a lot of money involved in police work, so when his partner Hayes (Kevin Bacon) has a great idea to make off with some stolen gold found during an investigation, Nick doesn't listen to his conscience and takes the plate. However, pretty soon his better nature takes over, and he tells Hayes he wants to go straight. That's enough to trigger Hayes' worse nature, so he executes his partner during a big drug raid.
Fortunately, Nick has a special set of skills that makes him coveted by the Rest In Peace Department, or R.I.P.D.. They stop deados, bad souls who have refused to »
During a tightly packed press conference earlier this week, Ryan Reynolds (looking dapper and slightly bored) and Jeff Bridges (appearing relaxed and ever curious) delighted a crowd of journalists who were all probably a little more into the actors themselves than the movie they happened to be promoting - but that’s usually the case.
The proceedings were light-hearted with a few laughs as both actors seemed genuinely happy to be around each other again.
DC: Ryan, you’ve done a number comic book films now with Green Lantern, Blade: Trinity, X-Men: Origins, this one, hopefully Deadpool … Is there something about the genre that appeals to you? Do you find it more fun to act in films that aren’t necessarily grounded in reality? And Jeff, these are films that we don’t usually see you in. You’ve done Iron Man but comic films you really haven’t been a part of, »
- Drew Tinnin
Vancouver native Ryan Reynolds is doing double duty in theatres this week with two very different films, one in which he plays a snail, and the other he’s a recently deceased cop saving the planet from destruction. For Reynolds fans, that dichotomy perfectly sums up the actors’ career.
It’s hard to pin Ryan Reynolds down. He’s been the goofy guy in Van Wilder and Waiting…, the rom-com charmer in The Proposal and Definitely, Maybe, the buff-bodied vampire hunter in Blade: Trinity and the equally ripped dad in The Amityville Horror. And last, but not least, he's the Green Lantern.
- Rachel West
According to Bleeding Cool, a panel celebrating the 10th anniversary of The Walking Dead comic book series included the announcement that David S. Goyer will direct a season four episode of the AMC adaptation. It hasn't been revealed exactly which episode he will helm or whether he will also write it, but this should come as exciting news for comic book fans. Shouldn't it? Well, while Goyer contributed to The Dark Knight Trilogy and penned the Man of Steel screenplay, his directing credits include the likes of the not so great The Invisible and Blade: Trinity! What do you think? »
Talking in the latest issue of Total Film Magazine, R.I.P.D. (which is yet another 2013 superhero movie getting a mauling from critics) star Ryan Reynolds was asked about his previous experiences with the comic book movie genre. Obviously I've worked on films in that world, that didn't work," he said, clearly referring to Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine and Green Lantern. However, as to whether or not he would be open to reprising the latter role in Warner Bros.' rumoured Justice League movie, the actor remained coy. Reading through the lines, it doesn't take a genius to figure out that it's clearly not something he either believes moviegoers want to see or that he himself is desperate for. "I don't even know if the the studio's going to make that...but it would certainly be a challenge. If they do, I hope it's great. We saw how well Joss Whedon »
Ryan Reynolds is doubling up on his chances at the box office this weekend, playing both a dead cop and a speed-racing snail.
In "R.I.P.D.," Reynolds and Jeff Bridges play a pair of undead cops working to protect the living from evil spirits. In DreamWorks' "Turbo," Reynolds is downsized to an animated garden snail who gets to race in the Indy 500.
We've seen Reynolds as a superhero, a chubby teen, and even a jerk frat guy who never graduates, but do we really know anything about the actor? To get you ready for your Ryan Reynolds-filled movie weekend we've collected a handful of fun facts you may not have known about the popular actor.
1. Reynolds has been afraid of flying since he went skydiving and his parachute failed to open at the first attempt. So while playing the Green Lantern was definitely a challenge, he was able to face his fear through repetition. »
- Erin Whitney
This should be a big week for Ryan Reynolds. He has two potential summer blockbuster movies opening, both of which stand to ingratiate him with different sets of moviegoers. In family cartoon "Turbo," opening July 17, he's the voice of a super-fast snail with dreams of hot rod racing. And in action comedy "R.I.P.D.," based on a comic book, he's a rookie in a department for undead cops who partners with grizzled ghostly lawman Jeff Bridges.
And yet, a quarter-century into the 36-year-old Canadian actor's career, which has included several leading-man roles, we still have to ask: Why isn't Ryan Reynolds a bigger star?
It's not like Reynolds isn't movie-star talented (check out his one-man performance in "Buried"). Or movie-star handsome (he was named People's Sexiest Man Alive a couple years ago). Or movie-star fascinating (his marriages to Scarlett Johansson and Blake Lively have kept him a tabloid fixture). And yet, »
- Gary Susman
Ryan Reynolds is becoming quite the regular on the comic book movie circuit, having appeared in Blade: Trinity, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Green Lantern and the forthcoming supernatural adventure R.I.P.D., which hits cinemas later this month. Of course, he's also still attached to another - the long-rumoured Deadpool movie - and now the actor has gave a brief update on the status of Fox's planned X-Men spin-off, which doesn't offer much in the way of encouragement about the Merc with the Mouth returning to the big screen any time soon.
"That movie is alive and kicking, and then it's dead as a doornail. Then it's alive and kicking and then it's dead. It's like the worst relationship I've ever had," Reynolds tells Total Film. "The character knows he's a comic book character, he knows he's in a film, he knows who the executives are at the studio making the movie. In »
- Flickering Myth
Product placement is a pretty horrendous enterprise at even the best of times; we’ve all sat through movies that have forced a wealth of products down our throats to the point that it ends up distracting from the actual movie, but what about movies that take this tackiness to the next level?
Some movies, either deliberately or by accident, are so committed to product placement that the end result causes the entire movie to seem like one giant advert for the company it is promoting.
Even though a few movies in this list reportedly weren’t paid to promote their focal product, it’s a scarcely-believable claim, especially given how crucially the narrative often revolves around that product. Here are 10 movies that are just a giant advert…
10. Blade: Trinity (Apple)
One of the most infamous instances of product placement hands down, Blade: Trinity takes what could have been a »
- Shaun Munro
Robert Schwentke's 'R.I.P.D.' is less than a couple of weeks away from arriving in Us theatres and both its stars Ryan Reynolds ('Blade: Trinity') and Jeff Bridges ('Tron: Legacy') have been on hand to take part in a new featurette from the flick to discuss their roles and the world of 'R.I.P.D.'. The movie is of course based on the Dark Horse comic book authored by Peter Lenkov and looks to be somewhere between 'Men in Black' and 'Ghostbusters'. Kevin Bacon ('Super'), Stephanie Szostak, Mary-Louise Parker ('Weeds'), Marisa Miller and James Hong ('Big Trouble in Little China') all co-star. Check out the new clip below. »
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