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Constantine Animated Series Will Be Darker Than The Live-Action Show

Despite following a cult favourite character, CBSConstantine – starring Matt Ryan as DC’s occult detective John Constantine – didn’t live past its initial 13 episode debut season. That wasn’t the end of this version of the antihero, though, as Ryan later reprised the role for an episode of Arrow and, more recently, Legends of Tomorrow. This year, he’ll also be leading his own animated webseries.

But how will this new show compare to the short-lived live-action version? Will it strip away the darker edges of the demonic world Constantine inhabits to make it more family-friendly? Not at all. In fact, it’s going to do the opposite and push the boundaries even more than the CBS series did.

While speaking with Collider, CW Seed’s VP Peter Girardi claimed that the upcoming animation will be even darker than Matt Ryan’s live-action appearances. The topic came up as
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CW Seed’s Animated ‘Constantine’ Series Aims to Be Darker Than the Live-Action Show

At the panel for Blue Ribbon Content during the ongoing TCA press tour, Executive Vice President Peter Girardi weighed in on the strategy regarding CW Seed's animated Arrowverse series. Blue Ribbon Content is the digital series production arm of Warner Bros. Television Group and they have produced the animated digital series Vixen, Freedom Fighters: The Ray, and Constantine. Vixen was a success, and the title character even managed to crossover into the live-action Arrowverse; the reverse has already taken place for the other heroes with Russell Tovey performing both versions of The Ray, and Matt Ryan famously reprising …
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The importance of cats in horror cinema

Mark Harrison Oct 31, 2017

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This feature contains broad spoilers for several horror movies featuring cats, including Alien, Cat People, Drag Me To Hell, Fallen, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, Pet Sematary and The Voices.

The relationship between humans and cats over time has given way to a number of cultural impressions and outright superstitions. Ancient Egyptians associated them with gods. In the Middle Ages, they were linked with witches and killed en masse, which probably hastened the spread of the Black Plague through the rodent population. And in the modern day, it's interchangeably lucky or not if a black cat crosses your path.

Like anything with such a wide array of symbolic links, movies have presented cats as characters in different ways over the years. It's their abiding association with the supernatural – whether as an omen
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Lumíère Festival: Tilda Swinton – a British Iconoclast

Lumíère Festival: Tilda Swinton – a British Iconoclast
Many actors profess to be surprised when they win an Academy Award; few look as sincerely stunned as Tilda Swinton did when she was named Best Supporting Actress in the 2007 ceremony, for her expertly frosted turn as a corrupt corporate lawyer in “Michael Clayton.” Her shock, one suspects, had less to do with how favored she was or wasn’t by the bookies than her bewilderment at being in the hunt for Hollywood gold in the first place: Little about the way the iconoclastic British star forges and curates her unusual career has courted the awards and embrace of the mainstream, yet they’ve found her anyway.

The Oscars certainly seemed a world away when the 25-year-old Swinton — who caught the acting bug while studying politics at Cambridge, and joined the Royal Shakespeare Company after graduating — began her film career with Derek Jarman, Britain’s pioneering godfather of New Queer Cinema. Playing the artist
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Check Out the First Look Trailer For CW Seed’s New Constantine Animated Series

The DC comic character John Constantine has had his ups-and-downs translating into other mediums. First, there was the Keanu Reeves Constantine feature film, and then the short-lived “Constantine” TV series over at NBC. While the 2005 film never produced a… Continue Reading →

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Keanu Reeves Wants Tilda Swinton in John Wick 3

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Keanu Reeves Wants Tilda Swinton in John Wick 3
Lionsgate is already moving forward with John Wick Chapter 3, and now fans are wondering what new characters will come forth in this next installment, the final chapter in the John Wick trilogy. If Keanu Reeves has his way, it's possible that the actor will reunite with Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, who he starred with in Constantine and Thumbsucker, both released in 2005, although he only had scenes with her in Constantine. Here's what the actor had to say when asked if he'd like to bring Tilda Swinton on board for John Wick 3.

"You know, I had the chance to work with her, I was in two films with her, but had the chance to work with her once, I'm onboard with that. We run into each other once in a while socially out there in the world. She's a remarkable person and actress, so I'm all aboard with that!"

While
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Keanu Reeves Wants Tilda Swinton To Join Him For ‘John Wick 3’

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Keanu Reeves appeared in two movies with Tilda Swinton, and enjoyed the experience so much he’d love to co-star with her again in the upcoming “John Wick” sequel. Reeves and Swinton appeared together in “Constantine” and “Thumbsucker” — both of which were released in 2005 — and in an interview with People he expresses his enthusiasm […]
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Keanu Reeves Wants Tilda Swinton in John Wick 3: 'She's a Remarkable Person and Actress'

Keanu Reeves Wants Tilda Swinton in John Wick 3: 'She's a Remarkable Person and Actress'
With the release date for John Wick 3 officially set, now is the time to speculate about what star Keanu Reeves and screenwriter Derek Kolstad, who wrote the first two films and is penning the third, might have planned for the third installment of the popular action franchise.

Because John Wick: Chapter 2 featured the fan-loved Matrix reunion between Reeves and Chapter 2 new addition Laurence Fishburne, why not add another former costar of Reeves’s into the mix? Like his Constantine foe and real-life pal Tilda Swinton for example?

The actor, 53, told People he 100 percent supports that idea.

“You know, I
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Preacher Season 2 Will Raise Hell on Blu-ray and DVD This November

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Jesse Custer may have the heavenly power of Genesis, but that doesn't stop him from raising a little (or a lot of) hell wherever he goes, especially with the Saint of Killers hot on his trail in the second season of Preacher, coming to Blu-ray and DVD beginning November 14th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment:

Press Release: Culver City, Calif. (September 18, 2017) – The genre-bending, critically acclaimed supernatural series Preacher: Season Two arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD November 14 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The extended second season is an absurdly twisted, action packed thrill-ride following Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper, TV’s “Agent Carter,” Captain America: The First Avenger), a small-town preacher with a criminal past who sets out to find God upon learning He is absent from Heaven. Along for the ride are his ex-girlfriend Tulip (Academy Award® nominee Ruth Negga, Best Actress, Loving, 2016, TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”) and
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Red Sparrow Trailer Brings Jennifer Lawrence Into the Spy Game

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Red Sparrow Trailer Brings Jennifer Lawrence Into the Spy Game
Seduce. Deceive. Repeat. The first trailer for the upcoming spy thriller Red Sparrow starring Jennifer Lawrence has just been released by 20th Century Fox. Directed by Francis Lawrence and starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Charlotte Rampling, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeremy Irons, the film hits theaters March 2nd, 2018! You can check out the first footage below.

Dominika Egorova is many things. A devoted daughter determined to protect her mother at all costs. A prima ballerina whose ferocity has pushed her body and mind to the absolute limit. A master of seductive and manipulative combat. When she suffers a career-ending injury, Dominika and her mother are facing a bleak and uncertain future. That is why she finds herself manipulated into becoming the newest recruit for Sparrow School, a secret intelligence service that trains exceptional young people like her to use their bodies and minds as weapons. After enduring the perverse and sadistic training process,
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‘Justice League Dark’ Gets Script Polish From Gerard Johnstone

Gerard Johnstone has been tapped to polish the script to Warner Bros.’ “Justice League Dark” movie, sources tell Variety.

Johnstone was one of the handful of directors in the running to helm the film and while the studio has decided to hold off on naming a director, execs were interested enough in Johnstone’s presentation to allow him to do a pass on the screenplay.

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The studio has been courting directors over the past couple of months after Doug Liman left the project to focus on Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking.” While plot details are being kept under wraps, “Dark Universe” revolves around the superhero team of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. The film will play a major role in the DC Cinematic Universe.

Constantine was played by Keanu Reeves in a 2005 movie, as
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Gerard Johnstone Rewriting ‘Justice League Dark’ for Warner Bros and DC Entertainment

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Gerard Johnstone Rewriting ‘Justice League Dark’ for Warner Bros and DC Entertainment
Screenwriter Gerard Johnstone has been tapped to rewrite “Justice League Dark” for Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap. Johnstone is best known for his 2014 film “Housebound.” Based on the DC comics, “Justice League Dark” features the wizard-for-hire John Constantine, elemental Swamp Thing, the ghost Deadman, magician Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon as they team up to battle threats beyond the ability of the traditional Justice League. Plot details are being kept under wraps. Also Read: 'The Batman' Director Matt Reeves Clarifies: 'Of Course Batman Will Be Part of the DC Universe' Keanu Reeves played Constantine.
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Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount, Leaves Warner Bros.

Akiva Goldsman Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount, Leaves Warner Bros.
Akiva Goldsman has signed a two-year first-look deal at Paramount Pictures for his Weed Road production company, leaving Warner Bros. after many years.

Goldsman has been one of Hollywood’s most prolific screenwriters and producers for the past two decades. He won an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay in 2001 for “A Beautiful Mind” and has writing credits on “Batman Forever,” “Batman & Robin,” “I Am Legend,” “Cinderella Man,” “The Da Vinci Code,” “Angels & Demons,” “I Robot,” “The Divergent Series: Insurgent,” and “Transformers: The Last Knight.”

Goldsman shares screenwriting credit for Sony’s upcoming “The Dark Tower” with Jeff Pinkner, Anders Thomas Jensen and Arcel. He is a producer along with Ron Howard, Erica Huggins and Stephen King. The film, starring Matthew McConaughey and Idris Elba, opens Aug. 11.

Goldsman’s producing credits date back to the 1990s with “Lost in Space” and “Deep Blue Sea” and include “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “Starsky and Hutch,
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‘American Exorcism’ VOD Review

Stars: Michael Filipowich, Kate Tumanova, William McKinney, Jessica Morris, Jennifer Lee Wiggins, Braxton Davis, Sicily Fontaine, John Paul Sales, Luke Wright | Written and Directed by Tripp Weathers

Retired demon wrangler Damon Richter is pulled back into the game when his estranged daughter is possessed by the spirit responsible for destroying his life and family. Together with his ex-priest pal, the bearded, tattooed beach bum sets about putting his own supernatural abilities to good use. That is, of course, when he isn’t busy posing moodily and glowering from beneath his impressive beard, like an over-filtered Instagram celebrity.

Of all the horror subgenres, few lend themselves to low budget quite like the exorcism movie. Sure, there’s room for all the fancy special effects, pea soup and levitating demons that money can buy, but all you really need to make it work is a bed, some chains and a profanity-laced script.
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Doug Liman Parts Ways With Justice League Dark Movie (Exclusive)

Doug Liman Parts Ways With Justice League Dark Movie (Exclusive)
Fans of the “Dark Universe,” a.k.a. “Justice League Dark,” comics are going to have to wait a bit longer for the film adaptation, as it just lost its director.

Sources tell Variety that director Doug Liman has left the project. Insiders say the reason is schedule-related, as Liman is also attached to direct Lionsgate’s “Chaos Walking,” which recently received a greenlight. Sources say the studio has already started meeting with other directors and should have a replacement for Liman lined up shortly.

Warner Bros., the studio behind the adaptation, had no comment.

While plot details are being kept under wraps, “Dark Universe” revolves around a dark Justice League team that consists of John Constantine, Swamp Thing, Deadman, Zatanna, and Etrigan the Demon. The film will play a major role in the new D.C. Cinematic Universe.

Scott Rudin is producing. Michael Gilio is writing the script.

Constantine
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Catching Up with the Classics: ‘Preacher Vol.1: Gone to Texas’

Written by Garth Ennis | Art by Steve Dillion | Published by Vertigo

Synopsis: Merging with a bizarre spiritual force called Genesis, Texan Preacher Jesse Custer becomes completely disillusioned with the beliefs that he had dedicated his entire life to. Now possessing the power of “the word,” an ability to make people do whatever he utters, Custer begins a violent and riotous journey across the country. Joined by his gun-toting girlfriend Tulip and the hard drinking Irish vampire Cassidy, the Preacher loses faith in both man and God as he witnesses dark atrocities and improbable calamities during his exploration of America.

My Background:

I actually picked up the first volume of Preacher a few years ago. My favorite comic book store was having a sale on graphic novels so I took advantage of it and pick up a few books that had been on my to read list. Preacher was one of
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Entertainment or Propaganda? A Brief and Critical Look at 'Christian Films'

Christian movies: Starring Nicolas Cage, the widely panned 2014 apocalyptic thriller 'Left Behind' was a box office bomb – unlike (relatively) recent popular 'faith movies' such as 'Heaven Is for Real,' 'Son of God' and 'War Room.' A thought on the New Christian American Cinema: Tired of the blatant propaganda found in 'mainstream' Christian movies Two films that might be called “Christian movies” opened last week, and I decided that I wouldn't watch them, write about them, or review them – at least directly. I'm not even going to mention their titles here because I don't promote propaganda films, and that's what this recent advent of Christian movies has become: propaganda. After all, since nearly all American cinema is Christian cinema, the New Christian American Cinema is in fact pure propaganda – not cinema. Worse yet, it bores me. So, here's the thing about what we've come to call
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Keanu Reeves: The King of Action!

Tom Jolliffe on Keanu Reeves, the king of action…

With John Wick: Chapter 2 in cinemas now, it seems a good time to take a look back over Keanu Reeves’ forays into the action genre. Over the years Reeves has dipped his toes into just about every genre. He broke out of course in comedy, becoming forever identified as Ted Theodore Logan in the two Bill and Ted films. He’s done dramas, thrillers, romance and horror films. He’s even done Shakespeare (not that the world, or indeed Reeves himself needs reminding of that). However, Ted Logan aside, his most iconic work has been in the action genre.

The ageless Reeves took his first foray into the genre back in 1991 with the cult classic, Point Break. Whilst undoubtedly he was overshadowed by Patrick Swayze in the film, what was apparent was that Reeves, while still actively trying to shake
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Film Review: ‘John Wick: Chapter 2’ Adds Artistry to Mass Murder

Chicago – It takes a special kind of film that enthralls the audience so much that they stop caring about the body count and are more concerned with the main character running out of bullets. “John Wick: Chapter 2” offers the same cathartic effect as watching a Nazi get punched but in an infinitely more picturesque package.

Rating: 4.5/5.0

John Wick: Chapter 2” came, saw and slaughtered the entire sequel game. This film has set the standard for how action film sequels should be more ambitious than their predecessors. More than that, “John Wick” has become a case study on what elements are needed for successful and fulfilling franchise building. Director Chad Stahelski has spent his career building up to this glorious point. As a stunt coordinator on several major action films, many starring Keanu Reeves (“Point Break”, “The Matrix Trilogy”, “Constantine”), Stahelski has both the action and Keanu experience to create a decent action film.
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