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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes screening details on Avenged and Serpent's Lullaby, a new Hayride 2 trailer, concept teaser and production details for The Void, first details on short film Paralysis, and more:
Details on Q&A Screenings of Avenged: "Avenged is showing at the Arena Cinemas in Hollywood from March 6. Uncork’d Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed Avenged at Arena Cinemas Hollywood on March 6, 2015.
A second Q&A session will be held after the Sunday March 8 6:30 Pm screening.
These two Q&A sessions are Exclusive to Los Angeles. A lethal injection of scares, thrills, romance, »
- Tamika Jones
Blind, crusading defence lawyer Matt Murdock is on his way to Netflix - see the first poster below - in an origin story that promises us the Batman Begins of Daredevil adaptations. The new issue of Empire boasts a big TV preview that takes us down to Hell’s Kitchen (actually New York’s Long Island City Stages) to watch Marvel’s newest old superhero in action. So what to expect from the show? Blood, it turns out. Plenty of it. “This is more sinister, and that really suits the character,” the man playing Murdock, Londoner Charlie Cox, tell us. “The hero and the villain… it’s a very blurry line. Let’s say that you didn’t know anything about Daredevil, hopefully you would feel a sense of ambiguity about who’s on the right path here. And, well, you know… we have blood.”The claret, according to showrunner Steven S. DeKnight, »
Last night's Arrow provided our first solid look at Ra's al Ghul in the Lazarus Pit. The character also confirmed that he's been around for a long time, stating that he met an amazing illusionist in 1854 only to see that man become a shadow of himself 50 years later. Yeah, unlike Batman Begins' Ra's al Ghul, played by Liam Neeson, Arrow's version of the character has been around for nearly two centuries. How will the Lazarus Pit factor in to future episodes of Arrow? We'll have to find out when new episodes of the show resume on March 18th. »
That cult movie you love from 30 years ago? It’s coming back as a remake. Did the last attempt at a movie adaptation of a well-loved comic book hero not go so well? Don’t worry, they’re rebooting it. Does your favorite childhood film no longer appeal to newer generations? One word: remake.
On Wednesday of last week we were greeted with the news that Neil Blomkamp’s next film would be another addition to the Alien franchise. This film will likely be a remake or reboot of the original film based on the confusion of Prometheus that will hopefully be explained by the end of Prometheus 2 (a sequel after Alien: Resurrection 20 years later just doesn’t make sense to me). Fans everywhere were excited for the announcement. Even if you don’t particularly like movies with Xenomorphs in them, the news wasn’t really that surprising. A »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Indeed, Hollywood’s dependence on films about costumed avengers was a source of derision and humor as the industry gathered to hand out statues and applaud the work of, mostly low-grossing, adult-oriented dramas. “The Avengers” may pay the bills, but off-kilter fare such as “Birdman” feeds the soul, Oscar voters implied.
“When something is that big in the industry, it’s going to be an easy target for Oscar jokes,” noted Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “It could indicate a general kind of weariness of these movies by talent, because they have been so popular.”
Gunn wrote that he didn’t take the jokes personally, but he did argue that the writing on the »
- Brent Lang
This article contains a spoiler for the ending of Interstellar.
In case you missed it, the Oscars were this past weekend and Birdman was the big winner. The Academy’s choice to award Alejandro González Iñárritu's fever dream was a genuine shock, with Boyhood the running favourite for many months. Nonetheless, some things never change, and in that vein it's certainly a non-surprise the Academy also hardly noticed the most ambitious blockbuster of 2014: the Christopher Nolan space epic, Interstellar. Indeed, I use the phrase "non-surprise", because how could it be a winner when it was only nominated for the bare minimum of five Oscars in technical categories that are reserved as consolation prizes?
This is by all means par for the course with a film that has »
Gotham's central investigation was well-written this week, it's a shame the same can't be said about its female characters...
This review contains spoilers.
1.16 The Blind Fortune Teller
Holy flying douchebags, Batman! This week we were treated to a deep delve into the lore of the caped crusader with new villains teased, iconic locations visited and a neat fan service nod to the son of John Grayson.
Also pleasing this week were some hints of upcoming plot advancements. Seeing as Gotham is a show that has an ongoing obsession with mysteries and unresolved questions, it was refreshing to take these baby steps towards the truth after a long stint of inactivity. ‘Who killed Bruce Wayne’s parents?’, ‘will we ever find out about the shady Arkham project?’ and ‘was that comedian in episode one really the Joker?’ are three unresolved questions which fans have been pondering for some time, and »
Just after we learned that Interstellar would return to IMAX screens for one showing only this weekend on Saturday afternoon, you can dive back into the sci-fi epic in another way. Last month, Looper and future Star Wars director Rian Johnson hosted an interview with Christopher Nolan following a screening of Interstellar at the Aero Theater in Santa Monica, California. And all the cinephiles out there will be glad to hear that this is a 32-minute discussion between the two filmmakers talking about the inception of the script, technical details of production, and much more. It's definitely worth listening to in its entirety. Here's the 32-minute discussion between Rian Johnson and Christopher Nolan (via The Playlist): Interstellar is directed by British filmmaker Christopher Nolan, of the films Doodlebug, Following, Memento, Insomnia, Batman Begins, The Prestige, The Dark Knight, Inception and The Dark Knight Rises. The screenplay is by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan, »
- Ethan Anderton
If you're lucky enough to have missed learning about the GamerGate controversy, there are plenty of resources out there with more information. But whatever you do, don't look to "Law & Order: Svu" for a realistic take on the topic. Read More: GamerGate: What it Is and How to Help Stop It (Even If You Don't Play Video Games) This week's episode, "The Intimidation Game," centers around a female game developer named Raina who is preparing to launch a major new development. After receiving major threats from male gamers, Raina is kidnapped mid-presentation and tortured in a basement. Eventually, Raina is rescued and the bad guys are taken down by Ice-t. But once safe, Raina asks a detective through tears, "Women in gaming. What did I expect?" While the full episode was an hour long, YouTuber Dustin Gunn has condensed the episode into the 10 minute supercut below, stating, "I started this cut before watching it, »
- Jena Keahon
There’s no point denying the influence and impact of Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed box office behemoth that is The Dark Knight Trilogy. It cemented the director’s stature as one of Hollywood’s most talented filmmakers, and reinvented Batman for a whole new generation, while at the same time distancing fans from their painful memories of Joel Schumacher’s Batman And Robin. As far as blockbusters go, there are few that meld style and substance so well, but as they say, nobody’s perfect.
As entertaining and thoughtful as Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises are, however, they’re not without their flaws, as evidenced by these 15 irksome subplots which simply drag each film down several pegs and detract from the fun. Batman Begins certainly feels like the most narratively water-tight of the three films in many regards, and hence doesn’t show up much on this list, »
- Jack Pooley
Gotham Season 1, Episode 15: ‘The Scarecrow’
Written by Ken Woodruff
Directed by Nick Corpus
Airs Mondays at 8pm Et on Fox
The search for Dr. Crane continues this week in a way that is notably off kilter with the beats of “The Fearsome Dr. Crane“. There are moments that inelegantly reset character progress that would’ve made more sense following an earlier episode, while dialogue bluntly attempts to integrate events that happened in the previous two episodes. As far as recent episodes go, this one appears to have suffered the most from the expanded season order.
This Fish Mooney plot may have originally been intended to follow the events of “What the Little Bird Told Him”, as the place she ends up could have easily been where Falcone sent her as punishment for her betrayal. The Penguin’s storyline also seems more suited as the aftermath of Mooney’s attack, »
- Jean Pierre Diez
When something strikes, it strikes in a way that within a year or so, we see a generous amount of films and stories that seem to be lifted from whatever popular story that originally had taken off. It’s an unfortunate fact, but it just happens. Although I was excited as hell to see Rutger Hauer gracing a DVD cover again, unfortunately, it’s for RPG, a film that borrows from various other films and stories, while never offering much originally or interesting moments.
Taking place (obviously) in the future, Hauer’s character is a sick, but very wealthy man who wants to be young again, and will pay whatever price it takes to get that. When he arrives at an agency promising just that, he volunteers for a game, one in which the players choose the young bodies they prefer and are instantly injected into the game. While that setup is an interesting one, »
- Jerry Smith
Gotham settles into its familiar groove of murders, investigations and teasing the audience in this Scarecrow prequel episode...
This review contains spoilers.
1.14 The Fearsome Dr Crane
Holy literal-meaning-of-title, Batman! If we’ve complained before that Gotham tends towards exciting episode titles with little pay-off in the actual episode, this week was something different. A title like The Fearsome Dr. Crane has connotations throughout Batman lore, of course, and this episode didn’t hesitate to embrace them.
Indeed, The Fearsome Dr. Crane was an episode which effectively chronicled the type of events that could well lead to someone sticking on a Scarecrow mask and terrorising people with fear toxin a la Batman Begins, the first Arkham Asylum game or countless Scarecrow-centric comics.
The beauty of this Scarecrow prequel arc is in the simplicity. This episode effectively suggested how the young Jonathan Crane would gain his obsession, inherit the bonkers gene and »
Great movie cliffhangers leave audiences desperate for more. They take your audience by surprise, ending the film with such a twist that it demands a follow up; done right you’ve got your audience pre-booked in their seats long before the first trailer for the sequel hits the internet. These are more than simple teases – like the Joker’s calling card at the end of Batman Begins, they are the big game changers that look set to take the franchise in an interesting new direction.
Playing against convention, be it the shocking death of a hero or the enemy winning, can be a great way to build on the anticipation for the next film. Ever since The Empire Strikes Back blasted onto cinema screens, the dark ending has become a staple of many middle movies in a trilogy. It raises the stakes for the final instalment, leaving »
- Baz Greenland
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Khan Bonfils (1972-2015) - Actor. He played Saesee Tiin in Star Wars: Episode I -- The Phantom Menace and also appears in Skyfall, Batman Begins, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life. He died on January 7. (THR) Andrae Crouch (1942-2015) - Gospel Singer and Songwriter. He earned an Oscar nomination for cowriting the music for The Color Purple. He also worked on the soundtrack for The Lion...
- Christopher Campbell
Warner Bros. Pictures
Batman was actually first given the “film” treatment as far back as the 1940s. 1943 and 1949 both saw 15-chapter film serials released starring the Dark Knight and then, in 1966, Adam West reprised his role from the joyfully camp television series for the first theatrically released Batmovie. Popular as it was, it would then be more than twenty years before another was released.
1989 brought the first of Tim Burton’s two Batman movies – and the first of those that most people are familiar with today. Batman Returns followed it in 1992, with Joel Schumacher taking over directorial duties in 1995’s Batman Forever and 1997’s Batman and Robin. Eight years later Batman Begins, the first of Christopher Nolan’s brilliant The Dark Knight Trilogy, was released, with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises following in 2008 and 2012 respectively.
All of those films have fairly definitive conclusions, but fans like to »
- K.J. Stewart
Hollywood is known for physical transformations, and stars often take pride in losing tons of weight - sometimes for a role and other times just to get healthier. But for a few actors, the results of the rapid weight-loss are downright startling.
Here's a look at six celebs who lost a shocking amount of weight.
The Hangover star's dramatic weight-loss first made headlines in October when the once-portly comedian showed up to the screening of Birdman, on the closing night of the New York Film Festival, having gone down a few clothing sizes.
His new, slimmer look also surprised people when he was featured in the opening of the 2015 SAG Awards. It's estimated that Galifianakis may have lost as much as 50 pounds.
Photos: Before & After: Celebs' Most Dramatic Transformations
The Prisoners star famously dropped 30 pounds for his role as the deranged freelance crime photographer Louis Bloom in the Oscar-nominated thriller Nightcrawler. Gyllenhaal, who has »
But this movie has been a divisive one from the moment it was announced last summer. The idea of a film without the original quartet irked many, especially with Dan Aykroyd and Ernie Hudson eager to reprise their roles. Digital Spy movies editor Simon Reynolds and TV editor Morgan Jeffery weigh up the two sides of the debate below.
— Paul Feig (@paulfeig) January 27, 2015
Maybe it's because I've never held Ghostbusters in quite as high regard as other '80s classics (I'm more of Back to the Future geek myself), but the idea of rebooting Ghostbusters has quickly won me over.
Once it became clear that Bill Murray, the star player of the series, »
Katie Holmes is returning to TV to join the third season of Showtime's Ray Donovan. Marking her first major series commitment since her breakthrough role on teen drama Dawson's Creek, Holmes is set to appear in a season-long arc as a "shrewd and chic businesswoman and the daughter of a billionaire producer (played by another recent major hire for the drama series -- acclaimed actor Ian McShane) who enlists fixer Ray’s (Liev Schreiber) services. Holmes had a small-screen role in the 2011 cable miniseries The Kennedys and is known for film roles like The Ice Storm and Batman Begins. Ray Donovan »
- James Hibberd
The Fantastic Four trailer is here! A superhero project that some are eyeing rather dubiously has today revealed a first glimpse at the project.
Give it a watch below:
Gone are the bright colours and camp one-liners of the previous movies which starred Jessica Alba and Chris Evans, replaced with a more muted palette and serious tone. It feels somewhere between the trailer for Batman Begins and Interstellar.
Director Josh Trank, who also gave us Chronicle, has recently stated that he approached the project as though it were not a Superhero movie but instead a ‘hard science fiction’ film. He went on to say that he believes his version of the four friends who find themselves gifted with extraordinary powers has more in common with a David Cronenberg film; if this is the case we can’t wait to see Jamie Bell pull a Goldblum as he morphs into The Thing. »
- Kat Smith
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