14 items from 2015
Will the Iran nuclear deal energize the country’s filmmakers and open up the Iranian film industry internationally?
Now that the landmark accord between Iran and the U.S., Britain, France, Germany, China and Russia has been officially adopted, it’s likely that economic sanctions against Iran will be lifted. That may even open roads for foreign film companies, including the Hollywood studios, into a country where more than half of the 81 million citizens are under 30.
For the U.S. film industry, it was never illegal for an Iranian national to acquire an American movie and show it, but U.S. distributors nevertheless have been subject to restrictions on doing business in the Middle Eastern nation.
“We are not allowed to invest in distribution or promotion on a film, which you would normally do, which makes (such an investment) not a very interesting proposition,” says Chris Marcich, president of international for the Motion Picture Assn. »
- Nick Vivarelli
The neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them will return to the small screen in the future, as Miramax and El Ray revealed today that Robert Rodriguez's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series has been renewed for a third season:
Press Release: Santa Monica, CA / Austin, TX (October 26, 2015) - Miramax® and El Rey announced today that their one-hour scripted original, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series," has been renewed for a third season. Hailed as "radically different...a fascinating ride" by the Associated Press, "From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series" will air its season two finale with guest star Demi Lovato on El Rey Network on Tuesday, October 27 at 9Pm Et.
A reimagining of Robert Rodriguez's 1996 iconic movie From Dusk Till Dawn, which Miramax® also released theatrically at the time, the TV show expands on the fascinating supernatural crime saga centered around brothers Seth and Richie Gecko.
- Derek Anderson
Demi Lovato is poised to deliver some of her most liberated work to date with next week's Confident, and with it comes the high-octane video for the album's explosive title track (and Song of the Week pick). Directed by Robert Rodriguez, it puts Demi at the center of her own Kill Bill thriller, on a mission to assassinate the queen of ass-kicking, Michelle Rodriguez. Yet again, Rodriguez finds herself embroiled in a woman-on-woman brawl (a recurring theme for her Fast and the Furious character). But like any good action flick, there's an unforeseen hitch in the plan. Fight sequences and skintight outfits abound! »
- Dee Lockett
Taken as a straight-faced, just-the-facts account of one great man’s amazing achievements, Steve Jobs is a bit daft. For as much as the structure of Danny Boyle and Aaron Sorkin‘s biopic — divided into three sections, each set backstage right before a product’s announcement (those being the Apple Lisa in 1984, the NeXTcube in 1988, and the iMac in 1998) — is receiving attention, that bit of pre-release hype, like all pre-release hype, should be questioned. To my mind, this is all a reductive bit of enthusiasm: what happens when anyone does anything different with the format, thus saving us from having to (gasp!) sit through “yet another biopic.” The reaction is premature, surely, but none too surprising. There’s a vocal and too-large section of viewers for whom the genre indicates that what they’re seeing — no matter the talent of its creators or the fascination that comes with its subject — is unquestionably an inferior product, »
- Nick Newman
Think of a teeming metropolis like New York City. Now double that in size. If every single person who lived there, every hot-dog vendor, third-grader and euphoric Mets fan, was in fact a flesh-eating zombie, that would roughly equal the 17.3 million people that tuned into last October's fifth-season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead, the most-watched episode of anything in cable history. Those are blockbuster numbers and they occurred week after week. The demand for the show has become so huge that a prequel spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, debuts this Sunday. »
The trunk shot (and reverse trunk shot), blood-stained flowers, the ubiquitous dance scene, the god’s-eye Pov, the foot fetish (“Wiggle Your Big Toe!”), the lip close-up (an homage to “The Warriors,” I’d bet), these are all undeniably Quentin Tarantino. A savvy, brilliant auteur in his own right, Tarantino is an instantly recognizable director –– and an unforgettably shrewd student of film. His admiration for the craft and encyclopedic knowledge of practically every genre aid in that notoriety and keep us longing for whatever he’s going to grace us with next. Read More: The 5 Best Films Of Quentin Tarantino Ollie Paxton has created this stunning mashup of Tarantino’s arresting films, featuring the cinematography of Andrzej Sekula (“Reservoir Dogs,” “Pulp Fiction”), Guillermo Navarro (“Jackie Brown”), Robert Richardson (“Kill Bill: Vol. 1,” “Kill Bill: Vol. 2,” “Inglorious Basterds,” and “Django Unchained”), and Tarantino’s own turn (“Death Proof”). Watch the video. »
- Samantha Vacca
Cinco de Mayo has arrived and El Rey Network is celebrating the holiday in grand, fitting fashion with their From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 marathon that starts at dusk tonight and runs till dawn tomorrow, ramping up anticipation for the season two world premiere at the Atx Television Festival this June. The folks at El Rey Network are also adding even more festive culebra frights to the occasion, as they've provided us with five From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Season 1 prize packs to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series prize pack, including the following:
(1) Season 1 Soundtrack (1) Season 1 Poster (1) Signed Season 1 DVD
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series Contest.” Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The »
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: Dejan Zecevic’s sci-fi thriller is currently in production in Serbia.
Korea’s More In Group has launched sales on South Korea-Serbia-Slovenia co-production The Rift at Filmart.
Award-winning Serbian director Dejan Zecevic, whose latest feature was The Enemy, a horror film set in the aftermath of the Bosnian civil war, is currently in production with the sci-fi thriller.
The Rift stars American actor Ken Foree, who was in George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead and Knightriders as well as the Robert Pattinson starrer Water for Elephants; Slovenian actress Katarina Cas, who was in The Wolf of Wall Street and Danny Collins; Swedish veteran Bo Svenson (The Great Waldo Pepper, Kill Bill, Vol. 2) and Serbian star Dragan Micanovic (Bad Company, Coriolanus).
In the film, a Nasa space shuttle crash lands in Eastern Serbia and a team of Us and Serbian agents are sent to investigate and secure the remains of the shuttle’s lone passenger »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Noh)
Editor Jacob T. Swinney has created a fascinating five minute video featuring the first and final shots from 55 different films. In some cases we can attempt to draw meaning from what we're seeing and in others there doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason, but that in itself can offer a window into what the director was attempting to achieve. My only complaint with the video is the fact Swinney didn't include the film titles in the actual video, opting instead to list them in the film's description. While the majority of the images are recognizable enough, I did find myself looking at the descriptions here and there, taking me out of the video for a second and ultimately causing me to have to pause the video overall. Not a major complaint, just more a compliment in fact to the engrossing nature of what was created. I personally find the images of Birdman, »
- Brad Brevet
Welcome to another horror/sci-fi round-up! This time around we have word of two big cast confirmations for Independence Day 2, details on Scream Factory's Deep in the Darkness Blu-ray / DVD release, and information on the new Blanc/Biehn Productions film, Treachery.
Independence Day 2: Last night it was revealed that the first official cast member had signed on to star in Roland Emmerich's Independence Day 2, the sequel to his 1996 film that featured massive alien-induced destruction and larger-than-life characters. It's now been confirmed that one of those characters will be coming back, as Emmerich tweeted last night that Jeff Goldblum will appear in the sequel, likely reprising his role as the brainy and dryly humorous David Levinson, who teamed up with fighter pilot Captain Steven Hiller to take down the mothership in the original film. Smith will not be coming back to reprise his role as Steven. »
- Derek Anderson
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
There’s a hilarious moment in the classic ‘80s comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles when Steve Martin has finally had enough of John Candy’s inane anecdotes. “When you’re telling these little stories,” he instructs Candy, “here’s a good idea… have a point. It makes it so much more interesting for the listener!” If only the makers of the new spy actioner Kingsman: The Secret Service had taken that advice. Despite all of its self-satisfied smugness, Kingsman neglects to give us a coherent story, consistent tone, or anything worth caring about. It’s ironic that a film trying so hard to be inventive and outrageous ends up being such a derivative bore.
The plot for Kingsman is barely adequate to connect the gags and set pieces, »
- J.R. Kinnard
Although Winter’s in its deadly frozen final gasps, down at the ole’ multiplex it’s “spy time”. Not pining for kinky billionaires? Well, then the fine folks at Fox films have an arresting alternative. It’s not the gritty undercover antics of Jason Bourne or Tinker, Tailor’s men, although a member of the latter group stars here. Nor is it quite as grim as the latest entries in 007’s long franchise. Oddly, you might say this is both light and dark Bond. Its sense of humor almost verges on satire and parody, but it is a dark, almost black sense of humor. After all, this new flick is rated R and goes out of its way to earn that letter, almost wearing it as a badge of honor. So, let’s leave reality and seriousness out in the parking lot. Suit up and join those dangerous dapper dudes »
- Jim Batts
Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has cut together a 90-second video "exploring" Quentin Tarantino's use of sound throughout his career including just about everything you can imagine from beer pouring out of a tap to an adrenaline shot to the chest. His entire feature length oeuvre so far is included, which means Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. It almost plays out as if it's Tarantino by way of Edgar Wright, utilizing that similar quick editing Wright has parodied in his films, chiefly Hot Fuzz. Perhaps Tarantino would even respect it as such given the fact he sat with Wright for a commentary on that very film. vimeo id="118431867" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
The Apple co-founder initially denied paternity of Lisa before acknowledging her as his daughter in her teens.
Lisa Jobs was not part of Walter Isaacson's book - on which the film is based - but was interviewed by Sorkin last year in preparation for the film.
Natalie Portman was previously reported to be in line for the role of Lisa Jobs. »
14 items from 2015
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