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Top British actors Jason Flemyng and Dougray Scott are familiar faces to sci-fi fans, film buffs and telly addicts alike, so it’s only fitting that both will be special guests at this month’s festival of all things pop culture, McM London Comic Con!
After making his mark Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch, Flemyng has gone on to star in a raft of major feature films, including X-men: First Class, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Clash Of The Titans, as well as a duo of Alan Moore comic book adaptations – From Hell and The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Meanwhile, notable TV roles include maverick ex-cop Danny Quinn in sci-fi show Primeval, and Charlie Brooker’s Emmy-wining series Black Mirror.
- Jazmine Sky Bradley
While you savored your colorful eggs, Marshmallow Peeps, and chocolate bunnies this past holiday weekend, many ventured out to their local theaters to cheer on the Joes in G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Paramount Pictures’ Easter basket was overflowing as the action-figure fueled movie took in over $132 million across the globe. Here in the U.S. the Jon M. Chu sequel totaled in the $51 million range.
This isn’t the first cartoon franchise to hit the big screen and won’t be the last. When TV was king, Frankenstein, Jr. and The Impossibles, Pirates of Dark Water, Valley of the Dinosaurs teleported us to another place and the animation studio Hanna-Barbera reigned supreme in every kid’s universe.
Filmgoers have seen their beloved Saturday morning shows and comic book heroes transfer from the small screen to wildly, gigantic movie heroes. Whether you grew up with them as a kid planted in front »
- Movie Geeks
Hideo Nakata has brought American audiences many J-horror terrors over the years including Ring (Ringu, as it's also known, is Not the title of the movie, not even in Japan) and Dark Water. Can his unique brand of terror strike gold again?
Below you will find the first poster and international trailer for his latest film, The Complex, starring Atsuko Maeda. Look for more on this one very soon!
Nursing student Asuka has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching sound coming from the apartment of her neighbor, a reclusive old man who has refused all attempts at communication. Concerned over his well being, Asuka enters his home, only to find him dead from malnutrition. Worse, it looks as if he had been trying to claw his way into her room. »
- Uncle Creepy
Nakata Hideo brought the world the J-horror boom with the release of his 1998 classic Ringu. As the focal point of an entire movement the attention focused on Nakata has been intense and - with the exception of the even better Dark Water - the response has generally been mixed. Nakata has proven a restless sort, cycling through others styles and genres rather than being pinned down, but the results have been mixed, which is why so many are anticipating the arrival of his latest effort, The Complex.Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. On the first night in her new room, she is awoken by a strange scratching sound coming from the apartment...
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Jack Kerouac's novel On the Road was completed in 1951, first published in 1957... and it finally got a film adaptation, arriving in U.S. movie theaters this Friday (with VOD premiere the following Monday).
From the press materials...
On The Road tells the provocative story of Sal Paradise (Sam Riley), a young writer whose life is shaken and ultimately redefined by the arrival of Dean Moriarty (Garrett Hedlund), a free-spirited, fearless, fast talking Westerner and his girl, Marylou (Kristen Stewart). Traveling cross-country, Sal and Dean venture out on a personal quest for freedom from the conformity and conservatism engulfing them in search of the unknown, themselves, and the pursuit of “it” -- the pure essence of experience. Seeking unchartered terrain and the last American frontier, »
Based on Charlotte Gray’s book Gold Diggers: Striking It Rich in the Klondike, the project follows six strangers and their collective fight for survival and wealth in a small, frontier town in the untamed Yukon Territory. A man-versus-nature tale, it places the characters in a land abundant in undiscovered wealth yet ravaged by harsh conditions, unpredictable weather and desperate, dangerous characters — including greedy businessmen, seductive courtesans and territorial native tribes.
Roth will play Charles Eugene Schultz aka “The Count, »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Asia is at the cutting edge of horror cinema. Japan, Hong Kong and South Korea are all breaking the mould when it comes to the narrative and style of horror films. We only have to look at the popularity of Ringu, Ju on, Dark Water, The Eye. These films terrified Western audiences with their original story lines and fresh direction. All of them were given the Hollywood makeover but lost a lot of their power in translation.
For horror fans, the best place to be pleasantly surprised by horror films is from the continent of Asia. America seems to be stuck in slasher mode. It is a long time since I watched an American horror film and went “Wow”. They are at best – adequate.
This list is a celebration of some of the best Asian films that have been released for our viewing pleasure. Some of them are quite tame »
- Clare Simpson
Japanese horror legend Hideo Nakata has made a name for himself with horror fans from around the world with Dark Water and Ringu. Both of those films spawned American remakes and opened the floodgates for a Huge wave of Asian horror films like One Missed Call, Pulse, and The Eye – just to name a few. The Japanese filmmaker has remained strangely distant from horror and dabbled in other genres in recent years. It could be that he was simply waiting for the right project to come along. Maybe the active director will find another hit with his new tale of horror. Check out the synopsis and trailer for The Complex below. Who wants to take a bet to see how long it takes Hollywood to remake this?
Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into a row of aging apartment buildings with her parents and younger brother. On the »
- Michael Haffner
Japanese director Nakata Hideo’s 1998 horror film “Ringu” is responsible, for good or ill, for a veritable tidal wave of imitators. That creep fest give birth to countless imitators worldwide. Even 15 years later you still see the influence. If you don’t believe me, go to the theater right now and watch “Mama” and tell me the ghost doesn’t owe a huge debt to Nakata’s film. You can make a case all you want, but you’ll be wrong. Since “Ringu”, and “Dark Water” a few years later, Nakata has largely moved away from the horror. Now, however, he’s back with a new genre offering called “The Complex”, and from this first trailer, the film looks like it shares DNA with his most recognized works. Here’s the official, and in depth, synopsis: Nursing student Asuka (Atsuko Maeda) has just moved into an apartment complex with her parents and younger brother. »
- Brent McKnight
Having triggered a wave of Japanese horror films with 1998's Ringu it seems like director Nakata Hideo needed a change. You can't blame him, really. After that initial success and later - and, in my opinion, superior - effort Dark Water, Nakata had pretty much done what he wanted to do with hair-ghosts and freaky children and went in search of greener pastures. The problem, however, is that the past decade has not been particularly kind to Nakata and while he has certainly kept working steadily he has never again even remotely approached the sort of critical acclaim that his key works received on their release and fans have been left to wonder if he's simply lost the spark.Well, Nakata is about to premiere his...
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10 items from 2013
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