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Michael Henrichs of Die Gesellschaft Dgs is the lead producer on the Telugu-language project, which has also secured $37,000 (€30,000) from the EU’s Creative Europe Media Development Fund.
Set at a time when the monsoons have failed two years in a row, Avani tells the story of an eight-year-old girl who learns new respect for life on Earth while bringing her family together.
“Avani will build on the tone that the director developed in his first film, Vanaja. We expect to close the financing over the next nine months and begin shooting in mid-December 2015,” said Henrichs.
Dussart and Nfdc recently co-produced Gurvinder Singh’s The Fourth Direction, which is in production, with Kartikeya Narayan Singh’s The Film Café and Sunil Doshi’s Handmade Films. Dussart’s credits also include Rithy Panh’s The »
To celebrate the success of the Rosetta mission, we take a timely look at Lifeforce, an exceedingly strange comet-based sci-fi from 1985...
In olden times, comets were seen as portents of death and disaster, so goodness knws what they’d have thought of the Rosetta mission: the ambitious attempt to put a landing craft on the jagged bulk of a comet called Churyumov-Gerasimenko - a delicate procedure that’s still ongoing at the time of writing. Our ancestors probably would have thought we were completely mad. Or in league with the devil for creating such advanced machinery in the first place.
Then again, who knows what they would have thought of Lifeforce, the 1985 film about an exploratory mission to Halley’s Comet, which inadvertently causes a trio of space vampires to attack London - and all from the director Tobe Hooper, who brought us The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Lifeforce is, »
August 6th and 9th, 1945 forever changed the course of history. When the first nuclear bombs were dropped in Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan, World War II ended, but a new fear was born that dominated the thoughts of all men, women, and children for decades to come. The Cold War, atomic bomb testing, a cartoon turtle telling children to “duck and cover”, and this new technology that had the actual potential to literally end the world changed the perception of what was scary. Art reflects life, so cinema began to capitalize on these fears. Gone were the days of creepy castles, cobwebs, bats, vampires, werewolves, and the other iconic images that ruled genre cinema in film’s earliest decades. Science fiction was larger than ever and giant ants, giant octopi, terror from beyond the stars, and »
- Max Molinaro
Nineties giant snake movie Anaconda comes under James's microscope. Could it be more than just another scaly B-movie?
"You don't know shit about the shit we're in here!" Gary Dixon (Owen Wilson) in Anaconda. That sentence pretty accurately sums up most people's appreciation of both the movie Anaconda, life in general and the state of the Universe. When you've finished reading this article, you will know some shit.
Do you remember Anaconda? The 1997 killer snake film starring Jennifer Lopez, Ice Cube and Jon Voight? It had the tagline "When you can't breathe you can't scream"? It got nominated for six Razzies but, in spite of such ignominy, went on to become a cult hit and spawned three sequels?
Until a couple of weeks ago I didn't remember Anaconda because I'd never seen it. Somehow this pleasure had passed me by, and it existed as a sizeable hole in my pop »
• Natalie Dormer is set to star in Lava Bear Films and Phantom Four's The Forest, Entertainment Weekly has confirmed. Jason Zada is directing from a script rewritten by Sarah Cornwell and Nick Antosca that was based on an original idea by David S. Goyer. Set in the Aokigahara forest at the base of Mt. Fuji, the supernatural thriller tells the story of a young American woman who goes in pursuit of her missing twin sister. When she wanders off the path, she is met by the undead. Lava Bear is producing along with Goyer under his Phantom Four banner. »
- C. Molly Smith
Godzilla is a movie that everyone has heard about, even if they have never seen it. There have been so many manifestations of Godzilla in cinema, from the original 1954 version, to his battles with Mothra, Mechagodzilla and Hedorah, to the terrible 1998 Roland Emmerich version, to this one, 2014’s Godzilla, directed by Monsters director Gareth Edwards.
I was excited about this film since first hearing about it last year, and have been following its progression over the past few months as casting and further details were announced. When the first trailer arrived on the scene a few months ago I was further intrigued, and by the time the film was released this week, I was thoroughly anticipating the re-emergence of one of cinemas most famous monsters. »
- Chris Cummings
The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs) have announced the nominees in the Visual Media categories.
Showcasing the best and brightest in musical creation for visual media, the 5th Annual Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMAs) will be held at The Fonda Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, November 4, 2014.
The 2014 HMMAs welcome back celebrity hosts including Oscar nominated actor Eric Roberts, former Matchbox 20 member Adam Gaynor, acclaimed Director/Writer/Producer Andy Fickman and Earth, Wind & Fire’s Verdine White. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Education Through Music – Los Angeles (Etmla). Honorees, performers, and special guests to be announced.
The field of entrants were narrowed down to final nominees by the Hmma advisory board and selection committee. The winners will be voted upon by music-media industry professionals comprised of select members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists (Scl), The Television Academy, the AMPAS Music Branch, Naras, performing rights organizations, »
- Michelle McCue
The 20th edition of the festival includes competition titles ’71 and Blind.
The Athens International Film Festival (Sept 17-28) kicks off its 20th edition today with 241 titles selected by artistic director Orestis Andreadakis.
The festival will open with Damian Szifron’s hit Wild Tales, which has proved a critical hit since its world premiere in competition at Cannes, and will close with David Fincher’s Us crime drama Gone Girl, marking its European premiere.
‘71, Yann Demange (UK)10,000 km, Carlos Marques-Marcet (Spa)Blind, Eskil Vogt (Nor)The Canal, Ivan Kavanagh (Irel)Manos Sucias, Josef Wladyka (Us-Col)The Mend, John Magary (Us)Natural Sciences, Matías Lucchesi (Arg)Thou Wast Mild and Lovely, Josephine Decker (Us)The Way He Looks, Daniel Ribeiro (Bra)When Animals Dream, Jonas Alexander Arnby (De)
A five-member Youth Jury, comprised »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Alexis Grivas)
Directed by: Gareth Edwards
Running Time: 2 hrs 2 mins
Due Out: September 16, 2014
Own “Godzilla” on Blu-ray 3D Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, 2-Disc DVD Special Edition, and Digital HD on 9/16
Who’S It For? Those who like a slow build up, big screen excitement, and can overlook some ordinary humans since there is an extraordinary reptile.
Godzilla reminds us that we like to be teased. That is something most blockbusters have forgotten. I’m not saying one is always better than the other, but there is something pretty spectacular about sitting through Godzilla and wondering, worrying, and hoping that we’ll finally get the Godzilla action we paid for. »
- Jeff Bayer
James' Star Trek Tng season 3 look-backs conclude with a justifiable classic: Best Of Both Worlds...
This review contains spoilers.
3.26 Best Of Both Worlds
The Enterprise arrives at Jouret IV to respond to a distress call. Unfortunately, once they arrive, they find that there's a smouldering crater where the colony used to be. Has O'Brien made another mistake with the co-ordinates, they wonder? But no, to their astonishment, he was correct. The colony Is gone. And Starfleet thinks the Borg is responsible.
With this in mind, Starfleet dispatches chief desk-jockey Admiral Hanson and Borg tactical specialist Lieutenant Commander Shelby to the Enterprise. Apparently it's been her job to figure out ways to defeat the inevitable Borg attack (she's presumably well-positioned to do so having never seen a Borg, much less fought one. This might explain why they later admit all their Borg super-weapons are 18 months from being finished.)
Shelby and Riker are dismissed, »
“Don’t worry. A naked girl is not going to get out of this complex!”
Lifeforce screens midnights this Friday and Saturday (September 5th and 6th) at The Hi-Pointe Theater (1005 McCausland Ave., St. Louis, Mo 63117)
The guys at Destroy the Brain are following up last month’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre with another film from director Tobe Hooper. His 1985 opus Lifeforce was exciting, trashy sci-fi from the nuts at Cannon Films, with a better than average cast, some decent special effects, an interesting premise, and yes, the hottest space vampire ever seen on screen! The plot of this gonzo sci-fi horror/hybrid is incomprehensible yet strangely compelling: A space crew brings back three bodies from an alien ship. All naked. Two guys and one girl. The guys don’t count for much. They’re not that important. What is important is the naked alien woman, (Mathilda May). She is to be lusted after, »
- Tom Stockman
Rob counts down the top 50 episodes of TV's longest-running animated series, The Simpsons...
Since its debut in 1989, across 552 episodes and 25 seasons, The Simpsons has become one of the most revered and beloved TV programmes of all time. It’s a true cultural phenomenon that’s influenced not just animation, but all areas of TV comedy and sitcom. For so many of us, its quotes and catchphrases have permeated our everyday vernacular, from single words like “crisitunity” and “embiggen” to phrases “you don’t win friends with salad” and “everything’s coming up Milhouse.”
Personal opinions may vary, but for me the show’s peak years were from season 4 through to 10. They’re consistently funny, all killer and no filler runs with barely a dud episode to be found between 1992-1998. Past this point the standard becomes a little more mixed, and recent seasons have been distinctly average at best. The »
Narrated by: John C. Reilly
Running Time: 1 hr 18 mins
Due Out: August 12, 2014
Plot (courtesy of Disneynature: From Disneynature, the studio that brought you “Earth” and “Chimpanzee,” comes the must-own true life adventure “Bears,” available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), Digital HD, Disney Movies Anywhere (Dma), and On-Demand, Aug. 12, 2014. An epic story of breathtaking scale, this heartwarming and visually spectacular film showcases a year in the life of a bear family as two impressionable young cubs are taught life’s most important lessons. Families everywhere can now travel to a majestic Alaskan wilderness teeming with life without leaving home as “Bears” arrives on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, and Digital HD featuring stunning high definition picture, transporting sound, and exciting bonus features both parents and their children will love.
To celebrate the in-home debut of “Bears,” Disneynature is proud to »
- Jeff Bayer
The arrival of The Expendables 3 leads James to the conclusion that, when it comes to being an action hero, age is just a number...
"All I have produced before the age of 70 is not worth taking into account. At 73 I have learned a little... a little about the real structure of nature, of animals, plants, trees, birds, fishes and insects. In consequence when I am 80, I shall have made still more progress. At 90 I shall penetrate the mystery of things; at 100 I shall certainly have reached a marvellous stage; and when I am 110, everything I do, be it a dot or a line, will be alive." - Hokusai, the Japanese artist who painted the famous 'Great Wave off Kanagawa' and kept on creating astounding art until his death at the age of 88.
"I'm too old for this shit." - Roger Murtaugh, the Lapd homicide detective played by Danny Glover »
Audiences were invited into the world of Bears in April when Disneynature's film about the formidable species roared into theaters, and now nature lovers can watch it at home as it arrives on DVD and Blu-Ray on August 12.
To celebrate the film's small-screen release, we're giving you a chance to win a pack of fun prizes, including a stuffed bear, a Bears pendant designed by Alex Woo, and your own copy of Bears. The prize also contains copies of Disneynature films African Cats, Crimson Wing, Wings of Life, Chimpanzee, Earth and Oceans. Click here to enter to win, and here for the official rules.
Even if you don't win, you can purchase the pendant featuring a mother bear and two cubs in sterling silver or 14K gold, and 20 percent »
In the tenth big-screen Enterprise - the fourth for 'The Next Generation' - age catches up with Captain Picard (Patrick Stewart) and his crew as they face marriage and retirement. Unfortunately, it all coincides with Earth's gravest crisis as peace talks between the Federation and the Romulans are sabotaged by Picard's evil clone (a breakout role for British star Tom Hardy). The balance of the cosmos depends on equal parts action and emotion. »
From the opening scene where Alan Cumming's gymnastic mutant Nightcrawler scurries along the corridors of The White House, you know director Bryan Singer's sequel is going to deliver the Marvel Comics goods. Despite their ongoing differences of opinion, old rivals Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellen) have to forget their differences to face up to Brian Cox's fascist military leader who wants the mutants wiped from the face of the Earth. Superior superhero stuff. »
Legendary Pictures is a production company that is fast becoming a safe haven for big movies anchored by visionary filmmakers. This is the studio responsible for "300," "Pacific Rim," and a whole bunch of other super awesome projects (including the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy), and has cultivated a reputation of really bringing it to Comic-Con and the fabled, cavernous Hall H. This year was no different, with Legendary (now partnered with studio Universal) rolling out a veritable laundry list of really impressive projects that the audience ate up affectionately.
The panel was long and a little overwhelming, so we thought we'd break it down into a handy list of things that we learned during the panel. This will cover the gamut -- from Hall H to you!
- Drew Taylor
Mark wonders whether we're now at the point where CG characters matter more than human ones to Hollywood...
In the last decade or so, computer generated characters have taken a quantum leap forward in blockbuster cinema. You can probably mark the transition around the time that Yoda went from being a Jim Henson creation to a digitally rendered sprite in Star Wars: Episode II, but bigger technological leaps have followed, particularly in performance capture.
Andy Serkis has been a big ambassador for this, earning a reputation as a Boris Karloff figure for the digital age in the process and a loyal core of fans who still insist that he deserved an Oscar for his turn »
Transformers: Age Of Extinction took in whopping $300 million worldwide at the Box Office over the weekend.
Within the first three-day weekend, it has already shattered several records and made history in China’s movie industry.
TF4 broke three records already:
1) Gross box office receipts was over Us$3,202,000.00(￥20million) for the midnight showing，breaking the record of Iron Man 3 in 2013（Us$1,985,240.00）
2) The box office of the first five days totaled Us$ 134,484,000.00, which broke the record of Monkey King (Hong Kong, 2014)(11-day gross of Us$ 133,043,100.00) as the movie exceeded the benchmark of \ 800 million ($128,080,000.00)in the shortest period of time.
3) It is on course to overtake Avatar’s China box office record at $217,736,000
Didn’t catch it last weekend? No worries, we got ya covered!
Wamg is giving away Run-Of-Engagement Passes (Admit Two) to see director Michael Bay’s film in the St. Louis Area.
For A Chance To Win, Enter Your Name And Email Address Below. »
- Movie Geeks
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