18 items from 2015
Birthright #1 – #5 “Homecoming”
Written by Joshua Williamson
Art by Andrei Bressan
Colors by Adriano Lucas
Published by Image Comics
Fresh from the mind of Joshua Williamson, Birthright is an interesting new series from Image. The concept is quite simple: a young boy by the name of Mikey vanishes seemingly into thin air, causing havoc on his family from his absence to the point of breaking that is until a year later when a stranger arrives, straight out of a fantasy paperback and sporting an arsenal that would make Conan jealous, claims to be Mikey grown up. And yes, it’s actually Mikey. It turns out he was the champion of a far off realm called Terrenos fated to liberate the land from the monstrous God King Lore. However, what he leaves out is how Mikey himself is under the control of Lore himself with a mission to make Earth his next conquest. »
- Grant Raycroft
It looks like March is going to be a big month in VOD releases for genre fans, as there are a handful of great titles to keep an eye out for in the coming weeks. Several highly anticipated indie films are getting released, including It Follows, Spring, Faults and Backcountry, and there are also a handful of other fun films making their way onto digital platforms as well.
Here’s a rundown of what’s heading to VOD in March:
The Burning Dead (Uncork’d Entertainment)- 3/3
Written and produced by Jeff Miller and Jason Ancona (co-writers and producers of Axe Giant: The Wrath of Paul Bunyan), The Burning Dead pits a a horde of lava-filled zombies against a sheriff charged with the plight to rescue an estranged family from a volcano eruption. Trejo plays Night Wolf, a Native American warrior who knows way too much about the curse that unearthed the coffin dodgers. »
- Heather Wixson
So, how badly did The Wachowskis' "Jupiter Ascending" open this weekend? Equally critically mauled, big-budget movies like "After Earth," "John Carter," "Lone Ranger," and "Battleship" all posted better opening weekend numbers, and had the added difficulty of the much more competitive summer movie season to deal with. The only thing Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis had to fear was a yellow animated sponge. And he beat them handily. "The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out Of Water" opened to much larger than expected $56 million dollar haul this weekend, far beyond the expected $30 million folks predicted. This is coming a full decade after the previous film, and clearly, there is a lot of gas left in the tank for the brand that some would say is long past its expiration date. Granted, Paramount timed the movie perfectly, as there isn't much in the way of family fare in cinemas right now, but you »
- Kevin Jagernauth
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Never Let Go, new episode details from L.A. Macabre and How to Survive the Zombie Apocalypse, the short film Knock Knock, a Q&A featuring The Walking Dead‘s Amber Dawn Fox, and much more:
Never Let Go Trailer and Premiere Details: “Here is a sneak preview of what’s up for grabs at the Berlin Film Festival later this week – Howard J Ford’s (Director/Producer Co-Writer of ‘The Dead 1&2″) latest epic Never Let Go. Shot in Morocco, Spain and the Us, the film tells the story of Lisa, a single mother (played by Angela Dixon) who takes the law into her own hands to get back her abducted child. The completed film will screen at Cannes Market in May.
Howard Ford said today: »
- Tamika Jones
Heading into the weekend it was expected The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water would top the box office, but $55.3 millionc The closest reader prediction was $44.2 million! That's a massive result and $24 million more than The SpongeBob Squarepants Movie released in 2004, which, adjusted for inflation, would be about $42.7 million today. Tack on the 3D upcharge and SpongeBob has still gained an audience, though I must say, the "B" CinemaScore is lower than I would have expected. Meanwhile, it isn't good news for the weekend's big budget releases. First off there's Jupiter Ascending, the $176 million budgeted sci-fi from the Wachowskis finishing third with $18.3 million. To put that into comparison, John Carter opened with $30.1 million and even After Earth opened with $27.5 million. Even worse off was Seventh Son, which Legendary and Universal are trying to convince us cost only $95 million, finishing with a dismal $7.2 million. Both films received a "B-" CinemaScore and »
- Brad Brevet
After being delayed from its original July 2014 release date, the Wachowskis’ latest big-budget sci-fi flick Jupiter Ascending is finally here, and as almost everyone expected, it’s dead on arrival. Indeed, the film has racked up a distressing 22% on Rotten Tomatoes so far, and is tracking to gross just $20 million this weekend, which with a $175 million budget (not including marketing) ensures it’ll struggle to make its budget back worldwide.
While Jupiter is absolutely a failure, at least it’s one of the more interesting and ambitious blockbuster failures of recent years. It’s certainly more memorable than, say, John Carter or The Lone Ranger, and it’s difficult to argue with the movie’s gorgeous visuals and exemplary set-pieces. It’s just a shame there’s not more to the film, and it ends up being a mish-mash of ideas that don’t gel together at all. »
- Jack Pooley
Space Princess Diaries: Wachowski’s Space Adventure is Intergalactic Hooey
Those craving the intelligent sci-fi that graced their early 1999 sci-fi classic The Matrix are sure to be sorely disappointed in the latest space opera from the ambitious Wachowski Siblings, Jupiter Ascending, which makes their ill-fated 2012 Cloud Atlas seem immaculate by comparison. Bloated with insensate characters, repetitive and overly familiar (albeit skilled) visuals, and dripping with a high dose of camp, it is every bit the misfire that the many prophesized it to be after the film’s initial nine month delay in theatrical release (originally cited as due to post-production effects). But all the king’s special effects teams couldn’t cobble this egg into a beauty. What’s most unfortunate is what another unsuccessful film means for the Wachowskis since they’re representative of a quickly disappearing subset of creative teams working within the studio system. And even if »
- Nicholas Bell
"Bees don’t lie," assures Sean Bean. "Feel my skin!" implores Tuppence Middleton. "I love dogs," swoons Mila Kunis. Say what you will about the Wachowskis’ space fairytale Jupiter Ascending, it’s not short of quotable lines.
Since they struck box office gold with The Matrix in 1999, the Wachowskis have turned out a string of bold films with varying success, from the bewilderingly hectic (Speed Racer) to the bravely intricate (their 2012 adaptation of Cloud Atlas, with co-director Tom Tykwer). Jupiter Ascending emerges as a manic compendium of most of their films to date: it has the dark conspiracies of The Matrix trilogy, the high-octane action sequences of Speed Racer, which whiz past your eyes in a blur of pixels, and the labyrinthine plotting of Cloud Atlas.
In essence, Jupiter Ascending »
Sure, there are plenty of reasons why Tim Riggins has your heart, but actor Taylor Kitsch is just as sexy off screen, too. The 33-year-old Canadian actor first won over fans as tough, hunky football hero Riggins on Friday Night Lights, and over the past few years, he's been on the big screen thanks to movies like John Carter, Battleship, and Savages. Most recently, he appeared in The Normal Heart, and he's returning to the small screen with a buzzed-about role on True Detective. In any case, now seems like the perfect time to look back at some of his sexiest snaps from over the years, including a mix of red carpet appearances and crazy-hot magazine editorials. Brace yourself - there are some really, really good ones. Source: Entertainment Weekly »
Uncork’d Entertainment have announced the Us release dates for director Rene Perez’s The Burning Dead (formerly Volcano Zombies), which features action superstar Danny Trejo (Machete), along with Tom Downey (Axe Giant), Moniqua Plante (Nashville), Robert F. Lyons (Dark Night of the Scarecrow), Nicole Cummins (Logan), Kevin Norman (Melissa & Joey), Kyle T. Heffner (Seinfeld), Julia Lehman (Cheerleader Massacre 2), Tom Nagel (Hillside Cannibals), Jenny Lin (Piranhaconda), Robert Amstler (Alien Showdown), and Morgan Lester (John Carter).
Written and produced by Jeff Miller and Jason Ancona (co-writers and producers of Axe Giant), The Burning Dead pits a horde of lava-filled zombies against a sheriff charged with the plight to rescue an estranged family from a volcano eruption. Trejo plays Night Wolf, a Native American warrior who knows way too much about the curse that unearthed the coffin dodgers.
The Burning Dead arrives March 3rd on digital and VOD. The DVD lands a month later, »
- Phil Wheat
Films fans, prick up those ears as this week sees the release of sci-fi, CG epic Jupiter Ascending. The film is the Wachowski siblings’ first original production since The Matrix trilogy and considering their contentious output since then Thn is intrigued by their latest offering. Starring Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, Jupiter Ascending is the story of a lowly caretaker (Kunis) who is the unknowing heir to planet Earth owing to an interplanetary life seeding programme, and thusly requires the protection of Tatum, a genetically engineered interplanetary warrior. Basically it’s Men In Black 2 meets John Carter, via The Bodyguard…oh, and also the main characters have the names of porn stars (Caine Wise and Jupiter Jones).
Enough with the details of this trite story line and stereotypical characters! All Thn has been able to think about whenever it has seen any promo material for this film is Tatum »
- Joe Upton
It’s come to my attention as of late that I tend to write mostly negative reviews. Despite the general consensus, I don’t find much in writing bad things about comics. I’d prefer to read good books over bad ones any day. It’s just that I read more things from DC Comics than other publishing companies and that’s come back to bit me. Usually there’s at least one book in the New 52 that I think keeps the entire line not deserving of complete condemnation, but now that Earth 2 has been turned into drek, that’s changed. Pretty much nothing from DC interests me anymore, save for Jeff Parker’s run on Aquaman for being one of the few books that has a sense of fun to it. But right now, I want to take a break from bad mouthing comics. I honestly want to like titles. »
- Grant Raycroft
Many people are still questioning whether The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending is worth their time. The visually impressive film looks like a blend of Dune and Star Wars crossed with Cloud Atlas and Speed Racer. Still, the ambitious scifi tale could end up a box office bomb of John Carter proportions. But, for movie fans, this movie features a stellar cast that we now get a new look at thanks to over thirty brand new images. Despite the marketing focus on Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis, these »
- Alex Maidy
In 2014 an actor previously best known for being seven down the cast list in a cult TV sitcom rose to become the star of two of the year’s biggest blockbusters. This time last year Chris Pratt was about as far from a household name as Guardians Of The Galaxy or The Lego Movie were from being sure things at the box office. One year later and the two films have made over a billion dollars between them and Pratt looks like a leading man with genuine star quality. His lead role in this year’s Jurassic World looks set to cement his newfound status as a bona fide Hollywood star.
It sounds like a simple process, but in reality a lot of actors have been poised on the brink of stardom with multiple big movies due for release only to find the movies flop and their careers worse off than before. »
- Jack Gann
BioWare has done some incredible things with the Star Wars license. While there have been some stumbles with The Old Republic, it's hard to deny how good the company is at crafting memorable Sci-Fi/Fantasy stories in general (just look at the Mass Effect and Dragon Age franchises). With another Star Wars game apparently in the works from them, I got to thinking about which other Sci-Fi/Fantasy franchises could use a great game from the Bioware team.
I'm a sucker for fun stories and epic tales; two things BioWare seems to specialize in. Since they've done so well with one of the biggest science fiction properties around, Star Wars, I'm sure they're more than able to handle other much beloved sci-fi and fantasy franchise. There are several worthy tales out there which haven't received the video game attention they deserve, or simply didn't get good games, so perhaps BioWare »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Warner Bros. Pictures
It feels like some new piece of news about Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice breaks every other week, but unlike the needless inclusion of Kahina the Seer or another take on the Wayne’s murder, the latest story that has gripped the internet over the past few days is something potentially movie-ruining. Broken by Ain’t It Cool News after an image reportedly from the upcoming teaser popped up on Imgur, it sounds like the movie could be a two parter, with Enter The Knight coming in October 2015 and Dawn Of Justice hitting on the previously announced March 2016 date.
Henry Cavill has since denied the split, but in the lack of official word that could just be downplaying it before an official reveal – there’s plenty to suggest this may be the master-stroke Warner Bros. are trying to kick off the DC Cinematic Universe with.
- Alex Leadbeater
Rich Ross has two primary missions ahead of him as he takes the reins of Discovery Channel: Diversify the cabler’s male-centric audience and restore its credibility in the documentary world after a series of questionable programming decisions.
Ross made his first public appearance as Discovery topper Thursday as part of the cable group’s presentation at the Television Critics Assn. press tour. He was candid about the challenges ahead for Discovery.
“The channel is more narrowly niche that it needs to be,” Ross said. “Being more inclusive to women and younger men is a way for us to build back the audience. We want to be the No. 1 TV brand not just for men but for the whole family.”
Ross emphasized that he’s focused on bringing more scripted programming to the channel and more high-end docu fare. He signaled those as priorities with the appointment of producer »
- Cynthia Littleton
Chris Evans is the latest action hero to nab a side gig over at “Call of Duty.”
Evans sheds his “Captain America” suit for battle fatigues, popping up in a trailer for the forthcoming “Call of Duty Online,” a multi-player version of the Pov shooter game, developed exclusively for China.
The commercial follows a group of hotel staffers sneaking off for gaming excitement, when Evans drops in for bicep-flexing, rope-swinging, surface-to-air missile launching and the like.
Also Read: 60 Sexiest Seconds of Chris Evans: Captain (Naked) America (Video)
The hybrid will combine characters from game iterations like “Modern Warfare,” “Ghost” and “Advanced Warfare, »
- Matt Donnelly
18 items from 2015
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