19 items from 2016
Justin Trefgarne’s futuristic mind-bender, Narcopolis is set to hit DVD/Bluray on March 1st, via a partnership between Scream Factory and IFC Midnight. The film deals with a world in which drugs have been made legal and a group of cops who are assigned to crack down on black market dealers, ensuring that the rich stay right and the poo stay poor. Like any great film that deals with these types of class war themes, a man begins to ask himself if he’s doing the right thing, and all hell breaks loose. Sign me up! In 2024, the manufacture and consumption of drugs has been legalized. An elite police unit, known as Drecks, are created by an over-stretched police force to keep the black market dealers off the streets and the licensed drug companies rich. When dreck and former addict Frank Grieves is called to investigate an unidentifiable corpse, »
- Jerry Smith
The film features an ensemble cast including James Callis (Battlestar Galactica), Jeff Fahey (Lost), Christiane Seidel (Boardwalk Empire), William Forsythe (The Bronx Bull), Miles Doleac (Containment), William Sadler (Iron Man 3), David Warshofsky (Now You See Me), Garrett Hines (Deepwater Horizon), Jim Gleason (The Best of Me) and Kelly Lind (The Big Short).
When a U.S. congressman’s daughter passing through a small town in Mississippi dies in a mysterious triple homicide, a team of F.B.I. agents descends to investigate, the team’s brilliant but jaded lead agent battling demons both past and present, as his beautiful, tough-as-nails partner tries to hold him and the case together. They find a struggling and corrupt sheriff’s department, »
- Phil Wheat
The Gerry Anderson toys that arrived in the 1990s may have been a little bit shonky, but they provided hours of fun...
Millions of years ago, in 1992, the BBC made a very wise decision: it broadcast the Gerry Anderson series Thunderbirds on its second channel. Back in those days BBC 2 on Sunday mornings (and 6pm weekdays) appeared to be curated entirely for geeks, with episodes of Star Trek, Doctor Who, Battlestar Galactica and further Gerry Anderson series such as Stingray and Captain Scarlet being broadcast alongside Shooting Stars and This Morning With Richard Not Judy. It was hella formative.
The renewed popularity of Thunderbirds had led to Matchbox releasing a Tracy Island playset. This became a must-have Christmas item, to the extent that fights were reported over the remaining sets in stores. With supply failing to match demand Blue Peter - the BBC’s flagship-show-named-after-a ship’s »
A reimagining of Robin Hood, set 40 years in the future, is pressing ahead...
The latest in the string of adaptations-that-aren't-really-adaptations just got a scriptwriter with a background in comics. We're referring to the 'futuristic Robin Hood' project currently in development at The Hollywood Gang, the production house headed by 300 and Immortals producer Gianni Nunnari.
Tony Lee just signed onto to pen the script for the adaptation, one of several Robin Hood projects in various stages of development. This one, described as a Robin Hood reimagining, is said to be set in a 'dystopian London with a rogue MI5 agent on a mission to avenge injustice', according to The Hollywood Reporter.
With a working title of Robin Hood 2058, one can only imagine how loosely this adaptation might be based on the original tale of Robin Hood, Sherwood, and his Merry Men. However, Lee does seem a good man for the job, »
Around this time last year, Syfy debuted its new series 12 Monkeys, based on the hit 1995 movie of the same name, which became a hit with fans and critics alike. Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a bit longer for Season 2 to roll around, with the network announcing earlier this month that the second season will debut Monday, April 18 at 9 Pm Et. Earlier today, the network released the first trailer for 12 Monkeys Season 2, which reveals that the show is shifting back in time to World War II.
In the Season 1 finale, Cassie Railly (Amanda Schull) was sent forward into time, to the year 2043, but this season, she'll be reuniting with James Cole (Aaron Stanford) in the past. This trailer features Jones (Barbara Sukowa) revealing to Cassie that she must go back in time to help James, who is on a mission during World War II. Fan-favorite Emily Hampshire is also back as Jennifer Goines, »
Once upon a time, The X-Files was my thing. Years before Lost and Battlestar Galactica, I had FBI Agents Mulder and Scully and their increasingly bizarre caseload full of aliens and monsters and supernatural occurrences. This is one of the the great genre shows of my life, a vital cornerstone in my taste that sits right […]
The post ‘The X-Files’ Revival Review: The Quality Is Out There…Somewhere appeared first on /Film. »
- Jacob Hall
It’s difficult to criticize the urge to mine a precious resource, especially when that gold lies just below the surface of popular culture. For decades, TV in particular has brought us a wide variety of fantastic and exhilarating programs. To extend the mining analogy, why not squeeze a bit more profit out of those gems?
But even if the instinct to exploit a precious commodity is understandable, it’s the execution that worries me. It’s hard not wonder if we’re fast approaching the moment when uninspired cultural strip-mining not only becomes the norm, but starts to choke off the emergence of entirely new ideas and concepts. It’s part of what I call the “blockbuster-ization” of TV, but isn’t one of the benefits of TV the fact that it doesn’t have to ape the film industry’s less inspiring moves?
Many of us are resigned »
- Maureen Ryan
With Star Wars once again a pop culture force to be reckoned with, the time would seem ripe to revive that long-gestating live-action series set “in a galaxy far, far away.” But the project remains about as active as R2-D2 in The Force Awakens. Why? It’s complicated.
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Back in 2005, a live-action series — Star Wars: Underworld — was not only announced, it had been developed by George Lucas himself. The hour-long drama was said to be set between the original film trilogy and its prequels, and would focus on two families’ battle for control »
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Gotham, Supergirl, The Flash, Arrow, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Legion of Super-Heroes, Vixen, Batman: Bad Blood, Batman: The Killing Joke, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, Black Widow, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, Thor: Ragnarok, Black Panther, Agent Carter, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Damage Control, Jessica Jones, Daredevil, Deadpool, Cable, Gambit, Fantastic Four, Hellfire, Superior, Heroes Reborn and more…
We’ll kick off this rather packed edition of The Week in Spandex with the DC Extended Universe, and with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice just over a couple of months away from release director Zack Snyder has shared the first clip from the film, which features a rather tense standoff between The Dark Knight (Ben Affleck) and the Man of Steel (Henry Cavill) [watch it here], while a »
- Gary Collinson
According to "The Flash" executive producer Andrew Kreisberg, not only will there be more 'Gorilla Grodd' in the series, but actor Aaron Douglas ("Battlestar Galactica") will play yet another DC Comics super-villain in the Mid-Season premiere episode, airing January 19, 2016 on The CW:
Douglas will play 'The Turtle', a 'meta-human' who can slow down time.
"In a surprisingly funny twist," said Kreisberg, "'Cisco' has actually been hunting 'The Turtle' for the entire series, To the surprise of 'Barry', everybody knows about Cisco’s hunt for the great white whale, which is The Turtle. He's the only one who didn’t know about it.
"We love the idea that there was a villain out there that they knew about, but they just haven’t bothered to tell the audience about yet. All Barry wants to do is get faster, because if he can get faster, he can take on 'Zoom'. He’s »
- Michael Stevens
There’s a new order coming to The Vampire Diaries this season — but can its leader be trusted?
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Mouzam Makkar (The Following, American Horror Story) will recur as Alex, a “beautiful, charming and cocky researcher at the head of a mysterious organization,” TVLine has learned exclusively. Described as a “viper in sheep’s clothing,” she’ll make her first appearance in Episode 714.
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“She has ties to Enzo’s backstory,” executive producer Caroline Dries tells TVLine. »
A surprising addition has been made to the midseason premiere of The Flash, as it has been revealed today that Battlestar Galactica alum Aaron Douglas will play The Turtle, a relatively little known DC Comics villain.
There have been a couple of different versions over the years, and the first was introduced as a foe to the Jay Garrick version of The Flash in the 1940s. A later iteration targeted Barry Allen and developed devices which could slow down the Fastest Man Alive. The small screen Turtle sounds like a combination of both, as he’ll be a metahuman who can actually slow down time itself.
“In a surprisingly funny twist, Cisco [Carlos Valdes] has actually been hunting The Turtle the entire series. To Barry’s surprise, everybody knows about Cisco’s hunt for the great white whale, »
- Josh Wilding
Six episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
I’ll be honest – there was a time when USA, with its blithely blue-skies formula for original programming (if you don’t know what I mean, try to find one conflict in all of Royal Pains or Satisfaction that can’t be summarized as a first-world problem), barely cut it as a footnote in discussions of dramatic television. But then along came Mr. Robot last year to completely change the game, demonstrating more conceptual daring and narrative innovation in its 10-episode first season than most series on higher-brow networks manage in their entire runs.
That Golden Globe-winning hacker drama is one hell of a tough act to follow, and perhaps it’s unreasonable to hold the network’s newest, sci-fi action-drama Colony, up against it. But such comparisons are inevitable, so it’s probably best to get this out of the way quickly: »
- Isaac Feldberg
Aaron Douglas just landed one shell of a role.
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The Flash returns to The CW on Tuesday, »
Slowly, but surely, The Turtle is on his way to wreak havoc on Central City! Entertainment Weekly has learned that The CW's hit superhero drama The Flash has cast Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica) as the DC Comics villain The Turtle, a "meta-human who can slow time itself." He'll make his debut and cause trouble for Barry & his friends in the midseason premiere on January 19. Executive producer Andrew Kreisberg teased his arrival and spoke on how the Fastest Man Alive will react to this meta-human his team has known about for quite some time: “In a surprisingly funny twist, Cisco has actually been hunting The Turtle the entire series, To Barry’s surprise, everybody knows about Cisco’s hunt for the great white whale, which is The Turtle; he’s the only one who didn’t know about it. We love the idea that there was a villain out there that they knew about, »
Paul Feig tweeted a photo of four Ghostbusters reboot figures on Friday that look pretty rad. We have details, as well as a look at the figures, below. A Q&A with Daniel Abella, the director of the Philip K. Dick Film Festival, and info on Robert Englund's upcoming appearance at Silver Scream Festival, are also in this round-up.
Mattel's Ghostbusters Figures: The photo below features the prototypes of all four of the figures which stand at six inches tall. The official release date for these items is not available at this time.
Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones, Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot is slated to hit theaters on July 15th, 2016. Chris Hemsworth will play Kevin the receptionist, with Andy Garcia, Matt Walsh, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Cecily Strong also along for the ride.
- Tamika Jones
“Score: A Film Music Documentary” has surpassed its Indiegogo fundraising goal. The film explores the power of film and TV music as an art form and delves into the creative and technical process of scoring a movie to create an emotional response in audiences. Over 50 people — from composers to directors to film critics — have been interviewed for “Score,” which sets out to be the first feature-length documentary about film scores. Among the participants in the project are Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, “Battlestar Galactica” composer Bear McCreary and “The Social Network” duo Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross. Fans of those composers gave the doc an overwhelming response in its fundraising campaign. After last year’s successful Kickstarter campaign in March, the current Indiegogo campaign that’s raising final funds for the film has taken in over $57,000, well surpassing its $30,000 goal. Film score geeks can see the movie when it »
- Emily Rome
The movie, directed by The Patriot director Peter Winther, stars Penikett as the leader of a military squad whose latest mission leaves them without memories while Feore plays a nefarious scientist (which, by the way, he's great at) who is running tests on the remaining squad members.
It's a fun little movie with some solid performances and I was pleased to have a chance to talk with Penikett about it before the holidays (take a listen to that interview here) and now we're ha [Continued ...] »
The Canadian sci-fi flick Painkillers comes out on VOD and DVD in the U.S. on January 12th, thanks to Rlj Entertainment. We have an exclusive clip to share with you featuring two of our country's better known exports in the genre circles, Colm Feore and Tahmoh Penikett (BSG). Feore plays Dr. Troutman and he is interviewing Penikett, a U.S. Marine after his mission went all pear shaped. Painkillers tells the story of a squad of marines sent on a classified mission deep in the war-torn mountains of Afghanistan, but when they find the mysterious item they were sent for... it's not what they were expecting. The next thing they know, Major Cafferty (Penikett) and the surviving squad members wake-up in a military medical facility with no memory...
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19 items from 2016
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