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The central star of our recent A Nightmare On Elm Street look back, Robert Englund, has confirmed that he will be attending this year’s annual FrightFest. The event which takes place each August Bank Holiday and this year finds a new home at the Vue West End.
We had the honour of being in the great man’s presence once before and can confirm that he’s always an incredibly polite and articulate fella. Englund will be at the festival to launch his latest production The Last Showing as well as celebrating the 30th anniversary of the film that catapulted him to the status a horror icon. For those lucky enough to have tickets to the event the master of menace will not only be introducing each of the three screening of his latest venture, but also returning post credits for a Q&A session.
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- Kat Smith
Englund's iconic Krueger.
Freddy Krueger himself - or at least the man who played him, Robert Englund - is to make a special appearance at this year's Film4 Frightfest, it was announced today. Besides A Nightmare On Elm Street, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, the 67 year old actor has also starred in genre hits from V to Strippers Vs Werewolves, as well as playing a memorable Phantom of the Opera. “Englund is one of the genre’s originals and we are thrilled to host such an icon of fright,” said festival co-director Alan Jones.
Also big news for fans is a scheduled appearance by legendary author and noted recluse Alan Moore, creator of the original comics behind From Hell, V For Vendetta and Watchmen. Moore will introduce his new short film triptych Show Pieces along with its director, Mitch Jenkins.
Other stars joining the line-up are horror's latest. »
- Jennie Kermode
Nightmare on Elm Street star and comic-book legend set for horror festival.
The Us horror actor will attend the festival to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Wes Craven classic, screening on Aug 24, and to launch the latest production in which he stars, The Last Showing, which screens Aug 22.
Festival co-director Alan Jones described Englund as “one of the genre’s originals” and “an icon of fright”.
In support of opening film The Guest, Us actress Maika Monroe will present the UK premiere of the thriller, directed by Adam Wingard and co-starring Downton Abbey’s Dan Stevens. Monroe is also the star of horror It Follows, which debuted at Cannes.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Hollywood Records and Marvel are releasing three albums from Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy on Tuesday, July 29.
The Guardians of the Galaxy Deluxe soundtrack features classic 1970s songs from the film, plus score by composer Tyler Bates (“Watchmen,” “Slither,” “Dawn of the Dead”). Music plays a major role in Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy as the great songs featured in the film are part of the storyline in a unique way.
Explaining how the songs come to play in the story, director James Gunn says, “One of the main story points in the movie is that Quill has this compilation tape [Awesome Mix #1] that he got from his mother before she died that she made for him. It was of songs that she loved, all songs from the 1970s, and that’s the only thing he has left of his mother and that’s the only thing he has left of his home on Earth. »
- Michelle McCue
Though he is not exactly a household name, Frank Miller is still one most singular and influential storytellers of the last 40 years. His miniseries The Dark Knight Returns redefined the character, allowing for more cerebral and experimental efforts like Grant Morrison’s phantasmagoric Batman: Arkham Asylum. Coupled with Alan Moore and Dave Gibbon’s Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns helped pave the way for a whole generation of adult-oriented and serious-minded graphic novels. These novels served as the template for the gritty, hard-edged superhero fare that has dominated cineplex’s for almost a decade. And it has seeped deeply into films featuring no spandex at all. Without Miller, Tim Burton might not be an A-list director. There would certainly be no Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy. No Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles either, for that matter. And if we are to include the technological advancements of Robert Rodriguez and Zack Snyder’s respective adaptations, »
- Hunter Daniels
Super Hero Hype
We got to see some extremely fun new footage from Matthew Vaughn's upcoming spy thriller Kingsman: The Secret Service. The footage included a ridiculously action-packed scene that involved a secret agent trying to interrogate a character in the film played by Mark Hamill (Star Wars). It was really cool to see Hamill up on the big screen again. It got me even more excited to see him in Star Wars: Episode VII.
Unfortunately, the clip hasn't been released online yet, but we do have a photo of Hamill with the films' star Colin Firth, who's obviously not very happy with him. I've included a few other photos for you to check out as well.
- Joey Paur
Before we see him back as Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode VII, Mark Hamill will return to the big screen this year with a role in Kingsman: The Secret Service, director Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the comic book series by Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons, and thanks to Coming Soon we’ve got our first look at Hamill in the film alongside Colin Firth…
From the writer of Kick-Ass and the artist of Watchmen comes a collaboration decades in the making! The world’s greatest secret agent is on the most exciting case of his career. But will the end of the world as know it take a back seat to training his street-punk nephew to be the next James Bond? meanwhile, what’s the secret link between a series of kidnapped sci-fi stars, the murder of an entire town, and a dark secret from inside Mount Everest? »
- Gary Collinson
Marvel may have found a new director for Ant-Man in Peyton Reed (Down with Love), but it seems the fallout from Edgar Wright’s exit has now led to the departure of three cast members, with Deadline revealing that Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Matt Gerald (Dexter) and Kevin Weisman (Hello Ladies) have all left the film.
According to the site, Marvel executives “adamantly dispute” that any of the departures are due to creative issues, with Wilson said to have encountered a scheduling conflict due to the delay in production, and Gerald and Weisman’s characters having been written out of the lastest draft of the script.
Ant-Man is set to feature as part of Marvel’s big Hall H presentation at Comic-Con tomorrow night, with Peyton Reed, Paul Rudd (Scott Lang) and Michael Douglas (Hank Pym) featuring on the panel and Evangeline Lilly also tipped to appear.
The post Three cast »
- Gary Collinson
With Marvel's highly-anticipated Comic Con panel taking place tomorrow, there's been another big shake-up in their troubled 2015 film "Ant-Man." A trio of the film's stars -- Patrick Wilson ("Watchmen"), Matt Gerald ("G.I. Joe: Retaliation") and Kevin Weisman ("Alias") -- have reportedly dropped out of the film. Initial director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead") was recently replaced by Peyton Reed ("Bring It On"). Wright exited the project due to creative differences with Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, and there's some talk that the three actors left on the same grounds. Marvel, however, is denying it, instead saying that Wilson is facing scheduling conflicts and that Gerald and Weisman's relatively minor characters have been written out of the latest drafts by writer Adam McKay. Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas, Michael Pena and Evangeline Lilly are still on board. We'll likely find out more tomorrow at Comic Con, where Marvel is also expected »
- Dave Lewis
Even admist the chaos of Comic-Con weekend, Fmtv has kept its head to bring you this week’s Movie Newsgasm!
In this week’s episode, Owen Rhys takes a look at the 11 movie release dates announced by Marvel, who Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson might be playing in DC’s next big film project, will Robert Downey Jr. be returning as Tony Stark in Iron Man 4 and is that our first glimpse at the new X-Wing starfighter from Star Wars: Episode VII behind J.J. Abrams in that video? It Sure Is!
For all that, complete with top-notch pop culture puns, check out the video here…
Fmtv will be back next week with another installment of Movie Myths and Movie Newsgasm. If you haven’t already, you can subscribe here. See below for more information on the films discussed…
Avengers: Age of Ultron is set for release in the UK on April »
- Oliver Davis
From a bit of an unexpected source comes a new look at Ben Affleck as the Dark Knight in Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The picture below comes via the Twitter feed of photographer Clay Enos whose worked previously with Snyder on Watchmen and Sucker Punch. It certainly offers some great detail into Batman's cowl and I expect there will be at least a little more Batman v. Superman goodies before the end of this Comic Con weekend. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is the highly anticipated action adventure from director Zack Snyder, starring Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as BruceWayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter »
- Brad Brevet
Comic-Con launches today, which means lots and lots teases, and while it remains to be seen what Warner Bros. might unveil from "Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice," a couple of pics circulating online are certainly getting fans talking. This afternoon, another look at Ben Affleck as Batman in the super sequel floated around, with photographer Clay Enos confirming via Twitter it was his pic. Why should we believe him? Well, according to his bio, he's worked with Zack Snyder on "Watchmen" and "Sucker Punch," taking character portraits and more, and it seems he's doing the same here. But leave it Snyder to take it to the next level. Last night, the director tweeted an image of Henry Cavill as Superman wielding a lightsaber (talk about knowing how to get fanboys wet). Was it just a goofy image from the director, or is he somehow suggest that he's now involved in the "Star Wars" franchise? »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Marvel’s Ant-Man could use all the good press it can get, and what better place to get it than at San Diego Comic-Con? Geeks everywhere are still feeling the pain of Edgar Wright’s departure from the film, but things appear to be moving as scheduled and the studio will likely have something to show fans when they take to the stage in Hall H on Saturday.
The only thing we’ve seen from the film is a VFX demo reel Edgar Wright brought to Sdcc a couple years ago, so it’s about time that we get something new. Courtesty of Entertainment Weekly, we have some cool Ant-Man concept art in the form of a Comic-Con poster, which features a great look at Ant-Man’s look, as well as shots of the Ant-Men themselves, Paul Rudd and Michael Douglas. There’s also a great image of Ant-Man riding an actual ant, »
- James Garcia
Director: Brett Ratner; Screenwriters: Ryan Condal, Evan Spiliotopoulos; Starring: Dwayne Johnson, Irina Shayk, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Ian McShane, John Hurt, Joseph Fiennes, Rebecca Ferguson, Rufus Sewell; Running time: 98 mins; Certificate: 12A
"When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
Believe it or not, the above quote from John Ford's 1962 Western The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance applies tellingly to Brett Ratner's fresh take on Hercules. Despite having the larger-than-life figure of Dwayne Johnson fronting the endeavour, it moves quickly to puncture the myth surrounding the Greek hero and root itself in some kind of tangible reality.
Those legendary twelve labours? Total bulls**t, tall tales weaved by Reece Ritchie's Iolaus to turn a mortal into a legend and strike fear into the hearts of those who oppose him. This Hercules is a man fleeing from a traumatic past, leading a team of outcasts (among them Rufus Sewell, »
Benedict Cumberbatch fights time and his colleagues to build the first machine able to break Nazi code in the first trailer for “The Imitation Game,” which also stars Keira Knightley. Cumberbatch (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) plays English mathematician and logician Alan Turing, who Winston Churchill said made the single biggest contribution to Allied victory in World War II. Also read: Comic-Con: Legendary Bringing Guillermo del Toro's ‘Crimson Peak,’ Other Surprises The U.K. preview (above) shows Turing clashing with colleagues, played in the drama by Matthew Goode (“Watchmen”), Mark Strong (“Sherlock Holmes”) and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”). “The Imitation Game, »
- Greg Gilman
The actor/filmmaker - best known for voicing Solid Snake in the Metal Gear Solid video games - is keen to return to the shuttered Marvel Studios project.
"For Black Widow, I wrote [a script] ten years ago and I was attached to direct it then," he told Latino Review.
"Then a few female action movies came out and they didn't do very well. And the movie got shelved.
"It's on IMDb and I'm going to talk to Marvel about possibly re-igniting that project. It really depends on Marvel on what they want to do with that character.
"So that's the status of that right now. As far as I know, it's not a project that's happening yet. But I have written a script for it."
He is also developing the script for an »
Legendary graphic novel writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, V For Vendetta) has called for fans to boycott the forthcoming Hercules movie directed by Brett Ratner (X:Men The Last Stand, Rush Hour), produced by Paramount/MGM and starring Dwayne Johnson. The latest adaptation of the Greek demigod is based on Radical Comics Hercules: The Thracian Wars written by longtime friend Scott Moore (no relation to Alan).
Alan Moore’s issue has nothing to do with the quality of the final piece or even how faithful it’s been to the original source material – like his similar qualms with his own graphic novel adaptations – it is simply to do with how his friend’s name – following his untimely death in March of this year – has been used to help promote the movie. Speaking to Bleeding Cool, Alan Moore explains that following unsuccessful negotiations regarding the rights of the comic books Scott Moore received »
- Gavin Logan
Legendary comic book writer and "Watchmen" creator Alan Moore hates Hollywood and despises each time a movie studio tries to turn his work into a film. Now he's complaining about Dwayne Johnson's "Hercules," which is based on the comic book "Hercules: The Thracian Wars," written by his friend Steve Moore (no relation), who passed away in March. Alan explained that Steve had a contract with Radical Comics, which sold the film rights to the "Hercules" comic to MGM. Steve was never contacted about this and never received a payment. Steve reached out to Radical, remembering from his contract that he is owed $15,000 if his work is ever sold to a film studio. "When I went down to see him a couple of week later, I said, 'So, did you get any response from Radical about your e-mail?' He said, 'No, I didn't. But I went away and dug out the contract, »
Legendary comic book writer and Watchmen creator Alan Moore is no friend of Hollywood. He has notoriously spoken out against his own creations coming to the big screen, and now he is upset over how Paramount and MGM is using his deceased friend Steve Moore to sell their upcoming big budget summer adventure Hercules, which is based on the man's comic Hercules: The Thracian Wars . He's even going as far as to ask fans to boycott the movie, which is directed by Brett Ratner and stars Dwayne Johnson in the title role.
Steve Moore remains a tremendously influential writer and presence in today's comic book market, and while he created Hercules: The Thracian Wars, he received no payment from the film production. Because of that, he asked that his name be removed from the credits. Following his death, his name began appearing in advertisements used to sell the movie, and »
Legendary comic book writer Alan Moore (Watchmen, From Hell, V for Vendetta) has never been shy about his utter disdain for movie adaptations of his work. He preemptively disowns any film version of his books, even famously removing his name from Zack Snyder’s Watchmen movie and publicly denouncing DC’s Before Watchmen prequel series.
Having once stated that his experience with DC on Watchmen was “a toxic cloud of memories,” it goes without saying that fans of Moore shouldn’t expect to see his name anywhere near the big screen, presumably ever. Recently, however, Moore has gone on the record in defense of the late comic book writer Steve Moore (no relation), Moore’s friend for forty years, whose Radical Comics series Hercules: The Thracian Wars is hitting ...
- Anthony Vieira
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