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You wait years for a Kurt Russell-fronted Western and suddenly two arrive in quick succession. Before heading off into the wintery hills of Wyoming for Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, we’ll see Russell pick up the hat and sheriff’s badge for S. Craig Zahler haunting cannibal drama Bone Tomahawk, and today brings forth the film’s maiden trailer.
Coming by way of Entertainment Weekly, our first look at Zahler’s stylish and decidedly dark drama showcases Russell as Sheriff Franklin Hunt, sworn protector of a dusty old town known as Bright Hope. Haunted by a group of vicious cannibals, the residents of the remote settlement sleep with one eye open, though when a number of settlers are kidnapped, Russell’s lead whips a search party in order to locate the missing persons – and put an end to the cannibal’s reign once and for all.
- Michael Briers
With Marvel Studios and Warner Bros. planing to keep churning out super hero movies for the next decade or so, it looks like the heroes of both cinematic universes will have some company, with Hasbro Studio’s president Stephen Davis announcing their plans at the MIPJunior conference (via TFW2005) in Cannes to continue the Transformers franchise through to 2025. As well as the already announced Transformers 5 and an animated origin movie, Davis revealed that Hasbro’s Writer’s Room, which includes Akiva Goldsman (Angels and Demons), Robert Kirkman (creator of The Walking Dead comic book), Jeff Pinker (Fringe, Lost), Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), and Steven DeKinght (showrunner on Netflix’s Daredevil), has generated ideas for parts 6,7, and 8 of the franchise. You can read what he had to say below: Well, you’re gonna see a new Transformers movie coming from Hasbro and Paramount and Michael Bay and our other partners. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
We'd waited months, debated Twitter fouls and argued over the too-much-too-soon of it all — finally, last week, we got a taste of what a Trevor Noah-led Daily Show would actually be like. The South African comedian had the tall task of replacing Jon Stewart, who over a decade ago turned the politically savvy late-night show into a nightly ritual for many Americans (and more recently, a reliable source for "so-and-so destroys such-and-such" articles on the Internet). The first few nights mostly inspired a lot "he seems unflappable" comments — and »
Earlier this year, Paramount and Hasbro brought together a writers' room of scribes to help map out the future of the Transformers films.
Headed up by Batman & Robin and A Beautiful Mind writer Akiva Goldsman, the room featured the likes of The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Iron Man's Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, Lost's Jeff Pinkner and The Incredible Hulk's Zak Penn. The idea was that between them all, they'd flesh out and pitch a bunch of films that would carry the Transformers series forward.
And so it's turned out.
Hasbro Studios president Stephen J Davis has declared the exercise an overwhelming success. In his address at Mip Junior in Cannes (which sounds posh, so naturally we weren't there), Davis said that "as some of you may have read, just an incredible experience. We decided that »
Three episodes were provided prior to broadcast.
The first season of HBO’s The Leftovers proved one of the most divisive in recent memory. Throughout ten maddening, mesmerizing episodes, the series came into its own as a haunting exploration of grief, depression and earthly purpose, all the while dancing around its central mystery – why did two percent of the world’s population vanish into thin air? – without concrete plans to ever answer it. Instead, the series dove headfirst into the lives of characters forced to adapt to something inexplicable, dwelling on the misery and mystery of survival under such strange circumstances. The results were alternately soul-crushingly brutal, heart-wrenchingly beautiful and straight-up baffling; and on more than one occasion, they were all three.
But above all else, season 1 of The Leftovers felt deliberate. Especially given the showrunners (Damon Lindelof, whose Lost mythology stands among the richest and most complex ever constructed; and Tom Perrotta, »
- Isaac Feldberg
I warned you it was going to be different!
The Leftovers launched its second season Sunday with a new setting, an overhauled ensemble and a fresh Departure-related mystery. By the time the credits rolled on the hour-plus premiere, I had a million questions. I narrowed that number down to nine and promptly brought them to executive producer and co-creator Damon Lindelof. The resulting Q&A is below.
Tvline | It takes a giant set of cojones to wait until 45 minutes into the premiere to re-introduce your main characters… »
Ahead of the start of the second season, we recap where we left each of the characters after the dark drama’s finale left us with just a glimmer of hope
Few people like taking risks as much as Damon Lindelof (co-creator and executive producer of Lost), so perhaps it should come as no surprise that he and co-creator Tom Perrotta have rebooted the second season of The Leftovers, their bleak examination of loss, grief, faith (or the lack thereof), moving the action from small-town New York to small-town Texas and bringing in a whole new cast of characters at the same time. Don’t despair, however, for this isn’t a True Detective-style anthology reworking and many of last year’s cast will still appear. The question remains how and, in some cases, in what guise? With that in mind, here’s our guide to where we left things »
- Sarah Hughes
The first trailer for cannibal western Bone Tomahawk has arrived online, and we have it for you below…
Directed by S. Craig Zahler, Bone Tomahawk stars Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight), Patrick Wilson (Watchmen), Matthew Fox (Lost), David Arquette (Scream) and Richard Jenkins (Killing Them Softly) and tells the story of a local sheriff who rallies some locals to take on cave-dwelling cannibals.
A stranger (David Arquette) rolls into the tiny Western town of Bright Hope, immediately drawing the suspicions of the backup deputy Chicory (Richard Jenkins). He alerts the town’s sheriff, Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell) and in an ensuing scuffle, the stranger is wounded and put in jail. Summoned to tend to the wounded man is the beautiful Samantha O’Dwyer (Lili Simmons), whose successful working-class husband Arthur (Patrick Wilson) is laid out at home with a broken leg.
Sometime in the night, a local stable boy is torn to pieces, »
- Scott J. Davis
“The Martian” has been called “‘Cast Away’ on Mars” in various corners of the Internet, but it’s actually quite a different movie than the 2000 Tom Hanks film. Yes, Matt Damon’s astronaut is stranded in a place where he has little hope of surviving, but he approaches the extremely treacherous situation very differently from Hanks’ character. Damon’s character remains rather humorous, upbeat and optimistic in his time persevering to survive on the Red Planet. That optimism is largely what spoke to “The Martian” screenwriter Drew Goddard when he read the novel by Andy Weir that’s the basis for the film, which opened in theaters yesterday. Goddard (whose past credits include “The Cabin in the Woods,” “Lost” and “Buffy”) spoke to HitFix about the challenges of adapting a book with a lot of technical language, why he considers “The Martian” a “religious movie,” and which book moment that »
- Emily Rome
Drew Goddard cut his teeth in the entertainment industry as a writer for Joss Whedon on Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel. Since then he's stayed largely in the TV world, having worked on Alias, Lost, and Marvel's Daredevil series, but he continues to flex some increasingly big movie muscles. He wrote Cloverfield, he directed Cabin in the Woods (which he co-wrote with Whedon), and he was supposed to write and direct The Sinister Six before the Andrew Garfield-version of Spider-Man fell to the wayside. Goddard's latest movie credit is as the screenwriter of The Martian, which he adapted from Andy Weir's fantastic book about an astronaut who gets mistakenly left for dead on Mars. In fact, Goddard was the original director on the project but had to pass when The...
- Peter Hall
Written and Directed by S. Craig Zahler, the genre twisting Bone Tamahawk just had its premier at Fantastic Fest where it was met with mixed acclaim. Most reviews I've read liked it, so my hopes are still high for this one.
When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy. Kurt R [Continued ...] »
Say farewell to the imposing strings, floating babies and fiercely slurping wormhole in the sky, because HBO's The Leftovers has a new opening credits sequence. Instead, fresh disappearance imagery has been set to Iris DeMent's "Let the Mystery Be," a sentiment that sounds almost absurdly on-the-nose coming from The Leftovers co-creator Damon Lindelof, who has been leading a crusade against the necessity of answers since his days on Lost. (This isn't to say that Lost didn't answer many or most or, if you're generous, all of its big questions, but Lindelof often bristled at the imperative
- Daniel Fienberg
Warning. Potential spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens follow…
Just yesterday, we brought you some comments from Lucasfilm chief Kathleen Kennedy who confirmed that Star Wars: The Force Awakens will explore the next generation of the Skywalker family. This supports the rumours and speculation that either Rey (Daisy Ridley), Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) or both could be the offspring of Leia and Han Solo, but if a new character spotlight from AllPosters is accurate, we may be a little wide of the mark…
See Also: New Star Wars: The Force Awakens character promo images courtesy of Topps
Now, this isn’t an official piece from Disney and Lucasfilm, but rather an email promoting AllPosters’ Star Wars shop, so it’s entirely possible that the company is just jumping to conclusions. Still, we have seen Finn wielding Anakin and Luke Skywalker’s old lightsaber (or should that be lightsabor? »
- Gary Collinson
Back at the start of September we saw some promo artwork for Star Wars: The Force Awakens courtesy of the Topps Card Trader app [see here], and now we’ve got eight new cards, which offer up promotional stills of Kylo Ren, Rey, Chewbacca, Captain Phasma, R2-D2, C-3Po, Bb-8, and a First Order Stormtrooper and Snowtrooper. Check them out here and click on any of the cards for larger versions…
See Also: Follow all of our Star Wars coverage here
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 17th in the UK and December 18th in the States and sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and »
- Gary Collinson
With Furious 7 and The Hateful Eight, it’s shaping up to be the year of Kurt Russell, and that’s not all he has on his slate. Premiering at Fantastic Fest this week and then arriving towards the end of the month is his western Bone Tomahawk. Coming from writer-director Craig Zahler, it follows four men who set out in the Wild West to rescue a group of captives from cannibalistic cave dwellers.
The first trailer has now landed and looks to effectively sell a bad-ass Kurt Russell vehicle, although reviews at Fantastic Fest seemed to be all over the place. One will have to wait until October 23rd to see where they fall (and our take will be coming shortly), but it’s certainly one to keep on your radar in this busy fall season. Also starring Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, Richard Jenkins and Lili Simmons, check out the trailer below. »
- Leonard Pearce
Is there anything that Eric Taylor can’t do?
When The Leftovers’ co-creator, Damon Lindelof, was faced with the daunting task of coming up with a second season of the HBO drama — and the first that doesn’t rely on Tom Perrotta’s novel — he drew inspiration from the Friday Night Lights coach’s “Clear eyes, full hearts, can’t lose” motto and went all in.
“Despite the fact that there is a genre premise that is underlying the world of The Leftovers, we really »
The New STYLEThis is the second year that the New York Film Festival has presented Projections, its extensive showcase of experimental film and video that for years had been called Views From the Avant-Garde. The name change (or "rebranding," in the parlance of our ugly times) corresponded, of course, to the departure of longtime programmer Mark McElhatten. Under his stewardship, Views became one of the premiere experimental film festivals in the world, a long weekend of high caliber dispatches from established masters, alongside bracing discoveries by up-and-coming makers whose work somehow caught Mark's eye. His programming partner, Film Comment's Gavin Smith, often brought along selections that complemented Mark's, even as they were out of his usual bailiwick.The Views era was not without its dissenters. Some complained that McElhatten rounded up the usual suspects year after year, sometimes without regard to the relative quality of their latest offerings. Others, most prominently Su Friedrich, »
- Michael Sicinski
We’re almost a week into the Fall, a time for serious stuff at the cinema, not saucers and BEMs (bug-eyed monsters). Well, hold on to your ray-guns, this isn’t a Summertime sci-fi staple with a much delayed release date. You see, the title character is actually an Earthman, but he’s also an alien since he’s not on his home planet. Huh? And this isn’t a tale set hundreds of years in the future, or is it set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away” (gotta’ wait another ten weeks or so for that). No, this is set in the very near future (unlike that other star franchise), plus it’s rooted pretty much in the realities of space travel. No warp drives or matter transporters here, so star hopping takes a long, l-o-n-g time. Oh, and this flick’s main setting has »
- Jim Batts
October is finally upon us which means horror and sci-fi fans have a lot to be looking forward to, especially when it comes to the films hitting VOD this month as there numerous highly anticipated choices arriving on various platforms throughout the month, including Tales of Halloween, Deathgasm, Gravy, Knock Knock, The Final Girls, A Christmas Horror Story, Bone Tomahawk, and one of my own most anticipated films of 2015, Tokyo Tribe from visionary filmmaker Shion Sono.
Here’s a look at all the genre titles arriving on VOD this October!
A Christmas Horror Story (Rlj Entertainment) - October 2nd
Christmas is supposed to be a time of joy, peace and goodwill. But for some folks in the small town of Bailey Downs, it turns into something much less festive. When Krampus - the anti-Santa who punishes the naughty children - is summoned by a young boy, everyone’s fight for survival begins. »
- Heather Wixson
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