15 items from 2014
Directed by Alberto Arvelo and written by Timothy J. Sexton, The Liberator introduces us to Simon Bolivar, the military and political leader who played a key role in Latin America’s successful struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire in the 1800s. Bolivar was said to have fought over 100 battles in South America and ridden over 70,000 miles on horseback. But while his military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great, he and his army were liberators instead of conquerors.
Playing Simon Bolivar in The Liberator is Edgar Ramirez, who is best known for his roles in Carlos, Domino, The Bourne Ultimatum and Zero Dark Thirty. We watch as Ramirez takes Bolivar from being the son in a rich family to becoming a man who finds a renewed sense of purpose when he joins the growing colonial revolt against the Spanish crown.
Recently, I had the chance to sit »
- Ben Kenber
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Exists, Don’t Blink, and The Wolves of Savin Hill, an announcement of the Fifth Annual PollyGrind Film Festival, Dead Rage first details, and more:
New Clip from Exists: “For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway – a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a blood curdling force of nature is unleashed – something not exactly human, but not completely animal – an urban legend come to terrifying life and seeking murderous revenge.
- Tamika Jones
This may be one of the most repulsive movies I’ve ever seen. It’s also an important movie, laying bare the farce that equality and justice become in the face of power, privilege, and money. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
This may be one of the most repulsive movies I’ve ever seen. Its protagonist is a sociopathic narcissist who sees women as playthings, who takes advantage of his power, privilege, and money to — literally — bail himself out when he is unable to tell the difference between ambitious young women who tell him to his face that they’re sleeping with him because they’re turned on by his standing, professional sex workers paid to put on a show of pretending to like him, and uninterested female passersby screaming bloody hell for him to stop assaulting them. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Edgar Ramirez is a pretty terrific actor. He also happens to have an impressive resume with appearances in such feature films as Domino, Vantage Point, Zero Dark Thirty as well as the mini-series “Carlos the Jackal.” And this weekend he is taking on a demon or two in Deliver Us From Evil. In the new Scott Derrickson directed flick, Ramirez steals nearly every scene he is in. The man exudes a ton of presence in the film and gives one hell of a performance. When I sat »
When Marvel hired Scott Derrickson to direct their upcoming Doctor Strange movie, my first thought was, I hope he casts Édgar Ramírez. Turns out, he might! Ramírez is doing press for the Derrickson-directed thriller Deliver Us From Evil, and IGN asked him if the director had approached him about a role in the Marvel movie. The actor said,
"We’re talking. We’ve been talking."
I would like Ramírez to be in all the things, so I am hoping that means he is about to sign on to star in Doctor Strange. But the actor wouldn't elaborate on what exactly they've been talking about, so it could mean that he joins Jared Leto, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Tom Hardy on the short (but apparently growing) list of actors up for the titular role, or it could mean that he is in the running to play Doctor Strange’s nemesis Baron Mordo, »
- Mily Dunbar
We're not sure Edgar Ramirez's career has quite shaken out the way we thought it might in the last few years. Having made his screen debut in "Domino," of all things, Ramirez ticked along appearing in things like "Vantage Point," "Che" and "The Bourne Ultimatum," before giving an explosively brilliant performance in Olivier Assayas' epic "Carlos." Since then, though, things have been a bit more mixed: Ramirez played the villain in the awful "Wrath of The Titans," was better in a tiny role in "Zero Dark Thirty," and will next appear in ropey-looking horror "Deliver Us From Evil," with the lead in the "Point Break" remake also on the way. But maybe sticking to foreign language fare is the secret? Ramirez's latest lead role is in Alberto Arvelo's "The Liberator," written by "Children Of Men" scribe Timothy J. Sexton, a period biopic of Venezuelan hero Simon Bolivar. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Midway through my maiden visit to the derelict Domino Sugar refinery near the Williamsburg Bridge, while gaping in awe at Kara Walker’s great gaudy monstrosity, her towering naked sphinx with the head scarf and features of a black mammy, I had something like a vision. That’s the crazy comical power Walker’s best work can have. Particularly this work, elliptically and archaically titled A Subtlety: Or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, an Homage to the unpaid and overworked Artisans who have refined our Sweet tastes from the cane fields to the Kitchens of the New World on the Occasion of the demolition of the Domino Sugar Refining Plant. This behemoth, part Cecil B. DeMille parade float, part alien, is accompanied by a retinue of life-size deformed black figures, boys carrying bananas or baskets with parts of other boys, all made from molasses and brown sugar. I imagined this mad »
- Jerry Saltz
Call Gudrun Giddings the Scandinavia film whisperer. Ever since “Let the Right One In” and “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” delivered box office that headed straight north, Hollywood has been mining Nordic noir that’s fresh, dark and edgy from Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark and Iceland. Among the filmmakers in demand for overseas gigs: Daniel Espinosa (“Safe House”), Jalmari Helander (“Rare Exports”), Baltasar Kormakur (“2 Guns”), Tommy Wirkola (“Dead Snow”), Joachim Ronning and Espen Sandberg (“Kon-Tiki”), Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) and Andre Ovredal (“Troll Hunter”). To help deal with the language barrier, L.A.-based Giddings has become key in linking Scandinavian and Hollywood production companies, agencies and studios with talent, projects and financing.
Backstory: Giddings studied to be a lawyer, and learned the ropes of the film biz at Samuel and Victor Hadida’s Davis Films and Metropolitan Filmexport (“Domino,” “Silent Hill”), and later Paradox Entertainment (“Conan the Barbarian »
- Marc Graser
At WonderCon, Sony Pictures previewed a new trailer for their upcoming ‘based-on-a-true-story’ release Deliver Us From Evil. Producer Jerry Bruckheimer, director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and stars Joel McHale (Community), Olivia Munn (Attack of the Show!), Edgar Ramirez (Domino) and Eric Bana (Munich) were on hand to discuss the real life exorcism the film is based on, whether the cast believes it to be true and just what separates exorcism films from other genre films. For a full recap of the Deliver Us From Evil footage shown and bullet point highlights from the Q&A, hit the jump. The trailer screened emphasized the ‘based-on-real-events’ tag, intercutting footage from the movie with interviews from police officer Ralph Sarchie on whom the film is based. There are a number of creepy images in the new trailer – the rolling plush toy from earlier trailers, a pale man with a whole lot of self-inflicted wounds, »
- Tommy Cook
Not only is Benjamin Ironside Koppin a video editor/camera operator here at Fearnet but he's also a filmmaker, with a handful of shorts under his belt. Today we're happy to report that Koppin has completed production on his first feature length horror flick, which he describes as the love child of John Carpenter's Halloween and Natural Born Killers, with a little Psycho thrown in the mix. Is your interest piqued? Because it should be!
In Made Me Do It, which also stars Fearnet's own Kyle "Splatty" Van Vonderen, college student Ali Hooper and her little brother are attacked by a masked maniac, and the key to them surviving the night lies in unlocking a secret from the killer's past. Filmed over the course of six days, partially with the hand-crank camera the late Tony Scott used in films like Man on Fire and Domino, Made Me Do It »
- John Squires
Art by JasonCasteel
I know what will cheer you up today! A little video supercut that has nothing except Christopher Walken dancing. I didn't realize just how much he's danced over the course of his career. The guy has sure got some crazy moves! Below the video you'll find the full list of movies that are featured in the video which comes to us from The Huffington Post.
“The Deer Hunter” (1978)
“Pennies from Heaven” (1981)
“The Dead Zone” (1983)
“A View To A Kill” (1985)
“At Close Range” (1986)
“Puss in Boots” (1988)
“King of New York” (1990)
“The Comfort of Strangers” (1990)
“Sarah, Plain and Tall” (1991)
“All-American Murder” (1991)
“Batman Returns” (1992)
“True Romance” (1993)
“Wayne’s World 2″ (1993)
“A Business Affair” (1994)
“Pulp Fiction” (1994)
“The Prophecy” (1995)
“Search and Destroy” (1995)
“Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead” (1995)
“The Funeral” (1996)
“Suicide Kings” (1997)
“New Rose Hotel” (1998)
“Blast from the Past” (1999)
“Sleepy Hollow” (1999)
“The Opportunists” (2000)
- Joey Paur
Rourke revealed that he has written the script for and intends to star in the project, which will be titled The Welshman and centre on the life of the first openly gay professional rugby union player.
Speaking to So Film, Rourke said that he could identify with the "terrible shame" Thomas felt.
"The day I met Gareth Thomas, this man with this secret, this terrible shame, I said to myself that I've also been through hard times. Just like him," Rourke explained.
The actor also spoke about the unsteady beginning for The Welshman, saying that he had to take over writing duties himself because the first screenwriter "was a little homophobic and he knew nothing about rugby, even though he was English!"
Rourke added that Thomas gave him »
In 2014, the week leading up to and including Academy Awards Sunday is packed with events, parties, pampering salons and luxury suites, so much so that Hollywood A-listers, nominees and influencers — who are, naturally, invited to everything — will need scorecards to keep track of it all. The good news about most of the fetes is that they are giving back, with charity elements fully integrated into the extravaganzas. Here’s our take on the stops along the way that make this week in Hollywood so uniquely over the top.
(This story will be updated with more parties and events as details are confirmed.)
Tuesday, Feb. 25
Bulgari ‘Decades Of Glamour’ Oscar Party
Where: Soho House
Who’s expected: Host Naomi Watts and her fabulous friends
Why you don’t want to miss it: Drool over Bulgari’s blingiest jewels and find a statement piece to wear to Sunday’s awards.
Oscar Celebrates: »
- Jenny Peters
These speculations stated that the Hollywood actress would soon be starring opposite Sushant Singh Rajput, the love struck Shuddh Desi Romance hero – who definitely has been confirmed as the male lead for the film.
Shekhar Kapur cleared up the rumours through a tweet:
This is not the first time Paani has attracted speculation.
The film, having been written 15 years ago, has accumulated much speculation associated with the leads including: Bollywood’s Anushka Sharma, Deepika Padukone, Vivek Oberoi, Hrithik Roshan; as well as the Hollywood Twilight star, Kristen Stewart.
- Aashi Gahlot
Jacqueline Bisset vs. the Golden Globes 2014 get-lost orchestra NBC or whoever organized the Golden Globes 2014 ceremony sat Jacqueline Bisset way in the back of the awards ceremony ballroom. Never mind the fact that Bisset’s film career began nearly half a century ago and that she was a Golden Globe nominee in the Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television category for the mini-series Dancing on the Edge. As a result, it took Bisset, who seemed about as surprised as everybody else when her named was called up, more than a minute to reach the stage. (Photo: Jacqueline Bisset accepts her Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Mini-Series, or Motion Picture Made for Television © HFPA.) Visibly moved, Bisset had to wait a few more seconds before she was able to talk. By the time she began with her somewhat rambling acceptance speech, »
- Zac Gille
15 items from 2014
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