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December 9th is the big day for all you Guardians of the Galaxy fans, as James Gunn’s space epic finally makes its way home on Blu-ray and DVD this week. Tommy Wirkola’s Dead Snow 2 is also being released and Warner Home Video is celebrating several of its landmark titles in high def this Tuesday as well, including the 30th anniversary edition of Joe Dante’s Gremlins.
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead (Well Go USA, Blu-ray & DVD)
The sequel to the cult horror comedy from director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) stars Vegar Hoel (Dead Snow, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters), Martin Starr (Knocked Up, Superbad), Jocelyn DeBoer (Stuck Like Chuck »
- Heather Wixson
It seems that the third installation in the rebooted Star Trek film franchise has hit a bit of a snag. The rebooted series lost its original director, J.J. Abrams, when he traded the Enterprise for the Millenium Falcon, and now the film.s new director, Roberto Orci, has jumped ship as well. So with an open director.s chair, rumors are circulating over who could take over the popular franchise. Here.s who we think could fill Abrams' lense-flared shoes. Edgar Wright Wright is heavily rumored to be on the top of the list of those being considered. Wright already has a love and respect for Star Trek and the sci-fi genre as a whole, and he.s proven he can take on unique, creative stories with films like Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World. Even better? If Wright directed Star Trek 3 it would reunite »
We're not even one full day into December, and the folks over at Esquire have already kicked off their year-end lists by asking Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright to pick his Top 10 Films of 2014. You might think that it's a little early with an entire month of movies left to see, but someone like Wright has probably seen most of the awards contenders that haven't hit theaters yet (he saw Interstellar pretty early after all). Wright says, "I thought it was a great year for independent movies," and you'll see a few of them pop up on his list, along with a couple of surprising blockbusters. Look below! In alphabetical order, here are Edgar Wright's personal Top 10 Films of 2014 (via Esquire): Birdman Boyhood Edge of Tomorrow The Grand Budapest Hotel Interstellar The Lego Movie Nightcrawler Snowpiercer Under the Skin Whiplash »
- Ethan Anderton
The first image from the upcoming crime thriller Green Room has arrived online, showing Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past) as Darcy Banker, the unflinching and industrial leader of a ferocious white supremacist fiefdom based in the Pacific Northwest…
In the crime thriller Green Room, a young punk rock band find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a horrific act of violence, fighting for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads intent on eliminating all witnesses.
Written and directed by Jeremy Saulnier (Blue Ruin), Green Room features a cast that includes Patrick Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek Into Darkness), Imogen Poots (Need for Speed), Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Alia Shawket (Arrested Development), Joe Cole (Peaky Blinders), Macon Blair (Blue Ruin), Callum Turner (Glue), Kai Lennox (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) and Eric Edelstein (Alexander and the Terrible, »
- Gary Collinson
Anthony Stokes on why Guardians of the Galaxy was such a massive financial success…
As it stands now, Guardians of the Galaxy has $770 million dollars worldwide, passing every other comic book movie released this year, and second only Transformers: Age of Extinction in the highest-earning movies of the year. I did predict Guardians having a good run, but I would never have guessed it would have made so much. So why did Guardians, a pretty obscure comic book, turn into the biggest comic book movie of the year, and also pave the way for what might be one of the greatest franchises of our generation?
The most obvious answer is James Gunn. I want to give screenwriter Nicole Perlman a lot of credit for helping shape the project to what it needed to be so that James Gunn could run with it. I’m actually a little concerned she won »
- Gary Collinson
Jessabelle just wants to heal, but she’ll get hell for her efforts. Wheelchair-bound as she recovers from a car accident that killed her boyfriend, Jessabelle returns home to be near her father, but ends up getting too close to a malevolent spirit in Saw VI director Kevin Greutert’s Jessabelle, a Southern gothic film with a supernatural streak that Lionsgate is releasing to home media this winter:
Press Release – “From the mastermind producer behind Insidious and The Purge comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. The haunting, supernatural thriller, directed by Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), written by Robert Ben Garant (Hell Baby, Night at the Museum) and starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber and Joelle Carter, will arrive on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on January 13, 2015 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Jessabelle Blu-ray and DVD, including audio commentary with the filmmakers, »
- Derek Anderson
Walt Disney Studios has released ten character motion posters from their upcoming Broadway adaptation, Into The Woods. The film, which is a modern twist on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales, boasts quite an impressive cast highlighted by Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean), Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), James Corden (Begin Again), Anna Kendrick (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), and Chris Pine (Star Trek). The film will hit theaters everywhere Christmas Day, you can check out the posters below: Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, »
Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,
Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films.
To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »
- Mily Dunbar
Chicago – Jason Schwartzman likes to portray writers – he was one in his HBO series “Bored to Death” – and he portrays one in his latest film, “Listen Up Philip.” He also has played many characters in director Wes Anderson’s universe, and did a fantastic turn as composer Richard M. Sherman in last year’s “Saving Mr. Banks.”
The laconic and dryly witty Schwartzman was born in Los Angeles, the son of actress Talia Shire (Adrian in “Rocky” and director Francis Ford Coppola’s sister) and producer Jack Schwartzman. He was discovered at age 17 by director Anderson, when he starred in the cult epic, “Rushmore” (1998). He has continued in the Anderson acting company, also starring in “The Darjeeling Limited,” “Fantastic Mr. Fox,” “Moonrise Kingdom” and “The Grand Budapest Hotel” for the director. He’s also done memorable work in “I Heart Huckabees,” “Funny People” and “Scott Pilgrim vs. the World.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Of the trio who gave us Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World’s End, only Nick Frost has really had a hard time creating a name for himself on his own. Simon Pegg has appeared in the Star Trek and Mission Impossible series, while Edgar Wright has given us Scott Pilgrim vs. The World and was attached to Marvel’s Ant Man until he wasn't. By contrast, Nick Frost hasn’t had much opportunity to create a name for himself stateside, though he’s had a fair bit of success as the lead in the rather funny Sky TV series Mr. Sloane. For Frost, Cuban Fury was supposed to be his chance to prove his leading man chops. He succeeds, but unfortunately it’s in a rather predictable dance comedy that’s oddly light on both dance and comedy. Nick Frost could easily become a big name for comedy lovers in America, »
- Lex Walker
Back in 2011, Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots starred in the remake of Fright Night, and now they're getting back together for another thriller. THR reports Yelchin and Poots (which sounds like a good name for a musical duo) will both star in Green Room, the next thriller from Blue Ruin director Jeremy Saulnier. We first reported on the film in May, and it's said to follow a punk rock band (led by Yelchin) who find themselves trapped in a secluded venue after stumbling upon a murder outside, forcing them to fight for their lives against a gang of white power skinheads. And the supporting cast has filled out too. Read on! Alia Shawkat ("Arrested Development"), Mark Webber (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Joe Cole ("Peaky Blinders"), Callum Turner (Queen and Country) and Saulnier's incredible Blue Ruin lead Macon Blair will also star in the film. The trade doesn't say who »
- Ethan Anderton
Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead
Tommy Wirkola’s 2009 film Dead Snow was a fun time, giving horror fans a gory, Nazi zombie-filled horror comedy that fans seemed to really latch onto. Having temporarily moved on to direct 2013’s Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters, Wirkola returned to the film that made a genre name for himself with this year’s sequel, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead, featuring a bloodier ride and a cast featuring returning star Vegar Hoel, along with Knocked Up/Silicon Valley‘s Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer (Stuck Like Chuck) and Ingrid Haas (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World). Personally, I love sequels that begin the moment the first film ends, as it adds a Real follow-up feeling, almost as if both films were one long, gore-filled adventure.
WellGoUSA is set to unleash Dead Snow 2 on December 9th, with both a DVD and special Bluray collector’s edition, featuring »
- Jerry Smith
War is hell. This much we know is true.
It's also the fodder for prestige action movies like "Fury," about a small team of men who pilot and maneuver the titular tank in the waning days of World War II, where Hitler's Germany acted like a scared and wounded dog -- all teeth and matted fur and ferocious intent. Brad Pitt leads the platoon, which is stocked handily with fine actors like Jon Bernthal, Logan Lerman, Shia LeBeouf (who lost a tooth and cut his face for the role) and Michael Pena.
Instead of a world-saving mission, these good ole boys are more interested in just surviving until the war officially concludes (a task that seems doable until, well, things go to hell). But does this rise out of the flames of war, triumphant? Or burn before it reaches the finish line? Read on to find out!
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- Drew Taylor
It's not “Ant-Man,” but it'll do. Pharrell Williams released the Edgar Wright-directed music video for his single “Gust of Wind” on Tuesday. Also read: Twitter Tests ‘Buy Button’ With Demi Lovato, Eminem and Pharrell The video begins with the singer and his oft-mentioned Buffalo hat wandering through a tree-filled mountain range. He stumbles across a couple of spaceship-looking thingies, shaped much like the helmets Daft Punk wears in its videos, including the collaboration with Pharrell, “Get Lucky.” Suddenly tree leaves start falling, pretty ladies start dancing and “Gust of Wind's” catchy beat kicks in. It's a quirky, engaging video »
- Travis Reilly
Good news: Edgar Wright‘s latest movie is here. Bad news: it’s only five minutes long. Wright, the director of Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, just directed a music video for a Pharrell Williams song called ‘Gust of Wind.’ Daft Punk cameos – in a way – and it’s filled with lots of interesting […]
- Germain Lussier
Some directors are more prolific than others: some knock out a movie a year, resulting in decidedly mixed quality (*cough* Woody Allen). Others make a couple of movies a decade if you're lucky. Still others fall somewhere in between, taking their time between projects and only going before cameras when they're ready. Edgar Wright is one such filmmaker: since 2004, he's released a film every three years, with "Shaun Of The Dead" that year, "Hot Fuzz" in 2007, "Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World" in 2010, and "The World's End" in 2013. Three years can feel like a big gap, and one of the reasons we were excited about his rendition of the Marvel superhero "Ant-Man" was that it meant that only two years would pass in between Wright pictures. But the filmmaker departed the project earlier this past summer, which seemed to doom us to an even longer wait than usual. Fortunately, something's arrived »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Former Man of Steel Brandon Routh (Superman Returns, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World) is set to play yet another comic book character this year, as he’s joined the cast of Arrow as Ray Palmer, a.k.a. The Atom. In the comics, Palmer is a physicist who specializes in matter compression, and uses a mass of white dwarf star matter to create a suit that enables him to shrink down to microscopic size.
He’ll debut on Arrow this season as the owner of Palmer Technologies, and appears to take over Queen Consolidated now that Oliver’s lost the company. Many assumed that we’d see him suit up as The Atom at some point in the series, but according to Routh himself, that may not be the case.
Executive producer Marc Guggenheim spoke with Green Arrow TV, and was asked about their plans for Ray Palmer and whether »
- James Garcia
Directed by David Ayer, Fury stars Brad Pitt as “Wardaddy,” a Sherman tank commander who must guide his men into the heart of Nazi Germany during the last month of World War II. The film features a star-studded cast, including Shia LeBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal. Fresh off of his Oscar win for Gravity’s high-energy, out-of-this-world score, Price strikes a musical balance with an emotionally resonant, action-packed score for Fury.
The Fury Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be available on Varèse Sarabande Records October 14th, 2014.
- Michelle McCue
Walt Disney Studios has released the first theatrical poster from their upcoming Broadway adaptation, Into The Woods. The film, which is a modern twist on the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tales, boasts quite an impressive cast highlighted by Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Emily Blunt (Edge of Tomorrow), James Corden (Begin Again), Anna Kendrick (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World), Chris Pine (Star Trek), and Johnny Depp (Pirates of the Caribbean). The film will hit theaters everywhere Christmas Day, you can check out the poster below: Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, »
By Anjelica Oswald
Every year, the glittering lights and unique experience of Broadway lures Hollywood actors to the East Coast; some are veterans of the stage and others are making their Broadway debut. Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), James Franco (This is the End) and Chris O’Dowd (Bridesmaids) all made their Broadway debuts earlier this year, with O’Dowd receiving a Tony nomination for Of Mice and Men and Cranston winning a Tony for All The Way. Neil Patrick Harris (How I Met Your Mother), who hadn’t been on Broadway since his 2004 run in Assassins, scored his first Tony nomination and win for Hedwig and the Angry Inch this summer.
The Broadway lineup for the end of the year hosts a number of Hollywood actors making their Broadway debuts, and they are joined by an illustrious group of Broadway vets returning to the stage.
- Anjelica Oswald
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