9 items from 2017
Born to Greek parents in Egypt and subsequently raised in Australia, you could say that Alex Proyas has an interesting background. He started, as a lot of film directors have, in music videos (working with the likes of Inxs and Sting). To many his first film might be assumed as The Crow, but several years earlier, and fresh out of college he made Spirits of the Air, Gremlins of the Clouds. This was a small post-apocalyptic film, every bit as odd as the title suggests, but undoubtedly carrying a certain Oz charm.
When The Crow was in development, the source material being so heavily influenced by music (particularly The Cure, Joy Division and Iggy Pop) and with an intention to include a notable soundtrack to the film, meant that there was a natural lean toward hiring a director with a music video background. »
- Tom Jolliffe
Tom Jolliffe on forgotten films…
Time is a cruel mistress. It’s the one constant and something no one can alter (except Marty McFly and Doc Brown). Looks go, memories fade and in cinematic terms a film can be forgotten over time. Now sometimes it’s probably a good thing. Take for example the turn of the century and the release of Battlefield Earth. One of the undisputed turkeys of modern cinema. An unmitigated disaster on every level. However it’s not one that always springs directly to mind nowadays when people thing of cinematic disasters. In part there’s been even worse since, and on even more bloated budgets. In that respect, time has been a little kind.
However there are a lot of films which were good, great, maybe on occasion cinematically important which have become hazy memories over time. Perhaps they never quite got the recognition or »
- Gary Collinson
Ouija director Stiles White has come on board the supernatural thriller Forgotten for Ld Entertainment, Variety reported. White will team with his spouse and writing partner Juliet Snowden to pen the script. The duo also teamed on the scripts for Boogeyman, Knowing, and The Possession. The film is set on a remote island where two women reunite […] »
- Brad Miska
White will team with his spouse and writing partner Juliet Snowden to pen the script. Snowden is also executive producing.
“Forgotten” is an English-language adaptation of the 2012 German supernatural thriller “Du Hast Es Versprochen,” set on a remote island where two women reunite at a childhood vacation home. It explores themes of fear and friendship as the pair find themselves haunted by the ghost of a girl from their past.
White made his directing debut on 2014’s “Ouija,” helming from a script he co-wrote with Snowden. Produced by Jason Blum and Michael Bay, “Ouija” was a major financial success for Universal as it grossed more than $100 million worldwide on a $5 million budget »
- Dave McNary
The Flickering Myth writing team share their thoughts on the first trailer for Marvel’s Black Panther…
On Friday evening, Marvel Studios gave us our first look at 2018’s Black Panther movie with the release of the official teaser trailer for the film, which sees Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station, Creed) directing and Chadwick Boseman reprising the role of T’Challa from last year’s Captain America: Civil War. Read on to find out what our writing team made of this first look at the Phase Three solo movie…
Helen Murdoch: After seeing the poster I was a bit worried but I enjoyed the trailer. A few teases here and there and not too much reveal. Now if they could just leave it at that!
Ben Robins: Black Panther is probably the Marvel property I know the least about, so it was strange watching a Marvel trailer and not getting any of the usual fan service. »
- Gary Collinson
Pete Dillon-Trenchard Apr 15, 2017
Huge spoilers, as we unpack the Doctor Who series 10 opener - The Pilot - in search of references and treats.
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Doctor Who is back for its 36th series, and with it are our viewing notes - a weekly guide to the references, similarities (intentional or otherwise!) and generally interesting things about each episode. Whilst we’ve crammed in as much as we can find, this is by no means a definitive list - so if you’re sat there thinking ‘You fools! You missed this!’, feel free to plop it down in the comments below. But remember: Don’t phone, it’s just for fun. »
“Logan” will open huge this weekend, but the well-reviewed R-rated “Wolverine” sequel starring Hugh Jackman will provide Hollywood with something it needs more than great box office: It means permission to challenge the status quo.
Studios are in trouble. Box office is down four percent for the year to date — and the main culprit is combining familiar franchise properties with tried-and-true formulas.
Of course, “Logan” is the 10th installment in the “X-Men” franchise, which 20th Century Fox launched 16 years ago with producer Lauren Shuler Donner. But “Wolverine” director James Mangold didn’t direct it like a sequel.
Here’s how Mangold threw out the studio rulebook — and why Fox let him.
1. Get the backing of a major star.
Immediately after finishing “Wolverine” in 2013, Jackman and Mangold had a chat: Did they want to do this movie again? “If there was one, it would be his last one,” Mangold told me in a telephone interview. »
- Anne Thompson
He was devastated twice on The Bachelorette and had a summer fling on Bachelor in Paradise, and now Nick Viall is looking to find a love that lasts as The Bachelor‘s latest leading man. Read his exclusive blog for People every week and follow him at Twitter, @viallnicholas28!
Hey guys! We’re back where we left off with Corinne and Taylor confronting one another at the rose ceremony. To back up a little, let me just state the obvious: This is an environment that is filled with all personality types, so of course it is unrealistic that everyone will get along. »
- Nick Viall
Sometimes a small cast and an intriguing premise are all that’s needed for effective TV horror. (And it makes it a hell of a lot cheaper to produce too.) Case in point: 1973’s A Cold Night’s Death, starring Eli Wallach and Robert Culp, a two man tour de force pitting man against man against the fragility of the human mind. Plus monkeys!
Acnd originally aired on Tuesday, January 30th as an ABC Movie of the Week, which was always a top 20 performer, getting trounced only by Maude and Hawaii Five-o over at CBS. (It’s hard to beat the combined star power of Bea Arthur and Jack Lord.) But fans of finely turned horror always knew that ABC was the place to be.
Let’s check out our brittle and frosted faux TV Guide to see what’s in store:
A Cold Night’S Death (Tuesday, 8:30pm, »
- Scott Drebit
9 items from 2017
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