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Syfy has brought aboard Julian McMahon for the upcoming six-hour “Childhood’s End” miniseries, which is slated to premiere in 2015.
“Childhood’s End,” adapted from Arthur C. Clarke’s 1953 novel, follows the peaceful invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords, who begin decades of apparent utopia under indirect alien rule, at the cost of human identity and culture.
McMahon stars as Rupert Boyce, an American entrepreneur, and Betts will play Ellie, an arts graduate engaged to Ricky Stormgren (Mike Vogel), the most influential person in the world.
“Childhood’s End” will be adapted by Matthew Graham (BBC’s “Life on Mars”). Akiva Goldsman (“I Am Legend,” “Paranormal Activity”), Mike De Luca (“Captain Philips,” “Moneyball,” “The Social Network”) and Alissa Phillips (“Moneyball, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Back in September, it was announced that Titans, a live action series based on the popular DC Comics title Teen Titans, was being planned for TNT. Now, DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns has offered an update on the show, confirming that the pilot will shoot next year. He also expresses his excitement that Nightwing, who will reportedly lead the show, will finally be seen in live action.
The show will be penned by I Am Legend and A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman alongside Marc Haimes, an executive turned writer. The show will focus on former Batman sidekick Robin, as Dick Grayson attempts to emerge from the shadow of his boss Bruce Wayne and become Nightwing, the leader of a fearless band of new superheroes. Other characters are set to include Starfire and Raven.
The Teen Titans celebrated their 50th Anniversary this year. They first appeared in The Brave »
Ridley Scott sure is picky for a director who has directed so many movies. While famous for creating such visual feasts as "Alien," "Blade Runner," "Thelma & Louise," "Gladiator" and "Black Hawk Dawn," Scott has seemingly exited as many projects as he's seen through. "Blade Runner 2" is merely the latest "will-he-or-won't-he?" moment in his career. Recently, Scott dropped some hints about the long-delayed sequel to the 1982 film, but said he wouldn't be sitting in the director's chair. Now, he's backtracking, telling Yahoo, "I don’t know about [not directing 'Blade Runner 2'] yet." He added that the sequel could be his "most personal" film, and that the present script is "very, very good." It's certainly not the first time Scott has been ambiguous about taking on a directing gig. Here are some of the more interesting projects he never made: "I Am Legend" Scott got pretty far along on the pre-poduction process of the Richard Matheson adaptation in the '90s, »
- Dave Lewis
Plans are apparently afoot for more The Hunger Games movies after Mockingjay - Part 2 hits cinemas in 2015. But where next can the story go?
We recently reported that The Hunger Games world might not be quite as finished as we thought when the final film of franchise is released in November 2015. That Lionsgate is reported to be having conversations about how to prolong the movie series.
But where could it go if it chooses to do that?
The stories themselves have already been expanded to a degree, with the film adaptations of Suzanne Collins' books looking beyond Katniss Everdeen’s perspective. While the novels saw only what Katniss saw, the films began investigating what was happening with other characters, like President Snow or Gale Hawthorne, while she was busy trying not to get killed in the arena.
We have seen into the Capitol and the other districts, and the »
The boys who can do no wrong, Chris Miller and Phil Lord, are following up their double whammy of The Lego Movie and 22 Jump Street by producing TV series Last Man On Earth. Created by, and starring, Will Forte, the series follows the last man on Earth as he searches for other survivors in a post-apocalyptic world. It seems as though one such survivor will be January Jones, which may just make Will Forte’s character one of the luckiest men alive, which I guess goes without saying but you know what I mean. Jones will appear as a regular in the comedy although it may only be in flashbacks to pre-apocalypse times.
Also appearing in the show set to premier in the Us on 1st March 2015 with back-to-back episodes on Fox are Kristen Schaal, Mel Rodriguez, and Cleopatra Coleman. The show seems to have great potential, as we’ll »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
We all enjoy speculating about future movies, but can this distract from the films already out now, James wonders...
When World War Z broke out in 2013, it all happened very fast. Brad Pitt and his family were just driving along, slowly inching their way through a traffic jam in the Philadelphia streets and suddenly - zoompf! The zombie apocalypse just came out of nowhere.
Rabid rakshasas started ripping all vestiges of modern western civilisation to shreds, attacking people who were simply going about their regular daily business. From there the whole planet is revealed to be falling to hell, Brad Pitt and fellow survivors of the viral uprising engaged in continent-crossing combat to repel the bloodthirsty hordes and find a cure for the contagion.
For Pitt's character, though, the turning point was that moment of realisation back in the Philly gridlock, back in the driving seat of his family's SUV. »
What’s the inside story behind the Batman v Superman logo in I Am Legend? How can you get this disgusting Guardians of the Galaxy sweater? Who would win in a fight between Batman and Darth Vader? Did the Lego Movie producers approach Christopher Nolan to approve Lego Batman? Want to see a new TV spot […]
- Germain Lussier
In 1997, director Ridley Scott ("Alien") hired StudioADI to put together makeup tests for the vampire-like creatures ('Hemocytes') that would've appeared in his version of I Am Legend. The film would've starred Arnold Schwarzenegger ("The Terminator"), but Warner Brothers killed the project in March of 1998 due to budgetary concerns. In 2012, StudioADI released a video filled with the makeup tests and since it was so popular they went digging into their archive for more makeup tests and concept art, which you can view in their latest video. Scott's I Am Legend would've been loosely-based on Richard Matheson's 1954 horror-fiction novel of the same name. Nearly a decade after WB pulled the plug on Scott's I Am Legend, WB gave the greenlight to Francis Lawrence ("The Hunger Games: Catching Fire") to direct his take on I Am Legend, which starred Will Smith ("Men In Black") and used computer-generated Hemocytes. It generated $586 »
The movie The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 continues the series, taking it into darker, more adult territory. Fans of the books will not be disappointed. The third film sticks quite close to the events of the Suzanne Collins novel's first half, though the movie is slightly less bloody. Directed by Catching Fire's Francis Lawrence (I Am Legend, Constantine), Mockingjay is both faithful to the source and also timely commentary on the use of media to influence a revolution.
Peter Craig and Danny Strong penned the screenplay, which picks up immediately after the events in Catching Fire. Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) has been evacuated to the lost District 13, hidden in a vast complex of underground bunkers. As the clampdown by the government of evil President Snow (Donald Sutherland) on the rebelling districts continues, her best option to contribute to the revolution is to assume the role for which »
- Mike Saulters
Hard to believe, but coming into The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1, Francis Lawrence had only directed four other movies. Making his feature debut in 2005 with Constantine, Lawrence went on to tackle the adaptation of I Am Legend starring Will Smith, the 2011 drama Water For Elephants and, of course, 2013's Catching Fire, the second installment of the Hunger Games franchise. The strength of that film solidified Lawrence as the man who would see the series to the end with Mockingjay Part 1 »
- Eric Walkuski
Opening this weekend is director Francis Lawrence’s The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1. In the next installment, we find Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) at the forefront of the rebellion in District 13 while Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) and Johanna (Jena Malone) are held captive in the Capitol. Unlike the last two films which focused on surviving the games, Mockingjay – Part 1 is about the rebellion spreading throughout Panem and the way both sides play the media to gain the upper hand. It’s an extremely well done movie and fans of the franchise will not be disappointed. Joining the cast are Cressida (Natalie Dormer), Boggs (Mahershala Ali), Pollux (Elden Henson), Messalla (Evan Ross), and Castor (Wes Chatham) alongside Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Julianne Moore, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Elizabeth Banks, Sam Claflin, and Donald Sutherland. A few days ago in New York City I landed a great video interview with Francis Lawrence. During »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Scream Factory gave many classic horror film fans a Halloween treat with the release of The Vincent Price Collection II, and now Arrow Films is looking to sate the viewing appetites of Price fans in England with Six Gothic Tales, due out on December 8th. Comprised of six Roger Corman movies based on Edgar Allan Poe’s works and starring Vincent Price, Arrow Films has unveiled their collection’s special features:
Press Release - “From the Merchant of Menace, Vincent Price, and the King of the B’s, Roger Corman, come six Gothic tales inspired by the pen of Edgar Allan Poe. Arrow Video is thrilled to announce the limited edition release of this Six Gothic Tales box set. Limited to a run of just 2000 copies, this much-anticipated release will include The Fall of the House of Usher, Tales of Terror, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Raven, The Haunted Palace »
- Derek Anderson
On Wednesday we were given a shortlist of actresses up for the lead role in Marvel’s upcoming Jessica Jones Netflix series, and now we have one more name to add to the list of contenders. Deadline has updated their original post, and now cites The Divide, I Am Legend, and Homeland actress Marin Ireland as being in the mix for the coveted role.
Based on Brian Michael Bendis’ Alias comic book series, Jessica Jones is being spearheaded by former Dexter showrunner and Twilight screenwriter Melissa Rosenberg and will deal with a former superhero suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder, who hung up her costume and opened her own detective agency, where she lends a helping hand to people and assists other superheroes.
There’s no release date yet for the series, »
- James Garcia
In an update to their previous report, Deadline have added Marin Ireland's name to the impressive list of actresses that are said to be testing for the lead role in Marvel's 13-part Jessica Jones TV series. Apparently she only became available after her We legal drama series The Divide was cancelled. Ireland has also appeared in the likes of Law And Order, The Following, and Homeland, and well as movies such as Revolutionary Road, I Am Legend and The Manchurian Candidate. The show will be based on Brian Michael Bendis' Alias comic series, and will deal with "a superhero suffering with post-traumatic stress disorder, which leads to her hanging up her costume and opening her own detective agency, where she ends up helping people and assisting other superheroes." Out of these 5 actresses, who do you think best suits the role? »
Jeff Robinov's Studio 8 is in negotiations to acquire the film rights to Eric Jager's 14th century France-set, true story-inspired novel "The Last Duel". "I Am Legend" and "The Hunger Games" sequels director Francis Lawrence is attached to helm the project which will be produced by Erwin Stoff.
No writer is yet set for the film which deals with last legal 'trial by combat' in France. The dispute involved Knight Jean de Carrouges and the squire Jacques Le Gris with the former accusing the latter of raping his wife.
King Charles VI decided a duel would be the best way to handle the matter, and whomever was still alive at the end would be declared the winner. On top of that, if the squire won then de Carrouges' wife would be burned at the stake as punishment for committing a false accusation.
Other films on Studio 8's slate »
- Garth Franklin
One of the most frequently posted comments on this website over the past year? It'd be something along the lines of 'they can make [name of sequel that sounds not very good], but they can't make Dredd 2'. The frustration is understandable. When the Karl Urban-headlined Dredd movie tanked at the Us box office in particular, it seemed to take any hopes of a follow-up to what had been a raw, worthwhile film with it.
But the flame of hope still flickers, with a new web series the latest addition to the world of Dredd. However, should all concerned be looking for a future direction for Dredd 2, then Judge Dredd: Origins is surely prime material. It's a 2007 23-issue arc written and illustrated by Judge Dredd creators John Wagner and Carlos Ezquerra to »
A far cry from all the deeply serious Oscar contenders to be released this holiday, “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part One” certainly promises to be one of the season’s biggest films. It’s the third “Hunger Games” film so far, and the first part of the two-fisted “Mockingjay” entry, both to be directed by Francis Lawrence (“I Am Legend,” “Constantine”). It’s no wonder they keep making sequels to these movies: “The Hunger Games” franchise has grossed over $458 million worldwide, and proven an apt showcase for its two lead performers (Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson) in sturdy action hero roles that are a radical departure from the more character-based work they are usually associated with. For the legions of “Hunger Games” die-hards, the marketing blitzkrieg is officially underway, with another clip from the film along with a rather nifty sort-of television spot. The clip sees Lawrence’s heroine Katniss looking on, »
- Nicholas Laskin
Following some motion posters that showed off the new look of the returning cast members and some new faces in The Divergent Series: Insurgent, the first teaser trailer has arrived, and it already looks like it has a bigger budget than the first film. It appears to be a dream sequence where Tris (Shailene Woodley with a nice haircut) sees her Mom amidst the destruction of the world around her. There really aren't any stakes in a tease like this though, because it's clearly a dream, but it's probably a sequence that fans will be excited to be see realized on the big screen. The special effects aren't bad for a fast-tracked sequel either. Here's the teaser trailer for Robert Schwentke's The Divegent Series: Insurgent from Lionsgate: The Divergent Series: Insurgent is directed by Robert Schwentke (Red) and written by Brian Duffield (Jane Got a Gun) and Akiva Goldsman »
- Ethan Anderton
“If a movie makes you happy, for whatever reason, then it’s a good movie.”
*******Warning: Review Contains Spoilers*******
By Ernie Magnotta
If there’s one thing I love, it’s 1970s made-for-tv horror films. I remember sitting in front of the television as a kid and watching a plethora of films such as Gargoyles, Bad Ronald, Satan’s School for Girls, Horror at 37,000 Feet, Devil Dog: Hound of Hell, Scream Pretty Peggy, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Moon of the Wolf and The Initiation of Sarah just to name a few. Some of those are better than others, but all were fun.
When I think back, there have been some legendary names associated with small screen horrors. Genre masters John Carpenter (Halloween), Steven Spielberg (Jaws), Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street), Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre) and Joseph Stefano (Psycho) all took shots at television »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Prepare to have your hearts broken -- some of our favorite movies have plot holes that just can't be explained.
In the post-apocalyptic thriller I Am Legend, Anna drives to Manhattan from Philadelphia -- in a car -- to essentially ruin Will Smith's life. But wait a minute – how did she even drive to Manhattan in the first place? All the bridges and tunnels to the city were destroyed at the beginning to prevent infection from spreading. Did she swim there and hot wire it? But then how did she drive off the island at the end?
Home Alone cleverly closed a potential plot hole in the beginning of the film by explaining the reason the McCallisters can't contact Kevin is because the phones are down – and when they called the police, Kevin was too afraid to answer the door. Great! But then, how does he order that "lovely cheese pizza?"
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