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Yesterday, I let you inside my head to live out your dream of being on the “Goosebumps” movie set. But because the nature of film is ephemeral, sometimes people are busy with the Work of movies and you miss them. Then sometimes the planets align and you get to talk to them later. Like when I caught up with “Goosebumps” producer Neal Moritz last week to shed more light on where the movie stands almost a year after filming wrapped. Image Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment Hitfix Harpy: Was there a learning curve for you? “I Am Legend” and “Fast & Furious” aren’t exactly family movies. Was there anything that surprised you or you were like oh we can't do that? Neal Moritz: I think because I have a 9-year-old and a 12-year-old and I've seen so many kids movies with them that I kind of got it. I wanted »
- Donna Dickens
Ant-Man has just hit cinemas in the UK, with the action-packed comedy escapade heading straight for the box office sugar mountain. With its story of a house thief who gets more than he bargains for when he pinches a mysterious suit that makes shrinking in the wash look like a walk in the park, it falls squarely on the lighter side of Marvel Studios, alongside Iron Man and Guardians Of The Galaxy.
The concept of a man who becomes the height a bug may appear quaint to today’s audiences, but the movie has certainly blown away the cobwebs, creating a spectacle that cinemagoers and critics have so far taken to like a moth to a Wicker Man. Of course, it also follows in a long tradition of characters with tiny but tortuous problems. Despite being small, they fill the screen, from Alice In Wonderland to Innerspace.
So find a »
- Steve Palace
Having failed to defeat The Master, Ephraim and his team retreat to Red Hook and begin fortifying their position…
Guillermo Del Toro directs the opening ten minutes of season two with skill, precision and delicacy. Coming across as part Grimm faery tale, part moral fable. We are treated to high-end storytelling, which adds breadth and backstory before dropping us back into present day Manhattan. Where a split second flashback to last season’s finale, aids the unfamiliar in catching up on The Strain as it hits the ground running.
Once more David Bradley’s Abraham Setrakian stands out from the crowd. Like an ailing Van Helsing circa nineteen seventy something, he piles conviction into a performance which never drifts into caricature. Kevin Durand’s Vasilly Fet meanwhile shows similar skill, playing quietly confident and unfazed without a false note. Just »
- Gary Collinson
On February 5th, manners will meet the macabre in Screen Gems' Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, the upcoming film adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel of the same name. At Comic-Con last week, Daily Dead participated in roundtable interviews with the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies director and cast, who discussed the film's physicality, investable characters, formidable zombies, and much more.
Writer/director Burr Steers on his vision for the film:
Burr Steers: It was actually something I knew was out there because a lot of people had taken shots at trying to get it made. I looked at it and had a take on it that I was really confident would work. I went in there and rewrote it, and made it happen.
I saw it in my mind the way you'd approach a play. We'd set up this alternate world where there's a zombie pandemic that »
- Derek Anderson
Hollywood directors are notorious flirts when it comes to picking projects, and spy thriller Red Sparrow has been the belle of the ball for some time. Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky was at one point eyeing the pic as his follow-up to Biblical epic Noah, and David Fincher considered coming aboard in hopes of reuniting with his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo lead Rooney Mara (who walked when Fincher did). Now, Francis Lawrence, who’ll finally be done directing Lionsgate’s Hunger Games films this fall, is in the mix to take the reins.
Lawrence is accustomed to swimming in blockbuster waters, albeit without the same consistent praise Aronofsky and Fincher have received throughout their careers. Outside of The Hunger Games quadrilogy (of which he directed three), Lawrence has helmed I Am Legend, Constantine and Water for Elephants, as well as episodes of short-lived series Kings and Touch. Still, working »
- Isaac Feldberg
Sometimes, the potential pedigree of a project can be found in whoever might be kicking the tires, and "Red Sparrow" has certainly drawn some big names while it has been in development. Back in 2013, Darren Aronofsky was taking a look at the movie, and a year later, it was being seen as a potential vehicle to reunite David Fincher and Rooney Mara. Each has since walked, but now another director is checking the project out. Read More: The Best & The Worst Of 'Hunger Games: Catching Fire' Francis Lawrence ("I Am Legend," "The Hunger Games" movies, except the first one) is now circling "Red Sparrow," according to Deadline. Based on the book by Jason Matthews and with a script by Eric Singer (“American Hustle”), the story is set in present-day Russia and follows a Russian intelligence officer struggling to survive in the post-Soviet intelligence jungle. Here's the book synopsis: In »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Working together for the first time since their collaboration in Fernando Meirelles’ Blindness, Award-winning actors Gael García Bernal (Babel, Motorcycle Diaries) and Alice Braga (I Am Legend, City of God) star in Ardor, a visually sumptuous adventure about a mysterious man who emerges from the Argentinian rainforest to rescue the kidnapped daughter of a poor farmer.
Written and directed by Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, The Mugger), the film’s magical realism, jungle setting and social context put a fresh, contemporary twist on the western genre.
When fires sweep through the rainforest near their property along the Parana River, a poor tobacco-farming family goes on high alert. The head of the family, João, (Chico Díaz) correctly suspects the fire is a result of slash-and-burn tactics by ruthless land-grabbers intent on acquiring the farm he shares with his lovely daughter, Vânia (Braga), and her partner, Jara (Lautaro Vilo)
Help arrives in the »
- Michelle McCue
Earlier this year, both Valve and Bethesda were caught up in quite the kerfuffle in relation to paid mods in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, leading both companies to quickly pull the feature from the open-world RPG. Well, it seems that the latter developer has taken heed after the negative reaction, as it now has “no plans” to implement paid for mods in Fallout 4.
That’s according to a report by Kotaku, who quote Game Director Todd Howard, who effectively allayed any fears by stating that there is no plans for the add-on at this time. For the uninitiated, paid for modes allow skilled creators to monetize their in-game modifications on the marketplace, but in terms of the Skyrim furore, the once-novel idea was soon twisted by mismanagement and a general backlash from the Steam community. With this in mind, it’s hardly surprising that both Valve and Bethesda are »
- Michael Briers
This may sound like a mad fever dream, but it came close to actually happening in the wake of 1997's Batman & Robin.
Prior to that franchise-killing film's release, director Joel Schumacher and I Am Legend screenwriter Mark Protosevich teamed up to work on a script that would return Batman to his dark roots as he faced a roster of psychotic supervillains.
"It was going to be very dark," Schumacher told The Hollywood Reporter. "I remember going to the set of Face »
Hardly anyone reads or comments on these posts anymore so maybe the 300th one is the best place to end it. I don't know, just a thought, but as for the point of these articles it was two movies for me this week. First there was Jurassic World, which scored an estimated $204.5 million at the box office, telling me a lot of you went to see it too. The "A" CinemaScore tells me a lot of people enjoyed it as well, though all I've pretty much seen in the comments is negativity. Second movie this week I watched just last night and it was yet another repeat viewing of Edge of Tomorrow, which I just can't get enough of. Other than that, I finished reading "Bird Box", which sort of reads like the film adaptation of I am Legend -- not the book, but the movie -- and I'd say »
- Brad Brevet
Just recently, many festival favorites have begun releasing trailers. Over the last two days, we have seen debuts for both 99 Homes and MacBeth and now we have Craig Zobel's Z For Zachariah. The small film features only Margot Robbie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Chris Pine in a tale of post-apocalyptic survival. But, this is not World War Z or even I Am Legend. This is a much more intimate picture. In the... Read More »
- Alex Maidy
Many shows live and die by their main character’s ability to make you stop caring about anything else that might be sub-par. You may need a semblance of general story, depending on how hard you push the episodic nature of the show, but if you have the right lead, you only need above-average plot lines to keep people in their seats.
Stitchers has a lot in common with House M.D. in this regard. The cases were often intriguing, and though the perpetual doubt of House’s abilities grew tiring, the overall arc was pretty good. Still, Hugh Laurie made the show.
The plot of Stitchers is a “sci-fi fun” one, which for ABC Family means it balances the “need to know” with the “just play along,” and it doesn’t overwork the complexities of things, nor does it talk down to the audience… much. It’s solid, though perhaps »
- Marc Eastman
The Transformers writers room has just gotten a little bigger. Deadline are reporting that screenwriting duo Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari have joined up with Paramount Pictures to help bring to life an expanded universe for the multi-billion dollar franchise, including prequels, sequels and, of course, spin-off movies. While they aren't likely to be recognizable names yet, the pair did help re-write Ant-Man for Marvel, in the wake of Edgar Wright's departure. Barrer & Ferrari join fellow McU scribes Zak Penn (The Incredible Hulk), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway (Iron Man) in the Transformers writing room, alongside Jeff Pinker (The Amazing Spider-Man 2), The Walking Dead's Robert Kirkman and Akiva Goldsman (I Am Legend). So far it is unclear which writer will be working on which film, but Deadline have claimed that Barrer & Ferrari expect to be working on a live-action feature. The site also believes that one of the titles »
In the late ’90s, a pre-Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger nearly headlined a version of Richard Matheson’s post-apocalyptic classic I Am Legend before budget concerns derailed the project. Almost two decades later, the 67-year-old Schwarzenegger is starring in a decidedly different futuristic plague film. In the indie Maggie, Schwarzenegger plays a farmer who brings his infected daughter (Abigail Breslin) home for the last days of her life. No gunfights, no car chases, no “get to the choppers”: it’s essentially an ephemeral mood piece, photographed in widescreen with an emphasis on tight close-ups and naturalistic lighting. The film’s cinematographer, Lukas Ettlin, spoke to […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
I don’t know about you fright fanatics, but I’m a massive fan of heist films. Dog Day Afternoon, Heat, and every other great entry into what can easily be one of the best intense genres around if done right. One film that seems to be a good contender into that kind of movie is Jay Martin’s 7 Minutes (hitting Theaters, VOD & iTunes June 26) . Having cut his teeth being the storyboard artist on films like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Amazing Spiderman, I Am Legend, and Constantine, Martin made the transition to director,when helmed music videos for everyone from Cold War Kids and Deathcab For Cutie, to legendary rapper Nas.
It’s pretty obvious that Jay knows what he wants in front of the camera and how to get it and the heist film led by Luke Mitchell (TV’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L. »
- Jerry Smith
Ahead of its release next month, a UK poster and trailer have arrived online for Pablo Fendrik’s acclaimed revenge thriller The Burning, which stars Gael Garcia Bernal (Babel, No) and Alice Braga (I Am Legend, Elysium); check them out here…
Kai (Garcia Bernal), a mysterious and mystical figure, emerges from the Argentinean rainforest to rescue Vania (Braga), who has been kidnapped by mercenaries. Together they face off against the men who have ruthlessly murdered Vania’s father, a poor farmer, and taken over his land.
Part love story, part western, Fendrik turns this latter genre on its head as so-called civilisation becomes a destructive force over both the rich jungle setting and the communities living within it.
The Burning opens in the UK on June 19th.
- Gary Collinson
"This is our way out, it's perfect." Starz Digital has unveiled a trailer for Jay Martin's 7 Minutes, a modern day intense heist movie about three friends forced to commit a brazen robbery, but end up in a "game of life-or-death". There's some interesting twists and turns that they hint at in the trailer; I'm curious who that guy is that pops up at the end with the shotgun. The cast includes Luke Mitchell, Leven Rambin, Jason Ritter, Kris Kristofferson, Joel Murray, Kevin Gage and Zane Holtz. The film is the feature debut of music video director Jay Martin, who also worked as a storyboard artist on a number of major features (I Am Legend, Catching Fire). It looks like it might be engaging, with some solid action throughout. Fire it up. Here's the official trailer + poster for Jay Martin's 7 Minutes, also in high def from Apple: Plot synopsis: »
- Alex Billington
Maggie pits Arnold Schwarzenegger against zombies, but not in the way you’d expect. The titular character (Abigail Breslin) is infected, but Wade (Schwarzenegger) isn’t driving into the city to put down the zombie threat, he’s bringing his daughter home before the disease reaches its inhumane conclusion. Protocols are implemented to keep the virus contained to the small midwestern town, but doctors set aside regulations to let Wade spend time with his daughter before she is sent away to the quarantine zone.
The stage of Maggie’s infection is still in its infancy, but any sign of worsening symptoms will get her sent straight to a quarantine area. Wade’s second-wife (Joely Richardson) has sent her children to stay with family outside of town, so it’s just the three of them in a makeshift farmhouse as they wait for inevitable to come. »
- Colin Biggs
If the name Andrew Lesnie doesn't ring a bell, his work will. He's the Academy Award-winning cinematographer behind all six Lord of the Rings films, as well as Peter Jackson's The Lovely Bones and King Kong remake. He also served as the D.P. on I Am Legend and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, and unfortunately he passed away Monday following a serious heart attack. He was 59. As announced by Australian Cinematographers Society, Lesnie's death comes after the cinematographer suffered from a heart condition for over the last six months. In addition to their announced plans to celebrate Lesnie's work during their 2015 Acs National Awards for Cinematography in Hobart this weekend, they had the following to say: Words cannot express the absolute feeling of loss, particularly for his immediate family. Andrew gave us many personal cinema moments, moments that will live with us forever, and yet he »
- Will Ashton
The unexpected death of Australian cinematographer Andrew Lesnie has sparked an outpouring of touching sentiment about his skills behind the camera, his huge contribution to his own and New Zealand cinema and also, from those who knew him, his decency and goodwill.
“After 17 years and eight movies together, the loss of Andrew is very hard to bear,” said Peter Jackson in a Facebook post this evening. He described him as “one of the great cinematographers of our time” and “an irreplaceable part of my family” who “always had my back”.
Jackson sought him out for the fantasy/adventure The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring because of the quality of his work on the Australian fairytale Babe. The New Zealand-based collaboration earned Lesnie the 2002 Academy Award for his cinematography »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
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