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The Mills sisters revisit their past in this week's Sleepy Hollow. Here's Holly's review of an identity-themed episode...
This review contains spoilers.
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This week’s Sleepy Hollow is all about identity - Ichabod’s, Abbie’s, Abe’s, even the show’s itself. From the very first episode of the series, we’ve seen this journey with Ichabod, beginning with his emergence from the earth and continuing throughout his fish-out-of-water navigation of the new world. This journey, of course, is hijacked by the necessity of preventing the coming apocalypse.
Until recent episodes, his has been the most fleshed-out backstory. And it’s been enough, to say the least - the guy was already pretty interesting in his own time, what with all the turncoating and conspiring with our founding fathers. His turbulent relationships, as well, were a colonial soap opera. The constant flashbacks to his earlier life have »
Every once in a blue moon a film will come out of nowhere, and Shahin Sean Solimon’s independently financed adventure film Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage was released to theaters in North America for a single week. Those who were lucky enough to catch it theatrically were treated to a long-gone style of filmmaking. Filled with stop motion animated monsters, real sets, an orchestral score, and a tirelessly intrepid ambition to remind viewers of a bygone era, the film hearkened back to the glory days of special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, who had contributed indelible, hand-crafted special effects wizardry in films like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977). Inspired by Harryhausen’s groundbreaking work, Solimon took it upon himself to write, direct, »
- Gary Collinson
Jaws from James Bond
One movie character who scared me as a child was Jaws, the shiny-toothed James Bond villain. Those silver teeth freaked me out, big time – I remember the early sequence from The Spy Who Loved Me was particularly chilling: Jaws lures a defenceless older man into a trap, and proceeds to bite into his neck, killing him. While we're shown no violence, the whole scene terrified me: the way Jaws walked slowly towards the man in a knowing, menacing way, and the idea of him simply biting the man to death (though at least he had the courtesy to stun the victim first).
Being bitten by Jaws isn't like being bitten by a vampire – he drinks no blood. Instead, he just seems to sink those artificial teeth into flesh and tear a hole big enough to cause fatal bleeding. Whenever I'd watch that scene, it made me deeply uncomfortable, »
<< Back to Holiday 2014 ForecastExodus: Gods and KingsRelease Date: December 12th (3D)Studio: 20th Century FoxGenre: DramaDirector: Ridley ScottWriters: Adam Cooper & Bill Collage and Jeffrey Caine and Steven ZaillianCast: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, John Turturro, Ben Mendelsohn, Indira VarmaStudio Description: The defiant leader Moses rises up against the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses, setting 600,000 slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.Analysis: Exodus: Gods and Kings arrives in theaters less than nine months after director Darren Aronofsky's Noah, which wrapped up its run at the domestic box office with $101.2 million. It's likely that Ridley Scott's big-budget retelling of the Exodus story tops that number, though it's hard to say by how much.The two movies share a number of similarities. Both explore well-known Old Testament stories that aren't specific to one religion or another: Moses and »
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Written and directed by Fingleton (“Magpie,” “Slr,” “Shirin”), “The Survivalist” is a dystopian thriller set in a time of starvation, where a lone man lives off a small plot of land hidden deep in forest, protecting his crop from intruders with his shotgun and improvised traps. But the long years alone have taken their toll on him, and he is beginning to lose his grip on reality.
Everything changes when a starving woman and her teenage daughter discover the farm. Desperate for food and shelter, the mother offers up her daughter to spend the night with him in return for bed and board. Overcome with desire, the man breaks his strict code of self-preservation and accepts them into his cabin. »
- Leo Barraclough
PalmStar Media Capital has closed a multi-year financing agreement with Thunder Road Pictures, giving the production company access to more than $200 million in equity annually.
“Thunder Road has a long track record of success with both mid-size indie films and larger studio tentpoles,” company head Basil Iwanyk said. “This collaboration gives us tremendous flexibility in growing both sides of the business.”
Thunder Road will use the funds to fully finance and produce five to six “star-driven” independent films in the $20 to $50 million budget range per year, along with financing and co-financing the development and production of larger studio projects. The deal also provides more than $5 million in annual development capital for Thunder Road.
The deal comes at a time when studios are pulling back on mid-budget movies in order to focus on tentpoles and franchises.
- Dave McNary
Composer Ramin Djawadi (Pacific Rim) has signed on to provide the score for director Duncan Jones' video game adaptation Warcraft, which is currently in post-production after wrapping principal photography in July.
Warcraft is based on the massively popular video game of the same name, where players control characters in a long-standing war between the Horde and the Alliance in a mystical realm full of various creatures. We reported in May that the project will undergo nearly two years of post-production work, before it is released in March 2016. Producer Thomas Tull revealed that the video game adaptation will employ "next generation" technology to bring this fantasy world to life. The first footage was shown at Comic-Con this summer, but it's unclear when the general public may get to see what this massive movie looks like.
Along with the aforementioned duo, Djawadi’s previous credits include work on Clash of the Titans and this year’s Dracula Untold. Now, the experienced composer will take a trip to Azeroth along with Moon director Duncan Jones, who recently confirmed that production had wrapped on the live-action epic.
But Warcraft is far from completion, what with Industrial Light and Magic knee deep in special effects work. And given the fantastical setting of Jones’ film, it may be some time yet before we see a full-length trailer.
That said, during this year’s San Diego Comic-Con event, lucky attendees were fortunate enough to see some early footage for the film, which has since been billed as combining the epic scope found in The Lord of the Rings »
- Michael Briers
Navid McIllhargey, the former FilmEngine president is back with a new company — Vandal Entertainment — and he just optioned his first project under the new banner: a revenge thriller called The Feud. Financed by German investors Film House Germany and Summerstorm Entertainment, McIllhargey just purchased the spec by Matthew Altman and David Matalon (no, not the Matalon who used to head New Regency). Described as The Raid meets Winter’s Bone, the story follows a mysterious man who returns to his home in Iowa for his brother’s funeral when he finds himself head to head with the local crime boss and traps him and his friends in an abandoned farm complex. They must battle for their lives against impossible odds.
McIllhargey, who formerly worked at Silver Pictures and New Regency, expects to announce several more projects in both film and television shortly; he and his financiers plan to do two »
- Anita Busch
According to filmmusicreporter.com, Legendary Pictures and director Duncan Jones have hired Ramin Djawadi to compose the Warcraft score. Ramin Djawadi is best known for scoring: Pacific Rim (2013), Clash of the Titans (2010), and Dracula Untold (2014). Duncan Jones' Warcraft wrapped filming in August and currently Ilm (Industrial Light & Magic) is hard at work adding digital effects. It'll be a long grueling post-production but if the film is nearly as good as Jones' Moon (2009) we are all in for a real treat. A brief amount of footage was shown this year at San Diego's Comic-Con and for the most part it was compared to Peter Jackson's The Lord of the Rings in scope and the CG characters were said to be of high-quality like Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Sadly, the film won't arrive in theaters until 2016. Geesh! Legendary Pictures’ Warcraft, a 3D epic adventure of world-colliding conflict »
The Keeping Room is ‘past-apocalyptic’ cinema. We like to imagine the end of the world coming with nuclear war, asteroid collision or alien invasion. Here, however, we see it as history, a terrifying world as cruel as The Road or Mad Max, where mankind can only crawl among the ashes, a world that’s already happened.
This particular apocalypse is the American Civil War, and its desperate survivors are three Southern women: sisters Augusta and Louise (Brit Marling and Hailee Steinfeld) and their former slave, Mad (Muna Otaru). With the sister’s parents dead, the women are left to scratch an existence in an empty, isolated farmhouse. Their world is one largely devoid of human life, as nearly every man has become gristle for the Confederate war machine and the women have fled in terror.
Under these extreme circumstances, social contracts have broken down. For one, former slave Mad is now the sister’s equal, »
- David James
I’ve never had a fit, and to be honest, it’s not high on my list of things to do. But after watching Bryn Higgins’ Electricity, I feel like I’ve got an inkling of how horrible it is. This tightly focused character drama puts its audience in the shoes of Lily (Agyness Deyn), a cool, smart and attractive young woman with debilitating epilepsy.
As we open in the Yorkshire seaside town of Saltburn by the Sea, we meet Lily working the change counter in a seafront amusement arcade. Today, she’s having some fun flirting with a customer, teasing him as he clumsily chats her up. But he’s nice enough, so the two swap numbers and make a date. Later, dressed to the nines, she walks down the seafront, spots him and waves. Then the world ends. Shooting sparks of colour tear apart the frame and the world heaves, »
- David James
In the past few years, Luke Evans has gone from virtual unknown to an international star.
The actor left his mark on the London Theatre, starring in several musicals before making his big screen debut in "Clash of the Titans." Since the 2010 film, Evans has starred in over a dozen movies, including hit franchises "The Hobbit," as Bard the Bowman, and "Fast & Furious," where he played an evil mastermind in the sixth installment. This fall, Evans stars as Vlad Tepes in the blockbuster "Dracula Untold."
2. Evans was raised as a Jehovah's Witness, but left the religion when he was just 16.
3. At the same age, he also left school to pursue a singing and acting career.
4. Evans »
- Jonny Black
Robert Downey Jr., Dracula, and a cute, unlucky family have all come out to challenge Gone Girl and Annabelle's box office reign this weekend. David Fincher's popular psychological thriller could hold down the top spot for the second weekend in a row, with that demon doll close behind, but it's going to be a tight race with The Judge, Dracula Untold, and Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. The adultery thriller Addicted also opens in around 800 locations, and there's a slew of great limited release choices debuting too, including the buzzy Sundance sensation Whiplash. Here's how things might play out. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Exclusive: Following her exit from the executive suites of Warner Bros after steering Gravity, Magic Mike, Man Of Steel and others over a decade, Lynn Harris was rumored to be headed for a multitude of exec jobs that included being part of former boss Jeff Robinov’s new shingle. She instead chose to become her own boss. Harris has partnered with her husband Matti Leshem in Weimaraner Republic Pictures, a company that will generate content in film, TV and digital. They have quietly set up a bunch of projects at studios around town, and I only found out about their overall plans when Deadline revealed the heated auction for the Tony Jaswinski girl-vs.-shark pitch In The Deep, which Sony acquired as two other studios circled in the water.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Dracula Untold sees Luke Evans taking his well-deserved lead role in Universal’s big screen re-launch of the most infamous of all vampires, after building up a fine body of work over the course of several years that’s encompassed two of the biggest cinematic franchises to date in two thirds of The Hobbit trilogy and Fast & Furious 6.
In a relatively short time he’s already played two Greek gods, as both Apollo and Zeus in Clash Of The Titans and Immortals respectively, worked with Ridley Scott on Robin Hood, made a standout of his »
Jack Huston cast in 'Ben-Hur' remake? 'Boardwalk Empire' actor to follow in the footsteps of Ramon Novarro and Charlton Heston Jack Huston, best known for playing World War I veteran-turned-bootlegger-cum-assassin Richard Harrow in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, may star in the latest Ben-Hur "remake," to be jointly produced by Paramount and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. I have "remake" between quotes because officially this fourth big-screen version of the semi-biblical epic (more on that below) isn't an actual remake of either the multiple Oscar-winning 1959 Ben-Hur or its 1925 predecessor, but a direct adaptation of former Civil War general Lew Wallace's 1880 bestselling novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ, which happens to be conveniently in the public domain. Timur Bekmambetov, whose credits include the Angelina Jolie-James McAvoy thriller Wanted and the supernatural cult classic Night Watch, has been attached as director of what is in fact A Tale »
- Andre Soares
Paris– Night Shyamalan, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Donald Sutherland will lead a large delegation of talent and filmmakers set to present their shows at the 30th edition of Mipcom, the international TV market hosted in Cannes.
Shyamalan will present “Wayward Pines,” the Fox International Channels’ thriller series based on Blake Crouch’s novel. The show, which stars Matt Dillon, Melissa Leo and Terrence Howard, turns on a federal agent who searches for two missing federal agents in a small town of Idaho.
Gooding Jr. will be on hand, along with Aunjanue Ellis (“The Help”) and Lou Gossett Jr. (“Boardwalk Empire”), to promote eOne’s “The Book of Negroes” as part of Mipcom’s World Premiere TV screening. Directed by Clement Virgo, the 19th-century-set series is based Canadian writer Lawrence Hill’s novel. Virgo, Hill, exec producers Damon d’Oliviera and Carrie Stein will also be attending the unspooling. The 6-part »
- Elsa Keslassy
We’ve reviewed every summer movie season since 1980 to find out which are the best, and which are the worst. Last week we posted our picks for the worst, and here we post our picks for the best.
2015 and 2016 may just be the most overthetop summer movie seasons yet. It seems like nearly every movie slated for a summer 2015 or 2016 release is heavily anticipated. Because of these impending summers of movie awesomeness, we’ve decided to take a look back at summer movie seasons of years past. The idea of the summer movie season is currently in full swing, but it didn’t catch on immediately. Hollywood had to do its fair share of experimenting to determine what types of films would be most successful. As a result, some summer movie seasons have been better than others. We’ve reviewed them all for you and ranked them from worst to best. »
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John Wick Trailer. Chad Stahelski‘s John Wick (2014) movie trailer stars Keanu Reeves, Adrianne Palicki, Willem Dafoe, Bridget Moynahan, and Ian McShane. John Wick‘s plot synopsis: “From the producer of Clash Of The Titans and The Town comes a tale of adrenaline-fueled revenge and redemption. When a retired hit man [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
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