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Interview conducted by Tom Stockman July 16th, 2014
A native St. Louisan, Brad Schiff serves as the animation supervisor at Laika Studios, the award-winning company behind “Coraline,” “ParaNorman,” and the upcoming “The Boxtrolls.” Before making his creative contributions to Laika’s films, Brad cut his teeth on a number of popular American television series, including MTV’s “Celebrity Deathmatch,” “The PJs,” and “Gary & Mike.” In 2001, Brad brought home a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Animation for his work on “Gary & Mike.” Brad’s commercial-directing clients have included the NFL on Fox, Nintendo, and Samsung. In 2004, Brad worked as an animator on Tim Burton’s “Corpse Bride,” the first of what has turned out to be a series of Academy Award-nominated features that includes Wes Anderson’s “Fantastic Mr. Fox.” Although Brad’s busy schedule only allows a hometown visit once a year or so, when in St. Louis »
- Tom Stockman
Earth To Echo tells the story of a bunch of young teenage friends who find a tiny alien robot and help him find his ship and get back to where he belongs. This is pure Spielberg, sprinkled with some Richard Donner and Robert Zemeckis. It’s a shame though that none of the aforementioned directors sat in the directors chair as Earth To Echo, while not original in any shape or form, had the potential to be something great. Looking like the offspring of Bubo the Owl from Clash Of The Titans and Johnny Five (there’s a movie we’d pay money to see) this is one of the most adorable characters you’re going to see this year. With oodles of personality, mainly provided by huge and charming eyes as well as a few beeps and buzzes, it’s an absolute tragedy that this floating, tin can of »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
Hercules has no right to be as entertaining as it is. It’s dumb, choppy, cheap-looking, and it even somehow manages to waste the Rock … but this big-budget jettisoning of the Greek myth, based on Steve Moore’s Radical comic, is also a million miles from the self-important grandiosity of the 300 films, or the over-cgi'd garishness of Clash of the Titans. It has a playful heart and spirited cast, and little else. But — and maybe this is just what George W. Bush called “the soft bigotry of low expectations” speaking — that turns out to be (mostly) enough.Instead of being another extremely loose retelling of the traditional tale of the demigod (the putative child of Zeus and a mere mortal queen) forced to complete 12 superhuman labors, Brett Ratner's film dispenses with the mythology in its opening scenes. It begins with highly stylized, storybooklike images of Hercules (Dwayne “The Rock »
- Bilge Ebiri
Stars: Kellan Lutz, Scott Adkins, Gaia Weiss, Roxanne McKee, Liam Garrigan, Liam McIntyre, Rade Serbedzija, Johnathon Schaech, Luke Newberry, Kenneth Cranham, Mariah Gale, Sarai Givaty | Written by Sean Hood, Daniel Giat | Directed by Renny Harlin
One of Three films released this year (the other two films surprisingly both star former WWE wrestlers) based on the classic character from Greek mythology, The Legend of Hercules stars Kellan Lutz as the titular hero Hercules, in an epic origin story from iconic action director Renny Harlin (Die Hard 2, Long Kiss Goodnight) and writer Sean Hood – who co-wrote the recent Conan the Barbarian remake as well as penning the original story for a personal horror favourite of mine, Midnight Movie.
In Ancient Greece 1200 B.C., a queen succumbs to the lust of Zeus to bear a son promised to overthrow the tyrannical rule of the king (played by the always awesome Scott Adkins). Borne of god and mortal, »
- Phil Wheat
For over two years, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot has been a contentious project – especially when it was first revealed that former Transformers-lead Megan Fox had been cast as beloved Turtle ally April O’Neil. In the months since, skeptics have reacted with equal outrage to a host of other revelations from the Turtles’ visual makeover (now with nostrils) to the addition of Johnny Knoxville (voicing Leonardo), as well as long-rumored changes to the heroes’ origin story, among others. As a result, frustration has routinely been directed toward producer Michael Bay (a man regularly blamed for “ruining childhoods” via his Transformers franchise) – while the film’s actual director, Jonathan Liebesman (Clash of the Titans) has mostly flown under vitriolic fan radar.
Much of the anger comes from a perceived failure on the part of filmmakers to deliver the type of Tmnt movie that longtime fans want – as ...
- Ben Kendrick
In Hercules, Dwayne Johnson wears a lion’s head as a hat. That probably tells you a lot about the tone of director Brett Ratner’s larger-than-life sword-and-sandals adventure. Based on Steve Moore’s comic book of the same name, Hercules re-imagines the hero of classical legend as a flesh-and-blood mercenary struggling to live up to the weight of his own myth.
Surrounded by a misfit group of fellow warriors-for-hire, Dwayne Johnson’s Hercules is the ultimate working class hero, even if he is meant to be the son of Zeus: he leads from the front, and wades into action while the noblemen he works for stand around in their purple cloaks, chatting and eating freshly-peeled grapes.
Like videogame characters, Hercules’ crew each has a »
Exclusive: Co-pro Hunter’s Prayer marks largest investment and first Us production for fund.
The film is the first Us production to get backing from Screen Yorkshire, which would not reveal the amount invested but confirmed it to be above £1m.
Producers are [link »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
A film starring Arnold Schwarzenegger comes with a decently hefty amount of expectations, due to his filmography being completely full of films that helped establish his role as the guy who has blown more buildings up, delivered more one liners, and muscled his way through more bad guys than any other badass working today. When an actor gets that insanely huge amount of baggage, it’s hard for viewers to think of him as anything other than that, causing any testing of the waters to be less successful and well received. Thankfully though, Schwarzenegger is able to rise above that and give fans a very unexpected yet interesting performance in David Ayer’s gritty as hell film Sabotage.
Following a covert operation that ends with 10 million dollars of drug cartel money missing, DEA Agent Breacher (Schwarzenegger) and his hardcore team of undercover agents are put under investigation, with each member »
- Jerry Smith
Queen Elizabeth II might have declined the opportunity to sit in the Iron Throne of Westeros last month, but that doesn't mean she's above having the Queen's Guard perform the Game of Thrones theme song from time to time. Incoming visual evidence, via Vulture:
George R.R. Martin: The Rolling Stone Interview
There they are, the official, real-life Queen's Guard of England, serving up an ace rendition of the Emmy-nominated HBO series' rousing title credits tune outside Buckingham Palace in London. The Thrones theme is no stranger to reinterpretation — in 2014 alone, »
"The heart wants what it wants," Woody Allen has taught us, and apparently what his heart wants these days is not to have to bother with writing second drafts of film scripts. His latest, Magic in the Moonlight, plays like a sumptuous vacation, its stars larking in '20s finery about the grandest estates of Provence and Côte d'Azur. Each frame is buttered by heavenly wealth -- the splendor is part Gatsby, part Mount Olympus from the original Clash of the Titans. But as the stars roam those gardens and vistas in their jaunty flapper couture, the story feels shapeless, un-tailored, defiantly off the rack. Magic in the Moonlight's mystery is pedestrian and predictable, and its lovers -- Colin Firth and Emma Stone -- fall for one anoth »
It might be hard to imagine but Luke Evans only arrived on the Hollywood movie scene in 2010. Since that time, the star of Dracula Untold has been seen in a wide variety of films – including several blockbuster franchises: Clash of the Titans, Fast and Furious 6, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, among others – with upcoming roles in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies and The Crow reboot. Evans’ star is on the rise – portraying a wide mix of memorable characters from malevolent baddies to charming heroes.
However, the actor’s biggest challenge, so far, may be his turn as Vlad III Țepeș (aka Vlad the Impaler aka Dracula) ...
- Ben Kendrick
If nothing else, Luke Evans has one distinct physical attribute that makes him the perfect choice to play Dracula. “I have my own fangs,” jokes the actor on the set of forthcoming origin actioner “Dracula Untold.” And he does – look at any photo where the “Fast & Furious 6” baddie is showing his teeth and you’ll notice his prominent canines immediately. Fortuitous? Certainly. But of course, his pearlies aren’t what bagged him the part. Being Luke Evans did. The Welsh actor has been such a ubiquitous big-screen presence over the last several years that it’s easy to forget that his first major Hollywood film, 2010’s “Clash of the Titans,” is only four years old. Since then he’s racked up quite an impressive resume, from Paul W.S. Anderson’s “Three Musketeers” to sword-n-sandals actioner “Immortals” to “F&F 6” to his role as the Bard in the last two »
- Chris Eggertsen
$400 million. That’s the line. The threshold your movie has to cross in order for your big budget studio tent-pole film to be considered for a franchise. The veritable break-even number for films that in this risk averse studio system will warrant consideration for another installment.
The recent announcement that Pacific Rim is going to get a sequel was something of a surprise seeing how the first film was seen as a disappointment. In the United States the film barely cracked the the $100 million mark. Internationally, it fared better bringing the worldwide total to $400 million. Given the movies’ sizable budget and P.R. campaign, the movie didn’t recover its initial investment. It was by no means a bomb, but you couldn’t exactly call it a hit either. It was an average film with an average performance, »
- Anghus Houvouras
Predator. The ultimate killing machine. He went up against two men who went on to become United States governors in his first film, and he just kept kicking ass from there. But how would he fare in medieval times? The short film Predator: Dark Ages will ask that question.
Featuring a premise that will pit the intergalactic headhunter against the Knights Templar, Predator: Dark Ages promises to be a fan film extraordinaire. The director will be award-winning filmmaker James Bushe.
Actors currently attached to the project are Adrian Bouchet (Clash of the Titans, Alien vs. Predator), Jon Campling (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2), Ben Loyd-Holmes ("Da Vinci's Demons"), Zara Phythian (He Who Dares), and Amed Hashimi (47 Ronin).
Check out the teaser trailer below, and to help this project become a reality, visit the Predator: Dark Ages Kickstarter page, "like" Predator: Dark Ages on Facebook and follow Predator: Dark »
- Scott Hallam
While the Adam Sandler and Kevin James types of the world lazily riff on their personas each time out, there are few in the comedy world who commit so fully to their character creations than Sacha Baron Cohen. He thinks of every detail, backwards and forwards, and is determined to deliver something three dimensional each time out. And that's why we look forward to his big screen work every single time. And coming next summer is "Grimsby," an action/comedy vehicle, directed by Louis Leterrier ("Clash Of The Titans," "Now You See Me"). The first look is here, and once again, Cohen has transformed. This time around he's playing a dim soccer fan who gets tangled up with his long lost brother, who also happens to be a secret agent. Mark Strong, Annabelle Wallis, David Harewood, Ian McShane, Gabourey Sidibe, Johnny Vegas, Rebel Wilson and Isla Fisher star in this one, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The first big-budget Russian blockbuster, WWII epic Stalingrad, was an absolutely stunning visual experience, and when it became the highest-grossing film in Russian cinematic history, it seemed pretty clear that we hadn’t heard the last of its director, Fedor Bondarchuk. Now, it appears that Warner Bros. has recruited the helmer to direct its big-budget Greek epic Odysseus, which aims to turn the classic tale transcribed in Homer’s The Odyssey into an action-packed spectacle.
Bondarchuk, the son of Oscar-winning helmer Sergei Bondarchuk (who received the Best Foreign Film Oscar for his movie War and Peace back in 1968), made Stalingrad for around $30 million, and the flick went on to gross $66 million, setting records in Russia. It was also the first Russian movie to be shot in IMAX 3D. Despite Stalingrad featuring a huge amount of battle sequences, Bondarchuk kept the budget low by staging everything without the use of green screen or extensive special effects, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Let Us Prey is an Irish and British co-production (Fantastic Films). This horrifying title was partially funded by the Irish Film Board. In the film, chaos destroys a small seaside town, by way of a strange traveller. This title stars Liam Cunningham (Clash of the Titans), Sophie Stephanie Farmer and Niall Greig Fulton. Recently, a teaser trailer was released for the film, which is found below. As well, several photos are now available for Let Us Prey. In the story, a vagabond is picked up and placed in a cell. Strange omens appear in a backwater town. And, destruction hits this isolated community, with little rhyme nor reason. Fans of horror can preview Let Us Prey here. This title has recently shown at several film festivals, including the Edinburgh International Film Festival. Here, this title had its United Kingdom premiere. A North American release and distribution date is sure to »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
It seems that with this new look, they’ve also added more to the title as it was originally just titled Exodus but maybe they felt a Clash Of The Titans or 300 extra part was needed to drag in the crowds and to avoid thinking it’s the film version of Bob Marley’s 1977 album. Probably.
In this film, Bale plays Moses and it’ll chronicle his life and story of him leading the Israelite slaves out of Egypt. It’ll feature his revolution against Pharaoh Ramses II (Joel Edgerton) and also co-stars Aaron Paul, Ben Kingsley, John Turturro and Sigourney Weaver. Noah didn’t go down that well but the biblical epic »
- Dan Bullock
Olivia Munn is in negotiations to join Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along 2. The actress still has to work out shooting dates, so she can film both the comedy sequel and Season 3 of HBO's The Newsroom, which starts production very soon.
No details were given for Olivia Munn's character, but the story reportedly takes place in Miami, where James Payton (Ice Cube) and Ben Barner (Kevin Hart) visit for, "fun, chaos and shenanigans." Benjamin Bratt signed on for an unspecified role last week.
Ice Cube and his CubeVision partner Matt Alvarez are producing alongside William Packer and Larry Brezner. The original Ride Along set a box office record for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend, with an impressive $41.5 million opening weekend »
Fox has ended production on its ambitious period drama “Hieroglyph” from creator/executive producer Travis Beacham (“Pacific Rim,” “Clash of the Titans”). The broadcast network decided not to move forward on the series, a Fox representative told TheWrap. Individuals with knowledge of the decision told TheWrap that the network pulled the plug because the series wasn't coming together as it had hoped. Also read: Gail Berman, Fox Networks Partner on New Production Company, the Jackal Group Fox ordered “Hieroglyph” straight to series last October, a decision that would spread the costs and resources of the series across multiple episodes. And although this project didn't work. »
- Jethro Nededog
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