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If you're itching to see director Ridley Scott return to the realm of Science-Fiction, you're not going to have to wait very long. His latest project in development, The Martian, is based on the book of the same name by Andy Weir with a screenplay by Drew Goddard (World War Z, The Cabin In The Woods). The story revolves around astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) as he's left for dead on the surface of Mars. Not content with giving up on life just yet, the scientist »
- Sean Wist
Brad Pitt turns 51 on Thursday! From his early days as a criminal cowboy in 1991's Thelma and Louise to his starring roles in Fight Club, Ocean's Eleven, World War Z, and Fury, Brad has conquered the movie industry and is - and likely always will be - one of the sexiest stars in the universe. In addition to being an accomplished actor, he's also a devoted dad; Brad and his new wife Angelina Jolie have six adorable children to call their own. When it comes to looks, though, Brad is the total package. We're celebrating his milestone birthday with a look back at that steely gaze, sexy smirk, and perfectly tousled mane. Keep reading to see 51 examples of Brad Pitt's epic, lifelong hotness. »
With a slew of major commercial (and often critical) hits like "The Conjuring," "Insidious: Chapter 2," "World War Z," "Warm Bodies" and the terrific "Evil Dead" remake, 2013 was a great year for horror. 2014? Eeh...let's just say the business of fright was a little weak. And it wasn't just the numbers, which were bad enough - only 4 horror films broke $50 million domestic this year as compared with last year's 9 - but the quality of the films themselves that disappointed. If we're being honest, the number of truly worthwhile mainstream horror films this year can probably be counted on one hand. So what did we learn from horror's (mostly) horrible 2014? Below are 8 lessons we'll be taking away. Lesson #1: Even in a down year, horror remains the most consistently profitable genre Judging strictly by budget-to-worldwide gross ratio, the only true flop this year was the bloated Aaron Eckhart reboot "I, Frankenstein, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Is there any doubt that Ryan Reynolds is going be one awesome father? Scott Speedman, the papa-to-be's co-star in The Captive, certainly thinks he will be. "He'll be a great dad," Speedman tells me of his fellow Canadian actor. He added, "He's just the nicest, coolest guy." Reynolds certainly had to tap into his parental side for The Captive. Directed by Atom Egoyan, the gritty drama surrounds the search for a young girl abducted and held captive for eight years by a member of a pedophile ring (Kevin Durand). Reynolds and World War Z's Mireille Enos play the girl's parents, Matthew and Tina. Speedman and Rosario Dawson are the detectives looking for »
Codes of Conduct centers on Beverly Snow (played by newcomer Devon Terrell), an African-American man who climbs the ladder of New York’s high society.
Bonham Carter is set to play Esther Kaufmann, an author/psychiatrist born into one of Manhattan’s most prominent Jewish families, while Hall will play Rebecca Rotmensen, Snow »
“I’ll be back.” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s cyborg warrior will make good on that promise next summer when Paramount unleashes Terminator: Genisys to theaters. New takes on familiar characters like Sarah Connor and Kyle Reese will be featured in the film, with Arnold once again playing a durable T-800. Ahead of the movie’s trailer debut this Thursday, a new face-dissolving motion poster has been released.
Released on TerminatorMovie.com, the motion poster (see below) features a Terminator endoskeleton’s head dissolving into what could be the sands of time. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for the release of the first Terminator: Genisys trailer on Thursday. In the meantime, we have the official plot details of the new Terminator film from the cover story that appeared in an earlier issue of EW:
- Derek Anderson
Black Friday may be over, but today comes that other big shopping day of the year and this one exclusively online - Cyber Monday.
Today marks the last day of bargains and sales on Amazon.com until after Christmas, along with some of the biggest discounts you'll see all year in Blu-ray films, Blu-ray TV boxsets and console game sales. Below are the best bargains on offer in these categories.
Please note that Dark Horizons will earn a very small referral fee when readers purchase something on Amazon through one of the links below. Said fee helps contribute towards the site's running costs. We only do this type of sale once a year so if you do grab something today - thank you, it's really appreciated.
Recommendations: "The Best of Warner Brothers 50 Film Collection" normally retails at $600 and is available today for just under $200. The set includes both the Blu-ray »
- Garth Franklin
Revisit Gareth Edwards' massive Godzilla movie with this awesome VFX breakdown video that has been released by Legendary Pictures. This gives the fans an intriguing look at the film’s visual effects and shows us how much attention to detail they had when animating the epic Kaiju battle at the end of the film. The effects were created by Mpc, who also worked on the VFX for Man of Steel, World War Z, Life of Pi, and Prometheus. If you enjoy watching behind the scenes visual breakdowns like I do, then you’re really going to like this one!
- Joey Paur
Contributions to Paramount movies World War Z (2013) and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014) as well previously working with Visual Effects Supervisor John Bruno on X-Men: The Last Stand (2006) and Avp: Alien vs. Predator (2004) led to Cinesite taking part in the latest cinematic incarnation of Hercules (2014). “Initially, our contact was through Double Negative, who had subcontracted the work to us,” explains Cinesite Visual Effects Supervisor Simon Stanley-Clamp. “But John became one of our main contacts for the significant portion of the post-production so it was easy for him to put across what he was looking for.”
180 shots had to be produced for the battle sequence where Hercules and his mercenaries fight the forces of Rhesus. “We used Golaem Crowd integrated in Maya, »
- Trevor Hogg
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. »
“Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars.
Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first person to die there.
After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive—and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive.”
During her recent visit to The Daily Show, the Oscar-nominated »
- Michelle McCue
Andy and Red are back together again! Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman attended a screening of The Shawshank Redemption earlier this week in Beverly Hills in honor of the movie's 20th anniversary. The event was held by the Academy at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater on Nov. 18 and also included screenwriter Frank Darabont, who made his directorial debut on the Oscar-nominated flick. World War Z 's Max Brooks hosted the evening around the film, which was famously based on Stephen King's novella Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. It's hard to believe that it's been exactly two decades since Robbins and Freeman made movie magic on the big screen. Shawshank was nominated for »
Following the surprise success of World War Z last year, Brad Pitt has clearly been on the hunt for more literary-sourced raw material for movies. He’s now attached to produce Alpha, which Robopocalypse writer Daniel H. Wilson dreamed up and will turn into a script.Lionsgate has come aboard to work on the film, which is largely being kept quiet. The Hollywood Reporter has heard that it’s a science-fiction-flecked tale of survival in the mould of Jack London's The Call Of The Wild.Anthony Scott Burns, who like several recent directors has won the job thanks to a couple of canny short films, is set to call the shots on the film once Wilson – who came up with the idea and will bypass the book stage this time – has written the screenplay. There’s no indication as to whether Pitt wants to star in this one, though »
Novelist Daniel H. Wilson nearly saw his words on the big screen two years back, when Steven Spielberg optioned the rights to his novel Robopocalypse. While it might be taking a while to develop, it is still apparently on the director’s to-do list, but that doesn’t mean his robo-infused mind has stalled. Now, it seems Brad Pitt’s production banner, Plan B, are set to collaborate with the author on his original idea, Alpha.
Wilson will be penning the script and Canadian newcomer Anthony Scott Burns has been tagged to direct. As part of his pitch to land the gig, Burns crafted a fake commercial based around one of the companies in the story. A pretty neat idea, one which likely stemmed from his outside-the-box approach to filmmaking. Prior to landing the gig, Burns was known online for having designed a badass fan trailer for Tron, as well »
- Gem Seddon
Though author Daniel H. Wilson’s novel Robopocalypse came super close to being a Steven Spielberg movie (which he may or may not still make), another idea of his is now poised to come to the big screen via Brad Pitt. THR reports that Lionsgate has picked up the sci-fi thriller Alpha, based on an original idea by Wilson, with Pitt set to produce alongside his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Plot details are under wraps, but the film is a sci-fi survival story “that has shades” of White Fang author Jack London. Wilson will write the screenplay based on his own idea, and newcomer Anthony Scott Burns is set to make his feature directorial debut with the project. Burns’ pitch for the film apparently involved a fake commercial for a fictional company that is central to the story. More after the jump. Pitt’s Plan B »
- Adam Chitwood
The news comes just four months after Warner Bros. entered talks to acquire the rights to this novel, which takes place over a two-decade period. The story follows a 13-year-old boy who loses his mother during a bombing at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. The boy ends up surviving the explosion and steals the famous Carel Fabritius painting The Goldfinch. He ends up being taken in by an Upper East Side family before reuniting with his alcoholic birth father, who takes him to Las Vegas.
Nina Jacobson (The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1), Brett Ratner (Tower Heist) and Bradford Simpson (World War Z) are producing the adaptation. The book was first published last fall, and has been on the New York Times best seller list for 39 weeks.
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 New Directors/New Films series in New York City. For a while it looked like zombies would be the reigning pop culture creature of the night, what with the popularity of "The Walking Dead" on TV and "World War Z" on the big screen. Vampires, after all, had seen their moment in the moon but then the "Twilight" saga ended, "True Blood" was canceled, and society, seemingly as a whole, decided the crawling undead were way sexier than batty bloodsuckers. But this year the vampire is having a comeback—not only is there Jim Jarmusch's groovy vampire romance "Only Lovers Left Alive," but the wacky New Zealand mockumentary "What We Do In The Shadows" screened at SXSW (our review), and, now, the self described "first Iranian vampire western," "A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night," which played Sundance and just »
- Drew Taylor
Chris Pratt is in the midst of living out all of his childhood dreams on the big screen. First he traveled the galaxy as Star-Lord, then he tussled with dinosaurs in the recently-completed "Jurassic World," and now he's getting ready to play a cowboy, a ninja and a Viking -- all in the same film. The "Parks and Recreation" breakout star is attached to play the lead role(s) in Universal's "Cowboy Ninja Viking," according to Collider. Based on the comic book by A.J. Lieberman and Riley Rossmo, "Cowboy" centers on a genetically-altered secret government assassin (is there any other kind these days?), whose Multiple Personality Disorder lends him the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a Viking. After escaping the agency, he strikes out on his own and tracks down the mastermind behind the program which created him. The film has been in development at Universal for some »
- Dave Lewis
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt has joined a very cool film project called Cowboy Ninja Viking! The movie is based n a comic book, and it was first announced back in 2010 when Disney picked it up and hired the writers of Zombieland, Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, to tackle the script. A couple years later Universal Pictures picked up the rights to the comic and hired Marc Forster (World War Z) to direct it. He's no longer attached to the project, though.
The comic was created by writer A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, and it's seriously going to make for a fun movie. The name of the main character in the story is Duncan, and he comes from a secret government program that turn schizophrenics into assassins. Duncan comes through the program with the badass skill sets and personalities of a cowboy, a ninja, and a freakin' viking. »
- Joey Paur
The book, which was created by A.J. Lieberman and artist Riley Rossmo, follows an assassin with Multiple Personality Disorder who possess the skills of a cowboy, a ninja, and a viking and works for a secret government program. A movie has been planned for quite some time, with Zombieland writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese originally set to write the screenplay for Disney. The studio deemed the property 'too edgy', and the graphic novel rights eventually wound up at Universal. World War Z director Marc Forster was at one time set to direct, but is no longer attached to the project.
Chris Pratt will star as Duncan, a counter-intelligence agent known as a 'triplet' because of his three distinct personalities. Duncan escapes his handlers, hunting down the millionaire who masterminded the 'Triplet' program. »
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