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Don’t get distracted by the zombies. Life After Beth writer-director Jeff Baena insists that his new film starring Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan is just a relationship film, in which the female half of the central couple is an undead flesh-eater. Baena explained that while the idea came to him after he’d gone through a couple of break-ups and was also reading about zombies, he tried to keep the focus on interpersonal connections. Photos 'Night of the Living Dead' to 'World War Z': The Evolution of Zombie Films “[The film is] sort of dealing with issues and
- Hilary Lewis
Damon Lindelof’s latest TV effort, The Leftovers on HBO (co-created by and adapted from the novel by Tom Perrotta) just hit the halfway mark through its first season on Sunday, and it’s easily the best new show to premiere this summer. This comes with two disclosures: 1. Summers are usually treated more like draughts than harvesting season for TV networks so 2. The competition is usually (and specifically this year) lackluster. For example, this year you have AMC’s disappointingly tone-deaf Halt and Catch Fire, while on FX you have Guillermo Del Toro’s The Strain struggling to decide if it’s good-bad or just bad-bad. Despite a lightweight competition, The Leftovers still holds its title of best new Summer show, a title that is earned despite the show winning it by default.
After each episode I look to recaps across the internet to further the discussion and interpretation of the show, »
- Dylan Griffin
Morten Tyldum’s Headhunters follow-up, The Imitation Game, won’t make its big debut until the Toronto International Film Festival in September, but the film is picking up Oscar buzz, so it should come as no surprise that Tyldum has already locked another project, the big screen adaptation of Fredrik T. Olsson’s Chain of Events. The book doesn’t even arrive until November 4, 2014, but Warner Bros. snatched up the rights last August and is already making moves to get the movie version going. The book is being described as “World War Z meets The Da Vinci Code,” and covers what happens when a former cryptologist is kidnapped and assigned to solve a coded message while his ex-wife tries to track him down. Hit the jump for more. As reported by Variety, Mark L. Smith is busy penning the script, which should be an interesting change of pace for him »
- Perri Nemiroff
“He told me he wouldn’t be able to sleep, thinking I wasn’t going to make it to the set and that I wouldn’t be able to do the job,” she says.
It didn’t matter that Lundin, 55, was a third-generation member of the movie industry, and grew up on the sets of films and TV shows, even appearing as an extra on “Gunsmoke” when she was a girl. Nor were her prior credits as a driver — an impressive list that includes “Iron Man” and “The Hangover” — enough proof that she could handle a job that required her to move massive trailers, set up generators and keep the stars’ cushy offscreen homes clean and in shape.
“Being a woman, »
- Brent Lang
Norwegian filmmaker Morten Tyldum is steaming firmly into Hollywood’s good graces. He’s graduated from Headhunters to The Imitation Game and now has Chain Of Events, a global thriller with a ‘70s-era feel to it, to keep him occupied.It’s based on Frederick T. Olsson’s popular novel, which was picked up by Warner Bros. prior to publication last August. The story is billed as “World War Z meets The Da Vinci Code” – an all-bases-covered notion that unsurprisingly got the studio’s juices flowing – and has a script written by Mark L. Smith. The scribe recently penned Alejandro González Iñárritu’s period revenger The Revenant.The hero of the piece is a man called William Sandberg, a military code-breaker who, when we meet him, is a broken man mired in depression. Shades of Alan Turing then. Aside from bossing the world’s smallest niche - the troubled code-breaker »
Ahead of the August 1st premiere of the fourth and final season of The Killing, Netflix has released a preview clip and two new posters from the series to accompany the previously released previously released trailer. The Seattle-based crime drama centers on homicide detectives Sarah Linden and Stephan Holder, played respectively by Mireille Enos (World War Z) and Joel Kinnaman (the RoboCop reboot).
The video picks up directly after the events of season 3’s finale. A panicked Linden hurriedly sheds her pants and trademark sweater before stepping into a shower and letting blood and mud wash from her body and down the drain. After scrubbing the bathroom with bleach and packing the incriminating articles in a Hefty bag, the beleaguered detective burns them in a trashcan.
And then Holder arrives and says: “We’ve just ...
Click to continue reading ‘The Killing’ Season 4 Preview Clip & Posters Revealed
- B.C. Edwards
And the news keeps on coming as Variety is reporting that Headhunters helmer Morten Tyldum has come on to direct the Warner Brothers adaptation of the Swedish thriller Chain of Events with Mark L. Smith attached to adapt.
Described as World War Z meets The Da Vinci Code, the book was written by Frederick T. Olsson and follows a washed-up cryptologist who finds himself pulled into an international conspiracy that claims to have created a way to map out all human disasters and terrorism through our DNA.
Nothing would make me keep a diary. Except for one thing. The realization that soon there won't be anyone around to read it. William Sandberg. A broken genius, snatched from his home. Christina Sandberg, his ex-wife. She does not believe their lies. Our future hangs on their survival. If they fail, we are all lost.
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- Steve Barton
Described as “World War Z” meets “The Da Vinci Code,” the book was written by Frederick T. Olsson and follows a washed-up cryptologist who finds himself pulled into an international conspiracy that claims to have created a way to map out all human disasters and terrorism through our DNA.
Warners preemptively acquired the rights to the book last August and will now look to attach a producer to the project while Smith pens the script.
Tyldum recently wrapped production on the Weinstein Co. pic “The Imitation Game” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, which is expected to be a contender in this year’s awards season. He is also developing a handful of projects including “The Disciple Program »
- Justin Kroll
Rob Zombie has directed an Assassin's Creed Unity animated short.
The five-minute movie looks at the bloody history behind the French Revolution.
Assassin's Creed Unity will make its Xbox One, PS4 and PC debut on October 28.
Ditching competitive multiplayer, groups of players will instead be able to form brotherhoods to assassinate targets using a combination of distraction and combat.
8 new things we learnt about Assassin's Creed Unity
Watch a trailer for Assassin's Creed Unity below: »
The best movie culture writing from around the internet-o-sphere. There will be a quiz later. Just leave a tab open for us, will ya? “Passing of a Video Store and a Downtown Aesthetic” — Tom Roston at The New York Times profiles the famous Kim’s Video on the edge of its demise, tying its end to the loss of a cultural tidal pool of appreciation and quirk. It’s a bittersweet read, but the money quote is undoubtedly and without surprise: “I am the loser. Netflix is the winner.” “Lucy is the shot in the arm the superhero genre needs” — Monika Bartyzel at The Week relates Scarlett Johansson’s mind-accessing badass to Dr. Manhattan’s loss of humanity. “Let’s Talk About Sex: Pier Paolo Pasolini’s ‘Love Meetings,’ 50 Years Later” — Daniel Walber at Nonfics attempts to discover why a documentary that shouldn’t feel anywhere close to taboo today still feels fresh and challenging. “How »
- Scott Beggs
The story begins when alien ships crash land around the world, ships carrying massive entities called Titans who have no memory of where they came from or where they were going. Said begins bond telepathically with the humans who encounter them.
The story then follows the Titans and their humans over a decade as the world tries to use them for their own purposes. Some want military superiority, others peace; some want to build cities, others to destroy them.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
*Updated* The Zombie Research Society returns to Comic-Con with a new panel topic and guest list that is sure to please any fan of the living dead. Titled Zombie Myths & Misconceptions, the panel will feature: Max Brooks (World War Z), Matt Mogk (AMC’s Talking Dead), Steven Schlozman (Harvard Medical School), Scott Kenemore (Zombie, Indiana), Brendan Riley (Columbia College, Chicago), Brad Voytek (Ucsd), and Craig Engler (Syfy’s Z Nation).
The event will take place on Friday, July 25th in Room 5Ab at 8:30pm. We have the official description below and be sure to check back soon for our coverage of this and many other panels as we cover Comic-Con live from San Diego:
“Zombie Research Society hosts experts Max Brooks (World War Z), Matt Mogk (AMC’s Talking Dead), Steven Schlozman (Harvard Medical School), Scott Kenemore (Zombie, Indiana), Brendan Riley (Columbia College, Chicago), Brad Voytek (Ucsd), and Craig Engler »
- Jonathan James
Babylon 5 creator J. Michael Straczynski and digital company Graphic India have joined with Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes‘ Chernin Entertainment to turn Straczynski’s upcoming graphic novel Titans into a feature. Straczynski, whose credits include Thor, World War Z and Sense8, will write the script and produce through his Studio Jms banner. The logline: When ships from an unknown world crash-land around Earth, the Titans on board — massive entities with no memory of where they came from or where they were going — bond telepathically with the ordinary humans who encounter them. The story follows the Titans […] »
San Diego Comic-Con originally branded itself by aptly showing primarily comicbooks. Now, in its 45th year, the convention has become an entertainment haven, showcasing producers, stars, writers and hundreds of personalities to promote pop culture from July 23-27. View our tentative schedule of Comic-Con’s film panels and events below, with further updates as they are announced. Variety will be in attendance at Sdcc as well, bringing the news, interviews and important panel information to the web.
Variety’s constantly updating TV schedule for Sdcc can be found here.
“The Legacy and Return of Battlestar Galactica” (10:30 a.m., Room 6Bcf) Original series actors Richard Hatch, Jamie Bamber and Luciana Carro, as well as the show’s science consultant Dr. Kevin Grazier and auction producer Alec Peters, host a discussion on the upcoming movie. Surprise guests and theatrical trailers are planned.
“Godzilla and The Master of Monsters” (11:00 a. »
- Sebastian Torrelio
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have announced a 20th anniversary re-release of Neil Jordan’s much-loved vampire tale, Interview With The Vampire, in time to celebrate the film’s big anniversary. The brand-new version will include a new exclusive featurette, as well as all the extra features that were included in the 2008 release. No technical specifications have yet been announced.
When grieving 18th century mortal Louis (Brad Pitt, 12 Years A Slave, World War Z) accepts an offer of everlasting life from charismatic vampire Lestat (Tom Cruise, Edge of Tomorrow, Jack Reacher), he quickly realizes that his dark gift is also a curse that requires him to kill to survive. An eternity of blood, lust and torment awaits in this thrilling and visually stunning film that redefined the vampire genre.
The Blu-ray will include:
Lestat, Louis, and the Vampire Phenomenon: A conversation with author Anne Rice about her influence on the new »
- Scott Davis
The debut feature from writer and director Ritesh Batra and official selection of the Cannes, Toronto, Telluride and Sundance Film Festivals, The Lunchbox arrives on Blu-ray™, DVD & Vcd from Reliance Home Video & Games.
The Lunchbox is produced by Guneet Monga, Anurag Kashyap & Arun Rangachari & presented by Utv Motion Pictures & Karan Johar in association with Dar Motion Pictures. The film has been co produced by National Film Development Corporation of India (Nfdc).
This film tells the poignant story of two lonely people in India who find themselves corresponding when one of Mumbai’s dabbawallahs (lunchbox deliverymen) makes a one-in-a-million delivery mix-up. Featuring touching performances from Irrfan Khan (The Life of Pi), Nawazuddin Siddiqui (Bombay Talkies) and Nimrat Kaur (Peddlers), The Lunchbox shows us how love can help transform the unlikeliest of people.
Sweta Agnihotri, COO of Reliance Home Video & Games said, “The Lunchbox is a unique love story, the film has »
- Press Releases
Name: David Ellison Source Of Wealth: Family Bio: Son of Oracle’s Larry Ellison, whose net worth is estimated between 41.8 billion (Bloomberg) and $48 billion (Forbes). Brother of uber-producer Megan Ellison. USC film school graduate. Accomplished acrobatic pilot. Marital Status: Married to actress/singer Sandy Modic. Hollywood Connections: His father once co-owned the 450-foot, $200 million yacht Rising Sun with fellow billionaire and DreamWorks co-founder David Geffen. David Ellison began career as an actor, appearing in and co-financing the 2006 MGM flop “Flyboys.” Founded Skydance Productions label, named for his love of flying. Raised $350 million to co-finance movies with studio partner Paramount Pictures. Re-upped co-financing pact with Paramount through 2018. Films Of Note: “True Grit,” “Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol,” “Jack Reacher,” “G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “World War Z.” Combined, those films have made more than $2.4 billion at the global box office—Deadline. Film Projects In The Work: *“Terminator: Genesis.” Director: Alan Taylor. »
- Robert W. Welkos
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
Jessabelle just wants to heal, but she’ll get hell for her efforts. Wheelchair-bound as she recuperates from a car accident that killed her boyfriend, Jessabelle returns home to be near her father, but ends up getting too close to a malevolent spirit that haunts the house. Originally slated for a late summer release, the premiere of Jessabelle has been pushed back slightly by Blumhouse Productions to a different season.
Jessabelle will now hit theaters and on-demand services on November 7th. For those unfamiliar with the film, we have the synopsis, cast list, and trailer:
“From the mastermind producer of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle (Sarah Snook of Sleeping Beauty) comes face to face with a long-tormented spirit that has been seeking her return — and has no intention of letting her escape. »
- Derek Anderson
You can tell a lot about an actor by the roles they choose. While some are comfortable playing it easy and tackling the same kind of films repeatedly, Andre Royo definitely sets himself apart from that approach. Making waves as Reginald “Bubble” Cousins in by far one of the greatest shows of all time, The Wire, Royo showed viewers that he could tackle gritty. While a lot of people would ride that wave into the comfort zone, Royo has always pushed himself, with roles in varying types and genres of films, such as Super, The Collection, The Spectacular Now and beginning July 18th, Aftermath. Royo was nice enough to talk to Icons of Fright regarding Aftermath, as well as various other things. Read on!
Aftermath is such a great film, it’s very dark, gloomy, and scary, how did your involvement come about?
We tried to do the film with »
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