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Forgotten Men: 1934 English antiwar propaganda film is a fascinating and, in retrospect, bittersweet document of the brief era between Wwi and WWII [my review] [iTunes UK] 20 Feet from Stardom: must-see documentary for any fan of modern pop music introduces us to the extraordinary women you didn’t know were behind some of the songs you know by heart [my review] [iTunes UK] After the Dark: a thrilling combination of drama, near-science-fiction, suspense, coming-of-age agita, and intellectual exploration of ideas — pity it derails itself [my review] [iTunes UK]
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Starred Up: could be the most realistic depiction of the horribleness and the ineffectiveness of institutional incarceration — on levels that impact both the individual and society on the whole — that I’ve ever seen [my review] [Amazon UK Instant Video] 112 Weddings: startling and welcome breath of reality for an institution overladen by fantasy »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Thomas Jane is in my opinion one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. The guy is extremely talented, but for some reason he's not utilized in the movies. He was great in films like The Punisher and The Mist, and he should be doing more.
The SyFy Channel has brought him in to star in a new sci-fi thriller called The Expanse. It's based on the best-selling book series known for titles such as Leviathan Wakes.
According to Variety this will be a 10-hour drama, which is described as "a space opera that is set 200 years in the future." The story follows a character named Detective Miller (Jane), "a native of 'the Asteroid Belt' between Mars and Jupiter where he is a dedicated cop for the corporate security force operating as the law in the Belt. He finds a new sense of purpose when he and a rogue ship »
- Joey Paur
Back in April we got the first word on a new series heading to Syfy, a "space opera" entitled "The Expanse." Now we know who the lead actor is going to be, and it's someone most genre fans know and love.
From the Press Release:
Syfy and Alcon TV are pleased to announce that three-time Golden Globe nominee Thomas Jane ("Hung," The Punisher, The Mist) will star as the world-weary Detective Miller, a native of “the Asteroid Belt” between Mars and Jupiter, in "The Expanse."
The new 10-episode space opera based on James S. A. Corey's international best-selling book series will premiere on Syfy in 2015.
Jane's Miller is a detective for a corporate security force operating as the law in The Belt. Ragged, in search of something even he can’t identify, Miller remains a dedicated cop with great instincts who discovers a newfound sense of purpose when he’s »
- Debi Moore
Humankind’s collision with otherworldly life forms can make for unforgettable cinema.
This article will highlight the best of live-action human vs. alien films. The creatures may be from other planets or may be non-demonic entities from other dimensions.
Excluded from consideration were giant monster films as the diakaiju genre would make a great subject for separate articles.
Readers looking for “friendly alien” films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951), It Came from Outer Space (1953) and the comically overrated Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) are advised to keep watching the skies because they won’t find them here.
Film writing being the game of knowledge filtered through personal taste that it is, some readers’ subgenre favorites might not have made the list such as War of the Worlds (1953) and 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957).
Now let’s take a chronological look at the cinema’s best battles between Us and Them. »
- Terek Puckett
Los Angeles, CA – An apocalypse is inevitable when Heavenly Sword slices and dices onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital September 2 from Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm). Based on Sony PlayStation’s bestselling video game of the same name, the action-packed CG animation boasts an all-star voice cast including Anna Torv (“Fringe”), Alfred Molina (Spider-Man 2, Chocolate) and Thomas Jane (Hung, The Mist).
A dramatic tale of revenge, Heavenly Sword centers on Nariko (Torv), a trained warrior with flaring red hair, who gracefully possesses a titular, heavily sought after blade with incredible powers. As the sword’s guardian, she must face a megalomaniacal ruler King Bohan (Molina) and his unyielding army, who are determined to obtain the powerful sword for their own manipulation.
As one of “the most anticipated movies based on video games” (Gamepur), the Blu-ray and DVD are packed with bonus footage including behind-the-scenes interviews with the cast and filmmakers. The film »
- ComicMix Staff
I love the films of Frank Darabont. The guy knows how to tell an amazing story. I'm just not sure about this possible next project of his. THR is reporting the the director is currently in talks with Universal Pictures to direct a movie called The Huntsman, which is described as a spin-off movie of Snow White and The Huntsman. Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron are expected to reprise their roles in the film. Kristin Stewart however will not be coming back, and I can't see anyone complaining about that.
The only thing I liked about the first movie was Theron's performance. She was awesome, but the film itself as a whole was terribly disappointing. I was so unimpressed that I have no interest in seeing another film set in that world. Even with Darabont directing, the idea of it still doesn't do anything for me. It seems like one »
- Joey Paur
Kristen Stewart fans look away now – the actress, who played the lead in 2012’s Snow White And The Huntsman, will not be returning for the sequel. This rather large shake-up has been revealed amidst claims that the creators have chosen to go down the spin-off route rather than the sequel road.
Although Stewart is no longer attached both Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron will be reprising their roles from the original. The spin-off will see Hemsworth’s Huntsman take over protagonist duties with director Frank Darabont thought to be very close to signing up for the project. If he does agree to helm the project this would be his first feature film since 2007’s The Mist (has it really been that long?).
Snow White And The Huntsman wasn’t necessarily a bad film; a little overlong and whilst fully capable within the realm of indie projects Stewart didn’t really »
- Kat Smith
Director Frank Darabont might have lost his TV show “The Walking Dead” to the suits at AMC and saw his latest TV show “Mob City” go down in flames at TNT, but that doesn’t mean he’s down for the count. The director of “The Mist” and 400 other movies based on a Stephen Kong story is now getting behind Universal’s Snow White, with the trades reporting that Darabont is in talks to helm a sequel to the surprise hit fantasy film “Snow White and the Huntsman.” That 2012 film was directed by Rupert Sanders and went on to earn almost $400 million worldwide, including over $150 million stateside. It starred “Twilight’s” Kristen Stewart as the titular Snow White, who ran afoul of evil queen Charlize Theron. Chris Hemsworth played the Huntsman of the title, who comes to the damsel in distress’s rescue. The whole thing was actually entertaining, even »
After landing on the short list earlier this month to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2, Frank Darabont is now in negotiations to direct the sequel for Universal Pictures. However, it seems the title may need to be changed, since Kristen Stewart may not be returning.
The studio is now considering the project a spin-off instead of a sequel, although it hasn't been confirmed one way or another if Kristen Stewart will be coming back as Snow White. Back in December 2012, Kristen Stewart said she was returning, but that was long before Frank Darabont entered the picture. If this does turn out to be a true spin-off, it could certainly keep the door open for Kristen Stewart to reprise her role as Snow White.
Early this month, Deadline reported that three directors: Frank Darabont, Gavin O’Connor and Andy Muschietti, were on Universal's short list to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2, which is being labelled a spinoff, not a sequel. Apparently Darabont pitch to the studio was a winner as Deadline is reporting he is in negotiations to direct the new film. It is pretty surprising news as Darabont is notoriously picky about which projects he chooses to work on. Darabont is the former showrunner of AMC's The Walking Dead and directed arguably the best film of all time, Shawshank Redemption. He might be a bit rusty, he hasn't directed a film since 2007's The Mist. The film is said to focus on Chris Hemsworth's character from the first film. There is still no official word about Kristen Stewart's status, though previous reports have claimed that she will not reprise her role as Snow White. »
Kristen Stewart has apparently been dropped from the Snow White movie series.
The actress was expected to be returning to the franchise for Snow White and the Huntsman 2, but the sequel will now be a spinoff - The Huntsman - with Frank Darabont in line to direct, The Hollywood Reporter says.
Following the release of the first film in 2012, Stewart was reported to have had an affair with director Rupert Sanders. Studio Universal denied that Stewart was exiting the franchise at the time.
The Walking Dead's former showrunner Darabont is taking over from Sanders, whose 2012 movie took $396.6 million worldwide.
Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist) is in talks to direct Snow White and the Huntsman 2, reportedly beating out Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama). Additional word is Kristen Stewart is not expected to return as Snow White, though she may have a small cameo appearance. Darabont's take on the story apparently focuses on Chris Hemsworth as the titular Huntsman. The Wrap Scoot McNairy (The Rover) is joining Zack Snyder's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice in an unspecified role. Deadline Benjamin Bratt is set to join Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Ride Along 2 for Universal with Tim Story (Think Like a Man Too) returning to direct. In typical sequel fashion, the story will move to a sunny locale, this time Miami where I'm sure Cube and Hart will get involved with some drug lord or something. The film hits theaters January 15, 2016. Variety »
- Brad Brevet
It was reported earlier this month that Frank Darabont was on the shortlist of directors to take over Snow White and the Huntsman 2 for Universal Pictures, but Deadline has tonight revealed that the Shawshank Redemption helmer is now the frontrunner to continue the story from Rupert Sanders’ 2012 movie.
However, Variety has since confirmed that he is actually in talks to direct a spin-off which will focus on the Huntsman character played by Thor and Avengers Assemble star Chris Hemsworth in the original.
Talk of a spin-off started back around the time that Snow White and the Huntsman was released, but Hemsworth’s busy schedule has more than likely stopped it from moving ahead before now. It’s unclear what this means for an actual sequel, but Kristen Stewart is expected to make a brief cameo appearance.
Snow White and the Huntsman made nearly $400 million at the worldwide box office, and »
- Josh Wilding
“The Walking Dead” creator Frank Darabont is in talks to direct a spinoff to the box-office hit “Snow White and the Huntsman,” which would focus on the Huntsman character Chris Hemsworth played in the original.
Sources tell Variety Kristen Stewart may appear in the film but the role would be very small, possibly a cameo.
Joe Roth returns as a producer.
“Snow White and the Huntsman” made nearly $400 million at the worldwide box-office and with Hemsworth becoming one of Hollywood’s biggest draws, the studio saw an opportunity for something new and fresh after Darabont pitched them an story idea that centered around that character.
TheWrap first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
How do you solve a problem like Gojira? How do you catch a beast and pin it down? How do you find a plot that means success? A flipping-big-beast! A monster-of-the-week! A flop!
There can be little doubting that for all it proved divisive among both the critics and the cheap seats, Gareth Edwards’ take on Godzilla proved an anti-climax. Hugely hyped on the back of a ferociously impressive trailer and the promise of a rendition more loyal to the origins of arguably cinema’s most famous destroyer of civilization, it arrived amidst fanfare and the emerged from the smoke as a three star tale of what could have been. Too little Heisenberg. Too much Kick Ass. Serious sensibilities but a silly story. As a corn popping exercise in excess it succeeded, but like Pacific Rim and King Kong before it, any resonant value was strictly aesthetic.
This is hardly new. »
- Scott Patterson
After "Snow White and the Huntsman" grossed around $400 million at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures greenlit a sequel, but is not bringing back director Rupert Sanders. Deadline is now reporting that the studio is in talks with three helmers, including Frank Darabont (Shawshank Redemption), Gavin O'Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama). The most surprising person on the list has to be Darabont, who not only directed "Shawshank Redemption" and "The Green Mile," but he also launched "The Walking Dead" TV series. His last film was "The Mist," back in 2007, and has since been planning lots of personal projects, none of which is a sequel to some studio film. "Snow White and the Huntsman 2" will bring back Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart. It's tentatively set to hit theaters in 2016. »
Well, this one's a film that disappeared off the radar for a while. The sequel to Snow White And The Huntsman looked likely off the back of the original film doing reasonable box office, but things have been quiet surrounding the project for some time now. It's long been known that original director Rupert Sanders wouldn't be back for it, but both Chris Hemsworth and Kristen Stewart are set to return.
But who will be directing? Well, we're glad you asked.
The apparently shortlist for Snow White And The Huntsman 2 is actually quite an interesting one. Frank Darabont is on it for a start, and if he took the job on it'd a) be a surprise and b) be his first feature since 2007's The Mist.
Elsewhere? Gavin O'Connor - best »
Deciding not to direct Ant-Man is the big fad right now. Everybody’s doing it! But while Marvel continues to play the arcade claw game with strictly comedic directors, the dramatic ones are apparently being eyed elsewhere for another franchise. Universal needs a director for the 2016-slated sequel to Snow White and the Huntsman, a film that was met with a resounding “meh” back in 2012 (and then immediately blurred together with Alice in Wonderland and Jack the Giant Slayer in the minds of people who’ve seen too many recent dark and edgy live-action fairy tales). And so far, the studio is looking at three truly terrific choices, the names of which have been shared by Deadline. We weigh the benefits of each below. Frank Darabont The Shawshank Redemption. The Mist. The Walking Dead. Darabont is the master of slow-paced, suspenseful melancholy that takes a quick snack break for something horribly upsetting. Like »
- Adam Bellotto
Mama's Muschietti recently exited Universal Pictures' The Mummy reboot over creative differences.
Snow White and the Huntsman 2 is now scheduled for a 2016 release. »
Whether you loved, hated, embraced or ignored Snow White and the Huntman, there’s one sure fire way to make most of us interested in a sequel. Hire Frank Darabont to direct it. And that might happen. The Shawshank Redemption filmmaker, who last directed The Mist in 2007, is among the names Universal is reportedly looking […]
- Germain Lussier
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