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Opening with archival footage of Drew Struzan painting the original poster for Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, tells the life-story of an artist that as iconic to my generation as the films themselves. An artist whose work actually graced more films that I imagined and an artist whose work has inspired a new generation of illustrators, even though the poster medium as Drew knew it, is dead.
Starting at the very beginning, Drew: The Man Behind the Poster tells the story of how Struzan who grew up with a family who didn’t love him, his struggles at art school and his early “poor starving artist” years in which he tried to develop his art and support his family. »
- Phil Wheat
Directed by Erik Sharkey
A documentary on legendary movie-poster artist Drew Struzan.
Drew Struzan is a man who’s name might not be familiar to everyone, but his work certainly is. As the man behind iconic posters such as Star Wars, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Blade Runner, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, Police Academy and E.T: The Extra Terrestrial to name but a few, Drew Struzan has solidified himself as a legend in the field.
Drew: The Man Behind the Poster tells the story of a man who grew up with a family who didn’t love him, found his own true love, struggled as an artist before cementing himself as the “go to man” for some of Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers. The documentary has interviews with a lot of the people who have fallen in love with his »
- Luke Owen
Since it was first published by Image Comics back in 2003, The Walking Dead has become a pop culture phenomenon, spawning a range of successful novels, video games and even action figures. However, all of that pales in comparison to the success of the TV adaptation, which has become the most popular show in the Us among the highly coveted 18-49 demographic. The premiere of season four was watched by 16.1 million viewers, making it the most popular opening episode the show has received yet.
Who would have thought a black and white comic book about zombies would have become so popular?
A new trailer for season five was recently unveiled at Comic Con and the response was overwhelmingly positive. With rumors circulating that more major cast members will be shot/eaten/disemboweled in the new series, anticipation is at an all-time high for the programs return on October 12th.
- David Opie
Frank Darabont to direct ‘The Huntsman,’ formerly known as ‘Snow White and the Huntsman 2′ Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman 2, now retitled The Huntsman, already has a 2016 release date. Huntsman Chris Hemsworth and Evil Queen Charlize Theron are in; Snow White Kristen Stewart and apparently Prince Charming — aka Prince William — Sam Claflin are out, unless they show up in star cameos. And as reported a few weeks ago, former The Walking Dead executive producer Frank Darabont (he was fired from the show in July 2011) has been set to direct the prequel to Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Huntsman. Darabont reportedly beat Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) and Andy Muschietti (Mama) following a pitch focusing on Chris Hemsworth’s Huntsman character. Thor in tights and with a Scottish burr? Frank Darabont movies Besides his The Walking Dead gig, Frank Darabont also happens to be the director of two major blockbusters »
- Zac Gille
I absolutely love horror movies involving pissed off animals. Maybe it’s because we’re so used to loving them in general, that when a horror-ish film comes along that throws a big wrench into that, it makes for some fun entertainment. With that all being said, Saw V director David Hackl is returning behind the helm of the awesome looking Grizzly, which was written by J.R. Reher and Bunraku director Guy Moshe. After checking out the newly released trailer, I’ve gotta say, it looks pretty great, heavy on gore and boasting an impressive lineup of really good actors. Hackl and co. already had me with just saying it was a killer bear movie, but they had to throw The Mist‘s Thomas Jane, X-men‘s James Marsden, and Billy Bob Thornton into the mix, and well..badassery indeed folks. Thornton absolutely killed it as Lorne Malvo on season one of FX’s Fargo, »
- Jerry Smith
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
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]
streaming now, before it’s on dvd
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
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