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Samuel Hadida.S Davis Films Acquires Feature Film Rights To
House Of Night Vampire-based Book Series
Major Film Franchise Potential for Young Adult International Bestselling Books
Samuel Hadida announced today that his company, Davis Films, has acquired film rights from authors P.C. and Kristin Cast to their phenomenally successful House of Night young adult fiction book series.
The ninth book in the series, Destined, was just published on October 25. The series, from the mother-daughter writing team, has sold over 12 million copies in the United States, keeping it on The New York Times bestseller list for a record 140 weeks. The books have consistently debuted at #1 in the United States, Canada, UK, and Australia, and have been published in 39 countries around the globe.
The books chronicle the coming of age of 16-year-old Zoey Redbird, who learns she is genetically marked to either become a .vampyre. in adolescence, or be killed in the process. »
- Melissa Howland
Directors: Marcus Nispel
Review by: agentorange
Rating: 7 out of 10
This is the kind of movie critics ravage. Like the armies of Khalar Zym marching over the horizon, you can just see them coming in hoards to rape and pillage this movie until there's nothing left on its bones. I don't know why pulpy, loud, sexy, violent, balls-to-the-wall earnest action movies gets their goats but they just do. They are like the weak monks at the Temple, whereas I'm more like Conan: ripped and coming to slice them up with my own monosyllabic opinions.
Here's the deal: No matter where you stand on the new Conan the Barbarian movie, chances are it will generate the same feeling in you. That of being slapped in the face for two straight hours. Because, if you can »
The character of Conan was created by Robert E. Howard in the 1920s, but he didn't make it to the silver screen until 1982. It was John Milius' Conan the Barbarian that re-introduced the character into pop culture, and the film inspired countless knock-offs and copycats in the process. Some of them, namely Red Sonja, Kull the Conqueror, and the recent Solomon Kane, were also based on Howard's creations. And while there was a forgettable sequel in 1984 (Conan the Destroyer), this flick-friendly action hero has been kept in hibernation for way too long. It's a good thing that director Marcus Nispel and his screenwriters seem to have their heads on straight where this bloody pulp fiction character is concerned. Their new rendition of Conan »
Conan the Barbarian Conan from the Marvel Comics of the 1970s Conan - 1st appearance in print: Weird Tales -a pulp magazine-(December, 1932) 1st Comic Book Appearance, Conan the Barbarian #1 (October 1970), a Marvel Comic book. Arnold Schwarzenneger as Conan The character of Conan began in Depression-era Texas with a writer named Robert E. Howard. Howard wrote adventure and fantasy short stories for the pulp magazine Weird Tales in the early 1930s. Howard, who also created the characters Kull the Conqueror and Solomon Kane, revised an unpublished Kull story, and created a barbarian character from the wilds of a fictional land he called Cimmeria. Howard named this barbarian Conan, whose introduction to the world took place in the December, 1932 issue of the magazine Weird Tales. Conan was a native of a cold, dark, windswept land of gaunt hills named Cimmeria. Howard described Conan's native land in a poem he »
Sorry this column is coming at you a bit late folks, but buckle up and get ready to empty your bank accounts because it's one of the best release weeks in a long time!
Ironclad - James Purefoy (Solomon Kane) carries this actioner about a ragtag group of Knights Templar who hold out for months against the hard-fought siege of Rochester Castle in the thirteenth Century. Set in the time of King John's signing of the Magna Carta treaty, the group struggles against the King to defend the freedom of their country.
Source Code - For his sophomore film, Moon director Duncan Jones creates a multiple-reality/time traveling twister of a film that is both thematically and viscerally exciting. The film is about a helicopter pilot who is recruited for a top-secret military operation and finds himself on a startlingly different kind of mission that challenges our assumptions about time and space. »
Director Jonathan English has carved out an underrated slice of 13th Century history-what King John did next. A lot of spitting and hysterics, as it happens. A British film of heartening ambition, Ironclad has suffered constant kill-zone budget cuts and cast changes since it’s inception in 2008. Now, it sieges our screens filled with fury, bloodshed and impressive swordplay. While english audiences are still reeling from the sovereign bowing pride of The King’s Speech, Ironclad’s patriotism follows a different path-one that condemns the monarchy’s (then) oppressive regime. A stout Paul Giammati plays cantankerous King John, roaming England on the warpath, just weeks after the Magna Carta. With the Pope in his back pocket and the Danes nipping at his heels-he fights to assert his power by amputating the tongues and such.
To stir up a common rebellion, Baron Albany, a Gandalf-type figure played by Brian Cox rallies »
- Katie McCabe
It’s another jam-packed week of DVD and Blu-ray releases, here’s the rundown of what’s available to buy from today, July 11th 2011.
Pick Of The Week:
Slaughter High (DVD)
For Marty, School Days were the worst days of his life… When the alumni of an all-American high school make a trip to attend a class reunion, they reconnect with their pasts in ways more bloody and fatal than they could possibly imagine in the 80s slasher classic Slaughter High. On arrival, they discover the school shuttered and in disrepair, as if the reunion were just a ruse to drag them back. Still, the old pupils decide to break in and celebrate anyway. A deadly error considering that Marty, the nerd whose teenage life they made a living hell, is lurking in the dank, dark corridors, waiting to bring fear, torment and slicing, dicing murder to each and every one of them. »
Set in the 13th century and after the signing of the Magna Carta or thereabouts, Johnathan English’s “Ironclad” can best be described as “300″ with broadswords. It stars James Purefoy (“Solomon Kane”) as Marshall, a grizzled, uber badass Knights Templar who is tasked with stopping an all-new reign of terror by smarmy King John (Paul Giamatti). To accomplish this task, Marshall and the Baron Albany (Brian Cox) must take up arms at Rochester Castle and keep it out of King John’s hands, lest the ornery little cuss uses it as the perfect staging area from which to launch his impending subjugation of England. As you might expect, in order to stop the King and his legion of Danish mercenaries, Marshall and Albany must employ the services of only a handful of fighters, including Albany’s idealist squire (Aneurin Barnard). Hey, it wouldn’t be much of a drama if they weren’t outrageously outnumbered, »
Other-worldly sci-fi John Carter is currently in production set for a 2012 release, and English actor James Purefoy has spoken up about his involvement in the movie. Purefoy, who’s best known for Solomon Kane and his role as Mark Antony in TV show Rome, plays Kantos Kan, the captain of a futuristic airship. “He's a very cheeky, mischievous soldier/airman,” Purefoy says of the character. “He's just very charming. He's not frightened of getting involved in very sticky situations with John Carter. “There's a...
- Josh Winning
James Purefoy is an incredibly versatile actor whose career has spanned film, television and theatre, and who cannot be pinned down in any one type of role. He had six years of leading roles with some of the UK’s most prestigious theatres, starred as Mark Antony in HBO’s epic drama series Rome, has had memorable roles in Resident Evil and A Knight’s Tale, played the title character in Solomon Kane, about a mercenary who owes his soul to the devil and redeems himself by fighting evil, and has done such television series as The Philanthropist for NBC, Camelot for Starz and Injustice for ITV1. Now, he can be seen as a Templar Knight whose soul is wracked with guilt over the atrocities he has committed during the Crusades, in the ultra-violent medieval action-thriller Ironclad. During a recent exclusive phone interview, the complex and unpredictable actor talked about »
- Christina Radish
The official Facebook page for "Silent Hill: Revelation 3D" has put up new photos from the set, including shots of the nurses and a film look at Carrie-Anne Moss' character. Check everything out below. Plot: For years, Heather Mason (Adelaide Clemens) and her father have been on the run, always one step ahead of dangerous forces that she doesn't fully understand. Now on the eve of her 18th birthday, plagued by terrifying nightmares and the disappearance of her father, Heather discovers she's not who she thinks she is. The revelation leads her deeper into a demonic world that threatens to trap her in Silent Hill forever. The new movie is directed by Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane). Lionsgate has yet to set a release date. Set Photos: (click to enlarge) »
James Purefoy has admitted that he was pleased to play a "subtle" role in new ITV1 drama Injustice. The actor told TV Choice that he was becoming frustrated, having played a series of "big" characters. Purefoy explained: "I have not done anything like this for a long time. I played Mark Antony in [HBO drama] Rome, Solomon Kane [in the film of the same name], Blackbeard [in a 2006 TV movie]. "Those are all big, grandstand men [and] this is a much more subtle part (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Even though only one videogame-based movie has ever taken over $100m at the Us box office, there’s no shortage of gaming source material for future movies…
To date, of all the videogame adaptations to date, only the first Tomb Raider film has crossed the magical $100m mark at the Us box office. And yet, the procession of videogame-based movies shows no sign of abating, even without the direct intervention of Uwe Boll, with several projects heading to the big screen. Perhaps the non-us box office take of the Prince Of Persia film last year, which ended up with $335m in the bank, has helped grease a few wheels.
So has the fact, though, that most videogame movies have been quite cheap to make, and come with an in-built audience that all but guarantees $30 to $40m at the box office.
Here, then, we've tried to round up those films with »
Jason Flemyng is a regular collaborator with filmmaker Matthew Vaughn, having appeared in Kick-Ass, Stardust and Layer Cake (which Vaughn directed) and Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch and Swept Away (which Vaughn produced, alongside director Guy Ritchie).
Now he is playing the red-skinned, demonic-looking mutant Azazel in Vaughn's X-Men: First Class, released in the UK on June 1.
Flemyng is no stranger to comic book adaptations. As well as Kick-Ass, he was also in From Hell and The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, adapted from the graphic novels of UK comic book legend Alan Moore; and more recently in Solomon Kane, based on Robert E. Howard's pulp fiction character who's also featured in Marvel and Dark Horse titles.
Here he talks about his X-Men role as the teleporting Azazel, a member of the villainous Hellfire Club. There may be Spoilers ahead.
On the director:
He's developed so much with each of his films. »
- David Bentley
The fantasy genre has gotten a bad rep over the years and I think I know why. Too many factions of role players, larpers and W.O.W-ers have joined forces over the world wide web to become this massive, unstoppable goliath of an easy target. What was once little groups of in-the-know outcasts playing Magic in highschool hallways is so visible that they've turned it into an easy punchline for bad comedians and films like Role Models or Your Highness to take a stab at. But That's just my theory.
The other downside to fantasy's perceived dorkery is I think it's led to a slowing down of mainstream fantasy film production and the films that do get made that fully embrace their fantasy roots either get savages by critics or dumped onto SyFy. Lord of the Rings is really the only series of films I can think of that got through unscathed. »
Dark Horse Digital has plenty of Free digital comics for all of you comic book kiddos today! Just a few of the titles include: Abe Sapian: The Drowning #1 written by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola, Conan #0: Conan the Legend, there's other titles including Hellboy, Solomon Kane, The Terminator and so many more, too many to mention right here so head on over to Dark Horse Digital and celebrate Free Comic Book Day!
Bringing together multiple components of genre filmmaking, the British feature Jack Falls found a recipe for success by winning best action film at the 2011 London Independent Film Festival.
More details, plus reaction from the filmmakers and a trailer for Jack Falls, are included below.
Tanter, who attended the festival, said: "I'm thrilled to accept this award from the Liff. The competition within independent film has never been better, and we are honoured to have not only been included amongst those selected, but to have won the award too."
All three films are shot in a Sin City style - using splashes of colour against high-contrast black and white - with comic book undertones that reflect the trilogy's origins.
Jack Falls, released by Lionsgate in cinemas and on »
- David Bentley
Here’s what hit stores today!
Adventure Comics #526
Batman Long Shadows Tp
Brightest Day Volume 2 Hc
DC Comics Presents Son Of Superman #1
DC Universe Online Legends #7
Deliriums Party A Little Endless Storybook Hc
Dmz Volume 10 Collective Punishment Tp
Doom Patrol #22 (Final Issue)
Freedom Fighters #9 (Final Issue)
Green Lantern Super Spectacular #1
House Of Mystery #37
I Zombie #13
Jonah Hex #67
Jsa All-Stars #18
Little Endless Storybook Hc (New Printing)
Looney Tunes #198
Scooby Doo Where Are You #9
Secret Six #33
Secret Six The Reptile Brain Tp
Sweet Tooth #21
Tiny Titans Volume 5 Field Trippin’ Tp
Weird Worlds #5 (Of 6)
Annihilators #3 (Of 4)(with Variant)
Astonishing Thor #4 (Of 5)
Avengers Academy #13 (with Variant)
Avengers Academy Giant-Size #1 (with Variant)
Avengers Earth’s Mightiest Heroes Tp
Avengers Thor And Captain America Official Index To The Marvel Universe #13
Captain America Allies And Enemies Tp
Captain America First Vengeance #1 (Of 4)
Captain America Forever Allies »
- Brandon Johnston
The Dark Horse iOS app launched on iTunes today along with the publisher’s digital store with great success. Even after months of development and testing fan enthusiasm was too much for servers and there have been sporadic service outages throughout the day.
The iOS app offers several free comics including Criminal Macabre, Abe Sapien: The Drowning, The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite, Mass Effect: Redemption, and Joss Whedon’s Fray, as well as the list of others below:
Beasts of Burden #1
Conan #0: Conan the Legend
Doctor Solar, Man of the Atom/Magnus, Robot Fighter (Fcbd 2010)
Dungeon Siege III #1
Falling Skies #1, #2, and #3
Grendel: Behold the Devil #1
Kull: The Shadow Kingdom #1
Solomon Kane #1
Solomon Kane: Death’s Black Riders #1
The Terminator: Death Valley #0 and #1
The Terminator: 2029 #1
The Umbrella Academy #0
That’s a hell of a lot of value out of the iBox. If you own an iDevice go grab the app and get to downloading! »
- Brandon Johnston
If you had any doubt that Hollywood was reliant on big movie franchises, let them be eradicated right about now...
As has long been the case, sequels are a reliable way of making plenty of cash from recognisable names. They've been a part of the Hollywood filmmaking process for decades, and as this list of 95 sequels currently in the works proves, will continue to be so for as long as we stump up the cash to go and see them.
We've been doing this list annually for a couple of years now, and this year's collection is, perhaps unsurprising, the longest round-up of upcoming sequels that we've done. Still, given that there are nearly a hundred sequels listed below, we're a little sad to see that Hollywood's people in suits couldn't find room for a belated return to Mac And Me...
Here's what you've got to look forward to...
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