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Movie Review – Preservation (2015)

14 May 2015 2:58 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Preservation, 2015.

Directed and written by Christopher Denham.

Starring Wrenn Schmidt, Pablo Schreiber and Aaron Staton.

 

Synopsis:

When a woman, her husband and his ex-army brother go on a hunting and camping trip, they quickly become the hunted.

Oh boy, that State Park has seen better days. Probably why it’s been closed down. And jeez, that’s a creepy looking playground, all rusted and covered in graffiti. Is that a tunnel full of children’s shoes? Yuck. Don’t worry, I’m sure your recently-discharged-from-the-army brother with a drinking problem will keep us safe. After all, he’s snuck up on us out of nowhere several times already. Shows he’s got skills. Good to have him and his vicious looking dog on our side.

Preservation is a horror movie that opens with more red flags than an overly cautious game of Minesweeper – some similarly coloured herrings, the others impending traps, »

- Oli Davis

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8 TV shows based on horror movies -- and how they fared

12 May 2015 5:26 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

With the recent successes of such TV series as "American Horror Story," "Hannibal" and Showtime's "Penny Dreadful," horror is hot on the small-screen right now -- so much so that in addition to MTV's forthcoming small-screen "Scream" spinoff, TV studios are in the midst of bringing a horde of cinematic fright-film properties to television, ranging from "Shutter Island" to "The Devil's Advocate" to "The Mist." In light of this, I've taken a look back at eight previous horror movie-to-tv translations and analyzed why they hit -- or didn't -- with audiences. "Bates Motel" (A&E) Based on: "Psycho" Aired: 2013-present Why it did (or didn't) work:a great pedigree ("Lost" showrunner Carlton Cuse), a terrific cast (Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore) and generally positive critical notices gave "Bates Motel" a sheen of respectability that worked well in this Golden Age of prestige television. The show has so far aired three successful seasons »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Time Machine: Pre-Incredible Hulk Ruffalo and Wife Looking Stylish Together on Red Carpet

7 May 2015 1:58 AM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney on the Red Carpet Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney Oscars photo Mark Ruffalo and wife Sunrise Coigney arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre at (almost) the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue in downtown Hollywood. Ruffalo was a 2011 Best Supporting Actor nominee for his role as a chauvinistic male slob who disrupts the family life of a lesbian couple in Lisa Cholodenko's Best Picture contender The Kids Are All Right. The dramatic comedy co-stars Best Actress nominee Annette Bening, Julianne Moore, Josh Hutcherson, and Mia Wasikowska. This was Ruffalo's first Academy Award nomination. As it turned out, The Kids Are All Right didn't win a single statuette on Sunday night. But at the 2011 Spirit Awards held the day before, Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg's screenplay was chosen as the best of the year among independent films. »

- D. Zhea

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Fire & Photoshop Engulf the New Poster for 'Terminator: Genisys'

30 April 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

It looks like Paramount Pictures isn't going to be shy at all about the major plot twist that was revealed in the last trailer for Terminator: Genisys. A new poster for the sequel/reboot has just been revealed, and it puts the new Terminator (and his surprising identity) front and center amidst some fire and pretty terrible Photoshop. They couldn't figure out a better background than that plain gray, Sears portrait studio color scheme? There's already so much fire around Arnold Schwarzenegger and company, why not just engulf the whole poster in flames? And by that, I mean it should be set on fire, because it's just awful. Look below! Here's the new poster for Alan Taylor's Terminator: Genisys from Yahoo: You can still watch the most recent trailer for Terminator: Genisys right here. Terminator: Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones," Thor: The Dark World »

- Ethan Anderton

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Does WB have another awards player with Chilean miners disaster flick 'The 33'?

28 April 2015 3:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

If you don't believe awards season runs 365 days a year look no further than the news today that Alcon Entertainment has acquired the U.S. rights to "The 33."  Based on the Copiapó mining accident in 2010, the new drama centers on 33 minters who were trapped for 69 days in a collapsed copper-gold mine in Northern Chile.  Their plight captured the attention of the world and, surprise, Hollywood came calling.  Independently financed by Phoenix Pictures and Half Circle, "33" is being distributed in Chile by 20th Century Fox, but not in the U.S. The news Alcon came on board and Warner Bros. will distribute makes this a somewhat unusual story. Alcon announced that WB will release "The 33" on Nov. 13 which is smack dab in the middle of Oscar season.  Warner Bros. marketing and publicity teams have three other films that are expected to be awards players; Scott Cooper's "Black Mass," Jeff Nichols »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Old & Young Schwarzenegger Fight in 'Terminator: Genisys' TV Spots

24 April 2015 3:22 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Skynet has created a new Terminator to stop us." After the most recent trailer for Terminator: Genisys gave away a pretty big plot twist for the franchise sequel, some international TV spots bring that twist to the forefront of the marketing in Asian markets. However, there's also some new bits of footage here, including shots of the aged Terminator (old Arnold Schwarzenegger) fighting with the Schwarzenegger from the 80s. In addition, we also get to see some more shots of the advanced Terminator coming to blows with Schwarzenegger. And they're still milking that "I'll be back," line for everything it's worth. Watch below! Here's the international TV spots for Terminator: Genisys from Paramount International: You can still watch the most recent trailer for Terminator: Genisys right here. Terminator: Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones," Thor: The Dark World) and written by Laeta Kalogridis (Avatar, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Galaxy Quest TV Show in the Works

21 April 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Good news, everyone! Well, maybe. Paramount Television is in the process of putting together a Galaxy Quest TV based on the fantastic 1999 sci-fi comedy of the same name. At once a brilliant riff on Star Trek and also one of the best Star Trek movies ever made, Dean Parisot’s film revolved around the aging stars of a once-popular sci-fi TV series called Galaxy Quest who, after attending yet another sci-fi convention, are beamed up into space by a group of aliens that think the TV series was a collection of “historical documents.” Per Deadline, Parisot, Galaxy Quest producer Mark Johnson, and Galaxy Quest screenwriter Robert Gordon are executive producing the potential series, with Gordon penning the script. That’s a swell vote of confidence for what could be either a fantastic idea or a terrible one, and it's the next in a line of film-to-tv adaptations that Paramount is working on, »

- Adam Chitwood

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[Media] - "Terminator Genisys" Extended TV Spot

28 March 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Paramount Pictures has released an extended TV spot for "Terminator: Genesis" revealing even more new footage from the upcoming film. The first in a stand-alone trilogy, "Terminator" stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Jk Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Byung-hun Lee, Michael Gladis and Sandrine Holt with Laeta Kalorgridis ("Avatar", "Shutter Island") and Patrick Lussier ("Drive Angry") attached to write the screenplay. "Terminator: Genesis" hits theaters July 1, 2015 and is the first in a planned trilogy of films.The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when Tecom spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him »

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Extended 'Terminator: Genisys' UK TV Spot Tries to Save the World

27 March 2015 10:04 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"We're here to stop the end of the world." If you've been waiting to see some more footage from Terminator: Genisys, our friends across the pond have you covered. A new extended TV spot from the United Kingdom has just surfaced with a whole bunch of new footage from the film, including our first look at J.K. Simmons in the film (sadly the scene in question doesn't look very good), and a glimpse at what appears to be a new Terminator model (perhaps that's who Matt Smith will be playing in the film). The Terminator films have never been deadly serious, but this one just feels far too campy and silly for my taste. Here's the new extended UK TV spot for Terminator: Genisys from Paramount UK: You can still watch the first full trailer for Terminator: Genisys right here. Terminator: Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Arnold Gets Blown Away on 'Terminator: Genisys' Motion Poster

25 March 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We already know that Arnold Schwarzenegger will be back for more sequels after Terminator: Genisys, though that doesn't mean necessarily mean the aged iteration of the T-800 we see in this new trilogy reboot won't get destroyed (we doubt he will though). But he'll still probably suffer some damage, and a new motion poster from across the pond illustrates that in a cool way as the aged Schwarzenegger skin that covers the robotic exoskeleton of the Terminators is blown away to reveal the metallic cyborg we all know. It's a pretty cool little poster, but after seeing the full trailer, I'm still concerned about this one. Look! Here's the new motion poster for Terminator: Genisys from Paramount Pictures UK: You can still watch the first full trailer for Terminator: Genisys right here. Terminator: Genisys is directed by Alan Taylor ("Game of Thrones," Thor: The Dark World »

- Ethan Anderton

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[Media] - "Terminator Genisys" Motion Poster

25 March 2015 9:26 AM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Here's the new motion poster for Alan Taylor's "Terminator: Genesis" reboot ! The first in a stand-alone trilogy, "Terminator" stars Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Jk Simmons, Dayo Okeniyi, Byung-hun Lee, Michael Gladis and Sandrine Holt with Laeta Kalorgridis ("Avatar", "Shutter Island") and Patrick Lussier ("Drive Angry") attached to write the screenplay. "Terminator: Genesis" hits theaters July 1, 2015.The year is 2029. John Connor, leader of the resistance continues the war against the machines. At the Los Angeles offensive, John's fears of the unknown future begin to emerge when Tecom spies reveal a new plot by SkyNet that will attack him from both fronts; past and future, and will ultimately change warfare forever. »

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The Drop Blu-ray Review

23 March 2015 10:03 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Michaël R. Roskam

Starring: Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini, Matthias Schoenaerts, John Ortiz

Certificate: 15

Run Time: 106 minues

Michael R. Roskam, best known for Bullhead, directs Dennis Lehane’s The Drop and presents us with a finely paced crime-drama that’s wrapped up with tempestuous grittiness. Lehane wrote the screenplay for his own short story ‘Animal Rescue’ and is the man behind Gone Baby Gone and Shutter Island, so you know you’ll get deep inside the characters.

Intensely brooding, Hardy plays New York bartender Bob, a simple and lonely guy who’s family runs the establishment that occasionally doubles up for a ‘drop’ bar, which means that sometimes it’s part of a circuit that exchanges money and nobody asks questions.

One day, when walking home from his job, he hears the whimpers of a dog and discovers a Pit-bull puppy in some bins, covered in blood. Picking the dog up, »

- Dan Bullock

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Wayward Pines Truly Looks Like the Opposite of Safe

19 March 2015 12:14 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The latest trailer for Chad Hodge's Wayward Pines aired during Empire's season finale, and, yep, it still looks bat-shit crazy: kind of like an ice-cream-cone-wielding Lucious Lyon just runs Twin Peaks and there are a ton of inexplicable murders. (M. Night Shyamalan has had a hand in it, too.) The series premieres May 14 on Fox, with Matt Dillon's Secret Service character trying to figure out how to get the heck out of this Shutter Island of a town. (Here's a little more info, if you're intrigued.) »

- Sean Fitz-Gerald

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Watch: Fascinating, Side-by-Side Examination of the First and Final Frames from 55 Films

17 March 2015 9:43 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Editor Jacob T. Swinney has created a fascinating five minute video featuring the first and final shots from 55 different films. In some cases we can attempt to draw meaning from what we're seeing and in others there doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason, but that in itself can offer a window into what the director was attempting to achieve. My only complaint with the video is the fact Swinney didn't include the film titles in the actual video, opting instead to list them in the film's description. While the majority of the images are recognizable enough, I did find myself looking at the descriptions here and there, taking me out of the video for a second and ultimately causing me to have to pause the video overall. Not a major complaint, just more a compliment in fact to the engrossing nature of what was created. I personally find the images of Birdman, »

- Brad Brevet

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Suite Française movie review: enemy mine to love

13 March 2015 8:37 AM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

An immediate and intimate tale of forbidden romance and other complex emotions and contradictory obligations. This ain’t history but a very human now. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m desperate for stories about women; I’m a sucker for movies about WWII

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

I have not read the source material

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The story of how Irène Némirovsky’s novel Suite Française became known to the world is amazing. She wrote it as contemporary fiction inspired by the events she was living through — the defeat of France by the Nazis in 1940, and the subsequent German occupation — but then it was lost, packed away unread, until the 1990s, and finally published only in 2004. Némirovsky died before the end of the war, in Auschwitz in 1942, so she never knew how it would all end, and indeed her writing »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Movie Review – The Tales of Hoffmann (1951)

9 March 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Tales of Hoffmann, 1951.

Directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.

Starring  Moira ShearerRobert Helpmann and Léonide Massine.

Synopsis:

An opera, Hoffmann tells of his romantic history with three beautiful women; Olympia, Giulietta and Antonia

“I have to say”, says director Michael Powell prior to working on The Tales of Hoffmann, “I didn’t know much about the opera”. That makes both of us Mr Powell. On Extended Run at the BFI this month is the Technicolor triptych-narrative, The Tales of Hoffmann. Released in 1951, this was made three years after Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s celebrated masterpiece The Red Shoes. Rather than incorporating dance into a story, Powell and Pressburger decided to adapt a full performance in its entirety, presenting an epic story of romance, lost-love and tragedy.

In the interval of a ballet, Hoffmann (Robert Rounseville) regales a crowd with talk of his previous exploits. Drunkenly holding court, »

- Simon Columb

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Weekend Report: 'Focus' Pulls Off Minor Heist at the Box Office

1 March 2015 1:53 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

While it didn't quite return Will Smith to his former box office glory, Focus (2015) still easily took the top spot on a quiet weekend at the box office.Kingsman: The Secret Service and The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water held on to second and third place, respectively, while The Lazarus Effect got off to a so-so start in fifth.Focus opened to $18.7 million this weekend, which is a bit lower than Crazy, Stupid, Love.'s debut (that's the last movie from directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa). It ranks in the bottom half of Smith's movies; it is at least ahead of Seven Pounds ($14.9 million), though that movie's December opening held is back a bit. Seven Pounds wrapped up its run with $70 million, which is a number Focus is going to have a tough time matching.The lower-than-expected haul could be placed on Smith's shoulders: Mib 3 and After Earth »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Around-the-World: 'Fifty Shades' Approaches $500 Million Worldwide

1 March 2015 10:45 AM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

For the third weekend in a row, Fifty Shades of Grey easily took first place at the international box office.The worldwide phenomenon added $36 million from 59 markets, which brings its overseas total to a stunning $338.4 million. Holdover markets were off an average of 46 percent from last weekend. The movie's only new territory was South Korea, where it opened in fourth place with $1.8 million; according to Universal, this comparatively low debut correlates with the fact that the book never really penetrated this market.Fifty Shades of Grey has now earned $486 million worldwide, and is on track to reach $500 million in the next week or so.Playing in 67 markets, Kingsman: The Secret Service took in $25.6 million this weekend. It continued to do excellent business in South Korea, where it held on to first place with $5.3 million. To date, it's the fourth-highest-grossing Fox movie ever with $25.4 million.Kingsman also had a handful of »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Like It or Not, You're Getting a 'Robin Hood' Origin Story

27 February 2015 12:41 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

In tax accounting there is a concept called the "Robin Hood effect", which describes both the tax bracket setup that requires income above certain levels be taxed at higher rates and also the reduction of deductible items once a taxpayer exceeds a certain adjusted gross income threshold. None of you care about that, I'm sure, but aside from watching Robin Hood: Men in Tights about a dozen times in the span of a week when I was in middle school, it's the only thing that came to mind when I saw the following news from Deadline, announcing a new version of the Robin Hood tale has landed at Leonardo DiCaprio's production house Appian Way, this one a "gritty version of the rogue do-gooder" entitled Robin Hood: Origins, because what the hell else would it bec Joby Harold, who wrote the Knights of the Roundtable: King Arthur script for director Guy Ritchie, »

- Jordan Benesh

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Rosamund Pike set for The Deep Blue Good-By opposite Christian Bale

27 February 2015 7:25 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having enjoyed critical acclaim and an Oscar nomination for her work in the superb Gone Girl, Rosamund Pike has wasted no time in choosing her next project.

Variety is reporting that the British actress is set to join Oscar winner Christian Bale (The Fighter, The Dark Knight Trilogy) in The Deep Blue Good-By, an adaptation of a Travis McGee novel to be directed by James Mangold, who worked with Bale in his 3:10 To Yuma remake in 2007.

Travis McGee is a detective in John D. MacDonald’s popular mystery series, and The Deep Blue Good-by was first published in 1964. The official synopsis of the story is:

Travis McGee is a self-described beach bum who won his houseboat in a card game. He.s also a knight-errant who.s wary of credit cards, retirement benefits, political parties, mortgages, and television. He only works when his cash runs out, and his rule »

- Scott J. Davis

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