16 items from 2015
We're back with another video round-up that should excite fans of The Walking Dead, James Bond, and Salem's John Alden. The first trailer for Arc Entertainment's The Walking Deceased, a horror comedy spoof of AMC's The Walking Dead and other living dead films like Zombieland and Shaun of the Dead, has been released, along with a new behind-the-scenes look at the 24th Bond film, Spectre, and another teaser for season two of Wgn America's Salem.
The Walking Deceased (slated for a March 20th release): "The Walking Deceased is a delightfully bloody addition to the pantheon of zombie-apocalypse spoofs. Lampooning every tried and true zombie meme. Join the Sheriff with his son, and a motley crew of survivors as they weather confrontations with zombies, meet up and then leave their tattered camp–a partially destroyed shopping mall. The group journeys to the supposed Safe Haven Ranch seeking shelter from the owners, »
- Derek Anderson
Sony Pictures and Immersive Pictures have announced that the companies have begun a two-year first-look deal and have five projects currently in the works. Immersive, run by Josh Bratman who previously worked under Sony's current president of production Michael De Luca, will develop the films which Sony will help produce and distribute should they go forward.
The five films consist of three graphic novel and two novel adaptations. Comics that are becoming films include "World War Z" author Max Brooks' "The Harlem Hellfighters," Jeff Lemire and Dustin Nguyen’s "Descender," and Scott McCloud's "The Sculptor" with Scott Rudin producing the latter.
One of the novels is "The Black Count," an adaptation of Tom Reiss' biography of General Alex Dumas who was father to famed "Three Musketeers" and "Count of Monte Cristo" author Alexandre Dumas. "Jane Eyre" and "True Detective" helmer Cary Fukunaga is attached to direct that film. »
- Garth Franklin
"Are you afraid? You can tell me. Talk to me... Fear requires an audience and a conductor. Fear is death, and death is fear." Barry Burton and Claire Redfield return in the episodic Resident Evil Revelations 2, and we have the recently revealed launch trailer. Also featured in our latest video round-up is a new trailer for another villain-packed video game, Batman: Arkham Knight, as well as a behind-the-scenes look at the making of witchcraft in the woods for Wgn America's Salem Season 2.
Resident Evil Revelations 2 (Episode 2 now available on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and Steam): "He’s back! Fan favorite and classic S.T.A.R.S. member Barry Burton will be returning in Resident Evil Revelations 2. The man himself can be seen in the brand new reveal trailer and new batch of screenshots just released on the press site. Headed for the remote prison island in search of his missing daughter, »
- Derek Anderson
Beloved filmmaker Guillermo del Toro tackles one of my favorite genres - Gothic romance horror - with his new film "Crimson Peak". In a genre with cornerstone works like "Rebecca" and "Jane Eyre" along with less romantically inclined tales like "The Innocents" and "The Others," this seems a perfect fit.
The story follows an aspiring author who is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds.... and remembers.
All the hallmarks are here - repressed desire, past secrets, a giant house with forbidden areas, supernatural shenanigans and loads of atmosphere. Mia Wasikowska, Tom Hiddleston, Jessica Chastain and Charlie Hunnam star in the film which hits cinemas on October 16th.
- Garth Franklin
We’re back with another horror round-up. This time around, we focus on the slight delay in the upcoming premiere of Penny Dreadful Season 2, a new teaser for the second season of Salem, and details on the new street date for Scream Factory’s From a Whisper to a Scream Blu-ray.
“This season, Vanessa and Ethan form a deeper bond as the group, including Sir Malcolm (Timothy Dalton), Dr. Frankenstein (Harry Treadaway), and Sembene (Danny Sapani), unite to banish the evil forces that threaten to destroy them. Meanwhile, Dorian Gray (Reeve Carney), the Creature (Rory Kinnear) and Brona (Billie Piper) are all waging battles of their own. Patti LuPone will guest star as a mysterious character of »
- Derek Anderson
Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine' 1938: Jean Renoir's film noir (photo: Jean Gabin and Simone Simon in 'La Bête Humaine') (See previous post: "'Cat People' 1942 Actress Simone Simon Remembered.") In the late 1930s, with her Hollywood career stalled while facing competition at 20th Century-Fox from another French import, Annabella (later Tyrone Power's wife), Simone Simon returned to France. Once there, she reestablished herself as an actress to be reckoned with in Jean Renoir's La Bête Humaine. An updated version of Émile Zola's 1890 novel, La Bête Humaine is enveloped in a dark, brooding atmosphere not uncommon in pre-World War II French films. Known for their "poetic realism," examples from that era include Renoir's own The Lower Depths (1936), Julien Duvivier's La Belle Équipe (1936) and Pépé le Moko (1937), and particularly Marcel Carné's Port of Shadows (1938) and Daybreak (1939). This thematic and »
- Andre Soares
The film centres around a young doctor's wife who finds herself dissatisfied with her life in provincial France.
She becomes entangled in debt and extramarital affairs while trying to bring some excitement to her life.
Madame Bovary is yet to announce its release schedule. »
The contemporary taste for corseted melodramas continues to go unsatisfied, as more and more films hit theaters based on classic novels that tell tales of social mores, adultery, and entrapment in whale bone and hoop skirts. Mia Wasikowska looks good in those clothes, just like Nicole Kidman before her, and so continues to be the go-to actress to play waifish young women of a bygone era. Her latest performance is in Madame Bovary, an adaptation of Gustave Flaubert’s classic novel.
Madame Bovary tells the story of a woman who marries a doctor and promptly falls for another man. Trapped in a loveless marriage (is there any other during the Victorian period?), Madame Bovary soon finds herself dreaming of a different life. Things are not going to end well, however, as any literature student can tell you.
The trailer for Madame Bovary makes certain that we know that this is »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
After taking part in period dramas such as Albert Nobbs and Jane Eyre, young actress Mia Wasikowska is at it again with Madame Bovary, an adaptation of the classic novel of the same name. The film has played at Telluride, Toronto and London film festivals, and now it's hitting theaters sometime this year. The first trailer has just arrived following Emma Bovary, who is ready to get married to a nice doctor, but finds that life as a wife doesn't really agree her desires. Bored and lonely due to her lackluster marriage, she begins to challenge her role in society and also finds romance with another young man. Watch the trailer below! Here's the first trailer for Sophie Barthes Madame Bovary from Film Divider: Madame Bovary is directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) and written by Felipe Marino, adapting the classic book of the same name. Marriage is at first »
- Ethan Anderton
It has been over 60 years since Hollywood has made a big-screen adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's 1856 "Madame Bovary." As one of the most beloved literary classics of all time, this is a whale of a project, especially for second-time director Sophie Barthes ("Cold Souls"). "Madame Bovary" stars the lovely Mia Wasikowska as the unhappily married titular character living in 19th century France. Emma Bovary searches desperately for a spark in her life after marrying distant country doctor Charles Bovary. Wasikowska seems a natural choice for the lead role, as she has already portrayed literary heroines with strength and vivacity in "Alice in Wonderland" (2010) and "Jane Eyre" (2011). In attempts to escape the lonely dullness of her married life, Bovary conducts love affairs with several men, and shops so vigorously that her husband falls into debt. As The Playlist reported, "The adaptation »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Having already tackled Alice in Wonderland for Tim Burton and Jane Eyre for Cary Fukunaga, Mia Wasikowska has found herself yet another adaptation of a literary classic about a young woman looking for more. Directed by Sophie Barthes and based on the novel by Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary stars Wasikowska as Emma. She marries a small-town doctor and then […]
- Angie Han
Gustave Flaubert's timeless novel Madame Bovary comes to life with the first trailer for this adaptation. The book has been brought to the big screen several times before, including a 1991 adaptation starring Isabelle Huppert and a 2000 film starring Frances O'Connor and Hugh Bonneville. The novel was even adapted into a four-part TV mini-series back in 1975. Mia Wasikowska stars as the title character, adding to her list of adaptations including Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Double and Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre.
Set in Normandy, France, Madame Bovary is Gustave Flaubert's classic story of Emma Bovary (Mia Wasikowska), a young beauty who impulsively marries small-town doctor, Charles Bovary (Henry Lloyd-Hughes), to leave her father's pig farm far behind. But after being introduced to the glamorous world of high society, she soon becomes bored with her stodgy husband and mundane life, and seeks prestige and excitement outside the bonds of marriage. »
Welcome to another horror news round-up! This time around we have an update on the growing cast of Hannibal Season 3 and details on when you can expect to see Salem Season 2 on the small screen and the buzzed-about It Follows on the big screen.
TVLine reports that Glenn Fleshler (True Detective) will play Cordell Doemling, yet another familiar name to fans of Thomas Harris’ books and the Hannibal Lecter movies. For those unfamiliar, Cordell Doemling is the verbally abused medical aid to the wealthy, wicked, and mutilated Mason Verger, who will now be played on the TV series by Joe Anderson in place of Michael Pitt. In the 2001 film, Hannibal, Doemling was played by Željko Ivanek.
In other, previously announced Hannibal Season 3 casting news, it was recently revealed that Rutina Wesley, whom True Blood fans know as Tara Mae Thornton, will play the recurring role of Reba McClane, a blind »
- Derek Anderson
The former “Xena: Warrior Princess” actress and the actor who starred on ABC’s “Betrayal” are joining Wgn America’s “Salem” for Season 2, which began production on Wednesday. Actors Joe Doyle (“Raw”) and Oliver Bell (“How to Make Love Like an Englishman”) are also set to join the cast of the witch drama, set in 17th century Salem, Massachusetts, site of the infamous real-life witch trials that resulted in executions of 20 people.
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Lawless, set as a recurring guest star, will play Countess Marburg, »
- Travis Reilly
UK cinema in 2015 has plenty to recommend it. Here are 36 UK films of all genres to look forward to this year…
Dig past the litterfall of Kray Brothers biopics and tales of nubile teens on camping trips gone wrong, and you’ll unearth plenty for the UK film industry to boast about in 2015. From sci-fi romps and thrillers like Robot Overlords and Ex Machina to dramas like High-Rise, comedies like War On Everyone, spy flicks like Spectre and kids’ films like Bill, there’s no shortage of inventive, highly promising cinema coming from these isles.
We’ve included a few choice co-productions in 2015’s pick of the year’s most interesting-looking pictures, which bolsters our list in both size and breadth (and mostly means we Brits can claim partial credit for ace-sounding dystopian flick The Lobster).
In alphabetical order then, here are the 36 UK (or UK-ish) movies we’re excited about seeing this year… »
Guillermo Del Toro jumps back into horror territory with his first feature film since his big-budget 2013 sci-fi "Pacific Rim." And the cast, including Jessica Chastain and "Only Lovers Left Alive" costars Tom Hiddleston and Mia Wasikowska (who shined in gothic pictures "Stoker" and "Jane Eyre") is delicious. Empire Magazine's 2015 movie preview has some intriguing new images (below) from the film, in which Wasikowska is seduced by Hiddleston's charming suitor, who brings her back to the ancestral home he shares with his jealous sister, played by Chastain. Malevolence ensues. Here's the official synopsis: "Legendary Pictures’ Crimson Peak, a co-production with Universal Pictures, is a haunting gothic horror story directed by the master of dark fairy tales, Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy series, Pacific Rim), written by del Toro and Matthew Robbins and starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston and »
- Ryan Lattanzio
16 items from 2015
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