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Independent mobile games publisher Chillingo has announced the release of two zombie games onto the App Store, Dead Ahead (free) and Zombie Fish Tank ($0.99). Fans of the undead can download both of these titles today on their iOS devices for under a $1!
From the Press Release
The dead come back to life on iOS this week as leading independent mobile games publisher, Chillingo, launches Mobirate’s Dead Ahead and Aidem Media’s Zombie Fish Tank on the App Store.
From the makers of the mobile sensation Parking Mania, comes Dead Ahead. Hope on your pizza delivery scooter, grab a weapon and drive for your life through autumn country roads and the dangers of downtown Megalopolis. Look out for the sprinting corpses hot on your wheels while keeping your eyes on the road ahead.
Zombie Fish Tank
In Aidem Media’s Zombie Fish Tank, players will gobble their way »
- Amanda Dyar
Chicago – First Joe Wright sucked the life out of “Anna Karenina” with his meticulously choreographed, self-conscious pageantry. Then Baz Luhrmann proved that while heavy-handed spectacle may have appealed to Jay Gatsby himself, it was a recipe for disaster when applied to F. Scott Fitzgerald’s prose. Nothing kills off the power of a metaphor more than a large neon sign erected to underline its significance.
After seeing Andrea Arnold’s quietly mesmerizing adaptation of Emily Brontë’s 1847 classic “Wuthering Heights,” I’m now hungering to see her take on other literary landmarks, particularly “The Great Gatsby.” Luhrmann’s film hammers home the meaning of Fitzgerald’s writing with such aggravating pomp and circumstance, complete with entire sections of text materializing onscreen, I was half-expecting to see a bouncing Gatsby head spring off each word as it was dutifully recited. Though Wright and Luhrmann pride themselves on their filmic exuberance, Arnold »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
After garnering considerable critical acclaim on its full release last year, Andrea Arnold's bruisingly beautiful adaptation of the Emily Brontë classic "Wuthering Heights" will be coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week. Following her unsettling but highly praised Cannes Jury Prize-winner "Fish Tank" -- a fairly grimy slice of British social realism -- with a romance classic, one already well-served by high-class adaptations, the film was seen in many quarters as something of an odd choice. The result though, to quote our grade A review out of Venice, was "superb," "groundbreaking" and "Terrence Malick-like," confirmation of a serious and formidable talent in British cinema. The film stars Kaya Scodelario as a younger-than-usual Cathy and James Howson as the fierce and troubled Heathcliff, the first black actor to take on the role. It also arguably has a third star in one of our favorite cinematographers, Robbie Ryan ("Berberian Sound Studio, »
- Kieran McMahon
Shout! Factory acquired Cockneys vs. Zombies late last year and we now know when you’ll be able to start seeing it in the Us. We’ve been told that the movie will see a nationwide theatrical release on August 2nd. It’s likely to be limited to major markets, and we’ll be sure to let readers know more specifics when they become available.
From the previous acquisition announcement, we know that plan is also to release the movie to VOD and on DVD and/or Blu-ray at a later date.
“Written by James Moran (Torchwood, Severance) and directed by Matthias Hoene, Cockneys Vs. Zombies boasts an impressive British cast of Michelle Ryan (Bionic Woman, EastEnders), Honor Blackman (Goldfinger, Doctor Who), Alan Ford (Snatch, Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels), Harry Treadaway (Fish Tank, Control), Rasmus Hardiker (Lead Balloon, Saxondale), Georgia King (The New Normal, The Duchess), Jack Doolan »
- Jonathan James
Twelve years ago, HBO put to screen a miniseries that was one part Television event, one part historical drama, which had the considerable backing of executive producers Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and the hype of being something of a spiritual successor to their highly acclaimed war film Saving Private Ryan. Through ten one hour long episodes, essentially using TV as a medium to explore a vast and epic journey through the Second World War that would simply be impossible to map on the big screen, and with Stephen E Ambrose’s critically acclaimed non-fiction book as source material and a huge cast representing a collective of real world heroes, one of the most ambitious storytelling exercises the small screen has ever mounted was brought to life. The result was much fanfare, both critically and among the masses, a recurring trope that continues to this day, and the fledgling start »
- Scott Patterson
Kim Nguyen's "War Witch," Canada's entry in the Oscar foreign-language sweepstakes, is the very definition of an international film: It's in French, set in Africa and made by a Canadian director with a Vietnamese name (courtesy of his father). Further solidifying this film's sense of internationalism, it's influenced by films like Brazilian Fernando Meirelles' "City of God," Brit Andrea Arnold's "Fish Tank" and American John Cassavetes' work. Shot in Congo-Kinshasa, the film tells the wrenching story of a teenage girl forced to kill her own parents and become a child soldier »
- Steve Pond
Between the Oscar nominations, Sundance, leftover films from the previous year going into wide release, and the lack of anything good to see otherwise in theaters, January can always feel a bit stop-start in the movie world. But now that the month's coming to a close, we can start taking the long-term view of the year ahead, and in particular the new talent to come. And what better way to do so than to kick off the 2013 installments of our On The Rise feature, where we look at the rising names in various cinematic fields that may be making a big impression in the coming year or so. And having looked at some Sundance breakouts last week, we wanted to kick the series off by examining the cinematographers to keep an eye on across the next twelve months. We've run two of these features over the last few years, and »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Coming from director Paul Tanter (Jack Falls, The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan), the latest entry into the British gangster/true crime thriller genre is on the cusp of release here in the UK, and we’ve been given an exclusive clip to share with you.
“In the tradition of Rise Of The Footsoldier and Bonded By Blood, this film follows the rise and violent fall of the notorious Essex Boys, one of the most feared criminal gangs in Britain’s history. For the first time the real story is revealed in this film – the drugs, the violence and of course the murders. The real story is the most shocking of all.”
Nick Nevern (The Rise and »
- Kenji Lloyd
Sundance Selects has acquired North American rights to Nick Ryan’s documentary “The Summit,” which world premiered Friday at the Sundance Film Festival to a packed house and rousing applause. Our review is here. The film explores what happened when 24 climbers ascended to the top of K2, widely considered the most dangerous mountain on Earth, and only 13 returned. One out of four K2 climbers expires on the way down from the summit. Go-to writer Mark Monroe ("The Tillman Story," "The Cove," "Chasing Ice") also wrote Sundance titles "Sound City" and "Who is Dayani Cristal?" and Andrea Arnold's cinematographer Robbie Ryan ("Fish Tank" and "Wuthering Heights") delivers gorgeous digital photography. The film mixes CG reenactments of what happened --shot on a soundstage with actors as well as surviving climbers --with archive footage (and audio) and interviews. A sister division of IFC »
- Anne Thompson and Jay Fernandez
Shoreline Scripts, in partnership with Sound on Sight, is giving emerging independent writers and talented, new voices a chance to have their scripts put into the hands of leading producers and production companies who have the ability to get them made. This is your chance to have your screenplay read by the most respected industry judges of any screenwriting competition across the globe.
Here are the details. Best of luck to our readers who enter.
Shoreline Scripts Screenwriting Competition is offering 1 Free Feature script submission to it’s 2013 competition. www.shorelinescripts.com - How to enter: -
All you have to do is email email@example.com with your name and ‘Sound on Sight’ in the subject heading. One reader will be chosen at random and notified that they have won by next Wednesday, January 16th.
Shoreline Scripts Screenwriting Competition is focused on discovering the best scripts from around the world. »
10 items from 2013
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