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We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes VOD release information for Armistice, multiple teaser trailers, a Q&A with Matt Thompson from Bloodline, and a preview of Dept. of Monsterology:
Dept. of Monsterology: ”Ofﬁcially, it’s the Department of Cryptozoology, Mythological Studies, Parapsychology and Fortean Phenomena. But to the rest of the students and staff at the Dunsany College, bafﬂed by the cloak of secrecy that surrounds the Department and its affairs, it has another, more dismissive, name: The Department of Monsterology. Funded by the mysterious Hampton Foundation, the Dept. operates several ﬁeld teams that roam the globe on extended research expeditions.
Their brief: to investigate the dark and unexplored corners of our world – the places we’ve forgotten, lost or believe to be mythical. And to study those things that may still be lurking there. »
- Tamika Jones
Interview Ryan Lambie 18 Dec 2013 - 06:52
The Desolation Of Smaug introduces Luke Evans' character, Bard the Bowman. We find out his thoughts on The Hobbit, acting, 48fps and more...
Since the start of his big-screen career three or four years ago, Welsh actor Luke Evans has played a variety of characters, often united by their colourful period costumes. He tore through ancient Greece in a shining suit of armour as Apollo in Clash Of The Titans. He wore a jaunty hat and a dapper velvet jacket as Aramis in The Three Musketeers. He donned a fetching gold cloak and precious little else in Tarsem Singh's madly embellished Immortals.
His odyssey through the costumes of Hollywood myth and fantasy continues with The Desolation Of Smaug, where he takes on the role of Bard the Bowman. His garb may be more sensible and less revealing than some of his earlier parts, »
Tribeca Films will distribute the post-apocalyptic thriller Open Grave. This title will release through video-on-demand formats on Christmas Eve and on DVD in January of 2014. The film stars Joseph Morgan (Immortals), Thomas Kretschmann (Stalingrad) and Sharlto Copley. And now, another film clip has been release for Open Grave. The film itself involves a pit of bodies and amnesia. Six people manage to survive a mass killing, but they cannot remember who they are. These six strangers will have to work together to piece back their lives and to save themselves from a looming biological catastrophe. The latest clip for the film highlights the character Nathan (Morgan). Nathan is searching a property for clues about his past and his current whereabouts. He finds someone he recognizes, but she is infected with a virus. Fans of thrillers can preview the film with the tense clip below. Release Date: December 24th, 2013 (VOD) and January 3rd, »
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A couple of key release date changes have been announced.
The supernatural thriller "Oculus" starring Karen Gillan, Katee Sackhoff and Brenton Thwaites, has settled on an April 18th 2014 release. The story follows grown up siblings trying to find the spirit that committed a murder for which the brother was blamed.
With "Fast and Furious 7" essentially certain to be moving off its July 11th 2014 date, next Summer has been shuffled around a bit. First "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" moved up a week to take that July 11th slot, now the Wachowski's "Jupiter Ascending" has been moved up a week to take Apes' old July 18th slot.
When the Game Stands Tall
Originally slated for mid-September, TriStar have moved up the Jim Caviezel sports drama "When the Game Stands Tall" to a late Summer bow on August 22nd 2014.
- Garth Franklin
One of the characters who gets a fair amount of attention in "The Desolation Of Smaug," this middle chapter of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" trilogy, is Bard, played by Luke Evans. I moderated a WonderCon panel with Evans for the film "Immortals," and when I walked into the room, he immediately remembered me. I had been warned that he wasn't feeling great, but he certainly held it together while we were talking. Evans should be pleased with the way Bard's part was expanded for these films. Ultimately, he's there to complete one action, and that won't happen until the third film. »
- Drew McWeeny
Bard. Zeus. Aramis. Apollo. Shaw. Welsh actor Luke Evans seems to play characters that often have short names, but powerful voices. He's on the rise recently and will break out big with his latest role as Bard the Bowman in Peter Jackson's The Hobbit trilogy. He didn't even get the job until halfway through shooting the first movie, then went down to New Zealand for a year and a half of filming, now he's about to go down in history as Lake-town's savior. I first met and interviewed Luke back in 2011 discussing Immortals, and I followed up with him for another interview this year about Bard, The Hobbit, Dracula, The Crow and more. Over the years I've come to admire Luke Evans as a very talented actor and a genuinely nice person. I always enjoy talking with him and hearing his comments on the characters he's played and the filmmaking process. »
- Alex Billington
You probably already know how this story ends. At least, if you were paying attention in history class. But as with any disaster movie, especially one based on historical events like "Pompeii," knowing how things end doesn't make watching how they get there any less exciting. Especially not with Paul W.S. Anderson directing (in 3D no less).
Set in 79 A.D., "Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington plays Milo, a slave-turned-gladiator who must fight to save both himself and Cassia, the woman he loves (Emily Browning), as Mount Vesuvius erupts and the city of Pompeii crumbles around them. And with a corrupt Roman Senator (Kiefer Sutherland) also vying for Cassia's affection, Milo has a lot more than just lava to contend with.
The story of Pompeii is one that Anderson's been wanting to tell for years, and one that would've been almost impossible without recent advances in computer animation -- »
- Rick Mele
Apologies to the five or so of you who read this with any regularity, there was no column last week. Day job woes and Christmas combined to stomp my ass into a fug of inactivity in terms of watching and writing about it. Therefore you get a bumper edition this week with two weeks’ worth of content.
In other big news House of Cards returns to Netflix with season two in February and the Turbo super-fast snail animated series, based on that DreamWorks film that recently came out, debuts in December. Now TV also has you covered during Christmas week by adding a new big title pretty much every day between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, although apart from Elf on Now TV and a dedicated Christmas selection, there is a disturbing lack of Christmas themed films on the other services.
- Chris Holt
Kellan Lutz is the demi-god Hercules, the mythical Greek hero the son of Zeus. The muscle-bound actor already has Greek god under his belt, having played Poseidon in Immortals (Henry Cavill). Directed by Renny Harlin who's been Mia for awhile, the large scale production is heavy on the CGI and like 300, probably shot largely on a green screen, but it looks visually stunning.
The Legend Of Hercules has the half-god, half-man being betrayed by his stepfather King who exiles him into slavery to separate him from his true love. While in exile, he becomes a gladiator
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Many a year ago, Taylor Kitsch was lauded as the next great male heartthrob. Then came John Carter. Then, Battleship. Now, he’s lucky to have landed a role in Almost Heroes 3D, the next animated feature from DigiArt Productions (which sounds more than a little like an accredited online institute). Kellan Lutz has clearly been studying under Kitsch’s wing- stepping into the spotlight as a somewhat generic megahunk with the Twilight films and Immortals, then plunging immediately downward. The actor may be a part of the next Expendables film, but so is every other male actor in Hollywood; the only two starring roles he’s got lined up now are a couple of low-budget clunkers. Neither Hercules: The Legend Begins nor Tarzan 3D have a whole lot going for them. So let’s start with Hercules, shall we? The film is already in the unfortunate position of going up against Dwayne Johnson‘s 265 pounds of »
- Adam Bellotto
It was over a year ago that we saw the first posters for the latest incarnation of Tarzan. This time we get to see a film both in 3D and shot completely using motion capture (the same effect that was achieved to create films like Avatar).
The latest iteration of Edgar Rice Burroughs’ classic story will be arriving on the big screen next summer, this time under the direction of Reinhard Klooss (Animals United). Kellan Lutz (Twilight, Immortals) leads the motion-capture cast, alongside Spencer Locke (Resident Evil: Afterlife) as Jane, and Jaime Ray Newman (A Town Called Eureka), Robert Capron (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Mark Deklin (Gcb), and Trevor St. John (One Life to Live).
One of the most classic and revered stories of all time, »
- David Sztypuljak
A new trailer has arrived for Summit Entertainment's The Legend of Hercules starring Kellan Lutz of Immortals, also known as Hercules: The Legend Begins prior to being changed after Summit picking up N. American distribution rights from producer Millennium Films. Lutz stars as the mythical Greek hero – the son of Zeus, a half-god, half-man blessed with extraordinary strength. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Through harrowing battles and gladiator-arena death matches, Hercules embarks on a legendary odyssey to overthrow the King and restore peace to the land. Also in the cast of the Renny Harlin-directed fantasy adventure are Scott Adkins, Liam McIntyre, Liam Garrigan, Johnathon Schaech, Roxanne McKee, Gaia Weiss and Rade Serbedzija. »
Hercules: The Legend Begins has released a new trailer.
Set in ancient Greece, Hercules is betrayed by his king, who steals his lover and sends the warrior into exile.
Sold into slavery, he must embrace his heritage as the son of Zeus to seek justice and revenge.
Hercules: The Legend Begins will open in the Us on January 10 and in the UK on August 8. »
There will be two Hercules movies hitting theaters in 2014. One stars Dwayne Johnson (Fast & Furious 7) – playing an older version of Herc who has devolved into a world-weary mercenary for hire – while the other is titled Hercules: The Legend Begins and features Twilight alum Kellan Lutz playing a younger version of Zeus’ son (who could be mistaken for a JCrew model).
Much like the Comic-Con preview footage, the newly-unveiled trailer for The Legend Begins illustrates the continuing influence of Zack Snyder’s 300 on the swords and sandals genre. Question is, following less impressionable acts like the Clash of the Titans remake and Tarsem Singh’s Immortals, have audiences grown tired of seeing ancient world mythology given the modern pop-action movie treatment (see: slick digital visuals, 3D effects, etc.)?
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- Sandy Schaefer
To celebrate the home entertainment release of Man Of Steel™ from 2nd December, 5 lucky winners have the chance to get their hands on a copy of the DVD and some exclusive merchandise!
A young boy learns that he has extraordinary powers and is not of this Earth. As a young man, he journeys to discover where he came from and what he was sent here to do. But the hero in him must emerge if he is to save the world from annihilation and become the symbol of hope for all mankind.
The film also stars four-time Oscar® nominee Amy Adams (“The Master,” 2012), Oscar® nominee Michael Shannon (“Revolutionary Road,” 2008), Academy Award® winner Kevin Costner (“Dances with Wolves,” 1990), Oscar® nominee Diane Lane (“Unfaithful,” 2002), Oscar® nominee »
- Dan Bullock
Tagline: "The moment you wake up, the nightmare begins." Open Grave is a post-apocalyptic thriller from Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18). This title has already released in Italy and Tribeca Films will release this title through video-on-demand formats late in December, 2013, with a theatrical release to follow shortly after that. The film stars Joseph Morgan (Immortals), Thomas Kretschmann (Stalingrad) and Sharlto Copley. Most recently, an English clip was released for this film, called "Drop Your Weapons." As well, an English trailer has been revealed for the film. Both clips show John (Copley) recovering from a gruesome event, which he has no memory of. Those he meets are also amnesiatic and an external threat, which is very hungry, is forcing them to work together, to recover their past. Open Grave will release in the United States, beginning December 24th, 2013. This small feature looks to bring some intrigue and mystery to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
Virgin Produced has plans to launch a new Indian division to develop, produce and distribute Bollywood films and even remake Hollywood content to cater to the needs of the Indian audiences. Jason Felts, Founder and CEO of Virgin Produced revealed that they want to reach out to the younger audiences and wanted to expand their horizons in Bollywood and throughout India. After entering into the arena of Hotels and Mobile phones, Virgin media entered the world of Hollywood with movies like Immortals and Limitless aiming to produce and market films. While they would be joining hands with Cinema Capital India who recently distributed blockbuster Bollywood films like Dabangg 2 and Krrish 3 for their Indian expansion, they would also be partnering with the Los Angeles based asset management firm Tantrik Group for the same. »
- Bollywood Hungama News Network
In the current era of The Avengers and Batman Vs. Superman, it’s impossible to be a fan of the comic-book genre and not have a well-considered argument to the question, “Who’s the Most Powerful Superhero?” Superman, of course, is the most obvious answer in any superpower battle-royale debate, but there are strong and more interesting claims to be made for the others, too. (Except Hawkeye. Sorry, guy.)
In Hollywood offices, there are similar conversations going on all the time about their own legion of superheroes, those famous actors and actresses who can open a movie in New York, »
- Jeff Labrecque
Whether you saw it in theaters of not, you’ll never have gotten the full experience of Riddick, directed by David Twohy and starring Vin Diesel, until you’ve obtained and watched it in your home entertainment center. Here are all the details in the official press release below.
Vin Diesel Returns As The Most Wanted Man In The Universe In A Stunning New Chapter Of The Explosive Sci-fi Adventure Franchise Riddick Be The First To Own It On Digtal HD December 17, 2013 Never-before-seen Unrated Director’S Cut With Alternate Ending Coming To Blu-Ray™ Combo Pack Including Blu-Ray, DVD & Digital HD With Ultraviolet™ January 14, 2014 Also Available: Riddick: The Complete Collection Including Riddick, Pitch Black And The Chronicles Of Riddick Plus The Chronicles Of Riddick: Dark Fury “One Hell of a Thrill Ride.”—Joel D. Amos, Moviefanatic.Com
Universal City, California, November 12, 2013— Vin Diesel returns to the larger-than-life role »
- Jess Orso
Vin Diesel returns to the larger-than-life role that made him a global superstar as Riddick blasts its way onto Blu-ray Combo Pack including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet on January 14, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. The film will also be available on Digital HD December 17, 2013. The third feature film installment of the blockbuster series returns to its hardcore action roots with an all-new, no-holds-barred adventure from writer and director David Twohy, creator of the hit franchise.
Debuting an Unrated Director's Cut with even more intense, heart-pounding sequences not shown in theaters and an alternate ending, the Blu-ray Combo Pack includes bonus features that reveal the behind-the-scenes secrets of the heart-stopping thriller's incredible cast, uniquely talented crew and cutthroat characters. In addition, Riddick will be available in a new collection that includes all three movies in the groundbreaking franchise: Pitch Black, The Chronicles of Riddick and Riddick plus The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury »
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