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May 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Zombeavers, Stigmata, Evil Eye

18 May 2015 9:25 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

This week, we’ve got an insane amount of horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices getting released on Tuesday, including the latest from Scream Factory, Stigmata, and Kino Lorber is bringing us another Mario Bava cult classic to high-def in the form of Evil Ey,e and the recent horror comedy Zombeavers is looking to make a splash on DVD as well.

Anchor Bay is also unleashing The Vatican Exorcisms on May 19th and Olive Films is bringing a double dose of classic terror to Blu-ray with their releases of Peter Benchley’s Creature and It! The Terror from Outer Space. Indie horror fans have a ton of titles this week arriving on DVD to choose from and we’ve also got new high-def releases for both Poltergeist sequels and Terminator 2: Judgment Day too.

Evil Eye- Featuring The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

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- Heather Wixson

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Luc Besson: new sci-fi film "biggest challenge of my career"

12 May 2015 10:30 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Luc Besson is next to direct Valerian, starring Dane DeHaan. And he's preparing for the toughest job of his career so far...

Last year, Luc Besson steered the sci-fi movie Lucy to box office gold, marking his latest foray into a genre that he's served really rather well over the course of his career. Whether writing, producing or directing, Besson's pawprints have been on projects such as The Fifth Element, Lockout and Arthur And The Invisibles. His next film as director, however, he's already calling the "biggest challenge of my career".

The film in question is Valerian, based on the French science fiction comics series by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres. Set for release in the summer of 2017, the film is set to star Dane DeHaan as a time travel agents, trying to maintain law and order in the 28th century. Cara Delevingne, currently shooting Suicide Squad, is set to co-star. »

- simonbrew

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Review: Taken 3

2 May 2015 12:25 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

 

The Taken franchise has worked at all thanks to two people: Luc Besson and Liam Neeson. Besson has seemingly been coasting since 1994’s The Professional and certainly has returned to familiar territory with this franchise. Neeson has stopped showing his considerable acting chops by going the action route pretty much since he picked up a lightsaber. Despite its utter predictability, the first Taken proved enormously popular, especially considering its early 2009 release date.

The inevitable sequel, Taken 2, mined much the same ground although it varied things just enough that the rescued daughter (Maggie Grace) now helps dad find their missing mom Lenore (Famke Janssen). Enough seemed to be enough and Neeson thought a third chapter was out of the question. 20th Century-Fox thought otherwise and asked Neeson and cowriter Robert Mark Kamen for one more. We were told things would go in another direction but I doubt anyone anticipated it going even lower, »

- Robert Greenberger

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J. K. Simmons Offers Help In New ‘Terminator Genisys’ TV Spot

27 March 2015 9:51 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

But we’re not sure if it’s ironic. I don’t recall having seen a reboot/relaunch/rehash so eager to self-parody but simultaneously crave for attention; What do you want from us Terminator Genisys?!

There’s no doubt that The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgement Day were fine examples of something unique, original and exciting. In the first instance, the premise for this 2015 approach was interesting but then the first trailer was bafflingly bad and now another TV Spot throws us into the world of comedy, or is it a spoof, or a homage?

Anyway, I’m just one of millions and people are sure to flock to this like they did for Taken 2, it’s all about the cast names and the popcorn will get munched to the bottom of the box. Probably. I feel sad, does anyone else feel sad?

Watch and let us know »

- Dan Bullock

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Round-Up: Trick ’r Treat Cake Pop Sam Print from Cavity Colors, Gehenna – Where Death Lives Kickstarter Campaign, Stigmata Blu-ray

24 March 2015 12:08 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Hungry for the delectable and deadly atmosphere of Michael Dougherty's Trick ’r Treat following the announcement last week that Legendary comics is releasing graphic novels of Trick ’r Treat and the upcoming Krampus? If so, then you might dig Cavity Colors' Cakepop Sam print, the latest addition to their Deadly Desserts line. The print depicts the creepy creature from Trick ’r Treat as a cake pop that's a festive feast for the eyes. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on the Kickstarter campaign for world-renowned special effects master Hiroshi Katagiri's debut film, Gehenna – Where Death Lives, as well as release details on Scream Factory's Blu-ray of the Patricia Arquette-starring possession film, Stigmata.

Cake Pop Sam Print: Cavity Colors' "Cakepop Sam" print is now available to purchase for $15.00:

"Signed by Aaron Crawford High quality 8 x 10 inch Giclee Print Printed with Archival Inks on Acid Free »

- Derek Anderson

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Get ready to Bleed when Scream Factory Unleashes Stigmata on Bluray This May!!

19 March 2015 10:41 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I’m a sucker for religion-themed horror. There just something absolutely enthralling about the darker side of faith battling the lighter, and the journey that whoever is in between said battle is always enjoyable to watch. With that said,  I couldn’t be more excited about Scream Factory announcing today that they’re giving 1999’s Patricia Arquette (A Nightmare On Elm Street III, Boyhood)-led Stigmata the Bluray treatment (hitting shelves on May 19th), complete with special features never before realed in the U.S. Read on!

Frankie Paige (Arquette) has absolutely no faith in God. All of that changes when she suddenly begins to suffer the stigmata — the living wounds of the crucified Christ. Frankie’s miraculous bleeding comes to the attention of the Vatican’s top investigator, Father Kiernan (Byrne). But when Cardinal Houseman (Jonathan Pryce, Brazil, Ronin), discovers that Frankie is actually channeling an extraordinary and provocative »

- Jerry Smith

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Podcast: 'The Jinx', New DVDs and Blu-rays and More

17 March 2015 9:15 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

We got up early to record today's podcast and we hope it isn't too lethargic to start, but once we get rolling I spend a fair amount of time discussing HBO's "The Jinx" before we get to listener questions, new DVDs and Blu-rays and our regular allotment of games. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, leave us a voice mail and we'll add those to the show and respond directly. An alternative to that option, you can leave us a voicemail directly from your computer. Just click here »

- Brad Brevet

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Review: Liam Neeson can't keep dull action thriller 'Run All Night' on its feet

13 March 2015 4:45 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Beloved serial killer John Taken is back for another heartwarming family adventure! I'm confused by the continuity on this series, though. I'm pretty sure this takes place after "Taken 2" and "Non-Stop," but before "Walk Among The Tombstones," and parallel to "Taken 3" and "Unknown." In this entry in the long-running hit series, John Taken (Liam Neeson) and his son Mike Taken (Joel Kinnaman) go head-to-head with the Red Skull (Ed Harris) after witnessing Red Skull Jr. (Boyd Holbrook) murdering some Armenian heroin smugglers. Plus Nick Nolte shows up for about five minutes, and I'm not 100% sure he knew he was in a movie. Here's the thing about Jaume Collet-Serra: he is just weird enough to stand out from the pack of fairly anonymous filmmakers who make studio level B-movies these days. There are a bunch of these guys, many of them graduates of the Luc Besson action factory, »

- Drew McWeeny

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When will Liam Neeson go back to consistently making awards contenders?

12 March 2015 4:30 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Like many of you, I was pretty surprised and more than a little bit delighted when Liam Neeson made the next act in his illustrious career an action packed one. No one expected Taken to be a hit, or as satisfyingly enjoyable as it was, but it signaled a new trajectory for Neeson. That’s been all well and good, but one thing that it’s cost us is his performances in Oscar fare. Since Taken, Neeson has more or less dropped off of the Academy’s radar, with only one upcoming project hopefully set to return him to prestige territory. I like when he kicks ass, like he does in Friday’s new release Run All Night, but I prefer it when he contends for awards. Neeson is a very strong dramatic actor and certainly very solid as an action hero, but it’s the former where he’s really been able to shine. »

- Joey Magidson

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Liam Neeson Will Stop Making Action Movies in 2 Years

12 March 2015 10:35 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the success of Taken in 2009, Liam Neeson carved out quite a niche for himself as an older action star. His career certainly careened down this path, with the iconic actor appearing in 9 more action-packed thrillers that includ The A-Team, The Next Three Days, Unknown, The Grey, Battleship, Taken 2, Non-Stop, A Walk Among the Tombstones and Taken 3. Now, on the eve of his latest 'geriaction' movie, as some have dubbed them, Liam Neeson has declared that he will stop making action movies in 2 years, if he is able to make it that far.

Good Morning America caught up with Liam Neeson to chat about this weekend's Run All Night, which may certainly leave some fans with a sense of deja vu, as it once again features the actor running with a gun as he sometimes screams into a cell phone. The 62 year-old confirms that his days as an action star are numbered though, »

- MovieWeb

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Taken 3 Gets the Unrated Treatment as Digital HD, DVD and Blu-ray Release Dates Revealed

24 February 2015 8:12 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Liam Neeson and his particular set of skills take a third and final lap through a sea of violence in Taken 3, the second Taken sequel that twists the conventional formula by having Bryan Mills (Neeson) framed for a brutal crime and pursued relentlessly by the authorities. Fox Home Entertainment has announced the Taken 3 Blu-ray release date falls on April 21, 2015 (same with DVD), while the Taken 3 Digital HD release date gets a head start on Thursday, April 2.

Taken 3, which also starts Famke Janssen and Maggie Grace, wasn't quite as successful as the second installment at the domestic and worldwide box office but still has performed extremely well and further cemented Neeson as a top action star draw. North American box office earnings currently sit at $87.6 million, while worldwide business has reached $285.8 million. For comparison, Taken 2 finished just under $140 million domestically and $376.1 million worldwide.

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Fifty Shades of Grey sequels on the way

9 February 2015 5:33 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release this Valentine’s Day weekend (because nothing says flowers and romance like an erotic drama), there was some news coming out of a special fan screening of Fifty Shades of Grey. Some fans tweeted and revealed that the book’s sequels Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed would also be going into development.

So far, none of this is confirmed by Universal, but excited fans (via MTV), who attended the “Fifty Shades First” event in New York said that author E.L. James and director Sam Taylor-Johnson confirmed the sequels.

Fifty Shades of Grey has broken box office records in terms of pre-booked tickets for an R-rated movie, and industry experts reckon it will easily take the box office next weekend with around $61 million. Should the movie meet those numbers, expect Universal to announce the sequels pretty sharpish.

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- Luke Owen

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Fifty Shades of Grey gets an 18 rating in the UK

3 February 2015 12:17 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

It had been speculated since its announcement that the big screen adaptation of Fifty Shades of Grey would get a 12A rating in the UK (the equavilent of a PG-13 in the States) in order to get more butts in seats. But by doing so, fans feared they would be missing the essence of the story.

Well, fans’ fears can now be put to rest.

It was revealed yesterday by the BBFC (British Board of Film Classification) that Fifty Shades of Grey will be rated 18, meaning no one under the age of 18 can see the movie. As the BBFC website describes it, “Fifty Shades Of Grey is a drama, based on the novel by E.L. James, about the relationship between a wealthy businessman and a young student.”

“The film contains strong sex and nudity, along with the portrayal of erotic role play based on domination, submission and sado-masochistic practices,” they continue. »

- Luke Owen

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Fifty Shades of Grey director had on-set bust ups with book’s author E.L. James

3 February 2015 11:57 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having just been announced to have received an 18-rating here in the UK, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been talking about some of the on-set issues she had with the book’s author E.L. James.

“It was difficult I’m not going to lie” she told Porter Magazine. “We definitely fought but they were creative fights and we would resolve them.”

“We would have proper on-set barneys, and I’m not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she’d written as well as my need to visualise this person on screen but, you know, we got there,” she continued.

When asked if the two saw through their differences, Taylor-Johnson simply paused for thought and didn’t give an answer – suggesting the tension between the two remains.

See Also – Fifty Shades of Grey gets an 18 rating »

- Gary Collinson

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Fifty Shades of Grey director had on-set bust ups with book’s author E.L. James

3 February 2015 8:43 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Having just been announced to have received an 18-rating here in the UK, Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson has been talking about some of the on-set issues she had with the book’s author E.L. James.

“It was difficult I’m not going to lie” she told Porter Magazine. “We definitely fought but they were creative fights and we would resolve them.”

“We would have proper on-set barneys, and I’m not confrontational, but it was about finding a way between the two of us, satisfying her vision of what she’d written as well as my need to visualise this person on screen but, you know, we got there,” she continued.

When asked if the two saw through their differences, Taylor-Johnson simply paused for thought and didn’t give an answer – suggesting the tension between the two remains.

See Also – Fifty Shades of Grey gets an 18 rating »

- Luke Owen

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Box Office Weekend: Third Times a Charm for Sniper

2 February 2015 6:23 PM, PST | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

There were three new releases this week, but with American Sniper reigning once more at the top of the box office with an estimated $31.9 million…and at $248.9 million and counting, it is the fifth highest earning R-Rated film of all time…it is understandable that they are not exactly the top draws, especially considering their critical reception. Even Paddington, for instance, entered its third week in second place with an estimated $8.5 million, just edging out the estimated $8.5 million for the time travel suspense thriller Project Almanac (though at only $12 million to make, it does not have much work to become profitable), and doing far better than the latest Kevin Costner vehicle Black or White, which brought in an estimated $6.5 million. Neither film is making much headway critically, but both have weathered those storms better than The Loft, a Karl Urban-starring Hitchcockian thriller which debuted in tenth with an estimated $2.9 million. »

- Seth Paul

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Fifty Shades of Grey Super Bowl spot arrives online

1 February 2015 11:34 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Ahead of its release next week, Universal Pictures debuted a new spot for Fifty Shades of Grey during the Super Bowl last night, and we have it for you here…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey

Fifty Shades of Grey stars Jamie Dornan (The Fall) as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson (Need For Speed) as Anastasia Steele, while the rest of the cast includes Jennifer Ehle (Zero Dark Thirty), Luke Grimes (Taken 2), Victor Rasuk (24), Max Martini (Pacific Rim), Callum Keith Rennie (Battlestar Galactica), Eloise Mumford (In The Blood), Marcia Gay Harden (Mystic River) and musician Rita Ora.

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- Gary Collinson

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‘Lucy’ Leads as New Releases Top Home Video Sales Charts

28 January 2015 6:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Consumers were eager for fresh entertainment the week ending Jan. 25, as four of the five top-selling discs were new theatrical releases.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment topped both Nielsen VideoScan sales charts with “Lucy” and “The Boxtrolls.”

Lucy,” the sci-fi actioner with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman that grossed more than $126 million in U.S. theaters, easily debuted at No. 1 on both the First Alert chart, which tracks overall disc sales, Blu-ray Disc and DVD combined, and Nielsen’s dedicated Blu-ray sales chart.

“Boxtrolls,” an animated adventure with a domestic theatrical gross of $51 million, debuted at No. 2, again on both charts. According to Nielsen research, the film sold 41% as many discs as “Lucy,” but still managed to outperform 20th Century Fox’s “Gone Girl,” which slipped to No. 3 on First Alert and No. 4 on the Blu-ray chart its second week in stores.

Gone Girl” had debuted at No. 1 the prior week. »

- Thomas K. Arnold

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‘Sniper’, ‘Boy Next Door’, ‘Mortdecai’ Up In Actuals; ‘Taken 3′ Cume Shifts: Intl Bo

27 January 2015 4:08 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

2Nd Update, Tuesday 4 Am Pt: Actuals are in for the international weekend with no major discrepancies save for a big drop on Taken 3. After Sunday’s report of a $57.2M total in non-Fox markets, the confirmed total came in at $39.8M. The difference was down to an incorrect cume provided to Fox by EuropaCorp for those territories. The overseas total is now a corrected $134M. In new pics, both JLo-starrer The Boy Next Door and Johnny Depp’s Mortdecai saw small bumps (up a respective $23K and $70K). American Sniper reloaded to $18M from a previously projected $17.6M.

Updated below are final numbers on those films along with: The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies, Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb, Penguins Of Madagascar, The Theory Of Everything, Unbroken, Seventh Son, Exodus: Gods And Kings, Into The Woods, Ouija, The Imitation Game, Birdman, Ex Machina, »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Around-the-World Roundup: 'Hobbit' Finale Invades China, Passes $600 Million Overseas

25 January 2015 1:13 PM, PST | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies ruled the international box office this weekend with $54.3 million, most of which came from its excellent debut in China.The final installment in Peter Jackson's Middle Earth prequel trilogy opened to $49.3 million in China, which is its final major market. That's the biggest opening ever for Warner Bros. International, and is nearly on par with what the first Hobbit movie made in its entire run.So far, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies has earned $617.1 million overseas and over $866 million worldwide.Playing in 57 markets, Taken 3 added $26 million this weekend. That includes a huge $8.2 million debut in France and a very good $2.2 million opening in Brazil (over twice as big as Taken 2). Taken 3 has now grossed $132.7 million overseas, and remains on track to come close to the last movie's $236 million total.American Sniper expanded to a total »

- Ray Subers <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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