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From Aliens, to pre-historic pyramids, post-apocalyptic wastelands and swashbuckling saviours…few men in Hollywood have conquered as many different variations of the action genre. Paul W.S Anderson however, has managed to bring his unique style and visual flare to each of these vastly different sequels, crossovers, and video game adaptations. Although some may occasionally question the energetic film maker’s curious directorial choices, few can argue with the huge box office returns his productions receive.
Interestingly, Anderson is also responsible for the only two video game adaptations to spawn successful film franchises, with upcoming instalments currently in the pipeline. With that in mind however, it’s probably a good thing that the fantastic director skilfully sets himself apart from other A-list directors, with his secondary occupation as the husband of Milla Jovovich arguably earning him just as much attention.
Thankfully, Anderson managed to find time in his busy schedule of Zombie shooting, »
- Ben Read
To mark the release of Pompeii on 15th September, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Set in 79 A.D, Pompeii tells the epic story of Milo (Kit Harington – Game of Thrones), a slave turned invincible gladiator who finds himself in a terrible race against time to save his true love Lady Cassia (Emily Browning – Sucker Punch). As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena as the once magnificent city crumbles around him and becomes engulfed in scorching magma.
Directed and produced by Paul W.S Anderson (Resident Evil, The Three Musketeers), Pompeii also boasts an impressive supporting cast including Carrie-Anne Moss (The Matrix), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield), Jared Harris (Mad Men) and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (Lost) who plays fellow gladiator Atticus. Keifer Sutherlan (24) also co-stars, playing the violent, chilling and arrogant Roman senator Corvus.
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To celebrate the UK DVD release of the bloody, action-packed fantasy, martial arts actioner Ninja Apocalypse on Monday September 15th, we’ve got three copies of the film to give away to our readers courtesy of Signature Entertainment.
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Framed for assassinating Grandmaster Fumitaka (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, 47 Ronin, Tekken, Mortal Kombat), Cage (Christian Oliver, The Three Musketeers, Valkyrie, Speed Racer), his brother Surge (Les Brandt, Smoke, The Resolve, Days Of Our Lives) and the rest of the Lost Ninja Clan must battle their way through an underground nuclear bunker filled with hordes of supernatural enemies, mutants, and flesh eating zombies, pursued by Hiroshi’s (Ernie Reyes Jr., Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II, The Rundown, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal) unstoppable Ninja army with orders to hunt them down. Trapped a thousand feet below the earth’s crust, the Lost Clan will face hell. »
- Gary Collinson
Actor James Corden – best known for his roles in Gavin and Stacey, Doctor Who and The Three Musketeers – is set to be the new host for The Late Late Show at CBS. He will replace Craig Ferguson who has presented the show since 2005.
Nina Tassler, chairman of CBS entertainment said, “James Corden is a rare entertainment force who combines irresistible charm, warmth and originality with a diverse range of creative instincts and performance talent…He is the ultimate multi-hyphenate – a writer, creator and performer who is loved and respected in every medium he touches, including theater, comedy, music, film and television.”
Responding to the news, Corden stated: “I can’t describe how thrilled and honored I am to be taking over from the brilliant Craig Ferguson. To be asked to host such a prestigious show on America’s No. 1 network is hugely exciting,” the new host said in a statement. »
- Thomas Roach
Walt Disney Home Entertainment has been dropping catalog titles on Blu-ray for a while now. Once every few months we’ll get a higher end title like The Little Mermaid or the upcoming Sleeping Beauty that gets their own time in the limelight. In between those, they’ve been delivering smaller films and collections in groups of four or five at a time. This time around they’ve mixed it up a little by giving us two newer top-shelf releases with three timeless tales.
Hercules Special Edition brings the story of the Greek hero to Blu-ray for the first time. The Academy Award-nominated movie is filled with great songs and plenty of laughs thanks to Danny DeVito and company. Bonus material includes “From Zero to Hero” Sing-Along, “No Importa La Distancia” Music Video with Ricky Martin, and “The Making of Hercules” featurette.
Edgar Rice Burroughs’ swinging ape man comes to »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Is there any rhyme or reason to the filmography of Nicolas Cage? We know the actor is talented, but some of the projects he’s been appearing in lately are just such bizarre choices that it almost makes you forget he has an Oscar stashed away somewhere. Case in point: Outcast, a battle epic set in ancient China that seems notable only in that it will give the actor more material to add to the next clip reel of him losing his shit.
The first trailer for Outcast is supremely confusing, and the plot is too convoluted for me to sum up here, so just read the synopsis (below) if you want a better idea of what to expect. But honestly, all you need to know is that Cage gets lines like “I am the white ghost,” giggles like a little girl and manages to conjure up one of the »
- Isaac Feldberg
Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Tom Hardy stars as a construction foreman who's driving to London to attend the birth of his child. You really shouldn't have stressful conversations on your cell while driving, but Ivan (Hardy) doesn't care. He has to make sure his big job tomorrow goes as planned, confess to his wife that he cheated on her with a co-worker, and coaching the aforementioned co-worker through the premature birth of their baby. Yikes.
Why We're In: Hardy is more than capable of commanding the screen for the entirety of the movie. Although you hear other characters' voices, it's all Hardy, all the time. Who could argue with that?
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"Love Streams" (Criterion)
- Jenni Miller
Two worlds will collide in the Us/China co-production action period piece Outcast. Nicolas Cage and Hayden Christensen star as exiled Crusaders entering medieval China and protecting Yifei Liu (aka Crystal), as princess Zhao Lian, from her evil brother, played by Andy On. The film marks the directorial debut of Nick Powell, who has extensive experience as a stunt coordinator, with recent credits including Resident Evil: Retribution and The Three Musketeers. When the heir of the Imperial throne becomes the target of assassination by his despised older brother, the young prince's only hope is the protection of his sister, and the reluctant aid of war-weary Crusader, Arken (Hayden Christensen), who must overcome his own personal demons and rally the assistance of the legendary Crusader-turned-bandit, Gallain (Nicolas Cage),...
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Into the Woods is a modern twist on the beloved Brothers Grimm fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk, and Rapunzel—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife, their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch who has put a curse on them. Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady, The Devil Wears Prada, August: Osage County) portrays the Witch who wishes to reverse a curse so that her beauty may be restored. Emily Blunt (Looper, The Young Victoria, The Devil Wears Prada) is the Baker’s Wife, a childless woman who longs to be a mother. James Corden (Broadway’s One Man, Two Guvnors, The Three Musketeers, Gavin »
Richard Lester’s directing career has had a rather tortured epilogue. His last completed film was the dreadful, unloved Return of The Musketeers (1989), during the making of which his long-time friend and troupe-member Roy Kinnear died after a freak accident. To add insult to injury, the Comic-Con crowd has been burning Lester in effigy ever since Richard Donner’s cut of Superman II was released in 2006. Donner had been fired as director of the 1980 sequel half way through filming and Lester was hired to finish the job. Since the release of the Donner cut, expressing a preference for the original, jokier version is rather like suggesting that Cesar Romero was a better Joker than Heath Ledger.
I do wonder sometimes whether the fanboys realise what an important, highly influential and iconoclastic director they’re dismissing when they’re kicking sand into Lester’s face. Martin Scorsese would certainly correct them (sternly, »
- Cai Ross
At first glace, it would seem that a peplum film/disaster movie hybrid would be a perfect fit for the particular skill set of Paul W.S. Anderson. The British action film veteran has a knack for constructing both massive, CGI-assisted set pieces and fluid combat sequences, so a movie with gladiators and a massive volcano should be a done deal, right? Turns out that isn’t necessarily the case, since his latest effort Pomepii fails to live up to those expectations, in part because it insists that it would rather be a romantic drama about star-cross’d lovers.
The film begins with the rhythms of a revenge tale, as a faction of the Roman army led by Corvus (Keifer Sutherland, in a marvelously hammy performance) ruthlessly slays a tribe of Celts. A young child named Milo manages to escape, but is subsequently captured by slave traders. The child grows up to be a fierce fighter, »
- Derek Godin
Do you remember hearing about Five Against A Bullet? Bruce Willis was attached to star in the action thriller a couple of years ago, and while there's no word on if the actor is still interested in the project, THR has learned it does now have a director. Narc and Smokin' Aces director Joe Carnahan will be behind the camera for Five Against A Bullet. Alex Litvak (The Three Musketeers, Predators) wrote the original script for Five Against A Bullet, however Joe Carnahan has »
- Jesse Giroux
Luke Evans is one of those actors who constantly seems to be on the verge of breaking out, without quite getting there. He’s appeared in lots of high-profile projects (Clash of the Titans, The Three Musketeers, Immortals, The Raven) and even a couple of pretty good high-profile projects (The Hobbit, Fast & Furious 6), without […]
- Angie Han
The studio is currently seeking a new director, although Guillermo del Toro will still be involved as a producer, alongside Denise Di Novi and Alison Greenspan. The filmmaker also co-wrote the script alongside Andrew Davies (Bridget Jones's Diary, The Three Musketeers).
The filmmaker signed on to direct back in February 2012, although he was initially only set to produce before taking on the directorial duties. While no reason was given for his departure from the director's chair, the filmmaker does have a massive number of projects on his slate. He is currently in post-production on his haunted house thriller Crimson Peak, and he is also attached to Haunted Mansion 3D, Frankenstein and Dark Universe, although it isn't known which project will come next.
The earliest »
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“Endless Love,” which was released on Blu-ray and DVD combo pack on May 27, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Bruce Greenwood, Robert Patrick, Joely Richardson, Rhys Wakefield, Dayo Okeniyi and Emma Rigby from writer and director Shana Feste and writer Joshua Safran.
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Moviefone's Top DVD of the Week
What's It About? Just how far would you go for a dare? David Koechner ("Anchorman") plays a super rich dude who's looking for some cheap thrills at the expense of a couple of guys who need cash. Pat Healy ("Compliance") and Sara Paxton ("The Innkeepers") co-star.
Why We're In: This disturbing indie got great reviews, but it's definitely not for everyone. If you like your gore with a side of sly political commentary, this could be your jam.
Moviefone's Top Blu-ray of the Week
"The Life Aquatic"
What's It About? Bill Murray stars as Steve Zissou, an oceanographer who's making a documentary about his hunt for the Jaguar Shark, which made a snack out of his old partner. He's joined by a ragtag gang played by Owen Wilson, Cate Blanchett, Anjelica Huston, Willem Dafoe, and other Anderson all-stars.
Why We're In: This Criterion package includes audio commentary, »
- Jenni Miller
Digital Release Date: July 22, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
The film stars Shailene Woodley (The Spectacular Now) as Beatrice, or “Tris,” who’s coming of age in a world where everyone’s separated into different factions based on their strengths. Triss’ problems start when she discovers that her strengths could put her in multiple factions, making her “divergent.”
When Tris finds out about a plot that puts everyone in all the factions at risk, she joins with Four (Theo James, Underworld: Awakening), an instructor for the militant faction Dauntless, to uncover the conspiracy.
Love him or hate him, writer/director Paul W.S. Anderson is a big name in the movie industry, delivering such action blockbusters as Resident Evil (and a few of its sequels), Mortal Kombat, The Three Musketeers and, most recently, Pompeii.
Starring Kit Harington and Emily Browning, the sandals and swords flick tells the story of Milo, a slave turned gladiator who must save the woman he loves from a corrupt Roman senator. As the title implies, the events take place against the backdrop of the infamous eruption of Mount Vesuvius, which puts Milo in a race against time as he watches his beloved city crumble around him.
To promote the film’s upcoming Blu-Ray release (May 20th), I sat down with the director for an exclusive interview. Among other things, we discussed where he found his influences for the project, why he chose Kit Harington for the lead role, the challenges of working in 3D, »
- Jeff Beck
Here's a trailer for an awesome-looking martial arts fantasy film called Ninja Apocalypse. The movie was directed by Lloyd Lee Barnett, who has worked on the visual effects for films such as Avatar, Speed Racer, and Spider-Man. Judging from the trailer it looks like there will be some fun humor mixed in with some crazy cool action sequences involving martial arts mixed with magical powers. It looks like it will be a really entertaining, action-packed flick! The movie has a Mortal Kombat kind of feel to it, but it also has zombies! Not much is known about the plot of the film yet, but this trailer gives you a solid idea of what to expect.
The cast of the film includes Christian Oliver (The Three Musketeers), Ernie Reyes Jr. (The Rundown), Les Brandt, West Liang, Kaiwi Lyman, Tara Macken, Isaac C. Singleton Jr., Antoinette Kalaj, Mark Heidelberger, and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa »
- Joey Paur
(Cbr) Although Cary Fukunaga directed the 2011 film adaptation of "Jane Eyre", he didn’t really explode into the public consciousness until this year with HBO’s "True Detective", his glorious collaboration with Nic Pizzolatto. And just as audiences tried to unravel Pizzolatto’s dense writing, searching for clues about the identity of the Yellow King, they dissected the work of Fukunaga and cinematographer Adam Arkapaw, studying each scene and marveling at that much-discussed six-minute single-take tracking shot. However, they’ve also wondered what Fukunaga’s next project will be — and now there’s an answer: Deadline reports he’ll direct "The Black Count: Glory, Revolution, Betrayal, and the Real Count of Monte Cristo", Sony Pictures’ adaptation of Tom Reiss’ Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of General Thomas-Alexandre Dumas. Born to a French nobleman and a slave woman of African descent, Thomas-Alexandre Dumas became the first non-white to become a brigadier general in the French military, »
- Kevin Melrose, Comic Book Resources
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