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Produced on a shoestring budget with prosumer camera gear and bedroom-made digital effects, Monsters was a minor miracle of a film. Its director Gareth Edwards is now in charge of the Godzilla franchise and working on a Star Wars spinoff, and it's easy to see why when you look back at his 2010 breakthrough. Focusing on two lost souls wandering through Central America's infected zone after an alien invasion, it juxtaposed an intimate human story with bigger sci-fi ambition. Terrence Malick meets monsters from outer space.
Unfortunately, all this subtlety goes out the window for sequel Monsters: Dark Continent, which chooses to make war not love. Edwards remains as executive producer, but directing chores are handed over to Misfits helmer Tom Green, who co-writes with Jay Basu. »
The slippery, multi-tentacled creatures seen in Gareth Edwards’ “Monsters” have adapted to Earth’s harshest environments, migrating from their Central American infected zone to other parts of the planet in “Monsters: Dark Continent.” Not so much a sequel as another stultifying character drama set in a world overrun by aliens, this 10-years-later spinoff switches directors and genres, as first-timer Tom Green (building on experience from British TV’s “Misfits” and “Blackout”) helms a taxingly over-earnest war movie set in an unspecified Middle Eastern country, where American soldiers deal with insurgents while the menacing MTRs (as they’re now called) lumber about in the background.
Though the human characters from “Monsters” are long gone and only a modified version of the creatures remain, Green’s film should benefit from brand recognition worldwide, sparking international sales and audience curiosity for a film that otherwise wouldn’t much interest moviegoers. Genre shingle Vertigo »
- Peter Debruge
"I've always wanted to do a period drama," she told Digital Spy. "I play a Spanish Moor and she's on the run and been exiled from Spain.
"I get to do a bit of fighting, wear an awesome corset and I had a brilliant time! They have an absolute ball out there in Prague, it's great."
"He's wicked," she said of Salmon. "He's so tall - I didn't get the genes!"
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes the fan film Spawn: The Recall, a trailer for Charlotte’s Song and Inner Demons, premiere details for Nightmare Code, and much more:
Spawn: The Recall Released: “Spawn: The Recall is the story of a former witch and her son, who try to live a normal life away from the darkness. While they’re shopping in a supermarket, the child suddenly disappears. She starts looking for him, freaked out knowing evil forces are still lurking. A security guard comes to her help but while they are checking on the surveillance cameras, something happens. She can sense it, they are here…
A film by Michael Paris. Starring: Johanna Genet (The Witch), Tom Maurice (Michael), Gregory Paris (Spawn), and J3.0 (voice). Music by James Bks Edjouma.”
For more information on this project, »
- Tamika Jones
Back in December 2012, it was revealed that plans were afoot to bring the BAFTA-winning British television series Misfits to the big screen, with creator Howard Overman stating that he’d been working on a feature screenplay which would bring together characters from the five series of the show. However, it seems that Overman has encountered issues with the availability of the cast, which has resulted in the plug being pulled.
“There was all sorts of talk about it, says star Antonia Thomas, who played Alisha in the series. “We read scripts and I think it’s now not happening. Everybody is doing such different things. Maybe they think everybody has moved on, I don’t know. You never say never but I have not heard anything of it of late. It was a really cool script, kind of getting the old gang back together, it could have been a lot of fun. »
- Gary Collinson
Nick comments: “I’m so thrilled to have been asked to guest in the Doctor Who Christmas special, I’m such a fan of the show. The read-through was very difficult for me; I wanted to keep stuffing my fingers into my ears and scream “No spoilers!” Every day on set I’ve had to silence my internal fan boy squeals!”
Nick’s frequent partner in crime Simon Pegg appeared in the Eccleston adventure The Long Game as the Editor of Satellite Five, and servant of the Mighty Jagrafess of the Editor-in-Chief, the Holy Hadrojassic Maxarodenfoe (And yes, I used cut and paste, there’s none of us perfect). Other members of the Pegg / Frost / Edgar Wright repertory company who have appeared on the series include Michael Smiley in »
- Vinnie Bartilucci
Nick Frost is one of three guest stars that will be appearing in the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special. Frost is best known for his work with Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright on films such as Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and The World's End. The guy is a very funny and talented individual, and it's going to be so cool to see him enter the world of Doctor Who. The other two actors joining the special are Nathan McMullen (Misfits) and Michael Troughton, who played the second Doctor in the 1960s.
The news was revealed on Doctor Who's official Twitter feed with the following photo that came with the caption: "#DoctorWho Christmas Special guest stars #HoHoHo."
I can't wait to see what they have in store for the Christmas special this year!
- Joey Paur
We're not even at the half-way stage of Doctor Who series 8 yet, but already, we're looking ahead to the Christmas special. It's been filming over the past couple of weeks, albeit mainly behind closed doors. As such, details of the guest stars this year has been thin on the ground.
Until now, at least.
Three names have now been confirmed. Firstly, there's Nick Frost, who needs little introduction. Nor, to fans of Misfits, will Nathan McMullen. And in a lovely touch, Michael Troughton, the son of second Doctor Patrick Troughton, has also been added to the cast. Troughton's book on his father's life is well worth picking up.
Steven Moffat has penned the script for this one. It will screen, as you might have guessed, on December 25th. Here's the picture that the BBC Tweeted, »
Rumours of a cast-combining Misfits movie have been sadly quashed by the cast…
Here’s some news which will disappoint a fair few around the UK – a long-talked-about Misfits movie no longer looks like it’s happening.
The film, to our understanding, would have brought together cast members from all five series. A rumoured return for Robert Sheenan’s Nathan, last seen getting jailed in Las Vegas after season two, was a particularly exciting prospect for fans of the show.
The news today comes from another original cast member, Antonia Thomas. "There was all sorts of talk about it. We read scripts and I think it's now not happening," she said.
"I haven't heard anything. I think it's just difficult to get everybody together,” she added. "Everybody is doing such different things. Maybe they think everybody has moved on, I don't know. You never say never but I have not »
There’s no denying the fact that online streaming platforms are the thing of now. Unrestrained by the finite schedules of broadcast, streaming networks, such as Netflix, are offering fans the opportunity to watch old (and original) programming on their TV, computers, or phones. Thanks to the success of Orange Is the New Black and House of Cards and the hype surrounding upcoming series, The Cosmopolitans and Transparent, Netflix and Amazon Prime are getting a lot of attention while Hulu has quietly ramped up its offerings — making it one platform everyone needs to get on board with.
While Hulu Plus constantly touts its large collection of online exclusives, it’s not always clear »
- Stacy Lambe
Hammer Films’ gothic scarefest The Woman in Black was an undeniable hit back in 2012. The big screen adaptation of Susan Hill’s eerie novel pulled in close to $130 million at the international box office and managed to strike a chord with its native audience in the UK. Moreover, it comfortably shepherded Daniel Radcliffe away from the shackles of a certain boy wizard and allowed him to stretch his acting muscles as a competent leading man. (The latter point is debatable, but we digress.)
That said, the young British actor won’t feature in the upcoming sequel, The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, which is to be distributed by Relativity Media in North America following a recent deal penned during the Toronto International Film Festival. According to Deadline, the partnership between the studios is said to be north of seven-figures.
In Radcliffe’s stead, the horror sequel will star War Horse »
- Michael Briers
Before Godzilla, there was Monsters — director Gareth Edwards’ critically-acclaimed 2010 movie about the invasion of Earth by a race of giant, tentacled behemoths. This month, in the wake of Edwards’ success resurrecting the iconic Japanese monster, his own beasties are making their own comeback in Monsters: Dark Continent. With Edwards busy not only on the next installment of the Legendary’s Godzilla franchise, but also his upcoming Star Wars gig, he only served as executive producer on this follow-up, with directorial duties handled by Tom Green, known for his work on British television series Misfits and Blackout. If
- Graeme McMillan
Gareth Edwards may be tangling with bigger monsters and franchises in the form of Godzilla and Star Wars, but his very own Monsters continues forward in the form of Monsters: Dark Continent, directed by Tom Green. Green is responsible for some of the best episodes of the fantastic first two seasons of Misfits so hopefully his style will translate well to the monster focused sequel. Those worried about Edwards’ departure should note that he has given the project his full blessing and has even stated “I better watch my back,” in terms of the sequel’s quality. There’s still a lot of human drama in this sequel, as a group of soldiers venture into areas swarming with monsters, but we also see a lot more of the monsters themselves. Skins and Game Of Thrones star Joe Dempsie, leads the cast in what looks to be a genuine extension of the original. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Gareth Edwards’ debut feature-length theatrical release Monsters is very much a human character-oriented story – one that’s told against the backdrop of a fantastical setting, where mysterious gigantic creatures now roam the Earth. In other words, it’s the low-budget predecessor to Edwards’ Godzilla movie franchise reboot, and a far cry from the upcoming sequel, titled Monsters: Dark Continent (which Edwards only produced).
The new trailer for Dark Continent (see above) builds on the previous teasers, by emphasizing combat sequences that pit humans against the invading “monsters”, over the more intimate human drama in the movie. A few years ago Edwards gave his blessing for another filmmaker to come in and play in the Monsters sandbox; by the look of it, director Tom Green (Misfits, Blackout) has, if nothing else, put a very different spin on the universe that Edwards did, with ...
Click to continue reading ‘Monsters: Dark Continent’ Trailer »
- Sandy Schaefer
"Killin' martians, baby." The most recent trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, the sequel to Godzilla director Gareth Edwards' breakthrough indie sensation, showed off the larger scale story at the center of the follow-up. Now we get to see even more action as we follow a group of soldiers tasked with taking down some of the creatures across the globe. Thankfully though, it doesn't seem like they've completely thrown out the character-driven angle that made the first film so great as there seem to be hints of drama akin to Zero Dark Thirty or Black Hawk Down. This actually looks pretty decent, so we hope it ends up in the Us. Here's the new UK trailer for Tom Green's Monsters: Dark Continent from Vertigo Films UK: Monsters: Dark Continent is the sequel to Gareth Edwards' Monsters. Tom Green ("Misfits") makes his feature directorial debut with a script from Jay Basu. »
- Ethan Anderton
Vertigo Films has debuted an all-new trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, the anticipated sequel to 2010’s beloved cult hit that is due to release later this year.
With Gareth Edwards’ upcoming directing slate brimming with blockbuster projects, Vertigo Films has passed the directing torch over to relative newcomer Tom Green — who previously worked on hit UK TV show, Misfits. And, in order to whet the appetites of eager fans, the studio also posted a brief synopsis for the upcoming sci-fi continuation.
“Two soldiers embark on a life-altering mission through the dark heart of monster territory in the deserts. By the time they reach their goal, they will have been forced to confront the fear that fighting the monsters is just the beginning of their war.”
Clearly, much has changed since that ill-fated and wayward Nasa probe crash-landed in the Mexican desert. In fact, Monsters: Dark Continent is set to take »
- Michael Briers
Whilst Gareth Edwards was off making this summer's Godzilla, the sequel to his previous film, Monsters, was in production. Monsters: Dark Continent, as it's known, has been directed by Tom Green (who helmed several episodes of Misfits), and it picks things up ten years after the first film.
Due in cinemas on 28th November, Gareth Edwards has executive produced the film, and we've got a trailer for it here. Take a mooch and see what you think...
One more thing: if you haven't seen the original Monsters, do consider digging it out. It's a real treat.
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The X-Factor: The Boss is Back: ITV2, 8pm
Can't wait for the new series of The X Factor on ITV next Saturday? Then tune in for this hour-long preview special.
50 Ways to Kill Your Mammy: Sky1, 9pm
New comedy entertainment series from Sky1, which sees TV presenter Baz Ashmawy test his 71-year-old mother Nancy's mettle around the world.
In this first instalment, the duo take a trip to Las Vegas and Los Angeles to take on a series of death-defying stunts.
In the series finale - aptly named 'Cancelled' - Nikita is a woman on a mission, out for vengeance after witnessing Ryan Flecher's death and determined to »
So apparently summer's over for another year - but there's no need to stand outside brooding in the wet weather like a moody, mercurial TV anti-hero!
Come indoors, settle down in front of the telly and watch some cracking shows - the Tube Talk Q&A is back with all the latest scoop on when and where you can expect to see your favourite TV programmes.
Have any of the new season shows been picked up yet? Digital Spy used to have a planner which highlighted what had been picked up and by whom.
...and now we do again!
Yes, the Us TV Acquisitions scorecard is back and revamped for the 2014-15 television season. It's early days, so the whole thing's pretty much a sea of red right now, but that'll change as more and more UK channels announce which fresh Yank hits they'll be airing.
For the record, right »
Channel 5 has unveiled a trailer for the new series of Celebrity Big Brother.
The promo - a montage of previous famous housemates - does not state who will take part this month but confirms that the 14th run will begin on Monday, August 18 at 9pm.
17 rumoured housemates for Celebrity Big Brother's 2014 summer series
The new celebrity series will begin three days after the current 'civilian' series ends on Friday (August 15).
Channel 5 has promised a "glamorous VIP makeover" for the house, but also warned its contestants that they "should be prepared for countless twists, turns and tough tasks guaranteed to cause drama and tension from day one".
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