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In an exclusive interview, Flickering Myth sat down with actor/director Adi Spektor to talk about his latest award-winning film A Miracle of Hanukkah…
You have been an actor for many years now, was it always your dream to be an actor? How did acting come about for you?
I don’t know if I always knew. I always had a curiosity about being an actor, so I wanted to try it to see if I liked it. It wasn’t a simple task for me though. I grew up in communistic Poland, in a small town called Legnica.
In my hometown, there wasn’t an acting school and my parents’ dream for me was to become a doctor. I did have some artistic outlet to express myself, since my parents enrolled me into a music school, which I attended for 10 years studying the cello, piano and the theory of music. »
- Amie Cranswick
When filmmaker Mel Gibson decided to tell the World War II story of Desmond Doss, a brave soldier who saved 75 of his company at the battle of Hacksaw Ridge in Okinawa, Japan, he made the choice to return home to Australia to do it. In doing so, he also ended up hiring some of Australia’s finest talent, including Hugo Weaving and Rachel Griffiths.
Another one of the film’s Australian cast is actress Teresa Palmer, who was able to break into Hollywood earlier in her career with roles in Disney’s The Sorcerer’s Apprentice and the young adult films I Am Number Four and Warm Bodies.
In Hacksaw Ridge, she plays Dorothy Schutte, the eventual wife of Andrew Garfield’s Desmond Doss. She’s a nurse Desmond meets and falls for, and whose work inspires him to go to war as a combat medic, while sticking to his »
- Edward Douglas
She’s got the glow!
On Sunday, Teresa Palmer hit the red carpet for the Australian premiere of her war film Hacksaw Ridge. The mom-to-be donned a beautiful red floor-length gown with a belt placed just above her growing baby belly as she was joined by the film’s director Mel Gibson for some photo ops.
Palmer, 30, is due in early December with her second child with husband Mark Webber. The twosome are already parents to son Bodhi Rain, 2½.
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- Jen Juneau
With a spectacular horror pedigree, Viral is the latest horror thriller to come from the twisted minds that brought you Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Sinister – and we have a DVD copy to give away.
With a deadly infection causing violence and mass panic, and a group of teens fighting for their lives, Viral is perfect Halloween viewing from the twisted minds at Blumhouse. Deftly blending horror, sci-fi and thriller elements, Viral puts its fresh young cast, including Sofia Black D’Elia (Project Almanac and Ben-Hur) and Analeigh Tipton (Lucy and Crazy, Stupid Love), through the ringer from the get-go as they witness their school friends apparently dying in front of them before returning as crazed, violent creatures intent on spreading their virus as far as they can.
Viral is available to buy on DVD from Monday 17th October 2016. Order it today: http://amzn.to/2dwkHzH
To win Viral on DVD, »
- Phil Wheat
When “Train to Busan” smashed box office records in South Korea, the local film industry was surprised that a zombie pic could be such a success. The Next Entertainment World release has been seen by 11.56 million Koreans — technically a fifth of the population — after two months in release, becoming the biggest hit of the year.
“The film’s social message, its brilliant visual treat, and quick pace that are perfect for a summer blockbuster, as well as its fun and originality in fine balance, have all together contributed to its success,” says June Park, director of New’s film business. “It is the first Korean blockbuster that tells a zombie story with such a great amusement.”
Indeed, one can count Korean zombie films on the fingers of one hand with ease. It wasn’t too long ago that disaster movies with monstrous creatures were considered guaranteed box office failure.
- Sonia Kil
Back in 2010, author Isaac Marion introduced readers to a romance between a human and a zombie in Warm Bodies, which was adapted for the big screen in 2013, and soon the apocalyptic love story of R and Julie will continue in The Burning World.
A sequel to Warm Bodies, Marion's new novel The Burning World will be released by Atria Books on February 7th, 2017. We'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details, but in the meantime, we have the official synopsis and a look at the cover art:
Synopsis: "Being alive is hard. Being human is harder. But since his recent recovery from death, R is making progress. He’s learning how to read, how to speak, maybe even how to love, and the city’s undead population is showing signs of life. R can almost imagine a future with Julie, this girl who restarted his heart—building a new »
- Derek Anderson
After offering six different 10-movie bundles for a special one-day price of $9.99 on Monday, Apple’s iTunes is keeping them around for a while longer — but has raised the prices for each of the packs to between $35 and $50.
The promo, celebrating the 10th anniversary of Apple selling digital movies, drew participation from Warner Bros., Universal Studios, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Paramount Pictures and Lionsgate. Disney and 20th Century Fox were the major studios that sat out the “10 Years of iTunes Movies” deal.
Still, while they’re not the one-dollar-per-movie bargain iTunes users in the U.S. were able to score Monday, the six bundles are still cheaper than if you were to buy the ten movies separately from Apple. For example, Warner’s $49.99 ten-pack would cost $152.90 for the HD titles if purchased individually.
For now, the 10-movie bundles look to be a limited-time promotion by Apple. That said, iTunes Movies routinely »
- Todd Spangler
Apple has teamed with five Hollywood studios for six different ten-movie bundles — priced at $9.99, or a buck per movie — in a one-day promotion celebrating the 10th anniversary of the tech giant selling digital movies.
Notably, neither Disney nor 20th Century Fox are among the studio partners for the “10 Years of iTunes Movies” deal. In Disney’s case, it operates its own digital-movie distribution service, Disney Movies Anywhere, which lets users download Mouse House titles and watch them on a variety of platforms.
The movie bundles became available early Monday and are available for only a 24-hour period, for iTunes users in the U.S.
The six different bundles are:
Warner Bros.: “The Judge,” “Live Die Repeat: Edge of Tomorrow,” “Pacific Rim,” “Magic Mike,” “Contagion,” “The Town,” “The Hangover,” “Sex and the City: The Movie,” “300,” “Superman Returns” Universal Studios: “Ride Along,” “Identity Thief,” “Rush,” “Snow White & the Huntsman,” “The Adjustment Bureau, »
- Todd Spangler
Sophie’s sinister friend Diana can lurk within the shadows of your home before Halloween, as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release Lights Out on Digital HD beginning October 11th, followed by an October 25th release on Blu-ray and DVD:
Press Release (via Why So Blu?): Be afraid of what lives in the dark when “Lights Out” arrives onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Teresa Palmer (“Triple 9,” “Warm Bodies”) stars as Rebecca; Gabriel Bateman (“Annabelle”) as Martin; Billy Burke (the “Twilight” franchise) as Martin’s father, Paul; Alexander Dipersia (“Forever”) as Rebecca’s boyfriend, Bret; and Maria Bello (“Prisoners”) as Sophie.
“Lights Out” marks the feature film directorial debut of David F. Sandberg, who directed from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer (“Final Destination 5”), based on Sandberg’s own short film. James Wan, Lawrence Grey and Heisserer served as producers, with Walter Hamada, Dave Neustadter and Richard Brener as executive producers. »
- Derek Anderson
Be afraid of what lives in the dark when Lights Out arrives onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. Teresa Palmer (“Triple 9,” “Warm Bodies”) stars as Rebecca; Gabriel Bateman (“Annabelle”) as Martin; Billy Burke (the “Twilight” franchise) as Martin’s father, Paul; Alexander Dipersia (“Forever”) as Rebecca’s boyfriend, Bret; and Maria Bello (“Prisoners”) as Sophie. Lights Out will be […] »
The zombie sub-genre has been done to death of late, as a common stomping ground for contemporary filmmakers, whether that be in blockbuster format with World War Z, or a comedically inclined approach such as Shaun of the Dead, or even a retelling of Shakespeare, as we saw in Warm Bodies. The latest endeavour […]
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- Stefan Pape
You might think that Dave Franco's career was always a given, that he would be offered big roles by virtue of being the younger brother of the already successful James Franco. That is simply not the case. Sure, name recognition no doubt helped the younger Franco when he was landing tiny cameos in movies like Superbad as Greg the Soccer Player, but as he pursued juicier roles he found himself going through the same audition process as any other actor. Franco's big break out was 21 Jump Street. After that he started getting key roles in major movies like Warm Bodies and Now You See Me. But as Franco explained to us in a recent interview for his new movie Nerve, none of those projects would have happened were it not for a very vulgar short film he'd made with...
- Peter Hall
In this edition of Sequel Bits: Jurassic World is set to begin filming in Hawaii in February. Fast 8 has reached the halfway point of production. Don’t expect Jason Bourne and Aaron Cross to meet up. A Warm Bodies 2 is apparently in the works. Godzilla Resurgence is getting a North American release. Kevin Smith […]
- Jacob Hall
The studio pacted with YouTube to invite eight up-and-coming creators to shoot scary short films at YouTube Space New York, on new sets inspired by the “Lights Out” movie. The videos are slated to go live Friday, one week ahead of the July 22 debut of “Lights Out,” a New Line Cinema presentation distributed by Warner Bros. The shorts will appear on the individual creator channels, as well as the YouTube Space channel, the official Warner Bros. YouTube channel and promoted through social media platforms.
In 2013, for a short-film competition, »
- Todd Spangler
Zombie and general apocalypse fatigue is a very real thing being experienced by fans these days. Zombie stories have always been popular but, thanks to the runaway success that was AMC's The Walking Dead, it seems like we keep getting the same type of story told over and over. The Girl with All the Gifts is a zombie film but it looks like nothing else out there. Colm McCarthy has directed this adaptation of the 2014 novel of the same name from comic book writer Mike Carey (Lucifer, The Unwritten), who also wrote the screenplay. It stars Glenn Close, Gemma Arterton, and Paddy Considine and is the feature debut of young actor Sennia Nanua. /Film wrote: "There have been fresher approaches to zombies with films such as Zombieland, Warm Bodies, Life After Beth, Maggie, and Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, but 28 Days Later was probably the last great zombie movie." Will The Girl with All the Gifts »
- Jill Pantozzi
Director Colm McCarthy has helmed a batch of TV episodes, including Sherlock and Peaky Blinders, and he now steps behind the lens for his cinematic debut with an adaptation of the best-selling novel by M.R. Carey, The Girl With All The Gifts. The first U.K. trailer has been released, which follows Melanie (newcomer Sennia Nanua), a young girl living a post-apocalyptic world who has a special bond to a woman (Gemma Arterton). Contained in an army base research facility with other children, Melanie is released when a revelation means she could be the ray of light the world needs.
At first seeming like a young adult adaptation, the film’s muted green color palette and glimpses of violence suggest it is instead a darker venture into the post-apocalyptic genre, possibly more akin to 28 Days Later in tone than, say, Warm Bodies. Also starring Glenn Close and Paddy Considine, »
- Mike Mazzanti
Warm Bodies, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Arnie’s turn in Maggie, World War Z and, of course, Zombeavers – the last few years have proved that the dead horses refused to be flogged. Zombies are still the number one movie monster, and are still providing a tasty backdrop for filmmakers to tell their stories. […]
- Jon Lyus
Over the past decade, it feels like the zombie subgenre of horror films has been played out. The popularity of The Walking Dead on television reinvigorated zombie movies, but most haven’t done anything original with the concept. There have been fresher approaches to zombies with films such as Zombieland, Warm Bodies, Life After Beth, Maggie and Pride […]
The post ‘The Girl With All the Gifts’ Trailer: Children Are Our Only Hope to Stop a Zombie Epidemic appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
About a year ago, I received a Facebook message from a friend of mine telling me I needed to watch a short that was making its rounds on the internet. She sent me the link and told me to watch it with the lights out. I wasn’t sure what to expect but figured no harm no foul. I shut my lights off and hit play. I wish I could say that I made it through the 3 minute short in one sitting, or that I even made it through the whole thing during the second viewing. However, it took me 3 times to finally sit down and watch Lights Out from start to finish because I was so unnerved. The story is simple – a woman is home alone and when she turns off the lights a shadowy figure stands in the hallway only to disappear when the lights turn on. The short was effective in terrifying the viewer and soon became a viral sensation online. When news broke that they would be making this short into a feature film, with the same director doing the feature and James Wan set to produce, I was ecstatic.
For those not familiar with the 2016 movie Lights Out, it centers around a family who has been haunted by a creature who can only appear when the lights are out. The film is directed by David F. Sandberg (who also directed the 2013 short of the same name) and stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Gabriel Bateman (Annabelle), Alexander Dipersia (I Am Legend) and Maria Bello (A History Of Violence). The film starts off with a bang when we are introduced to Paul (Billy Burke), the husband of Sophie (Maria Bello), at his office inside a textile mill. As the office closes for the evening, Paul’s assistant Esther (Lotta Losten – who was the main focus in the 2013 short), goes about shutting everything down for the evening which leads us to our first introduction of the shadowy figure. As a side note, I loved that director David Sandberg did an homage to his short by using his wife as the main focus to meeting this creature. After Esther leaves the office, Paul is left to face the creature one-on-one which results in horrifying consequences and brings us to the main focus of the story.
I wanted to love Lights Out, I really did. There were moments that frightened me and made me jump but unfortunately what made the 2013 short so remarkable was lost in the feature film. The passion and simplicity that is seen throughout the short was swept under the rug for a more mainstream and studio driven film. Though I was disappointed, I didn’t outright dislike the film. If there is something that Lights Out did well it was bring the subject of depression into the spotlight. The protagonist’s mother, Sophie (Maria Bello), is suffering from severe depression and we see her journey through snippets of information from her past and her unraveling in the present. I left the theater with a different view and interpretation of what the shadowy figure was and what it meant for each of the characters that it affected. I wish more filmmakers were able to bring mental illness to the forefront in a creative way such as what David F. Sandberg did.
Though the story lacked what I was hoping for with the feature, the acting was solid. Teresa Palmer stood her ground as a cross between a scream queen and a final girl – she was confident and strong and didn’t ooze desperation or neediness when it came to needing help from her male counterpart Bret (Alexander Dipersia). Maria Bello was fantastic, though she usually is in everything that she does, and I felt myself really rooting for her character in the end. However, the breakout role goes to Gabriel Bateman, who played the son Martin. His character was one of the main focuses of the shadowy entity and Gabriel did a fantastic job of transforming his character from that of a terrified child to one of a brave and courageous mini-adult.
All in all, Lights Out had major potential. Though it did fall flat in some areas, those who may not be familiar with the short, will enjoy what this film has to offer. I think what is most important to remember for those of us who are fans of the short is that the feature film is not going to be a continuous of the short. I went into this with high expectations but I think had I lowered those and went in with more of an open mind I would have enjoyed the film more. Those who are easily scared (raises hand) will have fun with all the jump scares as well as the creepy and dark atmosphere. Peppered throughout the film is some humor that lightens the mood and makes the experience of viewing the movie even more enjoyable. Lights Out had its moments where I could see the director’s voice and passion shining through and it makes me excited to see what else he has in store for the horror genre in the future.
- Shannon McGrew
Sometimes you go into a movie as a horror fan just hoping that what you’re about to see will deliver the proverbial goods. Such was the case for me with Lights Out; I fell in love with David F. Sandberg’s brilliant short film by the same name when I first saw it, and so I was curious just how well his three-minute tale of terror would translate for longer-form storytelling. Honestly, though, Lights Out ended up being even more fun and terrifying than I could have possibly expected, as it brilliantly preys on our most primal fears and thoughtfully delves into mental health issues, with its villain becoming a metaphor for those who struggle with the all-consuming afflictions of the mind.
Lights Out centers on a young woman named Rebecca (Teresa Palmer from Warm Bodies) who left home years ago after her father vanished on her unstable mother, »
- Heather Wixson
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