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Alex Garland is an excellent writer. The screenwriter behind Never Let Me Go, 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd has tremendous range, and the fact that he can go from breaking your heart with a tragic Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation to writing a ridiculously good action movie shows he has discovered few limits so far. Some may argue he has a problem landing third acts, but those final 30 minutes of Sunshine are completely built up to and valid. Seriously. Garland tackles high-concepts with real humanity, and his characters are generally as fascinating as his big ideas. He may strike that balance once again with his directorial debut, Ex Machina. The sci-fi film stars Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis), Domhnall Gleeson (In Time) and Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina). Gleeson plays Caleb, a coder who wins a contest to spend time with a private CEO, Nathan (Isaac), and his A.I. creation. When Caleb arrives at Nathan’s home he’s »
- Jack Giroux
For decades, the vast and beautiful land of Texas has been used as the backdrop for dozens of feature films, spawning beloved classics from virtually every genre. Yet when it comes to horror, it seems that the one title most associated with the state remains Tobe Hooper's masterful The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). A great film which, without question, will live on, Chainsaw was one of the first instances which successfully portrayed the wide-open spaces of Texas as potential landscape of sheer terror.
In the years following the film's impact, a variety of features -- most notably a number of Chain Saw sequels/remakes -- have continued to paint Texas as a rich setting for some truly inventive and fright-filled tales. In time for Halloween, and in celebration of the Texas-set 2014 remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown (currently in limited release and on VOD), here are a few titles that have, »
- Frank Calvillo
Universal Pictures has announced that the Coen brothers' "Hail, Caesar!," starring Josh Brolin, George Clooney, Ralph Fiennes and Scarlett Johansson, among others, will be released on Feb. 5, 2016. That effectively removes it from much awards season discussion that year, but you could sort of gather that, given the subject matter and apparent tone of the film. Like "The Hudsucker Proxy," "The Big Lebowski" and "Burn After Reading" — romps that came after heady prestige pics like "Barton Fink," "Fargo" and "No Country for Old Men" — "Hail, Caesar!" looks like the boys just having a bit of fun. What's interesting about the film, which begins shooting in Los Angeles next month, is that it marks cinematographer Roger Deakins' first trip back to the world of celluloid since his last collaboration with the filmmaker siblings, "True Grit." That was four years ago. He has since embraced digital photography, preferring the Arri Alexa camera on films like "In Time, »
- Kristopher Tapley
We've previously heard rumors that there is going to be a major change in the roster of Avengers superheroes when we finally get to The Avengers 3. That report stated that Captain America, Thor, Hulk, and Black Widow may not be involved, and that other characters such as Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, Ms. Marvel, and/or others could step in.
"The Avengers films, ideally, in the grand plan are always big, giant linchpins. It’s like as it was in publishing, when each of the characters would go on their own adventures and then occasionally team up for a big, 12-issue mega-event. Then they would go back into their own comics, and be changed from whatever that event was."I envision the same thing occurring after this movie, »
- Joey Paur
She had a recurring role in the Upn TV series "Veronica Mars (2004–2006).
Between 2006 and 2011, she starred on the HBO series "Big Love", followed by the 2008 musical feature "Mamma Mia!".
Other appearances include leading roles in "Jennifer's Body" (2009), "Chloe" (2009), "Dear John" (2010)...
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Lovelace"...
- Michael Stevens
1. Paths of Glory (1957)
Stanley Kubrick famously moved between directing in different genres, but war was something he returned to on multiple occasions. His 1957 offering heads to the trenches of Wwi as mutiny takes hold. The futility of war is clear for all to see here, and the film ends with a moving rendition of German folk song 'The Faithful Hussar' by Kubrick's future wife Christiane.
2. The Deer Hunter (1978)
Few movies get under the skin of men at war quite »
It's always fun when our favorite TV shows give us Halloween themed episodes during this fun and creepy time of year. Some shows offer us real horror, while others use the opportunity to make us laugh. There are certain Halloween episodes that I have enjoyed watching over the years that have stuck with me, and I've put together a list of ten of my favorites that I think are awesome. I didn't include Halloween specials like It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown or Garfield's Halloween Special because those was more specialized, and not really a part of a series. You can go through my picks below, and when you're done, let me know what some of your favorite Halloween episodes are!
The X-Files - "Home"
Technically this isn't a Halloween-themed episode, but it did air in October, and it was one hell of a terrifying hour of television. I mean, »
- Joey Paur
WWE’s business success is all about promoting pay per view buys and arena ticket sales. One way the company sells their shows, is through production of engaging event posters that catches fan interest.
We’ve witnessed many great pay per view posters over the years. In time and with the aid of nostalgia, many of these posters have turned into iconic masterpieces. If you’re a wrestling fan, then a vintage WWF poster can represent a collector piece of artwork.
In looking back at these classic posters, we decided to focus on the WWF’s most important period: The Attitude Era.
This was the time when men like The Rock, Triple H and Stone Cold Steve Austin made every pay per view a must watch show. The story-telling drama was so good and the athletic matches even more thrilling. Then you had all the sexiness of the divas »
- Grahame Herbert
Mention the word “werewolf”, and you automatically gain a certain amount of viewers that will take the time out of their day (or night) to watch a movie with the sometimes scary beast. The werewolf subgenre was at one time a booming one, with films like An American Werewolf In London, The Howling, The Wolfen and various others. In time, the werewolf movie quieted down, with occasional gems here and there (i.e-Neil Marshall’s awesome Dog Soldiers and John Fawcett’s Ginger Snaps), but for the most part, it’s become a pretty dried out type of film type. When horror fans get a werewolf film these days, it’s either in the form of a lifeless action film (Underworld), a lovelorn teen series (Twilight) or unfortunately, films like Werewolf Rising. While fans of the werewolf film might jump at checking it out, most will find that it »
- Jerry Smith
After last nights marathon, two X Factor contestants were shown the door. Stuart Heritage liveblogged the entire weekend, as it happened.
And that really is it for the weekend. While we say goodbye and good job I didnt bother to memorise your surnames to Blonde Electra and Overload Generation, its time for me to say goodbye.
Youve been wonderful, but then again I never had any doubts to the contrary. Ill be back here next Saturday, when X Factor will only be two hours long. Imagine! Also, why not follow me on Twitter (Im @StuHeritage) to see me whining about liveblogging throughout the week in real time? Now get out of here. Weve already missed 15 minutes of Homeland.
Thankfully, this is probably the right decision. I was worried for a second there. That said, it would have been funny if theyd stayed, just because Simon hates them so much. »
- Stuart Heritage
A French couple who agree to raise their children in nature, free from laws and the effects of mass culture, find that things get awfully complicated when the mother decides to go back to organized society in Cedric Kahn’s “Wild Life.” Caught in the middle are the family’s three sons, who must decide which side to take. Early on, the two youngest opt to go off the grid with their dad, and the film follows their 10-year disappearance, resulting in a raw and occasionally bumpy meller that shares more in common with bandits-on-the-lam movies like “Badlands” than that custody-battle classic “Kramer vs. Kramer” — a readily accessible hook in France, where it opens Oct. 29, as well as for both festivals and distribs abroad.
- Peter Debruge
Producer Eric Newman’s newly formed Grand Electric has entered into a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal through which the new company will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and Us markets.
StudioCanal, whose recent productions include Non-Stop and the upcoming Paddington, will act as a creative partner, financier, foreign sales entity, and direct distributor in their territories for Newman’s projects.
Grand Electric will be based in Los Angeles and will continue to develop and produce genre fare for which Newman is best known.
“We are in advanced development with Eric and Jose Padilha on Revenge and we look forward to many more films together.”
Newman left his post as the ranking production executive at Beacon Communications (Air Force One, Bring It On) in 2002 along with Beacon principals [link=nm »
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Producer Eric Newman’s newly-launched Grand Electric has inked a multi-year co-venture with Studiocanal.
Under the deal, Grand Electric will acquire, develop, and produce films for the European and U.S. markets, while Studiocanal will act as a creative partner, financier and will handle international sales as well as distribute the movies in France, the U.K., Germany, Australia/New Zealand.
Says Newman, “I am extremely fortunate to be able to formalize what has been an incredibly important relationship to me. I look forward to being a part of the continuing expansion of Studiocanal as a stand-alone film content provider”.
Grand Electric will be based in L.A. and will continue to develop and produce Newman’s staple elevated genre fare.
Newman, who has been in the film business for over 20 years, has produced a flurry of highly successful films via Strike Entertainment, a production and finance shingle based at »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Producer Eric Newman has formed Grand Electric, a new shingle that starts with a multi-year co-venture with StudioCanal that will enable him to acquire, develop and produce films for the European and U.S. markets. The company will be based in Los Angeles, and StudioCanal will be the financier, foreign sales entity and direct distributor in its stronghold territories.
It is the first overall deal that Newman has made since he and Marc Abraham split their Strike Entertainment partnership. Abraham wanted to concentrate on directing and is making the Hank Williams biopic I Saw The Light, with Tom Hiddleston playing Williams and Elizabeth Olsen playing Audrey Mae Williams. Newman has been busy exec producing the Netflix series Hemlock Grove and the upcoming Netflix drug war series Narcos, with Jose Padilha directing his Elite Squad lead Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar in the pilot. Newman and Padilha bonded on the RoboCop remake. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Fatal Irony: Is There Anything Good About This Kill?
Nearly two decades after collaborating on the shrewd and subtly realized sci-fi allegory, Gattaca, Ethan Hawke again teams up with writer/director Andrew Niccol for Good Kill, which details the experiences of a drone pilot struggling with the implications of his vocation. It, like its predecessor, is an acutely analytical, slyly stylized work with social relevance. But unlike that more metaphorical genre piece, this very literal, accessible film has more of a manufactured, politically pointed feel to it.
Niccol, a director that’s made a career out of dissecting the fundamental ideals of socio-cultural trends and examining their inherent, fatal flaws, is again using the medium as a sounding board for social discussion. Having recently assessed the more oblique, ideological nature of the one-percent ethos (In Time) and the resurgence of Communist values (The Host), he’s shifted his focus to »
- Robert Bell
Today's Mppa ratings bulletin has at least one interesting title, that being William Monahan's Mojave, which stars Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund and is still not only without a release date, but without a distributor. At least now it has an R-rating, but not that's not likely going to help sell it. Next is Guy Ritchie's The Man From U.N.C.L.E. starring Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer, which won't be hitting theaters until August 14, 2015, but at least we can now confirm it has PG-13 rating. Ron Howard's In The Heart of the Sea, starring Chris Hemsworth, will be hitting theaters March 2015 and it too has a PG-13 rating, just as does the upcoming Left Behind feature starring Nicolas Cage, arriving in theaters this October 3. The complete bulletin is listed directly below, including a rating for Cymbeline, which stars Ethan Hawke and Milla Jovovich and recently played the Venice »
- Brad Brevet
Thomas Roach with 5 villains who should be introduced to the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
Villains can sometimes be as interesting and compelling as the heroes of their respective films. Marvel Studios has already given us a fair few villains in its Cinematic Universe but there are still many who we want to see introduced. In time, some of the bad guys will likely appear with the introduction of new heroes, whereas some may be appear as antagonists in upcoming sequels. Here are 5 villains who should be introduced in the Marvel Cinematic Universe…
M.O.D.O.K. was created by A.I.M, who were introduced in Iron Man 3. This may in fact have been a teaser in order to eventually introduce fans to M.O.D.O.K. – the Mobile Organism Designed Only for Killing. M.O.D.O.K. is super intelligent and psionic abilities. »
- Thomas Roach
Downton Abbey returned to more than 8 million viewers on ITV last night (September 21), according to overnight figures.
The series five premiere of the period drama earned 8.11m (36.6%) from 9pm, with a further 320k (2.1%) tuning in on +1.
Elsewhere, Sunday Night at the Palladium drew 3.39m (17.1%) from 7pm, and The X Factor continued with 8.33m (35.2%) with 363k (1.6%) on +1.
On BBC Two, This World was watched by 964k (4.2%) from 9pm.
On the multichannels, The Xtra Factor won 625k (2.7%) from 9pm on ITV2. »
Blu-ray Release Date: Oct. 14, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $29.95
Studio: Twilight Time
The creepy 1987 horror-thriller film The Believers stars Martin Sheen (Badlands), Robert Loggia (Scarface) and Helen Shaver (The Color of Money) and is directed by John Schlesinger (Sunday Bloody Sunday).
The movie follows a psychologist Cal Jamison (Sheen) and his young son (Hayley Cross) who move to New York City following the electrocution of Cal’s wife. Cal begins to treat a police officer who has worked undercover in infiltrating a Hispanic cult and now lives in fear of the cultists, who have been known to engage in a series of brutal, ritualistic child murders. In time, Cal begins to suspect that there is a larger conspiracy at work—one involving affluent New Yorkers and the police—and that Cal, his son, and his new girlfriend (Shaver) are the next targets on the cultists list. »
Traveling back from the Toronto Film Festival meant spending a fair amount of time in airports, and in each of those airports, the same revolving barrage of news went by, including discussions of new drone missions over Syria. It made it very unsettling as I had "Good Kill" still bouncing about inside me, one of the last movies I saw at the fest this year, and as timely a film as I could imagine seeing. Written and directed by Andrew Niccol, the film is a close-up character portrait of Tommy Egan, a former fighter jet pilot who has been relocated to a Las Vegas suburban neighborhood. Every day, he reports to a local base where he and his crew file into a small trailer and then spend their shift watching and occasionally killing people on the other side of the world. At the end of their shifts, they get to »
- Drew McWeeny
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