2 items from 2015
Actor, writer and director Mark Duplass takes another step into the horror genre with The Lazarus Effect, a Blumhouse production directed by David Gelb. In the film, Duplass stars as Frank, an ambitious scientist who has created a serum nicknamed “Lazarus,” which has the power to bring the dead back to life. During one particular experiment, his wife Zoe (Olivia Wilde) dies in a freak accident and he quickly uses the serum to resurrect her. While it does work, Frank and his team being to wonder if they have accidentally unleashed an evil force that cannot be contained.
The Lazarus Effect looks like a subtle take on the Frankenstein story, but what’s interesting about it is how down to earth a lot of it seems. This is especially the case with Duplass, as he makes Frank into a normal person and not the wild-eyed scientist whose ambition has clearly robbed him of his sanity. »
- Ben Kenber
Ben Affleck, Jessica Chastain, Viola Davis, Kevin Hart, Shirley MacLaine, Chris Pine, Miles Teller and Naomi Watts will be presenters at this year’s Oscars, show producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron announced today. The Oscars, hosted by Neil Patrick Harris, will air on Sunday, February 22, live on ABC. Affleck, a two-time Academy Award® winner, received an Original Screenplay Oscar® for “Good Will Hunting” (1997) and a Best Picture Oscar for “Argo” (2012), on which he served as a producer, director and star. His most recent role was opposite Rosamund Pike in “Gone Girl” (2014). He will play Batman in the upcoming feature “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “The Accountant.” Chastain has received two Oscar nominations, one for Actress in a Leading Role for “Zero Dark Thirty” (2012) and one for Actress in a Supporting Role for “The Help” (2011). Her most recent films include 2014’s “Interstellar,” “A Most Violent Year” and “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby. »
- Josh Abraham
2 items from 2015
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