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This time it's for real. Vertical Entertainment has released an official trailer for a sci-fi action film called The Call Up, from writer/director Charles Barker about a virtual reality video game that turns out to be more than just a simple, harmless video game. The story follows a group of gamers invited to participate in a brand new shoot-'em-up virtual reality experience, but they soon discover it may not be a "game" after all. This sounds like it's borrowing the Ender's Game concept and combining it with the virtual reality craze. The cast includes Max Deacon, Morfydd Clark, Ali Cook and Christopher Obi. It actually looks like it has some solid action, but I'm not sure if the rest will be any good. The suits look a bit cheesy. Take a look. Here's the official trailer (+ poster) for Charles Barker's The Call Up, in high def from Apple: »
- Alex Billington
Stx Entertainment has premiered the first trailer for the new space-faring drama The Space Between Us about the first human (played by Ender's Game's Asa Butterfield) born on Mars who travels to Earth for the first time to experience the wonders of our planet through fresh eyes.
In this interplanetary adventure, a space shuttle embarks on the first mission to colonize Mars, only to discover after takeoff that one of the astronauts is pregnant. Shortly after landing, she dies from complications while giving birth to the first human born on the red planet - never revealing who the father is. Thus begins the extraordinary life of Gardner Elliot - an inquisitive, highly intellig [Continued ...] »
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Bella Swan and Edward Cullen may live forever in the supposed bliss of a deathless union, but the genre they jumpstarted has proven to be decidedly mortal. It was only a few short years ago that the blitz of post-Potter Ya adaptations — characterized by dystopian settings, a fetish for the supernatural, and a buffet of genetically indistinguishable British boys — was standing toe-to-toe with superhero movies atop the Hollywood food chain. But the times they are a changin', fluctuating like the hormones of their target demographic.
There's little doubt about it, hen it comes to discussing the "X-Men" film franchise, the most commonly cited nadir of the series is a toss between either Gavin Hood's "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and Brett Ratner's "X-Men: The Last Stand". The winner varies from person to person.
'Origins' certainly had the rockier road in the film's lead-up with reports of creative differences, a difficult production during the midst of the writers' strike, and the infamous leak several weeks before release. Hood went on to do the well-received "Ender's Game" film along with the just out drone drama "Eye in the Sky," but in the seven or so years since the release of 'Origins,' the "Tsotsi" and "Rendition" helmer hasn't spoken much about the superhero film.
Now, discussing 'Eye' at the Miami International Film Festival, he spoke with Indiewire about the project and takes full blame for the result »
- Garth Franklin
Tim Burton may have had more misses than hits in the past decade, but there's no denying that he's a director that leaves his fingerprints on the his movies. Even if you hated Alice In Wonderland (which many did, with relish), there was no denying that it was a product of Tim Burton's direction. His creepy, gothic, and otherworldy imagery is something that's gone on to impact audiences worldwide and inspire countless other creatives. It's a style that's a great fit for certain projects, and when it comes to young adult novel adaptations, I can't think of a greater fit for him than Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar children.
"Weird kids: It’s something that I’ve dealt with and been interested in for a while,” director Tim Burton said when speaking about the film with Entertainment Weekly.
The book itself is something of a straightforward, fun story, accented with sort of a creepy, »
- Joseph Medina
The blood-soaked battles between neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them continue in the second season of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. The second season of the Robert Rodriguez series hits home media on February 2nd from eOne, and we've been provided with three Blu-ray copies to give away.
From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2 Synopsis: "Across 10 explosive, SFX-filled episodes in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Season Two, core relationships deepen and become more complicated as everyone tries to put their lives back on track after one very insane day. Santánico and Richie are now partners in crime, resembling a more modern version of Bonnie and Clyde; Seth and Kate are scraping by as small time criminals south of the border; and Freddie Gonzalez has an almost obsessive focus on protecting his wife and young daughter in the suburbs. Carlos Madrigal and Scott Fuller emerge from the Titty Twister, »
- Derek Anderson
The continued blood-soaked battles between neck-chomping culebras and those who hunt them are collected in the second season Blu-ray / DVD of From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, as well as the Amazon exclusive home media release that includes both seasons of the Robert Rodriguez series:
Press Release: The Original Crime Drama, Executive Produced by Robert Rodriguez, Swoops Into Retail in a Loaded 3-Disc Set (Blu-ray/DVD) Featuring All 10 Episodes from Season Two, Audio Commentary from Rodriguez, Cast & Crew, 13 Featurettes, "After Dusk: Inside the Episode" Segments - and More!
Also Available Will Be From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series - The Complete Seasons One & Two, Exclusively at Amazon
Street Date: February 2, 2016
Blu-ray/DVD Srp: $49.98/$39.98
Spun off from Robert Rodriguez's cult classic film franchise, Season One of Miramax/El Rey Network's From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series centered on bank robber Seth Gecko (D.J. Cotrona) and his violent, »
- Derek Anderson
Lionsgate Home Entertainment is the latest studio to unveil their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray launch titles and plans. Rather than beat around the bush, they've come out with pricing, tech specs, and a firm release date of when the first titles will arrive on store shelves.
Forming the Lionsgate 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray launch lineup with High Dynamic Range (Hdr) imagery on supported TV sets are The Last Witch Hunter, Sicario, The Expendables 3, and Ender's Game. Each title will be available to own starting March 1, 2016, the same day Samsung's first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player will arrive in stores.
Each title in this first Lionsgate wave are not created or priced equally. The Last Witch Hunter and Sicario carry an Srp of $42.99, while catalog titles Ender's Game and The Expendables 3 are notably cheaper at $22.99.
Additionally, The Last Witch Hunter utilizes DTS:x Audio while the other three titles boast the next-generation audio competition, »
Among the sequels and reboots, there are also some exciting-looking original sci-fi films to look forward to in 2016. And here they are...
Did you see Coherence? Or maybe Predestination? They’re but two examples of relatively low-budget, original genre films that were both beautifully made and endlessly watchable. What they lacked in expensive special effects they more than made up for in mesmerising concepts and superb performances, whether it was from a cast of relative unknowns in Coherence or the perfect pairing of Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook in Predestination.
Only time will tell whether 2016 will play host to films as good as those, but we have to say, there are some potentially great sci-fi films on the horizon this year. Some have generous budgets and top-line casts, others are independently produced. For different reasons, all look well worth keeping an eye on...
Even in the distant future, »
9 items from 2016
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