12 items from 2014
Lupin the Third is an icon in Japan. The manga by Monkey Punch has inspired a slew of content – five animated films, four anime television shows, two live-action films, a video game and even a musical. Yet until about three weeks ago, I had never even heard of the property. How can something be so omnipresent in Japan yet so niche here in the Us? It’s strange in that Lupin - a pretty straightforward comedic caper – seems very easily translatable to these here shores. Think Ocean’s 11 except a little bit goofier and with a lot more swords and gunplay. The basic plot follows the world’s greatest thief, the titular Lupin III, as he and his motley crew (an expert marksman, a Buddhist swordsman & his on-again-off-again traitorous paramour) plan and steal the world’s greatest treasures. Filmmaker Ryûhei Kitamura, who got his start with the Japanese indie Versus »
- Tommy Cook
Gary Shore's 'Dracula Untold' will arrive on Us shores a little earlier now than originally expected. The movie that focuses on the early years of the infamous vampire has been pushed up a week slamming it into theatres on 10 October. Us lucky UK'ers, however, will get to check it out an entire week earlier from 3 October. Now let's celebrate with a trio of new stills from the project featuring stars Luke Evans ('No One Lives') and Dominic Cooper ('Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter'), 'Dracula Untold' also stars Sarah Gadon ('The Amazing Spider-Man 2'), Zach McGowan, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, and Samantha Barks ('Les Miserables'). Check out the new pics below. »
Ving Rhames has joined the cast of the beat-the-clock indie Operator, directed by sibling duo Obin and Amariah Olson (Unknown Caller). Mischa Barton, Michael Pare, and Luke Goss also star in the action-thriller about a 911 operator and her estranged cop husband whose daughter is abducted, forcing them to dispatch the city’s police and fire units to remote locations at the kidnappers’ bidding. Timothy Woodward Jr. and Larry Olson are producers. Story is by the Brothers Olson, Dwain Worrell, and Anthony Feole, while script is credited to Feole, Worrell, and Amariah Olson. Rhames is also set to return to the Mission Impossible fold for M:i-5 alongside Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg and Jeremy Renner. He’s repped by Kramer Management.
Psychological thriller Threshold has set its cast with filming underway in L.A. Randy Wayne (To Save A Life, Honey 2), Trilby Glover (Righteous Kill), Leslie Stevens (A Chorus Line, The Young And The Restless »
- The Deadline Team
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“Films are made into stage musicals, ballet, concerts and sports events are exhibited live in cinemas and every filmmaker wants to speak to Netflix »
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Directed by William Eubank
Whether or not we are alone in the universe is an age old question that has racked the brains of mankind for millennia. Extraterrestrial life has been explored and researched countless times over. We have not received a definite answer to the question of whether aliens exist or not but it seems that motion pictures and other forms of art have attempted to answer that question for us. Science fiction allows us to create creatures and worlds that reach out into deep space. The Signal attempts to continue this eternal quest for knowledge and present alien life in a believable, sometimes scary fashion. Unfortunately, the film doesn’t do a very good job at answering the questions it asks.
- Randall Unger
Hey everyone! We’re back again with a look at the DVD and Blu-ray horror titles coming your way this week. Not only does Scream Factory have a double dose of terror in high definition on tap for you guys but we’ve also got two different collections of modern horror goodies being released by Anchor Bay Entertainment as well.
And for those of you who might have missed it in theaters earlier this year, I, Frankenstein is making its home debut this week as well. It’s kind of a light week for horror fans but there are definitely some worthwhile goodies to bring home this week- check them out below!
Evilspeak (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
- Heather Wixson
In just four short years, Luke Evans has risen through the acting ranks in rapid succession, going from smaller roles in Clash of the Titans and Robin Hood to much bigger parts in The Three Musketeers, Immortals and The Raven. Following roles in No One Lives and Fast & Furious 6, the actor capped off a stellar 2013 by playing Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, which arrives on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD April 8. I recently had the chance to speak with this talented actor about taking on this coveted role, the archery training he had to go through to play Bard the Bowman, working with director Peter Jackson, while giving us updates on upcoming projects such as Dracula Untold and The Crow. Take a look at what he had to say in our exclusive interview below.
First off, did you read The Hobbit or The Lord of the Rings »
WWE Studios plans to promote the film across its various platforms, from weekly TV shows, including flagship “Monday Night Raw,” websites, magazines, social media and the recently launched WWE Network.
Billingsley, who directed Vaughn’s “Couple’s Retreat,” helms “Term Life” from a script by A.J. Lieberman, who wrote the graphic novel on which the film is based. Lieberman created the Image Comics-published book with Nick Thornborrow.
Movie revolves around a man who plans and sells heists to the highest bidder, but when his latest job goes horribly wrong he finds himself hunted by everyone he knows — mob bosses, contract killers and dirty cops. With no way out, he takes »
- Marc Graser
For a decade, WWE has wrestled with the kind of movies it wants to make, shifting from actioners and horror fare headlined by wrestlers John Cena, Kane and “Stone Cold” Steve Austin to silly comedies and treacly dramas that seemed more at home on the Hallmark Channel. But over the past year, the company’s film arm, WWE Studios, appears to have found its footing.
Its biggest hit to date, the Halle Berry thriller “The Call,” earned nearly $69 million at the worldwide box office. Produced with Troika Pictures and released by Sony’s TriStar banner last year, the film represents the kind of projects WWE now wants on its slate: movies with notable names it can pair with other producers on and offset the financial risk that has dragged down so many others in Hollywood.
In March, that included co-producing the latest Scooby-Doo caper — set at WrestleMania, of course — with »
- Marc Graser
After co-producing films with 20th Century Fox and Lionsgate before moving to self-finance a slate it self-distributed through the Samuel Goldwyn Co., in 2010, WWE Studios has now settled into a new business model that has it mitigate the risk of making movies by partnering with notable producers and distributors. Film banner is run by former Miramax exec Michael Luisi.
“We have a new business model,” said WWE chairman and CEO Vince McMahon during an earnings call Thursday to discuss the company’s fourth quarter and 2013 results. “It’s our third model. This one is working.”
- Marc Graser
Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
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- Uncle Creepy
Happy 2014 Everyone! Looking back, I thought 2013 was an exceptional year for horror, especially for independent genre fare that ended making up most of my favorite films over the last 12 months. In fact, 2013 ended up being so good, even a number of remakes that came out this year managed to be as strong as their original horror peers and that’s pretty damn impressive.
Here’s a look at some of my very favorite things that happened in horror along the way during 2013:
I’d been waiting patiently to see Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End ever since I chatted him up about the project at SXSW 2012. Thankfully, the film didn’t disappoint at all when it was released last January. Wonderfully weird and oddly heartfelt, no one has quite mastered the art of the unexpected like Coscarelli has throughout his career »
- Heather Wixson
12 items from 2014
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