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There is and always will be something special about terrific unique found footage films. They tap a serious nerve. Apollo 18 broke the mold. So did The Blair Witch Project Rec Alien Abduction and Lucky Bastard. Those were standout subgenre features and if this trailer is any indicator of what genre freaks are in store for Creep may be the next handycam pic to leave viewers truly unnerved. »
Actress Kate Beckinsale has finalized a deal to return as the vampire Selene in Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems' new Underworld 5. We last reported on the Underworld 5 back in September, when Underworld Awakening star Theo James signed on to reprise his role as David, although, at the time, it wasn't believed that Kate Beckinsale would be back as Selene. Our earlier report also revealed that the production was seeking two actresses to play brand new female characters.
The sequel has also brought on director Anna Foerster, who will make her feature debut. She previously served as a second unit director for Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, and she also served as his director of photography on 2013's White House Down. She has also directed episodes of Starz's Outlander and CBS' Madam Secretary.
Reviewed by Shannon Hilson
I’ve been a sucker for a good tomb raiding adventure film ever since I first fell in love with the Indiana Jones movies as a kid. The same goes for absolutely anything to do with ancient Egypt or the pyramids, so naturally I was excited about a chance to check out The Pyramid.
Written by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon, The Pyramid is directed by Gregory Levasseur (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D). It makes use of the found footage storytelling device to depict the adventures of father and daughter archaeologists Miles Holden (Denis O’Hare) and Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) as they explore a mysterious three-sided Giza pyramid (most of the pyramids of Giza have four sides) with their team during the Egyptian protests of 2013. At first, they rely on camera-equipped, remote-controlled robot “Shorty” to show them what’s what inside the pyramid. »
Warren Christie is ready for a hot time with NBC. Christie, who plays Abby McCarthy’s love interest Will on the Bravo series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” has been cast on the NBC drama “Chicago Fire.” Also Read: ‘Whitney’ Actress Yaya DaCosta Tapped to Star in ‘Chicago Fire’ Offshoot ‘Chicago Med’ The actor will appear on a few episodes of the series, playing a firefighter and childhood friend of Taylor Kinney‘s Kelly Severide. In addition to “Girlfriends’ Guide,” Christie is known for his starring role in the 2011 film “Apollo 18″ and Syfy’s “Alphas,” on which he played Cameron Hicks. »
- Tim Kenneally
It was another explosive weekend for American Sniper, which broke the record for the biggest Super Bowl weekend at the box office in its third week of wide release. Earning an estimated $31.9 million, Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated drama continued to steamroll over the competition, including several wide releases that flopped or fizzled this weekend. Even with a strong take, the film dipped a bigger-than-expected 51% in its third frame, a bit worrying given the strong 28% hold that American Sniper has last week.
With an astounding $248.9 million take so far, American Sniper is already the fifth-highest grossing R-rated film of all-time. It is also a few days away from surpassing The Hangover Part II ($254.5 million), which also starred Bradley Cooper, to take fourth place on that chart. (Fun fact: Three of the five highest-grossing R-rated movies of all time in North America have Cooper in the lead role.) Beyond the Super Bowl record, »
- Jordan Adler
5 items from 2015
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