17 items from 2014
“Alpha House” isn’t the most popular or celebrated title amid the present onslaught of D.C.-set political series, but it might be the most honest and politically astute. Perhaps that’s because Garry Trudeau’s satire about a quartet of Republican senators sharing living quarters in Washington doesn’t pussyfoot around questions of partisanship (a la “Veep” and “Madam Secretary”) or mangle reality in pursuit of melodrama and florid flights of fancy (“Scandal,” “House of Cards”). As such, this Amazon series appears content to skewer selected targets, choose sides and let the chips fall where they may.
Appropriately returning just in time for the midterm elections, the second season finds the show loading up on star cameos from Hollywood (Bill Murray), media (Matt Lauer, Trudeau’s wife Jane Pauley, John King) and the world of political wonks (Grover Norquist, David Axelrod). Still, the formula and situations remain largely the same, »
- Brian Lowry
First, a brief recap: Mary and Nostradamus tricked Catherine into thinking she has the plague to prevent her from killing an innocent man; Narcisse, the man who requested the murder, ended up killing Leith’s girlfriend Yvette by mistake; Francis met his distant cousin Conde, before deciding to bring Lola and their son with him back to Court; and Pascal, »
Music is at the core of two new Specialty features making their theatrical bows this weekend, albeit from rather different ends of the spectrum. XLrator Media will open Jimi: All Is By My Side focusing on the artist’s life in London in nearly three dozen theaters, while Samuel Goldwyn Films will bow faith-centered The Song in over 300 theaters, the biggest number of runs for a limited release newcomer this week. Magnolia Pictures will take thriller The Two Faces Of January starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac to an initial half-dozen locations in the wake of its VOD release late last month and CBS Films is targeting the same number of runs for its Cannes ’14 feature Pride. Factory 25 is opening its art meets goth-rap thriller Hellaware and Cinema Libre will debut a former Swiss foreign-language Oscar contender The Little Bedroom in exclusive New York runs. The weekend is »
- Brian Brooks
• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »
- Jake Perlman
Four new names have been added to the cast list for SyFy's newly adapted series based on Terry Gillam's '12 Monkeys'. 'Saw IV's Lyriq Bent has joined the show to play virologist Dr. Henri and 'The Originals' star Todd Stashwick is all set to play Deacon, the 'leader of a brutal band of scavengers in the year 2043 called The West 7'. Completing the new foursome is 'Hemlock Grove's Demore Barnes who will play Whitley, 'one of the last remaining soldiers of the American military in 2043' and the sexy Romina D'Ugo -below ('King') who will star as 'Max, a survivor in the truest sense who grew up in the post-apocalypse and never knew the time before the plague.' »
Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1
Written by Joe Casey
Colors by Brad Simpson
Published by Dynamite Comics
Towards the end of his life, the legendary Jack Kirby created Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers for the defunct Malibu Comics. With a special blessing from the Kirby family, Dynamite obtained this characters and can create new stories with them. Captain Victory and the Galactic Rangers #1 is the best drawn Dynamite book that I have read, and Fox, Rugg, and Farinas’ distinct art styles blend well. Joe Casey’s plot is fast-paced and filled with new characters, conflicts, and concepts. But he keeps the exposition to the minimum and immerses readers in this strange new world where Battlestar Galactica-style space battles can co-exist with a crime ridden New York City and a rusty planet with scrappy aliens and drones that is »
- Logan Dalton
In music there are only 12 notes, so it's no wonder so many songs sound the same. But what about someone's voice? The way someone speaks is not bound by any kind of scale or music theory, rather it's the sum a person’s upbringing, their physicality, and their personality. So why do so many cartoon characters sound so eerily familiar? In this list we highlight 10 cartoon characters whose voices (and often their likenesses) are based on other actors. We also mention 5 other cartoon voices that are impressions in the bonus sections of related entries. If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, these actors have been thoroughly praised by some of the best.
Over the past 3 decades The Simpsons has been on the air, America’s favorite family has gone through many changes. Aside from the quality of the animation, the most noticeable »
- Eli Reyes
Following previous announcements of their film lineup, the Fantasia International Film Festival has released their full lineup of movies to be shown at the 18th Annual festival, starting July 17.
New additions to the lineup include 2014 Cannes Selection When Animals Dream, directed by Jonas Alexander Amby and the return of Fantasia’s showcase of animated films, Axis.
Tickets for the festival go on sale starting July 16, and the festival runs through August 5.
View the whole press release of additional announcements below:
Fantasia Celebrates Its 18th Birthday
With Over 160 Feature Films Montreal, Thursday July 10, 2014 – 2014 is the year that Fantasia turns 18. We can’t believe it either. Fantasia’s 18th birthday means over 160 features and something in the neighborhood of 300 shorts, many being shown for the first time on this continent, a good number screening here for the first time anywhere in the world.In addition to being stacked with a multitude of breathtaking debut filmmaker discoveries, »
- Brian Welk
Every home has a history, but this one holds a place in American history. Former President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush have opened up their famous Crawford, Texas, ranch to Architectural Digest - and the images are dazzling. The eco-friendly, 1,600-acre property once dubbed the Western White House has hosted world leaders, including Russian President Vladimir Putin and Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz. It was also the scene of Jenna Bush Hager's 2008 wedding and the spot where then-president Bush famously cleared brush during his two terms in office. Then as now, the natural setting makes Prairie »
- Kathy Ehrich Dowd
As part of this week's Girl Power theme, the male housemates were given one last chance to convince the women to save them from eviction.
"Some of you may call me the main man, some of you may also call me the don, others may refer to me as the hunk of the house, however, I stand up in front of you ladies today as myself, Winston," he said, movingly.
"I have a dream that a guy can walk in there and tear s**t up. I have a dream that a man can stand »
The line-up for this year's Film4 FrightFest in London has just been announced – and boy, is it a doozy! Sporting a record-breaking 38 UK/European premieres and 11 world premieres, this August is going to be an exciting time in the genre calendar.
Check it all out right here, including lots of new images!
This year Film4 FrightFest will be moving from its previous home at Leicester Square's Empire Cinema to the nearby Vue Cinema (also on Leicester Square), prompting an ingenious reshuffle of the screening arrangements.
All main screen films will be presented at different times across three different screens, with two extra screens reserved for single-slot screenings of the various films hitting this year's Discovery Screens.
Here's the full list of goodies:
Main Screens (5, 6, 7)
Thursday Aug 21
Opening Night Film - The Guest (UK Premiere)
- Gareth Jones
Film4 FrightFest 2014, returning for its 15th year, unveils its biggest line-up ever. From Thurs 21 August to Monday 25 August, the UK’s leading event for genre fans will be at the Vue West End, Leicester Square, to present sixty-four films plus twenty shorts across five screens. There are sixteen countries representing five continents with a record-breaking thirty-eight UK or European premieres and eleven world premieres.
Are you ready for a monstrous and memorable mayhem of killer claws, cannibalism, cult classics, murderous musicals, chiller thrillers, graphic novel action and sick celluloid masterpieces? Then prepare yourself for the biggest, strongest and most eclectic must-see programme in Film4 FrightFest’s history.
From the opening night turbo-driven thrill-ride The Guest to the UK premiere of the closing night mesmeric sci-fi fantasy The Signal, FrightFest has netted the latest works from genre big-hitters such as Eli Roth (The Green Inferno), Alan Moore and Mitch Jenkins (Show »
- Phil Wheat
I'll be the first to admit my pessimistic attitude when it was announced a few months back that Dallas Comic-Con was sold to FanExpo out of Canada. I felt as if my hometown event was being invaded upon and diluted. How could a company out of Canada know what us hard-to-please folks in Texas really want? After this year's Dallas Comic-Con, I can tell you they know a whole lot about what we Southerners are looking for than you would think.
With the exception of maybe one show, I've attended every Sci-Fi Expo and Comic-Con that's taken place for the past thirteen years. I was there when the events alternated between the Plano Centre and the Richardson Civic Center. I covered the very first show at the Irving Convention Center. The crowds have grown steadily bigger, but not the way most ones gradually do. Maybe it's my imagination, but it »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Review by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com
Stage Fright is a Horror-Comedy Musical that pays homage to the slasher films of the 80s while delivering exposition in the form of songs that pay homage to the musicals and rock operas of old.
The film is written and directed by Jerome Sable, who also worked on music and lyrics found here.
Sable brings a wonderful manic energy to the plot and I wouldn’t be surprised if he grew up avidly watching slasher films of the 1970s and 80s because everything here, from the nasty twisting story to the creative kills, reminds me of the likes of such horror films as Friday the 13th and Sleepaway Camp.
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, Runaways, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Amazing Spider-Man 2, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, The Flash, Justice League: War and more...
The Seattle Seahawks weren't the only ones crushing the competition at the Super Bowl this past Sunday, with Marvel Studios' TV spot for Captain America: The Winter Soldier drumming up just under 10 million online views in 24 hours for its second trailer, compared to 6.2 million online views for the first look at Transformers: Age of Extinction and just 2.5 million for the latest trailer for rival superhero flick The Amazing Spider-Man 2. These numbers even more impressive when placed alongside Marvel's last two Super Bowl offerings, with the billion-dollar-plus grossing Iron Man 3 racking »
- Gary Collinson
The King of police procedural dramas has returned. Jessica "Jess" King (Amy Price-Francis) proved in Season One of King that she has what it takes to lead Toronto's Major Crimes Task Force, taking down murderers, rapists, and drug traffickers. Things will get a bit more challenging for her in Season Two, however, with new team members to break in, crimes that hit a bit too close to home, and plenty of baby-daddy drama. Jess' regal last name is a moniker befitting her attitude and attributes, but she wasn't the first — and she won't be the last — "monarch" on TV. Check out our list of TV shows with royal titles.
One cop. One kingdom.
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Link | Posted 1/10/2014 by BJSprecher
- BJSprecher Sprecher
Just in case you haven’t checked out the SciFi Mafia calendar (there’s a tab for it above) lately, our Mondays are about to get a lot more crowded. This week marked the return of Almost Human, but next week is when things get crowded, as it is joined by the return of its Fox neighbor Sleepy Hollow, and Syfy unleashes an entire block of programming, with the return of Lost Girl and Being Human and the premiere of Bitten.
We’ll have advance spoiler-free reviews of the Syfy premieres posted here on SciFi Mafia soon, but until then, here’s a TV spot and all the pertinent info:
TV Spot: Syfy’s All New Mondays
New York – January 3, 2014 – Get ready »
- Erin Willard
17 items from 2014
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