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Monster-Movie Mayhem: ‘The Dinosaur Project’ Review

Stars: Natasha Loring, Matt Kane, Richard Dillane, Peter Brooke, Stephen Jennings | Written by Sid Bennett, Jay Basu | Directed by Sid Bennett

The Dinosaur Project is the (fictional) story of a missing Congo expedition and the findings of the Cryptozoological Society to audiences around the world. The film features stunning recovered footage of creatures thought to be extinct for 65 million years. As the search for the missing crew continues, questions remain about the source of the missing footage and the manner in which it was discovered.

Before I go any further, heres the now-defacto disclaimer: This is a found-footage movie. And you all know how much I despise the sub-genre. When its done wrong its usually done Very wrong and when its good Well I cant remember the last time it was! What also works against The Dinosaur Project is that you just cant help but compare it to Jurassic Park
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'Metal Gear Solid' Movie Brings in 'Monsters 2' Writer

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British screenwriter Jay Basu has signed on to write the screenplay for Sony Pictures' video game adaptation Metal Gear Solid. We reported back in June that filmmaker Jordan Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) has come aboard to direct, but that was the last we heard about the project. The studio's production president Michael De Luca is overseeing the adaptation.

The original video game, created by Hideo Kojima, launched in 1998 for the original Playstation console. The game follows a solider known as Solid Snake, who breaks into a nuclear weapons compound to stop a terrorist threat by a rogue special forces unit known as Foxhound. Solid Snake's mission is to rescue two hostages, the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects (Darpa) and president of a major arms manufacturer, while stopping the terrorists from launching nuclear weapons. There have been 10 games that have spawned from the original Metal Gear Solid.

Avi Arad
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Universal Monster Universe Team Brings on 'Monsters 2' Writer

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Universal Monster Universe Team Brings on 'Monsters 2' Writer
British screenwriter Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent) has joined the Universal Monster Universe team that is busy putting together this new, rebooted franchise. He joins Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, who are spearheading this massive initiative, and previously-confirmed writers such as Noah Hawley (Fargo TV series), Aaron Guzikowski (Prisoners) and Ed Solomon (Men In Black). It isn't clear which project Jay Basu will be writing at this time.

After this shared monster universe was first announced in July, Universal Pictures later confirmed in October that this fall's Dracula Untold is part of this series. The first official project will be the Untitled Mummy Reboot, directed by Alex Kurtzman, which is already set for release on June 24, 2016. Another unspecified project within the franchise has been given an April 21, 2017 release. The only other confirmed title is a reboot of The Wolf Man, which Aaron Guzikowski is writing, with other possible titles including Dracula,
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Monsters: Dark Continent Trailer Is Absolutely Awesome

The giant monster movie on everyone’s mind right now is undoubtedly Gareth Edwards’ gritty blockbuster take on Godzilla, which opens in theaters tonight following about a week of steadily strong reviews (including ours). So, in that sense, the timing couldn’t be more perfect for Protagonist Pictures to release the first trailer for Monsters: Dark Continent, a sequel to the indie monster movie that put Edwards on the map.

Sadly, given his commitment to Godzilla, Edwards was unable to return for the follow-up, so Joe Green (Channel 4′s Misfits) is taking over behind the camera. Green is working from a script by the largely unproven Jay Basu (little-seen The Dinosaur Project), with a cast that includes Joe Dempsie (HBO’s Game of Thrones, BBC America’s The Fades), Johnny Harris (The Fades, Snow White & the Huntsman) and Sofia Boutella (Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming The Secret Service).

Though none
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Fede Alvarez Will Direct Dante's Inferno for Universal

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Fede Alvarez Will Direct Dante's Inferno for Universal
Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez is in talks to direct Dante's Inferno, an adaptation of the Electronic Arts video game for Universal Pictures.

The project has been in development for many years, with Universal securing the rights to the game in 2008, two years before its release. The game is based on the famous literary work, following Dante Aligheri, a knight who teams up with the poet Virgil to rescue Dante's lover Beatrice from the nine rings of hell. He eventually becomes a pawn in a war between heaven and hell.

Jay Basu (The Dinosaur Project) wrote the most current draft of the screenplay, with Bruce C. McKenna writing an earlier draft. Eric Newman and Marc Abraham are producing alongside EA Entertainment vice president Patrick O'Brien. No production schedule was given.

Fede Alvarez revealed in March that Evil Dead 2 is already in the works, although it has not been confirmed that
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Fede Alvarez to Helm Dante's Inferno

Universal Pictures' take on Electronic Arts' Dante's Inferno video game has found a helmer in Fede Alvarez. Deadline reports that the Evil Dead director will tackle the adaptation of the game, itself loosely inspired by the first third of Dante Alighieri's 14th century epic poem, "The Divine Comedy." Released in 2010, Dante's Inferno reimagines Alighieri as a Templar Knight traversing the nine circles of Hell to rescue the soul of his beloved Beatrice. Although the plot of the game represents a significant departure from the original text, the specific layout of Hell is directly inspired by Alighieri's words. Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are set to produce alongside EA's Patrick O.Brien with Jay Basu ( The Dinosaur Project , Fast Girls ) having turned in the...
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Watch: Teaser Trailer For 'Monsters' Sequel 'The Dark Continent'

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While "Monsters" helmer Gareth Edwards has taken a huge leap from his tiny breakout film, directing next year's massive "Godzilla," the success of his eerie creature feature is something producers have been unable to leave behind. And so of course, no time has been wasted in mounting a sequel to "Monsters"—bearing the foreboding title "Monsters: The Dark Continent"—and though filming only got underway this past spring, we already have a teaser trailer to hint at what's in store. The follow-up (dubbed a "continuation") has swapped out Edwards for first-time feature filmmaker and TV regular Tom Green ("Misfits," "Blackout"), and the script from Jay Basu ("The Dinosaur Project," "Fast Girls") is set a few years after the original, with the U.S. military in the Middle East confronting another "infected zone." Johnny Harris ("Snow White & The Huntsman," "Welcome To The Punch"), Sam Keeley ("What Richard Did") and Joe Dempsie ("Skins,
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Thn Friday Face Off: Luke on Found Footage

This is the second debate of our new monthly feature, entitled ‘Thn Friday Face Off’. One Friday every month will see two Thn titans of film knowledge duke it out over a pressing issue relating to our most beloved art form. Each film fanatic will argue from a different viewpoint on a particular subject, in a bid to persuade our exceptionally attractive readers, as well as his or her colleague, they should be deemed the winner.

Of course, there are no definitive right or wrong answers. However, we would love for you to get involved by sharing your opinion, and voting for whoever you think has argued their case in a more effective way. You can do this by commenting below, tweeting us via @thncom, or commenting on our Facebook page. Before doing so, we ask that you read the opposition’s stance on the matter here.

This month we
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Sequel 'Monsters: Dark Continent' Starts Filming, Johnny Harris & Joe Dempsie Starring

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Ever since it was unveiled back in 2010, there's been talk of a possible sequel to "Monsters." And that's hardly a surprise: while Gareth Edwards' film wasn't a giant success, it made a very decent $5 million worldwide (plus much more on home video formats), which is an unqualified success for a film made on a miniscule budget. Edwards was snapped up for a much more expensive giant monster movie, helming "Godzilla" for Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures (filming just got underway last week, with Aaron Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn and Ken Watanabe in the cast), and it feels almost appropriate that as he makes his second film, Screen Daily has revealed that the sequel to "Monsters" has begun filming. "Monsters: Dark Continent" is, as previously announced, the feature directorial debut of TV helmer Tom Green ("Misfits," "Blackout"), with a script from Jay Basu ("The Dinosaur Project,
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Catch The Dinosaur Project, Now On iTunes

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The first thing that caught my attention about The Dinosaur Project was the pretty kick ass poster.

Pretty nice right? Right?

Now, as far as the movie goes, it’s now available on iTunes.

This indie project stars Peter Brooke, Matt Kane, and Natasha Loring and story wise goes something like this:

And the world thought that dinosaurs were extinct? Brace yourself for a chilling ride through the depths of the … Continue reading →
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Embark on The Dinosaur Project via iTunes

Well here's a surprise. The Dinosaur Project is finally available for your viewing pleasure... via iTunes. Can this little indie flick deliver the dinosaur action we've been craving, or should we all just wait to revisit Jurassic Park! Find out for yourselves now!

Peter Brooke, Matt Kane, and Natasha Loring star. Thanks to Bloody Disgusting for the heads-up!

Synopsis

And the world thought that dinosaurs were extinct? Brace yourself for a chilling ride through the depths of the Congo jungle as a film crew discovers (to their peril) that the 65-million-year-old species is more than alive! The most exciting dinosaur action movie since Jurassic Park!

African fishermen find an orange backpack floating gently on the water. They are astonished to discover a waterproof container inside, full of videotapes. Flash back to London and the announcement by crypto-zoologist Jonathan Marchant of his expedition to find Mokele Mbembe, a legendary dinosaur rumored to inhabit the Congo River.
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'Man of Steel' Gets a PG-13 Rating in Latest Batch of MPAA Ratings

The biggest title of note in today's batch of MPAA ratings is Zack Snyder's Superman film, Man of Steel, which like producer Christopher Nolan's Batman franchise is rated PG-13. No surprise there, but I'm sure some will be interested in the reason for the rating, which is "for intense sequences of sci-fi violence, action and destruction, and for some language." Whatever that could mean, I'm not too sure, but there you have it. Additionally we have a rating for Raman Bahrani's At Any Price (watch the trailer here), the upcoming thriller Dark Skies, the Weinstein's animated film Escape From Planet Earth and a late-in-the-game re-rate (well, actually just a new reason) for this Friday's comedy release, Movie 43. Finally comes a rating for a movie titled Unfinished Song, which is actually the new title for the Weinstein's Song for Marion, which was once thought as a potential Oscar contender,
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Enough with the found footage movies

Jake Gyllenhaal's new cop thriller is the latest in a tired movie trend

You know that feeling when you're working as a beat cop in South Central Los Angeles, keeping an assemblage of thugs, gangbangers and drug cartels in line on a daily basis, and yet you remain so starved of adrenaline that you decide to take up gonzo documentary film-making as a sideline? Brian Taylor, the renegade protagonist of Us indie hit End of Watch certainly does; or at least we can assume so, because the film is the latest in an increasingly long line of "found footage" movies, and Brian – armed only with a stockpile of handheld cameras – is its ostensible creator.

The central conceit of the found footage genre – fictional characters, be they priests, partygoers or palaeontologists, suddenly being struck by the inexplicable urge to immortalise the drama of their lives on film – can be a
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Review Round-Up: The Dinosaur Project & Dragon Wasps

The Dinosaur Project

Stars: Natasha Loring, Matt Kane, Richard Dillane, Peter Brooke, Stephen Jennings | Written by Sid Bennett, Jay Basu | Directed by Sid Bennett

The Dinosaur Project is the (fictional) story of a missing Congo expedition and the findings of the Cryptozoological Society to audiences around the world. The film features stunning recovered footage of creatures thought to be extinct for 65 million years. As the search for the missing crew continues, questions remain about the source of the missing footage and the manner in which it was discovered.

Before I go any further, here’s the now-defacto disclaimer: This is a found-footage movie. And you all know how much I despise the sub-genre. When it’s done wrong it’s usually done Very wrong and when it’s good… Well I can’t remember the last time it was! What also works against The Dinosaur Project is that you just
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“The Dinosaur Project” Gallery & Trailer

“The Dinosaur Project” Gallery & Trailer
We have a gallery of new images and a trailer from the film, The Dinosaur Project, a “found-footage” movie about a group of cryptozoologists who enter the jungle to find the “Lochness monster of Africa.”

Here’s what the director, Sid Bennett told Bleeding Cool about the film’s style:

If you were going on a documentary expedition you would have a documentary cameraman and a documentary sound man and you would have high production value. You wouldn’t have the shaky camera that is associated with found footage. This premise means that if you are following an expedition with a TV crew, you are going to have moments where it is shot professionally and will have an epic feel to it, like big sweeping vistas. The movie has those elements that are not typical in found footage. The movie breathes.

That is what drove my style and this actually
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Take a Bite out of this New Batch of Stills from The Dinosaur Project

Extinction becomes a thing of the past in Sid Bennett's new found footage style thriller 'The Dinosaur Project'. The British flick hit Empire cinemas earlier this month and is now available to buy here in the UK on both Blu-ray and DVD. A new batch of stills have appeared online featuring some of the cast including the sexy Natasha Loring -below ('Beaver Falls'). Matt Kane ('The Cut'), Peter Brooke ('Wrong Turn 5''), Richard Dillane ('Argo') and Stephen Jennings ('Starship Troopers 3: Marauder') also star. Check out the full synopsis below and make sure you head over to Dread Central at the link below for the full gallery....
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Big Lizards Abound in The Dinosaur Project Image Gallery

Dinosaurs causing mayhem and bloodshed. It just sounds so right, doesn't it? That's exactly what we're gonna get when the found footage flick The Dinosaur Project starts tearing things apart. To get you geared up, we've got some eye candy. Dig it!

Peter Brooke, Matt Kane, and Natasha Loring star.

Synopsis

And the world thought that dinosaurs were extinct? Brace yourself for a chilling ride through the depths of the Congo jungle as a film crew discovers (to their peril) that the 65-million-year-old species is more than alive! The most exciting dinosaur action movie since Jurassic Park!

African fishermen find an orange backpack floating gently on the water. They are astonished to discover a waterproof container inside, full of videotapes. Flash back to London and the announcement by crypto-zoologist Jonathan Marchant of his expedition to find Mokele Mbembe, a legendary dinosaur rumored to inhabit the Congo River.

As Jonathan's team
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HeyUGuys UK DVD/Blu-ray Round-Up – 27th August

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Last week saw the release of Kevin Macdonald’s acclaimed documentary, Marley, alongside Peter Berg’s mammoth blockbuster, Battleship, and this week brings with it a handful of new films and, most importantly in my books, the long-anticipated release of The Walking Dead Season 2. Today is a good day.

It’s a fairly light week with new releases, so without further ado,

My pick of the week:

The Walking Dead – Season 2.

The Walking Dead – Season 2 Iframe Embed for Youtube

DVD and Blu-ray

(also available: The Walking Dead – Seasons 1 and 2 Box Set)

Ordinarily, I focus on television programmes after the week’s new film releases, but The Walking Dead deserves to be the exception to that rule.

The show is one of the finest currently on TV, and if you haven’t started, now is definitely the time to pick up the first two seasons. It’s not often we get
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Exclusive: Go Behind the Scenes of The Dinosaur Project

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Following it’s theatrical release, The Dinosaur Project is released on both DVD and Blu-ray 27th August. You can pre-order your copy here. The movie is shot entirely in the first-person and stars Natasha Loring, Richard Dillane, Matt Kane, Peter Brooke, Stephen Jennings with Sid Bennett directing.

Studiocanal are delighted to finally bring this astonishing story of the missing Congo expedition to UK audiences, and the findings of the Cryptozoological Society to audiences around the world. The film features stunning recovered footage of creatures thought to be extinct for 65 million years. As the search for the missing crew continues, questions remain about the source of the missing footage and the manner in which it was discovered. Producer Nick Hill said in a statement today, ”It has been incredible to have the original source material to work with, and we have great respect and admiration for the work of the Cryptozoological
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This week's new films

Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry (15)

(Alison Klayman, 2012, Us) Ai Weiwei, Danqing Chen, Ying Gao. 91 mins

Art and activism merge in this fascinating inside portrait of China's best known artist, which conveys both the roots of Ai's provocations and the authorities' paranoid responses to them. He comes across as a fearless creator, a reluctant hero, a committed campaigner and a fallible human being, treading a perilous line between the adoring global art market and China's Kafkaesque state apparatus.

360 (15)

(Fernando Meirelles, 2011, UK/Aus/Fra/Bra) Rachel Weisz, Anthony Hopkins, Jude Law. 110 mins

Suffering from a surfeit of international stars and locations, this join-the-dots drama zips between a series of emotional episodes without ever gaining much momentum.

The Dinosaur Project (12A)

(Sid Bennett, 2012, UK) Natasha Loring, Matt Kane, Peter Brooke. 83 mins

Chatty Brit explorers regret discovering a modern-day Lost World in the Congo in this low-budget cross between Monsters and Jurassic Park.

The Forgiveness Of Blood (12A)

(Joshua Marston,
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