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New to Streaming: Passing, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, No Time to Die, and More

New to Streaming: Passing, Ryusuke Hamaguchi, No Time to Die, and More
Each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit streaming platforms in the United States. Check out this week’s selections below and past round-ups here.

Double Walker (Colin West)

If one is looking for some post-Halloween chills, Colin West’s micro-budget ghost story Double Walker mostly fits the bill, albeit with a few stumbles. Approaching the supernatural with a more grounded feel akin to Paul Harrill’s Light From Light and David Lowery’s A Ghost Story, the film tracks a woman in specter form (a stand-out Sylvie Mix) who tracks down those responsible for her murder. While the production’s limitations can be painfully clear at times, with flat cinematography and flashbacks that feel far too on the nose, the film eventually coheres into a compelling look at the sins of humankind and what may come after death.

Where to Stream: VOD

Happy Hour and Asako I & II
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October Horrors 2021 – Deep Rising (1998)

October Horrors 2021 – Deep Rising (1998)
Deep Rising, 1998. Directed by Stephen Sommers. Starring Treat Williams, Famke Janssen, Anthony Heald, Kevin J. O’Connor, Wes Studi, Derrick O’Connor, Jason Flemyng, Clifton Powell, Trevor Goddard, and Djimon Hounsou. Synopsis: A group of mercenaries board a luxury cruise liner with the intent of stealing its cargo, unaware that something monstrous has already taken over […]

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How The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor Killed The Franchise

How The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor Killed The Franchise
In 1999, Stephen Sommers re-introduced audiences into the world of The Mummy. A remake of the 1932 classic, the updated version saw Rick O’Connell stumble upon an ancient tomb that set loose a 3,000-year-old Mummy. Filled with vengeance and rage, the reincarnated Egyptian priest wreaks havoc on a world that wanted him dead. The Brendan Fraser vehicle was a roaring success in the mainstream, garnering $416.4 million worldwide. The surprise blockbuster had just the right amount of action, suspense, and thrills that excited audiences. A sequel, The Mummy Returns, had more of a mixed reaction from critics this time around;

How The Mummy: Tomb Of The Dragon Emperor Killed The Franchise
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The Mummy Needs a Legacy Sequel with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz

The Mummy Needs a Legacy Sequel with Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz
With Brendan Fraser emerging back into the spotlight in Hollywood, it's the perfect time for The Mummy to get a new legacy sequel with Fraser returning alongside Rachel Weisz. Recently, it was announced that Fraser had picked up a major role when he was cast alongside Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro in Martin Scorsese's Killers of the Flower Moon. The news was met with widespread celebrations for the actor by fans on social media.

The "Brendan Fraser Renaissance," aka the "Brenaissance," is clearly in full swing. He currently appears in a main role on the DC Universe and HBO Max series Doom Patrol, with season 3 set to premiere in September. Fraser has also been cast in a lead role in Requiem for a Dream helmer Darren Aronofsky's next movie The Whale, another big win for the actor. Still, given that we're still living through Hollywood's "Reboot Era,
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The Scorpion King Reboot First Draft Script Is Finished and Getting a Polish

The Scorpion King Reboot First Draft Script Is Finished and Getting a Polish
Dwayne Johnson's upcoming The Scorpion King Reboot is making progress with the first draft of the script now complete. A modern reimagining of the 2002 movie starring The Rock in his first lead role, the new movie was first announced by Johnson's Seven Bucks Productions partner Hiram Garcia last year. Johnson will serve as a producer on the reboot alongside Garcia and Dany Garcia.

Not a lot of new information has been revealed since about the new take on The Scorpion King, but Hiram Garcia shed some light on its current status. In an interview with Collider, Garcia explains that the first draft of the screenplay has been turned in, and now they're giving it some polishing. The producer also expresses his excitement about returning to the franchise to tell new stories. From the interview:

"We just got a first draft in and we're having a polish done on it now.
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New to Streaming: Never Gonna Snow Again, Raúl Ruiz, Gunda, Enemies of the State & More

New to Streaming: Never Gonna Snow Again, Raúl Ruiz, Gunda, Enemies of the State & More
Each week we highlight the noteworthy titles that have recently hit streaming platforms in the United States. Check out this week’s selections below and past round-ups here.

Enemies of the State (Sonia Kennebeck)

This ambiguity is where Enemies of the State becomes a must-see because it exposes how skeptical we’ve become about the truth. As soon as you admit systems can be manipulated for selfish gain, there’s no denying that it isn’t happening right now in ways that make you the victim. Donald Trump epitomizes this phenomenon because he’s akin to God to his sycophants. They won’t even look at proof of his lies because they’ve decided that anything refuting his words has already been fabricated. So when DeHart earns the backing of other whistleblowers and the media, his story gets spun as one of a maligned hero to everyone that believes the government can’t be trusted.
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Jungle Cruise Review: Jaume Collet-Serra Delivers Efficient Adventure with Classical Notes

Jungle Cruise Review: Jaume Collet-Serra Delivers Efficient Adventure with Classical Notes
If you’re like this writer and frequently check the IMDb page for The Mummy and Van Helsing director Stephen Sommers, you’ll see an anecdote under the trivia tab about how effects studio Industrial Light & Magic named a scale after him for the number of effects required in a scene. From lowest to highest there was “What the Shot Needs,” “What the Computers Can Handle,” “Oh my God, the Computers Are About to Crash,” and finally “What Stephen Wants.” Now that we’re at a state of cinema where it’s normal for a movie like Jungle Cruise to have every one of its principal characters look lovingly at a computer-generated animal, it’s hard not to consider the Indianapolis native’s mad vision somewhat prescient.

And even with a 16th-century Spanish conquistador prologue recalling both Aguirre: The Wrath of God and The Fountain, the register at play in
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Snake Eyes: A G.I. Joe Origins Review!

Snake Eyes: A G.I. Joe Origins Review!
Plot: The first cinematic origin story for G.I. Joe explores the beginning of the iconic character, Snake Eyes. Review: It all started fine with the occasionally entertaining G.I. Joe: The Rise of the Cobra directed by Stephen Sommers, way back in 2009. Things got a little better with the 2013 release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation with a little help from Dwayne Johnson. The sequel,…
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The Mummy (1999): 10 Times The Movie Was Actually Scary

The Mummy (1999): 10 Times The Movie Was Actually Scary
Content Warning: This article contains discussions/references of graphic violence.

Before the failure of Universal's Dark Universe, the classic Universal monsters came back strong in the 1990s with films such as Mary Shelley's Frankenstein and Bram Stoker's Dracula. However, while those focused on the tragedy and horror of the monsters, Stephen Sommers rebooted The Mummy in an action-packed thrill ride.

Related: Retro-Casting The Original The Mummy Movie In 2021

Starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and Arnold Vosloo as the titular monster, The Mummy was a huge success that spawned a trilogy. Not only was it a fun adventure film that harked back to swashbuckling movies similar to Indiana Jones but it still retains many horror elements that made it an instant classic for the 1990s/2000s kids.
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Snake Eyes Trailer Teases an Origins Movie That’s Also Storm Shadow’s Story

Snake Eyes Trailer Teases an Origins Movie That’s Also Storm Shadow’s Story
The debut trailer for Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins wants you to know that the upcoming film is on a new level, as its accompanying rap by A$AP Ferg declares. While the final verdict on that bold claim will be decided once the pandemic-delayed film finally drops in July, the franchise aspirations are quite apparent. Henry Golding’s black-clad ninja commando is complemented by signature characters such as Scarlett and Baroness, and a teased focus on the Hasbro toy property’s other popular ninja character, Storm Shadow.

G.I. Joe’s silent, ass-kicking mascot himself, Snake Eyes, as played by Crazy Rich Asians breakout Henry Golding, takes center stage in director Robert Schwentke’s relaunch of the film franchise adapting Hasbro’s 1980s-launched “A Real American Hero” iteration. It was last represented on the big screen by 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (directed by Stephen Sommers) and 2013’s G.
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‘GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ and ‘Retaliation’ Getting July 4K Release

‘GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra’ and ‘Retaliation’ Getting July 4K Release
Paramount is making sure to load up July with GI Joe content in light of their recent release date shuffle that moved GI Joe Origins: Snake Eyes into a July 23rd release.

On July 20th, a few days before Snake Eyes drops, you'll be able to spin 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray versions of GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its soft reboot/sequel, GI Joe: Retaliation in the comfort of your own home.

Pre-order GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra on 4K at Amazon.

Pre-order GI Joe: Retaliation on 4K at Amazon.

Both GI Joe films will include HDR10 and Dolby Vision for their 4K presentations. Previously recorded audio commentaries have also been ported over to the 4K discs.

Here's a breakdown of bonus features by film:

GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra starring Channing Tatum, Marlon Wayans, Sienna Miller, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Rachel Nichols and Ray Park.

4K Disc:
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Original Scorpion King Star Kelly Hu Would Be Honored to Return in The Rock's Reboot

Original Scorpion King Star Kelly Hu Would Be Honored to Return in The Rock's Reboot
In 2002, Dwayne Johnson starred in a spinoff of The Mummy franchise, the action-adventure movie The Scorpion King where he played the hunter-assassin Mathayus. The movie went on to be a big hit and signaled Johnson's arrival as an action star. Kelly Hu, who starred opposite Johnson in the film as the sorceress Cassandra, recently told Cbr it was evident even all the way back then that there was something special about Johnson that would make him the next Hollywood action icon.

"Dwayne was so much fun to work with! Talk about an evolution! The Scorpion King was his first film, he did a small little bit in The Mummy [Returns] to introduce the Scorpion King, but The Scorpion King was really his first film. And I remember telling him he was going to be the next big action star because there was really a void: Arnold Schwarzenegger wasn't really working anymore,
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Universal Reportedly Remaking Van Helsing, Young Actors Being Eyed

Universal Reportedly Remaking Van Helsing, Young Actors Being Eyed
Fresh off the success of his two Mummy movies at the turn of the millennium, which both earned over $400 million at the box office, director Stephen Sommers decided to tackle the rest of Universal’s classic monsters for his follow-up feature. While the idea of Van Helsing sounded good on paper, reinventing Dracula’s arch-nemesis as a Vatican-sponsored monster hunter played by A-list star Hugh Jackman, the execution failed after the filmmaker stuffed the story to its bursting point, burning through Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Frankenstein, the Wolfman and Dracula himself in a mess of sub-par CGI and wall-to-wall action sequences that quickly became an assault on the senses.

The $160 million blockbuster disappointed critically and commercially, and all plans for a franchise were ultimately canned. However, the idea of a reboot never quite went away, with Tom Cruise attached to star at one stage before he made the ill-judged
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‘The Scorpion King: Book of Souls’ DVD Review

Stars: Zach McGowan, Nathan Jones, Peter Mensah, Pearl Thusi, Mayling Ng, Inge Beckmann, Katy Louise Saunders, Howard Charles, Rizelle Januk | Written by David Alton Hedges, Frank DeJohn | Directed by Don Michael Paul

A spin-off from 2001′s Mummy sequel, the Scorpion King series – begun in 2002 – has official now out-lived and outlasted the very franchise it was born from. Stephen Sommers Mummy films ran for 9 years and three films, whilst the Scorpion King franchise is now in it’s fifth film with The Scorpion King: Book of Souls and has gone on for 18 years – with four sequels in the the last decade alone.

This latest comes once again from Universal 1440, the direct to market arm of Universal which has consistently put out direct to DVD sequels to a myriad of different franchises like Death Race, Bring It On, Jarhead, Tremors and more. This film also sees Universal 1440 stalwart Don Michael Paul in the directors chair,
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‘Primal’ Review: Nicolas Cage Faces Off Against a Crazy Person and a Killer Cat in Junky Thriller

‘Primal’ Review: Nicolas Cage Faces Off Against a Crazy Person and a Killer Cat in Junky Thriller
“Primal” begins the way that every movie should begin: With a bearded Nicolas Cage sitting in a tree somewhere deep in the Brazilian jungle while smoking a cigar, reading “Real Estate” magazine, and waiting for a rare white jaguar known as “El Fantasma Gato” (“The Ghost Cat”) to emerge from the trees and eat the goat carcass that’s strung up on the ground below. Sadly — if inevitably — this schlocky genre mishmash is all downhill from there, as

The best thing that “Primal” has going for it (beyond its truly incredible poster) is a premise that harkens back to the glory days of dopey ’90s action films — a beautiful time when B-movie directors were high out of their minds on the promise of CGI, and used such digital tools to add new dimensions to otherwise staid ideas. Stephen Sommers’ “Deep Rising” is perhaps the most divine example: Just when you
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All 16 Disney Live-Action Remakes of Animated Classics, Ranked from Worst to Best (Photos)

Over the last decade, Disney has found itself dipping increasingly into its own well of nostalgic favorites. Specifically, they’ve been taking their beloved animated classics, remaking them in live-action (or mostly live-action), and producing one blockbuster smash after another.

Not all of these live-action Disney remakes are good, and some of the bad ones have unexpectedly interesting ideas. And some of them actually predate the current (and seemingly never-ending) wave. Let’s take a look at all of the live-action remakes of Disney’s animated classics, going all the way back to the 1990s, to explore which films improved on the original and which ones came up short.

15. “The Jungle Book” (1994)

The first live-action Disney remake of an animated Disney classic is, somehow, still the worst. Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy”) directs this frustratingly inert take on Rudyard Kipling’s stories, which strips the animals of their characterizations and highlights
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Universal Almost Did A Fourth Mummy Movie And It Sounds Awesome

Once Universal’s terrible Mummy reboot with Tom Cruise in the lead came out, folks wished they’d have just gone ahead and made another one with Brendan Fraser – the actor himself included. From 1999 to 2008, Fraser starred in three horror/adventure movies which earned a grand total of $1.41 billion. You might think that Universal were fools for stopping at three, then, but it’s interesting to note that they very nearly made a fourth entry in the series.

In a piece on the future of the Universal Monsters franchise, The Hollywood Reporter recalls that a fourth film was proposed following the release of The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor. Unfortunately, however, the studio ultimately elected to move forward with building a cinematic universe instead in an attempt to rival Marvel and DC. And as we all know, that didn’t work out as planned.

“Universal opted not to go
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Brendan Fraser Is All in for Another Mummy Movie as Long as It's Fun

Could we see the return of Rick O'Connell to the big screen? Should Universal Pictures decided to revisit that version of The Mummy franchise, Brendan Fraser is down to revive his ancient artifact hunting, monster dueling action hero. Now the real question becomes, could this really happen?

First, let's dig into what was said. Brendan Fraser, who is currently starring in Doom Patrol on DC Universe, was asked about revisiting The Mummy franchise, which he first starred in 20 years ago. The actor enthusiastically declared he would be happy to revisit the franchise, but there is one major condition of his return. Here's what Fraser had to say about it.

"Absolutely! Just gotta say, I know how hard it is to make that movie. I tried to do it three times, and the essential ingredient is fun. You gotta remember to have fun. So if there's a fun way to approach it again,
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‘Van Helsing’: Tricia Helfer Stakes Claim To Dracula Role & WWE Wrestling Star Also Added To Cast

‘Van Helsing’: Tricia Helfer Stakes Claim To Dracula Role & WWE Wrestling Star Also Added To Cast
Tricia Helfer, the Canadian actress best known for portraying Number Six on the re-imagined Battlestar Galactica series (2004-2009), is returning to Syfy to join the Season 4 cast of the action-horror series Van Helsing in the role of Dracula. Nomadic Pictures and Dynamic Television also just announced four other cast additions for the 13-episode season that gets underway this fall: Richard Harmon (The 100), Nicole Munoz (Defiance), Keeya King (Jigsaw), and pro-wrestler Big Show (WWE/SmackDown) are all on board but in undisclosed roles.

Helfer, more recently seen on Lucifer as the Devil’s mother, will bring a lot of bite to Van Helsing’s dark conflict between the living and the undead, according to Chad Oakes, Executive Producer and Co-Chairman of Nomadic Pictures.

“We are thrilled to welcome the talented Tricia Helfer to our Van Helsing family”, Oakes said. “She will be a fierce and unstoppable Dark One (Dracula)…as
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Link Tank: The Mummy Is a Perfect Movie

Spencer Mullen May 8, 2019

The Mummy, Game of Thrones, Riot Games, and more in today's daily Link Tank!

Jon Snow's fate on Game of Thrones may have been foreshadowed by a dead character.

"At this point, we really have no idea who will win the titular game of thrones on HBO’s beloved fantasy series, but a clever callback to a long-dead Game of Thrones character in Season 8, Episode 4 could be a huge hint about how the series ends for Jon Snow."

Read more at Inverse.

Employees of Riot Games have walked out in protest of the company's new policies.

"Yesterday, the employees of Los Angeles-based Riot Games organized a walkout to protest the company’s stance on forced arbitration, as Kotaku reported with live updates. All of this is the fallout of allegations of a sexist and often hostile work environment from dozens of employees revealed in an investigation last year,
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