"...in 'Underworld: Blood Wars', 'vampire' death dealer 'Selene' (Beckinsale) continues her struggle against the 'Lycan' clan and the 'Vampire' faction that betrayed her, with both sides trying to use the blood of her and her daughter to become 'Vampire-Corvinus' hybrids.
"After hiding her daughter, Selene, 'David' (James) and his father 'Thomas' (Dance), attempt to end the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, though it may cost Selene her life..."
"Underworld : Blood Wars" cast also includes Theo James, Tobias Menzies, Trent Garrett, Lara Pulver...
...Peter Andersson, Clementine Nicholson, Bradley James, and Charles Dance.
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Electric Dreams delivers a glossy Vr thriller in its latest episode, written by Battlestar Galactica’s Ronald D. Moore…
This review contains spoilers.
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1.5 Real Life
If you’re a glassy-eyed wreck suffering from equal parts Ptsd and survivor guilt, don’t rely on your own subconscious to conjure you up a relaxing psychic holiday. You may as well book a world cruise through Boko Haram instead of Thomas Cook.
However unwise, that’s what traumatised cop Sarah (Anna Paquin) does in the opening segment of Real Life, the fifth Electric Dreams story, written by Ronald D. Moore and directed by Jeffrey Reiner. Still visibly shaken a year after fifteen of her colleagues were killed in a police massacre, Sarah agrees to take an experimental Vr trip out of her mind.
We’ve come to season one’s penultimate episode of Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, with this week’s slice of sci-fi being titled, “Real Life”. This new story being from the pen of Ronald D. Moore (Battlestar Galactica, Star Trek, Outlander), was originally published way back in 1954 within the Science Fiction Magazine, “If“, it then going under the title of, “Exhibit Piece”.
We begin in Chicago of the future. Here we find police officers Sarah (Anna Paquin) and Mario (Jacob Vargas) eating, whilst discussing a previous case. It becomes apparent that Sarah is clearly still troubled greatly by this case, in which a number of her fellow officers were massacred around her. Both officers have an ongoing investigation running in search of the murderers, though as yet nothing is coming up.
With the emotional baggage following Sarah home,
The Underworld franchise will live again in a new television series...
A good vampire story never truly ends. Like the eternal succubi themselves, a yarn about Nosferatu merely mutates and transforms, but it never stops. How else do you explain all those bloody Dracula movies? So it’s not really a surprise that Underworld will live again as a television series after enjoying a lengthy (and long-in-the-tooth) five-film franchise.
Indeed, Deadline broke the news that longtime Underworld patron Len Wiseman and his production company Sketch Films is moving forward with a previously rumored Underworld television series that’ll target a premium cable/streaming market. Wiseman gave a quote confirming as much.
“The series will be a pretty big departure from the films,” Wiseman said. “I don’t want to say it’s more adult, but it’s definitely less comic book in its tone and character.”
The Doctor Strange and soon-to-be Avengers: Infinity War actor fielded questions about his turn as the famous super-sleuth, and even touched base on the speculation linking him with the vacant (?) Bond 25 role. Indeed, Cumberbatch is a name that’s been tossed around numerous times before when it comes to James Bond, along with the likes of Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and even Jason Statham, but all signs currently point to Daniel Craig returning for one last hurrah in time for 2019.
Getting back to Sherlock, though, during last weekend’s panel, Benedict Cumberbatch addressed the romantic element underpinning the hit BBC detective series, joking that there’s only one true partner for Mr. Holmes.
“Now, there’s only one choice, isn’t there? Come on,” he told the audience of fans,
Although Death Valley star Kris Marshall was widely tipped to have already secured the role of the Thirteenth Doctor, we now have a new bookies’ favourite in Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge, while Michaela Coel (Chewing Gum) and Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones) have both entered the betting after an influx of bets pointing towards the first ever female Doctor.
“A female Doctor Who definitely looks to be in the making as women dominate the betting after a massive reshuffle off the back of Peter Capaldi filming his final scenes as the time lord,” said Aoife Heffron of BoyleSports. “When the news broke that Capaldi would be stepping down as Doctor Who,
Some exciting new UK drama and comedy commissions are making their way to TV over the next year or so…
We know, we know. You still have two episodes of Fargo season two before you can think about starting season three. You’ve already fallen behind on American Gods. Your planner memory is chock-a-block with Big Little Lies and that Oj Simpson thing and some Spanish prison series your workmate bullied you into recording. You’re struggling to make time for Twin Peaks. New Game Of Thrones is just around the corner. And guess what, Netflix UK have just added a whole new season of It’s Always Sunny, those sods. You need a list of new TV show recommendations like you need a hole in the head.
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And yet, as long as they keep making them, we’ll keep recommending them.
The heist comedy is slated to hit theaters Aug. 18, 2017, and Amazon expects to release “Logan Lucky” on Prime Video during the first quarter of 2018. The film stars Channing Tatum, Adam Driver, Riley Keough, Hilary Swank, Seth MacFarlane, Katie Holmes, and Daniel Craig.
In addition, Amazon has signed an exclusive two-year first-look deal for theatrical film projects from Fingerprint Releasing, the film distributor formed by Soderbergh and piloted by Dan Fellman, former president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. Under the deal, Amazon will provide strategic promotion and advertising financing to augment the marketing of Fingerprint’s theatrical releases.
Soderbergh, whose “Logan Lucky” marks his return to film after a four-year hiatus, called Amazon “a fearless, flexible co-conspirator.”
“The deal with Amazon is the final, crucial piece of the puzzle,
Pulver will appear alongside Terrence Howard and Anna Paquin in an episode entitled ‘Real Life’, which will see Paquin as “Sarah, a policewoman living in the future who shares headspace with George (Howard), a brilliant game designer, as each pursue violent killers whose plans could have shattering consequences. In a race against time, sharing a bond that no one else can see, they learn the very thing that connects them can also destroy them.”
Electric Dreams is being executive produced by Bryan Cranston, and has assembled a rather impressive cast, which includes Cranston, Steve Buscemi, Greg Kinnear, and Timothy Spall. It is slated to air later in the year.
The 10-episode sci-fi series stars Terrence Howard and Anna Paquin and is based on the short stories of Philip K. Dick. Paquin and Howard will appear in the episode titled “Real Life,” which is written by Ronald D. Moore and directed by Jeffrey Reiner.
Paquin will play Sarah, a policewoman living in the future who shares headspace with George, played by Howard, a brilliant game designer, as each pursue violent killers whose plans could have shattering consequences. In a race against time, sharing a bond that no one else can see, they learn the very thing that connects them can also destroy them.
No details have released on who Pulver is playing.
Both British and American writers are working on adapting Dick’s work for the small screen,
Electric Dreams returns to Channel 4 on Monday the 26th of February at 10pm with The Father Thing...
After airing six of its ten episodes in autumn 2017, sci-fi anthology series Philip K. Dick's Electric Dreams went into stasis. The remaining four episodes have now been confirmed as returning here in the UK in a new Monday night slot, an hour later than it previously aired.
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Episode seven, The Father Thing, written and directed by Justified and The Wonder Years' Michael Dinner, and starring Greg Kinnear, will air on Monday the 26th of February at 10pm.
Here's the episode synopsis:
The world is under attack from aliens. Charlie must make difficult decisions to protect his mother and the human race, as he is among the first
Press Release (via Alien Bee): "Culver City, Calif. (Feb. 27, 2017) – The fifth installment in the blockbuster franchise, the high-octane sci-fi thriller, Underworld: Blood Wars, debuts on digital April 11 and 4K Ultra HD™/Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, Blu-ray™ and DVD April 25 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Kate Beckinsale (Underworld franchise) returns as iconic Death Dealer Selene, more powerful than ever before. As the war between Vampires and Lycans escalates, Selene must end the battle that has raged for centuries, once and for all. Underworld: Blood Wars also stars Theo James (The Divergent Series), Lara Pulver (Edge of Tomorrow), Tobias Menzies (“Outlander”), Bradley James (“Damien”), James Faulkner (“Game of Thrones”) and Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”).
Underworld: Blood Wars will first appear April 11th on Digital HD. The Underworld: Blood Wars 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, Blu-ray and DVD editions are scheduled to arrive two weeks later on April 25th.
Also starring alongside Kate Beckinsale in Underworld: Blood Wars are Theo James, Lara Pulver, Tobias Menzies, Bradley James, James Faulkner and Charles Dance.
Exclusive to the 4K, Blu-ray and Digital editions of Underworld: Blood Wars is a digital graphic novel that plays like an animated rendering of the entire film from start to finish. Other bonus features include the following:
The Evolution of Selene
Building a Blood War
Old & New Blood
The Evil Evolved
Pre-order Underworld: Blood Wars on the format of your choice at Amazon.
The official Underworld: Blood Wars synopsis:
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This week, we turn our attention towards Green Lantern Corps, since there were recent developments on that front recently. The film recently snagged David S. Goyer (The Dark Knight, Blade) and Justin Rhodes (Grassroots) to write the script, with DC Chief Creative Officer Geoff Johns producing and overseeing the project. There's also been talk that it'll have a sort of Lethal Weapon vibe to it, and that it'll sort of base itself off of the Sinestro Corps Wars.
Naturally, this news got all of us here at Lrm talking,
It’s been some five years since the last entry into the Underworld franchise – Underworld: Awakening, the third sequel to the 2003 original – no doubt because that film almost, Almost killed the series…. However as the saying goes, time heals and in the case of these movies that seems to be true. Not only has it been long enough for audiences to forget the risible fourth film, but the break in production also seems to have revitalised the filmmakers too – and this time round we have a film that truly lives up to the “vampires vs. werewolves” premise proffered so many years ago.
Whilst the politics and power-struggle machinations of Underworld: Blood Wars make this story feel overly complex, hence
Read our full Underworld Blood Wars review below.
Kate Beckinsale returns for the latest in the long-running and extremely popular horror-action series, the fifth (!) in the series, Underworld Blood Wars, a film that quite literally does everything that it says on the tin – bloody violence and stylised action drenched in moody, moonlit-blue hues.
This time around, Kate Beckinsale‘s death dealer Selene, once again finds herself caught in the middle of the continuing war between the vampire and the Lycans. After banishing her daughter to the unknown to protect her, Selene is enticed back to the vampire clan to train a future army of blood-suckers. There, things aren’t exactly what they first seem, and she immediately runs into the mysterious Semira (Lara Pulver
If you’ve seen any of the previous four Underworld movies, you probably think you know what to expect from the latest instalment. And lord knows you’d be entirely right. A never-ending war between vampires and werewolves? Check. Post-Matrix gunplay? Of course. More leather outfits than the after party at London Alternative Market? Without a doubt. So why should you care at all about the latest in this aggressively generic franchise?
Well, that depends. Do you like fun? Because that’s what I find myself having here.
I know, I know. 'This movie is fun' is often a way of saying 'This movie is demonstrably bad if you think about it, so can we just not think about it so I don’t admit I like something stupid?' And while that may be partly true here,
Directed by Anna Foerster.
Starring Kate Beckinsale, Theo James, Charles Dance, Tobias Menzies, Lara Pulver, James Faulkner, Peter Andersson, Bradley James, Daisy Head and Clementine Nicholson.
Underworld: Blood Wars follows Vampire death dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) as she fends off brutal attacks from both the Lycan clan and the Vampire faction that betrayed her. With her only allies, David (Theo James) and his father Thomas (Charles Dance), she must stop the eternal war between Lycans and Vampires, even if it means she has to make the ultimate sacrifice.
A film shouldn’t have to start with a “previously on.” A film shouldn’t have to start with a “previously on” then continue to play out as a “previously on” with dialogue existing only as an expositional device to reinforce it’s existence as a “previously on.” A film should not; 20, 40, 60 minutes in drop in a further
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