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Wes Ball, Gotham Group Developing Suburban Horror Film ‘The Chrysalis’

Wes Ball, Gotham Group Developing Suburban Horror Film ‘The Chrysalis’
Wes Ball’s Oddball Productions and the Gotham Group are teaming up on a movie project based on Brendan Deneen’s horror novel “The Chrysalis.”

The novel centers on a twentysomething couple who are forced out of New York City and buy an old house in the suburbs, where the husband gets a big-bucks corporate job and the pregnant wife opens a small gym catering to moms-to-be. They make friends despite their worries about becoming boring suburbanites. But they also discover something growing in the basement, which begins to slowly destroy their lives.

The novel, which will be published in September, is described as “The Shining” meets “Alien.” Deneen has written “The Ninth Circle,” “Mortimer The Lazy Bird” and a variety of “Flash Gordon” titles.

No decision has been made on cast or a director.

Ball and Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein have teamed on each installment of the “Maze Runner” franchise, based on the
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Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90

Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90
Veteran actor Peter Wyngarde, who starred as flamboyant investigator Jason King in the iconic 1970s British police series “Department S,” has died. He was 90.

Wyngarde died in a West London hospital, his agent Thomas Bowington told Variety.

“Peter Wyngarde passed away peacefully in his sleep early evening Monday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital,” Bowington said, adding that Wyngarde was “one of the most original and truly great actors I’ve ever seen and by far the most exceptional man I have ever met.”

Wyngarde had a long career on stage and screen but is best known as handlebar-mustachioed investigator King. He also appeared in classic series including “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” and “The Prisoner.”

The King character was an author and investigator in “Department S,” and in 1971 was given his own series, “Jason King.” The show was canceled in 1972, but Wyngarde continued to appear on stage and screen in Britain and internationally.

His movie appearances
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With ‘The Last Jedi,’ The ‘Star Wars’ Universe Keeps Feeding On Its Own Mythology

Back when George Lucas was that oddball car enthusiast and confederate of Francis Ford Coppola’s with two of the greatest and weirdest movies of the 1970s under his belt — “Thx 1138” and “American Graffiti” — he really wanted to make a movie out of “Flash Gordon.” But that didn’t work out, so he moved on to cranking out his own rollicking space opera.

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The Classic Influences of Star Wars

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Although Star Wars today has become much more than just a movie, there was a time when it was nothing more than a risky business proposition. This is a look at how classic film and cultural changes helped that original film blossom into the most popular and profitable film-based franchise in history.

Let me take you back to a time before midichlorians and Gungans. Before lightsabers and tie fighters. This is a time when Death Star could have referred to a Shuriken, and Skywalker was the nickname for future NBA Hall of famer David Thompson. It was 1973 and George Lucas began writing the script for what would become Star Wars, later Episode IV: A New Hope. At this time, Lucas had completed filming his second feature film, American Graffiti, which would become a hit. His first feature film was 1971’s Thx-1138, a dystopian sci-fi, and a flop in theaters. However,
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Avengers: Infinity War Gets an Amazing Retro Mashup Trailer!

I know a lot of you are excited about Avengers: Infinity War, so while we wait for it to be released, which seems like a lifetime away, we have a great retro mashup trailer for you to watch! It comes from Darth Blender and it features a mashup of footage from several classic superhero films that were made in the 80s and 90s. I'm sure you'll remember some of these if you were up to speed with what Marvel was doing during this era. Below the video, you'll find a list of all the films that were used and all the characters that the actors are meant to play.

I love that Chuck Norris in The Punisher! It also features Burt Reynolds as Iron Man, David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury, Jean-Claude Van Damme as Winter Soldier, Dennis Quaid as Star-Lord, Eddie Murphy as Falcon and more!

You are welcome to
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Lena Headey in talks for Wind in the Willows film Banking on Mr. Toad

According to Variety, Game of Thrones star Lena Headey is in talks to join Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) in Banking on Mr. Toad, a biopic of Wind in the Willows author Kenneth Grahame.

Banking on Mr. Toad will see Kebbel as Grahame and Headey as his wife Elsie, while Brian Blessed (Flash Gordon) is set to portray Grahame’s friend Frederick James Furnivall. The film will follow the lives of Kenneth, Elsie and their young son Alistair, who struggles with various health problems, and the impact that the Wind in the Willows had on their lives. It will be a mixture of live-action and CGI, with the latter bringing some of Grahame’s characters to live.

Luis Mandoki (Message in a Bottle) is attached to direct Banking on Mr. Toad from a script by Timothy Haas, who is also producing. Adrien Brody is listed among the producers,
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Thor: Rangnarok – Review

Don’t go into hibernation yet, all you Marvel movie maniacs! Face front, because for the first time we’ll take another trip into the multi-connected film universe begun way back in 2008 (can it really be a decade next May). Now, this past spring we took another joyride through the cosmos in Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2. Then, just a couple of months later, the web-slinger headlined his first solo (he did get some mentoring from Iron Man) outing (a team-up between Marvel Studios and Sony) in the entertaining Spider-man: Homecoming. So, is this new flick another big many-hero slugfest? Yes, a bit, as was with Captain America: Civil War, but just one hero’s name precedes the colon, the mighty Thor. He’s overdue since it’s been over four years since Thor: The Dark World. During that time he helped saved the Earth once more as a
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Thor: Ragnarok movie review: it’s only the end of the world

MaryAnn’s quick take… Breezy, jokey, crammed with clever sci-fi ideas; the funniest McU flick yet. Director Taika Waititi brings a new geeky verve we didn’t realize the series needed. I’m “biast” (pro): love the cast, love the McU

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Thor can go to hell.

No, I mean, literally: Thor is capable of going to hell, just for a visit, which is where he is at the opening of Ragnarok. Okay, okay, I know, I know, it’s not really hell, not Hell. I know it’s Muspelheim, the extradimensional realm of fire, please don’t write in to complain. But it’s pretty hellish, and Thor is there to confront the fire demon Surtur, who is fairly satanic: extremely large and scary, aflame, and determined to slay the gods of Asgard and
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‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Review

Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Cate Blanchett, Idris Elba, Jeff Goldblum, Tessa Thompson, Karl Urban, Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Hopkins, Taika Waititi | Written by Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle, Christopher Yost | Directed by Taika Waititi

After sixteen superhero movies, audiences and critics are used to seeing Marvel Studios’ director choices pay off in spectacular fashion, but that success reaches new heights with their decision to have New Zealand comedy director Taika Waititi helm Thor: Ragnarok. The writer-director behind What We Do In The Shadows and Hunt for the Wilderpeople proves the perfect match for the Thor franchise and his unique brand of droll, deadpan humour is present in every frame, resulting in one of the funniest Marvel movies to date.

After defeating fiery demon Surtur (Clancy Brown) in a fun pre-credits sequence, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) returns home to Asgard, where he quickly exposes his trickster brother Loki (Tom Hiddleston), who’s been posing as their father,
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Thor: Ragnarok review – Chris Hemsworth unleashes comedy superpowers on emo Cate Blanchett

Hunt for the Wilderpeople’s Taika Waititi infuses the third Thor movie with a generous dose of self-deprecating Kiwi humour, even if it all remains somewhat inconsequential

He might be able to summon lightning from the skies and smite foes with his mighty hammer, but this latest comic-book outing bestows upon Thor an even super-er superpower: a sense of humour. It’s there from the opening seconds, when we find our Norse god dangling before some horned demon, whose portentous monologuing is undercut by Thor’s continual interruptions, as he slowly spins around on his chains: “Hang on a minute… coming round again.” For a relative newcomer to the Earth, Thor has clearly got the knack of 21st-century comic timing.

That’s the general register of this entertaining but frankly inconsequential Marvel movie. It’s what you’d call a “romp” – and one whose lurid 1980s-retro stylings bring it closer
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Matthew Vaughn and Stardust, 10 years on

Mark Harrison Oct 19, 2017

We salute the 10th anniversary of Matthew Vaughn's wonderful Stardust...

“A philosopher once asked, 'Are we human because we gaze at the stars, or do we gaze at them because we are human?' Pointless, really. Do the stars gaze back? Now, that's a question.”

Comic book movies are Matthew Vaughn's speciality. Between Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class and the Kingsman franchise, he's been a constant and eclectic presence as these films have boomed, and if reports are to be believed, his next film could be about either Flash Gordon or Superman.

But going back even further than Mark Millar or Marvel, Vaughn's first comic book movie was his adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Stardust, which arrived in UK cinemas ten years ago this week. Before it was published as a novel in 1999, Gaiman conceived the postmodern fairy tale as a 'prestige' comic; the four-issue mini-series
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James Gunn Reviews Thor: Ragnarok Saying it "Captured the Batshit Crazy Fun" of The 80’s

I'm not allowed to share my full review for Thor: Ragnarok yet, but I will say that I absolutely loved it and that it was one of the most entertaining films I've seen this year. You know who can share a full review, though? Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn and he loved the film as well! He posted the following review on his Facebook page and it praises everything about the film and says that it's the funniest and most colorful film in the McU that completely captures the "batshit crazy fun" of the 80s. I agree with everything that he had to say in his review. Read it below and tell us what you think!

Was lucky enough to be invited to the Thor: Ragnarok Premiere last night.And I loved it. I sat in the “director’s row” with the Jons (Favreau and Watts) and Captain Marvel
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Movie Review – Life After Flash (2017)

Life After Flash, 2017.

Directed by Lisa Downs.


Looking back at how Flash Gordon influenced movies, pop culture and its stars.

Funded partly on Indiegogo back in 2015, Life After Flash is a movie that is made by fans, for the fans. This is its biggest strength, that beating heart right in the centre of this very entertaining piece. It hits on many different levels and gives depth and insight not just into the creation of the movie but into the cast and crew that were involved.

Life After Flash is a wild ride that has been planned out and executed well from director Lisa Downs. Sam J. Jones, Melody Anderson, Brian Blessed and a whole host of others share their stories and experiences of either the filming experience or the effect that it had on them as they watched.

“It’s about the do’s and dont’s of life
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Why Flash Gordon Reboot Has Been on Indefinite Hold

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Why Flash Gordon Reboot Has Been on Indefinite Hold
Back in the spring of 2015, 20th Century Fox moved forward with its long-awaited Flash Gordon remake, setting director Matthew Vaughn at the helm, but we haven't heard anything about it since then. It turns out there's a very good reason for that, with Matthew Vaughn revealing in a new interview that he's still been working on it, but his original vision for the story was basically taken by Marvel's 2014 blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy. Here's what the director had to say below, when asked if he's still working on a Flash Gordon movie.

"Yeah, we've been working on it. For me, the only problem with Flash Gordon is Guardians (of the Galaxy) kind of stole what I would have liked to have done with it. You've got Star Wars, you've got Guardians, so you've got to have your own space opera, but you have to find something that can survive among these two very,
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Is 'Flash Gordon' Too Similar to 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to Return to Movies Now?

Is 'Flash Gordon' Too Similar to 'Guardians of the Galaxy' to Return to Movies Now?
With Kingsman: The Golden Circle in theaters, director Matthew Vaughn can turn his attention to other projects on his plate — including the reboot of cult newspaper strip Flash Gordon that he was in talks to direct back in 2015.

Little has been heard about the 20th Century Fox feature recently, and Vaughn — who's reportedly shown up on shortlists for Warner's The Flash and Man of Steel 2 in the last few months — has suggested that one reason might be the difficulty in making Alex Raymond's comic strip stand out in today's crowded genre field.

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Exclusive: Star Wars and Indiana Jones Actor Alan Austen Talks Salient Minus Ten

Fans of classic cinema should be familiar with Alan Austen, as he appeared in such great movies as Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Flash Gordon, Raiders of the Lost Ark, and An American Werewolf in London. After a long… Continue Reading →

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Taika Waititi Wanted Thor: Ragnarok To Embrace “Cosmic” And “Trippy” Nature Of Comics; Cites Flash Gordon As An Inspiration

When compared to his fellow Avengers, Chris Hemsworth’s God of Thunder is arguably one of the funnier members of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, and there is perhaps no better example of that comedy in action than the Thor solo movies and their fish-out-of-water storylines.

When it comes to Ragnarok, writer-director Taika Waititi (What We Do in the Shadows, Hunt For the Wilderpeople) is poised to double down on Thor‘s quirky qualities and embrace the “cosmic, trippy” vibe of the original comics. Between the fantastical space elements and the stunning lime-green color palette, it’s almost as if Waititi and his team have taken a leaf out of the Guardians‘ book. But as the New Zealand filmmaker told EW, the inspirations that helped mold and shape Thor: Ragnarok stretch back further still; all the way to a certain Flash Gordon.

I loved the kind of cosmic trippy vibe of the Thor comics.
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How sci-fi went mainstream

Ryan Lambie Jul 7, 2017

To tie in with the Into The Unknown exhibition, on now at London's Barbican, we look at how sci-fi has become a major cultural force...

It's not always easy being geeky. The celebrated genre writer Ray Bradbury knew this all too well; as a kid growing up in the 1920s and 30s, he was intoxicated by all things otherworldly and imaginative: classic horror movies, pulp sci-fi stories about Mars, comic strips detailing the exploits of Buck Rogers. Eventually, Bradbury's peers teased him mercilessly, until, in a bid to fit in, he ripped his Buck Rogers comics to shreds. But far from helping the young Bradbury draw a line under his obsessions, the destruction of his beloved comics left him feeling unhappy and soulless.

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Bringing Star Wars to the Screen: Episode IV – A New Hope

Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, 1977.

Directed by George Lucas.

Starring Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Peter Cushing and Alec Guinness.


A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… young farm boy Luke Skywalker becomes embroiled in a civil war between the heroic Rebellion and evil Galactic Empire. Setting off from his home-world, Luke must rescue a captured princess and learn the ways of the Force from Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi if he is to aid the Rebellion in destroying the Empire’s ultimate weapon, the Death Star.

During the production of his debut movie Thx-1138 (1971), young director George Lucas had expressed considerable interested in adapting the adventures of Flash Gordon for the big screen but, after being unable to acquire the rights to the character, Lucas soon set about developing his own space adventure reminiscent of the science-fiction movie serials he had watched as a child.
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Film Review: ‘Spark: A Space Tail’

Film Review: ‘Spark: A Space Tail’
Parents who make the sacrifice of watching “Spark: A Space Tail” with their children may be modestly amused by writer-director Aaron Wooley’s wink-wink allusions to “Star Wars,” “Starship Troopers,” and the “Transformers” franchise. But there’s nothing much else here to hold the interest of anyone old enough to travel to the multiplex alone. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine that even the least demanding of tykes will ask for a second sampling of this thoroughly second-rate animated feature, which has all the charm, and twice the volume, of a barking dog.

Most of the action, in want of a better term, unfolds on Bana, a simian-dominated planet that is conquered, and partially destroyed, by an evil and seriously height-challenged ape named Zhong (voiced by Alan C. Peterson). Thirteen years after Zhong does his dirty work with the aid of a fearsome whatzit called a Space Kraken, Spark (Jace Norman
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