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Highlander: A Reboot I Support

I’m always skeptical when it comes to reboots. On the one hand they can be well justified and prove to be a success (Casino Royale, 2006) but on the odd occasion it can backfire and you find yourself walking the exact same path again (The Amazing Spider-man, 2012). There are several reboots in the pipeline, one of which I’m not too keen on, The Crow, which to me feels like an insult to the performance and memory of Brandon Lee. However, a reboot of 80s action-fantasy Highlander (1986) I’m well and truly behind.

Highlander has a special place in my heart, with its basic – if a little silly – premise. Fallen warriors who have been resurrected as immortals take part in “The Game”, where they must behead each other, until the last remaining two fight for “The Prize”. How can you not love that as a concept? A simple set up
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Emma Thompson joining the cast of Upstart Crow

Louisa Mellor Jan 27, 2017

The glorious Emma Thompson will appear in series two of Ben Elton's Shakespeare sitcom, Upstart Crow...

Ben Elton's BBC Two Shakespeare sitcom starring David Mitchell has scored an enviable guest star for its 2017 Christmas special. Emma Thompson will join the ranks of Dame Judi Dench, Cate Blanchett and Miranda Richardson when she plays Queen Elizabeth I in the festive episode.

See related Highlander: movie reboot still moving forward Looking back at Highlander III: The Sorcerer What went wrong with Highlander II: The Quickening?

The Mighty Boosh's Noel Fielding will also appear in the second series alongside regulars Mitchell, Liza Tarbuck, Harry Enfield, Gemma Whelan and Helen Monks, playing English composer Thomas Morley.

Here's the official synopsis for the currently filming second series, which continues to follow William Shakespeare's journey to establishment acceptance in London and Stratford-upon-Avon, and is due to air later this year.
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Kiefer Sutherland Is Forsaken In Latest Trailer For Western Drama

Just when you thought you’d seen every possible variation of men seeking redemption while dealing with their parental issues, along comes Forsaken – starring Kiefer Sutherland, and his legendary father, Donald. Directed by Jon Cassar (24), and written by Brad Mirman (Highlander: The Final Dimension), the western is clearly aimed at those that would like the thrill of watching father and son engage in impassioned yelling over past misdeeds.

Check out the official plot summary below for more info:

“In 1872, John Henry Clayton (Kiefer Sutherland) retires as a gunfighter and returns to his hometown of Fowler, Wyoming in hope of repairing his relationship with his estranged father, Reverend Clayton (Donald Sutherland). However, he soon learns that the town is in turmoil, as the railroad will be coming through the area and a criminal gang is terrorizing ranchers who refuse to sell their land. John Henry is the only one who can stop them,
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10 sequels that ignored previous films

In the wake of the Alien 5 news, here are 10 franchise sequels that also ignored at least one previous film.

We all have moments in our lives we'd prefer to forget, and so too do filmmakers. So what do you do when a movie franchise starts to go off the rails? Simple, just forget that the lesser films in the series never happened.

News recently broke that director Neill Blomkamp's taking this approach to the Alien universe. Recent interviews with both he and returning star Sigourney Weaver have revealed that Blomkamp's forthcoming sequel will not necessarily follow the events of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection, and pick up the story from Aliens instead (although he has since given a brief update on that).

Of course, we'll have to wait and see exactly how all this pans out. But it's by no means the first time in history that a film's
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Highlander reboot: Dave Bautista to take on Clancy Brown's role

There's still no Connor MacLeod in place, but the new Highlander film might just have found its foe...

Like it or not, the reboot of Highlander seems to be well on its way now. Cedric Nicolas-Troyan is sat in the director's chair, although the search goes on to find someone to take on the role of Connor MacLeod. Maybe they should just give Christopher Lambert a tinkle.

It looks as if the production has had more luck securing someone to play The Kurgan, the barbarian originally brought to the screen by Clancy Brown in the 1986 original.

That person, as you've probably picked up from the headline, is Dave Bautista, who currently is in the midst of filming the James Bond movie Spectre. Bautista's movie career continues to build, following his role in last summer's Guardians Of The Galaxy. It'll be interesting to see - if confirmed - how he fares
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Forever episode 11 review: Skinny Dipper

Henry takes the plunge before Forever goes on a well-earned mid-season hiatus. Here's Billy's review of Skinny Dipper...

This review contains spoilers.

1.11 Skinny Dipper

Due to the writing credits on this story, I’d anticipated that it would be good, but it actually exceeded those expectations in most respects.

But before I talk about what I liked, I’ll warn you that I’m also going to discuss the identity of ‘Adam’. So if you’ve not seen this episode, I’d watch it before reading on.

Skinny Dipper dovetails directly into the final events of The Man In The Killer Suit when Henry is abducted by ‘Adam’ in yellow cab. Actually, it goes back a little to explain how he got the cab, and what unfortunate things happened to the driver. Adam shoots himself in the head, and disappears, and Henry drowns in the cab, to reappear elsewhere in the same river.
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Highlander reboot: Tom Cruise targeted to co-star

Tom Cruise has been linked with the Sean Connery mentor role in the new take on Highlander...

Here's one from our Never-Saw-That-Coming-Dept. The planned reboot of the Highlander movie series, that Summit Entertainment is working on, is targeting Tom Cruise for one of its leading roles.

The Wrap reports that Cruise is being earmarked for the mentor role in the new Highlander, the part that Sean Connery took on in the original film. One of Cruise's representatives admitted that Highlander is "one of many projects that come to him and he discusses", noting that the actor is "far from talks". Furthermore, Cruise has been "offered tons of projects".

Which doesn't sound quite so promising. Given that Tom Cruise is still taking on pretty much exclusively leading man roles - he's currently filming Mission: Impossible 5 with director Christopher McQuarrie - it seems unlikely that the part in Highlander is something that would appeal.
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A Look Back At: Demon Knight!!

The first three months of 1995 kept me broke and my wallet empty. Living outside of California for the first time in my life, I lived with my mother in Albany, Oregon, where I wasn’t very popular and spent the majority of my time listening to Nine Inch Nails and playing Donkey Kong Country. I spent more time in the theater than I did at home, and well, why wouldn’t I? Just in those two months (and I still have the stubs in a box somewhere I bet) I spent my hard earned allowance watching such greats (and not so greats) such as Highlander: The Final Dimension, In The Mouth Of Madness, The Mangler, Hideaway, as well as Before Sunrise and Legends Of The Fall (I’m a horror guy through and through but if you say you don’t have a soft spot for the last two films that I mentioned,
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Highlander: A Retrospective

When the opening moments of a film see Sean Connery explain through voiceover that he is part of a band of immortals born at the dawn of time, immortals that are locked in battle with one another until only one remains, you know that you’re in for something special. When this opening monologue is followed immediately by a title sequence to the tune of Queen’s ‘Princes of the Universe’ and an opening sequence that cross-cuts between a contemporary wrestling match and a Medieval Scottish battle one begins to sense the sort of cinematic lunacy that is to follow.

You’re watching Highlander, the tale of the immortal Connor ‘The Highlander’ MacLeod’s present and past lives. Rarely are films able to assume plots of such bafflingly Metal proportions; the fact that these immortals can only die through being beheaded reinforces the distinct possibility that the film’s plot could,

Ryan Reynolds cast as Connor MacLeod of the Clan MacLeod

Rumours of his involvement have been circulating for a few weeks, but now it's official - Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern, Safe House) has joined the cast of Lionsgate's Highlander reboot and will star in the lead role as the immortal Connor MacLeod, a part originally portrayed by Christopher Lambert in director Russell Mulachy's 1986 cult classic.

The Highlander reboot has been penned by Matt Holloway & Art Marcum (Iron Man, Punisher: War Zone) with rewrites from Melissa Rosenberg (The Twilight Saga, Dexter) and was originally earmarked for director Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Fast Five), who subsequently dropped out of the film last August due to other commitments.

Reynolds is the first name to be attached to the cast, while both Vinnie Jones (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men: The Last Stand) and Ray Stevenson (Punisher: War Zone, Thor) have previously been linked to succeed Clancy Brown as The Kurgan. There's no
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Ryan Reynolds Confirmed as Highlander

Ryan Reynolds Confirmed as Highlander
Ryan Reynolds has officially signed on to star in the Highlander remake for Summit Entertainment and director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo.

We reported last month that the actor was a front runner for the role of Connor McLeod, a sword-wielding Scotsman who is one of the last immortal warriors known as Highlanders. After nearly a month's worth of negotiations, the deal is finally sealed for the Green Lantern star to portray this iconic character. He is no stranger to swordplay either, having played Deadpool in X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

Juan Carlos Fresnadillo is directing, and he is also in talks to rewrite the screenplay by Iron Man scribes Art Marcum and Matt Holloway. Neal H. Moritz and Peter S. Davis are producing.

Christopher Lambert first portrayed Connor McLeod in the 1986 adventure Highlander, that spawned the sequels Highlander II: The Quickening, Highlander: The Final Dimension, Highlander: Endgame, Highlander: The Source, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance,
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Forgotten Action Cinema: Gunmen

After weathering the contagious cinematic disease known amongst hardcore film fanatics as “Highlander 3: The Sorcerer” (aka “Highlander: The Final Dimension”), it’s anyone’s guess why I decided to investigate the dodgy 1994 Christopher Lambert/Mario Van Peebles action extravaganza “Gunmen.” Am I a glutton for punishment, you ask, a miserable beast of a man who enjoys mindlessly tossing his precious free time to the proverbial winds? Perhaps. Or maybe, just maybe, I’m an unapologetic sucker for buddy flicks involving big guns, bad jokes, Sally Kirkland in the nude, Dr. Dre and Ed lover, Big Daddy Kane, Denis Leary, Kadeem Hardison, and a lots of people jumping from elevated surfaces. “Death Warrant” director Deran Sarafian understands the need for an abundance of goofy action and rapid fire humor when your script appears to have been written by someone who’s watched the “Lethal Weapon” series one too many times.
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50 Cent to Star in Things Fall Apart

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Curtis Jackson (aka 50 Cent) apparently refuses to learn his lesson. After mucking up the screen in the atrocious Get Rich or Die Tryin' back in 2005, he's been in a steady stream of forgettable films, the most well-known being the massively disappointing Righteous Kill. Well, he's not done. Jackson is apparently going to try to translate his mumble-hop rap style into acting once again, this time for Things Fall Apart.

According to Variety, the film is about "a star football running back, played by Jackson, who faces a personal tragedy as well as his own mortality while in his senior year in college." Oh, goodie. It's got all the earmarks of a triumph of the human spirit sports flick (which I'm frequently a sucker for), but it stars one of the most overrated rappers/weakest actors of our time. I won't deny that Jackson has a look and attitude that Hollywood
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Highlander Remake in the Works

Russel Mulcahy's 1986 film Highlander told an epic tale of immortals fighting one another through the ages to win the prize of ultimate knowledge that came from being the "only one," so it's fitting that the franchise that everyone thought was dead turns out not to be.

The original film earned actor Christopher Lambert a cult following for his portrayal of Connor "The Highlander" MacLeod, and spawned four theatrical sequels, a TV series, multiple comic books, and, most recently, an animated feature.

Summit Entertainment has announced that it will resurrect the Highlander franchise, with the producer-director team behind Fast & Furious, Neil H. Moritz and Justin Lin. Summit has also announced that it has hired Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, the writing team behind Iron Man, to pen the script. Other than a brief synopsis describing "an immortal Scottish swordsman" and his battle against a "brutal barbarian, who lusts for the fabled Prize,
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Six Things You Didn’t Know About Guns N’ Roses’ ‘November Rain’

MTV celebrates an important moment in its history this week: 17 years ago, Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain” premiered on “Headbangers Ball.” Since the video dropped in 1992, plenty has changed: Axl Rose has hired and fired dozens of bandmembers (finally releasing the long-awaiting Chinese Democracy last year) and Slash has gone from solo artist to Velvet Revolver axeman. One thing hasn’t changed, though: “November Rain” is still as inexplicable as it was when it first aired on MTV. If you haven’t seen it, take the time to enjoy all 9 minutes of Axl’s magnum opus, and then check out all the things you might have missed about it.

» “November Rain” was directed by a gentleman named Andy Morahan, whose résumé includes two other Guns clips (”Don’t Cry” and “Estranged”), many videos for other artists (Michael Jackson’s “Give in to Me,” George Michael’s “Faith,” Bryan Adams’ “(Everything
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