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Netflix Teams Up With Frank Miller to Develop a King Arthur Series Based on His Cursed Novel

Last week we learned that legendary comic book writer and artist Frank Miller would be developing an illustrated novel called Cursed, which is based on the King Arthur legend, Lady of the Lake. Well, Netflix has already picked up the rights to the book and they will be developing it as a 10-episode TV series.

Miller is working on the book with writer Thomas Wheeler (Lego: Ninjago Movie) and according to Deadline, the same creative team who are working on the book will also be working on the series simultaneously. Its said that they will actually get to explore the characters in more detail in the series than in the book. So... I guess I'll just wait for the series.

Cursed is a re-imagining of the Arthurian legend, told through the eyes of Nimue, a teenage heroine with a mysterious gift who is destined to become the powerful (and tragic) Lady of the Lake.
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Stan Lee Joins the Guest List for Wizard World Comic Con in St. Louis

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, February 2nd, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 3rd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday,February 4th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Stan Lee , the legendary comic book writer, editor, actor, producer and publisher, announced that he will attend Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis, February 3-4, The iconic Lee, a member of both the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, will greet fans, pose for photo ops, sign autographs and conduct interactive Q&A sessions in Saturday and Sunday.

Known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry,
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Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis February 2nd – 4th – Great Line-Up of Guests!

Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con February 2nd, 3rd, and 4th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop-fi, pop culture, movies, graphic novels, cosplay, comics, television, sci-fi, toys, video gaming, gaming, original art, collectibles, contests and more. St. Louis show hours are Friday, February 2nd, 3-8 p.m.; Saturday, February 3rd, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday,February 4th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Wizard World Comic Con St. Louis is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character – and some never before dreamed – will roam the convention floor
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Vikings creator developing Ronin TV series

THR is reporting that Michael Hirst, creator and showrunner of The Tudors and Vikings, has launched his own independent production company Green Pavillion Entertainment, which has signed a first look deal with MGM Television and aims to produce high end dramas for global markets.

The first project from the company will be a TV adaptation of the 1998 action thriller Ronin, which followed a group of mercenaries hired to steal a metallic briefcase from a heavily armored convoy. Robert De Niro led a cast that also included Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Stellan Skarsgard, Sean Bean and Jonathan Pryce.

“Green Pavilion has been a long time in the making,” said Hirst. “Everyone involved in this new venture has experience developing and making premium content which appeals to international audiences. Having MGM Television as an ally in this venture will help us to build on our strengths and draw the best writers, directors
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‘Vikings’ Creator Michael Hirst Launches Production Company, Sets Up ‘Ronin’ Remake At MGM

Vikings and The Tudors creator Michael Hirst has launched his own independent production company and has struck a first-look deal with MGM. Hirst also has also set up his first project, a remake of Robert De Niro's 1998 spy thriller Ronin. Hirst has established Green Pavilion Entertainment with longtime producing partners Morgan O'Sullivan and James Flynn. The trio will develop and produce high-end dramas for international and domestic markets. The first-look deal with…
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Jean Reno Boards Pablo Aragüés’ Fantasy Thriller ‘1,200 Souls’ (Exclusive)

Jean Reno Boards Pablo Aragüés’ Fantasy Thriller ‘1,200 Souls’ (Exclusive)
One of France’s best known actors, Jean Reno (“Leon: the Professional,” “Ronin,” “The Da Vinci Code”), is attached to star in “1.200 Almas” (“1,200 Souls),” a fantasy thriller from the Zaragoza-based producer-director tandem of Marta Cabrera and Pablo Aragüés whose “Novatos” proved a Netflix worldwide distribution pick-up.

L.A.-based Outsider Pictures Paul Hudson is handling world sales rights and executive produces along with Zaragoza VFX house Entropy Studio.

Despite Reno’s Spanish origins – his parents hail from Cadiz in Andalusia – “1.200” marks the first Spanish film for an actor who has sought to buck typecasting in a multitude of roles whose international titles take in “Nikita,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Godzilla” and “The Last Face.”

Reno, who won a European Film Academy’s European Achievement in World Cinema Awardin 2000, joins Swiss-Spaniard Ingrid García-Jonsson, who broke out with Jaime Rosales’ 2014 Cannes Un Certain Regard entry “Beautiful Youth,” scoring a Spanish Academy best new actress nomination, and [link=nm
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Jan Triska, Star of ‘Ronin’ and ‘Ragtime,’ Dies at 80 After Fall From Bridge in Czech Republic

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Jan Triska, Star of ‘Ronin’ and ‘Ragtime,’ Dies at 80 After Fall From Bridge in Czech Republic
Jan Triska, a Czech actor who starred in such Hollywood movies as “Ronin” and “Ragtime,” has died after a fall on Saturday from Prague’s iconic Charles Bridge. He was 80 years old. According to the Associated Press, Prague theater director Jan Hrusinsky confirmed the death on Monday. The actor died in Prague’s military hospital overnight from his injuries after Saturday’s fall. The circumstances of the fall are still unclear. Triska moved to the United States in 1977 after he signed a human rights manifesto against Czechoslovakia’s then-Communist government, according to The Guardian. He had been inspired by his close friend,
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Review: "Ronin" (1998) Starring Robert De Niro; Arrow Video Blu-ray Release

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By Todd Garbarini

I’m a sucker for car chases. Not the perfunctory, last-minute “Hey, this movie needs a car chase!” variety, but the kind that comes as a result of a particular plot point wherein someone or some group has to get away from some other group. While most new car chases such as The Fast and the Furious sort are usually accomplished through CGI, I find that this sleight-of-hand fakery virtually abolishes all tension. The best ones that I have seen all did it for real through innovative and unprecedented filming techniques and excellent editing: Grand Prix (1966), Vanishing Point (1967), Bullitt (1968), The Seven-Ups (1973), The Blues Brothers (1980), The Road Warrior (1981), The Terminator (1984), F/X (1986), Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991), and The Town (2010) all have action sequences that put the full wonder of film editing on display.

There are two major car chases in the late John Frankenheimer’s Ronin, which opened on Friday,
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Robert De Niro picks up a gun once again as a highly paid spy-mercenary-thief hired for a bit of international larceny, the robbing of a courier of some undisclosed secrets of one kind or another. Juicing up a Melville- like stoic crime fantasy with superb car stunt work puts director John Frankenheimer back in the game, with a worthy project.



Arrow Video USA

1998 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 122 min. / Street Date August 29, 2017 / Available from Arrow Video 39.95

Starring: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Stellan Skarsgard, Skipp Sudduth, Michael Lonsdale, Jan Triska, Jonathan Pryce.

Cinematography: Robert Fraisse

Film Editor: Tony Gibbs

Original Music: Elia Cmiral

Written by J.D. Zeik, David Mamet (as Richard Weisz)

Produced by Frank Mancuso Jr.

Directed by John Frankenheimer

Ronin is something of a last gasp for the Mancuso-era United Artists (MGM), a lavishly appointed all-on-location major action picture directed by a great
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Blu-ray Review – Ronin (1998)

Ronin, 1998.

Directed by John Frankenheimer.

Starring Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natascha McElhone, Sean Bean, Michael Lonsdale, Jonathan Pryce, Stellan Skarsgård, and Skipp Sudduth.


A group of mercenaries are hired by Irish terrorists to retrieve a case to stop it falling into Russian hands.

In case you didn’t know, ronin are Samurai warriors whose masters have been killed, leaving the warriors free to roam the land as swords-for-hire to anybody willing to pay them. The movie Ronin informs you of this in the title cards so you could be forgiven for thinking this is going to be a bloodthirsty martial arts epic in the vein of Shogun Assassin until you are thrown into a Paris bistro as a ragtag group of shifty characters are assembling. We don’t know them, they don’t know each other and only one person knows why they are there – that person being
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Ronin Starring Robert DeNiro Available on Blu-ray August 29th from Arrow Video

Ronin Starring Robert DeNiro and directed by John Frankenheimer will be available from Arrow Academy on August 28th.

Ronin: Noun, historical. A samurai who no longer serves a daimyo, or feudal lord.

From director John Frankenheimer (Reindeer Games, The Manchurian Candidate) comes Ronin, a pulse-pounding, action-packed crime thriller featuring an all-star cast headlined by Robert De Niro (Taxi Driver, Heat) and Jean Reno (Léon: The Professional).

On a rain-swept night in Paris, an international crack team of professional thieves assembles, summoned by a shady crime syndicate fronted by the enigmatic Deirdre (Natascha McElhone, The Devil’s Own). Their mission: to steal a heavily guarded briefcase from armed mobsters, its contents undisclosed. But what begins as a routine heist soon spirals into chaos, with the group beset by a series of double-crosses and constantly shifting allegiances, and it falls to world-weary former CIA strategist Sam (De Niro) and laconic Frenchman
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Full Details for Arrow Video’s August Horror Releases, Including Re-animator 4K Restoration Limited Edition Blu-ray

This August, Arrow Video enters the deranged mind of Herbert West with their limited edition 4K restoration of Stuart Gordon's Re-Animator (which was initially slated for a July 25th release), and we now have the full list of special features for the anticipated release, along with two other horror Blu-rays coming out this month from Arrow: The Slayer and a limited edition steelbook of Society.

Press Release: The summer really hots up in August, as Arrow Video releases a special edition of an 80s classic, a white-knuckle thriller, a splatter horror masterpiece, a box set of crime classics, a rare Italian sword-and-sandal epic, and an amazing new limited edition steelbook.

First up, one of the most wildly popular horror movies of all-time, Stuart Gordon's enduring splatter-comedy classic Re-Animator returns to Blu-ray in a stunning restoration packed with special features. According to the distributor (Mvd), this awesome package is officially sold out already,
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Stormy Monday Starring Melanie Griffith Available on Blu-ray July 18th From Arrow Video

Stormy Monday starring Melanie Griffith will be available on Blu-ray July 18th From Arrow Video

In 1988, Mike Figgis (Internal Affairs, Leaving Las Vegas) made his feature directorial debut with Stormy Monday, a taut, noir-influenced gangster movie that drew on his key formative influences, including his youth in the Newcastle of the late ’50s and early ’60s, and the city’s vibrant jazz scene.

Sean Bean (Ronin) plays Brendan, a young loafer taken under the wing of jazz club owner Finney (Sting, Quadrophenia), who’s under pressure from American mobster Cosmo (Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive) to sell up in exchange for a cut of a local land development deal. Brendan just wants to earn an honest crust, but his burgeoning relationship with Cosmo’s ex-lover Kate (Melanie Griffith, Body Double) threatens to drag him into the middle of the impending showdown…

A romantic crime thriller with genuine heart, Stormy Monday features striking,
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Top Ten Tuesday – Baby Driver Opens This Week, So Here Are the Best Car Chase Movies of the 1970’s

There’s nothing like a good car chase in a movie. Maybe it’s the daring-do of the stunt drivers that makes you feel you’re in danger even though you’re comfortably in your seat, or the high stakes of the moment in which the characters we’re rooting for will either get out of the situation or have a gruesome finale, but an impressive car-chase scene can make even a mediocre movie a beloved classic. What makes a car chase legendary, you ask? They’re the ones that keep you at the edge of your seat and actually fit in with the rest of the plot.

Edgar Wright’s Baby Driver opens Wednesday, June 28th. Baby (Ansel Elgort), is an innocent-looking getaway driver who gets hardened criminals from point A to point B, with daredevil flair and a personal soundtrack running through his head. That’s because he
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Jean Reno Signs With Paradigm (Exclusive)

Jean Reno Signs With Paradigm (Exclusive)
Jean Reno has signed with Paradigm, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned. He previously was with CAA.

The French actor rose to international acclaim in 1994 in Luc Besson’s The Professional, starring as the titular hitman who mentors a young orphan (Natalie Portman). His subsequent Hollywood credits include Mission: Impossible, Godzilla, Ronin and The Da Vinci Code, as well as Couples Retreat and Steve Martin’s two Pink Panther movies, wherein he showed off his comedic flair. Reno most recently appeared in Armenian genocide drama The Promise, starring Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale and Charlotte Le Bon.

Reno continues to be repped...
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‘Wizard of Lies’ Trailer: Robert De Niro Looks Like He Finally Cares Again

‘Wizard of Lies’ Trailer: Robert De Niro Looks Like He Finally Cares Again
Quick: name the most recent film in which Robert De Niro delivered a dynamite performance. Silver Linings Playbook? Maybe the original Meet the Parents? We don’t have to go as far back as 1998’s Ronin, do we? Yikes. Answering that question is far tougher than it used to be because De Niro has appeared in a ton of not-so-great […]

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The 12 Best Movie Sequels Ever

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Movie sequels are big business for Hollywood. Many fans are getting burnt-out on sequels, especially since so many of them are unnecessary. Still, let’s not forget that when they’re done right, sequels can be great. Here are a dozen of the greatest sequels ever made.

12. Star Trek 2: The Wrath Of Khan (1982): Still the best of all the Star Trek films, this excellent sequel corrected everything that went wrong with its disappointing predecessor, Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The action, the humor and the character interactions were all excellent. The comparisons to Moby Dick gave it a literary flavor, and Ricardo Montalban was fantastic as the villain, Khan Noonien Singh. The death of Spock was a surprise to long-time fans, even if it didn’t last. This film made the Trek film franchise fun and set the standard for the future films.

11. The Color Of Money
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DVD Review – The Neighbour (2016)

The Neighbour, 2016.

Directed by Marcus Dunstan.

Starring Josh Stewart, Jaqueline Fleming, Alex Essoe, Bill Engvall, Luke Edwards, Melissa Bolona, Skipp Sudduth.


A married couple of low-level criminals looking to escape to a new life discover their next door neighbour is also up to no good.

From the creative team that brought you torture porn standouts The Collector and it’s even more demented sequel The Collection, The Neighbour is a more deliberately paced and restrained thriller that stars Marcus Dunstan regular Josh Stewart as John, a career criminal who, along with his wife Rosie (Alex EssoeTales of Halloween), work for local crime boss Neil (Skipp SudduthRonin) switching the plates on cars for drug deals and hoping to make enough money to disappear from their life of crime. Living out in the sticks their nearest neighbour is Troy (Bill EngvallSharknado 3: Oh Hell No!), whom the
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BMW Films' The Hire Gets A New Chapter With Clive Owen

Back in 2001, automaker BMW spent a fair bit of money to hire A-list directors to write, produce and shoot a series of short films that had only one stipulation: Clive Owen had to drive a BMW in them at some point.  There were some interesting filmmaking milestones that came out of this art-meets-advertising endeavor: Tony Scott used his to pilot the visual style he would later use in Man on Fire and perfect (your mileage may vary) with Domino. Ang Lee used his as a wink and a tease for his upcoming film, Hulk. John Frankenheimer's ended up being the director's final film, and has a magnificent car chase, building on the work he did in Ronin. Wong Kar-Wai used it as a test...

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