Paramount Insurge Points; We All Looked Up

Dread Central - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:43

Space. The final frontier. Given the size of our planet in comparison to those orbiting around us, we're likely to get wiped out at any second by some form of interstellar collision. Paramount Insurge is out to prove that the end is near!

Deadline is reporting that the studio has optioned rights to Tommy Wallach’s forthcoming debut novel We All Looked Up. The science fiction tale is set two months before a meteor is set to pass through Earth’s orbit with a 66.6 percent chance of striking and ending all life on the planet.

Against this backdrop, four high school seniors – the athlete, the school slut, the slacker, and the overachiever – find their lives intersecting on the eve of the cataclysmic event.

The book doesn’t hit stands until March 31, 2015, via Simon & Schuster.

Chronicle producer John Davis will be producing for his Davis Entertainment banner while Brittany Morrissey is overseeing for the company. Alison Small is overseeing for Paramount Insurge, the microbudget branch at Paramount whose upcoming projects include The Cellar with Bad Robot.

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Will ‘The Stand’ Climax in a Blaze of Glory?

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:33

The rumor mill has been in full swing over the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic The Stand recently. Mainly the rumors concern possible cast, but Badass Digest recently chimed in on how the movie version will end. Even the most diehard King fan has to admit, sometimes the man has trouble stickin’ the landing.

(possible spoilers follow)

Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is currently reworking David Kajganich’s original script. Devin of Badass reveals how that original draft ended:

In this version, from last year, the good guy survivors from Boulder get together in an army and march on Las Vegas to kill Randall Flagg. Flagg’s headquarters is, of course, the Luxor Pyramid. The Boulderites invade the city while, off to the east, a squad fights at the Boulder Dam – which Trashcan Man explodes, killing Larry Underwood and sending a deadly flood to Vegas. In the city Flagg squares off against hero Stu Redman… who now has the power of God, and they have an Akira-like battle on the Las Vegas Strip, with Flagg trying to take Stu’s magic. Cars are thrown, Excalbur’s turrets are tossed, the people of Vegas are used by Flagg as disposable cannon-fodder. Meanwhile Nick Andros sacrifices his life taking out a howitzer. The Boulder forces, while armed, try to only take prisoners and rescue people from being under Flagg’s evil spell. It all comes down to Flagg and Stu, and whether or not Stu will absorb Flagg’s evil magic.

This is WAY more action packed than King’s original ending. For anyone who’s seen the mini-series from 1994, you can attest to how silly it translated to screen.

What do you guys think? Should Boone keep this big Hollywood showdown of an ending? Or go with the *ahem* “hand of God”? Or something else entirely?

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TIFF 2014: Justin Long Has Seen Better Days in New Tusk Imagery

Dread Central - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:31

We are just a few days away from the premiere of Kevin Smith's Tusk at the Toronto International Film Festival (look for a review soon), and right now we have several new images from this sliver of silver screen madness.

Tusk, written and directed by Smith, stars Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, and Michael Parks. Long plays a journalist who finds the story of a lifetime in Mr. Howe (Parks), a worldwide adventurer with amazing tales and a curious penchant for walruses.

Producers are Sam Englebardt, William D. Johnson, and David Greathouse for Demarest and Shannon McIntosh for Smith’s SModcast Pictures banner. Jennifer Schwalbach and XYZ's Nate Bolotin are executive producers.

Related Story: New Tusk Poster Offers Spoilers

Look for the flick in theatres on September 19, 2014.

For more info visit the official Tusk website, "like" Tusk on Facebook, check out Tusk on Instagram, and follow @Tusk_TheMovie on Twitter using the hashtag #WalrusYes.

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There's Something Wicked About This TV Spot

Dread Central - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:14

A TV spot has arrived online ahead of the release of Brittany Murphy's final film, Something Wicked, and we have it for you right here. The film will be distributed in more than 70 theaters in Los Angeles and the surrounding area as well as Las Vegas, NV, on September 12, 2014.

Click here to find a show time near you.

The hauntingly seductive thriller about obsession and young love gone wrong stars Shantel VanSanten (Gang Related, “One Tree Hill,” Final Destination), John Robinson (Big Sur, Lords of Dogtown), Julian Morris (“Once Upon a Time,” “Pretty Little Liars,” Valkyrie), James Patrick Stuart (“Supernatural,” “Hot in Cleveland”), and Brittany Murphy (8 Mile, Uptown Girls, Clueless).

Something Wicked is a Merchant Films production, directed by Darin Scott, written and produced by Joe Colleran. Merchant Films Releasing is distributing the film.

For more info visit the official Something Wicked website, "like" Something Wicked on Facebook, and follow Something Wicked on Twitter.




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Douglas Booth the Latest to Experience Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Dread Central - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:02

Filming finally begins next month on the feature film adaptation of the novel Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, which infuses gut munchers into the iconic Jane Austen tale. On tap for you today is the latest casting news so read on if this project is one you're eagerly anticipating!

Deadline reports that Noah star Douglas Booth has joined the cast of the classic lit mash-up, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s parody novel. Booth is no stranger to classic tales, previously starring in Romeo & Juliet. He’ll play Bingley L, the good-natured and wealthy pal of Mr. Darcy.

Jack Huston will portray handsome, charismatic Lt. Wickham in the Burr Steers-directed adaptation for Cross Creek Pictures, who acquired domestic rights with a commitment for a wide U.S. release.

Lily James, Sam Riley, and Bella Heathcote also star. Huston's Wickham and James' Elizabeth Bennett are immediately attracted to each other, and he’s familiar with her combat skills. Wickham aims to teach zombies to fight, and he wins Liz over with his theories regarding training them.

Steers (Igby Goes Down, Charlie St. Cloud) will direct from a screenplay by himself and David O. Russell. Brian Oliver, Allison Shearmur, Sean McKittrick, Natalie Portman, Annette Savitch, Tyler Thompson, and Marc Butan will produce the film, which mixes the 1813 Jane Austen classic Pride and Prejudice with a legion of bloodthirsty undead, on behalf of Sierra/Affinity, which is also handling foreign sales.

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Synapse Giving Demons and Demons 2 Bare Bones Blu-ray Releases

Dread Central - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:53

At the tail end of last year, Synapse Films released limited edition steelbook versions of Italian horror flicks Demons and Demons 2 on Blu-ray, which were packed with bonus features and sold out before most fans could say "Geretta Geretta."

As reported today by DVD Active, this November Synapse will be re-releasing both of the cult favorites onto Blu-ray, leaving behind the steelbook cases as well as the bonus content. Why is this noteworthy? Because the discs at long last give those of us who missed out on last year's souped up releases the chance to own the films in high-def without breaking the bank.

The site reports that the bare bones discs will likely have none of the exclusive extras that were available on the limited releases, though they note that both releases will include high-definition 1080p transfers taken from original vault materials in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio, featuring all-new color correction.

Demons will contain both the international English stereo language soundtrack, as well as the U.S. Mono English alternate dub soundtrack, while Demons 2 will include only the international English language stereo track. Both movies will also feature their original U.S. theatrical trailers and newly-translated English SDH subtitles.

The new releases will also be available on bare bones DVDs, and the release date is set for November 11th.

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Dracula Untold Tells its Tale a Week Early

Dread Central - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:42

Excited for next month's release of Dracula Untold? Well then, you're gonna love this news! Universal Pictures and Legendary Pictures’ film has moved from October 17, 2014, to Friday, October 10, 2014, and will still be released in all formats including IMAX.

The film stars Luke Evans as the titular bloodsucker alongside Sarah Gadon, Samantha Barks, Thor Kristjansson, Art Parkinson, Zach McGowan, and Dominic Cooper.

Universal’s dramatic horror movie tells the origin story of the most famous of vampires. Michael De Luca is producing the project, and commercials helmer Gary Shore is making his directorial debut on the picture.

Synopsis
Luke Evans is starring as the most famous of vampires in an origin story that sees a Transylvanian prince risk eternal damnation in order to save his wife and son from a Turkish horde. Barks plays a figure in Eastern European folk tales known as a baba yaga, a beautiful young woman who turns into a savage witch. Kristjansson is Bright Eyes, an Eastern European taken as a slave as a young boy and now a vicious assassin in the Ottoman Army. Parkinson portrays Dracula’s son, named Ingeras.

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[TV] New “The Walking Dead” Season 5 Imagery!

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:41

AMC has released three teaser images for the new season of “The Walking Dead”, set to premiere Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m. One still depicts Abraham bracing for war, another has Carol Peletier’s return shown with a rifle, with the best being a still of Maggie unaware of walkers roaming toward her.

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) were left handcuffed in the Terminus train car, echoing the survivors’ predicament in the Season 4 Finale cliffhanger.

“Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.”

Source: THR, TVline and TheWrap:

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A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night and Finds a Trailer

Dread Central - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:35

A new trailer has arrived for the world's first Iranian vampire western, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, an upcoming release from Elijah Wood's company, SpectreVision; and it looks pretty bitchin'!

Kino Lorber acquired the North American rights to the film a full five months after its world premiere at Sundance. A Stateside release is still pending.

Directed by Ana Lily Amirpour, A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night stars Sheila Vand, Arash Marandi, Dominic Rains, Marshall Manesh, Mozhan Marnó, and Milad Eghbali.

Synopsis
Strange things are afoot in Bad City. The Iranian ghost town, home to prostitutes, junkies, pimps, and other sordid souls, is a bastion of depravity and hopelessness where a lonely vampire stalks its most unsavory inhabitants. But when boy meets girl, an unusual love story begins to blossom… blood red.

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[TIFF '14] New ‘Tusk’ Imagery Shows Long With a Single Leg

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:34

Just days before its World Premiere, the Toronto International Film Festival website has been updated with a slew of new images from Kevin Smith’s Human Centipede-esque Tusk, as well as a super long description.

A24 will be releasing Smith’s horror film, about a man (Justin Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks), in theaters September 19.

Wallace (Justin Long) co-hosts a popular podcast with his pal Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), focusing on cruel, mocking cringe humour as part of their mission to keep it “real and raunchy.” After his trip to Winnipeg to interview the “Kill Bill Kid” — a teen whose unfortunate samurai-sword video has gone viral — comes up empty, Wallace decides to make the trip worth his while and find a good story north of the forty-ninth parallel. A handwritten flyer he finds in a bar bathroom leads him to a grizzled old swab (Michael Parks) full of tall tales to share from his life of adventure at sea — and this is where Wallace’s voyage to the Great White North descends into straight-up madness.

Smith has always been an expert at easy banter and snappy jokes, but with Tusk he brings his distinctive sensibility to a whole new dimension of terror and the bizarre.

Be warned: even as it deftly delivers on its outlandish and outrageous concept, the film is also aboot how Americans view Canada — so check your patriotic fervour at the door and prepare for a barrage of Canuck jokes and a steaming-hot double-double of strange.

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The ABCs of Death 2 Trailer - Now in New Green Band Flavor!

Dread Central - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:27

The ABCs of Death 2 will be making its VOD premiere via Magnet Releasing on October 2nd with a theatrical run set for October 31st. That being said a new work friendly green band trailer has come our way and it's fit for mass consumption. Dig it!

THE ABCs OF DEATH 2 is produced by Ant Timpson and Tim League, in conjunction with associate producers Todd Brown, Marc Walkow, Mitch Davis, and Ted Geoghegan.

THE ABCs OF DEATH 2’s directors are an eclectic, acclaimed group, consisting of Julian Barratt of The Mighty Boosh; Israel’s Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (BIG BAD WOLVES, RABIES); Japan’s arthouse provocateur Sion Sono (COLD FISH, SUICIDE CLUB); Academy Award-nominated animator Bill Plympton; ROOM 237 mastermind Rodney Ascher; Filipino icon – and Director’s Fortnight inductee – Erik Matti (ON THE JOB, MAGIC TEMPLE); Lithuania’s Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper (VANISHING WAVES); SPLICE and CUBE's Vincenzo Natali; indie horror icon Larry Fessenden (THE LAST WINTER, HABIT); THE STATION’s Marvin Kren; Todd Rohal (THE CATECHISM CATACLYSM); Canada’s king of lo-fi, Steven Kostanski (MANBORG); Cuba’s Alejandro Brugués (JUAN OF THE DEAD); indie director Robert Boocheck; acclaimed UK commercial director Jim Hosking; Japanese monster-maker Hajime Ohata (HENGE); Canadian short film wizard Chris Nash (SKINFECTIONS); France’s Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo (INSIDE, LIVID); E.L. Katz (director of the SXSW breakout hit CHEAP THRILLS); twin auteurs Jen and Sylvia Soska (AMERICAN MARY, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK); A LONELY PLACE TO DIE’s Julian Gilbey; Brazil’s most controversial filmmaker Dennison Ramalho (NINJAS, LOVE FOR MOTHER ONLY); the founder of Nigerian “Nollywood” cinema Lancelot Imasuen; THE LEGEND OF BEAVER DAM and STAGE FRIGHT’s Jerome Sable; and animator Robert Morgan – creator of the BAFTA Award nominated short BOBBY YEAH.




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Exclusive ‘Killers’ Clip Prepares For An Execution

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:24

Now on UK DVD/Blu-ray is Killers, a stylish thriller from The Raid‘s Gareth Evans and directed by the hugely talented ‘Mo Brothers’ (V/H/S/2, Macabre).

The film sees the explosive meeting of two serial killers with contrasting, and sadistic, styles of murder. You’ll get a taste of this in the exclusive clip we’ve shared below. Grab an ax and prepare for an on-camera execution.

Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.

Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.

Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.

Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards a traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence; obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions towards his young daughter, Elly.

When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.

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The Pact 2 - Poster Premiere; Making-Of Video

Dread Central - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:20

The release of the sequel to Nicholas McCarthy's film The Pact, cleverly titled The Pact 2, is heading toward us like an evil spirit looking for a host, and right now we have the official one-sheet along with a look behind the scenes of production! Dig it!

Directed by Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath, the film stars Camilla Luddington ("True Blood"), Patrick Fischler (Mulholland Drive), Scott Michael Foster ("Californication"), Haley Hudson (The Pact), Mark Steger (The Pact), and Caity Lotz (The Pact).

IFC Midnight has announced a VOD roll-out on September 5th, followed by a limited theatrical outing on October 10th.

Synopsis
Only a few weeks after Annie Barlow exterminated the plague that was the Judas Killer, we meet June Abbott, a woman whose carefully constructed life in Los Angeles is beginning to unravel due to lucid nightmares so awful they disturb her waking life.

When Special Agent Terrence Ballard, the FBI agent assigned to wrap up the case of the newly deceased Judas Killer, shows up at June’s door, he brings with him some terrifying news – there is a Judas copycat killer on the loose in her neighborhood! In the course of his investigation, Ballard shows June a picture of the copycat killer’s victim, and she is stunned to see that it’s the same woman she saw brutally murdered in her nightmares.

A series of hauntings begin to torment June, growing in frequency and ferocity over time. Now, not only does she see murder victims, but her dreams put herself in the role of the murderer. June fears that the spirit of the Judas Killer is the architect of some greater plan in which she must now play a part. June struggles to maintain her grip on sanity as she plunges into her own investigation of these events. No matter the result, the truth will be horrifying; either there is true evil inside of her, or someone, or something, is determined to destroy her…




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Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin To Perform At Roadburn 2015

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:19

Well, if ever there was a time I wished I was able to go to The Netherlands, this would be it! Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin has been locked down to live perform the scores of both Suspiria and Dawn Of The Dead at Roadburn 2015, which takes place April 9th – 12th.

The band will perform on the main stage at the 013 venue on Saturday, April 11 (Dawn of the Dead) and Sunday, April 12 (Suspiria).

Also performing at the festival will be synth duo Zombi and solo performances from each of the members, Steve Moore and A E Paterra.

Live footage of last year’s performances can be seen here.

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At The Gates Releases ‘At War With Reality’ Teaser

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:09

Swedish melodic metal pioneers At The Gates are gearing up for the October 28th release of At War With Reality, the band’s first album since 1996′s highly influential Slaughter Of The Soul.

Today they’ve released a video teaser that include a sample of the album’s title track and it sounds pretty damn badass! I’ve been hoping for a new album for a long time, so my expectations are pretty high for this. Check out the teaser below and let me know your thoughts.

At War With Reality track-listing:
1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal

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New American Horror Story: Freak Show Video Opens Wide

Dread Central - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 13:52

Another short video promo is here for "American Horror Story: Freak Show," and if you suffer from a fear of clowns, trust us when we say you had better steer clear... very clear... from this one. Seriously, back up at least 6 feet from your computer.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike.

This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe, Denis O'Hare, Jamie Brewer, and Evan Peters return from previous seasons. New cast members includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Matt Bomer, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

"American Horror Story: Freak Show" debuts October 8th at 10:00 PM on FX.

For more info visit the "AHS: Freak Show" Facebook page, check out "AHS: Freak Show" on Tumblr, and follow @AHSFreakShow_ on Twitter along with "American Horror Story" on FX.




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‘It Follows’ Get First Poster

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:37

We now have the first art for It Follows, which received rave reviews out of Cannes. It will be playing at the BFI London Film Festival, and as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.

For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe all star.

Radius-TWC will release David Robert Mitchell’s indie here in the States.

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Come Out In New Art

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:06

From Focus Features and LAIKA, the team behind ParaNorman and Coraline, comes the latest stop-motion animated 3-D extravaganza, the “Jungle Book” and “Frankenstein”-esque The Boxtrolls!

Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable, here’s two new posters just released.

In theaters September 26, the film is “A family event movie that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

The voice cast includes Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.

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Joe Dante Says WB and Amblin Actively Working On Next ‘Gremlins’

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:46

Yesterday we posted our exclusive interview with Joe Dante, who saw his horror comedy Burying the Ex premiere at last night’s Venice Film Festival.

Buried within the text we asked Dante if he’s been involved at all with Warner Bros. alleged Gremlins reboot.

Lots of people have asked me, but honestly I don’t really have much to do with it. There are two major entities involved – Warner Brothers and Amblin – and various people have been trying jump through the hoops with the studios to get this picture off the ground for years. Although some very well-known people have come up with a concept and some good ideas over that time, for whatever reason they were not seized upon until recently.

I’m told they’re finally working on something now, but frankly I have no idea what it is! [laughs]

It sounds as if they’ve had some really cool and unique pitches over the years, and the internet’s newfound love movie nostalgia seems to have propelled the suits to pour water all over Gremlins and get it replicated into theaters.

There were some rumblings this past July that Chris Columbus would produce the Gremlins reboot.

In the original 1984 pic, a boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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[Comic Book Review] “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” Massively Reinvents The Mad Titan

bloody disgusting - Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:25

Jim Starlin’s Marvel OGN “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” is massive in it’s scope. It sees Starlin return to the cosmic universe he helped define in an all-new sweeping story about the pitfalls of being a God. Sadly most of the dialogue is so on-the-nose, that you’re constantly reminded of this fact but with some incredible ideas, the story still manages to entertain.

 

WRITTEN BY: Jim Starlin
ART BY: Jim Starlin, Andy Smith
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
PRICE: $24.99
RELEASE: Out Now

Jim Starlin is an incredible artist. Of that much I’m sure. However, I’m not overly convinced he can write half as well. This is a book that looks stunning throughout. Starlin can warp space and time. He can keep Thanos at the center and make you feel like a God watching over the universe. It’s no easy task, but he makes it look that way. Yet, when it comes to his character’s dialogue, it simply adds nothing to the art.

In fact it so directly references everything on the page that I would go as far to say that it detracts from the art. Thanos’ sweeping voiceover is remarkably on the nose, and centers around stating out loud exactly what he’s doing at every moment. Adam Warlock is very guilty of this too.

So the story amounts to the two incredibly powerful beings musing on what it takes to be a God, and what altercations the universe has gone through thanks to the death and rebirth of these creatures. It’s actually thought provoking stuff and provides some fantastic visual queues of the known cosmic universe, but most of the dialogue is borderline groan-worthy. It’s the type of thing where each character will actually mutter their agendas aloud without any sort of subtext whatsoever.

When the book really gets going it’s easy to forgive such things. A showdown between Thanos and The Annihilators is a highlight that will go down as one of the best battles in Marvel Comics History.

And the finale to the story will leave you with a grand sense of dread. It’s a lovely play on what could have been an easy way out, but leading into a new birth of the status quo that tweaks things in all the right ways.

Starlin writes the characters on these pages as gods. They speak in grand terms and in logical conundrums. But dump exposition as if all Gods speak constantly about their powers and feelings. I’ve seen some use this to credit Starlin, but for me this doesn’t strengthen the book. I imagine Gods would speak in grand terms, but would be ultimately unconcerned with outlining their greater motivations for doing the things they do, but I digress.

The more psychedelic pages of this book are worth the price of admission alone. This is pure Marvel Cosmic awesomness. It’s not exactly the powerful story I wanted, but serves as a great addition to an already insanely appealing part of the Marvel universe. Thanos will always be alluring in a way most can’t quite explain, and nobody seems to draw him like Jim Starlin, it’s just a shame many have written him better.

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