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L’Enfant De La Forêt Opens Pre-orders For ‘Abraxis’ Limited Cassette

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 09:30

L’Enfant De La Forêt, the side project of James ‘Perturbator‘ Kent, has opened up pre-orders for a limited edition cassette of the debut album Abraxis. The 15-track cassette is $6 and will be shipped around May 1st.

Based upon a few songs that have been released over the past year, the music is going to be incredibly eerie and highly cinematic in feel. With titles like “The Birth Of All Evil”, “Flowers Of Flesh And Bone”, and “Amidst The Wolves”, this seems like it’ll be a fantastic album for those who want to unsettle themselves.

Pre-orders are available through Bandcamp. Head below for streams of several tracks.


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[TV Review] “Bates Motel” Episode 3.01: ‘A Death In The Family’

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 08:04

“Bates Motel” had a bit of a rough go in its first two seasons. I like the show a lot, but it’s never hooked me the way I feel a show should. Every scene involving Vera Farmiga is wonderful. Freddie Highmore has done a fantastic job as well keeping up with her, and their scenes together are “Bates Motel” at its absolute best. The show is certainly flawed and has the occasion terrible storyline (the marijuana subplot that plagued the majority of last season comes immediately to mind), but there’s just enough good in the show to keep me interested. 

The third season of “Bates Motel” premiered last night, and it was mostly a mixed bag for me. Pretty much everything I mentioned in the previous paragraph holds true for this premiere episode. All of the Norma/Norman (and Norma/Dylan) scenes were spot-on, but all other scenes were lacking in urgency. Let’s recap:

We open to Norman sleeping in bed with his mother (of course) only to have Dylan come in and tell Norma that it’s weird that her 18-year-old son is sleeping in the same bed as her (who’da thought?). Norma gets a call from a lawyer informing her that her mother has died. Since this is the first time (I believe) that we have heard mention of Norma’s mother, it doesn’t really hold a lot of weight for the audience, and it apparently doesn’t with Norma either, as she states she isn’t interested in hearing about the will. Her disinterest is made even more apparent when she breaks the news to Norman (“Oh by the way my mother died.”). Norman goes to school and has ghostly visions of Ms. Watson (whom he murdered in the first season finale) and runs back home to mother, only to run into new motel guest Annika Johnson, a very attractive hooker (I’m not kidding) who is just passing through town. Norman immediately takes a liking to her.

Meanwhile, Dylan has a meeting with Sheriff Romero, letting him know that he will not be selling marijuana illegally anymore. He is going to help people with glaucoma and cancer and sell them the weed (yawn). Romero tells him he is on his own and will not be able to offer him protection anymore. While at his cabin, his dad/uncle drops by to try to bond but Dylan, understandably, isn’t having it. Later, his father/uncle reveals that he knows Dylan is his son, and tries to explain how his bad childhood led to incest. So that’s why he raped Norma.

In the final third of the episode, Norma tells Norman that she will start home-schooling him and that she is going to promote him to manager of the motel (really?). He is thrilled and upon telling Emma, she informs him that her cystic fibrosis has gotten worse. Her lung capacity is decreasing. Naturally, he proposes that they begin dating. Then he spies on Annika showering in her room where Norma catches him. Norma finally breaks down about her mother to Dylan and Norman later finds her crying in her bad and they (literally) sleep together one last time.  Finally, Norman drives Annika to a restaurant where (I’m assuming) she is meeting one of her johns. In the final shot of the episode, we see Norman pull up to the motel in her car (he was supposed to walk back), with Annika mysteriously absent.

 

This episode was essentially just setting up the rest of the season, and while that’s not necessarily a bad thing, not all of it was particularly compelling. The acting was great across the board, it’s just the script I have an issue with. As I mentioned before, every scene with Farmiga and Highmore is amazing. Those two play off of each other really well and that’s what makes this episode for me. I’m a little puzzled as to why the season mystery seems to be “Did Norman kill Annika?” I don’t know this character and don’t really care (and Norman probably killed her). Plus, “Did Norman Kill Ms. Watson?” was the whole mystery of the second season. My hope is that I’m just underestimating the writers and this will not actually be the season mystery and get resolved in one or two episodes. One can dream.

After the appearance of “Mother” in Norman’s head in the season 2 finale, I was a little disappointed that she didn’t make an appearance in this episode. I realize that she can’t just keep popping up, but it’s a 10-episode season and there isn’t really an excuse for a slow pace (something the series has been guilty of in the past). The entire story with Norma’s mother threw me at first, but it ended up giving us a great moment with her and Dylan (more on his arc below).

Overall I’d say this was a perfectly average episode of “Bates Motel.” It had some great moments and it had moments that dragged. There was a lot of setup, as is expected in season premieres, but it moved a little too slowly for my taste.

Random Notes

  • I’m taking a page out of The AV Club’s book (I read their reviews religiously but will not be reading their reviews for “Bates Motel until after these go up so as to avoid any subconscious plagiarism/opinion influence) and adding this section to the end of all my reviews. So in the main body I will recap and review (and try to limit my snarkiness), and in this section I’ll have my more informal thoughts/critiques of the episode.
  • Also, I apologize for the length of this review. I’ll try to start doing a better job of condensing future reviews.
  • Exactly how much time has passed since the start of the series? I feel like it’s been a long time but maybe I’m wrong?
  • Seriously, what is it with older women on this show being so flirty with Norman? I admit that Freddie Highmore is cute, but jeez.
  • For the love of God, get Max Thieriot away from the marijuana storyline. Actually, jettison that plot altogether and make him be around his family more  (but not his dad/uncle).
  • Speaking of Max Thieriot, does anyone else get distracted by his teeth? I feel like it always looks like he’s wearing a mouth guard (he’s still hot though).
  • It’s nice to see Keegan Connor Tracy (Final Destination 2, Once Upon a Time) again, albeit as a ghost/corpse. She’s one of those actresses that just pops up out of nowhere sometimes and she always makes me smile.
  • Vera Farmiga pleading with Norman to (literally) sleep with her one last time (“Just for a night…because I’m so sad”) made me laugh hysterically. In case you couldn’t tell, I love that woman.
  • Olivia Cooke needs to be given more to do. She was great in the first season but completely underused last season. Remedy that now, please.
  • Happy to be doing these reviews for you guys for the next 10 weeks! I’ll also be reviewing A&E’s “The Returned,” which airs after “Bates Motel.” Look for my review of that later tonight!
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‘DmC: Definitive Edition’ Review: Sweet Carnage

Tue, 03/10/2015 - 03:01

It’s been two long years since developer Ninja Theory took the reins on Capcom’s popular series of demon genocide simulators with DmC: Devil May Cry. I’ve been a fan of the series for some time, but DmC took everything I loved about those games — the fluid combat, stylish world and the monsters that inhabit it, whose soul purpose is to take a lengthy bludgeoning from me.

With the Definitive Edition, Dante and friends are back and better than ever. This package brings with it a bevy of content, including all of the original game’s DLC, as well as a number of fan-requested tweaks to the combat, such as the addition of a lock-on ability if you’re looking to single out a specific baddie for some whoopassery.

It’s no secret that DmC, and specifically Dante’s new look, has polarized many fans of the series. If you count yourself among them, go right on ahead and skip this.

For those of you who enjoyed the reboot, or if you’re simply looking for a stylish, colorful and insanely addictive action game from a developer that specializes in creating stylish, colorful and insanely addictive action games, you’ll want to get this.

First off, since I’ve already reviewed the game’s original incarnation, I’m going to skip detailing some of what should be pretty common knowledge by now. If that’s information you’d like to know, I suggest you check out my review of the original game.

Before we get into why this is worth buying, I’m going to say something that no critic should say.

I’m biased. That’s right, I said it. I have a bias toward games that make me look like I have skills, when in reality, my talents would likely rank below average in games of this genre. Before this reboot came along, I hadn’t been able to get into the Devil May Cry series because of their unforgiving difficulty and my aforementioned ineptitude with any game that requires I memorize button combinations or react quickly.

One of the things that makes DmC so brilliant is it manages the impressive feat of catering for helplessly inadequate gamers such as myself, while at the same time providing enough of a challenge for longtime fans of the series. The original game did this well, and the Definitive Edition takes that a step further.

Capcom has used fan feedback to re-balance the enemies and fine-tune the weapons, even going so far as to add the oft-requested manual lock-on so you can target individual enemies you’d like to get intimate with, and a new Turbo Mode that speeds up the gameplay by 20%.

They’ve also upscaled the graphics to support 1080p and run at a smooth 60fps so you can see every glorious detail.

Skilled demon hunters will want to take a look at the new difficulty modes — Hardcore, Must Style and Gods Must Die — for a real challenge.

Hardcore amps up the difficulty a bit further, bringing the gameplay closer to the unforgiving nature of the original games. The Gods Must Die mode bestows enemies with the Devil Trigger ability while at the same time makes them deal considerably more damage, and in Must Style, enemies can only take damage when your style rank is at least an S. I remember seeing that letter a few times when I was playing it, but it’s been so long I fear it might have been just a dream.

I’d say by now, this game has enough difficulty tiers that anyone should be able to have a good time with it, or whatever the “good time” equivalent is beyond the “I’m a baby, please go easy on me” mode I’m most fond of.

Because wave survival modes are all the rage right now, a new Bloody Palace mode has been introduced for Vergil, Dante’s brother, which takes place in a 60-floor arena that’s brimming with all sorts of monsters. This is a somewhat tougher version than the original Bloody Palace. I wasn’t able to make it very far, but anything that gives Vergil more screen-time is more than welcome.

As much as I loved DmC, I never tried its DLC. It all worked out nicely though, since this bundle comes with all of it. I had no idea that included weapon skins — my Dante’s sporting the bone weapons, and I refuse to answer to anything but “The Reaper” when I’m playing with them — and there’s a handful of character skins in there, too.

The original game’s only story expansion, Vergil’s Downfall, is in there, and after playing it, I can’t say I’m too impressed. It’s more of the same, and that even extends to Vergil’s abilities, which aren’t really all that different from his brother’s. It feels underdeveloped and only worth it for those seeking the whole story, or at least a fresh perspective.

It helped me be able to understand Vergil as a character, and he does come equipped with some nifty twists on existing abilities thanks to his telekinetic powers, which also make up for his not having guns. I’m going to sound like an upset parent when I say this, but it’s not that I didn’t like it, I’m just disappointed by it.

In my original review, I said the time I spent with DmC was the most fun I’ve ever had playing a Devil May Cry game, and that’s still true. It’s actually more true now, even though I had already beaten the game twice before jumping into this edition.

Everything that made the game so refreshing in 2013 is present in the Definitive Edition. The combat is still intuitive, and switching between bludgeoning and hacking away at the demon hordes with Dante’s arsenal of weapons is so satisfying.

The last two years have put nary a dent in the awe-inspiring world that developer Ninja Theory created, which I still find myself taking time from my current objective just so I can soak it up.

The Final Word: Thanks to some welcome rebalancing of existing mechanics and a considerable amount of content, one of the greatest action games of 2013 may very well end up being one of the greatest action games of 2015.

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This Season On The Playstation Original Series “POWERS”!

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 23:30

“Powers”, the first PlayStation Original series—adapted from the gritty graphic novel universe created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming, and produced by the studio that brought you Breaking Bad—is based on a compelling premise: what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals?

“Powers”, is an edgy dramatic series, follows the lives of two homicide detectives, Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, who are assigned to investigate cases involving people with superhuman abilities, referred to as “”Powers”.” Set amidst today’s paparazzi culture, “Powers” asks the questions,what if the world was full of superheroes who aren’t actually heroic at all? What if all that power was just one more excuse for mischief, mayhem, murder, and endorsement deals?

The first three episodes of the season launch tomorrow, and it looks like there will be plenty of blood, mayhem, and superheroics. I know this looks a lot grittier than I had originally envisioned. We’ll have reviews of the first three episodes by this time tomorrow night, and we’ve got a writer at the premiere, so expect to find out what its all about later tonight. I know I’m excited after watching this trailer.

“”Powers”” stars Sharlto Copley (“District 10″) and Susan Heyward (“The Following”) as lead detectives Christian Walker and Deena Pilgrim, with Michelle Forbes, Eddie Izzard, Noah Taylor, Logan Browning and Olyesa Rulin playing heroes and villains. David Slade (“Game of Thrones”) directed the first two hourlong episodes.

 

For those of your with your Playstation Network memberships, will you be watching “Powers”? 

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‘Ghostbusters’ Crossing the Streams With Chris Pratt, Too?!

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 22:06

Is Sony planning four Ghostbusters films that cross over Avengers-style?

I was literally out the door when Badass Digest dropped this Ghostbusters bombshell that shares details of Sony’s major plans to cross streams.

Earlier today it was revealed that an all-male Ghostbusters is on the way, possibly starring Channing Tatum. Captain America: The Winter Soldier helmers Joe and Anthony Russo are looking to direct and produce.

This follows the announcement of Paul Feig’s reboot (in theaters July 22, 2016) that will feature an all-female cast consisting of Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon.

Apparently, the news of an all-male team is a bit misleading, which caused Badass Digest to followup on the story. That’s when they discovered some incredible new details that had me spraying Marshmallow across the room.

Where to begin…

“First of all, this new Ghostbusters movie isn’t all-male. It isn’t ‘guy-centric.’ I spoke to three different people who were baffled as to where that came from. But it does have some guys at the center – the concept here is a movie that spins out of the chemistry between real-life friends Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt (pictured),” explained the site, which also added something extremely important: “This isn’t a case of ‘everybody wants Chris Pratt in their movie,’ this is a case of these two guys being pals and wanting to make this movie together.”

This new Ghostbusters is also supposed to be complementary to the Paul Feig film. It’s Avengers-style, building out a massive new universe that will eventually collide.

“The hope is that after Feig’s Ghostbusters is out and after Tatum’s Ghostbusters is out the next film will see the two teams co-mingling, Avengers-style,” they add. “This is planned out, and has been getting planned out for some time – it’s not a sudden change of heart at Sony.”

Lastly, from what they’re told, this new Ghostbusters universe will also have a prequel movie, which will take place before either of these two announced films.

So, how big is this news? Sony Pictures is planning four new Ghostbusters films that will all intermingle in the same universe. Crossing the streams has an entirely new meaning…

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Meet Your New ‘Leatherface’ In the ‘Texas Chain Saw’ Prequel!

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 20:41

EastEnders star Sam Strike, pictured, is in negotiations to star in Leatherface, the Texas Chain Saw Massacre prequel that is coming together at Millennium Films, says TheWrap.

The prequel will go back before Tobe Hooper’s 1974 The Texas Chain Saw Massacre and tell of Leatherface’s teenage years. Strike is nearing a deal to play ‘Jackson’, the teenager who grows up to become Leatherface.

As we exclusively reported back on Halloween, Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the duo behind the slasher masterpiece Inside (À l’intérieur), as well as Livide and the forthcoming Among the Living, will be helming Leatherface for Millienum and Lionsgate.

Millennium Films, who was behind the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D, is once again producing with Christa Campbell, Lati Grobman and Carl Mazzacone, for Lionsgate.

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Sony Officially Infected By ‘Patient Zero’

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 20:11

Shooting began this week on Academy Award winner Stefan Ruzowitzky’s action-thriller Patient Zero.

The feature stars Matt Smith (“Doctor Who,” Terminator Genisys), Natalie Dormer (“Game of Thrones”), John Bradley (“Game of Thrones”), Agyness Deyn (Clash of the Titans), and Academy Award nominee Stanley Tucci (The Hunger Games).

Production is based in the UK at Shepperton Studios and will shoot in and around London until April 18, 2015.

In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has turned the majority of humankind into highly intelligent, streamlined killers known as ‘The Infected.’ One victim, Morgan (Matt Smith), who is asymptomatic and can communicate with the infected, leads the last survivors on a hunt for Patient Zero and a cure.

Patient Zero is directed by Austrian writer/director Stefan Ruzowitzky, best known for the 2008 Academy Award® Winner for Best Foreign Film The Counterfeiters, and is from a screenplay written by Mike Le. Vincent Newman (We’re the Millers) produces along with executive producer Steve Norris (The Riot Club).

Cinematography is by Benedict Neuenfels (The Counterfeiters), production design by Jonathan Lee (Stealth), make-up and hair design by Jane Walker (The World’s End), costume design by Suzie Harman (RocknRolla), and VFX produced by Raoul Yorke-Bologinini (Sinister 2).

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Channing Tatum Starring In All-Male ‘Ghostbusters’?!

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 17:47

An update to this story reveals plans for four Ghostbusters films, with one starring Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt.

I don’t understand the forcing of gender into these Ghostbusters films, but it’s becoming clear that men and women catching ghosts together is no more conducive than cats and dogs living together (I’m clearly being sarcastic).

Sony/Columbia Pictures, for whatever reason, feels the need to push the all-female and all-male gender card on the Ghostbusters franchise. Frankly, I just want to see a good movie with really good actors, male or female.

So, while Paul Feig is developing his all-female reboot (with Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Leslie Jones and Kate McKinnon), Deadline breaks the news that an all-male Ghostbusters is also on the way, possibly starring Channing Tatum.

Sony Pictures is forming Ghost Corps, a new company whose principals include original Ghostbusters architects Ivan Reitman and Dan Aykroyd; they will have offices at Sony with the mission to scare up branding opportunities based on the 1984 comedy classic.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier (awesome movie) helmers Joe and Anthony Russo, who just made a first look Sony deal and are looking to direct and produce. Drew Pearce, the Iron Man 3 and Mission: Impossible 5 is penning the screenplay. Lastly, Channing Tatum and his partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan, who are attached to produce. The hope is for Tatum to play one of the Ghostbusters in this film.

“We want to expand the Ghostbusters universe in ways that will include different films, TV shows, merchandise, all things that are part of modern filmed entertainment,” Reitman told the site. “This is a branded entertainment, a scary supernatural premise mixed with comedy. Paul Feig’s film will be the first version of that, shooting in June to come out in July, 2016. He’s got four of the funniest women in the world, and there will be other surprises to come. The second film has a wonderful idea that builds on that. Drew will start writing and the hope is to be ready for the Russo Brothers’ next window next summer to shoot, with the movie coming out the following hear. It’s just the beginning of what I hope will be a lot of wonderful movies.”

This is MAJOR news. What do you guys think?! Maybe they’ll reopen the awesome Ghostbusters show at Universal Orlando?

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Lucy Lawless Hunts Bruce Campbell In “Ash vs Evil Dead”!

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 17:10

Sam Raimi’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” just made a huge addition to its growing cast, naming Lucy Lawless (“Salem,” “Spartacus”) in the role of Ruby in the STARZ original series, Bloody Disgusting learned.

Ruby is described to us as a mysterious figure who is myopic in her quest to hunt down the source of the recent Evil outbreaks. The only problem: she believes that Ash (Bruce Campbell) is the cause of it all.

Lawless joins previously announced cast members Bruce Campbell (Ashley J. Williams), Ray Santiago (Pablo Simon Bolivar), Dana DeLorenzo (Kelly Maxwell) and Jill Marie Jones (Amanda Fisher).

The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on STARZ in late 2015.

Bruce Campbell will be reprising his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons –personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip.

The casting reteams Lawless with executive producers Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert whom she worked with when she starred in the television series’ “Xena: Warrior Princess” and “Spartacus” as well as appearing in their feature films including Raimi’s Spider-Man and Tapert’s Boogeyman. Additional television credits include “Salem,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Top Of The Lake,” “Flight of the Conchords,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” and “Battlestar Galactica” among others.

Raimi will direct the first episode of “Ash vs Evil Dead” that he wrote with Ivan Raimi (Darkman, Army of Darkness, Drag Me to Hell), Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) and Tom Spezialy (“Chuck,” “Reaper,” “Desperate Housewives”). Raimi will also serve as executive producer, along with Rob Tapert (Evil Dead, “Spartacus,” Xena: Warrior Princess”) and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, “Burn Notice”) along with Craig DiGregorio (“Workaholics,” “Chuck”) who will serve as executive producer/showrunner. Ivan Raimi will co-executive produce and Aaron Lam (“Spartacus”) will serve as producer.

The STARZ Original series “Ash vs Evil Dead” will be 10 half-hour episodes.

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[Interview] ‘WolfCop’ Himself, Leo Fafard!

Mon, 03/09/2015 - 16:58

It’s been almost a year since we dropped our review of Lowell Dean’s riotous WolfCop and tomorrow the bad beast is finally shredding its way onto home video and VOD. The Canadian production is more than just a wicked name, it’s an excellent exploitation homage with retro-80s synths and hammy acting that also works really well as an actual cop movie, in which the lone wolf (ahem) policeman takes on small town corruption.

That lone wolf would be Lou Garou, played by Saskatchewan’s renaissance man Leo Fafard. He drinks, he growls, he welds Wolf Cruisers in his garage! I recently spoke with Leo and he dished out the ins and outs of playing WolfCop, the role’s difficulties, and more. Let ‘er rip…

(and come back tomorrow for our interview with WolfCop writer/director Lowell Dean).

The first question I have to ask you is, what’s it like being WolfCop?

It’s fucking awesome, what do you mean “what’s it like”? It’s the shit.

Good Answer. How did you get involved with the project?

A couple years ago I was shooting a music video for a local band in Saskatchewan called Rah Rah. I played a werewolf in their video for this song called “Henry.” Lowell (Dean) was the director and by the end of the shoot he liked what I did so he asked me would I like to be involved with a project he was writing called Wolfcop. It took about half a second to answer that one. “A movie called Wolfcop and you want me to play the wolf?” Done.

Such a no brainer. What was the most difficult part of the role?

A lot of people think it was getting in and out of all the makeup. But let me tell you, Emersen Ziffle, the makeup artist, is so much fun to hang around with. He’s so talented and good at his job. That part wasn’t as nearly hard as you think. For one thing, he would start putting all the stuff on me and I’d doze off, he’d wake me up an hour later. So the most difficult part of playing Wolfcop would have to be playing a cop.

Really?

I’ve never really gotten along with cops all that well. I’ve never really had anything to do with them unless I was running my ass off from them. Lou is a downright drunken, kind of cast off, so that’s what kind of got me into the role.

When Lou transforms, his whole attitude and movements change as well. How did you approach playing the cop versus playing the wolf?

Very little as far as the direction. Lowell really gave me the reins on that. As far as the transformation scenes, they were kind of difficult. You had to get yourself in the mindset of someone who is in excruciating, body-twisting pain. To portray that and the fact that he’s losing his humanity and becoming a beast, a savage as his skin falls off…it’s traumatizing enough. There was some challenge there. I grew up in northern Saskatchewan in the wilderness, so I spent a lot of time observing nature and animals. It was really just a manner of getting back to a more basic being. More instinctual, finding that aspect of yourself. If I didn’t have the foreshadowing of societal pressure and how you’re supposed to move through society, what’s the most efficient way? That’s what animals do. They behave in the most efficient, most instinctual sort of way. So it was that sort of idea.

The film’s obviously really out there. Was there ever a moment on set where it felt like you were going overboard?

(Laughs) Every moment. What this movie had to rely on was Lowell’s skill and his vision. He’s very talented and very professional so it’s easy to put your trust in his hands. He knows what he wants and he knows when to take a break. I mean, we shot a lot of stuff that was over the top and he went into it knowing what he wanted to get out of it and what he wanted to do with it. We didn’t have much rehearsal time, you know. This movie didn’t have much money. So we really hit the ground running every time we stepped on the set. Lowell did take the time to shoot scenes a couple of different ways to get what he wanted. It’s over-the-top and campy, but it’s still marketable. And we just let loose to see where we could take it. So yeah I thought we were going over-the-top a few times but I had faith in Lowell and knew he’d capture what he needed.

I talked to him and he mentioned that you helped weld the Wolf Cruiser together.

Yeah! I spent a lot of years as a welder so I had all the equipment. I have a small welding shop in my garage so I’m always making stuff. And I’ve been working on vehicles as a backyard mechanic my whole life. So we looked at some pictures, broke out our pencils and sketched some stuff out. I patched up the car a little bit and then we decided “we need more of this or less of this.” Then Lowell said “I want you to do this and this, rip the doors off, blah blah blah.” We really did develop it together and then I just took it to the shop and I cut the fucker up.

Give me one crazy story from the set.

Me and another local actor were sharing a fight scene during the climax when I’m on one of the final killing scenes. So we’re out in the bush and he shoots me with a shotgun and has the drop on me and whatnot. We did a lot of blocking and when it comes time to shoot it we know what we’re doing and what we want. In the initial shot when I attack Josh (Strait), it starts with him hitting me in the face with the butt of the shotgun and then I sort of push him against a tree. We started into this fight scene and really went at it. And Lowell at this time had a sprained ankle and was walking with a cane. He’s behind the monitor about 40 feet away and I guess he wobbled up had yelled “cut”, but neither of us heard him. So we keep going at it. Throwing punches and slashing and I’ve got him up against the tree, Josh’s squirming around and tossing himself on the ground and Lowell has called “cut” about four times. Finally he just goes “okay keep going! Keep going!” Me and Josh look at each other and we’ve been going for about three minutes. I look at Lowell and he’s just got this look of shock on his face. It was awesome.

It’s early in production, but is there anything you can tell us about Wolfcop 2?

I don’t know what I can get away with telling you, so I’ll just say this: bigger and badder. If you thought the first one was over-the-top, buckle your seat belts.

Very good to hear! Congratualtions again on the film and thanks so much for talking to me.

No, thank you!

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The Titan’s Quest Continues In “Thanos: The Infinity Relativity” OGN

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 14:38

“Thanos: The Infinity Relativity” OGN sees Jim Starlin continue his adventures with the Marvel Cosmic universe. I thought Starlin’s last OGN “The Infinity Revelation” was a little substandard. Starlin has a tendency to supplement his art with completely expository writing, but his grasp on the characters is almost irresistible. So once again, I follow them into the abyss. Let’s hope this June’s OGN is a little more appealing than the last.

This coming June, the Mad Titan continues his crusade for untold power! But first, Marvel is pleased to present your first look inside THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN, a brand-new, full-length original graphic novel written and drawn by legendary creator Jim Starlin! Following up 2014’s New York Times Bestseller Thanos: The Infinity Revelation, this new original graphic novel marks the second chapter in Starlin’s epic new Thanos trilogy and another stellar offering from Marvel’s all-new OGN line! Featuring the world’s most popular super heroes and super villains brought to life by the industry’s most popular creators, each Marvel OGN debuts in a high-end, oversized format featuring sophisticated packaging and design.

Annihilus, lord of the Negative Zone has re-ascended to power, more dangerous and more deadly than ever before. When he and his Negative Zone armies make another, renewed assault on our universe in search of a source of infinite power, a fragile alliance of the universe’s most unlikely protectors will form to stop him.

Now the Guardians of the Galaxy, Gladiator the Majestor of the Shi’ar Empire, Adam Warlock  and more must unite like never before! Only Adam Warlock’s complex cycle of death and rebirth has left him more confused than ever before. What is his purpose in the universe? Why is he here? His Infinity Watch has been reunited alongside the Guardians of the Galaxy. Between these two titantic teams, they may hold the key to ending the threat of Annihilus once and for all. But to do so they’ll need to enlist the help of another.

Could it be that the fate of everything lies in the hands…of Thanos?

Find out when comic legend Jim Starlin returns for the next chapter in his cosmic epic this coming June for THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN!

THANOS: THE INFINITY RELATIVITY OGN (FEB150842)

Written by JIM STARLIN

Art & Cover by JIM STARLIN

FOC – 03/09/15, On-Sale – 06/03/15

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‘The Vatican Tapes’ Trailer Unspools Next Exorcism Tale

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 14:31

Levitation, dislocating joints, and now puking up demon eggs, Lionsgate has unspooled the trailer for next exorcism horror film, The Vatican Tapes, now opening in theaters on May 22, 2015.

Lakeshore Entertainment is behind the pic directed by Mark Neveldine (Ghost Rider: With A Vengeance, Crank) in which, “A young woman becomes the spiritual conduit for the forces of darkness, responsible for unleashing unchecked evil in the world…

It comes in the spirit of films like The Exorcist, The Devil Inside Me, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, among various other recent exorcism-inspired genre films. The footage carries a montage of scenes that depict many of the scary symptoms of being possessed by a demon…or even The Devil.

Michael Pena, Djimon Hounsou, Dougray Scott, Peter Andersson, Olivia Dudley, and Cas Anvar star.

Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi are producing the pic alongside Chris Cowles.

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Rob Zombie Casts His Schizo-Head In His Halloween Horror ’31′

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 13:56

Bloody Disgusting learned today that David Ury (“Breaking Bad”, “American Horror Story”) is the latest to join Rob Zombie’s 31, and will be playing Schizo-Head, one half of murderous team of brothers living inside Murder World.

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs was recently cast as Panda Thomas, with Elizabeth Daily (E.G. Daily) playing ‘Sex-head’, and Torsten Voges as the insane partner of Death-Head.

Daniel Roebuck plays Paster Victor, an unfortunate participant in last year’s game of 31.

“31 follows five carnival workers who are kidnapped the night before Halloween and held hostage in a large secret compound known as Murder World.

Once there, they have 12 hours to survive a terrifying game called 31 in which ‘The Heads’- murderous maniacs dressed as clowns – are released to hunt them down and kill them.”

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“Akira” With “The Simpson’s” Characters… “Bartkira” Is Stunning!

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 13:55

“Barkira” is a strange byproduct of the internet, where artists have been redrawing iconic moments from the seminal manga Akira with Simpson’s characters. Barkira is a crowdsourced project inspired by artist Ryan Humphrey’s art (see below) and spearheaded by cartoonist James Harvey. With over 500 hundred artists worldwide, each contributor works in his or her own style, with the central concept being that this is The Simpsons meets Akira. The project is not for profit, which allows the tumblr to avoid all legal recourse, at least thus far.

So far, Ralph Wiggum is Akira, Bart is Keneda, and Milhouse is Tetsuo. The tumblr is literally something else. It’s achieved the herculean task of finishing the first three volumes, already. Check out how their work compares to the original.

 

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[Comic Preview] “Ninjak” #1 From Valiant Comics

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 13:21

“Ninjak” #1 should fulfill all of your deepest ninja fantasies. Seriously there is nothing like this ninja on the pages of any other comic. Valiant has been building the character in their various other titles for some time now. Despite the insane amount of covers the interior art is something else, it has surreal layouts, action packed narrative, and oozes style. Valiant Entertainment has recently been on a roll, every single #1 they’ve launched has been a winner and “Ninjak” looks no different.

Next week Matt Kindt takes our favorite comic ninja and kicks our ass between the pages. I can’t wait.

NINJAK #1 [VALIANT NEXT]
Written by MATT KINDT
Art by CLAY MANN with BUTCH GUICE
Cover A by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151636)
Cover B by CLAY MANN (JAN151637)
Cover C by DAVE JOHNSON (JAN151638)
Cover D by MARGUERITE SAUVAGE (JAN151639)
Blank Cover Also Available (JAN151640)
Valiant Next Variant by TREVOR HAIRSINE & TOM MULLER (JAN151641)
Character Design Variant by CLAY MANN (JAN151642)
B&W Sketch Variant by LEWIS LAROSA (JAN151643)

For the first time, Ninjak’s past and future collide in the pages of an all-new ongoing series from New York Times best-selling writer Matt Kindt (RAI, Mind MGMT) and superstar artists Clay Mann (X-Men: LegacyGambit) and Butch Guice (Captain AmericaAction Comics)! 

Then: Meet inexperienced MI-6 recruit Colin King on his first mission in the field as he learns the basics of spycraft and counterintelligence, and develops a volatile relationship with his first handler.

Now: Colin King is Ninjak, the world’s foremost intelligence operative, weapons expert, and master assassin. And he’s hunting the Shadow Seven – a secret cabal of shinobi masters with mysterious ties to his training and tragic past.

$3.99 | 40 pages. | T+ | On sale MARCH 11

 

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‘Dredd’ Producer Teaches You the Painful Truth About Filmmaking

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 13:08

Why is there no Dredd sequel?

Producer Adi Shankar is sick of being misquoted, and wants Dredd fans to understand how difficult it is to get a movie financed.

As he explains, there’s a complicated answer. It was so complicated that he decided to uploaded a 6-minute long video to break it down. It’s a must-see for aspiring filmmakers, who can learn the simple (ha!) formula to get a movie financed. The hard part is finding the “D-I-S” (watch the video).

For those too damn lazy to learn something today, in short, to get Dredd 2 made, they need to lower budget, get a big filmmaker and bigger star.

This video is so shockingly truthful that it’s sort of a gut-punch for us film fanatics. What we learn is that filmmaking is a business and only a business, and that creative means nothing as long as a project has a hot cast and director. It’s brutal. Long live the indie film.

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‘Fast 7′ Clip Drops Cars Out Of a Plane!

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:55

James Wan has taken the The Fast & the Furious franchise to a whole new level – the mile high club. Only this club is super exclusive.

Check out this clip from Fast 7 in which Paul Walker, Tyrese Gibson, Ludacris, Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez jump from a plane…in their cars. Holy crap, son.

In theaters April 3, Dwayne Johnson, Jason Statham, Jordana Brewster and Kurt Russell also star.

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Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox Perform ‘The Autopsy Of Jane Doe’

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:45

Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor) and Brian Cox (The Bourne Identity) have signed on to star as co-leads in The Autopsy Of Jane Doe, the English-language debut of Norwegian director Andre Øvredal (Trollhunter), reports Deadline.

Penned by Ian Goldberg & Richard Naing, “Cox and Hirsch will play father and son coroners who receive a mysterious homicide victim with no apparent cause of death. As they attempt to identify the beautiful young ‘Jane Doe,’ they discover increasingly bizarre clues that hold the key to her terrifying secrets.

Stuart Ford’s sales-finance-production powerhouse IM Global will fully finance the film through its Octane genre label. Fred Berger (La La Land) and Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) produce under their Impostor Pictures banner alongside Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh of 42 (Monsters: Dark Continent, Welcome To The Punch).

It begins production in the UK at the end of March.

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Neill Blomkamp Planning More Than One ‘Alien’

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:33

While it was originally suggested that Neill Blomkamp’s planned Alien sequel, which would follow James Cameron’s 1986 Aliens, would be the final entry in the series, the Chappie (review) director now says there could be more.

In an interview with the UK Empire Magazine, via their podcast, Blomkamp explains his process, how he came to develop this new Alien concept, and how it could be more than one film.

“If you go back even three or four years, I’ve wanted to make a film in that genre, in that franchise. I’d come up with an idea, and when I met Sigourney (Weaver) on the set of Chappie, I presumed that she would never want to play Ripley again. Rightly or wrongly, I had that in my head. I also didn’t know where you could go with her, given Alien 3 and 4,” said Blomkamp.

“So when I started speaking to her, I just wanted to know more about the process of making the first two films. The first two are the ones that I care about. Then I started to realise there was a whole film – at least a film, if not more – that still contained Ripley, which I was really surprised by.”

The article goes on to boast his love for the franchise, which is slightly troubling. I’m not exactly a proponent of a director creating a “fan film,” which typically ends up as an annoying rehash with too many nods to the original films. I would love to see a sequel to Aliens, but I also want it to be Blomkamp’s own vision – something I believe he’s incapable of after seeing his films. Whatever the case, I really do want to see a new Alien sequel, as opposed to Prometheus, and hope he can pull off a miracle. How do you top Aliens? You don’t. Good luck, Mr. Blomkamp.

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Henry Rollins Plays Some Bingo In New ‘He Never Died’ Still (Exclusive)

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 12:12

Part of the SXSW Midnighters, playing from March 13 – 21, 2015 in Austin, Texas, is the crime-horror-thriller He Never Died.

Written and being directed by indie helmer Jason Krawczyk (The Briefcase), He Never Died stars punk icon Henry Rollins as Jack, a mysterious loner who has lived an inexplicably long life fueled by blood lust and filled with crime and violence.

But in-between the battles, he releases his tension playing Bingo. Yup, Bingo. You can see his cathartic release in the exclusive still shown above.

Rollins is joined on screen by the Twilight franchise star Boo Boo Stewart (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Kate Greenhouse (The Dark Hours), Jordan Todosey (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”), and Steven Ogg, who is fresh off his success playing the popular character Trevor in the critically acclaimed “Grand Theft Auto V.”

“He Never Died follows Jack in his battle with cannibalism and mental sobriety. An exceptionally prolonged life has brought depression and detachment. Jack buys stolen blood from a hospital intern, plays bingo, sleeps fourteen hours a day, watches television six hours a day, and lives alone. This is his life – he has shelled himself away from social interactions. The fuse is lit when Jack’s past comes back to rattle him. Jack must now walk a tight rope of sobriety and try to eat as few people as possible in this violent tale of personal responsibility and self worth. As it turns out, there are very few reasons to live when you can’t die.

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