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Rapper 50 Cent to Battle ‘The Predator’?!

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 09:20

Now that Twentieth Century Fox has locked down a March 2, 2018 release date for The Predator, casting should be getting underway soon.

Even if a little premature, it appears director Shane Black has some very specific actors in mind.

We already know Black is having lunch with Arnold Schwarzenegger, potentially to reprise his role as Dutch.

Now, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is telling people that he’s probably going to star in the Predator followup, being penned by Fred Dekker.

“I’ll be doing some new feature films and stuff like that too. I’ll do Predator,” Jackson told Sirius XM’s Shade 45.

He confirms this in a second interview, this time with 99 Jamz UnCensored: “I’m working on some new projects. You heard of the movie Predator? I might be a part of that project this summer.”

Jackson already has a relationship with Schwarzenegger as he co-starred in Escape Plan with Sylvester Stallone.

Producer John Davis recently exclaimed that the next Predator would reinvent the franchise, while we’ve been told by insiders that it’s a direct sequel to John McTiernan’s 1987 Predator. Most recently, Black stated that The Predator will be an expensive “spectacle”!

[H/T] AVP Galaxy

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Trailer Rebels!

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 08:27

The latest (full) teaser trailer for Disney and Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is here, and it’s pretty great.

In theaters December 16th, 2016, Rebels are set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star. The set up is pretty great and adds an entirely new dimension to the first Star Wars. I also love the homage to Ridley Scott’s Alien in the trailer’s score!

Pictured at the bottom are Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen in Rogue One, which is directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards.

Ben Mendelsohn, Jiang Wen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, and Forest Whitaker also star.

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning “Let the Bullets Fly” and “Devils on the Doorstep”; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and winner of an Academy Award® for his leading role in 2006’s “The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in “The Hunt” and was the memorable villain from 2006’s “Casino Royale”; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in “Rogue One,” stars in the soon-to-be-released “Con Man” series and “Trumbo,” which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in “Nightcrawler” and starred in the BAFTA-winning film “Four Lions.”

Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie. Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Cinderella”), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Fast & Furious 6”) and Jason McGatlin (“Tintin,” “War of the Worlds”) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) are co-producers.

To create the lived-in, realistic feel of “Rogue One,” Edwards chose Greig Fraser (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Foxcatcher”) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Saving Private Ryan”) to be his special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (“Star Wars: Episodes I-II,” “Forrest Gump”) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the “Harry Potter” series, “Edge of Tomorrow”) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (“World War Z,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (“Prometheus”) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the “Harry Potter” series, “Saving Private Ryan”) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Jupiter Ascending”).

Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy previously stated. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for Rogue One.”


Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley

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‘The Suffering’ Creator Interested in Sequel

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 01:26

I don’t keep a list of underappreciated horror games on my laptop, because I already have one for cancelled projects, and that’s more than enough sad to keep on one hard drive. I don’t need to be reminded of how unfair this world can often be to our favorite genre; I see it every year as more good, or even great, horror games fail to find the audience they might deserve.

Shadows of the Damned, Alan Wake and Siren deserved better, and so did the short-lived action horror series The Suffering, which managed to find a substantial audience that, unfortunately, didn’t stick around for the sequel. Ties That Bind failed hard enough to kill the franchise for more than a decade, but there may be hope for it yet.

Our friends at Rely On Horror recently sat down with The Suffering series creator Richard Rouse III to chat about his next project, The Church in the Darkness, as well as ask him about The Suffering.

The short of it is yes, Rouse is interested in making another, so long as “the circumstances were right and I felt we were able to make a good game that lived up to the legacy of the series.” The problem is Warner Bros. owns the rights, so they control any future this series might still have.

Would you like to see a third Suffering game?

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‘Castlevania’, ‘Silent Hill’ Getting Vinyl Release

Thu, 04/07/2016 - 00:01

Mondo announced a new partnership this week with the The-Once-Great-Publisher-That-Must-Not-Be-Named that’ll bring several of gaming’s most aurally accomplished franchises to vinyl. There’ll be licensed prints and collectibles too, but we’re talking about a vinyl release of the OSTs for Castlevania, Silent Hill and Contra here.

Even in the post-Silent Hills world we currently live in, that’s exciting.

A ticket to Emerald City Comicon will get you a first glance at the first wave of merch, including posters for Castlevania and Silent Hill that’ll be shown off for the first time tomorrow at booth #4132, in “The Block”. If Seattle’s too far of a drive for you, what’s left will be made available to purchase on the Mondo store at a “later date.”

At San Diego Comic-Con 2016 in July, Mondo will unveil their limited edition vinyl for the 1986 Castlevania, with artwork by renowned comic artist Becky Cloonan. They’ll also show off a limited edition polystone statue inspired by Ayami Kojima’s work on Castlevania: Symphony of the Night.

There’s plenty more coming later, we just don’t know when yet. Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest, Castlevania III: Dracula’s Curse, Super Castlevania IV and Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night will all get vinyl releases, complete with original artwork for each. Silent Hill and Contra will get the same treatment, eventually.

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‘Ghost Theory’ Is Returning to Kickstarter!

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 23:26

We have some pre-alpha footage from indie developer Dreadlocks’ upcoming supernatural horror game Ghost Theory, and it’s not quite what I thought it’d be like. That’s not a criticism either — the footage is wonderfully atmospheric and undeniably spooky, it’s just that this specific trailer reminds me a lot of Krillbite’s fantastic indie hit Among the Sleep.

Ghost Theory is a paranormal investigation game that uses haunted locales from all over the world. Each one has been painstakingly rebuilt so they mirror their real-world counterparts. It’ll feature many of the gadgets that actual paranormal investigators use, and with virtual reality support, this game is about as close as you could ever hope to get to being a ghost hunter.

The idea resonated with a fair number of people when Dreadlocks attempted to crowdfund it on Kickstarter earlier this year, where it raised about $25k of its ~$141k goal from 666 backers and even got featured as a staff pick before the campaign was cancelled.

Now, it’s coming back.

“An astounding amount of positive feedback that we received from you convinced us to invest all of our remaining resources to re-launch our Kickstarter campaign, stronger and with more content,” writes the developer in a update posted on their campaign page earlier today.

“The new campaign will launch in just a few days and it be crucial for the existence of this project. Your turn to save this game from being cancelled is coming up.”

Stay tuned!

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Adam Wingard’s ‘Death Note’ Is Now a Netflix Movie!

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 19:15

After Warner Bros. put the film in turnaround, Netflix is getting behind Death Note, which it to be directed by Adam Wingard.

Wingard has been on a tear after helming the micro-indie Pop Skull, having got behind the camera for my A Horrible Way to Die, Bloody Disgusting’s V/H/S and V/H/S/2 as well as You’re Next, The Guest and Cinemax’s upcoming “Outcast”.

Actress-singer Margaret Qualley (pictured below) is starring opposite male lead Nat Wolff.

The story follows a student who discovers a mysterious notebook that kills whomever’s name is written in it. When the student meets the notebook’s previous owner, a demon bent on ridding the world of anyone it deems evil or useless, he ends up tracked by an Interpol officer investigating the unexplainable deaths of several criminals.

Wingard is directing with a script by Jeremy Slater (Fantastic Four). Roy Lee, Dan Lin, Jason Hoffs and Masi Oka are producing, with Doug Davison and Brian Witten executive producing.

Filming begins this June.

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‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’ Teaser For New Trailer!

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:45

Disney and Lucasfilm released a tease for the latest Rogue One: A Star Wars Story teaser trailer, set to blast online tomorrow.

Pictured below are Riz Ahmed, Diego Luna, Felicity Jones, Jiang Wen and Donnie Yen in Rogue One, which is directed by Godzilla‘s Gareth Edwards.

In theaters December 16th, 2016, Rebels set out on a mission to steal the plans for the Death Star.

The filmmakers have assembled a stellar cast, including Felicity Jones, nominated for an Academy Award for her leading role in “The Theory of Everything”; Diego Luna, who was featured in 2008’s Oscar-winning “Milk” and the critically acclaimed “Killing Them Softly”; Ben Mendelsohn, recently nominated for an Emmy for his leading role in “Bloodline” and co-starring in the upcoming “Mississippi Grind”; Donnie Yen, Hong Kong action star and martial artist who starred in “Ip Man” and “Blade II”; Jiang Wen, who co-wrote, produced , directed and starred in the award-winning “Let the Bullets Fly” and “Devils on the Doorstep”; Forest Whitaker, recently featured in the critically-acclaimed Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” and winner of an Academy Award® for his leading role in 2006’s “The Last King of Scotland; Mads Mikkelsen, who starred in “The Hunt” and was the memorable villain from 2006’s “Casino Royale”; Alan Tudyk, who plays a performance-capture character in “Rogue One,” stars in the soon-to-be-released “Con Man” series and “Trumbo,” which releases this November; and Riz Ahmed, who was recently featured in “Nightcrawler” and starred in the BAFTA-winning film “Four Lions.”

Veteran ILM visual effects supervisor John Knoll, who shares a long history with the Star Wars movies, dating back to the mid-1990s, originated the idea for the movie. Allison Shearmur (“The Hunger Games: Catching Fire,” “Cinderella”), John Knoll, Simon Emanuel (“The Dark Knight Rises,” “Fast & Furious 6”) and Jason McGatlin (“Tintin,” “War of the Worlds”) are executive producers. Kiri Hart and John Swartz (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens”) are co-producers.

To create the lived-in, realistic feel of “Rogue One,” Edwards chose Greig Fraser (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Foxcatcher”) to be his director of photography and Neil Corbould (“Black Hawk Down,” “Gladiator,” “Saving Private Ryan”) to be his special effects supervisor. Star Wars and Lucasfilm veteran Doug Chiang (“Star Wars: Episodes I-II,” “Forrest Gump”) and Neil Lamont (supervising art director for the “Harry Potter” series, “Edge of Tomorrow”) will be the production designers. Additional crew members will include stunt coordinator Rob Inch (“World War Z,” Marvel’s “Captain America: The First Avenger”), creature effects supervisor Neal Scanlan (“Prometheus”) and co-costume designers Dave Crossman (costume supervisor for the “Harry Potter” series, “Saving Private Ryan”) and Glyn Dillon (costume concept artist for “Kingsman: The Secret Service,” “Jupiter Ascending”).

Rogue One takes place before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope and will be a departure from the saga films but have elements that are familiar to the Star Wars universe,” Lucasfilm’s Kathleen Kennedy previously stated. “It goes into new territory, exploring the galactic struggle from a ground-war perspective while maintaining that essential Star Wars feel that fans have come to know. Gareth is such an innovative director and I’m so excited to be working with him and the extraordinary ensemble cast he’s selected for Rogue One.”

Photo Credit: Jonathan Olley

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Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg to Save “The Boys,” Too!

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 18:12

Garth Ennis‘ “Preacher” is one of my all-time favorite comics. Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and Neal Moritz saved it from development hell, and has allegedly delivered a one-two punch with the pilot that’s set to air on AMC this summer.

While already heroes, they are on the verge of becoming television titans.

After years of false starts, Cinemax has put in development “The Boys,” from the “Preacher” team of Rogen and Goldberg’s Point Grey, Moritz’s Original Film and Sony TV, Deadline reports.

“The Boys” is being developed by Rogen, Goldberg and “Supernatural” creator Eric Kripke, and to be written by Kripke based on the graphic novel written by Ennis and illustrated by Darick Robertson.

The series is set in a time where most of the superheroes are corrupted by their celebrity status and often engage in reckless behavior, compromising the safety of the world. It centers on a CIA squad, known informally as “the boys,” whose job is to keep watch on the proliferation of superheroes and, if necessary, eliminate some of them.

Rogen and Goldberg, who helmed the “Preacher” pilot, are set to direct.

Like with “Preacher,” which had gone though numerous TV and feature incarnations over 16 years until it was finally made by AMC, “The Boys” also has had a long development history. Over the past eight years, it had been in the works as a movie at Columbia Pictures and Paramount. Rogen, Goldberg and Moritz had previously worked on it before it went into turnaround back in 2012.

At Cinemax, “The Boys” joins another drama adaptation of a dark comic, Robert Kirkman’s “Outcast,” which was picked up to series from director Adam Wingard (V/H/S, V/H/S/2, You’re Next, The Guest, The Woods).

“The Boys” ran for 72 issues from 2008-2012, published initially by Wildstorm (#1-6) and then by Dynamite Entertainment.

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William Friedkin Hasn’t Seen ‘The Exorcist’ Sequels, Doesn’t Like Superhero Movies

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 16:22

Even though William Friedkin will forever be remembered as the director of the scariest movie ever made, The Exorcist, he’s also behind The French Connection, Sorcerer, To Live and Die in L.A., The Guardian and more recently the awesome Bug and Killer Joe.

He’s transcended multiple generations and continues to deliver impactful entertainment to audiences, which is why his opinion has significant meaning.

We came across an old news bit that I find fascinating, in which Friedkin slams superhero movies and identifies the biggest problem with them.

“Films used to be rooted in gravity,” he told AFP reporter Sophie Laubie. “They were about real people doing real things.

Today cinema in America is all about Batman, Superman, Iron Man, Avengers, Hunger Games: all kinds of stuff that I have no interest in seeing at all.”

Friedkin’s interest is of no value here, as not everyone is going to enjoy comic book movies, but he does make an extremely valid argument about films losing their root in gravity. What he means is that there’s nothing believable about them. And I agree, to a degree. I think some of the best superhero movies are ones that are grounded in reality. For example, the second Captain America could have easily been a Bourne sequel, while some of my issues with the second Avengers and Batman V. Superman are that they feel overtly fantastical, which removes me from the experience.

Friedkin looks to television as our savior, where there’s time to develop rich and colorful characters, which have a more meaningly impact on the story.

Now Friedkin says “the best work” for directors is on television with cable and streaming networks that make shows such as ‘True Detective’ and ‘House of Cards’. “You develop character at a greater length and the story is more complex and deeper than cinema,” the director said, “this is the new zeitgeist. Many of the fine filmmakers of today are going to long-form TV. It is the most welcoming place to work for a director today.”

It’s clear that Friedkin is a purist, which only adds to his legacy. In fact, he said he’s never been swayed by money, and hasn’t even seen the sequels to his Exorcist.

“I am not interested in making movies just for the pay-cheque,” Friedkin said. “I have to love the film, the story, the characters. There were four sequels to ‘The Exorcist’ and I’ve seen none of them, nor do I want to or intend to.”

What do you guys think?

Would you agree with his assessment of superhero movies? Have things changed since this was published in 2015?

[H/T] The Telegraph.

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Toast is Ridding the World of Ugly Gadgets

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 15:46

With the exception of most things, there’s nothing worse than having an ugly gadget. Generations of weary men and women fought for our right to buy wildly expensive phones, tablets, laptops and gaming consoles, then clothe them in the skin of dead things.

Here’s a rhetorical question: is there anything more American than swaddling the PS4 I waited to buy specifically so I could get a white one in a tasteful walnut shell, emblazoned with the fierce face of a bald eagle that silently judges me for neglecting my patriotic duties every time I try to get my video game fix? No, there obviously isn’t.

I’m kidding. Only a deranged individual would put a bird on a gaming console, so I settled on the Bloody Disgusting logo, because there’s nothing deranged about a human skull in mid-devastation by a saw blade. Some proof:

Make sure the volume’s cranked up on your computer or you’ll miss the choir of angels singing the PlayStation theme that plays when the console is switched on, and if you’re using a 4K monitor, you should see a seemingly sourceless ray of heavenly light that gently illuminates the console in an otherworldly glow. That, my friends, is what your visually impaired console could look like, so long as you’re willing to pretty it up a bit, a la Freddie Prinze Jr. in She’s All That.

You might not get it, and that’s okay. The point is, Toast does.

Toast started out with a man, a dream, and a modestly successful crowdfunding campaign. Today, it’s a rapidly growing online retailer run by a team of 10. The engraving process, which involves lasers and burning, is what inspired the name.

The site offers a myriad pre-designed cases that come in a variety of colors, styles and materials, including genuine leather (colored or natural) and various woods (ash, walnut, bamboo, ebony). You can also submit your own design, as I did, and they’ll slap it on a case of your choosing.

The quality of the materials is certainly impressive, as is the incredible amount of detail they’re able to retain in the engraving. Nothing was lost in the transition, as far as I can tell. Every gruesome detail of the original design seems to be intact.

When my PS4’s new wooden wardrobe arrived, I set about applying the sticky side of each piece to the console’s woefully plain exterior. It didn’t take long, maybe five minutes, and the result was transformative. I will note that for the PS4 or any other gadget that has an interface as small as the console’s power and eject buttons, the shell can make it somewhat tricky to get at them.

I suspect this won’t be a problem for most. It’s barely a problem for me. But if you have a little extra girth to your digits, you might want to keep it in mind.

Finding the right case for your gadget isn’t easy, nor should it be taken lightly. No sane person would ever wear a shirt that didn’t compliment their eyes so they pop. All Toast has done is take that rule and apply it to the world of technology. They’re ahead of the game, I say.

When the machines we take for granted inevitably rise against us, Toast will be there, providing General Siri and the legions of murderbots I assume she’ll command with bold accessories made from natural materials. Eventually, they’ll probably have to start using human skin, but we don’t need to get into that right now.

For more on Toast and the post-apocalyptic future they’ll soon capitalize on, head over here.

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Are ‘The Ones Below’ After Another Couple’s Baby? (Trailer)

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 14:03

Eagerly awaiting their first child, a young couple in a tiny London suburb become involved in a psychological battle of wills with the tenants in the apartment downstairs.

Magnet Releasing has shared the official U.S. trailer for their psychological thriller The Ones Below, opening in limited theaters and on VOD on May 27th.

The feature film debut of David Farr, who penned the script for Joe Wright’s thriller Hanna, debuted at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It pays homage to the more paranoid entries in Roman Polanski’s oeuvre as it depicts the tragic consequences of a drunken dinner party. (Variety)

The Ones Below stars Clemence Poesy (Harry Potter) and “The Walking Dead” fav, David Morrissey.

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First Shot From Guillermo del Toro’s ‘Trollhunters’ Netflix Series!

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 13:47

Guillermo del Toro’s Netflix Original Series “Trollhunters” is arriving from DreamWorks later this year.

Until then, check out this first ever shot from the series, which will unleash a new, fantastical world wrapped around the residents of the fictional suburb of Arcadia who make a startling discovery that the world beneath their hometown is as vast and mind-blowing as anything on the surface.

Guillermo del Toro’s work as a director, screenwriter, filmmaker, producer and author is incredibly extensive and varied, ranging from novels to comic books and television to imaginative feature films. Throughout his career, he has consistently had a strong connection and lifelong fascination with fantastical creatures and in DreamWorks “Trollhunters” he has created vast and vibrant worlds with complex human and troll characters that create a cinematic television experience.

“I wanted very much to develop a story that could be written for kids but dealt with a genre that was scary,” del Toro explained back in 2010. “It essentially combines fairy tales with modern times and is about how difficult it is to be kid. Normally, kids are idealized in animated films. But the growing pains, married with the notion that there is a world right next to us that is completely plagued by creatures of ancient lore, it’s thematically fitting with the rest of my stuff.”

Del toro took a hit in the film world after the lackluster box office of Crimson Peak. He is no longer directing the sequel to Pacific Rim either, which puts his Haunted Mansion in jeopardy. It’ll be interesting to see the new direction of this colorful director’s career.

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‘The Invitation’ Clip Recollects An Awful Suicide Attempt

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 13:37

This is going to be a great weekend for genre fans, especially with Drafthouse Films releasing The Invitation, which hails from Girlfight, Aeon Flux, and Jennifer’s Body director Karyn Kusama.

In The Invitation, “Will and Eden were once a loving couple. After a tragedy took their son, Eden disappeared. Two years later, out of the blue, she returns with a new husband… and as a different person, eerily changed and eager to reunite with her ex and those she left behind. Over the course of a dinner party in the house that was once his, the haunted Will is gripped by mounting evidence that Eden and her new friends have a mysterious and terrifying agenda. But can we trust Will’s hold on reality? Or will he be the unwitting catalyst of the doom he senses?

The above clip flashes back to an unnerving and uncomfortable suicide attempt, which perfectly sets the tone for the kind of film you’re going to see.

Shit, Trace gave the film a perfect score, while Patrick Cooper also raved that “tension absolutely seethes” in the must-see chiller!

The pic stars Logan Marshall-Green (Prometheus), Tammy Blanchard (Moneyball), Michiel Huisman (“Game of Thrones”), Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), and John Carroll Lynch (“Fargo,” Zodiac, “American Horror Story”).

Watch the trippy trailer here:

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[Review] Face the Unexplained in the ‘Strange Septembers’ Documentary

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 13:00

Since the dawn of man, human beings have been looking to the sky in both awe and suspicion. Be it angels or extraterrestrials, there are literally thousands of reports of people witnessing or even coming into contact with celestial beings, stretching all the way back to ancient times. Of these alleged incidents, however, few are as emblematic to UFO-aficionados as the Betty and Barney Hill abduction, and the Exeter encounter. Jeff and Jess Finn’s documentary Strange Septembers ambitiously attempts to chronicle both events through a series of interviews featuring a collection of ufologists, government officials and a few others.

For those who aren’t familiar with these stories, Betty and Barney Hill were an interracial couple from Portsmouth that claimed to have been abducted by an alien craft in rural New Hampshire in September of 1961. Both were considered respectable members of their community, often involved in civil rights issues, so their story came as a shock when it was finally publicly disclosed in 1963, sparking a surge of public interest in extraterrestrial phenomena.

The Exeter incident, on the other hand, was a highly publicized sighting of unidentified lights in the skies over Exeter in 1965, once again in New Hampshire. The incident was considered notable due to the amount of respectable witnesses present and the apparent proximity to the Hill abduction, leading to a massive amount of conspiracy theories and a new wave of ufologists attempting to piece together the facts and find out what really happened.

Narrated by none other than the original Robocop, Peter Weller, the documentary swiftly explains the basics of these mysterious events while still leaving enough room for the imagination. Interviews with family members of the deceased witnesses help to build a sense of proximity to the events, reminding the viewer that the people involved were just regular folk caught up in extraordinary circumstances, which is refreshing when much of the film can be viewed as purely fact-based and ‘educational’.

Estelle Parsons and James Earl Jones, who previous played Betty and Barney Hill in the 1975 TV movie The UFO Incident, add their own flair to the story, discussing some of the racial and political issues that plagued America at the time and proposing their own theories amongst other relevant figures. Even so, Strange Septembers is informative and surprisingly impartial in its presentation of personal opinions and government responses, neither condoning nor condemning even the most outlandish and obviously misdirected explanations.

This impartial approach is what will ultimately define how much the audience enjoys the film. Some of the information-heavy segments may carry a certain overbearing National Geographic vibe, which reduces the entertainment value considerably for those already not invested in ufology and paranormal studies. Overall, however, Strange Septembers does a remarkable job of making these real life stories seem interesting without resorting to improbable conclusions or exaggerated events, which makes it a must-watch for fans the ‘genre’ and casual viewers looking for a believable mystery.

You can rent the documentary over at the film’s official website.

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New Shot of Benedict Cumberbatch as ‘Doctor Strange’!

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:39

The most interesting news this past weekend was of Benedict Cumberbatch taking a photo in his full Doctor Strange costume – at a comic book shop.

Now, a brand new hero shot has been released from Marvel’s latest that recently wrapped production under the direction of Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister).

“Before he met the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange was an unlikable and egotistical neurosurgeon. Everything changes when a car accident limits Strange’s use of his hands, sending him on a maddening quest for a miracle cure. This origin story introduces the magical and mystical realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.”

Chiwetel Ejiofor is Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange.

Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton also star.

Doctor Strange is releasing this year on November 4, 2016.

Image courtesy of Stocklandmartel.com and Michael Muller

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This is How Hardcore ‘Hardcore Henry’ is Going to Be…

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:31

Ilya Naishuller’s first-person actioneer Hardcore Henry, which is “filled to the brim with holy shit moments,” is opening this Friday.

Even though the trailer is off-the-wall insane, this clip is truly the first taste of what you can expect in Hardcore Henry. In the clip, District 9‘s Sharlto Copley gives chase to the enemy as the title character unloads an automatic weapon, and drops a grenade into a van. This is the exact vibe of the film from start to finish…

Hardcore Henry‘s producers include Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch).

Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan (Danila Kozlovsky); he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley.) He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…

Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev, Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova star.

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“The Gayson Tapes”: Interrogation Over the ‘The Phoenix Incident’

Wed, 04/06/2016 - 12:15

UFO fanatics will know the inspiration behind The Phoenix Incident, as the docu-thriller is based on the largest UFO sighting in North America known as the “Phoenix Lights.”

The Phoenix Incident is set to abduct audiences this Friday, April 8th in select U.S. cities.

The real “Phoenix Lights” was the most-witnessed UFO event in U.S. history, with the craft said to be as large as several football fields.

We now have a second exclusive look at “The Gayson Tapes,” which are videos that offer an intense look at the interrogation of Phoenix Lights witness and alleged suspect, William Gayson, in the 1997 disappearance of four Phoenix-area men.

The tapes reveal news coverage that depicts Gayson’s alleged affiliation with the Heaven’s Gate cult in Phoenix prior to the March 13 incident. The tapes allude to his guilt and align the impact of the disappearances with his present-day suicide.

The Phoenix Incident is the debut feature film (writer-director) of veteran gaming industry talent director Keith Arem, responsible for the talent direction in AAA video game franchises including “Call of Duty,” “Titanfall,” “Saints Row,” “Tony Hawk Pro Skater,” and more!

Starring famed gaming actor Troy Baker, “The Phoenix Incident is based on the largest UFO sighting in North America known as the Phoenix Lights. Blurring the line between fiction and reality, the fact based, sci-fi thriller revolves around a military conspiracy and the controversial missing person’s case surrounding the infamous 1997 event. With the support of the victims’ families, along with classified military documentation, cockpit recordings, Air Force pilot interviews, actual FLIR footage, and first-hand recovered video evidence, The Phoenix Incident exposes the military’s engagement with extraterrestrial contact, and the collateral damage of 4 civilians.

Get more at the official website.

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Don’t Talk PSA: ‘Hardcore Henry’ Will Slap You Silly!

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:28

Watch as Alamo Drafthouse, Rooster Teeth & Hardcore Henry, in theaters April 8th, have a very important message for those who talk or text in the movie theater.

Alamo Drathouse’s newest PSA was produced in partnership with Rooster Teeth and features Sharlto Copley, Henry and delicious oven baked cookies…

Strap in. Hardcore Henry is one of the most unflinchingly original wild-rides to hit the big screen in a long time: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan (Danila Kozlovsky); he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy (Sharlto Copley.) He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…

From STX Entertainment and director Ilya Naishuller, the first-person POV action film stars Sharlto Copley, Danila Kozlovsky, Haley Bennett, Andrey Dementyev,Dasha Charusha, and Sveta Ustinova.

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Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’ Sequel, ‘Doctor Sleep,’ Getting Feature Film Adaptation!

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:21

For those who don’t read, there’s always the movie.

Warner Bros. has tapped Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman to adapt Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep, the sequel to the horror classic The Shining, The Tracking Board is reporting.

Goldsman is also a writer and producer on Sony’s adaptation of King’s The Dark Tower, as well as Paramount’s Rings.

Originally published in 1977, “The Shining” follows Jack Torrance, his wife Wendy and their son Danny and their lives at the haunted Overlook Hotel. While there, the hotel possesses Jack and he slowly takes over the hotel and torments Wendy and Danny.

“Doctor Sleep” takes place years after the events at the Overlook Hotel and focuses on the the now middle-aged Danny who is still traumatized. He’s followed in his father’s footsteps and has problems with anger management and alcoholism. He soon gives up drinking and settles in a small town in New Hampshire. While there, his psychic abilities start to resurface and he develops a psychic link with a 12-year-old girl named Abra Stone who he must save after he discovers her life is being threatened by a tribe of paranormals led by a man named Rose the Hat.

Jon Berg and Jon Gonda will oversee for Warner, while King will serve as an executive producer on the project. No release date has been set.

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[DVD Review] ‘Tango of Perversion’ is the Sleaziest of All Dances

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 09:12

About a month ago I reviewed The Wife Killer. This was my first foray into the world of Greek exploitation. That film was directed by Kostas Karagiannis and released in 1976. Two years before The Wife Killer Karagiannis directed Tango of Perversion, a film that shares a lot in common with The Wife Killer. And when I say a lot, I mean a lot. Both films have similar themes, were shot in some of the same locations and feature a lot of the same cast. As I result these two films are naturally linked together.

Tango of Perversion is a very sleazy movie and I think the synopsis on IMDB sums it up pretty greatly:

Joachim is an impotent man who who secretly films his friend Stathis having sex with girls from the Tango Club. When Stathis kills the lesbian that he catches with his girlfriend, the death is caught on film. Necrophilia soon follows.

“Necrophilia soon follows.” That part is particularly great. As weird as that may sound, that does describe the film pretty well. Of course there is more to it than that, but that’s the gist of it.

Joachim, played by Vagelis Voulgaridis who weirdly reminded me of Michael Caine, is such a strange dude. He hangs out at the Tango Club, which is your basic night club where people meet to hook up. He kind of knows everyone at the club and everyone knows him, but he’s generally considered to be sort of nerdy and kind of pathetic. People are mostly nice to him because he allows them to use the various rooms at his house to hook up. Why everyone wants to go to his place to have sex, I’m not entirely sure. Perhaps because he has nice rooms? We quickly find out he enjoys it because every room features a two-way mirror. Behind the mirror, in what is essentially the crawlspace between the walls, he has little hidden rooms with cameras set up. He spies on and records all the action.

One of the coolest guys at the club is Steve (Lakis Komninos), described in the IMDB synopsis as Stathis. Steven is basically the totally opposite of Joachim. He’s a ladies man who sleeps around and sort of has two full-time girlfriends. He and Joachim are “best friends.” They say they’re best friends but you can clearly tell they don’t really care for one another that much. Joachim is obviously jealous of Steve and Steve just doesn’t think highly of Joachim.

When one of Steve’s girlfriend’s decides to hook up with the club lesbian, Rosita (Doorthy Moore), back at Joachim’s place, Steve is none too happy about it. When Steve gets wind of this sexual exploit he immediately heads to Joachim’s. He catches the ladies in the act and his girlfriend runs off leaving her new lover left to suffer the brunt of Steve’s attack. During the fight Rosita is accidentally killed. Not realizing Joachim has recorded the entire event, Steve leaves Rosita’s dead body in the house.

This is when we learn that Joachim is quite the creep. After her confirms Rosita is dead, he proceeds to have sex with her. So maybe it’s not that he’s impotent so much as it is he needs dead chicks to get him going. After Joachim has his way with the body he disposes of it by making it appear that Rosita died in a car crash. Joachim doesn’t do this to help Steve but more to blackmail Steve. Meanwhile Steve attempts to set Joachim up. The results are quite grim, but also darkly amusing.

I really enjoyed Tango of Perversion but I wish I would have watched it before The Wife Killer. My reasoning is that the movies are similar but The Wife Killer is what I consider to be the superior film. Ultimately I’m giving both films a three skull rating, but I do find The Wife Killer to be the more polished entry that shows a nice progression from Tango of Perversion.

Tango of Perversion is without question the sleazier of the two films. There’s quite a bit more nudity and the sexual aspects play a larger role in the story. In some ways it reminded me of Play Motel but a lot more enjoyable.

Just like he did on The Wife Killer, Vasilis Vasileiadis served as the cinematographer. And just like that film he made great use of the zoom option. If it was up to me all movies would be required to have a specific number of zooms. Preferably ten ore more. Vasileiadis seems to operate by this rule.

Tango of Pervision features a dance number similar to that of The Wife Killer. The dance doesn’t involve any main characters, but is just a moment in the club where we watch a choreographed dance routine. I think this may just be a Greek culture thing, which I think is pretty cool. Or maybe it’s just a signature that Karagiannis likes to throw in his films. Either way I think it’s a nice touch that serves as a sort of fun, mini-intermission.

Tango of Perversion is out on DVD from Mondo Macabro. The beginning of the film does let you know that the best possible elements available were used to complete this release. Basically that’s to let you know the film may not look great, but it’s the best version possible. The message also lets you know that most of the film is the dubbed English version but there are a few scenes in which the English track wasn’t available and we instead get English subtitles. All things considered, I think this is another solid release from Mondo Macabro. This is a rare film that no other company is likely to release. I am more than pleased with the overall quality.

At this point I think my opinion is clear. If you’re a fan of exploitation flicks, particularly the European variety, you’re likely to dig this.

Tango of Perversion is available now on DVD from Mondo Macabro.

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