For years, we’ve awaited developments on the planned feature adaptations of the two novels by author Joe Hill — the son of Stephen King — but studios continued to sit on the rights with little movement. Recently though, he caught a break with his comic book series Locke & Key, which Fox is bringing to the small screen under the supervision of showrunner Josh Friedman (the man behind Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci. And now he’s catching another one: Progress is finally being made on Mandalay Pictures’ adaptation of his bestseller Horns, about a man who wakes up one morning to find horns growing out of his head. Learn more after the break. Read More »

A year ago, almost to the day, Summit attached Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted) to produce and possibly direct a new genre franchise kick-starter they’ve been setting up titled The Last Witch Hunter. (Guess what it’s about.) The film was one of many projects being stacked atop his very full roster, and as such, was more or less lost in the shuffle. Fast forward until now, and the director’s busy getting Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter prepped for production, making it unlikely that any witch hunting would go down anytime soon. But Summit can’t wait around forever. Twilight has been a reliable cash cow to the studio, but the series’ end is imminent, and they’re looking to get their next big money maker off the ground. Enter The Crazies and Sahara director Breck Eisner, who the studio is eyeing to take over the project. Read More »

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[*Warning: Obvious spoiler ahead*]
Great care was paid to ensure that The Fighter be as authentic a true story as possible, which is also why its ending feels a tad misguided. Was it necessary to close the film on a note of uplifting triumph? That’s the expected conclusion, certainly, and it’s not as though there’s ever a moment where The Fighter seems like it might be veering down a path that hasn’t already been laid out for it in countless other sports films. But the humanity of the picture stems from its acrid family dynamics, and it’s in those moments that the film transcends the genre in which it’s forced to reside. In fact, so much time is dedicated to observing and developing the raw, complex relationships between the film’s central band of characters that when the pat, encouraging conclusion finally comes, it feels largely unearned. This is not a story with an easy resolution, and it’s a shame that The Fighter feels the need to provide it with one. The rest of the movie, thankfully, is good enough to overcome it. Christian Bale is mesmerizing as the jovial junkie who’s always the center of attention, and Mark Wahlberg is appropriately understated as the passive brother who’s continuously overshadowed by him. Their relationship is the driving force behind the film, and it’s also the narrative thread that satisfies most by the film’s end. While Bale steals the show early on, there comes a time when the character’s constant self-adulation grows (deliberately) tiresome, gracefully affording Wahlberg’s Micky the opportunity to step up and show his mettle—not merely in the ring, but amongst his controlling family. At that point, I was resolutely invested in the ensuing drama, and against better judgment, awaited a denouement that wouldn’t let an unwarranted “inspirational” finale undermine the complicated history of this combative lower class family. If only the film had the conviction to see all of its relationships through, rather than put the focus on the need to win a boxing match.
Available on Blu-ray? Yes.
Notable Extras: DVD – A commentary by director David O. Russell, and a Warriors Code: Filming The Fighter featurette. Blu-ray – Includes everything on the DVD, as well as deleted scenes, a Keeping the Faith featurette, and a digital copy of the film.

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“This is gonna be like watching STAR WARS with Darth Vader right there in the audience!”

Here’s one way to draw a crowd. As per his proposed self-distribution strategy — which is already proving quite promisingKevin Smith is currently touring with Red State, and a recent showing of the flick had a dozen or more special guests: The infamous Phelps family, whose Westboro Baptist Church is the basis for Smith’s film. Read More »

There was a big stir at the end of The Walking Dead‘s first season, with reports circulating that series creator Frank Darabont had fired his entire writing staff. That report was later revealed to be false, much to the chagrin of viewers who felt the show was in desperate need of a writing and directing overhaul — myself included. Was that pessimistic attitude selling Darabont’s abilities as a showrunner short? Maybe so. He may not have ditched his writers, but he is looking to bring in some fresh new talent — as proven by his request to have Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World director Edgar Wright take on an episode of the show’s second season. Read what Wright had to say on the matter after the break. Read More »

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‘Blitz’ Red Band Trailer

Who’s ready for their biannual Jason Statham-obliterates-everyone fix? Hopefully you’re shouting, “Me, me, me!” because after The Mechanic, Blitz fills his quota for 2011. (Or at least it would, had he not turned out to be such an overachiever.) The premise is beautiful in its simplicity: A sociopathic cop is dispatched to take down a serial killer who’s targeting police officers. The result, likewise, appears to be everything one would hope: Brutal, visceral, and cheerfully demented. We already bore witness to the international trailer for the film, but now there’s a red band trailer, indulging a greater emphasis on C-words and facial-stomping. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »

‘Pacific Rim’ Details Revealed?

Yes, At the Mountains of Madness sounded amazing. Yes, we’re all super bummed that Guillermo del Toro is no longer making the film. Yes, we should all curse out Universal for not allowing the possibility of an R-rating, despite the movie being a hugely risky financial undertaking that could have very easily bombed at the box office and lost them a ton of money.

Moving right along.

Guillermo del Toro is officially committed to directing Pacific Rim, a PG-13 monster movie for Legendary Pictures that’s set for a Summer 2013 release. It’s no At the Mountains of Madness, but it could end up being a halfway decent consolation prize — especially now that plot details have been unveiled that clarify what specifically the movie is about. In a nutshell: It sounds insane. Read all about it after the break. Read More »

Quentin Tarantino is notorious for talking up his projects and then continuously delaying them (if not outright abandoning them), but recent years have proven a refreshing change of pace. After announcing at Cannes 2008 that he would finally make Inglourious Basterds by the end of the year, he actually delivered. Then there’s Kill Bill: The Whole Bloody Affair, which is finally seeing the light of day after years of promises. And most recently, there have been reports that he’s on track to finishing the script for his western within the next couple of months, and he may even get it in front of cameras before the year is out. For once, I believe him.

But there’s an unforeseen peril threatening to muck it all up: True Blood creator Alan Ball‘s obnoxious birds. Learn more after the break. Read More »

I knew it wouldn’t be long before we saw Darren Aronofsky back at it again, even if it is only in a producer capacity. Just as the filmmaker had decided to take a break from unleashing upon the world another punishing portrayal of psychological strife and human misery — he’s directing The Wolverine, shooting this April — he’s now ensured that his name will be attached to at least one movie fitting that mold in the coming years.

That film is Intricate, a “dark story of a drug underworld”. The picture centers around a promising young athlete who gets caught up in the drug trade in ’90s New York. Directing the project is Brad Furman, who’s moved his way up from serving as an assistant to Julia Roberts on Erin Brockovich and The Mexican to recently helming the soon-to-be-released legal thriller The Lincoln Lawyer. Furman will be developing the project alongside Aronofsky and his partner Scott Franklin, both of whom will produce the film through their NY-based shingle Protozoa Pictures. Learn more after the break. Read More »

‘Super 8’ Trailer

Get excited, folks. The full trailer for Super 8 has finally arrived.

We got our first real look at footage from the Steven Spielberg-produced, JJ Abrams-directed ’80s throwback last month during the Super Bowl, but that was just a tease. This here ain’t no measly 30-second spot. This is two-and-a-half minutes of pure nostalgic euphoria. It even has the Amblin logo at the beginning. And best of all, it manages to build anticipation without spoiling a single major plot detail. Check out the trailer after the break. Read More »