Gone Girl image tease

Later today, we’ll get a new trailer for the highly anticipated thriller by David Fincher, Gone Girl. To tease that, 20th Century Fox released a bunch of teaser images from the film. Kind of. They’re not exactly posters, not exactly stills, more just intriguing items in poster form to make non-fans scratch their heads and fans wink with a knowing delight.

The film, which opens October 3, stars Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck as the seemingly perfect couple. That is, until Pike’s character disappears and it looks obvious Affleck’s character killed her. But did he? That question opens Pandora’s box of twists, turns, and screwed up stuff that director David Fincher should make fly. Check out the new Gone Girl images below and check back later today for the new trailer. Read More »

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Odysseus movie

While such as The Coen Brothers have flirted with the influence of ancient epic poems, in O Brother Where Art Thou? and Inside Llewyn Davis, but it’s been a few years since US producers did a full-scale film based on one of Homer’s works. (Troy, from 2004, adapted The Iliad.) Enter Fedor Bondarchuk, whose WWII action film Stalingrad was the highest-grossing Russian film of 2013, and the first IMAX 3D film to be shot in Russia. He has now made a deal with Warner Bros. to adapt The Odyssey for Warner Bros.

Bondarchuk’s film Odysseus will be a “large-scale” film that tackles the story of its namesake hero, who spends a decade attempting to return home to Ithaca after the Trojan War. As Odysseus navigates fantastic peril, his wife and son, believing him dead, deal with their own problems at home.  Read More »

New Info on Developing ‘Nightbreed’ TV Series

 Nightbreed TV series

Morgan Creek backed the 1990 film Nightbreed, written and directed by Clive Barker based on his own novella Cabal. The company didn’t entirely support the film at that point, but is starting to see the value in the story of an underground city populated by freaks and outcasts. Now, just as the extended Nightbreed director’s cut is about to hit Blu-ray for the first time, Morgan Creek is taking additional steps to develop a Nightbreed TV series.

News of a possible series isn’t new; Barker has mentioned it a few times in the past. But now we know a lot more, as the guy who has written the first few episodes of the new show is dishing out details. Read More »

Slug & Jiggers Apothecary

This is the fourth and final in our series of posts giving you a tour of Universal Orlando’s new The Wizarding World of Harry Potter’s Diagon Alley expansion. Part one took a look at the London Waterfront, Diagon Alley Entrance and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes. Part two went into The Leaky Cauldron, Knockturn Alley and Borgin and Burkes.  Part 3 took a look at Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlour, Ollivanders Wand Shop, Magical Menagerie and Gringotts Bank.

Today we circle back to the entrance to Diagon Alley and visit Wiseacres Wizarding Equipment, Scribbulus, Eternelle’s Elixir of Refreshment, The Performance Stage, Gringotts Bank Notes, The Hopping Pot, Wands by Gregorovitch, Quality Quidditch, Bowman E Wright Blacksmith, Shutterbutton’s Photography Studio, Quality Quidditch Supplies and other storefronts.

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When Marnie Was There

The next film from Studio Ghibli is When Marnie Was There (Omoide no Marnie), directed by Hiromasa Yonebayashi (The Secret World of Arrietty). The story follows an adopted girl who makes a ghostly friend — her first friend, really — during a stay at a seaside town. The film is set for release in Japan this summer, and now there’s a When Marnie Was There trailer.

As often happens with Ghibli films, this trailer comes from a TV broadcast, so it is littered with some graphics and text. And as also often happens with Ghibli films, this first trailer is more of a music video for the song associated with the film. In this case, it is an English-language tune, ‘Fine on the Outside,’ sung by Priscilla Ahn. It’s the first time an English-language song has been associated with a Ghibli film. Check out the trailer below. Read More »

Walking Dead Season 5

The fourth season of The Walking Dead ended with one of the biggest cliffhangers yet. [Don't worry, no spoilers here]. It made fans want to know what’s next for Rick, Daryl and the crew even more than usual and now you can get a glimpse. AMC has released a few little Walking Dead Season 5 preview videos, documenting the cast and crew’s first day back filming on the hit show as well as one asking everyone their favorite kills on the show. Check out the Walking Dead Season 5 videos below. Read More »

Frozen Concept Art

Walt Disney Animation’s Frozen was in development for many years. In fact, even Walt Disney had trouble bringing the character to life. The adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s 1845 fairytale The Snow Queen has gone through many versions over the decades. Disney was developing a hand-drawn version of The Snow Queen before The Princess and The Frog failed to ignite the box office, and thus killed hand drawn animated feature film projects at the mouse house, at least for a good while.

The latest computer-animated take, Frozen, was the one to finally make it to the big screen, and has since become one of Disney’s biggest financial and critical successes. And as much as I liked the film, the classic fairytale elements left me wondering how it would have looked as a hand-drawn animated film. We will never get that version, and sadly its unlikely that a 2D hand-drawn version would have done as well as the computer animated feature has. But I still wonder.

Today we can see some of the hand-drawn Frozen concept art, which gives a glimpse at what a classically animated version might have looked like.

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Better Call Saul

One of the biggest burning questions regarding the AMC Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul has been answered. It’s a prequel to Breaking Bad. And a sequel to Breaking Bad. And a part of Breaking Bad, all at the same time. Executive producer Peter Gould told the NY Daily News the show is going to have flexible timeline, which would allow the story to span decades including, yes, those where Saul (Bob Odenkirk) was working with Walter White (Bryan Cranston). Read more about the Better Call Saul timeline below. Read More »

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