the mummy remake

Months ago it was reported Tom Cruise was in negotiations to headline Universal’s third recent attempt to revive their classic monsters. Now, it’s been confirmed Cruise will indeed star in director Alex Kurtzman‘s (People Like Us) remake of The Mummy. Having an actor of Cruise’s caliber involved probably played a hand in the studio’s decision to open the tentpole film in the summer.

Learn more about the project and The Mummy release date after the jump.

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Director's Cut trailer

With Slamdance and Sundance happening concurrently, Park City is going to be the place to be for fans of indie cinema for the next two weeks. One of the most intriguing titles set to debut at the former is Director’s CutAdam Rifkin‘s very meta horror movie starring Penn Jillette.

A crowdsourced movie about a crowdsourced movie gone awry, Director’s Cut centers on Herbert Blount (Jillette), an unhinged cineaste who decides to take over control of a film project he helped fund. He kidnaps the lead actress (Missi Pyle) and forces her to act out the scenes he’s written, while her co-stars (Harry Hamlin and Hayes MacArthur) wonder about her disappearance. The entire film takes the form of a director’s cut of Blout’s finished masterpiece. Like I said, it’s very meta. Watch the Director’s Cut trailer after the jump.  Read More »

alien covenant rating

With the exception of Alien vs Predator, a movie that has been all but forgotten thanks to some voluntary worldwide hypnosis that you don’t remember, the Alien series has trafficked in just enough extreme violence to warrant R-ratings on each and every entry. The original 1979 film, its three increasingly wonky sequels, and the 2012 prequel Prometheus have all worn their rating as a badge of honor – when you buy a ticket for one of these movies, you are guaranteed something harsh and visceral.

So it’s not too surprising that director Ridley Scott has revealed that he has every intention of making the upcoming Alien: Covenant a “hard R.” We would expect nothing less from this series and nothing less from Scott, who has never shied away from the blood ‘n guts throughout his long career.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

Pacific Rim 2 may be off the table, or it may just be waiting for China to make it happen, but either way Guillermo del Toro will have plenty to keep him busy in the near future. He’s just signed on to develop and possibly direct Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, based on the classic children’s books written by Alvin Schwartz and illustrated very, very creepily by Stephen GammellRead More »

green room release date

It’s rough out there at the multiplexes right now, unless all you want is to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens for the eighteenth time, but if you can hang tight for a few more months, some great films are just on the horizon. Like Jeremy Saulnier‘s Green Room. The thriller wowed on the festival circuit last year, and now it’s on its way to a spring release date on the U.S. Watch the first Green Room teaser trailer after the jump.

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penny dreadful

Because I don’t really follow the Golden Globes or other awards coverage that much, I didn’t know Eva Green was nominated for best actress in a TV series for Penny Dreadful. It was delightful to learn she was, though, because Green is terrific in the Showtime drama. The show didn’t score any other nominations, but at least the actress’ ferocious and heartbreaking performance was recognized for the excellent second season.

Penny Dreadful returns this summer, and you can watch the Penny Dreadful season 3 trailer after the jump.

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world war z sequel director

Someone needs to write a book about the production of World War Z. It shouldn’t happen now – too many people involved have a vested interest in keeping their mouths shut – but as the years roll on and lips start to loosen, someone needs to track down everyone involved and get the whole story. The infamously troubled production, which endured several calamities before its final 45 minutes were completely scrapped, rewritten, and reshot, sounds like a genuinely fascinating ordeal.

And its sequel isn’t getting off to a smooth start, either. A little more than two years after signing up for the job, director Juan Antonio Bayona has stepped away from the film, which was supposed to shoot this year for a 2017 release. Are we allowed to talk about this series being cursed yet? Because it’s one more major setback away from being totally cursed.

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the witch trailer

If 2016 sees the release of a better horror movie than The Witch, we are in for one hell of a year. Emphasis on that “hell,” because writer/director Robert Eggers‘ tale of sin, paranoia, and unfiltered evil in 17th century New England is unholy brilliance. This is already a frontrunner for one of the best movies of 2016.

A24 has unveiled a new trailer for The Witch and it’s a fine sampler of the movie’s dark, delectable pleasures. You should most definitely watch it below.

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remembering david bowie

It is 2004 and Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars has just convinced a depressed, confused and impossibly lonely high school student to not take his own life. It is 2015 and “Heroes” blasts through the speakers as the same man, now older and happier and glad to be alive, joins the love of his life on the dance floor for their first dance as husband and wife.

The soundtrack to the decade between these two events in my life is defined by David Bowie, the most remarkable performer of the 20th century and an icon who cannot be summed with any kind of ease. He was a musician and an actor, an artist and an entertainer, a sinner and a saint, otherworldly but knowable. By listening to his music and watching him on screen, I couldn’t help but feel like I knew him. Like so many others, I felt I could see through his mystique and this alien, this seemingly mystical presence, was the friend I needed. I listened to him and couldn’t help but feel like he was listening back.

David Bowie has passed away at the age of 69, leaving behind a couple dozen incredible albums, enough amazing stories to fill a few thick books, and a surprising film career that was just as malleable and unpredictable as his discography. There’s no way of knowing how many lives he saved, but I can count at least one. The least I can do in return is pay tribute to his contributions to the world of film, of which there are more than you may realize.

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