MTV is moving from the contemporary horror/comedy re-dos of Teen Wolf and Scream to realms of fantasy.
The channel has bankrolled The Shannara Chronicles, based on Terry Brooks‘ long-running series of fantasy novels. The first season is based on the second book, The Elfstones of Shannara, from when Brooks was still borrowing even more heavily from Tolkien than most fantasy writers of the ’70s and ’80s did.
Now we’ve got the first Shannara Chronicles photo, featuring the three actors who play some of the series’ lead characters. Read More »
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Dark Horse Comics and Universal Cable Productions (Mr. Robot, The Magicians) have made a deal to turn a bunch of Dark Horse titles into TV shows. One of the first developments is based on one of the very first Dark Horse Comics. That title is Concrete, created, written and drawn by Paul Chadwick, which tells a story that is basically “what if The Thing lived a non-superhero life?”
Other series in the lineup include Harrow County, Back Up, and The Umbrella Academy, the Gerard Way comic that was previously in development as a feature at Universal. Read More »
The Deadites are coming to Comic Con, and Bruce Campbell‘s alter-ego Ash will be there to fight them. Promotion for the Ash vs Evil Dead TV series will really kick into gear later this week when the show’s first trailer debuts at Comic Con. For now, we have a couple of bloody new Ash vs Evil Dead photos, and some more quotes from Campbell about how he and Sam Raimi have revived the series that made both their careers. Read More »
The collaboration between actor/producer Mark Wahlberg and director/producer Peter Berg soldiers on following Entourage, Lone Survivor, and Ballers. Now Berg will make a film called Mile 22, an espionage thriller starring Wahlberg as a CIA agent stationed far from home, who has to deal with a whole variety of gun-toting enemies as he transports an informant out of town.
But the devil is in the details, and this new Berg and Wahlberg collaboration will also feature two versatile fighters: former MMA fighter Ronda Rousey, and Iko Uwais of The Raid. Read More »
Marvel has cleared the hurdle of getting audiences to know who and what Ant-Man is; casting Paul Rudd in the lead role sure didn’t hurt. Now, with the film a couple weeks away from opening, Marvel is starting some manner of viral campaign featuring videos that will put Ant-Man into context in the greater Marvel Cinematic Universe. The first one is out now, and you can check it out below. Read More »
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William Friedkin‘s film To Live and Die in L.A., released in 1985, is a compelling and vividly stylish ’80s thriller featuring William Peterson, Willem Dafoe, and John Pankow in the story of two Secret Service agents on the trail of a counterfeiting operation. The film was a return to form of sorts for Friedkin, and now the story might offer him that opportunity again.
Friedkin is directing a To Live and Die in L.A. TV series for WGN America. Read More »
The new X-Files series has been shooting for a while now, aiming for the January, 2016 premiere date. The revival of Fox’s ’90s hit series, which originally ran nine seasons from 1993 to 2002, once again features David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as the lead characters, former FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Not long ago, a social media post gave us a minor look at Anderson and Duchovny in character, and now a set of new X-Files photos offers fans more to take in. Read More »
I caught the original Vacation on TV over this past weekend, and the scene with the Griswolds arriving at Wally World, constructed as a parody of the beach race from the British film Chariots of Fire, left me wondering about the lasting impact of the great 1981 film.
In 1983, anyone seeing Clark and Rusty Griswold run in slow motion to the tune of a pulsing synthesized score would have recognized the joke, that Clark had elevated his impulsive family vacation to the status of personal myth — a status that the characters in Chariots of Fire earned through real struggle.
Chariots of Fire had been a success both at home and in the US. That synthesizer theme, composed by Vangelis, didn’t just act as a perfect encapsulation of the film’s spirit; it became a hit as a pop single. Now, how many US viewers would link Vacation or any other parody use of the theme to the actual film? As it turns out there might be a chance for a resurgence in visibility for the ’81 film, as a de facto Chariots of Fire sequel is moving towards production, with Joseph Fiennes starring. Read More »
Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess returns with Masterminds, a comedy about two dopes and a schemer (played by Kristen Wiig, Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson, respectively) who team up to steal a truckload of money. Amazingly, the heist goes well, but the fallout isn’t so easy to deal with. In the aftermath of the robbert, when everyone wants the money, things get weird. Among other problems, there’s Jason Sudeikis, turning in a potentially scene-stealing performance as a hired killer.
And then there’s the simple fact that everyone involved in this heist scheme seems to be a total idiot. Which might make the movie really entertaining, in a seriously over the top way. Check out the Masterminds trailer below. Read More »