Netflix is a big topic of conversation this week as the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) brings to the fore all manner of questions about digital connectivity and methods for providing content to the new technology being flogged at the show at the same time as ongoing Television Critics Association (TCA) events show off new titles for 2013. Netflix has been managing the transition from its first incarnation, a DVD rental house, to a nearly all-digital content platform. And to bolster the wide array of streaming movies available through Netflix, the company has a couple of high-profile pieces of original content set to premiere this year.
One is House of Cards, the political thriller series starring Kevin Spacey and produced by David Fincher, who also directed the pilot. Another is Hemlock Grove, a supernatural series based on the novel of the same name, with Eli Roth as exec producer alongside Mark Verheiden.
The first trailer for the show is online, and it features a look at the cast (Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgard, Lili Taylor, Landon Liboiron and Dougray Scott) and quite a few odd sights and sounds of the Pennsylvania town in which they all come together. Read More »
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Hugh Jackman finds himself in the big-screen version of a beloved property thanks to his role as Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, but in just a few months he’ll be back in his signature role of Wolverine in the character’s second standalone movie. The Wolverine, directed by James Mangold, adapts the classic 1982 mini-series by Chris Claremont and Frank Miller in which the character has a formative adventure in Japan.
We’ve known the basics of the timeline (despite some conflicting statements from Mangold) but in a new interview Jackman confirms some of the timeline info, and in doing so strongly suggests the identity of a cameo that has been rumored for the film. Read More »
Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
The very title of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters suggests a very self-consciously silly good time, as does the involvement of director Tommy Wirkola (Dead Snow). So one of the disappointing aspects of the first trailer was how seriously it seemed to take the concept. Though star Jeremy Renner got to toss off a few witticisms, for the most part it seemed invested in showing us how dark the world of witch-hunting could be.
In contrast, the latest trailer seems to have a much better sense of humor. Taking full advantage of its red-band status, it gleefully dishes up blood and gore and even a healthy smattering of sexuality. Remember when Hansel suggested cutting off witches’ heads in the last trailer? The new one shows us just what that action looks like. Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen also star. Check out the NSFW video after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, October 22nd, 2012 by Angie Han
The Wolverine sees Hugh Jackman‘s titular character tangling with a whole new set of friends and foes, but it seems at least one of his old pals will be making a reappearance. One of Jackman’s former X-Men co-stars has been spotted making the trip to The Wolverine‘s Sydney set to shoot a cameo. Who is it? Find out after the jump. And yes, obviously, spoilers follow.
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Want to read David Goyer talking about Man of Steel? Why does Hugh Jackman think his latest film is called The Wolverine? How has Ben Affleck responded to the Justice League rumors? How does Bruce Willis look on the set of Red 2? Does Stan Lee now share a trait with Iron Man? Will Famke Janssen be returning to the X-Men franchise? Has the Dark Knight Trilogy box set been revealed? And what’s going on on the set of Kick-Ass 2? Read about all of this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Just in case his small appearance in a certain superhero movie this summer left you wanting more Liam Neeson action, here’s the first full domestic trailer for Olivier Megaton‘s Taken 2.
The title should tell you just about everything you need to know about the plot, but just in case: Neeson, and his wife and daughter (Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace) are menaced by relatives of some of the guys Neeson’s character killed in Taken. There’s a kidnapping (again), followed by a lot of violence (again) and some very pretty shots of Istanbul. Because even with a lot of bad guys to kill, one has to make time for sight-seeing.
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The US marketing hasn’t really kicked into gear yet, but maybe you saw the first international trailer for Taken 2, which puts Liam Neeson in conflict with some guys who are pretty angry about all the stuff Neeson did when his daughter was kidnapped a while back. The old guy and his fam (Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen) are in Istanbul, where they’re targeted by the father (Rade Sherbedgia) of one of the guys Neeson killed in Taken.
This trailer gives away a big part of the plot setup that wasn’t shown in the last trailer. In fact, the last trailer deliberately obscured it. It’s something that we’ve known to some extent for a while, and something that will end up in the US trailers eventually, so I wouldn’t call it a big spoiler. But if all you know of Taken 2 is what was in the last trailer, then this will have a small surprise. Check out the trailer below. Read More »
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Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been a few months since we first reported that Netflix and Hostel helmer Eli Roth would be teaming for an original series titled Hemlock Grove, but it’s just now that the pieces are really falling into place. This week, Netflix and Roth finalized a deal for a 13-episode run to premiere exclusively on the streaming service in early 2013, with Famke Janssen (X-Men) and Bill Skarsgård (Anna Karenina) in the leads. The series will be written by Brian McGreevey and Lee Shipman based on a gothic horror novel by McGreevey that’ll hit shelves next week. More details after the jump.
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