Everly

The Hall H lineup tends to consist of movies that are already getting a lot of hype, but every year there are a few under-the-radar projects that get their moment in the sun as well. One of the latter this year was Everly, described by director Joe Lynch as “Die Hard in a room.” Which I suppose makes Salma Hayek Bruce WIllis.

The action-packed thriller follows a woman who’s stuck in her apartment as her mob boss ex sends thugs to torment and kill her. The Everly Comic-Con panel included the first footage from the film, involving gangsters, grenades, and guns a-plenty. Hit the jump for our Everly footage description and Everly Comic-Con panel highlights.

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Lego Star Wars The New Yoda Chronicles

Happy (upcoming) Star Wars Day to one and all! After the jump:

  • Carrie Fisher‘s mom and Daisy Ridley‘s dad comment on casting
  • EW’s Anthony Breznican reveals what he knows about the script
  • Here’s another look at that 1313 game you’ll never get to play
  • Star Wars Day brings some special discounts on games that do exist
  • Watch a trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles
  • D23 brings you a special Star Wars Day message from R2-D2
  • Wonder what the folks at Lucasfilm are eating for Star Wars Day?
  • Watch a sexy lightsaber battle in Joe Lynch‘s short Saber III

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Knights of Badassdom

Briefly: The long, fascinating, yet disappointing tale that is Knights of Badassdom will soon come to an end. Originally directed by Joe Lynch, the film got huge buzz after a Comic-Con 2011 panel only to run into major investor issues and be wrestled out of the director’s hands. Lynch all but disowned the new version of the film, which sat on a shelf for two years before getting U.S. distribution thanks to eOne Entertainment.

That company has now decided to release the live action role playing, fantasy action film, starring Ryan Kwatten, Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Danny Pudi and Steve Zahn, On Demand February 11, 2014. You can request a theatrical screening via Tugg starting in January. However, this is in fact the producer’s cut, not the director’s cut. Read More »

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Realistically speaking, the best way to see the 17-minute short #TruthInJournalism would be to just happen across it without knowing what was up. But if we presented it that way, almost no one would watch it. (And, in truth, the title of the embed below will give it away.) So I’m striking a middle ground between giving it to you cold and giving away all the secrets within.

Just put it this way: this is a unique and effective way to bring to life one of the characters that some Marvel fans have most wanted to see. Ryan Kwanten stars here as the guy who has a secret to hide, and Joe Lynch (Wrong Turn 2, Knights of Badassdom) directs.

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Knights of Badassdom

Comic-Con 2013 just ended, which makes it the two year anniversary of when we first heard about Knights of Badassdom. The independent film, starring Ryan Kwatten, Peter Dinklage, Summer Glau, Danny Pudi and Steve Zahn, follows a group of live action role players who are forced to save the world from monsters. It got some great buzz after its Hall H panel at Comic-Con 2011 and director Joe Lynch was amped about getting fans to see the film as soon as possible.

Then the money men got their hands on it and a controversy raged over the distribution rights. Lynch lost control of the film, it was reportedly re-edited and possibly doomed to live on a shelf for all its days.

Today, eOne Entertainment is putting a reincarnation spell on the film. They’ve just picked it up for U.S. distribution. Read More »

Over a year and a half ago, at Comic Con in 2011, we saw footage of Joe Lynch‘s film Knights of Badassdom. With a cast that features Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Danny Pudi (Community) and Summer Glau (Firefly), and a story about LARPing fantasy fans who are pressed into action against a real magical threat, the movie did well at Comic Con. The trailer got more attention online, and we thought a late 2011 or mid-2012 release might be in the cards.

But there has been no official word on Knights of Badassdom in a long time.

Turns out that Joe Lynch hasn’t had input on the film since just after Comic Con ’11. One of the producers is set to screen a cut of the film tomorrow, presumably in the hopes of attracting interest in buying the existing cut. The film’s website, badassdom.com, has been revamped to feature an open letter to “what remains of the Board of Directors of IndieVest, the production company and manager of the film known as Knights of BADASSDOM.” (Update: there has been a second update, so the text on the site is now changed.)

The story that follows is one that doesn’t yet have an ending, but it does explain why we have yet to see Knights of Badassdom. Read More »

Fans of FX’s Louie will no doubt be thrilled to check out this unrevealing but artsy teaser for the show’s third season, but it’s Showtime that steals most of the spotlight in today’s TV Bits. The premium cable network has a new poster for Episodes, a new teaser for Homeland, and possibly even a new love interest for Dexter. Also after the jump:

  • Damages sets a start date for its fifth and final season
  • The horror-sitcom Holliston gets renewed for Season 2
  • AMC mulls over six scripts for possible pilot orders

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Could romcom queen Kate Hudson be branching out at last? Earlier this week, she signed on for her first animated feature in DreamWorks’ Me & My Shadow, and she’s now gunning for action stardom with Everly. Joe Lynch (Knights of Badassdom) will direct from a 2010 Black List script by Yale Hannon. Hudson will play a woman trapped in her apartment as she fends off attacks from assassins hired by her ex, a ruthless mob boss.

Hudson is best known for her romantic comedy roles, like last year’s Little Bit of Heaven and Something Borrowed, but her upcoming slate shows a little more variety. In addition to Me & My Shadow and Everly, she also has Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist due out next year.

After the jump, Piper Perabo fights a bear and Common does magic.

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