Near Dark

(Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

The Movie: Near Dark

Where You Can Stream It: The Criterion Channel

The Pitch: Boy meets girl. Girl is a vampire. Girl bites boy, and her gang of vampire friends takes him under their wing. Can he handle the lifestyle?

Why It’s Essential Quarantine Viewing: There are several reasons to recommend this movie, but the late Bill Paxton‘s supporting performance is at the very top of the list. He’s a live wire here, playing a loose cannon vampire who feels like pure danger slinking around in a skin-tight leather jacket. Paxton tragically passed away in 2017 at the age of 61, and if he had to die before his time, I’m glad he got to deliver this absolutely kick-ass performance in director Kathryn Bigelow‘s explosive thriller before he went. Read More »

bill paxton dead at 61

Bill Paxton, the charming and always reliable actor whose credits include everything from Twister to Titanic to Tombstone, has passed away following complications from surgery. He was 61 years old.

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Training Day TV Series Cast

Earlier this month, news surfaced that Ethan Hawke had been offered the opportunity to reprise his role as detective Jake Hoyt from the 2001 crime thriller Training Day for the TV series adaptation in the works at CBS. At one time, there was a hope that Hawke would take the lead role in the series as a more seasoned, now morally ambiguous version of his character, but the actor wasn’t interested in dedicating that much time to the TV series. But an alternate lead role has been filled.

Bill Paxton will take the role that is essentially a race-swapped version of the Denzel Washington character, the leader of an elite squad of LAPD officers. Just like the movie, Paxton is teamed up with a young, idealistic police officer, this time made to be played by an African-American actor who has yet to be cast. Find out more below. Read More »

term life trailer

Over two years ago, Universal axed this adaptation of the Image Comics’ Term Life. Adapted by the comic’s writer, Andy Lieberman, the thriller was quickly revived. In 2014, cameras were rolling for director Peter Billingsley‘s (Couples Retreat) film, which stars Vince Vaughn and Hailee Steinfeld. Since principal photography, we’ve heard little about the project, but it’s finally coming out this March.

Watch the Term Life trailer after the jump.

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The Gamechangers trailer

One of the most controversial video game franchises ever made is Rockstar Games’ super violent Grand Theft Auto. Few games have drawn the vitriol of various organizations against violence in video games in the name of just wanting to keep the kids safe. Now the story of how the game was created, and the protests that followed, will be told on the big screen.

The BBC is behind a TV movie called The Gamechangers starring Harry Potter franchise lead Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar Games co-founder Sam Houser, who found himself in a battle with Christian lawyer Jack Thompson (Bill Paxton) as Thompson tried to shut down the production of the Grand Theft Auto video games. Watch The Gamechangers trailer after the jump! Read More »

Bill Paxton in Grand Theft Auto

Game over, man! The Grand Theft Auto movie just got weirder, and perhaps more awesome. The BBC production features Daniel Radcliffe as Sam Houser, aka one half of the sibling duo that has guided Rockstar Games and the Grand Theft Auto series to video game domination.

The film’s story revolves around a specific period in the company’s history, when Rockstar and GTA were under fire from firebrand Florida attorney Jack Thompson. And now we’ll see Bill Paxton in Grand Theft Auto as Jack Thompson, going a long way towards ensuring that we’ll be unable to look away from the BBC Films production. Read More »

Nightcrawler trailer

Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a guy who discovers that his intense work ethic and lightweight moral sense combine to make him a talent in the field of shooting bottom-feeding TV news. Initially unsuccessful in his job hunt, a chance encounter with a news team led by Bill Paxton leads Gyllenhaal’s character to start gathering news on his own… and perhaps even tweaking it a bit, as this new Nightcrawler trailer suggests. The film was recently moved to an October 31 opening; see the new trailer below. Read More »

James Cameron Bill Paxton in Avatar 2

Bill Paxton and James Cameron are more than just co-workers. Besides the fact they’ve worked together on The Terminator, Aliens, True Lies, Titanic and Ghosts of the Abyss, they’re actually real life friends too. Could we see Bill Paxton in Avatar sequels?

So at this year’s Warner Bros. WonderCon panel, which Paxton was attending to promote Edge of Tomorrow, a valid question was asked about Cameron’s upcoming films. Cameron is currently finishing pre-production on three Avatar sequels and the panel moderator, Drew McWeeny of Hitfix, asked Paxton if there was any role for him in the three films. His answer was hilarious.
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Bill Paxton

Author Joe R. Lansdale is having a minor resurgence on movie screens. The film Cold in July, adapted from Lansdale’s novel, played well at Sundance last month and is en route to theaters via IFC.

Now Bill Paxton has set another Lansdale novel, The Bottoms, as the next film he’ll direct. In fact, the same company that produced Cold in July is also behind this adaptation, and brought in Paxton thanks to an affinity for his film Frailty, and the fact that Paxton has wanted to make a film based on The Bottoms. Paxton will work once again with Frailty screenwriter Brent Hanley on the adaptation, to tell the story of racial-tinged murders that twist life in a Depression-era Texas town.

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The fate of the second season of Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD is still up in the air — will there be one? — but while the first season is still on, showrunners Maurissa Tancharoen and Jed Whedon are pulling out all the stops. They’ve already tackled the Agent Coulson mystery, ramifications of Thor: The Dark World, they’ll be dealing with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and Stan Lee will be appearing soon. Now a surprising actor is joining the cast. Bill Paxton, best known for his work in Aliens, Twister and Big Love, has been cast as Agent John Garrett for a multi-episode arc. Read More »