Quantic Dream’s “Beyond: Two Souls” Has New Trailer

After showcasing their upcoming adventure game Beyond: Two Souls at Tribeca Film Festival, Quantic Dream has prepared a new trailer for eager fans.  Beyond: Two Souls would probably be best described as an interactive movie, in line with Quantic Dream’s past games, and stars Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe.  It is set to be released this October.

 

As a fan of the studio’s past work (most notably Heavy Rain and Indigo Prophecy), I’m excited to get my hands on Beyond this fall.

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Ratchet & Clank Film Coming 2015

A computer animated film based on the Ratchet & Clank property is currently in production at Escape From Planet Earth studio Rainmaker Entertainment in association with Blockade Entertainment.  Ratchet & Clank as a franchise has been well-received over the years for its imaginative worlds, platforming mechanics, exotic weapons, and its sharp comedic writing.  As its writing has been celebrated in the past, it’s encouraging to fans that Insomniac–the developer responsible for the games–screenwriter TJ Fixman is penning the script.  Beyond that, Insomniac will be actively involved in the film’s production.

 

A synopsis of the film was included in the press release announcing its production:

Ratchet and Clank tells the story of two unlikely heroes as they struggle to stop a vile alien named Chairman Drek from destroying every planet in the Solana Galaxy. Ratchet is the last of his kind – a foolhardy ‘lombax’ who has grown up alone on a backwater planet with no family of his own. Clank is a pint-sized robot with more brains than brawn. When the two stumble upon a dangerous weapon capable of destroying entire planets, they must join forces with a team of colorful heroes called The Galactic Rangers in order to save the galaxy. Along the way they’ll learn about heroism, friendship, and the importance of discovering one’s own identity.

 

Source:  IGN

One Hell of a Night: Evil Dead Review

Recycling old ideas has been a common thing in Hollywood recently with more and more big budget remakes/reboots of classics or sequels in established franchises sprouting up all over the place.  Sometimes it works, reintroducing a classic idea to a new audience with more modern themes and effects; sometimes it doesn’t with losing sight of what exactly it was that made the classic great.  Horror movies aren’t immune to this revisiting of existing properties and the latest horror reboot is this year’s Evil Dead.  A reenvisioning of Sam Raimi’s horror classic, this new Evil Dead eschews the camp and comedy of the original two films in favor of a pure, gritty, gory horror romp through evil infested woods.

The film starts out strong with a prologue that has a father trying to purge his daughter of the evil that possesses her.  From there, viewers are brought to a familiar cabin in the woods where a group of friends is gathered to help Mia (Jane Levy) through her detox.  The setup provides the promise of some emotional character depth, but it’s quickly lost after it becomes quickly apparent that the story only cares about Mia and her distanced brother David (Shiloh Fernandez).  It’s somewhat disappointing that all this promise is lost amidst horror movie clichés, but you soon forget about it when you realize just how well they did the tension and jump scares—it’s also impossible to deny just how fun all the over-the-top gore is.  In the end, though, the bit about the estranged brother and his recovering sister works out because those characters are the ones that stand out the most, so when something bad happens, you feel it—everyone else is fodder, so you’re really just waiting for them to die.

The script isn’t particularly strong, but it gets the job done.  The writers surely had a ball constructing this new vision, but it is somewhat weighted down by clichés.  Characters do ridiculously foolish things if only for the reason to put themselves in a situation where one of them has to die—but, as a viewer, you don’t really care because that’s really what you paid $8 to see.

It’s also worth noting that in spite of not being campy or over-the-top in its presentation of humor, this new Evil Dead has its own charms.  The humor isn’t quite as apparent as it’s much more tongue-in-cheek and morbid than the original films.  There’s one scene in particular that was brutally gruesome, but I couldn’t help but let out a solid laugh—a reaction I’m sure they were hoping for.

Evil Dead is built on the ideas of the classic films, but brings to the table several of its own.  There are scenes that feel incredibly familiar, but then you’re thrown a completely unexpected (and pleasantly gruesome) curveball that freshens up the formula.  This remake/reboot is a welcome entry in the franchise and the genre as a whole and, while it is more of a “pure” horror film, it does have moments that echo the charm of the originals.  Fans of The Evil Dead and horror in general will be more than pleased with what Evil Dead has to offer.

Elysium Trailer

A trailer for Neill Blomkamp’s upcoming science fiction film Elysium has been released.  This is Blomkamp’s first filme since his 2009 feature film debut with the Academy Award nominated District 9.  Elysium stars Matt Damon and is scheduled for an August 9 release this year.

New Red Band Kick-Ass 2 Trailer

Upcoming sequel to the 2010 superhero comedy film Kick-Ass has a new red band trailer.  The trailer features new additions to Kick-Ass’ team of superheroes including Jim Carrey’s Colonel Stars and Stripes.  The film is scheduled for release in the United States on August 16, 2013.

Duncan Jones to Direct “Warcraft”

Duncan Jones, director of science fiction films Moon and Source Code, will be taking over as director of the film adaptation of Warcraft.  Sam Raimi, director of the Spider-Man trilogy and the upcoming Oz the Great and Powerful, was originally signed as the director, but he detached himself from the project in favor of Oz.

Blood Diamond screenwriter Charles Leavitt will pen the script for Warcraft with production planned to begin this fall.  Warcraft is expected to release in 2015.

 

Source:  Hollywood Reporter

Hansel and Gretel Slay the Competition

Hunting witches like never before. Literally, this has never been in the typical story...

Hunting witches like never before. Literally, this has never been in the typical story…

Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters may have opened to an average $19 million over the weekend, but that was still enough for the flick to claim the top spot in the box office. The movie, which opened in 3,372 theatres this past Friday, stars Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton as the witch-hunting duo, Hansel and Gretel. Sure, that’s not what any of us remember about the classic Grimm tale, but hey, it’s Hollywood. It would seem by the estimated numbers that not many people want to remember them this way, either.

The other openers over the weekend were Parker and Movie 43Parker is Jason Statham’s latest outing, and although he’s been known for his modest, albeit consistent box office-opening track record, Parker’s estimated $7 million and fifth place debut is quite the disappointment. The movie opened in 2,224 theatres over the weekend, and its measly cume does not bode well so far.

Movie 43 is also quite bellow the spoof genre norm, landing in 7th place with an embarrassing $5 million at 2,023 locations. In comparison, the last spoof movie to hit the screens was this year’s A Haunted House, which earned nearly four times as much in its opening weekend. In fact, Movie 43 may become the lowest grossing spoof movie in quite a while, fairing even worse than 2008’s Disaster Movie, which opened with about the same numbers. That movie’s title is a pun in itself, being voted one of the worse movies of all time by any reputable source.

The holdovers this weekend all seemed to have hefty drops, bringing more bad news for this weekend’s box office, although that is partly due to inflated weekend numbers from last week since it was considered a holiday weekend (Martin Luther King Jr. day).  Mama was the biggest holdover. Last week’s number one movie fell nearly 54% and scared up another $12.9 million, bringing its total to a still impressive $48.6 million. As it stands, Mama is the number one movie of the year so far, surpassing Gangster Squad this past Friday.

Silver Linings Playbook stayed at the third spot this weekend, falling an impressive 7% (although it did gain over 100 theatres) to an estimated $10 million. The Oscar-nominated movie, starring Oscar-nominated actors in all four acting categories, has a new notable total of $69.5 million.

Oscar-nominated Zero Dark Thirty also continues its impressive run, ringing in nearly $10 million itself, which was good enough for fourth place. Its total gross to date now stands at $69.9 million. The 6th place slot this weekend goes to Django Unchained, another Oscar-nominated movie, which is down 35% from last weekend with $5 million. The zany Tarantino movie has so far racked up $146 million; not bad for a movie of its kind. Gangster Squad continues its sharp decline, falling 51% and garnering $4.2 million over the weekend, bringing its grand total to an unimpressive $39.6 million after three weeks. Broken City and Oscar-bait Les Miserables rounded out the top ten at this weekend’s box office. Both fell in the 50% vicinity with around $4 million for each. Broken City now stands at a $15.3 million total, and Les Mis has so far accumulated an estimated $137.2 million.

Here is your top ten (Estimates)

1/N Par. Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters $19,000,000 *NEW*

2/1 Uni. Mama $12,860,000 ($48,648,000)

3/3 Wein. Silver Linings Playbook $10,000,000 ($69, 465,000)

4/2 Sony Zero Dark Thirty $9,800,000 ($69,904,000)

5/N FD Parker $7,000,000 *NEW*

6/7 Wein. Django Unchained $5,005,000 ($146,295,000)

7/N Rela. Movie 43 $5,000,000 *NEW*

8/4 WB Gangster Squad $4,200,000 ($39,647,000)

9/5 Fox Broken City $4,000,000 ($15,270,000)

10/8 Uni. Les Miserables $3,912,000 ($137,237,000)

J.J. Abrams Set to Direct Star Wars Episode VII

It has been confirmed that J.J Abrams will direct the upcoming Star Wars sequel.  Abrams directed the 2009 alternate reality reboot of the Star Trek franchise and its upcoming sequel Into Darkness.

Academy Award winning screenwriter Michael Arndt will pen the script for the next Star Wars.  Arndt won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine and earned a nomination for his Toy Story 3 script.

Star Wars Episode VII is planned for a 2015 release.

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Source:  Deadline