Final Destination 5…

Does it really need to happen?  Oh yes… oh yes it does.  Another film series takes center stage trying to come up with as many creative and unusual ways to die as humanly possible to reign supreme as the most ridiculous, violent series with the highest body count of all time, falling in line with Saw, Hostel, Friday the 13th, Nightmare on Elm Street and of course, Halloween.  Okay, so that may not be their point, but that’s what it appears to be, right?  I mean seriously how many of these do we need?? Apparently 5 of them.  Why? Well, apparently in Final Destination 5, EVERYONE DIES.  Well, maybe.  Probably.  Yeah, they do.  We think.  Anyway, check out this article by eonline.com and see whatcha think.

Tony Todd, Emma Bell, Nicolas D'Agosto, Arlen Escarpeta, Miles Fisher, Final Destination 5
Review in a Hurry: Critics of the Final Destination sequels may say they appeal only to sick, twisted individuals who like to laugh at onscreen misfortune…and they’d be absolutely right. Hard to believe that the first movie aimed at being a genuinely suspenseful shocker from a pair of X-Files producers; it’s now all strictly about the elaborate kills, and the associated red herrings. If you know and dig this, you’ll have a blast.

The Bigger Picture: It’s honestly no insult to say that the best thing about FD5 is its credits—they may be the most gloriously overboard examples of such ever committed to film. Opening titles throw multiple hazardous objects at your face in a shower of 3-D broken glass, while the end credits showcase a montage of the franchise’s greatest deaths enhanced with additional 3-D gore and scored to AC/DC.

If you missed any of the first four installments, the formula is as follows: Massive disaster sequence, usually involving attractive young men and women dying violently. Sudden reveal that this was just a premonition, as one character starts yelling at everybody to run away because something bad is going to happen. A significant number of people go along with it, only to later find themselves dying as a result of mysterious Rube Goldberg-like coincidences, in the order they would have died anyway. Each time, the designated main character tries to figure out a way to make an exception to death’s arbitrary rules, and every time thus far everyone has ended up eventually buying it anyway.

As a result, there’s no real continuity (save the occasional Tony Todd cameos as a creepy mortician) and no suspense to speak of. Death may literally be an invisible hand in this series, but he/she/it is nonetheless the best modern-day equivalent of Jason Voorhees—as in the Friday the 13th sequels, the thrill is in the slasher’s creative sadism. Except Jason only got one 3-D movie, and FD is now on to its second. (It should be noted that both franchises fake-promised to stop at part 4.)

Of the new cast, only Miles Fisher really makes an impression. As the absurdly focused team leader for the local paper factory, he comes off like a demented young Tom Cruise (a role he portrayed previously in Superhero Movie). Director Steven Quale, a James Cameron protégé, keeps things reasonably fun despite the fact that we really don’t care about much that happens between moments of violence. The ending, however, rewards longtime fans nicely.

The 180—A Second Opinion: It’s probably too much to expect in a sequel with this high a number, but a plot that actually got into why death behaves in such a capricious manner might keep our attention more than the frivolous relationship drama we get now.

Read more here

Okay so a lot of you have been waiting for this and I could talk about how pretty it is, how awesome the new features will be and how much loving attention was obviously given to the artistry of this gaming experience, but I’m sure you’d rather hear about it from Dan Ayoub, the producer bringing it to you so check out this video with some awesome behind the scenes stuff to tide you over until the release on November 15th!  The thing I’m excited about on this is the appreciation for where they’ve been in the “classic” mode feature because I’m a sentimental girl.  Anyway, clicky clicky on the link and check it out on 1up.com!

 

Catching up with the new season of Torchwood; Miracle Day on STARZ.  I know we’re behind, but hey- we had stuff to do, sue us.

Anyway, we are only one episode in, but we can already see some major differences between the Torchwood of old and this new incarnation.  Much like the Doctor, each new life takes on a new personality, a new direction, new companions and a new world of sci-fi entanglements. Personally, we’re not sure how we feel about it so far.  We’ve got a few more to watch but all in all, it’s nice to see the old faces again even if they have a different feel.  Basically, our opinion so far is- it’s just not the “same” somehow but we can’t quite put our finger on it.

Much like it’s new theme of the “living dead” dealing with the absence of death even when there is no logical reason for life, this new incarnation on a new network may prove to be only prolonging the inevitable.  So far, we just can’t tell how it’s gonna go yet.

Here’s a great article courtesy of Variety Reviews on what’s happened so far and what is coming up in the future.

Since we realize we’re behind in the times on this one, we’d love to hear from you- if you have already been up on the Torchwood scene and have an opinion, we’d love to hear it!

Torchwood: Miracle Day

(Series — Starz, Fri. July 8, 10 p.m.)

By Brian Lowry

 

John Barrowman and Eve Myles are among the few remaining immortals in Starz’s 10-part series “Torchwood: Miracle Day.”

Filmed in Los Angeles by BBC Worldwide Prods. Executive producers, Russell T. Davies, Julie Gardner, Jane Tranter; producer, Kelly A. Manners; director, Bharat Nalluri; writer, Davies.

Capt. Jack Harkness – John Barrowman
Gwen Cooper – Eve Myles
Rex Matheson – Mekhi Phifer
Esther Drummond – Alexa Havins
Oswald Danes – Bill Pullman
Rhys Williams – Kai Owen
Jilly Kitzinger – Lauren Ambrose
Dr. Vera Juarez – Arlene Tur

 

Following the splendid “Torchwood” miniseries “Children of Earth,” stepping up to share the next chapter with the BBC represents an enormously shrewd move for Starz, bringing the pay net built-in cult appeal. That this latest sci-fi tale — a 10-parter subtitled “Miracle Day” — doesn’t fully measure up to its predecessor does little to diminish its offbeat charm, with a small army of loyalists likely to shout “Hallelujah!” at the mere glimpse of its intrepid leads. For a network establishing its street cred, having a hot Comic-Con commodity is all upside, even without stretching beyond the program’s existing universe.

For those unfamiliar with “Torchwood,” it’s probably too late to join. Yet this project spun out of “Doctor Who” (an anagram of that title) has taken on a life very much its own, focusing on the immortal, free-wheeling and bi- (if not omni-) sexual Capt. Jack Harkness, who for the last 120 years or so has served the United Kingdom by thwarting extraterrestrial threats. Capt. Jack is prone to losing his comrades; the surviving member of the Torchwood team is Gwen (Eve Myles), whose hopes of leading a quiet existence with her husband (Rhys Williams) and new baby are quickly (and for fans, happily) shattered.

Series creator Russell T. Davies is a kind of genius when it comes to spinning big sci-fi ideas, and “Miracle Day” is a doozy: At a certain moment all across the globe, people stop dying. While that might sound wonderful, it quickly begins to trigger a humanitarian and ecological crisis, as well as a mystery regarding who or what might be responsible.

Enter Capt. Jack (as always, played with swashbuckling gusto by John Barrowman), whose own immortality seems compromised even as everyone else stops dying. Among those joining him in seeking to decipher what’s happening are two American CIA agents (Mekhi Phifer, Alexa Havins) and a skeptical doctor (Arlene Tur), while a parallel plot focuses on a child killer (Bill Pullman) spared execution by this bizarre turn of affairs.

Big, brainy and bawdy — all elements we’ve come to expect from Davies, who also created “Queer as Folk” — “Miracle Day” isn’t completely effective in integrating the new players into the “Torchwood” mythos. Perhaps not surprisingly, the best moments involve Gwen and Jack — the former hilariously slapping earmuffs on her infant before leaping into a gun battle, the latter detouring to a gay bar in the midst of a world-threatening crisis.

“We’re going to need a new vocabulary,” one character muses, throwing out “undying” and “ever-living” as descriptions of the new order. The first three hours are filled with such playful silliness, while grappling with the enormity of a still-inexplicable threat that appears to involve “deliberate intervention” in the whole circle of life.

If not nearly as gripping, creepy or tightly constructed as the five-hour “Children of Earth,” “Torchwood’s” fourth flight nevertheless remains grand, intellectually stimulating fun — precisely the kind of smart popcorn fare Starz has stated its intention to provide.

Whatever its flaws, “Torchwood” has proven every bit as hard to kill as Capt. Jack — and that’s good news indeed.

Variety review can be found here

 

From Variety

Warner Bros. has acquired feature film rights to Nate Simpson’s comicbook “Nonplayer” from publisher Image Comics and has set up the potential tentpole project with producers Roy Lee (“The Ring”) and David Heyman (the “Harry Potter” series).

“Nonplayer” is a sci-fi/fantasy story about Dana Stevens, a brilliant young woman who retreats from the dismal workaday world of the future into the digital fantasy realm of Jarvath, where she’s a fearless warrior.

First of six issues went on sale in April.

Prior to “Nonplayer,” Simpson worked as a videogame concept artist.

Heyman most recently produced WB’s “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” which has grossed more than $1 billion worldwide since opening last month. He’s in production on Alfonso Cuaron’s Sandra Bullock starrer “Gravity,” which WB recently skedded for release on Nov. 21, 2012.

Lee recently produced Lionsgate’s upcoming Taylor Lautner thriller “Abduction” and served as an exec producer on CBS Films’ Daniel Radcliffe starrer “The Woman in Black.” He’s developing a remake of the South Korean classic “Oldboy” for Mandate Pictures.

 

 

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First, a movie about a semi-super-powered vigilante (“The Dark Knight’), then a movie about super-powered robots (“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”) and now a TV pilot about law enforcers for super-powered criminals.

Chicago is looking more like a splash page every summer, and with the recent filming of “Powers” — adapted from the graphic novel of the same name — the city adds another notch to its figurative utility belt.

Chicago, cops & super-criminals in new TV pilot – Chicago Sun-Times.

Artist, illustrator delves into the dark side of comic books | The Desert Sun | MyDesert.com.

Standing on his patio, smoking a cigarette and drinking his morning coffee, Wes Huffor looks like any Palm Springs resident who enjoys a laid-back desert lifestyle and works at home.

But step across the threshold into the apartment he shares with his girlfriend of two years, Kristeen Kidd, and it becomes apparent the 33-year-old Huffor is equally comfortable in a different, sometimes dark, larger-than-life world.

“Eureka,” “Desperate Housewives” Cancelled | News | Dark Horizons.

From TwitchFilm

When writing about the forward movement on Marvel’s big screen adaptation of Doctor Strange we commented that things were going to get weird with the Marvel slate of feature films soon. With the slate of available big marquee titles dwindling the film division is having to dig deeper into the catalog for some of their lesser known titles and the Cosmic side of the Marvel Universe will soon be present on the big screen in a big way.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige is a big fan of this aspect of the company’s library and was a big proponent of moving forward with Doctor Strange. So what comes next on that front? How about a big screen version of Guardians Of The Galaxy?

Originally created in 1969 and resurrected in 2008, Guardians of the Galaxy that begins as a far-future story revolving around a group of alien beings – each the last of their kind – who eventually travel back in time to protect the earth from alien invasion. Feige first raised the possibility of a Guardians Of The Galaxy feature in an interview with MTV in June of 2010but it appears they have now decided to move ahead with the project as sources tell Twitch the film version is now in active development. Expect the on-screen Marvel universe to get a bit bigger soon.

From Dark Horizons

With Kenneth Branagh passing on a second helping of “Thor” in favour of other projects, the search for a new director may have already come to an end.

Irish auteur Brian Kirk, best known for directing numerous episodes of the first season of HBO’s hit series “Game of Thrones”, is reportedly under major consideration to helm a “Thor” sequel for Marvel Studios and Walt Disney Pictures says Variety.

The choice isn’t a surprise. With ‘Thrones’ he has demonstrated a strong ability to handle a grounded but fantastical setting populated with a large ensemble cast and a rich complex mythology.

The “Thor” sequel is expected to be on a larger scale than the first film with double the amount of Asgardian characters and the inclusion of various mythical Norse creatures. It’s currently slated for a late July 2013 release.

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