Great news this week for horror fans and movie buffs as The Phantasm Collection, a six disc Blu-ray box set, streets March 28 via Well Go USA Entertainment. All five films (Phantasm: Remastered, Phantasm II, Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead, Phantasm IV: Oblivion, and Phantasm: Ravager) will be available in the collection.
The appeal behind director Don Coscarelli’s series centers on Mike (Michael Baldwin) who, along with his older brother Jody (Bill Thornbury) and their loyal friend Reggie (Reggie Bannister), attempt to rid the world of the evil Tall Man (late actor Angus Scrimm). As they traverse between their world and the Tall Man’s universe, the three buddies endure their share of challenges, heartbreak, and hard fought victories.
The sixth disc of the collection includes the new documentary Phantasmagoria which contains new and archival interviews with the cast and crew. Also included is footage from a 1989 convention with Angus Scrimm along with a Fangoria TV commercial featuring Scrimm.
Each Phantasm installment comes with audio commentary from the filmmaker and actors (David Hartman directed Phantasm: Ravager).
Directed and penned by M. Night Shyamalan, Split centers on a kidnapper (James McAvoy) who abducts three young women (Haley Lu Richardson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jessica Sula) and places them in a seemingly inescapable cell. The catch is the criminal suffers from multiple personality disorder, and nine of the antagonist’s personalities show up throughout the narrative. As with most of M. Night’s stories, a few twists and turns are in the offing.
McAvoy describes M. Night as a “unique” and “original” storyteller which, in a world of franchises and comic driven films, is a rare thing.
“He’s one of the few people I’ve worked with that is committed to the original vision he has in his mind,” said McAvoy. “He doesn’t really want to alter that too much during the filming process. So you end up in a situation that the thing you read months before you see the final film is pretty much exactly what you see in the final film.”
Click on the media bar below to hear James McAvoy talk about his reactions on the first time he read the script for Split.
Split opens nationwide today.
If you’re in the mood for a modern day film noir, Detour may be your cup of tea. The project centers on Harper (Tye Sheridan), a law student who believes his stepfather (Stephen Moyer) is cheating on his mother. Harper also thinks the stepdad’s car accident, which placed his mom in a coma, is after the family inheritance!
Coming into Harper’s life are two grifters (Brookylyn’s Emory Cohen and Bel Powley from The Diary of a Teenage Girl) who agree to kill the stepfather. Directed and penned by Christopher Smith, Detour is a stylized, visually arresting thriller that evokes the works of Brian De Palma and the hard driving noirs of yesteryear. All three actors give solid performances, but it’s the unpredictable narrative and the Smith’s directing flair which puts Detour over the top.
Also covered this week on CinemAddicts is the documentary They Call Us Monsters, a look at three youths who may be tried for their crimes as adults, and the backwoods action thriller My Father Die. All three films open in select theaters Friday, January 20.
Directed by Peter Chelsom (The Mighty), The Space Between Us centers on Gardner Elli0t (Asa Butterfield), a teenager who’s the first human to be born on Mars. During a trip to Earth, Gardner embarks on a profound journey with his close friend Tulsa (Britt Robertson) as they try to find the whereabouts of Gardner’s father. Since his body can’t survive Earth’s atmosphere for an extended period of time, Gardner’s visit will be a short one. Gary Oldman co-stars as Nathaniel Shepherd, the flawed visionary who created the new settlement on Mars. Though the movie has its share of sci-fi elements, The Space Between Us mainly focuses on the human drama behind Gardner and Tulsa’s evolving relationship.
During the interviews for The Space Between Us, the 26-year-old Robertson was asked about the challenges of playing teenage roles (i.e. Mr. Church, Tomorrowland), and she gave a pretty convincing argument on why age is sometimes just a number! Click on the media bar below to hear Robertson talk about playing younger characters.
The Space Between Us, co-starring Janet Montgomery (Salem) and BD Wong (Focus), opens nationwide February 3.
Man Down, a war thriller/psychological drama headlined by Shia LaBeouf and directed by Dito Montiel, hits Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand March 7 via Lionsgate.
Nominated for Best Film at the 2015 Venice Film Festival, the story centers on Gabriel Drummer (Shia LaBeouf), a Marnie who battles his share of inner conflicts after returning home from a tour in Afghanistan. Jai Courtney (Suicide Squad) co-stars as Gabriel’s best friend and fellow Marine. Kate Mara (House of Cards, The Martian) co-stars as Gabriel’s wife and mother of his son. Gary Oldman (Criminal), and Clifton Collins Jr. (Westworld, Pacific Rim) round out the ensemble.
LaBeouf previously worked with Montiel in the 2006 feature A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints. The actor was also seen last year in the critically acclaimed road trip drama American Honey.
Special features on Man Down include audio commentary.
Carving his teeth in media during his youth at CBS News, Andy Cohen’s success wasn’t an overnight thing. The Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen host explains why his gradual growth as a talk show host and producer was actually a good thing.
“I became famous later in my life when I was 40 basically,” said Cohen. “I think that was a great thing for me because I didn’t have a chance to become kind of an awful person first. I was already kind of a decent guy and then I became famous. And I knew a lot of people who had become famous and I had seen how they dealt with their celebrity sometimes well and sometimes poorly. I’ve made people famous. The Housewives were literally housewives and now they’re on the cover of Us Magazine and everywhere else. I’ve seen how they dealt with it too and it’s really not easy. So that, I think, prepared me for what is happening to me now in a way I couldn’t have anticipated but in a way that I’m grateful for.”
Click on the media bar below to hear Andy Cohen talk about why he “goes there” with his guests on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen. The show airs Sun-Thurs on Bravo (11/10c).
Hollywood continues its fascination with remakes, with the 1992 comedy White Men Can’t Jump apparently set for an update. The original film, written and directed by Ron Shelton, starred Woody Harrelson and Wesley Snipes as a pair of pickup game hustlers struggling to get by. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the new version is being backed by pro athletes Blake Griffin and Ryan Kalil and their Mortal Media Company. They’ve reportedly snagged Black-ish creator Kenya Barris to write the script for the project.
Paul Dano vs. terrorists? That’s about to happen, as Deadline reports that the Swiss Army Man star will lead the film 7500. The film reportedly is a psychological thriller taking place entirely in the cockpit of a plane, with Dano starring as the pilot who must act quickly after hearing screams coming from the cabin followed by a group of men attempting to enter his cockpit. The movie is expected to start filming this summer in Germany with Patrick Vollrath directing.
Could there be a sequel to the Viggo Mortensen-starring film Eastern Promises? According to Digital Spy, citing a listing on the website My Entertainment World, a film titled Body Cross which is supposedly a sequel to Eastern Promises is in the works. The script was penned by Steven Knight, who stated that he felt he topped the original film. However, it is not known if director David Cronenberg or Mortensen will return for the new film.
Game of Thrones has been hinting at wrapping things up by Year Eight, and in a new interview with EW, HBO programming chief Casey Bloys revealed that their may be Game of Thrones related content on the network beyond the eight season run. According to Bloys, there have been talks with the writers about a possible prequel series. “It’s such a big property we would be foolish not to explore it, but it’s a pretty high bar,” he said. “We’ll take some shots at it. I’m not going to do it just to do it. It has to feel very special. I would rather have no sequel and leave it as-is then have something we rushed out.” The seventh season is currently shooting in Iceland.
Speaking of Year Eight, that also appears to be the target date for a finale of Showtime’s Homeland. Executive producer Alex Gansa told Deadline that while Carrie has returned home this season, there is hope to get her back in the intelligence business more as things progress. As for whether or not the show has a set ending, Gansa states, “I mean, we have some ideas but those ideas are always mutated once you get into the story room and start discussing the particulars.
Timeless honcho Eric Kripke is once again pulling from his past associations, landing Supernatural’s Misha Collins to play the role of Eliot Ness in an upcoming episode. According to TV Line, he episode finds Flynn traveling back to 1931 to partner up with Al Capone, with Lucy, Wyatt and Rufus meanwhile tracking down the lawman Ness in order to help with the case. The episode airs Feb. 13 on NBC.
The upcoming CBS All Access series Star Trek Discovery is about to start shooting this month in Toronto. The show is currently on schedule to premiere in May.
E! has given The Arrangement a Sunday, March 5 premiere date. The scripted series will air in the 10PM time slot, and it centers on a actress (Linda Evangelista) who goes on an audition, but also lands a date with movie star (Josh Henderson). While things are going swimmingly between the pair, it leads to a role she never expected when she’s presented with a million dollar marriage contract. But what she’s not aware of is her new hubby’s secret self-help organization and she has a few secrets of her own.
Can Callie Khouri and T-Bone Burnett do for Miami what they did for Nashville? Tandem Productions are uniting with the pair for the new Miami-set drama Deep City. According to Deadline, the show is billed as a music-driven ensemble drama set against the backdrop of the nightlife of Miami’s Midtown area. The story will follow the lives of performers, musicians and criminals who all find their lives at a crossroads in the city.
It’s a good time to be Sterling K. Brown. Fresh off an Emmy win for his role in American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson, he’s now starring in the NBC series that’s won both critical acclaim and a huge audience: family drama This Is Us.”
While he says it’s an actor’s dream to be part of the show’s amazing ensemble cast, Brown tells us the best part of his This Is Us experience has been the way fans have emotionally connected with the show — and with him. (Click on the media bar below to hear Sterling K. Brown)
This Is Us airs Tuesdays at 9/8c on NBC.
Semispheres, a 2D puzzle game that, according to developer Vivid Helix, is a “meditative” experience, hits Sony PlayStation 4 and PC (via steam) in February.
One of the huge reasons why the title should draw its share of attention is that its synth infused soundtrack was crafted by acclaimed composer Sid Barnhoorn, the music man behind the iconic games Antichamber and The Stanley Parable.
Center on two parallel worlds and boasting a gorgeous universe coated with warm hues, Semispheres aims to be an immersive experience. “Semispheres was initially conceived in August 2014 at the Ludum Dare 30 game jam, around the theme of connected worlds,” said Semispheres designer Radu Muresan. “The first prototype already contained the idea of overlapping realities, but constrained each character to their own world. While that early version of the game was fun, it wasn’t until I introduced ideas like portals, side-swapping and teleports that opened up the possibility space, offering new depth and scope to the puzzles.”
The trailer, which partly shows the split screen aesthetic of the title, is truly alluring. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!