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AUREA MEDIOCRITAS: A Word With SINNERS AND SAINTS: VENGEANCE Writer Chad Law

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I still actually have a ways to go in catching up with certain titles that fell off the radar for me in the last several years. William Kaufman's small scale 2010 film Sinners And Saints is one of them, especially after managing to snag a few viewings of his 2005 killer thriller, The Prodigy, which absolutely impressed me.

Assuredly, I'm not the last one to gush about Kaufman's work. Leave it to screenwriter Chad Law who knows a lot better and more having gotten in as many as four projects with the director while they now prepare for their fifth pairing, Sinners And Saints: Vengeance, which goes before cameras very soon with Johnny Strong and Scott Adkins first to front the casting.

It's early in the process for the film but the goal is reportedly to furbish it as an ample reboot with franchise potential which Law envisions our latest interview. Gladly, he also shares personal thoughts and ruminations on his own origins, film, the trade and his camaraderie with fellow…

SAMURAI JACK: THE PREMIERE MOVIE EVENT: Fathom Event Teases The Ultimate Theatrical Fan Experience Set For October 16

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If you can help clearing your schedule for October 16 and you're a fan of Genndy Tartakovsky's hit animated brainchild, Samurai Jack, you may be in for an exclusive treat. Fathom Events is holding the Ultimate Fan Experience with Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event only on the aforementioned date at 7:00 p.m. local time, remastered in high definition with exclusive extras from Samurai Jack: The Complete Series Box Set and for attending fans along with other surprises.
“Samurai Jack: The Premiere Movie Event” follows a young Samurai after he is sent to the future by the evil wizard, Aku. Determined to undo his destruction, Jack sets off on a daring journey to return to the past and defeat Aku once and for all. Gathering allies and combating other villains along the way, Jack battles to accomplish his mission and restore the peace of the past. The screening takes place just a day before the complete box set, packed with all 62 episodes and much more, arrives courtesy of Warne…

Universal, Skybound To Develop KILL THE MINOTAUR Comic Book Adaptation

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More comic book adaptations are abound as of Thursday with word on Kill The Minotaur from creators Christian Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto, following its launch in June. The two scribes are attached to pen a script for the latest big screen adaptation from Universal Pictures and Skybound Entertainment, the same company behind AMC hit televison series, The Walking Dead.
Kill the Minotaur is a modern and fantastical take on the ancient Greek myth of Theseus and the Minotaur. Theseus must enter King Minos’s bizarre Labyrinth and defeat the Minotaur, a creature which feeds on human sacrifices, before the monster can escape its prison to threaten the world. The film marks the latest move to proceed since Skybound's first look deal with Universal back in April of 2015 upon Cantamessa's own directorial debut, Air, starring Norman Reedus and Djimon Hounsou. Skybound's Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst are producing the film.
“Christian and Chris have ingeniou…

2307: WINTER'S WAR Lands A Chilling New Trailer For The Upcoming Action Sci-Fi

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Joey Curtis's award-winning sophomore outing is just weeks away from a limited theatrical U.S. release for 2307: Winter's Dream. The new indie sci-fi action thriller has had a fantastic run at the festivals and with Vertical Entertainment invested in distributing the new pic, we now have an official trailer and key art in our midst as seen above and further below.
The year is 2307 A.D. The Earth is frozen over and virtually uninhabitable. The remaining humans live underground, unable to survive the sub-arctic temperatures. With no “man power,” scientists bio-engineered Humanoids that possess great strength, speed, and tolerance to extreme cold. When a rogue humanoid escapes and threatens to lead a rebellion against mankind, an elite team of soldiers, led by decorated killer Commander Bishop, must hunt and kill the fugitive.2307: Winter's Dream stars Paul Sidhu, Arielle Holmes, Timothy Lee DePriest, Anne-Solenne Hatte, Branden Coles, Kelcey Watson and Brad Potts. Vertical&#…

THE WALKING DEAD: War Is Imminent In The Latest Promo

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I've rarely had the opportunity to enjoy television. Streaming apps like Netflix were just what the doctor ordered and so you're reading the words of a man who just wrapped up seven seasons of AMC hit series graphic novel adaptation, The Walking Dead, inside a three-month period. I took a bit of time somedays and binged on others but it feels a lot better to finally have a grip on what to expect for season 8 when it premieres on October 22.
AMC just rolled out a quick promo for the new season which continues the epic saga of a small band of post-apocalyptic survivors whose longstanding battle between the living and the undead have now neared them to an all-out war with a tyrant and his relentless cult-like army. I'm pretty sure from that point on those of you who've seen the show don't need me to tell you who's expected to return, but I am keen on seeing Shiva maul the shit out of some more Saviors.
The promo is brief but check it out below. I'm sharing the …

ESCAPE PLAN 3: DEVIL'S STATION: Stallone Welcomes Fans To 'Club Dead' As Production Starts; Bautista And Zhang, More Added To Cast

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Still to the surprise of many is the forthcoming second installment of the Escape Plan trilogy - Steven C. Miller's Escape Plan 2: Hades, following Mikael Håfström's initial 2013 hit pairing Sylvester Stallone with Arnold Schwarzenegger. A third was announced back in April and news this week now confirms the start of principal photography for upcoming threequel, Escape Plan 3: Devil's Station with Death And Life Of Bobby Z and 15 Minutes director John Herzfeld at the helm.
The new movie sees Stallone and actor Dave Bautista reprising their roles from a script by Herzfeld and screenwriter Miles Chapman which sees the two pairing up once again to break out one of their own from an inescapable prison. The two will be joined on screen by actor and martial artist Max Zhang whose credits span various facets in film from stunt double to principal actor with credits such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Soi Cheng's S.P.L. 2: A Time For Conseuqences (a.k.a. Kill Zone 2), and…

The Official Trailer For ANNA AND THE APOCALYPSE Attacks The Undead With Song, Dance And Holiday Cheer!

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Not to be undone by its own recent internal misgivings, Fantastic Fest is embracing its week-long run starting tomorrow with its usual diverse, wacky, bizzare and enthralling line-up of great titles from around the world. Jon McPhail's latest comes from Scotland with Friday's forthcoming festival premiere in tow for Anna And The Apocalypse which stars Ella Hunt in the title role with more on the film from former festival programmer Todd Brown: Teenage Anna's life is typical enough. Chafing against the narrow horizons of her small town, she dreams of bigger things. It's not so much that she doesn't love her friends and family — she does — it's just that they're all so... familiar. So typical. So predictable. Her childhood best friend aches for a romance that she has no interest in, no matter how close they might be. The school jock that she had a fling with is proving to be disappointingly predictable in his behavior. And it's becoming progressively hard…

Marvel's THE PUNISHER Will Blow You Away In The Official Netflix Series Trailer

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Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane and Ray Stevenson all did ample work in their theatrical portrayal of hit comic book character, Frank Castle and his titular alter-ego, The Punisher, hailing from its comic book roots in 1974. If actor Jon Bernthal shares the same prospects any, I wouldn't mind in the least, and I can't complain at all either with the current progress being made at Netflix.
The 40 year old actor and co-star of The Accountant, Baby Driver and Pilgrimage brought freshness to his fervor in the role for last year's two-hander next to Charlie Cox in the second season of Daredevil; A psychologically-splintered soul sparked by raw killing instinct and a tramuatized mental state that keeps him in fight-or-flight mode, this iteration of the dark, skull-bearing, heavily-armed comic book hero has only gotten better and better since then, and thanks in part to a viral campaign ripe with blacked-out tweets and videos adding layers on layers to the intrigue and mystery of wh…

WB Pictures Brings Taika Watiti To The Negotiating Table For AKIRA

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Years of rotating may have finally come to a halt for the revolving door of directors in the wake of the longstanding live-action development of hit 1982 manga and Toho's subequent '88 OVA, Akira. Its prospects now reportedly lie with current talks between Warner Bros. and director/actor Taika Waititi with the goal of making two films centered on three installments of Kodansha's six volumes series.

Created by Otomo Katsuhiro who shephered the 1988 feature film from Toho, the story centers on two members of a biker gang, childhood friends Kaneda and Tetsuo, living in post-apocalyptic Neo-Tokyo who find themselves embroiled in government corruption and secrecy when a military experiment turns Tetsuo into a psionic madman. Akira is long considered a staple of Japanese science fiction, cyberpunk and action entertainment culture, in addition to adding to much of Otomo's acclaim as one of the most prolific innovators in the world of film and entertainment.

Watiti's name…

Tim Miller's TERMINATOR Reboot Brings Linda Hamilton Back As Sarah Connor

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Coming off of a ceremonial run at the box office with a 3D limited re-release of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, James Cameron's continuing efforts toward resusitating the franchise have advanced through its latest milestone in being actress Linda Hamilton back to the screen. Deadpool helmer Tim Miller is directing the new movie aiming as a direct follow-up from Cameron's 1991 action blockbuster headlined by Hamilton along with lead actors Arnold Schwarzenegger and Edward Furlong, essesntially skipping the films between 2003 and 2015.

Hamilton's return will mark her first foray back into the franchise since starring in Cameron's 1984 hit sci-fi thriller with Schwarzenegger and actor Michael Biehn and its sequel in which Robert Patrick also stars. Cameron had a hand in writing both movies in which the actress stars as Sarah Connor, a waitress whose chance meeting with a soldier from the future and their first confrontation with a killer cybernetic assassin from the future…

Sierra/Affinity Enters First-Look Deal With SMB Fillms

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Sierra/Affinity has entered into a first-look agreement with the prolific production company SMB Films, founded and run by Scott Bernstein who spent ten years as a successful executive at Universal Pictures before launching the company in 2014. The agreement calls for Sierra/Affinity to be SMB’s first stop as it develops and produces feature films for a global audience. The announcement was made on Tuesday by Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer and Marc Schaberg, and Bernstein.
“As both a seasoned executive and producer, Scott has a strong track record of identifying material that resonates worldwide and distilling it into a feature film product that appeals to audiences both domestically and abroad,” said Meyer. “Combining Scott’s talents with Sierra’s strength as a producer, financier, and sales entity, presents a potent content generating combination.”
Bernstein added, “The commitment Nick and Marc have shown up to supporting strong filmmakers and storytellers has been paramount to Sierra/…