American horror film director Wes Craven, best known for A Nightmare On Elm Street and the Scream franchise, has passed away.
For the last few months, people who use P2P torrent programmes here in Australia have been watching with interest the case of the Dallas Buyers Club LLC versus several national Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) in our supreme court, as a case brought against several thousand apparent “pirates” was about to set the tone for fighting piracy in this country. Back in April, Voltage Pictures, the production company behind DBC (and several other high profile films, including The Hurt Locker, recent Adam Sandler bomb The Cobbler, and drone-thriller Good Kill) went to court to obtain an information discovery order that would compel the included ISP’s (of which iInet and several of its subsidiary companies were listed) to provide the names and addresses of people it believed had illegally torrented the film Dallas Buyers Club.
Indian-born Hollywood actress Anna Kashfi, who was once married to Marlon Brando, has passed away.
American actress Yvonne Craig, best known for her role as Batgirl in the 1960’s series of Batman, has passed away.
On The Buses actor Stephen Lewis has passed away.
The release overnight of the first look at Quentin Tarantino’s next film, The Hateful Eight, brings with it a sense of anticipation I don’t think I’ve ever had for a film by the guy. Seemingly able to make any film genre look awesome, Hateful Eight is a gloriously shot film that looks absolutely stunning. Notably, Tarantino is filming this movie using 70mm anamorphic lenses, capable of delivering a super-wide aspect ratio of 2.75:1, which was the kind of frame used on Ben Hur and Mutiny On The Bounty way back in the day, and in doing so has crafted a film that will look nothing short of spectacular on the biggest screens around.
After watching the trailer, there’s a few thing we noticed within it that gave us pause to breathe a tad more heavily – so here are 9 things I loved in the trailer for The Hateful Eight.
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Uggie, the Jack Russell terrier famous for appearances in Water For Elephants, and the modern silent film The Artist, has died.
With the release of Ant-Man this year, Marvel’s Phase Two of its linked Cinematic Universe (hereafter referred to as MCU) came to a close; we’re all ready, steady, go for the kick-off of Phase Three, commencing next year with the hugely anticipated Captain America: Civil War, a film that will have massive repercussions on the MCU and no doubt on the future of many heroes within it. After The Winter Soldier saw the end of SHIELD as we knew it, with the knowledge that HYDRA had infiltrated the organization, causing it to be disbanded (events following on in the Marvel television series, Agents of SHIELD, naturally), audiences came to realize that Marvel wasn’t afraid to shift the status quo. Seismic events are commonplace within the pages of any comic book series you care to pick up (read the Marvel Cosmic lines for evidence of that!) so it stands to reason that throwing fans for a loop within the confines of the cinematic universe wasn’t entirely out of the question either.
Well, the results are in. The latest iteration of Marvel’s iconic “first family”, the Fantastic Four, is officially a critical crapfest. The film, directed by Josh Trank, and starring (among others) Whiplash’s Miles Teller, Chronicle actor Michael B Jordan, and Hollywood stalwart Tim Blake Nelson, has nosedived into negative territory on review aggregation site, Rotten Tomatoes (at the time of writing, the film sits at a deplorable 9%), which puts it into similar territory as Batman & Robin and the execrable Catwoman, something no film wants a comparison to.
British actor George Cole, who appeared in the long-running television series Minder, has passed away.