Before Batman: The Killing Joke premiered at Comic-Con in Ballroom 20 on Friday night, the cast attended a press junket for the animated film across the street at the Bayfront Hilton earlier in the day. On hand were voice talent Tara Strong (Batgirl), Ray Wise (Commissioner Gordon), and writer Brian Azzarello. Kevin Conroy (Batman) executive producer Bruce Timm, and the director Sam Liu were also in attendance, but didn’t have time to be rotated to my press table. The press room was massive, with what felt like hundreds of other reporters and journalists crammed into the dimly lit space. Continue reading ‘SDCC 2016: Batman: The Killing Joke Roundtable (Interviews)’
SHOUT! FACTORY FILMS Announces U.S. Theatrical Release Of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE)
Shout! Factory Films announced today that epic fantasy adventure BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE), a film by Christophe Gans, will open theatrically on September 23, 2016 in Los Angeles, New York and select major markets, to be followed by openings in additional cities. Directed by Christophe Gans (Silent Hill, The Brotherhood of the Wolf), BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE) stars Vincent Cassel(Jason Bourne, Black Swan) and Léa Seydoux (Spectre, Blue Is the Warmest Color) with André Dussollier (A Very Long Engagement,Amélie). Produced by Eskwad and Pathé, this visually opulent major motion picture is a modern take on classic French fairytale. Filmed with state-of-the-art technology and under the imaginative vision of Christophe Gans, BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE) delivers a lush and vibrant cinematic adventure. Continue reading ‘SHOUT! FACTORY FILMS Announces U.S. Theatrical Release Of BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (LA BELLE ET LA BÊTE)’
Fear is a place… A “deft exercise in atmospheric horror” (L.A. Weekly) that takes place in an abandoned mental hospital, Session 9 makes its Blu-ray debut courtesy Scream Factory on August 16, 2016. This release comes packed with new bonus features, including interviews with cast and crew, and Horror’s Hallowed Grounds, a new revisiting of the locations of the film. This “deliciously disturbing” (Us Weekly) thriller, directed by Brad Anderson (The Machinist), features a talented cast including David Caruso (CSI: Miami), Peter Mullan (War Horse, Trainspotting), Paul Guilfoyle (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Josh Lucas (American Psycho), Stephen Gevedon (Show Me a Hero) and Brendan Sexton III (The Killing, Boys Don’t Cry). Continue reading ‘Session 9 (Blu-ray Review)’
Jason Aaron is one of the best writers in the game today. The Other Side really put him on the map back in ’06, and ever since then he’s been a runaway train of talent and hits. Scalped was his first running title, it’s a brutal, addicting saga about Native American politics. Scalped introduced me to Aaron’s work, and from the first issue on, I knew I’d buy everything he wrote. He hasn’t let me down yet. Aaron has now been writing Thor for years, and it is, with no hyperbole, literally the best Thor run I’ve ever read. Oh yeah, and he also writes a little title you may have heard of, goes by the name of Star Wars. On top of that, he’s remained true to his indie roots, writing both Southern Bastards, and The God Damned. The first being a football-centric tale of southern culture, and the latter being a biblical book set in the pre-flood world which has a brutal take on that mythology, the likes of which you’ve never seen. Jason Aaron, full of charisma, intellect, and best of all, news, hosted a “panel”, if you can call one writer talking candidly to his fans a panel. It went like this… Continue reading ‘SDCC 2016: Spotlight on Jason Aaron’
Jason Bourne needs no trailer to sell it. Let’s be honest of that fact. When Bourne Identity dropped in 2002 it rejuvenated the stale international spy franchises out there. Just look at the style of what came next in the Bond series, Casino Royale, as living proof. Suddenly Bourne-like movies infected our screens everywhere from the mainstream Mission Impossible franchise to even television series like 24. Yes, technically 24 came out first, but surely you can see the influence of the Bourne films. What I want to know is what’s up with these “character name” movie titles? Stallone resurrected two dead franchises like that. Now I guess it’s Greengrass’ turn, eh? Continue reading ‘Jason Bourne Lays All His Cards Down On The Table (Movie Review)’
Seth Rogen & Zac Efron Are Back in Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising, Available On Blu-ray This September
Just when you thought it couldn’t get more outrageous, Seth Rogen (This Is The End, Pineapple Express) and Zac Efron (The Lucky One, That Awkward Moment) return in the hilarious, no boundaries comedy, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING, coming to Digital HD September 6, 2016 and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on September 20, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The follow-up to Neighbors, the explosively funny blockbuster, NEIGHBORS 2: SORORITY RISING features even more hysterically raunchy banter and outrageous antics, but this time the ladies have taken charge. The DVD and Digital HD include deleted scenes,gag reel, line-o-rama and more. Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD include deleted scenes, gag reel, line-o-rama and more.
Resist the temptations of oppressive spirits when The Conjuring 2 arrives onto Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD. New Line Cinema’s supernatural thriller The Conjuring 2, with James Wan (Furious 7) once again at the helm following the record-breaking success of The Conjuring and bringing to the screen another real case from the files of renowned demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. Continue reading ‘Own The Conjuring 2 on Blu-ray on September 13th & Scare Your Mama!’
Here’s a new Deleted Scene from Anchor Bay’s upcoming release of The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season which streets on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on August 23rd. The scene below is from Episode 601 and touches on the complicated relationship between Glenn and Nicholas. So what say you? You know you’re going to order this one. Don’t you want to check out a bonus clip down below? You know you do! Do it! Continue reading ‘New Deleted Scene from The Walking Dead: The Complete Sixth Season’
This is my very first Comic Convention and I’ve spent most of my time walking around with my mouth agape in awe at the incredible variety and awesomeness that San Diego Comic Con International has to offer! Its like a temporary entertainment epicenter for the whole world to flock to en mass. I honestly can’t conceive that there could be anything in the world of pop-culture that isn’t represented here in some way. And everyone is just so nice and welcoming! Even when you’re among the hordes of people traversing through the exhibit hall, everyone is still very courteous and polite. No one comes here with something to prove. Instead, everyone is here with something to SHARE. Which seems to be the general sentiment of SDCC. Continue reading ‘SDCC 2016: The Hall H Experience – Justice League’
Step inside The Dead Room, where something sinister guards a home’s horrifying secrets. This moody supernatural thriller makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut September 6, 2016 from Scream Factory, in conjunction with IFC Midnight. Fans of this chilling film can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com.
The central idea of Nerve is one that sounds both ridiculous and completely accurate, based on the society of today. Directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman (of Catfish fame) have taken a script by Jessica Sharzer, adapted from a YA novel by Jeanne Ryan and developed a high school kids-focused thriller that doubles as social commentary. The results ride the line of plausibility, but there is something to admire in how the style keeps things moving and the premise holds together, despite not finding the best solutions as the stakes get higher.
It’s high noon at the end of the universe. Scream Factory proudly presents Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn in a 2-disc Blu-ray set that features a new high definition transfer of the film in both 2D and 3D and new interviews with cast and crew, out September 13, 2016. Take a space-age journey into the farthest reaches of the imagination with dazzling special effects and a story that will excite fantasy fans of all ages.
What makes a good interview even better? How about the addition of some good grub with a good group for good times! Such is the situation recently when WhySoBlu was invited to celebrate the release of the second film by Sleepwalk With Me writer/director Mike Birbiglia called Don’t Think Twice (currently playing in New York and opening in LA & Chicago on July 29 from The Film Arcade) at a fantastic food spot known as Vintage Enoteca.
He’s back. He’s bad. And, he’s a dad! Belial, everyone’s favorite beast-in-a-basket, is back in this sensational third film in the wildly macabre BASKET CASE horror series. 1982’s BASKET CASE introduced horror fans to Duane Bradley and his twin brother Belial, and a new horror classic was born. They also introduced the world to Frank Henenlotter, the uniquely crazed talent who would later give us BRAIN DAMAGE and FRANKENHOOKER. In 1990 and ‘91, Henenlotter and star Kevin Van Hentenryck returned for two even more demented sequels, both coming to Blu-ray from Synapse Films this August (The ninth to be more specific)! See below for more details and pre-order links! Duane Bradley and his surgically-separated twin brother Belial return one last time to be the second sequel to Frank Henenlotter’s original monster movie classic, BASKET CASE. Synapse Films is proud to present BASKET CASE 3: The Progeny in a beautiful high-definition transfer from the original 35mm camera negative. Continue reading ‘Basket Case 3: The Progeny (Blu-ray Review)’
1982’s BASKET CASE introduced horror fans to Duane Bradley and his twin brother Belial, and a new horror classic was born. They also introduced the world to Frank Henenlotter, the uniquely crazed talent who would later give us BRAIN DAMAGE and FRANKENHOOKER. In 1990 and ‘91, Henenlotter and star Kevin Van Hentenryck returned for two even more demented sequels, both coming to Blu-ray from Synapse Films this August (The ninth to be more specific)! See below for more details and pre-order links! The review in this piece is for the release of Basket Case 2. Duane Bradley and his surgically-separated twin brother Belial return in this frightfully gory follow-up to Frank Henenlotter’s original monster movie classic, BASKET CASE. Synapse Films is proud to present BASKET CASE 2 in a beautiful high-definition transfer from the original 35mm camera negative. Continue reading ‘Basket Case 2 (Blu-ray Review)’
One of the main questions going into Jason Bourne was not in regards to the story, as these films largely fall into a template at this point. No, the question to ask is what random tool would Matt Damon’s amnesiac/super would spy use to beat down his challengers. There is an answer to that question and more in this follow-up to 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum, which reunites Damon with director Paul Greengrass. The series may have shifted to a new character the last time around, but for those who wanted more of the character originated in novel form by Robert Ludlum, this film delivers just that.
Based on the popular 1990s cult comic book series of the same name, the critically-acclaimed PREACHER: SEASON ONE arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD October 4 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The darkly comedic, hard-hitting, supernatural thrill-ride follows Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper, TV’s “Agent Carter,” Captain America: The First Avenger) who, after a supernatural event at his church, is thrust into a crazy world populated by a cast of characters from Heaven, Hell and everywhere in between. Along with his hell-raising ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga, World War Z, TV’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”), and Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun, This is England, TV’s “Emmerdale”), Jesse embarks on a wild, dark journey of discovery and revenge unlike any other.
In addition to the superhero spectacular, last Saturday Warner Bros. also gave Hall H audiences a taste of magic. Muggles were treated to the trailer for the next J.K. Rowling adventure, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Set in New York during the 1920’s, the trailer definitely shows the glamour and intrigue of a good mystery during the era. With David Yates directing, I’m sure the film will live up to the expectation of adventure and fun Harry Potter fans are longing for.