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Film Review: Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’

Film Review: Agatha Christie’s ‘Crooked House’
We find ourselves at a curious moment in Hollywood history when producers seem obsessed with turning every property, from the Avengers comics to Agatha Christie’s mystery novels, into a potential franchise. Earlier this fall, the twist at the end of Fox’s “Murder on the Orient Express” wasn’t whodunit (practically everyone knew the solution going in) but the tantalizing suggestion that Belgian super-sleuth Hercule Poirot couldn’t stick around, since his services were needed to investigate a “Death on the Nile.”

The trouble facing studios with this “extended universe” impulse is that they can’t always maintain a monopoly on characters (the X-Men lived at Fox, and Sony had Spider-Man at the moment Disney started making Marvel movies), allowing others to swoop in and take advantage of the goodwill a successful tentpole builds for any associated characters. Take Christie’s murder-mystery oeuvre. The British crime novelist wrote at least 70 books, and Fox can
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Gothic Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Coming This January from Lionsgate

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What if the events that inspired Frankenstein's monster were more horrifying than the monster itself? For the 13th entry in their Vestron Video Collector’s Series, Lionsgate is taking viewers to a fateful night with Mary Shelley and her friends with the Blu-ray release of Ken Russell's Gothic this January:

Press Release: From the Vestron Video Collector’s Series, the horror classic Gothic will arrive for the first time on limited edition Blu-ray on January 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Golden Globe® winner Gabriel Byrne (2009, Best Actor, “In Treatment”), Julian Sands, and Natasha Richardson, and from legendary director Ken Russell (Lair of the White Worm), Gothic is the fictional retelling of the night Mary Shelley developed the story of Frankenstein. While under the influence of experimental substances, she and a group of friends experience terrifying visions that bend reality into her horrific tale. The Gothic limited edition Blu-ray is packed with all-new special features,
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Gothic (1986) Arrives on Blu-ray January 30th – A Vestron Horror Classic!

From the Vestron Video Collector’s Series, the horror classic Gothic will arrive for the first time on limited edition Blu-ray™ on January 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Golden Globe® winner Gabriel Byrne (2009, Best Actor, “In Treatment”), Julian Sands, and Natasha Richardson, and from legendary director Ken Russell (Lair of the White Worm), Gothic is the fictional retelling of the night Mary Shelley developed the story of Frankenstein. While under the influence of experimental substances, she and a group of friends experience terrifying visions that bend reality into her horrific tale. The Gothic limited edition Blu-ray is packed with all-new special features, including audio commentaries, isolated score selections, interviews with the cast and crew, and more, and will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

Five famous friends spend a hallucinogenic evening confronting their fears in a frenzy of shocking lunacy and horrifying visions in this fictional tale, which tells the
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City of Florence Honors James Ivory at 'Room With a View' 30-Year Anniversary

City of Florence Honors James Ivory at 'Room With a View' 30-Year Anniversary
The city of Florence on Thursday honored director James Ivory with its highest civilian honor, the Fiorino d'Oro, during 30-year anniversary celebrations for his film A Room With a View. The Cinema Odeon held a gala screening afterward with the director and castmembers Helena Bonham Carter and Julian Sands

Florence's Mayor Dario Nardella called Ivory "a great ambassador for cinema," saying the film was "a real act of love towards Florence, and Florence embraces the maestro again today."

In the movie, based on the novel by E.M. Forster, a young Englishwoman (Bonham-Carter) tours Italy during the Edwardian era with her...
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Glenn Close & Christina Hendricks in First Trailer for 'Crooked House'

"What are murderers like?" "You, me, everyone." Sony Pictures has unveiled a trailer for Crooked House, adapted from Agatha Christie's 1949 novel of the same name. Max Irons stars as Charles Hayward, spy-turned-private-detective who is invited to help solve a gruesome, mysterious death of a wealthy patriarch. Nobody is above suspicion, including Sophia, his client and former lover. The powerhouse ensemble cast includes Glenn Close, Stefanie Martini, Christina Hendricks, Gillian Anderson, Julian Sands, Christian McKay, Amanda Abbington, and Terence Stamp. This looks like it could be a good double feature with this year's remake of Murder on the Orient Express, especially since they are both Agatha Christie adaptations. There's some strong performances featured here, might be worth a look. Check it out. Here's the official trailer for Gilles Paquet-Brenner's Crooked House, direct from Sony's YouTube: In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of
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Trailer for Agatha Christie adaptation Crooked House

Sony Pictures has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming mystery drama Crooked House. Directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner, the film is based on Agatha Christie’s 1949 detective novel and stars Max Irons, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson, Christina Hendricks, Terence Stamp, Stefanie Martini, Julian Sands, Amanda Abbington, Christian McKay, and Honor Kneafsey; watch it below after the official synopsis…

In Agatha Christie’s most twisted tale, the suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of a wealthy patriarch is investigated by spy-turned-private-detective Charles Hayward (Max Irons), who is lured by his former lover to catch her grandfather’s murderer before Scotland Yard exposes dark family secrets. On the sprawling estate, amidst a poisonous atmosphere of bitterness, resentment and jealousy in a truly crooked house, Hayward encounters three generations of the dynasty, including a theater actress (Gillian Anderson), the old man’s widow 50 years his junior (Christina Hendricks), and the family matriarch Lady Edith
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Blu-ray Review: Warlock Collection [Vestron Video Collector’s Series]

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Horror was in a weird place in the early 1990s. Most of the big franchises of the ’80s had more or less run their course, and in their place were a handful of new “icons” that would be turned into franchises whether it was warranted or not: the Child’s Play movies continued to be a growing concern, as did Candyman and Hellraiser and Leprechaun. One attempt to launch a new franchise that never quite took was 1991’s Warlock, which inspired two sequels of varying quality before calling it quits. All three films are now gathered together on Blu-ray for the first time as part of the Warlock Collection, the latest in the Vestron Video Collector’s Series from Lionsgate.

The original Warlock is genuinely something special—maybe not a new classic, but certainly a really good version of what it is. It’s a film with an impressive
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Line-up announced for ‘Grimmfest 2017′

Grimmfest, Manchester’s Festival of Horror, Cult and Fantastic Film is back; bigger, bolder, and bloodier than ever before. As the Printworks once again find itself under siege by blood-soaked hordes of horror enthusiasts and film freaks, as Team Grimmfest unleashes…the Ninth Configuration! The festivals latest and greatest line-up yet of dark, dangerous, wild, weird, witty, thrilling, chilling, blood-spilling movies, every one of them a premiere or cult classic of one kind or another.

Highlights include: World Premieres!

Grimmfest is proud to be presenting the world premiere of the remarkable and utterly unique Borley Rectory. Using an elaborate mixture of live action, stills, paintings, and model work, it’s an immersive, eerily atmospheric, and elegantly retro-styled exploration of the Most Haunted House in Britain. Over six years in the making, it’s a real labor of love for its creator, Ashley Thorpe. Featuring a score by Ex-Banshee Steve Severin,
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Medici: Masters of Florence: Season Two Casting Revealed for Netflix Series

Medici: Masters of Florence has some new company. Variety reports Bradley James and Daniel Sharman have joined season two of the Netflix TV show.The historical drama chronicles the infamous Medicis, one of the most powerful families in Renaissance-era Italy. The season two cast includes Julian Sands, Raul Bova, Sean Bean, Sarah Parish, Alessandra Mastronardi, and Sebastian De Souza.Read More…
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Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix’s ‘Medici’ (Exclusive)

Daniel Sharman and Bradley James Join Netflix’s ‘Medici’ (Exclusive)
The producers of Netflix’s “Medici: Masters of Florence” have completed casting for season two, with Daniel Sharman and Bradley James among the new names on the Frank Spotnitz and Nicholas Meyer-created Italian period drama, Variety has learned.

An international cast is headed by Sharman (“Fear the Walking Dead”), who will take the lead role, playing a young Lorenzo the Magnificent in 15th century Florence. James (“Damien”) will star as his brother Giuliano.

Shooting on the €24 million ($28 million), eight-episode, series gets underway in Rome on August 24. Other key cast members for season two include Julian Sands (“Gotham”) as Lorenzo and Giuliano’s father, Piero, and Sebastian De Souza (“Crossing Lines”) as their friend, Sandro Botticelli.

The sophomore season of “Medici” is set 20 years after the events of the first. A young Lorenzo, the nephew of Richard Madden’s character Cosimo from the first series, is forced to take over the family bank, which
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Blu-ray Review: Warlock Collection (1989, 1993, 1999): Fun But Campy Fantasy Films

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Warlock Collection Blu-ray Review Warlock (1989) Blu-Ray Review, a movie directed by Steve Miner, starring Julian Sands, Lori Singer, and Richard E. Grant. Release Date: July 25, 2017 Plot “A warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century, with a witch-hunter in hot pursuit.” Disc Specifications Run Time: 103 Minutes Format: Blu-Ray Resolution: 1080p Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Language: English 2.0 Stereo Audio (DTS-hd Master [...]

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TV News Roundup: Nia Long Joins ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ as Series Regular

TV News Roundup: Nia Long Joins ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’ as Series Regular
In today’s roundup, “NCIS: Los Angeles” casts Nia Long, and Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave stars in “Man in an Orange Shirt” on Masterpiece.

Casting

Nia Long has joined the cast of “NCIS: Los Angeles” as a series regular, Variety has confirmed. She will be introduced on the CBS crime drama in the ninth season premiere on Sunday, Oct. 1. Long will play Shay Mosley, the team’s new executive assistant director. As a former Secret Service agent, Mosley is an experienced Washington insider who brings an east coast demeanor to the west coast team. Long is repped by Primary Wave, CAA and Meyer and Downs.

Oscar-winner Vanessa Redgrave will star in “Man in an Orange Shirt” on Masterpiece on PBS. Redgrave will lead in the drama as a grandmother struggling in her relationship with her gay grandson. The series will air in June 2018 as part of Gay Pride Month. In addition to Redgrave, the
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Exclusive Clip: The Persian Connection, A Man, A Woman, A Nightclub

A man enters a nightclub. He is late for an appointment. A woman greets him. They sit down for a moment. It becomes obvious that they share a shady past. What secrets wait to be revealed? Reza Sixo Safai, Helena Mattsson and Julian Sands star in The Persian Connection and we have an exclusive clip for your viewing pleasure. Synopsis: As a child soldier, Behrouz (Reza Sixo Safai) miraculously survived the Iran-Iraq War to be squirreled away to the streets of Los Angeles. After two decades under the ruthless Iranian mobster Cirrus Golshiri (Parviz Sayyad), Behrouz leaves the underworld to follow his American Dream of becoming a "Real Estate Man." But after a chance encounter involving a high-stakes poker game, he is brought back into...

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New British wrestling comedy starts filming

Jun 6, 2017

Walk Like A Panther is the kind of upcoming British comedy it's worth keeping your eye on...

When their local pub is threatened with closure, a group of wrestling stars from the 1980s find themselves slipping into lycra one last time to try and save it. That’s the story at the heart of the brand new British comedy, Walk Like A Panther, that started filming in Yorkshire a week or two back.

Backed by Fox International Productions, the movie stars Stephen Graham, Dave Johns, Jill Halfpenny, Sue Johnston, Lindsey Coulson, Julian Sands, Jason Flemyng, Stephen Tompinkson, Michael Socha and Scroobius Pip. It’s described as a “big-hearted British comedy”, one that sees friendships, community and family ties rekindled as the battle to save the pub begins.

Dan Cadan is making his feature directorial debut with Walk Like A Panther, which he’s helming based on his own screenplay.
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Principal photography has started on new British comedy ‘Walk Like A Panther’

Shooting has officially kicked off on a brand new British comedy called Walk Like A Panther, a film that will star Stephen Graham, Jill Halfpenny and I, Daniel Blake breakout star Dave Johns.

Shooting is underway in Yorkshire, England, with emerging British director Dan Cadan making his feature film debut from his own original screenplay.

Walk Like A Panther is a big-hearted British comedy set-up over at Fox International Productions, revolving around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure. Led by father-son duo, Mark (Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Johns), this unlikely bunch of underdog heroes set out to save their community, rekindling old friendships and family ties along the way.

Also amongst the the top-notch cast are Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey, The Royle Family), Lindsey Coulson (EastEnders, The Level), Julian Sands (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo
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Fox Int’l productions punches with UK comedy 'Panther'

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Fox Int’l productions punches with UK comedy 'Panther'
Exclusive: Stephen Graham, Dave Johns, Jill Halfpenny star in wrestling comedy; first look.

Stephen Graham (Boardwalk Empire), Dave Johns (I, Daniel Blake) and Jill Halfpenny (Humans) have been set for comedy Walk Like A Panther, which is now underway in the Yorkshire, England for Fox International Productions.

Screen can reveal the first look at the project, on which British director Dan Cadan makes his feature debut from his own original screenplay.

The ensemble British cast also includes Sue Johnston (Downton Abbey), Lindsey Coulson (EastEnders), Julian Sands (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo), Jason Flemyng (Snatch), Stephen Tompkinson (Wild At Heart), Michael Socha (This Is England) and hip hop artist/poet Scroobius Pip (Taboo).

The story revolves around a group of ‘80s wrestlers who are forced to don the lycra one last time when their beloved local pub is threatened by closure.

Led by father-son duo, Mark (Graham) and Trevor Bolton (Johns), the unlikely bunch of underdog heroes
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Vestron Releases their Warlock Collection in July

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The Vestron Video Collector’s Series is looking to cast the ultimate spell with the upcoming release of the Warlock Collection, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on July 25 from Lionsgate. A 17th-century Warlock is transported to the 20th century, where he looks to end all of creation. The 2-disc Warlock Collection set includes all three films from the Warlock franchise: Warlock, Warlock: The Armageddon, and Warlock III: The End of Innocence, and are packed with all-new special features, including audio commentaries, isolated score selections, interviews, TV spots, still galleries, making-of featurettes, and more! Restored and remastered, the Warlock Collection Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

Street Date: 7/25/17

Blu-ray™ Srp: $39.97

Warlock Collection Official Synopsis

An evil warlock flees from the 17th to the 20th century and works to unleash Satan upon the world in these three supernaturally chilling films.
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The Warlock Collection Arrives on Blu-ray July 25th – Vestron Horror Classics

The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with the Warlock Collection, coming to Blu-ray on July 25 with all new special features!

The Vestron Video Collector’s Series is looking to cast the ultimate spell with the upcoming release of the Warlock Collection, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on July 25 from Lionsgate. A 17th-century Warlock is transported to the 20th century, where he looks to end all of creation. The 2-disc Warlock Collection set includes all three films from the Warlock franchise: Warlock, Warlock: The Armageddon, and Warlock III: The End of Innocence, and are packed with all-new special features, including audio commentaries, isolated score selections, interviews, TV spots, still galleries, making-of featurettes, and more! Restored and remastered, the Warlock Collection Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray will be available for the suggested retail price of $39.97.

Warlock Collection Official Synopsis

An evil warlock flees from the 17th
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Vestron Unveils The Warlock Collection With All Three Films

The Vestron Video Collector’s Series is getting a hefty dose of Julian Sands as they’ve announced they will be releasing a 2-disc Blu-ray set of all three Warlock films, each one remastered and restored. The 2-disc Warlock Collection set includes… Continue Reading →

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Warlock Vestron Video Collector’s Series Blu-ray Collection Coming This July

Lionsgate's Vestron Video Collector's Series is adding a little magic to their Blu-ray catalogue this summer with the Warlock Collection, including all three films in the fantasy horror franchise.

The eleventh title in the Vestron Video Collector's Series, the Warlock Collection will be released on July 25th, and you can read the official details below:

Press Release: The Vestron cult classic horror title releases continue with the Warlock Collection, coming to Blu-ray on July 25 with all new special features!

Street Date: 7/25/17

Blu-ray™ Srp: $39.97

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The Vestron Video Collector’s Series is looking to cast the ultimate spell with the upcoming release of the Warlock Collection, arriving for the first time on limited-edition Blu-ray on July 25 from Lionsgate. A 17th-century Warlock is transported to the 20th century, where he looks to end all of creation. The 2-disc Warlock Collection set includes all three films from the Warlock franchise: Warlock, Warlock: The Armageddon,
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