Category: Film

A Film In Need Of A Release: Radio Free Albemuth

Film adaptations of the stories of Philip K. Dick tend to vary from exceptionally good to downright awful. The defining factor is usually the film’s adherence to the basic heart and themes of the original story. Radio Free Albemuth was one of Dick’s most personal works, being a fictional way to work through events that he claim occurred to him in 1974 and is also the backbone of his later re-write, VALIS. The film version of the story was filmed in 2007 and finished post-production in August, 2010. Disck wrote himself in as a character in the novel and is played by Shea Whigham in the movie. Whigham’s performance garnered him a BEST ACTOR AWARD at Sydney Fantastic Planet Film Festival in Australia and the film itself was awarded DIRECTORS’ CHOICE BEST FEATURE at the Sydney Festival. Writer/Director John Alan Simon and stars Whigham, Jonathan Scarfe, Alanis Morissette, Katheryn Winnick, Scott Wilson and producers Stephen Nemeth and Elizabeth Karr were committed to making a film that honored PKD’s independent spirit and great intellect. The music for the film was composed by Robyn Hitchcock and Ralph Grierson. The trailer below gives an idea at how closely the filmmakers stayed true to Dick’s story and I think it deserves to be released for mass audiences and fans of Philip K. Dick.

Radio Free Albemuth Trailer from Elizabeth Karr on Vimeo.

SDCC 2011: Dreamwork’s Fright Night

Dreamworks is bringing the new remake of Fright Night to Comic-Con International and here’s what you can expect:

On the dais will be talent from the film, including Colin Farrell, Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Imogen Poots, director Craig Gillespie and screenwriter Marti Noxon.

There will also be a fan appreciation party as well as a screening in advance of the film’s opening in theaters on August 19, details to come.

SDCC 2011: Relativity’s Haywire, The Raven and Immortals

Relativity Media will be presenting its upcoming slate of films in the venerable Hall H during this year’s Comic-Con International. Here’s a look at the films they will be showcasing, who will be appearing and when you can check them out!

HAYWIRE – Release date: January 20
Mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano (American Gladiators) makes her feature film debut, starring and performing her own high-adrenaline stunts. The film’s talented cast also includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (Desperado), Bill Paxton (Titanic), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Michael Angarano (Almost Famous).

In Haywire, an electrifying tale of espionage and betrayal, a female covert ops specialist (Carano), who works in the deadly world of international operatives, strikes back after discovering she’s been double-crossed by someone close to her in the agency. The film is produced by Gregory Jacobs (Ocean’s Trilogy) and written by Lem Dobbs (The Limey).

Gina Carano (MMA Champion) and director Steven Soderbergh (Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven) will be appearing in Hall H on Friday, July 22 at 11:00AM – 11:25AM followed by an autograph signing at 11:45AM – 12:30PM.

THE RAVEN (working title) – Release date: March 9
In this gritty thriller, Edgar Allen Poe (John Cusack, Being John Malkovich) joins forces with a young Baltimore detective (Luke Evans, Immortals) to hunt down a mad serial killer who’s using Poe’s own works as the basis in a string of brutal murders. Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster).

John Cusack, Luke Evans, Alice Eve and director James McTeigue will appear in Hall H on Friday, July 22 at 11:30AM – 12:00PM followed by an autograph signing at 12:15PM – 1:00PM.

IMMORTALS – Release date: November 11
Visionary director Tarsem Singh (The Cell, The Fall) and producers Gianni Nunnari (300), Mark Canton (300) and Ryan Kavanaugh (The Fighter) unleash an epic tale of treachery, vengeance and destiny in Immortals, a stylish and spectacular 3-D adventure. As a power-mad king razes ancient Greece in search of a legendary weapon, a heroic young villager rises up against him in a thrilling quest as timeless as it is powerful.

Stars Henry Cavill (Zach Snyder’s upcoming Superman: Man of Steel), Luke Evans (The Three Musketeers, Clash of the Titans), Kellan Lutz (The Twilight Saga), Stephen Dorff (Somewhere), Freida Pinto (Slumdog Millionaire), Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and producers Mark Canton (300) and Gianni Nunnari (300) will appear in Hall H on Saturday, July 23 at 1:00PM – 2:00PM followed by an autograph signing at 2:30PM – 3:30PM.

First Look At John Cusack In The Raven

In The Raven, when a mother and daughter are found brutally murdered in 19th century Baltimore, Detective Emmett Fields (Luke Evans) makes a startling discovery: the crime resembles a fictional murder described in gory detail in the local newspaper—part of a collection of stories penned by struggling writer and social pariah Edgar Allan Poe (John Cusack). But even as Poe is questioned by police, another grisly murder occurs, also inspired by a popular Poe story.

Realizing a serial killer is on the loose using Poe’s writings as the backdrop for his bloody rampage, Fields enlists the author’s help in stopping the attacks. But when it appears someone close to Poe may become the murderer’s next victim, the stakes become even higher and the inventor of the detective story calls on his own powers of deduction to try to solve the case before it’s too late.

Directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta), the film also stars Alice Eve (Sex and the City 2), Brendan Gleeson (In Bruges) and Oliver Jackson-Cohen (Faster).

John Cusack stars in Relativity Media’s upcoming release The Raven. Photo Credit: Larry Horricks © 2011 Incentive Film Productions, LLC. All rights reserved.