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Book Review: Max Allan Collins Serves Up A Double Dose Of Pulp With 'The Consummata' & 'Quarry's Ex'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2011 6:33 AM
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Shamus Award-winning author, screenwriter, filmmaker and more, Max Allan Collins -- perhaps best known as the man behind "Road To Perdition" -- has been pretty busy of late. His book “Black Hats” recently began its journey to the big screen with Harrison Ford signing on to take a lead role, and this fall finds Collins delivering two more books, "The Consummata" and "Quarry's Ex," both via the excellent pulp fiction publishing house Hard Case Crime. And they both arrive with a curious back story. "The Consummata" is actually an unfinished Mickey Spillane novel and a sequel that Collins was tasked with finishing, while "Quarry's Ex" is a return to franchise and character that he ended. Yet, despite the seeming limitations imposed on the writer, in both cases, he manages to deliver solid pulp with enough intrigue, sex and grit to keep page-turners happy.

Box Office: Slow Weekend As '80s Remakes 'Footloose' & 'The Thing' Open Soft; 'Real Steel' Stays #1

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 3:40 AM
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You put out one remake of an '80s movie during a slow weekend, and it’s not a big deal. You put out remakes of two niche early '80s hits on the same weekend, and audiences get the message. This weekend was the clearest example yet of studios offering reheated product, one of which was remains in public memory as a punch line, the other as a cult classic that was ignored by critics and audiences upon its initial release. At least they weren’t expensive.

NYCC: Sony Debuts New Footage From 'Underworld: Awakening,' 'Total Recall' & 'Ghost Rider 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 3:16 AM
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On Saturday at the New York Comic-Con, Sony promised a panel dedicated to “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance.” But in a bit of a surprise, they gave fans a first look at two other upcoming genre films on their slate. This being Comic-Con, people expected a glimpse of “The Amazing Spider-Man.” But aside from a stuffed mannequin hanging upside down on the showroom floor, promotion for the upcoming superhero tentpole was completely absent. Instead, Sony, gave us a Len Wiseman horror show.

NYCC: Mark Neveldine & Brian Taylor Diss First Film, Say 'Ghost Rider' "Re-quel" Has Huge Body Count

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 2:58 AM
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Directors Say They've Thought About Direct-To-DVD Character Spinoffs For The 'Crank' SeriesSony had a superhero franchise on their hands in “Ghost Rider.” Curiously, though first film that turned a solid profit, but no one particularly fell in love with it, leaving them in a position to experiment with a second film about Johnny Blaze. So it only makes sense that they would turn to Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, the architects of the gonzo, hard R-rated “Crank” series to recapture the magic of a beloved Marvel Comics’ “superhero.” We sat down and talked with Mark and Brian at the New York Comic Con to talk about the approach to “Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance,” their thoughts on their first movie, and how a PG-13 rating wasn't a hurdle to their usually risky brand of filmmaking.

NYCC: Kevin Feige Says 'Iron Man 3' Is The Beginning Of "Phase Two" Leading To 'The Avengers 2'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 16, 2011 2:33 AM
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It just wouldn’t be Comic-Con without Marvel. New York Comic Con welcomed Marvel Studios to present footage from Joss Whedon‘s “The Avengers,” with comedian Chris Hardwick hosting a panel of Marvel head Kevin Feige and actors Colbie Smulders, Clark Gregg, Tom Hiddelston, Chris Evans and surprise guest Mark Ruffalo.

Review: 'The Three Musketeers' Swings, Misses & Fails To Make A Mark

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2011 9:04 AM
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It doesn't take long for director Paul W.S. Anderson -- the man behind two "Resident Evil" movies, "AVP: Alien vs. Predator" and "Death Race" -- to put his own dubious stamp on the latest big screen adaptation of "The Three Musketeers." It'only takes about ten minutes into the movie until he sends his wife and longtime muse Milla Jovovich running and then sliding across the floor to avoid gunfire (in slow motion, of course). You'd be forgiven if for a brief moment you thought you were watching a scene from a period movie version of the zombie killing franchise. Yet, for all the gadgety weapons, battle ready airships, cleavage plunging dresses and outlandish facial hair, "The Three Musketeers" is a dreary bore that manages to squander the game cast and impressive sets under dull political intrigue and rote explosions.

NYFF '11: 'Kid With A Bike' Directors The Dardennes Say They Originally Planned A Different Ending

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 15, 2011 7:27 AM
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Reveal That Holly Hunter Is One Of The Hollywood Stars Who Has Expressed Interest In Working With Them What can be said about the Dardenne brothers that five Cannes awards don't already say much more definitively? Even a mediocre splotch in their oeuvre is twelve notches above most other contemporary films that get paraded around on the blogosphere.

NYFF '11: 'The Artist' Director Michel Hazanavicius Credits Orson Welles As One Of Many Influences

  • By Christopher Bell
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  • October 15, 2011 6:49 AM
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Director Wanted To Revive Silent Movie Style For A Contemporary Movie AudienceDespite stealing audiences' hearts and walking away from the prestigious Cannes Film Festival with the Best Actor Award, Michel Hazanavicius's nostalgia-fueled silent feature "The Artist" may have its work cut out for it. Will regular movie-goers go and see something like this in an era when the mere thought of a flick not being in color is appalling? It's a tough call, but with the right push, it might get sales solely based on the fact it's unlike anything in at the cineplex today. After that, all the movie needs is five minutes: it's an instant charmer, an escapist picture done with flair and an enormous amount of heart.

NYFF: Wes Anderson & Cast Of 'Royal Tenenbaums' Talk The Challenges Of Working With Gene Hackman

  • By Cory Everett
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  • October 15, 2011 6:42 AM
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Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow, Anjelica Houston & Noah Baumbach Discuss Film At NYFF 10th Anniversary ScreeningThe 49th New York Film Festival is wrapping up this weekend and there have already been many highlights but there are still a few more films left to screen. Arguably one of the most anticipated events of this year’s NYFF wasn't a premiere at all but rather a film that had its world premiere at the festival a decade ago, Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums." The now-classic film features probably the director’s starriest cast to date, and he brought along a few of those cast members for a special 10th Anniversary Screening on Thursday night. Just prior to the screening Anderson gathered before a few hundred fans at The Apple Store a few blocks from Lincoln Center for a Q&A in their Meet The Filmmaker series (moderated by our own editor-in-chief Rodrigo Perez) before heading down to Alice Tully Hall to introduce the screening, this time joined by Bill Murray, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anjelica Huston along with his brother Eric Chase Anderson, who provided all of Ritchie’s artwork in the film.

Matt Reeves Will Take A Trip To 'The Twilight Zone'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2011 6:32 AM
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Despite much more high-profile names like Christopher Nolan, Michael Bay, Alfonso Cuarón and Rupert Wyatt being wishlisted by Warner Bros., the forthcoming "The Twilight Zone" has found its director, and it's a pretty inspired choice.

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