Nazi Zombie Commander Herzog is Back in Exclusive DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD Poster

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You think Commander Herzog (Orjan Gamst) and his cohorts unleashed some outrageous and wonderfully grotesque brutality upon Martin (Vegar Hoel) and his buddies in the first Dead Snow?  Just wait until you see what Herzog is capable of with a bigger army in Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead.  In the sequel, Martin is back, and he’s got his arm back as well.  Trouble is, there’s a little mix-up at the hospital.  They never recover the arm Martin sawed off himself up on the mountain, but rather, they find Herzog’s severed arm in Martin’s car, so stick that one on him instead.

It’s a downright brilliant scenario that broadens the Dead Snow mythology in some of the greatest and goriest ways imaginable.  Get ready for some serious head-smashing and disemboweling because Herzog and co. are back in theaters on October 10th and with the release fast approaching, Collider’s got the honor of unveiling the latest Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead poster.  Click here to read my review of the film and hit the jump to check out that new artwork.

Four DC Comics Movies URL Registrations Hint at Warner Bros.’ Upcoming Plans

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It’s no secret that Warner Bros. is in the midst of building its own DC Comics Movies slate, crafting its answer to the highly successful Marvel Cinematic Universe.  They’ve already staked out release dates for nine upcoming DC Comics movies, and the in-production Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is looking like one massive Justice League prequel with appearances scheduled for Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg, and more.  The question on everyone’s minds, though, is in what order will Warner Bros. be introducing more standalone DC comics movies?  Well an answer may have surfaced by way of four URLs that Warner Bros. just registered, which just so happen to match up to four very specific DC comics properties.  More after the jump.

Shane Black’s THE NICE GUYS Starring Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe Set for June 17, 2016 Release Date

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Warner Bros. has set The Nice Guys release date in the heart of Summer 2016, confirming that the 1970s-set noir film will indeed be writer/director Shane Black’s next feature.  The Lethal Weapon scribe has been working on the project for years with producer Joel Silver, but it finally gained traction after the massive box office success of Black’s second directorial feature, Iron Man 3.  The story revolves around a private detective and a muscle-for-hire who are brought together to investigate the case of a missing girl and the seemingly unrelated suicide of a fading porn star.  Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe became attached to the project a few months ago, shortly after which Warner Bros. acquired the noir-tinged picture.

More on the Nice Guys release date and the film itself after the jump.

ABCS OF DEATH 2 Trailer Shows Off Zombies, Impalings, Bone-Breaking and Loads of Gore

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The original ABCs of Death had some pretty outrageous segments, namely Timo Tjahjanto’s “L is for Libido” and, my personal favorite, Anders Morgenthaler’s “K is for Klutz,” but based on this new extreme red bad trailer for ABCs of Death 2, the sequel should have no trouble keeping up with its predecessor.  In less than two minutes of material we see a botched beheading, some flesh eating, quite a few gunshots and an abundance of carnage.

Hit the jump to check out the new ABCs of Death 2 trailer, but be warned, it’s very NSFW.  The sequel features segments from directors E.L. Katz, Jerome Sable, Larry Fessenden, Vincenzo Natali and more.  The film is scheduled to arrive On Demand and on iTunes on October 2nd, followed by a theatrical release on October 31st.

THE WALKING DEAD Season 5 Poster: Hunt or Be Hunted

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AMC has released the first official The Walking Dead Season 5 poster, which boasts the ominous tagline “Hunt or Be Hunted.”  Given that this new season may or may not feature a showdown between Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) gang and a group of people that may or may not be cannibals, the moniker seems appropriate.  Despite the fact that The Walking Dead airs on a cable network, it stands as the most watched drama series on all of television in the coveted 18-49 demo, which is kind of a big deal.  While the actual quality of the show varies depending on who you talk to, there’s no denying that a lot of people are watching.  Will the ratings rise continue in Season 5 or will the series finally plateau?

Hit the jump to take a look at the Walking Dead Season 5 poster, and click here to peruse a gallery of teaser trailers and images from the new season.  The series also stars Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chandler Riggs, Danai Gurira, Melissa McBride, Michael Cudlitz, Emily Kinney, Chad L. Coleman, Sonequa-Martin Green, and Lawrence Gilliard Jr.  The Walking Dead Season 5 premieres on AMC Sunday, October 12th at 9pm ET/PT.

Robert Rodriguez Talks MATADOR, His Belief in Passion Projects, Looking Forward to Season 2, and More

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From writer/producer Roberto Orci, the 13-episode El Rey series Matador is an action-packed, fun, sexy, dangerous look at the world of an undercover CIA operative masquerading as a professional soccer star.  The story follows Tony “Matador” Bravo (Gabriel Luna), who becomes a professional soccer player for the LA Riot, in order to use his skills as a covert operative to get close to ruthless billionaire team owner Andrés Galan (Alfred Molina) and execute missions for the CIA.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, executive producer Robert Rodriguez talked about why Matador was the perfect show for his El Rey Network, ordering it straight to series with 13 episodes, his belief in passion projects, why From Dusk Till Dawn was the right first show for the network, looking forward to Season 2, what led to The Director’s Chair, directing more episodes of the El Rey shows, and where he sees filmmaking technology heading.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

OLDBOY Director Park Chan-wook Set to Adapt FINGERSMITH into Korean-Language Thriller

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I quite enjoyed Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut, Stoker, but it looks like he’ll be returning to his native South Korea for his follow-up.  According to Screen Daily, Park is set to adapt Sarah Waters‘ 2002 novel Fingersmith, and will begin casting this month.  Waters’ book is set in Victorian London, and focuses on young women are who work as petty thieves (“fingersmiths”).  The book was previously adapted in 2005 into a two-part BBC miniseries starring Sally Hawkins and Imelda Staunton.  Park is resetting his adaptation to Korea sometime during the Japanese occupation (1910 – 1945).  The Korean title, “Agashi”, directly translates to “Young Lady” or “Miss”.  There’s currently no English title for the project.

Production is set to begin in the first half of 2015.  Hit the jump to read the synopsis for Waters’ novel.

MONSTERS: DARK CONTINENT Trailer Features Monsters, Monsters and More Monsters

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Part of the reason Gareth EdwardsMonsters was such a remarkable film was because you walked in expecting an action-heavy alien invasion-type movie, but wound up getting a layered, moving relationship drama with the ever-present threat of the title characters relegated to the background.  Not everyone appreciated the unique take, but for those of you who were hoping for more monsters, it looks as though you’ll get your wish in the Monsters sequel, Monsters: Dark Continent.

We’ve got a brand new trailer for the second film and in just over two minutes of footage, there’s already significantly more creatures, action and destruction than in the first one.  Hit the jump to check it all out in the Monsters: Dark Continent trailer for yourself.  The film is due for a theatrical release in the UK on November 28th, but, at the moment, Monsters 2 does not have domestic distribution.

Lars Von Trier to Direct TV Series THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT; Show Will Be “Without Precedent”

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Sitting through five hours of Nymphomaniac already felt like a lot to endure, but filmmaker Lars Von Trier is now planning to send his English-language audience through an entire TV series. Von Trier previously worked on the 1990s Danish series The Kingdom, and now according to Deadline, he’s returning to long-form storytelling. At the Venice Film Festival for the out of competition screenings of the Director’s Cut of Nymphomaniac Volume I and II, producer Louise Vesth announced on behalf of Von Trier (who has kept to his 2011 promise of refraining from all public statements and interviews) that his next project will be an English-language TV series.

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THE RIOT CLUB Clip Featuring Sam Claflin and Max Irons; Plus THE SOUND AND THE FURY Clip

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Hopefully you’ve had your morning coffee and don’t plan on having a glass of wine for a while now because these new clips from The Sound and the Fury and The Riot Club might make you think twice about drinking either of them.  James Franco’s latest is just days away from its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has its Toronto International Film Festival screening coming up right after, so the team behind it has unveiled a clip from the film, teasing the intensity we’ve got coming.

We’ve also got Lone Scherfig’s The Riot Club making its way to TIFF for a world premiere.  Even though Joey King and Scott Haze both look like they can get a little nasty in that piece from The Sound and the Fury, the Riot Club clip actually might be tougher to stomach.  Hit the jump to find out why.

DRACULA UNTOLD International Trailer: Luke Evans Just Wants to Keep the Peace

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It’s been a while since we’ve seen anything new from Dracula Untold, but with the film’s October 17th release date coming up fast, Universal has got to start ramping up the promotional campaign soon, perhaps beginning with this brand new international trailer.  A good deal of the footage here comes from the domestic promo we got back in June, but it does highlight a few different elements of the narrative, namely the peace in Transylvania and how Mehmet (Dominic Cooper) threatens to destroy it.

It also looks as though Universal is running with the title Dracula Zero in some regions overseas.  I don’t care much for Zero or Untold, but back when we were on set for the film, it was called Dracula Year Zero, so that one did grow on me.  Regardless, we’re getting Dracula Untold on October 17th.  The film also stars Luke Evans, Sarah Gadon, Charles Dance and Art Parkinson.  Hit the jump to check out that new Dracula Untold trailer.

Demián Bichir Talks THE BRIDGE Season 2, the Expanded Cast, Delivering on Threads from Season 1, Directing a Future Episode, REFUGIO, and More

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Season 2 of the FX crime thriller The Bridge has Detective Sonya Cross (Diane Kruger) and her Mexican counterpart, Detective Marco Ruiz (Demián Bichir) teamed up again to when the body of a cartel member is found on U.S. soil.  Brutal crimes and dangerous enemies will see them pulled into a complex web of drug running, money laundering and police corruption.  This season also stars Ted Levine, Matthew Lillard, Emily Rios, Thomas M. Wright, Annabeth Gish, Franka Potente, Nathan Phillips, Abraham Benrubi and Lyle Lovett.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Demián Bichir talked about how excited he was to explore new avenues of the story for The Bridge Season 2, that he likes the way the show doesn’t label one country as good and the other as bad, the importance of keeping the promises you set up over the course of a season, having his brother Bruno on the show this season, working with such a talented cast, and playing a character that is very clear about where he wants to go and how he wants things to be done.  He also talked about the experience of shooting his directorial debut, Refugio (which he also wrote, produced and starred in), that he can’t wait to direct again, and how he’d like to direct an episode of The Bridge.  Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.

WINTER’S TALE Blu-ray Review

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Quentin Tarantino has complained about how one of the biggest problems with American cinema is that it’s afraid of big emotions.  Of melodrama that might descend into camp (or perhaps is camp to begin with).  And it’s true, more movies are likely to adapt an ironic distance than go for something earnest.  There’s a reason for that: when earnest doesn’t work, you get films like The Postman and The Room.  But that means some material just isn’t going to translate into American cinema, and that’s why Winter’s Tale is a boring disaster.  Colin Farrell, Russell Crowe and Will Smith star in this story of star-crossed lovers and miracles, and my Winter’s Tale Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

HBO to Rebroadcast Every Episode of THE WIRE Remastered in HD [Updated]

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“It’s Baltimore, gentlemen.  The gods will not save you.”  That’s the opening line of a new promo for a plan to rebroadcast The Wire that promises “every episode, every season, remastered for the first time in high definition.”  The promo says the episodes air weeknights 8pm starting September 4.  If you check TV listings online, you’ll find other programs filling those timeslots—while About Time is a fine movie, it is not The Wire remastered in HD.

However, the Wire page at TV Guide has listings starting September 8 with season 1 episode 3, which would accommodate the first two episodes airing on September 4-5.  I can’t guarantee these remastered episodes will start airing this week, but it sure sounds like they exist, and that’s a major step for those of you hoping for an eventual Blu-ray release.  Hit the jump to watch the promo. [Update: It appears that The Wire is indeed in the process of being upgraded to HD, but news of the air date was premature. More after the jump.]

David Cronenberg’s MAPS TO THE STARS Acquired by Focus World for Early 2015 Release

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Filmmaker David Cronenberg’s latest effort will find its way to U.S. screens early next year.  Ahead of the film’s North American debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, Focus World announced today that it has acquired U.S. distribution for Maps to the Stars with plans to release the film stateside in early 2015.  The film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals (John Cusack), his wife (Olivia Williams) who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter (Mia Wasikowska), who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania.  The plot also includes Havana (Julianne Moore), an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother.  The pic premiered earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, and while the overall reaction was mixed, Moore drew high praise for her performance and won the Best Actress award.

Many had pegged Moore as a contender in this year’s Oscar race, but if Focus World doesn’t stage a limited release in December to qualify for contention, that takes her out of the running.  That said, Focus World’s specific release strategy is unknown at the moment.  Read the full press release after the jump.

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