DEADLY BLESSING Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Review

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Last year Shout! Factory’s horror branch Scream Factory came out of the corner swinging.  They dropped a series of well-received releases focused mainly on 1980s films that hadn’t been shown any love on home video, including Halloween III: Season of the Witch and Tobe Hooper‘s The Funhouse.  Their first release for 2013 is Wes Craven‘s 1981 tale of farmland terror Deadly Blessing – a film that’s never been released in the U.S. on DVD or Blu-ray.  Find out how this overlooked, pre-Nightmare on Elm Street film fares on Blu-ray after the jump.

Ernest Borgnine Dead at 95

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Oscar-winning actor Ernest Borgnine has died at the age of 95.  Borgnine starred in over 200 movies and TV shows in a career spanning over sixty years.  He won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role in the 1955′s Best Picture winner Marty.  He also played the title character in the long-running TV series McHale’s Navy. While Marty was his most-awarded role and McHale’s Navy was his longest-running, Borgnine turned in memorable work in a variety of excellent motion pictures including From Here to Eternity, Johnny Guitar, The Wild Bunch, The Dirty Dozen, and Escape from New York (I would add BASEketball to the list, but it’s a minor role and a personal favorite).

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Borgnine died Sunday of renal failure at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.  Our deepest condolences go out to Mr. Borgnine’s family and friends.

Ernest Borgnine Video Interview RED; Plus He Talks About His Previous Movies Like MARTY and FROM HERE TO ETERNITY

by     Posted 3 years, 315 days ago

At the New York City press junket for Red, I got to participate in a press conference with Ernest Borgnine.  While it was great to be able to talk with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich, the chance to hear Borgnine reminisce about his decades in the movie business was also extremely cool.  Also, with Borgnine being 93 years old, I’m well aware this might have been my last chance to interview him.

During the press conference, Borgnine talked about how he first got into the “picture” business, making such films as Marty and From Here to Eternity, working with Frank Sinatra, what really went on behind the scenes of McHale’s Navy, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch what he had to say:

Helen Mirren Exclusive Video Interview RED; Plus an Update on ARTHUR

by     Posted 3 years, 316 days ago

Opening on October 15 is the really fun movie Red. Featuring an all-star cast that’s more impressive than The Expendables, Red stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, and Ernest Borgnine. Based on the graphic novel Red (Retired Extremely Dangerous), the movie is about a group of retired black ops agents that get back together to try and figure out why some former agents are getting killed.

I was recently in NYC for the press junket and I was able to sit down with Helen Mirren.  During the interview we talked about whether or not her fans are ready to watch her fire a 50 caliber machine gun (I think they are), are there any challenges working in different movie genres, what was it like with the rest of the cast, and she gave me an update on how Arthur was going with Russell Brand.  Hit the jump to see what she had to say and make sure to see Red this weekend:

Bruce Willis and Karl Urban Exclusive Video Interview RED; Plus Updates on Rian Johnson’s LOOPER and Pete Travis’ JUDGE DREDD

by     Posted 3 years, 322 days ago

Opening on October 15 is a really fun movie called Red.  Featuring an all-star cast that’s more impressive than The Expendables, Red stars Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, and Ernest Borgnine.  Based on the graphic novel Red (Retired Extremely Dangerous), the movie is about a group of retired black ops agents that get back together to try and figure out why some former agents are getting killed. You can watch some clips from Red here.

A few days ago I was in NYC for the press junket and I was able to sit down with Bruce Willis and Karl Urban.  During the very relaxed interview, Willis and Urban talked to me about making the movie, using fake names at Starbucks and on dressing room doors, filming on location, their fight scene, and Willis talked about why he wanted to make Rian Johnson’s Looper and Urban talked about Pete Travis’ Judge Dredd.

Finally, one last thing before watching…while my interview was supposed to end after three minutes, you’ll see Willis tell me to keep asking questions even though the person running the interview wanted it to stop.  I’ve never had a big movie star tell me to keep asking questions after my time was over.  For my first time getting to ask Bruce Willis some questions on camera…it was very cool.  Hit the jump to watch.

Fantastic Fest 2010: RED Movie Review

by     Posted 3 years, 329 days ago

Somewhere, there’s hours of footage of Bruce Wills, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren laughing their asses off. There has to be. The four award winning actors are having so much fun in their action comedy Red that there’s no way they kept a straight face after director Robert Schwentke called cut. Their obvious joy for the material comes across in every scene and that energy, combined with some cool action, makes Red a lot of fun to watch, even if the narrative is a bit thin. Hit the jump for more.

4 Movie Clips from RED Starring Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman and John Malkovich

by     Posted 3 years, 331 days ago

Summit Entertainment has released four clips from their upcoming action flick Red.  The cast alone is impressive: You’ve got Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich, and Morgan Freeman as retired black ops agents out to clear their names before the agency kills them.  Also along for the ride are Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, and Ernest Borgnine.  I’m also digging the action and humor that’s been shown off in the trailers and clips.  Let’s hope that the film delivers.

Hit the jump to check out the clips.  Red opens October 15th.

New Images from RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous)

by     Posted 4 years, 3 days ago

Summit Entertainment has released almost a dozen new images from director Robert Schwentke’s Red.  Since we’ve been covering the film extensively the past few months, you probably know Red is based on the three issue comic book mini-series by writer Warren Ellis and artist Cully Hamner and it’s about a group of former CIA agents that are framed for assassination so they must get back together to clear their names.  Red stars Bruce Willis, Mary-Louise Parker, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, Karl Urban, Helen Mirren, James Remar, Julian McMahon, Brian Cox, Ernest Borgnine, Rebecca Pidgeon, and Richard Dreyfuss.

I visited the set earlier this year and thought it looked great.  On top of that, the trailer is fantastic and I’ve heard the film is testing extremely well.  That’s probably why Summit was willing to do some additional filming this weekend to add a bit to the ending. Anyway, hit the jump for the new images.  Red opens October 15.

Two New RED Movie Character Posters Featuring Karl Urban and Mary-Louise Parker

by     Posted 4 years, 40 days ago

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In case you haven’t figured it out, Summit Entertainment is using the week before Comic-Con toraise awareness on their upcoming action film Red.  If you haven’t seen the awesome trailer, you should check it out, as Red looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.  I did a set visit a few months ago and thought it looked great.  Click here to read it.  Also, the other day I posted all my on set interviews, so click on the names to read/listen to what they had to say:  Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, and Karl Urban.

Anyway, the studio has been releasing new character posters all week and we’ve previously posted Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, John Malkovich and Morgan Freeman.  For the last poster article, Summit has sent over Karl Urban and Mary-Louise Parker.  Hit the jump to check them out:

Morgan Freeman Character Poster RED

by     Posted 4 years, 41 days ago

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In case you haven’t figured it out, Summit Entertainment is using the week before Comic-Con to kick the promotional machine into high gear on their upcoming action film Red.  If you haven’t seen the awesome trailer, you should check it out, as Red looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.  I did a set visit a few months ago and thought it looked great.  Click here to read it.  Also, yesterday I posted all my on set interviews, so click on the names to read/listen to what they had to say:  Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, and Karl Urban.

Anyway, we’ve previously posted the Bruce Willis character poster, Helen Mirren and John Malkovich poster and today Summit has released the Morgan Freeman character poster.  Hit the jump to check it out:

RED Character Poster John Malkovich

by     Posted 4 years, 42 days ago

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In case you haven’t figured it out, Summit Entertainment is using the week before Comic-Con to kick the promotional machine into high gear on their upcoming action film Red.  If you haven’t seen the awesome trailer, you should check it out, as Red looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.  I did a set visit a few months ago and thought it looked great.  Click here to read it.  Also, earlier today I posted all my on set interviews, so click on the names to read/listen to what they had to say:  Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Mary-Louise Parker, and Karl Urban.

Anyway, on Monday we posted the Bruce Willis character poster and yesterday it was Helen Mirren.  Today Summit has sent over the John Malkovich character poster, so hit the jump to check it out:

RED Character Poster for Helen Mirren

by     Posted 4 years, 43 days ago

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In case you haven’t figured it out, Summit Entertainment is using the week before Comic-Con to kick the promotional machine into high gear on their upcoming action film Red.  If you haven’t seen the awesome trailer, you should check it out, as Red looks like it’s going to be a lot of fun.  I did a set visit a few months ago and thought it looked like a winner.  Click here to read my report.

If you’re not familiar with Red, the film stars Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Morgan Freeman, and Helen Mirren as retired black-ops CIA agents who must regroup and fight back when they’re targeted by assassins.  The movie also stars Mary-Louise Parker, Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine, Julian McMahon, James Remar and Rebecca Pidgeon.

Anyway, yesterday Summit released the Bruce Willis character poster and today’s they’ve provided us with Helen Mirren’s.  Hit the jump to check it out and look for a bunch of on set interviews tomorrow:

Collider Goes to the Set of RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) – Plus Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura On Set Interview

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Bruce Willis is standing next to some very large shipping containers.  He’s wearing a black leather coat with a gun in one hand.  Next to him is Mary-Louise Parker.   She’s frightened because someone is firing a gun in their direction.  Across from the two of them is John Malkovich.  He’s also wearing a long coat…but he’s holding a large stuffed animal that looks exactly like a pink pig. It’s very funny to look at. More gun fire.  Malkovich then says, “Can we kill her now?”

The date is April 5, 2010 and I’m in New Orleans on the set of Summit Entertainment’s Red.  We’re in a shipping yard on production day 56 of 60 and the normal heat and humidity of New Orleans is somehow a beautiful sunny afternoon. It’s a perfect day to watch Bruce Willis and company try and kill some bad guys.

For more on my set visit as well as an interview with Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura, hit the jump:

Principal Photography Has Begun on Summit Entertainment’s RED in Toronto

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Thanks to a press release from Summit Entertainment, I can tell you principal photography has begun in Toronto on Summit Entertainment’s spy-thriller Red, based on the DC Comics graphic novel of the same name by Warren Ellis.

Loaded with an all star cast (Bruce Willis, Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Karl Urban, Brian Cox, Richard Dreyfuss, Ernest Borgnine, Julian McMahon, James Remar and Rebecca Pidgeon) this is a film I’m extremely excited to see later this year. Here’s the synopsis:

Red is the story of Frank Moses (Willis), a former black-ops CIA agent, who is now living a quiet life.  That is, until the day a hi-tech assassin shows up intent on killing him.  With his identity compromised and the life of the woman he cares for, Sarah (Parker), endangered, Frank reassembles his old team (Freeman, Malkovich and Mirren) in a last ditch effort to survive.

Hit the jump to read the press release.  Red is scheduled for worldwide release on October 22, 2010.

John Malkovich Replaces John C. Reilly in RED Starring Bruce Willis

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Heat Vision reports that John Malkovich is replacing John C. Reilly in Robert Schwentke’s upcoming adaptation of Warren Ellis’ graphic novel, Red.  The story follows a retired black-ops agent (played by Bruce Willis) who has to go on the run when younger assassins attempt to assassinate him.  Malkovich will get to show off his comedic skills as the role has him playing a paranoid and erratic contemporary of Willis’ character.  Malkovich’s character suspects everyone is out to kill him and so joins Willis on his quest to find out who wants them dead.  I hope Willis comes to the conclusion its some shady figure from his past, while Malkovich comes to the conclusion it’s the checkout clerk at the Safeway.

Malkovich will have the pleasure of not only acting along side Willis, but almost every other actor in Hollywood.  Allow me to once again rattle off Red‘s ridiculous cast: Helen Mirren, Morgan Freeman, Mary Louise Parker, Julian McMahon, Ernest Borgnine, Richard Dreyfuss, and Brian Cox.  Filming begins this week in Toronto where they have flown in every trailer that exists.  Red is scheduled to hit theaters on October 22nd.

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