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ABC’s OF DEATH 2: Official Theatrical Poster Unveiled

ABC’s OF DEATH 2: Official Theatrical Poster Unveiled

ABC’s OF DEATH 2 has an official theatrical poster. Check it out below! The film is the follow-up to the most ambitious anthology film ever conceived with productions spanning from Nigeria to UK to Brazil and everywhere in between. It features segments directed by over two dozen of the world’s leading talents in contemporary genre film.

The film is comprised of twenty-six individual chapters, each helmed by a different director assigned a letter of the alphabet. The directors were then given free rein in choosing a word to create a story involving death. Provocative, shocking, funny and at times confrontational, ABC’s OF DEATH 2 is another global celebration of next generation genre filmmaking.

Directors include: Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado, Alejandro Brugues, Bill Plympton, Chris Nash, Dennison Ramalho, Erik Matti, Evan Katz, Hajime Ohata, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Jerome Sable, Jim Hosking, Juan Martinez Moreno, Julian Barratt, Julian Gilbey, Julian Maury, Alexandre Bustillo, Kristina Buozyte, Bruno Samper, Lancelot Imasuen, Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Robert Boocheck, Robert Morgan, Rodney Ascher, Soichi Umezawa, Steven Kostanski, Todd Rohal, Vincenzo Natali.

THE ABC’S OF DEATH 2 will open on iTunes / On Demand October 2, 2014 and in theaters October 31, 2014.

For more info visit these social media outlets:

Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theabcsofdeath

Official Twitter: https://twitter.com/ABCsofDeath

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Review: Ken Marino Shines In Tremendous Horror Comedy ‘Bad Milo’

Review: Ken Marino Shines In Tremendous Horror Comedy ‘Bad Milo’

'Bad Milo'

‘Bad Milo’

Duncan’s life isn’t exactly what most people would call ideal. If he isn’t being nagged by his mother, his boss is making his life a living hell at the office. To top it all off, Duncan also has issues with his less than loving father. As to be expected, Duncan develops severe stomach issues due to the overwhelming amount of stress in his day to day life. Fed up with his tortured existence and stomach pain, Duncan reaches out to a hypnotherapist for help in alleviating his problems. During this treatment Duncan realizes that incidents of high stress and anxiety agitate a small demon that resides in his bowels. Not only does this cause obvious physical pain to Duncan, it results in the demon exacting deadly revenge upon the people who have done him wrong. Convinced this demon will not stop it’s bloody rampage, Duncan attempts to bond with it and names him Milo. This proves to be a feeble endeavour, as Milo’s appetite to kill quickly overcomes any bond that may have formed between him and his host.

“Bad Milo!” is equally funny as it is terrifying, much of which can be attributed to the fantastic cast. While the relationship between Duncan and Milo is the crux of the film, I found myself more drawn into the relationship between Duncan and his hypnotist, Highsmith. Those performances by Ken Marino and Peter Stormare drive the film and give it more heart than I was expecting from a low budget horror film. Steven Root delivers a top notch and quirky performance as Duncan’s estranged father, who himself has his own set of deeply rooted problems. Community’s Gillian Jacobs is also wonderful in her portrayal of Duncan’s pushy wife Sarah.

I know what you’re thinking, this is a horror film right? What about the blood? I assure you, there is plenty of blood to go around in the film. Horror fans will not be disappointed when Milo unleashes his wrath upon those who have caused Duncan pain.

The Bottom Line: “Bad Milo!” is a film that must be seen if you are a fan of horror infused with comedy. I cannot recommend this film enough. Find a way to watch it now. — Steve Johnson of Icon Vs. Icon

Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Bad Milo! is currently in theaters and is available on iTunes and On Demand.

Bad Milo! – 2013
85 Mins
Written By: Benjamin Hayes and Jacob Vaughan
Directed By: Jacob Vaughan
Starring: Ken Marino, Peter Stormare, Gillian Jacobs, Stephen Root
Distributed By: Magnet Releasing

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Director Sebastian Cordero Discusses Bringing ‘Europa Report’ To The Screen

Director Sebastian Cordero Discusses Bringing ‘Europa Report’ To The Screen

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Director Sebastian Cordero has spent the the past decade carving out a diverse body of work and established himself as a director to watch in the years to come. His new film, EUROPA REPORT, quite literally, launches his career into a whole new world. A unique blend of documentary-style film-making, alternative history and science fiction thriller, EUROPA REPORT follows a contemporary mission to Jupiter’s moon Europa to investigate the possible existence of alien life within our solar system. When unmanned probes suggest that a hidden ocean could exist underneath Europa’s icy surface and may contain single-celled life, Europa Ventures, a privately funded space exploration company, sends six of the best astronauts from around the world to confirm the data and explore the revolutionary discoveries that may lie in the Europan ocean. After a near-catastrophic technical failure that leads to loss of communication with Earth and the tragic death of a crew member, the surviving astronauts must overcome the psychological and physical toll of deep space travel, and survive a discovery on Europa more profound than they had ever imagined. Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently sat down with director Sebastian Cordero to discuss journey into the world of filmmaking, the challenges of bringing this ambitious new film to life and what he learned along the way.

Sebastian Cordero

Sebastian Cordero

Thanks for taking time out to speak with me today, Sebastian. I am really excited to help spread the word on this amazing film!

Thank you as well for your time!

What was it about filmmaking that intrigued early on in your life?

When I was a child, I was fascinated by the power of cinema. To watch a film in the theater and to become completely immersed in the story, seeing a world that was not familiar with your own from the perspective of pure entertainment as well as watching a story that grips you and tells you something about life was something that fascinated me and I wanted to be a part of it!

What was it that made you want to pursue filmmaking as a career?

There was a moment, as a child, where I realized how powerful filmmaking was and I wanted to be a part of it. I was watching ‘Raiders of The Lost Ark’ when I was nine years old. Very shortly after that, I saw a few more big Hollywood films, mostly from Spielberg and all of the ‘Star Wars’ films. I think those films had a huge influence on my whole generation, not just the filmmakers of the world. At the time, it was something that seemed impossible to pursue. As a nine year old kid, I thought it was amazing but I had no idea how to pursue it. Then I was lucky enough, after high school, to be able to come study film here in the United States in Los Angeles. At the time, I felt it was the place to do so.

Your latest film is “Europa Report.” How did you initially get involved with this project and what made you want to be a part of it?

I got the script from one of the producers on the film. He had seen a couple of my previous films and that there was something about the way I handled the tension in those films and the way I handled the actors in a limited, enclosed space. I think that really attracted him in terms of what I could bring to this project. I am really grateful he saw that because when I read the screenplay, I felt immediately drawn to the material. As a teenager, I had a phase where I read a lot of science fiction and this brought me back to that age and phase in my life. Having done a lot of films that are very different from what ‘Europa Report’ is, I felt it was a great opportunity to dive into something like this. I also love the way the script handles a mixture of a well-told, gripping story with great characters and ultimately, a lot of thrills. At the same time, I think it keeps it’s eye on the real science, the realism of space travel and what we know about Europa and the possible discoveries that could be found there. I thought it was really cool to be involved with a film that could maintain that equilibrium.

How did the script change from what originally intrigued you to what we ultimately see on screen?

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There were a few things I felt I wanted to research more and figure out better ways to solve certain problems within the realistic elements we were dealing with. We were very lucky and at the same time smart in choosing to do a lot of research early on. I felt the story and script were working but I wanted to make sure everything happened for a reason that was fitting the story and made sense scientifically. There were scenes, like the space walk scene for instance, where the space walk goes wrong. It is something you have seen in a lot of science fiction films. The first version of it I read, there were a lot of things that felt a little gratuitous and didn’t make complete sense with the science and the care that is taken when astronauts are embarking on something like this. We went back and forth with a lot of scientists and actual astronauts who helped us figure out the best way to have things go wrong and incorporated that into the scenes. The ending of the film, without giving too much away, there is the final discovery that is made by the remaining members of the crew of astronauts. In the original script, that final discovery happens on the surface of Europa. The minute you start researching Europa or talking to scientists who are working on that research, you know the most interesting thing about Europa is what is under the ice. It is what is under the ocean of Europa, below the ice crust that is most fascinating. We incorporated into our ending the fact that major discovery has to happen under the ice. It was something that gave us quite a bit more tension because suddenly you have a spaceship that has landed in an area where the ice is getting thinner, the ice is cracking and there is a lot of movement in the ice. That brings a lot more danger to the people who are still alive inside the lander.

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‘Europa Report’ the type of film that lives and dies by it’s cast and the cast you brought together is terrific! How did the casting come about and what did they bring to the table?

Thank you! I think they each brought something really interesting and really unique. It is funny because originally the script called for an international cast because one of the premises is that it is a private mission to space in the near future where they bring the best of the best from each space program around the world. It was really cool from the beginning to say “Ok! We can have someone from China, someone from Europe, Russia, Sweden, Eastern Europe or the United States.” We started looking for great actors from each of these countries and they didn’t have to be huge stars. We just needed them to be fantastic actors!

Sharlto Copely In 'Europa Report'

Sharlto Copely In ‘Europa Report’

We had an amazing casting director, Avy Kaufman, who was extremely helpful in putting together this very diverse cast. She suggested a lot of names, I suggested a lot of names myself, as did the producers and it was a little bit like chemistry and how can you bring these elements together and see how they work. The minute you start to have a strong actor onboard, it helps bring other talented actors into the project because they are attracted to working with that actor. In our case, the first person to respond to the project and was absolutely passionate about it was Michael Nyqvist, who read the script, loved his character and thought there was a lot to do with the role of “Andrei”. Almost immediately, actors who were considering their roles, having him onboard reassured them and made the project even more interesting. Sharlto Copley, for instance, loved the script and the minute Nyqvist was onboard, he said “Great! We have a couple of great scenes together and this will be wonderful!” Anamaria Marrinca was one of my personal choices early on. I had seen her in “Four Months, Three Weeks, Two Days”. We wanted an Eastern European actress and I thought she would be great for the role. She didn’t seem like a typical choice for a science fiction film, where someone like Sharlto has become a bit of an icon in science fiction. Anamaria is much more of a dramatic, international actress, who is very well respected. I didn’t know if she would respond to the material. The minute she read the screenplay, she said “Are you kidding? This is fantastic and there is a lot I can do with it. No one ever asks me to do science fiction movies!” She was really into it!

Each one brought different thing, you know? On one hand, Anamaria is someone who always questions the internal processes of the character, the subtleties and hidden symbols within the story. I think she was great in pointing out and highlighting those. Sharlto has this thirst for making the story really work and making sure every decision his character makes is completely coherent with what is happening, while at the same time allowing for the big spectacle, the thrills of the movie and the emotional involvement of the audience with the movie to be present. He knew from the very beginning that his big scene had to be really one of the most emotional moments in the film. He did everything in his power to get there. I think he did an amazing job with his final moments in the film. Each one basically brought different ingredients to the movie.

As you mentioned, this is a very different type of film for you as a director. What did you learn from working on this film from a filmmaking standpoint?

Sebastian Cordero

Sebastian Cordero

I think “Europa Report” is one of the film’s where I have learned the most. It is a very strange film in the sense because it tells a story through receipts of a faux-documentary and seeing the story from the monitoring cameras in the ship. Very early on I discovered that it just wasn’t appropriate to feel the hand of the filmmaker. Instead of that, you had to feel the hand of this fictitious company, Europa Ventures, who have put this mission together and now is editing this documentary about what happened — the great discovery as well as what went wrong. For me, the minute I tapped into that, it was a big revelation to me in terms of how each decision was to be made. The aesthetic of the film had to do more with the logic and science behind how they were telling this story and where they were putting the cameras inside the ship, rather than me, as a director, saying “Oh, this would be the cool shot.” or “This is the best way to reveal something.” Everything had to have an internal logic, where the film had to emerge on it’s own terms, which is a weird thing! It hadn’t happened to me before, at least not in this way. I thought it was fascinating to allow myself to just be a catalyst for the film rather than imposing my own style in it because it really was a film I felt spoke for itself. For me, that was a huge lesson. It is something I am very curious to see how the things I learn here will be onto whatever project I take on next!

Absolutely! I can’t wait to see what the future holds for you as a director! Thank you very much for your time today and giving us a look at what it took to make this fantastic film!

Thank you very much! Take care!

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Director Paco Plaza Discusses His Latest Flick ‘[Rec] 3: Genesis’

Director Paco Plaza Discusses His Latest Flick ‘[Rec] 3: Genesis’

Spanish directors Paco Plaza and Jaume Balaguero managed to breathe new life into the horror genre when their film, [REC], debuted back in 2007. The original film and it’s sequel were massive successes in the world of horror cinema. The original film even spawned an America remake known as ‘Quarantine’ — which in the land of Hollywood is the sincerest form of flattery. Director Paco Plaza has returned once more to bring an exciting new and very different chapter to the beloved franchise (hitting VOD this August 2nd, 2012 from Magnet Releasing), which will surely capture the imaginations of fans both new and old. 

In the latest chapter, Koldo and Clara are about to celebrate the most important day of their lives: their wedding. Everything appears to be running smoothly and the bride and groom and their families are enjoying a wonderful day; that is until some of the guests start showing signs of a strange illness. Before they know what’s happening, the bride and groom find themselves in the middle of a hellish ordeal, as an uncontrollable torrent of violence is unleashed on the wedding. Amidst the chaos, Koldo and Clara become separated and begin a desperate search for one another. What started off as an idyllic day quickly descends into a nightmare of the worst kind…

Jason Price of the mighty Icon Vs. Icon caught up with director Paco Plaza to discuss the latest chapter in the [REC] franchise, the challenges involved in bringing it from script to screen and much more!

Director Paco Plaza

The entertainment industry is not for the faint of heart. When did you decide to pursue a career as a filmmaker as opposed to going in a different direction?

Wow! That is a really hard question! I think I have always been enamored with cinema. I know when I was a little kid, watching horror films all of the time, there was a television show in Spain that played classic films from Universal and Hammer. I remember myself being 8 or 10 years old watching a lot of those horror films. I can tell you the moment I fell in love with cinema! I was watching “The The Incredible Shrinking Man,” the Boris Karloff film. Do you remember the very end of the film where he is fighting a spider using a needle as if it was a sword? That film, that image, I remember the impact it had on me was devastating! It was pure poetry!

For me, that image symbolizes everything that cinema is — the possibility of creating an image that has meaning beyond the image itself and is poetic, so deep and profound that can make you think and feel in a different way. For me, that is what cinema is and why cinema is different from just recording with a camera. Cinema is about creating poetry with an image and giving a different sense to the image than just what is being portrayed.

What initially sparked the idea for the original [REC] film and how has life changed for you since the initial release?

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Originally, I think [Rec] changed my life and the life of Jaume [Balagueró] for good. We had both had pretty successful careers here in Spain. We had done our own films and everything was cool. Then [Rec] happened! It was like a scream of freedom! One day Jaume and I were having a coffee in a bar. We were talking about how difficult it was for us, how complicated it was to get a film made and how painful it was. We remembered when we were shooting short films back at school and everything was about having fun doing cinema! We sort of wanted that back in our lives. We wanted to experience again the pleasure of just taking a camera, a few friends, making a horror film and having fun with it. That was the spark that made us think about doing an original film that was very, very cheap and very easy to convince the producers to fund. We knew that they were not risking any money and it was probably going to cost them nothing and we were going to make a good film. What happened later with the film was just crazy! I think a lesson we learned was we needed to have fun with movies! When we do it and when we watch them, cinema is entertainment. Cinema is about making your time better from watching the film! I think when you are doing a film, you are making a commitment to the audience and you must work really hard to satisfy them. [Rec] changed my life, of course, because it gave us very important international possibilities. Lots of people came to us to say how they loved the film. What is more important to me is that a teenager in Spain told me [Rec] was the reason that made him want to study and create short films. Stimulating young people to do something creative, I think is the best compliment and gift I could get from life.

You changed your style up a bit for “[Rec] 3: Genesis.” What inspired the new approach?

I think mainly it was about taking a risk and delivering something different. I think these days, at least what has happened to me with the extended version trailers and the huge amount of information you can find on the Internet, more and more, you are not surprised by films. It’s like you go to the theater and check point by point that the film is exactly what you expected and just what you thought it was going to be. That does not mean the film was bad but it is not surprising. I remember back in the ‘80s when I was a teenager, you went to the theater and you didn’t have a clue of what was going to happen. For instance, I had a very extraordinary experience with the “Sixth Sense,” the M. Night Shyamalan film. I was one day walking in Madrid and I said, “Wow! A new Bruce Willis movie! I have never heard of this!” I went into the theater and thought it was going to be an action movie, something like “Mercury Rising” or something you would expect from a Bruce Willis film. I was so moved by the film. Independently for me, the film is a masterpiece. The feeling of being surprised by a film seldom happens to us these days. I wanted to try and get back to that feeling. If you are going to watch a [Rec] film, what you get is something different than what you expected.

For you as a director, what was the biggest challenge with this new film?

I think it was trying to keep a balance between comedy and romance without losing the horror ingredient. Balancing those elements was the most difficult thing for me. The thing was not going too far in any direction. A good reference for this film was “Army of Darkness,” which I think is a perfect film because it has the perfect combination of elements. I wanted to try and achieve something like that and have a film that gives you some scares but is fun and in the end is kind of romantic. I wanted to have those three elements existing in the same film.

What can you tell us about the cast for this film and what they brought to this project?

Here comes the bride!

The casting process was really, really simple because our leads I had wanted to work with them for quite some time. In fact, with Leticia [Dolera], I had shot a video clip for a Spanish band and I was absolutely fascinated by her. I wanted to work with her again. With Diego [Martín], he is a very, very popular comedy actor here in Spain. I really admired him and wanted to give him a role that was different from anything he had done in the past.

The process was really, really simple because while we were writing the script, we already knew they were going to be in the film. I had talked to them before I started writing. I said, “I am going to make a new [Rec] film. I want it to be set at a wedding and I want you to be the bride and groom.” They both agreed! That really helped me in the process of writing the script knowing what players we were going to have.

Is there a particular type of film or genre you are anxious to explore in the future?

I don’t know. I have done some horror films and, as I grow older, humor is something becoming more and more important to me. I think maybe not in the immediate future but I am sure I will do a comedy some day. It won’t be a light comedy, it will be pretty dark, but definitely a comedy.

What is the best advice you can offer to aspiring filmmakers?

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The lesson I learned from doing [Rec] is the more love you put into the film and the more time you have with it, that is something that comes across on the screen. If you work really hard and really love what you are doing, it works. I think the main mistake is trying to do something to fulfill someone else’s expectations. I think every successful film is unique. Then it generates interest. Then they copycat your film and there are a lot of things like it that make you think of the original which was really special.

I think the key is being really honest with what you love in a film. The filmmakers that I really admire do this. I could name many but the first one that comes to my mind is Quentin Tarantino. I feel that he really loves the things he is shooting. He seems to really enjoy it and makes the film he would be dying to see if he was 17 years old and going to a mall to watch a film. He would love to watch “Kill Bill.” That is something that comes across on screen and you can really feel it when you are in the theater! There is a spark of the filmmakers soul in the film. I think that is really important, so my only advice would be to be very, very honest with what you want to do.

That is great advice! Thank you for your time, Paco! We look forward to spreading the word on your work and wish you much luck in the future!

Thank you very much!

For more information on this kick-ass project, swing by and “Like” the official [REC] 3: Genesis Facebook page. Support independent horror!

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Watch The First Five Minutes Of Steven Soderberg’s ‘Haywire’ On Hulu!

Watch The First Five Minutes Of Steven Soderberg’s ‘Haywire’ On Hulu!

January 20th, 2012

Action fans rejoice! You can catch the first five minutes of Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire, the new action packed film by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Contagion).

Watch the adrenaline inducing clip starring MMA superstar Gina Carano and Channing Tatum on Hulu now at this location!

The film also stars Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps) and Michael Angarano (Almost Famous).

Synopsis: This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Contagion) boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zorro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts.

Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.

Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious—and dangerous—trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

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Three Clips And A Final Poster For Steven Soderberg’s Action Extravaganza ‘Haywire’

Three Clips And A Final Poster For Steven Soderberg’s Action Extravaganza ‘Haywire’

Haywire, the upcoming action-thriller is directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), hits theaters nationwide on January 20th, 2012. Check out the final poster for the film below, along with three clips!

Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous) and mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano star in the film.

Official Synopsis: This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts.

Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.

Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious—and dangerous—trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

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Gina Carano Kicks Ass In New Trailer For Steven Soderberg’s ‘Haywire’

Gina Carano Kicks Ass In New Trailer For Steven Soderberg’s ‘Haywire’

If there is one film you can not miss in 2012, it is Haywire, the upcoming action-thriller is directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) and hits theaters nationwide on January 20th, 2012.

Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous) and mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano star in the film.

Official Synopsis: This dynamic action-thriller directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) boasts a talented cast that includes Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts.

Mallory Kane is a highly trained operative who works for a government security contractor in the dirtiest, most dangerous corners of the world. After successfully freeing a Chinese journalist held hostage, she is double crossed and left for dead by someone close to her in her own agency. Suddenly the target of skilled assassins who know her every move, Mallory must find the truth in order to stay alive.

Using her black-ops military training, she devises an ingenious—and dangerous—trap. But when things go haywire, Mallory realizes she’ll be killed in the blink of an eye unless she finds a way to turn the tables on her ruthless adversary.

Source: Crave Online

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Gina Carano Kicks Ass In Second Trailer For Steven Soderberg’s ‘Haywire’

Gina Carano Kicks Ass In Second Trailer For Steven Soderberg’s ‘Haywire’

Relativity Media has just unleashed the Second Official Trailer for their upcoming action-thriller Haywire, directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic), is now LIVE on Entertainment Weekly. Check it out below!

Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous) and mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano star in the film. Haywire hits theaters nationwide on January 20th, 2012.

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Striking New Poster For Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire’ Starring Gina Carano!

Striking New Poster For Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire’ Starring Gina Carano!

Relativity Media has just unveiled the official poster for their upcoming action-thriller Haywire, directed by Oscar® winner Steven Soderbergh (Traffic) and starring Channing Tatum (GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra), Ewan McGregor (The Ghost Writer), Michael Fassbender (X-Men: First Class), Antonio Banderas (The Legend of Zoro), Bill Paxton (“Big Love”), Michael Douglas (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps), Michael Angarano (Almost Famous); and introduces mixed martial arts (MMA) superstar Gina Carano as Mallory Kane, in a demanding lead role that has her performing her own high-adrenaline stunts.

It is pretty bad ass if you want our opinion! Check it out below and weigh in with your thoughts!

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Alan Tudyk Talks ‘Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil’ And Much More!

Alan Tudyk Talks ‘Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil’ And Much More!

As a fan of film and pop culture, chances are that you have already encountered the work of Alan Tudyk. Whether it was capturing the imaginations of legions of fans for Joss Wheadon’s “Firefly” and “Serenity” projects or developing a diverse array of characters in a slew of recent comedies, he has established himself as one of the brightest up-and-coming stars in Hollywood. For his latest project, “Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil,” Tudyk is paired with the equally hilarious Tyler Labine in what is sure to become a cult classic! The film is a hilariously gory, good-spirited horror comedy, doing for killer rednecks what “Shaun of the Dead” did for zombies. Tucker and Dale — best friends vacationing at their dilapidated mountain house — are mistaken for murderous backwoods hillbillies by a group of obnoxious, preppy college kids. When one student gets separated from her friends, the boys lend a hand, but as the misunderstanding grows, so does the body count.

A hit on the festival circuit, the film debuted at Sundance, won the Midnight Audience Award at SXSW, took home the Jury Prize for First Feature at Fantasia, captured the Best Director Award at Fantaspoa and walked away with the Best Motion Picture Award at Sitges. Not too shabby for a couple of rednecks! Jason Price of Icon Vs. Icon recently caught up with Alan Tudyk to discuss his start in the entertainment industry, his biggest influence, the making of “Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil” and what lies in store for the months to come.

“Tucker & Dale vs. Evil” will be available On Demand everywhere August 26, 2011, and in limited theaters on September 30, 2011!

Tackling a career in the entertainment is often not for the faint of heart. What drove you to pursue a career in the entertainment industry?

Alan Tudyk

I think, no I know, that I was one of those type of people who knew that this was the only thing that I could do! [laughs] It was the only thing that I wanted to do and I was going to devote my life to it! I had a GREAT deal of energy when I was younger to where when people, when I was younger, said, “You know! A lot of people don’t make it in this business!” It added a lot of fuel to the fire and gave me that I’ll-show-you mentality! It was like, “it may appear that I am washing dishes at a shitty restaurant but IN FACT I am studying to play the part of a dish washer in a shitty restaurant!” [laughs] I truly looked at life that way! Everything was about finding a way to be a better actor. I was very, very passionate!

Who would you cite as your biggest professional influence and why?

I liked Gene Wilder a great deal as a performer. I liked watching him perform, I thought he was amazing! What I loved about him, and still do, is his ability to go to such extremes but you still buy into it as, “That’s just him.” He almost seems to be living right on the edge of hysteria at all times. Even when he is simply talking to someone, he almost has a tremor in his voice, where HE CAN FREAK and it isn’t too far. He can move just a little bit and he is losing his mind or he can come back down to a very soft level. “Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory” was one of his films that I really loved but “Young Frankenstein” was amazing. He can be so serious in a comedy, so serious in ridiculous situations. One of my favorite ones is in “Young Frankenstein” was where he is going to go in and talk to the monster for the first time and says to EVERYONE in such a vaudeville way, “Whatever you do, do not open this door … I am going to go in here and if you open the door, you will undo everything that I have worked for! The stakes COULD NOT be higher! DO NOT open this door!” As soon as the guy closes the door, the monster goes “Grrrrr!” and it is “Open … the … door.” He is so serious and believable on both sides of that door and he is so afraid! Anyway! That’s why I love him!

Your latest project is “Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil.” How did you get involved with that project?

I read the script, it was a script that came through my agent, just like anything else. Actually, I wasn’t the actor originally slated to play my role in the film. There was another actor that had been attached to it for a very long time. He fell out about two weeks before shooting. When I got the script, it was like, “Hey! You wanna go to Canada?! [laughs] Like, next week, go to Canada?!” So, I read the script and really loved it! At first I was a little suspect that it would work, the whole concept of it, but by the time that I got done reading it I believed that it could work! I got the director, Eli Craig, on the phone and we discussed how he wanted to shoot it and how he wanted me to play it. It was a conversation to determine if we were on the same page. It was really kinda like the Gene Wilder thing that we were just talking about, believing in something no matter how ridiculous it is! For example, someone may just have jumped head first into a wood chipper! So you can’t be like, “This is ridiculous!” or not taking it as seriously as “OH MY GOD! WHAT JUST HAPPENED!?” [laughs] He agreed that everything had to be played as real as possible. I was very excited to do that, so I flew up there a few days later!

There are so many great moments in the film. How much of what we ultimately see on screen came from improvisation?

There are a lot of lines that we came up with on the day. There was a lot of improving with Tyler, myself and Eli, who is the director and the writer. When we were on set he would say, “Well, what if you said this right now.” Once the actors put the characters on and started actually doing it, new ideas became apparent that might not have been there before. At points it is like, “Oh, of course! Here is a funny joke.” There is a fair amount of that on this project. Eli was very cool about letting you do things and say your lines. I wasn’t used to that. I am used to having to fight for stuff! Eli was very cool about it. There is a line where they say, “Let’s have some tea” right after I have been tortured by the kids and had my fingers cut off. I say, “I’ll make the fuckin’ finger sandwiches!” [laughs] It’s a corny joke but I was like “PLEASE! Can I say it?” and Eli said, “Oh yeah, say that!” My reaction was “Really!?” because I was so ready for some kind of resistance. Then I was like, “Listen, I know it says that I drink a beer but what if I pour it on my face? I have already talked to costumes and they can double this shirt. I have already talked to makeup and it is waterproof makeup so there is not going to be a long reset time.” I cover all my bases to hear somebody say, “No. No. No. We can’t do that!” but Eli was game for all of it. It was so easy, “Oh yeah, pour the beer on your face! Cool!” [laughs]

That is great! It seems like you had a great work environment!

Yeah! It results in you coming up with more stuff because you have someone who is encouraging you!

What can you tell us about your co-star Tyler Labine. What did he bring to this role?

Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk in character.

Oh, so much! Tyler is such a nice, good hearted and funny guy. He is so genuine and I can’t say enough about how that effects a set. He is someone that is a nice guy and is there to work, not put out by anything! He is up for it all and really funny. He brought a lot in regard to a lot of the lines that you hear. There were so many great things that he came up with for that character. One thing in particular was when he is with Katrina Bowden for the first time and she asks his name and he stumbles to get it out because he is so taken with her. Little things he did like that added to the character. There is so much stuff that it is hard to separate. We got together yesterday to work on the DVD and we found places where I said, “I came up with this.” Then Eli would say, “No you didn’t. Check your script! I did!” and I would be like “Oh! I thought that was my idea!” [laughs] And vice versa, everybody came up with great stuff and couldn’t remember where it was. We were all just moving so fast and trying to make the best movie!

What was the biggest challenge for you as an actor on this project?

Hmmm. Biggest challenge? Well, my focus on the movie was to keep it real. That was what I went in thinking. You’ve gotta go through this and don’t chicken out on it. Really try to put yourself in the mindset of someone who is going through this. And when you are shooting the scenes, don’t go for the easy jokes. The challenge for me on this film was the challenge that we all had, we didn’t have enough time. When you can only do two takes, you better know what you are doing with those two takes. It is two times doing that scene and that is it! You think, “Imagine if you could have done four!” [laughs] You kinda have to really be ready and know not just what you want to do but even what is going to be in your way to do what you want to do, if you know what I mean. You have to know what the questions are, as well as the answers when going into a scene because you just don’t have any time.

Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk: Keepin' It Street!

You and Tyler together make such a great duo, which people might compare to Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. What are our chances for a sequel to Tucker and Dale or seeing you two paired up again on another project?

If we are lucky! I would love to work with Tyler again. I don’t know about a sequel because I am not sure how it would work. I would love it though! I would love to do an “Abbott & Costello Meet The Mummy” kinda thing. I am not saying that Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine are Abbott & Costello, they were national treasures … [laughs] but that template is what I am suggesting!

Your career has been and continues to be very diverse. Is there a particular type of film or genre that you are anxious to tackle in the future?

Wow! That is a GOOD question. I would have said a western but I have done a western now. I would love to do what I would call an acting movie. I want to do a movie where I get to act. I guess that you could argue that I am acting in everything that I do BUT I want to do a movie with subtlety, subtle themes, complex relationships and that the movie hinges on complexity of the human condition. Something serious! Something like that. I guess I have done some stuff like that but barely. I have done one play. Something with acting!

Looking back on your career so far, how do you think you have evolved in your craft since starting out?

I think that I am a little more relaxed. I am more likely to wait for something to happen in a scene rather than make a thing happen in a scene. I was pretty surprised when “28 Days” was on television not too long ago and it wasn’t my first movie, but it was the first role that I was on set for more than just a week. I played such a crazy character and in every scene that I did, I was trying to make a joke or trying to be funny. I don’t do that any more! I just try to be honest and if there is something funny, it will just be there but I am not coming in, forcing something to be funny. When I watch “28 Days,” I just want to tell myself, “RELAX!” [laughs] “Stop chewing the fucking scenery!” All I had to do in one scene was mop the floor and I am doing this whole, “She just walked over the floor that I just mopped and now I am upset with her and where is the mop water and … ” I watched and went, “Oh God, stop! Get over yourself! This movie isn’t about mopping!” [laughs] But that energy led to other things, so what are you going to do!

What other projects are on the horizon for you that we should be on the lookout for?

Tucker and Dale: Comedy Gold!

I am doing a TV show right now for ABC called “Suburgatory” that starts this Fall and will be right before “Modern Family.” I play a jackassy, douchebaggy but well-meaning cosmetic dentist who is best friends with Jeremy Sisto. My character lives in the suburbs and I have called him out to live there where I always seem to be in the country club. I wear Speedos, which I will be fashioning! They will be in the pilot episode! My ginger skin will be on full display! [laughs]

Oh my!

I have a fake tan right now. I am overly fake tan, that’s the character. So I am now living my life with an extreme fake tan! It’s bizarre! Then the other thing that I just finished, and will be out next summer, is “Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.”

We will be looking forward to those! What is the best advice that you can give to all the aspiring actors out there?

What I find more and more is … enjoy yourself. A lot of people say this but if you feel that this is the only thing that you can do, then absolutely do it! If there is something else that you can do, go ahead and do that because it really is very, very hard. There are people out there with such determination that do live and breathe it. So if you are one of those people, go for it but have fun doing it! Don’t get all caught up in the disappointments that absolutely are going to happen and those frustrations that are absolutely going to be there. Enjoy the fact that you are pursuing your dream and that it is a commendable thing! When you perform, give it your all but enjoy it but don’t try to succeed … [laughs] because that is a mistake!

Thank you so much for your time, Alan. We look forward to spreading the word on “Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil.” It’s a great film and a whole lot of fun!

Thank you!

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