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    Q&A: Nicolas Winding Refn’s heightened, indulgent reality of “ONLY GOD FORGIVES”

    An intensely singular “something else,” ONLY GOD FORGIVES is an amazing flipside to the cool that was DRIVE. Nightmarish, surreal and red all over, Nicolas Winding Refn delved deep into the dark silence and hard stares of his work and returned with a fable about undeserved revenge and a mother-son relationship that “warped” only begins to describe.

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    [SDCC ’13] Your daily zombie, courtesy of “THE WALKING DEAD”

    Tomorrow, our first look at Season Four of THE WALKING DEAD hits. In just a few months, we’ll be four seasons deep on a beloved, highly watched series that takes place in an undead-plagued wasteland. This continues to blow my mind, especially considering one of the series’ integral aspects is Greg Nicotero. His and his team’s work is being highlighted in anticipation of the trailer with new looks at walkers from the next season. In a show that has started to focus greatly on the human and interpersonal conflict in a post-apocalypse, does this mean the zombies and their threat will be weightier?

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    [SDCC ’13] Report, Pics: Legendary’s GODZILLA Encounter

    San Diego Comic-Con extends far out of the convention center. Ever widening, it takes over the surrounding Gaslamp Quarter, its hotels and restaurants, and is often a barrage of advertisements. Studios come with what they hope to be their biggest and best, drumming up anticipation. More so, they’re drumming up anticipation for that anticipation. There’s few things Fango is as interested in this year as how the new GODZILLA is shaping up. The King of Monsters returning at the hands of one of our brightest new talents (Gareth Edwards, who debuted with the fantastic MONSTERS) is something to be excited about. Warner Bros. & Legendary knows as such. They could surely rest on the highly anticipated panel and a simple teaser. They have not. 

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    [SDCC ’13] Come to the “EVIL DEAD” Party Saturday Night!

    What to do after the convention ends for the day? As San Diego Comic-Con has blown past niche gathering into pop culture phenomenon, the answer has become parties. Like the convention, they are often packed and loud. Unlike the convention, there is often open bar. With the DVD/Blu release here, Sony is throwing an EVIL DEAD-themed bash and hey, you’re invited.

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    [SDCC ’13] “GODZILLA” Poster, Director teases an encounter

    Certainly for FANGORIA, GODZILLA is one of the most anticipated panels at this week’s San Diego Comic-Con. First thing Saturday morning, Legendary, Warner Bros and director Gareth Edwards will be talking the surely monstrous movie, and they’ve already begun to tease it. A fantastic early poster for the film has debuted, as well as a video message from Edwards with a viral site that warns of some sort of encounter during the convention.

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    EXCL: Nicolas Winding Refn gives an update on “MANIAC COP”

    Nicolas Winding Refn, the stylish maniac behind the PUSHER movies, BRONSON and this week’s nightmarish ONLY GOD FORGIVES, is something of a hardened genre fan. Already evident in the likes of his heightened, violent films and nods like Riz Ortolani’s “Oh My Love” (from GOODBYE UNCLE TOM) on the DRIVE Soundtrack, last year brought word he had teamed with William Lustig to produce a new film in the beloved, cult MANIAC COP series.

    Already the product of a great horror team-up, the original three MANIAC COP films were directed by Lustig (VIGILANTE, MANIAC) and written and produced by Larry Cohen (IT’S ALIVE, Q). Now, Refn and Lustig are looking to resurrect the killer cop tale and while speaking to FANGORIA about ONLY GOD FORGIVES, he explains, “We’re working on it as we speak. I’ve been a little bit delayed because of finishing this film and travelling around. It’s something that we’re very much prioritizing now that I’m coming to the end of this film. It opens up a whole new breathing space to concentrate on future projects.”

    “I’m a huge lover of pop cinema and it was basically my relationship with Bill Lustig that led to rethinking the MANIAC COP franchise. He owns it and we basically partnered up on it to give it a spin. I’ve always loved the original films, so it was a way to revisit part of my past, but also it’s one of the few franchises that has not outstayed their welcome.”

    Helming the film himself does not sound the in the cards however. “I wouldn’t be the right person to direct it purely because I have such an admiration for the original,” Refn says. “So, Bill’s film is still so fresh in my mind that I wouldn’t be the right… I mean, I’ve been approached for other remakes of other genre movies and I’ve always declined. I’m too old, because they are a part of my identity. So, to get someone that is younger—meaning somebody that maybe doesn’t have the same sensibilities connected to it—somebody who can re-envision it from their perspective.”

    Keep an eye on Fango for the full interview later this week. ONLY GOD FORGIVES is out Friday, July 19.

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    [SDCC ’13] Is something “PREDATOR”-related being announced?

    It’s been three years since PREDATORS, the fun, if minor, third film in the saga of the titular hunter alien race. The film’s official Facebook has lit up with activity however, and it’s not just more behind-the-scenes shots and birthday shout outs to the cast. Instead, a thermal, aerial view of San Diego and ominous promise of “There’s Something Out There Waiting For Us…”

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    [SDCC ’13] “THE WALKING DEAD” poster, new Season Four zombie revealed

    In just a few days they descend, zombies and press and fans alike, on San Diego. Comic-Con is about rear its head and as per usual, THE WALKING DEAD will be one of its biggest draws. In anticipation, AMC has released comics artist Alex Ross’ poster for the convention as well as a our first look at walker from Season Four.

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