This Visually Stunning Sci-Fi Short FRAKTAAL Was Randomly Generated By a Computer

This sci-fi short film Fraktaal is loaded with stunning visuals that were randomly generated by a computer. There's absolutely no story, just a bunch of crazy otherworldly images that a computer came up with using complex mathematical fractal patterns.

The man responsible for making this happen is Julius Horsthuis, who declares himself to be a lazy animator. Here's what he had to say about what went into this creation:

I borrowed the aesthetic from Science Fiction films, and isolated that into something that I hope will stimulate the imagination into its own spacefaring journey.
It so happens that I’m a lazy animator.
Using fractals, I can conjure up entire worlds without having to draw or model anything. These shapes hide in the formulas, they exist in a mathematical reality, all I need to do is explore those worlds and make them reveal themselves. For me, that discovery has become one of the most thrilling aspects of digital filmmaking.

It's pretty fascinating to see what came out of all this. Pretty cool stuff! 

Via: The Awesomer

The Creator of JOHN WICK is Developing a HITMAN Series at Hulu

The best-selling action-packed game Hitman is getting a new adaptation! This time it will be in the form of a series being produced by Hulu and Fox 21. The series is being developed by Derek Kolstad, who is the dude that created John Wick. He wrote the first John Wick film and the third one that is set to be released in 2019. 

I wasn't a big fan of either of the Hitman films that have been released. Maybe Kolstad will be able to bring something awesome and badass to this series. He's currently writing the script for the pilot episode and he'll be an executive producer on the project as well. 

According to Deadline, Hulu hopes that Hitman will become a flagship series. They'll have a better chance of that as long as they deliver a good high-quality show that's better than the films. The series will center on Agent 47, a meticulous and lethal assassin and I can easily see each episode of the show focusing on a different assassination attempt. 

Do you think that the creator of John Wick will be able to awesomely rejuvenate this franchise in the form of a series?

Ben Affleck Doesn’t Seem Sure About Signing On For THE BATMAN and is Looking For a Graceful Way Out

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It seems like Ben Affleck's attitude toward playing Batman has changed since the excited comments he made at Comic-Con earlier this year. Remember when he said:

"I am the luckiest guy in the world. Batman is the coolest part in any universe, Marvel DC, anything–I’m so thrilled to do it. Its fucking amazing. I still can’t believe it. Everyone at the studio tells me I’m their Batman and I believe it. And Matt Reeves? I’d be an ape on the ground for Matt Reeves. Im blown away and its an exciting time in the DC Universe. I’m excited to be Batman."

His tune has changed. During a recent interview with USA Today, Affleck said that Matt Reeves' Batman movie is "something I’m contemplating," which a seems like a sign that maybe he's not sure if he wants to do it or not. Maybe it all depends on how well Justice league is received. He goes on to reveal that he's already trying to figure out a way to bow out saying:

"You don’t do it forever, so I want to find a graceful and cool way to segue out of it."

I hope that he does decide to jump on board Matt Reeves The Batman. I have actually enjoyed Ben Affleck in the role of Batman and I'd love to see Reeves work with him on his detective noir vision for the film. It'd be a shame if he ended up dropping out.

He goes on to express his excitement about Justice League and how it's a movie coming out at a time when the world needs heroes. 

"We certainly are in need of heroes in 2017. There’s a lot of stuff going on in the world, from natural to man-made disasters, and it’s really scary. Part of the appeal of this is wish fulfillment: Wouldn’t it be nice if there was somebody who can save us from all this, save us from ourselves, save us from the consequences of our actions and save us from people who are evil?"

What do you think Affleck should do? Should he stay or should a go? Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017. 

THE LORD OF THE RINGS Series is Officially Moving Forward at Amazon and it Will Be a Prequel

Last week we learned that Warner Bros. teamed up with the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien to develop a new series based on The Lord of the Rings. They were looking to make a deal with Amazon Studios and that deal is no officially done! 

Amazon announced that that it has acquired the global television rights to the Lord of the Rings franchise and they've made a multiple-season commitment. The deal also includes additional spinoff series. They will produce the series alongside the Tolkien Estate and Trust, publisher HarperCollins and Warner Bros. Entertainment's New Line Cinema. Here's a little description that teases the series will be a prequel. 

Set in Middle Earth, the television adaptation will explore new storylines preceding J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Fellowship of the Ring. The deal includes a potential additional spin-off series.

I like that the series will take place prior to the events of Fellowship of the Ring. Regardless of that, this is both exciting and scary. Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy are three of my favorite movies ever. It's going to be really weird seeing another reimagining of this world of Middle Earth. It's also hard to believe that whatever Amazon does will be as good as what Jackson gave us.

The one thing that I hope they do is go deeper into the stories of the characters and that the spinoffs will involve corners and characters in Middle Earth that haven't really been explored before. I would especially love to see stories and elements from The Silmarillion brought to life! 

When talking about the project, Sharon Tal Yguado, Amazon's new head of scripted said:

“The Lord of the Rings is a cultural phenomenon that has captured the imagination of generations of fans through literature and the big screen. We are honored to be working with the Tolkien Estate and Trust, HarperCollins and New Line on this exciting collaboration for television and are thrilled to be taking The Lord of the Rings fans on a new epic journey in Middle Earth.”

Matt Galsor, a representative for the Tolkien Estate and Trust and HarperCollins added:

"We are delighted that Amazon, with its longstanding commitment to literature, is the home of the first-ever multi-season television series for The Lord of the Rings. Sharon and the team at Amazon Studios have exceptional ideas to bring to the screen previously unexplored stories based on J.R.R. Tolkien’s original writings.”

At least the Peter Jackson films will always be there for us to enjoy. Whether you're excited about this or not, there's no doubt that fans are curious to see what this new Lord of the Rings series ends up being. 

What do you think about what's been revealed of the series so far? DO you like the fact that it will be more of a prequel?

The Long Awaited DEADWOOD Movie is Set to Start Production Next Year!

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We've been hearing about the possibility of a Deadwood movie for years and according to TVLine, it looks like it's actually going to get made! They say that the movie is set to start production next year in 2018. However, we have yet to see an official confirmation from HBO. 

This Deadwood movie would pretty much tie up all the loose ends that were left dangling after the series was canceled in 2006. We know that creator David Milch has written the script for the film that HBO loved, and actor Ian McShane said earlier this year that it was close to happening. He said:

“There are signs that HBO are quite keen to make it. They’ve got the script. It’s when they’ll make an offer and when we can fit it in. We probably won’t start ‘American Gods’ until probably the end of the year or early next year, so there’s a window when we can do ‘Deadwood,’ but they need to get everybody together. I mean all the characters that David [Milch] wants to put in the show. I’m probably going to have breakfast with him later this week. But no, they’re keen to do it, and I’m sure it would seem not only artistically a perfect time to do it but also commercially because there’s always been a revised interested in ‘Deadwood’. It went off the air far too soon for all the reasons you say, but that’s a long time ago. It seems like a two hour film would be a nice thing for all the people that want to see it and all of us who were deprived of the gig too early.”

I hope this news for the Deadwood happening is true! I loved this series and I've been wanting to finally see a proper ending to the story that Milch started to tell with these characters in the HBO series about the rivalry between Sheriff Seth Bullock (Timothy Olyphant) and the villaious pimp Al Swearengen (McShane).

Sony Pictures is Developing a Film Based on Marvel’s MORBIUS THE LIVING VAMPIRE!

Sony Pictures is adding another Marvel movie to their slate of films that revolve around characters from the world of Spider-Man. Outside of the Spider-Man films that they are making with Marvel, Sony is developing a Venom film and a Silver Sable and Black Cat movie. 

THR is now reporting that they are developing yet another spinoff based on Morbius The Living Vampire! According to the report, the movie will be called Morbius and it was written by Burk Sharpless and Matt Sazama, who previously worked on the recent Power Rangers movie. Apparently, they just submitted the script to the studio.

I love the character Morbius and it's cool that Sony is looking at making a movie based on the character. What's not cool is that the script is coming from the same guys who wrote Power Rangers. The script for that film was terrible. Hopefully, they at least get a good director attached! 

Morbius was created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane and first appeared in Amazing Spider-Man #101, which is also the first issue not written by Spider-Man co-creator Stan Lee.

Morbius is Dr. Michael Morbius, a scientist who suffered from a rare blood disease and attempted to cure himself to disastrous results. He instead became afflicted with a condition that was a form of vampirism — the thirst for blood, along with fangs and super strength — and fought Spider-Man. Over time, however, he became a slightly heroic figure in his own right.

There are no details on what the plans for the character are in the film, but I hope it sticks close to the source material. I'm curious to see what story they decide to tell and how this movie turns out. It's a shame we won't get to see him face off with Tom Holland's Spider-Man, though. I would have loved to see that!

I wish that Sony and Marvel could work with each other on these other Spider-Man characters and allow them to be a part of the MCU. I guess we should be lucky that they at least got Spider-Man involved with the MCU. 

The First Reviews of Marvel’s THE PUNISHER Series Are In and They Are Mixed

The reviews of Marvel's The Punisher have flooded the internet today! Like many of you, I'm a huge fan of The Punisher and I've been excitedly waiting to watch this new series on Netflix. The series doesn't seem to be getting the glowing response that I was hoping for. The reviews are mixed. Some critics enjoyed it, while others found issues with it. But one thing seems consistent, and that is the praise for Jon Bernthal's incredible performance as Frank Castle. 

You can read through a collection of excerpts from some of the reviews that I've read below. I'm still excited to watch the series for myself, but after reading some of these reviews, it was hard not to lower my expectations a bit. Read the reviews and tell us what you think!

The Wrap:

I almost want to declare the existence of this “Punisher” show a miracle. I don’t know, really, what I was expecting from it, because from the moment it was announced it didn’t really feel like it fit with the other Marvel shows on Netflix. And aside from a few appearances by Karen Page (Deborah Ann Woll) and a couple cameos by very minor characters from other shows, it really does just go its own way. And thank the Lord for that, because I like watching legitimately good TV shows. And “The Punisher,” somehow, is legitimately good.

Indie Wire:

For a show which seemed, given the timing of its launch, to be so controversial, its most controversial element is its lack of controversy. Frank Castle does some bad things, but nothing as bad as what happens in America on a regular basis. As a narrative about veterans trying to find their place in the world, “The Punisher” has something to say. But it could have been so much shorter, and its placement in the Marvel universe feels tangential at best.

CBR:

Bernthal delivers one of the strongest performance of his career, and of Marvel’s Netflix dramas. Although it’s a little difficult to imagine The Punisher as a multi-season series — how long can his crusade continue without losing its emotional resonance and devolving into farce? — these first six episodes are so engaging, so challenging and so unlike the rest of the previous offerings in Marvel’s Netflix stable, that most viewers will undoubtedly be willing to sign on for another tour of duty.

Collider:

The Punisher is riveting, politically adventurous entertainment, willing to get mired in the complexity of a nation that has come to define itself through the incalculable damage and untold amounts of killings done in the name of peace. When the need to set-up, reiterate, or preempt the plot becomes its more prominent concern, however, it’s emblematic of everything wrong with comic-book adaptations, on TV or elsewhere.

Uproxx:

It’s a conundrum: The Punisher is most effective when its title character is indiscriminately slaughtering his foes, but that’s also when it most consistently evokes the kinds of real-life horrors that pushed the premiere back once, and could have kept pushing it back indefinitely. There may hopefully be a time when Frank’s actions don’t instantly recall horrors from our world, but that version of his story will still need to be told much more compellingly than this.

The Daily Dot:

Netflix released all 13 episodes to critics, and despite strong performances from Bernthal, Walcott and Moss-Bachrach (Micro), it was a slog to reach the end. I found myself thinking back to Person of Interest, which did a better job with similar material. Its main characters were an ex-CIA vigilante and his hacker partner, battling shadowy enemies in the military-industrial complex. Even in the framework of a formulaic CBS crime show, it was more satisfying than Marvel’s attempt at serious long-form drama.

Forbes:

The Punisher is the show Marvel Television needed. It’s the show that proves there might just be hope yet for the studio’s small screen ambitions. And yes, if we’re judging purely on the act of transforming into a character, Bernthal absolutely deserves an Emmy nomination for this one. His performance has been far elevated from the days of Daredevil.

Polygon:

The Punisher’s first episode is sleepy and repetitive; nothing in it is anything we didn’t see in the second season of Daredevil. Along those same lines, The fifth and sixth episodes already drag more than the others, an indication of the usual mid-season Netflix slump. But at least Punisher’s repetitive beginning is part of the first narratively necessary step in the show’s plot: moving the goalpost on Frank’s revenge.

Variety:

In all, “The Punisher” is not just satisfying but surprising — an interpretation of Netflix and Marvel’s tried-and-true partnership that offers more depth and challenges to the audience than even the gritty world of “Marvel’s Jessica Jones.” Free from superpowers and superheroes, the Marvel universe is more forgiving — and more interesting. Of course, the slightly cartoony Marvel Cinematic Universe is still a world where people named Carson Wolf show up and act as if they are not obviously villains. But “The Punisher’s” place in it is a welcome morass of thorny questions and unresolvable answers. At least in this part of the television landscape, there is room for another antihero.

IGN:

Marvel’s The Punisher did an excellent job reintroducing us to an iconic character, with the help of a brilliant performance from Jon Bernthal. While some of the supporting cast members are less memorable, there is still plenty of time for more character development down the road.

THR:

The Punisher has moments of excitement, moments of bracing violence and a well-cast star at the center. It's also tedious for long stretches, and when it comes to plot details, astoundingly forgettable. The gun stuff is just an unpleasant capper.

Total Film:

Frank begins the 13-episode run alone and assuming a new identity; but it’s when he starts to open up that the man behind the scope begins to emerge. The show may not be to everyone’s tastes – fans may expect something more visceral, despite the fair amount of gore - I just sincerely hope people are patient with it and let the show develop, despite its odd missteps. It’s left me wanting more of The Punisher before even any of The Defenders return – and I’m eager to see what Frank does next.

We Got This Covered:

At the end of the day, for hardcore fans of the character, The Punisher is bound to offer a better experience than the three failed big screen adaptations. But those looking for more escapism in their superhero storytelling might be better off revisiting the other equally dark but less dour Marvel/Netflix shows.

Spectacular New Trailer For Hugh Jackman’s THE GREATEST SHOWMAN – It’s Showtime!

"No one ever made a difference by being like everyone else."

20th Century Fox has released a new trailer for Hugh Jackman's musical The Greatest Showman, which tells the story of P.T. Barman and the creation of his legendary circus. This looks like such a great movie! On top of the great cast, beautiful visual style, and fantastic music, the movie tells quite an inspiring story. I'm excited about taking the family to see this film when it opens up. It looks fantastic! 

Inspired by the imagination of P.T. Barnum, The Greatest Showman is an original musical that celebrates the birth of show business & tells of a visionary who rose from nothing to create a spectacle that became a worldwide sensation.

The film was directed by Michael Gracey and also has a talented supporting cast that includes Michelle WilliamsZac EfronZendaya, and Rebecca Ferguson

The Greatest Showman is set to be released on December 25th and it looks like a movie that you won't want to miss! Watch the trailer and tell us what you think!

SMALLVILLE Actress Allison Mack is Second in Command of an Evil Sex Cult!? What the Hell!?

As you know, Hollywood is currently going through crazy time as every day has been filled with news of sexual misconduct and abuse in Hollywood. People are opening up and sharing terrible stories of how they have been inappropriately treated by others in the industry over the years. I have a feeling this isn't going to end an go away anytime soon. 

Well, now there's an unbelievably crazy shocking report from Daily Mail about Smallville actress Allison Mack. According to insiders, Mack is "second in command" and "key recruiter" of a sex cult called NXIVM DOS “Dominus Obsequious Sororium” that's Latin for "Master Over the Slave Women."

News of the cult was reported on last month in the New York Times who reported that they also brand women with cauterizing rods, and that the leader forces its members to go on “near-starvation diets” to satisfy the leader’s sexual needs. WTF!? You can see some photos of the brands here. The founder and leader of the group along with Mack is Keith Rainere and these women are dedicated to his teachings. 

Below you'll find a testimony giving us some insight on the DOS cult from a former publicist, Frank Parlato, in The Sun:

[Frank Parlato] claims that to join, women are brainwashed into handing over blackmail-worthy material such as pornographic pictures or financial information.

Once they are a member - or “slave” - they are allegedly encouraged to recruit new women into their “slave pods”, stop dating, and be on call 24 hours a day to their “master”.

If they don’t recruit enough "slaves" or respond to their “masters” fast enough, they're beaten with paddles, Parlato claims.

This is insanity! There are apparently 70 to 80 women who are “trapped" in this cult. It's really hard to imagine Allison Mack in this group. She was so damn adorable on Smallville. It's crazy to hear what she's got herself into. It gets even crazier as Mack reportedly has several slaves of her own "who are then ordered to recruit a group of slaves themselves, and it spreads down from there like a pyramid scheme. Mack also supposedly is the one who introduced corporeal punishment to the group.

When women are deemed worthy to enter the group, they are ordered to strip at an initiation ceremony and then branded with a symbol that includes both Raniere and Mack's initials.

We live in a crazy world.

Steven Soderbergh is in Awe of MAD MAX: FURY ROAD and Doesn’t Understand How 100s of People Weren’t Killed Making it

Every filmmaker in Hollywood has their different talents and styles when making their movies. For example, Steven Soderbergh and George Miller, are pretty much the complete opposite of each other when it comes to directing. But that doesn't mean they can't enjoy and be in awe of each other's work.

Soderbergh has great respect for the kinds of films that Miller has made like Mad Max: Fury Road. In fact, during a recent interview with THR, Soderbergh explains that he was in awe of what Miller did with that film and it's the kind of filmmaking that he just doesn't understand. One thing in particular that he points out is that he doesn't understand how hundreds of people didn't die in the making of the movie! When talking about Miller's craft and style, Soderbergh says:

"The ability to stage well is a skill and a talent that I value above almost everything else. And I say that because there are people who do it better than I'll ever be able to do it after 40 years of active study. I just watched Mad Max: Fury Road again last week, and I tell you I couldn't direct 30 seconds of that. I'd put a gun in my mouth. I don't understand how [George Miller] does that, I really don't, and it's my job to understand it. I don't understand two things: I don't understand how they're not still shooting that film and I don't understand how hundreds of people aren't dead.
"I could almost see that's kind of possible until the polecat sequence, and then I give up. We are talking about the ability in three dimensions to break a sequence into a series of shots in which no matter how fast you're cutting you know where you are geographically. And each one is a real shot where a lot of things had to go right. I'm going to keep trying; I'm not going to keep trying in the sense that I'm going to volunteer to direct the next Mad Max movie. I'm going to keep trying in the sense that when I have sequences that demand a certain level of sophistication in terms of their visual staging, I'm going to try and watch the people who do it really well and see if I can climb inside their heads enough to think like that.
"But he's off the chart. I guarantee that the handful of people who are even in range of that, when they saw Fury Road, had blood squirting out of their eyes. The thing with George Miller, it's not just that, he does everything really well. The scripts are great, the performances are great, the ideas are great. He's exceptional. I met him once for about 30 seconds at the Directors Guild Awards in Los Angeles the year of Fury Road. But you don't want to say that stuff to somebody's face; it's embarrassing."

I love that an incredibly talented filmmaker like Soderbergh will come out and praise another filmmaker for their work like this. Every filmmaker has their strengths and weaknesses and in this instance, Soderbergh points out his weakness and Miller's streangths.