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The Goosebumps author turns up as a creepy weirdo in this spine-tingling romp full of villains from his bestselling novels
Creators have been mixing it up with their characters for a while. You can see it in Fellini’s 8½, Woody Allen’s Deconstructing Harry, or, heck, the Warner Bros cartoon Duck Amuck. Then there are the times when it’s not an author character showing up, but the actual author, such as Stephen King in The Dark Tower or Kurt Vonnegut in Breakfast of Champions. Somewhere in between is Charlie Kaufman writing the character Charlie Kaufman for Nicolas Cage to play in Adaptation.
Now this mind-scrambling list needs to find a place for Larry Karaszewski and Scott Alexander’s character Rl Stine – based on the actual creator of the popular Goosebumps novels – who encounters many Goosebumps villains in the new movie called Goosebumps.
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- Jordan Hoffman
Cannes — Global sales and financing house WestEnd Films has acquired international rights to Woody Allen’s “Match Point” and “Scoop,” which further strengthens the company’s collection of Woody Allen films.
WestEnd already holds the rights to 10 Allen movies, including “Everyone Says I Love You,” “Sweet and Lowdown,” “Deconstructing Harry” and “Small Time Crooks.” The films topline such stars as Leonardo DiCaprio, Julia Roberts, Sean Penn, Robin Williams, Billy Crystal and Hugh Grant.
2005 movie “Match Point,” which stars Brian Cox, Matthew Goode, Scarlett Johansson, Emily Mortimer, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Penelope Wilton, was nominated for an Oscar in 2006 for original screenplay. 2006 film “Scoop” stars Allen, Hugh Jackman, Johansson and Ian McShane.
WestEnd was co-founded by Eve Schoukroun, Maya Amsellem and Sharon Harel-Cohen, the founder of Capitol Films. Its line-up includes “Shepherds and Butchers” by Oliver Schmitz, starring Steve Coogan and Andrea Riseborough, »
- Leo Barraclough
Now in his fifth decade of movie-making, you might assume that Robert Zemeckis’ stature as a director would make it easy to attract funding for a new project. Not so. His latest feature, The Walk, took a decade to get to cinemas, a decade during which multiple investors passed on a film they didn’t see as slotting in to a tried and tested category. Based on the true story of Philippe Petit’s 1974 high-wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center, you can see their point. Part salute to the ineffable act of artistic creation, part theme park attraction, The Walk doesn’t pigeonhole easily. But then, Zemeckis’ films rarely do.
The enforced wait turned out to be fortuitous. In that ten years, digital and 3D technology »
Mark Cousins is a philanthropist of cinema, plain and simple. A decade before his incredible 15-hour documentary — which originally premiered as 15 one-hour TV episodes — “The Story Of Film: An Odyssey,” Cousins was already down the rabbit hole of film history with another TV venture, “Scene By Scene.” “Scene By Scene” ran for 24 episodes on the BBC from 1999 to 2000, and was made of in-depth interviews with some of the finest directors and actors working at the time, from Martin Scorsese and David Lynch, to Brian de Palma and Woody Allen (to hardly scratch the surface). According to a brief statement by Cousins, the series hit some copyright issues and hasn’t seen the light of day in a decade. But the man wanted these interviews out there. So, with the help of editor Timo Lager, Cousins has put together two 90 minute mash-ups of “Scene By Scene” and the first has now hit the Internet. »
- Gary Garrison
Stranger in a Bland Land: Scott’s Toilsome Return to Space
Ridley Scott, who is on the same annual cinematic trajectory as Woody Allen when it comes to churning out films, returns again to sci-fi with The Martian, an adaptation of Andy Weir’s novel. Fans of the source material will already know the title is somewhat of a misnomer, as this is one epic from Scott that doesn’t include an extra-terrestrial presence. Thematically, this is family friendly stuff, of the Ron Howard Apollo 13 ilk, and the film’s visual power, featuring the work of Scott’s returning DoP Dariusz Wolski, makes this 3D space epic seem superbly outfitted. But, as many have often criticized Scott as regards his recent output, it also lacks key components that made his earlier classics timeless—dramatic tension, spectacular thrills, and memorable characters. Instead, this rather feels like a sharply dressed rescue mission procedural, »
- Nicholas Bell
Each month, several films and TV shows leave Netflix’s catalogue. We provide a list of titles leaving the platform, along with a selection of titles that may interest you. Feel free to note anything we've left out in the comments below. Most of Netflix’s offerings leave the site October 1, which means there’s precious little time to watch them all. But if you want to drop everything and start streaming before it’s too late, here are a few suggestions: For chill dudes: The Big Lebowski (1998) As the Dude, Jeff Bridges stumbles through L.A. in Joel and Ethan Coen’s Zen-like modern noir. The Big Lebowski is as memorable as it is impossible to describe in a blurb, and it’s definitely worth a bit of your streaming time. Leaving October 1. But that’s just our opinion, man. For neurotics: Annie Hall (1977) One of Woody Allen’s best movies, »
Meet some of the best directors working today, who haven't gone down the blockbuster movie route...
Ever find it a bit lame when the same big name directors get kicked around for every high profile project? Christopher Nolan, Jj Abrams, maybe the Russo Brothers? With so much focus on blockbuster films these days, getting a major franchise job seems like the main acknowledgement of success for a filmmaker. And yes, both the financial and creative rewards can be great. But there are plenty of other directors out there, doing their own thing, from art house auteurs to Dtv action specialists.
Here are 25 examples.
Even if you don’t know his name, you’ve probably seen Lee Hardcastle’s ultraviolent claymations shared on social media. He first started getting noticed for his two-minute remake of The Thing, starring the famous stop motion penguin Pingu. Far from just a cheap one-joke mash-up, »
Written by Rebecca Miller
Directed by Rebecca Miller
Is it sexist, or at the very least unfair, to compare Rebecca Miller’s Maggie’s Plan to the works of Noah Baumbach and Woody Allen, but with a tone of derision? Either way, it’s hard to divorce Miller’s manic wit and preoccupation with middle-class white folks from the filmographies of those aforementioned auteurs. But why is that so? Lots of directors, regardless of gender, can be funny and can focus their stories around said demographic. Perhaps it’s because Maggie’s Plan seems to explicitly emulate the tone those directors often imbue in their films. It seems to be Miller’s intention to make one of those films, sort of, but with a female perspective. It’s admirable, but it doesn’t make for a great film.
The root of the problem might be that »
- Kyle Turner
Paris– After purging Canal Plus from its key execs, Vincent Bollore’s Vivendi is shaking up the company’s thriving film banner, Studiocanal. Oliver Courson, the prexy of Studiocanal, is leaving the company and is getting replaced by Didier Lupfer, who was recently tapped president of Canal Plus’ film division.
Vivendi also announced its acquisition of a 30-percent stake in Stephane Celerier’s Mars Films, a Paris-based leading distributor known for handling the biggest American indies and French hits. Celerier joins Studiocanal as vice president of the studio.
Celerier will however remain boss of Mars Films as his contract with Vivendi allows him to keep distributing acquisitions made via Mars. He will also be free to hand out international rights of in-house productions to third-party sales agents. Snd, for instance, is handling worldwide sales on his new project “Two is a Family” with Omar Sy.
Over the years, Celerier, who »
- Elsa Keslassy
There comes a time in everyone's life when they realize that nothing lasts forever. This is that time. It's going to be painful, but we can make it through together. Now what are we talking about, exactly? We're talking about the fact that two of the most classic movies in the history of Hollywood will be leaving Netflix in just three short days. Try to keep it together. The streaming service just announced their lineup of additions and removals for the month of October and included the disturbing news: Annie Hall and The Big Lebowski will no longer be available. No longer will you be able to enjoy The Dude's wild antics. No longer will you cringe at Woody Allen's neurosis. No »
Read More: 'Boogie Nights,' 'Beasts of No Nation' and More Coming to Netflix This October (Plus Indiewire's Picks) "Netflix giveth, and Netflix taketh away." Cinephiles, start your streaming engines: There's only a few days left to stream some of Netflix's most popular titles, including acclaimed dramas from Terrence Malick, Oscar-winning hits from Woody Allen and some of the horror genre's most celebrated masterpieces. Check out all of the titles leaving Netflix next month below, including Indiewire's own picks on what to stream before it's too late. Synopses provided by Netflix. Leaving 10/1 Indiewire Pick: "A Nightmare on Elm Street" (1984)Years after being burned alive by angry parents, child killer Freddy Krueger returns to haunt the dreams and waking hours of small-town teens. Honor the late Wes Craven, and get a jump on Halloween almost a month early, by streaming this legendary horror classic. "Analyze That" »
- Zack Sharf
When we met Ridley Scott in a plush London hotel one September afternoon, the director was relaxed and jovial. And well he should be; his latest film, The Martian, has already garnering glowing notices, and for our money, it's Scott's best film in years. The story of astronaut Mark Watney and his struggles to survive alone and hungry on the hostile surface of Mars, it's full of humour, drama and eye-popping visuals.
As the film opens in the UK, we were lucky enough to talk to Scott about all kinds of movies from his voluminous body of work, including Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, The Counsellor and lots more, all leading up to his plans for the three Prometheus movies he wants to make, and finally, »
Jonathan Rosenbaum talks with Fabrice Aragno about working with Jean-Luc Godard and with Oja Kodar about working with Orson Welles. He's also posted his essays on Godard and Anne-Marie Miéville's Soft and Hard, on Frank Tashlin and on Fritz Lang's M. Also in today's roundup: interviews with David Wain, John Waters, Kim Novak and Nicolas Winding Refn; two books on Woody Allen; a new package of films by Patricio Guzmán; The Rocky Horror Picture Show at 40; an appreciation of Peter Bogdanovich's Texasville; Danny Boyle's confirmed that a sequel to Trainspotting is in the works—and more. » - David Hudson »
When Woody Allen re-edited and overdubbed Japanese spy film International Secret Police: Key of Keys into absurdist comedy What's Up Tiger Lily in 1966, I'm fairly certain that he didn't see this coming. The French directorial duo Nicolas Charlet and Bruno Lavaine have dug through legendary European distributor Canal+'s immense catalog to create one of the most unique and hilarious cinematic experiences of 2015 with In Search of the Ultra-Sex. At times pastiche, at time loving homage, but always laugh-out-loud hilarious, Ultra-Sex pieces together dozens of different exploitation films into a single surprisingly coherent whole that never skimps on laughs. What could have been an unbearably tedious naval-gazing experiment is instead a rousingly funny film with far more to offer than any synopsis could possibly...
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It's a stacked weekend with some notable holdovers and a pair of strong-performing limited releases from last weekend set to expand. Add to that a trio of newcomers including the latest from Nancy Meyers, an animated sequel and the curious decision from Jason Blum's newly formed Bh Tilt to bring the long-delayed cannibal horror feature The Green Inferno to over 1,500 theaters. Let's peel this onion one layer at a time... Likely to easily top the box office is Hotel Transylvania 2, the animated sequel featuring the voice of Adam Sandler as Dracula and recent Emmy host Andy Samberg, along with a fleet of additional, top tier voice talents. The first film hit theaters on the same weekend three years ago, opening with $42.5 million from 3,349 theaters, and Sony has added 404 theaters to that 2012 number in hopes of making sure they top the first feature. In the sequel's favor, the original had strong legs, »
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Yet a swimming pool splash-about with Kyle MacLachlan in Robocop director Paul Verhoeven's 1995 skin flick Showgirls - the Us's first and only big-budget Nc-17 - unfortunately torpedoed her career before it began.
But as Showgirls celebrates its 20th anniversary this week, having been reappraised and reborn as a midnight movie regular, a musical masterpiece (tagline: "Singing. Dancing. Tits") and a classic exploitation film of our time (not our words, but Jim Jarmusch's), we look at what happened to the actress best known as Nomi Malone.
1. She won two Razzies
Paul Verhoeven looks back on Showgirls, twenty years on. Also in today's roundup: Alex Ross Perry on Eli Roth's The Green Inferno, plus essays on Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom, Abel Ferrara’s King of New York, Frank Borzage's History is Made at Night, James Dean, nitrate (and the past and future of cinema) and Ti West; interviews with Bruce Beresford, Christine Vachon and Ramin Bahrani; video of Woody Allen on Goodfellas and Martin Scorsese on five films that have influenced him over the years. And more. » - David Hudson »
The UK has seen a pretty awesome summer in 2013 compared to recent years. But as brilliant as constant sunshine is a welcome change to the usual rain in June or snow in April, some of us here at Digital Spy can't help but choose autumn as our favourite season of the year. And autumn has arrived today!
Sun is still around, a cool breeze is in the year, trees and falling leaves look like a beautiful painting, and we can start wearing cosy jumpers. So for those who love this time of year, DS has compiled a list of 12 great autumnal movies for the 12 equinox hours to get you in the mood.
While the time-travel elements may be confusing and make little sense, this underrated gem reunites Speed's Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock in a film that really showcases the beauty of autumn throughout.
With much »
Xoxo, fashionistas! Blake Lively was snapped looking stunning in a lamé dress on the set of Woody Allen's upcoming, untitled film on Friday, Sept. 18. But while the actress was clearly embodying her old-school character (the film is set in the '40s), we think she was channeling someone else, too: her Gossip Girl character, Serena van der Woodsen. Lively, 28, who stars opposite Kristen Stewart in the movie, worked her assets as only Serena could (and would!) in the plunging metallic number, which also boasted an open [...] »
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