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Today on Trailers from Hell, Alan Spencer takes on Charles Chrichton's 1988 comedy classic, "A Fish Called Wanda," starring John Cleese, Jamie Lee Curtis and Kevin Kline. A comic crime caper stuffed with eccentric supporting characters, "A Fish Called Wanda" is in the best tradition of British comedies like "The Lavender Hill Mob." That should be no surprise because the director, Charles Crichton, is responsible for both. Crichton's amazing career began in the thirties as an editor on "Things to Come" and "Thief of Bagdad" and ended in 1998 with "Wanda," co-written with star John Cleese. The film was enormously successful winning an Academy Award for co-star Kevin Kline and BAFTA Awards for Cleese and Michael Palin for Best Actor and Supporting Actor. »
- Trailers From Hell
As a composer, I'm quick to acknowledge the role of music in setting the tone for a horror film, and while theme songs with lyrics and vocals can be just as effective as an instrumental score, there are definitely risks involved: along with clothing and hairstyles, songs tend to anchor a film to the year it was made, and as tastes change, a pop tune can be exposed as a quaint and silly relic of its decade. Then again, some of those tracks were pretty goofy to begin with, and nothing could have saved them. With that said, I love every one of these oddball themes to death (even the truly painful ones), so I'd like to share with you the best of the weirdest, straight from one of my more... uh, let's say “eccentric” party playlists. Let's rock! Fat Boys: “Are You Ready for Freddy?” (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, »
- Gregory Burkart
In writer-director David Ayer’s last law-enforcement drama, the remarkable “End of Watch,” there wasn’t a moment that didn’t feel lived-in and true. The same cannot be said of Ayer’s “Sabotage,” a gruesome and frequently preposterous B-grade actioner about an elite team of DEA agents who run afoul of a ruthless Mexican cartel — and each other. That the team’s battle-scarred leader is played by Arnold Schwarzenegger, in the best and most substantial of his post-Governator comeback roles, gives a mild kick to this otherwise strained attempt at a latter-day “Wild Bunch” or “Treasure of the Sierra Madre” updated to the mean streets of metro Atlanta. Likely to repel even some of the hard-r action crowd with its intentionally scuzzy milieu and lack of a rooting interest, this $35 million Open Road release will be hard-pressed to top sleeper hit “End of Watch’s” $41 million domestic haul.
- Scott Foundas
Fear can be a strange thing. It can pop up at unexpected moments, and for unexplainable reasons. While some people can have irrational fears of things like clowns and spiders, there are a select few who fear places meant to be a safe haven for people in their time of need. A place that always seems to garner a mixed feeling of either dread or serenity is a hospital. They’re big buildings full of many individuals, and yet they always feel so empty. It could be the dull colors, the odd silence, or the cold that drifts down its many dark hallways that makes one uneasy. Or maybe it’s the aroma of rubbing alcohol and latex that triggers an unpleasant past experience for a person. All of these things are enough to make one think of a horror movie, because they are the perfect setting for disastrous events. »
- Amanda Tullos
Recorded Picture Company
Sex sells. Or, as Peter Stringfellow may or may not have once said, “If you build it, they will come.” Sex permeates every aspect of our daily lives, from advertisements to TV shows to book covers to – if we’re lucky – actual rufty. And ever since the early days, when people were cowering at the great phallic steam train pulling into a station and jutting out of the screen right into their faces (don’t even get me started on the 3D version), sex has been a huge part of cinema too. In fact, we’ve often celebrated the bravest and boldest of sex on the silver screen. Which was difficult, because there’s a lot out there to choose from, as Wikipedia puts it in its own inimitably cold, robotic way: “Many actors and actresses have exposed at least parts of their bodies or dressed and »
- Tom Baker
Sure, we all love admiring Kate Upton's sexy supermodel curves and jamming to Selena Gomez's pop hits. But did you know that the two beauties were actually the same age?! Believe it or not, they were both born in 1992. Other surprising celeb duos who are the same age include Mad Men star Jon Hamm and charismatic Dallas Buyers Club Oscar winner Jared Leto. Both men were born 1971, which is startling since the 30 Seconds to Mars frontman barely looks 30! Madonna and Freaky Friday actress Jamie Lee Curtis also share the same birth year (1958)—who do you think looks younger? »
Feature Ryan Lambie 19 Mar 2014 - 06:21
The 1977 docu-drama Pumping Iron launched Schwarzenegger's career, and led to an era of fitness obsession and action heroes, Ryan writes...
In February 1976, the Whitney Museum in New York played host to a highly unusual exhibit: Arnold Schwarzenegger, clad in little more than a tiny pair of brown briefs, posing like a Greek statue on a rotating platform. Around him, some of the Manhattan art scene's most famous critics sat and pontificated.
Called Articulate Muscle: The Male Body In Art, the exhibition included two fellow Mr Universe bodybuilders, Frank Zane and Ed Corney, plus a panel of artists and historians, who discussed the notion of "the body itself as an art medium". The event was inspired and organised by Charles Gaines, a former weight lifter and author of the book Pumping Iron, a candid and in-depth account of bodybuilding with photographs by George Butler.
Originally expected to attract around 300 visitors, »
Ashton Holmes has secured the co-starring role opposite Jamie Lee Curtis in CBS’ untitled David Marshall Grant pilot, formerly known as Only Human. The medical drama, from Carl Beverly and Sarah Timberman’s Timberman/Beverly and CBS TV Studios, is based on an Israeli format, revolves around quadruplets — three brothers and a sister — who grew up on a reality show. Curtis will play their mother, Caroline Lang, a dynamic and distinguished physician who now runs the hospital. Anna Brewster has also been cast as the sister, Diana, a doctor who has dedicated her life to research. Related: 2014 CBS Pilots Holmes, repped by Apa, Intellectual Artists Management and attorney David Feldman, will play Gary, possibly the most brilliant of the Lang quadruplets, who left medical school to travel the world and find himself before a near-death experience impels him to head back Stateside to the loved ones he left behind. When »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The Veronica Mars movie is finally here. Let’s check in with the folks we used to be friends with, a long time ago.
In the last decade, two mysteries have surrounded Veronica Mars—how did it manage to be so awesome? And how did more people not realize it was so awesome? These mysteries fueled about a gazillion articles on every entertainment publication out there—including TheBacklot.
Since a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign, a third mystery was added: Could a movie recapture the magic of the show we loved?
Well, my fellow marshmallows, I am happy to report that mystery is solved and the answer is “yes.”
It’s going to be tough to talk about the new Vm movie to avoid spoilers, but I’m going to do my best. The biggest problem is that the whole thing is a gigantic spoiler because it tells you what became of »
- Chris O'Guinn
The "Veronica Mars" movie was released on Friday, in a limited number of theaters, via various digital and On Demand platforms, and through digital downloads that came as one of the Kickstarter rewards. (Though I understand there have been some glitches with that.) I already reviewed the film in advance, but there are certain things I didn't want to talk about until many of you had seen it. So spoilers coming up just as soon as I'm a Hooters barback... The best thing about the movie was how much it made me want to see another one — not just because I thought Rob Thomas, Diane Ruggiero and Kristen Bell did such a great job of making Veronica work as an adult character, but because the unusual circumstances of this movie's creation meant it had to be made in a very particular way. I respect the idea that Thomas wanted to »
- Alan Sepinwall
The long-awaited Veronica Mars movie is officially available this weekend! Whether you're waiting for your Kickstarter reward digital download to arrive, to catch the film in theaters this weekend, or to rent it on VOD for a home viewing session (because it just feels right watching Veronica Mars on your own couch, right?), Mars fans (or "Marshmallows") will be rushing to see it. And they won't be disappointed: Many Mars alum do appear. But there are also cameos by famous fans of the original show (or just friends of star Kirsten Bell?) who appear throughout. Here's the rundown.Jamie Lee Curtis as Veronica's potential employer Gayle Buckley. Switched at Birth's Ryan Lane as Veronica's waiting room competition. Ira Glass of "This American Life" as himself. (There are even a bunch of "Tal" staffers in the background, too.) Jerry O'Connell as Sheriff Dan Lamb, brother of Don Lamb. Gaby Hoffmann »
- Lindsey Weber
Everyone has that one cinematic brawl that sticks with him or her. They buy special edition Blu-rays to watch the glorious scenes in high definition, wear shirts sporting their favorite competitor, and even engage in debates with other fans about which character they think would win if the duel occurred in real life. With The Raid 2 coming out soon, what better time to look back on best fight scenes that genre films have to offer? Read on to see which conflicts make the list, and keep an eye out for The Raid 2, which is set to release on March 28th, 2014. 20. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan - Rooftop Scene Although it may seem a little campy, Julius deserves a ton of credit for being one of the only people to stand up and fight Jason Voorhees, instead of just running away. Julius lands nearly all of his blows, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Chicago – A TV movie for the silver screen, “Veronica Mars” is a historical film that was Kickstarted into existence by the will of 91,585 backers. Now, it stands like a crossroads in the intersection between TV and film, showing that what may work in TV doesn’t necessarily make for a great film.
Our world is introduced/re-introduced to the universe of “Veronica Mars” with a slideshow and voiceover, which could be the opening credits for the original TV show for all I know. After the catchup we find our title hero (played with lightness by Kristen Bell) interviewing for a job at a law firm, where her potential boss Gayle Buckley (Jamie Lee Curtis) helps fill in more background with obvious exposition. We learn not long after that Veronica has a boyfriend (Chris Lowell) as well, who has become a good-humored support despite her history that everyone seems to know about. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Veronica Mars - what a perfect name for a heroine. It's one of the great hardboiled names, worthy of being ranked alongside old-school dames like Mildred Pierce and Dolores Claiborne. You know any Veronica Mars worth her salt will have a certain toughness. She'll be from the school of hard knocks or the wrong side of the tracks. Or both. In either case, she'll have learned right from wrong. She is nobody's fool. It's so good to have her back. The new movie Veronica Mars is based on and stars many of the original cast members from the cult TV series, »
- Tom Gliatto, PEOPLE TV Critic
Nick Jandl (Green Lantern) and Cameron Scoggins (The Happy Sad) have signed on to CBS’ untitled David Marshall Grant drama pilot, from CBS TV Studios and Timberman-Beverly. The soapy medical show, based on an Israeli format, revolves around quadruplets – three brothers and a sister – who grew up on a reality show. Jandl, repped by Greater Vision Artists, will play Jonathan, the oldest of the quadruplets who’s fresh out of his residency and new to Easton Hospital, an eminent institution headed by his mother (Jamie Lee Curtis). Scoggins, repped by Gersh and Perennial Entertainment, will play Michael, another one of the quadruplets who runs an inner-city clinic. Katherine Herzer has been cast in CBS drama pilot Madam Secretary, from CBS Studios and Revelation Entertainment. Written by Barbara Hall and directed by Dave Semel, the project explores the personal and professional life of maverick female Secretary of State Elizabeth McGill (Tea Leoni »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Kristen Bell is back as Veronica Mars, this time playing the small-town detective on the big screen. It's the movie adaptation that the fans literally made happen, thanks to a rapidly funded Kickstarter campaign that raised the money in record time.
The movie finds Veronica in New York, having just finished law school and interviewing for high-powered law firms. Until, that is, her ex, Logan Echolls (Jason Dohring) is accused of murdering his famous girlfriend. It's up to Veronica to go home and set the record straight, even if it puts her newfound success at risk.
Moviefone caught up with Bell by phone as she talked about the show's loyal fans, securing the film's many cameos, and why she's the next Bill Shatner.
Moviefone: Can you believe how fast the money was raised for this movie?
Kristen Bell: No, I was slack-jawed. I am an idealist and an optimist »
- Sharon Knolle
The first day on set of the “Veronica Mars” movie, director Rob Thomas was so excited to get started that he called “action” before the cameras had even begun rolling. Kristen Bell and Jason Dohring, who play the namesake character and her former and future lover, respectively, giggled hysterically. Especially when, on the second day on set, Thomas did the exact same thing, this time in front of Jamie Lee Curtis. The entire production crew subsequently broke out in laughter, Thomas told Variety.
The film, a revival of the CW’s Network’s detective show that was cancelled in 2007, was greenlit after 91,585 fans contributed $5.7 million to a Kickstarter campaign — $3.7 million more than the director asked for. The first $2 million was raised in roughly 11 hours and broke Kickstarter records. That fan dedication also swayed Warner Bros. into agreeing to distribute the film domestically.
“Veronica Mars” premiered in at SXSW in Austin »
- Alexandra Cheney
Director: Rob Thomas.
Running Time: 105 minutes.
Synopsis: Having put her time growing up in Neptune, California behind her, Veronica Mars (Kristen Bell) is on the cusp of becoming a high-class lawyer. The same day she completes an important interview, she finds herself drawn back to her hometown after ex-boyfriend Logan (Jason Dohring) asks for her help in clearing his name when he finds himself on murder charges.
First things first, you do not need to be a huge fan of the television series to enjoy this film. Much like Joss Whedon’s big screen adaptation of Firefly, Serenity, the film manages to include fans of the original format without alienating the uninitiated. The opening minutes act as a kind of ‘previously on Veronica Mars’, refreshing those that haven’t seen »
- Kat Smith
Watch 7 clips from Warner Bros. Pictures' "Veronica Mars," starring Kristen Bell, James Franco, Krysten Ritter, Gaby Hoffmann, Tina Majorino, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen, Justin Long, Jamie Lee Curtis, Julie Gonzalo and Dax Shepard. Veronica Mars has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her on the eve of graduating law school. While interviewing at high-end law firms, Veronica gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don’t seem right with how Logan’s case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind. Diane Ruggiero and Rob Thomas wrote the script for the film helmed by Thomas, which opens in theaters from March 14th, 2014. »
As horror fans, we make it our business to know the most obscure details about our favorite films. We watch the bonus features on the Special Edition releases of our favorite DVDs; we read retrospectives and interviews in support of our most beloved titles. But even the most diligent fan is bound to miss something along the way. So, to help you get the lowdown, we're launching a new segment that rounds up some lesser-known trivia from your favorite horror films.
For this installment, we're setting our sights on the 1978 classic Halloween. Most horror fans probably know that the Michael Myers mask used in Halloween was a William Shatner mask with a few modifications but we have uncovered some lesser-known facts for your reading enjoyment. Feast your eyes on 10 things you may not have known about John Carpenter’s Halloween.
The man who portrayed ‘The Shape’ later collaborated with John Carpenter »
- Tyler Doupe
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