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Set some ten years after the events of the cancelled cult WB series, Kristen Bell reprises her signature role as wisecracking title character in Veronica Mars: The Movie. The film was only made possible by passionate fans who went out of their way finically to assure the Kickstarter campaign would see the young amateur sleuth’s return. Creator Rob Thomas directs the film and brings a number of original cast back together for more fun-filled and thrilling mysteries.
We can now confirm the film will arrive in Us cinemas on the 14th March 2014. In addition, we have the first clip.
- Craig Hunter
Ranked: The 100 Best Christmas Movies of All Time Your survival guide to those TBS and ABC Family marathons. By: Matt Patches 100. All I Want for Christmas It's like House Arrest, but with all of the charm replaced by tinsel. Not based on the Mariah Carey song (but maybe it would have been better if it had been?). Worth one viewing for Leslie Nielsen as “Santa.” 99. Christmas with the Kranks Awful people celebrate Christmas too, you know! Based on a novel by John Grisham, the quality of this Tim Allen/Jamie Lee Curtis comedy depends mostly on one's tolerance for oafish comedy and the manufactured elements of the holiday. 98. Santa with Muscles Starring Hulk Hogan as a millioniare-bodybuilder-turned-amnesiac-mall-Santa-crime-fighter, Santa with Muscles is a bonkers Christmas adventure that might have been better as a Yahoo Serious vehicle. Maybe. 97. Fred Claus Meet the Parents director David Dobkins throws millions at [...] »
- Matt Patches
Hey Everyone- Happy Holiday Season! Hard to believe it’s already this time of year but the holidays are officially upon us now. We here at Daily Dead thought would make for the perfect time to launch our brand new Holiday Gift Guide. Over the next several weeks, Daily Dead is going to be posting some of our favorite gift items and ideas for all the horror and sci-fi lovers in your life (and if that means you, well- you deserve a gift or two this year, right?).
Every Monday through Friday, be sure to check back here at Daily Dead for a collection of great gift ideas- from movies to books to collectibles to soundtracks to t-shirts and other apparel to even items like a Nightmare on Elm Street toaster- we’re going to be bringing you an extensive array of gift choices for horror fans of all ages »
- Heather Wixson
A simple story of a street gang terrorizing a soon-to-be abandoned police station while the inhabitants within fight for their lives, Assault on Precinct 13 is surprisingly touching and a great example of Carpenter’s economy as a filmmaker, as the film is lean and packs quite a punch. While the plot sounds flimsy, it’s Carpenter’s care for his characters, creating real people we care about, in extraordinary circumstances that make it work on so many levels rather than becoming a mindless action film.
Officer Bishop (Austin Stoker) has been assigned to watch the titular precinct for the evening until it can be officially closed down and emptied out the next day. For one night of terror, along with a couple of convicts en route to another facility (Martin West and Tony Burton) and the precinct’s remaining staff (Nancy Loomis and Laurie Zimmer), Bishop and the others »
- Derek Botelho
Ahh, that beautiful tradition. So entertaining, so succulent, so magical. Yes, it’s that time of year again – New Girl‘s Thanksgiving episode! More represented in the show than any other holiday, every Thanksgiving episode has been a real treat. Who could forget “Parents,” last year’s Thanksgiving episode in which Joan and Bob Day (Jamie Lee Curtis and Rob Reiner, respectively) come and stay with the gang? It gave us that Nickest of Nick punchlines – “Jess! I think I’m into your mom!”, and his close relationship with Bob sowed the seeds for his and Jess’ future relationship, I think.
That lovely reversal of the usual father/boyfriend dynamic, of Bob disapproving of Nick because he feels that he and Nick are too much alike, gave the episode real festive heart. Same with the previous year’s “Thanksgiving,” when Paul (Justin Long) struggled to find a foothold with Nick »
- Rob Batchelor
Hello, Newbies! I’ll be subbing in for Lanford this week as she is jet-setting to her family home for Thanksgiving and I’m home alone with my cats. I like to think I’m whimsical like Winston with Ferguson — although I draw the line at taking showers with a cat. Let’s recap!
It’s the third Thanksgiving for the New Girl gang and a lot has changed — last year, Nick fell for Jess’s mom played by the incomparable Jamie Lee Curtis. Now, Coach is back, Schmidt is out of the apartment (but just down the hall), and Nick and Jess are together. »
- Maricela Gonzalez
Paul Risker on Katniss Everdeen and the dystopian sci-fi role model....
Woman, says Caroline Williams, has been a “prize, there to be defeated, destroyed or possessed.” Regardless a number of female protagonists have provided a strong representation of femininity, from the inaugural “Final Girl” Jamie Lee Curtis, Alien’s Ellen Ripley, The Silence of the Lambs' Clarice Starling, Terminator’s Sarah Connor to Pollyanna
McIntosh’s The Woman.
From the perspective of the narrative’s antagonists all of these women were a “prize, there to be defeated, destroyed or possessed.” In spite of this each has symbolised feminine strength, and served as cinematic role models; celebrated and reviled in equal measure. The same is true of cinema’s latest feminine role model - The Hunger Games’ Katniss Everdeen, who proceeds to contribute to this heritage of feminine strength - celebrated by the films young audience, male and female, and »
- Gary Collinson
Creator: Elizabeth Meriwether
Running Time: 545 Mins
Fox’s New Girl has, unsurprisingly, been incredibly successful all over the world and I think it’s safe to say that a huge portion of that success is due to the shows wonderful leading lady Zooey Deschanel. Deschanel has a remarkable exuberance and energy that flows throughout her performance in almost every project she is part of from Elf to 500 Days Of Summer and even managed to improve M. Night Shyamalan’s atrocious The Happening. This is certainly not lacking in New Girl as Deschanel’s character Jess is as bubbly and quirky as ever. She also conveys an innocence to the audience that is finely balanced with an audacious personality that straddles the line between kind and confident perfectly. Either way it’s very hard not to fall head »
- Ben Read
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Adam Levine accepts his award for Sexiest Man Alive.
Jeff4Justice talks »
Monty Python fans everywhere woke up on Tuesday to the exciting news of an official reunion.
Since 1983's The Meaning of Life, the surviving members have yet to embark on a proper, official Monty Python project together. However, John Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam and Eric Idle are to reunite for a special stage production.
As Eddie Izzard wrote on Twitter: "Monty Python reforming to do a gig is as big as The Beatles reforming to do a gig."
To mark this monumental comedy moment, Digital Spy takes a look back at 30 years of near-misses, almosts-but-not-quites and other mini-reunions that have led to today's (November 21) press conference.
Released shortly after The Meaning of Life, this comedy was written by Graham Chapman, alongside Peter Cook and Python collaborator Bernard McKenna. Centred around Chapman's pirate who is imprisoned for tax evasion, it also starred John Cleese and Eric Idle in minor roles. »
The title "Master of Horror" is thrown around quite a bit. Often it’s warranted but sometimes not so much. In the case of filmmaker John Carpenter, however, you cannot heap enough accolades upon him.
Although he is one of the forerunners of the modern slasher sub-genre of horror, Carpenter’s credits go far beyond that. He is not only a true master of horror, but an incredibly diverse and talented filmmaker.
In honor of Scream Factory's November 19th Collector’s Edition Blu-ray/DVD combo pack release of Assault on Precinct 13, we thought we'd sort through his impressive body of work and give you our Top 10 John Carpenter Films.
From celebrating Halloween in Haddonfield to escaping from New York and experiencing big trouble in China, Carpenter’s films are as diverse as they are entertaining. With honorable mentions to his first movie, Dark Star; the enchanting Starman; and anthology »
- Scott Hallam
New Girl will be getting very crowded during an upcoming episode.
The Hollywood Reporter has learned that previous guest stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Rob Reiner, Angela Kinsey and Jessica Chaffin have all booked returns -- and Ben Falcone will be making his first appearance on the Fox comedy during the same episode.
"Birthday," which does not have a confirmed premiere date, will include birthday festivities for Jess (Zooey Deschanel) -- as the title implies. It also marks the first time since the sophomore season's Thanksgiving episode that Curtis and Reiner have reprised their roles as Jess' parents, Joan and Bob Day.
Falcone, the Bridesmaids actor whose most recent TV credits include »
- Michael O'Connell
On this episode of The Golden Briefcase Breakdown, hosts Tim & Jeremy are joined by guest Andy Triefenbach (from #176) of Destroy the Brain for a spoiler-filled discussion on John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic Halloween starring Jamie Lee Curtis, and also briefly glaze over its subsequent sequels. The purpose of Breakdown episodes is to to ponder, discuss and challenge the films that we feel often need more than just a simple review. We breakdown the film to discuss plots and theories in order to better understand the director's vision and hopefully challenge our listeners at home to re-evaluate the way they watch cinema. Extra episodes of Tgb Breakdown will be arriving about every month, and will appear here in addition to all of our regular weekly Golden Briefcase episodes. Beware - every episode of Tgb Breakdown will contain Spoilers for the films in discussion (most of Carpenter's Halloween movies). You've been Warned! »
- Tim Buel
We frequently disagree with mainstream critics on their critiques of horror films. It seems as though the majority of entertainment journalists are not able to accept horror films for what they are intended to do: scare the audience and entertain. Not every horror film is meant to be taken seriously or to make a profound statement and we think that’s ok.
We are left wondering if mainstream film critics dismiss horror films as a lesser art form and perhaps tend to view them as not worth their time. In light of that, FEARnet has been running a recurring a piece exploring good horror movies that received ‘rotten’ reviews on the aggregate film rating site Rotten Tomatoes. Since the series has proved popular, we are bringing you a third installment.
If you missed Round I or Round II check them out now.
Some of the installments that followed the »
- Tyler Doupe
Odd List Ryan Lambie 6 Nov 2013 - 06:50
From random films with altered names to unrelated storylines, we take a look at 15 incredibly tenuous horror and sci-fi film sequels...
The profit-driven nature of filmmaking usually means that, if a movie's a hit, sequels follow. And it's sometimes the case that, particularly in the realm of low-budget sci-fi and horror, those sequels are trotted out in a rush, or don't have anything to do with the film they're following.
This isn't to say that the sequels on this list are necessarily bad - it's a proper mixed bag of the great, the mediocre and the downright awful - but in each instance, these sequels have only vague links to their predecessors, or worse still, they're entirely different films rebranded to fit an existing franchise.
Our list is by no means definitive - rather, we've chosen a collection of films that we find the most memorable. »
Here's something for your post-Halloween hangover. Imagine, it's 1985 and instead of Season of the Witch the filmmakers behind the budding Halloween series decided to stick with The Shape and deliver a third installment featuring Michael Myers.
We've got the trailer!
Actor Lane Hughes (You're Next, V/H/S, A Horrible Way to Die) teamed with director Jay Burleson to create a retro trailer envisioning what Halloween: Harvest of Souls would have looked like. Kudos to the gang for coming up with something that actually looks like a 20-year old VHS trailer. They've even got a cool tale explaining the history of their Halloween 3 to go along with it. Read the backstory and take a peek at the video.
Halloween: Harvest of Souls Backstory
- Scott Hallam
In 10th grade, I got to take what is possibly still my favorite class of all time: an elective on writing horror, science-fiction and mystery. Every year, I look for a genuinely scary movie to add to my list of favorites. I have a demonological book club with a friend just so we can have an excuse to read too much into The Exorcist.
But that’s my usual thing. I’m not here to steer you towards Nightmare on 13th Street, Jason vs. Jamie Lee Curtis, The Heretic. I won’t tell you which book you should read next. What I am here to discuss is a list of 10 movies that are scary for non-traditional reasons. This is part satire and part acknowledgment of Hollywood scare tactics. Feel free to add your own to the list as usual. And these are in no particular order.
Happy Halloween, everyone!
10. The »
- Kaki Olsen
Life gets a little woof for pampered Californian pooch Chloe (voiced by Drew Barrymore) when her visit to Mexico is ruined by dognappers. But while her Chihuahuan suitor leads the human search party, Chloe finds plenty of other four-legged friends to keep her out of harm’s way. Piper Perabo and Jamie Lee Curtis are seen but stars like Andy Garcia and Placido Domingo are only heard as Lady and the Tramp goes Latino in this barking Disney adventure. »
As we come up on the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter's seminal classic Halloween, Vimeo user Billy J. Kirkus has yet another gem on tap from the film... the very first take of the seminal film's opening scene in which Michael kills Judith.
“This is the first take of the opening to Halloween,” explains Kirkus. "This was the first time they tried shooting it, without the cuts that they did in take number 2. They only shot this whole scene twice. Notice all of the blue in the picture… completely toned down for the recent release of the movie on Blu-ray.
Kirkus also urges readers to contact Trancas Films and let them know you want to see the rest of the unseen Halloween footage.
“I was amazed that we got that shot in just a few takes, two to be exact” said Carpenter in Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen by Jim Grove. »
- Uncle Creepy
‘It’s Halloween, everyone’s entitled to one good scare.’
After 30 entries into HalloweenFest – Thn’s celebration of all things horror – I find myself under a great deal of pressure. After all, I did volunteer to write up the finest suspense film of all time, which quickly turned into a rundown of the whole damn franchise.
Yes, I’m a huge Halloween fan and own every film/version (good or bad). I even refuse to part with my gorgeous gatefold laserdisc of the original movie, despite no longer having a machine on which to play the bugger. When it comes to horror there’s no one I like to see dispatching wayward teens more than Michael Myers.
So after 30 horror-tastic days, it’s time to relive the night (all right, nights) he came home…
After 15 years locked away, psychopathic Michael Myers escapes and returns to the »
- Craig Hunter
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