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Beauty vs Beast: Writers Retreat

14 hours ago | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Ja from Mnpp here with our third week's worth of Halloween-flavored "Beauty vs Beast" treats - today we're swerving away from Wes Craven's cadre of high school students in distress to hit up a whole different kind of Final Girl fight club: jump in the Snowcat, we're heading up to The Overlook Hotel to face off the ill-fated Torrances, Wendy (Shelley Duvall) and Jack (Jack Nicholson), with their snowed-in battle for little Danny's soul.

poll by twiigs.com

 

You've just got one week til the cold takes over, the elevator doors swing open, and the blood gets off on the second floor, so cast your votes and let us know which Torrance you feel for in the comments.

Previously You screamed, I screamed, we all screamed for Wes Craven and his 1996 slasher classic Scream - would Sidney whoop those bad boys Billy and Stu's butts once again? Naturally she »

- JA

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5 Comic Book Characters Who Were Poorly Recast

19 October 2014 4:43 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After months of speculation, DC have finally unveiled the specifics of their cinematic universe and revealed the projected release dates of their upcoming films, but what’s really excited the fanbase is the casting revelations.

Many iconic comic book characters have been recast over the years, and while there may initially be some resistance from the fan community, these choices often work out for the best. People were skeptical that Heath Ledger could better Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the Joker, but his is now the definitive version of the character. Other actors, like Andrew Garfield, Christian Bale and Henry Cavill, have all carved their own mark on internationally renowned heroes as well.

Despite this, the comic book community rose up in outrage when Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Jesse Eisenberg didn’t fare much better either once it »

- David Opie

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8 Theories About The Origins Of Heath Ledger’s Joker

18 October 2014 12:59 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s over six years since The Dark Knight took the world by storm and we still can’t stop thinking about Heath Ledger’s incredible performance as the Joker. Originally met with a fan backlash that makes Ben Affleck’s Batman feel loved, as publicity stills and trailers were slowly released it became apparent that Ledger had delivered something incredibly special.

This is made all the more impressive as it was an accepted ‘fact’ amongst the fans that no one could ever do the character better than Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman. Now that sentiment feels laughable; next to The Dark Knight’s version, Jack Napier could pass for a genuine children’s entertainer.

One of the biggest elements of the character that Nolan’s version trumped Burton’s was in the origin, or lack thereof; unlike Nicholson, whose story provided the main arc, »

- Alex Leadbeater

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The Definitive Scary Scenes from Non-Horror Movies: 30-21

17 October 2014 6:01 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

30. No Country for Old Men (2007)

Scene: Coin Flip

Video: http://youtu.be/0iAezyDzj0M

There was a brief period of time from 2006-2009 when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences made some more daring, but wholly deserved choices for Best Picture. It began in 2006, when Martin Scorsese finally won for The Departed which, while not his best and not nearly as dark as, say, Taxi Driver or Raging Bull, still leaned that direction. Three years later, they handed the Oscar to The Hurt Locker over the blockbuster Avatar, rewarding quality over audience love. But in between the two it was given to No Country for Old Men, an incredibly dark neo-Western based on the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name. It’s still one of the Coen Brothers’ best films, an incredible cat-and-mouse journey through West Texas in the 1980′s. The film stars Josh Brolin, Tommy Lee Jones, »

- Joshua Gaul

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Interview: Michael Keaton Goes From Batman to ‘Birdman’

16 October 2014 5:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Like most actors, Michael Keaton claims he doesn’t enjoy watching himself in his own movies. But when it comes to his buzzy starring role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release Friday, he can’t stop watching himself — as if in disbelief that it’s really him up there onscreen. “I like this movie so much, I just can’t get enough of it,” he says over a recent lunch at Santa Monica’s Miramar Hotel, the day after he’d seen “Birdman” for the third time, at an Academy screening attended by his old “Batman” sparring partner, Jack Nicholson. “I’m watching this movie and I’m thinking, God, I love this movie. And then I realized: Wait a minute, I’m in this movie!”

Coming from most people, a statement like that would sound like false modesty at best and willful self-delusion at worst, »

- Scott Foundas

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Bill Murray on ‘St. Vincent,’ Fame and the ‘Virus’ of Oscars Season

14 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

For Bill Murray, the idea of attending Bill Murray Day sounded like punishment. So at last month’s Toronto Film Festival, the comedian was having serious trepidation about the special day designated to showing his classic films “Ghostbusters,” “Stripes” and “Groundhog Day,” followed by the premiere of his latest comedy, “St. Vincent.” The celebration unfolded like a cross between Comic-Con and a political rally, with an army of fans in Bill Murray masks marching en route to the screenings.

“The whole thing gets more complicated as it draws closer, and you feel such dread about it,” Murray says in an interview at his hotel before the hoopla begins. “I’m nervous. All I can think is I feel like the Statue of Liberty covered with maggots. I feel like I am going to be assaulted! Why am I doing this?”

Prior to his trip to Toronto (from an island he »

- Ramin Setoodeh

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Tim Burton’s Batman gets Diamond Luxe Special Edition

13 October 2014 4:03 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

In the better late than never department, Warner Home Entertainment is celebrating Batman’s 75th Anniversary with a variety of releases and just in the nick of time for the holidays comes a new edition of the 1989 Tim Burton adaptation that can arguably be said for kickstarting the current generation of super-hero films.

Burbank, Calif., August 14, 2014 – To help mark Warner Bros. Entertainment (Wbe) and DC Entertainment’s milestone 75th anniversary of DC Comics’ popular Batman character, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (Wbhe) will release Batman 25th Anniversary Two-Disc Edition, a new Blu-ray™ edition debuting December 9 (at

$24.98 Srp) in the studio’s distinctive new sleek Diamond Luxe collector-style packaging. With its state-of-the-art sophisticated and durable design, the new packaging  is perfect for those wishing to add this edition to their home libraries. Also included is

Batman: The Birth of the Modern Blockbuster — a look at the phenomenal marketing,  extensive merchandising and »

- ComicMix Staff

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Time to celebrate Batman & Robin!

13 October 2014 2:05 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Commenting on the Critics with Simon Columb…

Last week, both Chris Cooper and Gary Collinson reported for Flickering Myth on the apologies from both George Clooney and Joel Schumacher, with regards to the widely-discredited Batman & Robin:

“I think since Batman that I’ve been disinvited from Comic-Con for 20 years. I see the comment sections on all you guys. I just met Adam West there [referring to behind the Nycc main stage] and I apologized to him. Sorry about the nipples on the suit. Freeze, freeze, I apologize for that.” – George Clooney

“I never did a sequel to any of my movies, and sequels are only made for one reason: to make more money and sell more toys. I did my job. But I never got my ass in the seat right.” – Joel Schumacher

Prior to the release of The Dark Knight Rises, I took the plunge and re-watched the 4 film-run begun by Tim Burton in 1989 and finished »

- Simon Columb

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Win Tickets To The Advance Screening of John Wick in St. Louis – Stars Keanu Reeves

13 October 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Liam Neeson should step aside… there’s a new vengeful badass in town and his name is John Wick.”

Ready for a night at the movies with Keanu Reeves? We’ve got your passes to the advance screening of John Wick. Adding to the excitement and anticipation for the film is the choice to release John Wick in immersive IMAX®, an epic format typically reserved for big-budget studio spectaculars.

Read Michael Haffner’s Fantastic Fest review Here.

An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre”. The film is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad.

Willem Dafoe, Ian McShane, Adrianne Palicki, Michael Nyqvist, Alfie Allen, Lance Reddick, Dean Winters and John Leguizamo also star.

Check out the Fantastic Fest Red Carpet photos Here. »

- Movie Geeks

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10 Most Convincing Movie Psychopath Performances

13 October 2014 6:33 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

We watch movies to be entertained and shocked, to be excited and compelled by seeing something — or someone — we probably wouldn’t in the real world. There is surely no more entertaining character type throughout film history than that of the psychopath. Those lovable (but flawed) guys and girls who are hell bent on revenge, murder and general chaos can really make a good movie great. After all, it’s nice to see the good guys, comedians, cops and lovers, but that can all get a little bit… Vanilla.

It’s also important to acknowledge that psychopaths aren’t exclusive to the horror and thriller genres – not that we’re doubting you knowledgeable readers. Some of the zestiest dudes of all time have popped up in gangster movies, dramas and black comedy (Tyler Durden, anyone?), in addition to the vast number of oddballs residing in more obvious genres. If psychopaths »

- Ryan Hill

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The X Factor 2014: first live show as it happens

12 October 2014 1:14 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

After last nights marathon, two X Factor contestants were shown the door. Stuart Heritage liveblogged the entire weekend, as it happened.

9.14pm BST

And that really is it for the weekend. While we say goodbye and good job I didnt bother to memorise your surnames to Blonde Electra and Overload Generation, its time for me to say goodbye.

Youve been wonderful, but then again I never had any doubts to the contrary. Ill be back here next Saturday, when X Factor will only be two hours long. Imagine! Also, why not follow me on Twitter (Im @StuHeritage) to see me whining about liveblogging throughout the week in real time? Now get out of here. Weve already missed 15 minutes of Homeland.

9.12pm BST

Thankfully, this is probably the right decision. I was worried for a second there. That said, it would have been funny if theyd stayed, just because Simon hates them so much. »

- Stuart Heritage

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Michael Keaton Is Proud of His 'Batman' and Would Play Him Again

11 October 2014 10:05 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

While the Dark Knight will be swinging into the Javits center at New York Comic Con in celebration of his 75th Anniversary, most fans doubt director Zack Snyder will be showing off anything new from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. To make up for it, Michael Keaton held down a panel for Birdman, which brings him back to his own superhero roots in strange and unexpected ways. In discussing the movie, he also touched on his time underneath the cowl for director Tim Burton's 1989 Batman, revealing his true feelings for the 25 year old comic book movie.

Birdman follows a struggle actor attempting to make a comeback. He is haunted by the super hero that made him famous, and Michael Keaton can relate. Two Batman movies put him on the action map, and helped audiences see him as more than just a comedic performer. And in the past few years, »

- MovieWeb

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Why You Should Postpone Seeing The Judge in Theaters

10 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

Robert Downey, Jr. puts on an amazing performance — and looks as handsome as ever — in The Judge. But if depressing (and cliché) movies aren’t really your thing, you may want to wait to Redbox this one.

In the film, a big-city lawyer (Downey) returns to his small town roots and estranged family, including his father, wonderfully played by Robert Duvall. One thing to note is that while it’s definitely not as corny as the trailer lets on, it’s still a little corny. The cast is rounded out by Jeremy Strong (who is heart-wrenching as Downey’s youngest, mentally impaired brother), Vera Farmiga, Billy Bob Thornton, Vincent D’Onofrio, Dax Shepard, and Leighton Meester.

Fantastic cast aside, here are the most important things you should know about The Judge before buckling in for a 2.5-hour emotional roller coaster.

Jack Nicholson turned down the lead role.

After Downey was already committed to the project, »

- Taylor Ferber

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Twin Peaks Is Coming Back: See Where David Lynch's TV Cast Is Now

10 October 2014 11:35 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Twin Peaks is coming back. Those are five words David Lynch fans having been waiting to hear for a long time. On Monday, Showtime announced they are reviving the ABC cult classic for a nine episode run in 2016, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Both of the show's original writers, Lynch and Mark Frost, are back to pen the new season, with Lynch also signed on to direct the reboot. Now that the news is officially out, Twin Peaks devotees are wondering where the revival will pick up. Those involved in the project are staying tight-lipped about details, including whether the original cast will return, »

- Kelli Bender, @kbendernyc

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The fall and rise of the werewolf in cinema

10 October 2014 1:37 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

With WolfCop out now on disc, Ryan takes a look at how werewolf myths have faded in and out of cinema history...

It might seem strange, from our interconnected, know-it-all 21st century perspective, that people really did once believe that werewolves existed. Legends of wolf-men date back to antiquity, but really began to bite into society’s fear centres in Europe of the Middle Ages.

Take, for example, Peter Stumpp, a 16th century man whose strange story was related in a pamphlet published shortly after his death. A resident of a small town in Cologne, Stumpp claimed to have been given a belt of wolf skin by the Devil, which when worn, gave him the ability to transform into a wolf. In this form, Stumpp said he’d killed and eaten a dozen or so people over the course of 25 years - crimes described in grisly detail in that old pamphlet. »

- ryanlambie

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From It to American Horror Story: 13 of the Creepiest Clowns in Pop Culture History

9 October 2014 3:30 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

This week, the latest chapter of American Horror Story unleashed a new monster upon pop culture: Twisty the Clown. Check out the final moments of the American Horror Story: Freakshow trailer and get a clear idea about what kind of nightmare series creator Ryan Murphy cooked up. Murphy already dubbed Twisty "the most terrifying clown ever." The fact that he's played by actor John Carroll Lynch spoke volumes - Lynch played the title killer in Zodiac and Mimi's husband on The Drew Carey Show, which combine to make great training for a homicidal clown. But Twisty nonetheless has »

- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie

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Interview: 'Gracepoint' co-star Kevin Rankin on diversified roles from 'Undeclared' on

8 October 2014 10:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Victoria, BC. It's early May on Vancouver Island and rain has temporarily trapped Kevin Rankin in a makeshift press tent just inland at Island View Beach Regional Park. With several of his co-stars in rotation being interviewed, Rankin ends up sitting next to the heat lamp, which means sitting next to me for what turns out to be an in-depth conversation about both his work on Fox's "Broadchurch" and his eclectic and varied career.  With his turns as rascally and resilient Herc on "Friday Night Lights" and gloriously unprepared-for-authority Ra Lucien on "Undeclared," Rankin has the rare honor of having been part of multiple shows that earned the Firewall & Iceberg Podcast Summer ReWatch treatment. [Three, if you include "Buffy the Vampire Slayer," though his one-episode appearance came after the season featured in the podcast.] Rankin has also had runs on shows including "Breaking Bad," "Six Feet Under," "Big Love" and "Justified," when he wasn't terrorizing the President in "White House Down" or assisting Matthew McConaughey to his Oscar in "Dallas Buyers Club. »

- Daniel Fienberg

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Ray Winstone: 'Jack Nicholson and I just didn't click on The Departed'

8 October 2014 6:54 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ray Winstone has revealed he and Jack Nicholson didn't get on when the pair filmed The Departed.

The actor played right hand man Arnold 'Frenchy' French to Nicholson's Frank Costello in Martin Scorsese's Oscar-winning 2006 film.

He said: "Me and Jack did not seem to get on too well. Maybe he was going through a funny time. Everyone else loves him to death - I just wanted him to be a great guy.

"We just did not click... on the film it works and all that, you know? I'll probably meet him tomorrow and he'll be as good as gold, you know? It happens sometimes, you know."

Winstone was speaking at a BAFTA Life In Pictures event held in his honour, and he also described how he persuaded Scorsese to give him the role of Frenchy.

"I went to see Marty in the Dorchester Hotel," he recalled. "It was Sunday morning, »

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8 Little Known Ways Aaron Eckhart Made Nolan’s Two-Face Awesome

8 October 2014 2:33 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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When discussing The Dark Knight it’s incredibly easy to spend copious amounts of time looking at the psychotic glory of Heath Ledger’s Joker. But that can often take away from the fact that Nolan’s exemplar second Batman, which still stands as the zenith of the superhero genre, isn’t just the late actor’s movie, boasting an incredible take on beloved Batman rogue Two-Face.

Harvey Dent is the perfect anti-hero, over the course of the film going from the ideal moral standpoint to an emblem of how even the best of us can fall. Played by Aaron Eckhart, his story is the real narrative power behind The Dark Knight, with the possibility of being able to retire from the cape and cowl providing the central conflict for Bruce Wayne.

Beating out the likes of Mark Ruffalo and Liev Schreiber for the part, mainly thanks »

- Alex Leadbeater

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Review: 'The Flash' gets off to a fast start for the CW

7 October 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The first words we hear on "The Flash" come from our hero Barry Allen, who explains, "To understand what I'm about to tell you, you need to do something first: you need to believe in the impossible." That "The Flash" (it debuts tonight night at 8 on the CW) is as good as it is isn't impossible, but it is improbable. The core of its creative team — including Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, and longtime Flash comics writer Geoff Johns — are all important parts of another CW superhero drama, "Arrow." "Arrow" (which begins its third season tomorrow night at 8) has turned out to be a strong show, and the standard-bearer for this new wave of comic book TV series, but it also has an obvious template: it's "Batman Begins: The TV Show," with some of the names changed, but not all (see Ra's al Ghul, coming soon to an "Arrow" episode near you! »

- Alan Sepinwall

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