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The collector market for film fans has evolved quite a bit from when I was a young fan. Sure, there were opportunities for me to spend my money, but these days, there are so many better opportunities and better items. There's the entire poster phenomenon, best embodied by the success of Mondo, which has spurred what feels like an entire industry. I recently got talked into joining some commission groups, so now I've got some ultra-limited art coming my way that I look at as even more special because I had a hand in designing it. It was inevitable that soundtracks would also end up being major collector pieces, and one of the great frustrations for me when I was a younger film fan was realizing just how random the process is by which scores get released. There are some great companies now doing important archival work, like La-la-Land Records, »
- Drew McWeeny
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City remake has met its indiegogo goal, but you can still support it during its final campaign days to help provide the Umberto Lenzi-presented project with more resources. Also featured in our latest round-up is an excerpt from Scott Shoyer's zombie novel, Outbreak: The Hunger, as well as details on how you can watch the first episode of Fox's Wayward Pines ahead of its May 14th debut.
Tom Savini’s Nightmare City Remake: Tom Savini, the Godfather of Gore, is fittingly set to direct and supervise the special effects on the Monsta Worx remake of Umberto Lenzi's zombie movie, Nightmare City. Lenzi himself is associate producing and presenting the project, with shooting slated to begin late this year in Pittsburgh and Los Angeles. In addition to his duties behind the camera, Savini is also attached to play a role in the film, along with »
- Derek Anderson
“You seem Ok – it’s just getting a little Diane Sawyer,” the actor told the Channel 4 News man, who had the temerity to ask about something other than the film he was promoting, as he took off his microphone and exited stage left.
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- John Plunkett
A Quentin Tarantino film is unmistakable, and for good reason. The filmmaker has developed a signature style over the years that carries with it a number of tropes that are quintessentially Tarantino, including plenty of driving shots. With that in mind, Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has now taken it upon himself to put together a supercut of all the driving shots from Tarantino’s filmography, from Reservoir Dogs to Django Unchained (yes, there’s a driving shot in Django Unchained). It’s a fun video that serves to highlight Tarantino’s technique while also reinforcing his talent behind the camera, with some of the same shots being repurposed in multiple films and others serving as one-offs. It also reminds me that, while maybe not as great as the rest of his filmography, Death Proof is an underrated oddity that I must revisit soon. Watch the Quentin Tarantino supercut video below, »
- Adam Chitwood
Krishnan Guru-Murthy has managed to do it again. After famously having his "butt shut down" by Quentin Tarantino while interviewing him for Django Unchained, you would think he's learned how to conduct himself during a movie promo interview. His latest interviewee was the ever delightful Robert Downey Jnr, who thought he was there to answer questions about Avengers: Age Of Ultron and maybe speak a little about the larger Marvel universe. While the interview starts amicably enough, it soon delves into territory that Rdj clearly isn't comfortable discussing and yet Guru-Murthy persists to push the issue. After being questioned on some of the darker aspects to his past and his father, Rdj finallly has enough and becomes the second Hollywood icon to leave Krishnan Guru-Murthy wondering where it all went wrong. Take a look for yourselves and let us know if you think Robert Downey Jnr was right to leave. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Higgins)
Over the course of his career, Quentin Tarantino has not hurt for any critical/academic deconstruction of his work, but he’s only rarely celebrated for something so specific as his “driving shots.” The below supercut focuses solely on all the shots in Tarantino’s filmography that take place in or around modes of transportation. Running a breezy two-and-a-half minutes, “Tarantino: The Driving Shots” from Jacob T. Swinney covers everything from the rear projection driving shots in “Pulp Fiction” and “Kill Bill” to the period stylings of “Inglorious Basterds” and “Django Unchained” (which, despite not containing a single motor vehicle, is still represented in the supercut). The video goes to show not only how simple driving shots can be but also how they can be fertile ground to continue implementing your aesthetic as a director. Watch “Tarantino: The Driving Shots” below, then do some driving afterward while listening to pop music from the 70s. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Some new titles are slated to hit Netflix next month, but things are a bit thin in the quality department. Highlights include Quentin Tarantino’s WWII saga Inglourious Basterds, Laika’s delightful The Boxtrolls, the emotional 2013 drama Fruitvale Station, and…not much else. On the Netflix Originals front, however, we do have the Jane Fonda/Lily Tomlin comedy Grace & Frankie coming on May 8th. Check out the full list of new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in May below, via THR. Available May 1 Beyond Clueless (2014) Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013) Legally Blonde (2001) Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003) Longmire: Season 3 No No: A Dockumentary (2014) Shameless: Series 10 The Last Waltz (1978) The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio (2005) Underclassman (2015) Witnesses: Season 1 Available May 2 Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets (2015) LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers (2015) Available May 3 Anita (2013) D.L. Hughley: Clear (2014) Royal Pains: Season 6 Available May 5 A Few Best Men »
- Adam Chitwood
I appreciated this new series of video portraits that come courtesy of Film 4, the British television network available in the UK. Uploaded to the network's YouTube channel just yesterday, the videos feature many actors and filmmaking you know, reflecting on the creative process, sharing their their individual experiences with other artists in the process of making a film - actors like Kerry Washington and Samuel L. Jackson on working with Quentin Tarantino on "Django Unchained;" director Steve McQueen on how he works with actors in general; Zoe Saldana on being an actor and having the least amount of power in the production process; McQueen again on directing, and opening oneself »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Stars: Pam Grier, Booker Bradshaw, Robert DoQui, William Elliott, Allan Arbus, Sid Haig, Barry Cahill, Lee de Broux, Ruben Moreno, Lisa Farringer, Carol Locatell, Linda Haynes, John Perak | Written and Directed by Jack Hill
If there is one thing about Quentin Tarantino we can be sure of, it’s that he loves movies. For film fans who don’t know too much about the “Blaxploitation” genre they may not have picked up the importance of Jackie Brown, or the fact that the movie was built around one actress, Pam Grier… To look at the reason for this, all you have to do is look no further than Arrow Video’s latest release Coffy.
Seen as one of the best films of the genre, Coffy (Pam Grier) is a nurse pushed to finding vengeance against the pimps, junkies and drug dealers who led to the hospitalisation of her sister. Playing out »
- Paul Metcalf
Now the smoke has cleared following international television program market MipTV in Cannes, which wrapped on Thursday, the outline of some of the major trends can be made out.
One trend that has been evident for a while but was more pronounced than ever last week is that the major players are ramping up production of high-end drama.
“The original programming slate at Starz has been ramping up for last two years and is continuing to do,” Gene George, Starz exec VP, worldwide distribution said. “The number of episodes of original programming in Starz has near doubled in two years from 42 in 2013 to a projected 75-80 in 2015.”
It is the same story everywhere you look — BBC Worldwide, All3Media, ITV Global, FremantleMedia, and so on – the big-budget scripted show is king.
For many of these major players, the aim is to produce cinematic-quality dramas. One example was the A+E »
- Leo Barraclough and John Hopewell
Film4 sits down with great directors including Quentin Tarantino, David Cronenberg, Christopher Nolan, David Fincher, James Cameron, Peter Jackson, Ben Wheatley, Steve McQueen, Joe Carnahan and Lone Scherfig to candidly talk the art of filmmaking, where and how they got started, and their fears. One thing, which is said by Mark Romanek, is true for even the most ruthless of the bunch: "Every director... goes in in the morning terrified that what they're doing is not going to work." Read More: David Fincher Reveals "Gone Girl" Secrets, and Whose Side He's Really On Ryan Lattanzio is the staff writer for Toh at Indiewire. Follow him on Twitter. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
On paper, it seemed like a done deal. Salma Hayek as a voluptuous prostitute fighting for a life against the cronies of her jilted ex-lover, a nefarious pimp who carries a samurai sword and cackles like a Bond villain? Sign me up. But for a fun-sounding exploitation flick – think Kill Bill meets Die Hard with a more bodacious lead – Everly is an astonishingly punishing watch, dragging Hayek through all kinds of uncomfortable tortures without offering much of anything else to pick up the narrative slack, be it humor, thrills or any semblance of depth.
As such, what’s left over is difficult to regard as anything other than a failure on the part of writer/director Joe Lynch and co-writer Yale Hannon, neither of whom are able to provide the adrenaline kick that a low-budget, pedal-to-the-metal action flick like Everly so intrinsically required. Without it, Hayek’s resilient sex slave »
- Isaac Feldberg
Directed by Jack Hill.
A nurse takes matters into her own hands after her sister is given some bad junk by local drug dealers.
Having released Jack Hill’s 1974 blaxploitation classic Foxy Brown on Blu-ray a couple of years back, it’s taken Arrow Films a while to get to Hill’s previous – and arguably better – Pam Grier-starring thriller Coffy. Has it been worth the wait? You betcha jive ass!
Coffy (Grier) is a nurse by day but during her off hours she takes local hoodlums to task in a variety of ways as she seeks revenge for her younger sister being hospitalised after taking a stash of bad drugs, as well as her other siblings having fallen by the wayside due to keeping bad company. The opening 10 minutes »
- Gary Collinson
Pop culture comes to life in St. Louis next month! It’s the Wizard World Comic Con May 22nd through the 24th at America’s Center downtown (701 Convention Plaza – St. Louis, Mo 63101), and boy oh boy, do they have an amazing line-up of guests!
Sure, you got the comic artists and cosplayers, wrestlers, a St. Louis Ram, a Power Ranger, and of course the ubiquitous Walking Dead stars, but what We Are Movie Geeks is most excited about are the celebrities from movies that will be on hand: Horror legend George Romero, Sharknado legend Tara Reid, horror hostess with the mostest (if you know what I mean) Elvira, Guardians Of The Galaxy tough guy Dave Bautista, Henry the serial killer himself Michael Rooker, Do The Right Thing’s ‘Buggin Out’ Giancarlo Esposito. Lord of the Rings Trilogy’s Pippin Billy Boyd, Captain America squeeze Hayley Atwell, and Silent Bob’s buddy Jay aka Jason Mewes. »
- Tom Stockman
Read More: The 6 Best Things Harvey Weinstein Said at Sundance 2015 He may not write, direct or act, but Harvey Weinstein is one of Hollywood's most powerful and notorious figures. His name is probably the most heavily-mentioned of any during Oscar season, as his reputation for pushing small movies (like "The King's Speech" or "The Artist") to big wins remains unmatched among today's major distributors. And though his intense commitment to his films has rendered him a somewhat imposing and controversial figure, he's given filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino a group to reliably trust their films in. His influence is as undeniable as his tendency to speak his mind. So it should come as no surprise that Weinstein shared several juicy details on a wide range of topics during a special Tribeca Talks panel over the weekend at the Tribeca Film Festival. From comments about Tarantino's undying loyalty to last year's controversy surrounding "Selma, »
- David Canfield
A packed house gathered today at the Sva Theatre for the Tribeca Film Festival’s A Conversation With Harvey Weinstein, in which the The Weinstein Co. film chief canvassed an array of topics including the Sony hacking, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Oscar campaigns. While Shia Labeouf’s discussion on his doc production Love True only drew a half-filled house on Thursday afternoon at the Sva, ushers today were pulling out extra folding chairs to accommodate… »
Harvey Weinstein has seen roughly 40 minutes of Quentin Tarantino's upcoming Western The Hateful Eight and he told an overflowing audience at the Tribeca Film Festival that the film is "quintessential Quentin." Weinstein began a nearly hour-long conversation Saturday by raving that what he's seen of the film is "special and fun and sharp and new and edgy and good, really good." Read More Tribeca 2015: Richard Gere Gets Howling Applause at 'Franny' World Premiere The Weinstein Co. boss, whose company is distributing the film, said Tarantino is "making no compromises" on his 70 mm film, wanting
- Hilary Lewis
If you have a particular aversion to Stealers Wheel's 70's classic "Stuck In The Middle With You," chances are it's because of Michael Madsen's deliciously psychotic performance as Mr. Blonde in Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs. In fact, throughout the 1990's, Madsen made a name for himself as a prolific hard case in the Hollywood scene, and his resume will attest to this fact, whether he likes it or not. Though funny enough, it looks like he really doesn't like it, or at the very least he doesn't like how it's handled on the popular movie database, IMDb. That's because he believes the site makes him look bad by listing him as being a part of multiple random projects that he in actuality has nothing to do with. In the latest installment of The Av Club's Random Roles series, Madsen was interviewed about a random sample of performances from his career, »
Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight lives! Those of of us who didn't seek out a leaked copy or have the cash to watch a live all-star reading of Tarantino's screenplay were psyched when the Oscar winner decided to go ahead and make the movie anyway, despite his ire when the script showed up online. Ultimately, instead of punishing his fans by not going forward with his planned follow-up to Django Unchained, Tarantino went and gathered the likes of Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Channing Tatum (alas, in a small role, so not one of the Eight), Bruce Dern, Walter Goggins, Demian Bechir, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Michael Madsen and Tim Roth to see his vision through. Just as Django was a vaguely »
The 97-second clip includes no actual footage from the film, but does outline the basic storyline of eight strangers coming together in a blizzard.
Tarantino's dangerous group is comprised of Tarantino's The Bounty Hunter (Samuel L Jackson), The Hangman (Kurt Russell), The Prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh), The Sheriff (Walton Goggins), The Mexican (Demián Bichir), The Little Man (Tim Roth), The Cow Puncher (Michael Madsen) and The Confederate (Bruce Dern).
Tarantino revived and re-worked The Hateful Eight last year even after a draft of the screenplay was leaked online.
The Hateful Eight is expected to be released in the Us on November 13 this year. A UK release is yet to be set. »
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