Vampires are a particularly versatile cinematic creature, easily able to transform and readjust to the scenario or metaphoric requirement. Over the past few years, they have shown up on the big screen in a number of guises — sparkly lovelorn teenagers, brooding old world counts, Colin Farrell — but a vampire comedy is a more difficult nut to crack (or vein to drain). In the summer of 2012, not even the combined might of Johnny Depp, Tim Burton, and the "Dark Shadows" television series could make a blood-sucking comedy connect with broad audiences. Thankfully, "What We Do In the Shadows," the new vampire comedy from "Flight of the Conchords" principals Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi, is a refreshing, laugh-out-loud funny picture that is perfectly happy with its somewhat niche appeal. It goes in late, it gets out early, and it's a total hoot. A series of title cards set up the general premise »
- Drew Taylor
Fan fiction is more prevalent than you might think. With Fifty Shades of Grey being unleashed in theaters Friday, there's no denying that the novel's author, E L James, has brought fan fiction into the spotlight. Originally titled Master of the Universe, James's Twilight fan fiction based on Stephenie Meyer's multi-million dollar franchise first found its home on FanFiction.net. After the racy material within the story forced James to pull it from FanFiction.net, she next hosted Master of the Universe on her own website called 50Shades.com (which now redirects to her official author page). Back then, »
- Amanda Michelle Steiner, @amandamichl
By Anjelica Oswald
On any given year, the four acting winners are usually a mix of American and non-American actors, but this year could see all four acting awards go to American actors for the first time in 17 years.
If Michael Keaton beats Eddie Redmayne for lead actor and the current projected frontrunners — supporting actress nominee Patricia Arquette, supporting actor nominee J.K. Simmons and lead actress nominee Julianne Moore — also win, it will be the first time since 1998 that all of the acting awards were given to American actors. (It will also be the second time in 77 years that all of the winners have been 46 or older.)
Since 1980, there have been eight instances where American actors were awarded all four acting Oscars. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Sometimes the only way to get your point across is to straddle a fish while naked.
That's what Helena Bonham Carter is doing to help raise support for the Blue Marine Foundation, which raises awareness for marine reserves to protect endangered species around the world. What's even crazier is that the outlandish actress has a fish phobia.
News: Pink Gets Naked for PETA
Helena said it was actress Greta Scacchi that talked her into doing the ads. "I'm actually very phobic about fish so when Greta asked me to be photographed naked with a 27kg tuna I was more worried about touching it than getting my kit off," Tim Burton's ex admitted (via Daily Mail).
After the shoot, Helena said she had "conquered her fears" and felt she "truly bonded" with the animal. "He will be my Valentine," the Cinderella star quipped.
"It would be »
The news of an all-female Ghostbusters reboot has been met with decidedly mixed reactions in certain corners of the internet. But whether they're for or against Feig's proposed reboot, nobody has a good word to say about the original film's sequel, Ghostbusters II (1989), and this, frankly, will not stand. Though perceived as a failure, the sequel is a far, far better film than its reputation suggests.
Five years on from the phenomenal success of the original, Ghostbusters II reassembles all the same creative elements - scripting by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman as director, the entire cast reprising their roles. The key players were famously reluctant, but the film had made a ridiculous amount of money and spawned the hugely successful spin-off cartoon The Real Ghostbusters, so the follow-up was inevitable.
Despite a briefly record-breaking opening weekend of $29 million, Ghostbusters II went on to make a mere $112 million at the Us box office, »
Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2: Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for their upcoming Ghoulies / Ghoulies 2 Blu-ray, which hits shelves on April 21st (and is available two weeks prior by ordering from Shout! Factory):
Audio Commentary With Director/Co-writer Luca Bercovici New Interviews With Executive Producer Charles Band, Composer Richard Band, Actor Michael Des Barres and Special Effects Makeup Artist John Vulich Original Theatrical Trailer
- Derek Anderson
After a long career that has seen him work with some of the biggest directors in Hollywood, it looks as if Samuel L. Jackson (The Avengers, Pulp Fiction) will be able to cross another name of his list.
Deadline is reporting that Jackson is in talks to join Tim Burton’s latest project, Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. The film, which is being produced by 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment, would see Jackson portray a character called Barron, which could well be the film’s villain, but the specifics of the role have yet to be announced.
Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children is set for a March 2016 release. Jackson can currently be seen »
- Scott J. Davis
Today, an 11-minute video has surfaced which brings together all of those different versions of the character in a wonderful retrospective look, which includes versions from the 1940s, the 1966 version with Adam West and Burt Ward as the Dynamic Duo, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton’s 1989 revival and the subsequent films that followed through the 1990s, right up to 2012’s The Dark Knight Rises, the culmination of director Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy, starring Christian Bale as the Caped Crusader.
Edited by Jacob T. Swinney, The Evolution of Batman In Cinema, is a wonderful, exhaustive look at the Dark Knight incarnations, and just how different each version has impacted the mythology of the character over the years. Check it out… »
- Scott J. Davis
At 63, Michael Keaton is enjoying the attention that comes with hitting a challenging role out of the park. Look closely at his career, and you see a man who always paid attention to the details and pushed for more than the ordinary as he built his characters, no matter what the movie. During his long Sbiff Modern Master chat with Leonard Maltin, Keaton ranged from running around naked as a kid performing for his seven siblings, early standup at Catch a Rising Star and The Improv, which allowed him to "write little plays and perform, not asking permission," and comedies like "Night Shift," "Mr. Mom" and "Johnny Dangerously" to Shakespeare's "Much Ado About Nothing" (he'd love to take it to the stage) and drama "Clean and Sober." He recalled how he surprised director Tim Burton with his wild and crazy take on "Beetlejuice" (yes, he'd still love to do a »
- Anne Thompson
From Adam West to Ben Affleck, the DC Comics character Batman has come a long way from its ink and panel origins. It's now a franchise worth hundreds of millions, even billions of dollars. The brand has extended to video games, toys, and countless items of official merchandise, but the major player, of course, is the movies. But how did we get here? Well, this terrific video essay explores Batman's journey. Jacob T. Swinney pulled together "The Evolution of Batman In Cinema," and it's a great, exhaustive look at the Dark Knight on all screens. From his black-and-white days on television, to the big screen operas from Tim Burton and Christopher Nolan (among others), and even including the animated iterations, Swinney's video is an eye-opening reminder of how much Gotham has been explored, and yet, it seems there are always new corners waiting to be discovered. This is a great watch, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
While all the attention is on "Fifty Shades Of Grey" this weekend, if you're a teenage boy looking for something to suit your fancy, there's "Kingsman: The Secret Service." The comic book adaptation has been earning advance praise from critics, and many who have seen the film already tout it as a big, dumb, slice of spy-spoofing fun. And today arrives another little peek. Perhaps more appropriate to a Tim Burton or Wes Anderson film, a stop-motion trailer has dropped. It's brief, but charming enough, though, again, it seems a bit out of step with the movie. Meanwhile, a new clip hopes to use puppies to get you to buy a ticket this weekend. Oh, they're apparently also important in training to be a spy, but...Puppies. "Kingsman: The Secret Service" goes on duty on February 13th. A video posted by Rachel Ryle (@rachelryle) on Feb 9, 2015 at 6:01am Pst »
- Kevin Jagernauth
This week will see Samuel L. Jackson creating a little chaos as the bad guy in Kingsman: The Secret Service before he gets back into hero mode for The Avengers: Age of Ultron in May. And now we have word that Jackson will work with a director he hasn't yet collaborated with before. Deadline reports Tim Burton is recruiting the Pulp Fiction star for a role in his adaptation of the young adult fantasy novel Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children that's set up at 20th Century Fox. The film follows a young boy who discovers an orphanage on an island where children with special powers are cared for. Read on! The story focuses on 16-year old Jacob Portman (Asa Butterfield of Ender's Game), who seeks the truth about his grandfather's past after he's murdered by a “hollow,” a creature thought to be imaginary. But in his search for the truth, »
- Ethan Anderton
Tim Burton's most recent film, Big Eyes, may not have made the splash that many were expecting, but there are still merits to it that make it worth seeking out. As for the director himself, he's moving onto his next film, the big screen adaptation of Ransom Riggs' Miss Peregrine's Home For Peculiar Children.
Jane Goldman has been working on the script for this one, and 20th Century Fox has already earmarked a release date of March 4th 2016. And not for the first time in Tim Burton's adaptations of popular books, a new character is being introduced solely for the film version. The role in question is Barron, about whom very little is known. And Deadline is reporting that Samuel L Jackson is in talks to take the part on. »
Entertainment in Video (Eiv), the UK-based distrubution company, have this week announced that Tim Burton’s latest film, Big Eyes, is set for release here on DVD and Blu-ray on April 20th (the same month as the Grand National – top notch event in horse racing).
Big Eyes stars Golden Globe winner Amy Adams (American Hustle) and Oscar winner Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained), with support from Krysten Ritter (soon to be Marvel’s A.K.A. Jessica Jones), Jason Schwartzman (The Darjeeling Limited), Danny Huston (The Congress) and Terence Stamp (Superman II).
No news yet on any technical specs or special features, but as ever we shall update you as soon as the information is revealed.
Directed and produced by Tim Burton, Big Eyes is based on the true story of Walter Keane (Christoph Waltz), who was one of the most successful painters 1950s and early 1960s. The artist earned staggering notoriety by »
- Scott J. Davis
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
Samuel L. Jackson is in talks to join Eva Green and Asa Butterfield in Tim Burton's "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" at 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment. The film is slated to open March 4th 2016.
Burton will direct from a script by Jane Goldman, who adapted the Ransom Rigg novel about a teenager who finds himself on an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them. [Source: Variety]
Michael Sheen, Steve Buscemi, Josh Charles, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Isaach De Bankole and Israeli actor Lior Ashkenazi have joined Richard Gere on the cast of "Oppenheimer Strategies" at The Solution Entertainment Group.
Joseph Cedar directs the story of a man whose life changes dramatically after he befriends a young politician who becomes an influential world leader. Filming begins on Sunday in New York and Israel. »
- Garth Franklin
Tim Burton's most recent film Big Eyes, starring Amy Adams and Quentin Tarantino favorite Christoph Waltz, found moderate success with critics and audiences alike. On the heels of the film's run, it looks like Burton may be teaming up with another longtime Tarantino collaborator, Mr. Samuel L. Jackson. Burton's next film Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is slated for a 2016 release and with the film deep in pre-production, casting details are well underway. Already onboard are Eva Green, who will be playing the title character, and Hugo's Asa Butterfield, who will fill the shoes of the other lead Jacob Portman. Jackson is currently in negotiations, as reported by Deadline, to play a major role in the film by the name of Barron. The details are sketchy on the character's involvement in the story but it appears Mr. Barron is a disguise of a key player in the »
Lots of things have been happening lately with regard to Tim Burton’s adaptation of the Ransom Riggs novel Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, which is said to be coming together quickly for Fox and Chernin Entertainment. Samuel L. Jackson… Continue Reading →
The post Cast Firming Up for Tim Burton-Directed Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children appeared first on Dread Central. »
- Debi Moore
Both roles initially seem secondary to the male hero in their respective films (Ben Affleck's Nick in the former, Eddie Redmayne's Stephen Hawking in the latter), but gradually come to take over the story in their own right. Here's our pick of nine further films where a heroine usurps her male counterpart.
Women usually get a raw deal in Bond films, so much so that the leads are dismissively referred to as 'Bond girls'. But the casting of Judi Dench as M from 1995's GoldenEye onwards went some way to redressing the gender balance - and by her final outing in Skyfall, she had almost become the protagonist in her own right.
M had always been in a »
Chernin Entertainment is producing “Peculiar Children” and has slotted the fantasy-actioner for release on March 4, 2016.
Burton will direct from a script by Jane Goldman, who adapted the Ransom Rigg novel about a teenager who finds himself on an island where he must help protect a group of orphans with special powers from creatures out to destroy them.
- Dave McNary
Taking a beat from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Samuel L. Jackson has entered talks to star in the Tim Burton-directed fantasy adaptation Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children, Deadline reports.
The acclaimed actor will take on the key role of Barron, a mysterious individual who repeatedly comes into contact with protagonist Jacob (Asa Butterfield of Hugo fame). After his grandfather’s strange death, Jacob is compelled to visit the ruins of a mysterious island that once housed a school for children with inexplicable gifts. As he explores the school and learns of its inscrutable headmistress (Eva Green), Jacob realizes that the inhabitants of the seemingly abandoned school are far from gone.
Though no one involved with the production will comment on whether Barron is a good or bad guy, fans of Ransom Riggs’ novel know Barron as one of multiple disguises worn by a horrific creature known as a ‘wight, »
- Isaac Feldberg
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