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James Cameron popped by Reddit on Saturday to participate in an Ama session. While the director was mainly there to promote his Showtime climate change documentary series "Years of Living Dangerously," Cameron also answered a bunch of questions about other projects including those in the past ("Titanic," "Alien," "The Abyss") as well as those in the present and future (the currently in pre-production "Avatar" sequels, the long-gestating "Battle Angel" adaptation).
Here, we've combed through Cameron's numerous replies to highlight some of his best responses. Check them out below, and be sure to check out the entire exchange -- including Cameron's detailed outline of the search plan for missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370 -- for even more in-depth answers.
On who would win in a fight: A Na'vi, the Alien Queen, or the T-800 Terminator?
Is the T-800 armed or not armed? An Armed T-800 with a plasma rifle will clean house, »
- Katie Roberts
Director James Cameron just finished his extensive Ama on Reddit, where he went over his entire career and discussed all of his movies, both future and past. In an unusually candid conversation, the man behind two of the world's biggest movie releases, Titanic and Avatar, was definitely asked anything and everything.
To read his comments about the future of the Avatar franchise: clickHere.
Read on for his comments about True Lies 2, Battle Angel, the future of the The Terminator franchise and the Alien franchise, where he discusses his thoughts, feelings and general attitude towards cinema at this point in time.
For years, we've heard that True Lies 2 is happening. These rumors have mostly been kept alive by Arnold Schwarzenegger's co-star Tom Arnold. According to James Cameron, we'll probably never see a sequel.
We abandoned True Lies 2 after 9/11, because we didn't think a comedy about fundamentalist terrorists was so funny anymore. »
(Cbr) Actors Ashley Bell and Clint Howard stopped by the Cbr Speakeasy in Los Angeles to discuss noir superhero film "Sparks," directed by Christopher Folino and based on the graphic novel of the same name. It's very possible fans will know Bell and Howard from their work in other films and television shows -- Bell plays Nell Sweetzer in "The Last Exorcism" series and portrayed Karina in webisodes for "The Walking Dead," while Howard's lengthy career in film and television includes credits in everything from "Apollo 13" and "Frost/Nixon" to "Star Trek" and Disney's "The Jungle Book." In "Sparks," Bell took on the role of Lady Heavenly, the vigilante romantic interest of Sparks, while Howard plays Gordon Eldridge, the head of the newspaper. During their interview with Cbr Executive Producer Jonah Weiland, Bell and Howard discussed the draw of "Sparks" and the challenge of bringing superheroes to life on a budget. »
- Jonah Weiland, Comic Book Resources
As the undisputed king of American gothic, Vincent Price holds a unique position regarding his association with British horror. From the mid sixties, nearly all his films were made in the UK, and while not as distinguished as The House of Usher (1960), Tales of Terror (1962) and The Raven (1963), they are not without interest. As an actor perfectly suited to English gothic, Price’s output includes two career-defining performances. In a nutshell, he had the best of both worlds.
Masque of the Red Death (1964)
The British phase of his career began with a bang. After directing all of Price’s Poe chillers for American International Pictures, Roger Corman wanted to give the formula a fresh approach by making his next film in England. Aip’s Samuel Z Arkoff and James H Nicholson had already produced several European films, so the next step was to establish a London base with Louis M Heyward in charge. »
"Maybe that's the whole recipe of life, is to be on the joke. Because life is a joke..." Proudly brandishing a maquette of his character from Disney's The Great Mouse Detective, legendary horror icon Vincent Price sat down for an interview in 1986 at his home in Malibu. It's a pretty great portrait of an aging actor so not caught up in the b.s. of the biz and someone who looked at the Hollywood machine with frivolity. Price, who saw the release of the aforementioned Disney flick that year, touches on Thriller, the other classic horror character actors, his contract with Howard Hughes, working with Roger Corman, movie budgets and more.
The post 1986 Flashback! Watch Vincent Price At Home Talking Life & Hollywood… appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
In this 1982 ode to Roger Corman’s B films, a group of high school girls have a slumber party that quickly turns deadly. Director Amy Holden Jones pays homage to the exploitation films of the time, using her own feminist perspective (along with screenwriter Rita Mae Brown’s) to add parody and satire to the entire production. The humor was lost on audiences when it was initially released, but its eventual cult status has led to multiple sequels and this Blu-ray rerelease.
- John Keith
Alexander Payne has never made a movie without Kevin Tent, an Oscar-nominated editor who began his career working on Roger Corman films. “I took old Roger movies and incorporated them into these other movies because they were so bad,” Tent joked. “Nebraska,” Payne's most recent movie, was the first time the two worked in black and white. Though a subject of endless questions, it was not Tent's greatest challenge. That would be pacing. “ wants people to feel things, and gives them time to absorb things,” Tent said. “There's always a fine line between it being boring and engaging.” Also read: June Squibb Talks. »
- Lucas Shaw
★★★☆☆Pit Stop, a 1969 collaboration between B-movie king Roger Corman and director Jack Hill (renown primarily for his work across a number of Blaxploitation titles), represents something of a dream pairing for trash cinema aficionados. With its intriguing Faustian-like plot, stunning stock car racing footage and memorable performances, including a young, very beautiful Ellen Burstyn (credited here as Ellen McRae), Pit Stop proves to be a cut about the usual low-grade genre works from that period in Us cinema. Weathered James Dean lookalike Richard Davalos plays Rick Bowman, a young tearaway (at 39) who has a penchant for fast cars and a talent for pushing them to their extremes.
- CineVue UK
It has been dismissed over the years as cheesy, cheap and laughable but, as has been the case on many occasions, Hammer Films have had the last laugh. They boast a back-catalogue that is to horror movies what The Rolling Stones’ discography is to rock music. Fifty-nine years after the release of their first horror movie proper (The Quatermass Xperiment), Hammer’s films have survived scrutiny and re-evaluation and have now attained National Treasure status. Moreover, in terms of sheer importance, the Hammer films were some of the most influential of the past half-century. The ripple-effect of their imitators cashing in on their success would beget the careers of some of the biggest names in Hollywood today.
And yet since 1984 Hammer has been a dormant entity, existing only in the memory: a pile of ashes, a cape and a signet ring waiting to be reanimated by the crimson, jugular discharge of some poor, »
- Cai Ross
Francis Ford Coppola, who turns 75 today, is a paragon of artistic integrity in a commercial industry. Though many associate his name with big Hollywood success, he’s actually better defined as a low-budget guru and proponent of creative risk-taking. Coppola worked his way to the top. Hired as an assistant by Roger Corman fresh out of film school, Coppola demonstrated extraordinary zeal and perseverance on and off the set. Corman, increasingly impressed with Coppola’s efforts, continued to afford him opportunities to prove himself. On location in Ireland in 1963, Coppola found himself in possession of $40,000 in leftover funds from one of Corman’s films. With Corman’s blessings, the enterprising young filmmaker wrote a feature film overnight and directed it over the next nine days. The product was “Dementia 13,” which recouped its expenses at the box office and remains a cult horror classic today. Taxing circumstances became emblematic of Coppola’s career. »
- Emily Buder
As important as their legacy is in the history of Marvel Comics, the superhero group known as the Fantastic Four has not had a terribly great run in the movie industry. The characters. big screen debut came back in 1994 when Roger Corman produced a Fantastic Four film that was actually never supposed to be seen by the public, and then in 2005 and 2007 they got Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer - two critically-panned blockbusters that were ultimately unable to inspire the effort to create a full trilogy. That bad run may soon finally come to an end, however. 20th Century Fox is in the process of rebooting the Fantastic Four movie franchise with a whole new direction and cast, and the finished product promises to be one of the biggest films of 2015. But what do we know about the project so far? Who are all of »
Steve Tisch, veteran producer and exec VP of the New York Giants, will chair Israel’s 16th Tel Aviv Student Film Festival from May 31 to June 7. The largest student film fest in the world is based as Tel Aviv University, and starting this year will be held every year instead of biannually. The fest will screen 250 short films from 40 countries.
“Our students will have the privilege of learning from Mr. Tisch, a role model of accomplishment and an internationally recognized figure in the film industry,” notes Prof. Joseph Klafter, president of Tel Aviv University.
With past judges and speakers such as Sarah Polley; Robert Wise, Jim Sheridan, Paul Schrader, Emir Kusturica, Arnon Milchan and Roger Corman, the festival’s previous winning filmmakers include Thomas Vinterberg, Francois Ozon and Nir Bergman.
- Pat Saperstein
One bona fide movie legend will fete another on June 11 when John Carpenter presents Roger Corman with the New Media Film Festival’s Legend Award at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles. Carpenter is, of course, the director of such genre classics as Halloween and The Thing while the list of notable films made by producer and director Corman merely begins with The Trip, Death Race 2000, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and the original Little Shop of Horrors. As a distributor he was also responsible for introducing American audiences to an array of European art house films. (Those interested »
- Clark Collis
It’s rare to see these two horror icons on stage together, so we thought our Los Angeles readers would like to know that John Carpenter will be presenting Roger Corman with a special Legend Award at the New Media Film Festival in June:
“Susan Johnston, producer and founder of the New Media Film Festival, announced today that Roger Corman, the filmmaker, Honorary Academy Award-winner and pioneering producer/director/screenwriter/ actor, will be the recipient of the festival’s coveted Legend Award. “We are proud and honored to award Roger Corman the New Media Film Festival’s Legend Award for a long career of iconoclastic and memorable films, for also inspiring audiences and helping to launch generations of successful filmmakers with his groundbreaking approach,” said Johnston. The award ceremony will take place during the closing night of the Fifth Annual New Media Film Festival on Wednesday, June 11 at 9:00 Pm at the Landmark Theatre. »
- Jonathan James
Here’s another gem from the Tfh Vault. From September 27, 2007, it’s Allan Arkush on Bucket of Blood.
“Life is an obscure hobo, bumming a ride on the omnibus of art.” The wit and wisdom of writer Charles B. Griffith, Roger Corman’s hipper-than-thou alter-ego, is in even fuller flower here than in his classic followup, “Little Shop of Horrors”, aided immeasurably by Dick Miller’s indelible performance as psychotic busboy Walter Paisley.
- TFH Team
Superheroes might be big business in the movie world right now, but that hasn't always been the case. Despite the success of the early Christopher Reeve Superman films and Tim Burton's Batman outings, the genre was something of a poisoned chalice for filmmakers throughout the '80s and '90s. Buoyed by Richard Donner's Superman: The Movie, Hollywood mined the pages of DC and Marvel Comics in search of the next big thing. Unfortunately, small budgets and shaky scripts resulted in a string of flops ranging from Supergirl (1983) to Howard the Duck (1986). And yet, impossibly, things would get even worse for the comic book genre in the years that followed.
In 1989, the same year Tim Burton's Batman hit cinemas, Dolph Lundgren led The Punisher, a violent action-thriller based on Marvel character Frank Castle. A vigilante who takes revenge on criminals after his family is murdered in a mob killing, »
There are two ways a film can swing when it sets out an incredibly modest set of parameters: It can either prove to be a bland and unambitious retread of the typical and the well-worn, or it can manage – through solid filmmaking and sheer force of will – to succeed within its limited boundaries. While it falls into the latter, Better Living Through Chemistry isn’t really its own movie, it’s more a lightweight mish-mash of American Beauty and Double Indemnity with a dash of Breaking Bad for good measure. It’s amiable, mostly forgettable, and it’s not going to change the world – but boy do I prefer it to alot of the dross out there.
- Dominic Mill
If you’ve seen the fabulously entertaining Ozploitation documentary Not Quite Hollywood — which tracks the rise of Down Under genre films in the ’70s and ’80s — then you will be familiar with producer and Quentin Tarantino favorite Antony I. Ginnane, the so-called “Roger Corman of Australia” whose output includes the horror movies Patrick, Dead Kids, and Thirst. “But how can I learn more about these films?” I pretend to hear you cry. Well, good news! This month, Severin Films is releasing all three terror flicks in Blu-ray/DVD combo packs (as well as the self-explanatory DVD, Ozploitation Trailer Explosion) which »
- Clark Collis
The iconic 80s slasher flick Slumber Party Massacre is coming out tomorrow March 18 for the first time on Blu-ray, and our good friends from Scream Factory is sponsoring yet another awesome contest.
Scream Factory is giving one Slumber Party Massacre Blu-ray And one blood-splattered pillow case to each contest winner. This time, there will be Two winners!
This is what the Slumber Party Massacre pillow case looks like. The pillow case is out of stock at Scream Factory but you can also search for the item on eBay to see how much it is worth!
Dread Central readers can to enter this contest by sending us an E-mail Here including your Full Name and Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest. If the link doesn't work for you (because your browser is not set up with your email program), email us directly at email@example.com with the »
- KW Low
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes details on the Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival, House of Monsters concept art, a Chainsaw Sally: The Animated Series casting update, multiple trailers, reviews, and much more:
Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Details: “You can’t keep a lethal lady down. Flicks for Fans and Arrow in the Head, the team behind last year’s Evil Dead Fest, are proud to present the resurrection of the all new Lethal Ladies of Horror Film Festival Saturday, March 29th, 2014 at the famed art deco-themed 1940’s built Crest Theatre in Westwood, CA. This will be an amazing event for all film fans and those with an appreciation for strong roles by women in horror. As always Flicks for Fans will have much for fans who attend the fest including great concession specials, »
- Tamika Jones
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