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Proxy | Review #2

12 hours ago | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Pinch-hitting: Parker’s Latest as Surprising As it is Unwieldy

With a series of continuously improving indie horror thrillers under his belt, filmmaker Zack Parker launches his most startling title yet with his fourth feature, Proxy. Opening with a scene of visceral brutality that’s as sure to get lodged uneasily in your subconscious as it is to grab your rapt attention, the film unfolds with eerie precision until a mid-point switcheroo that provides a tipping point for the film spilling from art-house worthy genre to ludicrous exercise that dwindles into ridiculousness. At times tasteless and potentially offensive (those that prize politically correct representations may find the course of events rather homophobic and undoubtedly misogynist even as Parker clues us in on the black comedy he’s going for), the film is also strikingly unpredictable, utilizing violence effectively.

Just weeks away from giving birth, Esther Woodhouse (Alexia Rasmussen) is brutally »

- Nicholas Bell

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'Proxy' Director Zack Parker on Playing with Audience Expectations and Conscious (and Unconscious) Influences

14 hours ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

At a point where most horror is content to go "booga booga" with a shock cut or otherwise offer non-stop carnage, a film like Zack Parker's "Proxy" is a breath of fresh air. Indiewire critic Eric Kohn wrote about the film's surprises (and it seems to have one up its sleeve every fifteen minutes), but also that "It isn’t about the shocking developments around each corner so much as the energy and invention that it brings to them." It's a film that features throwbacks to Stanley Kubrick, Brian De Palma and Lars von Trier without feeling like empty quoting, and it goes to far-out places without careening off the rails or leaving its characters behind. Indiewire sat down with Parker to talk about his penchant for slow-burning tension, his influences, and how he planned to subvert audience expectations. "Proxy" opens today in theaters and is available to watch On Demand. »

- Max O'Connell

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10 Reasons Why The Scarface Remake Shouldn’t Happen

16 April 2014 11:30 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Universal Pictures

Even with the lukewarm box office of Robocop, the Hollywood remake machine shows no signs of slowing down. Having butchered Paul Verhoeven’s original with a decidedly tepid update, executives have now turned their attention to another iconic 1980s film: Scarface. News surfaced three weeks ago that Universal Pictures have hired Chilean director Pablo Larraín (No) to direct an updated version with a Mexican lead, working from a script from Donnie Brasco writer Paul Attanasio.

At first glance, you might not have grounds to be worried. The line-up of talent involved is pretty good, particularly if you add in Marc Shmuger, the award-winning producer of Wikileaks documentary We Still Secrets. Making Tony a Mexican is an interesting idea, particularly if the film sticks to the news article’s claim that he will be bicultural and bilingual. And the much-loved Brian De Palma film is in itself a remake, »

- Daniel Mumby

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5 Horror Films Criterion Should Release on Blu-ray

13 April 2014 9:04 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Like many film enthusiasts, I love the Criterion Collection. I scoff at some of their selections—I won’t name names—but for the most part, I anticipate new releases with excitement and glee (June’s slate is particularly amazing). Of course, due to lack of finances, I can’t buy as many as I would like – though someday, I will own the entire collection, despite the current economy offering little to no financial opportunity for an individual with my interests and skill set, but I digress.

I do, however, have a minor beef with Criterion.  While admiring most of their titles, I’d love to see more emphasis on genre stuff—especially horror.  And don’t get me wrong, Criterion boasts some excellent titles—Carnival of Lost Souls, Sisters, The Vanishing, Godzilla, The Devil’s Backbone, Repulsion, plus the highly anticipated release of Scanners being not far off—but they need more. »

- Griffin Bell

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New Teaser Trailer Offers Up Deadly Revisions

11 April 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We've been talking about Gregory Blair's Deadly Revisions for some time here on Dread Central, and we're excited to report that the film is now complete and gearing up to slash its way onto the festival circuit. Read all about it, and then check out the new teaser trailer, fiends!

From the Press Release:

Film fans can now get a sneak peek of writer/director Gregory Blair’s Deadly Revisions with the new teaser trailer released this week. Tight and tense, the teaser reveals just enough to get audiences ready for Blair’s unique blend of psychological thriller and horror film.

Emmy Award-winning horror movie favorite Bill Oberst, Jr., appears as Grafton Torn, an amnesiac horror film writer for whom hypnotherapy and nightmares reveal terrifying images that just can’t be real. Or can they? With an unreliable narrator, the audience has to keep reevaluating the information they get »

- John Squires

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Review: Stage Fright (2014)

9 April 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The “horror musical” concept is a bit of an oddity in cinema history. Surely, everyone is aware of the most popular grandaddy of them all, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, or Brian DePalma’s underrated classic (that came one year prior in 1974), The Phantom Of The Paradise, which has found a new appreciation in later years. Most of these films are deeply-rooted in cult cinema, as not everyone is as receptive to the genre-smashing as others. In the following decades, similar films have periodically taken stabs; such as Little Shop Of Horrors in 1986,  South Park’s Trey Parker and Matt Stone’s Cannibal! The Musical in 1996 and Tim Burton’s 2007 revision of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street (which, like Rocky Horror, originally hails from the stage). However, in the last decade, similar films have begun to surface and also attract cult status. Darren Lynn Bousman’s 2008 Repo! »

- Josh Soriano

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Ivan Reitman on 'Draft Day,' 'Space Jam 2,' and the Status of 'Ghostbusters 3'

9 April 2014 2:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

If you like comedy and you don't know who Ivan Reitman is...well, you should. After all, this is the man who produced the classic "National Lampoon's Animal House" and directed (deep breath) "Meatballs," "Stripes," the immortal "Ghostbusters," "Twins," "Junior," "Dave"...the list goes on and on. His collaborations on those first few movies, with the likes of Bill Murray and the late Harold Ramis, should be taught in comedy film school somewhere.

Reitman, oddly, also produced the first two horror movies ever directed by David Cronenberg ("Shivers" and "Rabid") and has produced or directed a whole bunch of other films, but one thing he has not done is direct a sports movie -- until now. His new film, "Draft Day," stars Kevin Costner as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns and takes place on arguably the most important day of the football calendar.

Moviefone sat down with Reitman »

- Don Kaye

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DVD Review: 'Carrie'

8 April 2014 9:40 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆Carrie, Stephen King's first published novel, has been adapted several times for the big screen, Brian De Palma's 1976 version being the most well-known and successful. The latest incarnation hails from Boys Don't Cry (1999) director Kimberly Peirce, who delivers an efficient, yet prosaic supernatural thriller that does its best to rework the story to fit in with modern day audiences (nods to social media come thick and fast throughout). Raised by her deeply religious mother Margaret (Julianne Moore), Carrie (the Kick-Ass franchise's Chloë Grace Moretz) is a timid teenager, whose life is made worse by the fact that she's constantly teased and tormented by her fellow students.

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- CineVue UK

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Andy Garcia: The Hollywood Interview

7 April 2014 11:21 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Andy Garcia Finds Love At Middleton

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Alex Simon

Since making a splash as crack shot George Stone in Brian De Palma’s The Untouchables, Andy Garcia has become one of the cinema’s most prolific and diverse actors. The Cuban-born Garcia boasts over 100 credits on his resume, with roles ranging from actor, director, producer and musical performer. At Middleton, which arrived on DVD and Blu-ray April 1 from Anchor Bay Entertainment, features Garcia as a slightly befuddled doctor who finds an unexpected love connection with another parent (Vera Farmiga) while accompanying their kids on a tour of a tony East Coast college. Andy Garcia spoke with us recently about this and other career highlights. Here’s what transpired:

I don’t think I’ve ever seen you play a guy who’s not cool, so it was a pleasant surprise to see you in At Middleton, which marks a change of pace. »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Top 7 Supernatural Films that Haunt Us

7 April 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Mike Flanagan wowed audiences with his feature directorial debut, Absentia, a few years back. Now he returns with an even creepier tale of supernatural terrors in Oculus (review). To celebrate the release of Oculus, we bring you a look at the Top Seven Supernatural Films that Haunt Us.

The funny thing about a really powerful supernatural movie, at least those that get wide theatrical releases, is they usually transcend the theater and become the talk of the nation for a while. And many of them even hang around our psyches for years and years to come.

We'll begin, as always, with our honorable mentions, and you'll see that many of them also took the country by storm. Low budget, found footage movies like Paranormal Activity and The Blair Witch Project were absolutely larger than life during their theatrical releases.

However, bigger films can also reach out and grab you. Poltergeist »

- Scott Hallam

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Brian De Palma keeps it in the family with Sisters

4 April 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Arrow Video is delighted to announce the latest addition to its roster of Brian De Palma movies with the UK Blu-ray debut of Sisters, arguably the first true Brian De Palma suspense thriller. Following the recent release of The Fury and the truly one-of-a-kind Phantom of the Paradise, Sisters has been treated to an all-new restoration that hopes to bring an all-new interest in one of De Palma’s greatest early works. Complementing this dual-format Blu-ray and DVD edition are a host of brand new extras including interviews with co-writer Louisa Rose, actress Jennifer Salt, editor Paul Hirsch and unit manager Jeffrey Hayes, a film-by-film guide to Brian De Palma's five-decade career by critic Mike Sutton, a visual essay by author Justin Humphreys and an all-new collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Kier-La Janisse, Brian De Palma’s original 1973 Village Voice essay on working »

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Brian De Palma keeps it in the family with Sisters

4 April 2014 9:21 AM, PDT | 24framespersecond.net | See recent 24FramesPerSecond news »

Arrow Video is delighted to announce the latest addition to its roster of Brian De Palma movies with the UK Blu-ray debut of Sisters, arguably the first true Brian De Palma suspense thriller. Following the recent release of The Fury and the truly one-of-a-kind Phantom of the Paradise, Sisters has been treated to an all-new restoration that hopes to bring an all-new interest in one of De Palma’s greatest early works. Complementing this dual-format Blu-ray and DVD edition are a host of brand new extras including interviews with co-writer Louisa Rose, actress Jennifer Salt, editor Paul Hirsch and unit manager Jeffrey Hayes, a film-by-film guide to Brian De Palma's five-decade career by critic Mike Sutton, a visual essay by author Justin Humphreys and an all-new collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by author Kier-La Janisse, Brian De Palma’s original 1973 Village Voice essay on working »

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Spotlight on the Stars: Scarlett Johansson

1 April 2014 12:31 PM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

After last week’s look at Jennifer Lawrence, I think this is now going to become another weekly series for me, tentatively called “Spotlight on the Stars”. Each week, I’ll look at an actor/actress/filmmaker that I’d like to celebrate in some way. It could be due to something of theirs coming out that weekend or just because I feel they deserve a moment in the sun, but each time it’ll be a bit of positivity about someone who I’d like to pay tribute to. For this week’s piece (which is technically the second one in the series, though I didn’t have a snappy name for the inaugural Lawrence one), I wanted to take a look at Scarlett Johansson. To some, she’s merely a pretty face, but when I look at her, not only do I see a beautiful woman, I also see a criminally underrated actress. »

- Joey Magidson

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Carrie Blu-Ray Review

31 March 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Kimberly Peirce

Starring: Chloë Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, Gabriella Wilde, Portia Doubleday

Running Time: 100 minutes

Certificate: 15

Blu-ray Extras: Feature Film With Alternate Ending,  ”Bringing Back Carrie” Featurette, Deleted/Extended Scenes with Commentary by Director Kimberly Peirce, Commentary by Director Kimberly Peirce, The Power of Telekinesis, Telekinetic Coffee Shop Surprise, Theatrical Trailer

There hasn’t been a more ambitious retelling of a classic horror story since the absolute disaster that was the Nicolas Cage rejig of The Wicker Man back in 2006. Like that movie, which was brought to the screen by Neil Labute, Carrie is helmed by a respected filmmaker in the form of Boys Don’T Cry’s Kimberley Peirce, who returns to direct for the first time since 2008′s lukewarm war drama Stop Loss.

Carrie is a modern-day version of the classic Stephen King novel which has been turned into a film very successfully in the past; the »

- Paul Heath

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‘Sabotage’ Review: Schwarzenegger Came Back to Hollywood for This?

27 March 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Nothing really gets sabotaged in “Sabotage,” unless you're counting the career of director David Ayer, who got some of his best reviews to date for “End of Watch” just two years ago. Apparently forgetting everything he knows about filmmaking in the intervening months, he's delivered up a schlocky and semi-incoherent shoot-'em-up, the most notable factor of which is a torrent of fake blood that rivals the gallons of Karo syrup Brian De Palma sprayed over “Scarface.” It's a testament, perhaps, to Arnold Schwarzenegger's star power that this choppy mess (co-written by Ayer and Skip Woods, who gave the world “A. »

- Alonso Duralde

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By Moroder: An Interview with Giorgio Moroder

25 March 2014 2:44 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

The reemergence of Giorgio Moroder to mainstream prominence over the last year has been one of the great unexpected gifts for music enthusiasts. In the wake of his seemingly inevitable collaboration with dance icons Daft Punk, Moroder has been collaborating, remixing, and working on new material of his own—not to mention DJing live for the first time in his storied career. In the process he has introduced himself to a new generation of fans, rightly receiving his due as an influential producer and sonic innovator. But what has yet to be widely recognized is the thumbprint Moroder has left on modern film composing. His iconic, Oscar-winning scores and songs for many of the biggest films of the late-1970s and ‘80s (Midnight Express, Top Gun) have long since entered the pantheon, but with the recent popularity of nostalgia-fueled films such as Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive, Moroder’s influence »

- Jordan Cronk

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Universal secures a director for Scarface remake

25 March 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Universal's Scarface update has taken a step close to becoming a reality, with The Wrap reporting that Chilean filmmaker Pablo Larrain (No, Tony Manero) has signed on to direct the studio's planned remake of the gangster classics from Howard Hawks and Brian De Palma.

According to the site, the new version "will reimagine the core immigrant story told in both the 1932 and 1983 films [and] will be an original story set in modern day Los Angeles that follows a Mexican immigrant's rise in the criminal underworld as he strives for the American Dream."

Scarface has been written by Paul Attanasio (Donnie Brasco), with Mark Shmuger (We Steal Secrets) producing alongside Marty Bregman, producer of the 1983 version. »

- Gary Collinson

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New Scarface will be 'Mexican hustler in La'

25 March 2014 4:45 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Producers of forthcoming film want to cast 'an authentic Latino' in the role, and seem set to hire Chilean director Pablo Larraín

The latest manifestation of Scarface will be a Mexican hustler working his way up on the streets of Los Angeles, according to The Wrap.

Universal has been working on a second remake of the classic gangster story since at least 2011, with Harry Potter's David Yates at one point in talks to direct. The studio now looks set to hire Chilean film-maker Pablo Larraín, best known for the Oscar-nominated political drama No, to oversee the new iteration.

Paul Muni took the central role of Italian newcomer Antonio "Tony" Comonte in the 1932 Scarface, a tale of warring Chicago gangs which teamed Howard Hawks with the legendary producer Howard Hughes. Al Pacino played Cuban drug baron Tony Montana in Brian de Palma's 1983 remake, which was critically panned on release but »

- Ben Child

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Pablo Larrain Set For New Scarface

25 March 2014 2:32 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

As it pushes ahead in its attempt to craft yet another take on the immigration and crime tale that is Scarface, Universal has seen filmmakers come and filmmakers go. The studio might finally have found its man, saying yes to No director Pablo Larrain taking the reins.According to The Wrap, this version of a tale told previously by Howard Hawks in 1932 and Brian De Palma in 1983 will focus on a Mexican arrival into the Us who will go to any lengths to pursue the American Dream. His route is via the criminal underworld as he rises steadily through power and violence. The film will explore his physical and emotional wounds, and the role they had to play in making him the man he becomes. It's not yet clear whether anyone will say hello to anyone else's little friend.David Yates had been considering taking the job before his Tarzan »

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Director found for Scarface reboot

24 March 2014 11:17 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

News Simon Brew 25 Mar 2014 - 06:17

Chilean director Pablo Larrain will be tackling the new, modern day take on Scarface...

See that? Right at the top of the article? it's one of those headlines that does not make people very happy. Scarface, after all, is another entry on the 'films that do not need to be remade' list. Although, of course, Brian De Palma's 1983 Scarface was in itself a remake of Howard Hawks' 1932 original. Let's call this one a reboot of a remake then. That'll cheer people up.

Anyway, Universal is pressing ahead with a new Scarface, engaging producers Martin Bregman and Marc Shmuger (and Bregman also produced De Palma's take on the material) to oversee the project. Furthermore, a director has been appointed too, with Pablo Larrain, who made the film No, signing up.

The new Scarface will be set in present day Los Angeles, and Paul Attanasio »

- simonbrew

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