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Terrifying It Follows Trailer Builds Mystery

17 December 2014 12:07 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

The Guest's Maika Monroe stars in one of the year's most praised festival films, It Follows (Our Review). The film's first trailer has dropped and it does an amazing job at setting a chilling tone for the film and setting up a sense of mystery.

The film directed by David Robert Mitchell (The Myth Of The American Sleepover), has drawn comparisons to 80s horro films as well as Brian De Palma's early work.

Synopsis:

After a strange sexual encounter, a teenager finds herself haunted by nightmarish visions and the inescapable sense that something is after her.

It Follows opens in the UK on February 27. Radius TWC will relea [Continued ...] »

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Witness to Murder | Blu-ray Review

16 December 2014 12:30 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Available for the first time on Blu-ray or DVD and remastered in high definition is forgotten film noir Witness to Murder, a 1954 Barbara Stanwyck potboiler also starring George Sanders and Gary Merrill. As written by Chester Erskine (The Egg and I, 1947), the film feels like plenty of other narratives, though its frustrating contrivance of hysteria as dramatic tension places it squarely within a particular male dominated paradigm. In particular, the film feels eerily reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s Rear Window, which actually opened a month after this Roy Rowland directed venture, doomed to be overshadowed and quickly forgotten. But, magnificently photographed by John Alton, it’s a shadowy and angular motion picture, enjoyable for its considerable melodrama as a portrait of misinformed and misogynistic gender politics.

Cheryl Draper (Barbara Stanwyck) witnesses a young woman being murdered in the apartment complex adjacent to her own. She calls the police to report what she sees. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Second Trailer For Wild Card Online

15 December 2014 1:16 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

A French trailer for Jason Statham's latest Wild Card emerged online a few weeks ago, and it's followed now by a slightly more subdued affair for the rest of us. There are still plenty of glimpses of crunchy action, but the latest clip chooses to emphasise the dramatic elements in Vegas, with veteran screenwriter William Goldman's name given almost as much prominence as the Stath's. Nobody gets their nose broken with a backwards headbutt this time...Statham's third film with Simon West following The Expendables 2 and The Mechanic, Wild Card was originally called The Heat, and had Brian De Palma attached to direct at one point. Goldman's screenplay is based on his 1985 novel of that latter name (published in the UK as Edged Weapons), and was filmed once before to disappointing results. The 1986 version starring Burt Reynolds went through an incredible five directors, including Robert Altman, who only stayed for a day. »

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Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide: Day Eleven

12 December 2014 1:50 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Welcome back everyone for the final day of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide! Because it’s been an exceptional year for genre fans, we’re focusing today on recapping more books and films that would make for great gifts this holiday season and are perfect for all fans. We’ve also got another great find from over on Etsy and we’re celebrating a new subscription service from the fine folks over at Waxworks Records.

And be sure to check out today’s final Holiday Horrors trivia question below for your shot at winning some awesome merchandise from our fine sponsors at HorrorDecor.net, Scream Factory and Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Thanks so much for following along with our 2014 Holiday Gift Guide and I hope you guys had as much fun reading the series as I had putting it together!

Vendor Spotlight: Waxwork Records

Waxwork Records specializes in releasing horror, »

- Heather Wixson

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The Noteworthy: Top Ten Time, Sober Von Trier, Donkeys in Cinema

10 December 2014 12:18 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Where to begin? This past few days saw an influx of "Best of" lists, which will probably continue until and beyond year's end. Let's kick it off with Cahiers du Cinéma's Top Ten:

1. Li'l Quinquin (Bruno Dumont)

2. Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard)

3. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)

4. Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg)

5. The Wind Rises (Hayao Miyazaki)

6. Nymphomaniac (Lars Von Trier)

7. Mommy (Xavier Dolan)

8. Love is Strange (Ira Sachs)

9. Le Paradis (Alain Cavalier)

10. Our Sunhi (Hong Sangsoo)

Above: I expect we'll be seeing a lot of lists topped with Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Sight & Sound is one such list and also includes the following:

1. Boyhood (Richard Linklater)

2. Adieu au langage (Jean-Luc Godard)

=3. Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev)

=3. Horse Money (Pedro Costa)

5. Under the Skin (Jonathan Glazer)

6. The Grand Budapest Hotel (Wes Anderson)

7. Winter Sleep (Nuri Bilge Ceylan)

8. The Tribe (Myroslav Slaboshpytskiy)

=9. Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski)

=9. Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)

See the rest here. »

- Notebook

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A Guide to Julianne Moore Film and TV Streaming on Netflix

5 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

-Tara Aquino

Here’s a fun fact: Julianne Moore has never won an Oscar. Injustice, right? The 54-year-old actress has been nominated four times—Boogie Nights (1997), The End of the Affair (1999), Far from Heaven (2002), and The Hours (2002)—and her filmography is sprawling with award-worthy performances. Most recently, her role in this year’s Still Alice, which hits theaters today, has jumpstarted the Best Actress buzz once again. Understandable, because when it played at this year’s AFI Film Festival, there wasn’t soul in the audience who didn’t bawl while watching Moore playing a linguistics professor whose life unravels as she develops Alzheimer’s. The truth is, Moore can take you on a roller coaster ride of emotion with any old role. For further proof, take a look at all of her films currently streaming on Netflix.

Carrie (2013)

Photo Credit: Screen Gems

Brian De Palma’s 1976 original take on »

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Foreign Actors Forge Global Careers After Film Breakthroughs

4 December 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

As any seasoned observer of the annual award circuit knows, the campaign trail for performers in foreign-language films is significantly rockier than it is for the rest. Of the 200 performances that secured an Oscar nomination in the past decade, a grand total of five are featured in films that aren’t principally in English. Even established crossover names have trouble gaining awards traction for subtitled fare: Witness Marion Cotillard, a rare foreign-language Oscar winner for “La Vie en Rose,” trailing this year’s perceived lead actress front-runners despite universal acclaim for her performance in “Two Days, One Night.”

For international newcomers, then, it’s that much harder to achieve such recognition — it’s been 10 long years since Colombian first-timer Catalina Sandino Moreno landed alongside Hilary Swank and Kate Winslet in the lead actress Oscar race for her sterling work in helmer-scribe Joshua Marston’s “Maria Full of Grace.”

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- Guy Lodge

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Watch: 9-Minute Video Essay On Brian De Palma's Cult Classic 'Phantom Of The Paradise'

4 December 2014 9:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Though not as famous as either “Tommy” or “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” and despite its quick box office death, Brian de Palma’s 1974 rock opera “Phantom of the Paradise” has slowly developed a cult following over the years, and a new video essay from Scout Tafoya will tell you why. The latest entry in Tafoya’s monthy video series “The Unloved” (via RogerEbert.com) focuses on de Palma’s cult classic and provides some much-needed context for the film’s very existence – it came out during the so-called New Hollywood movement of the '70s – as well as lavishing praise on de Palma’s stylized direction and world-building. Special notice is also given to the film’s star – and antagonist – Paul Williams, who created the film’s stellar soundtrack. Although it took decades to find its audience, the film still had a lasting impact on those lucky few that understood its madness. »

- Cain Rodriguez

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Cineteca Nacional's Masacre En Xoco Reveals 2014 Lineup

3 December 2014 11:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

The massacre of Xoco is about to begin again at Cineteca Nacional! As usual, curators José Luis Ortega and Mauricio Matamoros Durán have put together a fine selection of horror films for Masacre en Xoco, Mexico City's annual celebration of genre cinema and - the now extinct from cinemas - 35mm format. The fifth edition of Masacre en Xoco is, in words of the curators, "probably the last chance to watch in 35mm important films for the genre, such as Dario Argento's The Cat o' Nine Tails and Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead."Aside of said films, Masacre en Xoco 2014 offers the chance to watch on the big screen Brian de Palma's Phantom of the Paradise and Ridley Scott's Alien, celebrating 40 and 35 years respectively....

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Matt Reeves Set to Direct Bank Heist Thriller at 20th Century Fox

2 December 2014 12:55 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

After amping up the prequel game with the outstanding blockbuster Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, director Matt Reeves has just signed on to direct something different at 20th Century Fox. THR reports that Reeves is set to direct an untitled bank heist thriller based on an original pitch by Matt Charman, the man behind Steven Spielberg's forthcoming Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks. As of now plot details are being kept under wraps, but the film is reaching high when it comes to heist thrillers as it's described as being in the same vein as Brian De Palma's Heat and the Al Pacino classic Dog Day Afternoon. Charman hatched the idea for the film with Matthew Plouffe, an executive at Tobey Maguire's Material production banner, and The Great Gatsby star will also be producing the film. Fox didn't jump at the film until it »

- Ethan Anderton

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Obsessed with Pop Culture: Best of the Week

29 November 2014 10:24 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

 

Childhood Memories: ‘Sneak Previews

When renowned film critic, Roger Ebert, died last year, there was a huge outpouring of appreciation from film lovers around the world.  He was an ambassador for cinema who introduced audiences to countless films they might have otherwise missed.  Ebert and his long-time partner, Gene Siskel, started reviewing movies on their Chicago PBS affiliate back in 1975.  The program was called Sneak Previews, and it laid the foundation for their hugely successful syndicated show, Siskel & Ebert, that was to follow a decade later… read the full article. 

Monstervision: The Saturday Drive-In

I Got 88 Seconds and a Wookiee Ain’t One: Cinephilic Musings on the ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Teaser

I had a plan, I swear. In the days leading up to November 28th, a friend and I had negotiated the logistics of seeing a movie at one of the theatres listed on J.J.’s »

- Ricky

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Jason Statham Kicks Ass in Las Vegas in Trailer for Wild Card

28 November 2014 10:02 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Jason Statham is back and getting violent with a bunch of Las Vegas thugs in his latest action thriller Wild Card, which is called Joker in the the UK. The movie is a remake of the 1987 film Heat with Burt Reynolds, and it was supposed to be directed by Brian De Palma before The Mechanic and The Expendables 2 director Simon West took it over. 

It looks like an awesome action flick, and I imagine Statham fans won't be disappointed in what they see in this trailer. He just goes on a Vegas rampage kicking all kinds of ass! Here's the synopsis:

Nick Wild, an ex-marine and gambling addict, goes into the protection business but plans to leave Las Vegas for a better life. When his last girlfriend, Holly, is found beaten and left for dead, he agrees to help revenge her. He will soon discover that the guilty man is Danny DeMarco, »

- Joey Paur

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Frank Yablans, Former Paramount President, Dead At 79

27 November 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Frank Yablans was president of Paramount during some of the studio’s most golden years from 1971 to 1975. Working under notorious owner Charlie Bludhorn, Yablans’ tenure included such Oscar winners and nominees as The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Serpico, Paper Moon, Chinatown and Murder On The Orient Express. He died peacefully in his sleep of natural causes this morning, his son, ICM PartnersEddy Yablans, told Deadline.

Frank Yablans worked in his early years for Warner Bros, The Walt Disney Company and Filmways and joined Paramount in the late 60s where he spearheaded marketing for Arthur Hiller’s Ryan O’Neal/Ali MacGraw tearjerker Love Story before ascending to the presidency. After leaving Paramount, he went on to a successful career as a producer/exec producer on such films as Richard Pryor/Gene Wilder comedy Silver Streak and Brian De Palma’s The Fury. He also wrote and produced such »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Al Pacino remembers Mike Nichols: 'Hard to find anyone like that again.'

26 November 2014 11:46 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Los Angeles — A week ago the film world lost one of the masters, legendary director Mike Nichols. Naturally the news sent a shockwave through the tight-knit community as Nichols' reach was pretty deep, the lives he had touched, and certainly, the careers he had affected. One of them was Al Pacino. Pacino starred in Nichols' adaptation of Tony Kushner's Broadway landmark "Angels in America" alongside great actors putting out great work, from Emma Thompson to Meryl Streep to Jeffrey Wright and more. Many of them, including Pacino, showed up on our assessment of the great performances Nichols managed to draw out in his 40-plus years in the business. "That happens in life, where we lose someone and it's palpable," Pacino told me recently. "Everybody feels it. There's a void there. They're gone. I loved him. I just loved him. He was probably the greatest director I ever worked with. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Star Wars: A New Hope Opening Crawl Before Brian De Palma Edited it

26 November 2014 10:01 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The opening crawl is an iconic part of Star Wars. The idea is something George Lucas borrowed from the Buck Rogers film serials. Lucas showed the script to his friend Brian De Palma, who edited the opening crawl into what we know today. The copy is much clearer and I'm glad De Palma was involved to make some great changes.

Source: Imgur, Wikipedia

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See an Early Draft of the Original ‘Star Wars’ Opening Crawl

25 November 2014 12:30 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The opening crawl from Star Wars is familiar to most of our readers by now — even the people who don’t know it by heart would recognize the text immediately. But that crawl, like any other part of a film, took some editing and whittling to knock into final shape. Brian De Palma helped George […]

The post See an Early Draft of the Original ‘Star Wars’ Opening Crawl appeared first on /Film. »

- Russ Fischer

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Sirk, Verhoeven and Fincher: Unflinching Reproduction as Satire

25 November 2014 9:49 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

David Fincher’s most recent film, Gone Girl, has been the subject of intense criticism and analysis over the past few weeks. From claims of intense misogyny to stringent defenses on the other side, the film has evoked the most emotional critical response of any film in recent memory. However, my favourite part of the debate concerning Gone Girl has been the auteurist debate: which famous director is Fincher emulating in Gone Girl. Nick Pinkerton from Film Comment argues that Fincher is a derivative hack like Otto Preminger. Christy Lemire on the program What the Flick and Forrest Wickman from Slate make the obvious argument for Hitchcock. Richard Kelly (writer/director of Donnie Darko) draws the comparison to Stanley Kubrick and Eyes Wide Shut. Matt Achity, also on What the Flick!, argues against the Hitchcock comparison to draw a link to Brian De Palma. Even here on the Sound on Sight podcast, »

- Mynt Marsellus

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What Star Wars' Opening Crawl Was Originally Going To Read

23 November 2014 8:46 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s a well-known fact among Star Wars fans that the opening crawl of the original 1977 film was actually co-written by George Lucas and famed director Brian De Palma, but have you ever found yourself wondering what the text said before the Scarface filmmaker got a crack at it? Thanks to the magic of the internet, the answer to that rather random question has been uncovered. A user on the image gathering website Imgur has posted a collection of rare behind-the-scenes photos and script images from the original Star Wars, and scans of the screenplay owned by Continuity Supervisor Ann Skinner have revealed what the original crawl was going to say while the film was still in development. You can see the first page in its entirety over at the source, but you can read the early draft of the crawl below: It is a period of civil wars in »

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Read the Star Wars Original Opening Crawl Before It Was Finessed by Brian De Palma

23 November 2014 7:53 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

You can’t have Star Wars without the opening crawl, and I admit I’ll be excited on December 18, 2015 when Star Wars: The Force Awakens appears on screen followed by the first new crawl text in ten years.  Like all other aspects of almost any other production, Star Wars: A New Hope went through plenty of tweaks, and the opening crawl was among them.  The original screenplays for the trilogy are fascinating (Star Wars: The Annotated Scripts is a great read), and a page from a 1976 draft recently found its way online.  The opening crawl presented in this draft isn’t drastically different from what’s in the final film—the gist is the same—but George Lucas, with the help of friend Brian De Palma, were able to finesse the language and make it read better. Hit the jump to check out the Star Wars original opening »

- Matt Goldberg

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Afm panel hails shock of the new

11 November 2014 9:20 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Emerging digital and bespoke theatrical platforms give filmmakers and distributors a fighting chance of success in the new era, attendees at the Afm’s distribution panel heard on Tuesday (November 11).

Moderator Russell Schwartz, president of domestic marketing at Relativity Europa Distribution, and five panellists discussed the opportunities that await those who embrace new paradigms and warned of over-reliance on the old model for those outside the studio system.

“I’m not looking to compete with studio films,” said Abramorama president Richard Abramowitz. “I’m looking for well defined films that can find a core audience.”

Abramowitz spoke of the success of the documentary Awake (pictured), a documentary about the life of the guru Yoganada.

“Very little money is being spent but because it has a defined audiences people are showing up in record numbers and we will ultimately have a theatrical gross of over $1m. It’s at half a million now, it has been »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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