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There is something about getting a kick out of the sleazy celluloid cretins that feels rather intriguing. Whether these movie weasels are unctuous lawyers, abusive spouses or borderline bullies the concept of being a big screen weasel brings to mind some of the most colorful cast of conniving cohorts of misbehaving ever assembled. Okay…maybe that is a stretch as there are countless of other worthy weasels deserving of making a top ten list–probably even better known or notorious than the selection being presented currently.
Nevertheless, let’s check out the weasel-like wonders that movie audiences have learned to love or despise depending on the frame of mind in celebrating these shifty oddballs.
Note: The selections of The Art of Being Shady and Shifty: The Top 10 Movie Weasels featured below are presented in no particular preference or order:
Now how can anyone omit one of »
- Frank Ochieng
*Author’s note: In this second of three articles asking readers (and myself) if the Halloween, Friday The 13th, and A Nightmare On Elm Street franchises really have anywhere else left to go, the subject under the microscope this time around is Jason Voorhees, his mother Pamela and everyone else involved in some unfortunate events that have transpired through the years at Crystal Lake. Meant as a look back at the series’ history, I’m asking, what do you fans think? Read on!
The Friday The 13th series has gone through so many changes and reinventions, that like the character of Jason Voorhees, it’s somewhat of a mess behind its mask. Mostly known for the hockey mask-wearing slasher, the series first began as something entirely different. Producer/Director Sean Cunningham’s attempt to cash in on the Halloween slasher craze had its genesis in a trade advertisement trying to »
- Jerry Smith
Here's another installment featuring Joe Dante's reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments! Currently tearing up ballyhoo market boxoffice records, this generally ordinary horror film has a potent selling gimmick in its rat heavies. A big grosser for the broad range of markets thanks to unusually powerful promotion campaign. Rating: Gp.
Willard, the tender story of a boy and his killer rats, is already the surprise hit of the season, thanks largely to a shrewd ballyhoo campaign devised by the showmen at Cinerama releasing which makes the Bcp Production a virtually irresistible attraction for a broad range of thrill fans. Far better horror films have come and gone in recent years, but without Willard's main distinction‑its rat gimmick, which is bringing out the monster fans, the kids and anyone else »
- Joe Dante
Ryan Gosling’s directing debut, Lost River, became the biggest non-stunt media event of the festival so far. The excitement was palpable, and queues began forming for its 2pm premiere a full 90 minutes before, with crowds stretching for hundreds of yards in all directions. Afterwards, however, there were quite a few puzzled faces; Lost River, formerly titled How To Catch A Monster is even more of an arthouse/grindhouse crossover than last year’s Only God Forgives, jumping erratically between styles in a film that echoes a number of cult American directors – Harmony Korine, David Lynch, David Gordon Green, Crispin Glover – that one wouldn’t expect his mainstream audience to know or much care about.Though the new title isn’t quite so catchy, it does better reflect the story, which concerns a woman named Billy (Christina Hendricks) who lives with her two sons in a shabby house in a derelict part of a decaying, »
Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are getting animated in Jay and Silent Bob's Super Groovy Cartoon Movie, an all-new adventure in the View Askewniverse. Stoners Jay and Bob hit the lottery jackpot and use their cash windfall to become crime-fighting superheroes in this latest outing, now available On Demand. We recently caught up with Jay himself, Mr. Mewes, for a chat about the movie. It was originally conceived as a tour-only treat for fans, but once they realized shows were selling out, and not everyone could see it, they decided to bring it home. We discuss this, the inevitable groovy cartoon sequel that Jason is currently writing, and the destiny of the long awaited Clerks III. And for all you Todd and the Book of Pure Evil fans, don't worry! He also gives us an update on this cult classic Canadian TV show that continues to amass a huge following here in the states. »
Horny camp counselors around the world, beware! Jason Voorhees is coming to television. According to Deadline, Friday the 13th producer Sean S. Cunningham has inked a deal to develop an hour-long show based around everybody’s favorite hockey mask-clad machete wielder.
During his ’80s heyday, Voorhees was one of the most iconic characters in film, and his hulking, silent demeanor and signature goalie wear have kept him in the horror zeitgeist since his inception. Thanks to the increasingly odd nature of the sequels and the fact that Jason has been under the control of an eclectic cavalcade of writers, directors, »
- Kyle Anderson
Innovative filmmaker Crispin Glover is soon set to tour a series of cinemas across the UK, showing his films such as It Is Fine! Everything is Fine., and What Is It?, along with slideshows, Q&As and book signings. Ahead of his arrival, we asked him three questions – and here are his fascinating, unedited answers below.
1) As an artist with multiple talents, how many of them have been satisfied by making It Is Fine! Everything is Fine.?
I enjoy making films because they incorporate so many different art forms, photography, music, story, editing, acting, backdrops and set design and more. So I find this combination of arts the most satisfying to complete even though it can take a lot of money and time to accomplish such a thing.
2) You’ve stated that this will probably be the best film you’ll ever have anything to do with in your entire career. »
- Gary Green
A birthday snuck by us! Yesterday - April 13th - Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (the fourth film in the long-running slasher series) celebrated its 30th anniversary. Hailed by many as the best installment in the franchise, the film was directed by Joseph Zito, starred Corey Feldman, Crispin Glover and Kimberly Beck and introduced horror fans to Tommy Jarvis, a character who would resurface a few times in the series. To celebrate this birthday, let's reflect with some videos. Does The Final Chapter rank as your favorite in the series?
The post 1984 Flashback! Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter Turns 30! appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Who doesn’t love a good revenge movie? From the likes of Charles Bronson in Death Wish to Camille Keaton in I Spit on Your Grave, revenge movies have been a staple of “the movies” for years. But there’s never been a revenge movie quite like Revenge For Jolly!
Everyone knows‘man’s best friend is his dog. But in Harry’s case his dog Jolly is not just his best friend, he is his only source of joy in life. In debt to the wrong kind of people Harry is thinking of skipping town and taking his dog Jolly with him. As a last hurrah before leaving he visits his cousin Cecil for dinner, returning home in the morning to pack up his life »
- Phil Wheat
Imagine a twisted world in which Back to the Future, a zany fable starring Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly and John Lithgow as Doc Brown — a mad scientist with a pet chimpanzee — is released by Disney in May 1985. The film ends with Marty traveling to a nuclear test site in Nevada and escaping the past via time-traveling refrigerator.
Not to mix our references, but this would indeed be the darkest timeline.
- Hillary Busis
Mark Rylance has joined the cast of Walt Disney Pictures' Alice in Wonderland sequel, Through the Looking Glass . Variety reports that the actor, best known for his stage work, will play the father of Johnny Depp's Mad Hatter in director James Bobin's followup to Tim Burton's 2010 box office hit. The original film, itself a sequel of sorts to Carroll's 19th century texts, "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking-Glass," starred Mia Wasikowska alongside Depp, Anne Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Crispin Glover, Matt Lucas, Alan Rickman, Stephen Fry, Michael Sheen, Timothy Spall, Christopher Lee, Paul Whitehouse and Barbara Windsor and grossed more than a billion dollars at the worldwide box office. Linda Woolverton, who scripted the »
On the day the king of late-night longevity announced his plans to retire, we thought we’d take a look back at some of David Letterman‘s most memorable moments. We’ll start with two unforgettable incidents from his NBC days and work our way up through the CBS era. First, we set the wayback machine to the first Reagan administration … Andy Kaufman vs. the Wrestler, July 1982 The polarizing comic was known at the time for wrestling women and mouthed off until he finally got into the squared circle with a man. He took on pro grappler Jerry “The King” Lawler and lost, falling victim to a piledriver. A few months later, the two faced off on Late Night: Related: Watch David Letterman Announce His Retirement Crispin Glover Gets His Kicks, July 1987 The actor who played George McFly in Back To The Future — but, notably, not in the sequels — came »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
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What's It About? Can Ron Burgundy and his team up their game to take on the 24-hour news cycle? Will they take a bite out of the Big Apple or choke? Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, David Koechner, and Christina Applegate return for more unclassy antics.
Why We're In: Anyone who's watched a Will Ferrell/Adam McKay film knows that the alternate and extended scenes are endlessly watchable. That goes double for "Anchorman 2," which was initially released as a PG-13 film and later upgraded to a "super-sized R."
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- moviefone (@moviefone) March 31, 2014
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- Jenni Miller
What to Watch is back in two-week form this time around, hitting the most important Blu-ray, DVD, and streaming offerings from both March 25th and April 1st. No April Fool’s Day jokes here. We’re above that. Sorta. What you will find is one of the best movies of last year, a fantastic comedy series, a foreign film you really should see, and further proof that John Cusack is merely slipping into straight-to-dvd oblivion like that damn horse in “The Neverending Story”. Pick one of the six. What the Hell, pick two.
Photo credit: Paramount
One of the best films of 2013 is here in a mildly disappointing Blu-ray given the rumors of four or even Six hour cuts reportedly in the works for release someday. Consequently, this practically movie-only release has the feel of a placeholder, something to put »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Friday the 13th film franchise has long been mauled by the critics and – often – even its biggest fans. It’s a stalk and slash series with a primitive notion of being scary which, when compared to the original Halloween and that other stalk and slasher franchise, Alien, is not very subtle at all. The films have grossed millions and the series has hit its twelfth entry but, like any long-running franchise, some are definitely better than others.
Bizarrely, the Friday the 13th film rights have been given back to Paramount in a deal which will allow Warner Bros. to co-produce Christopher Nolan’s 2014 summer blockbuster Interstellar. That Jason Vorhees has been a negotiating chip between two of the biggest studios for a Christopher Nolan epic is both strange and speaks volumes. In a way, they can chuck anything out under the moniker and it’ll make money. »
- Hugh Firth
Though he's a actor of many genres, veteran performer Crispin Glover doesn't like to be defined by any single one of them. He's known worldwide, of course, for playing George McFly in Back to the Future, the villainous Thin Man in Charlie's Angels and more recently the Knave of Hearts in Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland. But whenever he has the opportunity, Glover, who turns 50 next month, marches to the beat of his own drummer. In fact, the film that Glover has declared as his greatest piece of work is a film that probably most people will never get a chance to see because it was shot independently and has never been distributed on video. Co-directed by Glover and David Brothers, the 2007 psychological horror thriller It is Fine! Everything is Fine. has to date only been seen at its Sundance Film Festival premiere, and after that, at Glover's touring »
- Tim Lammers
It’s been four years since Tim Burton’s visually spectacular Alice in Wonderland adaptation went down the rabbit hole to massive box-office success (with a $1.025 billion haul, it stands as the fifteenth highest-grossing film of all time) and awards attention (including two Oscars for Costume Design and Art Direction). Now, Disney is finally getting close to beginning production on a sequel. Through the Looking Glass, as the project is now known, is set to hit screens in 2016, and the studio is currently firming up a cast of familiar and fresh faces.
In not-so-surprising news, Variety is reporting that Helena Bonham Carter is close to signing on to reprise her role as the villainous Red Queen. If she finalizes her deal, she’ll will join previously confirmed actors Mia Wasikowska, returning as Alice, and Johnny Depp, reprising his role as the Hatter.
It’s currently unknown whether the sequel will »
- Isaac Feldberg
You know From Dusk Till Dawn? That 1996 movie with the vampires in the bar in Mexico? Well, you know the first ten or so minutes of that movie? Stretch that out over 45 and you have the pilot episode of Robert Rodriguez's television adaptation of his own work, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series.
After premiering last night on Rodriguez's El Ray Network, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series debuted on Netflix and Amazon today and shows off just what we can expect from the show. Rodriguez himself has said that the idea is to expand upon the characters from the movie by fleshing out their backstories with the infamous Titty Twister bar coming into play midway through the season. With that in mind, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series is a rousing success, »
- Luke Owen
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Helena Bonham Carter is confirmed to return as The Red Queen in the sequel to 2010's Alice in Wonderland, titled Through the Looking Glass. She will be reuniting with Johnny Depp as The Mad Hatter and Mia Wasikowska as Alice.
Plot details are being kept secret for the time being, as the sequel prepares for a May 27, 2016 release date. At this time, it is not known if other actors, such as Anne Hathaway, Crispin Glover and Alan Rickman will also be back to reprise their roles.
The original Alice in Wonderland was a mega-blockbuster for Disney, pulling in $334 million domestically and over a billion dollars worldwide.
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