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Have you ever wondered what are the films that inspire the next generation of visionary filmmakers? As part of our monthly Ioncinephile profile (read this September), we ask the filmmaker the incredibly arduous task of identifying their top ten list of favorite films. Craig Johnson (who sees his The Skeleton Twins receive its theatrical release on September 12th) put together this top 10 (as of September 2014).
Carrie - Brian De Palma (1976)
“Freaky, funny, arty, beautiful, … and fucking scary. Sissy Spacek breaks your heart. And that seventies split screen action? Badass. This movie delivers on all levels at all times.”
“Every moment of this movie rings true. Painfully funny, painfully smart and so perfectly constructed. My sister and I quote it whenever we see each other. Might be a perfect film.”
“The look on Mrs. Robinson’s face when Benjamin leaves her in the hallway. »
- Eric Lavallee
Tom Hiddleston after his challengeI know it's for a good cause but we're definitely reaching saturation point for the Als Ice Bucket Challenge. Soon, like maybe in 5 minutes, it will be over. But Als is enjoying huge fundraising numbers so good on them for dreaming it up. I hope all these celebrates dousing themselves with freezing water are donating a dollar for every viewing of their videos and vines.
I've avoided sharing any because how would you choose? I mean other than skipping my beloved childhood idol Olivia Newton-John who kind of misses the point, filling her thimble "bucket" of ice with undoubtedly warm pool water before trickling it over her gorgeous blonde head. Let's just say Her Chills Weren't Multiplying. She Was Not Losing Control.
So why am I posting this? To note that this ice bucket madness which was mostly music stars at first has gone global. Here's »
- NATHANIEL R
Over the past week, we’ve seen a lot of people dumping buckets of ice water on their head to promote awareness about Als — the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Thankfully some very creative people have made the #IceBucketChallenge more engaging — like Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters. The band has re-created the bloody prom scene from Carrie in their video. Based on Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, Carrie was directed by Brian De Palma and brought the story of a tormented young woman who unleashes her telekinetic powers on her high school class to the big screen. Kudos to singer Grohl who does a wicked Sissy Spacek cry-face in the video. We're just glad we didn't have...
- Alison Nastasi
You can say what you’d like about the never-ending stream of Als Ice Bucket videos clogging your social media feeds, but when you look at the numbers, a current donation total of $22.9 million can’t be argued with. With only $1.9 million donated during the exact same time period last year and no reported cases of pneumonia yet, I’d say the Ice Bucket Challenge is quite the smashing success whether you drenched yourself in freezing water, donated some dough, or did both!
With that said, the real challenge now is finding new and inventive ways to douse yourself in the name of Als. I’ve recently had a construction buddy of mine get an entire bulldozer full of icy water dumped on him, Paul Bissonnette took a load of actual glacier water from a helicopter, but leave it to the most awesome man on the face of the Earth »
- Matt Donato
The Foo Fighters are no strangers to paying homage to classic horror films. Their music video for “Everlong” which was directed by Michel Gondry and nominated for Best Music Video at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards, is, in part, a parody of the film The Evil Dead. Now, decades later, they’ve found a new way to once again parody a classic horror film – this time Brian De Palma’s Carrie in Dave Grohl’s ice bucket challenge.
Challenged by the Zac Brown Band, the Foo Fighters decided to spice things up by recreating the iconic prom scene from De Palma’s classic. In replacing Sissy Spacek with Grohl, and the pigs blood with ice-cold water, the FooFighter’s have elevated the simple act of dumping cold water on one’s head, into something quite memorable. Watch the video below. Enjoy!
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The Foo Fighters completed the Als Ice Bucket Challenge in an epic fashion Tuesday, when lead singer Dave Grohl put on a prom dress and acted out the climactic scene from “Carrie.” See video: ‘Batman’ Ben Affleck Steps Up to Als Ice Bucket Challenge “I'm accepting Zac Brown's Als Ice Bucket Challenge,” Grohl said. “Furthermore, I'm challenging Jack Black, John Travolta and Stephen King.” “You have 24 hours,” he added, slipping a tiara onto his head. Then came the downpour. In the horror flick, Sissy Spacek (and later Chloe Grace Moretz) get drenched in buckets of pig blood. This time, »
- Travis Reilly
The man who teamed with Michael Douglas to launch Columbia-based production outfit Stonebridge Entertainment died today of cancer in L.A. Peter McAlevey was 58. The Suffern, NY, native was working as a Newsweek entertainment writer when Jeffrey Katzenberg recruited him to the new Disney team. During McAlevey’s tenure there, he partnered with Michael Douglas on Stonebridge, where they produced such films as Flatliners (1990), Double Impact (1991), and Radio Flyer (1992). Outside of Stonebridge, McAlevey also produced the romantic comedy Hard Promises (1991), starring Sissy Spacek and future CSI star William Petersen, which bowed at the Toronto International Film Festival. After Stonebridge shuttered in 1994, McAlevey launched Thunderbrid Pictures, which made such pics as Klash (1995) and the boxing remake Body And Soul (2000). Other credits include Shadow Hours (2000) and the System of a Down docu Screamers (2006). The Columbia University grad, who roadied for the New York Dolls during their 1970s heyday, also produced last year’s horror pic Kill Her, »
- The Deadline Team
Got blood? For its upcoming production of Carrie: The Musical, Southeast L.A.’s La Mirada Theatre for the Performing Arts plans to convert its space on La Mirada Boulevard into Ewan High School. The “immersive theater” event will put audience members at the center of the action. Producers Bruce Robert Harris and Jack W. Batman, and The Transfer Group are mounting the environmental staging, beginning March 12, 2015, with an official opening night set for March 18, 2015.
Based on the Stephen King novel, the musical is by the 1976 film’s original screenwriter Lawrence D. Cohen, with music by Academy Award winner Michael Gore (Fame, Terms Of Endearment), and lyrics by Academy Award winner Dean Pitchford (Fame, Footloose). Brady Schwind will stage the show, with choreography by Imara Quinonez.
“The story of Carrie has endured in the popular consciousness for decades, but no one has ever experienced it from this point of view, »
- Jeremy Gerard
Cult movie classic ‘Pretty Poison’ filmmaker Noel Black dead at 77 (photo: Tuesday Weld and Anthony Perkins in ‘Pretty Poison’) Noel Black, best remembered for the 1968 cult movie classic Pretty Poison, died of pneumonia at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital on July 5, 2014. Black (born on June 30, 1937, in Chicago) was 77. Prior to Pretty Poison, Noel Black earned praise for the 18-minute short film Skaterdater (1965), the tale of a boy skateboarder who falls for a girl bike rider. Shot on the beaches of Los Angeles County, the dialogue-less Skaterdater went on to win the Palme d’Or for Best Short Film and tied with Orson Welles’ Falstaff - Chimes at Midnight for the Technical Grand Prize at the 1966 Cannes Film Festival. Besides, Skaterdater received an Academy Award nomination in the Best Short Subject, Live Action category. (The Oscar winner that year was Claude Berri’s Le Poulet.) ‘Pretty Poison’: Fun and games and »
- Andre Soares
The ratty hair, the twisted teeth, the oily flesh. No, I'm not talking about the newest movie monster. I'm talking about our awkward high school years! In celebration of the release of All Cheerleaders Die, we're taking a look back at the Top 9 High School Horrors.
Looking back, we can remember plenty of high school horrors, and combination skin is just one of them. There were a lot of possibilities for this list, and we've got 9 of our favorites listed below. But we would have to flunk ourselves if we didn't turn in an honor roll of honorable mentions.
Of course another Lucky McKee film, The Woods, has to be listed, as does Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And those vivacious vixens from The Craft turned up the heat in their high school, and nobody - and we mean nobody - survives Cherry Falls.
And now, on to the...
- Scott Hallam
The knock on the Academy Awards throughout the years always seem to be how certain actors, directors and films are snubbed in favor of other chosen nominations. Sometimes the justification for these overlooked selections in performances and motion pictures are warranted. Many will agree that a lot of injustices have been committed based on how some Oscar-worthy selections were slighted.
Has anyone ever considered the equal possibilities of omission when one Oscar nominee wins the golden statuette over another nominee that one thought was more deserving for the victory? There have been numerous instances when observers who have witnessed an Oscar win thought that their competitor should have received it instead. It is only human nature to have an opinion as to feel who should have claimed Oscar gold as opposed to the fellow nominee that actually accomplished the goal.
Let us look at the top ten instances where it »
- Frank Ochieng
Update: On June 29, Lifetime announced Zendaya Coleman would no longer play Aaliyah in the biopic referenced in the article below, and that the production was on hold.
Original Post: The recipe for a music biopic should go something like this: Start with a beloved musician; add a string of crowd-pleasing hits; mix in a good dose of backstage drama; hit them with a triumphant and/or fatal finale; roll credits. But actually getting a film into theaters? It’s never been that simple—and as several pending biopics have learned lately, it’s not getting any easier.
For every movie »
- Nina Terrero
The independently financed film is being produced by Dean Zanuck and Stefano Gallini-Durante as a Zanuck Independent and Code 39 Films production with Mark Wheaton exec producing. Eric D. Howell is directing from Andrew Shaw’s script, adapted from the Italian novel “La voce della pietra” by Silvio Raffo.
“Voice From the Stone” is set in 1950s Tuscany with Clarke portraying a nurse aiding a boy through the trauma of his mother’s sudden death. As she works with the troubled child, she becomes ensnared by a malevolent force inside the family’s castle.
Clarke portrays Daenerys Targaryen in “Game of Thrones.” The British thesp »
- Dave McNary
Terrorizing tykes. Corruptible kids. Menacing mop-tops. Problematic pubescent. However one might want to use their alliterative labeling when it comes to troubled young people and the trauma they cause (or the trauma that gravitates to them) in the world of cinema it is always fascinating to see the suspense, aggravation and psychological ramifications behind such happenings.
Kid Power, Kid Sour: Top 10 Misguided Youngsters in Film looks to examine some of the young people involved in such disturbing dilemmas within various facets in cinema. So let us check out a selection of these impressionable violators (in some cases victims) and contemplate their predicaments at hand, shall we?
1.) Rhonda Penmark from The Bad Seed (1956)
In playing the little pig-tailed sociopath Rhonda Penmark in Mervyn LeRoy’s Oscar-nominated film The Bad Seed, child actress Patty McCormack received an Academy Award nomination as the kid killer without a conscious. Spoiled and devious to a fault, »
- Frank Ochieng
Chicago – Some people spend the rest of their lives trying to compensate for slights felt in high school – that social jungle is staged in “Carrie: The Musical.” Based on Stephen King’s novel, the story of Carrie White is presented as an adversarial tale by Bailiwick Chicago at Victory Gardens Theater.
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Say the words “Carrie: The Musical” and the first reaction might be a preparation for a campy romp. The Stephen King story is best remembered in the Brian De Palma film of 1976, starring Sissy Spacek. Although the film is serious, the disco-era styles and graphic ending of that version could easily be sent up. But this stage adaptation – in what began as a 1988 straightforward Broadway musical – is more interested in exploring the bullying torture of the main character, and the consequences for her persecutors. This Carrie is serious business about high school rejection, and is brought together »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Two best friends find their relationship put to the ultimate test in the first trailer for Very Good Girls, the latest from director Naomi Foner (Losing Isaiah). Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen star as Lily and Gerry, who vow to lose their virginity before leaving for college, although their longtime friendship is strained when they both fall for the same guy (Boyd Holbrook). Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, Ellen Barkin, Peter Sarsgaard and Clark Gregg round out an all-star cast in this indie drama, debuting on iTunes and VOD formats June 24 before arriving in theaters July 25.
Best friends Lily (Dakota Fanning) and Gerry (Elizabeth Olsen), home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college. But when they both fall for the same handsome artist (Boyd Holbrook) and Lily starts seeing him in secret, a lifelong friendship is tested. With Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, »
The Avengers might have a new nemesis: mutants.
Hollywood politics will likely keep Marvel’s two most-populated superhero franchises on different movie screens for the foreseeable future, but the critics are poised to put Fox’s X-Men on the same pedestal as the Avengers following Days of Future Past. Bryan Singer’s new movie, based on a 1981 comic book that involves time travel and mutant-killing Sentinels, unites the original “present-day” X-Men with their younger selves, introduced in Matthew Vaughn’s stylish 2011 prequel, First Class.
An embarrassment of casting riches unites when Hugh Jackman’s Wolverine is sent back to 1973 to »
- Jeff Labrecque
Written by Lawrence D. Cohen
Directed by Brian De Palma
It was the first film to be adapted from a Stephen King novel. Its leading ladies were acclaimed for their career-defining performances, and the film pushed its relatively unknown supporting cast into the limelight. It is one of the very few horror films to be recognised at the Academy Awards and has sincere spawned a musical, remakes, and a sequel. However, 40 years on since the publication of the original novel, nothing has captured the sheer horror of Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation. So, what is it about Carrietta “Carrie” White that makes her so special?
The film itself has a simple premise: Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) is a socially awkward teenage girl, abused by her unstable mother and mocked by her peers. She is invited to the school prom in a rare act of kindness, only to »
- Katie Wong
Chloe Sevigny has joined Netflix's upcoming untitled family thriller in a recurring role, Deadlinereports.
The drama comes from the creators of Damages and stars Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini and Norbert Leo Butz as three siblings whose secrets resurface when their "black sheep" older brother (Ben Medelsohn) returns home. Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard will play their parents. Jacidna Barrett plays the wife of Chandler's character.
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- Sadie Gennis
Chloë Sevigny and Rescue Me's Steven Pasquale have signed on for recurring roles in Netflix's untitled family thriller from the creators of Damages. The show already has a pretty stacked cast: Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, and Norbert Leo Butz star as three adult siblings whose lives are turned upside down when their "black sheep" older brother, played by Ben Mendelsohn, returns home. Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard are playing their parents. According to Deadline, Sevigny will play Chelsea, a former flame of Mendelsohn's character, while Pasquale will be a potential love interest for Cardellini's character. So there have to be only five to ten more high-profile casting announcements until this thing finally gets a name, right? »
- Anna Silman
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