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The ‘Burbs, 1989
Directed by Joe Dante
An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.
In the original series of The Twilight Zone, there is an episode entitled The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street in which a suburban street comes under the influence of a group of aliens who slowly turn the residents against each other as they fear their neighbour is not to be trusted. Director Joe Dante has stated that he was influenced by Rod Serling’s seminal sci-fi show (and he re-worked the classic episode It’s a Good Life for Twilight Zone: The Movie) and some of that is on show in under-appreciated comedy The ‘Burbs. »
- Luke Owen
Adams plans to begin shooting in the spring and then move on to the thriller “Panama,” as recently reported by Variety. He’s faced with making $4.4 million in restitution as part of his sentence.
“Land of the Free” is inspired by a true story about an F.B.I. agent fighting demons from his past who combines forces with an enslaved Portuguese woman to shut down a notorious human trafficking ring.
Paquim drew upon her on own real-life kidnapping and fight to escape slavery and said she chose Adams because of his background.
“Few people can understand the horrors I went through, but, due to his own recent experience, Daniel understands,” she said. “I cannot imagine another director that »
- Dave McNary
Mayfield Place is the perfect 80s suburbia. There are painted houses fringed by lush green lawns cut to just the right length, separated by a wide grey road. There are white picket fences. The neighbours are out, tending to their gardens beneath a pristine blue sky.
Thirty-something resident Ray Peterson stands in his front yard, surveys the scene, and sees that it is good.
Queenie, the little white dog belonging to the old guy across the road, has just left a spire of brown poop on Mark Rumsfield's lawn. Mark, a Vietnam vet and patriot, is running around in his camo shorts, threatening to eviscerate Walter's dog. Elsewhere, Ray's schlubby neighbour Art »
Director Daniel Adams is seeking redemption and resumption of his Hollywood career — a year after being released from Massachusetts state prison for inflating expenses to obtain production tax credits.
“Directing is what I know how to do,” he told Variety. “I had a lot of time to think about that in jail.”
He’s attached to direct “Panama,” an action-thriller he co-wrote with William Barber about an ex-Marine hired in 1989 by a defense contractor to travel to Panama to complete an arms deal. In the process he becomes involved with the Nicaraguan Contras and the U.S. invasion of Panama, and learns an important lesson about the true nature of political power.
Barber is the producer and financer with Harris Tulchin as executive producer of the project. According to Adams, plans are for a budget in the $10 million-plus range with shooting tentatively set for early summer 2015 in Miami.
“I’m definitely not producing this time, »
- Dave McNary
To mark the release of The Burbs on 15th September, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Family man Ray Peterson (Tom Hanks) is looking forward to a week of putting his feet up at home in the quiet, leafy cul-de-sac of Mayfield Place. But his plans are scuppered by the arrival of new next-
door neighbours, The Klopeks, whose behaviour and habits are more than just a little kooky. But things go from kooky to downright sinister when local old boy Walter disappears, leading Ray and his buddies to suspect their new neighbours of killing and eating him! Sure, the Klopeks are a strange bunch what with their digging up the backyard in the middle of the night – but they’re not devil-worshipping cannibal killers… are they?
If you’re looking for a knowing slice of tongue-in-cheek terror then look no further than The ‘Burbs. A »
Editor’S Note: This is a capsule review. The full review will be released once the film hits theatres.
It speaks to the conceptual issues facing Cut Bank that, even if it didn’t feature Coen brothers actors Michael Stuhlbarg and Billy Bob Thornton, and the latter hadn’t recently starred in the recent Fargo TV series (which Cut Bank helmer Matt Shakman directed two episodes of), it would still play like a bad imitation of Coen small time crime. Making the jump from TV along with first-time feature writer Roberto Patino, Cut Bank is rife with screenwriting 101 plot points: fake bullets, an implausible get-rich quick scheme, and hokey small town stereotypes are all present and accounted for.
- Sam Woolf
Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, Henry Gibson, Rick Ducommun, Wendy Schaal, Brother Theodore, Courtney Gains, Gale Gordon, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo, Cory Danziger | Written by Dana Olsen | Directed by Joe Dante
Written by Dana Olsen (Going Berserk) and directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling), The ‘Burbs is a comedy-horror hybrid that, for me, was a staple film of my childhood, a movie I was probably too young to be watching, yet couldn’t get enough of. I was very excited to hear that Arrow, a company I am a fan of, were bringing out The ‘Burbs on Blu-ray, for the first time in the UK, with a director’s cut, and a smorgasbord of extras.
A stellar cast, featuring heavyweight acting talent like Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson, this is a beautifully dark, hilarious and addictive film that deals with themes like cannibalism, »
- Chris Cummings
The Weinstein Company announced that Quentin Tarantino's upcoming western The Hateful Eight will start shooting in January 2015, and it will be released later that year. The movie is being shot in Super CinemaScope (70mm) and they also revealed that the movie will have the largest 70mm release in over 20 years.
There was a teaser trailer released in theaters recently, and even though it had no actual footage from the film as it hasn't started shooting yet, it was still enough to get me excited. I love westerns, and this has the makings of a great one.
The Hateful Eight follows the steadily ratcheting tension that develops after a blizzard diverts a stagecoach from its route, and traps a pitiless and mistrustful group which includes a competing pair of bounty hunters, a renegade Confederate soldier, and a female prisoner in a saloon in the middle of nowhere.
No stars have been officially confirmed yet, »
- Joey Paur
The Hateful Eight has had a rough start to it's production, with Quentin Tarantino threatening to shelve his return to the Western genre after the first draft of the script was leaked by Gawker last year. Thankfully, Tarantino never went ahead with his threats, and the film heads in front of the camera in January, with Samuel L. Jackson, Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Walter Goggins rumoured to be taking part in the tale of eight strangers holed up in cabin during a blizzard in post-Civil War Wyoming. The release date for the movie has been set for Autumn 2015, with Tarantino proclaiming it will be 'the widest 70mm release in over 20 years' with the film being released in the higher resolution 70mm format, with a 35mm and digital releases following shortly after. Any Tarantino movie immediately goes on my must-see list, and the prospect of seeing »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
The story on this one so far. Quentin Tarantino penned a script for another western, after he'd clearly enjoyed putting Django Unchained together. That western is called The Hateful Eight, but after the script leaked, Tarantino pulled the project, and said he'd never make it.
Following aborted legalities, the project is now firmly back on though, and it's been announced now that The Weinstein Company has picked up worldwide distribution for the film. It's backing the movie, which is now going to shoot beginning in January, with one eye on a release towards the end of 2015.
It already looks as if Kurt Russell is in the cast for a start, and Tarantino held a live reading of the script, recruiting Samuel L Jackson, Bruce Dern and Michael Madsen amongst others for that event. »
The Weinstein Company announced today that they will distribute Quentin Tarantino's Western The Hateful Eight. Principal photography is slated to begin early next year, with a fall 2015 release being planned.
"We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior. There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over twenty years ago."
The Western will be shot on 65Mm film, with the studio planning the widest 70Mm release in over 20 years. The Weinstein Company will also distribute the film in 35Mm and Dcp formats, following the exclusive 70Mm release. The story follows a group »
Sure, we all heard that Quentin Tarantino's "Hateful Eight" would be coming out in the fall of 2015, but now it's official. The Weinstein Company has signed on to distribute the film, after handling duties for Tarantino's last two films, "Django Unchained" and "Inglourious Basterds," according to Entertainment Weekly. "Eight" will star Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Amber Tamblyn, James Parks, Walton Goggins, Zoe Bell, Bruce Dern, Tim Roth and Michael Madsen. "Hateful Eight" starts shooting in January, and is aiming for a fall 2015 release. In a largely digital age, Tarantino is a known proponent of film and will shoot it in 70mm. It will then enjoy what the press release calls "the widest 70mm release in over 20 years." Who's excited? »
- Dave Lewis
The Weinstein Company has confirmed that Quentin Tarantino's 'shot on 65mm' western "The Hateful Eight" is set to commence shooting in January. Harvey Weinstein claims to be giving the post-Civil War Western "the widest 70mm release for over 20 years".
In an official statement, Harvey and Bob Weinstein say: “We are incredibly excited to begin production on The Hateful Eight, as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior. There is, quite simply, no other filmmaker like him, and we are as proud as ever to continue this partnership that started over 20 years ago."
The story is set in Wyoming and focuses on people trapped after a snow storm forces a stagecoach off its route. Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins and Samuel L. Jackson are onboard the project which is slated to hit late 2015.
- Garth Franklin
It's been a long and winding road all ready for Quentin Tarantino's next film, The Hateful Eight. There was the infamous script leak, then Tarantino's outraged "It's off!" response to said leak, then a star-studded staged reading, then a "It's back on!" announcement from the director, a quick teaser, and now The Weinstein Company has announced a start date for filming.
The post-Civil War set western will go before cameras this January. The film will take place in a snowy Wyoming town, and center around a group of characters left stranded in the town after a blizzard diverts their stage coach. There'll be bounty hunters, prisoners, Confederates, a Cow Puncher, a Hangman, and more- as hostilities within the town all come to a head.
- Mario-Francisco Robles
I understood when Quentin Tarantino decided to put The Hateful Eight on hold after the script was leaked. It was his property, it wasn’t ready for public consumption, and it tainted the process. But I’m overjoyed he decided to pick it back up and that it’s set for release next year. According to Empire, Tarantino will begin filming in January, which means in all likelihood we’ll know the final cast before the end of 2014. The full cast has yet to be announced, but Empire confirms Kurt Russell, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Walton Goggins, and Samuel L. Jackson are attached; there’s also the possibility Jennifer Lawrence could be on board. Even more exciting is that Tarantino is using his sway to get a 70mm presentation to as wide an audience as possible. Hit the jump for more. [Update: Ben Fritz at the Wall Street Journal adds that The Hateful Eight will initially be released exclusively in 70mm, followed by a 35mm and digital release in the following weeks.] Executive producer Harvey Weinstein tells Empire that »
- Matt Goldberg
A press release from The Weinstein Company has reached inboxes, bringing rock solid confirmation of some good news: the studio will be releasing "The Hateful Eight," the latest film from Quentin Tarantino, the filmmaker's ninth, in a little over a year. Having come close to dropping the project when the script leaked at the start of this year, Tarantino's now preparing for a January shoot for the project, and the press release confirms the news from the recent teaser trailer that the film will be released in the fall of 2015. Most intriguingly, the film, which Tarantino has long-touted would be filmed in large format, will apparently receive 'the widest 70mm release in over 20 years' (we think the last to get a similar roll-out was Ron Howard's "Far & Away"). For anyone who loves film, that can only be a good thing. With a January start date, we'll likely hear confirmation »
- Oliver Lyttelton
The post-Civil War actioner will be shot on 65mm film and have the widest 70mm film release in over 20 years with the initial release in 70mm, followed by releases in 35mm and Dcp formats.
“We are incredibly excited to begin production on ‘The Hateful Eight,’ as we know this picture will be as innovative, brash and of course fun as all Quentin projects prior,” Bob and Harvey Weinstein said. »
- Dave McNary
Funnyman Will Forte earned himself accolades for the deft dramatic chops he unveiled in last year’s Nebraska opposite Bruce Dern, but he’ll most likely remain best known for the SNL-skit turned cult spoof of all thing’s ’80s MacGruber. The 2010 comedy directed by SNL alum Jorma Taccone has a passionate following, but despite an underwhelming box office turnout, talk of a sequel persists.
Admittedly, it’s been over two years since we last heard an update on the script for MacGruber 2, which, according to Forte’s comments at the time, ought to be done by now. Still, Forte is probably used to talking about a hypothetical sequel, a subject which invariably comes up while the actor is promoting a different movie.
Case in point, Collider recently talked ...
- Anthony Vieira
Main Street during The Telluride Film Festival
The Telluride Film Festival seemingly appears overnight against the gorgeous backdrop of rugged mountains. It lasts just four days but in fact it takes more than a month of intensive labor to transform the elementary school, high school, hockey rink, library, the park in the middle of town and a masonic temple into theaters. Now in its 41st year,up until recently this hallowed Labor Day weekend event has long been a quiet fixture on the festival circuit. As most of the festival world knows, the escalating word of mouth about the quality of Telluride’s unofficial premieres caused the Toronto International Film Festival to issue an ultimatum to those hoping to land choice spots in the fall line-up: if you choose to screen at Telluride first, your film will be pushed back on Tiff’s slate. Realistically- Toronto has little to fear from Telluride besides buzz. »
- Lane Scarberry
The script is an ensemble Western, using chapter titles 'Last Stage to Red Rock', 'Son of A Gun', 'Minnie's', 'The Four Passengers' and 'Black Night, White Hell'.
"...in post-Civil War Wyoming, a small group of stagecoach passengers are stranded during a blizzard.
"Characters include bounty hunters, a 'Confederate' general, a cowboy, a transplanted Englishman, a soldier and a female prisoner..."
Clock the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Hateful Eight"...
- Michael Stevens
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