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Django Unchained opened in theaters across the country on Christmas day. One of the most talked about moments finds Walton Goggins as Billy Crash torturing our hero Django, played by Jamie Foxx. After threatening to castrate the former slave, who hangs naked and upside down in a hollowed out barn, Billy turns to leave, giving Django's vulnerable groin a disturbing tickle. It's a small, subtle moment that is pure Quentin Tarantino. It's a tiny, fleeting bit of minutia, but at the same time, it says so much about Billy Crash, a fast firing lackey of Calvin Candie's (Leonardo DiCaprio) who refuses to accept any person of color as a free man.
Thanks to SneakPeekTV.Com, Sneak Peek American International Pictures' 1967 'psychedelic' cult feature "The Trip", written by Jack Nicholson, starring Nicholson, Peter Fonda, Bruce Dern and Dennis Hopper :
"...'Paul Groves' (Fonda), a television commercial director, is in the midst of a personality crisis. His wife 'Sally' (Susan Strasberg) has left him and he seeks the help of his friend 'John' (Dern), a self-styled guru who's an advocate of 'LSD'.
"Paul asks John to be the guide on his first 'trip'. John then takes Paul to see his friend 'Max' (Hopper).
"They score 'acid' from Max and return to John's split-level pad with an indoor pool. Paul experiences visions of sex, death, strobe lights, flowers, dancing girls, witches, hooded riders, a torture chamber and a dwarf.
"He panics but John tells him to 'go with it, man'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "The Trip"...
- M. Stevens
As usually happens once a film gears up for production, hot on the heels of yesterday's news that John McNaughton (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) is directing The Harvest, a casting update has come for the project.
Deadline reports that Peter Fonda (Ghost Rider, Race with the Devil) will be joining Samantha Morton and Michael Shannon in The Harvest. Natasha Calis, Charlie Tahan, Leslie Lyles, and Meadow Williams also appear in the film written by Stephen Lancellotti.
The Harvest stars Morton and Shannon as a married couple with medical backgrounds and a sick son (Tahan) who lives secluded in a controlled environment until a young girl (Natasha Calis) moves in next door and gives him hope of a better life. As the teens grow closer, the tight-knit world his over-protective mother has created begins to unravel. Fonda and Lyles portray Calis' grandparents.
Production is under way in New York »
- The Woman In Black
Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Travis Keune, and Tom Stockman
We like to celebrate the movie tough guys of the ’70s here at We Are Movie Geeks and at Super-8 Movie Madness. We’ve posted Top Ten lists to tie into Super-8 shows featuring Charles Bronson (Here), Clint Eastwood (Here), and Lee Marvin (Here). This month we’re going to honor the #1 top money-making star for five consecutive years – 1978 – 1982 – Burt Reynolds. On February 11th, 1936, Reynolds was born in Waycross, Georgia, before his family moved to Jupiter Florida, where his father served as Chief of Police. Young Burt excelled at sports and played football at Florida State University. He became an All Star Southern Conference halfback (and was earmarked by the Baltimore Colts) before injuries sidelined his football career. He dropped out of college and headed to New York with dreams of becoming an actor. There he worked in restaurants »
- Movie Geeks
Now that Thanksgiving and the awfulness that is Black Friday is out of the way, it’s time to jump back into Exploitation Alley. I suffered a small setback this week, as I had planned all week to write about a cheesy little movie directed by Herschel Gordon Lewis called “She-devils On Wheels” but alas, my new Netflix account on my Wii was giving me trouble so last minute I wasn’t able to do that one. So, instead of letting that bum me out, I’ve decided to write about another fun one. Someone recommended 1977’s The Sentinel, which is a film I’m actually very fond of, but I’m going to save that one for next week, so there isn’t two Satan-filled films in a row (last week was The Devil’s Rain). This week, I’m pulling out the Adonis DNA and Tiger Blood and »
Winner of the Alfred P. Sloan Prize for his sophomore feature Adam (Sundance ’09), Max Mayer’s As Cool As I Am appears to be a “soft” entry – but then so was Adam. Filming took place in 2011, images were recently revealed during Afm – so this is clearly in the ready mode. Featuring Claire Danes, James Marsden, Sarah Bolger (pic above), Jeremy Sisto, Thomas Mann, Peter Fonda, and Anika Noni Rose, this dramedy is an adaptation of Pete Fromm’s novel.
Gist: Written by Virginia Korus Spragg, this is about a sarcastic and intelligent teenage girl (Bolger) comes of age in a small Montana town with her most absent and very young parents, and deals with the pains of adolescence with her equally wry boyfriend Kenny.
Prediction: Premieres section
U.S. Distributor: »
- Eric Lavallee
Hello Icons Of Fright readers! Smith here. This is the first installment of my new weekly column, Exploitation Alley. Every week, I’m going to talk about a different exploitation film that I dig, dislike or downright loathe. I’ll be skipping around different time periods, different genres and am quite open to suggestions. Here at Icons of Fright, we definitely appreciate our readers, so if there are any films that you think I should check out and add to the Exploitation ALLEYcolumn, feel absolutely free to suggest them. Thanks everyone, enjoy!
For the kickoff to Exploitation Alley, I thought I’d choose one of my favorite movies from the boom of 70’s Satanic Cult films: The Devil’S Rain. 1975 gave us both this film and also the equally fun Peter Fonda classic, Race With The DEVILbut alas, let’s focus on this Shatner/Skerritt/Borgnine/Satan filled greatness of a film. »
For some strange reason the horror genre has more underrated and undervalued films than pretty much any other genre. The reason for this seems to be that despite films like The Exorcist, The Thing and An American Werewolf in London being considered classics, the genre still isn’t taken seriously. Roughly 75% of the straight to DVD market consists of horror films and with so much produced with critics ready and waiting to give it a kick, it’s no surprise that a great many titles go by without any attention or love.
So as it’s Halloween here are ten horror movies that didn’t get the attention they deserved and are well worth seeking out this Halloween if you aren’t really in the mood for another Paranormal Activity film.
10. Daybreakers (2009)
- Chris Holt
London - Peter Fonda will head the jury of the 23rd Stockholm Film Festival, organizers said Monday. Fonda, who became famous for co-writing and starring in Easy Rider, was named president of the jury that will be tasked with handing out the event's Bronze Horse awards. The jury includes director Antonio Campo, of New York-based Borderline Films, whose sophomore film Simon Killer will screen in the festival's American Independent section. Other jury members are Serbian filmmaker Srdjan Dragojevic, who has won a Bronze Horse twice and whose The Parade will air in the Open Zone section, and Swedish producer
- Stuart Kemp
Claire Danes and James Marsden star alongside Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann, Jeremy Sisto, Mario Batali, Anika Noni Rose, and Peter Fonda in the film, about the teen daughter (Bolger) of self-centered parents (Danes and Marsden) who married too young and never had a chance to grow up themselves. Mann plays the daughter’s best friend, who comes to fall in love with her.
No release date is set yet but we’ll keep you up to date with all the latest developments. [source: Filmz.ru]
Click to continue reading 19 New As Cool As I Am Photos
- Allan Ford
As the American Film Market approaches, Radiant Films International will handle foreign rights to "As Cool As I Am," starring "Homeland"'s Emmy-winning Claire Danes as well as James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann, Jeremy Sisto, Peter Fonda and TV chef Mario Batali. Currently in post, the film is directed by Max Mayer and adapted by Virginia Korus Spragg from Pete Fromm's novel. The synopsis is below: The film is produced by Matt Williams ("What Women Want") and Judd Payne ("Bernie") of Wind Dancer Films, and Anthony Mastromauro of Identity Pictures. Wind Dancer’s David McFadzean and Dete Meserve along with Ginger Sledge serve as exec producers. The film centers around a bright and intelligent teenage girl, Lucy (Bolger) and her almost boyfriend Kenny (Mann), who come of age in a small rural town. With her often absent and very young parents (Marsden and Danes) more in need of guidance and parenting than. »
- Sophia Savage
Currently in post-production, Radiant Films International has announced it will be handling the foreign rights to the heartwarming comedy drama As Cool As I Am. Starring Claire Danes (“Homeland,” The Hours), James Marsden (X-men), Sarah Bolger (The Spiderwick Chronicles), Thomas Mann (Project X), Jeremy Sisto (Robot & Frank) and two time Academy Award nominee Peter Fonda (Ulee.S Gold), the film centers around a bright and intelligent teenage girl, Lucy (Bolger) and her almost boyfriend Kenny (Mann), who come of age in a small rural town. With her often absent and very young parents (Marsden and Danes) more in need of guidance and parenting than their daughter, Lucy turns to cooking shows to cope with the turbulent pains of adolescence and finds particular comfort in the celebrated culinary personality, Mario Batali. While Lucy charges ahead toward womanhood and her dream of becoming a chef, her mother is desperately searching for her »
- Michelle McCue
Here's how indie movies sneak up on you. This was announced way back in the spring of 2011, before "Homeland" became a big hit, and thus when we saw a new movie with Claire Danes, we sorta just shrugged our shoulders and moved on. But the actress is back in a big way thanks to the hit series (which just got renewed for a third season), and undoubtedly many more eyes will now be on her indie feature "As Cool As I Am," which Radiant Films has just picked up the sales rights for. Currently in post-production, and based on the novel by Peter Fromm, the film finds James Marsden, Sarah Bolger, Thomas Mann, Jeremy Sisto, Mario Batali and Peter Fonda featuring the in the story that centers around Lucy (Bolger), a bright and intelligent teenage girl and her almost-boyfriend Kenny (Mann), who come of age in a small rural town. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Throughout the month of October, Editor-in-Chief and resident Horror expert Ricky D, will be posting a list of his favorite Horror films of all time. The list will be posted in six parts. Click here to see every entry.
As with all lists, this is personal and nobody will agree with every choice – and if you do, that would be incredibly disturbing. It was almost impossible for me to rank them in order, but I tried and eventually gave up.
124: (Tie) Inside (À l’intérieur)
Written by Alexandre Bustillo
Four months after the death of her husband, a pregnant woman is tormented by a strange woman who invades her home with the intent on killing her and taking her unborn baby. This movie is not recommended for women on the brink of motherhood. Inside is one of the most vicious and »
In the 1974 car culture classic Dirty Mary Crazy Larry stone-faced Peter Fonda wears his customary hype shades, pulls a heist, and messes with the pigs (lead by Vic Morrow) in a boss set of wheels (a 1969 440 Magnum Dodge Charger to be exact) while pouty-faced Susan George covers the shotgun seat and pops major attitude. You can taste the sweat, feel the heat, and smell the hi-test gasoline right up until the best ending any movie ever had. They don’t make movies like this anymore, probably because there aren’t enough drive-ins to support them, but you’ll have the chance to see this fave on glorious 16mm film projected at what Schalfly Bottleworks (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood, Missouri 63143) is calling their first “Walk In” movie on a new big screen they’ve constructed on their outdoor, covered patio (band stage side, next to the outdoor dining area).
The movie is on Thursday, »
- Tom Stockman
By Ryan Rigley
Last week, we got a glimpse at Nicolas Cage as the Ghost Rider, pre-digital effects, by way of deleted "Spirit of Vengeance" footage. In said deleted footage, Cage can be seen sporting some black and white skull makeup, covered with orange neon lights, and holy hell does it look terrifying. Not as terrifying, however, as the devil himself, played by "Easy Rider" actor Peter Fonda back in 2007's "Ghost Rider."
Fonda's take on Mephistopheles, or Mephisto for short, is a more realistic version of Marvel's perennial force of evil, choosing to remain in his human form for most of the film. But how does Fonda's Mephisto compare to the Mephisto of the Marvel universe that we all love to hate? Click past the jump to find out!
The deal that Peter Fonda's Mephisto makes with a young Johnny Blaze is exactly as it plays out in the comic books, »
- MTV News Team
It’s always often the case in John Carpenter’s output over the years, that his name must be above the title of all his projects. This has happened since he first struck a deal to helm his horror classic Halloween, when it was one of his stipulations. (Oops, sorry… John Carpenter‘S Halloween). Growing up I was thrilled by his excellent movies, and up until the mid-nineties I still don’t think there was a director more consistent than Carpenter. Whether giving us unforgettable suspense-filled features or even tongue-in-cheek fun flicks, his films always were a joy/thrill to watch. Yet, I still never felt, even now, that he was ever accepted by the mainstream film industry. Needless to say Carpenter was a genius, a master of his craft… I should reiterate the word Was. Like a lot of directors, he peaked too early.
I could write for hours, »
- Craig Hunter
Tributes have continued to pour in for the British film director Tony Scott, who jumped to his death from the Vincent Thomas suspension bridge over Los Angeles harbour on Sunday night.
Police confirmed that a note left in Scott's black Toyota Prius listed only contact information, contrary to earlier reports. However, a suicide note was later found at the director's office. Tributes were posted on Twitter by, among others, the actor Peter Fonda, Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich, Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly, Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright, comic and actor Stephen Fry, director Joe Carnahan, and Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood.
- Ben Child
HollywoodNews.com: Last night, stage and screen legend Shirley MacLaine was lauded with the 40th annual AFI Life Achievement Award – the highest honor for a career in film. Some of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out to pay tribute to one of America’s most beloved artists. The gala, entitled “TV Land Presents: AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine,” was taped at historic Stage 15 at Sony Pictures Studios last evening and will air on TV Land on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt.
The evening’s festivities kicked off with MacLaine entering the gala of over 1,000 attendees to “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” a song she made famous in the 1969 screen version of “Sweet Charity.” Immediately following dinner, Warren Beatty, MacLaine’s brother, Academy Award®-winning actor and fellow AFI Life Achievement Award recipient (2008), talked about how the AFI Life Achievement Award was established »
- Josh Abraham
Last night, stage and screen legend Shirley MacLaine was lauded with the 40th annual AFI Life Achievement Award . the highest honor for a career in film. Some of Hollywood’s most revered luminaries turned out to pay tribute to one of America’s most beloved artists. The gala, entitled “TV Land Presents: AFI Life Achievement Award Honoring Shirley MacLaine,” was taped at historic Stage 15 at Sony Pictures Studios last evening and will air on TV Land on Sunday, June 24 at 9:00 p.m. Et/Pt.
The evening’s festivities kicked off with MacLaine entering the gala of over 1,000 attendees to “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” a song she made famous in the 1969 screen version of “Sweet Charity.” Immediately following dinner, Warren Beatty, MacLaine’s brother, Academy Award®-winning actor and fellow AFI Life Achievement Award recipient (2008), talked about how the AFI Life Achievement Award was established in 1973 to »
- Michelle McCue
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