1-20 of 1245 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
Mar Del Plata – A cohort of Latin America’s young high priests of horror – Uruguay’s Gustavo Hernandez, Argentina’s Adrian and Ramiro Garcia Bogliano and Daniel de la Vega, Mexico/L.A.’s Lemon Films, Colombia’s Rhayuela, Cuba’s 5th Avenue – will congregate for Ventana Sur’s Blood Window, which ranks, besides Austin’s Fantastic Market as one of Latin America’s two big Latin America genre jamborees.
Notably, Latin America’s modern genre build is an almost entirely 21st century phenomenon. None of the 21 directors featured at Blood Window in either its six-title Work in Progress or much larger Beyond the Window helmed a feature before 2000.
“There’s always been a sensation, not only in Argentina but also over Latin America, that genre couldn’t really belong to us: It was the almost exclusive preserve of Americans,” said Incaa’s Javier Fernandez, Blood Window organizer.
“Just a few years back, »
- John Hopewell
Josh Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coens and "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit," not to mention Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street 2" and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers. See Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." Brolin clearly had a blast working with Paul Thomas Anderson on his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel "Inherent Vice" (December 12) and gets to dig into into one of the more colorful character roles of any year. He tells me, in our video interview below, how "Renaissance detective" Bigfoot Bjornsen comes to sport his dramatic flat top. This is not your usual straight-arrow foil to 70s hippie gumshoe Doc. »
- Anne Thompson
Every once in a blue moon a film will come out of nowhere, and Shahin Sean Solimon’s independently financed adventure film Sinbad: The Fifth Voyage was released to theaters in North America for a single week. Those who were lucky enough to catch it theatrically were treated to a long-gone style of filmmaking. Filled with stop motion animated monsters, real sets, an orchestral score, and a tirelessly intrepid ambition to remind viewers of a bygone era, the film hearkened back to the glory days of special effects pioneer Ray Harryhausen, who had contributed indelible, hand-crafted special effects wizardry in films like The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958), Jason and the Argonauts (1963), and Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger (1977). Inspired by Harryhausen’s groundbreaking work, Solimon took it upon himself to write, direct, »
- Gary Collinson
Although Matthew McConaughey’s name will be permanently placed on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Nov. 17, the actor has never strayed far from his roots, deep in the heart of Texas.
From the moment he debuted on the big screen in Richard Linklater’s 1993 slacker comedy “Dazed and Confused,” the Uvalde, Texas, native has embraced his Southern heritage and worked to keep the state’s film business strong.
While lucrative tax incentives have lured production to such neighboring states as Louisiana and Georgia, McConaughey — as well as fellow Texans like Robert Rodriguez and Linklater — continue to push to work within Texas borders.
“The crews are relaxed yet professional,” the actor says of the local production base. “People are still excited and happy to have a film shot in their cities, towns and properties, and we try to be very aware of the footprint we leave. If we leave it like we found it, »
- Christy Grosz
Just in time for Halloween, MTV has ordered a TV show based on the Scream horror franchise - though the Ghostface killer who so memorably terrorised the victims of Wes Craven's film series will notably be absent.
It seems that horror cinema remains a rich vein for television producers to tap. On top of the Scream news, it was reported back in August that NBC is working on its own version of Satanic thriller The Devil's Advocate.
But translating big-screens scares for television can be a tricky process and only a few movie chillers have survived the move in one piece.
Friday the 13th: The Series (1987-1990)
This spooky show bore little resemblance to the familiar series of slasher films, with producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. taking the name and little else. Like Scream's Ghostface, the most memorable aspect of the Friday the 13th pictures - hulking hockey-mask-sporting »
In America, Halloween is a fun day, an excuse for a party and a close third behind Thanksgiving and Christmas when it comes to annual celebrations. In Britain, it's more a case of shutting your curtains and hoping that the kids down the road don't egg your windows.
But that negative approach to Halloween needs to end now. What we lack in pumpkins and parties, we can make up for with an evening of hiding under the duvet with scary TV shows.
While there might not be much actual horror programming on October 31 (although a new series of Citizen Khan on BBC One is frightening us in a different way), a quick delve into the world of Netflix (other streaming services are available, yadda, yadda) means that there are frights and thrills on tap for anyone who wants to get into the spooky spirit of things.
Here are 11 spine-chilling treats »
You might not expect a vampire western to come out of a country like Iran, but here we are with the first trailer for an indie called A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, one of the official selections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival from earlier this year. This is a genre film through and through to the point that the trailer almost feels like it was directed by a young, foreign Quentin Tarantino or Robert Rodriguez. The press release cites influences from spaghetti westerns, horror and Iranian New Wave, and that's all perfectly on display here. This looks like a foreign film to go out of your way to see whenever possible. Watch now! Here's the first trailer for Ana Lily Amirpour's A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night from Vice: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night marks the feature directorial debut of Ana Lily Amirpour, who also wrote the script. »
- Ethan Anderton
With movies like the revenge-via-circular-saw High Tension and the skin-shredding Piranha remake, director Alexandre Aja has memorably dunked his characters in the blood bucket. But Aja’s next project, an adaptation of The 9th Life of Louis Drax, is more a supernatural thriller than a blood-and-bones picture, and principal photography on the film has now begun.
“Vancouver and London, October 27, 2014 – Miramax, the global film and television producer and distributor, along with the film’s producers AntColony Films and Brightlight Pictures announced today the start of principal photography on the supernatural thriller The 9th Life of Louis Drax starring Jamie Dornan (Fifty Shades of Grey, The Fall), Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad, Need for Speed, Triple Nine) and Sarah Gadon (Dracula Untold, The Amazing Spider-man 2).
- Derek Anderson
In an interesting use of assets, Univision Corp. will take a wrestling program set to air on fledgling alternative cable outlet El Rey Network and use it to fill the schedule on its second broadcast network UniMas.
“Lucha Underground” will air weekly on UniMás in Spanish, it was announced today by John Fogelman, FactoryMade CEO, El Rey Network co-founder and series executive producer. The freestyle wrestling program will join the UniMás channel lineup on Saturdays beginning November 1st at 4:00 p.m. et/pt following the Wednesday night premieres on El Rey Network, the cable network led by director and auteur Robert Rodriguez. The character-driven, freestyle wrestling series is set to debut on El Rey Network on Wednesday, October 29th at 8:00 p.m.
Univision owns a stake in El Rey Network.
“We are extremely proud of ‘Lucha Underground’ and believe the intense action, humor, drama and great characters will »
- Brian Steinberg
The Blair Witch Project celebrates its 15th anniversary in the UK today (October 22).
The Blair Witch Project 15 years on: The horror movie that changed everything
It became the first of its kind in Hollywood due to its commercial success and viral online campaign, which was created to make the production look like a real documentary. The Blair Witch website with details on the made-up mythology still exists.
And the clever campaign worked on some gullible and vulnerable viewers. We remember witnessing real tears of fear being shed by some audience members in the cinema (and definitely not ours...).
It purports to be a documentary shot by three inquisitive, daring, and at times daft students investigating the local Blair Witch legend in the Maryland forest. »
Things didn't exactly go too well for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's Sin City: A Dame To Kill For when it was released in theaters back in August. The movie was largely dumped on by critics (a big contrast compared to the reception of the first movie back in 2005) and then it completely underwhelmed at the box office (another big contrast). And as if that situation wasn't bad enough, now even more is going wrong behind the scenes. Robert Rodriguez and his affiliate companies have filed a lawsuit against the financiers of both Sin City 2 and Machete Kills, claiming that he never received a payment of $7.7 million that was promised to him. The lawsuit has been filed specifically against Sergei Bespalov, Marina Bespalov, Maddartico, Vrelonovama, Aldamisa Entertainment and SC2 Productions, alleging both breach of contract and fraud. Variety notes that part of the claim says that the filmmaker was »
The Post-1960S, Pre-Digital Age: Real-time One-offs, 1975-1998
British filmmaker John Byrum is responsible for the first (and in some ways only) real-time period film. Inserts (1975), set in the early 1930s, is about a Boy Wonder movie director (called Boy Wonder, played by Richard Dreyfuss fresh from American Graffiti (1973) and Jaws (1975)) now washed up before the age of 30, resigned to making porn because of Hollywood’s conversion to sound. Not only is Inserts scrupulously real-time (with the exception of the opening credits sequence, which offers glimpses of the stag film we’re about to see made) and period, but it’s rather long for such a film, just shy of two hours. To tell the entire story would be spoiling the fun, but the Boy Wonder deals with recalcitrant actresses, the problem of his own potency, career problems, death, sex, after-death and after-sex…and in the end, as »
- Daniel Smith-Rowsey
The suit was filed Friday in Los Angeles Superior Court by Rodriguez and his affiliate companies against Sergei Bespalov, Marina Bespalov, Maddartico, Vrelonovama, Aldamisa Entertainment and SC2 Productions.
It alleged breach of contract and fraud. The suit seeks a jury trial and unspecified damages.
“In order to induce Plaintiffs to enter into agreements with various of the Defendants relating to the Pictures, Defendants, including, specifically, Sergei Bespalov, falsely assured and represented to Plaintiffs that Defendants had more than sufficient financial resources and cash flow – not only from and related to the Pictures, but also from other projects – to honor all of their financial obligations to Plaintiffs.”
Plaintiffs include Fifth Brain Inc. »
- Dave McNary
Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez and others filed a lawsuit in Los Angeles Superior Court on Friday against several companies and individuals who it charges committed a breach of contract and fraud by not paying money owed for the production of the movies Sin City 2 and Machete Kills. Read the complaint here. The suit says that Sergei Bespalov, Marina Bespalov and companies they control, including Aldamisa Entertainment, falsely assured Rodriguez and companies that were making the movies they had the resources and cash to finance the movies and pay for the services of the director, writer and others. See more Highly Paid
- Alex Ben Block
The Romero families directorial legacy continues with son following in his father’s footsteps. G. Cameron Romero (“Staunton Hill”), son of George A. Romero (“Night of the Living Dead”) announced today that he has launched his campaign on Indiegogo, for Origins, the genesis story of the first Romero zombie in his father’s iconic masterpiece Night Of The Living Dead, with a goal of $150,000 for pre-production costs.
Set in the turbulent late sixties, the film tells the story of a brilliant scientist – Dr. Alan Cartwright – who strikes a deal with the military that will give him all the resources he needs to finalize his work in exchange for what he later learns is a price all mankind will have to pay.
“I feel carrying on my dad’s legacy is something that I not only want to do, but it’s something I Have to do,” says Cameron Romero. “because I, »
- Michelle McCue
The Romero families directorial legacy continues with son following in his father's footsteps. G. Cameron Romero (Staunton Hill), son of George A. Romero (Night of the Living Dead) announced today that he has launched his campaign on Indiegogo, for Origins, the genesis story of the first Romero zombie in his father's iconic masterpiece Night of the Living Dead, with a goal of $150,000 for pre-production costs.
Set in the turbulent late sixties, the film tells the story of a brilliant scientist - Dr. Alan Cartwright - who strikes a deal with the military that will give him all the resources he needs to finalize his work in exchange for what he later learns is a price all mankind will have to pay.
"I feel carrying on my dad's legacy is something that I not only want to do, »
Huddled in front of the TV one night in the late ’60’s, a group of survivors listened to different theories as to why the dead were walking around outside with an appetite for human flesh. Such was the chilling plot of George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead and now, 46 years later, his son Cameron wants to show how the zombie uprising began with Origins, a crowdfunded prequel to the horror classic.
“Los Angeles, October 16, 2014 – The Romero family’s directorial legacy continues with a son following in his father’s footsteps. G. Cameron Romero (Staunton Hill), son of George A. Romero (Night Of The Living Dead) announced today that he has launched his campaign on Indiegogo, for Origins, the genesis story of the first Romero zombie in his father’s iconic masterpiece Night Of The Living Dead, with a goal of $150,000 for pre-production costs.
Fans can contribute to »
- Derek Anderson
The news of Pena's passing came from her nephew Mario-Francisco Robles, a writer for Latino Review, who posted an obituary on the site.
According to Robles, Pena passed away on Tuesday after being admitted to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Photos: Stars We've Lost In Recent Years
No information regarding the actress' cause of death has yet been released.
During her decades-long career, Pena appeared in a number of huge projects including, the 1990 psychological horror drama Jacob's Ladder, the 1996 crime drama Lone Star, the 1998 action comedy Rush Hour, and Pixar's The Incredibles (voicing the sinister and seductive Mirage).
Recently, she also guest »
20 years later, we're still loving Pulp Fiction!
"The intensity level is way up, and the comedy level is way up and that’s even disturbing," Tarantino told Et. "I'm trying to also make you laugh at things you've never laughed about."
"A lot of people read the script before we cast and they’re thinking of a zillion different names and then you say John Travolta – they go… what!?" Tarantino »
From long credits to bullet time, here are a few techniques and film conventions we don't see in the movies these days...
Over more than a century, cinema has built up its own storytelling vocabulary. Thanks to generations of intelligent and groundbreaking filmmakers, movies contain a rich and complex set of editing, filming and framing techniques, most of them so firmly embedded in our subconscious that we don't even think about them while we're sitting in our local multiplex.
Inevitably, there are some aspects of filmmaking that have changed considerably over time. New ideas and conventions continuously float in, while old ones become over-used and phase out as a result. It's the latter we're focusing on here: the filmmaking conventions and techniques that are either becoming rare, or have vanished altogether. Bear in mind that some of the things below may suddenly come back into vogue very soon, while the »
1-20 of 1245 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners