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The 2014 Action Hero Power Rankings
Some years are just great for certain genres, and this year was a great one for action. All across the board were films within different subgenres stepping up and delivering great action set pieces and characters. Consider the shot on the revolving tank gun revealing the totality of carnage in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, or the tight line between insanity and sharp focus with the home invasion scene in The Guest, the shot of Chris Evans plowing through several baddies with an axe in slow motion during Snowpiercer, watching Keanu Reeves dispatching thugs with slick gun-fu in John Wick, or literally any scene from the action opera The Raid 2. Take all that together in the same year (!!!!) and it’s clear to see we’ve been spoiled… read the full article.
The year in TV: The rise of single-director television seasons »
Those who are naughty better watch out in Krampus, an upcoming horror-comedy from Michael Dougherty, the writer/director of Trick ’r Treat. Due out next December, Dougherty’s sophomore effort will follow a creature from Alpine folklore who snacks on misbehaving children during Christmastime, and we’ve received three animated Krampus holiday cards from Legendary that tease the atmosphere of the film.
“Filmmaker Michael Dougherty provides horror fans a holiday present – an early glimpse into his dark Yuletide horror film ‘Krampus’, scheduled for release holiday season 2015. As Christmas trees burn and shadows fall, this set of three twisted “Krampus Cards” showcase the darker side of the holiday and provide a fun, shareable look at Michael’s subversive vision for the film.
Based on the ancient legend of a pagan demon who punishes the wicked, »
- Derek Anderson
It's official. "Sony Pictures has no further release plans for the film," a rep for the studio said Wednesday. The studio has also removed any trace of the movie from it's official website.
What was once a joke amongst film lovers has truly become a real life nightmare for Sony Pictures Entertainment and their film The Interview. The embattled studio, who was recently the victim of a cyber attack by an organization calling themselves "Guardians of Peace", has decided to effectively shelve their controversial Seth Rogen-James Franco starrer, The Interview. As of right now the movie will not be coming out in theaters, VOD or any other form.
That is until it ends up on the internet, right?
Could it be that "Guardians of Peace" are simply one or two people sitting in front of computer laughing themselves silly over the mayhem they created?
We'll get to that shortly. »
With rumours arriving that The Walking Dead spin-off may be a prequel, hot on the heels of the news that Syfy is pursuing a series about Superman's grandfather, titled Krypton, there are officially no more jokes. Anything you might say about making a comic book series set some ridiculous amount of time before the real story starts happening, can and will be seriously considered as a pitch by some network, somewhere.
A Newsroom-style series about The Daily Planet before Clark Kent started working there? A psychological procedural featuring Dr. Harleen Quinzel but no Joker? A jungle-set adventure series about Gorilla Grodd's granddad? We could keep going until the phone rings and someone makes us an offer for a pilot, but that would be an unnecessary amount of pre-amble before getting to the point, »
This week we sit down to discuss three of the most talked about genre offerings this year including A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night, an accomplished debut feature from U.S.-based writer-director Ana Lily Amirpour. But first we review Kevin Smith’s Tusk and What We Do in the Shadows, easily one of the most clever and genuinely funny spoof movies in quite some time.
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- Sordid Cinema Podcast
With a slew of major commercial (and often critical) hits like "The Conjuring," "Insidious: Chapter 2," "World War Z," "Warm Bodies" and the terrific "Evil Dead" remake, 2013 was a great year for horror. 2014? Eeh...let's just say the business of fright was a little weak. And it wasn't just the numbers, which were bad enough - only 4 horror films broke $50 million domestic this year as compared with last year's 9 - but the quality of the films themselves that disappointed. If we're being honest, the number of truly worthwhile mainstream horror films this year can probably be counted on one hand. So what did we learn from horror's (mostly) horrible 2014? Below are 8 lessons we'll be taking away. Lesson #1: Even in a down year, horror remains the most consistently profitable genre Judging strictly by budget-to-worldwide gross ratio, the only true flop this year was the bloated Aaron Eckhart reboot "I, Frankenstein, »
- Chris Eggertsen
While Michael Dougherty and Kevin Smith are moving forward with respective movies involving the naughty children-consuming Christmas creature known as the Krampus, Cavity Colors has unveiled a new limited edition T-shirt that features a Yuletide monster that looks just as menacing as the beast from European folklore. We have a look at their latest offering, as well as a new bonus print.
A Cavity Colors collaboration with artist Joe Whiteford, the “Kringle” shirts are now available for $24 apiece, in both a unisex version and their new women’s style (both of which are printed on “100% ring spun cotton” material).
The Kringle shirts are limited to 150 items and the first 20 people to order will also receive the “Ghoulie Gift” 8″x10″ print for free. We have a look at the shirt and print below. To learn more, visit:
The post New Creepy ‘Kringle’ Holiday T-Shirt from Cavity »
- Derek Anderson
Since the trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens was released we've seen some hilarious fan reactions, a heartfelt reaction from Kevin Smith, and, of course, George Lucas hasn't even bothered to watch it yet. I'm sure fans would like to know what Mark Hamill thought of the trailer, and in a recent interview with IGN, he opens up about it saying,
"Oh my gosh. You know, I’ll tell you, the most moving aspect of them releasing that trailer was watching a [video] of other people watching it. My daughter put it on for me. It was all these people watching the trailer. Sometimes you get sort of isolated and disconnected because I don’t really follow it as closely as, say, [my son] Nathan does, but to see those people that thrilled, it was moving to me. I actually got a lump in my throat watching that. To see so »
- Joey Paur
Kevin Smith was once the darling of internet movie fans, a self-professed geek made good. In the 1990’s he had an extremely dedicated cult following, if not huge box office returns for his films, and became a celebrity director who was as known for his own personality as his work. He even wrote some damn good comic books, contributing in many great ways to an industry he adores.
Unfortunately, somewhere along the way his star began to wane, as his film output in the 2000’s dipped in quality quite badly. It seemed that once he ventured into uncharted territory by directing films outside of the View Askewniverse (named in honour of his production company), the wheels began to come off. Smith’s first 5 efforts were all connected via the characters of Jay and Silent Bob (the latter played, of course, by Smith himself), but when he left »
- Michael Gordon
The Hammer Museum recently hosted an event in honor of the new Taschen book 75 Years of Marvel: From the Golden Age to the Silver Screen. During the event, comic book legends Stan Lee and Roy Thomas talked with filmmaker Kevin Smith about the history of Marvel Comics. It's really great to listen to these guys talk about comic books and the superheroes that we all love. One of the more interesting parts of the interview, though, is when Lee talked about a multi-studio Marvel superhero crossover film:
"It’s something that Marvel is very concerned about. It’s very difficult to bring ‘em all together because these characters are so successful and make so much money that the studios that have the rights don’t want to let them go. So that’s something that all the lawyers and all the production companies have to work out. Whether they get it worked out, »
- Joey Paur
Does Idris Elba really want out of his Marvel contract? Want to see a 1989 featurette about the Tim Burton Batman movie? How about Kevin Smith interviewing Stan Lee about the history of Marvel Comics? When can you first see the Batkid documentary? Who is the latest actress to throw her hat into the ring […]
- Germain Lussier
The Die Hard series may be alive and well, but there's a unique story behind the writing of each one…
As any action fanatic will tell you, Die Hard is among the best films of its type ever made. Tautly directed by John McTiernan, deceptively well shot by cinematographer Jan de Bont, and full of charismatic turns from Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman and Bonnie Bedelia, it’s seldom been bettered, even by its sequels.
The key to the first film's success, and the sequels in their best moments, is hero John McClane. Tough, sarcastic but ultimately human and relatable, he cuts a very different figure from the beefed-up, larger-than-life heroes of 1980s and 90s action cinema. When John McClane gets shot or injured, he actually feels pain. It's something we were keenly aware of in the 1988 original, but gradually ebbed away as the Die Hard franchise drifted from thriller territory »
Based on the sprawling book series by Terry Brooks, “Shannara” will follow Butler as Wil Ohmsford, who is half elf. When he learns that he is the last of the magical Shannara family, he must set out to find the Druid who holds the key to his future. “Shannara” takes place centuries after Earth’s current civilization destroyed itself in a nuclear holocaust. MTV’s take on the saga will begin with the second book in the series, “The Elfstones of Shannara.”
MTV ordered 10 episodes of the series in July, hoping to establish a “Lord of the Rings”-type franchise for the network. Brooks’ novels have undergone many attempts at Hollywood development since “The Sword of Shannara,” the first in the series, was published in the late 1970s. »
- Marianne Zumberge
This piece is a part of Sexpositions, a weeklong Vulture celebration of sex scenes in movies and on TV. As a veteran of battles over his films Clerks, Jersey Girl, and Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Kevin Smith is intimately familiar with the MPAA Ratings Board. The issues with those first two efforts were largely linguistic. Zack and Miri, not so much. The ever-voluble writer-director explained how, exactly, he was able to avoid having his Seth Rogen–Elizabeth Banks sex romp branded with a dreaded, box-office-killing Nc-17 rating. The initial Nc-17 rating for Zack and Miri and Make a Porno was predicated on the thrusting in one scene, and the shit shot, and that was stolen from Barry Sonnenfeld. I'd heard him tell a story about working on a porno set early in his career and being there when — splat! — he got sprayed on. That drove him out of porn. »
- Jennifer Vineyard
I don’t know about you, but over Thanksgiving weekend all anyone I was hanging out with was talking about was that amazing trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Fans were picking it apart, creating fan art, and creating parody vides that you can watch here and here.
As you know, Kevin Smith is a huge fan of the franchise, and it seems like a lot of people value his opinion. Thanks to The Comlink, we have a video from the filmmaker in which he shares his feelings about what he had seen. One of the things he said was:
“I was really taken back to that moment. I remember sitting there watching the trailer for Empire Strikes Back and being electrified, being overjoyed. The cynicism and crap that comes along with being a fat, middle-aged man goes away in the face of [the Star Wars: The Force Awakens] trailer. At least it did for me, »
- Joey Paur
The most talked-about new release this Thanksgiving weekend wasn’t an actual movie, but a teaser for one. The 88-second Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer kept fans busy for days, as they picked it apart frame by frame and argued over its general merits. Among the many who watched the trailer on repeat this weekend […]
- Angie Han
Kevin Smith has signed up for a crowdfunded biopic about his early career.
He will narrate and appear in Shooting Clerks, which was funded through Indiegogo earlier in the year, reports Entertainment Weekly.
He had previously given his blessing to the project about the making of his 1994 debut Clerks.
Smith will play Canadian journalist Larkin Eve in the movie.
Director Christopher Downie is currently shooting the film in Vancouver, New Jersey and the UK.
Smith recently shaved off his familiar beard.
Shooting Clerks is intended to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January. »
Yesterday.s release of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens teaser trailer gave an, understandably, brief glimpse into the new film, but it was jam-packed and has had Star Wars fans worldwide talking since it premiered. One of those fans is Kevin Smith himself; check out his reaction to the trailer in this video. Smith captured the feelings I had, and I am sure several other Star Wars fans had, after the first viewing of The Force Awakens trailer, regardless of if you were watching at home or in a movie theater. This new installment into the Star Wars cinematic universe truly feels like Star Wars, and brought me right back to being a kid, watching Star Wars for the first time. Though Smith doesn.t mention it in his reaction video, watching the trailer for Force Awakens didn.t make me think we were in for more films »
Fans finally got their first look at Star Wars: The Force Awakens earlier today when the trailer finally debuted. The footage has been received with largely positive reactions since its debut just a few hours ago, and we've compiled a few tweets from celebrities and filmmakers, expressing their opinions on the footage. Check out what Anna Kendrick, Colin Hanks, Edgar Wright, Kevin Smith, Ben Schwartz, Chris Hardwick, Rob Liefeld, Lloyd Kaufman, Paul Scheer, Jason Eisener, James Gunn, Josh Gad and Jaime King had to say about the first footage.
Star Wars!!!!! Language and emojis fail to express what's in my heart at this moment.
— Anna Kendrick (@AnnaKendrick47) November 28, 2014
That Star Wars trailer is pretty killer…
— Colin Hanks (@ColinHanks) November 28, 2014
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) November 28, 2014
At the El Capitan theater this morning waiting to »
Once upon a time, Kevin Smith was simply a filmmaker, with Clerks, Mallrats and Chasing Amy to his credit. But as Smith.s career blossomed, he assumed numerous roles . opening a comic book shop, producing reality television shows centered around said comic-book shop, and launching a massive podcast network for himself and his friends. When something "Kevin Smith" related happens in this industry, Smith often has his hand in it . including a planned biopic on the director.s first film. Shooting Clerks is a fan-sponsored, fan-funded docu-feature about young Kevin Smith filming his debut film in New Jersey. On the IndieGoGo site set up for the film, they describe Clerks as "an indie underdog project" and "Rocky with cameras," and they want to capture some of that independent spirit. "Shooting Clerks is as much a celebration of Kevin's work as it is about Kevin himself," the producers state. And it »
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