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On the eve of his Australian tour, the Clerks director talks about making superhero films for girls, being typecast and giving up on pleasing the critics
For a filmmaker who is nothing if not a product of his time – evidenced by the innumerable pop-culture references strewn throughout his work and his ubiquitous presence online – it is not a surprise that ideas for his last two films came from a podcast named Smodcast.
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- Luke Buckmaster
In this excerpt from the Guardian film show, Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes and Catherine Shoard activate sleeper agent thriller / stoner comedy American Ultra. Starring Jesse Eisenberg as a small town shop assistant with latent kick-ass fighting skills, the film’s an unholy hybrid of the Bourne franchise and Kevin Smith’s Clerks. American Ultra, which also stars Kristen Stewart and Topher Grace, is released in the UK on Friday 4 September
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- Xan Brooks, Henry Barnes, Catherine Shoard, Dan Susman, Tom Silverstone and Andrea Salvatici
Abbolita Films has ramped up its nascent distribution partnership with Xyz Films, acquiring multiterritory rights to “Green Room,” “Brain on Fire,” “’71” and “Pilgrimage,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Abbolita and Xyz launched the alliance at Cannes, involving acquisition and distribution of films in Turkey, Portugal, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
“Green Room,” which debuted at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, is directed by Jeremy Saulnier and stars Patrick Stewart as the leader of a white supremacist gang along with Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots. The film was acquired from WestEnd, and will be the opening night film at this year’s Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness.
“Brain on Fire” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann and Jenny Slate and is currently in production in Vancouver. The film will be released in partnership with Broad Green Pictures, which will distribute it in the U. »
- Dave McNary
Sad news rocked the horror world yesterday when it was reported that Wes Craven had passed away at the age of 76. The news came as a shock to both friends and fans, as a lot of people didn't know the beloved filmmaker was battling brain cancer. The director is best known for directing the 1984 horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which gave Freddy Krueger to the world. But it was his film Scream that rejuvenated the waining horror genre back in the 90s, breathing new life into what some felt was a bygone era. Now, some of the stars of that original franchise starter have paid tribute to the maestro, along with news that the movie's small screen incarnation also has something special planned for later in the week.
Famous for his teen-slashers and gory, humour-laden films, Wes Craven has left this earth having set – then revised – horror film convention
Take any of the most famous conversations from the first three Scream movies – ones where a sycophantic movie geek explains the “rules” of the slasher genre – and they feel very much like the voice of a film-maker who has “seen it all before”.
It says something of the ethos of professional scaremonger Wes Craven that he directed the Scream films, not as a fresh-blooded video store-raised hotshot – a Quentin Tarantino or a Kevin Smith – but as a veteran who once made the very kind of genre films he was deconstructing.
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- Luke Buckmaster
The death of horror pioneer Wes Craven has spawned an outpouring of warm remembrances from friends, collaborators and fellow fright-flick luminaries like John Carpenter and Joe Dante. See below for a roundup of reactions (to be updated throughout the week). New Line Cinema: In 1984, Wes Craven brought “A Nightmare on Elm Street” to New Line, and in so doing, altered the course of the studio’s history. We are eternally grateful to our friend and partner, and are proud to be “The House That Freddy Built”. Robert Englund: Rip Wes Craven, my director, my friend. A brilliant, kind, gentle and very funny man. A sad day on Elm St and everywhere. I'll miss him. — Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015 Hollywood's lost a rare species in Wes Craven. The true Gentleman. — Robert B. Englund (@RobertBEnglund) August 31, 2015 William Friedkin: Wes Craven will be missed by all who Love and appreciate his work, »
- Chris Eggertsen
In Tom Roston's upcoming book I Lost It at the Video Store (a play on Pauline Kael's classic I Lost It at the Movies), a gaggle of filmmakers share stories of their lives as video-store clerks. It should come as no surprise that the two most quotable participants are over-caffeinated movie buff Quentin Tarantino and comic connoisseur Kevin Smith. Check out a few tidbits from the upcoming book, via Entertainment Weekly, below. (Then take our Tarantino Superfan Quiz and see how well you know the filmmaker.)Quentin Tarantino: I found Video Archives in Manhattan Beach and I thought it was the coolest place I had ever seen in my life. [In 1985] the owner asked if I wanted to have a job there. He didn’t realize he was saving my life. And for three years, it was really great. The case could be made that it was really too terrific. »
- Greg Cwik
How many of these madcap cartoon series do you remember?
Check out this amazing concept art for the abandoned Jurassic Park animation
Back to the Future is generally considered a perfect movie trilogy, so did we really need the further adventures of Doc Brown and his family in cartoon form? Christopher Lloyd actually appeared in this series in live-action interstitials, but the animated Doc was voiced by Dan 'Homer Simpson' Castellaneta.
2. Mighty Ducks
Remember those films about the cute outcast kids who Emilio Estevez coaches into champion hockey players? How much better would it have been if they were actual ducks? Alien ducks? It made sense to someone.
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Ahead of American Ultra’s release in UK cinemas, we look at the rise of the stoner in film, from the 30s to the present...
"The motion picture you are about to witness may startle you. It would not have been possible, otherwise, to sufficiently emphasize the frightful toll of the new drug menace which is destroying the youth of America in alarmingly increasing numbers. Marihuana is that drug - a violent narcotic - an unspeakable scourge - the Real Public Enemy Number One!
So reads the opening crawl to the now infamous film Reefer Madness. Originally released in 1936, it was designed as a hard-hitting expose of marijuana and its inherent dangers. The drug could cause "violent, uncontrollable laughter," the movie's introduction read. It could induce "dangerous hallucinations," "monstrous extravagances," all eventually leading to "shocking acts of physical violence... ending often in incurable insanity."
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Cannibalistic skyscraper tribes, a punk band forced to fight for survival, and 17th century-set supernatural happenings will grace the big screen this fall at Fantastic Fest 2015, as High-Rise, Green Room (co-starring Patrick Stewart), and The Witch are among the films announced in the festival's second wave of programming.
Taking place September 24th–October 1st at the Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar theater in Austin, TX, Fantastic Fest 2015 celebrates an abundance of titles spanning multiple genres (as well as those that don't fit into one specific genre). Stay tuned to Daily Dead for the upcoming final wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 programming, and to read about the first wave of the festival's programming, visit:
Press Release: Austin, TX - Wednesday, August 26, 2015 - Fantastic Fest is excited to announce the second wave of programming featuring the Us Premiere of Yorgos Lanthimos' The Lobster as the opening night film. »
- Derek Anderson
Tyrese Gibson hasn't been the only one championing for a superhero role in recent months as Ufc women's champion Ronda Rousey has been pushing hard lately to star as Captain Marvel in the upcoming Marvel Studios film.
It began with her admission during a Reddit Ama session and was followed by her posting a bunch of fan-made art of her in character as Carol Danvers on Instagram. Now she has someone else behind her - Kevin Smith. TMZ caught up with the filmmaker who says:
"You see her in that picture? C'mon. You don't even need to think at this point. There's an image. We can see it. She looks amazing. Lord knows she's one of the only people who would play a superhero that would actually beat the s--t out of somebody. I would like to see it happen."
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- Garth Franklin
At the time of writing, the American television networks’ ‘fall’ season of 2015 is a month or so around the corner. It’s still a month until Doctor Who comes back, and worryingly close to that time of the year when The X-Factor is gobbling up Saturday nights around the UK. Essentially, we reckon you could be looking for a new show to binge-watch right about now.
To help you out, the Article Ideas Team here at Geek Towers fired up their Underappreciated TV Shows That Need More Love Machine (patent pending) and cooked you up a recommendation - Reaper.
When we think about the “writer/director” we often think about the works of Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, Paul Thomas Anderson, Jean-Luc Godard or Lars Von Trier. The auteurs who charge into the uphill battle of putting their own story to film. It’s more than a credit, it’s a type of filmmaker – one that more often than not starts outside of the studio system, one that more often than not considers themselves a writer first and a director second, one that falls in love with their own dialog. It’s very common now but it didn’t used to be.
75 years ago this week a film was released with the first “Written and Directed by” credit, making official something that had been going on in movie making since the evolution of narrative filmmaking and giving birth to the modern day writer/director. The first credited writer/director: playwright Preston Sturges, »
- Charlie Sanford
As you may know, Ufc women's champion Ronda Rousey desperately wants to play Captain Marvel in the upcoming solo movie. She first admitted this fact on her recent Reddit Ama session. She then sent out Instagram art, further campaigning for the role. Now, she has a heavyweight in her corner who calls her perfect for the character.
Yes, iconic indie director Kevin Smith wants to see Ronda Rousey suit up as Carol Danvers in Marvel's 2018 sci-fi superhero adventure. Why should anyone care what Kevin Smith wants? They shouldn't, but it's always interesting to hear his take on things. He's well-versed in the world of comic books, serving as the ring leader on AMC's hit series Comic Book Men. And while he's never directed a comic book or superhero movie, he did write the canceled Superman Lives. He's also penned a great number of actual comic books. Some see him as »
Once you say it aloud, it.s hard to think of anyone else in the role: "And introducing Ronda Rousey as Captain Marvel." The brutal Mma fighter has been beating the drum for the Marvel casting as of late, backed by her fanbase who dropped pictures of the bruiser in the costume. Well, now Rousey has another motor-mouthed Marvel fan in her corner, and he has a loud drum on which he.s able to bang, as well. Kevin Smith loves the idea of Ronda Rousey playing Captain Marvel in the announced Marvel origin story. Loves it! In fact, when he was approached by TMZ at the airport and asked about Rousey in the role, Smith explained: You see her in that picture? C.mon. You don.t even need to think at this point. There.s an image. We can see it. She looks amazing. Lord knows she.s »
It’s fair to say that, after trumping her latest opponent Bethe Correia in a mere 34 seconds, Ronda Rousey has brought the Mma to a standstill. Now, on the heels of a Reddit Ama, the fan-favorite is riding the crest of a wave all in the hope of landing the coveted title role in Captain Marvel. Earlier this week, Rousey shared a collection of fan-made concept art that depicted her in the famous guise. Fast forward to today and Mallrats director Kevin Smith has thrown his support behind the talent, stating that her casting is a no-brainer at this point.
Smith argues that not only does Rousey have the physicality to portray a convincing version of one Carol Danvers, but in a recent interview with TMZ, the scribe-cum-director believes that the Mma star harbors the personal qualities required to ground a tentpole superhero flick and, ultimately, make it believable.
- Michael Briers
What would Evangeline Lilly look like as the Wasp? Does Kevin Smith have an opinion about Ronda Rousey as Captain Marvel? Has the Constantine episode of Arrow started shooting? What big change might be coming for May in Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Season 3? Which new villain shows up in The Flash Season 2 promo? Want […]
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- Angie Han
Secret Wars: Secret Love #1
Written by Michel Fiffe, Felipe Smith, Jeremy Whitley, Marguerite Bennett, Katie Cook
Art by Michel Fiffe, Felipe Smith, Gurihuru, Kris Anka, Katie Cook
Published by Marvel Comics
Recently, romance anthologies have made a little bit of comeback with former DC editor Janelle Asselin’s Fresh Romance title and even little one-shots like the Harley Quinn Valentines Special and 2013’s revival of the classic DC series Young Romance. Now, Marvel has gotten into the romance game with Secret Wars: Secret Love bringing a variety of Marvel veterans and newcomers to tell some fun love stories. There is an homage to Ann Nocenti and John Romita Jr’s run on Daredevil complete with a battle against Typhoid Mary, a special team-up between Robbie Reyes and Kamala Khan in the Ghost Racers universe, an extremely non-traditional date night »
- Logan Dalton
National Lampoon’s Vacation was one of the greatest comedies of the 1980s and this week Ed Helms will try and recreate the magic of perhaps Chevy Chase‘s greatest movie with the remake of Vacation. We took a trip back to the 1980s this week to see if there were any other potential movies that may need the remake treatment.
Some controversial choices follow… so apologies in advance.
Original cast: Chevy Chase
Proposed new cast: Jason Sudeikis
Kevin Smith had his Fletch movie festering in the bowels of Hollywood for nearly a decade. Warner Brothers picked up the rights to the Gregory McDonald mystery novels in 2011, and as late as last year attached Jason Sudeikis to star in Fletch Won, a film described by The Hollywood Reporter as a ‘gritty action comedy with heart and more tonally in line with McDonald’s novels than the Chevy Chase movies. »
- Paul Heath
Last week, an extremely cautious Winona Ryder confirmed on Late Night With Seth Myers that a sequel to Tim Burton's beloved 1988 haunted house comedy Beetlejuice was finally in the works. Ryder will be reprising her role as Lydia Deetz, with Burton back behind the megaphone and Michael Keaton, fresh from a career-resurrecting turn in Birdman (2014), again starring as 'the ghost with the most'.
Ryder's announcement was met with the inevitable woops and cheers from Myers' studio audience, but fans of Burton's breakthrough feature will be seeking reassurances that the forthcoming follow-up will remain true to the spirit of its predecessor.
For those who've never seen it, Beetlejuice tells the story of Adam and Barbara Maitland (Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis), a happily married couple living »
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