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Botelho on De Palma: My Favorite Set Pieces

27 June 2016 5:15 PM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

*Editor’s note – Our good bud, Derek Botelho (author of the Great book, The Argento Syndrome) is a big De Palma fan and really, aren’t we all? The guy has such a great filmography and Botelho thought he’d provide you fright fanatics with some of his favorite De Palma moments! –Jerry

With the recent release of the documentary De Palma by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, I got to thinking about why I admire De Palma’s work as much as I do. His technique is so singular and instantly recognizable, that to merely pass him off as a tin pot Hitchcock is doing both himself and Hitchcock a severe disservice. Whether it’s a ridiculously intricate spit screen, a rear projected psychic “flashback”, or a glorious whirling dervish around a room to tell you vital information, he’s always up to something, and never one to give »

- Derek Botelho

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‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

21 June 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Canadian director and actress Sarah Polley, along with Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment, will adapt Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace” into a six-hour miniseries for Netflix. Deadline reports that Polley will write and produce the series while Mary Harron will direct the project.

Read More: Watch: Sarah Polley Interviews Greta Gerwig About Noah Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha’ In 17-Minute Criterion Feature

Alias Grace” follows the true story of poor Irish immigrant Grace Marks who, along with domestic servant James McDermott, was convicted of murdering her employer Thomas Kinnear and housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 1843. While James was hanged, Grace received life imprisonment for her role in the crime. The conviction was highly controversial and Grace’s role in the murder was up for strong debate as to whether she took an active part in the crime or if she was simply an accessory. She was later exonerated after 30 years in jail. »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Alias Grace’: Sarah Polley Helming Margaret Atwood Miniseries for Netflix

21 June 2016 8:49 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Canadian director and actress Sarah Polley, along with Noreen Halpern’s Halfire Entertainment, will adapt Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace” into a six-hour miniseries for Netflix. Deadline reports that Polley will write and produce the series while Mary Harron will direct the project.

Read More: Watch: Sarah Polley Interviews Greta Gerwig About Noah Baumbach’s ‘Frances Ha’ In 17-Minute Criterion Feature

Alias Grace” follows the true story of poor Irish immigrant Grace Marks who, along with domestic servant James McDermott, was convicted of murdering her employer Thomas Kinnear and housekeeper Nancy Montgomery in 1843. While James was hanged, Grace received life imprisonment for her role in the crime. The conviction was highly controversial and Grace’s role in the murder was up for strong debate as to whether she took an active part in the crime or if she was simply an accessory. She was later exonerated after 30 years in jail. »

- Vikram Murthi

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‘Swapped: American Psycho’ Switches Genders in Mara Wilson–Starring Viral Video — Watch

19 June 2016 2:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Following director Mary Harron’s recent “Anatomy of a Scene” video for the New York Times, one of the most famous sequences in “American Psycho” has a new look. Mara Wilson, late of “Matilda” and more recently a prominent voice on social media, stars in this female-led version of the business-card scene that birthed the famous line, “Oh my god, it even has a watermark.” (Warning: If the you consider the very notion of an all-female “Ghostbusters” a personal affront, this may not be the video for you.)

Read More: ‘American Psycho:’ Mary Harron Anatomizes the Famous Business-Card Scene

Wilson plays Paula Allen, the equivalent of Jared Leto’s original Paul Allen — a smarmy higher-up at a financial firm. Dani Faith Leonard, who also created the “Swapped” series, stars as Patricia Bateman (a take on Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman); the two are joined by Keisha Zollar as Dana Van Patten, »

- Michael Nordine

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Kerry Washington & Aziz Ansari Discuss Diversity, TV, And Much More In 22-Minute Talk

8 June 2016 10:19 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Bret Easton Ellis can kvetch all he likes about the perceived idiocy of victim culture and the so-called “snowflakes,” but the fact is, it’s a good thing that we’ve at least started to have the conversation about fair and accurate cultural representation in popular film and television. I’m not saying we’ve become a 100% liberal, […]

The post Kerry Washington & Aziz Ansari Discuss Diversity, TV, And Much More In 22-Minute Talk appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Nicholas Laskin

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John Carpenter Talks ‘Halloween,’ Disses The “Cheapness” Of ‘Friday The 13th’ In 1 Hour Podcast Talk [Listen]

2 June 2016 10:42 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You are advised to fast forward through the first 20 minutes or so of Bret Easton Ellis’ most recent podcast. Even if you hate overwrought PC culture, or have sympathy as such but think it’s gone too far, Ellis’ smug, disheartening anti-take on the #OscarSoWhite campaign is unfortunate. But even as he leads the witness nearly […]

The post John Carpenter Talks ‘Halloween,’ Disses The “Cheapness” Of ‘Friday The 13th’ In 1 Hour Podcast Talk [Listen] appeared first on The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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Interview: Bill Sage on Becoming a Masked Murderer for Fender Bender

1 June 2016 6:33 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Writer/director Mark Pavia’s latest film, Fender Bender, premieres this Friday night on the Chiller channel at 9:00pm Est, and to get you guys ready for all the slaughter-filled mayhem that awaits you, Daily Dead recently caught up with one of the film’s co-stars, Bill Sage, to hear more about his experiences playing Fender Bender’s mysterious and leather-clad killer known only as “The Driver.”

During our interview, Sage discussed what attracted him to Fender Bender, his love for the world of indie filmmaking, how Jim Mickle, another great genre filmmaker, has impacted him both personally and professionally, and how his involvement with American Psycho would end up influencing his performance in Fender Bender over a decade and a half later.

Let’s start at the beginning and talk about how you got involved with Fender Bender.

Bill Sage: The producers, Carl Lucas and Joshua Bunting, »

- Heather Wixson

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'Friday the 13th' producer promises a more character-driven reboot, but do fans even want that?

31 May 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I'm on record as being a non-fan of the Friday the 13th franchise, which set the standard for the mega-stupid slasher boom of the 1980s over a series of 12 films (including the mashup Freddy vs. Jason and the 2009 remake) that emphasized bloody, creative kills over the relative restraint of films like John Carpenter's Halloween and Bob Clark's 1974 classic Black Christmas. In short: I don't much care about Platinum Dunes' forthcoming F13 reboot. And yet! The film is being written by Prisoners screenwriter Aaron Guzikowski, adding a layer of unexpected prestige to the critically-reviled series. About that. In a new interview with The Reel Word, producer Brad Fuller has hinted that, true to Guzikowski's A-list credentials, the reboot will perhaps be more character-driven than previous entries in the franchise: “Aaron’s story has great characters…You kind of have to understand Jason Voorhees, so we go back and we »

- Chris Eggertsen

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The Harsh Criticism John Carpenter Has For The Original Friday The 13th

28 May 2016 8:33 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Horror fans rejoice. The slasher genre has remained dormant for quite some time, but will soon receive a serious shot in the arm. In the wake of innumerable found footage movies and remakes, John Carpenter will soon return to the Halloween franchise to set the genre back on course. Carpenter’s work remains instrumental for the world of horror, and Halloween went on to inspire numerous copycat franchises – most notably Friday the 13th. They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, but Carpenter apparently doesn’t seem too fond of Jason Voorhees’ corner of the slasher world.   During a recent appearance on the Bret Easton Ellis Podcast, the master of horror opened up about his feelings regarding Friday the 13th, and it seems that he’s not a fan: And Friday the 13th, I feel, affects me as very cynical. It’s »

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John Carpenter criticizes 'Friday the 13th': It 'doesn't rise above its cheapness'

24 May 2016 5:54 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

John Carpenter's Halloween -- now being rebooted with the help of the horror master himself -- ushered in the so-called slasher boom of the 1980s, which saw a number of mostly-inferior copycat films being produced by companies looking to cash in on the teen-centric horror craze. In a new conversation with author and screenwriter Bret Easton Ellis, Carpenter went on record to criticize the slasher films that sprung up in Halloween's wake, specifically name-checking the most successful title of that crop: Sean S. Cunningham's Friday the 13th. Adding greater context to his disdain, he went on to compare that film's artistic value not with Halloween but with Tobe Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, a film he clearly has a great deal of fondness for. "You've said that the Texas Chain Saw Massacre is like actual sex, and by comparison Friday the 13th is masturbation," said Ellis. »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Mike Flanagan in Talks to Direct John Carpenter-Produced ‘Halloween’ Sequel

24 May 2016 11:57 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

An inventive first feature leads to a less satisfying follow-up, and so on down the line. While this is the perhaps unintended recipe for the vast majority of franchises, it seems to be even more prevalent in the world of horror. After frightening audiences with a villain (or premise), due to not requiring as many resources, we’ve seen so many sequels in various franchises that it’s hard to keep track of just how many were produced. One prime example is Halloween, which launched in 1978 with director John Carpenter, and now, 10 films later, he looks to be taking the reigns again with hopes to re-align the franchise to its roots with a new feature.

Blumhouse has announced that Carpenter is back as executive producer and creative consultant (aka the “Godfather” of the project), and is planning to score the feature. “Halloween needs to return to its traditions. I feel »

- Leonard Pearce

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The Neon Demon review: Nicolas Winding Refn makes Zoolander 3, but erotic and evil

19 May 2016 9:31 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

There is style and chutzpah in this vampiric story of supermodel cannibals – as well as a superb central turn from Elle Fanning – yet it lacks the focus and wallop of his earlier work

Nicolas Winding Refn brings the cinéma du choc to Cannes with a movie which is fantastically preposterous and objectionable, but expertly varnished with a sheen of pure evil. It features the excellent Elle Fanning whose insouciant freshness is a reason to keep watching: a quality which oddly survives her inevitable journey to the dark side. There is a very great deal of Bret Easton Ellis in this story of vampirism and cannibalism in the La fashion scene — a world which shocks no-one by turning out to be shallow and vicious. If Andy Warhol wanted to remake Abel Ferrara’s The Addiction it might turn out like this. Or maybe if Ferrara wanted to do Zoolander 3.

Exasperating though this film can be, »

- Peter Bradshaw

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‘Captain America: Civil War’ CG Boss Reveals Which Robert Downey Jr. ’80s Movie Inspired That Flashback

19 May 2016 5:31 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

To make Tony Stark look like his younger self in “Captain America: Civil War,” artists referenced Robert Downey Jr.‘s early filmography. They studied him playing mallrat bully Ian in the 1985 comedy “Weird Science,” as the best buddy of Rodney Dangerfield’s son in “Back to School,” and as a drug addicted rich kid in the big-screen adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis‘ “Less Than Zero.” “We went a little closer to ‘Less Than Zero,'” said visual effects supervisor Dan DeLeeuw during an interview with TheWrap this week. “No one wanted the spikey hair from ‘Weird Science’ like I did! »

- Meriah Doty

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Votd: Margot Robbie's "Australian Psycho"

17 May 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Australian actress Margot Robbie ("Suicide Squad," "The Wolf of Wall Street") has teamed with Vogue magazine for "Australian Psycho," a slickly produced video spoof of the opening of the iconic film adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' "American Psycho". Robbie takes over for Christian Bale's Patrick Bateman in the clip which takes the already satirical scene and pushes it even further into parody. Check it out below.

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- Garth Franklin

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The Greatest Films Based on Supposedly “Unfilmable” Novels

11 May 2016 12:35 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

No matter what their abundance might tell you, adaptations of classic novels can be tricky. What works best in one medium and what works best in another are seldom the same thing. The two are so different, their strengths and weaknesses so unique and specific, that perhaps the old adage is true: some novels are simply unfilmable. (For example, Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian, which, until recently, James Franco has been threatening to adapt.) There are no rules to writing literary fiction and, of course, no ratings boards to sneak sex, drugs, and violence past. Yet, every now and then, a film comes along, defying logic and common sense to transform the impossible novel into the miraculous film.

Director Ben Wheatley‘s acclaimed adaptation of J.G. Ballard‘s classic entry in the catalog of the un-filmable, High-Rise, is now available on-demand and in select theaters this week. In the film, »

- Tony Hinds

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Peter Chernin’s Fullscreen Revamps, Launches New Division for Product-Placement Videos

9 May 2016 10:30 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fullscreen, the online video network backed by mogul Peter Chernin and telecom giant At&T, is restructuring itself into different units, with one dedicated to creating branded videos. The other divisions produce original programming and manage the YouTube creator network that was the company’s original business. CEO George Strompolos announced the changes Monday at Fullscreen’s Newfront, a presentation to brands and advertisers in New York. Also Read: 'American Psycho' Author Bret Easton Ellis Makes Directorial Debut for Online Series 'The Deleted' Renaming itself Fullscreen Media, the company outlined three divisions: Fullscreen Creator Network provides »

- Joan E. Solsman

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Bret Easton Ellis Names Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice One Of The Best Films Of 2016 So Far

8 May 2016 3:31 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Best selling author, screenwriter, and social commentator Bret Easton Ellis has listed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as one of the year’s best films.  It's refreshing to see someone of Ellis' intelligence and fame giving such high praise to the movie. Best 2016 films so far: Tale Of Tales Garrone; Green Room Saulnier; The Invitation Kusama; Batman V Superman Snyder. pic.twitter.com/kCT4w3j5Yh — Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) May 3, 2016 Ellis may be best known for writing American Psycho, an amazing novel that was adapted to film and featured performances from Christian Bale, Jared Leto, and Willem Dafoe all of whom have have played major roles in CBMs, and coincidentally Jared Leto and Willem Dafoe will share their talents once again as the Dceu progresses. American Psycho currently sits at a 67% on Rotten Tomatoes, making it one more movie that exists on a large list of great »

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Weekly Rushes. Godard Biopic, Film Comment Editors, Jarmusch Clips, Radiohead's "The Wicker Man"

4 May 2016 6:22 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.NEWSLa chinoiseSay what? The Artist director Michel Hazanavicius is slated to make a drama out of the relationship between French New Wave master Jean-Luc Godard and his actress/muse-one-time-wife Anne Wiazemsky around the time of Godard's 1967 film, La chinoise. Sounds potentially horrible, but it is officially based on Wiazemsky's memoir Un an après. In a bizarre generational echo, Louis Garrel, so well known for embodying his father, director Philippe Garrel, in is set to star as Godard.We keep waiting, and waiting, and waiting for Terrence Malick long-in-the-making IMAX documentary, Voyage of Time. Now The Film Stage has found reference to an October theatrical release date. We'll believe it when we see it, but here's hoping.After Gavin Smith left editorship of Film Comment magazine, the Film Society of Lincoln »

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Bret Easton Ellis Lines Up Directorial Debut 'The Deleted'

26 April 2016 11:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Bret Easton Ellis has been active in cinema in the last couple of years, even if he hasn't been behind the camera himself. His screenwriting attempts for Paul Schrader's "The Canyons" starring Lindsay Lohan and Gregor Jordan's "The Informers" (which was based on his own book), didn't turn out so hot. Aside from those films, Ellis has been pretty quiet on the cinematic front, opting instead for his books to be adapted by various directors.  Read More: Review: Paul Schrader's 'The Canyons,' Starring Lindsay Lohan & James Deen  Some of these adaptations have been very successful, such as "American Psycho," which has become a cult classic over the years, with director Mary Harron sharpening the satire that made the novel so brilliant (a musical based on the book opened on Broadway last week). Ditto "Less Than Zero," a film that was met with lukewarm reviews in »

- Jordan Ruimy

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Bret Easton Ellis To Direct Cult Series The Deleted

25 April 2016 2:51 PM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Novelist, cultural critic and sometimes podcaster (where is the new season??) Bret Easton Ellis will make his directorial debut with an edgy series for Fullscreen's yet-to-be released standalone video service.

Fullscreen is targeting an early 2017 premiere for The Deleted on its subscription video service, which launches Tuesday, April 26.

The author of The "American Psycho" and "Less than Zero" will helm the show called The Deleted, which is described by THR as "a thriller about the disappearance of three people in Los Angeles. Although they seem to be unconnected to each other, the deaths trigger the collective p [Continued ...] »

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