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Film Review: ‘Pan’

19 September 2015 8:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Of all the recent big-budget studio films to re-imagine beloved children’s tales as garish, CGI-choked sensory overloads stripped of all whimsy or childlike wonder, Joe Wright’s “Pan” is certainly the most technically sophisticated. The director displays his typical formal virtuosity and keen eye for young talent here (Aussie newcomer Levi Miller is assured in the title role), but it’s not enough to enliven the depressing dourness of the film’s worldview. Positioned as a prequel to J.M. Barrie’s classic Peter Pan stories, “Pan” swaps puckish mischief and innocence for doses of Steampunk design, anachronistic music, a stock “chosen one” narrative and themes of child labor, warfare and unsustainable mineral mining. Worldwide box office will likely be strong, especially overseas, but the bubble for these joyless fairy-tale revisions cannot pop quickly enough.

There is perhaps no clearer illustration of “Pan’s” guiding principles than its treatment of pixie dust. »

- Andrew Barker

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"The Huntsman" - Leaked Set Images

24 August 2015 1:25 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ leaked set images from the Surrey, UK set of "The Huntsman, director Cedric Nicolas-Troyanthe's currently shooting prequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman", starring "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth, wielding an ax, instead of a hammer:

"...the new movie is based on the German fairy tale 'Snow White' by the Brothers Grimm, as a prequel to 'Snow White And The Huntsman'...

" Charlize Theron ("Mad Max: Fury Road") reprising her role as 'Queen Ravenna' alongside new cast members Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Nick Frost..."

"The Hunstman" opens April 22, 2016.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Snow White and the Huntsman"...


- Michael Stevens

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20 August 2015 10:28 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »


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7 New Worlds Perfect for ‘Kingdom Hearts III’

19 August 2015 5:39 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

This past week at the D23 Disney Exposition Event, a ton of news regarding the future of Disney franchises was unveiled including the announcement that a Big Hero 6 world will be featured in Square Enix’s Kingdom Hearts III.

With the inclusion of Tangled and Big Hero 6 in Sora’s latest adventure, the speculation of which other Disney franchises could join in on the fun is running wild. Let’s take a look at some of the Disney films that would fit well in the universe of Kingdom Hearts.

We won’t be including acquired franchises such as Star Wars, Marvel, Studio Ghibli or the Muppets neither will we be including Pixar films or else the list would be never ending!  Rather let’s focus on Disney films which have a big fanbase or a fitting aesthetic that have unfortunately been omitted in previous installments of Kingdom Hearts. »

- Ryan Espinoza

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What's New to Amazon Prime and Instant Video in September 2015

19 August 2015 5:15 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

September is coming -- and that means back to school, back to autumn leaves, and back to TV season. Huzzah! Amazon just released its list of September titles available for streaming on Prime and for rental or purchase on Amazon Instant Video. (If you missed the August titles, here they are.) They're offering tons of new episodes from the Fall 2015 TV season, and several recent blockbuster movies like "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (plus bonus features), "Pitch Perfect 2," and "Cinderella."

Check out all the September additions below.

New in September - Available for Streaming on Prime


Hand of God

Season 1



Season 4



Little Giants


Maya the Bee


Private Parts


Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows


The Blair Witch Project


Desperately Seeking Susan


Hannah and Her Sisters


Killer Klowns From Outer Space


Lord of Illusions




The Crucible (1996)


The Swan Princess (1994)


Hannibal Rising (2007)


Anywhere But Here


Stuart Little


Dear White People »

- Gina Carbone

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Brown Bag Films Acquired By North American Studio

18 August 2015 9:46 AM, PDT | | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Created in 1994, Irish animation studio Brown Bag Films has gone from strength to strength in recent years, with the likes of Oscar nominated shorts Give Up Your Auld Sins and Granny O’Grimm’s Sleeping Beauty and hot kids shows Octonauts, Henry Hugglemonster, and Dc Mc Stuffins under their belts. Now, they will embark on an exciting "new chapter" with the studio being acquired by Toronto based 9 Story Media Group, one of North America’s largest animation studios, which will open up the Dublin based animators to a much larger market and take them to the “next level". Brown Bag’s Dublin based headquarters currently employs 180 staff, and, with the acquisition, they aim to create 50 more jobs in the near future. Alongside their Dublin studio, they also have a 2D studio in Manchester and post production facilities in Los Angeles. Speaking of the recently announced events, Brown Bag founder Cathal Gaffney said, »

- (Tom White)

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Hansel And Gretel: Witch Hunters 2 A Go At Paramount, Bruno Aveillan On Board To Direct

10 August 2015 7:15 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Buoyed by a strong box office haul overseas, it was two years ago when Paramount officially issued the green light on Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters 2, but since then all has been quiet on the fantastical front. Over the weekend, though, Deadline broke news of the sequel finally beginning to pick up speed at the studio, with Bruno Aveillan supplanting Timmy Wirkola in the director’s chair.

Set to make his feature film debut, Aveillan has carved out a reputation for his commercial work hitherto, and it looks as though he’ll be overseeing Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton’s titular, monster-hunting siblings for Witch Hunters 2. Having passed on directorial duties, it’s understood that Wirkola – who helmed the 2013 sleeper hit – has penned an early version of the screenplay, and that the biggest hurdle currently facing the industry heads at Paramount is working around Renner’s bustling schedule.

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- Michael Briers

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Film Review: ‘The 7th Dwarf’

30 July 2015 10:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The moral of “The 7th Dwarf,” driven home by its diminutive hero and a dreadfully repetitive end-credits anthem, is that “size doesn’t matter.” It’s a crass (but kid-friendly!) formulation that also happens to be perfectly true: At half the length or twice the budget, this CG-animated musical mash-up of fairy tales would still be a pretty pathetic excuse for children’s entertainment, short on charm and utterly devoid of magic. A 2014 German production making a brief North American stopover in an English-dubbed version, the film offers a witless recombination of elements from classic Grimm stories and some of the bigger U.S. toon hits of recent vintage — a pandering strategy that seems unlikely to translate into the box office equivalent of true love’s kiss.

Directed by Harald Siepermann (who died mid-production in 2013) and Boris Aljinovic, “The 7th Dwarf” is an animated extension of a franchise that includes »

- Justin Chang

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Fantasia ’15 Review: The Hallow

23 July 2015 10:45 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Canadian Premiere

Ireland, 2015

Directed by: Corin Hardy

Genre: Gaelic Gothic

Alright guys and ghouls, strap yourselves in. I’m gauging expectations here, so if we`re to bump occular uglies, I need you to understand that I’m not going to spend the night and there will be no cuddling after. Fantasia 2015 is in town and I’m buried, face deep. Late with reviews, late with screenings, early with heart palpitations. Let’s get right to it shall we?

Now, I don’t know what the topic de rigueur has been at your last family get together. Frankly, I don’t want to know. The creepy thing is that I’m pretty sure it involved 1) discussion regarding a recent mortgage refinancing that go-getter Frank was lucky to get, 2) that new health insurance product snagged by Bubbie, 3) teenage pregnancies perhaps?  or even 4) That strange smell coming from neighbor George.

One thing’s for certain though, »

- Jo Satana

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Kourtney Kardashian -- Hey Scott, See What You're Missin' (Photo)

18 July 2015 7:03 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Kourtney Kardashian is clearly done with Scott Disick, because she has a severe case of post breakup hotness. Kourtney was leaving the Montage hotel in Bev Hills Friday, wearing chicly-tattered duds. She's clutching a clutch with a Hansel and Gretel cover, but the only thing that looks Grimm in this pic is the chance of reconciliation. Read more »

- TMZ Staff

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"The Huntsman" - New Set Images

9 July 2015 4:22 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new set images from the Surrey, UK set of "The Huntsman, director Cedric Nicolas-Troyanthe's currently shooting prequel to "Snow White and the Huntsman", starring "Thor" actor Chris Hemsworth, tossing around an axe, instead of hisn ususal hammer:

"...the new movie is based on the German fairy tale 'Snow White' by the Brothers Grimm, as a prequel to 'Snow White And The Huntsman'...

" Charlize Theron ("Mad Max: Fury Road") reprising her role as 'Queen Ravenna' alongside new cast members Jessica Chastain, Emily Blunt and Nick Frost..."

"The Hunstman" opens April 22, 2016.

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Snow White and the Huntsman"...


- Michael Stevens

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Review: The Piper, A Satisfyingly Grimm Fairy Tale

9 July 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Step away from the city and it isn't long before you fall in with bad company or into a mystery in Korean cinema, with remote islands and mountains being among the favored haunts of the country's more macabre filmmakers. Taking its cue from a Brothers Grimm fairly tale (itself a take on an old German legend), Kim Gwang-tae's debut The Piper hums a familiar tune, yet this fable of mistrust and deceit remains engrossing and entertaining thanks to a few wicked twists. Originally a legend called 'The Pied Piper of Haemlin' from the Middle Ages that later became well known as a Brothers Grimm fairy tale, the original story features a wealthy village that experiences a rat infestation. The 'pied piper' comes to town and...

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The Forgotten: "Macario" (1960)

25 June 2015 6:36 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Macario, just screened in Edinburgh International Film Festival's Focus on Mexico season, is a relatively well-known film by the great and prolific Roberto Gavaldón, but that in itself means little, since even in cinephile circles many film-lovers have never heard of him.Gavaldón was one of the top directors of Mexican cinema's golden age, along with Emilio Fernández and Tito Davison (Buñuel was always something of an outsider). While his work includes the elements of melodrama, social realism and a tinge of film noir which characterise much of this period, he also incorporates a streak of what might be called magic realism. and this is at the forefront of Macario.The first Mexican film nominated for an Oscar, losing out to The Virgin Spring, which bizarrely also features a magic spring bubbling up under mysterious and perhaps divinely-inspired circumstances, Macario derives from a story by the mysterious B. Traven (Treasure »

- David Cairns

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What Scares You?

24 June 2015 10:47 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

Written by Tom Wood

What, who, why or even how did your fascination with Horror begin? I will give you a minute to think whilst I set the scene. The other day, I was driving my car to work; A journey that has been done a thousand times before and as a result, it has become so tedious; so pathetically boring; I could probably do it with my eyes closed and without thinking (not that I will of course, that would just be plain dangerous on so many levels); But my point is, whilst I was driving, a question, not just any old question, but that question popped and buried itself deep into the back of my head. A simple question of What made me interested in Horror? Had evolved and mutated like a diseased zombie into further questioning and so forth, that in the end, a whole »

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Fictional Frights: Sean Keller’s “Red Noise”

5 June 2015 3:02 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Sean Keller is a jack of all trades, and if you disagree with that statement, chances are that you don’t know the guy. One helluva singer/songwriter, a screenwriter who has written for horror legends Dario Argento (Giallo) and John Carpenter (the Great L.A. Gothic, which sadly fell through), Nicolas Cage (Keller co-wrote one of Cage’s best films in recent years, Rage), and is continually working and writing with fervor. Did we mention he was also on Jeopardy once?

While we were planning on originally kicking off our Fictional Frights column with my drugged out race to the death, “I’m Tired of Dying,” when Icons of Fright friend Keller sent us one of the most rock n’roll horror stories around, “Red Noise“, we couldn’t resist but to kick things off with one hell of a story. So, put on your leather boots, dust off »

- Jerry Smith

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Forbidden Empire Review

24 May 2015 7:06 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Break out the vodka (pronounced wad-ka) and start boiling the potatoes, because Russian director Oleg Stepchenko has a dark Russian fairytale he’d like to tell you. Loaded with witches, Slavic folklore, and mystical enchantments, Forbidden Empire provides a cultural spin on what would otherwise be a Brothers Grimm tale. Stepchenko keeps his influences in-country, using Nikolai Gogol’s story Viy as a backstory for larger, more sinister(ish) adventures, but there’s an (ish) added because Forbidden Empire feels like two separate films the entire time. It’s like Stepchenko can’t decide which audience he’d rather please more, as the film erratically jumps from childish bouts of jubilant frolicking to sudden bursts of ghoulish debauchery. Ugh, what a haunting tease.

Jason Flemyng stars in Stepchenko’s fable as an ambitious cartographer (Jonathan Green) who sets out to create detailed maps that show the true borders of countries. »

- Matt Donato

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Kristen Stewart: "Interview"

22 May 2015 4:54 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ actress Kristen Stewart ("Twilight") in a recent issue of "Interview" magazine:

"...Stewart, now 24, grew up in L.A.—grew up on the film sets where her parents work behind the camera in Hollywood. As 'Joan Jett' in 'The Runaways' (2010), the translation from chill movie star to chill rock star is seamless and expectedly wonderful.

"But even in the 'Goya'-does-'Grimm'-fairy-tale world of 'Snow White and the Huntsman', Stewart's surly and sweet 'Snow White' is spot on. 

"And playing the live-wire Beat 'Marylou' in Walter Salles's adaptation of Kerouac's 'On the Road' (2012)...

"...Stewart's cool becomes almost tangible, a magical dust she scatters around her...

"In 'Clouds of Sils Maria', directed by Olivier Assayas, Stewart plays the personal assistant of a great and accomplished actress, played by Juliette Binoche...

"...and for her performance, Stewart was the first American actress to be nominated »

- Michael Stevens

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'Tale of Tales': Cannes Review

13 May 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Drawing on the rich and till-now unexplored vein of Neapolitan fairy tales written by Giambattista Basile in the early 17th century, Tale of Tales combines the wildly imaginative world of kings, queens and ogres with the kind of lush production values Italian cinema was once famous for. The result is a dreamy, fresh take on the kind of dark and gory yarns that have come down to us from the Brothers Grimm and Charles Perrault, only here they're pleasingly new and unfamiliar. Starring Salma Hayek as a childless queen who is willing to do anything – absolutely anything –

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- Deborah Young

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Cannes Film Review: ‘Tale of Tales’

13 May 2015 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In this era of fairy-tale prequels, sequels and spinoffs, how often do we encounter stories of wicked queens, licentious kings and captive princesses in which we don’t already know what happens next? That’s the thrill of Matteo Garrone’s “Tale of Tales,” a lavishly realized and long-overdue adaptation of three stories from 17th-century Neapolitan scribe Giambattista Basile’s “Pentamerone,” which predates and even inspired many of the classics in heavy rotation today, from Rapunzel to Cinderella. Whereas Walt Disney mostly overlooked Basile, the brothers Grimm were big fans, and the sheer volume of bloodshed, off-color coupling and dark comedy clearly puts Garrone’s film in the category of adult-skewing fairy tales (but not that sordid subgenre of softcore exploitation movies that issued from Italy in the ’70s), which seems likely to result in the director’s largest international showing yet, aided by its cast of familiar faces and English-language script. »

- Peter Debruge

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Watch: 8 Clips From Matteo Garrone’s Cannes Fantasy Film ‘Tale Of Tales’ Starring Salma Hayek, John C. Reilly & More

12 May 2015 11:25 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you’re lucky enough to be Italian filmmaker Matteo Garrone you’re three for three at the Cannes Film Festival. His last two films, “Gomorrah” (which won the festival’s Grand Prix award in 2008) and "Reality," have hit the Croisette, and so too does his third picture, “Tale Of Tales.” But for this one, Garrone has taken a left turn into a dark fairytale world. Read More: The 20 Most Anticipated Films Of The 2015 Cannes Film Festival “Perhaps not everyone knows this, but 'Tale of Tales’ was the first book of fairytales to be written in the 17th century and inspired many great authors, such as the Brothers Grimm, Andresen, and Perrault,” Garrone said in a recent Cineuropa interview. Evidently it was a risky endeavor, more than just creatively. “It wasn’t easy for me to secure funding for a fantasy film after producing such seemingly different work in the past, »

- Edward Davis

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