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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
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 »
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
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.
- Matt Donato
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.
"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...
"...and for her performance, Stewart was the first American actress to be nominated »
- Michael Stevens
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 –
- Deborah Young
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
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
In 2011, the artist Natalie Frank was sitting with the painter Paula Rego in her London studio. Rego has worked with fairy tales a lot in her work, and she suggested Frank read some of the Grimm’s tales in their original, well, quite grim versions — before they got sanitized by Disney, in other words. Rego felt that the stories aligned strongly with Frank’s interests in women’s bodies, sexuality, violence, and everyday transformations. “I was so taken by the stories that I thought I knew,” Frank says of reading the tales. “I didn't know that Rapunzel actually gets her name because her mother is craving rapunzel lettuce, which is growing in the witch’s garden. So she trades her baby, who is Rapunzel, for magic lettuce.” Or, for example, that Cinderella’s wicked stepsisters try to fool the prince into thinking they are that girl from the ball by »
- Ian Epstein
Walt Disney Home Entertainment takes us on a dark and dazzling journey Into the Woods with this mashup of the many fairy tales they’ve so colorfully brought to the screen in animation form before. If you can imagine Once Upon a Time loaded with never-ending musical numbers you have a good idea what to expect from this impressive film. Besides a few spots where you know you’re on a movie set, audiences will no doubt get lost in the land of make-believe Director Rob Marshall transports you to.
In Into the Woods, a baker (James Corden) and his wife (Emily Blunt) are childless as the result of the curse of a once-beautiful witch (Meryl Streep). Three days before the rise of a blue moon, they venture into the forest to find the ingredients that will reverse the spell and restore the witch's beauty: a milk-white cow, hair as yellow as corn, »
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Stars: Casper Van Dien, Lauren Parkinson, Lou Ferrigno, Milynn Sarley, Marah Fairclough, Rileah Vanderbilt, Elizabeth Peterson, Kimo Leopoldo, Henry Foster Brown, Jonathan Medina, Daniel Nemes | Written and Directed by Jeremy M. Inman
Sometimes you see a trailer for a movie and know it’s perfect for you… that was Avengers Grimm for me. So much so that I specifically hunted down a copy for review!
An off-the-wall mix of Grimm Fairy tale characters and superhero team-up movies which, frankly, should have been obvious given the title, Avengers Grimm is the latest film from the schlockmeisters The Asylum – you know, those folks behind such films as Transmorphers, Hercules Reborn, Sharknado and a myriad of other mockbusters, cash-ins and giant sea creature movies.
Like many and Asylum movie, the plot is relatively simple: when Rumpelstiltskin uses the Magic Mirror to escapes to the modern world taking Snow White with him and destroying the mirror in the process, »
- Phil Wheat
It’s almost too easy to declare that Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson “rocked” as host of this week’s Saturday Night Live — but that doesn’t mean such a statement would be inaccurate.
In fact, it says a lot about the Furious 7 star’s comedic chops that the evening’s worst sketches either gave him absolutely nothing to do (“Cooking With Paul”) or didn’t include him at all (“The Circus”).
Johnson proved so fearlessly committed to his punch lines that he even scored a few laughs »
Recently,NBC released these new,official spoiler pictures for their upcoming "Grimm" episode 16 of season 4, and they deliver new looks at main characters: Nick, Juliette, Hank and Wu doing their thing in different scenes as a very deadly wesen is in town, and more. The episode is titled, "Heartbreaker." The official plot description for episode 16, reads like this: The Tale Of The Frog Prince Gets A Deadly Twist. Plot description number 2: A cyclist's homicide is going to introduce Nick and Hank to a Wesen with a tragic fatal touch. Captain Renard and Adalind will learn the Royals have stepped up their efforts to find their child, and another member of the Royal family will get introduced. Meanwhile, Juliette is going to ponder the idea of embracing what she's become as opposed to fighting it. Episode 16 is due to air on Friday night, April 3rd at 7pm central time on NBC. »
Who wants an early Easter bonus feature from the upcoming Home Entertainment release of Disney’s Into The Woods? Well, join us as we head into this entertaining exclusive behind-the-scenes clip before it’s released on May 18th on Blu-ray and DVD.
For those who only know a little, Into The Woods is a modern twist on the Brothers Grimm fairy tales, entwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. The humourous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy)—all tied together by an original story involving a baker and his wife (James Corden & Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the witch (Meryl Streep) who has put a curse on them.
Rob Marshall directs »
- Dan Bullock
Gazing into the crystal ball, Screen rounds up its Cannes predictions.
With the unveiling of Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection now exactly three weeks away buzz over the titles that Thierry Fremaux and his team will select for the 68th edition is hitting fever pitch.
Earlier the week, Cannes unveiled its poster featuring Ingrid Bergman to mark the centenary of the late big screen’s birth and it was announced that Stig Bjorkman’s documentary Ingrid Bergman – In Her Own Words would show in Cannes Classics as part of the commemorations.
For the rest of the Official Selection, except perhaps the opening film which is traditionally revealed in advance, Cannes watchers will have to wait for the announcement press conference in Paris on April »
On the surface of it, Disney's decision to frontload their updated live-action Cinderella with a brand new Frozen short looks like a bad move. A large part of Frozen's appeal with critics (if not with kids) was its subversive treatment of familiar storybook tropes like "true love's kiss", where Princess Elsa's relationship with her estranged sister became the central focus and romance was an afterthought. Surely attaching Frozen Fever could only emphasise how creaky and regressive the Cinderella story now looks.
But of course, Cinderella has endured for a reason. Director Kenneth Branagh has a steady handle on both the wonder and the humanity of the story, which was originally set to be adapted by Never Let Me Go's Mark Romanek. Though an intriguing prospect, Romanek's »
Ehren Kruger of the film The Brothers Grimm is trying to turn it into a TV show. Miramax’s Executive Vice President of Film & TV, Zanne Devine opened up about how his company was seeking out the possibility. However, they were surprised by his pitch to them like Ehren did. Zanne claims that the possible series written by Ehren and produced by Daniel Bobker, will feature many of the classic characters from the world of The Brothers Grimm. Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm will be the main stars of the show, while relying on their wonderful characters. Here is what we know so far about the possible series.
The original stories the Brothers set out to collect were not for the faint of heart and we’ll be making a show that gets back to those origins and their cautionary, scary, thrilling spirit.
It sounds like it will certainly be an interesting show! »
- Sarah Peel
Greg Nicotero, the masterful makeup effects guru and skilled director, has signed a two-year deal with AMC. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on two upcoming TV series: Houdini and Doyle and The Brothers Grimm.
Greg Nicotero: Reported by Deadline, Nicotero's new deal with AMC will allow him to continue executive producing and directing AMC's The Walking Dead, in addition to handling those duties on the companion series.
Nicotero has been an executive producer on The Walking Dead since season three and a director on the show since season two. This season, he's helmed the premiere ("No Sanctuary"), the mid-season premiere ("What Happened and What's Going On"), the 12th episode, "Remember", and the upcoming finale, "Conquer."
Houdini and Doyle: Deadline reveals that a 10-episode supernatural crime series titled Houdini and Doyle has been picked up by Fox. The show is a collaboration between David Titcher (The Librarian »
- Derek Anderson
Today's episode includes our review of Insurgent and Brad talks about an upcoming movie he still has 30 minutes to watch, stemming from a conversation regarding reviewing movies before you've seen the whole thing or even reviewing it all without seeing it. On top of that we explore listener Mitch's article "What I've Learned from Listening to 340 episodes of The "Brad and Laremy on movies" podcast", play a couple voicemails, play some games, talk some news and dabble into the March Madness basketball tournament. If you are on Twitter, we have a Twitter account dedicated to the podcast at @bnlpod. Give us a follow won'tchac I want to remind you that you can call in and leave us your comments, thoughts, questions, etc. directly on our Google Voice account, which you can call and leave a message for us at (925) 526-5763, which may be even easier to remember at (925) 5-bnl-pod. Just call, »
- Brad Brevet
The new series will follow the swashbuckling adventures of brothers Wilhelm and Jacob Grimm, who discover mythology and supernatural stakes are behind the folklore sweeping 19th century Europe.
Miramax Vice President of Television Daniel Pipski says: "We reached out to Ehren Kruger and producing partner Daniel Bobker to see if they had any interest in making The Brothers Grimm movie into a TV show and the pitch Ehren came back with blew us away. We're thrilled to be working with a writer of his caliber."
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
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