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Full Cover Art Revealed for Stephen King’s The Bazaar Of Bad Dreams

27 May 2015 7:04 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A new collection of short stories from Stephen King, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams, will debut on November 3rd. Until then, the official cover art from the upcoming release provides us with a haunting look at what's to come in King's next batch of short works.

Synopsis: "A master storyteller at his best—the O. Henry Prize winner Stephen King delivers a generous collection of stories, several of them brand-new, featuring revelatory autobiographical comments on when, why, and how he came to write (or rewrite) each story.

Since his first collection, Nightshift, published thirty-five years ago, Stephen King has dazzled readers with his genius as a writer of short fiction. In this new collection he assembles, for the first time, recent stories that have never been published in a book. He introduces each with a passage about its origins or his motivations for writing it.

There are thrilling connections between stories; themes of morality, »

- Derek Anderson

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Round-Up: Thanksgiving Slasher Film ‘Blood Rage’ to Make Blu-ray Debut, Wonderland, Stephen King’s The Bazaar of Bad Dreams

2 May 2015 5:51 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

"This Thanksgiving it's not cranberry sauce." Arrow Video is releasing the 1980s Thanksgiving slasher film, Blood Rage, on Blu-ray for the first time in both the Us and UK. Also featured in our latest round-up is the cover art and synopsis for the Free Comic Book Day issue of Wonderland, the dark reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland. We also have details on Stephen King's upcoming short story collection, The Bazaar of Bad Dreams.

Blood Rage: Scheduled for an August 25th release in the UK and an August 26th release in the Us from Arrow VideoBlood Rage will make its debut on Blu-ray and DVD:

"Synopsis: It’S Not Cranberry Sauce!!!

What do you get if you combine Thanksgiving, American TV star Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman), killer 80s synths and some of the most gruesome special effects in all of slasher history courtesy of Ed (Terminator 2) French. »

- Derek Anderson

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From Tribeca: The Tavianis' Wondrous Boccaccio

20 April 2015 2:58 AM, PDT | | See recent CultureCatch news »

Boccaccio's 14th century masterpiece has inspired artists for centuries, from Chaucer to Shakespeare and from Voltaire to Poe. His classic recounts how seven women and three men, who escaped from a plague-ravished Florence to the countryside, entertain themselves over two weeks, each telling ten stories a piece.

Some of the tales are bawdy, some tragic, numerous are of greed, and many flow forth with tears and laughter only true love can elicit. Here's an unvarnished view of a battered world that's soon to be rejuvenated by the Renaissance, but not yet.

In 1971, the often notorious Pier Paolo Pasolini captured the genius of the work in his Decameron. Licentious, slightly blasphemous, and always vital, his take throws you directly into the tales without the framing device of the narrators. Instantly, you find yourself in the midst of the mayhem of the Middle Ages with its steamy throngs of folks trying to »

- Brandon Judell

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Film Review: 'Wild Tales'

26 March 2015 2:16 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★★☆☆ Damián Szifron's Wild Tales (2014) is a ferociously dark, hilarious ride that doesn't just mock the corruption and social injustices of modern day Argentina, but also deeply relishes the resort to vigilante violence. His six vignettes' over-the-top bursts of bloodthirsty mayhem, quirky characters and O. Henry-like twists of fate in a cheerfully colourful palette, feel familiar; and no wonder, as this film was produced (and obviously influenced) by Pedro Almodóvar. These slice-of-life tales are only tangentially related in terms of plot, but share the recurrent theme of the breakdown of civilisation, of the underdog citizen relentlessly victimized by the wealthy and powerful.


- CineVue UK

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Film Review: ‘Tbilisi, I Love You’

10 March 2015 6:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The mostly disappointing fourth entry in the “Cities of Love” franchise (after “Paris, je t’aime,” “New York, I Love You” and “Rio, eu te amo”), “Tbilisi, I Love You” epitomizes the law of diminishing returns for exec producer Emmanuel Benbihy’s concept of illustrating the universality of romance in major world cities. Here, seven Georgian helmers contribute 10 episodes of variable length set in their country’s scenic capital. Unfortunately, the segments fail to add up to more than the sum of their parts, and only a few of them of feel like complete pieces of work. “Paris” and “New York” found worldwide theatrical distribution, but “Tbilisi” is already available on VOD.

While producers boosted the cachet of the previous entries by commissioning name filmmakers from around the world to contribute, “Tbilisi” draws on a roster of relatively unknown Georgian helmers. To up the name-recognition ante, producer-helmer Nika Agiashvili, who mainly works in the U. »

- Alissa Simon

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Movie Poster of the Week: “The Private Life of Henry VIII” and Charles Laughton in Posters

21 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Above: Us three-sheet poster for The Private Life of Henry VIII (Alexander Korda, UK, 1933).

The great Charles Laughton may not have been the prettiest of movie stars, but he had a presence that many matinee idols would have killed for (as the current retrospective running at Film Forum will attest). In an era in which glamor was everything, studio marketers may have struggled with how to present Laughton’s unconventional looks and his larger-than-life portrayals of larger-than-life characters (so many monsters, murderers,  tyrants, or simply overbearing fathers) to the public. In most of the posters for his most famous film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), he is all but a silhouette, a spoiler alert to his monstrous transformation as Quasimodo. And in some posters for The Private Life of Henry VIII (1933), the film for which he won his first Oscar, Henry is made to look more like the Hans Holbein »

- Adrian Curry

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The fantasist: The comic art of Woody Allen

24 January 2015 12:49 PM, PST | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

Everyone knows Woody Allen. At least, everyone thinks they know Woody Allen. His plumage is easily identifiable: horn-rimmed glasses, baggy suit, wispy hair, kvetching demeanor, ironic sense of humor, acute fear of death. As is his habitat: New York City, though recently he has flown as far afield as London, Barcelona, and Paris. His likes are well known: Bergman, Dostoevsky, New Orleans jazz. So too his dislikes: spiders, cars, nature, Wagner records, the entire city of Los Angeles. Whether or not these traits represent the true Allen, who’s to say? It is impossible to tell, with Allen, where cinema ends and life begins, an obfuscation he readily encourages. In the late nineteen-seventies, disillusioned with the comedic success he’d found making such films as Sleeper (1973), Love and Death (1975), and Annie Hall (1977), he turned for darker territory with Stardust Memories (1980), a film in which, none too surprisingly, he plays a »

- Graham Daseler

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