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More Hisss Pics!

30 December 2009 6:50 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

After digging on the totally awesome trailer for Jennifer Lynch's Hisss, I've been following the production fairly closely. Today we got some new pics for you to dig on. If you're not yet sold on what's promising to be one "out there" flick, come on in and check 'em out!

Hisss follows a ruthless American who, fascinated by the ancient folklore of the Nagin, travels to India to find out the truth. In the jungles of India he captures the mate of the Nagin for the magical powers of its Nagmani, a mythical gem embedded in its hood. The Nagin transforms into a femme fatale and comes to the modern world to track down her lover. She wreaks revenge on those who stand in the way of their reunion and also on her mate’s captors. Her desperate search and subsequent quest for revenge results in a breakneck chase »

- Masked Slasher

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Best Movies Of 2009, By Kurt Loder

22 December 2009 3:50 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

A pretty good year.

George Clooney in .Up in the Air.

Photo: Dale Robinette/ Paramount

It seems to be a critical tradition to bewail the awfulness of each year's movies. But how often is this really true? With the annual caveat that it's impossible (and meaningless) to designate one movie or filmmaker as the "best," here are a number of 2009 pictures I liked a lot in various aspects, with one entrant in each category selected, fairly arbitrarily, as the "best," and equally worthy contenders noted below them.

Best Picture:

"Up in the Air" A mainstream film with a complex heart and a brain, too. Not exactly a comedy, not precisely a drama, but as close to a perfect movie as any other this year.

Also really good: "The Hurt Locker": Can it actually have been seven years since Kathryn Bigelow's last picture? This scrappy low-budget film, with a breakthrough performance by Jeremy Renner, »

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After.life (2009)

9 November 2009 1:46 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

Directed by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo

Written by Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo, Paul Vosloo & Jakub Korolczuk

Featuring Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci, Justin Long

Review by Hal MacDermot

Do the dead live, or are the living dead? What does it mean to be dead anyway? Great questions, but I’m not sure if Agnieszka Wojtowicz really manages to answer them. After.life is her first feature, a psychological thriller, and despite some top notch talent in the persons of Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci and Justin Long, the film never lives up to potential. Liam Neeson’s performance as scary funeral-director-guy is the saving grace...

Anna (Christina Ricci) wakes up after a car accident and finds herself being prepared for burial in Eliot Deacon’s (Liam Neeson) funeral home. It seems that Eliot has a gift for conversing with the dead, and that’s why he can talk with her. He tells us that his role is »

- Superheidi

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AFI La 09: Review of After.Life

8 November 2009 3:22 PM, PST | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Year: 2009

Directors: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo

Writers: Agnieszka Wojtowicz-Vosloo & Paul Vosloo & Jakub Korolczuk

IMDb: link

Trailer: link

Review by: Hal MacDermot

Rating: 5 out of 10

Do the dead live, or are the living dead? What does it mean to be dead anyway? Great questions, but I’m not sure if Agnieszka Wojtowicz really manages to answer them. After.life is her first feature, a psychological thriller, and despite some top notch talent in the persons of Liam Neeson, Christina Ricci and Jason Long, the film never lives up to potential. Liam Neeson’s performance as scary funeral director guy is the saving grace.

Anna (Christina Ricci) wakes up after a car accident and finds herself being prepared for burial in Eliot Deacon’s (Liam Neeson) funeral home. It seems that Eliot has a gift for conversing with the dead, and that’s why he can talk with her. He tells us that his role »

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Trinity Of Terrors Guest Profile: Robert Kurtzman

7 October 2009 12:33 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Writer, Director, and Special FX legend Robert Kurtzman will be attending the inaugural Fangoria Trinity Of Terrors, to be held October 30 through November 1 at The Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas! Kurtzman will be onhand to discuss his work on the Jennifer Lynch-directed Hisss, his latest directorial effort Deadly Impact (formerly To Live And Die) starring Sean Patrick Flanery and Joe Pantoliano, and the latest FX projects from his Precinct 13 Creature Corps.

Tickets for our massive Halloween Weekend are now available online through http://www.trinityofterrors.com and through Vegas.com. You may also order tickets from Vegas.com by phone - 1-888-las-vegas (527-8342) 24 hours a day.

For more than two decades Robert Kurtzman has been an icon in the world of special make-up,creature effects, and genre filmmaking.

His award winning, photorealistic effects work can be seen inhundreds of movies including Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, franchises and television series. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Staff)

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Divya praised by Hollywood director

12 September 2009 6:50 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Divya Dutta has said that she is keen to work to with Us director Fred Holmes again. The actress followed up her Hollywood debut in Jennifer Lynch's film Hisss by starring in Holmes's Heart Land, a comedy about Indians living in Texas. Speaking to New Kerala, she said: "It’s a dream to work with Fred Holmes and we had such a great time working (more) »

- By Zakia Uddin

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Exclusive Interview: Jennifer's Body Director Karyn Kusama

9 September 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Of course, the restaurant I plan to meet Karyn Kusama on a week day afternoon in Los Feliz is closed. Of course. And, while I stand in front of the entrance, back turned to its empty bar and tables within, and wait for the Jennifer's Body director, I rattle off in my head just how many female directors I've interviewed in the last ten years. I could only think of Jennifer Lynch. And that was recently, too. Yes, it's sad but true. There have been a ton of actresses I've spoken to (they multiply like gremlins), the occasional producer (Gale Anne Hurd) and screenwriter. Directors? A measly one. That's not to say there are no female horror directors. They do exist. Hell, one brought what I consider one of the best horror films of the decade to the screen, American Psycho »

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Surveillance Blu-ray Review

20 August 2009 10:13 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Jennifer Lynch fell off the cinematic map after receiving a critical trouncing (well deserved in my opinion) for her first film, Boxing Helena (1993), which many suggested was only made due to her famous filmmaker father, David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Lost Highway). After an absence of fifteen years, she returns with an arguably improved follow-up in the form of a pulp inspired mystery/thriller carrying deep horror undertones. Surveillance (2008) flew under popular audience radar with a limited cinematic release (though it did make the rounds at many festivals with Lynch being the first woman to win best director at the New York City Horror Film festival) while also being available through subscriber service, HDNet. It now arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Magnolia Pictures. FBI agents Elizabeth Anderson and Sam Holloway (played by David Lynch alumni Julia Ormond and Bill Pullman respectively) are tasked with untangling conflicting accounts of a serial killer »

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[DVD Review] Surveillance

19 August 2009 9:00 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

I think the reason Surveillance didn’t, “Do it for me,” was that it’s just so darned… vanilla. The film is well shot, it’s got an at least somewhat original idea going for it, but it’s not nearly as clever as it thinks it is. While the game changes as it approaches its finale and the last 20 minutes end up being more memorable than most everything else, when the credits rolled I didn’t really feel anything. This surprised me, as the final shot is rather picturesque and poetic. Enough even, that had I been fully hooked into the movie until then it would’ve made a much longer lasting impression. Lynch sets up and executes her plays without boxing herself into any logical corners, but minor faults nonetheless keep Surveillance from being something I can see myself returning to anytime soon.

Agents Anderson and Hallaway (Julia Ormond and Bill Pullman, »

- Saul Berenbaum

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Bill Pullman: Under Surveillance

18 August 2009 5:33 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Bill Pullman may not be the first person who comes to mind when you think “genre veteran.” But the actor who is perhaps best known for such populist entertainments as Independence Day and While You Were Sleeping has taken a number of cinematic trips to the dark side, most notably under the guidance of the Lynch family. Having starred in David’s 1997 mind-teaser Lost Highway, he now can be seen as the lead in daughter Jennifer’s Surveillance, out this week on DVD and Blu-ray from Magnolia Home Entertainment’s Magnet Pictures banner.

Pullman stars in the film with Julia Ormond as FBI agents Hallaway and Anderson, who arrive at a rural police station to investigate a grisly roadside massacre. A trio of badly shaken witnesses survived the bloody incident, and the particulars of what happened gradually come together through their dramatized recollections as they are separately interviewed. One, a »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Michael Gingold)

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Surveillance (review)

18 August 2009 12:16 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Jennifer Lynch is, like her famouser filmmaker dad David, totally demented. In a good way. Her second feature -- a long time coming after 1993’s twisted Boxing Helena -- is slow-boil sinister, delivering the kind of simmering menace that few films can bother to take the time for these days, it seems. FBI agents Bill Pullman (Bottle Shock) and Julia Ormond (The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) arrive in middle-of-nowhere Middle America to investigate a serial-killing spree, with three groups of witnesses to question: a couple of sociopathic cops (a terrifying and unrecognizable French Stewart, and Kent Harper, who cowrote the script with Lynch); a family on vacation, including a little girl (Ryan Simpkins) with a keenly observant eye; and a pair of romantic junkies (Pell James [Zodiac] and Mac Miller). Edging right up to a place where discomfort becomes denial -- as in, “I don’t want to be watching »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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This Week on DVD: The Last House on the Left, Tyson, Dexter: Season 3

18 August 2009 10:44 AM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

A quick glance at the new DVDs hitting stores today reveals a ton of TV releases, and only a few other odds and ends. In terms of recent mainstream flicks, there is just The Last House on the Left remake and Hannah Montana: The Movie, but delving beyond that we also have the Jennifer Lynch-directed thriller Surveillance, James Toback's documentary Tyson, and the Academy Award-nominated documentary The Garden. Also get your fill of '80s sex comedies with The Hardbodies Collection and Spring Break, and there's also a new 25th Anniversary edition of The Last Starfighter, plus a couple of new Criterion releases. In terms of TV on DVD, check out the third season of Dexter, the first season of the FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy, and season 12 of The Simpsons. What will you be picking up? The Last House on the Left (2009) [1] (DVD, Blu-ray [2]) Hannah Montana: The Movie [3] (DVD, »

- Sean

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Say Grace on Fangoria Radio Tonight!

14 August 2009 7:00 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

It’s a GRACEful evening on Fangoria Radio! On tonight’s show, heard live every Friday on Sirius Xm Stars satellite radio (Sirius channel 108/Xm channel 139, from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. Est) and hosted by Dee Snider, Debbie Rochon and Fango editor Tony Timpone, we take a trip to District 9 with some old and new friends riding shotgun:

We still have Halloween II on the brain, and this evening we’ve got the first lady herself. Mrs. Sheri Moon Zombie will talk up her mysterious role in the latest in the Shape saga. Director Jennifer Lynch discusses the DVD release of her much acclaimed Surveillance and hopefully give us an update on her highly anticipated snake goddess horror flick Hisss. New acclaimed show, same old Thomas Jane. He’ll be livening up Fangoria Radio and telling us all about his hit HBO series Hung (not horror, yet great »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Sam Zimmerman)

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DVD Playhouse--August 2009

10 August 2009 2:25 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

DVD Playhouse—August 2009

By

Allen Gardner

Watchmen—Director’S Cut (Warner Bros.) Director Zack Snyder’s film of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel is as worthy an adaptation of a great book that has ever been filmed. In an alternative version of the year 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his third term as President and super heroes have been outlawed by a congressional act, in spite of the fact that two of the most high-profile “masks,” Dr. Manhattan (Billy Cruddup) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) helped the U.S. win the Vietnam War. When The Comedian is found murdered, many former heroes become concerned that a conspiracy is afoot to assassinate retired costumed crime fighters. Former masks Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and still-operating Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, in an Oscar-worthy turn) launch an investigation of their own, all while the Pentagon’s “Doomsday »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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On Independence Day, Mallika Sherawat will be bestowed as 'Honorary Citzen' of Los Angeles

9 August 2009 1:31 PM, PDT | Filmicafe | See recent Filmicafe news »

The Los Angeles City Council has decided to make Mallika Sherawat an honorary citizen. This will be the first time the city of Los Angeles will officially confer an honour on any B-Town celebrity.Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and other members of the  La City Council will do the needful on the eve of India's Independence Day. On the occasion, the city will recognise Ms Sherawat as an honorary citizen and present a resolution for her extraordinary career and charitable efforts.Says a source close to Mallika, "It will be a celebrity -studded event where many special guests are expected to attend. Some of these will include her Hollywood friends like world-famous composer Yanni,  film director Jay Chandrashekar, CAA super agent Emanuel Nunez, film director Jesse Dylan (son of musician Bob Dylan), Hisss director Jennifer Lynch and producer Govind Menon among others. Mallika has personally invited all of them to the event. »

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Screen Daily's John Flahive:Where's the profit in online distribution?

31 July 2009 6:27 PM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

John Flahive's article is articulate and informative. The comments it elicits are as interesting as his article e.g., one in its reference to Peter Broderick who is devoted to filmmakers' finding their way to online profits. His model is always tailored to the particular film, and is successful for those taking the time and interest in undertaking their own hands-on distribution.

Another most interesting comment is that the bridge between online exhibition and profits are the social networks. This is the key. The recent studies on social networking and participatory (pop) culture as formulated by Henry Jenkins, at USC this fall, and formerly Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program, whose book Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide are now defining this new paradigm.

They are worth looking at unless you are one of the old school who is satisfied believing there is no money in »

- Sydney@SydneysBuzz.com (Sydney)

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John Flahive at Screen Daily: Where's the profit in online distribution?

24 July 2009 9:56 AM, PDT | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

John Flahive's article is articulate and informative. The comments it elicits are as interesting as his article e.g., one in its reference to Peter Broderick who is devoted to filmmakers' finding their way to online profits. His model is always tailored to the particular film, and is successful for those taking the time and interest in undertaking their own hands-on distribution.

Another most interesting comment is that the bridge between online exhibition and profits are the social networks. This is the key. The recent studies on social networking and participatory (pop) culture as formulated by Henry Jenkins, at USC this fall, but formerly Director of the MIT Comparative Media Studies Program, whose book Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide are now defining this new paradigm. They are worth looking at unless you are one of the old school who is satisfied believing there is no money in »

- Sydney@SydneysBuzz.com (Sydney)

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Jennifer Lynch--The Hollywood Interview

11 July 2009 8:21 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

Filmmaker Jennifer Lynch

Jennifer Lynch Turns Her Eye On Surveillance

By

Alex Simon

Few filmmakers have survived the professional excoriation that writer/director Jennifer Lynch had to face with her film debut Boxing Helena, in 1993. In spite of being nominated for a Grand Jury Prize at Sundance, the film was universally massacred by critics and tanked at the box office (it has since garnered an impressive cult following, with more than a few of its naysayers penning re-evaluations of the film and its merits). Having penned the script of Boxing Helena at the age of 19, and seeming to be washed up in show business by 25, Lynch spent the next decade and a half surviving a near-fatal car accident which left her with severe spinal damage, adjusting to life as a single parent with a young daughter, and getting sober after years of alcohol and drug abuse. F. Scott Fitzgerald said »

- The Hollywood Interview.com

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Mallika Sherawat to visit Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco

10 July 2009 8:26 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Trust Mallika Sherawat to take us by surprise every time! She is the first Indian star to be invited to visit Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California. The sexy siren has a popular Bollywood presence on Twitter via her page '@MallikaLA'. She is also apparently one of the most 'followed' Bollywood celebrities on Twitter with more than 2500 fans keen on knowing what the sexy actress is up to. Mallika will be visiting the Twitter headquarters on July 14 where she'll greet her fans, tour the Twitter office and give inspirational remarks to Twitter employees during their lunch break. Mallika has been using Twitter to keep in touch with fans and document her experiences in Hollywood. Sherawat, who since arriving in Hollywood has garnered awards, celebrity friends and even a Hollywood milkshake named after her, decided to join the Twittering class as a way to keep in touch with fans back home in India. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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Mallika Sherawat to visit Twitter Headquarters in San Francisco

10 July 2009 8:26 AM, PDT | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Trust Mallika Sherawat to take us by surprise every time! She is the first Indian star to be invited to visit Twitter headquarters in San Francisco, California. The sexy siren has a popular Bollywood presence on Twitter via her page '@MallikaLA'. She is also apparently one of the most 'followed' Bollywood celebrities on Twitter with more than 2500 fans keen on knowing what the sexy actress is up to. Mallika will be visiting the Twitter headquarters on July 14 where she'll greet her fans, tour the Twitter office and give inspirational remarks to Twitter employees during their lunch break. Mallika has been using Twitter to keep in touch with fans and document her experiences in Hollywood. Sherawat, who since arriving in Hollywood has garnered awards, celebrity friends and even a Hollywood milkshake named after her, decided to join the Twittering class as a way to keep in touch with fans back home in India. »

- Bollywood Hungama News Network

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