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What Happened? A Look At Several High Profile Films That Were Never Made!

(Aotn) Ever wonder what happened to several high profile projects that various well-known directors were said to be helming, but somehow have never seen the light of day? Many of these films were either “pet projects” for the directors or they ended up getting tied up in so many legal battles that eventually they were just scrapped or the director ended up simply walking away.

The wonderful folks over at IndieWire have complied a fantastic list compiling several of these films that have yet to see the light of day from directors such as Quentin Tarantino, Kathryn Bigelow, Christopher Nolan and more!

First up is director Christopher Nolan’s rumored Howard Hughes biopic. In several interviews Nolan called the script for the film “the best he had ever written”, in fact, the film was even picked by Castle Rock in 2002 and actor Jim Carrey was attached to star. So, just where did things go wrong?
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Close Encounters Re-Release Trailer: The Classic Is Returning to Theaters

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Close Encounters Re-Release Trailer: The Classic Is Returning to Theaters
Earlier this week, the Sony Pictures Entertainment YouTube released a bizarre new video entitled "This Means Something," with the video and the YouTube description also including the URL WeAreStillNotAlone.com. The website doesn't feature any content other than a form to fill out to receive updates on "UFO sightings," but shortly after the video debuted, a new report revealed that the video is actually a teaser for a theatrical re-release of Close Encounters Of the Third Kind, the sci-fi classic that celebrates its 40th Anniversary this year. Sony Pictures has not yet confirmed what this video really is, but there is some evidence that shows it's connected to Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

The video opens with text that reads, "Every day, air traffic control tracks thousands of planes. But, every so often, they see something... that cannot be explained." The video then goes on to show an air traffic control grid,
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From VHS to VOD #2

I don’t know if you’re anything like me, but I can often spend hours upon hours trawling through iTunes looking for new movies to buy… Usually I’ll randomly come across a title I haven’t seen in years and use the “Cast & Crew” links to make my way down the rabbit hole to the more obscure side of Apple’s digital movie service.

Now whilst many will decry that iTunes is a terrible VOD service due to Apple’s desire to lock its audience to their platforms, if you have an Apple TV or iPad be aware – there are some truly obscure films hidden away in the depths of the vast collection of movies. Some of which have been made available in the UK for the first time since VHS and a Lot that have been added to the service in their original uncut form!

So, with
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Rangoon review – Bollywood goes to war with epic that ably bridges east and west

Kangana Ranaut, Saif Ali Khan and Shahid Kapoor star in an African Queen-ish love triangle yarn set against the second world war campaign in southeast Asia

In this time of pronounced division, it’s reassuring to know east and west can still play nicely together. Vishal Bhardwaj, the director of several impressive Shakespeare-goes-Hindi adaptations (Maqbool, Omkara), here teams with sometime Spielberg screenwriter Matthew Robbins for a sweeping second world war epic that (ironically) describes a collision of worlds: on one side of the widescreen frame is showbusiness, on the other the theatre of war. This being Bollywood, the centre is occupied by a love triangle enacted by more characterful types than those Pearl Harbor excavated: a spoilt silver-screen goddess (Kangana Ranaut) drafted to entertain British Indian army troops in Burma, the suave yet possessive one-armed impresario accompanying her (Saif Ali Khan) and the no-nonsense soldier boy (Shahid Kapoor) left
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Patrick Duffy Resurfaces With New ‘Man From Atlantis’ Novel And In-depth Tales For Famous Monsters Exclusive

Patrick Duffy Resurfaces With New ‘Man From Atlantis’ Novel And In-depth Tales For Famous Monsters Exclusive
“The pilot and the first couple of two-hour movies were the thing that really cemented it as legitimate science fiction. … Then we sort of got off the rails a little bit.” — Patrick Duffy to Famous Monsters magazine

Dallas and Step By Step television star Patrick Duffy returns to his underwater roots with an all-new adventure in book form based on his first major prime-time TV show, The Man From Atlantis, to be published in June. He spoke exclusively to Famous Monsters of Filmland editor David Weiner.

From marathon underwater filming sessions in which he had to hold his breath for up to two minutes at a time to those revealing yellow swim trunks — and how they “neutralized” his gender details for television — the candid Duffy reflects on his classic ’70s show and also previews his new novel — with plans to write a trilogy — based on Man From Atlantis.

Duffy with
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Director Paul Feig Defends Ghostbusters in latest Famous Monsters Exclusive

Director Paul Feig Defends Ghostbusters in latest Famous Monsters Exclusive
“People are always going to react the way they react, and that’s the joy and terribleness of the Internet.” — Paul Feig to Famous Monsters magazine

The all-new Ghostbusters are powering up their proton packs for a big-screen summer release on July 15. While many franchise fans are excited for the female-driven reset of the beloved ’80s comedy starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones, a very vocal faction of the Internet has expressed its distaste for the reboot concept and its first teaser trailer.

At Famous Monsters of Filmland, we always give any film the benefit of the doubt before watching it, and wanted to give accomplished Ghostbusters director Paul Feig (Bridesmaids, The Heat, Spy) an opportunity to not only share his creative inspirations for approaching the new film — along with sharing his comedy-casting criteria — but to address those adamantly opposed to his film, despite not having even seen the finished product.
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DVD Review: Crimson Peak

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★★★☆☆ As gorgeous to behold as Crimson Peak often is, Guillermo del Toro's latest film has zero dramatic gravitas. It's pop-up book Gothic rather than a full-bodied recreation of dreamlike exotic weirdness. As a doom-filled romance, it doesn't pass muster because the characters, no matter how excellently played by Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Jessica Chastain, are hindered by a poorly written screenplay. Some might call del Toro and Matthew Robbins' take 'classical', but really that suggestion is just too polite and charitable. Crimson Peak is locked in by a somnambulist, formulaic vibe and comes off as contented to go through Gothic 101 motions without recourse to reinvention or refreshing vigour.
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Crimson Peak Blu-ray review & Exclusive clip!

Director: Guillermo del Toro

Written by: Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins

Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam

From Cronos to Hellboy and Pan’s Labyrinth to Pacific Rim you’re always guaranteed a visual treat when Guillermo del Toro is on board and Crimson Peak keeps that beauty flowing in all its dark and striking gloriousness.

Our lead role sees Mia Wasikowska play young Edith Cushing, an aspiring author who’s definitely talented but also seemingly lost in the romanticism and daydream of the worlds she creates. Living in New York, she’s the apple of her Father’s eye and is looked after but affectionately and honestly. One night, he’s mysterious murdered in more than suspicious circumstances that offer us up a brutal murder scene that involves a sink and a head – You’ll see.

Crimson Peak is a mixed bag of unique magnificence alongside
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Contest: Win Crimson Peak on Blu-ray / DVD

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The ghosts of Allerdale Hall will be unleashed tomorrow with Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures' Blu-ray / DVD release of Guillermo del Toro's Crimson Peak, and we've been provided with five Blu-ray / DVD combo packs to give away.

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Prize Details: (5) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy of Crimson Peak.

How to Enter: For a chance to win, email contest@dailydead.com with the subject "Crimson Peak Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.

Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on February 14th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.

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Previous Press Release: Universal City, California, December 8, 2015 – A sheltered young woman abandons the safe certainty of her upbringing for life with an
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12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

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From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen the subject of a particular entry, pay careful consideration to skipping it until you have...

"Good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

So said General Corman in Apocalypse Now. But what Corman should have said is, "Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature - assuming test audiences or studio executives will allow it to happen."

Downbeat endings are by no means out of the question in mainstream movies, but there have been times where filmmakers have, often at the last minute, had to go back and shoot a happier ending for one reason or another. For your delectation,
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12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

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From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen the subject of a particular entry, pay careful consideration to skipping it until you have...

"Good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

So said General Corman in Apocalypse Now. But what Corman should have said is, "Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature - assuming test audiences or studio executives will allow it to happen."

Downbeat endings are by no means out of the question in mainstream movies, but there have been times where filmmakers have, often at the last minute, had to go back and shoot a happier ending for one reason or another. For your delectation,
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Crimson Peak

Here's where angels sit down to weep next to devils -- the often-brilliant Guillermo del Toro's big Gothic romance / gory ghost epic looks mighty fancy but is a mess in too many ways to count. Say it Ain't So, Guillermo! Crimson Peak Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Universal / Legendary 2015 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 119 min. / Street Date February 9, 2016 / 34.98 Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jim Beaver. Cinematography Dan Laustsen Film Editor Bernat Vilaplana Original Music Fernando Velásquez Written by Guillermo del Toro, Matthew Robbins Produced by Guillermo del Toro, Callum Greene, Jon Jashni, Thomas Tull Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

Quite the wonder child of fantasy and horror, Guillermo del Toro has made near masterpieces in the Spanish language but not fared as well breaking through the Hollywood blockbuster barrier. His top-grossing American film might be Blade II. His equally talented compatriot Alfonso Cuarón has
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50 More of the Greatest Matte Paintings of All Time

A few years ago the editors of Shadowlocked asked me to compile a list of what was initially to be, the ten greatest movie matte paintings of all time. A mere ten selections was too slim by a long shot, so my list stretched considerably to twenty, then thirty and finally a nice round fifty entries. Even with that number I found it wasn’t easy to narrow down a suitably wide ranging showcase of motion picture matte art that best represented the artform. So with that in mind, and due to the surprising popularity of that 2012 Shadowlocked list (which is well worth a visit, here Ed), I’ve assembled a further fifty wonderful examples of this vast, vital and more extensively utilised than you’d imagine – though now sadly ‘dead and buried’ – movie magic.

It would of course be so easy to simply concentrate on the well known, iconic,
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You Can’t Take it with You | Blu-ray Review

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Frank Capra’s 1938 film You Can’t Take it with You utilizes its titular expression as eloquently as Thomas Wolfe would wield his two years later with the posthumously published novel You Can’t Go Home Again. Both are texts dealing with a specific period of American history, in-between the ravages of the Great Depression and the onset of WWII, each conveying its author’s specific outlook, reflecting a sort of bittersweet melancholia between the two. Capra, as usual, presents his universe from the glass half full perspective, and the title arrives at the zenith of his popularity during his most lucrative decade. All told, he would be nominated for Best Director six times during his career (five of those were in the seven year time span of 1934 and 1940), winning three of those (including for this particular title). And following the impending cynicism bleeding into American cinema post WWII, Capra
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Guillermo del Toro’s Crimson Peak Coming To Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand February 9, 2016

A sheltered young woman abandons the safe certainty of her upbringing for life with an alluring aristocrat on a remote English estate in Crimson Peak, a visually stunning and intensely disturbing thriller from writer and director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), coming to Digital HD on January 26, 2016, and Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on February 9, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures.

Brilliantly unforgettable visuals and an atmosphere steeped in dread make Crimson Peak an elegant, gorgeously realized and completely original horror mystery that has been declared “a masterpiece” by Fox-tv. The Blu-ray Combo Pack comes with more than an hour of bonus features that reveal some of the terrifying secrets hidden behind the doors of sinister Allerdale Hall.

From the imagination of director Guillermo del Toro comes a terrifying Gothic romance masterpiece starring Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor series), Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty,
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Crimson Peak Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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The ghosts of Allerdale Hall will be haunting homes early next year, as Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures have announced a January 26th Digital HD debut and February 9th Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release of Guillermo del Toro's latest film, Crimson Peak:

Press Release: Universal City, California, December 8, 2015 – A sheltered young woman abandons the safe certainty of her upbringing for life with an alluring aristocrat on a remote English estate in Crimson Peak, a visually stunning and intensely disturbing thriller from writer and director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy), coming to Digital HD on January 26, 2016, and Blu-ray™ Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand on February 9, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment and Legendary Pictures. Brilliantly unforgettable visuals and an atmosphere steeped in dread make Crimson Peak an elegant, gorgeously realized and completely original horror mystery that has been declared “a masterpiece” by Fox-tv.
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“Guillermo’s Got a Wonderfully Unhealthy Obsession with Insects”: Screenwriter Matthew Robbins on Crimson Peak

If screenwriter Matthew Robbins had penned the pivotal moments of his movie life, he might not have come up with anything better than the reality. Robbins fell in love with movies in Paris while studying abroad alongside his college roommate, future editing legend Walter Murch. After writing Steven Spielberg’s debut theatrical feature (The Sugarland Express) and directing the fondly remembered 1980s fantasy films Dragonslayer and *batteries not included, Robbins found himself in Guadalajara, Mexico as part of a program to mentor aspiring filmmakers. He was assigned a 29-year-old with a fondness for insects and ghost stories named Guillermo del Toro. […]
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Sordid Cinema 507: ‘Crimson Peak’ and ‘Tales of Halloween’

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This week on our main event we discuss Guillermo Del Toro’s supernatural Gothic romance Crimson Peak, written by Del Toro and frequent collaborator Matthew Robbins. We love how it pays homage to the British horror movies made by Hammer Film in the 1950s and ’60s, and Italian Giallo movies of the 70’s but we’re not so fond of the narrative. After we also take some time to discuss Tales of Halloween, a horror anthology film that consists of ten segments directed by eleven filmmakers under the moniker of The October Society. Joining us is Patrick Murphy, a contributor to PopOptiq and the founder of Porcupine Sundae.

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00:00: Show Intro

01:30: What we’ve been watching: Fargo and Phantasm

16:00: Crimson Peak clip

17:00: Main Event: Crimson Peak
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Movie Review – Crimson Peak (2015)

Crimson Peak, 2015.

Directed by Guillermo del Toro

Starring Mia Wasikowska, Jessica Chastain, Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Burn Gorman, Doug Jones, Leslie Hope and Jim Beaver.

Synopsis:

In the aftermath of a family tragedy, an aspiring author is torn between love for her childhood friend and the temptation of a mysterious outsider. Trying to escape the ghosts of her past, she is swept away to a house that breathes, bleeds…and remembers.

I ain’t ‘fraid no ghost. If there’s something strange in your neighbourhood, who are you going to call? Why, Guillermo del Toro of course. After many ghost stories over recent times that have been more inclined to include scares with mobile phones and found footage, it’s about time a new ghostly story found its way onto the screen. Is Crimson Peak the film to bring back the creeps? Not quite.

From its opening salvo in a brisk,
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New Crimson Peak Movie Received Mostly Positive Reviews From Major Critics

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Universal Pictures released their new drama/thriller movie, "Crimson Peak," into theaters this weekend, and all the major,top movie critics have submitted their reviews. It turns out that it resonated pretty well with the majority of them, getting an overall 67 score out of a possible 100 score across 33 reviews at the Metacritic.com site. The film stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain, Mia Wasikowska and Tom Hiddleston. We've posted comments from a couple of the critics, below. Sheila O'Malley from RogerEbert.com, gave it an excellent 100 score, stating: "Crimson Peak's atmosphere crackles with sexual passion and dark secrets. There are a couple of monsters (supernatural and human), but the gigantic emotions are the most terrifying thing onscreen." Chris Nashawaty from Entertainment Weekly, gave it a 67 score, saying: "Crimson Peak is a cobwebs-and-candelabras chamber piece that’s so preoccupied with being visually stunning it forgets to be scary." Ty Burr over
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