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Kimyô na sâkasu (Strange Circus)
Written by Shion Sono
Directed by Shion Sono
Twists and turns have been a point of contention for many a cinephile for some time now. There are countless blog posts about how much of a hack M. Night Shyamalan is simply because of his usage of twists in his films. The truth of the matter is that there’s no problem whatsoever with a twist within the narrative of a film as long as it is handled well. In Kimyô na sâkasu there isn’t just a twist, there are a series of twists that culminate in one mamma jamma of a twist ending. Again, judgment of a twist comes down to how it is executed and how it affects the story. Kimyô na sâkasu is a film where every one of its twists is merited and makes for a far more interesting viewing experience. »
- Bill Thompson
Though we likely won't see Carla Gugino popping up in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (watch the teaser trailer here), that doesn't mean she's not still in the business of blockbusters. Sucker Punch might have been a failure (though this writer thinks it's a sorely underrated film), but Gugino has been keeping busy on TV with M. Night Shyamalan's series "Wayward Pines." Now she's got another big screen role lined up as The Wrap has learned that she is currently in talks for the female lead alongside Dwayne Johnson in the action disaster thriller San Andreas, which unfolds after a major earthquake decimates California. More below! The story follows a special ops firefighter (Johnson) and his ex-wife (Gugino) as they attempt to leave Los Angeles and head to San Francisco in order to rescue their daughter (Alexandra Daddario). This is supposed to be quite the big, »
- Ethan Anderton
With Rooney Mara cast as Tiger Lily in the 2015 adaptation of 'Pan', Hollywood either needs an intervention or just really, honestly, truly does not care what we think. Or at least, that is the only logical explanation. Surely in a world where race and gender politics are boiling over into every facet of the Internet, no one could be blithely making these casting choices in ignorance. In the last few years alone we've had such high-profile slaps in the face as Johnny Depp as Tonto, pretty much the entire cast of M. Night Shyamalan's film adaptation of Nickelodeon's 'Avatar' (except the villains because let's just go all on in the racist undertones), and now Rooney Mara as the Neverland princess, according to sources close the production of Warner Bros. 'Pan.' Of course, it could just be a rumor right? There is still hope! Oh, it's on her IMDb. »
- Donna Dickens
Carla Gugino has been chosen as the female lead opposite Dwayne Johnson in San Andreas, New Line's earthquake disaster movie. Brad Peyton is directing the movie, which is being produced by Beau Flynn and Village Roadshow. Story: Dwayne Johnson Comedy 'Ballers' Lands Series Order at HBO The plot involves "the Big One" hitting California, which forces a special ops firefighter (Johnson) and his ex-wife (Gugino) to make the treacherous journey from Los Angeles to San Francisco to rescue their daughter. Gugino next will be seen in Wayward Pines, the mystery show being executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan. She is
- Borys Kit
The “Known For” widget on a performer’s IMDb page isn’t perfect. It occasionally spits out results that are almost patently wrong, but the more current someone’s career is, the better and more spot-on they are. Case in point: Abigail Breslin, whose IMDb page tells us that she is “Known For” films like Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland, and Signs. Despite completely spacing that Breslin is the H2O-happy kiddo in Signs (a personal problem, surely), this is a fully agreeable assessment of the most popular and mainstream titles on her resume. And that would be fine if Breslin was doing those kind of films today – Little Ms. Sunshine? – but the former child star has recently started loading up her schedule with some very different fare. In short, it’s chockfull of horror titles, from the little-seen (Haunter) to the hotly anticipated (Maggie), establishing Breslin as an offbeat pick for the genre’s newest scream queen »
- Kate Erbland
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Goody Goody" Tweetable Logline: "Goody Goody" is an historical comedy about a group of colonial women struggling to survive in their newfound celibate community. Elevator Pitch: Colonial women dealing with contemporary issues. "Girls" meets M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village". Set against the backdrop of 1750s America, the series tells the story of five women whose sinful pasts threaten to destroy them. Sex, Danger, Violence, and Greed come together in a wholly original and humorous way in this hysterical piece featuring the legendary Lori Beth Denberg (yes, from "All That"). Production Team: Created by Alex Rice, Adam Bonanni, Diane Wagner Written by Alex Rice, Diane Wagner Directed by Connor Hurley (www. »
Even Jack Bauer, the indefatigable U.S. super agent from the popular Fox series “24,” can be bought.
Fox is seeking as much as $500,000 for a 30-second ad in the debut of “24: Live Another Day,” a much–ballyhooed revival of its groundbreaking spy drama, and between $325,000 and $350,000 for a spot in subsequent episodes, according to people familiar with the situation.
Even at $325,000, an ad in the new “24″ would be among TV’s priciest. At $325,000 a commercial in “24: Live Another Day” would be the second-most expensive program on broadcast television, according to a Variety survey of ad prices for the 2013-2014 TV season, beaten only by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” which notches an average of $628,000 for a 30-second spot. A 30-second ad in Espn’s “Monday Night Football,” at an average of $408,000, also costs more.
The prices for the limited “24” series, set to debut May 5 on Fox, suggest demand »
- Brian Steinberg
(Cbr) "Movie 43" and "After Earth" were the big “winners” at the Razzies last night, with each film taking home three trophies from the awards ceremony that “honors” the worst movies of 2013. "Movie 43", which featured Hugh Jackman, Dennis Quaid, Kate Winslet, Seth MacFarlane, Chris Pratt, Emma Stone and many more big Hollywood stars in various short films being pitched to studios by a washed-up producer, took home the award for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director — or directors, as the film had 13. "After Earth", the science fiction film directed by M. Night Shyamalan that starred Will and Jaden Smith, took home the awards for Worst Lead Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo for the father-son duo. Tyler Perry won his eighth Razzie for Worst Actress for "A Madea Christmas", where he once again performed in drag, while Kim Kardashian took the Worst Supporting Actress statue for »
- JK Parkin, Comic Book Resources
Sunday night was Oscar night in Hollywood. Jared Leto took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club while Lupita Nyong'o won Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave. Cate Blanchett won for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor for his role opposite Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club.
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Jennifer Lawrence may be contemplating a year off from the Hollywood scene but she couldn't leave us without staying true to her reputation as least graceful actress to receive an Oscar nomination. This will be the second year in a row that she's taken a tumble at the awards. Upon her glamorous arrival she stepped out of the car and tripped over an orange traffic cone. Oh JLaw, only you can make a tumble look so good.
Will and Jaden Smith may »
- Megan Rivera
With all the hoopla about the big Sunday night movie award show, many of you might not have gotten the list of the big winners from Saturday night’s big movie awards show. I’m talking about the 34th Annual Razzie Awards. They were started in 1980 by John Wilson to celebrate the movie year’s worst achievements. The hour-long ceremony was held this past Saturday evening down the street from the site of Sunday’s big show. Without further ado, here’s the nominees and winners for the 2013 film year:
Worst Remake, Rip-off, Or Sequel:
- Jim Batts
Awards season comes to a head tonight as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the winners of the Academy Awards, and - as is traditional - yesterday saw the very worst of cinematic achievement celebrated with the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
While Adam Sandler dominated the nominations (as usual) with Grown Ups 2, the Razzie favourite went away empty handed for a change as the ensemble comedy Movie 43 and M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi After Earth picked up three gongs apiece, with Movie 43 claiming Worst Picture, Worst Director(s) and Worst Screenplay and Jaden Smith and Will Smith named Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo.
Check out the full list of nominees here, with the "winners" highlighted in red....
Tyler Perry, »
- Gary Collinson
Last month we learned M. Night Shyamalan will be working with Bruce Willis again for the romantic drama Labor Of Love, but has he also been stealthily directing a new movie? Shyamalan recently tweeted this picture of a slate for a movie called Sundowning, and although no one is sure what the film is about, some think it could be a horror movie. Day 5 of the movie complete! http://t.co/FfqhSid9wq— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 25, 2014 M. Night Shyamalan has »
- Jesse Giroux
The results are in, the envelopes have been opened, and the "winners" of the 34th Razzie Awards have been unveiled in ceremonies held at Hollywood's coolest new venue - just down the street from Sunday night's Oscars - IgnitedSpaces. The hour long show handed out at least one statuette to four of the five Worst Picture nominees, but Adam Sandler and his unfunny follow up Grown Ups 2 went home empty-handed.
Taking three of the top awards was the star-studded, snicker-free sketch comedy Movie 43, which "won" for Worst Screenplay (written by at least 19 people), Worst Director ("credited" to 13 people), and Worst Picture. Tying with 43, and also "winning" 3 gold spray-painted trophies, was the Will Smith and Jaden Smith sci-fi fiasco After Earth. Dad Will Smith took Worst Supporting Actor, son Jaden Smith was named Worst Lead Actor, and the combination of father & son, described in the ceremony as being "stranded »
Right before the Academy Awards announces its winners, the 34th Annual Razzie Awards has unveiled the list of its own winners for the worst achievement in film for 2013. Taking the prize for the Worst Picture of the year is "Movie 43," beating out such films as "After Earth," "Grown Ups 2," "The Lone Ranger" and "A Madea Christmas." The movie also won for Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. The theme of this year's Razzies focused on the Smith family, with Jaden Smith winning Worst Actor and Will Smith winning for Worst Supporting Actor for "After Earth." The father-son team also won in the Worst Screen Combo category. The only good news is that Adam Sandler and his "Grown Ups 2" went some how ignored, despite dominating the awards show for two straight years. Check out the full list of nominees and winners (in red) below. Worst Picture: * Movie 43 * After Earth »
In case you were out of the loop this week, here's an easy way to get back in and catch up on everything you missed. The Movie News: Losing Harold Ramis had to be the worst news of the week. But apparently that's not stopping Ghostbusters 3. The most interesting news has to be that one of the stars of Girls will be the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII. Oh, and M. Night Shyamalan assures us that his latest script is blowing people away. The guys behind This Is the End are now tackling the rivalry between Nintendo and Sega for Console Wars. And while that sounds Social Network-like, the guys behind The Social Network are making a new Steve Jobs biopic. Producers of The Lego Movie are makng a Minecraft movie. The Geek Stuff: Look at the...
- Christopher Campbell
Glamour! Elegance! The sweet smell of self-congratulation! None will be present at the 34th annual Razzie Awards, a proudly low-budget event dedicated to dishonoring the previous year’s worst movies. (Actually, make that “no-budget”; have you seen the Razzies’ website? It looks like a Geocities page from 1996.)
There are several strong contenders in this year’s Razzies race, from father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith to perennial “winner” Adam Sandler and Golden Raspberry Award Foundation favorite Sylvester Stallone, who snagged a record-breaking 31st nomination for his work in three 2013 films. (Note: It is not hard to become a member of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. »
- Hillary Busis
First impressions are everything, which is why the art of the movie trailer has become the most vital tool in the film industry. A bad trailer can sour you on the best movie, but most of the time it’s the other way around. If Hollywood does anything right, it’s selling us a slow-cooked turd as delicious chocolate.
So here are Dread Central’s picks for great horror movie trailers that overshadowed their lesser films:
Exciting trailers for bad movies are a dime a dozen, but what about the ones that are shot just for marketing? You won’t find a better example of an ad eclipsing a film than the brilliant teaser for The Hills Have Eyes 2. Completely wordless with only the sounds of dragging bodies and Devendra Banhart’s “Insect Eyes,” the teaser showed more artistry and directorial flare than anything in the actual movie. »
Cue the loud, simultaneous groans of Shyamalan haters across the globe, similar to the cries of laughter that rang out once Mark Wahlberg discovered the evil menace plaguing The Happening. Yes, the news is true – M. Night Shyamalan has been directing a secret microbudget horror film right under our noses, as today the director teased Twitter followers with a production picture to prove his newest project. Of course, someone could have uncovered this news weeks ago and just didn’t care enough to report it, but hey, it’s a new movie by M. Night Shyamalama-ding-dong – there has to be some kind of, um, excitement?
Titled Sundowning, sites are beginning to speculate that M. Night’s most recent film will be a vampire thriller of sorts, but after some Sherlock Holmes detective work (Google), I uncovered the true meaning of yet another strange title by the mysterious director. As per the interwebs, »
- Matt Donato
Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t had the best run since captivating audiences with titles like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. In fact, the director has become something of a cinematic punching bag as his subsequent films have floundered and faltered at the box office. Shyamalan understands this, and has since decided that maybe the best way to proceed after the disappointing returns on his summer blockbuster After Earth is to go smaller for his next production. How much smaller? How about a feature film with a cast and crew of 10 people? We're guessing After Earth had more people working just in the craft services department than that. The director has taken to Twitter to promote his latest effort, a film titled Sundowning. Details about the project are pretty...
- Mike Bracken
If you haven't yet been totally turned off by the turkeys he's also lobbed our way in more recent years, then read on for details about his return to horror!
Though we don't have all that much to report at the moment, it has been confirmed that Shyamalan is working on a new horror movie, entitled Sundowning. M. Night has been teasing details over on his Twitter account, and from what we gather, it's going to be very low budget with an incredibly small cast and crew.
Principal photography began on February 19th, and based on pictures he tweeted out, it appears that the film will take place in a snowy environment.
- John Squires
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