18 items from 2014
Reviewed by Kevin Scott,
Directed by: Cody Calahan
Ever think that social media is going to be the death of us? Maybe, but it’s not going anywhere. Aside from the positive aspects of bringing people back into our lives that we would have otherwise lost touch with forever (that’s not always a good thing), it becomes relevant fodder for filmmakers. One of the many things that I love about the horror genre is that any thread of social commentary that runs through with the monsters or the murderers on the surface, gets filtered into its purest form and we see the absolute most extreme impact of what happens with the ordinary when things become extraordinary (usually in a really, »
"Based on true events," the film concerns a priest who is jailed for the murder of a nun on whom he was performing an exorcism. An investigative journalist strives to determine whether he in fact murdered a mentally ill person, or if he lost the battle with a demonic presence.
- Ryan Turek
Jon Cryer on “Two and a Half Men” gay marriage controversy: "Hopefully we haven't done something too terrible in taste” "For us it was just a fun, silly idea that some people were taking kind of seriously, so that sort of surprised us,” says Cryer of the plan for Alan to marry Ashton Kutcher’s character. "But at the same time I understand. This is a time when our nation is changing so much. And let's remember, same-sex adoption is still illegal in some states so I can see why people would be nervous about it. And as long as the fight is still being fought they have a right to be sensitive about it.” Plus: Jon Cryer recalls when Charlie Sheen began going crazy on “Men,” Sheen says "I just think it makes sense” for him to return to “Men,” Cryer recalls being labeled “The Show Killer,” and Conchata Ferrell recalls auditioning for Berta. »
- Norman Weiss
Who on Castle might have a very merry Christmas? How will White Collar say goodbye? Is a Haven hook-up ahead? What happens to the Arrow on The Flash? Is a Beauty-ful family expanding? Read on for answers to those questions plus teases from other shows.
I saw on Twitter that you got the White Collar final season premiere. Anything you could share? — Katie H.
I can share that the final-season storyline, as laid out in the first episode (airing Nov. 6), is pretty damn nifty – a specific, final gambit with enormous stakes all involved, including on the personal front. The highly »
After seeing ABC’s Of Death 2 at Fantastic Fest (you can read my review of the film Here), I was able to sit down with the director of one of my favorite shorts in the anthology – Larry Fessenden. His short “N is for Nexus” is a break-neck countdown through the streets of New York as Halloween night approaches. A couple preparing their Frankenstein costumes for a party sets in motion a series of events that intersect and slowly affect one another, leading to a devastating conclusion. Fessenden is practically a legend in the indie horror genre. He has worked as an actor, cinematographer, writer and director since the later 70’s and has created a named for himself with such feature films like Habit, Wendigo, and The Last Winter, while also appearing in films like I Sell The Dead, Stake Land, and Jug Face. I was lucky enough to sit down »
- Michael Haffner
Is Keanu Reeves back? It appears so. After several years of cinematic duds, including the likes of Constantine, The Day The Earth Stood Still and 47 Ronin, Reeves. new film, John Wick, premiered at the Fantastic Festival to rave reviews over the weekend - and the Speed star has especially come in for high praise for his performance. It also helps that there are rumored to be at least 84 kills in the film, most of which are head shots. Still need to be convinced? You should check out the trailer below then: You see what happens when you mess with Keanu.s dog? Directed by first-time feature filmmaker Chad Stahelksi (who has forged an impressive career as a stunt-man), and written by The Package.s Derek Kolstad, John Wick looks to mix the visual style of Drive with the simple plotting of Taken to create a bona-fide B-movie homage. Reeves appears »
Near-death experiences may be the closest we ever come to knowing what exists on the “other side”; and a new series on Destination America, "Ghost Stalkers, premiering in October, looks to solve that very mystery!
From the Press Release:
Many of those who have seen the proverbial "white light" say they returned to life with a sudden sensitivity to the spirit world, and it’s believed that people who are sensitive enough can glimpse through and even enter places – portals – that bridge our realm with the hereafter.
In the all-new series "Ghost Stalkers," produced exclusively for Destination America by Nick Groff ("Ghost Adventures"), two men who crossed over investigate the afterlife that they encountered for a brief, eye-opening moment by exploring American locations that are rumored to house doorways to another dimension.
The six-episode first season of "Ghost Stalkers" premieres Sunday, October 19th, at 10/9c as part of Destination America’s week-long Ghostober stunt, »
- Debi Moore
Nobody could have filled the shoes of "The Walking Dead's" Tyreese any better than actor Chad Coleman, which is why we're a little nervous about this new sneak peek of the Season 5 premiere that AMC just released. We want Chad to stick around a bit! Check it out...
"The Walking Dead" Season 5 kicks off Sunday, October 12th, at 9Pm on AMC, followed once again by "Talking Dead."
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- Debi Moore
Warner Bros took on the "Journey to the Center of the Earth" franchise back in 2008 with a film starring Brendan Fraser and Josh Hutcherson. It grossed $242 million on a budget of $60 million. Apparently that was good enough for the studio to greenlight a sequel, which is called "Journey 2: The Mysterious Island." That sequel was released in 2012 and starred Dwayne Johnson, along with Hutcherson. The film grossed $335 million on a budget of $79 million. Now comes word that Warner Bros wants to continue the franchise and has just hired Chad and Carey Hayes (The Conjuring) to write the scripts for the third and fourth "Journey" installments. Johnson is attached to star in the new film, which may be filmed back-to-back. Hutcherson is expected to return as well. The plan is to take the franchise in a new direction. »
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.
Friday, July 25
Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from »
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I was stuck in traffic yesterday, which I didn’t really mind because I have a fun little yellow convertible, and I was thinking about Uber ($17 billion! – that’s the company’s valuation, not the price of a ride) and Google’s driverless cars (development cost unknown), and I decided it was time to connect the dots: once a car learns to drive, there’s no need to own it and there’s no need for a driver. That’s because the car can come when called, take you to your destination, then go off and pick up someone else. That sounds great and I’m hardly the first to connect those particular dots, but there’s a corollary that seems to have gone largely (though not entirely) unnoticed: when driving oneself becomes unnecessary, it will eventually become more expensive, less convenient and – ultimately – unlawful, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jonathan Handel)
Badass Digest has just opened up voting for their Villain Death Match. Unlike our recent Monster Madness where we focused on horror movie monsters, Bad's goal is slightly different. They are opening up the battle to all genre’s in hopes to crown the ultimate movie villain. Here is how the brackets break down:
Bracket 1: The Sinister Sixteen
Darth Vader, Star Wars
Jason, Friday The 13th
The Thing, The Thing
T-1000, Terminator 2
Captain Rhodes, Day Of The Dead
Lord Humungus, Mad Max 2
Simon Phoenix, Demolition Man
Randolph and Mortimer Duke, Trading Places
Emma Small, Johnny Guitar
Cruella de Vil, 101 Dalmations
Ramrod, Vice Squad
Angel Eyes, The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
Bob Barnes, Platoon
Edwin Epps, 12 Years A Slave
Anton Chigurh, No Country For Old Men
Connie Marble, Pink Flamingos
Bracket 2: The Dirty Rotten Scoundrels
Khan, The Wrath Of Khan
The System, Brazil
Loki, Thor/Avengers Franchise
The Xenomorph, »
- Chris Connors
Natchez, Mississippi. If you greet biopics with a certain amount of trepidation, "Get On Up" director Tate Taylor is right there with you. "I’ve never been a big fan of biopics," the well-dressed helmer of "The Help" tells a pair of visiting reporters, pausing between shots in mid-December, more than eight months before the scheduled August 1, 2014 release date. "The last one I really loved was 'Coal Miner’s Daughter.' I loved that," Taylor continues. "Coal Miner's Daughter," which won an Oscar for Sissy Spacek, opened in 1980. "For me I think what makes them successful is I approached this as, 'This is a movie about an amazing man. And, oh yeah, he’s James Brown.' That’s how I approached this, is who he was and what made him the man he was," Taylor explains. "And what I honed in on, what I thought was special is you »
- Daniel Fienberg
At the Independent Spirit Awards Saturday afternoon, John Cassavetes Award winner (and former In Contention contributor) Chad Hartigan told me something I didn't know: He wouldn't have made "This is Martin Bonner" if it weren't for Steve McQueen's "Hunger." He copped a few of the film's lines in his film, some of the camerawork, too. He was inspired, he said, by a filmmaker who could pull something that powerful off with such modest means, both financially and artistically. That, to me, is McQueen's legend. That, to me, is the kind of thing that will endure. These nickel-plated notions of "importance" that people throw around during the Oscar season, straining to associate some arbitrary level meaning to the thing, they can frankly diminish the very fine achievement on display. "I fear all the talk about the historical importance of '12 Years a Slave' almost completely obscures its extraordinary artistic merit, »
- Kristopher Tapley
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes release details for Zombie, Indiana, a Circus of the Dead teaser trailer, news on the line-up for FearFest Glasgow, an Escaping the Dead trailer, the trailer for Bb, and much more:
Zombie, Indiana Release Details: “The newest novel in Scott Kenemore’s bestselling series, Zombie, Indiana is the tale of a harrowing undead attack on the heartland of America. From the highest echelons of state government—to the gritty world of an eastside narcotics detective—to the elite folds of the state’s most-expensive prep school—this novel explores the impact of an invading zombie horde on a trio of Hoosier protagonists… each of whom has some dark secrets to keep.
Indiana governor Hank Burleson has spent eight years cutting social services, castrating the unions (not literally…yet), and chipping »
- Tamika Jones
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s massive feature includes a review for Nobody Can Cool, first details on The Night Crew, Heir, and a Doctor Who documentary called Who’s Changing: An Adventure In Time With Fans, a new clip from Muck, trailers for Blood Shed, NightBeasts, and Virginia Obscura, and much more:
[Editor's Note: We want to give a big thanks to our Indie Spotlight manager, Tamika Jones, for her constant work on this weekly feature and putting together our largest Indie Spotlight to date this weekend!]
Indie Spotlight Review: Nobody Can Cool
Nobody Can Cool is the rather impressive directorial debut from up-and-coming filmmaking duo Dpyx, Marcy Boyle and Rachel Holzman, who crafted a blisteringly taut and thoughtful indie crime thriller with a palpable sense of tension from start to finish. A gritty and engaging tale of deceit, violence and desperation, Nobody Can Cool is anchored by a breakout performance by Nick Principe (best known from his work in the Laid to Rest series, Madison County and »
- Tamika Jones
So tragic. Retired Tampa cop Curtis Reeves shot 43-year-old father Chad Oulson to death in a Florida movie theater on Jan. 13, after an argument broke out over Chad’s text messaging. Here are five things to know about Chad’s killer.
Curtis Reeves, 71, tore a family apart when he murdered Chad Oulson, 43, at a Wesley Chapel, Fla. movie theater on Jan. 13. Chad was shot with a .380 handgun right in front of his wife, whose injuries were not life-threatening. Find out more about Curtis below.
1. He claims he was afraid of being attacked. Curtis and Chad exchanged heated words during the trailers before Lone Survivor over Chad’s text messages to his young daughter. Curtis reportedly tried to contact a manager, but was unsuccessful. Words and popcorn were thrown when he returned, and Curtis is claiming that he was “in fear of being attacked, »
- HL Intern
We’re finally back for the latest installment in our favorite profile series. Ioncinema.com’s Ioncinephile of the Month feature focuses on an emerging filmmaker from the world of cinema and more often than not, we feature a personality from the American indie film. We switched things up for January, inviting actress Trieste Kelly Dunn (who we saw for the first time in Paul Greengrass’s United 93, first heard of her in the pages of Filmmaker Magazine, and first discovered in Aaron Katz’s Cold Weather) to discuss her early rapport with cinema, her motivations for getting into acting and finally, a set of questions on the SXSW preemed Loves Her Gun (opens this Friday [01.10] for a one week run. As usual, we ask the profiled person to include their personal top ten. So here’s our profile on Trieste and make sure to check out her current »
- Eric Lavallee
18 items from 2014
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