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Despite it's anti-authoritarian message, Killing in the Name is, oddly, a traditional Christmas No 1
There's a distinct absence of sleigh bells and not a choir of schoolchildren in sight, but Killing in the Name is still a traditional Christmas No 1.
For the past 40 years, the race to top the charts during the festive period has been largely about novelty. From Slade to Mr Blobby via unlikely hits such as Gary Jules's Mad World in 2003, the Christmas No 1 has been decided by seasonal passions – Rage's funk-rock classic, with its slightly obtuse politics and highly sweary refrain fits that bill.
This year's passion was born online and delivered via downloads. It seems likely that there will be more hits such as this in future. But it was also a success stirred up by traditional means; excitable media coverage and manufactured controversy drove fans to form rival camps.
Rage supporters will claim a triumph for "real" music, »
- Paul MacInnes
A new trailer for Breck Eisner's remake of The Crazies has arrived online. While this trailer lacks the awesomeness of Gary Jules' "Mad World" from the first trailer, it does look like it's trying to appeal even more to zombie fans.
While George Romero's 1973 original was not really a zombie movie, the remake seems to be trying to go in that direction, with all the open-mouthed, veined-face "crazies" in the trailer. Starring Timothy Olyphant (Scream 2), Radha Mitchell (Rogue), Danielle Panabaker (Friday the 13th) and Justin Welborn (Dance of the Dead, The Signal), The Crazies opens February 26, 2010.
Check out the trailer below:
A couple of months ago, we brought you the first trailer for Breck Eisner directed remake of George Romero’s horror movie The Crazies. It was long on style and short on substance and the use of Gary Jules’ great song Mad World as a musical backdrop just didn’t really work. My guess is they choose it just based on the title and I seriously doubt the song will be on the soundtrack.
Now Eisner has released another trailer exclusively with Yahoo! Movies (you can head over there if you want to see the HD version).
The Crazies takes place in Ogden Marsh, Iowa. The type of small town where everyone knows their neighbors and they all show up to watch the high school baseball game. Everything is built off Main Street where (I’ll just bet you) there is only one stop light and it’s blinking yellow and red after midnight. »
- Paul Young
Band Aid 20's 'Do They Know It's Christmas' is the most successful festive song of the decade, according to the Official Charts Company. The charity song, which features artists including Bono, Dido, Robbie Williams and Estelle, spent four weeks at No. 1 in 2004 and sold a total of 1.1 million copies. The Darkness's 'Christmas Time (Don't Let The Bells End)', which was held off the top spot by Gary Jules hit 'Mad World' in December 2003, was the second biggest-seller of the decade. Christmas songs by The Pogues, Mariah Carey, Shakin' Stevens and Slade also make up the chart, despite being released in previous decades. Dance act Cascada's rendition of Wham's 'Last Christmas' is the sixth best-seller, one place ahead of the 1984 original version. The original Band Aid single, organised by Bob (more) »
- By David Balls
Remember how James Franco shocked everyone last month with news that he was going to spend a number of weeks on the ABC soap opera General Hospital? Well, it seems to be a little more than just a random urge. Movieline had their suspicions about Franco's reasoning and spoke to Carter, who has collaborated with the actor on a number of projects from photo shoots to idiosyncratic filmmaking.
According to Carter: "It was an idea that I posted to him, and it's tied to another film that he and I are working on now." It's a "feature film that's gonna be pretty abstract, for a larger audience," and when asked about whether he's had input on Franco's involvement with the show: "Well, that's actually stuff that's really unfolding now, because we're shooting it. Hmm, what can I say? Again, it's a fine line between a job that James is doing »
- Monika Bartyzel
I have nothing against soap operas. I spent many of my younger, carefree college days planted on the couch -- and missing class, incidentally -- watching "Days of Our Lives." So I can understand, even respect, a person's need to watch their stories. That said, I can't help but chuckle at the sight (and sound) of "Spider-Man" and "Pineapple Express" star James Franco in this "General Hospital" promo.
Yes, that is Gary Jules' cover of "Mad World," made famous by its appearance in Richard Kelly's "Donnie Darko," playing behind the action. And Franco does indeed smile smugly while uttering the words "Violence sells... that's what I'm all about, right?"
I don't have words. One of the producers here in the office -- I'm not naming names, to protect the innocent -- is a fan, and she just tried catching me up on the "Gh" goings-on leading up to Franco's arrival. »
- Adam Rosenberg
Directed by: Breck Eisner
Release Date: February 26, 2010
Trailer Score: 6/10
My Thoughts: It’s difficult to put together a trailer like this without overtly copying from a dozen other, more original horror films. The strategy is to appeal to horror fans by recycling past successes … duh, right? So here we have The Crazies, a remake of the 1973 film of the same name, looking like a cross between Silent Hill (Ms. Mitchell, you’re back?) and 28 Days Later. The trailer is average to slightly above average, but it does relay the message that this is everything you’ve ever seen before if you like that sort of thing (flying guts, loonies wielding pitchforks, scared women huddling in closets, etc.). However, using Gary Jules’ mournful “Mad World” in the last twenty seconds was a nice touch.
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- Morrow McLaughlin
It all started out so well. Timothy Olyphant is the man of the law, the local townsfolk are enjoying the start of the baseball season, and everything is sunny. When one of their own hits the field with a gun, however, he has no choice but to shoot the guy and save the rest. And then more folks start acting strange, things get eerie, people die, the government flies in, and the fight for life begins. It's the classic horror setup.
Then there's a quick cut and the music starts with f minor. Softly but surely, the '80s song that was slowed down and made infamous through a montage of tears plays as people run through burning streets, as the military moves in, as people are strapped to gurneys, as they all fight to stay alive. Yes, it might be a "Mad World," but Gary Jules is not suited for it. »
- Monika Bartyzel
The trailer for Overture’s remake of George Romero’s ‘The Crazies’ has been released. You can check it out in all its HD glory over at Apple, or you can check out the embedded version right here.
Let’s get to that, shall we:
All in all, this looks to be a pretty nice, small-town, horror movie. Romero’s original is a forgotten classic, probably the best work the director did outside of the “…of the Dead” series. You have to wonder how smart the reactive use of Gary Jules’ take on “Mad World” is. Seriously, Donnie Darko was eight years ago. Surely, we can find a different, creepy and melodic song to use over images of horror.
But that really has nothing to do with the film itself. Speaking of which, the film’s official website has gone live, as well.
‘The Crazies’ is set for release on February 26th, »
Zombies are back, though I’m not sure they ever left. On the eve of Zombieland hitting theaters, a trailer for “The Crazies” has finally gone live. As we reported on Wednesday, the film is a remake of a 1973 George Romero film of the same name. The remake stars Timothy Olyphant and takes place in a small Iowa town where a toxin contaminates the water supply, turning everyone completely crazy. The trailer and my thoughts on it after the jump.
Here’s the trailer. Click here for HD.
Maybe I’m a sucker, but this looks interesting to me. It will likely have some run of the mill zombie moments, but the villagers look a lot smarter than your ordinary hell-raised zombie. They’re behavior is reminiscent of the villagers in the game Resident Evil 4, who are infected with an actual creature called Los Plagos. They were completely deranged and murderous, »
- Jeffrey Van Camp
I cannot say enough good things after watching this trailer for The Crazies. As soon as Timothy Olyphant took to the baseball field, I knew I had to see this film. Okay, I did have one issue with it. The trailer features the song "Mad World" originally by Tears for Fears, covered by Gary Jules. You might remember the song from Donnie Darko. Honestly, I've just heard that song so many times because of Darko. I seriously don't want to hear it for maybe 5 years or so. Anyway, »
- Niki Stephens
With Survival of the Dead making the rounds at all the film festivals it's easy to forget there's another George Romero movie out there, The Crazies, even if Romero only serving as Executive Producer on the remake of his 1973 zombie-esque film. Breck Eisner (Sahara -- wait, Sahara?! Really?!) is directing this time around from a script by Ray Wright (Pulse) and Scott Kosar (who should be comfortable with remakes after writing both 2005's The Amityville Horror and 2003's The Texas Chainsaw Massacre).
While the remake is similar in plot to the original -- townspeople slowly go insane after a contaminant is released in the city's water supply -- both the new poster and the trailer of the remake look ironically more in keeping with the zombie genre than the Romero original. This could be for the better, Romero's original does tend to drag in places, especially in all the military planning scenes. »
I'm not sure that much can really compare to Erik's inaugural choice (Footloose and "Let's Hear it for the Boy"), but the Tears for Fears montage near the beginning of Donnie Darko is, by far, my most favorite in years. I can't say why exactly, but the simple act of tipping the camera as the bus' back door opens -- with Donnie's feet hitting the ground in time with the music -- instantly charmed me, and my instantaneous love for the scene grew with each passing moment.
I was never a Tears for Fears fan, but my opinion started to change as "Head Over Heels" pulled us through the pre-bell morning. Usually there is a longer passage of time for montages, but this time around, things are just slightly sped so that we may spy on the power dynamics at Donnie's school -- the self-help obsessed teacher, the bullies, the loner, »
- Monika Bartyzel
A very happy birthday today to Curt Smith, former singer for British band Tears for Fears. The duo were an MTV staple in the 1980s, with hits like “Everybody Wants to Rule the World,” “Head Over Heels” and “Mad World.” The latter song was given a second life when it was covered by Gary Jules for the 2001 film “Donnie Darko.” The movie didn’t really pick up steam until it hit DVD, and the slow burn for the song was the same: Though it was released in 2002, it became a hit over a year later. Most recently, “American Idol” runner-up Adam Lambert performed the Jules version back in April. The video manages to capture the tone of “Donnie Darko” without including any shots of Jake Gyllenhaal.
- Kyle Anderson
By Rya Backer
Have you taken a look in the mirror recently and asked yourself, “What will become of me on Tuesday and Wednesday nights starting next week?” Well, so have we, but we’re padding our “American Idol” withdrawal with a good dose of reflection.
Today, we’re looking at season eight’s top performances, and with a group of pipes from the likes of Adam Lambert, Allison Iraheta and Megan Joy (Ok, maybe not Megan Joy), there were so many numbers to choose from.
Here are our top five performances — feel free to disagree below!
If for nothing else, their hug at the end was so heartwarming.
4. Danny Gokey’s “Come Rain or Come Shine”
Hi, Gokey fans! Are you happy? Will you stop berating Jim Cantiello now?
3. Adam Lambert’s “Mad World”
It was a toss-up between this and »
- MTV News
In a new DVD compilation, Michel Gondry shows once again that he can be a great music-video director as much as a visionary full-length film director. Gondry has directed music videos for Beck, Rolling Stones, Radiohead and Björk, using live animation and low-tech special effects. Among the quirky videos in the compilation, Radiohead's "Knives Out" and Michael Andrews and Gary Jules' "Mad World." »
16 items from 2009
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