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DVD Playhouse December 2010
America Lost And Found: The Bbs Story (Criterion) Perhaps the best DVD box set released this year, this ultimate cinefile stocking stuffer offered up by Criterion, the Rolls-Royce of home video labels, features seven seminal works from the late ‘60s-early ‘70s that were brought to life by cutting edge producers Bert Schneider, Steve Blauner and director/producer Bob Rafelson, the principals of Bbs Productions. In chronological order: Head (1968) star the Monkees, the manufactured (by Rafelson, et al), American answer to the Beatles who, like it or not, did make an impact on popular culture, particularly in this utterly surreal piece of cinematic anarchy (co-written by Jack Nicholson, who has a cameo), which was largely dismissed upon its initial release, but is now regarded as a counterculture classic. Easy Rider (1969) is arguably regarded as the seminal ‘60s picture, about two hippie drug dealers (director Dennis Hopper »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
A look at what's new on DVD today:
Directed by Marcus Efron
Released by Anchor Bay Entertainment
A remake of the 1970 British thriller of the same name, director Marcos Efron transplants the story from France to Argentina where two friends' bike ride across the mountains takes a turn for the disastrous when one mysteriously disappears. "All the Boys Love Mandy Lane" star Amber Heard and "The Unborn"'s Odette Yustman bring their collected screaming ability to this horror film. Karl Urban and "Babel"'s Adrianna Barraza co-star.
Directed by Anton Corbijn
Released by Universal Home Video
Ahh, Focus might've suckered unsuspecting moviegoers at the multiplex with an amped-up action ad campaign for this elegaic account of the last assignment of a hit man (George Clooney) - "The American" scored an impressive D- from Cinemascore as it became the number one film at the box »
- Stephen Saito
Wes Craven's poorly received My Soul to Take will move to DVD and Blu-Ray shelves February 8th; pre-orders are available December 21st. This film was made for $15 million, but has only made $14 million of this back through theatre sales (IMDb). Home entertainment sales will be much less than $14 million and in Hollywood, not making back double your investment is considered a failure. Hopefully Craven's Scream 4 will be a better, stronger showing.
Also, the DVD and/or Blu-Ray will offer two alternate endings, Pocket Blu, and Bd Live. More details on the release, including the trailer, are below.
The film's synopsis:
"In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he »
- 28DaysLaterAnalysis@gmail.com (Michael Allen)
 Slamdance has officially announced the 2011 Feature Competition slate for the 17th Annual Slamdance Film Festival taking place January 21-27, 2011 in Park City, Utah. For those of you who don't know, the festival was founded in 1995 by filmmakers whose movies didn't get into Sundance, and has since become a yearly film festival spotlighting "emerging filmmaking talent and their new work." Slamdance touts that their festival is "programmed by filmmakers for filmmakers." While Sundance is still the big show in Park City, big filmmakers like Christopher Nolan (Memento), Marc Forster (Monster's Ball) and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) are often mentioned as Slamdance discoveries. Hit the jump to read the full press release which includes the full line-up for the 2011 Festival. For Immediate Release Slamdance Film Festival Announces 2011 Feature Film Competition “All Is Not Lost” for Filmmakers in Park City and Commercially Year-Round Los Angeles - December 7, 2010 – Slamdance today announced the 2011 Feature Competition »
- Peter Sciretta
The lineup for the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival has been announced. The festival runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival and usually has its own gems. Recent films that have played at Slamdance include The Slammin’ Salmon and Steven Soderbergh’s Spalding Gray documentary And Everything Is Going Fine. This year looks to have its share of interesting titles including Beneath Contempt, Snow On Tha Bluff, and the documentaries Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football and Superheroes.
Hit the jump for the full line-up. The 2011 Slamdance Film Festival runs from January 21 – 27th.
Lineup via THR:
Narrative Competition (all films are from the U.S. unless otherwise noted)
- Matt Goldberg
The line-up has been announced for the 2011 Slamdance Film Festival, and while we found only one true horror film on the list, there are a few others that seem to be genre-bending enough to merit mention here on Dread Central.
Slamdance, which is being presented again by Kodak, runs concurrently with the Sundance Film Festival, January 21-27, 2011 in Park City, Utah. As a year-round organization, Slamdance serves as a showcase for the discovery of new and emerging talent and is dedicated to the nurturing and development of new independent artists and their vision. Slamdance lives by its mantra: "By Filmmakers, For Filmmakers." No other festival is fully programmed by filmmakers, and for the 2011 Festival Slamdance received a record number of over 5,000 submissions.
Here are the narrative films in competition that should appeal to genre fans:
- The Woman In Black
With the complete Sundance lineup now out in public you had to know that Slamdance couldn't be far behind. And it wasn't. The complete list of competition selections for Slamdance 2011 was announced today and it's a compelling mix of titles.
On the genre front Fernando Barreda Luna's found footage shocker Atrocious is the festival's one true horror entry while Simon Arthur's Silver Tongues also sounds like it could delve into dark thriller territory. Experimental effort The Beast Pageant is probably worth a look as well and I've been hearing growing buzz about inner city crime moc doc Snow On The Bluff as well.
On the real documentary side of things there are a couple music themed pieces - Road Dogs and Last Fast Ride - cranked up to 11. Stephan Wassman's Scrapper - the story of a group of men who collect scrap from a Us military bombing »
The Slamdance Film Festival which takes place each year in Utah at the same time as the Sundance Film Festival has just announced its program for the 2011 edition. The festival was founded in 1995 by Dan Mirvish, Jon Fitzgerald, Shane Kuhn and Peter Baxter and has since become a year-round organization championing emerging filmmaking talent and their new work. The aim is to provide what its supporters consider a truer representation of independent filmmaking).
The fest has earned a solid reputation for premiering films by first-time writers and directors working within the creative confines of limited budgets. Festival discoveries have included directors such as Christopher Nolan (Memento), Marc Forster (Monster’s Ball) and Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite).
The 17th annual fest will screen 10 narrative films and eight documentary features in competition from Jan. 21-27. Fourteen of the movies are world premieres. As part of this year’s festival theme — “All Is »
Burning Palms is a dark comedy that interlaces five stories set in different Los Angeles neighborhoods, where no taboo is left unexplored as each character careens toward a dark and often comic fate.
The film stars Shannen Doherty, Dylan McDermott, Zoe Saldana, Lake Bell, Nick Stahl, Paz Vega, Adriana Barraza, Colleen Camp, Jamie Chung, Robert Hoffman, Peter Macdissi, Emily Meade, Anson Mount, Rosamund Pike, Austin Williams and Tom Wright.
Burning Palms Poster
- Allan Ford
I'm continuing to enjoy the many pleasures of Boardwalk Empire, especially Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and Kelly Macdonald, wily performers all. During one of the best episodes so far, Episode Five, "Only for Nights in Ballygran," set on Atlantic City on the eve of St. Patrick's Day 1920, Nucky Thompson (Buscemi) throws his annual Order of Celts party. In the episode we hear the Irish ballad "Carrickfergus" several times: it's one of my favorite Van Morrison songs, below. And I predict that young actress Emily Meade, who plays an unlucky prostitute who tugs Pitt's heart, will land more juicy roles going forward. HBO provides how-they-did-it behind-the-scenes material here. »
Predicted Weekend Box Office
1Jackass 3D$28.1 million2Red$22.5 million3The Social Network$10.8 million4Life as We Know It$7.9 million5Secretariat$7.8 million6Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$4.4 million7The Town$4.2 million8My Soul to Take$3.1 million9Easy a$2.6 million10Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$2.3 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
Last weekend, most Hollywood insiders predicted that Katherine Heigl's new romantic comedy Life as We Know It would take the top spot at the box office. But the movie came up short and failed to find as large an audience as was expected. While David Fincher's The Social Network held the number one spot for the second week in a row. The "Facebook Movie" will have stiff competition this weekend from two highly anticipated new movies, Red starring Bruce Willis, which is based on the popular comic book and Jackass 3D, the final film in the big screen trilogy based on the groundbreaking MTV reality series. »
Directed by: Wes Craven
Running Time: 1 hr 47 mins
Release Date: October 8, 2010
Plot: A serial killer is thought to have died 16 years ago, and now seven kids who celebrate their 16th birthday on that very day are worried he’s come back to life.
Who’S It For? Do you like train wrecks? And no, not the violent kind that scare the hell out of you. Wes Craven directed and wrote this film. Realizing that is the biggest scare My Soul to Take offers.
In the town of Riverton everyone knows everyone. There’s the weird kid Bug (Thieriot), the angst ridden sidekick Alex (John Magaro), the blind kid Jerome (Whitaker), the jock Brandon (Nick Lashaway) and the “insanely mean for almost no reason” Fang (Emily Meade). Sure, there’s a handful of »
- Jeff Bayer
Directed by: Wes Craven
Written by: Wes Craven
We really have had it all wrong about schizophrenia. Wes Craven has revealed within My Soul to Take a brand new working theory of schizophrenia that is bound to turn stupid old science on its head. It's not about misfiring neurons, chemical imbalances, childhood trauma, or anything silly like that; schizophrenics are simply people who have become jam packed with extra human souls. Most people just have one soul, and schizophrenics can have two, three, or even seven souls. The world is made clear. Take that, science!
It's been sixteen years since the fall of the dreaded 'Riverton Ripper'. On his last fateful night, he was gunned down in the height of a murder spree, only to spring to life in the back »
- Tristan Sinns
Boardwalk Empire Episode Four is recapped by Tim Appelo, below (Spoiler Alert): A man’s character is his fate, and crucial characters come fatefully into focus in the fourth Boardwalk Empire (“Anastasia”). Al Capone (Stephen Graham) welcomes Jimmy (Michael Pitt) to Chicago by sneaking into a whorehouse in the wee hours, shushing Jimmy’ favorite mattressback, the Chinatown opium-loving beauty Pearl (ingénue-to-watch Emily Meade), and shooting the snoozing Jimmy in the ear. It’s a blank, but it bloodies and scares the bejesus out of Jimmy. Capone is getting even for Ww I vet Jimmy’s razzing disbelief of Scarface Capone’s false claim that the Huns gave him his scar. “Lookit Mr. Solider Boy! You’d piss yer pants if you were wearin’ [any].” Capone’s brutish will to power erupts again »
'My Soul To Take' movie delivered tons of twists,horror & suspense. Rogue Pictures released their new horror/thriller flick into theaters this weekend. I checked it out yesterday,and was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining it was. The top critics got shut out from pre-screening the movie,so I wasn't sure what to expect. The movie stars: Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Emily Meade, Nick Lashaway, Denzel Whitaker, Shareeka Epps, Paulina Olszyinski, and Raul Esparza. "My Soul To Take" movie revolved around character Bug (Max Thieriot). He was a part of a group of 7 kids who were born on the same day that a serial killer died. It was said that his soul was supposed to enter into one of those seven kids after he died,and that he would kill all of those kids one by one. As the movie went along,the murdering began,but the killer »
Earlier this week, we took part in a press junket for legendary horror director Wes Craven’s latest slasher-thriller, My Soul to Take, a coming of age tale featuring a new iconic killer – and a lot of blood.
In attendance were writer/director/producer/cameo actor Wes Craven, as well at the film’s stars, Max Thieriot and Emily Meade, who offered their insights on a number of topics including 3D filmmaking, the slasher-horror genre, and reincarnation.
While Craven was mostly tight-lipped regarding Scream 4 (as well as 5 and 6), he spoke candidly about the future of 3D films as well as his excitement at getting “back to his basics,” by writing and directing My Soul to Take.
It goes without saying that the conversation is full of plot details – and even some major spoilers – for anyone who…
Click to continue reading ‘My Soul to Take’ Director and Cast Talk 3D, »
- Ben Kendrick
Weekend Box Office
1The Social Network$15.5 million2Life as We Know It$14.6 million3Secretariat$12.6 million4Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$7.01 million5My Soul to Take$6.9 million6The Town$6.3 million7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$4.6 million8Easy A$4.2 million9Case 39$2.6 million10You Again$2.4 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
While David Fincher's The Social Network took the top spot at the box office last weekend as predicted, the big surprise was that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves's much-talked-about new film, Let Me In, didn't even crack the top five and only earned about $5.3 million in its debut. This weekend three new films have entered the box office race all trying for that coveted number one position. The new crop of movies include, the romantic comedy Life as We Know It starring Katherine Heigl, the Disney film Secretariat and the Wes Craven movie My Soul to Take.
Repeating in the top spot this »
Predicted Weekend Box Office
1Life as We Know It$15.5 million2The Social Network$13.4 million3Secretariat$13 million4My Soul to Take$9.1 million5Legend of The Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole$7.2 million6The Town$6.4 million7Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps$5.5 million8Easy a$4.7 million9You Again$3.3 million10Let Me In$1.7 million#1#2#3#4#5#6#7#8#9#10
As predicted last week, David Fincher's The Social Network took the number one slot, as well as the praise of most critics. But the big surprise last weekend was that Cloverfield director Matt Reeves's new film Let Me In, which was supposed to give the "Facebook movie" a run for it's money, didn't even crack the top five and only earned about $5.3 million. This weekend will see three new movies entering the charts, including the romantic comedy Life as We Know It, the Disney film Secretariat and the horror movie My Soul to Take, which are all sure to »
Top movie critic gave new 'My Soul To Take' movie negative reviews. Rogue Pictures released their new action/thriller flick "My Soul To Take" into theaters today,and all the top critics were shut out from pre-screening it. However, we were able to get one from Frank Scheck over at the Hollywood Reporter, and he didn't really have to many good things to say about it. The movie stars: Max Thieriot, John Magaro, Emily Meade, Nick Lashaway, Denzel Whitaker, Shareeka Epps, Paulina Olszyinski, and Raul Esparza. Frank Scheck at the Hollywood Reporter said, Unfortunately, neither the Riverton Ripper nor his faceless successor is likely to compete with Freddy Krueger in iconic horror-movie villain terms, and the overall proceedings lack the wit and style that marked the best of the "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" series. »
Wes Craven's latest 3D slashfest, My Soul to Take, is opening wide this weekend, and we have put together all of our previous coverage for the film in one nice little package below so you can prep yourselves. Among all the fun coverage, make sure to feast your eyes on our Photo Gallery and the Video Clips Blowout!
In the sleepy town of Riverton, legend tells of a serial killer who swore he would return to murder the seven children born the night he died. Now, 16 years later, people are disappearing again. Has the psychopath been reincarnated as one of the seven teens, or did he survive the night he was left for dead? Only one of the kids knows the answer.
Adam "Bug" Heller (Max Thierot) was supposed to die on the bloody night his father went insane. Unaware of his dad’s terrifying crimes, he has »
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