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Tell Me Your Favorite Horror Film and Why and Win a One Year Subscription to Fandor!

15 hours ago

Back in April, for twelve weeks straight, I reviewed a different Werner Herzog movie as they came available on the streaming service Fandor.com . Now the site is preparing for Halloween with a very special release of Kino Lorber's new 4K restoration of Robert Wiene's classic horror thriller The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari exclusively on the site beginning Halloween. And on that day (October 31st), and for one day only, the film will be available to everyone, even if you do not have a Fandor subscription! However, I have a special gift for one (1) lucky reader, a one (1) year subscription to Fandor.com and beyond the Herzog titles and the release of Caligari there is a lot more to explore. For example, also in celebration of Halloween, the site has George A. Romero's 1698 zombie classic Night of the Living Dead as well as Romero's original 1973 feature The Crazies. »

- Brad Brevet

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'SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water' Has a New Trailer and Poster

15 hours ago

I'll admit to a mild curiosity when it comes to The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, though I'm not sure I'll ever be so curious as to muster up the desire to actually see it. Hitting theaters on February 6, 2015, the film follows SpongeBob and his gang as they go on a quest to discover a stolen recipe that takes them in our world, where they tangles with a pirate played by Antonio Banderas. Just below is the latest trailer and poster, do with them what you will. sb id="1106609" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Christopher Doyle Talks the Future of Cinematography... and Some Other Stuff

16 hours ago

Cinematographer Christopher Doyle (Chungking Express, Hero) made waves last year with his thoughts on Claudio Miranda's Best Cinematography win for Life of Pi, which included statements such as "what a total f**king piece of sh*t... since 97 per cent of the film is not under his control, what the f**k are you talking about cinematographyc" Well, now he's back with another interview, this time with The Playlist's Jessica Kiang, and while telling stories of dancing with nuns with an erection and reiterating how much he loves women he ripped off this little gem of a sequence I thought I'd share. So what do you see as being the next phase of evolution for Cinematographyc That's like saying "so are you still going to your local bank or do you trust the world bankc" It's the one percent and the 99 percent. We're the 99 percent: the people like me »

- Brad Brevet

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New Pee-Wee Herman Movie Set to Begin Filming In February 2015

17 hours ago

Paul Reubens was on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" and announced there will be a new Pee-Wee Herman movie with Judd Apatow producing. Reubens says an official announcement is about a week away, but a director has been hired and they will begin filming in February for what will most likely end up being an early 2016 release. This is a film that's been discussed for some time now with Reubens discussing the project way back in 2011 with the Hollywood Reporter saying: Paul Rust ("Arrested Development") and I just turned in a draft to Judd last week. He's bringing such an interesting side to it. He's constantly having us talk about and address the emotional core of Pee-wee Herman. It's adding a dimension I never had before. Judd, if you're reading this, I think it's ready to green light! The last full-fledged Pee-Wee movie was 1988's Big Top Pee-wee, which »

- Brad Brevet

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The Bennet Sisters Have Swords Drawn in First 'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' Picture

17 hours ago

I have no idea why they finally greenlit the Pride and Prejudice and Zombies movie adaptation, especially after the lackluster response to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, a film I admittedly liked more than most (he threw a cow!), but have no problem understanding why many were turned off. Now, after several years of trying to get it off the ground, yet another Seth Grahme-Smith adaptation is on the way and just above is your first look at the Bennet sisters with their swords drawn courtesy of EW. The film stars Lily James (Wrath of the Titans) as Elizabeth alongside her sisters Jane (Bella Heathcote), Lydia (Ellie Bamber), Mary (Millie Brady) and Kitty (Suki Waterhouse) as it tells the story of the Bennet sisters and their time as zombie slayers after being taught how to fight like Japanese ninjas by Mr Darcy (Sam Riley). Jack Huston stars as Wickham and Matt Smith will play Mr. »

- Brad Brevet

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Seth Rogen to Star Opposite Christian Bale in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic

17 hours ago

Christian Bale has been confirmed for the lead role in Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs biopic with a screenplay written by Aaron Sorkin and now starring opposite him as Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak will be Seth Rogen. It would appear Rogen is hoping for a similar career transformation that Jonah Hill found when he starred in Moneyball, another Sorkin-penned feature that earned Hill an Oscar nomination. Additionally, The Wrap reports Jessica Chastain is in talks for a role in the film, though the role is yet to be confirmed. The confirmation that Bale will be in the film came from Sorkin directly who added, "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined... There isn't a scene or a frame that he's not in. And there's a tremendous amount of language. So it's an extremely difficult part and he is gonna crush it. »

- Brad Brevet

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Will 'Exodus: Gods and Kings' Anger Christiansc Bale Calls Moses "Schizophrenic" & "Barbaric"

20 hours ago

It seems Ridley Scott is going the opposite direction Darren Aronofsky went with Noah when it comes to interpreting the more magical and mystical events to be told in his upcoming Biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Aronofsky made use of rock monsters to explain how one family could construct an ark that would carry two of all the world's species of animals, but when it comes to the parting of the Red Sea in Exodus, Scott turned to science rather than magic. "You can't just do a a giant parting, with walls of water trembling while people ride between them," Scott told Entertainment Weekly, saying he wasn't convinced when he saw Charlton Heston do it in Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956). "I didn't believe it then, when I was just a kid sitting in the third row. I remember that feeling, and thought that I'd better come »

- Brad Brevet

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Podcast: Bonus Episode - Spoiler Reviews of 'Birdman' and 'Fury'

20 hours ago

Laremy and I previously reviewed David Ayer's Fury on the podcast back on October 17 and we reviewed Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Birdman on October 24, but there are some aspects of both films we wanted to get into that spoil both movies for anyone that hasn't seen them so we've recorded this bonus episode of the podcast looking a little deeper into both. We were joined by new RopeofSilicon contributors Jordan Benesh and Mike Shutt and the conversation runs just a little over 38 minutes. Give a listen below, spoilers and all in a bonus episode for podcast subscribers only. pod »

- Brad Brevet

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Jason Reitman Sets Up New TV Series 'Casual' at Hulu

20 hours ago

Jason Reitman's film career has taken a bit of a dip as of late with the lackluster success of Labor Day and the outright bomb that is Men, Women & Children, of which he's spent the majority of the film's promotional tour shouting, "It's not about the Internet!" So, what's nextc Well, first off will be a stop at Hulu where the digital streaming service has announced a straight to series order for "Casual", a ten episode, single-camera, half-hour comedy series that follows the story of a dysfunctional family with a bachelor brother and his newly divorced sister. Together, they coach each other through the crazy world of dating (on-line and off), while living under one roof again and raising a teenager. Reitman will executive produce and direct the premiere episode, along with writer Zander Lehmann and Reitman's production partner Helen Estabrook (Whiplash, Young Adult). Now if this was 10- »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: First 'Interstellar' Clip

21 hours ago

The first clip from Christopher Nolan's Interstellar has arrived online and it's a chatty little back-and-forth featuring Matthew McConaughey, but that's about all I know since I'm not going to watch it. I'm seeing Interstellar on Monday in 70Mm, full IMAX and I'm not about to spoil the fact I haven't watched any of the marketing yet by watching this clip, but don't let that stop you. I doubt the secrets to the 169 minute film are revealed in this 72-second clip. sb id="1105777" height="360" width="640" »

- Brad Brevet

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Michael Bay Following 'Transformers 4' with Benghazi Film '13 Hours'c

21 hours ago

Director Michael Bay has been making Transformers movies for the better part of the last decade, with the most recent installment budgeted just north of $200 million and raking in more than $1 billion at the worldwide box office, but now that Bay intends to turn the blockbuster franchise over to someone new, it seems he's keen on making something smaller and more serious. Per the The Hollywood Reporter, Bay is circling 13 Hours, a political drama about the September 11, 2012 terrorist attack on a U.S. State Department compound in Benghazi, which left one U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans dead. Chuck Hogan, who wrote the novel that became Ben Affleck's The Town, is adapting the script from author Michael Zuckoff's book "13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened In Benghazi". The film is set up at Paramount. As a filmmaker, Bay gets a lot of flak these days, primarily »

- Jordan Benesh

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New 'Terminator: Genisys' Pics, a $170 Million Price Tag, Synthespians and Schwarzenegger Arrogance

21 hours ago

Yesterday we saw two terrible promo images from Terminator: Genisys, adorning the cover of the upcoming issue of Entertainment Weekly. Today EW is back with some pictures to go with said cover story and there's a lot of standing around and mouth open screaming whilst gun-shooting and I doubt any of it is going to boost your confidence in the film after yesterday's unfortunately ugly first look. I finally broke down yesterday and read the "twist" and spoilery part of EW's piece, which went as follows: Twist No. 1c Sarah Connor isn't the innocent she was when Linda Hamilton first sported feathered hair and acid-washed jeans in the role. Nor is she Hamilton's steely zero body-fat warrior in 1991's T2. Rather, the mother of humanity's messiah was orphaned by a Terminator at age 9. Since then, she's been raised by (brace yourself) Schwarzenegger's Terminator--an older T-800 she calls "Pops"--who »

- Brad Brevet

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Box Office Predictions: 'Nightcrawler', 'Before I Go to Sleep' and 'Saw' Battle for Halloween Weekend

22 hours ago

Nightcrawler will hit a nice sweet spot this weekend, not exactly a horror, but scary enough to attract date nights as well. Halloween generally doesn't fall so nicely on a weekend, the last time it was close (and probably slightly better) was when Michael Jackson's This is It took the crown, even though Halloween was on a Saturday. Paranormal Activity couldn't beat it, though it was in its 6th weekend of release, and Saw VI was pretty much Doa in its sophomore weekend. My thought here is $13.8 million, enough to win the weekend, though clearly not dominating in any fashion. There are too many other themed choices on the board. Speaking of ... Before I Go to Sleep - I'll present this fact without any judgment, but at the last moment they canceled all critic's screenings. I wonder what kind of sign that isc Still, it's not like it really needs »

- Laremy Legel

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Watch: First Two 'Ex Machina' Trailers... a New Step in A.I.

22 hours ago

To this point Alex Garland is known as the writer of Danny Boyle's 28 Days Later and Sunshine, but now he's stepping out of the shadows and not only did he write the upcoming sci-fi feature Ex Machina, but he's made it his directorial debut. Starring Domhall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander, the film centers on Caleb Smith (Gleeson) whose just won a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Isaac). Upon arrival, Caleb learns Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test--charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive--and more deceptive--than the two men could have imagined. A24 just picked up domestic distribution rights and will release »

- Brad Brevet

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Watch: Nolan, McConaughey, Chastain, and Hathaway Talk 'Interstellar' for 30 Minutes

29 October 2014 2:19 PM, PDT

The end of the year, along with bringing along some pretty terrific films, gives us plenty of extended interviews with the people behind those films. The Hollywood Reporter is responsible for many of these interviews, giving us roundtables of some of the top filmmakers and performers of that particular year. This year's roundtables start with the focus on one particular film, Interstellar, which is just under a week away from release. Director Christopher Nolan and actors Matthew McConaughey, Jessica Chastain, and Anne Hathaway come together for a half-hour conversation about the science fiction epic. The THR roundtables are sometimes a bit too formal for my taste, but I appreciate their attempt to have people just converse about their work for an extended period of time. After I see it in 70mm IMAX Tuesday night, I will be certain to check this out. Until then, I want to remain as much »

- Mike Shutt

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The Humor of Hulot via 'PlayTime' and Criterion

29 October 2014 1:51 PM, PDT

It appears the following video may not actually be a part of Criterion's new The Complete Jacques Tati set, a set I will most certainly be keeping my eye on once Barnes & Noble's 50% off Criterion sale kicks off in November. That said, for any of you unfamiliar with Jacques Tati and his films, this is a great little primer to get you comfortable with just how much is going on in any one scene, especially when it comes to PlayTime, the second half of which is a free for all of gags. »

- Brad Brevet

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Orson Welles' Final Film 'The Other Side of the World' May See the Light of Day

29 October 2014 1:30 PM, PDT

It always upsets me when people say Orson Welles made Citizen Kane and then did not make anything worthwhile after that. Every project after Kane with Welles behind the camera are worth watching. Some are masterpieces, a word I hate using but will to drive home this point, like F for Fake or the difficult to find The Chimes at Midnight. Then there are the films that could have reached those heights without pesky studio executives interfering with a creative mind's vision, like The Magnificent Ambersons. Even if the film ends up not being an A++, best movie ever type thing, there is always a reason to watch a Welles movie. His last film, The Other Side of the World, went unfinished. Welles shot it over the course of seven years on and off, from 1969 to 1976. In the latter days of his career, when he was off in Europe personally funding his movies, »

- Mike Shutt

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Watch Nate Parker's Powerful Short Film '#AmeriCAN'

29 October 2014 1:11 PM, PDT

I just got done watching the following short film #AmeriCAN, written and directed by Nate Parker (Non-Stop, Arbitrage), and it's a powerful one. Presented as a public service announcement "in response to events that have divided the country over racial lines," the description of the short continues with: With the influx of violence against black males in America over the past few years, the piece strives to offer a unique perspective in examining the value of lives of the country's citizens. The intention of the message, "all lives matter," is to pull people together from both sides of the disparity and inspire the kind of empathy and mutual understanding necessary to promote meaningful discourse and domestic reconciliation. The goal is to bring all people together, without exception to race, religion, gender or age, and send the message that all blood flows red. I'm not necessarily sure I would say it's »

- Brad Brevet

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'Guys and Dolls' Gets a New Re-Release Poster

29 October 2014 12:30 PM, PDT

The film adaptation of Guys and Dolls directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz has never been a film that has sat right with me. I adore the musical with music and lyrics by the great Frank Loesser and book by Abe Burrows and Jo Sterling, yet there are many things about the film that bother me. Marlon Brando and Frank Sinatra are both fit for the role of Sky Masterson, and having one of them step over into Nathan Detroit's shoes feels weird. They are two of the coolest guys around. Nathan is not cool. Nathan is a schlub who is in over his head. Sinatra is the epitome of cool. I can see why he was upset he was not cast as Sky. Also, the omission of quite a few of the songs causes problems for me. I can understand one or two being gone, but fivec "I've Never Been »

- Mike Shutt

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Watch: Official Domestic Trailer for 'Serena' Starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper

29 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT

Susanne Bier's Serena has had a long and tumultuous road to the big screen. It recently premiered at the London Film Festival to lackluster ratings and upon the announcement Magnolia would distribute the feature some bad word of mouth continued with one prospective buyer saying, "The film was so edited, it made no sense." Another called the performances "uneven, particularly Lawrence's descent into madness." A regular commenter here on RopeofSilicon, by the name of Winchester, recently shared similar sentiments saying: The buyer's sentiments are correct...whatever Bier started out with (which I'm guessing was a lot) it's been edited down to nonsense. It's hard to even say if the wooden performances are a result of the editing or simply weren't there to start with and the editing makes them worse. Especially Lawrence. Gorgeous photography is the only plus this one has and even at that it's nowhere near enough. »

- Brad Brevet

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