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Elle Fanning Embraces ‘Neon Demon’s’ Divisive Reaction, Reveals Most Difficult Role to Date

16 August 2016 8:15 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Elle Fanning got her start in the business — and her SAG card — before the age of 3, when Jessie Nelson, the director of “I Am Sam,” starring 7-year-old Dakota Fanning and Sean Penn, needed someone to play Dakota’s sister in a flashback. Recruiting Elle for that role was a no-brainer. Fifteen years later, she’s emerged as one of the most exciting and consistently compelling actors of her generation, tackling indie dramas (“Somewhere,” “Ginger & Rosa”), blockbusters (“Maleficent”) … and whatever the heck “The Neon Demon” was.

Mark Williams & Sara Hirakawa for Variety

Fanning was only 16 when she shot that twisted, lurid film from Nicolas Winding Refn. If fact, she was too young to see it in theaters. “The Neon Demon” caused a divisive reaction from audiences when it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

Fanning, now 18, is taking the response to the film with grace. “Some amazing movies have been torn apart [in Cannes],” she notes. »

- Jenelle Riley

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Movie Review – Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex (2015)

14 August 2016 5:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex, 2015.

Directed by Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet.

Starring Rick Baker, Joe Dante, Guillermo Del Toro, Phil Tippett and Tim Woodruff Jr.

Synopsis:

Documentarians Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet interview Hollywood special effects and make up artists to explore the ‘Frankenstein Complex’ of creature design in filmmaking.

 

“Now I know why Frankenstein goes crazy and screams ‘It’s alive!'” This early statement from one of the many subjects of Gilles Penso and Alexandre Poncet’s Creature Designers – The Frankenstein Complex neatly summarises the ostensible themes of the duo’s documentary: obsession, meticulous craftsmanship, and the relationship between creator and creation, ideas that tie directly back to the eponymous monster of Hollywood’s most enduring horror icon.   

Indeed, the raison d’etre of The Frankenstein Complex is its exploration of the parent-child dynamic between the skilled crafts people and their monstrous creations; fans of creature design »

- Christopher Machell

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Drive-In Dust Offs: Fiend Without A Face (1958)

13 August 2016 11:23 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

In the 1950s, independent film was just as keen to stick its nose in the atomic blender as the Hollywood big boys. Of course, budget restrictions frequently left most of the monsters wanting, be they big or small. But sometimes a shot of quirk was enough to stand apart from the Tinseltown terrors. I give you Fiend Without a Face (1958), a low budget romp content with showing less until it has to show it all, with giddy results.

Produced by British company Amalgamated Productions and distributed by MGM (in the States), Fiend was sent out on a double bill with The Haunted Strangler, a Boris Karloff vehicle. With a combined budget of 130,000 pounds, the double feature brought in domestic and international receipts of over $ 650,000 dollars, filmic diplomacy at its finest.

Filmed in Britain but taking place in Winthrop (?), Manitoba, Canada (never heard of the town, and if I haven’t drank in it, »

- Scott Drebit

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Roger Corman: 5 Reasons He’s Optimistic About the Film World and His Legacy

12 August 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

There are some figures in film history who fade away along with the era in which they produce the bulk of their work. And then there’s veteran B-movie producer and director Roger Corman, still chipper than ever at 90. As a filmmaker, Corman was responsible for a string of vibrant Edgar Allen Poe adaptations in the early sixties (most of which starred Vincent Price). He also directed William Shatner in his best pre-“Star Trek” performance as a race-baiting lunatic in 1962’s “The Intruder.” But Corman more or less stopped directing movies in 1970 (with the exception of 1990’s “Frankenstein Unbound”) and shifted focus to producing a string of low budget genre efforts — several of which introduced some of the great American filmmakers still working today, including Martin Scorsese, Frances Ford Coppola, James Cameron, Jonathan Demme, and many others.

Read More: ‘Doomed!’ Exclusive Clip: New Documentary Explores Roger Corman’s Ill-Fated »

- Eric Kohn

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Guillermo del Toro Interview: ‘At Home with Monsters’ and That Missing Sketchbook – Exclusive

8 August 2016 10:57 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

“There’s a love in the marvelous that intertwines in all my projects.” —Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein

“What is a ghost? A tragedy doomed to repeat itself time and time again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion, suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.” — “The Devil’s Backbone”

 

Guillermo del Toro has trouble saying no. On the verge of starting production in Toronto on Fox Searchlight’s Cold War fantasy “The Shape of Water” and flying in to promote the opening of his Los Angeles Museum of Art exhibition “At Home with Monsters,” the Mexican filmmaker got on the phone with IndieWire. “I’m exhausted,” he admitted, “but this is light for me!”

Culled by Lacma curator Britt Salvesen from Del Toro’s extensive and eclectic home collection, which he calls Bleak House (after Charles Dickens »

- Anne Thompson

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Guillermo del Toro Interview: ‘At Home with Monsters’ and That Missing Sketchbook – Exclusive

8 August 2016 10:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

“There’s a love in the marvelous that intertwines in all my projects.” —Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein

“What is a ghost? A tragedy doomed to repeat itself time and time again? An instant of pain, perhaps. Something dead which still seems to be alive. An emotion, suspended in time. Like a blurred photograph. Like an insect trapped in amber.” — “The Devil’s Backbone”

 

Guillermo del Toro has trouble saying no. On the verge of starting production in Toronto on Fox Searchlight’s Cold War fantasy “The Shape of Water” and flying in to promote the opening of his Los Angeles Museum of Art exhibition “At Home with Monsters,” the Mexican filmmaker got on the phone with IndieWire. “I’m exhausted,” he admitted, “but this is light for me!”

Culled by Lacma curator Britt Salvesen from Del Toro’s extensive and eclectic home collection, which he calls Bleak House (after Charles Dickens »

- Anne Thompson

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Universal to Release Frankenstein and The Wolf Man Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays

4 August 2016 8:46 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Two of the most iconic Universal movie monsters will be celebrated in Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays due out on September 13th from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.

Containing several discs and packed with multiple films and plenty of bonus features, both The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray and Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-rays are priced at $29.72 apiece. We have each release’s bonus features and a look at their cover art:

The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection Blu-ray details (via Amazon): “The original Wolf Man is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 7 films from the original legacy including the eerie classic starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the »

- Derek Anderson

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The Most Memorable Monsters at Guillermo del Toro’s Lacma Exhibit

30 July 2016 5:34 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

If beauty is in the eye of the beholder, then Guillermo del Toro’s new exhibit at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art is sure to please viewers with an eye for the macabre. Titled “Guillermo del Toro: At Home with Monsters,” the show runs from August 1 until November 27, and will travel to co-organizing museums in Minneapolis and Ontario next year. Containing almost 600 eerie objects from the filmmaker’s private collection — including sculptures, paintings, costumes and books — the exhibition reflects his lifelong obsession with monsters.  

“You can see my movies over and over again, and you will see that I adore monsters. I absolutely love them,” del Toro said at Saturday’s preview, adding “I think humans are pretty repulsive!”

Though he doesn’t consider himself a horror filmmaker these days, del Toro’s Lacma exhibit is filled with the type of ghoulish artifacts most often associated with a Fangoria convention. »

- Matthew Chernov

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Drive-In Dust Offs: It’S Alive (1974)

30 July 2016 11:08 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Cult filmmaker Larry Cohen is, and has always been, an idea man. Whether commenting on rampant consumerism (The Stuff), religious fanaticism (God Told Me To), or vigilantism (Maniac Cop), Cohen’s films (as director or screenwriter, often both) show an ambition beyond the zippered monsters and flying serpents. And while the biggest caveat regarding Cohen is that his reach often exceeds his grasp, that’s not always true. Case in point: It’s Alive (1974), Cohen’s potent take on abortion, the pharmaceutical industry, and (extremely) unconditional love.

Produced by Warner Bros. and Larco Productions, and distributed by WB, It’s Alive did not wow the executives, who gave it an obligatory release in October with little fanfare. And it did okay business for the small release it was granted. When a new regime came in to WB in ’77, Cohen asked them to take another look at the film – he felt »

- Scott Drebit

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Van Helsing Remake Is Inspired by Mad Max Says Writer

19 July 2016 12:13 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this month, production began on Universal's The Mummy reboot, which will be the first full-fledged adventure in Universal's monster universe. We got our first glimpse at this unique world in a post credit sequence for 2014's Dracula Untold, where Luke Evans' title character is transported to present day. But, aside from The Mummy, we don't know which project is next in this sprawling universe. One of the movies being included is Van Helsing, and today we have some new details from writer Eric Heisserer.

Eric Heisserer came aboard to write the script alongside The Mummy writer Jon Spaihts back in November, but the project still doesn't have a director yet and there is very little we know about the story. Eric Heisserer recently spoke with Hitfix, while promoting the new thriller Lights Out, which he co-wrote, where he revealed that this version of Van Helsing was inspired by another iconic character. »

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Javier Bardem Wanted as Frankenstein in Universal's Monsters Universe

11 July 2016 4:26 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal is currently in the middle of trying to launch a cinematic universe centered around their famous movie monsters. The Mummy reboot starring Tom Cruise is currently filming and they have plans for a slew of other movies that will connect together at some point down the line. The studio isn't messing around in terms of going after top notch talent for these projects, and they may be about to nab another Oscar winner for a big role.

Variety is reporting that No Country For Old Men and Skyfall star Javier Bardem is in talks to take the lead in Universal Monsters' Frankenstein for their new monsters cinematic universe, through it isn't known if he is playing Dr. Frankenstein or Frankenstein's monster. The report is very unclear as to how far along these talks are, and they didn't name any specific sources, so it is hard to know if this »

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Javier Bardem to Play Frankenstein’s Monster in Universal’s New Monsters Universe?

11 July 2016 3:45 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Another actor could be joining Universal’s monster mash, as it’s being reported that Javier Bardem (Skyfall, No Country for Old Men) could potentially play Frankenstein’s monster.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bardem is in early discussions to portray Frankenstein in Universal’s new monsters universe. It’s not yet known if Bardem would play Dr. Frankenstein or the scientist’s resurrected monster, but we’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details.

THR also reveals that a standalone Frankenstein film—other than the Bride of Frankenstein movie that’s in the works—isn’t exactly around the corner. Since Bardem is in talks to play the iconic character in the overall rebooted Universal Monsters cinematic universe rather than a Frankenstein film, the actor would likely first appear in another monster’s movie before getting his name on the marquee.

Filming is nearly finished on The Mummy, »

- Derek Anderson

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Universal's Monster reboots may have just bagged another A-list star

11 July 2016 1:08 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The A-list cast roster for these Universal Monster reboots just keep growing. Today’s addition: Oscar-winning actor Javier Bardem. The Skyfall star is “in talks” to play “Frankenstein” in the studio’s planned Marvel Cinematic Universe-style series of films, according to Variety, though the trade doesn’t specify whether the role in question is that of Dr. Victor Frankenstein -- the man who creates the flat-topped monster originally played by Boris Karloff -- or the creature himself. My guess would be the latter, given that the Monster is the more iconic role. Karloff’s performance is by far the most-remembered element of the original movies. Variety also isn’t clear which film in the interconnected franchise Frankenstein/The Monster would first appear in, citing unnamed “sources” who claim the character(s) will show up in a non-Frankenstein film prior to toplining their own movie (Bride of Frankenstein is currently »

- Chris Eggertsen

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‘The Mummy’ Photos: Sofia Boutella as the Sexualized Monster in Universal’s Tom Cruise–Starring Reboot

11 July 2016 12:50 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Like just about every other franchise, “The Mummy” is in the process of being rebooted as part of a shared universe. Tom Cruise is headlining the new series, which differs from the Brendan Fraser–led trilogy in that it’s set in the present day, with Sofia Boutella as the eponymous monster. Set photos from the film’s shoot in London reveal an early look at her version of the character.

Read More: ‘Kingsman’ Star Sofia Boutella Will Play Title Monster In ‘The Mummy,’ Tom Cruise In Negotiations To Join

Boutella, who previously appeared in “Kingsman: The Secret Service” and will next be seen in this month’s “Star Trek Beyond,” is preceded by the likes of Boris Karloff, Tom Tyler and Arnold Vosloo. Annabelle Wallis, Jake Johnson, Marwan Kenzari, Courtney B. Vance and Russell Crowe all star in the film as well, with Crowe as Dr. Jekyll — part of »

- Michael Nordine

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Will Women's Right to Vote Signal the End of the Family?: Socially Conscious Rarities

30 June 2016 5:55 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Women suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Dorothy Davenport becomes a judge and later State Governor in socially conscious thriller about U.S. women's voting rights. Women suffrage movie 'Mothers of Men': Will women's right to vote lead to the destruction of The American Family? Directed by and featuring the now all but forgotten Willis Robards, Mothers of Men – about women suffrage and political power – was a fast-paced, 64-minute buried treasure screened at the 2016 San Francisco Silent Film Festival, held June 2–5. I thoroughly enjoyed being taken back in time by this 1917 socially conscious drama that dares to ask the question: “What will happen to the nation if all women have the right to vote?” One newspaper editor insists that women suffrage would mean the destruction of The Family. Women, after all, just did not have the capacity for making objective decisions due to their emotional composition. It »

- Danny Fortune

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Celebrate the Dream that Sparked Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 200 Years Ago

16 June 2016 5:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The legend goes that back in the 1800’s, author Mary Shelley was traveling with her future husband, Percy Shelley, in Europe; and they, along with fellow writers Lord Byron and John Polidori, decided to have a competition to see who… Continue Reading →

The post Celebrate the Dream that Sparked Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein 200 Years Ago appeared first on Dread Central. »

- Debi Moore

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50 brilliant independent bookshops in the UK

10 June 2016 6:02 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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We're celebrating 50 brilliant UK independent bookshops. If your favourite is missing, please add it to the list below...

In Neil Gaiman’s preface to Shelf Life: Fantastic Stories Celebrating Bookstores, he describes four bookshops from his childhood. One was a travelling school shop, one a local store staffed by a helpful hippy where he’d pick up 25p Tom Disch novels, another was a bus ride away and owned by a Grinch who’d glower at schoolchildren customers, and the last was a now-defunct Soho sci-fi and fantasy treasure trove. Four individual shops run by booksellers with distinct personalities and idiosyncratic tastes. All of which made Gaiman what he is.

That’s the joy of independent bookshops. Their personalities shape those of the people who visit them. They’re not homogenous. Their stock tends to reflect their passions rather than the year's best-performing unit-shifters. And their »

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The Horrors of Faith and Childhood in Night Of The Hunter and Whistle Down The Wind

9 June 2016 12:38 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Shock looks at two classic films that examine the horrors of impoverished childhood and misunderstood faith. Actor Charles Laughton’s only directorial outing was the phenomenal The Night of the Hunter (1955); a hybrid of horror and noir complete with the terrifying and terrific Robert Mitchum aping Karloff’s Frankenstein monster in one electrifying scene. The…

The post The Horrors of Faith and Childhood in Night Of The Hunter and Whistle Down The Wind appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Chris Alexander

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Today is Peter Cushing’s 103rd Birthday! Here Are His Ten Best Roles

26 May 2016 5:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, Michael Haffner, Sam Moffitt, and Tom Stockman

Peter Cushing, born on this day in 1913, was one of the most respected and important actors in the horror and fantasy film genres. To his many fans, the British star, who died in 1994, was known as ‘The Gentle Man of Horror’ and is recognized for his work with Hammer Films which began in the late 1950’s, but he had numerous memorable roles outside of Hammer. A topnotch actor who was able to deliver superb performances on a consistent basis, Peter Cushing also had range.  He could play both the hero and the villain with ease.

Here, according to We Are Movie Geeks, are Peter Cushing’s ten best roles:

Dr. Maitland

During the 1960s, Amicus Studios had a knack for borrowing from the pool of Hammer Studios actors and filmmakers to make their own Hammer-inspired films.  While »

- Movie Geeks

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Watch the Teaser for the Live-Action ‘Beauty and the Beast’

24 May 2016 1:31 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

So apparently live-action adaptations of Disney classics are the new big thing. Or at least, the House of Mouse is trying very hard to make it the new big thing. From my perspective, it seems like it hasn’t quite caught on yet, since I recall Cinderella not making a massive splash. Still, their Alice in Wonderland movie made a fair amount at the box office, so I suppose the train rolls on. The latest of Disney’s back catalogue to go three-dimensional is Beauty and the Beast, courtesy of director Bill Condon, a director with a surprisingly varied filmography. There’s Gods and Monsters, his film about the late life of Frankenstein director James Whale, and more recently Mr Holmes, which was in many respects the same film but with Ian McKellan playing an elderly Sherlock Holmes and no hunky gardener. And then there’s the time he directed one of the Candyman sequels, »

- Thomas O'Connor

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