20 items from 2011
*here be spoilers.
Director: John Carpenter.
The main problem with John Carpenter’s The Ward is that it tried too hard to be understood. Had it been subtler in its approach, than quite focused in providing some cheap scares, then just maybe, the darkness Kristen (Amber Heard) has been feeling can become real.
The issue here is that Carpenter, with writers Michael and Shawn Rasmussen were out to recreate some of the magic from Shutter Island, released earlier in the 2010 year, whilst their product was delayed. It did not screen until September at the Toronto Film Festival. Its theatrical release did not happen until a year later, so audiences are not saying that they had seen this movie before.
But The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari this product is not. Some imitators will succeed and others will fail. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ed Sum)
As I was perusing through my usual stack of Halloween movies I found myself endlessly bored with the selection. Every film I picked up echoed through my hallow mind, the classic quotes and memorable scenes so fresh in my memory that I felt I had only just seen them. I needed a cure, and fast, my itch for a horror film outside the box tore at my insides like a zombie at flesh.
Even my horror movie metaphors were becoming played out and contrived. “The Internet!” I proclaimed. There’s tons of stuff on there. Armed with only my address bar (and a bottle of whisky) I set out on a quest to find hidden gems of horror that lie outside the border of my own comfort zone to either add to my Lovefilm account, order from Amazon or are available to download legally from the internet.
So this week, »
- Jay D.
Oscar Horrors Continues
Here lies... Fredric March’s charming Dr Jekyll face, devoured by the monstrosity that is Mr. Hyde. Though his Hyde face didn’t manage to scare all the other nominees away – March tied for the Best Actor award that year, and in a field of only three nominees – when you stop to think about it, his win was still quite a feat.
Hollywood’s idea of what constitutes a good performance has changed over the years so it’s almost inconceivable for a performance of such exaggerated expressionism in a horror film to stand a chance of winning today. (Although, give this to Robert and I’m sure he’ll prove me wrong by drawing parallels between March and Natalie Portman’s Nina.) Oscar-y or not, however, the performance is a marvel; perhaps the only thing that remains so fresh about the film 80 years on.
- Amir S.
A whirlwind of times, places, events, circumstances, happenstances, and excuses to do and see something awesome! (*Please don’t stalk Mr. Landis.)
John Landis’ new book Monsters In The Movies is certifiably great. You should probably just go ahead and order a case of them to give to all of the monster-loving cinephiles on your holiday gift list. This thing deserves to be on every coffee table and every bookshelf around. (So maybe order two for yourself.)
To support this book, John Landis is going on a bit of a tour. These aren’t all directly related to the book release, but their close enough. I’ll let him explain:
On Oct. 5th at 7:00p.m. I am doing a book signing at Dark Delicacies bookstore in Burbank at 7:00 p.m.
Then at the American Cinematheque Egyptian theater on Hollywood Blvd I have guest programmed 3 nights of classic »
TCM is airing "A Night at the Movies: Horror" with Stephen King on Monday, October 3rd, which features King talking about the genre of horror films from early days to the present day, including some of his own. In addition, the network is showing seven classic horror films in conjunction with the show.
TCM’s "A Night at the Movies" specials are written, produced and directed by Laurent Bouzereau, an award-winning filmmaker and author. Bouzereau has created many documentaries on the making of films by some of the world’s most acclaimed filmmakers, including Peter Bogdanovich, Brian De Palma, William Friedkin, Alfred Hitchcock, David Lean, George Lucas, Roman Polanski, Steven Spielberg and many others. His most recent books include The Art of Bond and Alfred Hitchcock: Piece by Piece.
Here are a few of King's quotes from "A Night at the Movies: Horror":
"The horror genre is an extremely delicate thing. »
- The Woman In Black
Exclusive: ABC has bought a second high-profile drama project that takes on Robert Louis Stevenson’s split-personality tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jekyll & Hyde, from ABC Studios, studio-based Mark Gordon Co and feature writer Matt Lopez (The Sorcerer’s Apprentice), is described as a suspenseful, darkly romantic retelling of the classic tale with a unique sci-fi twist that I hear may be cloning-related. Set in modern San Francisco, it centers on a female criminal psychologist who is drawn into the mysterious world of a brilliant but inhibited scientist and his volatile alter ego. Going into this development season, ABC brass identified the Jekyll & Hyde lore as one of the areas they wanted to mine. Now the network has two high-profile projects to choose from: the Lopez/Gordon Jekyll & Hyde and the recently sold Hyde, from writer Sheldon Turner. It’s about an ER doctor whose id manifests itself »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
We may be entering a Golden Age of TV Horror. We’ve already told you about the development of Frankenstein and The Munsters for NBC and of course we will soon be freaking out to American Horror Story on FX. Now comes news that ABC is joining the potential creepfest by picking up a new drama based on the Jekyll and Hyde story.
The original novella, Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde was written by Robert Louis Stevenson and published in 1886 and has since been adapted in countless ways (personal favorites are the Spencer Tracy and the Bugs Bunny treatments).
Hyde will revolve around Grant Hyde, a doctor with an eye condition who experiences bizarre side effects after attempting an experimental treatment »
- Erin Willard
Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde could almost go toe-to-toe with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes, based on the number of retellings and re-imaginings the original story has spawned.
This time around, the proposed series will follow Grant Hyde, an ER doctor who, while searching for a cure to his rapidly deteriorating eyesight, inadvertently unleashes an alter ego in the form of the far more aggressive Hyde, who approaches and handles certain situations the more timid Grant is unwilling to address.
The pilot is being described as an odd ‘buddy story’ where the two ...
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- Kevin Yeoman
ABC is developing a new television adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Hyde will focus on Grant Hyde, an ER doctor with a degenerative eye condition, according to Deadline. Undergoing an experimental treatment to improve his vision, Hyde soon finds that he has unleashed a second, more aggressive personality that manifests itself while he sleeps. Up In The Air co-writer Sheldon Turner will write the script for Hyde and will also executive produce alongside Jennifer Klein. First published in 1886, Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
This new iteration of the story follows a doctor who begins experiencing bizarre side effects from an experimental eye treatment that greatly alters his personality. When he falls asleep, he becomes the opposite of his anti-social self, a fearless daredevil that can confront anything.
Exclusive: Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic split-personality tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is getting a contemporary interpretation with Hyde, a drama series project from Up In the Air co-writer Sheldon Turner and ABC Studios that has been set up at ABC. This marks the first sale for Sheldon and Jennifer Klein’s recently launched company Vendetta, which has a first-look deal at ABC Studios. Turner will write Hyde, which centers on Grant Hyde, a thirtysomething ER doctor with a degenerative eye condition who is conflict-averse and hesitant to be captain of his own destiny. After attempting an experimental treatment to improve his eyesight, he begins to experience a strange side effect — when he goes to sleep, his id manifests itself as Hyde, a fearless, gregarious personality who takes control where Grant cannot. Turner and Klein will executive produce the project, described as an odd buddy show where the »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Each year New York residents can look forward to two essential series programmed at the Film Forum, noirs and pre-Coders (that is, films made before the strict enforcing of the Motion Picture Production Code). These near-annual retrospective traditions are refreshed and re-varied and re-repeated for neophytes and cinephiles alike, giving all the chance to see and see again great film on film. Many titles in this year's Essential Pre-Code series, running an epic July 15 - August 11, are old favorites and some ache to be new discoveries; all in all there are far too many racy, slipshod, patter-filled celluloid splendors to be covered by one critic alone. Faced with such a bounty, I've enlisted the kind help of some friends and colleagues, asking them to sent in short pieces on their favorites in an incomplete but also in-progress survey and guide to one of the summer's most sought-after series. In this entry: what's playing Friday, »
Felony Flats is, for all intents and purposes, a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde story — except that the good doctor never appears on screen. Instead, he hides behind the camera in the form of director Bob Moricz. The Mr. Hyde is, of course, also Moricz himself, as the film’s main character, Todd, a hideous-looking, mentally-impaired man.
The early scenes of Felony Flats are reminiscent of the early scenes of David Lynch’s Eraserhead. Both films begin with a bizarre-looking character with hair piled way high on top of his head stumbling around a decrepit, ramshackle neighborhood. In Moricz’s case, this is the Portland, Oregon region nicknamed Felony Flats, which has a history that matches its name, but is in the process of being cleaned up.
Like Lynch’s Henry Spencer, Moricz’s Todd is the type of character who doesn’t do much, but becomes involved in various uncomfortable situations. »
- Mike Everleth
Spend even the shortest amount of time in the delightful and disturbing Scottish capital and you begin to read native Robert Louis Stevenson’s Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as a metaphor for the city itself. Edinburgh boasts a warm and welcoming population residing in an atmosphere where an ever-present hint of menace hangs palpably in the air like its famous rainy mist. (This openness is evidenced by the fact that one early afternoon my sister and I were able to pretty much wander in to a Justice Committee hearing of Parliament debating that day’s front page news – whether singing “God Save The Queen” at soccer matches should be made illegal.) Yes, this is the home of Harry Potter – and the café where J.K. Rowling birthed him proudly touts its pedigree – but it’s also a city in which for centuries public executions were pretty much a local pasttime. »
- Lauren Wissot
Directed by: Matthew Vaughn
Running Time: 2 hrs 10 mins
Release Date: June 3, 2011
This is a “Seen It” review. You’ve seen it. I’ve seen it. That means all plot points and spoilers are fair game and will be discussed. The only reason to read this review is if you have already watched the film, or never plan on seeing it, but for some reason, you’d like to know what Tsr thought about it. We walk you through the key moments in the film, adding in our thoughts along the way. You’ve been warned.
Plot: A group of superhuman beings band together to stop an evil all-powerful mutant from manipulating the start of World War III.
Movie: Just »
- Nick Allen
She stars in an action movie. We asked her smart questions.
Danielle Nicolet, otherwise known as "Reese" from Stargate: Sg-1, has won Emmy awards for being funny on The Starter Wife, and watched the downfall of Cuba Gooding Jr.'s career in the sci-fi thriller Ticking Clock. Now she's starring in the video game straight-to-tv/DVD adaptation of video game Red Faction: Origins. In it, she plays toughy Tess DeLaVega and - get this - Robert Patrick is in it. We love him!
Nicolet as Replicator Reese on "Stargate"
Nicolet does get recognized for playing an evil bitch on Stargate, mostly by angry Stargate nerds who will approach her in the supermarket to tell her just how much they hate her.
Tess DeLaVega, Danielle's character, is part of an intricate back story to the Red Faction video game series.
"In short, it's basically Deadwood on Mars," she says of the plot. »
It is Friday 13 August of the year 1886, very early in the morning. The lanes of Soho are depraved, the air as heavy as the mind of the peoplw. And, no one could predict what murder of a prosperous citizen with a faultless reputation is posing puzzling questions. Why did he have to die?
Step into the role of inspector Newcomen & with the help of your good friend Dr. Jekyll, work together to solve this mysterious case.
he Mysterious Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde sees players immerse themselves on an exciting journey through the streets of London 1886 in a thrilling hidden object game based on the popular classical characters and is, just as the front cover promises, a “thrilling hidden object adventure”.
The game features the ability to search through 30 scenarios, such as misty alleys, dark courtyards and run-down buildings for useful objects and hints; and play through 30 exciting mini-games: collect fingerprints, »
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? As previously reported on this blog, audiences can look forward to competing adaptations of the classic fairytale Snow White.
There’s "Snow White and the Huntsmen," with Charlize Theron as the Evil Queen, and also "The Brothers Grimm: Snow White," where Deadline pretty much confirms that Julia Roberts will inhabit the same role. Looks like we’ve got a face-off between two of Hollywood’s premiere A-list actresses!
We thought we’d place the two stars side by side to see who is a better fit for the requirements of the role and who will emerge as the true Evil Queen. May the best woman win!
Who Brews The Best Potion?
This is probably the most important attribute the Evil Queen must possess. After all, the Queen’s central task of the movie is to produce the fabled poison apple. »
- MTV Movies Team
A lot can happen in six years. Just six years ago, the planet was still iPhone free, Tony Blair was ruling the country and if asked about 3D cinema, most members of the public would probably have dismissed the concept as an archaic, faddish novelty. It was also just over six years ago that we last saw work from Us director David O. Russell, with the comedy I Heart Huckabees (2004). He returns this week with The Fighter (2010).
O. Russell rose to prominence as a film maker with the well-received, imaginatively shot Gulf War treasure hunt Three Kings (1999), starring George Clooney, Spike Jonze, Ice Cube and importantly Mark Wahlberg; a recurrent figure in the director's work, and the underdog protagonist of his biographical boxing drama The Fighter.
Wahlberg stars as real life professional boxer "Irish" Micky Ward, a young kid from the working class suburbs of Lowell, Massachusetts, with aspirations of »
- Daniel Green
Capri Anderson , the porn star from Charlie Sheen 's other bender back in October , thinks the girls who went to party at Charlie's place this week are "out of their minds" for going to his house after what happened to her. Capri tells TMZ she was "completely shocked" when she heard what happened -- not so much about Charlie going off the wagon -- but the fact that girls actually hung out at his place. »
- TMZ Staff
20 items from 2011
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