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The 76-year-old man revisits the haunts of his youth. We see him outside the decrepit old Brooklyn cinema where, half a century ago, he came to see his first Ingmar Bergman movies. He is shown in the grounds of the high school where he had such a wretched time. Faces from his earlier years flit in front of the camera: girlfriends, collaborators, his devoted younger sister Letty and even – in archive footage – his sharp-tongued mother Nettie reminding him of what a demanding kid he once was. Archive footage rekindles memories of his boyhood trips to Coney Island. »
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Holiday season is upon us. And, pretty soon, the pile of presents will be, too!
But, in order to avoid hitting the long lines to stock up on gifts this year, we’ve rounded up some last minute gift ideas that your children (and family!) are sure to love.
To get your kids in the holiday groove, we’d suggest starting things off with Wall Candy Arts‘s fun winter wall decals.
They’ll have loads of fun designing their own snow woman ($38, left) — again and again — with the adorable decal accessories, which include everything from »
Hey, indie horror fans in the San Diego area, Santa's showing up a little bit early this year - December 18th to be precise. That's when writer/director Joshua Hull's zombie comedy Beverly Lane will be making its West Coast premiere as part of Horrible Imaginings' Ghoul's Yule.
Hull's Beverly Lane will be keeping some good company that evening as the flick will be screening as a double feature alongside the 1985 cult classic The Return of the Living Dead at the 10th Avenue Theatre, which is located at 930 10th Avenue in Downtown San Diego. A few short films will be featured during the event as well.
Hull will be on hand to take part in all the zombie-related festivities, and admission for the event is just $8. Tickets can be purchased through 10thavenuetheatre.com. For more information on Beverly Lane (which is also currently available on DVD for those of »
Requiem for a Dream is a visual assault from its opening frames. Darren Aronofsky likes to scoop out your eyes and piss on your brains. Seriously. But he does it in a good way! The Wrestler is obviously the film for which he broke the surface and came to the attention of everyone … But Requiem is the film that made film-fans and film-makers alike sit up and take notice. Find out why by watching the new Blu-ray release.
Requiem for a Dream is an extraordinarily confident piece of work, given that it’s only Aronofsky’s second film, and it proved that π was no fluke – he really is a talented and deeply introspective film-maker! He makes ‘subjective’ films that are seen through the perceptions of their main characters … So, in the case of this film, the split-screens, jump-cut editing, distorting fish-eye lenses, flickering neons and restless music all contribute »
- John Ashbrook
Kids and grownups alike know the adorable Winnie the Pooh as a silly ol' bear who loves honey and Christopher Robin.
But take the bear out of the Hundred Acre Wood and put him in the big city, and whoa, Winnie. We got permission to follow the tubby little buddy around New York's Central Park, and what we saw was pretty shocking. The guy steals a bike, pushes a jogger, and even punches a dude. Someone call TMZ!
But he does still love his honey ... and this bear sure can bust a move. Get a rare glimpse of a Pooh Bear you've never seen before in this scandalous exclusive video from the makers of Captain Jack on Coney Island and Voldemort Takes Manhattan.
Originally published July 13, 2011. "Winnie the Pooh" hits DVD and Blu-ray Oct. 25. »
- NextMovie Staff
From Farran Nehme comes word of the passing of Barbara Kent at the age of 103. Farran's "seen only two pictures starring Barbara Kent," one being "the 1933 shoestring Oliver Twist, with Kent as Rose. The other is Flesh and the Devil, in which Kent had the unenviable task of the being the forsaken lover to Garbo's lascivious temptress. Still, it's the silent Flesh and the Devil that left a far stronger impression. Sound seemed to diminish this diminutive actress, as it did so many others. In pantomime, her tiny body made her even sweeter and more fragile, and it added poignance to her hurt over John Gilbert's betrayal…. The Siren always knew she would most likely live to see every silent-film artist depart the planet before she did. But the Siren still wishes she'd gotten the chance to tell Kent, or any of the other artists that Kevin Brownlow has spent a lifetime celebrating, »
One of the last stars of the silent movie era
It is in the nature of cinema that an actor who made her last film appearance more than seven decades ago, and who retreated from public view in the late 1940s, refusing photographs and interviews ever since, can still be appreciated on screen as young, as lovely and as fresh as ever. Barbara Kent, who has died aged 103, was one of the last surviving stars of the silent era. She appeared in the last great silent American film, Lonesome (1928), Paul Fejos's masterpiece of urban poetry. Kent played Mary, a switchboard operator, who meets Jim (Glenn Tryon), a factory worker, in Coney Island. They spend the day together, fall in love, and then lose each other in the crowd. The simple tale of "little people" is raised by the sincerity of the performances and by the director's expressive use of location, »
- Ronald Bergan
Arsonist Pictures' Beverly Lane arrives on DVD October 25. The film follows a local metal company as they celebrate the retirement of their longtime boss with a "Coney Island" themed party. Boredand angry, the workers find themselves stuck with clowns, a magician, a mime, and one very sick barbershop singer. Then all hell breaks loose...literally! Stuck between zombies and a sideshow, the workers must learn to survive with each other or die trying. Bonus Features include deleted bits, outtakes, trailers & a commentary track featuring Joshua Hull (Writer, Director), Jim Dougherty (Dp, Editor and Producer), Matt Rich (Producer, "the Mime") & Noah East ("Andy"). »
Summit Entertainment has given us two images to exclusively premiere from The Darkest Hour comic book. The limited edition collectible comic is a collaboration with 13 popular comic artists, "featuring stunning artistic takes on the global events of the film’s post-alien invasion world." After the jump you can see two of the prologue pages by artist Ben Templesmith. These pages show the early history of the earth and mankind and how the aliens have been hiding in plain sight as lightning phenomena (Summit has previously posted real life examples of ball lightning on a viral website for the movie ). The comic will be available in hard cover, digital download and as a motion comic today (Friday, October 14th 2011). [gallery columns="2"] Official Information: The hard cover will be available as a handout to attendees at New York Comic-Con this weekend. The comic will also be available for mobile devices via Comixology starting Friday, »
- Peter Sciretta
The Warriors, 1979.
Directed by Walter Hill.
“Nowhere to run or hide” is the radio message put out by the Riffs, the most powerful gang in New York City. It’s dedicated to The Warriors, “that lively bunch from Coney”. The Rogues, a rival gang, has framed them for the murder of Cyrus, the Riff’s charismatic leader.
The Warriors opens with nine unarmed representatives from each gang in New York City making their way to Van Cortlandt Park. There’s a helluva lot of them. Cyrus had summoned them there to propose a citywide truce. That way they could wrestle control from the police force. United, they’d be stronger. »
On the A train headed back to Williamsburg after a full day of Emerging Visions, Andrew Bird playing on my iPod.
The day began with breakfast at Lincoln Center’s new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center. One of my favorite moments of the day was at the breakfast when each of us had to introduce ourselves. We had to say what our craziest moment as a filmmaker was.
I was reminded of the time I took the G train in the middle of the night wearing a prom-style dress while shooting a music video. The ultimate destination was Coney Island, and we had to get there before sunrise (somehow all my Coney Island experiences involve a camera and getting there before 5:00 Am). This particular time, I was the Dp and the director, and I was armed with two cameras — a Flip and a Panasonic Dvx. The other crazy moment »
- Kate Barker-Froyland
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In the new series, which debuts Tuesday night, the fan favorite is given creative license by his female clients to produce clothing that is perhaps better suited for the drag queens of Coney Island’s Mermaid Parade than for the women who regularly shop at Saks Fifth Avenue.
- David Knowles
The 11th annual Coney Island Film Festival, which was held last weekend on Sept. 23-25, gave out a total of 10 awards to both feature films and shorts.
Every year, Ciff loves to honor the quirky little seaside resort the fest is held in, showing a selection of films that were screened in the ‘hood. This year, the Best “Made in Coney Island” Award went to Daniel Turkewitz’s A Day in the Life of Coney Island, a lyrical 20-minute documentary that captures life at the beach and on the boardwalk.
The Best Documentary Feature Award was also a Coney Island-themed film, Charles Denson’s The Last Immortal, a profile of reformed gang member Keith Suber, who founded an organization to keep kids out of trouble. Meanwhile, Darin Beckstead’s New York-based comedy Somebody’s Hero took home Best Feature.
On the short film front, Victoria Cook‘s Hell-based Devil Town won Best Animation, »
- Mike Everleth
Jon Turteltaub is in talks to direct CBS Films and Mandate Pictures' comedy "Last Vegas."According to Variety, Laurence Mark is producing through his Laurence Mark Productions.Peter Chelsom had been previously attached as the director.Dan Fogelman ("Crazy, Stupid, Love") wrote the script.The comedy centers on four semi-retired baby boomers who head to Las Vegas when the last of the Coney Island buddies, a successful lawyer in his 60s, decides to tie the knot.No actors have been mentioned yet.Turteltaub's credits include "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "National Treasure," "National Treasure: Book of Secrets," "Phenomenon" and "While You Were Sleeping." »
- Adnan Tezer
The 11th annual Coney Island Film Festival, running Sept. 23-25, offers an exquisite blend of freak show, burlesque and cinematic oddities, featuring movies about reformed gang members, unwitting superheroes, rock ‘n’ roll heaven and tons and tons of short films.
The fest opens with the portrait of a real-life Coney Island badass, Keith Suber, a reformed gang member who now teaches kids that violence isn’t the solution to their problems in the documentary The Last Immortal, directed by Charles Denson.
However, the highlight of the festival — in Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film’s opinion — is the headbangin’ documentary Heavy Metal Picnic by Jeff Krulik and John Heyn, which beautifully relives the glory days of ’80s era rock ‘n’ roll Maryland in all its raucous glory. Featuring footage from an outrageous backwoods farm concert and a reunion among its (slightly) more mature participants. Read the official Bad Lit documentary review here. »
- Mike Everleth
The anticipated 'Men in Black III' is going for full immersion. IMAX Corporation and Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced that the film will be released in IMAX theaters on May 25, 2012, the same day that it hits more traditional theaters. It's usually only the big boys who make it to IMAX. 'Harry Potter' and 'The Dark Knight,' to name a couple. Rory Bruer, president of Worldwide Distribution for Sony Pictures Releasing believes 'Men in Black' to fit in with the crew. He said: "Releasing a film in IMAX(R) 3D signals an event release, and Men in Black 3 on Memorial Day weekend certainly qualifies in a big way. We couldn't be more excited about how Mib 3 will look and sound in IMAX theatres." Precise plot details are a little fuzzy, but the film is said to feature a time-travelling storyline. Will Smith reprises his role as Agent J, »
The Spooky Movie International Horror Film Festival is, once again, set to push the boundaries of modern horror with their sixth annual edition that will run for four terrifying nights on Oct. 13-16 at the Artisphere theater in Washington, D.C.
For the opening night event on Oct. 13, Spooky Movie proves its international flair with the over-the-top Japanese zombie gorefest and action flick Helldriver, directed by Yoshihiro Nishimura, which will have two screenings, one for the early birds at 7:00 p.m. and one for the late-night crowd at 10:00 p.m.
The closing night film on the 16th is also an international affair: Joe Bauer’s The Killage, an Australian horror comedy that sends up the teen camp counselors slasher genre. Plus, there will be several Aussie short films accompanying this final feature.
Smooshed in between these two events are some of the most original and provocative terror flicks around, »
- Mike Everleth
The Arizona Underground Film Festival keeps picking and screening the best in world extreme cinema and their fourth annual edition, which will run Sep. 16-24 in Tucson is no exception, compiling outrageous cult epics from countries such as Japan, Switzerland and Cuba; as well as some local nastiness produced in the fest’s own backyard.
The fest opens with Jack Perez’s Some Guy Who Kills People, a comedy thriller executive produced by John Landis and starring Kevin Corrigan as a loser who gets sadistic revenge on those he feels have wronged him.
While the opening night film is a big name affair, Auff is also celebrating local freaky film fare with films such as the film noir Sweet Love and Deadly, directed by Paul Clinco; and the horror comedy Dick Night, directed by Andy Viner.
From elsewhere around the U.S., there’s the fest’s annual celebration of extreme cinema, »
- Mike Everleth
CBS has started work on an adaptation of the April Woo novels by Leslie Glass. The network is developing a procedural based on the books, Deadline reports. Glass's novels focus on April Woo, a Chinese-American woman who becomes the first female head of detectives in Coney Island. The CBS project is being penned by author Amy Bloom, who previously worked on State of Mind. Meanwhile, the show (more) »
- By Catriona Wightman
Exclusive: Leslie Glass’ popular April Woo series of suspense novels is headed to TV. CBS has bought a drama procedural based on the nine mystery books that hails from Denis Leary and Jim Serpico’s Apostle production banner and CBS TV Studios. Novelist and TV writer Amy Bloom, creator of the Lifetime series State of Mind, will write the script and executive produce the project with Leary and Serpico. Glass’ April Woo mystery series center on the title character, a brilliant young Chinese-American who becomes the first female head of detectives in Coney Island, New York. Raised in the traditions of modesty, good manners and quiet self-effacement, she is hardly a perfect fit to tackle Coney Island’s connected families, drug deals on the Boardwalk, feminist strippers, and corrupt politicians. The project stems from Apostle’s first-look deal with CBS TV Studios for network TV. Developing a drama series with »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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