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No two horror fans are alike, and our differing tastes is a large part of why horror remains such a successful genre. Fear is universal, but what exactly inspires that fear varies from person to person. Over on Halloween Love, journalist John Squires tagged me in a “10 Random Horror Questions” survey that’s been circulating on YouTube. Getting to know a writer can help you determine who’s opinion you most align with when looking for film recommendations. I challenge the rest of the Icons crew to do the same.
1. What was the first horror movie you remember watching?
My mother has always loved horror movies. My dad was the type of person that loved to scare other people, but hated being scared. This meant that my mom would often watch horror alone, until they had me. Thinking that I would just be too young to remember, my mom would »
- BJ Colangelo
Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper. Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »
- Andre Soares
Fox is assembling a remarkably high-profile cast for its upcoming Ryan Murphy anthology series Scream Queens. In addition to previously-cast series leads Emma Roberts and Jamie Lee Curtis, the comedy-horror series will star Lea Michele (Fox’s Glee), Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Zombieland), Keke Palmer (Akeelah and the Bee) and Joe Manganiello (HBO’s True Blood). Meanwhile, Victorious co-star and breakout chanteuse Ariana Grande has landed a recurring role.
Whether all those actors will be singing as well as acting is unclear, but it’s a sure thing that Michele, Palmer and Grande will belt out at least a few numbers. Breslin is a likely candidate for a singing role, too, seeing as she showcased her vocal abilities in the little-seen drama Janie Jones back in 2010 and has also been an occasional member of dream-pop band Stargroves.
The stacked cast is less surprising when you consider the show’s pedigree. »
- Isaac Feldberg
This March, cinephiles of all persuasions will congregate in Austin, Texas for 2015’s South by Southwest Film Festival. Each year, the beloved event proves worth the trek, with plenty of terrific dramas, comedies and genre pics on display (last year’s festival screenings included such great flicks as Neighbors, Chef, Open Windows, Stage Fright and The Guest). And today brings exciting news regarding next year’s festival, now that some of the films that will be making their world or U.S. premieres at SXSW 2015 have been announced.
Among the premieres are Dredd director Alex Garland’s anticipated sci-fi thought piece Ex Machina, Michael Showalter’s latest romance Hello, My Name is Doris and The Invitation, a horror-thriller from the director of Jennifer’s Body. With many more titles to be announced in the coming weeks, this is already shaping up to be a terrific year for SXSW.
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- Isaac Feldberg
4 items from 2015
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