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The Flickering Myth writing team sit down to talk about the fourth trailer for Man of Steel....
After releasing what felt like a million posters (albeit awesome ones), Warner Bros and Legendary Pictures gave us a fourth trailer for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel - this time featuring more of Michael Shannon's General Zod.
So, what did the Flickering Myth writing staff think?
Martin Deer: This trailer compliments the epic third one so well: we've had the hope that is Superman, now we have the very real threat that is Zod. The stage is perfectly set. You can really see the 'First Contact' scenario at play, with Zod's message - which is brilliant; that would be a terrifying moment in real life and I imagine the story will capture that.
To address complaints I've seen: Superman can be pissed off. In fact, it is what has »
If you're wondering what inspired Baz Luhrmann's use of 3D in his theatrical and tricksy Great Gatsby, look no further. Luhrmann saw Dial M For Murder "many years ago" and noted Hitchcock's use of 3D to crank up the human drama of "actors standing in a room doing an eight-page scene". The original 3D game-changer is back on the big screen in July and has a new stereoscopic poster to let everyone know. Note how the tagline isn't "Hitchcock phones it in!" here.It may not be quite as exalted as Vertigo and Psycho, but with its nasty brand of double-dealing and Hitch's sure sense of the macabre, Dial M endures as one of the best of his straight-up thrillers. Like Rope, with its one-room set-up, it's adapted from a stage play - also by its screenwriter Frederick Knott - and it afforded the Master the opportunity to experiment with a new filmmaking format. »
Now that it's a hit, he has every right to take the credit.
Luhrmann and his wife, Catherine Martin, spent three years "living and breathing" F. Scott Fitzgerald's life and works in preparation for this film. "We are total and utter research nuts," Luhrmann told The Huffington Post on Friday. "We could research forever and never make the movie."
Case in point: Luhrmann read that Fitzgerald and his wife, Zelda, had glimpsed the Statue of Liberty one morning from an ocean liner arriving in New York Harbor. "So we went to England and we came on an ocean liner to New York," he said.
Luhrmann's monumental research effort informed every aspect of the film -- and it helps explain why a collection of prominent Fitzgerald scholars and insiders have embraced the adaptation, even as some critics cry, »
- Mike Hogan
Scream Factory is once again making the horror community collectively shriek with joy. Why? Well for starters, they’re releasing a Amityville Horror Trilogy Blu-ray Box Set. Fans had hoped & pleaded for a 3D Blu-ray release of Amityville Horror 3-D since that’s how it was released in theaters back in 1983. And that’s exactly what we’re getting!
News just broke from their official Facebook page that Scream Factory is indeed releasing a Blu-ray 3D version of Amityville Horror 3-D! A 2D copy will also be included for those without 3D players or HDTVs. Although after last year’s 3D Blu-ray’s of Creature From The Black Lagoon, Dial M For Murder, the upcoming House Of Wax release, and now this, I’d say now is the time to invest in that extra dimension.
The Amityville Horror Trilogy Blu-ray Box Set will be released this October, with more details to come. »
- Justin Edwards
For the first time since 2006, the World 3-D Film Expo will return to the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood for its third run. The ten-day festival will screen classics of the 3-D heyday. The lineup includes Hitchock's sole foray into 3-D, "Dial M for Murder" (1954), "House of Wax" (1935) with Vincent Price -- which Oliver Stone at CinemaCon said was the scariest film he first saw in the theater -- and camp classics "Jaws 3D" (1983) and "It Came from Outer Space" (1953), as well as lesser-known titles. The festival, which runs September 6 to 15, has been called "Woodstock for movie geeks" by Leonard Maltin. See the complete lineup here. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Review by Sam Moffitt
After seeing the wonderful new movie Hitchcock in a theater and now seeing it again on Blu-Ray I thought it might be nice to revisit one of the Master of Suspense’s own films, preferably one I had not seen in some time. Family Plot was Sir Alfred’s last film and a pretty good finale to an amazing career that started in the silent era, an apprentice ship at Ufa Studio’s in Germany, watching no less a master film maker than Fritz Lang and ended in the 70’s when all the rules of film making were being broken by a bunch of young mavericks who changed the language of film altogether.
When I was a kid I loved everything about Hitchcock. I read his mystery magazine avidly, often in high school study hall instead of reading from a text book. My Mother would let »
- Movie Geeks
Even as Ang Lee's Life of Pi (2012, Fox, PG) picked up Oscars for direction, cinematography, music and, crucially, visual effects, there was disgruntlement among the VFX effects team that their work on the movie had not been sufficiently recognised. Certainly, the digital wizardry is extraordinary, making the audience believe that they have been cast adrift on an endless ocean with a man-eating tiger, putting us right there in the lifeboat with the story's titular hero. All the more tragic, then, that Rhythm & Hues, which provided so much of the film's computer graphic magic, had filed for bankruptcy just before the Oscars, the latest victim of a downward spiral that had seen VFX artists become the most important but least valued craftspeople in Hollywood.
The irony, of course, is that visual effects are often at their best when unnoticed, and the real triumph of Life of Pi »
- Mark Kermode
On April 18, 2012, Frédéric Boyer announced at the Tribeca Film Festival opening media breakfast for his inaugural year as Artistic Director, that he wanted to have more "World Premières" as he did when he was heading the Directors’ Fortnight program at the Cannes Film Festival. In 2013, he has succeeded triumphantly with the MoMA PS1 collaboration for Michelangelo Frammartino's Alberi and other innovative approaches to cinema, like Paul Verhoeven's latest film Tricked (Steekspel), which was presented in the Tribeca Talks After the Movie series. I asked Verhoeven at the North American premiere about the birth of his Dada Dial M For Murder moment and got an answer that revealed the process of the unprecedented script collaboration. Eric Steel's devastatingly luminescent Kiss The Water also had its world premiere at this year's festival. The documentary about a Scottish fishing fly-maker transforms itself »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
This story first appeared in the May 3 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. "F. Scott Fitzgerald was a fan of new technology," said Baz Luhrmann at CinemaCon on April 16, where footage from his May 10 release was shown. The director utilized the new Red Epic cameras and 3Ality 3D camera rigs to give Gatsby some stereoscopic depth. Photos: Baz Luhrmann: Exclusive Portraits of the 'Great Gatsby' Director Inspired by Alfred Hitchcock's Dial M for Murder -- specifically, the intimate proximity of the actors -- Luhrmann was convinced that, for his story of emotional isolation, 3D would let him place a distance
- Carolyn Giardina
Details have been flying online about the first four episodes of "Pretty Little Liars" Season 4. Let's take a look at what we know so far.
The above photo is the first official picture released, via TV Guide. It shows new character Detective Holbrook, who works for the Pennsylvania State Police. Actor Sean Faris tells TV Guide that Holbrook and partner Linda Tanner are in Rosewood "to investigate some of the mysteries that seem to elude the local police."
Related: Pll Season 4 behind-the-scenes pics
What else do we know? Well, Buckley has also tweeted the below picture of Steve Talley, which means Ella's love interest Zack is back.
Buckley adds on Twitter, "We're doing a scene this morning on #Pll inspired by #DialMForMurder on the very soundstage where #DialMForMurder was shot. »
The resurrection of 3D in 2009 gave us everything we should expect from 3D filmmaking. James Cameron’s Avatar was the stepping stone and epitome of 3D filmmaking. It was the big bang of an era that should’ve died before it could walk.
I am not the only one to publicly express my distaste for 3D. Roger Ebert hates it, as well as Academy Award-winning editor Walter Murch. Murch’s credibility should not be ignored, as he has received Academy Award nominations for Best Film Editing for his work on Julia, Apocalypse Now, Ghost, The Godfather Part III, The English Patient*, and Cold Mountain (* indicates win). Murch has much versatility when it comes to formats for editing. He has used Moviola, Kem flatbed, Avid (used for The English Patient; Avatar was edited with Avid Media Composer), and Final Cut Pro. Warner Bros. wanted Christopher Nolan to film Inception in 3D, »
- Matthew Curry
It has been said countless times before, but you are unlikely to find a director with as impressive a back-catalogue as Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Over thirty years on from the iconic filmmaker’s death in 1980 and he and his features are still the subject of unabashed fascination. Strangers on a Train, Dial M For Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo, North By Northwest, Psycho and The Birds, being but a small selection of the films that are still continuously shown on television and in independent cinemas on a regular basis.
It’s rare to meet a filmmaker who does not cite Alfred Hitchcock as a creative influence. The director’s fusion of classic glamour and cool with unexpected thrills and genre-bending narrative twists, set him far above many of his contemporaries – serving as an inspiration to countless filmmakers, from Steven Spielberg and Brian De Palma to David Fincher and supposedly M. Night Shyamalan »
- Andrew McArthur
My favorite words in the movies come from the dusky, sultry opening minutes of "Rear Window" (1954), as Grace Kelly's New York socialite glides through L.B. Jefferies' (James Stewart) dim apartment, switching on the lights. "From top to bottom," she announces herself. "Lisa." Flick. "Carol." Flick. "Fremont." Flick. Kelly's fluid, graceful steps; the structured elegance of her Edith Head-designed dress (see below); the way the scene conjures up that late-summer swelter: here is Hitchcock turning on the lights of his own most productive decade. Between 1954, which saw the release of "Dial M for Murder" and "Rear Window," and 1964, with the underrated "Marnie," Hitchcock directed eight films, five of which I'd count among his, or any director's, best (the remake of "The Man Who Knew Too Much," "Vertigo," "North by Northwest," "Psycho," and "The Birds"). Hitchcock's blondes (Kelly, Doris Day, Eva Marie Saint, Tippi Hedren) have come in for »
- Matt Brennan
Halle Berry's new thriller "The Call" has a pretty simple premise: a gal is kidnapped but manages to make a 911 call that is answered by Berry's emergency operator. And then, you know, all hell breaks loose.
Sounds pretty harrowing, right? But when it comes to frightening, dangerous and downright creepy phone calls, Hollywood history is filled with examples even more extreme. So in honor of Berry and "The Call," we thought this would be a perfect time to look at the 5 Worst Phone Calls in Movie History.
5. 'When a Stranger Calls' (1979)
You probably don't remember the 2006 remake because, well, why would you? But the 1979 original remains a terrifying classic thanks in large part to the phone call in the opening scene. Babysitter Jill Johnson (Carol Kane) is relaxing after putting the kids to bed when she gets a creepy, threatening phone call. She contacts the police and »
- Scott Harris
by David Harkness, MoreHorror.com
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Oscar® winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are captivating in the classic true life tale about the creation of one of movie’s most praised films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) finds himself captivated by a horrific murder story that the Hollywood simply won't support. »
Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren and Scarlett Johansson star in Hitchcock, the story of how Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho film was made with the help and support of his wife. Hitchcock makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut on March 12, and we have copies of the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack available for a pair of lucky readers to take home.
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Oscarr Winners Anthony Hopkins and Helen Mirren are spellbinding in this provocative story about the making of one of cinema's most iconic films. Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock (Hopkins) becomes obsessed with a »
Kidman as Kelly: A sure thing for the 86th Academy Awards Best Actress roster? Could Nicole Kidman earn a Best Actress Academy Award nomination early next year for playing 1954 Oscar winner Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco? Is it to soon to start with Oscar 2014 predictions? Hardly. After all, bear in mind that The Weinstein Company has already bought the North American rights to the Olivier Dahan-directed Grace of Monaco, which, according to reports, will possibly be released some time around Christmas 2013. Also, let's not forget that Kidman has already received no less than three Academy Award nods in the last decade, winning the golden statuette a decade ago for Stephen Daldry's three-part drama The Hours. (Pictured above: Grace of Monaco's star Nicole Kidman as Hollywood star turned princess Grace Kelly. Please scroll down to check out another cool Kidman as Kelly photo below.) Oh, but wait a »
- Andre Soares
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Every year, the Classic Horror Film Board recognizes the best in the horror/sci-fi/fantasy realm with the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards. Fans of the genre can vote for their favorites in over thirty categories, and this year, Cinelinx would like to ask you to vote for one of our own, staff writer Victor Medina, as Reviewer of the Year (Category 29)! We've even included the ballot below so you can vote!
Votes must be submitted by copying and pasting the ballot into your personal email, making your choices, including your name, and sending it in. Votes for Reviewer of the Year are write-in only, so you must be sure to include Vic's name yourself under Category 29 when you vote. Pre-filled ballots are not allowed, so we can't do it for you! Remember, you must write in "Victor Medina, Cinelinx.com" yourself. »
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"I don't want to dress up a picture with just my face." Just before the Oscar ceremony yesterday, Deadline posted news that The Weinstein Company was "wrapping up a deal to acquire domestic rights to" Grace of Monaco. The film, which we've mentioned once or twice before (with a first look that got removed), stars Nicole Kidman as actress Grace Kelly and her "involvement" with Monaco's Prince Rainier III, played by Tim Roth. To go along with the acquisition news, Bleeding Cool found two official photos from the film, giving us two good looks at Kidman as Kelly. TWC will apparently give the film a solid 800-screen release. Here's one synopsis: "The drama chronicles how Princess Grace made the transition from star of films like Dial M For Murder and Rear Window to her role as princess by playing a major role in helping her husband settle a dispute between »
- Alex Billington
Monaco's royal family may have denounced it as "pure fiction", but the first official picture of Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly suggests the Australian actor looks the part in the forthcoming biopic Grace of Monaco.
Directed by La Vie En Rose's Olivier Dahan, the film reportedly tells the story of Grace's intervention between France and Monaco in 1962, when the two states were in dispute over tax laws in the principality and a coup was a genuine possibility. Kidman, 45, plays Kelly in her early 30s, but the princess's children are more concerned about what they perceive as a "pointlessly glamorised" depiction of their mother. Prince Albert, the current ruling monarch of Monaco, issued a joint statement with Princess Caroline and Princess Stephanie last month denouncing the project as historically inaccurate. "We have »
- Ben Child
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