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Easter eggs. You color them. You decorate them. You display them, and you eventually eat them. And wouldn't ya know it; they're also hidden in some of our favorite horror films!
In the world of entertainment, 'Easter egg' is a term given to any hidden message or piece of imagery thrown into a movie, which is usually seen in the background of a frame for a split second. If you blink, you miss it. But if you've got a keen eye, and you're paying close attention, you're rewarded with a fun little treat that's sure to make you smile.
This Sunday being Easter and all, it seems only right that we take a look back on some fun Easter eggs that we've found in horror movies over the years. So let's do a little hunting, shall we?!
One of the more well-known horror movie Easter eggs can be found in Predator 2, »
- John Squires
Fans of cinematic legend Alfred Hitchcock are probably familiar with the director's dedication to precise and detailed storyboards for nearly all of the key scenes from his classic works, from horror classics Psycho and The Birds to groundbreaking thrillers like Vertigo, Spellbound and Shadow of a Doubt. Filmmaker Iq, a site dedicated to online courses, studies and essays on classic cinema, has posted an eye-popping collection of storyboards from thirteen of Hitch's landmark productions. Although he had developed an extensive background as a draftsman and commercial artist before he ever stepped behind a camera, Hitchcock chose to hire dedicated illustrators to storyboard his films – including famous title designer Saul Bass, who not only created the iconic Psycho title sequence, but also drafted the boards for the film's infamous shower murder. Filmmaker Iq not only presents large-format scans of storyboards from these and many more immortal titles, but also offers a »
- Gregory Burkart
As far as artists go, Jeff Asper is a pretty unique one. So unique, in fact, that he was kicked out of traditional art classes in school, for putting too much of his own spin on the assignments he was given. Though that kind of creativity didn't fly in school, it's certainly working for Jeff nowadays, and his true artistic passion lies in turning found objects, a.k.a. 'junk,' into truly one-of-a-kind pieces of art.
One of Jeff's most impressive creations is no doubt his tribute to Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds, which was welded together out of found objects. Though a beautiful piece on its own, which includes a handful of birds, a human skull and a spider web, the sculpture really comes to life when Jeff puts it in the proper position and shines a line towards it, revealing the truly masterful thing about this incredible work of art. »
- John Squires
Every week Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. If you're a Star Trek: Tng fan, these are some of the best prices yet on the remastered seasons on Blu-ray. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $31.49 (59% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $105.49 (65% off). Includes 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, Paul Newman, Janet Leigh, Anthony Perkins, Tippi Hedren, Sean Connery and Kim Novak. Each film has been digitally restored. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Five Thirty Eight parses Shakespeare and finds that Romeo & Juliet have a relationship that's not totally based on getting to know one another. Duh!
The Wire reviews Doll & Em, a new miniseries starring Emily Mortimer
Salon on the eve of the release of Divergent, a reminder that not every Ya best-seller aiming for Hunger Games phenom status succeeds: Beautiful Creatures, City of Ember, The Host and more...
Vulture 294 "issues" Glee has addressed in its first 99 episodes
Variety they went really young casting Peter Pan for that self proclaimed "international" and "diverse" Pan film which keeps casting white people in »
- NATHANIEL R
One of the most beloved art/horror fests on the West Coast is Monsterpalooza, which celebrates the "Art of Monsters." The fest will hit Burbank once again on March 28-30. Save the date!
As usual, Monsterpalooza will feature award-winning F/X artists, special presentations, a walk-thru monster museum, and monster-related artwork on display and for sale. The list of celebrity guests is large and impressive. Take a look at whom you can expect to see at this year’s Monsterpalooza.
Special Celebrity Guests From The Genre And Beyond!
Nancy Allen – Blow Out, »
- Scott Hallam
Every Sunday Amazon rotates a number of their DVD/Blu-ray deals and I’ve grabbed the highlights and linked them below. Some of these deals won’t last, so if you see something you like don’t wait too long. Also, if you're a Star Trek: Tng fan, these are some of the best prices yet on the fantastic remastered seasons on Blu-ray. Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 1 [Blu-ray] - $31.49 (59% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 2 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 3 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Season 4 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 [Blu-ray] - $45.99 (65% off) Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection (Limited Edition) [Blu-ray] - $105.49 (65% off). Includes 15 iconic films from the acclaimed director’s illustrious career including Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and many more. Starring Hollywood favorites such as James Stewart, Cary Grant, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Variety is reporting that Diederick Van Rooijen has been hired to direct a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's classic thriller, The Birds, to be produced by Michael Bay's Platinum Dunes and Peter Guber's Mandalay Pictures for Universal.Van Rooijen is probably best known for his Dutch thriller Taped, which played at Fantastic Fest in 2012, and follows a young Dutch couple holidaying in Argentina, who go on the run from the local authorities after witnessing a cop commit murder.Platinum Dunes has been responsible for a number of remakes in the past few years, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and A Nightmare on Elm Street, and are now winding the clock back even further with this remake of Hitchcock's 1963 classic. No doubt Tippi Hedren and Rod Taylor's...
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Alfred Hitchcock's film The Birds told the story of a rustic seaside town that finds itself menaced by hellish flocks of seagulls and crows. Now the 1963 classic looks set to suffer its own form of molestation courtesy of a Hollywood remake by Transformers director Michael Bay.
Loosely adapted from a 1952 short story by Daphne du Maurier, The Birds cast Tippi Hedren in the role of Melanie Daniels, a San Francisco socialite who comes horribly unstuck on a visit to northern California. Reports suggest that Bay's version will return to tale to its original English setting, while Naomi Watts is rumoured to be considering the Hedren role.
Variety reports that the film will be directed by the Dutch film-maker Diederik Van Rooijen, »
- Xan Brooks
News Simon Brew 13 Mar 2014 - 12:10
This one's direct in from our 'you can't make this shit up department'. It was marked urgent, but it's still taken us a week or two to get around to writing it up. We hope you understand.
So: you know the Alfred Hitchcock masterpiece The Birds? The 1963 thriller with Tippi Hedren in the lead role? Well, firstly there's a remake coming (which has been chatted about for a while). Secondly, Michael Bay is producing the remake.
We'll give you a minute.
The names Michael Bay and Alfred Hitchcock should never be uttered in the same breath unless they are the answer to the question "do you know which directors are the polar opposite of one another?", but today we have some news regarding the Bay produced remake of the classic The Birds. Having been in development for quite a while, Bay's Platinum Dunes and Universal have now found a director to helm the update to the avian horror movie. Variety reports that Danish director Diederik »
- Alex Maidy
Michael Bay and his Platinum Dunes production company are at it again – prepping to remake another classic film that’s sure to have cinephiles howling in outrage. Bay, who’s earned the Internet’s ire for his company’s reboot of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise, apparently really loves remakes and making people dislike him. Platinum Dunes has been a big player in the horror-remake business (where it has tackled Tobe Hooper’s seminal The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Friday the 13th), and its latest stays true to its genre roots. The company is hard at work creating a new version of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds, and now it has hired a director. Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Roojien has been...
- Mike Bracken
It’s been so long since we’d heard anything concrete about Platinum Dunes' plans to remake Alfred Hitchcock’s classic beaky chiller The Birds that we started to wonder whether it had contracted Avian Flu, kicked the development bucket, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible. But it would appear that re-imagined parrot is alive and squawking, as Variety reports that Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will handle the megaphone.Well, we say, “will”. We’ve been here before on the Birds front, with Martin Campbell previously attached to call the shots and Naomi Watts linked with the lead role in the past. Neither is still involved.Universal and the Platinum Dunes team are, somewhat sensibly, making it clear that this redo will owe more to Daphne du Maurier’s short story than Hitchcock’s film, though the plot is still largely a secret, with Jonathan Herman »
Producer Michael Bay, his Platinum Dunes production company and Universal will remake director Alfred Hitchcock's 1963 'unexplained bird attacks' suspense/horror feature "The Birds", adapting author Daphne du Maurier's 1952 novelette, to be directed by Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen ("Penoza"):
"...'Melanie Daniels', a modern rich socialite is part of a jet-set who always gets what she wants. When lawyer 'Mitch Brenner' sees her in a pet shop, he plays something of a practical joke on her, and she decides to return the favor. She drives about an hour north of San Francisco to Bodega Bay, where Mitch spends the weekends with his mother 'Lydia' and younger sister 'Cathy'.
"Soon after her arrival, however, the birds in the area begin to act strangely. A seagull attacks Melanie as she is crossing the bay in a small boat, and then, Lydia finds her neighbor dead, obviously the victim of a bird attack. »
- Michael Stevens
Universal Pictures has been working on a remake of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds" for many years with George Clooney and Naomi Watts attached to star. The project kept falling apart, because the studio felt that it couldn't get the script right. Now comes word that Dutch director Diederik van Rooijen, who's best known for his Dutch TV series "Penoza" that has been remade for Us audiences as "Red Widow," was hired to helm the remake. The original 1963 film, starring Tippi Hedren, featured hordes of sinister birds. The movie spawned a horror sub-genre called "nature on the attack." »
It's been a long time since we've heard anything about Universal Pictures, Mandalay Pictures and Platinum Dunes' remake of the 1963 Alfred Hitchcock classic The Birds, but if you were hoping that Michael Bay's production company had forgotten about its plans, then I'm afraid you're out of luck.
Variety is reporting that Dutch filmmaker Diederik Van Rooijen (Taped, Daylight) has signed on to direct the film, which Bay is producing alongside Andrew Form, Brad Fuller, Peter Guber and David Zelon. The project has previously passed through the hands of Martin Campbell (Casino Royale, Green Lantern) and Dennis Iliadis (Hardcore, The Last House on the Left), while Naomi Watts was attached to the Tippi Hedren role back when it was first announced in 2007.
- Gary Collinson
A high octane thrill ride of a remake like Gareth Edwards. upcoming Godzilla can temporarily make one forget that there are hundreds of haphazard money grab remakes hovering just on the horizon. One of the most glaring of these potential crapfests is the updated version of Alfred Hitchcock.s The Birds coming from Mandalay Pictures and Michael Bay.s Platinum Dunes. There have been directors of varying quality attached to this unneeded project in the past, but the latest to sign on could be the most inspired choice yet, as Dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will fly with The Birds as his English-language studio debut. Even after reading it and typing it, my brain is still having trouble mulling it over. Van Rooijen is quite an accomplished director in his own country, though American audiences may know him from the solid 2012 thriller Taped (which has an English remake coming) or »
The new film is expected to be a much closer adaptation of the short story by Daphne Du Maurier, to which Universal owns the rights and which inspired Hitchcock's famous 1963 movie.
Tippi Hedren starred in the Hitchcock film about an increasingly vicious birds that terrorize a small town.
Numerous writers have worked on the remake over the past decade, so it's unknown what form the project will take at this time.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Over the past few weeks, we’ve seen a lot of remakes and reboots dominating the box office. From Robocop to About Last Night and a few dozen in between, Hollywood’s going back through its greatest hits to slap a fresh coat of paint on old favorites. Not that this is any kind of new occurrence, but the frequency in which these films are getting remade seems to be just a bit more amplified lately. Added to the pile is Alfred Hitchcock‘s seminal classic The Birds, a long-gestating project that is finally getting off the ground after years in limbo. The Birds is the 1963 thriller starring Tippi Hendren as a woman on the run from hordes of terrifying and evil avian attackers, hellbent on taking down any humans in their path. Anyone even a little familiar with Hitchcock or cinema knows the iconic image of Hendren cowering in a phone booth as sinister birds crash »
- Samantha Wilson
Michael Bay’s upcoming remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1963 classic The Birds continues to head closer for reality, with the announcement that dutch director Diederik Van Rooijen will helm the new version, which is produced by Bay under his Platinum Dunes banner.
Not many plot details have been revealed for this new incarnation of the classic horror, which was published in 1952 by Daphne du Maurier. The original story followed a grizzled war veteran living on the Cornish seaside town who begins to notice flocks of Birds exhibiting strange and menacing behaviour. It’s much more likely though that Bay’s remake will instead adapt Hitchcock’s film, which moved the setting to California and changed a large number of plot details and characters.
Another pointless Michael Bay remake? »
- Matt Dennis
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