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Like a lot of Mad Men episodes, “The Crash” needs to be seen twice — not to unlock any subtleties of structure or tone, but to get over the idea that it’s really “about” much of anything. I guess you could make the case that it captures that post-mlk-rfk feeling that the entire world was losing its mind, or felt as if it was. Nearly early every moment feels knowingly off-kilter. A couple of the guest characters (the I Ching–obsessed, token-tossing hippie chick who ends up screwing Stan, and the African-American burglar posing as Don Draper’s mammy) feel like nightmare figures: manifestations of a rattled and deeply threatened collective Wasp id. There are moments when the episode threatens to turn into another “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Office,” “Mystery Date,” or “Dark Shadows,” to name three Mad Men in which the terrors of sixties history intruded on the »
- Matt Zoller Seitz
At long last, for the first time this year the box office top ten marked a bump up from last year, thanks to three big performers taking in most of the gross. The top 10 this weekend came to about $158 million. Last year, which saw two disappointing openings ("Battleship" and "The Dictator" followed weak "Dark Shadows"), came to $134 million. "Star Trek Into Darkness" leads the way--while nonetheless failing to meet high expectations--and "Iron Man 3" and "The Great Gatsby" continue to draw audiences. This is an important achievement after a weak 2013 so far. Next week brings three major new films: Warner Bros.' "The Hangover Part III," Fox's animated "Epic" and Universal's "Fast and Furious 6," which opened to large numbers in the U.K. this weekend. Six strong films in the market brings heavy competition, but Memorial Day weekend should see a major boost in totals and continue the strong May so far. »
- Tom Brueggemann
Their creations are towering achievements in genre entertainment, and on June 26 the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and Horror Films will recognize the continually influential work of Richard Matheson, William Friedkin, and Vince Gilligan at the Saturn Awards.
From the Press Release
This year’s Saturn Awards ceremony will be hosted by actress Virginia Madsen, who won a Saturn Award as Best Actress for her performance in 1992’s Candyman and received an Oscar® nomination for Actress in a Supporting Role for 2004’s Sideways. Matheson, Friedkin, and Gilligan are all expected to attend the Saturn Awards ceremony at the Castaway Starlight Ballroom in Burbank, California.
“The recipients of this year’s special Saturn Awards have influenced generations of fans – not to mention other creative minds – and their accomplishments truly rank among the great contributions to science fiction, fantasy, and horror,” said Academy President Robert Holguin. “They have provoked our thoughts, invaded our dreams, »
- Uncle Creepy
When the Next Generation cycle of Star Trek movies sputtered to an end in 2003, Nemesis closed out its run with a mediocre £4.8m in the UK, down from previous episode Insurrection's £7.7m. Paramount and Jj Abrams craftily reinvented the brand with the 2009 reboot, debuting with a tasty £5.95m (including £872,000 in previews), on its way to a total of £21.4m. Now comes the sequel, Into Darkness. Given the expanded fanbase established by the 2009 film, and the addition of Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch as the Star Fleet's formidable new foe, it's no big surprise to see numbers rise. Even so, Paramount will be more than happy with the achieved result: £8.43m including previews of £1.57m. That's a 42% rise on the debut last time around. Sequels do usually »
- Charles Gant
[Warning: Do not read if you haven't seen tonight's Once Upon a Time finale yet. Do we have a deal?]
In just a few hours, I’ll be posting my full recap of Once’s second season finale, as well as my lengthy postmortem interview with series creators-slash-showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz. [Update: Interview is here; recap is here.] But in the meantime, let’s discuss that closing doozy of a reveal: Onceland’s version of Peter Pan is a sinister child-napper who rules over Neverland with an iron fist and doubles as the guy who’s secretly been ordering second-level baddies Greg/Owen (a.k.a. Growen) and Tamara around all season. Oh, and apparently, he’s also tangled with Rumpelstiltskin before.
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- Hillary Busis
Of all the characters introduced or highlighted for the first time during Once Upon a Time’s second season — including Captain Hook, Mulan, Princess Aurora, Lancelot, and even Dr. Victor Frankenstein — none is as pivotal to the show’s master plot as Neal Cassady, a.k.a. Rumpelstiltskin’s prodigal son Baelfire. Rumpel engineered the dark curse that created the town of Storybrooke purely so that he could find his long-lost child, meaning that Once itself wouldn’t exist if not for Bae. He spent a significant amount of time in Never Land, giving Once’s writers an opportunity to »
- Hillary Busis
Saturday Am Update: The Great Gatsby opened to an excellent $19.4 million on Friday, which puts the movie on pace for at least $50 million for the weekend. Iron Man 3 still took first place, though, with $19.8 million, which is off a rough 71 percent from last Friday. In comparison, The Avengers only fell 64 percent at the same point. Finally, Tyler Perry Presents Peeples bombed with $1.19 million, and is on pace for just over $3 million for the weekend.Friday Am Update: The Great Gatsby earned a very strong estimated $3.25 million from late Thursday shows last night. That's significantly higher than Dark Shadows's $550,000 midnight debut last year, and up a bit on Sex and the City 2 ($3 million) in 2010. That's skewed, of course, by the fact that Gatsby played at 10 p.m. whereas Shadows and Sex played at midnight. Still, an opening weekend north of $40 million now appears to be a guarantee.Forecast: »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
It's official! Disney has issued a press release naming Richard Madden as the Prince in their upcoming live-action re-imagining of Cinderella. The Scottish actor, who is best known for playing Robb Stark (King of the North!) on Game of Thrones, will be joining a cast that includes Downton Abbey's Lily James as the titular princess, and the ever-elegant Cate Blanchett as the evil stepmother, Lady Tremaine. Madden was first mentioned as a contender for the part of Prince Charming back when James was facing callbacks, along with other potential Cinderellas, Bella Heathcoate (Dark Shadows), and Margot Robbie (Pan Am). With its leads finally secured, Cinderella is closer than ever before to stepping into production. It's been a rocky road to get this far. You might remember that last winter the project was considering three different ingénues (Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander, and Gabriella Wilde), back when Mark Romanek was lined »
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Once Upon a Time recap: Dark Shadows
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- EW staff
Iron Man 3's $68.3 million opening day ranked as the eighth best all-time, and now the film has landed the second best three-day opening of all-time with $175.3 million, second only to The Avengers. In fact, to look at the top ten all-time opening weekends, it's quite obvious certain franchises dominate this list with three Marvel features, two of Christopher Nolan's Batman films, three Twilight pics, one lone Harry Potter film and I think it's safe to say once The Hunger Games: Catching Fire arrives later this year it too will have two films on the list. The Avengers - $207,438,708 Iron Man 3 - $175,300,000 Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 - $169,189,427 The Dark Knight Rises - $160,887,295 The Dark Knight - $158,411,483 The Hunger Games - $152,535,747 Spider-Man 3 - $151,116,516 The Twilight Saga: New Moon - $142,839,137 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 - $141,067,634 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 »
- Brad Brevet
Hemlock Grove is Eli Roth’s first foray into episodic television, and Netflix’s second original series. After the fabulous House of Cards, I am sad to say Hemlock Grove is a truly forgettable experience.
Best described as Twin Peaks meets Dark Shadows, Hemlock Grove is a near-plotless story of the monsters - literal and figurative - in a small, strange town. Like Twin Peaks, Hemlock starts with the murder of a high school coed, but the focus quickly turns to the dark (and large) cast of characters. There is Olivia Godfrey (Famke Janssen, the biggest star in this cast), something of the town matriarch: wealthy, manipulative, and widowed. Her children are Roman, a spoiled 17-year-old with an enormous chip on his shoulder who may or may not know he is a vampire; and Shelley, a 15-year-old-ish mute giant with a deformed face held together with some kind of super-secret biotech. »
- Alyse Wax
The International Association of Media Tie-In Writers has announced their Scribe Award nominees for 2013.
Acknowledging excellence in this very specific skill, Iamtw’s Scribe Awards deal exclusively with licensed works that tie in with other media such as television, movies, gaming, or comic books. They include original works set in established universes, and adaptations of stories that have appeared in other formats and cross all genres. Tie-in works run the gamut from westerns to mysteries to procedurals, from science fiction to fantasy to horror, from action and adventure to superheroes. Gunsmoke, Murder She Wrote, CSI, Star Trek, Star Wars, Shadowrun, Resident Evil, James Bond, Iron Man, these represent just a few.
The Scribe Awards are being presented in July at ComicCon International.
- Robert Greenberger
If hearing Dan Aykroyd and Tom Hanks rap doesn’t blow your mind, seeing them do so as part of an elaborate song & dance music video for their 1987 spoof Dragnet might be enough to make it explode Scanners-style. This actually happened, folks.
Just in case any of you out there thought Hollywood’s penchant for taking famous yet dated television shows and bringing them back to the big screen as dopey comedies was a recent trend, here’s a reminder that they were already doing this all the way back in 1987. Long before the likes of 21 Jump Street, Starsky & Hutch, Dukes of Hazzard, Dark Shadows, and other such recent comical big screen interpretations of small screen shows, there was Dragnet - an Eighties comedic version of television’s pioneering police drama from the Fifties.
Dan Aykroyd's satirical take on “by the book” police detective Joe Friday perfectly nailed the »
So, you know how Disney has had great success in doing live-action retellings of iconic stories (Alice In Wonderland, Oz The Great And Powerful)? You know how no one seemed to like those two films, yet they made massive amounts of money worldwide? Well, they will carry on the tradition. Disney plans to begin filming a live-action version of Cinderella with director Kenneth Branagh at the helm. And now we have a shortlist of actresses being considered for the title role.
While rumors have circulated about both Emma Watson and Amanda Seyfried taking on the part of the dust-laden princess, the current shortlist is a bit less well-known: Bella Heathcoat, Lily James and Margot Robbie are all being considered.
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
A teasing teaser teaser has been teased by the teasing team over at Entertainment Tonight for Kimberly Peirce's new 'Carrie' remake. Et previewed the little sneak peek at the trailer which will arrive later today in it's full length courtesy of Sony. Piggybacking off the excitement building for the soon to open 'Evil Dead', also from Sony, the studio must be hoping to soak up some of that willing horror love out there for it's readaptation of Stephen King's classic story. The talented Chloe Moretz ('Dark Shadows') hops into Carrie's shoes dealing with all the tormented youngsters angst and twisted high school experiences whilst Julianne Moore ('Hannibal') plays Mrs White. The flick won't arrive until this October but you can peek at the trailer tease below and hopefully later on we'll have the full version for you to check out. Portia Doubleday ('Youth in Revolt »
Exclusive: After getting a no from Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson for Cinderella, Disney and director Kenneth Branagh are testing three young actresses this week in London. One of them will likely walk away with the title role. I’m hearing that Wme-repped Bella Heathcoate, UTA-repped Lily James and CAA-repped Margot Robbie are testing. Heathcoate most recently was seen in Dark Shadows and Not Fade Away, while James was in Downton Abbey and Wrath Of The Titans and Robbie was in Pan Am and The Wolf Of Wall Street. Cinderella has Cate Blanchett attached. Once Branagh lands Cinderella he’ll move on to the handsome prince. That list is just being compiled, but I’m told that Wme-repped Richard Madden is on it. He plays aspiring king Robb Stark in HBO’s Game Of Thrones. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Directed and written by: Matt Jesperson, Maclain Nelson
As SXSW 2013 was coming to a close, I received an email inviting me to a last-minute sneak peek at the new horror comedy film Vamp U. The only name I recognized on the cast list was Gary Cole, but I decided to give it a shot.
Vamp U follows a handsome, likeable history professor named Wayne Gretzky (Adam Johnson) who, in addition to looking good in scarves, is a centuries-old vampire. His enthusiastic student Tom (Matt Mattson) serves as the exposition fairy to tell us in the prologue that 300 years ago, Wayne fell in love with a beautiful human girl named Mary (Julie Gonzalo) but accidentally killed her in a passionate embrace. After that night, he realized that his fangs would no longer grow, forcing him to feed on »
- Amanda Rebholz
Charlie's Angels. Starsky and Hutch. Dukes of Hazzard. Bewitched. Land of the Lost. Dark Shadows. The ongoing Hollywood trend of adapting TV shows from the 1970s into movies continues, as Deadline reports that mega-producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, No Country for Old Men) is now set to produce a film adaptation of Good Times, the CBS sitcom that ran from 1974-1979. Wreck-It Ralph and Cedar Rapids writer Phil Johnston will write the screenplay, and Rudin will produce for Sony Pictures alongside Eli Bush, his co-producer on Fincher's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. However, o director has been set. A spin-off of the series "Maude," "Good Times" was set in a Chicago housing project and followed James and Florida Evans, a working class African American couple trying to raise their three children during tough economic times. Like the show, the movie will be set in the 1960s, although »
- Ben Pearson
Saturday night, my friend April and I tried Thai Passion downtown for dinner (I had it in mind after Bryan Poyser's interview) after catching the screening of Prince Avalanche that afternoon at the Paramount.
It wasn't that busy when we arrived, but a large group came in a little while later and sat near us. We tried figuring out which movie they were related to, and April pointed out that one guy at the table was wearing a John Waters shirt. We assumed they were celebrating before the premiere of I Am Divine later that night.
As we were leaving, I asked the group at the table which movie they were with, and indeed, our assumption was correct. When director Jeffrey Schwarz saw my name, he mentioned Dark Shadows (very few people bring that TV show up when they meet me). The folks at the table encouraged us to attend the premiere that night, »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
But who really killed J.R.? That’s for Bobby to know, and for us to find out — eventually.
“I know it’s hard to accept, but J.R. Ewing is dead.” Those chilling words — spoken by some rando Mexican policewoman — set the stage for a truly depressing episode of Dallas, as the associates of Southfork, and the viewers who have been following J.R. (Larry Hagman) for more than 30 years, laid the TV icon to rest.
Even the opening title sequence was altered into a tribute to the late-great villain, with a down-tempo theme song and various glamour shots of J.R. His funeral also brought some of Southfork’s finest back to the ranch — including J.R.’s multiple ex-wives — to reminisce about the horrific good times.
J.R.’s Memorial Ends In A Fistfight
- Andy Swift
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