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Cinema’s Hidden Pearls – Part I
By Alex Simon
One of nature’s rarest items, a pearl is produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. Truly flawless pearls are infrequently produced in nature, and as a result, the pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following.
Here are a few of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film:
1. Night Moves (1975)
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Ready to get "Nervous in the Service"? The folks at Double Take are bringing us deeper into the living dead world George A. Romero first created in the late 1960s with their Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book universe, comprising ten separate series set at the beginning of the zombie apocalypse. Though it doesn't hit shelves until September, we exclusively have a free digital preview of Z-Men #1 for Daily Dead readers to enjoy for a 12-hour period beginning right now.
Below is a digital version of Z-Men #1, which was specially designed and laid out for working on digital devices. For those looking for a more traditional comic layout, the print version will be available on September 16th.
Double Take's ambitious Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book universe is currently being Kickstarted:
"On September 16, 2015, Double Take (2T) will release all 10 1st issues of its 1st 10 series of »
- Derek Anderson
Now available on VOD and in select theaters is Joe Dante's (Gremlins, The 'Burbs) zombie comedy Burying the Ex. From a script by Alan Trezza, the film stars Anton Yelchin as Max, a nice guy eager to break up with his overbearing girlfriend Evelyn (Ashley Greene) when fate intervenes and she gets hit by a bus. Weeks later he meets his dream girl Olivia (Alexandra Daddario, who is making a career out of playing dream girls), but everything goes to hell when Evelyn rises from the grave convinced she and Max are still an item. After visiting the set last year (you can check out my on-set interviews with Greene here and Yelchin here), I recently had an opportunity to speak with Trezza about the film. He talked about going from a self-produced short film to landing Joe Dante as the director, what makes Dante so special, finding the right leads, »
- Haleigh Foutch
Set in the late 1960s landscape of George A. Romero's Night of the Living Dead, Double Take's Z-Men #1 gives readers a look at humans who are "Nervous in the Service" once the dead begin to rise. The first issue in one of ten new series in Double Take's Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic book universe, Z-Men #1 will be available to read exclusively in its entirety for 12 hours on Daily Dead this Wednesday.
Z-Men #1 won't hit comic shop shelves until September, so the free upcoming preview will allow readers to explore Double Take's further exploration of Romero's living dead world in advance. We'll be giving a look at the digital version, which was specially designed and laid out for working on digital devices. For those looking for a more traditional comic layout, the print version will be available on September 16th.
Double Take's ambitious Ultimate Night of the Living Dead »
- Derek Anderson
Us actor Richard Gere is to receive the highest honour of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival (Kviff) during its 50th anniversary edition, which runs July 3-11.
Gere, star of American Gigalo, Pretty Woman and Chicago, will receive the Crystal Globe for Outstanding Contribution to World Cinema at the festival in the Czech spa town.
This year’s Kviff will open with Time Out Of Mind, starring Gere who will present the film alongside director Oren Moverman and co-star Jena Malone. The psychological drama follows a man seeking a way to reach his estranged daughter.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
London — The Karlovy Vary Film Festival, which is Central and Eastern Europe’s leading film event, is to honor Richard Gere. The actor will receive the festival’s highest award, the Crystal Globe for outstanding contribution to world cinema.
The festival, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, will open with Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind,” in which Gere plays a homeless person in today’s New York, whose only hope in an otherwise desperate existence is to try to find reconciliation with his long estranged daughter. Gere will be joined on the red carpet by Moverman and actress Jena Malone, who plays Johanna Mason in the “Hunger Games” franchise.
Among Gere’s standout movies cited by the festival include his breakthrough performances in Paul Schrader’s “American Gigolo” and Taylor Hackford’s “An Officer and a Gentleman,” which brought him his first nomination for a Golden Globe »
- Leo Barraclough
I’m a Joe Dante fan. That is something I cannot hide. His early work made him a horror icon, and Gremlins stands as one of my favorite movies of all time. These are facts, and if I ever get to meet Joe Dante, I’d like nothing more than to buy him a drink and hear him reminisce about the good old days. You know, the exciting, creative times that yielded scene after scene of infectious horror fun.
Basically, any time before Burying The Ex happened.
It’s not that Dante created a soulless romcom disguised as a cheeky horror comedy. It’s more that any voiceless filmmaker could have made Burying The Ex. No scene glistens with Dante’s typically demented polish, and everyone involved seems to be phoning it in. There’s not a single genuine moment of chemistry to be found between the three members of this undead love triangle, »
- Matt Donato
Ex to Grind: Dante’s ZomCom Never Finds Its Pulse
Zombies are difficult subject matters for the screen. A staple of a popular subgenre, original narrative inspiration is rare in a field of low yield thrills from contemporary films unable to match the iconic masters, like early George Romero. Of course, every now and then, something innovative and exciting comes along, such as Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later (2002), and it’s surprisingly energetic sequel. But increasingly, like all glorious horror tropes, comedy has taken the place of tension. Sometimes, in the right hands, this can also be inviting. So it’s disappointing to see a director like Joe Dante, the man who balanced these elements deftly in classics likes Piranha (1981), Gremlins (1984), and The ‘Burbs (1989) turn up with his latest, Burying the Ex. With its overtly fresh faced young cast and first time script from Alan Trezza (adapted from his own »
- Nicholas Bell
Just now seeing this, but it seems a couple of interesting tidbits came out of George A. Romero's Wizard World St. Louis Q&A last week: 1. Nobody will make his Stephen King movie adaptations "...we haven't been able to sell 'The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon' to anybody. I have been working on that, and recently wrote another draft of that, but nobody wants to do that. We can't get anyone interested. That and 'Gerald's Game.' Those are the two I was interested in, but we can't get anyone." King and Romero famously collaborated on a number of films and TV shows back in the '80s and early '90s, including the 1983 anthology classic "Creepshow" and its 1987 sequel, the "Tales from the Darkside" TV series and film and the 1993 big-screen adaptation of King's "The Dark Half," which Romero wrote and directed. Romero adapted King's 1999 novel "The Girl »
- Chris Eggertsen
The constant big-budget movie releases with their A-list stars, state of the art technology, and expensive advertising campaigns can make it easy to forget that most of the movie industry just doesn’t have that kind of money. Most filmmakers are working with limited resources, yet producing films that are in many cases better than those big money movies. Other filmmakers work with even less, producing films that, in the end, are often relegated to the more obscure cable channels and the bargain bin at Amazon. B-movies have been called Hollywood’s stepchild, but what they really are is its life blood.
Only a few of these films make money, but they have a greater value than simply being good for business: they are good for filmmaking. With little money, no stars, scripts that are disjointed, and often featuring poor production values, the B-movie is the primordial ooze from which new talent and ideas crawl. »
- Gregory Small
This May brings a remake of early 80s all-timer, Poltergeist, the latest in a long (long) line of cinematic reboots, retreads and more. By now, the ubiquity of reimaginings has rendered their existence less of a transgression than ever, with Poltergeist barely getting anyone up in arms. At the same time, the concept of remakes is…
The post The Remake: On Night of the Living Dead (1990) appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Fans of director George A. Romero’s zombie movies may have thought the franchise was truly dead and buried. Well in a surprise development it seems the Master of Horror is about to take the likes of The Walking Dead to task, as Demarest Films announce Empire Of The Dead.
Adapted for TV from the Marvel comic book, the scenario throws an extra monster-shaped treat into the mix, via the introduction of vampires. With humanity sealed inside a post-zompocalypse New York, it was only a matter of time before the rotters (quite literally!) got in, and once the bloodsuckers get wind their food supply is under threat… all hell breaks loose!
Romero’s cinematic saga of the undead notoriously commenced with Night Of The Living Dead in 1968. It’s spawned seven films to date, the most recent of which was the poorly-received, Irish-infused Survival Of The Dead in 2009. He’ll »
- Steve Palace
"...'Empire Of The Dead' is set in the world years after the 'undead plague' originally erupted and finds humanity dealing with it in different ways.
"Manhattan has long been quarantined as a zombie zone.
"But there is another threat stalking the streets – 'vampires'..."
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- Michael Stevens
It looks like another zombie series is heading to the small screen, and this time it’s from the mind of George A. Romero, granddaddy of the genre.
Demarest Films has snapped up the rights to Romero’s Empire of the Dead, a Marvel Comics series which serves as a loose continuation of his Night of the Living Dead feature film series – with added vampires! Here’s the official synopsis for the first issue, which was released back at the start of last year:
Welcome to New York City years after the undead plague has erupted—but just because Manhattan has been quarantined, don’t think that everyone inside is safe! Not only do flesh-eaters roam within Manhattan, but there’s another ancient predator about to take a bite out of the Big Apple!
Romery is set to write the new series with Peter Grunwald, who served as producer on »
- Gary Collinson
George A. Romero’s Empire of the Dead, a Marvel-published comic series which takes the contemporary zombie—that which Romero effectively created in 1968’s Night of the Living Dead—and pits it against vampires is being developed as a television project. Variety reports Demarest, which recently produced Kevin Smith’s man-made-walrus horror, Tusk is backing Empire of the Dead.…
The post George Romero’s Empire of the Dead Comic Heads to TV appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Following its work on A Most Wanted Man and Tusk with Kevin Smith, Demarest is set to make the move into the über-competitive market of television drama, dragging George A. Romero’s acclaimed graphic novel Empire of the Dead along with it.
First picked up by Variety, we understand that the adaptation is still in its embryonic form. How and ever, with Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson on board as executive producers, the wheels are beginning to ache into motion.
“Demarest is thrilled to bring more of George’s unique vision to screens everywhere, because he’s truly the one who started it all. I am also particularly pleased to be collaborating with George and Peter again, following our success with Diary of the Dead.”
It’s true that the small screen hasn’t exactly been wanting for big-budget zombie shows of late, what with AMC’s lucrative The Walking Dead »
- Michael Briers
The production-finance company made the announcement Thursday at Cannes.
Romero’s iconic 1968 film “Night of the Living Dead” conceived the idea of a zombie apocalypse. “Empire of the Dead” mixes in vampires with zombies.
Demarest also announced it has teamed with the Ink Factory to produce and finance the TV adaptation of John le Carré’s “The Night Manager,” starring Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston. The six-part miniseries, directed by Susanne Bier, is currently in production in the U.K., Morocco and Spain, and will air next year on AMC in the U. »
- Dave McNary
Even the best-behaved children in the world can sometimes behave like little monsters - but rarely quite to the degree seen in the upcoming horror comedy Cooties. That's because the kids in the movie are infected with some kind of virus that causes them to be all zombie-like. See what I mean in the brand new trailer below. Yahoo! posted this first look at Cooties, and while the idea of zombie kids isn't exactly anything new - see: George Romero's Night of the Living Dead - this is still looks both clever and funny. Plus, the movie is outfitted with a rather fantastic cast that should ensure some real entertainment value. Based on a script by Leigh Whannell (Saw, Insidious) and Ian Brennan (Glee), Cooties tells the story of an isolated elementary school that sees all hell break loose thanks to a batch of tainted chicken nuggets. Before long, »
Movie theater-dwelling demons, shambling zombies, and gore galore will be shown on the silver screen this weekend at the Mahoning Drive-In Theatre's Zombiefest in Lehighton, Pennsylvania, covering three days and featuring nine living dead films.
Drive-In Zombiefest runs from Friday, May 22nd to Sunday, May 24th. Each evening, the gates open at 6:00pm and the reels start rolling at dusk. Tickets cost $10.00 apiece each night.
From Drive-In Zombiefest: "Exhumed Films and the Mahoning Drive-In Theatre present:
A weekend-long retrospective of nine walking dead favorites shown from 35mm film!
Friday, May 22nd:
Day Of The Dead (1985)- Cooped up in a military base in an abandoned mine, scientists desperately search for cure to the outbreak of walking death that has plagued the world. A 30th anniversary screening of George A. Romero's claustrophobic finale to his classic original undead trilogy!
Messiah Of Evil (1974)- A woman's search for »
- Derek Anderson
On September 16, 2015, Double Take (2T) will release 10 distinct first story issues in the Ultimate Night of the Living Dead comic series. Ten teams of talented storytellers created an original series of stories. Each series will be unique, interesting and funny in its own way. All 10 comics will form a common Ultimate Night of the Living Dead universe. “Originally, we were thinking of trickling out a couple series of every month or so, building up our roster over time,” said 2T Gm Bill Jemas. “Now we’re planning to launch our new universe in one big bang.” In late March 2015, 2T announced the first three books of the series (Rise, Home and Z-Men) for their September launch. Today, the Company is announcing the final seven books of the universe including Honor, Lab, Spring, Remote, Medic, Dedication, and Soul. Additionally, cover art for these new titles is attached. As many know, the »
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