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We first heard about Starry Eyes in March when it added The Innkeepers' Pat Healy to the cast, and it looks like the flick is on the fast-track as word from Cannes today is that production is as of now under way on the Hollywood-set occult tale. Here are more details and the first still.
From the Press Release:
Elevated genre production company Snowfort Pictures and Mpi's Dark Sky Films, the preeminent independent producer-distributor of high quality genre films, announced today that production is under way on co-writers/directors Dennis Widmyer and Kevin Kolsch's Hollywood set occult tale Starry Eyes. Snowfort Pictures is producing, while Mpi will handle international sales at the 2013 Cannes Marche du Film.
- Uncle Creepy
There was definitely some nervous apprehension on my part before meeting Winona Ryder -- which, having done this sort of thing hundreds of times before, doesn't happen often. This most likely stems from my preexisting notion that she's shy or reserved -- or, at the very least, media shy and reserved in front of the press. Soon after meeting the petite actor -- who still doesn't look all that different from the person who danced to Harry Belafonte's "Jump in the Line" at the end of "Beetlejuice" -- I discovered something that would have put my nervous mind at ease: Winona Ryder is, well ... a bit of a nerd.
Okay, that might be a slight exaggeration, but she is a fan of the original "Star Trek" television series and used to have a life-size poster of Ellen Ripley on her wall.
Ryder's new movie is "The Iceman," the latest »
- Mike Ryan
Tell us about the movies you've been watching – and find out what our critics made of them
Whether you visited your local movie theater or chose to cozy up on the sofa, we would like to hear about the films you've been watching over the past few days.
Take a look at what our critics had to say about this weeks releases:
Peter Bradshaw said: It is quality Friday night entertainment: the innocent pleasure of the week. Robert Downey Jr is back, smashing walls and cracking wise as the billionaire industrialist Tony Stark, now out of the closet as Iron Man, living the dream in his future-tech clifftop pad … This is luxury superhero entertainment. Read more
The Look of Love
Peter Bradshaw said: This is a shallow but watchable movie, and it nicely conveys the world of semi-respectable Soho porn, sadder and tattier than its sleazier end, »
Rob Zombie's tale of DJs unwittingly waking the dead in modern-day Salem is frighteningly good
The best movie to date by the heavy-metal musician turned horror-flick director Rob Zombie (né Robert Bartleh Cummings), The Lords of Salem is a cross between two Hollywood movies made by European directors. They are René Clair's 1942 comedy I Married a Witch starring Veronica Lake as the New England witch who returns 300 years later to haunt a descendant of the 17th-century puritan who sent her to the stake, and Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby, where a New York coven assists Satan in impregnating a young woman. The atmospheric setting is present-day Salem, and the main characters work for a provocative radio station whose DJs are tricked into playing a bizarre disc that awakens the dead and lures the living to a defunct local theatre for a midnight rave. Bruce Davison brings charm to »
- Philip French
Rob Zombie films are very hard for me to review. They're full of bad people doing even worse things to other people. The entire time I'm watching them, they bring out this disgust and realization that there are individuals out there as twisted as the ones onscreen. Some horror flicks are fun to watch, but Zombie's movies are devoid of humor for the most part and just feel depraved. It's what he does as a director and he's good at it. He continues this trend with The Lords of Salem.
The Lords of Salem tells the story of a radio DJ named Heidi (Sherri Moon Zombie) who receives a mysterious package as "a gift from the Lords." She opens it to find a vinyl album which, when played, has a strange hypnotic effect on her. When the record is played over the air, it affects all the women of Salem, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
Readers answer other readers' questions on subjects ranging from trivial flights of fancy to profound scientific concepts
What's the scariest film, ever – The Exorcist?
I once went to a showing of The Exorcist at a cinema in Southampton. It was fantastic – the staff cranked up the air conditioning, so as the film progressed, the cinema got colder and colder, and we felt like we were in the freezing room where the exorcism takes place – talk about an immersive experience. Brilliant, and damn scary, too.
Roman Polanski's Rosemary's Baby (1968) works as both a supernatural shocker and a very plausible take on modern paranoia where no one is to be trusted - your friendly neighbours, your doctor, your husband. Even the cheery Christmas shopping streets in downtown Manhattan are full of dread.
Being a fan of Rob Zombie since hearing White Zombie's first major label album in 1992, I can't begin to tell you how thrilled I was to get the opportunity to interview him. The guy has impeccable timing, simultaneously releasing his new film, The Lords of Salem, and his new album, Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor, within days of each other. Having just seen The Lords of Salem, I had several questions for Zombie about his inspirations for the music, dialogue, and other aspects of what I would consider his best film to date.
"The whole movie started in reality with the Salem Witch Trials. This fanatically puritanical religious group suddenly (decides) if you did anything outside of what they thought was the way you should behave, you were a witch, a heretic, or a devil. That's obviously why there's such a religious overtone to the whole thing," Zombie shared.
- email@example.com (Eric Shirey)
Actors' memoirs come and go, but when a filmmaker tries his hand at writing a book, the results can be enlightening indeed. William Friedkin, the director best known for "The French Connection" and "The Exorcist," didn't even bother hiring a ghostwriter. Instead, he filled one Moleskine notebook after another with long-hand recollections, then sent off the pages to his publisher. "The Friedkin Connection," out April 16 from HarperCollins, is jam-packed with colorful anecdotes (who knew Gene Hackman was such a pain in the ass?), but the real joy is sharing brain space with this ballsy, unconventional force of nature as he plays career Chutes and Ladders in the company of Hollywood's A-list.
Last month, Friedkin, who is married to former Paramount Pictures chief Sherry Lansing, visited HuffPost Live and talked about the complicated legacies of his gay-themed films "The Boys in the Band" and "Cruisin'." Last week, I had the chance »
- Michael Hogan
Amazon's Gold Box Deal of the Day are some great Criterion Blu-rays up to 60% off. Like all Gold Box deals, the prices only last till midnight, or when supplies run out. So if you see anything you like don't wait too long. Brazil (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (60% off) The Game (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $16.49 (59% off) Rosemary's Baby (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $17.49 (56% off) Rashomon (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) The Royal Tenenbaums (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $17.49 (56% off) In the Mood for Love (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] - $19.99 (50% off) Note: Collider earns a small referral fee when our readers purchase something on Amazon through one of our links. The money generated helps pay our staff and keep the site running. Thank you for reading and supporting Collider. »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
In this contemporary-set blend of Rosemary's Baby and The Conqueror Worm, Rob's best girl Sheri Moon Zombie plays Heidi Hawthorne, a radio jock in Salem, Massachusetts. Like most of her friends and associates, Heidi is a native who regards Salem's notorious reputation as a place for burning witches as little more than colorful local folklore. She receives a record at the station from a band that calls themselves only "The Lords", and when she and her fellow deejays Whitey (Jeff Daniel Phillips) and Herman (Ken Foree) play the record on air Heidi immediately becomes ill. She's not the only one affected by the record, as the broadcast triggers a very Stepford Wives reaction in dozens of women throughout Salem. Afterwards, weird events start to pile up in Heidi's life, including the appearance of her landlady's two wiccan friends and multiple hallucinations that seem to originate in the mysterious apartment number five. »
Open thread: Tell us about the films you've seen in the past few days – and read what our critics made of them
Have you seen any good films in the last week or two? We'd like to hear about what you've been watching, and whether you'd recommend them to others – although we wouldn't mind also hearing about the the bad ones you'd suggest that others avoid.
Here's what our critics had to say about some recent releases – if you've seen any of these over the weekend, or something else entirely let us know what you thought:
Peter Bradshaw said: "Side Effects is brilliant: a noir psychological thriller – like a 21st-century Marnie, or Rosemary's Baby – that is also an acid satire on big pharma, the mental-health profession and its terrifyingly powerful, priestly caste of doctors." Read more
Peter Bradshaw said: "Boisterous, engaging, lovingly detailed and overlong, »
- Adam Boult
As we continue to celebrate all things indie horror this month, we are happy to bring you the first artwork, stills, trailer, and screening announcement for the latest passion driven terror tale, Animosity. Check it out!
From the Press Release
A newlywed couple moves into a house in the middle of the woods. Soon, they discover the forest surrounding the house is host to sinister supernatural powers that cause them to turn against each other.
Animosity was produced by Brandon Taylor (The Remembrance) and Michael Allen. It is the first feature film lensed by cinematographer Jesse Gouldsbury. The film is edited by Steve Burgess and scored by composer Geoff Gesch. Tracy Willet (Snow), Marcin Paluch (The Retribution), Tom Martin (Doctor Bello), Alyssa Kempenski (Sadie The Webseries) and »
- Uncle Creepy
Steven Soderbergh bids farewell to cinema in style – with a gripping psychological thriller about big pharma and mental health that cruelly leaves you craving one last fix
Did Steven Soderbergh just finish on his masterpiece? Or are these reports of his retirement just a ploy on the director's part to get a little respect and make us appreciate him in a way we haven't in a good long while? If so, it could well be working. I am willing to go to the golf course right now, get down on my bended knees on the green, and pretty much beg Mr Soderbergh to put down his clubs, smash his putter, throw his niblick into the pond, forget this retirement nonsense and return to making films posthaste.
- Peter Bradshaw
Just because 2010's "The Last Exorcism" was called "The Last Exorcism," doesn't mean the story was over. Neil Sweetzer (played by Ashley Bell) has survived the terrifying backwoods horror that befell her family and Reverend Cotton Marcus and returns for another round of Satanic dread in "The Last Exorcism Part II" , opening in theaters this weekend. At the helm of this potential franchise is Eli Roth, who made his name first as a director (with the "Hostel" series), then as an actor ("Inglourious Basterds") and is now taking on the job of producer. In addition to the "Last Exorcism" series, you'll find Roth's producer credit attached to several upcoming horror movies from rising new directors. Roth spoke with Moviefone about how important it is to have new voices in horror, why "The Last Exorcism" has a better shot at connecting with young audiences than "The Exorcist" ever will, and how »
- Eric Larnick
Submit your vote for Reviewer of the Year!
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. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The 85th Academy Awards are at last upon us, and unfortunately we only have a few more days to think about the eternal hotness of some of the men they honor. As a companion piece to our Hottest Best Actor countdown, I present to you an important follow-up: The 10 Hottest Best Supporting Actor performances. Heath Ledger, Javier Bardem, and Christian Bale were too inhumanely grotesque to warrant inclusion, I'm sort of sorry to say. But who wasn't? Check 'em out below.
Get this: Syriana is the one movie on this list I haven't seen. Should I feel bad about that? George's win always struck me as compensation for the fact that he wasn't going to win the directing Oscar for Good Night and Good Luck (which he noted in his awful speech), but maybe it's a great performance. Also: I am not attracted to him in any way, »
There's just something about multiple title changes that can sometimes predetermine a movies fate. But let's hope the stigma doesn't attach to the new Oliver Blackburn ('Donkey Punch') helmed horror 'Random'. And if you're bemused by the title then that's because it's already gone through two previous titles already including 'Satanic' and 'Kristy'. It's the 'Rosemary's Baby'-esque project that stars Haley Bennett ('The Hole') and Ashley Greene ('Twilight') and EW have revealed our first look at Miss Greene giving us her best 'Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' look. Head below for the image and fingers crossed that 'Random' sticks this time. »
1.) Albert Brooks is returning to voice Nemo's father, Marlin, in Finding Nemo 2. Ellen DeGeneres is also expected to return as the forgetful Dory with Andrew Stanton set to direct. At this point there are no plot details, though a 2016 release date is expected. Deadline 2.) Safe House director Daniel Espinosa is attached to direct an adaptation of John Grisham's "The Racketeer" for Fox and New Regency. The book sees a federal judge murdered at a lakeside cabin and the contents of his safe emptied. The only man who knows the whos and whys is a former attorney serving time in federal prison who hopes to parlay that into getting revenge on the people who put him there. THR 3.) More Twilight fan fiction is targeting a big screen adaptation while Universal tries to figure out what they're going to do with Fifty Shades of Grey. Constantin Film has acquired movie »
- Brad Brevet
Say it ain't so! For better or worse, it appears that the directing duo known as Neveldine/Taylor have decided to go their separate ways, each branching out to direct a movie on their own. Fortunately, this does not appear to be a result of a disagreement or falling out but rather a desire to try something new and potentially grow as filmmakers. Last year we learned that Brian Taylor would be writing and directing a Twisted Metal movie for Sony based on the popular video game series. While that makes a lot of sense based on his experience with insane action movies like the Crank series, Mark Neveldine's own solo effort is a little more surprising. This week it has been announced that he will take on a supernatural thriller called The Vatican Tapes. According to Variety, Lakeshore Entertainment has set Neveldine to direct The Vatican Tapes, a »
Over three years ago, Man on Wire director James Marsh was being lined up to take on the supernatural thriller The Vatican Tapes. Now as Pope Benedict XVI resigns from his post in the real world and a new pope must be found, a new director has been brought on for this project at Lakeshore Entertainment. Variety ran a report about funding for various projects at the production company, and they reveal that Mark Neveldine, one half of the directing duo behind Gamer, Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance and the two Crank films, will be at the helm of the film, but without his usual co-director Brian Taylor. Read on! It's been three years since we had an update on the film, so it's not surprising that a new director is in the mix now. For those just joining us, the film is said to be in the same vein »
- Ethan Anderton
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