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The biggest news to come out of this holiday weekend (aside from "Snowmaggedon 2," of course) has to be the fact that Natalie Portman is not only engaged (like that isn't big enough news on its own) but also pregnant! Since Portman's a serious actress with a trio of exciting films -- "No Strings Attached," "Your Highness" and "Thor" -- to look forward to in 2011, we wouldn't expect a silly little thing like a baby growing in her belly to slow her down. In fact, we think she should take full advantage of her condition by starring in movies that incorporate her pregnancy.
She wouldn't be the first actress to tackle a role while eating for two. That extra glow in Reese Witherspoon's complexion in "Vanity Fair" wasn't just good lighting, Helena Bonham Carter managed to hide her pregnancy during "Sweeney Todd" beneath those period dresses, and a preggers Penelope Cruz »
- Terri Schwartz
I'm not one to toot my own horn, but my loyal readers here at Shadowlocked may be interested to know that today is my birthday. I'm not going to get into how old I am, but let's just say that I am now the atomic number of arsenic and leave this particular thread of conversation on that joyous note. Anyway, while initially deciding that I would take a day off from the chaotic party life that is Shadowlocked, the writing gnome in my mind took over and thought that the arrival of my birthday might be an enjoyable segway into a list of sorts.
Many movies have had a birthday party scene. Sometimes it's inconsequential filler and sometimes it's a key scene of foreshadowing or character development. Usually it is a festive occasion and a bonding moment between family and friends. But now and then, it's a clever tool for »
How far can Tom Cruise go on the strength of a smile and a pair of sunglasses? Back in the days of Risky Business, a poster image of Cruise beaming his best "Wtf?" grin over the top of a pair of Wayfarers helped sell not only the movie but also the shades.
That image is recreated almost exactly in a signature shot from Knight and Day, a slipshod action-comedy caper that casts Cruise as a possibly paranoid super-spy on the run from his federal employers. It should have been the perfect vehicle for the star's peculiar charms – an allegedly character-driven smash-'em-up in which glamorous "nobody" Cameron Diaz falls for Cruise's eerily ageless hunk, thence to be thrown into a world of deadly danger from which only his killer smile can save her. The presence of director James Mangold, »
- Mark Kermode
You know how some of you were saying in the comments that you couldn't tell if I liked Glee or not sometimes? Yeah. You're not gonna have that problem in this recap. They had me the first time they mentioned "The Island of Misfit Toys."
The teachers at McKinley are exchanging Secret Santa gifts, powered by Coach Bieste. Will, after enduring a "let's be friends" chat with Emma, draws Sue's name.
Brittany is decorating her locker for Christmas while Artie helps. "Last year I left my stocking up over Christmas vacation, and an entire family of mice started living in it," she tells him as she hangs an ornament. "Their Christmas gift to each other was rabies."
Artie, it turns out, wants just one thing for Christmas: For his parents to stop friend requesting him on Facebook.
"What are you asking Santa for?" Brittany asks him.
Artie is all, huh? »
- Christie Keith
The Rosemary's Baby director was shooting the movie when he was arrested in Zurich, Switzerland in September last year over a 33-year-old child sex charge.
He was released in July after Swiss officials refused to extradite him to the U.S. and he returned to his adopted homeland of France.
And Polanski refused to run the risk of being arrested again to accept his awards at the event in Estonia - he thanked voters for their support via internet video software Skype.
The film was the toast of the evening, winning titles for Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music Score, Best Production and Best Actor for star Ewan McGregor.
While addressing the assembled industry members at the ceremony, Polanski said, "You have rewarded a truly European venture." »
Does a genius need to be a little bit crazy to be great? Darren Aronofsky seems to think so. He returns to that idea in film after film, from "Pi" to "The Fountain" to "The Wrestler" to his latest, "Black Swan." All of Aronofsky's movies are about obsession, about people who take the things they love to unreasonable and frequently self-destructive extremes. His latest mad genius is Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman), a dancer struggling to cope with the pressure of being cast as the lead of a new production of the ballet "Swan Lake." Just as her career reaches its pinnacle, her mind reaches its breaking point. A girl turning into a swan; that's just supposed to be her role in the ballet. But when no one's around, NIna feels funny. She sees things. Her back itches. Her toes stick together. She's so committed she could be committed.
You hear »
- Matt Singer
In horror films, old dark houses have their place, but as hell is other people apartments are far spookier
In Dream Home, the owners of the flat on which Josie Ho is about to exchange contracts suddenly jack the price up beyond her reach, so she goes on a killing spree in the apartment block. Who can blame her? As anyone who has ever been gazumped, gazundered or gaziddled can attest, being cheated out of the property on which you've set your heart is enough to make anyone think bad thoughts, though I'd like to believe not many of us would go as far as Josie in the disembowelling and penis-lopping stakes.
I'm surprised there aren't more slasher movies set in flats. Tenants or flatmates can bring out the psycho in all of us simply by using electric drills in the middle of the night (Michael Keaton in Pacific Heights »
- Anne Billson
Oh, Halloween is totally On! Counting down, "Extra" has collected 25 of the most spine tingling and scariest quotes ever uttered in movies.
25 Best Horror Movie Quotes25. 'Paranormal Activity' (2007)
"No, you haven't been having any progress, and you're not in control. It is in control, and if you think you're in control, then you're being an idiot! Not a single thing you've done has helped, and I'm sorry, I don't mean to burst your bubble, »
Shut the blinds, carve the pumpkins and grab the popcorn -- "Extra" has compiled a list of the best horror, thriller and campy flicks to celebrate Halloween!
Top Flicks for HalloweenAmerican Psycho
1979 thriller about the paranormal experiences of the Lutz family. The film is said to be based on true events.
This 1990 campy-horror flick about deadly »
The devil and his minions have always translated into box office dollars with the success of films like The Last Exorcism, Rosemary's Baby, and of course The Exorcist. Lo and behold, yet another demonic terror tale is on its way, this time from the director of the Last House on the Left remake.
According to The La Times Dennis Iliadis is negotiating to direct a new film called The Demonologists, say several sources familiar with the project. The film is written by Teddy Tenenbaum, a screenwriter who also has numerous credits on the Jennifer Love Hewitt series "Ghost Whisperer."
The film from Sherlock Holmes producer Silver Pictures concerns a family of veteran ghost hunters who get more than they bargained for when they are called in to face what they soon realize is not a routine ghost job but a demon infestation. The film shares some thematic similarities with House, »
- Uncle Creepy
This week, naturally, it's all about the scares and there are plenty of films and shows to provide the shivers for Halloween and the next seven days or so.
But the scheduling genies have also managed to squeeze in the laughs among the shrieks this week, for those too squeamish for the scream-inducing telly treats.
We start off with a newcomer to the eponymously named stand-up comedian sketch show club with The Stephen K Amos Show airing tonight, Friday, October 29th at 10:00pm on BBC2. There's plenty of room for series of this sort and we look forward, with a warm welcome, to Mr Amos' particular brand of funny stuff.
Those UK fans of the world's first loveable serial killer who managed to »
Too much blood or not enough guts? Let us know what you think about our selection of the best movies for thrills, chills and kills
And so we come to Horror, the seventh and last part of the Guardian and Observer's series to the greatest films of all time.
Horror turned out to be one of the more straightforward areas to cover: we all know what a good horror film is. But like every other type of cinema, it's a tricky job disentangling classic horror from more modern developments in the genre; all the more so, as certain aspects of horror film-making – the gore, the violence, the headchopping sadism – have definitely escalated in the last two or three decades.
Creditably, our critics kept torture porn and stalk-n-slash at a distance: only Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Evil Dead on our list can be considered to have even a toehold in the gorehound universe. »
- Andrew Pulver
"Paranormal Activity 2" just hit theatres, and while we've got the willies, we decided to bring you some other demon movies that make the hairs on the back of the neck stand up!
Here are a dozen devilishly good ones!
12 Great Devilish Movies'Constantine' (2005)
Based on the DC/Vertigo comic book, the story revolves around an irreverent supernatural detective named John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), who has, quite literally, been to hell and back. And »
Vetri in Hammer Films' When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth.
Actress and former Playmate of the Year Victoria Vetri of Rosemary's Baby and When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth fame has been arrested for the attempted murder of her husband. Read more at CNN.com where Cinema Retro contributor Tom Lisanti was interviewed for his comments, as he profiled her in his book Glamour Girls of Sixties Hollywood.
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5) The Shining
6) The Exorcist
7) Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror
10) Peeping Tom
11) The Innocents
13) The Haunting
15) Dead of Night
16) The Cabinet of Dr Caligari
19) Les Diaboliques
23) The Evil Dead/Evil Dead II
25) Les Vampires
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The Movie: 'Rosemary's Baby' (1968)
The Scene: A struggling actor, Guy (John Cassavetes), and his doting wife Rosemary (Mia Farrow) move into the Bramford -- an ominous New York City apartment building with a mysterious past and strange, elderly residents. When Rosemary becomes pregnant (by nefarious means) things start to take a turn for the worse. She finds herself completely isolated from everything she once knew and her nosy neighbors, the Castevets, practically run her life. Rosemary's paranoia increases and her worst fears are brought to a diabolical climax after she gives birth and realizes the truth about her son and the Castevets' creepy circle of friends. Hint: it's all in the eyes.
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- Alison Nastasi
From the Guardian, 9 August 1974
The accolades from America are deafening, the box-office returns impeccable. Roman Polanski's Chinatown is indeed a palpable hit – the first this highly talented, unpredictable director has had since Rosemary's Baby, which seems an age ago. He calls it, "a traditional detective story with a new, modern shape". And if by that he means an old cinematic genre decked in convincing new clothes, one can't quarrel.
But Chinatown is rather more than just a skilful version of The Maltese Falcon, with Jack Nicholson updating the Bogart part and Faye Dunaway as a makeweight Bacall. In fact it is not really a homage at all, or another runner in the nostalgia stakes. It is too clever for that. It is »
A woman bedded by moviemaker Roman Polanski when she was just 13 is relieved he was not extradited back to the U.S. to face sentencing for the crime - insisting officials "did the right thing" by freeing him.
He fled to Europe in 1977 before he was sentenced by a judge, and was re-arrested in Zurich, Switzerland in September last year after flying in to the country for a film festival.
After months of legal wrangling, Swiss officials refused to extradite Polanski and set him free in July - and Geimer has now spoken out to insist she is happy with the outcome.
She tells U.S. talk show host Larry King, "(When he was re-arrested) I was surprised. I was shocked. I was just terrified. I knew something bad was going to happen. I just didn't know what it was going to be, but I knew it could only be bad for me."
Asked by King if she is happy Polanski was not sent back to the U.S. to be sentenced, Geimer replied, "Yes. Very relieved... If just the arrest brought such a (media) ruckus into my life... I'm sure his coming back would just be a thousand times worse.
"So I'm very happy that, you know, I think they did the right thing. I'm happy they didn't extradite him. I don't want to see him go to trial. And I just certainly don't want to show up and be part of that if it happens...
"(The decision) doesn't bother me at all. I hope he continues to be successful. I hope he - you know, (I) wish nothing but the best for him and his family. We've all been through a lot. I'd like to see him just be sentenced to time served, and that we could both stop being used to continue this matter." »
In advance of the world premiere of his new slasher flick "Savage County" on MTV2 tonight, October 7, at 11 p.m. (10 p.m. Central), director David Harris has been guest-blogging on MTV News to share some thoughts on making the film. He talked about marketing the movie on Tuesday, offered up some horror-movie-making tips yesterday, and today he introduces the up-and-coming cast (like Ana Ayora, pictured to the right).
It's pretty rare for a horror movie to get an Academy Award, and even rarer for that award to go to the cast. (Quick Quiz: Which actors have won Academy Awards for horror movies? Answers at the bottom.)
Even actors who love horror movies have to look elsewhere for their field's top accolades. But horror has been a launching ground for a lot of famous names before they were famous names: Johnny Depp ("Nightmare on Elm Street"), Jennifer Anniston ("Leprechaun"), Mischa Barton »
- MTV Movies Team
The flick has been in production since October, 2009, and like many young directors, Faraj is wearing many hats. In this case he serves as writer, executive producer, and director. That's a lot of work, but for Conrad it's a labor of love.
"I just turned 20 years old and have been making films since 2003, and since then I have produced over 120 shorts, documentaries, and music videos," Faraj tells us. "The Shadow People is my first feature film. I have a loving passion with horror films, and I gained a lot of inspiration from the classic masterful works of the New Hollywood filmmakers like Roman Polanski, William Friedkin, Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, and Steven Spielberg. The Shadow People »
- Uncle Creepy
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