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‘The Hobbit 2′ weekend box office: Third 2013 movie to top domestic box office chart three consecutive weekends (photo: Martin Freeman as Bilbo Baggins in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’) Two weekends ago, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug opened way below expectations in the United States and Canada; yet, The Hobbit 2 is hanging in there. Chiefly because Will Ferrell’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues underperformed on its domestic debut, The Hobbit 2 topped the North American box office last weekend. Chiefly because Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s collaboration The Wolf of Wall Street debuted with less than $10 million, The Hobbit 2 topped the North American Christmas box office two days ago. And chiefly because there’s no strong competition out there, The Hobbit 2 is expected to top the North American box office once again this weekend, December 27-29, 2013 — the last weekend of the year. Budgeted at approximately »
- Zac Gille
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the cult classic that Cinefantastique called “the Citizen Kane of horror films” when The Wicker Man arrives on Blu-ray Disc for the first time January 7, 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Wicker Man will also be available on Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Featuring an all-new, restored edition of director Robin Hardy’s final cut, this spectacular Blu-ray also features brand new bonus content including a restoration comparison, … Continue reading →
*Updated with additional Us release details* As we reported recently, Studio Canal was able to track down an uncut print of The Wicker Man and will be releasing it later this year. Along with a limited theatrical release, the UK will be getting The Wicker Man Blu-ray edition in October and we now have Us release details as well.
“Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the cult classic that Cinefantastique called “the Citizen Kane of horror films” when The Wicker Man arrives on Blu-ray Disc for the first timeJanuary 7, 2014 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Wicker Man will also be available on Digital HD, Video on Demand and Pay-Per-View. Featuring an all-new, restored edition of director Robin Hardy’s final cut, this spectacular Blu-ray also features brand new bonus content including a restoration comparison, an interview with Robin Hardy and two informative featurettes. Winner of the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film, »
- Jonathan James
Gather around the Maypole, brandish your phallic symbols, and get ready to masturbate silently while pounding on the wall, kids! The Wicker Man: The Final Cut is officially on its way to domestic home video, and we have the skinny on what to expect once it gets here!
From the Press Release
Celebrate the 40th anniversary of the cult classic that Cinefantastique called "the Citizen Kane of horror films" when The Wicker Man arrives on Blu-ray Disc for the first time January 7, 2014, from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Wicker Man will also be available on Digital HD, Video on Demand, and Pay-Per-View.
Featuring an all-new, restored edition of director Robin Hardy's final cut, this spectacular Blu-ray also features brand new bonus content including a restoration comparison, an interview with Robin Hardy, and two informative featurettes. Winner of the Saturn Award for Best Horror Film, The Wicker Man has been »
- Uncle Creepy
The film career of legendary English actor Sir Christopher Lee began in 1948 and continues to the present day. Lee is best known for his roles in horror films, especially the string of seven Dracula movies he starred in for Hammer Studios between 1958 and 1974. Now Sir Christopher wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous and peaceful New Year. He includes comments on ‘The Wicker Man‘, ‘The Hobbit‘ trilogy and the new single ‘A Heavy Metal Christmas‘.
The post A Christmas Message From Sir Christopher Lee appeared first on We Are Movie Geeks.
- Tom Stockman
‘The Hobbit 2′ weekend box office: Far behind ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ in North America? (Photo: Orlando Bloom as Legolas in ‘The Hobbit 2′) First the (domestic) good news for distributor Warner Bros. and producing companies Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, New Line Cinema, and WingNut Films: The Hobbit 2 aka The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the second movie in Peter Jackson’s $567 million-budgeted* The Hobbit trilogy, opened Friday, December 13, 2013, with an estimated $31.14 million from 3,903 North American venues, including $8.8 million from Thursday midnight shows. That likely means that the sequel to The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will have earned more than $70 million in the U.S. and Canada by Sunday evening. Early Friday estimates indicated that The Hobbit 2 would debut below the $70 million mark at the domestic box office. Now, The Hobbit 2 bad news: A year ago, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey opened with a — relatively speaking — disappointing $84.61 million at 4,045 theaters. Even if it reaches $75 million, »
- Zac Gille
Following its release in North America last year, director Julian Richards' debut horror feature, Darklands, is finally now available on DVD in the UK as well courtesy of Metrodome Distribution. Check out its impressive new cover art.
From the Press Release:
Starring Craig Fairbrass (Cliffhanger), Jon Finch (Frenzy), and Rowena King (Wild Saragossa Sea), Darklands is frequently compared to Robin Hardy’s 1970’s cult classic The Wicker Man, but the writer/director also acknowledges a debt to Roman Polanski’s Rosemary's Baby.
Darklands, which won the Melies D’Argent for Best European Fantasy Film in 1997, launched the directing career of Julian Richards, who went on to helm Silent Cry, The Last Horror Movie, Summer Scars, and Shiver, whilst producer Paul Brooks produced Shadow of the Vampire, White Noise, and Haunting in Connecticut.
"Darklands was the first British film to combine horror with social realism, a genre watershed which paved »
- Debi Moore
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes multiple teaser trailers, a call of submissions for the Hollywood Horrorfest, a Fear Clinic casting update, a Q&A with Hannah Cowley from Haunting of the Innocent, and much more:
Hollywood Horrorfest Details: “From the man who brought you both The Los Angeles Animation Festival and the Boobs & Blood Film Festival, comes the first annual Hollywood Horrorfest (March 28-29, 2014).
Hhf not only showcases new films in competition, but also helps guide filmmakers through the new digital age of filmmaking – from new approaches to financing and production to how to get sales and distribution.
Screenings, awards, red carpet photo opps, industry panels and networking – Hhf has it all, and under one roof, the legendary and now Quentin Tarantino owned, New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles.
“Our focus is on the filmmaker. »
- Tamika Jones
Odd List Simon Brew 15 Nov 2013 - 07:08
Lots of films are dedicated to, or in memory of someone. But it's not always clear why. We've been finding out...
Back when Breaking Bad returned for its final batch of episodes in August 2013, it had a dedication at the end of it. The card read 'Dedicated to our friend Kevin Cordasco'. As it turned out, Kevin Cordasco was a 16-year old who had been battling cancer for seven years, who had met both Bryan Cranston and Vince Gilligan. Cordasco died before he could ever get to see the episode dedicated to him.
I found this such a moving story, that it got me wondering about the dedications that appear on films, and what the story behind them was. After all, the dedications are there for a reason. What I uncovered was some funny stories, mainly extremely sad ones, and some extremely moving dedications. »
Feature James Clayton 15 Nov 2013 - 06:43
The Counsellor has arrived, and with it we find Sir Ridley Scott returning to cinemas. He keeps on returning and will make many more future returns. The fact that he turns 76 at the end of this month is irrelevant because the director shows no sign of stopping, and there's no reason why he should.
At least, that's my personal view as someone who always looks forward to seeing Scott's latest feature at the multiplex. It's good to know that he's still going strong and making films at a prolific rate, because the movie scene would be slightly sorrier without him. A quick sweep across a filmography that includes such eclectic classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator and Kingdom Of Heaven (the Director's Cut, »
It’s that wonderful, frightful, cool and creepy time of year again, when everything including the leaves on the trees are dying and our taste buds are craving sugary sweets and pies made from the guts of our jack-o-lanterns. It’s October, which means Halloween is nearly upon us! Get you costumes completed, your home haunts constructed and your candy collected for trick’r treaters, because you have to make time to watch some of the scariest movies this time of year.
In an effort to assist you in your cinematic scare-fest, we’ve come up with a list of the scariest movies to watch on Halloween… with one caveat. We have excluded virtually all “slasher” flicks. Why? Well, let’s just say we all know them, we all love them on some level, but really… don’t we all want something more in our scary movies? In honor of »
- Movie Geeks
★★★★☆The BFI has gone into overdrive this Halloween with several classic TV chillers being dusted down for the haunting season. Amongst them is Robin Redbreast (1970), an episode of the popular BBC drama series Play for Today. This story, involving pagan beliefs set in an undisclosed Home Counties village, may not be your usual blood and gore horror fair. However if your tendencies lie towards inference and suggestion in the style of Rosemary's Baby (1968) and The Wicker Man (1973), this unsettling tale directed by James MacTaggart and starring Anna Cropper and Andrew Bradford will more than satisfy your curiosity.
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- CineVue UK
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Robin Hardy’s cult horror film, The Wicker Man. We’ve already reported on the new Blu-ray/DVD release and limited theatrical screenings, but that’s not all. Rare Sleeve is releasing a limited edition vinyl soundtrack and we have all the details:
“The first vinyl pressing of The Wicker Man soundtrack with this unique tracklisting and specially commissioned artwork by renowned artist Richey Beckett marks the 40th anniversary of this classic film’s release. The full artwork will be revealed at a special screening of the film at the Hackney Picturehouse on Halloween ’13, where the complete movie poster will be available to view. This release is strictly limited to 500 copies. ”
Along with the soundtrack, there is also a poster and t-shirt that feature the new artwork. Each item can be purchased individually or as a single package. We’ve included the track listing and artwork below, »
- Jonathan James
For the past five weeks the South of France has been hosting the cast and crew of the new horror film The Winedancers, and we have the early details along with a few behind-the-scenes stills. It's written and directed by Gary Meyer and produced under the helm of Godam Film.
The Winedancers is currently being edited with a release expected in 2014.
The international cast includes UK actors Lucinda Rhodes, Edmund Digby-Jones, Kyle Calderwood, and Marina De Salis; Scandinavian actor Kim Sønderholm; Mexican actors Mariana Peñalva and J.C. Montes-Roldan; Polish actress Kasia Koleczek; French actors Miglen Mirtchev, Antoine Martin, and Andrea Catozzi (an acrobat able to do the craziest things!); and the towering Jonathan Christopher Duncan playing “Gimp.” Finally, there is “Fashion One Correspondents” model Callie Roberts.
The Winedancers is about several groups of people coming together and meeting up at a wine cheateu in the South of France. Before »
- Debi Moore
With Now You See Me conjuring its way into UK homes on DVD and Blu-Ray on October 28th, HeyUGuys had the opportunity to speak with director Louis Leterrier. After managing Statham and Hulk rage, Louis has decided to enter the world of smoke and mirrors. Speaking with us he explained how Now You See Me reflects his cinematic taste, shared his thoughts on the multiplex audience, being shocked by Janet Leigh’s death in Psycho, as well as his hopes for the Now You See Me sequel(s), and took a moment to contemplate his native cinema.
Do you believe in magic?
[Laughs] Well it depends. There are several kinds of magic. I came onto the project as a sceptic admirer, but I was wowed meeting real magicians, illusionists and mentalists. I was wowed by the power of magic, and so yes now I’m a believer. I came in as »
- Paul Risker
The Witches, 1966.
Directed by Cyril Frankel.
Returning home to England following a harrowing and life threatening encounter with the occult in Africa, schoolteacher Gwen Mayfield takes up the position of headmistress in a quaint English village.
In a distinctly English fashion, Hammer’s 1966 film The Witches drew the curtain on Joan Fontaine’s film career, a tidy link to her earlier starring role in the English born “Master of Suspense” Alfred Hitchcock’s 1940 classic Rebecca.
It is not without the resemblance of irony that The Witches is compared to The Wicker Man of which director Robin Hardy’s “Final Cut” has only just received a theatrical and home entertainment release courtesy of Studio Canal; the folks behind this latest Hammer re-release.
In equal ironic measure, The Wicker Man was of course always intended to be the antithesis of Hammer, »
- Gary Collinson
From Nosferatu to Twilight, gothic films have explored what frightens us – and why we are willing victims of our fear. A few days before Halloween, and as the BFI begins a nationwide season, Michael Newton is seduced by horror, sex and satanism
Beyond high castle walls, the wolves howl. The Count intones: "Listen to them! The children of the night! What music they make!" And those words usher you into a faintly ludicrous cosiness, the comfortable darkness of gothic. For gothic properties are altogether snug, as familiar as Halloween costumes – a Boris Karloff mask, the Bela Lugosi cape, an Elsa Lanchester wig. So it is that many of us first come to the form through its parodies; I knew Carry On Screaming! by heart before I saw my first Hammer film. And yet, within the homely restfulness, something genuinely disturbing lurks; an authentic dread. And watching these films again, we »
- Michael Newton
‘They’re all gonna laugh at you.’
Director: Brian De Palma
Synopsis: A young schoolgirl’s emotional abuse at the hands of her classmates comes to a head after a particularly cruel prank at the high school prom – leading to an event of horrific proportions.
You may notice a key similarity between this article and my other contribution to our HalloweenFest. No, not just that they’re both from the 70s. It’s that neither resorts particularly to having to make its audience jump at every other moment; rather, both exploit a slow, tense build-up to a horrifying (and classic) climax.
Indeed, both The Wicker Man and Carrie have offered us two of the finest, and most classic, finales in horror cinema. But where the former is an original screenplay by Robin Hardy, Carrie was adapted from a Stephen King novel by Brian De Palma. »
- Chris Wharfe
The BFI's Gothic season is about more than just nostalgia – in an era of profound insecurity, horror seems urgent again
This week, the British Film Institute launches its Gothic season, its largest-ever programme of films, with events stretching across the country. It is just one sign of a new sense of respectability for a genre that was once simply ignored, or else became the object of moral panic and demands for its corrupting images to be censored.
We have come a long way since the "video nasty" panic of the early 1980s, when the British Board of Film Classification seemed incapable of laughing at the great comic masterpiece, The Evil Dead, and simply banned it. Much nastier Italian horror films were cut to shreds by censors, only succeeding in producing a feverish black market of pirate copies.
Now the BFI will welcome Dario Argento in person as a great gothic auteur. »
- Roger Luckhurst
Earlier this week Thn brought you a review the highly-effective Scottish Highlands-set supernatural thriller Lord Of Tears, which will be making its premiere at the forthcoming Bram Stoker Film Festival. The independent ghost story, directed by Lawrie Brewster and written by Sarah Daly, tells the story of James Findlay, a school teacher plagued by recurring nightmares of a mysterious and unsettling entity. Suspecting that his visions are linked to a dark incident in his past, James returns to his childhood home, a notorious mansion in the Scottish Highlands, where he uncovers the disturbing truth behind his dreams and must fight to survive the brutal consequences of his curiosity.
Starring Euan Douglas, Lexy Hulme and cult British thespian David Schofield as the voice of the malevolent feathery figure Owlman, Lord Of Tears dares to offer something not seen the genre. It boasts a host of spooky surprises that’s perfect viewing this month! »
- Craig Hunter
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