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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Seven

29 December 2009 7:16 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Mother and Child

Opens: 2010

Cast: Naomi Watts, Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington

Director: Rodrigo Garcia

Summary: A tale of a mother and daughter, separated at birth, who struggle with the damage done by the most important person missing in their lives while a young African-Americn woman deals with an unwanted pregnancy and the adoption process.

Analysis: Scoring rave reviews in Toronto, the $7 million latest effort of Rodrigo Garcia ("Nine Lives," "Things You Can Tell Just By Looking At Her") once again shows off his skill at weaving multiple narratives together in clever and unexpected ways. At its heart it's an emotional family drama, but Garcia excels with his female characters which makes the involvement of Naomi Watts, Kerry Washington and especially Annette Benning thrilling.

The few criticisms levelled at the film were toward some pacing and credibility issues in the last act, but otherwise praised it for not »

- Garth Franklin

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1941 | DVD review

28 December 2009 4:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The 33-year-old Steven Spielberg had just made Jaws and Close Encounters, two of the biggest-ever box-office hits, when he directed this farcical comedy about the panic produced in Los Angeles when, after the raid on Pearl Harbor, the appearance on the coast of California of an off-course Japanese submarine created fear of invasion. It was a critical disaster, condemned for its length, extravagance, tastelessness, self-references (the opening is a lovely parody of Jaws), lack of laughs and going wildly over budget. It did, however (a fact largely ignored) make a considerable profit worldwide.

A shaken Spielberg recovered to make Raiders of the Lost Ark but never wholly got over the experience. Yet for all its coarseness and heavy-handed humour, this first appearance on DVD, which bravely quotes all the worst reviews, is well worth seeing. 1941 is a dazzling film with an all-star cast ranging from Toshiro Mifune as the sub's »

- Philip French

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Top Ten Greatest Beards in Horror History

21 December 2009 7:45 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

You know what really makes a man? A beard. Beards have been featured in films throughout the history of cinema, some great, some good, and some not so great or good. But over the years a few beards have stood the test of time and deserve a little attention. So without further ado ...

The Buz presents:

The Top Ten List Of The Greatest Beards In Horror History

10: Laurence Fishburne as Max in A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 3: Dream Warriors

Max had one of those beards that just looked like it belonged there. It was a part of his face. While it wasn’t the fullest or longest beard, it makes an impression. And if I’m not mistaken, it’s the only film in which Larry Fishburne had a beard, making it both unique and stylish. Let us hope he brings it back soon.

Unique and Stylish, »

- The Buz

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The 2009 Terror Film Festival 'Claw' Awards - Winners Announced

13 December 2009 1:23 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

On October 24th, The Terror Film Festival Claw Awards took place at the Ethical Society Building on the famous Rittenhouse Square of Philadelphia.

The 4th season brought in the most astounding talent from all over the USA, as well as, the world. The assemblage of fans, filmmakers, screenwriters, and industry professionals, waited in anticipation, and all bets were on, as the illustrious Claw and the beautiful Princess Horror stood onstage, envelopes in hand, to present the coveted awards.

And the winners are...

Evil Angel - A steamy and heart-pounding story based on the ancient myth of Lilith, the first wife of Adam, who has roamed the Earth for centuries as a sexy and seductive villainous, and proudly holds the title of the world’s first serial killer. Written and directed by the iconoclastic Richard Dutcher of Utah, the film garnered several awards, such as, Best Feature Film, Best Original Music »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Source: TERROR FILM FESTIVAL)

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Stirring tribute for Steven Spielberg

10 December 2009 4:00 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Beverly Hills -- The Anti-Defamation League bestowed its highest honor on Steven Spielberg during a dinner at the Beverly Hilton that mixed stirring music, appreciative laughter and warm moments with calls to remember the past, confront bigotry and embrace humanity.

In presenting the America's Democratic Legacy Award on Wednesday, Adl national director Abraham Foxman praised Spielberg's ability as a storyteller, his philanthropy and his creation of the USC Shoah Foundation, which has recorded the testimonies of more than 52,000 Holocaust survivors and created a curriculum that has reached 1.5 million students.

"Steven, we honor you for your exceptional contributions to the well-being and security of the Jewish people," he said. "Your masterpiece, 'Schindler's List,' literally changed the way we teach about Jewish history and the Holocaust, and it arrived at exactly the time when we started to see a startling rise in Holocaust denial."

During a thoughtful acceptance, Spielberg spoke »

- By Gregg Kilday

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Spielberg Honored by Sound Editors

8 December 2009 10:33 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

By Steve Pond

Steven Spielberg, whose films have led to 10 Academy Awards in the sound categories, has been named recipient of the 2010 Filmmakers Award from the Motion Picture Sound Editors.  

"Steven Spielberg's evolution of the sound experience and collaboration with the sound and music editors has helped to shape new dimensions in sound," said Mpse president Bobbi Banks in a press release announcing the award, which will be given to Spielberg on February 20 at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. 

Among Spielberg's films, "Jaws," "Indiana Jones »

- Steve Pond

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Director Races To Complete Scheider's Last Film

1 December 2009 2:06 PM, PST | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Moviemaker Joshua Newton is racing to complete the film that has become Jaws star Roy Scheider's final project, so the actor can be considered for a posthumous Best Actor Oscar.

Scheider was twice nominated for an Academy Award during his life, and Newton is determined to do what he can to make sure his late star lands a third nod.

The director must screen his unfinished movie at least once before Christmas for it to meet consideration deadlines.

Roy Scheider, who earned his nominations for All That Jazz and The French Connection, died after losing his battle with cancer in 2007.

Newton tells the Los Angeles Times he has turned his Beverly Hills home into a 24/7 production house with teams of editors and sound mixers working in shifts to complete the drama, in which Scheider plays a Holocaust survivor and retired cop who travels to Nuremberg to reconcile with his son, and unexpectedly encounters a man he suspects is the the Nazi commander responsible for his family's deaths during World War Two.

The director says, "This is what Roy would have wanted. Battling with cancer, Roy put every ounce of effort into his performance. His performance is magnificent, but obviously it's up to other people to decide that. We are honouring Roy Scheider by putting this up for the academy." »

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How Paranormal Activity became a frightening success

20 November 2009 4:10 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Social networking sends $15,000 shocker inspired by Fawlty Towers into box-office hall of fame

There is nothing remotely scary about the beige library in the Soho Hotel. It's calm, quiet, bland. Yet towards the end of a low-key interview with Oren Peli, who's in London for less than 24 hours to promote his smash-hit low-budget horror flick Paranormal Activity, there's a loud creak in the corner of the room and I find myself leaping out of the armchair. Peli sits deep in the sofa. He doesn't move. I think I've been hearing things. Peli simply smiles. He nods; he heard it too.

Weeks after watching Paranormal Activity it's easy to be spooked by every creak, even in the middle of the day. Filmed over seven days and nights in Peli's suburban San Diego house in 2006, Paranormal Activity is a mock documentary in the style of The Blair Witch Project; we watch a »

- Amy Raphael

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Boos! & Whoop-doos!: An Evil Bunny Trash Town Called Liquor!

18 November 2009 9:26 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

True cult status? Whoop-doo!

Both Internet pundits and blog critics alike are quick to bitch about the cliched nature of our current cinematic landscape. While they scream in bold words of disgust, they can't help but fall into a similar trap themselves. They're just as guilty of sipping from this dried well as the rest of our so-called "film community". How often do you read a review that screams, "Instant classic!" Or, "Modern day masterpiece!" How about, "A Triumph!" Then there's, "A true crowd pleaser!" "A thrill ride!" "The funniest comedy of the summer!" And, "Does for (insert blank) what Jaws did for swimming!" The list goes on and on. When it comes right down to it, there's not much new you can say in terms of film theory and structure. When all of our movies are repeats, reboots, and sequels, you have to guess that most critical movements in »

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Roger Corman: Scorsese, Stallone, Sayles, and other A-listers talk about the B-movie king

13 November 2009 12:48 PM, PST | EW.com - PopWatch | See recent EW.com - PopWatch news »

He gave life to teenage cavemen and candy-stripe nurses. Crab monsters and humanoids from the deep. T-bird gangs and towns that dreaded sundown. His name is Roger Corman. And on Nov. 14, he will receive an honor that no one would have predicted: an honorary Academy Award. The 83-year-old B-movie titan has made nearly 400 films as a director and producer. From the start, Corman was a magnet for hungry young actors, writers, and directors who would work for slave wages for the chance to make their first film. They called it the "University of Corman," and the alumni include Francis Ford Coppola, »

- Chris Nashawaty

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Casting Tidbits: Richard Dreyfuss, Julian McMahon & More

13 November 2009 6:30 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Casting Tidbits assemble! First up, THR reports that Gus Van Sant's now untitled drama (formerly known as Restless) will be gaining the next generation of young actors as Henry Hopper (son of Dennis Hopper) and Schuyler Fisk (daughter of Sissy Spacek) join actress Mia Wasikowska in this story about a teenage boy (Hopper) and girl (Wasikowska) who share a preoccupation with mortality. Fisk will play Wasikowska's sister while other new cast members include Chin Han playing a doctor treating the girl, Ryo Kase as the spirit of a World War II kamikaze pilot who regularly visits the boy and Jane Adams as the boy's aunt. Next, Heat Vision announced even more casting for the already talent packed comic book adaptation Red, as Julian McMahon (Fantastic Four), Ernest Borgnine (Marty), Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws) and Brian Cox (Fantastic Mr. Fox) will be joining Morgan Freeman, Bruce Willis, and Helen Mirren in »

- Ethan Anderton

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Birthday Suits: Oscar-Snubbed

10 November 2009 5:11 PM, PST | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

Today's birthday list doesn't make me feel celebratory so much as oscarighteously furious. Perhaps I should explain. It's only the four first birthday boys whipping me into a golden frenzy. Then things calm down.

Claude, Ann and Dick

Todays Birthdays 11/10

1889 Claude Rains, never won an Oscar. This despite being a great screen actor, whose filmography reads like a catalogue of Golden Age greatness. He's an actor who made indelible contributions to not 1, not 2 but 7 Best Picture nominees, a number that doesn't even reflect films like Notorious, Now Voyager, The Wolf Man, The Invisible Man, Mrs. Skeffington or The Greatest Story Ever Told. He didn't even get an honorary statue!

1925 Richard Burton, never won an Oscar. This despite winning exactly as many nominations as Liz Taylor won husbands.

1928 Ennio Moriccone has never won an Oscar. This despite being a world reknowned composer, being worshipped by film fanatics and revolutionizing how people scored Westerns. »

- NATHANIEL R

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Badasses of Horror: Part One

5 November 2009 4:34 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

If you want to talk about badass crap, you really can’t do a hell of a lot worse than the horror genre. Whether it’s crazy Eastern Europeans with slicked-back hair and overly developed canine teeth chomping down on the necks of scantily clad maidens or demented, murderous psychopaths running around in body armor made from human skin and carving X’s into the chest cavities of wayward coeds with gasoline-powered gardening implements, horror never seems to disappoint when it comes to violent homicide or paint-bombing dungeon walls with a thick coat of crimson substances. Therefore, in an effort to promote my new book Badass: A Relentless Onslaught Of The Toughest Warlords, Vikings, Samurai, Pirates, Gunslingers, And Military Commanders To Ever Live (in which I talk about such real-life badasses as the notorious Vlad the Impaler; see the trailer here), I will attempt to discuss some of the toughest »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (Ben Thompson)

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Afm '09: Crazy Awesome First Still from 'Piranha 3D'

4 November 2009 1:26 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

One of the coolest things we stumbled across at this year's Afm are the first ever images from Alex Aja's (High Tension, Mirrors, The Hills Have Eyes) 3-D remake of Piranha 3D. Beyond the break you'll witness mayhem in bloody waters, along with your first look as Richard Dreyfuss (Jaws)! After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the areas new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself. Elisabeth Shue, Adam Scott, Ving Rhames, Richard Dreyfuss, Dina Meyer, Brooklynn Proulx, Quinn Lord, Riley Steele, Jessica Szohr, Jerry O'Connell, Paul Scheer, Cody Longo, Riley Steele, Eli Roth, Ricardo Chavira all star. »

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AFI's 100 Years ...100 Movie Quotes

4 November 2009 4:45 AM, PST | Extra | See recent Extra news »

"Extra" brings you AFI's 100 Best Movie Quotes of all time! From "The Wizard of Oz" to "Taxi Driver," see if your favorites made the list!

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie QuotesGone with the Wind (1939)

“Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.” —Said by Clark Gable as Rhett Butler to Vivien Leigh as Scarlett O’Hara.

The Godfather (1972)

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” —Marlon Brando as Don Corleone.

On the Waterfront (1954)

“You don’t understand! »

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Richard Dreyfuss Battles New Jaws in 'Piranha 3-D'

3 November 2009 10:30 PM, PST | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

The folks over at Bloody-Disgusting unearthed some photos from the forthcoming 3-D remake of Piranha, while at the American Film Market. The images give us our first look at cast member Richard Dreyfuss. And unless we miss our guess, you'll observe that those clothes he's wearing look awfully familiar; as if he raided one Matt Hooper's closet.

We just wanna know: is he driving the boat, too?

Here's the setup for the new film: After a sudden underwater tremor sets free scores of the prehistoric man-eating fish, an unlikely group of strangers must band together to stop themselves from becoming fish food for the area's new razor-toothed residents. But our heroine (Elisabeth Shue) is seriously outnumbered, and with only one chance to save the lake and her family from totally being devoured, she must risk everything to destroy the aquatic carnivores herself.

We're a little stymied as to why Dreyfuss »

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‘The Fourth Kind’ Abduction Featurette and Genre Picks

2 November 2009 10:15 AM, PST | The Flickcast | See recent The Flickcast news »

If you have been eagerly anticipating Friday’s release of The Fourth Kind, here is a creepy little featurette from Universal and Yahoo Movies to prime you for the movie — which you can watch after the jump. It’s no spoiler to note that the plot of the movie has to do with missing people in Alaska, and possible alien abduction. This featurette provides a back-story, so to speak, about the four different kinds of alien encounters.

Still can’t sate your appetite for alien abduction? If so, take a look at these other genre titles while you are biding your time. And, look for our review of The Fourth Kind on Friday.

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) – Arguably the best known in the genre. This movie terrified me when I saw it as a child. Steven Speilberg’s follow up to Jaws racked up several oscar nominations and won for best cinematography. »

- Shannon Hood

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Sirius Xm Lists Top 101 “Halloween Horror Score Chop Down”

30 October 2009 4:16 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Quick, what’s the scariest horror film score out there?  I’m sure a couple of no-brainers came to mind, and a few of you probably thought of something wholly original.  Thanks to the Cinemagic channel on Sirius Xm, we have an official list to choose from.  There are a few shocking inclusions, and a couple of omissions, one that I, myself, deem glaring.

See for yourself:

Halloween John Carpenter 1

Psycho Bernard Herrmann 2

The Shining Wendy Carlos/Assorted 3

Jaws John Williams 4

Alien Jerry Goldsmith 5

Omen, The Jerry Goldsmith 6

Bride of Frankenstein Franz Waxman 7

Thing, The Ennio Morricone 8

Exorcist, The Pendereki 9

Fog, The John Carpenter 10

Rosemary’s Baby Christopher Komeda 11

Hellraiser Christopher Young 12

Friday the 13th Harry Manfredini 13

A Nightmare on Elm Street Charles Bernstein 14

Suspira Goblin 15

Poltergeist Jerry Goldsmith 16

Changeling, The Rick Williams 17

Dawn of the Dead Assorted 18

Haunted Palace, The Ronald Stein 19

Amityville Horror, The Lalo Schifrin 20

Creepshow John »

- Kirk

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Here's the Top 101 Scariest Film Scores!

30 October 2009 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

This month, Shock readers were asked to participate in Sirius Xm Radio's "Halloween Horror Score Chopdown" on Cinemagic. After gathering submissions, the show's team started rolling them out on Sirius Monday. If you haven't been tuning in, here's the complete list of soundtracks that made the cut. What do you think? Halloween John Carpenter 1 Psycho Bernard Herrmann 2 The Shining Wendy Carlos/Assorted 3 Jaws John Williams 4 Alien Jerry Goldsmith 5 Omen, The Jerry Goldsmith 6 Bride of Frankenstein Franz Waxman 7 Thing, The Ennio Morricone 8 Exorcist, The Pendereki 9 Fog, The John Carpenter 10 Rosemary's Baby Christopher Komeda 11 Hellraiser Christopher Young 12 Friday the 13th Harry Manfredini 13 A Nightmare on Elm Street Charles Bernstein 14 »

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