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These days part of the fun of watching a movie in theaters or at home with the ability to freeze frames, is finding the hidden Easter eggs hidden within. For the history buffs out there, the origin of the cinematic Easter egg dates back to The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Supposedly one day on the set, the cast decided to have a traditional Easter egg hunt, as you do, but some of the eggs were never found and actually appeared in frames of the movie! So if you're obsessed with finding hidden »
- Graham McMorrow
(The Criterion Collection)
Everything Ugly Is Beautiful
One of the many excellent supplements that appear on this disc is a rare video interview from 1979 with David Lynch (and cinematographer Frederick Elmes). For those of us who have aged along with the director, it is a striking glimpse at a young artist at the beginning of his strange and wonderful career. In it, he explains that he is attracted to sometimes harsh, oppressive settings, such as the nightmarish industrial cityscape in Eraserhead. “What everyone else finds ugly, I find beautiful,” he says proudly. And the director has pretty much remained true to his word, hasn’t he?
Eraserhead is a landmark picture, but its original release in 1977 was slow to reach an audience. It gained its must-see reputation only after the film was picked up to run on the midnight movie circuit that »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Summer holidays, barbecues on the beach and weekends decimated by relentless weddings: this is August for some. For other, more discerning types, it is about Frightfest, otherwise known as the chance to spend those rare sunny days ensconced in a darkened room for a horror movie marathon. This year’s Leicester Square event featured the usual mix of gonzo gore, copycat-killings and premiere screenings of future favourites; we managed to catch a few highlights.
The latest film from writer and director Riley Stearns (Mary Elizabeth Winstead’s husband, fact fans), Faults, received a European premiere last month. Massively enjoyable from start to finish, Stearns’ black comedy mostly eschews the genre necessity of scattergun bloody slayings in favour of an intelligent script focusing on the gaping voids left in desperate characters’ lives. »
Since her first role at the age of 15 in Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s Kids, Rosario Dawson has had an extraordinary career in both mainstream and independent cinema. From dramas to comedies to action films to musicals, her range has proved to be almost boundless, inhabiting tremendously diverse characters with a deftness that’s rarely seen.
In person Dawson comes across as extremely approachable, fiercely intelligent and quick to laugh. It doesn’t hurt at all to learn that she’s a geek at heart, going on at length after the interview about her love of genre cinema, Star Wars and The Rocky Horror Picture Show (with a particularly endearing gush for the titanic talent that is Tim Curry).
- Jason Gorber
Dogwoof have been our favourite documentary film distributors in recent years and now they are set to celebrate their 10-year anniversary with a tremendous looking line-up of new films at London’s Ica from Friday 26th September to Sunday 28th September.
Their three-day Dogwoof Weekender birthday bash is showcasing six hot new releases, with the opening gala on Friday 26th being the highly anticipated Life Itself, the biography of American critic and commentator Roger Ebert from acclaimed director Steve James - Watch a clip here! The Saturday and Sunday screenings will include four exclusive previews of Dogwoof’s Autumn slate, so come to one, come to all, this isn’t just a birthday party but a platform of the best in documentary filmmaking.
- Dan Bullock
Director: Jerome Sable.
Running Time: 89 minutes.
Synopsis: After the murder of their broadway star mother (Driver), two teens are left as cooks at a summer camp for performing arts. It turns out that the producer (Meat Loaf) intends to resurrect the show that was to be their mother’s last.
Certainly aiming for a unique angle at this year’s FrightFest is the enjoyably silly Stage Fright. Announcing your film as a cross between Friday The 13th and Glee may not be the best way to draw in the crowds, but it is certainly an intriguing premise. Horror’s and musicals have joined forces before in the form of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Cannibal The Musical, Phantom Of The Opera and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Billed as Friday the 13th meets Glee, Stage Fright is a new take on the classic slasher formula which sees Kylie Swanson (Driver) brutally murdered after her star-making performance in the Broadway-bound musical ‘The Haunting of the Opera’. Ten years later, her producer Roger McCall (Loaf) is running a musical theatre summer camp where Kylie’s twins, Camilla and Buddy help out. When Roger decides to revive ‘The Haunting of the Opera’ kabuki-style for the end of term entertainment, Camilla wants her mother’s cursed role. But the masked Opera Ghost returns with rehearsals ready to break a leg and strike down the cast and its leading lady again…
Sharing it’s name with one of my favourite giallo of all time, »
- Phil Wheat
Just in time for its 40th year anniversary, Shout Factory has amassed a glorious Blu-ray remastering of Brian De Palma’s 1974 classic, Phantom of the Paradise. A glam-rock musical that’s enjoyed a sizeable cult following after an initial muted theatrical release, it represents the filmmaker’s most enjoyable attempt at comedy in this vintage satire about consumerism vs. creative control.
On the eve of unveiling his glam rock palace The Paradise, cutthroat music mogul Swan is struggling with how to open with just the right song to be performed by doo-wop group the Juicy Fruits (modeled after Sha Na Na). When Swan hears the music of aspiring singer songwriter Winslow Leach (William Finely, a De Palma regular), he decides he wants his music, an epic cantata modernizing Faust, but not the man. After his tunes are stolen, the songwriter tries to barge his way into Swan’s rehearsals but is thrown out, »
- Nicholas Bell
"Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!"
Phineas and Ferb has had its fair share of annoying episodes, but they do have a handful of really cool ones as well. This Halloween special is sure to be a good one.
The show loves to play with pop-culture and pull on the nostalgia strings at times. They've implemented things from Star Wars, Star Trek, Doctor Who, The Wizard of Oz, Frankenstein, My Fair Lady, The Little Mermaid, E.T., Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Marvel, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, and more.
Pegg and Frost will fit right into this world, »
- Joey Paur
Ever since the cult zombie classic Shaun of the Dead hit theaters exactly 10 years ago, many fans have been clamoring for a sequel. While that won't be happening anytime soon, Simon Pegg announced today on his Twitter page that he will reprise his role as Shaun, with Nick Frost returning as Ed for Phineas and Ferb's Halloween special on the Disney Channel this October.
Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014
Of course, it isn't known how these beloved characters Shaun and Ed will fit into the Phineas and Ferb story, but the series has a long history of referencing hit movies since the show first started airing on the Disney Channel back in 2007. The show has referenced hits such as Star Wars, Star Trek, Indiana Jones, E. »
Horror musicals don't come around all that often, but we were treated to one this year by the name of Stage Fright, featuring the likes of Meat Loaf and Minnie Driver. The film's soundtrack is on its way, and we have all the details right here.
Lakeshore Records will release the Stage Fright – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally on August 19th and on CD September 23rd. Stage Fright features performances by Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver, Allie MacDonald, the Metal Killer, and more.
The film’s writer/director Jerome Sable and Eli Batalion composed the music and lyrics for this "Glee" meets The Rocky Horror Picture Show musical comedy, producing a genre-bending score that mixes heavy metal rock with a full orchestral sound. This R-rated horror-musical was produced by Ari Lantos and Jonas Bell Pasht.
Starry-eyed teenager Camilla Swanson (MacDonald) wants to follow in her mother’s footsteps and become a Broadway diva, »
- Debi Moore
If you were as big a fan of Darren Lynn Bousman and Terrance Zdunich’s musical horror spectacle The Devil’s Carnival as I, you can officially start rejoicing now that production has begun on The Devil’s Carnival 2. If you can remember, a teaser trailer was released way back in 2012 that suggested the hellish carnival inhabitants would be traded for – or joined by – an equally colorful cast of heavenly bodies, and this was confirmed by TechN9ne’s angelic Librarian. Since then, there hasn’t been much movement, but if you’ve been checking up on the project’s social media channels, you’d know that Bousman’s production has officially been given the green light! Alleluia!
- Matt Donato
The superhero movies released by Marvel Studios tend to downplay the more outré elements of their source material. Even the Thor films have mostly held back on the elaborate space-god architecture of the comic book’s mythology, defaulting to a few familiar fantasy-genre elements (evil elves, shining cities, magic-as-plot-shortcut). Not so with Guardians of the Galaxy, a movie which dives deep into a few different deep-space cultures. Perhaps fearful of scaring people off, the movie’s first act drops a lot of exposition grenades about the key points of Galaxy’s Galaxy. Even if you can’t tell the Kree from the Xandarians, »
- Darren Franich
Syfy's campy horror comedy is the hottest trending topic on twitter.
Syfy's fun, creative, and totally insane "horror" "comedy" Sharknado 2: The Second One – a sequel to the first Sharknado film, in case that was unclear – dominated Twitter as it quickly became the number one trending topic.
Fans, celebs, and lunatics the world over took to the social media platform to join in on the journey of meta-referential self-mockery. Participating in the live-tweeting celebration was this generation's version of going to an interactive screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Watch: There's a Sharknado Coming!
Check out some of Twitter's greatest celeb comments about this instant "classic."
If Tara Reid doesn't end this movie with a chainsaw for a hand, I don't even »
Doris the Deadite greets us atop the stairs leading to Planet Hollywood’s V3 Theater in Las Vegas. Wearing a blood-splotched white dress with a matching white hat nestled on her curly blonde hair, Doris smiles through the peeling gray skin of her face. Teeth bared, eyes darting from sunken sockets, Doris cackles and beckons us closer for a photo. Welcome to the immersive atmosphere of Evil Dead The Musical Ultimate 4D Experience.
A tasty slice of horror heaven from director/producer Sirc Michaels that’s based on Sam Raimi’s Evil Dead trilogy, as well as the book and lyrics of George Reinblatt, this Vegas production is packed with nods to its beloved source material, but also boasts buckets of blood-drenched originality.
After our photo is snapped with Doris, we hang out in the bar area for a bit before another Deadite calls us into the theater. As we walk down a short hallway, »
- Derek Anderson
One of the problems of working with Susan Sarandon that doesn't come up that much: She's too perfect. At least, too perfect for some roles. Melissa McCarthy was a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Monday, and she talked about some of the snags that the crew encountered working on her new film opening July 2, Tammy, in which Sarandon plays a grandmother. "Susan looks too good" was apparently a repeated problem McCarthy heard from the film's director of photography. "Susan seems to be glowing from within," was commonly cited as well, McCarthy added. True story: Part of production was making prosthetic »
- Alex Heigl
The Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack may be massively popular all over the globe, but it's always set my teeth on edge. As it happens, I know why this is the case – it can be traced all the way back to 1994 when I'd just started university. The girl in the campus room above happened to be a fan of Rocky Horror and would play the wretched thing over and over until the tape became time warped. And to that day, whenever a Rocky Horror song has come on the radio or TV, I've mentally ground my teeth till there's nothing left but gum.
Living Conditions sees Buffy continuing her mission to try and settle down into college life. While it's a smoother ride than her first days in The Freshman , her growing conflict with Kathy is still making college a bit of a chore. It seems that no matter how hard she tries, »
They say all men are created equal, but luckily for us, all women are not.
In a world where “the girl next door” rules over all female archetypes, there is a common phrase used to describe women who don’t fall into the same category as leading ladies such as Grease’s Sandy, The Rocky Horror Picture Show’s Janet Weiss, or The Notebook’s Allie Hamilton. These women are often described as “girls you wouldn’t take home to meet Mom.”
This phrase describes a variety of women, and in film those women that you wouldn’t bring home for the holidays would include the over-sexed, the over-indulgent, the mentally unbalanced and deranged, or the socially inept/awkward. Just because these aren’t the types of girls that you’d typically see sharing a pot of Folgers with your mother in the morning doesn’t necessarily mean they aren’t your type of woman. »
- Tommy Bobby Watanabe
"Jersey Boys" might have been the Broadway hit of the year in 2005, but Clint Eastwood's film isn't making too many waves at the box office. Most critics haven't been too enthused either, and not without reason. The appeal of Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice's show was that the audience could get swept up in live performances of songs they knew and loved, and that they could sing and dance along. You can't really do that in the movie theater unless "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" is playing, and the fun (if slight) jukebox musical is turned into a tired music biopic about a bunch of guys who had personal problems, stopped liking each other, and, oh, by the way, also sang some first-rate tunes. Even if "Jersey Boys" absolutely had to be turned into a movie, Eastwood's style is totally at odds with the material. The film retains »
- Max O'Connell
Rik Mayall, who played the pompous, poetry-spouting anarchist Rick on the early Eighties U.K. cult comedy The Young Ones, has died, according to a statement his manager shared with the BBC. He was 56. The cause and circumstances of Mayall's death have not yet been revealed.
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In addition to The Young Ones, Mayall appeared on the U.K. sitcoms Blackadder, The New Statesman and a show with his Young Ones costar Adrian Edmondson, Bottom. His best-known movie role was playing opposite »
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