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It had to happen: There’s so much voiceover narration in today’s movies, so much needless verbal play-by-play, that it was only a matter of time before somebody made a picture narrated by that life of the party himself, Death. The Grim Reaper delivers the opening monologue of The Book Thief, Brian Percival’s adaptation of Markus Zusak’s novel about a somber, precocious schoolgirl in Nazi Germany, and his voice sounds a lot like Roger Allam’s, probably because it is Roger Allam’s. You can’t fault that choice: Death probably would sound a lot like an esteemed English character actor. But The Book Thief is just so silly, despite the fact that it deals with a very grave time in history, one in which Death certainly had a »
• Ragnarök is now! • Against his masters’ orders a deranged and vengeful Sentry kills an Uncanny Avenger! No hoax, no dream and only the first casualty of many! • To allow reinforcements from other eras The Wasp must find and destroy the Twins Tachyon transmitter, but first she’ll have to defeat The Grim Reaper. • Scarlet Witch makes an impossible choice that will define her forever. • Sunfire and Rogue, alone without back up, must defeat the combined might of both Apocalypse Twins or watch the end of our world! Uncanny Avengers #13 Written by Rick Remender Pencils by Daniel Acuna Cover by John Cassaday »
New movie V/H/S 2 has its sights set on scaring the bejeezus out of you. So we asked the directors, including Britain's own Gareth Evans, to critique other masters of the form, like that ad where the kid forgets to put his seatbelt on
The Grim Reaper stalks the reservoirs of Britain, hoping to lure an errant child to his death. A northern lad rescues a football from an electricity pylon before meeting a crispy end. Two friends caper along a train line as the rails begin to hum. A schoolboy sits moodily behind his mother, not bothering with his seatbelt. Even the threat posed by freshly polished floors was deemed enough to warrant a scare-ad by the Central Office of Information, the arm of the Cabinet Office that, until its austerity-driven closure last year, spent hundreds of millions of taxpayers' pounds (including a budget of £531m in 2009/10) trying »
The Grim Reaper is headed back to Fox's The Simpsons. Executive producer Al Jean told reporters during a recent conference call that the writers are "working on a script where a character will pass away." Photos: Meet the Cast of 'The Simpsons' "We are doing this story for the same reason we do all others -- we think it has a good emotional through line," Jean told The Hollywood Reporter on Tuesday, keeping under wraps whether the character would be killed off or pass away. "The story will be produced this year though it may air in season 26.
- Lesley Goldberg
The Grim Reaper is set to return.
In the first promo for Supernatural Season 9, we see Dean concerned over the state of his brother, expressing shock to a doctor who claims Sam's life is in "God's hands." We then see Death himself confronting the revived Winchester sibling with an eerie warning: I've been waiting for you.
Might this be the secret Supernatural spoilers have hinted Dean will be keeping from Sam? And what about all those angels who have fallen back to Earth? How will they come into play on the opener?
Prepare for the October 7 premiere now with a couple glimpses of Abaddon and Castiel as well. Watch, enjoy... and be afraid:
Supernatural Season 9 Trailer »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
Director Adam R. Steigert has started shooting his dramatic thriller A Grim Becoming. Principal photography began in June of 2013. Shooting ends in September and fans will recognize a few names from the film. A Grim Becoming stars Devanny Pinn (The Lonely Ones), Jessica Cameron (The Black Dahlia Haunting), Melantha Blackthorne (Fable: Teeth of Beasts) and Bill Oberst Jr. (Scary or Die). The film involves multi-million business deals and a death in the family. Competition in the working world is putting Raphael (Brandon Williams) in a vulnerable position. On top of that, he has recently seen someone's souls stolen by the Grim Reaper, which leaves Raphael questioning his own life. A Grim Becoming is expected to release in the Q3 of 2014 and a still has been release from the film. The photo (above) shows actress Pinn as Jamie. The Grim Reaper looms and Jamie's time might be up. More details on »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
There are a handful of directors I would do anything to see working again. I'm not necessarily talking about retired filmmakers, but those who appear to be floating in the ether. Don't Look Now and Performance director Nicolas Roeg is one of them. His movies still haunt. Michele Soavi is also on that list. There are moments in the filmmaker's body of work that threatened to trump the Italian horror masters — directors he actually worked with, including Dario Argento (on Tenebrae, Phenomena and Opera) and Lamberto Bava (on A Blade in the Dark and Demons). Soavi even made the crossover to mainstream cinema as second unit director on Terry Gilliam's The Brothers Grimm and The Adventures of Baron Munchausen. As Soavi came into his own as a director, he edged closer to brilliance. The Church was an atmospheric twist on Lamberto Bava's Demons series, but his 1994 film Cemetery Man (a. »
- Alison Nastasi
"There will be three deaths in five episodes." The grim reaper is coming to Teen Wolf again, people, so get the tissues ready! As if losing Erica (Gage Golightly) and Boyd (Sinqua Walls) wasn't already enough heartbreak and loss for fans to deal with, the MTV hit series will be offing another three characters before season three ends. Oh Jeff Davis, you cruel, cruel man! But at least there will be some epic kisses to help soften the blow? At Comic-Con, we chatted with stars Dylan O'Brien and Holland Roden about Stiles and Lydia's upcoming smooch that everyone is talking about! Plus, Tyler Hoechlin, Tyler Posey and Daniel Sharman tease what's ahead for Derek, Scott and »
Season six really came to a head this week. (Seriously, though, stop reading if you don’t want to be spoiled.)
True Blood did a little house cleaning July 21, knocking off two relatively important, though very different, characters. We also got to see fairy-on-fairy sex for the first time, and it was even more sparkly than I could have ever imagined — not that I spent a lot of time imagining it. … Oh, boy.
The Grim Reaper’s first visit was to Terry (Todd Lowe), who was glamoured into forgetting everything about the war — including that he’d paid someone to assassinate him. So Terry went night-night forever in the back parking lot at Merlotte’s, while Billith (Stephen Moyer) paid a little visit to Governor Burrell. And by “paid a little visit,” I mean he gave ol’ Truman the full decapitation treatment. It was a long time coming, »
- Andy Swift
It’s sad to say, but I’m not getting any younger. Mixed in with the sadness that I can’t outrun The Grim Reaper forever (but I do continually flip him the bird from over my shoulder) is a cool compilation of great memories. Memories are an awesome aspect of existence in the sense that they can be sparked by all kinds of situations. Looking at an old photo of friends sitting around a Nintendo or Sega Genesis sparks memories of that day and that time, not to mention that era.
Thinking about the games we played and the conversations we had are a great part of getting older and anticipating the good times to come, there’s a lot to look forward to (especially since I plan to hang in there until I can be downloaded into an immortal killer cyborg that will eat planets). Thanks to technology »
- Dante R Maddox
Lamberto Bava cut his teeth in cinema working with giallo legend Mario Bava, his father, and alongside Dario Argento and Ruggero Deodato. Italian horror fans have a special place in their hearts for his two Demons films and the underrated A Blade in the Dark contains some of his finer work. The comparisons are unfair, but Bava has never displayed the visual prowess of mentor Argento, his famous father, or even collaborator Michele Soavi. He does, however, deliver an occasionally entertaining film — even if the greatest moments are derivative of the masters.
Delirium is a late giallo, which must have been somewhat strange for fans during its 1987 release. Curvaceous red telephones, harbingers of doom for the red-lipped women answering them, were replaced with clunky cordless phones. The shoulder pads, hair, ridiculous wardrobe, and decor are epically '80s — but 26 years later, it works. Sales are booming for Pussycat Magazine, but »
- Alison Nastasi
More than a month after being cancelled by ABC, the acclaimed comedy remains homeless — and time is not on the show’s side.
Related | Renewal Scorecard: What’s Cancelled? What’s Returning? What’s Still on the Bubble?
Sony’s contractual hold on the cast will expire later this week, and sources confirm that there are no serious offers on the table — broadcast, cable, streaming or otherwise — to keep the show alive.
A possible move to USA Network — widely believed to be Endings‘ most likely savior — was nixed earlier this month. »
- Michael Ausiello
To celebrate the 30th anniversary, re-live every side-splitting comedic moment, every outrageous vignette and every tasteless joke, as Monty Python’S The Meaning Of Life commands your attention once again. The classic Python film will debut on Blu-ray™ on October 8, 2013 with Digital Copy & UltraViolet™, and is packed with extra features including a nostalgic cast reunion featurette The Meaning of Monty Python: 30th Anniversary Reunion, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
The Meaning of Life brought all the loyal Pythonites back together, sharing writing responsibilities as they returned to their much loved sketch show format, with Terry Jones directing and John Goldstone producing. Bringing to life roles ranging from The Grim Reaper to the legendary Mr. Creosote are John Cleese (Faulty Towers; A Fish Called Wanda) Terry Gilliam (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas; Brazil), Eric Idle (What About Dick?, Shrek the Third), Terry Jones (Life of Brian, Monty Python and the Holy Grail »
- Michelle McCue
It's been a busy couple days in the TV world -- with a ton of shows getting the axe, one coming back from the dead and a new Marvel show releasing its first trailer!Here's some of the biggest news (so far!) this morning:1.) Jack Bauer is Back!Fox just confirmed that "24" is returning as a 12-episode miniseries dubbed "24: Live Another Day." The series will follow Kiefer Sutherland's Jack Bauer as he likely stops yet another terrorist threat on American soil. Since it's only 12 episodes, the show will still be in real time, but will skip hours between shows.2.) Marvel Hits the Small ScreenAfter the success of "Iron Man 3," Marvel is expanding their universe to TV -- with ABC releasing the first trailer for their upcoming series, "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D." Described as the continuation of "The Avengers," the series sees the return of Agent Coulson ... though we're not sure how yet. »
- tooFab Staff
The 70th Venice Film Festival will have legendary Italian helmer Bernardo Bertolucci as the head of its competition jury. The creator of films like The Conformist, Last Tango In Paris, 1900, and The Last Emperor, Bertolucci started his march to name, fame, and his much venerated position in world cinema at the 1962 edition of the festival with his debut feature The Grim Reaper Read More »
Bernardo Bertolucci will preside over the International Jury for the Competition of the 70th Venice International Film Festival (28 August – 7 September 2013), which will award the Golden Lion and other official prizes.
“Very few directors can claim a lifetime experience so passionately committed to contemporary cinema like Bertolucci’s. His work has explored with insatiable curiosity the world around us and the ever evolving language of film, discovering and bringing to our attention what’s most vital and beautiful. Such commitment to “the present” is one of the finest services that cinema can render to itself and is one of the many reasons why Bertolucci is the ideal Jury President” stated the Director of the Venice Film Festival Alberto Barbera.
“I cheerfully accept to chair the jury of the 70th Venice International Film Festival,” stated Bernardo Bertolucci . “This is my second time. In 1983 the Venice Film Festival was celebrating its 40th edition. »
The Italo auteur, who is 72, bowed his first feature, gritty drama “The Grim Reaper,” from the Lido in 1962, when he has a boy wonder.
Bertolucci previously served as Venice jury topper in 1983, presiding over the jury that lionized his idol, Jean-Luc Godard, for “Prenom Carmen” at the fest’s 40th edition.
“At the time what I wanted from films was surprise and enjoyment. I haven’t changed much since then,” Bertolucci said Thursday.
Venice artistic director Alberto Barbera praised Bertolucci for exploring “with insatiable curiosity the world around us and the ever-evolving language of film.”
Bertolucci won nine Oscars in 1987 for “The Last Emperor,” making him the only Italian ever to win an Oscar for best director. He recently returned to the director’s chair after an eight-year hiatus »
- Nick Vivarelli
Bernardo Bertolucci's first offering in a decade is a lightweight, disappointing affair
Between 1962, when he made his feature debut with The Grim Reaper, a Rashomon-style thriller scripted by Pasolini, up to 1990, when he directed an underrated adaptation of Paul Bowles's The Sheltering Sky, Bertolucci was responsible for some of the finest films of our time. The greatest perhaps was The Conformist, which brought together Marx and Freud in provocative and persuasive ways. Since then, however, his films have been woolly and lightweight, and Me and You, his first picture since illness confined him to a wheelchair 10 years ago, is equally disappointing.
His last movie, The Dreamers of 2003, was a reworking of Cocteau's Les enfants terribles in 1960s Paris. Me and You continues this hermetic, semi-incestuous theme with the 14-year-old Lorenzo living a clandestine life with his drug-addicted, 25-year-old half-sister, Olivia, in the basement of the Rome flat of his divorced mother. »
- Philip French
It often comes as a shock to remember that some of cinema's most revered elders were once young firebrands. Bernardo Bertolucci was only 21 when he directed his first feature The Grim Reaper and 23 when he followed it up with Before the Revolution, one of the best films about the torments of youth. Today, aged 73, the maestro returns to that same subject, in a modest and intimate film – essentially a two-hander set in a cramped basement. »
The most jarring experiences that I remember from my youth were the early morning phone calls. I would hear my father scurrying to get the phone. I would shut my eyes tight, knowing that it couldn't be good news. I'd hear a muffled "Oh no...," followed by a "When did it happen?" The Grim Reaper visited our house riding not a black steed, but the wings of Pacific Bell and always at early dawn. It's different today. In an age where your online friends teeter at the 1,000 mark, death comes »
- Richard Stellar
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