10 items from 2017
Exhumed Films is resurrecting some beloved horror favorites from the 1970s and ’80s and projecting them onto the big screen at Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers, including Friday the 13th Part III, starring my original horror crush and maybe yours, too, Jason Voorhees! And also, we have release details for Escape Room, Paperbacks From Hell, Ghastlies, and Mountain Fever, as well as information on the new book Godzilla Faq.
Exhumed Films' Guilty Pleasures IV Marathon: Press Release: "Exhumed Films Presents: Guilty Pleasures IV--in 3-D!
Exhumed Films is pleased to return to the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers to present the fourth edition of The Guilty Pleasures Marathon, our annual assault of cinematic insanity. For this year’s marathon, we present some of the greatest 3-D films of all time, projected from original 35mm prints using state of the art technology! The 1970’s and 1980’s saw a resurgence of three-dimensional movies, particularly in the realm of genre cinema. »
- Tamika Jones
The Toronto International Film Festival announced even more programs for its 2017 edition today. In addition to the Canadian and Cinematheque film lineups, Tiff unveiled the finalists for Telefilm Canada Pitch This! in which filmmaking teams will have the chance to pitch their film idea to a panel of industry experts. The fest also announced that Montreal filmmaker Anne Émond (“Our Loved Ones,” “Nuit #1”) has been selected as the 2017 Len Blum Resident.
One of our most anticipated TV projects of the year, Netflix’s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s novel “Alias Grace,” will make its world premiere in Tiff’s Canadian slate, a collection of works from Canadian filmmakers. “Alias Grace” is a six-part miniseries about Grace Marks (Sarah Gadon), a real-life Irish immigrant and servant in 1840s Upper Canada who was accused — and convicted — of murdering her employer and his housekeeper. The series is written and produced by Sarah Polley (“Stories We Tell,” “Away from Her”) and directed by Mary Harron (“American Psycho,” “I Shot Andy Warhol”).
In honor of Canada’s 150th birthday, this year’s Cinematheque event will celebrate Canadian filmmakers by “revisiting and restoring landmarks of Canada’s cinematic history.” Cinematheque will feature a screening of the digitally-restored “I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing,” written and directed by Patricia Rozema (“Into the Forest”). The 1987 comedic drama follows a photographer (Sheila McCarthy) who discovers that a gallery owner and talented painter (Paule Baillargeon) is actually passing off her lover’s (Ann-Marie MacDonald) artwork as her own.
The Len Blum Residency will see Émond live and work at Tiff Bell Lightbox for two months. She will also receive mentorship from Blum himself, the veteran screenwriter of films like “Stripes” and “Meatballs.” Émond has directed four features and several shorts. Her most recent film, “Nelly,” made its world debut at Tiff 2016. It is a biopic about Canadian novelist Nelly Arcan.
Tiff will be held September 7–17, 2017. Check out the women-directed and co-directed films in the Canadian, Cinematheque, and Pitch This! slates below. Lists and synopses adapted from Tiff.
“Our People Will Be Healed”
Alanis Obomsawin, Canada World Premiere
Sadaf Foroughi, Iran/Canada/Qatar World Premiere
Molly McGlynn, Canada World Premiere
“Never Steady, Never Still”
Kathleen Hepburn, Canada World Premiere
Contemporary World Cinema
Mina Shum, Canada World Premiere
Ingrid Veninger, Canada World Premiere
Mary Harron, Canada/USA World Premiere
“I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing”
Patricia Rozema, Canada, 1987
Inspired by the remarkable true story of an Indigenous woman who overcame the odds to survive 12 days in the Canadian wilderness. Attacked by a trusted friend, she suffered a broken jaw and was left to die. She persevered and lived to tell the tale.
A deadly coming-of-age story about two teenage girls, Rachel and Fern, who become rising stars in the death metal scene. After experiencing an assault, they decide to embark on a bloody quest for revenge, more gruesome than any of their lyrics.
Lucy, a 30-year-old woman with symptoms of schizophrenia, works as a teacher at a Toronto daycare centre. She begins to experience episodes at work, and struggles to navigate her employment, students, co-workers and personal relationships.
Lamia Eaton, a teenager isolated on a remote maple farm, investigates her mother’s uncharacteristic and increasingly eerie behavior. As she begins to unearth an evil presence infecting the farm, Lamia is no longer able to trust anyone, including herself.
“Nadia, Butterfly,” Dominique Dussault, Pascal Plante
“Nadia, Butterfly” reveals the backstage world of the Olympic Games through the eyes of Nadia, a 20-year-old butterfly swimmer. Doubt-ridden about her post-Olympic future after winning bronze for Team Canada at the relay, her very last professional event, Nadia loses herself into lustful nights of excesses, punctuated by episodes of deep questioning.
Tiff 2017 Adds More Programs: “Alias Grace” Series to Make World Premiere was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story. »
- Rachel Montpelier
Almost 40 years ago, the Ivan Reitman/Bill Murray film Meatballs set the standard for summer-camp comedies. Murray was a new Saturday Night Live member, and Reitman took on directing his first mainstream movie after John Landis turned him down in favor of The Blues Brothers. Some more members of the successful crew from National Lampoon’s Animal House bonded together to make the film, most notably Harold Ramis, who needed his $1,700 screenwriting fee to buy some furniture. The team of Reitman, Ramis, and Murray would go on to even greater cinematic success in Stripes and Ghostbusters, but Meatballs was their breakthrough film.
For some reason, Vanity Fair is celebrating “summer of ’78” in 2017, and is featuring an oral history of Meatballs. As you might expect, there were a lot of hijinks both on and off camera. The filmmakers convinced an actual camp in Ontario to let »
- Gwen Ihnat
Ivan Reitman is primarily known as being behind some of the great comedies of all time, either as a director, a producer or both. From Stripes to Animal House to Meatballs to Ghostbusters to Twins, Reitman had a lot to do with the influx of more dirtier and riskier comedies during the late-'70s and early '80s. Ghostbusters already got the reboot treatment last year, but Reitman is also hard at work on bringing back more of the properties he's best known for. Not only is a sequel to Twins (called Triplets) still in development, but he's also working on a new version of Stripes. Reitman dished on the plans for Stripes while promoting the upcoming comedy Bastards at CinemaCon, where Fandango caught up with him. "Well. the conversations...
- Erik Davis
Ivan Reitman is primarily known as being behind some of the great comedies of all time, either as a director, a producer or both. From Stripes to Animal House to Meatballs to Ghostbusters to Twins, Reitman had a lot to do with the influx of more dirtier and riskier comedies during the late '70s and early '80s. Ghostbusters already got the reboot treatment last year, but Reitman is also hard at work on bringing back more of the properties he's best known for. Not only...
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Los Angeles – A shock occurred on Oscar Sunday when it was announced that popular actor Bill Paxton had died after complications during surgery. He had appeared in classic films like “The Terminator,” “Weird Science” “Aliens” “One False Move,” “True Lies,” “Apollo 13” and “Titanic,” and the HBO series “Big Love.” He was 61.
He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, and as an eight year old appeared in pictures as John F. Kennedy came out of Hotel Texas there on the morning of November 22th, 1963. His film debut was in Jonathan Demme’s “Crazy Mama,” (1975), followed by small roles in “Stripes” (1981), “Streets of Fire” and “The Terminator” (both 1984). After a cult appearance as Chet in “Weird Science” (1985), he had prominent roles as Private Hudson in “Aliens” (1986), Dale “Hurricane” Dixon in “One False Move” (1992), clueless Simon in “True Lies” (1994), Astronaut Fred Haise in “Apollo 13” (1995), Brock Lovett in the modern part of »
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By Nathaniel R
In all the hoopla and festivities surrounding Oscar night, we neglected to note the passing of an actor who has a real pop culture fixture since the 1980s. Bill Paxton died of complications in surgery the day before the Oscars. He was currently leading the TV adaptation of Training Day in the former Denzel Washington role (they had reversed the race dynamics of the leads for the series). CBS says the role will not be recast though they have not yet announced if there will be a second season.
- NATHANIEL R
Some very sad news this afternoon, with American actor Bill Paxton passing away after reportedly suffering complications following surgery. He was 61 years old.
Born in Texas, Paxton began his career in the 1980s, appearing in minor roles in the likes of Stripes, The Terminator and Commando. These were followed by memorable turns in films such as Weird Science (1985), Aliens (1986) and Near Dark (1987). He would also reunite with The Terminator and Aliens director James Cameron for 1994’s True Lies and 1997’s Titanic, as well as the 2003 documentary Ghosts of the Abyss.
Paxton’s other notable big screen credits included Predator 2 (making him one of only two actors alongside Lance Henriksen to go up against a Terminator, a Xenomorph and a Predator), Tombstone, Apollo 13, Twister, A Simple Plan, 2 Guns, Edge of Tomorrow and Nightcrawler. He also directed 2001’s Frailty and 2005’s The Greatest Game Ever Played.
He also enjoyed success on the small screen, »
- Gary Collinson
"It is with heavy hearts we share the news that Bill Paxton has passed away due to complications from surgery," a representative for the family said in a statement to Rolling Stone.
"A loving husband and father, Bill began his career in Hollywood working on films in the art department and went on to have an illustrious career spanning four decades as »
In 11 Questions, The A.V. Club asks interesting people 11 interesting questions—and then asks them to suggest one for our next interviewee.
John Larroquette made his name as the amoral, unabashedly sleazy attorney Dan Fielding on Night Court, a role that earned him a then-record four Emmys in a row—and one that, aside from a shared wicked sense of humor, bore little resemblance to the thoughtful, genteel actor with a passion for rare books. Larroquette’s gotten closer since then by playing the Thomas Pynchon-loving main character on The John Larroquette Show and more recently as the nigh-omniscient researcher on TNT’s The Librarians (whose third season wraps January 22). But those who only know him from sitcoms or movie roles like Stripes or Meatballs 2 likely know little of the man with a zeal for Samuel Beckett. So we put Larroquette to our 11 Questions in ...
- Sean O'Neal
10 items from 2017