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They've set me loose in Ballroom 20 with a laptop and my own discretion, so I'm going to type away and update as I go. Here's hoping I don't drop anything. Forgive any typos. [3:03 Pdt] - Jeph Loeb has come to moderate and we're getting the room warmed up. Today is about saying thank you to the fans and for their support and---oh hai Clark Gregg. [3:05 Pdt] - Clark wants to do "The Thing" but Jeph says he has to thank people. Lots of folks at Marvel, at ABC. Also, we've mentioned the new timeslot multiple times. [3:10 Pdt] - Introducing the panel. Who's on the panel? Jeff Lee, Maurissa Tancharoen, Jed Whedon, Henry Simmons, Iain De Caestecker, Elizabeth Henstridge, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, and Clark Gregg. [3:12 Pst] Sizzle reel of all the awesome things that happened last season. Lots of ass kicking, 'splosions, all the cool story elements are here. Basically, it's one whole reminder »
- Geek Girl Diva
It's one thing to set a TV series in the 1980s; it's a whole other thing, however, to make it feel like it was actually shot during the Reagan-and-Rubik's-Cube era. Matt and Ross Duffer's new Netflix series Stranger Things is full of nostalgic nods to the decade and its pop-cultural products, but it's also uncommonly rigorous about getting the details just right — whether it's the many pitch-perfect music cues, the hat-tipping nods and homages to Eighties movies, or simply nailing the cringeworthy fashion statements of the day (those Mom jeans! »
Dan Cooper Jul 20, 2016
What 80s pop culture references and nods did you spot in Netflix's Stranger Things? We start the ball rolling...
Warning: contains spoilers for Stranger Things.
The term ‘love letter’ gets thrown around a lot these days: citing a few signature texts as being influential in the creation of your movie or TV show is now directorial de rigeur. Not only is it a method proven to pull in fans of those classics seeking to slake their ravenous nostalgic urges, it’s also a great way to borrow a dash of glamour, to stand on the shoulders of giants as it were.
That said, Netflix’s new show, Stranger Things is not one of those love letters. This is no scribbled declaration of romance, hastily scrawled on a Post-It note and hurled at the back of your head. This is a Shakespearean sonnet of a love letter – an artfully constructed declaration of adoration, »
No, this is not a remake of 1977’s Death Bed: The Bed That Eats. Yes, this is a Wholly new horror story about mysterious deaths that occur because of a deadly connection to bedroom furniture. Bed Of The Dead is a real, 100% serious thriller produced by the same team responsible for Bite, so that should clue you in on the expected amount of zaniness here. Yet, I guarantee it’ll be infinitely straighter than you’re expecting, as writers Cody Calahan and Jeff Maher spend zero time fucking around with generics. This is a uniquely twisted slice of freakishly-fresh horror that makes its bed and kills in it too, never abandoning sinister chills for anything cheap, cheesy or gimmicky. This is “Wtf” horror, even with such a ridiculous premise.
For Ren’s (Dennis Andres) most recent birthday, he wants to participate in a foursome (didn’t expect to start there, »
- Matt Donato
Louisa Mellor Jul 15, 2016
Sci-fi horror Stranger Things provides a welcome dose of comforting nostalgia. Here's a spoiler-free review...
In one scene of Netflix’s 1980s-set sci-fi horror Stranger Things, a kid’s mum lets him stay home from school and as a treat, offers to drive him to the video store so he can pick out anything he wants, no matter how scary.
If your heart gave an involuntary lurch reading that, a yearning, nostalgic twinge for the comforts of VHS cassettes, nice mums and days off school, I suspect you’re going to love this series.
Stranger Things is essentially Netflix driving us all to the video store for armfuls of our favourite 80s films: Poltergeist. E.T. The Goonies. The Thing… If you worship at those same movie altars, you’re in for a treat.
The nostalgia is so enjoyable in fact, you may as well go the whole »
After a three-year hiatus, Tyler Perry’s most famous creation returns this fall. “Boo! A Madea Halloween” marks the ninth movie in the ongoing series, as well as the second-consecutive holiday-themed installment after 2013’s “A Madea Christmas.” The poster for Perry’s latest is now out, and John Carpenter fans will instantly recognize it as an homage to “Halloween.”
“The night he came home!” has of course been replaced with “the night she came home!” in the one-sheet, which also features purple nail polish on Madea’s hand and eyeglasses on the pumpkin. Here’s the official synopsis: “Madea winds up in the middle of mayhem when she spends a hilarious, haunted Halloween fending off killers, paranormal poltergeists, ghosts, ghouls and zombies while keeping a watchful eye on a group of misbehaving teens.”
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- Michael Nordine
Back in 1982, John Carpenter's "The Thing" was released in cinemas and proved a bomb both critically and commercially - a surprise considering it is now often considered his greatest work in various critical polls. In the wake of that failure, he had to come up with something more commercially viable and appealing.
The result was "Starman," the acclaimed romantic sci-fi film starring Jeff Bridges as an alien who crashes on Earth and takes the form of the recently deceased husband of a widow (Karen Allen) in order to get her help to get back to his people.
Now a remake of the film is on the way at Sony Pictures with "Real Steel" and "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy at the helm. Levy, who helmed episodes of the new Netflix series "Stranger Things" which premieres on the streaming service on Friday, spoke with Coming Soon this week »
- Garth Franklin
Ryan Lambie Jul 14, 2016
We take a look at some of the most memorable and freaky floating brains and flying heads in the history of cinema...
For some reason we've yet to discover, cinema has, for decades, been home to all manner of sentient, disembodied heads and floating brains. Note that we’re not talking about decapitations here - though goodness knows that cinema is home to plenty of those, from Japanese samurai epics to modern slasher horrors.
No, we’re talking about movies where heads and brains remain sentient even when they’re stuffed into jars or colossal things made of stone. Sometimes used for comedic effect, at other times for shock value, they’re a surprisingly common phenomenon in the movies. Here, we celebrate a few of our absolute favourites - though you’re sure »
“[The Walking Dead] was a movie that George A. Romero made back in 1968,” said the Halloween and The Thing director on Marc Maron’s Wtf Podcast. “And they have milked that, and they are still milking it.”
It is of course true that The Walking Dead owes a huge debt to George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead, but the same can be said of pretty much every zombie movie, TV show, comic book and video game since the 1968 classic.
- Gary Collinson
John Carpenter is not impressed by “The Walking Dead.” The iconic horror director behind “Halloween” and “The Thing” says that the hit AMC zombie drama is derivative of George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead.” “ was a movie that George Romero made back in 1968. And they have milked that, and they are still milking it,” Carpenter said on Marc Maron‘s WTF Podcast. It is true that Romero’s work has made a significant impact on the series. Aside from the fact that Romero basically invented the zombie genre, »
- Joe Otterson
1978 cast a long shadow in the world of horror. From Dawn of the Dead to Halloween, the landscape was abundant with everything from the socially relevant to the singularly terrifying, from superior remakes (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) to quirky haunted houses (The Evil). And then there’s the red headed stepchild that no one talks about: Brian DePalma’s The Fury. Frenetic, action packed, and gruesome, The Fury never gets the love from even most DePalma fanatics. What a shame – it’s never less than entertaining, and at its best showcases the director’s mesmerizing visual touch.
Released in March by Twentieth Century Fox, The Fury made $24 million against its $5.5 million budget. That’s good green, folks, and DePalma received favorable reviews, still basking in a critical glow left over from his previous effort, Carrie (’76). So why is it so easily dismissed, ranked along the lines of efforts like Wise Guys, »
- Scott Drebit
Yesterday’s episode of Marc Maron’s Wtf Podcast was a great one for horror fans, as the comedian invited two masters of the genre onto the show: Halloween and The Thing director John Carpenter and Joe Dante, who directed such cult horror classics as Piranha and The Howling before going on to great popular success with the 1984 blockbuster Gremlins. Both interviews are absolutely worth a listen, but the discussion around Gremlins stands out thanks to a moment in which Dante described the big change (seemingly mandated by producer Steven Spielberg) that ended up making the movie work as well as it did. Here’s the relevant soundbite: “In Chris Columbus’ original script, the idea was that the cute, cuddly Gizmo mogwai character would turn into the bad, evil Stripe character. The idea was that you wanted to get people interested in the character and then surprise them by having, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Genre filmmaking virtuoso’s John Carpenter and Joe Dante have had long-standing careers with widely-loved entries — The Thing and Halloween, Gremlins and The Howling, to name a few — in sci-fi, horror, and satire. Recently the pair — separately — sat down with Wtf’s Marc Maron to discuss an array of topics ranging from their childhood and early cinematic influences to music and some politics.
Of interest from Carpenter is his discussion of his “Lost Themes” albums, an old cover-only rock band he started in Kentucky, growing up in a musical household, and not writing music but simply listening and improvising. He also discusses that the world of cinema “all became clearer in film school,” where he saw in-person lectures from huge names in the business such as Orson Welles, Hitchcock, and John Ford, among others. Hearing about his extensive musical background not only does the obvious of explaining his wonderful scoring of his own films, »
- Mike Mazzanti
Scream Factory celebrates over three decades of Dan O'Bannon's graveyard bash at this year's Comic-Con with a special Return of the Living Dead autograph signing, and their annual "Inside Look" panel will feature the eagerly anticipated announcements of future releases
Taking place at Shout! Factory's booth (#4118) on Friday, July 22nd, The Return of the Living Dead autograph signing will feature cast members Thom Mathews (Freddy) and John Philbin (Chuck), as well as Sean Clark, who hosted a new episode of Horror's Hallowed Grounds for the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the beloved horror comedy.
"An Inside Look at Shout! Factory and Scream Factory" panel, meanwhile, will be held in Room 29Ab at 8:00pm. Below, we have the official press release with full details:
Press Release: Now a mainstay at San Diego Comic-Con International, pop-culture purveyor Shout! Factory returns to the convention in 2016 with a dynamic lineup, featuring captivating panel events, »
- Derek Anderson
John Carpenter loves to work. In the 1980s, he made a new movie almost every single year, including soon-to-be-classics like “The Thing,” “Escape From New York” and “They Live.” Even in semi-retirement, he has re-emerged as a musician, releasing a new album with his bandmates (his son Cody and godson Daniel Davies), “Lost Themes II,” this year.
The 68-year-old artist appeared on Marc Maron’s “Wtf” podcast to, in traditional Maron fashion, discuss his entire career. They talked Carpenter’s friendship with longtime collaborator Kurt Russell, his confusion about the generational of movie-watching and most incisively his fear that the politics he attacked in “They Live” are more alive than ever today.
“I wanted to be a director,” said Carpenter. “I didn’t care about the money. I wanted to be a movie director. »
- Russell Goldman
If you didn’t snatch up the Deluxe Edition of John Carpenter’s The Thing, which is being released by Shout! Factory subsidiary Scream Factory in September, you really missed out! You can still pre-order the Collector’s Edition though, so never fear! Scream Factory gives loving Blu-Ray released to horror films of all types (both mainstream and cult) and […] »
- Trace Thurman
Louisa Mellor Jun 30, 2016
Netflix's Amblin-inspired sci-fi series Stranger Things arrives on Friday the 15th of July. Here's an exclusive new trailer...
A. Stranger Things, a terrific tribute to 80s screen sci-fi horror, created by the Duffer Twins.
Arriving on Netflix on Friday the 15th of July, Stranger Things pays homage to the age of The Thing, E.T. and A Nightmare On Elm Street in its story of a small town disappearance, a shady government facility and a mysterious little girl.
Winona Ryder and Matthew Modine star alongside a tremendous young cast of newcomers in the eight-part series. See the first trailer here, and check out a new poster, new trailer and the official bumf below:
An innocent night playing Dungeons & Dragons takes a tragic turn for »
34 years later, Sydney Pollack’s “Tootsie” remains a relatively incisive look at gender in society, even if the film’s concluding reaffirmation of traditional roles has aged less well than the questions the films poses before it. Yet a lost behind-the-scenes featurette reveals the production of “Tootsie” as fighting for identity itself.
Read More: Actors Name Tootsie The Greatest Movie Of All Time in New Poll
The video centers on a confessional interview with Pollack on the set of the film that airs out his grievances of working with lead Dustin Hoffman.
“Legally I have control of the picture. But that doesn’t mean I owe him a lot morally, which I do,” he says. “You can’t make an actor do anything. Make him do anything. Now, I can’t direct a scene I don’t believe in either, and sometimes both things have happened.”
The interview centers around »
- Russell Goldman
Though widely considered a classic of sci-fi/horror, “The Thing” was hardly greeted as such when it first came out in 1982. John Carpenter’s best film — which is saying a lot, considering he’s also directed “Halloween,” “Assault on Precinct 13” and “They Live” — made just under $20 million domestically against its $15 million budget, a disappointing result that couldn’t have been helped by “E.T.” hitting theaters two weeks earlier. In a new making-of documentary, Carpenter and his collaborators both in front of and behind the camera take a deep dive into the cult classic.
Carpenter speaks about his first exposure to Howard Hawks’ “The Thing from Another World,” which came out when was a small child, while star Kurt Russell (who went on to collaborate with the writer/director several more times) fondly recalls scenes in which »
- Michael Nordine
Neuchatel International Fantastic Film Festival (Nifff) has unveiled the line-up for its 16th edition, set to run July 1-9.
The Swiss festival, which spotlights genre and Asian cinema, has 14 titles in this year’s international competition, including quirky buddy movie Swiss Army Man, starring Daniel Radcliffe and Paul Dano.
Other European premieres include Christopher Smith’s Detour and Babak Anvari’s Under the Shadow, both UK productions, while international premieres include French director Julia Ducournau’s Raw and Us filmmaker Richard Bates Jr’s Trash Fire.
International CompetitionCreative Control, Benjamin DickinsonDetour, Christopher SmithFebruary, Osgood PerkinsGirl Asleep, Rosemary MyersLo chiamavano Jeeg Robot, Gabriele MainettiLos Parecidos, Isaac EzbanThe Lure, Agnieszka SmoczyMiruthan, Shakti Soundar RajanParents, Christian TafdrupRaw, Julia DucournauSwiss »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
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