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19 strangely Christmassy sci-fi and horror movies

23 December 2010 1:55 AM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Christmas has a hell of a PR agent. A good PR maximises the audience for their client, always looking for lateral markets beyond the core appeal of the product. So if Christmas is fundamentally about giving, goodwill and forgiveness, there's no harm - from a PR's point of view - if it can also be made to be about sex, death and loneliness too. We seem to have had our traditional - and always sad - fusillade of pre-Christmas celebrity deaths this year, and if we're lucky, the period between now and new year will bring no new and nasty surprises in that line.

In the meantime our TV screens have filled up customarily with ads for perfume and booze which remind us that Christmas is also a Pagan-style locus for celebrations of the carnal and sensory. And with campaigns targeted at those who have no invite to the celebrations »

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Finals Week: The Rise of Women in Horror Fandom and Film

20 December 2010 9:16 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

By James Morgart

“There is no pleasure. There is no pain. There is only skin.” - Pinhead, Hellraiser III

“Women tend to be more tolerant about visceral things because they have more direct personal experience with them. They cope with periods once a month, they go through childbirth and they are usually the ones who look after the bleeding and battered limbs when the kids take a tumble. They can put blood and gore in context and generally cope better than men.” - Bela Lugosi

Most scholarship on the horror film has assumed that males are the primary spectators of horror; however, there have been developments, both in scholarship as well as in mainstream media, to contradict this point. In 2009, journalist Michelle Orange pointed out, in an article written for the New York Times, “Recent box office receipts show that women have an even bigger appetite for these [horror] films than men. »

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The Top 21 Breakout Stars of 2010

15 December 2010 1:00 PM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

The year 2010 has been a year chock-full of fresh, young (and not so young – we love you, Machete) faces vying to overthrow the Hollywood’s mainstays — and they’re playing to win. Right, Sam Flynn?

Whether it was the youngest billionaire in history taking over the internet (“The Social Network”), kids beating up adults (“Kick-Ass”) or kids beating up each other (“The Karate Kid”), it’s clear this new batch of rising stars is not a group to mess with.

So hide your kids, hide your wives: Here are our picks for 2010′s biggest breakout stars.

21. Brenda Song

Seen In: “The Social Network

NextFactor: Song’s been known for years to younger audiences as the Paris Hilton clone, London Tipton, on Disney’s “The Suite Life of Zack and Cody.” But adult audiences will find her hard to forget as the less-than-wholesome/pyromaniacal girlfriend of Andrew Garfield in “The Social Network. »

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Matthijs van Heijningen, Director of The Thing

2 December 2010 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Earlier this year, ShockTillYouDrop.com traveled to Toronto to visit the set of Universal's planned prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing and had a chance to do an extended interview with the film's director, Matthijs van Heijningen. Check out a preview below and then head to ShockTillYouDrop.com for the rest: It's been a few weeks (or is it months?) since ShockTillYouDrop.com ran our set report from Universal's prelude to The Thing , which has since been moved back to the more appropriate pre-Halloween release of October 14, 2011. Hopefully you already have some idea what to expect from the movie, but while on set, we had a chance to talk at length with the movie's director, Matthijs van Heijningen, and we wanted to share that interview with you since it offers a »

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Matthijs van Heijningen, Director of The Thing

2 December 2010 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

It's been a few weeks (or is it months?) since Shock Till You Drop ran our set report from Universal's prelude to The Thing , which has since been moved back to the more appropriate pre-Halloween release of October 14, 2011. Hopefully you already have some idea what to expect from the movie, but while on set, we had a chance to talk at length with the movie's director, Matthijs van Heijningen, and we wanted to share that interview with you since it offers a lot more insights into how he's approaching the material. We talked with the director--a second-generation filmmaker who bears an eerie resemblance to Bill Pullman--about the influence of the original movie by Jc (that's John Carpenter) as well as how the director plans on filling in the blanks with the prequel, the general »

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Ah! Remakes! The Horror

30 November 2010 5:38 PM, PST | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

by Mike Pickle

One of many long-standing traditions in Hollywood is the art of the remake. Certainly not confined to Horror; this phenomenon has always been an easy way to drum up widespread interest from the casual moviegoer. In these modern times where it seems like everything has been done it is inevitable that this would become more widespread. You can't blame the studios though. Times are tough and if they are going to sink their money in a project; it makes sense that they would bet on a sure thing. This is not a guaranteed formula, however, and Producers are constantly looking for different ways to approach the phenomena. Some of which I will explore in this article. It's fairly easy to generate interest in something that people have already seen before and liked, but since the trend has become more popular, the audience has become more skeptical. One »

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'The Thing' remake comes out October!

25 November 2010 9:07 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Universal Pictures will release the remake of John Carpenter's "The Thing" on October 14th next year. The sci-fi horror stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Jonathan Walker and Kim Bubbs. Eric Heisserer and Ronald D. Moore wrote the screenplay based on the short story by John W. Campbell Jr. Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. makes his feature-length directorial debut on the project. Antarctica is an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia »

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'The Thing' remake comes out October!

25 November 2010 9:07 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Universal Pictures will release the remake of John Carpenter's "The Thing" on October 14th next year. The sci-fi horror stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Jonathan Walker and Kim Bubbs. Eric Heisserer and Ronald D. Moore wrote the screenplay based on the short story by John W. Campbell Jr. Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. makes his feature-length directorial debut on the project. Antarctica is an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, but inside, it remains inhuman. In the thriller The Thing, paranoia »

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[Info] - "The Thing" finally rescheduled for October 2011

25 November 2010 5:07 PM, PST | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

After lining up a few weeks of additional photography (for more character development), Universal Pictures has rescheduled "The Thing" for release on October 14, 2011. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., the prequel to John Carpenter's classic 1982 sci-fi redo starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, and Dennis Storhøi begins when paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as they're infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet. The creature feature opens before "Paranormal Activity 3" (October 21) and "Dibbuk Box" (October 28). »

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Special Effects Wizard Alec Gillis on the Rebirth of 'The Thing'

25 November 2010 12:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Makeup and visual effects maestro Alec Gillis is no stranger to alien invasions. An Oscar winner for his work on Starship Troopers, Gillis, along with his partner Tom Woodruff Jr., has also crafted effects for all but the first Alien films, along with Alien Nation, Skyline, and Invaders from Mars. Now Gillis is tackling what may be his toughest challenge yet – creating outrageous visuals for the upcoming prequel to John Carpenter's The Thing. I caught up with Gillis on the film's Toronto set, where he told me, and a group of my fellow journos, how he feels about following Rob Bottin's legendary work on Carpenter's film, and what fans can expect when The Thing finally invades theaters next fall. »

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Universal pushes back 'The Thing' to October

24 November 2010 1:03 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Universal has pushed back the release date of their remake of "The Thing" from April 29 to October 14, 2011. According to Variety, the schedule change will allow for reshoots as well as give the film a better chance for success during the Halloween season.The story focuses on a shape-shifting alien that terrorizes a group of scientists in a remote Antarctica facility.The last and best-known version of "The Thing" was the 1982 John Carpenter-Kurt Russell film, which was a remake of 1951's "The Thing From Another World," directed by Howard Hawks.Matthijs Van Heijningen is directing from a script by Ronald D. Moore and Eric Heisserer.Strike Entertainment's Marc Abraham and Eric Newman are producing.Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton and Jonathan Walker »

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The Thing Set For October 14 Release Date

24 November 2010 8:59 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

When Universal didn't just push back the release date for their horror prequel The Thing but pushed it back entirely, it was worrying news for fans of the original who had feared the prequel would ruin what was good about John Carpenter's original film. Then the film's producer stepped in to explain the delay was so they could make the effects extra-great, and the worries turned into simple anxiety for the movie to come out, and soon. Now we know exactly how much longer we're going to have to wait. Universal tweeted yesterday that The Thing is now set for an October 14 release date next year, an appropriately spooky date for a movie about researchers encountering a mysterious alien creature in Antarctica. If you want to learn a whole lot more about The Thing, including our visit to the film's Toronto set over the summer, check it all out »

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Movie News Quick Hits: 'Uncharted' Adaptation, Epic Mickey and Indiana Jones Returns

24 November 2010 6:20 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

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- ComingSoon has gotten their hands on the teaser poster for The Weinstein Company's 'Apollo 18,' which is about the secret discovery of aliens on the moon. Interesting observation, if it's about a covert Nasa mission, why is everything in Russian on the poster?

- After pulling it from its April 29th, 2011 release, reportedly for additional photography, Universal has now set their prequel to John Carpenter's 'The Thing,' which is still titled just 'The Thing,' for October 14th.

- This coming January the Sundance Film Festival will feature a brand new premiere section for documentaries, which Sundance Institute honcho Robert Redford says will honor "the continued evolution of nonfiction film."

- Mark Wahlberg will star as the roguish treasure hunter Nathan Drake in David O. Russell's adaptation of the PS3 game 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.' Wahlberg also says that »

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Movie News Quick Hits: 'Uncharted' Adaptation, Epic Mickey and Indiana Jones Returns

24 November 2010 6:20 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Movie News, Cinematical

- ComingSoon has gotten their hands on the teaser poster for The Weinstein Company's 'Apollo 18,' which is about the secret discovery of aliens on the moon. Interesting observation, if it's about a covert Nasa mission, why is everything in Russian on the poster?

- After pulling it from its April 29th, 2011 release, reportedly for additional photography, Universal has now set their prequel to John Carpenter's 'The Thing,' which is still titled just 'The Thing,' for October 14th.

- This coming January the Sundance Film Festival will feature a brand new premiere section for documentaries, which Sundance Institute honcho Robert Redford says will honor "the continued evolution of nonfiction film."

- Mark Wahlberg will star as the roguish treasure hunter Nathan Drake in David O. Russell's adaptation of the PS3 game 'Uncharted: Drake's Fortune.' Wahlberg also says that »

- Peter Hall

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Universal Pictures Announce October Release Date For The Thing Prequel

24 November 2010 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Universal Pictures have finally rectified a somewhat concerning situation regarding the upcoming Matthijs van Heijningen Jr. prequel 'The Thing'. The story that precedes the events of John Carpenter's 1982 original (also entitled 'The Thing' to help confuse issues further) had been completely removed recently from Universals' 2011 list of releases. However, panic averted, as they have announced that 'The Thing' will crawl into theatres stateside on it's rescheduled new date of 14 October 2011. The gorgeous brunette Mary Elizabeth Winstead (below), Joel Edgerton, Jonathan Walker ('Land of the Dead'), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje ('Lost'), Dennis Storhoi, Trond Espen Seim, Jorgen Langhelle, Eric Christian Olsen, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Roise, Kristofer Hivju and Jo Adrian Haavind all star. »

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'The Thing' Finally Sees a Release Date

24 November 2010 | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

A few weeks ago, we reported that The Thing remake was off of Universal's release schedule, leaving the remake of John Carpenter's classic without a release date.  The film, which shows the discovery of the alien ship in the Antarctic, acts as a prequel of sorts for the original. But The Thing just secured a new launch date.... October 14th, 2011 Happy Halloween »

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New release date for The Thing revealed

23 November 2010 10:42 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Universal confirms that it’s shunted the release of The Thing back to October next year…

It’s been a week or two now since Universal shunted The Thing out of its original April 2011 release s;pt, as it signed off on additional photography for the upcoming prequel to John Carpenter’s classic.

As such, director Matthijs van Heijningen is now expected to have the movie finished in the first couple of months of next year. Yet Universal has announced a release date that should give him plenty of extra time to shape the final movie, should he need it.

For The Thing has now been moved to an October 14th 2011 release date in the United States, where it will now open the week before Paranormal Activity 3.

No more further details of the film have been released, and we suspect, given that its release is nearly a year away, we »

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Next Halloween is The Thing

23 November 2010 7:39 PM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

As part of Universal's resurrection of it's catalog of monsters, it's bringing The Thing back to life. The outer-space creature will scare audiences next Halloween in a prequel of the John Carpenter horror classic. The origin story will have American scientists on an expedition to Antartica who stumble across a frozen UFO and, nearby, a frozen "thing." Logically, they decide to crack it out of its ice prison for research purposes when, of course, it starts attacking them.

The Thing reboot was originally supposed to be released April 29 but U will put Fast Five (the fifth The Fast and the Furious movie) in its place.

Universal also announced it will release a sequel to its James Bond-spoof, Johnny English, starring Brit comedic actor Rowan Atkinson. Johnny English Reborn will hit theaters Sept. 16.

Source: Variety »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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The Thing Prequel Gets a New Date!

23 November 2010 5:09 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

After Universal Pictures removed the prequel to the John Carpenter classic The Thing from its 2011 release schedule, fans assumed the worst. Turns out things weren't that bad after all!

After prepping for some additional photography to give the flick more character development, Universal Pictures has rescheduled The Thing for release on October 14, 2011.

Matthijs van Heijningen, Jr. is directing from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer and Ronald D. Moore. The cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Jonathan Walker, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Dennis Storhøi, Trond Espen Seim, Jørgen Langhelle, Eric Christian Olsen, Stig Henrik Hoff, Jan Gunnar Røise, Kristofer Hivju, and Jo Adrian Haavind.

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"Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, »

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Universal's 'The Thing' Crash Lands October 2011

23 November 2010 1:52 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

After lining up a few weeks of additional photography (for more character development), Universal Pictures has rescheduled The Thing for release on October 14, 2011. Directed by Matthijs van Heijningen Jr., the prequel to John Carpenter's classic 1982 sci-fi redo starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Joel Edgerton begins when paranoia spreads like an epidemic among a group of researchers as theyre infected, one by one, by a mystery from another planet. The creature feature opens before Paranormal Activity 3 and Dibbuk Box. "Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being...." »

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