14 items from 2016
David Crow Jul 13, 2016
Marvel fans might still be scratching their heads about who Zendaya is really playing in next year’s Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, but the actress already looks poised to truly break out into bigger and better things in the filmmaking arena after first making waves on the Disney Channel. Indeed, THR is reporting that Zendaya is in talks to join Hugh Jackman and 20th Century Fox for The Greatest Showman on Earth, the first live-action studio musical with original songs in over decades. And it’s sure to be a three-ringed circus.
Jackman will be playing P T Barnum, one of the founders of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. As Jackman’s first film after he hangs up the claws for good in next year’s »
Due out as an early Halloween treat on October 18th, the Child's Play Collector's Edition Blu-ray will feature a new 2k scan of the interpositive and a brand new audio commentary by director Tom Holland.
Scream Factory has also teamed up with Neca for a limited edition Blu-ray set complete with a Good Guys Chucky figure. Below, we have the official press release with full details and a look at the new cover art and Chucky collectible:
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA – Chucky is back! “A jolting roller-coaster of a ride” (Los Angeles Times), Child’s Play hit theatres in 1988, and forever changed the way the world saw dolls. On October 18, 2016, the Scream Factory™ home entertainment brand celebrates the landmark film and the iconic »
- Derek Anderson
A stage musical adaptation of the Fox animated movie “Anastasia” has set its Broadway premiere for April 24, 2017 at the Broadhurst Theatre, producers announced Tuesday. “Anastasia” features songs from the 1997 film, including composer Stephen Flaherty and lyricist Lynn Ahrens’ Oscar-nominated “Journey to the Past,” as well as an entirely new score from the Tony Award-winning team. Terrence McNally, who previously worked with Ahrens and Flaherty on the 1998 Broadway classic “Ragtime,” wrote the book for the show. Christy Altomare (“Carrie”), Derek Klena (“The Bridges of Madison County”), John Bolton (“Dames at Sea”) and Caroline O’Connor (“A Christmas Story”) will »
- Thom Geier
For actor Zack Ward, his very first appearance on screen turned out to be the one he will forever be remembered for. In 1983, a young Ward played the yellow-eyed bully Scut Farkus in Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story, and thanks in no small part to TBS’ annual all-day marathon of the holiday classic, Ward’s deliciously villainous performance in the film is one of the most iconic in screen history. Not bad for a first time actor, eh? Unfortunately, Ward’s directorial debut isn’t quite as memorable.
Co-written by Ward and prolific indie horror filmmaker James Cullen Bressack, Restoration centers on Todd and Rebecca, a happy young couple who have just purchased their first house together. During the restoration process, Todd discovers a »
- John Squires
“Dear Evan Hansen,” a new musical that opened to critical acclaim last month at Off Broadway’s Second Stage Theatre, will transfer to Broadway this fall. The show is slated to begin performances in November 2016 at an as-yet undetermined Shubert theater, producer Stacey Mindich announced Wednesday. With a book by Steven Levenson, score by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul (“Smash,” “A Christmas Story”), and direction by Michael Greif, “Dear Evan Hansen” had its world premiere at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C., last summer and will conclude its record-breaking New York premiere at Second Stage this Sunday. In the Off Broadway production, »
- Thom Geier
As a special exclusive for Daily Dead readers, we have Carl Kelsch’s new short film, For My Facebook, available to watch now. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan Blu-ray / DVD release details, info on Europe’s 4K Uhd Blu-ray release of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and a Q&A with Restoration director/co-writer/co-star Zack Ward.
Exclusive: Watch the Short Film For My Facebook: Press Release: “It all started with a funny image that popped in writer/director Carl Kelsch’s head: a play on words that yielded the final shots of ‘For My Facebook’ (To say more would spoil the ending). With only a few directing credits under his belt, he recruited jack-of-all-horror-trades Louie Cortes (Dir. of Attack of the Brain People, writer of Blood Slaughter Massacre) to do Sound. Kelsch, who also operated the camera, got input from Cortes on blocking and framing. »
- Tamika Jones
Did ya miss me? Regardless, I’m back, baby!
• Release Date: In Theaters Now
• Starring: Seth Green and like 100 other people
What’s this? A new horror anthology centered around a myriad of holidays and helmed by some cats I really dig (I mean, c’mon; look at that list of die-rectors up there)? You know, normally I’d make some ridiculous pun alluding to the quality or lack thereof of whatever film was at hand, and this time I think I’ll do that, too. Let’s see if this one is going to be more treats than tricks, or just an overstuffed and overcooked turkey! »
Zack Ward’s Restoration hits North America May We hate to tie veteran actor Zack Ward‘s identity exclusively to that of the beloved 1983 Bob Clark holiday favorite A Christmas Story, but his role as “yellow-eyed” Scut Farkus, the sneering bully, is a universal pop culture calling card and one of cinema’s most enduring pint-sized…
- Chris Alexander
This is a reprint of our review from the 2015 Cannes Film Festival. As we've said before, the trend at Cannes this year is foreign-language filmmakers working in English, often for the first time. Both filmmakers and audiences could be forgiven for being cautious about some of these projects, given some recent high-profile misfires, and one of the reasons for that is "Jimmy P.," the English-language debut of acclaimed French helmer Arnaud Desplechin. A favorite of cinephiles, thanks to a string of whip-smart, deeply humane dramas like "Kings And Queens" and "A Christmas Story," he came unstuck with "Jimmy P," which received mostly disappointed notices at Cannes a few years back. Perhaps a little cowed by this, Desplechin has circled back to more familiar territory for his latest, "My Golden Days," and the good news is that it marks a real return to form. Read More: Love Blooms In This Exclusive »
- Oliver Lyttelton
A whole lotta reviewin’ goin’ on!
Children Shouldn’T Play With Dead Things
• Release Date: Available Now on Blu-ray
• Directed By: Bob Clark
First up we have an early effort from comedy maestro Bob Clark (Porky’S, A Christmas Story… Ok, Ok, he die-rected the original Black Christmas and Deathdream too) titled Children Shouldn’T Play With Dead Things. Now, if you are of a certain age, you have doubtless seen this flick and know of its merits (or charming lack thereof), but for the majority of you, this is going to be your first time. So, much like that captain of the football team did on prom night, I’m going to gently ease you through this experience… or fondle you clumsily.
At the insistence of their boorish (that’s really too polite; douche-nozzle would probably be more accurate) stage director, »
So recently I watched A Christmas Story. And even though I watch the movie 24 hours a day during Christmas time, it’s great any time of year.Clearly tit’s one of your all time classics around the holidays. But what particularly drew my attention this 368th time around, was Scut Farkus. Man was he a vicious little bully huh? Those eyes, those braces. He was perfect. Although I do think the line “when I tell you to come, you better come” rubs me the wrong way. In any event, it reminded how awesome the role of bully is in movies. Which
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- Nat Berman
31 was undoubtedly made for those of us who have enjoyed Zombie’s work over the years. It may not be as ambitious as The Lords of Salem or as epic as The Devil’s Rejects but, by and large, it’s a ton of blood-soaked fun that gives us real characters to connect with, introduces us to some incredibly twisted assassins and goes for broke at every possible turn.
The story feels like Zombie’s own horror-fied version of The Running Man (with a bit of a Kubrickian flavor to it) and features breakout performances from Richard Brake and Jeff Daniel Phillips. Folks who aren’t into Zombie’s work probably won’t enjoy 31, but any film that gives the amazing Meg Foster the opportunity to wield a chainsaw like a total badass is aces in my book.
31’s story is pretty straightforward; a group of carnies (Sheri Moon Zombie, »
- Heather Wixson
Hey, let's dig up a rotting corpse, just for fun! A group of crazy Florida theater students plays a group of crazy Florida theater students in Bob Clark's no-budget, spirited attempt to ride in the wake of Night of the Living Dead. An hour of bad jokes is capped by a satisfying zombie onslaught that got the film a major release and launched a career. That's how a score of good directors got started in the 1970s. Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things Blu-ray Vci Entertainment 1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 76 min. / Street Date February 23, 2016 / 24.99 Starring Alan Ormsby, Valerie Mamches, Jeffrey Gillen, Anya Ormsby, Paul Cronin. Cinematography Jack McGowan Film Editor Gary Goch Art Direction Forest Carpenter Original Music Carl Zittrer Special Makeup Creator Alan Ormsby Written by Bob Clark, Alan Ormsby Produced by Gary Goch Directed by Bob Clark credited as Benjamin Clark
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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- Glenn Erickson
The late, great Bob Clark gave holiday film fans two great presents with A Christmas Story and Black Christmas, but some view Children Shouldn't Play with Dead Things as his greatest gift of all. If you're in the lattermost camp, then you'll be pleased to know that Vci Entertainment will release the cult zombie film on Blu-ray this February.
Boasting a 2K restoration from the 35mm interpositive, this Blu-ray debut of the beloved 1972 film will come complete with a hearty helping of special features, including "two commentary tracks, video tributes to Bob Clark, the original theatrical trailer, music videos, and some very rare, and clever radio spots, which have not been heard since the original theatrical release, plus much more."
The release also comes with three »
- Derek Anderson
14 items from 2016
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