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Two time Oscar nominee Melinda Dillon turns 75 today. Since we don't like any major actresses to totally fade from public consciousness when they stop working, let's look back. Though her last working year was 2007 her most recent high profile gig goes back much further to a SAG nomination as part of the ensemble of Magnolia (1999, pictured left) in which she played wife and mother to Phillip Baker Hall and Melora Walters.
Though she'd been working for a decade before it in small parts (TV guest gigs and improvisational comedy) her first real claim-to-fame came as "Memphis Sue" Woody Guthrie's wife in the Best Picture nominated bio Bound for Glory (1976). She received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Acting Debut" (a now long defunct category) even though it wasn't her debut. Dillon's breakout led to bigger parts and two well-regarded Oscar nominations though curiously the Globes, who had first honored her, »
- NATHANIEL R
Reviewed by Kevin Scott
Directed by: James Cullen Bressack
Cast: James Brooks (Michael), Shannen Doherty (Cate), Zack Ward (Will), Christopher Lloyd (Mayor Akerman), Ciara Hanna (Nicole), Yar Koosha (Kyle), Fred Stoller (Rich), Rachel True (Marcy), Jeremy Wade (Lamprey Expert)
I’m a huge “Piranha” fan, and I’ll watch anything (anything that is!) pertaining to lake horror. Hockey masked killers, prehistoric monsters, government altered mutated fish, toxic waste mutated marine life and even zombies, are all enhanced when set at a lake. It’s in a more confined space than the ocean, there’s usually plenty of expendable characters getting their vacation on to up the body count, and it makes one think twice that fresh water is absolutely, positively safe.
“Blood Lake” is an Asylum film that deals with something that is creepy enough as »
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for Exists, Don’t Blink, and The Wolves of Savin Hill, an announcement of the Fifth Annual PollyGrind Film Festival, Dead Rage first details, and more:
New Clip from Exists: “For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway – a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a blood curdling force of nature is unleashed – something not exactly human, but not completely animal – an urban legend come to terrifying life and seeking murderous revenge.
- Tamika Jones
Ensemble films can be quite the tricky endeavor, especially for a first time director. Making sure one person has their performances dialed can be a pain in the ass, but a whole group of people?, That can be murder. Luckily, in the case of Travis Oates and his feature debut, Don’T Blink, the ensemble not only shines, but gives viewers one hell of a time while doing so.
Focusing on a group of ten friends heading to a secluded resort for a weekend getaway, Don’T Blink doesn’t waste any time in letting audiences get to know it’s characters. Jack and Tracy (Chromeskull: Laid To Rest‘s Brian Austin Green and American Pie‘s Mena Suvari), a happy couple on the verge of the next step in a relationship leads the group, filled with couples Sam and Charlotte (The Amazing Spiderman‘s Leif Gantvoort and First Winter »
- Jerry Smith
Mena Suvari (American Pie, American Beauty), Brian Austin Green (Chromeskull: Laid to Rest 2), Zack Ward (A Christmas Story, Transformers), Joanne Kelly (Warehouse 13), Fiona Gubelmann (Wilfred), David de Lautour, Leif Gantvoort, Curtiss Frisle, Emelie O’Hara and Samantha Jacober, Don’t Blink is set for release on September 18th on VOD, Sept 19th in select cinemas across the Us and then hits DVD on Tuesday Oct 14th courtesy of Vertical Entertainment & Premiere Entertainment.
In this gripping suspense-thriller, 10 friends head to a remote mountain resort for a quiet weekend getaway. But upon their arrival, the rustic lodge is more than just sleepy … it’s deserted.
Food is served, baths are drawn and signs of guests are everywhere but the forest and cabin are eerily silent, devoid of all life. With no gas, cell service or phones to be found, the anxious group is left wondering what to do next.
- Phil Wheat
Don’T Blink Poster
There’s something easy to latch onto with films that take the Agatha Christie written “And Then There Were None” (or Ten Little Indians) and give it a brand new spin. I happen to love films that fall into that category, as it’s always a lot of fun to watch a film based on a group of character getting picked off, one by one, and trying to solve the mystery of who’s doing it and why. It’s a gamble with each one though, for every Identity, there’s a Mindhunters, so like every film, you take your chances.
The Travis Oates-helmed Don’T Blink (hitting VOD September 18th) looks like another take at the classic story, and judging from the trailer, it looks like it could be a lot of fun. Filled with characters played Mena Suvari (American Beauty), Brian Austin Green (Chromeskull: Laid To Rest II, »
- Jerry Smith
We’re in the home stretch of Under the Dome‘s sophomore season, and in this Monday’s episode, the outlook seemed bleaker than ever for folks in Chester’s Mill.
Indeed, the plummeting temperatures that came about last week — er, two days ago, in Chester’s Mill time — have gotten worse, turning the town into a frozen tundra. How did our gang of misfits handle the crisis? Read on for the finer details of “Black Ice”:
Making Amends | When the town begins to freeze over, »
The Real Housewives of New Jersey celebrated Christmas on Sunday night, and Santa certainly seemed to have a naughty and a nice list. "There's something nice about being home for the holidays and out of the public eye," said an emotional Teresa Giudice, who faces possible jail time along with her husband, Joe, after pleading guilty to fraud charges. "It's all just hanging over us." "To the haters and the ones who love us," Joe said in a toast to his wife. "Who cares?" Melissa Gorga and husband Joe, who sold their mansion and are now "shacking it up in »
- Wade Rouse
Porky's, the first of Bob Clark's two enduring coming-of-age films (along with A Christmas Story), was once considered notorious and is now weirdly archetypal. The tits-and-zits genre, revived by American Pie, is fundamentally masculinist in way that feels uncomfortable post-Isla Vista, portraying a world in which the problems of men don't just supersede those of women; it's a world in which only men have problems, of which women are one.
Uptight Ron (John Karna) keeps reliving the same day, waking up on the morning of his college entrance i »
Kids say the darnedest things! Isn't that what Bill Cosby taught us back in the 1990s? Well, the legendary comedian was right, obviously, especially when it comes to memorable movie quotes. We wanted to take a look back through the decades at some of the most hilarious, touching, unforgettable lines said by kid characters (most are live-action, but there are a few animated characters too). We even asked some of our friends and readers what their favorites were and came up with this list of 25, but it just as easily could have been 50.
And if you notice we paid extra attention to the '80s and '90s, let's just say that's when many of us were growing up; we're sure younger (and older) readers could come up with an entirely different lineup of quotes. Feel free to share them in the comments!
"So never kick a dog / Because he's »
- Sandie Angulo Chen
The mogwais are nearing middle age.
That's right, Steven Spielberg's magnificent horror comedy "Gremlins," about a bunch of cuddly creatures that turn into scaly monsters and overtake a small, Rockwellian town, is turning 30 this summer. And to celebrate, Warner Bros has a bunch of exciting things planned. The first of which has already happened: you can now own the movie digitally, for the first time ever (please, take the time to luxuriate in a wonderful clip from the movie, located below). Later this year, too, we will be getting a deluxe, 30th anniversary Blu-ray, complete with two brand-new featurettes featuring Steven Spielberg, alongside other creative principles (like director Joe Dante) and many members of the cast and crew.
We were lucky enough to chat with Zach Galligan, who played Billy Peltzer, the initial owner of Gizmo, the mogwai that inadvertently breeds the gremlin menace. Galligan has become something of a cult icon himself, »
- Drew Taylor
*Editor’s note: Our own Justin Lafleur wrote this A Look Back At article and it’s a fun one, so read on!
All but completely ignored during its initial 1988 theatrical release, director Frank Laloggia’s (he who also gave us Fear No Evil, aka one of the queerest horror films ever made, in either sense of the word) subtle, nuanced coming of age ghost story Lady In White has thankfully found an appreciative audience over the decades. Even as horror fans initially stayed away in droves, the critics loved it (this was the decade of splatter, remember and woe be unto any horror film and its box office, that didn’t paint the screen red). And what’s not to love? Existing as a quaint snapshot of a unassuming New York town during 1962, it’s got nostalgia out the wazoo; Nostalgia for the forgotten innocence of childhood, for Rockwellian small town living, »
- Jerry Smith
Actor Leslie Carlson has died, aged 81.
He passed away from cancer at his Toronto home on May 3.
Actor Leslie “Les” M. Carlson, who starred in four David Cronenberg films including Videodrome during his 38-year career in film, television, and the stage, died May 3 after a battle with cancer at his Toronto home, under hospice care. He was 81. South Dakota-born Carlson began his screen career in the 1970s, with turns in films including 1974′s Deranged and the sorority slasher classic Black Christmas. Cronenberg cast him as Spectacular Optical Corporation head Barry Convex in 1983 sci-fi horror Videodrome, for which Carlson earned a Genie Award nomination. He’d go on to act in three more Cronenberg films: The Dead Zone, The Fly, and 2000′s Toronto Film Festival short Camera. Carlson’s credits also include films High-Ballin’, A Christmas Story, Rolling Vengeance, and K2, as well as TV appearances on 21 Jump Street, The X-Files, Highlander, Babar and the Adventures of Badou, Rookie Blue, and a recurring run on Disney’s Road To Avonlea. »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
The Secret Life of Walter Mitty is just about to hit in stores, and I’ve got a copy of the Blu-Ray Combo Pack for you. The Ben Stiller vehicle didn’t have quite as much impact on theaters as I expected, but I’m hoping it gets a new lease on life with the home release.
That might be a little surprising (catch our podcast review, and my Answers.com review) considering that I haven’t exactly championed the film whole-heartedly, but I wasn’t exactly opposed to it either. It’s a fun ride, that had a few rough spots, and didn’t exactly play out the way I’d have liked. In the end, I think it’s a lot better than most are probably giving it credit for, and it has a few scenes that really shouldn’t be missed.
Also, to help celebrate the film, »
- Marc Eastman
The original Swingers, if you don’t include those crooners from back in the day, Jon Favreau and Vince Vaughn will soon be on screen together again for Term Life. Having already started production, Favreau is joining the party a little late, which makes sense as he has The Jungle Book to prep for Disney as well as his own directorial project, Chef, to promote.
Vaughn stars as a heist planner who sells his ideas to the highest bidder. As you can imagine, one of his well planend heists goes wrong and he becomes the target of the buyer. Vaughn takes his daughter (Hailee Steinfeld) on the run, but must survive the next 21 days so his life insurance can take effect.
Favreau and Vaughn starred together in Swingers, Made, Four Christmases, The Break-up and Couples Retreat. The latter being directed by Peter Billingsley who is best known as the child star of A Christmas Story. »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
• Hangover alum Ed Helms is attached to star in Epic Fail, an original comedy about an elite Special Forces team trying to save America. The logline reads that the group is “led by the only soldier more badass and more mustachioed than a Navy Seal, The Walrus.” Helms co-developed the project with producer Nicky Weinstock. Black List scribes Mike Arnold and Chris Poole (The Grackle) are set to pen the script for Lionsgate. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Released at the height of the straight to video techno-horror phase that rode in on the coat-tails of The Lawnmower Man and also saw the release of films such as Evolver and Brainscan, Arcade was, I think, unfairly overlooked, at least in the UK, at the time due to poor distribution, a lack of big-name stars (unlike Brainscan which had a post-T2 Edward Furlong, the biggest stars in Arcade were A Christmas Story’s Peter Billingsley and St:tng’s John De Lancie), and effects that – even though they were apparently redone after the film was completed – did not compare to other CGI-heavy films at the time.
- Phil Wheat
The Bronx is up, the Battery’s down, and this fall, On the Town — the musical comedy that is considered a “love letter” to New York — will be returning to Broadway in a brand-new production, just in time to coincide with the show’s 70th anniversary. The revival will be produced by Howard & Janet Kagan (Pippin, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) and will feature choreography by Emmy winner Joshua Bergasse (Smash). Tony winner John Rando (Urinetown, A Christmas Story) is set to direct.
On the Town will find its new home at The Lyric Theatre, which was most recently called the »
- Andrea Towers
It's a case of life imitating art for one unlucky student in Easthampton, Mass. A anonymous middle schooler, presumably made stir-crazy by the weather, got his or her tongue stuck to a metal pole after replicating a scene from A Christmas Story Wednesday morning, reports local Boston news station Wcvb. The student's age and gender have not been released, but he or she was not injured during the incident.Firefighters were called to White Brook Middle School to help free the pupil, which they did by pouring warm water on the tongue. In an iconic scene from the 1983 movie, a »
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