7 items from 2015
After a bombardment of terrible sequels and remakes, the horror movie genre is undergoing something of a renaissance of late with the excellent Babadook and this week's It Follows leading the charge.
Both films are driven by strong performances from up-and-coming female stars (Essie Davis and Maika Monroe), which brings to mind a classic horror movie trope: the Final Girl. Most prevalent in slasher films, the Final Girl is the last character standing who confronts a killer/ghost/demon and lives to tell the tale.
Digital Spy looks back at 7 of our favourite horror movie Final Girls, why they're iconic and what they're up to now...
Many horror fans thought Drew Barrymore would end up being Scream's Final Girl when they first watched Wes Craven's 1996 horror, but the director offed her in the opening moments leaving Neve Campbell's Sidney Prescott to face down Ghostface. »
From the more obvious (Kick-Ass) and directly referenced (Trading Places) to early cinema classics (The Man With the Rubber Head) and weird obscure foreign flicks (Tokyo Gore Police), here's a dozen titles we recommend you now get to know.
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- Christopher Campbell
The kind of action extravaganza only a truly fallen civilization can produce, Kingsman: The Secret Service will both entertain you and send you running to the shower. Adapted (loosely) from Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons's gleefully brutal 2012 comic book The Secret Service with in-your-face visual bravado by Matthew Vaughn (who also turned Millar's Kick-Ass into a similarly deranged and beautiful killfest), this tale of a young tough getting introduced into a clandestine espionage network takes a familiar setup and upends it with comically stylized brutality. The film knows its story is an obvious one. "Have you seen Trading Places, Nikita, Pretty Woman?" Colin Firth's Harry Hart (code name: Galahad) asks our hero Eggsy (Taron Egerton), a council estate kid with a chip on his shoulder. Eggsy hasn't heard of those films, but he has heard of My Fair Lady, one of Kingsman's less intuitive reference points. Due to »
- Bilge Ebiri
In Kingsman: The Secret Service, secret agent Harry Hart (Colin Firth) tries to give a second chance to his juvenile delinquent nephew Eggsy (Taron Egerton), by offering him the opportunity to become a Kingsman agent. A new clip from director Matthew Vaughn's comic book adaptation has been released, where Harry tries to explain how transformative this experience can by for a young man by dropping references to movies such as Trading Places, La Femme Nikita and even Pretty Woman. As you can see in the footage below, Eggsy is full of surprises with an unexpected reference of his own.
Based upon the acclaimed comic book by Mark Millar and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass, X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. »
Our favorite late-night show, Saturday Night Live, has a very big birthday coming up. VH1 Classic will celebrate the show’s 40th anniversary with mega-marathon SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975, beginning Wednesday, Jan. 28. Because 433 hours of SNL is never enough.
[Cue the cheers and food delivery speed dial.] For 19 days, VH1 Classic will play back-to-back episodes of SNL. More details on your new favorite marathon are in the press release below.
New York (January 14, 2015) – VH1 Classic celebrates the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history by bringing fans 40 years of “SNL” in one place: “The SNL Rewind: 2015 – 1975 Mega-Marathon” beginning Wednesday, January 28th and wrapping on Sunday, February 15th.
Fans can relive the best moments (or binge on all the ones you missed) of “SNL” history with 19 days of back-to-back SNL episodes in this 433-hour “SNL” marathon — the longest ever mounted for a single series on television ever.
Starting with season 39 and working back to season 1 from 1975, VH1 Classic »
- Taylor Ferber
VH1 Classic will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the longest-running sketch comedy show in history with "The SNL Rewind," a nineteen day, 433 hour marathon of many of the 760 episodes of "Saturday Night Live" that have run over the years.
Unlike most marathons though, this one will go backwards - starting with last season and working its way back to the show's first season in 1975 with the last episode to be SNL's first episode ever hosted by George Carlin.
There will also be themed blocks throughout the nineteen day schedule including Justin Timberlake's episodes, episodes hosted by former cast members, Chris Farley and Eddie Murphy's best episodes, and Steve Martin's early hosting stints.
Full details about the »
- Garth Franklin
VH1 Classic will run a selection of episodes of “Saturday Night Live” in reverse seasonal order over the course of 19 days in January and February in an effort to hitch on to interest in that program’s 40th anniversary celebration, slated to air during a three-hour special on NBC February 15.
The Viacom-owned cable outlet said it would work its way from the show’s 39th season straight through to the first episode of “Saturday Night Live,’ which was broadcast October 11th, 1975 and featured George Carlin as host. VH1 Classic will air that episode on Sunday, February 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern, leading up to the NBC special, which is slated for 8 p.m. that night.
The network won’t be able to broadcast every episode of the series, explained Ben Zurier, executive vice president of programming strategy for VH1, VH1 Classic and Palladia, in an interview. Some »
- Brian Steinberg
7 items from 2015
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