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Director: Joe Dante. Review: Adam Wing. Why is Joe Dante so inconsistently consistent? I look back over his career in movies and see some of my favourite films growing up. Dante's first film was released in the year I was born, and Piranha still has more teeth than a lot of horror movies made today. It wasn't until 1984 that I started paying attention though, with the release of one of my all time favourite movies, Gremlins. Innerspace followed in 1987, The New Batch arrived in 1990 and sandwiched somewhere in between was The 'Burbs. Starring Tom Hanks, Corey Feldman (of course, it was the '80s) and Carrie Fisher, The 'Burbs is the kind of movie that gets better with age. "There go the Goddamn brownies..." Joe's output became more infrequent in the 90s, with standouts being Small Soldiers in '98 and 2003's Looney Tunes: Back In Action. I only mention this »
Former Saturday Night Live costars Bill Hader and Kristen Wiig reunite to play suicidal estranged siblings in the new movie The Skeleton Twins—which is and isn’t a comedy, according to EW’s favorable review. What is 100 percent pure comedy: Hader taking EW’s Pop Culture Personality Test.
Watch the video and read the transcript below to hear about his first celebrity crush, his first line of dialogue in a high school production, how he could tell if a writer was new to SNL, and what music failed to impress girls when he was young.
EW: Who was your first celebrity crush? »
- Mandi Bierly
The ‘Burbs, 1989
Directed by Joe Dante
An overstressed suburbanite and his paramilitaric neighbor struggle to prove their paranoid theory that the new family in town is a front for a cannibalistic cult.
In the original series of The Twilight Zone, there is an episode entitled The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street in which a suburban street comes under the influence of a group of aliens who slowly turn the residents against each other as they fear their neighbour is not to be trusted. Director Joe Dante has stated that he was influenced by Rod Serling’s seminal sci-fi show (and he re-worked the classic episode It’s a Good Life for Twilight Zone: The Movie) and some of that is on show in under-appreciated comedy The ‘Burbs. »
- Luke Owen
Mayfield Place is the perfect 80s suburbia. There are painted houses fringed by lush green lawns cut to just the right length, separated by a wide grey road. There are white picket fences. The neighbours are out, tending to their gardens beneath a pristine blue sky.
Thirty-something resident Ray Peterson stands in his front yard, surveys the scene, and sees that it is good.
Queenie, the little white dog belonging to the old guy across the road, has just left a spire of brown poop on Mark Rumsfield's lawn. Mark, a Vietnam vet and patriot, is running around in his camo shorts, threatening to eviscerate Walter's dog. Elsewhere, Ray's schlubby neighbour Art »
Teaser poster for Dark
Let’s face it, as people, we rely so heavily on technology and especially electricity to get through our daily tasks. I don’t know about you, but when there’s a power outage, most of my tasks fall apart. There also comes a sense of dread in those times, making your mind wonder what’s going on and if things will be ok. This seems to be the idea and tone behind Dark, the new film directed by Nick Basile (American Carny) and written by Gut director Elias. Successfully funded through Kickstarter, Dark takes a massive power outage that happened in New York in 2003 and crafts a psychological thriller out of it. Basile and Co. have now debuted the first official teaser of the film, which was also executive produced by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling). Starring Whitney Able (All The Boys Love Mandy Lane »
- Jerry Smith
Ever wonder Wtf Happened to PG-13 movies? GoodBadFlicks released a very interesting video essay that takes us through the history of PG-13 and why that rating is ruining movies. You may or may not agree with the conclusion of this video, but they do make some good points in the process and reveal some interesting facts, like how Stephen Spielberg spawned the PG-13 rating with a phone call he made after the backlash over Gremlins’ PG rating. It's definitely worth watching for anyone who isn't a big fan of how the movie rating system works these days.
- Joey Paur
Gremlins helmer Joe Dante brought his latest flick Burying the Ex to Venice. The film uses the zombie trope as a metaphor for what happens when a relationship goes sour. Characters on the screen decay, both mentally and physically, when unable to let go of a faulty relationship. Anton Yelchin plays Max, an L.A. hipster obsessed with Italian horror B-movies. His green-obsessed girlfriend Evelyn, Twilight's Ashley Greene, blogs about saving the planet and turns their apartment into an Ocd earth-friendly haven, at the expense of Yelchin’s most prized horror memorabilia. When he finally gets the nerve to break up
- Ariston Anderson
Scream Factory recently gifted us genre fans a double dose of creature feature terrors with their Blu-ray releases of the killer rat flick Deadly Eyes and George P. Cosmatos’ hugely underrated deep sea horror film Leviathan. While both films aren’t necessarily well-known amongst more casual fans, it’s great to see Scream put such great effort into their presentations for each of these cult classics.
For those who haven’t seen it before, Deadly Eyes (or Rats)is a rather ridiculous (but wonderfully so) early ‘80s nature-run-amok story that plays up the concerns and dangers of modern urban society by way of roided-out killer rat infestations that have a penchant for human flesh. The film takes its premise very seriously, but it’s the use of Daschunds in rat costumes that has given Deadly Eyes something of an unintentional comedic spin, making for a rather uneven horror film.
- Heather Wixson
Joe Dante is one of cinema's leading purveyors of B-Movie thrills delivered with A-list sincerity, and a budget that usually lands somewhere in the middle. While he was in demand throughout the 80's and a good portion of the 90's, recent times have seen Dante shift more towards television directing, with his first film in five years, Burying The Ex, recently making an appearance at the Venice Film Festival. Though times may have changed, there's one thing that hasn't: Joe Dante is the only person that can make a Gremlins movie. During an interview with The Playlist, Dante's famed franchise of nostalgia fuel was mentioned, and he was asked about his supposed involvement in the recently rumored reboot that Warner Bros was allegedly involved in producing. It turns out that news was only half true, as there is a reboot in the works but Dante is not involved at all. »
Zachary Leeman chats with Jack Reher about his new novel Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance…
Jack Reher has graciously taken time to speak with us before about everything from how he became a screenwriter to the public release of his script for the Pin remake.
Now the writer finds himself filling some different shoes as a novelist. The work is titled Rex’d: Welcome to Scholomance and Reher had some interesting things to say about the throwback story to 80s genre films by everyone from Steven Spielberg to Joe Dante.
Zachary Leeman: Tell me how Rex’d came together.
Jack Reher: Rex’d was originally a script I wrote. You know, it was at the tail end of last »
- Gary Collinson
Joe Dante is one of those wonderful directors who makes movies far too infrequently. The filmmaker behind "Gremlins," "Innerspace," and "The 'Burbs" hasn't released a feature film since 2009's woefully overlooked 3D extravaganza "The Hole." But that's about to change with "Burying the Ex," a pitch black comedy that is premiering out-of-competition at the Venice Film Festival. The new movie, about a young man (Anton Yelchin) whose ex-girlfriend (Ashley Greene) dies and comes back as a zombie, fits perfectly within the Dante wheelhouse, which combines ghoulishness with outrageous humor. Our interview covers everything from "Burying the Ex" (you can read our review from Venice here), to the cultish reception to some of his films, to what he thinks of the current slate of superhero movies. And, yes, we touch on "Gremlins 3" as well. Dante is a director with an encyclopedic knowledge of film and a whole host of movies »
- Drew Taylor
Many cinephiles know that the PG-13 rating that is so popular today is a relatively new addition to the rating system of the Motion Picture Association of America. Basically, because some movies with more questionable content like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Poltergeist and Gremlins threw parents into an uproar because the content didn't seem to fit the PG-rating moniker, Steven Spielberg and the MPAA came up with the PG-13 rating as a middle ground between the more kid-friendly PG films, and the adult-oriented R-rated flicks. However, GoodBadFlicks thinks the PG-13 rating is causing problems. Here's a video essay from GoodBadFlicks called Wtf Happend to PG-13? (via SlashFilm): While the video raises some fair points, there are some conclusions here that just don't make sense. The biggest criticism seems to be that studios are cutting what should be R-rated films and dumbing them down to get the coveted teenage demographic into theaters. »
- Ethan Anderton
Stars: Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman, Henry Gibson, Rick Ducommun, Wendy Schaal, Brother Theodore, Courtney Gains, Gale Gordon, Dick Miller, Robert Picardo, Cory Danziger | Written by Dana Olsen | Directed by Joe Dante
Written by Dana Olsen (Going Berserk) and directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling), The ‘Burbs is a comedy-horror hybrid that, for me, was a staple film of my childhood, a movie I was probably too young to be watching, yet couldn’t get enough of. I was very excited to hear that Arrow, a company I am a fan of, were bringing out The ‘Burbs on Blu-ray, for the first time in the UK, with a director’s cut, and a smorgasbord of extras.
A stellar cast, featuring heavyweight acting talent like Tom Hanks, Bruce Dern, Carrie Fisher, Corey Feldman and Henry Gibson, this is a beautifully dark, hilarious and addictive film that deals with themes like cannibalism, »
- Chris Cummings
Gremlins director Joe Dante is set to enter the crowded zombie movie market with his new feature Burying the Ex, and we’ve got your first sneak peek at the zom-rom-com (say that five times fast). Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene and Alexandra Daddario star in this twisted tale of love from beyond the grave, which has it Venice Film Festival debut today. Yelchin plays a young man who must deal with his clingy undead girlfriend (Greene), who refuses to let the relationship die even though she’s passed on. That’s bad news for Yelchin, who’s looking to move on with his life by hooking up with a living, breathing, significant other (Daddario). The premise isn’t entirely new, but what is in the zombie field these days? What really matters is that the...
- Mike Bracken
(Cbr) It will be 25 years in January since the theatrical release of "Gremlins 2: The New Batch." Yet, in a world of endless Hollywood remakes and reboots, somehow Gizmo and his nasty nemeses have dodged the bullet — and not for lack of trying. But Joe Dante, director of the two "Gremlins" films, says there are a few reasons why new installments of his horror comedy franchise haven’t seen the light of day since 1990. According to the filmmaker, there are two major hoops to jump through to bring "Gremlins" back to life. “I am not involved with it,” he told The Playlist. “It’s something that we hear about every six months for the past five to 10 years. I know there have been many attempts to do it. It’s tricky because the rights are jointly owned by Warner Bros and [Steven Spielberg’s] Amblin, so you’ve got to jump through two »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
As I mentioned yesterday when we debuted some images from his newest film Burying the Ex, I’m a huge fan of director Joe Dante. His filmography is vast and contains some of my very favorite movies (Gremlins, The Howling, The ‘Burbs, Innerspace and Gremlins 2: The New Batch among them). Burying the Ex, which premieres today at the Venice Film Festival, seems very much like a Dante film but also feels like a bit of a departure for the genre vet. I haven’t had a chance to see it yet but from what I gather it’s a somewhat contained look at relationships that really focusses in on four central characters. One of whom just happens to be rapidly decaying in all sorts of gory ways. I recently got a chance to speak with Dante about Burying the Ex. We talked about the casting process, the gore, the »
- Evan Dickson
We've been hearing about a "Gremlins" reboot for many years, with director Joe Dante, who directed the original films, attached to either direct again or at least produce. Recently, Warner Bros started taking the project seriously. But it turns out that Dante is not involved and that it may be more difficult than once thought to get the remake into production. "I am not involved with it," confirmed Dante. "It's something that we hear about every six months for the past five to ten years. I know there have been many attempts to do it. It's tricky because the rights are jointly owned by Warner Bros and [Steven Spielberg's] Amblin, so you've got to jump through two hurdles to get your idea approved." He continued: "I know a lot of very well known people have come up with ideas for another 'Gremlins' movie and [nothing ever happened]. I do know, however, that there's »
Getting its premiere out of competition at this year's Venice Film Festival is Joe Dante's Burying The Ex. The zombie rom-com - fast becoming its own sub-subgenre - stars Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene and Alexandra Daddario, and to herald its undead arrival, a quick clip has just lurched online. It finds Greene suffering a spot of neck trouble.In one of those unfortunate occasional clashes of content Burying The Ex, on paper at least, has exactly the same premise as Life After Beth, which will beat it to release. It involves Greene being killed in a freak accident, but returning from the dead and expecting to carry on her relationship with Yelchin as if nothing is askew. The trouble is, he's already romantically moved on with Daddario.Jeff Baena's Life After Beth has an almost identical love triangle with an undead Aubrey Plaza and a still-living Dane DeHaan and Anna Kendrick. »
Given how movie studios continually mine familiar properties for new sequels and remakes, it’s no surprise that there’s a push at Warner Bros. to make a new Gremlins movie. What is a surprise is that we haven’t seen one yet. A new film is in development now — reportedly a sequel, rather than a reboot […]
- Russ Fischer
Venice -- Don’t you just hate it when you’re about to break up with your too needy girlfriend and then she’s hit by a bus and dies? But not to worry, in Burying the Ex, the new film from Gremlins director Joe Dante, the dead girlfriend will be back as a zombie to take up the protagonist on his silly promise of ever-lasting love, even though, rather inconveniently, he’s found much more appropriate new-girlfriend material in the meantime. Dante again smoothly combines moments of romantic and screwball comedy, schlocky genre elements and an overarching retro feel for this cute
- Boyd van Hoeij
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