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This week, we’ve got an insane amount of horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices getting released on Tuesday, including the latest from Scream Factory, Stigmata, and Kino Lorber is bringing us another Mario Bava cult classic to high-def in the form of Evil Ey,e and the recent horror comedy Zombeavers is looking to make a splash on DVD as well.
Anchor Bay is also unleashing The Vatican Exorcisms on May 19th and Olive Films is bringing a double dose of classic terror to Blu-ray with their releases of Peter Benchley’s Creature and It! The Terror from Outer Space. Indie horror fans have a ton of titles this week arriving on DVD to choose from and we’ve also got new high-def releases for both Poltergeist sequels and Terminator 2: Judgment Day too.
While vacationing in Italy, »
- Heather Wixson
Amazon seems to have the funds and means to make themselves on par with not only their streaming competitor Netflix but also every other independent studio in Hollywood right now, and with their power it looks like they're going down the auteur route. In addition to producing Spike Lee's next "joint" Chiraq and working on Woody Allen's first-ever TV show, they have also inked deals on the next projects from directors Terry Gilliam and Jim Jarmusch. Deadline broke the story, but it was the astute eyes over at The Playlist found the scoop buried in their report. Amazon has yet to confirm what projects the filmmakers have signed onto with their banner, so to figure out what's in the works one has to rely solely on what each filmmaker announced previously. Although Gilliam expressed interest in making a steampunk version of 1984 in recent history, it would seem this is mostly likely the very, »
- Will Ashton
Our look at underappreciated films of the 80s continues, as we head back to 1988...
Either in terms of ticket sales or critical acclaim, 1988 was dominated by the likes of Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit and Coming To America. It was the year Bruce Willis made the jump from TV to action star with Die Hard, and became a star in the process.
It was the year Leslie Nielsen made his own jump from the small to silver screen with Police Squad spin-off The Naked Gun, which sparked a hugely popular franchise of its own. Elsewhere, the eccentric Tim Burton scored one of the biggest hits of the year with Beetlejuice, the success of which would result in the birth of Batman a year later. And then there was Tom Cruise, who managed to make a drama about a student-turned-barman into a $170m hit, back when $170m was still an »
Over the course of film history, we've seen plenty of long-time actors step behind the camera to take up their directorial ambitions. Clint Eastwood did it. Mel Gibson did it. George Clooney did it. What do these three have in commonc Well, for starters, they are all men, so there's that. Further, they are all white, but more on that later. More to the point of the article, these men all eased into their directorial careers by starring in their respective debuts, using their presence on screen to help market their talents off it. And with his feature directorial effort The Water Diviner, which hits limited theaters this week, Russell Crowe is just the most recent addition to a growing list of actors who have decided to try their hand behind the camera. Like Eastwood, Gibson, and Clooney before him, the Best Actor winner stars in his first feature as director, »
- Jordan Benesh
First and foremost, what is likely to end up being the biggest blockbuster of the year, Avengers: Age of Ultron, has scored a PG-13 ratings for "intense sequences of sci-fi action, violence and destruction, and for some suggestive comments." This isn't too much different than the PG-13 rating for The Avengers, which was for intense sequences of sci-fi violence and action throughout, and a mild drug reference. Sounds like there may be a little more destruction and -- oh, la, la -- some suggestive comments. This week's bulletin also has a PG-13 rating for Cameron Crowe's new movie Aloha starring Bradley Cooper and Emma Stone and we also have a PG-13 for Before We Go, directed by and starring Avengers star Chris Evans and Star Trek Into Darkness co-star Alice Eve. Nancy Meyers has a new movie coming this year called The Intern starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway »
- Brad Brevet
Woman in Gold follows the true-to-life story of Maria Altmann (Helen Mirren), a Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, and her attempts to win back the famous Gustav Klimt painting of her aunt, which was stolen from her family by Nazis during World War II. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg (Ryan Reynolds), an American lawyer with Viennese roots, helps Maria navigate the rough waters of legal procedure during the “Republic of Austria v. Altmann” trial that would reunite Maria with her aunt’s likeness.
Yeah, that’s an entire country’s government against one eight-seven-year-old woman. Maria Altmann is now our favourite person.
Woman in Gold, which hits theatres Friday, also stars Katie Holmes, Daniel Brühl (Inglourious Basterds), Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”), Max Irons (The Riot Club), Charles Dance (“Game of Thrones”), Elizabeth McGovern (“Downton Abbey”), and Jonathan Pryce (Brazil).
- Sasha James
Hungry for the delectable and deadly atmosphere of Michael Dougherty's Trick ’r Treat following the announcement last week that Legendary comics is releasing graphic novels of Trick ’r Treat and the upcoming Krampus? If so, then you might dig Cavity Colors' Cakepop Sam print, the latest addition to their Deadly Desserts line. The print depicts the creepy creature from Trick ’r Treat as a cake pop that's a festive feast for the eyes. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on the Kickstarter campaign for world-renowned special effects master Hiroshi Katagiri's debut film, Gehenna – Where Death Lives, as well as release details on Scream Factory's Blu-ray of the Patricia Arquette-starring possession film, Stigmata.
Cake Pop Sam Print: Cavity Colors' "Cakepop Sam" print is now available to purchase for $15.00:
"Signed by Aaron Crawford High quality 8 x 10 inch Giclee Print Printed with Archival Inks on Acid Free »
- Derek Anderson
Michael Palin Cbe has achieved that rare feat of being not only a man of multiple trades - actor, comedian, writer, presenter and political campaigner - but a master of them all.
Best known for being one sixth of iconic comedy group Monty Python, Palin has carved a hugely successful and varied career in showbusiness.
His achievements range from winning the BAFTA for Best Supporting Actor in 1989 for his role in A Fish Called Wanda, to travelling across the world in 80 days, to reuniting with his fellow Pythons for a hugely anticipated series of live Monty Python shows last year.
In the name of getting to know one of Britain's most famous men a little better, we headed to BAFTA HQ on Tuesday night (March 17) for the latest in BAFTA's live strand A Life in Television. Host David Walliams certainly extracted a host of fascinating facts about Palin's life (and »
I’m a sucker for religion-themed horror. There just something absolutely enthralling about the darker side of faith battling the lighter, and the journey that whoever is in between said battle is always enjoyable to watch. With that said, I couldn’t be more excited about Scream Factory announcing today that they’re giving 1999’s Patricia Arquette (A Nightmare On Elm Street III, Boyhood)-led Stigmata the Bluray treatment (hitting shelves on May 19th), complete with special features never before realed in the U.S. Read on!
Frankie Paige (Arquette) has absolutely no faith in God. All of that changes when she suddenly begins to suffer the stigmata — the living wounds of the crucified Christ. Frankie’s miraculous bleeding comes to the attention of the Vatican’s top investigator, Father Kiernan (Byrne). But when Cardinal Houseman (Jonathan Pryce, Brazil, Ronin), discovers that Frankie is actually channeling an extraordinary and provocative »
- Jerry Smith
Late night in a rural Utah town, around Christmas, a family of three is startled to hear strange noises outside their home. The wife and the child hide in the bedroom, while the man picks up a baseball bat to protect his home against people he assumes to be intruders. The “intruders” were police officers, members of the local Swat team who were there to serve the man with a warrant. They point their guns to the man’s head, ordering him to drop the bat. He does. Eventually, it turns out that the Swat team came to the wrong house and terrified a family with a small child because of a simple spelling error. Yet things could have always gotten much, much worse. Before they leave, the Swat members say two things: “Merry Christmas,” and “If you had a gun instead of a bat, we’d have wasted you. »
- Oktay Ege Kozak
Paris– This year’s MipTV will pay tribute to Ben Silverman, Electus chairman and CEO, Cécile Frot-Coutaz , FremantleMedia CEO, Ricardo Scalamandré, head of Globo’s international business and Irfan Sahin, Doğan TV CEO, who will all receive a Medaille d’Honneur (Medal of Honor).
MipTV’s Médaille d’Honneur is awarded to international execs who have made a significant contribution to the world of television and to the development of the global TV community.
“It is a great honor to recognize these four exceptional industry figures, who have each, in their own way, made major contributions to the international entertainment content sector, and whose vision and leadership have set the standards in their respective fields,” said Laurine Garaude, Reed Midem’s TV division director.
- Elsa Keslassy
Teresa Wright and Matt Damon in 'The Rainmaker' Teresa Wright: From Marlon Brando to Matt Damon (See preceding post: "Teresa Wright vs. Samuel Goldwyn: Nasty Falling Out.") "I'd rather have luck than brains!" Teresa Wright was quoted as saying in the early 1950s. That's understandable, considering her post-Samuel Goldwyn choice of movie roles, some of which may have seemed promising on paper. Wright was Marlon Brando's first Hollywood leading lady, but that didn't help her to bounce back following the very public spat with her former boss. After all, The Men was released before Elia Kazan's film version of A Streetcar Named Desire turned Brando into a major international star. Chances are that good film offers were scarce. After Wright's brief 1950 comeback, for the third time in less than a decade she would be gone from the big screen for more than a year. »
- Andre Soares
We only have just over a month to wait for Season 5 of HBO’s epic fantasy series Game of Thrones to return to our screens and one of the new cast members joining us for the ride this time around is legendary Welsh thespian Jonathan Pryce (Brazil, Evita).
Pryce recently spoke about his role in the upcoming season and the veteran actor admitted that he wasn’t a fan of “swords and sorcery” type TV shows or movies and that he only got involved after reading the scripts and realising that his character ends up being very influential to the whole story.
“If the role hadn’t been what it turned out to be for High Sparrow, I probably would not have been involved…I remember starting out and my agent said ‘does the character change the situation or is he just a functionary’ and this character changes the situation. »
- Gavin Logan
Chicago – The movie musical seems to revive every year, and writer/director Richard Lagravenese puts his spin on the genre with a modern touch. A couple, portrayed by Jeremy Jordan and Anna Kendrick, goes through the ups and downs of a relationship while belting out appropriate tunes in “The Last Five Years.”
The film is based on the stage play by Jason Robert Brown, and is the type of musical that is entirely sung. The songs are sad (“Still Hurting”), hilarious (“Summer in Ohio”) and poignant (“If I Didn’t Believe in You”) and are rendered by the couple in a direct and modern approach through Lagravenese’s direction.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man, the hit comedy written by Matt Murphy, based on the best-selling book by Dan Anderson and Maggie Berman, is celebrating one year of performances this week at The 777 Theatre (777 Eighth Avenue, between 47th and 48th Streets) and has announced the launch of a national tour in April 2015, followed by Las Vegas in Summer 2015 and international productions in Brazil, Australia and Toronto in Summer/Fall 2015. Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. Directed by Tim Drucker, Sex Tips began performances on January 22, 2014 and opened on February 9, 2014. The show features Grant MacDermott (Now or Later) as Dan »
- Pietro Filipponi
In space, no one can hear you scream… with laughter. Which is helpful when watching the Wachowskis’ latest effort
“Bees don’t lie…” When it comes to bonkers, overcooked, overambitious sci-fi, writer/directors Andy and Lana Wachowski really are in a world of their own. It took me three runs to get my head around their adaptation of David Mitchell’s Cloud Atlas but I suspect that this colourfully ridiculous (and strangely archaic) Star Wars/Matrix/Flash Gordon mish-mash has delivered all of its riches on first viewing.
The plot is sub-Hitchhiker’s Guide/Guardians of the Galaxy bunkum about extravagantly coiffured extraterrestrials who rule Earth from afar, but whose plans to “harvest” its riches are confounded by the genetic resurgence of intergalactic royalty in the unsuspecting shape of toilet-cleaning Mila Kunis (she is the one!). Channing Tatum is the wolf/man hybrid who plays Clark Kent to Kunis’s »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Sees no need to engage metaphor or dispense with cliché, so when you haven’t seen it before, you can’t believe what you’re seeing. And not in a good way. I’m “biast” (pro): I am desperate for movies about women
I’m “biast” (con): science fiction isn’t treated so well at the movies these days
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Oh my god, hooray! A space adventure with a woman at its center! And it’s Mila Kunis, who is awesome! She’s gonna be like a new Luke Skywalker, whisked away from a boring life on Tatooine– er, Earth for more exciting interstellar horizons beyond! Woo-hoo!
Yeah, not so much, as it happens. What happens is more like: Kunis (Annie, Blood Ties) gets drugged, attacked, chased, menaced, threatened, rescued, kidnapped, chased some more, rescued again. Rinse and repeat for a good hour and half. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
When you're at a film festival, it saps you, no matter how you arrange your schedule. There's just something about the pace and the sleep and, in the case of Sundance, the altitude, and it takes a toll. There are very few people I would get out of bed early for on the morning after returning from Sundance, but when I got an e-mail from the good folks at Warner Bros asking if I would sit down with Lana and Andy Wachowski on the Friday morning that I got back, I told them without hesitation that I would happily be there. We talked for a few minutes just to catch up personally before I started the formal part of the interview. I think the Wachowskis are genuinely charming people, something I learned during their publicity run for "Cloud Atlas." I was able to spend some time chatting with them, and »
- Drew McWeeny
South by Southwest, the multi-faceted film, music and technology festival held annually in Austin, TX will feature such upcoming films as Paul Feig’s Spy, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn, Alex Gibney’s documentary Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine, and Ondi Timoner’s Russell Brand profile Brand: A Second Coming as headliners in this year’s film festival lineup.
SXSW runs from March 13 to 21 in Austin and is now in its 22nd year. Variety has details of the 145 films and 100 world premieres bowing at this year’s festival. Brand, as previously reported, will be the festival’s opening night film.
Other notable titles on the list are the Will Ferrell/Kevin Hart comedy Get Hard, a rough cut of Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck, the directorial debut of 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland, Ex Machina, and a new comedy by Michael Showalter, Hello, My Name is Doris.
On the small screen, »
- Brian Welk
Sometimes a movie can be doomed before it even opens.
This happens when a film is discussed openly without anyone having firsthand knowledge of (or even having seen) it, and it becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy when said movie come out and underperforms, thanks in large part to countless write-ups lacking reliable sources and built on foundations of hearsay and conjecture. Most of the time, these movies are rediscovered years later because, as it turns out, they weren't that bad after all. Right now, swarms of ill will seem to be circling "Jupiter Ascending," which opens Friday, due largely to a shift in its release date, from a coveted summer-of-2014 slot to a desolate winter 2015 position. Now that it's finally here, though, reviewers are sharpening their knives in anticipation. I am here to say that those knives are not necessary; "Jupiter Ascending" is actually a delightful space epic, full »
- Drew Taylor
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