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While people have been falling all over themselves recently to praise "The Babadook," the great Australian horror gem with the sing-song title and storybook villain, our favorite horror movie of the calendar year still hasn't been released in America. It's called "It Follows," we saw it at Fantastic Fest in Austin earlier this fall, and it is really, really, ridiculously good. Just watch this first trailer (for its release in February in France) and soak in all of the scary.
In our wrap-up of the movies we saw at Fantastic Fest, it ranked #1. What we said then: David Robert Mitchell's "It Follows" had a big debut at Cannes (where it was picked up by the Weinstein genre shingle Radius), but I feel incredibly #blessed to have seen it at Fantastic Fest, where the rowdy crowd went truly bananas. It's a tale of supernatural malevolence, set in a sleepy, nondescript American suburb, »
- Drew Taylor
The original Brat Pack rose to prominence in the 1980s thanks to stellar coming of age pics like The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, The Outsiders, Pretty in Pink and St. Elmo’s Fire (among others) and consisted primarily of Emilio Estevez, Anthony Michael Hall, Rob Lowe, Andrew McCarthy, Demi Moore, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, and Ally Sheedy.
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- Matt Molgaard
Beloved 1980's cartoon character Rainbow Brite is back in a new reboot by video streaming service Feeln. The animated series features the voice of Emily Osment as Rainbow Brite, a magical girl who goes on an adventure to protect Rainbowland from dark powers and destruction. Molly Ringwald will lend her voice as The Dark Princess. Osment is known for her roles in Disney Channel's “Hannah Montana” and ABC Family's “Young and Hungry.” Also read: 19 Best and Worst Superheroes to Hit TV: What's Flown? What's Blown? Ringwald starred in “The Breakfast Club,” “Pretty In Pink” and ABC Family's »
- Kristin Strange
Honey I Shrunk the Kids star Marcia Strassman passed away at 66 after battling cancer. [MTV] The Breakfast Club star Judd Nelson is not dead. [Hollywood Life] Chlöe Grace Moretz talks about shooting sex scenes with her family in the room. [Elle] Daniel Radcliffe was asked about being a sex symbol and his response was perfect. [BuzzFeed] Sofia Vergara shares a steamy picture from the Magic Mike Xxl set. Bless her heart. [Cosmopolitan] http://www.cosmopolitan.com/entertainment/movies/news/a32518/sofia-vergara-magic-mike-xxl-photo/?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1440_103794616 What is your Love & Hip Hop name? Find out here. Jessica Simpson rocks short hair and she “don’t care.” [Instagram/@jessicasimpson] Empire debuts its Mocking Jay Part 1 covers. [Empire]
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- Taylor Ferber
Courtney Love is coming to Fox's primetime. The singer/actress has joined the cast of midseason hip-hop drama Empire in a recurring guest star role. Empire stars Terrence Howard as Lucious Lyon, the head of a record label. Love will play Elle Dallas, "a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment’s stable of artists." The Hole singer's most recent acting gig was on another show in the Fox family, FX's Sons of Anarchy, and she had had major roles in films such as The People vs. Larry Flynt and The Man in the Moon. Other previously announced »
- James Hibberd
"Empire" focuses on a record label headed by Terrence Howard. Love is set to play Elle Dallas, "a hard rock powerhouse, who is part of Empire Entertainment's stable of artists."
The singer-actress is just the latest big name to join "Empire"'s already star-studded cast, which also includes Taraji P. Henson ("Hustle and Flow"), model Naomi Campbell, Cuba Gooding Jr. ("Jerry Maguire"), Gabourey Sidibe ("American Horror Story," "Precious"), Derek Luke ("The Americans"), and Judd Nelson ("The Breakfast Club").
"Empire" is slated to premiere on Fox sometime in early 2015.
[via: Cinema Blend]
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- Katie Roberts
Source: Paramount Pictures You don't have to be a student to get some good advice from one of the best film genres of all time: high school movies. Clueless's Cher Horowitz has plenty of wisdom to impart, and there's something to learn from every member of The Breakfast Club. Whether you're in school now or it's been years since you've picked up a mechanical pencil, you could certainly benefit from these 12 important lessons from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Heathers, and more great high school films. 1. Cleverly craft a classy look. Source: Paramount Pictures If there's one thing that Clueless taught me, it's that you should look as good up close as you do from across the classroom. 2. Be nice to everyone, because you never know who might grow up to be famous. Source: Universal Pictures Even the guy with a bagel tucked in his pants (Sean "Spicoli" Penn »
Rainbow Brite is making a comeback. Subscription video-on-demand service Feeln is restoring the 80s animated series, with Emily Osment and Molly Ringwald as its voice stars. Actress and singer-songwriter Osment will voice the titular character, a magical girl who sets out to protect and save Rainbowland from dark powers. "Being cast as the voice of Rainbow Brite for the relaunch of this iconic show is truly an honor," Osment said. "I look forward to connecting with the audience, old and new, and going on this exciting adventure together." Ringwald, best known for her roles in The Breakfast Club and Pretty in Pink, »
- C. Molly Smith
From long credits to bullet time, here are a few techniques and film conventions we don't see in the movies these days...
Over more than a century, cinema has built up its own storytelling vocabulary. Thanks to generations of intelligent and groundbreaking filmmakers, movies contain a rich and complex set of editing, filming and framing techniques, most of them so firmly embedded in our subconscious that we don't even think about them while we're sitting in our local multiplex.
Inevitably, there are some aspects of filmmaking that have changed considerably over time. New ideas and conventions continuously float in, while old ones become over-used and phase out as a result. It's the latter we're focusing on here: the filmmaking conventions and techniques that are either becoming rare, or have vanished altogether. Bear in mind that some of the things below may suddenly come back into vogue very soon, while the »
Manny Camacho reviews the fourth episode of Red Band Society…
If you hadn’t yet discovered this enthralling and emotionally wrenching series, consider this your notice. Red Band Society is a roller-coaster that is using your heart strings as its guide rails. The series has been following the oft small and awkward misadventures of a group of teenagers who all live in a hospital suffering from their own distinctive health issues. Charlie, a 12 year old boy in a coma narrates from the relative serenity of his motionless body as life continues around him.
The series opens with a newcomer to the group, Jordi Palacios, a teenager who crossed the border from Mexico, in an effort to reach Los Angeles’ Ocean Park Hospital–a renowned facility for its world class care. Jordi has Cancer in his leg and pleads with Dr. Jack McAndrew to help him as his only option to survive. »
- Manny Camacho
So many classic comedies can be traced back to the late, great John Hughes. He either wrote, directed, or produced some of the funniest and most relatable movies of the '80s and early '90s. This Halloween, celebrate the genius filmmaker by dressing up as one of his iconic characters. These ideas are perfect if you're going solo (Ferris Bueller) or with a group (The Breakfast Club) to your seasonal festivity of choice this year. Take a look through, and don't forget to check out all our hundreds of costume ideas! »
Every year in Austin, Texas, the Alamo Drafthouse holds Fantastic Fest, a celebration of all things wild, weird, and wonderful in worldwide genre cinema. Most of these movies feature one or more of the following: animal cruelty, full-frontal nudity, fountains of blood and some kind of weird Japanese business. (If it's missing one or more of these elements, then it was probably admitted by mistake.)
Most film festivals are divided into the screenings and the parties; what Fantastic Fest does (brilliantly) is combine these two elements into a non-stop, week-long smorgasbord of good times. (This festival also included Mondo Con, a convention dedicated to pop culture artwork.) This was our first year at the festival and as such we tried to drink it all in.
Below are all the movies we saw at the festival -- from best to worst. One of the greatest things about Fantastic Fest is that »
- Drew Taylor
In order for humans to team up with zombies and vampires, you know the circumstances must be dire. In Sony’s upcoming horror comedy, Kitchen Sink, an alien invasion forces the living to team up with fanged fiends and the shambling dead in order to save their town, though viewers will have to wait longer to see this unlikely bond, as Sony has delayed the release of Kitchen Sink by nearly eight months.
Exhibitor Relations reports that Sony has moved the release of Kitchen Sink from its January 9th, 2015 slot to September 4th. The monster mash-up movie has been described as having a vibe akin to The Breakfast Club, but we’ll have to wait for a trailer and more synopsis details to see what ghoulish goods could be in store. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates.
- Derek Anderson
★★★☆☆Around fifteen minutes into Yann Gonzalez's You and the Night (2013), ex-footballer Eric Cantona is giving a lengthy monologue about the enormity of his penis. Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Manchester anymore. A surrealist odyssey into an orgy on the other side of midnight, what sounds none-more-French on paper reveals itself to be an x-rated take on The Breakfast Club (1985). With its disparate band of loners and searchers, roughly defined by type, the picture has the bones of a teen movie, but the flesh of Stendhal. It may not always coalesce, but Gonzalez shows great promise. The film centres on a high-class orgy but, despite some terrifically silly raunch, it's more interested in why the participants are there.
- CineVue UK
The horror website Dread Central has released several stills and a film poster for the zombie feature Fairfield. The film has been described as 28 Days Later meets The Breakfast Club. Some of the film's influences can be seen in the stills, hosted here. As well, the shots show several characters holed up in a high school as a zombie apocalypse takes place outside. This film is expected to release later this year. Your preview for Fairfield is below. The story involves several students. A mysterious outbreak leaves many of the local town inhabited by screaming monsters. This group will have to band together, if they are to survive the night. This indie film was financed through a Kickstarter campaign. The budget is low, but fans will see some heart in the stills hosted here. Some of the settings and characters are shown below. Release Date: 2015. Director: Mattheau O'Brien. Writers: Isaac Shyamalan Loftus and Julian Singleton. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
In 1992 Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club) starred as former hockey player turned successful lawyer turned drunk driver turned peewee league coach Gordon Bombay in The Mighty Ducks – titled Champions in the U.K. – Disney’s low budget ice hockey family drama. It turned out to be a surprise hit, spawning two sequels and launching the careers of some well known actors. Actress Marguerite Moreau who played Connie in all three Ducks movies initiated a cast reunion of sorts via her Instagram when she posted a picture of a Mighty Ducks whistle accompanied by the status “calling all brethren”.
The reunion consisted mainly of the D2: The Mighty Ducks cast including Mike Vitar who played Luis Mendoza, Garette Ratliff Henson who played Guy, Vincent Larusso who played Adam Banks, Aaron Lohr who played Dean Portman, Shaun Weiss who played Goldberg and Scott Whyte who played the Iceland captain Gunnar Stahl.
Unfortunately Emilio Estevez, »
- Gavin Logan
Fox’s “Red Band Society” has already drawn comparisons to “Glee,” “The Breakfast Club” and “My So-Called Life,” but the show’s stars believe this is a story unlike anything viewers have seen before. The series, created by Margaret Nagle and produced by Steven Spielberg, focuses on the young inhabitants of a hospital’s pediatric ward and the staff members who often serve as their teachers, mentors and surrogate parents, in addition to overseeing their medical care.
Variety sat down with “Red Band” stars Octavia Spencer and Dave Annable at the Television Critics Assn. summer press tour to learn more about their characters (Spencer plays the no-nonsense Nurse Jackson, and Annable plays Dr. Jack McAndrew, the country’s top pediatric surgeon) as well as their experiences working on the dramedy, which premieres tonight at 9 p.m. on Fox.
What primarily attracted you to the project?
Octavia Spencer: I know »
- Laura Prudom
In terms of manipulating an audience, few things are more reliable than sick or imperiled kids. With that as a given, Fox’s “Red Band Society” labors to feel uplifting, not depressing, by filtering a “The Breakfast Club”-like erosion of high-school caste systems through the leveling effect of a potentially fatal diagnosis. Narrated by a young boy in a coma (a device somewhere between “Reversal of Fortune” and “The Lovely Bones”), the pilot doesn’t do enough to establish these archetypal characters — adults or children. And there’s cause to doubt whether the show will have the time to effectively bridge that gap.
Developed by Margaret Nagle from a Spanish series, and counting the very busy Steven Spielberg among its producers, the program operates on two tracks: focusing on the children brought together by illness — creating an environment, as one helpfully notes, where “the walls break down” — and on »
- Brian Lowry
Among the main characters of Fox's new drama "Red Band Society" (Wednesday at 9 p.m.), two suffer from cancer, one needs a heart transplant, and one is in a prolonged coma. All of them are 16 years old or younger. Fictional stories about seriously ill people are already fraught with emotion. When the ill people are kids, the inherent emotions are so overwhelming that a storyteller has to either address them head-on or work around them. You can heighten everything else to try to equal the feeling of tragedy and wasted potential, or you can underplay everything to keep the story from drowning in sadness. "Red Band Society," adapted by Margaret Nagle from the Spanish-language series “Polseres Vermelles," tries both approaches at once, with mixed but mostly promising results. If it can pull back on some of its excesses — if it can be the good version of "Glee," rather than the bad version, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Happy anniversary to Iggy Azalea and Nick Young! The Aussie rapper and her Lakers beau celebrated one year of love over the weekend, and it was absolutely adorable. Iggy posted a photo of the duo in front of a Target, and in case you forgot, that was where they had their first date. "It's our anniversary #SeriousTho #LoveYouBoo," she wrote with the snapshot. The 23-year-old star revealed on 105.1's morning show, The Breakfast Club, back in April how the unconventional first meeting came about. "I was like 'Target is my favorite place! I want to go to Target,' so I made him [go]. You can learn so much about someone at Target!" she explained. "You can really get to know »
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