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I was graciously asked to participate this year for the Shit Movie Fest’s annual “25 Days of Shitmas” celebration of Christmas movies. Being a total Chicago snob, I jumped at the chance to dissect and review the John Hughes classic, Home Alone. I love writing about horror movies, but having the chance to write about something from a completely different genre is more refreshing than The Sacrament finally giving a release date. As I wrote my giant love letter to the movie, it became quickly apparent that Home Alone isn’t a family Christmas movie…it’s a horror movie in disguise.
First of all, the film covers about four different horror subgenres. Most obviously, it’s a home invasion movie. The fact that two criminals are knowingly breaking into a house inhabited by an eight-year-old with the mindset to kill him is not something I’d normally associate with a family movie. »
- BJ Colangelo
Director and producer Ridley Scott has optioned the rights to a young adult fantasy book series called Fae, which he is looking to adapt into a feature film.
The book was written by sibling authors Colet and Jasmine Abedi, and so far they have released one of three books. The story follows a character named Caroline Ellis, who on her 16th birthday "triggers the battle fated for centuries between the Dark and Light Fae, forcing her to confront who she is and discover whether her tumultuous relationship with Devilyn Reilly, who’s battling the power of the Dark within him, will destroy them both along with humanity."
Scott is set to set to produce the film now, but there's a chance he could end up directing it as well. Apparently the book has become a Twitter, Facebook, and Pinterest phenomenon. I haven't heard of it until now. The »
- Joey Paur
This is where we start a war. We'll lose friends, and cause controversy. Because somewhere on this list below is something you're dying to see. In fact, you might be fanatical about some of these inclusions (Christopher Nolan fans, we're staring straight at you). But it's inevitable. And unavoidable. Hollywood is releasing hundreds of movies in 2014. Some of them will be good. Some of them will be bad. And some will be box office disasters. In compiling this list, we're not declaring that all, or even any, of these movies will be unwatchable. Some will be quite good. Maybe even a masterpiece or a classic in the making. There are a few that we're desperate to see ourselves. We really want them to succeed. But every movie here is a risk taker. And some of this shit? Hollywood should clearly know better. These are the 14 Biggest Potential Bombs of 2014.
In casting news, Robert Gant will appear on two upcoming episodes of The Tomorrow People
Virginia high school state tennis champ Mikey Drougas comes out to school on Twitter. Congrats! Now can he please turn pro so we can have a gay male professional tennis player?
Russell T. Davies is planning two new series for BBC’s Channel 4, about the “perils and pitfalls of 21st Century gay life,” titled Cucumber and Banana, as well as a third “factual webseries” titled Tofu. Here’s an explanation: “I once read about a scientific institute which had studied the male erection,” Davies explained. “It divided the hard-on into four categories, from soft to hard. One, tofu. Two, peeled banana. Three, banana. And four, cucumber. Right there and then, I knew I had my drama. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie 20 Nov 2013 - 06:57
The constantly busy Ridley Scott always has lots of potential films in production, so here's a look at what he might be up to next...
Since his debut in 1977 with the historical drama, The Duellists, director Ridley Scott has gradually built up an eclectic body of work. His Hollywood career began with the stunning one-two sci-fi punch of Alien and Blade Runner, before heading off into fantasy (Legend), thrillers (Someone To Watch Over Me, Black Rain) and road-trip drama (the Oscar-winning Thelma And Louise).
As James Clayton pointed out in his recent Friday column, the 70-something Sir Ridley shows no sign of slowing down, and if anything, his slate of forthcoming films is somewhat bewildering - in what seems like every other interview, the director will mention another project of one sort or another, which makes working out what he's likely to be »
Feature James Clayton 15 Nov 2013 - 06:43
The Counsellor has arrived, and with it we find Sir Ridley Scott returning to cinemas. He keeps on returning and will make many more future returns. The fact that he turns 76 at the end of this month is irrelevant because the director shows no sign of stopping, and there's no reason why he should.
At least, that's my personal view as someone who always looks forward to seeing Scott's latest feature at the multiplex. It's good to know that he's still going strong and making films at a prolific rate, because the movie scene would be slightly sorrier without him. A quick sweep across a filmography that includes such eclectic classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator and Kingdom Of Heaven (the Director's Cut, »
Each week Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of The Counselor last week, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Ridley Scott as director.
Although Ridley Scott’s career may not have as many hits as Speilberg’s or Scorsese’s despite being active for just as long, his work has influenced the art of filmmaking just as much. While Speilberg may have blazed trails with his storytelling and Scorsese with his characters, Ridley Scott made waves due to the sensory impact of his movies on their audiences. Like George Lucas, Scott understood the importance of visual and audio stimulation and how these attributes could be used as impactful film making tools. While Lucas’ work resulted in raising audience’s expectations for special effects, Ridley Scott’s work has raised audiences’ expectations »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
Odd List Simon Brew 27 Sep 2013 - 07:49
It's not always smiles behind the camera, as this list of feuding co-stars proves. I Love Trouble, indeed...
It's a fallacy that everyone gets on together on a movie set. Just as in an everyday office, some people get on better with others. That's as you might expect. But when it comes to film, occasionally a disagreement between two stars becomes oh-so-apparent to pretty much anyone in the stalls at their local Odeon.
This isn't designed by any measure to be a definitive list (yep, Swayze and Jennifer Grey weren't best chums making Dirty Dancing), but here are some of the more interesting examples of where co-stars simply didn't get on...
To date, we struggle to think of a more bizarre screen combination for a romantic blockbuster than that of I Love Trouble. The movie, a »
Artist Jason Edmiston is getting a lot of love this week because of his upcoming solo art show, "A Rogue's Gallery," taking place at the Mondo Gallery. Today we bring you a great new addition to the collection featuring Tim Curry's Devil villain from Ridley Scott's classic fantasy film, Legend.
To see the Terminator and Predator art click here, and for Aliens, Wolfman, and more, click here.
The art show takes place at the Mondo Gallery in Austin from August 23rd to September 14th, and it's located at 4115 Guadalupe St. in Austin, TX. »
- Joey Paur
Top 10 Aliya Whiteley 20 Aug 2013 - 06:55
Zoinks! Aliya provides a rundown of 10 enjoyable Scooby-Doo animated movies. Scrappy isn't invited...
For a Great Dane, Scooby-Doo has had an impressive innings. He’s now 44 years old, and has been through a number of mediums: TV series, videogames, stage plays, and many movies. In all that time the Us version of Scooby has been voiced by only five actors (the original actor, Don Messick, played him from 1969 to 1994), and there remains something so familiar and reassuring about Scooby, even as the storylines and the entanglements of the Scooby gang change around him. Nowadays in Mystery Incorporated Velma may be on/off dating Shaggy, and Fred and Daphne may be having problems with their relationship, but Scooby remains as cowardly and hungry as ever.
I don’t remember when I’d first heard about the film adaptation of Orson Scott Card’s Y/A sci fi novel, Ender’s Game – a few weeks ago, a few months – but despite all the talk about the book being some sort of cult fave which has sold millions since it’d first been published in 1985, I’d never heard of Card or the novel before. And having heard of it, I wasn’t particularly interested in reading the book (which I understand is quite good), or seeing the movie (which may be quite good).
Oh, it had nothing to do with Card’s outrageous statements on homosexuality (we’ll get to that in a bit) of which I also knew nothing. It was more my having had my fill of young questing heroes in some fantasy/sci fi milieu delegated by fate and circumstance to crush some great evil. »
- Bill Mesce
Roman Polanski’s recent Cannes premiere Venus In Fur will open the upcoming 11th annual Ischia Global Film & Musical Festival in Italy.
In addition, the Ischia International Arts Academy will present Polanski in absentia with the festival’s highest honour, the Ischia Legend Award.
The Ischia Global Film & Music Festival is scheduled to run from Jul 14-21. »
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The Best Offer has been named the 2013 Ischia Movie Of The Year and stars Geoffrey Rush, Jim Sturgess and Donald Sutherland in the story of an eccentric art auctioneer and his obsession with an heiress. The film opened in Italy earlier this year and received its international premiere at the Berlinale in February.
Golino has been named Ischia’s Breakout Director Of The Year for her film Honey, which premiered in Un Certain Regard in Cannes last month and follows a young woman who helps terminal patients end their lives.
“Giuseppe Tornatore, a major presence in the world of contemporary global cinema, once again shows his skill as a master director with the flawless and highly entertaining The Best Offer,” said producer Mark Canton, who serves »
Tim Curry, cult star of films like Legend and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, is recovering today after suffering a major stroke. The 67 year old actor, who is said to be 'doing great', is apparently in good humour and recovering his speech, but is lucky to be alive after collapsing in his Los Angeles home.
In 2011, Curry pulled out of a production of Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead after suffering health problems but he is not though to have had any ongoing difficulties. He has since returned to work, though he has concentrated on voice acting, winning a new generation of fans with his contribution to the animated Star Wars: The Clone Wars series.
Whilst about a third of stroke victims die and another third suffer lasting disability, the remaining third can expect something close to a complete recovery. »
- Jennie Kermode
Italo animation mogul Iginio Straffi will be feted by the Ischia Global Film Festival, which Cannes fest juror Christoph Waltz is expected to attend, along with other expected guests in a stellar roster.
Straffi is topper of Rainbow Animation, in which Viacom holds a stake, creator of the “Winx” movies and TV series aired globally. He is also maker of 3D feature “Gladiators of Rome” to be released by Paramount Stateside. Straffi will receive Ischia’s Filmmaker of the Year Award.
Titles screening at Ischia will include the European premieres of Dito Montiel’s “Empire State,” Amanda Eliasch’s “The Gun The Cake and The Butterfly,” Omar Ynigo’s “Marcelo,” Shari Singer Berman’s “Girl Most Likely” and Rory Kennedy’s docu “Ethel.” Shawn Levy’s “The Internship,” produced by Milchan, will have its Italo preem. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Today's classic from horror cinema's dawning days is an Italian film from 1911, based on the literary masterpiece The Inferno by Dante Allegheri. If you've taken any literature classes, or just love dark fantasy tales, you probably have at least some knowledge of this segment of long-form poem The Divine Comedy penned by Dante in the early 14th Century, whose narrator is given a guided tour of the nine levels (or circles) of Hell. As a morality tale, or just a straight-up scary story, It's perfect horror movie material; director Giuseppe de Liguoro and his creative partners knew that, and crafted the first feature film adaptation, which went on to shock and horrify audiences around the world. The film's plot, like the story, is simple: the main character is Dante himself (Salvatore Papa), who is taken on a literal trip through Hell by the poet Virgil (Arturo Pirovano) so that he »
- Gregory Burkart
Emmerich, best known for “Independence Day” and the upcoming “White House Down,” is developing the series with Marc Frydman (“Straw Dogs,” “Murder in the First,” “Nil by Mouth”) and Rod Lurie (“The Contender,” “The Last Castle,” ABC’s “Commander In Chief”).
British Army officer T.E. Lawrence became known as “Lawrence of Arabia” owing to his efforts to unite Arab opposition to the Ottoman Empire during Wwi. David Lean’s 1962 film “Lawrence of Arabia” won six Oscars.
FremantleMedia Intl. CEO David Ellender said, »
- Leo Barraclough
What do Left Behind, Little Nicky, Mister Frost, and Hellboy all have in common? They all feature the devil in either a starring or cameo role. Satan or Lucifer has long been a fascinating figure ever since John Milton’s Paradise Lost immortalized him. Not surprising in a bit of homage Al Pacino as Satan in The Devil’s Advocate call himself “John Milton.” But treatments of the devil have varied greatly. In The Devil Rides Out (1968), Christopher Lee faces off against a Satan cult but Satan himself only appears for a few brief moments.
Tim Curry’s devil in Legend, on the other hand, takes center stage in perhaps the wildest interpretation yet with his devil sporting huge cloven hooves and horns. But in the 1990s, the devil became more and more cynical and laid back. Gabriel Byrne in the End of Days plays him as a normal man »
Tom Cruise does a lost more in his movies than just flash his million-dollar smile and have nervous breakdowns in locker rooms with Cuba Gooding Jr., you know. Over the course of his nearly 40 years in movies, Cruise has taken on a wide variety of formidable enemies, whether they be made of flesh and blood or something else. Like any true movie hero, the man just can't get away from conflict.
In honor of the release of "Oblivion," which has Cruise taking on yet another new opponent, we've created an infographic that illustrates just how much fightin' Tom has done over the years — and who (or what) has been on the receiving end of his furious wrath.
Click on the image for the super-large version, and refer to the handy dandy key below it if you're stumped on any of the imagery.
Clockwise from top:
Helicopters: "Mission: Impossible" (1, 2 and 3, 1996- »
- NextMovie Staff
The new Tom Cruise film Oblivion takes place far into the future, but on this hashtagged holiday we call Throwback Thursday, let's venture into Cruise's past. The well-preserved 50-year-old has spent most of his life being photographed, and yet even we were surprised to stumble upon these amazing, obscure pictures from the mid-eighties, a time when the typically square Cruise grew his hair out for the movie Legend and briefly reached a level of unexpected, unusual, whatever-the-fuck-ever cool that Brad Pitt and Johnny Depp should be forced to pay royalties on. For real! I mean, can we start by talking about that picture up above, where Cruise looks like an if-they-mated experiment forced upon Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl in 1992 by an inebriated Courtney Love playing mad doctor? Who knew that Tom Cruise was ever capable of that level of grunge cool? But there's more: Though Maverick would go »
- Kyle Buchanan
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