19 items from 2015
Now that "Mad Men" is over, "The Bachelorette" is ready to take its place as the best show on television. And by best we clearly mean most shamelessly Iq-reducing. But we're not here to judge, we're here to be the jury and pass stiff sentences against the clowns (that means you, Ryan M.) who showed up on Season 11's premiere to try and date Kaitlyn Bristowe, Britt Nilsson or whoever else showed up. We find most of them guilty of cringe-inducing silliness (not you, Joshua, Ian, Ben Z, Joe, Shawn B....) and sentence them to loving ridicule in this list. The official Bachelorette -- either Kaitlyn or Britt -- will be revealed Tuesday night in another hour special, but here are 13 highlights/lowlights from May 18's drunken, *dramatic,* and painfully awkward first episode.
1. Ryan Gets Drunk, Says Dumb Stuff
Ryan M. both won and lost the night for the same reason: He was That Guy. »
- Gina Carbone
Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead, 2015.
Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner.
During the outbreak of the zombie apocalypse a mechanic goes in search of his sister, who has been kidnapped by a group of psychotic soldiers who want to experiment on her.
It may seem like sacrilege to say it but the zombie genre is dying on its arse. Horror movies have always been notoriously cheap to produce and in this day of CGI effects replacing practical squibs and latex flesh it has never been easier to knock something together quickly and for very little physical effort, hence why the zombie movie has become so prevalent over the past few years. And with the increasing quantity comes the decreasing quality, meaning that studios putting out any old mean-spirited guff with the words “…of the Dead” in the title is supposed to »
- Gary Collinson
Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.
Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.
From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...
25. An Innocent Man
Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »
Suicide Squad star Jared Leto must be relishing giving little reveals of the Joker because he’s been doing it for weeks. The shot of him doing The Killing Joke pose was fun and clever (and also taken by director David Ayer) but we’ve also been treated to samples of his Joker voice and a shot of his short, bleached hair. Now he’s snap-chatted a selfie showing off his green dye-job and red lips because we need to know every single step of the process. If this were a complex bit of makeup that took hours and hours, that would be a different situation. Seeing special effects makeup and applying prosthesis is an interesting process. This is hair dye and lipstick. Check out the latest development of Leto’s Joker look below. Maybe next time he’ll show us a close up of purple fabric or perhaps his »
- Matt Goldberg
Two screen caps and a bootleg copy of around twenty seasons of the new "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" trailer appears to have leaked online on both Twitter and Youtube.
The clip and pics, which I will not link here, were taken by camcorder from a theatrically projected copy of the trailer. They showcase a key scene where the two heroes meet on a dark and stormy night. Batman, in an armored suit, looks up at Superman above him. The Kryptonian lands a few feet away.
Affleck's Batman, sporting a very heavily altered and artifically lowered voice, says: "Tell me, do you bleed?... You will." Due to the poor quality of the clip, it can't be 100% confirmed but it looks very legit - the scene very much like the Comic Con clip shown last year.
For now the leak has done no real damage, the clip is in »
- Garth Franklin
Conor McMahon’s horror/comedy Stitches hit genre lovers hard, quickly becoming a fan favorite and giving horror lovers a character that would actually warrant a franchise, given the right sequel. Instead of playing it safe and making another horror/comedy, McMahon returned with From The Dark (out on DVD/Bluray now via Dark Sky Films), a film that gives viewers one terrifying and intense ride, focusing on a couple being stranded and facing some pretty gnarly creatures/elements.
Conor: I think having made Stitches I was »
- Jerry Smith
Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Stuart Rutherford, Ben Fransham, Jackie van Beek, Elena Stejko, Jason Hoyte, Karen O’Leary, Mike Minogue, Chelsie Preston Crayford, Ian Harcourt, Ethel Robinson, Brad Harding | Written and Directed by Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi
Love it or hate it Twilight did a lot of damage for the vampire in pop culture. When the movies were finally over and done with and we were free of the scourge of the sparkly ones, the bloodsuckers stayed somewhat in the shadows, though recently making a comeback with good movies like Only Lovers Left Alive. With that spark of life given to the undead fiends, what they now need is a good injection of the red stuff to truly bring them back to glory. We may just have that in the form of What We Do in the Shadows.
From (one of) the creators of Flight of the Conchords, »
- Paul Metcalf
Italian site Bad Taste has reported that director Ron Howard will begin shooting Inferno, the third Tom Hanks-led Robert Langdon story, in Florence at the end of April through mid-May when the production moves to Instanbul and Venezia.
Howard took to Facebook and posted some behind-the scenes looks at the decision-making process of he and his team as they choose shots for an opening action sequence. The foam-core models depict the spire of Badìa Fiorentina, which has historical ties to Dante Alighieri and plays host to a mysterious figure at the beginning of Brown’s novel.
Inferno is the third Dan Brown adaptation undertaken by Howard and producing partner Brian Grazer, and sees Robert Langdon waking up in an Italian hospital with amnesia, before he teams up with Sienna Brooks, a doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague »
- Scott J. Davis
If you haven’t been paying attention to the latest foreign horror imports, than you’ve been missing out on some tremendous films. While you might assume that a majority of these are European efforts, there’s another locale that’s making quite a genre name for itself – New Zealand. Peter Jackson started with films like Bad Taste and Dead Alive, but that was long ago, and since those years, New Zealand hasn’t bothered to traverse the waters of horror with much enthusiasm – until now. Thanks to producer Ant Timpson, a frequent collaborator with Alamo’s Tim League, New Zealand is once again making a name for itself in a forgotten genre, and Deathgasm is just the latest shining example.
- Matt Donato
As someone who relishes new and unusual storytelling, it’s been great to see the recent boom of films coming out of New Zealand, a country that embraces and celebrates the unusual in ways most other places in the world just cannot. The latest Kiwi film to make its way Stateside is Jason Lei Howden’s Deathgasm, the ridiculously fun and bombastic celebration of horror and heavy metal that premiered at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival last night. While the film may garner a lot of attention for it’s more over-the-top approach to gore, nudity and its clever use of sex toys, what makes Deathgasm so special is that the story itself is full of heart and features breakout performances from both Milo Cawthorne and Kimberley Crossman, who bring tons of infectious energy to the project.
In Deathgasm, we meet a lovable loser metal head by the name of Brodie »
- Heather Wixson
Further details regarding Spectre, the latest addition to the James Bond franchise, have been released, including revelations regarding one of the film.s car chases. And it sounds like a real doozy. Now that filming has begun on Spectre, the 24th installment to 007.s rather esteemed cinematic cannon, its cast and crew have been shimmying across the globe shooting scenes. Production will arrive in the delightful Italian capital, Rome, in March, and according to the Italian site Bad Taste, the film is going to be causing quite a disturbance while it's there. The aforementioned publication has reported that while in Rome, Spectre will be filming a car chase. Because of this, they will need to shut down the Italian city.s streets from 9pm to 6am on the night of March 8th. So instantly we are able to decipher that this Italian car chase scene will be set at night »
007.com has provided our first look at Monica Bellucci on (well, more accurately near) the set of Spectre, as she poses above the Forum along with Daniel Craig. Filming is set to commence in Rome on March 8, and thanks to Bad Taste (via Ssh) we have details on what will be shot. Apparently there will be a "spectacular car chase in Via Nomentana, from viale Gorizia to Porta Pia", followed by another on the Lungotevere that will conclude with Bond’s car falling in the river, and 007 needing to be rescued by a helicopter. A cryptic message from Bond’s past sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organisation. While M battles political forces to keep the secret service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind Spectre. Starring Ben Wishaw, Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Christoph Waltz, Monica Bellucci, David Bautista, Léa Seydoux, »
We’ve been through many cycles of cinematic history now, reached many milestones and have given birth to many cliche’s as well, but as time draws forth, where does film take hold to ensure a continued future of innovation? Certainly, technology does, and will always have its part in the creative endeavor of filmmaking, but when it comes to story, are we beginning to see the long, slow death of originality? On some levels, I fear this may be a temporary reality, but much like life and energy itself, never truly dies and will always find a way.
It will come as no surprise that many a studio film is churned out in formulaic fear of stirring the pot, rousing the dormant interest of adventurous viewers, but we still have our independence. Indie filmmakers, the experimenters, the explorers, the balls-to-the-wall, no excuses, just make it happen and make it yours pioneers. »
- Travis Keune
“One look?!….One Look?!”
After the success of long-gestating sequels Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues and Dumb & Dumber To, it looks like we will finally see the return of Magnum-looker Derek Zoolander in the anticipated follow-up to 2001’s cult hit.
This week, Italian site Bad Taste has apparently reported the Mayor of Rime Ignazio Marion has announced that Zoolander 2 is coming to Italy this spring to shoot for 12-weeks at the famous Cinecittà Studios, as well as its surrounding areas.
“Rome returns to the center of the international destinations of great cinema,” Ignazio said.
- Scott J. Davis
The news was broken by Stiller and the Mayor of Rome. For the Italian city will be playing host to Derek Zoolander during its 12 week production, as the movie heads to Europe. If all concerned fancy a stop off in Halesowen too, there's a half decent coffee shop in the Cornbow Centre we can recommend.
Will Ferrell, Owen Wilson, Christine Taylor and Penelope Cruz are all expected in the cast. Justin Theroux, meanwhile, has co-written the screenplay with Stiller. It's not been announced whether Stiller will be returning to the director's chair too, as some reports suggest that Justin Theroux will be taking the job on. »
After a promising few months of casting chatter and performers confirming that they’ll return for the sequel, there is more good news today on the Zoolander 2 front. Spotted by Italian site Bad Taste (and reported by Coming Soon) Ben Stiller and Rome’s Mayor Ignazio Marino have announced that the new film will shoot in the city for 12 weeks.Though it looked like Justin Theroux, who has co-written the film with Stiller, might not be directing as originally planned, it appears he remains attached, with Stiller returning as the Blue Steel-loving dimwit alongside the likes of Christine Taylor, Owen Wilson and potentially Will Ferrell, with Penelope Cruz also involved. With a 12-week shoot planned in and around Rome’s famous Cinecittà Studios in the spring, the location appears to confirm what Stiller told Empire about the film’s plot a few years ago. “It’s ten years »
The Goetz Brothers ("Scenic Route") are reportedly attached to direct the remake of Pascal Laugier's acclaimed 2009 horror film "Martyrs". The original film's story follows a young woman who sets out to get revenge on the people who attacked and permanently scarred her when she was ten.
The pair's attachment was spotted on artwork currently on display at the European Film Market this week according to Dread Central. Said artwork also indicates Blumhouse and The Safran Company are set to produce.
In other news, Rome's mayor Ignazio Marino has reportedly confirmed to Bad Taste that the sequel to the 2001 comedy "Zoolander" will film for a whopping twelve weeks at Rome's famed Cinecitta Studios.
- Garth Franklin
After a very long fourteen year wait, it appears as though Zoolander 2 is finally happening. Mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, has confirmed that the long-anticipated sequel will shoot in his country this year. International site Bad Taste brings this news, as Marino confirms that Zoolander 2 will shoot for 12 weeks in and around the famed Cinecittà Studios.
While things are said to kick off this spring, an exact start date was not mentioned. The Mayor has met with star Ben Stiller, who will be reprising his role as male model Derek Zoolander on what appears to be a European tour. About the production, Ignazio Marino stated:
"Rome returns to the center of the international destinations of great cinema!"
Justin Theroux co-wrote the Zoolander 2 screenplay with Ben Stiller, and will direct. Ben Stiller's wife Christine Taylor is confirmed to return as Derek's wife and mother of his children Matilda Jeffries, »
When Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski came across the bizarre story of Walter and Margaret Keane, they thought they’d found a seamless vehicle on which to make their directorial debut. It was cheap, and had all the requisite characteristics of their best known scripts, Ed Wood, Man On The Moon and People Vs. Larry Flynt; charming oddball characters that never rose above the zeitgeist B-list. Tim Burton, who directed Ed Wood and Big Eyes, puts it best: “It’s what they excel at, their strongest work is finding weird real stories, torn from headlines you never read.” So why should their 11-year struggle to get Big Eyes made be anything but quirky and colorful?
Deadline: Where did you find this delightfully nutty tale of a man who stole credit for massively popular paintings art critics loved to slam, with his wife allowing herself to be shuttered in a studio, »
- Mike Fleming Jr
19 items from 2015
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