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The home of monster cinema, Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights continue a grand scare legacy…
Read about what happened when Den of Geek went along to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Orlando Resort, here.
In October 1991, Universal’s latest horror release was little-loved sequel Child’s Play 3: Look Who’s Stalking. The studio that had dominated the classic monster era of the thirties and forties, immortalising the careers of Boris Karloff and Bela Legosi, was pushing a tired franchise through multiplexes stuffed with sequels to eighties slasher movies. But in its recently opened Orlando theme park, a seed was being planted that would grow into a worthy homage to Universal’s cinematic roots: the annual Halloween Horror Nights.
A year earlier, Universal Studios Florida had opened after a bumpy few months of delays, rethinks, and set-backs. In its very early days, a more accurate version of »
Who doesn't love to laugh? Whether your taste runs to R-rated raunch, classic yuks or witty British humor, you'll find something hilarious to stream on Netflix.
Right now, there are movies starring Robin Williams, Walter Matthau, Jack Black, Goldie Hawn and a nice selection of films showcasing the comedy chops of Joan Cusack. (Availability subject to change, so get streaming now!)
1. "The Addams Family" (1991) PG-13
Everyone's favorite macabre family is wonderfully portrayed by Anjelica Huston as Morticia, Raul Julia as Gomez, Christopher Lloyd as Uncle Fester and Christina Ricci as Wednesday. Spooky fun, just in time for Halloween.
2. "The Bad News Bears" (1976) PG
3. "Bernie" (2011) PG-13
Jack Black stars in the real-life story of a mortician who ends »
- Sharon Knolle
Larry Wilson is a man who's had more than one life, it seems. Originally a writer, he then moved to development and the world of studio executives. And then? He moved back to writing, with Beetlejuice, which he also co-produced.
Here, he chats to us about his new webseries Cindy, as well as taking us back to the days of Beetlejuice, of bringing James Cameron to Aliens, and how Young Sherlock Holmes - a film based on his idea - was a disappointment to him.
Oh, and there's that Beetlejuice sequel too...
Let's start with what you're up to now, your webseries Cindy. I understand you pitched it originally to Nickelodeon, but it sounds like a show that's been swimming in your head for a while now. Can you tell us a bit about it? »
The Modern Master Award, established in 1995, was created to pay tribute to an individual who has enriched our culture via the motion picture industry. Keaton joins past recipients Ben Affleck, Christopher Nolan, Michael Douglas, Jodie Foster, Sir Anthony Hopkins, Diane Keaton, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Bruce Dern, Peter Jackson, George Clooney, Will Smith, Cate Blanchett, Clint Eastwood, Christopher Plummer and James Cameron. Keaton's career ranges far and wide, from Ron Howard's "Night Shift" and Tim Burton's "Beetlejuice" and "Batman" to his lauded performance in Alejandro G. Iñárritu’s dark show business satire "Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance." »
- Anne Thompson
Halloween is upon us and, as is the case with most holidays, people are eager to get in the spirit by watching themed movies. With Halloween, horror films filled with scares and blood are typically the norm, but what about those who aren't particularly fans of the genre but want to get in the spirit. Feeling their pain, I've come up with a list of films to get you in the Halloween spirit without needing to change your underpants or sleep with the lights on.
Each month the Cinelinx staff will write a handful of articles covering a specified film-related topic. These articles will be notified by the Movielinx banner. Movielinx is an exploration and discussion of our personal connections with film. This month, with Halloween on the horizon, we're going to be examining the best Horror film genres out there. Be sure to join us in the discussion and »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
“Birdman” soared at the arthouses this weekend with the show business satire enjoying a smashing debut that could help it travel beyond the cinephile crowd.
The quirky comedy from Fox Searchlight picked up $415,000 in just four theaters, making it the year’s second-highest grossing film from a per-screen average standpoint. Its average of $103,750 is behind only “The Grand Budapest Hotel’s” $202,792 number.
“When the numbers started coming in on Friday, we all went ‘wow,'” said Frank Rodriguez, senior vice president of distribution at Searchlight. “We were seeing all the seats fill up. There’s so many films out there. So many holdovers and so many new films, that it’s hard to get the seats you need.”
In order to meet the demand, Searchlight will expand “Birdman” beyond New York and Los Angeles to 18 markets and between 40 and 50 theaters. Within three to four weeks, it hopes to have the film in between 400 and 600 theaters. »
- Brent Lang
It was back to normal this week, Strictly fans: no theme, no guest judge and hopefully no crabs. Let the dancing commence!
So thats its for another weekend! Ill be back next Saturday, and well do this all again. Thank you all for your comment box wisdom, you are all entirely brilliant and hilarious. Ill see you next week, and in the meantime please come and say hello on Twitter @heidistephens if youre in the vicinity. Have a good week! Hx
Craig saves Mark and Karen, as does Darcey and Bruno. Len would have done likewise, so its a clean sweep for Mark and Karen. Which means its time for Tim and Natalie to go home he says some lovely things about Natalie and the honour of being on Strictly, and its all quite moving. Then Tims hand wanders off towards Natalies bottom and she gently moves it, »
- Heidi Stephens
Michael Keaton was the first movie actor to say, "I'm Batman." In 1989, Keaton defied the skeptics who'd shrieked when Tim Burton cast him as the Caped Crusader when Batman became a blockbuster, laying the groundwork for the future of superhero franchises and, hence, Hollywood. But after a popular sequel, Keaton hung up the cape, and despite some memorable performances since then—The Paper, Jackie Brown, The Other Guys—he's never found another role with either the depth or profile of Batman. Until now, perhaps. In Birdman, Keaton plays someone we immediately identify—even if he claims he does not. Riggan »
- Jeff Labrecque
Like most actors, Michael Keaton claims he doesn’t enjoy watching himself in his own movies. But when it comes to his buzzy starring role in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Birdman,” which Fox Searchlight opens in limited release Friday, he can’t stop watching himself — as if in disbelief that it’s really him up there onscreen. “I like this movie so much, I just can’t get enough of it,” he says over a recent lunch at Santa Monica’s Miramar Hotel, the day after he’d seen “Birdman” for the third time, at an Academy screening attended by his old “Batman” sparring partner, Jack Nicholson. “I’m watching this movie and I’m thinking, God, I love this movie. And then I realized: Wait a minute, I’m in this movie!”
Coming from most people, a statement like that would sound like false modesty at best and willful self-delusion at worst, »
- Scott Foundas
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Emma Stone -- always a great talk show guest -- was on "The Tonight Show" with Jimmy Fallon Tuesday night, and he made her play the classic game, "Box of Lies." Emma said she loves to lip sync, but she's a terrible liar. The audience screamed what number to pick for the first box. Their game was pretty darn short; they should've extended it. Jimmy also showed off some of Emma's old performance photos. The otter photo is really odd, but it's from her very first play. She also talked about her very first musical.
"The Tonight Show" also shared a video on the "Pros and Cons of Watching The Walking Dead. »
- Gina Carbone
Project Name:Cindy Asking For: $18,000 on Kickstarter Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $8,713 Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 14 Description: According to the campaign video, Cindy is Cinderella story “stood on its head and told for a 21st century audience.” It’s a darker, more realistic take where Cindy is a foster child in a home run by a controlling (evil) stepmother. And, to make things even more interesting, Cindy’s handsome prince is a 40-year-old man (as compared to her 16 years). Creator Bio: This web series is directed and co-written by the creative mind of Larry Wilson, responsible for such twisted, popular classics as Beetlejuice and The Addams Family. Christi Haydon-Wilson (who also plays the fairy godmother) and Jason Hampton co-produce the series. The rest of the cast and crew is listed on the series’ Kickstarter page. Best Perk: While many of the »
- Bree Brouwer
It’s only October, yet the predictions have already been rolling out for the next Academy Awards, still five months away. And though it seems to be said every year, 2015 is truly shaping up to be one of the most competitive best actor races ever.
Coming out of the gate from the Cannes Film Festival in May, buzz was heavy on Steve Carell’s transformative performance as John du Pont in “Foxcatcher” and for Timothy Spall, who won the lead actor prize for “Mr. Turner.” The Telluride and Toronto film festivals revealed a couple other contenders in Brits Eddie Redmayne for “The Theory of Everything” and Benedict Cumberbatch for “The Imitation Game.”
We’re not even touching on the many films yet to be seen that could bear contenders, from Jack O’Connell in “Unbroken,” Bradley Cooper in “American Sniper,” Oscar Isaac in “A Most Violent Year” and David Oyelowo in “Selma. »
- Jenelle Riley
"Why don't you make more movies?"
It's a quandary that has long bedeviled moviegoers just as it has, so it seems, heads of state. Why did the roundly beloved Keaton - a manic comic actor, an intense live wire, a real-deal movie star - become such an infrequent presence on the big screen?
Even at the height of Keaton's stardom in the 1980s and '90s, he was famously picky, usually doing a movie a year and turning down about as many hits (Splash, JFK, among them) as he said yes to. But after a handful of flops in the late '90s and early 2000s, Keaton all but disappeared from movies.
"I did turn a lot of things down. But a lot of the things I turned down, you would have turned down, »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Through his long career, Michael Keaton has brought a number of memorable roles to the big (and small) screen. To some he is Beetlejuice, to others he is Bill Blazejowski or Ray Nicolette, and to some his is Batman. With his new film, "Birdman" opening, many more may think of him as Riggan Thomson. Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and sporting the somewhat unwieldy full title of "Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)," Keaton appears in the movie as a Hollywood actor who has come to New York to write, direct, and star in a Broadway play. In an art imitating life moment, Keaton's Thomson once starred in a Hollywood superhero franchise as Birdman. What it is important to remember though is that Michael Keaton is not Riggan Thomson and Birdman and Batman are not the same character. In other words, "Birdman" the film, is not about Keaton. One »
- Josh Lasser
Empire The London Film Festival has commenced with Benedict Cumberbatch opening the festivities
Kenneth in the (212) Harrison Ford in 1978
Logolog This one is for the linguistics and trivia nerds: Last week's box office top ten featured the first ever "pangram" -- I didn't know what that was but the article explains it
Film School Rejects will "Vs" movies be the next franchise trend? God help us all
Guardian claims that The Imitation Game might be the queerest film for the mainstream in ages. I don't want to do that math because, if so, how depressing because it's not all that queer
/Film a Labyrinth sequel in development?
Vulture theorizes on how all the seasons of American Horror Story could be connected. »
- NATHANIEL R
A former staple of hit 1980s comedies, from Mr. Mom to Beetlejuice and (one-time) controversial star of Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns, Michael Keaton is on the cusp of a career rejuvenation after his turn as the lead in Fox Searchlight's buzzy Oscar contender Birdman, which opens on Oct. 17. The outlandishly bizarre dramedy — about a veteran superhero-franchise actor looking to reboot his career by producing and starring in a Broadway play — is directed by Oscar nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu (21 Grams, Babel) and is set to close the New York Film Festival on Oct. 11.
- Stacey Wilson
Just in time for Halloween! A costumed hoodie of Michael Keaton's classic bio-exorcist character from Tim Burton's Beetlejuice, a.k.a. the ghost with the most! It's perfect for any of you who are too lazy to come up with a more elaborate costume for yourselves, which is a category that I'm going to fall under this year. The Beetlejuice Adult Costume Hoodie is available for the reasonable price of $42.99 at Amazon. The only thing that I wish it had was the character's nasty, frizzy hair on the hood.
Via: Fashionably Geek »
- Joey Paur
Photographs by Brigitte Lacombe For all the technical wizardry deployed in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), the movie’s most impressive trick might have been getting Michael Keaton to say yes. Though he played Bruce Wayne twice in Tim Burton’s Batman movies, Keaton is probably more famous for being the guy who says no: He declined his parts in Beetlejuice and Jackie Brown the first three times they were offered. He quit the sequel to Batman Returns because he didn’t like the kid-friendly direction the studio was pushing it in. He’s said to have turned down starring roles in Splash, The Fly, JFK, Philadelphia, Kingpin, and TV’s Lost, all of which became iconic for the actors who eventually played them. Keaton has been so absent from the screen lately that when he met Barack Obama a few years ago, the president greeted him by asking, »
- Lane Brown
James Franco teamed up with AOL to develop a web series called Making A Scene. They have a "Wheel O' Movie Scenes" that determines what the mash-up scene they shoot will involve. In the latest episode, the spin brings together the Banana Boat dinner scene from Tim Burton's Beetlejuice and the Joker "make a pencil disappear" scene from Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. The video turned out to be really entertaining. I thought it was funny that Franco has obviously never seen Beetlejuice because he needs to have that scene explained to him. How does a person go through this world and not see Beetlejuice?! Especially someone like Franco. The sketch is called "Batjuice," and the scene they create includes Batman, the Joker, Catwoman, Beetlejuice, Lydia, and Robin at a dinner party that eventually goes into lip-synching to "Day-o (The Banana Boat Song)."
- Joey Paur
Fox Searchlight Pictures has unveiled a new clip from Alejandro González Iñárritu's comedy Birdman. This latest look has Michael Keaton sitting in a dark basement answering a group of crazy questions from members of the foreign press.
Birdman is a dark comedy that tells the story of an actor (Michael Keaton) - famous for portraying an iconic superhero - as he struggles to mount a Broadway play. In the days leading up to opening night, he battles his ego and attempts to recover his family, his career, and himself.
Birdman comes to theaters October 17th, 2014 and stars Emma Stone, Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Andrea Riseborough, Zach Galifianakis, Michael Keaton, Amy Ryan, Joel Garland. The film is directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu. »
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