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Review by Sam Moffitt
Charlie Kaufman has a lot to answer for. His multi level style of screen writing now has multiple imitators. Witness if you will a little film called Cavemen. In the style of Charlie Kaufman’s screen play for Adaptation and other films, we see a young, urban professional named Dean struggle to write a screen play, bounce ideas off some unnamed friends, present his screen play to a way too convincing Hollywood producer (very well played by Jason Patric) and struggle to live through the incidents that will come to make up the screen play we see him write, and that we also see being performed in front of our eyes.
Not quite as engaging as Kaufman’s style Cavemen does have its fun moments, but, well…
Dean and three of his friends have figured out how to keep the frat boy life style going well »
- Movie Geeks
Anyone who has attended a comic or anime convention is all too familiar with cosplayers. Whether you're the person muttering "nerd" under your breath, or the one excitedly snapping photos of all the awesome designs, you can't miss those dedicated costumed fans. Did you know that cosplay is popular among horror fans, too? We naturally love dressing up anyway (Halloween!), so it makes total sense. More and more elaborate costumes are popping up at horror conventions everywhere these days. Here are some of the creepiest, coolest, most creative horror cosplays I have come across: There is everything from the uncomfortably sexy.... Rannie Rodil as They Live Hooters Girl, San Diego Comic Con 2013 (Photo Credit: Rodil Photography) Unknown Cosplayer as Chucky, Baltimore Comic Con 2013 (Photo Credit: Viewer Discretion Advised) To prosthetic masters and monster makers... Danny Wagner as The Thing, Son of Monsterpalooza 2012 (Photo Credit: G4TV) Unknown Cosplayer as The »
- Heather Seebach
Right on the heels of its Wes Craven Tribute Art Show last month, Hyaena Gallery (1928 W Olive Ave.) in Burbank, California is now playing host to an art show - called "All Outta Bubblegum" - dedicated to another master of horror: John Carpenter. Hyaena is hosting an opening reception tonight (April 12th), but Shock dropped in early to see some of the awesome work on display. And there is some truly cool stuff from The Fog, They Live, The Thing and Escape from New York. Artists also took a crack at Vampires, Prince of Darkness, Christine and Big Trouble in Little China.
The post Over 30 Images from the John Carpenter Tribute Art Show appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Just a quick reminder for anyone in the London area tonight. We love John Carpenter here at 24Fps. Luckily for us, so do the nice folk at The Prince Charles Cinema. We love All Nighters here at 24Fps. Luckily for us, so do the nice folk at The Prince Charles Cinema. So colour us happy that they're hosting a John Carpenter All-Nighter tonight, and if you're thinking of heading down, you might just catch us there too. The line-up is phenomenal, showcasing the very best of John Carpenter through the ages. The films included are Halloween, probably the best slasher movie ever made. Creepy classic, The Fog. Cult favourites, Escape from New York and They Live. Arguably John Carpenter's greatest achievement, The Thing, and one of my own personal favourites, Big Trouble in Little China. The event takes place at The Prince Charles Cinema in London tonight, April 12th, »
With ultimate beat-'em-up The Raid 2 currently in theaters, and the bruising action choreography in Captain America: The Winter Soldier so clearly expired by the original Raid's killer fisticuffs, what better time to go over some classic examples of cinematic combat? Here at Vulture, we've been chatting about some of the greatest movie fight scenes of all time (which typically involve one-on-one battles and are not to be confused with general action scenes), and we'll share some of our picks below before asking you to contribute, too. What's your favorite movie fight scene? They LiveWhat kind of list would this be without mentioning the back-alley brawl in They Live? Our hero, John Nada (wrestling legend Roddy Piper) spends a full six minutes beating the crap out of his buddy Frank Armitage (eternal "that guy" Keith David) in front of a Dumpster. Why? Well, he wants Frank to put on a »
- Kyle Buchanan
There are no sure things in the movie business, and audience tastes can change at any time, but right now, Marvel is as close to a solid bet as it gets. The comic studio is simply dominating the genre by not only delivering what fans want, but staying (mostly) true to the characters, and creating a world that audiences are clearly invested in to the tune of $1.5 billion in worldwide sales for "The Avengers." And it's a not a shock that Marvel has captured the attention of the business world. Bloomberg has an extensive, fascinating feature on Marvel honcho Kevin Feige, Disney's relationship with the comic brand and the history they've forged. And it's one that has seen Disney trust Marvel's instincts. “It’s almost like we have a built-in Gps system for the storytelling,” Disney exec Bob Iger said, adding: “They live and breathe Marvel full time just like »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Brooklyn's Bottleneck Gallery is a great venue where all types of artists can get their work exposed and help charities while doing this. Bottleneck's current show, "When the Lights Go Out 2," is right up our alley.
Featuring artwork that pays tribute to such films as Ghostbusters, Beetlejuice and They Live just to name a few, "When the Lights Go Out 2" is a fun new look at some of our favorite movies.
Check out the official Bottleneck Gallery website for more info.
About Bottleneck Gallery
Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY, Bottleneck Gallery is a contemporary art space founded by Joe Bouganim, Josh Harris, and Arseny Libon. The gallery's main focus is to support all emerging and established artists and to bring them exposure in New York City. In turn, we will be donating a portion of all proceeds from our solo and group exhibitions to a variety of charities. Without the »
- Scott Hallam
Pro wrestlers are both athletes and entertainers. Their job is to put on a believable performance inside of the ring, making fans fully immersed in the show. Getting into character night after night requires a certain level of talent and acting ability, which may lead some wrestlers to think they can handle a role on the big screen. For some wrestlers, they have the acting chops to carry a movie under their name, while others... well, they should stick to performing pile-drivers and body slams. Horror movies seem to be the start for most wrestlers, because horror's a genre where over-the-top acting can be accepted, and it’s a world not too far off from the WWE universe. In honor of Wrestlemania 30, and with the April 11th release of the WWE horror film Oculus, we take a look back at some famous wrestlers who made the career leap to horror movies. »
- Amanda Tullos
Jason Donovan has announced he will be a voice actor in new CBeebies cartoon Boj.
The show stars Boj the Bilby, a rare marsupial from the Australian Outback who burrows to Giggly Park with his musical parents Mimi and Pops. They live in an underground burrow at the heart of their new neighbourhood.
Main character Boj will create new friendships and try to bring together his new community.
Boj has been described as a free-thinking comedy cartoon that encourages children to put their differences aside and get along with each other.
Donovan, who will be the voice of Pops, said of his new role: "It's a pleasure to be involved in such a well-crafted project. I'm interested in great characters, great stories, great songs and Boj has all those things and more.
"As a good Aussie dad Pops is very close to my heart and I'm looking forward to that »
The fictional story told in Fox's "Enlisted" is about Sgt. Pete Hill, a super-soldier who's punished for striking a superior officer by being reassigned to a rear detachment unit, forced to do unglamorous work in a remote location far from the action that he cares about. But he's told repeatedly that Rear D is a necessary part of the Army and slowly learns to love his new role — or, at least, to love the company he's now in, which includes his msifit younger brothers Derrick and Randy. The real-life story of "Enlisted, meanwhile, involves the sort of impossible mission Pete Hill might enjoy being a part of: a small but admirable force sent into hostile territory, and that does just well enough that command gives it additional support briefly, then withdraws it and leaves the group all alone until the battle seems unwinnable. Fox scheduled this show on Fridays at »
- Alan Sepinwall
New York City’s Bottleneck Gallery is holding another Glow in the the Dark art show, and there's some really cool art that we have to share with you. That art includes films such as Akira, Spirited Away, Preacher, Big Trouble in Little China, Despicable Me, They Live, and the video game Bioshock.
The show is called When The Lights Go Out 2 and it opens on Saturday March 22nd. Thanks to /Film for the heads up on the art!
- Joey Paur
The Returning #1
Written by Jason Starr
Art by Andrea Mutti
Colors by Vladimir Popov
Letters by Ed Dukeshire
Published by Boom! Studios
The Returning chases the white whale of horror/sci-fi: a fresh re-imagining of the undead. ‘Changers’ have been popping up, the relatively recent dead returning to life. While not noticeably different on the outside, something has changed in these erst-while dead folks, besides not being dead any more. Some of them have been committing heinous acts of violence, totally out of character from their living selves. No one knows why the Changers are coming back, but their actions have infected the populace with fear and mistrust. That’s the familiar state of the world in The Returning #1.
The story begins with Beth Turner returning from the dead in a hospital bed, violently reacting to her second chance at life while staff argues wether or not she’d be better off dead, »
- Tyler Hayden
One of the most underrated creature feature’s (and a personal favorite) is George P. Cosmatos’ Leviathan. Sure, it’s basically an Alien and The Thing body-horror clone albeit with a deep sea locale, but the ensemble of character actors (Robocop himself Peter Weller, Ghostbuster‘s Ernie Hudson, and even They Live‘s Meg Foster as a steely corporate head!) and spectacular creature effects by Stan Winston make it stand on its’ own.
Scream Factory thinks so too, as they are now set to give the film it’s HD debut and release it during their so-called “Summer of Fear”! Here’s what they had to say:
Our “Summer of Fear” release slate is about to get drenched. We’re thrilled to report that we will be bringing the 1989 underwater monster flick Leviathan to Blu-ray for the first time this August! We know this will please many of you as »
- Justin Edwards
Walton Goggins (Django Unchained) is is to join Uma Thurman (Nymphomaniac), Jesse Eisenberg (30 Minutes or Less) and Kristen Stewart (Twilight) in Nima Nourizadeh's action comedy American Ultra. The cast is growing fast and character actor Goggins is an impressive addition. For those unaware of Goggins, watch Justified in which he plays Boyd Crowder (he’s really, really good).
American Ultra will see Eisenberg playing an unmotivated stoner with Stewart as his girlfriend. They live an uneventful life in a small turn until it turns out that Eisenberg is actually an amnesiac sleeper agent in a program the government decided to shut down and wipe out. Thurman will play Mike’s former handler.
- Gary Collinson
Arlo (Alex Dobrenko, Hell No) and Julie (Ashley Spillers, Loves Her Gun) are your typical young twentysomething Austinites. Arlo works at a software company but writes historical articles about General Grant on the side. Julie is a waitress at a restaurant that looks like Eastside Cafe. They live, love and get by in a fourplex on W. 29th. One day, Julie receives a couple of puzzle pieces in the mail.
Such is the premise for director Steve Mims' adorable mystery-comedy Arlo and Julie. Filmed around Austin -- and on a soundstage at Ut's Rtf department -- this movie is a quirky look at obsession. As Julie and Arlo become more and more engrossed in this puzzle of puzzles, their lives and goals are ignored. The script, which Mims also wrote, is filled with laughs and bits of Civil War trivia.
Old jazzy numbers punctuate scenes of Julie and Arlo »
- Elizabeth Stoddard
As this new trailer for The Boxtrolls shows, the movie’s titular trolls aren’t the likeliest of superheroes. They live underground, feast on grubs and probably use Ghostbuster II’s slime river for bath times. The MSN-hosted promo reveals them in all their endearingly mucky glory as they go about their garbage-collecting business below their town’s cobbled streets, like a cadre of horror Wombles.Video: The Boxtrolls: exclusive trailer The Boxtrolls is the third feature-length effort from those stop-motion whizzes at Laika. Like ParaNorman and Coraline, it promises a meticulously crafted 3D gallivant through a world filled with dark humour and loving lunacy – all seen through a child’s point of view.The story, adapted from Alan Snow’s book Here Be Monsters!, introduces the beasties who live underneath the streets of a small, quirky town and crawl out of the sewers at night to steal what »
I’m not ready to say goodbye. Well, yes I am. But also not. Actually, it’s ok. Not really. Ugh. Welcome to my brain for the last six weeks.
Here’s the problem: When How I Met Your Mother is good, it’s really, really good. And when encountered with one of those Really, Really Good episodes, my heart swells five sizes, I smile like I just found five accidental curlies in a basket of straight-cut french fries…and I also become very upset that How I Met Your Mother is almost over. Tonight’s episode — “Gary Blauman” — was one of those really, »
- Sandra Gonzalez
A week or so ago we heard that Uma Thurman was in talks to join Nima Nourizadeh's action comedy American Ultra, but while that deal still doesn't seem to be quite done, there's more concrete casting news this morning. Walton Goggins has just signed up.Goggins is, of course, the excellent character actor who's latterly been giving Timothy Olyphant a run for his money in the brilliant Justified, currently in its fifth and penultimate season. For a sampling of his other work, check out Empire's Rogues Gallery. In Justified he's Boyd Crowder. In American Ultra he's playing "Laugher". Who's Laugher? We don't know, but unsuccessful applicant Jasper Cole can at least tell us it's "a great role". Commiserations, Jasper. Tough competition.American Ultra reunites Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart following Adventureland, and sees Eisenberg playing "unmotivated stoner" Mike, with Stewart his girlfriend. They live an uneventful life in a »
Everyone has that one cinematic brawl that sticks with him or her. They buy special edition Blu-rays to watch the glorious scenes in high definition, wear shirts sporting their favorite competitor, and even engage in debates with other fans about which character they think would win if the duel occurred in real life. With The Raid 2 coming out soon, what better time to look back on best fight scenes that genre films have to offer? Read on to see which conflicts make the list, and keep an eye out for The Raid 2, which is set to release on March 28th, 2014. 20. Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan - Rooftop Scene Although it may seem a little campy, Julius deserves a ton of credit for being one of the only people to stand up and fight Jason Voorhees, instead of just running away. Julius lands nearly all of his blows, »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Zombies have taken on many different foes over the years. We've seen strippers (Zombies vs. Strippers), a high school girl’s swimming team (Attack Girls Swim Team vs. The Undead), and even cops and criminals forced to work together (The Horde). We guess it was only a matter of time before pro wrestlers got in on the act. Filmmaker Cody Knotts has unleashed his first full trailer for the upcoming Pro Wrestlers vs. Zombies – an action-horror romp that proves there’s still truth in advertising. The low-budget indie film features an impressive list of your favorite performers from the squared circle, led by the inimitable Rowdy Roddy Piper (no stranger to cult-film immortality thanks to his work in John Carpenter’s They Live), Kurt Angle, the Franchise...
- Mike Bracken
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