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“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum.” John Carpenter fans remember this “Rowdy” Roddy Piper line from 1988’s They Live, but imagine if Piper said something similar to Cthulhu upon entering the demon city of R’lyeh. If this sounds epic, then you may be interested in funding Portal to Hell, a short film co-starring Piper and Cthulhu that just launched an Indiegogo campaign.
Portal to Hell is guaranteed to be made next March and contributions to the Indiegogo campaign will help fund the special effects creation. The better the film looks, the better its chances are of being turned into a feature film, as Portal to Hell’s creative team is planning on using the short film to pitch a full film version beginning next fall. To learn more about this project, visit:
- Derek Anderson
What's this? Wrestling icon and star of John Carpenter's They Live, Rowdy Roddy Piper set to do battle with The Great Old One himself? Yes, that's right, Piper will face off with Cthulhu in the upcoming short film Portal To Hell and he needs your help to make the conflict as big and squishy as you'd hope such a thing may be.Jack (Roddy Piper) is a simple man with simple needs. Mostly he just needs to be left alone to read his book. It's a good book and he likes it, or at least he would if the tenants of the building he manages weren't so damn needy themselves. And it's not just blown fuses and clogged toilets here ... no, when the building power...
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“This is Joe Bob Briggs reminding you that the Drive-In will Never Die!”
In 1993, Monstervision on TNT in America, was mostly a program that aired old horror movies and science fiction with the occasional hosting from magicians Penn and Teller. During the early nineties, many cable channels hadn’t yet solidified their formats, and horror hosts were still ways to fill late night television since most channels couldn’t afford original programming. During that time, esteemed and controversial film critic John Bloom (known by his pen name Joe Bob Briggs), finished his tenure at the Movie Channel, which had also began changing its format.
Briggs was unfortunately released from his acclaimed show where he introduced uncut movies for his fans with his color commentary book ending the movies. The prologues and closers often featured comedy with the Briggs character, when he wasn’t interviewing genre favorites like Linnea Quigley. He »
- Felix Vasquez Jr.
. Diane Tsai observes: Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to portraying individuals of remarkable intelligence, having taken on roles ranging from "Star Trek"‘s super-human Khan to Alan Turing in "The Imitation Game." The actor says of portraying them, “It’s also, actually, the great gift I suppose — is to realize that they’re bound by the human condition. They’re blood and flesh like us. They live in the same worlds as us.” Time -Break- Related: 'Selma' intensifies its march on Oscars: Can it go all the way? Jeff Labrecque sits down with rising star Chadwick Boseman who talks about landing the starring role in "Get On Up": We had three days of Aakoman Jones throwing me James Brown choreography vocabulary. They got together Robert L. Stevenson, who made the wigs for the film, and Sharen Davis to do the wardrobe for the test, and we shot the concert scene, »
Producers Alicia Brown and Melanie Coombs have been awarded €50,000 ($A73,000) to complete development of. Step Thirteen, an oddball comedy which will mark the feature debut of English writer-director Tessa Sheridan.
Sheridan won the Palme d.Or at the Cannes Film Festival for her short Is it the Design on the Wrapper?, which followed a woman dressed garishly in bubble-gum colours who conducts an opinion survey about bubble gum consumer habits at a street market, where she encounters a girl aged six or seven.
The BFI has been funding Step Thirteen and now the Media/Creative Europe program has come up with the final stage development funding.
.It.s a highly competitive process and we were the only UK drama to receive the funding,. Brown tells If. .Aardman, Red Star 3D and Blue Zoo Productions were »
- Don Groves
Imagine if Ghostface had asked Casey Becker if she liked scary sweets instead of scary movies. If the butcher knife-wielding killer had seen the Ghostface ice cream bar print that Cavity Colors’ Aaron Crawford has crafted, he might have been tempted to bring it up during the call. A new batch of posters from the horror-themed art company features four iconic fright flick antagonists as tasty treats.
The first group of “The Deadly Desserts”, a new series of prints and paintings from artist Aaron Crawford that depict horror movie villains as sweet treats, include Scream‘s Ghostface killer in “iScream”, an alien from They Live in “Consume”, a sewer monster from C.H.U.D. in “C.H.U.D. Cone”, and a cherry filling-coated amoeba alien from The Blob in “The Blob Pie.”
Each 8″x10″ print is signed by Aaron Crawford and can be purchased for $15, with all four »
- Derek Anderson
Before even the first scene of Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain unfolds, if you know the story, then you know you are in for a film that will move you, and even more, anger you more than you thought possible. It tells the story of the tragedy of the Bhopal Union Carbide Corporation Chemical disaster in 1984. It was the biggest man-made industrial disaster in history. Ten thousand men, women and children died in one night, and for thousands more the effects of the disaster are still felt today.
The story that Bhopal: A Prayer for Rain tells is fiction combined with hours of research. Ravi Kumar said in his Director’s notes, “Over six years and 10 drafts, we spoke extensively to Bhopal survivors, victim support groups, »
- Stacey Yount
There have been a variety of things in the air in Sons of Anarchy‘s final season: bullets, bloodshed, Gemma’s complicated web of lies.
But until Tuesday’s episode, love hasn’t been one of them.
So, the emphasis on matters of the heart in the FX drama’s latest installment — including seven sex scenes at the top of the hour — was a little disorienting.
There was Jax and Winsome getting it on at Diosa (which was only a matter of time, considering how they first met); Gemma barely acknowledging Nero’s presence in bed; Tig and Venus sharing »
Anghus Houvouras on the Derivative Age…
1. imitative of the work of another person, and usually disapproved of for that reason.
synonyms: imitative, unoriginal, uninventive, unimaginative, uninspired
originating from, based on, or influenced by.
2. something that is based on another source.
I struggled over the last week trying to give it a name. Something that describes this copy/paste creative society we find ourselves in. Where every comic books is a variation on a previously written story. And every comic book movie is an adaptation of a story that had once been printed in a comic. It led to a series of heated exchanges between writers, artists, and fans of what I would describe as ‘geek culture’. Some people thought I was making straw man arguments. Others thought I hit the nail on the head. After six straight days of debate, the most apt description came to mind. »
- Anghus Houvouras
There Are Monsters is a feature length horror based upon the apocalyptic premise that the world is being taken over - slowly, quietly and efficiently - by creatures that look exactly like us.
- Ryan Turek
Sharon Osbourne: We’re planning to revive “The Osbournes” This time, Ozzy will be sober, Sharon Osbourne said on a British talk show, adding that filming of eight episodes is set to begin in January with Kelly and Jack. No word on if it’ll be shown on MTV. "Ozzy’s decided he wants to do another few episodes, about eight, of "The Osbournes,’” she says. "It’s been 13 years since we first did it. He said for the three years we did he was drunk the whole time and he’d like to be sober.” NBC in talks for a live staging of Aaron Sorkin’s “A Few Good Men” Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, the producers of “Sound of Music Live” and “Peter Pan Live,” are involved in the talks to bring Sorkin’s 1989 play to the small screen. Jon Stewart admits: I hate interviewing politicians Stewart »
- Norman Weiss
Based on the novel by John Green (author, and one half of YouTube’s Vlog Brothers) The Fault in Our Stars tells the story of Hazel and Augustus: two teenagers who share an acerbic wit, a disdain for the conventional, and a love that sweeps them on a journey. Their relationship is all the more miraculous, given that Hazel’s other constant companion is an oxygen tank, Gus jokes about his prosthetic leg, and they meet and fall in love at a cancer support group. With the film out now in the UK, we sat down fro a brief chat with stars Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort…
Shailene, you emailed John Green about the role. Did he respond in a nicer way than Van Houton?
Sw: He did. He was like I’m not the casting director so I actually can’t cast you but thank you for your kind words. »
Here at Thn we couldn’t be happier that the BFI is currently celebrating all things Sf with a plethora of events across the UK. With over 1000 screenings of classic film and TV at 200 plus locations, there’s a veritable constellation of sparkly gems for any Sf aficionado to glut themselves with.
Cinema and science fiction have always been close bedfellows—and it’s no surprise really. As far back as Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, weird and wonderful ideas about science, humanity, and the universe were captivating readers. And of course, we all know what a godsend Shelley’s creature was to the silver screen.
But what’s the magic ingredient which makes Sf so enduring? You only have to cast your eyes down cinema or TV listings to see the number of features with a speculative element. The X-men franchise, Guardians Of The Galaxy, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
While fans of Scream Factory can typically rejoice in their continual output of cult and fan-favorites, every once in a while the Sf gang put out a genre film that has either been long lost or forgotten about and it switches things up for the better. We all want to have great collector’s editions of They Live, Prince Of Darkness, Candyman 2 and various other titles, but when the Scream Factory crew put out films like The Legend Of Hell House or The Vampire Lovers, we, as horror fans, are blessed with classic horror films brought to HD life, and with interesting and thoroughly entertaining special features. Such is the case with Sf’s brand new Bluray release of the 1985 grave-robbing gem, The Doctor And The Devils. Not only is the film a great addition to any Scream Factory collector’s library, it’s a perfect addition to Any film library. »
- Jerry Smith
John Carpenter keeps his office in a converted hillside Hollywood home, on a quiet tree-lined street evocative of the sleepy suburb Michael Myers terrorized in 1978’s Halloween. Inside, the walls are lined with memories marking Carpenter’s four decades in film: original prints, awards, figurines of Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin and the Creature From The Black Lagoon movie Carpenter spent years trying to make at Universal, a sculpture commemorating the prankster goosings on the set of his Big Trouble In Little China. Carpenter, 67, chain smokes as we revisit the films that made his career — starting with Halloween, a film originally titled The Babysitter Murders that the hungry young director took after making his debut with 1974 sci-fier Dark Star and honing his chops with 1976’s Assault On Precinct 13.
Carpenter speaks candidly of his successes and failures, and of the health issues that required emergency eye surgery in recent years »
- Jen Yamato
Episodes: Ongoing (hour)
TV show dates: October 12, 2014 -- Tbd
Series status: Has not been cancelled
TV show description:
This provocative dramatic series explores the emotional effects of an extramarital relationship on all involved.
Noah Solloway (Dominic West) is a writer and schoolteacher who is happily married to Helen. They live in Brooklyn with their four children and are beholden to Helen's wealthy father, a famous novelist, for their spacious brownstone. It's something that Noah resents and wears on him. Noah's first novel was recently published to mixed reviews. He is vacationing with his family at his in-laws' estate in Montauk for the summer, where Noah hopes to write a more successful follow-up.
With Halloween almost upon us, here are ten fantastic minimalist poster paying tribute to some of our favorite horror movies. The question is, can you guess what movies they all belong too? The poster art comes from HalloweenCostumes.com, where they have computer wallpapers, phone backgrounds, and 11 x 17 sized pdfs for you to print these out at home if you want. I've included the answers at the very bottom.
The Ring »
- Joey Paur
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we'll post our top picks from specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we're kicking things off with demons. To the nonbelievers, demons are kind of funny—all horns and red faces, too unrealistic to provoke real scares. Then a legitimately terrifying, devil-centric movie—say, Paranormal Activity—comes along...and suddenly demons aren't so silly anymore. A »
- Ariana Bacle
They live in the sewers, have insatiable appetites, and are highly skilled with an array of weapons. From a distance, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles seem like antagonists from a fright flick, but a closer look proves otherwise. A toy tinkerer, however, recently reimagined the beloved batch of pizza eaters as iconic horror movie villains who hunger for murder rather than a steamy slice of pepperoni and cheese.
In the 1990’s, Playmate released a plethora of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures that displayed the half-shell ninjas in many different outfits—from a samurai’s armor to an astronaut’s spacesuit.
Dan Polydoris of Chicago Toy Collector took advantage of the eclectic Tmnt action figure attire, borrowing items from various figures to build four new Ninja Turtles that imitate the looks of Jason Voorhees, Leatherface, Freddy Krueger, and Michael Myers. Dubbed “Sewer Slashin’ Tmnt”, we have a look at the »
- Derek Anderson
Twenty-two years after John Carpenter exploded onto the scene with his Western-esque siege classic Assault on Precinct 13, he was finally given the chance to use his glorious widescreen compositions and cigar-chomping tough guy leads to make what he was born to make: A Motherfucking Horror Western. Audiences should have eaten it up, but they didn't. In fact, I am regularly ridiculed for not only thinking that Vampires is a damn fine movie, but the best Carpenter movie since his back-to-back low budget gut punches of Prince of Darkness and They Live. Everyone claims that Vampires is just plain bad. I'm here to argue that the movie isn't bad - it's the definition of badass.
- Ryan Turek
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