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Director Vivieno Caldinelli ("Picnicface") and writer Matt Watts ("The Newsroom") are preparing to shoot their short film Portal to Hell. The film is a Lovecraftian homage and a battle against Cthulhu. To star Roddy Piper (They Live), financing for this title has already begun. As well, the short film will be developed into a feature film, in late 2015. Raven Banner will distribute the feature in Canada. More details on Portal to Hell are previewed here. In the story, Jack (Piper) discovers several cultists in his basement. He also discovers that they are trying to bring the god Cthulhu into his world, through sorcery. Jack must enlist the help of others to stop this madness, or else everyone is doomed. This film is still in the early phases of production. And, the filmmakers could use the support of horror fans to bring the short film to life. Details on the film's Indiegogo campaign are listed below. »
- email@example.com (Michael Allen)
Only one film from sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa) has ever won an Academy Award for foreign-language film. That is “Black and White in Color” back in 1976, directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud, a French production flying under the flag of the Ivory Coast. Before this year, this vast region of 900 million people had only ever submitted nine films, and Annaud remains the only nominee.
So could 2014 see a breakthrough for authentically African cinema at the Oscars? For the first time, there are two entries, and both are real contenders: “Timbuktu” by Abderrahmane Sissako from Mauritania, which premiered to glowing reviews at Cannes, and “Difret” by Ethiopia’s Zeresenay Berhane Mehari, which won audience awards at Sundance and Berlin.
Sissako, 53, is the more established name, one of a handful of African filmmakers to achieve international recognition. But Mehari, a 38-year-old USC grad making his feature debut, brings the kind of Hollywood experience »
- Adam Dawtrey
Welcome back readers for another entry in Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide which hopes to offer up some inventive and unusual present ideas for you guys as well as save you a few bucks along the way.
Today we’re putting the spotlight on the good folks over at Death Waltz Records, the recently released Director’s Cut of Nightbreed, the adorable kids apparel from Booby Trap Clothing and much more. Also, be sure to check out our trivia question at the end of today’s post to test your holiday horrors knowledge and get a chance to win some great prizes from our sponsors HorrorDecor.net, Anchor Bay Entertainment, and Scream Factory.
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- Heather Wixson
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Wrestling and acting should, in theory, go hand in hand. The two are basically the same thing, right?
To be a successful wrestler, a modicum of acting talent is required. You can learn every move under the sun, but if you cannot sell a beating, react to a situation or cut a promo then you might as well just kiss the big leagues goodbye.
There are very few exceptions to this rule and even wrestlers that fans think can’t act have went on to achieve success in the movie business. Batista is a prime example of this: for his first few years in the WWE everybody thought he was wooden, shy and not believable or convincing in his promos or mannerisms.
- Lewis Howse
Amazon has announced that it will launch its first original live-action kids series.
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street will be added to Prime Instant Video in the UK on Friday, December 19.
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street focuses on the friendships between Gortimer (Siegel), Ranger (Justice) and Mel (Boettcher). They live on Normal Street, a road that is not quite as ordinary as its name suggests.
Tara Sorenson, Head of Kids' Programming at Amazon Studios, said: "We're thrilled to bring to our customers something exceptional and truly distinctive in today's kids landscape.
"Luke and David have fully realised a nostalgic and cinematic adventure series that organically blurs the line between imagination and reality, which will resonate remarkably with kids and families. »
Anything involving H.P. Lovecraft is worth a look, but when it’s a short film that stars They Live’s Roddy Piper, then you have movie magic. Director Vivieno Caldinelli and writer Matt Watts have taken to Indiegogo to ask for help getting funding for their short film, Portal to Hell.
Here’s a little bit of info on the film itself:
Jack 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 goes out the culprit is a pair of tenants opening a portal to hell in the basement. Does this count as building maintenance? Is »
- Max Molinaro
This is one crowd-funded venture that sounds like a horror lover’s dream. Director Vivieno Caldinelli (Picnicface), writer Matt Watts (Michael: Tuesdays and Thursdays), and WWE/They Live legend Roddy Piper are teaming up with Xyz’s Todd Brown (The Raid, ABCs Of Death), executive producer Andrew Rosen (Todd & The Book Of Pure Evil), and Astron-6’s Steve Kostanski (Manborg!!) to bring horror lovers one hell of a time, with the upcoming short film, Portal To Hell. Billed as “John Carpenter meets H.P. Lovecraft” (They had me at Carpenter), the short film is getting funded by the Harold Greenberg Fund and goes into production early next year, but the team behind it have launched a brand new Indiegogo campaign to turn the short into a feature film, and I for one am sold.
“Jack (Piper) is a simple man with simple needs. Mostly he just needs to be left alone to read his book. »
- Jerry Smith
“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
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