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Remembering Dan O'Bannon: A Look Back at Return Of The Living Dead

29 December 2009 7:20 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Warning: If you haven’t seen it (and if that’s the case, get thee to the DVD immediately), the following contains major spoilers for Return Of The Living Dead.

I’ve noticed that Dan O’Bannon’s recent passing has inspired a lot of scolding obituaries, with paragraphs devoted to lecturing a reader ignorant of O’Bannon’s contributions to film. I’ve already been told this week in open letters by complete strangers how I don’t even know that he wrote the original draft of Alien and therefore created the chest-burster and he worked with John Carpenter and Tobe Hooper and on Star Wars and if wasn’t for him there would be no... was Dan O’Bannon doomed to an obscurity I was unaware of? While he is less famous than some of his collaborators, possibly unfairly, he will never need to be explained to me »

- (Jack Bennett)

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Forgotten Films: Santa With Muscles

24 December 2009 12:20 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Forgotten Films [1] is a semi-regular feature on Film Junk where we explore interesting movies that have fallen off the radar or slipped through the cracks over the years. Everyone loves a good turkey around Christmas, so this week we've got a very special movie to satisfy that holiday craving: Santa with Muscles, the 1996 crapterpiece starring Hulk Hogan! Sometimes movies become "forgotten films" for a very good reason, and in the case of Santa With Muscles, it seems perfectly acceptable that the majority of the world is blissfully unaware of its existence. Still, with a ridiculous title like that, I felt compelled to seek out a copy and investigate further. It had to be good for at least a few laughs, right? In recent years we've seen plenty of WWE wrestlers make the transition to questionable acting careers, but many people forget that a handful of the popular '80s wrestlers »

- Sean

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Ryan Bartek unleashes The Big Shiny Prison as a Free Pdf

21 December 2009 4:19 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Underground journalist Ryan Bartek hit Fangoria Musick with the news that his latest effort, a road book/music journalism expose  entitled “The Big Shiny Prison,” covering all forms of extreme metal, punk, industrial, experimental, rock, electronic, psychedelia, etc. has been unleashed as a Free Pdf Download (get it here).

This book is packed with interviews – from Brutal Truth to Millions of Dead Cops, Impaled to Dwarves, Repulsion to Cephalic Carnage. AxCx to Pig Destroyer, Kylesa to Stalaggh, Genghis Tron to Abysmal Dawn & beyond. Even USA President Barack Obama makes the most bizarre appearance of his entire career. Yet that’s just scraping the surface & below you will find a comprehensive list of appearances. 

The following statement comes directly from the author: “My name is Ryan Bartek. For the past 3 years I’ve sacrificed everything for the successful completion of this project. I spent a year on the road, another year completing & shopping it, »

- (Source: Ryan Bartek)

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Ron Says Avatar's Journey Is Familiar But The Destination Is An Exciting Place We've Never Been

11 December 2009 12:34 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Well, it's finally here. Twelve years after James Cameron struck gold with his surprise hit, Titanic, the most expensive film of its time, he's returned with the most expensive film of our time and one whose influence will resonate over the years to come. Avatar is in no way as emotionally involving as his 1997 epic, but it excels in entertainment and as sheer spectacle. Though the new 3-D filming process the film employs is sure to be the hook for most audiences, Avatar is an even bolder experiment that takes the viewer to a hyper-realistic, intricately designed world. Lucas and Spielberg may be the box-office kings of sci-fi, but the realms Cameron dreams of don't feel like dreams at all, but real places that exist and manage to stay with you long after the movie has ended. Not only does the film live up to its hype of being a »

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Junkfood Cinema: They Live

11 December 2009 12:30 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Editor's Note: We hope you enjoy this new Friday afternoon column, Junkfood Cinema, by Brian Salisbury. It celebrates movies that are so bad, even though they are also sometimes so good. For more (coming each and every Friday), stay tuned to the Junkfood Cinema Archive. Also, please feel free to let us know what you think of this new weekly feature in the comment section below. Dinner is over, your parents are asleep. Time to switch on the TV, reach under your bed, and pull out your secret stash of Junkfood Cinema. Welcome back to the only weekly column on the blogosphere that 4 out of 5 doctors call “a perpetuation of the overwhelming obesity problem in America.” As I continue to raid my movie pantry, I’ve noticed something interesting. While it does contain the works of several masters of schlock, there are also the scattered titles of truly quality directors of truly quality films who discredited their »

- Brian Salisbury

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Five Favorite Films with Keith David

11 December 2009 6:35 AM, PST | Rotten Tomatoes | See recent Rotten Tomatoes news »

Whether you realize it or not, you probably already know who actor Keith David is, even if his name is not immediately familiar. Are you a fan of John Carpenter's cult classic films The Thing and They Live? Have you seen any of Ken Burns' documentaries on PBS? Did you grow up watching the popular animated television series Gargoyles? And more recently, have you played such blockbuster video games as Mass Effect, Halo 2 or 3, or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you know who Keith David is. »

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Five Favorite Films with Keith David

11 December 2009 6:35 AM, PST | Rotten Tomatoes | See recent Rotten Tomatoes news »

Whether you realize it or not, you probably already know who actor Keith David is, even if his name is not immediately familiar. Are you a fan of John Carpenter's cult classic films The Thing and They Live? Have you seen any of Ken Burns' documentaries on PBS? Did you grow up watching the popular animated television series Gargoyles? And more recently, have you played such blockbuster video games as Mass Effect, Halo 2 or 3, or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then you know who Keith David is. »

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Distribution or Production? Where Do “We” Need The Most Help?

8 December 2009 11:11 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

So… I’ve looked over the list of Sundance feature films in and out of competition, searching for any and all films by and/or about people of African descent, and, as has been the case for many years with all the most “industry-relevant” film festivals – festivals that consistently attract industry execs, looking for product to buy and/or sell (Sundance, Cannes, SXSW, Toronto, etc) – there are so few films by and about people who aren’t white; for the purposes of this blog, I’m obviously most interested in films that tell stories primarily about black people, all over the world.

Last year, like most other years, there were 2 or 3 “black films,” at most, that attracted enough industry and audience attention to garner distribution deals – Medicine For Melancholy, A Good Day To Be Black & Sexy, & Ballast; If I’m forgetting any, let me know. Regardless, my point is that »

- Tambay

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Ink review

2 December 2009 3:46 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

I like urban fantasy, a lot. But it appears to be a difficult genre to translate to the silver screen. It seems that creating an elaborate modern fantasy world is just too much trouble for a mere 90 minutes adventure. Ink is one of the rare few that dares to tackle the genre full on, and does a marvelous job at that. All hail to director Winans for taking the leap.

If you haven't heard of the film before, it's because Winans has had quite some trouble getting it distributed. A little strange considering its strength and merits, especially when you know this is one of those no-budget affairs. I would've loved to see this on the big screen, but as it is I'll just settle for the DVD. I just hope Winans has better luck with his next film.

Winans created his world from scratch, avoiding the easy way of »

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Harry Brown Review

30 November 2009 2:05 PM, PST | | See recent Reel Loop news »

After a long and distinguished career, Michael Caine has announced his retirement from lead film roles aiming to instead focus on supporting parts. Having burst on to the film scene with the likes of Get Carter and Zulu, the erstwhile Mr Micklewhite has been an enduring screen personality in fare ranging from Jaws: The Revenge through to Hannah And Her Sisters. His final bow comes in the shape of debut helmer Daniel Barber’s Harry Brown. The weight of playing host to a true legend like Caine’s last lead role could have overshadowed most films, a feat which Barber attempts to sidestep with his bold, if flawed, entry into the revenge film canon.

Caine stars, in a role pitched somewhere between Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino and his own Get Carter, as the titular Harry Brown, a man very deeply at odds with modern Britain. He is a lonesome »

- Kieron

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Anarchy from the UK: Top 5 UK Comic Strip Movies I’d Like to See

29 November 2009 12:21 PM, PST | | See recent HeyUGuys news »

British comics have not been well served in their Hollywood adaptations. Transatlantic transitions from page to screen result in either being too faithful, as Zack Synder’s Watchmen arguably was, or too loose with the essence of the source material, resulting in a genre bound snooze fest – Judge Dredd please stand up (and don’t remove your helmet!).

While the golden age of American comics have lit up the screen in this last decade, with visionary directors taking the basic elements of  these iconic characters to their own conclusions, British comics have not garnered such attention. Nolan’s Batman, Raimi’s Spiderman and the Supermen of Donner and Singer have their own unique identity; the depth of the mythology of these superheroes allows numerous interpretations, and some of the most interesting re-imaginings of our own myths and legends have occurred on the screen as well as on the page.

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- Jon Lyus

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The Guidelines: Random notes from pop culture

27 November 2009 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This week: Stuart Heritage's top five moral dilemmas on film

The moral conundrum at the heart of new Cameron Diaz film The Box isn't whether or not you should see it – because reviewers seem pretty adamant that you absolutely shouldn't – it's this: would you push a button that gave you a million dollars, even if you knew it meant that a stranger would die? Fiendish. You would, obviously, but it's still quite fiendish. Here are five other cinematic moral dilemmas, along with their solutions …

The Dark Knight

Two boats filled with explosives – should passengers save themselves by blowing up the other vessel? Yes! They live in Gotham City, so it's not like they have anything to live for. Best-case scenario is that they survive and then a fat bloke dressed as a penguin comes along and kills them after a fortnight. They'd be doing the other boat a favour, »

- Stuart Heritage

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2nd ‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ Movie Trailer Features More Funny Clips

25 November 2009 1:19 PM, PST | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

2nd 'Fantastic Mr. Fox' movie trailer features more funny clips. Fox Searchlight Pictures is releasing their new animation feature film, "Fantastic Mr. Fox" in a nationwide release,this weekend. It features the voice of George Clooney and also stars : Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Dafoe, Owen Wilson, and Jarvis Cocker. In "Fantastic Mr. Fox," George Clooney plays Mr. Fox and Meryl Streep plays Mrs Fox. They live in an idyllic home life with their son named Ash and nephew, Kristopherson. However, after 12 years, Mr. Fox's wild animal instincts take over once again,and he relapses back into his old ways. He starts stealing chickens and endangers his beloved family and the whole community. »

- Chris

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Ninja Assassin Review

24 November 2009 6:00 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Ninjas exist! They live in the mountains and are paid 100 pounds in gold by world governments to kill without mercy!  Look at one of them the wrong way, or make any attempt to expose their ninja conspiracy and you will be sure to receive an envelope of black sand and forty shuriken through your heart. Fortunately plucky Europol (read: Interpol) librarian Mika (Naomie Harris) and ex-ninja, now ninja assassin Raizo (Rain) are on the case. You may ask, as I did, why Ninjas are so problematic in contemporary society, since it is made clear that the ninjas are tools of world governments and have no personal stakes in the assassination of Korean gangsters and corrupt government officials? Do they really deserve to be hunted down and massacred by para-military units? I mean aren't the governments hiring them the real root of the problem? And why does everyone, including ninjas, speak English in Germany, »

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Why Do Vampires Always Go Back to High School?

19 November 2009 7:56 PM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Just imagine. You’re immortal. You have forever lain out in front of you. The road of your life is endless. You can do anything you want. Go where you please. What do you choose to do? Go to high school. Yes, you read this correctly. You go to high school. I’ll state this right out, right up front. I’m not a fan of Twilight. And I’m not talking about the time of day when the sun is setting and the vampires are itching to rise and find a good meal among the innocent citizens of London or Paris, Berlin or Boca Raton. In my view Vampires fit very nicely in London or Paris, particularly in the days of yore. We have much scarier creatures than vampires these days. I also believe many have likely retired to Florida to bask in the evening humidity. But I digress. Where »

- Robin Ruinsky

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Horror-filled Fundraiser in Burbank this Sunday!

18 November 2009 10:05 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

On Sunday, November 22nd, a fundraiser is being held at the Victory Theatre Center in Burbank, California at 7:45 pm til 9 p.m.

What makes this of interest to Fangoria is that most of the guests have an impressive horror pedigree, including Keith David, star of John Carpenter's The Thing and They Live, Harry Manfredi, composer of the Friday The 13th theme, Miguel Nunez, Jr. ('Spider' from Return Of The Living Dead and Friday The 13th: A New Beginning), Fresh Prince Of Bel Air's Karyn Parsons (who also starred in Death Spa/Witch Bitch) and James Avery (Nightflyers), as well as Michael D. Walton, who suffers a truly gory fate in the upcoming Black Waters Of Echo's Pond.

Tickets are $25.00--the money will finance a March 2010 production of the acclaimed play, Topdog/Underdog. One hour event, followed by a wine and food reception.

The Victory Theatre Center is at 3326 W Victory Blvd in Burbank, »

- (Pat Jankiewicz)

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[DVD Review] Who is Kk Downey?

5 November 2009 6:00 AM, PST | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

“There's this hilarious dive karaoke bar with this like one-armed waitress that totally hits on everybody.”

This is just one of the many pearls you will hear in Who is Kk Downey?, a very indie flick devoted to the hilarity of hipsterdom. That this “hilarious dive karaoke bar” is the perfect place for a funeral's after-party is the tabasco-flavored icing on the vegan cake that reads “Congratulations on a Short Parole!” for no reason.

Who is Kk Downey? revolves around two über-hip twenty-something losers, Terrance and Theo (played by co-creators Darren Curtis and Matt Silver, respectfully). They live together, play in a band together, and more or less fail at life together. After Theo's manuscript about Kk Downey, a southern boy with a sordid past, is rejected by his manager because no one wants to buy a book by a chubby white boy from the suburbs, he and Terrance concoct »

- Jess Goodwin

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WWE Planning Old West Undertaker Origin Movie

4 November 2009 8:50 AM, PST | | See recent Screen Rant news »

We’ve seen a lot of origin stories in the past few years – Wolverine just came out this summer, Magneto may or may not be happening, there is always Superman and of course Batman’s origin has been told several times. Heck, The Hobbit can even be considered an origin story. Ghost Rider was unfortunately given an origin movie that dated back to the old west. I’m a huge fan of Tremors and the 4th movie went back to the old west as well, for an origin story about the subterranean monster worm.

So I understand why studios and copyright holders want to make origin movies on comic book characters and even monsters, but I cannot for the life of me figure out this latest news coming from “wrastlin” news site Lords of Pain. WWE, in a bid to capitalize on one of their brands, is in the process »

- Paul Young

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Friedman: 'Twins don't deserve to win'

1 November 2009 8:16 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

X Factor choreographer Brian Friedman has compared listening to John & Edward to "entering the gates of hell". In an interview with the News of the World, Friedman claimed that if the twins won it would make a "mockery" of the show. "They don't deserve to win," he said. "I have one word to describe listening to John and Edward's singing - painful. When I think of the twins I think, 'I need paracetamol'. They are such a handful. It would be bad for The X Factor if they won. It's a singing contest, and while they can sort of dance, they are the worst singers." Friedman explained that working with the brothers is difficult because they lack concentration. "They live on Planet Jedward," he said. "They're so hyperactive it's hard for them to focus. I'm constantly having (more) »

- By Catriona Wightman

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The Geek Beat: Better Red and Semi-Dead

27 October 2009 7:45 PM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

With Halloween upon us, we're visiting our last comic book villain here on The Geek Beat. I really really wanted to end with symmetry, and focus on a DC villain from an upcoming film so that each universe had two villains. But unfortunately, The Green Lantern is the only DC project that we have a definitive villain for. Some that are in pre-production (The Flash, Green Arrow) have such an enormous rogue's gallery that I'm at a loss as to who a screenwriter might pick. Others (Superman) have been shelved, and the most exciting (Batman) have been beaten to death in the Christopher Nolan rumor mill. There are others I can't talk about because I'd get in serious trouble. So with big apologies to DC fans, we're going to return to the Marvel Universe to meet the monstrosity that I suspect could torment First Avenger: Captain America. His eyes are »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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