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Hln anchor Yasmin Vossoughian was trolled by a guest claiming to be an Edward Snowden supporter during a segment on “The Daily Share” Wednesday morning. Vossoughian was discussing Snowden’s recent Twitter debut with Jon Hendren, known by his Twitter handle @fart, when it slowly became clear that the comedian’s responses were subversively referencing the Johnny Depp character Edward Scissorhands. Hendren began the interview with more ambiguous comments like, “He’s been isolated for so long,” but once the anchor showed a clip of Snowden being interviewed by John Oliver, he started to get more specific. Also Read: Hln »
- Reid Nakamura
In Search of the Ultra-Sex
In Search of the Ultra-Sex is a dream-come-true for the 14 year-old boy inside all of us. With footage lifted directly from vintage X-rated films and then over-dubbed with outrageous dialogue, directors Nicolas Charlet and Bruno Lavaine have created a pornographic Mystery Science Theater 3000. Hilarious, raunchy, and extremely hairy, In Search of the Ultra-Sex is the perfect midnight aphrodisiac.
A ragtag group of space cowboys, led by Captain Cock and his crew from the Foreskin Five battle cruiser, must retrieve the stolen ‘Ultra-Sex;’ a mysterious force that regulates fornication. Without the Ultra-Sex, the Earth is consumed by a calamitous orgy of sex and questionable fashion choices. Battles will be waged and panties will be lost as Captain Cock plunges into the impenetrable void of space to reclaim the Ultra-Sex.
At an economical 60 minutes, this pornographic space opera never overstays its welcome. »
- J.R. Kinnard
From a blond-wigged, red-lipped transgender woman in “Before Night Falls” to the maniacal Mad Hatter in “Alice in Wonderland,” Johnny Depp’s on-screen looks have been as diverse as his film roles. The trend continues with his latest movie, “Black Mass,” in which his character of notorious Boston gangster Whitey Bulger marks yet another physical departure for the chameleonic actor (who actually voiced a chameleon in the animated pic “Rango”).
Here are the many faces of Johnny Depp:
Depp’s role as the titular character in his very first collaboration with director Tim Burton sparked his flurry of bizarre physical transformations. Hot off the heels of his hit TV series “21 Jump Street,” “Edward Scissorhands” proved that Depp was more than just a teen heartthrob. Aside from scissors for hands, the iconic character also has a scarred face as pale as snow and an unruly nest of jet »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Even the most fledgling cinephile can likely identify the surreal, otherworldly filmmaking style of director Tim Burton. From Edward Scissorhands to his innovative take on Gotham city in his Batman films, the director has developed a style that has become decidedly signature. However, beyond their artistic merit, his films have now become a means by which scientific progress can be achieved. According to Van Winkle.s, neuroscientists from Aalto University recently conducted a study using Burton.s film Alice in Wonderland to identify early stages of psychosis. The scientists collected two groups of subjects: people who had suffered one psychotic episode, and a control group of people with no history of psychosis -- and screened the film for them. By definition, psychosis is an abnormality of the brain.s ability to make a distinction between what is real and what is not, so in theory, the control group.s brains »
It.s no small compliment when I tell you I believe Scott Cooper.s Black Mass can run with Scorsese.s mob trilogy of Goodfellas, Casino and, especially, the South Boston-flavored The Departed. It's that dirty, nasty and compelling. Can you remember how commanding Johnny Depp was in Donnie Brasco, or how captivating he was in Ed Wood? Do you recall when Depp owned the screen in movies like Blow, Edward Scissorhands, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas and, yes, even Pirates of the Caribbean. (The first one, at least.) He.s that good in Black Mass, larger than life and barely contained to the screen as he turns true-life Boston crime lord James "Whitey" Bulger into a menacing, intimidating and dangerously unpredictable snake in the grass. Bulger.s story is a classic American gangster tale, the stuff that essentially writes itself for the screen (no disrespect to Black Mass »
To celebrate their tenth anniversary, the animated movie parody makers How It Should Have Ended have put together their own cameo-packed parody music video of Taylor Swift's Bad Blood, this time about the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, sung from Batman's perspective. It's essentially a shot-for-shot remake, but with Batman. Many films could benefit from this approach. It's so far racked up over 1.4 million views in under 2 days.
As Brooklyn Nine-Nine puts it: “She makes me feel things, okay?!”; “She makes us *all* feel things!”
In The Lego Movie, »
'Alice in Wonderland' 2010 with Johnny Depp as the Mad Hatter. 'Alice in Wonderland' 2010: Plenty of visuals, no substance In the interest of full disclosure, I should start this commentary on Alice in Wonderland by saying that I have never been a fan of Tim Burton's works. I've enjoyed a couple of his movies, but the vast majority of them I've found uninspiring and, really, quite boring. Burton's eye for unusual worlds, particularly in terms of art direction and costume design, is not lost on me. But how can I possibly find Tim Burton a great director when he continues to offer the same tricks, over and over again? True, Burton's stories and characters change from movie to movie. What he offers, however, does not. What's there beyond cool visuals? What's there beyond the neo-gothic atmosphere he offers in Batman, or the brilliantly rendered chocolate factory playhouse in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory? »
- Nathan Donarum
In a career that spanned 7 decades, Vincent Price played every character from The Invisible Man to Sir Walter Raleigh, he worked with directors such as Otto Preminger, Alfred Hitchcock and Mario Bava, was good friends with Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Boris Karloff and even, courtesy of Thames Television, hosted his own cookery show. And that’s just scratching the surface.
Price is one of Hollywood’s genuine legends, a bona fide movie star with an immediately recognisable voice, and as with most legends, he was looked down upon by the Establishment before finding acceptance within the horror community. From The Invisible Man Returns (1940) to Edward Scissorhands (1990), he created a gallery of characters that deserve to be the envy of most “mainstream” performers.
At a time when voicing cartoon characters was considered at odds with “serious” acting, Price proved you could do both, voicing the villainous Professor Ratigan »
- Ian Watson
Here’s the thing: Johnny Depp never went anywhere. That’s how filmmaker Scott Cooper put it when we chatted following a screening of “Black Mass” here Sunday afternoon, and it speaks to something that is already on the verge of annoying me this season.
Sure, “Johnny Depp’s comeback” is a fun narrative, but it’s also a rather facile one. While the actor has certainly been taking on roles in paycheck movie after paycheck movie, and while many of them have been artistic misfires, his commitment to his characters has been remarkably consistent.
I look at stuff like “Alice in Wonderland,” “Dark Shadows” and “The Libertine,” for a few examples, and yeah, I recoil. But Depp was equally possessed in every outing. Also, sure, the bloated franchise extension of the iconography he created in the original “Pirates of the Caribbean” film has worn thin, but he still crafted something for the ages there. »
- Kristopher Tapley
John Williams has been making movie magic with his music for decades, transporting audiences on emotional cinematic journeys to a galaxy far far away, to a school for young witches and wizards, to an island where dinosaurs can once again walk the Earth, and back to the wonders of our childhoods. Tuba player Norman Pearson performed Williams’ music early in his career, as a freelancer just out of college, when he played on the soundtrack for “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” in 1982. Thirty-three years later, he’s performing the film’s heartwarming, awe-inspiring score for an audience at Hollywood Bowl. The L.A. Philharmonic is performing the score live in sync with HD screenings of the film at the Los Angeles venue for three nights over Labor Day weekend. Pearson recalls being “quite nervous” when he got to the MGM soundstage to record the score with Williams conducting. That recording session was »
- Emily Rome
Funko's paying tribute to villains and monsters this fall with their new Leatherface ReAction figure, super-sized Godzilla Pop! vinyl, and Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2 that includes Count Orlok, David from The Lost Boys, Pinhead, and more.
Funko's slated their Leatherface ReAction figure for a September release and their Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2 for an October debut, while their Godzilla Pop! Vinyl figure is due out in November. Below, we have official details and images (courtesy of Funko).
Leatherface: "Head for the hills! Our Leatherface ReAction figure is coming! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre antagonist dons his signature bloody apron, mask, and comes with his trusty chainsaw!"
Mystery Minis: Horror Series 2: "Horror fans, rejoice! Our second series of Horror Mystery Minis are here!
This series contains horror legends like Nosferatu, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Frankenstein! Your box might also contain Edward Scissorhands, Beetlejuice, Hellraiser, or other contemporary horror classics! »
- Derek Anderson
Tim Burton will have the honour of turning on this year's Blackpool Illuminations.
The Hollywood movie director, who has been a long-time fan of the seaside town, will turn on the light display after a concert next month, reports BBC News.
The event on September 4 will see performances from acts including Only The Young, Lawson, Jedward and Professor Green. The Vamps are headlining proceedings.
Councillor Gillian Campbell, deputy leader of Blackpool's council, said: "Having one of the most famous film directors in the world turn on the Blackpool Illuminations is a major coup and shows the high regard the town is held in the hearts of our famous visitors.
"We know he is a huge fan of Blackpool and we are delighted that he has agreed to switch the Illuminations on for us on the biggest night of Blackpool's year.
"This is gearing up to be one of the best »
It takes a certain twisted, melancholy, big-hearted man to come up with stories about a boy cursed with scissors for hands, a skeezy demon who moonlights as a bio-exorcist, and a man-child fixated on finding his stolen bike. For the last thirty years, that storyteller has been Tim Burton.
In 1985, Tim Burton jumpstarted his film career by bringing the aforementioned man-child, Pee-wee Herman (Paul Reubens), to the silver screen in Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Since then the goth-friendly director has created a filmography that's both striking in its visuals and emotion, introducing cinema-going outsiders to weirdly relatable characters like Edward Scissorhands, and not-so-relatable characters such as Batman, the Joker, and Beetlejuice.
Starting with that very first adventure into the absurd in 1985, we've picked our top five (or six) favourite films by Tim Burton. Do your favourites make the list?
- Andrea Miller and Rachel West
Like most talented performers who’ve doubled as quintessential movie stars, Tom Cruise doesn’t always get the chance to demonstrate that he can actually act. There’s often just too much Tom Cruise in the way for people to notice, especially when he lets his erratic personal life take center stage. Putting together an “essential” list for such an actor is a bit of a tightrope act, walking the line between crowd pleasing star turns and performances of real substance. That said, here are ten Tom Cruise films that are not to be missed:
Risky Business (1983) – The early 80s were awash in teen sex comedies, most of which have justifiably faded from memory. Then there’s Risky Business, which not only rose above the pack, but made an indelible mark on pop culture history. It wasn’t Tom Cruise’s first movie, but it might as well have been: »
- M. Robert Grunwald
At the New York premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ coming-of-age drama “The Diary of a Teenage Girl” on Wednesday evening, the red carpet was still buzzing about the film’s star Alexander Skarsgard dressing in full drag on Monday for the movie’s San Francisco screening. Photos of his jaw-dropping makeover have gone viral online and readers are collectively praising his versatile looks.
The 6-foot-4 Swedish actor revealed that he enjoys dressing in drag so much that he has own drag name. “It’s Lady Libido Lushbody,” Skarsgard, 38, told Variety at the Cinema Society hosted screening at the Landmark Sunshine Cinema. “It’s a good name!”
The “True Blood” alum explained that he went drag for the night to celebrate “The Diary of a Teenage Girl’s” special friends and family screening and party held at the Castro Theatre hosted by the local drag queens who worked as part of the film’s crew. »
- Paul Chi
One of Tim Burton‘s best films is still Edward Scissorhands starring Johnny Depp. This year just happens to mark the 25th anniversary of the peculiar suburban fantasy about a misfit creation named Edward who has scissors for hands who ends up being taken in by family who in many ways is just as strange as […]
The post What Does the Neighborhood from ‘Edward Scissorhands’ Look Like 25 Years Later? appeared first on /Film. »
- Ethan Anderton
30 years ago today, two geeks from Shermer, Illinois created Lisa, the perfect woman, with a little computer know-how. That's right, "Weird Science" came out exactly three decades ago and was the third film John Hughes stepped behind the camera for as director, following "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles." The flick was also the fourth time Hughes had worked with star Anthony Michael Hall, who appeared in both of the aforementioned films, as well as the Hughes-penned "Vacation." Fun fact: Hall reportedly chose this flick over doing a "Vacation" sequel -- thus starting a franchise tradition of switching the actors playing the Griswold children each film. Joining Hall were Ilan Mitchell-Smith and Kelly LeBrock, a former model who turned her sights towards acting. "Weird Science" went on to become a cult classic and spawned a USA series of the same name, with Vanessa Angel taking over the role of Lisa. »
- tooFab Staff
It's hard to believe it's been more than 20 years since we first met the Griswolds in National Lampoon's "Vacation." The 1983 original followed Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an overly enthusiastic dad who just wants to have a fun family trip to Wally World, a California amusement park. Unfortunately, it all goes to hell as they encounter a series of misadventures along the journey. The film sparked a number of sequels, including "European Vacation," "Christmas Vacation" and "Vegas Vacation." Fast forward to 2015, as the latest installment in the hilarious franchise, "Vacation," his theaters today. The new film focuses on a fully-grown (and once again recast) Rusty Griswold, as he takes his own family on a disastrous getaway. Ed Helms is taking over the lead role, Christina Applegate plays his wife and Leslie Mann fills the role of sister Audrey. Before we welcome the Griswolds back to the big screen, we're taking »
- tooFab Staff
Tim Burton is embracing social media in the promotion of his latest fantasy adventure. He jumped on his personal Facebook page last night to share the first official look at his upcoming adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. While we don't get to see any of the characters yet, we do get to see the home mentioned in the title. And we get some bird symbolism. It looks like nothing but blue skies for these strange kids who are about to get a very unexpected visitor.
Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children is based upon the best-selling novel by Ransom Riggs. We won't get to see the movie until March 4, 2016, so a trailer may still be miles away. The movie has quite an ensemble of fan-favorite talent, lead by Asa Butterfield, who lost out on the role of Spider-Man just in the last few months. At least he has »
London — Toby Haynes, who directed and exec produced TV drama “Jonathan Strange and Mr Norrell,” is set to direct a new movie version of Lionel Bart’s musical “Oliver!,” which Cameron Mackintosh, Working Title and Sony Pictures are producing, according to the Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye.
“Oliver!” is set to be greenlit in a matter of weeks, once rights deals are completed, and the film will start shooting early next year, with a release penciled in for the end of next year. The film, which will be grittier than the original, will shoot on location in and around London.
Haynes and casting director Lucinda Syson have started to scout for the young British actors who’ll play the title character, the Artful Dodger and the other kids in the musical. Working Title has experience in seeking out young talent as it produced the film and stage versions of “Billy Elliot. »
- Leo Barraclough
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