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Intentional or not, it's hard to imagine that there was another film released in UK cinemas last Friday in which sex was less sexy than in It Follows, a terrific lo-fi horror film that comes highly recommended by all accounts.
And yet, last Friday also saw the release of Rob Cohen's The Boy Next Door, an erotic thriller that isn't as sexually charged as it is accidentally hilarious. For all intents and purposes, the film plays like an episode of the How Did This Get Made podcast waiting to happen.
At the start, high school teacher Claire Peterson (Jennifer Lopez) is a single mum who's mulling over whether or not she should get back together with her cheating ex-husband Garrett (John Corbett). Enter Noah, (Ryan Guzman) a »
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today's feature includes screening details on Avenged and Serpent's Lullaby, a new Hayride 2 trailer, concept teaser and production details for The Void, first details on short film Paralysis, and more:
Details on Q&A Screenings of Avenged: "Avenged is showing at the Arena Cinemas in Hollywood from March 6. Uncork’d Entertainment will release the critically acclaimed Avenged at Arena Cinemas Hollywood on March 6, 2015.
A second Q&A session will be held after the Sunday March 8 6:30 Pm screening.
These two Q&A sessions are Exclusive to Los Angeles. A lethal injection of scares, thrills, romance, »
- Tamika Jones
It Follows, 2014
Written and directed by David Robert Mitchell
For 19-year-old Jay, fall should be about school, boys and weekends out at the lake. But after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter, she finds herself plagued by strange visions and the inescapable sense that someone, or something, is following her.
Whenever someone thinks the horror genre has just become brown-stained remakes and derivative straight-to-video nonsense, a movie like It Follows comes out and shakes the foundations. A brilliantly written movie, superbly acted and masterfully directed, It Follows is tremendous in every sense of the word.
Like a urban legend you never knew, It Follows tells the story of young and naive girl Jay (Maika Monroe) who innocently sleeps with a boy from her school, only to discover that he’s passed something to her. This ‘it’ is now following her, »
- Luke Owen
Paramount Pictures formally announced that Adam Goodman is leaving his job as president of its film group and has been offered a production deal.
“His skill at making our pictures as good as can be is among his many meaningful contributions to our studio, and I am truly grateful,” wrote Grey.
The Paramount chairman said that he expects to have decided on a replacement for Goodman within the next 60 days. Paramount is considering promoting Goodman’s replacement from within its ranks, but is also looking at candidates from outside the studio, insiders say.
There’s still a year left on Goodman’s current pact, it appears that the studio and the executive are close to unwinding those details. Paramount has had a number of recent hits, such as “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, »
- Brent Lang
There’s still a year left on Goodman’s current pact, but nonetheless, sources say, his departure is rapidly approaching. Insiders say that Paramount is currently reviewing its creative organization. It’s not clear who will replace Goodman.
A Paramount spokeswoman said the company does not comment on employee matters.
Goodman has been at the studio since 2008 and played a vital role in shepherding a number of key projects to the screen, such as their recent “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” reboot, “Mission:Impossible – Ghost Protocol” and the “Paranormal Activity” franchise.
Last summer brought about “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” the highest-grossing film at the global box office. However, Paramount has scaled back the number of films it produces annually, which has caused its market share to shrink. Last year, it had »
- Brent Lang
After treating cinema fans for more than a decade, Ee's 2-for-1 ticket offer is coming to an end today (February 25). We'll certainly miss breaking up the week with a cut-price cinema visit, and the end of the promotion has made us all nostalgic about the classic Orange Wednesdays ads that started it all off.
Dubbed 'Orange Gold Spots', they starred Brennan Brown and Steve Furst as two clueless film execs listening to pitches from some of Hollywood's finest. Brilliantly lampooning the bean counter thinking of studio suits and the fragile creative egos of A-listers, the likes of Patrick Swayze, Macaulay Culkin and Carrie Fisher all stepped up to offer their increasingly compromised film pitches:
This early offering sought to capture that creative moment when the lightbulb flicks on... unfortunately Brown's dim-witted exec can't quite grasp what's dangling right in front of him. Stanley Kubrick would be livid. »
It's hard to believe but it's been 30 years since we spent Saturday detention with a princess, a criminal, a basket case, a jock and a brain.
Watch: Celebrating 30 Years Of 'The Karate Kid'
The film, about five high schoolers gathered on Saturday for a detention session, starred Judd Nelson (John Bender), Emilio Estevez (Andrew Clark), Anthony Michael Hall (Brian Johnson), Ally Sheedy (Allison Reynolds), and Molly Ringwald (Claire Standish), who admitted to Et in 1985 that she didn't feel right for the part of the princess because she was so different from her.
"Am I pretty enough to do this [role]?" Ringwald said. "That was my biggest worry and I'm not what you would call the conventional beauty, at least I don't feel that way. But you know »
Everyone loves John Hughes. That.s just a bona-fide fact. The legendary Chicagoan was the creator of some of the sweetest, funniest and most endearing films in movie history. This week marks the 30th anniversary of the release of The Breakfast Club, which is widely regarded to be his greatest film. To celebrate this momentous occasion, the ultimate John Hughes mash-up trailer was created, which any self-respecting movie fan should instantly watch. Like, right now. Hasn.t everyone.s Friday just got umpteen times better? Thought so. This majestic montage created by Fandango incorporates clips from the likes of Weird Science, Ferris Bueller.s Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Pretty In Pink, Sixteen Candles, Home Alone and Planes, Trains and Automobiles sumptuously. In fact, I.m going to watch it again immediately. There are two moments from this montage that perfectly sum-up just what made John Hughes such a beloved »
Few films have captured the complex inner lives of American teenagers better than John Hughes’ “The Breakfast Club.” Released three decades ago on February 15, the movie, with its expert casting, pitch-perfect dialogue and refreshing sincerity, helped pave the way for others like “Heathers,” “Say Anything” and “Mean Girls,” as well as groundbreaking TV shows like “My So Called Life” and “Freaks and Geeks.” Virtually overnight, Hughes became the poet laureate of teen angst and a passionate chronicler of the modern high school experience. On the 30th anniversary of “The Breakfast Club,” here’s a look back at John Hughes’ 10 finest films, plus five that didn’t quite make the grade.
10) Uncle Buck (1989)
John Candy played the title role of a lovable oaf whose babysitting skills are put to the test in this lightweight yet undeniably funny family comedy. The fifth of eight Hughes films in which he appeared, »
- Matthew Chernov
On Season 2, Episode 7 of Discovery Channel’s Alaskan Bush People, “Home Alone” (Feb. 13), the Brown family increase their defenses after finding rogue bears near the home site. Billy must seek medical help. The Browns build a raft to move lumber. First, an announcement: I’m going to try live tweeting #alaskanbushpeople tonight at 10Et/9Ct. Come and beat around the Bush People with us. http://t.co/CJaOjDnXZ3 — Ryan Berenz (@ChannelGuideRAB) February 13, 2015 I’ll take a shot at live tweeting the Bush People “Home Alone” episode tonight. You don’t need to know anything about Twitter or even have an account to follow … Continue reading →
- Ryan Berenz
While promoting her new CBC Canadian sitcom Schitt's Creek on Watch What Happens Live, the star said: "I haven't seen him for years and years, but I saw him two years ago - a year-and-a-half-ago? - at a Martin Mull art opening, and he was coming out, and he went, 'Mommy!'
"And I said, 'Baby!'" she laughed.
The actress's husband, production designer Bo Welch, was so touched by the mini-reunion that he had to capture the moment on camera.
She continued: "My husband, who's usually cool about these things, was like, 'Okay, both of you get together, I'm getting a picture! »
American Horror Story actress Jamie Brewer makes Nyfw history, The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yeun strips down on Conan, Khloe Kardashian is reportedly spending more time with her ex-husband, and more celebrity news.
Jamie Brewer opens up about being the first model with Down Syndrome to walk in Nyfw: “Young girls and even young women … [see me] and say ‘hey, if she can do it so can I.” A-mazing. [Today] For your Thursday entertainment, here is Conan O’Brien and The Walking Dead star Steven Yeun getting naked in a spa. [Us Weekly] Reports claim Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom have been spending more time together in the last few weeks. [Naughty Gossip] Dakota Johnson poses nude for Jamie Dornan in W. [Us Weekly] 60 Minutes correspondent Bob Simon tragically passed away yesterday at 73 in a NYC car crash. [CBS]
- Taylor Ferber
The mother of all reunions! It's been 25 years since Catherine O'Hara and Macaulay Culkin first graced the screen together in the 1990 classic Home Alone, but they still share a special, fake-family bond like no other. During an appearance on Watch What Happens Live to promote her new show, Schitt's Creek, on Tuesday, Feb. 10, the For Your Consideration actress, 60, recalled an adorable run-in she'd had with her former on-screen son, now 34, a couple of years ago. (O'Hara played mom Kate McCallister to Culkin's [...] »
Kate Hurwitz likes to think of her job at Cinetic Media—a multi-hyphenate film finance, distribution and sales label—as a "proto-acquisitions" position. "I'm looking out for material that acquisitions people will be looking at just a few months later," she says, which is exactly what she's doing at this year's Sundance Film Festival. She's the eyes and ears of the firm, scouting for sales, tracking independent narratives and documentaries and tapping into new talent. "My favorite part of the job is finding those new young voices who will emerge at Sundance, whether it's a huge sale or a new, important filmmaker that has to be reckoned with in the next year to come." Last year, Cinetic, under founder John Sloss, who also spearheaded digital distributor FilmBuff, positioned Sundance 2014 buzz titles including "Appropriate Behavior," "Listen Up Philip" and "The Babadook" and "A Girl Walks Home Alone at »
- Ryan Lattanzio
If you ever wondered what a film starring Salma Hayek, playing a sexy assassin holed up in her apartment while a grueling gauntlet of gangsters and other assorted ne.er-do-wells burst their way in, shooting up the place, well, then first off, congratulations for having such a specific vision. Secondly, it seems that your eccentric curiosity is about to be sated, because the new trailer for Salma Hayek.s new film, Everly is basically everything that was just described. Making its explosive debut, Everly depicts the venerable vixen, Hayek getting back to her ass-kicking action roots in a completely original setting. It.s like a deliciously demented amalgam of Home Alone and the Kill Bill series. At 48 years old, Hayek has never been hotter. (Although, you may want to check out Frida if you.re up for a trip down that rabbit hole.) Everly clearly brings a clever mix of »
If you are a Hollywood film fan, especially those more into the darker R rated genre, then you probably have seen some of producer Adi Shankar’s films. He has been behind the action thrillers The Grey and A Walk Among the Tombstones (both starring Liam Neeson), Lone Survivor (Mark Wahlberg) and Killing Them Softly (Brad Pitt), among others.
Now, the young producer is bringing the Hindi film epic drama Gangs of Wasseypur to the Us. Gangs of Wasseypur is director/writer/producer Anurag Kashyap’s ambitious and extraordinary blood-and-bullets-fueled crime saga that charts 70 years in the lives – and spectacular deaths – of two mafia-like families fighting for control of the coal-mining town of Wasseypur, India. Inspired by the real-life exploits of local gangs the film, Gangs of Wasseypur is produced by Guneet Monga (The Lunchbox), and boasts an incredible cast, including Manoj Bajpayee, Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Jaideep Ahlawat, Tigmanshu Dhulia, Piyush Mishra, »
- Stacey Yount
Bart: The demonstrations in Paris in response to the Charlie Hebdo assassinations have been stirring, but now come the inevitable debates about “correctness” and “sensitivities.” Salman Rushdie refers to emergence of the “but brigade” – those leaders who advocate free expression, but…
There’s no room for a “but” – and all the constraints that entails. Were the French cartoonists wrong in creating their cartoons? No, I applaud them. That’s what political satire is all about. Were Seth Rogen and James Franco wrong in depicting a specific North Korean dictator? No, their film was, once again, political satire — albeit a clumsy one — and specificity added to its relevance. At many American universities these days, scores of political speakers are »
- Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr
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- Peter Sciretta
The relaunch of TV Guide Network as Pop next week is an effort to tap into the ever-rising tide of pop culture fandemonium that drives so much conversation on social media.
Brad Schwartz, prexy of entertainment and media for Pop, told reporters at the Television Critics Assn. press tour on Friday that the cabler will function as a haven for the super-fan. Pop, set to bow Jan. 14, is launching with the tagline “We’re fans too.”
The focus is on viewers in their late 30s-early 40s who have nostalgia for 1980s and ’90s TV and pop culture.
“We’re building this for what we call the ‘modern grownup,’ ” Schwartz said.
There’s also an effort to capture the different facets of fandom today, from live events to the hyper-connectedness provided by social-media platforms.
“Being a fan today is an entirely different experience” than in decades past, Schwartz noted.
The relaunch »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Vice, who teamed with Kino Lorber on the release of Ana Lily Amirpour’s breakthrough, fantastic debut A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night is now partnering with Megan Ellison and her celebrated Annapurna Pictures to produce the filmmaker’s follow-up, The Bad Batch. Southern-set and dystopian, The Bad Batch has previously been described by Amirpour as a “post-apocalyptic cannibal…
The post Annapurna and Vice to Produce Girl Walks Home Alone Director’s The Bad Batch appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
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