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The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made

28 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.

One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »

- Gary Susman

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‘Exodus: Gods and Kings’ Director Ridley Scott on Creating His Vision of Moses

25 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The ideal place to meet Ridley Scott would be on a raging battlefield, in the furthest reaches of outer space, or in the midst of any of the other vast canvases on which he creates his movies.

Instead, we’re sitting in a basement salon at London’s trendy Ham Yard Hotel, where the 76-year-old director has parked himself, however briefly, to discuss his new biblical epic “Exodus: Gods and Kings,” and to ruminate on his long career.

“You’re probably going to be sitting down, so you’re not going to get a proper sense of him,” actor Christian Bale, who stars in Scott’s new film as Moses, warned this reporter a few days earlier. “You’ve got to see Rid on the move to understand him. He’s totally kinetic. I’m absolutely sure he springs out of bed at 10 times the speed I do.”

Australian actor Joel Edgerton, »

- Scott Foundas

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2014 Black Friday Deals: 'Hobbit' & 'Lord of the Rings' Blu-ray, Video Game & Book Deals

25 November 2014 8:15 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Every year Amazon puts the extended Blu-ray edition of the Lord of the Rings trilogy on sale during Black Friday Deals Week and this year is no different in that respect, though it is a little different in that they are bundling it with even more J.R.R. Tolkien goodies for fans of Middle Earth. Along with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which includes the extended Blu-ray editions of The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, you can buy bundles that also include all four books, including "The Hobbit" as well as either the PS4 or Xbox One edition of the Shadow of Mordor video game. I've included the links below along with a selection of other deals on more Blu-rays, Blu-ray players, televisions, soundbars and more! The »

- Brad Brevet

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2014 Black Friday Deals! Blu-ray Players, TVs, Soundbars, Blu-rays for $3.99

24 November 2014 6:48 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Amazon has started offering several Blu-ray titles at deep discounts as part of their Black Friday Deals Week and I've gone through and selected some choice titles such as David Fincher's Fight Club, Seven and Zodiac are available for cheap, several Sylvester Stallone titles including all his Rambo films and first two The Expendables features, both of James Cameron's Terminator movies are on sale, Rain Man for only $3.99, personal favorites such as A Time to Kill, Primal Fear and many others. I've listed several below and you can find even more right here if this isn't enough. Note: Sign up for Amazon Prime and get free two-day shipping. Blu-rays for $3.99-$7.99 300 ($7.99) (500) Days of Summer ($6.99) A Good Day to Die Hard ($3.99) A Time to Kill ($6.99) Bad Teacher ($7.00) Beetlejuice ($6.99) Bernie ($4.99) Cosmopolis ($5.78) Dances with Wolves ($3.99) Dazed and Confused ($6.96) Fight Club ($3.99) Hard to Kill ($4.88) Hugo ($6.99) Inside Man ($3.99) No Country for Old Men »

- Brad Brevet

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5 Bad Guys Who Deserve Their Own Movies

19 November 2014 10:00 AM, PST | | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

This year we had Maleficent, and Sony is working on a Sinister Six movie. Wicked has been on the verge of being made for years. Now is the age of the villain film. They’ve moved beyond the horror genre (where Jason and Freddy are the real stars) and now anyone is fair game. I, for one, am stoked. Let’s get some bad guy movies for… 5. Roy Batty from Blade Runner We all know the line. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, C-beams glittering in the dark near the Tannhauser gate, yada yada. Let’s see those things! Let’s get a tragic story of the life and death of Roy Batty. What did he (and the other replicants, why not) do before Deckard came for them? I would absolutely love to see a movie about Roy from birth to death. There’s a lot that can happen in four years, and »

- Ashe Cantrell

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Fright Rags Invites You to Celebrate Thanksgiving with Hannibal Lecter, Leatherface, Tarman, Bub, Pluto, & a C.H.U.D.

19 November 2014 9:21 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The dinner table on Thanksgiving can be a warm, welcoming place, with family members gathered around steaming plates of food and sharing lively stories of bygone days. If you’ve ever wondered what such a scene would look like with a clan of cannibals, Fright Rags’ new shirt featuring human-devouring horror movie villains shows that camaraderie can be shared even over the most macabre of dishes.

Fright Rags’ Cannibal Thanksgiving shirt is now available, featuring Hannibal Lecter from The Silence of the Lambs, Leatherface from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Tarman from The Return of the Living Dead, Bub from Day of the Dead, Pluto from The Hills Have Eyes, and a C.H.U.D. from C.H.U.D. gathered around a Thanksgiving meal of human flesh and innards. The shirt is available for $24.00 and we have images of it below. To learn more, visit Fright Rags.

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- Derek Anderson

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Fright Rags Has the Shirt for Your Thanksgiving Dinner Plans

19 November 2014 7:28 AM, PST | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

The latest Fright Rags offering went on sale today and its this heart-warming family meal you see below. Called "Cannibal Thanksgiving," the tee brings together recognizable flesh (and brain) eaters from Return of the Living Dead, The Hills Have Eyes, The Silence of the Lambs, Day of the Dead and The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. And who's that lurking under the table picking up the scraps...a C.H.U.D.!

The post Fright Rags Has the Shirt for Your Thanksgiving Dinner Plans appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Ryan Turek

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A response to Idris Elba

15 November 2014 2:50 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Anthony Stokes with a response to Idris Elba and his recent Marvel comments…

Recently, Idris dropped a huge spoiler for Avengers: Age of Ultron, and later started bad mouthing his experience working on Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World. He claimed that he felt silly during an VFX shot where he was in a harness with a helmet and hair piece, having just come from filming Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. Part of me understands where he’s coming from but another part is extremely frustrated.

I don’t like making personal attacks on people, especially such a nice guy, so I’m going to try to be as fair as possible to Idris Elba here. I understand that being an actor can be a lot harder then people give it credit for. Most actors are very charming and grateful people, so when they complain we tend to be a »

- Gary Collinson

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Stan collars the Lion

13 November 2014 3:27 PM, PST | | See recent news »

StreamCo.s subscription streaming service Stan has secured a raft of film and TV product from MGM, the second deal with a Us major following the agreement with Sony Pictures TV for Breaking Bad and the prequel Better Call Saul.

StreamCo, which has yet to reveal a launch date for Stan but is thought to be aiming for mid-December, will get exclusive SVoD rights to MGM's crime drama Fargo.

Sbs screened the first series after outbidding Foxtel and it retains free-to-air rights for the second season. The sequel will be set in 1979 in Sioux Falls, Luvurne and Fargo, and focus on a young Lou Solverson, who was a retired state police officer played by Keith Carradine in the first series.

The multi-year deal with MGM includes non-exclusive SVoD rights to recent movies including Peter Jackson.s The Hobbit trilogy, the RoboCop remake, 21 Jump Street and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, »

- Don Groves

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Amazon Announces 7 Pilots For 2015

12 November 2014 7:57 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.

Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (LostThe Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Introducing Seven New Pilots Coming to Amazon

11 November 2014 9:00 AM, PST | Hollywonk | See recent Hollywonk news »

A close-up look at a family torn apart by the start of the Civil War. An adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s alternate history of the United States post-World War II.  A satire of new age yoga culture in west Los Angeles.  And a docu-series based on America’s most award-winning magazine. 

Get ready for our first pilot season of 2015, when seven new series will debut their first episodes in January on Amazon Instant Video in the U.S. and U.K.. As with previous pilot seasons, you’ll be invited to watch each of them and provide feedback on the ones you’d like to see become full series.

The seven new pilots come from both highly-acclaimed and newly-discovered creators, and an impressive roster of talented actors have signed on to bring each pilot to life.  Here’s a brief summary of each: 

Cocked — A big city corporate lapdog »

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Amazon Studios announces it pilot season line-up for 2015

11 November 2014 8:42 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).

The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details


Cocked stars Sam Trammell (True Blood) as Richard Paxson, »

- Gary Collinson

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The 30 Best Horror Movies of the Past 30 Years

10 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.

With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.

In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »

- Gary Susman

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Oscar Flashback: Silence of the Lambs and the Imitation Game – Gay Characters Stir Debate

3 November 2014 9:30 AM, PST | | See recent AwardsDaily news »

A reader sent in the following email after a twitter exchange between Ryan and me: I’m always intrigued by your take on socially-aware filmgoing vs. needlessly tearing a film apart to create controversy. »

- Sasha Stone

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The Real Story Behind 10 “Based On A True Story” Horror Films

1 November 2014 12:58 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Screen Gems

“Based on a true story”, those five simple words are every movie marketing man’s dream. No matter how preposterous some of the film’s plot twists and sequences are, the film can always point to its truthful origins to get audiences to remain on side.

No genre relies more on the “inspired by real events” tag (an even looser concept than “true story”) than horror. Horror fans can always look at stories of poltergeists and possessions and smugly think that this could never happen, not in reality. Introducing the movie with a simple title screen informing viewers that the seemingly fantastical events that they are about to observe really happened instantly creates a much more receptive audience.

Of course, while they’re in the cinema the audience can’t look up just what the real story is behind the on screen horrors, meaning that films can pass »

- Jack Gann

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Top 100 Horror Movies: How Truly Horrific Are They?

31 October 2014 3:21 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »

- Andre Soares

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5 Horror Films To Watch This Halloween

31 October 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

For me, Halloween has always been about watching scary movies. While all the other kids dressed up as pirates and princesses and went trick-or-treating, all little Laura wanted to do was eat some popcorn and watch a Child's Play Marathon, or Hocus Pocus on replay. And my guess is that if you're a fan of this site, chances are you also like staying in and watching movies on Halloween. That's why I decided to put together a short list of horror films you should watch this spooky holiday. Feel free to put your suggestions below.

1. Hocus Pocus

Disney's Hocus Pocus is wickedly funny and charming. Three witches, played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy, set out regain their youth by absorbing the life force of kids. Hocus Pocus is a cult classic. It has a great sense of humor, and it's actually a movie you can watch »

- Laura Frances

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The scariest movies ever nominated for an Academy Award

31 October 2014 12:41 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Since it’s Halloween (Happy Halloween everyone), I wanted to do something horror centric but also still relating to Oscar in some way. As such, I wanted to take a look at which scary movies, to one degree or another, were embraced by the Academy Awards. Ideally I’d have focused on Best Picture, but as I’m sure you all know, the pickings there will be mighty slim. Instead, I’ll bounce around, trying to stick to bigger categories whenever possible, but still looking for the most overt examples of genre fare ever cited. I might bend the rules once or twice, but hey…it’s Halloween. I hope you all enjoy. Here’s the ten scariest movies to catch the attention of Oscar: 1. The Silence of the Lambs – Any list like this has to start with this one, since it almost swept the Oscars in its year. Best Picture, »

- Joey Magidson

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Horror at the Oscars! 10 horror-ish films that should have been nominated for Best Picture

30 October 2014 7:50 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Halloween is tomorrow! Did you pick out your costume yet? If you're stuck, HitFix has a few ideas for you. In the meantime, here's something else to chew on. Horror and the Oscars don't tend to go hand in hand. One of the most amazing anomalies of the circuit is the dominance of "The Silence of the Lambs" in 1991, but there remains a whole slew of horror films that were marked by as much aesthetic and formal value as any number of award winners. But they were just passed over. Genre bias? Maybe. Therefore, if you set out to make a list of horror films that should have been nominated for Best Picture, it's very possible that list just ends up looking like any number of "best horror films" lists. But we've given it our best stab here. Assuming all eras equal — as in, a Best Picture realm that has »

- Chris Eggertsen, Gregory Ellwood, Kristopher Tapley

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Lens Flare Supercut Makes a Case for the Derided Effect

29 October 2014 5:28 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Remember when Disney announced that J.J. Abrams would direct Star Wars: Episode VII and all of Twitter lit up with lens flare jokes? (Not me. I made a Felicity joke.) Jacob T. Swinney thinks that (possible) overuse of the camera effect has led to an unfair devaluation of the camera effect. He writes,

Lens flares seem to catch a bad rap. While some are simply a stylistic element (and some are even mistakes), there are plenty of thoughtful and symbolic uses of light scattering through the lens. Here is a compilation showcasing the many different types and uses of lens flares in a variety of films. 

To prove that, he has made this compilation of purposeful, thoughtful lens flares throughout cinematic history. Or actually, mostly recent films with a few older ones thrown in for cred. Still, he makes a compelling case. Abrams even makes the list. The supercut is »

- Mily Dunbar

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