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When the official Comic-Con schedule was released a few weeks ago, there weren't many details about Marvel Studios' Hall H panel on Saturday. We already knew that Doctor Strange and Guardians of the Galaxy 2 would be part of the festivities, thanks to social media updates from directors James Gunn and Scott Derrickson, but nothing else about the panel was known. Part of the festivities included the reveal of a new logo for Thor: Ragnarok, along with a unique skit put together by director Takika Waititi and a sizzle reel.
The logo debuted on Twitter, but we're not sure if this unique skit and will make its way online quite yet. The video is presented as a mini documentary that shows how stressed out Thor has become, and he has moved to New Zealand to become roommates with a guy named Darryl. There are scenes where Thor is talking with Bruce Banner, »
Clip It: Each day, Jon Davis looks at the world of trailers, featurettes and clips and puts it all in perspective. This Snowden trailer was exclusively released at San Diego Comic-Con on the shaky assumption that comic book fans are chomping at the bit to see political thrillers based on true events. I'm sure there's some overlap. Just like there's some overlap between people who like Sour Patch Kids and short form documentaries. It's there if you're looking for it, I guess. The trailer starts with what looks like a shot-for-shot remake of the Edward Snowden documentary, Citizenfour, as the actors appear to be in the exact same stodgy, monochromatic Hong Kong hotel room. But then Joseph Gordon-Levitt speaks, and maybe he sounds a little like Snowden, but I don't remember Snowden sounding like Buffalo Bill, the "woman suit" wearing, serial killer in Silence of the Lambs. It's an interesting choice from the talented actor, »
- Jon Davis
After a handful of horror successes, and before he acts as a franchise life preserver, director Mike Flanagan is putting out another indie horror picture with Before I Wake, a nightmare-scape horror film that has just received a new trailer.
When a couple (Kate Bosworth & Thomas Jane) adopt a boy (Jacob Tremblay) after losing their biological child, they didn’t bargain for his uncontrollable ability to manifest his dreams into reality. These manifestations include what looks to be a very large, very strong, very pale man-creature. Can they wake their new son up (I’d try a pail of water) or will his haunted, unconscious mind lead the grieving family down a path of forced remembrance and horror?
Flanagan has proven himself in the R-rated horror department, but it will be interesting to see how he can scale back certain aspects of his style and content to fit under the PG-13 bar. »
- Mike Mazzanti
Given some distance and the perspective of time, almost every horror film seems to look better and find its audience. Though the early to mid 1990s have long been considered a particularly bad period for American horror movies, recent years have seen a number of titles being reassessed and opinions on them revised to be much more favorable than they were 20 years ago. Titles like Disturbing Behavior and I Know What You Did Last Summer and The Rage: Carrie 2, largely written off by horror fans during their theatrical releases in the ’90s, are now being talked about as secretly good genre efforts not because the movies have actually improved, but because enough time has passed that the films can be removed from their historical context and taken for what they are.
Of course, some ’90s titles were always secretly good; they only needed some time to find their audience. »
- Patrick Bromley
David Horowitz’s wife Lynn confirmed on Monday that the longtime publicist, awards campaign specialist and Civil Rights activist died on July 17.
Horowitz was born on July 21, 1929, in New York City. The family relocated to Miami and then Los Angeles, where he attended UCLA as a pre-med student before finding his way into advertising.
He served as an account executive at The Goodman Organization, handling Warner Bros, United Artists, and American International Pictures. As a unit publicist he worked on Billy Wilder’s Irma La Douce and The Fortune Cookie.
Horowitz’ in-house roles of note included president of corporate entertainment, president of the film division and president of the TV division at Rogers & Cowan. He went to Warner Bros in the 1970s, first as the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Influential Hollywood publicist David Horowitz, who worked with the biggest names in movies, music and politics including Barbra Streisand and Bill Clinton, died Sunday at his home in Los Angeles, his wife Lynn confirmed. He was 86.
Among the impressive list of talent he worked with were Woody Allen, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bette Davis, Kirk Douglas, and Steven Spielberg. In his later years, he worked as an Oscar strategist on numerous successful campaigns.
Horowitz began his association with Streisand starting with “Funny Girl” and continued through her films such as “Hello, Dolly!” and “What’s Up Doc?” Horowitz also worked on promoting high-profile films including “The Graduate,” “The French Connection” and “Close Encounters of the Third Kind.”
- Pat Saperstein
Joining the previously announced Alyssa Sutherland and Frances Conroy, eight additional actors have signed on to face the otherworldly horrors of The Mist, Spike TV’s upcoming 10-episode adaptation of Stephen King’s 1980 novella:
Press Release: New York, NY, July 13, 2016 – Further casting has been announced for Spike’s new original scripted series “The Mist,” based on the classic Stephen King novella of the same name. From TWC-Dimension Television (TV), “The Mist” goes into production later this summer and premieres on Spike in 2017.
“The Mist” tells the story of a foreboding mist that arrives in one small town ushering in a terrifying new reality for its residents, putting their humanity to the test. What will people do to survive when blinded by fear? The additional casting includes (in alphabetical order):
- Derek Anderson
An unnamed buyer has purchased the Buffalo Bill murder house from The Silence of the Lambs for $195,000, down from an initial asking price of $300,000, realtor Dianne Wilk told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Wilk noted that the buyer wanted the house “because of The Silence of the Lambs, that's what piqued his interest, and that's how he found the home." The house, a three-story, four-bedroom Victorian built in 1910, is located in Layton, Pennsylvania, 30 minutes southeast of Pittsburgh. The exterior of the house hasn’t changed since the movie was filmed, adding to its macabre appeal. While the home’s foyer and dining room were shown in the movie, the cavernous basement featured in the climax was actually filmed on a soundstage. May Unnamed Buyer enjoy many happy years in his new home. »
- Chris Eggertsen
As you may know, Thor: Ragnarok is currently shooting in Queensland, Australia. Over the course of the past two weeks, we've seen star Chris Hemsworth offer a look at the set, his own private roller coaster and the hilarious prank he pulled on new director Taika Waititi. Now Mark Ruffalo is getting in on the fun. He's shared a behind-the-scenes video. And it proves that Hulk is back, and he's angry!
Courtesy of Twitter, Mark Ruffalo shows off the biggest pair of Hulk hands you've ever seen as he Hulks out on set. We're not sure how much Bruce Banner will be present in the movie, especially since most of it takes place in the cosmos. Though we do know that Bruce and Hulk will struggle to come to terms with each other, and one of the side stories will see the Awol scientist trying to deal with his big green alter ego. »
Dan Cooper Jul 8, 2016
They say that when you play the Game of Thrones, “you win or you die”. The Game of Jeff Daniels, however, is an undeniably different beast and for the most part is a definite “you win or you win”. After viewing dozens of Jeff Daniels movies and spending many, many hours with his on-screen personas, it’s fair to say that the maxim has been sorely tested but guess what? It still holds true. This list has been carefully curated to celebrate the veteran actor’s talent, versatility and wit and no matter which (if any) of these movies you decide to revisit or check out for the first time, Jeff is guaranteed to give you something to love in each and every one.
25. Dumb And Dumber To (2014)
2017 promises to be epic for Marvel, as the studio launches it's 'three movies a year' initiative. The first Phase 3 adventure to arrive next summer is Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which wrapped last month. A few weeks have past, but Marvel isn't taking much of a siesta. While 4th of July is a nationally recognized holiday in the states, it's business as usual in Australia, where the third chapter in the Thor trilogy has kicked off production today. Director Taika Waititi confirmed that shooting has begun on his Twitter, sharing the first official photo from set.
The image in question is only exciting in that it proves Thor: Ragnarok is happening. We get to see that a number of the sequel's key production team has arrived on location, including VFX supervisor Jake Morrison, Executive producers Tom Hammel and Brad Winderbaum, writer Eric Pearson, production designer Dan Hennah and VFX producer Cyndi Ochs. »
Simon Brew Jul 4, 2016
“I felt the pressure”, Paul Feig admitted, as we sat down to talk about his new film, Ghostbusters. Feig, a geek of some vintage (his two books are sublime, Freak & Geeks remains a superb piece of television, nearly two decades on), has over the past half decade established himself as one of Hollywood’s most successful contemporary comedy directors, off the back of Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy.
And then he took on Ghostbusters, a project that has seen him in the crosshairs of some legitimate and some utterly vile comments.
It seems almost surreal, after the storm of the past year or two, to finally be at the point where we get to see the film itself. But here we are, and here – in full context, »
Cohen Media Group is releasing a new 4K restoration of the Merchant Ivory classic “Howards End.” Set in Edwardian England, the film follows three social classes represented by three different families who are all vying for the ownership of a house, Howards End, essentially a metaphor for the future of England and its class relations. Based on the novel by E.M. Forester, “Howards End” starred Anthony Hopkins (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Vanessa Redgrave (“Julia”), Emma Thompson (“Sense and Sensibility”), Helena Bonham Carter (“Fight Club”), Samuel West (“Carrington”), and more. Watch a trailer for the restoration below.
Read More: Cohen Media Group Picks Up 30 Merchant Ivory Productions for Restoration and Re-issue
For decades, the name “Merchant Ivory” meant high-minded quality entertainment. Founded in 1961 by producer Ismael Merchant and director James Ivory, the production company initially focused on making “English-language films in India aimed at the international market,” often adapted from novels or short stories. »
- Vikram Murthi
The documentary “Danny Says” has been unveiled as the first offering of the inaugural Art House Theater Day on Sept. 24.
The Art House Convergence consortium, which is organizing the event with more than 160 participating theaters nationwide, made the announcement on Tuesday. A menu of exclusive programming options will be offered to participating theaters, including sneak peeks, major art house films, repertory re-releases, giveaways, filmmaker visits, live music and parties.
“Danny Says,” directed by Brendan Toller, centers on the life of Danny Fields, who managed the Stooges, the MC5 and the Ramones, and worked with the Doors, Cream, Lou Reed, Nico and Judy Collins. Magnolia Pictures will open the movie on Sept. 30.
“We’ve attended and supported the Art House Convergence for years, and offering these special screenings of ‘Danny Says’ for Ahtd is a great way to step up our partnership with them,” said Neal Block, Magnolia’s head of distribution. »
- Dave McNary
Art House Convergence, which hosts an annual conference during the Sundance Film Festival, is expanding the scope of its mission. Following on the annual success of Record Store Day, Ahc has announced that the first Art House Theater Day will take place on September 24. Participating theaters will offer exclusive programming, including sneak previews, repertory screenings, giveaways, filmmaker visits, live music and parties.
Read More: Art House Convergence Releases Open Letter Opposing Proposed ‘Screening Room’ Platform
“Art House Theater Day is a chance to show film-lovers that their local theaters are part of a larger cultural movement,” said Ahtd co-founder Gabriel Chicoine. “These cinemas are not passive, insular venues — they are passion-driven institutions that collaborate with distributors, filmmakers, and each other to deepen film appreciation and to increase the diversity and artistic integrity of what you see on the big screen.” Though the lion’s share of programming remains to be announced, »
- Michael Nordine
Last year’s cancellation of the television series Hannibal, starring Mads Mikkelsen as the famed cannibal Hannibal Lecter and Hugh Dancy as FBI agent Will Graham, upset many people. I reviewed all of Hannibal’s final season and was upset at its cancellation, even if its finale did offer as much closure as it possibly could.
Since its conclusion, various actors and crew involved in the show have spoken up about when they might be able to do a continuation of some kind and showrunner Bryan Fuller has just stated when might be a good time for discussions to start up again.
At the Saturn Awards, Fuller told Collider “August 2017 is when we can actually start talking about it. That’s when we would have to see what the rights are for the character and for the story and see who’s interested and how we get it done. I have the story, »
- Ricky Church
You are cordially invited to George and Martha's for an evening of fun and games*
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf
Directed by Mike Nichols
Released by Warner Bros on June 22nd, 1966
Nominated for 13 Oscars, winning 5.
To celebrate the anniversary of this stone cold classic from 1966, Team Experience is revisiting the picture, tag team relay style, all week long as we did with Rebecca, Silence of the Lambs, and Thelma & Louise.
Pt 1 by Nathaniel R
50th Anniversary Four Part Mini Series
When I was a young teenager, a multiplex opened about a half hour from my house that, like every multiplex, showed whatever movies were in wide release. But here was something novel and unfortunately not copied by every multiplex in the land thereafter: they devoted one of their screens exclusively to charity -- the charity of young cinephilia that is. »
- NATHANIEL R
The opening minutes of the Cannes competitor The Neon Demon try but fail to fully warn you about what’s in store. The music is suspenseful and electric, almost as if neon had been transformed into a sound. The colors are dazzling and deliberate, signaling the beautifully shot experience that awaits. And, in the first scene, a dazzling Elle Fanning lies on a sofa with her throat slit and piles of blood pouring down. It’s a staged photo shoot, but this combination of tingling lighting and what’s-going-to-happen horror is the best way I can think of summing the whole thing up. And then some.
Directed by Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn (who also helmed the critically adored Drive and Only God Forgives), The Neon Demon, while mostly thin on plot, is nonetheless a masterpiece. At least for its first 100 minutes. The premise is simple: Jesse, a young aspiring »
- J Don Birnam
RelatedCurb Your Enthusiasm to Return for Season 9, HBO Officially Confirms
The series, which is loosely based on Michael Crichton’s 1973 movie of the same name, is a dystopian western amid the dawn of artificial consciousness and the evolution of sin. Anthony Hopkins (The Silence of the Lambs), Jeffrey Wright (Boardwalk Empire), Thandie Newton (Rogue), James Marsden (30 Rock), Evan Rachel Wood (Once and Again) and Ed Harris (The Rock) star.
The 10-episode first season, which »
My guest for this month is Herb van der Poll, and he’s joined me to discuss the film I chose for him, the 1988 Dutch–French film The Vanishing. You can follow the show on Twitter @cinemagadfly.
The director, George Sluizer, didn’t really direct much else besides this film and its remake The soundtrack definitely has a Tears for Fears vibe to it, which is 100% ok with me Herb checked with his Dutch parents to make sure we pronounced Spoorloos correctly Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu is basically perfect as the villain in this film If you enjoy this film, you’d probably also love Alfred Hitchock’s The Lady Vanishes The actress who plays the second girlfriend Lieneke, Gwen Eckhaus, was randomly in a television series in the Netherlands called Spoorloos verdwenen, which I assume is unrelated Getting a compliment on your film from Stanley Kubrick is a big »
- Arik Devens
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