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It's probably more difficult to rank the films of a particular actor than those of a given director. A filmmaker's ouevre is often bound together by similar thematic elements or stylistic trademarks, whereas most actors work within a wide range of styles and genres, with directors of vastly varying abilities. And while most dedicated cinephiles have seen the majority of Stanley Kubrick's or Martin Scorsese's features, how many can say they've seen even half of the performances from legends like Paul Newman or Robert De Niro (or even more modern stars like Sean Penn or Bruce Willis)? No one would ever mistake him for Daniel Day-Lewis, but Tom Cruise has been nearly as selective over the course of his career, consistently working with prominent filmmakers: Scorsese, Kubrick, Spielberg, Coppola, De Palma, Mann, Stone, the brothers Scott. Seriously, who else's resume reads like that? Even when collaborating with up-and-comers »
- Kevin Blumeyer
This weekend Tom Cruise attempts to launch another action movie franchise with “Jack Reacher,” the first adaptation (shockingly) of the beloved, best-selling Jack Reacher novels by British author Lee Child (it was based on a book called “One Shot”). Reacher is a former military policeman who has given up pretty much everything and travels with an Atm card, a travel-sized toothbrush and an expired passport. That's it. In “Jack Reacher,” he's tasked with investigating the case of a sniper who has taken out five innocent people in Pittsburgh, and uncover a larger, “Chinatown”-esque conspiracy while he's at it. But does Tom bring enough juice to warrant further adventures of the stoic Jack Reacher, or is this a franchise non-starter? Pro: Tom Cruise Is Jack Reacher Much like the uproar that surrounded Tom Cruise's casting as the vampire Lestat in the adaptation of Anne Rice's “Interview with the Vampire, »
- Drew Taylor
Some horror writers are haunted by the past...
And some crime writers are mediums for the world that came before. Pamila Payne is a unique fusion of both, an author compelled by the sins of the past to speak for a bygone eras’ lost souls. Her Vintage Vice site features a prolific archive of early-20th century tales revealing haunted criminals and the spirits, both real and imagined, that torment them.
Part time-travel, part seance and all too vivid, Pamila’s stories transport readers to another era and let them walk alongside its ghosts. In this interview, we’ll meet the ghosts that possess her.
Gina Marie: Who are you?
Pamila Payne: I'm Pamila Payne. Writer. Narrator. Creator of the Bella Vista Motel.
Gina Marie: You describe your work as “vintage vice.” What sources do you draw on for your research?
Pamila Payne: My fascination with the past has been a lifelong obsession, »
- Gina Marie
Movie characters may seem more glamorous than you and me, but they've gotta eat. And you know who eats a lot in movies? Brad Pitt. And unlike the rest of us, even in comic moments, he looks good doing it (shocker).
Pitt did a fair amount of eating in his Oscar-nominated turn as Billy Beane in "Moneyball," but he chows down so much in so many movies, we're starting to wonder if the actor just gets hungry on set and brings his lunch into the scene with him. We're just waiting to see how much he ingests in "Killing Them Softly," out this week.
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Troy | Mr. and Mrs. Smith | Moneyball | Ocean's Eleven | Johnny Suede | The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford | The Devil's Own | Inglorious Basterds | Across the Tracks | Cutting Class | Kalifornia | Spy Game | Meet Joe Black | Sleepers | Seven Years in Tibet »
- Avaryl Halley
It was a great weekend for vampires, with the final installment of the “Twilight” franchise pouring more than $141 million in domestic grosses into Summit Entertainment’s coffers during its first few days out of the gate. Budgeted at $120 million, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -- Part 2” still has headway to make before it will match “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse’s” $300-million North American haul. Like its predecessors — and the vampire genre in general — the film’s success is not critically driven. What does matter is budget, and each of the top 10-grossing studio-made vampire films since 1978 has been flush with cash, from Universal's "Van Helsing" ($160 million) to Warner Bros.’ “Interview with the Vampire” ($60 million) and Summit’s “Breaking Dawn -- Part 1” ($110 million). Read More: 'Completely Ruthless': William Faulkner's 5 Best Quotes »
- Sofia M. Fernandez
Or "How I Learned to Love the Glitter."
As a child who grew up in a home that loved horror, some of my earliest memories include vampires.
After all, I was born the same year The Lost Boys came out, and I remember seeing it on VHS when I was very young. In third grade I got a troubled call home from my teacher because I’d turned in a book report on Interview with the Vampire. We saw Buffy the Vampire Slayer in theaters and my mom used to tell this embarrassing but funny anecdote about when I was very young and my bed was against my room’s window; she would say that I slept with my head cocked to the side and my arms across my chest, "just in case" a vampire happened by and decided they wanted to bite me. She swore that I wanted to »
- Amanda Rebholz
With Halloween right around the corner, we're counting down the days by posting five fun facts about our favorite fright flicks. Today's featured film is "Interview With the Vampire" (1994).1. Johnny Depp was reportedly offered the part of Lestat, but Tom Cruise ended up playing him. Tom prepared for the role by watching videos of lions attacking zebras.2. A private set and tunnels were built to escort the actors to and from set so that they were able to keep the vampire's makeup a secret.3. Tom Cruise spent three hours each day in makeup. In order to create the "veiny" look, the actors hung upside down for 30 minutes until blood rushed to their heads, and make-up artists would trace the veins on their faces.4. Christina Ricci, Julia Stiles and Evan Rachel Wood auditioned for the role of Claudia but it ultimately went to Kirsten Dunst. 5. River Phoenix was originally supposed to play the role of Daniel, »
- tooFab Staff
In discussing Interview With the Vampire: Claudia's Story, Anne Rice says about Lestat and Louis "I never thought of it, they were the first vampire same-sex parents." The original headline said they were gay, which Rice never said, and the comments are a furious debate about whether io9.com went too far with that.
After a couple of weeks of discussion about the disparity in sexiness between men's and women's Halloween costumes, Buzzfeed has conceded that gay men like their costumes much like costume manufacturers like their female costumes – sexy. They provide plenty of comparisons.
Scientists have created a small strip, much like a breath strip, that when used immediately after burning the roof of your mouth on hot cheese, like I do on pizza, relieves the pain and promotes healing. I'll take a case.
George Takei is headed to Hawaii Five-o, where he'll be playing Chin's uncle. Hopefully »
Among the numerous screen incarnations of the undead, we've seen sparkly lovelorn bloodsuckers in Twilight (with the final film due out on November 16), a monster-slaying president in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter and a world where they've come out of the crypt for some supernaturally sexy antics in TV's True Blood.
Now we're entering the animated realm with Hotel Transylvania, out in UK cinemas from today.
We have a coffinful of promotional material for you, including the trailer, several clips and featurettes, some stills and the official synopsis. There's more than enough footage and images to give you an idea of whether this is a film you would like to see.
The new release, directed by Russian filmmaker Genndy Tartakovsky (Star Wars: Clone Wars TV series), is set in Hotel Transylvania, Dracula's (Adam Sandler) lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the »
- David Bentley
Neil Jordan is best known recently for his worthy dramas along the lines of Breakfast on Pluto or Michael Collins but the man is quite hard to pin down in terms of a specific favoured genre because looking at his filmography he has made some strange choices.
After the low-budget and gritty Angel in 1982, Jordan went for a bizarre horror cum fairy tale story which was financed by the soon to be defunct Palace Pictures. Based on the short story writing of Angela Carter and co-written by her and Jordan, The Company of Wolves is a strange Chinese box of a movie which just about holds up in these modern times.
Starting in present day (well 1984) we meet a girl (Sara Patterson) who is very much trapped in her own world and spends all day in bed much to her parents and sister’s chagrin. The girl dreams back to »
- Chris Holt
Warner Bros. announced today that the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz will be fully restored and converted into 3D, as a part of the studio's 90th Anniversary celebration next year. The film is currently being restored and will be released on Blu-ray 3D in either September or October of next year. The studio also announced a number of massive Blu-ray and DVD collections to celebrate their diverse catalog. Take a look at the studio's 90th Anniversary logo, and then read the full press release for more details.
One of the most respected, diversified and successful motion picture studios in the world, Warner Bros. began when the eponymous brothers - Harry, Albert, Sam, and Jack - incorporated on April 4, 1923. Four years later, the release of The Jazz Singer, the world's first "talkie," set a tone of innovation and influence that would forever become synonymous with the Warner Bros. brand. Soon to be 90, Warner Bros. »
In honor of the release of Christopher Golden's Joe Golem and the Drowning City in limited edition hardcover on October 3 and Baltimore: The Play, his collaboration with Mike Mignola, on November 21, Dark Horse editor Scott Allie interviewed the award-winning author for us.
Topics covered in the interview include Golden's interpretation of the term "dark fantasy," his upcoming project with True Blood author Charlaine Harris, vampires in our current culture, his influences, the scariest thing he's written, and Lots more. Check it out below, and look for more guest blogs from Scott Allie over the coming weeks.
Scott Allie: Can you explain “dark fantasy” to me?
Christopher Golden: The easy approach would be to say it's a merger of horror and fantasy, but that's not always true. For me, dark fantasy is fantasy in which nasty things happen. For people who've read my original novels, dark fantasy would be easy to recognize. »
- The Woman In Black
A common concern amongst the acting fraternity is that they might be typecast. To a B-list abundant with character actors, this can be a blessing- it’s a source of steady work they might not otherwise get. However, the further you get up the acting pyramid, the more generally disliked the idea of typecasting is. Yet it still occurs; Adam Sandler plays ‘lovable’ idiots, Judi Dench is often stuck portraying upper-class types, and Brad Pitt plays glamorous, albeit empty parts.
Or does he?
Brad Pitt is a beautiful man. This much is plain. Oftentimes, directors will want to make good use of the fact he’s really-really-really good looking. The Ocean’s series was seemingly built around the premise that Pitt and company all lived impossibly glamorous lives. Troy descended into a shirtless, homoerotic farce. In Interview With The Vampire, he appeared to be little more than a clothes horse. »
- Edward Owen
My Favorite Sister Daughter: Jordan Hits Up the Lady Vamps
Boy it’s hard to add anything new to the vampire genre, once a horror staple and breeding ground for some delightful, classic thrills, now turned into trash cinema romantic fantasies glutting the multiplexes. Neil Jordan, no stranger to creatures of the night with his troubled 1994 adaptation of Interview With the Vampire deserves some credit for his latest film, Byzantium, which may not revitalize the undead, but certainly retains a certain interest and seriousness in tone. In fact, it’s refreshing to see uncontrollable desires actually treated as such, though an attempt at gender divisions amongst vampires (revenants, in this picture) hardly gives it the satisfying energy it needs.
Eleanor (Saoirse Ronan), a mousy introvert, frames our narrative, a young girl keenly interested in telling the tale of her woeful existence. For the last 200 years, she has had to move »
- Nicholas Bell
Lost in the massive Cabin In The Woods Blu-Ray and DVD release shuffle was the release of two other horror films on to Blu-Ray, including the unrated director’s cut of Devil’S Advocate (1997), starring Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves, and the 2002 release Queen Of The Damned, starring Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend.
To celebrate their release, we have a Blu-Ray copy of each to giveaway! All you have to do is comment on this post below to show your excitement, and you will be automatically entered to win! The giveaway will run all weekend and we will announce the winners on Monday 9/24 at 12:00 Pm (Pst).
**Unfortunately, prizes are unable to be shipped to any P.O. Box address, and can only be shipped within the United States.
To whet your appetite, here are a few clips and brief synopsis of the films:
Devil’s Advocate (Blu-Ray)
Kevin Lomax (Reeves), an ambitious, »
- Andy Greene
Plot: Two centuries old vampires, Clara and Eleanor (Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan), on the run from the minions of their ancient order, hide out in a small coastal town, where Eleanor strikes up a romance with a young haemophiliac, Frank (Caleb Landry Jones). Review: Byzantium is director Neil Jordan's long awaited return to the world of vampires, with his last entry into the genre, Interview With The Vampire, standing up as one of the better films of it's type. Byzantium shakes up »
- Chris Bumbray
Next week on September 18th, Warner Brothers will be releasing two of its catalog titles on Blu-ray for the First time, Queen of the Damned and The Devil's Advocate; and we have your chance to score them both on us!
Check out the artwork below along with a couple of clips from each film. To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
Queen of the Damned Synopsis
After years of slumber, the legendary vampire has awakened and found acceptance in a tattooed, pierced and black-clad world. He's a rock star. And his awesome Goth-riffed sound has echoed around the globe...and stirred to life the fearsome Mother of All Vampires. Based on 'The Vampire Chronicles' by Anne Rice, whose work previously came to the screen in Interview with the Vampire. »
- Uncle Creepy
For a director who made his name with the excellent adaptation of Angela Carter's gothic deconstructed fairy tales with "The Company of Wolves" and his big studio breakthrough with "Interview with the Vampire," it's been a while since Neil Jordan traveled into more horrific territory. There were genre elements to his last film, "Ondine," but that was more of a warm, romantic fable (and a very underrated film). It's really been thirteen years since 1999's "In Dreams," when Jordan tackled the darker side of the supernatural world. But "Byzantium," the director's latest project, certainly marks a return to that kind of territory with a vampire tale from writer Moira Buffini ("Jane Eyre") that stars Gemma Arterton and Saoirse Ronan as a pair of vampires causing havoc in a British seaside town. And when we spoke to him in Toronto, where the film premiered this week at Tiff, Jordan says that the film was. »
- Oliver Lyttelton
We're pretty stoked to see Neil Jordan's Byzantium since we're hearing it compares favorably to his Interview with the Vampire, and thanks to IFC, it looks like we'll be able to do so in theatres soon!
Deadline reports that the deal coming together is several million dollars in minimum guarantee and marketing commitment. While IFC has been heavy into multiplatform, this film has designs on a theatrical release broadening out to several hundred screens.
Byzantium, written by Moira Buffini and directed by Neil Jordan, stars Gemma Arterton, Saoirse Ronan, Caleb Landry Jones, Danny Mays, Jonny Lee Miller, Tom Hollander, Bradley James, and Sam Riley in the vampire flick wherein Arterton stars as Clara, a vampire who has to protect herself and her daughter (Ronan) from those seeking to plunge a stake through their hearts.
On the run for murder, two young "sisters" arrive penniless at an English seaside town. »
- The Woman In Black
IFC Films is sinking its teeth into "Byzantium," grabbing North American rights to the vampire tale, a studio spokeswoman told TheWrap. The sales price was not disclosed. "Byzantium" finds director Neil Jordan returning to the fangs-and-blood terrain he previously mined in 1994's "Interview With the Vampire." In place of Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise mooning about lifelessly, Jordan's latest is a female-centric vampire story, starring Gemma Arterton ("Quantum of Solace") and Saoirse Ronan ("Atonement") as blood-suckers who sink their incisors into various necks over a 200-year span. Reviews of the film have been »
- Brent Lang
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