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Earlier this week news broke of Wes Craven’s death from brain cancer. A debilitating, dignity stripping disease which I have had the unfortunate honour of witnessing first hand. However, with anything which has such a devastating affect it is best to reduce any column inches concerning this blight to zero. For now then let us focus on the man.
When I was growing up Craven was known for one film; Last House on The Left. A rape slash revenge flick which managed to make it onto the video nasty list, circa nineteen eighty something. By the way I was borne in seventy four, meaning my formative years were shaped by the video tape revolution. Age restrictions in rental shops were laughable, allowing me to watch everything from Shogun Assassin to Driller Killer. These gems combined with my imagination »
- Gary Collinson
We all have heroes, and this week, one of the true horror heroes and legends, Wes Craven, passed away after fighting brain cancer. To say that Craven’s passing has affected the horror community would be an understatement, a statement that just doesn’t articulate how much of an absent we’ll have from here on out. The horror genre is emptier now, with one of the true Icons of Fright gone.
We didn’t want to just write a standard eulogy-like post, because Craven was more than that, he was much much more important than that. I reached out and asked the Icons of Fright crew if they’d be interested in writing a little bit about how Wes and his work touched them, and thought we’d all say a little something about one of the true Masters of Horror. Here is what everyone had to say. Rip »
- Jerry Smith
Miramax is moving forward in its quest to attract a buyer.
The indie studio behind “Pulp Fiction,” “The English Patient” and “Shakespeare in Love” has tapped Morgan Stanley to attract bidders for the company and hopes to sell for $1 billion or more, according to a report in Bloomberg.
A spokesperson for Morgan Stanley declined to comment and a spokesperson for Miramax did not immediately respond to a request for comment. QInvest, the Qatari investment bank, will serve as co-adviser, the Bloomberg report states, citing unnamed sources.
Qatar, Colony and construction magnate Ron Tutor led the consortium of investors that bought Miramax in 2010 from the Walt Disney Co. for $660 million. Tutor later sold his stake to Qatar Holding. The new ownership aggressively mined the studio’s library of award-winning films, signing distribution agreements with streaming services like Netflix. In 2013, the Weinstein Company signed multi-year co-production and development pact to create sequels »
- Brent Lang
Daniel Olive Films Savant Blu-ray Review Daniel Blu-ray Olive Films 1983 / Color / 1:78 widescreen / 130 min. / Street Date August 25, 2015 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Timothy Hutton, Mandy Patinkin, Lindsay Crouse, Edward Asner, Ellen Barkin, Julie Bovasso, Tovah Feldshuh, Joseph Leon, Carmen Mathews, Amanda Plummer, John Rubinstein, Maria Tucci, Daniel Stern. Cinematography Andrzej Bartkowiak Film Editor Peter C. Frank Written by E.L. Doctorow from his novel The Book of Daniel. Produced by E. Lk. Doctorow, Burtt Harris Directed by Sidney Lumet
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
In his book Making Movies, director Sidney Lumet says that he's not always personally invested in the subject matter of his projects. His Daniel would appear to be close to his family's tradition of liberal activism. As a child, he performed a major role in the unusual 1939 'social problem' film One Third of a Nation, a melodrama pointing up a crisis of unsafe housing across the nation. »
- Glenn Erickson
With Girl Power in Gaming, we’re exploring the role of females in our favorite hobby for the month of September. The series will attempt to explore gender dynamics, pre-assigned roles and both positive and negative examples of female characterization in the digital world.
Just about a year since the beginning of the Gamergate “controversy,” conditions for women in gaming are, in many ways, as bleak as ever. I use the quotation marks to denote the absurdity of the situation, as whatever legitimate issues may have once lay at its heart were quickly subsumed by bigots seeking an opportunity to spread hate speech. To this day, insightful and outspoken women such as Anita Sarkeesian and Zoê Quinn continue to be bombarded with violent and misogynistic remarks on Twitter and elsewhere on a regular basis.
And within the games themselves, one could certainly make the case that the situation for women is improving, »
- Max Bledstein
When it comes to Wes Craven, I hardly know where to start to memorialize him. This one hurts. While I would not say we were close in any way, we were friendly, and I'd spent enough time with him that when we would run into each other, he always seemed to light up. I'm sure that was something that he did with many people. Everyone I know who knew him has stories about his incredibly kindness. I remember one afternoon in particular spent at his home talking to him about possible projects, and honestly, it didn't matter to me if we ended up getting a film set up or not. It was just the chance to sit and talk about horror with him that was the thrill. When I heard the news tonight, in a flash I realized that we're approaching an age where the guys who directly inspired me »
- Drew McWeeny
Yesterday was a tragic day for horror fans around the world, as we reported the unfortunate news of Wes Craven passing at the age of 76 in his Los Angeles home. Wes Craven left an indelible mark on the horror movie genre almost immediately with his first feature film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and his influence will be felt for years to come, in the filmmakers that follow and carry on his legacy. As we continue to mourn the loss of this legend, we're revisiting his best work with nine of his best films.
Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family, although his father died when he was just five years old. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. »
“Why, this car is Auto-matic. Its System-matic. Its Hyyyyydro-matic. Why, its Greased Lightning!”
Grease (the Sing-a-Long version) screens midnights this weekend (September 4th and 5th) at The Moolah Theater (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo). Admission is only $5
In 1978 John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John starred in Grease, a ’70s version of a’50s musical. It was a huge hit and coming off the heels of his Oscar-nominated turn in Saturday Night Fever the year before, made a megastar of John Travolta (a wattage that was short-lived until his Pulp Fiction comeback almost 20 years later).Olivia Newton-John came from Australia and won the hearts of music fans. “You’re The One That I Want” is the hot number from the film. The pair dressed in black. “Tell me about it, stud!” she cooed. Grease appealed to younger generations. Male/female duos perform ‘Summer Nights’ to karaoke tracks. The film also exaggerated. The »
- Tom Stockman
Quentin Tarantino is undoubtedly one of the (if not the) most influential American film directors of the last quarter-century. His gritty, ultraviolent, fast-paced, and impeccably hip writing style and visual eye have made a mark on both underground and mainstream film like no other. Following the one-two punch of 1992's Reservoir Dogs and 1994's Pulp Fiction, Hollywood was (and arguably still is) flooded with style-aping films that could be referred to as Tarantino-esque. Indie filmmakers of all stripes have surely benefited from the increased exposure that his quick ascension gave to subterranean cinema.The weird thing about Tarantino's influence, though, is that it is derived from his own pop-cultural cherry-picking: Every film he's directed or written has been loaded with countless homages, lifts, and references to books, movies, TV shows, and music that coalesce into a pop-cultural galaxy of their own. When these references and influences are considered as a whole, »
- Larry Fitzmaurice
Sofia Vergara has joined the cast of 'The Brits Are Coming'. The 'Modern Family' actress is set to star alongside 'Kill Bill' star Uma Thurman, 45, and Tim Roth, 54, in the upcoming heist-comedy. Thurman and Roth - who previously appeared alongside one another in the 1994 cult classic 'Pulp Fiction - will play a con-artist couple who flee to Los Angeles in an attempt to avoid paying off a large debt they owe to a gangster played by Maggie Q. The pair attempt to win back the money they owe by teaming up with Roth's characters ex-wife, played by Alice Eve, for a jewellery theft operation. Vergara, 43 - who most recently starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in the crime-comedy 'Hot Pursuit' - has signed on to play the mistress of Eve's characters new husband. 'Irrational Man' actress Parker Posey and the comedian Stephen Fry - who played the evil master »
Indie comedy The Brits Are Coming has swelled its ensemble cast The Wrap reporting that six actors have joined the cast.
Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction) had already been cast in the film directed by James Oakley, but now she has been joined by a plethora of acting talent. Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness), Sofia Vergara (Modern Family), Tim Roth (The Hateful 8), Stephen Fry (The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies), Maggie Q (Mission: Impossible 3) and Parker Posey (Irrational Man) have all joined the comedy, produced by Jc Chandor (A Most Violent Year).
The film follows “an eccentric British con-artist couple, Harriet (Thurman) and Peter Fox (Roth), who flee to Los Angeles to escape paying a large debt to a notorious gangster named Ivanka (Maggie Q) after a failed poker game. In an attempt to raise the money, the couple approach a former associate (Fry), who secretly sells their whereabouts. »
- Scott J. Davis
The penultimate episode of Scream's first season leaves us with plenty of tantalising questions for the finale...
This review contains spoilers.
1.9 The Dance
You know it’s going to be good when a bunch of teens in the middle of a slasher show end up at a dance, especially when that show is Scream. After all, one of the major instigating events--if not the event--that propelled Brandon James into full Lakewood urban legend boogeyman mode happened at the Halloween dance 20 years ago.
There’s a lot of ground to cover before we even get to the dance this week, though. First, it caught my eye during the opening credits that this episode is directed by Ti West, whose The House Of The Devil is one of my favourite horror movies of the past few years. West’s ability to set a moody tone is potentially great for a series like Scream. »
Read More: Watch: Quentin Tarantino's Best Visual Film References... in Three Minutes! There’s no one quite like Quentin Tarantino and there’s nothing quite like a Tarantino film. Our own Eric Kohn’s recent article detailing the auteur's unique position in the film industry is a must-read for all fans, but if you’re feeling lazy, here’s the gist: Tarantino's films are so good, he’s essentially created a genre which will hold up against any blockbuster tentpole a studio chooses to spurt out, no matter how many superheroes they scramble to squeeze on the screen. Tarantino's films feature a different kind of superhero. These characters are what Tarantino would refer to as badass motherf--ckers. Tarantino’s Avengers? Vincent Vega, Jules Winnfield, Butch Coolidge and Mia Wallace. "Pulp Fiction" is the film that most accurately sums up the Tarantino genre as a whole. Let’s point out »
- Jon Fusco
Dense with allusions to other work but more fun than a barrel of monkeys (studded with nails and rolled down a hill, à la Herschell Gordon Lewis’s 2000 Maniacs), Quentin Tarantino’s movies cry out to be viewed both singly and in relation to one another — as the journey of a boy who once lived through grindhouse movies and is now permitted to dramatize (and cinematize) his fantasies on an epic scale. Few directors give you the sense that they’re getting off so much on their own work. For better, and occasionally for worse, Tarantino really digs Tarantino. N.B.: Here and there, I’ve mined some of my past reviews (the ones I still agree with, anyway) for descriptions. It’s not just laziness. The feelings that come to you in the first flush of pleasure after seeing a Tarantino movie are difficult to recollect in tranquility. »
- David Edelstein
With Quentin Tarantino's upcoming "The Hateful Eight" doing so well in our Oscar prediction center, we took to our movie forums to find out what film from his playbook marks his greatest achievement to date. While this Hollywood heavyweight is a two-time Oscar winner for writing -- "Pulp Fiction" (1994) and "Django Unchained" (2012) -- he's yet to win for directing. However, Gold Derby's Oscar Experts, Editors and Users think that may finally change, as they rank Tarantino third to win Best Director for "The Hateful Eight." (Make your own Oscar predictions now.) -Break- Meryl Streep poll: What's the best decade of her career so far? We asked our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, to weigh in on Tarantino's filmography. Read some of their comments below, join the fierce debate in our red-hot forums here and make sure to vote in our poll at the bottom of this pos. »
Start salivating. Prepare for meat sweats. Dab uselessly at that pesky blob of ketchup on your shirt. Yes, today marks National Burger Day, 24 hours in which to celebrate that magical combo of juicy meat pattie and toasted sliced bun.
Burgers have been gracing the silver screen for decades, from quotable Tarantino scenes to deadly weapons in Jim Carrey comedies. So let's serve up eight iconic burger scenes to watch with relish. Fries with that?
1. Pulp Fiction's Big Kahuna
The undisputed king of movie burger moments, Samuel L Jackson's Jules tucks into a Big Kahuna seconds before laying his vengeance upon a quivering Frank Whaley. See also: the Royale with Cheese scene and its painfully awkward homage in John Travolta's From Paris with Love.
2. American Beauty's Mr Smiley's
Across Samuel L. Jackson’s pantheon of movie appearances, the prestigious actor has starred in almost every kind and genre of film imaginable. For every Pulp Fiction, there’s Deep Blue Sea; for every Unbreakable, there’s Snakes on a Plane. Make no mistake, Jackson is celebrated for his diverse résumé, and the actor takes that a step further in Jalmari Helander’s Finnish blockbuster, Big Game.
In a film that actively encourages you to suspend disbelief and leave expectations at the door, Jackson portrays the President of the United States who finds himself cast astray in the bitter-cold Finnish wilderness after Air Force One is taken down by a rogue group of terrorists. As a fish out of water, our protagonist is forced to partner up with a wise-beyond-his-years 13-year-old if he is to survive in the face of mother nature. Ray Stevenson, Victor Garber, Felicity Huffman, and Jim Broadbent complete the cast. »
- Michael Briers
See Also: Casting call for Kong: Skull Island reveals plot details
Jordon Vogt-Roberts (The Kings of Summer) is directing Kong: Skull Island, while the cast includes Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers), Brie Larson (Short Term 12), Samuel L. Jackson (Pulp Fiction), John C. Reilly (Step Brothers) and Tom Wilkinson (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind).
Kong: Skull Island is set for release on March 10th, 2017.
- Gary Collinson
The pick-ups ahead of Venice and Toronto are gathering pace. Content Media has acquired international sales rights to Dennis Hauck's neo-noir detective thriller Too Late, starring John Hawkes (Everest), Crystal Reed (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Dichen Lachman (Neighbors), Natalie Zea (The Following), Jeff Fahey (The Lawnmower Man) and Robert Forster (Jackie Brown). Described as being in the vein of Pulp Fiction and Short Cuts, Too Late is set in L.A. and unfolds in non-linear… »
John Hawkes stars alongside Crystal Reed, Dichen Lachman, Natalie Zea, Jeff Fahey and Robert Forster in the non-linear story in the vein of Pulp Fiction, Short Cuts and Memento about a private eye on a perilous missing persons case.
Too Late premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier in the summer.
“Too Late is a cinephile gold dream, with stunning 35mm cinematography, white hot dialogue and a masterful performance from Academy Award nominee John Hawkes,” said Content’s president of film Jamie Carmichael.
“Add to that the smoky clubs, glamorous mansions, scenic vistas and retro-cool drive-in theatres that make Los Angeles iconic and you have a unique, ultra-hip noir thriller to die for.”
Content Media’s sales »
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