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In 2007, a YouTube video featuring a horde of Filipino inmates who perform a well-choreographed version of Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' music video became one of the year's biggest viral hits. It has scored more than 50 million views to date and has received extensive news coverage. Almost six years after that video, its incarcerated stars are making their big screen debut in Dance of the Steel Bars, a film loosely based on their proclivity for dance. Dance of the Steel Bars is actually a fictional movie about a wrongly imprisoned American and the bond he forms with a fellow inmate based around their shared love of dancing. I'm thinking it's somewhere between The Shawshank Redemption and Step Up. Director Cesar Apolinario shot the film at the Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center, home of the dancing inmates. "This film talks about redemption, about brotherhood," he said. "I did not »
- Sam Gutelle
Trevor Hogg chats with Primetime Emmy-winner Everett Burrell about his career, the visual effects industry and working for Look Effects...
Ray Harryhausen and Everett Burrell“Growing up my dad was a musician and my mom was artist,” recalls Everett Burrell who drew and painted as a child. “My little kids draw and paint now, and they’re only three and two. It’s in the blood.” A fascination with special effects wizard Ray Harryhausen (Clash of the Titans) expanded into a business venture with John Vulich (Lost Boys). “I was into creature effects and props when I was younger. I had a company called Optic Nerve Studios where I did zombies and creatures. I started playing with the computer in 1989 and I’ve loved it ever since. I loved the control and flexibility but I still respect effects. My heart is in the hands on stuff.” The interest in the »
As all lovers of crime, suspense thriller, war, western, horror and science fiction films know, creating a truly great cinematic villain is no easy task. When it happens, it’s virtually impossible to forget that character.
We’ll now take a look at the greatest film villains of the 1980’s.
The criteria for this article is the same as my previous article Cinema’s Greatest Villains: The 1970’s: the villains must be from live-action films-no animated features-and must pose some type of direct or indirect lethal threat. The villains can be either individuals or small groups that act as one unit.
The villains must be human or human in appearance, so no shape-shifting alien from John Carpenter’s amazing 1982 The Thing, no Aliens from James Cameron’s classic 1986 sequel and no Predator from John McTiernan’s beloved 1987 film of the same name.
Also, individuals that are the central protagonists/antiheroes »
- Terek Puckett
Do we really need a third Human Centipede film? Thinking along those lines, did we even need the first one? Regardless of how deplorable the subject matter is for this franchise, someone somewhere must enjoy them. One of those people is probably Eric Roberts, who has just signed on to star in The Human Centipede III: Final Sequence.
Not a lot has been revealed about his role. On the film’s IMDb page his character name is listed as Governor. Whether or not that’s an actual Governor or a The Walking Dead-type narcissistic nickname remains to be seen. Three other additions joining Roberts are Tommy Lister, who made appearances in The Fifth Element and Friday; Robert Lasardo from Death Race and former porn star Bree Olson.
Chatter surrounding Roberts is directed at his occasional work in films that aren’t straight to video. He has appeared in The Dark Knight »
- Gem Seddon
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, World's Finest, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Avengers 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Iron Man 3, Runaways, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Daredevil, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Fantastic Four, Arrow, Teen Titans Go!, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Marvel's Avengers Assemble, Wolverine: Origin and more...
As you'd expect with just three weeks to go to its release, Warner Bros.' publicity department ramped up the marketing for Man of Steel this past week. Pick of the promotional goodies was a brand new fourth trailer, which saw a heavy focus on the epic action set to be unleashed in Zack Snyder's hotly-anticipated reboot when General Zod (Michael Shannon) and Faora (Antje Traue »
- Flickering Myth
Picnic Cinema | Selected III | The Stone Roses: Made Of Stone + Q&A | Tyneside Cinema Anniversary
Picnic Cinema, Keswick & various venues
As the name suggests, this new initiative is aimed at those prepared to go a little further for their outdoor movie experience – outside the city centre, even. This Saturday, it's a secluded meadow in the Lake District's spectacular Whinlatter Forest, where intrepid fans can bring a picnic (and camping chairs and other appropriate outdoor gear) and watch Danny Boyle's student flatshare classic Shallow Grave. If that's not hardcore enough, though, hold out for Picnic Cinema's campover screenings in atmospheric spots across the north of England over the summer months, including 28 Days Later in Grizedale Forest, and Bram Stoker's Dracula at the "haunted" Muncaster Castle.
Various venues, Sat to 24 Aug
Selected III, Nottingham, Brighton, Newcastle upon Tyne, Glasgow, Liverpool & London
It's never easy to keep abreast of artists working in film, »
- Steve Rose
Update: Following a record sell-out of the first 8 dates, Secret Cinema and Laura Marling announce an additional 8 performances in from June 22nd until June 30th.
Thn are excited to bring you the news that Secret Cinema, the pioneers of Live Cinema, will bring to life Laura Marling’s latest album for 8 nights in a secret location in London and it’s due to feature a full live performance by Laura. They’ve pioneered the immersive cinema experience and so now they’ve taking on live music to create an immersive music adventure where the album is brought to life across entire buildings. This is the beginning of their Secret Music concept that will launch at the end of 2013.
- Dan Bullock
Fargo, True Grit, The Shawshank Redemption, A Beautiful Mind, Skyfall. What do these movies have in common? The brilliance of cinematographer Roger Deakins. Today is Mr. Deakins' 64th birthday, so to celebrate his brilliance and influence on our favorite movies, The Film Stage has shared an in depth conversations Deakins had back in 2012 regarding Skyfall. Now, it needs to be said that Roger Deakins has been robbed of winning a well-deserved Academy Award ten times. 10. After working »
- Alex Maidy
It starts out with a joke stolen from The Shawshank Redemption, which runs directly into an action bit stolen from The Fugitive. Bizarrely, The Hangover Part III goes on to not steal again -- from Dude, Where’s My Car? -- the one clever conceit that made the franchise’s reputation, not to mention its name: there’s no hangover here, no mystery to be solved about the previous evening’s intoxicating adventures. It’s an odd choice for director Todd Phillips and his coscreenwriter, Craig Mazin (Identity Thief), as if they’d learned after the appalling Part II (which Mazin also cowrote) that they never should have made a sequel, so they decided that for Part III, which they also should not have made, they wouldn’t even bother to make a Hangover movie at all. Which must have seemed like a good idea at the time. Even though it’s like saying, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Review Simon Brew 22 May 2013 - 06:13
In their defence, at least they sort-of listened. The major criticism of the generally pretty terrible The Hangover Part II was that it was effectively a retread of the first film, just in a different location. The pieces of the puzzle were still pretty much the same, familiarity was at the core of what jokes it could muster, and the box office tills rang loudly.
For this third, and we're told final, outing writers Craig Mazin and Todd Phillips have come up with something else for The Wolfpack - Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis and a bit of Justin Bartha - and they have a new mission as a result. No longer does the film start with a messed »
We told you a couple of months ago that the MPAA had branded the upcoming cinéma vérité effort Lucky Bastard with the dreaded Nc-17 rating, but the show must go on, right? Check out some new video goodies and the latest one-sheet right here!
From the Press Release
Vineyard Haven, LLC, has announced the April 5, 2013, Los Angeles theatrical release of Lucky Bastard, a “found footage” thriller taking place behind the scenes of a porn website. The film is rated Nc-17 by the Motion Picture Association of America for explicit sexual content.
Lucky Bastard is the directorial debut for Robert Nathan (Law & Order), the Peabody-winning, Emmy-nominated veteran writer. The film stars Don McManus (The Shawshank Redemption) as the proprietor of a website that invites fans to have sex with porn stars. Jay Paulson ("Mad Men") plays Dave, an eager young fan given a chance to have sex with the fabulous Ashley Saint, »
- Uncle Creepy
For me, the Best Supporting Actor category is the most difficult category to predict this far out from the actual nominations. This is not atypical either as this category is annually, almost without fail, the toughest to foresee. The reasons for my particularly foggy clairvoyant skills on this specific matter are two-fold.
First, given the types of movies being made in this day and age, the abundance of choice supporting roles with potentially Oscar-worthy prospects is just ridiculous. They’re as plentiful as water in the ocean, and this plethora of promising performers, while a boon for fans of cinema, is a nightmare for an Oscar protagonist such as myself trying to pull off the illusion that I retain some unique insight into these awards that your regular laymen could never hope to attain.
This year’s crop of potential players makes this job an especially Herculean effort because they include so many recognizable names. »
- Christopher Lominac
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Man of Steel, Justice League, Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Wolverine, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man, Arrow, Booster Gold, Wonder Woman, Teen Titans Go!, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Avengers Assemble, Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H., Ultimate Spider-Man, The Incredibles 2 and more...
Seeing as Marvel has pretty much dominated the headlines these past few weeks (well, months actually), we'll start things off this week with the year's next superhero offering Man of Steel. With less than a month to go until its eagerly-anticipated release a full-on marketing blitz is imminent, and this past week saw Warner Bros. debuting three new posters, two TV spots, two new »
- Flickering Myth
Myriad Pictures announced today that Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman ( The Shawshank Redemption , The Dark Knight Rises , Driving Miss Daisy , The Bucket List ) and Academy Award winner Diane Keaton ( Something's Gotta Give , The Big Wedding , "The Godfather" trilogy, Annie Hall ) will star together for the first time in the heartwarming comedy Life Itself . The film will be directed by award-winning director Richard Loncraine ( The Gathering Storm , My One and Only , Firewall , Wimbledon and Richard III ), and is based on the acclaimed novel "Heroic Measures" by Jill Ciment, from a screenplay written by Charlie Peters. In the film, Keaton and Freeman play a long-married New York City couple who find themselves swept into an emotional and »
The Dark Knight returns (in brick form) this month with the release of Tt Animation's direct-to-video feature Lego: Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, and Warner Bros. has sent over a selection of images from the upcoming CG-animated video game adaptation, along with a brand new clip featuring Batman and Robin attempting to infiltrate Arkham...
"Lego Batman: The Movie – DC Super Heroes Unite provides the ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages. The film finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne’s accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President – and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black Lego Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman's technology – forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help. »
- Flickering Myth
Euugh… books. Look at them, all glossy and printed. Now there’s a smug medium if I ever saw one. What are they, exactly? Flappy paper things with symbols inside them – is that supposed to be cool, books? Is it? Huh?
Year and years ago, it’s thought that humans used books for entertainment purposes. But why would you do that when it’s possible to sit down and stare and have a screen tell you a story without having to do any work? Still, a lot of movies are actually based on these book things, believe it or not. Presumably it’s something to do with the fact that books have to be relatively “good” to be published, and that – by the time an adaptation comes around – they’ve already got a built-in fanbase, ready to exploit.
- T.J. Barnard
Robin (Charlie Schlatter) does not heed the advice of Batman (Troy Baker) in a clip from Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, debuting on Blu-ray and DVD May 21 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Watch as Robin realizes he doesn't quite have the gadgetry required to keep up with Batman in this scene from director Jon Burton's animated superhero comedy. In addition, Warner Bros. has provided us with four photos featuring Batman, Superman (Travis Willingham), Bane (Steve Blum), and The Joker (Christopher Corey Smith).
Lego Batman: The Movie DC Superheroes Unite - Infiltrating Arkham
Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite provides the ultimate blend of action and humor guaranteed to entertain fanboys of all ages. The film finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne's accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 2, 2013
Price: DVD $$24.98, Blu-ray $29.99
Studio: Anchor Bay/The Weinstein Company
After the death of her husband, forensic psychiatrist Dr. Cara Harding’s (Mooore) faith in God has been shaken, but not her belief in science. In an attempt to open her up to accepting unexplainable psychiatric theories, her father introduces her to Adam (Meyers), a patient with multiple personalities, who takes on some of the physical characteristics of his other personalities. Cara quickly discovers that Adam’s personalities are murder victims, and the more she finds out about him and his past, the closer she and her loved ones come to becoming murder victims themselves.
Written by Michael Cooney »
Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Iron Man 3, The Avengers 2 (and 3), Thor: The Dark World, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Guardians of the Galaxy, Justice League, Man of Steel, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Wolverine, The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Crow, Arrow, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Superman: Unbound, Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Superheroes Unite, Teen Titans Go!, Robot Chicken DC Comics Special II, Big Hero 6, Avengers Assemble and more...
Marvel's Iron Man 3 continues to dominate at the global box office, with the Shane Black-directed solo sequel having amassed over $800 million by close of play on Friday and is assured of becoming only the third superhero movie to pass $1 billion at the global box office. Having debuted with the second biggest domestic opening of all time, Iron Man 3 is expected to fend off competition »
- Flickering Myth
DC Comics' greatest superheroes and supervillains are set to face off this month as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment teams up with Tt Animation for the direct-to-video feature Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, and we've just been sent over the first clip and images from the animated video game adaptation:
"Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite finds Lex Luthor taking jealousy to new heights when fellow billionaire Bruce Wayne wins the Man of the Year Award. To top Wayne’s accomplishment, Lex begins a campaign for President – and to create the atmosphere for his type of fear-based politics, he recruits the Joker to perfect a Black Lego Destructor Ray. While wreaking havoc on Gotham, Lex successfully destroys Batman's technology – forcing the Caped Crusader to reluctantly turn to Superman for help."
Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite features the definitive voice of Lex Luthor, »
- Flickering Myth
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