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Beasts have always provided fantastic source material for horror filmmakers across the ages, whether from the mythical world or the natural. To celebrate the release of Into the Grizzly Maze last week we take a look back at some the biggest, baddest beasts on film…
Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton, Into the Grizzly Maze tells the story of a sheriff (Jane), thrown into turmoil when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc in a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother (Marsden) he enters the labyrinthine Grizzly Maze to track down his missing wife, before the bear does. As the body count mounts, things are only further complicated when an infamous bear hunter (Thornton) enters the fray, determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life…
- Phil Wheat
Last year, Alexandre Desplat finally won an Oscar on his 8th nomination in just 9 years (for "The Grand Budapest Hotel," though he was competing against himself for "The Imitation Game"). He could easily find himself nominated again for either "Suffragette" or "The Danish Girl" (or both), though it seems likely his primary competition will be a man who has an even bigger losing streak than Desplat had going into last year: Thomas Newman. Since receiving two nominations his first time out in 1995 (for "Little Women" and "The Shawshank Redemption), Newman has totaled 12 overall -- losing every time. Is this his year? Perhaps if Steven Spielberg or James Bond have anything to say about it. Newman has scored both "Bridge of Spies" and "Spectre." Is this time? We won't know until we see those films, but for now it's safe to say it's a strong possibility on paper. Best Original Score predictions below. »
- Peter Knegt
A few good-to-great movies have been adapted from Stephen King's novels: Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining" (sorry, Stephen), Brian De Palma's "Carrie," Rob Reiner's "Misery," and Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption" and "The Mist," to name a few examples. And then there have been some...not so great ones. My advice? A) Leave the good adaptations alone; B) Give the bad ones the stellar remakes they deserve. As remakes of "It," "Pet Sematary" and "The Stand" -- all of which weren't exactly top-shelf the first time around -- ramp up for new cinematic versions, here are six other King adaptations I'd like to see the powers-that-be take another swing at. »
- Chris Eggertsen
When Shaun decides to take the day off and have some fun, he gets a little more action than he bargained for. A mix up with The Farmer, a caravan, and a very steep hill lead them all to the Big City and it’s up to Shaun and the flock to return everyone safely to Mossy Bottom Farm.
Shaun The Sheep Movie powers through visual puns, sight gags and rollicking plot twists to arrive at a hard-won realization: there’s no place like home.
As there is no dialogue from any of the characters, the music plays such an important role in the movie. That’s where the fantastic, colorful score from composer Ilan Eshkeri comes in.
Complete with the Shaun the Sheep theme, lively cues, and songs, including the award-friendly “Feels Like Summer” song, Eshkeri score is a wonderful soundtrack for a very funny film.
Eshkeri’s recent film work includes Still Alice, »
- Michelle McCue
Leave it to the Brits to compile a list of the best American films of all-time. BBC Culture has published a list of what it calls "The 100 Greatest American Films", as selected by 62 international film critics in order to "get a global perspective on American film." As BBC Culture notes, the critics polled represent a combination of broadcasters, book authors and reviewers at various newspapers and magazines across the world. As for what makes an American filmc "Any movie that received funding from a U.S. source," BBC Culture's publication states, which is to say the terminology was quite loose, but the list contains a majority of the staples you'd expect to see. Citizen Kane -- what elsec -- comes in at #1, and in typical fashion The Godfather follows at #2. Vertigo, which in 2012 topped Sight & Sound's list of the greatest films of all-time, comes in at #3 on BBC Culture's list. »
- Jordan Benesh
Read More: IFC Midnight Acquires Tribeca Fest Thriller 'Replicas' Starring Selma BlairBrad Coley's ("The Undeserved") second feature film tells a multigenerational saga through the eyes of Clair, (Rachel Miner) a 33-year-old New Yorker who decides to return to her childhood home in New England for the first time since fleeing after the mysterious death of her mother. As she reencounters locals and her family's murky history, Clair realizes that secrecy pervades her small town, mostly through Cyrus Gast (William Sadler), a local bigwig whose revitalization plans for the town are not what they seem to be. Watch in the clip above as Clair confronts Cryus' son, Frank Byron (Andy Comeau,) and finds that she has more in common with him than she thought. The thriller co-stars Rachel Miner ("Supernatural"), William Sadler ("The Shawshank Redemption"), Chris Sarandon ("The Nightmare Before Christmas") and Andy Comeau »
- Sarah Choi
There are a special collection of films that the masses tend to endlessly gravitate around; films that the collective human race are somehow pre-programmed to re-watch over and over again on a regular basis, for no reason other than: “This… again!”
You know the films. Romantic comedies slapped with slightly suggestive two-word titles like Dirty Dancing and Pretty Woman. Lengthy, hopeful dramas with life-affirming messages such as The Shawshank Redemption. Mainstream flicks with just a hint of edginess, like Fight Club. And, of course… anything that Christopher Nolan turns out.
Not that there’s anything nothing wrong with these particular movies; they’re popular for a reason, and people go back to them time and time again because they offer up a sense of tried and tested goodness – they’re comforting, like your favourite hot meal.
But whereas a lot of very popular motion pictures deserve their good reputations, »
- Sam Hill
Warner Bros. Even though the movie business is a commercially-driven industry, high financial returns aren’t exactly a barometer of quality in an age of sequels, remakes, reboots and franchises. For example, the Transformers and Twilight franchises have each earned well over $3bn at the box office despite generally being awful, while at the other end of the spectrum several all-time classics such as It’s A Wonderful Life, The Shawshank Redemption and Blade Runner were considered box office bombs when they were first released, but are now regarded as some of the greatest movies ever made.
With that in mind, this article will take a look at ten notorious box office bombs that are actually pretty good movies in their own right, although admittedly none of them are anywhere near on a par with the aforementioned classics. Despite the fact that many of these movies have some pretty major shortcomings, »
- Scott Campbell
India’s Viacom 18 is to launch two new English general entertainment channels, Colors Infinity and Colors Infinity HD. The network has signed multiyear deals with Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, NBC Universal, Sony Pictures Television, Twentieth Century Fox, Lionsgate, MGM, BBC and Endemol Shine to secure content.
No shows have been announced yet, but the network says there will be a gamut of genres including reality, drama, superheroes, comedy, fantasy, crime, and thrillers. The channels will be co-curated by actor, producer, writer, director and talk show host Karan Johar and actress Alia Bhatt. The channels will be available on Dth and cable platforms.
“The [English-language] market is widening its appeal across viewers who think and speak in English, but haven’t been invited to consume international entertainment yet. Colors Infinity aims to speak to this larger audience, which goes beyond the metros,” said Sudhanshu Vats, Group CEO, Viacom18.
Viacom 18, a joint venture between U. »
- Naman Ramachandran
When people are asked what Best Picture Oscar races resulted in the wrong film winning over another, two in the past twenty years immediately come to mind. The first was in 1999 when "Shakespeare in Love" beat "Saving Private Ryan" for the gong.
The second and arguably more incredulous though was 2006 when Paul Haggis' racial drama "Crash" beat out Ang Lee's "Brokeback Mountain" for the honor. On the tenth anniversary of the film's release, Lee and producer James Schamus talked to Variety about the making of the film and Schamus explained how he thinks the loss simply came down to the Academy playing it safe:
"You could sense the lack of excitement in Hollywood after the 847th trophy was picked up, and I could tell that a lot of folks felt there was a safe political narrative (with 'Crash'). The day the Oscar ballots closed, I gathered everyone at the »
- Garth Franklin
Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. With over 800 movies released theatrically, there’s plenty to digest. As we reach the halfway point of the year, we decided to publish a list of our favourite movies thus far, in hopes that our readers can catch up on some of the films they might have missed out on. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2015 to date, a list that ranges from independent horror films to documentary to foreign films and so much more. Here’s is part two of our three part list.
Eccentrically layered yet simple in plot, the Swedish adaptation of Jonas Jonasson’s novel does a fine job in balancing satire with tenderness. Telling the story of Allan Karlsson (Robert Gustafsson), a 100-year-old explosive enthusiast »
Not even a movie as bad as X-Men Origins: Wolverine could tarnish fans love for Marvel Comic’s Deadpool, and the fact that only Ryan Reynolds could bring the wonderfully irreverent Merc with a Mouth. After an insanely long time in Development Hell, production finally began in March, and Reynolds has been keeping us up to speed, through the medium of Twitter, on the production. Now, filming has come to an end, and Reynolds has again marked the occasion, this time with a great callback to The Shawshank Redemption. #Deadpool has been a privilege to make. And we got to make this film because of you. Gonna eat a samich now. #wrapped pic.twitter.com/AMW68HD2BI — Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) May 29, 2015 With director Tim Miller working from a script by Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, Deadpool hits cinemas February 12th 2016. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Stephen King has been quoted as saying, “Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” And he should know: the prolific author has had no less than 50 of his novels, novellas and short stories adapted into films, miniseries and TV shows over the last four decades. Among those are "The Shining" (celebrating its 35th anniversary this year) and "It," the remake of which just lost director Cary Fukunaga. So just what did he think of all these adaptations? King famously despised Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining," which in a 2009 Writer's Digest interview he claimed was the only adaptation of his work he could "remember hating." But that's just the most well-known example. What, pray tell, were his feelings on "Cujo"? "Firestarter"? "The Shawshank Redemption"? "The Mangler" even? After combing through the internet, I've tracked down King's quoted opinions on more than 20 of his feature-film adaptations, »
- Chris Eggertsen
With Harrison Ford back as Rick Deckard, Denis Villeneuve in the director's chair, and Ryan Gosling eyeing a key role, the Blade Runner sequel was already in good hands, but now fans have another big reason to get excited, as it was recently announced that cinematographer Roger Deakins joined the film's crew:
Press Release (via The Playlist) -- "Los Angeles, CA, May, 20, 2015 – Twelve-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer Roger Deakins will join director Denis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Incendies) on Alcon Entertainment’s sequel to Blade Runner, it was announced by Alcon co-founders and co-ceo’s Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22 reteams with Villeneuve on what will be their third feature collaboration, havingpreviously worked together on Alcon’s Prisoners, starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal as well as Villeneuve’s upcoming film Sicario, a drug-trafficking drama starring Emily Blunt, »
- Derek Anderson
Over at the Cannes Film Festival, the buzz seems to change each and every single day to the fancy new toy, or in this case…movie. Recently, the big exciting debut was Sicario, which got some of the fest’s best reviews a day or two ago. Chief among the praise was the cinematography of Roger Deakins, a legend in his field. He’s my choice for the best Director of Photography in the business right now, and one of the most overdue people in the industry in terms of not having an Oscar on his mantle. Could Sicario give him his first Academy Award win? When I ran down my picks for the best cinematographers right now in Hollywood, I made Deakins my number one pick. This is what I had to say: “My pick for the best in the business right now, Deakins is the most overdue cinematographer ever, »
- Joey Magidson
Denis Villeneuve to direct sci-fi sequel.
Deakins, who will be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival tomorrow (May 22) reteams with Villeneuve.
Deakins received his latest Oscar nomination this year for his work on Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. He was previously nominated for Joel and Ethan Coen’s Fargo, The Man Who Wasn’t There, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, No Country for Old Men and True Grit; Frank Darabont’s The Shawshank Redemption; Martin Scorsese’s Kundun; Andrew Dominik’s The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford; Stephen Daldry’s The Reader, which he shared with Chris Menges; and, more recently, Prisoners and Sam Mendes’ Skyfall.
Film is scheduled »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Ridley Scott may be stepping away from the director's chair for the long-gestating Blade Runner 2, but another filmmaking legend will be getting behind the camera, at least. Cinematographer. Roger Deakins, the director of photography who has been nominated for a total of 12 Oscars - yet inexplicably has yet to be awarded one by the Academy - has been tapped to reteam with his Prisoners collaborator Denis Villeneuve, the latter of whom has taken on directorial duties for Blade Runner 2.
While Deakins was not part of the 1982 original cult classic that featured Scott loosely adapting Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? into a hypnotically noirish mood piece, the cinematographer has a long career that includes many genre films. Most recently, he was the director of photography on Skyfall, but his career also includes such unforgettable work as No Country For Old Men, »
While we know next to nothing about the plot for the upcoming Blade Runner sequel, we do know that at the very least, it's going to look gorgeous, as renowned cinematographer Roger Deakins has joined the team. Come inside to learn more.
Blade Runner 2 is moving full steam ahead. Just a couple months ago it was announced Denis Villenueve had been hired on to direct the sequel, with Harrison Ford set to return, and it looks like they're starting to build up the rest of the necessary behind the scenes crew to get production moving. Announced at Cannes, Roger Deakins, the cinematographer behind Prisoners, Skyfall, Fargo, and Many others has been hired on as the Dop for the new movie. Deakins has worked with Villenueve on his last two movies, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise.
The original Blade Runner is still a visually striking movie, and »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jordan Maison)
The celebrated cinematographer will work with director Denis Villeneuve on the follow-up to the 1982 sci-fi movie.
In recognition of his achievements in film, Deakins is to be presented with the Pierre Angénieux Excellens in Cinematography Award at the Cannes Film Festival on May 22.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) May 20, 2015
As if we weren’t already excited enough about Blade Runner 2, today brings word that cinematographer Roger Deakins has signed on to shoot the long-awaited sci-fi sequel, reteaming with director Denis Villeneuve after two extremely fruitful collaborations on Prisoners and Sicario.
The 12-time Oscar-nominated lenser is without a doubt the best in the business. Over the years, he’s teamed with everyone from Frank Darabont (The Shawshank Redemption) to Stephen Daldry (The Reader). A frequent collaborator of the Coen Brothers and Sam Mendes, Deakins has excelled in every genre he’s ever attempted, never failing to create atmospheric, fully realized worlds for filmmakers to explore.
He’s certainly not best known for futuristic dystopias, having shot just two films – In Time and Nineteen Eighty-Four – that can be considered sci-fi, but it’s going to be absolutely thrilling to see how Deakins recreates the world of Blade Runner (previously lensed by »
- Isaac Feldberg
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