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Another film heading to next week's American Film Market is Jennifer Blanc-Biehn's sophomore directorial effort, The Girl, and today we have a look at its first teaser video. Take a peek, and expect more soon!
Executive producer and investor Lony Ruhmann again collaborates with Blanc/Biehn Productions on The Girl, which stars Evie Louise Thompson (The Call) in the title role, Michael Biehn (Terminator), Tia Carrere (True Lies, "In Plain Sight"), Dana Daurey (Among Friends), Nick Nicholson (Hidden in the Woods), Raven Carrell, Grace Powell, Jenise Blanc, Lorraine Ziff (Among Friends), Tanya Newobould (Among Friends), Hallie Jordan (To the Bridge), and introducing Tristan DeVan as Tommy.
Music composition is being handled by Randy Chance, and the director of photography is Steve Romano. The production team under Blanc/Biehn Productions and executive producer Ruhmann includes Mark Burnham, Kate Rees Davies, Tony Sneggoff, Hallie Jordan, Jenise Blanc, and Larry Wade Carrell. »
- Debi Moore
As we come up on the 35th Anniversary of John Carpenter's seminal classic Halloween, Vimeo user Billy J. Kirkus has yet another gem on tap from the film... the very first take of the seminal film's opening scene in which Michael kills Judith.
“This is the first take of the opening to Halloween,” explains Kirkus. "This was the first time they tried shooting it, without the cuts that they did in take number 2. They only shot this whole scene twice. Notice all of the blue in the picture… completely toned down for the recent release of the movie on Blu-ray.
Kirkus also urges readers to contact Trancas Films and let them know you want to see the rest of the unseen Halloween footage.
“I was amazed that we got that shot in just a few takes, two to be exact” said Carpenter in Jamie Lee Curtis: Scream Queen by Jim Grove. »
- Uncle Creepy
Lots of stuff can you qualify to be a potential gay icon. Are you a funny lady? A kickass songwriter who has officiated at gay weddings? An astounding actor who never messes up? These are traditional conduits for gay iconography, if the posters in my living room are any indication.
Today — in honor of Halloween week — I’m nominating one of the great icons of All Hallow’s Eve, the onetime scream queen and all-the-time fantastic-looking Jamie Lee Curtis. Why? While I’ve loved many of her films and enjoy reading her on the Huffington Post, my main reason is pretty simple: I think she’s cool as hell. Her interviews are always frank and sincere, she’s extremely charitable, she writes children’s books that are actually great, and you can’t compare her to anyone else. In that way she’s like Cher or Kathy Griffin, but unassuming in her casual honesty. »
- Louis Virtel
Director: John Carpenter. Review: Adam Wing. There's not a lot you can say about John Carpenter's Halloween that hasn't already been said, bar this; Halloween 35th Anniversary is available in a limited edition collector's steelbook and brand new high definition transfer. Anchor Bay has just released the definitive slasher movie on Blu-Ray for the first time in the U.K. Starring Jamie Lee Curtis (True Lies) and Donald Pleasence (Escape from New York), Halloween comes with an all new audio commentary with Carpenter and Curtis, a 59 minute documentary featuring Jamie Lee, a retrospective look 'On Location: 25 Years Later', trailers, TV spots and the extra scenes filmed for the TV edition of the movie. We all know the story. On Halloween night, 15 years ago, 6 year old Michael Myers brutally killed his older sister and was incarcerated in the Smith's Grove Sanatorium under the care of psychiatrist Sam Loomis. The »
Escape Plan, 2013.
Directed by Mikael Håfström.
When a structural-security authority finds himself set up and incarcerated in the world's most secret and secure prison, he has to use his skills to escape with help from the inside.
Rewind about 20 years ago. Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger were The go-to stars for pure action movies, with perhaps only Bruce Willis in the same league for the production of adrenalin-fueled macho cinema. Cliffhanger, True Lies, Assassins, Demolition Man, Last Action Hero, The Specialist; you always knew what you were getting when either of these two names were splashed over the movie poster, even if the quality of output had its highs and lows to say the least.
Although they may have owned a restaurant chain together, the chances of seeing these »
- Gary Collinson
Review Caroline Preece 21 Oct 2013 - 12:15
The Vampire Diaries raids the big book of soap opera clichés this week. Here's Caroline's review...
This review contains spoilers.
5.3 Original Sin
Before I could get on and enjoy this flashback-heavy info-dump hour of Vampire Diaries, I had to get over that brazen betrayal from whoever put together that promo. Stefan is indeed out of his watery grave, but Ripper Stefan is still buried deep within. He's damp and hungry, but his humanity switch remains turned on. Not only is this disappointing, it's annoying, and what they've decided to do with the character instead is downright horrifying. Amnesia, really? And in the same fortnight as Beauty and the Beast did it, too.
So Stefan has gone pretty nuts during his summer holiday in the quarry, but he still remembers enough of himself to stop completely chowing down on the unsuspecting barmaid. Meanwhile, Elena and »
Avatar 2 has been in the pipeline for a while now but there has been little to no news concerning the first sequel to 2009's mega-blockbuster. Earlier this year, Zoe Saldana announced that Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 would film back to back with shooting beginning early 2014. However, it seems that this information may be incorrect. In an interview with an Australian radio station, Sam Worthington revealed that filming will in fact begin in October of 2014.
When asked when filming would commence, Worthington said that he "expects for [Avatar 2] to start shooting in October 2014. Rumours are running wild concerning Avatar 2 with Arnold Schwarzenegger supposedly attached to reunite with The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and True Lies director James Cameron as the villain of the piece.
In addition to the news that production will commence next year, there seems to be confirmation that Avatar 2, 3 and 4 will shoot back to »
- Gary Collinson
★★★☆☆ Once fierce box office rivals, the Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger are looking as stacked as ever as they team up for their second film in as many years, Mikael Håfström's Escape Plan (2013). A retro-actioner of the same build as their eighties hits, this is a chance to relive the naff put-downs, demented plotting and low grade comedy-thrills which dominated the scene back then. Although it cannot hold a dumbbell to the memorialised camp of Rambo and Predator, it is a welcome rejoinder to the career-ending catastrophe that could have been The Expendables. For these two, the plot is appropriately ridiculous.
Stallone plays Ray Breslin, a man whose job it is to escape from prisons. His prowess is such that he is approached with an off-the-books assignment to test a new private facility housing the world's most dangerous criminals. Once there, he is double-crossed and forced to link up with fellow inmate, »
- CineVue UK
One Halloween during the mid-'90s, an unlikely trio found themselves trick-or-treating together in Georgetown: Tom Hanks, Sean Penn and Arnold Schwarzenegger. "[We] were in Washington, D.C., on Halloween," Hanks recounted in a BAFTA interview on Saturday. "And it just so happened Arnold Schwarzenegger was in town doing True Lies ... so me and my kids, Sean and Robin [Wright] and their kids, and Arnold and his kids went out trick-or-treating together, in Georgetown. If anyone was to come out of their house to see who's on the sidewalk, they're going to win the celebrity
- Erik Hayden
Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger would really like it to be the 1980s, or at the very least, the 90s. For Stallone, he had Tango & Cash, Cliffhanger, and Demolition Man. For Schwarzenegger, he had Total Recall, Terminator 2, and True Lies. Over the past several years, they've tried to rejuvenate their careers by giving the fans the team-up films they didn't get 20-30 years ago. Their past outings with The Expendables movies have been straight fan service with Schwarzenegger spouting lines like "I'm back!" Escape Plan is their first real movie together, and while it's a nice evolution for Schwarzenegger, the movie is caught between playing it straight and acknowledging the goofiness of its premise. It eventually breaks free to embrace its B-movie personality, but it has a hard time getting there. Ray Breslin (Stallone) is a consultant who breaks out of prisons in order to expose their weaknesses. When the »
- Matt Goldberg
Oh how I love The Vampire Diaries Rehashes. Snarky and full of things that viewers would, and often do, yell at the screen, as well as tweet to their friends. It’s a great way to refresh ourselves as to what’s going on with Our Gang before the new episode tonight, and before watching the clips below.
Clip: The Vampire Diaries – Saved Me
Ahh, the clouds of Stefan-confusion clear…
The Vampire Diaries, starring Nina Dobrev, Ian Somerhalder, Paul Wesley, Candice Accola, Kat Graham, Zach Roerig, Joseph Morgan, and Claire Holt, airs its season premiere on Thursday, October 3 (tonight!) at 8/7c on The CW. »
- Erin Willard
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 17 Oct 2013 - 06:29
Here are 25 more great, unsung films - this time, from the year 1994...
Yes, 1994. The year cinemas were dominated by such whimsical wonders as The Lion King, Forrest Gump, The Mask and, erm, True Lies. It was also the year Gump dominated the Academy Awards, and Four Weddings And A Funeral loomed large at the Baftas.
As ever, there was so much more to the year's cinematic landscape than Tom Hanks' park bench ramblings or Hugh Grant mithering from beneath his gorgously crafted hair. To prove it, here's a list of 25 films that, in our estimation, are among its most underappreciated. There's much horror, drama, tears and laughter, plus a couple of classic documentaries, too.
The 54-year-old actor said that Schwarzenegger has a tremendous sex drive and a lot of female companions to keep him happy, the Daily Star reported.
Tom asserted that the 'Terminator' star had told him once that he has sex five times a day and it is all part of his fitness routine.
Tom added that Schwarzenegger, who split from his wife Maria Shriver after it was revealed that he had fathered a love-child with his maid, also keeps underwear-clad. »
- Amith Ostwal
There are great Halloween movies, but then there is Halloween. John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher movie, about an escaped lunatic wearing a white William Shatner mask and wrecking havoc on a small town, had a terrifying villain, a spine-tingling score, and the perfect young heroine. Jamie Lee Curtis was only 19 years old when she starred as Laurie Strode, the wholesome babysitter who becomes the target of Michael Myers’ sister obsession. It was an iconic genre role — not unlike the one her mother, Janet Leigh, played in Psycho — and she spent the next few years being chased and screaming in movies like The Fog and Prom Night. »
- Jeff Labrecque
We saw The Other Side. We witnessed Jeremy tussle with Silas. And we met Dr. Wes Maxfield.
Can we trust him? What about that Jesse guy? And what's the deal with these Travels?!? TV Fanatic staff members Matt Richenthal, Miranda Wicker and Leigh Raines are here to debate these questions and many more in the latest edition of The Vampire Diaries Round Table, "True Lies" edition. Gather around!
What was your favorite scene from the episode?
Matt: Gotta be Caroline walking in on Damon and Elena during their misguided Fifty Shades of Grey impressions and making it clear: they need to make some rules for when boyfriends visit.
Miranda: It's a toss-up between the Jeremy and Silas' scene and Katherine versus the sinus infection. Jer's kind of a bad ass now that he's a hunter. He works out, you guys! Katherine's line about being defeated by a sinus infection »
- email@example.com (TV Fanatic Staff)
Review Caroline Preece 14 Oct 2013 - 07:01
The Vampire Diaries' college plot is working well, but who else wants a return to the days when this show actually killed characters off?
This review contains spoilers.
5.2 True Lies
It’s looking like we’re finally over the Stefan-in-a-box phase of season five, and now we can get to whatever phase comes with two evil Paul Wesleys and two nice Nina Dobrevs occupying Mystic Falls. The end of the episode saw Elena and Damon, before they could even properly look for Stefan, discover his box in the woods occupied by an unfortunate deputy. Yay! Ripper Stefan is so much better than normal Stefan, and now Elena’s in no position to beg for his redemption, given that she’s sleeping with his brother and is probably the reason he’s given up anyway. We might get more than a couple of weeks of evil Stefan goodness. »
Written by Brian Young
Directed by Joshua Butler
Airs Thursdays at 8pm (Et) on The CW
Last week’s premiere of The Vampire Diaries had the burden of recalibrating the show to numerous changes, including the departure of the Original family, the shift of Elena and Caroline to college, Bonnie’s transition to the land of the dead, and the proper introduction of new antagonist Silas. With all of that out of the way, however, the season’s second episode promised to be a better indicator of whether the show would still be able to deliver on the thrills it is known for. Fortunately, despite feeling a little light, this week’s episode delivers on that front, throwing in some development for an underserved character as well.
It is good to see a further exploration of Bonnie’s emotional state following her death, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Ex marks the spot for Elena Gilbert at the moment.
Yes, she's happily in love with Damon, as she made clear toward the end of this week's "True Lies," but she also can't stop thinking about Stefan.
And it's clear, based on the following clip, that Elena's subconscious somehow remains tied to this second Salvatore brother, who is now free from his safe and ready to feed like The Ripper once again. Watch a sneak peek at Thursday's "Original Sin" now:
The Vampire Diaries Clip: Dreaming of Stefan
Elsewhere on this Vampire Diaries Season 5 installment, look for Janina Gavankar to guest star as Tessa, a mysterious woman from Stefan's past, and for Silas to reveal the reason why he's after Katherine.
We can't wait. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
The Vampire Diaries Episode 502
Written By: Brian Young
Directed By: Joshua Butler
Original Airdate: 10 October 2013
In This Episode...
Katherine flags down a car for help. The woman is one of Silas’ mind control zombies, and she tries to grab her. Katherine knocks her out but is surprised at how much it hurts to do that as a human. Then Matt happens along with a rifle. He and Jeremy tie up Katherine and drive out of town. When they stop for gas, Jeremy takes pity on her and unties her so she can go to the bathroom. Matt goes inside to buy some medicine for Katherine’s sinus infection, and the clerk recognizes her through the window. Katherine tries to run but Jeremy catches her while Matt neutralizes the clerk. The three of them continue out of town, but the clerk sends a text to Silas.
In an effort »
- Alyse Wax
Yeah. So much for that fun freshman year, Elena.
Unless you consider it fun to tie up a nearly naked Damon Salvatore (wait for it...), force him to drink Vervain, stab yourself in the leg to get an omnipotent, ancient witch out of your head and then temporarily drop out of school to find your lost brother.
Because if that's the case, "True Lies" was an utter blast for this first-year college student!
In actuality, of course, no one had a very good time this week on The Vampire Diaries: Silas didn't get what he wanted; Matt died for the first time; Caroline was dissed by Tyler; and Katherine suffered a sinus infection. Let's break it all down, shall we?
- email@example.com (Matt Richenthal)
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