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Nearly a decade after “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” pulled off one of the biggest Oscar-night sweeps of all time, it seems almost unthinkable that it could have played out any other way. But in the days leading up to that year’s ceremony, there were whispers around town that Peter Jackson’s trilogy-capping epic couldn’t possibly win best picture, because it was (gasp!) a fantasy film — a genre the Academy had never once seen fit to honor in its 75-year existence.
Fortunately, rules are made to be broken, and 10 years on from that milestone, the Academy’s alleged prejudice against fantasy/sci-fi movies, suspense thrillers and other strands of popular storytelling seems largely a thing of the past. That’s potentially good news for some of this year’s popular prestige entries, including pictures as different as “Prisoners,” “Lone Survivor,” “Captain Phillips” and »
- Justin Chang
When House of Cards became a huge hit back in February, receiving nine Emmy nods (and winning three) at this year’s ceremony, I was one of the few entertainment writers to remain vocally unhappy with the show. I found the first season of Netflix’s political drama to be more plodding than menacing, and I wasn’t a fan of Kevin Spacey’s despicably corrupt Us Representative Frank Underwood. Hopefully, the upcoming second season will yield improvements in writing and some much-needed depth for Spacey’s scheming protagonist.
Today, Netflix unveiled the first teaser for the second season of House of Cards, though fans of the show might be frustrated that all it entails is series star Robin Wright smoking a cigarette for thirty seconds. Still, the teaser does its duty in reminding us that season two is right around the corner.
Check it out below:
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- Isaac Feldberg
Major Spoilers: After more than five seasons, we finally came face to face with Patrick Jane’s phantom menace…
The serial killer who slaughtered Jane’s wife and child…
The villainous mastermind with outwitted and frustrated the brilliant Jane for years …
The powerful leader of a massive conspiracy who has put countless minions under his hypnotic spell; convincing groupies and law enforcement officers alike to kill and die at his whim.
Red John is …
That bumbling sheriff from the show’s second episode … who upon being unmasked this evening, casually chatted with Jane, made one of the dumbest moves in TV villain history, »
- James Hibberd
In space or on the ocean, no one can hear you scream. Comparisons abound between solo adventures "Gravity" and "All Is Lost," but unlike space, the ocean is far from silent. So although J.C. Chandor's remarkable open-water survival thriller (starring a 77-year-old Robert Redford boldly stepping out of his comfort zone) is virtually dialogue-free, the director was totally on board with making the sound design a driving narrative force. That was up to supervising sound editors Steve Boeddeker and Richard Hymns of Skywalker Sound. "Selfishly, I thought this was a great opportunity for sound to play an important role without having to convince the director," admits Boeddeker ("Beasts of the Southern Wild," "Seven"), who also served as the film's sound designer/re-recording mixer. "J.C. said he wanted very little dialogue and almost no music. He wanted to use them as punctuation marks so that the story was told with acting, »
- Bill Desowitz
Joey Dedio is a veteran of film, stage and television. As a youngster, Dedio appeared in After School Specials and on the NBC soap opera Another World; portrayed the title role in the NBC Series “The Karate Kid”; and served as the voice of “Wheeler” on the animated series “Captain Planet and the Planeteers.” As an adult, Dedio has worked as a regular in the serial “Sunset Beach”; guest-starred on such dramas as “Law and Order” and “Chicago Hope”; originated the role of Angel in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway play “Skin”; and appeared in more than 15 films, including the Sundance competition drama Strays. Taking on additional roles, the multitalented Dedio wrote, produced, and starred in Downtown: A Street Tale and produced the award-winning documentary “The Providence Effect.” Dedio plays the title role in Tio Papi, which he co-wrote and produced.
Joey will be in St. Louis to screen Tio Papi as part of The St. »
- Tom Stockman
Red Riding: In The Year of Our Lord 1974 / 1980 / 1983
Written by David Grisoni (from the novels by David Peace)
There’s a much quoted line from David Fincher’s Seven, found in one of many notebooks scribbled by horrific serial killer John Doe, that reads: “Long is the way, and hard, that out of hell leads up to light”. The sentiment and association is very appropriate when musing on the visceral sledgehammer assault on emotions, morality and senses represented by David Peace’s Red Riding series, a sprawling nine year epic of neo-noir, adult fear and a simmering stew of all forms of human evil. Brought to the screen in the form of a condensed movie trilogy (the second novel, 1977, is sacrificed) by the hand of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas writer Tony Grisoni, adaptation does not spell compromise on style or content. »
- Scott Patterson
For everyone else counting down the days until Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest is released next year, the wait has just got a little easier, with Anderson releasing a brilliant new short film, Castello Cavalcanti.
Anderson is of course no stranger to the medium, with his career beginning back in 1994 with the short, Bottle Rocket, which was itself be turned into a feature two years later). The director then made the fantastic Hotel Chevalier, serving as the prologue for The Darjeeling Limited. And now he returns to the format with Castello Cavalcanti, presented by Prada.
Anderson is reuniting here with Jason Schwartzman, with whom he has worked countless times over the years, including on Hotel Chevalier, with Schwartzman then starring as Jack Whitman opposite Natalie Portman, his on-screen girlfriend.
This time around, Schwartzman stars as a Us racecar driver who crashes in a small Italian village in 1955, and he stars opposite Giada Colagrande. »
- Kenji Lloyd
As Bruce Campbell proved to us all last week when he debunked the previous week’s announcement that Army of Darkness 2 was on its way, news of impending horror sequels should probably always be taken with a grain of salt. Countless sequels have been announced over the years, only to drop off the face of the earth shortly thereafter. It’s just the nature of the game, in a fickle business like the movie-making one.
Back in August we took a look at ten of those sequels that we’re still waiting to see, and today I’ve got ten more for ya. They were all planned, they were all announced, but none of them ever actually happened!
28 Months Later
A few months before the 2007 DVD release of 28 Days Later’s sequel 28 Weeks Later, the now defunct company Fox Atomic teased a third film, implying that the future of the »
- John Squires
The reading of film articles can be a both a great pleasure and an educational experience.
With the wealth of film writing available at the touch of a key, it should be pointed out that there are a number of current trends in film article writing that are lowering the overall bar in terms of quality.
Every film writer has his or her own individual style and approach and this article is not a curmudgeonly attempt to stifle anyone’s efforts, but rather an attempt to call out some bad habits.
Here’s a look at six currently widespread counterproductive film writing trends that need to stop. The following is in no order.
1. Underdeveloped lists
This is a simple one. Whether it’s an article on best films in a particular genre or a list of casting suggestions, three or four selections is not enough. “Always leave them wanting more »
- Terek Puckett
Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company have set Samuel L. Jackson to co-star with John Cusack in the apocalyptic thriller Cell, based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Tod “Kip” Williams will direct, with production set to begin in January. Benaroya Pictures is financing.
Samuel L. Jackson most recently co-starred in last year’s Django Unchained and next appears in the upcoming films Oldboy and Robocop as well as Captain America 2: Winter Soldier and The Avengers sequel. He is currently in production on Secret Service.
In Cell, Jackson will play Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who escapes from Boston along with Cusack’s character, Clay Riddell, after a mysterious pulse, transmitted by cell phones, spreads like a virus through the human population.
- Michelle McCue
More casting news for the latest Stephen King adaptation, Cell, has arrived in the form of the always entertaining Samuel L. Jackson. Read on for all the latest details that have just jumped out of the gate.
From the Press Release
Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company announced today they have set Samuel L. Jackson to co-star with John Cusack in the apocalyptic thriller Cell, based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Tod “Kip” Williams will direct, with production set to begin in January. Benaroya Pictures is financing.
Samuel L. Jackson most recently co-starred in last year’s Django Unchained and next appears in the upcoming films Oldboy and Robocop as well as Captain America 2: Winter Soldier and The Avengers sequel. He is currently in production on Secret Service. In Cell, Jackson will play Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who escapes from Boston along with Cusack’s character, »
- Uncle Creepy
A feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell has been in development for quite some time, but it’s expected to begin shooting early next year. John Cusack is already on board to star in the movie and it has just been revealed that Samuel L. Jackson will be joining him.
According to Deadline, “Jackson plays Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who with Cusack’s Clay Riddell character flees from Boston as the world turns mad thanks to the phones.” For those who are unfamiliar with the novel, Stephen King’s Cell was originally published in 2006 and involves a cell signal that turns most of the population into zombies:
“Artist Clayton Riddell had been in Boston negotiating a successful deal to sell his comic book project. His joy at finally hitting it big is shattered by an event called The Pulse which causes all those who were »
- Jonathan James
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a call for entries for Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre, a trailer for Alice D with Kane Hodder, details on a horror-based game show called Release the Hounds, video highlights of The Walking Dead‘s Norman Reedus’s interview with Conan O’Brien, and much more:
Scream Factory’s 2013 Mini-Movie Massacre Call for Entries: “Scream Factory, the premiere horror genre home entertainment provider, announced today the launch of its Mini-movie Massacre horror short film & video contest to be held on Scream Factory’s official YouTube channel Scream Factory TV. The call for entries is now open starting, October 31 through the deadline of November 17.
Presented by Scream Factory, the 2013 Mini-movie Massacre was created to shine the spotlights on some of today’s best independent horror short films and videos, »
- Tamika Jones
Every year, we here at Sound On Sight celebrate the month of October with 31 Days of Horror; and every year, I update the list of my favourite horror films ever made. Last year, I released a list that included 150 picks. This year, I’ll be upgrading the list, making minor alterations, changing the rankings, adding new entries, and possibly removing a few titles. I’ve also decided to publish each post backwards this time for one reason: the new additions appear lower on my list, whereas my top 50 haven’t changed much, except for maybe in ranking. I am including documentaries, short films and mini series, only as special mentions – along with a few features that can qualify as horror, but barely do.
Directed by Benjamin Christensen
Denmark / Sweden, 1922
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Date: Saturday, October 26 Venue: Villa Park Kick-Off: 15:00
Christian Benteke could return this weekend to rescue Aston Villa’s stuttering start to the season.
Aston Villa could welcome Christian Benteke back into their starting lineup against Everton on Saturday after the striker made his return from injury as a substitute against Spurs last weekend.
Centre-back Ciaran Clark is also available after missing that match through illness.
Everton look like being without John Heitinga after the defender sustained soft tissue damage in training.
Steven Pienaar could make his return however after coming off the bench to score against Hull on his comeback from injury last weekend.
This is the most-played fixture in the English top flight. Aston Villa have 72 wins to Everton’s 71 from the previous 196 league meetings.
Villa have only won 10 of their 42 league matches at home since the start of 2011- »
- Joseph Dempsey
With Shiver being released to DVD earlier this month, we had director Julian Richards take part in our latest Q&A feature. Continue reading to learn about his work with Danielle Harris and John Jarratt, filming this project in just 18 days, and much more:
Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. Can you tell our readers how you became involved with Shiver? What attracted you to the story and the project?
Kevin Howarth (who played the villain in two of my previous films The Last Horror Movie and Summer Scars) suggested to writer/producer Robert Weinbach that he approach me to direct Shiver. I sent Robert screeners of my films and the following week he offered me the job.
When I read the script I though it was a real page turner and an opportunity for me to do indulge in my favorite cinematic ingredients; suspense, surprise and »
- Jonathan James
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 24 Oct 2013 - 06:46
Another 25 unsung greats come under the spotlight, as we provide our pick of the underappreciated films of 1995...
The year covered in this week's underrated movie rundown was significant for a number of reasons. It was the year that saw the release of Toy Story - the groundbreaking movie that would cement Pixar's reputation as an animation studio, and set the tempo for CG family movies for the next 18 years and counting. It was the year that saw James Bond (played by Pierce Brosnan for the first time) emerge for GoldenEye after a six-year break. It was also the year of Michael Mann's Heat, Dogme 95, and the moment where Terry Gilliam scored a much-deserved hit with 12 Monkeys.
As ever, we're focusing on a few of the lesser-known films from this particular year, and we've had to think carefully about what's made the cut and what hasn't. »
David Fincher’s eagerly anticipated Gone Girl has found itself a Us release date. Set to hit American cinemas on October 3rd, 2014, his adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s multi-narrator bestseller will be nestled comfortably amongst next year’s Oscar hopefuls.
Starring Rosamund Pike and Ben Affleck, Fincher’s ensemble boasts an unlikely combination of talent from comic heavyweights Neil Patrick Harris, Tyler Perry, Missi Pyle and Casey Wilson to rising stars Boyd Holbrook and Emily Ratajkowski.
Full of twists and turns, Flynn’s book follows the disappearance of a man’s wife on their anniversary and the media furore that follows. Having proved himself as a master of suspense with Zodiac, Seven and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, this 20th Century Fox project is undeniably in the safest of hands.
Gone Girl’s UK release date is yet to be confirmed.
Source: Entertainment Weekly.
The post David Fincher’s »
- Emma Thrower
It’s October, and you hear it all the time—usually in reference to film, but coming up in all sorts of discussions about horror and Halloween-related media: “Will this actually scare me?”
Cue the skeptics. “Oh sure, it’s horror, but it’s not scary.” “It’s been so long since something really terrified me.” I’m guilty of saying such things myself—mostly because I enjoy being scared by movies and books, and it’s such a rare treat these days. I’m not talking about shock-factor dime-a-dozen jump-because-the-music-tells-you-to scares. I mean a story that is genuinely unsettling, with imagery that lingers in your brain like a default synaptic firing and makes you see things in mirrors that aren’t there.
Look no further, friend. Independent publishing company Fanboy Comics have released two graphic novels that manage to tap into terror in a way I haven’t seen »
- Holly Interlandi
Review Aliya Whiteley 15 Oct 2013 - 06:26
Aliya finds that this selection of classic Ealing movies from the '30s and '40s provides a surprisingly solid few hours of entertainment
Ealing Studios has been around since 1902 and their Rarities Collection is proving to be a fascinating visit to their vaults. Sitting down to watch these DVDs has the feeling of stepping back in time: buying a cinema ticket for 1/ 6, planning to have an ice cream during the interval, looking for a bit of excitement or entertainment, and perhaps not expecting too much from the feature except to be transported away for a few hours. I’m probably seriously over-romanticising the whole experience, but I do recommend watching these films with the curtains drawn and a Lyons Maid lolly. I’m a big fan of the Strawberry Mivvi myself.
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