20 items from 2015
Welcome back to the second day of Daily Dead’s 2015 Holiday Gift Guide- hope everyone survived Turkey Day and is ready to save some cash on more Black Friday deals and many other gift ideas I have rounded up for you all today.
We’re starting off today with more Black Friday sales that might be of interest to you and a bunch more gift ideas perfect for genre fans of all ages, including two recent visual histories of iconic films from the 1980’s, one of Scream Factory’s awesome recent releases, apparel from Dark Bunny, horror-themed cross stitch and more!
This year’s Holiday Gift Guide is being sponsored by Rlj Entertainment and their recent terrifying yuletide release, A Christmas Horror Story, and to help you guys get into the spirit of the season, we’ve put together 10 amazing prize packs filled with goodies, a t-shirt and your very »
- Heather Wixson
Hope everyone has their boomsticks ready, as this final week of October is looking to be yet another banner week for genre Blu-ray and DVD releases, highlighted by the anticipated Collector’s Edition set for Sam Raimi’s cult classic Army of Darkness from Scream Factory. The recent thriller, The Gift, is also making its way to multiple formats on October 27th and for those of you fans of The Fifth Element out there, Sony is putting together a nifty Cinema Series release that arrives this Tuesday.
Olive Films is also keeping themselves busy this week with several cult classic releases including Breeders, Sometimes They Come Back, Dr. Terror's House of Horror and Saul Bass’ Phase IV, with Warner Home Video resurrecting several classics in HD as well—The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Son of Kong, Them! and the Special Effects Collection box set.
Other notable titles coming out on »
- Heather Wixson
Celebrities and poker go together like peas and gravy… to quote Forrest Gump. The World Series Of Poker is a series of poker tournaments held in Las Vegas every year, and for many years, the event has attracted a number of celebrities to the poker rooms of Caesar’s Palace. You’d be surprised as to who likes to hit the tables, stack their chips and go for gold in the Wsop, as many of them are some really quite well-known actors. Here. we take a look at a few of them.
First up is Ray Romano, he of Everybody Loves Raymond fame. The actor, who popped up in a movie called Rob The Mob last year, is a regular at the World Series Of Poker, and in 2013 achieved a personal best by making it to the third day of play. This year, Romano appeared at the Wsop once again, »
- The Hollywood News
There are a lot of channels on YouTube that claim to offer full movies for free. The catch, usually, is that these channels are not endorsed by film studios, and as a result, they rarely last very long before getting struck down by copyright claims.
The Paramount Vault, however, is different. It’s a YouTube channel that offers full movies for free, and unlike the other channels of its ilk, it is actually run by its titular studio. Head over to the Vault, and you’ll find more than 100 classic movies from the Paramount back catalog, all available for free.
The Paramount Vault has been around since the beginning of 2015, but it has only recently started to receive attention from media outlets. One of those outlets, Slashgear, has confirmed that the channel is fully endorsed by Paramount, though it is only available in the Us.
So what kind of films »
- Sam Gutelle
Scream Factory's revealed the impressive list of special features for their three-disc Collector's Edition Blu-ray of Sam Raimi's Army of Darkness (hitting shelves October 27th), which includes a new interview with boomstick king Bruce Campbell, four versions of the film, and much more.
Press Release: Bound in human flesh and inked in blood, the ancient "Necronomicon" – the Book of the Dead – unleashes unspeakable evil upon mankind in this outrageously hilarious third chapter of Evil Dead Trilogy from legendary director Sam Raimi (Darkman, Drag Me to Hell) and producer Robert Tapert (Ash vs. Evil Dead). On October 27, 2015, Scream Facotry™ is proud to present Army Of Darkness Collector’s Edition, featuring the Theatrical Cut of the film, the Director’s Cut (with 15 minutes of extra footage), the International Cut and the TV version (in standard definition). This definitive collector’s edition of Army Of Darkness is jam-packed with a wealth of bonus content, »
- Derek Anderson
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose a director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. This month we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Andy and Lana Wachowski working collectively as the directing team known as "The Wachowskis".
The Wachowskis originally were comic book writers before they began writing film scripts. They were offered an opportunity to write and direct a feature film, which became 1996’s Bound. That film received good critical reviews and showcased the Wachowskis as an innovative directing team. Their next film was The Matrix, which became a critical and commercial hit in 1999. That success lead to two sequels, The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, both released in 2003. Next, they took their love for comic books and graphic novels and wrote V For Vendetta (2006), which became another commercial and critical hit. Although they did not direct this film, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (G.S. Perno)
While the Wachowski siblings are best known for their work on The Matrix trilogy, Andy and Lana Wachowski have also garnered a number of fans for their work on films such as Cloud Atlas, Speed Racer, and Bound. Netflix, in the meantime, has collaborated with a number of filmmakers on ongoing and upcoming projects, including David Fincher on House of Cards and Baz Luhrmann on the upcoming The Get Down. Netflix’s next series, however, sees the Wachowskis make the transition to the small screen.
A group of people around the world are suddenly linked mentally, and must find a way to survive being hunted by those who see them as a threat to the world’s order.
Ahead of the series premiere, »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Before 50 Shades of Grey was made fashionable by mainstream auds, Secretary was a sizzler cubicle space title that made Steven Shainberg a sought after indie helmer. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Rupture will be his comeback of sorts, as he hasn’t lensed a film in almost a decade. To be fair, he did produced some projects, including Our Brand is Crisis for his docu-filmmaker wife Rachel Boynton, but his highly imaginative Fur was completely maimed during its theatrical run. Producer Andrew Lazar who broke out with 1996′s Bound (worthy pair in his filmography include Confessions of a Dangerous Mind and the underrated 2009 comedy, I Love You Phillip Morris) and recently broke the bank with American Sniper is producing the project along with Christina Weiss Lurie (frequent Sundance accepted docu-producer), Ambi’s Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi (The Humbling, James Franco’s currently being filmed In Dubious Battle »
- Eric Lavallee
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark »
- Donna Dickens
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "It can be difficult for people from underdeveloped worlds to hear that their planet is not the only inhabited planet." The new Wachowskis movie is here. In theaters everywhere is Jupiter Ascending, the spectacular new sci-fi space opera creation from Lana & Andy Wachowski (of The Matrix trilogy, Bound, Speed Racer, Cloud Atlas) starring Channing Tatum as wolf-hybrid Caine and Mila Kunis as Jupiter. Eddie Redmayne, Sean Bean, Douglas Booth & Gugu Mbatha-Raw are in here, too. Is it any good? Or is it a mess? Are the Wachowskis doing well or in trouble? Once you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on The Wachowskis' Jupiter Ascending. Spoiler Warning: We strongly urge everyone to actually see the film before reading ahead, as there may be spoilers below. We also encourage all commenters to keep major spoilers from the film to a minimum, »
- Alex Billington
Here’s a movie oddity for this time of year. While we’re shoveling and shivering, a big-time space epic blasts into theatres. But, to borrow a phrase from the airlines, its arrival was delayed just over six months. Hmm, odd indeed. Oh, and this one isn’t completely set in one of those galaxies far, far away. A good chunk of this tale rests on that city of big shoulders. It purports that alien races are battling away, hidden from view, right under our noses. I flashed right back to one of those classic made-for-tv flicks from 1970, “The Love War” about aliens in human form fighting on Earth (Lloyd Bridges and Angie Dickinson are from opposing forces who, of course, fall hard for each other). And with this story we’ve got a downtrodden human unaware that they have special gifts that can save the planet. That theme goes »
- Jim Batts
During this January’s Sundance Film Festival, for some curious reason, festival organizers arranged a secret, invitation-only screening of Jupiter Ascending, the latest special-effects extravaganza from the Wachowski siblings. Why the epicenter for low-key, art-house cinema would preview a loud, frenetic, $175 million film remains a mystery. Considering that Andy and Lana Wachowski premiered Bound to critical acclaim at the festival in 1996, the movie’s bizarre Park City presentation could have been a warning to any indie filmmakers that happened to be in the audience. Caution: this is what happens when talented writer/directors get too much clout, too large a budget and too few voices to rein in their pretensions.
Jupiter Ascending is an ambitious space opera that looks gargantuan and yet fails to absorb much interest for more than a few minutes. It looks like a film that took longer to storyboard than to scribe. Without characters to care »
- Jordan Adler
Lana and Andy WachowskiWe have an early contender for movie that's most fun to read about this year. Andy and Lana Wachowski's latest, their lucky (?) number seven, Jupiter Ascending has arrived. It is apparently a doozy and your definition of that word will vary. Between insane costumes, insaner plot, insanest characters including Channing Tatum as a some sort of wolfish alien, and Eddie Redmayne as Glenn Close (?) with gigantic mouth and abs for days it promises to be memorable at least. Even if the memories are mostly of "What is Happening To My Eyes?"
But then the Wachowskis have been doing that since their blockbuster breakthrough The Matrix (1999). Indeed the only film of theirs that seems "controlled" in the classic sense of 'this movie is perfectly constructed, awesome, and insanely watchable without being actually insane' was their very first: the lesbian noir Bound (1996). For my money it's still their »
- NATHANIEL R
Sometimes a movie can be doomed before it even opens.
This happens when a film is discussed openly without anyone having firsthand knowledge of (or even having seen) it, and it becomes something of a self-fulfilling prophecy when said movie come out and underperforms, thanks in large part to countless write-ups lacking reliable sources and built on foundations of hearsay and conjecture. Most of the time, these movies are rediscovered years later because, as it turns out, they weren't that bad after all. Right now, swarms of ill will seem to be circling "Jupiter Ascending," which opens Friday, due largely to a shift in its release date, from a coveted summer-of-2014 slot to a desolate winter 2015 position. Now that it's finally here, though, reviewers are sharpening their knives in anticipation. I am here to say that those knives are not necessary; "Jupiter Ascending" is actually a delightful space epic, full »
- Drew Taylor
We're just under two weeks away from seeing a new original sci-fi flick from the Wachowski siblings. Jupister Ascending looks truly out of this world, and even though it's getting dumped in February, I really hope people give it a chance, because it looks like the kind of epic, sci-fi adventure that doesn't get made anymore unless it's based on a book or comic. Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis star in the film, and while they've been featured on the posters for the film, some alternate poster artwork from Art Machine and Little Giant Studios make them look infinitely better than any of the official studio posters released to hype the film thus far. Why can't we get official movie posters that look this good more often? Look! Here's some of the alternate posters for Jupiter Ascending (see more at Wired): Jupiter Ascending is written and directed by filmmaker siblings Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, »
- Ethan Anderton
With sex and Hollywood in the spotlight as the debut of Universal’s “Fifty Shades of Grey” movie approaching, Variety critics weigh in on their favorite movie sex scenes.
“Don’t Look Now”
(Nicolas Roeg, 1973)
(Dover Kosashvili, 2001)
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 2003)
(Bernardo Bertolucci, 1972)
The butter scene ensured notoriety, but another moment — two lonely people naked on a mattress, trying to bring each other to »
- Justin Chang, Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
"The idea of one director, one vision is absolute rubbish," Andy Wachowski says in an extensive 100-minute chat alongside Lana Wachowski as part of the DePaul Visiting Artists Series in 2013 (via Slashfilm). It's a wide-ranging conversation conducted just as the directors had finished shooting "Jupiter Ascending," covering much of their career (including an anecdote about meeting Steven Spielberg before the two shot their debut feature "Bound"). But it's interesting cheifly for the visually distinctive filmmakers to note their process is one of collaboration, and in terms of actors, "Jupiter Ascending" had one standout who is neither the leads Channing Tatum or Mila Kunis. According to Lana, it's Tuppence Middleton she credits as an "amazing actress" with "incredible range," noting that she provided so many variations that they could've shaped her character in any number of ways. What exactly comprises her turn in the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
With the release of Jupiter Ascending coming next month, we're probably going to hear a lot more from Andy & Lana Wachowski, and there will probably be a lot of questions about what they're going to do next. But in the meantime, let's flashback to a couple years ago for an extensive interview with the directing duo back in 2013 when they sat down for a 100-minute interview as part of the DePaul Visiting Artists Series. The interview spans their entire career, and while we haven't had a chance to watch the entire interview yet, you'll see pretty early on that it's a fascinating in-depth discussion about their filmmaking. Here's the interview with Andy & Lana Wachowski from DePaul Visiting Artists Series (via SlashFilm): And you can watch the latest trailer for Andy & Lana Wachowski's Jupiter Ascending right here. Jupiter Ascending is written and directed by filmmaker siblings Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski, »
- Ethan Anderton
Fox published a clip from Friday’s Season 6 premiere of Ryan Murphy‘s musical drama, which features Rachel Berry (Michele) returning to McKinley High to deliver a dramatic rendition of Disney’s hit “Frozen” single. The acceptance-themed song is especially relevant, considering this episode kicks off “Glee’s” final run.
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The video alternates between Rachel’s on-stage performance, in which she’s wearing an ice-cold-blue gown, and her wandering through the corridors of her old high. Finally, she posts a »
- Travis Reilly
- Tim Kenneally
20 items from 2015
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