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David Cronenberg, the acclaimed director behind Eastern Promises, A History of Violence and Crash has brought some recognizable faces to his upcoming film, The Talking Cure. The news came to us from the Facebook page of Hopscotch Films, distributor of the flick, by way of Jo Blo. Keira Knightley, Christoph Waltz and Michael Fassbender will be doing the honors.
Not sure you’d recognize those last two names? I know you’d recognize the first one anywhere and if you are desperate for another photo to feed your madness read on…
Here’s a synopsis of the film from the Hopscotch folks:
“A beautiful young woman, driven mad by her past. An ambitious doctor on a mission to succeed. An esteemed mentor with a revolutionary cure. Let the mind games begin…”
My money’s on Waltz (Inglorious Basterds, 814 different German films) playing the esteemed mentor, Knightly (Pirates of the Caribbean »
- Scott Miller
2009 is almost over and so many magazines and websites have already offered up their best of the year And decade that I'm afraid y'all will get sick of the retrospectives before The Film Experience has chimed on. Remember: the tortoise wins! 2005's top ten list (in its original form) follows. New comments in red.
Public Favorites (Box Office): Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, War of the Worlds, King Kong, Wedding Crashers, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Batman Begins, Madagascar and Mr & Mrs Smith
- NATHANIEL R
The most elusive cult creeper ever made finally makes its way to DVD and Blu-ray October 27th!
Night of the Creeps has become one of the most sought after late night cult creepers ever made. After hitting the video store circuit in the mid-80s on VHS tape (and VHS alone), the film quickly disappeared. It would later crawl out from late night cable television on that rare occasion, like some long dormant creature hungry for flesh. It's never been re-released on any medium, and has only made a handful of appearances at the local midnight theater. Despite that fact, Fred Dekker's amazing 1986 ode to aliens, zombies, and high school romps has developed a rabid following over the years. Revolving around squirmy black leeches that possess a town full of teenagers and treats them like puppets on prom night, it's a hard film to shake. And the fact that »
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Newsweek brings Maurice Sendak, Dave Eggers and Spike Jonze together for an awesome conversation while Where The Wild Things Are heads to theaters. It's a must read. Here's a little bit about Sendak's issues with Disney Do you think Disney is bad for children?
Sendak: I think it's terrible.
But you have all the Disney characters on your mantel behind you.
Sendak: I adored Mickey Mouse when I was a child. He was the emblem of happiness and funniness. You went to the movies then, you saw two movies and a short. When Mickey Mouse came on the screen and there was his big head, my sister said she had to hold onto me. I went berserk. I stood on the chair screaming, "My hero! My hero!" He had a lot of guts when he was young. We're both about the same age; we're about a month apart. »
- NATHANIEL R
Film Independent's Filmmaker Forum is underway this weekend, and we asked writer/director Zak Forsman to attend and report back. Here's the first of his posts. I’ve just locked picture on my first feature-length motion picture and it seems I couldn’t be entering the world of distribution at a worse time. I strolled into the DGA in Los Angeles for day one of the Film Independent Filmmaker Forum optimistic and eager. I left it determined to batten down the hatches in preparation for stormy seas ahead. Veteran producer Jeremy Thomas (Creation, The Last Emperor, Crash) keynote opened with the concession that these are tough times for filmmakers making art house cinema for “sentient human beings,” as he put it. While he rejected the »
- Scott Macaulay
I knew there was a reason that David Cronenberg’s enigmatic film of J.G. Ballard’s Crash is one of my favorite motion pictures. So its producer, Oscar-winner Jeremy Thomas (The Last Emperor, The Sheltering Sky, Naked Lunch, Sexy Beast, Rabbit-Proof Fence, Tideland, Fast Food Nation, and Creation), was the keynote speaker at Film Independent’s 5th annual Filmmaker Forum [...] »
- Nikki Finke
Even though everyone's all about what's hitting home video in October for Halloween, the good folks over at IFC gave us a look at what they're dishing out in terms of horror and thrillers for the month of November!
Lisa Vidal of ER and Star Trek delivers a startling performance as Deborah Martin, a former photographer turned stay-at-home mom who moves her family into a strange house filled with cut-glass windows and beveled mirrors that reflect to infinity. As she attempts to restart her photography career, Deborah discovers to her utter horror that those she photographs die – reflected in the chilling visions she sees in the house’s mirrors. Has Deborah accidentally unearthed the house’s dark past? Has she discovered an alternate reality that unleashes a homicidal evil? Or is she trapped within the terrifying recesses of her own disturbed mind?
The DVD available November 3rd presents the film in widescreen letterbox format. »
- Uncle Creepy
The brand new episode of Crash's second season, Always See Your Face, will debut on Friday, October 2 at 10 Pm Et on Starz. However, if you dont' want to wait another day, you can watch the full episode right here! Just click below to watch this second episode of the second season before anyone else.
After his near-death experience, billionaire Seth Blanchard (Eric Roberts), tries to make sense of what he saw and whether God-if there is a God-has a plan in mind for him. Blanchard's right-hand woman Andrea Schillo (Julie Warner) warns him stockholders are losing confidence since word of his collapse has spread, and urges him to hit the town with his wife Maggie (Linda Park) to reassure the world he's fine. However, Blanchard is more interested in revisiting the strip mall to ask security guard Kenny Battaglia (Ross McCall) whether he noticed a bright light when Seth collapsed, »
DVD Playhouse—August 2009
Watchmen—Director’S Cut (Warner Bros.) Director Zack Snyder’s film of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons’ landmark graphic novel is as worthy an adaptation of a great book that has ever been filmed. In an alternative version of the year 1985, Richard Nixon is serving his third term as President and super heroes have been outlawed by a congressional act, in spite of the fact that two of the most high-profile “masks,” Dr. Manhattan (Billy Cruddup) and The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) helped the U.S. win the Vietnam War. When The Comedian is found murdered, many former heroes become concerned that a conspiracy is afoot to assassinate retired costumed crime fighters. Former masks Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman) and still-operating Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley, in an Oscar-worthy turn) launch an investigation of their own, all while the Pentagon’s “Doomsday »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Canadian horror guru David Cronenberg continues to move away from the creepy genre films that filled the first 25 years of his career with the announcement of another new project being added to his plate this week. In addition to the Robert Ludlum adaptation The Matarese Circle  which he is currently developing, he will also be adapting a novel by postmodern author Don DeLillo called Cosmopolis. It will be a co-production of Paris-based Alfama Films and Cronenberg's own Toronto Antenna Ltd, and starts shooting next year in New York and Toronto. Cosmopolis is the story of a 28-year-old multi-billionaire who drives across Manhattan in a limo to get a haircut. Yep... that's it. Of course, a few things happen along the way, but the story all takes place in the course of a day. As far as I know, it doesn't involve any orifices or bodily fluids either. Clearly this is not typical Cronenberg territory, »
Robert here, catching up with the news that the great Walter Cronkite passed away. Sad news indeed, but it got me thinking about how that fabled job of T.V. newsman has been portrayed in cinema through the years.
David Strathairn as Edward R. Murrow in Good Night and Good LuckAward Season of 2005 was all about Brokeback Mountain vs. Crash and the Best Actor races pitted Heath Ledger against Philip Seymour Hoffman. Lost in the fray was epically dependable character actor David Strathairn. In fact, one might say despite being the star of the film he was overshadowed by his director. When does that happen? Well, when the director is George Clooney I suppose.
One of the better smallscreen series that debuted last year is back for season two on Starz. 'Crash" stars Dennis Hopper, and he is joined by new cast members Eric Roberts, Tess Harper, Julie Warner, Jake McLaughlin, Dana Ashbrook and Linda Park. Roberts is cast as Seth, a billionaire entrepreneur with unfathomable success and drive; Linda Park as Maggie, Seth.s trophy wife who writes of a joyful life in her children.s books but has trouble living it; Jake McLaughlin as Bo, a former high-school pitching ace and shoo-in for the big leagues who was derailed by a career-ending injury; Tess Harper as Bo.s heavy-smoking mother Wendy, who owns a hobby-shop business; Dana Ashbrook as Jimmy, a charismatic gambler »
- April MacIntyre
Since the nominees for TV's top award are a lot like TV reruns, there's a good chance we'll see most of last year's nominees for outstanding lead actor in a drama series return when bids are unveiled on July 16. Judging panels will not be used this year to whittle down final nominees after evaluating sample episodes submitted by the top 10 voter-getters determined by a popular vote of members of the TV academy's acting branch. This year, six nominees (instead of the traditional five) will be decided by an outright popular vote, so that makes predicting the outcome much easier. Sure bets probably include last year's nominees Gabriel Byrne ("In Treatment"), Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), Jon Hamm ("Mad Men"), Hugh Laurie ("House M.D.) and 2008 winner Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"). That leaves room for just one more. Serial past winner James Spader ("Boston Legal"), who made last year's rundown? Previous champ Kiefer Sutherland »
J.G. Ballard, who passed away back in April, is thought by many to be one of the most groundbreaking science-fiction authors to ever live... and yet, the vast majority of people have still never even heard of the guy. A lot of his books are now out of print and hard to find, although I think he has a bigger following in the U.K. than in North America. Up until this point, only a few of his stories have ever been adapted for the big screen, most notably Crash, which was directed by David Cronenberg, and Spielberg's Empire of the Sun, based on Ballard's non-science-fiction novel about growing up in Japan during WWII. Well, it looks like a couple more of his books are finally on their way to becoming movies, and at least one of them should be in good hands. High Rise is a dark story about »
Can a lack of objectivity be a virtue? Art isn’t governed by the same rules as journalism, but the accepted wisdom is that the more adult a piece of art is, the less biased it is allowed to be. In “highbrow” cinema the assumption is that the subject or subjects should be presented in the clearest light possible.
But what about the visceral thrill of an artist letting go of his perspective and indulging emotion, holding a grudge, reveling in id? Thirty years ago, David Cronenberg made his best pure horror film and took the next great leap in his filmmaking with The Brood. The director openly acknowledged that the film was inspired by his acrimonious dissolution of his marriage, but even if he hadn’t, viewers would certainly have noticed that his vision of a divorce with a body count took a less than favorable stance on the sacred institution. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jack McDonald)
Hold up. No one told me about the adaptation of Jim Thompson's classic The Killer Inside Me. A true '50s noir, Thompson's book is a bite-your-nails tale about a Texas sheriff's deputy who is also the town murderer. He's calm and cool on the outside and a brutal killer on the inside. And yes, it's also a song by Mc 900 Ft Jesus.
I'm down with that, since the younger and less chinny Affleck proved his chops in Gone Baby Gone and The Assassination of Jesse Ford by the Coward Robert Ford, although IMDb pro also lists him as the director of "Untitled Joaquin Phoenix Documentary," so we've got him to thank for that sh*tshow. Bill Pullman and awesomely creepy Elias Koteas (Crash) also star.
On the other hand, the rest of the cast is a uneven, and this particular adaptation has quite the long back story. Kate Hudson »
- Jenni Miller
Disturbia "Bateman" Ts. Love it
Coming Soon More Lovely Bones photos
Cigarettes and Red Vines check out this marquee for There Will Be Blood. Hee
Omg a sequel to Clueless??? Be careful what you wish for
StinkyLulu Smackdown 1959
Pop Elegantiarum Grace Kelly "Ice-Cold"
Nerdcore unites icons Kirk & Leia. I wish I'd thought of this photo mashup
- NATHANIEL R
James Graham Ballard, 1930-2009
The world of the Imagination took a heavy hit the morning of Sunday, April 19 with the passing of literary great Jg Ballard, the iconoclastic author of "Crash," "The Drowned World" and "Empire of the Sun," as well as numerous other novels and short stories.
Born November 15, 1930 to wealthy parents in Shanghai’s international settlement, in 1942 Ballard’s storybook world fell swiftly apart after he and his family were interned for three years at the Japanese army’s civilian assembly camp at Lunghua, some ten miles south of the city centre. This experience had a life-altering effect on the young Ballard, as he really never recovered from the spectacle of watching the breakdown of reality as he knew it – he henceforth referred to reality as a "stage set" – and the motif of a psychically-damaged professional finding some kind of personal salvation in an otherwise apocalyptic world repeats »
After a long battle with prostate cancer, British novelist J. G. Ballard passed away in his home in west London on Sunday at the age of 78. Ballard might not have been a big name in Hollywood, nor lent his time to the world of Tinsel and screenwriting, but his novels did make for two radically different and unforgettable films.
First, there was Steven Spielberg's Empire of the Sun -- the story of Ballard's expat childhood in China and his experiences in an internment camp when the Japanese invaded during World War II. This also happens to be the film that truly kicked off Christian Bale's career (he played the young, fictionalized version of the writer). Ballard once wrote: "In many ways my entire fiction is the dissection of a deep pathology that I had witnessed in Shanghai and later in the postwar world."
This notion adds a whole »
- Monika Bartyzel
"Empire of the Sun" author J.G. Ballard died on Sunday, April 19 at the age of 78 after a long battle with cancer.
According to his literary agent, Margaret Hanbury, Ballard suffered from the disease for several years. She released a statement on Monday saying, "J.G. Ballard has been a giant on the world literary scene for more than 50 years. His acute and visionary observation of contemporary life was distilled into a number of brilliant, powerful novels, which have been published all over the world."
Ballard based his book "Empire of the Sun" on his boyhood experiences in a World War II internment camp in Shanghai. The book was made into a film by director Steven Spielberg in 1988.
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