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Is ‘Liberal’ Hollywood to Blame for America’s Gun Culture?

27 December 2012 11:00 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

On December 14, 2012, a young man named Adam Lanza broke into a primary school and fatally shot 26 people in the small village of Sandy Hook, Connecticut. Twenty of them were children, aged 6 or 7. On that day, no matter where I went or what I did, I couldn’t stop thinking about the tragedy of that event, the inhumanity of it. Evidently, I wasn’t the only one.

Ann Coulter, the incendiary pundit and bellicose mouthpiece for America’s most radical right wing, said this on her Twitter account, just hours after the tragedy in Connecticut: “Only one policy has ever been shown to deter mass murder: concealed-carry laws”.

Amongst many things, what she said got me thinking about gun violence in Canada. Earlier this year in Toronto, where I live, a gunman shot and killed two men at the Eaton Centre shopping mall, injuring five innocent bystander in the process. In »

- Justin Li

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Rachelle Laferve Keeps Busy With On-Screen Action Yet Finds Time To Hit The Slopes

26 December 2012 6:14 AM, PST | | See recent TwilightersAnonymous news »

It’s been a great long while since we’ve heard from Rachelle Laferve so it’s truly delightful to hear her speak briefly with The Province during the Whistler Film Festival earlier in the month. We find out what she’s been up to and how involved she was in the Whistler Film Festival and how thrilled she was to get some time to hit the slopes, something she’s not been able to do much since moving from her native Canada to California.

Actor Rachelle Lefevre is having a busy weekend, watching eight movies as a juror for the Whistler Film Festival’s Borsos competition for best Canadian film, and doing interviews for her own movie, the Quebecois crime drama Omertà.

So she’s eating and talking at the same time, pausing to offer me a bite of her ham and cheese crepe. The movie is a French-language feature sequel to a 1990s crime series that starred Michel Côté as a tough cop. Côté reprises his role for the feature, with Lefevre along as an undercover cop and Patrick Huard as a mysterious newcomer to the story.

Playing a mob boss in the feature is René Angelil — yes the husband-manager of mega-singer Celine Dion.

“You know, it’s interesting, because it sounds like stunt casting but there was such beautiful logic behind it,” says Lefevre, adding she asked director Luc Dionne about that choice before shooting started. “I said he’s not an actor. He said ‘I know he can do it, because he just has to play himself . . . there’s a presence.’ And the other thing Luc said is, ‘I have Patrick Huard and Michel Côté who are the biggest stars in Quebec. They’re both real men and they’ve had experience in the industry for so long, and they need to be intimidated by this character. If I hire just some actor, they aren’t going to be intimidated. I actually need to hire somebody who in real life is more powerful than them.’ And it worked.”

The movie is already the year’s box-office winner in its home province, before it’s even played a screen in English Canada.

It’s been busy times this year for Lefevre, who is just on a break from the final weeks of filming White House Down for director Roland Emmerich (2012, Independence Day). The Montreal-filmed thriller imagines a terrorist take-over of the White House, with Jamie Foxx as the president, Channing Tatum as an FBI agent and Lefevre as Tatum’s ex-wife “and his baby mama, we have a child together.”

Typical of director Emmerich, everyone gets in on the action, even Lefevre’s baby mama.

“It’s a little contained, but the White House is a large place with a lot of rooms to play in, a lot of underground and a lot of lawn. There’s no shortage of action.”

Channing wrapped his role before People magazine named him its sexiest man alive.

“Channing is so normal, anyone who knows him, probably wouldn’t reference it a whole lot,” she says. “He is gorgeous, but the sexiest man alive is the antithesis to who he is as a person.”

Montreal-born but now L.A.-based, Lefevre was shuttling this fall between Montreal and New Orleans, juggling roles in White House Down and the New Orleans-filmed thriller Homefront, which just wrapped before the festival.

It’s an indie film but the cast is extraordinary. Gary Fleder directing, Sly Stallone wrote the script, and it’s Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, Kate Bosworth. It’s gritty — I call it a modernd-day western, super action-y. But it’s beautifully shot, it gets kind of noir.”

She’s get some time Saturday to do some skiing at Whistler. It’s her first time up to the resort but she skied back home as a kid. “I’m an intermediate — blue square but I used to be a black diamond. Haven’t done it as much living in California.”

Skiing in Quebec, meanwhil, sounds scary the way Lefevre tells it.

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- LexiconAficionado

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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2012

23 December 2012 1:35 AM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

Another year winds down, and it's time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2012's horror offerings. We're giving you ten different lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers. We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers.

And don't be lazy by just reading along! Give us your own lists in the comments section below. We want to hear what you thought of the year in which we dodged the Mayan apocalypse but find our beloved genre facing some dark days as violent movies, video games, TV shows, etc., are coming under increased scrutiny following recent events.

But back to the matter at hand; we averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

Best: The Cabin in the Woods »

- The Woman In Black

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Merlin series 5 episode 12 review: The Diamond Of The Day (Part 1)

22 December 2012 12:12 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Review Dave Adamson Dec 22, 2012

Merlin's penultimate episode is a slow-burner featuring hugely impressive performances and action...

This review contains spoilers.

5.12 Diamond of the Day (Part 1)

As ever, let's begin with a recap of the episode's events:

Morgana has a new weapon in her arsenal, a creature capable of draining the magic from people. She sees nothing wrong in using this upon her former ally, Ari, despite Mordred voicing his reservations. She’s unstoppable, though, as she knows that without his magic, Merlin is powerless and that Camelot will surely fall if Arthur doesn’t have a powerful wizard - albeit unknowingly - in his midst.

Meanwhile, Arthur and Merlin are playing a dice game that the servant appears to be winning with the aid of magic. There's humour and merriment, with Merlin showing a wicked streak, winning plenty of money and making his master look a tad foolish, before retiring to his chambers, »

- louisamellor

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Salman Khan's 'Dabangg 2' takes biggest non-holiday opening

22 December 2012 2:37 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Salman Khan's Dabangg 2 has broken the record for the biggest non-holiday opener. The film took 21.10 crore in India on its opening day at the box office, beating the 15.1 crore previously set by Rowdy Rathore. "The figures have broken the record of Akshay Kumar's Rowdy Rathore being 'Biggest Opener for Non-Holiday Release'," reports Koi Moi. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh said that the film would not match the 32.92 crore set by Khan's Ek Tha Tiger as the earlier movie's release coincided with India's Independence Day holiday. "Biggest opener [holiday] #EkThaTiger 32.92 cr ... Biggest opener [non-holiday] #RowdyRathore 15.1 cr ... #Dabangg2 is non-holiday opener. #Dabangg2 1st day will be lower than #EkThaTiger 1st day [15 Aug holiday]. Ett Day 2 was much lower [14.55 cr], since it was a (more) »

- By Steven Baker

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Ways the World Might End According to the Movies

21 December 2012 3:32 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Nafissa Jeetoo gets ready for the apocalypse by looking at ways the world might end according to the movies...

December 21st 2012, the last day on the Mayan calendar. It seems the apocalypse is now. But what is an apocalypse meant to be? We live our lives in fear of death, danger and doomsday, but when D-day has allegedly arrived what are we actually meant to expect? I haven’t seen anybody from the Mayan civilisation recently, or ever, so why are we waiting for something many of us do not understand? Surely if the end of a calendar means it is the end of the world, then why have we survived so many New Year’s Eves?

As I hold my breath, ponder these unanswered questions, and look out for spaceships, giant creatures and cyborgs, it has come to my attention that I cannot provide a short list of ultimate ‘End of the World’ movies. »

- flickeringmyth

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Revisiting Roland Emmerich's '2012' For Obvious Reasons (More To It Than Meets The Eye?)

21 December 2012 12:55 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

If I wasn't aware that director Roland Emmerich, the once so-called "master of disaster" studio movies, was a champion of equal rights, and an active campaigner for the awareness of global warming, and whose college thesis film was a sci-fi project titled The Noah's Ark Principle, it would be easy to simply dismiss his films as mindless, special effects-laden, cliched, formulaic narratives. The openly gay German filmmaker once claimed that he witnessed overt industry racism firsthand, when studio executives were opposed to having him cast Will Smith for the lead in the 1996 blockbuster, Independence Day, and expressed a similar ambivalence in allowing Emmerich to »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Top 10 Best Apocalyptic Movies

21 December 2012 7:08 AM, PST | | See recent ReelzChannel news »

"My fellow Americans. This will be the last time I address you."

Today’s the day! The last day of the 5,125-year-long cycle in the Mesoamerican Long Count calendar has arrived.

What does that mean to you? Well, for the vast majority of you, not a whole lot. That is, unless you actually use the calendar — more commoly referred to as the Mayan calendar — for more than decoration, in which case you'll have to turn the giant stone dials back and start all over again at Day One, Year One. However, for the small minority of doomsday alarmists among you, today is the last day of the world as we know it. Hope you didn’t have big plans for the weekend!

In the spirit of our (possibly) imminent destruction, help us choose the best movies about the end of the world and the terrifying new world that continues on after the apocalypse. »

- BrentJS Sprecher

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How to Deal With the Apocalypse, According to Disaster Movies

21 December 2012 6:15 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

The handwringers awaiting the arrival of the Mayan apocalypse today (wait ... has it already happened?) can rest assured — we've been passively prepping for the end of the world for our entire pop-cultural lifespans. Just pop in a "three-for-the-price-of-one" VHS tape (Armageddon, Deep Impact, Independence Day, etc.) for a refresher. Learn correct doom-jargon, scrutinize characters' reactions to inevitable death, then emulate. The alternative is watching our service-y supercut, conveniently broken down into five Bruckheimer-approved options for coping with total annihilation. »

- Jake Moore

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Movie Review: Sushi Girl!!!

20 December 2012 3:10 PM, PST | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

There’s something about well-done ensemble movies that brings a smile to my face. Instead of relying on a single actor or two to carry the film, the filmmakers involved trust in a group to all bring their respective performances together, into a coherently great movie. It fails sometimes, but every once in a while, you get a very fun and entertaining movie where everyone involved does a great job. Luckily, Kern Saxton’s Sushi Girl is one of those films. Ever actor in the movie does such a great job, that it keeps you enthralled and involved the whole time.

Sushi Girl revolves around Fish, (played by Noah Hathaway..yeah you read that right, Atreyu, from The Neverending Story) a criminal fresh out of prison, where he spent the last six years for a jewel heist gone wrong, who is picked up and taken to a building where his »


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Watch Episode One Of Hellfjord Now!

20 December 2012 2:15 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Hellfjord loves you. Or its producers do, at least. With the Norwegian run of the cult series now done and dusted the brains behind the show want you to have an early Christmas present. The complete first episode, English subtitles included, for you to love and cherish forever.Please do not ask Sergeant Salmander about Gunnar. He loved that horse dearly and nobody feels worse about what happened to Salmander's noble steed than Salmander himself. Yes, he understands that there were children present at the Independence Day parade who may require significant, long term counseling to come to terms with what they witnessed that fateful day but still, he feels bad, okay? Sergeant Salmander's journey may begin with a horse in Oslo, but it ends with »

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Yours and Mayan: '38 End Of The World Movies' Supercut

20 December 2012 7:51 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

It's the end of the world as we know it, and we feel fine due to decades of conditioning by movies that insist some apocalyptic, extinction-level event is going to be really, really cool to watch.

With tomorrow's Mayan prophecy coming to fruition (or Not), it's time to sit back, relax, make peace with all your loved ones, and light up any recreationals you may have been saving for a special occasion, because Brazilian site Critica Daquele Filme has created the supercut "38 End Of The World Movies."

Set to "Just Like You Imagined" by Nine Inch Nails, this is the one-stop shop for all your mushroom cloud-triggering, monument-exploding needs, and whether the end of days is caused by zombies, comets, aliens, a nuclear holocaust, or the T-1000, this mashup has got you covered like a jimmy hat.

Some of the films featured include "Melancholia," "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, »

- Max Evry

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Dive into Barry Levinson's The Bay on DVD this March

18 December 2012 7:02 PM, PST | | See recent Dread Central news »

From the Oscar-winning director of Rain Man comes… a found footage ecological horror movie about mutant aquatic parasites? Who saw that one coming? If you didn’t see it on VOD or during its limited theatrical run last month, you’ll get another chance to swim in Barry Levinson’s The Bay this coming spring.

Two million fish washed ashore. One thousand blackbirds dropped from the sky. On July 4, 2009, a deadly menace swept through the quaint seaside town of Claridge, Maryland, but the harrowing story of what happened that Independence Day has never been told – until now. From Oscar®-winning director Barry Levinson and the producers of Paranormal Activity and Insidious comes this nerve-shredding tale of a small town plunged into absolute terror. The authorities believed they had buried the truth about the tragedy that claimed over 700 human lives. Now, three years later, a reporter has emerged with footage revealing »

- Foywonder

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Does Anyone Want to See the 'Pacific Rim' Trailer?

18 December 2012 1:56 PM, PST | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

I love Guillermo del Toro. I really do. But when I saw the trailer for his upcoming monster-pocalypse flick, Pacific Rim (in theaters July 12, 2013), all I could do is shake my head and ask, "Why hast thou forsaken me, Guillermo del Toro?"

The tale of monsters who rise up from the ocean to destroy our measly little planet, Pacific Rim's trailer is filled with quickly cut scenes of action, action, Action, accompanied by a hackneyed ragged voiceover. It feels closer to one of the bombastic late-1990s Roland Emmerich flicks (cough Independence Day cough) or, to be kind, mid-period James Cameron than it does to the subtle work of the indie filmmaking darling who brought us gems like Cronos, Pan's Labyrinth and The Devil's Backbone.

Of course, del Toro also gave us Mimic and Blade II, both of which have their fans to be sure. I mention them just »

- Theron

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What to Watch Monday: The Goodbye Gossip Girl, NBC's 1600 Penn Lobbies for Your Vote and More

17 December 2012 6:46 AM, PST | | See recent news »

On TV this Monday: The Upper East Side won’t be the same after Gossip Girl signs off for the last time, Hawaii Five-0 beams up a Star Trek fave, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Brad Hall try to Picture Paris and a Sunnydale pair is reunited (kinda) on How I Met Your Mother. As a supplement to TVLine’s original features (linked within), here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.

Preview | How I Met Your Mother Video: Seth Green and a Most Frightening Buffy Reunion!

Related | Gossip Girl Series Finale Spoiler Alert: The Real Gossip Girl (Kinda, Sorta) Unmasked!

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- Kimberly Roots

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Pilot Scoop: 1600 Penn

17 December 2012 6:00 AM, PST | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

A new funny family is moving into the White House - and NBC's coveted Thursday night lineup - on Jan. 10. Midseason series 1600 Penn stars Bill Pullman as the presidential patriarch to a wacky First Family, including dim bulb Skip (Josh Gad) and new trophy wife Emily (Jenna Elfman). NBC is airing a preview of the pilot tonight, and we're letting you know whether we're voting yea or nay on the comedy. What it's about: The president's earnest-but-thick-headed son, Skip, moves home to the White House following an embarrassing incident at college, where he's been on the seven-year plan for graduation. His family, including his secretly pregnant sister (Martha MacIsaac) and eager-to-please new stepmother, are generally happy to have him back, but his penchant for moronic accidents puts everyone on edge, especially the secret service. Where it works: This ensemble is perfectly cast. I love Pullman as President Gilchrist (and if »

- Maggie Pehanick

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Hollywood Docket: Faulkner Estate Settles; Sandler Beats 'Just Go With It' Suit; 'Superman' Appeal

13 December 2012 12:26 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The owners of the rights to the literary works of the late William Faulkner have settled a lawsuit with The Washington Post and Northrop Grumman over a Faulkner quote that was used in a full-page Independence Day advertisement. The parties entered a stipulated agreement to drop the lawsuit earlier this week, which a Mississippi judge has now accepted. The suit was one of two filed in late October. The other is a copyright and trademark action against Sony Pictures Classics over a quote from one of Faulkner's works in Woody Allen's Midnight in Paris. Sony has yet to reply

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Trailer: Pacific Rim

12 December 2012 8:33 PM, PST | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Get ready to watch some giant robot on giant monster action. The first trailer for Pacific Rim is here.

Launching into theaters in the summer of '13, the logline for Guillermo del Toro's next movie comes across like a fanboy's wet dream: a big budget, CG-filled spectacle where multiple different giant robots (called "Jaegers" in the film) battle to protect humanity from the mindless attacks of giant monsters (called "kaiju"). Sure, when you think about it logically it makes no sense for the armies of the world to spend billions of dollars building giant robots armed with missiles, guns and rocket-powered punching fists, but in Hollywood logic it makes perfect sense.

Some of the scenes are classic del Toro: the monsters resemble Lovecraft-inspired beasts, and that shot of Japanese actress Rinko Kikuchi lifting up her umbrella in the rain is right outta classic Guillermo moviemaking. The big question that »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Constructive Concepts: A conversation with production designer Patrick Tatopoulos

12 December 2012 7:30 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Trevor Hogg chats with Patrick Tatopoulos about his career highs and lows as well as the craft of production design...

“My mission to come to the States to work was to create creatures and I’ve done that all the way through to I Am Legend [2007],” states French Production Designer Patrick Tatopolous who has frequently collaborated with filmmakers Alec Proyas (Knowing), Roland Emmerich (The Day After Tomorrow) and Len Wiseman (Total Recall).  “There were a lot of movies where I was only doing creature work and then a lot of them were I was doing creature work and production design.  I ended up doing some art direction for sets before I opened my creature shop.  I had a couple of bad experiences in the past but they made me think a creature has to fit in the element it’s created for.”  An essential element is to develop the creature before creating its environment. »

- Trevor

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Top Gun Coming to IMAX 3D in February

12 December 2012 8:44 AM, PST | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

Tony Scott's death back in August sent shockwaves through the movie industry and left at least a couple of planned Paramount projects up in the air. Both the potential Top Gun sequel, which was being written by The Town screenwriter Peter Craig, and the 3D re-release of the original Top Gun had been essentially put on hold out of respect for his passing. Last month, The New York Times reported that the sequel had "fallen apart", but that studio execs were still discussing what to do with the 3D conversion. While the sequel's status has yet to be confirmed, it appears that they have finally settled on a release strategy for Top Gun 3D: the movie will come to IMAX theatres this February but for one week only. According to a press release from Paramount, Top Gun will come to select IMAX theatres in 3D starting on February 8th, »

- Sean

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