15 items from 2011
This Friday sees the release of Cane Toads 3D: The Conquest, a documentary film about one of Australia’s greatest environmental catastrophes, and the lengths that people are willing to go to try and stop, the troublesome cane toad. To celebrate its release we take a look at some of the stand out films that see humans take on the animal world and the species that have inspired these environmental thrillers.
1) Arachnophobia (1990) – Man vs Spider
One of those movies you used to moan about being on TV all the time until they stopped showing it on TV all the time, Arachnophobia tackles the source one of human natures most common fears – the spider. A killer spider hitches a ride in a coffin from a South American rainforest to a small Us town in the coffin and begins mating with indigenous spiders to create a breed that’s venom causes instant death. »
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With this weekend’s impending release of Shark Night 3D, we at The Scorecard Review thought it appropriate to take a look back at Hollywood’s best in the killer beast department. As a note to the reader: We’ve taken King Kong, velociraptors, and all the other fantastical creatures of H-wood, out of the running — this list is to feature killer animals that populate films of a certain degree of realism. Yes, this stuff could actually happen! Really!
7. Anaconda (1997)
Reason: This movie is truly awful. But it’s also hilarious, and fun to watch. The cast is as ridiculous as the fakey-as-all-get-out snake. Jennifer Lopez shows off her »
- Aaron Ruffcorn
20. Elvis Presley
The King of Rock and Roll's movie career is both the archetype and warning for every single performer on this list. "Love Me Tender," Presley's first of 33 films, made him a even bigger star than he was when it was released in 1956. But through the 1960s, the singer -- more specifically his manager Colonel Tom Parker -- favored quantity over quality, releasing a slew of critically panned films that watered down his once unshakeable sound. The worldwide celebrity continued yet the results were now unpredictable.
19. Janet Jackson
A perennial television star in the 1970s and '80s -- remember Willis' girlfriend Charlene from "Diff'rent Strokes?" -- Jackson made the transition to film in 1993 in John Singleton's "Poetic Justice," a romantic road trip film featuring Tupac Shakur. Singleton's follow-up to "Boyz n the Hood" was a surprise hit, though Jackson chose to focus primarily on her music through the next decade. »
- Jason Newman
David Ellis has made a name for himself directing some of the most memorable horror films around, including "Snakes on a Plane" and "The Final Destination." In his new film, "Shark Night 3D" (opening 9/2), Ellis unleashes the monsters of the deep onto an unsuspecting populace. The result is some awesomely bloody death scenes.
But Ellis is also a cinephile, and he was kind enough to pull together his own favorite animal-focused horror films. So without further ado, take it away David...
10. "The Fly" (1986)
Jeff Goldblum as a giant fly. What more can you ask for in a movie?
9. "Arachnophobia" (1990)
The '90s had so many great animal horror movies and this movie about a South American killer spider that hitches a ride in a coffin to the U.S. is one of them.
8. "The Ghost And The Darkness" (1996)
Based on a true story of two lions in Africa that killed 130 people over a nine-month period. »
'I knew Ice Cube was a movie star before he knew he was a movie star,' director tells MTV News.
By Rob Markman, with reporting by Vanessa WhiteWolf
Photo: MTV News
When John Singleton wrote and directed his 1991 film "Boyz n the Hood," there was no grandiose cinematic inspiration or abstract muse. Instead, the Los Angeles native just wrote about what he knew best.
"My biggest influence for making the film was my friends, my friends growing up, and how Los Angeles was in the '80s and '90s," Singleton told MTV News. "None of the movies that we saw growing up had anybody, any characters in them that were like us. So we were like, 'We should make a movie about what we go through, about what we see.' "
Released on July 12, 1991, "Boyz n the Hood" was nominated »
Sometimes great actors make strange or ill-advised decisions. Here’s a list of ten actors and their weirdest film choices
For any actor, choosing a film role must be a true leap of faith. And if you happen to be an Oscar-winning or particularly famous actor, the decision making process must be more difficult still. How do you know the director of your next picture won't make you look like a complete idiot?
This list, then, is devoted to ten actors and a few of their oddest career choices. Not all of them are necessarily bad films, but the appearance of such esteemed actors in them most definitely is...
An actor once lauded as the finest of his generation, it's becoming increasingly difficult to reconcile Robert De Niro's remarkable early work (Mean Streets, Taxi Driver, The Godather Part II and Raging Bull, to name »
Jennifer got a little too exotic for her trip across the pond!
The Summertime Ball on Jun. 12 at London’s Wembley Stadium brought out some of the biggest international celebs, including American Idol judge and mogul Jennifer Lopez. The legendary fashionista is certainly known for pushing boundaries (Versace, Grammys, 2000, anyone?), but this look was a bit much for me!
Decked out in a snakeskin dress and matching stiletto boots by Christian Louboutin, she looked less like a glamazon and more like a character from her 1997 film Anaconda. I must say the boots are absolutely fabulous and they would have looked perfect with something simple, like a bandage dress or one of her trademark minis. However, this just did not work. Her hair and makeup are up to par — but let’s be honest, when J. Lo’s looking her worst, she’s still looking better than everyone else.
What do you guys think? »
- HL Intern
Shark Night 3D is an upcoming thriller horror movie directed by David R. Ellis (who once brought us Snakes On A Plane). The film is touted as ”Jaws” for the 3D generation. The cast includes Sinqua Walls, Chris Carmack, Alyssa Diaz, Joel David Moore, Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan and Katharine McPhee. The animatronic sharks will be created Walt Conti, who previously created the giant snake in ‘Anaconda’ and the ‘Free Willy’ whales. The movie Shark Night 3D will be released in 2011.
A sexy summer weekend turns into a blood-soaked nightmare for a group of college students trapped on an island surrounded by voracious underwater predators in Shark Night 3D, a terrifying thrill ride from director David Ellis (The Final Destination, Snakes On a Plane), featuring a red-hot young cast including Sara Paxton (Superhero Movie, Last House on the Left), Dustin Milligan (.90210,. Slither), Chris Carmack (.The O.C..), Joel David Moore »
- Melissa Howland
The popcorn is popped! The 40 lb box of Junior Mints, opened! Turn off your cell phones, make a donation to the Will Rogers Institute and shush the giggly teenager behind you, because Wednesday night was "Songs of the Cinema" on "American Idol X: No Girls Allowed!"
With Pia Toscano off gallivanting with Ellen DeGeneres and record labels (so says the rumor mill!), the top eight faced even more scrutiny than usual. From viewers, that is. We all know the judges cheerleaders would give the contestants a standing ovation even if they just belched the alphabet. Unless that contestant's name rhymes with Paley Fineheart. (More on that later.)
But by the time the final note was shouted, the last "amazing" critique was uttered and the phone numbers were recapped, not one "Idol" stood out as being the next biggest thing in pop music. Nor jazz music, for that matter, regardless of »
- Jim Cantiello
For a while, successful horror looked to be a thing of the past. With the close of the 1980s it seemed that audience fatigue had set in regarding reigning franchises. 1989 saw minimal box office returns for the Friday the 13th, Halloween and A Nightmare on Elm Street franchises, indicating that audiences might’ve had enough of these recurring bogeymen. Original horror wasn’t faring much better, either, with the majority of ‘successful’ movies pulling in around $20-$30 million in final grosses. Budgets hadn’t yet inflated, so these returns were often respectable – although hardly the stuff of blockbusters. Hollywood pedigree stuff like The Silence of the Lambs, Bram Stoker’s Dracula and Interview with the Vampire made bigger bank, but on larger budgets and with considerably more advertising money backing them.
The studios behind these successful horrors were often desperate to emphasize the non-horrific aspects of these productions, often times »
- Masked Slasher
In a special feature running all this week, Alex Williams counts down his Essential Actor / Director Partnerships...
Bottle Rocket (1996)
Rushmore (1998) [co-wrote but not featured]
The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
The Darjeeling Limited (2007)
As well as working for a director on screen, some actors contribute in other ways. Owen Wilson first met Wes Anderson when they were both studying at the University of Texas. They quickly began working together and the result was 1996's Bottle Rocket, which was an expansion on a short film they had made a couple of years earlier.
Revolving around a cast of misfits, Dignan (Owen Wilson), Anthony (Luke Wilson) and Bob (Bob Musgrave) plan the robbery of a cold storage building's safe. With Dignan plotting their robbery as a glorious, overblown heist of the century, the film builds towards its inevitable outcome with a soft affection for its bewildered protagonists. Dignan »
Snakes on a Plane director David Ellis and domestic distributor Relativity Media didn't like the film's original title, Shark Night 3D. While the movie will be released in international markets under that name, Ellis and Relativity have been trying to come up with a new name for the film. Ellis has been fighting to release the movie under the working title "Untitled 3D Shark Thriller". Ellis tells Vulture : "At our weekly production meetings, I made everyone on the crew come up with names — Chums, Fins, Terror on the Lake — but they all seemed kind of cheesy. And so until I hear a better name, I like what we’ve got right now: Untitled 3D Shark Thriller. The title says everything you need to know: 'We’ve got sharks.' 'It’s in 3D.' and, 'It’s a thriller.'” If you're releasing movies with titles like the announced sequel Piranha 3Dd, »
- Peter Sciretta
The women of CineBoobs found a really fun website. Not to mention a useful one, too, if you're a film student -- I know I would have milked this thing dry if it had been around back when I was in grad school. It's the Film School Thesis Statement Generator and it couldn't be any simpler. Type in the name of a film like, say, "Plan 9 From Outer Space" and the Fstsg spits out a paper topic:
I picked "Plan 9" because I actually did write a grad school paper about "Plan 9" in which I interrogated the meaning and underpinnings of camp viewership. It was a good essay but I like the Fstsg's version even better. The narrative is completely masked in "Plan 9" but what little remains is almost entirely about the loss of utopia that Ed Wood predicts as the ultimate result of the Cold War arms race. »
- Matt Singer
The wait is over and American Idol season 10 has begun. I'm going to go out on a limb and predict that this will be one of the most watched seasons of American Idol ever. Sure, a lot of people are mourning the loss of Simon Cowell's singular presence on the show. For all the hate pointed at Cowell by fans of the various contestants that struggled under his often caustic critique, Simon brought a certain flavor to the show. He was the bad guy you loved to hate, and his plentiful face turns made him curiously ... um ... likeable? Regardless, he is gone and Paula is now even further in the rear view mirror; failed experiment Ellen has wisely been returned to her talk show digs, and Kara has been surprisingly given the heave-ho.
On the other hand, there is a new line up of judges that critics are claiming »
- Jon Lachonis
You're watching Off the Map, right? If not, what more will it take to convince you? A giant snake, you say? Consider it done. Tomorrow, Off the Map's league of Doctors who are way too hot to be practicing in the middle of a jungle, but are anyways, will take on, amongst other things, a giant Anaconda! In related news, Jennifer Lopez will be over on Fox debuting on American Idol - coincidence? I think Not! All eyeballs will be on the overnights though, as Off the Map posted what TVBythenumbers called 'disappointing' numbers last week and really needs to do better if it's to outrun the cancellation bear. Here are a couple of clips and some pics from the episode.
"Smile. Don't Kill Anyone" - When a 12-foot anaconda snake takes hold of a wildlife photographer, Zee, Lily and Ben spring into action. Meanwhile Tommy learns a tough »
- Jon Lachonis
15 items from 2011
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