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If you thought there was a chance you might see Jeff Bridges don his iconic bathrobe one more time we’ve got some troubling news for you. Joel and Ethan Coen are attending the Cannes Film Festival to promote their latest film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” and the duo sat down to answer questions at a press event. Inevitably the conversation turned to their cult classic “The Big Lebowski” and whether or not they would want to take on a sequel. Over the years actors, John Turturro has been leading the charge in making a sequel, one that would center on his character, Jesus Quintanta. Although he's only in 'Lebowski' for a couple of scenes, he's a fan favorite, and he's been pitching the Coens on a followup, and has spoken to the press about it too (read all about it in our feature 5 Things You Might Not Know About The »
- Jason McDonald
If you're an enterprising horror fan looking for an extremely violent good time, then you should head over to your favorite digital outlet to download the unrated version of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, which is available Right Now. Everyone else will have to wait for Blu-ray and DVD.
From the Press Release
Boasting a worldwide box office of over $211 million, Tommy Wirkola's fantasy adventure Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is set to hit Blu-ray, Blu-ray 3D, DVD and On Demand June 11th from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film will also be available early for Digital Download on May 21st.
The film stars Jeremy Renner (Marvel's The Avengers, The Bourne Legacy), Gemma Arterton (Quantum of Solace), Famke Janssen (X-Men), Thomas Mann (Beautiful Creatures) and Peter Stormare (The Big Lebowski). Written and directed by Wirkola (Dead Snow), the film tells the story of the brother and sister team seeking to avenge their parents’ deaths. »
- Uncle Creepy
So, how badly would you like to, say... score an iPad mini? Or maybe win tickets to the world premiere of World War Z in Los Angeles? Badly enough to go on a witch hunt? If you answered "Yes" to any of those questions. grab your torch and pitchforks and read on!
Alrighty, kids! Time to scour your favorite haunts on the Internet! Below you'll find our lovely little Dread Central witch! Five other sites have witches as well. The first person to find all 6 witch images and uncover the complete secret URL will win an iPad mini with digital versions of the theatrical release and the "Unrated Cut" of the film. Everyone else who enters will have a chance to win a trip to the premiere of World War Z.
To follow the progress of the hunt and to receive possible hints, keep your eyes glued to the official »
- Uncle Creepy
One of the standout films in the main competition here in Cannes has to be the Coen brothers’ Inside Llewyn Davis. God kills a kitten every time a hipster calls it “minor Coen brothers. »
- Sasha Stone
In Los Angeles, California, and looking to partake in one hell of a bloody good time? This coming Monday, May 20th, Dread Central will be presenting a special one-time-only screening of Paramount's Unrated version of Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters! Read on for details!
The event is happening in anticipation of the unrated cut of the film hitting all digital download outlets on Tuesday, May 21st, a full two weeks before the film's Blu-ray and DVD bow! Our own Heather Wixson will be on hand to introduce the movie along with director Tommy Wirkola, and we have your chance to get tickets to this gore-soaked shindig right here!
When: Monday, May 20th, 2013, at 8:30 Pm Where: Sundance Sunset Cinemas - 8000 West Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, California 90046
Be advised this will be a 21+ event as there will be alcoholic beverages provided prior to and during the screening for your enjoyment. »
- Uncle Creepy
Finally, after two separate red-band trailers, an official piece of artwork for Paul Middleditch’s horror comedy Rapture-Palooza has arrived, and given the subject matter, it's painfully generic! Look for the flick from Lionsgate in limited theaters and on VOD platforms June 7th.
The film is best described as Zombieland meets The Big Lebowski, and in the flick a couple battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist.
When the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured up to heaven, Lindsey (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect) and her boyfriend, Ben (John Francis Daley, TV’s “Bones”), are left behind in suburban Seattle. The young couple try their best to lead a normal life surrounded by talking locusts, blood rain showers, and pot-smoking wraiths. But when The Beast (Craig Robinson, »
- Uncle Creepy
Feature James Clayton 17 May 2013 - 05:48
As the summer movie season brings speculation about flops and bombs, James argues that, for viewers, there's no such thing as failure...
We're now well into blockbuster season, and the rest of the summer lies before us bright with big screen promise. The tentpole features are stacked like tenpins on the shiny stage, and you're eyeing them up from afar and you're wearing jaunty shoes. Which ones will fall and which ones will remain standing proudly once the turn's been rolled and the tallies have been totalled up?
The bowling metaphor is ill-fitting and awful (even more ill-fitting and awful than the shoes) so I apologise for chuckin' it up. Nevertheless, if you view it from a certain angle (probably the gutter) the summer movie season does look like a game. It's a kitschy game that's subject to quirks of fate and chance, and it's all about the numbers. »
The red-band trailer for Paul Middleditch’s horror comedy Rapture-Palooza has arrived, and we have every sin-laden second of it right here for ya! Look for the flick from Lionsgate in limited theaters and on VOD platforms June 7th.
The film is best described as Zombieland meets The Big Lebowski, and that alone has us all over this bad boy. In the flick a couple battle their way through a religious apocalypse on a mission to defeat the Antichrist. Yep, we are so there.
When the Apocalypse actually happens and a billion people are raptured up to heaven, Lindsey (Anna Kendrick, Pitch Perfect) and her boyfriend, Ben (John Francis Daley, TV’s “Bones”), are left behind in suburban Seattle. The young couple try their best to lead a normal life surrounded by talking locusts, blood rain showers, »
- Uncle Creepy
Jeff Bridges is best known for appearing in dramas such as 2009′s Crazy Heart, which garnered the actor an Oscar, and the Coen brothers’ 1998 noir-stoner comedy classic The Big Lebowski, which garnered him an army of “Duderino”-quoting fans. But Bridges’ filmography also features a surprisingly large amount of sci-fi and fantasy movies, including 1976′s King Kong remake, 1984′s Starman, the two Tron movies, the first Iron Man film, and now this summer’s Robert Schwentke-directed R.I.P.D., in which he and Ryan Reynolds play dead, but still extremely active, law enforcers.
Below, Bridges talks about making the film — which »
- Clark Collis
Technically this is a red-band trailer, but it's pretty safe for work by our count. It does acknowledge sex, and the word "dick" is used. So discretion is half-heartedly advised. Few filmmakers have captured America, for better or worse, in comedy or drama, as lusciously and captivatingly as The Coen Bros. Joel and Ethan Cohen have explored the American experience with fables (A Serious Man), with whimsy (O Brother, Where Art Thou?), with sadness (No Country For Old Men), with frank admiration (True Grit), and with stoner humor (The Big Lebowski). And for their next act they'll be delving into the game-changing folk music scene of the 1960s with a star-studded drama called Inside Llewyn Davis. Set in New York City, the film centers on the titular folk singer/songwriter played by Oscar Isaac, who not long ago nabbed memorable roles in two polarizing features, Nicolas Winding Refn's Drive »
They’re not the most well-known, they don’t make the most money, and they don’t always get the credit they deserve, but the best character actors make an indelible mark on any movie. Generally considered to be an actor who avoids leading roles in favor of supporting ones, character actors often play eccentrics or characters that would be harder for a traditional actor to tackle.
In some ways, by taking on limited roles, character actors are able to maximise their impact and leave a more substantial impression on a film. Known for their versatility, work ethic, and willingness to blend into a film, character actors are some of the most important performers in Hollywood.
To make this list, an actor must still be actively making movies, and they were ranked by a combination of their resumes and abilities…
10. John Goodman
A frequent collaborator of the Coen Brothers, John Goodman »
- Paul Sorrells
Edward Woodward's former black ops agent Robert McCall is heading to DVD here in the UK on Monday May 13th with the release of The Equalizer: The Complete Collection, which includes all 88 episodes of the classic 80s series, along with a Season 1 re-release designed to match the recent releases of Seasons 2,3 and 4.
To celebrate, the lovely people at Fabulous Films and Fremantle Media Enterprises have supplied us with a copy of The Complete Collection to give away to one lucky reader, while three runners up will get their hands Season 1; read on for a synopsis and details of how to enter the competition...
The Equalizer stars Golden Globe winner Edward Woodward O.B.E. as Robert McCall - a retired covert intelligence officer trying to atone for past sins by offering his services, free of charge, as a troubleshooter, protector and investigator. Aided by a group of mysterious »
- Flickering Myth
Director/co-writer Ariel Vromen’s The Iceman opens this weekend in limited release. The drama is based on the book by Anthony Bruno that chronicles the life of Richard Kuklinski (played by Michael Shannon), a professional hitman who kept his work secret from his family. The contract killer received the nickname “The Iceman” because he froze the bodies of his victims in order to disguise their time of death and throw the authorities off track. The film also stars Chris Evans, Ray Liotta, Winona Ryder, Robert Davi, and Danny Abeckaser. For more on The Iceman, watch the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Winona Ryder. We talked about making The Iceman, the way she prepares for a role, her most challenging role, if she still has to audition, her obsession with The Wire and The Big Lebowski, and a lot more. Hit »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Indie productions have shifted into overdrive with the ease that they can now be created. Most only aspire to be short films with a budget of £1000 but director Andy Wilton stayed bold and true with his idea to create his first feature-length Behind the Scenes of Total Hell.
In fact, he’s created two as Total Hell – the Jamie Gunn horror ‘masterpiece’ the mockumentary is based around – is available as a DVD extra along on www.btsoth.co.uk which has a lot more information and merchandise available too.
Chatting to Andy Wilton has painted the picture of an honest, down-to-earth guy with a penchant for filmmaking. Always open to chat but committed to driving his film out there for it to be seen, not for financial gain, his commitment to filmmaking remains despite how long it has taken the film to get to the distribution stage. Instead of distributing through the normal mediums, »
- Ashley Norris
Terence Stamp | Southend Film Festival | Sci-Fi London | Rooftop Film Club
Terence Stamp, London
His beauty is often admired before his acting skills, but while the former has faded somewhat the latter survives, at least when Stamp isn't topping up the retirement fund with another offhand baddie role. Those dodgier movies have thankfully been omitted from this selective retrospective (don't worry, Superman II is still in there). He lit up the screen, and the 1960s, with early films such as Billy Budd, The Collector, Far From The Madding Crowd, Poor Cow and Theorem, then took an extended break in an Indian ashram. Since his return to the day job, he's reminded us what he can do, in The Hit, The Adventures Of Priscilla Queen Of The Desert, even last year's Song For Marion. He's a terrific writer and talker, too, which should make his on-stage interview (8 May) a hot ticket.
BFI Southbank, »
- Steve Rose
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 25, 2013
Price: DVD $22.97, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $24.97
Studio: Warner Home Video
Carell and Buscemi play superstar magicians Burt Wonderstone and Anton Marvelton, respectively. After a street magician’s (Jim Carrey, Mr. Popper’s Penguins) stunts make their show look stale, they decide for ramp things up by staging their own daring stunt, in an effort to salvage their act and their friendship.
The Incredible Burt Wonderstone was directed by Don Scardino, who’s known for helmer TV shows including 30 Rock, and written by Jonathan M. Goldstein (Horrible Bosses) and John Francis Daley, best known as Dr. Lance Sweets on TV’s Bones, »
Cat People in Spotlight
In Moscow, the world’s only cat theater has reopened following a year-long closure for renovation. Founded by clown Yuri Kuklachev and run with his son Dmitry, the troupe has a cast of 120 cats and four dogs. Among the cats’ specialties are shimmying along poles, leaping from clown to clown and spinning balls. Performances include “The Ice Fantasy,” “Boris the Cat’s” Olympic Games and “Cats of the Universe.” Some animal-rights activists have protested.
Pinewood in Song Link
Pinewood Shepperton has entered into a 50-50 agreement with Seven Stars Media for a new entity, Song Lin. Bruno Wu, chairman-ceo of Seven Stars, said the goal is to create co-production opportunities for Chinese producers, export Chinese film and TV overseas, and improve production standards. Pinewood will provide expertise and limited capital .
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Beijing Fest Expands
- Variety Staff
It's 4/20 -- you know what that means. And while we absolutely do not condone any illegal activities, should you be participating in any, here are great ways to pass the time all day. All times Eastern, check your local listings for channel information.
Espn: "X Games" from Foz do Iguacu, Brazil, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
HBO Comedy: "Napolean Dynamite," 4:55 p.m.
History: "Marijuana: A Chronic History," 4 p.m.
IFC: "Boogie Nights, »
Tara Reid starring in an Asylum movie about a tornado filled with hungry sharks? Why am I not surprised? Read on to find out which stars of “Beverly Hills 90210” and the cult classic C.H.U.D. will be joining her when Sharknado touches down later this year.
Written by Thunder Levin (American Warships, Ae Apocalypse Earth) and helmed by Anthony C. Ferrante, director of The Asylum’s “pretty damned good horror movie” Hansel & Gretel, “The Jaws After Tomorrow,” aka Sharknado, sees Los Angeles devastated by a monster hurricane that leaves the streets flooded with shark-infested waters leading to the inevitable moment when a tornado sucks up the sharks, producing the world’s first man-eating F5 tornado.
Tara Reid of American Pie, The Big Lebowski, and considerable tabloid fame (at least until Lindsay Lohan and Amanda Bynes stole all the headlines) leads the charge against this unholy predatory twister threatening the City of Angels. »
Ryan Reynolds is the new dead guy fighting the criminal dead alongside Jeff "The Dude" Bridges in the new movie in R.I.P.D. Check out the new trailer, poster, and images from the new movie based on a Dark Horse Comic.
R.I.P.D. brings together Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges as crime fighting angels sent to Earth to capture the monstrous dead roaming among the living as the Rest In Peace Police Department. Sound a bit like Men in Black, except for the heavenly part? Reynolds leaves the wise-cracking to his new partner Roy Pusifer, played by Bridges who hasn't been this fun since his role as "The Dude" in The Big Lebowski. Mary-Louise Parker seems to be the highlight in this first look. And why can't Mary-Louise Parker be in more movies. She's got a natural comedy flair that's sorely missed since Weeds.
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