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Black Friday is just a few days away now. Better start prepping so you can take advantage of the best deals out there, like Mondo’s Black Friday sale for example. Beginning on Friday, November 28th and wrapping up on 11:59Pm Ct on Monday, November 1st, you’ll have the opportunity to purchase a stunning new Pulp Fiction poster by Laurent Durieux for $60 as part of a timed sale (no beating the rush, they’ll sell as many as they sell) and then Mondo will donate 10% of the proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship. Cue the salesman voice. But wait! There’s more! Mondo also plans to announce the online sale information for a variant print at a future date, which will be signed by Pulp Fiction director Quentin Tarantino. Mondo is donating 100% of the variant proceeds to the Sally Menke Fellowship. Hit the jump for more on Mondo »
- Perri Nemiroff
The crew aboard the medical rescue spaceship Nightingale 9 roams the outer limits of deep space, keeping an ear tuned to the void around them for cries of help. When one such signal finds them, they rescue a mysterious man and his intriguing relic. The crew’s kindness could be their downfall, however, as their new guest has hellish plans to fulfill in Supernova, coming soon to Blu-ray via Scream Factory.
Press Release - “In the farthest reaches of space, something has been waiting…
Scream Factory has announced the release of sci-fi thriller Supernova on January 13, 2015. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, this release comes complete with bonus content, featuring The Making of Supernova¸ with new interviews with actors Lou Diamond Phillips and Robert Forster, producer Daniel Chuba and filmmaker Jack Sholder.
Beyond comprehension, beyond imagination and beyond the deepest regions of this galaxy…life as we know it is about to end! »
- Derek Anderson
While this one might seem odd to some of you fright fanatics, I for one, am completely excited to see Scream Factory’s upcoming Bluray of 2000’s Supernova. The James Spader-led sic-fi/horror film was notorious for it’s reshoots/editing, and it’s a mystery whether Walter Hill or Jack Sholder really directed the film (after forced reshoots, Hill disowned the film and used the pseudonym “Thomas Lee”), but with all of that being said, it’s always been quite the entertaining genre film, and the gang at Sf are giving the brand new Bluray to fans on January 13th. No word on whether the PG-13 or the R-rated version will be on the disc, but as soon as we know, you will!
- Jerry Smith
Amazon has a sale today on the Quentin Tarantino Xx: 8-Film Blu-ray Collection, which includes Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof and Inglourious Basterds. The set is normally priced at $119.99, but today it's only $59.99 and to make your set complete you can also pick up Django Unchained on Blu-ray for only $14.50. amz asin="B009B0OG1O" size="small"As for what the 8-film collection includes, here are the details: Blu-ray Special Features - 2 Discs Critics Corner: The Films of Quentin Tarantino - In-depth critics' discussion piece exploring Tarantino's films that redefined cinema and the impact of one of the most influential writers/directors of our time. 20 Years of Filmmaking - Take a look at Tarantino's career from the beginning, with interviews from co-workers, critics, stars and master filmmakers alike as well as a tribute to his greatest collaborator, »
- Brad Brevet
While it's not an official prequel, if you want to revisit the characters of Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown"—based on the novel by Elmore Leonard—then "Life Of Crime" will fit the bill. Adapted from a Leonard book, is uses the same characters in a story that takes place before the events of "Jackie Brown." And we want to give you a chance to check it out. Starring Jennifer Aniston, yasiin bey, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Junior, Tim Robbins, and John Hawkes, the story kicks off when a pampered housewife (Aniston) is kidnapped by a pair of blundering ex-cons in an effort to extort money from her sleazy real-estate tycoon husband (Robbins). The perfect crime becomes the perfect opportunity for the husband to ride off into the sunset with his sexy young mistress (Fisher), until the housewife decides it is her turn to even the score. Yep, »
- Edward Davis
The Complete Jacques Tati (Criterion Collection) Every year Criterion seems to put together a collection of films that stands above the rest. Last year it was the Zatoichi collection of films, this year they celebrate Jacques Tati with a collection of his six feature films -- Jour de fecte, Monsieur Hulot's Holiday, Mon oncle, PlayTime, Trafic and Parade -- along with seven Tati-related short films. Unfortunately I was not sent a review copy, but once the Barnes & Noble, 50% off Criterion sale rolls around next month I think I'll have to add this one to my Christmas request list the same way I did with Zatoichi last year. As for my thoughts on the films, I personally love Hulot's Holiday and PlayTime, the latter of which you can read my review of the previous Criterion Blu-ray edition here, though as DVD Beaver has already shown, the transfer on this new release looks much different. »
- Brad Brevet
Earlier this month, Paul Thomas Anderson's feverishly anticipated "Inherent Vice" (read our review here) made its debut at the New York Film Festival. In addition to screening the film for the first time anywhere in the world, organizers brought Anderson out for a masterclass, which we detailed at length right here. But if you want to hear the words from the man himself, now you can. Cory Everett snagged the audio from the talk and has posted it online. For the talk, Anderson brought a handful of clips from a wide range of films, television shows and music videos —"Police Squad!," Neil Young's "Journey Through the Past," Alex Cox's "Repo Man," Alfred Hitchcock's "North by Northwest," Quentin Tarantino's "Jackie Brown," Frank Capra's "The Bitter Tea of General Yen" and more— as a conduit through which to discuss "Inherent Vice." It's well worth a listen, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
18th Century prince Mamuwalde (William Marshall) is invited to meet Count Dracula (Charles Macaulay) to gain support for the abolitionist movement. In the midst of a heated debate it is revealed Dracula is an advocate of slavery, wishing to take Mamuwalde’s wife for his bride. Expressing his anger Mamuwalde lashes out at Dracula who lays a horrific bloodlust upon his guest and condemns his wife Luva to eternal damnation. Chained in a coffin for two centuries Mamuwalde emerges from his confinement back in Los Angeles. In an era of bell bottom flares,sharp suits and Seventies psychedelic fashions Blacula is unleashed to feed…
Forty two years after the term ‘Blaxploitation’ was coined and came to define a film movement, Eureka Entertainment release two unique examples on DVD and Blu-ray. Blacula and Scream Blacula Scream made in 72’ and 73’ tapped into the lucrative horror market, »
- Gary Collinson
"It sucked... It just was -- awful," Michael Keaton says of Batman Forever in the following "CBS Sunday Morning" interview piece, which largely asks "Where has Michael Keaton beenc" It's a good little piece as we learn Keaton turned down a reported $15 million to play Batman a third time. The role would eventually go to Val Kilmer and while the question of where has Keaton been floats in the air... Well, since Batman Returns he's made The Paper, Quentin Tarantino's Jackie Brown, starred in White Noise, voiced characters in Pixar's Cars and Toy Story 3 and was an excellent contribution to The Other Guys. Granted, none of those roles stacks up to his new film, Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), which I had the pleasure of seeing just this morning and while I'll have my review for you on Monday, let me just say the hype around this one is for real, »
- Brad Brevet
Michael Keaton was the first movie actor to say, "I'm Batman." In 1989, Keaton defied the skeptics who'd shrieked when Tim Burton cast him as the Caped Crusader when Batman became a blockbuster, laying the groundwork for the future of superhero franchises and, hence, Hollywood. But after a popular sequel, Keaton hung up the cape, and despite some memorable performances since then—The Paper, Jackie Brown, The Other Guys—he's never found another role with either the depth or profile of Batman. Until now, perhaps. In Birdman, Keaton plays someone we immediately identify—even if he claims he does not. Riggan »
- Jeff Labrecque
Birdman (or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu
The cast and crew, fly high in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), directed by visionary Alejandro González Iñárritu. Michael Keaton stars as Riggan Thomson, a washed-up actor who never bounced back from his peak stardom days as part of a 1990s superhero franchise, and who is desperate to gain back some spark for his faded career. Riggan attempts to jolt himself back into the limelight through the triple threat of writing, directing and starring in a Broadway adaptation of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.
- Christopher Clemente
When Pulp Fiction opened in theaters 20 years ago today, the mainstream moviegoing audience was introduced to a dynamic new Hollywood talent. Quentin Tarantino was a 31-year-old hipster whose formal film education never rose much higher than working as a clerk in a Manhattan Beach video store. A walking encyclopedia of film history who fetishized some of the more obscure genres, Tarantino had a gift for dialog and his own visual toolbox that expanded the language of cinematic storytelling. Pulp Fiction was the culmination of a two-year stretch where the director went from Nobody to Wunderkind, beginning with the Sundance premiere »
- Jeff Labrecque
Photographs by Brigitte Lacombe For all the technical wizardry deployed in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), the movie’s most impressive trick might have been getting Michael Keaton to say yes. Though he played Bruce Wayne twice in Tim Burton’s Batman movies, Keaton is probably more famous for being the guy who says no: He declined his parts in Beetlejuice and Jackie Brown the first three times they were offered. He quit the sequel to Batman Returns because he didn’t like the kid-friendly direction the studio was pushing it in. He’s said to have turned down starring roles in Splash, The Fly, JFK, Philadelphia, Kingpin, and TV’s Lost, all of which became iconic for the actors who eventually played them. Keaton has been so absent from the screen lately that when he met Barack Obama a few years ago, the president greeted him by asking, »
- Lane Brown
Scream Factory is on a blood-sucking blitz. Hot on the heels of announcing Love at First Bite and Once Bitten Blu-rays to come out near Valentine’s Day, the diligent distributor has now revealed they are bringing Blacula and its sequel, Scream, Blacula, Scream to Blu-ray for the first time in February, adding to the month’s fanged fiend theme.
Both 1972’s Blacula and 1973’s Scream, Blacula, Scream star William Marshall in the sharp-toothed titular role, with the iconic Pam Grier as Lisa Fortier in the sequel. Extras have not been revealed at this time, but are likely cooking in the cauldron. Here’s the official announcement from Scream Factory on Facebook:
“- In Feb, a blood-sucking double feature of guilty pleasures Blacula and its sequel Scream, Blacula Scream from the 70s will bare their fangs on blu-ray for the first time too in the U.S. and Canada. Both »
- Derek Anderson
As the fall season gets underway, I'm starting to finally get a look at some of the movies I've been most excited about, including "Birdman," which I get to see tomorrow. I couldn't be more excited about the movie based on what I've heard, and I'm doing my best not to watch clips or to learn too much. I want to see it all in context. Well… almost all. They did send me some new images from the film today that I'm going to share, featuring the cast and, in one shot, the director. Is it weird that one of the things that makes me happiest about the mere existence of this film is that Michael Keaton is front and center again? In general, Michael Keaton's career has been the source of confusion for me for a while now. Keaton is the quintessential '80s leading man, the cloth »
- Drew McWeeny
Robert Forster knows a thing or two about reincarnation. The 73-year-old character actor has reinvented himself more than once, most notably with his Oscar-nominated 1997 role as bail bondsman Max Cherry in Quentin Tarantino’s Jackie Brown. Now he’s occupying a new body, as the shadowy hit man Frank Shepherd on the life-after-death sci-fi mystery Intruders, which BBC America is showcasing tomorrow from 4 to 8 p.m. with a marathon of the show’s first four episodes, leading up to the new episode featuring Forster at 10 p.m. “When I was 9 or 10 years old, I was sure reincarnation was how life progressed,” Forster says. “Why waste a whole life on one person if you don’t get another one? I haven’t been at all sure about the subject matter since.” Forster is sure about a few other things, however, like the fact that his legendary Breaking Bad character, the Disappearer, »
- Bruce Fretts
"You gotta hear this one song. It'll change your life, I swear," a girl (Sam) in a doctor's waiting room once said to a boy (Andrew) who looked a lot like Zach Braff. Then, she placed a pair of headphones over his ears and played him The Shins.
Garden State's soundtrack became a must-have for all fans in 2004 thanks to its effective use - and curation - of indie artists, acoustic ditties and mild electronica. It was an album that showed a jukebox soundtrack (traditionally the territory of Tarantino) could do something different, whether that was introducing people to obscure bands they hadn't heard of or connecting you with others who also liked the movie's music.
10 years later, filmmakers are still chasing the same thing: the ultimate mixtape. »
Life of Crime, 2013.
Directed by Daniel Schechter.
Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return.
Life of Crime, based on one of legendary author Elmore Leonard’s great collection of novels, ‘The Switch’ reminds us of that period in the 90s when adaptations of his work were effortlessly hip and cool. Get Shorty, Out of Sight, and Jackie Brown, made by three very talented directors each with a style of their own opened up Leonard’s work to a whole new generation; Life of Crime also reminds us of the gulf in class between those films and this.
The story begins promisingly, like a cool version of Ruthless People (yes, I »
- Gary Collinson
Keaton got his start on "Mister Rogers," though, most of his work was surprisingly behind the scenes. It really wouldn't be until 1982 that the actor would break out in Ron Howard's "Night Shift," and a few years later, his career went into overdrive. After collaborating with Tim Burton on "Beetlejuice" (1988), the director cast him as the legendary Bruce Wayne in "Batman" (1989). This fall, he revisits his superhero past in Alejandro González Iñárritu's "Birdman," and the acclaim is already rolling in.
2. His father worked as a civil engineer and surveyor, while his mother was a homemaker. »
- Jonny Black
Life of Crime, Daniel Schecter’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, is now playing on VOD and in theaters. The film features younger versions of the Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson characters from another Leonard adaptation, Jackie Brown, with John Hawkes and Yasiin Bey (aka Mos Def) filling the roles this time around. The story features Hawkes and Bey kidnapping the trophy wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a wealthy man (Tim Robbins) only to find out he doesn’t actually want her back. The film also stars Mark Boone Junior, Isla Fisher, Will Forte. Life of Crime is loaded with juicy characters and great dialogue, and it’s definitely worth checking out. For more on the movie, read Matt’s review or watch the trailer. At the recent Los Angeles press day for the film I landed an exclusive video interview with Will Forte. He talked about making Life of Crime, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
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