15 items from 2013
E! calls it reality TV, but recently the meta aspect of visual storytelling, which is seen perhaps most often in the likes of Extras, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and pretty much any show named after the protagonist, are becoming especially prominent on the big screen. When you have James Franco, Seth Rogan and Emma Watson playing (supposedly) exaggerated versions of themselves, it’s meta, even more so if you throw in an apocalypse, as has been done in This Is The End. Here’s our rundown of our favourite films to have blurred the line between reality and fiction.
Atonement is based on a novel, which revolves around a story, in which a story is being written. Of course, although the foolish protagonist is seen inventing and writing stories from from the very beginning of the film, the greatest meta moment is when the true meaning of the atonement is revealed. »
- Isra Alkassi
Fans of Ben Affleck and Justin Timberlake anxiously await the September 2013 release of Runner, Runner, a film about an offshore Internet gambling operator and his star student. Director Brad Furman, relatively new to the film world, has two major motion pictures under his belt; The Take from 2007 and The Lincoln Lawyer from 2011. The film also boasts star Leonardo DiCaprio as a producer.
Ben Affleck’s career has spanned movie genres, with his last blockbuster Argo based on real life events in Iran, involving the daring rescue of six American diplomats during the Iranian hostage crisis. Argo swept the board at the Oscars.
Affleck tried his hand at directing first in 2007 with Gone Baby Gone and then in 2010 with the critically acclaimed The Town. Affleck has also starred in a number of Kevin Smith’s cult classic’s including Mallrats, Chasing Amy, and Dogma, where he and co-star Matt Damon play »
- Flickering Myth
Just another video solidifying that Kevin Smith is indeed the man. A video has surfaced from 1999 that shows the director alongside a religious group protesting his film Dogma. He doesn't fool the news team who makes it clear they were sure it was him, but they don't out him in front of the protest group, which makes it funnier when they interview him. I love how deadpan he is in the interview, as if he isn't thrilled someone is actually filming him doing this.
- Mick Joest
With Mutant Chronicles director Simon Hunter currently in pre-production on the apocalyptic vampire/zombie feature Last Blood, we caught up with Vincent Guastini, head of V.G.P Effects & Design Studio, who’s been tasked with delivering the flick’s special makeup effects, to get the skinny.
"I'm very excited about working with Simon,” said Guastini of the Last Blood director. “I'm a huge Mutant Chronicles fan, and during our Skype design meetings for Last Blood, we immediately started coming up with fresh ideas for the looks for the vampires and zombies. I have some pretty ‘out there’ ideas so we'll see after more locked in meetings this week with Simon, but he has an open mind and did say, ‘Lets do something never seen before.’”
Based on the Keenspot graphic novel of the same name, Last Blood follows a small group of human survivors of a zombie apocalypse, who »
- Sean Decker
I first came across Joe Lynch while attending the then Fangoria-led Weekend of Horrors in 2007. Tired of walking around, I sat in the presentation hall, and watched Joe talk about his then upcoming film, Wrong Turn 2 (a sequel to the 2003 original). What stood out about Joe, and was quite different than most of the other folks talking about their films, was the fact that you could tell there was a genuine horror fan standing up there. When Lynch talked about Wrong Turn 2, he talked about how he wanted to make a modern day video nasty, and for anyone who has seen the film, it’s a fun, extremely gruesome ride.
Having directed that film, Joe then made a film that horror fans have been waiting to see for a long time (The Knights Of Badassdom), directed one of the segments in Chillerama (let’s not forget his role as Fernando Phagabeefy »
Based on the true story of modern architect pioneer, Eileen Grey, The Price of Desire has also bagged Shannyn Sossamon for the lead role. The film will chart the changes that her personal relationships had on the architecture world. While falling in love with her nemesis, Swiss/French designer Le Corbusier (Vincent Perez), Grey also maintained a relationship with Marisa Damia.
Continuing the Kickstarter trend which has struck Hollywood, the filmmakers have created a campaign to fund restoration on Gray’s villa. Located in Roquebrune Cap Martin, »
- Gem Seddon
A year ago he was a little-known Belgian actor. Then, on the first Thursday of Cannes 2012, came Rust and Bone and Matthias Schoenaerts – playing a bare-knuckle boxer opposite Marion Cotillard – was suddenly the hottest discovery on the Croisette.
The British film industry in particular seems to have fallen for Schoenaert , and he'll be seen in three forthcoming BBC Films productions. First there's A Little Chaos (directed by Alan Rickman), in which he plays the head gardener at Versailles opposite Kate Winslet's headstrong landscaper. Then he'll go straight to the set of Saul Dibb's production of the second world war drama Suite française, some of which is being shot in his native Belgium. In that, he'll play a German officer opposite Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas. »
- Jason Solomons
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A few of us here from GeekTyrant will be hitting up WonderCon 2013, which takes place from Friday, March 29th to Sunday, March 31th at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. We went for the first time last year, and we had a great time, so we're all excited to be going back for more geek goodness!
WonderCon has released the full three-day schedule! There's a ton of great stuff to check out this year! Enough cool stuff to keep you more than busy! Check out the schedule and start planning out your trip! If you're going and you see us around make sure to say hi! We can talk about geek stuff! See ya there!
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- Joey Paur
Saturdays are a little quiet in Hollywood. All of your favourite celebrities are out and about doing those mundane chores, like buying nappies, or the weekly Tesco shop (do they have Tesco in Tinseltown?), or maybe even relaxing with a film of their choice. Anyway, because there won’t be as much movie news hitting Thn over Saturday and Sunday, we’ve been coming up with a few features to share with you, and this is the first: Where Are They Now? The Forgotten Legends.
Have you ever sat down the boozer having a little chat amongst your mates when an obscure film from the 1980s or 1990s pops up, before this sentence rears its ugly head: “I wonder whatever happened to [insert name here]?” Well, each and every Saturday, we will feature one of these lost Hollywood icons and see what they are up to now. This week it’s…
- Martin Daniel McDonagh
Imp Awards has a new poster for the upcoming film Grown Ups 2.
I’m convinced that Grown Ups is the comedic equivalent of The Expendables. I wish that were a compliment.
These guys were my heroes growing up and as cool as it sounds having them all together on a big film, it doesn’t work. The same as The Expendables and its sequel didn’t work.
Below is a list of the best projects these four comedic actors have been involved in. I compile this list with upmost sincerity and respect for these gentlemen that I grew up watching.
Kevin James: King of Queens (1998-2007)
- Alex Corey
By Joseph Leray
Capcom have released its financial earnings report for the first nine months of the 2012 fiscal year, which ends on March 31.
The big-picture news is that Capcom’s sales are up, earning a cool 6.6 billion in income yen this year, an increase of 104.9 percent. Capcom attributes this to strong sales of major releases such as “Resident Evil 6,” “Dragon’s Dogma,” a”DmC: Devil May Cry” and “Monster Hunter 3 Ultimate.”
Sales of downloadable content, a crop of popular social games, on-going subscriptions to “Monster Hunter Frontier Online,” and a “Resident Evil 5”-themed slot-machine game rounded out the company’s income for 2012.
There’s more good news for the company, too: according to Capcom’s statement, “Dragon’s Dogma” performed better than expected, “becoming a million-seller unprecedented among recent new brand games.” It’s no surprise, then, that Capcom would want to follow up on the game’s success with a hefty expansion pack. »
- MTV Video Games
Capcom reported a 45.9% increase in operating income for the first nine months of the fiscal year ending March 31, 2013, despite much lower than expected sales of both Resident Evil 6 and DmC: Devil May Cry.
As of December 31 2012, Capcom’s nine month net revenues totaled almost ¥72.7 billion, up 44.6% year-over-year. Operating income for the period was up 45.9% to ¥9.8 billion, and net income shot up almost 105% to ¥6.6 billion ($70.9 million).
The company’s Digital Contents division – which includes all of their console, PC, mobile and social games – pulled in ¥49.7 billion ($533.9 million) in net sales, up 39.2% year-over-year. The division’s operating income showed far less growth, and was only up 0.2% versus the same period in the prior fiscal year.
Confirming their previously revised sales forecast, Capcom noted that Resident Evil 6 has officially “lost its [sales] momentum”, selling 1.1 million units during the company’s third fiscal quarter. Life-to-date sales for the title now stand at 4.8 million units, »
- Justin Alderman
Finally, it's the surfaced script you've been waiting for: "Superman Lives," from Kevin Smith. That's right: the director in the Xxl hockey jersey behind iconic films like "Clerks," "Mallrats," and "Dogma," was once given the reins to pen a screenplay about the ultimate American superhero.
Granted, the script [via The Sports Hero] is copyrighted 1997, so there's no official word if "Chasing Amy"'s Joey Lauren Adams was in talks to play Lois Lane, but that's not necessarily something we would have contested. Because, man, how we miss you, Jla.
Man, we miss the '90s. »
- Eliot Glazer
If you went to film school when I did there were three directors who you wanted to be: Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson, and/or Kevin Smith. Argue all you want, but I saw enough knock-off films and read enough knock-off scripts in college to prove it. These three all have a very identifiable, imitable, style that makes you appreciate how good the original is when you see someone else do it poorly.
The knock-offs are either a crime story with cool guys in black suits, a movie about people being awkward in tweed jackets and vintage dresses, or the most crass dialogue about Batman’s genitalia you would ever want to hear. They inspired a generation.
- Cristian Duran
Any writer will tell you that coming up with a good ending can be difficult. In general, you want to stay true to what has come before while at the same time providing a satisfying resolution. Coming up with a good ending for a movie can be particularly frustrating because you have to factor in the audience’s expectations. You don’t want them to leave the theater feeling like they’ve been cheated.
Today, it seems like every other DVD release contains an alternate ending. They all provide glimpses into what might have been had the filmmakers chosen to go a different way. And on very rare occasions, they show how films that spawned franchises might have remained standalones.
Now this one technically isn’t a “franchise” in the traditional sense but it is a series of interconnected films. The View Askewniverse as creator Kevin Smith calls it. »
- Thomas Ahearn
15 items from 2013
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