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For all of the hype and excitement generated by Joe Dante’s so-called comeback with 2014’s Burying the Ex, the middling comedy horror proved to be a forgettable romp – one which pales in comparison to the director’s body of work. But before you get down and out about Dante’s recent misfortunes, Variety reports that the filmmaker is wasting no time in teeing up his next creative venture: a supernatural thriller known as Labirintus.
Penned by cult screenwriter and novelist Alan Campbell, the director’s latest foray behind the lens will whisk moviegoers off to Budapest, Hungary, following the spine-chilling tale of a paranormal investigator and psychiatric researcher who throw caution to the wind and explore the city’s more treacherous ruins. Settling on what is possibly the creepiest location in the entire country, Variety teases that Labirintus will see the ghost-hunting pair venture into “an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, »
- Michael Briers
Goldcrest boards thriller from iconic comedy-horror director.
Goldcrest Films International has boarded sales on the project and will launch the project at the Afm (Nov 4-11).
Production is due to begin early next spring with casting underway on the story of a paranormal investigator and psychiatric researcher who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden within the Budapest Labyrinth.
When supernatural forces confound and torment the group they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.
Dante described the script as “compelling” and “chilling” and expressed excitement to be working with the team behind the new thriller.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
London — Joe Dante is to direct supernatural thriller “Labirintus,” which Goldcrest will be financing and co-producing. Goldcrest also handles global sales, and will launch the feature film project at the American Film Market. Production is expected to begin next spring, and news on casting will follow.
“Labirintus” tells the story of a paranormal investigator and psychiatric researcher, who join forces to explore an abandoned subterranean Soviet research facility, hidden within Hungary’s Budapest Labyrinth, the dark twisting catacombs beneath Buda Castle. When supernatural forces confound and torment the group, they begin to question their own sanity. To escape they must quash their fears and lead their team to find and destroy the dark heart of the maze.
Dante started his career as a film critic and then cut trailers for Roger Corman’s New World Pictures, before launching his career as a director on “Piranha” for United Artists. His directing career has included “The Howling, »
- Leo Barraclough
In the 1980s, bored film critics sometimes claimed to see homoerotic themes in any 'buddy picture' about guys being friends with guys. Only one bold comedy dared to confront this notion directly -- in this show, Dennis Quaid spends a full two hours inside Martin Short, yet the finished picture is still perfectly suitable for all audiences and age groups! Savant Blu-ray Review Warner Home Video 1987 / Color /1.78:1 / 116 min. / Street Date August 4, 2015/ available through Warner Bros. / 13.09 Starring Dennis Quaid, Martin Short, Meg Ryan, Kevin McCarthy, Fiona Lewis, Vernon Wells, Robert Picardo Cinematography Andrew Laszlo Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Muren Art Direction James H. Spencer Film Editor Kent Beyda Original Music Jerry Goldsmith Written by Jeffrey Boam, Chip Proser, story by Chip Proser Produced by Michael Finnell, Peter Guber, Kathleen Kennedy, Frank Marshall, Jon Peters, Chip Proser, Steven Spielberg Directed by Joe Dante
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
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- Glenn Erickson
Subjuvenile and offensive, sentimental and ridiculous. Every attempt at a joke falls flat. Every talent here is wasted. Save yourself. I’m “biast” (pro): love Simon Pegg…
I’m “biast” (con): …but he’s been trying my fangirlism for a while now
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The curse of Simon Pegg — that one that means that each movie he makes without the touch of J.J. Abrams or Edgar Wright is worse than the one before it — has not been broken. Though this is surprising: Monty Python’s Terry Jones (Boom Bust Boom) directed Absolutely Anything. Jones wrote the script, too (with Gavin Scott: Small Soldiers)… though it’s been gathering dust for 20 years, and feels like it. Pegg (Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation) is London schoolteacher Neil Clarke, who is given, without warning or explanation, godlike powers by passing aliens who will decide »
- MaryAnn Johanson
By Lee Pfeiffer
Director Joe Dante is revered by his fans not only as a filmmaker but also because of his genuine passion for classic and cult cinema. Dante, like so many other filmmakers and actors who became successes, was a protégé of Roger Corman, starting out as an editor. Before long, he had progressed to directing and had a hit with his 1978 horror flick "Piranha". His deft ability to make audiences cringe as well as laugh became his trademark. More successful films followed including a segment of the "Twilight Zone" feature film, his werewolf classic "The Howling", "Gremlins", which is considered a classic by the generation who saw it as children, "Innerspace", "Amazon Women on the Moon", "The 'Burbs", "Matinee" and "Small Soldiers". In recent years, Dante has been busy operating his extremely popular web site Trailers From Hell, which showcases original movie trailers from decades ago, complete with »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
It’s a sign of the unhealthiness of mainstream Hollywood — and the corporate theme-park audience it has cultivated — that a good exploitation director like Joe Dante doesn’t have the wherewithal to make a movie a year. It’s true that his work has a wide countercultural streak, which is why highbrow-lowbrows like me love him. In The Howling, his segment of Twilight Zone: The Movie, Neighbors, Gremlins 2, Small Soldiers, Looney Tunes: Back in Action, and the "Homecoming" episode of Masters of Horror, he proves that genre parody can also be the basis for potent, subversive satire. But you can enjoy his movies on dumber levels, too. What he lacks is a talent for middlebrow faux-seriousness — the kind you get in “dark” superhero pictures and “family values” monster flicks like Jurassic World. He’s not enough of a bullshit artist.Dante’s newest movie, Burying the Ex, doesn’t make the leap to satire. »
- David Edelstein
Rick Ducommun, a Canadian actor who appeared in many popular comedies in the ’80s and ’90s, has died. He was 62.
Rip Rick Ducommun. pic.twitter.com/52J5wKXToU
— Joe Dante (@joe_dante) June 18, 2015
Ducommun’s Twitter also posted the news.
1989’s “The ‘Burbs” was one of Ducommun’s most notable appearances, playing Tom Hanks’ noisy, paranoid neighbor. The comedian also had small roles in “Groundhog Day,” “Little Monsters,” “Die Hard,” “The Hunt for Red October,” “The Last Boy Scout,” “Last Action Hero” and “Scary Movie,” in which he played Anna Faris’ character’s father.
Dante posted several tweets honoring the late actor, noting that Ducommun, a relatively unknown stand-up comic at the time, beat out Dave Thomas and Rick Moranis to take the memorable role in “The ‘Burbs, »
- Alex Stedman
Read More: Image Entertainment Acquires Joe Dante's Spooky Relationship Comedy 'Burying the Ex' Some relationships are hard to let go of, while others refuse to let go of you. Anton Yelchin learns that the hard way in "Burying the Ex," a new film from "Small Soldiers" and "Gremlins" director Joe Dante. Dig up the new trailer for the film above. Yelchin plays Max, who believes Evelyn, played by Ashley Greene, is the best girlfriend ever. That is, until she moves in with him and shows her true colors. Not knowing how to break up with her, his worries are taken care of when she gets hit by a bus. Determined to move on with his life, Yelchin finds comfort in a Olivia, played by Alexandra Daddario, until Evelyn returns from the dead as a zombie under the impression the two are still dating. "Burying the Ex" hits »
- Travis Clark
"There's a freaky Tim Burton movie in your living room." If the indie horror comedy Life After Beth didn't deliver the right kind of zombie romantic comedy you were hoping for, maybe Burying the Ex from Gremlins director Joe Dante is more your speed. Anton Yelchin stars in the story of a young man who thinks he's met the perfect girl in Evelyn (Ashley Greene), but then becomes a nightmare to deal with at home. But it doesn't seem to be a problem anymore when she dies, leaving him to fall in love with another girl (Alexandra Daddario). But that's when Evelyn comes back from the dead to complicate things in the worst way, and the first international trailer shows off the messy results of that story unfolding. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Joe Dante's Burying the Ex from Voltage Pictures: Burying the Ex is directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins, »
- Ethan Anderton
Joe Dante has a filmography that stands on it's own as one of the best of the 1980s. He helmed The Howling, Gremlins, Innerspace, Explorers, The 'Burbs, and more. But, since 1998's Small Soldiers, Dante has only directed one theatrical release, the bomb Looney Tunes: Back In Action. Now, his latest film Burying The Ex is getting a release and we have the first trailer. While Burying The Ex has a pretty good cast in Anton Yelchin, Ashley Greene, and Alexandra Daddario, this does not look like »
- Alex Maidy
The horror comedy from the Gremlins director will be released in cinemas and video on demand in summer 2015, reports Coming Soon.
As he struggles to find the courage to end the relationship, Evelyn is involved in a freak accident and dies, leaving Max free to meet other girls.
After he meets a potential soul mate in Olivia (Alexandra Daddario), Evelyn returns from the dead as a zombie determined to win back Max.
Joe Dante may not be the most prolific director in the world, but with works such as Gremlins, Small Soldiers, and Innerspace to his name, his new films still get us excited. His latest film Burying The Ex, recently premièred at the Venice Film Festival, and has just been picked up for distribution in the Us. Image Entertainment has acquired all Us rights, and according to Mark Ward, the Senior Vice President of Acquisitions for the Image brands (that’s a mouthful), they couldn’t be happier:
We are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with legendary filmmaker Joe Dante. He brings a unique vision and style to Burying The Ex. We are confident that his fans and the genre community will embrace the film.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
13 items from 2015
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