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Clay McLeod Chapman doesn't just write horror, he performs it in The Pumpkin Pie Show, an immersive storytelling experience that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. If you haven't had the pleasure of seeing Chapman perform (which our own Daily Dead Editor-in-Chief Jonathan James experienced at The Overlook Film Festival), you can certainly read his work anytime in a number of books, including his new short story collection, Nothing Untoward: Stories from The Pumpkin Pie Show. To celebrate the release of his new collection, we caught up with Chapman for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his literary influences, twenty years of The Pumpkin Pie Show, writing The Tribe trilogy for Disney press, and his upcoming Marvel project that he describes as "a love story between Deadpool and Venom."
What authors and storytellers were you drawn to in your formative years that influenced your own writing and performing?
Clay McLeod Chapman: First off… »
- Derek Anderson
"Why is a general talking to Rolling Stone in the first place?" That the question asked near the end of War Machine, a film loosely based on "The Runaway General," a National Magazine Award finalist for excellence in reporting by Michael Hastings. (The same article, it should be mentioned, that helped lose Gen. Stanley McChrystal his job as commander of all U.S. and Nato forces in Afghanistan.)
Hastings, who died in a car crash four years ago at 33, expanded his 2010 profile of McChrystal into a 2012 book-length expose called The Operators. »
Brad Pitt's belt is doing big work these days.
While promoting his Netflix movie, War Machine, the 53-year-old actor -- who has appeared noticeably slimmer lately -- has been giving off some major '90s vibes with his baggy pants. To be fair, that was a very sexy decade for the A-lister, who was voted Sexiest Man Alive in 1995 and five years later in 2000.
Et first spotted the style in April when Pitt appeared at the premiere of The Lost City of Z in Hollywood, California, wearing some roomy slacks.
Just this week, he stepped out again in several loose-fitting looks. On Tuesday afternoon, the father of six waved to fans outside The Late Show With Stephen Colbert in New York City, while dressed in a pair of tan, high-waisted trousers »
“He’s awesome. He’s incredible. I just want to go on record saying that because his mom’s probably watching,” she quipped. “So Joe Locicero is an awesome actor and he came on Jane and I met him on Jane, and he played Don Quixote the stripper… And he ripped his clothes off and he comes charging toward »
Just because Brad Pitt “hasn’t been out in a while” — his words, not ours — doesn’t mean he’s lost his gift for gab.
The two took turns asking each other grandiose questions, with Pitt poking fun at one of his most iconic movies, Fight Club.
“Do you think anyone can ever truly know themselves?” Colbert asks.
- Daniel Goldblatt
While David Fincher is Hollywood elite as a director it wasn’t always that way. Prior to legendary films like Se7en and Fight Club, Fincher had his chance as a first time director in the 1992 movie Alien 3. The movie was known for its troubled production and Fincher would actually go on to disown the film. However, for Alien fans, 25 years later, many realize that this was actually a pretty darned good movie and went back to the horror roots of Ridley Scott’s Alien. In honor of Alien 3’s 25th anniversary and the release of Alien: Covenant this week,
- Nat Berman
Kevin Costner is set as the lead in Yellowstone, Paramount Network's upcoming straight-to-series drama. The project is written and executive produced by Oscar-nominated Hell Or High Water and Sicario screenwriter Taylor Sheridan and executive produced by The Weinstein Company and John Linson and Art Linson (Sons of Anarchy, Fight Club). Costner, who also is an executive producer, will play John Dutton, who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under… »
On top of financing the film, Backup Media is currently negotiating distribution deals for France, Germany, Switzerland, Benelux and Austria. Manuel Chiche’s banner The Jokers is co-producing the pic and will release it in France.
Sutton’s fourth feature after “Pavilion,” “Memphis” and “Dark Night,” “Donnybrook” turns on a cash-strapped family man who competes in the Donnybrook, “a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl where a $100,000 prize goes to the last man standing.” The producers describe the film as a mix of “No Country for Old Men” and “Fight Club.”
“Between Frank Bill’s primal scream of a book and the controlled menace of Tim Sutton’s ‘Dark Night,’ well…[it] feels like we might be raising some hell,” said Lancaster, whose credits include “Whiplash” and “Nightcrawler. »
- Elsa Keslassy
In 1979 the world of cinema was forever changed as Alien arrived in theatres across the world. Based on a script from Dan O’Bannon, director Ridley Scott scared an entire generation senseless with his chilling space-set sci-fi horror. The film followed a group of space miners whom, after investigating a distress beacon on an uncharted planet, found themselves in distress as they came under attack from the deadliest of foes, the Xenomorph. The creature came from the inventive brain of the late H. R. Giger and has haunted viewers ever since it first sprung forth from John Hurt’s chest cavity.
Since Alien burst onto the screen we’ve had three sequels, two spin-offs and, with this week’s release, Alien: Covenant, two prequels. That’s a lot of films for one creature to inhabit and the results have varied. There’s been a lot of debate over the years about which film is best, »
- Kat Hughes
(“Guardians 2” spoilers follow.)
So here’s a poser: In “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” we have Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) and his father, Ego (Kurt Russell), a living planet that takes on human form. Weta Digital was challenged with creating the interior look of Ego, along with the various transformations during his climactic fight with Quill.
This involved complicated mathematical patterns known as fractals (inspired by artist Hal Tenny, who served as a consultant). However, not only did Weta have difficulty controlling the fractals, but it also had to make them pliable in short order.
And then there was the biggest challenge: Weta was charged with ensuring that “Guardians” avoided an R-rating. That’s because 40% of Ego gets destroyed in the fight, and his internal organs can be seen dangling behind him. Weta offered to make him look more fractal, oozing black blood, but director James Gunn would have none of that. »
- Bill Desowitz
Henry Bevan on the modern teen movie…
Jerky jocks; nebbish nerds; the girl next door who is unfairly called a whore; the hot girl; the bitchy cheerleader; the ugly girl who’s actually a swan; the self-loathing teachers; teachers who sleep with students; teachers who are bad at their jobs; crowded school corridors; cool kids who drive; losers who get the bus; clueless mums; perfect siblings; house parties with professional DJs; sex (sometimes); beer; horny virgins; and prom.
Teen movie tropes are well known. Whether the teenagers are forming a witches coven, or if promises are kept, being superheroes, they abide by rules that haven’t changed much since John Hughes.
Hughes created our perception of how fictional and real teenagers should act in high school. He understood how deeply emotional teenagers are and he wasn’t afraid of his films being emotionally truthful. Every main character in a Hughes movie is an outsider, »
- Henry Bevan
Tyler Durden will always go down as one of the “coolest” characters in any movie ever. Brad Pitt’s portrayal of Edward Norton’s alter ego in the movie Fight Club was superb and after that movie filmed, tons of guys out there wanted to be just like Durden. He had a confidence about him as well as an “I don’t care” attitude that drew his legion of followers. The reality is that a Tyler Durden in actual society is a little too extreme as evidenced by the crime he instigated and dangerous actions he convinced Ed Norton’s character to undertake. But
15 Tyler Durden Quotes That Should Wake You Up »
- Nat Berman
There are virtually no movies in Ed Norton’s entire portfolio where he’s muscular with the exception of The Incredible Hulk and we all know that doesn’t count because when he’s not The Hulk he’s still relatively meager in stature. Ed Norton isn’t known for being particularly muscular. In fact he’s even been in films where he’s supposed to be the exact opposite. Think about the movie Fight Club. He’s supposed to be the “anti-Brad Pitt” character. Not as handsome. Not as good looking. Not as sexy. But if there’s one film where Norton went all out, it’s his character of
- Nat Berman
People do crazy things for their art, and there is perhaps no better example of that than Chris Burden. In “Burden,” Richard Dewey and Timothy Marrinan’s new documentary about the late performance artist, they use a combination of personal footage and interviews from Burden’s friends and colleagues to paint a portrait of the man behind the madness.
In 1971, Burden captivated audiences and solidified his spot in history with his often life-threatening work. Among other things, he had himself shot, crucified on the back of a Vw bug, and electrocuted, all while insisting he was “not about death.”
The film looks at the artist’s work, private life, and place in art history, integrating Burden’s own voice and musings through the use of audio recordings. Our exclusive clip »
- Allison Picurro
We’re all familiar with how silly movie sound effects can sometimes be, but one of the things that David Fincher’s cult classic “Fight Club” is best remembered for is its willingness to get as down and dirty with its sound design as it did with those bloody fight scenes.
In a new tribute video by Film Radar, “The Beauty of Sound Design” reveals what went into achieving the uncomfortably realistic noises of fists cracking against faces. The truth isn’t for the faint of heart, but then again, neither is the film.
The “Fight Club” sound designers, Ren Klyce and Richard Hymns, discuss how the standard way punching sounds are created — sham-wrapped celery being cracked in half — was not working for the level of realism Fincher’s scenes called for. They decided instead »
- Allison Picurro
In today's roundup we have an awesome new clip, a fresh poster, and some exciting news involving the World War Z sequel!
Alien: Covenant dropped a new clip today and it has got us pumped for this gory sci-fi thriller! In this new installment the crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape. We've been fans of the Alien franchise from day one, especially the last film Prometheus. Alien: Covenant looks like it won't disappoint! Watch the clip below and check out Alien: Covenant when »
- Zachary Dent
The first thing almost anyone will ask someone who has seen a new movie sequel, superhero or otherwise: "Is it better than the first?" By and large, it's an impossible question to answer, unless you're so in tuned with this person's taste that you feel comfortable enough in answering on their behalf. But, also, straight up, the number of sequels that are actually "better" than their predecessors are incredibly few and far between. The exceptions, like The Dark Knight and Spider-Man 2 are far outnumbered by the likes of Fantastic Four: The Silver Surfer, Batman Returns and even the McU is not immune, with Iron Man 2, not to mention the countless non-superhero sequels that fall far short of their predecessors. While a vast majority of the early reactions to Guardians 2 were positive, most believed it wasn't better than the original, but I just have to disagree. I do in »
The fate of Paramount's World War Z 2 has been left up in the air for the past few months, after the studio pulled the zombie sequel from its release schedule and delayed the movie indefinitely. A lot has changed between now and then, with the studio getting a new CEO in Jim Gianopulos, with sources claiming that Paramount is closing in on a deal with director David Fincher to take the helm and direct. The studio hasn't issued an official green light for the sequel yet, but that is expected to happen in the weeks ahead.
Variety reports that Paramount is eyeing a production start in the first quarter of 2018, although the studio hasn't announced any release plans thus far. We first reported about David Fincher's potential involvement back in August, with producer/star Brad Pitt reportedly "zeroing in" on David Fincher as his top choice to direct the sequel. »
World War Z is one troubled franchise. The first film was infamous for its production woes, as well as its completely re-shot ending. The end result wasn’t a bad film — in fact, it turned out as a fairly solid zombie flick — but there was a distinct, disjointed feel to it that was hard to put one’s finger on. Yet despite its issues, the film went on to do solid business at the box office.
However, it seems like any issues with the first film have now carried on to World War Z 2 — at leat, up until this point. Some time ago, Paramount quietly removed the sequel from its June 2017 release. Despite the plans to continue on this story, little headway was actually made on the project, and for the longest time, it seemed to be dead in the water.
Last February, however, there were rumblings about a »
- Joseph Medina
Late last summer, we heard that Brad Pitt was hoping to wrangle his Se7en, Fight Club and Curious Case of Benjamin Button director David Fincher to get behind the camera for the gestating sequel to the zombie pandemic thriller World War Z. Since the project didn’t really feel like Fincher’s cup of tea, especially after […]
- Ethan Anderton
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