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Paris – Belgium’s Film Fest Gent has chosen American Psycho author Bret Easton Ellis to be the president of its international jury this year. "Bret Easton Ellis is not only one of the most important and influential contemporary American writers, he’s also a real film buff who apparently devours movies daily and is open to all kinds of cinema – from European art house to Hollywood blockbusters,” said artistic director Patrick Duynslaegher. “He has a substantiated opinion on everything he sees and doesn’t hesitate to take contrarian and provocative point of views. This is what makes him an ideal
- Rhonda Richford
We take a light-hearted look at a few of the more strange coincidences and quirks of fate in recent cinema history...
Stories are often built on coincidences and happenstance. Chance encounters at railway stations. Bruce Willis bumping into Ving Rhames while he's out and about in his Honda in Pulp Fiction. But what about those weird patterns we see in our everyday reality, or, more to the point, in cinema history?
When Batman Begins came out, it was widely noted that Christian Bale had already played an unfathomably rich man with a secret double life before, in Mary Harron's adaptation of American Psycho. Bale's character, Patrick Bateman, even has a surname that's basically Batman with an 'e' added to it.
Those are the kinds of strange quirks of fate we're looking at here. If you have any of your own, do share them in the comments section.
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On this weeks podcast we take on some giant robots, food storage units, Kevin Smith, Star Wars Episode VII and do an Ultimate Recast Reboot on American Psycho amongst all these other delicious audible treats Tom’s Trivia Three – Tom is back with some awesome Star Trek trivia amongst other tasty treats from the trivia frier Reviews – Tammy, Transformers 4 A critically acclaimed screen actor quotes lines from movies he hasn’t starred in – This week our acclaimed actor takes on The Dark Knight Ultimate Recast Reboot – America Psycho News – This weeks big stories discussed including Star Wars Episode VII and a dog called Pudsey! And we have plenty of ways of making you listen... TuneIn App Users Click here – iOS / Android / Windows Phone Stitcher Users Click here – iOS / Android Subscribe on iTunes – Click here (Click view in iTunes and the click Subscribe) If you’re already a subscriber, the »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
"Your whole thing? It attracts people, but it won't keep them around. Authenticity is what inspires people. If you wanna lead people, you have to show them who you really are. Otherwise, you're just a thousand-dollar suit with nothing inside. No one gives a shit."—Cameron Howe
Well, never let it be said that Halt and Catch Fire is incapable of diagnosing its own illness.
Summer Cable Smackdown: Our Complete 2014 Watch List
In this little post-coitus-interruptus smackdown of her boss and fuck-buddy Joe MacMillan, Cameron Howe neatly summarizes the problem »
The filthy rich have always held a flame in Hollywood. Year on year we are treated to some sort of film that features a persona of extreme wealth, whether that be Jay Gatsby or Bruce Wayne, Jordan Belfort or Gordon Gekko, Tony Stark or Charles Xavier. Hollywood loves a filthy rich male.
So what characteristics does a rich male need to possess to make it onto the silver screen?
Any rich character in any film has a dominant extraversion trait. According to website AWinningPersonality, those who have high levels of extraversion are energetic and seek-out others… they are extroverts. A healthy majority of people are extroverts but those in the films take it to the extreme. Bar Bruce Wayne and Xavier, every other uber-rich character to have graced Hollywood has liked to show his wealth off. They have the mindset where they need to be glorified, they are that showy. »
- Paul Heath
The recent passing of Rik Mayall led to legions of fans hitting up Netflix and Youtube to relive the late comedian’s greatest moments. And while the ground-breaking 80s alternative comedy opus The Young Ones and his turn as Lord Flashheart in Blackadder seemed to be the most quoted on social media, it felt like Bottom, the grisly, profane flatshare comedy Mayall and long time collaborator Ade Edmondson made in the early 90s, was left out of the conversation. Which is a shame, because it might just be their masterpiece.
It’s kind of easy to see how Bottom got forgotten. The Young Ones was capital-i Important, not only in terms of breaking alternative comedy into the mainstream, but also as being as much a time capsule of the »
Born in Carnoustie, actor Ian McDiarmid is renowned for his extensive work in the theatre, both on stage and as a director. Having attended the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, he joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1974. In 1990, he took on the role of co-artistic director of the Almeida theatre along with Jonathan Kent. During their 12-year tenure, the pair were credited with reviving the small north London venue by bringing high-profile actors including Kevin Spacey, Ralph Fiennes and Cate Blanchett to the stage for a series of critically acclaimed productions. In 2002 he won a Critics' Circle award for his performance in Brian Friel's Faith Healer, earning a Tony for his reprisal of the role on Broadway five years later. McDiarmid »
- Leah Harper
Guinevere Turner (American Psycho screenwriter), Cathy DeBuono, Candis Cayne and Mary Wells star in Crazy Bitches, a horror-comedy hitting the festival circuit this summer and playing at Outfest in Los Angeles next month. We now have the trailer for this indie effort written and directed by Jane Clark. No distribution news to share yet, but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, check out the preview beyond this plot synopsis.
- Ryan Turek
Before VH1′s I Love the 2000s special began on June 17, I polled my roommates (whom I forced to watch with me) about their favorite pop culture moments from the year 2000. For about three minutes, everyone was stumped—what’s actually from the year 2000, instead of just under the umbrella term “the 2000s”? It turns out that remembering specific years is a lot harder than you think.
That’s why there’s a saving grace to VH1′s nostalgia-bait series, a 10-part anthology spread out over five days this week. It’s hugely entertaining to hear no-name comedians praise specific »
- Marc Snetiker
This weekend onThe Bloodcast hosts Ryan Turek and Clarke Wolfe are beginning a new series discussing their favorite horror films by decade. First up: the 2000s. Take a trip down memory lane and revisit titles like American Psycho, Cabin Fever, The Descent and many, many more. Also in this episode, the pair recap a night at the Great Horror Campout, the season four penultimate episode of Game of Thrones, Maniac Cop and more!
The post The Bloodcast Episode 78: Our Favorite Horror Films of the ’00s appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The Wedding Singer is set in 1985, but it might as well have just been set in “The 80s” in big block letters, scare quotes preserved. As represented in that late ‘90s Adam Sandler-starring hit, the ’80s were more of a simultaneous event than a brimming block of time that bore its own shifts and specifics as it rolled on. In the 1985 of the Sandlerverse, New Order was as popular as Nightmare on Elm Street and Billy Idol held simultaneous relevance to “Billie Jean”-era Michael Jackson. Any sign of a previous decade having existed before the ’80s is absent. Much of cinema’s millennial nostalgia for the ‘80s followed the lead of The Wedding Singer. From American Psycho to Hot Tub Time Machine, the ’80s of the ’00s have not been so much a part of history as they are an “idea” having to do with greed, excess, frivolous pop culture, and »
- Landon Palmer
*Warning – this article contains spoilers*
It seems somewhat futile to describe Matt Johnson’s The Dirties as being pertinent. What with the recent, tragic shooting spree in California, the continuing debate of films inspiring violence returns yet again – and it’s a notion that Johnson’s directorial debut intricately studies, and ultimately, rejects. The contentious, imaginative feature is putting the audience in the perpetrator’s position, and it’s this provoking of sympathy for such a character, which has stimulated such discussion.
“I was watching documentaries about Columbine and the home movies that Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold had made, school projects of them making Tarantino-type movies, and watching those, I thought, I am exactly like this kid,” Johnson told HeyUGuys. “I’m exactly like him. We made the same jokes, we had a lot of the same expressions, we were making movies in the same way, especially when I was that age. »
- Stefan Pape
Bad Detective: Baird Adapts Welsh for (Sometimes) Outrageous Effect
Danny Boyle’s 1996 classic Trainspotting set the bar for Irvine Welsh adaptations (Boyle is apparently at work on a sequel), and several filmmakers afterward have followed in his footsteps without the same success. But director Jon S. Baird’s sophomore film, Filth comes close to the same wild energy and outrageous affection with the help of a notable cast and an uncomfortable turn from a sallow James McAvoy. Certainly, the film isn’t going to be everyone’s cup of tea, a loosely followed plot frittered away on episodic craziness that only becomes more compounded as the film progresses. But despite the crassness, the degradation, and various other offensive counts that rightfully earns the story title, there’s an undeniably enduring quality to Baird’s adaptation as something you won’t be soon to forget, filled with moments that, by the surprisingly pithy final frames, »
- Nicholas Bell
Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Morgan Spurlock (2005's "Super Size Me") and exec producer Paul G. Allen of Vulcan Productions have announced a new partnership to produce and distribute a series of 20 short films that will investigate the current state of the Us economy. Directors on board thus far include Catherine Hardwicke ("Twilight," "Thirteen"), Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale"), Jessica Yu ("Last Call at the Oasis") and Spurlock, currently host of CNN's "Inside Man" and co-founder of production/distribution outfit Cinelan. The films will be produced over the next four months in anticipation of a multi-platform premiere slated for Fall 2014. The release will span day-and-date online distribution, VOD, broadcast and mobile. Educational curriculum will accompany the series in tandem, along with festival and university screenings. Economic advisors are "Empire of Wealth" author John Steele Gordon, and Dean Baker, »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Paul G. Allen's Vulcan Productions and Morgan Spurlock's Cinelan have partnered to produce and distribute a series of 20 short films aimed at raising awareness of the U.S. economy. Well known directors such as Mary Harron ("American Psycho"), Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen"), Akiva Goldsman ("Winter's Tale"), and Jessica Yu ("Grey's Anatomy"), along with Spurlock ("Super Size Me") himself, will be among the contributing filmmakers attempting to educate the public on the state of today's economy. The full roster will be announced later this summer. "We're thrilled to partner with Vulcan Productions, this incredibly talented group of directors, and several top economic minds to create accessible, impactful short films that not only break down the subject matter in a more digestible format, but also share the unique human stories behind the inner workings of the economy," said Spurlock. "It's an important opportunity to create something that will have a lasting. »
- Melina Gills
Morgan Spurlock's empire continues to grow. The documentarian, who has a CNN show and two film companies, is partnering up with Paul Allen to produce 20 short films that will help “demystify” the economy. Spurlock's Cinelan and Allen's Vulcan Productions have tapped top economists and filmmakers to join in the effort, including “Twilight” helmer Catherine Hardwicke, Akiva Goldsman, and “American Psycho” director Mary Harron. Also read: Maker Studios Offers Advertisers a New Video Site and Shows From Morgan Spurlock, Key & Peele “We're thrilled to partner with Vulcan Productions, this incredibly talented group of directors, and several top economic minds to create accessible, »
- Jordan Zakarin
To mark Batman's 75th anniversary, we've revisited each of the nine theatrically-released movies to come up with our definitive ranking from worst to best.
We've taken into account not only the films themselves, but also how they fit into the wider context of the character's cinematic legacy. Read our verdict on each below, and we hope the choice for number one gets you talking...
The men behind Batman's mask: Keaton, Bale, Affleck, more
9. Batman & Robin (1997)
Occasionally a film's astronomical budget and hype can overwhelm it on initial release, prompting the critics to sharpen knives and audiences to switch off. Sometimes it takes time for a film to breathe and marinate, it can fare better when revisited after the dust settles. Unfortunately this isn't the case for Batman & Robin - 17 years down the line it's still a steaming pile on repeat viewing. »
Thanks to the Hadida brothers’ deep-rooted ties to Hollywood’s power players, passion for movies and guts, they’ve been able to stay on top in spite of the downfall of U.S. studios’ specialty divisions, rampant piracy and intense competition on the French distribution front.
The Hadidas have shaped the taste of French audiences — they were the first distributor in Gaul to import cult Hollywood movies like Quentin Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs,” David Fincher’s “Seven” and martial-arts pics with Jean-Claude Van Damme in the 1990s.
“We brought a new kind of film to France and created the Metropolitan generation, one that grew up watching American movies that were both director-driven and entertaining, like the Tarantino movies,” Victor says.
The Hadidas complement each »
- Elsa Keslassy
The phrase "serial killer" is most often attributed to the late FBI agent Robert Ressler, who coined the term along with fellow agent John Douglas as they began profiling and researching murder cases in the 1970s. His work led him to have direct contact with serial killers, with Ressler apparently receiving a painting from killer John Wayne Gacy with an inscription that apparently read: "Dear Bob Ressler, you cannot hope to enjoy the harvest without first laboring in the fields. Best wishes and good luck. Sincerely, John Wayne Gacy, June 1988."
The inscription sounds like it came out of a movie, which perhaps isn't so surprising since Hollywood has been making movies about serial killers since the silent era. Sometimes these movies are about real-life killers, other times they are based on real-life killers or events, or, and perhaps even more disturbing, they are based on nothing but imagination. Either way, »
- Ryan Gowland
Way back in 1998, Chris and Roberta Hanley’s Muse Prods. was at the center of a Cannes fest casting brouhaha that involved Leonardo DiCaprio and their film version of Bret Easton Ellis’ “American Psycho.” Leo didn’t wind up in the picture, but the Mary Harron-helmed film helped launch Christian Bale into the acting stratosphere, so there’s your happy Cannes ending.
This year, the indie filmmakers have outdone themselves attention-wise, first aided by James Franco’s Instagram attacks on their “Spring Breakers: The Second Coming” project, which is being actively promoted here by Wild Bunch, then courtesy of talks about talks for roles in the film with members of the Russian dissidents/music artists group Pussy Riot.
Pussy Riot issued a statement denying any knowledge of the talks or interest in the project, but as is so often the case with the Hanleys, their ambitions and associations in »
- Steven Gaydos
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