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Meryl Streep's worst Oscar-nominated performance comes to Netflix October 23

1 October 2015 5:58 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Since 1978, Meryl Streep has been nominated for an Academy Award 19 times. They're mostly all incredibly deserved honors. Even the 19th-ranked one. But it's still 19th. And that movie is coming to Netflix October 23. Before we unveil her worst nomination, let's count up all her other nods. Consider it in a cleansing Silkwood shower before the radiation kicks in. 1. "Sophie's Choice": A cliched #1, but her confessional to Stingo and eerie relationship with that Kevin Kline-portrayed buffoon are chilling.  2. "Kramer vs. Kramer": That searing courtroom testimonial? She aced it. She also wrote it herself.  3. "A Cry in the Dark": Love Streep's stony resolve as Lindy Chamberlain, a media scapegoat whose story predates Monica Lewinsky's Ted talk by three decades.  4. "Silkwood": Karen got cooked and it was delicious. 5. "The Devil Wears Prada": Grimly hilarious and real-seeming. The way she utters, "Why isn't anybody rea-dy..." to squabbling magazine interns is legendary. »

- Louis Virtel

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Cancelled: "Crazy Mama" 40th Anniversary Screening, L.A., September 24

23 September 2015 1:55 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

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Jonathan Demme’s 1975 film Crazy Mama, which stars Cloris Leachman, Stuart Whitman, Ann Southern, and Jim Backus, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. The Royale Laemmle Theater in Los Angeles will be holding a special one-night-only showing of the 83-minute film on Thursday, September 24th, 2015 at 7:30 pm.

Actress Cloris Leachman is scheduled to appear at the screening and is due to partake in a post-screening Q & A for a discussion on the making of the film.

From the press release:

Crazy Mama was one of the early movies directed by Oscar winner Jonathan Demme (The Silence of the Lambs, Melvin and Howard, Married to the Mob, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married). Produced by Roger and Julie Corman, the film follows three generations of women (played by Cloris Leachman, Ann Sothern as her mother, »

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Remembering Wes Craven

10 September 2015 4:12 PM, PDT | | See recent AreYouScreening news »

The word craven may mean “cowardly,” but for slasher fans, it’s more appropriately synonymous with fear itself. Director Wes Craven, who died of brain cancer on August 30 at the age of 76, launched not one but two iconic horror franchises: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) and Scream (1996). Though he demonstrated equitable skill with suspense thrillers and even straight dramas (he directed Meryl Streep to an Oscar nod in 1999’s Music of the Heart), Craven was first and foremost a horror master. Like Romero and Carpenter, his name will always carry an inextricable link to the genre.

For the discerning, though, there’s more to be found in Craven’s films than simple slice-and-dice gore (he can’t be held entirely responsible for Nightmare’s first five execrable sequels, as none were directed by him). His debut, 1972’s The Last House on the Left, is a thriller that turns the tables »

- Adrienne Ryan

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James Remembers Wes Craven

7 September 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Usually when someone famous passes away, I write a little thing on Twitter and Facebook, giving a little insight as to why they meant something to me. Be it a film that connected with me, a song that helped me through something tough, a book that I devoured multiple times and a piece or artwork that I could look at until the end of time, always seeing something new. But when it comes to someone like Wes Craven passing away, it feels as if I’m in an awful nightmare and there’s no Dream Warriors to save me and Freddy Krueger isn’t the wisecracking asshole but instead just death himself.

Wes Craven was one of the first filmmakers that I connected with at a young age. Of course, Freddy Krueger was the 80’s and being a child of the 80’s, I connected with slasher movies. Yes, I was »

- James McCormick

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Exits: Hannibal Lecter And Wes Craven

4 September 2015 9:54 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The three-year run of Hannibal, one of the most visually and narratively innovative series ever to air on television, broadcast or cable, came to a breathtaking conclusion Saturday night. I have already confessed to a bit of selfish melancholy that there will be no more surprises, no more opportunities to get lost in the show’s radical approach to reimagining Thomas Harris’s well-known and well-trodden scenarios, and no more sweet, agonized anticipation over what form the show, probably the most envelope-pushing of any network show ever aired, might take in its own becoming. But I must also confess that I couldn’t be more satisfied with the way Hannibal, all three seasons now fully unveiled, was orchestrated to a beautifully modulated finish that illustrated the truly expressive and even transcendent (of the limitations of a more audience-friendly, more comfortingly linear structure and tone) achievement of Bryan Fuller’s series. »

- Dennis Cozzalio

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Unusual Craven Film: Sentimental 'Music' Is Superlative Streep Show

1 September 2015 7:01 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Music of the Heart' cast: Meryl Streep, Gloria Estefan, Aidan Quinn and Angela Bassett. 'Music of the Heart': Unusually bloodless Wes Craven movie works as Meryl Streep showcase Wes Craven, the director of the Scream franchise and of the original A Nightmare on Elm Street, is hardly the kind of filmmaker from whom one would expect a syrupy motion picture about a determined violin teacher who wins the hearts and minds of her inner-city school students. Yet Craven is the man responsible for Music of the Heart, a film utterly devoid of slashed faces, lethal stabbings, and deadly fingernails. Instead, this distaff version of Mr. Holland's Opus – with touches of To Sir with Love – offers loads of sentiment, some classical music (violinists Isaac Stern, Itzhak Perlman, and Mark O'Connor appear as themselves), plenty of bad pop tunes, and a superb performance by Meryl Streep as a »

- Andre Soares

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10 Brilliantly Self Aware Wes Craven Cameos

1 September 2015 12:07 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »


The death of Wes Craven has, unsurprisingly, seen fans and former collaborators coming out with glowing tributes to the creator of Last House On The Left, The Hills Have Eyes and A Nightmare On Elm Street. One recurring point has been to praise how Craven loved being perceived as a “Master of Horror”.

With the exception of 1999’s Music Of The Heart, Craven continued working almost entirely within the genre where he made his name; content for four decades in being known simply for scaring people silly.

Craven enjoyed his reputation as a purveyor of the dark and disturbing and, equally, enjoyed sending it up. The result of this was a side career that involved knowing cameos both in his own films and those of others – jokey fan pleasing appearances that will help ensure he remains a recognisable horror icon as much as those he created.

In memory of »

- Jack Gann

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Wes Craven Remembered: A Master of Modern Horror

31 August 2015 1:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Wes Craven made a comic book movie (“Swamp Thing”) before comic book movies were cool, brazenly transformed an Ingmar Bergman scenario into a vicious grindhouse classic (“The Last House on the Left”), and put Meryl Streep through her paces as she gave violin lessons to inner-city kids — and made an enthusiastic if unsuccessful bid for another Oscar — in “Music of the Heart.”

But the cult-fave filmmaker, who died Sunday at 76, earned his place in the movie history books and a warm spot in the hearts of genre aficionados everywhere with two seminal, sequel-spawning masterworks: “A Nightmare on Elm Street” (1984), the dream-logical, high-voltage shocker that established the fire-scarred, razor-fingered Freddy Krueger as a horror-movie icon; and “Scream” (1996), the seriocomic smash hit, scripted by Kevin Williamson, that impudently played fast and loose with the cliches and conventions of slasher pics like “Halloween” and “Friday the 13th” (and, yes, “A Nightmare on Elm Street »

- Joe Leydon

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Wes Craven: A Tribute to the 'Scream' King

31 August 2015 11:49 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

It was hard to see writer/director Wes Craven, who died yesterday at the age of 76 after a battle with brain cancer, in person without experiencing a sense of cognitive dissonance. A dignified man with an academic air, kind eyes, and an easy smile, Craven defied the expectations created by his films, which sent character after character to their deaths, usually in imaginative — and always brutal — ways. Could the man expanding on the cultural roots of horror be the same man who turned Johnny Depp into geyser of blood in A Nightmare on Elm Street? »

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Horror movie director Wes Craven dies at 76

31 August 2015 10:13 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It's hard enough to redefine a genre once in a career, but horror virtuoso Wes Craven managed to do it twice.

The prolific writer-director, who died Sunday at age 76, ushered in two distinct eras of suburban slashers, first in the 1980s with his iconic Nightmare on Elm Street and its indelible, razor-fingered villain Freddy Krueger. He did it again in the 1990s with the self-referential "Scream."

Both reintroduced the fringe genre to mainstream audiences and spawned successful franchises.

Perhaps it was his perfectly askew interpretation of the medium that resonated with his nail-biting audiences.

"Horror films don't create fear," Craven said. "They release it."

Craven didn't solely deal in terror. He also directed the 1999 drama Music of the Heart, which earned Meryl Streep an Oscar nomination. But his name, and his legacy, will always be synonymous with horror.

"He was a consummate filmmaker and his body of work will live on forever, »

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R.I.P. Wes Craven (1939 – 2015)

31 August 2015 12:31 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Some sad news this morning as it has been revealed that American filmmaker and horror maestro Wes Craven has passed away at his home in Los Angeles aged 76 after a battle with brain cancer.

Craven began his career as a director in 1972 with his first feature The Last House of the Left, a controversial rape-revenge thriller that proved to be a box office success. He followed this with films like The Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Blessing and Swamp Thing before introducing the world to the iconic character of Freddy Krueger with 1984’s slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street.

He would return to the Elm Street franchise as co-writer on 1987’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors as well as directing 1994’s Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. In 1996 he enjoyed huge success and breathed new life into the slasher genre with Scream, returning to direct all three sequels »

- Gary Collinson

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In memoriam: Wes Craven, 1939-2015

31 August 2015 12:22 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We're sorry to report that Wes Craven, the horror filmmaker behind A Nightmare On Elm Street, has died at the age of 76.

It's our sad duty to share the news that Wes Craven, the horror writer, director and producer has passed away. The filmmaker behind such horror classics as The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream, Craven's career spanned more than 40 years.

A prolific filmmaker, particularly in the 1980s, Craven made his directorial debut with the controversial Last House On The Left in 1972. Thereafter, Craven's name became synonymous with the horror genre, despite occasional forays into other arenas, such as the 1978 baseball movie Here Come The Tigers or the 1999 drama Music Of The Heart.

While Craven's earlier horror films became cult classics, it was A Nightmare On Elm Street, which he wrote and directed, that became his first mainstream success. Shot on a budget of less than $2m, »

- ryanlambie

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Wes Craven 1939 – 2015

30 August 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

As FrightFest 2015 reaches its closing stages, the sad news reaches us that veteran horror director Wes Craven has died aged 76. Born in Cleveland in 1939, he was best known for bringing the iconic Freddy Krueger to the screen in A Nightmare On Elm Street, as well as helming the long-standing Scream franchise. He made his name with controversial shockers The Last House On The Left and The Hills Have Eyes.

Though associated with razor-fingered dream invaders and post-modern serial murderers, Craven was also an avid conservationist and dabbled in fare outside of his blood-spattered comfort zone, helping Meryl Streep toward another Oscar nomination for drama Music Of The Heart. He contributed to the DC Comics universe writing and directing Swamp Thing and turned a domestic setting into a terrifying booby trap in The People Under The Stairs.

However these were footnotes compared to the Elm Street saga, which took the genre »

- Steve Palace

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Wes Craven, Horror-Movie Innovator, Dead at 76

30 August 2015 8:23 PM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Wes Craven, the filmmaker responsible for countless horror classics like Nightmare on Elm Street, The Hills Have Eyes and Scream, died Sunday after a battle with brain cancer, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He was 76.

Craven entered the film industry after a brief stint as an English and humanities professor. His first job was as a sound editor, but he made his directorial debut in 1972 with the rape-revenge flick The Last House on the Left. While the film, made on a minuscule budget, was a box-office success, it garnered so »

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Wes Craven 1939-2015

30 August 2015 8:21 PM, PDT | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

It is with a heavy heart that we at Shadowlocked give a fond farewell to one of the true masters of modern horror. Wes Craven has passed away at the age of 76 after a long battle with brain cancer.

Born on August 2, 1939 in Cleveland, Ohio. He received an undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois and a master's degree in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. He then started out a teacher at Westminster College and then Clarkson College of Technology before getting his first job in the film industry, working as a sound editor for a post-production company in New York City. Craven claimed that he then worked on "numerous" hardcore X-rated films, mostly in editing and writing.

In 1972, Craven got his shot at his first directorial effort with Last House on the Left, a tale of a family who takes revenge on the »

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Horror Director Wes Craven Dead at 76

30 August 2015 7:14 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

The man who gave us Freddy Krueger is gone! One of the great, name-above-the title horror maestros of the ‘70s and ‘80s has died. Wes Craven was a huge name in the horror biz – his A Nightmare On Elm Street in ’84 was an influential shocker, spawning many sequels and rip-offs. He followed that up with the first three Scream films. He was such a box-office sure-thing, he was the reigns to a Meryl Streep Oscar-baiter with 1999’s Music Of The Heart. But Craven’s heart was always in horror: The Hills Have Eyes, The Swamp Thing, The Serpent And The Rainbow, and The People Under The Stairs were among his many popular films. My favorite remains his first, The Last House On The Left, a still-terrifying look at sadism and savagery that was decades ahead of its time. Wes Craven was 76 and had suffered from brain cancer.

From The Hollywood Reporter:

Wes Craven, »

- Tom Stockman

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Wes Craven, Creator of 'A Nightmare on Elm Street', Dies at 76

30 August 2015 6:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Legendary horror movie director Wes Craven, who is responsible for classics such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, passed away earlier today at the age of 76, after battling brain cancer. The filmmaker made his mark with his first film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and continued to be a driving force in the genre ever since. The filmmaker is survived by his third wife, producer Iya Labunka, sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven, daughter Jessica Craven, stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy and three grandchildren.

Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. After college, he was briefly a humanities professor at Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, New York. »

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R.I.P., Wes Craven

30 August 2015 6:37 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Wes Craven, director of such iconic horror films as "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Scream" and "The Last House on the Left," has died of brain cancer at age 76, his family announced Sunday in a statement: It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1Pm on Sunday, August 30 after battling brain cancer.   He was 76 years old.  Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at his Los Angeles home. Craven is survived by his wife, producer and former Disney Studios VP Iya Labunka, older sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven with wife Rachel Craven and their two sons Miles and Max; daughter Jessica Craven with husband Mike Wodkowski and their daughter Myra-Jean Wodkowski; and Wes’ stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy.  Craven was predeceased by his parents Paul Eugene Craven, a machinist who passed away when Wes was 5 years old, his mother Caroline, a »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Wes Craven, ‘Scream’ and ‘Nightmare on Elm Street’ Director, Dies at 76

30 August 2015 6:25 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary horror director Wes Craven, known for the “Scream” films and the “Nightmare on Elm Street” series died Sunday in his Los Angeles home of brain cancer. He was 76.

Known for creating the iconic Freddy Krueger character from “Nightmare on Elm Street” and Ghostface in “Scream,” the versatile filmmaker also wrote and produced features, directed for television and wrote novels.

Craven’s first feature was the controversial shocker “The Last House on the Left,” which he wrote, directed an edited in 1972. He followed with the blackly comic “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Swamp Thing,” an early entry in the comic book genre.

He wrote and directed “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” with Johnny Depp, in 1984. The surreal slasher pic is credited with having started the “rubber reality” style of 1980s horror filmmakers.

“Serpent and the Rainbow,” in 1988, was based on non-fiction book about voodoo.

Craven tried his hand at non-horror »

- Pat Saperstein

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R.I.P. Wes Craven

30 August 2015 4:51 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Legendary horror filmmaker Wes Craven died earlier today in his Los Angeles home of brain cancer.

The 76-year-old director was the iconic man behind the creation of the "A Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Scream" franchises, but he was also a prolific writer, producer and even novelist.

Though dabbling in dramas, Craven was always known for his horror work starting with the controversial "The Last House on the Left" in 1972 which he then followed with the original "The Hills Have Eyes" and its sequel along with the comic book adaptation "Swamp Thing".

The real breakthrough came in 1984 with the first "A Nightmare on Elm Street" which also launched the career of megastar Johnny Depp. He returned to the series twice penning the third entry and then writing and directing the meta-style "New Nightmare".

He also directed a bunch of standalone horror films like "Shocker," "The People Under the Stairs" and »

- Garth Franklin

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