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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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The Notable Films of 2011: Part Four

27 December 2010 9:58 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Damsels in Distress

Opens: 2011

Cast: Adam Brody, Analeigh Tipton, Megalyn Echikunwoke, Ryan Metcalf

Director: Whit Stillman

Summary: The story revolves around a group of style-obsessed college girls who take in a new student (Gerwig) and teach her their misguided ways of helping people at their grungy university.

Analysis: The first film in a decade from arthouse darling Whit Stillman, a filmmaker's filmmaker whose three Manhattan-based, yuppie-themed mannerist comedies - "Metropolitan," "Barcelona" and "The Last Days of Disco" - were a big influence on the likes of auteurs such as Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. Stillman says this film varies somewhat from his previous trilogy of sorts, telling First Things that "This film is different, Completely different. Okay, not completely different, but it’s different".

Independently financed by Castle Rock CEO Martin Shafer, the project recently wrapped filming in Manhattan where Stillman returned to last year after having spent much »

- Garth Franklin

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The Rise And Fall Of The Hollywood Auteur

21 November 2010 6:23 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Part II:  The Producers Take Back The Reins

By the late 1970s, the tremendous creative license the major studios under a new generation of production chiefs had granted the young tyros of the 1960s – Coppola, Scorsese, et al – had expired as each managed to deliver at least one, major, back-breaking flop.  For Scorsese, it had been the grim musical New York, New York (1977, $13.8 million U.S. vs. a budget of $14 million); Peter Bogdanovich turned out a streak of losers including period piece Daisy Miller (1974), comedy Nickelodeon (1976), and another disastrous musical, At Long Last Love (1975, $1.5 million U.S./$6 million cost); after the back-to-back hits of The French Connection and The Exorcist, William Friedkin delivered Sorcerer (1977, $6 million U.S. against a crushing $22 million cost); and Francis Coppola, after a string of commercial and/or critical home runs including The Godfather (1972), The Conversation (1974), The Godfather Part II (1974), and Apocalypse Now (1979), turned out One from the Heart »

- Bill Mesce

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Chad Michael Murray Still Alive, Haunted By Ghosts

8 November 2010 6:50 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

I.ve watched The Haunting In Connecticut twice. In retrospect, this was once more than I probably needed, but under the right circumstances, I.d even consider watching it again. Ectoplasm, in and of itself, is genuinely creepy, plus it has Virginia Madsen, Martin Donovan and Kyle Gallner. Legitimate actors interacting with the undead is always superior to shoddy actors interacting with the undead. That.s certainly the logic behind the Scream reboot, but Wes Craven isn.t the only master of horror with the ability to franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, The Haunting In Connecticut is about to become a series. The new film, entitled The Haunting In Georgia, will begin shooting later this month. The plot follows two sisters, played by Abigail Spencer and Katee Sackhoff, who share visions of the same supernatural creepiness. Former teen favorite Chad Michael Murray will play Spencer.s straight-laced husband and »

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The Haunting: No 13 best horror film of all time

22 October 2010 3:42 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Robert Wise, 1963

From a potentially creaky, cliche-filled premise (a gaggle of stereotypes are invited to a spooky old house where all is not as it seems), director Robert Wise leads us on a brilliantly unsettling journey. A perfect example of the power of implied threat, The Haunting is essentially the story of Julie Harris's lonely middle-aged woman being slowly devoured by her groaning, undulating surroundings. Although it's technically a ghost story, ghosts aren't what will spook you. The fear is all in the details. It might not have much in the way of competition, but The Haunting is almost definitely the film with the most unsettling static shot of masonry in all of cinema history.

The human performances might be a shade on the hammy side – particularly Harris's unhinged, swivel-eyed turn – but don't let that put you off. The real star is the house. Designed by Elliot Scott, who »

- Stuart Heritage

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Things You Absolutely Need This Halloween To Be Considered Cool: Thriller The Complete Series

19 October 2010 10:17 AM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Quite simply one of the box sets of the year hands down. Thriller only ran for two seasons 1960-1962, but it was, quite possibly, the best horror anthology in TV history, maybe the best horror show period. Twilight Zone? Sorry guys, dark fantasy, often quite light hearted and cursed with far more clunkers. Night Gallery? Close, but hasn't aged as well. I'll let others argue the merits of Tales from the Crypt, Tales From The Darkside, etc. The bottom line is Thriller offered elegant, well written, well acted teleplays that made unease look easy.

I said elegant. That is a quality lost on a generation of TV watchers especially in the horror genre. Take an episode with the unlikely title of Pigeons from Hell. Adapted from a short story by the great Robert E. Howard Pigeons tells the tale of two men spending the night in a haunted plantation with »

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Jan De Bont Directing Zhang Ziyi in ‘Mulan’

7 September 2010 5:05 PM, PDT | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

Jan De Bont has signed to direct Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi in a live-action, English-language retelling of Mulan about a legendary young heroine soldier who joins an all-male army.

The independently produced project will start filming this fall outside of Shanghai and, according to THR, combine romance, drama and action into a script by John Blickstead.

The character, first described in a 6th century Chinese poem, was popularized in Disney’s 1998 animated film.  De Bont’s film will have no connection to the hand-drawn classic or its direct-to-video sequel.

De Bont has not directed a movie since 2003’s Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and the equally reviled 1999 movie The Haunting.  Ziyi is one of China’s most popular actresses and is best known for her starring roles in House of Flying Daggers and Memoirs of a Geisha.

The re-imagining joins several other live-action fairy tale remakes, including »

- Jeff Leins

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Jan de Bont to Direct Live-Action Mulan Movie

6 September 2010 4:19 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

With the lone exception of Speed, the critical appreciation for Jan de Bont's directorial efforts (Twister, The Haunting, Lara Craft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Speed 2: Cruise Control) has never come close to the success that he's found at the worldwide box office—but now he may be aiming to change that. With years having gone by since his last film, his return to cinema looks to be a departure from the Hollywood genre pics he's done throughout his career. Find out all there is to know about the film, including who's set to star, after the break. De Bont is tackling Mulan, a live-action retelling of the popular Chinese folk tale about a young heroine who joins an all-male army, best known in American culture by the 1998 animated Disney film of the same name. The film seeks to combine drama, romance, and action. The Hollywood »

- Adam Quigley

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Jan De Bont to Direct Zhang Ziyi in Live-Action “Mulan”

6 September 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Zhang Ziyi shot to fame a few years back with the wushu triple-whammy of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Hero and House of Flying Daggers. She followed up those martial arts epics with solid work in Memoirs of a Geisha, since when we have seen very little of her.

Likewise, after bursting onto the scene with the taut action-thriller “Speed”, director Jan De Bont made increasingly inferior and disappointing films (Speed 2: Cruise Control, The Haunting, Tomb Raider 2) before disappearing completely in 2003.

Now we hear from First Showing that Zhang Ziyi and De Bont are joining up on a new live-action version of Mulan, the story (best known to us perhaps from the Disney version from the late 90′s) of a young female warrior who joins an all-male army. The story dates back to the 6th century, although it has been set in a variety of different time periods, so it »

- Dave Roper

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Speed director Jan de Bont goes to China with Zhang Ziyi for Mulan

4 September 2010 5:12 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

We haven't seen much work in the past few years from director Jan de Bont -- although if you endured Speed 2, The Haunting or Tomb Raider 2, you may not have minded his absence. He hasn't had much luck since then either, with the giant shark project Meg never surfacing and his John Cusack vehicular action movie Stopping Power fatally crashing just before filming. Now de Bont is heading to China and hooking up with gorgeous actress Zhang Ziyi for an English-language live-action retelling of »

- Dave Davis

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Solaris wins award for anthology tribute to Edgar Allan Poe

12 July 2010 7:53 AM, PDT | The Geek Files | See recent The Geek Files news »

Solaris Books has announced that Poe: 19 New Tales Inspired by Edgar Allan Poe, edited by Ellen Datlow, won the coveted Shirley Jackson Award for Edited Anthology 2009 at Readercon 20 last night.

The Shirley Jackson Awards are given in recognition of the best imaginative fiction work published in the preceding year.

They are named in honour of the author of The Haunting of Hill House and We Have Always Lived in the Castle.

The anthology coincided with the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe.

Sharyn McCrumb, Lucius Shepard, Pat Cadigan, M. Rickert, Gregory Frost, Kim Newman and others contributed to this anthology, retelling such classics as The Fall of the House of Usher, The Tell-Tale Heart and The Masque of the Red Death.

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- David Bentley

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Six Inanimate Objects That Come to Life

21 June 2010 7:30 AM, PDT | newsinfilm.com | See recent newsinfilm news »

The triumphant return of Woody, Buzz Lightyear, and friends in Toy Story 3 inspired me to look back through film history at inanimate objects brought to life.  Here are six categories:

Talking Toys:

Let’s start with the obvious, which is childhood toys springing to life when their owners aren’t maintaining a watchful eye.  Pixar’s first feature and critically-acclaimed Toy Story series is a prime example, but there are others.

For starters, the puppet Pinnochio’s quest to become a real boy was re-imagined by Disney in the 40s, sparking a generation of young astronomers wishing upon stars.  I wish I could forget Roberto Benigni’s ill-conceived and ultimately career-killing version in 2002.

Then there was the macho imitation from director Joe Dante titled Small Soldiers that made little impression but sadly served as Phil Hartman’s last feature film.  While we’re at it, throw in The Indian and the Cupboard, »

- Jeff Leins

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Sean Hood Brings Us The Haunting in New York

11 June 2010 11:06 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Okay, so we've officially got a franchise on our hands. The success of The Haunting in Connecticut already spawned one sequel that will be lensing soon, The Haunting in Georgia, but apparently there's one more on the way after that!

According to Variety horror scribe Sean Hood (Cube 2: Hypercube, Halloween: Resurrection) has been tapped to pen The Haunting in New York for Gold Circle Films. The studio noted that neither Georgia nor New York are direct sequels to Connecticut but instead are self-contained films with unique characters.

The Haunting in New York is based on the rights to "A Haunting: The Diabolical," a TV documentary that ran in 2006 on the Discovery Channel. "The Diabolical" was the second episode in the second season of the ongoing series. Check out the synopsis for the episode below.

"Marie's daughter suffers from a mental condition that keeps her from speaking. During the »

- Uncle Creepy

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Sean Hood Brings Hauntings to 'New York'

11 June 2010 8:01 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Genre writer Sean Hood (Cube 2: Hypercube, Halloween: Resurrection) has been tapped to pen The Haunting In New York, which follows on the heels of last year's The Haunting in Connecticut and the soon-to-lens The Haunting in Georgia. Gold Circle is keeping the logline of the latest installment under wraps but said it will be based on a true story like the other two films (read inside for more). Hood posted an update to his blog this morning and added a few details. Haunting in Connecticut earned $77 million worldwide and spawned Haunting in Georgia, which Tom Elkins will begin helming in August. Gold Circle noted that neither Georgia nor New York are sequels to Connecticut and instead are self-contained films with unique characters. »

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Connecticut, Georgia, Now The Haunting in New York

11 June 2010 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Writer Sean Hood is set to write The Haunting in New York for Gold Circle Films. The film is the third in Circle's "haunting" line following The Haunting in Connecticut and the upcoming The Haunting in Georgia . Hood also penned Conan which is in production. Plot details surrounding New York are under wraps. Georgia begins rolling cameras soon with director Tom Elkins. Plot details can be found here . »

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10 Poorly Received Sequels That Deserve Another Look

1 June 2010 2:08 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Once a film is successful, a studio almost immediately demands a sequel. Whether we the audience want one or not, you can be sure Hollywood will give us a follow-up if they made big dollars the first time. There are many films that don't really need sequels (thank the maker Zemeckis and Hanks said no to another Forrest Gump) and some that could use a continuation of the story. Once that second film is a hit a trilogy or continuing franchise is inevitable.Quite often sequels fall flat, initially disappointing audiences and failing to make their mark at the box-office. Many times, these films turn out to be just as good, if not better than the originals. The Empire Strikes Back is a perfect example of a film that was initially received poorly, yet despite being the lowest grossing Star Wars film is now considered to be the best. Here »

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Tma’s 25 Greatest Horror Movies of All Time

24 May 2010 10:59 PM, PDT | The Moving Arts Journal | See recent The Moving Arts Journal news »

As usual, distilling the value of a film into a short paragraph in ranking it against every other film ever released in the same genre is imperfect, subjective and quite frankly, irrational. But it sure is fun. So continuing our “Tma’s Greatest” series that began with our Tma’s 25 Greatest Sports Movies of All Time, we decided to make a list of the 25 best horror movies ever made.  But before you proceed to the list and get bent out of shape because your favorite movie didn’t make the list, remember this: we specifically decided to make a list of the “greatest” as opposed to the “scariest” horror movies because scary doesn’t always indicate the quality of a film, and vice versa.  Also, as thorough and meticulous as we were in constructing the list, there are bound to be omissions.  Feel free to let us know what we missed. »

- Eric M. Armstrong

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Hollywood Cinematographer for Gowarikar’s Buddha

14 May 2010 3:17 PM, PDT | Bollyspice | See recent Bollyspice news »

German cinematographer, Karl Walter Lindenlaub has been signed by director, Ashutosh Gowarikar to work on his epic, Buddha. Lindenlaub is responsible for Hollywood films like Independence Day, The Jackal, Up Close & Personal, The Haunting, Black Book and The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.

In a statement, Gowarikar described the past two months of pre-production as ‘exciting and exhilarating’ to work with a renowned Dop. He says that the films Lindenlaub have been involved in are movies he has seen over and over again and has admired. “I feel privileged to be working with him on Buddha,” he said.

He went on to say that the first important decision that had to be taken by the producer, Bhupender Modi was to make Buddha in English. The director says that he has always felt that religion should cater to an international audience.

Modi hopes that Lindenlaub’s involvement with the film will help with its international appeal. »

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Now There.s The Haunting In Georgia

14 April 2010 5:07 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It appears to be an occasional quirk of Hollywood that once a film generates a sequel – unless it’s a big franchise with a huge name attached – the editor often steps up to take the job. That’s happening with the follow-up to The Haunting In Connecticut, creatively titled The Haunting In Georgia, which sees editor Tom Elkins taking the director’s chair.Connecticut saw a family (including Virginia Madsen) relocating to the country for the good of their son’s (Kyle Gallner) health. But their supposedly happy new home came with one problem that the estate agent didn’t talk up – it used to be a mortuary, and it’s bursting with scary supernatural energy.That first film was based on a true story, and the sequel, which finds a different family dealing with a spooky presence in their Georgia home, is also partially based on truth, at least »

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Weekend Preview

25 March 2010 4:13 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Along with the aspirations of the Mar. 26-28 weekend's nationwide debuts, How to Train Your Dragon and Hot Tub Time Machine, comes a sizable increase in ticket prices in many theaters, particularly for 3D presentations, which are jumping by as much as $2 a pop. Fueled by 3D titans Avatar and Alice in Wonderland, the 2010 box office has out-paced 2009 by a nine percent margin, but last year's one-two punch of Monsters Vs. Aliens and The Haunting in Connecticut on the same weekend may be a tough act to follow.

DreamWorks Animation aims to stoke the flames of the movie industry's 3D obsession with How to Train Your Dragon, which lands on over 7,000 screens at 4,055 sites. The launch includes 2,178 3D venues (including 185 IMAX venues), which is not a 3D record due to Alice in Wonderland (and Avatar to a lesser extent) still being in the market. DreamWorks Animation's last picture, Monsters Vs. »

- Brandon Gray

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