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Because of their “negative buoyancy” caused by their big fat, flat, bony heads, catfish are bottom feeders and bottom dwellers. The modern appropriation of the term in online parlance, according to the Urban Dictionary, is used to refer to a scheming romancer: a “catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they're not using Facebook or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances.”
A bottom dweller can only successfully feed off those who, let’s just say, dwell at the bottom.
This irony, however, is lost on the Brothers Schulman in their 2010 documentary Catfish as well as their eponymous MTV spin-off series which premiered earlier this fall. A half-dozen episodes in, this show feels like a combination of the faux-thriller Scary Movie series (coincidentally one of the Schulman’s co-directed the third installment of Paranormal Activity), plus the trashiness of Jerry Springer, »
In terms of volume and quality, 2012 has been an absolutely stunning year for film. I cannot remember the last time there were this many films produced and distributed by some of the best directors in the business, all within one year. Ridley Scott returned to the sci-fi genre with Prometheus; Quentin Tarantino recently returned in full idiosyncratic fashion with Django Unchained; Ang Lee has blown the majority of us away with his glorious celebration of life in Life of Pi; Steven Spielberg tackled presidential history with Lincoln; Christopher Nolan bought the curtain down on the Batman series with The Dark Knight Rises and Sam Mendes breathed new life into 007 with Skyfall. Picking this list is not an easy one. The beautiful thing about a top 15 list is that it accepts films that are not exactly Oscar worthy candidates but were entertaining none the less.
So, these are what I consider »
- David Keeble
Ha, we had almost forgotten about Bruce Springsteen in "High Fidelity" and David Bowie in "Zoolander" (we default to Billy Zane on that one). And you can't beat Bill Murray in "Zombieland." And even though we would've picked Bruce Willis in "Ocean's Twelve" over Bruce Willis in "What Just Happened?," this is a pretty damn good collection (courtesy of AnimalNY) of the celebrity world self-congratulating itself by breaking its own fourth wall. Or ... something.
Anyway, we agree with FilmDrunk in that the meta-levels may one day reach such an extreme that movies will nothing more than celebrities playing us pretending to be them and everything will be a sequel to "The Human Centipede."
Here is the full list of cameos, in order of appearance ...
3. Neil Patrick Harris, "Harold and Kumar Go to While Castle"
5. Kurt Vonnegut, »
- Bryan Enk
Dr. David Hayward is checking back into Pine Valley.
The Daytime TV vet’s former on-screen flame Lindsay Hartley has also inked a deal to reprise her role as AMC‘s lovelorn doc Cara Castillo, Soap Opera Digest reports.
“Excited to bring dastardly Dr. David back to life, as he did for so many others, and to see my dear »
- Megan Masters
The 7th Rome Film Festival (Festival Internazionale del Film di Roma) will confer its Lifetime Achievement Award to Quentin Tarantino. The American director, screenwriter, actor, and producer, winner of an Oscar® for Pulp Fiction, the author of extraordinary works such as Reservoir Dogs, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill:Vol.1, Kill Bill:Vol.2 and Inglourious Basterds, will receive the award on January 4th on the occasion of the gala screening of the new film he has written and directed, Django Unchained, starring Jamie Foxx, Leonardo Di Caprio, Christoph Waltz, Samuel L. Jackson, and Kerry Washington. The celebrated film-composer Ennio Morricone will be presenting the award to the director. “Quentin Tarantino’s vision has radically influenced our collective imagery over the past twenty years – explains Marco Müller, artistic director of the Rome Film Festival – Tarantino is a profoundly American yet very European filmmaker, because the relationship he has established with cinema and its »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Josh Abraham)
‘Tis the season, so you should scroll down to view the naughty red band 12 Days of A Haunted House.
From the creators of Scary Movie comes another hilarious horror spoof, a parody of the Paranormal Activity franchise. When newlyweds Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) move into their dream house, they quickly find they’re not alone. But it’s not the house that’s haunted, but his wife that is possessed with spirits – or as Malcolm calls it – “relationship baggage.” Malcolm hires everyone from a priest to modern day ghost busters to rid her of the demon, determined not to let the evil spirit ruin his marriage… or his sex life for that matter.
A Haunted House hits theatres January 11, 2013.
Source: Open Road Films »
- Philip Sticco
Christmas carolers can be as annoying as a Mariachi band blowing their horns in your face at a Mexican restaurant while you're trying in vain to enjoy your high calorie stomach buster. Still, there's no reason not to sing along with the following holiday spot!
In the Wayans family tradition of successful movies like Scary Movie 1 & 2, Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, and, most recently, Dance Flick, Marlon Wayans co-wrote the script for A Haunted House along with Rick Alvarez, who has produced several Wayans family movies.
- Uncle Creepy
As most of our regular readers may have figured out from our quarterly "Most Anticipated" articles, my movie preferences heavily favor the genre films. I'm a fan of spectacle, big action, larger-than-life characters and borderline-ridiculous premises. I'm always happy to see great performances on screen, but as long as I'm having some sort of visceral response to the film in question, it works for me. I'm not artsy or indie, I don't have access to festivals and screeners; I'm out there in the ticket lines and sub-par theaters like the majority of the blue-collars out there. It's a foregone conclusion that you will disagree with me, so be sure to vote for your own top ten here. You'll find my ten favorite movies from 2012 after the jump. 10. The Cabin in the Woods As a kid who grew up on the horror films of the 80s and 90s, I love a »
- Dave Trumbore
Because you have all been clamoring for it, the trailer for Scary Movie 5 is finally here! Despite seven years since the fourth film, someone still thought it was a good idea to make another spoof of the horror genre that nobody asked for. The first couple of Scary Movie titles were fun, but once it got to part 3, they just became tedious. Then the onslaught of spoofs like Epic Movie completely trashed the subgenre. Even Scary Movie 5 suffers from having a trailer released after Marlon »
- Alex Maidy
Like with many horror franchises, it seems as if Scary Movie films keep getting made no matter how bad they get. The latest installment, which is the fifth in the series, takes aim at Paranormal Activity, Black Swan, and Inception, just to name a few. This time around, Ashley Tisdale is in the starring role, while Molly Shannon, Simon Rex, and Heather Locklear also make appearances. But let's face it: the only real reason to watch this trailer to see Lindsay Lohan and Charlie Sheen in bed together in their brief cameo. Not only is the trailer unfunny, but also, most of the movie references seem pretty dated. I think it's high time for the Scary Movies to finally die, but it's not happening yet, so watch the trailer when you read more. »
- Becky Kirsch
Cover your privates, the Scary Movie series is back.
Horror movie parodies seem to be on a bit of an uptick lately, with Marlon Wayans' A Haunted House and 30 Nights of Paranormal Activity with the Devil Inside the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo both respectively arriving in theaters and DVD next January. With any luck, the two parodies won't have used up all the fart jokes, pratfalls and crotch shots that will surely arrive with April's Scary Movie 5.
But while the first trailer shows that Paranormal Activity is clearly one of the movie's being parodied, 2010's Black Swan is also chief among Scary Movie 5's targets with Ashley Tisdale (High School Musical) playing a young mother and aspiring ballet dancer who is experiencing some unexplained behavior in her home, which is partially explained when she watches footage of the previous owners (Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan).
- Ryan Gowland
Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the cinema, along comes yet another Scary Movie film to ruin everyone’s day! This time not even Anna Faris is back, as former High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale takes the lead in Scary Movie 5, alongside Terry Crews, Simon Rex, Erica Ash, Heather Locklear and Molly Shannon, with Mike Tyson, Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan (pictured above) apparently cameoing as themselves.
Snooty, aloof, imperious, and oversexed French dance company director Pierre is putting on a new production. Jody, a Caucasian late-20s mother of two and her late-20s African American friend Kendra are both vying for the lead in the production. »
In Hollywood, there's often a fine line between good-natured parody and outright exploitation. You know, should a down-on-their-luck star take the potentially embarrassing "Celebrity Apprentice" gig or not? It can be a real grey area.
Hey, if you can't get people to laugh with you, at least you can still get them to laugh at you.
Which is kind of too bad, because honestly, the rest of this new teaser for the fifth installment of the horror parody franchise actually looks sorta funny in a good way. Ashley Tisdale, Heather Locklear, Katt Williams and Terry Crews are among the other stars who gamely deliver punchlines in a clip that sets its sights squarely on "Paranormal Activity" and its found footage ilk. »
- Scott Harris
While Marlon Wayans’ A Haunted House will lampoon found footage horror films January 11th, 2013, Scary Movie 5 is looking to capitalize on mocking some of the same films – along with a slew of other more well-known films – later in the year. Thanks to the first official trailer, we now know films like Paranormal Activity, Black Swan, and Inception will all get the Scary Movie treatment from writers David Zucker and Pat Proft.
Rejuvenating the franchise after taking some seven years to collect enough filmography worth roasting, High School Musical star Ashley Tisdale has been tapped to lead a cast of franchise regulars like Simon Rex and Charlie Sheen, along with new faces like Lindsay Lohan, Terry Crews, Katt Williams, Kate Walsh, Heather Locklear, and Mike Tyson.
As per the synopsis, Black Swan seems to be the main source of plot material, following “three dancers — one veteran performer and two upstarts »
- Matt Donato
Unfortunately, the first trailer for Dimension Films’ horror comedy spoof Scary Movie 5 has been released. Everything about this is terrible, as the trailer highlights the film’s awful, unfunny acting, annoying overuse of clichés, and abundance of physical "comedy." The trailer also uses Danny Elfman’s swell score from Beetlejuice, which is offensive to Elfman, Beetlejuice, and good movies in general. The only familiar face here from the previous films is Simon Rex, and the series actually feels pretty outdated. Scary Movie 5 spoofs films like Black Swan and Inception, which just seems old at this point. The pic also takes on the Paranormal Activity franchise, but Scary Movie creator Marlon Wayans has his own Pa spoof called A Haunted House set for release in January. Having now seen trailers for both films, I feel confident in saying that A Haunted House will look like Citizen Kane compared to Scary Movie 5. »
- Adam Chitwood
While we certainly miss Anna in the lead role, Scary Movie 5 looks to be just as funny as the rest of the installments. This time around, the film spoofs the Paranormal Activity movies and adds a bit of comedic humor from the likes of Inception and Lindsay Lohan’s real life legal drama. (She pokes fun at her probation being revoked — and this was filmed before it actually happened! Is Lindsay a psychic?)
The trailer starts by spoofing familiar scenes from Paranormal Activity 4, which was released earlier this year. »
- Christopher Rogers
This is what a tax write-off looks like, folks. While the "Scary Movie" franchise to date has been mind-bogglingly successful, with the last entry earning $90 million at the box office, for this latest installment (without series lead Anna Faris) it seems the Weinsteins have lost all interest is producing another hit, and mostly just want to keep the brand going. Cheap, featuring a bunch of no-names, along with cameos from the likes of Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and Katt Williams who will be using the paycheques to pay any past or future lawyers fees, the new trailer for "Scary Movie 5" shows how low the bar can go. So, who is the target of parody this time? "Recent" movies like "Inception" and "Black Swan," the "Paranormal Activity" franchise, because no one has ever thought of making fun of them, and lots of physical comedy too, with pans falling on somone's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Scary Movie horror comedy parody film started in 2000 directed by big brother, actor- comedian Keenen Ivory Wayans. The first four films of the franchise have grossed over $800 million worldwide combined. The Weinstein Company’s latest installment in their spoof comedy franchise is due to open in theaters from April 19th, 2013.
The comedy with plenty of base material to spoof (Black Swan) featuring cameos by Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and Heather Locklear, with leading performances from Ashley Tisdale and Kate Walsh along with Erica Ash, Simon Rex, Molly Shannon, Terry Crews, Marisa Saks, Jasmine Guy, Angie Stone, Angela “Big Ang” Raiola, Sherée Whitfield, Mike Tyson, Audrina Patridge, Kendra Wilkinson and Katt Williams.
The upcoming horror comedy movie is directed by Malcolm D. Lee based on »
- Nick Martin
I have seen one of the Scary Movie films and that was enough so don't expect me to rush out and see Scary Movie 5 on April 12 and review it. After all, what is there to review. What could I possibly say that could encourage or discourage you from seeing this movie? A film in which Charlie Sheen and Lindsay Lohan are both looked at as a punchline? I could turn on the TV and get the same joke without the additional effort. Along with Lohan and Sheen the film co-stars Ashley Tisdale, Terry Crews, Simon Rex, Molly Shannon, Mike Tyson and Audrina Patridge If you are actually interested in seeing more from this franchise as they go the obvious route and parody the Paranormal Activity franchise, then, by all means, do so... here is the trailer. Enjoy. »
- Brad Brevet
Marlon Wayans returns to the world of horror movie spoofs with A Haunted House, which gives found footage thrillers like Paranormal Activity and The Devil Inside a much needed spanking. We have an exclusive TV spot, which hints that this might just be up there with the original Scary Movie, a classic in the spoof genre. We also have two new posters that poke fun at The Last Exorcism and Sinister. Watch as Marlon Wayans and Essence Atkins finally do what any sane person would do in these circumstances. They get out of the house!
A Haunted House - Exclusive TV Spot Supernatural
In an outrageous send up of the Paranormal Activity movies, The Devil Insideand other "found footage" movies, A Haunted House features young couple Malcolm (Marlon Wayans) and Kisha (Essence Atkins) who have just moved in to their dream house. As they settle in, they quickly find they're not alone. »
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