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DVD Review – Varsity Blood (2014)

19 August 2014 12:56 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Varsity Blood, 2014

Directed by Jake Helgren

Starring Lexi Giovagnoli, Wesley Scott, Debbie Rochon, Natalie Peyton, Blair Jackson, Elyse Bigler, Melody Herron

Synopsis:

A pack of small town jocks and cheerleaders with a dark secret head out to a remote farmhouse for a raucous Halloween pasture party, only to find themselves up for slaughter by someone dressed as their high school mascot, an Indian warrior wielding a lethal fighting ax and a bow and arrow.

Sigh.

Varsity Blood is a slasher movie born out of love for the genre. Sadly, it’s a movie that tries to emulate a genre and yet misses the point of what made those movies so entertaining by such a wide margin that it just becomes a chore to finish. It’s heart might have been in the right place, but the execution (no pun intended) is so poor that you have to wonder whether they »

- Luke Owen

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13 Unconventional Murder Weapons

13 July 2014 7:23 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

It’s another 13th of the month. Here’s our top 13 list of unconventional murder weapons. All contributions are by the staff and listed as such.

Deadly Friend Death by Basketball

by Mike Hassler

Deadly Friend is not a good movie.  At all.  Wes Craven’s really hit or miss, in case you didn’t already realize this — for every Last House on the Left there’s a Vampire in Brooklyn, and for a Nightmare on Elm Street there’s a Shocker.  His 1986 cheese-tastic gem Deadly Friend is quite a fun watch just for it’s terrible nature.  The preposterous plot is of a young man implanting a computer chip into the girl next door’s brain which then gives her superpowers and causes her to go homicidal. The best moment?  When our cybernetically altered hottie Samantha (Kristy Swanson) chucks a basketball at Anne “Mama” Ramsey’s head, which literally »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Casting call for The Christmas Star

23 May 2014 9:02 AM, PDT | ScreenTerrier | See recent ScreenTerrier news »

Open castings are being held for The Christmas Star, Northern Ireland’s first ever Christmas feature film, made by Cinemagic International Film and Television Festival for Young People.

A host of film and television professionals are supporting the ground-breaking film production that will engage with hundreds of young people, marking the beginning of a year of Cinemagic’s 25th Anniversary celebrations.

Cinemagic patrons, Ros and John Hubbard, of Hubbard Casting, are launching the search for young talent for the film from 6th- 8th June in Ballymena, Belfast and Newry and invite young people with all levels of experience to audition.

The open castings for young females aged 9-12 and young males aged 9-15 will take place on:

Friday 6th June from 3.30pm – 7.00pm in The Braid: Ballymena Town Hall, Museum & Arts Centre, Ballymena

Saturday 7th June from 10.00am – 4.00pm in The Europa Hotel, Belfast

Sunday 8th June from 12pm – 6pm in the Canal Court Hotel, »

- noreply@blogger.com (ScreenTerrier)

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MK2 sells Clouds of Sils Maria

9 May 2014 3:45 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Palme d’Or contender starring Juliette BinocheKristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz sells to 20 territories.

Paris-based MK2 has closed a raft of deals on Olivier Assayas’ Clouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette BinocheKristen Stewart and Chloë Grace Moretz, ahead of its premiere in Competition at Cannes.

The film has sold to Italy (Good Films), Benelux (De Filmfreak), Germany (Nfp), Switzerland (Filmcoopi), Hong Kong (Golden Scene), Korea (Tcast), Portugal (Leopardo Filmes),  and ex-Yugoslavia (Continental Film).

It has also been acquired for the Middle East (Falcon), Turkey (Yeni Bir) and airlines (Encore). As previously announced IFC Films has taken Us rights. Les Films du Losange will release the film in France at the end of August.

“We’re in talks on a lot of other territories, notably Latin America, Scandinavia, Russia and the UK,” said MK2’s sales chief Juliette Schrameck.

Set in the Swiss alpine lake district of Sils Maria, the picture »

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Horror Movie Icon Art - Behind the Mask Series

7 May 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Here is a look at Behind the Mask Series 1 by Vlad Rodriguez. We found this over on XomdieDIRGE. This is what he had to say about the art collection:

"Behind the Mask" is a new horror-themed print series paying tribute to the actors behind some of the genre’s most iconic movie monsters. The series kicks off with three portraits by Vlad Rodriguez, featuring the villainous visages of John Kassir (The Cryptkeeper), Kane Hodder (Jason Voorhees) and Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger).

Strange Kids Club founder Rondal Scott III explains, “Our intention with these prints is to pay respect to the actors, actresses and performers who made these monsters so iconic in the first place. These characters are more than just movie make-up and special effects, they are the product of hard work and great performances by the actors who portrayed them. If this first limited run proves successful our hope »

- Billy Fisher

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Hulu Seeks Pay TV Partners

30 April 2014 7:53 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hulu is in negotiations with U.S. pay TV operators to get a perch on set-top boxes, CEO Mike Hopkins disclosed at the streaming service’s Digital Content NewFront presentation Wednesday.

Disclosure comes on the heels of rival Netflix’s announcement last week that the service would be available on TiVo set-tops on three

small MSOs. Netflix is already available on several overseas cable operators.

The additional exposure should help broaden appeal of subscription Atm Hulu Plus, which Hopkins announced had surpassed 6 million subscribers in 2014.

Beyond the subscriber count update, there wasn’t much new information on Hulu original programming, with senior VP of content Craig Erwich a very recent addition to the staff. Hulu has already renewed its entire slate of originals last year, including “The Awesomes,” “Moone Boy,” “East Los High,” ” Behind the Mask” and “Deadbeat.”

Hopkins talked up substantial increases in the coming years for original production, »

- Andrew Wallenstein

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Craziness Runs In The Family In Saving Grace B. Jones, Heading To DVD In May!

28 April 2014 10:35 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Heading to DVD on May 27th, Connie Steven(The Party Crashers, Back To The Beach)’s Southern Gothic Thriller Saving Grace B. Jones looks like it could be some fun, boasting a cast filled with Michael Biehn, Scott Wilson and Tatum O’Neal. Judging from the trailer, it seems like it could be a decent little thriller. As always, fright fiends, we’ll check it out and fill you in whether to catch this one or not.

 “In the Heartland of America, during one of the most disastrous floods in history, the lives of one couple become chaotic when the man’s sister comes to live with them after being released from a local insane-asylum….based on a true story.”

Cast: Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens), Oscar Winner Tatum O’Neal (This Is 40, Paper Moon), Golden Globe Nominee Penelope Ann Miller (Carlito’S Way, Big Top Peewee), Three time Oscar Nominee Piper Laurie (Carrie, »

- Jerry Smith

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'Xscape,' Michael Jackson album of previously unreleased material, set for May 13 release

31 March 2014 3:22 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

We’ve long known at Michael Jackson left unreleased material before he died on 2009. Now the world will get to hear eight of the songs on “Xscape,” an 8-song collection featuring “contemporized” versions of the tunes. Epic Records will release the set May 13 in conjunction with Jackson’s estate. “Contemporized,” according to a press release, means that Epic CEO/chairman “L.A” Reid and various producers, including Timbaland, Stargate, and Rodney Jerkins, “retooled the production to add a fresh, contemporary sound that retains Jackon’s essence and integrity. In other words, my guess is they had to create the finished tracks from the various stages in which they found Jackson’s vocals. Although the release stresses that a deluxe version of "Xscape" includes all the "sourced Michael Jackson recordings in their original form," it does not explain how fully realized the recordings were.  The title track, which was written by Jackson and Jerkins, »

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Espn, Fox Lead Sports Emmy Awards Noms

26 March 2014 2:40 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences have announced the nominees for the 35th annual Sports Emmy Awards.

Espn leads with the most network nominations at 30, followed by Fox with 18. HBO has 15 noms, and NBC and Nbcsn are tied with 14.

Hulu has been nominated for its first Emmy in the outstanding new approaches, sports programming category for its mascot docuseries “Behind the Mask.”

Bob Costas has been nominated twice for outstanding sports personality, in play-by-play and studio host categories.

James Brown, David Feherty, Greg Gumbel and Dan Patrick have also been nominated in the studio host category, while Marv Albert, Mike Breen, Joe Buck and Mike Emrick have been nominated for sports personality, play-by-play.

For live sports special,  the 2013 NBA Finals, Heat vs. Spurs, the Wimbledon Championships, the 55th annual Daytona 500, the 34th America’s Cup and the Red Sox vs. Cardinals 109th World Series have all been nominated.

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- Nikara Johns

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10 Must-Own Horror Toys

31 January 2014 9:30 AM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

Over the past couple months here on Fearnet, we’ve taken a look at the top 10 must-own toys from most of the big horror franchises, including Halloween, Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th, Child’s Play, Evil Dead and, most recently, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Though that still leaves a couple franchises left to cover, we take a break from franchise horror today, to talk about toys based on either standalone films, or smaller franchises that haven’t even been given ten toys over the years.

So here are 10 more horror toys that no fan’s collection should be without!

We’ve talked about McFarlane’s Movie Maniacs here in this feature several times, which was the line that gave us the very first figures of many of our favorite horror icons. It was in 2001 that they released Series 4 of the Movie Maniacs line, which included a deluxe boxed set in tribute to Jaws. »

- John Squires

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Scarlett Johansson, Robert De Niro get goofy for BAFTA pictures

20 January 2014 4:35 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Scarlett Johansson shows her goofy side as she poses for BAFTA's A-list 'Behind the Mask' photo collection.

The Hollywood starlet cheekily pokes out her tongue and pouts in the image by Andy Gotts, which will be displayed at a unique exhibition at London's Somerset House in the run up to the 2014 awards.

BAFTAs: Mark Kermode tips 12 Years a Slave star Lupita Nyong'o for awards

A wincing Robert De Niro and a floral Thandie Newton also feature in the collection of over 100 BAFTA-winning or BAFTA-nominated actors.

Tilda Swinton, Al Pacino, John Hurt and Sidney Poitier are among the other celebrities who have posed for the project.

BAFTA nominations 2014: Who got snubbed?

Gotts, who has spent two years travelling the globe to capture the photos, said: "I have always been a movie buff, and getting the opportunity to meet my matinée idols is beyond a dream come true.

"I »

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First Clip for Sundance Entry ‘Frank,’ Starring Michael Fassbender Behind The Mask

17 January 2014 11:31 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Frank Sidebottom, alter ego Chris Sievey, is best known as the lead singer of a Manchester punk band called The Freshies, whose music, consisted usually of covers of popular and indie songs rewritten to be about his life, living in the Manchester suburb of Timperley, often with help from a puppet version of himself called Little Frank. Sidebottom died suddenly in 2010 after a short battle with cancer, and now a few years later, Jon Ronson, who played in his band, has co-written a film inspired by his alter ego. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did), Frank is set to premiere this week at Sundance, and now the very first clip has arrived. Enjoy!

Synopsis: Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and »

- Kyle Reese

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Preview Andy Gotts' Behind the Mask Photography Show Featuring Over 100 BAFTA Nominated Actors

15 January 2014 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Behind the Mask’ is a BAFTA Future Archive collaboration with renowned photographer Andy Gotts MBE, a celebrity photographer for 23 years specialising in actors’ portraits, who together have produced ‘Behind The Mask’, a photographic census of over one hundred international actors and actresses to have won or been nominated for a BAFTA since 1954. The project has been over two years in the making with Gotts travelling across the globe in order to photograph subjects including Lauren Bacall, Jeff Bridges, Daniel Day-Lewis, Al Pacino, John Hurt, Sidney Poitier and Tilda Swinton. Andy Gotts MBE said: “Even though I have been given the title 'celebrity photographer' I have always seen myself as a photographer of actors. I have always been a movie buff and getting the opportunity to meet my »

- Pietro Filipponi

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More Underrated Horror Flicks

10 January 2014 12:00 PM, PST | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

There are myriad reasons why some horror films don’t make a connection with moviegoers and in turn fail to live up to expectations set by the studios that financed them. Sometimes it’s because a movie simply isn’t good, but often a film’s lack of box office success can be attributed to circumstances beyond the filmmakers’ control: factors like lack of appropriate promotion, bad marketing, poorly-timed release dates and unduly harsh critical reception can work against an otherwise good film's success. There are countless well-made movies that do not succeed for one reason or another, and we think it’s a damn shame that the majority of movie fans wind up missing out on quality films.

Because we love an underdog story and love to advocate for the little guy, we ran a piece in November that celebrated five of our favorite underrated horror films; as it proved popular, »

- Tyler Doupe

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Scott Adkins discusses his audition for The Dark Knight in Batman vs. Superman

6 January 2014 2:33 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Prior to the announcement that Ben Affleck had secured the role of Batman in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel sequel, an online fan campaign was lobbying for British actor and martial artist Scott Adkins (X-Men Origins: Wolverine, The Expendables 2) to don the cape and cowl as The Dark Knight in Batman vs. Superman. This all stemmed from a post on Adkins' Facebook page suggesting that he'd tested for the role, and now he's offered some details about his audition during an interview with Behind the Mask Presents (via Cbm).

"They asked me to audition, yeah. And... so I did. But that's as far as it went. I know there was a big campaign on the internet which was great for the free publicity but I think that's because obviously Batman's a martial artist, that's his superpower, isn't it? People are disappointed that he has not been shown off »

- Gary Collinson

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