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For myself personally, I've been a huge fan of filmmaker Stevan Mena ever since I first caught a theatrical showing of his debut feature 'Malevolence' back in 2004. You have to keep in mind what was going on in horror at the time. The two ficks I'd seen prior to 'Malevolence' were 'Aliens Vs Predator' and 'The Exorcist: The Beginning,' so I had pretty much given up on the genre at that point. But thankfully, Mena's brutal and relentless "slasher" perfectly captured the essence of the movies I grew up loving; so much so that I later had to reconfirm it was a new movie and not something from the 80's only at that time finally getting a release. But 'Malevolence' was always intended to be the middle part of a more epic trilogy. 'Bereavement' came out in 2010 and told the prequel story of how Martin Bristol became the killer we see in 'Malevolence. »
- Rob Galluzzo
The former Twilight actor, who played Emmett Cullen in all five of the series' instalments, will play the lead role in the upcoming blockbuster, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history, and Kellan has exactly that - personality," Harlin said.
"He's not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion and heart."
"It's closer to Gladiator than flying horses," said the director. "This is a breakout role for Kellan and a chance to grow and shine as an actor. »
Kellan Lutz: big-budget blockbuster leading man.
At least that's what we might say after learning the "Twilight" actor has signed on to play the title role in Nu Image/Millennium's upcoming "Hercules 3D," according to The Hollywood Reporter.
"It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, mythological personality in history -- and Kellan has exactly that, personality," Harlin told The Hollywood Reporter. "He's not afraid to explore the strengths and vulnerabilities of the character, and he impressed me with his passion and heart."
Harlin calls this Lutz's "breakout role" and his "chance to shine as an actor." In keeping with his appearances in all five "Twilight" entries, Lutz's résumé includes a variety of teen-friendly flicks, including "Stick It," "Prom Night »
- Matthew Jacobs
One Hercules film will feature an actor best known for playing a sparkling vampire (Kellan Lutz) and the other has one of the most popular action actors of the past decade (Dwayne Johnson) on board. One has Renny Harlin (Cutthroat Island, Exorcist: The Beginning) and the other has Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand, the Rush Hour films) attached to direct. Both Hercules projects are aiming for a 2014 release date because studios just love to beat us over the head with similarly-themed movies, recent examples of which include Capote vs Infamous, Mirror, Mirror vs Snow White and the Huntsman, and the 2013 battle of the White House films - Olympus Has Fallen vs White House Down.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lutz was chosen by Harlin to star as his Hercules because he has passion and heart, as well as well-formed abs. "It takes more than a good physique to portray the most legendary, »
By Tara Fowler
Poor Nell Sweetzer just can't seem to catch a break. This weekend sees the opening of "The Last Exorcism: Part II," in which the evil that haunted Nell in the first film returned for, well, round two. Worried the same will happen to you?
Never fear! We decided to educate ourselves on exorcisms, so that if a demon ever comes a-knocking, we'll know what to do. Read on!
1) The right to exorcise (not to be confused with exercise) is protected by the First Amendment: As per a case in Texas, where a former parishioner sued her church for the "emotional trauma" she incurred after fellow church-goers attempted to rid her of evil spirits. The court ruled in the church's favor.
2) They aren't nearly as exciting (or bloody) as Hollywood makes them seem: Contrary to what you see on screen, vomiting, spider-crawling, and back-breaking are not a »
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On Sunday, February 17th, FEARnet celebrates 40 years of The Exorcist with a marathon of all the franchise films starting at 2 pm Est, and to mark the occasion, we spoke with genre icon Linda Blair about her experiences making one of the most influential horror movies of all time.
During our exclusive interview, Blair discussed how The Exorcist continues to surprise her even after four decades of living with Regan MacNeil, her surreal experiences dealing with the press as a teenager, why William Friedkin's film is more than just a horror movie and much, much more.
Dread Central: I just rewatched The Exorcist for probably the 60th time last night, and I'm still amazed by the fact that every time I see it, it's almost a different experience for me as a viewer. When I was a kid, it was more about being scared for your character, and now, as an adult, »
The Exorcist, one of the scariest movies of all-time, is turning 40 years old. To celebrate, we caught up with the original film's heart and soul, Linda Blair, to chat about this terrifying anniversary that spans five films and a lot of green vomit and head twisting. This Sunday, in honor of The Exorcist's timeless take on possession, FEARnet is running "The Complete Exorcist" special, which includes back-to-back airings of The Exorcist, Exorcist II: The Heretic, The Exorcist III, Exorcist: The Beginning, and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist. Be sure to check it out, but first, check in with our exclusive chat, which finds Regan looking back on Exorcist II: The Heretic, her history with the franchise, and what her dogs think of the movies (to learn more about Linda's WorldHeart Foundation, were you might discover a horror movie loving dog of your own, clickHere) The Exorcist 40th Anniversary: Its »
This Sunday February 17th, FEARnet celebrates 40 years of The Exorcist with an all-day “Complete Exorcist Marathon” starting at 2pm Et, from William Friedkin’s Oscar-winning film (which also garnered its young star an Oscar nomination) straight through to Renny Harlin’s 2004 Exorcist: The Beginning, at the same time honouring Linda Blair’s colorful acting career and her humanitarian efforts through the Linda Blair World Heart Foundation.
But while her head-spinning breakout film remains her most revered role, it’s not just The Exorcist that has made Linda Blair an icon. We watched her grow up onscreen, and for those of us who grew up with her, she proved a remarkably powerful role model. Her heartbreaking turn in Donald Wrye’s 1974 TV movie Born Innocent offered up one of the first realistic glimpses behind the walls of a youth detention centre (a role that was pivotal in determining the course »
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FEARnet is running a marathon of The Exorcist series on Sunday, and I had a chance to briefly talk with Linda Blair about the movie and her charity efforts. Continue reading to find out why she thinks The Exorcist is still popular after all these years, how you can help with her animal rescue work, and learn what types of horror movies she prefers:
Thank you for taking the time to talk to me today. The Exorcist is approaching its 40th anniversary and there’s a marathon coming up this weekend to celebrate it.
Linda Blair: It is the 40th anniversary of The Exorcist and I know that the audience will enjoy the marathon on Sunday. I think there is a great love for this film, due to its intellectual level. Whether everyone realizes it or not, they are watching something more intelligent with this movie. It’s not mundane… »
- Jonathan James
The Exorcist is one of the most haunting and terrifying stories ever committed to celluloid and, despite the litany of possession films and advancements in computer graphics that now dominate the horror landscape, it has remained a classic because it manages to situate the fantastic in the realistic. Director William Friedkin's 1973 adaptation of William Peter Blatty's best-selling novel continues to draw an audience because though it's a terrifying tale, it is also a deeply human story.
At the center of The Exorcist is a young girl, Regan MacNeil, played by Linda Blair, and it is her possession that sets the movie on its course, but the film itself is held to together by Blair's work. Though only 13 years old at the time of shooting, her performance has become one of the most iconic and celebrated in horror. As the film progresses, Regan changes from a sweet young girl into a terrifying demonic figure, »
- Alexandra West
In the early '90s, action-movie director Renny Harlin was in his prime, helming hits like Die Hard 2: Die Harder and the Sylvester Stallone-vehicle Cliffhanger. Unfortunately, he then sunk his reputation with not one but two box office flops starring his then wife Geena Davis, Cutthroat Island and The Long Kiss Goodnight. Since then, Harlin's been chipping away with lesser-known titles, but could be poised for a comeback with the big-budget action-adventure Hercules 3D. THR reports Millennium is giving Harlin the director's chair on their $70 million movie that will focus on the legend of Greek demigod Hercules. In development since 2007, Millennium's screenplay penned by Hanna Weg and Sean Hood promises a gritty revision on the standard telling of this myth, one that Harlin describes as less cartoonish fantasy and more Gladiator. Following features with mid-range budgets like The Covenant and Exorcist: The Beginning, this 3D spectacle marks Harlin's »
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Die Hard 2 and Exorcist: The Beginning director Renny Harlen has signed up to bring Millenium's Hercules 3D to the big screen. With a budget of $70 million, the studio are hoping to cast Eight leading roles within the next few weeks in order to start production this May in Bulgaria. They're hoping to have the film out by March 2014 in order to beat Paramount and MGM's rival project which director Brett Ratner and star Dwayne Johnson are teaming up on for an August 8th, 2014 release. With a script written by Sean Hood and Hanna Weg, Harlin told the site that his take will be a lot different to other versions. "It's not a comic book, cartoony fantasy thing. It's closer to Gladiator than flying horses. I think these are very different kinds of movies in their approach to this legendary character." As for »
James D'Arcy sweeps into the London restaurant, grabs my hand in a matey greeting, and slides in beside me on the banquette. He wriggles out of a black sweater, revealing an olive T-shirt and tanned forearms.
I have just seen Hitchcock, his most recent film, an enjoyably heightened account of the making of Psycho in which he gives an eerily exact rendering of Anthony Perkins, wringing his rolled-up script anxiously in the presence of Hitch (played by Anthony Hopkins). Like most of his work to date, it gives no clue as to whom D'Arcy might be offscreen; he is equal parts talent, pointed handsomeness and mystery.
Though alert and nuanced in everything from the briny melee of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World »
- Ryan Gilbey
Nothing says “I love you” like FEARnet this February with an horrific heart-shaped box full of premieres, prizes, and stunts kicked off by the world television debut of Lost Boys: The Thirst on February 3 and "The Complete Exorcist Marathon" on February 17.
From the Press Release:
For the first time ever, a TV network is consecutively airing all films, prequels and sequels, associated with The Exorcist franchise. One of the most significant genre films ever made, the Academy Award®-winning movie celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. In that time it has spawned two sequels and two prequels, which FEARnet presents back-to-back starting at 2 p.m. Et/11 a.m. Pt on February 17.
The original head-spinning classic The Exorcist stars Linda Blair as Regan MacNeil, a young girl possessed by the demon Pazuzu, with Max von Sydow and Jason Miller as the priests who try to save her. Next is Exorcist II: The Heretic at 4:30 p. »
- The Woman In Black
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