15 items from 2013
Since September, Spain has unleashed two of its three biggest movies ever: Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible with a $172.5 million gross worldwide and Andy Muschietti’s “Mama” at $135.8 million gross and counting.
These box office watermarks come, however, as Spain suffers its worst recession in decades. Piracy, on top of an 8% to 21% hike in sales taxes on cinema tickets, has withered cinema attendance, down 2.5% in the first quarter of 2013, while leaping 12.5% in Germany and 11% in the U.K.
In 2012, 163 Spanish movies were shot, down 15% from 2010. And the number of high-end films, offering big paydays, has plunged far more steeply, slashing shoot costs.
In April, Alta Films closed Alta Classics, Spain’s biggest arthouse/crossover distributor.
“With Spain’s piracy, a 21% cinema tax, 6.2 million unemployed and broadcasters not buying your films, you simply can’t survive,” says Alta’s Enrique Gonzalez-Kuhn. »
- John Hopewell and Emiliano De Pablos
Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker' is set for a June arrival onto both Blu-ray and DVD for all you home entertainment lovers out there. It'll officially land on disc in the Us from 18 June, courtesy of 20th Century Fox, and will play host to a whole array of special features for you to enjoy. Some of which include An Exclusive Look: A Filmmaker's Journey, Deleted Scenes, Mysterious Characters, Designing the Look, Creating the Music, Red Carpet Premiere: Emily Wells' performance of ' Becomes the Color', a Free Song Download and even more. It's not currently ready for pre-orders but will no doubt become available very soon. Nicole Kidman -below ('The Others'), Mia Wasikowska ('Alice in Wonderland'), Matthew Goode ('Watchmen'), Dermot Mulroney ('Zodiac') and Jacki Weaver all star. »
When The Last Exorcism was set to be released, horror fans took up arms to protest its PG-13 rating. For many, an R rating is an inextricable component of horror films, one that allows them to push certain boundaries not found in PG-13 films. How good can a horror film be if it’s rated PG-13?
While there are exceptions, the majority of PG-13 horror films, at least in contemporary cinema, focus on instilling a sense of dread and fear rather than outright shocking you with blood, guts, sex, and violence. If you look back over the past thirty years or so, PG-13 horror has been wildly successful, perhaps more so than R-rated horror, due in no small part to their ability to focus less on the object and more on the abject, and thus be more appealing to those unable to stomach extreme violence and gore.
Although I will »
- Brad McHargue
Stoker has been making waves as the first English language psychological thriller by Korean director Park Chan-wook. Recently, Wamg got the chance to speak with director Park Chan-wook, as well as stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, and Matthew Goode at an La press conference for the film. Director Park Chan-wook had a translator on hand so that he could speak with the press. Check out the press conference audio below.
After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
- Melissa Howland
India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) was not prepared to lose her father and best friend Richard (Dermot Mulroney) in a tragic auto accident. The solitude of her woodsy family estate, the peace of her tranquil town, and the unspoken somberness of her home life are suddenly upended by not only this mysterious accident, but by the sudden arrival of her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), whom she never knew existed. When Charlie moves in with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evie (Nicole Kidman), India thinks the void left by her father’s death is finally being filled by his closet bloodline. Soon after his arrival, India comes to suspect that this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives. Yet instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless young woman becomes increasingly infatuated with him.
- Movie Geeks
When Nicole Kidman compares Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook with the late, great Stanley Kubrick it is, of course, a huge compliment given with an insider’s knowledge of the methods of two directors she greatly admires. She has had the pleasure of collaborating with both directors and was the leading actress in Kubrick’s last film, Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and stars in Park’s first English language film, the psychological thriller Stoker, with Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode.
Stoker is the story of India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska), whose father dies in an auto accident. Soon after her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him and Thn »
- Dan Bullock
Stoker opens in limited release this weekend and with it, brings the return of Nicole Kidman to movie screens across America. Not that she's been absent for very long, garnering some awards buzz for her supporting role in The Paperboy. Over the past thirty years, Kidman has entertained us in films like Moulin Rouge, The Others, Eyes Wide Shut, To Die For and many more. Chances are you've seen at least one Nicole Kidman movie or are at least aware of whom she is and when asked to describe her in one word, everyone seems to come up with a different response. We tested the waters of Twitter to see what some people thought. This is what they said: There were, of course, some references to her history of cosmetic surgery... While others focused on other...
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Executive-produced by Guillermo Del Toro, supernatural thriller Mama opens in UK cinemas this Friday 22nd February. Mama stars Jessica Chastain, tipped by many for Oscar glory this weekend, and to celebrate the release, we take a look at some of mainstream cinema’s most memorable performances from leading ladies in frightening films.
Jessica Chastain – Mama (2013)
Oscar-nominated twice over a career spanning a mere 3 years, Jessica Chastain turns her eyes to becoming a horror leading lady. Produced by maestro Guillermo Del Toro, Mama focuses on the resurgence of two young girls who move in with their uncle after a 5-year disappearance. Chastain stars as their uncle’s girlfriend Annabel, left alone with the young girls as it becomes clearer that they may not have been alone during their absence. Chastain successfully delivers a memorable performance in a chilling horror that’ll leave you sleepless. Tippi Hedren – The Birds (1963)
Much has been »
With Ethan Hawke most recently delivering a laudable performance in the terrifying box office hit Sinister, due to hit UK DVD and Blu-ray on 11 February through Momentum Pictures, we decided to take a look back at some other Hollywood notables who made their mark on the genre with style. Aaaaand Action!
Perhaps best known as Roger Murtaugh in the Lethal Weapon films, Danny Glover also has a long history of roles in smaller independent films. So it was perhaps not surprising when he turned up as obsessive Detective Tapp in low-budget horror Saw. Glover shot his scenes in two days, and the film went on to spawn one of the biggest horror franchises of all time.
Los Angeles — "Warm Bodies," the latest permutation of the zombie screen phenomenon, places heart over horror and romantic teen angst over sharp social commentary. The low gore quotient and emphasis on young love might disappoint genre purists, but for those open to the idea of a gently goofy mash-up, the film is strong on atmosphere and offers likably low-key, if somewhat bland, charms. As a date movie for teens and twentysomethings that nods toward edgy fantasy while favoring down-to-earth mellowness, the Summit release is primed to hit the box-office sweet spot.
Working from Isaac Marion's young-adult novel, writer-director Jonathan Levine has devised a feature that's his highest-concept production to date, yet still somehow his least contrived. His affinity for low-key male coming-of-age stories, demonstrated in "The Wackness" and "50/50," lends itself to the saga of an undead sensitive guy who falls for a real-live girl.
The story's dystopian versions of »
Godzilla vs. Mothra. Batman vs. Joker. Coke vs. Pepsi. Michigan vs. Notre Dame. Randy Jackson vs. the English language. These are the rivalries that define the modern age. They’re long-standing. They’re heated. And pretty much everybody’s got an opinion on ‘em.
And now we’ve got…Nicki vs. Mariah? Divas, pleeeease.
On tonight’s episode of American Idol — centered on the Season 12 auditions from Charlotte, Nc — a pair of wannabe alpha judges stomped and roared in an effort to establish dominance. Show insiders trumpeted the imbroglio months before it happened. Fox’s promo department heralded it as must-see TV. »
- Michael Slezak
Let’s face it, it can be pretty easy for horror films to slip into the cliché we all know of the young woman running around trying to escape someone or someone terrorising her. Although heroines like Laurie Strode (Halloween) and Sidney Prescott (Scream) eventually make all of that running for their lives seem worth it when they go toe-to-toe with their attackers. Score one for the girls!
But, what can be scarier than the likes of even Mike Myers or Jason, we hear you ask? Scary little girls just like Emily Brenek in The Possession. So, take a look at our list of the top 10 scariest little girls in films, showing us all what can happen when you underestimate the female mind.
The Possession (2013) – Emily “Em” Brenek
We start off our list with our new scary film of the moment, The Possession. When Emily Brenek comes across a mysterious box, »
- Paul Heath
Still from Stoker
The much anticipated English debut of South-Korean film maker Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy, Thirst, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) will close the International Film Festival Rotterdam 2013 on February 2.
Stoker is a psychological drama/thriller starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice in Wonderland; Jane Eyre), Matthew Goode (A Single Man, Watchmen) and Nicole Kidman (The Hours, The Others). Stoker is the script writing debut of actor Wentworth Miller (Prison Break).
“After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him,” goes the synopsis of the film.
We start the Top 7. You finish the Top 10.
This is probably a fool’s errand. Considering there are so many performances to be excited about in any given year – 2013 included – it’s nearly impossible trying to narrow it down to seven. But I did it anyway! Perhaps “Top 7 Performances I’m Most Excited About While Writing This List” would be more accurate. That just wasn’t quite as catchy. Nevertheless, here are seven performances that I’m really looking forward to in 2013.
Role: The wicked dragon that Bilbo and company must take on in order to reclaim the dwarves treasure.
- Shane T. Nier
Stoker, due for release in March, marks the English language debut of South Korea’s most esteemed director, Park Chan-Wook. While the film’s title obviously draws comparison to Bram Stoker’s Dracula, screenwriter Wentworth Miller (of Prison Break fame) confirms that the film has nothing to do with vampires, but is most definitely a horror film. The film’s plot is said to detail a strange relationship that develops between Mia Wasikowska’s India and Matthew Goode’s Uncle Charlie, an estranged relative who moves into India’s home in the wake of her father’s death and her mother’s increased mental instability. India’s unstable mother is played by Nicole Kidman, adding a final acting credit to Stoker that gives the film an incredibly promising cast list.
Goode’s previous performance in Watchmen has highlighted his ability to be at once enigmatic, charming and undeniably creepy; a »
- Toby Neilson
15 items from 2013
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