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Since it was first announced at the beginning of the year, we haven't really heard all that much about Christoph Gans' "Beauty and the Beast." But the mere fact that the helmer behind "Silent Hill" and "Brotherhood of the Wolf" is taking on the classic fairy tale with none other that Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux in the lead roles intrigues us. And now, with filming gearing up, a few more interesting tidbits about the movie have emerged. First off, Playlist fave and all around great composer Alexandre Desplat will be tuning up the picture, which is definitely something we're going to be keeping an ear out for. But perhaps most intriguingly is the news that Cassel and Gans will be utilizing performance capture for the role of the Beast. The technique championed by Andy Serkis has taken off in recent yaers -- mostly recently used on Steven Spielberg's »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Many film websites published “decade’s best horror films” lists in late 2009/early 2010. While these lists collectively provided a rough snapshot of the genre’s ups and downs during that time, with more time to reflect, it becomes increasingly clear what an important period the 2000’s were for the horror genre on a global scale.
Not only did this decade easily and obviously eclipse the comparatively arid 1990’s in both volume of production and overall quality, the 2000’s can also be looked at as a crucial one for horror cinema despite the justified outrage about the American film industry’s widespread strip-mining of classics and foreign films for remakes/re-boots and its saturation of the market with teen-friendly PG-13 rated horror films.
While by no means as groundbreaking as the 1970’s or as sentimentally regarded as the 1980’s, the 2000’s will be recalled as the decade that, despite well-founded criticisms »
- Terek Puckett
The “omnibus” horror film – a feature length collection of cinematic horror stories – is one of the most beloved and respected horror movie genres for many reasons; but most importantly, horror is often very effective in concentrated doses (just check out our excellent short film collection for some great examples), especially with a storyline that's designed to set up one good shock or twist, saving the writer the effort of milking more scares out of a single tale. The field is overflowing with some landmark films, including the timeless 1945 classic Dead of Night (still creepy and funny after all these years); Roger Corman's Poe collection Tales of Terror; a ton of cool flicks like From Beyond the Grave from UK studio Amicus; EC Comics-inspired films like the original Tales from the Crypt (actually another Amicus film) and George Romero's Creepshow; made-for-tv faves like Trilogy of Terror; and stylish international »
- Gregory Burkart
I watched the first Silent Hill movie as a refresher before heading off to see Silent Hill: Revelation. After all these years, it surprisingly still holds up well. But the original writer Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction) and director Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of The Wolf) are not attached to the sequel. Instead, Michael J. Basset (Solomon Kane) has taken on both writing and directing duties and the lack of creative consistency is definitely felt. Absent is the sense of mystery possessed by the first film. Instead, we are beaten over the head with repeat summaries of the events of the first film which take up an unnecessarily large amount of the film's meager 1 hr 34min runtime. Once Revelation is absolutely sure that the audience is clear on the events of the first film, the film goes one misstep further with an incredibly convenient yet still »
Continuing our coverage of 'genre' actresses endorsing beauty products, Sneak Peek actress Monica Bellucci ("Brotherhood Of The Wolf") for fashion house Dolce & Gabbana's new "Monica Lipstick Collection".
"...with her famed fulsome lips, impeccable complexion and daring, expressive eyes she exudes the irony, mystery and charm that comprises the very essence of the Dolce & Gabbana woman..".
"We love Monica and have worked with her many times over the past 20 years. Her beauty is timeless,' said Domenico Dolce.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Monica Bellucci For Dolce & Gabbana...
- M. Stevens
Parisienne Léa Seydoux has only been acting for a few years but she's been racking up credits in big-name American films and art house gems alike. (She is also the gamine face of Prada Candy perfume and has appeared in ad campaigns for Prada Resort.)
Seydoux's resume includes "Inglourious Basterds," "Robin Hood," "Midnight in Paris" and "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol," as well as foreign films like "Farewell, My Queen" with Diane Kruger and "Mysteries of Lisbon" by the late Raoul Ruiz. Her latest film, "Sister," is a drama about a preteen boy who steals and sells ski equipment at a fancy Swiss resort to support himself and his older sister. Louise, played by Seydoux, can't or won't keep a job and occasionally disappears for days on end to leave wily Simon (Kacey Mottet Klein) to fend for himself. "Sister," which was directed and co-written by Ursula Meier, is Switzerland's official Oscar submission, »
- Jenni Miller
This month, I asked our contributors to take a look back at some of the horror films celebrating their 10th anniversary - films that opened in the year following the tragic events of September 11, 2011 and prefaced a boom in the genre that included 28 Days Later, Saw, Hostel and many others.
2002 was quite an oddball 12 months in the genre, giving us Queen of the Damned, Feardotcom, Red Dragon, Blade II, The Mothman Prophecies, Dog Soldiers, Ghost Ship, Eight Legged Freaks and Brotherhood of the Wolf as well as the films we cover inside.
Some touched on post-9/11 fears - intentionally or not, depending on when they went into production - others signaled the end, or the beginning, of new sub-genres that would ultimately take off. Read on for Shock's five-part retrospective...
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Before the first Silent Hill movie was released back in 2006, I had really hoped that it might finally deliver a worthwhile adaptation of a video game on the big screen. It had a decent director in Christophe Gans (Brotherhood of the Wolf) and even a credible screenwriter in Roger Avary (Pulp Fiction), but unfortunately, they still could not put together a particularly coherent flick. The best thing you can probably say about their film is that it had some interesting visuals. Now, after hearing rumours about it for years, we are actually getting a sequel to Silent Hill... a non-dtv sequel, if you can believe it. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D continues the story of the first film with Christopher Da Silva (Sean Bean) assuming a new identity and now living with his adopted daughter Heather (Adelaide Clemens). When her father disappears, however, Heather is drawn to Silent Hill, where she »
I was a big fan of the Silent Hill game franchise, the immensely creepy survival horror games that made you afraid to play with the lights out. The first movie, directed by Brotherhood Of The Wolf's Christophe Gans had its moments but ultimately fell flat, for me at least, but interest in the material and solid box office success opened the door for a sequel and the producers got Solomon Kane director Michael J. Bassett (another favorite of mine) to handle the reigns this time around. As the title suggests the film is in 3D and the new trailer that premiered today over at Yahoo has plenty of monsters, dust, fog and amusement park equipment flying in your general direction.A number of the cast members from the »
Six years since the original Silent Hill movie, Open Road Films has made the smart move in picking up and finally announcing a release date for the long awaited sequel, Silent Hill Revelation 3D. The timing here is key. With the announcement of the Silent Hill themed maze at Universal Halloween Horror Nights, as well as the Silent Hill: Book Of Memories release for the Playstation Vita, the film sequel may even give Resident Evil a run for its money (a boy can dream).
Last week, we were lucky enough to attend the Silent Hill Revelation 3D press conference with writer/director Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane), producer Samuel Hadida (Brotherhood Of The Wolf) and actress Adelaide Clemens (Xmen: Origins).
Does Pyramid Head return? Is Akira Yamaoka back on as the score composer? How will the 3D aspect contribute to the story? Check out the Q&A below for the answers! »
- Aaron Pruner
Colin Firth is set to play famed English playwright Noel Coward, in the Willy Holtzman-penned project, “Mad Dogs And Englishmen,” about Coward’s eventful two week stay at The Desert Inn in Las Vegas in 1955. Although there’s still no director attached, this seems like a great role for the actor to sink his teeth into, as Coward was famous for what Time called “a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise.” So we’ll be definitely be looking forward to this project in the future. [Screen Daily]
Two giants of the Scandinavian cinematic world, Lone Scherfig (“An Education” and “One Day”) and Pernilla August (“Beyond”), are set to join forces together on an adaptation of the classic Hjalmar Söderberg novel, “The Serious Game.” The novel follows a couple who meet early in life, go their separate ways and then meet again when they are married to other people. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Open Road Films has acquired the distribution rights to the Michael J. Bassett (Solomon Kane) directed follow-up to the 2006 big-screen adaptation of Silent Hill, starring Sean Bean, Radha Mitchell, Deborah Kara Unger, Adelaide Clemens, Carrie-Anne Moss, Malcolm McDowell and Kit Harington.
Official Press Release:
Open Road Films Acquires Psychological Horror Film Silent Hill: Revelation 3D With Plans For Halloween 2012 Release Based On Iconic Video Game Franchise, Sequel To 2006′S Hit Film Silenthill Stars Adelaide Clemens, Kit Harington, Sean Bean, Carrie-anne Moss And Malcolm McDowell
Los Angeles, CA, April 18, 2012 – Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, the highly anticipated sequel to 2006′s film Silent Hill, released by TriStar Pictures. Silent Hill: Revelation 3D will be released wide October 26, 2012 in time for Halloween. The announcement was made today by Tom Ortenberg, CEO of Open Road Films and producers Samuel Hadida and Don Carmody.
- Jason Moore
British actor and singer Murray Head has joined the cast of dream-themed movie Fever.
Also in the cast of Romain Basset's feature film debut is Vernon Dobtcheff, whose credits include Roger Moore's Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me as well as Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Dobtcheff appeared with another Bond actor, Sean Connery, in thriller The Name of the Rose.
Fever co-producers Oh My Gore revealed the names in an announcement of the full cast of the film, which takes place in the world of lucid dreams.
Previously announced were Catriona MacColl, »
- David Bentley
Cassel is best known to international audiences for his roles in Ocean's Twelve and Thirteen and in Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. He was also in the 2001 historical fantasy/horror hit Brotherhood of the Wolf.
Also among the cast of The Monk is Geraldine Chaplin, no stranger to chilling atmospherics thanks to roles including The Wolfman (2010) and The Orphanage (2007), the latter executive-produced by Guillermo del Toro.
The Monk is in UK cinemas on April 27 and you can find the new trailer below, along with a synopsis. The official poster is above.
The Monk chronicles the rise and fall of a Capuchin Monk (Vincent Cassel) in 17th century Madrid.
Abandoned as a baby on the steps of a monastery and raised in strict Capuchin fashion, Ambrosio has become »
- David Bentley
Silent Hill and Brotherhood of the Wolf director Christophe Gans is going to direct a new take on Beauty and the Beast (not to be mistaken with the upcoming television show reboot or Guillermo del Toro's upcoming film). This morning, we've received a peek at the promo art being used for the project which is set to star Vincent Cassel (Black Swan) and Lea Seydoux. Shooting begins this October. Head inside for a peek at the art.
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- email@example.com (Ryan Turek)
It's Valentine's Day, so let's talk about love. Hollywood studios love nothing more than a proven concept (Rip, original idea), and it seems like the timeless love story Beauty and the Beast is back on everyone's love-to-do list. But do we really need four new versions of the classic fairytale to love?
Fairytales are hot again, with the box office success of the Shrek series, the Puss in Boots spinoff and films like Tangled and the return of Disney's Beauty and the Beast in 3D. Two competing Snow White fantasies are hitting the big screen in the coming months – Mirror, Mirror and Snow White and the Huntsman – and ABC's Once Upon a Time is also a smash.
Lest we forget, Hollywood is a business, first and foremost -- that's why they call it "The Biz" – and studios are much more comfortable gambling on a tried-and-true concept with brand recognition. Which brings us to all the love Beauty and the Beast »
Guillermo del Toro began developing his new take on “Beauty and the Beast” with Harry Potter actress Emma Watson this past July, and now a Variety update informs us that the monsterific Mexican helmer is moving full steam ahead on the fantasy re-imagining, setting it up at Warner Bros.
Del Toro will now not only produce but he will also direct (awesome!), with scribe Andrew Davies (“The Three Musketeers”, “Bridget Jones’s Diary”) set away to write a script from Del Toro’s treatment.
Based on the beloved Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve fairy tale that has already been adapted a thousand times with at least two classic productions (the Disney animated musical of the early 90′s and the 40′s Jean Cocteau directed French B&W magical film) that tells the story of Belle, the innocent young girl who finds herself trapped in the grotesque palace of a hideous beast, who »
- Matt Holmes
If this year is going to be the year of revisionist Snow White tales (what with both Snow White and the Huntsman and Mirror Mirror hitting screens, and that Order of Seven film still getting worked out), then next year is already shaping up to be the year of new takes on Beauty and the Beast. Perhaps it would be wise to mark your calendars for 2014 – which will certainly be the year of Little Mermaid remakes, should this trend continue. Just last week, word from Berlin revealed that Brotherhood of the Wolf helmer Christophe Gans had set Vincent Cassel and Lea Seydoux to topline his new Beauty and the Beast project. With that project, Gans has promised to “keep to a form of storytelling of this timeless fairy tale that is in keeping with the same pace and characters as the original… [and] surprise the audience by creating a completely new visual universe never experienced before and produce »
- Kate Erbland
This could turn into an interesting development as Guillermo del Toro is now reportedly set to direct a new adaptation of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast for Warner Bros. with Harry Potter star Emma Watson in final negotiations to star as Belle. Andrew Davies, who co-wrote the recent The Three Musketeers adaptation with Alex Litvak is set to write the screenplay based on a treatment del Toro will write himself. There's no word on whether or not del Toro will go to Beauty and the Beast once he completes work on his upcoming monster film Pacific Rim, which won't hit theaters until May 10, 2013, but one can assume. Then again, one could also assume this project will never see the light of day as del Toro has a long run of attaching himself to projects that never get off the ground, not to mention he has plenty of films »
- Brad Brevet
Can a Song Save Your Life?
Scarlett Johansson plays a talented young singer who crosses paths with a depressed record producer (Mark Ruffalo) and they strike up a relationship. Steinfeld will portray Mark Ruffalo's daughter. [Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
Muhammed Ali's Greatest Fight
Christopher Plummer and Frank Langella have signed on for Stephen Frears’ upcoming HBO TV movie M"uhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight" about Ali’s 1967 arrest for draft evasion and the legal battle that took him all the way to the Supreme Court.
Plummer will play Supreme Court Associate Justice John Marshall Harlan II, Langella will take on the role of Chief Justice Warren Berger. Shawn Slovo ("Captain Corelli’s Mandolin") penned the script. [Source: EW]
- Garth Franklin
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