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Last year saw the release of Wolf Of Wall Street and Gravity – two highly successful films that won, or at least were nominated, for tons of awards. If we were to look into the sheer amount of work that was put in to getting those films made, we would find that the end results are even more impressive. Leonardo DiCaprio had been attached to Wolf Of Wall Street since 2007; Gravity had been in the development process at Universal Pictures for years before casting began back in 2010. If you had been eager to see any of these films, you had to wait at least a half of a decade before they were finally released to a theater near you.
The truth is, the process of getting a movie made is painstakingly long. Quentin Tarantino had been working on Inglourious Basterds since before he made the Kill Bill movies. Christopher Nolan originally »
- Ken Guidry
A few nights ago, I went to the screening of Troma’s hilarious new movie Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 1. Texas Frightmare Weekend and Rue Morgue magazine were kind enough to sponsor the event at the historic Texas Theatre in Oak Cliff. Texas Frightmare is an annual horror convention that happens every May in Irving, Texas, that welcomes both celebrities and fans to gather and celebrate the genre. Fearnet will be attending the event this year, so make sure to stop by their booth to say hello and grab some much needed hand sanitizer!
On Sunday, I was lucky enough to get a quick interview with the man himself; the legend who created Troma Entertainment, Mr. Lloyd Kaufman. We chatted about the remake of his cult classic Class of Nuke ‘Em High, what’s in store for Return To Nuke ‘Em High Volume 2, and what it takes to make »
- Kalyn Corrigan
Bollywood beauty Kangana Ranaut speaks to Sunny Malik about her next release, Queen which hits theaters on March 7th. The film is a feel-good and female-centric flick directed by Vikas Bahl and produced by Viacom 18 Motion Pictures.
Queen tells the story of Rani, a girl left at the altar. Taking her life and destiny in her own hands, she decides, impromptu, to go for her meticulously pre-planned honeymoon… by herself. A girl who has never been out in Delhi unescorted by her younger brother now leaves for a foreign land to embark on a life journey filled with experience and adventure.
How was your experience attending the Burberry show at the recently concluded London Fashion Week?
It was really beautiful. London was great as it didn’t rain that day. We were expecting it to rain and it didn’t. »
- Sunny Malik
Finding Nemo encompasses a tremendous amount of positive imagery that makes up Disney and Pixar’s populous appeal. From learning how to trust family and friends, to overcoming biggest fears and obstacles, Finding Nemo understands how to tap into the audience’s heartstrings and neatly ties in a meaningful message for the viewer to take home. Yet with every good side, there is a dark presence that even Disney can’t back away from. Like many Disney films, from Bambi to Frozen, Finding Nemo deals with a story whose basis stems from a broken household struggling with a great deal of separation. Why does Disney cling onto threads of such despair and heartache? Perhaps it’s a factor many can relate to. Or perhaps it’s a working formula that sweetens the arc of a happy ending. Either way, separation is a tapped fountain of which Hollywood has dipped into time after time again. »
- Christopher Clemente
Comedy mastermind David Koechner takes a dark and troubling turn in the new thriller Cheap Thrills, which is available on VOD now before its release in theaters this March. The twisted tale follows Craig (Pat Healy), a struggling family man who loses his low-wage job and is threatened with eviction. In an effort to delay facing the music at home, he heads to a local bar and encounters an old friend (Ethan Embry). These two are quickly roped into a round of drinks by a charismatic and obscenely wealthy stranger (David Koechner) along with his mysterious wife (Sara Paxton). The couple engages Craig and his buddy in a series of innocent dares in exchange for money over the course of the evening, with each challenge upping the ante in both reward and boundaries. It seems like easy and much needed money, but the couple's sick sense of humor pushes just »
On a sunny May morning in northwest Atlanta, Will Ferrell ambles into the warehouse at 2282 Defoor Hills Road – a windowless, 31,000-square-foot behemoth that has been transformed, thanks to low rents and generous Georgia tax incentives, into a makeshift movie soundstage. The warehouse is typically home to moving companies, but today the tenant has a much higher profile: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, a.k.a. the most hotly anticipated comedy of the year, and the most buzzed-about sequel in comedy history. Ferrell is starting his workday as the film's hero, »
This is how your cheapo monster movie sausage gets made:
1. First, there’s the calm before the sharks. Actors and extras take their places. Someone calls quiet on the set. Everyone is silent, still but hyper-aware, their muscles coiled like those of a Great White about to strike. Or something.
2. Suddenly, a crew member bellows that sound is rolling, then yells out, “Action!”
3. Chaos. Grown men and women are shrieking in terror. Crowds are surging toward all available exits. Sugar Ray frontman Mark McGrath jerks his head violently in every direction until finally making a dramatic dive onto the ground. »
- Hillary Busis
Watch the outtakes during the end credits of the first Anchorman movie and the wildly improvisational nature of the performances is quite clear. No line, it seems, is delivered without Will Ferrell and his pals firing off another fifteen options, just to give director Adam McKay something to work with.
Somehow, an entire plot involving a Dog Day Afternoon-style bank heist was filmed then jettisoned, and that formed the backbone of the semi-sequel, Wake Up Ron Burgundy, which was released on DVD in 2004 (it is now available on Blu-ray as part of the ‘Rich Mahogany Edition’).
Fans of Anchorman 2 won’t even have to wait until the DVD release to slake their thirst for Burgundy, since Paramount are taking the very unusual step of releasing a new extended cut straight into cinemas. Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Continued promises 763 new jokes, give or take. Of these 763, at least »
- Cai Ross
Feature James Clayton 21 Feb 2014 - 06:09
Editors are a vital yet oft-overlooked part of filmmaking. James takes a closer look at the work of these mystery craftspeople...
Here's a pretty disturbing proposition for you to mentally chop down into easily digestible chunks - Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac makes its way into cinemas this week. The controversial Danish director's new ensemble movie revolves around the reminiscence of a sex addict named Joe (Charlotte Gainsbourg) who's found in the street by an academic (Stellan Skarsgård). Joe proceeds to tell him her personal story and the film plays out in flashbacks across different time periods, fleshed out by an array of well-known actors who engage themselves in graphic carnal activity.
I’ve always been a fan of mixing the horror and western genres. Something about the setting of a good, traditional western makes it ripe for elements of horror. Perhaps it’s the lack of technology, the stripping away of the abundant electricity and glowing screens that we all find comfort in these days. Maybe it’s the isolation of those long-ago days, when highways and interstates were nonexistent, and travel was by horseback or on foot and took days instead of hours. These days, if something bad happens on the other side of the world we know about it almost instantly. Back then word traveled mostly by mouth, and bad things could happen the next town over and nobody would know, until maybe that bad thing showed up on their doorstep. “Adam Price and His Traveling Players,” a group of supposed actors travelling the dusty roads between towns in 1880s Mexico, »
- Blu Gilliand
Cinema studies has never been so easy...or cute. In a new video, Brazilian art director Pier Paolo presents iconic film characters in a little animated clip that goes through the history of cinema. Starting with Charlie Chaplin, it evolves into "Singing in the Rain," then "The Godfather," then "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones." Paolo then takes a slightly bloody turn with "Freddy vs. Jason" and "Kill Bill," before bringing it to a heartwarming finale with the old man from "Up" floating towards the top of the screen and out of sight. Set to various film scores and the music of Aphex Twin, this video has enough charm and eggheads to induce an "awww" from even the most taciturn of film buffs. »
- Emerson Gordon
Artist Murat Palta has created this wonderfully awesome series of illustrations featuring classic films in the style of classic Ottoman paintings. They were created for the artist's graduation thesis, and this is what he said,
It all started 2 years ago with an experiment to blend traditional ‘oriental’ (Ottoman) motifs and contemporary ‘western’ cinema. After a positive response to "Ottoman Star Wars", I decided to take the theme further, and developed more film posters using the same technique.
Combining global with local, traditional with contemporary, and adding a bit of humor made it a fun and rewarding experience for me. According to my marks that I got from the project, the teachers' opinion were the same.
- Joey Paur
It begins with a classic scenario: Semi-reformed criminal Jos wakes up next to a corpse with a gun and no memory of the previous night. From there, the movie aspires to the likes of Tarantino and Guy Ritchie — even going so far as to invoke the former both explicitly (a reference to Kill Bill's gender politics) and implicitly (the director's patented trunk shot) — but doesn't offer anything its forebears haven't already pulled off with more style and wit.
Imitating filmmakers who are themselves endlessly imitative is a strange form of mimesis, one that results in lines like "You've se »
Ten years ago a science fiction film soared into cinemas across the world, featuring a classic story of man vs machine and starring the talented Jude Law and Gwyneth Paltrow. The film, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, followed the characters of Polly Perkins, an enthusiastic journalist, and her former lover Joe Sullivan, the titular Sky Captain. Together they investigate a mysterious invasion of New York City by an army of robots, in an alternative-history 1939 setting.
Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow was a brilliant piece of cinema, drawing on a classic style to deliver an engaging and exciting story. Upon its release, it was praised by critics, who complimented the “gorgeous” visuals and deemed the film a “triumph.” Legendary film critic Roger Ebert gave Sky Captain a maximum four out of four stars, asserting “it reminded me of how I felt the first time I »
- Jon Lovatt
Here at Reelz, we have been watching a lot of our daytime programming, and after seeing the true-crime stories featured on Snapped, Solved and Solved: Extreme Forensics, we were amazed at how likable and upstanding murderers can be. But maybe it shouldn't be a surprise, considering how many of our favorite fictional killers are charming and empathetic. In honor of all those upstanding murderers, we bring you our top seven fictional characters who have had some experience with homicide.
Walter White from Breaking Bad
The total count of lives taken by the hands of Walter White gets pretty high when you factor in the group of Neo-Nazis he hired to kill off nine witnesses and one lawyer who were former employees of drug lord Gus Fring. Don’t forget the many deaths he is indirectly responsible for.
Why we like him: The reason we root for the great Walter White »
- Megan Rivera
The biggest win for the United States on Feb. 15 was unfortunately not for a medal. Hockey fans got to watch the game of their life as the U.S. faced off against Russia, resulting in basically another Miracle. Except our eye candy was upgraded from Patrick O’Brian Dempsey to T.J. Oshie. The only other American win was a bronze medal in men’s skeleton. As expected, the Europeans cleaned up in ski-jumping and super-g. But Team USA suffered another crippling loss in speed skating, and one that we couldn’t blame on the suits. Conspiracy theories may now commence. »
- JoJo Marshall
Today we're taking a look at the bloodiest non-horror movies of all time. Of course, blood and guts don't guarantee a horror movie will be great… but it sure adds some spice to movies outside the genre!
Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (1991)
It wasn't easy choosing a movie to represent the goriest martial arts flicks. But then we thought about Riki-Oh, and no other contender even came close. The Hong Kong action flick, written and directed by Lam Nai-choi, instantly attained cult status in the U.S. thanks to a cheesy English dub, its overblown violence, and it's massive camp appeal. Plus, you may remember that a clip of this movie (where one guy karate chops and explodes another guy’s head) often played in the early days of The Daily Show. (Appropriately, it was the Moment of Zen.) The plot follows Ricky, a man sent to prison for killing a crime boss. »
- Giaco Furino
The new RoboCop isn’t terrible, which shouldn’t be an accomplishment. But we live in a world that produced 2012′s Total Recall, not simply a bad movie, but one of the most misbegotten works of popular entertainment in history, “popular” and “entertainment” both used loosely. The Recall remake replaced everything that made the 1990 Recall entertaining with tropes purchased third-hand from a garage sale at Christopher Nolan’s house.
By comparison, there are things to enjoy about neo-RoboCop. The supporting cast is stacked with ringers. Michael Keaton, Jackie Earle Haley, Jennifer Ehle, and Jay Baruchel all have a blast with ripe parts, »
- Darren Franich
SyFy enjoyed an unexpected monster hit last year with its ridiculously titled TV movie Sharknado, and now with production set to get underway next week on the equally-ridiculously titled sequel Sharkando 2: The Second One, the network has announced the cast for the follow-up.
According to Deadline, returning stars Ian Zierling and Tara Reid will be joined in the cast of The Second One by Vivica A. Fox (Kill Bill) as Fin’s (Zierling) old high school friend Skye, Mark McGrath (Scooby-Doo) as Fin’s brother-in-law, Kelly Osbourne (The Osbournes) as a flight attendant, Andy Dick (Less Than Perfect) as a police officer, Judah Friedlander (30 Rock) as Brian, and Judd Hirsch (Taxi) as a taxi driver.
Sharknado 2: The Second One will transfer the action to New York City and is expected to air - and presumably trend on Twitter - some time in July.
Why not head on over »
- Gary Collinson
Uma Thurman posed for the cameras on the red carpet at the 64th Berlin Film Festival in Germany. The actress wore a black gown with a wine-colored fur stole as she promoted her new film 'Nymphomaniac'. Earlier it was revealed Thurman has been fined $72,000 for failing to adequately provide for her employees. The 'Kill Bill' actress was issued with the penalty by the Workmen's Compensation Board of the State of New York in March 2013 after being found to have failed to carry workers compensation insurance between December 15 2011 and December 14 2012. And documents obtained by RadarOnline.com show a judge has ruled she must pay the fine, as well as acquire workmen's compensation insurance that was in line with New York State laws. The 43-year-old actress - who has children Maya, 14, and Levon, 10, with ex-husband Ethan Hawke, and Luna, 18 months, with partner Arpad Busson - recently splashed out »
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