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You know who's hilarious? Diabolical villains.
Murder, torture, terrorism, sorcery – yes, these are all dealings of your typical movie miscreant, that we acknowledge. But we must also acknowledge they have pretty wickedly awesome senses of humor.
Just watch them cackle for two minutes straight in this NextMovie original edited by Avaryl Halley, and tell us you didn't laugh right along with them.
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The Great Dictator | American Psycho | Three Amigos | Billy Madison | The Exorcist | Drag Me To Hell | Coraline | 101 Dalmations | Leprechaun| The Nightmare Before Christmas | Child's Play | Dr. Horrible's Sing-a-Long Blog | Fern Gully: The Last Rainforest | Saw | Inglorious Basterds | Batman | The Emperor's New Groove | The Rocky Horror Picture Show | Star Wars VI: Return of the Jedi | The Shining | The Wizard of Oz | Predator | Army of Darkness | Hocus Pocus | The Princess Bride | The Fifth Element | The Crippled Masters | Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery | Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events »
- NextMovie Staff
Magic Magic may not top the box office (whenever it does eventually emerge from the editing suite) but it’s sure to do very well from the wide popularity of the lead actors, who include Juno Temple (St Trinians, Atonement, The Dark Knight Rises), Michael Cera (Juno, Youth In Revolt) and Emily Browning (Sucker Punch, Lemony Snicket’S A Series Of Unfortunate Events). Though there’s no question of Michael Cera being perhaps the funniest of the geek-chic Hollywood set, his departure from the profitable-though-predictable roles he has played is both a relief and a source of great speculation as to how he will make such a drastic leap from comedy to psychological misadventure.
Magic Magic itself tells the story of a group of friends (Cera, Browning and Temple) who go on holiday to a remote part of Chile, only to find shortly after that Temple’s character has a psychological breakdown, »
- Matilda Dunning
The much-discussed plausibility issue isn't going anywhere; this week's episode needed serious suspension of disbelief. But we're not quite off the rails yet, are we?
Spoiler Alert: This blog is for people watching the second series of Homeland on Channel 4. Don't read on if you haven't seen episode three – and if you've seen later episodes, please do not leave spoilers
Rebecca Nicholson's episode two blog
State of Independence
I wrote a short blogpost earlier this week about the growing implausibility of Homeland, and whether it's possible to ignore such moments as the text sent from the Pentagon, if it means driving the drama along. For the most part I think it's fine; it's telly. But there were several moments this week that required a Baumgartner-sized leap of faith. Brody's mission to Gettysburg, for example: would he really take his own car? Would he really just stick a cap »
- Rebecca Nicholson
One thing I think many of us have been waiting for is the chance to hear what Thomas Newman has put together for the score for Skyfall. Newman, a frequent collaborator with director Sam Mendes, has been nominated for an Oscar ten times including scores for Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (a personal favorite), Pixar titles including Wall-e and Finding Nemo and scores for Mendes' films including Road to Perdition, Jarhead and American Beauty. I have several of Newman's scores in my iTunes collection and now, via the YouTube embed to the right, we get a chance to listen to a six-minute preview of his latest and hear what he has put together for the 23rd James Bond adventure. A track-listing for the score, which will be available on November 6 and can be amazon asin="B009FBX5M0" text="pre-ordered here", also recently came online via Film Music »
- Brad Brevet
HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that three-time Academy Award nominated actress, Amy Adams will be given the "Hollywood Supporting Actress Award" for her performance in "The Master"; editor Dylan Tichenor, A.C.E., will receive the "Hollywood Editor Award"; and production designer Sarah Greenwood, A.D.G., will be given the "Hollywood Production Designer Award." "We are very proud to recognize the films and work of this talented actress and accomplished artists," said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards. The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor director David O. Russell with the “Hollywood Director Award,” Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro with the “Hollywood Supporting Actor Award,” Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the “Hollywood Actress Award,” producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the “Hollywood Producers Award, »
- Josh Abraham
Watch the video and read the accompanying essay courtesy of Art of the Title right here. Edited together by Ian Albinson with Tycho's "Human Condition" as the accompanying music, the montage above includes title sequences from Enter the Void, Catch Me if You Can, Casino Royale, Blue Valentine, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Zack Snyder's Dawn of the Dead, The Kite Runner, Up in the Air, Juno, The Number 23, Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events, 300, The Kingdom (a personal favorite) and Durval Discos along with a second half of television sequences including "Dexter", "Game of Thrones", "Six Feet Under". "Mad Men" and "The Pillars of the Earth". And because I love those credits for The Kingdom, which features Danny Elfman at his most un-Danny Elfman-like »
- Brad Brevet
In celebration of the October 2nd Blu-ray release of the Universal Classic Monsters: The Essential Collection from Universal Studios Home Entertainment, veteran horror historian Scott Essman has prepared a truly monstrous trip back through time for you classic horror fans!
It’s a quiet dusty morning in the summer of 1916 and all but a small eastern region of the San Fernando Valley is largely undeveloped, to say nothing of unpopulated. For the past year, inside of an unassuming front gate just over the hill from Los Angeles proper, two men are trying to forge their path in the fledgling motion picture business: Lon Chaney and Jack Pierce. Nascent actors Chaney, 33, and Pierce, 27, were completely unknown, but each had an angle; they could both work magic out of a simple makeup case, fully transforming their faces and even parts of their bodies to put themselves into a better position to be cast in a role. »
- Uncle Creepy
With Marvel’s The Avengers about to assemble on Blu-ray 3D., Blu-ray., DVD, Digital & On-demand tomorrow, I was invited to Ilm in San Francisco, California to speak with Jeff White (Ilm Visual Effects Supervisor), Jason Smith (Ilm Associate Visual Effects Supervisor) and Marc Chu (Ilm Animation Director) about their work on the film.
Jeff White (Ilm Visual Effects Supervisor for The Avengers) joined Industrial Light and Magic in 2002. Since arriving at Ilm, he had worked as a Creature Technical Director on a variety of films including : Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, War of the Worlds, and Star Wars: Episode III “Revenge of the Sith”. White served as Digital Production Supervisor on Transformers, and Associate Visual Effects Supervisor on Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Jason Smith (Ilm Associate Visual Effects Supervisor for »
- Melissa Howland
Neil Burger, the director of Limitless is in early talks to direct the latest franchise based on a series of Young Adult novels with Divergent. The film will be based on the books by Veronica Roth, which currently has two entries out with a third one on the way in 2013. Summit Entertainment are producing the film, which they are probably hoping will launch a new franchise for them after the end of The Twilight Saga. The official synopsis is as follows:
In Beatrice Prior’s dystopian Chicago world, society is divided into five factions, each dedicated to the cultivation of a particular virtue—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). On an appointed day of every year, all sixteen-year-olds must select the faction to which they will devote the rest of their lives. For Beatrice, the decision is between staying with »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
She may be a chameleon. She may have mastered more accents than anyone else on the planet. And she may, in fact, be the world’s greatest living actress. But one thing that Meryl Streep is decidedly not is a box-office attraction.
The reality is that, despite her unparalleled reputation, her name alone does not get people to purchase movie tickets — something we were reminded of this past weekend, when her heavily-promoted and generally well-reviewed new studio dramedy Hope Springs, which is based on an original screenplay, opened to a lukewarm $14.7 million.
Since Streep became a household name in the early eighties, she has been a part of several of movies that have attracted American moviegoers en masse — among them 2008′s Mamma Mia! ($144.1 million), 2006′s The Devil Wears Prada ($124.7 million), 2004′s Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events ($118.6 million), and 2009′s Julie & Julia ($94.1 million) — but »
- Scott Feinberg
Handler has written for younger readers before: under his pen-name Lemony Snicket, he’s written one long, excellent middle-grade series (A Series of Unfortunate Events) and several one-offs, mostly of those ostensibly for even younger readers than that. But Why We Broke Up is a novel aimed at teenagers, a Ya novel rather than a middle-grade, and it appears under Handler’s own name, both of which feel important. Why We Broke Up is also told in first person by a character in the story — the novel itself is a long letter that she writes to her ex-boyfriend to accompany a box full of the detritus of their relationship — and in an emotionally colored, immediate voice much more like Handler’s adult novels (particularly his first book, the similarly teenager-focused The Basic Eight) than like the cool, detached, almost nihilistic voice of Lemony Snicket.
Minerva aims Why We Broke Up directly at that ex-boyfriend, »
- Andrew Wheeler
Original Skins cast member Hannah Murray has replaced Elle Fanning in Glasgow-based indie feature film God Help The Girl. 23 year old Hannah (represented by Troika) will play Cass the young outsider befriended by Eve and James.
24 year old Australian actress Emily Browning will play the lead role of Eve. The musical film revolves around Eve who has had a troubled past and a stay in hospital but gradually finds her feet as she lets Cass and James into her life.
Emily started acting at the age of 9 and her breakthrough role came at the age of 14 when she was cast as Violet Baudelaire in Lemony Snickets - A Series of Unfortunate Events. Last year she starred in Sucker Punch and Sleeping Beauty and she has a number of films in post-production including Summer in February alongside Dominic Cooper and Dan Stevens in which she plays the lead role of Florence Carter-Wood, »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
Director Mark Andrews served as story supervisor for the Disney.Pixar films .Ratatouille. and .The Incredibles,. and was Oscar®-nominated as the co-writer/co-director of the Pixar short .One Man Band.. He also contributed to the screenplay as co-screenwriter and served as second unit director for the 2012 Walt Disney Studios film .John Carter.. Director Brenda Chapman directed DreamWorks Animation.s .The Prince of Egypt. and was story supervisor for the Disney classic .The Lion King.. Producer Katherine Sarafian produced the Oscar®-nominated Pixar short film .Lifted. and served as production manager for .The Incredibles..
- Michelle McCue
True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld has signed on to play the lead in Why We Broke Up , a big screen adaptation of Daniel Handler's recent novel, Deadline reports. Handler, who as Lemony Snicket wrote the "A Series of Unfortunate Events" books, published the book at the tail end of 2011. It is officially described as follows: Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, »
Emily Browning is walking a nicely diverse career path after coming to the fore when starring opposite Jim Carrey in the much underrated Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and the double bill of Sucker Punch and Sleeping Beauty were great indicators of the varied choices she is making.
We’ve got the first image from her latest film, Summer in February, for you today and Christopher Menaul’s film on a group of artists in the approach of the First World War is due to reveal itself by way of footage screened at this year’s Cannes Film Festival which begins next week. Browning stars with Dan Stevens and Dominic Cooper and Speranza13 Media have just announced they have picked international sales rights for the film.
Time for a synopsis don’t you think?
Set in the years before the First World War, Summer In February focuses »
- Jon Lyus
A serious-sounding depiction of a relationship between an in-hiding war criminal and his lowly maid doesn’t particularly have a Brad Silberling-esque ring to it, but this Deadline report begs to differ. Not only is the man behind Land of the Lost and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events signed on to direct the film, but he’s also going to be working from his own script, which will be a first for him since the 2006 Morgan Freeman dramedy 10 Items or Less.
And, like that film, Silberling will once again have a reliable veteran at his disposal, though this time his leading man, Brendan Gleeson, will have the company of a much buzzed-about on-the-rise actress: Abbie Cornish. We weren’t particularly impressed by Cornish‘s recent turn in the Tribeca-debuted The Girl, but the overarching consensus suggests that, revelatory or not, she’s at least a hefty »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
Golden Globe nominated Brendan Gleeson (The Guard, In Bruges) and Abbie Cornish (Bright Star, W.E.) are set to star in the new dramatic thriller An Ordinary Man for Brad Silberling (City Of Angels, Moonlight Mile) who will direct from his own original script.
The contemporary suspense tale centers on the unexpected relationship between a fictitious war criminal in hiding, and his only human contact — his maid.
Silberling produces the film through his Reveal Entertainment banner, in a co-production with Disruptive Media and producers Chris Miller, James Burke and Michael Richter. David Lonner executive produces the film that is targeted to start principal photography in the Fall 2012 on location in Belgrade, Serbia.
Radiant Films International helmed by President and CEO Mimi Steinbauer will handle international rights to the film and will introduce the project to buyers at the upcoming Cannes Film Market.
On the announcement of the film Silberling said, .There »
- Michelle McCue
Golden Globe nominated Brendan Gleeson ( The Guard , In Bruges ) and Abbie Cornish ( Bright Star , W.E. ) are set to star in the new dramatic thriller An Ordinary Man for Brad Silberling ( City of Angels , Moonlight Mile , Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events ) who will direct from his own original script. The contemporary suspense tale centers on the unexpected relationship between a fictitious war criminal in hiding, and his only human contact -- his maid. Silberling produces the film through his Reveal Entertainment banner, in a co-production with Disruptive Media and producers Chris Miller, James Burke and Michael Richter. David Lonner executive produces the film that is targeted to start principal photography this fall on location in Belgrade, Serbia. »
Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman Snow White And The Huntsman Sequel in the Works? As a result of the Hollywood Reporter article, the Internet became abuzz with rumors and speculations that Snow White (Kristen Stewart) would thus fall by the sidelines in the Snow White and the Huntsman sequel(s). Of course, everything is possible. But that would be a bizarre, myopic move on the part of Universal both in terms of story cohesiveness and box office. After all, not only is Snow White the central element in the tale — her very being sets the plot in motion — but Kristen Stewart’s box-office pull in a major movie would be underestimated only by total fools. (Not that Hollywood doesn’t have its large share of those in positions of power.) Those who claim that the Twilight movies would have become worldwide blockbusters with or without Stewart as Bella »
- Zac Gille
In an interview with THR, Paramount Film Group President Adam Goodman talked about various upcoming movies from the studio. On the subject of animated films, he said, "We feel we have the ability to make these kinds of movies as well as any company does. I can't talk about the project, but Robert Gordon [Galaxy Quest] is writing an original story for us."
Though the writers don’t have many film credits to their names (with David Howard only credited for Galaxy Quest, and Robert Gordon credited for a couple of other things, including Men in Black II and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events; though IMDb says they both have a project called Bizarro Superman in development »
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