12 items from 2014
In the post-Lady in the Water era, it’s tough to remember how bonkers people once went for The Sixth Sense. But a mere millennium ago, M. Night Shyamalan’s atmospheric thriller was the toast of audiences and critics alike — a box office smash, a cultural touchstone, a freakin’ Best Picture nominee. Not only at the MTV Movie Awards, but also at the Oscars!
How did a simple, potentially gimmicky ghost story capture our hearts and minds so fully? Easy: because despite the shadow hindsight casts upon it, The Sixth Sense is a great movie. Its brief 107-minute run »
- Hillary Busis
Marta Abromaityte on manipulation in film…
Being a brand of social influence, manipulation has played a large part in the history of cinema. While most propaganda films portray totalitarian governments using misinformation as a tool for indoctrinating the masses, films that portray the struggle against diabolical brainwashing methods have the potential to arm audiences against such propaganda. Manipulation tactics are also used to exhibit the exploitation of the characters themselves displaying certain deceptive or abusive elements that are explored in the plot. However used, the manipulation aspect has remained unchanged. Dystopian or futuristic worlds are a way of showing different realities and exploring diverse societies that are controlled and governed under vindictive, domineering leaders. The manipulation strategies presented in film show the volume in which solitary power can be misused and what that can do to an oppressed society.
Manipulation has not only been a significant element in that of »
More unsupecting victims have been added to the cast list for the forthcoming production of 'Jurassic World'. First up we have the gorgeous Irish actress Katie McGrath (below), star of BBC fantasy series 'Merlin' as well as NBC's new 'Dracula' series. Next up we have two funny females in the form of 'Orange is the New Black' star Lauren Lapkus and 'Archer' and 'Carrie' actress Judy Greer completing the trio of fresh faces now aboard the Universal project. Colin Trevorrow ('Safety Not Guaranteed') directs the huge undertaking which does seem to have quite a number of comical type performers attached. Hoping the projects not too tongue in cheek! The new threesome join Chris Pratt ('Guardians of the Galaxy'), Bryce Dallas Howard ('The Village'), Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Vincent D'Onofrio ('The Cell'), Jake Johnson ('New Girl'), Bd Wong and Omar Sy. »
It's time to choose March's Project of the Month. The project that receives the most votes for Project of the Month will receive a consultation from our Project of the Month partner, Tribeca Film Institute! Voting will be open until Sunday, April. 6, 2014 at 5 Pm Eastern. The four projects up for the prize are: "Goody Goody" Elevator Pitch: Colonial women dealing with contemporary issues. "Girls" meets M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village". Set against the backdrop of 1750s America, the series tells the story of five women whose sinful pasts threaten to destroy them. Sex, Danger, Violence, and Greed come together in a wholly original and humorous way in this hysterical piece featuring the legendary Lori Beth Denberg (yes, from "All That"). "Miami, Nm" Elevator Pitch: Steve Zimmer, the central voice of this documentary, has made it his life's work to document western culture and cowboy life in and around the »
Artist Nathan Schroeder ('The Avengers', 'Star Trek into Darkness') has provided a couple of awesome looking new concept art pieces for the proposed home of 'Jurassic World'. The images reportedly are of Isla Nublar the fictional island off the west coast of Costa Rica featured in Steven Spielberg's original 'Jurassic Park'. Looks like things have come a long way since the disastrous events that ruined the original theme park. It's definitely had a bit of a clean up and now looks more like a cool tropical holiday resort. The new art also features a brand new visitors center as well as a monorail wrapped around the island, which is no doubt the perfect set piece for some dino disaster action. 'Jurassic World' is helmed by Colin Trevorrow and will star Bryce Dallas Howard ('The Village'), Chris Pratt »
“The Next Spielberg” was the kind of light M. Night Shyamalan was once seen in. His first big break, The Sixth Sense, was a global phenomenon, so you can see where that too-easy comparison came from. All of his films that followed were sold as “the next film from M. Night Shyamalan.” He quickly became a brand, and once he realized it, it killed his creativity. That’s the impression you get from reading Michael Bamberger’s “The Man Who Heard Voices: Or, How M. Night Shyamalan Risked His Career on a Fairy Tale” — the book which detailed the making of The Lady in the Water, Shyamalan’s first real stinker. I say it’s his first serious bust because The Village wasn’t an out-and-out failure. With William Hurt’s performance, Roger Deakins’ bold cinematography and James Newton Howard’s score, it had a lot going for it, including foreshadowing for Shyamalan’s fall. It »
- Jack Giroux
French actor Omar Sy, who won France's Cesar Award for his performance in the mega-hit "The Intouchables" and appears as Bishop in Bryan Singer's upcoming "X-men : Days Of Future Past", announced on Twitter (both in French and English) that he's joined the cast of Universal Pictures' "Jurassic World". Fan of this saga from the beginning, I'm very proud to be part of the cast for Jurassic World #jurassicworld @UniversalPics @UniversalFR — Omar Sy (@OmarSy) March 21, 2014 Although the role Sy plays in the Colin Trevorrow-directed franchise reboot is still unknown, he joins the previously-announced cast of Chris Pratt ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Bryce Dallas Howard ("The Village", Idris Elba, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jake Johnson and Irrfan Khan. Trevorrow confirmed the casting on his »
Whilst sitting down and having a fairly open chat with IGN recently 'Jurassic World' director Colin Trevorrow ('Safety Not Guaranteed') revealed that one of the members of the original 'Jurassic Park' cast would be reappearing in his new upcoming sequel. Actor Bd Wong, better known to many as George Huang in NBC's 'Law and Order: Special Victims Unit', will reprise his rather brief role as Dr. Henry Wu in Steven Spielberg's original monster masterpiece. The director also mentioned some key new information regarding the roles of cast memebrs Bryce Dallas Howard ('The Village') and Chris Pratt ('Parks and Recreation'). Howard's character 'starts off very corporate, very controlled. Until the running and screaming starts', whilst Pratt is set to play 'a classic hero in a very modern context...' and '...an expert in a scientific field' that's connected to the story. »
Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Goody Goody" Tweetable Logline: "Goody Goody" is an historical comedy about a group of colonial women struggling to survive in their newfound celibate community. Elevator Pitch: Colonial women dealing with contemporary issues. "Girls" meets M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village". Set against the backdrop of 1750s America, the series tells the story of five women whose sinful pasts threaten to destroy them. Sex, Danger, Violence, and Greed come together in a wholly original and humorous way in this hysterical piece featuring the legendary Lori Beth Denberg (yes, from "All That"). Production Team: Created by Alex Rice, Adam Bonanni, Diane Wagner Written by Alex Rice, Diane Wagner Directed by Connor Hurley (www. »
First impressions are everything, which is why the art of the movie trailer has become the most vital tool in the film industry. A bad trailer can sour you on the best movie, but most of the time it’s the other way around. If Hollywood does anything right, it’s selling us a slow-cooked turd as delicious chocolate.
So here are Dread Central’s picks for great horror movie trailers that overshadowed their lesser films:
Exciting trailers for bad movies are a dime a dozen, but what about the ones that are shot just for marketing? You won’t find a better example of an ad eclipsing a film than the brilliant teaser for The Hills Have Eyes 2. Completely wordless with only the sounds of dragging bodies and Devendra Banhart’s “Insect Eyes,” the teaser showed more artistry and directorial flare than anything in the actual movie. »
Cue the loud, simultaneous groans of Shyamalan haters across the globe, similar to the cries of laughter that rang out once Mark Wahlberg discovered the evil menace plaguing The Happening. Yes, the news is true – M. Night Shyamalan has been directing a secret microbudget horror film right under our noses, as today the director teased Twitter followers with a production picture to prove his newest project. Of course, someone could have uncovered this news weeks ago and just didn’t care enough to report it, but hey, it’s a new movie by M. Night Shyamalama-ding-dong – there has to be some kind of, um, excitement?
Titled Sundowning, sites are beginning to speculate that M. Night’s most recent film will be a vampire thriller of sorts, but after some Sherlock Holmes detective work (Google), I uncovered the true meaning of yet another strange title by the mysterious director. As per the interwebs, »
- Matt Donato
For those expecting a return from Dr. Alan Grant in the upcoming 'Jurassic World' sequel are likely to pop out their bottom lip and quiver at the following news. During a recent interview with The Examiner actor Sam Neill, whom appeared in both the original 'Jurassic Park' and threequel 'Jurassic Park III', isn't particularly expectant to be involved in the Colin Trevorrow ('Safety Not Guaranteed') project set for a Summer 2015 release. 'Look, you never say no,' Neill stated. 'I think there's a whole new cast and a whole new look at things, and I think that's great. As I said, I'd never say no, but I wish them...well, I'm sure it's going to be great, but they don't need me.' Bryce Dallas Howard ('The Village'), Chris Pratt ('Parks and Recreation'), Nick Robinson ('The Kings of Summer »
12 items from 2014
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