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The Top 5 Animated Features of 2009

31 December 2009 10:30 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

For reasons that escape me as of this writing, I have consumed an abnormally large number of animated films this year. Oddly enough, the vast majority of these pictures are among some of the best movies I’ve encountered over the course of 2009. A warning, of sorts: My taste in film differs greatly from the so-called masses, so be fully prepared to unleash your nerd rage upon this list if I have omitted a feature that you hold dearly to your misshapen heart. Sadly, there just isn’t enough room at the top of pile for everyone, especially limp-wristed sequels to movies that never needed a follow-up in the first place. “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs,” I’m looking squarely at you. Don’t act like you didn’t know. #5. The Haunted World of El Superbeasto After experiencing the cinematic abominations known as “Halloween” and “Halloween 2,” I lost »

- Todd

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Mad Man's Dinner with 2009: The List to End All Lists

30 December 2009 7:54 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Mad Man Dan And His Dinner With 2009

Editor’s Note:  To be honest, I’m not a list guy.  I think they’re trite, unimaginative, and when I look at the other horror sites, their lists are all generally the same.  Sure, there may be some movement between what’s #3 on one site’s list and #4 on another, but must I see the same 10 or 20 flicks from the last year or decade, best or worst, ad nauseam?  So when Mike and I sat down a few weeks back, we agreed not to do the same, humdrum lists.

And then Mad Man Dan came into the picture.

Bringing his uniquely psychotic perspective to the whole idea of lists, then blowing up that idea and subverting it brought a fresh angle to lists.  And so I proudly present Mad Man Dan Price’s Dinner with 2009.  We don’t censor the Mad Man »

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The Foywonder's Ten Worst Horror Films of the Decade

23 December 2009 8:31 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The first decade of the new millennium has come to an end, and that means it is now time for film sites all over the web to begin posting their various retrospectives and lists recalling the decade that was. I generally as a rule dislike such lists because they are always so subjective. Then I said screw it and took it upon myself to do one of my own naming the ten worst horror movies of the past decade. Besides, people love bitching on the Internet about lists like this, and who am I to deny readers yet another excuse to get into pointless flame wars over personal opinions.

Of course, this list is just my personal opinion which is not legally binding ... unless Proposition 304 passes. And we all pray that it will.

I set two rules when putting this list together: Only horror movies that received fairly wide theatrical »

- Foywonder

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Mike Judge talks 'Extract': Dinner with the 'Beavis and Butt-head' creator

21 December 2009 4:08 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

When I'm offered a dinner with director Mike Judge, there's very little convincing needed.

Not only is Judge responsible for the underrated comedy "Extract"  (available on DVD and Blu-Ray on Tuesday, Dec. 22) but he's also the sly genius behind Fox's Emmy-winning "King of the Hill," the 1990s iconic cartoon "Beavis and Butt-head" and one of the best workplace comedies of all time, "Office Space."

It was a cool December evening when my fellow reporters and I descended upon Joe's Restaurant in Venice, Calif., where a custom-designed four-course tasting menu with wine pairings awaited us. With the help of champagne, the conversation kicked off with talk of Comic-Con, which Judge said was filled with "very likable nerds."

Speaking of nerds ...

I am one for taking this picture. Yes, I was seated next to Mike Judge. Okay, my name is misspelled, but still -- Mike Judge!

Our humble director probably caught on »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Slipknot Short Film Snuff

18 December 2009 11:25 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

AOL just premiered Slipknot’s short film “Snuff” directed by M. Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan and photographed and co-directed by P.R. Brown. The short film stars Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, A Clockwork Orange), Ashley Laurence (Hellraiser) and Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor. The song featured in the film is from Slipknot’s album “All Hope is Gone”. Band Biography: Slipknot is an American metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. The current line-up includes Sid Wilson, Joey Jordison, Paul Gray, Chris Fehn, Jim Root, Craig Jones, Shawn Crahan, Mick Thomson, and Corey Taylor. They are recognized as one of the pioneering bands in the New Wave of American Heavy Metal. The band formed in late 1995 [...] »

- Brian Corder

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See Slipknot's Short Film Snuff Starring Some Familiar Faces

18 December 2009 3:29 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The Grammy-award winning band Slipknot premiered the new video for their song "Snuff" today in the form of a short film co-directed by Slipknot's own M. Shawn Crahan and renowned photographer/director P.R. Brown. The film features frontman Corey Taylor as never seen before, interwoven in an intricate storyline, but he's far from alone as two legends in the horror genre accompany him.

AOL is showcasing the film that takes viewers on an emotional roller coaster ride and is likely to generate more questions than answers. No doubt the question on your minds is who the two guest stars are, and we'll end the suspense now. They are none other than Hellraiser's Ashley Laurence and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II).

From the official Slipknot site: "Snuff" is an introspective track that challenges what some would expect from a hard rock radio song »

- The Woman In Black

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See Slipknot's "Snuff" short film featuring Ashley Laurence and Malcolm McDowell Now!

18 December 2009 9:11 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

As promised on Wednesday, Slipknot have debuted their short film for the song "Snuff". The video features appearances by two genre icons - Hellraiser's Ashley Laurence, and Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Rob Zombie's Halloween), both of whom appeared along with Slipknot at Fangoria's Trinity Of Terrors in Las Vegas this past Halloween. "Snuff" features frontman Corey Taylor unmasked for the first time in a Slipknot vid, and was directed by M. Shawn Crahan (Clown) and P.R. Brown.

We've got the video below courtesy of AOL, so it's time to get watching...

For more Slipknot, visit http://www.slipknot1.com and for photos from the Trinity click here. »

- no-reply@fangoria.com (James Zahn)

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'The Runaways' Teaser: The Key Scene

17 December 2009 7:51 AM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

The first teaser for the upcoming rock and roll biopic "The Runaways" debuted this morning on MTV's Hollywood Crush blog. The hotly-anticipated movie (which hits cinemas in March) tells the story of the Runaways, the all-girl punk band who broke out huge at the end of the '70s and made stars out of band members Joan Jett and Lita Ford. The flick is directed by music video mastermind Floria Sigismondi (Marilyn Manson's "The Beautiful People," the White Stripes' "Blue Orchid") and stars Kristen Stewart as Jett, Scout Taylor-Compton ("Halloween") as Ford and Dakota Fanning as singer Cherie Currie.

We've seen plenty of photos of Stewart with her hair and clothes looking like Jett's, but the teaser trailer provides the first real footage of Stewart in context. Based on the scenes shown in the clip, it looks like Stewart has Jett nailed perfectly. The guitarist has worked directly with »

- Kyle Anderson

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Exclusive: 'The Runaways' Trailer Drops A Cherry Bomb On You All

17 December 2009 7:00 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

I know you're excited for this one. "Arrested Development" star Alia Shawkat. "Halloween" reboot star Scout Taylor-Compton. "New Moon" notable Dakota Fanning. And "Twilight" princess Kristen Stewart. This crew comes together to form the all-female rock band The Runaways for writer/director Floria Sigismondi's biopic... "The Runaways." And we've got their first trailer, exclusively here on MTV. I get a strong Quentin Tarantino vibe from the way this is cut. What do you think?


- Adam Rosenberg

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'The Runaways' Teaser Trailer Hits The Web

17 December 2009 6:54 AM, PST | AMC - Script to Screen | See recent AMC - Script to Screen news »

As a real life band, The Runaways had a successful but short run from 1975 to about 1979 and has such hit songs as “Cherry Bomb,” “Queens of Noise,” “Neon Angels (On the Road to Ruin)” and “Born to Be Bad.”  The band included the likes of guitarists Joan Jett and Lita Ford, drummer Sandy West, singer-keyboardist Cherie Currie and bassist Jackie Fox.

A feature film of the band is getting ready to hit screens March 19th 2010 featuring a re-teaming of "Twilight: New Moon" stars Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning as well as "Arrested Development" star Alia Shawkat and "Halloween" reboot star Scout Taylor-Compton.

The first teaser trailer for the film has hit the web and we share it with you here:


- John Campea

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Happy Birthday, Dee Wallace!

14 December 2009 9:52 AM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Today we at Icons of Fright celebrate the birthday of a genre stalwart, Dee Wallace

For more than thirty years, Dee has done solid work in genre favorites such as The Howling, Cujo, The Frighteners, The Hills Have Eyes, and Steven Spielberg's E.T., and she's still hard at work, appearing recently in Rob Zombie's Halloween.  Though not a top tier name in Hollywood, she's popular among horror fans, who appreciate her work ethic and talent.  A convention favorite, Dee always meets fans with a smile, and is more than willing to share stories from her storied career.

On a personal note, I've been going to conventions for 6 years.  In that time, I've developed a short list of people I will get every time I see them at a con.  Dee has always been at the top of that list, since the first time I met her.  She's among the nicest celebrities I've ever met, »

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Michael Speaks: The Alternate Ending to Halloween II

14 December 2009 4:57 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As an avid van of the entire Halloween franchise (yes, I even find a shred of enjoyment watching Michael getting Kung Fu’ed by Busta Rhymes), and, as one of only about three people who gave Rob Zombie’s Halloween II a positive review, I was curious to see the alternate ending to his film.  Today, thanks to Shock Till You Drop, we have the alternate ending for your viewing pleasure.

Check it out:

Needless to say, thank God for reshoots.

According to Shock Till You Drop, this was the scene being shot when they were doing their set visit.  I’m curious if this scene was put together just to mislead movie sites such as them or if Zombie ever intended on this being the true ending to the film.

What do you think?  How do you like the alternate ending compared to the one released in theaters?  Does »

- Kirk

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Alternate ending to Rob Zombie’s ‘Halloween 2′ lands online

14 December 2009 4:14 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

The alternate ending to Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 has made its way online and its just as mediocre as the original. We show you both so can compare and contrast.

The original ending [spoilers ahead, matey] showed Michael Myers (Tyler Mane) shot by police in an abandoned shed. After Myers is presumably dead, Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) picks up Michael’s giant knife and starts to stab him repeatably. She exits the shed wearing Michael’s mask and winds in a mental hospital where she sees the same visions that her brother did throughout the film.In the alternate ending, Myers has his mask taken off and kills Dr. Samuel Loomis (Malcolm McDowell) outside the shed. Myers is lit-up by surrounding police. Laurie comes out, picks up the knife, screams and is also shot by police. She ends up in the asylum, same as the original. Halloween 2 will be released on »

- Reel Loop News Staff

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Alternate Ending To Halloween II Just As Stupid As The Original Ending

13 December 2009 7:21 PM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

I'm not sure why I didn't review Halloween II. For some odd reason I never wrote one. I would have given it a C-, same as Ron did, but that's because it's the same movie as the first Halloween, a movie I did review. The alternate ending for Halloween II has posted on YouTube and it's just as lame as the real ending. Michael dies (again) but this ending has him screaming the word "Die!" with his mask off, looking like Zakk Wylde from Black Label Society. And don't even get me started on the stupid horse and "Love Hurts" song in the background.Thankfully, this will be the end of any more Rob Zombie Halloween movies. (Though he is credited as being a writer for Halloween III. Not sure if that's true or not. Like it matters.) Hollywood will be going in a new direction to further continue screwing up the franchise. »

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Watch the Alternate Ending for 'Halloween II'

13 December 2009 11:32 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

By Jason Murphy

Because you demanded it! I could rant on with unfettered snark again about the atavistic loathing of Rob Zombie's Halloween series (Rotten Tomatoes has the second one at 21%), but that's a bit tired, no? As I mentioned before, I enjoyed the first one, but haven't yet had a chance to dive into the sequel, which most people have branded as excrement. Like old Mike Myers himself, it just won't go away. It's what we're saddled with, so eat it, like it, and get ready for a third helping.

For those of you new to horror, Halloween II tells of the tale of an emo hobo named Michael who has a serious mad-on for his family, particularly his sister, Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton). He returns to his hometown of Haddonfield, Illinois, and gets all stabby.

Having not seen the film itself, I dodged this ending. I want to »

- Cinematical staff

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First Image from The Runaways Starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning

12 December 2009 7:49 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

With the 2010 Sundance Film Festival on the horizon, another film releases its first photos.  This time it’s the Runaways, the story of the all-chick rock band starring Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherrie Currie.  The film co-stars Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), Scout Taylor-Compton (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road).  For those just tuning in, here’s the official Sundance synopsis:

Of all the bands to come out of the 1970s Los Angeles music scene, The Runaways are by far the most uniquely fascinating. This is partially due to their music but more so to the fact that they were teenage girls whose wild and reckless lifestyle was the stuff of legend.

Focusing on the duo of guitarist/vocalist Joan Jett and lead vocalist Cherie Currie as they navigate a rocky road of touring and record-label woes, the film chronicles the band’s »

- Matt Goldberg

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New poster for Kristen Stewart’s ‘The Runaways’ lands online: Does it suck?

12 December 2009 5:01 AM, PST | ReelLoop.com | See recent Reel Loop news »

The poster for Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning’s new rock biopic, The Runaways, is making its way on online, giving viewers their first look at guitars and legs.

Written and directed by Floria Sigismondi, The Runaways is based on the ’70s all-girl rock band of the same name, which were brought together in late 1975 by impresario Kim Fowley. Along with Stewart as Joan Jett and Fanning as Cherrie Currie, Scout Taylor-Compton (Halloween ‘07, H2: Halloween 2) plays Lita Ford.

In an interview with Empire, Stewart revealed relief on being able to talk about her movie project. Something we she never allowed to do with her Twilight films. “It’s so exciting that I can even talk about it now, because I haven’t been allowed to for a really long time.”

She adds: “It’s about the forming and death of this band [The Runaways], and it launched Joan Jett’s »

- Reel Loop News Staff

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Exclusive: Dread Central Pays a Visit to Scream Queens 2

10 December 2009 10:44 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

It’s Wednesday, December 2nd (and incidentally this scribe’s birthday), when I arrive to the set of VH1 and Joke Productions’ reality series "Scream Queens 2". The show is shooting in a foreboding manse made infamous by its use in Rob Zombie’s Halloween (and across the street from the house Wes Craven made iconic in People Under the Stairs) off Western Avenue in Los Angeles, CA.

I’m greeted by co-showrunner Biagio Messina (who with his wife and producing partner, Joke Fincioen, is in the midst of the series’ twenty-four-day shoot). Scheduled to air in eight parts on VH1 next spring/summer and hosted by director Tim (2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams) Sullivan, "Scream Queens 2" will feature ten aspiring actresses vying for a role in Lionsgate’s next entry in the Saw film series, Saw VII 3D. Actress Jaime (My Bloody Valentine 3D) King will appear as a mentor to the hopefuls, »

- SeanD.

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What Has Werner Herzog Done Now?

10 December 2009 5:26 AM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

It seems like Werner Herzog never sleeps. The 67-year-old Bavarian buccaneer of cinema astounded hungry-eyed cinephiles back in 2005 when he had four documentary features in theaters ("The White Diamond," "Wheel of Time," the decade best "Grizzly Man" and the sci-fi quasi doc "Wild Blue Yonder"). This fall, Herzog's again kept our senses busy with back-to-back narratives: first up was "The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," a hilariously addled live-action Nicolas Cage cartoon destined for the cult classics shelf.

Equally nervy is "My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done," which Herzog himself has called "a horror film without the blood, chainsaws and gore." Loosely based on the real story of Mark Yavorsky -- a University of San Diego grad student who killed his mother with an antique sword -- this ominous if sensitive portrait of mental illness stars "Revolutionary Road" Oscar nominee Michael Shannon, here renamed Brad McCullum. »

- Aaron Hillis

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Weinstein Co. Wants New Pitches for Halloween 3D

10 December 2009 4:03 AM, PST | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

Back in September, Screen Rant shared news that Halloween 3D, the third film in the new Halloween franchise, was dead in the water. At the time, word from The Weinstein Company was that the film was coming together too fast and they wanted to take more time on creating a movie that was not only good, but bankable. Now, we’ve gotten word from Bloody-Disgusting that Halloween 3D might be back on its feet, but not necessarily with the same writer or director on board.

According to Bd, The Weinstein Company is actively seeking new pitches for the film and the franchise in general. While this doesn’t necessarily exclude the previous writer and director duo of Todd Farmer and Patrick Lussier (who collaborated on My Bloody Valentine 3D) from being a part of the film, it definitely calls their involvement into question. While Farmer and Lussier wait it out, »

- Rob Frappier

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