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‘Into The Inferno’: How Werner Herzog Learned to Love and Fear Volcanoes (Exclusive Video)

‘Into The Inferno’: How Werner Herzog Learned to Love and Fear Volcanoes (Exclusive Video)
Director Werner Herzog doesn’t make cinéma vérité documentaries, nor does he conduct journalistic interviews. He likes to fiddle with the truth in films such as 1982’s ”Fitzcarraldo,” about an obsessed opera lover. In his 1999 manifesto, ”Minnesota Declaration,” Herzog wrote: ”There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.”

Through the decades Herzog has toyed with his public persona as a fearless, death-defying, slightly crazed filmmaker who was rumored to have pulled a gun on leading man Klaus Kinski on the 1972 jungle set of ”Aguirre, the Wrath of God.” His own German-accented voiceover narration has become famous in its own right, and he was comfortable enough as an actor to make fun of himself in Zak Penn’s improvised 2004 mockumentary “Incident at Loch Ness,” among
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‘Into The Inferno’: How Werner Herzog Learned to Love and Fear Volcanoes (Exclusive Video)

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‘Into The Inferno’: How Werner Herzog Learned to Love and Fear Volcanoes (Exclusive Video)
Director Werner Herzog doesn’t make cinéma vérité documentaries, nor does he conduct journalistic interviews. He likes to fiddle with the truth in films such as 1982’s ”Fitzcarraldo,” about an obsessed opera lover. In his 1999 manifesto, ”Minnesota Declaration,” Herzog wrote: ”There are deeper strata of truth in cinema, and there is such a thing as poetic, ecstatic truth. It is mysterious and elusive, and can be reached only through fabrication and imagination and stylization.”

Through the decades Herzog has toyed with his public persona as a fearless, death-defying, slightly crazed filmmaker who was rumored to have pulled a gun on leading man Klaus Kinski on the 1972 jungle set of ”Aguirre, the Wrath of God.” His own German-accented voiceover narration has become famous in its own right, and he was comfortable enough as an actor to make fun of himself in Zak Penn’s improvised 2004 mockumentary “Incident at Loch Ness,” among
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VOD Review – Atari: Game Over (2014)

Atari: Game Over, 2014

Directed by Zak Penn

Synopsis:

A crew digs up all of the old Atari 2600 game cartridges of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial” that were tossed into a landfill in the 1980s.

Since the rise of the Internet and the popularity of “Best and Worst” lists, there is one game that almost always tops the “Worst Games Ever Made” chart: E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial for the Atari 2600. Why is that? Well, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial has been hailed as the “worst game ever made” because it brought down the powerhouse that was Atari, a company that during its hayday held a 90% market share over the competition. So bad was E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, that rumours of its burial in a landfill in New Mexico became the stuff of legend. Zak Penn’s Atari: Game Over is not only a look into the excavation that unearthed this landfill to expose the truth behind the rumours,
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Atari: Game Over review

The documentary Atari: Game Over investigates the burial of E.T. cartridges in the New Mexico desert. Here's our review...

Ask any gamer to name the medium's most famous legend, and they might tell you about E.T.

The story goes that, back in 1982, the videogame tie-in was so rushed, and so appallingly received, that Atari was forced to quietly bury millions of unsold cartridges in the New Mexico desert. Within months of the game's release, Atari had gone from owning an 80 percent share of the videogame market to collapse, and thus, an enduring myth was born: E.T. killed Atari.

Atari: Game Over digs into the true story behind the legend, and its director, Zak Penn, is no stranger to modern mythmaking - he's the screenwriter behind such comic book blockbusters as X-Men: The Last Stand and The Incredible Hulk, and he also made the quirky mockumentary Incident At Loch Ness with Werner Herzog.
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What we do on the Big Screen – A Look at Mocumentaries

Ever wondered about the inner workings of a vampire’s mind? Do you spend your spare time thinking about how a group of flat-sharing vampires divide up the household chores, or how they decide what to wear for a night on the town? Yeah, so do we. All these musings and many more are answered in Jemaine Clement and Taika Waitit’s hilarious mockumentary, What We Do In the Shadows. To celebrate the release of the Flight of the Conchords writers’ latest project, we take a look at the other best mockumentaries to hit the silver screen.

This is Spinal Tap (1984)

What many consider the ultimate mockumentary, this cult classic has topped many lists since the 80’s. Most of the dialogue was ad-libbed and the actors were accredited as writers as well because of this. One of the best rock movie quotes, “turn it up to 11”, comes from this masterpiece.
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Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th

Comic-Con 2014 Schedule for Friday, July 25th
San Diego Comic-Con has released the full schedule of events for Friday, July 25, following the Thursday schedule that was released yesterday. You can clickHere to view the lineup in its entirety, which includes numerous comic book panels and events, but we have pulled out all of the movie, DVD and TV-related panels for your convenience.

Friday, July 25

10:00am - 11:00am - Cartoon Network: Uncle Grandpa & Clarence

Good mornin'! What's better than a panel of one Cartoon Network Comedy? Two cartoon network comedies! That's right fans, prepare yourself for double the comedy, double the fun and double the friends with Uncle Grandpa and Clarence! Join the always-entertaining cast and crew for a behind-the-scenes look at two of the newest hit shows on Cartoon Network. It's woooooorth it. Appearing from Uncle Grandpa are creator Peter Browngardt (Uncle Grandpa), Kevin Michael Richardson (Mr. Gus), and Eric Bauza (Belly Bag). Appearing from
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Xbox to add original programming, announces 12 new projects

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You knew it was only a matter of time. After Netflix scored with original programming like "Orange Is the New Black" and "Arrested Development," Amazon quickly jumped into the game -- and now Xbox is, too. Pretty soon, look forward to new shows from your microwave and blender. Xbox will launch Xbox: Originals this June with 12 projects. They will be available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, and other Microsoft devices, and, of course, the shows will offer "interactive capabilities." To prove they're not kidding around, Xbox Entertainment Studios has attracted names like Steven Spielberg and Ridley Scott, who are attached to two separate scripted projects based on the “Halo” franchise. Because hey, you can never get enough "Halo." Other shows in production include an unscripted series about international street soccer, an original drama about robotic servants in a dystopian world, and a documentary about the search for discarded Atari games in
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Tgb Episode 193: The Role of Cinematographer (Guest: Dp Laurie Rose)

On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, hosts Tim and Jeremy go through their latest picks of the week, the newest DVD & Blu-ray releases and plenty more on this special episode. For the main topic of the night the guys talk with cinematographer Laurie Rose, of Ben Wheatley's Kill List, Sightseers and A Field in England. The topic was loosely based around Wally Pfister's Transcendence, and the guys wanted to talk about cinematography with a man who works in it. Laurie shares some of his favorite Dp's working today, his own background of getting into the craft and his working relationship with Ben Wheatley. Enjoy! Download #193 or Listen Now: [audio href="http://traffic.libsyn.com/firstshowing/EP193.mp3" title="The Role of Cinematographer (Guest: Laurie Rose)"]The Golden Briefcase #193/audio] Subscribe via: RSS or iTunes Previous Episode: A Discussion - In Regards to Religion in Movies Our Guest: Laurie Rose: @Laurie_Rose / IMDb Picks of the Week: Jeremy: Dgg's Joe / Wolf Creek 2
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The First Original Series From Sony's PlayStation Network Will Be 'Powers,' Based on the Graphic Novel

The First Original Series From Sony's PlayStation Network Will Be 'Powers,' Based on the Graphic Novel
If 2013 was the year of streaming platforms making their entrance into the original programming game, 2014 is looking to be the one in which consoles do the same. In December, Microsoft's Xbox greenlit its first show, a series of docs about the digital revolution, the first of which is being directed by Zak Penn ("Incident at Loch Ness"). And now Sony’s PlayStation Network is kicking off its first slate of originals with "Powers," an hour-long drama based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. The comic book series is about a pair of homicide detectives who investigates cases involving people with superhuman abilities -- "powers." Novelist and comic book writer Charlie Huston penned the pilot for the project, which was initially in development at FX -- the network actually shot a pilot in 2011. The first season will run 10 episodes and will be produced by Sony Pictures Television
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The First Original Series From Sony's PlayStation Network Will Be 'Powers,' Based on the Graphic Novel

The First Original Series From Sony's PlayStation Network Will Be 'Powers,' Based on the Graphic Novel
If 2013 was the year of streaming platforms making their entrance into the original programming game, 2014 is looking to be the one in which consoles do the same. In December, Microsoft's Xbox greenlit its first show, a series of docs about the digital revolution, the first of which is being directed by Zak Penn ("Incident at Loch Ness"). And now Sony’s PlayStation Network is kicking off its first slate of originals with "Powers," an hour-long drama based on the graphic novel by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming. The comic book series is about a pair of homicide detectives who investigates cases involving people with superhuman abilities -- "powers." Novelist and comic book writer Charlie Huston penned the pilot for the project, which was initially in development at FX -- the network actually shot a pilot in 2011. The first season will run 10 episodes and will be produced by Sony Pictures Television
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2004

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 9 Jan 2014 - 06:25

We head back a decade to look at a few films that deserve more attention. Here’s our list of 25 underappreciated movies of 2004...

Think back to 2004, and you might dredge up hazy memories of the computer-generated fairytale sequel Shrek 2, Alfonso’s Harry Potter installment, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, or maybe Mel Gibson’s phenomenally successful Passion Of The Christ.

It’s rather less likely that you’ll remember some of the films on this list. You’re probably aware of the drill by now: we’ve gone back into our distant, beer-addled memories to find 25 of the less commonly-lauded movies from the year 2004.

Some of them did reasonably well at the time, but appear to have been forgotten since (especially the one eclipsed by its own internet meme), while others were coolly received by the public or critics (and sometimes
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Fantastic Fest Fave The Conspiracy Finally Lands A Distributor

The mockumentary is an underutilized method of delivering a cinematic story, especially in the gimmick-friendly horror genre. And I don.t mean like The Office, either. I mean films that generally blend narrative with different visual techniques to help the story feel more genuine and real. Movies like The Last Broadcast, Lake Mungo and Incident at Loch Ness are standouts not only because they.re arguably great films, but because there hasn.t been a flood of knock-offs like the proper found-footage genre has been hit with. It is with open arms that we welcome Christopher MacBride.s secret society horror The Conspiracy into our lives, now that XLrator Media has stepped in and snagged the U.S. distribution rights. The film was surprise hit at last year.s Fantastic Fest, and then nothing much was heard of it until now, though no release plans were mentioned in the release
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The Bay DVD Review

Director: Barry Levinson

Starring: Kristen Connolly, Will Rogers, Christopher Denham,

Running Time: 84 Minutes

Certificate: 15

Extras: Behind the scenes footage, Trailer

News that Barry Levinson, director of Rain Man, Diner and Sphere, was making a found-footage horror film caused either a ripple of excitement, or a ‘sigh’ of tedium depending on your view of the divisive genre.

The simple story harks back to the likes of Jaws as a rapidly spreading parasite rips through a small town on the 4th of July. This outlandish comparison is in no way hyperbolic, because no-one will be going in the water after the events of the movie. More than horror, the film also offers social commentary, with a clearly underprepared government ignoring early warnings in favour of profits.

Levinson manages to put found footage to incredible use: jumping between holiday videos (of which there are many being 4th July), cell phones, webcams, CCTV, and
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Werner Herzog: 'I've made bigger films than Reacher'

From dragging a steamship across a mountain to eating his own shoes, Werner Herzog has always traded in the unexpected. Now he is co-starring in a Tom Cruise action film

Werner Herzog has dragged a real-life steamship across a real-life mountain; he once pulled a gun on his longtime star collaborator Klaus Kinski and told him to act or die; he took a film crew to the lip of la Grande Soufrière, a volcano in Guadeloupe that seismologists had predicted would erupt at any moment (it didn't); he was accidentally shot in the stomach during a filmed interview with the BBC ("It is not a significant bullet") and once, aided by Californian chef Alice Waters, he cooked – with garlic and herbs – and then ate his own shoe, an event chronicled in his friend Les Blank's evocatively title docushort Werner Herzog Eats His Shoe.

These are the bedrock fables of the
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Fast Five And X-Men: The Last Stand Writers Pitch Chronicle-Esque Movie To Universal

Zak Penn and Chris Morgan are both known for their contributions to Hollywood's big blockbuster world. Penn is best known for his work in the superhero genre, having a hand in movies like X2, Elektra, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Incredible Hulk and The Avengers; while Morgan has written the last three Fast and Furious movies and has number four currently in production. With their history it only makes sense for Penn and Morgan to team up, so that's just what they're doing. Deadline says that two two writers have successfully pitched a new action movie idea to Universal described as being "in the vein of Chronicle." Penn, who has directing experience making films like Incident at Loch Ness and The Grand, will be helming the new project and writing the script, while Morgan is attached as a producer. Outside of the comparison to Josh Trank's hit from earlier
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Innovative Artists Santa Monica Office Building Sells (Exclusive)

A Santa Monica office property that houses an outpost of talent agency Innovative Artists has sold for $6.3 million. The deal for the property at 1617 Broadway St. closed in mid-July. The buyers were a group of investors led by Jay Rifkin, a film producer whose credits include Waiting..., Hesher and Incident At Loch Ness. The seller was Szs Crossroads Associates LLC, the entity of undisclosed investors.  Innovative's headquarters are nearby in Santa Monica on 10th Street; the company occupies the third floor of the Broadway Street building, where it houses its production department. Innovative has about five

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John Ostrander: Bad Things

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My thanks to Martha Thomases for her column this week. In it she confessed to having a fondness for the 1980 Flash Gordon film that started the immortal Sam Jones and Max Van Sydow. It’s bad film and she knows it but she has legit reasons for her fondness of it. Martha, just so you know, the 2007 SyFy TV series is much worse, not even having space ships, for crying out loud! Flash Gordon without space ships?! Talk about not getting the concept!

I say thank you because I had no idea what I was going to do for my column this week and now I do. There are bad films and one CD that I know are horrible but I felt a compulsion to go out and buy a copy of them. This isn’t the same as the weird films of which I own a copy and that
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John Ostrander: The Last Word On That Movie

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So I finally joined the clamoring hordes who have gone to see The Avengers and, yes, I had a really good time. No spoilers but I can define my favorite scene in two words that won’t spoil the show: “Puny god.” ‘Nuff said. Those who have seen it know what I’m talking about. I also really enjoyed the little scene at the end of all the credits.

It’s made a billion dollars worldwide, and its already on its way towards making a bazillion, I’m sure. Marvel has played it very canny, building up to it by way of Iron Man (I and II), Thor and Captain America. You’d almost think that The Avengers success was inevitable and you’d be terribly, terribly wrong.

I got two words for you.

Joss Whedon.

Joss Whedon is the real star of the film, having both written and directed
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Are We Finally Going to Get a Scary Loch Ness Monster Movie?

One cryptozoological oddity I'm surprised has been explored more - especially in the "found footage" arena - over the last few years is the Loch Ness Monster.  

Sure, we've seen a few films in the past few year - including Incident at Loch Ness - but I'm talking about a genuinely scary monster movie.

Well, it appears The Woman in Black's James Watkins is going to shepherd a Loch Ness project along with the newly-established Altitude Film Entertainment from Will Clarke.

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Internet Goes Fangirl Over News Werner Herzog Will Play the Villain in Tom Cruise's 'One Shot'

Did you hear yesterday's news? Whether you did or not, I'm sure after I mention it you will realize it is inspired news. In fact, not only is it brilliant casting, it's the best casting decision you'll probably hear about this week. What the what? What could this news be?

Turns out, Werner Herzog (Grizzly Man, Fitzcarraldo) will play the villain opposite Tom Cruise in One Shot, an adaptation of the 2005 Lee Child novel directed by Christopher McQuarrie. The film will serve as Herzog's first major acting role at the age of 69 and he's joining a cast that already includes Rosamund Pike, Richard Jenkins, David Oyelowo and Robert Duvall.

In the film Cruise plays Jack Reacher, an ex-Army cop who investigates the case of a sniper accused of murdering five people before being captured. Herzog will play The Zec, an ex-prisoner of war who arranges and stages the killing and
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