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Review: “Fast Company” (1979) Starring William Smith, John Saxon And Claudia Jennings; Blue Underground Blu-ray

9 December 2014 3:57 AM, PST | Cinemaretro.com | See recent CinemaRetro news »

By Ernie Magnotta

These days, cinema buffs searching high and low for a lost, early work of a modern filmmaker is almost unheard of , as most everything is readily available on DVD or Blu-ray. However, back in the day, this was far from the case. Way back when, many early efforts from then current directorial masters were extremely hard to find. For example, throughout the 1980s, I can remember looking everywhere for a copy of George A. Romero’s third film Season of the Witch aka Hungry Wives (1972) as well as Martin Scorsese’s debut feature Who’s That Knocking at My Door? (1967) just to name a few. Another movie I always longed to see was a strange, little action film called Fast Company. The reason I use the word strange is because the movie was directed by the enormously talented, Canadian born David Cronenberg. Although he is now known »

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Viggo Mortensen Talks About ‘Jauja’ and ‘Far from Men’

8 December 2014 2:22 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Viggo Mortensen rose to international fame as Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” trilogy. He has also garnered major critical acclaim for his multiple and complex roles, including performances in three films by Canadian director David Cronenberg, with whom he admits he has forged a special friendship.

In recent pics he has depicted quiet, retiring characters who try to get “far from men,” i.e., who attempt to escape from the hustle and bustle of modern life, but through the twists of the plot suddenly see their inner calm shattered, reminiscent of the role he played in Cronenberg’s 2005 film “A History of Violence.”

The 56-year old Mortensen has recently received tribs at the San Sebastian Festival, Mar del Plata and now at the Marrakech film festival,where he was honored with a special career tribute on Sunday.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Mortensen traveled to Marrakech’s World Heritage square, »

- Martin Dale

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Big Driver DVD Release Details & Cover Art

19 November 2014 2:16 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

A novella from Stephen King’s 2010 story collection, Full Dark, No Stars, Big Driver is a literary gut punch that takes an unflinching look at an atrocious crime committed on a lonely highway, and the relentless revenge that followed. Last month, Lifetime aired a movie adaptation of Big Driver with Maria Bello as Tess Thorne and Joan Jett as Betsy Neal, and this winter Lionsgate will release the movie on DVD and Digital HD.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment will release Big Driver on DVD (plus Digital HD) on January 27th, 2015. Below, we have the official press release with full details and a look at the cover art:

Press Release - “From best-selling author Stephen King comes Big Driver, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) January 27th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Golden Globe® nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Academy Award® winner Olympia Dukakis (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Moonstruck, »

- Derek Anderson

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Stephen King Based Big Driver Headed Your Way

19 November 2014 2:00 PM, PST | Horror News | See recent Horror News news »

From best-selling author Stephen King comes Big Driver, arriving on DVD (plus Digital) January 27th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. Starring Golden Globe® nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence), Academy Award® winner Olympia Dukakis (Best Actress in a Supporting Role, Moonstruck, 1987) and Grammy® nominated rocker Joan Jett, Big Driver is a dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime.

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VHS Obsessed: Adjust Your Tracking

3 November 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Keyframe | See recent Keyframe news »

As former video store mogul Sam Sherman remarks in the documentary Adjust Your Tracking, "People will collection anything," and there is tremendous nostalgia associated with VHS tape and video culture it defined from the first "Select-a-Vision" commercial tape releases in 1977 to A History of Violence, the last movie released on VHS by the studios. It's no exaggeration to say that the videocassette changed our relationship with movies.>> - Sean Axmaker »

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Toronto After Dark 2014 Review: Hellmouth Is One Man's Existential Crisis

19 October 2014 3:45 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Ubiquitous character actor Stephen McHattie is always a pleasure to see up on the big screen. From supporting roles in Hollywood films like The Fountain, Watchmen and A History of Violence, to central performances in indie Canadian productions like the criminally underrated Pontypool, and now John Geddes' Hellmouth. At 67, there are entire lifetimes written on his face, even as the rest of him remains lean and spry. McHattie is a conundrum, seemingly young and ancient at the same time, and is perfect here as the reluctant Charlie Baker, caretaker of his own personal abyss. Given more than three quarters of the script to himself in the film, his quivering yet authoritative gravelly voice is beyond reproach. If all of the artifice in the green...

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‘Humans’ Cast Includes William Hurt, Katherine Parkinson & Neil Maskell

15 October 2014 12:33 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We recently reported that AMC has teamed up with Kudos and Channel 4 for a drama series called Humans that takes place in an alternate reality in which families own advanced robotic servants, one of whom begins to act of its own will—a premise that might call to mind images of I, Robot or Bicentennial Man. Now the cast of Humans has been revealed and fans of Dark City and Kill List should be pleased.

Press Release – “William Hurt (A History of Violence, Damages), Katherine Parkinson (The It Crowd, The Honourable Woman), Tom Goodman-Hill (The Devil’s Whore, Mr Selfridge), Colin Morgan (Merlin, The Fall), Rebecca Front (The Thick Of It, Just William), Neil Maskell (Utopia, The Mimic) and Gemma Chan (Dates, Fresh Meat) are to star in Humans – the ambitious new co-production from Channel 4, AMC and Kudos.

Humans is set in a parallel present where the latest »

- Derek Anderson

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Trailer for Lifetime’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Big Driver

26 September 2014 10:34 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Next month, Lifetime is set to venture out of its comfort zone with a TV movie adaptation of the Stephen King short story Big Driver, which was published in King’s 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars. The film sees Maria Bello (A History of Violence) leading a cast that also includes Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias), Ann Dowd (The Leftovers) and Will Harris (NCIS), and we have the first trailer for you right here. Take a look after the official synopsis…

In “Big Driver” Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, leaving her stranded. Relieved when another driver stops and offers assistance, Tess quickly discovers her savior is actually her assailant, a serial killer who repeatedly assaults her. Left for dead in a »

- Gary Collinson

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First Trailer For Lifetime’s Stephen King Adaptation Big Driver

24 September 2014 3:48 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

This fall, Lifetime will take an uncharacteristic trip into horror lit with Big Driver, an adaptation of Stephen King’s same-named short story from his 2010 collection Full Dark, No Stars. Maria Bello stars in the grim and brutal pic, about an author who is brutally raped and assaulted by a truck driver, only to survive and return seeking vengeance.

The project is an unusual one for Lifetime, though the network has been branching out in recent years with increasingly dramatic original series like Witches of East End and The Lottery. Big Driver is also, like many of Lifetime’s programs, a tale of female empowerment led by a particularly steely protagonist.

Now, the suitably dark first trailer for the movie, which also stars Olympia Dukakis, Joan Gett, Ann Dowd and Will Harris, has arrived online. Check it out below, along with the official synopsis for the adaptation.

From a story by Stephen King, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Genre Films Can Break the Oscar Norm

24 September 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance as a sleazy freelance TV reporter determined to go to any length in search of crime footage in Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler could get him “recognized as one of the most daring actors working in Hollywood today” and has been called some of the “best work of his career.” With this type of praise, award contention usually follows, but historically speaking, “genre films” don’t fare well at the Oscars. It’s not impossible for films that deviate from the Oscar norm — biopics, period pieces or dramas — to secure Oscar nominations for the actors involved, but looking back through the years, from 2000 to the present, shows that these films constitute a lower percentage of overall nominees.

Musicals are a type of “genre film” that actors have managed to score Oscar nominations for, though they have had more difficulty doing so since the late 60s. »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Watch: Viggo Mortensen Loves Patricia Highsmith in 'Two Faces of January'

19 September 2014 2:26 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Viggo Mortensen is one of America's finest and most bankable actors, and gets to cherry-pick the best of international movies, because he's fluent in French and Spanish as well as English. Upcoming films include fest favorite "Jauja," in which he speaks Spanish with a Danish accent, and French Tiff entry "Far from Men."  While the "Lord of the Rings" star is always eager to work with David Cronenberg on any film, whether as a husband with a secret ("A History of Violence"), a tattooed Russian gangster ("Eastern Promises") or Sigmund Freud ("A Dangerous Method"), he's also willing to take chances on a new screenwriter-turned-director such as Hossein Amini, who adapted Patricia Highsmith for the delightfully Hitchcockian "The Two Faces of January."  Mortensen and I talked on Skype (video below) about how he chooses projects and worked with Amini and his costars Kirsten Dunst and Oscar Isaac on this »

- Anne Thompson

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Casting Net: Jack Huston to star as title role in 'Ben-Hur' remake

17 September 2014 5:23 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

• Boardwalk Empire actor Jack Huston will take the chariot reins as the title role in the upcoming remake of Ben-Hur. Previously, Tom Hiddleston had been in talks for the role of slave Judah Ben-Hur in the Paramount and MGM picture. Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted) is directing the film adapted by John Ridley (12 Years a Slave) and Keith Clarke (The Way Back) that is said to be based more on Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ than the 1959 film that starred Charlton Heston. Morgan Freeman has already been cast as Ildarin, the teacher who helps make the slave Ben-Hur into chariot racer champion. »

- Jake Perlman

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Watch: Keanu Reeves Is the Craziest Dog Owner Ever in New 'John Wick' Trailer

15 September 2014 10:53 AM, PDT | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Movies about hit men, gangsters or bank robbers coming out of retirement for one last hurrah are a dime a dozen. They all tend to follow the same general rule of a badass dude trying to enjoy the late stages of life only to get inadvertently wrapped back up into the lifestyle they left behind. Sometimes it's because someone is trying to find them (A History of Violence), other times they're defending an innocent person (The Equalizer). The upcoming John Wick, however, may take...

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'John Wick' Trailer: Kill Keanu Reeves' Dog and You're Going to Have a Very, Very Bad Time

12 September 2014 7:30 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Movies about hit men or gangsters or bank robbers coming out of retirement for one last hurrah are a dime a dozen. They come out like clockwork on both the big screen and small, and they all tend to follow the same general rule of a badass dude trying to enjoy the late stages of life only to get inadvertently wrapped back up into the lifestyle he left behind. Sometimes it's because someone is trying to find them (A History of Violence), other times they're defending an innocent person (The Equalizer). The upcoming John Wick, however, may take the cake when it comes to excuses for a hard-core hit man to get back in the game. If the trailer is to be believed, Keanu Reeves is living a nice, peaceful life, until some dumb goon kills his dog. Yes, his tiny, tiny dog. So he...

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Martha Thomases: Subversive Family Reading

12 September 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Over the weekend, while all the cool kids were in Baltimore for the Harvey Awards and the convention, I was at a family wedding. As such occasions are wont to do, I ruminated over my life and times.

On Friday night, at the rehearsal dinner, I was talking with a cousin who remembered that visiting our house as a child was fun because we had comic books, which her mother didn’t allow. At that time (late 1950s to early 1960s), comic books were still accused of causing juvenile delinquency, disrespect for authority and Communism.

Certainly, they did that to me.

My cousin’s life is about as different from mine as I can imagine, given our demographic similarities (over 60, female, college educated, Jewish). I live in an apartment in Manhattan; she lives in a rural part of western New York State. Until recently she worked as a carpenter; I »

- Martha Thomases

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‘Maps to the Stars’ Official Trailer: Dysfunction in Hollywood’s Hills

11 September 2014 3:43 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

It might not be accurate to say that director David Cronenberg has matured since his days of being the veritable king of body horror with movies like The Fly and Videodrome, but his tastes certainly have changed. His most recent film, Cosmopolis, was a bizarre experimental thriller which was largely based around watching lead actor Robert Pattinson monologue in the back of a limousine, and prior to that Cronenberg had become far more interested in directing dark, character-oriented dramas like A Dangerous Method and A History of Violence.

Pattinson’s involvement wasn’t quite enough to get Twilight fans flocking out in droves to see Cosmopolis, which was ultimately a box office flop, but Cronenberg’s prestige as a director means that he has never had trouble attracting big names to his movies. Maps to the Stars, his upcoming ...

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Take a Ride with the Official Poster Art and New Stills from Lifetime's Big Driver

11 September 2014 10:51 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

We're closing in on the October 18th premiere date of Lifetime's upcoming "Big Driver" adaptation, and on tap today we have the film's official poster art to share plus over a dozen new stills. Check 'em out, and look for more soon!

About "Big Driver" on Lifetime:

From a story by Stephen King, "Big Driver" marks the first collaboration between Lifetime and King. This dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime stars Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence).

Bello's co-stars include Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias), Grammy nominee Joan Jett, film and television veteran Ann Dowd ("The Leftovers"), and Will Harris ("NCIS").

In "Big Driver" Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, »

- Debi Moore

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Maps To The Stars Review [Tiff 2014]

4 September 2014 8:22 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For a stretch in the mid-aughts, it looked as though Canadian provocateur David Cronenberg had gone a bit Hollywood, despite never shooting any of his films there. Having built a career on the psychologically and visually grotesque, the three-peat of A History of Violence, Eastern Promises and A Dangerous Method saw Cronenberg attracting big names to awards-buzz material that, while still beholden to his darker impulses, played well with critics. Then 2012’s Cosmopolis started him down a slippery slope leading back to material as confounding as it was disturbing. His latest, Maps to the Stars, marks Cronenberg’s full-blown relapse into misanthropic weirdness, but with more expensive drugs at his disposal.

The first of his pictures to actually shoot in America is just as much concerned with atrophying empire as Cosmopolis was, but centers on the sunny Hollywood rot of the entertainment industry, instead of New York’s well-tailored economic sociopathy. »

- Sam Woolf

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Team Behind Pontypool, Septic Man & Exit Humanity Join Forces Again For Stephen McHattie-Led Hellmouth; Trailer Looks Great!!

3 September 2014 3:52 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

Adding a third collaboration between Tony Burgess (writer, Pontypool, Septic Man) and  John Geddes (Director, Exit Humanity, Producer, Septic Man), the Foresight Features production of Hellmouth is set to announce their Us and foreign distribution plans while screening the Stephen McHattie (300, A History Of Violence)-led film at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff).

While their previous collaborations were quite interesting and a lot of fun, judging from the brand new trailer for Hellmouth (thanks to Twitch), this one looks like their most ambitious and realized film yet. Imagine a cross between a horror noir fantasy and a Tim Burton film and you’ve got Hellmouth. It looks like a blast, full of dazzling visuals and an interesting story regarding the film’s lead having to literally go through hell and back. We can’t wait to check it out ourselves, what about you fright fantatics?

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- Jerry Smith

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Spooky Teaser Trailer Rides in for Lifetime's Big Driver

2 September 2014 7:45 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

From the looks of this effective new teaser trailer for its upcoming "Big Driver" film adaptation, Lifetime really seems to be trying to change its image and appeal to the horror crowd. Will it work? We'll find out October 18th.

About "Big Driver" on Lifetime:

From a story by Stephen King, "Big Driver" marks the first collaboration between Lifetime and King. This dark story of a young novelist hell-bent on revenge after falling victim to a brutal crime stars Golden Globe nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence).

Bello' co-stars include Academy Award winner Olympia Dukakis (Steel Magnolias), Grammy nominee Joan Jett, film and television veteran Ann Dowd ("The Leftovers"), and Will Harris ("NCIS").

In "Big Driver" Tess Thorne (Bello), a famous and revered mystery and thriller writer, faces a long drive home following a book-signing engagement. But while driving on a lonely stretch of New England road, her tire blows out, »

- Debi Moore

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