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Wow, where to begin with this one? A math teacher in Hautes-de-Seine, France, decided it was time to show his students their first horror movie. But rather than starting them off small with something like, I don't know, "Ghostbusters," he went straight for the gore with "Saw." You know the one with the two guys chained in a bathroom with a dead body? That one.
One of the student's fathers told French radio station Europe 1, "He returned from school on Monday evening, visibly in some discomfort, not well. I asked him and he told me his maths teacher had shown them a horror film during class." The teacher was suspended for a day, and the school is investigating the case. In addition, the Federation of Students' Parents Councils told The Local, "We're in the process of seeing what sort of legal measures we might be able to take in this case. »
- Jenni Miller
• Denzel Washington devotedly protected Dakota Fanning in Man on Fire. Now he’s signed on to a new project that will have him protecting a child, though this time in a near future big city setting. The film is Shovel Ready, an adaptation of the yet-to-be-released debut novel of New York Times journalist Adam Sternbergh. Here’s how Deadline’s report described the plot: “In a bombed-out, near future New York City where most of the population escapes reality by tapping into a digital fantasy world, a contract killer is hired to kill the daughter of a powerful, maniacal evangelist. »
- Emily Rome
The trailer/release info for Dead Before Dawn 3D was sent to us this morning, and it looks like a pretty hilarious new angle on the zombie genre, crossing zombies and demons with each other, into “Zemons”. The curse-filled horror film premieres on VOD and Digital HD August 2 From Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment and Wango Films. The movie will also be available in 3D on August 2 in Canada theaters and September 6 in select U.S. theaters. Check out the trailer after the jump!
Dead Before Dawn 3D stars Emmy Award® winner Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future), Devon Bostick (Diary Of A Wimpy Kid Trilogy), Martha MacIsaac (Superbad), Brandon Jay McLaren (The Killing), Brittany Allen (The Rocker), Kevin McDonald (The Kids in the Hall), Kyle Schmid (A History Of Violence), Rossif Sutherland (High Life) and Ellen Dubin (Napoleon Dynamite).
Casper Galloway (Bostick) and his college friends visit an occult shop run »
Here's our pick of the actor's best film scenes. What else deserves to be on the list?
Viggo Mortensen, currently starring in Argentinian film Everybody Has A Plan (Todos Tenemos Un Plan), has taken on a number of memorable roles over the years, often specialising in opaque, strong, silent types.
In an interview with the Guardian this week, the actor described how he's drawn to scripts that offer him a challenge. "If I think it's an interesting story, but I don't think I can do it – then that's probably a good sign."
We asked readers to look back and suggest some of the star's best cinema moments. Here's our shortlist, featuring suggestions from @Cine_Kenya, @lukebrookman, @SamEEvans31, @ThunderLeg123, @Ben_Smith_123 and @MarisaMurray. Spoliers and adult content follow in these clips.
Viggo casts a pitiful figure as Lalin, a once-powerful mobster now disabled, cutting deals with the police, and »
- Adam Boult
Viggo Mortensen doesn't just play twins in his new noirish thriller, he also took charge of the subtitles. The actor talks about challenging roles – and why he turned The Hobbit down
Viggo Mortensen is softly spoken, clean-shaven and casually dressed in jeans and a T-shirt. If you saw him in a restaurant, you'd smile at him not because you'd think there's a huge movie star, but because he radiates a gentle integrity and, well, niceness. But he's a disconcerting interviewee. The conversation goes like this. I ask question A, expecting answer B. He listens carefully, considers, and gives me answer E, and then we find ourselves on point K, V, or Z.
Luckily, we do keep returning to Everybody Has a Plan, a film that's close to his heart. Although it's the fourth he's done in Spanish, it's his first Argentinian movie. "It was like going home," says the star, »
- Imogen Tilden
Written by Josh Olsen
Directed by David Cronenberg
2005, judging by the theatrical releases, was an exceptional year for the neonoir sub-genre. Last summer, for the special Friday (neo)Noir series, reviews for Rian Johnson’s breakout independent hit Brick and Robert Rodriguez’s cinematic visualization of Sin City, both from 2005, were written. A couple of weeks ago another neonoir from the same year was put under the microscope, Shane Black’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang. This week features, yes, still another entry from that illustrious year, one from the most lauded director of the bunch, David Cronenberg’s A History of Violence.
Set in Millbrook, Indiana, A History of Violence shares the tale of the Stalls, namely Tom (Viggo Mortensen), Edie (Maria Bello) and their son Jack (Ashton Holmes), all of whom live a reasonably quiet life, with the exception of Jack, a »
- Edgar Chaput
Watch On the Road online at SundanceNow (photo: Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund) On the Road, Walter Salles’ film adaptation of Jack Kerouac’s semi-autobiographical novel, is now available on SundanceNow. Initially screened at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival, where it drew mixed reviews, and later reedited for the Toronto Film Festival and the North American market, On the Road stars Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, the upcoming Inside Llewyn Davis), Sam Riley (the upcoming Byzantium and Maleficent), and Kristen Stewart — who seemed to be everywhere in 2012: besides On the Road, Stewart was also seen in Rupert Sanders’ summer hit Snow White and the Huntsman, opposite Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron, and, in her final appearance as Bella Swan, Bill Condon’s late fall hit The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2, co-starring Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner. (Scroll down to watch new On the Road featurette, with Kristen Stewart and Garrett Hedlund. »
- Andre Soares
Among circumstances that are devastating for you and awesome for everyone else, having a hot mom ranks near the top.
If it's you with the hot mom, there's nothing positive about it. You are the kid with the hot mom. Your friends could be asexual boy scouts and they'll still talk about how hot your mom is with relative frequency.
If it's your friend with the hot mom? A+! Congratulations! What a life bonus!
The children of the following ten movie characters have had to deal with a lot. Their (fictional) moms are incredibly sexy. Let's discuss.
The thing that's unique about Coolidge and why she receives the honor of batting leadoff on this list is that she's not exactly "classically" Milf-hot in the sense of "Overall hot woman who also happens to have children" Milf-hot (yes, there are categories of Milf-hotness as of right now). Instead, »
- Nick Blake
For director David Cronenberg, marrying up stunning and grotesque visuals with Hollywood’s choicest talent is not unusual. The cast roster for his latest directorial effort, Maps To The Stars is already mightily impressive. Stars are chomping at the monstrous bit to have the chance to work with the Canadian filmmaker.
Mia Wasikowska, no stranger to the weird, Olivia Williams and Evan Bird have now joined the project. Wasikowska’s recent turn in Stoker cements her as an actress with a willingness to venture into the sinister side of human nature. Williams is best known for her work in The Sixth Sense, Rushmore, a brilliant turn in Joss Whedon’s Dollhouse, and the recent Anna Karenina adaptation. For youngster Bird, this will be his first foray into film after roles in TV’s The Killing and Falling Skies.
Reports on their roles indicate that the story is sounding more and »
- Gem Seddon
The Host, starring Saoirse Ronan as a girl taken over by a parasitic alien, is making its way to Blu-Ray, DVD and Digital Download this summer. You can nab the hard copies on July 9th or you can download the movie on June 25th.
From Stephenie Meyer, Author Of The “Twilight Saga” The Host Be The First To Own It On Digital June 25, 2013 Available On Blu-ray™ Combo Pack With DVD And Ultraviolet™ July 9, 2013 From Universal Studios Home Entertainment “If You Love Twilight, The Host Will Blow You Away!”
-Bill Zwecker, Fox-tv
Universal City, California, May 7, 2013 – Based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel, world-renowned author Stephenie Meyer presents The Host, the epic love story starring Academy Award® nominee Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones), Diane Kruger (National Treasure, Inglourious Basterds), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) and Oscar® winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, A History of Violence). The Host »
- Jess Orso
From Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight Saga, the epic love story The Host will be available to own on Digital on June 25, 2013 as well as on Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD and Digital including UltraViolet on July 9, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Based on Meyer.s New York Times #1 bestselling novel, The Host stars Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones), Diane Kruger (National Treasure, Inglourious Basterds), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) and Oscar winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spiderwoman, A History of Violence). When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over humans. bodies and erasing their minds, Melanie Stryder (Ronan) risks everything to protect the people she cares »
- Patrick Luce
Based on The New York Times #1 bestselling novel, world-renowned author Stephenie Meyer presents The Host, the epic love story starring Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (Hanna, The Lovely Bones), Diane Kruger (National Treasure, Inglourious Basterds), Max Irons (Red Riding Hood) and Oscar winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman, A History of Violence). The Host will be available to own on Digital on June 25, 2013 as well as on Blu-ray Combo Pack with DVD and Digital including UltraViolet on July 9, 2013 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
When an unseen enemy threatens mankind by taking over humans' bodies and erasing their minds, Melanie Stryder (Ronan) risks everything to protect the people she cares about most, proving that love can conquer all in a dangerous new world. Directed and adapted by Oscar winner Andrew Niccol (The Truman Show, In Time) and co-starring Frances Fisher (Titanic, Unforgiven), Chandler Canterbury (Knowing, Repo Men) and Jake Abel (I Am Number Four, »
I'm So Excited (15)
Almodóvar responds to his country's economic woes with camp hysteria and Carry On humour. In many ways this airborne disaster farce – anarchic, absurdist, garishly stylish and gleefully debauched – is a return to the Spanish auteur's subversive roots. But there's a serious subtext to the silliness, and the metaphors are brought back down to earth for a satisfying landing.
The Eye Of The Storm (15)
The imminent death of Rampling's matriarch throws an aristocratic family's dysfunction into relief in this Aussie drama, whose overstuffed story is redeemed by three watchable leads.
Gimme The Loot (15)
- Steve Rose
Peter Ho-Sun Chan has directed films on both sides of the Pacific, and this brisk and twisty actioner, though set in 1917 China, bears marked western influences. It begins in CSI territory, with forensically minded acupuncturist Takeshi Kaneshiro dispatched to investigate after lowly paper-maker Donnie Yen kills a notorious criminal with an innocuous blow to the head. The character study that follows – after Kaneshiro's pinpointed how that tooth got in the pickling jar, and the significance of the vagus nerve – has clear DNA traces of Cronenberg's A History of Violence. Chan keeps the drama and fight scenes appreciably precise, while superior performers lend the hard science heart: Lust, Caution's Tang Wei makes a welcome screen return, wringing a lot from worried glances as the accused's wife, while Yen again proves one of the few »
- Mike McCahill
The casting of the great Ben Kingsley as the chief villain in Iron Man 3 is the kind of thing that raised eyebrows all over the internet -- is this our next great comic book movie villain? Although the jury is still out on Kingsley (the film doesn't even open in North America until May 3), it's time to prepare for Kingsley's performance by taking a look back at the best comic book movie villains of all time. After all, he's got some fine company to keep in this category. A special note: when it came to making this list, the decision was to skew toward more "traditional" comic book villains. After all, if we were to include every movie based on a comic in this discussion, we'd have to make room for William Hurt in A History of Violence and Jude Law in...
- Jacob S. Hall
Hey everyone. I was relaxing last night, enjoying Scream Factory’s great release of Ted Nicolaou’s 1986 monster film Terrorvison, when I thought that it would be fun to go over my five favorite films that Charles Band’s Empire International Pictures had released during their very impressive run. Sure, they went on to form Full Moon after Empire’s end, but I’ve always been more inclined to revisit the Empire days, as I felt like those films were more ambitious and were approached better. So, here they are: My five favorite Empire movies. Read on!
*Not in any particular order*
Based on an H.P. Lovecraft story, Stuart Gordon’s Re-animator isn’t just one of the best films made by Empire, it’s one the best movies made by anyone. It’s a perfect blend of humor, gore and everything that Gordon’s films are known for, »
Throughout April, we've been counting down our picks for the Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time; here's our top 50 in full....
Well, the 2013 superhero season is now underway, with Marvel Studios launching Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe here in the UK yesterday with the release of Iron Man 3 [read our ★★★★ spoiler free review here]. As you know, we're big comic book movie fans around these parts, so we've spent the month counting down our picks for the 50 Greatest Comic Book Movies of All Time, and you can check out our full list right here.
For more on positions #50 through #26 visit here, or click on any of the links from the top 25 to read more about each pick:
#50 - The Punisher (1989)
#49 - The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
#48 - The Amazing Spider-Man
#47 - Wanted
#46 - Red
#45 - The Punisher (2004)
#44 - 30 Days of Night
#43 - Weird Science
#42 - Superman Returns
#41 - Spider-Man
#40 - Constantine
#39 - »
- Flickering Myth
Entertainment One Films ("eOne") will handle worldwide sales and distribution in all media and co-finance with Martin Katz's Prospero Pictures the upcoming thriller Maps to the Stars from award-winning director David Cronenberg. Production on the film will begin this July in Toronto and Los Angeles.
The film's all-star cast includes Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right, Game Change, Children of Men), John Cusack (2012, Identity, Being John Malkovich), Robert Pattinson (The Twilight Saga series, Water for Elephants) and Sarah Gadon (A Dangerous Method, Antiviral).
"We're thrilled to secure worldwide sales rights for Maps to the Stars and add it to the lineup in four of our core territories. David is a visionary who continues to attract top talent with his unique style and the masterful quality of his filmmaking. With this all-star cast Maps to the Stars »
"Dragon" was a complete and total surprise from last year. Not only was it a worthy remake of David Cronenberg's "A History of Violence," but it was also one of the smartest martial arts films to come along in quite some time. Since the film is finally set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray, the rare instance of revisiting the film, seeing if it holds up on repeat viewings, and writing about it actually presented itself for once. I originally watched "Dragon" over the internet on a stream directly from the studio, so I did not have the benefit of watching the film in HD until now. As usual, HD is the way this film is meant to be seen. The bloodstream segments along with every choreographed fight scene really benefits from high-definition. The scenery isn't quite as rich as you've come to expect from other foreign films, »
Moviefone's Pick of the Week "Django Unchained" What's It About? Quentin Tarantino's Western about a German bounty hunter freeing a southern slave (and all that comes with it), is at once a commentary on how barbaric the idea of slavery is/was and also a dark comedy about the horrors of the slave trade. See It Because: Some moments you'll be laughing out loud and at others you'll be morose and silent. In the end, you'll be cheering aloud for protagonist Jamie Foxx (Django), who's gunslinging badassery is one of the most memorable performances of the year. Moviefone's Blu-ray Pick of the Week "Repo Man" Criterion Collection What's It About? Uh well.... Emilio Estevez and Harry Dean Stanton star in this 1984 punk classic as a pair of repossession agents that race against rival thugs and government agents to locate a classic Chevy Malibu that may or may not have »
- Eric Larnick
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