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Las Vegas (AP) — Sin City has another New Year's Eve planned with celebrity-studded bashes, exclusive concerts and a rooftop fireworks display billed as the nation's largest. Big-name celebrity acts including The Black Keys, The Killers and Pitbull will help hundreds of thousands of partiers ring in the new year Monday under the watchful eyes of a legion of law enforcement officers concerned with keeping the celebration peaceful and eager casino bosses concerned with ending 2012 with a profitable bang. The Red Hot Chili Peppers are performing a sold-out show at the Cosmopolitan's Chelsea Ballroom that will be broadcast live on »
- Hannah Dreier (AP)
In 2012, "The Avengers" finally assembled. "The Dark Knight" closed down shop, and "Spider-Man" started anew. But that's all behind us now — it's time to start looking forward.
Make no mistake about it: 2013 is going to be a huge year for comic book movies. Superman takes flight again, two of the Avengers get back in the solo grind, Wolverine pops his claws once more, and the denizens of Sin City return at long last. And those are just the highlights.
Which 2013 release are you most excited for? Vote in our poll, and keep the conversation going in the comments section below or on Twitter!
- Splash Page Team
The lethargy inherent in being in between two of the biggest holidays of the year has made this week kind of a dead zone for movie news, but a couple of studios have still been throwing us bones by delivering extended previews of what they’ve got coming up in the next year. Just yesterday we were treated to the first four minutes of zombie comedy Warm Bodies, and today Warner Bros. is upping the ante by bringing us the first six minutes of their upcoming Maniac remake. Six minutes! That’s two more than yesterday. At this rate, tomorrow we may get to see the first eight minutes of something. And then, eventually, entire movies will get released without us having to pay for them at all. What a world. Maniac is a remake of a William Lustig film from the early 80s about a creep that murders women, and »
- Nathan Adams
How do you prefer your Elijah Wood: as a young and innocent Hobbit or as a bloodthirsty stalker and serial killer? If it's the latter, you'll enjoy the first six minutes of director Franck Khalfoun's Maniac. The remake of William Lustig's 1980 horror thriller features Wood as a mannequin store owner who develops a nasty obsession with pretty young women, whom he kills and scalps. The previously released trailers (here and here) show off some of the violence, but the first six minutes of the film are a slow build to the film's first kill. A lot of tropes are on display (only dumb and pretty girls are targeted by serial killers, after all) but something about Wood as the stalker/killer makes this extra creepy (see Sin City). I'm also digging the soundtrack sampling, which reminds me a bit of Drive. Hit the jump to watch the first six minutes of Maniac, »
- Dave Trumbore
Nick Stahl has reportedly been arrested for committing a "lewd act" in a porn store. The Terminator 3 and Sin City actor was caught touching himself while watching a video in the Hollywood shop, according to TMZ. Undercover Lapd officers are said to have conducted a routine check on the adult shop at around 6pm local time. Inside, the officers found Stahl in a private booth, and he was booked for "touching himself", a misdemeanour charge in the city. Stahl (more) »
- By Tom Eames
Fresh from the unbelievable acclaim from all four corners of the planet regarding his major artistic direction of the 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, Danny Boyle, Oscar-winning director of Slumdog Millionaire, has been talking about his return to celluloid with his gripping new thriller Trance.
Graphically violent and well on the way to being rated 18 for nudity, when asked if the film was about a scuppered art raid he had this to say:
“It begins like that. But it takes the idea of a stolen painting and develops into something sleeker and more psychological, with twists and turns… I wanted to do an updated noir, give it a contemporary spin in terms of emotion. Noir is usually cold. I wanted it to be more emotionally charged. It’s the first time I put a woman at the heart of a movie.”
Like characters in the 1994 low-budget hit Shallow Grave, he added that »
- Sam Gilbert
Thanks to USA Today, we now have the first official photos from the upcoming "Trance" thriller, which is directed by Danny Boyle (28 Days Later, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours) and stars James McAvoy (X-Men: First Class), Vincent Cassel (Eastern Promises) And Rosario Dawson (Sin City). Plot: Fine art auctioneer Simon (McAvoy), in league with a gang led by underworld boss Franck (Cassel), plots the theft of a masterpiece from a major public auction. When Simon double-crosses the gang during the robbery, Franck retaliates violently and knocks him unconscious. In the aftermath of the heist, Simon sticks stubbornly to his claim that the violent trauma has left him with no memory of where he stashed the artwork. Unable to coerce the painting's location from Simon, Franck and his associates reluctantly join forces with a charismatic hypnotherapist (Dawson) in a bid to get him to talk. The movie is set to hit UK theaters on March 27th, »
We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Dexter, How I Met Your Mother, Gossip Girl and The X Factor!
1 | Did Fringe succeed in delivering something completely different with Walter’s Monty Python-esque hallucination? And did you weep for the unceremoniously dispatched Sam Weiss?
3 | Why is »
- Team TVLine
Well, it looks like Hollywood’s marketers are pulling a bit of a fast one this holiday season (not quite a lump of coal in your stocking). Many news pieces and commercials are touting this as a new work from James Cameron (with many references to Avatar) with direction by Andrew Adamson (of Shrek and Narnia film fame). The two men are involved (lots of Cameron interviews are used in publicity TV-ready sound bites), but this film is almost a glorified “infomercial”. Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away 3D is a “best of” the company’s Las Vegas house shows strung together with a fairly flimsy story/plot. As the film opens a wide-eyed young girl walks past the railroad tracks of her small town and enters a low-rent circus that’s setting up in a vacant field. She catches the eye of a handsome young man helping to set up the big top. »
- Jim Batts
Chestnuts roasting and a serial killing Santa Claus wreaking havoc! Spread some holiday gore with these Silent Night e-cards developed by Anchor Bay. No postage necessary! That is, if you don't count your Internet bill. You guys spoil everything! Bah humbug!
A loose remake of the horror classic Silent Night, Deadly Night, the film’s stellar cast includes Malcolm McDowell (Rob Zombie’s Halloween, Easy A), Jaime King (Sin City, My Bloody Valentine 3D), Donal Logue (Shark Night 3D, Blade), Lisa Marie (Sleepy Hollow), Brendan Fehr (Final Destination, X-Men First Class), and Ellen Wong (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World).
McDowell and King star as a small-town sheriff and deputy on the hunt for a murderous Santa Claus terrorizing their community on Christmas Eve. But with the streets full of Santas for the annual Christmas parade, the killer is hiding in plain sight. He’s made his list, checked it twice, »
- Uncle Creepy
Las Vegas — A 20-year-old Boston University sophomore and a self-described "cellist-nerd" brought the Miss Universe crown back to the United States for the first time in more than a decade when she won the televised contest Wednesday.
Olivia Culpo beat out 88 other beauty queens to take the title from Leila Lopes of Angola during the two-hour competition at the Planet Hollywood casino on the Las Vegas Strip.
Culpo wore a tight navy blue mini-dress with a sequined bodice as she walked on stage for the competition's opening number. Later in the night, she strutted in a purple and blue bikini, and donned a wintery red velvet gown with a plunging neckline.
Culpo's coronation ends a long losing spell for the U.S. in the competition co-owned by Donald Trump and NBC. An American had not won the right to be called Miss Universe since Brook Lee won the title in »
The first Philip K Dick Film Festival was attended by over a thousand people this month at various screenings (10 features, 50 shorts) and panels. Named for the iconic novelist and short story writer whose work inspired the films Blade Runner, Total Recall and Minority Report, the three-day Philip K Dick Film Festival started a tradition of honoring films inspired by authors who have explored the metaphysical and eerie in all its manifestations.
Best Science Fiction Feature: Radio Free Albemuth
In an alternate reality America circa 1985 under the authoritarian control of Nixonesque President Fremont (Scott Wilson), Berkeley record store clerk Nick Brady (Scarfe) begins to experience strange visions from an entity he calls Valis that cause him to uproot his family and move to Los Angeles where he becomes a successful music company executive. With the help of best friend, science-fiction writer Philip K. Dick himself (Whigam) and a mysterious woman named »
Coco Austin is officially a Vegas showgirl!The "Ice Loves Coco" star made her debut in "Peepshow" last night at Planet Hollywood -- taking over Holly Madison's role in the Sin City burlesque show while she's out on pregnancy leave.The 33-year-old reality star and wife of Ice T showed off her hot bod on stage, flaunting her famous curves in a very revealing ensemble."It was magical," Austin tweeted out after the show.We're not sure if her hubby was in attendance (they didn't pose for any photos together all night), but the couple's beloved bulldogs were there to cheer on Coco.Check out more pics from her big debut above! Read more »
- tooFab Staff
I’ve got Martin Scorsese and Quentin Tarantino on my mind these days. It’s a product of the end-of-year hurrahs for Scorsese’s Hugo. The film goes into the Academy Award ceremonies with 11 Oscar nominations – the most of any film this year – including a Best Director nod for Scorsese. Win or lose, Marty’s on a roll having already taken a Golden Globe for his work on the film, and selection as Best Director by the National Board of Review (the Board also named Hugo Best Picture). And that doesn’t include the film’s placing on any number of critic’s Year’s Best lists.
What does all this have to do with Tarantino? It brings to mind a statement the younger filmmaker had made about Scorsese some years ago.
They’ve always been linked, these two. Tarantino had been anointed by more than a few as “the »
- Bill Mesce
It's hard for me to imagine Quentin Tarantino directing a superhero comic book film. But it almost happened a couple of times. Warner Bros. asked him to direct Green Lantern, and he turned it down -- you can bet your ass it would have been a lot better than the one we ended up with. However, there was one comic book movie that he seriously considered making in his career, that was a Luke Cage movie called Hero for Hire, which would have starred Laurence Fishburne. Here's what he told MTV,
After 'Reservoir Dogs,' I had considered doing a 'Luke Cage, Hero for Hire' movie. [Producer] Ed Pressman owned the rights at that time, and we talked about it. I talked to Larry Fish [Laurence Fishburne] about being Luke Cage, and he really liked that idea. Then I ended up writing 'Pulp Fiction.'
We'll as much as I would have »
- Joey Paur
Work that bump, girl! Holly Madison showed off her pregnancy curves Friday in Las Vegas. The 32-year-old former Girls Next Door star dropped by the Sin City red carpet to celebrate the 14th anniversary of Las Vegas Weekly. Madison, who's expecting her first child with boyfriend Pasquale Rotella, recently shared her maternity shopping tips on her personal blog. "Buy one size bigger. You don't always have to buy something designed specifically for maternity," she advised. "Sometimes just a size or two bigger will do the trick!" Another bit of advice? "Focus on your assets," she wrote. "My legs are still pretty slim (so far, anyway) so I don't shy away from short skirts »
Merely the news that The Hangover Part III won’t have the plot format as its predecessors gives the threequel a heads-up on Part II (and The Wolfpack’s all-too-familiar shenanigans therein). Instead, Phil, Stu and Alan are hitting the road for a wild trip that includes pig-masked bandits, psychotic Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong) dressed (disguised?) as an officer of the law – and the scene of their first booze-fueled crimes, Las Vegas.
New official images from Hangover 3.0 tease The Wolfpack heading back to Sin City, as well as the (even-more) armed and dangerous Mr. Chow. Meanwhile, director Todd Phillips has spilled some additional details about the film; including, whose funeral The Wolfpack was attending in previously-released set photos.
Click to continue reading ‘The Hangover Part 3′ Images and Plot Details: The Wolfpack’s Back in »
- Sandy Schaefer
The exciting prospect of a sequel to 2005′s Sin City took a big hit with the tragic news that Michael Clarke Duncan had passed away earlier this year. His character, Manute, might not have had the biggest part in the first film, but he was set to be a prominent feature of the sequel, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Recently we learned that it will be Dennis Haysbert (24, Heat) that will take over the role and now he’s been out giving his thoughts on taking over from Duncan and how Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller works together on set.
I haven’t finished working out to the capacity that I need to, but he’s going to be different. This is playing as a prequel, so it should work out, it’s going to be my character, but I’ve spoken extensively with Frank Miller and Robert »
- Esben Evans
The first official images of The Hangover Part III have emerged online, featuring a first look at the gang’s return to Las Vegas, where the adventure first started in a tiger-infested hotel room. The image sees our four heroes striking an Abbey Road-esque pose against the Vegas backdrop, although Sin City will apparently be just one of many stops on their itinerary. Meanwhile, director Todd Phillips has dropped a few tidbits on what we can expect from the third film, explaining that the focus will fall largely on everyone’s...
- George Wales
Looking for something horror-themed for your New Year’s Eve celebration? Maybe you’ll be interested in taking the trip to Eli Roth’s Goretorium in Las Vegas for their recently announced Vampire Masquerade:
“This New Year’s Eve, Eli Roth’s Goretorium will team up with elite nightlife company – Nite Tours Las Vegas – to turn Sin City’s year-round haunt into a blood-thirsty Vampire Masquerade Ball to close out a momentous year. Guests will enjoy the best view of the Vegas Strip for fireworks and in true masquerade form, will be given a customized mask with purchase of a ticket into Baby Dolls Lounge.
This sexy soirée will feature live music, an open bar, signature ‘Baby Doll’ dancers, special appearances by the freaks of the haunt and a champagne toast at midnight, making Goretorium the perfect place to ring in the New Year.
Tickets will be available online at Goretorium. »
- Jonathan James
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