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As something of a connoisseur of horror films I’ve seen many, many of them over the years. Some have been good, some great, some downright terrible and then there are those that just defy definition. They’re so bad that they’re good, and there are few finer examples of these kinds of movies than 1988’s Killer Klowns From Outer Space.
The title alone should let you know what you’re in for, and it doesn’t disappoint, delivering exactly what it says on the tin. The plot, such as it is, has a race of aliens that happen to resemble the titular funny folk touching down in the sleepy town of Crescent Cove and proceeding to kill the townsfolk. Why here? We’re not really sure, but it’s suggested that they’ve made the equivalent of a pit stop at an intergalactic fast food joint for a »
A few months after Universal announced a restructure of its international operations that intended to see a then-unnamed head of international theatrical operations located in Los Angeles, the studio has decided to keep the point person for overseas in London. Duncan Clark, who has been President of Distribution for Universal Pictures International since June 2011, will expand his role to lead the international team from his current perch in the British capital.
The announcement regarding Clark, who was named International Distributor of the Year at CineEurope in June, was made at an internal worldwide summit of Universal marketing and distribution execs in L.A. this morning (read the memo below). The move follows closely on the heels of Friday’s appointment of Universal Evp Worldwide Acquisitions Peter Kujawski to the newly created position of Director of Universal Pictures International Productions. It also follows Josh Goldstine’s May promotion to President of Worldwide Marketing. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
The studio leadership has abandoned its search for an executive to fill the void left by David Kosse and slotted London-based Duncan Clark into a jigsaw of executives who will fufil operational oversight.
Clark, the president of distribution at Universal Pictures International, will keep his job title and oversee theatrical operations from his base in London.
His expanded remit rounds out a core of three executives who will perform distribution, marketing and production roles that previously fell under Kosse’s purview.
Clark, described by chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Jeff Shell and chairman of Universal Pictures Donna Langley in an internal memo to staff as “a key contributor and strategist who provides enormous value to our company”, took on his title in June 2011.
Reporting to Shell, he will work closely with Peter Kujawski, the freshly minted managing director of Universal Pictures International Productions, and recently promoted president of worldwide marketing Josh Goldstine.
Shell and Langley »
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“When television is good, nothing – not the theater, not the magazines or newspapers – nothing is better. But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite each of you to sit down in front of your own television set when your station goes on the air and stay there, for a day, without a book, without a magazine, without a newspaper, without a profit and loss sheet or a rating book to distract you. Keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that what you will observe is a vast wasteland. You will see a procession of game shows, formula comedies about totally unbelievable families, blood and thunder, mayhem, violence, sadism, murder, western bad men, western good men, private eyes, gangsters, more violence, and cartoons. And endlessly commercials – many screaming, cajoling, and offending. And most of all, boredom. True, you’ll see »
- Mindy Newell
Wild’s End #1
Written by Dan Abnett
Art by I.N.J Culbard
Publisher: Boom! Studios
Boom! Studios describes Wilds End as something fans of Edgar Wright’s Cornetto Trilogy (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, The World’s End) will love. Seeing as this is only the first issue, it is too early to tell, but apart from some cursory similarities, the two don’t have much in common yet. But there is something uniquely interesting about Wild’s End; Its debut issue this week follows a rural English community of the 1930s populated by anamorphic villagers, whose quiet village is upset when menacing mechanical aliens descend. Inspired by the sci-fi aesthetic of War of the Worlds and the anthropomorphic characters of Blacksad and Mouse Guard, Wilds End is a restrained but magnificent treat. This odd blend of styles and genres is brought to you by Dan Abnett and I. »
The September 11 attacks, which took the lives of 2,977 innocent people, are the defining moment of the 21st Century thus far. The world was irreversibly changed and although over a decade has passed, the attack still cuts deep.
The tragedy had a big effect on popular culture. Suddenly wide-spread terror wasn’t an abstract concept. The mass-monument destruction of Independence Day only a few years before wasn’t the realm of sci-fi and movies increasingly found themselves skewing close to reality, with War Of The Worlds and Cloverfield being two noteworthy examples of films that utilised visual elements from the tragedy to create a sense of realism.
On top of providing some new cinematic language, the events of September 11, 2001 themselves have been prominent in the medium over the past thirteen years. Whether they’re representing the day’s events, delving into the politics of what happened »
- Alex Leadbeater
<< Continued from "Grading Mojo's Summer 2014 Forecast"NeighborsForecast: $140 millionActual: $150.1 millionDifference: 7.2%Grade: ANeighbors always seemed well-positioned to be a comedy hit: the concept was relatable and easily explainable, the previews were laugh-out-loud funny, and early reactions were very positive. Still, to out-gross fellow Seth Rogen comedy Knocked Up ($148 million) is pretty impressive.22 Jump StreetForecast: $135 millionActual: $192 million (est.)Difference: 42%Grade: FIt was clear that 21 Jump Street movie was very well-liked, and that the sequel's previews delivered the laughs. We incorrectly assumed, though, that a more competitive Summer schedule would keep 22 Jump Street on roughly the same level as its predecessor. Instead, it wound up dramatically exceeding the forecast on its way to becoming the highest-grossing live-action comedy of the year so far.Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesForecast: $130 millionActual: $190 million (est.)Difference: 46%Grade: FAt the time these predictions were made, there was only a brief teaser trailer available for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that focused »
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Summer movie season is a magic time of year when Hollywood traditionally rolls out its most appealing merchandise. It’s true that some summer movie seasons are better than others. This is our ranking of all the summer movie seasons since 1980 from worst to best.
On January 20th, 1975, Steven Spielberg and Universal Studios released Jaws. The movie landscape would be forever changed from that date. Jaws is widely credited as being the first blockbuster film because it was the first movie to make over $100 million (non-adjusted). The fact that the film had a meager $8 million budget meant that it was a huge cash cow for the studio and rocketed Spielberg to the the forefront of a new generation of filmmakers for a new era of movie mass-consumption. George Lucas and Spielberg followed up in 1977 with Star Wars, which became a sensational and very profitable hit. It helped to convince production »
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Doug Liman's Edge of Tomorrow was probably one of the biggest surprises of the summer. The critically acclaimed film was based on the Japanese novel All You Need Is Kill and starred superstar Tom Cruise as Lt. Col. William Cage & the very talented Emily Blunt as the Full Metal Bitch, Rita Vrataski. It may have taken a while, but this past Labor Day weekend has helped the film cross the $100M domestic mark, making this Tom Cruise's first non-Mission: Impossible film to cross $100M domestic in nine years, since War of the Worlds (not counting Tropic Thunder). The film stumbled at its opening, grossing $28.7M, and was quickly written off by many as a box office bomb. However, thanks to Cruise's international appeal and good word of mouth, it managed to show its worth throughout the summer and became a sleeper hit, grossing over $364M worldwide, making »
The critics really liked it, international audiences checked it out, but in the United States it seemed no-one was catching the Tom Cruise-led "Edge Of Tomorrow" in cinemas and many wrote it off as a flop on launch.
Yet, rather sneakily, the film has stuck around and this week officially crawled past the $100 million mark at the U.S. domestic box-office. That is significant as according to Box Office Guru, this marks the first Cruise-led film outside the "Mission: Impossible" franchise to have done so since 2005's "War of the Worlds".
Yes, 'Edge' has outpaced "Jack Reacher" ($80M) "Knight and Day" ($76M), "Oblivion" ($89M), "Rock of Ages" ($38M), "Valkyrie" ($83M) and "Lions for Lambs" ($15M) domestically. "Tropic Thunder" ($110M) did pass the mark, but Cruise was not the lead in that and it wasn't marketed on his involvement.
Considering 'Edge' opened to around $28 million, it has made three-and-a-half times »
- Garth Franklin
Bang Bang Baby, developed by Jeffrey St. Jules in the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinéfondation, is an otherworldly musical about Stepphy (Jane Levy), who is trapped in the sleepy 1960′s town of Lonely Arms taking care of her alcoholic father (Peter Stormare). Stepphy dreams of escaping to a better life on the stage and screen, and when rock star Bobby Shore’s (Justin Chatwin) car breaks down in Lonely Arms, it seems her impossible dream might actually be coming true. But when Fabian (David Reale), the town creep, tells Stepphy that the local chemical factory is leaking dangerous purple fumes that can cause human mutations, Stepphy becomes obsessed with hiding these dark secrets from Bobby until they can escape together and make all of her fantasies a reality.
- Tom Stockman
Sony Pictures is moving forward with the third installment in "The Da Vinci Code" franchise by schedule an April start in Italy. The new movie is called "Inferno" and is once again based on a Dan Brown novel. The studio recently signed a deal with Tom Hanks to reprise his role as Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon. Director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer are also set to return. The script is written by David Koepp (Angels and Demons, War of the Worlds). In "Inferno," Langdon awakens in an Italian hospital with amnesia. He teams up with Sienna Brooks, the doctor he hopes will help him recover his memories and prevent a madman from releasing a global plague connected to Dante's Inferno. »
Directors’ Trademarx is back! At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. To kick things off again, we examine the trademark style and calling signs of Steven Spielberg as director.
No director is as well known, nor has had as much success in Hollywood as Steven Spielberg. He invented a style of filmmaking that audiences ate up in the 1980’s, single-handedly invented the modern blockbuster, and was influential in helping George Lucas make Star Wars. From a young age, Spielberg was fascinated by theater and film. In his teens, he used an 8mm camera to film movies with his friends. Later, he became an intern at Universal Studios, and the rest is history.
Spielberg’s career started small. First he directed segments of TV shows, and then later entire episodes. His success convinced the »
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Dark Hall Mansion will be kicking a series of prints based on legendary episodes of The Twilight Zone on Tuesday, August 19th, and the best news is that every poster was designed by artist Tom Whalen. Each print is an original rendering based on a classic Twilight Zone episode, ranging from “Eye of the Beholder” to “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” to “Living Doll” to “Nick of Time”. The first print will be released tomorrow, August 19th, and it’s for “Eye of the Beholder”, with a sneak peek arriving online today. Each print will have a worldwide run of 230 standard editions ($450 for all 10) with 70 variant editions ($650 for all 10). Any unsold prints will be available for individual purchase at a later date for $65/$100 each. Additionally, if you buy a subscription to Dark Hall Mansion as part of the Twilight Zone series, you will receive a reservation for Tom Whalen’s War of the Worlds print, »
- Adam Chitwood
Actress Miranda Otto is joining the many familiar faces who have signed onto HBO’s increasingly intriguing Westworld. The Lord of the Rings and War of the Worlds co-star has joined the cast of the sci-fi pilot, about a futuristic theme park that caters to dark human desires.
Otto will play “Virginia Pittman,” the head of the park’s Quality Assurance department. We’re told “her brutal honesty with her colleagues and her ruthless efficiency in dealing with malfunctioning ‘property’ have made her a formidable and unpredictable power player in Westworld.”
The Westworld cast has grown rapidly over the past several weeks. »
- James Hibberd
The Curiosity rover has begun snooping about for evidence of life on Mars. I’ll be watching those pictures closely for evidence of wine on Mars. Paul Mantee’s character in Robinson Crusoe on Mars could have used a little martian vino, be it red or white.
Had Daniel Defoe’s earthbound Crusoe known he would be marooned for 28 years, he might have tried making some wine - if only for sacramental purposes. The 18th-century Crusoe got religion by reading the Bible while stranded. Imagine what he could have accomplished, inspired by a couple of issues of Wine Spectator.
Hollywood’s version of the desert island is Mars in the 1964 film billed as “scientifically authentic.” That must have referred to the Technicolor process, because little else seems to be very realistic. Tfh says the movie does borrow effects from “War of the Worlds” and “Destination Moon,” and the presentation is 1964-moderne, »
- Randy Fuller
Stoney Lake Entertainment has announced the feature film adaptation of the popular book series, “Left Behind.” The film stars Nicolas Cage, who is piloting a plane mere hours after the Rapture occurs. The film also stars Chad Michael Murray, Cassi Thomson, Nicky Whelan, Lea Thompson and Jordin Sparks and is directed by Vic Armstrong (“Thor,” “Amazing Spider-Man,” “War of the Worlds”). “‘Left Behind’ follows Rayford Steele (Nicolas Cage) who is piloting a commercial airliner just hours after the Rapture when millions of people around the globe simply vanish. Thirty thousand feet over the Atlantic, Rayford is faced with a damaged plane, terrified passengers, and a desperate desire to get back [ Read More ]
Over the past two years, inside the high-tech sanctuary of Industrial Light and Magic, the man who built a virtual virgin jungle for the last Indiana Jones movie and conjured 150-foot-tall aliens for War of the Worlds has been confronting his most difficult task yet: creating a digital version of the beloved Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles that could realistically interact on screen with Megan Fox.
On this assignment, Pablo Helman needed more than just turtle power.
"For me, in the 19 years that I've been at Ilm, this is one of the most challenging projects I've worked on," the visual effects supervisor said in a recent interview at his office. "Technologically, it's very difficult to capture someone's performance, put it on a character and make it believable. In this case, we had to design a way to combine performances that were taken at many different times."
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the »
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I'm not even exaggerating. The first trailer for The Vicious Brothers (previously of Grave Encounters (review)) penned and directed alien horror is spectacular to behold, even if the trailer uses that annoying as hell horn sound. It's bloody, terrifying and at times completely disorienting.
Steven Spielberg is pushing ahead with his next film, even though he has yet to settle on a title for the Cold War thriller that will star Tom Hanks. He’s now organised a reunion with Amy Ryan (who had a tiny role in War Of The Worlds) and has Alan Alda, Eve Hewson and Billy Magnussen all in various stages of talks to join the cast.Joel and Ethan Coen have been busy on a rewrite of the script for the film, while Matt Charman wrote the original version of the story. It’s based on the true-life tale of James Donovan (Hanks); a lawyer who was pushed headfirst into the Cold War during the 1960s when he had to negotiate for the release of downed U2 spy plane pilot Gary Powers after the airman was shot down over Russia.So far, all we know about the new recruits »
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