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Well, those dreams of a Criterion release for Richard Linklater's Boyhood may have just been dashed as Variety reports Paramount has acquired U.S. home entertainment rights to the film with IFC Films handling VOD and Est sales to cable, satellite and telcom providers. It's a bit of an interesting revelation considering it appeared the film would be going straight to Criterion, though the obvious thought here is that perhaps Paramount will again reteam with the boutique label the same way they did with The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, which essentially got the Criterion treatment and spine number, but was still released through Paramount. One thing we know is there are a lot of extras to be shared as Linklater told me in my interview: We have a ton of behind the scenes footage. We had an intern with a camera that interviewed a lot of the actors »
- Brad Brevet
In a nondescript building in Burbank, Reliance MediaWorks has begun work on bringing a thousand films — some of them cult classics, many rarely seen for decades — back to life.
The list is wildly eclectic, ranging from classics of world cinema (“The Bicycle Thief,” “Notorious,” “The Third Man”) to cult hits (“Andy Warhol’s Dracula” and “Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein”) to early Bruce Lee, Hammer horror films, exploitation titles and foreign films. Almost every film on the list has a recognizable actor or director, but many have never been released for home viewing.
Rmw hopes that the new releases will not only bring life back to audience favorites, but also introduce the works to new eyes.
“What makes this collection of movies extremely unique is that many of the films have never been released on DVD, let alone Blu-Ray,” said Naresh Malik, president of media and creative services. “Anyone who sees »
- Shelli Weinstein
The Congress, 2013.
Directed by Ari Folman.
An aging, out-of-work actress accepts one last job, though the consequences of her decision affect her in ways she didn’t consider.
“Is it dark in here?”
“Everything is in our mind. If you see the dark, then you chose the dark.”
All very deep. But then again, Israeli film-maker Ari Folman doesn’t really do anything that could ever be described as professionally or creatively trivial. This is, after all, the man that brought us the Oscar-nominated animated feature Waltz With Bashir in 2008, a graphically arresting and undeniably politically motivated comment about the invasion of Lebanon in 1982. So, anyone with a more than passing interest in cinema, and particularly animation, would already be expecting if not the head-scratcher that this ended up becoming, »
- Steve Leadbetter
I didn’t see Robin Williams‘ attempt at a new sitcom, CBS’ The Crazy Ones. I didn’t want to. I didn’t want to think that the great Robin was, at only 62, already making the trip back to weekly TV half-hours after such a stellar, Oscar-winning career in films and such a bright, unhinged light on comedy stages for all of his career. It’s just too constricting for this kind of talent. It’s even sadder to think the show got cancelled after one season, a failure that must have been hard to take. No, my most recent memories of Robin Williams are on the big screen, where he seemed to be heading for a place of renewal, not only as the funnyman everyone knew, but really a fine dramatic actor. In this year’s The Face Of Love he played a supporting role as a man heartbreakingly »
- Pete Hammond
For all of us who feel Robert Zemeckis's Forrest Gump is a sentimental, condescending insult to cinema audiences everywhere, and David Fincher's The Curious Case of Benjamin Button is not a helluvalot better, we finally have an entry into 'the man who bumbles through history' nano-genre to call our own. Do not let the maladroit title fool you, Felix Herngren's big screen adaptation of the bestselling novel by Jonas Jonasson is a Swiss fucking watch in the plotting department, and savagely amusing in its come-what-may temperament. It sneaks up on you in similar ways as Jo Nesbo's Headhunters, even as it dazzles with the sweep of history.After a tone-setting and highly unfortunate incident involving a sweet kitty, a hungry fox, and a bundle of dynamite, one of...
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Anchor Bay is bringing A.D. Calvo's The Midnight Game home, and we have your chance to score a copy of it on us! That's right; we're giving it away! It's insane! Best deal ever! No hyperbole! Well, some, but it's only because we're excited!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest will end on at 12:01 Am Pt on August 11th.
The Midnight Game Release Details
With games, as with life, sometimes it’s play or be played. But beware when it’s play or be prey...
On August 12th, Anchor Bay Entertainment dares you to join...The Midnight Game! An official selection at the 2013 Miami International Film Festival, Telluride Horror Show Film Festival, and Sf Indie Fest’s Another Hole in the Head International Genre Film Festival, »
- Steve Barton
Having already won an Oscar for his critically acclaimed portrayal of Ray Charles in Ray, it has been revealed by Tyson himself that Foxx will portray the boxer in a biopic of his life. Tyson is considered one of the best heavyweights of all time, but has had his substantial share of controversy, especially his conviction of rape of an 18 year-old girl in 1991. During his three year stint in prison he converted to Islam, and later in 2003 he suffered financially and filed for bankruptcy. What is mainly interesting about this project is that the amazing CGI that was used in The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button may be used similarly in the film to »
- Louise Tooth
Colorplan Stone + Bright Red by Gf Smith as Alien
Regardless of what the studios are putting out, the movie poster is a booming art form these days, and a lot of artists call their work minimalist. Some are, some are less so, but it’s an interesting design exercise, paring a movie down to its most basic elements and making a compelling and recognizable image of it. Taking things about 10,000 steps further is Spanish design firm Atipo. Their series of miniature ultra-minimalist movie posters is so stripped down you may not know what film the poster is “advertising” unless you’ve already seen it. The 15 pieces in Papers for Characters consist of a sheet (or two) of paper of varying weight/color/texture that has been manipulated or altered by hand. It was created to promote a “paper gallery” website for minke. Look through and see if you can guess »
- Mily Dunbar
‘I’m interested in films that scar’ February 96’ (Empire Magazine)
‘I’m not interested in the guy on his own, in a dark room sharpening his knives’ (Zodiac Commentary)
At the heart of David Fincher is a contradiction. Beneath his meticulous approach and need for perfection is a conflict of interest. With a history of visually striking music videos which often extend into short narrative films, Fincher’s unflinching focus on character and exploration of social agendas make him a true original. For someone defined in part by his use of darkness, that Fincher would feign indifference to those characters that exist within it is baffling. If we discount The Curious Case of Benjamin Button it becomes apparent that elsewhere, from Alien3 through to The Social Network, are pivotal characters with thematically dark undertones. So the question is, how can he be »
- Gary Collinson
Elle Fanning is set to star in the adaptation of How to Talk to Girls at Parties, a short story published in 2006, by writer Neil Gaiman. John Cameron Mitchell co-wrote the script and is set to direct the project.
How to Talk to Girls at Parties the story follows two teen boys, Enn and Vic, who go to a party in 1970s London. They set out to meet girls but soon find the girls are very different from the boys’ expectations. With Gaiman’s name attached you can expect to be entertained.
Fanning is set to play an alien tourist, who wants to part from her tour groups and explore the most dangerous place in the galaxy, the London suburb of Croydon. Fanning’s previous credits include Super 8, The Curious Case Of Benjamin Button and Maleficent alongside Angelina Jolie.
Neil Gaiman is best known for his much loved Sandman series, »
- Ciham Messouki
Angelina Jolie can be currently seen on movie screens worldwide as the title character in Disney's blockbuster "Maleficent," which recently became Jolie's most successful movie ever, with a worldwide gross of $600 million (and climbing). And while she has certainly secured her dominance as a box office draw, this Christmas she will be gunning for a different kind of gold, as she enters the Oscar race as a director with the harrowing true-life drama "Unbroken," which now has a brand new trailer.
"Unbroken" was based on the best-selling nonfiction book by "Seabiscuit" author Laura Hillenbrand and concerns a former Olympic track star named Louis Zamperini (Jack O'Connell) who joins the Pacific campaign in World War II, spends nearly 50 days at sea after his airplane is shot down, and then is captured by the Japanese and spends more than two years in a Pow camp. Remind me of this the next time »
- Drew Taylor
Elle Fanning will star in the adaptation of the short story How to Talk to Girls at Parties.
Written by Neil Gaiman, the original story follows two teenage boys at a party in 1970s London. When they begin to mingle, they soon realise that the girls are more than they seem.
In the movie adaptation, 16-year-old Fanning will play an American tourist who escapes her tour group and ends up at the party in Croydon, The Hollywood Reporter announced.
The sci-fi piece, published in 2006, was nominated for a Hugo Award for best short story and won the Locus Award in the same category.
The battle over life-like hologram technology continues with Pulse and the company’s owner John Textor. According to TVMix, a flashy lawsuit contains the claim that Textor was connected to the division of Digital Doman that produced the amazing Tupac Shakur hologram that debuted at 2012′s Coachella music festival. Hologram USA owner and CEO Alki David discussed the lawsuit with TVMix. “It’s laughable, really,” he told the website. “He says his team created the effects in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’–they had nothing to do with it. He’s stealing credit for the hard work of the effects wizards at Digital Domain–the very people he sent off to unemployment when he [ Read More ]
For those anxious to see more from David Fincher's crime thriller adaptation Gone Girl starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, tomorrow will bring a new trailer. Of course, it likely won't give much of the game away since the film doesn't arrive until October this fall. But after the first teaser trailer, we're fine if Fincher plays things close to the vest. And to follow the first teaser poster, which didn't even use the title of the film or names of its stars, we have four new teaser posters hyping up the release of the new trailer tomorrow, each showcasing a piece of important evidence from the crime scene in question. Look below! Here's the teaser posters for David Fincher's Gone Girl from IndieWire, Awards Daily, HuffPo & HitFix: Gone Girl is directed by David Fincher (of Seven, The Game, Fight Club, Zodiac, Panic Room, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, »
- Ethan Anderton
If you're interested in an anniversary conversation that really has some bearing on today's film industry, I highly recommend American Cinematographer's recent chat with "Collateral" Dp Dion Beebe. It's been nearly a decade (if you can believe it) since Beebe and Paul Cameron carved out a serious place for digital with that film, earning an American Society of Cinematographers (Asc) nomination in the process. It got me thinking about the history of the industry's acceptance of digital as reflected in the nominations handed out by both the Asc and Academy's cinematography branch over the last 10 years. Academy members were a bit slower on the uptake, as you might recall. Beebe and Cameron were snubbed by the branch despite the Asc nomination. Of course, that was still a dicey time for the technology. The first feature films shot digitally were Lars Von Trier's "The Idiots" and Thomas Vinterberg's "The Celebration, »
- Kristopher Tapley
Writing partners Ed Gonzalez and Jeremy Haft have been selected as the third annual Fox Writers Intensive (Fwi) Fellows. As part of their prize, the duo signed a development deal with Fox Broadcasting Company and 20th Century Fox Television. Additionally, Gonzales and Haft have been staffed on Fox's new drama, “Empire,” co-created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong (both of Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”), and starring Terrence Howard (“Crash”) and Taraji P. Henson (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”). Also read: Fox Ends Production on Period Drama ‘Hieroglyph’ The Fox Writers Intensive program is designed to nurture experienced writers for potential staffing on. »
- Tony Maglio
We’re coming to the end of the line folks. Yes, this time around I’ll be tackling the last of the technical categories in this series. After this week, it’s all the remaining big eight categories from here on out. This one today is arguably one of the lesser tech categories, but still an interesting one. Which one is it? Well, it’s the Best Makeup & Hairstyling category. This isn’t a particularly prestigious category, but hey…it’s still one worth discussing a bit. You all mostly just want to see the lists that I do anyhow, so I have no problem obliging you good people there in that particular regard once again. All you have to do is just be a bit on the patient side over the next paragraph or so and you’ll get the goods front and center… This time around, I’m »
- Joey Magidson
We return with the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for Repentance and Rockabilly Zombie Weekend, details on the Sundance Next Fest Lineup, Eat Men Like Air, Mindless, and much more:
First Rockabilly Zombie Weekend Trailer: “When Becky and Grant arrive at their rockabilly-themed wedding, despite warnings of a West Nile Virus outbreak, things go horribly wrong as the mosquito-spread virus spawns zombies, who begin feeding on the wedding guests as well as the other locals. The two newlyweds have to escape along with their family and friends if they ever want to live to see their honeymoon!
Rockabilly Zombie Weekend is a new feature length horror thriller with a rocking twist on the modern zombie film. It’s currently being released on DVD on July 1st, 2014 through Green Apple Entertainment. The film (as well as other merchandise) can »
- Tamika Jones
A little over six years after the fact, it's striking to revisit Tilda Swinton's reaction to winning the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for "Michael Clayton." At the time, fans were jubilant and the audience was amused by her blunt "Oh, no" reaction and on-stage decision to give the statue to her agent. Watching the clip today there is a look of almost sheer horror on her face as her name is read and as she walks to the stage. This wasn't something Swinton strived for. She's an artist. Winning Oscars wasn't part of the plan if there ever was one. In the years since, however, Swinton has clearly found a way to balance her artistic interests with films that can find some legs in the global Hollywood movie-making machine. It hasn't been easy, though. She segued from David Fincher's "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" to Jim Jarmusch »
- Gregory Ellwood
The wait is over! Anchor Bay has just dropped the home video trailer in our inbox for the upcoming flick The Midnight Game, which they're putting out this coming August. Read on for full details and to check out the video nasty!
From the Press Release
With games, as with life, sometimes it’s play or be played. But beware when it’s play or be prey...
On August 12th, Anchor Bay Entertainment dares you to join...The Midnight Game! An official selection at the 2013 Miami International Film Festival, Telluride Horror Show Film Festival, and Sf Indie Fest’s Another Hole in the Head International Genre Film Festival, The Midnight Game promises a new whole spin on the games people play!
- Steve Barton
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