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For decades, Estes Park, Colorado has been a destination for road-tripping horror hounds, as Stephen King was struck with the idea for The Shining while staying at the Stanley Hotel. But since 2013, fright fans have had another big reason to pay the famous hotel a visit: the Stanley Film Festival.
After screening feature films both old and new and hosting special guests galore in their first two years, the third annual Stanley Film Festival is quickly approaching, and we're teaming up with the festival for live coverage and special opportunities for Daily Dead readers.
Today, we have the first details on the special experiences and events that will be taking place during all four days of the festival, including musical acts, scare zones, trivia, and a special screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show:
- Jonathan James
For the sixth consecutive year, thousands of movie lovers from around the globe descended upon Hollywood for the TCM Classic Film Festival. The 2015 festival took take place Thursday, March 26 – Sunday, March 29, 2015 and no matter your favorite genre, attendees were treated to an extensive lineup of great movies, appearances by legendary stars and filmmakers, fascinating presentations and panel discussions, special events and more.
Friday night’s screening of Apollo 13 was definitely one of the most exciting events of the festival. Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Ron Howard’s impressive telling of the nearly doomed mission of the 3 astronauts aboard Apollo 13 looked as spectacular as the first time audiences saw it 20 years ago.
Host and long-time Nasa enthusiast Alex Trebek was on hand to introduce the film, as well as introduce fans in attendance to the real Captain Jim Lovell (played in the film by Tom Hanks). Also joining them on »
- Melissa Thompson
Instead of a massive blockbuster cinematic event, J.K. Rowling's follow-up to her Harry Potter novels is getting a major small screen release courtesy of both HBO and the BBC as we have the first trailer for The Casual Vacancy based on Rowling's first adult novel. Starring Rory Kinnear, Simon McBurney and Michael Gambon, the story begins with the death of Barry Fairbrother (Kinnear) and the small town of Pagford is left in shock. Pagford is, seemingly, an English idyll, with a cobbled market square and an ancient abbey, but what lies behind the pretty fa?ade is a town at war. Rich at war with poor, teenagers at war with their parents, wives at war with their husbands, teachers at war with their pupils...Pagford is not what it first seems. And the empty seat left by Barry on the parish council soon becomes the »
- Brad Brevet
Read More: 'The Babadook,' 'Hot Fuzz' and More on Netflix This April (Plus Indiewire's Picks) Hulu's roster of April additions may not be able to rival the amount of award-winning titles Netflix adds to its online catalogue each month, but the streaming platform is nonetheless offering a solid mix of fan-favorite television shows and movies. While reality television dominates a majority of Hulu's streaming library, serious film and television lovers will take comfort in knowing the latest seasons of "Louie," "Sons of Anarchy," "Wilfred" and more will all be finding a home at Hulu in April. Get a complete rundown of all of the new titles hitting Hulu this April below, plus Indiewire's picks on what to stream. Available 3/31 Indiewire Pick: "Louie" Season 4Fans of Louis C.K.'s comically delirious and pathos-ridden FX series couldn't have asked for a better or more daring season of television »
- Zack Sharf
In the trailer, Nancy (Bell) is an out-of-love thirtysomething whom Jack (Pegg) mistakes as his blind date. The two hit it off until Nancy is eventually outed and forced to explain her duplicity.
The film is co-produced by French-based distributor StudioCanal and Big Talk Productions, the latter of which is responsible for successful films such as Pegg’s “Shaun of the Dead” and “Hot Fuzz.” Ben Palmer (“The Inbetweeners”) directed the film.
“Man Up” will be released in the U.K. on May 29 and does not yet have a U.S. release date.
- Seth Kelley
Following his success in the wonderfully wacky British TV series Spaced, Simon Pegg’s leap to the big screen has seen him catapulted into mega-franchises like Star Trek and Mission: Impossible (and possibly even Star Wars). One step of that journey involved dabbling in a few rom-coms which landed with mixed results (Run Fatboy Run, Hector and the Search For Happiness). While he’s switching up the material for the forthcoming assassin comedy Kill Me Three Times, which is getting a Us release next month, he hasn’t quite abandoned the romance oeuvre just yet.
In Man Up, Pegg joins Lake Bell as a couple who inadvertently share a romantic evening together. His hopeless singleton initiates a date with a prospective partner he recently met online. In a twist of incident, however, as is often the case in the world of rom-com matchmaking, he doesn’t meet who he’s »
- Gem Seddon
We at Thn collectively love Keanu Reeves and have been immensely excited about his return this year in John Wick. Although not released in UK cinemas until April, Thn have been lucky enough to have already seen it and we can tell you that it is all kinds of awesome.
John Wick was so brilliant that it has awoken my long-forgotten admiration for Mr Reeves and compelled me to revisit his extensive back catalogue immediately. He might not be known as being the most heavyweight of actors but you have to admit the man knows how to make an entertaining movie, and he’s not bad to look at. Even if everything else about the film is terrible or ridiculously over the top, Keanu is always awesome – Jonnhy Mnemonic and Chain Reaction would be nothing without him.
Every Friday between now and the release of John Wick on 10th April, »
- Kat Smith
Curious to know what movies are coming to Netflix Watch Instantly over the next few weeks? Get a head start and mark your calendars using the list below, just released to us by Netflix. Note: Listed below are just the movies, not the television shows (except where noted). April 1 The Beautician and the Beast April 2 Life Partners April 3 Starry Eyes The Quiet Ones April 4 Delta Farce April 9 Crank Pioneer April 10 Marvel's Daredevil (Original Series) October 1 Finding Mercy (Netflix Exclusive) Confusion Na Wa Onye Ozi April 14 Goodbye To Language The Babadook April 16 Hot Fuzz April 17 They Came...
What’s joining Netflix in the month of April? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered with a full list of original programming -- finally, Daredevil is premiering! -- movies, and your favorite TV shows streaming starting April 1.
All Hail King Julien, Season 1 (4/3/15)
Derek, Special (4/3/15)
Marvel’s Daredevil, Season 1 (4/10/15)
Chris De’Elia: Incorrigible (4/17/15)
And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen...
What's new on Netflix in April 2015? The eagerly anticipated original "Marvel's Daredevil," with Charlie Cox as the blind superhero, which debuts April 10, for one. Also new: Acclaimed horror films, including the Iranian vampire movie "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night" and the Aussie chiller "The Babadook;" a quartet of Nigerian films; and new seasons of "Wilfred," "Halt and Catch Fire," and "Sons of Anarchy."
Here's a much larger rundown of what's new on Netflix in April 2015, provided by Netflix. As always, all titles and dates are subject to change. We've also go you covered in terms of what's leaving Netflix in April 2015, in case you were wondering.
Available April 1
"And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen..." (2002)
"The Beautician and the Beast" (1997)
"Buffalo Soldiers" (2001)
"Down to Earth" (2001)
"Leprechaun 3 "(1995)
"Leprechaun 4: In Space" (1997)
"Leprechaun 6: Back 2 tha Hood" (2003)
"Suicide Kings" (1997)
"Sunset Strip" (2000)
- Sharon Knolle
Here are the Netflix new releases for April 2015, as well as the movies and television shows that will expire from the streaming service next month. Hot Fuzz, Noah and National Treasure are all coming to a streaming device near you in April, plus Netflix's Daredevil series. Before March ends, tune in to movies like Mystic Pizza, Clue, the Karate Kid and Goodbye Vietnam because they will be leaving Netflix. Check out the full list below: Movies and TV Shows Coming in April Available April 1 And Now ... Ladies and Gentlemen.. (2002) Bandolero (2000) Barnyard (2006) Bound (1996) Buffalo Soldiers (2001) Down to Earth (2001)
- Lorena O'Neil
This upcoming April will mark the one year anniversary of the dissolution of FEARnet, both as a network and a website. For me in particular, it’s difficult because a lot of the staff I was fortunate enough to share office space with worked really, really hard on the output that appeared both on the cable channel as interstitial content and on the website itself. We put our heart and souls into making it the brand you knew and loved.
Technically, my job title there was “web coordinator,” which essentially meant that I assisted my supervisor Chris Connors on all physical aspects of the FEARnet website. The great Lawrence Raffel was our editor-in-chief and the vice president of digital media for FEARnet and he put together an amazing team of writers and contributors such as Alyse Wax, Greg Burkart and John Squires to name a few and scheduled our article itinerary on a daily basis. »
- Rob Galluzzo
To celebrate the DVD and Blu-ray release of Set Fire To The Stars, we’re giving five lucky WhatCulture.com readers the chance to win a copy of the film on DVD.
Set in 1950s New York, the film follows John Malcolm Brinnin (Elijah Wood) an aspiring young American poet who finds his ordered world shaken when he embarks on a week-long retreat to save his hell raising hero, Dylan Thomas, played by Celyn Jones.
The film also features established British acting talent including Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Flight), Steven Mackintosh (Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Kick Ass 2), Kevin Eldon (Hugo, Hot Fuzz) and Shirley Henderson (Bridget Jones Diary, Trainspotting).
Visually stunning and shot entirely in black and white to an original score by Gruff Rhys, Set Fire To The Stars is about the dirty business of celebrity, and what may have happened in an East Coast boathouse when »
- Simon Gallagher
The British actor, best known for his trilogy of films with co-star Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright ("Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," and "The World's End"), has appeared as a comic-strip character in "The Adventures of Tin Tin," one of the seven dwarves in "Snow White and the Huntsman," and as a strung-out doper in cult sci-fi comedy "Attack the Block." But, in "Unfinished Business," the new comedy starring Vince Vaughn, Tom Wilkinson, and Dave Franco, Frost plays a buttoned-up businessman who has a rather outrageous personal life.
This means that, for most of the movie, he's outfitted in a snug leather ensemble and, at one point... well, I'm not going to spoil it for you. But, like I said, even for fans of the comedian, this is a whole new side of Nick Frost. »
- Drew Taylor
Ah yes, it's time to delve into the cinephile mind of Edgar Wright. What films have influenced him as a filmmaker, which are his favorites? Edgar (follow him on twitter @edgarwright) recently stopped by the Criterion Collection offices in New York and raided their DVD closet, as all respectable filmmakers must do. In the video they released, he talks about 3 specific films that he pulls from the shelf. However, Criterion has also published his list of Top 10 films to compliment the DVD/Blu-ray selections. Do you think you know his favorites already? Find out and discover more films from Edgar's Criterion raid. Order your Criterion here. Here's the Edgar Wright video of his visit to the DVD library, direct from Criterion Collection's YouTube: From Criterion: Acclaimed English filmmaker Edgar Wright (Hot Fuzz, The World's End, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Shaun of the Dead) stopped by the Criterion Collection office »
- Alex Billington
Growing up, I was a huge Freddy Krueger fan. I had also become infatuated with Gaston Leroux’s novel, The Phantom of the Opera, which made me a pretty easy mark for Dwight H. Little’s (Halloween 4) 1989 film based on the popular work of fiction. Focusing more on the horror contained within Leroux’s original story, this version is a wickedly ghastly and blood-soaked tale of obsession that allows Robert Englund the room to do what he does best as a performer- go nuts. And after recently checking out the Scream Factory Blu-ray, it was great to see just how well Little’s inventive adaptation has held up over time and how much fun the film still remains, despite its age.
- Heather Wixson
"Put the money on the ground, and then get in your car, and fuck off." While we're used to seeing Simon Pegg get a little bloody in the likes of Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz, this time things are a little more serious. In Kill Me Three Times, the British actor plays an assassin hired to kill a rich man's wife. But soon some more people end up getting in the way, each with their own desires for money and survival. It's more thriller than comedy, but there seems to be some dark laughs in store. Teresa Palmer, Alice Braga and more star in the film, and now a red band trailer is here with plenty of f-bombs to go around. Watch! Here's the new red band trailer for Kriv Stender's Kill Me Three Times from Yahoo: You can still watch the first trailer for Kill Me Three Times right here. »
- Ethan Anderton
You might think that Hot Fuzz would have taught Simon Pegg to watch out for knife-inflicted hand wounds, especially since he was on the receiving end of a blade from a mad Santa Claus played by Peter Jackson. But no, he’s still susceptible if the evidence from this first, red band trailer for comic thriller Kill Me Three Times is any indication, which has arrived bearing lashings of violence and lots of swearing.Pegg plays Charlie Wolfe, a mercurial assassin hired to take out a beautiful woman (Alice Braga) in a sun-baked surfing town. But he soon discovers that he’s not the only person trying to kill her and he’s quickly entangled in three strange tales of murder, blackmail and revenge. There’s Sullivan Stapleton as a gambling addict who is looking to score a hefty pay-out to settle his debts through a risky life insurance scam, »
Hollywood was last week’s setting for Universal and Thinkjam’s official release event for Ouija, which hits DVD/Blu-ray today. And while most parties tend to stay within one location, L.A.’s horror circle filled Hollywood Boulevard in a pre-party scavenger hunt, which could only be described as “Dead Right Horror Trivia meets the gym.” Four teams raced […] »
- Jerry Smith
Vimeo user Jacob T. Swinney has cut together a 90-second video "exploring" Quentin Tarantino's use of sound throughout his career including just about everything you can imagine from beer pouring out of a tap to an adrenaline shot to the chest. His entire feature length oeuvre so far is included, which means Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Kill Bill: Vol. 2, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. It almost plays out as if it's Tarantino by way of Edgar Wright, utilizing that similar quick editing Wright has parodied in his films, chiefly Hot Fuzz. Perhaps Tarantino would even respect it as such given the fact he sat with Wright for a commentary on that very film. vimeo id="118431867" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
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