12 items from 2015
"Devils don't come from hell beneath us. No, they come from the sky." It's time! Feast your eyes on the very first footage from Zack Snyder's highly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, where we will finally see Batman fight Superman. After the teaser trailer leaked online early via bootlegs (which we don't condone watching!), Zack Snyder tweeted that the first full trailer is now here and fans will get a special IMAX trailer at the preview events on Monday. Henry Cavill returns as Superman, Ben Affleck plays Batman, and we don't see much elese, but it is a rather dark and epic first tease at what is to come. This is just a teaser but I like what we're seeing, even though it's a much different tone than Marvel. Enjoy! Here's the first teaser trailer for Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, via WB »
- Alex Billington
The mention of Henry Rollins tends to bring the idea of a ticking time bomb, ready to blow at any second. The former Black Flag/Rollins Band front-man is known for his colossal amount of energy and pretty strong presence in general. Having previously appeared in films like Feast and TV shows such as Sons of Anarchy, one would think He Never Died would be another role for Rollins to chew up and explode with. Surprisingly though, the Jason Krawczyk-helmed film bypasses every single expectation, giving viewers not only an entertaining and memorable ride, but also features Rollins in a career defining performance, surely not to be missed by genre (and non-genre) fans.
As Jack, a man who has a very boring and very specific daily schedule, Rollins does an absolutely spectacular job, showing viewers a man (or at least we think so) that likes things to go a certain way. »
- Jerry Smith
A weekly feature in which we spotlight shining stars
The Performer | Will Forte
The Show | The Last Man on Earth
The Airdate | March 1, 2015
The Performance | Phil Miller is a slob, a hornball, a 41-year-old temp whose only interesting attribute, at the outset of Fox’s new comedy, is that he just happened to survive the apocalypse. There’s little reason to find him compelling —but we do, and that has everything to do with the man playing him. Forte makes Phil a funny, lovable schlub whose “Why not?” attitude covers a deep loneliness and longing for his old life. Forte »
87 years into the ceremony, the Oscars are still unabashedly about the movies. Host Neil Patrick Harris along with Anna Kendrick performed a whizzbang ode to “moving pictures” in perfect Broadway musical style. And despite the fresh songwriting that seemed to give a nod to last year’s winners for Frozen and “Let it Go”, it couldn’t help but feel familiar and traditional in the grand scheme of the Oscar ceremony: glad-handing, nostalgia and pageantry.
But for a moment, Jack Black turned this musical montage on its head. Black interrupted Nph’s song to shoot a knowing eye to all of the above, as well as the sequels, superhero movies and reboots that flood the studios year after year. It was a rare moment of the Academy looking outward at the rest of the world when this year’s crop of nominees (which Harris joked was an opportunity to recognize the “best and whitest… »
- Brian Welk
It's a wonderful night for Oscar... Oscar Oscar... Who will win? Wrong host. Neil Patrick Harris is MCing Sunday (February 22) night's Academy Awards, which is coming down to a "Birdman"/"Boyhood" showdown for the big prize. Thanks to The Guilds, we're all expecting a "Birdman" victory, but could there be exciting upsets in store? Click through, follow along and join (or start) the conversation below... 8:25 p.m. Et. That's a lot of Red Carpet coverage. My favorite moment was Terrence Howard playing "American Idol" nerd with Ryan Seacrest. 8:28 p.m. Really, ABC? You don't need a critical citation to call "American Crime" "an extraordinary new drama"? Well, if you say so yourself! 8:30 p.m. Let's Go! 8:30 p.m. Neil Patrick Harris rises onto the stage like a fire-free phoenix. "Tonight we honor Hollywood's best and whitest," he says, helping people playing Oscars Bingo at home. 8:31 p. »
- Daniel Fienberg
Good evening and welcome to the 87th Academy Awards, live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The biggest movie event of the year is with us once more, and Digital Spy will be bringing you comprehensive live coverage, from the first Manolos on the red carpet to the last teary speech from the stage.
Refresh your memory with this list of all the nominations and compare your prediction cards with our guesses for who will win all the major gongs.
21:15What were your favourite moments from tonight? And what do you think of all the big winners, especially Birdman's victory over Boyhood? Do let us know in the comments box below, and stick around on DS for our full reaction to the ceremony.
21:14Neil Patrick Harris was undoubtedly a bit hit and miss, lacking confidence in the middle more than anything else, but there were »
All the winners from Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards.
Show host Harris signs off with a chirpy, “Buenos noches!”
Sean Penn walks on. It’s time for the big one. Best film. Will it be Birdman or Boyhood? It’s Birdman! The movie ends the night tied with The Grand Budapest Hotel on four Oscars. Inarritu, referring to his pal Alfonso Cuaron who enjoyed success with Gravity at last year’s show, says, “Two Mexicans in a row. That’s suspicious, I guess.” Slightly more seriously, Agi also calls on his fellow Mexicans to help build a strong future for his beloved country. Wow, a good night for Birdman and a surprisingly barren one for Boyhood. Pirates indeed, Ethan Hawke, but glorious pirates.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Photo: AMPAS Oscar Musts: Predictions | Nominees | Presenters | Printable Ballot It's that time of year again and I welcome you to the 2015 Oscars Live Blog with up-to-the-minute live winners, commentary, red carpet coverage and overall merriment. We are kicking this thing off around 4 Pm Pst or so and carrying on until 9 Pm Pst or whenever this thing ends, which means you better have food, water and perhaps a tasty beverage or two because it's going to be a long night. I've already posted my predictions and have collated the reader polls into one, easy-to-read place along with my predictions as well as my Oscar-blogging co-hort and podcast partner Laremy Legel. You can find all three, one after another with the differences highlights right here. As far as my predicting prowess is concerned, last year I went 21 for 24 and I always shoot for at least 20 correct... we'll see how this year turns »
- Brad Brevet
With the exception of Rick Rosenthal's reasonably effective "Halloween II," I'm mostly indifferent to the "Halloween" films that followed John Carpenter's 1978 original -- a list that includes Rob Zombie's 2007 and 2009 entries in the series. As Carpenter himself once said: "I felt that there was no more story after the original." Hard to disagree! But because Hollywood is Hollywood and there's money to be made, the producers are now "recalibrating" the franchise with "Saw" writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton. Am I keen on this idea? Not particularly! But since they're gonna make this regardless of what I think, here are five things I'd like Dunstan, Melton and the producers to consider when crafting the new installment. 1. Take a cue from the subtlety of Carpenter's original One of the main reasons I love the original "Halloween" is that it's actually understated -- hell, even elegant. It's a slasher, »
- Chris Eggertsen
In October of 1978, we saw Michael Myers come home. It was the first time he’d stepped on his town’s soil in 15 years, but it certainly wouldn’t be the last. Over the decades, we’ve seen the serial killing prodigal son of Haddonfield cross back into small town limits to create carnage with everything from a butcher knife to a pitchfork, though we haven’t seen his silent rage at work on the big screen since Rob Zombie’s H2 in 2009.
But we’re now one big step closer to seeing Michael come home again, as the folks at Dimension Films have hired a pair of writers to pen the long-gestating next entry in the Halloween franchise, and many horror hounds are very familiar with the duo tasked with bringing back The Shape.
- Derek Anderson
Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, the scripters behind Saw IV-VII, the Feast series and The Collector and The Collection, will pen a new Halloween, finally following Rob Zombie’s films. THR reported the news of the film, to be produced by Malek Akkad and Matt Stein. No director is attached or announced, and it seems there’s little sense what to call the…
The post Saw’s Dunstan & Melton on New Halloween appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Dimension Films is going back to Haddonfield, Illinois for a new Halloween project, hiring writers Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan, who wrote the last four Saw movies, to craft the screenplay. Heat Vision Blog's sources say the project is not a reboot, remake or a re-imagining, with one source calling the project a "re-calibration." No director is attached at this time, and no details were given for this new story, which will likely still follow the maniacal serial killer Michael Myers.
We reported back in August that The Weinstein Company/Dimension Films are calling the project Halloween: The Next Chapter. The story would follow the same continuity from Rob Zombie's Halloween and Halloween II reboots, although Rob Zombie himself was not coming back to direct. Those details have yet to be confirmed, but the earlier report also indicated that the studio was throwing out the previous version of the »
12 items from 2015
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