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Josh Brolin credits his mid-career turnaround to Robert Rodriguez on "Grindhouse" which led to the Coens and "No Country for Old Men" and "True Grit," not to mention Gus Van Sant's "Milk" and Oliver Stone's "W" and "Wall Street 2" and Woody Allen's "You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger." Brolin is a chiseled American actor who boasts that rare combination: dangerous masculinity and sexy vulnerability. He plays both villains and lovers. See Jason Reitman's sexy "Labor Day." Brolin clearly had a blast working with Paul Thomas Anderson on his adaptation of Thomas Pynchon's 2009 novel "Inherent Vice" (December 12) and gets to dig into into one of the more colorful character roles of any year. He tells me, in our video interview below, how "Renaissance detective" Bigfoot Bjornsen comes to sport his dramatic flat top. This is not your usual straight-arrow foil to 70s hippie gumshoe Doc. »
- Anne Thompson
By Brandon Engel
George A. Romero didn’t invent the concept of zombies. They’ve had a spot in Haitian folklore for years (as explored in older films like White Zombie  and more contemporary films like Wes Craven’s The Serpent and the Rainbow ). There was also the French World War I reactionary J’Accuse (1919) by Abel Gance, which featured actual footage from the battleground. Some horror enthusiasts might even argue that Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and H.P Lovecraft’s story Herbert West: Re-Animator were also significant early entries in the zombie canon.
What Romero can be credited with, however, as the recent documentary Birth of the Living Dead examines, is the mainstream popularity of zombies. It all began when he made the film Night of the Living Dead (1968). It features a group of wayward strangers who’ve found themselves stuck in an old farmhouse in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Welcome to the third installment of my ongoing series of articles that collects great horror short films.
If you have not already done so, please check out the first two installments of this series “Watch 15 Great Horror Short Films” and its follow-up “Watch 13 More Great Horror Short Films” not only because you’ll love them but also because films and filmmakers mentioned in those articles are referenced in this one.
Short form horror aficionados will also want to check out a recent article I wrote called “The Greatest Horror Anthology Film Segments of All Time”.
As you readers know, the horror short film is an artistic endeavor that can serve as a film industry calling card. A perfect example of this is the recent announcement of the feature film version of Can Evrenol’s superb horror short Baskin.
Combine successes like that with the very strong film festival presence of »
- Terek Puckett
From long credits to bullet time, here are a few techniques and film conventions we don't see in the movies these days...
Over more than a century, cinema has built up its own storytelling vocabulary. Thanks to generations of intelligent and groundbreaking filmmakers, movies contain a rich and complex set of editing, filming and framing techniques, most of them so firmly embedded in our subconscious that we don't even think about them while we're sitting in our local multiplex.
Inevitably, there are some aspects of filmmaking that have changed considerably over time. New ideas and conventions continuously float in, while old ones become over-used and phase out as a result. It's the latter we're focusing on here: the filmmaking conventions and techniques that are either becoming rare, or have vanished altogether. Bear in mind that some of the things below may suddenly come back into vogue very soon, while the »
ETonline caught up with the director on the set of Matador.
It's been seven years since Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino teamed up together for the Grindhouse double feature: Planet Terror and Death Proof. Needless to say, fans are chomping at the bit for another collaboration.
ETonline recently caught up with auteur director on the set of Matador, the flagship drama on the El Rey Network which he co-founded, to find out if he'd ever recruit his longtime pal and frequent collaborator to develop a show for the network.
"I know he's about to shoot The Hateful Eight but you never know," Rodriquez says of the prospects. "If there's TV where better than El Rey is there a home for him."
Rodriguez is directing the season finale of Matador for the network, which received a 13-episode second season renewal before the series »
Exclusive: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kate Bosworth, Dave Bautista, and Gina Carano are joining the Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films production of Bus 657, the ensemble heist pic that Robert De Niro already has boarded. This is the latest pic that is part of E/F/O’s overall deal with Grindhouse/Lionsgate, which will distribute the $15M-budgeted Bus 657 along with Hannibal Classics. Stephen Sepher and Max Adams wrote the action thriller that Scott Mann (The Tournament) will direct. Principal photography is set to begin October 13 in Mobile, Al.
The pic, formerly titled Bus 757, centers on a father (Morgan) without the means to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment. As a last resort, he partners with a greedy co-worker (Bautista) to rob a casino and the two hijack a bus full of hostages and things go awry. De Niro will play Frank “The Pope”, owner of the casino, and Bosworth plays his estranged daughter. »
- Mike Fleming Jr
Jennifer Aniston, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Miley Cyrus, Rose McGowan, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brooke Shields, Janet Jackson ... these are just a few of the female stars who have posed naked or topless for Rolling Stone, and one if them is seriously regretting her provocative pose.McGowan and costar Rosario Dawson stripped down to some strategically-placed ammo belts to promote "Grindhouse" in 2007, but now -- 7 years later -- the actress is slamming her own cover and explaining how it's indicative of everything wrong with Hollywood."I just had this bouffant hairdo, this big bubble hairdo, this weird Photoshopped forehead that they gave me — I don’t know why exactly, because my forehead was fine, last I checked — and this dark fake tan," she tells The Wrap. "I’m chest-to-chest with Rosario Dawson and an ammo belt around my hip was the only clothing I had on. And I was like, 'Who is that? »
- tooFab Staff
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Running Time: 1 hr 42 mins
Release Date: September 19, 2014 (Chicago)
Plot: A podcaster (Long) is turned into a walrus when he meets a strange Canadian (Parks).
Just as Tusk was brought into our world, so does the film itself begins with a podcast. Wallace (Justin Long) and Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) are two toking jokesters who have a big following with their Not-See Party podcast, a petty Third Reich pun that stands for their shtick in which Wallace meets eclectic people, and then tells Teddy about his experience on-air. Wallace travels to Canada to meet an internet sensation named “The Kill Bill Kid,” who infamously filmed himself accidentally cutting off his leg while practicing sword moves. »
- Nick Allen
Whenever articles are written about the best veteran actors in Hollywood, one particular name is always unjustly excluded. That name? Well, Michael Parks of course. The man has always been a respected character actor in the industry (especially earlier on in his career), but up until the last few years it’s really only been Quentin Tarantino putting him on the proper pedestal. Recently though, filmmaker Kevin Smith has picked up that mantle, highlighting him in both Red State and this week’s new outing Tusk. Smith has done more than his part to get Parks into the spotlight, and man does he deserve it. Parks is likely best known for his role in the show Then Came Bronson, which really put him on the map. Prior to that, he’d been known for a variety of TV movies and his parts in both The Bible: In the Beginning… »
- Joey Magidson
Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood 2014 is quickly approaching, and as always that means a brand new installment of the Eyegore Awards. Uni just released the details, and we have 'em for you right here. Scare it up!
From the Press Release
Universal Studios Hollywood sets the stage for the eagerly-awaited arrival of “Halloween Horror Nights” on Friday, September 19, with the annual “Eyegore Awards,” honoring influential entertainment professionals for bringing the horror genre to life within the movie, television and music industries.
For the first time ever, Universal Studios Hollywood is offering 500 “Halloween Horror Nights” fans a chance to attend the coveted “Eyegore Awards,” which will feature a roster of today’s leading Hollywood horror icons.
The 2014 “Eyegore Award” recipients include multiple Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker and Special Effects Make-Up Supervisor Greg Nicotero (“The Walking Dead,” Galyntine, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, “Breaking Bad,” Pain & Gain, Django Unchained, Predators, The Chronicles of Narnia, »
- Steve Barton
With only 3 days left on kickstarter, Mike Pecci has released a brand new teaser trailer for his upcoming horror film 12 Kilometers.
Director Mike Pecci (Grindhouse Shorts / The Dead Can’t Be Distracted) knows these corridors all too well. While ice skating for the first time earlier this year, Pecci slipped and cracked his skull open, suffering a hematoma and multiple concussions. Five days in intensive care, over two months of recovery time and a flood of painkillers later, a storyline began to emerge in the form of Pecci’s original horror film, “12 Kilometers.”
The strange and creepy footage give us an up-close look at the in-camera creature effects for the film. Beautifully shot blood vessels, and disturbing black oils mixing to create something terrifying! Watch the new trailer then head over to: http://kck.st/1uONYYg You will find all sorts of great videos and incentives including concept art from comic book artist Ben Templesmith. »
- Melissa Howland
Quentin Tarantino has been making critically acclaimed and iconic films for over twenty years now, and despite threats to retire after making ten films, is still going strong. He hit a bit of a speed bump with his latest project, The Hateful Eight, after the film’s script leaked online, but is now back in the director’s chair and hard at work on making the bloody Western. Tarantino has tackled crime drama, spaghetti western, Grindhouse exploitation, and a World War II period piece, but is now setting his sights in a new genre he hasn’t graced his presence with yet: Science fiction.
While at San Diego Comic-Con last month, Tarantino was asked if he would ever make a sci-fi film, and claimed that he was open to the idea. It’s exciting to think of the things Tarantino could do with the genre, especially when looking at the »
- James Garcia
Nine years since the visually groundbreaking, avant-garde hit “Sin City,” Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’s biggest mistake with their next incarnation is replacing the first film’s bloodthirsty impact with too much nudity.
The film is equally violent as it is naked, but we’ve almost become numb to such mutilation and it’s certainly part of this story. These talented filmmakers insult audiences by thinking Eva Green’s rabid libido and willingness to bare it all can outshine the film’s need to be otherwise compelling. She’ll satisfy the horny little boy or girl in you, but leave the mature man or woman in you really are intellectually unsatisfied.
In film and television, Green has clearly made a decision »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
It may be in 3D this time around, but Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s monotone, monochrome comicbook universe feels flatter than ever in “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.” Rare indeed is the movie that features this many bared breasts, pummeled crotches and severed noggins and still leaves you checking your watch every 10 minutes. But that’s the dubious accomplishment of this visually arresting but grimly repetitive exercise in style, set against a sordid neo-noir landscape populated almost exclusively by tormented tough guys and femme-fatale fetish objects. Nearly a decade after the first “Sin City” grossed more than $158 million worldwide, it’s doubtful whether the directors’ overlapping fanbases can muster the same level of excitement for a picture about which the best one can really say is, “It sure beats ‘The Spirit.’ ”
- Justin Chang
This week will see the debut of The Hateful Eight teaser. The first vid ad for Quentin Tarantino's upcoming western will be revealed ahead of the theatrical release of his dear old Grindhouse buddy Robert Rodriguez's new movie, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. But you don't have to see the sequel to Sin City to get a taste of this teaser. Collider reports a run-down of the trailer. As the film won't go into production until 2015, there's no footage to speak of. Instead, The Hateful Eight opens on snow-covered dunes while a "western-style ballad" plays over title cards that tell of strangers being forced together after being stranded in a blizzard. "They soon discovered they shared a deadly connection" reads the titles before blood splatters across them. The music picks up as a new title card emerges: "The New Film by Quentin Tarantino." Then comes a »
If you’re making a movie about a rugged 19th-century stagecoach adventure, you’re presumably familiar with the idiom “putting the cart before the horse.” But Quentin Tarantino has always operated outside convention. So it’s oddly appropriate that a teaser trailer for his next movie, The Hateful Eight—a film that doesn’t even go into production until early 2015—will debut in theaters next weekend before screenings of Sin City: A Dame to Kill For.
Though The Weinstein Company—which is distributing both films—declined to comment, sources close to the production tell EW that reports of a theater-only teaser are correct. »
- Jeff Labrecque
When Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez get together, mischief always ensues. I’ve confirmed that although Tarantino hasn’t started shooting the ensemble Western The Hateful Eight, he has managed to shoot a teaser trailer that will precede his pal Rodriguez’s Sin City: A Dame To Kill For. Tarantino confirmed during an appearance at San Diego Comic-Con that he would go ahead with his Western, which he revealed to Deadline in January he would scrap because the agents of one of a handful of actors he gave the script to had leaked it. It created a drama that included a lawsuit, a killer live reading staged for charity, and then finally a deal with The Weinstein Company to giddyap in early 2015 start for the movie that will star Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern, Kurt Russell and others.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Boy, the road has been long and hard with Quentin Tarantino's eighth film, titled, appropriately enough, "The Hateful Eight." Back in January, the script for the new film was leaked online. After Gawker posted a link to that script, Tarantino not only decided that he was no longer making the movie, but also threatened to sue Gawker. Tarantino eventually dismissed the lawsuit and held a live reading of the script in Los Angeles this past spring. Late last month, a teaser poster for the film popped up in British movie magazine Empire, with a 2015 release date and a note that it would be shot in 70 mm "Super CinemaScope."
And now... another piece to the puzzle: the existence of a teaser trailer that is supposedly attached to copies of "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" next week.
Slashfilm has some pretty convincing evidence that some kind of teaser for »
- Drew Taylor
Old pals Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, who collaborated on the original "From Dusk Till Dawn" movie (which spawned an El Rey Network TV series) not to mention "Grindhouse," sit down for an hour-long talk on the August 13th installment of “El Rey Network Presents: The Director’s Chair” (9 Pm Et/Pt). Austin, Texas-based Rodriguez, the founder of new 24-hour English language El Rey Network, grilled his friend over two interviews. Volume 1 explores Tarantino’s film career through the lens of their 20-year friendship, including never-before-seen personal footage; they discuss everything from screenwriting and camera placement to Spaghetti Westerns and Kung Fu. Two clips are below. “I started off as an actor and actually the only training I’ve ever done has been as an actor," Tarantino tells Rodriguez. "I always knew that that would be one of my biggest strengths…dealing with actors, and writing the »
- Anne Thompson
Sin City director Robert Rodriguez recently launched the El Rey Network, a channel aimed at cinema-loving, English-speaking Latinos. In addition to airing classic TV shows like The X-Files and Starsky & Hutch, El Rey also provides original programming, like a TV series based on Rodriguez's own From Dusk Till Dawn and a Q&A program called The Director's Chair where Rodriguez talks movies with some of the biggest directors in the game. Sitting down in The Director's Chair in August: The helmer's good buddy Quentin Tarantino.
In this exclusive clip from the upcoming episode, »
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