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Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...
By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.
Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »
Nicolas Cage continues his shift away from B-movie action back to more dramatic, well-received roles this year with the release of Joe, director David Gordon Green's (Prince Avalance) adaptation of Larry Brown's 1991 novel of the same name. Ahead of its arrival in the Spring, Cage has been speaking to Red Bull'sRed Bulletin about his career for a feature that's set to land in next week's edition of the news app, and we've got an exclusive excerpt here where the Oscar-winner talks about reinventing himself as an actor, and whether he regrets any of his recent roles:
Joe is a far cry from the bizarre action spectacles you did in the recent past...
Nicolas Cage: That’s true, I am in the process of reinventing myself in terms of the movies I want to do. I am returning to my roots, which is independently spirited, dramatic characters. Before Joe, »
- Gary Collinson
Odd List Sarah Dobbs 31 Jan 2014 - 07:00
Any good horror movie villain needs a mask. Sarah counts down 20 of the most frightening face-hiders in the movies...
Ever since Michael Myers went on a killing spree in his Halloween costume, masks have been a staple of slasher movies.
Sometimes they serve to hide the killer’s identity, while other times they conceal a disfigured face, and other times, well, probably the production team just thought it’d look cool. Usually, the idea is that it’s what lurks underneath the mask that’s scary, but a good horror movie mask is frightening in its own right.
Here, then, are 20 of the scariest masks ever to turn up in a horror movie:
20. Pig Mask
As worn by: Jigsaw’s various acolytes in the Saw franchise
There’s so much going on in the Saw movies that this mask is far from the »
It was an exciting time to be a Friday the 13th fan when Paramount announced they had re-acquired the rights to the iconic horror franchise with a view to release the 13th chapter in an already packed 2015. However the excitement became concern when rumours started to bound around that the movie might take on the 'flavour of the month' found footage format. Ironically the concern then became horror as producer Brad Fuller not only confirmed the rumour in an interview, but also mentioned (when asked about Derek Mears) that Jason may not be appearing in the movie at all.
The 13th instalment of Friday the 13th may not include Jason Voorhees. Just let that sink in then ask yourself, 'why?'.
While not 100% official, there is little doubt that the next instalment won't have some involvement from Sean S. Cunningham, »
We're going to preface this story by flat-out saying we think it's highly unlikely. But the horror-inclined corners of the interwebs are currently abuzz with the rumour that the developing new Friday The 13th movie may not feel the hockey-masked presence of the series' signature slasher Jason Voorhees.The question mark comes from an interview with Crave Online, in which Platinum Dunes producer Brad Fuller is asked who'll be playing Jason in the next instalment. Kane Hodder? Derek Mears? "I don't know," says Fuller, "because I don't know if we're going to have Jason." He follows that with, "I think if we're going to go for a Jason Voorhees we would go with Derek. He's our guy."We'd have suggested that the whole mini-controversy stems simply from the wording of Fuller's answer, but that "if" does suggest that Jason is not a done deal. So what could this mean? The »
Thanks to a marketing campaign that played up military heroism while avoiding the moral ambiguities associated with U.S. foreign policy, Afghanistan war drama Lone Survivor scored one of the biggest opening weekends ever in January. Meanwhile, The Legend of Hercules bombed and Her and Inside Llewyn Davis underperformed in their nationwide expansions.Lone Survivor opened to $37.8 million this weekend, which ranks second all-time in January behind 2008's Cloverfield ($40.1 million). It also demolished a handful of comparable January releases like Zero Dark Thirty ($24.4 million), Contraband ($24.3 million) and Black Hawk Down ($28.6 million). Ironically, it also opened much higher than director Peter Berg's 2012 movie Battleship ($25.5 million), despite costing only a fraction as much to produce.As evidenced by the performance of movies like Green Zone ($35.1 million), The Hurt Locker ($17 million), Lions for Lambs ($15 million) and Rendition ($9.7 million), conflict in the Middle East hasn't exactly been a recipe for box office success. »
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Early tracking shows “Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones” taking in around $15 million this weekend at approximately 2,800 locations — though some estimates place “The Marked Ones” closer to $20 million, where it would likely battle “Smaug” and Disney’s “Frozen” for the top slot.
“Frozen” led the way on New Year’s Day Wednesday with $8.7 million for a six-week total of $271.9 million, followed by “Smaug” with $7.8 million for $209.3 million in 20 days.
“The Marked Ones,” an offshoot of the franchise with new characters, will start showings at 10 p.m. Thursday in about 2,000 locations. The film’s budget is $5 million and producers are low-budget specialists Jason Blum and Oren Peli with Christopher Landon writing and directing.
Revolving around two Hispanic teenagers from Oxnard, Calif. (Andrew Jacobs and »
- Dave McNary
7 items from 2014
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