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Born in St. Louis on May 27, 1911, iconic actor Vincent Price retained a special fondness for his place of origin, and that love was reciprocated with Vincentennial, a celebration of his 100th birthday in his hometown back in May of 2011 (for summary of all the Vincentennial activities go Here). One of the guests of honor at Vincentennial was Vincent Price’s daughter Victoria Price. Because of their close relationship and her access to his unpublished memoirs and letters, Victoria Price was able to provide a remarkably vivid account of her father’s public and private life in her essential book, Vincent Price, a Daughter’s Biography, originally published in 1999. .In 2011, her biography of her father was out of print. but now it’s been re-issued and Victoria will be in St. Louis this weekend (October 9th – 10th) for three special events. In addition to the biography, she will also be signing »
- Tom Stockman
David, Devindra, and Jeff discuss the controversial alternate ending of I Am Legend, what fall TV is worth checking out, and the intricacies of dog acting in White God. Check out David’s first film at theprimaryinstinct.com. Be sure to read about Spielberg’s movies ranked, and Trevor Noah’s political straitjacket. You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(At)gmail(Dot)com, or […]
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- David Chen
Films offer some of the best explorations of isolation and loneliness, argues James...
"In space no one can hear you scream." . The tagline for Alien, and the sad truth for anyone who's crying out for company in the wider cosmos beyond our stratosphere.
The following is a true story - many winters ago I decided that it'd be a good idea to leave behind my loved ones and wider society and go into solitary exile. I made an agreement with a stranger online and said I would spend the whole of that December looking after her two cats while she was away in Australia.
I then headed off to a cottage in the Welsh Valleys to fulfil this responsibility and, aside from those two indifferent kitties, I had no company at all. In my mind I'd envisioned this as a perfect retreat from a Christmas season I couldn't be mithered »
Neverwhere creates a split vision of London, made up of “London Above” and “London Below”, and follows a protagonist who must unravel the secrets of this bizarre world when he encounters an injured girl on the street.
Lawrence and Stoff will also work together on another drama series, based on Charles Belfoure’s 2015 mystery novel House of Thieves.
- Tom Beasley
With “The Hunger Games” movie franchise coming to a close this fall, director Francis Lawrence is lining up new projects. This one may be worth getting excited about. Lawrence will direct the pilot for a new TV take on Neil Gaiman’s “Neverwhere,” Deadline reported today. “Neverwhere” was a six-episode urban fantasy TV series on BBC that aired in 1996. During the show’s run, Gaiman released a novel version of the story, which is about a man who finds his ordinary life changed forever on the day he stops to help a girl he finds bleeding on a London sidewalk. After that encounter, he’s propelled into the hidden world of “London Below” — a dark subculture flourishing in abandoned subway stations and sewer tunnels — as he ceases to exist in London Above. Lawrence (who directed three of the four “Hunger Games” films) seems like a good fit: He proved with »
- Emily Rome
After an intense few months of brainstorming in the coveted Transformers Writers Room, the gang led by Academy Award-winning screenwriter Akiva Goldsman has finally decided on two projects that will move forward at Paramount. The first is Transformers 5, which will be written by Akiva Goldsman himself, the man behind such classics as I Am Legend and A Beautiful Mind. The second is an animated spinoff that revolves around the robots' home world of Cybertron, tentatively titled Transformers One. Ant-Man writers Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari will be in charge of penning this origin story.
At this time, Akiva Goldsman has a concrete blueprint he will use to complete the Transformers 5 screenplay. The sequel will start shooting in June, with Mark Wahlberg set to star and Michael Bay returning to direct his fifth film in the franchise. The sequel will likely hit theaters summer 2017.
There is no set release date for Transformers One. »
What do you do after you've had giant robots riding other giant dinosaur robots into battle? Space. Are you ready for more robots in disguise? Ready or not, here they come – and in full force, too. Earlier this year, Paramount Pictures created a writers room to tackle the issue of how to best move forward with their profoundly lucrative, but critically reviled “Transformers” franchise. It seems they have cracked the code with Akiva Goldsman (“I Am Legend”,” A Beautiful Mind”) set to pen “Transformers 5;” which will see Michael Bay return to the directing chair and Mark Wahlberg reprise his role as scrappy inventor Cade Yaeger from “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” which earned over $1 billion at the box office. It remains to be seen if Wahlberg’s “Age of Extinction” co-stars Nicola Peltz and Jack Reynor will join in this next adventure. Meanwhile, fans will be seeing the oft-discussed Transformers in space movie after all, »
- Roth Cornet
With the recent trend of female-led dystopian films based on Young Adult novels doing so well at the box office –like The Hunger Games and Divergent – it was only a matter of time before the boys jumped onto the bandwagon.
The Maze Runner's Dylan O’Brien (“Teen Wolf”) and Thomas Brodie-Sangster (Love Actually, “Game of Thrones”) join JLaw and Shailene in the aforementioned teenaged heroes' second attempt to bring down a corrupt system – The Scorch Trials.
Overriding the system isn’t just a game for the under-25 set, however. Dystopian films have embraced the idea of rebellion for decades, churning out classics like The Matrix and The Terminator. In recent years, movies like Looper, V for Vendetta, I Am Legend, and Snowpiercer have won over audiences and critics alike.
Check out the below supercut of all our favourite dystopian movies – (Can you name them all?) – and make sure to »
- Sasha James
Since its setting is a wasteland ruin of our own civilization, it’s a good thing that most of the characters in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials – a more entertaining than usual Ya lit adaptation – are either a teenager, or suffering from memory loss. Otherwise, anyone who could remember Maze Runner’s world pre-catastrophe would spend most of The Scorch Trials saying things like, “Cool, we’re in the hangar bay from Pacific Rim!,” and “Don’t alert those I Am Legend zombies!,” or “Holy crap, we’re in an exact recreation of the best scene from The Lost World…but there’s also a zombie!”
The most believable nightmare future that The Scorch Trials lets you envision is one of a dystopian society where humanity has exhausted the precious resource known as “inspiration.” Scavenging an idealess world for scrap left over from other properties, the second adaptation in James Dashner »
- Sam Woolf
A genre constantly overlooked at awards ceremonies, sci-fi cinema is full of stunning performances - like these...
Should we care whether the Academy likes science fiction or not? Does it matter that the genre and its best performances are regularly overlooked by most mainstream awards bodies? Probably not. But consider this: cinema is by now a long-established artform. Movies chart all aspects of the human condition: birth, death, happiness, sadness, ennui, fear, elation, empathy.
The best sci-fi movies arguably achieve the same thing. Where else is the sense of mystery and triumphant discovery felt more keenly than in, say, Solaris? What other genre could explore the nature of addiction with the same humour and pathos as A Scanner Darkly? Could the themes of ageing and disease in The Fly be transposed to a realistic drama and still be as thrilling, bizarre and tragic?
It’s still the case that science »
U.K. director-screenwriter Richard Curtis, digital sensation Porta dos Fundos and multi-platform production pioneers Los Bragas are teaming in Brazil on a new approach to global change, as part of one of the most ambitious communication campaign in history.
On Sept. 25, 193 world leaders will commit to 17 United Nations Global Goals. These aim to end extreme poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and fix climate change for everyone by 2030.
But if the U.N. wants to change the world, strategies for implementing that change are changing too. And Brazil, where the strategy is both glocal and digital, is a very good case in point.
The goals, if met, ensure the health, safety and future of the planet for everyone on it. And their best chance of being met is if everyone on the planet is aware of them. So, in an out-of-the box move, Curtis has founded Project Everyone whose “simple but mighty ambition, »
- John Hopewell
The 1962 cult item Burn, Witch, Burn finally gets a Blu-ray transfer courtesy of Kino Lorber. Perhaps relegated to obscurity due to its unavailability for many years, and also widely known by the alternate title Night of the Eagle, this is one of two notable genre films from Sidney Hayers (the other being 1960’s Circus of Horrors), a director who mainly dabbled in television after the end of this decade.
Based on the novel Conjure Woman by Fritz Leiber, Jr. (an author whose works could be primed for future adaptations), which was also adapted into a 1944 Lon Chaney, Jr. vehicle, Weird Woman, as well as later comedic adaptation with the 1980 film Witches’ Brew, this is the most noteworthy version, a flavorful exercise in logic vs. belief. Cult author and screenwriter Richard Matheson (who wrote the original I Am Legend text, of which three film versions also exist, headlined by the likes of Vincent Price, »
- Nicholas Bell
Thirty years ago, Marty McFly was riding high with the smash hit Back To The Future, while Sylvester Stallone enjoyed his most successful year yet with the one-two punch of Rambo: First Blood Part II and Rocky IV. It was an era of family sci-fi and teen comedies and bullet-spraying action, where The Breakfast Club and Teen Wolf rubbed shoulders with Death Wish 3 and Commando. Then there were low-key dramas like Out Of Africa and The Color Purple, which were both awards magnets at the Oscars.
Away from all those big hits, 1985 saw the release of a wealth of less successful movies, some of which found a second life on the then-huge home video circuit. Here's our pick of 20 underappreciated films from the year of Rambo, »
As the ending to one of the best films ever says, "Nobody's perfect", and the same goes for cinema, as these 12 great movies with bad endings prove.
Spoiler avoiders, beware, however: there will be in-depth discussion of several twisty movies below, so if you're of a nervous moviegoing disposition, click away now.
What went right: There's a lot to love in Jedi: one of the best lightsaber battles in the series, the Jabba's palace break-out sequence, top notch SFX – the speeder bikes alone – and finally, victory for the good guys. And yes, Princess Leia's bikini, if you're into that sort of thing.
What went wrong: George Lucas. In fiddling with the ending again and again, it's hard to work out what is the "definitive" version is, but however it officially ends – goodbye old Darth Vader, hello young Darth Vader – the final minutes »
Beasts have always provided fantastic source material for horror filmmakers across the ages, whether from the mythical world or the natural. To celebrate the release of Into the Grizzly Maze last week we take a look back at some the biggest, baddest beasts on film…
Into the Grizzly Maze (2015)
Starring James Marsden, Thomas Jane and Billy Bob Thornton, Into the Grizzly Maze tells the story of a sheriff (Jane), thrown into turmoil when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc in a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother (Marsden) he enters the labyrinthine Grizzly Maze to track down his missing wife, before the bear does. As the body count mounts, things are only further complicated when an infamous bear hunter (Thornton) enters the fray, determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life…
- Phil Wheat
When John Erick Dowdle and his younger brother Drew Dowdle sat down at the premiere of their movie “No Escape” last week, it was the realization of a dream eight years in the making — one that had been diverted several times.
“There were four times, maybe five, this movie almost got made,” says John, who directed and co-wrote the film with Drew, who produced. He explains the movie lost financing several times over the years. “One time we were literally about to get on a flight to Thailand to start filming and it imploded.”
So you can forgive the brothers for being more nervous than usual about their big premiere. “I had anxiety dreams every night this week about things going terribly wrong,” Drew says with a laugh. “I dreamt it was cancelled, they gave our tickets away. … I couldn’t quite wrap my brain around the fact this was really happening. »
- Jenelle Riley
It looks like Hollywood is swinging for the fences, going for the grandaddy of Western canon literature: Homer's "The Odyssey." That grand work will now be reduced/adapted into a blockbuster movie, with an actor who knows a thing or two about green screens and CGI. The Wrap reports that The Wolverine, a.k.a. Hugh Jackman, is in early talks to star in the movie for Lionsgate. Francis Lawrence ("I Am Legend," "The Hunger Games: All The Movies Except The First One") will direct the movie that sees our hero venture home from the Trojan War and writing poetry. Nah, just joking, he's going to have some epic adventures. Read More: Hugh Jackman Will Appear In 'X-Men: Apocalypse,' Ian McKellen Will Not Peter Craig ("The Town," "The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1") wrote the script, and if all goes according to plan, shooting will kick off next year. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Think of a teeming metropolis like New York City. Now double that in size. If every single person who lived there, every hot-dog vendor, third-grader and euphoric Mets fan, was in fact a flesh-eating zombie, that would roughly equal the 17.3 million people that tuned into last October's fifth-season premiere of AMC's The Walking Dead, the most-watched episode of anything in cable history. Those are blockbuster numbers and they occurred week after week. The demand for the show has become so huge that a prequel spinoff, Fear the Walking Dead, debuts this Sunday. »
Way back in 2012, we brought you word that J.J. Abrams, Edgar Wright and screenwriter Mark Protosevich (Spike Lee's Oldboy, I Am Legend) were joining forces with Paramount for a sci-fi film titled Collider, with Abrams producing through his Bad Robot shingle, and Wright directing from a script by Protosevich. There hasn't been any movement on the project since then, but now Deadline is... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
A film that's been set up at Bad Robot, with Jj Abrams producting, word first surfaced on Collider back in the summer of 2012. Back then, Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) was reported to be co-writing the screenplay with Wright. Few details were available on the movie, short of the fact that it's a science fiction project.
Fast forward to now, and still there are few details known, but it does still appear to be live and kicking. Mark L Smith has been hired by Paramount to take a pass at the film's screenplay, having recently co-penned The Revenant. »
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