17 items from 2017
Rose McGowan shifted gears from actor to filmmaker years ago, and while she has yet to make her first feature, she’s already one of the decade’s most audacious feminist voices. Her victimization at the hands of Harvey Weinstein, and a willingness to speak out about pervasive sexism throughout the the film industry, is at the heart of a massive reckoning. For McGowan, however, it’s business as usual. Her outspoken brand of radical feminism may have been marginalized a few weeks ago, but in the wake of the Weinstein scandal, her rage defines the zeitgeist.
On Thursday, Twitter temporarily pulled the plug on McGowan’s account as she ramped up her accusations against male Hollywood executives. The company claimed that she had shared a phone number of an accused predator, violating its terms of service. It didn’t matter: As anger with an oppressive system reached fever pitch, »
- Eric Kohn
We caught up recently with director Rossi and he told us "Still is a bit of an homage to The Twilight Zone episodes from the 60s that I grew up watching that have always influenced me every time I take on a horror film."
Written and directed by Michael Matteo Rossi (Sable, Misogynist, Vengeance) and stars Damien Puckler (Grimm, Death Factory, Camel Spiders), Tracey E. Bregman (Happy Birthday to Me, Misogynist, The Young and The Restless), and Cathy Baron (Justified, Planet Terror, Dead Stop).
Shooting is slated to begin shooting on September 30, 2017.
A young husband takes desperate measures after finding out his wife is diagnosed with cancer.
Stay tuned for more details about this film as they become available. »
Logan broke down quite a few barriers in the superhero genre. The film shows that you can do something more mature with comic book characters, market to adults, and still do well at the box office. Not to be outdone by the comic book genre, real-life superhero David Hasselhoff (whose superhero alter-ego is known as “The Hoff” to us mere mortals) would like to see the same darker tone applied to Knight Rider. The Baywatch legend revealed to CinemaBlend that he has talked with director Robert Rodriguez about the possibility of making a Knight Rider film in the style of Logan:
“I have met Robert Rodriguez. He does Dusk til Dawn and Machete. And I said ‘You need to do Knight Rider.’ Because he was doing a marathon of Knight Riders and he said ‘Can we have a selfie!?’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t want a selfie! I want to do the movie! »
- Jordan Jones
Genre actor and Quentin Tarantino favorite Michael Parks has passed away at the age of 77. The actor died this morning, though the official cause of his death has not yet been confirmed. Director Kevin Smith, who collaborated with the actor several times in recent years, first broke the news.
Kevin Smith used his personal Instagram to break the news, announcing that Michael Parks was no longer with us. Parks worked with Kevin Smith on his movies Red State and Tusk, which Smith says he wrote specifically for the actor. Michael Parks was also originally supposed to star in Yoga Hosers, but for health reasons, he wasn't able to take the part. Here's what Kevin Smith had to say about the late actor in his Instagram post.
"I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away. Michael was, and will likely forever remain, the best actor I've ever known. »
With a career that spanned six decades, actor Michael Parks proved time and time again that he could bring any type of character to life in believable ways. So it is with especially great sadness, that news has surfaced of Parks' passing at the age of 77.
THR shares the sad news of Parks' passing, which was confirmed to the outlet by the actor's agent, Jane Schulman. The cause of death has not been reported at this time.
Parks began a truly remarkable career in the early ’60s and never looked back, going on to appear in well over one hundred films and TV series.
A frequent collaborator of Quentin Tarantino, Parks played Texas Ranger Earl McGraw in 1996's From Dusk Till Dawn and reprised the role in Kill Bill Volumes 1 and 2, Planet Terror, and Death Proof. He also appeared in Tarantino's Django Unchained.
In recent years, Parks dominated the screen »
- Derek Anderson
Michael Parks, longtime Hollywood mainstay and beloved character actor and singer, has passed away at the age of 77. The news was announced by filmmaker Kevin Smith, who took to his Instagram to share that “the best actor I’ve ever known” and his “cinematic muse,” had died. No cause of death was named.
Smith directed Parks in both his “Tusk” and “Red State,” having relished the longtime actor’s career since first seeing him in Robert Rodriguez’s “From Dusk Till Dawn.” Though Parks’ career stretched back to 1960, when he made his screen debut on TV’s “Zane Grey Theater,” in recent years, the supporting standout had enjoyed a revival at the hands of both Quentin Tarantino (who Smith deemed Parks’ “biggest fan”) and Smith, who continued to craft roles for the singular actor.
I hate to report that my cinematic muse #michaelparks has passed away. Michael was, and will likely forever remain, »
- Kate Erbland
Parks’ career began back in the 1960s and he scored his first major role as the star of the series Then Came Bronson, from which he also launched a successful recording career as a country artist. He would go on to make appearances in the likes of The Equalizer, Death Wish V: The Face of Death and Twin Peaks before his first outing as his most famous character, Texas Ranger Earl McGraw, in From Dusk Till Dawn.
Parks would reprise the role of Earl McGraw in Kill Bill: Vol. 1, Planet Terror and Death Proof, while his other recent credits include roles in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Red State, Argo, Django Unchained and Tusk. »
- Gary Collinson
Hello friends, if you're like me, every now and again you find yourself with a crave on for blood, beasts, and bodacious badass babes as a part of your preferred cinematic diet. Thankfully, you can usually find all of those ingredients and more baked into films like Death Proof, Planet Terror, Cannibal Holocaust, Hobo With A Shotgun, and Chillerama, just to name a few. Oh, but... Read More »
- Steve Seigh
Tarantino has promises to keep and miles to go before he sleeps.Rip it, drop the title card, call it Death Proof, re-release it!“‘Death Proof’ has got to be the worst movie I ever make. And for a left-handed movie, that wasn’t so bad, all right? — so if that’s the worst I ever get, I’m good. But I do think one of those out-of-touch, old, limp, flaccid-dick movies costs you three good movies as far as your rating is concerned.” — Quentin Tarantino, 2012 (THR Round Table Interview)
It’s the ten year anniversary of the release of Death Proof, a gonzo experiment in meta-cinematic storytelling that puts all of Tarantino’s subtle nods and fetishes into the spotlight. It’s great. I’m not going to hear anybody trash-talking this joint. Okay, so Tarantino goes on to acknowledge in the interview he’s talking bullshit on himself to make a point. But »
- William Dass
By Spencer Coile
There was something electric in the air when I sat down at an opening night showing of Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez's collaborative work, Grindhouse ten years ago to this day. I was only 15 years-old at the time, crowded into a rowdy, sold-out theater. Dripping in nostalgia, the film heralded back to B-movies from the 60's and 70's that were pulpy, campy, and over-the-top in every way imaginable. This 3+ hour epic featured trailers, two films (Planet Terror from Rodriguez, Death Proof from Tarantino), and an "intermission" as a means to immerse its audience into a culture of filmmaking that had long been forgotten... »
- Spencer Coile
Author: Sean Wilson
As if last year’s nostalgia-infused sensation Stranger Things didn’t make it clear enough, the world is currently going mad for all things eighties. Not the big hair or the shellsuits, mind – rather woozy synthpop, blood-rich neon and anything related to the heyday of creepy body horror.
With Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski’s splattery new gorefest The Void out now, one that gleefully mashes up loving homages to H.P. Lovecraft John Carpenter, David Cronenberg and more, here are the essential throwback horror movies that you need to watch in preparation.
Writer/director Ti West is at the forefront of recent revival horror and this deliciously slow-burning spooker remains one of his best. Drawing on the ‘Satanic panic’ craze that swept America during the eighties, it’s the unbearably suspenseful story of a young woman (Jocelin Donahue) whose babysitting job at a creaking, »
- Sean Wilson
Robert Rodriguez’s next project was unveiled at Stx’s CinemaCon panel in Las Vegas Tuesday. The project, titled “Ugly Dolls,” will be based off the toy line of the same name and released May 10, 2019. “Ugly Dolls” will be Rodriguez’s first animated film, inspired by a line of colorful plush monster toys. Rodriguez will also produce through Troublemaker Studios with David Horvath, creator of the toy line, serving as executive producer with Drew Matilsky. Also Read: Eddie Murphy, Elton John Projects Lead Stx Animation Slate Though he is known for darker fare like “Planet Terror” and “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn, »
- Jeremy Fuster
We haven't heard much about the Escape from New York remake since Fox picked up the rights to reboot the franchise back in early 2015, but now it's being reported that Robert Rodriguez is in talks to take the directing reins on the project.
According to THR, Rodriguez (Planet Terror, From Dusk Till Dawn) is in discussions to direct the Escape from New York remake for 20th Century Fox, with John Carpenter—the director of the original film and its 1996 sequel (Escape from L.A.)—on board as an executive producer with considerable creative input on the project (he's also doing something similar in the Michael Myers franchise by executive producing the new Halloween movie). On Facebook, Carpenter shared his excitement for Rodriguez's potential involvement, writing, "I am thrilled. He is a great director."
- Derek Anderson
Kirsten Howard Mar 31, 2017
From The Shining to I Origins, these are just some of the worst offenders when it comes to moving between floors...
This article contains spoilers for just about every film on its list.
I don’t know when it started exactly.
When I was very young, it was fine. I maybe even enjoyed getting on an elevator and being whisked off, but somewhere in the timeline of my life, something changed. I began to dread stepping onto one. My heart would pound, a cold sweat would creep down my neck and my breath would quicken.
“What’s wrong?” a bemused acquaintance would ask as we were about to embark.
“Oh! Nothing, really,” I’d respond as casually as I could for someone suddenly about to lose control of their bowels. “I just thought I might take the stairs. Bit of exercise, you know.”
“But it…it’s 18 flights, »
While Madre may only be his second feature film to date, writer/director Aaron Burns is no stranger to the world of horror, or indie filmmaking for that matter. His credits include providing visual effects expertise on projects like Planet Terror, Machete, and The Green Inferno (on which he also was in charge of second unit photography and even played the character of Jonah, who was eaten by cannibals in a glorious frenzy of brutality), and he has also worked as a camera operator on Aftershock and played supporting roles in both The Stranger and Knock Knock.
While at the 2017 SXSW Film Festival, Daily Dead caught up with Burns to talk about his disturbing take on parental paranoia. The filmmaker discussed what inspired his latest project, how he wanted to tap into the true horror of Madre’s story—rather than rely on copious amounts of gore—and the importance of trusting female instincts, »
- Heather Wixson
Anna Biller painstakingly recreates the 60s with this tale of love and witchcraft in the present day, but is it worth a look?
At first glance, The Love Witch is the kind of film that’ll have you saying “well, they don’t make ‘em like this anymore!”
But that’s not entirely accurate.
Whether you’ve sat through Robert Rodriguez’s grindhouse-embracing Planet Terror, the inherently slow pace of late-70s horror in Ti West’s The House Of The Devil, the Trost Brothers’ vision of 80s gang dystopia in their little-seen 2011 effort The Fp, or even the B movie action-comedy short Kung Fury, chances are that in one respect you’ve seen a film exactly like The Love Witch in recent years.
Read no further if you haven’t seen Sunday’s “The Walking Dead” mid-season premiere: Spoilers ahead!
For the first time since our heroes met Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), “The Walking Dead” fans are feeling some hope. Not only are Rick (Andrew Lincoln) and the rest of the Alexandria crew willing to mount a revolution, they know where the Saviors are, how to get there, and they’ve got some serious firepower. The tide may still be a long way from turning — maybe another seven episodes — but the gang is at last back together. Executive producer Greg Nicotero, who also directed Sunday’s episode, broke down the mid-season premiere for Variety.
You guys took some flak for the sheer hopelessness of the first half of the season. This episode felt like even more of a relief — was that why the first eight episodes had to be so dark?
I don’t know if it was calculated that »
- Oriana Schwindt
17 items from 2017
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