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As Joss Whedon has written on his Twitter feed, Buffy The Vampire Slayer was a TV show that was shot in the 4x3 aspect ration because "TVs were shaped that way". He added that "widescreen Buffy is nonsense".
That he's had to post this at all is in response to reruns of Buffy The Vampire Slayer that have been airing in the Us, that have been remastered by 20th Century Fox into a widescreen aspect ratio. The problem is that the source material doesn't support such a decision, and whilst the HD widescreen reruns have been going for a while, changes that have now come to light include significant changes to the lighting of scenes, and even crew members popping up in the shots.
Here's YouTube compilation that compares, just on a technical level, »
The offbeat comedy, which bowed at Tribeca earlier this year, stars Fran Kranz (Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and "The Cabin in the Woods") as a manchild with a proto-Bieber haircut, various delusions, and who lives at home with his mother (Blythe Danner). Just coincidentally, all of Greene's children, ages seven to 20, live with their mother. "Yeah, people are surprised I have so many kids, but I started kind of young," said fledgling director Greene, whose father was a star of the longtime NBC western "Bonanza" and, later, the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV series. She met her husband, director Sam Raimi, when she was 20 and they had their first when she was 25. "Which isn't that young, but I never even liked kids. I never babysat, I was an only child, I never got all excited about babies. But when I had my first child I just fell in love. »
- John Anderson
Superheroes, time travellers, aliens and zombies. Here’s our pick of forthcoming Us geek TV for 2015…
Following on from our list of brand new UK geek-skewed TV shows to keep an eye out for next year is this gaggle of Us counterparts. There are film adaptations from 12 Monkeys to Scream, comic book adaptations including Daredevil and Dark Matter, and a host of original projects.
All of the ones listed below are as certain as certain gets in the world of Us TV commissioning, and as a bonus, there’s a wee list of sci-fi and fantasy pilots to look forward to should they be picked up by their respective networks.
You’ll find this one among our running total of movies currently being turned into TV shows, for obvious reasons.
A Syfy production that’s expected to arrive in January 2015, 12 Monkeys is based on the 1995 Terry Gilliam film (itself »
There are about a million smart and clever ideas packed into the runtime of Drew Goddard's brilliant horror movie The Cabin in the Woods, but perhaps the film's greatest is the coffee mug water pipe. Used by Marty, the pot head character played by Fran Kranz, the plastic and metal container looks like a normal thermos, but in reality it actually extends like a telescope and has a detachable hollow handle that can be reinserted in the bottom. To own one of these thermos bongs would be to own the best possible prop replica from The Cabin In The Woods - and the best news of all is that fans will soon get their chance to purchase one. While there's no actual mention of The Cabin In The Woods on their website - perhaps just for legal reasons - the company Iron Man Designs LLC has revealed that they »
The U.S. rights for the upcoming demonic truck horror-thriller Wrecker were acquired by XLrator Media from IndustryWorks Pictures up here in Canada. IndustryWorks will distribute the pic here in Canada and is handling international sales at Afm. The story follows best friends Emily and Lesley as they take a road trip to a music festival in the desert. Emily "borrows" her boyfriend's Mustang Gt to make things exciting, but the partying ends when they find themselves pursued by a seemingly psychotic truck driver, who forces them to play a deadly game of cat-and-mouse. With an unknown evil force bearing down on them and a long stretch of deserted highway ahead, their idyllic road trip becomes their worst nightmare. Wrecker stars Anna Hutchison (The Cabin in the Woods)...
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In 1983, viewers saw the tire-squealing rage of a jealous ’58 Plymouth Fury in John Carpenter’s Christine, based on the Stephen King novel. Three years later, King himself directed Maximum Overdrive, in which everything from pop machines to semi-trucks followed their own deadly agendas. Now XLrator Media is tossing their film reel into the ring of vehicle-centric horror films with Wrecker, due out next summer.
“Los Angeles (November 10, 2014) – XLrator Media has acquired U.S. distribution rights at the American Film Market to the demonic truck horror-thriller Wrecker from IndustryWorks Pictures, which is currently in post-production. XLrator Media will release the film in Summer 2015 on its acclaimed “MacAbre” genre label. IndustryWorks Pictures will release the film in Canada and is selling the international rights at Afm.
- Derek Anderson
The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.
With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.
In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »
- Gary Susman
When’s that comic book movie coming out, with the ant-sized man? This and all similar questions answered in our comic book movie calendar.
Comic book fans of the world - were you planning on spending your spare cash on anything other than cinema visits and DVD box-sets for the next six years? Well tough, because Hollywood has other ideas.
Ever since Bryan Singer’s X-Men movie jump-started the comic book movie trend in 2000 (building on the stellar work of Richard Donner and Tim Burton in the decades prior), Fox, Sony, Warner Bros., Disney and Marvel Studios have all been repeatedly cashing-in on the resurgent popularity of capes, cowls and anything ending in ‘Man’.
Now, the sheer size of the comic book movie-making world has reached a critical mass. There are now seven such films (at least) slated for every year between 2016 and 2019. There’s also a few confirmed for 2020 already, »
Two people were revealed to be returning for Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Joss Whedon's been talking about the spilled secret.
Earlier this week, it was revealed that two familiar faces will be turning up in Joss Whedon's 2015 Marvel blockbusters, Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Even though the names of two said people have been openly discussed online, we're calling in Daphne the Spoiler Squirrel on the off chance you don't know, and don't want the reveal ruined.
As always, if you scroll below Daphne, you're in spoiler territory.
Well, Vulture has done a new interview with Joss Whedon, and asked him about the comments Idris Elba made, where the actor revealed that both he and Tom Hiddleston had roles in Avengers: Age Of Ultron. Asked whether Whedon had had to send a 'scolding' email to Elba, Whedon said that "um, should he receive an email from, there »
The Cabin in the Woods Horror References Video. GoodBadFlicks’s Every Reference in Cabin in the Woods video is very interesting and entertaining watch, especially for fans of the Drew Goddard directed and Goddard and Joss Whedon co-written film. The film has many great moments and surprises but just missed the mark [...]
Continue reading: Cabin In The Woods’ Horror Film & Monster References Video »
- Rollo Tomasi
Strictly Come Dancing climbed to a new Sunday peak yesterday, overnight data reveals.
The BBC One show rose to an average audience of 9.72 million (39.2%) at 7.20pm, down slightly from Saturday's live show.
On ITV, The X Factor was down by nearly 100,000 from last week, dipping to 7.55m (28.9%) at 8pm (272k/1.1% on +1). ITV2's Xtra Factor entertained 568k (2.3%) at 9pm.
For the first time this year, it was beaten by Downton Abbey, which climbed over 400k to 8.03m (33.0%) at 9pm (307k/1.9%). Earlier, Keep It in the Family interested 2.63m (11.1%) at 7pm (113k/0.4%).
Earlier on BBC One, Countryfile appealed to 7.02m (33.7%) at 6.15pm, while Antiques Roadshow brought in 5.27m (20.2%) at 8pm. A Death in Paradise repeat was seen by 2.47m (10.1%), and F1 coverage attracted 2.51m (22.9%) at 10.35pm.
On BBC Two, Human Universe gathered 1.10m (4.6%) at 7pm, followed by Wonders of the Monsoon with 1.62m (6.2%) at 8pm. Afghanistan: Lion's Last Roar intrigued 736k (3.0%) at 9pm, »
If you haven't yet given the horror flick The Cabin in the Woods a chance yet, it's available right now on Netflix Instant, and it's one of the best genre films of the past decade without a doubt. It uses familiar horror tropes while also giving them a reason to exist, and we don't want to explain any more than that if you're outside of the bubble of this film for some reason. Just take our word and watch it with some friends. Anyway, since the movie has been out for a coupe years, someone decided to dissect it a little further and focus on all the horror references made in the film, especially regarding all the monsters we see. Watch! Here's a guide to the horror references in The Cabin in the Woods from GoodBadFlicks: It's cool to see how intricately planned all of the horror elements of the »
- Ethan Anderton
Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard's The Cabin in the Woods is a hilariously brilliant film. I'm sure you've all seen it by now. If not, then tonight is the night to check it out! The movie is more than just a horror comedy, it's got a little bit of every kind of genre rolled into it. The movie is packed full of great references that you may or may not have noticed while watching the movie. Every time that I've watched this flick I've noticed something new. We have a video here for you to watch created by GoodBadFlicks that attempts to point out every singe reference in the movie. After you watch it, let us know if you picked up on all of these prior to having them all pointed out to you.
- Joey Paur
Ask any horror fan worth their weight in blood and they’ll say The Cabin in the Woods is one of the best horror films in the past few years. That’s mostly because it’s not only a horror movie. It’s a satire, a comedy, a mystery and a sci-fi action film all rolled into one. Written […]
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- Germain Lussier
Just about everything you need to know about Zombeavers is right there in the title. Zombie beavers (should) sound ridiculous, and so it’s a ridiculous movie that follows, strangely capturing your attention for some 70-odd minutes of bloody shenanigans.
The story is lifted from a horror template: a group of co-eds are joined by their obnoxious beaus at a cabin retreat where toxic waste has infected some local rodents, and thus mayhem ensues. That’s it. So it is with equal parts earnestness and absurdity that Zombeavers declares itself a feature film, dedicating itself to actual characters and a simple plot while trying to maintain a straight face with antagonists in the form of killer beavers.
It starts hilariously enough, as a pair of truckers exchange snappy, vulgar dialogue while not at all paying attention to the road. Rather, the driver isn’t giving heed, and when an accident occurs, »
- Anthony Marcusa
The home of monster cinema, Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights continue a grand scare legacy…
Read about what happened when Den of Geek went along to this year’s Halloween Horror Nights in Universal Orlando Resort, here.
In October 1991, Universal’s latest horror release was little-loved sequel Child’s Play 3: Look Who’s Stalking. The studio that had dominated the classic monster era of the thirties and forties, immortalising the careers of Boris Karloff and Bela Legosi, was pushing a tired franchise through multiplexes stuffed with sequels to eighties slasher movies. But in its recently opened Orlando theme park, a seed was being planted that would grow into a worthy homage to Universal’s cinematic roots: the annual Halloween Horror Nights.
A year earlier, Universal Studios Florida had opened after a bumpy few months of delays, rethinks, and set-backs. In its very early days, a more accurate version of »
Genuinely horrific and deeply scary in a way that draws on the most primal of emotions. A horror flick with rare emotional and psychological resonance. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): I’m not generally optimistic about horror movies these days
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I’m trying to remember the last time an actual, straight-up horror film frightened me. And… I got nuthin’. The Cabin in the Woods comes close, but that was scary in ways that were about undercutting traditional horror tropes. The movies that scare the crap out of me tend to be things like the nuclear-war nightmare-inducer Threads, or the lost-at-sea panic attack Open Water.
But now there’s The Babadook, which is, basically, yer standard haunted-house flick with a bit of demonic-ish possession tossed in for spice. Except it’s genuinely horrific and deeply scary. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
He’s been skewed by arrows in Middle Earth, beheaded in Westeros and drawn and quartered in medieval England, but do you know where Sean Bean hasn’t met a sticky end yet? That’s right – space. Alas, even the final frontier may end up as a resting place for the oft-killed actor now that he’s joined the cast of Ridley Scott’s The Martian.
Bean will reportedly play a Nasa flight director in the survival adventure, which was adapted from Andy Weir’s book of the same name by The Cabin in the Woods co-writer/director Drew Goddard. Though some of you may be wondering just how Bean’s character will wind up perishing given that he’s safely back on Earth, rest assured the actor will find a way. After all, he has a reputation to protect.
All jesting aside, word has it that, in a refreshing change of pace, »
- Isaac Feldberg
We have some casting news for you today. First up, Sean Bean has signed on to Ridley Scott's The Martian. Scripted by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) based on an e-book by Andy Weir, Matt Damon stars as an astronaut who gets stranded on Mars and must figure out how to survive long enough for Nasa to rescue him. According to THR, Bean will play a Nasa flight director. It seems like a safe job, but I'm sure Bean's character will find some way to die. He'll probably choke on a donut or something. The film also stars Jessica Chastain, Jeff Daniels, Kate Mara, Michael Pena and Kristen Wiig. The Martian opens November 25, 2015. Bean currently stars on the TNT series Legends and will next be seen in Jupiter Ascending and Pixels. Hit the jump for casting news regarding Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones), Ron Livingston (Office Space »
- Matt Goldberg
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we'll post our top picks from specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we're kicking things off with demons. To the nonbelievers, demons are kind of funny—all horns and red faces, too unrealistic to provoke real scares. Then a legitimately terrifying, devil-centric movie—say, Paranormal Activity—comes along...and suddenly demons aren't so silly anymore. A »
- Ariana Bacle
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