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Star Trek actor Chris Pine is in talks to join Disney's coast guard film, The Finest Hours. It will tell the true story of a daring 1952 coast guard rescue of 84 men off Cape Cod after two oil tankers collided and were torn in half by waves during a fierce blizzard. Craig Gillespie is also in talks to direct the project. He's the director of films such as Fright Night and Million Dollar Arm.
This really is an incredible and heroic story, and I think it will make for an amazing film. This is a perfect project for Pine to take on. It's easy to imagine him in a movie like this. The film will be an adaptation of a book with the same name, and here's the synopsis:
In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, »
- Joey Paur
Chris Pine is back to save the day. The "Star Trek Into Darkness" star is currently in negotiations to play the lead in the drama "The Finest Hours" for Disney. Based on true events, "Hours" takes place in 1952, when two massive oil tankers collided in the Atlantic off the coast of New England. The Coast Guard launch a mammoth rescue operation in order to save the ships' crews, according to Variety. Although nothing is confirmed, Pine would likely play one of the lead rescuers. Craig Gillespie ("Million Dollar Arm," "Lars and the Real Girl," "Fright Night") will direct, while Jim Whitaker will produce the film. Pine recently starred in "Jack Ryan," and will next be seen in the all-star musical "Into the Woods," and the comedy sequel "Horrible Bosses 2." »
- Dave Lewis
The story follows two oil tankers caught in massive Nor'easter storm off the New England coast in 1952. The ships split in two, and their crews were thrown into the ferocious seas.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Though his last stab at screen heroism, Jack Ryan, didn’t exactly set the box office alight, Chris Pine has had better luck at the helm of a ship, even if it is one that traverses between the stars and not across the ocean. He may be hoping for similar success with a real-life naval tale, The Finest Hours.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pine is in talks to star in the film, which is drawn from the true story of two oil tankers being caught in massive Nor’easter storm off the New England coast in 1952. The ships split in two and their crews were thrown into the raging seas. The coast guard was called out and had to attempt a rescue in the tempestuous waves. Though his role isn’t specified, Pine would likely be leading the Guard crew.Fright Night director Craig Gillespie is in talks to »
At first, a movie about vampires might sound like an odd fit for indie cult director Jim Jarmusch, but it actually makes perfect sense -- afer all, what better subject matter could there be for a director who's made a career out of exploring ennui?
So in Jarmusch's latest, "Only Lovers Left Alive," Tom Hiddleston stars as a world-weary vampire named Adam, hiding out in Detroit as a reclusive rock star, while his undead other half (Eve, naturally), played by Tilda Swinton, lives halfway across the world in Tangier, Morocco. Anton Yelchin, Adam's unwitting familiar/gofer Ian, and Mia Wasikowska as Eve's uncontrollable younger sister round out the small cast, and the result is a gorgeously shot and wickedly funny love story, packed with the same oddball charm and quirky characters on which Jarmusch has made his name.
Following the movie's premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, »
- Rick Mele
With director James Foley, Ld Entertainment and the producers of the 2011 Fright Night remake set to oversee the re-imagining of director Adrian Lyne’s 1990 psychological horror film Jacob’s Ladder, we caught up exclusively with the project’s screenwriter Jeff Buhler (above) in order to get the low-down on the project. Read on!
Best known to genre audiences for scripting 2008’s Clive Barker-inspired Midnight Meat Train and writing and directing that year’s feature Insanitarium (and who is also penning the upcoming Ghost House Pictures’ re-launch of The Grudge franchise), Buhler said of the feature project (whose source material surrounds a Vietnam veteran suffering Disassociative Identity Disorder), “Jacob’s Ladder came to my attention by the producers Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta, who are friends of mine.”
“Essentially the conundrum (with doing a remake) of Jacob’s Ladder, is that first of all it’s a ‘cult’ favorite, so »
- Sean Decker
When Only Lovers Left Alive was announced I think it was hard to not get at least a little bit excited. Here was have Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin) - two powerhouse actors playing vampires in a world crafted by the always underlyingly powerful Jim Jarmusch, the man behind Ghost Dog, Dead Man and Broken Flowers, among others. That’s a lot of heavy hitter roster to begin with. Throw in the always lovable Anton Yelchin (Fright Night), the rising star Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and the infamous John Hurt (Alien, Hellboy) and you have a stacked deck. So the question was could the film possibly live up to the hype that the cast induces? Absolutely.
The post Review: Jarmusch Puts a Refreshing, Distinctive Stamp on Vampres in Only Lovers Left Alive appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Howdy fright fiends! All of us here at Icons of Fright are pretty hardcore when it comes to being soundtrack fanatics. Whether it be Rob or Justin blasting away with their Death Waltz vinyl, or little ol’ me (Jerry), sorting through my insane amount of iTunes soundtracks or Mondo vinyl collection, the fact is that we’re constantly in adoration of all things music, especially when the tunes are from our favorite fright films. Since this whole month of April is one big celebration of our ten year anniversary, and we wanted to make things really fun, we decided that instead of just writing an article about Our favorite soundtracks, we would reach out to our friends and colleagues and ask them to join up and contribute to this one. So, without further ado, we bring you Icons and Friends: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!
Rob G. (Co-creator, Icons Of Fright, »
- Jerry Smith
A few posters to round up before the night ends: Million Dollar Arm - Jon Hamm, Suraj Sharma, Madhur Mittal, Aasif Mandvi, Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin star in the Disney sports drama, directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night). Palo Alto - Emma Roberts, James Franco, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff, Zoe Levin, Claudia Levy, Chris Messina, and Val Kilmer star in Gia Coppola's debut feature about a group of teens, based on short stories by Franco. A Haunted House 2 - Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Essence Atkins, Gabriel Iglesias, Missi Pyle, Ashley Rickards, Affion Crockett, and Cedric The Entertainer star in the horror spoof sequel, directed by Michael Tiddes. Check out the posters after the jump. Million Dollar Arm opens May 16. Poster via the Million Dollar Arm Facebook page: Official synopsis: In a last ditch effort to save his career as a sports agent, Jb Bernstein »
- Brendan Bettinger
Last year FEARnet exclusively premiered a web series called Tom Holland's Twisted Tales, comprised of nine stories of terror from the master of horror. Right now we have your chance to score a copy of the DVD!
To enter for your chance to win, just send us an E-mail Here including your Full Name And Mailing Address. We’ll take care of the rest.
This contest ends at 12:01 Pt on Monday, April 7th.
Image Entertainment Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales, available on DVD beginning March 18, 2014. Directed by and starring Master of Horror Tom Holland, Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales is an anthology film staring an impressive list of actors and “who’s who” from the horror genre, including William Forsythe (The Devil’s Rejects, "Boardwalk Empire"), Danielle Harris (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Ray Wise (X-Men: First Class), Aj Bowen (Hatchet II), Sarah Butler (I Spit on Your Grave). and more. »
- Uncle Creepy
A company called Kreepy Kustomz creates handcrafted horror film-inspired lunchboxes. They have a great assortment of lunchpails and considering the time that goes in to creating them, the prices are really reasonable. These lunchboxes start at $40.00 and go up from there. While the starting price does not include a thermos, buyers can add one on for an additional charge. This Etsy shop also has some amazing minimalist horror poster art for sale. What’s more, the store’s proprietor is also available to do custom work.
We are focusing on our top five choices that Kreepy Kustomz has available as of this posting but there are plenty of other options available as well.
This Dawn of the Dead lunchbox is hyper simplistic – it only makes use of three colors/shades but it is highly effective and the choice to use blood red as the primary color »
- Tyler Doupe
As a composer, I'm quick to acknowledge the role of music in setting the tone for a horror film, and while theme songs with lyrics and vocals can be just as effective as an instrumental score, there are definitely risks involved: along with clothing and hairstyles, songs tend to anchor a film to the year it was made, and as tastes change, a pop tune can be exposed as a quaint and silly relic of its decade. Then again, some of those tracks were pretty goofy to begin with, and nothing could have saved them. With that said, I love every one of these oddball themes to death (even the truly painful ones), so I'd like to share with you the best of the weirdest, straight from one of my more... uh, let's say “eccentric” party playlists. Let's rock! Fat Boys: “Are You Ready for Freddy?” (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, »
- Gregory Burkart
As a fan of Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas thrillers, I was tremendously excited when The Mummy director Stephen Sommers latched onto the story and took steps to turn it into a major film franchise. My anticipation only grew when Anton Yelchin, previously the star of the horrifically underrated Fright Night remake, was cast in the lead role. Though I never would have pegged Yelchin for the part, I honestly couldn’t imagine anyone else in the role once his name came up. Then, just as fans were preparing to mark their calendars, something odd happened, and not in a punny way. Legal disputes killed the film’s marketing campaign and left it lying dormant on Sommers’ shelf, for months on end. Earlier this year, it did see a theatrical run, albeit a shockingly brief one, and I regrettably missed it then. Luckily, with Odd Thomas now hitting Blu-Ray, I »
- Isaac Feldberg
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
new to stream
Avengers Assemble (aka Marvel’s The Avengers): one of the best superhero movies ever made, this is funny, poignant, exciting, and involving [my review] [at Netflix] Call Me Kuchu: powerful documentary about gay men fighting for equal rights and human dignity in Uganda [at Netflix] Fright Night: 2011 update of the classic 80s comedy horror features a killer performance by David Tennant as a stage magician [my review] [at Netflix] Populaire: ridiculous charming and totally delightful, this is a sly sendup of sports movies within a hugely smart and funny nostalgic romance [my review] [at Netflix] The Queen of Versailles: entertaining look at the financial troubles of one of the wealthiest families in America… and perhaps one of the most dysfunctional [my review] [at Netflix]
streaming now, while it’s still in theaters
The Machine: the bleak chic of this Sf drama is intriguing, but the »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Not much to speak of in the pre-amble this week except that From Dusk Till Dawn episode 2 on Netflix continued in fine form and presented an interesting and somewhat unique version of a vampire which was actually quite scary. If you have written this off because it sounds cheap and forced (admittedly on paper it does) I urge you to give it a watch, the dialogue alone is better than most TV shows, “Got your balls on?” is a great line I will repeat ad nauseam henceforth.
In other news Netflix CEO Reed Hastings has criticised internet providers for not providing a good enough service to allow users to use Netflix to its full potential and the costs of maintaining such a connection, mainly what ISPs are expecting streaming companies to pay them. This has also kicked off a debate about net neutrality which I know little about. I believe »
- Chris Holt
A suicide-club meet-cute? It shouldn’t work, but it does, as wonderfully sardonic British humor and as a reminder that you’re not alone in being messed up in this insane world. I’m “biast” (pro): I’ve liked other flicks based on Nick Hornby’s novels
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
I have not read the source material
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
It shouldn’t work: this is, after all, a platonic meet-cute among four people who’d planned to throw themselves off the London rooftop where they all run into one another on a particularly despairing New Year’s Eve for each of them. But it works: as wonderfully sardonic British humor (for us), as something to cling to in the face of misery (for them), as a reminder that it’s okay to be fucked up in this insane world »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Tom Holland is a heralded horror filmmaker, having both Child’s Play and Fright Night on his résumé, but you wouldn’t know that from his FearNet web series turned anthology horror film, Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales. Stringing together nine whimpering stories of obscurity, stale plotting, poorly budgeted production, and regrettable acting from so many genre stars, I can’t express how utterly disappointing each segment becomes. Thinking of each short as some cheap webisode content for publicity purposes, getting Holland’s name out while FearNet promotes a legendary horror talent, quality lacks drive and ambition, as similar productions like Zombie Roadkill outshine Holland’s feeble attempts. Eliminating the point of owning this release, you can watch all these “twisted tales” over on FearNet – and even then I wouldn’t recommend it.
These nine tales of “terror” span numerous subgenres, from werewolves, to magic mirrors, to deals with the devil, »
- Matt Donato
Image Entertainment Presents
From the Horror Legend Behind Child’s Play and Fright Night
Available on DVD on March 18, 2014
Los Angeles, CA (February 19, 2014) – Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, brings you Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales available on DVD on March 18, 2014. Directed by and starring Master of Horror Tom Holland, Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales will be available on DVD for an Srp of … Continue reading →
- Mike Joy
Genre legend Tom Holland (Child’s Play, Fright Night) wrote and directed a web series for Fearnet called Tom Holland’s Twisted Tales. Now the series is getting the DVD treatment. We spoke with Tom about what people can expect on the DVD.
Was it always the plan to release a DVD? Originally, Twisted Tales was just meant to be a Fearnet show.
Well, they were going to try to get Walmart to release them, and it worked! Walmart took it, which, as you know, is the only major market left for DVDs. So I’m thrilled about that, but there was no guarantee. It worked out very well. The one who deserves the credit is Mark Ward at Image. It is a huge distribution. It gives it a chance to get out there.
Right. I have to imagine that the people who find it on the shelf at Walmart »
- Alyse Wax
It was back in 1992 that Chicago-based artist Barry Crawford officially became known as 'Clay Guy,' turning his passion for Diy monster making from a hobby into a bonafide career. Sculpey Modeling Compound is Crawford's tool of choice, and though he started off by turning hunks of clay into silver screen icons like Batman and the Joker, his love for horror movies soon shined through, and nowadays he exclusively spends his time sculpting figures of genre icons both past and present.
A regular on the convention scene for many years now, Crawford's 'Clay Guy' sculptures continually impress, and he consistently churns out a brand new cavalcade of monsters and madmen every year. Though he has of course sculpted icons of fright like Freddy Krueger and Michael Myers, it is Crawford's figures of less appreciated villains that really make his work special, as he's brought to life a handful of characters »
- John Squires
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