11 items from 2012
By Allen Gardner
Pier Paolo Pasolini’S Trilogy Of Life (Criterion) Pier Paolo Pasolini was Italy’s last Neo-Realist, a product of post-ww II Europe who was fervently Catholic, openly gay, defiantly Marxist, and one of the most original voices of the 20th century’s second half. Before his brutal murder in 1975 (after the premiere of his still-controversial swan song, “Salo”), Pasolini directed a trilogy of films based on masterpieces of medieval literature: Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and “The Thousand and One Nights (also known as “The Arabian Nights”). The three films celebrate the uninhibited, earthy, raw carnal nature of the original texts, leaving little to the imagination, but also offering Pasolini’s own very unique and pointed views on modern society, consumerism, religious and sexual mores (and hypocrisies), and an unexpurgated celebration of the human body, both male and female. Extraordinary production design by Dante Ferretti and another evocative, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
A couple of casting headlines for you today: Paul Dano (Looper) will join Hugh Jackman (Real Steel) and Jake Gyllenhaal (End of Watch) in the vigilante thriller, Prisoners, directed by Denis Villeneuve (Incendies). Ron Perlman (Hellboy) has joined the psychological thriller, Angry Little God, from director Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism). Hit the jump for more on these casting assignments and the movies themselves. We recently reported that Gyllenhaal was confirmed to star in Prisoners and now Alcon Entertainment announces that Dano is also on-board. The Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband) script centers on "a small-town carpenter (Jackman) whose young daughter and best friend are kidnapped. After the cops fail to find them, he takes the law into his own hands but in the process runs up against the big-city detective (Gyllenhaal) assigned to the case." Prisoners, which is scheduled to begin production in early 2013 with an expected fall 2013 release, also stars »
- Dave Trumbore
This week’s list is fairly short but sweet, with some of the finest films released in the first quarter of the year.
My picks of the week:
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Oren Moverman returns with his second feature after 2009’s Oscar-nominated The Messenger, with Woody Harrelson taking the lead this time around, and Ben Foster heading up the support alongside Ice Cube, Anne Heche, Ned Beatty, Brie Larson, Cynthia Nixon, Robin Wright, Sigourney Weaver, and Steve Buscemi – a fantastic cast, I’m sure you’ll agree.
Harrelson gives an Oscar-worthy »
- Kenji Lloyd
Well, Saturday’s schedule for this year’s San Diego Comic Con is now live. So far, we’ve been reporting horror specific events and panels scheduled for the convention. Saturday’s schedule is interesting, though. While they have enough fright themed panels slated for the day, we noticed that Saturday would be better presented as a mixed bag. With everything from Django Unchained and True Blood, to the much anticipated Silent Hill movie sequel and a nerdsplosive panel featuring Roger Corman And William Shatner, Saturday looks like it’ll hold up it’s end of the bargain as being an all out blast!
Seriously, there’s so much to highlight! I’m just going to shut up and command you to check out the list we compiled below.
10:00-11:00 Comic-Con How-To: Anatomy of a Fight Scene, Part One— Stories are about conflict, and there is no purer »
- Aaron Pruner
Another day, another schedule for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con. Next up is Day 3 - Saturday, July 14th - which is just about as chock-full of events for the horror crowd as Friday the 13th!
As always, our focus is the horror panels, but included are a few others that we think will be of interest as well. Remember that times and participants are subject to change so keep your eyes on the official Sdcc site for updates. And hopefully they'll provide a fix soon for the Sdcc smartphone app - in years past it's been extremely helpful.
10:00-11:00 Comic-Con How-To: Anatomy of a Fight Scene, Part One— Stories are about conflict, and there is no purer form of conflict than a good ol' fisticuffs-style brawl-or sword fight, laser battle, western shootout, or even two chicks pulling each other's hair. How do you put that much action down on »
- The Woman In Black
Well lookie here! Lookie here! It’s that time of year again! San Diego Comic Con is just a couple weeks away and the schedules for each day is steadily rolling out. Since we’ll be heading down once again this year to experience the pop culture cluster fuck that is Sdcc, we figured it only right to share with you the horror themed shenanigans slated for the days we’ll be in attendance.
It seems that the day’s main highlights will be Dexter and zombie related. Seriously, from The Walking Dead to the number of various panels covering different aspects of the undead in all their non-breathing glory, it looks like I’ll be one busy yet happy camper!
- Aaron Pruner
The schedules for the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night and Day 1 (July 11 and July 12) are now live, and we have the horror highlights for you here (along with a few panels of general interest). As always, though, be sure to check the official Sdcc site for updates!
We also recommend downloading the Sdcc app if you have a smart phone.
Preview Night - Wednesday, July 11
6:00-9:45 Special Sneak Peek Pilot Screenings— Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition, with exclusive world premiere screenings of the pilot episodes of five of the most highly anticipated TV series pilots of the 2012–13 television season: 666 Park Avenue, Arrow, The Following, Revolution and Cult. More info can be found here. Ballroom 20
Day 1 - Thursday, July 12
10:00-11:00 The Witty Women of Steampunk— The Victorian era was one marked by constraints on behavior, morals and bosoms. When you »
- The Woman In Black
First up, clear your schedules, because snicks is liveblogging Days of Our Lives today, and from what I hear around the newsroom, he's liveblogging all next week (including Memorial Day).
Molly Ringwald may be getting pushback on whether Ducky was gay, but she can be sure she's surrounded by a bunch of gays when she's the Grand Marshall of L.A. Pride.
One Million Moms is boycotting both Marvel and DC over their gay characters, which I'm certain they're grateful for. Evidently though, it's not gay if there's a robot penis involved.
The Southern Poverty Law Center is calling out the National Organization for Marriage for their tendency to denounce extremist groups for their language while still linking out to their anti-gay screeds and discredited studies. I bet Brian Brown would love the martyr status that would come with being designated a hate group.
Alvin McEwen has an excellent rebuttal »
DVD Playhouse—April 2012
By Allen Gardner
Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (Warner Bros.) An eleven year-old boy (newcomer Thomas Horn, in an incredible debut) discovers a mysterious key amongst the possessions of his late father (Tom Hanks) who perished in 9/11. Determined to find the lock it matches, the boy embarks on a Picaresque odyssey across New York City. Director Stephen Daldry and screenwriter Eric Roth have fashioned a film both grand and intimate, beautifully-adapted from Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, thought by most who read it to be unfilmable. Fine support from Jeffrey Wright, Sandra Bullock, John Goodman, Viola Davis and the great Max von Sydow. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS-hd 5.1 surround.
Battle Royale: The Complete Collection (Anchor Bay) Adapted from Koushun Takami’s polarizing novel (compared by champions and detractors alike as a 21st century version of A Clockwork Orange) and set in a futuristic Japan, »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
For the past few years, fans of WWE Studios have been treated mostly to family-friendly movies like Legendary, Knucklehead, and The Chaperone starring some of the biggest names in wrestling like John Cena, The Big Show, and Triple H. But the studio has heard feedback from the fans and decided to return to making PG-13 and R-rated films, and recently we reported that they're planning a reboot of Warwick Davis' Leprechaun series titled Leprechaun: Origins (not a joke). According to Variety, Davis' replacement will be WWE star Hornswoggle, who portrays a mischievous leprechaun in and out of the ring on television. You can read all about Hornswoggle's exploits at Wikipedia, but it seems like a piece of no-brainer casting for the WWE to involve one of their own in a film like this. I don't think anyone expects Hornswoggle to have the sort of star power that Dwayne Johnson has, »
- Ben Pearson
To some, the stars of WWE, Tna, and the now defunct WCW are actors. They throw themselves around and pretend to be in pain for a living after-all. But why, when it comes to movies, do wrestlers (or sports-entertainers) rarely make the grade?
Hogan was a reasonable success, even having his own TV series Thunder In Paradise (1994) in which Hogan played a former Navy Seal-turned-mercenary and later Hogan Knows Best (2005-present), which introduced us to his (rather wretched) family. Still running in the Us, the show has been a huge success for Hogan financially but not personally, as it’s seen the dissolution of his marriage.
To have a career in film and TV span almost 30 years is a rarity. »
- Sam Carey
11 items from 2012
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