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New Oscar Chart ~ Foreign Hopefuls including Spain

Last month we shared speculation about what countries Argentina, Chile, Denmark, and The Czech Republic among others might submit to the Oscars this years. And we'll soon have more charts up. Spain narrowed down their finalists to three which is worth noting. The most successful countries in terms of Oscar in the later portions of the alphabet are Spain (19 nominations and 4 wins), Sweden (14 nominations and 3 wins) and Poland (10 nominations and 1 win). If you include the former Soviet Union stats with Russia's stats since 1992, they're approximately tied with Sweden.

Maribel Verdú in "Abracadabra" which is a finalist for Spain

Spain is currently in their longest dry spell of all time in this Oscar category (their last nominee The Sea Inside, which won, was 13 whole years ago). They will select their submission on September 7th but they've narrowed down their choice to the following three pictures: 

1898: Our Last Men in the
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New to Streaming: ‘Tale of Tales,’ ‘The Foot Fist Way,’ ‘My Big Night,’ ‘Magical Girl,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit the interwebs. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon (Douglas Tirola)

While the last few decades or so of National Lampoon’s output has been less than stellar, their influence through their humor magazine and films such as the original Vacation and Animal House can still be felt today. For those curious about the formation of the group and their rise to ubiquitous status, a
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[Review] My Big Night

My Big Night tells you what it is right up front: big with a capital “B,” a maximalist extravaganza satirizing the day-to-day life on a show business set that has a dark bite lurking in the colorful madness’s shadows. Directed by the always gonzo Álex de la Iglesia (Witching and Bitching, The Last Circus), My Big Night brings the Spaniard’s wicked edge behind the scenes, letting a flashy, Edgar Wright-esque cartoonishness dominate this pastiche.

Poking fun at fame, jealousy, ego, and superstitions, My Big Night takes place during the filming of a New Year’s Eve TV special while a union strike rages just outside the set. Jose — played by Pepón Nieto as a mix between Nick Frost and Jean Reno, with the deadpan weariness of Ricky Gervais’ best performances — is an unemployed actor, called in at the last minute to replace an extra whose absence relates
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My Big Night Review

Compared to their American equivalents, Spanish imports rock a vibe that can’t be duplicated. Just check any of Telemundo’s saucy daytime dramas versus our straight-faced network soap operas, and you’ll be treated to silliness abound. But that’s on a nationally televised level – graduate to big-budget theatrics, and we’re talking productions that are nuttier than a Payday bar (or whatever your favorite peanut-laced treat is).

My Big Night is, without a doubt, one of the more ludicrous ensemble pieces I’ve seen in recent memory, guided by the zany ambition of Álex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus and Witching & Bitching). Are you ready for over-dramatized comedics and a cornucopia of chaos driven by goofy, slapstick maturity? Or, would it be immaturity? Not quite sure. How would you define a subplot where some Fabio-lookin’ pop star has his semen stolen by a Bj-specialist who doesn’t swallow?
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Hey, Toronto! Win Tickets To Alex de la Iglesia's The Last Circus!

Hey, Toronto! Twitch is proud to present Dancing With The Devil - an extensive retrospective of Spanish maverick Alex de la Iglesia unspooling at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. Things wrap up this week with a March 28th screening of his The Last Circus and we want to give you tickets! Álex de la Iglesia's gonzo allegory about the legacy of the Spanish Civil War is both his wildest and most wildly ambitious feature to date. Opening with a dazzling title sequence that matches classic horror-movie villains with some of the twentieth century's all-too-real monsters, de la Iglesia's gonzo allegory is both his wildest and most wildly ambitious feature to date. Opening with a prologue set in 1937 -- where an itinerant circus' "Sad Clown" (Santiago...

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Hey, Toronto! Win Tickets To Alex de la Iglesia's Witching And Bitching!

Hey, Toronto! Twitch is proud to present Dancing With The Devil - an extensive retrospective of Spanish maverick Alex de la Iglesia unspooling at the Tiff Bell Lightbox. Things continue this week with a March 21st screening of his Witching & Bitching and we want to give you tickets!Marking de la Iglesia's return to his horror-comedy roots following the genre-bending The Last Circus, Witching & Bitching begins with a bizarre jewellery heist pulled off by stickup men dressed as iconic pop-culture characters and led by a silver-skinned Jesus. Escaping into the impenetrable forests of the Basque countryside, the hapless hoods find themselves facing troubles far greater than the cops when they land smack-dab in a bloodthirsty coven of witches, who subject the macho misogynists to...

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Directors: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Adam Wingard, Johnnie To & More Line Up New Projects

Alejandro Jodorowsky is gearing up for a sequel to "The Dance Of Reality." The picture is called "Endless Poetry," and finds the filmmaker gathering together Dante Jodorowsky, Adan Jodorowsky, Brontis Jodorowsky, Pamela Flores, and Leandro Taub for the fantastical telling of "Jodorowsky’s teenage years in Santiago, Chile" chronicling "his struggle to overcome family pressure and find his path as an artist and a poet." A crowd-funding campaign for the low-budget movie kicks off later this month. [Variety] Alex De la Iglesia ("Witching & Bitching," "The Last Circus") will next direct the comedy "My Big Night." The story "unspools at a lavish New Year’s Eve TV show, where the frenzied fake bonhomie contrasts with the shoot date – a sweltering mid-August – the participants’ actions and sentiments, and the solitude of the studio’s setting." Filming starts this month. [Variety] "The Guest"...
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Alex de la Iglesia: ‘Hollywood Focuses on Entertainment, I Try To Transgress’

Alex de la Iglesia: ‘Hollywood Focuses on Entertainment, I Try To Transgress’
Championed by Quentin Tarantino, whose 2010 Venice jury awarded him a Silver Lion for “The Last Circus,” Spaniard Alex de la Iglesia’s filmic universe might be thought weird. It is certainly one of the most exuberant in contemporary Spanish – maybe European – cinema.

During a directing master class at this week’s 14th Marrakech Film Fest, he bared his heart about his creative inspirations, having previously unveiled a new project to Variety, “The Bar,” which he aims to shoot on the heels of “My Big Night,” skedded for an early 2015 shoot.

One key inspiration for his generation is Spanish cult filmmaker Jess Franco (1930-2013). “For us, he’s a prophet, the greatest amongst the pantheon of directors. He did everything – mystery, horror, thriller, porno.”

Iglesia talked about his family background – he was born in Bilbao, in Spain’s Basque country, into a family with strong Catholic roots — and the fact that
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Witching & Bitching | Blu-ray Review

Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia returns with Witching and Bitching, a nod to his particular brand of zany, over-the-top genre comedy that marked some of his better known titles from 1990s, particularly The Day of the Beast (1995). Bigger budgets and a cadre of returning cast members from his filmography make his latest film of a higher pedigree than those roughhewn beginnings, but the director still insists on bloating his running time as an overstuffed extravaganza. As usual, this gilds the energetic exuberance to a desensitizing mass of standout moments rising out of chintzy, cheeseball antics.

Disguised as live street performers in Madrid, Jose (Hugo Silva) and Tony (Mario Casas) hold up a jewel shop and steal a bunch of gold rings. Jose is desperate to flee with his son from ex-wife Silvia (Macarena Gomez) since he’s tired of paying alimony. While several of their street performing cohorts are
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October 14th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Jennifer, Witching & Bitching, X-Men: Days of Future Past

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As we move closer to October 31st, horror fans have several amazing collections and special edition releases to look forward to this week, including the highly anticipated “Black Maria” collection from Dark Sky and Mpi in celebration of the 40th anniversary of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre.

Universal is also releasing a really cool box set that features a handful of Steven Spielberg’s finest films, Kino Lorber is resurrecting the cult classic Jennifer in high-def this week, and the indie horror comedy Witching & Bitching makes its way home on DVD as well, all in time for Halloween.

Spotlight Titles:

The Texas Chain Saw Massacre 40th Anniversary Black Maria Edition (Mpi Home Video/Dark Sky Films, Blu-ray)

40 years ago, five youths on a weekend getaway in the Texas countryside fell prey to a butcher in a mask made of human skin and his cannibalistic family, and horror cinema would never be the same.
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Review: Witching & Bitching

Alex del la Iglesia’s Witching & Bitching

Alex de la Iglesia has always had a knack for combining elements that would not typically go together as well as they do for his films. 1995‘s The Day Of The Beast took the concept of three men Trying to bring about the Antichrist, and turned it into a hybrid of horror and what was the darkest of comedies around. While 2010‘s The Last Circus had more of a very serious tone to it, it was undeniably an Alex de la Iglesia film, having the imagination that he’s definitely known for and taking its viewer for one hell of a ride. With IFC Film’s Witching & Bitching (aka- Las Brujas de Zugarramurdi and released on 10/14), de la Iglesia has once again created a film that is quite the wild experience, but is also one of the craziest hybrid films to grace the genre in a good while.
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Witching & Bitching DVD Release Date & Cover Art

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On the run after a bank heist, José and Tony need a place to lay low for awhile, especially since a handful of hostages and José’s son are along for the ride. They stop at a small tavern in the countryside, but they would have been better off turning themselves over to the law, as their pitstop is inhabited by a coven of merciless, wicked witches in IFC Midnight’s Witching & Bitching, coming to DVD in the Us on October 14th.

“When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, Jose and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, Jose has also brought his son along for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that
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‘The ABCs of Death 2′ has a release date

Image from The ABC’s of Death 2. Chapter directed by Erik Matti

The ABCs of Death 2 now officially has a release date and it is just in time for Halloween. The film will be released by Magnet and Drafthouse Films on VOD on October 2nd and a limited theatrical run a few weeks later on the 31st .

The sequel is a follow-up to 2012’s horror anthology The ABCs of Death and, like its predecessor, will contain 26 short horror films by some of the genre’s greatest minds. As expected with so many shorts, the original was a bit of a mixed bag. There were certainly some incredible shorts like D is for Dogfight directed by Marcel Sarmiento, T is for Toilet by Lee Hardcastle, U is for Unearthed by Ben Wheatley, X is for Xxl by Xavier Gens, and the disgusting L is for Libido by Timo Tjahjanto. There
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Shrew's Nest Trailer Brings on the Scares

The first official trailer for the upcoming fear flick that finds Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus, Witching and Bitching) serving as producer, Shrew's Nest, is here and it's looking pretty damned good. Check it out!

Shrew's Nest will mark the feature debut of Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel. The filmmakers describe the project as being a character-driven horror story with a strong focus on drama, comparing it to films like The Shining, Misery and Repulsion.

Carolina Bang and Kiko Martinez will also produce with Blancanieves' Pedro Ruigómez on as line producer, and it will feature make up effects by Pan's Labyrinth veteran Pepe Quetglas.

Shrew's Nest stars Macarena Gomez (Witching and Bitching), Nadia de Santiago (Niños Robados), Luis Tosar (Sleep Tight, Cell 211) and Hugo Silva (Witching and Bitching).

Synopsis

Spain, the 1950s. Montse is no longer a young woman. She lost the blush of youth caring for her little sister,
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Review: Witching & Bitching

This review was first published last year during our Fantastic Fest coverage. It is now opening in limited release and on VOD June 13th. Since Accion Mutante and Day of the Beast in the early-'90s, Alex de la Iglesia has always demonstrated his off-kilter sensibilities within horror. His endeavors are never straight-up exercises in fear. There's always a thread of humor. Something zany he brings to the table. At the core of it all, however, there's always a lot of heart. While not purely "horror," per se, I would point to his most recent genre effort, The Last Circus, as a keen example of Iglesia's voice. Witching & Bitching is no different.

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Exclusive: New Poster and Motion Poster for 'Witching & Bitching'

Latino-Review has been provided with an Exclusive look at the poster and motion poster for IFC Midnight’s "Witching & Bitching" starring Hugo Silva, Mario Casas, Pepón Nieto, Carolina Bang, Terele Pávez, and Jaime Ordóñez.

The film is directed by Álex de la Iglesia from a screenplay he and Jorge Guerricaechevarría wrote.

When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos.
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Review: Witching & Bitching

Director Álex de la Iglesia has been making his brand of satire filled stylistic dramas for the past twenty years, yet he is still relatively unknown stateside. “The Last Circus” and “800 Bullets” are his most recognized works, but it may be the frenzied “Witching and Bitching” that draws the most attention from genre fans looking for something different. With a blend of melodrama meeting horror, de la Iglesia produces a bizarre and humorous excursion.

Jose (Hugo Silva) is a struggling father trying to make the best for his 8-year-old son Sergio (Gabriel Delgado). Unfortunately, Jose’s idea for making a better life involves a daylight robbery of a jewelry store with Sergio playing accomplice along with his partner Tony (Mario Casas). Things don’t go as smoothly as Jose would like, but he narrowly escapes capture in a cab and takes the driver Manuel (Jaime Ordóñez) hostage. The group is
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The ABCs Of Death 2 Releases First Slew Of Horrifying Images: See Them All Here!

Hot on the heels of their ambitious horror anthology The ABCs Of Death, Drafthouse producers Ant Timpson and Tim League decided that the world needed another collection of horror shorts spanning every letter of the alphabet – and adventurous horror fans much like myself rejoiced. The ABCs Of Death 2 was greenlit, the directors were selected, and the inevitable waiting game began.

I tried on numerous occasions to extract as much information as possible from contributing artists – Jerome Sable, Aharon Keshales, Navot Papushado were tight-lipped in our interviews – but it looks like Magnet and Drafthouse are ready to start opening the floodgate of horrors hiding amidst these 26 short stories that are ready to shock, scare, and revolt viewers in ways the original didn’t dare.

While certain sites were originally given their own exclusive images, we’re now able to collect the smattering of gross faces, forest scenes, and creepy monsters
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New Witching & Bitching Trailer Conjures Some Hard-Rocking Horror

If you’re a horror comedy fan, you absolutely must have Álex de la Iglesia’s Witching & Bitching on your radar. The man responsible for The Last Circus, one of my favorite clown revenge movies in the last decade, is taking his darkly comedic talents to a horror subgenre that’s become a cranky afterthought – witches. You know, those female sorcerers who mix an eye of newt into magic caldrons, whipping up potions and whatnot? If there’s one thing I can guarantee, it’s that De la Iglesia won’t be making a Hocus Pocus sequel – driven home by an old hag with metal teeth seen the film’s subtitled theatrical trailer, located below.

Following a group of jewelry thieves who are hunted by a pack of witches (duh), De la Iglesia appears to have mixed hefty doses of action and comedy into this pseudo horror film, as this
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Watch the Trailer for Witching & Bitching

IFC recently revealed that they’ll be releasing the latest film from The Last Circus director, Álex de la Iglesia, on June 13th. Titled Witching & Bitching, we have a look at a brand newUS theatrical trailer:

“When a bank heist in the city doesn’t all go according to plan, José and Tony find themselves in possession of some hostages and speeding through the mountains of Spain, hoping to quietly slip over the border. Not wanting to give up his custody days to his ex-wife, José has also brought his son along, for both the robbery and the ride. Little do they know that this is only the beginning of their troubles. When they decide to make a stop in a small tavern in the Basque countryside, the group encounters a series of local wackos. Falling victim to a mysterious spell, they soon find themselves the honored guests of a
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