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Review by Andrew McArthur
If like me zombie themed romantic comedy Warm Bodies left you as cold as one of the undead stiffs themselves, then Life After Beth is the perfect antidote. The film received its UK premiere at this year’s Edinburgh International Film Festival and proved itself to be a laugh-filled delight.
Jeff Baena’s Life After Beth follows broken-hearted Zach (Dane DeHaan), distraught after the sudden death of his girlfriend Beth (Audrey Plaza). However, much to the delight of Zach and his former-girlfriend’s parents (John C. Reilly & Molly Shannon), Beth miraculously returns from the dead but gradually becomes more aggressive and er… zombified.
Life After Beth is refreshing as it does not try and present itself »
By Jennica Lynn Johnson
After seeing the trailer for Warm Bodies (2013), I made a mental note to steer clear of it in movie theaters. Zombies-- although they have had their popularity throughout horror history-- have become significantly trendy within the horror community for the past decade with movies such as 28 Weeks Later (2007), Zombieland (2009), and Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (2012). By the time the third season of The Walking Dead aired in 2012, it was clear that the end of the current zombie craze could be upon us. I suspected that Warm Bodies would be the last nail in the coffin of what started out as a delightfully gory ride.
I’m not entirely sure why I expected Warm Bodies to be such a failure. Perhaps I feared that it would be another teen romance movie with just a dash of horror elements. Or maybe I thought the leading lady, Teresa Palmer, »
Beth (Aubrey Plaza) was dead but she's back now. And that's good news, right? Right? Her parents (John C Reilly and Molly Shannon) certainly want to think so, as does her bereaved boyfriend (Dane DeHaan) but ... well ... be careful what you wish for, etc etc.Zombified romantic comedy Life After Beth had its world premiere in competition in Sundance this year and with distributor A24 now gearing up for the theatrical release the first teaser has arrived online. This one's R rated, so you can expect a little more bite than what you got in similarly themed efforts such as Warm Bodies, but you'll get a taste of its distinct flavor in the trailer below.[In the interest of full disclosure, Xyz Films - where...
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When the recent wave of supernatural romance crashed upon the shores of popular culture, we learned that there is apparently no creature from the horror genre that cannot be made sexy or adorable when enough creativity is applied. Vampires and werewolves have been regularly flexing their pecs in movies like Twilight and shows like True Blood, and even zombies discovered true love in cute rom-zom-com Warm Bodies.
Because nothing makes for a more sweet and promising relationship than a bit of decomposition, the rom-zom-com genre is making a comeback this year in Life After Beth, the feature directorial debut from I Heart Huckabees writer Jeff Baena, which stars Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider-Man 2) as Zach Orfman, a teenager mourning the tragic passing of his girlfriend Beth (Aubrey Plaza). Before long, however, the strange behavior ...
- H. Shaw-Williams
The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as »
- Brad Brevet
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.
Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.
“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”
The 2014 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn. »
- Guy Lodge
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.
Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.
Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy. »
- Tim Gray
April Ludgate is going to be up on the big screen! Well, sort of. "Parks and Recreation" breakout and film star in the making Aubrey Plaza is starring in a upcoming zomcom (zombie/romantic comedy) "Life After Death." Jeff Baena's film, following in the undead footsteps of "Warm Bodies," stars Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Gray Gubler, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines and Paul Reiser. It tells the story of heartbroken Zach (DeHaan), whose girlfriend Beth (Plaza) unexpectedly dies and then mysteriously comes back to life. Read More: Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza and Dane DeHaan in Posters for Zombie RomCom 'Life After Beth' The film premiered at Sundance earlier this year and A24 films will release it theatrically on August 15 in select theaters. Check out the trailer below: »
- Oliver MacMahon
We've already seen undead romance in Warm Bodies, but a completely different take on the concept comes in the form of Life After Beth, a romantic comedy starring Dane DeHaan and Aubrey Plaza. The Chronicle star plays a young man named Zach whose life is thrown into upheaval when his girlfriend unexpectedly dies. However, he has an unexpected and peculiar second chance when she comes back to life. I wanted to love this film at Sundance, it's kind of all over the place as far as the comedic tone and world in which the story takes place. It's hard to connect to, and part of that is due to the fact that DeHaan plays things a little too serious for a comedy like this. But maybe you'll end up liking it when you see it? Watch! Here's the first trailer for Jeff Baena's Life After Beth, originally from MTV: »
- Ethan Anderton
We’ve seen myriad interpretations of the zombie movie, we’ve seen numerous versions of the romantic comedy too, but “Life After Beth,” the new indie flick that premiered at Sundance earlier this year, joins "Warm Bodies" in the category of zombie romcom, a distinction that only a few movies in the zombie genre have achieved. Written and directed by Jeff Baena, the movie stars Aubrey Plaza, Dane DeHaan, Anna Kendrick, Matthew Gray Gubler, John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon, Cheryl Hines, and Paul Reiser. Our review says the movie features "a go-for-broke performance from Aubrey Plaza, and a funny supporting turn by scene stealer Matthew Gray Gubler," Also going for it is a killer soundtrack featuring songs by Can, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Neu! and an awesome molten lava droney/feedback-y score by the dudes from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. A24 films will release the movie on August 15th in select theaters. »
- Edward Davis
A stack of new images from writer/director Jake Paltrow's new futuristic thriller 'Young Ones' have been revealed helping to further shape the apocalyptic and pretty dusty environment that Paltrow's vision will bring with it. The movie stars Elle Fanning ('Maleficent'), Nicholas Hoult ('Warm Bodies'), Michael Shannon ('Boardwalk Empire') and Kodi Smit-McPhee ('Dawn of the Planet of the Apes') which Signature is set to distribute across the UK whilst Screen Media will be taking on the Us release rights. Aimee Mullins, Andy McPhee, Alex McGregor, Robert Hobbs, Carel Nel and Liah O'Prey also star. Head below for the new batch of images. »
Though I don’t think that anyone is terribly excited for Alcon’s upcoming Point Break remake, one promising aspect of it is actor Edgar Ramirez, who will be playing the role of Bodhi, which Patrick Swayze originated in the 1991 version. Recently, while discussing his role as a demon-hunting priest in the upcoming horror thriller Deliver Us From Evil, Ramirez talked a little about his goals in playing the character:
“Well, I’m working on it. It’s very difficult to anticipate what things are going to turn out to be. I’m very organic as an actor so I’m letting the character grow out of me. The only similarity that I can tell you so far is it’s that subversive spirit, that rebellious spirit, that anti-system spirit that is what really the whole story is about. The structure is similar but the story is different. But we »
- Isaac Feldberg
CAA has signed Cory Hardrict, who was chased by all the agencies after he landed a coveted role opposite James Badge Dale in Legendary Pictures’ Spectral. Hardrict, who had been repped by Sdb Partners, co-stars opposite Bradley Cooper in the Clint Eastwood-directed American Sniper, and his recent credits include Brotherly Love, Transcendence, Warm Bodies and Battle Los Angeles. He’s managed by Matt Luber and lawyered by Karl Austen. »
Lucy is the first person to unlock more than 10% of the brain. Find out what happens at 100% on 7/25. #LucyMovie https://t.co/MysGDzOh1I — Lucy (@LucyTheMovie) June 18, 2014 Could Luc Besson's Lucy be the surprise hit of the summer? Although, science has debunked that trope that humans only use 10% of their brain, I'm willing to ignore facts for an entertaining time at the cinema. And based on the trailers and tv spots released thus far, Scarlett Johansson is going to absolutley tear it up when Lucy hits Us theaters on August 8th, 2014. The film also stars Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises, The Lego Movie) and Analeigh Tipton (Warm Bodies, Hung). Side note, does this film remind anyone else of an earlier, also original, superhero movie that starred Johansson's Avenger co-star Chris Evans, 2009's Push? Official Synopsis: From La Femme Nikita and The Professional to The Fifth Element, writer/director »
• Peter Fonda is set to play Nicolas Cage’s father in The Runner, a political drama about a New Orleans congressman whose career is in turmoil following a sex scandal and the 2010 Bp oil spill. Connie Nielsen (Gladiator) has also boarded the project as Cage’s character’s wife, while The Wire’s Wendell Piece will play his chief of staff. Indie producer Austin Stark (Infinitely Polar Bear) wrote and will direct the pic. [THR]
- Lindsey Bahr
More casting news has hit the wire for the latest spooker from Legendary Pictures, Spectral, as THR is reporting that Cory Hardrict (American Sniper, Transcendence, Warm Bodies) has joined the ever-growing cast.
The premise of the project is centered on a modern-day, militaristic, and gritty approach to fighting the supernatural.
The pitch, which sold for six figures, has been described as a darker and more serious take on a Ghostbusters-like story with a plot that revolves around a special ops group formed to bring down evil ghosts that have taken over Manhattan. Locations and details might change, however.
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- Steve Barton
• Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke will play the lead in the psychological thriller Voice From the Stone, based on the Italian novel La Voce Della Pietra by Silvio Raffo. Eric D. Howell will make his feature directorial debut with the story adapted by Andrew Shaw set in 1950s Tuscany about a nurse (Clarke) who gets caught up in an evil force inside the castle where she is taking care of a young boy dealing with the trauma of his mother’s sudden death. Shooting is scheduled to begin in Italy in November. [The Hollywood Reporter]
• Clarke’s former Game of Thrones co-star »
- Jake Perlman
We’ve got a few casting stories to attend to this afternoon. Briefly: Warm Bodies actress Teresa Palmer is in talks to take on the female lead in the Point Break remake. Fresh off last night’s season four finale, Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke has been tapped to star in the psychological thriller Voice from the Stone. Anna Kendrick will take on the lead voice role in DreamWorks Animation’s musical comedy Trolls, based on the popular dolls. Albert Brooks is in talks to join Illumination Entertainment’s animated “Untitled Pets Project”, as Lake Bell, Bobby Moynihan, Hannibal Buress (Neighbors), and Ellie Kemper (The Office) have all signed on. Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting. Alcon Entertainment has announced that Teresa Palmer is in talks to join director Ericson Core’s (Invincible) Point Break remake. Edgar Ramirez and Luke Bracey are already set in the leads, »
- Adam Chitwood
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