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This October the London Film Festival brings a wonderful, eclectic mix of films, shorts and events to the capital once again. Firmly establishing itself as a people’s festival (it being the best of the other festivals, Clare Stewart and her team acknowledging they can’t compete on world premieres), it will look to build on last year’s impressive new direction.
From the opening night fun with The Imitation Game to the final push of Brad Pitt’s Fury there will be a number of essential films to catch. The HeyUGuys team have chosen their favourites from among the hundreds playing.
You can find everything you need to book tickets and find out more information right here.
Here are the films you need to see next month.
There is nothing more exciting than a filmmaker attempting to push the boundaries; to shatter audiences expectations of what is »
- Jon Lyus
Our Fearless Leader's new film, Burying The Ex, premieres today at the Venice Film Festival. The touching story of "Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, girl becomes flesh-eating zombie" showcases four terrific young actors, Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Fright Night), Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Oliver Cooper (Project X) and True Detective's Alexandra Daddario. Here's an interview with Anton talking about Burying The Ex and the upcoming Star Trek. Joe describes his latest as a "zom-com" and that pretty much nails this fractured fairytale in which a young woman's death doesn't stop her from snuggling with her beloved boyfriend. Here's a recent interview with Joe via Shock Till You Drop. Here's the entry on the Venice Film Festival's site. And The Hollywood Reporter is first out of the gate with a thumbs-up for Burying The Ex! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0qQzxbQu7Ww
The post Joe Dante ‘Buries the Ex’ in Venice! »
- TFH Team
Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman, formerly of Silver Pictures, have launched The Picture Company, a new shingle backed by Studio Canal. The formation of the company comes after Rona and Heineman left their posts at Silver Pictures in January after a five-year run that saw the production of action hit Non-Stop and the comedy Project X, among other releases. The Picture Company will focus on making commercial films across all genres and will also make forays into television. One of Rona and Heineman’s hallmarks was working with emerging filmmakers and developing ideas in-house — Project X, which
- Borys Kit
[Update: The source of all this - a supposed Josh Trank Twitter account - might be fake. Scroll for details.]
Fox’s reboot of the Fantastic Four movie franchise is without a doubt the most hated-on superhero movie currently in development. The casting of Michael B. Jordan as a black Johnny Storm/Human Torch caused… well, a storm of controversy – and having Miles Teller (Project X), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Jamie Bell (Snowpiercer) as the new Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl and The Thing (respectively) hasn’t been met with overwhelming fan approval, either.
Click to continue reading ‘Fantastic Four’: First Look at The Thing? [Updated]
- Kofi Outlaw
Miles Teller seems to want to have it both ways. In recent years, the talented actor has taken on a host of great dramatic projects like Rabbit Hole, The Spectacular Now and the upcoming Whiplash, for which he’s drawing rave reviews. However, he has also starred in a slew of less ambitious, almost lazy comedies like 21 & Over, Project X and That Awkward Moment. Which category will his upcoming romantic comedy Two Night Stand fall into? I think we all know the answer to that.
Judging by the first trailer for the film, which he toplines with Crazy, Stupid, Love actress Analeigh Tipton, moviegoers shouldn’t expect anything particularly special or atypical from Two Night Stand. However, given that both Teller and Tipton are talented thesps, there is an admittedly slim possibility that their talents can overcome the disheartening setup.
Check out the synopsis, and the trailer, below, and let »
- Isaac Feldberg
If you were looking forward to seeing Eli Roth back behind the camera for the first time in six years, then it looks like you’re going to have a little longer to wait, with Open Road Films pulling the cannibal horror The Green Inferno from its release schedule with less than a month to go before before its planned date of September 5th.
According to Deadline, the reason behind the move is that the financier Worldview Entertainment has balked at former CEO Christopher Woodrow’s commitment to fund the P&A for the movie. At this point, it is unknown whether Open Road will set a new date for the movie, or if another distributor will step in to prevent it from going straight-to-video or VOD.
- Gary Collinson
They wanted to help the tribe, but not by becoming their next meal. Unfortunately for the student activists in Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno, crash-landing in the rainforest they are trying to save could slate them to be sliced and served as dinner for cannibals. From Open Road Films, The Green Inferno hits theaters on September 5th, and you can get a taste of what’s to come by playing the film’s official downloadable game now.
Available for free on iTunes and Google Play from Nanai Games, The Green Inferno: Survival is based on the characters and situations of Eli Roth’s film. Gamers play student activists who crash land in the Amazon jungle and have to fend off a hungry cannibalistic tribe both day and night to survive. The game comprises 10 levels and is right at home in the Real Time Strategy genre.
- Derek Anderson
Rome – Venice topper Alberto Barbera has unveiled a promising lineup of fresh fare from around the world set to unspool at the 71st Venice Film Festival, with a rigorous focus on quality, discovery and diversity, likely to reveal some under-the-radar awards-season contenders and also bolster the Lido’s status as a global launching pad for prime auteur pics.
The robust U.S. contingent, largely from the indies, comprises new works from David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Peter Bogdanovich, Lisa Cholodenko, Joe Dante, James Franco, Barry Levinson, Michael Almereyda, and Ami Canaan Mann.
As is customary at Venice, new works from name global auteurs, including Fatih Akin, Xavier Beauvois, Abel Ferrara, Andrei Konchalovsky, Shinya Tsukamoto, Amos Gitai, and Moshen Makhmalbaf, will play alongside pics by lesser-known helmers.
At a packed presser at Rome’s Hotel St.Regis Venice topper Alberto Barbera noted that “our job is more complex, more painful, because »
- Nick Vivarelli
Turkey's most prolific purveyor of things that go bump in the night is back and doing what he does best with the upcoming Poison X. Produced by J-Plan in association with Taff Pictures, Project X again taps into regional folklore while giving things a very modern twist all in the name of making you jump out of your socks.Dilek and her husband Ömer lead a calm and peaceful life in the city of İstanbul, Turkey, their days countersigned by the ticking of their comforting routine.Until, one night, Dilek wakes from her sleep with a dreadful feeling..."A terrible nightmare,", she explains. "Something about the Devil...he whispered in my ear..."The episode marks the beginning of sinister happenings that lead Dilek to believe that her house is inhabited by creatures; beings that hide in dark...
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Warner Bros. has boosted Niki Sherrod to Svp,Music as the film music exec goes into her eighth year with the studio. Sherrod had most recently served as VP Music after joining the company in 2006 following stints at Atlantic Records’ soundtrack division and Warner Music Group, where she served as creative director for film and TV. At WB she has overseen music including the Billboard-charting soundtrack for teen party pic Project X featuring the likes of Kid Cudi, Pusha T, and Tyler the Creator – and, on the other side of the spectrum, the Oscar-winning original score for Alfonso Cuaron’s […] »
There has been a flurry of super-important, nostalgia-drenched movie anniversaries recently, including, but not limited to Tim Burton's "Batman" (25 years), "Gremlins" (30 years), "Ghostbusters" (30 years) and "The Karate Kid" (30 years). But one movie that seems to have been overlooked completely is "Weekend at Bernie's" (find out where to watch) which came out 25 years ago this week. The story of a couple of yuppies who try to pretend that their dead boss hasn't died at all, it was a surprise hit, pulling in double its production budget at the box office and spawning a goofy, guilty pleasure sequel. (It did get a Blu-ray release earlier this summer, so you can now watch all of the icky '80s tomfoolery in HD.)
Even though "Weekend at Bernie's" was far from a phenomenon (as evidenced by the deafening silence around its anniversary), you can bet one thing: it will be remade. Look no »
- Drew Taylor
It's shaping up to be an unusually quiet Fourth of July at the box office: Transformers: Age of Extinction should easily hold first place over the holiday weekend ahead of newcomers Tammy, Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo.The fourth installment in the Transformers franchise opened just over $100 million this past weekend. That's the fourth movie this Summer to debut north of $90 million (a new record). The other three all dropped at least 61 percent in their second frame; meanwhile, 2009's Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen received similarly poor reviews and fell 61 percent over the Fourth of July weekend. It's likely that Age of Extinction winds up in the same range, which would put it just below $40 million.Tammy is the only movie with any chance of taking first place from Transformers. Opening at 3,465 locations on Wednesday, the Melissa McCarthy comedy could theoretically earn over $30 million this weekend.McCarthy »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
It sounds too craven to miss: Mix the warm and fuzzy kids-meeting-aliens antics of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial or Super-8 (or Mac and Me, if you must) with the bro-tastic found-footage style of Project X or Chronicle. You get innocence and wide-eyed wonder on one side, savvy “realism” on the other. Thus ordered, so delivered: Dave Green’s Earth to Echo has just enough teen angst to toughen up its adorability and to temper its predictability. It’s a simplistic movie, but there’s a darkness to it.The film opens on a montage of kids lamenting to the camera that their small suburban neighborhood of Mulberry Woods, Nevada, is about to be mowed over to make room for a freeway. All the families are moving to different places, which means that our three 13-year-old heroes are about to go their separate ways. “Thanks for paving over the only place »
- Bilge Ebiri
Premiering at SXSW earlier this year, Beyond Clueless is a documentary which journeys into the mind, body and soul of the teen movie, as seen through the eyes of over 200 modern coming-of-age classics. Narrated by cult teen star Fairuza Balk and with an original score by Summer Camp the film will delight teen movie fans as they reminisce over their favourites. Thn spoke to director Charlie Lyne after the film was presented at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2014.
Congratulations on the movie; it’s great to see teen movies like Loser back on the big screen; who doesn’t love that!
This is the great thing, everyone comes out and wants to thank me for putting a specific film in and it’s always a different one. No-one’s ever mentioned Loser to me before so yeah, it’s very vindicating.
What’s the usual movie people mention?
Honestly there isn’t one, »
- Victoria Bull
Found footage films may cover lots of the same ideas, but there's innovation to be found, argues Christopher...
Scheduled for release in a little over two months, Legendary Pictures/Universal Studio's As Above, So Below is the newest addition to the found footage genre. In it, a group of American and British urban explorers descend into the catacombs beneath Paris. Equipped only with hand-held cameras, they begin to explore what is the final resting place for thousands of people. However, their curiosity quickly turns to terror as they uncover a grim secret that has been hidden for centuries and soon an expedition of exploration becomes a battle for survival.
Little has been released about this French-American-British production other than a trailer and a handful of stills and it remains to be »
Ryan has a lot of questions, and very little time to find any answers.
Traumatised ex-soldier Ryan wakes up in the back of a van, alongside a kidnapped boy. Ryan helps him escape but when he finds a mask in his pocket he comes to an appalling realisation…. But there’s no time to act – after nine minutes and forty seven seconds of consciousness it all goes black. What does this have to do with Ryan’s past as a patient at the experimental Medical Unit? Ryan has a lot of questions, and very little time to find any answers.
The Anomaly stars Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries, Lost), Noel Clarke (Star Trek into Darkness, Fast Girls), Brian Cox (The Bourne Ultimatum, Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Alexis Knapp (Pitch Perfect, Project X) and Luke Hemsworth in his first lead feature film role.
Funnier, cleverer, wittier, and snarkier than the first film. It is nonstop self-deprecation that doles out well-deserved smacks to about 817 Hollywood things that desperately deserve it. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film…
I’m “biast” (con): …but wasn’t expecting to love the sequel
I have seen the source material (and I love it)
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I am like Charlie Brown contemplating before me Lucy with the football, and wondering once again if I will let myself be suckered in… again.
And I did.
See, I loved the late 80-early 90s TV show 21 Jump Street. And I hate Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill with the power of a thousand dying brown dwarf stars (so, you know, not that much, but still). Also too: Hollywood please stop it with the reboots and the remakes and the updos and whatever and start telling some new stories. »
- MaryAnn Johanson
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes casting announcements on multiple films, including Recovery, The App, and Dark, details on The Wobbling Dead, Repentance, and the 2014 TromaDance Film Festival, a review of Russian Yeti: The Killer Lives, a Q&A with Lindsey McKeon from Supernatural, and more:
Casting News for Recovery: “Kirby Bliss Blanton (The Green Inferno, Project X) and Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) have been cast in the upcoming thriller “Recovery”, starting production this summer. The film follows Blanton’s character on the night of her high school graduation after her iPhone is stolen and tracked down with a “find my iPhone” app to a house where the demented tenants plan on kidnapping her and making her part of the family. Alex Shaffer (Win Win) and James Landry Hébert (Two Step, Gangster Squad) are also on board to star. »
- Tamika Jones
After giving us a new poster earlier in the week [see here], Open Road Films has now debuted a new trailer for The Green Inferno, the upcoming cannibal horror from director Eli Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel), which marks his first film since 2007′s Hostel: Part II. Check it out below….
Directed, co-written, and produced by Roth (Cabin Fever, Hostel franchise), The Green Inferno follows a group of student activists who travel from New York City to the Amazon to save a tribe from extinction. In an unfortunate twist of fate, when the group arrives, they are taken hostage by the very cannibals they sought to protect.
The Green Inferno is set for release on September 5th in North America, with a cast that includes Lorenza Izzo (Aftershock), Ariel Levy (Aftershock), Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids) and Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X).
- Gary Collinson
“How far would you go for a cause you believe in? In horror master Eli Roth’s terrifying new film, a group of college students take their humanitarian protest from New York to the Amazon jungle, only to get kidnapped by the native tribe they came to save: a tribe that still practices the ancient rite of cannibalism, and has a healthy appetite for intruders.”
The Green Inferno was directed by Eli Roth and written by Eli Roth & Guillermo Amoedo. The main cast includes Daryl Sabara (Spy Kids), Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X), Lorenza Izzo (Aftershock), Ariel Levy (Aftershock), Aaron Burns, Magda Apanowicz (Caprica), and Sky Ferreira. The Green Inferno isn’t due out in theaters until September 5th, »
- Jonathan James
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