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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a little girl in possession of a good imagination must be in want of a heroine. At least, this was the truth of my childhood. Like many people of my generation, my early pop culture intake was a healthy mix of Disney (this included an extensive library of worn-out VHS in the classic white plastic clamshell packaging), Saturday morning cartoons (from DuckTales to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), and Japanese imports repackaged for North American kids (Power Rangers, Speed Racer). But my one true love was science fiction. And anyone familiar with my work on this website could probably guess that this love begins and ends with Star Wars. Or really, it begins with Princess Leia.
I don’t remember my first viewing of the original trilogy; it exists in my memory as a constant presence. And like any healthy child weaned on TV and movies, »
- Mallory Andrews
I have shot home videos ever since I was a young boy. I was always the person who filmed the family movies and was able to do so in an inconspicuous way that really captured the essence of my family. This bled over into my relationships; using my iPhone, I would capture small moments during a relationship. In time, I had enough material to cut together a cute romantic piece that could depict our love for one another over the months or years we had been together. Ultimately, the experience sparked a light in my brain that the iPhone may be the best weapon of choice for me. For years, I had been sitting on an idea for a film that could capture the "everyday" between a boyfriend and his girlfriend. The goal was to give the feeling of "I remember that," from one relationship or another, to "I want »
- Tristan Pope
Equipment to get your heart going again, put fires out, sterilize an open wound—those are the emergency items you usually see in sealed-off cabinets hanging in public places, but as helpful as defibrillators and first aid kits are in everyday life, you'd want more effective weapons at hand if a slavering werewolf from The Howling aimed its snout at your thigh, or if Fred Dekker's zombies from Night of the Creeps came calling for you as their delectable date.
That's where the fine folks from In Case Of come in. Their unique, hand-crafted, sealed emergency cabinets offer protection against zombies, vampires, werewolves, and demons. Though the weapons within their cabinets aren't real, they have a beautiful and realistic look that compliments the well-researched mythologies behind each item. To celebrate the hallowed day of horror that is Friday the 13th (and to give our readers a possible Friday the 13th »
- Derek Anderson
Back in the mid-eighties an actor who played "Third Assistant" in a Doctor Who story called The Savages (1966) and the director of another Doctor Who adventure, The Underwater Menace (1967), came together to create one of the BBC’s most successful television shows.
And when they got together, it was murder. Well, not quite. (Though the first episode did feature a victim who would later die, fact fans.) But what they did create was Eastenders.
Broadcast on February the 19th 1985 (in between episodes one and two of The Two Doctors), this creation of Who alumni would go on to share numerous links with the long-running science-fiction for years to come. Even its time-slot owes much to the adventures of everyone’s favourite Gallifreyan.
In an interview in »
When Sam Raimi talked about the possibility of an Evil Dead TV series last year, there were many who thought the project would never see the light of day, but it became official late last year. Bruce Campbell is returning for Ash vs Evil Dead, a new TV series that will premiere later this year on Starz and we have the names of two people that will be joining Ash in his fight.
“Ray Santiago (“Touch,” Meet the Fockers) will play the role of Pablo Simon Bolivar and Dana DeLorenzo (A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas) will play Kelly Maxwell in the Starz original series “Ash vs Evil Dead.” The series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film franchise The Evil Dead and is set to film on location in New Zealand this spring and premiere on Starz in late 2015.
Pablo Simon Bolivar is an idealistic immigrant who »
- Jonathan James
One of the most important American writers of the 20th century, Kurt Vonnegut's novels were full of intelligence and dry humour. Perhaps his most famous work, the semi-autobiographical novel Slaughterhouse-Five, was both a horrifying account of the firebombing of Dresden and a dark time travel comedy.
Such books as Cat's Cradle, Player Piano and Breakfast Of Champions offered up amusing and often worryingly accurate portraits of human nature at its lowest, where lives are ruined or existences snuffed out through naivety or plain madness. In short, Vonnegut was one of the sharpest sci-fi writers of all time.
In 1982, filmmaker Robert Weide wrote to Vonnegut in the hope that the author would let him make a documentary about his life. To Weide's surprise, Vonnegut agreed. Between 1988 and 2007, Weide met with Vonnegut many times, »
When Johnny Depp‘s mustache comedy “Mortdecai” brought in less than $5 million on opening weekend, it marked the A-list actor’s fifth straight box office bomb. But he’s far from the only top billed actor to endure a tanker or two.
Also Read: 19 Biggest Box-Office Bombs and Bummers in 2014: From ‘The Giver’ to ‘Winter’s Tale’ (Photos)
- Travis Reilly and Todd Cunningham
Young Robert Redford and politics: 'The Candidate' and 'All the President's Men' (photo: Robert Redford as Bob Woodward in 'All the President's Men') A young Robert Redford can be seen The Candidate, All the President's Men, Three Days of the Condor, and Downhill Racer as Turner Classic Movies' Redford series comes to a close this evening. The world of politics is the focus of the first three films, each one of them well-regarded box-office hits. The last title, which shows that politics is part of life no matter what, is set in the world of competitive sports. 'The Candidate' In the Michael Ritichie-directed The Candidate (1972), Robert Redford plays idealistic liberal Democrat Bob McKay, who, with no chance of winning, is convinced to run against the Republican incumbent in a fight for a California seat in Congress. See, McKay is too handsome. Too young. Too liberal. »
- Andre Soares
As much as any other filmmaker who found a niche in a given genre, in the 10 Westerns Anthony Mann directed from 1950 to 1958 he carved out a place in film history as one who not only reveled in the conventions of that particular form, but also as one who imbued in it a distinct aesthetic and narrative approach. In doing so, Mann created Westerns that were simultaneously about the making of the West as a historical phenomenon, as well as about the making of its own developing cinematic genus. At the same time, he also established the traits that would define his auteur status, formal devices that lend his work the qualities of a director who enjoyed, understood, and readily exploited and manipulated a type of film's essential features.
Though he made several fine pictures outside the Western, Mann as an American auteur is most notably recognized for his work in this field, »
- Jeremy Carr
Park City, Utah – There are too many films and not enough time between shuttle shuffles and line waiting to cover the festival day by day. So, in pure improvised festival-going fashion, I’ll now be posting reviews for material that I see, but necessarily in viewing order. Enjoy!
Image credit: Sundance Institute
A human being who looks better at his current age than I ever will in my entire life, Robert Redford has a sprightly screen presence that has carried him through thick and thin, even brutal storms that live-or-die on his charisma (Aka “All is Lost,” one of the best films of 2013). For his next adventure, Redford goes softer than a survival story, but nonetheless into an amusing jaunt with “A Walk in the Woods.”
Based on the nonfictional accounts by New Hampshire writer Bill Bryson, Redford embodies the author as an amusing smart-ass, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
"Robert Eggers’s impressive debut feature," The Witch, "walks a tricky line between disquieting ambiguity and full-bore supernatural horror, but leaves no doubt about the dangerously oppressive hold that Christianity exerted on some dark corners of the Puritan psyche," writes Variety's Justin Chang. Jordan Hoffman for the Guardian: "In time we learn their names—the scraggly haired father William (Ralph Ineson), his sour wife Katherine (Kate Dickie), eldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), verge-of-puberty son Caleb (Harvey Scrimshaw), somewhat rowdy twins Mercy and Jonas (Ellie Grainger and Lucas Dawson) and baby Sam…. What’s striking is the high-wire tension Eggers maintains." We're collecting more reviews. » - David Hudson »
"War is now a first-person shooter." Following the first trailer for Andrew Niccol's timely and relevant drone pilot thriller Good Kill, a new trailer from the United Kingdom has surfaced showing off the more personal side of the film. Ethan Hawke plays a fighter-pilot turned drone pilot operating out of Las Vegas who begins to question his mission and his integrity as he fights a war from thousands of miles away. His family life, along with his wife (January Jones) begins to feel his pain, not understanding the stress. It looks a little heavy-handed and even obvious, but the subject matter is certainly worth exploring. Watch! Here's the UK trailer for Andrew Niccol's Good Kill from Arrow Films UK: You can still watch the first international trailer for Good Kill right here. Good Kill is written and directed by Andrew Niccol (In Time, Lord of War, Gattaca). A »
- Ethan Anderton
Update: In time zone-adjusted ratings, Sunday’s special episode of “Scorpion” on CBS (10:28 p.m. Et start) averaged a 3.2 rating in adults 18-49 and 12.29 million viewers overall. This matched the show’s series premiere as its top-rated episode in the demo and was on par with its most recent original episode in total viewers (12.32 million on Jan. 5), which was the rookie’s largest audience since its second episode on Sept. 29.
CBS dominated Sunday’s primetime ratings race behind its NFL conference championship and a special “Scorpion,” though the blowout nature of the game kept the numbers from getting even bigger.
In Nielsen’s preliminary, affiliated-based national estimates for Sunday, the New England Patriots’ 45-7 demolition of the Indianapolis Colts averaged a 12.3 rating/32 share in adults 18-49 and 37.3 million viewers overall on the CBS stations from 7 to 10 p.m.; while these numbers will go up in the nationals, it won »
- Rick Kissell
After the 88-second teaser trailer for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awaken was released some fans complained because the footage only showcased the franchise' new blood instead of classic characters like Han Solo, Luke Skywalker and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher). In time, Oscar Isaac's 'Poe Dameron,' Daisy Ridley's 'Rey,' and John Boyega's 'Finn' could become household names as Han, Luke and Leia are, but as of right now they're just funny looking names that we quabble over pronuciation. With that first trailer out of the way we of course look forward to the next one. But, when will it arrive? Looks like everyone will have to keep their anticipation in check until May. That is when Marvel's soon-to-be blockbuster, Avengers: Age Of Ultron is released. Disney, who owns Marvel, will definitely want to attached a Star Wars trailer to Avengers 2 as their »
"MasterChef Junior"'s TCA panel started earlier, during the executive session, when Dana Walden pointed out that the series is "one of only eight shows that has grown season to season." Its growth and growing popularity may be due to its truly aspirational format and formula of subjecting super-adorable and super-talented kids to the rigors of a professional cooking competition. But don't underestimate power of the cute kids. Seven of those young contestants were on hand to answer questions, perform a song they'd written ("The Box," referring to one of the show's elements) and choreographed. They later helped critics make cake balls, which mostly meant being super-nice and gracious about our inability to crumble cake and reform it into balls. (They also graciously ignored all the giggling about the double entendre.) The prevailing theme during the press conference seemed to be the innocence and wholesomeness that pervades "MasterChef Junior," and »
- Andy Dehnart
Gotham, The Flash, Arrow... Why do the current crop of geek TV shows have such trouble creating a central romance fans want to root for?
At the moment, a fair amount of geek TV shows seem to be producing particularly poor depictions of love and romance. The problem is only confounded by the fact that, with fandom as vocal as it is nowadays, any negative element of a show is sure to be rigorously reanalysed. As a result, love interests come into a lot of criticism from the online community.
In an attempt to find a fix, we had look through some of our favourite shows to deduce which ones get it right, and which struggle horribly. Hopefully, we can uncover the secret to getting romantic writing right in nerdy TV…
Nowadays, the term ‘love interest’ seems a bit old hat, »
In classic Westerns, the heroes wore white hats, while the villains wore black, making it easy to tell them apart. The world’s gone blurry in Michael Mann’s “Blackhat,” a surprisingly inelegant yet breathlessly up-to-the-minute thriller — as well as a newfangled “Eastern,” strategically set mostly in China, Indonesia and Malaysia — in which the FBI recruits an incarcerated hacker to help thwart an international cyber-terrorist. The weak link in a busy January weekend, Universal’s export-ready offering may not look like much, though powered by criminal stunts that make last month’s Sony breach seem amateur, plus action scenes punchy enough to justify the price of admission, it could hardly be called hackwork.
At his best, Mann’s work explores the thin line that separates good from bad, acknowledging the moral complexities of the modern world. Thematically speaking, the seemingly ripped-from-the-headlines “Blackhat” falls perfectly in line with the ambiguities of “Collateral, »
- Peter Debruge
The movie had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival and its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival in September.
A fighter-pilot turned drone-pilot, based in Las Vegas, fights the Taliban by remote control for twelve hours a day, then goes home to the suburbs and feuds with his wife and kids for the other twelve. But the pilot is starting to question the mission. Is he creating more terrorists than he’s killing? Is he fighting a war without end? One soldier’s tale with epic implications.
The post »
- Michelle McCue
Project Name: The Dismanted
Asking For: $5,000 on Kickstarter
Amount Raised Thus Far (At Time Of Post): $2,732
Days Remaining In Campaign (At Time Of Post): 29
Description: In The Dismantled, creator Jason DaSilva hopes to show what life is like for disabled people. The project's protagonist is named Billy, and he becomes a quadriplegic after he is pushed out a window. At first, he finds little comfort and "faces the frustrations of losing his identity to the medical system which provides little aid or comfort, unless it's at a very steep price." In time, he realizes that his condition makes him an ideal drug runner, since he can bring his wheelchair through security checkpoints without getting searched.
While Billy's profession won't be the most morally just work, DaSilva hopes to portray him as a strong hero. "My hope is that the series not only defies the expectations of what a »
- Sam Gutelle
Remember when Andrew Niccol made Gattacac Seems like such a distant, fleeting memory, doesn't itc Because since then... let's just say his track record has not been the greatest. His last two films, the pretty bad In Time and the sh*t storm that is The Host, show a guy who just cannot seem to make anything worthwhile anymore. So, with all that being said, he has a new movie coming out called Good Kill, and you can watch the new trailer for it below. Niccol is reuniting with his Gattaca star Ethan Hawke for this one, so I guess that is a positive. Though, Hawke, in my opinion, does not have the best track record either as an actor, outside his work with Richard Linklater. He is fine in Gattaca, but I would not say those two sparkle and shine. The film also stars January Jones, Bruce Greenwood, and Zoe Kravitz. »
- Mike Shutt
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