8 items from 2014
Venice — As the festival wraps up for another year and prizes are announced, time for my final Venice 2014 report. On a personal note, I'd like to say I've had a blast writing for HitFix for the first time, and huge thanks to everyone who said that they enjoyed the coverage; it always means a lot. "A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Contemplating Existence" Grade: A+ Reaction: Given its Golden Lion-winning status, you'd be forgiven, sight unseen, for assuming that "A Pigeon Sat On A Branch Contemplating Existence" was one of those films that sends festival critics into paroxysms of delight while largely eluding a broader audience. You know, the sort of films where a pigeon actually does sit on a branch contemplating existence for a lively three-hour stint and then a jury says how refreshing it was to be freed from the shackles of conventional characterization, narrative or incident and gives it a prize. »
- Catherine Bray
It's actually time to face the music! It seems like it's been a long time coming, but finally The X Factor is back with a refreshed panel – oh hi, Simon and Cheryl; welcome Mel; and, of course, hello to Louis. We're about to find out whether this new line-up will pay off. Join Digital Spy when the show kicks off at 8pm on ITV as we bring you all the action from the first night of auditions in 2014...
21:23But that's that for tonight! Tomorrow, there will be a whole new batch of room auditions for us to laugh at and love. But what did you think about tonight's show? Did you love it? Hate it? Are the panel working for you or not working out at all? Let us know in the comments! And thanks for joining us...
21:22Anyway - that's four yeses for Mr Jay James! So »
If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. And if it is broke, no harm in breaking it further. After the modest, cultier-than-thou successes of killer tire movie “Rubber” and lost dog odyssey “Wrong,” perpetual student filmmaker Quentin Dupieux returns with another iteration of his very narrowly defined field of expertise with “Reality” (you’ve probably guessed that is a mildly ironic title). Surprisingly though, while he’s ploughing the same old furrow of deadpan sight gags with the color grade set to "stonewash" and disjointed moments of droll absurdity, “Reality,” if you're in the right frame of mind, is actually pretty good fun, thanks to a clutch of enjoyable performances and a healthy dose of not taking itself even remotely seriously. And in the film's puzzle-box structure, justified by essentially being set in a network of dreams and movies (and dreams-within-dreams and movies-within-dreams-within-movies), very occasionally Dupieux puts together something that adds up to. »
- Jessica Kiang
There wasn't a lot of hope for the final season of "True Blood." Season six featured too many new characters, a silly Vampire "god" (Lilith), a super-powered Bill, a human torture camp for vampires and Eric seemingly going away for good. "True Blood" always thrived on trying to weave over-the-top story lines around characters the viewer could relate to. That clearly wasn't happening. In fact, it almost became almost punishment to try and watch the show. Not even the most hardcore fans believed things could turn around in season seven. When the show returned at the end of June it got off to another bumpy start. A pointless storyline about rogue vampires trying to feed off the residents of Bon Temps seemed to only create a mechanism to kill off members of the cast (honestly, do we remember any of it anymore?). Slowly, but surely, things slowed down a bit. »
- Gregory Ellwood, Dan Fienberg
It's been quite a few months since we've had an update on Patricio Valladares' remake of his own film Hidden in the Woods, but our patience has paid off because today we have a new teaser trailer to share.
Hidden in the Woods is a remake of Patricio Valladares' 2012 Chilean horror film En las afueras de la ciudad with Valladares back at the helm. The story follows two sisters raised by their abusive father in a remote locale who must answer to their drug baron uncle when their father is imprisoned.
Michael Biehn stars alongside William Forsythe. Jennifer Blanc-Biehn produces with Loris Curci and Hackybox Pictures. The film's co-stars include Mma fighter Krzysztof Soszynski, Chris Browning ("Sons of Anarchy," The Book of Eli), Ricco Ross (Aliens), Jeannine Kaspar (“House of Lies,” “Nip/Tuck”), Andy Mackenzie (Sushi Girl, "True Blood"), Electra Avellan (Grindhouse, Machete Kills), Mark Burnham (Wrong, Wrong Cops), Jennifer Blanc (The Victim, »
- Debi Moore
This will be my third year attending the venerable Fantasia International Film Festival here in Montreal, and this year’s slate does not disappoint. I was asked to pick the five movies I was the most excited to see. This proved to be a difficult task, seeing as how my original list had upwards of thirty titles. But here are the five that have got me the most intrigued.
Directed by Terry Gilliam
Even though this movie has been finished for a while and already released in certain territories around the world, there’s a sense that a new Terry Gilliam movie is some form of minor miracle. Stories of Gilliam’s distended budgets, lost projects, and squabbles with producers lend the director a kind of bizarre mystique. But by all accounts, this was the easiest time Gilliam had making a movie in a while. »
- Derek Godin
Spoiler alert! If you haven’t seen this week’s episode of Justified — “Wrong Roads” written by Dave Andron and Leonard Chang, directed by Michael Dinner, and guest-starring Eric Roberts as a DEA agent/Ghost of Raylan Future — stop reading now. As he’ll do throughout the season, showrunner Graham Yost takes us inside the writers room.
Entertainment Weekly: Let’s start with the big scene toward the end when Roscoe (Steve Harris) and Jay (Wood Harris) ambush Boyd, Wynn, Picker, and Darryl. Boyd suggests a shootout out of frustration, and then Raylan and Miller walk in: “Miller, would you call this a herd, »
- Mandi Bierly
Alain Chabat stars in the Los Angeles-set project.
Paris-based Indie Sales has taken on French director Quentin Dupieux’s upcoming Los Angeles-set picture Reality revolving around a director desperately searching for the perfect scream for his debut horror film.
Produced by Paris-based Realitism Films, it was shot in and around Los Angeles, in various locations including Hollywood, Malibu, Simi Valley, Santa Clarita, Santa Monica and Burbank in 2012 and 2013.
It revolves around three intertwining characters: an eight-year-old girl, called Réalité, who becomes obsessed with watching a mysterious VHS video tape she finds; Jason, a failed filmmaker in search of the perfect scream in a bid to get shady producer Bob on board his debut horror movie, and Denis, who makes his living as a TV host dressed in a rat »
8 items from 2014
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