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The fallout continued for poor Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) in the penultimate episode of "Mad Men" Season 6. After she walked in on her father "comforting" Sylvia Rosen in "Favors" last week, Sally decided that she wanted to go away to boarding school.
"Sally walking in on her father with this other woman is a very complicated experience, and her response is she wants to get as far away from them as possible," "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner says in a behind-the-scenes video from AMC. "Of course, Don knows exactly why she's going, and doesn't reveal that to Betty."
"I think he's still processing what happened, and how to best deal with this," Jon Hamm says about Don in the video. "It's a secret that's gotten out, and that's potentially devastating to Don. »
- The Huffington Post
Exclusive: In a competitive situation, A&E has landed Blood, Sweat & Tears, a drama project from feature and TV writer Chad Feehan (Southland, Paranormal Activity 4) and director Joe Carnahan (Narc). The project, from CBS TV Studios and studio-based Timberman-Beverly Prods., is a serialized drama set in Texas, which centers on the world of amateur bull riding. Feehan is writing the script and serves as co-executive producer. Carnahan is set to direct and will executive produce with Sarah Timberman and Carl Beverly. This marks a return to A&E for Carnahan, who is on a hot pilot streak. Both pilots he directed this year, A&E’s Those Who Kill and NBC’s The Blacklist, garnered a lot of buzz and went to series, with Blacklist scoring NBC’s best drama pilot testing results in a decade and landing the post-Voice Monday 10 Pm slot on the fall schedule. He is with CAA and Stuart Rosenthal. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Thanks to a clever, well-executed marketing effort, micro-budget horror movie The Purge easily took first place this weekend ahead of higher-profile Vince Vaughn/Owen Wilson comedy The Internship. Meanwhile, Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Into Darkness became the latest Summer 2013 movies to pass $200 million at the domestic box office.Produced for just $3 million, The Purge debuted to a fantastic $36.4 million. That's a record for original R-rated horror ahead of last year's The Devil Inside ($33.7 million), which is particularly impressive considering the movie didn't have a supernatural angle. The Purge's opening was also twice as much as producer Jason Blum and star Ethan Hawke's Sinister, which started off with $18 million last October.Going in to the weekend, it looked like the best comparable title was The Strangers ($21 million), which opened around the same time in 2008 and also centered around a home invasion. The fact that The Purge wound up »
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Magicians have amazed audiences with illusions for centuries, but in modern entertainment, filmmakers are the reigning wizards. Visual effects are their illusions. CGI is their bag of tricks. All that is very familiar to French director Louis Leterrier, whose movies include The Incredible Hulk and Clash of the Titans. But for his latest movie, Now You See Me, opening today in theaters, he set out to limit the use of computer-generated effects.
“I was coming from those big spectacle movies where CGI was almost like one of the main characters, but from the very beginning [of developing Now You See Me] we decided to take a low-tech approach to everything, »
- Emily Rome
As the recent Evil Dead reboot proved, the boundaries for how much gore isacceptable to show onscreen have been pushed so far that a film can get away with representing any sickening act of graphic violence so long as no female orgasm is depicted.
Things haven’t always been this way. Evil Dead exploited the groundwork laid by pioneers of controversy who pushed the boundaries of what society would tolerate onscreen. I present a list of Evil Dead’s forebears, the films that broke new cinematic ground, inspired riots, arrests, and moralistic outcries: ten of the most controversial movies ever made.
Chief among Cannibal Holocaust’s many sins is its introduction of the concept of “found footage” to cinema. We can thank it for indirectly inspiring such classic films as Paranormal Activity 4, The Devil Inside, and Apollo 18. The film chronicles the horrors that befall a documentary »
- Travis Earl
This is the second debate of our new monthly feature, entitled ‘Thn Friday Face Off’. One Friday every month will see two Thn titans of film knowledge duke it out over a pressing issue relating to our most beloved art form. Each film fanatic will argue from a different viewpoint on a particular subject, in a bid to persuade our exceptionally attractive readers, as well as his or her colleague, they should be deemed the winner.
Of course, there are no definitive right or wrong answers. However, we would love for you to get involved by sharing your opinion, and voting for whoever you think has argued their case in a more effective way. You can do this by commenting below, tweeting us via @thncom, or commenting on our Facebook page. Before doing so, we ask that you read the opposition’s stance on the matter here.
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- Chris Wharfe
Whilst Paramount prep the fifth installment in their ever weakening found footage 'Paranormal Activity' franchise filmmaker Mike Costanza, responsible for 2002's horror feature 'The Collingswood Story', has decided to sue the studio and producers of 'Paranormal Activity 4'. It seems the writer/director has filed the suit at the La Superior Court claiming that certain elements used in PA4 were submitted by himself to the studio in 2010 including material relating to teen webcam chats etc. He believes that the paranormal sequel is almost identical to that of his Collingswood story and is suing for unspecified damages. 'Paranormal Activity 4' was helmed by Ariel Schulman and Henry Joost and starred Kathryn Newton ('Bad Teacher') and Matt Shively ('True Jackson, VP'). »
One would think that any lawsuit over Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman.s Paranormal Activity 4 would be from the directors. own Paranormal Activity 3, thanks to the fourth film running the franchise into the ground while boring the shit out of viewers. But today there was a much more practical lawsuit filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Michael Costanza, writer and director of the zero-budget 2002 independent horror film The Collingswood Story, has filed a claim against Paramount Pictures as well as producers of the Paranormal Activity franchise, stating that he presented sections Collingswood to the studio in 2010 for a pitch meeting that ended with his material being turned away, and that portions of the fourth entry of the found footage horror series are almost exactly the same as the ideas he brought to them. If you haven.t seen The Collingswood Story and »
In what is probably the most bizarre news story of the day, indie filmmaker Mike Costanza (The Collingswood Story) is waging a legal battle against Paramount regarding Paranormal Activity 4. Read on for details.
THR reports that Costanza has sued Paramount and producers of Paranormal Activity 4, claiming that the film used specific concepts from his work without permission and without credit or compensation. Costanza, who directed and wrote the excellent 2002 independent horror film The Colllingswood Story, argues in a suit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that in 2010 he submitted material from that film in a pitch meeting with the producers. The material included details of webcam chats by characters in their late teens.
Costanza says he was told at the time that producers Steven Schneider and Spencer Medof were not interested in his concepts or in making a film based on his Colllingswood script, which he had registered with the Writers Guild. »
- Uncle Creepy
Writer-director Michael Costanza has sued Paramount and producers of Paranormal Activity 4 claiming that the film used specific concepts from his work without permission and without credit or compensation. Costanza, who directed and wrote the 2002 independent horror film The Colllingswood Story, argues in a suit filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court that in 2010 he submitted material from that film in a pitch meeting with the producers. The material included details of webcam chats by characters in their late teens. Read the complaint here. Photos: Top 10 Legal Disclaimers in Hollywood Costanza says he was told at
- Alex Ben Block
Jessica Cameron‘s directorial debut is here to remind us that Truth Or Dare is not just a game anymore! In other words – we have the official teaser trailer and poster for the brand new horror movie, which revolves around six college kids who find internet stardom when they make truth-or-dare videos with a violent twist. Sounds weird, looks creepy, take a look… Jessica Cameron directs the movie from a script she co-wrote with Jonathan Higgins, and as we said – the whole thing centers on 6 college kids find internet stardom when they make truth or dare videos with violent twists. It’s all fun...
Related posts: Truth Or Dare Trailer and 14 Photos Watch: Official Teaser Trailer For Ditch Watch This Completely Weird Teaser Trailer For Horror-Comedy Stalled! Must Watch: Teaser Trailer For Horror Movie Dark Hollow! »
- Jeanne Standal
We watch horror films to see good triumph over evil, a study says. But how do you react? Try our highly unscientific quiz
Some scientific studies sound like more fun than others. The ones where you get paid danger money for taking potentially lethal medicines – they're cool. The ones where you sit in a lab and administer ever-increasing electric shocks to strangers in order to show how the Nazis came to power, even better. But how about a scientific study where all you have to do is watch horror movie trailers? That right there is the dream.
For 482 people that dream recently came true when they were asked by academics to watch a variety of gory trailers and offer their response. Would it be the promise of gore that would make someone want to watch the full film, or the promise of seeing a teenage girl in a bloodied singlet triumph over evil? »
- Paul MacInnes
The first stills and wrap news for the latest spooker from Sony Pictures, The Remaining, have appeared on our desks so we thought we'd push out the goodies your way! Read on for details, and look for more soon!
From the Press Release
The horror thriller, based on biblical accounts of the end times, is written and directed by Casey La Scala (Donnie Darko). The film stars Alexa Vega (Spy Kids: All the Time in the World in 4D), Shaun Sipos (Texas Chainsaw 3D), Johnny Pacar (Flight 29 Down), Italia Ricci (“Terminales”), Bryan Dechart (Step Up 3D) and newcomer Liz E. Morgan. The Remaining is produced by Brad Luff (Urban Legends), Marc Bienstock (Quarantine 2: Terminal) and La Scala.
The Remaining is an action-packed horror thriller »
- Uncle Creepy
This should help Barnes & Noble a little as it tries to turn its Nook Video into a viable alternative to iTunes and Amazon for those who want to buy movies and TV shows online. Lionsgate, MGM, Paramount Pictures, Relativity Media, National Geographic, Little Pim, and Film Buff have signed what the companies call “content licensing partnerships” that will “bring thousands of additional movies and TV shows for all ages and interests to the Nook Video catalog.” Movie titles include The Hunger Games, the Twilight movies, Tyler Perry’s Madea Gets a Job, Skyfall, Rocky, Fargo, Flight, Paranormal Activity 4, Act of Valor, Safe Haven, and House at the End of the Street. TV series in the deal include Mad Men, Border Wars, Great Migrations, and Amazing Planet. “Combined with Nook’s seamless UltraViolet integration, we are offering customers one of the most dynamic and accessible movie and TV show stores available, »
- DAVID LIEBERMAN, Executive Editor
Chicago – Scott Derrickson’s “Sinister” was beloved in certain horror-loving circles (including a rave from our very own Adam Fendelman) and it’s indicative of the state of the genre that this film’s flaws were overlooked simply because it’s so undeniably vastly superior to junk like “Paranormal Activity 4” and “The Last Exorcism, Part II.” There are some great ideas in “Sinister” and a truly strong central performance from the always-good Ethan Hawke but the film meanders at 110 minutes and the final act proves that pacing problems will be the most horrific thing about a poorly-written horror film.
I was totally with the first act of “Sinister,” a film about a true crime writer who moves into a house with a mysterious past only to discover that he’s in the line of supernatural fire himself. There are some nicely creepy moments and truly shocking imagery (most of it on grainy film, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
11th Annual Tsr Movie Awards
Here are the results for the 11th Annual Tsr Movie Awards. This year 738 voters chose from a variety of films and categories. Thank you to everyone who voted.
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7.74 The Avengers
6.89 The Hunger Games
5.45 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
5.35 Madagascar 3: Europe’S Most Wanted
7.41 21 Jump Street
5.43 This Is 40
5.21 The Dictator
4.59 Think Like A Man
4.58 The Watch
4.46 Casa De Mi Padre
3.98 Tim And Eric’S Billion Dollar Movie
6.18 The Woman In Black
5.91 The Grey
5.36 Kill List »
- Jeff Bayer
It’s Monday, so we all know what that means! Yes, it’s time for another rundown of DVDs and Blu-ray’s hitting stores online and offline this week. It’s a very light week this week, so let us breakdown the new releases and highlight what you should – and shouldn’t – be buying from today, February 25th 2013.
Pick Of The Week
From Beyond (DVD/Blu-ray)
Obsessive scientist Dr. Pretorius and his assistant Crawford Tillinghast have invented ‘The Resonator’, a device intended to stimulate the brain’s pineal gland and expand the powers of the mind. The machine gives them more than they bargained for however when a parallel universe inhabited by slimy creatures ready to prey on humans reveals itself. Pretorius meets a sticky end, returns as a grotesque, deformed being and all manner of depravity ensues. From Beyond Review
And the rest…
Crawl is a »
It is often said that the greatest auteurs make films not because they want to but because they have to – it's as natural and essential as breathing. In December 2010 the Iranian maestro Jafar Panahi was banned from making movies and sentenced to six years in prison for creating "propaganda against the Islamic republic", a judgment that sparked outrage around the world.
While awaiting the outcome of an appeal, Panahi was visited in his home by his friend Mojtaba Mirtahmasb, who filmed Panahi wandering through his apartment, feeding his pet iguana, reflecting on scenes from his past movies and describing the latest script that he had been refused permission to shoot – the story of a young girl accepted for university but locked in her house by her zealous father.
That visit »
- Mark Kermode
11th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition)
Here are the results for the 11th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (Critics Only Edition). 28 film critics from across the nation voted in the awards this year.
Click Here The final results of the 11th Annual Tsr Movie Awards (with 738 voters).
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8.29 The Avengers
6.54 The Hunger Games
5.00 Madagascar 3: Europe’S Most Wanted
3.69 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2
7.89 21 Jump Street
5.40 This Is 40
5.22 The Watch
5.11 Think Like A Man
5.00 Tim And Eric’S Billion Dollar Movie »
- Jeff Bayer
To celebrate the release of Paranormal Activity 4 on DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download, we’ve put together a “Fright Factor” guide for all of the movies in the series.
Paranormal Activity 4 is available to released on February 25th and can be ordered here. The DVD and Blu-Ray include the theatrical version of the film as well as an extended nine minute cut, and “The Recovered Files” – 30 chilling minutes of found footage, not shown in cinemas.
The story of Katie and Micah on a mission to film spooky goings on in their house seems relatively
restrained now, but it is all the scarier for it. A great start to the series, with some major jumps!
Fright Factor: 8/10
The sequel focuses on the Rey family who set up security cameras to investigate a series of break-
ins. Switching between home footage and CCTV cameras to capture the thrilling drama, »
- Peter Willis
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