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From the singular mind of writer/director and podcaster Kevin Smith, and conceived from one of Smith’s own Smodcast’s, Tusk is a story unlike anything that has ever been committed to screen before. A tale that is equal parts hilarious and horrifying, Tusk will stay with you long after the credits roll.
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- Movie Geeks
Fantastic Fest kicks off in Austin, Texas, on Thursday, Sept. 18, and boasts an impressive lineup of films, including the Keanu Reeves-starring hitman thriller John Wick, Kevin Smith’s man-walrus horror fable Tusk, and the world premiere of Joe Lynch’s action extravaganza Everly (of which, much more later in the week).
But the movie screenings at this much-beloved sci-fi, fantasy, and horror event are just the tip of the iceberg—the tusks on the walrus suit, if you will—of the activities which attendees can enjoy. Below, Fantastic Fest cofounder and Alamo Drafthouse head honcho Tim League talks about the treats in store, »
- Clark Collis
For the week of September 16th, horror and sci-fi fans have a multitude of new and familiar title releases to choose from- everything from new indie horror movies to classic films getting an HD overhaul to a handful of TV series making their Blu-ray and DVD debuts.
To get everyone ready for the upcoming Fall TV season, this week sees the home debuts of the most recent seasons of Grimm, Hannibal, Arrow, Sleepy Hollow and From Dusk Till Dawn and classic horror fans should be happy to see HD releases for a few favorites as well, like Dark Sky Film’s 40th anniversary edition of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Eraserhead from Criterion, Anchor Bay’s 30th anniversary edition Blu-ray of Silent Night, Deadly Night and Sony’s special edition gift set for Ghostbusters/Ghostbusters II, which also contains an awesome Slimer collectible that would be a great addition to any fans’ collection. »
- Heather Wixson
Like it or not, Kevin Smith has carved out his own niche in the world of cinema and I respect his decision to utilize his dedicated fanbase to make the movies he wants to make, rather than churning out studio garbage such as his 2010 feature, Cop Out. Tusk is his second venture into this latest stage in his career and, having not yet seen Red State, my first experience with something of a "new" Smith, a filmmaker that hasn't abandoned his comedic origins, but instead twisted his brand of comedy into the horror genre. The result is a movie that I didn't particularly enjoy or find funny, but still have to give credit where due, as I'd rather see more filmmakers making what they want to make and telling the stories they want to tell, instead of whatever second rate studio script lands on their desk. Tusk centers on Wallace »
- Brad Brevet
The best way to describe how I approach Fantastic Fest is like summer camp. It happens once a year. You get back together with old friends. Yet in this case, this non-traditional camp is for fans of the most bizarre, violent, horrific, and Fantastic movies you could imagine. And even still, Fantastic Fest is so much more. This will be more third time attending Fantastic Fest and We Are Movie Geeks fourth time covering the crazy events that take place in Austin every September. For eight days I will be immersed in a world that is unlike any other film festival I have ever attended. What other festival is going to feature events like an opening night food fight, a karaoke party, a “nerd rap throwdown,” and the signature event at the festival – Fantastic Debates (which includes a verbal debate followed by a literal boxing match). These are just a »
- Michael Haffner
On her best behavior, O'Donnell was quite chummy with her new co-hosts, and though no feuds erupted, there were a few tears. Veteran View host Whoopi Goldberg opened the show alongside O'Donnell and the newbies, actress Rosie Perez and political commentator Nicolle Wallace. Upon introducing Wallace as a Republican, O'Donnell was quick to chime in that she likes her.
The ladies also took some time to remember Robin Williams, though Goldberg, one of Williams' good friends, didn't offer much »
Box office is one way a film makes its cash: but what are the others?
I know you’ll have noticed this by now, but it’s definitely called show business for a reason. It’s not show show art, show entertainment or even show exhibitionist impulse. Unless movies make money, the money to make movies would dry up pretty quickly. But where does this money come from?
Actually, that’s an easy one. It comes, almost entirely, from you and me and people like us. The real question should be how does this money get from our back pockets and into the coffers of the big movie studios.
Some of the pathways are incredibly obvious, some perhaps a little less so. Let’s take a look at 16 of the ways that movies make money.
1. Ticket sales
I had just started working in a cinema when Jurassic Park was released. »
EuropaCorp is nearing a deal to acquire U.S. rights to Jalmari Helander's action movie “Big Game,” which stars Samuel L. Jackson, Ray Stevenson, Jim Broadbent and Onni Tommila as the teenage protagonist. Jackson plays the President of the United States, who is targeted for assassination once Air Force One crashes in the middle of a forest in Finland. Tommila must use his survival skills as a young hunter in order to protect him. Also read: Kevin Smith's ‘Tusk’ Is Getting Its Own Strains of Weed The film, which is being sold by Wme Global, co-stars Victor Garber, »
- Jeff Sneider
Another Tuskegee Experiment: Smith’s Latest Creation Odd But Not Audacious
Sure to garner all the Wtf exclamatory delights that it’s had its grotesque little heart set on since the initial inspiration, Kevin Smith’s podcast borne film project, Tusk, at last arrives with a queasy trill. Though it doesn’t live up to certain perverse levels of strangeness that it promises, it’s a wacky, weird, and fun jaunt, especially considering this was a film that originated off the cuff. Certainly the most successfully entertaining film from Smith in quite some time, it may turn off or underwhelm after the initial bloom passes, especially as it’s narrative is a familiar cobbling of certain well known titles that have attained cultural iconicity (for better or worse). Still, it’s a great piece of weird pie to watch with an audience hungry for its bizarre spoils.
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- Nicholas Bell
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting the recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a trailer for The Devil’s Hand and Motivational Growth, screening details from Cub, the short film lineup from Screamfest, first details on The Nightmare, and more:
The Devil’s Hand Trailer and Release Date Announced: “When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion — on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil’s Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts.
The Devil’s Hand will be available OnDemand and open in theaters »
- Tamika Jones
Toronto — If you were to look over Chris Rock's lengthy and impressive career you might think he peaked with HBO's "The Chris Rock Show." Or perhaps it was his string of Emmy-winning standup specials including 2008's "Kill the Messenger." Or perhaps it was as the producer and co-creator of the critically acclaimed TV series "Everybody Hates Chris." Well, happily, at the ripe young age of 49, Rock has hit a career high with his new film "Top Five," which debuted at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival Saturday night. The third movie written by, directed by and starring Rock after "Head of State" and "I Think I Love My Wive," "Top Five" finds the comedian playing Andre Allen, a former stand up comedian turned movie star who is at a major turning point in his life. Best known for his character "Hammy" – essentially Rock in a bear costume with guns blazing yelling "It's Hammy time! »
- Gregory Ellwood
A recent Forbes list named Sandra Bullock as the highest-paid actress in Hollywood, but when it comes to shaping the films coming out of the industry pipeline, you have to look behind the camera for the biggest movers and shakers.
Digital Spy takes a look at 9 of Hollywood's most influential women below...
When George Lucas handed over the keys to his Lucasfilm kingdom he turned to Kathleen Kennedy, who began her Hollywood career as Steven Spielberg's secretary and swiftly rose through the ranks to produce hits such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Jurassic Park and The Sixth Sense.
Disney's acquisition of Lucasfilm signaled an aggressive intent to relaunch Star Wars for a new generation – following on from Episode VII, we'll get to see big-screen sequels and spinoffs, an animated TV show, fresh Star Wars comics, novels and video games in a huge cross-media tapestry weaving together George Lucas's universe. »
In some sense, all of anarchic French duo Benoit Delepine and Gustave Kervern’s films are road movies: In “Aaltra,” “Louise-Michel,” “Mammuth” and “Le Grand Soir,” misfit characters split with society, veer off into the wilderness and wreak black-comedy havoc. “Near Death Experience” is their darkest and least commercial film yet, though also their most serious and soulful, , then spends three nights wandering alone near his home before deciding whether to go through with the deed.
Like Antonioni’s “Zabriskie Point” without the pyrotechnics, the pair have crafted a a stark, off-the-grid disavowal of the hollowness of modern society, though their approach seems more resigned than radical. Audiences aren’t exactly clamoring for films about suicide, and to complicate matters further, “Near Death Experience” has the curious fortune of arriving less than a month after Robin Williams took his own life.
In order to shoot such a disquieting project on their own terms, »
- Peter Debruge
From rock operas to Wes Craven to Dazzler, here's some Marvel movies that never quite made it...
Recently, we looked at the DC movies that never got the greenlight. We saw hordes of Superman movies which didn’t make it to screen, along with Batman film ideas and whole hosts of other DC heroes whose movies plummeted out of production (You can read that piece here).
On the other side of the superhero cinema fence, we have the seemingly all-encompassing, game-changing Marvel Cinematic Universe at the height of its powers, the X-Men franchise in rude health and the still-fresh memory of Spider-Man’s hasty reboot. You could be forgiven for thinking that not as many Marvel movies have struggled to get made as their DC counterparts.
However, having delved once more into the ancient scrolls of cinema history (still better known as extensive Googling), we can confirm there’s plenty »
The late, great Robin Williams makes one of his final on-screen appearances amongst a star-studded cast in the hard-hitting comedy-drama The Angriest Man In Brooklyn, released on DVD and digital platforms on September 8th, 2014 courtesy of Signature Entertainment and we’ve got three to giveaway on DVD!
Directed by Phil Alden Robinson (The Sum of All Fears, Band of Brothers), The Angriest Man In Brooklyn sees Williams playing Henry Altmann, a curmudgeonly Brooklynite who, following a taxi crash, a brain scan and a stressed out doctor, mistakenly thinks he has just 90 minutes to live. What follows is a poignant, astonishingly portentous journey of redemption as Altmann races to reconcile with his wife, his brother and his friends after a lifetime of maltreatment and before it is too late.
- Dan Bullock
Netflix will be adding a host of new TV and movie options that will be rolling out on the streaming service throughout September.
Netflix's September Additions
Netflix is kicking off September by adding seasons of Californication, Chasing UFOs, Doomsday Preppers, Hinterland, Unsealed: Alien Files and Zero Hour. Soon to follow will be seasons of The League, The Blacklist, Arrow, New Girl, How I Met Your Mother, Parks and Recreation, The Walking Dead and more.
As for movies, Robin Williams’ films Good Morning Vietnam and Flubber have been added in addition to Cool Runnings, Lords of Dogtown, Crocodile Dundee and others. Among those coming soon are A Simple Man, Silver Linings Playbook and Bad Grandpa.
See Below for Complete Lists of Netflix’s New TV & Movies Offerings:
“Californication,” Seasons 1-7, Sept. 1
“Chasing UFOs,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Doomsday Preppers,” Seasons 1-3, Sept. 1
“Hinterland,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Unsealed: Alien Files,” Season 1, Sept. 1
“Zero Hour, »
Telluride — Actor Ethan Hawke is in the middle of a career high right now. In the space of a year he has been a part of two landmark films from director Richard Linklater, "Before Midnight" and "Boyhood," each of them the result of years and years of work exploring characters as they change across a wide spectrum of time. He has two films set to play the Venice Film Festival next week in Andrew Niccol's "Good Kill" and Michael Almereyda's "Cymbeline" and he's here in Telluride with his own directorial effort, an emotional documentary that is ostensibly a portrait of pianist Seymour Bernstein, but on a deeper level is an exploration by Hawke of finding satisfaction in one's art. It's a delicate piece of work that played like gangbusters to a Telluride premiere audience Saturday, rapt as the so wonderfully well-spoken Bernstein rattled off philosophical nuggets throughout a lively Q&A. »
- Kristopher Tapley
We all have touchstones in adolescent life that end up shaping who we become. I’m sure we all share a few of them. Maybe it’s Holden Caulfield. Maybe it’s Kurt Cobain. Maybe it’s The Smiths or Fight Club or Ghost World. All of those had an effect on me, but I’m not ashamed to say that the one who had the biggest effect was Seth Cohen, a character in the early 2000s Fox teen soap opera The O.C.
Seth Cohen was awesome. He was awkward and read Chuck Klosterman and drew superheroes and wore the coolest t-shirts. He brought comic books, twee indie rock and snarky internet knowingness to a show few would associate with geekiness, and blasted all those things into the mainstream. »
One of the slowest months of the year has arrived; the dreaded September. As we transition from the blockbusters of summer to the award-seekers of fall, there's a smattering of "dump-month" content to weed through, but fortunately there's at least a few good offerings that may well make it worth a trip to the theater. From Denzel Washington's The Equalizer to Laika's stop-motion animation The Boxtrolls to Kevin Smith's walrus-to-man horror pic Tusk, there's some hope that September »
- Paul Shirey
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
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