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Amongst this years Screen Actors Guild Award winners are Eddie Redmayne, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his portrayal of Steven Hawking in The Theory of Everything, Birdman, which took home Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture, and Orange Is the New Black, whose star Uzo Uduba claimed the Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series category.
Redmayne, dedicated his award to sufferers of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Als), the illness which Hawking himself suffers from. He also went on to congratulate fellow actors such as Bradley Cooper, David Oyelowo and Timothy Spall.
It has been a big weekend for Birdman, which not only won best ensemble »
- Alfie Nobes
Music and Sex: Scenes from a life - A novel in progress by Roman AkLeff (first installment can be read here; second here (the last paragraph of which was moved into this part).
After the show, Walter took Norman to the West End, where Norman marveled at the broad beer selection. As they slowly worked their way through a small percentage of the fifty-plus on offer, Walter lamented how inferior college was making him feel.
"Screw that," rejoined Norman. "Just have fun and keep learning and next year's freshmen will feel inferior to you. If you already knew everything, you wouldn't have to go to college in the first place. Don't tell me about that, tell me about all the cool stuff you've been doing."
"Well, during orientation there was a great band playing outside for free called So What. I know you're not that into fusion, but they were hot. »
Tribeca Film is acquiring North American rights to Kevin Pollak’s directorial debut “Misery Loves Comedy,” which makes its world premiere Friday at the Sundance Film Festival. Tribeca announced it is targeting a spring 2015 release.
The talking-head documentary, a Heretic Films and NewAley Pictures production, was written by Pollak and John Varhous, and produced by Becky Newhall, Burton Ritchie and Barry Katz. Ben Galecki, Ashton Newhall, Liz Davidson and Jess Ravich served as executive producers.
Also Read: Sundance Party Report in Pictures: The Snowy »
- Jeff Sneider
Legendary Pictures and Crackle have released the first trailer for the upcoming movie Dead Rising: Watchtower, which is based upon the hit zombie video game series. Check it out below after the official synopsis…
Dead Rising: Watchtower takes place during a large-scale zombie outbreak. When a mandatory government vaccine fails to stop the infection from spreading, the four leads must evade infection while also pursuing the root of the epidemic, with all signs pointing to a government conspiracy. Politics, public paranoia, and media coverage play an important role in the story’s narrative.
Dead Rising: Watchtower hits Crackle on March 27th, with a cast that includes Rob Riggle (22 Jump Street, Let’s Be Cops) as Frank West alongside Harley Morenstein (Tusk), Keegan Connor Tracey (Once Upon a Time), Aleks Paunovic (This Means War), Dennis Haysbert (Sin City: A Dame to Kill For), Virginia Madsen (Sideways), Meghan Ory »
- Gary Collinson
The ad campaign for "Mortdecai," the new Johnny Depp comic caper film, is so befuddling, both opaque and overbearing, that a recent Vulture article spent several hundred words trying to decode what, exactly, the movie was and why the powers that be behind said movie were content with selling the project based on large photos of the very handsome cast (also included: Gwyneth Paltrow, Olivia Munn, Ewan McGregor) sporting cartoonish mustaches. This is a shame, because the movie is an undeniably charming, frothy affair, a zippy, inventive, frequently funny international romp that recalls both the "Pink Panther" and "Austin Powers" franchises, while somehow being considerably stranger than either.
Depp plays the title character, a kind of bone-headed aristocratic art dealer who trades in stolen antiquities. At the beginning of the movie, he's trying to screw over some Chinese gangsters, since he's in deep debt with the British government and his »
- Drew Taylor
The film that almost wasn’t due to a draft of the script being leaked in early 2014, causing Tarantino to shelve the project. But after a live script reading at the Ace Hotel in Los Angeles in spring 2014, extreme interest seemed to reenergize The Hateful Eight, another ‘southern’ from Tarantino following 2012’s Django Unchained. While the role rumored for Christoph Waltz eventually went to Kurt Russell (who starred in Death Proof, of course), Tarantino recycles his usual crew, including Samuel Jackson, Zoe Bell, Michael Madsen, while adding some high profile names like Channing Tatum, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Demian Bichir in a film set in post-Civil War Wyoming, where bounty hunters try to find shelter during a blizzard but get involved in a plot of betrayal and deception. Tarantino has already announced he wants to go out while he’s still ‘fresh, »
- Nicholas Bell
With Smith himself portraying one of the film’s monsters, he’s had to shave his trademark beard in order for the necessary prosthetics to be applied, and the filmmaker has taken to Twitter to post a picture of his clean-shaven self, along with a snap of him in first stage of prosthetics…
Yoga Hosers sees Smith’s daughter Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp’s daughter Lily-Rose Depp leading the cast as convenience store clerks Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, who team up with Depp’s Guy Lapointe in order to battle an ancient evil. Also featuring in the cast are Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black), Austin Butler (Aliens in the Attic), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf »
- Gary Collinson
We started this website back in 2007, and since then, the names of some sequels seem to come up with reasonable regularity, albeit with no sign of the film itself. And in the time we've been going, yet more names have added themselves to the list of follow-ups that are seemingly stuck in development hell.
With the new Ghostbusters film set to escape and become a real thing in the next year or two, here's just a sample of the other projects struggling to get off the ground (with one or two edging closer to a greenlight than others...)
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[Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of Indie Film Month. Today's pick "Tusk" is available now On Demand. This interview originally ran during the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival in September.] The last time Kevin Smith debuted a film at a festival it didn't go so well. The year was 2011 and Smith was in Park City to unveil his first stab at the horror genre, "Red State." The film debuted to negative reviews and harsh press following a lengthy 25-minute rant during which Smith revealed that he'd be self distributing his latest. Cut to three years later and Smith is experiencing a career all-time high. His latest, "Tusk," another horror film, premiered in the Midnight Madness section at the Toronto International Film Festival and blew the roof off of the Ryerson Theater. Already acquired by A24 prior to making its way to Toronto, "Tusk" has drawn some of the »
- Nigel M Smith
Kevin Smith has retired and un-retired from filmmaking more than once, and his most recent return to the director’s chair resulted in his most unusual movie yet. That’s not to say Tusk is a good movie exactly — but it’s most definitely an incredibly strange one. Happily though, Smith’s real talent remains unscathed. He’s a continuously entertaining speaker, overflowing with funny, crass and ridiculous anecdotes, and his gift as a storyteller — often better-suited for talking than for filmmaking — shines on his commentary tracks. Tusk features a lot of dialogue scenes, his usual bread and butter, but there’s also an obvious thread of narrative wackiness that promises excessive fodder for Smith’s verbal chicanery via the commentary. Because seriously, it’s about a guy who threatens to surgically alter Justin Long into a walrus. Keep reading to see what I heard on the commentary track for Kevin Smith’s Tusk. Tusk »
- Rob Hunter
In less than two weeks, the mystery is going to be solved in terms of who and what receive Academy Award nominations (with some mystery going away earlier today with the announcement of the Producers Guild of America nominations, but I’ll chime in on that tomorrow). At the same time, we’re also going to find out about the films and performances that are going to be snubbed for Oscar love. In some cases, movies are going to be shut out entirely. Most of the time, it’s more or less deservedly so, but their are always contenders that should have fared better in the awards season. Today, I wanted to shed some light on the flicks that almost assuredly are not going to be cited in any way, shape, or form, by members of the Academy. Sure, Oscar voters could surprise you, but I wouldn’t hold my breath… »
- Joey Magidson
Producer Jennifer Schwalbach has tweeted a new image from her husband Kevin Smith’s latest film Yoga Hosers, featuring Harley Quinn Smith and Lily-Rose Depp as Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie, the two convenience store clerks from Tusk, who will find themselves teaming up with legendary manhunter Guy Lapointe (Johnny Depp) in order to battle an ancient evil…
Yoga Hosers is expected to arrive some time this year, with a cast that also includes Tony Hale (Arrested Development), Natasha Lyonne (Orange is the new Black), Austin Butler (Aliens in the Attic), Adam Brody (The O.C.), Tyler Posey (Teen Wolf), Kevin Conroy (Batman: The Animated Series), Stan Lee (Mallrats) and Jason Mewes (Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back), along with Tusk stars Michael Parks, Justin Long, Haley Joel Osment, Genesis Rodriguez, Ralph Garman and Harley Morenstein. »
- Gary Collinson
Wait, hear me out on this one. Yes, they canceled Dracula (to be fair, it didn’t get really good until the last few episodes, so I can’t blame them for that), but they also picked up Hannibal for a third season. Fun fact: this will be the first Bryan Fuller-created series that has gone more than two seasons.
Supernatural – “Fan Fiction”
Supernatural is at its best when it is weird and goofy and meta. Their 200th episode, in which Sam and Dean investigate murders at a high school, turns super-meta when the drama club turns the Supernatural “novels” into a musical.
The Simpsons – “Treehouse of Horror Xxv”
The annual Simpsons Halloween extravaganza makes my “Best of” list every year, if only out of my sheer love of The Simpsons. However, this year’s entry is easily the best in the last decade or so, »
- Alyse Wax
No other type of movie can claim to have as many sub-categories as the horror genre. You’ve got your found footage films, creature-features, torture porn, it’s a long and varied list that caters to fans of all things gory.
One of these sub-genres is the ‘body horror’ category of movies. These deal with our own subconscious fear of our bodies, particularly when it comes to things such as mutilation and decay. The recent Kevin Smith release, Tusk, is a prime example of a body horror movie, as well as being big change from his usual New Jersey based comedies.
There is, however, what could be considered another horror movie sub-genre that is closely related to the body horror category. While not quite as subtle in confronting our fears of our own biology, the murderous body parts genre still deals with this issue, just in a much more literal way. »
- Rob Thubron
We’ve already heard from Kevin Smith about his impressive list of upcoming projects. He’s also told us about what making Tusk meant to him. Now, in part two of our long interview with the filmmaker, we dig a little deeper. Smith goes into great detail about some of the more talked-about decisions he made in […]
- Germain Lussier
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