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Cannes: Jim Jarmusch Confronts the End of the World Amid Faint Praise for His ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

Cannes: Jim Jarmusch Confronts the End of the World Amid Faint Praise for His ‘The Dead Don’t Die’
It’s rare for a Cannes opener to be a Competition prize-winner. Opening nights at the Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière are designed for maximum red carpet impact and a global marketing launch. Cannes veteran Jim Jarmusch knows the drill.

Even with dark end-of-the-world overtones, a laidback horror comedy does not a Competition contender make. (Its middling Metascore is 56.) Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” delivers some mild chuckles, and is saved by its cast of Jarmusch regulars, especially Bill Murray (“Broken Flowers”) and Adam Driver (“Paterson”) as two deadpan country cops, Tilda Swinton as a Scottish Samurai warrior, and Tom Waits as philosophical Hermit Bob. But it does not advance the zombie genre. Still, Focus Features will surely get an awareness boost from Cannes for this light-hearted entertainment with darker themes on its mind.

While Jarmusch admits that he grew up on Universal horror, Dario Argento and John Carpenter
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Cannes: Jim Jarmusch Confronts the End of the World Amid Faint Praise for His ‘The Dead Don’t Die’

Cannes: Jim Jarmusch Confronts the End of the World Amid Faint Praise for His ‘The Dead Don’t Die’
It’s rare for a Cannes opener to be a Competition prize-winner. Opening nights at the Grand Auditorium Louis Lumière are designed for maximum red carpet impact and a global marketing launch. Cannes veteran Jim Jarmusch knows the drill.

Even with dark end-of-the-world overtones, a laidback horror comedy does not a Competition contender make. Jarmusch’s “The Dead Don’t Die” delivers some mild chuckles, and is saved by its cast of Jarmusch regulars, especially Bill Murray (“Broken Flowers”) and Adam Driver (“Paterson”) as two deadpan country cops, Tilda Swinton as a Scottish Samurai warrior, and Tom Waits as philosophical Hermit Bob. But it does not advance the zombie genre. Still, Focus Features will surely get an awareness boost from Cannes for this light-hearted entertainment with darker themes on its mind.

While Jarmusch admits that he grew up on Universal horror, Dario Argento and John Carpenter (both of whom he
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Pokémon: Detective Pikachu Ending Explained

David Crow May 10, 2019

We examine what the Pokemon: Detective Pikachu ending means for both Pikachu and the larger world of Rhyme City.

This article contains Pokémon: Detective Pikachu spoilers. We have a spoiler free review here.

It’s been long established in Poké lore that Mewtwo, a Frankenstein-like creature created by man in an attempt to clone Mew, is the most powerful Pocket Monster in existence. But his role in Detective Pikachu took what we knew about the loquacious psychic to a whole new level. By the time the movie is over, it is revealed that Mewtwo has captured the soul of Harry Goodman and is responsible for putting it in the body of Pikachu… hence Ryan Reynolds’ personality inside of an adorable electric rodent.

To take a step back and walk through this entirely unexpected twist, it’s best to look at why Mewtwo was so sought after
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Avengers Vs. Game of Thrones in SNL Family Feud Sketch

Avengers Vs. Game of Thrones in SNL Family Feud Sketch
Last night's new episode of Saturday Night Live began with a Family Feud parody sketch featuring Avengers: Endgame characters taking on characters from Game of Thrones. As always, Kenan Thompson led the segment as Steve Harvey. Making up the Avengers side of the game are "scientologist" Thor (Alex Moffat), the "swoll Grimace" Thanos (Beck Bennett), "Okey-Dokey" Okoye (Ego Nwodim), and "Bitch, I'm Groot" Groot (Leslie Jones). Playing against them on the Game of Thrones team are Lady Brienne of Tarth (Kate McKinnon), the giant killer Tormund Giantsbane (Mikey Day), the thousand year old witch Melisandre (Cecily Strong), and "that weird brother" Bran Stark (Kyle Mooney).

When Steve Harvey asks players to name something on their bucket lists, the Avengers team gets to play the game after Brienne's answer of "one night with Jaime Lannister" gets her an X. Thanos answers next with his wish to "get off the Hgh," as
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Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman and Other Universal Monster-Themed Mazes Coming To Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios has announced a few new mazes coming to Halloween Horror Nights this year. The first two mazes deal with the classic Universal Monsters.

Universal Studios Hollywood is getting a maze inspired by the 1943 film Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man, which sounds like it should be cool! Guests will also be “hunted” by other Universal Monsters, that will include Dracula, at a new Universal Monsters haunted house experience.

In the new Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man maze, “guests will follow in the footsteps of the Frankenstein Monster, lured by exotic music towards a nearby gypsy camp while desperately seeking sanctuary from a mob of angry villagers determined to destroy him. It is within the gypsy encampment that the Frankenstein Monster meets The Wolf Man and where the madness begins as guests are led along a path of destruction through the murky Moors, to a creepy cemetery and into the
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10 Deadliest Horror Movie Monsters, Ranked

While we've seen all kinds of horror genres develop a number of memorable killers over the years, sometimes it still takes a scary monster to terrify and delight fans. Monster movies go back to the dawn of horror film, with the Universal Monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, and Wolf Man showcasing the special effects wizardry of the time to deliver thrills and chills to movie-goers.

Related: Creepshow Showrunner Greg Nicotero On Bringing The ‘80s Horror Classic To TV

Horror monsters have certainly evolved past those early representations, and have become even deadlier with each new iteration to up the stakes for the viewers. Today we are going to take a look at 10 of the deadliest horror movie monsters, ranked on everything from their horrifying appearance to the danger they represent to humankind.
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Frankenstein Meets the Wolfman and Universal Monsters Mazes Head to Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Monsters will come to life in all-new terrifying Halloween Horror Nights mazes at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort, inspired by Universal's original cinematic monsters and the movie studio that invented the horror films. The terrifying experiences on both coasts will wake some of the most frightening and legendary monsters in horror history and bring them face-to-face with guests at the nation's premier Halloween events.

On the heels of last year's successful Universal Monsters experience, Universal Studios Hollywood will introduce an all-new horrifying maze, "Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man," that delves deeper into the Universal Monsters' lore. Loosely based on Universal's 1943 horror movie of the same name, this reimagined tale for the 21st century takes guests on a terrifying journey that bears witness to a deadly confrontation between these two horror icons and the epic battle that rages between them. Guests will follow in the footsteps of the Frankenstein Monster,
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Universal Monsters Coming to Halloween Horror Nights 2019 at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort

In addition to mazes based on recent horror franchises such as Stranger Things, this year's Halloween Horror Nights is paying tribute to the genre's hallowed past with new mazes featuring the Universal Monsters at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort.

Press Release: Universal City, Calif., Orlando, Fla. – “Universal Monsters” will come to life in all-new terrifying Halloween Horror Nights mazes at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, inspired by Universal’s original cinematic monsters and the movie studio that invented the horror films. The terrifying experiences on both coasts will wake some of the most frightening and legendary monsters in horror history and bring them face-to-face with guests at the nation's premier Halloween events.

At Universal Orlando Resort, guests will be hunted by every single grisly monster from the anthology, including Dracula, The Wolf Man and Frankenstein, in the all-new experience, “Universal Monsters.” Each sinister environment will bleed
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Guillermo del Toro on Why It’s a Director’s Duty to Always ‘Exceed the Budget’

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Guillermo del Toro on Why It’s a Director’s Duty to Always ‘Exceed the Budget’
Guillermo del Toro has some advice for directors that would leave most studios shaking.

“As a director, it is your duty to always responsibly exceed the scope and exceed the budget,” he said. “If you have enough time and enough money, you’re f—ing up.”

Del Toro dropped that bit of wisdom during a chat with Alec Baldwin at the Tribeca Film Festival for its Directors Series Thursday night, engaging in a lively conversation about his approach to filmmaking, the studio system and what inspired his Oscar-winning “The Shape of Water.”

To be sure, del Toro isn’t actually running away with the studios’ money on his projects. He added that while he takes an ambitious approach to his films, he typically comes in under-budget.

“I remember on the first ‘Hellboy,’ they came in… and they said, ‘You have to cut seven million,’” he told Baldwin. “And I said,
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Guillermo Del Toro On Filmmaking As “Orchestrating An Accident” And The Trouble With Remakes – Tribeca

Guillermo Del Toro On Filmmaking As “Orchestrating An Accident” And The Trouble With Remakes – Tribeca
In an effervescent and expansive conversation with Alec Baldwin on Thursday at the Tribeca Film Festival, Guillermo Del Toro shared a Criterion Collection’s worth of filmmaking wisdom and appreciation.

The director’s debut appearance at Tribeca, according to festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal’s brief onstage introduction, was five years in the making. The pairing with Baldwin proved surprisingly fertile, and the two traded stories about their lifelong connection to cinema and travels through the industry. Fans of Del Toro’s work, from the Spanish-language Pan’s Labyrinth to studio fare like Pacific Rim and Crimson Peak and the Oscar-winning The Shape of Water, gave him several Comic-Con-like ovations. They seemed ready to listen to another hour had the 75-minute chat kept going, which it seemed poised to do.

Baldwin asked whether Del Toro would ever step behind the camera for a remake of a monster movie given he has
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Edgar Wright Calls ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ the Best Action Film of All Time

Edgar Wright Calls ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ the Best Action Film of All Time
You may love “Mad Max: Fury Road” — how could you not? — but you probably don’t love it as much as Edgar Wright. The filmmaker responsible for “Shaun of the Dead,” “Hot Fuzz,” and “The World’s End” took to Twitter to reaffirm his admiration of George Miller’s 2015 genre masterpiece, giving it the highest praise possible: “I had to test out a new home projector with a BluRay and I can confirm the results,” he tweeted. “‘Mad Max Fury Road’ is still the best action film of all time.”

This naturally led to a number of “what about…” responses in his mentions, with the filmmaker replying to just one: “Every time I mention anything about superlatives in cinema (action or otherwise), there’s a reply saying ‘What no Predator / Commando?'” Wright said. “Neither are even my fav Arnie action film (both are fun though).”

It’s certainly true
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The Marvel Movies Debrief: Avengers - Age of Ultron Recap, Legacy, and McU Connections

Richard Jordan Apr 3, 2019

Tony Stark plays Frankenstein in the Avengers' second team-up, an ambitious sequel that misses some of the first movie's magic

This article contains spoilers for Avengers: Age of Ultron and the wider McU.

After the commercial and critical success of The Avengers, it seemed Joss Whedon could do no wrong. The writer-director was quickly snapped up by Marvel to serve as a creative consultant on their entire Phase Two slate, as well as being put in charge of the follow-up to one of the biggest films of all time. And when Avengers: Age of Ultron was announced at 2013’s San Diego Comic-Con, the room went nuts at the thought of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes taking on one of their iconic comic book nemeses.

When it finally hit screens in 2015, though, Age of Ultron didn’t quite get the rapturous reception that had greeted the first movie. It
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‘The Matrix’ 20 Years Later: The Artificial Intelligence Lives in Us (Column)

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‘The Matrix’ 20 Years Later: The Artificial Intelligence Lives in Us (Column)
The term “artificial intelligence” was coined in 1956, but one way or another it has been the subject of just about every great science-fiction movie, from “Metropolis” to “Frankenstein,” from the paranoid fables of the ’50s (about brainy robots and aliens with giant noggins who were like “advanced” versions of ourselves) to “2001: A Space Odyssey,” in which Hal, the computer who talks like a wounded therapy patient, displays the anger and ego of a jilted human being. And by the late ’70s and early ’80s, the Machines Who Could Think were really taking over. “Alien” featured a technologically evolved monster with the metallic jaws, the helmet head, and the relentlessness of a demonic thresher, the most sympathetic character in “Blade Runner” was a replicant, and “The Terminator” gave us a dystopia ruled by the machines, featuring a weaponized badass who was the ultimate programmed destroyer.

But in “The Matrix,” the
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Supergirl Season 4 Episode 16 Review – ‘The House of L’

Martin Carr reviews the sixteenth episode of Supergirl season 4…

This is the episode we have been waiting for. Backstory, character arcs and Jon Cryer dominating everything. Taking a leaf from Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and giving it a Kryptonian spin season four takes a next level leap as Luthor’s scheme gets fully revealed. Flashback court trials, Eastern bloc interactions and conjugal incarceration conversations are just a few of the elements which make The House of L shine.

For the most part this is Melissa Benoist and Jon Cryer on screen interchanging dialects, exchanging hero and villain for mentor and pupil whilst plot points are uncovered carefully. If anything this an examination of two different moral codes each with their own flaws. Luthor has an inherent disdain for wealth and its accumulation yet realises that this is the only way to operate. Hypocrisy fails to come any larger than this apparent juxtaposition of personal values.
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Interview: Depraved Writer/Director Larry Fessenden on Making a Modern-Day Reimagining of Frankenstein

Last year, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein celebrated its 200th anniversary, and this year, renowned independent filmmaker Larry Fessenden brings the timeless tale to life in modern-day Brooklyn with Depraved. A haunting and heartfelt look at the capabilities of science and the corruptive corners of the human soul, Depraved recently had its world premiere at What the Fest!?, and Daily Dead had the great pleasure of catching up with Fessenden to discuss the cinematic influences, real-life parallels, and standout performances of his bold new film.

Depraved is really going to stick with me. Last year was the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, and it's so cool that you were able to do your modern-day reimagining of that story. Is Frankenstein one of your favorite stories? How long have you wanted to tell your own version of it?

Larry Fessenden: I remember when I was a kid, I had a retro poster over the bed,
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"Frankenstein" - It's "Alive"

CBS Television Studios is producing the new "Frankenstein" TV series pilot "Alive, directed by Uta Briesewitz, starring Ryan Phillippe as 'M.C. Escher', a San Francisco cop who mysteriously returns to life after being killed in the line of duty, co-starring Katrina Law ("Spartacus") as medical examiner 'Elizabeth' and Aaron Staton ("Mad Men") as 'Victor Frankenstein':

"...the story follows 'Escher' after his 'resurrection', haunted, like 'RoboCop' by visions from the case leading up to his untimely death.

"As Escher begins to investigate who killed him and how he came back to life, Elizabeth suspects her ex-boyfriend Victor of being involved, with the brilliant scientist on the run from the Chinese government..."

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Frankenstein"...
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Director Larry Fessenden On Resurrecting Frankenstein For New Film ‘Depraved’

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Larry Fessenden is one of the hardest working men in genre cinema. He runs his own production company Glass Eye Pix which has produced gems such as The Ranger, Most Beautiful Island, and Stake Land. But that isn’t all, Fessenden also works as an actor, appearing in films like You’re Next and We Are Still Here, a writer, being one half of the writing team on PS4 BAFTA winning game Until Dawn, and a director of films including Wendigo and Habit.

His latest project Depraved sees him equally busy as he works as director, writer, producer, and editor. The film is a modern retelling of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein in which a young man Alex wakes up to find himself the brain in a reanimated creature known as Adam. Brought back to life by ex-forces medic Henry, Adam must learn to navigate the frightening world around him.
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‘Depraved’ Review: Dir. Larry Fessenden (2019)

Depraved Review: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein gets a modern day cinematic retelling in Larry Fessenden’s latest movie Depraved.

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Filmed during the bicentenary of Mary Shelley’s classic novel, Depraved is a modern day interpretation of the Frankenstein story. Alex (Owen Campbell) is about to move in with his girlfriend Lucy (Chloe Levine). The pair are very much in love, but after an argument over starting a family, Alex takes to the streets to cool-off. Here he is attacked by an unknown assailant. When he awakens he is not quite himself, literally waking-up in another body, one that appears patched together with stitches. He is now Adam (Alex Breaux), an experiment in resurrection by ex-forces medic Henry (David Call), a brilliant mind tarnished by Ptsd, and Henry’s old college buddy Polidori (Joshua Leonard) whom bankrolls the study. Slowly ‘Adam’ starts to learn about the world around
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Ryan Phillippe Has Been Cast in the CBS Frankenstein Series Alive

A couple months ago, we reported that CBS was making a pilot for a series based (very loosely) on the Frankenstein story, wherein a police officer is brought back to life. Here’s the synopsis we reported from an EW report:

This latest and very loose adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic novel follows a San Francisco homicide detective who “is mysteriously brought back to life after being killed in the line of duty. But as he resumes his old life and he and his wife realize he isn’t the same person he used to be, they zero in on the strange man behind his resurrection – Dr. Victor Frankenstein.”

Now we know that the role of the police detective is going to be played by Ryan Phillippe. Here is a more detailed plot description given by Variety:

The Cruel Intentions star will play Mark Escher, a San Francisco police
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Horror Highlights: Depraved, Trick, American Poltergeist: The Curse Of Lilith Ratchet, Deliberations Podcast

Larry Fessenden's Depraved, a re-telling of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, is set to have its world premiere at IFC Center's What the Fest!?, and, as reported by Screen Daily, Yellow Veil Pictures acquired worldwide sales rights to the film. Also in today's Highlights: Omar Epps joins the cast of Patrick Lussier's Trick, American Poltergeist: The Curse of Lilith Ratchet release details, and Deliberations podcast episode and guest details.

Depraved's IFC Center's What the Fest!? Premiere Details: "Stitching together the pieces of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, Depraved is a contemporary reimagining of the seminal tale centered on a field surgeon who creates a man out of body parts in a makeshift lab in Brooklyn. Successful in his attempts but consumed with remorse over what he’s done, Henry tries to protect his creation, Adam, from the world. However, as Adam’s development continues, it is no longer clear who needs protecting.
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