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Spotlight on the films of Women Horror Directors

Although relatively scarce, horror movies directed by women are out there. You may have to turn over a few rocks to know who they are and their material might be a little more difficult to get your hands on, but these directors deserve just as much attention and scrutiny as their male counterparts, who have long dominated the genre. The following discusses selections of female directors’ forays into the business of terror. (This post contains spoilers)

Antonia Bird

The late director Antonia Bird’s Ravenous is a bizarre amalgamation of humor and horror that explores cannibalism with warped nuance. The strangely cacophonous score builds up tension as craven outcasts face a glutinous and depraved attacker whose strength seems fortified by his consumption of human flesh. Set during America’s westward expansion, the metaphor of humanity’s insatiable appetite for power is plain to see, but its execution indulges in such
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Flashman movie in the works with Ridley Scott on board as producer

A film version of Flashman is in the works at 20th Century Fox.

The Victorian character was created for Tom Brown's Schooldays, before author George MacDonald Fraser continued the adventures of the bully as Sir Harry Flashman - a cowardly soldier.

Variety reports that the studio is in the process of developing the feature with Ridley Scott's Scott Free and Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment.

The book series ran as 11 novels and one short story collection between 1969 and 2005.

Fraser himself was also a script writer, working on screenplays for The Three Musketeers, Octopussy and Red Sonja.

Flashman was previously seen on screen played by Malcolm McDowell in Royal Flash.
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'Flashman' Movie Adaptation Coming from Ridley Scott

'Flashman' Movie Adaptation Coming from Ridley Scott
Variety reports that Fox is set to develop a movie from the 1830s period novels, Flashman, based on George MacDonald Fraser's writings. Ridley Scott's Scott Free and Peter Chernin's Chernin Entertainment will develop the project.

The Flashman character appeared in a dozen of Fraser's novels and was portrayed by Malcolm McDowell in the 1975 film "Royal Flash." The character is an antihero who often runs from danger but usually winds up being acclaimed as a hero.

Presented within the frame of the supposedly discovered historical Flashman Papers, the book describes the bully Flashman from "Tom Brown's School Days." The book begins with an explanatory note saying that the Flashman Papers were discovered in 1965 during a sale of household furniture in Ashby, Leicestershire. The papers are attributed to Harry Paget Flashman, who is not only the bully featured in Thomas Hughes' novel, but also a well-known Victorian
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Fascinating Disney animated films that never were

Feature Mark Harrison 5 Mar 2014 - 06:39

For every animated movie that gets made, there are dozens more that never make it. Mark looks at some failed Disney projects...

In the age of the internet, Hollywood studios are much quicker to announce the projects they have in development than they used to be. Now that the demand is there, there's a huge turnover of movie-related news every day, and if you follow it in any significant way, there are probably a whole bunch of projects that you've heard about, maybe even gotten excited about, that never came to fruition.

Still, it's not only via the easier availability of such information that we know about projects that never came to be. At a studio like Disney, projects will get as far as being fully developed in animatic form before falling apart, and the artefacts left behind from such abridged projects have made for some fascinating reading.
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Julie Delpy Unloads on the Oscars, Weinsteins, Festivals and Her Hollywood Films

Julie Delpy is nominated for an Oscar this year along side Before Midnight co-writers Richard Linklater and Ethan Hawke for Best Adapted Screenplay. No one expects the film to win despite a large audience that would love to see just that. Win or lose, however, Delpy has already said her piece in an interview with France's "So Film" magazine (via The Daily Mail) in which she slams the Academy as old white men that "haven't done anything in a long time." "It's 90 per cent white men over 70 who need money because they haven't done anything in a long time," Delpy said while adding, "You just need to give them two or three presents and they're in your pocket. It doesn't mean anything to me, so I don't really care if there are women in the selection process." And she didn't stop there, unloading on Bob and Harvey Weinstein saying they've "killed" independent cinema.
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Julie Delpy on award shows: 'They're voted for by men who need money'

Julie Delpy on award shows: 'They're voted for by men who need money'
Julie Delpy has hit out at Hollywood award ceremonies.

The French actress dismissed the Oscars and Golden Globes, and believes that the Hollywood movie scene has killed off the independents.

"The problem with certain festivals, the people in charge always choose the same people," Delpy told So Film.

"They choose their friends, even if the movie's crap. That's what annoys me the most. But a festival is a festival: awards, prizes, decorations. You need to see who votes and who chooses the movies.

"We have the Golden Globes. If you could see it, you wouldn't believe that there's anything good about it. The same goes for the Oscars. It's 90 per cent white men over 70 who need money because they haven't done anything in a long time.

" You just need to give them two or three presents and they're in your pocket. It doesn't mean anything to me, so I don't
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'The Book Thief' Sophie Nelisse Joining Glenn Close for 'Gilly Hopkins'

After making a splash with a fantastic performance in The Book Thief, young Sophie Nelisse has lined up a new adaptation, this time of a book geared towards kids. Variety has word that Nelisse will lead The Great Gilly Hopkins, an adaptation of the Newbery Award-winning book of the same name by Katherine Paterson. The book follows a wisecracking, gum-chewing 12-year-old named Gilly (Nelisse), moved from foster home to foster home, outwitting them all. But when placed in the home of Maime Trotter, the most unorthodox foster mom yet (Kathy Bates), Gilly fights her way out, but her life takes an unexpected turn. Nelisse will also be surrounded by some impressive talents like Glenn Close, Danny Glover and Octavia Spencer. They'll all be directed by Stephen Herek, who's heyday was in the 90s with films like Mr. Holland's Opus, The Three Musketeers and 101 Dalmatians (which saw Close as Disney's iconic
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Pompeii: Kit Harington flees Vesuvius in new trailer - watch

Pompeii: Kit Harington flees Vesuvius in new trailer - watch
Paul Ws Anderson's Pompeii has released a new trailer.

Kit Harington and Emily Browning play star crossed lovers in the period disaster movie.

The film centres around Milo (Harington), a Celtic slave who fights in the gladiatorial arena and falls for his master's daughter (Browning) on the eve of the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius.

Battling to survive the destruction of Pompeii, Milo comes face to face with the man who killed his family (Kiefer Sutherland).

Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas and Jared Harris will also feature in the film.

Anderson is known for directing The Three Musketeers, the Resident Evil franchise and Mortal Kombat.

Pompeii will be released on February 21, 2014.

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Mousterpiece Cinema, Episode 109: ‘The Three Musketeers’

It’s all for one, one for all, all for love, and more for you. (Some of that may have been written by Alexandre Dumas. But probably not all of it.) Yes, this week on Mousterpiece Cinema, Josh and Gabe are talking about the 1993 adaptation of the classic story The Three Musketeers, starring Kiefer Sutherland, Chris O’Donnell, Charlie Sheen, and Tim Curry. And this week, it’s just Josh and Gabe–they’re guest-free and debating whether they’re Athos and Porthos, Athos and Aramis, or some combination in between. They debate the 90s-era stardom of Chris O’Donnell, Kiefer Sutherland’s young-Jack-Bauer-like line readings, and exactly who needed to die in this movie. And yes, according to at least one of your hosts, someone did need to die. Find out who in the new podcast!

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Interview: A conversation with Gianni Capaldi, star of Hard Rush

Tom Jolliffe chats with actor Gianni Capaldi about his career, working with Dolph Lundgren and Vinnie Jones, and his upcoming work in Hard Rush, Blood of Redemption and Wicked Within...

Gianni Capaldi was born in Motherwell, Scotland, to Italian parents. In his younger days he played football at youth level for Motherwell Fc. Though his footballing career didn’t progress beyond this point he switched his focus onto the hospitality business. Business orientated and strong willed, Capaldi managed a string of family owned businesses in Scotland before eventually finding himself working in Los Angeles. He managed a few well known Hollywood nightclubs and it would be here he would make the connections and attain the desire to switch focus again and become an actor.

Capaldi’s debut came in 2005 in the Poker mockumentary, All In. Since that time, as actor and also producer he has found himself sharing the screen
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First trailer: Paul W S Anderson's Pompeii

Trailer Simon Brew 22 Aug 2013 - 07:18

Game Of Thrones' Kit Harington leads the cast, as Pompeii is on the verge of eruption in Paul W S Anderson's latest. Trailer here...

Heading to cinemas next February is the new film from director Paul W S Anderson, Pompeii. He's sandwiched this in between Resident Evil movies (much as he did with The Three Musketeers), and this time, he's telling the story of an enslaved gladiator who finds love with a noble woman, just as Mount Vesuvius is set to erupt and destroy Pompeii.

The film stars Kiefer Sutherland, Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Carrie-Anne Moss, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jared Harris and Jessica Lucas. The movie is currently set for release in the UK on February 28th 2014. And we've got the first teaser trailer to give us a taste what to expect. Yep, we're at the point of the year where trailers for 2014 movies start coming.
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The HeyUGuys Interview – Producer Jordan Kerner Talks The Smurfs 2

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On Friday we got to hear from Director Raja Gosnell on his sequel to 2011 movie The Smurfs and it’s now only a couple of days away that The Smurfs 2 hits UK cinemas. As well as Raja we got to sit down to chat one of the Producers on the sequel Jordan Kerner. Jordan’s filmography is rather extensive and includes the likes of The Three Musketeers, George of the Jungle, Inspector Gadget to name but a few and has a keen eye when it comes to making movies for this sort of demographic.

We speak to Jordan about the success of the first movie and taking him by surprise as well as the challenges of shooting in Paris, where the technology is going in these Smurf movies and whether this technology continues to surprise him in the films that they make, especially using this advanced animation that is ever changing.
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Supporting Actors: The Overlooked and Underrated (part 2 of 5)

Oliver Reed as Athos in The Three Musketeers & The Four Musketeers (Richard Lester, 1973/1974, UK):

These films were actually shot all at once but ultimately released as two separate films telling one long story. As the musketeer with a dark past, Oliver Reed provides a lot of the heart and soul in these very entertaining and well-made films. Technically, since we have to isolate one film for our fantasy nomination, it would be The Four Musketeers as his role is more prominent in that film. Reed’s reunion scene with Faye Dunaway’s Milady is superb as is Reed’s intense swordplay with an array of opponents including Christopher Lee. An underrated actor whose career was damaged by well-documented alcohol problems and notorious off-screen behavior, Reed still logged in some truly incredible acting performances over the course of his career. His portrayal of Athos is definitely one of them.

Other
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New on DVD and Blu-ray: 'The Descendants,' 'Melancholia' and More

This week: George Clooney plays a Hawaiian landowner who must reconnect with his two daughters after his wife suffers a terrible accident in "The Descendants," the drama by writer-director Alexander Payne that just won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay.

Also new is Steven Spielberg's motion-capture 3-D animated film "The Adventures of Tintin," the maudlin Lars von Trier drama "Melancholia," Michelle Williams' turn as Marilyn Monroe in "My Week With Marilyn" and the Blu-ray debut of Martin Scorsese's controversial "The Last Temptation of Christ."

'The Descendants'

Box Office: $81 million

Rotten Tomatoes: 89% Fresh

Storyline: Matt King (George Clooney) is a Honolulu lawyer who tries to connect with his two daughters when his wife slips into a coma after a boating accident. As his family comes to terms with his wife's secret life, Matt wrestles with the decision to sell 25,000 acres of pristine Kauai land in this
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Five New Posters for Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menace 3D

The theatrical re-release of the first in the new trilogy of Star Wars films has been revealed with a trailer set to debut before The Three Musketeers on October 21st. The release date for Episode I in 3D is February 10th, 2012. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is a young apprentice Jedi knight under the tutelage of Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson); Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd), who will later father Luke Skywalker and become known as Darth Vader, is just a nine-year-old boy. When the Trade Federation cuts off all routes to the planet Naboo, Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan are assigned to settle the matter, but when they arrive on Naboo they are brought to Amidala (Natalie Portman), the Naboo queen, by a friendly but opportunistic Gungan named Jar Jar. Qui-Gon and Obi-Wan plan to escort Amidala to a...
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'Moneyball' and 'Boardwalk Empire' Season One Lead This Week's New DVD and Blu-ray Releases

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Moneyball I've watched it twice and can safely say this is great movie and one I would say is worth the purchase. I haven't seen it on Blu-ray, but I would expect the rich blacks and lush greens look excellent in high definition, but above all else this is simply a great movie. You can read my review from the Toronto International Film Festival right here.

 

Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season I am now five episodes into this series and I will say it's good, but not great. One thing I particularly take away from so many of the outdoor scenes is how much it looks like they are shooting on a set. Everything about some of these scenes just feels wrong and plastic. Don't get me wrong, I can't wait to throw in disc three and
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Bob Anderson obituary

'Swordmaster' and stunt double who fenced with Errol Flynn and swung the lightsaber for Darth Vader

As a stunt double, Bob Anderson, who has died aged 89, was among the many unsung, unknown, uncredited and partially unseen performers of motion pictures whose purpose is to remain anonymous while making the star look athletic, acrobatic, courageous or devil-may-care. For those in the business, Anderson reigned supreme in the fencing department, earning the title of "swordmaster". Given the partly Japanese genesis of the Star Wars franchise, it was an apt description of the man who wielded the lightsaber for Darth Vader in his duels in The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983).

In 1983 Mark Hamill, who played Luke Skywalker, blew Anderson's cover in an interview: "Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader's fighting. It was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told George [Lucas, the creator] I didn't think it was fair any more.
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2011 Box Office: It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

Want a prediction for 2012 at the movies? It’s going to look a lot like 2011. An awful lot.

It’s going to be a case of, If ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Well, actually, the creative machinery in Hollywood is broke, but, as the numbers show, not broken enough to warrant fixing.

So. Next year, you’re going to see a lot of sequels, prequels, spin-offs, ham-handed clones of hits, remakes, ginormous action fests aimed at the Comic-Con crowd… All in all, you’re gonna get that Yogi Berra sense of, “It’s déjà vu all over again!” And most of it will happen in the summer with some kind of big, noisy something steam rolling its way onto thousands of screens carried on a wave of wall-to-wall hype.

To wit: next May-August will bring Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted, a fourth Ice Age, a fourth Step Up,
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Movie Sword Master Bob Anderson Passed Away At 89

Movie Sword Master Bob Anderson Passed Away At 89
In sadder news for the start of 2012, the world has lost a talented swordsman. Olympic fencer Bob Anderson passed away this week at the age of 89. While you may not recognize his name right away, there's a good chance you're familiar with his work, especially if you've seen the original Star Wars, the Lord of the Rings trilogy or Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl . Entertainment Weekly posted the unfortunate news, listing the British Academy of Fencing as the source, stating that Anderson died on New Year.s Day at a hospital in England. The English fencer.s achievements not only include representing Great Britain in the 1952 Olympics, but going on to lend his expertise to the movie industry by staging some extremely memorable sword-fighting scenes, including Star Wars, The Princess Bride and the 1993 version of The Three Musketeers. And among the slightly
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Legendary Star Wars And Lotr Sword Master Bob Anderson Passes Away

It has been confirmed that Bob Anderson passed away peacefully yesterday in hospital The British Academy of Fencing reports. He was 89. He's best known for his work as a sword master or trainer on The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the original Star Wars movies, Highlander, The Three Musketeers, The Legend of Zorro, Die Another Day and many, many more (including The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey). Digital Spy point out a 1983 interview with Mark Hamill in which he revealed that it was Anderson who was in the Darth Vader costume during A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi's lightsabre battles, not David Prowse. "Bob Anderson was the man who actually did Vader's fighting. It was always supposed to be a secret, but I finally told [George Lucas] I didn't think it was fair anymore. Bob worked so bloody hard that he deserves some recognition.
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