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The Snowman: serious film by serious people – or least spooky serial killer thriller ever?

The trailer suggests Michael Fassbender’s Jo Nesbø adaptation is a high-tension, dread-laden thriller with one problem: it’s full of snowmen

The Snowman, which is due for release in October, absolutely drips with pedigree. It’s based on a Jo Nesbø thriller about a serial killer with a disturbingly unique calling card: he leaves snowmen next to his victims. Originally due to be directed by Martin Scorsese, it’s a movie from film-maker Tomas Alfredson (Let the Right One In, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) that stars Michael Fassbender, Rebecca Ferguson, Jk Simmons, Charlotte Gainsbourg and Toby Jones, with a score composed by Jonny Greenwood. The message is clear: this is a serious film made by serious people. As its new trailer demonstrates, The Snowman is intended to be taken very seriously indeed.

That said, it’s got loads of snowmen in it. Loads of them. Which is a risk,
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Michael Keaton Was Destined for 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

Michael Keaton Was Destined for 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'
Over the last several years, Michael Keaton has enjoyed a career renaissance, rising from the trappings of second-rate family films and thrillers (like Jack Frost or Herbie: Fully Loaded) like a majestic phoenix from the ashes. His wings were once clipped, but now he soars, picking off critically acclaimed acting roles like a bird of prey.

The avian similes are fitting because of Keaton’s winged character choices as of late, such as in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) — which scored the actor an Oscar nomination — and now the Vulture in Marvel’s Spider-Man: Homecoming. Across these two...
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The Films of Frank Capra III, Ranked

As The Fate of The Furious enters theaters, a ranking of its 1st Assistant Director’s oeuvre.

Friday brings us the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth film in The Fast & The Furious series. Thus, there could be no better time to look back and rank the previous works of one of the films most notable craftsmen, a man whose name is legendary. I speak of course of First Assistant Director Frank Capra III.

Capra III is the grandson of director Frank Capra, a Hollywood legend whose work includes It Happened One Night, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, and It’s a Wonderful Life. How did that pedigree fare two generations removed? This exhaustive look at Mr. Capra III’s 1st Ad career will tell the tale.

While the film’s director often gets the lion’s share of the credit, the First Ad is one of the most critical positions on set. In
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Kevin Spacey and Kafka with cats: a closer look at Nine Lives

Ryan Lambie Apr 12, 2017

Kevin Spacey turns into a cat. Christopher Walken. We take a closer look at the Kafka-esque comedy, Nine Lives..

“When Gregor Samsa awoke one morning from troubled dreams, he found himself changed into a monstrous cockroach in his bed.”

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So goes the first line in Franz Kafka’s classic short story, Metamorphosis - a tiny, existential drama subject to all kinds of interpretations since its publication in 1915. Even that famous opening line is open to interpretation, as this Guardian piece points out: did Kafka really mean that poor, unfortunate Gregor woke up as a cockroach, another kind of insect, or something else entirely? The German phrase he uses, “Ungeheuren Ungeziefer” loosely translates to “enormous vermin.”

Whatever Gregor becomes, it’s something pitiful and helpless; he can no longer work, and gradually, he’s shunned by his own family.
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New Photo of Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt in Mystery Science Theater 3000

A few weeks ago we got our first look at the new cast of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 revival series. Today we have a new photo that focuses on Felicia Day as Kinga Forrester, who is the daughter of the original mad scientist Clayton Forrester, and Patton Oswalt, who plays the Son of TV’s Frank.

Netflix picked up 14 episodes of the series, which was crowdfunded on Kickstarter. They raised $5.7 million during their funding process. The series will premiere on Netflix on Friday, April 14th.

While we wait for the series to return, Netflix is currently streaming 20 episodes of the original series. Those episodes were revealed to include:

Catalina Caper

• Eegah!

Future War

The Giant Gila Monster

Hercules Against the Moon Men

Horrors of Spider Island

I Accuse My Parents

Jack Frost

• Laserblast

• "Manos" The Hands of Fate

• Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders

Pod People

• Puma Man

Santa Claus Conquers the Martians
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Goon, Frozen, Blades of Glory and more make our list of favourite movies on ice

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Goon, Frozen, Blades of Glory and more make our list of favourite movies on iceGoon, Frozen, Blades of Glory and more make our list of favourite movies on iceGarrett McCormick2/20/2017 10:22:00 Am

If there's one underrated genre of film - or completely unknown - it would be movies set on ice!

Whether it comes in the form of body-checking into the boards, or turning your worst enemies into ice sculptures, movies on ice are actually more exciting than you'd think. And with Goon: Last of the Enforcers coming to Cineplex theatres, movies on ice are getting even better.

Check out our favourite movies on ice below:

Goon

Not going to beat around the bush, Doug (Sean William Scott) is - for lack of better words - the family disappointment. With a brother and father in the medical field and Doug in the 'nothing-going-on-in-life' field, it's safe to say he's
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Jack Frost is Chillin’ and Killin’ Midnights This Weekend at The Moolah

“Is it cold in here or is it just me?”

Jack Frost (1997) screens Midnights this weekend (December 9th and 10th) at The Moolah Theater and Lounge (3821 Lindell Blvd, St. Louis, Mo 63108) as part of Destroy the Brain’s monthly Late Night Grindhouse film series.

Refuse to take a killer snowman seriously at your own risk! Jack Frost went straight to VHS in 1997 and has established quite the cult reputation. On a routine prisoner transport, a massive car accident results in a serial killer, Jack Frost (Scott MacDonald), being genetically mutated into a ravenous mutant killer snowman who runs around stalking a small, isolated town during a snowstorm. Traveling with the snowdrifts, Jack seeks a revenge on the local sheriff who ended his first long reign of terror. His new rampage leaves a trail of (often hilarious) murders in his wake.

You just can’t help but laugh at the (intentional
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Deadly Pleasures: Santa’S Slay

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[Originally appeared in the December 2014 issue of Deadly Magazine.] ’Tis the season to be nicer, more forgiving and charitable toward those less fortunate. Keeping these ideals in mind, this month is the perfect opportunity to celebrate my favorite terrible (but so terrible that I can’t help but love it) holiday film of all-time: Santa’s Slay.

Directed by David Steiman (who has yet to helm another film since—poor guy), Santa’s Slay stars Bill Goldberg as a murderous Kris Kringle. He returns to the sleepy town of Hell Township with revenge on his mind, after being forced to be nice to children for a thousand years when he lost a bet with an angel a millennium ago. There’s a bit of Santa-related mythology thrown in, but what makes Santa’s Slay worthwhile is all the over-the-top raucous action and pitch-black humor.

It’s fair to say that the film is about as subtle as a monster truck rally,
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Last Week's (Inane) Controversy Re: Christmas and Coffee Cups: Movies That Came to Mind

Donald Trump vs. Starbucks' War on Christmas. The War on Christmas: The movies that come to mind We're still in November, but the War on Christmas – according to online buzz, a second cousin once removed of the War on Cops – has begun. Weeping and gritting of teeth has seized certain population segments in the U.S.A. (and perhaps other countries as well) after Fox News, that beacon of intellectual freedom at the end of the cable news tunnel, announced that … Starbucks' holiday season cups are a) red b) devoid of Christmas decorations. Could it be a satanic conspiracy disguised as politically correct inclusiveness? The result of a communist takeover at the Seattle-headquartered company? Cruel and unusual Christian persecution in the form of paper cups? Your guess is as good as mine. Far-right Republican icon, U.S. presidential candidate, and 2015 political circus ringmaster Donald Trump seems to think that Starbucks
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Ranked: How superhero stars fared after giving up the cape

Ranked: How superhero stars fared after giving up the cape
Donning the cape and tights to play a big screen superhero was often seen as career suicide for actors. This idea is mined to brilliant effect in Alejandro González Iñárritu's Birdman, with a former comic book star looking to relaunch his career with an ambitious Broadway play.

Adding extra spice to Birdman is the casting of Michael Keaton, himself a former Batman whose post-tights career has been somewhat hit and miss. This film, however, is a stunning reminder of just how good an actor Keaton is and proof that careers don't end when on-screen superpowers fade away.

Digital Spy takes a look at 20 ex-superhero stars to see how they fared after leaving an iconic comic book role behind.

20. Billy Zane

The suave American actor looked set for big things in the '90s thanks to impressive roles in Dead Calm and Tombstone, but his time in the purple Phantom
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[Yuletide Terrors] Day 10: Jack Frost

Throughout the month of December, we will be highlighting a film a day that has some tie into the holiday somehow. Some titles will be obvious, others won’t be. Some films will be good and, again, others won’t be. However, we think all titles are worth your time whether to give you chills inside your home or to make you drink more eggnog until you puke laughing.

After 5 years, 11 states and 38 murderers Jack Frost’s rampage has come to an end. And soon so will he, Frost is being transported to his execution. But an accident on a snowy night, with a truck full of chemicals changes his DNA and mutates Jack into a killer snowman. In his new form, Jack makes his way back to the town of Snowmanton (yes, really) to kill the Sheriff Tiler (Christopher Allport) that arrested him.

Much like Santa’s Slay, Jack Frost
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Jack Frost, the Abominable Snowman, Your Mom's Fruitcake & More Christmas Nightmares

Jack Frost, the Abominable Snowman, Your Mom's Fruitcake & More Christmas Nightmares
Honestly, we wish visions of sugar plums danced in our heads, because every December we are haunted. The holiday season is a spooky time! Naughty lists, lumps of coal, made-for-tv movies starring Rob Lowe—when you think, about it there are a lot of yuletide messages of "don't mess up or you'll be wrapped in chains and/or burned." Sure, there is lots of merriment too, but let's take a moment to recognize the frightening side of these fearful festivities. And please don't take this as an excuse to insult your mother's fruitcake, because a Grim Reaper ghost will probably call you out on it. 1. Jack Frost: Michael Keaton eyebrows + talking, animated snowman =...
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Counting down the 10 darkest holiday movies, in honor of 'The Santa Clause'

Counting down the 10 darkest holiday movies, in honor of 'The Santa Clause'
The Santa Clause is 20 years old today—and while the series spawned a trilogy of family-friendly holiday films, we can't forget the franchise's dark origins. Tim Allen's Scott Calvin becomes Santa Claus by accidentally causing the original St. Nick to fall to his doom. Sure, the film pushes a "seeing is believing" message and includes plenty of warm and fuzzy holiday cheer—but it still starts off with the death of Santa Claus. The Santa Clause isn't the only movie to put a dark spin on the holiday season; there's a long and storied cinematic history of strange, bleak,
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Santa Claus: Private Eye - A Sitdown with Jeremy Bernstein

I had the opportunity to sit down with Jeremy Bernstein, writer of all kinds of things such as Leverage, Pretty in Pink, Dead Space 2, and now his new Thrillbent comic Santa Claus: Private Eye. If the name of the book caught your attention, you are definitely not alone. In our chat we touched on his new book, how it came about, and even talked some Dead Space to boot, so without further ado, here is our conversation:

Matt Mueller: I got to go through the first four chapters of Santa Claus: Private Eye. I really enjoyed it. Can you go into some detail of how the whole project and getting the artist, and the colorist etc. came about?

Jeremy Bernstein: A lot of it came through Thrillbent. You know, I had had the idea. I had been sitting on it for awhile, I worked with John Rodgers when I was on Leverage,
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We’re Getting Another Krampus Movie, This One From Trick ‘R Treat’s Michael Dougherty

Even though Kevin Smith already announced he’d be directing his own Christmas horror anthology Anti-Klaus, originally titled Comes The Krampus, Legendary has decided one movie about the hellish Bizzaro Santa Claus wasn’t enough – so they greenlit their own! Yup, throwing their hat into the holiday horror ring, Trick ‘R Treat director Michael Dougherty has been tapped to direct Krampus, a “a twisted horror comedy” said to be reminiscent of Dougherty’s Halloween anthology Trick ‘R Treat.

Dougherty has been hired to direct and co-write the project along with scribes Todd Casey and Zach Shields, a decision that will surely upset Trick ‘R Treat fans who have been patiently waiting for their long-teased sequel. While it was announced back in October that Dougherty would in fact be writing and directing Trick ‘R Treat 2, his involvement with Krampus is sure to push back any sequel work he’d previously planned.
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Beetlejuice recap: Michael Keaton reaps a whole new reputation

This afternoon at 2.50pm we shall see how Channel 5 copes with the profane, graphic, sexual antics of Tim Burton's cult film

Michael Keaton to return in Beetlejuice sequel with Tim Burton

"Let's turn on the juice and see what shakes loose" – Beetlejuice

Today, Channel 5 is broadcasting a timely showing of Tim Burton's 1988 classic Beetlejuice. Why so timely? Because just last week its star Michael Keaton suggested that Burton was keen on the idea of a sequel. All of which makes this the perfect time to assess whether or not Beetlejuice 2 needs to happen. Or at least it would, were Channel 5 not broadcasting it in the middle of the day. This is Beetlejuice, after all – scary, sweary, faintly graphic, prostitute-starring Beetlejuice. It might have been turned into a cartoon at one point but, still, Beetlejuice is a little too adult for Channel 5's Jumanji slot, isn't it?

So who
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Beetlejuice recap: Michael Keaton reaps a whole new reputation

This afternoon at 2.50pm we shall see how Channel 5 copes with the profane, graphic, sexual antics of Tim Burton's cult film

Michael Keaton to return in Beetlejuice sequel with Tim Burton

"Let's turn on the juice and see what shakes loose" – Beetlejuice

Today, Channel 5 is broadcasting a timely showing of Tim Burton's 1988 classic Beetlejuice. Why so timely? Because just last week its star Michael Keaton suggested that Burton was keen on the idea of a sequel. All of which makes this the perfect time to assess whether or not Beetlejuice 2 needs to happen. Or at least it would, were Channel 5 not broadcasting it in the middle of the day. This is Beetlejuice, after all – scary, sweary, faintly graphic, prostitute-starring Beetlejuice. It might have been turned into a cartoon at one point but, still, Beetlejuice is a little too adult for Channel 5's Jumanji slot, isn't it?

So who
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

What If Michael Keaton Had Left Hollywood In 1985 To Become a Monk?

This is another edition of Short Starts, where we present a weekly short film(s) from the start of a filmmaker or actor’s career. Whatever your feelings are about the new RoboCop remake, there’s no denying that it’s great to see Michael Keaton up on the big screen again with such a prominent role. The actor hasn’t been in a lot of movies over the past decade, and in those he has done he’s mostly played some young starlet’s father. Or he’s merely provided his voice for a few minor Pixar characters. And now in 2014 alone we get to see him stand out in three movies, including RoboCop, next month’s Need for Speed and, best of all, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman, in which he’ll star, reflexively, as a washed-up actor best known for having portrayed a superhero in the movies. If
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Liveblogging “Days Of Our Lives” Knocking Some Sense

Will finally begins to suspect that people are … hiding stuff from him.

Harder, Ari!

It’s a Tad day! And he’s looking good. And here comes Will … and so does he. Is Tad rubbing off on Will? Aside from in fanfic.

Gabi is having a Flashback Nightmare. Wow, two for the price of one. She wakes up screaming, But luckily Sonny is there with his calming plaid. It soothes everything.

Ej is taking a hike down by the river, and he orders Sami to go with him. He’s wearing … jeans … and an … outdoorsey jacket, and he’s carrying … sport moccasins. And he’s got scruff. If he grows an ugly, scraggly beard and starts talking about “sin,” i’m done with this show.

Will is talking to Tad about the secret he thinks Gabi and Sonny are keeping from him. Tad tells him maybe the surprise party is back on,
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Scary Snowman Comes to Life in Holiday Prank

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Scary Snowman Comes to Life in Holiday Prank
While snowmen were once the source of much happiness for me, that all changed with a childhood viewing of the movie Jack Frost.  In an instant, the magic and joy was replaced with sheer terror and icy cold chills, which still run up my spin to this day.

Oh, and I'm not talking about the 1997 horror movie Jack Frost.  I'm of course talking about the other one, where Michael Keaton dies and then comes back to life as his son's snowman.  Chills, I tell you.  Chills.

Ever since the winter of 2011, it's become an annual holiday tradition for a man named Brian to dress up as a particularly evil looking snowman and terrorize the busy streets of Boston, whispering creepy things at passersby and jumping out to scare them.  They think his clever costume is merely a harmless decoration, you see, and Brian has a whole lot of fun with that.
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