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Justice League Dark Concept Art Reveals Rejected Pitch

The Justice League Dark live-action movie is looking doomed. Warner Bros. released its slate of upcoming projects and it is nowhere to be found after announcing that it was in development some time ago. The Shape of Water director Guillermo del Toro was once attached to direct and he recently revealed that he wanted to have Swamp Thing on board and spoke about how much the character meant to him. Now, Joseph Kahn has shared some of his concept art for Justice League Dark that he pitched to DC and Warner Bros. that was ultimately rejected.

Over the summer, director Joseph Kahn (Bodied) revealed that he had previously pitched his ideas for the long awaited Justice League Dark project and that his ideas were rejected. Now that the movie doesn't appear to be happening at all anymore, Kahn has released some of his concept art for the project done in
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Richard Armitage interview: Audible’s Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde, My Zoe, The Hobbit and more

Duncan Bowles Nov 15, 2017

Richard Armitage chats to us about his new audio production, Dracula, The Hobbit, his upcoming projects and more...

Just the other month we had the pleasure of chatting to Richard Armitage when he was promoting Pilgrimage, but as luck (and his productivity) would have it, we were given the opportunity for a catch up about his latest voice performance, with the Audible release of Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde.

Robert Louis Stevenson's classic story comes as part of The Monster Collection, a Gothic trilogy which also includes a reading of Frankenstein by Dan Stevens and Dracula by Greg Wise. There’s also ‘an exclusive introduction by Dr. Maria Mellins and Dr. Peter Howell, Senior Lecturers in Gothic literature at St Mary's University, London’ who, strangely enough, are both people I’ve had the pleasure of working with over the years – it’s a small world indeed.
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Vampyr (1932)

Of all the legendary early horror films Carl Theodor Dreyer’s vampire nightmare was once the most difficult to appreciate — until Criterion’s restoration of a mostly intact, un-mutilated full cut. Dreyer creates his fantasy according to his own rules — this pallid, claustrophobic horror is closer to Ordet than it is Dracula or Nosferatu.

Vampyr

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The Criterion Collection 437

1932 / Color / 1:19 Movietone Ap. / 73 min. / available through The Criterion Collection / Street Date October 3, 2017 / 39.95

Starring: Julian West (Baron Nicolas De Gunzberg), Maurice Schutz, Rena Mandel, Sybille Schmitz, Jan Hieronimko, Henriette Gérard.

Cinematography: Rudolph Maté

Art Direction: Hermann Warm

Film Editor: Tonka Taldy

Original Music: Wolfgang Zeller

Written by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Christen Jul from In a Glass Darkly by Sheridan Le Fanu

Produced by Carl Theodor Dreyer, Julian West

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer

Carl Theodor Dreyer’s Vampyr is a tough row to hoe for horror fans, many of whom just
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Something Strange Going On...

Long Strange Trip (Amazon Video)

I was stoked have scored a ticket for the limited-run (one week) theatrical screening of the new Grateful Dead documentary at IFC Cinema in the West Village. A four-hour love fest for Deadheads young and old, and more importantly for those music fans and the curious who just never got "it" and what it means to be a Deadhead. Expertly handled by director Amir Bar-Lev, there is so much to mine here that I can't imagine how much was left on the cutting room floor. (Props to executive producer Martin Scorsese, too.) Jerry's Frankenstein story frames the movie in a way that initially seems odd but by the end of the film makes perfect sense. After all, like the Monster, the band was "assembled" by the various parts (members, friends, fans, staff) that comprised it. Messy, joyous entropy in action; seemingly random, but actually spiritually
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The 20 Funniest Movies Ever Made

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Comedy is very subjective but a great comedy will stand the test of time and continue to make generation after generation laugh. Some people like their humor dry, while some like it shocking and offensive. Whatever your taste, good humor will always be out there. Here are 20 great comedies that will no doubt continue to be appreciated in the future.

20. Fargo: The Cohen Brothers funniest black comedy may not be for everyone's taste, because it is quite violent. However, underneath all that is a droll observation on the human condition, highlighted by a winning performance from Frances McDormand as a very likeable and very pregnant police chief. Her character police chief Marge Gunderson is kind, clever and compassionate. She’s a much more admirable role model than all the recent ‘badass female’ clichés we’ve been inundated with lately. Another standout here is William H. Macy as a two-bit schemer who's plan utterly backfires.
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Round-Up: Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two DVD, No Place For The Living Kickstarter, Conan The Slayer #1

This is the week for Mystery Science Theater 3000 fans. Volume 2 of MST3K will be re-released on DVD on May 24th and pre-order for this item is available now at Shout! Factory. Also in this round-up: No Place For the Living Kickstarter info and Conan the Slayer #1 release details.

Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two DVD: Press Release: “It’s Mystery Science Theater 3000, America’s only television show that makes fun of really bad B-movies from the comfort of a spaceship floating above Earth. On May 24th, 2016, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two is back in print and better than ever! In addition to the episodes Cave Dwellers, Pod People, Angels Revenge and the Shorts Collection Volume 1, Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume Two also includes the Mst Hour wraps for Cave Dwellers and Pod People. Fans can pre-order their copies now by visiting ShoutFactory.com
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'The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2' Claims the Top Spot for Second Week in a Row

Rentrak has announced the worldwide box office results for this past weekend with the winner going to Liongates’ “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” claiming the number one spot for a second week in a row at the international and domestic box office.

The final chapter in “The Hunger Games” franchise grossed an estimated $113.6 million in the international box office and $51.6 million at the domestic box office adding its worldwide box office total to $440 million in two weeks . “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2” stars Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Donald Sutherland, Julianne Moore, Sam Claflin, Stanley Tucci, and the late Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Disney and Pixar’s “The Good Dinosaur” took second place in both categories grossing $67.9 million internationally and $39.2 million domestically; “The Good Dinosaur” is the second Pixar film to be released this year (“Inside Out” opened in June). 20th Century Fox’s
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The tragedy of RoboCop, Terminator and other AIs

We love RoboCop and Terminator 2 for their action and characters. But there’s also tragic element that makes their stories soar...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Terminator 2, Terminator Genisys, Blade Runner and RoboCop.

Imagine you’re Detroit cop Alex Murphy. You’re an ordinary man in every respect: a loving husband and father with a home and a mortgage. But then you wake up one day and you aren’t Alex Murphy anymore. The hands you look down on are no longer your hands. Your memories have been replaced by directives.

The cinemagoers who made Paul Verhoeven’s RoboCop a hit in 1987 probably weren’t expecting a film about the nature of human existence, and some may not have consciously noted its philosophical undercurrent at all. But it’s this existentialist edge that, when coupled with its searing violence and black humour, makes for such an irresistible sci-fi movie.
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Avengers: Age Of Ultron – The Review

Alright you Marvel movie maniacs, ready for another serving of shawarma? Yup, it’s been three years since we saw the very tired assemblage of “Earth’s mightiest heroes” enjoying that tasty, exotic treat, and so it’s time for another monstrous menace to rear its ugly head in order to get “the band” back together. So what have some of the members been doing since 2012. Lessee’, Tony Stark battled some major Ptsd as he got his ticker finally fixed, Thor defended Asgard and re-united (and it felt so good!) with mortal Jane Foster, and Steve Rogers gained a new fighting partner and discovered that a former pal was also “on ice”. Oh, and Shield was disbanded due to an extreme Hydra infestation. But the box office may have yielded even more surprises. It was thought that the singular heroes would lose much of their earning potential after that first team-up.
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Interview with Rocket Girl’s Amy Reeder and Brandon Montclare

This weekend, at East Coast Comicon, I got the chance to chat with writer Brandon Montclare (Fearsome Four) and artist Amy Reeder (Madame Xanadu) about their work, especially on their creator owned title Rocket Girl, which is published by Image Comics as well as sci-fi, action scenes, and much more. Rocket Girl is about a teen cop from the future named DaYoung Johansson, who travels back to 1980s New York to prevent an evil corporation from inventing technology to basically take over the world.

Sound on Sight: So why should readers pick up the second arc of Rocket Girl?

Amy Reeder: If you loved the first one, it’s so worth it to keep reading. We had originally planned to make our story five issues, but we were talking and realized that wasn’t enough time to tell this story. You have to develop the characters first so people can
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Film Feature: The 10 Best Films of 2014, By Patrick McDonald

Chicago – It’s that time of year to figure it out, as 2014 leaks away, and the film year follows suit. Whittling down a list to ten films, after hours of entertainment and provoking of thought, is a fool’s challenge at best. Then who better to do it than Patrick McDonald of HollywoodChicago.com.

Best to change it up to first person voice, since I’m writing the actual article. So, I, Patrick McDonald, will attempt to break down the film year into the 10 Best, and my colleagues on HollywoodChicago.com will follow suit in the next several days.

The most difficult slot of any list like this is the 10th position, for it leaves out so many brilliant possibilities for 11th place and onward. At that position are the international films “Bright Days Ahead,” “Force Majeure” and “The Raid 2”; the horror/comic genius of “Dead Snow 2: Red vs.
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Indie Spotlight: Lovecraft, Red Love, ZombieWorld, Lindsay Seim

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 ZombieWorld, casting updates on The Private Eye and Desolation, DVD release details announced for Fantasm, a teaser poster from One Night of Fear, a Q&A with writer, Duncan Ralston, and much more:

ZombieWorld Trailer and DVD Release Details: “ZombieWorld is a horror anthology focusing on survivors across the world as they struggle to overcome horrifying circumstances when a pandemic brings forth a zombie apocalypse. The collection of blood, guts and mayhem will be brought to life by a group of new and up-and-coming directors from around the world that Ruthless Pictures and Dread Central will handpick from short film entries received between April 21, 2014 and May 30, 2014 on Dread Central.com. The work of each chosen director will be featured in the film and will bring
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"Adieu au langage" - "Goodbye to Language": A Works Cited

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Adieu au langage - Goodbye to Language

A Works Cited

Introduction

From its bluntly political opening (Alfredo Bandelli's 'La caccia alle streghe': "Always united we win, long live the revolution!") to its hilarious fecal humor and word play—with 3D staging that happily puts to shame James Cameron and every other hack who's tried their hand at it these past several years—Adieu au langage overwhelms us with a deluge of recited texts, music and images, hardly ever bothering to slow down to let us catch our breath. Exhilarating and certainly not surprising—this is the guy who made Puissance de la parole after all!

The release of a new Godard film or video means a new encounter with texts, films and music often familiar from the filmmaker's earlier work—reworked and re-contextualized—as well as new discoveries to be sorted through and identified. This life-long interest in quotation
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Indie Spotlight

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We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes the fan film Spawn: The Recall, a trailer for Charlotte’s Song and Inner Demons, premiere details for Nightmare Code, and much more:

Spawn: The Recall Released: “Spawn: The Recall is the story of a former witch and her son, who try to live a normal life away from the darkness. While they’re shopping in a supermarket, the child suddenly disappears. She starts looking for him, freaked out knowing evil forces are still lurking. A security guard comes to her help but while they are checking on the surveillance cameras, something happens. She can sense it, they are here…

A film by Michael Paris. Starring: Johanna Genet (The Witch), Tom Maurice (Michael), Gregory Paris (Spawn), and J3.0 (voice). Music by James Bks Edjouma.”

For more information on this project,
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Dan Stevens Talks About Being The Guest

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Actor Dan Stevens is busy these days making a name for himself in the world of movies and television. In his ten years onscreen, he's already made an impact on audiences all across the world through commanding performances in British favorites like Downton Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, and The Turn of the Screw. He's also proved to be a force to reckon with in several genre projects such as Frankenstein, Dracula, Vamps, and The Tomorrow People. Stevens will soon be seen in the upcoming Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb.

In the same weekend, Stevens has two features premiering that couldn't be further apart in the industry of filmmaking. He'll be seen opposite Liam Neeson in the mainstream action vehicle A Walk Among the Tombstones. In some theaters, he'll be right across the halls in another auditorium terrorizing moviegoers in Director Adam Wingard and Writer Simon Barrett's indie thriller The Guest.
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Film Review: Superlative ‘The Guest’ Returns a Soldier to Our Times

Chicago – The essential killing machine to protect the Homeland hasn’t been invented yet. Or has it? Filmmakers Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett combine “The Terminator” with a perfect metaphor for perpetual war in a new release, “The Guest.”

Rating: 4.5/5.0

British actor Dan Stevens plays a gee-whiz returning soldier from the Iraq conflict, dropping in on the household of a dead comrade. Director Wingard and screenwriter Barrett fashion a narrative in which the “guest” becomes a protector, offering solutions to the family’s problems. The packaging of the story is a slick reminder of James Cameron’s “The Terminator” and the Frankenstein myth, paired with a poignant metaphor for the break-it-bought-it mentality of America’s current Middle East circumstances. What seems like the guest’s “solutions” only generates more chaos, which is familiar in this week’s headlines. There are no solutions in fighting this war, only consequences.

David (Dan Stevens
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The Outre Eye Of Daniel Xiii: Silent Horror, She-wolf Of The Woods, Motel Hell, And Found

The Outre Eye Of Daniel Xiii: Silent Horror, She-wolf Of The Woods, Motel Hell, And Found
Welcome back my ghoulish fiends! This week we are going to be addin’ a few special treats to our crazy cornucopia of dastardly delights; namely, I will be turning my evil eye upon a short film, a CD, and of course our usual nightmare nonsense of full-length films and interviews!

Silent Horror – Self Titled (Audio CD)

As you can probably surmise, your ol’ pal Daniel Xiii is a rather large aficionado of that wicked sub-genre of maniacal music known as horror-punk! Graveyard ghouls crooning pestulant platitudes to all manner of monsters and madmen has been infinitely entertaining to yours cruelly since the days when Glenn Danzig and his Misfits crawled from the pizza scented streets of loverly Lodi New Jersey.

Now, there’s been a ton of bands influenced by Glenny D’s Evil Elvis swagger, and as you can guess, some are much better than others; but every once
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Sex in real life isn't like sex on screen – and that's a good thing

Worried your sex life isn't like it looks on TV or in the movies? Don't be. Sex involving food, a piano or gunfire is never as fun as it sounds

When you've been brought up with pop culture as your unofficial guardian, it's easy to assume that you've been lumbered with the world's dullest sex life. You're forever comparing your experiences with those you see on screen, and you beat yourself up when you inevitably fall short.

For instance, not one single person has ever attempted to stab me to death with a pickaxe mid-coitus, like Sharon Stone did to that poor chump at the start of Basic Instinct. No union of mine has ever ended with my partner shooting a baddie in the chest on a moving train at the point of orgasm, like Cindy Crawford did in Fair Game. Nor, to my eternal annoyance, have I ever been
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Sex in real life isn't like sex on screen – and that's a good thing

Worried your sex life isn't like it looks on TV or in the movies? Don't be. Sex involving food, a piano or gunfire is never as fun as it sounds

When you've been brought up with pop culture as your unofficial guardian, it's easy to assume that you've been lumbered with the world's dullest sex life. You're forever comparing your experiences with those you see on screen, and you beat yourself up when you inevitably fall short.

For instance, not one single person has ever attempted to stab me to death with a pickaxe mid-coitus, like Sharon Stone did to that poor chump at the start of Basic Instinct. No union of mine has ever ended with my partner shooting a baddie in the chest on a moving train at the point of orgasm, like Cindy Crawford did in Fair Game. Nor, to my eternal annoyance, have I ever been
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The Splat Pack Junior Class: The Rise of the New Gore-Makers

A lot has changed since Alan Jones from Total Film coined the term Splat Pack referring to a group of gory movie makers who sought to stretch the boundaries of what would be considered acceptable in an R rated film. The sea of blood and guts that rolled across the cinema screen starting in 2002 gradually pulled back to low tide. PG-13 became the new R rating once again and the MPAA decided to pull itself up by its bootstraps to enforce its code. For the Splat Pack, originally consisting of Rob Zombie, Eli Roth (the Frank Sinatra of the Pack according to Quentin Tarantino), James Wan, Leigh Whannell, Robert Rodriquez (added later by association), Greg McLean, Neil Marshall, Alexadre Aja and Darren Lynn Bousman, filmmaking has gone as usual, and each has made a substantial contribution to the horror genre in a positive way, testing the limits of our stomach
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