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You knew it was coming the moment you put Angry Birds on your cell phone and your happy little fingers wouldn't stop plucking along at the keys. A movie version. It was inevitable!
Well, we can finally see what they look like in full form, and they're definitely angry birds. Will we find out why they're such a mess? That's the idea! And no, it's not the arrival of he green piggies, because these birds are already in anger management classes and practicing breathing exercises long before they show up.
Nothing really stands out in the teaser, but the cast is pretty good, so I'm not worried. I'm sure it will be cute. Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses) stars as Red, along with Josh Gad (The Internship), Danny McBride (This is the End), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Bill Hader (Trainwreck), Maya Rudolph (Bridesmaids) and others who will lend their comedic chops to the production.
If you were watching the Season 2 Premiere of Empire last night (and why wouldn't you have been?), then you saw the first television spot for Creed. That was some smart marketing right there.
I'd be surprised if we don't see Creed star Michael B Jordan (Fantastic Four) popping up on Empire at some point, to be honest. Even if it's to tie-in with the movie, that would be pretty fabulous.
Regardless, there was a new promo and today a new poster was unveiled.
I really like what they're doing with it, especially because I really didn't like what they did with Rocky's own son in Rocky Balboa. It always felt like an opportunity wasted to examine the relationship more deeply between father and son.
Instead, with the introduction of Adonis Creed and his own franchise (because, let's face it, this is going to be a huge movie), Rocky gets a chance to father Adonis in Apollo's absence. It feels very right. The father/son bond that is bound to come through in this film is fully related in this poster.
So what do you think? Getting more excited as time goes on? Take a look at the first trailer now for a reminder of what lies ahead.
Based upon the book Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, and the Privilege of Power, by Mary Mapes (portrayed by Cate Blanchett in the film), Truth suggests that the world has begun looking at the minute details instead of the bigger picture.
Is that really all there was to the scandal that erupted around Dan Rather? No, but it's worth a shot, right?
The cast is worth talking about, for sure. It's large and prestigious, featuring Blanchett, Robert Redford (All is Lost) as Dan Rather, Elizabeth Moss (Mad Men), Topher Grace (Spider Man 3), Dennis Quaid (Footloose), Bruce Greenwood (Endless Love), David Lyons (Revolution) and John Benjamin Hickey (Manhattan) among others.
Check out the trailer and see it in theaters in limited release on Oct. 16.
It's so hard to say goodbye!
"Universal has been so good to me and so trusting of the vision...they have been like family...I promised the studio I would deliver one last trilogy to end the sage," he wrote.
"My producing partner Neal [Moritz] would love for me to sign off on a director, but this is too special a franchise, so these matters have to be verry carefully handled. To be clear, NO ONE has been offered to help Fast 8 yet...let alone seen a script," Diesel wrote.
Furious 7 still ranks as the fifth highest-grossing film of all time, having earned $1.5 billion worldwide.
If you recall, Alejandro González Iñárritu's The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio at legendary explorer Hugh Glass, is filmed completely with natural light. That's quite a feat, but if they're going for a realistic look Glass' fight to survive in the unchartered American wilderness, it's an absolutely stunning way to go about it.
After he's attacked by a bear (which is depicted in the trailer), Glass is left for dead. Surviving unimabinable grief and betrayal by his confidant John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), only love for his family and determination to survive pushes him forward against a vicious winter to survive and find redemption.
The cast includes DiCaprio, Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson, Paul Anderson and Lukas Haas.
In theaters Christmas Day.
Thor: Ragnarok may have found its director!
Thor: Ragnarok is being produced by Marvel's Kevin Feige and will, of course, star Chris Hemsworth (Thor, The Avengers) in the role of Thor and he'll be joined by Tom Hiddleston (Midnight in Paris, Crimson Peak), Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Jane Got a Gun) and Jamie Alexander (Thor: The Dark World, Blindspot) who all reprise their roles from prior films.
Disney will release Thor: Ragnarok on July 28, 2017.
Like many independent horror movies today, We Are Still Here didn't have a wide release. It's up to me and others like to me to assure you its worth your time to sit down and watch. So is it?
The short answer is yes. We Are Still Here is several movies wrapped into one. It's a haunted house story. It's a compelling emotional journey of a couple dealing with the death of their son. It's a thoughtful homage from a filmmaker who obviously enjoys the horror genre to movies of decades past, most notably Lucio Fulci's The House by the Cemetery– and after all that, it ultimately doesn't take itself so seriously that you're forbidden to point a finger and laugh at it or along with it. In fact, in the DVD commentary, writer and first-time Director Ted Geoghegan pretty much gives you permission to do so.
Too many movie reviews give away so much of the movie that by the time you watch, you're already fully aware of what to expect. Call me crazy, but I think that kind of spoils the joy of actually watching along. But here's what I can give you, without ruining the entire emotional and thrilling journey.
The Sacchettis are trying to escape the tragic loss of their teenage son, Bobby, by fleeing the city life and moving to the country. It's a pretty common theme of horror films, but where We Are Still Here differs is that Anne (Barbara Crampton, Re-Animator) and Paul (Andrew Sensenig, W.) are a middle aged couple, more secure in their world views, less likely to fall prey to the silliness that arises from traditional haunted house tropes.
Still, moving to a big house in the country when clearly suffering some degree of depression, such as Anne, it's not only natural to hear things that go bump in the night, but for them to linger over into the daylight hours and for your imagination to run away with you. So while we're getting to know Anne and her sorrow, we'll be wondering how much of what she's experiencing is real and how much is psychological.
Her husband, Paul, is also at that crossroads with us, and since he's closer to the situation, it's a little harder for him to swallow the idea she may be experiencing something supernatural. After all, he hasn't purchased a movie ticket (or DVD). Even so, when the neighbors drop by sharing stories of house's and that of its original family, even he can't help but feel a little uneasy (hint: it ain't normal!).
So when Anne wants to invite her friend, May (Lisa Marie, The Lords of Salem), and her husband, Jacob (Larry Fessenden, The Brave One), up for the weekend (and possibly a a spiritual reading on the house), Paul gives into the idea. It may not be a favorite, but he's open to it because he loves his wife.
It's at this point the whole movie shifts focus. Until this point, it's been more of an emotional and psychological journey carried by the strong performance of Crampton as the leading lady. While her role doesn't lessen in any way, the addition of Fessenden lends a touch of The Shining's Jack Nicholson to it, tossing in a bit of the absurd. It also gives Sensenig a chance to open up his performance and as these four characters interact, the film enters somewhat of a new genre moving forward.
And that's almost all you're going to get from me. The reveals are clever and fresh, unique in a movie only lasting 84 minutes. Despite the short length, it never feels as though you are slighted in any way, with just enough time spent on every avenue to give to satisfy before wearing thin. For those of you worried that ghost stories just aren't your thing, keep in mind this is an homage and a genre bender. As such, when the switch is flipped, if you're looking for a little blood on your kitchenware, you're apt to find it. You're welcome.
The ending is ambiguous. Life is often that way, so why not leave this world open for interpretation, as well? But make sure you don't turn away before the credits, as the background offers answers for a lot of questions you may have had along the way.
We Are Still Here is a surprising gem. With a great cast and a compelling story, it stretches the boundaries of the haunted house story, doesn't rely on titillation for its narrative, pokes fun at itself and borrows generously from past classics. By the time you're done watching, you'll have a big smile on your face and a tear in your eye, and you'll be damn glad for both.
We Are Still Here is Rated R and available Oct. 6 on both Blu-Ray and DVD. Special features include movie commentary with Writer/Director Ted Geoghegan and Producer Travis Stevens, behind the scenes footage and commentary, the original trailer, the original teaser and three additional movie trailers.
Check back tomorrow for a review with Barbara Crampton, and all month long for more Halloween goodness!
I had the distinct pleasure of speaking with Barbara Crampton about her latest movie, We Are Still Here (read our DVD review here), out on Blu-Ray and DVD today, in which she plays Anne, a married woman grieving the loss of her teenage son who moves to an unwelcoming house in the country.
She had a lot to offer about what it's like to return to the horror genre later in life and the tight-knit community within which the movies are being made these days, among other things.
If you think you're unfamiliar with Crampton, I can assure you you're just having a momentary lapse of memory. She's probably best known for Re-Animator (but let's not forget Chopping Mall, please!), and she also appeared in soap operas throughout the 90s and 00s, including Guiding Light and The Young and the Restless. As for how she found her way back to the comfort of the horror genre? I'll let her tell it to you in her own words.
Please enjoy excerpts from our conversation, below.
You've gone full circle in your career, from the horror genre to working in soaps and now back again. What drew you back?
They asked me! Plain and simple, they asked me. I got married kind of late in life, for the second time actually, and had moved up to San Francisco and, you know, roles were kind of drying up for me in my late 30s. I think that's a really hard time for any actress. And I really wanted to focus on my husband and my new family – I had two children back to back – so I really wasn't thinking about acting again or being in the business. And I got a call out of the blue to work on a movie called You're Next and they didn't want to meet me or talk to me, they just wanted to hire me for this mom role.
And I read the script, and I thought, this is a really good movie and interesting and fun, and you know, it was kind of done on a low budget and I didn't really know who the people were – I've since come to know them quite well, you know, they're all amazing filmmakers, all the people who acted in the movie and in front of the screen and behind the screen – and the movie did so well for them, and I was just along for the ride and I think it reintroduced me to other filmmakers, and I subsequently just started getting calls. And I realized, you know, motherhood is really hard and acting is really fun, and I forgot how much I loved it and how much I missed it until I worked on that movie.
I was having the most amazing time! It was the best movie to come back to working on because everybody, all these people are somewhat auteurs in their own right, you know Ti West and Joe Swanberg and Amy Seimetz, and of course Adam Wingard, he's just gone on to have an amazing career. And so it drew me back, and then I realized I could work again! I could be the mother! I could maybe someday play the grandmother!
And so here I am, later in life, having a resurgence playing roles, I guess, you know that they need people for. And it was just because they asked me, I had a good time and I thought I'm going to continue to do this. I've just been getting calls, and now I'm helping to produce a couple of other movies, and I guess I'm kind of doing it again! It's really fun for me, and it doesn't matter where you live anymore, apparently. I live in San Francisco. It's not like it used to be, where you have to be right there. You can live anywhere and fly all over to make movies.
Do you see much of a difference in the way movies are made since you've returned?
Well, they're digital, so it's much faster. And seemingly almost anybody can make a movie now. It's not this mysterious, magical process anymore. Anybody can learn how to do it and put some players and a script together and get some bodies to work on a movie, but to do it well, of course, is a different story. But also, when I was younger, the movies I did had the distribution built in, and we didn't have to worry about selling a movie.
Today, these young filmmakers I'm working with, it seems all important to get your film edited and ready so you can submit it to one of the big genre film festivals where distributors go and watch and look for their new products, and it just seems like a wonderful way for people to share their products, to meet other people, and collaborate and find out information about this movie, that movie. You know, the word of mouth about all of these other movies that are in production are so visible now with the aid of social media and Twitter and Facebook.
Everybody knows what everybody's doing and the community today is much more in tune with one another. In the 80s, I just knew the people I was working with on a film set. I didn't know a director unless I was working with him, but now I've met all of these young directors at film festivals and karaoke in LA and bowling parties. It just seems like there is a whole community now, and they're so supportive of one another and so collaborative.
I think it's just fantastic. I'm enjoying my time now working in it now more than I did in the 80s! I felt like I was just doing my little acting job, coming and doing it, and then we'd get a review by Roger Ebert or Pauline Kael and that was it. Now I meet all the reviewers at the film festivals! It's just much more of an exciting, artistic community that is really collaborative, so I think it's really exciting now. I'm just jazzed to be back and hanging out with all of these young people.
We Are Still Here had a really small cast and a great role for you, the whole of which turned out to be really entertaining. Tell me how you came to be involved.
I met Ted Geoghegan because he was one of the publicists on You're Next. That's kind of like his day job, he's written, I think, 11 scripts that have gotten produced, and this is probably the biggest one that he's done. But to make extra money, he's a publicist and very well known in our little community. But I met him on You're Next, and sometimes you meet someone and you just really get each other's personalities, and that was the case with Ted and I...we kept in touch, and he sent me the script, and said I have just written this and kind of want to get your take on it, let me know what you think.
Unbeknownst to me, he did have me in mind for the part of Anne, but at the time he didn't tell me that. He just wanted my feedback, and I thought it was really great and had aspects of [H.P.] Lovecraft and [John] Carpenter and [Lucio] Fulci and a lot of things going on, and I liked that it was grounded in some older characters that had a sense of loss and there was a weighty foundation to springboard from.
And so I told him it was great and really didn't have too many notes for him. Then he called me again, maybe three months later, and said, 'About that script you read. I have Travis Stevens on board as a producer and we've taken it to Dark Sky, and they're really interested, and they're going to put up the money for it.' And I said, wow! That's great.
And then he said, 'And I really want you to play the part of Anne.' And I said, well, thank you! That's amazing! I was surprised, even though when I read it I thought, you know, I could probably play this part, you know, it's so hard to get a movie made – even though anyone can do it these days – when everything comes together, when it happens, it feels like magic. We have some cast members, we have a producer, we have a start date. It feels like Christmas.
And then I asked him, well, who are you going to get to direct? And he said, "Well, me." And he hadn't told me that he wanted to direct. I think he said he had someone in mind to direct, but he liked this script so much – it was one of his favorite scripts he had written – and Travis is known for working with first time directors and is a completely wonderfully hands on producer and knows everything about every aspect of filmmaking, so they were a really wonderful team together and created a really nice set and energy for us to work on. It was a great experience all the way around, and so nice to have such a big part, as you say, to carry through all the way to the end. That was quite a little gift to me.
Where was it filmed? Was it actually filmed in that house?
Yes, it was a real house in upstate New York just north of Rochester in a little town called Palmyra, known as the birth of Mormonism, actually. A very small little town. A wonderful little film community. They do a lot of theater there. The lady who played Cat is a frequent player in a lot of productions in Rochester, and the gentleman who played Dagmar lives in Rochester and works all the time as an actor, and the girl in the bar who tries to kill me in the movie? She lived in Los Angeles for a long time and did a lot of Star Trek episodes. So we had a lot of really wonderful people in the movie that were from the community.
The house we filmed in? The people were part of a church group that Travis met...it's so funny, they're part of a church group, but they came together to help us make a horror movie! And the pastor of the church in the town is in the movie. He's one of the guys at the end whose stomach sort of explodes and whose intestines come out [laughs].
How funny! Of all the movies, that's the one he decides to lend his talents!
And his daughter plays the young Dagmar ghost, the little girl, in the movie. And the people who own the house were part of that church group, and they moved out of the house and down the street for about a month! We basically took over their house for about a month!
It was a great house! Very atmospheric.
Wasn't it? I think so, too, very big and rambling, and it was really twice as big as what you saw. We only filmed in a part of it. We used a lot of it for hair and makeup and wardrobe, and then we had a couple of rooms for the production team. It was a fantastic house. It was great.
What did you do to prepare for the role of Anne in terms of identifying with grief? It was a pretty heavy role.
I only have a small inkling of what it could be like to lose a child. I have two children of my own. I have a stepson who's 20. I can only imagine what it's like to lose one of them. I thought I should probably do a little bit more research into that because it was a pretty heavy thing, and it was an emotion that I wanted to keep alive throughout the whole movie. And so I actually knew two women who lost children...and so I interviewed both of those women and asked them very pointed and in depth questions by email, just because I thought it might be difficult to answer the questions in person...
I asked questions like what their relationship was like with their husband, and how did they view their own life, and did they ever feel like they couldn't go on, and what was it like on a daily basis, and what were the little things they did to make themselves feel better. You know, because the movie's also – even though it's a short movie – it's a long time to watch someone in grief. So I wanted to show some moments where she felt like she could have a bit of happiness, and was it okay to feel that or do you feel guilty about having those moments when you have a little levity, because it really had only just happened.
I took those interviews and kept them with me all the time, and read them throughout the day and read them in the morning just to get myself in the mood. Ted and I both wanted her to also feel like she still loved her husband. Frequently when this happens, it's really hard to relate to the other people in your family, because you're really just angry and in deep despair, but we want to root for these characters, so we wanted to feel some love between then and for the audience feel that they wanted this couple to recover and be able to move on, so we tried to balance out the grief with moments of hope. The interviews were very important, however, to the entire process.
You mentioned the short duration of the movie, which I thought was interesting. Because despite the short length, it never felt as if you were being shortchanged. The first half was an emotional, fear based horror that your character seemed to carry and the second part brought in the scary wacky neighbors and the gore.
Yeah, I think that Ted wanted to have a supernatural horror movie that felt like a ghost story, but frequently with a lot of those movies, you don't get a lot of the gore. It is mostly fear and emotion and hauntings, and it is sort of something that keeps you on the edge of your seat. But to have some all out, balls out gore is not something you normally identify with a supernatural horror movie, so he wanted to have both of those elements in there and make it a fun movie and make it satisfying for horror fans.
Did you by any chance film it in sequence so you got to film the sad parts and get your own kind of happy ending, too [laughs]?
I don't remember what our schedule was, but usually it never feels right for an actor, to be honest with you. They do what's best for production, and you just have to find your way to have it make sense for you. So there was some of the ending of the move that we shot pretty early on. That's kind of difficult, so you have to know the totality of your emotional life in the whole movie.
Frequently what I'll do is I'll create a little graph, which will make sense to me, but not to anybody else, as to how deep is my anger or my sadness and where are my lighter moments, and, you know, how can I create this and make it like a piece of music and not play the same thing two scenes in a row or try to make a little extra color. I make a little graph...so I kind of know where I am. But having said that, when you're finally done filming the entire picture, that's when I really know how to play the character, because I've been through it. And then I go, aha! I could have done this in that scene or that in this scene. Really, what I think would be optimal is if I filmed every movie twice. I'd give my best performances that way.
So what's next? You have some other projects in the pipeline, will any be coming our way in 2015 or 2016?
Well, who knows? We had distribution for We Are Still Here and of course You're Next was bought right away and sat on the shelf for two years. I have this other movie that's been playing the festival circuit called Sun Choke, and that's kind of a psychological thriller movie, and I play the caretaker of a woman who is mentally unstable. It's a very dark, really wonderfully deep look at the horrors of what can go on in the mind if unchecked. We're waiting for somebody to buy it, and hopefully that will happen soon. It's playing at Elijah Wood's SpectreFest coming up in Los Angeles and I was just at FrightFest in London and it played there and a bunch of other places.
Then I also did a movie called Road Games and that was an English and French co-production that premiered at FrightFest. That has actually sold! I'm not at liberty to say who it sold to, but it sold to a very good company and so I think that announcement is coming out very soon. It's about a serial killer, but you don't know who the killer is until the end of the movie and it could be any one of five characters. It's a thriller and a horror and a comedy, and there's a lot going on in that one, and I think people will really enjoy it. It's lighter than some of the other movies I've been doing recently.
I'm also producing a movie for my friend Jackson Stewart who was an intern for Stewart Gordon for many years. He's done many short movies, and I've been in a couple of them, He wrote a wonderful script along with Stephen Scarlata, who was one of the producers and worked on Jodorowsky's Dune, and we have some wonderful actors on that movie and just finished principal photography and tweaking some editing, and hopefully that will be done in the next few months.
Yes! And there's another movie called The Divine Tragedies which [played at ShriekFest this past weekend]. It might have premiered that, but I'm not sure if it's played anywhere else yet...
Awesome! You have a lot going on.
I feel like I'm working now more than I ever have.
So there's a resurgence of horror, it seems, even on the small screen. Would you ever do a TV show like Scream or Scream Queens? Or would you rather not commit to LA?
No, it doesn't matter. I could do a guest star in something or potentially go down there here and there...I could do that. I don't tend to focus on television, really, and my agents tend to focus more on movies for me, but I'm not opposed to doing something on the small screen. I think it's wonderful, and I love it! I love Penny Dreadful, and I loved Hannibal, and I was sad that it got canceled. Scream Queens I haven't seen yet, but I look forward to catching up on it.
It is a great time for horror, and it's a great month! We're in the greatest month of the year!!
Whether you love big budget takes on Krampus or more independent feel, this holiday season there is going to be a Krampus for you, dammit!
Ho ho hoping you are ready, because a new poster for Krampus: The Reckoning is here. From Uncork'd Entertainment, this flick will arrive on DVD and VOD on November 3.
This is the gobbledygook that accompanied the poster.
Zoe is a strange little girl, with a not so imaginary friend the Krampus who is the dark companion of kindly old St. Nicholas. The Krampus has been unleashed upon a small town and the legendary demon will seek out all the naughty people to punish them at Christmas time. No one is safe as the Krampus hunts them down, tortures them and then drags their helpless souls to the depths of hell.
Now I'm not sure if you're going to want to see that other, kind of comical looking Krampus with the bigger stars, or to sit home in your living room and laugh and cower in a different way with Krampus: The Reckoning. But the great thing about movies these days is you can pretty much do whatever the hell you want. We love it.
Take a look at the trailer, below, and figure it all out for yourself.
It's the most wonderful time of the year. The time to watch horror movies. OK, we're writing this in October, but you could be reading it in December or February and that statement still stands!
Anytime is a great time for horror!
And with horror comes remakes. Everything is old again (sometimes more than once). Does the remake always, ever or never live up to the original? It depends. In the case of Fright Night, movie lovers got lucky. The remake just might have (gasp) surpassed the original.
Where the lead, Charlie Brewster, was a womanizing nerd who didn't want to take no for an answer in the original, he was a cool virgin in the remake. His somewhat irritating comical best friend, Evil Ed, in the original went on to drive story in the remake (meaning he ain't around much), Peter Vincent went from a comforting, washed up television host turned friend to, well, David Tennant and Jerry Dandridge the vampire was equally distressing and sexy, although completely different, in both versions of the movie.
That's a nutshell version, of course, but we're assuming if you're voting, you've seen 'em! As an 80s movie buff and Colin Farrell fan, it's a hard vote for me. I'll need to watch both back to back before casting. What about you? Are you ready to weigh in? Here's your chance!
Fright Night: Would You Rather Re-Watch the Original or Remake?
What's your biggest fear?
Chances are, whatever it is, it doesn't compare to being left to fend for yourself on Mars, but that's exactly what happens to Mark Watney in The Martian.
Matt Damon (Elysium) is absolutely fantastic in the role. He kept me glued to the screen to the point where I barely noticed the movie was two and a half hours long. Even though he spends most of the film interacting with just a camera, he's so charming and funny that you feel as though you're there with him.
I can't speak for the accuracy of the science, but regardless of how realistic any of it is, it's extremely entertaining. Watney's will to live despite the odds being stacked against him make it impossible not to root for him.
As a botanist, he learns to grow food on Mars using creative methods. As each new challenge is thrust upon him, his intelligence and determination kick in. Despite his dire circumstances, he never loses the humor that makes him so fun to watch. His undying spirit can not be beat.
Though Matt Damon makes the movie, the star studded supporting cast does a wonderful job adding to the drama and excitement. Jessica Chastain's (Zero Dark Thirty) Commander Lewis is willing to put it all on the line for her crew, and her guilt over leaving Watney behind is evident.
Jeff Daniels (Looper) brings his dry humor into the mix as the head of NASA. Donald Glover, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kristen Wiig, Michael Pena, Kate Mara, and Sean Bean all add their fantastic contributions as they work to bring Watney home.
The cinematography as well as Ridley Scott's (Prometheus) direction are also excellent and add to the overall enjoyment and feel of the film. Any time a movie takes place in space, the possibility exists for it to look cheesy and fake, but The Martian does a great job of making it feel real.
Whether you're looking for action, drama, science fiction, or comedy, The Martian fits the bill. It's an all around exciting and enjoyable film that I would recommend for all movie-goers. While it is a bit long, you don't feel it as the cast, writing, and action will have you engrossed from beginning to end.
If you're looking for a movie that has the ability to appeal to all different tastes, look no further than The Martian.
Whenever there are DVD's released which tout an unrated version, many people groan and don't put much stock into them because they don't see a huge difference between the theatrical version and the unrated version. So, is the unrated DVD of Spy really different?
I'm here to tell you it's completely different but in an good way. Spy, when it was released in theaters in June, was a monster hit with a ton of gags and a multitude of memorable quotes which doesn't come as a huge surprise considering Melissa McCarthy (The Heat, St. Vincent) the reigning Queen of comedy, is the star of the film. It also doesn't hurt that the film boasts an incredibly talented cast including Jude Law (The Grand Budapest Hotel, Side Effects), Jason Statham (Furious 7, The Bank Job), Rose Byrne (Bridesmaids, X-Men: First Class), Bobby Cannavale (Ant-Man, Chef) and Allison Janney (The Help, Minions) to name a few.
For those who have not seen the film, Spy, follows a woman named Susan Cooper (Melissa McCarthy) who works for the CIA as an analyst and helps guide her partner, Agent Bradley Fine (Jude Law), who is on a mission to track down Tihomir Boyanov who's the owner of a nuke and the only one who knows where it is. Unfortunately, he's accidentally killed by Agent Fine, but the agency realizes Boyanov's daughter, Rayna (Rose Byrne), knows the location of the nuke.
Agent Fine is sent to infiltrate Rayna's home, but Agent Fine is caught by Rayna and she shoots him while Susan watches from her computer. Rayna informs the CIA she knows who all of their top agents are, Rick Ford (Jason Statham), Bradley Fine and Karen Walker (Morena Baccarin), which puts the agency in a bind because they don't know who to send to capture Rayna until Susan volunteers, much to the disgust of Rick Ford who quits over Susan being chosen.
Susan is sent to Paris to track and report Sergio De Luca (Bobby Cannavale) who's in the negotiations to buy the nuke from Rayna. Agent Ford, hilariously, shows up in Paris and Susan isn't able to track down De Luca and ends up having to track him to Rome where she befriends Rayna and convinces Rayna she was hired by her father to be her bodyguard which leads to even more hilarious action.
I'll stop right there because I don't want to give too much away, but I promise you won't be disappointed in the comedy, action and plot of Spy especially when watching the unrated version. Spy is currently out on both DVD and Blu-Ray. Special features include movie commentary from director Paul Feig, deleted scenes, over a dozen alternate scenes, two gag reels, behind the scenes featurette and a multitude of other features – I'm telling you, there really are a lot to go through.
Scream is the only horror movie franchise to change killers in every movie. There's no Michael Myers or Freddie Krueger that keeps coming back from the dead to haunt a new cast of unsuspecting victims. While it does keep the iconic Ghostface, it's always a new person behind that mask.
So, how do the killers of Scream stand up against each other? Check out our slideshow to find out! Obviously, spoilers ahead.
2. Mrs. Loomis
With The Final Girls, five modern day teenagers find themselves trapped inside of a 92-minute 80s horror film.called Camp Bloodbath. The movie is amusing and sometimes (rarely) bloody, but where it works best is when it focuses on Max (Taissa Farmiga) coping with the loss of her mother, Amanda (Malin Akerman), who just so happened to be one of the stars of Camp Bloodbath.
Amanda's claim to fame was starring in an 80s slasher flick, and it was something she couldn't outrun, but her relationship with her daughter was more important. Unfortunately, before she could change the fate of her acting career, she died in a car accident.
On the 3-year anniversary of her death, just as Max was making some headway in high school with her best friend Gertie (Alia Shawkat) and potential boyfriend Chris (Alexander Ludwig), Gertie's brother, Duncan (Thomas Middleditch), a Bathmatician (Camp Bloodbath expert), talks her into joining them for an event honoring the film. When the movie theater in which they were watching the film catches fire, they need to escape, and for no particular reason they find themselves trapped inside of the world of the movie. Bad girl, Vicki (Nina Dobrev), is along for the ride.
It's helpful to have a Bathmatician on hand who can recite all of the lines by heart and understands the motivations of characters, most especially the killer, Billy Murphy, who wields a machete to kill anyone in the film who has sex (of course), one of whom is Nancy, the character Amanda played, and who Max desperately wants to save.
There are very limited references to the differences between the kids from the 80s and the present day. When the fan carrying the original camp counselors rolls around conversation between sex-crazed Tina (Angela Trimbur) and Duncan results in him using the word "tubular," and later he eggs on equally sex-crazed Kurt (Adam DeVine) into some terrible dialog just so he could tell him it was oh, so bad, but generally, other than their unfamiliarity with modern day gadgets, tube socks and lack of respect for sex (is that strictly an 80s thing?), it seemed like a missed opportunity.
Really surprising was the lack of nudity and kill shots. That's not to say they're necessary for the enjoyment of a supposedly scary movie, but if there are two things that were prevalent in 80s slasher films, and in Friday the 13th in particular (which Camp Blood seems modeled after given a certain sound emitted when Billy Murphy is on his way and where he lives in the woods), it was breasts and blood. Not here.
What was delivered was a poignant story about loss. While it might have been unexpected, it worked in the setting, which was only realized as the movie progressed. Farmiga's youthful looks played beautifully as the wounded heroine, who together with her mother's character were the final girls, the only virgins, the untouchables, the girls who could kill Billy Murphy.
The movie was beautifully filmed, even on a low budget. The colors were vibrant and fantastical, and the methods used to transport the characters through different portions of their experience were unique and fun. It was obvious a lot of thought was put about what it might be like slipping inside a movie. Was it real or a dream? Does it matter? That's up to you to decide.
There was an incredibly satisfying ending, two actually, and room for a sequel. After all, this is, if not an actual slasher film, an homage to them. There's always room for a sequel. It was abundantly clear the cast had a great time with this movie and not a single one failed to shine with the material given.
Tame by movie standards (and horror standards in particular), I imagine it will air at some point on network television (at least basic cable). The cast is crafted from hit television series such as American Horror Story, The Vampire Diaries, Vikings, Arrested Development, Silicon Valley, Modern Family and Trophy Wife. It would have a built in audience on the small screen, which is where I watched it, courtesy of Amazon.
If you're looking for a fun popcorn movie that will make you laugh, scream once or twice and possibly even tear up a little, go to see The Final Girls or buy or rent it on Amazon. It's definitely worth it, not just for the cast, but for the clever romp inside an 80s horror movie.
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According to Variety, DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson have signed up to produce Paramount's film about the Volkswagen scandal through their production company, Appian Way. The film currently doesn't have any actors or director attached.
Paramount bought the film rights to Jack Ewing's upcoming book which details the Volkswagen clean diesel scandal in which the company placed illegal software in their clean diesel cars that could tell when a car was being tested for fuel emissions and would turn the controls off to cheat the test to pass the EPA standards. Volkswagen is currently facing $18 billion in fines from the U.S. EPA.
It's time to choose sides!
Warner Bros. and Legendary announced Wednesday they are officially uniting the two monster franchises.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. and Legendary stated the basis for the film will be an "ecosystem" of giant super-species, some you may know and some who are brand new, as the Monarch organization that unearthed Godzilla expands its mission in multiple releases.
Production of Kong: Skull Island begins on October 19 and will star Tom Hiddleston (Thor), Brie Larson (Trainwreck), Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) and Jason Mitchell (Straight Outta Compton). The film is being directed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts with the script being written by Max Borenstein, John Gatins and Dan Gilroy. Thomas Tull and John Jashini from Legendary will produce with Mary Parent.
Thomas Tull said in a statement: "Audiences really responded to Godzilla. Today, I'm excited to reveal that film was only the beginning of an epic new entertainment universe. As a lifelong fan of these characters, I've always wanted to see the ultimate showdown, and today were pleased to be announcing that and more."
Kevin Tsujihara from Warner Bros. said in a statement: "Working with our partners from Legendary, we enjoyed tremendous creative and commercial success with Godzilla. It's great to be able to revisit these characters and help create a franchise with so many creative possibilities for filmmakers. Fans love these big, globally iconic films and it doesn't get any bigger than this."
Godzilla grossed $529 million worldwide with Legendary financing 75% of the $160 million budget and Warner Bros. providing the rest and companies splitting the marketing costs.
It looks like Thor is going to have the big guy in his corner.
Sources have confirmed to Variety that Mark Ruffalo (The Avengers) is in final negotiations to appear opposite Chris Hemsworth (Thor) in Thor: Ragnarok. Ruffalo would also be starring along with Tom Hiddleston and Jamie Alexander who will be back as Loki and Lady Sif.
The film is being directed by Taika Waititi with the script being written by Christopher Yost, who was a co-writer for Thor: Dark World, and Craig Kyle and Kevin Feige will produce and will start production in early 2016 with a release date of November 3, 2017.
Details surrounding the plot of the film have been scarce, but it's been reported Thor: Ragnarok will not take place on Earth or in Asgard. It's also currently unknown what role the Hulk will play in the film.
Are you looking forward to see the Hulk help out Thor?
This one looks really good. It hit me right where it counts when the "hero" of the moment says, "If you want to live, follow me!" and immediately gets attacked, the next second wondering why he's not passing out from the horror of it all. I'm laughing just typing this. That's funny! Who hasn't worried that they'd be attacked by zombies and live through the entire damn thing? You just know your pain threshold would keep you alive longer than anybody else.
The official bit is this:
In Freaks of Nature, we welcome you to Dillford, where three days ago, everything was peaceful and business as usual: the vampires were at the top of the social order, the zombies were at the bottom, and the humans were getting along in the middle. But this delicate balance was ripped apart when the alien apocalypse arrived in Dillford and put an end to all the harmony. Now it's humans vs. vampires vs. zombies in all-out, blood-sucking, brain-eating, vamp-staking mortal combat – and all of them are on the run from the aliens. It is up to three teenagers – one human, one vampire, and one zombie – to team up, figure out how to get rid of the interplanetary visitors, and try to restore order to this “normal” little town.
Starring greats such as Denis Leary, Bob Odenkirk and Patton Oswal (they're tossing around zingers left and right), this one looks like it will really hit all the right notes for both comedy and a nice, gory horror including zombies, vampires even aliens! I cannot think of a single reason to stay away a from the theater on Halloween weekend. Odenkirk will be all over the place, also voicing Hell & Back.
Hitting theaters October 30.
"It's true. All of it. The dark side. The Jedi. They're real."
"The Force. It's calling to you. Just let it in."
You don't even have to be a die-hard Star Wars fan to feel the excitement brewing as you watch the final trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens. It's simply magical.
Pre-sale tickets went online earlier today crashing Fandango and Movie Tickets, and it's no wonder. As if getting glimpses of Harrison Ford and Carrie Fisher weren't weren't enough, the trailer evokes a whole host of emotions.
Good luck getting through to Christmas without another one on the way! Keep this one on repeat.
It looks like the cast for Ben Affleck's adaptation of Live By Night is coming together well.
According to Variety's exclusive story, Chris Cooper (August: Osage County) has officially signed on for Ben Affleck's adaptation of Live By Night based on Dennis Lehane's novel which is a Prohibition set drama examining the world of organized crime.
Cooper joins already star-studded cast including Chris Messina (Argo), Elle Fanning (Maleficent), Sienna Miller (American Sniper), Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Ben Affleck (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice). Affleck will also produce the film along with Jennifer Todd through their production company Pearl Street along with Leonardo DiCaprio (The Wolf of Wall Street) and Jennifer Davisson Killoran through Appian Way.
The film will begin production in November with a release date in 2017. Cooper can next be seen in the Hulu limited series 11/22/63 based on the novel by Stephen King about an English teacher who travels back in time to stop the Kennedy assassination, but realizes he can't let go of the life he created during that time.