Watch: The Foo Fighters Re-create a Classic Horror Movie for Their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Over the past week, we’ve seen a lot of people dumping buckets of ice water on their head to promote awareness about ALS — the progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Thankfully some very creative people have made the #IceBucketChallenge more engaging — like Dave Grohl and the Foo Fighters.
The band has re-created the bloody prom scene from Carrie in their video. Based on Stephen King's 1974 novel of the same name, Carrie was directed by Brian De Palma and brought the story of a tormented young woman who unleashes her telekinetic powers on her high school class to the big screen. Kudos to singer Grohl who does a wicked Sissy Spacek cry-face in the video. We're just glad we didn't have... Read More
Why We Could Soon See Movies Based on the Video Games 'Call of Duty,' 'Skylanders' and More
The line between the worlds of movies and video games could be getting even blurrier now that publisher Activision is eyeing the idea of launching its own studio.
Boss Bobby Kotick is reportedly looking to hire executives to form a new internal studio with the idea of turning some of their popular properties into cinematic features or television shows. Should Kotick follow through with the idea, it would have Activision traversing the path now tread by UbiSoft, which is already hard at work developing films based on popular gaming franchises Assassin’s Creed and Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell.
At first glance, this looks like a good idea. Activision has a huge stable of titles that could easily make the transition to the screen. The catch is that a lot of those... Read More
The Year's Best Date Movie Is Returning to Theaters Next Week
Fact is, any movie these days can be a good date movie, depending on the various eclectic moviegoing tastes of you and your significant other. You both like comedy? See something funny. You both like horror? See something scary. But in our opinion, the perfect date movie is one that fuels the entire date night. If you plan to grab a bite to eat before or after the movie, it's great when the actual movie can be a part of that experience too.
This is why Jon Favreau's Chef is a bit of a special movie, and it's not just us who think that. After its debut in early May, Chef inched across the nation and slowly grossed $30 million, which is pretty spectacular for a small indie flick in a season full of giant, explosive moneymakers. It's become such a fan favorite that... Read More
Movie News: Sigourney Weaver in New 'Exodus' Photo; Johnny Depp and Daughter to Star in Kevin Smith's 'Yoga Hosers'
Exodus: Gods and Kings: Sigourney Weaver is featured in a new photo from Exodus: Gods and Kings. Weaver costars as the mother of Ramses (Joel Edgerton), though her costumes are anything but matronly. Christian Bale stars as Moses in the movie, directed by Ridley Scott, which is heading for theatrical release on December 12. [EW.com]
Yoga Hosers: Johnny Depp will play a "legendary man hunter" alongside his daughter Lily-Rose Depp in Kevin Smith's upcoming "comic book movie" Yoga Hosers. Depp's daughter will be teamed again with Smith's daughter Harley Quinn Smith as 15-year-old yoga nuts who must deal with "an ancient evil." (They previously worked together on Smith's upcoming horror movie Tusk, above... Read More
Director’s Notebook: Ti West on the Most Important Scene in ‘The Sacrament’
In this monthly column we spotlight new Blu-ray/DVD releases by interviewing directors about the scenes that stood out most for them while making their movies. This month, we talk to Ti West about his latest horror, The Sacrament (on sale August 19, 2014).
Never one to shy away from a challenge, Ti West’s latest film, The Sacrament, is perhaps his most audacious endeavor yet as he goes down the mock-documentary rabbit hole to create a chilling first-person thriller that won’t leave you anytime soon.
Inspired by the horrific Jonestown Massacre in 1978 where over 900 people committed suicide while living in a religious community in Guyana under the leadership of Jim Jones, we follow Sam (AJ Bowen), a journalist from Vice, and his cameraman (Joe Swanberg) as they are... Read More
Marvel Countdown: Will Disney Ignore Marvel's Horror Legacy?
Disney’s upcoming Big Hero Six is interesting in that it opens up the possibilities of what kind of Marvel movies Disney is interested in making with properties already under its control. This animated adventure-comedy is the first bit of cinematic diversification since Marvel came under the Disney banner in 2009, and the studio's got more planned for 2015. Street-level heroes like Daredevil, Luke Cage, Iron Fist and Jessica Jones (of the comic Alias) will soon have their own live-action Netflix original series and word is that these will be a touch more gritty and adult than what we’ve been offered by Marvel Studios up to this point. Could we see an eventual return to Marvel horror?
Marvel Studios came into its own with 2008’s Iron Man and it... Read More
Watch: Are These the 10 Greatest Improvised Scenes in Movie History?
Film is a collaborative medium, one wherein a vast and diverse group of people come together with a plan that must gel into a cohesive (and entertaining) whole. Screenwriters create a skeleton that a director and actors build upon, but sometimes the blueprint is merely a guide – and not an etched-in-stone plan to be followed to the letter. Improv plays a huge role in cinema, and the guys at Cinefix have crafted this video highlighting 10 of the greatest improvised scenes in movie history.
From Apocalypse Now through to Bridesmaids, this 10-minute-long clip covers some great scenes that weren’t in the shooting script of their respective films. It’s a cool piece of movie history for fans who may not have realized that some of cinema’s most enduring... Read More
New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: How to Watch 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' at Home Now
Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu and, of course, Netflix.
Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (superhero sequel; Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Dane DeHaan, Jamie Foxx; also available in 3D; rated PG-13)
The Quiet Ones (horror; Sam Claflin, Jared Harris; rated PG-13)
Fading Gigolo (comedy; John Turturro, Woody Allen; rated R)
Only Lovers Left Alive (stylish Jim Jarmusch-directed vampire drama; Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, John Hurt, Mia Wasikowska, Anton Yelchin; rated R)
The Zero Theorem (sci-fi; Christoph... Read More
Is This the Best Way to Integrate Texting into Movies?
Tony Zhou, who heads up the Every Frame a Painting series on Vimeo, recently wondered how filmmakers can better depict text messaging and the Internet in cinema. In a new video essay, he explores the ways television series like Sherlock and films such as The Fifth Estate have done away with the cell phone-screen cliché to depict text messages between characters.
These films and TV shows are using a simple, but artfully designed “beyond screen” method where floating text suggests the act of texting without all the obnoxious and outdated cutaways. As Zhou explains, it’s not only cheap and easy, since filmmakers can add the effect after shooting, but it also offers an uninterrupted view of the action on-screen.
Thanks to these savvy filmmakers, we no... Read More
'Hunger Games: Mockingjay' Director Explains Differences from the Books
Don’t expect any major changes from Suzanne Collins’ 2010 novel in the upcoming Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1, but there will be a few new details presented to audiences.
“Instead of changing the plot and changing characters what we did was have the opportunity to show scenes that could have been happening at different times in the book,” director Francis Lawrence told Entertainment Weekly. “For us it’s world expansion instead of changing things. I think it’s exciting for the fan to see certain things. So we’ve been able to open the world up in this and see some new places. We get to see some new districts this time and the scope gets quite large.”
In Mockingjay, Jennifer Lawrence’s Katniss struggles... Read More
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