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
Watch: David Letterman's Great 10-Minute Tribute to Robin Williams
When we wrote about the passing of Robin Williams last week, one of the things we touched on was just how incredible the comedic star was as a guest on late-night talk shows. Williams was always at his most hilariously unpredictable when he strolled onto a late-night stage, with his appearances (almost 50!) on The Late Show with David Letterman ranking among our personal favorites.
The Late Show was off last week, and so host David Letterman returned on Monday to say a few words about a guy he was friends with for 38 years. Letterman's tribute lasted a little more than 10 minutes, and included some great stories about first meeting Williams at the Comedy Store when they were both just starting out. There's a tale about a Mork & Mindy cameo Letterman shouldn't have... Read More
Get a First Official Look at Paul Rudd in Marvel's 'Ant-Man'
What you see above is the first official image of Paul Rudd as Scott Lang in Marvel's next big stand-alone movie, Ant-Man. Now, if you were expecting him to be riding on a giant ant, you're probably a little disappointed, but just remember we're at the earliest stages of filming now. In fact, production didn't officially start on the project until this week.
In the movie, now being directed by Peyton Reed (Bring It On), Rudd's Lang character is a con man who meets a genius inventor, Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), who helps him get back on the right track. One of Pym's employees (Corey Stoll) wants to use Pym's incredible shrinking technology to somehow harm the world, and so Pym gifts his Ant-Man suit and technology to Lang in order to help him stop it... Read More
Reel TV: 'Star Wars Rebels' Premiere Dates, 'Shaun of the Dead' Reunion, and 'Devil's Advocate' TV Show
While we tend to focus on the big screen here at Movies.com, we’re no stranger to enjoying things on television as well. Today, we’ve got the latest on some horror flicks headed to a TV near you, plus the date when you can finally see Star Wars Rebels on the Disney Channel.
First up, we’ve got some exciting news about a Shaun of the Dead reunion in the most unlikely of places.
Star Simon Pegg revealed that he and Nick Frost will be reprising their roles as Shaun and Ed in this year’s Halloween episode of Disney animated series Phineas and Ferb.
Here’s news, @nickjfrost and myself will be once again stepping into Shaun and Ed’s shoes for the #PhineasAndFerb Halloween special. W00t!!
— Simon Pegg (@simonpegg) August 18, 2014
Are... Read More
Movie News: Dwayne Johnson to Star As DC Superhero - or Villain; Brad Pitt in New 'Fury' Trailer
Dwayne Johnson: It's good to have choices, isn't it? Dwayne Johnson (above in Hercules) says he will star in an upcoming DC Comics adaptation for the big screen, but he hasn't decided between playing superhero Shazam or Black Adam, Shazam's nemesis. Johnson also said Black Adam has been one of his favorite DC characters, which may give us a hint about his inclinations. It's not clear if this would be for a stand-alone project or a superhero team-up. [The Associated Press via USA Today]
Mack Bolan: Bradley Cooper (in American Hustle, above) is set to produce Mack Bolan, and may star as the antiterrorist operative, whose fictional exploits have been detailed in a series of more than 900 (?!) novels. Shane Salerno (cowriter of Avatar 4) acquired the... Read More
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