Watch: Here's How You Get the Job Writing 'Sharknado'
Before screenwriter Thunder Levin wrote about Tara Reid and Ian Ziering battling killer sharks during a freak hurricane in Los Angeles in Sharknado, he was scribbling Mutant Vampire Zombies from the Hood (starring C. Thomas Howell, natch) and penning other low-budget indies. The writer talks about his career trajectory in this video we spotted on Filmmaker IQ.
As he explains, Levin is known for his mockbusters, but he continues to take on “incrementally bigger and better” projects. It’s really no different than the path we’ve seen other directors and writers take—although we disagree that science fiction and horror cinema are “ghetto” genres that don’t deserve to be taken seriously. But yes, big names like Peter Jackson (Bad... Read More
DVD Obscura: The New Indie and International Movies You Need to Watch
I’ll be stunned if I see a better lead male performance this year than Tom Hardy’s in Locke (Lionsgate Home Entertainment). This tour-de-force places Hardy inside of a moving vehicle at the beginning of the film and keeps him there throughout, following his character in real time over the course of a drive that will see this man lose everything in his life in order to maintain his principles.
Writer-director Steven Knight (Dirty Pretty Things, The Hundred-Foot Journey) can’t help but create tension and claustrophobia, given the circumstances, but that he is also able to generate suspense and drama and a rich characterization (with Hardy’s assistance) makes this film a wild gamble that nonetheless pays off. You’ll want a physical copy not... Read More
Watch: The Only Thing Crazier Than 'Tusk' Is the Bizarre Story of How It Came to Be
Kevin Smith is best known for making quirky comedies with crazy dialogue and unforgettable characters. However, the filmmaker has recently taken an interest in horror cinema, and his second fright flick, Tusk, is already garnering positive buzz from horror fans and critics alike. One of the recurring questions surrounding the film is just how did Smith come up with this crazy idea about a man looking to make his houseguest into a human-walrus hybrid? The answer may not surprise you if you really know Kevin Smith.
The filmmaker explains the backstory of Tusk in this new four-minute video. An avid podcaster, Smith actually got the first glimmer of an idea after reading a strange personal ad for a roommate on one of his broadcasts alongside producer pal Scott Mosier. The catch... Read More
Fantastic Fest 2014 Preview: Our Most Anticipated Movies We Barely Knew Existed
The best part about a film festival like Fantastic Fest is that even obsessed movie buffs probably don't know much about the movies programmed. It's often a total wild card roster filled with movies that sort of exist in the shadows, at least as far as the U.S. is concerned, until Fantastic Fest and its ravenous audience put them on the map.
Fantastic Fest does also play a number of big-name movies with Hollywood talent involved, like this year's John Wick starring Keanu Reeves, Horns with Daniel Radcliffe, and Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal. But you're already bound to be aware of those movies thanks to their celebrity status. So we're not going to spotlight them in this year's preview piece.
Instead we turn to the movies you may not even know exist... Read More
See the First Official Video of the New "Millennium Falcon" from 'Star Wars: Episode VII'
Both J.J. Abrams (Star Wars: Episode VII) and Zack Snyder (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) are having a lot of fun teasing fans with tiny reveals of their respective upcoming movies via social media, and now they're beginning to intersect in some very amusing ways. Just recently Zack Snyder shot down a rumor that one of the Batmobiles was stolen from the set of Batman v Superman by posting this image of Gotham City cops arresting a Star Wars stormtrooper for the crime.
Now, in retaliation for blaming the theft on one of the characters he's currently working with, J.J. Abrams has responded to Snyder by posting the first footage of the new Millennium Falcon. There's a catch, though, because halfway through the familiar Star Wars music transitions to some... Read More
The New 'Vacation' Series Will Bring the Old Griswolds Back to Walley World
Summer may be winding down, but there’s still plenty of time left to get in a vacation – at least one of the National Lampoon variety.
After much discussion, it appears that the reboot/sequel to the popular National Lampoon’s Vacation franchise is happening. Ed Helms will step into the shoes worn by Chevy Chase in the new feature, but those worried that Clark Griswold won’t be around should stop worrying now.
A new press release for the feature, simply titled Vacation, reveals that Ed Helms will be playing Clark’s son Rusty. Rusty gets the bright idea to take his family (Christina Applegate costars as his wife) on a road trip to Walley World – and we can only imagine what sorts of hilarious disasters they meet along the way.
Jonathan... Read More
Watch: An Orc Has a Really Bad Day in This Great Short Film Set in Middle-earth
If you find yourself yearning for some Middle-earth action between now and the release of Peter Jackson’s final film in his The Hobbit trilogy, then you’ll definitely want to check out this new short film about an unfortunate day in the life of an orc.
The new video is a promotional tie-in for the upcoming video game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, which is due out in stores beginning September 30. Filmmakers Sam Gorski and Niko Pueringer have crafted a seven-minute movie that follows Krimp the orc as he’s “about to have a very bad day. Like, wraith bad.” There’s nothing like some truth in advertising.
Gorski and Pueringer do a nice job taking us back to Middle-earth with a fraction of the budget of the feature films. Sure, the acting... Read More
Movie News: Channing Tatum Gets a Beautiful Mind; 'Paranormal Activity 5' Lands Title and Release Date
Struck by Genius: Channing Tatum could get a beautiful mind if he signs on to this project being tailored for him. Struck by Genius is the true story of a party animal who gained uncanny math skills after getting beat up outside a karaoke bar. What sounds like a superhero origin story, though, will actually be pretty dramatic, and that could mean further development of Tatum as a respectable actor in the wake of his Oscar buzz with Foxcatcher. [THR]
Paranormal Activity 5: Paramount has revealed a new release date for the next Paranormal Activity movie, which is now called Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (can we pull a "Ghotocol" and nickname this thing "Ghomension"?). The sequel is arriving sooner... Read More
In Honor of 'The Guest': Meet the Worst Guests in Movie History
In Adam Wingard's The Guest (in select theaters now), a soldier shows up at a family's home claiming to be an old friend of their dead son and is invited to stay with open arms. And then the bodies begin to pile up because everything is not as it seems and houseguests have a habit of revealing themselves to be awful, terrible people in the movies.
The Guest is not the first movie to feature houseguests behaving poorly and it certainly won't be the last. Cinema is rich with people abusing the generosity of their hosts. These are only a few
Buck Russell: The Bad Guest Who Ultimately Wins You Over
It's a common trope, but it's one that's easy to live with: guy shows up at your home, guy is not welcomed with open arms, guy ultimately... Read More
New on DVD/Blu-ray: 'Godzilla' Stuns in HD; 'The Fault in Our Stars' Declares War on Tissues
Godzilla - Warner Bros. - Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD
Director: Gareth Edwards
Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Bryan Cranston, David Strathairn, Ken Watanabe. Full cast + crew
Gareth Edwards' Godzilla movie is not going to be a home run for everyone. The human characters in it are a bit dry, and the titular monster himself is only on-screen in small doses until the end, and it's understandable if that turns off anyone hoping for this to be reaching Pacific Rim levels of constant, citywide carnage. But Godzilla just isn't trying to be like Pacific Rim.
No, instead of an action extravaganza, Edwards and his team have reverted Godzilla to his roots as a force of sheer shock and awe. He exists as a titan of nature to put humanity... Read More