Fantastic Fest: 'The Babadook' and 'It Follows' Make the Scariest Double Feature of 2014
Sometimes, being a horror fan means bringing a lot of qualifications into your love of the genre. You start saying things like "That was good...for a stupid, bloody slasher movie." You embrace pleasant surprises and sing the praises of films that even slightly tray outside of the rigid templates that have been in place for decades. Horror buffs know when to shrug off a mediocre film's bad qualities and embrace the handful of elements that work because there are so many tired, derivative and shallow scary movies.
What's astonishing about The Babadook and It Follows, both of which played at Fantastic Fest 2014, is how they don't need your pity or your half-assed appreciation. These are two horror movies so confident in their basic storytelling that they could... Read More
Box Office Report: Young Adults Beat Actual Adults (and Walruses) Again
Here's your estimated 3-day box office returns (new releases bolded):
1. The Maze Runner - $32.5 million ($32.5 million total)
2. A Walk Among the Tombstones - $13.1 million ($13.1 million total)
3. This is Where I Leave You - $11.8 million ($11.8 million total)
4. No Good Deed - $10.2 million ($40.1 million total)
5. Dolphin Tale 2 - $9.0 million ($27.0 million total)
6. Guardians of the Galaxy - $5.1 million ($313.6 million total)
7. Let's Be Cops - $2.67 million ($77.1 million total)
8. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - $2.65 million ($185.0 million total)
9. The Drop - $2.0 million ($7.6 million total)
10. If I Stay - $1.8 million ($47.6 million total)
The Big Stories
Just how many young adults are out there? It matters because they are the ones with... Read More
Fantastic Fest Buzz: 'John Wick' vs 'Everly': Two Movies That Will Kick Your Ass
Pictured above: Fandango's Alicia Malone pitches a role for herself in the John Wick sequel as a villain called Red Fury. Star Keanu Reeves looks pretty terrified.
Pictured below: Our good friend (and movie poster connoisseur) Germain Lussier Instagrams his way through the first day of the first annual MondoCon, a two-day event spun off from Fantastic Fest featuring Mondo posters, artists, panels and more.
John Wick vs Everly: Two Movies That Will Kick Your Ass
IN THIS CORNER: JOHN WICK
Starring Keanu Reeves as a former assassin who pulls himself back into the killing game after a group of thugs steal his car and kill his dog.
IN THIS CORNER: EVERLY
Starring Salma Hayek as a mobster's ex-girlfriend/sex... Read More
The Schmoes Know Movie Show: The Top 5 Liam Neeson Movies
Who are the Schmoes, and what exactly do they know?
The Schmoes are a couple of regular guys, Kristian Harloff and Mark Ellis, who--like you--are the people for whom movies are made. Each week, we're posting brand new video from the Schmoes that'll give their spin on a given movie topic.
He's lean, he's mean and he most definitely has a particular set of skills. In honor of A Walk Among the Tombstones (in theaters now), this week's Schmoes Know Movie show dives into the career of actor Liam Neeson in order to dish out his top five movies.
What's your favorite Liam Neeson movie? Let the guys know in the comments below.
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Best of the Week: Fantastic Fest Kickoff, Batman v 'Star Wars' and More
The Important News
Deadpool is finally happening! Zoolander 2 is finally happening! The Girl Who Played with Fire and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest remakes are still happening!
The remake of I Saw the Devil suddenly became really promising. The King Kong prequel Skull Island also got a promising director and star.
Jason Bourne is finally returning, but so is his legacy. The Griswolds are officially returning to Walley World.
Guardians of the Galaxy is now the top-grossing movie of the year in the U.S. We learned all about the plot of Avengers 2: Age of Ultron (aka the top-grossing movie of next year in the U.S.). And about the release date for Dr. Strange.
No wonder Dan... Read More
What Internet Stars Should Get Their Own Movie?
For the last five years, the Internet has increasingly proven to be the main source of entertainment talent in this age. Justin Bieber became one of the biggest pop stars on the planet thanks to YouTube. Through the same video site, Filipino singer Arnel Pineda became the new singer for Journey, one of the biggest bands in the world. This weekend's hot movie The Maze Runner features a fresh young face named Blake Cooper, who earned his role as Chuck by campaigning on Twitter.
Then there's the latest trend in Hollywood for mining movie ideas. Lionsgate is showing itself to be the leader in looking to the computer screen for the big-screen stars of tomorrow, now developing feature projects for the YouTube prank-show group the Janoskians and the silly YouTube duo known... Read More
Fantastic Fest Buzz: Rockin' Unicorns, 'ABCs of Death 2' and One Helluva Crazy Food Fight
[all photos courtesy of Fantastic Fest/David Hill]
Pictured above: Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League kicks off Fantastic Fest's 10th anniversary in style, wearing an Adidas jumpsuit with a GoPro camera strapped to his chest. Also pictured: Tusk writer-director Kevin Smith and star Justin Long dressed in a walrus suit.
Pictured below: You guess: Is this an image from the Fantastic Fest opening-night horror movie ABCs of Death 2, or is this just two people trapped in the middle of one helluva crazy food fight?
WHAT IS FANTASTIC FEST?
Pictured: Prior to the premiere of Kevin Smith's Tusk, several people -- including Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League and filmmaker Nacho Vigalando -- perform a Fantastic Fest rap, complete with glitter, confetti, dancers and... Read More
The Best Movie Trailers of the Week
Welcome back to Best Movie Trailers of the Week, a column where we handpick the best new movie trailers that have arrived online over the past week.
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
There are quite a few noteworthy elements in this new Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 trailer, but there’s one in particular that grabs your attention the moment it starts and remains integral throughout – the score. It’s powerful, commanding and always enhances the visuals. The piece also does a stellar job of broadening the world. You think we’ve had enough Hunger Games? This trailer proves that there’s so much more of this story left to explore.
Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead
The idea of replacing Martin’s severed arm with... Read More
Watch: Guillermo del Toro May Have Helped Create the Creepiest Video Game Ever
When you talk about cross-media collaboration dream teams, it’s hard to get more impressive than Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima. GDT is the cinematic visionary who brought us films like Pacific Rim and The Devil’s Backbone. Kojima is video game development’s biggest rock star, the guy responsible for Metal Gear Solid. What happens when these two guys get together to make something? Silent Hills happens.
The latest entry in the classic survival horror video game series will feature Kojima and del Toro working together to scare the bejesus out of you – and if this new footage from the Tokyo Game Show is any indication, the dynamic duo is on the right track.
We don’t know a whole lot about the game at this point, only that it features The Walking... Read More
Watch: The Creator of 'Project Greenlight' Reveals What Happens When Two Directors Make Movies Based on the Same Script
Project Greenlight, a competition that gave first-time filmmakers a shot at making a feature film, was simply a great show for movie fans. Even if the movies that came out of the program weren't the single greatest achievements in cinema ever made, the process of watching newbies go through the filmmaking grinder was an illuminating one.
Well now Chris Moore, one of the creators of Project Greenlight, is back with a similar behind-the-scenes filmmaking show called The Chair on Starz. This time around two first-time filmmakers, Shane Dawson and Anna Martemucci, are given the chance of making it big, only the twist is that they both have to direct their versions of the same original screenplay, Dan Schoffer's How Soon Is Now.
If that sounds a bit confusing, don't... Read More
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