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Beyond Fest Is Coming to Los Angeles Again!

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:44

Beyond Fest and the American Cinematheque announced today that they are partnering for the return of the sophomore festival, Beyond Fest, featuring the best in world genre programming, September 25th – October 4th, 2014 at the Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard. Tickets will be available through Fandango today.

Dedicated to delivering the elite in horror, sci-fi, fantasy, and badass cinema, this year’s Beyond Fest programming reflects a globally diverse and eclectic mix of premieres, rare repertory screenings, and special events, all of which are anchored in bringing firsts to the community of genre fans in Los Angeles.

L.A. premieres are integral to Beyond Fest as the festival opens with HORNS, Alexandre Aja’s (HAUTE TENSION, HILLS HAVE EYES) wonderfully dark take on Joe Hill’s explosive book, complete with a revelatory turn by Daniel Radcliffe.

There will be a free screening of the terrifying meta-remake of THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon (AMERICAN HORROR STORY) and produced by Jason Blum and Ryan Murphy, while anthology fans are rewarded with first looks at the shock-rides ABC’S OF DEATH 2 and V/H/S VIRAL, complete with cast and crew and favorite V/H/S shorts.

Jeff Goldsmith brings his wildly popular Q&A / Backstory empire to Beyond Fest for two evenings of deep discussion, first with Dan Gilroy in support of his masterful directorial debut, NIGHTCRAWLER, and then it’s a night of mischief, mayhem and soap as he talks to FIGHT CLUB author, Chuck Palahniuk, and screenwriter, Jim Uhls exploring the transition of an apocalyptic masterpiece to pitch-perfect screenplay. Preceding the discussion is a screening of David Fincher’s brilliantly caustic adaptation.

Japanese cinema plays a prominent role with three of its finest exports taking center stage. Following last year’s fan-favorite, WHY DON’T YOU PLAY IN HELL?, auteur Sion Sono returns with his deliriously over the top adaptation of Santa Inoue’s seminal manga series TOKYO TRIBE. Hot on the heels of its highly controversial domestic release, Tetsuya Nakashima’s thoroughly groundbreaking THE WORLD OF KANAKO plays a special free screening, while Hitoshi Matsumoto’s quasi-sex-comedy, R100, closes out the axis of anarchy with lead dominatrix, Lindsay Kay Hayward, on site to whip the audience into shape.

This year’s L.A. Spotlight shines on directors Dennis Widmyer & Kevin Kolsch who brings their black tale of fame-at-all-costs to the Egyptian’s apt Hollywood locale for STARRY EYES. Joined by the film’s cast and crew, Dennis & Kevin will follow his local bow with the film they cite as a heavy influence: Andrzaj Zulawski’s masterpiece of nuanced terror, POSSESSION.

Integral to Beyond Fest’s slate is the partnership with El Rey Network. As Presenting Sponsor, El Rey Network is making the 80-seat Spielberg Theatre accessible to all under the banner of “El Rey’s ‘The People’s Network’ Theatre” and screening eight films from the most original directors in the world of genre film including: HYENA (UK – LA premiere), THE EDITOR (Canada – LA premiere), NORWAY (Greece – LA premiere), FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 2000AD (UK – LA premiere) and THE CANAL (Ireland – LA premiere)

Repertory titles play a prominent part of Beyond Fest and this year is no exception with a handful of massive events:

Produced in partnership with the French Consulate, Meltdown Comics and RADiUS, SNOWPIERCER creator, Jean-Marc Rochette, and DC Comics Publisher, Jim Lee, will discuss the process of translating creative vision from the comic book to the big screen before Bong Joon-ho’s stunning epic rolls overhead. Complimenting SNOWPIERCER will be the world premiere of Jesus Castro-Ortega’s behind the scenes documentary.

ONLY GOD FORGIVES provides the inspiration for the LA premiere of MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN, an illuminating and intimate portrait of Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn, directed and shot by his wife, Liv Corfixen. Documenting Refn’s journey to bring ONLY GOD FORGIVES to the big screen, Corfixen is honest and unflinching with her lens capturing Refn is a way previously unseen outside of his inner crew and, in many cases, outside of Corfixen herself. Liv Corfixen and Nicolas Winding Refn will sit in conversation between the two films.

Geoff Boucher’s Humans From Earth Nerdist podcast pairs together John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis for the first time ever to discuss the making of the all-time classic, HALLOWEEN. Complete with the brand-new 4K re-master supervised by HALLOWEEN cinematographer, Dean Cundy, and a screening of El Rey’s THE DIRECTOR’S CHAIR with John Carpenter and Robert Rodriguez, this is one for the ages.

The stars of Comedy Central’s late night stand-up smash THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL bring their film-loving humor to Beyond Fest for “A Night at the Movies with THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL featuring THE MONSTER SQUAD.” Before screening THE MONSTER SQUAD, Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani will grab the mics to share their deep and slightly twisted love of movies before being joined by THE MONSTER SQUAD director, Fred Dekker, where they will discuss the size of The Wolfman’s nards amongst many other topics.

Seminal soundtrack label and Beyond Fest partner, Death Waltz Recording Company returns with a double bill event that was a year in the making. Opening the night is a screening and live re-score of TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE by musicians Umberto and Antoni Maiovvi, who have composed an 88 minute piece that plays alongside the film’s existing audio tracks. A limited double album will be made available exclusively at the screening. Not content with just one release, Death Waltz is also dropping the long-awaited score to Ti West’s breakout shocker, HOUSE OF THE DEVIL, complete with screening and cast and crew Q&A.

BEYOND FEST 2014 PROGRAM

EGYPTIAN THEATRE:

NIGHTCRAWLER presented by Backstory
2014
dir. Dan Gilroy
United States
117 minutes
Dan Gilroy in person

THE WORLD OF KANAKO / KAWAKI – LA Premiere – FREE SCREENING
2014
dir. Tetsuya Nakashima
Japan
118 minutes

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN presented by Shock Till You Drop and Blumhouse Productions – FREE SCREENING
2014
dir. Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
United States
85 minutes

FIGHT CLUB presented by Backstory
1999
dir. David Fincher
United States
139 minutes
FIGHT CLUB author Chuck Palahniuk and screenwriter Jim Uhls in person

STARRY EYES presented by Bloody Disgusting – LA Premiere
Dir. Kevin Kölsch, Dennis Widmyer
United States
98 minutes
Cast and crew in person

POSSESSION
1981
dir. Andrezj Zulawski
France / West Germany
124 minutes

V/H/S VIRAL + V/H/S Shorts presented by Bloody Disgusting – LA Premiere
dir. Todd Lincoln, Nacho Vigalondo, Marcel Sarmiento, Gregg Bishop, Justin Benson & Aaron Moorhead
Multiple Countries
98 minutes
Cast and crew in person

20,000 DAYS ON EARTH
2014
dir. Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
UK
97 minutes

TOKYO TRIBE – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Sion Sono
Japan
116 minutes

SNOWPIERCER – A Vis a Vis Event presented by the French Consulate, Meltdown Comics and RADiUS
2013
dir. Bong Joon-ho
South Korea
126 minutes
Snowpiercer creator Jean-Marc Rochette and DC Comics Publisher Jim Lee in person

HORNS presented with Fantastic Fest – LA Premiere
2013
dir. Alexandre Aja
United States / Canada
123 minutes

A Night at the Movies with THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL featuring THE MONSTER SQUAD
1987
dir. Fred Dekker
United States
82 minutes
Jonah Ray, Kumail Nanjiani, Fred Dekker and guests in person

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE presented by Death Waltz Recording Company with live re score by Antoni Maiovvi & Umberto
1974
dir. Tobe Hooper
United States
88 minutes

HOUSE OF THE DEVIL presented by Death Waltz Recording Company
2009
dir. Ti West
United States
95 minutes
Cast and crew in person

HALLOWEEN 4K REMASTER presented by Humans From Earth
1978
dir. John Carpenter
United States
90 minutes
John Carpenter and Jamie Lee Curtis in person

ONLY GOD FORGIVES
2013
dir. Nicolas Winding Refn
Denmark / France
90 minutes
Nicolas Winding Refn in person

MY LIFE DIRECTED BY NICOLAS WINDING REFN – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Liv Corfixen
United States
58 minutes
Liv Corfixen and Nicolas Winding Refn in person

EL REY’S ‘THE PEOPLE’S NETWORK’ THEATRE / SPIELBERG THEATRE:

ABC’S OF DEATH 2 – LA Premiere – Free screening
2014
dir. Larry Fessenden, Marvin Kren, Todd Rohal, Jim Hosking, Julien Maury & Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Gibney, Soichi Umezawa, Lancelot Imasuen, Jerome Sable, Robert Boocheck, Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado, Bill Plympton, Rodney Ascher, Erik Matti, Juan Moreno, Steven Kostanski, Alejandro Brugues, E.L. Katz, Julian Barratt, Hajime Ohata, Vincenzo Natali, Chris Nash, Jen & Sylvia Soska, Dennisison Ramalho, Robert Morgan, Kristina Buozyte and Bruno Samper
Multiple Countries
125 minutes
Cast and crew in person

THE EDITOR – Free Screening – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Matthew Kennedy, Adam Brooks
Canada
102 minutes

HYENA – Free Screening – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Gerard Johnson
United Kingdom
112 min

FUTURE SHOCK! THE STORY OF 200AD – Free Screening – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Paul Goodwin
United Kingdom
100 min

LOST SOUL – THE DOOMED JOURNEY OF RICHARD STANLEY’S ISLAND OF DR. MOREAU – Free Screening – LA Premiere
2014
dir. David Gregory
United Kingdom
97 min

R100 – Free Screening
2013
dir. Hitoshi Matsumoto
Japan
100 minutes
Lindsay Kay Hayward in person

NORWAY – Free Screening – LA Premiere
2014
dir. Yannis Veslemes
Greece
73 minutes

THE CANAL presented by Shock Till You Drop – Free Screening – LA Premiere -
2014
dir. Ivan Kavanagh
Ireland
92 minutes

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First Look: Vin Diesel In ‘The Last Witch Hunter’!

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:33

Meet 13th century Kaulder…

Vin Diesel has shared the first official look at himself in Lionsgate/Summit’s The Last Witch Hunter, which just began production under the direction of The Crazies helmer Breck Eisner.

Diesel leads the fantasy actioner as an immortal witch hunter who teams with his natural enemy, a witch, to stop the covens of New York City from unleashing a plague on humanity. Julie Engelbrecht plays the Witch Queen.

Michael Caine, Elijah Wood, and Rose Leslie also star.

Summit will release in 2015.

“Five hundred years ago, war raged between humankind and witches, vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe, including KAULDER (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay an all-powerful QUEEN WITCH, decimating her followers in the process. In the moments before her death, the Queen exacted her revenge by cursing Kaulder with immortality, forever separating him from his beloved wife and daughter in the afterlife. Kaulder has spent centuries hunting down rogue witches, all the while yearning for his long-lost loved ones.

Today, he is the only one of his kind–the last witch hunter. With the help of FATHER DOLAN, a Catholic priest, and a mystical arsenal hidden beneath New York’s St. Patrick’s Cathedral, he continues to pursue the renegades and outlaws who endanger humanity. Chief among their adversaries is BELIAL, a powerful rebel witch who Kaulder believes has found a way to restore the Queen Witch to power and reignite her campaign to destroy the human world.

With the help of CHLOE, a goodhearted young witch, Kaulder sets out to stop Belial before he can set his plan in motion, but allies in unexpected places keep the evil witch one step ahead in a cunning cat-and-mouse pursuit that will determine the survival of the human race.”

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[TIFF '14] ‘Spring’ Trailer Has Crazy Hormones

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 17:21

Anyone into a coming-of-age/creature feature/fish-out-of-water horror movie?

From Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, who directed the incredible indie Resolution, and also kicked ass on our upcoming V/H/S Viral, is taking their latest feature to the Toronto International Film Festival.

A trailer has just been released for their Italian-based horror, Spring, which will World Premiere in the Vanguard portion of the fest, running September 4 to 14, 2014.

The trailer, lead by Evil Dead fav Lou Taylor Pucci, looks like an indie horror mash-up that’s something different. Yes, finally something with a fresh vibe!

Pucci plays a young man in a personal tailspin who flees the US to Italy, where he sparks up a romance with a girl (Nadia Hilker) harboring a dark, primordial secret in this edgy, romantic drama with a supernatural twist.

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Will ‘The Stand’ Climax in a Blaze of Glory?

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 15:33

The rumor mill has been in full swing over the adaptation of Stephen King’s epic The Stand recently. Mainly the rumors concern possible cast, but Badass Digest recently chimed in on how the movie version will end. Even the most diehard King fan has to admit, sometimes the man has trouble stickin’ the landing.

(possible spoilers follow)

Josh Boone (The Fault in Our Stars) is currently reworking David Kajganich’s original script. Devin of Badass reveals how that original draft ended:

In this version, from last year, the good guy survivors from Boulder get together in an army and march on Las Vegas to kill Randall Flagg. Flagg’s headquarters is, of course, the Luxor Pyramid. The Boulderites invade the city while, off to the east, a squad fights at the Boulder Dam – which Trashcan Man explodes, killing Larry Underwood and sending a deadly flood to Vegas. In the city Flagg squares off against hero Stu Redman… who now has the power of God, and they have an Akira-like battle on the Las Vegas Strip, with Flagg trying to take Stu’s magic. Cars are thrown, Excalbur’s turrets are tossed, the people of Vegas are used by Flagg as disposable cannon-fodder. Meanwhile Nick Andros sacrifices his life taking out a howitzer. The Boulder forces, while armed, try to only take prisoners and rescue people from being under Flagg’s evil spell. It all comes down to Flagg and Stu, and whether or not Stu will absorb Flagg’s evil magic.

This is WAY more action packed than King’s original ending. For anyone who’s seen the mini-series from 1994, you can attest to how silly it translated to screen.

What do you guys think? Should Boone keep this big Hollywood showdown of an ending? Or go with the *ahem* “hand of God”? Or something else entirely?

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[TV] New “The Walking Dead” Season 5 Imagery!

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:41

AMC has released three teaser images for the new season of “The Walking Dead”, set to premiere Sunday, October 12 at 9 p.m. One still depicts Abraham bracing for war, another has Carol Peletier’s return shown with a rifle, with the best being a still of Maggie unaware of walkers roaming toward her.

Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), Carl Grimes (Chandler Riggs), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus), Glenn Rhee (Steven Yeun), Maggie Greene (Lauren Cohan) and Abraham Ford (Michael Cudlitz) were left handcuffed in the Terminus train car, echoing the survivors’ predicament in the Season 4 Finale cliffhanger.

“Following the devastating events of the mid-season finale, Rick and the group are still reeling from the loss of their home, family, and friends. With the destruction of the prison, we see the group of survivors broken apart and sent on divergent paths, unsure of everyone else’s fate. What was a challenging life behind fences and walls grows that much more perilous and precious as they are exposed to new dangers, new enemies, and heartbreaking choices. They will have their faith thoroughly tested — a faith that breaks some of them and redeems others.”

Source: THR, TVline and TheWrap:

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[TIFF '14] New ‘Tusk’ Imagery Shows Long With a Single Leg

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:34

Just days before its World Premiere, the Toronto International Film Festival website has been updated with a slew of new images from Kevin Smith’s Human Centipede-esque Tusk, as well as a super long description.

A24 will be releasing Smith’s horror film, about a man (Justin Long) who is surgically turned into a walrus by a mysterious seafarer (Michael Parks), in theaters September 19.

Wallace (Justin Long) co-hosts a popular podcast with his pal Teddy (Haley Joel Osment), focusing on cruel, mocking cringe humour as part of their mission to keep it “real and raunchy.” After his trip to Winnipeg to interview the “Kill Bill Kid” — a teen whose unfortunate samurai-sword video has gone viral — comes up empty, Wallace decides to make the trip worth his while and find a good story north of the forty-ninth parallel. A handwritten flyer he finds in a bar bathroom leads him to a grizzled old swab (Michael Parks) full of tall tales to share from his life of adventure at sea — and this is where Wallace’s voyage to the Great White North descends into straight-up madness.

Smith has always been an expert at easy banter and snappy jokes, but with Tusk he brings his distinctive sensibility to a whole new dimension of terror and the bizarre.

Be warned: even as it deftly delivers on its outlandish and outrageous concept, the film is also aboot how Americans view Canada — so check your patriotic fervour at the door and prepare for a barrage of Canuck jokes and a steaming-hot double-double of strange.

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Exclusive ‘Killers’ Clip Prepares For An Execution

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:24

Now on UK DVD/Blu-ray is Killers, a stylish thriller from The Raid‘s Gareth Evans and directed by the hugely talented ‘Mo Brothers’ (V/H/S/2, Macabre).

The film sees the explosive meeting of two serial killers with contrasting, and sadistic, styles of murder. You’ll get a taste of this in the exclusive clip we’ve shared below. Grab an ax and prepare for an on-camera execution.

Nomura is a good looking and stylish man in his early thirties who lives a successful life in Tokyo, Japan. Girls are drawn to him, something he uses to his advantage as none of them realise the sinister truth behind the clean-cut façade.

Nomura has been leaving a legacy of violent murders that he immortalises through video clips posted on a public video website. He thrives off of the fact that millions are witnessing his work through the virally spread videos.

Thousands of miles away from him, in a whole different world, lives Bayu, a disgraced investigative journalist living in a violent and unstable Jakarta, Indonesia. As Bayu’s life is hit by the nadir of failures, Nomura’s videos trigger his dark side as he starts to record his own brand of “justified” killings. Nomura’s seemingly confident and controlled charm starts to peel when his ego is wounded by the fact that Bayu’s videos have reached a significant numbers of followers that could rival his own.

Complicating matters further is Nomura’s bizarre attraction towards a traumatised young florist Hisae. Bayu himself starts to sink deeper into a spiral of violence; obsessed with bringing down one of the country’s biggest and most corrupt politicians, but during his bloody rampage he doesn’t realise the repercussions towards his young daughter, Elly.

When the rivalry between Nomura and Bayu becomes an uncontrollable psychosis, the two of them must face each other in one of the most exhilarating film finales in years.

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Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin To Perform At Roadburn 2015

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:19

Well, if ever there was a time I wished I was able to go to The Netherlands, this would be it! Claudio Simonetti’s Goblin has been locked down to live perform the scores of both Suspiria and Dawn Of The Dead at Roadburn 2015, which takes place April 9th – 12th.

The band will perform on the main stage at the 013 venue on Saturday, April 11 (Dawn of the Dead) and Sunday, April 12 (Suspiria).

Also performing at the festival will be synth duo Zombi and solo performances from each of the members, Steve Moore and A E Paterra.

Live footage of last year’s performances can be seen here.

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At The Gates Releases ‘At War With Reality’ Teaser

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 14:09

Swedish melodic metal pioneers At The Gates are gearing up for the October 28th release of At War With Reality, the band’s first album since 1996′s highly influential Slaughter Of The Soul.

Today they’ve released a video teaser that include a sample of the album’s title track and it sounds pretty damn badass! I’ve been hoping for a new album for a long time, so my expectations are pretty high for this. Check out the teaser below and let me know your thoughts.

At War With Reality track-listing:
1. El Altar Del Dios Desconocido
2. Death And The Labyrinth
3. At War With Reality
4. The Circular Ruins
5. Heroes And Tombs
6. The Conspiracy Of The Blind
7. Order From Chaos
8. The Book Of Sand (The Abomination)
9. The Head Of The Hydra
10. City Of Mirrors
11. Eater Of Gods
12. Upon Pillars Of Dust
13. The Night Eternal

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‘It Follows’ Get First Poster

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:37

We now have the first art for It Follows, which received rave reviews out of Cannes. It will be playing at the BFI London Film Festival, and as part of the Toronto International Film Festival.

For 19-year-old Jay (Maika Monroe), the fall should be about school, boys and weekends at the lake. Yet after a seemingly innocent sexual encounter she suddenly finds herself plagued by nightmarish visions; she can’t shake the sensation that someone, or something, is following her. As the threat closes in, Jay and her friends must somehow escape the horrors that are only a few steps behind.

Maika Monroe, Keir Gilchrist, Daniel Zovatto, Jake Weary, Olivia Luccardi and Lili Sepe all star.

Radius-TWC will release David Robert Mitchell’s indie here in the States.

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Come Out In New Art

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 12:06

From Focus Features and LAIKA, the team behind ParaNorman and Coraline, comes the latest stop-motion animated 3-D extravaganza, the “Jungle Book” and “Frankenstein”-esque The Boxtrolls!

Directed by Anthony Staachi and Graham Annable, here’s two new posters just released.

In theaters September 26, the film is “A family event movie that introduces audiences to a new breed of family – The Boxtrolls, a community of quirky, mischievous creatures who have lovingly raised an orphaned human boy named Eggs (voiced by Isaac Hempstead-Wright) in the amazing cavernous home they’ve built beneath the streets of Cheesebridge. When the town’s villain, Archibald Snatcher (Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley), comes up with a plot to get rid of the Boxtrolls, Eggs decides to venture above ground, “into the light,” where he meets and teams up with fabulously feisty Winnie (Elle Fanning). Together, they devise a daring plan to save Eggs’ family.

The voice cast includes Ben Kingsley, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Elle Fanning, Jared Harris, Toni Collette, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade, and Tracy Morgan.

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Joe Dante Says WB and Amblin Actively Working On Next ‘Gremlins’

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:46

Yesterday we posted our exclusive interview with Joe Dante, who saw his horror comedy Burying the Ex premiere at last night’s Venice Film Festival.

Buried within the text we asked Dante if he’s been involved at all with Warner Bros. alleged Gremlins reboot.

Lots of people have asked me, but honestly I don’t really have much to do with it. There are two major entities involved – Warner Brothers and Amblin – and various people have been trying jump through the hoops with the studios to get this picture off the ground for years. Although some very well-known people have come up with a concept and some good ideas over that time, for whatever reason they were not seized upon until recently.

I’m told they’re finally working on something now, but frankly I have no idea what it is! [laughs]

It sounds as if they’ve had some really cool and unique pitches over the years, and the internet’s newfound love movie nostalgia seems to have propelled the suits to pour water all over Gremlins and get it replicated into theaters.

There were some rumblings this past July that Chris Columbus would produce the Gremlins reboot.

In the original 1984 pic, a boy inadvertantly breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

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[Comic Book Review] “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” Massively Reinvents The Mad Titan

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:25

Jim Starlin’s Marvel OGN “Thanos: The Infinity Revelation” is massive in it’s scope. It sees Starlin return to the cosmic universe he helped define in an all-new sweeping story about the pitfalls of being a God. Sadly most of the dialogue is so on-the-nose, that you’re constantly reminded of this fact but with some incredible ideas, the story still manages to entertain.

 

WRITTEN BY: Jim Starlin
ART BY: Jim Starlin, Andy Smith
PUBLISHER: Marvel Comics
PRICE: $24.99
RELEASE: Out Now

Jim Starlin is an incredible artist. Of that much I’m sure. However, I’m not overly convinced he can write half as well. This is a book that looks stunning throughout. Starlin can warp space and time. He can keep Thanos at the center and make you feel like a God watching over the universe. It’s no easy task, but he makes it look that way. Yet, when it comes to his character’s dialogue, it simply adds nothing to the art.

In fact it so directly references everything on the page that I would go as far to say that it detracts from the art. Thanos’ sweeping voiceover is remarkably on the nose, and centers around stating out loud exactly what he’s doing at every moment. Adam Warlock is very guilty of this too.

So the story amounts to the two incredibly powerful beings musing on what it takes to be a God, and what altercations the universe has gone through thanks to the death and rebirth of these creatures. It’s actually thought provoking stuff and provides some fantastic visual queues of the known cosmic universe, but most of the dialogue is borderline groan-worthy. It’s the type of thing where each character will actually mutter their agendas aloud without any sort of subtext whatsoever.

When the book really gets going it’s easy to forgive such things. A showdown between Thanos and The Annihilators is a highlight that will go down as one of the best battles in Marvel Comics History.

And the finale to the story will leave you with a grand sense of dread. It’s a lovely play on what could have been an easy way out, but leading into a new birth of the status quo that tweaks things in all the right ways.

Starlin writes the characters on these pages as gods. They speak in grand terms and in logical conundrums. But dump exposition as if all Gods speak constantly about their powers and feelings. I’ve seen some use this to credit Starlin, but for me this doesn’t strengthen the book. I imagine Gods would speak in grand terms, but would be ultimately unconcerned with outlining their greater motivations for doing the things they do, but I digress.

The more psychedelic pages of this book are worth the price of admission alone. This is pure Marvel Cosmic awesomness. It’s not exactly the powerful story I wanted, but serves as a great addition to an already insanely appealing part of the Marvel universe. Thanos will always be alluring in a way most can’t quite explain, and nobody seems to draw him like Jim Starlin, it’s just a shame many have written him better.

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Black Veil Brides Announce New Album And Fall Tour

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 11:00

Hard rockers Black Veil Brides have announced that they will be releasing their self-titled fourth studio album on October 28th. Black Veil Brides, which features 11 tracks, was produced by Bob Rock (Metallica, Motley Crue) and will come out via Lava/Republic Records. Their first single, “Heart Of Fire”, will be released September 10th.

The band will also be embarking on a fall tour with Falling In Reverse, Set It Off, and Drama Club. Tour dates can be seen below.

10/21 — Niagara Falls, N.Y. — Rapids Theatre
10/22 — Columbus, Ohio — The LC Pavilion
10/25 — Chicago, Ill. — Riviera Theatre
10/27 — Denver, Colo. — The Fillmore Auditorium
10/30 — Las Vegas, Nev. — House of Blues
10/31 — Tempe, Ariz. — The Marquee Theatre
11/1 — Los Angeles, Calif. — Wiltern Theatre
11/3 — San Francisco, Calif. — The Warfield
11/5 — Portland, Ore. — Roseland Theater
11/7 — Seattle, Wash. — Showbox SODO
11/8 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory Concert House
11/9 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory Concert House
11/10 — Salt Lake City, Utah — The Complex
11/12 — Kansas City, Mo. — Uptown Theater
11/14 — Indianapolis, Ind. — Egyptian Room at Old National Centre
11/15 — Royal Oak, Mich. — Royal Oak Music Theatre
11/16 — Cleveland, Ohio — Agora Theatre
11/17 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Stage AE
11/19 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Electric Factory
11/21 — Stroudsburg, Pa. — Sherman Theater
11/22 — Worcester, Mass. — The Palladium
11/23 — New York, N.Y. — Best Buy Theater
11/26 — Portland, Maine — State Theatre
11/28 — Clifton Park, N.Y. — Upstate Concert Hall
11/29 — Silver Spring, Md. — The Fillmore Silver Spring
12/2 — Louisville, Ky. — Expo Five
12/3 — Atlanta, Ga. — The Tabernacle
12/4 — Lake Buena Vista, Fla. — House Of Blues
12/5 — Charlotte, N.C. — The Fillmore Charlotte
12/6 — Norfolk, Va. — The NorVa
12/8 — Grand Rapids, Mich. — The Orbit Room
12/9 — St Louis, Mo. — The Pageant
12/11 — Houston, Texas — Bayou Music Center
12/12 — Dallas, Texas — South Side Ballroom
12/13 — San Antonio, Texas — Backstage Live
12/15 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Sunshine Theater

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‘Extraterrestrial’ Abducts VOD/Theatrical Dates

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:40

IFC Midnight will release The Vicious Brothers’ (Grave Encounters) upcoming sci-fi thriller Extraterrestrial on VOD October 17th and in theaters November 21st, we’re told.

The film follows April (Brittany Allen), who is still reeling from her parents’ divorce when she’s dragged back to the vacation cabin she spent fond summers at as a child accompanied by a group of friends. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. Lead by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma), the group ventures out toward the crash site and discovers the remnants of a ship from another planet along with footprints that suggest its alien occupants are still alive. The college friends soon find themselves caught in the middle of something bigger and more terrifying than anything they could ever imagine.

Extraterrestrial also stars Gil Bellows (The Shawshank Redemption, House at the end of the Street), Jesse Moss (Final Destination 3, The Uninvited), Melanie Papalia (The Den, Smiley), Michael Ironside (Terminator Salvation, Starship Troopers), Emily Perkins (Ginger Snaps Trillogy), Sean Rogerson (Grave Encounters, 12 Rounds Reloaded) and Anja Savcic (I Love You Beth Cooper, Repeaters).

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[TV] The Freakish Smile of “American Horror Story: Freak Show”

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:26

Head down to the carnival for the latest teaser for FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show”, premiering Wednesday, October 8 at 10 PM ET/PT. Be prepared to SMILE.

“American Horror Story: Freak Show” begins its tale in the quiet, sleepy hamlet of Jupiter, Florida. The year is 1952. A troupe of curiosities has just arrived to town, coinciding with the strange emergence of a dark entity that savagely threatens the lives of townsfolk and freaks alike. This is the story of the performers and their desperate journey of survival amidst the dying world of the American carny experience.

Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Frances Conroy, Sarah Paulson, Emma Roberts, Gabourey Sidibe and Evan Peters return. New cast includes Michael Chiklis, Wes Bentley, John Carroll Lynch, Finn Wittrock, Patti LaBelle and the world’s smallest living woman, Jyoti Amge.

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Lamberto Bava Classic ‘Demons’ Series Gets HD Treatment

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 10:16

Synapse Films’ official website now has pre-order listings for ‘movie only’ Blu-ray and DVD releases of Lamberto Bava’s Demons and Demons 2, reports DVD Active. Each will be released November 11, almost exactly a year after the Limited Edition Steelbook versions were first made available.

Says the site, these will have basically none of the exclusive extras available on the LEs, but both releases will include High-Definition 1080p transfers (SD anamorphic in the case of the DVD versions, naturally) taken from original vault materials in the 1.66:1 aspect ratio, featuring all-new color correction. Demons will contain both the international English stereo language soundtrack, as well as the U.S. Mono English alternate dub soundtrack, while Demons 2 will include only the international English language stereo track. Both movies will also feature their original U.S. theatrical trailers and newly-translated English SDH subtitles.

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‘We All Looked Up’ Brings the Apocalypse

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:54

Paramount Insurge has optioned rights to Tommy Wallach’s forthcoming debut novel We All Looked Up, Deadline reports.

The science fiction tale is set two months before a meteor is set to pass through Earth’s orbit with a 66.6 percent chance of striking and ending all life on the planet. Against this backdrop, four high school seniors – the athlete, the school slut, the slacker, and the overachiever – find their lives intersecting on the eve of the cataclysmic event.

It’s an early deal on the book, which doesn’t hit stands until March 31, 2015 via Simon & Schuster. Chronicle producer John Davis will be producing for his Davis Entertainment banner while Brittany Morrissey is overseeing for the company. Alison Small is overseeing for Paramount Insurge, the microbudget branch at Paramount whose upcoming projects include The Cellar with Bad Robot.

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‘A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night’ Gets Stunning New Trailer

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:50

Variety reported back in June that Kino Lorber had acquired North American rights to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, five months after its world premiere at Sundance (read our review).

Shot in black and white, the feature debut of Ana Lily Amirpour, is set in an imaginary Iranian underworld with elements of neo-noir and spaghetti Western. It was the opening-night film at the New Directors/New Films event in New York.

Argo actress Sheila Vand stars as a vampire along with Arash Marandi and Dominic Rains, Mozhan Marno, Rome Shadanloo, Marshall Manesh and Milad Eghbali.

Kino Lorber is planning a theatrical release for the film in October, followed by a digital and home media release early next year. It plans to partner with Vice Media for promotion and social-media outreach campaigns, said the site.

A new French trailer has been released that’s visually stunning. Check it out below.

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Marilyn Manson’s New Album Complete?

Thu, 09/04/2014 - 09:00

Shock rocker Marilyn Manson has take to twitter to leave a little message regarding his appearance on the TV show Sons Of Anarchy, stating, “Making more mayhem on SOA…” The musician has been a guest star on the final season of the show.

Oh, and did I mention that he added a little blurb about his new album, saying, “And…the new album is prepared for landing. Fasten your seat belts.

Looks like we can expect the follow up to 2012′s Born Villain to come sooner rather than later, although this does not confirm any kind of release date.

Making more mayhem on SOA. And…the new album is prepared for landing. Fasten your seat belts.

— Marilyn Manson (@marilynmanson) September 2, 2014

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