Photo: Alliance FilmsRob Zombie's “Lords of Salem” leads an enticing slate of features at South By Southwest (SXSW)'s Midnighters program this year. The rocker-turned-horror director's latest, a riff in his inimitable style about witchcraft in Salem, Massachusetts, premiered at the Toronto Film Festival last September and hits theaters this April 19th.Read More »from Rob Zombie’s ‘Lords of Salem’ to headline SXSW’s Midnighter program
- Danny Bowes | Movie Talk – Thu, Feb 7, 2013 3:48 PM EST
- Mark Deming | Movie Talk – Thu, Feb 7, 2013 3:44 PM EST
Photo: Focus FeaturesGood news for animation fans – the folks who brought you “ParaNorman”
and “Coraline” have a brand new project in the works.
Laika, the Oregon-based animation studio who’ve earned critical acclaim and solid box-office returns with their ambitious blend of stop-motion animation and CGI, have announced they’re partnering with Focus Features to make “The Boxtrolls.”
The fantasy is based on “Here Be Monsters,” a popular novel for children from artist and author Alan Snow. The announcement comes as “ParaNorman” has won two Annie Awards (the animation industry’s Oscar), and is up for an Academy Award as Best Animated Feature.
“The Boxtrolls” tells the story of a community of eccentric underground dwellers who dress themselves in cardboard and survive by scavenging the cast-offs of the wealthy people of Cheesebridge. For some time, the Boxtrolls have been caring for a child who lost his parents as a baby, but as the daughter of a well-to-do family befriends the lad and his companions, they’re targeted by a maniacal exterminator who is convinced the Boxtrolls are monsters and not to be trusted.Read More »from Laika and Focus go underground with ‘The Boxtrolls’
Jason Bateman and Melissa McCarthy in 'Identity Thief' (Photo: Universal Pictures)This weekend ushers in a big-screen comedy that tests the limits of the road trip movie formula with head-and-neck punches, snake bites, car crashes and some excruciatingly uncomfortable roadside run-ins. It's only fitting we take a look back at torturous scenes in road trip movies through the years.
But first: In "Identity Thief," Diana (Melissa McCarthy) is so busted when the man whose identity she has stolen (Jason Bateman) comes a-knocking. Sandy Patterson's effort to hunt down his outrageous lady criminal spirals into a series of awkward, cringe-worthy and downright painful circumstances. Beyond all the physical beat-downs both characters endure, the most excruciating moment in the film is perhaps when Sandy -- who must stay in close proximity to Diana at all times -- is forced to listen to her spend a weird, loud, passionate night with a gentleman she just met at a roadside bar -- quite memorably played by Eric Stonestreet (see the clip below).
See some of the most painful road trip movie moments of all time:
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- Mark Deming | Movie Talk – Thu, Feb 7, 2013 2:12 PM EST
Bryan Cranston, Godzilla, and Elizabeth Olsen (Photo: FilmMagic/Everett/Getty)The road has been bumpy for director Gareth Edwards’ upcoming “Godzilla” reboot, but that isn’t stopping the filmmaker from securing some important names for his cast.
It was reported that Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Olsen are both in negotiation to appear with the latest screen incarnation of the big guy from Japan. If all goes according to plan, Cranston and Olsen will be starring alongside British actor Aaron Johnson.Read More »from Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen expected to join ‘Godzilla’ reboot.
Watch live as Bruce Willis and costars arrive for the red carpet premiere for "A Good Day to Die Hard," direct from London, England.Read More »from ‘A Good Day to Die Hard’ live London premiere
Melissa McCarthy in Universal Pictures' 'Identity Thief'
Though Melissa McCarthy has been steadily stealing scenes on big and little screens since the late 90s, her Oscar nominated performance in “Bridesmaids” propelled the Emmy winning actress into a whole new stratosphere of popularity.
Now McCarthy stars opposite Jason Bateman in the R-rated road-trip comedy “Identity Thief,” which opens wide this weekend. We all know McCarthy has a long scene-stealing future ahead of her, but here’s five facts about her that you might not know.Read More »from 'Identity Thief' star Melissa McCarthy Five Facts
- Bryan Enk | Movie Talk – Wed, Feb 6, 2013 7:58 PM EST
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Directing the new "Star Wars" movie ("Episode VII," not one of the now increasingly confusing supposed spin-off films) apparently isn't enough to keep J.J. Abrams busy, as he's now got his eye on expanding his Bad Robot empire to the world of video games.
Abrams and Gabe Newell, the head of game developer Valve, spoke at a panel at DICE Summit in Las Vegas on Wednesday, where they made the surprise announcement that their respective companies would be joining forces to produce games and movies, combining their strengths to learn from each other and, in theory, take their respective mediums to the next level.Read More »from ‘Half-Life’ the Movie? J.J. Abrams and game developer Valve join forces
Steven Soderbergh talks about his retirement, becoming ‘a primitive’ and 'the next iteration of cinema'By Jonathan Crow | Movie Talk – Wed, Feb 6, 2013 4:48 PM EST
Soderbergh on the set of 'Magic Mike' (Photo: Warner Bros)
Steven Soderbergh will talk to you only in 45-minute chunks of time. For most press junkets, the standard interview time is a mere 4 minutes. So when I got a chance to interview the director of "Magic Mike," we had plenty of time to talk.
Soderbergh has had one of the most enviable careers out there. The director has made Oscar favorites like "Traffic," Hollywood blockbusters like "Ocean's Eleven," and art-house flicks like "The Girlfriend Experience" and "Che." Most remarkably, he navigates these very different spheres of filmdom without changing the way he makes movies. Soderbergh not only directs but also shoots and edits his films, no matter what the scale of the project.
Recently, Soderbergh has been making movies at a breakneck rate. Since 2011, he's cranked out five flicks, including "Side Effects," which comes out this week, and a Liberace biopic for HBO, "Beyond the Candelabra." When the latter airs sometime later this year, that will be it, according to the director. He's either retiring from big-budget movie making or he's taking a long extended break. He's not sure.
In this interview, the first of two parts, Soderbergh talks about what he wants to do during his retirement. It looks as though a Hawaiian vacation or catching up with his stamp collection isn't at the top of his priority list. No, Soderbergh wants to take time away from the Hollywood rat race to reinvent the language of cinema.Read More »from Steven Soderbergh talks about his retirement, becoming ‘a primitive’ and 'the next iteration of cinema'
- Danny Bowes | Movie Talk – Wed, Feb 6, 2013 4:30 PM EST
The filmmakers behind 2011's indie cult hit "Bellflower" are turning to crowd-funding to help complete their new film "Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins." Calling the new project "influenced heavily by 80s action films and side-scrolling video games," Coatwolf Productions have produced a short video outlining exactly what they need the additional funding for.Read More »from ‘Bellflower’ filmmakers turn to crowdfunding for ‘Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins’
Ron Jeremy (Photo: Twitter)
It looks like the Hedgehog is out of the woods.
Adult film icon and character actor Ron Jeremy put a serious scare into his fans on January 29. Jeremy, suffering severe chest pains, drove himself to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he was diagnosed with an aneurysm near his heart. While Jeremy has been through two rounds of surgery since then, he's reached out to fans to let them know he's on the mend.Read More »from Ron Jeremy recovering: “I’m doing very well.”
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