Thursday, April 24, 2014

Horror Times Five

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That there is a picture I snapped of The Canal director Ivan Kavanagh and star Rupert Evans at a Tribeca Film Festival screening last week - Rupert was even more attractive in person, y'all. Pretty pretty pretty. Anyway The Canal is a pretty terrific new horror movie and you guys should certainly look out for it...

... and you should also head over to The Film Experience where I just reviewed it along with four more horror movies that have been screening at Tribeca - the cabin-in-the-woods thrillers Preservation and Extraterrestrial, the "Chupacabra attacks!" flick Indigenous, and the hipster-vampire comedy Summer of Blood. Blood, so much blood, and so much weirdness...


Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... weenie-roastin' with Sharlto Copley!

That's a behind-the-scenes picture of Sharlto and his Elysium director Neill Blomkamp hanging out on set via Sharlto's IMDb page (from this already beloved scene you can see more of here) and it's really the best thing any of us are gonna see this week, I think. Week's done! Pack it up! Party's at Sharlto's.
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Putting the Mac-Daddy In MacBeth

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Not sure where this Tumblr got it from but there's a new shot of Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender doing the sexy Shakespeare thing. God I am hoping they set the screen on fire.
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I Am Link

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--- Book Her - I keep bitching on Twitter about wanting to hear what Lupita Nyong'o will sign up to do next, since I'm gonna be really angry if Hollywood doesn't use her - today comes whispers of her first post-Oscar project being a voice role in the big-budget CG extravaganza Jungle Book movie Jon Favreau is making that we've been hearing about - Idris Elba will be voicing the tiger, you may recall? Lupita would voice the mother wolf that adopts the boy. So... there's that. Apparently ScarJo is in talks to voice the snake, too. So many beautiful people hired to be turned into cartoon animals.

--- Riot Grrl - A few of my favorite lady performances seem to fall under the umbrella that is the "Manic Punk Dream Girl," which is a category that's just been coined by David Sims over at The Wire - give it up for Lulu, y'all. These ladies are so much more agreeable to me than their pixie counterparts.

--- Doubled Dose - Super glad to see there's forward momentum on the movie where Tom Hardy will be playing the Kray twins, the well-known murderous gangsters from the 50s where one was straight and one was gay - Emily Browning has signed on to play the wife of... well one of them, I can't remember the story, it's entirely possible the gay one got married.
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--- Elder Gerwig - Meg Ryan will be voicing the the Future Greta Gerwig character in How I Met Your Dad, like how Bob Saget narrated the show's Mother incarnation. I'm sure lots of somebodies somewhere have made all the requisite jokes about how this saves us from having to look at Meg's screwed-up face, so I'll refrain.

--- Mother Monster - A few weeks ago I told you about A Monster Calls, the great-sounding new horror flick from The Orphanage director JA Bayona that's an adaptation of a kid's book by Patrick Ness, the dude who wrote the terrific Chaos Walking trilogy of books. It's about a kid and a monster tree or something (I have the book but I haven't read it yet). Anyway Felicity Jones just signed on to play the kid's mom. I can never remember who she is or if I've actually seen her in anything. There's also a rumor that Liam Neeson will be playing the Monster.

--- Wet And Wild - Patricia Clarkson gets all the luck - she's making a movie where Scott Speedman washes up on the shore and she gets to take him in! I want that gig. It's called October Gale and he's a criminal that's being hunted by another bad guy and yadda yadda you get him naked quick, Patty.

--- Grr Argh - The Playlist has rounded up a big bunch of new videos having to do with the new Godzilla movie - some new International trailers with new footage, as well as some behind-the-scenes chats with the director Gareth Edwards. This is probably the movie I'm most looking forward to seeing this Summer, at least blockbuster-wise - what about you?

--- And finally Hannibal's creator Bryan Fuller's been making the interview rounds this week - just a couple of days ago there was that glorious one with HuffPo, and now here's a really good one at The Backlot where he discusses the show's oft-displayed homoerotic tension between Hannibal and Will. Choice bit:

"To be absolutely clear, it is not sexual, but it’s beyond sexual. It is pure intimacy in a non-physical way. But it is that intimacy between heterosexual men that I’m fascinated with because it does go beyond physical parameters to this very primal basic male bonding place. That, as a gay man, I am outside of, because it is unique. Because it is free of a sexuality and/or intimation of sexuality. Yet anyone in the audience who is attracted to either of the men will feel that energy."

Oh I'm feeling it, Bryan. That moment in the last episode when they were leaning towards each other I think my couch started on fire. Anyway there's also a video chat between Bryan and Scott Thompson over here (thanks Mac); I haven't watched it yet but I will be shortly believe you me. Here it is:
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Pic of the Day

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If anybody wants to give that there new picture of Hugh Jackman and James McAvoy in X-Men Days of Future Past a caption feel free to in the comments; I feel as if there are funny things that could be aimed in its direction...
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Who Wore It Best?

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Dexter Fletcher in Derek Jarman's Caravaggio
or Andrew Garfield in Simon Schama's Power of Art?
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Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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This Year's Apocalypse

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If you've been paying attention to the Spanish zombie-ish film series that goes by [REC] (Parts One, Two, and Three) then you've been lucky, cuz they're awesome. They are all awesome. The first two were directed by both Jaume Balagueró and Paco Plaza; after that the two directors split up so Balagueró could work on a creepy little movie called Sleep Tight (reviewed here) - while he did that Paco Plaza made the third [REC] movie (reviewed here), which was a swerve into horror-comedy a la The Evil Dead, which it managed with great verve. And horror-comedy is really hard to nail!

Anyway now it's Balagueró's turn to take on the [REC] series on his lonesome with [REC]: Apocalypse, and that there above is the trailer (via). As you can see original star Manuela Velasco is back being tormented in her tank-top, lucky her. The film is out in October in Spain - still no word on when we'll get it but the fact that this trailer's got subtitles has me hopeful they're working on that.
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Good Morning, Littlefinger & Hound

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Today is the 46th birthday of Littlefinger I mean the actor Aiden Gillen - the fact that I think of him as Littlefinger now says quite a lot, since it seemed as if he was always just (ha, just) gonna be "the guy who got to eat Charlie Hunnam's ass" for the rest of his life. So bravo, Littlefinger! So many accomplishments under your belt!

These shots are from the 2011 Jason Statham movie Blitz, which is one of the few Statham movies I have not seen. These shots are Aiden reacting to Jason pounding on his door, which well if I were buck-naked and Jason Statham were pounding on my door, there'd be a whole different reaction going on, lemme tell you what.

Today is also the 45th birthday of Game of Thrones actor Rory McCann who plays The Hound, a part which he is wonderful wonderful wonderful in. If you didn't read my pal Sean's interview with him for Rolling Stone you need to right quick, it is a delight. I had to do some digging to find gratuitous pics, but I managed!

He was apparently in Alexander! Looking amazing, too. I've got a few more shots of him after the jump, but two things first - one, as long as we're talking naked Game of Thrones people I feel as if I ought to direct you over to the Tumblr where I posted the shots of Will Tudor finally giving us some good full frontal on the show this week - the show's been needing to level the gender gratuity imbalance and this surely helped. And two, before you hit the jump for more of Rory, I don't want to risk anybody missing this amazing ridiculous commercial he starred in, so make sure you watch this!
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tie Me Backpackers Down, Sport

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I'd prepped myself beforehand for a very different experience with Wolf Creek 2 than the pitch-black nightmare of the first film (mostly thanks to the trailer, which let on to the different tone director Greg McLean was reaching for this time around) and I'm glad I did, because they are very different beasts indeed. I might've been blindsided! Expectations are tricky, and lord knows my love for the original film had me wading ear-deep in them approaching this sucker - sometimes you wanna know nothing beforehand, sometimes not, and who's to know when is when and which is where and what is happening?

Indeed, save the scattered heads-on-sticks the flick of Greg McLean's that Wolf Creek 2 resembles most isn't its fore-bearer but rather his nasty fun croc-romp Rogue - they both glide like killer beasts, savagely chomping their merry way to destruction. (Or is that merrily chomping their savage way?) Point being the sequel is gunning for a different plane; happily, it lands. 

Outback serial killer Mick Taylor is all about the branding now - see how many times he introduces himself? Remember this name, the movie is saying - he's your new oogie boogie, your new Voorhees and Krueger, a bigger than big cartoon of carnage. I wouldn't have been surprised to see him rise from the dead somewhere in here, perhaps jolted to life from a lightning bolt, only to then be dragged to hell on a bed of demon kangaroos. Or maybe impale somebody on a didgeridoo? I'm just thinking out loud here. They can save these for Part III, or the one where he goes to space.

I am making light here, but the movie's a great ride - dark as night in the desert, but skipping and snapping its fingers as it carves out its own heart of darkness. Just make like the exact opposite of everybody not named Mick Taylor we meet on-screen, and know what you're in for, and then you'll be good. Or you'll survive with some sanity intact, at least.
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Quote of the Day

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The new issue of Rolling Stone's got Jon Snow (known to some as Kit Harington) on the cover (holding a giant fucking bird, no less!); that above is a picture from the inside, which I prefer. There's also an interview with George R. R. Martin inside the magazine, and while we don't have the whole thing online yet I feel like it's important that we pay attention to this tidbit from GRRM that we do have, especially this week as tempers run high...

"There are some people who read and want to believe in a world where the good guys win and the bad guys lose, and at the end they live happily ever after. That's not the kind of fiction that I write."
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Tom Hardy Six Times

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Thank goodness, there are some extra shots from that shirtless Esquire cover we looked at last week! You never stop clicking the camera button in this situation. You click it til it turns to dust!
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Pics of the Day

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The present just reached backwards through time to make my fourteen-year-old self explode in his Jams (the present is a pedo, by the way) - via EW here are the first pictures from the set of the now-filming fourth Jurassic Park movie. You can head over to EW for a third picture involving that red-head daughter-of-somebody that I don't particularly like - I'm going to have to try to get over that so my Jurassic pleasure's not impeded when the time comes, but today is not that day. Anyway whee dinosaurs are coming!!!


Five Frames From ?

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What movie is this?
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Stonewall Jones

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I can't look at Caleb Landry Jones now without thinking of the movie Antiviral, which translates to I can't look at Caleb Landry Jones now without being creeped the hell out. I suppose that speaks well of him and his talent - it was the last thing I saw him in and he succeeded in giving me the heebie-jeebies in Brandon Cronenberg's attempt at heebie-jeebying. So well done! (Actually I just now remembered I also saw him in Neil Jordan's Byzantium, but he was kinda creepy in that too so the point stands.) 

Anyway before that I thought he was very fine and not really very creepy in X-Men: First Class, so maybe I can shake off those shivers as he moves on to a part I assume will call for less creepiness - he's in talks to join Roland Emmerich's Stonewall movie. Then again the role is described as "an eccentric gay street hustler named Orphan Annie" so maybe some creepiness will be called for. Jeremy Irvine is still set to star in the movie, so let's post a shot of him too, while we're here. Can't believe I never posted this pic before...


Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... skinny-dipping with Spock. (via)
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Mr. & Mr. Hitchcock

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On the one hand I probably need to stop going onto Amazon with my iPad when I'm laying in bed after I have taken a sleeping pill. On the other hand... I would like to introduce you to my new husband, Alfred Hitchcock Bobblehead. We are so so happy together.
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I Am Link

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--- Big Ambition - Part of my feels like this was a rumor I'd heard already but my brain, man, it's got too much of this shit inside it to keep track of all of it anymore - anyway Jessica Chastain is very nearly signed on to play Marilyn Monroe in Blonde, an adaptation of Joyce Carol Oates' book by the same name by Andrew Dominik, the director of The Assassination of Jesse James Et Cetera. Has anyone read the book? I like Marilyn just fine but I'm not really obsessed with her legend enough to go reading books about her.
 
--- Drag Her To Where - A couple of months ago I asked this same question on Twitter, but Pajiba actually seems to have gathered up some actual information with regards to What The Heck Happened To Alison Lohman, who hasn't made a movie since around the time that she was so terrific way back in 2009 in Sam Raimi's Drag Me To Hell

--- Canadian Idol - If you want to know what David Cronenberg's upcoming first novel is about, go read the synopsis here. I'm not bothering since I will read it no matter what, and prefer to be unsoiled. There's also a NSFW book trailer to watch. The book is called Consumed and it's out in September. Oh and as long as we're talking DC, The Playlist has been posting tons of new pictures from his upcoming movie Maps to the Stars which I haven't linked to yet.
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--- Space Mountin' - I have been waiting for so long for Doug Liman to make something as good as Go was, I should probably quit that impossible expectation and be happy with entertaining junk like Mr and Mrs Smith, I guess. Now he's in talks to adapt an upcoming kid's book (it's not even out until Fall 2015) called Railhead about futuristic space railroads and kid thieves. The word "steampunk" is tossed around willy-nilly, cuz that's not dated already.

--- The Virgin Claire  - Speaking of Go though, here's a really wonderful piece looking back at Katie Holmes' performance in the film, which is often overlooked since it's not terribly showy. I agree with all of this. There was a little window there where she was doing interesting stuff (Ice Storm and Wonder Boys holla).

--- Fever Chills - I'm trying to think of a popular American horror movie that's gotten remade with as quick a turnaround as we're seeing with this here news that Eli Roth's 2002 film Cabin Fever (which really is more a 2003 movie) is being eyed for a remake now. Foreign movies have been remade in English with much quicker speed than that of course, but can you think of any straight-up US-to-US ones like this? In summation, everyone in Hollywood should lose their jobs, the end.

--- Intergalactical Upsets - Also on the remake block is Flash Gordon, which I just really don't know how you remake that without Queen's soundtrack. I suppose they'll argue it's not a remake, that they're making a new version of the comics blah blah blah. No Queen? No go! (Also Sam Jones was pretty pleasant to look at, while we're on the subject.)

--- After Hood - I feel bad that director Catherine Hardwicke is referred to as "Twilight director" in this article - can't they give her "Thirteen director"? Well at least they're not giving her "Red Riding Hood director," I guess." Anyway Hardwicke is making a movie next called Miss You Already which is about a pair of lifelong best friends whose friendship is tested when one gets pregnant and the other gets sick. Those friends will be played by Rachel Weisz and Toni Collette, whizz bang bingo we have a winner.
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--- And finally, I haven't even seen the first of these movies (Steve Coogan's fine and all but let's not go nuts, people), but he's got a sequel to The Trip coming called The Trip to Italy, and I totally watched the just-released trailer just to see some of the locations he shot in, to see if he was anywhere near where I just got back from. I recognized places! It seems like he spent a lot of time in the Naples area, actually.
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Breaking News

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My second review from the Tribeca Film Festival, currently ongoing here in New York, is up over at The Film Experience this morning - I'm talking the Swedish transgender romance Something Must Break, which tells the story of a love-triangle involving two people. Go forth and read my words, people!

Previously at TFF2014
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Good Morning, World

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We all know that James Franco is punking us, constantly, over and over, and yet here we are staring back like a bunch of slack-jawed dullards. Okay perhaps I speak for myself. In truth it's kind of gotten to the point that if he stopped and disappeared from the face of the planet tomorrow I don't think I'd really miss him, but that doesn't keep me from staring anyway. I suppose, as far as he's got any point, that's it. He posted these shots of himself and Pretty Little Liars actor Keegan Allen all a'snuggles yesterday. Gawk.