Kind of a like a Fargo without the brutal North Dakota winter, Richard Linklater's based-on-a-true-story dark comedy finds Jack Black, turned way down and thankfully resisting the urge to flair wildly and do any high kicks, as the titular mortician and all-round nice guy who befriends, and then murders, a spiteful, mean widow (Shirley MacLaine) while trying to keep up the illusion that she's still alive.
That's some dark comedy.
Check out the trailer after the jump!.
Motion posters are few and far between but their rarity makes it that much cooler when a studio decides to go with movement and sound to promote a movie and when it comes to thriller Silent House, the results will raise the hair on the back of your neck.
This American remake of a 2010 Spanish-language movie set in Uruguay is based on a true story, and, impressively, filmed in one 88-minute-long take. Directors Chris Kentis and Laura Lau are the ones recreating the chilling tale of a father (Adam Trese) and daughter (Elizabeth Olsen) who visit the family's lakeside retreat only to find themselves the victims of terror when it's clear they aren't alone in the house.
A moving poster for the movie has just been released and shows our favourite Olsen experiencing some of that "real fear" mentioned in the movie's tagline.
Check it out after the jump.
The Hunger Games author Suzanne Collins is praising the upcoming film version of her million-selling dystopian novel.
In a message that appeared Thursday on the Facebook page of The Hunger Games, Collins wrote that she was "really happy" with the movie. She praised director Gary Ross for remaining faithful to the book while adding a "rich and powerful vision" of the brutal society Collins imagined in print.
Like Superbad with any hint of sentimentality soiled by alcohol, bodily fluids and the burning embers of a tony neighbourhood, Project X takes the well-worn tale of one game-changing party designed to push boys towards manhood and adds a dose of Todd Phillips, who produces here, imbues the proceedings with a Terry Richardson/music video aesthetic and not so much stirs the pot as gleefully blasts it to the stars.
Starring a trio of newcomers - Thomas Mann and first-timers Jonathan Daniel Brown and Oliver Cooper - as best buds Thomas, JB and Costa who stage a roof-burning rager when Thomas' parents leave for the weekend, Project X delights in its depravity and we had a chance to speak to the three leads about why this movie is a disaster hybrid, what the man behind The Hangover brought to the picture and what their parents would say if they had a party of this out of control.
Based on a non-fiction book that takes an in-depth look at the master of mystery putting his stamp on the world of horror, at a time when the move was anything but popular, Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho has found its Janet Leigh in fellow blonde beauty Scarlett Johansson.
Johansson, soon to be seen in all of her black catsuit attired glory in Marvel's The Avengers, will join Anthony Hopkins, as the rotund filmmaker, and Helen Mirren, who takes on the role of Alma Reville, Hitchcock's wife, frequent collaborator and screenwriter.
The Making of Psycho, based on Stephen Rebello's same-named book, takes a behind-the-scenes look at the 1960 masterpiece that was rejected by studios, who, at the time, considered horror to be a lesser genre, and Hitchcock's efforts to gather funding himself to make possible what would turn into one of his most celebrated films.
Fresh off his Oscar glory with The Artist, there's no silence for Harvey Weinstein when it comes to his next film.
The famously bellicose producer is protesting the R rating received by a documentary his Weinstein Co. is releasing. Bully, directed by Lee Hirsch, is an examination of school bullying that follows five kids and families over the course of a school year.
It received the rating, which restricts kids under the age of 17 from seeing it without an accompanying adult, because of six expletives. Weinstein claims such a rating restricts the very audience the film can most benefit: high school teens.
The Weinstein Co. appealed the decision, but the Motion Picture Association of America, which oversees movie ratings, declined to lower the rating to a PG-13.
"I find it outrageous," says Weinstein, who has long been renowned for his combativeness. "This is, on a personal level because of my own temper, a redemptive act for me."
"We're hoping that smart people come to their senses," he adds.
L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat (Arrival of a Train at La Ciotat) is an 1895 French short black-and-white silent film directed and produced by the Lumière brothers, Auguste and Louis. Filmed in one continuous shot, this fifty-second film is considered to be one of the very first films shown to a paying audience.
The film featured a train entering the frame, pulling into a station, and then leaving the frame. While shot with a static camera, the film illustrated the use of the long shot to establish setting, followed by a medium shot, then close up. A popular story among cinephiles is that when this film was screened for the first time, audiences were so unaccustomed to such realistic moving images, that they fled the room in terror believing the train was going to burst through the screen and run over them. While this seems a bit questionable, the fact is audiences may have had the same reaction to the film in 1935 when it was screened once again, this time in 3D. Turns out the Lumière Brothers were experimenting with 3D technology long before other filmmakers and L'arrivée d'un train en gare de La Ciotat was reshot with a stereoscopic film camera and screened again forty years after its initial exhibition.
As Cineplex celebrates 100 years of movie memories over the next twelve months, we’ll take a look back at some key moments, classic stars and technological milestones from each week in cinematic history, ones that helped shape and define the modern film industry into the memory-making marvel we view it as today.
So dig in with our seventh look back! This week's edition features movie musical, a giant ape, vampires, and more!
If you're a Burton-ite (Burton-head? Burtonian?) like us, 2012 is set to be a pretty darn good year. First up we have the director's adaptation of Dark Shadows (alongside frequent collaborator Johnny Depp) in May and then, come October 5, we'll get the chance to see his highly-anticipated black-and-white film, Frankenweenie, finally come to life on the big screen...in IMAX 3D no less!
First envisioned in the early '80s as a full-length, stop-motion animated film, Burton was forced (due to budget constraints) to instead release it as a live-action short. But, luckily for us, times have changed and Burton's had his fair share of success so the Frankenweenie in theatres this fall is the stop-motion animated film Burton always wanted to make.
Catch the first trailer now!
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