Oscar Isaac Holding BB-8

“Hot Guys Holding BB-8” Is A Trend Just Now and It’s Possibly One of The Most Bizarre Things You’ll Ever See

So, um… It appears that “Hot Guys Holding BB-8” is a trend just now and it’s possibly one of the most bizarre things you’ll ever see (certainly one of the strangest things that I’ve seen in a long time). EW’s Marc Snetiker has created a page on Tumbler that he’s entitled “A poorly Photoshopped story […]

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Darth Vader I am Your Father

This Little Girl's Reaction to The Empire Strikes Back Proves It's The Greatest Movie of All Time

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens has sparked a new interest in the Star Wars franchise. While most fans of the saga have grown up knowing that Darth Vader is Luke Skywalker’s [SPOILER] father, younger generations have still to find out the character’s secret. Christian Perez recently sat down with his daughter Anabelle to […]

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10 Articles Guaranteed to Rock Your Inner Geek and Completely Own Your Weekend

10 Articles Guaranteed to Rock Your Inner Geek and Completely Own Your Weekend!

Do you want to read 10 Articles Guaranteed to Rock Your Inner Geek and Completely Own Your Weekend?  We’ll folks, I’ve been hard at work, digging through our dusty files and website data, to find the most popular articles that we’ve ever published. They’re the most read, most shared and most talked about content on our website and they’re guaranteed […]

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Star Wars Episode VII Cast Announced Including Group Picture

The cast of Star Wars Episode VII has been officially announced including the publication of a picture of the cast during their first script reading session: The Star Wars team is thrilled to announce the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII. Actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow will join the original stars of […]

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Review

The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Does Whatever A Franchise Can

  The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Cast and Crew: Directed by: Marc Webb Written by: Alex Kurtzman (screenplay), Roberto Orci (screenplay) Starring: Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone, Jamie Foxx   The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Plot Synopsis: Peter Parker runs the gauntlet as the mysterious company Oscorp sends up a slew of supervillains against him, impacting on his life.   The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Movie Review […]

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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day: From the making of Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea!

James Mason, looking smooth as hell, is front and center in this cool pic that shows you what the Nautilus set really looked like!
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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. It’s 2:30am, I have to be up for an interview in about 6 hours, and then a long day of crazy Fantastic Fest movies after that, so I’m going to do a short version of the BTS column. Sorry for slacking, but I’m a growing boy and need my beauty rest!
Today we have a pretty nifty shot from the making of Disney’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea that shows a little glimpse at what that set actually looked like in a way that never showed up on camera. As a bonus you also get a good look at James Mason being smooth as hell. Check it out:

Tomorrow’s pic is gonna tear you apart! See ya’ then for that one!
-Eric Vespe”Quint” [email protected] Follow Me On Twitter

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The Diva Del Mar Reviews Dearest Sister at #FantasticFest

Poetic and understated, I loved this film and I can’t wait to see what Mattie Do does next!
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The Diva Del Mar Reviews Dearest Sister at Fantastic Fest
One of the many treats of attending Fantastic Fest is the opportunity to watch movies from many countries, depicting stories of other cultures that one doesn’t easily encounter in American mainstream cinema. Foreign independent cinema allows a first person perspective of another culture and director Mattie Do brings us the 13th film ever made in the country of Laos: Dearest Sister.
The story revolves around the relationship of two cousins. Nok, the younger of the two women, is a poor country girl who is sent to care for her married rich cousin. Her family needs the money and Nok’s cousin, Ana, is slowly losing her sight to an unnamed disease while her busy husband, Jakob, is struggling to keep his business afloat. Nok dominates the screen time and the first third of the film follows her about as she explores the city and her new digs. Nok quickly succumbs to the materialism of the big city and we discover that she has a very weak moral compass in the face of temptation, even if it means sacrificing the well-being of her benefactor, Ana. Nok’s treachery and deceit create the framework for the major story arc, while the subplots surrounding her relationships with the lesser characters in the story add a depth of understanding towards the general state of life for women in Laos.
The film introduces a supernatural element through Ana’s character. And, although this film is characterized as horror, I would say

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The Diva Del Mar Review The Autopsy of Jane Doe at #FantasticFest !!

This movie is true horror
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The Diva Del Mar Review The Autopsy of Jane Doe

Allow me to begin with perspective. My screening for this movie was at 8:00AM after a full day of Fantastic Fest films and mingling. I dragged my sleepy ass to the Alamo Drafthouse, seated myself next to the other hardcore media maniacs willing to lose sleep for films, and hoped for the best.
I wasn’t disappointed. If you like horror movies, one the most fabulous moments in watching a movie is when you realize that you are truly having a fun with the film. I had that glorious “Eureka!” moment watching The Autopsy of Jane Doe by Andre Ovedal.
This movie is true horror and is firmly anchored around the dynamics of a father, Tony Tilden and son, Austin Tilden, played respectively by Brian Cox and Emile Hirsh. Tony is a seasoned coroner, and he has been teaching his son the family business, presumably since the death of his wife. Austin has other plans for his life, and has yet to share this information with his dad. From the get-go you recognize the fantastic chemistry between the two main actors, and it goes a long way to create the sense of tangible affection this father & son have for each other. They truly enjoy each other’s company, despite their gruesome work, and their back and forth feels natural.
The plot starts by establishing how father and son work together as a forensic investigative team. They approach each autopsy with honest curiosity and Tony guides

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Remembering Christopher Reeve On His Birthday

On what would’ve been Christopher Reeve’s 64th birthday, fans are remembering the gifted actor and activist’s legacy.Born in September 1952, Christopher was raised by his parents Barbara and Franklin in New York. His parents were well-educated, and the pair passed on their intellect to their son. Christopher was accepted into prestigious universities like Brown, Carnegie … …read more

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Quint wasn’t a fan of THE VOID at Fantastic Fest 2016!

The Void takes its cues from horror masters like Carpenter, Cronenberg, Barker and Lovecraft, but doesn’t do much interesting with it.
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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Since I’ve given you guys two glowing reviews (The Autopsy of Jane Doe and Safe Neighborhood) and have a few more on the way (Arrival, The Handmaiden and The Girl With All The Gifts) I figured I’ll throw out a more mixed reaction into the mix.
On paper The Void should be my favorite movie of the festival. It’s like if Prince of Darkness had a baby with Hellraiser while one of them was playing one of the lesser Silent Hill games. While I can admire the ambition of the story and love the same kinds of movies the filmmakers (Manborg’s Jeremy Gillespie and Steven Kostanski) do, the movie is a bit of a mess.
The Void is the rare movie where its greatest strengths are also its biggest weaknesses. Where the movie really succeeds is in striking a disturbing tone, but the problem is it’s not its own tone. It’s Hellraiser’s tone. Or Prince of Darkness’ tone. And the lifts aren’t just subtle tonal nods, either. Scenes are lifted directly from those films (and others).
This is a big problem in low budget genre filmmaking right now. I’m seeing better films made more professionally at a lower budget than I ever have before, but I’m not seeing better stories. I’m seeing tracing of better material.
There’s a conversation to be had about the moving, almost invisible line between using nostalgia effectively and just making photocopies of what you liked before. How could I be making these criticisms on this

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Supergirl’s Season 2 Premiere Is One of the Best Hours of Superhero TV Ever Created

This is a non-spoiler review. No plot information will be shared here, other than in very general terms, that is not already widely known thanks to pre-season interviews and other press.There’s no better way to start this off: the season two premiere of Supergirl is one of the best hours of live-action superhero television ever created. It’s … …read more

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Capone talks to writer-director Don Coscarelli about the exceptional remastering of PHANTASM

Capone talks to writer-director Don Coscarelli about the exceptional remastering of PHANTASM
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Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Writer-director Don Coscarelli has been a longtime friend of Ain’t It Cool for as long as I can remember, and I’ve been fortunate enough to have multiple encounters with him over the years between convention appearances and special movie screenings. But if I’m not mistaken, this might be the first time he and I have sat down for a proper interview, and it seems only fitting that it be about the stunning restoration of his most legendary work, 1979’s PHANTASM. When this 4K digital restoration (supervised by J.J. Abrams) first played in front of an audience at last year’s Butt-Numb-a-Thon, I was sitting right next to Coscarelli, and I occasionally snuck a peak at him during the event, and he was positively beaming at the flawless picture and sound quality, right down to the perfectly re-created AVCO Embassy Film logo at the beginning of the film. Of course, we also know Coscarelli from his work on such films as BEASTMASTER, BUBBA HO-TEP, JOHN DIES AT THE END, and three PHANTASM sequels, as well as being the co-writer (with director David Hartman) of the soon-to-debut-at-Fantastic Fest PHANTASM: RAVAGER, which is said to be the last of the PHANTASM films (and the final film appearance of the The Tall Man himself, the great Angus Scrimm). In many locations around the country, the remastered PHANTASM was part of today’s Art House Theater Day. The screening will also include a never-before-seen sneak peek behind the scenes

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Harry’s 1st 2 days – 9 FANTASTIC FEST films – Let’s get this party started!

The ARRIVAL, HANDMAIDEN, THE VOID, THE RED TURTLE, 24×36: A MOVIE ABOUT MOVIES, THE UNTAMED, THE AGE OF SHADOWS, NOVA SEED, A DARK SONG – and FANTASTIC FEST!
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FANTASTIC FEST 2017 —

Another year, and another spectacular start to the festivities, the films and the awesome varied human beings that flock to the Fabled Alamo Drafthouse and the insanity that it contains over the course of FANTASTIC FEST. Every year, there’s a homecoming and familial joy to the proceedings as people effortlessly begin with the hugs, hearty handshakes and slaps upon the backs – that goes with a growing cult of Fantastic Fest. Where it doesn’t matter if you’re a first timer or an every timer – at Fantastic Fest… to paraphrase the dearly departed Zelda Rubinstein’s Tangina… All are welcomed in the light of our festival – and that’s a wondrous bit of hellaciously creative humanity!

Now, I’ll do fuller write ups on some of the highlights after Fantastic Fest, this is just to get a few thoughts I have upon some of the films that have played thus far that I’ve seen.

Thursday, September 22nd – DAY 1:

The fest was being kicked off in Theater 4 aka THE HOLLY BLAIN MEMORIAL THEATER – and there is no better karmic screening room on the planet. It’s held the most Butt-Numb-A-Thons, endlessly cool events and many of the coolest moments at Fantastic Fest. All of which Holly Blain loved and attended. She was a fireball pixie of passion for all things AintItCool and Alamo Drafthouse – so of course she was madly passionate about FANTASTIC FEST. She’s now represented by a bronze plate dedicating Theater 4 …read more

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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day: From the making of John Landis’ AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

David Naughton, Rick Baker and John Landis growl for the camera in this great behind the scenes shot from the big transformation scene!
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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Fantastic Fest has begun for real, so you’re probably going to see this column post at wacky hours. I’ll do my damndest to get a BTS pic up every day of the festival, you’re just going to have to bear with me as I squeeze it in between screenings, interviews and review writing.
Today’s picture is a pretty rad one from the transformation scene in John Landis’ landmark horror comedy An American Werewolf In London. What’s interesting about this shot is it’s an alternate angle of another BTS shot, that I’m 99% sure I posted in the original BtSPotD run, with Rick Baker, John Landis and David Naughton looking directly at the camera.
This one’s a side shot that is so cool that I just about want to print it out, frame it and hang it on my wall. Check it out:

Tomorrow’s pic has a whale of a tale to tell ya’, lads. See ya’ then!
-Eric Vespe”Quint” [email protected] Follow Me On Twitter

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Awesome Art We’ve Found Around The Net: Ghost Rider, The Revenant, Sin City

Some cliche somewhere said that 'a picture is worth a thousand words.' This has proven to be the case for me and especially when it comes to fan art. I have always sought out great fan art and have wanted to share it with as many people as possible. "Awesome Artwork We've Found Around The Net" is the outlet for that passion. In this column I will showcase the…
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Dwayne Johnson welcomes four “Jumanji Juniors” to the cast of the sequel

Production on Jake Kasdan's JUMANJI sequel recently got underway and we were also able to get our first glimpse at Jack Black as Professor Shelly Oberon, Kevin Hart as Moose Finbar, Karen Gillan as Ruby Roundhouse and Dwayne Johnson as Dr. Smolder Bravestone. An interestingly costumed group to be sure, but not without controversy. The JUMANJI cast has continued to grow over the past few days…
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Brian Cox and Emile Hirsch cut into a creepy cadaver in THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE and Quint loved it!

From the director of Trollhunter comes this precise creepfest about coroners solving a supernatural mystery while creepy shit happens all around them. Yeah, it’s pretty cool!
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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with another review out of this year’s Fantastic Fest! This time I’m taking a look at The Autopsy of Jane Doe, the new film from TROLLHUNTER director Andre Ovredal.
This film is not at all like Trollhunter, by the way. That was a crazy shaky-cam found footage type deal and The Autopsy of Jane Doe is impeccably cinematic. Long dolly shots, beautifully lit cinematography, confined single location, focused performances from seasoned actors, etc.

Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox play a son/father coroner duo that works out of the basement of their small town establishment. Day in and day out they work together to determine COD (cause of death). Hirsch’s Austin Tilden isn’t quite satisfied with that. He wants to work out the mystery behind every cadaver that comes in whereas his dad, Tony, views his job as to figure out the what, not the why; find out the cause of death, let the police figure out the rest.
One night a body is brought in that hides a mystery. It’s a beautiful girl who was found half-buried in the basement of a house filled with murdered people. There’s no apparent trauma, but it’s a piece of the puzzle that doesn’t fit, so the cops need all the info on the condition of the body that they can get before they go to the press, so the father/son duo pulls a late night trying to solve this particular mystery that only gets more and more bizarre and awful the more

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New Line snags the rights to make a Fruit Ninja movie, for some reason

If you're anything like me, I know you've long fantasized about a feature-film based on one of the biggest iOS games of all time, and no, I'm not talking about Angry Birds, we've already done that, do try to catch up. After the box-office success of THE ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE, studios have been looking at other properties to adapt which people likely associate with sitting on the…
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Hugo Weaving looks back on his time as Red Skull in Captain America

Much like the comics on which they're based, the films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe play pretty fast and loose when it comes to life and death. Despite several characters apparently meeting their ends, there's typically a way of bringing them back from the brink. However, despite being one of Captain America's most recognized opponents, Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) is one…
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LeBron James developing new television series There Goes the Neighborhood

Now, I'm not a sports guy. At all. I, no joke, thought for the longest time LeBron James was a football player, not a basketball player. So I don't care how many home runs he makes per game, or how many times he's sent to the penalty box for fighting on the ice, this is a movie and TV news site, so I'm only here to report that James has a new development deal with NBC. The…
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Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children releases new clip

I'm really looking forward to MISS PEREGRINE'S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN. Basically gothic X-Men directed by Tim Burton? Sign me the f*ck up! Hell, the last time Tim Burton did a superhero movie it was BATMAN RETURNS, and while this may be a divisive opinion, but I f*cking love that film (I even think it has the best romance out of all twelve live-action BATMAN films – and that…
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Capone says THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is more of a MODEST ACHIEVEMENT SEVEN

Capone says THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN is more of a MODEST ACHIEVEMENT SEVEN
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Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Let’s just get this out of the way off the bat: there is no better version of this story than the original, original version—Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 masterpiece SEVEN SAMURAI. Six years later, John Sturges made a genuinely entertaining Hollywood remake, THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, but it doesn’t hold a candle to what came before it. In 1998, I sat down to watch Pixar’s second feature, A BUG’S LIFE and recognized the framework almost immediately as that of the Kurosawa piece, reworked to a large degree, but unmistakable. And now we get director Antoine Fuqua’s (TRAINING DAY, THE EQUALIZER, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN) fairly faithful take on the Westernized THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, the story of a small community overrun by rich, powerful people who would seek to do them harm, who hire a band of seven misfits to protect them and make a last stand for the town’s survival. The film opens as it closes—violently. The mining town of Rose Creek has come under the control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard) whose men interrupt a meeting in the town’s one church and start randomly shooting down the locals and setting fire to the house of worship. Knowing the townspeople don’t have the training or numbers to beat the company men, Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett) heads out looking to hire any competent gunslinger to protect Rose Creek, after her husband (Matt Bomer) is shot dead in the street. She first locates a bounty hunter named

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Capone rather enjoyed the sexless, baby-making adventure STORKS

Capone rather enjoyed the sexless, baby-making adventure STORKS
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Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. Allow me to draw your attention to the directing credits on the new animated film STORKS. The first name belongs to live-action feature veteran Nicholas Stoller (who also wrote the movie), who had writing and/or directing credits on such films as FORGETTING SARAH MARSHALL, GET HIM TO THE GREEK, THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT, THE MUPPETS, and both NEIGHBORS movies; the second is Doug Sweetland, a longtime Pixar workhorse who also directed that house’s Oscar-nominated PRESTO short. So the combination of Stoller’s abilities to mine the absurd and Sweetland sense of what makes for great animated storytelling has resulted in STORKS, an almost surreal take on the place of these flying deliver machines in the world…or at least in a world where, at one point, in which they used to not just deliver babies, but also manufacture them based on the parents’ specs. From high on Stork Mountain, there used to be a mysterious baby-making factory that would receive letters from would-be parents from all over the world, a baby would be magically created via a Baby Making Machine, and a stork would deliver it to the excited parents. But about 18 years earlier than our story begins, a baby was created whose parents could not be located because her “beacon” (basically a GPS to the parents’ home) was destroyed. The storks agreed to raise young Tulip until she was 18, at which time they would send her out into the world to fend

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Hulu is developing VR shows, holodecks still a Pipe Dream

Virtual Reality (or VR) is a thing now, and that's awesome. While it's in its early stages, the demos that have been shown in the gaming world, as well as concert (and porn) videos, shows that the new technology has potential. We're not able to use a holodeck to shoot Borg with machine guns yet, but it's a start. 

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Hulu is developing VR shows, holodecks still a Pipe Dream

Virtual Reality (or VR) is a thing now, and that's awesome. While it's in its early stages, the demos that have been shown in the gaming world, as well as concert (and porn) videos, shows that the new technology has potential. We're not able to use a holodeck to shoot Borg with machine guns yet, but it's a start. 

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Capone’s Art-House Round-Up with THE DRESSMAKER, GOAT, and THE SEASONS IN QUINCY

Capone’s Art-House Round-Up with THE DRESSMAKER, GOAT, and THE SEASONS IN QUINCY
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Hey, folks. Capone in Chicago here, with a few films that are making their way into art houses or coming out in limited release around America this week (maybe even taking up one whole screen at a multiplex near you). Do your part to support these films, or at least the good ones… THE DRESSMAKER Those few times a year when a film escapes from Australia and makes its way stateside, you can usually count on it being a familiar story told through a quirky filter. Based on Rosalie Ham’s novel, THE DRESSMAKER is the story of a woman who was run out of her small town as a girl after an unexplained death and is now returning to exact a type of revenge on those who she believes wronged her. Kate Winslet (the film’s one non-Australian) plays Tilly Dunnage, who may have accidentally killed a young boy when she herself was a young girl, but neither she nor anyone else in the town seems to know exactly how it happened. While she was away, Tilly became a masterful seamstress and dress designer. When word of her abilities gets out, the women in this rundown village line up outside her door to have her make them a touch of the glamorous. But Tilly has other motivations; she wants access to the town’s folklore, including details about the boy that died, his family, and her role in his demise. Of very little help is Tilly’s borderline demented mother

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Fear, Inc. Capitalizes on the Shock Factor: First Trailer

A new horror film is set for the Halloween season. Vincent Masciale’s Fear, Inc. will debut late in October. The film involves a horror junkie and a company that delivers the greatest scares. Written by Luke Barnett, the first trailer for Fear, Inc. is now available. The clip shows a group of friends harried by mostly unseen characters. More details on Fear, Inc. are hosted here.

The film had its World Premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Since then, it has received mostly positive reviews. One reviewer, at True Horror, notes the film’s bloodspray: “when the movie takes it’s dark turn, it just works the violence is brutal and they don’t shy away from the blood and gore.” The film is not horror-lite. Howard Gorman, of Dread Central, mentions the multiple layers, in the writing: “Fear, Inc.’s cast and crew are masters in the art of deception, making sure the film feels really quite fresh.” The film hosts a few surprises. And, the shock begins October 21st, when the film is made…
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Five Things You Want to Know About the Arrow Season 5 Premiere

We’re still a couple of weeks away from the airdate for Arrow’s fifth season premiere — but here at ComicBook.com, we’ve peered through the Waverider’s on-board computers and taken a look at what to expect in October.Everybody knows Wild Dog, Vigilante, and Mr. Terrific are coming — but what else is going on in this episode? What does it all mean … …read more

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New FX series Taboo starring Tom Hardy releases new trailer

Who doesn't love Tom Hardy? The man is an acting machine. From his breakout role in BRONSON, to his recent role as Mad Max in FURY ROAD, where he not only filled the shoes of Mel Gibson, but he (arguably) even wore them better, Hardy always brings it. Hell, I'll be the first to admit I didn't like his Bane voice in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES, but damn if…
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AICN HORROR looks at BLAIR WITCH! HUSH! SALEM’S LOT! THE DEVIL’S DOLLS! Argento’s TENEBRAE! MAI-CHAN

AICN HORROR looks at BLAIR WITCH! HUSH! SALEM’S LOT! THE DEVIL’S DOLLS! Argento’s TENEBRAE! MAI-CHAN’S DAILY LIFE! DEAD END DRIVE-IN! BLOOD TRAP! & BEWARE THE BLOB!
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Logo by Kristian HornINTROWhat the $% is ZOMBIES & SHARKS? Welcome to the darker side of AICN! Mark L. Miller aka Ambush Bug here with another AICN HORROR: ZOMBIES & SHARKS column.AICN HORROR has a new sponsor: Things From Another World—also known as TFAW! TFAW carries everything from comics to toys and any kind of collectible in between. Show your support for AICN HORROR and TFAW and click the pic above. You just might find something you can’t live without such as Cullen Bunn’s excellent Southern Gothic Horror Tale from Dark Horse Comics! On with the horror reviews! TABLE OF CONTENTSToday on AICN HORROR (Click title to go directly to the feature) Retro-review: BEWARE! THE BLOB (1972) Retro-review: SALEM’S LOT (1979) Retro-review: TENEBRAE (1982) Retro-review: DEAD END DRIVE-IN (1986) BLOOD TRAP (2015) MAI-CHAN’S DAILY LIFE (2014) THE DEVIL’S DOLLS (2016) HUSH (2016) BLAIR WITCH (2016) And finally… BulletEater’s “War of the Old Gods!” REVIEW 1 IMAGE Retro-review: New on BluRay from Kino Lorber!
BEWARE! THE BLOB (1972)
aka A CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOB, SON OF THE BLOB, BEWARE OF THE BLOB, SON OF BLOB Directed by Larry Hagman Written by Jack Woods & Anthony Harris (screenplay), Richard Clair & Jack H. Harris (story) Starring Robert Walker Jr., Gwynne Gilford, Richard Stahl, Richard Webb, Shelley Berman, Godfrey Cambridge, Larry Hagman, Carol Lynley, Marlene Clark, Gerrit Graham, J.J. Johnston, Danny Goldman, Rockne

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Christmas horror movie SAFE NEIGHBORHOOD is an early fest favorite for Quint at Fantastic Fest 2016!

Ain’t It Cool’s Eric “Quint” Vespe was pleasantly surprised by this little inventive and darkly comedic twist on a home invasion thriller at Fantastic Fest 2016!
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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. There are many reasons to attend film festivals. There’s the unique community of like-minded cinephiles each festival cultivates, there’s the thrill you get from discovering something before everyone knows about it and there’s the surprise of wandering into something you knew nothing about and having the story just play out for you without any marketing telling you what the movie is or isn’t.
So far Fantastic Fest 2016 is hitting all those bases and Safe Neighborhood was the first film to feel like both a discovery and surprise. I mean, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival is fucking great and Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden is practically perfect in every way, but there was a lot of baggage going into those movies. Safe Neighborhood is a small darkly comic take on the home invasion sub-genre filmed in Australia that jumped out to me because it was a genre movie set around Christmas, which happens to be a favorite niche of mine.

This review was one I was excited the write the second the lights came up because I want people to seek this out at Fantastic Fest and I want this film to find its audience beyond a festival run, but one of the things this film does best is subvert expectation and is at its best when it does, so it’s really tough to write about all the things I love about this movie without ruining the experience for fresh eyes.
So, I’ll stay away from anything that’s more than bare bones

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Arrival cinematographer Bradford Young will shoot the Han Solo prequel

Plot and casting details are still under wraps regarding the UNTITLED HAN SOLO STAR WARS ANTHOLOGY FILM, aside from the fact that Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are directing, and Alden Ehrenreich will be playing the titular smuggler. Word on the street is that shooting will commence in early 2017, and it looks like the directors have chosen an integral crew member to join them on their journey….
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The newest Bad Santa 2 trailer is safe for the little ears

A few days ago we received the second red-band trailer for BAD SANTA 2, featuring all the jokes that you'd expect from a sequel of this kind. I'll leave it up to you to decide whether or not the novelty of a bad Santa has worn off by now, but now we have a new trailer that's "theater appropriate". In some ways, this trailer is actually funnier after viewing the red-band…
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Dwayne Johnson shares video from the Jumanji set plus clothing controversy

Earlier this week we got a look at the first official cast photo from the UNTITLED JUMANJI SEQUEL featuring Kevin Hart, Dwayne Johnson, Karen Gillan and Jack Black dressed up as almost caricatures of jungle explorers. There's been a few theories of why that is, including that they may have been stuck in the game for a long time or that they're even game pieces! Karen Gillan caught a little…
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Code Z Moves into Production and Short Film “Code Z: Hours Later” is Hosted Here

Short Film Friday is coming back to 28DLA. The latest short to show here is “Code Z: Hours Later.” This short feature is a proof of concept for an upcoming feature, titled Code Z, or Code Z: Day One. Both the short film and the feature have been developed by director Taj Jackson. As well, the feature film is being co-produced by Big Screen Entertainment. The feature film is at the script stage, or pre-production level. And, the feature film will likely star Brazilian triplets: Thayana Sco Jackson, Thaina Sco and Thaisa Sco. More on the Code Z universe is discussed here.

Jackson’s story takes place at the Canyon Field Academy boarding school. Here, a viral outbreak has taken place and it is spreading throughout the student body. Now, the survivors must band together or turn on each other, if they want to continue living and studying.

The short film below, “Code Z: Hours Later,” shows three, harrowed students. One of their own has turned into a zombie, while the lights go out. Then,…
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Code Z Moves into Production and Short Film “Code Z: Hours Later” is Hosted Here

Short Film Friday is coming back to 28DLA. The latest short to show here is “Code Z: Hours Later.” This short feature is a proof of concept for an upcoming feature, titled Code Z, or Code Z: Day One. Both the short film and the feature have been developed by director Taj Jackson. As well, the feature film is being co-produced by Big Screen Entertainment. The feature film is at the script stage, or pre-production level. And, the feature film will likely star Brazilian triplets: Thayana Sco Jackson, Thaina Sco and Thaisa Sco. More on the Code Z universe is discussed here.

Jackson’s story takes place at the Canyon Field Academy boarding school. Here, a viral outbreak has taken place and it is spreading throughout the student body. Now, the survivors must band together or turn on each other, if they want to continue living and studying.

The short film below, “Code Z: Hours Later,” shows three, harrowed students. One of their own has turned into a zombie, while the lights go out. Then,…
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Fantastic Fest: Annette Kellerman brushes up on her ZOOLOGY

Fantastic Fest: Annette Kellerman brushes up on her ZOOLOGY
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It’s no secret that film festivals are typically loaded with movies that feature protagonists who buck their humdrum daily slogs and finally experience life on their own terms. Some film makers pull it off with endearing stories of characters who turn their lives around following a traumatic experience, while other such stories of letting inhibitions go end up as more of a cautionary tale. In Ivan Tverdovskiy’s ZOOLOGY, the writer/director uses an actual physical metamorphosis as the stepping off point for an emotional one in the form of the main character’s newly acquired appendage. In plain English, she grows a tail.

The film begins as Natasha, a depressed middle aged spinster living at home with her mother, seeks medical treatment for her peculiar condition. Though various professionals seem to not be very concerned with Natasha’s strange extremity, the local rumor mill has gone wild with stories of a she-devil-with-a-tail terrorizing the neighborhood. When Natasha eventually sees a physician for X-rays, the anticlimactic reveal of her new hindpart only adds to the overall nonchalance of the phenomenon. When an additional X-ray is ordered, Natasha initiates a fling with her hunky radiologist. Soon, our lead goes through a makeover inside and out. No longer the whipping girl at work whose only solace is with the caged animals at zoo where she is employed, Natasha enjoys some well deserved revelry and distance from her former daily grind. Though nobody except her doctors know of her caudal affliction, local paranoia has reached her elderly mother

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Star Wars Minute – Rogue One changes and plot tidbits, Rebels & more (video)

Strap in and make sure your hyperdrive is up to snuff as we venture through the Star Wars Universe in the span of a minute (more or less)! Here we'll discuss, celebrate, and poke fun at the latest and greatest news in a galaxy far, far away. You'll be all caught up before you can say, "Han shot first!", so sit back and enjoy this week's Star Wars highlights!

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The Best Movie You Never Saw: Streets of Fire

Welcome to The Best Movie You NEVER Saw, a column dedicated to examining films that have flown under the radar or gained traction throughout the years, earning them a place as a cult classic or underrated gem that was either before it’s time and/or has aged like a fine wine.

This week we’ll be looking at STREETS OF FIRE.

THE STORY: Tom Cody (Michael Pare), a soldier of fortune, returns…
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Cast This: Mister Sinister

It was only a matter of time before we were given the task of casting Nathaniel Essex aka Mister Sinister. His inclusion on the big screen was finally hinted at during the mysterious post-credit scene for X-MEN: APOCALYPSE with the reveal of “Essex Corp,” which naturally means the villain is on his way, but to which film? Writer/producer Simon Kinberg and director Bryan Singer revealed on the…
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Cool Videos: Real-life Transformers car is better than yours

We live in an amazing time filled with technological innovations. If you don’t think so (as you read this on your magic light box) then maybe the fact that someone created an actual [email protected] Transformers car will change your mind. Yes, a team of 16 magical people spent eight months turning a BMW into an upright-standing robot. Sure the car can’t be driven, having to be remote-controlled, but…
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Cary Fukunaga shifts from The Alienist to The Black Count

Until a couple of years ago Cary Fukunaga’s name rang no bells for most people in the world. Now, after breaking out with 2014’s TRUE DETECTIVE, the man’s name has been attached to a litany of projects.  Not only did he helm BEASTS OF NO NATION, one of last year’s best films, but he was also originally set to direct the new IT adaptation, has been attached…
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Rings moves from Halloween to Valentine’s Day; Friday the 13th pushed back

Ah, the month of February! Love is in the air, flowers are starting to bloom and chocolate flows in the rivers. It's the perfect time for romance, merrymaking and SCARING THE SHIT OUT OF YOUR LOVED ONES. Oh yeah, February, you got a new visitor coming your way.

Yes, Paramount has announced (via Variety) that the franchise reboot, RINGS, has just been pushed from the seemingly appropriate month of…
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James Corden Channels Harry Potter, Sherlock & More For Bridget Jones’s Baby Audition

Although he starred in the first two installments of the Bridget Jones’s franchise, Hugh Grant didn’t return to play Daniel Cleaver in Bridget Jones’s Baby. He was offered the opportunity to reprise the role of the foxy cad, but Grant turned down the offer after he read the script and disappointedly realized the film wouldn’t … …read more

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The Flash Season 3 Episode 2 Synopsis Deals With The Flashpoint Paradox

The CW has released the official synopsis for “Paradox,” the second episode of The Flash’s second season.The reference to Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, an animated feature film that adapted the same comic book miniseries that The Flash’s third season is (very liberally) adapting, seems pretty clear in the title — but one has to wonder, given the … …read more

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Disney Has 2020 Vision For Third STAR WARS STORY!!

Disney Has 2020 Vision For Third STAR WARS STORY!!
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I am – Hercules!!
Member Chewbacca?
Disney is determined not to let you forget. Gone are the multi-year (or decade-long) waits between “Star Wars” movies.
No word on what the third “Star Wars Story” movie will focus — but persistent rumors always point to either master Force-wielder Yoda or bounty hunter Boba Fett.
Disney’s Star Wars schedule:
2015 Episode VII (J.J. Abrams)
2016 Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Gareth Edwards)
2017 Episode VIII (Rian Johnson)
2018 Solo: A Star Wars Story (Chris Miller/Phil Lord)
2019 Episode IX (Colin Trevorrow)
2020 Mysterious Third Star Wars Story
Disney chief Bob Iger also told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia conference that he had just heard a pitch for Episode IX from Trevorrow. No time like the present I guess!
Find Rolling Stone’s story on the matter here.
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Copernicus is a fan of MARIE CURIE: THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE from TIFF

Copernicus is a fan of MARIE CURIE: THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE from TIFF
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I’m still wrapping up some of my reviews from the Toronto International Film Festival, and one I wanted to make sure I review is MARIE CURIE, THE COURAGE OF KNOWLEDGE. This is a Polish / German / French biopic about one of the greatest scientists of all time, Marie Curie.
Marie Cure was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person to win two Nobel Prizes, and remains one of only two people to win the prize in two different fields. At first working with her husband Pierre, and then by herself after his death, she isolated and discovered two elements (polonium and radium), and was one of the pioneers in developing the theory underpinning radioactivity. She even coined the term. She then helped bring this to the medical field as a treatment for cancer. In World War I she helped set up radiology labs, and led the Red Cross efforts in these areas. It is estimated that a million soldiers were treated with her equipment. She even died from this work — from repeated exposure to radiation from radium and unshielded x-ray equipment. But her legacy lived on. She founded two institutes, which produced several more Nobel Prizes, including ones for one of her daughters and son-in-law.
What’s even more astonishing is that she did this as a woman in late 19th / early 20th century France while facing discrimination at every turn. Not only was it simply unheard of for a woman to be a professor

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Jack In The Box Clown Celebrates It Movie Wrapping

To celebrate a wrap on principal photography for New Line’s feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s IT, Barbara Muschietti, one of the film’s producer and the sister of director Andr?s Muschietti, shared an image of a custom-made jack-in-the-box that bares the likeness of Bill Skarsgard’s Pennywise the Dancing Clown.And yes, it’s a wrap on #itthemovie. Thank … …read more

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TV Review: Black Mirror: San Junipero & Nosedive (TIFF 2016)

PLOT: In this sampling of episodes from the third season of ‘Black Mirror’, a young woman (Mackenzie Davis) makes an unexpected connection, while an insecure office worker (Bryce Dallas Howard) struggles with her place in a society that values social media likes above all else.

REVIEW: ‘Black Mirror’ is one of my favorite shows, so when I learned that two episodes from the…
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Horrorella Reviews GIRL ASLEEP!

Rosemary Myers’ GIRL ASLEEP is the portrait of a young woman approaching the divide between childhood and adulthood, with no idea how to bridge that gap (just like the rest of us).
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Growing up is fucking hard. We’ve seen movies and read books reminding us of this fact time and time again, but sometimes it doesn’t hurt to be reminded once more. What is acutely obvious during adolescence fades with time, and we occasionally need to be transported back to relive that period and remind ourselves that we made it out alive. Rosemary Myers’ GIRL ASLEEP is the portrait of a young woman approaching the divide between childhood and adulthood, with no idea how to bridge that gap (just like the rest of us).

Greta (Bethany Whitmore) just moved to a new town with her family. She is about to turn 15, finds herself in a new school with no friends and little idea how to assimilate. Her mother (Amber McMahon), concerned that Greta is not putting forth enough effort in the socializing department, decides to throw her a fifteenth birthday party and invite the entire school (against the express and loudly voiced wishes of Greta). When the party takes a turn for the horrible, Greta runs to her bedroom, cries herself to sleep, and is transported to a strange world, populated by magical and mysterious creatures, heroes and monsters, and must find her way back home.

Written by Matthew Whittet and adapted from his stage play, GIRL ASLEEP is an examination of Greta’s transition into adulthood. Over the course of the film, we see her confronting both past and future, and using those experiences to help her to come closer to the person

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Bill Hader joins Power Rangers as the voice of Alpha 5

It looks as though Alpha 5, the lovable yet annoying robot sidekick of the Power Rangers, will have a part to play in Dean Israelite's big-screen adaptation of the television series. Via the Power Rangers Twitter, it has been announced that the equally lovable although not nearly as annoying Bill Hader will be supplying the voice of Alpha 5 in POWER RANGERS. Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi!…
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Bill Hader joins Power Rangers as the voice of Alpha 5

It looks as though Alpha 5, the lovable yet annoying robot sidekick of the Power Rangers, will have a part to play in Dean Israelite's big-screen adaptation of the television series. Via the Power Rangers Twitter, it has been announced that the equally lovable although not nearly as annoying Bill Hader will be supplying the voice of Alpha 5 in POWER RANGERS. Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi!…
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Bill Hader joins Power Rangers as the voice of Alpha 5

It looks as though Alpha 5, the lovable yet annoying robot sidekick of the Power Rangers, will have a part to play in Dean Israelite's big-screen adaptation of the television series. Via the Power Rangers Twitter, it has been announced that the equally lovable although not nearly as annoying Bill Hader will be supplying the voice of Alpha 5 in POWER RANGERS. Aye-yi-yi-yi-yi!…
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Get ready for the longest running Simpsons TV marathon ever

That is, until the next one. If you've got nothing to do for almost two weeks and are hungry for a (very) extended visit with America's favourite yellow family, you'll be happy to know that FXX is bringing back their "Every. Simpsons. Ever." marathon this fall. Including all 600 episodes (holy shit) and spanning thirteen days, FXX's marathon will kick off…
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Get ready for the longest running Simpsons TV marathon ever

That is, until the next one. If you've got nothing to do for almost two weeks and are hungry for a (very) extended visit with America's favourite yellow family, you'll be happy to know that FXX is bringing back their "Every. Simpsons. Ever." marathon this fall. Including all 600 episodes (holy shit) and spanning thirteen days, FXX's marathon will kick off…
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Antoine Fuqua will return to direct The Equalizer 2 next year

Prompted by the exceptional results from test screenings, Sony got the ball rolling on a sequel to THE EQUALIZER months before the film was even released by getting Richard Wenk working on a script. The sequel was officially announced a year later with Denzel Washington returning for what will be the first sequel of his career. While promoting the release of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, producer Todd Black…
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Antoine Fuqua will return to direct The Equalizer 2 next year

Prompted by the exceptional results from test screenings, Sony got the ball rolling on a sequel to THE EQUALIZER months before the film was even released by getting Richard Wenk working on a script. The sequel was officially announced a year later with Denzel Washington returning for what will be the first sequel of his career. While promoting the release of THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN, producer Todd Black…
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Rooney Mara to star as fictional pop-singer in Vox Lux with new music by Sia

I like Rooney Mara. I thought she did a great job as Lisbeth Salander in the otherwise unnecessary GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO remake, and even made a lasting impression in her one, devastating scene (minus quick flashbacks) in HER. After the disappointing failure of PAN though (where she played Tiger Lily), it looks like she's jumping on to more intriguing projects….
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Rooney Mara to star as fictional pop-singer in Vox Lux with new music by Sia

I like Rooney Mara. I thought she did a great job as Lisbeth Salander in the otherwise unnecessary GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO remake, and even made a lasting impression in her one, devastating scene (minus quick flashbacks) in HER. After the disappointing failure of PAN though (where she played Tiger Lily), it looks like she's jumping on to more intriguing projects….
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First look at Pennywise’s “friendly” guise from the new IT reboot

I don't know about everyone else, but I'm actually excited about the IT reboot. Don't get me wrong, Tim Curry fucking killed it as Pennywise in the original adaptation of Stephen King's novel, but after revisiting it recently, the rest doesn't quite hold up. Not a terrible movie by any stretch (and again, Curry is great, as always), but it's definitely not…
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The Behind the Scenes Pic of the Day: From the making of Guillermo del Toro’s THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE!

Santi is one of the best ghosts ever brought to (un)life onscreen and now here’s a chance to check out his makeup and costume in more detail!
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Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. Happy Fantastic Fest, everybody! Since we’re about to dive into a week of crazy genre stuff I figured now was as good a time as any to share with you this really awesome look at Junio Valverde as Santi in Guillermo del Toro’s THE DEVIL’S BACKBONE, which is still my favorite of his films.
The design of Santi’s spirit is one of my all time favorite spectral visions ever to be put on screen. The floating blood from his head wound? So damn cool.
What I like about this BTS pic is that you get a full body, daytime look at the detail work that went into making Santi… “come alive” is the wrong term… how about “strick a chord”? Yeah, that’s better.
Check out Santi in all his glory!

I’m sorry I called tomorrow’s pic meatloaf! See ya’ then!
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Review: I.T.

PLOT: An air transport tycoon (Pierce Brosnan) has his world turned upside-down by a psychotic I.T. consultant (James Frecheville).

REVIEW: I can’t say I expected all that much from Pierce Brosnan’s latest vehicle, I.T. The trailers seemed pretty goofy, positioning this as a kind of ‘Mr. Robot’ vs TAKEN, and I was especially wary of John Moore directing in the wake of MAX PAYNE…
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Idiocracy is returning to select theaters

Ever since the film’s release, there’s always that person you know who says that Mike Judge’s IDIOCRACY is “coming true!” It’s hard to argue with the evidence, but in case you wanted to re-experience the laughs/horror of what the film has to offer, it’s returning to select theaters!

Some of the cast and crew of IDIOCRACY will be show up in-person at the Aero Theatre in Santa Monica at…
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Witness the Transformers series’ greatest acting yet with this featurette

The latest Transformers flick looks to involve King Arthur, an Autobot MacGuffin to stop evil once and for all (until the next movie) and Sir Anthony Hopkins. How any of that goes together in a coherent plot is anyone’s guess, but you can get an idea of Hopkins’ character with this latest featurette from the set of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. Warning! Adorable pup ahead!

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