Horror anthology sequel ABCs of Death 2 delivers a second slate of 26 fatality-featuring short films overseen by an array of directors, which, this time around, includes Evan Katz (Cheap Thrills), Larry Fessenden (Beneath), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary, See No Evil 2), Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice), and Julian Barratt, from cult British comedy duo The Mighty Boosh. But one of the film’s highlights comes very early with its opening credit sequence, an animated riff on the children’s books which inspired the franchise in the first place.
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Shoah, the epic 1985 documentary about the Holocaust, will stream online beginning on Nov. 9. Claude Lanzmann’s groundbreaking nine-and-a-half hour film, which includes interviews with Jewish concentration-camp survivors and their ex-Nazi oppressors, will be viewable on SundanceNow Doc Club, the member-based video streaming service.
When Shoah originally screened in 1985, it shocked audiences. Not because of any depictions of atrocities (no archival camp footage was used), but because of the testimony of those they lived through it. “It is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide,” Roger Ebert wrote in his rave review. “It is one of the noblest films ever made.” READ FULL STORY
Lionsgate announced today that Insurgent, next year’s Divergent sequel, will arrive in 3-D and 2-D when it opens in theaters on March 20. So what better way to unveil the updated look of some of the characters than with interactive 3-D posters? As part of an Insurgent online “scavenger hunt,” Lionsgate is sharing eight exclusive posters on Tuesday, a new one popping up across the web every hour.
EW has the first peek at Christina, Tris’ loyal—but very candid—best pal (Zoë Kravitz), whose friendship will be tested in the sequel. READ FULL STORY
Brazil is the home to more Roman Catholics than any nation on Earth, and though Rome has recently sent signals that it might be softening its stance on homosexuality, the South American country is still relatively conservative when it comes to matters of gay rights. So it’s been a pleasant surprise that The Way He Looks, a gay coming-of-age film from first-time filmmaker Daniel Ribeiro, became a modest indie hit at the box office and was named Brazil’s Oscar entry for Best Foreign Language Film.
“It’s an independent film about an issue people are talking about back in Brazil,” Ribeiro says. “We have problems with the violence against gay people, too, so it’s a film that is talking about an important issue, and I guess people were excited about this film portraying a gay character in a very natural way.” READ FULL STORY
More than a quarter of a century ago, author and Hellraiser director Clive Barker set out to create what he intended to be “Star Wars for monsters,” a film called Nightbreed in which a group of freakish-looking creatures would be the heroes and mankind itself the villains. But the Nightbreed thathit theaters in 1990 was both a box-office flop and far removed from Barker’s vision following edits mandated by Morgan Creek Twenty-five years later, horror imprint Scream Factory is releasing this week a long-awaited “Director’s Cut” of the film on Blu-ray—with the approval of Barker and the support of Morgan Creek—that utilizes long-lost film elements recently discovered in a midwest storage facility.
In addition to the longer cut of the film, the Blu-ray also boasts a number of bonus features, including a documentary called Tribes of the Moon: The Making of Nightbreed. You can see a clip from that film below—and you can read more about the story of Nightbreed in the current issue of Entertainment Weekly. READ FULL STORY
Harry Shum Jr. might not be able to sing and dance his way out of things in his latest film.
Elle Fanning is super-excited about her next project: Halloween.
She might be one of the hardest-working actresses in Hollywood—with four films in theaters in 2014, including the blockbuster Maleficent—but she’s still only 16 and her Halloween costume is an elaborate production. “It’s a secret,” she says, when asked about her trick-or-treat dress-up plans. “But I’ll give you some of my greatest hits: I was the Morton Salt Girl. I was Strawberry Shortcake. I’ve been a Barbie Statue of Liberty. I’ve been Mary Poppins. I was a Madame Alexander doll. I was a vampire, but that was like a very glamorous done-up vampire. I was Marilyn Monroe—when I was 7. So yeah, it’s a big deal.”
In Low Down, which opens today in theaters, she gets to dress up as a real person. Amy-Jo Albany was the daughter of Joe Albany, a talented jazz pianist who recorded with Charlie Parker and Miles Davis. He also was a heroin addict, testing the love of many who cared for him. In the film, set in Hollywood 1974, Joe (John Hawkes) is trying to right his life and then hold it together for the sake of his teenage daughter, who adores him. It’s not an easy task.
EW has an extensive conversation with Fanning, and the film’s opening five minutes, which introduce the father/daughter dynamic and feature Joe jamming with a trumpet-playing Flea. (Beware of one expletive.) READ FULL STORY
Directed by Jesse Moss, new documentary The Overnighters , details the attempts of a Lutheran pastor named Jay Reinke to help the homeless migrants who flocked to the oil boom town of Williston, ND, in search of work.
“The lure of the boomtown and its powerful place in the American imagination resides in its seductive promise of redemption and fortune for the brave and the desperate,” Moss says in his director’s statement. “It is this theme—played out in stark, raw terms in North Dakota and viewed through the prism of Pastor Reinke’s Church—that drew me to this story. As a student of American history, I was fascinated by the idea that a boomtown existed in modern-day America. Stories about Williston suggested an intoxicating and possibly combustible mixture of oil, men, money, opportunity and crime.” The Overnighters enjoyed an acclaimed festival run, currently boasts an impressive 95% score on Rotten Tomatoes, and was awarded a B+ by EW‘s Leah Greenblatt.
Death was a constant shadow in the life of Abraham Lincoln, from his childhood on the American frontier to his assassination in 1865. In The Better Angels, writer/director A.J. Edwards—a disciple of the film’s producer Terrence Malick—focused on the three-year period of Lincoln’s youth where his young mother (Brit Marling) died, and his father (Jason Clarke) remarried a woman (Diane Kruger) who recognized Abe’s spark of intelligence and helped provide the moral and intellectual foundation that would one day preserve the Union. At his 1861 inauguration, with his country on the brink of civil war, President Lincoln appealed to “the better angels of our nature.” For Lincoln, the seeds of those sentiments were planted by the two women in his life who refused to let him be average.
Thirteen-year-old Braydon Denney had never acted before, but the Kentucky native beat out thousands of others to play the role of the future president—in part because of his outdoorsy athleticism and serene thoughtfulness. Lincoln was only nine years old when his mother died, and though untimely death was common in 1818, his bright future could’ve been snuffed out by grief and the rugged demeanor of his uneducated father.
“This is a film that portrays profound and personal loss, intense suffering, and the realization that faith and endurance can transform one’s suffering into good for all,” said Edwards, in the film’s production notes.
The Better Angels, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, opens in theaters on Nov. 7. EW has the exclusive trailer below: READ FULL STORY
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