What would you do if you discovered a sound frequency that allowed you to hypnotize people? Well, if you’re a fan of science fiction, movies you might compel them to watch the new film, LFO. Written and directed by Antonio Tublen, this sci-fi-comedy stars Patrick Karlson as an amateur sound engineer who makes just such a discovery and, according to the official synopsis, uses it to “indulge in his most megalomaniacal fantasies.”
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In the new horror film Starry Eyes, an aspiring actress named Sarah (Alex Essoe) discovers there are much worse things that can happen in Hollywood than not getting called back for that dandruff shampoo commercial. Written and directed by Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer, the tale of “paranoia and possession” garnered rave reviews on the festival circuit and is produced by Snowfort Pictures, the boutique production company that has been on something of a tear of late with Jodorowsky’s Dune, Big Ass Spider!, and Cheap Thrills. READ FULL STORY
When Back to the Future celebrates its 30th anniversary next May, the movie will sound like new. Better than new, actually, because select concert venues will present Robert Zemeckis’s time-jumping blockbuster along with a live orchestra performing Alan Silvestri’s memorable score in sync with the film.
So when Marty McFly hits 88 miles per hour in Doc’s DeLorean and leaves only a tire-trail of flames behind, it might sound like you’re making your own acoustic leap to 1985. READ FULL STORY
The Penn State football team is off to a 4-2 start this season, and more than 100,000 fans will file into Beaver Stadium next week when their beloved Nittany Lions take on their rivals from Ohio State. James Franklin is Penn State’s first-year head coach—but he still operates in the shadow of the late, legendary Joe Paterno, who raised Penn State to national prominence during his 62 years with the university’s football program.
Paterno infamously was forced out in 2011 after a former assistant coach, Jerry Sandusky, was accused of sexually abusing children. Questions remain whether Paterno could or should have done more to investigate suspicions and claims in the years before the scandal exploded. Happy Valley, a new documentary from Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story), is about Penn State football and the near-religious fervor that Paterno’s unparallelled success bred over the decades. But it’s not just about Penn State. It’s also about the deification of American sports heroes, and the compromised relationship between a billion-dollar sports industry and the universities that enable it. READ FULL STORY
How to Train Your Dragon is different than your typical animated franchise. While there have been more-successful blockbusters that yielded sequels—like Toy Story or Shrek—Dragon was slightly more ambitious from the outset because it almost immediately mapped out a heroic multi-picture arc for its main character, Hiccup, treating him like Harry Potter or Luke Skywalker.
In the second film, which arrives as a digital download on Oct. 21 and on DVD on Nov. 11, Hiccup is five years older than when he first met Toothless, his jet-black Night Fury dragon, and director Dean DeBlois and his team of animators spent lots of time working on their hero’s physical transformation. In a behind-the-scenes documentary on the Blu-ray, Where No One Goes (see an exclusive clip below), DeBlois talks about resisting the temptation to turn Hiccup into a six-pack-abs Viking warrior. “Even though he is the hero of our story, so much of his charm lies in how gangly and awkward and dorky he is,” he says.
The documentary features animators toying with the characters’ aging process, DeBlois’ script and character notes, and additional storyboards and early sketches that became crucial elements of the sequel’s adventure. In the film, Hiccup meets a mysterious dragon-whisperer named Valka, voiced by Cate Blanchett, who says, “It really is the best entry I think a character’s ever had in cinema history.” READ FULL STORY
John Cleese says movie casting directors should not be put off from hiring him by recent reports that the Monty Python comedy legend is retiring from films.
“Sometimes you read these things and you say, ‘I don’t remember saying that,'” explains Cleese, 74, whose acting credits include fellow Python Terry Gilliam’s 1981 film Time Bandits, 1988’s Cleese-written A Fish Called Wanda, and two of the Harry Potter films. “What I would say is, when you get to my age, the number of parts that you get offered is very, very small. They’re not looking for 75-year-old comedians most of the time. I have been offered a large part in a movie which, if they get the finance together, will happen in the spring. But that doesn’t happen a lot. What I did say is that I don’t enjoy movies very much. Terry Gilliam, who has nothing better to do with his life, loves to have movies because it structures him and gives him a purpose, which otherwise he lacks. I don’t like the way that they take your life over.”
Life moves pretty fast. Faster than some people would prefer. In director Lynn Shelton’s new movie, Laggies, Keira Knightley plays Megan, a 20-something who is dragging her feet on the road to adulthood while her peers are building careers, relationships, and raising children. But when her perfectly nice boyfriend proposes, she puts the breaks on and slams her life in reverse. She crashes with a friend—the random high-school girl (Chloë Grace Moretz) that asked her to buy beer—to figure things out, but that arrangement becomes even more complicated because the teen’s single dad is the always charming Sam Rockwell.
In this exclusive scene from the film, Rockwell’s character, Craig, “lectures” his house-guest and his daughter, though Megan seems to want to say, “Do go on.” READ FULL STORY
How good is the low budget New Zealand horror film Housebound?
Well, Lord of the Rings director Peter Jackson has hailed it as “Bloody brilliant!”—and the man knows what he’s talking about, having started his career with such minimally financed but fabulous splatterfests as 1987’s Bad Taste.
There are a couple of notable things to mention about the new film A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night: One, I’m pretty sure it’s cinema’s first-ever Farsi language, female vampire-featuring, romance-Western and two, I’m absolutely sure it is one of the most hotly anticipated horror movies of the year.
The film received a warm reception on its recent festival run and has received the imprimatur of noted horror fan Elijah Wood, who is one of the film’s executive producers and described the movie as “stunning” when EW spoke with the actor about it last year.
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