Where would Halloween season be without Edgar Allan Poe? Still positioned in October, of course, but with a much less creepy hold on the month.
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Jason Reitman’s L.A. Live-Read series is kicking off its new season with a cast swap.
Each year, The Young Adult and Up in the Air filmmaker hosts a series of one-night-only live performances of classic movie scripts at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and a new round begins Oct. 17 with Alan Ball’s Oscar-winning screenplay for American Beauty. The readings are like artistic science experiments, following the recipe of a previous film but mixing in new ingredients, so the twist this time is that Reitman has filled the roles with actors from his latest film, Men, Women & Children.
“I had a such a great experience working with the cast that I was looking for any excuse to get them all together again,” Reitman says. “It occurred to me while I was trying to figure out who to put into the American Beauty read that the casts kind of lined up nicely.”
That will bring Adam Sandler to the role of the suburban father in meltdown mode that won Kevin Spacey an Oscar, while Rosemarie DeWitt will take on the part of his perfectionist wife, originally played by Annette Bening in the 1999 Sam Mendes-directed film.
In the new horror-comedy Summer of Blood, Onur Tukel plays a schlubby, self-obsessed Brooklynite called Erik who, after rejecting his girlfriend’s marriage proposal, becomes a veritable sex magnet when he is bitten by a vampire. The result is partly a Woody Allen-esque comedy about commitment—and partly an out-and-out bloodbath.
“If you’re making a horror film, you have to make it about fear,” says Tukel, who also wrote and directed the movie. “I’m 42 years old right now and my biggest fear is commitment and marriage. So I thought I would make a film about those things.”
It never was, but is always near, can never be seen, but will always show up—although it disappears the moment it arrives…
The solution to this old riddle is simple: Tomorrow. But for those awaiting a glimpse of Disney’s upcoming sci-fi/fantasy adventure Tomorrowland, the answer is not so elusive. Here’s an exclusive preview of what’s-to-come from the deeply shrouded new Brad Bird film.
“We begin our movie asking what did [the future] used to be?” Bird says. “What’s good about the future and what’s scary about it? And we wrestle with those things in a slightly mythical way.”
In the new, much-buzzed-about horror film The Babadook, a children’s book comes to life and turns the life of single mother Amelia (Essie Davis) into a living hell. Given that premise, we thought twice about debuting the poster for the film, which opens in cinemas Nov. 28, lest a similar fate befall us here at EW Towers.
But, hey, you only live (and die!) once.
Stephen Collins has been cut from the movie Ted 2 after a recording surfaced today in which he admits to molesting several young children, EW has learned exclusively.
The sequel to Seth MacFarlane’s trash-talking teddy bear comedy is currently in production, and Collins—best known as the minister father in the 1996-2007 WB drama 7th Heaven—had a small role in the film, according to sources close to the project.
Although the 67-year-old actor has not yet been charged with a crime, the recording of him admitting to the crimes (first published on TMZ) and the police investigation that has since been launched were enough to lead MacFarlane and Universal Pictures to immediately end his involvement in the movie.
Writer-director Peter Docter ’s upcoming film is set in a place where few men have dared venture: the mind of a pre-pubescent girl. Pixar’s Inside Out—out June 19—was inspired by the Up director’s young daughter Elie, whose entry into adolescence transformed her from a mischievous girl into a “quiet” pre-teen. “[As parents] we were like, ‘Wow, that’s so unlike her, what’s going on her brain?’” recalls Docter, who made his directorial debut with Monsters Inc. “And that’s what lead to the heart of the story—the question of what goes on inside our own minds.” READ FULL STORY
Mr. Peabody and Sherman were the stars of one of last winter’s most popular animated films. It was a well-deserved and long overdue promotion, since the characters got their start in 1959 as supporting characters in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon universe. Well, the tables have turned. In the new 3-D Blu-ray of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which arrives Oct. 14, the clever squirrel and not-so-clever moose return for another crazy adventure titled “Another Fine Moose You’ve Gotten Me Into,” or “The Man In The Iron Moose!”
Of course, if Rocky and Bullwinkle are back, then Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale can’t be far behind. In this new five-minute short, written by Thomas Lennon and Robert Ben Garant and directed by Gary Trousdale (Beauty and the Beast), Bullwinkle has fallen head over heels in love and is getting married on a cruise ship. But Rocky isn’t so sure about Bullwinkle’s new squeeze: she’s kind of stiff, almost robotic, and, well, she can shoot fire out of her eyes.
Of course, Fearless Leader’s nefarious minions are behind it. “After all these years, why does Fearless Leader want to kill us anyway?” asks Rocky. You’ll have to watch this exclusive clip to find out. READ FULL STORY
Community creator Dan Harmon is a comedy heavyweight. He’s also something of an actual heavyweight. (I write this as a man who could stand to lose a pound or 20 myself.) But did that stop the mercurial, mirth-creating madman attempting to crowd surf when he took his Harmontown podcast on the road in early 2013? It most certainly did not, as the exclusive clip below from the tour-documenting, and utterly fascinating, new film Harmontown very much makes clear.
When Walt Disney’s Sleeping Beauty first arrived in theaters in 1959, reviews were mixed, in part because the conceit of a wicked sorceress putting a beautiful princess to sleep seemed like such a blatant Snow White rip-off. But over time, Sleeping Beauty has carved out its own space, no doubt because of its mesmerizing villain, the elegantly evil Maleficent—a fact brought to cinematic fruition this year with Angelina Jolie’s live-action blockbuster. Maleficent wasn’t a hag, like the in-disguise apple-offering witch in Snow White, nor a prim harpy, like Cinderella’s stepmother. She was undoubtedly grotesque, with devilish horns, yellow eyes, and pale green skin… but also beautiful and alluring, especially with the unsettling patrician voice of Eleanor Audley.
Maleficent was drawn by Marc Davis, one of Disney’s original Nine Old Men, and his style is part of why the character was both frightening and seductive. He had been one of Walt Disney’s go-to animators for pretty girls, working on Cinderella, Alice, Tinker Bell, and even Beauty‘s Princess Aurora, and he instilled what could’ve been just another fire-breathing dragon-lady with enough mystery and subtext to make her the most interesting character in the animated film.
Davis’ achievement is examined in one of the extras on the new Sleeping Beauty Diamond Edition Blu-ray, out Oct. 7. In an exclusive clip from “Art of Evil: Generations Of Disney Villains,” old interviews with Davis, who died in 2000, and new tributes from current animators combine to celebrate the legacy of Maleficent and the man who created her. READ FULL STORY
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