Drafthouse Films, the distribution arm of the Alamo Drafthouse cinema chain, has announced plans to rerelease the infamously nuts, 1979 sci-fi/horror/action movie, The Visitor. The movie stars legendary film director John Huston (The Maltese Falcon) as — per the official synopsis — “an intergalactic warrior battling alongside a cosmic Christ figure against a demonic eight-year-old girl and her pet hawk, as the fate of the universe hangs in the balance.” (Now, that is something I might be tempted to pay $50 to see on the big screen, particularly as Huston’s costars include Shelley Winters, Lance Henriksen, Franco, Nero, and his fellow director, Sam Peckinpah.) A new, HD restoration of The Visitor will be released to cinemas later this year and will also be available on VOD.
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Roger Ebert died on April 4 after a long battle with cancer. To commemorate what would have been his 71st birthday today, EW is republishing this essay by filmmaker Jason Reitman, written in tribute shortly after the critic’s passing.
I spoke with Roger Ebert perhaps a dozen times, but only heard his voice once. READ FULL STORY »
The filmography of Elijah Wood has some dark moments, be it his depiction of the killer Kevin in Sin City or his twisted relationship with the titular canine in the sitcom Wilfred, which returns to FX on Wednesday. But there isn’t much in the Lord of the Rings actor’s résumé that would prepare you for his new movie, Maniac. Directed by Franck Khalfoun (P2) and co-penned by French gore-teur Alexandre Aja (High Tension, Piranha 3D) this remake of the 1980 cult slasher flick stars Wood as a mannequin renovator and serial killer whose passions come together in extremely violent fashion.
Below, Wood talks about Maniac — which opens this Friday at New York’s IFC Center and will also be available on VOD — his love of genre movies, and the upcoming horror film he can’t wait to see.
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Michael Cera is done being Mr. I’m-so-awkward-and-nerdy-that-I’m-cute guy. This Friday, he plays a cocaine-loving version of himself in This Is The End, and come Aug. 6, you can watch him play the ultimate creep when Magic Magic, which already hit the festival circuit, hits DVD.
The trailer for Magic Magic follows a young woman, played by Juno Temple, who decides to vacation in a small town in Chile. What follows is a lack of cell phone reception, hypnotism, and the real kicker, sadism. As the trailer puts it,”When her vacation began she had no idea there was no way out. Now some secrets were never meant to be revealed.”
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Does Ghostbusters contain secret messages about smoking, obesity, and/or the reproductive process of Sigourney Weaver’s character Dana Barrett? Those theories are raised by a new documentary called Spook Central, which seemingly does for the 1984 comedy classic what the recent, subtext-exploring Room 237 did for Stanley Kubrick’s horror movie The Shining.
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Aliens. Zombies. Ghosts. Yes, there’s craziness aplenty to be found in horror-anthology sequel V/H/S/2, as you might expect from a project whose directors include Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project), Jason Eisener (Hobo with a Shotgun), and Adam Wingard (the forthcoming, not-to-be-missed You’re Next). But for this writers’ money, the hands-down loopiest tale arrives courtesy of Timo Tjahjanto (Macabre) and Gareth Huw Evans (much-admired action flick The Raid). Entitled Safe Haven, the Indonesia-set short movie concerns a documentary crew and its horribly doomed attempt to interview an apocalypse-cult leader at his compound. We’ll reveal no more plot-wise — except to add that you’ve never seen anything like it.
Pussy Riot documentary directors talk about the tribulations (and trial) of the art collective-cum-punk band
Last year, Pussy Riot members Nadia Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina, and Katia Samutsevich made expletive-heavy headlines when they were arrested and then imprisoned after the punk band-cum-art collective performed the song “Mother of God, Drive Putin Out” in a Moscow cathedral. The trio’s story is detailed in a new documentary, Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer, which is screening on HBO, June 10, and seeks to both contextualize the group and humanize the three arrested members, two of whom are still serving out their sentences in penal colonies.
Saul Goodman has a new gig! Bob Odenkirk, who plays Walter White’s morally dubious lawyer on AMC’s Breaking Bad, is set to write and star in a comedy called Girlfriend’s Day. Odenkirk will play a greeting card writer who gets entangled in a web of murder and deceit as he and his fellow scribes try to create the perfect card for the new, titular, holiday.
Adrian Garcia Bogliano's 'Late Phases': Check out the first image from the upcoming horror film -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTO
Latin America has become a horror film hot spot over the past couple of years, thanks in large part to director Adrián García Bogliano, whose 2011 slow burn terror flick Penumbra is a must-see for fans of the genre. Now, Bogliano is hoping to make a splash in the U.S. with his new movie, Late Phases, which is currently shooting in upstate New York.
The director’s first English-language film, Late Phases relates the story of a cantankerous blind vet named Ambrose McKinley (Stake Land‘s Nick Damici) who moves into a retirement community where residents have been dying from dog attacks — although, as Ambrose starts to realize, the mutts may be more than mere canines. The film also stars Ethan Embry (Can’t Hardly Wait), Erin Cummings (Spartacus), Lance Guest (Halloween II), Tom Noonan (Manhunter), Tina Louise (Stepford Wives), Karen Lynn Gorney (Saturday Night Fever), Al Sapienza (House of Cards), Caitlin O’Hearney (Wolfen) and Rutanya Alda (The Deer Hunter).
You can exclusively check out the first image from Late Phases below. READ FULL STORY »
Here at EW we have quite a soft spot for Internet comedy troupe 5-Second Films — partly because their daily sketches are often very funny and partly because, when they’re not, a least the clips have the decency to only waste five seconds of our lives. But now the 5sf peeps have decided to aim for the big time, in every sense, by launching a Kickstarter campaign to finance their debut movie, Dude Bro Party Massacre III. According the pitch video, DBPM3 is “a bloody tale about a bunch of bros who go to an abandoned sorority house by a lake, but then ‘Motherface’ starts picking them off one by one according to their fears: Heights, commitment, running out of beer, even puppies.”
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