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Tribeca Film Festival: Check out a terrifying still from 'Extraterrestrial' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

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There are essentially two kinds of alien movies — the kind in which bicycles are magically transformed into flying machines, and the kind in which people’s insides are rather less magically transformed into lunch.

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Michael C. Hall and director Jim Mickle talk 'Cold in July' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

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In the opening scenes of the new ’80s-set thriller Cold in July, Michael C. Hall’s character shoots dead a burglar and then checks out his funeral. Did the man who played the serial killer Dexter and a funeral director on Six Feet Under think he was being pranked when he first read the screenplay? Not so much. As Hall says in the currently-on-stands Summer Movie Preview issue of Entertainment Weekly, “I’m often sent scripts that have some murderous or graveyard elements.”

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Megan Fox talks 'Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,' says she'd love a 'Sailor Moon' remake

Megan Fox has long claimed to be a self-described “nerd” but has unexpectedly upped the ante when it comes to her fan-girl obsession with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.

“I was really in love with them,” confesses Fox, who stars as reporter April O’Neil in the live-action reboot of the ‘80s cartoon which hits theaters August 8. “I have an older sister that’s 12 years older than me, so part of it initially was because I wanted to be like my big sister. But, it’s a really cool project for me because it was a huge part of my childhood, and it’s always been.” READ FULL STORY

Karen Gillan talks 'Oculus,' 'Guardians of the Galaxy,' and 'Doctor Who'

Is there nothing a TARDIS cannot do? On Doctor Who, actress Karen Gillan spent years traveling through time and space in the familiar blue box — and it even helped put Gillan at her ease when the Scot first Skyped with director Mike Flanagan about appearing in the haunted mirror horror film Oculus, which opens Friday. “I was like, Okay, I’m going to impress this American director. And then he takes a swig of coffee and he’s totally oblivious to the fact that the mug is a TARDIS. I was like, I got this.” READ FULL STORY

'Afflicted': Check out a clip from the new found footage vampire movie -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Anyone who knows vampires only as the Twilight franchise’s sparkly-skinned specimens will get a rude shock if they watch the new found footage horror film Afflicted, which debuts to theaters and on VOD today.

“The thing we found exciting was the idea of a vampire film that was completely divorced of sexuality, romanticism, and melodrama,” says Clif Prowse, who directed the movie with his childhood friend and fellow Canadian Derek Lee. “What would it actually be like if you were biologically compelled to eat human blood and to kill people? What would that do to you emotionally? It seemed to us it would be a much darker, grittier psychological tale than, ‘I’m going to be young and hot forever, feel sorry for me.’”

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John Carpenter to present Roger Corman with Legend Award at New Media Film Festival

One bona fide movie legend will fete another on June 11 when John Carpenter presents Roger Corman with the New Media Film Festival‘s Legend Award at the Landmark Theatre in Los Angeles. Carpenter is, of course, the director of such genre classics as Halloween and The Thing while the list of notable films made by producer and director Corman merely begins with The Trip, Death Race 2000, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School, and the original Little Shop of Horrors. As a distributor he was also responsible for introducing American audiences to an array of European art house films. (Those interested in learning more about the latter’s storied career should definitely check out my colleague Chris Nashawaty’s recent tome, Crab Monsters, Teenage Caveman, and Candy Stripe Nurses—Roger Corman: King of the B Movie.)

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'Bad Words' Q&A: In directing debut, Jason Bateman gets small picking on those who aren't his own size

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W-R-O-N-G.

That pretty much spells out Jason Bateman’s savagely sinister directorial debut, Bad Words, which features him as a man determined to destroy a national children’s spelling bee by exploiting a loophole that will allow him to compete against the little geniuses.

The film opens nationwide today, and Bateman talked to Entertainment Weekly about his decades-long desire to direct a movie, being very nasty to smarty-pants little kids, and the little boy who got it the worst. READ FULL STORY

'Phantasm: Ravager' cast details and teaser trailer -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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When the surprise news broke earlier this week that a fifth Phantasm movie  — called Phantasm: Ravager — was not just in the works but had actually been completed, it raised an awful lot of questions. Who directed the latest entry in the beloved cult horror franchise about the ghoulish, mysterious Tall Man and his lethal flying spheres? Which previous actors from the series (if any) would be making an appearance in the film? And when might we see some footage from the first Phantasm movie in 16 years?

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'Cheap Thrills' trailer asks, 'How much for a pinkie finger?' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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How much money would you require to have a pinkie finger cut off? $22,000? $19,000? $15,000? Those are some of the — rapidly — declining bids featured in the new trailer for the black comedy Cheap Thrills.

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'Amazing Spider-Man 2': Marc Webb talks new approach for super-sequel

As the release date for The Amazing Spider-Man 2 approaches, the anticipation among fans is nearing a fever pitch. Factor in the release of the so-called “final trailer” on Wednesday, and you have an added layer of excitement for a comic book franchise whose fans always have something to say.

So director Marc Webb — fresh off the announcement that he won’t be directing the fourth installment of the series — hosted a Q&A in New York City for journalists and revealed the top five things fans really, really need to know before heading to see The Amazing Spider-Man 2 when it hits theaters May 2.

This film reflects a new approach. “I didn’t want to be bound,” Webb said of revamping his approach for the sequel. The first film was emotional and origin-driven, but this time around the 39-year-old said he embraced the “12-year-old-kid in me, the one who thinks ‘this is awesome!’” and opened up the sequel to everything that he enjoyed while reading comic books. “There were things I wanted to try, like moving the camera around for the big Electro sequence,” Webb said. “But I wanted to keep the characters.”

Pay attention to the soundtrack — seriously. Webb paired up with Hans Zimmer and The Magnificent Six — which includes Pharrell Williams and Johnny Marr — to make music an integral part of the film’s experience beyond just a soundtrack. “They were incredible,” Webb said, “really committed to the process of understanding the film.” And that applies to character development too. In fact, Pharrell and Webb worked extensively to “create a balance between Electro’s psychosis and his pathos.”

“He came up with the idea of voices in his head,” Webb said of Pharrell’s contribution. “There’s a scene in Times Square where I had to have Electro switch against Spider-Man and those voices become dominant yo help signal that. … The music literally became part of the character. It’s a way to connect the audience to the thought process of the character.”

Hello, multiple bad guys. This film offers so much more than the first movie in the way of pricey special effects, punchy lines, and expertly choreographed action sequences. Fans will get not one, but three villains in the upcoming film — completing a roster of bad guys who lend extra dimension to the superhero otherwise known as Peter Parker. “Different parts of the character are challenged by different villains, different adversaries,” Webb said of the cast. “One of the great things about the Marvel universe is the complexity of the villains. There’s often a pre-existing, domestic relationship, like with Harry Osborn, that makes those conflicts more emotional and endearing.”

Electro will shock audiences. Shaping the look and dialogue for Electro (Jamie Foxx) was a particular challenge for Webb, who strove to create a parallel between the Oscorp employee-turned-blue bad guy and Spider-Man — with loads of extra-cool special effects, of course. “The cinematic possibilities of that character, I think, were extraordinary,” Webb said about Electro. “I had to explore that, in thinking of the nature of this villain.” Foxx delivered complexity to a character who “wants to be seen,” said Webb, so fans: Make sure to take note of how the hero and villain “react to their situations in a way that defines their characters.”

Gwen and Aunt Mary get a bumped-up storyline. The ladies of The Amazing Spider-Man — Emma Stone and Sally Field — are back for round two. But there’s an extra character (no spoilers!) who adds some extra dimension (and sheds some extra light) on who Peter Parker really is. It’s no mistake that girl power is central to the storyline, Webb said, joking that his mom was his inspiration for the film’s pumped-up female presence. “We’re surrounded by really wonderful women,” Webb noted of the women on his production staff. “It’s just important for the universe…the [women] are a crucial part of Peter’s life.”

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