In what is either the least or most timely film news of the month, it was announced today that writer-director Eli Roth is executive producing a remake of his 2002 flesh-eating virus horror film, Cabin Fever.
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Director Alex Ross Perry takes a chainsaw to the tweedy highbrow literary scene and the toxic men who inhabit it in Listen Up Philip.
Philip Lewis Friedman (Jason Schwartzman) is one of those fully realized personalities. A successful novelist awaiting the publication of his second book, Philip is at turns cripplingly insecure and a megalomaniac who’s unafraid to alienate and offend. In this exclusive clip, you’ll see Philip meeting up with an ex early in the film.
With the droll, unflinching narration (from Eric Bogosian), and bristly intelligent humor, it’s an indicative sample of the belligerent arrogance Philip displays throughout the film as he leaves his girlfriend (Elisabeth Moss) in the city and retreats to the country house of his literary idol Ike Zimmerman (Jonathan Pryce) for some peace. EW spoke with Perry about his third feature, its cinematic and literary influences, the value in dark humor and why this film transcends the misogyny of the wretched men at its center
Those who appreciate the various macabre and/or fantastical works of author, artist, and auteur Clive Barker are having a happy Halloween, thanks to horror imprint Scream Factory releasing the “Director’s Cut” of his 1990 film, Nightbreed. And it looks like they’re going to have a terrifyingly terrific Christmas as well.
Scream Factory announced today that on Dec. 16, it will release a collector’s edition Blu-ray of Barker’s third—and so far final—film as director, 1995’s Lord of Illusions. The 2-disc set will include both the theatrical version of the film and a director’s cut, a commentary from Barker, deleted scenes, previously unseen on-set footage, a photo gallery, and a new interview with storyboard artist Martin Mercer. Barker-heads who order the title from ShoutFactory.com will receive an exclusive 18″x24″ poster featuring the Blu-ray’s newly commissioned artwork, while supplies last.
No stranger to awards with an Oscar, Emmy, and Golden Globes nomination (and win) under her belt, Queen Latifah is set to host the inaugural broadcast of the Hollywood Film Awards, CBS announced Friday.
“Queen Latifah is the real deal,” said Jack Sussman, CBS’ executive vice president of specials, music and live events, in a statement. “She is a triple threat—she can act, she can sing, she can dance—she is beloved by audiences across multiple genres and she entertains millions of people every day.”
For her part, Latifah said she is “honored to be part of a legendary award show,” which has been kicking off awards season for the past 17 years, honoring films that are sometimes not even finished yet. It will air live (with a West Coast delay) on CBS from the Hollywood Palladium on November 14 and includes a live red carpet and post-show with CBS This Morning anchors Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King.
Gone Girl may have had a cozy two weeks at the top of the box office, but there’s a new contender in town: Fury. Brad Pitt stars in the David Ayer-directed WWII pic that’s expected to march to the top spot by the weekend’s close, in spite of the crowded adult-targeted market.
The Guillermo del Toro-produced animated pic The Book of Life hits theaters this weekend, too, as does the weepy Nicolas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me. Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, and Children also expands nationwide after two uninspiring weeks in limited release.
Here’s how things might play out.
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.”
With Johnny Depp and Geoffrey Rush both returning for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, the fifth film in the hit franchise, fans have turned their attention to which actor will play the film’s villain.
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.
Amazing Amy has a new foe to reckon with this weekend. Universal and Legendary’s Dracula Untold (Cinema Score: A-) edged out Gone Girl for the No. 1 spot, Friday. Starring Luke Evans as the classic bloodsucker, Dracula Untold took in around $8.9 million, Friday (including Thursday showings), while David Fincher’s Gone Girl earned an estimated $8.15 million. It could be a tight race to No. 1, but tracking suggests that Gone Girl may end up the victor with $26 or $27 million this weekend and a $3 million lead over Dracula.
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