The apocalypse-comedy genre meets the funny-folks-playing-parodic-versions of themselves genre in new movie This is the End, which will be released June 14. Written and directed by Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg, the film finds “Seth Rogen,” “James Franco,” “Jonah Hill,” “Danny McBride,” “Craig Robinson,” and “Jay Baruchel,” waiting out an apocalyptic event at Franco’s (fictional) house. This is the End also features a host of other self-lampooning notables, including Michael Cera, Emma Watson, and Rihanna.
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One of the first things future Snowfort Pictures founder Travis Stevens did after arriving in Los Angeles was hit Tom Cruise in the head. “I moved to L.A. with a degree in filmmaking and I thought I would be hired to make films,” he recalls. “Within a couple of months I realized ‘No’. So I started doing work as an extra just to be on a set.” One of the movies Stevens worked on was 1996′s Cruise-starring Jerry Maguire. “There’s this scene where Tom Cruise gets out of a limo and there’s all these reporters,” continues Stevens. “For some reason they gave me this big telephoto lense on my camera and in one of the early takes I smacked him him right in the head. I almost crapped my pants. I was like, ‘Oh my god, I’ve just killed my career.’”
As it happens, Stevens’ career would turn out just fine. In 2010, the now seasoned film exec founded Snowfort Pictures, a boutique production company specializing in smarter-than-average — or so-called “elevated” — genre movies, and immediately impressed horror fans with A Horrible Way To Die from director Adam Wingard and writer Simon Barrett (the pair responsible for this summer’s much-tipped You’re Next). Stevens now has two films debuting at this month’s SXSW — the rather self-explanatory Big Ass Spider and the black comedy-thriller Cheap Thrills — and a number of other projects in the pipeline, including the documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune and the revenge movie American Muscle.
We asked Travis to walk us through his upcoming slate of movie mayhem. READ FULL STORY
Argo’s Oscar triumph will certainly enhance the careers of all those involved, none more so than its producer, director, and star, Ben Affleck. But it could also boost another filmmaker who has absolutely nothing to do with Argo, except a desire to bring to screen a part of the story that the acclaimed historical drama left out.
EW.com first told you about Science Fiction Land last fall, when its director, Judd Ehrlich, was seeking Kickstarter support to raise $50,000 to finish the project. (Mission: Accomplished.) To briefly recap here: Argo was based on the true-life tale of CIA agent Tony Mendez (played by Affleck in the movie), who posed as the producer of a fake science fiction flick to rescue six Americans trapped in Iran in 1979. Science Fiction Land is a documentary that will profile an idealistic dreamer-schemer named Barry Ira Geller, whose bid to make a Star Wars-esque sci-fi opus based on Roger Zelazny’s 1967 sci-fi novel Lord of Light (and build a $400 million, 1000-acre theme park called Science Fiction Land) proved to be a wild and weird adventure that ended in scandalous failure in 1980. What Geller didn’t learn until just a few years ago was that the Oscar-winning make-up artist who had been working on Lord of Light, John Chambers (played in Argo by John Goodman), was also a CIA consultant who helped Mendez plan the rescue operation, and that they used Geller’s script and concept art, drawn by comic book legend Jack Kirby, as props in their ruse.
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J.J. Abrams is a man of many enthusiasms, so speaking slowly is generally not his thing. But today the director arrives late for lunch at the dining facility of his company, Bad Robot, in Santa Monica. He’s carrying a plate of pasta, wearing an apologetic expression, and actually searching for words.
“I’m sorry,” he says, by way of an opener. “With today, it’s awkward. Or it’s going to be. Super awkward.”
Abrams is here to discuss Star Trek Into Darkness (out May 17; not yet rated), the 3-D sequel to his 2009 hit Star Trek and an all-but-certain popcorn powerhouse for 2013. Over the years he’s turned Bad Robot into a hub for storytellers, artists, and digital dreamers — an Algonquin with action figures and board games lining the shelves. And right now the whole building is alive and humming with postproduction work on the movie. But in a couple of minutes, Abrams explains sheepishly, there’s going to be a sonic boom when an industry website reports that he has agreed to direct Star Wars: Episode VII, the first Jedi film that will take the saga beyond the Viking funeral of the redeemed Darth Vader.
Abrams punctuates his explanation with one word: “Madness.” It’s a solid choice. READ FULL STORY
Back in December, we gave you an exclusive first look at Asa Butterfield and Harrison Ford as Ender Wiggin and Colonel Hyrum Graff in Summit’s upcoming sci-fi adaptation of Ender’s Game (due Nov. 1), based on the popular novel by Orson Scott Card. Today, a second official image has hit the net (via fansites like EnderWiggin.net), and it introduces us to Ender’s Battle School companion, Petra Arkanian, played by True Grit‘s Hailee Steinfeld. READ FULL STORY
Peter Jackson’s first Hobbit movie may not have gotten much love from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, but the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Horror Films saw things differently, lavishing the fantasy epic with nine Saturn Award nominations today. The awards, now in their 39th year, honor the best genre films, TV shows, and home entertainment. They’ll be presented in June, though the ceremony’s exact date and location have yet to be announced.
Here’s a partial rundown of this year’s Saturn nominees, including the movies honored in its new independent film category. Visit the awards show’s website for a full list.
Best Science Fiction Film
Marvel’s The Avengers
The Hunger Games
Best Fantasy Film
The Amazing Spider-Man
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
Life of Pi
Snow White and the Huntsman
You know those films with titles that just subtly hint at what the movie might contain? Well, Big A– Spider! is not one of them.
Indeed, judging by the Big A– Spider! trailer, this Greg Grunberg-starring comedy-horror movie — which will premiere at next month’s SXSW Film Festival — very much features a big a– spider. Check it out and tell us what you think (unless you think, “Hey, this movie’s about a big a– spider!” because, to be honest, we’ve kind of covered that). READ FULL STORY
'John Dies at the End': Paul Giamatti and director Don Coscarelli talk about their demented horror-comedy
Director Don Coscarelli is best known for the Phantasm horror series—about folks getting their brains drilled out by silver spheres—and 2002′s Bubba Ho-Tep, about a nursing home showdown between an Egyptian mummy and a man, played by Bruce Campbell, who believes himself to be Elvis. Doesn’t the filmmaker ever dream of making a nice, romantic-comedy? Seemingly not. Coscarelli’s latest offering is John Dies at the End, which stars Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes as a pair of slacker-types who gain the ability to travel to different dimensions after consuming a drug called “soy sauce” and Paul Giamatti as a journalist Williamson’s character recruits to tell their bizarre tale. And “bizarre” seems the appropriate word for a movie whose outlandish sights include a flying moustache, a door handle turning into penis, and a monster made from cuts of meat.
On Saturday night, the horror anthology sequel S-VHS will premiere at Park City’s Library Center Theatre just a few months after Magnolia Pictures’ genre arm Magnet released its predecessor, the also Sundance-screened V/H/S. Remarkably, Brad Miska, one of the producers of the found footage series, says the second movie could have debuted even sooner. “We had internally joked about how hilarious it would be to actually have S-VHS premiere at the Toronto Film Festival before the first one came out,” laughs Miska, a cofounder of the horror website Bloody Disgusting. “But we thought that would be incredibly disrespectful to Magnolia, so we didn’t do that.”
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