Wes Craven's 8 Greatest Films

Sunday, August 30, 2015 at 5:00 am

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If Wes Craven, who died last night in Los Angeles, was never quite the "master" of terror that ads would so often proclaim him as, he was mostly no slouch either, having earned a place in the horror film iconography of the '70s, '80s, '90s and aughts. I had heard second-hand from people who've worked with him that he was losing a step or two on some of his more recent film sets, but his brain cancer was a fairly well-kept secret, and he certainly seemed coherent and articulate when I had a chance to interview him back in 2011 (it is unfortunately no longer online). Wes Craven indirectly taught me that blind hero worship does not hold up when I saw Shocker and hated it, but he also taught me an old dog can learn new tricks, and that one misstep doesn't make you fall down forever.

76 is too young an age to lose a man who, even in his atrocious penultimate film My Soul to Take, was writing young characters with a vibrancy and believability that too many people his age forget. Though he tended to stumble when following a formula, his most beloved horror films utilized unique source material and blazed original trails and set the standard for so many imitators to come. Let us now take a moment to celebrate the best of them - and trust me when I say MY best will be slightly different than most others.

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Lionsgate Looking to Make Borderlands Movie With Avi Arad

Friday, August 28, 2015 at 10:10 am


Yes, the Spider-Man producer who had to get booted off the Spider-Man series in order for the Marvel deal to happen and who also brought us the Bratz movie, is now planning on taking a game most distinctive for its stylized animation and pointlessly make it live-action. Lionsgate promises "a bold, provocative, no-holds-barred motion picture phenomenon" with "the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise."

Or maybe they just want to have trailers mentioning a planet called Pandora by the time the Avatar sequels are out.

Oh, wait, here's the best part of the press release (I'm assuming it's a press release because I'd think an actual written story would be more skeptical about Mr. Arad): "Avi Arad founded Marvel Studios in 1993 and resigned 13 years later to form his own production company, where Ari Arad is the president. He's continuing to produce some of the Marvel films, such as the 'Spider-Man' titles, along with videogame adaptations such as 'Uncharted' and "Ghost in the Shell.""

Yes, that groundbreaking video game Ghost in the Shell. I've heard of that. Am I being overly cynical here?

Star Wars: Battlefront Reveals a First Good Look at the Battle of Jakku

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 12:00 pm

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Is this how the Rebels ultimately lost the war? Or did they win? Either way, Rey's planet in The Force Awakens didn't just get filled with rubble from the original trilogy by accident.

You'll get to fight a land battle while the consequences of the one in space send debris hurtling down on you. As both Rebels and Imperials fight on a planet that's unfamiliar to them, Star Destroyers crash as combat rages in the skies.

Are you ready to preorder yet? EA is waiting to Jakku for all the money you've got.

Jeremy Renner Reveals His New Purple Hawkeye Costume, Civil War Factions

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 11:36 am


I guess the classic mask is beside the point at this stage, but I am liking this a lot. Renner just Tweeted it out.

He also Tweeted what appears to be concept art for Team Iron Man and Team Cap in Civil War, though it could also conceivably be fan art (since it features his new costume, though, it's likely legit - but there's no Spider-Man yet). Potential SPOILERS ahoy...

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Assassin's Creed Movie Pulls a Resident Evil, Reveals Totally New Lead Character

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:55 am

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That's Michael Fassbender as Callum Lynch, the all-new Templar fighter who will go back and forth between the present day and 15th-century Spain via the memories of his ancestor Aguilar.

Yes, present-day - I know the premise allows for it, but it sounds to me a lot like they're trying to save money by not having the whole movie be a period piece. Still, Fassbender certainly looks the part.

The movie opens Dec. 21st, 2016, but parts of it will be out of focus and include some temp shots - the fully corrected version won't be available to watch till months later. I mean, if they really want to recreate the game experience.

Finn Busts out His Lightsaber in New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Clip!

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 10:13 am


"Impressive. Most impressive. But you are not a full trailer yet."

Yes, that looks like Luke's Empire saber to me too.

A new mini-clip on Instagram gives us a bit more, including the return of Supreme Leader Snoke's voice-over...

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This Upcoming TMNT Bebop and Rocksteady Fan Film Looks Terrifying

Thursday, August 27, 2015 at 9:30 am


Let's face it - Tokka and Rahzar in the original movies didn't scare any of us half as much as when Bebop and/or Rocksteady showed up at the end of a level in the arcade game and started kicking our young gamer asses. Thanks to a Cracked article, I came across a trailer for a fan film that gives me flashbacks to that "Oh shit, my Turtle's gonna die now" vibe I used to get back in the day (which was irrational, given that I only played using huge rolls of quarters that didn't run out).

Seriously, seeing these guys in motion, slobbering and shooting off automatic weapons while drunk, is pretty damn creepy. If Sheamus and Uncle Ruckus are even close to this in the real movie sequel I'll be impressed (which is unlikely).

Watch and see...

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High and Young Frankenstein Get Vinyl Figures

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 11:00 am


One of the best quirks of the toy industry is that cartoon caricatures, if stylized enough, aren't considered "likenesses," and thus we can get toys based on people like Sean Penn who probably wouldn't give permission to some big capitalist corporation to waste plastic by mass-producing his visage. That's how I imagine him saying it, anyway.

I mean, it's also pretty much a crime that we have more action figures of Johnny Depp as Willy Wonka than we do of Gene Wilder, but again, thanks to Vinyl Idolz, you'll be getting Doctor "Fronkensteen" as well as two other key characters.

Next up, I suggest Vinyl Idolz make non-likeness likenesses of Jack Nicholson and Peter Weller - two actors who notoriously charge such high fees that only Hot Toys has been willing to pay them thus far. This style would be PERFECT for Buckaroo Banzai.

That Sci-Fi Porn We Visited the Set of Two Years Ago Has a Trailer, and It's NUTS

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:00 am


For reasons that are possibly quite obvious, one of the most popular stories I've ever written was 2013's "On the Set of a Sci-Fi Porno." The movie in question, Saving Humanity, was already setting itself up to be more ambitious than most of its kind, with a script long enough that it could tell a story even with the hardcore sex bits trimmed, and a ton of digital effects planned.

It took a lot longer to finish that footage than I imagined, but it certainly is wild even aside from all the blurred nudity. CG sabretooth cats, sci-fi laser battles, martial-arts fights and a green-screen musical number are involved somehow, along with a glowing space pyramid that the characters all refer to as a "monolith" (which by definition would have to be considerably bigger).

It's probably not interesting to anybody else, but I do find it notable that producer Kim Nielsen is now listed as director, when Harry Sparks was the one with that role on-set. Intrigue! Maybe that's why it's as crazy-looking as it is.

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The Farce Awakens, as the First Comedy Trailer to Pretend to Be Star Wars This Year Is...

Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 8:57 am


Back in 1999, Austin Powers 2 got a lot of mileage by faking out audiences with a trailer acknowledging that if you only saw one movie that year, it should be Star Wars - but if you saw two, then it should be the second. (That it turned out to be cinematic "number two" was kind of ironic, in the end.)

This year's edition doesn't push quite so hard for must-see status, but does feature an actor more gifted than Mike Myers...

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