Sam Raimi is back in theaters this week with Drag Me To Hell, a gnarly revenge tale focusing on the repercussions of a selfish act. It’s his first non-Spider-Man film since 2000 and, judging by trailer, it seems he’s been eager to flex his genre muscles. He’s always been a tremendously inventive director with a wicked taste for the macabre and this film will surely display these skills. Below are five disturbing scenes we’ve compiled to give you a sense of the man’s work…
Director: Werner Herzog Cast: Nicolas Cage, Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer Synopsis: “Port of Call” stars Cage as the not-good Lieutenant and Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, Jennifer Coolidge, Xhibit and Fairuza Balk as the people who helps him be not so good. Genre: Drama Release Date: December 2, 2009
Ever been curious about Die Hard hero John McClane's back story? Like, the waaaay-back story before Holly and the kids? Well, you can put your curiosity to bed soon. This August, Fox Atomic Comics and BOOM! Studios will release the first issue of Die Hard: Year One, a comic book that will delve into McClane's rookie year on the force. According to Comics Continuum, the comic will follow John while he "earns his badge in New York City during 1976's Bicentennial celebration… and the Summer of Sam." This doesn't bode well for a run-in with an eight-year-old Argyle, but a man can dream. (I don't think I'm alone in saying that an alternare-reality Die Hard title in which McClane brings a young Argyle on as his wisecracking sidekick would kick all sorts of ass. Throw in a superpowered Hans Gruber and you have yourself a top-selling title.)Ahem. Back to reality. Issue #1 of Die Hard: Year One is written by Howard Chaykin, who was behind DC/Vertigo's American Century title, and had a hand in Marvel's "Mutant X" TV show. Stephen Thompson (IDW's Star Trek: New Frontier) will supply the artwork, and it looks like there might be some variant covers by Dave Johnson, Jock and John Paul Leon.Issue #1 will be 24 pp. and available for $3.99 at any self-respecting comic book shop. Check out the full covers after the jump!
A little while back, we posted about the Judd Apatow-helmed, Adam Sandler and Seth Rogen-starring Funny People featuring fake films within the film. Well, one of those fakes has found its way to the 'nets early. It's Jason Schwartzman as actor Mark Taylor Jackson, starring in his own NBC sitcom, "Yo, Teach!" Imagine "Head of the Class," but with wisecracking city kids instead of precocious geniuses, and with internet comic sensation Bo Burnham appearing as an "F" student who raps to cope with his insecurities. Yo, Teach! – Watch more Movie Trailers It's damn funny stuff, and Apatow nails the tone of all those one-liner-laden sitcoms that still dealt with "the issues" of the day… you know… shows like "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" and… every other show on NBC from 1987-2001. This bodes well for the rest of the film, I'd say. The filmmakers even went so far as to shoot an EPK for the show, which you can watch after the jump. It might be the first EPK worth watching in the history of EPKs.
Hot off the CMS from Marketsaw, the 3D Movie blog, come these new Avatar images. According to the site, both pieces are official concept art from the forthcoming book The Art of Avatar: James Cameron's Epic Adventure, which will feature 120 full color concept images in it as well as interviews.(Click image to enlarge)The image above is of some sort of insect-like helicopter, a piece of machinery whose origins Marketsaw can't confirm yet (but head over to their blog to read their in depth speculation.) The folllowing image is a full rendering of the Power Suit, which we've only seen a piece of until now. (Click image to enlarge)I don't know about you guys, but something tells me we're going to be seeing some footage of the flick at Comic Con…
Director: Patrick Read Johnson Cast: John Francis Daley, Austin Pendleton Synopsis: Alienated, hopeful-filmmaker Pat Johnson's epic story growing up in rural Illinois, falling in love, and becoming the first fan of the movie that changed everything. Genre: Comedy Release Date: September 1, 2009
This Friday, Sam Raimi's Drag Me to Hell emerges from the depths and into theaters everywhere. Its star, Alison Lohman, plays Chris, a submissive bank employee who has to grow a pair when a curse is put on her and a particularly douche-y demon tries to… yes, you know… drag her to Hell. Raimi is known for his male muses, particularly Bruce Campbell, but can Lohman become the female Ash? We've seen the film, and she's got the comic chops, if not the chin. ALISON LOHMAN TALKS DRAG ME TO HELL – Watch more Movie Trailers Where else you've seen her: Lohman got her big break as Angela, Nic Cage's long lost daughter, in Matchstick Men. She quickly followed that up as a young Sandra Templeton Bloom in Tim Burton's Big Fish, and was the spitting image of a young Jessica Lange, who played the older Sandra. Look for Alison in the upcoming Neveldine/Taylor-helmed Gamer, with Gerard Butler. Random Quote: The only thing I care about is that I have a strong sense of the character I'm playing. Check out the photos of Alison after the jump.
By Len SnodgrassLen Snodgrass here. When I recently informed ScreenJunkies that my love of television rivals my love of MMORPGs they requested I generate a commentary on this summer’s upcoming reality program offerings. I weighed the toll this assignment would take on my actual viewing of television, and ultimately decided the minimal rate I’d be receiving for my contribution would suffice to fund my Xbox Live subscription. I dove right in to my research and emerged with ten unscripted shows that should keep your interest through the summer season. Some of them are on simultaneously, so be sure to get your DVRs properly configured.
2001. That's the last time Allen and Albert Hughes have directed a feature film: their underrated adaptation of Alan Moore's Jack the Ripper tale, From Hell. In between then and now, the Hughes Brothers have each developed solo projects, helmed TV commercials and music videos together, and pitched projects around town. This writer's had the good fortune to work with them on a couple, believe it or not.Well, the time has come for the brothers to rise again with their post-apocalyptic opus, The Book of Eli, currently being shot in New Mexico. The film stars Denzel Washington as the titular hero, who treks across a barren wasteland of a future United States to protect a book that may mean man's survival. Head over to USA Today for an in-depth first-look at the pic. Or if you're not in the mood to read…Check out some of the new photos from the production after the jump.
Editor’s Note: Many times on Screenjunkies, we falsely assume the identities of celebrities and write articles. Other times, we make characters up entirely. What you’re about to read is the genuine work of a student currently enrolled in the USC School of Cinema-Television. It is real. It is raw. It is about one young man’s discovery of love for a cinema legend. It didn’t cost us a dime to run. By Spencer Vickers In my frequent search to procrastinate when eight three-page papers are due the next day, I find myself up at odd hours of the night on Youtube, looking for something to blow my mind. Porn would probably be more constructive or fulfilling, but sharing a room with another dude puts a damper on that idea… most of the time, at least. (But you never even know it’s happening, Steven, so just settle down.)
Above is the trailer for filmmaker Patrick Read Johnson's '77. This film is autobiographical, and tells the story of Johnson falling in love with Star Wars. No word on whether a sequel is planned in which his love affair turns into a job directing Baby's Day Out. [trailer via Alex Billington @ FirstShowing.Net]Here are today's top links: Seana Mitchell Child Prodigies The Babysitter Edith Larente New Charlize Theron Movie Funny BBQ Flow Chart Wrong Shirt, Jackass Green Lantern Fan Film Bigfoot's Nipple Ehra Madrigal Transformers/T4 Mash-Up $72 Movie Sells
Blood: The Last Vampire, the live-action adaptation of the original 2000 anime film, is about to be released in Japan, and the first five minutes of the film have hit the 'nets to satisfy everyone's thirst for Blood.BLOOD THE LAST VAMPIRE 5 MIN – Watch more MOVIE TRAILERSThe creepy text scroll that starts the film off alone makes this worth watching, but what follows – a hyper-stylized assassination inside a barren subway car – is even cooler. It's right out of the original anime, which told us the story of a Vampire named Saya who hunts bloodsucking demons for the government. Blood: The Last Vampire slices into UK cinemas on June 19th, and then North America in July.
We won’t pretend that Wednesday’s UEFA Champions’ League Final between Manchester United and Barcelona will be as big as the Super Bowl here in the U.S. But in Europe, it's better than the Super Bowl. With its popularity ever-increasing, more and more people are watching the Champions League, if for no other reason than to tide themselves over until the next World Cup (or, for my money, the 2012 Euros).With that in mind, we present to you, Cinema’s Starting 11, whom we think could hold their own against any club team Europe can muster:
White Ribbon – Scene 1 – Watch more Movie Trailers Well, the 2009 Festival de Cannes wrapped up, and the winner of the prestigious Palme d'Or was not, in fact, Lars von Trier's Willem Dafoe's Bare Ass and Mutilated Balls. Nay, the honor went to Michael Haneke's The White Ribbon (Das weiße Band), a film about the strange happenings in 1913 at a German school dealing with ritual punishment. Haneke also directed the torture film, Funny Games. By our estimates, this makes him the German Judd Apatow. Check out the other clip from the film – conveniently translated into English for those of us who don't sprechen ze Deutsch, if you know what I mean. And if you do, you sprechen ze Deutsch, so just make sure your speakers are on.
This clip has been farting around on for a little while now, but we thought we'd share it with you on this Memorial Day weekend, because for us, Memorial Day is not only about remembering our troops; it's also about commiting great flatulence scenes to memory. This is one of those scenes. It's a clip from "Michael and Michael Have Issues," a new half-hour comedy series that airs in July, appropriately enough, on Comedy Central. The show stars Michael Ian Black and Michael Showalter, who most recently worked on Comedy Central's (sadly) short-lived "Stella" series alongside fellow ex-"The State" member David Wain, who's now off directing important "issue" films for big Hollywood studios, like Role Models. As much as we're fans of Mr. Wain, we think Michael and Michael will be just fine without the f&*king turncoat.
This morning, Slashfilm's Brendon Connelly posted three clips from Terry Gilliam's The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, which just screened at Cannes and wowed the critics, many of whom framed their reviews around this being Heath Ledger's final film. The first clip features the recently departed actor donning a mask that gives me the creeps/flashbacks to Eyes Wide Shut and Amadeus, and wooing a small crowd of curious bystanders. I couldn't help but notice a few tiny Joker-like nuances in the way Ledger moves in this scene. Still hadn't shaken the clown when he shot this, I suppose. The other clips, which you can see after the jump, are a little more . One features Christopher Plummer as the titular character, and a lot of cool SFX that's a little LOTR, a little Harry Potter, and a lot Gilliam. The other features actress Lily Cole doing her best Lolita while Verne "Mini-Me" Troyer drives a horse-drawn carriage. Not as adorable as one would think. This is Gilliam, after all. He could make the Muppet Babies off-putting.
Director: Terry GilliamCast: Johnny Depp, Heath Ledger, Jude Law, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer, Lily Cole Synopsis: A fantastical morality tale, set in the present day, telling the story of Dr Parnassus and his extraordinary 'Imaginarium', a travelling show where members of the audience get an irresistible opportunity to choose between light and joy or darkness and gloom.
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Bruce Willis is back, bald and with a full head of hair! How is that possible, you ask? Well it’s easy when you’re playing a bald man plugged into a machine that allows you to control your thick haired carbon copy. The trailer for the new sci-fi/action thriller Surrogates hit the 'nets today and it looks like a doozy of a concept. Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates. The film comes from director Jonathan Mostow, who also directed Terminator 3, U-571, and Breakdown starring Kurt Russell (awesome!). Take a look at the trailer after the jump, let us know what you think – like whether or not you like Ving Rhames in dreadlocks.
Director: Jonathan MostowCast: Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames, Radha Mitchell, Rosamund Pike, Boris KodjoeSynopsis: Set in a futuristic world where humans live in isolation and interact through surrogate robots, a cop (Willis) is forced to leave his home for the first time in years in order to investigate the murders of others’ surrogates.Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Well, Memorial Day is upon us: a time to reflect on all those who fought for our country. Try to fit some time for that into your three-day weekend… maybe in between screenings of Terminator Salvation and Star Trek. After all, war is, as the saying goes, hell… but war movie dialogue totally blows us away! (Oh yes we did!!) Yeah…watching guys get shot up into less grotesque versions of the "Real Housewives of New York City" is awesome, but some of the high caliber conversation from war flicks sticks with you longer than a Vietnam flashback. Here are some of our favorite lines from war flicks that have left the biggest scars on our memories…
Handjobs For The Future Our friends at Atom posted this Terminator Salvation-inspired short that surmises what would really happen if James Cameron's vision of time travel were possible. It gives a whole new meaning to Arnold's ubiquitous "Come with me if you want to live." Thanks, I'll be here all week. The Best Movie Robots Ever (Pajiba) Will Smith Did Something Dull (FilmDrunk) The Dow Jones Yo (SickPigs) Inappropriate Ronald McDonald Photos (Manofest) Dee Lyla Is HOT (GorillaMask) Everyones Hitting The Recession (IAmBored) Carlos Mencia's Twittering? (Cracked) The Expendables Poster Is Now Here (Filmofilia) Lionsgate's Upcoming Features (DreadCentral) Tom Cruise And Will Smiths Scientological Discussions (Holytaco) Katrina Darrell Gallery (BustedCoverage) Bikini Pro Pics (Uncoached) Awful Terminator Costumes (UnrealityMag) Inglourius Basterds Review (ThePlaylist) Clippers Are Gonna Snag Griffin (MoonDogSports)
It appears Rian Johnson, the mastermind behind Brick and The Brothers Bloom, has decided to record and make available a downloadable commentary podcast to coincide with the expansion of Brothers Bloom’s limited release. With movie tickets costing the price of what a kidney goes for on the black market nowadays, I’m sure tons of people are really excited about forking over the price for two tickets to see the movie with and without commentary. Then again, I saw Brick twice in theaters, so maybe Johnson’s filmmaking is just badass enough to convince me to do this. Or maybe I’m just lonely enough to see a movie twice with an iPhone podcast as my only company. Find the link to the commentary after the jump!
The Hangover is a comedy about a bachelor party in Las Vegas that loses the groom. The morning after their night of debauchery, they have to reconstruct their party to locate their missing friend. The stars – Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis, Ed Helms and Heather Graham – and director Todd Phillips shared their tips for making a Vegas comedy, and continued the same kind of hilarious riffing that made it into the final cut opening June 5th in theaters everywhere.Ed Helms: “I guess my character, Stu, is kind of a nervous nelly, rule follower of the group.
Today's the big day… Judgment Day has happened… the Machines have Risen… but Salvation is on our doorsteps. Despite a 34% score on RottenTomatoes (as of this post), Terminator Salvation, which opens today, will most likely pack 'em into theaters like a Harvester bagging meatsacks. And Bryce Dallas Howard (above) is another reason to go see it. Unless you're listening to Harry Knowles' scathing review, which states that all Bryce was did during the film was "open her eyes really wide." In the film, Bryce plays Kate Connor, the wife of John Connor – a role originated in Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, by Claire Danes. And as you'll see from the picture above and the ones after the jump, if there's any actress whose baby blues we'd like to see widening repeatedly on screen, it's Ms. Howard.Narrow your eyes in the blinding beauty of Bryce photos after the jump.
Tomorrow, Terminator Salvation opens, and there's been a lot of controversy surrounding its PG-13 rating. You see, it's the first Terminator flick that's been anything less than an "R," and the question remains as to whether or not that means watered down. One decidely R-Rated moment chopped from the film is a topless Moon Bloodgood (above), who plays Blair Williams, a badass lady pilot for the Resistance. Where Else You've Seen Her:You might recognize her as Livia Beale, time-jumping hero Dan Vasser's ex on the short-lived NBC series, "Journeyman." She also had a brief scene in What Just Happened, the Barry Levinson-directed comedy starring Robert DeNiro as a Hollywood producer losing his mind. And she's also got a couple episodes of "Burn Notice" under her belt, which is not the only accessory she's not wearing in any of the photos after the jump. Random Quote: "I'm into chivalry. As much as I'm a guy's girl with a potty mouth, a polite man who opens the door is so refreshing."Click "MORE" for more photos of Ms. Bloodgood.
Quentin Tarantino’s WW2 opus Inglourious Basterds dropped at Cannes last night, and was met with mixed reviews. Lots of folks loved it, but we heard it through the grapevine (the grapevine being our friends at Pajiba), that some snooty type from The Guardian called it "Cannes' Turkey." And while they haven't commented yet, we're sure the Nazi Film Critics Society pooped all over it. They hate everything but Mel Gibson movies. Inglourious Basterds – Clip #1 – Watch Movie Trailers Check out this first clip with Lt. Aldo Rain (Brad Pitt) pumping Bridget von Hammersmarck (Diane Kruger) for info on Hitler's whereabouts. And then watch the other two after the jump.
SAM RAIMI knows horror. Sure, he’s spent the last decade filming a certain web-slinger swinging from skyscrapers, but he’s finally returned to the genre where he established his unique visual style. In Drag Me To Hell, Raimi dusts off his duffel bag of detached eyeballs, maggot puke, and thrashing demonic heads… And, well, it's been worth the wait, to say the least.