The guy who made Bronson and Drive wants to take you on a trip to the 42nd Street of ’60s and ’70s New York City. As a guidebook, he offers a collection of lurid and strange movie posters.
Of course Nicolas Winding Refn, a writer and director, and a participant in The American Genre Film Archive, is a wildly knowledgable cinephile. He has an incredible collection of exploitation movie posters that is now being published as the book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing. Guided by Refn and written by Alan Jones, the founder of Film 4 Fright Fest, The Act of Seeing gives museum treatment to posters that were thought of as anything but art when they adorned the windows of grindhouse theaters decades ago.
I spoke to Refn about his collection and the appeal of the films these posters represent, even when the posters are less than honest about the movies they’re selling. Our conversation ranged into the raw basement design of bootlegged images for stolen films, and the appeal of the 1961 Dennis Hopper film Night Tide. Read More »
We saw some new Bond action from Spectre via a weird Heineken ad just a few days ago, but here’s a new look at the action in the film without the distracting beer commercial. This new Spectre action scenes video shows off some of the work that went into building the big sequences for Bond’s new film. As is the pleasant trend of late, the focus here is on practical effects rather than on digital work. Have a look at the footage below. Read More »
Bruce Campbell returns as the dopey, selfish Ash in Sam Raimi‘s new TV series Ash vs Evil Dead, but this time he isn’t alone in his battle against demented, relentless evil.
There’s a whole set of new characters around him, from the two sidekicks (at least one of whom might be a lot smarter than Ash) played by Dana DeLorenzo and Ray Santiago, to the cop played by Jill Marie Jones and Ruby, the tough new character for Lucy Lawless. Meet them all in a new featurette below, which also has a bunch of new footage, and even a good hint about how Ash unleashes the Evil Dead this time. Read More »
Lucasfilm and Disney have released a new way to explore one of the new environments in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, via a new 360-degree video standard available on Facebook.
A one-minute video puts viewers in the driver’s seat of Rey’s speeder bike, as the craft zips along the desert, and you can even hear BB-8 at the end of the ride. The video, which is more video game than cinema, allows the viewer to pan and tilt for a 360-degree view of a section of Jakku’s landscape, complete with the ruins from the Battle of Jakku dominated by that massive crashed Star Destroyer we saw in one teaser.
Check out the Force Awakens 360-degree video below. Read More »
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The second MondoCon begins in just over a week, following immediately on the heels of Fantastic Fest. When MondoCon 2015 kicks goes down on October 3 and 4 at the Marchesa Hall & Theater in Austin, TX, one of the prints available will be a dramatic art deco-styled poster for The Rocketeer, from artist Martin Ansin. Check out both the regular and variant Rocketeer MondoCon posters below. Read More »
Shane Carruth has made two movies, Primer and Upstream Color, with a long quiet period between them. Both those films were totally independent, low-budget affairs; both films achieved far more than the humble bottom line of either movie would lead anyone to assume. Now, for his third movie, Carruth is pulling in some money — if not “big-budget” by studio standards we’re definitely talking about far more money than he’s used before — and if things work out that will allow his script The Modern Ocean to be realized on screen just as he wants it. Read More »
Not so long ago, in 2014, Drew Goddard was working on Marvel’s Daredevil, and scheduled to write and direct Sinister Six for Sony. That was before the Sony email hack, and the new plan for Spider-Man to be produced by Marvel, and a host of other events and decisions.
Goddard is no longer making the Sinister Six movie because that movie is no longer happening. But the plan for that film, which he calls “the giant, epic Spider-Man movie of my dreams,” was originally set to have it take place somewhat outside movie continuity, and Goddard says it could be revived if Marvel and Sony want it. Read More »
Weaveworld is one of Clive Barker‘s earlier novels; it’s a huge, super-weird fantasy story packed with magic, bizarre creatures and some unusual sex. Now there’s going to be a Weaveworld TV series, and Barker is an exec producer. But since the show is in development for The CW, some of the signature elements of Weaveworld, the novel, are probably going to have to go. Which ones? Well, based on the plot description we have at this point, it’s hard to tell, but we make some guesses below. Read More »
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Gwendoline Christie plays one of the most mysterious characters in JJ Abrams‘s Star Wars: The Force Awakens — she’s Captain Phasma, the unique stormtrooper commander in the chrome armor and flowing cape. Christie’s presence in the film is intriguing and exciting, and it offers her a chance to further explore some of the same ideas we see in her Game of Thrones character Brienne of Tarth: a woman who is powerful and interesting because of her personality and skills.
Now, Christie is discussing her Star Wars character in a bit more detail. Not giving away story points, mind you, but going into the appeal of the character, and what it means to play a woman in this specific situation. Read More »