With Adam Wingard‘s The Blair Witch Project sequel Blair Witch itching to hit theaters on September 16th, a lot of fans are looking back at the original 1999 film. But not jut fans, also the movie’s co-director Eduardo Sanchez, who says he would like to create an extended cut of The Blair Witch Project from the 19 hours of footage that was shot for the indie horror breakout.
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There’s some big buzz surrounding another anticipated premiere out of the Venice Film Festival. This time, it’s Mel Gibson‘s return behind the camera for the first time in 10 years that is garnering plenty of attention.
Hacksaw Ridge is a war drama based on the true story of Desmond Doss, a young Seventh Day Adventist who drew criticism from his fellow soldiers for sticking to his Pacifist beliefs and never picking up a weapon during his time serving in the military during World War II. Miraculously, the soldier single-handedly rescued 75 of his wounded brothers in one night, earning him the Medal of Honor. The story paints the portrait of a man who stood by his own beliefs and credited God with his heroic feats, and Mel Gibson doesn’t shy away from a message of faith in the face of adversity.
The first Hacksaw Ridge reviews have arrived from the festival, where the film received a 10-minute standing ovation. While there’s plenty of praise for an astounding performance by Andrew Garfield and some incredible, harrowing battle footage in the vein of Saving Private Ryan, it sounds like the film has problems in its lack of subtlety. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Angie Han
In terms of new releases, it’s slim pickings out there this weekend. Oh sure, there are a couple of bigger films (Light Between Oceans and Morgan) and a handful of indies, plus some high-profile holdovers from earlier in the summer. But if none of those quite suit your fancy, how about revisiting a film you may have missed the first time around?
Lionsgate is putting its young adult thriller Nerve back into theaters across the country this weekend. You may remember it from its original July 27 release — it’s the one starring Emma Roberts and Dave Franco as participants in an online game that’s “like Truth or Dare, minus the Truth.” But the really good news is that if you skipped it then and want to see it now, you’ll be able to do so for just $5. Read More »
Posted on Friday, September 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
17 years later, The Blair Witch Project isn’t just one of the most influential horror movies of all time – it’s a great film, a “found footage” movie that actually feels like an actual lost document. Unlike its often too stylized successors, it’s easy to understand why the original could actually inspire many viewers at the time to wonder if what they were watching was actually real. It’s as vague and incomprehensible as a really unfinished movie cobbled together out of footage shot by a couple of dead kids…which only makes it all the more frightening.
The new film in the series, simply titled Blair Witch, was never go inspire the mania that surrounded the first movie. However, keeping the identity of the film a secret until just two months before its release is the kind of impressive hucksterism that the horror genre needs. Speaking of impressive hucksterism, it looks like the Blair Witch viral marketing has begun in earnest, starting with a creepy YouTube video.
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Last night, Damien Chazelle‘s musical romance La La Land premiered at the Venice Film Festival on the other side of the world. The film is one of my most anticipated films of the year, so I couldn’t be happier to hear all the positive buzz coming from the premiere.
The first La La Land reviews reaffirm what we’ve observed from the trailers, calling the film a loyal homage to classic movie musicals, shot magnificently, and acted superbly by stars Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone with some astounding original music. However, for all the praise that calls the film audacious, exciting and passionate, some reviews also point out that the film has difficulty balancing the fantastical nature of the musical style with the raw, emotional drama that comes between musical numbers, making the film a little uneven.
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Audiences lucky enough to get into a sneak preview screening of the horror flick The Woods at Comic-Con were treated to one of the coolest surprises that cinema has seen in a while. The horror film directed by Adam Wingard was revealed to actually be a sequel to The Blair Witch Project simply called Blair Witch. In the spirit of the original film, it’s apparently one of the scarier horror releases in recent memory.
Now a new Blair Witch trailer has arrived to show you the terror in store when the movie hits theaters next month, and it looks even more suspenseful and terrifying than the original movie from 1999. With the way this secret was kept from audiences, I really hope it delivers the scares along with the surprise that this movie even exists. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
In one sense, we’ve been waiting for a new Blair Witch Project sequel for over a decade. The original film came out 17 years ago, and the much-reviled sequel was released 16 years ago. But really, we’ve only known we were waiting for the past few weeks. It wasn’t until last month we even realized another Blair Witch Project movie was happening, when Lionsgate revealed at Comic-Con that Adam Wingard‘s The Woods was actually titled Blair Witch.
Now we’ve only got a few more weeks to wait until the movie’s actual release, which means it’s time for Lionsgate to kick their marketing campaign up to the next level. The first Blair Witch TV spot has been revealed, and you can watch it after the jump. Read More »
The last addition to director Michael Cuesta‘s (Kill the Messenger) American Assassin was Michael Keaton. Now joining Keaton and star Dylan O’Brien is Taylor Kitsch, who recently did some strong supporting work in HBO’s True Detective and The Normal Heart. Kitsch has signed on to play the antagonist in American Assassin.
Below, learn more about the Taylor Kitsch American Assassin casting news.
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Now that The Hunger Games franchise is most likely finished — and with the Divergent series limping towards its conclusion — Lionsgate is seeking a new YA franchise. With the help of director Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow) and Star Wars: The Force Awakens star Daisy Ridley, they may get their wish. Ridley has signed on to star in Chaos Walking, an adaptation of part one in author Patrick Ness‘ trilogy.
Below, learn more about the Chaos Walking adaptation.
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Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
In this edition of Rogue One Bits:
- More details about the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story reshoots arrive online.
- The first TV spot arrives.
- A new image of Riz Ahmed as Bodhi Rook.
- The covers of three Rogue One books are revealed.
- Mads Mikkelsen drops new details about Galen Erso.
- David Prowse isn’t pleased to learn Darth Vader is coming back.
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