Demonic

Originally, James Wan was supposed to have two films out in 2014: Furious 7, which he directed; and Demonic, which he produced. Alas, both got pulled off the calendar. Furious 7 has at least found a new date in April, but we’re still waiting for release details on Demonic.

In the meantime, though, we do have a new Demonic trailer that offers a taste of the creepiness to come. Frank Grillo and Maria Bello star as a detective and a psychologist (respectively) investigating the deaths of five college students who perished while looking for ghosts. Will Canon directed. Watch the Demonic trailer after the jump. Read More »

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Kevin Smith Interview Tusk

Sit back, grab a drink, and settle in. Kevin Smith is about to speak.

Last week, we chatted with Smith on the occasion of the blu-ray release of Tusk. (The disc is available now.) The controversial film had its share of fans and detractors; I fell somewhere in the middle. I admired Tusk’s ambition and the new direction for Smith, but at the same time acknowledged and was unforgiving of the film’s flaws. In our interview, we asked Smith about some of those issues, spoke about what he feels he learned as a filmmaker from the experience, and a few of the more polarizing choices in the movie. Two or three questions took a planned 15 minute interview to 25 minutes, but if you’re a fan of Kevin Smith, the director has rarely been so insightful about his craft.

However, because Smith talked for so long, we’ve decided to break this interview into a few parts. We already posted about his upcoming movies and projects. Now, Smith talks about how the making of Tusk not only reinvigorated him, but could be seen as an act of inspiration for fellow filmmakers. And from there, he went off on some fascinating tangents about camera movement, aspect ratios and a ton more. Below, read Part 1 of our Kevin Smith interview on Tusk. Read More »

It Follows trailer

I really liked the horror film It Follows at Fantastic Fest. The movie is a John Carpenter-influenced vision of the lingering effects of sex and trauma (and of the shift from adolescence to adulthood that sex brings) that is powerfully cinematic, and built on an ever-intensifying sense of dread rather than jump scares.

Now the movie finally has something like a US release date, and a full domestic trailer. This It Follows trailer has some of the same structure as the last two teasers we’ve seen from other territories, but with a lot more footage. Check out the new It Follows trailer below. Read More »

Kim Dickens Cast in ‘The Walking Dead ‘Spinoff

Kim Dickens in Walking Dead spinoff

Kim Dickens, whose standout work was one of the best parts of Gone Girl, has been cast in one of the lead roles in the Walking Dead spinoff series. The show, code-named Cobalt, also features Cliff Curtis as another one of the lead roles in a story that will follow other characters at the beginning of the zombie outbreak seen in The Walking Dead, but here most likely set in and around the Los Angeles area. Read More »

Jack O'Connell as Private Gary Hook in Yann Demange's thriller '71.

Next week’s Unbroken is Jack O’Connell‘s highest-profile gig yet, but he was doing fine work long before Angelina Jolie came along. Starred Up and ’71 are two of the roles that marked him as the Next Big Thing. The former opened a while ago, but the latter isn’t coming out for another few months.

Directed by Yann Demange’71 stars O’Connell as Hook, a young British soldier patrolling Belfast at the height of the Troubles. When a riot breaks out, he’s accidentally abandoned by his unit. He struggles to make his way home through unfriendly streets, as various friends and foes try to track him down. Watch the ’71 trailer after the jump.

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HBO Series Shakedown

Back in September word leaked out that director David Fincher and author James Ellroy have been planning a series at HBO that would be “ts that “a noir-ish crime show set in L.A., in a similar 1950s milieu (like Ellroy’s L.A. Confidential).” Now deals are done, and the show is moving forward under the title Shakedown.

And it isn’t just a show featuring some of the same noir ideas Ellroy explored in novels such as L.A. Confidential. It is actually based on the life of a real LA crime figure named Fred Otash, who (in fictionalized form) featured in two of Ellroy’s other novels and one novella, and upon whom the Jack Nicholson character in Chinatown was partially based. Read More »

spielberg Cold War movie

I called the upcoming Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg collaboration — currently referred to as the director’s Untitled Cold War Thrillerone of my most anticipated films of 2015. The movie sees Spielberg reunited with Hanks for a fourth big-screen collaboration, with a script polished by Ethan and Joel Coen and a cast that also includes Amy Ryan and Mark Rylance. Now we’ve got the first on-set image of Tom Hanks in the Spielberg cold war movie, and you can see it below. Read More »

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If you’re disappointed you’ll no longer be able to see James Franco‘s interview skills in The Interview next week, maybe True Story can help scratch that itch. Directed by Rupert Goold, the Sundance drama sees Franco engaging in an entirely different kind of interview, from the other side of the coneversation.

Franco plays Christian Longo, a man wanted for murdering his family. He goes on the run and assumes the identity of New York Times reporter Michael Finkel — much to the surprise of the real Michael Finkel, played by Jonah Hill. Watch the True Story trailer after the jump.  Read More »

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