rodney ascher songs from the second floor

The ABCs of Death 2 gives twenty-six directors (or, in some cases, directorial teams) the chance to explore whatever mean, violent, strange ideas they want. Each is anchored only with a letter, a small budget, and a running time of just a few minutes. One director is Rodney Ascher, who made Room 237, and is now making a film about sleep paralysis.

We have an interview coming with Ascher where he talks about his work on the anthology film, but for now we’re going to give him room to talk about one of his favorite death scenes. What’s better is that he has chosen a movie I expect most people haven’t seen: the relatively obscure Songs From the Second FloorRead More »

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Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 36 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness.

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When Will Big Hollywood Studios Aggressively Produce Original Shows For Digital TV?

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Icarus II–Last Exit to Nowhere’s latest tee is based on Sunshine

Why Christian Bale will play an amazing Steve Jobs

The Touching Reason Elsa Was Made A Hero In Frozen

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Check Out These Rare Shots of the Amazing Models Used for the Original ‘Star Wars‘ Trilogy

Critics Are (Almost) Always Horrible People In Movies

A Visual Guide to All the Amazing Stuff You Forgot Was In ‘Mortal Kombat

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new Age of Ultron footage

The trailer premiere for Avengers: Age of Ultron was originally set to take place during the October 28 episode of Agents of SHIELD. A bootleg leak of the trailer changed that, and Marvel was smart enough to respond to the leak with an official trailer release. So what does that mean for next week’s episode of SHIELD?

Despite the fact that the show’s second season is improved from the first, I saw a few jokes about millions of people deleting the episode from their DVR once the trailer leaked. Marvel doesn’t want that to happen, and will show some new Age of Ultron footage during the show when it airs next Tuesday. Read More »

The Double

Last week we got word Warner Bros. and DC are eyeing a whole bunch of white-hot talents for Suicide Squad, the supervillain team-up story to be directed by David Ayer. But it seems one of its stars could be someone already in the Warner Bros./DC family.

A new report indicates Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice baddie Jesse Eisenberg is in talks to reprise his role as Lex Luthor in Suicide Squad — which could complicate his involvement in some other projects. Hit the jump for the possible Jesse Eisenberg Suicide Squad casting.

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Star Wars deaths

Star Wars is a pretty family-friendly film series, right? WRONG. It is a bonanza of death and murder, as shown in a video that tallies every on-screen death in the original trilogy. Guess what the final number is. No, it’s probably higher. This video compiles all on-screen Star Wars deaths from the OT — animal, clone, and human — with some estimates coming for the bigger moments, such as the destruction of Alderaan.

Note: this video does not take into account childhoods murdered by the Special Editions.

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Man Who Killed Don Quixote casting

Jack O’Connell may well be the next big guy to watch. After his stint on Skins, he showed up in 300: Rise of an Empire and ’71, and received rave notes for his work in Starred Up. Holding the lead role in Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken means that half the families in the US are going to know his face after that film opens at Christmas. And now he might be the man for Terry GilliamThe Man Who Killed Don Quixote. He would play, according to the most recent draft of the script, a guy who is connected to a Don Quixote movie which has had a fairly undesirable effect on some audiences. Read More »

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James Franco‘s Hollywood dramedy Zeroville is putting together quite an impressive Hollywood cast. Franco himself is set to star as well as direct, and now we have word he’ll be joined by — take a deep breath — Seth Rogen, Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Craig Robinson, Dave Franco, Jacki Weaver, Horatio Sanz, Joey King, and Megan Fox.

Based on the 2007 novel by Steve Erickson, Zeroville centers on an alienated movie lover who makes his way to Los Angeles in the late ’60s. Hit the jump for Zeroville cast details including character info.

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John Wick review

Ninety percent of action movies are derivative. Carbon copies of better movies that came before them. They can be enjoyable, but are often forgettable. Then there’s the other ten percent. Those movies are something special. They originate and innovate, and rise about the rest by being different and surprising. However, by definition, even the best of the best employ many of the same beats. Punching, kicking, shooting, and explosions are the building blocks of an action movie. The ninety percent use them in ways we’ve seen before. The rest mix them up in ways we don’t expect. John Wick is among the ten percent.

In the first film by accomplished stunt coordinators Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, Keanu Reeves stars as an unstoppable assassin hell-bent on revenge after thugs steal his car and kill his dog. We’ve seen the assassin revenge story a hundred times, but John Wick feels different because it’s set in a unique, dirty, and lived-in world. Everyone has a reputation. Connections. They know each other. This is a place with a rich history simmering below the surface action of guns, choke holds and car crashes. What makes John Wick a standout action film is that it makes us curious. Read More »

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