The New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles is one of those movie theaters that film fans must visit at some point in their life. Maybe it’s not the prettiest theater in the world, but the tickets are cheap, the popcorn is cheap, and it regularly has some of the best, if not the best, repertory screenings imaginable, mostly in double features. Now, for their 2011 season, they’ve decided to kick it off the Wright way. The Edgar Wright way.
The New Bev will play host to over two weeks of films programmed by director Edgar Wright. They did it three years ago and now, the director of Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World (which will screen as one marathon) is back for The Wright Stuff II. Wright has chosen twenty films to play over 18 days beginning January 14 and most of the films are specially themed double features. Want to know what’s playing when, with what and whom? Then hit the jump. Read More »
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We’re huge fans of Edgar Wright here on /Film. He’s been on the SlashfilmCast, we’ve covered and fawned over his movies and posted innumerable random, cool things about the man and his films. There’s almost too much to say about Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz and Scott Pilgrim vs. the World so thankfully, Joel Walden can do the talking for us. Walden is editor who has made a beautiful video highlight reel blending Wright’s three most famous films. Check out the clip after the break. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, February 18th, 2009 by Kevin Kelly
It’s been 18 years since Point Break premiered, which is hard enough to believe in itself, but what’s even stranger is the staying power this movie has. In fact, just this past weekend, two of my friends went to go see Point Break Live! in Los Angeles, which is a comedic take on the film, complete with the actors hauling an unsuspecting guest from the audience to play the part Keanu’s Agent Johnny Utah. It helps that they’re fairly clueless and have to read their lines from cue cards.
When I interviewed director Kathryn Bigelow last year in Toronto for her new film The Hurt Locker, I asked her about the legacy of Point Break. She said, “I don’t know if it surprises me but… it’s very surreal. The permutations of once something has left your hands and enters the zeitgeist and how malleable it really is.” But why exactly does this movie keep popping up on the radar? Why Point Break Live! and not Reservoir Dogs Live! (note: do not steal my idea, that is going to totally be a cash cow for me) In today’s GeekBomb we find out everything about Point Break that you wanted to know, and then some.
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Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright Promote Hot Fuzz in Japan
The Pitch: Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright record some idents for Japanese TV. Hilarious!
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I’m ashamed to admit that just recently became aware of the poster artwork of Tyler Stout, although I’ve seen his work in passing. He’s done work for a lot of bands, a lot of special screenings at the Alamo Draft House in Austin Texas, the Netflix Rolling Road Show, and some film festivals. Most recently you may have seen his artwork on the poster for Quentin Tarantino Presents Hell Ride, which premiered at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival.
I discovered Stout through this really impressive 2006 commemorative poster celebrating the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema (seen above, a photo of the original Alamo poster it is playing off of can be seen here). The did a reprint of this design to celebrate the opening of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema at the Ritz (which is still available here).Â How Many movie references can you spot?Â Check out some close-ups of the piece above, and more of Stout’s amazing movie poster art, after the jump.
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Spike TV’s Scream Awards took place this weekend (the show airs on television on October 23rd at 10:00pm) and a few industry folk showed their faces and talked about some possible upcoming movie sequels. Our friends at Bloody Disgusting have full coverage, but here is a rundown of the cool tidbits:
Edgar Wright says that if they make a Hot Fuzz sequel the title will probably be Hot Fuzz 2: Pigs in the City. He also revealed that he will in fact be directing a trailer for Eli Roth’s Trailer Trash, but it won’t be a sequel to DON’T (but now that you mention it, what a great idea).
Bruce Campbell announced that Image Entertainment is releasing My Name is Bruce in select theaters and on home video in 2008. The movie follows B Movie Legend Bruce Campbell as himself, as he is mistaken for his character Ash from the Evil Dead trilogy and forced to fight a real monster in a small town in Oregon. But the big news is that a sequel is already in the works called My Name Is Still Bruce. I’m down.
Note: This article was posted live from Comic Con during the panel. So please excuse us if we dont go into many details on some stories. I’m typing as fast and accurately as we can. :)
6,500 people have packed the big exhibition hall (which looks like a very large warehouse or airport hanger) for the Paramount panel. Before the panel we got the usual lecture about not video taping the video and photo presentations. Apparently last year a few things turned up on YouTube. Te program director warns us that if this keeps happening that the studio will stop bringing the great footage to the con.
They announced this year that the questions will be screened ahead of time. And if someone starts asking a question that is not the question that was screened, they will press the kill switch and the person will be removed. I’m wondering if this is just to protect the panelists from inappropriate and rude questions or if it also is to protect the content (ie don’t allow anyone to ask any questions about _____)
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Rotten Tomatoes have published their Mid-Year Report, which features a list of the best and worst reviewed movies of the first six months of 2007. You can see the top ten of each below.
Best Reviewed Movies
2. “Away From Her”
4. “Knocked Up”
5. “Hot Fuzz”
7. “The Host”
10. “The Lookout”
Worst Reviewed Movies
1. “Because I Said So”
2. “The Number 23″
4. “The Reaping”
6. “Perfect Stranger”
7. “Happily N’Ever After”
8. “Are We Done Yet? ”
9. “Code Name: The Cleaner”
10. “Hannibal Rising”
Not many surprises to be found. Ratatouille has wrestled the best reviewed wide release of 2007 title away from Knocked Up, which is still holding strong at #4.One unusual observation is that the best movies list features a lot of comedy/romantic comedy films (Ratatouille, Once, Knocked Up, Hot Fuzz, Waitress). In the past usually dramatic indie flicks have dominated the list. I’m also glad to see Zodiac as I’ve fielded negative comments about the film from most people I have spoken with. David Fincher’s film is one of my favorites of the year thus far.
Because I Said So and The Number 23 are the film’s I’ve least enjoyed this year so far. So I feel a little vindicated seeing them rank at the top of the worst reviewed films list. I am actually surprised to see Hannibal Rising make the worst list at #10. I didn’t enjoy the film, but at the same time, I didn’t hate it either. I wonder if there is a huge backlash on the film purely based on it’s comparison against Silence of the Lambs?
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