Pitting vampires against werewolves isn’t a new thing, and it has even been done recently, in the Underworld series. But it can be done a lot better than Underworld managed, and Joe Dante (Gremlins, Burying the Ex) is going to see if he can be the one to do it. Dante has announced a film called Ombra Amor, which is in fact a relaunch of an idea he was working on a few years back. It will shoot in Rome and present a classically-influenced version of the supernatural battle. Read More »
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Given how movie studios continually mine familiar properties for new sequels and remakes, it’s no surprise that there’s a push at Warner Bros. to make a new Gremlins movie. What is a surprise is that we haven’t seen one yet. A new film is in development now — reportedly a sequel, rather than a reboot — but new Gremlins films have been in development before and never gone anywhere. Now Joe Dante, who directed both the original film and its very cartoonish sequel, talks about the complications of making a new Gremlins film, even as he admits that he’s not at all involved. Read More »
Joe Dante and Roger Corman are two filmmakers with incredibly influential legacies. Corman’s eclectic, fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants style of filmmaking helped educate and launch the careers of everyone from James Cameron and Jack Nicholson to Ron Howard and Peter Fonda. Then there’s Dante, whose twisted sense of humor mixed with childlike wonder helped mold children of the Eighties in ways very similar to Steven Spielberg. Along the way, each gave us a ton of memorable films.
Now, the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is paying tribute to the films of both filmmakers with a art exhibit and film screening. The exhibit is called Kings Of Cult: An Art Tribute to Roger Corman and Joe Dante and opens May 24 at the Gallery in Los Angeles. Before that, Dante and Corman will be in attendance at a double feature of Dante’s 1993 film Matinee and Corman’s 1964 film The Masque of the Red Death on may 23 at the New Beverly Cinema. Read more about the event, and see some of the art, below. Read More »
A brand new horror anthology has been given a green light. It’s called Fear Paris, and will feature multiple connected stories from directors such as Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Hole), Xavier Gens (Hitman), and Timo Vuorensola (Iron Sky) which will explore the supernatural underbelly of France’s capital city. Casting is now underway and two more directors will soon join the project, which will start shooting this summer.
Below, read the full press release and watch a teaser trailer. Read More »
Update: Joe Dante has taken to Twitter to debunk this report:
Original story follows after the jump.
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Three directors recently booked brand new films: one underworked, one overworked and another making his debut. After the jump read about
- Joe Dante will be directing the horror-thriller Air Disturbance.
- Shawn Levy takes over This Is Where I Leave You, a family comedy originally set for Adam Shankman
- Writer Max Landis will make his directorial debut with Me Him Her, a “sexual identity comedy.”
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Posted on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012 by Angie Han
In the two years since its launch, Drafthouse Films has compiled an enjoyably eclectic lineup ranging from the retrofuturistic break-dancing apocalypse comedy The FP to last year’s foreign film Oscar nominee Bullhead. But even by those standards, their latest release Trailer War is a little bit different. It’s not so much a movie as it is a feature-length compilation of trailers — gloriously bizarre, gleefully tasteless vintage trailers from low-budget exploitation flicks, in the vein of the old 42nd Street Forever compilations. Hit the jump to read more, check out the poster, and watch the NSFW trailer.
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Posted on Monday, August 27th, 2012 by Angie Han
When we last checked on Joe Dante‘s The Hole back in 2010, we noted that it had been a long wait since the film was completed in early 2009 and revealed at the 2009 Venice Film Festival. Turns out that lag time was nothing — two years later, it’s still yet to hit U.S. theaters. But at least now we know when it will.
Big Air Studios has just set a release date of September 28 for the 3D thriller, which centers around a family (Teri Polo, Chris Massoglia, and Nathan Gamble) who move into a new house. With the aid of their young neighbor (Haley Bennett), they discover a mysterious hole in the basement that may or may not lead to hell. Watch the new trailer after the jump.
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