It’s been over eight long years since Mike Dougherty has directed a feature film. The screenwriter, who worked on Superman Returns and X-Men 2, made a wonderful debut picture with Trick ‘r Treat. Now Dougherty’s newest film, Krampus, shares quite a bit in common with his darkly funny Halloween horror movie.
After the jump, watch a Krampus featurette.
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The X-Men: Apocalypse situation is interesting — director Bryan Singer “announced” the film via tweet, but parent studio Fox has yet to officially confirm or comment on the project, other than the register of a release date (May 27, 2016) that showed up on BoxOfficeMojo. The film is a presumed sequel to X-Men: Days of Future Past, and the title suggests the inclusion of X-Men villain Apocalypse, but that’s almost all we know.
Now Singer has tweeted an image of a “late night story session” for the film, showing him at work with Simon Kinberg, who we know has a big role in Fox’s superhero movie plans. Also in the pic are X2: X-Men United screenwriters Mike Dougherty and Dan Harris. Read More »
This may be the most adorable gory little Frankenstein movie you’ll see this week. Mike Dougherty hasn’t had a film in theaters since the great Halloween anthology Trick ‘r Treat (which actually never got a real theatrical release — it went straight to DVD in the US) but the director makes the occasional short.
Here’s his latest little Halloween creation, made for FEARnet. The channel will show an all-day Trick ‘r Treat marathon on October 31, and this seems like a good way to reciprocate. (Plus, FEARnet probably paid him.) It’s a nice little short that will only keep you away from the real world for two minutes. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, December 30th, 2009 by David Chen
On the /Film podcast, we produce a lot of audio content on a weekly basis. On a given week, about 3.5 hours of audio gets sent through the /Filmcast feed (occasionally, some of it is even good!). With the sheer volume being what it is, it’s entirely possible that you might have missed some of the most memorable moments of the year, so I thought it would be a good idea to compile some of them for your reference.
Before we get the festivities rolling, I just want to take a moment to thank every single listener who’s tuned in this year. Your support has kept us going, and given us the momentum we need to get the guests we’ve gotten. Without you, there would be no /Filmcast. I also want to thank all of the guests, whether they are listed in the below highlight reel or not; your willingness to participate in our shenanigans has made for some truly memorable listening, and I think it has given us a look into the world of film and into the mind of filmmakers that you can’t really get anywhere else on the internet. From the bottom of my heart, thank you!
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James Cameron‘s Avatar has been unleashed upon this world. We’ve run reviews from half of the /Film staff: David Chen, Brendon Connelly, Russ Fischer, and Hunter Stephenson. You might have even added your own mini-review. But you might be wondering, with all the talk of game-changing advances in the tech side of filmmaking, what do the writers and directors in Hollywood think of Avatar? Here is a round-up of quotes:
Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer: “Went to a special screening of Avatar last night where James Cameron did a Q&A after the film. I can’t tell you how much I loved the movie, or how clearly Cameron cemented himself as the world’s greatest living filmmaker. This is an incredible movie. I recommend seeing it in IMAX. So next level. So awesome. Avatar is a game changer. James Cameron wins.”
Back to the Future, Indiana Jones and Bourne series Producer Frank Marshall: “Wow!!! AVATAR is audacious and awe inspiring. It’s truly extraordinary and I would really need a blog to talk about it…”
Donnie Darko/The Box director Richard Kelly: “AVATAR was amazing. Lived up to all the hype – now must see in IMAX…”
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Posted on Sunday, November 1st, 2009 by David Chen
The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In this episode, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley chat with writer/director Mike Dougherty about the long and arduous process of making, distributing, and marketing Trick ‘r Treat. They also talk about their favorite horror movies to watch on Halloween, and share a few thoughts about X3 and Superman Returns. Trick ‘r Treat is available NOW wherever movies are sold digitally and on Blu-Ray/DVD.
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The third day of the Film 4 Frightfest has come to a blood-soaked close and I’ve made it back safely to camp. From where I’m sitting now (slouched, in fact, and really quite exhausted from all of this sitting in the dark) this year’s Frightfest is already one of the two or three best yet, and Frightfest itself has bloomed into the single most exciting genre fest in the UK. Come along next August and join in, I could use some folks to lunch with.
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I reckon there was some credibility to the claims that Vanessa Hudgens auditioned for New Moon and I fear she only received the knockback when a disclaimer about her casting went public, the poor thing. All’s well that end’s well, however, and it seems like she’s now on the list for something a whole lot more interesting.
Rich Johnston at Lying in the Gutters linked to a Comics on Comics interview with Josh Howard, creator of the Dead @ 17 comics. In the interview, Howard mentioned that Lorenzo di Bonaventura was producing a cinema adaptation of his series and that Vanessa Hudgens was being pursued to star. Better still, he also spilled that Mike Dougherty is writing the screenplay.
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