Posted on Monday, October 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
Guillermo del Toro‘s Crimson Peak is a deliciously dark and twisted piece, set in the most gorgeous, most decrepit haunted house you’ve ever seen and anchored by three mesmerizing performances from Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska, and most especially Jessica Chastain. It’s also not the horror movie that’s being sold in the trailers, but a Gothic romance. Think Jane Eyre plus ghosts, not The Conjuring plus corsets.
That’s not such a bad thing if you happen to love costume dramas, but it can be an unpleasant surprise if you don’t. And that misleading marketing doesn’t seem to be doing it many favors. I’ve seen a lot of critics ding it for being ineffective as a horror movie — which of course it is, because it isn’t really one. The B- Cinemascore and limp box office might also reflect the discrepancy between what Crimson Peak seems to be, and what it actually is.
Admittedly, it’s not difficult to understand why Universal chose to market Crimson Peak as a horror movie. A Brontë-esque romance is a much harder sell outside the arthouse than a spooky, seasonally appropriate haunted house flick. And it’s hardly the first time a marketing team has chosen to sell a completely different movie. Sometimes it’s part of a savvy strategy and sometimes it’s a desperate ploy; sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn’t. Below, let’s look back at 15 movies with misleading trailers. Warning: Some spoilers ahead. Read More »
Little known fact: Mondo rejects just as many, if not more, posters than they actually release. Some are posters that didn’t get approved by a star or studio. Others are different versions of a poster that actually was released. And sometimes Mondo and a company can’t settle on a design and it never sees the light of day.
At MondoCon this past weekend, Justin Ishmael, Rob Jones and Mitch Putnam, the creative team behind Mondo, presented a panel called Mondo Talk about this very subject. However, what started as a way for fans to see the behind the scenes creation of a poster turned into, as Ishmael put it, “The depressing, what you could have had panel.”
They revealed a non-stop cavalcade of posters, concepts, licenses and more they tried to realize, but which failed for one reason for another. We’re talking Tyler Stout‘s Conquest of the Planet of the Apes, Krzysztof Domaradzki‘s officially licensed The Godfather, Spring Breakers, and various different iterations of Man of Steel. Below, check out a bunch of posters Mondo posters that never happened. Read More »
Just in case you wondered: that recently-announced sequel to Spring Breakers is being made without the participation or even the consent of Harmony Korine. The director of Gummo and Trash Humpers masterminded Spring Breakers as a savage, strange fever dream of excess and influence, but this sequel will probably be… something else. Something more tame, regardless of how much flesh and blood hits the screen. Read More »
They said Spring Break was forever and maybe they were right. A sequel to Harmony Korine’s controversial film Spring Breakers, called Spring Breakers: The Second Coming, will be up for sale at Cannes. The package doesn’t come with Korine or any of the original film’s stars, but it does come with a script by Irvine Welsh (Trainspotting, Filth) and Jonas Åkerlund (Spun, Small Apartments) as the director. Read the log line and more for the Spring Breakers sequel below. Read More »
World’s End/Shaun of the Dead director Edgar Wright has in past years posted his favorite movies of the year online. Wright, being a real film geek, always has some great cinematic recommendations. This year Digital Spy cornered Wright at a late November junket to get his top 10 list on video. Of course, recording the list early means Edgar had yet to see many of the December Awards-bait films. But after the jump you can watch Edgar read off his early list of favorite 2013 movies. It will be interesting to see which films get added and get pushed off the list when Wright updates his list on his blog in January.
Updated: Wright has offered a revision to the list, factoring in that he’s now been able to see some of the stuff that wasn’t yet available when he was pressured to make a list in November.
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Posted on Monday, December 23rd, 2013 by Angie Han
If you’re both 1) desperate for some distraction from the holiday hubbub and 2) eager to get a leg up on the rest of your office for the annual Oscar pool, here’s a way to kill two birds with one stone.
Over thirty screenplays for some of 2013’s top films have just been made available, legally and for free, through the studios. Highlights include John Ridley‘s 12 Years a Slave, Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy‘s Before Midnight, Terence Winter‘s The Wolf of Wall Street, and many more.
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James Franco‘s performance in Spring Breakers is wild, electric, memorable, and totally mesmerizing. The superficial aspects of the role — the grill, the cornrows, and so on — are only the beginning. It’s the way his character Alien brings to life a demented vision of the American Dream (“look at my shit!”) and the way he eventually allows his cracked hyper-masculine persona to submit to a feminine force. Franco does stuff in Spring Breakers that you rarely see major stars doing, and the sight is fantastic.
Is it award-worthy? Who knows! The Oscars, like every other award setup, are based on campaigning and influence and many other factors besides the simple merit of the work. And so A24, distributor of Spring Breakers, has been getting its own campaign going for Franco. The latest salvo is a video demanding that voters consider Franco, phrased in a manner that is so appropriate to the film. Read More »
Way before Blockbuster said goodbye, the battlefields of streaming video were getting bloody. Studios fought and signed exclusive deals with Netflix, Hulu and others to release both catalog titles, and new releases, on one service or the other. The future has been happening for a while.
One of the (relatively) newer streaming services to enter the game was Amazon. While the company’s streaming service through Prime has a good amount of titles, as well as a growing crop of originally programming, Amazon just signed its first exclusive deal with a film production company. That company is A24 Films, the team behind The Spectacular Now, Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring. Upcoming A24 Films will only stream on Amazon. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, March 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
So much of the buzz surrounding Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers lies in the fact that these aren’t just any good girls gone bad. The film stars former Disney gals Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens as two of the central foursome, adding an even more scandalous edge to the already wild and debauched proceedings. Naturally, any theoretical sequel would have to kick things up a notch with even more wholesome stars getting even more corrupted.
Enter College Humor, who already has a great idea as to how Hollywood could accomplish just that. Their parody video Disney’s Spring Breakers imagines actual Disney princesses — specifically, Cinderella, Snow White, Ariel, and Jasmine — donning their skimpiest bikinis for the craziest trip of their lives. Tagline: “What happens in the Magic Kingdom, stays in the Magic Kingdom.”
Hit the jump to check it out, but be warned that the language makes this somewhat NSFW.
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Oddly enough, everything you need to know about Spring Breakers is represented by its two credited music composers: Cliff Martinez and Skrillex. Martinez is a veteran, a regular Steven Soderbergh collaborator who recently did the score to Drive. He’s known for pulsing, tense, dramatic scores. Skrillex is the world’s best known dubstep DJ, known for grimy, catchy party anthems infused with a certain soul and savagery. Those two sounds, traditional and modern, are Spring Breakers in a nutshell. It’s a wild, entertaining and vibrant movie with an underbelly of tension and purpose.
At times Spring Breakers pops with energy and excitement. It then dives into much more intense drama. The tones, like those of the score, sometimes clash. But often the oddfellows mesh beautifully, making us question why this film is the way it is: a fever dream of drugs, sex and violence. The answer brings to light some tough questions about society’s core beliefs. Read More »