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While millions of shoppers brave the cold and crowds looking for deals on Black Friday, others are stuck in front of a computer, rapidly searching for deals online. If that sounds like you, hopefully your refresh finger is quick, as Mondo has some very cool offerings going up on Friday.

There’s everyone’s favorite Spider-Man villain Venom by Randy Ortiz, a new take on Halloween by Jock, the underrated Sightseers by Olly Moss, the gruesome The Fly by Drew Millward, a gorgeous Lost Boys portrait by Jason Edmiston and even a new Watchmen poster (previously seen in Superhero Bits) by Kevin Tong. Yup, Friday is gonna be fun. Check out all the images below. Read More »

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Find out just how the new Maniac pulled off its violent intensity in a four-minute behind-the-scenes video. Also after the jump:

  • The new Scarface might center around a Mexican lead
  • Abbie Cornish has nice things to say about Robocop
  • Todd Lincoln discusses his failed attempt to remake The Fly
  • The viral campaign for Carrie gets literary with a couple of fake books

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This edition of sequel bits is heavy on the big macho movies, but we’ve got some indie work in here too. After the jump read about:

  • A new poster is out for A Good Day To Die Hard, and the film will be released in IMAX
  • Mark Wahlberg says Transformers 4 starts shooting starts in May, and it’ll be his most challenging role yet.
  • The star also thinks Ted 2 might be ready to shoot after that and the ideas are “sick.”
  • David Cronenberg explains why Eastern Promises 2 didn’t happen and his idea for The Fly 2, which also didn’t happen.

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The biggest news today has been what people won’t do, rather than movies they will. We started off with Steven Soderbergh’s withdrawal from The Man From U.N.C.L.E., and now we move on to the fact that Joel Edgerton has said ‘no’ to 300: Battle of Artemisia, Fox has decided not to make David Cronenberg‘s sequel to The Fly, and Rise of the Planet of the Apes director Rupert Wyatt won’t make the true-life ‘poisoned KGB agent’ movie Londongrad after all. Read More »

Two years ago, in September 2009, we heard the fairly surprising news that David Cronenberg might direct a remake of the 1986 film The Fly for Fox. Thing is, that ’86 film (which we celebrated not long ago) was also a remake, and also directed by Cronenberg. And if the idea of Cronenberg directing a remake of his own remake was pretty wild, that’s because the story wasn’t exactly correct.

Fox may have been thinking of making a new Fly, and the idea may have been to do something like what Universal has done with the prequel to the ’82 The Thing, with this year’s release also called The Thing. Because now Cronenberg says what he wrote was a semi-sequel to his great ’86 film.

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Well, look at that: Brundlefly is twenty-five years old today. On August 15, 1986, David Cronenberg’s The Fly was released by Twentieth-Century Fox. The film became Cronenberg’s greatest success to date, and quickly established itself as an instant classic of practical effects thanks to the Oscar-winning work of Chris Walas. (Who would go on to direct the sequel.) The Fly also gave stars Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis, who had met and begun dating while making Transylvania 6-5000, their first true breakout lead opportunities.

Those are all significant results of the film’s release, but The Fly is a film worth revisiting and honoring for other reasons. It marks a real turning point in the career of David Cronenberg, and stands as one of the unassailable arguments for the idea of the film remake. And, in the cinematic culture of 2011, where the superhero is ascendant, some of you might join me in hoping that we might eventually cycle back around to a point where much weirder stories of transformation and the effects of power on the human body and psyche seem like viable commercial efforts. Read More »

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Prince of Persia International PosterIn this week’s /Filmcast, David Chen, Devindra Hardawar, and Adam Quigley debate whether or not Michael Bay is the right person to take over Ninja Turtles, discuss the artistic ethics of “fixing” an older film, and remember the passing of Dennis Hopper.

You can always e-mail us at slashfilmcast(AT)gmail(DOT)com, or call and leave a voicemail at 781-583-1993. Join us next week at Slashfilm’s live page as we review Splice.

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Cool Stuff: Brandon Schaefer’s Movie Posters

25-year-old Massachusetts-based graphic artist Brandon Schaefer has created an impressive collection of retro-minimal movie posters. The Ghostbusters-inspired posters above have been making the internet rounds recently, but Schaefer has a huge portfolio of posters, some of which can even be purchased as prints on inPRNT.com. Check out some of his posters, after the jump.
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