A congregation of hungry gators are on the hunt in Crawl, Alexandre Aja‘s gory B-movie that doesn’t quite want to admit it’s a B-movie. Moving at a brisk pace, and trimmed of almost all fat, Crawl manages to make a big splash, generating plenty of disaster-movie-meets-monster-movie chills. Yet Crawl is a film with an identity crisis. It’s not quite trashy enough to be an amusing B-movie, and one can’t help but think that Aja is taking all of this killer alligator stuff way too seriously. That’s not to say there isn’t fun to be had.
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For Kaya Scodelario‘s first horror movie, it was swim or sink — literally. “I’m one of those swimmers that dips in the pool to cool off, then goes back to sunbathing,” the Maze Runner actress joked at the press junket for Crawl. To prepare for the role of the competitive swimmer who gets caught in the crawl space of her house with her dad (Barry Pepper) and a very hungry alligator in the middle of a Florida hurricane, Scodelario had to go through seven weeks of intensive training with a swimming coach in London. “I started in the kiddie pool with the floaty stuff, and I’d have like 6-year-olds passing me. But slowly worked up to quite a good speed and quite good stamina,” she said.
Scodelario has done intimate character dramas and she’s done action-packed popcorn flicks, but she would have to draw from her experience on all three to star in Crawl, the creature feature opening this weekend from The Hills Have Eyes director Alexandre Aja. The experience was “absolutely grueling” she said, describing eight weeks of shooting in 6 feet of water every day on a set in Serbia. “This was insane. It truly, truly was,” she said.
/Film joined a group of journalists at the Long Island Aquarium to speak to Scodelario about her horror movie debut, filming with a dummy alligator, and her adorable dog co-star.
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What happens when you flood a house during a hurricane, and then throw some alligators into the mix? You get Crawl, a new, deliciously goofy horror-thriller from producer Sam Raimi and director Alexandre Aja. The high-concept premise traps a young woman (Kaya Scodelario) and her father (Barry Pepper) in a house during a Florida hurricane. The house is slowly filling up with water, but that’s the least of their problems. A congregation of alligators (I looked it up – that’s the term for a group of gators) has invaded the water-logged residence, and they’re hungry. Watch the Crawl trailer below.
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Don’t underestimate those soapy teen shows. Because in 10 years, they may produce the era’s most promising Oscar-nominated actors.
Take Skins, for example. No, not the middling U.S. remake of the series that aired on MTV, but the original U.K. version which aired on E4 from 2007 through 2013. It was a grimy teen drama that inspired controversy with each of its drug-fueled, sexually charge storylines. But it also delved into deeper issues of mental illness, dysfunctional families, bullying, and suicide. While that makes Skins sound like no more than a British version of the teenage soap Degrassi — or worse, a sexy after-school special — the series never became too cloying. And that’s because of its stellar cast.
A cast that includes two Oscar nominees, an X-Men superhero, a YA dystopia star, and two Game of Thrones actors. We probably haven’t seen such a latent pool of talent since Freaks and Geeks.
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The true crime zeitgeist shows no signs of slowing down, as a popular true crime podcast is set to receive a TV adaptation and a feature film about Ted Bundy casts a rising star as Bundy’s ex-wife.
First, the popular LA Times podcast Dirty John is being adapted into a TV series by Bravo, written by Chance creator Alexandra Cunningham. And Maze Runner and Pirates of the Caribbean rising star Kaya Scodelario has been cast opposite Zac Efron in the Ted Bundy thriller Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile.
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“Wherefore art thou, bae?”
I wouldn’t be surprised to hear those words uttered in the upcoming movie Die in a Gunfight, a riff on William Shakespeare’s classic tragedy Romeo & Juliet set in modern day that’s just cast a couple of stars from the biggest YA movie franchises around. Josh Hutcherson (The Hunger Games) and Kaya Scodelario (The Maze Runner) will play the young star-crossed lovers in this updated take that also has Helen Hunt (Twister) and Olivia Munn (X-Men: Apocalypse) on board in supporting roles. Get the latest details about Die in a Gunfight below.
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There hasn’t been enough inebriated action coming from Walt Disney Pictures, but that will change soon now that a new Pirates of the Caribbean sequel is arriving in theaters this summer.
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales brings back Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow for another round of high seas adventure and drunken antics. In a batch of new clips and TV spots from the sequel, Jack Sparrow gets in trouble with the law yet again, and he’s also being pursued by a cursed pirate hunter named Captain Salazar (Javier Bardem). Plus, he finds himself accompanied by Henry Turner (Brenton Thwaites) the offspring of his previous partner in piracy, Will Turner (Orlando Bloom).
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Because box office is king, we’re getting another Pirates of the Caribbean movie whether we like it or not. The jury is still out as to whether this will be the last film in the franchise or if Disney is just on the verge of relieving Johnny Depp of his nautical duties as Captain Jack Sparrow and handing the film series off to new blood instead. All we know is Jack Sparrow’s past comes to haunt him when a pirate hunter (Javier Bardem) he cursed in his younger years comes back to get revenge on the rum-soaked pirate.
A new Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer surfaced online this weekend, and while it features some bits that we already saw in the most recently released theatrical trailer, it also gives us some new moments with franchise newcomers Kaya Scodelario and Brenton Thwaites, as well as some information on where pirates fall on the necessity of pants.
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Walt Disney Pictures has released the first Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales teaser trailer. Hit the jump to watch the Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales trailer and leave your thoughts in the comments.
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Posted on Tuesday, May 19th, 2015 by Angie Han
After narrowly escaping the maze in the first film, Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his comrades discover that life outside the Glade is no picnic either in Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials. Turns out the Glade was just Phase One of a program developed by the none too subtly named WCKD, as a response to a catastrophic solar flare that has decimated the planet.
In search of answers, our heroes head out into an unforgiving desert landscape known as the Scorch, filled with roving zombie-like creatures known as Cranks. (This franchise loves capitalizing things for no reason.) Basically, think Mad Max meets Oblivion, plus the zombies from 28 Days Later. Yeah. Not a good scene. Watch the first Maze Runner The Scorch Trials trailer after the jump. Read More »