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Sundance’s ‘Ghost Story’ Already Acquired by A24

Sundance’s ‘Ghost Story’ Already Acquired by A24
While the Sundance Film Festival doesn’t kick off until January 19th, A24 is already snagging hot films before they even have a chance to premiere. The company behind The Witch, The Blackcoat’s Daughter, Green Room and Ex Machina will distribute A Ghost Story, written and directed by David Lowery (Pete’s Dragon, Peter Pan). Casey Affleck (ParaNorman, The Killer Inside […]
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Exclusive first look: Andrew Scott in crime-thriller 'Steel Country'

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Exclusive first look: Andrew Scott in crime-thriller 'Steel Country'
Exclusive: First look at Sherlock and Pride star in Afm-bound thriller from The King’s Speech producer.

Screen can reveal the first look at Afm-bound crime-thriller Steel Country, starring Andrew Scott.

Scott, known for his villainous roles in Sherlock and Spectre, leads cast in the movie, which shot in the Us last month.

Written by Brendan Higgins and directed by Simon Fellows (Malice In Wonderland), the film is produced by The King’s Speech producer Gareth Ellis-Unwin. Editor is Oscar-winner Chris Dickens (Slumdog Millionaire), DoP is Michael Winterbottom regular Marcel Zyskind (The Killer Inside).

Bankside Films will be touting the project on promo at the Afm.

In Steel County, Scott plays a small town truck driver who turns detective when a young boy is found dead in a sleepy part of Western Pennsylvania. His investigations turn into an obsession to prove the boy has been murdered, leading to harrowing consequences.

The BAFTA-winner
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The top 25 underappreciated films of 2004

Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 9 Jan 2014 - 06:25

We head back a decade to look at a few films that deserve more attention. Here’s our list of 25 underappreciated movies of 2004...

Think back to 2004, and you might dredge up hazy memories of the computer-generated fairytale sequel Shrek 2, Alfonso’s Harry Potter installment, The Prisoner Of Azkaban, or maybe Mel Gibson’s phenomenally successful Passion Of The Christ.

It’s rather less likely that you’ll remember some of the films on this list. You’re probably aware of the drill by now: we’ve gone back into our distant, beer-addled memories to find 25 of the less commonly-lauded movies from the year 2004.

Some of them did reasonably well at the time, but appear to have been forgotten since (especially the one eclipsed by its own internet meme), while others were coolly received by the public or critics (and sometimes
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10 great geek TV musical moments

Feature Juliette Harrisson 16 Aug 2013 - 06:36

Juliette celebrates ten geek TV moments in which music and story are inseperable, with help from Buffy, Quantum Leap, Star Trek & more...

There are great dialogue-free scenes (most of Buffy’s Hush for one) and there are great silent or music-free moments (the credit sequences in Game of Thrones’ The Rains of Castamere and The Walking Dead’s The Killer Inside, most of Buffy’s The Body). But here, we’re celebrating musical moments where the score or soundtrack comes to the fore. The scene may or may not include dialogue, the music may be part of the scene (the technical term for this is diegetic) or part of the score, that is, music that does not exist for the characters but enhances the experience for the viewer (non-diegetic or extra-diegetic). However it’s set up, however it’s used, there are moments where
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Graphic Review: Batman: Detective Comics Volume 2: Scare Tactics

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"Batman: Detective Comics Volume 2: Scare Tactics" collects issues 8 through 12, 0, and the annual for the Dark Knight's flagship monthly title. Unlike most of the past collections, this one is comprised of several stories penciled by many different artists. We usually get two or three different story arcs, but this time there's a few one-shot stories and one tale that stretches across multiple issues.

"Scare Tactics" has Batman going after the wrong criminal. Someone is using the Scarecrow's toxin to further their own diabolical plan. Can the Dark Knight track down the real criminal looking to strike fear into the heart of Gotham?

"The Owls Take Arkham" drops Batman directly into the center of the most dangerous asylum in the DC Universe. He must find a way to rescue Jeremiah Arkham from being assassinated by the Talons under orders of the Court of Owls. In the process, he runs into a
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Sound on Sight Radio #275: Errol Morris’s ‘First Person’

While we wait around to see his new film Tabloid (which, between our recording this episode and its publication, has a new trailer – see below), we thought it appropriate to take a look at Errol Morris’s First Person, the two-season TV series Morris directed. Mike, Derek and Simon pick out three of the series’ seventeen portraits of the damaged, the brilliant and the disturbed: “The Killer Inside Me,” starring “serial killer groupie” Sandra London; “I Dismember Mama,” the tale of a man, a dream, and a frozen head; and “One in a Million Trillion,” the story of what happens when an immovable object meets Regis Philbin.

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Jack Black Career Assessment: Don't Go Away Mad, Just Go Away

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Subject: Jack Black, 41-year old actor and musician

Date of Assessment: May 25, 2011

Positive Buzzwords: Frat pack, voice work

Negative Buzzwords: Limited range, annoying

The Case: Not too terribly long ago, Dustin predicted that, between Year One and Gulliver's Travels, Jack Black's career would almost certainly soon be over. One can only hope this is the case, for any actor who has appeared in such classics as Bongwater, Johnny Skidmarks, and some straight-to-video movie called Laser Fart shouldn't have achieved the mainstream Hollywood success that Jack Black has somehow enjoyed until recently.

And yet...

About ten years ago, Jack Black had already been puttering around Hollywood for a good decade or so, but it was High Fidelity that really brought him mainstream attention. And although High Fidelity is a film beloved by many (and has spawned many mixtapes), it inadvertently kick started Black's ascent into quasi-superstardom. Soon after, he was
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2011 Razzie Award Winners

2011 Razzie Award Winners
Voting members of The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation have sifted through the cinematic rubble of last year's Berry Worst Achievements in Film, and come up with the "winners" for The 31st Annual Razzie Awards. Results are announced in satirical ceremonies held at Hollywood's Barnsdall Gallery Theatre at 7:30pm Pst on Saturday, February 26, 2011 - the now traditional Night Before the Oscars.

Not quite sweeping the ceremony, but still handily leading the pack among this year's Razzie choices is Razzie Repeat Offender M. Night Shyamalan's "re-imagining" of the faux-anime' TV series The Last Airbender into a jumbled, jump-cut mess of a movie that fans of the TV show hated even more than critics did (if that's even possible!). In addition to Worst Director and Worst Picture, The Last Airbender also "won" Worst Screenplay, a brand-new Razzie category for 2010, Worst Eye-Gouging Mis-Use of 3-D, and Worst Supporting Actor Jackson Rathbone (who
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The Killer Inside Me: I could murder another Casey Affleck movie

If you can't stomach Michael Winterbottom's bloody tale of a murderous deputy sheriff – aka Casey Affleck – try digesting Paul MacInnes's condensed script instead

The Killer Inside MEBy Paul MacInnes, with apologies to John Curran and Jim Thompson

Scene 1

Int. Night - Central City, Texas. The 1950s. The kitchenette of Deputy Sheriff Casey Affleck. A winsome country Ballad is playing on the Radio. We see Casey Affleck's smiling Face. It is spattered with Blood as, out of shot, his Fists pummel beneath him.

Kate Hudson [out of shot, screaming]: No! No! Oh my god! No!

Affleck continues to pummel and the camera pulls tighter into his narrow, drawn face. His smile grows broader.

Hudson: Oh god … oh god … Please dear Lord, stop!

Affleck stops pummelling. The smile drains away.

Affleck: Hey, can't you see I'm tenderising some beef here? Do you want your dinner or not?

Cut to Hudson, curled up in a corner of the Kitchenette.
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IFC Picks Up James Gunn’s Super Starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page – Updated with Press Release

Less than 48 hours after it premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival, James Gunn’s (Slither) Super has found its distributor. IFC Films has paid seven figures to secure the U.S. rights to Gunn’s everyman take on the superhero archetype. While IFC normally pays less for its deals, they apparently faced some stiff competition for the film from potential buyers such as Magnolia.

Super stars Rainn Wilson as an “average guy” who takes on the persona of “The Crimson Bolt” upon learning that his wife is having an affair. Starring alongside Wilson are Ellen Page, Liv Tyler, and Kevin Bacon. To learn more about Super, check out Steve’s video blog/review of the film which he recorded shortly after its Toronto premiere.

[Update: You can now check out the official press release after the jump.]

IFC Films Takes U.S. Rights To James Gunn’S Super First Big Sale During Toronto Film Festival

Star-studded cast includes Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page,
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Finally! The Killer Inside Me Opens at South Lamar on Friday

The Killer Inside Me may be the darkest film noir ever made”

-Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

The haunting new film The Killer Inside Me has been on our minds for months now. It inspired some controversial write-ups after its screenings at the Sundance, Berlin, and Tribeca Festivals, and once we saw it we couldn’t forget it. After some wrangling, we’re finally able to bring this film to Austin the way it deserves, with some late night screenings all throughout next week. It’s the perfect after-dinner film, played during the dark hours when good seems boring and bad seems…well, not so bad.

The Killer Inside Me tells the story of a small-town Texas Deputy Sheriff who’s got evil inside him that is just itching to get out. He walks the streets with a quiet cool, a sophisticated but distant man who is gentle but harbors
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Check Out The Killer Inside Me. Well, At Least Check Out The Trailer For A Movie Called That.

Apple has the brand new trailer for the Sundance hit The Killer Inside Of Me starring Casey Affleck, Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson. Whoa whoa whoa Whoa...Kate Hudson?? Crap. Just when I thought this sounded interesting I had to see the name Kate Hudson. Ugh. Why is she in it? Was Paris Hilton busy? There's even a shot in the trailer where Kate opens her jacket to reveal her boy b...oh God, I just threw up in my mouth... From director Michael Winterbotton comes The Killer Inside Me which has electrified audiences at the Sundance, Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals. Based on the classic novel by legendary pulp writer Jim Thompson, The Killer Inside Me tells the story of handsome, unassuming small town sheriff’s deputy Lou Ford (Casey Affleck). A quiet charmer of his idyllic West Texas town, Ford has a simple life and a pretty girl
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The Killer Inside Me: Can Battering Women Be Entertainment?

The Killer Inside Me: Can Battering Women Be Entertainment?
First a disclaimer: I'm a great fan of the mercurial filmmaker Michael Winterbottom. I admire his hunger to reinvent himself by biting into a broad range of genres. High points from his oeuvre include Jude, a haunting adaptation of Thomas Hardy (who can forget Kate Winslet as poor Sue Bridehead lying naked on the bed, trying to feel sexual?); In This World, a faux documentary about Afghan refugees; Code 46, a sci fi love story; A Mighty Heart, from Mariane Pearl's memoir; and the shag-a-thon that was Nine Days. Is there anything the man won't try? Now, with The Killer Inside, Me, Winterbottom attempts a noir thriller. It's adapted from the cult novel by 50's pulp writer Jim Thompson (The Grifters), who specialized in tales of homicidal sickos. Because of the violence visited upon female characters...
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Tribeca 2010 Review: 'The Killer Inside Me'

The works of noted genre author Jim Thompson have made for some surprisingly interesting films over the years. The Steve McQueen / Ali McGraw rendition of The Getaway (1972) is fairly well-remembered, and I myself am a fan of the Alec Baldwin / Kim Basiniger version from 1994. There's also James Foley's After Dark, My Sweet and Stephen Frears' The Grifters, both of which hit in 1990 and did solid justice to the author's work. The most recent filmmaker to tackle the beloved scribe's hard-boiled tales is Michael Winterbottom, whom you probably know from Wonderland, 24 Hour Party People, and Tristram Shandy -- but I don't think you've ever seen Winterbottom like you see him with The Killer Inside...
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Exit Through the Gift Shop and enter the mind of Banksy

Banksy's quixotic debut film is not only a triumph of guerrilla marketing; it's the closest the anonymous graffiti artist has come to unmasking himself

Demetrios Matheou on Michael Winterbottom's The Killer Inside

All our coverage of the premiere of Chris Morris's Four Lions

More from Sundance

By the time the world premiere of Banksy's debut movie, Exit Through the Gift Shop, unfolded at Sundance on Sunday night, the master of mystique had already sprayed his aerosol aura over Park City. Days earlier, five works attributed to the celebrated urban artist had sprung up on walls around town, inspiring ripples of admiration and indignation.

As guerrilla marketing goes it may be a long time before festivalgoers see anything as good as this again. Indeed, the air of mystery remained intact throughout the enterprise, from the moment Exit Through the Gift Shop was unveiled as a surprise screening last week to,
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Four

Georgia

Opens: 2010

Cast: Val Kilmer, Andy Garcia, Rupert Friend, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Johnathon Schaech

Director: Renny Harlin

Summary: An American journalist, his cameraman, and a Georgian native get caught in the crossfire of the five-day Russia-Georgia conflict in August 2008, and then have to deal with their obligation to be impartial.

Analysis: A timely parable on war, or Hollywood propaganda filmmaking at its worst? Wherever it goes, especially in Europe and the former Soviet states, "Georgia" will cause a lot of talk and controversy as the incidents depicted are still so fresh in many's minds. Like all topics of the sort, it'll also have its strong supporters and detractors having opinions on the film long before a frame of footage is screened anywhere.

Shot on-location in Tbilisi, the project also marks a potential return to form for Finnish director Renny Harlin. Given the right material the skilled action director delivered three
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can
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The Notable Films of 2010: Part Three

Dinner for Schmucks

Opens: July 23rd 2010

Cast: Steve Carell, Paul Rudd, Zach Galifianakis, Bruce Greenwood, David Walliams

Director: Jay Roach

Summary: A renowned publisher encourages his friends to invite the most pathetic guests possible for their weekly dinner party. Just as they find the most pathetic man yet, the host is injured and ends up trapped with the man all night long.

Analysis: A remake of director Francis Veber's 1998 César award-winning "Le Diner des cons", 'Schmucks' is one of the highest profile comedies of next year with one of the strongest casts for the genre in recent memory. It also marks the return of "Austin Powers" and "Meet the Parents" helmer Jay Roach who has produced several films in recent years but hasn't directed since 2004's "Meet the Fockers".

The question now lies not in the performers or director but the material itself and whether a Gallic comedy can
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This Week in Trailers: 'Prince of Persia,' 'Salt,' 'The Killer Inside Me'

Lots of trailers this week, with something for just about everyone. There's action movies, animated flicks, romantic comedies for menopausal ladies, video game adaptations, serious family drama, weird western/film noir flicks where Jessica Alba gets her bare ass strapped by a belt (and loves it)...and Uwe Boll.

We finally got to see Angelina's Salt and Prince of Persia, the summer blockbuster (or that's the hope) with Jake Gyllenhaal. But the one that really grabbed our attention was The Killer Inside, a twisted bit of sociopathy with Casey Affleck as a demented lawman who gets raunchy with Jessica Alba and Kate Hudson. Twisted, twisted stuff for Alba. And it's a longer trailer than the norm, because it's being used as a sales tool this weekend at the American Film Market.

Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Uwe Boll's Darfur

Wow, does The Killer Inside Me look weird
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