Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ and New ‘Rec’ Amongst Midnight Madness Flicks at TIFF

- 07-29-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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In an act of exceptional universal synergy, after premiering the first trailer for his new horror movie Tusk at Comic Con this past weekend, Kevin Smith has lucked out with a slot at the Toronto International Film Festival for the world premiere of the film. TIFF announced it’s Midnight Madness line-up today, the annual portion of the festival dedicated to genre fair that screens every night at midnight at the Ryerson theater. Notable alums of the program in recent years include Dredd, All Cheerleaders Die, Green Inferno, The Raid, John Dies at the EndLords of Salem, Occulus and Seven Psychopaths. So aside from Tusk, what films have made this year’s cut? (more…)

SDCC14: Those Fabulous Batman Capes & Cowls You Might Have Missed

- 07-29-14Comics, Film, Nerd Culture Posted by Mark Poynter

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We all got excited to see the Cape and Cowl that Ben Affleck will be wearing in Zack Snyder‘s Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice when SDCC14 opened last Thursday. What a lot of us overlooked were that other Batman Capes and Cowls from DC Entertainment, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, and Vice Magazine‘s twenty artist Cape/Cowl/Create event promoting the soon to be released Batman: Arkham Knight video game. (more…)

Legendary Pictures Tapping Joe Cornish to Direct King Kong Prequel ‘Skull Island’

- 07-28-14Film Posted by Jason Tabrys

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EDITORS NOTE: Story (SDCC14: Legendary Pictures Unleashes a Hugh Surprise on Hall H) updated from 1/26/14. Update Below.

Legendary Pictures used to be tied to the superhero movie boom but lately they’ve been shepherding movies about big damn monsters (among other things) into theaters with good but not earth shattering results, though it seems clear that, in doubling down with the Godzilla and Pac Rim sequels, their aim is to win audiences over with both the largess of these films and their persistence.

Enter Skull Island, a film based on the mythical island home of King Kong and a complete surprise to the assembled crowd in Hall H and the press when Legendary ran a quick teaser promoting the project. (more…)

“Will You Follow Me One Last Time?” – New Trailer for Final ‘Hobbit’

- 07-28-14Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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So if you were at San Diego Comic Con this weekend, you’ve probably already seen this, but for the rest of us the trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies is now online. As director Peter Jackson promised on the weekend, this one looks to be much darker than the previous installments of the The Hobbit, that and there’s a ton of action coming in the film because if there’s five armies in the title then it better be one good, big fight. (more…)

New ‘Sin City’ Trailer is NSFW and BTTB

- 07-28-14Comics, Film Posted by Adam A. Donaldson

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That’s “Bad to the Bone” in case you’re scratching your head. Yes, here we have another relic from Comic Con weekend in the form of a new trailer for Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, and yes, it’s definitely NSFW (Not Safe For Work). There’s some discrete nudity, swears galore and lots and lots of violence. The new film from co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller, looks like it’s ripe to pick up where the 2005 left off with all the bad guys and bombshells of Basin City (AKA: Sin City) trying to outwit, outplay, and outlast each other. Meaning? Let’s roll the clip. (more…)

Bruce Campbell to Star In ‘Evil Dead’ TV Series?

- 07-28-14Film, TV Posted by Jason McAnelly

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EDITORS NOTE: Story updated from 1/25/14. Original article carries on below.

Fans of the Evil Dead franchise we’re surprised when Bruce Campbell, Rob Tapert and his brother Ivan Raimi announced at San Diego Comic Con that a Evil Dead TV series was in the works (see below).  As if that wasn’t exciting enough, a recent tweet by Bruce “The Chin” Campbell has implied he will not just be involved in the series, but actually be starring in it, reprising his role as Ash Williams.

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RETRO REVIEW – “Ginger Snaps” and the Thrilling Complexity of Female Fronted Horror

- 07-28-14Featured, Film, reviews Posted by Jacob Knight

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Welcome back to our newly revamped “Retro Reviews” column, where we explore both the movies you know and love, as well as the oft overlooked gems you should be spending more time with. Our ninth entry is the coming-of-age Canadian werewolf nightmare, Ginger Snaps (2000)…

There’s a simple fact that needs to be stated at the front of this article: horror movies revolving around women are certainly more engaging than those centered around men. From the earliest days of my film-watching “career”, hidden beneath my parents’ bed while Halloween blared on basic cable*, I was always infinitely more interested in movies that focused on the horrors of femininity. Whether it was Michael Myers stalking Laurie Strode through the streets of Haddonfield or young mother Rosemary finding out that her baby was sold to her Satan worshipping neighbors, the tribulations women faced in my favorite genre always seemed to represent more complex societal issues (the pervasive invasion of evil, the possession and control of a woman’s body) than those of their male counterparts. Add on the fact that women are simply much more emotionally complex creatures (thus making for drama almost equal to their psychological complexity), and you have a perfectly logical argument for my favoring of female-starring terror pictures.

Unfortunately, many of the lesser cinematic shock jocks throughout history extracted the wrong lessons from their superiors. Many took John Carpenter pitting three beautiful best friends against a Shatner-masked maniac at mere face value, thinking that it was the boobs and violence that solely led to the picture becoming “the most successful independent film of all time”. At its worst, horror descends into misogynistic mayhem, utilizing female leads as nothing more than titillation lightning rods, whether they were being bedded by a jock or beheaded by some dime-store Myers knock-off (or his slow witted cousin, Jason Voorhees). However, one of the true under-seen gems of the genre not only molds two of the best female characters horror has ever seen, it uses them as universal icons for a girl’s ascension into full-blown womanhood. Nearly fifteen years after it first hit Canadian theaters, Ginger Snaps is still not only the best werewolf movie since Joe Dante’s The Howling, but also a testament to the power strong female characters bring to any cinematic endeavor, genre or otherwise.  (more…)

Holy Chinichangas!!! ‘Deadpool’ Movie Test Footage

- 07-28-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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A little over two years ago, back in 2012, Deadpool creator Rob Leifeld hinted to fans that there was test footage made for an “R” rated Deadpool movie with Ryan Reynolds. He described the footage, but no one really knew if he was telling the truth, or just pulling our collective legs. Now we know! Watch it quick before FOX or Marvel get it taken down! (more…)

All The ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Props From SDCC14

- 07-28-14Comics, Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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There was so much information pouring out of SDCC14 this year that it was hard to keep up with even the big announcements let alone all the smaller sometimes much cooler things that people who attended the convention saw. In the next couple of days we’ll be picking up the pieces and bringing you some of those items that might have flown below your SDCC14 radar. First up is all those Marvel-ous props from Joss Whedon‘s The Avengers: Age of Ultron. (more…)

SDCC14: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1′ Teaser – Katniss Is All In

- 07-28-14Film Posted by Mark Poynter

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We’re finally getting closer to a full trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1. Although physically battered and emotionally exhausted by her latest trip into The Hunger Games Arena, Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) is back in action and ready or not, has to be the face of the rebellion against District One. Hopefully the first full trailer will hit the Internet sometime early next week. Until then, you’ll have to scratch that Hunger Games itch with this teaser. (more…)