Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Crawling Night-ward

I always feel like I'm jinxing myself when I let on beforehand that I'm headed to an early screening - that they won't let me in, that the projector will implode and set me on fire, that something anything will occur to keep me from seeing what I said I am seeing and oh ho ho don't I look the fool. But of this one I'm just too excited, I just can't hide it - I'm seeing Nightcrawler tonight! (As long as the projector doesn't set me on fire instead.) Is there anything I'm looking forward to more coming out this year? That's not a rhetorical question, I am actually asking y'all to tell me what I'm looking forward to this year, I can't even think of anything else.

I Am Link

--- Queen Please - Ryan Murphy is making a new anthology show called Scream Queens that'll have a rotating setting and cast every season just like American Horror Story, and will have two female leads on "a college campus rocked by murders." And listen I love American Horror Story, y'all know this, and I think this season so far is turning out spectacularly, give or take a clown I don't find scary (it's all about Dandy for me; I want to be Dandy for Halloween I love him so), but Ryan Murphy I hope you were misquoted by EW when you said "We hope to create a whole new genre—comedy-horror" because WTF, you egomaniac.

---  Scare Scare Again - Yesterday there was news that The Conjuring sequel had been knocked out of its release date and people wondered what was up; today comes word that James Wan, the director of the first one (and the first two Insidious movies, which I prefer) who'd moved on to make the next Fast & Furious movie saying he was done with horror, is returning to make The Conjuring 2 after all. He says that taking a one-movie break reinvigorated his horror lust. Good, I am happy to have him back.

--- And Speaking of the Insidious films, Wan's co-writer Leigh Whannell is currently directing Insidious Chapter 3 and DH gathered up several behind-the-scenes pictures right here, with looks at Dermot Mulroney and the returning Lin Shaye. I haven't kept track of where they're taking the story so I have no idea what's happening but Leigh's looking adorable isn't he?

--- Return To Mars - Apparently Disney has let their rights to the John Carter of Mars stories expire after the disastrous performance of that first movie they effed all up, so Edgar Rice Burroughs' estate, who got the rights back, is saying they have every intention of trying to get more movies made. I don't think Taylor Kitsch should be expecting any phone calls, though.

--- Dark Cox - After the exquisite pain of not being able to see the Daredevil panel at New York Comic-Con set me off I am inching my way back towards my beloved Charlie Cox - representing today's baby step is this brief chat with him at THR about the show, and how dark it will be. Hopefully not so dark it doesn't take time to appreciate the finer, furrier things in life.
--- Dream Weavers - I meant to include a link to Vulture's oral history of the original Nightmare on Elm Street movie this morning when I did my Nightmare post but ended up not really figuring out a way to squeeze it in to a post that was already longer than I intended; anyway the oral history had me cracking me up last night when I read it - love the director of the second (and gayest!) Elm Street movie popping up just long enough to call Harvey Weinstein a gargoyle! But my favorite quote, pretty much just because it's coming from Ronee Blakely and it allows me to picture Nancy's drunk mother saying it, is this one:

"It was difficult sometimes to eat lunch with Robert [Englund] because his makeup was so realistic. His brains were hanging out of his prosthetics."

--- Lizard Tears - IndieWire chatted with Juliette Binoche about some things, including the fact that Quentin Tarantino told her she made him cry while watching Godzilla. What I want to know is, why is Tarantino talking to Binoche? Movie, movie, movie! Put her in a movie, Quentin! Write a kick-ass Juliette Binoche movie right this minute!

--- Sundown Seconds - Hopefully I'll write my own thoughts up at some point but here's what our pal Glenn thought of the remake of The Town That Dreaded Sundown, which just came out this week. Spoiler alert: he loved it a whole bunch, a whooooole bunch, way more than I did, although I didn't hate it or anything by any means.

--- The Magic Word - I hadn't really been paying attention to the just released blu-ray set of Pee Wee's Playhouse because I already have the DVD set that came out a few years ago and figured that was plenty, but reading this interview with Paul Reubens (thanks Mac) has me second-guessing - it sounds like they did an amazing job cleaning it up better than it looked even when it aired. Paul also says an announcement on the Pee Wee movie he's been telling us is going to happen is "imminent" but dude's cried wolf so many times on this, I can't. I can't! This interview is already a couple of days old and nothing's been announced. I am waiting, Pee Wee.

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

you can learn from:

Soapdish (1990)

Betsy Faye Sharon: Very, very good, Mark. And very true. 
I love what you're doing. I just, I think if we could try it 
one more time, and this time... I don't know... 
maybe try one without your shirt. 

Mark: Sure.

"Will you be having wine with dinner?" 

Betsy Faye Sharon: I think we've found our waiter! 

You people can have your Princess Leia - Carrie Fisher 
will always be Betsy Faye to me! Happy birthday, Carrie!

Five Frames From ?


What movie is this?

Chris Zylka Nine Times

Imagine my delight while reading this interview with director Gregg Araki (thanks Mac) on White Bird in a Blizzard to find a link to some never-before-seen-by-me outtakes from a 2012 photo-shoot of Kaboom's Chris Zylka! We'd posted three pictures previously from this, but the rest I'd missed. Swoon. Hit the jump for more.

Today's Fanboy Delusion

Today I'd rather be...

... heavy lifting with Ryan Kwanten.

Put your back into it, Ryan!

And your front, et cetera, et cetera.
Hit the jump for more...

Pic of the Day

Finally a look at Michael Strahan on the set of Magic Mike XXL...
and with a very enthusiastic Channing Tatum to boot.
Eat it, Chocolate City! (via)

13 Phones of Halloween #3

There were a lot of digs towards Heather Langenkamp's performance in A Nightmare on Elm Street when I propped her Nancy up against Freddy in last week's "Beauty vs Beast" and while yes, the seams certainly show, I think there's an honesty to her performance that you can't fake - she makes Nancy a real teenage girl up there. Take the way she dials the phone in this scene, holding it in front of her, stabbing the buttons with dramatic flair - only an exasperated teen girl would dial the phone this way.

She has reason for dramatic flair, of course - she's trying to save Sexy Half-Shirt's life! And the dummy fell right asleep like he said he wouldn't. Men! 

I love Glenn's parents - they're such assholes. 

"She says it's private.
Very private, and very important."


"You've just gotta be firm with these kids, that's all."

And then Papa Half-Shirt dooms Sexy Half-Shirt...

... by taking the phone off the hook!
Dun dun dun

Again with that amazing dialing. 
But hark, the phone rings...

... unfortunately a gif doesn't get across the sound Nancy's hearing - it's Freddy Krueger's patented "knives scarping on metal" sound effect. Nancy rips the phone out of the wall...

... and throws it on her bed...
where it starts to rings on its own!

".... hello?"

"I'm your boyfriend now, Nancy."

If you grew up in the 80s (or the 70s or even into the 90s I guess) then you know what a trope the teenage girl tethered to her phone was - this scene is such a violation of that space, I love it. You're hitting the teen girls right where they live, Wes! And of course, once that cord is (literally and metaphorically) severed...

In summation: Parents, let your kids talk on the damn phone.

Good Morning, World

The Daily Mail dug up some pictures from a never-aired pilot Brad Pitt did for ABC twenty-five years ago called The Kids Are All Right; you can see more at that link, although none are as deeply, desperately important as this underwear shot seen here. This one's going in the time capsule, kiddies!

Monday, October 20, 2014

You're Never Safe, Rosemary

It amazes me that I can still sit down and watch fifteen minutes of Rosemary's Baby, a movie I've seen more times than any other, a movie I could very nearly recite backwards and forwards, and still find something that I'd never noticed before. This time, it was...
... this shot here. Rosemary has just "lost" her baby only to hear a baby's cries coming through the wall. She turns off the air conditioner to hear better, but Mrs. Gilmore (Hope Summers) comes into the roomjust then and tells her people "are actually dying from the heat" and goes to turn the A/C unit back on. Rosemary thinks she's being sly...
... hiding her pills in the bed-frame...
... but that second shot, man! That second shot just never lets her go. Mrs. Gilmore might seem to be looking out the window, but she's still looking right at Rosemary - Rosemary is never safe. It might turn out in the end that Rosemary's trick works; she piles up the pills and sneaks next door. But Polanski's camera, it always knows. It never lets her go.

Don't Drink The Water, Newbies

I'm certain you're all surprised that my first thought upon reading the news today that the Cabin Fever remake is going to use the exact same script as Eli Roth's 2002 movie (besides maybe a little bit of a "Whatchu talkin' 'bout, Willis?") was - well who's playing the Joey Kern part and getting it up the butt then? I hope my thought-processes and their clockwork-like dependability towards gratuity bring someone somewhere comfort.

(Will Eli Roth play the stoner dude again???) Anyway they have already announced the cast for this reboot (thanks Mac) -- they are "Teen Wolf‘s Gage Golightly, Dustin Ingram, Samuel Davis, Matthew Daddario and Nadine Crocker." I didn't know who any of these people were so I looked them up -- turns out Samuel Davis is adorable...

... (pic via) he's probably got the Rider Strong (speaking of names I just don't know about) role, I'm guessing? He was apparently one of the frat guys in Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, which I just watched yesterday. He's also in Exists, the Bigfoot movie from the director of The Blair Witch Project that is coming out next week. And then there's Matthew Daddario...

... who is also super adorable! I suppose he could also play the Rider Strong role though? I don't know. i wish they just told us who was playing who so I knew who was gonna get their butt messed with, for goodness sake. Is that really too much to ask?

Everything You Ever Need To Know About Life...

... you can learn from:

Tex: Hey looky here - colored drawers. 
Tex, Tinker: California

Happy 56, Viggo Mortensen!