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With zombie movies steadily taking over the cinema, ‘Life After Beth’ strives to stand out from the undead crowd.
Zombie movies are as old as cinema itself, kicking off with 1930s hits like 'White Zombies' and 'The Devil's Daughter'. The genre came to mainstream prominence with George A. Romero's 'Night of the Living Dead' in 1968, after which the undead onslaught has been fairly unceasing. But a subset is just as venerable: the zombie comedy, or zom-com, can trace its roots back to 1941's 'King of the Zombies' and 1945's 'Zombies on Broadway'. More recent examples include Peter Jackson's 'Braindead' (1992) and 'Zombieland' (2009).
The most memorable recent zom-com is obviously Edgar Wright's 'Shaun of the Dead' (2004), which introduced a further sub-genre: the zom-rom-com. This paved the way for the likes of the Spanish romp 'Juan of the Dead' (2010), 'Warm Bodies' (2013) and 'All Cheerleaders Die' (also 2013).
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Zach is a total mess following the sudden death of his girlfriend Beth and turns to her equally grief-stricken parents for support. However, when they stop contacting him, he becomes confused by their evasiveness and begins to suspect their daughter is still alive. Sure enough, there's a hole in the ground by her presumably previously occupied grave and she appears to have resurrected from the dead. Zach doesn't know what to think, but when he sees her looking just the same as she did before she died, he is overcome with emotion and decides to tell her everything that he wished he'd said before she passed. However, their happy ending is quickly cut short when Beth starts displaying increasingly erratic behaviour - such as biting and eating a man. Realising that she's a zombie complicates things for Zach, who'll give anything to keep her around but struggles to cope with her newfound brutality.
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Based on the events documented in West of Memphis and the Paradise Lost trilogy, this drama takes an almost clinical approach to the story. By filling in so many details and covering so many perspectives, skilled Canadian director Atom Egoyan sometimes loses the emotional connection, simply because there are too many punches to the gut. But it's utterly riveting.
The events took place in 1993 in rural West Memphis, Arkansas. After three 8-year-old boys go missing, suspicion immediately falls on four goth 16-year-olds: Chris (Dane DeHaan) has just left town, but the fiercely charismatic Damien (James Hamrick), hapless Jason (Seth Meriwether) and mentally disabled Jesse (Kristopher Higgens) are arrested and charged with murder. The victims' parents (including Reese Witherspoon, Alessandro Nivola and Kevin Durand) band together in outrage. But private investigator Ron (Colin Firth) thinks the police have wrongly accused these teens of being killers.
The story is a shocking account of a miscarriage of justice, as the community turns on kids who simply look a bit funny and the police and judicial authorities refuse to admit that they may have made some serious mistakes. The rush to judgement is terrifying, accompanied with explanations that falsely link the teens to satanic rituals and death-metal music. Egoyan cleverly builds a sense of outrage from the start, as the film mourns not only the young boys' death but also the horror of carelessly ruining three innocent teens' lives in response.
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Devil's Knot is a biographical thriller drama based on the events of the West Memphis Three case directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) and written by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism Of Emily Rose).
Devil's Knot tells the chilling story of three young boys, Stevie Branch, Christopher Byers and Michael Moore, going missing in the town of West Memphis, Arkansas. When the bodies are found beaten and murdered, the police and religious people of the town put the blame to a group of teenagers they believed to be Satanists, due to the dark nature of their appearance. After police investigation, three young adults, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., are arrested for suspicion of the crime. These three youths claim to be innocent of the murders, but the citizens of the town want justice for the murdered children and the punishment of the teenagers, innocent or not, seems to be their best answer.
The film will star academy award winner Reese Witherspoon portraying Stevie Branch's distraught mother, Michelle Enos (World War Z, Gangster Squad) as Vicki Hutcheson who was key in the arrest of the teenagers, Academy Award winner Colin Firth as private investigator Ron Lax and Dane DeHaan (The Amazing Spider Man 2, The Place Beyond the Pines) as Chris Morgan, who was a suspect in the murder case.
As with the too-early franchise reboot in 2012, this sequel struggles to balance the demands of a teen romance with a superhero blockbuster. The interpersonal storylines are sharply written and skilfully played by the gifted cast, but the eye-catching effects sequences feel like little more than a shiny distraction. Action fans will love the way digitally animated Spidey swings more realistically than ever down the streets of New York, but the fact remains that these scenes are cartoons. And a new template is badly needed for this genre.
It kicks off as Peter (Andrew Garfield) nearly misses his high school graduation to save the city from another crazed nutcase. His girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone) is fed up, and then crushed when Peter breaks up with her because he's worried about her safety. So she considers taking a place at Oxford University to get away. Meanwhile, Peter is also trying to understand the truth about why his parents (Campbell Scott and Embeth Davidtz) left him to be raised by his Aunt May (Sally Field). But he's interrupted from all of this by the arrival of old pal Harry (Dane DeHaan), back in town to inherit the family business from his dying dad (Chris Cooper) and in need of moral support from Peter.
In each of these three plot strands, Peter faces a significant dilemma that's beautifully played by Garfield as a cheeky, good guy who worries about the darkness all around him. And there's also a nefarious side-plot trying to take over the movie, as nerdy technician Max (Jamie Foxx) is transformed by an electric shock from Spider-man's biggest fan to a spark-emitting villain called Electro. This shift doesn't make sense on any level, and Harry also has a sudden personality change that's badly under-explained, forcing the film into a series of huge action showdowns along with a completely irrelevant aside about two colliding airplanes that feels tacked on to up the human stakes.
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Could Dane DeHaan's portrayal of super villain the Green Goblin outdo Heath Ledger's performance as The Joker in The Dark Knight? The promo pictures implies it could...
Who could possibly believe that the new images released of The Amazing Spider-Man 2’s most nefarious villain, The Green Goblin, is in fact baby faced actor Dane DeHaan? We’d initially assumed that the film would see Peter Parker, alias Spider-Man, played by Andrew Garfield, come up against Electro, played by Jamie Foxx, so we were all surprised to see a flash of the Green Goblin in the trailer. It seems as though Spider-Man will have a few bad guys to contend with in the latest movie!
Dane DeHaan may be cute in real life, but he's horrifying as the Green Goblin
The Green Goblin, who ultimately becomes Peter Parker’s number one enemy, is played by 28 year old DeHaan, and woah, does he look creepy in the new promo shots. DeHaan’s Green Goblin stares menacingly into the camera, his rotten teeth visible through his snarling, chapped grin. His skin looks as though he has a serious case of an incurable swamp lurgy, while he appears to have some kind of apparatus attached to his face and twisted around his neck. His frazzled red hair is a far cry from DeHaan’s mousy blond locks, in fact, if we didn’t know it was the actor, we’d really have no idea.
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Peter Parker is facing a period of deep confusion in every aspect of his life. No longer is everything black and white, nor is it easy to know what the right thing to do is anymore. He's struggling to cope with the death of his dear Uncle Ben, while still feeling unfamiliar with his past in regards to his parents. He's also trying to hold down a relationship with Gwen Stacy, but she ultimately adds to his troubles when she finds herself in a dilemma of her own. Meanwhile in his professional capacity as Spider-Man, he's not finding it easy to differentiate between the villains, the heroes and the just plain hard-done by. He faces deadly battles with the formidable Rhino and the rage-filled Electro; the latter of who it turns out is just as frightened of his own power as everybody else is. It turns out that there is a darker force happening elsewhere, and when his friend Harry Osborn returns, he starts to see OsCorp's sinister involvement.
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A lengthy teaser clip has been released for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2.'
A brand new, extended trailer for upcoming superhero action movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 has been released after Sunday's Super Bowl caught the first official trailer. Entitled Enemies Unite, the clip show Peter Parker, who is played by Andrew Garfield, taking on some of his most determined foes yet as his alter-ego Spider-Man.
An 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' Trailer Has Teased The New Wave Of Villains.
Jamie Foxx's turn as the super-charged villain Electro is the movie's main talking point and his transition from Oscorp employee Max Dillon to a powerful supervillain with the skills to control electricity features as the new trailer's key scene.
The trio might be working together once more.
Dane Dehaan and Daniel Radcliffe hanging out in Kill Your Darlings
Radcliffe, of course, was directed by Krokidas in Kill Your Darlings - a partnership that saw the Potter star lauded for his role as Allen Ginsberg. DeHaan was his co-star in the film, playing Lucien Carr.
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Even though it's slightly too mannered, this true drama takes a clever approach to the beat poets long before they were famous. It's also packed with shocking twists and unnerving details that help us get emotionally involved in the story. And while the complexity of the approach kind of leaves us on the outside, sensitive performances help us see beneath the surface.
Set in 1943, the film centres on Allen Ginsburg (Radcliffe), who has been encouraged by his poet father (Cross) and needy mother (Leigh) to attend Columbia in New York. There he befriends the transgressive writer Lucien Carr (DeHaan), whose secret mentor-boyfriend David (Hall) is actually writing his coursework. Through Lucien, Allen is introduced to the druggy lifestyle of intense artist William Burroughs (Foster) and rugged womaniser Jack Kerouac (Huston). And together they decide to change the world. Then a shocking murder alters the dynamic between these young men.
The film's title is age-old advice to artists: you have to get rid of the people closest to you if you want to truly express yourself. And of course the fatal plot twist is an ironic exploration of this idea, as the film delves into shadowy corners of artistic anarchy, drug use and sexuality. (Radcliffe's notorious gay sex scene is strikingly well-played and pivotal in Allen's journey.) Filmmaker Kokidas infuses each scene with dark artistry: the actors look achingly cool even when they're wallowing in a trashy, immaculately production-designed drug den.
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Peter Parker has always had difficulty trying to prioritise his life. There's the personal side of it; the ordinary teenage angst, trying to hold down a relationship with the lovely Gwen Stacy and mourning the death of his Uncle Ben; then there's the side about saving the world from supervillains and general criminals terrorising the street as Spider-Man. While more often than not successful, he is about to face his biggest challenge yet as he is swamped by enemies such as the formidable Rhino and the quick as lightning Electro. Not only that but, as his friend Harry Osborn returns, he begins to realise that weapons manufacturer OsCorp is cropping up in all situations regarding his foes - just what is Osborn's father plotting?
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Kill Your Darlings is the previously untold story of friendship, jealousy, genius and murder that sparked the literary revolution of the 1940's. Kill Your Darlings follows the story of: Allen Ginsberg, Lucien Carr, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, the four great poets of the Beat Generation and how they were all implicated by the brutal murder of David Kamerer.
Allen Ginsberg must decide whether to use his literary skills to clear his friends name or to reveal what he believes to be the truth in this biographical thriller.
Based on true events, Kill Your Darlings has been nominated for the Grandy Jury Prize at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and is the directorial debut from John Krokidas winner of the 'Director to Watch' at the 2013 Palm Springs International Film Festival.
The sex may be making headlines, but there's more reasons to see 'Kill Your Darlings' according to first reviews.
As Kill Your Darlings begins to open at film festivals across the world, the spotlight is once again cast upon Daniel Radcliffe, the young actor famous for playing Harry Potter. Though the boy wizard role will always cast a shadow upon Radcliffe's succeeding ventures, the 24 year-old has accepted some decidedly tough roles in his post-Potter career, to prove to the world that his acting is more magic than fantasy.
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Kill Your Darlings sees Radcliffe take the role of 40s Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsburg who heads to New York to study at Columbia University. There he meets Lucien Carr (Dane DeHaan), a wild yet intelligent party animal who hangs out with future literary heavyweights Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs.
Expect big things from the 26 year old next year...
You know you’re making it as an actor when you appear in a Metallica music video, right? That’s what the up and comer Dane DeHaan must be reckoning, after the star of the forthcoming Amazing Spider-Man 2 appeared in the metal legends trailer for their concert movie Metallica: Through The Never.
DeHaan’s roles have been small for the most but, crucially, have come in big films. He played a solider in Lincoln, played Cricket Pate in Lawless and appeared as Lucien Carl in the film Kill Your Darlings, which appeared at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, and next year he’s going to make a huge leap as Harry Osborne in the Spidey franchise. Metallica are evidently keen to tap into this rising star and so he appears in the trailer for their forthcoming IMAX movie by dashing to make it on time for his first concert as Lars Ulrich and co. rock out on stage. Halting him is a massive scale riot that seems to be going on around him.
The trailer is for the IMAX video which will be appearing at screens on September 27th before gaining a general release on October 4th. As for DeHaan, you can expect to hear much, much more from him over the next year or so; he’s already been gaining some props for his role in The Place Beyond The Pines this year too.
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Trip is a young and inexperienced roadie who is charged with the important mission of finding a damaged delivery vehicle and retrieving a valuable item that was on its way to sold-out Metallica concert. However, distracted as he is by the apparent complication of the task ahead, Trip's tour bus is crashed into side-on by a speeding car. Miraculously, he manages to escape with barely more than a scratch though only to find himself amidst a brutal looking battle between a sea of riot police and an army of masked, weapon wielding anarchists. Vehicles have been set alight and a murderous horseman is on the loose in this dystopic street scene as Metallica blare out their loudest, most aggressive hits on stage.
The new incarnation of Electro looks creepy, but also very cool - and not just because of his blue complexion.
Everyone got a glimpse of Jamie Foxx as Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in some newly released pictures from the set of the movie.
In the stills, Foxx is seen wearing creepy blue makeup and a grey hood. This means that the movie will significantly deviate from the original version of the villain, which was portrayed wearing a bright green suit with a yellow lightning mask. According to the LA Times, this portrayal of Electro will more closely resemble his Ultimate incarnation, which also has a different backstory – being the result of genetic experimentation, instead of a power line accident. It isn’t clear yet how much of the back story the producers plan to keep, but Foxx did give the reasons behind the choice of costume in an interview with Blackfilm back in December: “They want to have it more grounded and not as comic book-y, so it won’t be green and yellow,” he said. “They want to try new things, like a liquid rubber and things like that, and there are all these bolts and stuff in my arms when they are hanging me upside down and trying to figure out what happen [sic]. How did he become this way? So, it will be some new stuff.”
Sounds pretty cool to us. The sequel to the 2012 film is due in May of next year and, as previously announced, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone will be reprising their roles. Additionally, Shailene Woodley will join the cast as Mary Jane Watson, Chris Cooper and Dane DeHaan as Norman Osborn and his son Harry, Paul Giamatti reportedly as villain the Rhino, and Colm Feore and Felicity Jones in roles yet to be announced.
Continue reading: Jamie Foxx Has Got The Blues As Electro In 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2'
Mainstream audiences may be disappointed that this isn't a gritty thriller pitting the acting talents of Gosling and Cooper against each other, as it's instead a boldly artful, often moving drama. The three-part structure may soften the emotional punch, but a raw script and intimate direction let the actors find real resonance in every scene.
The title is a loose translation of the Mohawk word Schenectady, the New York town where the story is set. In the first section, carnival stunt rider Luke (Gosling) returns to town and tries to rekindle a previous fling with Romina (Mendes). When he discovers that his last visit produced a son, he decides to leave the circus and settle down, taking a job with a local mechanic (Mendelsohn). To make some extra cash, the two team up to rob banks, which puts Luke on a collision course with beat cop Avery (Cooper), who has a wife (Byrne) and young son of his own. Years later, their now-teen sons Jason and AJ (DeHaan and Cohen) discover a past connection they knew nothing about.
To explore the generational ramifications of these men's actions, the film switches perspective twice, first from Luke to Avery and finally to Jason and AJ. But the script never simplifies anyone into "good" or "bad": these are complex people facing difficult situations the best way they can. And sometimes their choices lead to tragic consequences. With this structure, though, the characters are somewhat fragmented, and only Avery emerges as a fully rounded figure, giving Cooper the best role in the film as he becomes unable to work out what is right and wrong, even though he knows it in his gut.
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The interview that accompanies the Radcliffe Out cover reveals that the former Harry Potter star is feeling pretty nonplussed about his gay sex scenes in Kill Your Darlings, despite the fact that it’s caused a bit of a stir in the movie world. The transition from Harry Potter to… well, anything else, really, was never going to be easy and Daniel Radcliffe decided to make life a little challenging and really go against type with Kill Your Darlings. When asked about those sex scenes, though, Radcliffe insists that it’s no big deal.
“You never see a gay actor getting asked what it’s like to play straight - to my knowledge, at least, there is no difference in how heterosexual and homosexual people fall in love.” Of course, it’s not just his sexuality that makes Daniel Radcliffe seem like an unlikely candidate to play the role of Allen Ginsberg. “I don’t look like him,” Radcliffe confesses “and I’m English and middle-class and not from New Jersey. But that’s what I think is so exciting about it, because people have no idea.”
Radcliffe’s performance in the movie has been widely praised, with the relationship between Radcliffe’s Ginsberg and Dane DeHaan’s Lucien Carr being the focal point and most compelling element of the entire film. Kill Your Darlings received its debut at the Sundance Film Festival last month (January 2013), where Radcliffe received a great deal of praise for his performance.
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Luke Glanton is a stunt motorcyclist who currently works with a carnival where he performs numerous death defying feats for just a small pay cheque. When the carnival reach Schenectady, New York, he becomes increasingly determined to find his long lost love Romina who he idiotically broke contact with for over a year. However, when he finds her, he discovers that she has only recently given birth to a baby boy who happens to be his son, though she was reluctant to contact him about it because of feeling abandoned by him. Realising he can't afford to provide for his new family, he gives up his carnival job and goes in search of other ways to make money. He winds up being persuaded to help out in an armed bank robbery to bring in the cash but is immediately hunted by the police for his involvement. This brings Avery Cross on to the scene; a serious cop with an immense respect for the law who also has a new child to think about as well as his constantly worrying wife. His pursuit to uphold the law leads to criminal discoveries about his police department that he'd rather not be a part of, but things take an even more shocking turn when the long forgotten past of both Luke and Avery are brought up once again.
Directed and co-written by Derek Cianfrance ('Brother Tied', 'Blue Valentine') with writing credits also from Ben Coccio ('The Beginner') and Darius Marder in his screenwriting debut, the heart-wrenching and desperate story of 'The Place Beyond The Pine' is set for release on April 12th 2013.
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, Bruce Greenwood, Mahershalalhashbaz Ali, Harris Yulin, Robert Clohessy, Emory Cohen, Olga Merediz, Kevin Craig West & Gabe Fazio
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The story centres on the three Bondurant brothers in rural Virginia. Eldest sibling Forrest (Hardy) runs the family moonshine business with middle brother Howard (Clarke). But the younger Jack (LaBeouf) wants in on the action and secretly teams up with whiz-kid Cricket (DeHaan) to speed up production and sell their wares to a big-city gangster (Oldman). Then slimy city-slicker Federal Agent Rakes (Pearce) arrives, determined to stop bootlegging no matter who he has to torture and kill. Meanwhile, a sexy barmaid (Chastain) with a shady past arrives to distract Forrest, while Jack daringly woos the rebellious daughter (Wasikowska) of the local preacher.
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