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Happy Halloween from FS - Have Fun! See Nightcrawler
It's Halloween, so it's the perfect time for some Ghostbusters fun, especially since this year is the 30th anniversary of the 1984 classic. This time we've got a sweded version of the original trailer for the film that was made by some middle school students from Raw Art Works, a nonprofit organization set up in Lynn, Massachusetts with an aim to encourage young people to tell stories through filmmaking. It's a fun little video that would make Michel Gondry proud as they use the real audio from the original Ghostbusters trailer and shot footage using whatever props they found, from NERF guns to toy cars. It's adorable. Watch!
It's officially All Hallow's Eve, and since the night of terror falls on a Friday, you can be sure you'll see plenty of kids and adults alike out on the town looking for candy and alcohol (respectively, hopefully). And since this time of the year brings out some impressive ingenuity and creativity amongst movie fans, for the past couple years, we've featured some of our favorite movie-themed Halloween costumes (check out our lists for 2012 and 2013). So we're back again with some of our favorite costumes we found online. We just wanted to make sure they were mostly homemade! Because store bought costumes suck. Look now!
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? "You have to make the money to buy a ticket." In theaters now is Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler, a story set during nighttime in Los Angeles about a young man desperate for work who lands a career in late-night crime journalism. Jake Gyllenhaal plays Louis Bloom, who zooms around the city with his video camera hoping to capture footage of the biggest story he can find. The cast includes Bill Paxton as a competitor, Rene Russo as a TV station editor, and Riz Ahmed as his assistant "Rick". So how is it? The sleeper hit of the year? Or just plain disgusting? Gyllenhaal's best work? How does LA look? If you've seen it, post a comment with your own thoughts on Dan Gilroy's Nightcrawler.
This week we just saw two teaser trailers for Ex Machina, the directorial debut of Dredd and 28 Days Later screenwriter Alex Garland. And with the film poised to hit theaters in 2015, Garland is already lining up his next directing job. Variety reports Paramount Pictures has set Garland to direct Annihilation, an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer's thriller novel of the same name, which the filmmaker will also adapt for the big screen himself. Annihilation, the first book in what is called The Southern Reach trilogy, was published in March and followed by Authority in May and Acceptance just last month. So what is the story all about?
Since it sounds like a sequel to the remake of Evil Dead isn't coming anytime soon (even though the film turned out to be a solid remake), director Fede Alvarez and producer Sam Raimi are teaming up for a new thriller. THR has word that Raimi and Alvarez are collaborating on A Man in the Dark, which the latter also co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues (the two got noticed for their awesome short Panic Attack! before co-writing Evil Dead). The film will focus on a group of three teenagers who are skilled in the execution of perfect home robberies. And when they set their sights on one final target, it seems like an easy enough job.
"At the movies, we’re going to see someone else put on a show, and I feel a responsibility to put on the best show possible." This attitude is one of the many reasons we love him. As much as we adore Christopher Nolan, he still doesn't speak with online press at all. So instead, every time he releases a new movie, he does come out of the woodwork for a few interviews with newspapers/magazines and TV outlets. There's a new profile in NY Times Magazine called "The Exacting, Expansive Mind of Christopher Nolan" coming in at over 7,000 words and it's a must read. The writer goes into an incredible amount of depth and understanding, presenting a rare inside look at the filmmaker and the legendary status that surrounds him.
Earlier this month, Fast & Furious franchise star Gal Gadot was said to be circling a role in Paramount and MGM's remake of Ben-Hur. However, according to THR, it turns out the actress' previous commitment to become Wonder Woman in the imminently expanding DC Comcs cinematic universe will keep her from finalizing a deal due to scheduling not working out. In fact, it sounds like Gadot will be rather busy as the Amazonian superheroine because Bleeding Cool has learned that Warner Bros. has their sights set on making a Wonder Woman trilogy, and they even have rough details on the setting of each film. Read on!
Some independent movies are worth seeking out. Others remain obscure and hidden for a reason, and that seems to be why we haven't heard anything about Murder of a Cat, an indie comedy starring Cabin in the Woods scene stealer Fran Kranz along with an interesting mix of supporting players. The film follows a harmless oddball who is thoroughly upset that someone has just murdered his best friend, a cat named Mouser. J.K. Simmons is the investigating officer, and he soon learns that the cat was seemingly leading a double life. Yeah, it's about as stupid as it sounds. Pretty much everyone in this movie is better than this.
Beyond the glitz and glamour, there's a darkness surrounding Los Angeles that captivates moviegoers when it's presented in film. Writer/director Dan Gilroy understands this and realizes the darkness in its truest form with Nightcrawler, a crime drama that not only dishes on the grimiest of LA grime, but revels in it. With equal parts style, wit, and discomfort - the latter getting the slight edge, especially given the scuzzy-above-all-else performance from Jake Gyllenhaal - the film wallops the viewer's senses and expectations, a hint of satire pushing it well into the forefront of modern crime drama conversations, making it shine.
If Seth Rogen teaming up with Christian Bale for Danny Boyle's forthcoming biopic about Apple co-founder Steve Jobs wasn't weird enough, another peculiar collaboration is happening, this time in the world of comedy. Variety reports Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana will star in a remake of the French comedy Special Correspondents, the story of a struggling New York-based radio journalist (Bana) whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. So he decides to fake front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in Manhattan. So basically a funnier Wag the Dog.
It's been just over a week since the teaser trailer for The Avengers: Age of Ultron leaked online early, prompting Marvel to smartly officially release the trailer ahead of schedule, and then unveil a fun teaser scene with all of the superheroes trying to pick up Thor's hammer Mjolnir. The buzz has been insane for next summer's sequel to the unprecedented superhero assembly of 2012, and with Marvel just announcing all of their plans for Phase Three, fans are losing their minds. But there's still fun to be had at Marvel's expense, as some have taken The Avengers: Age of Ultron trailer and made some fun parodies. Watch now!
The offerings on the big screen for Halloween this weekend are pretty weak with the only straight-up horror film in wide release being last weekend's holdover of Ouija. But if you're looking for a fun, thrilling, crazy ride, you should definitely check out Nightcrawler with Jake Gyllenhaal. However, it seems appropriate as All Hallow's Eve approaches that we get news of a holiday centric horror anthology in the works. Following in the footsteps of films like V/H/S and The ABCs of Death, Epic Pictures Group is working on a new collection of horror shorts called Tales of Halloween, with 10 segments from 11 directors. More below!