Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Frightmare 101

Man, I'll tell really never does end does it? The guys over at TFW have now added two acting classes to their series of instructional classes. And when it comes to acting and tying it in to the horror genre, who better to have as a teacher than Friday the 13th, Part VII actress Lar Park Lincoln. I almost called her "scream queen" and then realized that it wouldn't really fit her, since she found a way to kill supernatural Jason. Lar has written a book and taught classes on acting for years now and brings a lot of experience to the table in a teaching atmosphere. read more about her classes and the other Frightmare 101 classes after the jump.

Lar Park Lincoln will present two courses in our exciting FRIGHTMARE 101 series of instructional classes! The first will be open to any and all actors or aspiring actors and will take place Friday at 7:00 pm-9:00 pm. The second will be open to experienced actors who desire to further their skill in the acting trade. This second class is scheduled for Saturday from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Lar has agreed to teach these classes for Frightmare attendees at an unbelievably discounted $50 enrollment fee! This fee also includes Lar's book, GET STARTED-NOT SCAMMED! personalized and autographed ($30 00 Value). Total value of this class is $180! To enroll for either of theses acting classes, simply email Lar directly at

Indie filmmaker TIM SULLIVAN (DETROIT ROCK CITY / 2001 MANIACS / DRIFTWOOD) serves up a 90 minute workshop designed to give attendants a crash course in horror movie making. Through the deconstruction of classic sequences from 2001 MANIACS” Sullivan will guide students through an interactive journey from screenplay thru final cut, a process that will include exclusive access to all phases of the MANIACS filmmaking experience including script, storyboard, shot list, raw footage, rough edits, sound design and finished product.

Those who attend will each receive a course booklet including actual script pages and storyboards from "2001 MANIACS" as well as a signed photograph of Tim Sullivan! All for the dirt cheap registration fee of $25.00! This is an unbelievable value. Past attendees of Tim's course have said, "I learned more in this class than I learned in film school!"

Spread the red and pre-register now for Tim's SLASH COURSE in Horror Filmmaking.
Don't wait, space is extremely limited!

Here's the full run down on all the classes:
Friday 7 pm: Acting hosted by Lar Park Lincoln ($50 registration)
Saturday 12 pm: Special Effects hosted by DWN Productions (FREE)
Saturday 2 pm: Writing hosted by author Angeline Hawkes (FREE)
Saturday 4 pm: Production hosted by the Texas Motion Picture Association (FREE)
Saturday 6 pm: Acting Hosted by Lar Park Lincoln ($50 registration)
Sunday 1 om: SLASH COURSE in Horror Filmmaking hosted by Tim Sullivan ($25 registration fee)

See the full schedule here.

More Lucky People Winning DVD's!

I keep forgetting to post these to the site. You'll have to forgive the weird lighting on the pics. You can only do what you can on the fly. Reesa took the photos and asked the trivia questions. I like to post pictures of the winners of our contests to show everyone that real people actually do win prizes.

It also helps show the studios that we're not just getting the DVD's and hocking them at Movie Trading Company. Haha! Unfortunately, we don't always have the time to get the winners' names, but what can you do? Check out the pics and see if you or anyone you know is featured. We'll be doing some more contests at screenings very soon. See you there!

Yak's Pub - Uh…Ben, HELP! + Space Cowboy Video

Space Cowboy:
A true "Space Cowboy" showing what he's got and yes... I know the name of the song is The Joker by Steve Miller Band!

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Interview With Zoe Saldana For The Losers

After the jump, you can check out an interview with actress Zoe Saldana for the big-screen adaptation of the DC / Vertigo Comic The Losers. She discusses the chemistry between the cast members, her character, training for the film, what interested her about the project, and her fight scene with Jeffrey Dean Morgan. Footage appears courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures.

Members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit are sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team -- Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -- find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.

The Losers was directed by Sylvain White and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Holt McCallany, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, and Jason Patric.

The movie blasts into theaters on April 23rd.

DIFF 2010 - The Good, The Bad, The Weird, The Reesa

The Good, the Bad, the Weird Review

In 1930 Manchuria, the infamous bandit Park Chang-yi (the Bad) is hired by an industrialist to steal a map from a Japanese official traveling by train. Before he can get there, Yoon Tae-goo (the Weird), a seemingly petty thief, stumbles upon the map while robbing the train. Chang-yi almost catches him but Park Do-won (the Good), a bounty hunter, intent on getting his nemesis Chang-yi distracts the fight and Kang-ho gets away.

We are introduced to the Korean threesome in a great shoot ‘em up sequence on the train as the Bad (Lee Byung-hun) and his gang are chasing the train on horses. All this action is being watched by a Chinese gang, sort of like the western American Indian tribes taking stock of the situation and how to exploit it for their own gains.

Going back to his home base of the Ghost Market, the Weird (Song Kang-ho) doesn’t know what he has in the map. He thinks he should just sell it. His friend tells him that it’s a treasure map of gold and riches buried by the Qing Dynasty which is probably why the gang of Chinese bandits seems to be after him, too. The Bad is the conflicted bad guy with a secret behind his evilness. He kills a centipede with his throwing knife, and then shoots the end of his knife to push it in even harder. He is following the Weird and the Good (Jung Woo-sung) is following the Bad. The Good wears a long black coat and only wants to capture those on his bounty list. He saves the Weird from the Bad and the Chinese gangs. The Weird doesn’t seem to be as graceful or efficient a fighter and manages to get into trouble at every turn. He wants to cut the Good in on the deal with the treasure map if he helps him find it.

The film is filled with non-stop action involving cars, motorcycles, trains, blackmail, Korean independence fighters, being chased by the various gangs, and the Imperial Japanese army. The final scene has the three anti-heroes in a shoot out at the treasure spot which turns out to be nothing but an empty hole…or is it?

Director Ji-woon Kim wrote this 2008 Korean western with Min-suk Kim and it was originally called Joheunnom nabbeunnom isanghannom. It premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival and was inspired by The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Alternate endings and deleted scenes were released in the Korean and international markets. The Korean ending being more upbeat and then some international versions cut out scenes of animal cruelty. The movie is available on international DVD, but it should see a wide release here in the states later this year. (Review by Reesa Cruz Hawkins of Dallas Movie Screenings)

News Bites:

Is the new Star Wars TV cartoon a sequel to Return of the Jedi? Speaking of Star Wars - Harrison Ford is actually going to be at a screening of The Empire Strikes Back in California? How can this be?!?! Peter Jackson says The Hobbit script is done. A million Hobbit-geeks are wondering why it hasn't gone into production yet. Speaking of MGM hold-ups, James Bond 23 has been put on indefinite hiatus until the studio gets their crap together or sold or whatever they have to do to get their business straightened out. Oprah hosts the new Twilight Eclipse trailer. Yay. More of my hopes dashed that this will in any way be a real David Slade vampire film. More news from the world of Hollywood and the surrounding areas after the jump.

New Star Wars TV toon may feature Luke, Han and Leia!

Stan Lee's smashing Thor movie cameo revealed

Chloe Moretz steals the show at Kick-Ass premiere

Hobbit script is done: Peter Jackson says what's next

Which awesome Empire Strikes Back events are near you

Amanda Seyfried's Romantic Interest Cast in Hardwicke's 'Riding Hood'

'Saw V' Director Tells the Bloody Legend of 'The Butcher Bride'

Set Visit Report: Bloody Disgusting Abducted by Aliens on the Set of 'Skyline'!

Lionsgate Shooting Additional Scenes for 'Buried'

First Images from Hideo Nakata's 'The Chatroom'

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2010: Official Synopsis and Production Notes

Set Your DVRs - New Twilight Saga: Eclipse Trailer to Debut on Oprah April 23rd

New Beastly Trailer Should Ensure You Steer Clear of the Witch!

Jonathan Walker Joins the Cast of The Thing Prequel

RKO Looking to Acquire The Architect

Early Look At The Gatchaman Trailer

New Robin Hood One Sheet

23rd James Bond Film Delayed Indefinitely

Confirmed: Sam Jackson NOT In Thor. Is He In Captain America? And Is He Doing A Remake Of The Last Dragon?

Mark Hamill Directing The Black Pearl?

Kick-Ass Takes First Place at Domestic Box Office

Karl Urban on Priest

Lorenzo di Bonaventura on Transformers 3

Noah Ringer Joins Cowboys & Aliens

Stan Lee and Avi Arad on Marvel Movies

Kiefer Sutherland Says The 24 Movie Script Is Finished

Ethan Hawke On Board For New Script The Numbers Station

New Prince Of Persia Featurette Introduces The Hassansins

Did Edgar Wright Meet With Joss Whedon About Ant Man

Crazy cat tries to ruin Lance Henriksen movie scene. Bad cat!

DIFF 2010 - MGF At Walking Distance Premiere

On Thursday, April 15th, director Mel House finally birthed his two years-in-the-making horror / sci-fi film, Walking Distance. I had missed the red carpet event they did earlier in the afternoon, but made it out to the Premiere Party across the street from The Magnolia Theater.

I got a chance to talk to Mel a bit, who seemed very nervous and excited to finally have people see his film. It was a pretty cool little party. Most of the major actors were there, including Adrienne King (Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th, Part 2) and Glenn Morshower (Transformers movies, 24, Star Trek, The Crazies).

They milled around and hung out with everyone, talking and having drinks. Drinks were on the house, which was cool. I got a chance to interview Mel, actress Melanie Donihoo, and Denton Blane Everett.

After the party, we all headed over to the screening, which had a full house and there was applause by friends of the different actors as they showed up onscreen.

After the movie, they hosted a Q&A, which I videotaped and will be posting later this week. I would have to say that the film had a great reception and was liked by pretty much everyone there. I will also be posting the interviews I did later this week as well. (Article by Eric Shirey)

Monday, April 19, 2010

An Afternoon With Brendan Fraser & Brooke Shields

Brendan Fraser and Brooke Shields were in Dallas, TX last week to promote their new family film, Furry Vengeance, and MGF was lucky enough to get an invite to the round table with them. Both of the actors were extremely personable and very down-to-Earth. Brendan has a youthful enthusiasm for life in general it seems. Mrs. Shields seems to very much love being a mother, as she mentioned her children and doted on them any chance she got. Read and see more pics after the jump.

I got to talk to Brendan very quickly about the possibilities of another Mummy movie and he said that there are no plans for one right now. What a bummer. I love those movies. I know most movie "critics" or "reviewers" find them useless, but I think they're a ton of fun. He did say, however, that they are working on a second Journey to the Center of the Earth and said he had a blast filming a 3D movie and looked forward to doing it again.

Both Reesa and I were in attendance for the interview and afterwards were given the opportunity to photograph the stars with a Furry Vengeance poster. We then got our pictures taken with the two actors. Check out more of the pictures below.

We'll be posting the entire audio recording of the interview later this week. (Article by Eric Shirey)

A real estate developer moves his family from Chicago to Oregon when his job calls for him to oversee the building of a major housing development. But when his latest project threatens the homes of the local forest creatures, the animals seek revenge by turning a peaceful cul-de-sac under construction into a battlefield of epic proportions. It's man versus nature and the fur is gonna fly!

Furry Vengeance was directed by Roger Kumble and stars Brendan Fraser, Matt Prokop, Brooke Shields, and Ken Jeong.

Vengeance is exacted on Friday, April 30th.

Still Have Five Passes Left For The Losers Tomorrow!


MGF is co-hosting an advanced screening of the upcoming big-screen adaptation of the Vertigo / DC Comic series The Losers! Do you want to be among The Losers who see this before anyone else? The screening is on Tuesday, April 20th in Dallas, TX at 7:30PM. If you want passes to attend for two, then just answer the question after the jump and e-mail it to me at Once again, the hint for the answer is Wikipedia.

Besides the immediate Vertigo title, The Losers is partially and loosely based on a DC Comics title that began in the 1970's. What is the name, issue number and publishing months / year of the first comic book series that the original Losers appeared in?

Members of an elite U.S. Special Forces unit are sent into the Bolivian jungle on a search and destroy mission. The team -- Clay, Jensen, Roque, Pooch and Cougar -- find themselves the target of a lethal betrayal instigated from inside by a powerful enemy known only as Max. Presumed dead, the group makes plans to even the score when they're joined by the mysterious Aisha, a beautiful operative with her own agenda. Working together, they must remain deep undercover while tracking the heavily-guarded Max, a ruthless man bent on embroiling the world in a new high-tech global war.

The Losers was directed by Sylvain White and stars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Holt McCallany, Chris Evans, Columbus Short, and Jason Patric.

The movie blasts into theaters on April 23rd.

All Kinds Of Shrek 4 Fun

If you click on over here, you can check out all kinds of cool new content for DreamWorks and paramount Pictures' upcoming Shrek Forever After. There's kid's activities for you to print out, new movie stills, character pics, and the new poster. Go check it out right now!

After challenging an evil dragon, rescuing a beautiful princess and saving your in-laws' kingdom, what's an ogre to do? Well, if you're Shrek, you suddenly wind up a domesticated family man. Instead of scaring villagers away like he used to, a reluctant Shrek now agrees to autograph pitch forks. What's happened to this ogre's roar? Longing for the days when he felt like a "real ogre," Shrek is duped into signing a pact with the smooth-talking dealmaker, Rumpelstiltskin. Shrek suddenly finds himself in a twisted, alternate version of Far Far Away, where ogres are hunted, Rumpelstiltskin is king and Shrek and Fiona have never met. Now, it's up to Shrek to undo all he's done in the hopes of saving his friends, restoring his world and reclaiming his one True Love.

Shrek Forever After was directed by Mike Mitchell and stars Mike Myers, Eddie Murphy, Cameron Diaz, and Antonio Banderas.

Look for it in theaters on May 21st.

MGF Helps Exact Furry Vengeance On Brendan Fraser

MGF is very happy to announce we're co-hosting a special advanced screening of Summit Entertainment's new family film, Furry Vengeance. This is good family fun for everyone, so bring out the kids and pack out the theater. Just to show you how much we support family time together, we're not even doing a contest on this one. All you've got to do is e-mail us at and we'll shoot you over enough passes for the whole family while supplies last. Hurry up and come and get them! The screening is on Sunday, April 25th at 2PM in Dallas, TX.

A real estate developer moves his family from Chicago to Oregon when his job calls for him to oversee the building of a major housing development. But when his latest project threatens the homes of the local forest creatures, the animals seek revenge by turning a peaceful cul-de-sac under construction into a battlefield of epic proportions. It's man versus nature and the fur is gonna fly!

Furry Vengeance was directed by Roger Kumble and stars Brendan Fraser, Matt Prokop, Brooke Shields, and Ken Jeong.

Vengeance is exacted on Friday, April 30th.

DIFF 2010 - Reesa Is In The Wake Of Mystery

Wake Review:
A young couple trying to keep awake while driving to a wedding is about 2 hours from Los Angeles. Their playful banter brings unease to Paul, but his girlfriend Adrienne doesn’t notice. She starts to nuzzle him while he’s behind the wheel which causes him to lose control and they spin off the road.

Remarkably they are unhurt, so Adrienne (Jamie Lynn-Sigler) says they have to stop at a hotel, preferably something sleazy since she’s feeling a bit randy. They stop at this vintage looking place that has cabins. It’s run by Frank (Chris Browning) who seems to be working alone and very insistent about being a help to them for anything. They rush off to cabin 6 and proceed to do their thing, but something is bothering Paul (Josh Stewart). He tells Adrienne he doesn’t want to make love to her.

He storms off and goes to the coffee shop. It’s dark and the juke box is playing the same song, “The Devil in His Heart” by the Donays, over and over again. Frank shows up and turns it off. He gives Paul a cup of coffee and cherry pie before leaving him for the motel office. Suddenly a man (Afemo Omilami) walks in speaking cryptically to Paul. He knows Paul and seems to know his “secret” - The “thing” that is making Paul uncomfortable.

Paul returns to his room apologizing to Adrienne when he starts to feel sick to his stomach. He runs to the bathroom and while there finds a Bible verse written on the inside of a cupboard. He checks the motel room Bible and finds a note inside which freaks him out. He tries to show Adrienne, but apparently was imagining it all when there is no proof. When a VCR tape shows up, Paul really starts to lose control.

Meanwhile, this story is interspersed with the story of Frank and Sandy (Angela Featherstone). He was a meek security guard who gets fired from his job for using some store merchandise inappropriately. His wife was on her way to a woman’s support group but changes her mind and picks up a guy at a local bar to bring home. Frank unfortunately walks in on them and the obvious ensues. Paul is seeing Sandy hanging around the motel and once in his room while he’s sleeping with Adrienne.

Somehow, director / writer Chad Feehan manages to unite these storylines in his first feature. The transitions between the storylines are at times jarring. It’s hard to tell what is going on. The dialogue is a bit murky, especially when Paul is talking to the cryptic man. The story of Frank and Sandy would have been more compelling than wimpy Paul’s dilemma. The film just falls short of being spooky and mysterious. It helped that the moody vintage motel in the middle of nowhere says creepy all over it. (Review by Reesa Cruz Hawkins of Dallas Movie Screenings)

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Yak's Pub - Lies!

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News Bites:

Here He Comes To Save The Day! Mighty Mouse Movie Picks Up Steam. Thankfully, I won't have to sit through an unnecessary sequel to Avatar anytime soon. A new picture from Beastly features The Beast escaping from the zoo with Vanessa Hudgens. We finally get a picture of the legendary Christopher Lee in Hammer's The Resident. Josh Brolin makes a heck of a great looking Jonah Hex. Check out more news after the jump.

How Syfy's Riverworld is a new retelling of a great story

Cool viral Tron Legacy video teases Space Paranoids

Nicolas Cage brings on the crazy in new Sorcerer's poster

Director Joss Whedon to rewrite Avengers, Captain America!

Why The Losers' Zoe Saldana can kick your a!@

New Steam For Mighty Mouse Movie Thanks To Alvin And The Chipmunks

Don't Expect An Avatar Sequel Anytime Soon

Sam Jackson Will Play Deathgames

New International Trailer For Knight And Day

Kirsten Dunst To Star In Lars Van Trier's Melancholia

Garth Ennis' Crossed Coming to the Screen

John Malkovich on Not Getting to Play Vulture

New Iron Man 2 TV Spot!

DC's Geoff Johns on His Green Lantern Set Visits

Olivia Munn May Buzz Around Iron Man 2 As The Wasp

Harry Potter Actors Matthew Lewis And Chris Rankin Talk About Deathly Hallows

Iron Man 2 "Viral" Video

New 'Beastly' Image Heads to the Local Zoo

A New Look at Josh Brolin in 'Jonah Hex'

An Itty Bitty Look at the 'I Spit on Your Grave' Promo Art

Behind-the-Scenes of 'Hisss' and A Great Interview with Jennifer Lynch!

New Images from 'The Resident', One of Horror Legend Christopher Lee

First Look at Rebecca De Mornay as Mother in 'Mother's Day'!

Last Piece of Casting for Rogue's 'The Dark Fields'

Henry's John McNaughton Ready for The Harvest

Don't Look in the Basement Remake Update!

First Images From Sucker

Things Get Dark in First Image From the Strause Brothers' Skyline

Geena Davis Talks Beetlejuice Sequel

Eva Longoria Checks into the Tenement

After Dark Originals: Husk Sales Art

Ever Wonder What All Is Under The Oceans?


MGF is co-hosting a special advanced screening of Disneynature's upcoming movie Oceans and we want YOU to be there! The screening is on Tuesday, April 20th at 7:30PM in Dallas, TX. If you want an e-pass, all you have to do is e-mail us at and we'll shoot one over to you. I know - that's way too easy. You don't have to answer a trivia question or anything. Consider it a gift. Haha!




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Genre: True Life Adventure

Rating: G

U.S. Release Date: April 22, 2010

Narrator: Pierce Brosnan

Directors: Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud

Produced by: Jacques Perrin, Nicolas Mauvernay, Romain Le Grand

Executive Producer: Jake Eberts

Disneynature, the studio that presented the record-breaking film “Earth,” brings OCEANS to the big screen on Earth Day, 2010. Nearly three-quarters of the Earth’s surface is covered by water and OCEANS boldly chronicles the mysteries that lie beneath. Directors Jacques Perrin and Jacques Cluzaud dive deep into the very waters that sustain all of mankind—exploring the harsh reality and the amazing creatures that live within. Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, OCEANS offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful motion picture that unfolds on April 22, 2010.


· "See OCEANS, Save Oceans" is an initiative in which Disneynature will make a donation to The Nature Conservancy to save coral reefs in honor of every guest who sees OCEANS during opening week (April 22-28, 2010).

· Disneynature, the first new Disney-branded film label from The Walt Disney Studios in over 60 years, was launched in April 2008 to bring the world’s top nature filmmakers together to share a wide variety of wildlife subjects and stories with theatrical audiences.

· “Earth,” the first film to premiere domestically under the new label on Earth Day 2009, garnered a record-breaking opening weekend for a nature documentary. On its opening day, the film also broke the single-day box-office record for a nature documentary.

· Walt Disney was a pioneer in wildlife documentary filmmaking, producing 13 True-Life Adventure motion pictures between 1949 and 1960, including “Seal Island” (1949), “Beaver Valley” (1950), “The Living Desert” (1953) and “Jungle Cat” (1958). The films earned eight Academy Awards®.

Featuring spectacular never-before-seen imagery captured by the latest underwater technologies, Disneynature’s OCEANS offers an unprecedented look beneath the sea in a powerful motion picture that unfolds on Earth Day -- April 22, 2010.

A Tribute To Ted Cruz

My staff writer Reesa Cruz-Hawkins' father Ted (properly Theodore) passed away on April 8th and I felt that I should say a few words about such an extraordinary man. I didn't really know Ted well, if at all really. Just what I saw and heard of him. He was always standing in line with his daughter and friends, waiting to get in to whatever film he was seeing that day. I say that day, because anyone who knows Reesa or her father know that they are extremely dedicated movie fans. At any given night of the week, you can pretty much guess that if there was a new movie coming out, they were at the advanced screening in the front of the line to get in.

I believe Reesa told me that Ted was 83 when he passed away. I had recently told her that I would love to sit down with him and discuss how the quality of films had changed over the decades and what he thought about CGI versus real effects, etc. Ted had been seeing movies since he was a boy and it just intrigued me to think about all the technology and changes in filmmaking and marketing that had gone on in just his lifetime. As is usual when you put things off, I never did get the chance and I regret that. I wish I would have come to know him better. I know without a doubt he was a good and giving man because of the daughter he raised in Reesa. She is an absolute blessing to me and my work and I honestly couldn't do it all without her. I want to take a little from what Wes Singleton said about Ted, as he knew him better and has a bit more knowledge of his background. Wes does a movie review website entitled Movie Reviews by Wes.

"In his 80's, Ted was retired from Kodak but was more active than most people half his age, including myself. In addition to two blogs he regularly wrote for, he taught ESL at a local church continuing to use his Spanish skills. He was also a musician, sometimes playing bongo drums for a local drumming group, not to mention playing banjo and harmonica with some fellow retirees in the Dallas Banjo Band. The Dallas Banjo Band not only played gigs throughout the area, but they also earned a spot on the TV show America's Got Talent when it filmed here in the area, just two weeks ago.

Given all this, it's not surprising that Ted, a widower whose wife passed away about 7 years ago, bore a family of artists. Ted Jr. is a professional musician in New York City, Steve is a professional artist in the DFW area and owner of an art gallery, and daughter Reesa is a skilled artist as well, mastering everything from sewing to blogging to webmastering.

Sharp, intelligent and witty, Ted was a voracious reader and crossworder. A World War II veteran, he was well-read, kept up with current events and was an avid conversationalist. Ted was also easy to spot at the movie screenings with Reesa, usually taking one of the first seats in the theater, often armed with a book and his folding chair from sitting in line waiting to get in. Just by the look on his face you could tell afterwards if Ted liked the movie or not.

In the last few weeks, Reesa said "Dad hasn't been doing well lately." With difficulty breathing and losing a little pep in his step, he went to the doctor, and just last week learned he had lung cancer. He was seemingly ready to tackle this next battle with the same energy and positive spirit he was accustomed to and it wasn't going to let it stop him from attending the Dallas International Film Festival. Unfortunately, that battle wasn't to be for Ted. He died peacefully on April 8th on the way to see his doctor, at age 83."

If you want to read some of his movie reviews and other writings, go here and here.

Friday, April 16, 2010

Elbow Murderpants Says Kick-Ass!

Dave Lizewski, a comic-book fanboy, decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers. His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl and her father, Big Daddy.

With the constant stream of comic book movies hitting the screen faster than light particles, you may think Kick-Ass is just another in the long daisy chain of Marvel/DC story lines Hollywood has been courting. It really isn’t. This is not to say that the things you’ll see in Kick-Ass have strictly never been done anywhere else. It’s more like the tone has a unique angle. At the same time both glamorizing and debunking the romanticism of heroism. Cynicism and altruism dance together like a married couple in this flick.

I’d love to get all pedantic and start deconstructing the movie, but there’s really nothing I want to impart other than I really enjoyed it… and I think you will too.

Nic Cage, one could argue, is a pivotal but somewhat ancillary character, so in ways he comes off as perhaps being a bit wasted in the role. He’s also a bit too cartoonish and out of his comfort zone. Aaron Johnson plays the awkward teen Kick-Ass brilliantly and makes the best punching bag I’ve seen in a long time. Mark Strong – who was amazing in Rock ‘n Rolla – (you may recognize him from the recent Sherlock Holmes) is really underrated, and does an excellent job as the main antagonist.

But the little lady who plays Hit Girl, Chloe Grace Moretz, steals the show – This movie is as much about her as it is the puberty-ridden Kick-Ass, whose misguided dreams and poorly-planned endeavor lead him smack-dab into chaos. Moretz is cool and natural in her role and adds the pure delight of true heroic style to this flick.

Despite the large presence of kids and costumes in Kick-Ass – This is NOT a movie for youngsters. As has been said, this is a “Hard R” and should be treated with discretion by parents.

That said – I’m an adult (mostly) – and I loved it. (Review by Elbow Murderpants from Bien Agiter!)

DIFF 2010 - A Conversation With Karen Black Pics

Legendary genre actress Karen Black was in town for DIFF and was the focus of a special presentation by Women In Film Dallas entitled A Conversation With Karen Black. We're talking about Karen Black! She was in Trilogy of Terror, Burnt Offerings, Invaders from Mars, It's Alive III: Island of the Alive, Children of the Night, Children of the Corn: The Gathering, House of 1000 Corpses, and tons more. The event was held in the Festival Lounge at the Hotel Palomar on Monday, April 12th. It was put together as A Celebration of Female Filmmakers and was Invite Only. Our good friends over at Knights of the Realm were there and snapped some photos for us to put up. We love those guys! You can check out more pictures after the jump.

News Bites:

OK. So imagine this. After almost an entire year of problems with the production of The Green Hornet, Sony says it's unhappy with the film. Really? This just couldn't be! It looks like Disney has found it's Little Mermaid for Pirates 4. Is it just me or is anybody else REALLY tired of hearing any sort of news about Joss Whedon? Don't get me wrong - I loved Buffy and Angel, but besides that has he really ever done anything that has really made a studio money? Serenity and Firefly really aren't a big hit. They have a cult following, but the show and the movie really never took off with the mainstream. His Dollhouse was a flop. Everybody pretty much hates everything sci-fi related he's had a hand in writing - Titan A.E. and Alien: Resurrection. But somehow, this dude keeps getting handed jobs by major studios. Now he's supposedly directing one of the most important and anticipated super hero films? Want to know who's playing Spider-Man this week? Don't let Freddy catch you napping or things could get nasty. Check out more stories after the jump.

Cabin in the Woods spoilers, part 2: Monsters!

Vampires + Nazis + Uwe Boll = so bad it's good?

Cameron promises extended Avatar Blu-ray. Just not yet

New Spider-Man rumor: Josh Hutcherson to star?

Confirmed: Joss Whedon to direct The Avengers

Sylvain White on Directing The Losers

An After-Credits Scene in Iron Man 2?

James Marsden on X-Men: First Class

New Writer Brought On For Warner Bros. Man From U.N.C.L.E. Movie

Jamie Foxx Bringing Original Animation To Fox

Sony Unhappy With Green Hornet Because Rogen Doesn't Look The Part?

District 9's Sharlto Copley Must Protect Another Alien

Sam Rockwell And Scarlett Johansson To Head Lost Kubrick Film

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DIFF 2010 - Eric Travels Out Of Walking Distance

A idyllic, small, self-sufficient community. On the surface, it seems like the perfect neighborhood. Everything you could possibly need is within walking distance. But...the pastoral exterior conceals a dark past and an even darker secret. As a group of individuals-each with their own ties and agendas with the town and each other-converges on the enclave, strange things begin to happen. Very strange things. Strange enough to test- and then break-the very fabric of reality itself.

After what seems like almost two years, Mel House’s independent horror / sci-fi film Walking Distance has finally officially been released. To say it’s a strange little film would be a grave disservice to this project. This is truly something different for those horror fans tired of Jason, Michael Myers, and Freddy. This is thinking man’s horror.

Story wise, I’m not sure I can even fully give you anything to go on. It’s extremely complex and will definitely take you more than one watch to fully take in. I can tell you that director House also wrote the script and a very dark little mind is floating around in that head of his. You can feel the H.P. Lovecraft and A Nightmare on Elm Street influences all over this.

As far as the actors in this film go, you’ve got an interesting bunch of new and veteran players put together. Reggie Bannister from the Phantasm films has a big role and does a great job of running around acting crazy and disturbed by what he thinks are visions. Glenn Morshower (Transformers movies, Star Trek, 24, The Crazies), who usually plays CIA or FBI agents or military generals, gets to break out of his stereotype by simply playing one of the character’s fathers that figures into the story. The real stand-out performance in this comes from first Friday the 13th scream queen Adrienne King. This is her first starring part in front of the camera since her role as sweet Alice in 1981’s Friday the 13th, Part 2. To say the role is a complete 180 from her portrayal of Alice in the Friday movies would be an understatement. In Walking Distance, she plays Louise Strack, who is basically the devious and evil mind behind the terrible manifestations that are happening throughout the town. You can tell that she was reveling in the chance to play someone deliciously devilish. It also features Katie Featherston from Paranormal Activity in the role of the lead character's girlfriend.

Special effects-wise, this runs the whole gambit. You’ve got the old trustworthy slime and ooze practically covering everything. You’ve got people peeling their prosthetic skin off. There’s some skinless folks wandering around in a Hellraiser-type fashion. There’s even crazy Chucky-like dolls that come to life and slash their victims with knives coming out of their fists. CGI helps to bring to life weird sink holes that appear which suck people into them and flaming black charred burn victims that fry anyone they touch.

Anyone who enjoys a twisted horror tale with a serving of sci-fi should love this movie. Although reminiscent of 80’s horror films, it really does hold its own and tread on a different path. This is definitely a movie that you need to have your thinking cap on for. (Review by Eric Shirey)

DIFF 2010 - Reesa Vacations w/ Tucker & Dale Again

Tucker and Dale vs. Evil Review

Tucker and Dale are two best friends on their way to their “vacation home” in the Appalachians. On their way, they meet up with some college students who are freaked out by the crazy looking hillbillies and mistake them for psycho killers.

Alan Tudyk and Tyler Labine as Tucker and Dale are beer swilling buddies driving along a country road when they stop at a backwoods store for supplies. Dale becomes fixated on the pretty college girls and his friend encourages him to approach them to say hello. Unfortunately, Dale nervously picks up a sickle as a prop when he approaches and scares them with his nervous laugh. This makes the kids jump in the car and speed away.

At the college kids’ camp, one of them tells of a scary story about a hillbilly who attacked some students like themselves about 20 years ago with only one survivor. Since most students have short attention spans they decide to go skinny dipping.

Meanwhile Tucker and Dale’s vacation home is a run down shack in the woods probably owned by some weird backwoods shaman, evident by the bones and weird concoctions left in the house. To them it’s a dream mansion with potential. They decide to go fishing and spy one of the young ladies undressing to dive in (the obligatory skin shot, that’s chaste and PG-13), but she is startled by them and falls into the water. Dale dives in and saves her. When the other students see the hillbillies putting their friend in the boat they run away screaming. This begins the series of misunderstandings that result in unintentional gruesome demises that involve wooden stakes, a wood chipper, guns, and fire. I don’t want to give too much away.

First time director Eli Craig wrote the script with Morgan Jergenson and basically aimed the comedy aspect at some inventive and effect ways of killing off the characters. This is not your typical “Freddy in the woods chasing screaming young girls.” The college kids are a group of nice generic young people who are the equivalent of red uniformed members of Star Trek. The comedy team of Tudyk and Labine has a wonderful chemistry that makes one want to see more Tucker and Dale adventures. This is a whole other take on the slice and dice genre that is hilarious and satisfying. They are still trying to find a distributor for this film, so please fan them on Facebook and Twitter your friends. This was my favorite movie of SXSW and is looking like the tops at DIFF. (Review by Reesa Cruz Hawkins of Dallas Movie Screenings)

Eric Thinks That This Movie Is Definitely Kick-Ass!

Dave Lizewski, a comic-book fanboy, decides to take his obsession as inspiration to become a real-life superhero. As any good superhero would, he chooses a new name -- Kick-Ass -- assembles a suit and mask to wear, and gets to work fighting crime. There's only one problem standing in his way: Kick-Ass has absolutely no superpowers. His life is forever changed as he inspires a subculture of copy cats, is hunted by assorted violent and unpleasant characters, and meets up with a pair of crazed vigilantes, including an 11-year-old sword-wielding dynamo, Hit Girl and her father, Big Daddy.

Kick-Ass is everything it’s title eludes to. From start to finish, the film delivers all that is promised and more. It’s got teen angst, a love story, a revenge plot, great action sequences, and a message all wrapped neatly together. It also has a certain pop culture hipness to it.

Storywise, it’s everything you would expect from writer Mark Millar who brought you Wanted. It has a similar flavor and feel to it reminiscent of that movie. The film features everyday people being put into (or putting themselves into) extraordinary situations. Don’t get me wrong – you definitely have to apply some suspension of disbelief. It feels kind of like Spider-Man meets The Punisher.

The characters are all fleshed out well by the actors that play them. Aaron Johnson is absolutely believable in the role of nerdy comic book reading Dave Lizewski / Kick-Ass. Nicolas Cage as Damon Macready / Big Daddy basically ends up playing himself – a guy who has wanted to be or play a super hero his whole life. His channeling of Adam West for his “disguised” hero voice is absolutely hilarious. Chloe Grace Moretz is incredible in the role of Mindy Macready / Hit-Girl. It’s amazing to see this young girl do all this seriously “heavy” adult-oriented acting, but still hang on to her childish nature. What parent let her play this role? Believe me, she will be seen in films for years to come. Mark Strong channels the New York high society drug dealer and “Soprano” type of macho-ness and meshes it all together to create a character you can’t wait to see get his due in the role of Frank D'Amico.

Visually, the film is strikingly well-shot. It’s not really anything new and borrows it’s cinematography angles and tricks from several other movies, but gets the job done. Really, the thing that’s the most shocking to take in is Hit Girl - a little girl - stabbing, shooting, beating up, and cutting up villains left and right. Then, watching Mark Strong – this big grown tough guy – beating the crap out of this little 11-year old girl adds to the shock value.

The movie definitely accomplishes what it was aiming for I believe. It’s a violently action-packed film that aims to shock you and push the envelope while delivering some social commentary. Pretty fun stuff in my opinion. (Review by Eric Shirey)

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

TFW Adds Even More Guests And Screenings!

The guests and screenings just keep on coming in for this year's Texas Frightmare Weekend. The event starts on April 28th, if you count the movie screenings and red carpet walks as part of the whole festival. It wraps up on May 2nd and is taking place at the Sheraton Grand Hotel (4440 W John Carpenter Fwy, Irving, Texas 75063) right on the edge of Dallas. I can not stress to you how important it is for all fans of horror films to be attend this convention. It really is a must-see event! After the jump, you can see everyhting they added the other day. It comes straight from their press release.

SHADOW and THE UH-OH SHOW Premieres!

We're pleased to announce our final two films for the southwest's premier horror convention and film festival!

Shadow: North American Premiere! A soldier returning from a tour of duty in Iraq goes on a mountain bike adventure in the Alps to forget his battle weary past. In the woods he meets a pretty young stranger who tells him about a local myth concerning a nazi experiment camp. After a confrontation with hunters the couple take refuge in an abandoned bunker where the soldier is forced to endure a more shattering nightmare than the fears he experienced in Iraq.

Wednesday April 28, 9:00 pm, Studio Movie Grill-Lewisville, Admission $8 Buy Tickets

Herschel Gordon Lewis's The Uh-Oh Show: North American Premiere!Jill Burton is a sexy reporter who’s dead set on getting the scoop behind Uh-Oh! – the gory TV sensation that’s sweeping the nation. Get the answer right and win piles of dough, get it wrong and - Uh-Oh! – it’s off with your arms, legs, or more!

Saturday May 1st, Midnight, Sheraton Grand Hotel DFW, Admission FREE with paid convention pass

More Guest Announcements!

We're adding to our Carpenter/Romero vibe for this year's event! John Amplas is most recognizable to fright fans as the titular bloodsucker in Martin. However, he's also one of the most repeated actors in Romero's movies, having appeared in a total of five Romero films.

Speaking of Romero films, we're pleased to announce Jarlath Conroy who will join Amplas and the previously announced Terry Alexander for a mini Day of the Dead reunion.

Carpenter has his favorite actors as well and Charles Cyphers was obviously one of them. Cyphers was featured in six Carpenter movies beginning with Halloween. Please join us in welcoming the original Sheriff Brackett to the southwest's premier horror convention.

Returning to Texas Frightmare Weekend is fan favorite Danielle Harris. Danielle has starred in Halloween 4 and 5 as well as Rob Zombie's two Halloween remakes. She'll join us to talk about Blood Night, playing Friday, April 30th at 8:00 pm during the Texas Frightmare Film Festival.

We're excited to host a true 'first look' at Anchor Bay Entertainment's upcoming feature I Spit on Your Grave. Our final TFW 2010 guest will join director Steven R. Monroe as well as Sarah Butler, Chad Lindberg and Rodney Eastman for this first look. Daniel Franzese is no stranger to the horror genre having appeared in Robert Englund's Killer Pad and the recent Afterdark Horrorfest feature Kill Theory. Please welcome Daniel to the show!

For more info on the event, go here.