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There are not only a bunch of board games out there that could make incredible movies, there are board games that could make incredible horror movies. These are frightening, tense experiences that lend themselves to cinematic interpretation, even more than something like a Ouija board. Hey Hollywood, if you're going to start making horror movies based on board games, why don't you look at these?   Arkham Horror The Game: Up to eight players team up to explore H.P. Lovecraft's infamous city of Arkham, Massachusetts, which has been overrun with monsters and evil magic. The body count is high on both sides, as players play against the game itself through an ingenious system that actually makes it feel like the cardboard tokens and cards are reacting to your...
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Look, Interstellar isn't out yet, so this column has been sitting around and twiddling its thumbs, waiting for the arrival of Christopher Nolan's science fiction epic. With nothing else to grab the attention of science fiction fans, how about we delve into the latest, greatest and most interesting sci-fi movie news to emerge over the past week or so?   Disney Has Lost the John Carter of Mars Rights As one of the 11 people who actually really dug John Carter, I look at the news that Disney lost the rights to Edgar Rice Burroughs' science fiction adventure series with mixed emotions. On one hand, it's nice that the Burroughs estate has those rights back and can do whatever it wants with them (including making another movie...
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Thanks to the birth of CGI, most films these days create their elaborate visual magic with the use of computers. However, before technology gave us powerful PCs, visual effects in films had to be created by hand – with skilled artists and technicians spending hours painstakingly painting matte backgrounds or building elaborate models and sets. These rare behind-the-scenes photos from the original Star Wars trilogy demonstrate just how much craftsmanship went into creating things found only in a galaxy far, far away. There are 140 photos on display in this Imgur album from user Joinyouinthesun, and they give us a rare peek into a world many of us have never seen – a world where movie magic is created. It’s astonishing to look at some of these creations; the level...
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[Dan Gilroy directing on the set of Nightcrawler] In the late '90s, Warner Bros. was very keen to make a new Superman movie. An up-and-coming screenwriter named Dan Gilroy, whose big calling card at the time was the 1992 sci-fi movie Freejack, was hired to write a script that would be directed by Tim Burton and would star Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel. It was a dream job for Gilroy and he spent a year pouring everything he had into the movie, right on up to the moment that Warner Bros. pulled the plug on the whole thing. A decade-and-a-half later, Gilroy has made his directorial debut with the truly fantastic thriller Nightcrawler, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal as an ambitious but disturbed man named Lou who takes on a rather grizzly line of work that involves filming...
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We don’t know a whole lot about Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, which is amazing because it’s just weeks away from landing in theaters. What we do know is that it involves science fiction, with Matthew McConaughey and a crew exploring outer space in search of a new planet for humans to inhabit. However, it turns out the science might not be so much fiction after all. Physicist Kip Thorne is an executive producer on the project, and he spent months meeting with Nolan to help the filmmaker get a handle on the real science of space travel, black holes and wormholes for the film. From scattering matter to the intense gravitational pull of collapsing stars, the black hole featured in Interstellar promises to be the most accurate portrayal of the phenomenon...
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After being the public face for teenagers worldwide in the Twilight series, dodging the press during her romance with her costar, being the target of Internet shamers after a relationship “scandal,” and working in film nonstop for the past few years, what’s left for 24-year-old Kristen Stewart? According to USA Today, some time away. "I'm taking some time off because I've been working for two years," she told the outlet. "I'm an actor and that's my art form, and because I started so young, I've always felt intimidated and insufficient when I think about other forms of art I want to create. I'm going to take so much time off." She elaborated: "I'm going to buy a live-work space in downtown L.A. and I'm...
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If this Halloween you want to go to the movies for an unforgettable glimpse into darkness, don't even bother with a traditional horror movie. See Nightcrawler instead. Dan Gilroy's directorial debut is a brilliant, gripping thriller about Lou (Jake Gyllenhaal), a slightly off-kilter man in his 30s just looking for some kind of career when he stumbles across the very real but rarely talked about world of nightcrawlers, which are basically camera crews that drive all over big cities in the middle of the night to film grizzly crime scenes and sell the footage to news stations. What follows is a sizzling descent into understandable madness, all filtered through the lens of the American dream. We first saw the movie at the Toronto International Film Festival, where it got rave...
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Earlier this year, we heard that David Fincher would only direct a movie based on the life and career of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs if Christian Bale agreed to star. Since then, Fincher dropped out and Danny Boyle came on board to helm Jobs, featuring a screenplay by Aaron Sorkin drawn from Walter Isaacson's biography. It's a challenging role, one that will track Jobs in real time during three pivotal events in Apple's history, and now Bale is officially attached to the film, which is scheduled to shoot next spring. In a recent interview with Bloomberg, Sorkin spoke about the role, about Bale and why it's going to be one helluva difficult role to tackle. "He has more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies...
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Fans of Zach Galifianakis' Funny or Die show Between Two Ferns are all too familiar with its edgy format, in which the actor (playing a moronic version of himself) interviews various celebrities by insulting them over and over again. It's often very comical to watch, and the guests are always in on the joke -- heck, President Obama starred on an episode! It all feels very much like a comedy roast where one person is doing the roasting, and this week's show featuring Brad Pitt will go down as an all-timer -- a menacing barrage of Brad Pitt insults that are so mean and hilarious, the random Louis C.K. cameo in the middle isn't even the best part. Watch for yourself below... Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis: Brad Pitt from Zach...
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Into the Woods: Heading to theaters on December 25, Into the Woods is an ambitious stage-to-screen adaptation featuring a plethora of familiar storybook characters. New photos from the musical showcase Johnny Depp (as a wolf), Anna Kendrick (as Cinderella), Emily Blunt (as the Baker's Wife), and Meryl Streep (as a witch), all looking quite colorful. [EW.com]   I.Q. 83: Charlie Kaufman, known for offbeat movies (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation), will next tackle a rewrite of I.Q. 83, based on a 1978 novel by Arthur Herzog. Steve Carell is set to star as the leader of a group of scientists who inadvertently unleash a virus that steadily lowers the intelligence of its victims. Kaufman is planning a satirical version of the straightforward novel...
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