‘Suspiria’ Remake Director Reveals New Details, Promises a ‘Personal’ Film

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Filmmaker Luca Guadagnino has one of the best films of 2017Call Me By Your Name, hitting theaters very soon, but he’s already looking toward the future. In a new interview, Guadagnino revealed new details on his elusive Suspiria remake, starring Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, and Tilda Swinton.

Suspiria is an immortal horror classic – a stylish, dreamy tale of terror from legendary giallo filmmaker Dario Argento. The thought of a Suspiria remake understandably causes skepticism in the minds of fans, but at least the remake is in good hands. Those hands belong to Guadagnino, the filmmaker behind sun-dappled dramas like A Bigger Splash and the upcoming Call Me By Your Name. Guadagnino may not be the obvious choice for a Suspiria remake, but he’s a filmmaker who understands how to exploit style to its fullest effect, and that’s exactly what a new take on Suspiria needs.

We’ve had only a smattering of details revealed about Guadagnino’s remake. We know the cast: Dakota Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Mia Goth, Tilda Swinton and original Suspiria star Jessica Harper. We know that Radiohead’s Thom Yorke will be handling the score, which is a mighty big task to take on considering the original film’s score by Goblin is heralded as one of the best horror movie soundtracks of all time. We also know, per an Allocine interview with Tilda Swinton (via Film School Rejects), that the film is going to be “completely different” than Argento’s:

“It’s impossible to remake [Dario Argento’s] film. But if I accepted, it’s because it will be a completely different movie! It’s inspired by the same story, but it goes in different directions, it explores other reasons. It’s semantics, of course, but I think people really have to understand that this is not a remake, because the word “remake” gives the impression that we want to erase the original, and the opposite is what we try to do.”

The original film focused on a dancer (Harper) who discovers her prestigious European dance academy is a home to witches. If Swinton is saying the new film is “completely different,” however, that suggests the remake doesn’t follow this same plot line. Now, Guadagnino himself has revealed even more details about the remake in an interview with Criterion. Guadagnino reveals the film isn’t quite finished yet, but that he’s immensely proud of how it’s turning out:

“I have three months until I finish it. It’s a very special film, and I’m proud of it. I wonder all the time how people will react to it, being that it is based on a masterpiece. I often find myself in the position of saying “Oh, it’s ridiculous!” when I hear stories that they want to remake a movie like 8½, so I don’t know if I’m going to be served the same dish. But I can say that my Suspiria is a very personal film; it’s like oxygen to me. When I saw the original movie thirty-two years ago, the emotion I felt was so strong, so mind-blowing, and so important to my upbringing. I wanted to investigate the experience I had watching that film.”

Hopefully we’ll be getting a trailer for Guadagnino’s reimagining soon, as I’m personally dying to see what this film looks like. I really believe Guadagnino’s hypnotic style is going to pair masterfully with a horror movie.

Suspiria is expected to open sometime in 2018. Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name opens November 24, 2017.

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Amy Schumer reveals the happy, unexpected side effect of Twitter trolls

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For most celebrities, Twitter trolls are a thing to be either ignored or fought back against.

Amy Schumer has a different use for them, though.

During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Schumer spoke about the constant feedback she gets from the internet about her body.

“Sometimes it kind of backfires, I think, on the trolls,” says Schumer in the clip above. “Cuz the other day, somebody tweeted about me: ‘Amy Schumer’s body looks like a bag of mashed potatoes’.

“And I was like: Okay, now I need mashed potatoes. You know? And I had them.” Read more…

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Matt LeBlanc reveals why Joey was really wearing a sling in those ‘Friends’ episodes

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Remember that cluster of Friends episodes where Joey had his left arm in a sling? The injury that was supposedly caused by him jumping on the bed?

Well, that was just a cover-up for what really happened. As Matt LeBlanc explains in the Jimmy Kimmel Live clip above, he had to have his arm in a sling because he’d dislocated his shoulder — and he’d done it while filming a previous episode of the show.

Skip to 04:00 for the full story, which involves a fight over a chair and — randomly — an E.R. doctor. Read more…

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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Featurette Reveals Stunning New Footage, Making Of the Movie

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“We want people to look at it and say, ‘Wow that’s a beautiful shot. How did they get it?’” visual effects supervisor John Nelson says in the new featurette for Denis Villeneuve‘s Blade Runner 2049, the sequel to the 1982 sci-fi classic, Blade Runner.

That’s how I spent much of the time watching the featurette, which showcases more of the film’s stunning cinematography, courtesy of Roger Deakins, and establishes Blade Runner 2049 as the most visually breathtaking movie of the year. New footage delves into the story of Officer K (Ryan Gosling) and Rick Deckard (Harrison Ford, returning to his famous role), as well as gives us a hint at characters that we hadn’t yet seen.

Watch the Blade Runner 2049 featurette below.

The exclusive featurette from People opens on Officer K playing a futuristic juke box from which pops up a hologram of Frank Sinatra, moodily singing as Officer K wanders through an abandoned lounge. Deckard shows up, gun raised, and they warily greet each other. Watch it here:

The story of Blade Runner 2049 follows Officer K, Los Angeles Police Department officer who discovers a grand conspiracy to destroy all of civilization. This sets him off on a mission to find Deckard, who has been missing for three decades — roughly the time that took place between the first Blade Runner and its 2017 sequel.

“When I dreamt the original Blade Runner over 35 years ago, I could never imagine how iconic it would still be,” Ridley Scott, who directed the original film and executive produces the sequel, says.

The featurette continues with interviews from cast members, including Ford, Gosling and Jared Leto, as well as the technical crew in charge of the visuals and art.

“I have massive respect for Ridley Scott’s world. Blade Runner revolutionized the way we view science fiction,” Villeneuve says. “I’ve never felt so much pressure on my shoulders, thinking Ridley Scott would see this movie.”

But art director Paul Inglis assures us that Blade Runner 2049 won’t be simply playing into nostalgia for the original Blade Runner. “It’s not just a replica of the first film,” Inglis said. “We’re marrying the familiar with the slightly divergent in order to give us an identity.”

Apart from the behind-the-scenes shots of the film, we see new footage of Officer K and Deckard’s meeting, new grimy and neon-soaked settings, and a brief glimpse at a replicant that looks oddly like Dave Bautista, possibly giving a hint of who he’ll be playing.

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The footage also teases at a deeper mystery surrounding Officer K, with a character telling him “You’re special,” and the footage ominously ending with him staring at his hand, troubled. “This is impossible,” he says.

Blade Runner 2049 hits theaters October 6.

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‘Transformers: The Last Knight’ Reveals New Image of Hot Rod and Details on the Autobot

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The most recent trailer for Transformers: The Last Knight showed off plenty from the sequel that is supposed to be the last installment of the franchise directed by Michael Bay. However, one character that we still haven’t seen much of is Hot Rod.

The Autobot has origins going all the way back to the 1986 animated movie when he was granted the Matrix of Leadership and became Rodimus Prime in the wake of the death of Optimus Prime. We’re not likely to see that same story unfold on the big screen, if only because it was a storyline that fans hated, but Hot Rod will still play a key role in the sequel.

A new image of Hot Rod in Transformers The Last Knight has emerged online along with a slew of details explaining what role the Autobot plays in the story. It turns out that he has played quite a pivotal role in the life of one of our new human characters. Find out more below.

Entertainment Weekly debuted the following image as part of their summer movie preview:

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As you can see, this is the Autobot form of Hot Rod, which we’ve seen before. But this is the first time we’ve seen the character in a still from the movie. So what’s happening in this scene?

First, let’s set the stage with some details about the story. The sequel sees Mark Wahlberg connecting with Anthony Hopkins, playing an astronomer named Sir Edmund Burton. With the help of Hot Rod, the astronomer has discovered a long-lost connection between Transformers and humans that stretches all the way back to the medieval times of King Arthur. It’s this connection that leads them to an Oxford professor named Viviane Wembly (Laura Haddock, seen above with Hot Rod), whose expertise is English literature.

In the image above, Wembly has just discovered that her father’s car, a 1963 Citroen DS, has been an Autobot tasked with secretly protecting and monitoring her. At first, Wembly loses her mind, like any reasonable human probably would after discovering their car was a sentient robot. But surely she’ll end up chilling out and going with the flow, especially when she learns that her blood holds a genetic secret that has the potential to either destroy or save the world.

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What’s interesting though is that the Autobot version of Hot Rod seen above is the result of transforming from the vehicle form of a Lamborghini Centenario (seen above). That means at some point before revealing himself to Wembly, Hot Rod scans another vehicle to take on a new automobile form. You can’t blame him since Laura Haddock describes her father’s old car as a “rickety old thing,” so he was overdue for an upgrade. We’ve seen the car speeding around in a couple quick shots in the trailers so far, but that’s about it.

As for who is voicing Hot Rod, that’s a detail that hasn’t quite been worked out yet. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says they’re still trying to figure it out. Judd Nelson voiced Hot Rod back in the 1980s, but the hope is to get an overseas movie star to voice the Autobot this time, though no specific names are mentioned as possibilities.

Fun Fact: Hot Rod takes over the Matrix of Leadership in Transformers: The Movie to the song “The Touch.” That just so happens to be the song that Mark Wahlberg’s character Dirk Diggler sings in a recording booth (rather poorly) in a sequence from Boogie Nights. There’s been no indication that the song will be used in the movie, but if there’s not at least a passing reference to this connection, then it would be a huge missed opportunity.

Transformers: The Last Knight arrives on June 23.

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Martin Starr Reveals His Role in ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

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Here’s a stone cold fact: the cast of Spider-Man: Homecoming is stacked. It has Tom Holland, Robert Downey Jr., and Michael Keaton in lead roles, and a murderer’s row of supremely talented supporting cast members, including Marisa Tomei, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Kenneth Choi, and Donald Glover, to name a few. But one thing fans have been wondering for a while is just what the heck some of these supporting players are actually going to be doing in this movie. For many of them, information about their roles has been kept very hush-hush from the beginning.

Silicon Valley actor Martin Starr locked down a role in this movie almost a year ago, and now we finally have some details from the actor himself about the character he’ll be playing. Read on to discover more info on the Spider-Man: Homecoming Martin Starr role.

At the time of his casting, we had no clue who Starr would be playing in the next adventure for our friendly neighborhood web-head. But in an interview with The Wrap, the actor reveals that he’s a teacher at Peter Parker’s Midtown Technical High School in Queens, New York.

“I’m the academic decathlon coach and one of the teachers at the school so I have a bit of a thing in it…It’s capitalizing on popularity and a story that’s very rich and dense, so there’s a lot left to tell. And this isn’t a familiar take on it — this is a unique kind of take of a younger Spider-Man trying to figure out life again…The story has a lot of action and fun in it, but it’s also a sweet, coming-of-age story of a kid.”

It’s neat to trace Starr’s evolution from nerdy-but-lovable high school student Bill Haverchuck in 1999’s Freaks and Geeks all the way up to this part in Homecoming. The student truly has become the teacher.

Some fans might be expecting him to bring his dry, sarcastic Silicon Valley-style delivery to this role, but don’t sleep on the actor’s transition to more dramatic turns in movies like Amira & Sam, I’ll See You in My Dreams, and Operator. There may be a bit of humor to Starr’s character, but I wouldn’t be surprised if director Jon Watts wanted to flip the script and see what the actor can do as a pure authority figure instead of one who snarks his way through the school day.

To learn more about Homecoming, be sure to read everything we learned from our set visit.

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters on July 7, 2017.

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Exclusive Black Rose Clip Reveals a Killer

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Serial killer thriller Black Rose is directed by actor Alexander Nevsky and co-stars Terminator 3’s Kristanna Loken

Released in Russia back in 2014, director and star Alexander Nevsky’s serial killer thriller Black Rose is finally hitting theaters at the end of this month — April 28th to be exact — before stabbing onto VOD and DVD on May 2nd. The film stars Nevsky as a Russian police major enlisted by the LAPD to help solve a series of gruesome murders perpetrated against young women by a sadistic sociopathic killer on the mean streets of Hollywood. Can the Russian supercop and his American partner stop the mad murderer before he spills enough blood to stain the streets red?

The slick, violent chiller is written by Brent Huff (Chasing Beauty) and George Saunders (The Hunt for Red October) and is maybe most notable for starring the still badass Kristanna Loken (Terminator 3, BloodRayne) and Highlander TV series star Adrian Paul, along with the great Robert Davi (Showgirls) in key roles.

Check out the exclusive clip with have for you below and the high-octane trailer below that. Enjoy and Happy Easter!



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