January 18, 2017

Tag Archives: Fantastic Fest

“Paranormal Activity 3” secret screening and new trailer hit

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The second Secret Screening at Fantastic Fest in Austin last night was an early viewing of Paramount’s “Paranormal Activity 3.”
The “secret” was out, to be honest, with several high-profile Fest attendees guessing “Paranormal” on Twitter prior to the midnight screening. And while reviews for the third “Activity” in as many years are online this morning, the “gotcha” sequel is one of those suspenseful horror gimmicks that’d be instantly spoiled by knowing the tricks hiding up the sleeves of directors Henry Joost and Ariel Schilman (who helmed the outstanding “Catfish”).
That being said, you might want to file away this new trailer for the third “Paranormal” – a prequel, origin story of sorts – until you’ve seen the film. As one Tweeter suggested (without even seeing the final film), the ending might be contained in this two-minute teaser. You have been warned.
“Paranormal Activity 3” opens in theaters on Oct. 21.
Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information.
Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News, Breaking News, Entertainment News, Movie News, Music News

“You’re Next,” “Bullhead” win big at Fantastic Fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: “You’re Next,” Adam Wingard’s horror thriller about a family terrorized my masked intruders, on the Best Picture award at this year’s Fantastic Fest, which hosted thousands of genre-film fans in Austin, Texas.
The year’s fest opened with a screening of Tom Six’s “Human Centipede” sequel, and featured a regional premiere of Morgan Spurlock’s Comic-Con documentary, “A Fan’s Hope.”
Both “Next” and “Hope” played the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month before stopping in Austin. “Next” practically swept the Horror category at the festival, grabbing Director for Wingard, Best Screenplay for Simon Barrett, and Best Actress for Sharni Vinson. Sean Harris, meanwhile, earned Best Actor for “A Lonely Place To Die.”
A full list of winners is below:
AUDIENCE AWARD (Presented by Maxwell Locke & Ritter)
A Boy And His Samurai (Yoshihiro Nakamura)
Runners Up: You’re Next, Juan Of The Dead
Best Picture – Bullhead
Best Director – Michael R. Roskam (Bullhead)
Best Screenplay – Josh MacDonald (The Corridor)
Best Actor – Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead)
Best Actress – Jessica Cole (Aardvark)
Special Jury Award for Boldness Of Vision: Beyond The Black Rainbow
Best Picture – You’re Next
Best Director – Adam Wingard (You’re Next)
Best Screenplay – Simon Barrett (You’re Next)
Best Actor – Sean Harris (A Lonely Place To Die)
Best Actress – Sharni Vinson (You’re Next)
Best Picture – Milocrorze: A Love Story
Best Director – Noboru Iguchi (Karate Robo Zaborgar)
Best Screenplay – Olafur Egilsson, Grimur Haonarson (Summerland)
Best Actor – Julián Villagrán (Extraterrestrial)
Best Actress – Sawa Masaki (Underwater Love)
Best Picture – Clown
Best Director – Steffen Haars, Flip Van Der Kuil (New Kids Turbo)
Best Screenplay – Casper Christensen, Frank Hvam (Clown)
Winner: How To Rid Your Lover Of A Negative Emotion Caused By You (Nadia Litz)
Runner-up: The Unliving (Hugo Lilj)
Special Jury Award for Outstanding Achievement in Special Effects and General Badassery: Brutal Relax (David Muñoz, Rafa Dengrá, Adrián Cardona)
Best Fantastic Short: Decapoda Shock (Javier Chillón)
Runner-up: All Men Are Called Robert (Marc-Henri Boulier)
Special Jury Mention for Acting: Robert Picardo (The Candidate)
Best Animated Short: Last Norwegian Troll (Pjotr Sapegin)
Runner-up: Lazarov (NIETOV)
Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information.
Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News, Breaking News, Entertainment News, Movie News, Music News

Tilda Swinton’s “Kevin” added to Fantastic Fest – AWARDS ALLEY

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Lynne Ramsay’s harrowing “We Need to Talk About Kevin,” which was just confirmed as a Marquee screening at this year’s Austin Film Festival, also has been added to the schedule of this year’s Fantastic Fest … giving the blistering drama two key Austin screenings in the span of a month.
Ramsay’s picture stars Tilda Swinton as a shellshocked mother coming to terms with the fact that she has raised a murderer. The Oscar winner, never mistaken for maternal, is the right choice to play a woman uncertain if she ever really loved her child, while Ezra Miller sends chills as the title character, who conducts some unspeakable things.
Read our exclusive interview with Tilda Swinton from this year’s Toronto Intermational Film Festival.
Fantastic Fest 2011 also added a special screening of William Eubank’s Angels & Airwaves film “Love,” a passion project of Tom DeLonge, guitarist and singer for A&A and Blink-182. DeLonge, who produced “Love,” will be in town for the screening.
This year’s fest runs Sept. 22-20, opening with a full day of Thursday screenings capped by a premiere screening of “The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence).” Organizers also released a full schedule of events tied to the fest. We have them below:
Fantastic Arcade Happy Hours and Tournaments
Location: The Highball
Dates: Thursday, Sept. 22nd, Friday Sept. 23rd, Saturday Sept. 24th
Time: 6pm-8pm
Description: Every day from Thursday the 22nd through Saturday the 24th, guests are encouraged to come by the highball and compete or just watch the daily indie game tournaments. We’ll have drink specials each day and you will get to meet the folks that make up both the indie gaming scene in Austin as well as the international Fantastic Arcade game designers.
Fantastic Fest Opening Night Party
Location: The Highball
Date: Thursday, Sept. 22nd
Time: 10pm
Description: Eat, drink and be merry with us after the world premiere of THE HUMAN CENTIPEDE 2: FULL SEQUENCE, the second installment in Tom Six’s squirm-inducing saga of unnecessary surgery. Featuring live music from The Charles Edward Cheese band and an attempt to break the world’s record for the longest human centipede conga line. 100% medically fun!
Attempted Rap Throw Down
Location: The Highball
Date: Friday, Sept. 23rd
Time: 11:30pm
Description: Come watch the battle unfold as a handful of nerdworthy contenders vie for lyrical supremacy in this movie-themed rap competition all from Fatboy Roberts tracks. Click here for an example of an attempted rap from Eugenio […]

Fantastic Fest adds Comic-Con doc, “Human Centipede” sequel

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Only the folks at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin would try and use the words “Fantastic” and “Human Centipede” in the same sentence. Yet it’s that unique taste in spectacular genre cinema that keeps thousands flocking to Fantastic Fest in Austin each fall, and this year’s slate shouldn’t disappoint.
Tom Six’s sequel to his vile “Human Centipede” will hold its world premiere on opening night of this year’s Fantastic Fest, which runs Sept. 22-29 in Austin, Tex.
Other notable films programmed for this year’s fest include a retrospective screening of John Landis’s “An American Werewolf in London,” the Texas premiere of Jeff Nichols’s “Take Shelter,” and Morgan Spurlock’s “Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan’s Hope,” which will close this year’s event.
The full slate is below:
US Premiere
Director: Yoshihiro Nakamura, Korea, 109 minutes
From the director of festival faves Fish Story and Golden Slumber, the ultimate time travelling, father-son, samurai pastry chef, food movie ever made.
BUNOHAN (2011)
US Premiere
Director: Dain Said, Malaysia, 100 minutes
BUNOHAN is the tragic story of love lost between three estranged brothers and their ailing father.
US Premiere
Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti live in person!
Director: Jean-Baptiste Léonetti, France, 77 minutes
It’s eat or be eaten (literally) in an absurdist future where a woman
struggles to reclaim her husband from the bleak corporate machine.
CLOWN (2011)
Texas Premiere
Director Mikkel Nørgaard and producer Louise Vesth live in person!
Director: Mikkel Nørgaard, Denmark, 90 minutes
Casper and Frank are on a canoe trip to glory, a Tour De Pussy with an exclusive brothel waiting at the end. Probably shouldn’t have brought the kid.
US Premiere
Director: Morgan Spurlock, USA, 88 minutes
The documentary film follows five people as they descend upon the Mecca of geek culture, San Diego’s Comic-Con Convention.
THE DAY (2011)
US Premiere
Producer Guy Danella and actor Dominic Monaghan live in person!
Director: Douglas Aarniokoski, USA, 90 minutes
A group of weary post-apocalyptic survivors find refuge in an abandoned farmhouse. The house, however, may not be as safe or abandoned as they first assumed.
International Premiere
Director Sean Hogan and producer Jen Handorf live in person!
Director: Sean Hogan, UK, 75 minutes
Two hitmen are ordered to assassinate an old associate. While waiting for their target to come home, one shares a story of love lost which brings out the demons – first figuratively, then literally.
Regional Premiere
Director: Jose Padillha, Brazil, 116 minutes
In the slums of Rio […]

Fantastic Fest reveals first wave of programming

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The annual Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas has become a must-attend for film fanatics hoping to catch up on an array of cult, international, genre and geek cinema that may or may not make it to a multiplex near you.
Heading into its seventh year, the fest already has begun unveiling its first wave of programming for this year’s event, scheduled for Sept. 22-29. The 20 announced titles span the globe from Japan, Belgium, Mexico, Russia, Hong Kong, Korea and the U.S.
“Fantastic Fest is the high-point of my year. Every year, old friends return and strangers become friends. Fantastic Fest is my extended dysfunctional family; each of us completely obsessed by the wildest and weirdest films on earth,” says festival creative director and co-founder Tim League.
So what do they have planned for this year? Here are the 20 titles that will kick off programming, and we’ll bring you more information as we get it:
Comin’ At Ya! 3D “30th Anniversary” (2011)- Real D Presents
World Premiere
Star Tony Anthony and Producer Tom Stern live in person
Director: Ferdinando Baldi, USA, 118 minutes
The film that kicked off the ’80s 3D Boom returns in a state of the art digital re-imaged restoration. Equal parts western and rollercoaster, COMIN’ AT YA pulls out every stop to entertain you. If the modern wave of 3D were as fun as COMIN’ AT YA! 3D, the motion picture industry would have nothing to worry about. The only Spaghetti Western shot in 3D is now completely restored with the latest in 3D technology and stars Tony Anthony as H.H. Hart, an avenging hero out to retrieve his kidnapped bride, played by Victoria Abril. Gene Quintana plays the slave trader who is holding her hostage in this extremely memorable cult favorite.
Beyond the Black Rainbow (2011)
Regional Premiere
Director: Panos Cosmatos, USA, 110 minutes
A trance inducing, psychedelic head trip from visionary director Panos Cosmatos, BEYOND THE BLACK RAINBOW is a sci-fi dystopia sent with love from the Reagan years. Imagine STALKER meets LOGAN’S RUN.
Body Temperature (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Takaomi Ogata, Japan, 72 minutes
Takaomi Ogata’s BODY TEMPERATURE chronicle’s a young man’s love affair with a life-sized sex doll. Think LARS AND THE REAL GIRL but with all the creepiness that story was strangely missing.
Borderline (2011)
North American Premiere
Director: Alexnadre Coffre, France, 89 minutes
When David finds a bag in the park, he sees its nefarious contents as the […]

“Hobo With a Shotgun” part of SXSW “Midnighters” programming

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Jason Eisener’s bum-sploitation film “Hobo With a Shotgun,” which stars Rutger Hauer as a hobo wielding a shotgun, is one of many intriguing features announced as part of SXSW’s “Midnighters” schedule. This year’s Festival runs March 11-19 in Austin, Texas.
”Our midnight programs are the bloody, beating heart of SXSW,” said SXSW Film Conference & Festival Producer Janet Pierson. “Since the beginning, midnight films have been an essential ingredient to what makes SXSW so exciting and fun, and this year’s selections are no exception.”
Pierson isn’t exaggerating. In addition to “Hobo,” SXSW has programmed 150 short films, five “Midnighters” and five films screening as part of the “SXFantastic” program.
From the release:

Scary, funny, sexy, controversial – provocative after-dark features for night owls and the terminally curious.
Films screening in Midnighters are:
Attack The Block (UK-England)
Director & Writer: Joe Cornish
A funny, frightening action adventure movie that pits a teen gang against an invasion of alien monsters. It turns a tower block into a sci-fi playground. It’s inner city versus outer space. Cast: Jodie Whittaker, John Boyega, Alex Esmail, Franz Drameh, Leeon Jones, Simon Howard, Luke Treadaway, Jumayn Hunter and Nick Frost (World Premiere)
The Divide (US-Canada)
Director: Xavier Gens, Writers: Karl Mueller & Eron Sheean
To survive the end of the world…you must first survive each other. Cast: Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, Lauren German, Rosanna Arquette, Courtney B. Vance (World Premiere)
Hobo With a Shotgun
Director: Jason Eisner, Writer: John Davies
A Hobo finds himself in an urban hell. When he witnesses a brutal robbery, he realizes the only way to deliver justice is with a shotgun. Cast: Rutger Hauer, Gregory Smith, Molly Dunsworth, Brian Downey, Nick Bateman
Director: James Wan, Writer: Leigh Whannell
Dark spirits have possessed the home of a family whose son has fallen into a coma. Trying to save him, the family moves only to realize that it was not their house that was haunted. Cast: Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Lin Shaye, Ty Simpkins, Barbara Hershey (U.S. Premiere)
Phase 7 / Fase 7 (Argentina)
Director & Writer: Nicolas Goldbart
Coco just moved to his new apartment with 7-month pregnant wife. When the building is in quarantined for a deadly flue. The neighbors became unexpected enemies. Cast: Daniel Hendler, Federico Luppi, Jazmin Stuart, Jose “Yayo” Guridi (North American Premiere)
Mind-bending Midnighters, hand-selected by our friends at Fantastic Fest.
Films screening in SXFantastic are:
Cold Sweat / Sudor Frio
Director: Adrián Garcia Bogliano, Writers: Adrián Garcia Bogliano, Ramiro García […]

Steve-O sets his head on fire in celebration of “Jackass 3D”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sometimes a publicist sends you a link, and it’s so bizarre, it’s like they’re just daring you not to post it. This is one of those links.
Steve-O, the impossibly still-living member of Team “Jackass,” hosted a secret screening of “Jackass 3D” at Fantastic Fest in Austin and, in celebration of the film’s opening, lit his head on fire.
Yes. He lit his head on fire.
“Man, I wish I was there to see that,” you’re probably thinking.
Well, I’ve got the next best thing. A YouTube clip of the igniting. Click and revel in Steve-O’s glorified stupidity.
“I’m going to be the human fire-breathing torch for you tonight,” Steve-O said, right before dousing his hair in hair spray and flicking a lighter.
It worked. Very well, in fact. And Steve-O looked unharmed after the stunt.
“Jackass 3D” opens in theaters on Oct. 15.
Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information.
Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News, Breaking News, Entertainment News, Movie News, Music News
Photo courtesy of PRPhotos.com.

“Let Me In” director Matt Reeves opens up, explains why he remade “Let the Right One In”

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: From the minute it was announced that Hollywood planned a remake of Tomas Alfredson’s beloved vampire drama “Let the Right One In,” there has been backlash. More people complained once it was revealed that Matt Reeves, director of the shaky-cam gimmick thriller “Cloverfield,” would be at the helm. How could this guy duplicate the subtle rhythms and moody atmospheres of Alfredson’s masterpiece? And more important, why would he even bother trying?
Then the movie started screening, and the roars of protest turned into cheers and praise. The movie, which opens wide on Friday, Oct. 8, currently has a perfect grade on Rotten Tomatoes. (Not even “Toy Story 3” or “Inception” can boast that.) And one columnist went so far as to say Reeves’ “Let Me In” belongs in the Best Picture discussion.
Flying high on this wave of support, Reeves called from Austin, Texas — where his film opened this year’s Fantastic Fest – to discuss his young cast, his unnerving score, and his motivations for remaking what he calls a “fantastic” film.
Hollywood News: Between Fantastic Fest and Toronto, it seems like a lot of people already have seen the film, even though it doesn’t open until Oct. 8.
It does seem like that. But there do seem to be a lot of people here [in Austin] who haven’t seen it yet. You know, we’re still in that period where a lot of people saw it in Toronto and there have been a lot of press screenings, but there are still people who haven’t seen it, so all along the way, I’m like, “Has everyone seen it yet? Who hasn’t seen it yet?”
HN: It must feel like the slowest birth ever.
It is! We’ve been in labor for weeks! But it’s very different from “Cloverfield,” where everything was so shrouded in secrecy. We couldn’t show the film to anyone. I did show it to friends before we released it, just because we had to be sure that the story was working and that it made sense. But once it was released, it came out – boom – all at once. It was pretty crazy.
HN: Since you brought up “Cloverfield,” tell me something that you learned on that film that helped you as you worked on “Let Me In.”
Oh, wow. Well, I definitely learned about visual effects. I didn’t know anything about them. My favorite stuff that we did in “Cloverfield” […]

Fantastic Fest announces its Closing Night film

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Fresh off killer turns in Venice and Toronto, Takashi Miike’s “13 Assassins” has just been selected as the Closing Night films for Fantastic Fest.
Here’s the film’s plot:
The noble samurai Shinzaemon Shimada is secretly commissioned to assassinate the evil Lord Naritsugu after his bloody rise to power. Assembling an elite group of samurai, Shinzaemon plots to ambush the Lord on his annual journey home from Edo. The courageous samurai know it’s a suicide mission because the Lord is closely protected by a deadly entourage led by Shinzaemon’s nemesis, the ruthless Hanbei. To capture Lord Naritsugu, Shinzaemon and his skilled samurai transform a mountain village into an intricate death trap. But when the Lord finally arrives, the assassins discover they are outnumbered fifteen to one. The day has come for our 13 fearless assassins to face death in a monumental battle of fiery explosions, showers of arrows and clashing swords.
Fantastic Fest will open with Matt Reeves’ “Let Me In,” a moody remake of “Let the Right One In.” The festival runs Sept. 23-30, in Austin, Texas.
Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information.
Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News, Breaking News, Entertainment News, Movie News, Music News

Roger Corman getting Lifetime Achievement award at Fantastic Fest

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Roger and Julie Corman will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 6th annual Fantastic Fest, it was announced today. The fest is scheduled for Sept. 23-30, in Austin, Texas.
The award coincides with the world premiere of the Corman’s new Syfy movie “Sharktopus,” starring Eric Roberts and Sara Malakul Lane. The film will play as the second part of a double feature with the U.S. premiere of Machete Maidens Unleashed!, a documentary about Philippine exploitation films from the 70’s and 80’s directed by Mark Hartley (Not Quite Hollywood), which features Roger Corman prominently.
From the release:
Roger Corman received an Honorary 2010 Oscar for his contributions to filmmaking, and is the legendary director and producer of numerous cult classics, among them It Conquered the World, Death Race 2000, The Little Shop of Horrors, and a series of Edgar Allen Poe adaptations that starred Vincent Price, including The Masque of the Red Death. Roger also directed X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes, which will screen at his request on Saturday, September 25, 2010.
Julie Corman, Roger’s wife, has played an essential role in shaping the career that they have shared for just over four decades now. Though a much less public figure, Julie has been instrumental in helping discover now-famous talent, including Jonathan Demme, James Cameron, Ron Howard, Joe Dante, Martin Scorsese, Jack Nicholson, Charles Bronson, Robert De Niro, and Sylvester Stallone, among many others. Roger and Julie are responsible for fostering the independent, imaginative spirit that Fantastic Fest was founded on.
“Roger and Julie Corman have been the single greatest inspiration in the development of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema,” says Fantastic Fest director Tim League. “Fostering independent cinema, employing all manner of ballyhoo to accentuate the theatrical experience and trying to make sure audiences have a blast at the cinema every time; these are the cornerstones of the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, and my wife and I have drawn inspiration from the very beginning from Roger and Julie Corman. I am deeply humbled and honored to be bringing them to Austin and the Alamo Drafthouse for the first time since we opened.”
Follow Hollywood News on Twitter for up-to-date news information.
Hollywood News, Hollywood Awards, Awards, Movies, News, Award News, Breaking News, Entertainment News, Movie News, Music News,
Photo courtesy of PRPhotos.com.

Page 1 of 212