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SXSW '12 Review: Weird & Sometimes Confusing 'John Dies At The End' Is Still An Odd & Engaging Genre Treat

  • By John Lichman
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  • March 13, 2012 10:59 AM
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The problem addressing fans of “Midnight” films and wacky horror can succinctly be found in the opening of Don Coscarelli's “John Dies At The End.” It involves axe handles, zombies, mutant leeches, axe heads, hardware store trips and answering a dead man as to whether or not the axe in question is the same that killed him. Confused? If you are, then you don't want to stick around. If you're too overjoyed that the spiritual successor to Sam Raimi has appeared, you're in luck.

DreamWorks Animation Set Paul Giamatti, Samuel L Jackson & Just About Everyone Else In Hollywood To Join Ryan Reynolds In 'Turbo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 24, 2012 11:19 AM
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They may still not have the prestige of arch-rivals Pixar, but things have been looking up over at DreamWorks Animation of late. Once the home of poor CGI fare like "Shark Tale" and "Bee Movie," recent years have seen a new emphasis on quality rather (or at least in addition to) big names. 2010's "How To Train Your Dragon" was their best film to date, and last year even sequels "Puss In Boots" and "Kung Fu Panda 2" displayed more artistry than "Cars 2" did, picking up Oscar nominations for their trouble.

Uma Thurman, Viola Davis, Lindsay Lohan, Paul Giamatti, Evan Rachel Wood, Zoe Saldana & More Join Marilyn Monroe Doc 'Fragments'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 10, 2012 10:34 AM
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So, did you think the brief love affair with Marilyn Monroe was going to end once the awards season was over, and "My Week With Marilyn" faded from view? Guess again. The famed actress is one of the few Hollywood icons who continues to fascinate, influence and be commemorated and a star studded documentary is on the way that will once again peel back the layers and try and get to the heart of the mystery behind Marilyn Monroe.

'Junebug' Director Phil Morrison Returns With 'Lucky Dog' Starring Paul Giamatti, Paul Rudd & Sally Hawkins

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 9, 2012 3:08 PM
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It seems directors coming out of the wilderness is a trend that's going to continue in 2012. Last year saw new feature films from long-absent folks like Lynne Ramsay, Alexander Payne and Terrence Malick (who is suddenly on some kind of productive tear), while this year will see Whit Stillman's latest in decades, "Damsels In Distress," finally hit theaters. Well, another helmer we haven't heard from in ages is excitingly coming back.

Sundance Review: Weird & Sometimes Confusing 'John Dies At The End' Is Still An Odd & Engaging Genre Treat

  • By John Lichman
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  • January 29, 2012 2:52 PM
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The problem addressing fans of “Midnight” films and wacky horror can succinctly be found in the opening of Don Coscarelli's “John Dies At The End.” It involves axe handles, zombies, mutant leeches, axe heads, hardware store trips and answering a dead man as to whether or not the axe in question is the same that killed him. Confused? If you are, then you don't want to stick around. If you're too overjoyed that the spiritual successor to Sam Raimi has appeared, you're in luck.

Paul Giamatti Is Friar Lawrence To Douglas Booth & Hailee Steinfeld's 'Romeo & Juliet'; Says 'The Goon' Looks Dead

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2012 11:38 AM
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Paul Giamatti has pretty much done it all. Drama, comedy, horror, satire, action and hell, even musicals (if you don't remember "Duets" he's also in the forthcoming "Rock Of Ages"). But Shakespeare? Looks like he's gonna cross that one off his list too.

'This Must Be The Place' With Sean Penn & 'Predisposed' With Jesse Eisenberg Added To Sundance Line-Up

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 20, 2011 8:58 AM
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At this point in time, it feels like Sundance is still months away, but actually, it's only a matter of a few weeks, and once Christmas and New Year are out of the way, we'll practically be there. Most of the line-up's been announced already, and off the top of our heads, it's the most promising that Park City has seen in quite some time. But it's not quite done, with the festival announcing four new features added at the last minute, bringing the total up to 117 full-length films, from thirty different countries.

Review: 'The Ides Of March' Is A Gripping Return To Form For Director George Clooney

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 6, 2011 2:05 AM
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The following is a reprint of our review from the Venice Film Festival

Watch: Trailer For Don Coscarelli's 'John Dies At The End' Starring Paul Giamatti

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 26, 2011 2:20 AM
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It's hard to believe it's been almost a decade since genre favorite Don Coscarelli delivered the outrageous "Bubba Ho-Tep." That film which pit Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell, of course) and JFK (Ossie Davis, naturally) against an Egyptian mummy was a hit, and while an idea for a sequel, "Bubba Nosferatu," knocked around for a while, it never really panned out. However, fans take heart as Coscarelli is back with a brand new feature and his flair for the weird is still very much intact.

Review: 'Ironclad' Is Made Of Flimsy Fabric

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 7, 2011 3:14 AM
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There have been a wealth of medieval swordplay pictures in the last couple of years. Some have adhered to a jumpcut-heavy editing method to allow these pictures a contemporary feel. Others have taken advantage of more liberal times allowing these films the influx of the blood and guts appropriate to the era. But it’s a good bet that none of these efforts from recent years has nearly the same amount of scenery-chewing as “Ironclad.”

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