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Watch: Vintage 30-Minute 'Fear On Film' Talk With John Landis, David Cronenberg & John Carpenter

  • By Ben Brock
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  • April 16, 2014 11:00 AM
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God, I wish this conversation between John Landis, David Cronenberg and John Carpenter, about the history, nature and culture of horror movies, could go forever. And all this back in 1982, a golden age for horror and a time when all three men were at the height of their considerable powers.

Watch: Epic 3-Hour Chat With Director John Landis On J.J. Abrams' 'Super 8,' Lunch With Alfred Hitchcock & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • January 31, 2014 10:33 AM
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The films of director John Landis are particularly suited to repetition—in both rewatchability for comedies like “Trading Places” or “The Blues Brothers” or horror like “An American Werewolf in London," but also in double-dip DVDs and Blu-rays from Universal every few years as well. Luckily, Landis is one of those filmmakers who reveals a new, fascinating behind-the-scenes tale with each new release, and that is certainly the case surrounding the Blu-ray of “Animal House” a few years back.

The Playlist Team Picks Their 13 Scariest Movies

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 31, 2013 12:19 PM
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On the off chance you haven't literally tripped over a pumpkin in the last five minutes, we're here to remind you that tonight we celebrate the single greatest excuse ever invented to get trashed and wear skimpy clothing: Halloween. But of course, in addition to its status for some as a nationwide night of consequence-free hedonistic abandon, for others, Halloween has a deeper, more rarefied spiritual function: as a time to discover the limits of rationality; to test the boundaries of your relationship with the unknown and unknowable; in short, to scare yourself shitless.

Tommy Lee Jones To Remake 'The Cowboys,' Tom Hanks' 'Hologram' Gets Ready To Shoot & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 6, 2013 4:30 PM
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With the Toronto International Film Festival in full swing, all sorts of deals are being made and mended, and the news is coming fast and furiously, straight from the great white north. Predictably, we're doing all we can to keep up with the news, with a rundown that includes the start date for Tom Hanks' next feature, a big time cast member joining David Gordon Green's "Manglehorn," information on Tommy Lee Jones' next directorial project, a legendary name lending a hand to Elijah Wood's new horror movie and word that a creepy old dude will be joining a young adult novel adaptation.

Oh Dad, You Don't Know Nuthin! Max Landis Says 'Chronicle 2' Not Troubled; Still In Development

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 9, 2013 6:53 PM
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You've got to love the teenager who puts his out-of-touch dad on blast. OK, that's not exactly the deal, but it's what this story comically reminds us of. It starts with Dad, venerable '80s filmmaker John Landis ("The Blues Brothers," "Trading Places," Michael Jackson's iconic "Thriller" video), saying that his son, Max Landis' sequel project, "Chronicle 2," is somewhat troubled. And it started on The Playlist.

'Animal House' Director John Landis Talks "Charles Manson In High School" Origins, Cast & The Legacy Of The Comedy Classic

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 29, 2013 4:05 PM
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Tomorrow night, at San Francisco's San Francisco Comedy Festival, hosted by SF Sketchfest, is a 35th anniversary retrospective screening of John Landis' 1978 college comedy classic "National Lampoon's Animal House." Following the screening will be a Q&A and conversation between Landis and writer/comedian, Carl Arnheiter. In anticipation of this event, we got to chat with Landis about the making of this seminal comedy, plus myriad other topics. As anyone who has seen or heard Landis speak over the years knows that he can talk at length about anything. The director of "Trading Places," "The Blues Brothers," "Coming to America," "An American Werewolf in London" and more '80s classics, Landis' encyclopedic knowledge of cinema makes Quentin Tarantino seem like an unlearned noob, so on the eve of screening and conversation we're going to pare down our chat with Landis to just focus on "Animal House." More stories from the always-chatty director (and king of anecdotes) to come.

Watch: Terry Gilliam & John Landis Hang Out Together In London In 1-Hour TV Special

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 26, 2013 10:57 AM
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The German series "Durch die Nacht mit..." ("Into The Night") is the gift that keeps on giving. The show, which gets two artists together and then just shoots them as they hang out and talk over a single day, has already yielded a great episode featuring Harmony Korine and Gaspar Noé (which you can watch right here). And now, making another case that a U.S. broadcaster (IFC maybe?) should snap up the rights and bring it over stateside, the show that aired this summer featuring Terry Gilliam and Jon Landis has made its way online.

John Landis Says Fox Doesn't Love Max Landis' 'Chronicle 2' Script, His Paris-Set Monster Movie Is Dead For Now & Talks Hardships Of 'American Werewolf'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 10, 2012 4:16 PM
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While much has been said about Universal Studios not having a standout year at the box office, or at least one befitting of the landmark studio's 100th Anniversary this year, you’d barely be able to tell by the rate at which they’re celebrating. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has played a large part in this celebration, running a repertory screening series entitled “Universal’s Legacy of Horror,” which kicked off last week in Los Angeles with a Guillermo Del Toro hosted double bill of “Bride of Frankenstein” and the Bela Lugosi-starring “Dracula.” Last night AMPAS played the classic 1941 tale “The Wolfman” with Lon Chaney, along with the most recent film playing in the series – “Animal House” writer-director John Landis’ “An American Werewolf in London.”

Review: Sorry, 'Burke & Hare' Is Simply Not The John Landis Comeback We Were Hoping For

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2011 10:00 AM
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It seems like nowadays, especially in our gimme-gimme-gimme, now-now-now society of instant, hyperlinked gratification, that when a movie’s release is delayed or postponed, that it takes on a mystical dimension of importance and fascination. This leads to endless speculation about why the film hasn’t made its way to (domestic) theaters yet; what’s the reason behind the hold-up? In the in-between time, a new reputation for the film has already been forged, one based on tenuous material and (possibly) overseas reviews. In the case of John Landis’ “Burke & Hare,” which was released almost a year ago in England, the word was that the film was something of a return to form.

John Landis’ Planning French Monster Movie to Shoot in Paris

  • By Sam Price
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  • August 12, 2011 1:43 AM
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John Landis: big in Europe. You wait years for the “Trading Places” director to make one film that will restore karmic balance to the universe and make amends for “Blues Brothers 2000,” and two come along at once. Well, sort of. Given the tepid response since its release in the U.K. almost a year ago, it’s unlikely that the director’s upcoming knockabout Simon Pegg-starring black comedy “Burke & Hare” is going to be the film that catapults him back to his creative heyday of the 1980s. More promising perhaps is what he recently told the guys at Bloody Disgusting. He’s working on an untitled “little monster movie” due to shoot within the next two years in Paris. Though the details remain sketchy, certainly, as one of the individuals who saw an upturn in his fortunes since contributing to both the “Masters of Horror” and “Fear Itself” television series a few years, it makes sense that he’d want to go back to the well that has generated the most goodwill for him in the past, especially with “An American Werewolf in London”'s deft blend of horror and comedy. Discerning genre fans will remember the last time someone tried to trade on that film’s legacy in the French capital, the result was the abominable hatchet job, “An American Werewolf in Paris.” Landis himself will hopefully have more success in the Gallic setting, albeit using different subject matter.

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