FYF Fest Day One: Lady Gaga Joins Tame Impala on Stage; Kendrick Lamar Headlines

The 2016 MTV Video Music Awards isn’t the only musical occurrence happening this weekend. From across the country, musical festival-goers are inhabiting Exposition Park in Los Angeles for the 12th annual FYF Fest. The festival, which runs Aug. 27-28, was established in 2004 as a one-day concert in Echo Park. Twelve years later, FYF Fest now… Read more »

‘Don’t Breathe’ Won’t Cure Hollywood’s Blockbuster Addiction

Hollywood has an addiction to sequels and reboots — and “Don’t Breathe” won’t be the cure. Produced by Sony for roughly $9.8 million and marketed for less than $20 million, the story of a gang of teenagers who make a deadly mistake by picking on the wrong blind man, debuted to a smashing $26.1 million this… Read more »

Harry Fujiwara Dies: WWE’s Mr. Fuji Was 82

Harry Fujiwara, best known as the professional wrestler Mr. Fuji, whose 31-year career spanned sports entertainment’s growth from regional niche attraction to cultural mainstream, died this morning, World Wrestling Entertainment has announced. He was 82.
WWE is saddened to learn that WWE Hall of Famer Harry Fujiwara, known to WWE fans as Mr. Fuji, passed away this morning at the age of 82,” the organization said in a statement. “His career will be remembered by different…

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Annette Kellerman’s FROM DUSK TILL DAWN THE SERIES set visit and chat with the legendary Tom Savini!

Annette Kellerman’s FROM DUSK TILL DAWN THE SERIES set visit and chat with the legendary Tom Savini!

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I was recently invited to visit the set of FROM DUSK TILL DAWN THE SERIES in Albuquerque, NM and also to interview some of the cast members from the El Rey Network original series. Not only was I immediately onboard with such a badass endeavor, I was delighted to learn that the director of the episode we would be observing was none other than Alejandro Brugues who you may remember as the helmer of Fantastic Fest favorite JUAN OF THE DEAD. During the fest that year as well as the following years when Brugues pitched ideas at the Fantastic Market and again displayed his talents in his own segment in THE ABC’S OF DEATH 2 , I had the opportunity to visit with the film maker and his lovely wife. As if that wasn’t enough of a sell, it was made “confidentially” known that a film making hero of mine-that is no stranger to Robert Rodriquez’s world- would be shooting that night as well…a certain special effects pioneer who famously brandished a cock gun. Why yes, yes I would like to see one of my favorite up and coming directors working with the legendary Tom Savini on a horror set! So, off to Albuquerque I flew to hang with the Gecko brothers on this latest installment of their epic adventures in the FROM DUSK TILL DAWN THE SERIES underworld. Upon arriving to the all-night shoot, I was immediately taken aback by the sight of a creepy looking ghost town

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‘Jason Bourne’ Tops Foreign Box Office Charts Thanks to China Debut

Chinese audiences lifted “Jason Bourne” to the top of the box office pack. The action-thriller debuted in the Middle Kingdom this week, racking up a muscular $50 million since launching on Tuesday, while also inspiring reports that the jerky action sequences were making viewers who opted to see the film in 3D feel nauseous. Despite… Read more »

Capone talks IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE (and not being in THOR: RAGNAROK) with star Stellan Skarsgård

Capone talks IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE (and not being in THOR: RAGNAROK) with star Stellan Skarsgård

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Hey everyone. Capone in Chicago here. If you don’t know who the Swedish-born actor Stellan Skarsgård is at this point, I’m not sure there’s much I can do to help you. In fact, it might be easier for me to list the films (and occasional television series) he hasn’t been in in the last 40-plus years. It seems appropriate that the first film I ever remember seeing him in was a 1995 Norwegian-Swedish co-production called ZERO KELVIN, from writer-director Hans Petter Moland, who just happens to have directed the film that got me on the phone with Skarsgård in the first place, the devastating and darkly humorous revenge tale IN ORDER OF DISAPPEARANCE (the two also made two of Skarsgård other finest works, ABERDEEN and A SOMEWHAT GENTLE MAN). More on DISAPPEARANCE in a second. Skarsgård is one of those rare actors who can easily hold his own as both a lead actor (often in European-made films) and a character actor (often in American-made ones). He has became a favorite of everyone from Lars von Trier (BREAKING THE WAVES, DANCER IN THE DARK, DOGVILLE, MELANCHOLIA, and most recently, the two-part NYMPHOMANIAC) to Marvel Studios (the first two THOR movies, an both AVENGERS films). In between these works, he also worked in such films as the original INSOMNIA; MY SON THE FANATIC; GOOD WILL HUNTING (probably the film where most American viewers first spotted him); AMISTAD; RONIN; TIMECODE; KING ARTHUR; two EXORCIST prequels (DOMINION and EXORCIST: THE BEGINNING) that

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Summer Movie Winners and Losers: A Critic’s Round-Up

In the movie world, the difference between success and failure will always be measured, to a degree, at the box office. But that can’t be the only measure. What follows is a semi-objective (as in: let’s tote up a few numbers and see what they mean) and critically subjective (as in: here’s what was good, whether… Read more »