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A New H.P. Lovecraft Horror Adaptation Is Coming to Scare the Absolute Sh*t Out of You

A New H.P. Lovecraft Horror Adaptation Is Coming to Scare the Absolute Sh*t Out of You
Whether or not you know his name, H.P Lovecraft has had a rather significant influence on modern horror. The late 20th century writer is best known for his mastery of "cosmic horror," a sort of otherworldly and existential dread that injects deep, indescribable fear into your veins. Cosmic horror is hard to pin down, but something like 2018's Annihilation or even 1982's The Thing are great examples. Terrors that are almost incomprehensible in nature. Obviously, with such complex mechanisms at work in Lovecraft's writing, it should come as no surprise that his stories can be, in many cases, impossible to adapt. But that hasn't stopped people from trying!

Some of the most notable Lovecraftian adaptations include The Haunted Palace (1963), Re-Animator (1985), and Necronomicon (1994). More notable still are films that take great inspiration from his work. For instance, many believe that the monster from Cloverfield is based on one of Lovecraft's most iconic monsters,
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A New H.P. Lovecraft Horror Adaptation Is Coming to Scare the Absolute Sh*t Out of You

Whether or not you know his name, H.P Lovecraft has had a rather significant influence on modern horror. The late 20th century writer is best known for his mastery of "cosmic horror," a sort of otherworldly and existential dread that injects deep, indescribable fear into your veins. Cosmic horror is hard to pin down, but something like 2018's Annihilation or even 1982's The Thing are great examples. Terrors that are almost incomprehensible in nature. Obviously, with such complex mechanisms at work in Lovecraft's writing, it should come as no surprise that his stories can be, in many cases, impossible to adapt. But that hasn't stopped people from trying!

Some of the most notable Lovecraftian adaptations include The Haunted Palace (1963), Re-Animator (1985), and Necronomicon (1994). More notable still are films that take great inspiration from his work. For instance, many believe that the monster from Cloverfield is based on one of Lovecraft's most iconic monsters,
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Gina Rodriguez to Star in ‘Bobbie Sue’ Movie With ‘Uncle Drew’ Filmmaker Directing (Exclusive)

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Gina Rodriguez to Star in ‘Bobbie Sue’ Movie With ‘Uncle Drew’ Filmmaker Directing (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. is looking to breathe some new life into its long-in-development “Bobbie Sue” pic, as it has set Gina Rodriguez to star in the title role with Charles Stone III directing.

While the studio viewed the project as a priority since acquiring it in 2008, it was looking for the right actress for the lead, at one point eyeing Cameron Diaz to star before scheduling got in the way. Sources say the studio has already started meeting with other talent to star with Rodriguez with hopes to start filming later this year.

The story follows Sue, who after being raised among five rowdy brothers in blue-collar South Boston, is a scrappy, headstrong young lawyer who lands a career-making case with an upper crust law firm, only to realize she’s been hired for optics and not her expertise. But after discovering her powerful client, a lifelong idol and fellow Southie native,
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The Film Bitch Awards begin: Score, Song, and Sound

Illustration © Tom Ralston. See more of his work here.Yes, we're finally starting! Since Oscar nominations are next week, we have to get through the parallel categories quickly, before we can dive into the crazier stuff (which we always have fun doing). First up the five sound categories. A reminder that we have two score categories since there are so many movies each year that rely as much on their soundtracks as their instrumental scores, or use a great deal of pre-existing material within their score. 

On the sound pages you'll find honors for You Were Never Really Here, Annihilation, Mary Poppins Returns, First Man, Roma, A Star is Born and more so have a look, won't you? 
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Sundance 2019: Tessa Thompson, Damien Chazelle & Laurie Anderson Among Jurors, ‘Glow’s Marianna Palka To Host Awards

Sundance 2019: Tessa Thompson, Damien Chazelle & Laurie Anderson Among Jurors, ‘Glow’s Marianna Palka To Host Awards
From Dear White People and Sorry to Bother You star Tessa Thompson, Oscar winning director Damien Chazelle, Palme d’Or winner and Top of the Lake director Jane Campion, there are a lot of Sundance alums named today as jurors for the 112-film festival kicking off next week.

As well as who will decided the victors in the seven juried categories, another Sff veteran and Glow actor Marianna Palka was revealed as the host of the February 2 awards ceremony in sure to be chilly Park City the day before the Super Bowl.

As they have in the past, Sundance attendees will help decide the Audience Awards winners in the World competition, U.S. competition and Next categories.

Having braved the inevitable show and cold for their love of cinema, TV and what could be the next big thing at the Robert Redford-founded fest, ticket holders will once again be
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Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock are both undefeated at the Grammys, but they’re going head-to-head for the first time

Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock are both undefeated at the Grammys, but they’re going head-to-head for the first time
Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock have won a combined four Grammys for Best Comedy Album with no losses. But at least one of them will see his winning streak end this year since they’re nominated against each other for the first time. Will one of them prevail, or will they both be handed their first loss?

Chappelle earned his very first nomination just last year for “The Age of Spin and Deep in the Heart of Texas.” He won that prize, and now he’s nominated again for “Equanimity and The Bird Revelation.” The nominated album is taken from a pair of Netflix specials that premiered on the streaming service in December 2017. And one of them has already won him an Emmy: “Equanimity” was awarded Best Variety Special (Pre-Recorded) a few months ago. That was his second Emmy in as many years (following a guest-acting prize for “Saturday Night Live
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The Worst Performances by Great Actors — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What is the worst performance by a great actor you usually love?

Carlos Aguilar (@Carlos_Film), The Wrap, Remezcla, MovieMaker Magazine

Collectively, Gael García Bernal and Diego Luna have been enlisted to enhance films by Almodovar, Spielberg, Larraín, Korine, and, of course, Alfonso Cuarón; in addition to many more efforts by the world’s leading directors. Both have also tried their hand at directing, with Luna having a more notable run behind the camera, and more recently basked in the attention of worldwide mainstream success in the form of “Coco” and “Rogue One.”

Yet, buried underneath that steady stream of good marks and auteur-driven opportunities, most of which this critic has been a champion of, is “Casa de Mi Padre.” Matt Piedmont’s debut feature, a Spanish-language satire starring Will Ferrell,
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Little Woods Trailer Pushes Tessa Thompson and Lily James to the Extreme

Little Woods Trailer Pushes Tessa Thompson and Lily James to the Extreme
Tessa Thompson and Lily James star in Nia DaCosta's Little Woods. The movie premiered in April of 2018 at the Tribeca Film Festival and received acclaim for the story along with the performances of Thompson and James. Right from the start, the trailer for the crime thriller, which has been described as a modern western, looks dark and stressful as James and Thompson play two sisters who are in a tough spot after their mother passes away.

Little Woods is a small town in North Dakota and a former fracking boomtown that has seen better days. Tessa Thompson stars as Ollie, who is trying to survive the last few days of her probation after getting caught illegally running prescription pills over the Canadian border for her sick mother. But when her mother dies, she is forced back into the life of her estranged sister Deb (Lily James), who is facing
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‘Little Woods’ Trailer: Tessa Thompson and Lily James Are Sisters in Serious Trouble

‘Little Woods’ Trailer: Tessa Thompson and Lily James Are Sisters in Serious Trouble
Tessa Thompson and Lily James join forces for the first time in the upcoming indie “Little Woods.” The drama from writer-director Nia DaCosta premiered at the 2018 Tribeca Film Festival and earned strong notices for its performances. The supporting cast includes James Badge Dale (“Rubicon”), Lance Reddick, and Luke Kirby (“The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”). “Little Woods” is DaCosta’s feature directorial debut and following its Tribeca debut last year it boasts a 100% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The official synopsis from Neon reads: “A modern Western that tells the story of two sisters, Ollie (Thompson) and Deb (James), who are driven to work outside the law to better their lives. For years, Ollie has illicitly helped the struggling residents of her North Dakota oil boomtown access Canadian health care and medication. When the authorities catch on, she plans to abandon her crusade, only to be dragged in even deeper after a desperate plea for help from her sister.
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A Quiet Place Wins Critics’ Choice Award For Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie

A Quiet Place ended 2018 as one of the year’s biggest success stories in genre cinema, and the plaudits for John Krasinski’s horror smash just keep coming, with the film receiving the award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie at last night’s 24th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards.

Set in a post-apocalyptic world where the survivors live in silence for fear of attracting the attention of sound-sensitive monsters, A Quiet Place beat out Annihilation, Halloween, Hereditary and Suspiria for the prize on an evening that also saw Roma take home Best Picture, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse win Best Animated Feature, Mission: Impossible – Fallout win Best Action Movie and Crazy Rich Asians nab Best Comedy.

A Quiet Place is the seventh film to win the award for Best Sci-Fi/Horror Movie, which was first given out to Looper by the Broadcast Film Critics Association in 2012, and was last earned by 2017’s Get Out.
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New to Streaming: ‘First Man,’ ‘Milla,’ ‘Y Tu Mamá También,’ ‘Annihilation,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’re highlighting the noteworthy titles that have recently hit platforms. Check out this week’s selections below and an archive of past round-ups here.

Annihilation (Alex Garland)

Without all its wild ideas and analogies, this would still be a ripping adventure yarn. Lucky for the cerebral audience members, writer/director Alex Garland is able to weave ideas regarding self-destruction, personal evolution, and the mutable quality of self. Natalie Portman anchors it all through her expressive performance as a woman who is threatened more by her own mind than a world filled with vicious mutations. – Brian R.

Where to Stream: Amazon Prime, Hulu

Beautiful Boy (Felix Van Groeningen)

There’s an interesting framing device within Felix Van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy that strangely only frames the first half of the film. It
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Mortal Kombat Animated Movie in the Works?

Mortal Kombat Animated Movie in the Works?
Is a Mortal Kombat Animated Movie on the way from Warner Bros. Animation? That's the new rumor floating around. Many fans of one of the gaming world's most enduring franchises have been waiting a very long time for Scorpion, Raiden, Sub-Zero and the gang to make their way back to the big screen, or small screen, in some official capacity. Some admirable fan attempts aside, it's yet to happen. But that could be changing relatively soon, assuming this new report turns out to be true.

Before digging in, as per usual with this sort of thing, we must caution that this isn't coming directly from the studio or anyone related to the alleged project. As such, we need to clarify that this should only be regarded as a rumor for the time being. That said, according to a new report, Warner Bros. is indeed already working on a Mortal Kombat animated movie,
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Our 100 Most-Anticipated Films of 2019

After highlighting 50 films that we can guarantee are worth seeing this year, it’s time we venture into the unknown. Rather than regurgitating a list of dated-years-in-advance studio releases, we’ve set out to focus on 100 films we’re genuinely looking forward to, regardless of their marketing budgets. While the majority might not have a set release–let alone any confirmed festival premiere–most have wrapped production and will likely debut at some point in 2019, so make sure to check back for updates over the next twelve months and beyond. Be sure to keep the following one-hundred films on your radar. If you want to see how we did with our picks last year, head on over here.

100. Matthias & Maxime (Xavier Dolan)

While the five-year stretch that comprised his first five films resulted in Xavier Dolan’s rise in international prominence, the last years haven’t been as kind, with
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Former Pixar Boss John Lasseter Will Run Skydance Animation

Former Pixar head John Lasseter has been hired to run Skydance Animation. This move comes as quite the shock, as Lasseter had left Disney in late 2017 amidst a wide-ranging harassment scandal. This is something that Skydance CEO David Ellison is well aware of and, despite that, he feels Lasseter is the right man for the job.

John Lasseter will be working out of Los Angeles and will be reporting directly to David Ellison. Lasseter will be starting his position later this month. He takes over for Bill Damaschke, who Ellison hopes will remain with Skydance as he transitions out of his current role. Here's what Ellison had to say about it in a statement.

"John is a singular creative and executive talent whose impact on the animation industry cannot be overstated. He was responsible for leading animation into the digital age, while telling incomparable stories that continue to inspire and entertain audiences around the globe.
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(Spoilers) Bird Box Novel Had Less Happy Ending with Gruesome Twist We Didn’t See

Anytime a novel is adapted to film, liberties simply must be taken. Whether for truncation, pacing, or shifting visions, films based on books often turn out much different than their source material, like Annihilation. Others, like Bird Box, remain mostly accurate although even that film left out a final twist contained in Josh Malerman’s novel—and […] The post (Spoilers) Bird Box Novel Had Less Happy Ending with Gruesome Twist We Didn’t See appeared first on Dread Central.
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Film Critics Share Their Hopes for the Movies of 2019 — IndieWire Critics Survey

Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday.

This week’s question: What are your hopes for the movies of 2019?

Ken Bakely (@kbake_99), Freelance for Film Pulse

2018 was a year when movies like “Black Panther” and “Crazy Rich Asians” were deeply beloved and widely seen, genuinely making their marks as among the most prominent cultural touchstones of the year; and even smaller titles like “Love, Simon” and “To All the Boys I Loved Before” made strides for a cinematic future that’s more diverse and representative, all while being warmly embraced by audiences. In 2019, I hope that far more movies like these are made by the major studios, and that viewers continue to embrace them with great enthusiasm.

Robert Daniels (@812filmreviews), 812filmreviews, Freelance

The return of mid-budget adult filmmaking to a prominent cultural perch would be welcomed. 2018 saw exceptional films like “Annihilation,
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Top 13 Oscar underdogs you need to consider before voting: ‘Annihilation,’ Amandla Stenberg, Tilda Swinton …

Top 13 Oscar underdogs you need to consider before voting: ‘Annihilation,’ Amandla Stenberg, Tilda Swinton …
Dear Oscar voters,

The time for you to pick nominees for the 2019 Academy Awards just started on January 7, and you’ve only got a week before voting closes next Monday on January 14. You’ve already spent the last few months juggling screenings, luncheons, receptions, and trying to remember how to switch the input on your TV to access your DVD player for all those screeners. But I’d be remiss if I didn’t take this opportunity to suggest a few underdog actors and films you should consider if you haven’t already.

Or if you’re really pressed for time and can’t pop in any more DVDs, you could just take my word for it and vote for these contenders anyway. I won’t tell anyone.

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Elsie Fisher (Best Actress) and Josh Hamilton (Best Supporting Actor), “Eighth Grade
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Kevin Feige Says Avengers: Endgame Was Always Going To Be The Title

The title for Avengers: Endgame was being predicted in certain corners of the internet months before the announcement came by way of last month’s trailer drop, but given Marvel Studios’ reputation for planning ahead, it comes as little surprise to hear that Kevin Feige and his team knew what they’d be calling 2019’s biggest blockbuster long before any of us had an inkling.

Feige was attending this year’s Golden Globe Awards, which saw Black Panther competing in several categories, when he was asked by MTV News about when exactly the title was decided upon. As it turns out, the name of the Avengers: Infinity War sequel was determined in the project’s earliest stages.

“It was in place before we started developing the movie,” Feige says. “Or just as we were developing it, yes.”

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige on when #AvengersEndgame got its title, how #CaptainMarvel is looking,
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Oscars’ Music Shortlist: 7 Song and Score Surprises

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For many years, Oscar “shortlists” narrowed down the choices in a preliminary round that would eventually lead to the five nominees for original song and score. Academy executives discontinued that practice after the 1979 awards, but have brought it back for the 2018 honors.

It was problematic then and it remains so now. Not everyone agrees that the shortlist concept is a good idea, primarily because it forces music-branch members to see and evaluate dozens of films before the first round of voting in early December. Previously, they had until early January to wade through all those “for your consideration” screeners and CDs.

In May, Academy executives insisted that the shortlist “gives smaller or lesser-known films a better chance to be nominated.” Speculation at the time focused on music from films released in the first half of the year, which have often been ignored in favor of end-of-year releases, generally deemed more “important.
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Heather’s Favorites of 2018

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We made it, everyone! 2018 is now officially behind us, which means we have a new year of horror to get excited about. But before we start looking ahead, I figured I’d take one last look back on some of the great films that came out last year. I know we generally celebrate all facets of horror fandom with our lists, but for me, most of my 2018 revolved around viewing a vast array of cinematic delights, so it only makes sense that I focus mainly on movies here.

That being said, before I get started, I thought it was worth mentioning a few other things that certainly made 2018 super memorable. The year kicked off with my very first book signing ever, plus I also had the pleasure of seeing John Carpenter perform for a third year in a row, experienced The Fly on the big screen at Beyond Fest with
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