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July 17th, 2011

In the '80s, horror was in its heyday. Filmmakers all over the world cashed in on the boom and none more so than the Italians. Crazy scenarios and gore were at the top of the list along with a certain fantastic style that would influence and mesmerize audiences to this day. Fresh off the great success had with SUSPIRIA and INFERNO, Dario Argento quickly got to work on another giallo that was partially autobiographical and quickly became a fan favorite.

TENEBRAE is about a successful author named Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) on a book publicity tour for his new tome, with the same name as the film, and the latest stop is Rome. While there, he is harassed by a mysterious madman who is killing people in ways corresponding with those in the novel. This maniac perverts moments from the novel to fit his agenda of eliminating people he considers to be impure. Neal is contacted by the killer and tries to help local police with his analytical mind, but many die in the way. As the killings progress things get more and more twisted, suspenseful, complicated and, of course, bloody. (more...)

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July 16th, 2011

With the list of possible directors down to two, WB has finally made up their mind as to who will be helming their much talked about prequel/spin-off/whatever you want to call it, 300: BATTLE OF ARTEMISIA.

One half of that pair, Jaume Collet-Serra, has accepted the gig to direct the upcoming AKIRA film, so that leaves Noam Murro to helm the project, and according to THR, that’s exactly who will take it. The outlet reveals that Murro will direct the Frank Miller adaptation that will be based off of the author’s upcoming graphic novel.

The film will follow Xerxes, “the Persian leader who is an antagonist in 300, and turns him into more of a pivotal figure. He's a man in search of godhood after the death of his father, battling an Athenian warlord named Themistocles. The story takes place over the course of several years, but the focal point is the battle of Artemisium, which occured in 480 BC.” (more...)

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July 16th, 2011

The release of the final film in the HARRY POTTER franchise truly marks the end of an era and the end of an incredible film achievement. Although we hate to see it go, getting a conclusion to the series we've been following for almost ten years now will be a gratifying experience for all.

In honor of the end of the series, we discuss some of our favorite movie adaptations of books. You can check out the episode after the break!

And for listeners, e-mail Gandthewpodcast@gmail.com with your favorite film based off of a book for a chance to win one of two prize packs courtesy of Redbox.  Packs include one copy of BARNEY'S VERSION on DVD, as well as the bestselling novel from which it is based.  And remember, if you don't win, BARNEY'S VERSION is available to rent from Redbox for only $1 a night! E-mail your name and address by Wednesday, July 27th to win!

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July 15th, 2011

Variety is exclusively reporting that Sean Bean is "in final negotiations" for the role of the King in Tarsem Singh's SNOW WHITE film (once called SNOW WHITE: THE BROTHERS GRIMM and now untitled). This is the Snow White film starring Lily Collins as Snow White, Armie Hammer as the Prince, and Julia Roberts as the wicked Queen, not to be confused with Rupert Sanders' SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (that's the one with Kristen Stewart, Chris Hemsworth, and Charlize Theron).

Bean's role as King would see his kingdom "destroyed" by the evil Queen, which is an interesting take on the classic tale. Variety's article on this casting mentions that Singh's film will be "family-friendly," though its IMDb page still calls it a "dark twist on the classic fairy tale." But some recent news from our pals at ComingSoon reveals that the film's first promo art calls it "a comedic adventure." Alrighty then. (more...)

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July 15th, 2011

The classic world of WINNIE THE POOH is brought to life not only by the animation and distinct voices (and personalities) of the characters that populate the Hundred Acre Woods, but also through the film’s music. For this adventure, composer Henry Jackman’s score adds a underlying layer of magic to the story along with songs to engage the audience directly such as “It’s Gonna Be Great” and “The Backson Song.” There has always been a distinct sound to WINNIE THE POOH and that sound has been retained here, along with the addition of some new tracks to keep things fresh and fun. (more...)

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July 15th, 2011

Sure, most of the buzz surrounding Lars von Trier’s masterpiece MELANCHOLIA coming out of this year’s Cannes Film Festival surrounded the director and his controversial press conference comments, but the film itself speaks volumes itself.

A darkly poetic and intensely personal work, MELANCHOLIA may in fact stand to be the director’s best film (you can read our glowing review of the film here), and now you all can now set your calendar as the film has now gotten a release date.

Indiewire is reporting that the film has been set for a November 11 limited release, thanks to Magnolia. The film stars Kirsten Dunst, and is best described as von Trier’s take on the end of the world. And yes, it’s as happy as one would expect based on that description. (more...)

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July 15th, 2011

Gordon and the Whale has teamed up with Screen Gems to give our DALLAS readers the chance to see ATTACK THE BLOCK before it opens...and for free! The screening will take place on July 25th at 7:30PM. To redeem passes, follow the link below and enter the code provided. But you better act fast - the link is only good for so many passes so once they're gone, they're gone. Good luck, movie lovers!

These passes are first-come, first-serve and do not guarantee you seats. Due to the high demand of this film please arrive no later than one hour prior to showtime or there may not be any more seats available. (more...)

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July 15th, 2011

Can robots feel real love? That's the question that writer/director Mike Buonaiuto's sci-fi short begs. Beautifully shot with Technicolor's CineStyle Picture Style For Canon HD-SLRs, the film "tells a dark, sexy and disturbing tale of synthetic emotion." And that's straight from the mouth of Mike, who was cool enough to personally let us know about his film when he saw us feature WE MISS YOU on FFF a few weeks back, a short he happens to be a fan of.

Filmmaker finds film that we found. We find filmmaker and film because of other film we found that he found. That's what this is all about, cinema lovers!

For your viewing pleasure, I present to you your Found Film Friday for July 15th, 2011 - JOUET. (more...)

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July 15th, 2011

While people may only know Luc Besson for films like THE FIFTH ELEMENT and THE PROFESSIONAL, he’s set to bring us a film wholly unlike either of these projects.

Thanks to a fan site (via Dark Horizons and The Playlist), a few new photos from Besson’s upcoming film, THE LADY, have hit, and it looks absolutely beautiful. The film stars Michelle Yeoh as Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, the iconic Burmese pro-democracy leader who spent 15 years under house arrest following the victory over the military leaders of Burma by the National League For Democracy. (more...)

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July 15th, 2011

One of the most interesting months of the year when it comes to Criterion Collection releases happens to be October.  Often times the month in which we get more genre-oriented releases, it’s a month where the slate is often the most varied. This  year is no different.

Criterion has announced their upcoming October slate, and it’s an absolute killer. As far as genre releases go, the biggest and most talked about release of the month has to be Kaneto Shindo’s KURONEKO. Translating to BLACK CAT in English, the film follows a hero who must stop a spirit who is tearing out the throats of samurai in a Japanese village. A release that’s been talked about for quite some time, especially following Janus Film’s tour of the film, and is often sighted as a release similar to their HAUSU release from last year. Special features include an interview with Shindo, interview with critic Tadao Sato and a trailer, so it is both an interesting release, and a relatively light one. (more...)

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