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Why Some Horror Trilogies Work When Others Don't

October 15th, 2008 10:12am EDT
Scream
Randy (Jamie Kennedy) from Wes Craven's Scream once said that in trilogies "all bets are off." Since a series has a clear-cut end when it is deemed a trilogy, certain characters-- even the leads-- don't have to be kept alive for countless resurrections down the road, which basically gives the filmmakers free range to do whatever they want. The shocks are bigger, the blood is brighter, and the deaths are more elaborate. Unfortunately, though, this often just leaves the filmmakers trying to one-up themselves with each subsequent installment, creating superfluous, and often inane, twists tha...
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A Salute To The Head Explosion

September 23rd, 2008 11:40am EDT
Deadly Friend
When it comes to body parts that can explode, your head is ripe for the picking. Not only is it large and filled with goo, it perches atop of your shoulders begging for something to come along and smash it. Movie makers have known this fact for a long time. Nothing quite gets an audience going like a well placed exploding head. David Cronenberg's Scanners probably has the most oft-referenced scene, as it's one of the few mainstream horror films to give us a detailed and goopy exploding melon. Belloq's fate in Raiders of the Lost Ark even goes to show that Oscar winning directors aren't abov...
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Spike TV Announces Nominees For 'Scream 2008'

September 15th, 2008 8:00pm EDT
SCREAM 2008
It will be one "dark knight" this October as Spike TV presents the third annual "SCREAM," a celebration of the best in horror, sci-fi, fantasy and comic genres.

Taping on Saturday, October 18 from The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, CA, "SCREAM 2008" will premiere on Spike TV Tuesday, October 21 (9:00- 11:00 PM, ET/PT). Show host, presenters and musical performers to be announced shortly.

"We're incredibly honored to have the support of such luminaries in the creative community to help determine the nominees for 'SCREAM 2008,'" says Casey Patterson, senior vice president, event prod...
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Made In Connecticut: Filmmakers Turn East Coast State Into Moviemaking Mecca

May 8th, 2008 8:45am EDT
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Is Connecticut the new Hollywood? Probably not, but it has become a hotspot for filmmaking. The quaint, colonial towns and Yale's impressive architecture led director Steven Spielberg to direct a portion of his highly anticipated "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull" in New Haven. Director Sam Mendes admits that the state is a central character in his latest movie, "Revolutionary Road," starring Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Sure, the New England state is beautiful in the fall with its crimson leaves, pumpkin patches, and white picket fences. It features beautifu...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 2

August 2nd, 2007 3:00am EDT
Kevin Smith
Happy Birthday to "Terminator 2" actor Edward Furlong (1977), "Clerks 2" director/actor Kevin Smith (1970), Canadian guitarist Jeff Healy (1966), "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker (1964), singer/actress Apollonia Kotero (1959), "SNL" alum Victoria Jackson (1959), musician Mojo Nixon (1957), "The Munsters" actor Butch Patrick (1953), actor Max Wright (1943), actress Joanna Cassidy (1943), horror director Wes Craven (1939), The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson (1937), "Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole (1932), "All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor (1924; d. 2001), and silver screen star M...
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Director Wes Craven To Serve As Guest Judge For 'On The Lot' June 19 On Fox

June 13th, 2007 11:56am EDT
Wes Craven
The competition gets scary when director/producer/writer Wes Craven (Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, Red Eye) serves as the guest judge beside regulars Carrie Fisher and Garry Marshall on the moviemaking series "On The Lot" Tuesday, June 19 (8:00-9:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on FOX.

The remaining 15 director finalists have been divided into three groups of five. Last night, Trever James was eliminated from the competition and the second group of five director finalists – Andrew Hunt, Kenny Luby, Marty Martin, David May and Shira-Lee Shalit – each premiered a film that he or she wr...
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Michelle Rodriguez And Taryn Manning Star In The Wes Craven Produced 'The Breed'; On DVD May 22

May 13th, 2007 9:00am EDT
The Breed
A group of friends (Michelle Rodriguez, Taryn Manning, Hill Harper and Oliver Hudson) fly away to a deserted island for a weekend excursion. They realize that this beautiful getaway was once controlled by a special canine research unit and it will soon become their biggest nightmare. Inspired by horror classics... The Breed takes you into the jaws of a flesh eating pack of wild dogs, genetically engineered to hunt and kill. Outnumbered and trapped they struggle to outsmart and outrun this terrifying species.

Produced by Wes Craven (the creator of the A Nightmare on Elm Street and ...
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See The City Of Light Through A Series Of Vignettes In 'Paris Je T'Aime,' Featuring Natalie Portman

May 2nd, 2007 2:30pm EDT
Natalie Portman
In Paris, Je T'aime, celebrated directors from around the world, including the Coen Brothers, Gus Van Sant, Gurinder Chadha, Wes Craven, Walter Salles, Alexander Payne and Olivier Assayas, have come together to portray Paris in a way never before imagined.

Made by a team of contributors as cosmopolitan as the city itself, this portrait of the city is as diverse as its creators' backgrounds and nationalities. With each director telling the story of an unusual encounter in one of the city's neighborhoods, the vignettes go beyond the 'postcard' view of Paris to portray aspects of the ci...
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Celebrity Birthdays, August 2

August 2nd, 2006 3:00am EDT
Kevin Smith
Happy Birthday to "Terminator 2" actor Edward Furlong (1977), "Clerks 2" director/actor Kevin Smith (1970), Canadian guitarist Jeff Healy (1966), "Weeds" star Mary-Louise Parker (1964), singer/actress Apollonia Kotero (1959), "SNL" alum Victoria Jackson (1959), musician Mojo Nixon (1957), "The Munsters" actor Butch Patrick (1953), actor Max Wright (1943), actress Joanna Cassidy (1943), horror director Wes Craven (1939), The Band keyboardist Garth Hudson (1937), "Lawrence of Arabia" star Peter O'Toole (1932), "All in the Family" star Carroll O'Connor (1924; d. 2001), and silver screen star M...
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