by Rob Vaux Posted: November 2nd, 2012 at 7:21 am
As Noah Cross once said, “Politicians, ugly buildings and whores all get respectable if they last long enough.” You can add cheesy third-tier horror movies to that list as well. Terror Train arrived in 1980, during the heyday of drive-in slasher flicks when the likes of Halloween and Friday the 13th ruled the horror scene. Like a lot of its contemporaries, it found a basic gimmick, then assumed its work was done and filled in the blanks as quickly as possible. It included a bit of a whodunit in the mix, but beyond that and its vaguely interesting setting, it offered nothing to separate it from the pack. Now it arrives on Blu-ray, a dubious “classic” without much to recommend it beyond name recognition. Hit the jump for the full review.
Back in August, we brought you the trailer for Studio Ghibli’s From Up on Poppy Hill, written by Hayao Miyazaki and directed by his son Goro Miyazaki. Now, we have word that the English version has a planned theatrical release of March 15th, 2013. Lending their voices to that version will be such top talent as Gillian Anderson, Ron Howard, Christina Hendricks, Jamie Lee Curtis and Beau Bridges, among others. Hit the jump to see who else is joining the party, along with the synopsis for From Up on Poppy Hill.
It’s always a fun treat when a now-famous actor pops up in a small role in an older movie you haven’t re-watched in a while. We previously posted a “Before They Were Famous” supercut, but now someone has edited together a montage of actors in their very first feature film roles. While you’re most likely aware of the majority of these appearances, I’m willing to bet you’ll find at least a few surprises in this video. I had no idea Jon Hamm was in Clint Eastwood’s “old guys can be astronauts too” movie Space Cowboys, but I now feel compelled to move the pic to the top of my Netflix queue.
Watch Jack Nicholson, Woody Allen, Emma Thompson, Zach Braff and many more make their feature debut after the jump.
In the comedy You Again, actress Jamie Lee Curtis plays Gail, a woman who has put her family’s life and happiness ahead of her own. As the mother of Marni (Kristen Bell) and Will (James Wolk), she is helping to make sure that everything is perfect in the planning for her son’s wedding to Joanna (Odette Yustman). When Marni returns home to find out that the young woman her brother is marrying happens to also be the same one who made her life hell in high school, Gail also realizes that Joanna’s aunt Ramona (Sigourney Weaver) is someone she shares her own teenage rivalry with, and all of the women have to keep their deeply rooted jealousies from overpowering them.
During a press conference at the film’s press day, Jamie Lee Curtis talked about being a cheerleader in her own high school years, finding honesty and integrity in life’s relationships and being at a point where she now puts family before career. She also shared how being the spokesperson for Activia has surprisingly changed her life. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Director/writer/producer Andy Fickman has had huge success with family comedies, including such features as Race to Witch Mountain, The Game Plan and She’s The Man. His latest is the Disney comedy You Again is about a young woman named Marni (Kristen Bell) who returns home to Northern California for her brother’s wedding, only to find out that he is marrying Joanna (Odette Yustman), her high school arch nemesis. And, to make matters worse, Marni’s mother, Gail (Jamie Lee Curtis), realizes that she attended the same high school as Joanna’s aunt, Ramona (Sigourney Weaver), where they had their own rivalry some 30 years ago.
In this exclusive interview, Andy Fickman talked to Collider about working with his muse Kristen Bell, whom he’s known for nearly a decade, the importance of creating a family atmosphere on set, finding the right balance between comedy and drama, and how everyone can relate to not being able to fit in, in high school.
He also gave an update on his upcoming features Us and Them, starring Billy Crystal, and The Undomestic Goddess, based on the book by Sophie Kinsella, and shared his passion for Heathers: The Musical, which he is currently developing for the stage with the film’s screenwriter, Dan Waters. Check out what he had to say after the jump:
Early in the 1990 horror film Troll 2, Michael Waits (played by Dr. George Hardy) now famously yells at his 10-year-old son Joshua (Michael Paul Stephenson), “You can’t piss on hospitality!” 20 years later, its stars have taken that lesson to heart. Adoring fans around the world have turned the once obscure, overwhelmingly flawed flick (witness a 0% score on rottentomatoes) into that rare gem of an actual cult classic.
Stephenson & Hardy have embraced the affection to reclaim their initially dark experience with a love letter of a documentary: Best Worst Movie. The film chronicles the making of Troll 2, its odd resurrection, the fans that made it happen and the cast members’ search for a little artistic redemption.
Collider chatted up Stephenson (BWM’s director) & Dr. Hardy (its main subject) for a funny back-and-forth this week. Hit the jump for the interview’s full audio and transcript, along with stories of whether Troll 2 actually works in other languages, what links Quentin Tarantino to the story and a budding rivalry with The Room‘s director Tommy Wiseau.
Walt Disney Pictures has just debuted the the trailer for You Again, the family-friendly comedy with an impressive cast led by Kristen Bell, Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis, Kristin Chenoweth, Odette Yustman, and Betty White. Andy Fickman (Race to Witch Mountain) directs this tale of the successful Marni (Bell), who finds out that her brother’s fiancée is the same girl who tormented Marni throughout high school. On top of that, the mother of the bride happens to have played the same role in the formative years of Marni’s mother (Jamie Lee Curtis) a generation earlier. You can check out the trailer after the jump.