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    • Izayer asked ericvespe a question

      Where do you get your film news? I'm a film enthusiast and hope to one day direct a lot of cool short story movies and featured length movies.

      Answered: Jan 17, 2018

      I curate a pretty solid Twitter stream filled with entertainment reporters, aggregators, actors, directors, producers and just plain ol' cinephiles. That means there's commentary for just about every bit of news that comes down the pipe. I also check out the scoopers regularly. Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, etc. 


      Good luck on the director goal. It's a lot of work, but if you've got stories to tell then you're in the right field! 

    • Happy Birthday to the not dead John Carpenter!

      17 hours ago

      ericvespe

      One of our best living filmmakers is John Carpenter. Or, if you're Rotten Tomatoes, rest in peace you sweet baby angel. 


      John Carpenter is not dead, but Rotten Tomatoes accidentally tweeted out a past-tense look back at his career using the phrasing "John Carpenter would have been 70 years old today..." 



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      Oops. They even picked the worst photo of Carpenter known to exist. 


      The article it actually links to knows the horror master is still alive and kicking, so someone managing Rotten Tomatoes' socials made a boo-boo. 


      But since it's John Carpenter's birthday I had a question I proposed to Twitter... This fun exercise is a Sophie's Choice of sorts. Carpenter has made a huge amount of great films. Not just good. Flat out great. So, I put this out there. You get to pick one of his films, only one, and from this moment on you can watch it as many times as you want until the day you die. But you never ever get to rewatch any of his other films. Which film do you choose? 


      There are a few obvious contenders. Of course there's his most famous film, a movie that defined a genre, setting a template that still exists in the horror genre today. Naturally I'm talking about Halloween. 




      Halloween still holds up and is on regular rotation in my Halloween season playlist every year. Nothing quite gets me in the mood for my favorite holiday than Carpenter's film. That score is an all-timer and instantly sets the mood.


      It wouldn't be my pick, though. I'd miss it terribly, but it wouldn't be my choice.


      The clear winner of the informal Twitter poll was The Thing. That's hard to argue against. The Thing is a masterpiece of paranoia, suspense and just overall badassery. Boasting some of the best practical effects ever captured on celluloid (courtesy of the great Rob Bottin), The Thing is probably the best movie Carpenter has ever made, but again... it wouldn't be my choice.




      Don't get me wrong, The Thing is one of the most re-watchable movies ever and I'd be gutted to never get the chance to screen it again, but it was another Kurt Russell/John Carpenter collaboration that jumped immediately to mind when I cooked up this rather evil movie geek hypothetical. 




      My desert island John Carpenter movie would be Big Trouble In Little China. There are a few key reasons behind my logic here. One, the movie's the most fun thing Carpenter ever did. From the first frame to the last it's a quick-witted, sharp-tongued, visual feast. Secondly it'd never get old. I could watch Kurt Russell as Jack Burton for decades. He's so earnest and alpha and teensy bit dumb. There's something amazing about watching Jack Burton bumble his way through events he can't explain.


      And that brings us to the real the reason Big Trouble In Little China is my choice. It's singular. The Thing is a masterpiece, but there are other great paranoid thrillers and visceral effects-driven horror movies. Starman is incredibly heartfelt and touching, but there are other (better) friendly alien visiting earth movies. Escape From New York is incredible, but you can always go for Mad Max if you want an anti-hero in a crazy post-apocalyptic landscape.


      But there is nothing like Big Trouble In Little China. There would be no way for me to scratch that itch should I never get to watch it again. 


      So even though I'm one of the most vocal defenders of In the Mouth of Madness and Prince of Darkness and have seen Halloween, EFNY, Assault on Precinct 13, The Fog and They Live dozens of times each, Big Trouble In Little China is my pick.


      It's a testament to just how amazing John Carpenter is as a filmmaker that there are so many incredible options.


      Which one would you choose?

    • John Wick: The TV Show!!! Kinda...

      4 days ago

      ericvespe

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      John Wick is badass. We all know this. You don't mess with his car or his dog... hell, just leave the man alone period. 


      We've gotten two very cool movies and now Starz is moving forward with a John Wick-based TV Show... kind of. 


      Remember that super rad assassin hotel? Well, that'll be the setting for this show called, appropriately enough, The Continental. 


      That's actually a really cool idea for a spin-off show. The world-building surrounding that hotel is what sets John Wick apart from your average run of the mill action movie... that and the brutal head-shot-filled action choreography. 


      Keanu Reeves will serve as producer and while there's no guarantee he'll show up they've already hinted that Mr. Wick could pop up in some capacity.


      Sons of Anarchy's Chris Collins will act as show runner and John Wick director Chad Stahelski will direct the pilot. 

    • Leonardo DiCaprio to Star In Quentin Tarantino's Next Movie!

      4 days ago

      ericvespe

      I didn't intend to write about two upcoming serial killer-themed movies in a row, but sometimes that Friday news dump brings you unexpected connections like that.


      Deadline is reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio will be rejoining his Django Unchained director for that still Untitled Charles Manson-related flick. Quentin Tarantino has gone out to say it's not exactly about Manson and his crimes, but it does take place in LA at the time Manson and his family were active. 



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      DiCaprio will be playing an aging actor (so not Manson) and that's about all that is known. We do know that Tarantino wants Margot Robbie to play Sharon Tate, the very pregnant model, actress and wife of Roman Polanski who ended up being the Manson Family's most high-profile victim. 


      Deadline reiterates that the project still has other A-listers circling for two meaty parts. Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt are potentially joining the project as well, which, if it happens, would make this one of the most jam-packed star-studded films since the Oceans films.


      The draw of Tarantino will do that, I guess. Can't wait to see what he does with this one!

    • John Malkovich is playing the Judge in Zac Efron's Ted Bundy flick!

      4 days ago

      ericvespe

      One of the higher profile indie flicks in the works right now is one called "Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile," alluding to words leveled at the real life serial killer Ted Bundy. 


      True Crime and/or My Favorite Murder podcast enthusiasts should know about Bundy already, but if you're more well-adjusted than us murderinos all you need to know is that Ted Bundy was one of the most famously charming psychopaths in American history. 


      The man was handsome and had a rather catching cult of personality, which made for a deadly combination when you put all that into a serial killer. He confessed to 30 murders and it's thought he may have killed nearly 3x that. 


      One of the most interesting things about the whole insane Ted Bundy case wasn't so much the gory awful murder stuff, but his trials. Yes, trials, plural. He decided to serve as his own attorney and escaped from custody multiple times only to fuck it up and get caught again. 


      It's a fascinating true life story and one that will be told with Zac Efron playing Bundy, Lily Collins playing Bundy's longtime girlfriend Elizabeth Kloepfer and directed by Joe Berlinger, one of the documentarians behind the Paradise Lost films. 


      The big news today is that John Malkovich has joined the cast, playing the Judge at one of Bundy's trials.



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      The thought of Malkovich playing a fed up judge during the Ted Bundy trial makes me smile. I know it's fucked up to be looking forward to a Ted Bundy movie, but man am I looking forward to this one. 


      Voltage Pictures has financed the film and it begins production next week. 

    • You Get To See Deadpool 2 Earlier Than You Thought!

      5 days ago

      ericvespe

      Fox just shuffled around dates on most of their superhero properties. The good news is that means you get to see Deadpool 2 about two weeks earlier than you were supposed to! The flick moved to a May 18th, 2018 from its original date of June 1st, which puts the Merc With A Mouth out a solid week before Solo. 



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      It's a curious move. Yes, it's better to give Deadpool a week to breathe instead of releasing it in the wake of a new Star Wars movie, but the crazy thing about the first Deadpool was how long the legs were on it. It kept raking in money for weeks thanks mostly to it being released in a tentpole-free February environment. 


      Moving it to summer in the first place was a head-scratcher for me, but it does show the faith in the property.


      No matter what, it's better for Deadpool to be slightly ahead of the pack, so good move, Fox! 


      Also of note, they pushed back Josh Boone's New Mutants 10 whole months, from moving it from April of this year to February 2019 (essentially giving it Gambit's old window). New Mutants takes a more horror-movie approach to the X-universe and it bums me out I have to wait over a year for it now, but hey... if the movie's good the movie's good. That's what matters. But I am a very impatient person and I want it NOW!

    • Gore Verbinski Asks To Be Dealt Out On Gambit

      5 days ago

      ericvespe

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      The big comic book news today is that Gore Verbinski is walking away from directing Gambit


      This is a major blow to this film in general and for me personally. The idea of Gore Verbinski lending his cinematic eye to a major Marvel character was pretty exciting to me and him walking away has diminished a lot of the excitement I had about the project.


      Don't get me wrong, I dig the character and any excuse to have Channing Tatum turn up the charm to 11 is something I'm down to see, but if I'm going to be honest it was Verbinski's involvement that made me excited to see a Gambit movie more than it just being a Gambit movie.


      Word is Fox is on the hunt for a new director and they also announced today that they're pushing back the release date from Valentine's Day 2019 to June 7th, 2019. 


      The Gambit movie has a bad habit of shaking directors. Doug Liman and Rupert Wyatt were also attached at some point to make this movie and left. With the release date only moved a few months that doesn't give Fox a lot of wiggle room and I expect we'll hear about them hiring a solid journeyman director to just come in and make this thing. They definitely don't have time to bring on a visionary who builds this from the script up.

    • Is Marvel Finally Moving Forward With A Standalone Black Widow Movie?

      6 days ago

      ericvespe

      Variety is reporting that we may finally have some movement on a standalone Black Widow movie. Before you get too excited the news isn't so much that this movie has a greenlight (it doesn't) but the MCU brass likes the idea enough to hire a screenwriter to take a shot at bringing us Natasha Romanoff's very own movie. 


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      The screenwriter they've hired is a woman by the name of Jac Schaeffer, a relative newcomer who had a Blacklist script titled The Shower (about an alien invasion during a baby shower) that grabbed a lot of attention. 


      Kevin Feige met with several people according to Variety before tapping Schaeffer, but the most interesting part of the story to me is that he consulted with Scarlett Johansson before making any creative decision on who would be writing the screenplay.


      That's interesting because Johansson is one of the key players whose contract ran out after filming the Avengers 3 and 4 yet, if this story is accurate, she's still being consulted about the direction of her character. To me that says that Johansson has re-upped for more MCU films or, at the very least, Marvel expects her to. 


      That doesn't mean she escapes Thanos' attack, though. Keep in mind a standalone Black Widow film could be an origin story or chronicle some adventure at any point in her career. I'm hoping for a true blue spy espionage flick, much like Winter Soldier was a real deal Cold War thriller. One of the ways to keep the MCU fresh is to explore different genres and Black Widow in a gritty, bloody and bruising spy flick would be pretty awesome.


      What do you guys think? 

    • Millie Bobby Brown To Play Sherlock's Little Sister In Enola Holmes!

      1 week ago

      ericvespe

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      Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown has set her next big adventure. She's wrapped her work on the Godzilla sequel and will move on to starring in and producing (!!!) a series of films about Sherlock Holmes' sister, Enola. 


      Based on Nancy Springer's Young Adult series following the sleuthing adventures of Sherlock and Mycroft's much younger sister, this would seem a perfect vehicle for Ms. Brown. For one she'd finally get to use her natural accent and secondly she has proven to be able to handle the intensity and intelligence a role like this would require.


      It also blows my mind a little bit that she's actively producing already. The film will be funded by Legendary Pictures (who just made the Godzilla film she starred in), but it was set up by Brown's own PCMA Productions banner. Very smart business move by anybody, let alone someone so young. I think she's got a long career ahead of her.

    • Gambit and Kitty Pryde Films Still Moving Forward At Fox

      1 week ago

      ericvespe

      The whole Fox/Disney merger thing still has a lot of question marks around it, but it appears that Fox is still going forward with some of its superhero development. There are two big X-Men related projects in particular that are gaining momentum: Gambit and Kitty Pryde films.


      Kitty Pryde is the most surprising as it was only revealed recently via Collider and their sources that a film based on the X-team's favorite phasing little sister is in the works, with Deadpool's Tim Miller leading the charge and in place to direct.


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      Back when I was reading the X-Men books more regularly Kitty Pryde was always the little sister of the group. Wolverine and Colossus were always very protective of her even though she could phase her body through walls and away from harm. Doing a little research her relationship with Colossus actually started as a statutory rape-y romance, but all that had worked its way out by the time I was reading X-Men and Excalibur.


      She has a cool dragon-looking alien sidekick named Lockheed, which could look pretty rad on the big screen, especially in the hands of Tim Miller who has proven to have a talent at bringing odd Marvel characters to the big screen.


      Now, Kitty Pryde has a long way to go... it's still early on in the development, which could mean Marvel/Disney will nix it before it gets much farther. What's not so early on in development is the long-in-the-works Gambit film, which already has Channing Tatum on board to star and Gore Verbinski in the director's chair.


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      Gambit has a February 2019 release date, so it has to begin shooting soon if it's going to actually happen and the latest scuttlebutt has it shooting soon in New Oreleans (naturally). There's a site that has been tracking the development of this film in particular called Omega Underground and they say the start date on principal photography is March 19th. 


      I'm actually pretty psyched for this one. I love Gore Verbinski's eye (he did the original Pirates of the Caribbean films, The Ring and most recently the macabre A Cure For Wellness) and Gambit is a fun character that hasn't really been realized in any respectable way on screen.


      So, what does this say about the state of Fox? Well, it seems to be that the modus operandi is continue forward as if nothing big was happening. I wouldn't be surprised if the MCU overlords pull the plug on Kitty Pryde because that has a long way to go before any filming would start. Nobody's cast yet, it's a relatively cheap cancel.


      Gambit on the other hand has big names both in front of and behind the camera and I can see the filming date hitting before the merger is complete. If this movie was going to fizzle out it would have happened way before now. 


      Anyway, that's what's new in the Marvel Superhero world. What do you guys think?

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    • Izayer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper of Stories

      2 months ago

      Wow. I remember when the podcast guys talked about you when they were still the Drunk Tank. Welcome. I'm sure that RT will regret love having you write for The Know! Welcome aboard!

    • prydie

      2 months ago

      Great to see you've found a new home! Looking forward to more of your work.

    • SailorGirl81 FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Keeper Of Kittens

      2 months ago

      Welcome to Rooster Teeth and The Know!

    • RiverRunning

      2 months ago

      Hello :)

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      2 months ago

      Heyo !

    • ItsMeMara FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

      2 months ago

      Welcome to The Know can't wait to see what you bring to the community!!

    • EricHVela FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Fiery the Angels rose,..

      2 months ago

      MOVIES!


      I mean...


      WELCOME!


      (and MOVIES!)

    • Donjre

      2 months ago

      Welcome!

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    I curate a pretty solid Twitter stream filled with entertainment reporters, aggregators, actors, directors, producers and just plain ol' cinephiles. That means there's commentary for just about every bit of news that comes down the pipe. I also check out the scoopers regularly. Deadline, Hollywood Reporter, Variety, etc. 


    Good luck on the director goal. It's a lot of work, but if you've got stories to tell then you're in the right field! 

    Favorite 80s movie monster and why?

    | Asked by: Xuelder 2 months ago

    This is an excellent question. Do you go by design? Quality of the movie or series they're in? Lasting chills? Design would be between Predator, Pumpkinhead and Gill-Man from Monster Squad (all created by the late, great Stan Winston, by the way). I watched more Friday the 13th movies growing up than I did Nightmare on Elm Street, but I like the character of Freddy more, especially in that first film and Dream Warriors. It might not be the most original answer, but I'd probably go with Freddy.

    Absolutely not. That's what being a geek is all about. I can't tell you how many cool, random, weird movies I've found while chasing down movies with favorite character actors in it or directed by people I dig. That's the fun of all this!

    Honestly (and I know this makes me sound like a politician, but it's true) I love all kinds of movies. It's hard for me to pick between Jaws and Casablanca or The Exorcist and Raiders of the Lost Ark or The Lord of the Rings and The Godfather. I definitely have a soft spot for horror and sci-fi and I'm usually more willing to give a new random horror flick a shot over some drama I've never heard about.

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