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Top 10 Horror Flicks to Kick Off October

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The horror genre has certainly matured over the years: directors are no longer slaves to jump-scares, torture, gore, or scary makeup to terrify their audiences. Even as early as the 1960s, directors began to employ creative techniques to scare the hell out of audiences in untraditional ways. Some of these horror movies have become so iconic over the years that they serve as role models for the next generation of directors. Now, the younger generation of directors take inspiration from the previous crop of directors, and routinely deliver some excellent quality horror movies. The following are our top picks of horror movies to kick of the Halloween season.

The Shining

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Stanley Kubrick’s take on Stephen King’s novel by the same name, “The Shining,” is probably the most unnerving horror movie in this list: it’s one of those masterpieces that are impossibly difficult to outclass. But then again, that can be said about anything with Stanley Kubrick’s name on it.

The Shining follows the events at an empty hotel where a writer, Jack (Jack Nicholson), facing writer’s block is working as an off-season caretaker with his wife and son. His son begins to get psychic premonitions, and a mysterious supernatural power’s presence forces Jack to attack his own family. The scene where Jack hacks at the bathroom door and screams, “Here’s Johnny!” will give you chills, even if you’ve seen it one hundred times.

The Ring

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“The Ring” is essentially a product of Hollywood’s obsession with Japanese horror movies. The American remake has now become an integral part of American culture, and you will hear references to the film in countless other movies and TV shows. If you haven’t already watched it, then be warned: do not watch it alone! It will give you creeps like nothing you’ve ever felt. The movie is a result of sweet love between Gore Verbinski’s directorial skills and Han Zimmer’s masterful music. The plot revolves around a VHS tape that leads to a viewer’s death in seven days if watched. The climax will be etched in your memory.

The Blair Witch Project

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“The Blair Witch Project” is sheer talent at work. This movie was made by independent filmmakers who had no money, no acting experience, and certainly no limit of imagination. The ultra-low budget movie turned out to be a massive blockbuster, and brought into vogue an entire sub-genre of found-footage horror movies. The movie follows a group of friends who go into the woods researching the story of a witch who was executed centuries ago. There, they witness blood-curdling horrors that will scare the hell out of you.

The Exorcist

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Ask any horror buff: they will swear by “The Exorcist” as one of the scariest movies of all time. The movie used the classic possessed-by-evil-spirit theme, but its execution was masterful. It was released in 1973, yet it is still unwatchable for many weak hearted people among us. The story of a 12 year old possessed by a demonic spirit might sound typical, but nothing about this movie is typical. When it initially premiered, many theaters provided barf bags for the audience to throw up in during the movie. The head turning scene, the scene where the possessed child walks on all fours the wrong way, and other iconic scenes are classic. If you plan to watch this movie alone in a dark room, make sure you have enough bank balance for a couple years of therapy sessions.

The Conjuring

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“The Conjuring” is the story of a family who buys and moves into an older home in the country: unsurprisingly, the family begins to experience the presence of a supernatural power in the house. Eventually, the mother becomes possessed by an evil spirit who is forcing her to kill her own children. A husband/wife couple, who are basically ghost hunters, have to perform an exorcism to save the family. The story may sound run-of-the-mill, but here is the real kicker: the movie is based on true events. That little fact will have you thinking about the movie for weeks.

The Evil Dead

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This movie is another gem of a watch in the horror genre. It was made by completely untested filmmakers, and yet, they delivered a horror experience that is widely regarded as one of the best of all time. Despite being made over 35 years ago, this movie’s special effects and scary makeup are guaranteed to send chills down your spine. Make sure you see the original and not the 2013 remake.

The Mist

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“The Mist” is director Frank Darabont’s adaptation of Stephen King’s novel. The movie is based in a small New England town that gets shrouded in a mysterious mist that appears to emerge from a nearby military base. It soon transpires that the mist is full of dangerous creatures from a totally different dimension. The cast does not include any big names, but the performance was spectacular across the board. Forget those beasts from the mist: the most frightening thing in the movie is Marcia Gay’s religious zealot!

The Babadook

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This movie focuses on a widow and her son; the son begins to act strange, which the widow promptly labels as behavioral problems. However, as the time progresses, she realizes that her son is being possessed by a supernatural spirit; it soon possesses her too. This movie ups the creepy levels of the horror genre. While most movies generally show spirits possessing one member of the family and use them to attack the others, or kill the possessed person, this movie shows both the mother and the son being haunted by the spirit. If you believe in the supernatural, then you are left with the question – what are you going to do if such a spirit targets you or your loved one?

Halloween

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The very title of the movie demands a watch during its namesake holiday. The movie made the careers of many people involved, including Jamie Lee Curtis and John Carpenter. The movie features a mentally disturbed man, Michael Myers, who murdered his elder sister some 15 years ago, and has now escaped a psychiatric institution. This time, he aims to kill his younger sister. This movie spawned an entire sub-genre of slasher-horror feature films.

Alien

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This legendary original movie began a cultural movement that resulted in multiple sequels, prequels, video games, home videos, comics, and novels. “Alien” follows the events that occur after a distress signal is released from an unknown planet’s spaceship. When the crew members go to investigate, an alien face-hugging creature attacks a crew member; later, a far worse creature emerges out of the victim’s chest by breaking his ribs. This creature promptly tries to kill all the humans, and as the chances of their survival dwindle, you will be on the edge of your seat. This movie has been consistently ranked among the top horror movies of all time. To check out these flicks during the spooky Halloween season, all you need is a reliable satellite TV connection.


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The New Macbeth Adaptation

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Macbeth was released at the Cannes Film Festival in France on May 23rd, 2015. It was released on October 2nd in the United Kingdom and it will come to theaters in the United States on December 4th of this year. It was directed by Justin Kurzel and produced by Iain Canning, Laura Hastings-Smith, and Emile Sherman. The screenplay was written by Michael Lesslie, Jacob Koskoff, and Todd Louiso. Music is by Jed Kurzel and cinematography was done by Adam Arkapaw. It was edited by Chris Dickens. Production companies for Macbeth include See-Saw Films, Creative Scotland, Entertainment, Anton Capital, DMC Film, Film4, and StudioCanal. It was distributed by The Weinstein Company, who acquired rights to do so from Studio Canal on October 23rd. Running time is 113 minutes and the country of origin is the United Kingdom. The spoken language is English.

The cast consists of Michael Fassbender as Macbeth, Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, Paddy Considine as Banquo, Sean Harris as Macduff, Jack Reynor as Malcolm, Elizabeth Debicki as Lady Macduff, David Thewlis as King Duncan, Ross Anderson as Rosse, David Hayman as Lennox, Maurice Roeves as Menteith, Hilton McRae as Macdonwald, Seylan Baxter, Lynn Kennedy, Kayla Fallon and Amber Rissmann as the witches, Lochlann Harris as Fleance, Barrie Martin as Thane, Rebecca Benson as a maidservant, James Harkness as Angus, Scott Dymond as Seyton, Gerard Miller as Macbeth’s messenger, Shaun Lucas as Earl, and Jamie Flint as a soldier.

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Principal photography began on February 6th, 2014 in Scotland. The duration of filming lasted seven weeks and it took place in both Scotland and England. Filming was done at Hankley Common, located in Elstead, Surrey. The cast was seen on February 26th, at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland, and other locations used in the filming of Macbeth include Cambridgeshire, Ely Cathedral in Ely, and Quiraing in Skye.

In April 18th, 2014, a few pictures from the film were released. On May 14th that year some posters were revealed. StudioCanal released the very first trailer on June 4th, 2015. It attracted more than 2 million views. On August 27th of this year character posters were released. The Weinstein Company released the first US trailer on September 1st.

As the film has been released in certain parts of the world—although not yet in the United States— there are some opinions and reviews floating around about the subject. It comes as little surprise that Macbeth, the 2015 movie, is based on the timeless classic written centuries ago by the legendary William Shakespeare. Shakespeare purists may not be very happy about some of the changes involved.

First of all, there are other screenwriters (three in fact) that are mentioned before Shakespeare. This is because it will not be exactly like the original. There is certainly going to be some rewriting involved in the 2015 film Macbeth, but hopes are still high. The other good news is that the movie was filmed on Scottish soil which is where the Shakespearian story takes place. The actors also speak with Scottish accents.

Unfortunately there has been some criticism about the delivery involved in the new movie. Stage actors are accustomed to making the old English pop with meaning and become comprehensible, but some people have been saying that it is not all that easy to understand the actors in the movie. The cast worked with Neil Swain as a coach but this seems not to have been quite enough. Despite not being able to clearly comprehend the words being said, the emotion with which they are delivered is said to be very convincing, although it produces some mumbling. Lines are spoken conversationally and with fewer words to get the point across. The style of speaking seems to be intentional and in many ways it does serve a positive effect that many people appreciate.

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The legendary tale goes something like this: Macbeth and Banquo are generals serving King Duncan of Scotland. Three witches inform Macbeth that he will Thane of Cawdor and eventually the King of Scotland. Lady Macbeth convinces her husband to murder Duncan, which he does, making it look like the servants are responsible. Consequently he is given the Crown. Banquo becomes suspicious so Macbeth has both he and his son murdered—except that Banquo’s son, Fleance, survives. The witches continue to give Macbeth predictions to give him faith in himself. Macbeth then has Macduff’s family murdered. Macduff, stricken with grief and vengeance, consorts with Malcolm in an effort to overthrow Macbeth. Lady Macbeth commits suicide. The ultimate prediction of the three witches comes true when Macbeth dies at the hands of Macduff and Malcolm. Malcolm then becomes the King.

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Of all of Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet are doubtlessly the ones most often to be turned into films. Many people refer to Macbeth simply as “The Scottish Play” in a way that is almost superstitious. Macbeth is, doubtlessly, one of the most gory and tragic plays among the list, even for Shakespeare. Many also say that the play is one of the most cinematic because of the scenes involved.

Even though it hasn’t yet arrived in the U.S., the ratings for Macbeth online seem to be rather promising. IMDb gives it 7.6/10 stars and Rotten Tomatoes gives it an approval rating of 90%. It has been called a “strong/powerful adaptation” a “must see” and “poetry in motion.” Critics, on the other hand, have said that the film is better suited for Shakespeare purists. Other people claim that it is difficult to follow unless an individual is already familiar with the play. They call it boring, disappointingly conventional, and devoid of empathy or urgency. They say it is austere and unemotional. Overall it seems to be fairly well liked, and, despite the critics, there are plenty of people who rave about the film. After Macbeth comes to the United States our country will give its own feedback, which could differ from the UK. In just a few more months you will be able to watch it–if you like Shakespeare, blood, and violence–and form your own opinion.


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Tommy Lee Jones

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Best known for his parts in Men in Black, No Country for Old Men, Lincoln, and The Fugitive, Tommy Lee Jones is one of the most successful and well-known actors today. Born in 1946, Tommy grew up in Texas and later spent four years as Al Gore’s roommate. After graduating from Harvard, Tommy moved to New York and later to Hollywood where he would get his big break with the early 90s hit The Fugitive. After his career took a dramatic turn, Tommy Lee Jones became a household name as his performance was spread to more and more people.

Soon, Tommy followed up his performance in his breakout movie with parts in films like Men in Black and No Country for Old Men. Today, Tommy holds forty-five awards and has received near seventy nominations. The actor/director/screenwriter has experienced much success with all facets of his career.

Tommy was the only son of Clyde and Lucille. His father, a cowboy turned field worker, and his mother divorced twice during Tommy’s difficult childhood. The film star has expressed the many troubles he experienced during his adolescence when he often endured abuse from his father. Tommy was a teenager when his father took a job at an oil field in North Africa. Determined to stay in America, Tommy worked hard to earn a scholarship for St. Mark’s, a Dallas prep school.

 

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The athlete and student went on to attend Harvard on a football scholarship. After sharing his dorm with Al Gore, future senator, vice president, and presidential candidate, Tommy went on to move to New York after earning his major in English Literature. In addition to his talent on the field, Tommy also had a love for drama and he expressed that through multiple school productions, including a few of Shakespeare’s works.

While Tommy was one of the best players at his university, his frame was simply too small to get him into the National Football League, so Tommy moved to New York and instead pursued a career as an actor. After graduating from Harvard in 1969, Tommy soon experienced his first bit of success with an off-Broadway production. Enjoying the stage work, Tommy also took the chance to play on the One Life to Live soap opera that appeared on ABC at the time. He took the role of Dr. Mark Toland from 1971 to 1975. The 70s also saw Tommy’s movie debut with a feature film.

Tommy soon became frustrated with the lack of opportunity for Broadway productions and soon moved to LA in 1975. It wasn’t long after that he earned his first Hollywood role with the series Charlie’s Angels. The following year, he also got a part in the movie Jackson County Jail where he made his second appearance on the big screen as a lead character, the first being with the little-seen film Eliza’s Horoscope, a Canadian production.

It was over the next twenty years that Tommy would make numerous appearances in movie and television productions. He would soon score a lot of critical acclaim with his first big break being The Fugitive. Prior to that, though, Tommy was getting a lot of success for his parts in The Amazing Howard Hughes, The Executioner’s Song (which won him an Emmy), and Lonesome Dove. Tommy met with much success all through the 80s and 90s when his film and television career truly begun to take off.

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Tommy also earned some attention during that time for his work on Coal Miner’s Daughter. Many other works led Tommy to the edge of success, with his career still at its heights today.

Tommy Lee Jones is still one of the most famed actors today, and while his first dream may have been to lead a successful life as a football star, Tommy has experienced even more success on and off screen with various acclaims for his directing, acting, and screenwriting. His talents for productions are clear, and he has gained a massive fan base over the years.

 

Working with names such as Steven Seagal, Andrew Davis, and others, it was during the 90s that Tommy’s career truly took off. With countless awards and nominations, Tommy has built up a reputation of spot-on acting, flawless directing, and riveting screenwriting. His many works have led to a still-growing fan base that has been expanding since he began his career decades ago. Even though his work with Harrison Ford in The Fugitive is really what set his career into motion, all of Tommy’s works, both new and old, have been considered massively successful by the fans who view them today.

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Weary Fans Changed Their Minds About Jurassic World

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While many were worried that Jurassic World wouldn’t live up to the previous two Jurassic Park movies, when the film released on the 12th, viewers took back their early misassumptions. The movie is now ranking highly with millions of viewers and many critics. Even though some were worried about the quality of the effects, acing, and the overall storyline, director Colin Trevorrow has proven yet again that he knows what he’s doing.

Jurassic World with a budget of $150 million, fans quickly joined in on the various discussions before the movie’s release. Many worried that the famous cast and their cost would take away from the rest of the movie, and when the trailers were released, many feared the effects wouldn’t be up to par. Thankfully for fans of the franchise, the movie proved to outshine in both aspects, and fans seemed more than happy after seeing the film.

 

Opening weekend brought in nearly $205 million in gross profit, and fans quickly jumped online to share their thoughts on the movie. While many feel it still didn’t live up to the original, the majority of viewers agreed it was much better than they feared it might be, and the storyline was a nice change.

Some fans were upset to hear the original cast members wouldn’t be making a comeback for Jurassic World, but after seeing the movie, even critics agreed that the change in the storyline was a nice way to bring the franchise back. The director, Colin, had previously revealed his intentions and his refusal to keep throwing the same “unfortunate” characters back into the same situation.

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Jurassic World turned out to be much more successful than audiences had first imagined, which is good news for the cast. The movie featured names like Chris Pratt (Guardians of the Galaxy) and Bryce Dallas Howard (The Help). The effects proved to be much more compelling than the trailers let on, and even though scientists gave the movie some problems since the dinosaurs weren’t “scientifically accurate,” it seems fans were able to get past the historical issue and enjoy the movie.

Fans of the original films were happy to see one original cast member make a comeback, though. BD Wong, or, better known as Dr. Henry Wu, came back. When word had originally gotten out that an original actor would be coming back, fans got very excited, and Colin knew he brought back a person no one would expect. While fans were surprised to hear the news, Colin explained that Dr. Wu was the only original character who would fit into the newest movie, and expressedhis hope that he’ll be able to reunite the cast in a future film, but he wants to wait until it “makes sense.”

In the meantime, word is quickly spreading that Jurassic World turned out to be much more than some viewers thought it would, and even critics who expressed their fear have taken back the harsh misassumptions. Viewers on IMDb have given it 7.6/10, and those on RottenTomatoes.com have given it a similar rating of 70%.

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But, audiences have seemed to be a lot more welcoming to the newest installment that critics have, with The Atlantic stating “If you limit your expectations for Jurassic World to “more teeth,” it will deliver on that promise. If you dare to hope for anything more-relatable characters, narrative coherence-you’ll only set yourself up for disappointment.”

The New Yorker didn’t feel too great about the film either, with their review saying “There is plenty here to divert, but little to leave you enraptored. Such is the fate of the sequel: Bigger. Louder. Fewer teeth.”

With about 85% of the viewers liking it, fans will tell you it’s a must-see, but everyone else will tell you the exact opposite. Even though the movie has received some mixed reviews, the ratings themself prove the film was well-made, and at the very least, it exceeded the original expectations that many viewers had when news of the film originally got out.

Whether you’ll be a fan of Jurassic World or not seems to depend on whether you want a movie like the original or one entire different. The former seems to leave people satisfied with the viewing, but others feel the third installment is simple a “recycling” of the old plot. While mixed reviews continue to surface, Jurassic World proved to be incredibly profitable, well made, and fans have praised the directing, acting, and special effects.


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Things You Didn’t Know About Captain America: the Winter Soldier

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier, the sequel to the first Marvel Captain America film, was one of the most successful films—and sequels—in the current Marvel film franchise. The film is considered to be one of the films in the over-arching Avengers film series, although only one other character from the ‘Avengers’ team—Scarlet Widow—appears in the film.

The movie was not just a hit at the box office, either. Many critics praised the film for its compelling twist storyline, its well-directed action sequences, as well as the surprisingly emotional performance from actor Chris Evans as Captain America. But just how well do you really know The Winter Soldier? Let’s take a look at some interesting trivia that may just surprise you.

Nastasha’s necklace was Scarlett Johansson’s idea

Natasha wears a unique necklace in several scenes during the film; the necklace has a distinct arrow in it, which is a reference to Hawkeye, who is Natasha’s on-again-off-again lover and beloved teammate. It was Scarlett Johansson’s idea to have Natasha wear the necklace in the film.

Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson wrote some of their own dialogue

Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson, who have played their respective characters in multiple films by this point, ended up writing their own dialogue for several scenes in which they appeared together.

Captain America’s “catch up” lists varies by country

In the film, Captain America is seen reading a “catch up” list with things in popular culture and history that he wants to learn about. Each “catch up” list varied from country to country, usually with nods to media or entertainment popular in that particular area.

For example, the American version of the list included shows such as I Love Lucy, Nirvana and the film Rocky; the UK version included The Beatles and the 2010 show Sherlock; the Korean version includes the Old Boy film and famous soccer player Ji sung Park; and the French Version lists The Fifth Element.

The film has less CGI than most Marvel films

One of the highest praised aspects of the film were its realistic and well-designed action sequences; this praise can be credited to the film’s directors, who wanted to do as many effects as possible with practical effects rather than relying on CGI technology, like many films—including most of those in the Marvel universe—often do.


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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Under the Skin

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Under the Skin, directed by Jonathan Glazer, is a 2013 mystery horror starring Scarlett Johansson as a mysterious woman who seduces men who—after meeting her—are never seen again. The film received mostly positive reviews from critics for its cinematography, the performance of lead actress Scarlet Johansson, as well as its memorable plot twists. How well do you know Under the Skin? The following are some interesting trivia facts that may surprise you.

The men in one scene were not actually actors

There is a scene in the film where Scarlett Johansson’s character lures two men into her van. These men were not actually actors, however; hidden cameras had been installed in the van and the men were not told until after the director got the shot that they were in a movie.

The film had a long production history

Unde The Skin took almost 10 years to finally be made. Some of the early draft scripts were radically different from the final script; and at one point, Brad Pitt was cast as one half of a Scottish couple featured in the story.

Scarlet Johansson wasn’t the first actress considered for the role

There were many other actresses considered for the lead role in the film, including: Eva Green, January Jones, Abbie Cornish, Olivia Wilde, and Gemma Arterton.

Adam Pearson did not use makeup

Adam Pearson, who plays a character with neurofibromatosis in the film, did not use makeup or prosthetics; he actually has the neurofibromatosis condition, which causes a facial disfigurement. Director Jonathan Glazer did not want to use makeup for the role, and contacted an organization that supports people with facial disfigurements, who put him in touch with Adam Pearson. Pearson has recently stated he hopes to act more in film and television, and that his role in the film helped him see past his own condition.

Many of the film’s shots were achieved through hidden cameras

Director Jonathan Glazer wanted as many scenes as possible to have a naturalistic and unrehearsed feel to them; this was achieved through hidden cameras, which Glazer had set up at various locations where the film was being shot. The most notable hidden camera scenes are the scenes where two men are lured into the lead character’s van, and a scene where the lead character falls down; this scene was actually photographed by paparazzi, who didn’t ‘realize that the film was using hidden cameras.


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4 Surprising Facts about Whiplash

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The thriller film Whiplash earned a total of 5 nominations from the Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Supporting Actor for J.K. Simmons, who ended up taking home the Oscar for his performance in the movie. The film, which was based on a short film of the same name, centers on a music student named Miles who becomes part of an elite college band conducted by the notoriously intense Fletcher. How much do you really know about the film? The following are 4 surprising facts about Whiplash.

Fletcher has no solo scenes–but he was going to

In the final cut of the film, the character of Andrew appears in some capacity in every scene that features Fletcher. Fletcher, unlike Andrew, has no solo scenes in the final version of the movie. However, scenes were written and filmed that showed Fletcher on his own—one deleted scene showed Fletcher returning to an empty apartment after band practice. These scenes were removed because the director felt like they took away from the character dynamic built up in the film.

Miles Teller is an actual drummer

Miles Teller, who was 27 at the time of the filming, had been playing drums since he was 15; to prepare for the role, he practiced extensively for three days a week. Shooting the film proved to be exhausting, due to the fact that the director of the film often instructed Teller to keep playing until he was at the point of exhaustion. At one point, Teller actually bled from blisters on his hands—the blood can be seen, and is referenced to, during the film.

J.K. Simmons really slapped Miles Teller

It is common in film for actors to mime slaps and punches, which are what the director of Whiplash initially, instructed J.K. Simmons to do. However, for the last take of the scene, he instructed Simmons to actually slap Teller in order to see if it made a difference in how the scene played out. The take where Simmons really did slap Teller was ultimately the one used in the film.

The film was inspired by the director’s high school experience

The director of the film admitted that his main inspiration for the film was actually a real-life high school band teacher who he considered “very intimidating,” although he did not go as far as Fletcher in his physical and verbal assaults.


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Why Charlie Hunnam’s Role in Crimson Peak May Be His Best Yet

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Charlie Hunnam is best known for his television roles, including his supporting role in the short-lived Queer as Folk series; as well as a long-running role in Undeclared and, more recently, one of the starring roles in Sons of Anarchy. In 2013, he also had a supporting role in the action film Pacific Rim.

2015, however, may find Hunnam in his best role yet: he is set to appear in a major role in the upcoming Guillermo del Toro horror drama, Crimson Peak. The film also stars Mia Wasikowska, Tim Hiddleston, and Jessica Chastain in major and supporting roles.

The film, which was co-written by del Toro and Matthew Robins, centers on a young author named Edith Cushing (played by Mia Wasikowska) who becomes engaged to a wealthy, charming man named Thomas Sharpe (played by Tom Hiddleston); however, shortly after moving into the large but ill-kept mansion lived in by Sharpe and his sister, Edith discovers that her charming husband may have some dark secrets.

Hunnam will be playing Dr. Alan McMichael, who is described by del Toro as “a character who is “quiet,” and “why,” and is a “very learned” man who is in love with Mia Wasikowska’s character Edith. It is Hunnam’s character who tries to warn Edith away from Sharpe, although Edith—being taken in by his charming character—does not heed his warnings.

The film is currently set to open on October 16th, 2015. Although del Toro’s previous foray into horror—Mama—received only mixed reviews, Crimson Peak has quickly become one of the most anticipated horror films of the year. It appears regularly on “must see horror of 2015” lists and its official Youtube trailer has received hundreds of thousands of views.

This positive anticipation is due to early buzz surrounding the early preview screenings of the film, as well as a glowing positive review from the “king of horror,” Stephen King. Stephen King publically said the film was “gorgeous and just [expletive] terrifying.” Stephen King’s approval of a film can have a great impact on its success—in 1982, it was King’s positive approval and positive review for the original The Evil Dead that secured the film its wide distribution rights. Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill, also had a positive review of the film. He said the film was a “gloriously sick waltz through Daphne du Maurier territory.”


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Why Eddie Redmayne Deserved His Oscar

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eddie redmayne

Eddie Redmayne recently won the Academy Award for Best Actor for his performance as Stephen Hawking in the biographical drama, The Theory of Everything. Hawking is not only famous for his work in the mathematical and scientific field, but for his status as the longest living ALS patient in modern history—Hawking was diagnosed as a young man and, despite the fact that the typical prognosis for the disease is 3 years or less, is still living today. ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease in the United States, is a progressive, degenerative disorder which eventually leaves people suffering from it completely paralyzed.

There is a tendency for people to say that playing someone with a disability or disease is “Oscar bait,” especially if the actor—like Redmayne—wins an Academy Award for their performance. Despite this cynicism, Redmayne more than deserved the honor that he received from the Academy of Motion Pictures and Sciences. Why? Let’s take a look at a few reasons why Redmayne deserved his golden statue.

He did extensive research for the role

Although Redmayne only had one interview with the real Stephen Hawking, and the actor admits that he felt like he couldn’t ask too many personal questions, he later followed up his research by extensively interviewing people with ALS. This research was ultimately important for Redmayne’s portrayal of Hawking, because it helped him to understand the physical and mental effects of the disease.

The role was physically demanding

In order to portray Hawking’s degenerative illness, Redmayne needed to be able to contort his body into looking as if he was gradually losing control over his muscles. Not only is this physically difficult—and likely painful—but because the film’s scenes were not filmed in sequential order, it required Redmayne to keep an extensive, detailed chart of the exact progress of Hawking’s illness at every point in the script. This allowed him to avoid making mistakes such as suddenly having control over a muscle that he had already depicted Hawking as losing strength in.

In addition to this extreme attention to detail, other actors on the film noted that Redmayne would often sit motionless on set in order to get into the mental and physical character state necessary for his performance.

Hawking praised it heavily

Stephen Hawking, the real life inspiration behind the film, not only congratulated Redmayen on his Oscar win—but noted that he often forgot he “wasn’t watching himself” while watching the film.


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Surprising Facts about Legally Blonde

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legallyblondeReese Witherspoon’s role as Elle Woods in the 2001 comedy Legally Blonde is not her most critically praised role, but it is the role that many people—especially young women—will always identify her with. Legally Blonde was a success in the box office and received generally favorable reviews, and remains a fan favorite for many Reese Witherspoon fans. How much do you really know about this hit comedy? Let’s take a look at some surprising—and fun!—facts about Legally Blonde.

It was turned into a more or less successful Broadway musical

In 2007, Legally Blonde was adapted for the stage as a Broadway musical. The Broadway musical retained the same basic plot as the film, but there were some changes to the story—such as introducing a subplot for Paulette that involves her obsessing over Ireland, having the entire court room visit the scene of the crime for the Elle’s climatic court room argument, and creating a much bigger role for the character of Emmett.

Reese Witherspoon prepared for the role of Elle by consulting real sorority girls

Reese Witherspoon didn’t want her portrayal of Elle to be stereotypical or demeaning, and spent 2 weeks with real sorority girls in order to gain a better understanding of sorority culture. Witherspoon noted that the women were not only smart, but kind, polite, and had a deep sense of community for themselves and other women on campus.

Elle is actually depicted as very intelligent

Some critics of the film have suggested that Elle, despite the writer’s intentions, does come across as a “dumb” sorority girl. However, there are many scenes throughout the film that suggest Elle is much smarter than people give her credit for.

For example, during the famous early scene where she rebuffs a saleswoman trying to sell her a clearance dress for full price, Elle brings up information about fabric and material that would ordinarily only be learned during high level textile classes. She also achieves a 179 on her LSAT exam—just 1 point shy from a perfect 180.

It’s based on a book

Legally Blonde is actually based on a novel by Amanda Brown. The novel, also titled Legally Blonde, was loosely based on Brown’s own experiences at Stanford Law School in the 1990s. The film had to change the setting to Harvard because Stanford wouldn’t approve of their school being used in the script; the University of Chicago also turned down the film’s producers.


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