Female-fronted metal badn In This Moment is going to release a special edition of their latest album Blood, which will include a live DVD featuring the entire live performance at the Orpheum in Madison, WI. The package will be released January 21st, 2014 and will include a cover of Nine Inch Nails‘ infamous track “Closer”. A video trailer can be seen below as well as the different formats. READ MORE
Metal band in This Moment has teamed with I Heart Radio to premiere an official music video for “Whore”, which comes from their new album Blood. The video, directed by Robert Kley (who did their “Adrenalize” and “Blood” videos), features Motionless In White vocalist Chris Motionless. Head on over to I Heart Radio for quotes from vocalist Maria Brink and guitarist Chris Howarth. READ MORE
As the headline suggests, I want to tell you about the time that singer Maria Brink thought I called her a whore, because in hindsight it’s pretty damn funny. It happened when I did a phone interview with her back in 2010 and I brought up how in many of her photo shoots there was a strong horror element. Well, because phones don’t exactly have the best connection at all times (seriously, when is HD cell reception coming?) she misheard me and thought I said something along the lines of, “There are many WHORE elements in the photography…”. Probably the most horrifying moment was when she paused after my question and said, “Di…did you just call me a whore?” I burst out with something along the lines of, “NO! No I didn’t! I said ‘horror’! Like, stab murder kill!”
And that’s the story of how Maria Brink though I called her a whore. READ MORE
Sometimes it’s all right if a film is formulaic, as long as the acting and directing makes up for it. Such is the case with Blood, a British cop thriller helmed by Nick Murphy, who directed the pretty decent 2011 ghost story, The Awakening. Blood tells the story of two cop brothers haunted by their father’s legacy of violent law enforcement, and the less-than desirable standards we sometimes accept because of love. The story follows the beats of a typical corrupt cop flick, but is elevated to heights of grandeur by the incredible cast and Murphy’s direction.
Brothers Joe (Paul Bettany) and Chrissie (Stephen Graham) Fairburn are put in charge of the case of a young girl who was found savagely murdered in a small seaside town. The community is rocked by the murder and it’s easy to see this isn’t the type of town where dead bodies are common unless they’re getting wheeled out of retirement homes. The pressure is on Joe and Chrissie to quickly close the case, so they arrest the most likely suspect: sex offender Jason Buleigh (Ben Crompton), who was often seen following the girl. He’s a creep extraordinaire.
Once the bureaucracy of bullshit lawyers and apprehensive judges butt their way in, the brothers’ case is torn apart. One drunken night soon after Jason’s release, Joe and Chrissie come off the rails and drag Jason out to the “islands” – tidelands on the coast that have formed small, muddy patches of land. It was on these secluded islands that their infamous cop father (Brian Cox) used to bring suspects to beat confessions out of them. The brothers have never taken this extreme (and illegal) course of action before and it does not go as planned.
Bettany and Graham are a terrific pair on screen. Before the plot takes its many dark turns, the two actors exude a natural, playful chemistry. Bettany plays the family man and pseudo-leader, while Graham is the bachelor with a girlfriend who’s growing tired of his unwillingness to commit. After their trip to the islands, the two actors deliver what’s best summed up as “powerhouse” performances. This is some of the best acting I’ve seen in a long time.
It’s no surprise coming from Graham, who I’ve loved since he played a horrifying skinhead in This Is England. Here he gives an ultimately heartbreaking performance that has got to be one of his greatest. Bettany too brings the dramatic heat, but as the one being slowly consumed by overwhelming guilt. It’s a guilt that leaves him desperate for a way out, which in this film is not a good thing. As another cop states to him, getting away with murder is worse than getting caught because you have to live with that shit for the rest of your life.
From the first frame, Murphy immerses us in a gloomy atmosphere completely devoid of bright colors. It’s a palette that rejects any kind of faith and instead promotes hopelessness, which is beyond appropriate for the subject matter. Fans of corrupt cop thrillers or just desolate crime dramas in general will definitely want to buckle up for Blood.
I was given the DVD version to review. The film is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 surround. Top notch DVD quality all around.
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When a shocking murder is committed in their small town, the Fairburn brothers (Paul Bettany and Stephen Graham) are detectives who will do whatever it takes to catch the killer and try to live-up to the reputation of their tough-as-nails ex-police chief father (Brian Cox). But when a suspect’s interrogation spins violently out of control, the brothers must deal with the consequences…and the mounting suspicions of a colleague (Mark Strong) seeking the truth. A gritty, electrifying suspense-thriller about the price of duty, the ties of family, and the bonds of Blood.
Granted, it’s not nearly as much blood as you’d see in something like the red-band trailer for Evil Dead, but this original trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s 1987 classic Near Dark certainly features more carnage than you’d expect. If this trailer came out today, it would be covered in those ugly brown splotches that happen when the MPAA forces filmmakers to color correct their blood for “all audiences.”
I’m curious what exhibition practices were like back then, if something with content like this was only allowed to unspool in front of “R”-rated fare or if it was up to theater owners’ discretion. Again, this might not seem all that shocking in light of the kinds of trailers we’re allowed to show regularly on the site – but picture yourself seeing this thing before something like Lethal Weapon and having a total revelation. I doubt this aired before Three Men And A Baby but if you saw it before the lightly “R” 1987 hit Stakeout you might have lost your sh*t.
Also? It’s a great trailer overall, and I love that scarily sobering matter-of-fact narration. My only complaint is that it’s a bit of precursor to these modern times when there are too many money shots in our teasers.
Check it out below. READ MORE
Female-fronted metal band In This Moment has released an official video for “Adrenalize”, which comes from their latest album Blood. The video features a thick filter, some jarring edits (which are reminiscent of how Dr. Vannacutt moves in the House On Haunted Hill remake), and a lot of people with animal masks engaging in rather naughty behavior (hence the NSFW tag). It’s a fairly fun video and it’s always nice to look at Maria Brink (I’m such a lech). Head on below to enjoy the video. READ MORE
Century Media hard rock/metal band In This Moment have released a lyric video for “Adrenalize”, which comes from their latest album Blood. The video can be seen below.
In This Moment will be touring alongside Hell Or Highwater as support for Stone Sour. Tour dates are below. READ MORE
I kind of like the lava lamp swagger and 70′s titles to this. Magnolia Pictures has just released the red band trailer from writer/director Xan Cassavetes’ Kiss of the Damned, which plays next month’s SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.
In the film, “Beautiful vampire Djuna tries to resist the advances of human screenwriter Paolo, but eventually gives in to their passion. When her sister Mimi comes to visit, Djuna’s love story is threatened, and the whole vampire community becomes endangered…” Joséphine de la Baume, Milo Ventimiglia, Roxane Mesquida, Anna Mouglalis, Michael Rapaport, Riley Keough and Ching Valdes-Aran star.
Kiss Of The Damned will be available on iTunes/On Demand March 28, 2013, and in theaters May 3, 2013. The VERY NSFW trailer can be found inside! READ MORE
On Dec. 18th, Hot Topic will be releasing a 2-disc deluxe edition of In This Moment‘s Blood. This edition will feature the original track listing on disc one while the second disc will have four remixes of various tracks as well as a cover of the Nine Inch Nails classic “Closer”. The album can be pre-ordered here. Check below for the full track listing. READ MORE
In comic books, we see a wide variety of art techniques, materials, and mediums. But we’ve never seen anything like this. New York City artist Vincent Castiglia has a special exhibition coming up at the Sacred Gallery from October 4th – 31st, simply titled “Resurrection”. Castiglia’s collection of work on display at the exhibition has been exclusively painted using his own blood. His paintings show the human body in all it’s intricacies, inside and out.
Castiglia says about “Ressurection”, “This exhibit is the culmination of a lifetime of searching and posing many questions through images, making declarations of truths uncovered and pouring a myriad of emotions, conflicts, and bliss’ into these coagulations which delineate all aspects of the past decade of my life.” Hit the jump for more information about the artist, the exhibition, and a gallery of his artwork. READ MORE
Updated: With higher quality pics!
Now filming in Toronto, Canada is Sony Screen Gems’ remake of Carrie, which has Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry, Stop-Loss) in the director’s chair.
I was recently on set and – while I can’t say anything about it yet – I can share these pics that EW got their hands on. They feature Chloe Moretz in one of Carrie‘s most iconic moments as well as a look at Julianne Moore in character as Margaret White. It should be noted that this picture looks like it’s from later in the movie – after the prom. You’ll notice she’s outside.
The film also stars Judy Greer (The Descendants), Alex Russell (Chronicle), Gabriella Wilde and Portia Doubleday. Carrie tells the supernatural tale of a telekinetic teenage girl tormented by her peers. “The quiet suburb of Chamberlain, Maine, is home to the deeply religious and conservative Margaret White (Moore) and her daughter, Carrie (Moretz). Carrie is a sweet but meek outcast whom Margaret has sheltered from society. Gym teacher Miss Desjardin (Greer) tries in vain to protect Carrie from local mean girls led by the popular and haughty Chris Hargenson (Portia Doubleday), but only Chris’ best friend, Sue Snell (Gabriella Wilde), regrets their actions. In an effort to make amends, Sue asks her boyfriend, high school heartthrob Tommy Ross (Ansel Elgort), to take Carrie to prom. Pushed to the limit by her peers at the dance, Carrie unleashes telekinetic havoc.” Brian De Palma’s 1976 film version of Carrie earned Oscar nominations for stars Sissy Spacek and Piper Laurie.
Head inside for the pics! Carrie is slated for a March 13, 2013 theatrical release. READ MORE
Today I spoke at length with director Doug Aarniokoski about his upcoming post-apocalyptic thriller The Day and, while I’ll be sharing my full interview with him next week closer to that film’s release, I figured I’d go ahead and let you in on some juicy tidbits he dropped regarding Nurse 3D.
We’ve shown you some tantalizing imagery from the film (which stars Paz De La Huerta, Katrina Bowden, Corbin Bleu, Boris Kodjoe, Dita Von Teese, Adam Herschman, Neal McDonough, Niecy Nash and Nick Turturro), and now we have a rundown on exactly how crazy it is.
When I asked him what he was surprised to have gotten away with on the film he answered, “The amount of sexuality and combined violence. It was really [nuts]. It’s that kind of movie where you’re like, “how can I portray this and get away with it?” It was about bringing it to the screen in a way that was engaging, erotic, dangerous, scary, nasty and brutal all at the same time. That was the dance for me.”
The Day is fast approaching its release (via Anchor Bay/WWE Studios) on August 29th. Head inside for some more Nurse 3D talk (and beware of the NSFW poster)! READ MORE
I’ll admit it, I used to be a Hot Topic kid. For a summer. Then I grew up. I never looked back. Something that I knew about at Hot Topic stores but never personally witnessed were live concerts. Often times it was touring bands who would stop in and do a quick acoustic set followed by an autograph session where you had to buy a CD, not bring one in, to get it signed. But sometimes it was something different, something a bit more surreal, a bit more…local.
Such was the case with ORCumentary, a one-man project that performs “Orc Rock”. Below is footage of his song “Blood”, which is performed at one of these Hot Topic in-store concerts. I wasn’t able to make it past the first verse without laughing hysterically and shutting off the video.
And THAT’S why I wanted to share this with you readers. It’s bright and early on a Monday morning and I figure that everyone could use a good, solid laugh to start off their week. So, if you decide to watch the video below, I want you to think about the worst concert experience you’ve ever had and share it with me in the comments! READ MORE
In This Moment have revealed the artwork and track listing for their upcoming fourth-studio album Blood, which will be released Aug. 14th via Century Media Records. The title track has hit Active Rock Radio and can be snagged off of iTunes. The band will also be hitting the road on the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival, which features headliners Shinedown, Godsmack, Staind, Papa Roach, and Adalita’s Way. Tour dates for the band can be seen below.
Alright readers, gotta ask this question: Maria Brink has been voted as Metal’s Sexiest Chick several times now. Who would YOU pick? Leave your answer in the comments below! READ MORE
Edgar Wright (Shaun Of The Dead, Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World) is one of my favorite directors, so of course I’ve been waiting for The World’s End for quite a while. Co-written by Wright and Simon Pegg (Shaun, Star Trek,) it’s the third installment in their “Blood and Ice-Cream Trilogy” aka “The Three Flavours Cornetto Trilogy” (the first two installments were Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz – both of which featured a lot of blood and a little cornetto). Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun, Attack The Block) stars as well.
Wright will start shooting the film in September for Working Title / Universal. Per Deadline, “Working Title and Edgar Wright have set a September start date for The World’s End, the last in a trilogy of comedies that started with Shaun Of The Dead and Hot Fuzz. Wright, who’ll direct, wrote the script with Simon Pegg. Once again, Pegg stars with Nick Frost. Universal Pictures hasn’t yet green lit the film, but is expected to after the modestly budgeted pair of comedies grossed $108 million worldwide between them. The plan is for The World’s End to reach theaters in spring, 2013.”
In the film, “20 years after attempting an epic pub crawl, five childhood friends reunite when one of them becomes hell bent on trying the drinking marathon again. They are convinced to stage an encore by mate Gary King, a 40-year old man trapped at the cigarette end of his teens, who drags his reluctant pals to their home town and once again attempts to reach the fabled pub, The World’s End. As they attempt to reconcile the past and present, they realize the real struggle is for the future, not just theirs but humankind’s. Reaching The World’s End is the least of their worries.”
Sounds kind of like Stephen King’s “IT”, only with beer instead of Pennywise. Stay tuned for more.
Drew Goddard and Joss Whedon’s The Cabin in the Woods is, I’m sure you’ve heard by now, a remarkable film. It’s fun, witty, gory, surprising and downright inspiring. Best of all, it doesn’t have to trade in its bona fides as a horror film to accomplish all of this. It’s 100% horror and 50% everything else.
Franz Kranz (also of “Dollhouse”) plays Marty in the film. At first Marty may seem like your typical stoner, but the characters in Goddard’s film stretch out far beyond their archetypal beginnings into something much deeper. They are everything that they seem, but they’re also very, very human.
I spoke with Fran earlier this week and we talked about his approach to the character, Cabin‘s delayed emergence into theaters – and the insane amount of blood in the film.
Head inside to check it out. The Cabin In The Woods opens April 13th. READ MORE