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    [TIFF '13] Q&A: Programmer Colin Geddes talks the Midnight Madness

    Colin Geddes, the man behind the (Midnight) Madness at the Toronto International Film Festival has had a busy week to say the least. Coming directly from the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal to the TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre in Toronto, he hosted a special midnight announcement of the Midnight Madness programme for TIFF 2013 on Monday evening. This was followed by a free screening of Jonathan Levine’s ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE (which premiered at the festival in 2006) to kick off the 25th anniversary of Midnight Madness. After announcing the equally impressive Vanguard line-up Tuesday, Colin took a few minutes to chat with us over the phone about what we can expect at TIFF this year.

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    Q&A: Actress Lake Bell Talks Surviving “BLACK ROCK”

    Lake Bell is a familiar face from televised drama (BOSTON LEGAL, the sci-fi series SURFACE) and comedy (HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA, CHILDRENS HOSPITAL), and lighthearted big-screen fare like IT’S COMPLICATED and NO STRINGS ATTACHED. For her first venture into serious screen thrills, she joined director/actress Katie Aselton and Kate Bosworth in the survival saga BLACK ROCK, out today on DVD, Blu-ray and digital download from Lionsgate.

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    Q&A: Joséphine de la Baume & Roxane Mesquida on Vampire sisterhood in “KISS OF THE DAMNED”

    At the center of the swirling, swooning style of Xan Cassavetes’ direction in KISS OF THE DAMNED is the swirling, strained relationship of vampire sisters Djuna and Mimi. As heightened as the film itself, the performances from Joséphine de la Baume and Roxane Mesquida are deeply felt and loudly performed. FANGORIA spoke with the actresses about creating such a tender bond and the real life dilemmas explored in KISS OF THE DAMNED (now available on DVD and Blu-ray along with the fantastic soundtrack).

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    Q&A: Kristina Buozyte on surreal, psychosexual “VANISHING WAVES”

    VANISHING WAVES imagines something intense: A neural connection, a relationship forged entirely inside the mind of someone who’s retreated entirely from trauma and the world at large. There, thanks to stunning scientific progression, a surreal, incredibly sexual and weirdly violent landscape awaits. It makes for a haunting, beautiful headtrip in Lithuanian filmmaker Kristina Buozyte’s second feature, now arriving on DVD from thrilling new distributor Artsploitation Films.

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    [SDCC '13] Sam’s Comic-Con Highlights!

    This year in San Diego, for one glorious hour or so, I lived in a Mario Bava movie. That’s how it felt, at least, and that was the best. How appropriate I was determined to only drink wine that evening. That was Thursday, the day one that feels like day two of Comic-Con. If I’ve noticed anything these past few years that FANGORIA made the trip, it’s that Preview Night is no small sneak anymore, and the line to purchase one of my highlights below was just as rough Wednesday as any other day.

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    Fantasia ’13: Q&A With “THE BATTERY” Writer/Director/Star Jeremy Gardner

    One of the great things about Montreal’s Fantasia film festival, which began its 2013 edition last night, is the showcase it gives to small but worthy new movies and up-and-coming filmmakers. Case in point: the terrific new undead drama THE BATTERY, which screens at the fest this weekend, and whose creator and star Jeremy Gardner spoke to us about its production.

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    Q&A: Nicolas Winding Refn’s heightened, indulgent reality of “ONLY GOD FORGIVES”

    An intensely singular “something else,” ONLY GOD FORGIVES is an amazing flipside to the cool that was DRIVE. Nightmarish, surreal and red all over, Nicolas Winding Refn delved deep into the dark silence and hard stares of his work and returned with a fable about undeserved revenge and a mother-son relationship that “warped” only begins to describe.

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    [SDCC '13] Report, Pics: Legendary’s GODZILLA Encounter

    San Diego Comic-Con extends far out of the convention center. Ever widening, it takes over the surrounding Gaslamp Quarter, its hotels and restaurants, and is often a barrage of advertisements. Studios come with what they hope to be their biggest and best, drumming up anticipation. More so, they’re drumming up anticipation for that anticipation. There’s few things Fango is as interested in this year as how the new GODZILLA is shaping up. The King of Monsters returning at the hands of one of our brightest new talents (Gareth Edwards, who debuted with the fantastic MONSTERS) is something to be excited about. Warner Bros. & Legendary knows as such. They could surely rest on the highly anticipated panel and a simple teaser. They have not. 

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    FANGO Flashback: “ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK” (1981)

    Tired of waiting for John Carpenter to step behind the camera again? Weary of all those pathetic remakes of the master of horror’s greatest works? Then experience theatrically for yourself Carpenter in his prime as the filmmaker’s ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK begins a week-long engagement in a new, pristine high-def DCP format at New York City’s IFC Center (323 Sixth Avenue at 3rd Street; 212-924-7771) from Friday, July 19 through Thursday, July 25. Expect to see more cities play host to ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK all year long from Rialto Pictures.

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    Getting Possessed by “ENTITY,” Part Two

    One of the most refreshing current trends in horror is the resurgence of old-fashioned haunting stories. Pioneering the horror genre practically into existence, stories of spirits, possession and malevolent souls have had a renaissance as of late, with intelligent and resourceful fright filmmakers showing exactly why these tales were so terrifying to begin with. And amongst this resurgence rises FANGORIA Presents’ ENTITY, an intense psychological and supernatural fear film about a documentary crew investigating a reported haunting site in Siberia. You can watch ENTITY for free on Hulu.

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