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Peter Jackson and Stanley Tucci Talk The Lovely BonesDread Central hit The Lovely Bones press conference in Beverly Hills, CA, where director Peter Jackson, along with the film’s stars Stanley Tucci, Saoirse Ronan, Rose Mclver, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon and Rachel Weisz talked up their cinematic incarnation of Alice Sebold’s best-selling novel.

Centering around lead character ‘Susie Salmon’ (Ronan) who is murdered by child-rapist and killer ‘Mr. Harvey’ (played in the film by Tucci), The Lovely Bones’ source material is at times a challenging read in its portrayal of violence, particularly in the first chapter. The tome though at its core focuses on the effect of the crime on the victim and her relatives, as Susie watches them from a hallucinogenic limbo while struggling with her feelings of vengeance towards her killer and her empathy toward the plight of those that remain. Jackson, whose previous efforts include the rather fantastical The Lord of the Rings trilogy and 2005’s King Kong, addressed the film’s focus on the latter.

There are artistic, moral and practical reasons which I should talk about,” explained the now-svelte Jackson as to why they shied away from the more sensational and lurid moments of the source material. “We made a film about a teenager who is murdered and goes into an after-life, and we wanted to make a film that teenagers could watch, so to speak. (Producer) Fran (Walsh) and I have a daughter that is very similar to (the character of) ‘Susie’s’ age, and there’s a lot of positive aspects to this film, and it’s not something I wanted to have to shield our daughter from. So it was important for us not to go into R-rated territory. Also, I never regarded the movie as being a film about a murder, and if we ever shot any aspect of that particular sequence in any way, then it would stigmatize the film.

Jackson expounded of his Dreamworks’ feature, which opens wide on December 11, “Movies are such a powerful medium with music and acting and effects and editing and lighting and camerawork that to show a fourteen year-old girl being murdered in any way even briefly would completely swing the balance of the movie, and frankly it would make it a film I would not want to watch. You know, every movie I make is a film that I’d want to see – it’s important to me. There’s a positive aspect (to the film we did make) in the sense that she’s immortal – in saying that there’s no such thing as death. These themes interested us, and not the murder. I mean I’ve shot some pretty extreme things in my time with Bad Taste and Meet the Feebles and Brain Dead, and there’s a certain style and a sense of humor that I believe you can do to get away with that – but to do anything that depicted violence especially against a young person in a way that was serious would be repulsive (to me).

Peter Jackson and Stanley Tucci Talk The Lovely BonesNonetheless, actor Tucci found his role challenging, even with the toned-down violence.

It was hard in every respect,” said the actor. “I was very reticent to take the part at first. I have kids, and I don’t like to read anything or watch anything about kids being harmed, or about serial killers. There is so much serial-killer information out there – so many documentaries, but a lot of it is sort of gratuitous and almost pornographic. This (The Lovely Bones) was not that . This was a beautiful story about the exploration of loss. I felt very safe with Pete, and felt that there would be nothing here that would be gratuitous, and that we would going to create a person together in here in (my character of) ‘Mr. Harvey:’

As for his approach to fleshing out the human monster, Tucci explained that, “The more real he is, the more subtle he is and the more banal he is, the more terrifying he is. At the beginning it was very hard to leave (the character) at the end of the day, particularly when you are fresh off your research and your research is repulsive, but eventually once I understood who he was and found him I could drop him at the end of the day. There’s no doubt though that this was the most difficult thing as an actor I’ve ever done, and I looked forward at the end of each day to going into the makeup trailer and taking everything off and having a martini.” Joking wryly, “And one at the beginning of the day too.

Check out our first impressions of The Lovely Bones here and for more visit The Lovely Bones website.

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Such Sights to Show You – 11/22/17

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Each week, we’ve been bringing you a new, original one-off comic from artist Kevin D. Clark. This week, Clark skewers not only Black Friday but also Cyber Monday in one fell swoop, commenting on the predatory and mob-like nature of consumers at public stores while also addressing the glut of online sales that slam workers during the holidays. You can read the comic for yourself below.

About the Artist:
Kevin D. Clark is a cartoonist from Scotland who grew up watching classic monster movies, cartoons and wrestling, as well as reading comics. He started drawing at an early age and hasn’t stopped since. His sense of humor is a veritable cornucopia of the wacky and weird inspired by the likes of Monty Python, Mel Brooks, “MST3K,” Rab C. Nesbitt, as well as his older brother.

Kevin was diagnosed with Aspergers and because of that, he tries to push himself to work as hard as possible. Kevin also has a self-published comic book and helps run a film club for autistic people. He has recently earned a degree in cartooning from the London Art College and he’s pretty sure that he could take an octopus in a fight.

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Exclusive: Wolfmen of Mars Debut New Group Brass Hearse and Here’s a New Song

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A couple of months ago, we told you about Brass Hearse, a new group that features the members of Boston rock/synth group Wolfmen of Mars. Essentially the same style but now with vocals, Brass Hearse will immediately stand out to fans of John Carpenter but those who listen closer will pick up on elements of The Cure and even some Type O Negative. If you’ve been looking for some goth-y electronic rock with splashes of industrial thrown in hither and yon, I have a feeling you’re going to dig the hell out of Brass Hearse!

Previously, Wolfmen of Mars’ Luke told us, “It’s Wolfmen of Mars with vocals, but very much its own thing. A bit darker, a little bit more new wave. It’s a hard album to describe. Ron Rochondo from Ice Dragon wrote all the vocals and they fit the music perfectly. I can’t wait to share the tunes with you!

Well, today is the day that we get to share a taste of the new tunes with all of you! Below is the premiere of the track “Rain Grey, Dark Sky”, which swirls and pumps in a controlled frenzy, the verse containing itself only to open wide during the chorus, the sonorous vocals suddenly crying out like a ghastly specter.

Brass Hearse’s debut album will be available on vinyl and as a digital download on December 1 from Burning Witches Records. Meanwhile, you can download “Ran Grey, Dark Sky” via Bandcamp.

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Exclusive: Sean Patrick Flanery-Led Lasso Ropes in Multiple Offers After AFM Appearance

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Lasso, a horror film starring Sean Patrick Flanery (The Boondock Saints, Saw 3D), was in attendance at this year’s American Film Market in Santa Monica and it seems to have made quite the impression! The film is currently in the middle of several distribution offers, some of which include theatrical distribution plans. No choice has been made by the Lasso team as they’re still hearing more and more offers but it’s certainly intriguing and exciting to see a horror film get so much attention!

Director Evan Cecil tells Dread Central, ““I am crazy flattered and honored at all the attention and interest Lasso received during the American Film Market and is still receiving from our industry peers. A lot of effort was put into making something different and interesting but most of all entertaining and fun to watch. Of course, we are hoping for a theatrical deal because that would be beyond cool, but also because the big screen is still the best way to watch a horror film. I love the thought of horror fans getting to enjoy Lasso all huge!

We can also reveal that we’ve been told that the film has 20 unique kills during its current 97-minute runtime, which means an average of one kill for approximately every four minutes! If you’re into horror for the body count, sounds like Lasso is going to be right up your alley!

Cecil directs and also produces alongside Todd J Myers and Elaine Gibson. Flanery stars with Lindsey Morgan (“The 100”), Karen Grassle, Andrew Jacobs, Travis Andre Ross, Heather Mignon, and Skyler Cooper.

Synopsis:
Kit (Lindsey Morgan) and Simon (Andrew Jacobs) are two young leaders of an Active Senior Tour group who go out on an adventure to a small-town Rodeo festival located deep in the woods. It’s a great experience for the group…until they try to leave. Simon and Kit must save themselves, and whatever seniors they can, from becoming victims of a deadly Rodeo Ritual. Along the way they join up with another unexpected group of victims, including a one-armed cowboy, Ennis (Sean Patrick Flanery), Rosheen, the Rodeo queen, and Trish, a powerhouse female bull rider. Together the group must fight to survive the night from relentless bloodthirsty cowboys on the hunt for human livestock.

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