Scream 4

The Week That Was

Like sands through the hourglass, these are the weeks of our lives. Two points if you know what soap opera that’s from. Minus one point for knowing what soap opera that’s from. As if thematically appropriate, this week was a lot of high drama here at FSR. Big casting news was abound, big editorials were written and one of our biggest yearly events, the Sundance Film Festival, kicked off. If you’re a regular reader of this site, it was a great week to be visiting us. If you’re not a regular reader of this site, here’s a list of all the great stuff you missed.

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Earlier this evening, we posted up a second trailer for Scream 4, which hits theaters the very same day that your taxes are due. Scary. Now, we’ve gotten our hands on 5 new images that show off the cast a bit better, especially those that haven’t seen much screen time in the trailers so far: namely Kristen Bell, Anna Paquin, the new high school crew, and Alison Brie. Plus, there are some stabby good shots of Neve Campbell too. Check them out for yourself:

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There’s a moment in the second trailer for Scream 4 where Hayden Panettiere’s character is frantically naming off remakes of classic horror films (she cuts through Halloween straight on through to My Bloody Valentine). It seems as though the meta nature that Wes Craven is fond of has found its way to making direct commentary on the state of the genre now. If you missed the first trailer for the fourthquel, it explained the new rules (some of which were suspect). This new trailer seems a bit more traditional. Giving a bit of back story and introducing a few new and old characters before flashing Ghostface around like a parade icon.

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This trailer made me incredibly hungry for ice cream for some reason. It’s also pretty damned good. Even though Scream 4 is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, it’s also on the shakiest ground. A return to glory or another flop, it stands to polarize unless it gets every single detail right. As far as the trailer goes, the meta attitude is back, there are now two characters willing to explain the rules of the new horror genre, the kills are going to be bigger, and Kristen Bell is going to be creepy and blonde. In short, it’s a winner.

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What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this shit late at night, what do you expect?

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Coroner

After a pretty dismal 2010 in terms of horror films, I decided to look into my crystal ball and peer into the future. By the future I mean 2011. While gazing deep into my crystal ball laptop monitor, I feel fairly confidant that 2011 will be approximately 78% better in terms of horror than the previous year. Why do I feel more confident in this year’s horror slate? Because in trying to find just 11 titles to bring attention to, I had to whittle it down from sixteen. Why not give you all sixteen? Because it’s 20-eleven, not 20-sixteen, duh. Anyway, here are the 11 horror films to keep on your radar this year.

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Hope springs eternal. As we round the bases of another year, it’s important to let the average and outright crappy slough off and realize that we’re all standing on the precipice of another year of movies. The future stretches out before us full of possibilities. That cheesy trailer you saw last week could end up producing your favorite film of the year. That epic blockbuster you’ve been waiting for could be bigger than you ever imagined. There’s hope for everything, but there’s also expectation, which is why Rob Hunter, Neil Miller and Cole Abaius painstakingly put together our list of the 30 Most Anticipated Films of 2011. It’s the stuff we’re most looking forward to this year, put together when our hope and optimism is at its peak.

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The Week That Was

Like its many kindred frames throughout the rest of the year, this week was filled with distractions for yours truly. First there was the launching of a new “lifestyle” site called Badass Digest, the new home of Devin Faraci (of CHUD.com fame). For weeks, many of us have been patiently waiting to see where he would end up. Now we see that he’s teamed up with Tim League and the Drafthouse Empire, where he will now begin embracing life as a blogger. The site has been a time sucking venture around Reject HQ, as we can’t keep our eyes off of it. Good on ya, Mr. Faraci. Your competitive strategies are working like a charm.

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Against all better judgment and common sense the filmmakers behind the deservedly popular Scream trilogy have returned a decade later with Scre4m Scream 4. Why? Why not? The third sequel (or first in a new trilogy if it makes bank) sees Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) once again being stalked by a killer in the same goddamn ghost faced costume. Her last encounter was over a decade ago, and even though she already has several notches on her belt for knocking these psychos off they just keep coming. The plot sees her on a book tour where she’s pimping a non-fiction account of her ordeal, and she’s joined at least briefly by old friends Gale Weathers (Courteney Cox) and Deputy Dewey (David Arquette). The rest of the cast is made up of recognizable faces sure to be slaughtered in gloriously grotesque ways… provided the series sticks with its R-rating. I guess the question to ask here is with all these fresh, young faces how does this teaser manage to make the movie look so damn old?

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, co-director of the Oxford Film Festival Melanie Addington joins fan favorite Luke “Fat Albert” Mullen to discuss the prospect of being sued by Bill Cosby, the prospect of “just doing it,” and the prospect of stealing David Slade’s agent. Plus! We find some spare time to review The Last Exorcism and Make Out With Violence without devolving into a fist fight.

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This whole Scream 4 thing is getting exciting. The original was such a fresh take at the slasher genre, and the third film was such a tired retread of Wes Craven borrowing way too much from Wes Craven. This new entry and this new decade hold a lot of promise, and without knowing much beyond blind optimism, it’s the cast that seems poised to impress. Neve Campbell, and the Arquette-Cox family returning is a big deal, but adding Emma Roberts, Adam Brody, Alison Brie, Marley Shelton, Hayden Panetierre, Rory Culkin, and Anthony Anderson to that list was a slash of genius. Now, the production is announcing that True Blood star Anna Paquin and Being Kristen Bell star Kristen Bell will have roles to play in the multiple murder spree.

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Alison Brie

As an unabashed fan of all things Alison Brie — it’s mostly her role on Community that does it — I will say that it’s great to see her getting some work. Seeing her get tied up in Wes Craven’s Scream 4 has me thinking one thing, and one thing only: man, I hope she gets to be the killer.

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Last week we reported that three lovely ladies — Lake Bell, Ashley Greene and Hayden Panettiere — were joining the production of Scream 4. This week, we find out that at least one of those names might not belong.

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with Mystery Team director Dan Eckman about piracy, hot women casting, and what the cool kids are wearing for Halloween this year.

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Scream 4 might not be on the top of the list of anticipated horror sequels for true fans, but that won’t stop it from happening. And if we’re going to have a fourth Scream film, there are a few elements that will be expected. One is attractive girls getting stabbed to death.

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We can all calm down. Apparently McG won’t be directing the new Scream 4 featuring Katherine Heigl, written by your cousin Gary.

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Spotted at the American Film Market: a new poster from Scream 4. Spotted in the FSR newsroom: audible boredom from the Rejects’ staff.

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This week on a very special Reject Radio, special guest Peter Hall from Cinematical threatens us with a pumpkin carving knife and digs into the horror flicks that rolled out randomly (in October of all months!) last week. We also talk more intelligently about Antichrist than anyone else so far.

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Bloody Disgusting is reporting tonight that Scream IV will be shot in 3D. And Wes Craven is “closer than ever” to returning to direct.

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You know it’s a guaranteed thing when a “very reliable source” says it’s so. Could the master of horror be back at the helm for Scream 4?

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