ON THE SPOT: Director of Oculus On His First Fear and Creepy Favorite Ingredient for Fake Blood

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Filmmaker Mike Flanagan has an all-too-appropriate hometown. The horror director, whose previous film Absentia, about a missing husband and an eerie tunnel, earned numerous awards on the festival circuit, spent a good deal of his seminal years in Salem, Mass., home of the infamous witch trials. His new film, Oculus, concerns an evil antique mirror and a pair of terrified siblings who have sworn to destroy it after it laid waste to their family. He recently met with Ticket, along with co-producers Trevor Macy and Jason Blum, to discuss the film, and the nature of things that go bump into the night. 

Our Q&A with Mike Flanagan after the jump

ON THE SPOT: Our Hilarious Chat With Cuban Fury and Shaun of the Dead
Star Nick Frost

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British actor Nick Frost is best known as Simon Pegg’s co-pilot in director Edgar Wright’s “Blood and Ice Cream Trilogy,” consisting of the eccentric comedies Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, and, most recently, The World’s End. Having completed this project, the two have gone on to new horizons. Pegg was cast as Scotty in J.J. Abrams Star Trek franchise, while Frost, on a peculiar whim, pitched a film to his producer about a heavy-set bloke having to dance on stage.

The result is Cuban Fury, a comedy about a heavy-set bloke who, as a young lad, has a real passion for salsa dancing until it’s brutally beaten out of him by some young thugs the night of a huge dance contest. Years later, he comes to salsa again, this time in order to woo the woman of his dreams (Rashida Jones).

The genial actor met with Ticket to discuss his annoyance at TV chefs, how to properly chop garlic, and a couple of his more OCD preoccupations.

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Tina Fey and Amy Poehler to Team Up Again in New Film The Nest

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Baby Mama mommas Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are in negotiations to pair up on the big screen again, this time playing hard-partying sisters in a comedy helmed by Pitch Perfect director Jason Moore. The Hollywood Reporter has more on The Nest:

The script tells of adult sisters (Fey and Poehler) who decide to throw one last massive party in their parents’ house before it’s sold, and in the process they learn to mature.

Fey will produce through her Little Stranger Inc. banner alongside Jay Roach and his Everyman Pictures. Poehler will also executive produce. …

The Nest will be the pair’s second movie together after the 2008 comedy Baby Mama. Universal also distributed that movie, which made $60 million domestically.

Get Everything Real Good, Honey:
Divine’s 5 Best Movie Moments

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I Am Divine, the touching, often zany documentary that profiles the life of performer/drag extraordinaire/cult icon and all-around filthiest person alive Divine (aka Harris Glenn Milstead), played to sold-out audiences at last year’s QFest.  So, to celebrate the film’s DVD release we’re honoring the B-movie queen by highlighting her Top 5 best onscreen moments. If you don’t agree with our choices, to paraphrase the words of Divine character Babs Johnson, you’ll stand convicted of assholism!

Divine’s best onscreen moments after the jump

5 Best New Films on Netflix Instant Streaming: Barton Fink, Gattaca, Chinatown and More

Having survived the long, cold winter scowl, April brings us the beginnings of renewal and rebirth, you know, all that crap. But that doesn’t mean you should drop your home film and TV binging, no sir, not on our watch. Behold some of the glory newly available to you from your Netflix streaming account.



Looking to see something good in theaters? The Philadelphia Film Society just announced its upcoming mini spring film festival. Find more details and a screening schedule here.

Philadelphia Film Society Announces Spring Showcase

Romain Duris and Audrey Tatour in Michel Gondry's Mood Indigo

Romain Duris and Audrey Tatour in Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo.”

As an addendum to its annual film festival, Philadelphia Film Society introduces its Spring Showcase, showing at the PFS Theater at the Roxy April 11-17th. The diverse programming of the Philadelphia Film Festival spills over into this new forum, featuring the same expert curation of oldies but goodies and fresh-from-the-film-circuit flicks. With over 20 new and retrospective films, the PFF spring lineup has plenty of fresh cuts and budding classics. The festival culminates with highlights from this year’s Best Director winner, Alfonso Cuarón, including Y Tu Mamá TambiénChildren of Menand Gravity.

See the itinerary after the jump:

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