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Rob Zombie Talks Bringing the Firefly Family Back in 3 from Hell [Exclusive]

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Rob Zombie is back with a new movie, 3 from Hell. After more than a decade, he’s bringing back Baby, Otis and Captain Spaulding in a flick that will finish out his Firefly Family trilogy, which started with House of 1,000 Corpses and continued with The Devil’s Rejects. Those who thought these characters were dead need to think again, as they’re coming back in bloody fashion.

Why after all these years did Rob Zombie, the highly successful rock icon turned horror director, decide now was the time to revisit these characters? I was lucky enough to chat with Mr. Zombie recently and we discussed that, as well as his possible House of 1000 Corpses musical, balancing his music with his directing and much more. So, without further adieu, here’s our chat with Rob Zombie.

I think most of us kind of thought the Firefly Family was done for good. What made now the right time to bring him back?

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Rob Zombie: About three years ago, it just struck me that I wanted to do it now. I had thought about it off and on over the years and always put it aside. I thought, “Let’s just leave it alone.” And then move on to a different movie, or a different record or tour. But then about three years ago, I was like, “F*** it, I feel like I really want to do this.” And I don’t know what made me think the timing was right, but it just felt like the timing was right. And that’s when I started the whole project.

I feel like the first two movies, you know House of 1000 Corpses, is very much a messed up haunted house movie. Devil’s Rejects is very much a messed up road movie. They all have an identity. What would you say the identity of this movie is without giving too much away?

Rob Zombie: It’s a little bit different. The first movie is like a cartoon, almost a cartoon horror movie. The second movie, it becomes kind of like a bleak road movie. This is a little bit different because each act is very different from each other. The first act, it’s sort of like a true crime documentary type prison movie. The second act becomes like a film noir, escape hostage movie, and the third act is completely spaghetti western. I don’t know, I think that’s because I took a little bit of everything. I wanted to take a little bit from the other two movies and pepper them in there slightly so that the whole trilogy of films felt like one giant mark, with each film being very different. But still, they felt like they are related to each other.

You were doing post on this while you were doing your Marilyn Manson tour. If I’m not mistaken. Was it tough balancing those two things at the same time?

Rob Zombie: Well, I wouldn’t do him at the same time. What I would do is take a break. After I shot the movie, I would take a break from the movie, go on tour for a little bit, come back, and it’s the movie for a while. Go back on tour, come back, color time and mix the sound. I would never do them simultaneously. That’s not possible.

That’s kind of what I was thinking. Because yeah, that seems like a lot. You’ve been doing the music for years now. And the movies now have been almost a 20-year endeavor. Is it sort of nice having the other thing to kind of take a break from the other thing? Or is it just sort of all just one creative process for you?

Rob Zombie: Both. I mean, it’s one giant creative process for me. But at the same time, what I’m creating is so different it’s nice to take a break because making a record and going on tour is very much me. It’s me on stage, me out front. It’s always me, me, me. Where the movie is totally different. It’s me behind the scenes, behind the camera, in the editing room, completely in the background the whole time. So it’s a nice switch between the two. One is very much like showing up in the same editing room every day, sitting in a chair, working all day. It’s just about staring at a screen all day and drinking coffee. Whereas going on tour is the exact opposite of that.

Especially because you genuinely put on one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen.

Rob Zombie: Thank you.

So for you, it’s not just getting on the stage. You put on a show when you put on a show. You have a very theatrical performing style. Did that sort of influence your filmmaking? Or after becoming a filmmaker, did that change how you approached your live shows at all?

Rob Zombie: I think the music affects the movies more because the music was first. I’ve never really sat down and thought about it, but to quickly think about it, I just think I see everything in very visual terms. When I’m making a movie, I want everything to be visually interesting. Everybody’s face, everybody’s hair, their clothes, the background, the wall, the door. Everything. Everything should have something visual and interesting to look at. A lot of times what will bore me in a movie is when I’m looking at people and go, “Everybody looks the same. I’m getting these characters confused. They’re all the same age, with the same haircut, basically wearing the same clothes. What the f*** am I watching? Couldn’t they have figured out a way to make this more visually interesting?” Same thing with a stage show. I feel like every band number has to be interesting. Everything on stage has to be constantly interesting.

It seems to be working for you. You mentioned you have that visual sense. If I recall, a while back you were on Larry King and you said something about doing a House of 1000 Corpses Broadway musical? Is that something that you just said in the moment, or is that something you would actually consider doing?

Rob Zombie: Oh that’s something I would totally consider doing, because it’s something that I think really lends itself to that. Because that movie, in particular, is so theatrical and so over the top, that it seems like it would work. Especially these days, where you have everything from Spider-Man, to Beetlejuice, to The Addams Family as a Broadway play. I’ve made no moves yet to try and make that happen but it is a backburner thing in my mind all the time.

That just occurred to me when you’re talking about the theatrics. Circling back to 3 From Hell, you’re doing this thing with Fathom where you’ve got these three special nights for the movie and I feel like right now a lot of people in the industry, and even fans like myself, are just trying to find an excuse to get people out to theaters. Was that part of your thing in teaming up with Fathom? Where you could sort of generate that need and theatrical experience?

Rob Zombie: I really like it because it gives me the opportunity to do everything. I mean you know eventually the movie will be on Blu-ray. It’ll be on iTunes. We all know that’s where everything’s gonna end up. But for those people who want to see it theatrically, it’s great to hook up with a Fathom and go, “Okay. We’re gonna put it on 1000 screens for three days.” You go see it that way, if you want that experience. A lot of people don’t care about that experience. They just they want to watch it on their phone the second they can download it or whatever. But I think it’s important, especially for movies like this because the business has changed so much. Where now if you look at what’s out there, superhero movies and Disney type stuff dominate screens most of the year. I mean, it’s like summer blockbuster season all year round, eventually. So when you have more NC-17 type, gnarly small films, the money is not there to put it on 3000 screens. It’s not gonna happen because Lionsgate would have to go, “Okay, we’ll get $30 million in promotion behind this little movie.” So eventually your movie has the gross $70 million to break even, which is crazy. So things like Fathom really help.

Do you have any idea what you’re what you’re gonna do next? Or are you just taking a big break?

Rob Zombie: I have several things that are up in the air. As always. I never know which one is gonna be the one that lands first. So, yes, I have projects bouncing around, but do I know what’s next? No.

Rob again, I cannot thank you enough. I’ve been a huge fan for years. It was a genuine pleasure getting to talk to you and not really a question here, I just want to send my very best to Sid [Haig]. Just know that we’re all thinking about him.

Rob Zombie: Right on, man.

3 From Hell is screening on September 16, 17 and 18 nationwide. To grab tickets or for local showtime information, head on over to FathomEvents.com.

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Megan Fox Says She And Amanda Seyfried Were ‘Horrified’ To Make Out In Jennifer’s Body

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Throughout Hollywood’s history, there have been tons of movies that originally slipped through the cracks before being embraced by audiences years later. Such is the story with Jennifer’s Body. The horror film starring Megan Fox opened in theaters ten years ago to poor reviews and fell flat with audiences with its $31 million box office earnings.

Jennifer’s Body writer Diablo Cody, who famously wrote hit comedy Juno before the now cult horror classic, cites some unfortunate marketing as the reason for Jennifer’s Body flopping. Since Megan Fox was at the height of her sex symbol status, the studio focused on objectifying the actress to sell tickets to young men over the film’s target to women on themes of female sexualization and queer representation. Perhaps it was ahead of it’s time?

Thinking back, Megan Fox remembers her and Mamma Mia’s Amanda Seyfried being timid to film one scene in Jennifer Body where the two friends make out on a bed, revealing a rare instance of bisexuality on the big screen. In Fox’s words:

Now these are the behind-the-scenes things you don’t think about! Make-out scenes such as the one between Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried in Jennifer’s Body have the camera getting as intimate with the viewer as the actors on screen. And for the two young women, the idea of baring all their blemishes was the most terrifying aspect of filming the sequence.

Counterpoint, I don’t think anyone was looking for chin acne or even thinking about that during the steamy sequence! However, it was scenes such as this one that was particularly used in the marketing of Jennifer’s Body to entice male theatergoers and largely ignore the film’s intended audience. Megan Fox told Variety in the tenth-anniversary interview that the film was sold as the ‘Megan Fox is sexy, come see this movie,’ when there was more than met the eye.

Diablo Cody also remembers predicting the film’s flop fate during a test screening with the film’s marketing target. She has one of the responses saved to this day, which read “needs moar bewbs.” Since 2009, Hollywood has certainly shifted its focus and a movie like Jennifer’s Body may have been marketed different and reached its intended audience.

Since the failure of Jennifer’s Body, Diablo Cody has moved on with critically-acclaimed projects such as Young Adult, Tully and television show United States of Tara, while Megan Fox and Amanda Seyfried have found successful careers, with Jennifer’s Body remaining a deep cut (hidden gem?) during their acting beginnings.

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Far From Home Concept Art Reveals A Terrifying Mysterio Vision

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Although he was advertised and depicted at the start of Spider-Man: Far From Home as a superhero from a parallel universe, Jake Gyllenhaal’s Quentin Beck, a.k.a. Mysterio, eventually showed his true colors and proved to be the same kind of manipulative, sinister ne’er-do-well that he is in the comics. Mysterio’s illusion-casting abilities were best on display during Far From Home when he assaulted Peter Parker with a series of visions in Berlin, and below you’ll find a particularly terrifying illusion that didn’t make the cut.

A warning to the arachnophobes out there, this truly is the stuff of nightmares.

Marvel Visual Development artist Henrik Tamm shared this artwork he created of Peter Parker confronting a group of gigantic spiders during Mysterio’s bombardment of illusions. And lest you think these spiders simply loomed large and were around to look intimidating, Tamm posted some other pieces of concept art on Instagram showing the Web-Slinger being forced to battle the arachnids and even becoming trapped by them, as seen below.

I know ‘usage of spiders’ isn’t criteria the MPAA takes into consideration when rating a movie, but if this illusion had made it into the final version of Spider-Man: Far From Home, I wouldn’t have blinked learning the movie had been rated R. Seeing a zombie Iron Man emerge from the grave is one thing, but having Peter fighting giant spiders would have been a way more frightening sight, and probably wouldn’t have sat well with the younger folks in the audience.

So while artistically this would have been cool to see in Spider-Man: Far From Home, I can understand why it ultimately wasn’t included. Or maybe scariness had nothing to do with it, and this spider sequence was simply a casualty of keeping a tighter running time. Either way, it was a cool, albeit unsettling idea to have Peter Parker confront the very creatures he’s modeled his superhero career after.

Mysterio has been antagonizing Spider-Man in the comics for over five decades, but Spider-Man: Far From Home marked his theatrical debut (apparently there were plans to feature him in Sam Raimi’s cancelled Spider-Man 4, though Bruce Campbell wouldn’t have played him). Thanks to Jake Gyllenhaal’s performance and the big twist surrounding the character, he certainly ranks as one of the more memorable Spider-Man film villains, especially for that mid-credits shocker, where before dying, Quentin Beck framed Spider-Man for murder and revealed to the world that he was Peter Parker.

Granted, if Jake Gyllenhaal’s Mysterio is as skilled at trickery as his comic book counterpart is, then there’s the chance he could still be alive and return in a future movie. But even if he is truly dead, he’s thrown the life of Tom Holland’s Peter Parker off course in a way that can’t be undone without some kind of worldwide, magical memory wipe (wait, that sounds familiar).

That sets up big things to come for this Spider-Man film series, although one can imagine some changes will need to be changed given the recent Disney/Sony split that’s resulted in Spidey being removed from the MCU. That setback aside, Sony is pushing ahead with another tale centered on Tom Holland’s iteration of the character, and the studio is reportedly looking to have Jon Watts sit back in the director’s chair.

Spider-Man: Far From Home is now available on Digital HD, and you can pick up a Blu-ray/DVD copy on October 1. Keep track of when the remainder of this year’s movies are coming out in our 2019 release schedule.

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With No Movies On His Plate, Kevin Hart In Therapy And ‘Grateful’ To Be Alive

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Actor and comedian Kevin Hart was in a major car accident earlier this month when the 1970 Plymouth Barracuda he was riding in went off the road. Fortunately, Kevin Hart survived the crash, although he suffered serious back injuries that required surgery. Now, with no movies on his plate, Kevin Hart is in therapy and ‘grateful’ to be alive.

According to TMZ, Kevin Hart is feeling “shocked” recovering following the crash and quite “grateful” to be alive. He has apparently seen the photos of the completely destroyed car he emerged from and can’t believe that anyone survived. So the actor is thankful to be alive and feels that he has “a new perspective on life” following such an ordeal that could have easily been much, much worse.

Kevin Hart is a prolific actor and comedian who is always busy with some new project. So although he always has stuff lined up, there was apparently nothing on his plate work-wise in the immediate future, which will allow him time to take a break and focus on his recovery. Because while his career is obviously important, it is secondary to his health, and he’s reportedly not worried about his accident impacting his career in any way.

The actor has allegedly been in a lot of pain, which is completely understandable, but thankfully, he is apparently expected to pretty much make a full recovery. It’ll just take some time and with no movies on his plate right now, he has that time.

Following the car accident and subsequent surgery, Kevin Hart spent 10 days in the hospital before beginning his physical rehabilitation in an inpatient facility. He is home now and has a long road of rehab ahead of him, working with a physical therapist to help him heal and rebound. Fortunately he’s already in good shape and that gym rat work ethic should be an asset in his recovery journey.

Although far from the primary concern, we had heard that Kevin Hart had a movie potentially in limbo following his accident. He has finished work on Jumanji: The Next Level and Fatherhood, but his film My Own Worst Enemy from director Tim Story was said to be in pre-production.

Kevin Hart will be in physical rehab for several months, but the fact that he has nothing immediate on his plate may indicate that My Own Worst Enemy will not be setback by his accident, although we’ll have to wait and see for sure. Maybe The Rock can just fill in for him wherever needed, like he did when he left his honeymoon early to appear on Kelly Clarkson’s talk show.

After suffering serious injuries and what seemed like a near brush with death, it’s great to hear that Kevin Hart is in good spirits and feeling positive and hopefully he’ll get back to doing what he does best sooner rather than later.

Kevin Hart will next appear on the big screen in Jumanji: The Next Level, in theaters on December 13. Check out our 2019 Release Schedule to keep track of all the biggest movies coming this fall and for the latest movie news, stay tuned to CinemaBlend.

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