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YEAH TV app brings movie streaming to Facebook

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If you like movies and you’re on Facebook, you may want to check out YEAH TV.

The new Facebook app is described as a “new way to watch movies.” So what does that mean? Well, it’s sort of like Netflix meets “Pop-Up Video,” except with a social networking spin. YEAH allows you to stream movies through the app uninterrupted, but also features interesting facts about the film and interviews with various cast and crew members. In terms of the Facebook component, you can take quizzes, cast votes and be involved in ranking the movies in other ways.

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YEAH is 50 Facebook credits (or $5) per month, and allows unlimited access to the app. It’s set to launch on May 2 with movie options including “Reservoir Dogs,” “Superman: The Movie,” “Natural Born Killers” and “The Crow.” “The Exorcist” and “Starship Troopers” will launch the following week.

If you’re intrigued by the app, you can give it a trial run on Facebook right now. “Halloween” is streaming for free, so you can get a sense of how YEAH works. We played around with it a little bit today, and were actually surprised by a lot of the facts that popped up while we were watching. I personally didn’t know that Michael Myers is listed in the movie’s script only as “The Shape.”

In addition to the John Carpenter interview included during “Halloween,” YEAH has also landed interviews with Ivan Reitman, Richard Donner, Michael Madsen and Juliette Lewis that help illuminate the viewing experience. These interviews will be available in full on the app, though the only two that will be up at launch will be the ones with Carpenter and Madsen.

What do you think of this new way of experiencing movies? Will you give the trial run a chance with “Halloween”? Tell us in the comments section below or on Facebook and Twitter.

Underworld

Under Your Spell

10 Otherworldly Romances That’ll Melt Your Heart

Spend Valentine's Day weekend with IFC's Underworld movie marathon.

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Romance takes many forms, and that is especially true when you have a thirst for blood or laser beams coming out of your eyes.  It doesn’t matter if you’re a werewolf, a superhero, a clone, a time-traveler, or a vampire, love is the one thing that infects us all.  Read on to find out why Romeo and Juliet have nothing on these supernatural star-crossed lovers, and be sure to catch IFC’s Underworld movie marathon this Valentine’s Day weekend.

1. Cyclops/Jean Grey/Wolverine, X-Men series

The X-Men franchise is rife with romance, but the steamiest “ménage à mutant” may just be the one between Jean Grey (Famke Janssen), Cyclops (James Marsden), and Wolverine (Hugh Jackman). Their triangle is a complicated one as Jean finds herself torn between the two very different men while also trying to control her darker side, the Phoenix. This leads to Jean killing Cyclops and eventually getting stabbed through her heart by Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. Yikes!  Maybe they should change the name to Ex-Men instead?


2. Willow/Tara, Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Joss Whedon gave audiences some great romances on Buffy the Vampire Slayer — including the central triangle of Buffy, Angel, and Spike — but it was the love between witches Willow (Alyson Hannigan) and Tara (Amber Benson) that broke new ground for its sensitive and nuanced portrayal of a LGBT relationship.

Willow is smart and confident and isn’t even sure of her sexuality when she first meets Tara at college in a Wiccan campus group. As the two begin experimenting with spells, they realize they’re also falling for one another and become the show’s most enduring, happy couple. At least until Tara’s death in season six, a moment that still brings on the feels.


3. Selene/Michael, Underworld series

The Twilight gang pales in comparison (both literally and metaphorically) to the Lycans and Vampires of the stylish Underworld franchise. If you’re looking for an epic vampire/werewolf romance set amidst an epic vampire/werewolf war, Underworld handily delivers in the form of leather catsuited Selene (Kate Beckinsale) and shaggy blonde hunk Michael (a post-Felicity Scott Speedman). As they work together to stop the Vampire/Lycan war, they give into their passions while also kicking butt in skintight leather. Love at first bite indeed.


4. Spider-man/Mary Jane Watson, Spider-man

After rushing to the aid of beautiful girl-next-door Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), the Amazing Spider-man is rewarded with an upside-down kiss that is still one of the most romantic moments in comic book movie history. For Peter Parker (Tobey Maguire), the shy, lovable dork beneath the mask, his rain-soaked makeout session is the culmination of years of unrequited love and one very powerful spider bite. As the films progress, Peter tries pushing MJ away in an attempt to protect her from his enemies, but their web of love is just too powerful. And you know, with great power, comes great responsibility.


5. Molly/Sam, Ghost

When it comes to supernatural romance, you really can’t beat Molly and Sam from the 1990 hit film Ghost. Demi Moore goes crazy for Swayze like the rest of us, and the pair make pottery sexier than it’s ever been.

When Sam is murdered, he’s forced to communicate through con artist turned real psychic, Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg in her Academy Award-winning role) to warn Molly she is still in danger from his co-worker, Carl (a pre-Scandal Tony Goldwyn). Molly doesn’t believe Oda is telling the truth, so Sam proves it by sliding a penny up the wall and then possessing Oda so he and Molly can share one last romantic dance together (but not the dirty kind). We’d pay a penny for a dance with Patrick Swayze ANY day.


6. Cosima/Delphine, Orphan Black

It stands to reason there would be at least one complicated romance on a show about clones, and none more complicated than the one between clone Cosima (Tatiana Maslany) and Dr. Delphine Cormier (Evelyne Brochu) on BBC America’s hit drama Orphan Black.

Cosima is a PhD student focusing on evolutionary developmental biology at the University of Minnesota when she meets Delphine, a research associate from the nefarious Dyad Institute, posing as a fellow immunology student. The two fall in love, but their happiness is brief once Dyad and the other members of Clone Club get involved. Here’s hoping Cosima finds love in season four of Orphan Black. Girlfriend could use a break.


7. Aragorn/Arwen, Lord of the Rings

On a picturesque bridge in Rivendell amidst some stellar mood-lighting and dreamy Elvish language with English subtitles for us non-Middle Earthlings, Arwen (Liv Tyler) and Aragorn (Viggo Mortensen) bind their souls to one another, pledging to love each other no matter what befalls them.

Their courtship is a matter of contention with Arwen’s father, Elrond (Hugo Weaving), who doesn’t wish to see his daughter suffer over Aragorn’s future death. The two marry after the conclusion of the War of the Ring, with Aragorn assuming his throne as King of Gondor, and Arwen forgoing her immortality to become his Queen. Is it too much to assume they asked Frodo to be their wedding ring-bearer?


8. Lafayette/Jesus, True Blood

True Blood quickly became the go-to show for supernatural sex scenes featuring future Magic Mike strippers (Joe Manganiello) and pale Nordic men with washboard abs (Hi Alexander Skarsgård!), but honestly, there was a little something for everyone, including fan favorite Bon Temps medium, Lafayette Reynolds (Nelsan Ellis).

In season three, Lafayette met his mother’s nurse, Jesus, and the two began a relationship. As they spend more time together and start doing V (short for Vampire Blood), they learn Jesus is descended from a long line of witches and that Lafayette himself has magical abilities. However, supernatural love is anything but simple, and after the pair join a coven, Lafayette becomes possessed by the dead spirit of its former leader. This relationship certainly puts a whole new spin on possessive love.


9. Nymphadora Tonks/Remus Lupin, Harry Potter series

There are lots of sad characters in the Harry Potter series, but Remus Lupin ranks among the saddest. He was bitten by a werewolf as a child, his best friend was murdered and his other best friend was wrongly imprisoned in Azkaban for it, then THAT best friend was killed by a Death Eater at the Ministry of Magic as Remus looked on. So when Lupin unexpectedly found himself in love with badass Auror and Metamorphmagus Nymphadora Tonks (she prefers to be called by her surname ONLY, thank you very much), pretty much everyone, including Lupin himself, was both elated and cautiously hopeful about their romance and eventual marriage.

Sadly, the pair met a tragic ending when both were killed by Death Eaters during the Battle of Hogwarts, leaving their son, Teddy, orphaned much like his godfather Harry Potter. Accio hankies!


10. The Doctor/Rose Tyler, Doctor Who

Speaking of wolves, Rose “Bad Wolf” Tyler (Billie Piper) captured the Doctor’s hearts from the moment he told her to “Run!” in the very first episode of the re-booted Doctor Who series. Their affection for one another grew steadily deeper during their travels in the TARDIS, whether they were stuck in 1950s London, facing down pure evil in the Satan Pit, or battling Cybermen.

But their relationship took a tragic turn during the season two finale episode, “Doomsday,” when the Tenth Doctor (David Tennant) and Rose found themselves separated in parallel universes with no way of being reunited (lest two universes collapse as a result of a paradox). A sobbing Rose told a holographic transmission of the Doctor she loved him, but before he could reply, the transmission cut out, leaving our beloved Time Lord (and most of the audience) with a tear-stained face and two broken hearts all alone in the TARDIS.

The John Carpenter 8-bit tribute album is pitch perfect

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If there’s one thing that pretty general knowledge , it’s that the staff of the IFC FIX are pretty big fans of John Carpenter. Known for writing and directing some of the defining sci-fi and horror films of the 70’s and 80’s, Carpenter’s resourceful approach to making his movies included working with minimalist lighting, unique mixtures of low-tech camera work and composing his own soundtracks on his collection of synthesizers. It’s from that innovation that the inspiration came for the awesome new tribute album from the artists at Pterodactyl Squad.

I first found out about the Pterodactyl Squad netlabel when they released their 8-bit tribute to Weezer a couple of years ago, a chip-tune collection that made me wish that the band had their own videogame along the lines of “Journey Escape.” The John Carpenter tribute album, titled “It’s All In The Reflexes” (a quote from Kurt Russell’s Jack Burton in “Big Trouble In Little China”), does an incredible job of channeling Carpenter’s lo-fi genius, EvilWezil’s cover of the theme from “Escape from New York” being a personal favorite. Having an album cover featuring Michael Meyers, Snake Plissken and Lo Pan chilling out with classic NES consoles pretty much seals the deal. Maybe now someone can finally go back and fix the score for the Atari 2600 “Halloween” game.

You can download the entire album for free, along with lots of other great music at their website now. In our opinion, it’s a-number one!

What’s your favorite John Carpenter movie? Tell us in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

Malcolm McDowell would love to play Loomis again in new “Halloween” remake

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Bloody Disgusting reported this week that Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes has acquired the rights to the “Halloween” and is looking to produce a new sequel, or reboot, or remake of some kind in the near future. The property, previously held by the Weinstein Company, has already been remade once before by director Rob Zombie and starred Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Sam Loomis in a casting choice that was almost too perfect. IFC recently spoke with the acting legend to discuss his latest film “Suing the Devil,” and he was kind enough to chat a little about his role in the “Halloween” franchise.

“Well, it would depend on a lot of things,” McDowell said when asked if he’d like to reprise the role of Loomis in the new remake, “but listen, I’m a professional actor. Come with an offer.”

Good news for horror fans is that McDowell does, in fact, love playing the character.

“I love that character,” the actor said. “I love him. He’s such a buffoon, in a way. He’s a glorious character. I love Loomis. I enjoyed [the “Halloween” films] very much and I love Rob Zombie. He’s a great guy. I had such fun working with him. He’s a very talented guy and a very talented director.”

While it’s unlikely that we’ll see Zombie behind the lens for another “Halloween” film, it would certainly be great to have McDowell back in the role it seems he was born to play.

Look for the Platinum Dunes version of “Halloween” to make the news rounds as more information is released over the next few months.

You can see Malcolm McDowell playing Satan in “Suing the Devil” On Demand and Digital Download now.

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