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Bacon’s weary FBI man locks horns with James Purefoy’s charismatic, serial-killing cult leader in this gruesome thriller
One minute in and five people have died. And that’s mild compared to what then unfolds in the course of two series. This isn’t too surprising really, given that The Following was created by Kevin Williamson, writer of Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer. The result is a refreshingly unsubtle stab-a-thon, with twists aplenty and heaps of gratuitous violence.
Ex-fbi agent Ryan Hardy, played with enjoyable weariness by Kevin Bacon, is desperately trying to capture the escaped serial killer, Joe Carroll, and return him to prison. But it quickly becomes clear that Carroll is not your ordinary killer. While incarcerated, he uses his Hannibal Lecter-like charisma to assemble like-minded maniacs into a cult, whose purpose is to create mayhem on the outside by slicing up as many innocent people as possible. »
- Edward Tew
The directors of two of Australia’s biggest hits of the last five years, Rachel Perkins (Bran Nue Dae) and Wayne Blair (The Sapphires) have had new films financed in Screen Australia’s last funding round for the year.
Six films in all got a green light: another is Jungle from Wolf Creek director Greg McLean, who recently made his first Us film, 6 Miranda Drive, and has cast Kevin Bacon in this cinematic recreation of the true story of Yossi Ghinsberg managing to survive in the Amazon rainforest.
Perkins will direct the adaptation of the extremely popular book Jasper Jones in Western Australia next year. No cast are yet attached to the coming-of-age murder mystery written by Shaun Grant who was thrust into the limelight when the film of his debut script [link=tt »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
Everybody has that one movie that they've watched so many times, "knowing it by heart" doesn't even begin to describe the relationship. It's the film that you drop everything to watch when it comes on TV, or that you bought and wore out the VHS copy, and then the DVD and the Blu-Ray... and you're still happy to watch it again on Netflix. Maybe it all started with what your family liked to watch (or what they hated) or what ended up in your stocking at holiday time, or what you fell in love with at the theater. Below, the HitFix editorial staff shares its most-watched movies of all time. What is yours? Tell us in the comments! Donna Dickens "Titanic" I was that fourteen year old girl. The one that saw “Titanic” in theaters multiple times (my personal tally was seven.) I bought the VHS two-pack. I recorded the »
- HitFix Staff
No, Kevin Bacon hasn’t reached the point in his career where he’ll go on I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and eat bugs. Though he did do those Ee and Sky ads… Instead, he’s reuniting with director Greg McLean for Jungle.Justin Monjo wrote the script for the movie, which was in development with the Spierig brothers before they decided to move on to other projects.Jungle is loosely based on the true story of adventure-seeker Yossi Ghinsberg, who found himself lost in the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia in 1981, which means lots of alone time for Bacon on location. It’ll make for the second collaboration between Bacon and McLean, who have just worked together on 6 Miranda Drive, a new supernatural thriller for Blumhouse Productions in which a family returns from a holiday at the Grand Canyon with a ghostly presence along for the ride. »
Kevin Bacon will re-team with Wolf Creek director Greg McLean to make survival drama, Jungle, based on the true story of adventurer Yossi Ghinsberg, who was lost for three weeks alone in the Amazon rainforest in Bolivia in 1981. Arclight Films is producing Jungle, after See-Saw Films and the Spierig brothers didn’t take the film past its early development. Screenwriter Justin Monjo, (Inxs: Never Tear Us Apart), has written the script, with Gary Hamilton, Dana Lustig, Mike Gabrawy and Mark Lazarus producing. Arclight Films International is handling international sales. Jungle is the second project for Bacon and McLean who
- Pip Bulbeck
Scare Campaign, a horror movie from the brothers Colin and Cameron Cairnes, and Jungle, Greg Mclean.s true-life drama set in the Bolivian jungle, have secured funding from Screen Australia. The Cairnes. brothers follow-up to 100 Bloody Acres focuses on a popular prank TV show, Scare Campaign, which has entertained audiences for five years with its mix of old school scares and hidden camera fun.
Entering the online era the producers find themselves up against a new hard-edged web series which makes their show look rather quaint. It's time to up the ante, but will the team go too far this time, and are they about to prank the wrong guy?"
Jonathan Page.s Bonsai Films will handle theatrical distribution in Australia, »
- Don Groves
Screen Australia announced today it will invest nearly $10.7 million in 11 television and film projects which will trigger production worth almost $59 million.
In one of the most hotly contested funding rounds, six features succeeded. They include Wayne Blair.s romantic comedy Ali.s Wedding; Joe Cinque.s Consolation, a thriller about a troubled law student who tries to kill her boyfriend, from director Sotiris Dounoukos, whose A Single Body won best short at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron and Colin Cairnes. horror movie Scare Campaign.
The other three are Taboo, the narrative feature debut of documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler; Rachel Perkins. murder mystery Jasper Jones, based on the novel and play by Craig Silvey, adapted by Shaun Grant;. and Greg Mclean.s true-life thriller Jungle.
- Don Groves
Britt Robertson, who was a regular in TV.s Under the Dome before scoring the female lead opposite George Clooney in Disney.s upcoming mystery-adventure Tomorrowland, plays the deceased daughter.s Charlotte.
Fry, who co-starred with Kevin Bacon and Radha Mitchell in Greg Mclean.s La-shot supernatural thriller 6 Miranda Drive, is Charlotte.s friend Poppy.. Her credits includer Mako: Island of Secrets, Reef Doctors and Lightning Point.
- Don Groves
Before Arrow's Felicity Smoak (Emily Bett Rickards) joined a superhero team to save the day with her computer skills, the CW had another blonde It wiz on another superhero team—Smallville's future Watchtower, Chloe Sullivan (Allison Mack). But Chloe is about to trade in her super friends and tech genius for a much more serious case. E! News can reveal that Mack has just been cast on Fox's serial killer thriller The Following. So will she be a friend or foe to Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon)? Mack will play Hillary, a naive, small town police officer caught up in Ryan Hardy's hunt for a serial killer. She will appear in at least one episode of the Fox drama this season. Mack tweeted »
During the 1990s, Jennifer Aniston was one of the most popular actresses in the world. She may not have been blowing up the box office like Julia Roberts, Meg Ryan or Sandra Bullock, she was instead the star of the hit comedy show Friends – which had turned her into a household name. So popular was Aniston during this period that he hair even became known as “The Rachel”, a much-requested style for hairdressers during the 90s. The show was watched by millions around the world and has become one of the most celebrated Us sitcoms of all-time, launching Aniston and her co-stars into hot property. Particularly as the show couldn’t last forever and the cast would look to transition to the big screen.
Aniston was no stranger to cinema. She got her first break in the horror comedy Leprechaun in 1993, but would take a break during her first few years on Friends. »
- Luke Owen
Fox is moving “Glee” to Fridays for its sixth and final season, which wraps with a two-hour season finale on March 20, 2015. The network also announced premiere dates for several new shows, including Rainn Wilson’s comedy-drama series “Backstrom” and Will Forte’s “The Last Man on Earth.”
“Glee’s” final season kicks off Jan. 16 with a two-hour premiere, followed by the launch of YouTube series “World’s Funniest Fails,” which features comedians discussing the worst “epic fails” of the week.
“Backstrom,” starring Wilson plays as an unruly detective, premieres Jan. 22 while Forte’s “The Last Man on Earth” bows March 1. Fellow comedy “Weird Loners” will premiere March 31 at 9:30 p.m.
Returning for its 14th season, “American Idol” opens Jan. 7 while “Masterchef Junior” is back the night before (Jan. 6), leading into new episodes of “New Girl” at 9 p.m. and “The Mindy Project” at 9:30 p.m.
- Shelli Weinstein
Greer Grammer will be this year's Miss Golden Globe, the awards announced Thursday. The 22-year-old actress plays ditzy Lissa on MTV's Awkward; she also appears in the upcoming film Life Partners, opposite Leighton Meester, Adam Brody, and Gillian Jacobs. And, as Miss and Mr. Golden Globe of years past, she also happens to be the child of a celebrity: as you may have guessed, Grammer's father is three-time Golden Globe winner Kelsey Grammer. (Her mother is makeup artist Barrie Buckner.) Grammer joins a long line of past Golden Globe assistants including Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick; Sam Fox, »
- Hillary Busis
Aselton will play April, a beautiful and fun-loving bisexual woman who finds herself caught in a romantic tug of war between two of the show’s titular weirdos, Stosh (Zachary Knighton) and Caryn (Becki Newton). She’ll appear in the sixth episode of the freshman laffer. The comedy centers around four relationship-phobic people who are unexpectedly thrust into each other’s lives and form an unlikely bond in a Queens townhouse. Michael Weithorn created the series and executive produces with Jake Kasdan.
In other casting news:
Merrin Dungey will join ABC’s “Once Upon a Time” as Ursula, according to EW. She’ll appear in the back half of season four alongside Victoria Smurfit’s Cruella de Vil and Kristin Bauer van Straten’s Maleficent. Michael Ealy will play »
- Variety Staff
Meet The Following's "new face of evil." Michael Ealy (Almost Human, The Good Wife) has been cast as as the new big bad in season three of the horror thriller. He'll play "a brilliant, chameleon-like killer who will push Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) to the brink." Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) was the show's main antagonist for the first two seasons, but the character was arrested in the season two finale. The Following will re-join Fox's lineup next year, likely in January. »
- James Hibberd
TBS renews “American Dad” The animated comedy will return for a 12th season, its 2nd on cable. HBO is developing “Cortes” drama with Martin Scorsese and Benicio Del Toro Del Toro could end up starring as Spanish conquistador Hernán Cortés, who brought down the Aztec empire. “Almost Human” alum Michael Ealy is “The Following’s” new big bad In Season 3, Ealy will play “a brilliant, chameleon-like killer who will push Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) to the brink.” Click Read Full Post For More Funny or Die launches “The Walking Fred,” a recap webseries for “The Walking Dead” “The Walking Dead” is hosted by a zombie played by Luke Barnett. How the American version of “Luther” can avoid becoming “Gracepoint” The remake of the Idris Elba detective series has the potential of becoming as good as the American verison of “The Office.” Plus: Stop remaking British TV shows! Oxygen emphasizing multicultural »
- Norman Weiss
Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.
Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »
- Eric Lavallee
It feels like "Guardians of the Galaxy," the surprise sensation from this past summer, is one of those films that has an infinite amount of replay value. The movie is so bursting at the seams with stuff -- colorful characters, zippy one-liners, astounding visual effects, comic book Easter Eggs, bad wigs -- that the only way you can process it all is by watching it time and time again. That's why we cannot wait for the home video release of the Marvel superhero space saga, and we're pretty sure you can't either. Which is why this exclusive clip from the release is a nice stopgap until all of the loony fun of "Guardians of the Galaxy" is available to watch again and again and again and again.
After some clips from the movie (which we still love so, so much -- and we were on the set more than a year ago! »
- Drew Taylor
The story follows the novel by Yossi Ghinsberg about the enthusiastic adventurer's terrorizing trip to the Amazon jungle with a sketchy Austrian guide (Bacon) and two pals.
The journey turned into a terrifying psychological ordeal, with the wilderness testing their endurance. Filming begins early next year in Australia and Colombia.
Mclean and Bacon recently worked together on the microbudget thriller "6 Miranda Drive".
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
After co-starring with Radha Mitchell in Greg Mclean.s Us supernatural thriller 6 Miranda Drive, Kevin Bacon is set to collaborate again with the director. in true-life drama Jungle. Scripted by Justin Monjo (Rush, Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of Inxs, The Code), Jungle is based on Yossi Ghinsberg.s memoir Lost in the Jungle, which chronicles the young adventurer.s harrowing experiences with two fellow backpackers in Bolivia.
Bacon will play Karl, the Austrian guide who leads Ghinsberg and companions into the heart of the jungle, described by Mclean as a .complex, dangerous and alluring character." Worldwide sales rep Arclight Films announced at the American Film Market that Bacon is in talks to star in the film but did not reveal further cast.
- Don Groves
NBC found great success with their stage production of The Sound of Music Live in 2013, and are now ready to unleash Peter Pan Live! this December. Already considering what they may do for an encore in 2015, the network is considering a live staging of A Few Good Men.
The 1992 movie starring Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore was originally based on Aaron Sorkin's play, which will serve as the basis for this live show. The network is already in the stages of working out an agreement with Aaron Sorkin to make the production become a reality. The show put Aaron Sorkin on the map as a writer when it hit Broadway in 1989. And the feature film proved to be a smash hit.
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