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Saw was one of the infamous films that pioneered what has now come to be known as ‘torture porn’. Arriving in 2004 the film had two strangers awaken in a grotty bathroom, each shackled to a pipe. Their only way out was to saw through their ankles with a rusty, and rather flimsy hacksaw blade. The pair were part of a ‘trap’ devised by a deviant new serial killer who wasn’t really a serial killer. Sounds confusing I know, but Jigsaw, aka John Kramer, believed that confronting people with their morality and their indiscretions at the same time made them appreciate life more if they lived. Granted, despite his vision, most subjects ended up dead rather than alive and appreciative.
The series ran for seven films, »
- Kat Smith
Amazon Studios has just hit a very important milestone. The digital studios has finally broken into the original feature film race by purchasing the film Elvis & Nixon, which stars actor Kevin Spacey from Netflix’s hit original series House of Cards.
Variety, who originally broke the story, reports Amazon is in the final stages to acquire Elvis & Nixon following over a month’s worth of negotiations after the Cannes Film Festival. Variety notes Amazon may have shelled out over $3 million for the film, which will only be distributed in theaters by Bleecker Street Media (who was also seeking to purchase the movie).
Elvis & Nixon tells the story of when the titular and iconic figures met for the first time. Michael Shannon portrays Elvis Presley, and Spacey plays President Richard Nixon (now the second time the actor has portrayed Potus for a digital studios-owned original production). Directed by Liza Johnson, the »
- Bree Brouwer
The film will debut in theaters only, and the theatrical rollout will be handled by Bleecker Street as part of the deal.
“Elvis & Nixon” tells the story of the infamous meeting between Elvis Presley (Michael Shannon) and Richard Nixon (Kevin Spacey) in 1970. Several buyers had expressed interest in the project (based on early footage alone), including Lionsgate and Bleecker Street, but Amazon was able to land it. The deal has been in the works for more than a month, with the pricetag climbing over $3 million, according a source.
It’s a significant victory for the Internet juggernaut that now wants to enter into the crowded field of releasing original movies. Ted Hope, the seasoned indie producer who recently ran Fandor, stepped into Amazon’s film production side earlier this year, »
- Ramin Setoodeh
London — Indian animation house Krayon Pictures and China’s Heshan Media will co-produce animated feature “Beijing Safari”. The film is a sequel to Krayon’s 2012 release “Delhi Safari” that featured a group of animals who march to India’s capital to demand answers of parliament about the destruction of their forest. The sequel will focus on water contamination.
The English-language film is being produced under the India-China co-production agreement and will therefore get domestic status in both countries. Investors are from India and China and the budget is currently $20 million, Krayon co-founder Kishor Patil told Variety.
- Naman Ramachandran
By Alex Simon
There are few rituals in life more chaotic, confounding and magical than the wedding. Appropriately, marriages have provided the backdrop for many a story spun through the ages. Whether it’s sending out multitudes of wedding invitations, choosing the right dress, or whether to seat Aunt Mabel next to her second or fifth ex-husband at the reception, weddings both in life and on film are almost always guaranteed to bring forth a surge of emotions. Below are a few of our favorite cinematic nuptials:
1. The Searchers (1956)
John Ford’s western masterpiece is full of many iconic moments, not the least of which is one of the screen’s greatest knock-down, drag-out fights between Jeffrey Hunter and Ken Curtis for the hand of comely Vera Miles. Martin Scorsese loved this scene so much, he paid homage by having his characters watch it in Mean Streets (1973).
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Ahead of network upfronts next week, a number of channels put in notices for pickups and cancellations over the week. Fox’s Backstrom, CBS’ Battle Creek, The McCarthys, and Stalker, NBC’s Marry Me, One Big Happy, State of Affairs, and Constantine all became one-season shows. NBC’s About a Boy also got a cancellation notice this week, as did Fox’s The Mindy Project and The Following.
Fox has also given series orders to Minority Report and Lucifer, while CBS has picked up Supergirl. Among returning shows, The Simpsons got a two-season renewal, while IFC renewed Comedy Bang! Bang!, and The Playstation Network gave its original series Powers a second season. NBC also renewed The Mysteries of Laura and The Night Shift, as well as the sitcom Undateable, whose entire third season will consist of live episodes.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Bubba is burning, Mamma is singing, and Dallas is cosplaying. It's this week's 3-Point Plan: Texas. “Mamma Mia” Sing-a-LongThis Mother’s Day, be a "Super Trouper" and bring your mamma to the Alamo Drafthouse Cinema for the “Mamma Mia” Sing-a-Long, where she’ll see “Dancing Queen” Meryl Street strut her stuff onscreen alongside Pierce Brosnan and Colin Firth. And at $12 a ticket it doesn’t cost a lot of “Money, Money, Money.” Doors open at 4 p.m. Burning Bubba FestThe Burning Bubba Fest, Fort Worth’s answer to Burning Man, is a honky-tonk music fest that kicks off Saturday, May 30 at 8 p.m. at Billy Bob’s Texas, with headliners Whiskey Myers, Holy Moly, and Blackstone Cherry. Dallas Comic ConGrab your mask and spandex and head to the Dallas Comic Con, where you’ll rub elbows with superheroes Robert Rodriguez, William Shatner, Carrie Fisher, the ever-present Adam West, and everyone’s favorite chrome-dome hunk, »
Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, Saw) has been cast opposite Dennis Quaid, Christian Cooke and Kate Bosworth in drama series The Art Of More on Sony’s Crackle. Written by Gardner Stern and Chuck Rose, the drama explores the underbelly — and surprisingly cutthroat world — of premium auction houses, filled with hustlers, smugglers, power mongers and collectors of the beautiful and the bizarre. Elwes, repped by Apa, Link and Felker Toczek, will play Arthur Davenport, a shrewd… »
Common is on fire and in demand, apparently! Who woulda thunk it? Just about half-an-hour ago, I published an item on his joining the cast of the WB's "Suicide Squad" big screen adaptation, although there's no word yet on what character he's signed up to play. Now the raptor has joined the cast of director Rob Reiner's next project, "Being Charlie," in what The Hollywood Reporter says is a lead role. He'll co-star alongside Nick Robinson, Morgan Saylor, Devon Bostick, Susan Misner, Ricardo Chavira and Cary Elwes in the Castle Rock Entertainment feature film that will see Robinson »
- Tambay A. Obenson
If you've been crossing your fingers for Fox to return to New York's supernatural-charged town of Sleepy Hollow, you can relax your hands, exhale, and settle comfortably back into your couch, because Fox has announced their renewal of Sleepy Hollow for an 18-episode third season, with the network also revealing the series' new showrunner (following Mark Goffman's departure earlier this month). Also included in our latest horror round-up is a trailer for the second episode of The CW's iZombie and details on the 10th Annual Texas Frightmare Weekend that will feature special guest Alexandra Breckenridge from The Walking Dead (as well as many other great guests).
- Derek Anderson
Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk are together again in “Con Men,” a new web series written by them and produced by the fans! Funded by Indiegogo donations, the show will start with three episodes and build from there. A decade after the show that catapulted him to cult status was canceled, Wray Nerely (Alan Tudyk)makes a living off his iconic character by traveling around the country to comic book conventions and other pop culture events. Meanwhile, Wray’s buddy Jack Moore (Nathan Fillion) lives the life of an A-list star. The series light-heartedly takes on the personalities and colorful characters that populate the con circuit. HitFix Harpy spoke to Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion about this new project and all the convention hijinks that inspired it. HitFix Harpy: Conventions are such a huge part of geek culture these days. Can you describe a little bit what the premise of “Con Men” is? »
- Donna Dickens
"Princess Bride" star Cary Elwes got right up to the altar with the guy who was going to buy his Malibu home, and then jilted him -- so now he's getting sued for backing out on the sale. According to the docs ... Tris Felder says Elwes agreed to sell the pad to him for $1.7 mil -- but when it came time to deliver the $51k deposit ... Elwes rejected it and called off the whole deal. »
- TMZ Staff
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Random Media has acquired two new titles for release in Summer 2015: "Camilla Dickinson" and "The Jokesters." Directed by Cornelia Duryée Moore, "Camilla Dickinson" is an adaptation of Madeleine L'Engle's classic novel about the daughter of a wealthy family in 1948 Manhattan. Fifteen-year-old Camilla (Adelaide Clemens) lives a privileged life in New York City until her parents' marriage grows increasingly rocky. Camilla finds a way to take her mind off things when she meets Frank, her best friend's rebellious brother (Gregg Sulkin). Frank shows Camilla a world outside of her sheltered bubble, and she slowly begins to grow up. Supporting cast includes Cary Elwes, Samantha Mathis, Margaret Colin, Camryn Manheim and Robert Picardo. Random Media has also acquired Aj Wedding's "The Jokesters," which has been a hit on the horror festival circuit. When Ethan, leader of the internet sensation "The Prankmasters," announces he is »
- Anya Jaremko-Greenwold
Directed by John Herzfeld.
Starring Sylvester Stallone, Thomas Jane, Danny Aiello, Lauren Cohan, Kyra Sedgwick, Danny Trejo, Tom Sizemore, Nelly, Kevin Connolly, David O’Hara, Kelsey Grammer, Tom Berenger, Terry Crews, Cary Elwes, Frank Stallone, Elizabeth Henstridge.
A motivational book written by a mystery author inspires a cross-section of different people to re-evaluate their lives.
When a film boasts as much screen talent as Collection does then it’s pretty hard to see how it could fail. The trouble is that having names such as Stallone, Trejo, Berenger, Aiello et al in your film doesn’t mean a thing unless you’ve got the material for them to go to work with, and Collection is a film that is in desperate need for something – anything – to justify having so many big name actors on board.
A lightweight plot about a motivational book called ‘Reach Me’ (the original, and better, »
- Gary Collinson
Hln, the cable network once known as CNN Headline News, will open its schedule to the occasional movie, the latest sign that owner Time Warner is seeking ways to bolster an outlet whose identity has been in flux.
The network, once known for its news updates and coverage of lurid trials, has been in a makeover phase of sorts for the last year or so, and the launch of “News and a Movie” on Thursday, February 12, is meant to emphasize some of Hln’s new themes — namely, its efforts to curate trends taking place on social media as well as present programming that links viewers to Twitter, Facebook and the rest.
“There was a lot of brainstorming” over how to get movies on the network, said Keith Brown, Hln senior VP of programming, in an interview. ” We have to be more than just getting a movie on for the sake of putting a movie on. »
- Brian Steinberg
Exclusive: Rick Bieber is currently in production on demonic love story The Other in Los Angeles. Cary Elwes and The Godfather‘s Alex Rocco are among the new cast just joining the pic that stars Dominic Sherwood (Take Down) as a young man tormented by the possibility of descending into the depths of insanity, or worse, becoming the target of an actual demonization. Also boarding are Alex Carter (CSI), Andrew Caldwell (Transformers), Dash Williams (The Remains), Chloe Noelle (True Blood), and Riley Lio (Teachers). Previously announced cast includes Jill Hennessy, Drea de Matteo, Charlbi Dean and Sinclaire Schaefer.
Bieber is directing from his own screenplay. His executive producer credits include the 1990s hits Flatliners, Made In America and Radio Flyer. He recently wrote, directed and produced inspirational sports pic The 5th Quarter starring Aidan Quinn, Andie McDowell and Ryan Merriman.
Highland Film Group is handling international sales with Gersh’s Jay Cohen repping domestic. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
One of the stranger true-life tales coming to the big screen this year is the fateful meeting between a standing U.S. president and a rock icon both in the twilight of their lives. Courtesy of Bloom and Autumn Pictures, we have the first image from Elvis & Nixon, which finds Michael Shannon taking on the King of Rock while Kevin Spacey plays a disgraced leader quite unlike the Potus he portrays on House of Cards.
This first-look image of Spacey as Richard Nixon and Shannon as Elvis Presley, from Liza Johnson's comedy, finds the two famous figureheads meeting in the Oval Office. Currently in production, the never been told story re-creates an intimate encounter between two men at the height of their powers. Cassian Elwes and Holly Wiersma are producing with Autumn Pictures' David Hansen and Johnny Mac financing and executive producing alongside Byron Wetzel, Robert Ogden Barnum and Jerry Schilling. »
Right now, Liza Johnson's historical drama Elvis & Nixon is looking for international buyers at the European Film Market, and that means we get our first look at the film that stars Michael Shannon (Man of Steel) and Kevin Spacey ("House of Cards") as iconic rock musician Elvis Presley and President Richard M. Nixon respectively. The film tells the story of these two American men meeting at the Oval Office when The King asked the president if he could be made a special FBI operative. It's a true story, and one that has never been told on-screen before. Shannon looks weird as Elvis, but I really want to hear him speak. Look! Here's our first look at Liza Johnson's Elvis & Nixon (via THR): Elvis & Nixon is directed by Liza Johnson (Hateship Loveship) and written by actor Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride) working with Hanala & Joey Sagal. The film »
- Ethan Anderton
Here’s your first look at Kevin Spacey as President Richard Nixon and Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley from the comedy “Elvis & Nixon.” Currently in production, the film re-creates the intimate meeting in the Oval Office between two men, which resulted in Nixon deputizing Presley as an honorary "federal agent at large" with respect to illicit drugs and which is pretty funny in hindsight. Directed by Liza Johnson (“Hateship Loveship, “Return”), the story is based off a screenplay by producer/writer Cary Elwes and Hanala and Joey Sagal. Here’s the official synopsis: Two men at the height of their powers, conscious they could not stay on top forever, both ripped with fear of the inevitable, sharing one famous private moment in the Oval office. Elvis & Nixon recounts the morning of December 21st 1970, when the King of Rock’ n Roll (Michael Shannon) showed up on the White House lawn to »
- Edward Davis
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