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A Documentary on Brecht and His Theatre

31 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

Filmmaker John Walter says he wishes that when he became interested in writer-director Bertolt Brecht, there had been a documentary like Walter's Theater of War. "It's a nonacademic introduction to Brecht that doesn't foreground his theoretical writings but rather his sense of humor and his engagement with the world around him, and with just enough biographical information that gives you a foundation for further exploring his great body of work," says Walter.Interspersed with lively professorial commentary, recollections from Brecht's daughter, and footage of Brecht, the film takes as its jumping-off point the 2006 Public Theater production of Mother Courage and Her Children, featuring an adaptation by Tony Kushner and starring Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, and Austin Pendleton. It was directed by George C. Wolfe with music by Jeanine Tesori."I wanted to do this film for quite a while, but I was waiting for the right production, and this was it, »

- Simi Horwitz

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‘Angel of Death’ Trailer Posted, Zoe Bell’s Mojo Risin’

27 December 2008 8:26 PM, PST | Tubefilter.com | See recent Tubefilter News news »

Zoe Bell is about to take front and center of a few million LCD screens this February. And it's about time. We have to admit we've been looking forward to this trailer (above) since we took a visit to the set of Crackle's new action thriller web series Angel of Death, which stars the New Zealand stuntwoman-actress (Bell) as Eve, a vengeful assassin out to "right the wrongs" of all those vicious cold-hearted hits. That's all after a near-death wound to the head delivers visions of her past victims. Really? Well, thankfully comic mastermind Ed Brubaker, known for his gritty crime fiction (and a couple of Eisner Awards), wrote the series and will most likely keep it out of the ridiculous bin. Bell, of course is the longtime stuntwoman for former Xena star Lucy Lawless, who co-stars as Bell's weary neighbor Vera. Rounding out the cast are Doug Jones, Ted Raimi »

- Marc Hustvedt

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Michael Uslan Teams with Sam Raimi on 'The Shadow'

22 December 2008 1:09 PM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

It’s been two years since there has been any serious movement on a new feature film adaptation of The Shadow.  Two years ago this month, Sony announced that they obtained the rights and will have Sam Raimi on board to produce and possibly direct the feature, telling the press,  “I've been a passionate Shadow fan ever since I was a kid and have long dreamed of bringing this character to the screen.”

Now, producer Michael Uslan tells IGN that his company will be coproducing with Raimi’s outfit.

In October, Raimi reported, "I don't have any news on The Shadow at this time, except that the company that I have with Josh Donen, my producing partner, we've got the rights to The Shadow. I love the character very much and we're trying to work on a story that'll do justice to the character."

Uslan confirmed that last week, adding »

- Robert Greenberger

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Paramount Hires Writer for New Jack Ryan Adventure

22 December 2008 6:42 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

Paramount has hired writer Hossein Amini (Killshot, The Four Feathers) to pen the latest Jack Ryan flick. The Clancy series has featured a rotating cast of Ryans including Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford and Ben Affleck. Affleck starred in the last film, The Sum of All Fears, in 2002. No word yet on who the next Ryan will be.

Sam Raimi had been in talks to direct the next film, but now that he's added at least two more Spider-Man movies to his agenda, his available time could be in question.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

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- Jeff Otto

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New Jack Ryan Loses a Director, Gains a Screenwriter

22 December 2008 2:30 AM, PST | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

With Sam Raimi being too busy with the upcoming Drag Me to Hell and Spider-Man 4 to continue working on the new Jack Ryan movie, Paramount is still moving forward with the Tom Clancy franchise. Screenwriter Hossein Amini, known for period pieces Wings of the Dove and 2009's Shanghai is set to write an original story, not an adaptation of a Clancy novel.

No casting decision on who will play Ryan has been announced. With Ben Affleck being the last to play Ryan, who do you think should be next?

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Next Jack Ryan Movie Gets A Screenwriter

19 December 2008 4:31 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Though we still don't know who will take over the world-saving duties from Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck, the next Jack Ryan adventure has already secured a screenwriter. Hossein Amini, who scored an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for The Wings of the Dove, has signed on to write the screenplay for the fifth Ryan film, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The whole project still seems a way from actually coming together, given that Sam Raimi has had to bail as director and, as mentioned, there's still no star signed on. But the franchise has been so venerable, and profitable, that it's pretty much a guarantee they'll get it together eventually. THR's story says that the movie is planned as an origin story, and won't be based on a Clancy novel, which could either make it more interesting or just another boring origin story. Figure out who you're »

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Tom Cruise and Christopher McQuarrie, Together Forever

19 December 2008 11:45 AM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Okay, maybe Tom Cruise and Valkyrie screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie won't be together forever ... but they are in for a very long haul. Variety reports that McQuarrie is penning no less than three projects for Cruise to star in.

The first up is likely to be The Tourist, which has Cruise and Charlize Theron attached as the leads. A remake of the French thriller Anthony Zimmer, the original script was penned by Julian Fellowes. McQuarrie is quickly rewriting it so that the film can begin shooting by March.

The pair also might be returning to World War II, as McQuarrie and Mason Alley are teaming up to write Flying Tigers, the real life story of a volunteer fighter squadron that was formed to assist the Chinese in fighting the Japanese during WWII. Cruise isn't formally attached, but he has been itching to do another fighter pilot movie since the days of Top Gun. »

- Elisabeth Rappe

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Another Jack Ryan Movie

19 December 2008 7:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Screenwriter Hossein Amini has been hired to tackle a new Jack Ryan movie for Paramount Pictures. The erstwhile intelligence analyst and all-American do-gooder created by novelist Tom Clancy has not appeared onscreen since 2002's "The Sum of All Fears."

Mace Neufeld and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura are producing the project for Paramount. "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi was on the hook to direct and produce a new Ryan installment, but his packed schedule made his involvement unworkable.

Other producer credits remain undecided.

With a new Jack Ryan installment in the pipeline, Paramount is establishing a muscular franchise lineup: "Iron Man" and "Transformers" are moving toward sophomore editions; "Star Trek" and "G.I. Joe" will launch in the summer as potential multifilm properties; and "Tintin," "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "Beverly Hills Cop IV" are in development.

Amini is best known for his literary adaptations of Henry James, Thomas Hardy and Elmore Leonard. »

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Paramount's New Jack Ryan Movie Finds its Screenwriter

19 December 2008 6:12 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

We really don't know what's going on with this new Jack Ryan movie. We've been covering tidbits of news related to it for almost a year, but at this point, I think they've wiped the slate clean and are starting over again from scratch. At one point, Sam Raimi was attached to direct a new version, now that's not the case. Paramount has announced that Oscar nominated screenwriter Hossein Amini, of Jude, The Wings of the Dove, and The Four Feathers, will write the newest screenplay. Lorenzo Di Bonaventura is developing this alongside of Mace Neufeld, who produced all of the past Jack Ryan films. This newest one is planned as an origin story, not derived from Tom Clancy's novels and ultimately featuring a new, younger star. With this news today, I want to ask all of you about Jack Ryan and whether you'd want to see another movie at all? »

- Alex Billington

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What's in a Name?

19 December 2008 12:59 AM, PST | backstage.com | See recent Backstage news »

In My Name Is Bruce, Bruce Campbell plays a cult movie icon who just happens to share his name, face, and résumé. But let's get one thing straight: Campbell, who also directed, didn't make the film as an ego-stroking tribute to his own sheer awesomeness. "This movie is not an ode to myself, as some have asserted," he says, chuckling, "because if it was, what a lousy self-image I must have." The alternate-universe Campbell lives in a ramshackle trailer, drinks cheap whiskey from his dog's bowl, and ekes out a living appearing in low-budget trash like Cave Alien 2. But when a teenage fanboy (Taylor Sharpe) recruits him to save the small town of Gold Lick, Ore., from a vengeful god of war, the actor must step up and prove himself a hero.This off-kilter idea was pitched to Campbell by Dark Horse Entertainment president and producer Mike Richardson (Hellboy, 30 Days »

- Sarah Kuhn

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Jack Ryan gets writer

19 December 2008 12:50 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Paramount is moving ahead on a new Jack Ryan film, the first since 2002's Ben Affleck entry The Sum Of All Fears. Hossein Amini (The Four Feathers) has been hired to write a new Jack Ryan movie not based on any existing work. As is all the rage in Hollywood now, this Ryan film will star a younger actor and will serve as an origin story (think "Without Remorse" but written by a different guy). Sam Raimi had been attached to direct the next Jack Ryan movie but left the production »

- Mike Sampson

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New Jack Ryan Film Gets A Writer

19 December 2008 12:43 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

It’s been a while since we heard any concrete news about Paramount and Sam Raimi’s revamp of the Jack Ryan franchise, but today brought several bags of cement’s worth.First of all, it’s now just Paramount’s revamp of the Jack Ryan franchise – Raimi has left the project due to a heavy workload, including completing his new movie, Drag Me To Hell and starting work on Spider-Man 4.Also, a writer has been hired to give Ryan the Batman Begins/Casino Royale reboot treatment.Hossein Amini, who has written movies as diverse as The Four Feathers, the still-delayed Killshot and Shanghai, has been brought on board by producers Mace Neufeld and Lorenzo di Bonaventura with the brief to write a Ryan origin tale that will have little or nothing to do with Tom Clancy’s novels.The new movie will obviously involve a new Jack Ryan – the fourth after Alec Baldwin, »

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New Jack Ryan pic attracts scribe

18 December 2008 6:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Is there such a thing as too many franchises?

Screenwriter Hossein Amini has been hired to tackle a new Jack Ryan movie for Paramount Pictures. The erstwhile intelligence analyst and all-American do-gooder created by novelist Tom Clancy has not appeared onscreen since 2002's "The Sum of All Fears."

Mace Neufeld and Lorenzo Di Bonaventura are producing the project for Paramount. "Spider-Man" director Sam Raimi was on the hook to direct and produce a new Ryan installment, but his packed schedule made his involvement unworkable.

Other producer credits remain undecided.

With a new Jack Ryan installment in the pipeline, Paramount is establishing a muscular franchise lineup: "Iron Man" and "Transformers" are moving toward sophomore editions; "Star Trek" and "G.I. Joe" will launch in the summer as potential multifilm properties; and "Tintin," "Avatar: The Last Airbender" and "Beverly Hills Cop IV" are in development.

Amini is best known for his literary adaptations of Henry James, »

- By Jay A. Fernandez and Borys Kit

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Terrifyingly Gnarly #8 – The Substitute

17 December 2008 10:00 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Back in October, Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures released something like eight DVDs on the same day, all part of their new label, Ghost House Underground. This is an only slightly less stupid name than Dimension Extreme. Who still thinks these words are effective in capturing a youth market? Despite the silly label, there was one film I was genuinely excited to see in this bunch, which was Dance Of The Dead. I had heard extremely good word on the low-budget-zombies-at-prom horror comedy, and thought it sounded like a whole hell of a lot of fun. Sadly, it was overrated, at least in my opinion. Maybe on a big screen, with a big audience, it plays much better. For me, though, it just didn’t do what I was expecting. It definitely had some great moments, but overall, didn’t amount to anything I loved. I was disappointed.

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'Brothers' Now to Bloom in May '09

11 December 2008 4:42 PM, PST | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

This had been hush-hush for a mild while now, but it looks like Rian Johnson's The Brothers Bloom has been bumped back yet again to next May. Back in September, I had mentioned that the crime caper had moved from October to a NY/La qualifying run next week and a wide release in January. The difference between that post and this one is that I was fortunate to see the film at Fantastic Fest a couple of months back, and it was good enough to make me equally anxious to just see the film again.

Writer-director Johnson confirmed the rumor on his message board, then joking that his own December birthday had been pushed back by Summit to May, when there are less of them to contend with. All kidding aside, Bloom is now scheduled to bow in limited release on May 15th -- opposite DaVinci Code sequel »

- William Goss

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Exclusive: Trailer Debut & Pics from IFC's Nightmare!

10 December 2008 2:09 PM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The debut feature from writer/director Dylan Bank, Nightmare will see it's U.S. premiere on IFC Festival Direct (On-Demand), January 14th, 2009. Hailing from the suburbs of Philadelphia, Bank, who "toiled away his adolescent years as a video store clerk" says he "cultivated a mania for Werner Herzog, Stanley Kubrick, Roger Corman and Sam Raimi" that led him to make Nightmare his first feature after "escaping" from Vassar College.

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Television Notes

6 December 2008 9:27 AM, PST | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Sam Raimi’s entry into reality game shows, 13  Fear Is Real, has been given a January 7 premiere date on the CW. Contestants are brought to a haunted house and must endure challenges akin to the sort found in the modern day horror film. The challenges., though, are also designed to exploit each contestants greatest fear and the last person standing will win  $66,666. For those who miss out, the series is scheduled for repeats on Friday nights, beginning January 9.

ABC’s very full midseason inventory has meant the network could trim their orders from across numerous new shows.  Cupid, yesterday, had its order of 13 episodes trimmed to nine, including its pilot. Castle and The Unusuals had their 13 episode orders cut back to ten each.

Showtime has ordered a third season of David Duchovny’s Californication. The 12-episode season is expected for late 2009.

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- Robert Greenberger

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Dead Noon & Are You Scared 2 in February

5 December 2008 2:43 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

You can always depend on Lionsgate to roll out some low budget horror movies to DVD, and this coming February won't be any different. Already announced for the shortest month of the year are a supernatural Western shooting for a Grindhouse feel and a direct-to-dvd sequel nobody except for the management at Lionsgate asked for: Dead Noon and Are You Scared 2.

It'll be Dead Noon on DVD February 3rd when Lionsgate releases the action-packed horror Western that bills itself as "Sam Raimi meets Sam Peckinpah".

In this shoot 'em up western horror tale, ancient demons, walking skeletons and cowboy zombies join forces to take the law down in a blaze of hellfire and brimstone. With the powers of hell at his disposal, Frank, a blood-thirsty outlaw from the old west, is resurrected to seek his revenge on the present day town of Weston. As the past collides with the present, »

- Foywonder

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TV: Sam Raimi's '13 - Fear Is Real' Gets CW Debut Date

3 December 2008 8:58 PM, PST | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

A musician, model, bartender and hotel concierge are just a few of the lucky 13 contestants who will face their deepest fears on 13 - Fear Is Real, the new horror/reality show on The CW debuting Wednesday, Jan. 7. Brought to you by the legendary Sam Raimi, Zap2it has the full breakdown for the first season of this horror reality show. Stranded in a remote Louisiana bayou, the 13 competitors will have to face surprises and scares or else be eliminated and "killed off." The last person standing goes home with the $66,666 prize (yummy!). Click the link for some of the challenges and to read about the contestants. »

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CW Sets Premiere Date for 13 - Fear is Real

3 December 2008 2:40 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Last summer when San Diego Comic-Con was in full swing, we reported on the new Sam Raimi-produced horror reality TV show called "13 - Fear is Real" …. and then promptly forgot all about it. But that's about to change since according to Zap2it.com the show is finally premiering on The CW on Wednesday, January 7, 2009.

Pictured (L-r) are Steffannie, Lauren, Nasser, Erica and Cody -- an actress, model/hairstylist, hotel concierge, sports show co-host, and student, respectively. They're just a few of the lucky 13 contestants who will face their deepest fears, which range from "the usual creepy crawlies such as roaches and rats to the situational (drowning, being burned alive, suffocation) to the bizarrely specific: clowns with spiders for hands and needles for stilts."

The competitors, whose full profiles can be found in the Zap2it story, are stranded in a remote Louisiana bayou, and those who fail the »

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