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“The way Fox dealt with me was not cool,” Neill Blomkamp recalls of his time on the unproduced Halo movie. “Right from the beginning, when Mary [Parent] hired me up until the end when it collapsed, they treated me like shit; they were just a crappy studio. I’ll never ever work with Fox ever again because of what happened to Halo – unless they pay me some ungodly amount of money and I have absolute fucking control.”
It’s been a bad year for 20th Century Fox when it comes to their public reputation. The troubled production of Josh Trank’s Fantastic Four has been well documented, with various sources pointing various fingers at various other parties at who was to blame. Fox claim that Trank was the source of all their problems, while »
- Luke Owen
Lorenzo di Bonaventura is also producing. Bruce Willis is expected to return for “Die Hard 6” in a story that would focus on the origins of the younger John McClane character, set in New York City in 1979. The plan is for Willis to appear in the narrative as a present-day version of McClane.
The actor has not signed a deal yet. Willis previously worked with di Bonaventura in “G.I. Joe: Retaliation.”
Wiseman directed the fourth installment of the franchise in 2007 with “Live Free or Die Hard,” which grossed $383 million worldwide. The fifth film, 2013’s “A Good Day to Die Hard,” was directed by John Moore and grossed $304 million worldwide. »
- Dave McNary
The director took to Twitter to denounce the plans for a new version of his horror classic, and aimed a broadside at the original sequels while he was at it.
I Completely denounce a remake of
The Exorcist by Morgan Creek.
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) September 26, 2015
In my opinion, Morgan Creek has
Tarnished The Exorcist enough, with its
— William Friedkin (@WilliamFriedkin) September 24, 2015
Friedkin added that he didn't believe the production company had rights to the original film and only had them to its "so-called" sequels.
When asked if he would be involved in the remake if he was approached, »
Hoult will play Jd Salinger, who rose to global fame when his 1951 novel The Catcher In The Rye was first published and became a rallying cry for disillusioned youth.
Danny Strong will directed from the screenplay he adapted from the Kenneth Slawenski biography Jd Salinger: A Life.
Rebel In The Rye offers a glimpse at the life and mind of Salinger, from his rebellious youth to service in the Navy during WWII, Ptsd, spiritual awakening and his eventual self-imposed isolation after worldwide fame.
“The Catcher In The Rye is a classic coming-of-age story which continues to make a significant impression six generations later,” said Bloom’s Alex Walton.
“The world has »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Stare at the magnificent poster, and then read the official announcement of what the greatest film festival in the world is up to at the end of September.
Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn’s collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. “We’re very excited about this year’s mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and otherworldly Turkish remakes of classic Hollywood films,” said Fantastic Fest founder Tim League.
See the full list of first »
- Jeff Bayer
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Having represented the two highest-profile Swiss titles at Locarno last week, Paris-based sales-production house Wide has acquired international sales rights to “2 Nights Till Morning,” the English-language debut of Helsinki-based Mikko Kuparinen.
“2 Nights” toplines Canada’s Marie-Josee Croze, a Cannes 2003 best actress winner for Denys Arcand’s “Barbarian Invasions.” She was also a highlight in Steven Spielberg’s “Munich,” and played the speech therapist in Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” Finland’s Mikko Nousianen, seen in Renny Harlin’s “5 Days of War,” co-stars.
“2 Nights” plays Haugesund’s New Nordic Films screenings, which kicks off today, before getting its North American premiere at the Montreal Festival, which bows Aug. 27, and big market premiere at Toronto, which begins Sept. 10.
Also written by Kuparinen and his second feature after “Body Fat Index of Love,” “2 Nights Till Morning” stars Croze as a French architect on a business trip who meets Nouianen’s D. »
- John Hopewell
Fantastic Fest is one hell of a film festival. Each year, the lineups are impressive and entertaining, the events are fun, and there’s just something wild and unpredictable about the Austin, TX-based Fest. Making sure that this year’s upcoming Ff (running from September 24 – October 1, 2015) isn’t going to disappoint whatsoever, the lineup and a small tease of some of the events have been announced, and whether it’s the appearance of Kurt Russell, Nicolas Winding Refn signing his hardcover book full of his exploitation movie posters, or a very impressive first wave of film programming, this year is going to be one for the books, and you can count on Icons of Fright being there, bringing you coverage of the whole festival!
One of the many highlights of today’s announcement is what was said to be “a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker »
- Jerry Smith
Fantastic Fest is touted as the largest genre film fest, from experience, I can tell you the Austin week-long event still feels like an intimate gathering, for fans who love of horror, sci-fi, experimental, foreign, action, animated and just straight-up gnarly film. The curtain has rolled back on this year's first wave of programming at the Alamo Drafthouse fest, held Sept. 24 through Oct. 1 at the South Lamar location. Highlights include the world premiere of Kurt Russell-starrer "Bone Tomahawk"; a retrospective of Turkish genre cinema; and a programming series from "Drive" and "Only God Forgives" director Nicolas Winding Refn, who will be supporting his new book "Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing." There are a few films that are crossing over with other major film fest lineups, like one-take flick "Victoria" which took home awards from Berlinale International. The initial film lineup for Fantastic Fest 2015 is below it's new poster, »
- Katie Hasty
The day has come. The reminder that Autumn is nearing and the best genre film festival in the Magnited States of America is nigh! We got the poster and the first wave of films listed below. Nicolas Winding Refn comes back and curates some obscure films and motherfuckin’ Kurt F’n Russell is coming with his new film, Bone Tomahawk! Read below and prepare for our coverage of this year’s Fantastic Fest!!!!
From the Press Release:
Austin, TX – Thursday, July 30, 2015 – Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, »
- Andy Triefenbach
Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox, and more star in the horror Western Bone Tomahawk, the closing film of Fantastic Fest 2015. Karyn Kusama's The Invitation is also included in the first wave of programming for the Austin-based festival that kicks off September 24th.
Press Release: "Austin, TX - Thursday, July 30, 2015 - Fantastic Fest announces the first wave programming lineup for its 11th annual celebration of exciting genre-bending films, including the World Premiere of Bone Tomahawk with Kurt Russell and Matthew Fox in attendance, a retrospective of Turkish Genre Cinema, and a special Mondo Gallery event and programming series curated by filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn to celebrate the release of his new book Nicolas Winding Refn: The Act of Seeing, which profiles Refn's collection of vintage exploitation-era American movie posters. "We're very excited about this year's mix of premieres, unique events and a retrospective theme unlike any other featuring audacious and »
- Derek Anderson
Straight Up Films has launched development of a movie based on Donnie Eichar’s “Dead Mountain: The Untold True Story of the Dyatlov Pass Incident” about nine mysterious deaths in 1959.
Producers are Kate Cohen, Marisa Polvino and Casey Carroll of Straight Up Films with Eichar while Peter Sussman exec produces. Cohen and Polvino are producers on Johnny Depp’s sci-fi drama “Transcendence” and Natalie Portman’s Western drama “Jane Got a Gun.”
Brandon Lee Tenney has been hired to adapt “Dead Mountain,” centered on Eichar’s five-year probe into the unsolved 1959 deaths of nine experienced hikers in Russia’s Ural Mountains on an elevation known as Dead Mountain. Soviet investigators had found that the hikers had torn open their tents and run barefoot out into the snow on a night in February, stating that an “unknown compelling force” had caused the deaths.
Access to the region was subsequently blocked »
- Dave McNary
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
Ever since Steven Spielberg's Jaws redefined the blockbuster back in the summer of 1975, sharks have been a big screen mainstay, terrifying film fans and spawning a horror sub-genre that's usually thrifty in budget but big on ludicrousness.
As Jaws celebrates its 40th birthday today (June 20), take a dive into B-movie heaven and fish out some of cinema's craziest shark-based cinema offerings.
1. Deep Blue Sea (1999)
The setup? A group of scientists in an underwater research base conduct experiments on sharks in a bid to find a cure for Alzheimer's. Boasting a cast that includes everyone from Thomas Jane to Samuel L Jackson (with LL Cool J as a parrot-loving chef), this is big and dumb - but most importantly, »
The Shanghai festival’s first Jackie Chan Action Movie Week wrapped with a sweet, but largely unnecessary, awards show.
The prizes, apparently chosen by the Shanghai public using Qq social media, were dominated by recent Chinese actioner “Wolf Warriors.” One also went, posthumously, to Thai director and action choreographer Panna Rittikrai, who died of cancer last year.
The gala brought to a close a well-intentioned event that kicked off five days earlier with a debate involving Jeffrey Katzenberg, Rob Cohen and Chinese star Wu Jing about the action genre, and played a program of 25 local and international action films.
The ceremony, at the Oriental TV Theater in the Pudong district, was gaudy, and the prizes – heavy, metal replicas of Jackie Chan’s hand in a thumbs up gesture – were tacky. But with only a couple of showpiece, martial arts-themed skits, and only seven prizes to be handed out, the session breezed by. »
- Patrick Frater
Directed By: Renny Harlin
Produced By; Jackie Chan
Story By: Jackie Chan
One of the greatest action stars of all time Jackie Chan is back in his latest Action/Comedy “Skiptrace“. Jackie has teamed up with international comedians in the past such as Chris Tucker, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan and Lee Evans, now his latest partner in crime is Johnny Knoxville.
Hong Kong detective Bennie Black (Jackie Chan) has been tracking notorious crime boss Victor Wong for over a decade. When Bennie’s young niece Samantha/bái shū (Fan Bingbing) gets into trouble with Wong’s crime syndicate, Bennie must track down the only man who can help him: fast-talking American gambler Connor Watts (Johnny Knoxville). Bennie races against the clock to bring Connor back to Hong Kong and the unlikely pair embark on an entertaining and perilous adventure from the snowy mountains of Mongolia to the windswept dunes of the Gobi desert. »
Co-written and directed by Kiah Roache-Turner, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead features telepathy, a zombie-fueled truck, plenty of living dead mayhem, and much more. On August 4th, Scream Factory's releasing the IFC Midnight film on Blu-ray and DVD.
Press Release: "A raucous, blood-soaked post-apocalyptic epic filled with inspired vehicular mayhem and unrestrained gore, Wyrmood: Road of the Dead is one of the most wildly entertaining genre films in years. Making its Blu-ray and DVD debut on August 4th, 2015 from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight, this critically-acclaimed rambunctious adventure Wyrmood: Road of the Dead comes loaded with bonus features, including an audio commentary with the Roache-Turner Brothers, the featurette The Wyrmdiaries: Behind the Scenes of Wyrmwood, Crowdfunding Videos: Wyrmwood Production Pitch, deleted scenes, a seven minute teaser scene, a gallery of storyboards by the director and the theatrical trailer. Fans can pre-order their copies now at ShoutFactory.com
- Derek Anderson
Derek Yee’s tribute to cinema’s nameless extras “I Am Somebody” has been set as the opening movie of the Shanghai International Film Festival. The 18th edition of the event runs June 13-21.
The film festival will wrap with Ballet In The Flames of War,” a Chinese-Russian co-production co-directed by China’s Dong Yachun and Russia’s Nikita Mikhalkov.
Getting its world premiere at Siff, “Somebody” is a comedy about the lives of extras based at the gigantic Hengdian World Studios, near to Shanghai. Hong Kong-based Yee said that everyone in the film industry has big dreams. He will be accompanied on the red carpet by Yu Dong, producer and founder of Bona Film Group, as well as a host of Hengdian extras.
“Ballet” is based on real events and recounts a Russo-Chinese love story that unfolded during World War II. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. »
- Patrick Frater
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
1999 was a great year for blockbusters. Everyone was talking about game changing cinema like The Matrix and The Blair Witch Project. The Sixth Sense was a monster hit. It was almost enough to make you forget about just how terrible The Phantom Menace was. For my money, the most entertaining film of that summer was Deep Blue Sea. Renny Harlin’s insane, over the top survival thriller about genetically altered sharks trying to escape the oceanic facility that houses them.
I’m sure I don’t need to recount the plot points of this classic. A young, determined Scientist played by Saffron Burrows tries to develop a cure for Alzheimer’s using smart sharks. Thomas Jane is the bad ass with a checkered past charged with keeping these hyper-intelligent killing machines in check. Samuel Jackson is the investor »
- Anghus Houvouras
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