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The wait is over for home media horror fans, as nine new Blu-ray titles were announced for release later this year and in 2018 at Scream Factory's coveted annual Comic-Con panel, including Collector's Edition releases of Drag Me to Hell, The Strangers, and Misery.
From Scream Factory: "We just revealed the following upcoming Scream Factory Blu-ray releases at our Comic Con panel this evening. Here's the line-up that will be coming soon to you in Nov and early 2018:
Silent Night Deadly Night (1984) – Ho Ho Horror! The anti-holiday slasher cult classic favorite is being prepped for release before Christmas.
The Strangers (Collector’s Edition) (2008) – One of »
- Derek Anderson
We’ve got some casting news for you that can definitely be classified as a “code red.”
Alec Baldwin has signed on to star in NBC’s upcoming live production of A Few Good Men; the Emmy-winning actor (30 Rock, SNL) will play Col. Nathan Jessup, the hard-edged Marine famously played by Jack Nicholson in the 1992 film version. The play centers on Navy lawyer Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise in the film), who’s charged with defending a pair of Marines facing court-martial for killing a fellow Marine. Baldwin’s casting is the first to be announced so far.
Accord Financial Corp. has closed a transaction through its Accord Financial Inc. to make a strategic investment in the Santa Monica-based film and television financier BondIt Media Capital for an undisclosed price.
Founded in 2014 by Matthew Helderman and Luke Taylor, BondIt Media Capital has provided financing to more than 200 feature films and television shows resulting in over $200 million of production spending. BondIt titles include Rob Reiner’s “Shock and Awe,” Ambi’s “Finding Steve McQueen,” starring Travis Fimmel and Forest Whitaker, and “All the Devil’s Men,” starring Milo Gibson. The deal was announced Monday.
BondIt’s co-founder and Chief Executive Helderman said, “We are thrilled to partner with the team at Accord given their international reputation, expertise and 40-year track record of delivering much-needed capital to entrepreneurs. Accord’s appreciation of the intricacies and needs of media finance will allow BondIt management to significantly increase both funding flexibility and efficiency, enhancing »
- Dave McNary
USA Network has made a decision on its last outstanding pilot, passing on period drama The Tap, from Rob Reiner and Andrew Lenchewski. The project, originally set up at USA in 2014 and ordered to pilot in 2016, was set at the most famous secret society in American college history, Yale's Skull and Bones. It took place around 1969, during the height of America's cultural and political revolution — a time when the campus is being upended by antiwar protests, race riots and… »
Christopher Guest revealed the initial inspiration for This is Spinal Tap at the A.V. Club comedy festival. Rob Reiner's This is Spinal Tap is the legendary mockumentary on the fictional hard rock band Spinal Tap that has spawned countless imitators and has even been turned into a descriptive term to poke fun at musicians and the entire music business as a whole. Many bands have spoken up to claim that they were the inspiration for This is Spinal Tap and there have been a few confirmed stories that made it into the movie, but the original inspiration for the cult-favorite mockumentary has never been revealed.
After taking part in the School of Film live event for A.V. Club's comedy festival, Guest took questions from the audience. One audience member stood up and asked Guest if any of the characters that he has portrayed over the yeas were autobiographical. »
The 70s band battled poverty, depression and infighting. Descent into the Maelstrom shows how they also changed the face of Australian music
The drama of the dysfunctional band has long been a staple of the rock documentary form. In a case of life imitating art imitating life, films from Some Kind of Monster (which sat in on Metallica’s group therapy sessions) to End of the Century (which chronicled the tragically bitter life and death of the Ramones) play like a reprise of the intra-band bickering so perfectly satirised in This Is Spinal Tap.
As the credits roll on Spinal Tap, Marty Dibergi, played by the director, Rob Reiner, asks bass player Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) whether playing rock’n’roll keeps you a child. I was reminded of this watching Descent into the Maelstrom, the story of Radio Birdman, as this brilliant, influential and notoriously volatile band squabble over their history and their legacy. »
- Andrew Stafford
In August 1983, Ronald Reagan was president, “Every Breath You Take” by The Police was in the middle of an eight-week run as the #1 single, Ivanka Trump wasn’t quite two years old, and few people were aware of the Church of Scientology. And “Risky Business,” the first movie to star Tom Cruise, became a surprise hit.
34 years later, Cruise is at a different kind of crossroads at the box office. He’s been charged with rebooting Universal’s Mummy franchise, which will launch the studio’s “Dark Universe” story world. And while “The Mummy” has already opened strongly in its first date (South Korea), projections here are considerably less kind. Reviews have ranged from disappointing to incendiary, and “Wonder Woman” is expected to soundly beat the film in its opening weekend.
While “The Mummy” won’t be a career highlight, »
- Tom Brueggemann
What did President Donald Trump mean on Tuesday night when he tweeted the word “covfefe“?
That’s what most of Twitter tried to figure out as the word began trending, with celebrities, journalists and authors weighing in and taking a stab as they attempted to decipher Trump’s tweet, “Despite the constant negative press covfefe.”
I'm gonna try and go back to sleep now. Everyone stay #covfefe
— James Corden (@JKCorden) May 31, 2017
— Jordan VanDina (@Shrimptooth) May 31, 2017
When "covfefe" is your activation word. »
- Alexia Fernandez
A psychological thriller directed by Roman Polanski and co-written by Polanski and Olivier Assayas – elevator pitches don’t get much more promising than that. Sadly, the lackluster outcome proves there’s no guaranteed recipe for success. Based on a True Story, adapted from the prize-winning novel by Delphine de Vigan, revisits territory Polanski has mined time and again over the course of his long career. Perhaps too many times, as the film feels like the work of an author thoroughly bored with his material, a sentiment impossible not to share as a viewer.
Delphine (Emmanuelle Seigner) is a successful author who has just published a book that draws from her mother’s experience with mental illness. At a book signing, she meets Her (Eva Green – the press notes state her character is actually called Elle, as in the French original, whereas the English subtitles at the Cannes premiere put it as “Her… »
- Giovanni Marchini Camia
This of course bodes well for the film, not only speaking to the studio’s faith in the picture but also the exposure it is bound to get.
The movie will recount Johnson’s early days as president, taking office while the country was still mourning the assassination of JFK, as well as the surrounding Vietnam War and civil rights movement.
Harrelson has »
- Samuel Brace
Electric Entertainment acquired all North American rights earlier this month for the movie, starring Harrelson as President Lyndon B. Johnson with Rob Reiner directing. The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan, and Michael Stahl-David. It was produced by Reiner, Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, Trevor White, and Tim White. “Lbj” had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The story follows Johnson through his work as Senate Majority Leader, his loss of the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), and his agreement to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, Johnson finds himself sidelined in the role of vice president. »
- Dave McNary
24 May 2017 9:02 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Distributed by Dean Devlin's Electric Entertainment, the Lyndon B. Johnson biopic starring Woody Harrelson will hit theaters on Nov. 10. It will open opposite another biopic about author A.A. Milne -- Fox Searchlight's Goodbye Christopher Robin starring Domhnall Gleeson and Margot Robbie.
Also released wide that weekend are Paramount's followup comedy Daddy's Home 2 starring Mark Wahlberg and Will Ferrell, Fox's starry thriller Murder on the Orient Express led by Johnny Depp and Daisy Ridley, and Sony's faith-based animated tale The Star.
- Ashley Lee
- Thom Geier
Entertainment finance firm BondIt Media Capital has finalized a strategic investment into Abs Entertainment Payroll & Production Accounting Services, Variety has learned exclusively.
The deal was announced Saturday at the Cannes Film Festival, where BondIt’s projects include Rob Reiner’s “Shock and Awe,” being sold by Voltage; “Finding Steve McQueen,” starring Travis Fimmel and Forest Whitaker, being sold by Ambi; and “All The Devil’s Men,” starring Milo Gibson and Sylvia Hoeks being sold by Gfm.
The alliance will allow for expansion of the firms’ joint services. Abs Payroll services up to 700 entertainment productions annually within the independent film community. BondIt and Abs will join forces to offer entertainment productions a one-stop-solution from payroll through senior financing. Kris King will take over as president of the Abs Payroll division running the daily operations.
“BondIt is thrilled to join »
- Dave McNary
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment announced today that they have sold German, Latin American and Middle Eastern territories for Devlin’s latest directorial effort Bad Samaritan, starring David Tennant and Robert Sheehan. Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, Wicker Park) penned the screenplay with Electric’s Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan producing alongside Devlin.
Buyers include Atlas in Germany, Imagem in Latin America, and Eagle in the Middle East. The deals were brokered by Sonia Mehandjiyska, Ralph Kamp and their international sales team, which will continue sales at the Marché du Film in Cannes.
Bad Samaritan centers on two young car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize houses of their unsuspecting patrons. Life is good for these petty thieves until they target the wrong house, changing their lives forever.
- Michelle Hannett
Exclusive: Electric Entertainment scores key deals on thriller.
Atlas has acquired rights for Germany, Imagem for Latin America, and Eagle for the Middle East.
Life is good for the petty thieves until they target the wrong house, changing their lives forever.
Electric Entertainment recently acquired North American distribution rights to Rob Reiner’s Lbj starring Woody Harrelson in the role of the bombastic 36th president of the United States. The film will open in autumn. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Simon Brew May 16, 2017
I can’t think of too many more recent well-deserved sci-fi blockbuster hits than The Martian. I really like the film a lot. Expertly directed by one of cinema’s best ever world builders, Ridley Scott, it of course told the story of a man stranded on the red planet, with the simple task of staying alive for, er, a long time before help could be found. Given that the Mars movies we got in the early 2000s were Mission To Mars and Red Planet, I’m happy to call The Martian a substantial upgrade.
I’d also suggest it brought the best out of Ridley Scott.
Scott came to The Martian relatively late in the day. »
Any mixture of Stephen King, William Goldman and Rob Reiner ought to be out of the ordinary. If you add to that an Oscar-winning performance by a relatively unknown actress, you’ve got something reasonably special. It’s called Misery (Odeon, Leicester Square, 18) and you’d have to be churlish not to be entertained.
Predicated, like most Hollywood box-office swingers, on a one-line concept – famous writer gets kidnapped by number one fan – the film hasn’t any depth to speak of, but is consistently shrewd enough not to go totally obvious ways. And the audacity in casting Kathy Bates as the dotty fan pays considerable dividends.
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- Derek Malcolm
Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.
– Focus Features has acquired the North American and select international rights to Jason Reitman’s “Tully.” Written by Diablo Cody, the comedy stars Charlize Theron, Mackenzie Davis, Mark Duplass and Ron Livingston.
“Tully” tells the story of Marlo (Theron), a mother of three who is gifted a night nanny by her brother (Duplass). Hesitant to the extravagance at first, Marlo comes to form a unique bond with the thoughtful, surprising, and sometimes challenging young nanny named Tully (Davis). The film will premiere in U.S. theaters on April 20, 2018.
Read More: Film Acquisition Rundown: Oscilloscope Picks Up ‘November,’ The Orchard Buys ‘Flower’ and More
- Graham Winfrey
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment announced today that it has acquired all rights for the U.S. and Canada for director Rob Reiner’s Lbj starring Woody Harrelson in the role of the bombastic 36th President.
The film also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Richard Jenkins, Bill Pullman, Jeffrey Donovan and Michael Stahl-David, and was produced by Reiner, Matthew George, Liz Glotzer, Trevor White and Tim White. Lbj had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and is set for a theatrical release in 2017.
After powerful Senate Majority Leader Lyndon Johnson (Woody Harrelson) loses the 1960 Democratic presidential nomination to Senator John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan), he agrees to be his young rival’s running mate. But once they win the election, despite his extensive legislative experience and shrewd political instincts, »
- Melissa Thompson
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