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Sneak Peek images, plus footage from the upcoming "Max Steel" feature film, based on the Mattel action figure line, directed by Stewart Hendler, starring Ben Winchell, Maria Bello, Andy Garcia and Mike Doyle, opening August 26, 2016:
"It’s very much designed to be grounded within the teen experience," said Hendler about the new film:
"'Max Steel' is an origin story following 'Max McGrath' who suddenly begins generating massive energy bursts from his body. Max meets a 'techno-organic' alien named 'Steel' and the two form a symbiotic bond that keeps their individual energies under control..."
"Neither of them can live without the other," said Hendler, "and they drive each other crazy. But when they work together, they can actually be something cool..."
Created internally by Mattel, the "Max Steel" franchise spans multi-platform entertainment, toys and consumer products.
The Max Steel line of action figures produced by Mattel initially sought »
- Michael Stevens
When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.
But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.
The film stars Teresa Palmer (“Triple 9”) as Rebecca; Gabriel Bateman (“Annabelle”) as Martin; Billy Burke (the “Twilight” franchise) as Martin’s father, Paul; Alexander Dipersia (“Forever”) as Rebecca’s boyfriend, »
- Michelle McCue
The latest trailer for the horror film “Lights Out” reminds you that everyone is afraid of the dark and that evil spirits feed on that fear. Produced by James Wan, the mastermind behind “The Conjuring 2” and “Insidious,” Teresa Palmer stars as Rebecca, a woman haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out.
In the new teaser, viewers get more of the backstory of the woman living in the shadows, Diana. When Rebecca’s little brother experiences the same unexplained and terrifying events as she did, both their safety gets threatened. They soon find out that the mysterious spirit is their mother’s past friend who reemerges after being dead.
- Liz Calvario
When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.
- Amie Cranswick
"Everyone is afraid of the dark, and that's what she feeds on." Warner Bros has debuted the second official trailer for David F. Sandberg's Lights Out, a new horror thriller that received some rave reviews after premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Based on Sandberg's short film, the film is about a malevolent ghost that only appears when the lights go out, which seems like a simple concept but it's done so effectively it makes this horror completely original and very, very scary. Teresa Palmer stars, along with Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello. There are a few creepy moments in this trailer, but the best scenes are being kept for the full movie. Which is a smart move. Don't watch in the dark. Here's the official trailer for David F. Sandberg's Lights Out, direct from WB's YouTube: You can still watch the first trailer for Lights Out here, »
- Alex Billington
Such is the box office draw of James Wan’s name that it seems Hollywood’s modern-day horror maestro has his hand in everything – be it another spinoff of The Conjuring franchise or Insidious: Chapter 4. Next in line for Wan is Lights Out, the feature film debut of David F. Sandberg that has today premiered a nerve-shredding new trailer.
Directing from a screenplay pitched by Eric Heisserer, Lights Out is the natural evolution of Sandberg’s own short film, which he wrote, directed and produced. In its leap to the big screen, the filmmaker has cast the likes of Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello for his horror feature.
Peppered with review quotes, today’s all-new snippet is a truly haunting experience and if you weren’t already planning to sleep with the lights firmly switched on tonight, the trailer above will ensure that »
- Michael Briers
When the trailer for David F. Sandberg’s Lights Out played in front of a recent general-audience screening for The Conjuring 2 that I attended, I started to feel for the first time that Sandberg might really be onto something with the film, a low-budget horror flick with an ingeniously simple premise: a vicious spirit that can only be seen (and, presumably, hurt you) in the dark. To borrow a phrase from Hitchcock: the trailer played the crowd like a piano. Lights Out is based on Sandberg’s short film of the same name, which went viral after hitting YouTube back in 2014. The three-minute clip ultimately caught the attention of Hollywood horror maestro James Wan, who came on board to produce a feature-length version of the short and even recruited some of his key creative partners (including Furious 7 cinematographer Marc Spicer) to the cause. "This guy has what it takes, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Earlier this month, filmmaker James Wan returned to the horror genre with his hit sequel The Conjuring 2, which has done quite well at the box office over the past few weeks. Next month, the filmmaker produces what could be one of the scariest movies this summer with Lights Out, hitting theaters July 22. To get fans ready for this horror-thriller, Warner Bros. has released the second terrifying trailer.
The first trailer debuted back in March, but we haven't heard much about this thriller since then. Warner Bros. did promote this movie during its CinemaCon presentation in April. With the success of James Wan's The Conjuring 2, it could be a good omen for Lights Out, although it will face quite the heavy hitter when it arrives in theaters July 22, going up against Paramount's Star Trek Beyond. We'll have to wait and see if the horror hounds or the sci-fi set will claim that weekend. »
The new, extended second trailer has been released for the James Wan-produced horror tale "Lights Out". David F. Sandberg makes his directorial debut on the project about a family stalked by a terrifying ghost that can only manifest in darkness. It's a feature adaptation of his short which is built upon the same premise. Teresa Palmer and Maria Bello star in the film which opens in cinemas July 22nd.
- Garth Franklin
“From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.”
Lights Out is based on the »
- Derek Anderson
From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no »
- Kellvin Chavez
Dwight Yoakam and Harold Perrineau have joined the cast of the Goliath TV show at Amazon. The original drama series comes from David E. Kelley and was previously known as Trial. Yoakam played Lyle Chumley on Under the Dome, which was cancelled last summer after three seasons on CBS. Fans of ABC's Lost probably still hear echoes of Perrineau, as Michael Dawson, yelling, "Waaaaaaalllt!"
Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello, Molly Parker, and Ever Carradine were previously cast. Goliath is written by Ally McBeal's David E. Kelley and The Practice's Jonathan Shapiro. Kelley, Shapiro, and Ross Fineman are executive prodcuing, with Parenthood's Larry Trilling. Madam Secretary's David Semel is directing.
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Bill Maher will host special live shows around the Republican and Democratic conventions; Nick Zano joins “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow” and “MADtv” returns with a new slate of comics in Wednesday’s TV round-up.
Nick Zano has been cast as a series regular in Season 2 of The CW’s “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” Variety has confirmed. He’ll play Dr. Nate Heywood, a historian whose grandfather was the hero known as Commander Steel, a member of the Justice Society of America. In the comics, Nate becomes a hero in his own right and takes the name Citizen Steel, paying homage to his grandfather’s legacy by becoming a member of the Jsa. The news was first reported by Variety’s sister site Deadline.
Courtney B. Vance, Toby Jones, and Bradley Whitford have joined the cast of TNT drama pilot “Civil.” Directed by Allen Coulter and written and executive-produced by Scott Smith, “Civil“ takes place in the wake of a hotly contested Presidential election, as America finds itself plunging uncontrollably into a modern day Civil War. In addition, Brian D’Arcy James will guest-star in the pilot, which also stars Enrique Murciano in a lead role.
Anna Gunn is joining season 2 of “Shades of Blue” as a dirty cop-turned-Machiavellian politician. The official description for her yet-to-be-named character is as follows: “A city Councilwoman on the rise and primed for a run at the Mayor’s office, she’s the former protégée of Wozniak (Ray Liotta) who used to be part of Harlee’s (Jennifer Lopez) dirty crew of cops. She’s a chameleon who rose up the ranks of the NYPD to Captain and then launched a political career fueled by her charisma and the fact that she is as comfortable at a blue-collar bar as she is at the Governor’s mansion.”
Amazon has cast multi-platinum recording artist Dwight Yoakam in its original series “Goliath” (formerly known as “Trial”). Yoakam will play Wendell Corey, who heads the giant aerospace company defended by powerful law firm Cooperman McBride, Borns Tech. “Goliath” will premiere on Amazon Prime Video this fall, and stars Billy Bob Thornton, William Hurt, Olivia Thirlby, Maria Bello and Molly Parker. The series is written by David E. Kelley and Jonathan Shapiro.
“Real Time with Bill Maher” will cover the Republican and Democratic conventions with four live half-hour editions, HBO announced Wednesday. Maher’s special shows will report on the Republican convention on Wednesday, July 20 and Thursday, July 21, and the Democratic convention on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at 11 p.m. each night. Maher will be giving a rapid response to that evening’s events, and each show will also feature three in-studio panel guests. The show will also air its regularly scheduled programming on Friday of both weeks at 10 p.m. on HBO.
“MADtv” returns to television with an all-new cast of comedians Tuesday, July 29 from 9-10 p.m. on The CW. New comics will include Carlie Craig, Chelsea Davison, Jeremy D. Howard, Amir K, Lyric Lewis, Piotr Michael, Michelle Ortiz and Adam Ray.
Bravo peers into the looking glass in the new special “Before They Were Housewives” to explore the inside story of Luann de Lesseps on Wednesday, June 22 at 10 p.m. Tracing Lesseps’ long rise from humble beginnings to the “Real Housewives,” the show takes viewers deeper than ever before into the Countess’s past. The special airs after an all-new episode of “The Real Housewives of New York City.”
USA Network will premiere “Mr. Robot Decoded,” a one-hour special that explores the authenticity and societal impact of “Mr. Robot,” on Monday, June 20 at 11:05 p.m. The special features commentary and interviews with “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail, along with cast members Rami Malek, Christian Slater, Portia Doubleday, and Carly Chaikin, along with journalists, filmmakers and tech experts.
Rlj Entertainment’s Athena brand has acquired the electronic-sell-through (Est), subscription video on demand (Svod), and home video rights in North America to the new music documentary Soundbreaking: Stories from the Cutting Edge of Recorded Music from Higher Ground LLC.
Produced in association with the late music producer Sir George Martin, and the filmmakers Show of Force, LLC, the eight-part series features more than 150 exclusive and original interviews with artists such as Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Elton John, Roger Waters, Joni Mitchell, Roger Daltrey, Linda Perry, Quincy Jones, B.B. King, Annie Lennox, Dave Stewart, Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Bonnie Raitt, Rosanne Cash, Steven Van Zandt, Billy Idol, Beck and RZA.
Executives Ryan Pinette has been elevated to Svp, production and operations, Bravo & Oxygen Media. Pinette will continue to oversee all aspects related to the production of original series and specials for Bravo and expands his role to Oxygen’s growing slate of original programming including the recently announced series “Strut,” “Last Squad Standing,” “The Battle of the Ex Besties,” and “Unprotected.” Sports Al Michaels, Dan Patrick, Rebecca Lowe, Liam McHugh and Carolyn Manno will serve as hosts for NBC’s coverage of the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. They join Bob Costas, NBC’s primetime Olympics host for the 11th time, and Ryan Seacrest, who will host NBC’s late night show from Rio. Michaels will serve as a host during NBC’s daytime coverage on weekdays and weekends. Patrick and Lowe will work across both NBC and Nbcsn. McHugh and Manno will handle Nbcsn hosting duties. The Opening Ceremony is Friday, August 5 on NBC. »
- Lamarco McClendon
Twenty years after their Oscar-winning Sling Blade, Dwight Yoakam and Billy Bob Thornton are pairing on screen again. The country icon is the newest addition to the cast of Goliath, a straight-to-series drama for Amazon Prime with Thornton in one of its lead roles.
Yoakam will play the leader of a huge aerospace company defended by the law firm at the center of Goliath. Thornton and fellow Hollywood legend William Hurt play two of the firm's partners in what's described as "the ultimate David vs. Goliath battle fought in the 21st century American legal system. »
About a year ago, I received a Facebook message from a friend of mine telling me I needed to watch a short that was making its rounds on the internet. She sent me the link and told me to watch it with the lights out. I wasn’t sure what to expect but figured no harm no foul. I shut my lights off and hit play. I wish I could say that I made it through the 3 minute short in one sitting, or that I even made it through the whole thing during the second viewing. However, it took me 3 times to finally sit down and watch Lights Out from start to finish because I was so unnerved. The story is simple – a woman is home alone and when she turns off the lights a shadowy figure stands in the hallway only to disappear when the lights turn on. The short was effective in terrifying the viewer and soon became a viral sensation online. When news broke that they would be making this short into a feature film, with the same director doing the feature and James Wan set to produce, I was ecstatic.
For those not familiar with the 2016 movie Lights Out, it centers around a family who has been haunted by a creature who can only appear when the lights are out. The film is directed by David F. Sandberg (who also directed the 2013 short of the same name) and stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies), Gabriel Bateman (Annabelle), Alexander Dipersia (I Am Legend) and Maria Bello (A History Of Violence). The film starts off with a bang when we are introduced to Paul (Billy Burke), the husband of Sophie (Maria Bello), at his office inside a textile mill. As the office closes for the evening, Paul’s assistant Esther (Lotta Losten – who was the main focus in the 2013 short), goes about shutting everything down for the evening which leads us to our first introduction of the shadowy figure. As a side note, I loved that director David Sandberg did an homage to his short by using his wife as the main focus to meeting this creature. After Esther leaves the office, Paul is left to face the creature one-on-one which results in horrifying consequences and brings us to the main focus of the story.
I wanted to love Lights Out, I really did. There were moments that frightened me and made me jump but unfortunately what made the 2013 short so remarkable was lost in the feature film. The passion and simplicity that is seen throughout the short was swept under the rug for a more mainstream and studio driven film. Though I was disappointed, I didn’t outright dislike the film. If there is something that Lights Out did well it was bring the subject of depression into the spotlight. The protagonist’s mother, Sophie (Maria Bello), is suffering from severe depression and we see her journey through snippets of information from her past and her unraveling in the present. I left the theater with a different view and interpretation of what the shadowy figure was and what it meant for each of the characters that it affected. I wish more filmmakers were able to bring mental illness to the forefront in a creative way such as what David F. Sandberg did.
Though the story lacked what I was hoping for with the feature, the acting was solid. Teresa Palmer stood her ground as a cross between a scream queen and a final girl – she was confident and strong and didn’t ooze desperation or neediness when it came to needing help from her male counterpart Bret (Alexander Dipersia). Maria Bello was fantastic, though she usually is in everything that she does, and I felt myself really rooting for her character in the end. However, the breakout role goes to Gabriel Bateman, who played the son Martin. His character was one of the main focuses of the shadowy entity and Gabriel did a fantastic job of transforming his character from that of a terrified child to one of a brave and courageous mini-adult.
All in all, Lights Out had major potential. Though it did fall flat in some areas, those who may not be familiar with the short, will enjoy what this film has to offer. I think what is most important to remember for those of us who are fans of the short is that the feature film is not going to be a continuous of the short. I went into this with high expectations but I think had I lowered those and went in with more of an open mind I would have enjoyed the film more. Those who are easily scared (raises hand) will have fun with all the jump scares as well as the creepy and dark atmosphere. Peppered throughout the film is some humor that lightens the mood and makes the experience of viewing the movie even more enjoyable. Lights Out had its moments where I could see the director’s voice and passion shining through and it makes me excited to see what else he has in store for the horror genre in the future.
- Shannon McGrew
Sometimes you go into a movie as a horror fan just hoping that what you’re about to see will deliver the proverbial goods. Such was the case for me with Lights Out; I fell in love with David F. Sandberg’s brilliant short film by the same name when I first saw it, and so I was curious just how well his three-minute tale of terror would translate for longer-form storytelling. Honestly, though, Lights Out ended up being even more fun and terrifying than I could have possibly expected, as it brilliantly preys on our most primal fears and thoughtfully delves into mental health issues, with its villain becoming a metaphor for those who struggle with the all-consuming afflictions of the mind.
Lights Out centers on a young woman named Rebecca (Teresa Palmer from Warm Bodies) who left home years ago after her father vanished on her unstable mother, »
- Heather Wixson
David F. Sandberg’s no-budget, near-wordless 2013 short film “Lights Out” features a premise so simple it’s essentially a cinematic haiku. A woman is alone in her apartment, and when the lights turn off, an eerie female figure appears; when they come back on, the figure disappears. But Sandberg’s three-minute execution of this simple premise was clever enough — and virally popular enough — to secure the inexperienced Swedish filmmaker the support of horrormeister James Wan. Now armed with studio backing, his feature length expansion of that short never strays too far from its source, essentially repeating the same jump scare, over and over again, for most of its muscular 80 minute running time. What’s most shocking is how well it still works.
Very obviously a first feature, “Lights Out” is full of camp (most of it clearly intentional, some perhaps not), and its underlying mythology is confused and often ridiculous. »
- Andrew Barker
Year after year, Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival (running July 14th–August 2nd) is our favorite event of the year. Always showcasing amazing films and their respective filmmakers, films like At The Devil’S Door (I dare you to ask me how much I love that film) and The Demolisher were brought to our attention thanks to the fest and this year, celebrating its 20th Anniversary, Fantasia has announce its first wave of films and some exciting and impressive guests. Also unveiled, is the 20th anniversary poster art, courtesy of award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron, showcasing iconic themes from previous years. Read on and be on the lookout for info on F.I.F.F’s Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21–24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th but until then, here is enough info the make you fright fanatics go nuts. »
- Jerry Smith
The first programming has been revealed for the 20th annual Fantasia International Film Festival. Taking place from July 14th–August 2nd in Montreal, this year’s Fantasia will honor Guillermo del Toro with the Cheval Noir Award, and the newly revealed first wave of programming includes screenings of Lights Out, Abattoir, In a Valley of Violence, Under the Shadow, Trash Fire, Teenage Cocktail, and more:
Press Release: Montreal, May 26, 2016 – The Fantasia International Film Festival will be celebrating its 20th Anniversary in Montreal this summer, taking place from July 14-August 2, with its Frontiéres international co-production market and Industry Rendez-Vous weekend being held July 21-24. The full lineup of over 130 feature films will be announced July 5th. In the meantime, the festival is excited to announce a selected first wave of titles, along with several special happenings.
For Fantasia’s 2016 poster, the festival has once again turned to award-winning Quebec visual artist Donald Caron. »
- Derek Anderson
Exclusive: President of international sales and distribution Jeffrey Greenstein and his team hit the Croisette with sales rights to a host of hot titles including ensemble drama The Circus and Day Of The Dead.
Terrence Malick will serve as executive producer on the story from St. Tisa and Millimeter Films about a man and his daughter who experience love, magic and loss against the backdrop of a travelling circus. Nu Image holds worldwide rights excluding Scandinavia.
Producers are Thor Halvorssen, Anthony Lucero and Suliko Tsulukidze. Joining Malick on the executive producers roster are Ilene Feldman, Tamara Tatishvili, Nu Image founder Avi Lerner and Millennium Films president Mark Gill. Noshre Chkhaidze is line producer and Dave Matthews is composing original music.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
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