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On tap right now is the first artwork for Saw V director David Hackl's new film, Endangered (formerly Red Machine), and we cannot wait for this one. It's been a long time since last we had a bear causing chaos movie!
In the action thriller Endangered, a deputy whose mission is protecting the threatened grizzly bear suddenly finds himself conflicted when a massive rogue grizzly wreaks havoc on a local Alaskan community. Enlisting the help of his estranged brother, he enters the labyrinthian Grizzly Maze to track down his wife who’s gone missing before the bear does. As the body count mounts, and an infamous bear hunter enters the fray determined to take down the bear he’s been waiting for his whole life, no one is safe in the harsh Alaskan wilds. »
- Uncle Creepy
The line-up of films premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival has been released, and there are a lot of good movies, one of which includes The Raid 2, which I am incredibly excited to see! It's easily my most anticipated film at the festival.
The Sundance Film Festival takes place from January 16th to the 26th in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden, and Sundance, Utah. From the press release:
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said, “The Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival feature new work from many established independent filmmakers who began their careers at our Festival years ago, which allows us to reflect on the impact, legacy and growth of the independent film movement over the past 30 years.”
Trevor Groth, Director of Programming for the Sundance Film Festival, said, “In many of the films selected for our 2014 Sundance Film Festival, we see fascinating characters and subjects throughout. »
- Joey Paur
Our Sundance 2014 pre-coverage continues with some first look images and synopses from a collection of films that will have their world premiere at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Briefly: Rudderless – Directed by William H. Macy; starring Billy Crudup, Anton Yelchin, Felicity Huffman, Selena Gomez, Laurence Fishburne, and William H. Macy. The Trip to Italy – Directed by Michael Winterbottom; starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon. The Voices – Directed by Marjane Satrapi; starring Ryan Reynolds, Gemma Arterton, Anna Kendrick, and Jacki Weaver. White Bird in a Blizzard – Written and directed by Gregg Araki; starring Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, and Thomas Jane. Young Ones – Written and directed by Jake Paltrow; starring Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Elle Fanning, and Kodi Smit-McPhee. Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th. Rudderless / U.S.A. (Director: William H. Macy, Screenwriters: Casey Twenter, »
- Adam Chitwood
The Sundance Film Festival made their final feature film line-ups with the Premieres category announcements. Sixteen films with huge name talent, returnee filmmakers and plenty of buyer interest/and future all night wheeling, and dealing.
After breaking out in Park City with The Guard, John Michael McDonagh returns (alongside actor Brendan Gleeson) the much anticipated Calvary. Mike Cahill (alongside actress Brit Marling) returns with more sci-fi terrain with, I Origins. Jake Paltrow who managed to sink instead of swim with The Good Night, was again surfaces with Young Ones. And this was unexpected, but Jordan Vogt-Roberts makes it back to back years with Toy’s House (The Kings of Summer) re-teams with Nick Offerman for Nick Offerman: American Ham (which is more concert-comedy film than narrative feature).
- Eric Lavallee
An unusually strong international flavor pervades the Sundance Film Festival’s Premieres slate, with new pictures from British helmer Michael Winterbottom, Irish directors Lenny Abrahamson and John Michael McDonagh, Dutch filmmaker Anton Corbijn, Welsh-born action maven Gareth Evans and Iranian-born French auteur Marjane Satrapi figuring prominently among the 17 world-premiere titles unveiled today alongside the Documentary Premieres section.
See Also: Sundance Unveils 2014 Competition, Next Lineups
For director of programming Trevor Groth, the flowering of international auteur talent in Premieres is the result of a considered effort that began shortly after he and fest director John Cooper launched their first edition in 2010. While their immediate focus was on beefing up the dramatic competition as a showcase for new filmmakers, broader international outreach across all sections of the festival became a similar priority.
“I think we’ve really built the dramatic competition up in a way that it’s firing at the level we always hoped it would, »
- Justin Chang
The Sundance Film Festival announced the titles selected to screen in its out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections. Last year, the movies that were launched in these categories — which typically highlight filmmakers who’ve appeared at Sundance before — included Before Midnight, Don Jon, and The Way Way Back; this year appears to be just as promising. In Lynn Shelton’s Laggies, a young woman stuck in arrested-development (Keira Knightley) has her life upended by an unexpected marriage proposal. In David Wain’s They Came Together — surely, a naughty pun, yes? — Wet Hot American Summer alums Amy Poehler and Paul Rudd »
- Jeff Labrecque
Festival top brass announced on December 9 the Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections.
Gareth Evans returns with The Raid 2, Anton Corbijn makes his first appearance at Sundance with the John Le Carré adaptation A Most Wanted Man, while Michael Winterbottom brings his comedy sequel The Trip To Italy starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon (pictured).
The line-up includes I Origins, Mike Cahill’s follow-up to Sundance 2011 prize winner Another Earth, as well as new work from Park City perennials Lynn Shelton with Laggies and Ira Sachs with Love Is Strange.
Documentary Premieres include the indefatigable Alex Gibney’s Finding Fela, Happy Valley from Amir Bar-Lev, the Roger Ebert portrait Life Itself from Steve James, the George Takei film To Be Takei and Joe Berlinger’s hot-off-the-press Whitey: United States Of America v. James »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Frank Darabont's The Mist, his big-screen version of Stephen King's novella, is under development as a 10-part TV series, according to The New York Times (via The Playlist). Darabont is involved with the show's development. No other details have been announced yet. King's novella, first published in 1980, detailed the events in a small town in Maine after it is enveloped by a strange mist, from which horrifying, bloodthirsty creatures emerge. Some of the town's citizens are trapped in a supermarket, where they are eventually pitted against one another, divided by their own prejudices and religious beliefs. Thomas Jane starred in the 2007 film version, which built a credibly high level of tension and maintained fidelity to its source material, although Darabont chose...
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The Weinstein Company along with filmmaker Frank Darabont are reportedly developing a new 10 part TV show based on Darabont's 2007 creature feature adaptation 'The Mist'. Darabont, who previously helped bring AMC's 'The Walking Dead' to the small screen, will be developing the movie which was based on the original story by horror author Stephen King. No actual details about the plot have yet been revealed but most of the events that revolved around the group of survivors holding up in a local supermarket were thorougly covered in the movie so should we expect to follow survivors elsewhere? Most likely yes. The movie starred Thomas Jane ('The Punisher') and Laurie Holden ('Silent Hill'). »
Despite the commercial failure of Frank Darabont’s excellent adaptation of Stephen King’s supernatural novella The Mist (a modern genre masterpiece in my opinion which recently featured in our underrated King adaptations feature), it appears The Weinstein Company is working alongside the writer/director with a plan to bring the story to the small screen. Since its release back in 2007, Darabont’s film led by the brilliant Thomas Jane, has gone on to find an appreciated audience in much the same way as John Carpenter’s celebrated 1982 sci-fi horror classic The Thing.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker of such classics as The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile and who is no stranger to television (having worked on The Shield, The Walking Dead and currently gangster series Mob City) has proposed 10-part series. It’s currently unknown if this will be a retelling of the Dimension film; continues from that shocking »
- Craig Hunter
There's a new circus rolling into town, and this one favors a big chop over the big top. As if food prices at such an event weren't horrifying enough, Jack Reher will be doing his damnedest to bring some freaky terror from author William Ollie's Sideshow to the screen.
Reher is the screenwriter behind the upcoming Red Machine, aka Endangered, starring Billy Bob Thornton, James Marsden, Piper Perabo, and Thomas Jane. His Wet House, to be produced by Zero Gravity and directed by Mukunda Michael Dewil, is in pre-production. Reher also just completed an adaptation of the 80s cult classic Pin. Most recently, Reher adapted Jon Bassoff’s highly acclaimed debut novel Corrosion for the screen, and it is currently out to directors.
Sideshow Book Synopsis
The smoke ring rose, higher and higher, changing shape as it went, until it disappeared into a cloud that moments ago had looked like the caboose of a train, »
- Uncle Creepy
Actress Annabeth Gish (below) who can currently be seen starring in FX's new crime series 'The Bridge' has joined writer/director Mike Flanagan's ('Oculus', 'Absentia') new horror project 'Somnia' which is currently shooting. Gish will play the case worker in charge of the case of an orphaned boy whose dreams and nightmares become reality while he sleeps. Gish joins the already cast Kate Bosworth ('Straw Dogs') and Thomas Jane ('Deep Blue Sea') who play the foster parents of the talented kid. Kyla Deaver, Lance E. Nichols and Justin Gordon also star. »
• Tom Cruise and director Doug Liman are reportedly courting Jack Nicholson for the Warner Bros. comedy El Presidente, about a by-the-books secret service agent assigned to protect “America’s worst former President” who boozes and womanizes with abandon. Nicholson would play the part of the President, a VP who assumed the Commander-in-Chief’s job after the President died. According to the report, the project has been in development since 2010 — originally with Jay Roach in the director’s chair. Nicholson and Cruise appeared together previously in 1992′s A Few Good Men, which earned Nicholson a Best Supporting Actor nomination. The three-time »
- Lindsey Bahr
She joins Thomas Jane, Kate Bosworth, and Jacob Tremblay in the psychological thriller, which is produced by Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy alongside Demarest Film’s Sam Englebart and William D. Johnson. Flanagan co-wrote the film with Jeff Howard, who also co-wrote Flanagan’s Oculus.
The American Film Marker recently announced two films about sleep paralysis: Mara a narrative that sees a criminal psychologist investigating the murder of a man that ultimately reveals a mystery surrounding a demon that kills people while they sleep; and Nightmare, a documentary about the phenomenon from Room 237 director Rodney Ascher.
While Somnia doesn’t explicitly appear to be about sleep paralysis, the idea of nightmares coming to life while one sleeps »
- Brad McHargue
Bell plays a single girl who is mistaken for a stranger’s blind date en route to her parents’ anniversary, leading to her finally finding the perfect boyfriend. [Source: Deadline]
Burying the Ex
Anton Yelchin ("Star Trek"), Ashley Greene ("The Twilight Saga"), Alexandra Daddario ("Percy Jackson") and Oliver Cooper ("Project X") have joined the cast of Joe Dante's horror comedy "Burying the Ex" for Voltage Pictures. Filming begins Monday in Los Angeles.
Yelchin and Greene play a couple whose relationship takes a nose dive once they move in together. When she dies in a freak accident, he prepares to move on with a new girl (Daddario), only for the old flame to rise from the grave. [Source: The Wrap]
Ron Livingston has scored »
- Garth Franklin
'Absentia' and 'Occulus' director Mike Flanagan is busy prepping his newest horror project 'Somnia'. Production on the new horror/thriller kicks off this week and is scheduled for a 2015 release. The project, co-penned by Jeff Howard along with Flanagan, stars Kate Bosworth -below ('Straw Dogs') and Thomas Jane ('Deep Blue Sea') as husband and wife whom take in an orphaned child (played by Jacob Tremblay) who happens to have the ability to manifest his own dreams and nightmares when he sleeps. Kyla Deaver, Lance E. Nichols and Justin Gordon also star. I guess we should think of 'Somnia' as a more terrifying version of Eddie Murphy's 'Imagine That'? »
The sequel, which Roadshow will release on February 20, got mostly glowing reviews at the world premiere in the Venice Film Festival.
Us distributors saw the film at a market screening at the Toronto International Film Festival and Mclean was confident a Us deal would close soon afterwards.
The Weinstein Company.s Dimension Films released the original in the Us in 2005, making a tidy $US16.3 million. The worldwide gross was $27.7 million, according to Box Office Mojo.
"My co-producer Helen Leake and I are very excited to be working with Image," Mclean tells If.. "They are a super smart company who specialise in the genre space, »
- Don Groves
Resiliency has been the predominant theme among buyers and sellers at the halfway point of the 34th edition of the American Film Market, with more than 2,000 projects for sale.
The market began Nov. 6 with a major jolt as the announcement that Focus Features Intl. would shut its London-based operations at the end of December rocked the market. The shuttering is part of Comcast’s shakeup at Focus Features. Ffi staffers, including president Alison Thompson, have soldiered on from their suite at the Loews and continued selling existing titles.
But the closing of a well-respected operation — one that had not seen Focus Features deliver a blockbuster hit such as Fox Searchlight’s “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” — offered up a stark reminder of the pervasive bean-counting mentality among corporate owners.
“That was rough,” noted FilmNation topper Glen Basner. “Alison has run a very solid operation.”
On Nov. 7, Sierra/Affinity took over »
- Dave McNary
If You See Her
Hailee Steinfeld plays a teen assassin who runs away in hopes of living an ordinary high school life. »
- Garth Franklin
Image Entertainment has nabbed the U.S. rights for cult director Brian Trenchard-Smith's Drive Hard, starring John Cusack and Thomas Jane. The film was bankrolled by Vancouver based production company Odyssey Media Inc. Odyssey has a track record that includes such gems as Avalanche Shark Attack, Fire Quake, Dracano and Uwe Boll's Suddenly. Yep. Quality. Brian Trenchard-Smith is, of course, a very much beloved director of cult films like BMX Bandits, Turkey Shoot (aka Escape 2000) and The Man From Hong Kong! Here's more from the official press release: Image Entertainment, an Rlj Entertainment (Nasdaq: Rlje) brand, has acquired all U.S. rights at the American Film Market to the action film Drive Hard starring John Cusack (The Number Station, 2012) and Thomas Jane (The Punisher). Drive...
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