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10 items from 2016


Crank: revisiting a Jason Statham classic, 10 years on

30 May 2016 3:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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It’s been 10 years since Neveldine/Taylor’s Crank was released. We look back at what might be Jason Statham’s best film...

Whenever we interview anyone for Den of Geek, we try to throw in a curveball of a final question by asking them, “What’s your favourite Jason Statham movie?” Obviously, there are plenty to choose from, but to date, the most common answer is Crank. Simon Pegg loves it. James McAvoy loves it. Rupert Grint loves it. The list goes on, and for good reason: it’s bonkers, and brilliant, and almost completely unique.

The contrivance that kickstarts Crank’s action is a great one: hitman Chev Chelios (The Statham, naturally) has been poisoned by a rival gangster, injected with a synthetic compound that blocks his adrenaline receptors. To stay alive, he’ll need to jack himself up with as many stimulants as possible. »

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James Franco, Elysium Set Latest Film Collaboration ‘Mississippi Requiem’

4 May 2016 7:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

James Franco, Elysium Bandini Studios and UCLA are developing “Mississippi Requiem” — a single movie consisting of four black and white shorts — Variety has learned exclusively. Franco will star in the adaptation of William Faulkner’s stories, along with Topher Grace, Amy Smart and Alicia Witt.

The pic deals with issues of race, gender and class set in the American South during the early 20th Century. Beth GrantMarianna Palka, Elayn Taylor, Sky Van Vliet and Zackary Arthur also star, along with musician George Lewis Jr., known as Twin Shadow.

The four Faulkner stories adapted include “A Dry September,” “That Evening Sun,” “Elly” and “A Rose for Emily.”

Elysium Bandini is partnered with UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television; Lee Caplin of Picture Entertainment; and Sabrina Coryell of Engaging the Senses Foundation.

This production is the second film collaboration this year under Elysium Bandini, the newly formed philanthropic studio »

- Dave McNary

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‘Flight 7500′ Review

14 April 2016 6:20 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Ryan KwantenAmy SmartJerry FerraraScout Taylor-ComptonChristian Serratos, Leslie Bibb | Written by Craig Rosenberg | Directed by Takashi Shimizu

Whenever a movie sits on the shelf for more than a couple years before being released, it’s hard not to wonder if the reason is because it turned out poorly. But when you look through the history books, or run a quick Google search, you’ll realize that many exceptional horror movies have languished in pre-release hell over the years. Films like You’re Next, The Cabin in the Woods, and Trick ‘r Treat took their sweet time entering our lives, and the same can certainly be said about Flight 7500 (formerly 7500).

But was this one worth the wait?

Written by Craig Rosenberg and directed by Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge), and originally set for release way back in 2012, Flight 7500 centers on the passengers of a doomed flight from Los Angeles to Tokyo. »

- John Squires

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Us Briefs: Dave Bautista latest big name to join 'Blade Runner' sequel

3 April 2016 8:39 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Plus: CinemaCon to anoint comedy trio; and more…

Dave Bautista will join Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright in Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel.

Plot points remain under the proverbial wraps, however Alcon said the Guardian Of The Galaxy and Spectre veteran would play “an important supporting role”.

Denis Villeneuve is scheduled to begin shooting in July. Warner Bros and Sony handle North American and international distribution, respectively.

Zac EfronAnna Kendrick and Adam DeVine will receive the CinemaCon Comedy Stars Of The Year Award on April 14. The trio star with Aubrey Plaza in Fox’s comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, set to open in North America on July 8. CinemaCon runs in Las Vegas from April 11-14.Burt Reynolds and Amy Smart have joined Sweet Tomato Films and Character Brigade’s family film And There Was Light. As previously announced, Jack Griffo from Nickelodeon show The Thundermans also stars in the story of a young »

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Amy Smart, Burt Reynolds Starring in Family Drama ‘And Then There Was Light’ (Exclusive)

1 April 2016 10:39 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amy Smart, Burt Reynolds and Jack Griffo will star in the inspirational family drama “And Then There Was Light,” Variety has learned exclusively.

Sweet Tomato Films and Character Brigade are producing the movie with Dori Rath and Joseph Restaino producing through Sweet Tomato Films. Castille Landon is directing from her own script.

The story centers on a young girl who loses her eyesight after a traumatic accident. Her parents seek out various options to help her adjust, including enrolling her in a program for seeing-eye dogs, but she is unable to connect until the head trainer of Southeastern Guide Dogs trains a miniature horse to be her companion.

Smart will play the mother of the girl and Reynolds will portray the trainer.

“It’s a really beautiful story about the bonds between family and overcoming adversity as a unit,” Smart said. “I felt a strong emotional connection to this project »

- Dave McNary

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Oliver Stone, Mark Duplass Headline 2016 Idaho Film Festival

2 March 2016 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Founded in the 1930s as a ski resort by railroad magnate W. Averell Harriman, Sun Valley, Idaho, swiftly grew to become a winter playground for the rich and famous. It was pushed to prominence by the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Gary Cooper and Marilyn Monroe, oft photographed dining at the area’s famed steakhouses or frolicking in its powdery snow.

Decades later, the Sun Valley Film Festival, kicking off its fifth year March 2, pays homage to its town’s storied beginnings, with a Wild West feel that combines with

a low-key, shabby-chic Hollywood crowd to create a fecund artistic haven for filmmakers, writers and assorted cineastes.

“It’s like a little Hollywood ski Shangri-la,” says Svff executive director Teddy Grennan of the fest, which attracts a mix of small-town locals and second-home owners from Los Angeles who’ve come to escape the daily grind. “I think that’s one of »

- Malina Saval

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Hollywood Stars to Hold Benefit for Flint, Michigan

19 February 2016 12:00 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Celebrity natives of Flint, Michigan are banding together to help their hometown. A group of Hollywood stars, led by Flint expat and famed jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater, are holding a concert on Feb. 21 to benefit those affected by the water contamination crisis. "We're all critically aware of what's going on in Flint," Bridgewater tells People. "My role is to perform and reach out to a lot of celebrities that I know in the Los Angeles area to make them aware of the benefit and see if I can get them involved." The three-time Grammy award-winner's family is currently suffering »

- Michael Miller, @write_miller

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12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

5 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

 Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen the subject of a particular entry, pay careful consideration to skipping it until you have...

"Good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

So said General Corman in Apocalypse Now. But what Corman should have said is, "Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature - assuming test audiences or studio executives will allow it to happen."

Downbeat endings are by no means out of the question in mainstream movies, but there have been times where filmmakers have, often at the last minute, had to go back and shoot a happier ending for one reason or another. For your delectation, »

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12 movies and their unused, downbeat endings

5 February 2016 6:30 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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From Body Snatchers to World War Z, here are 12 movies intended to have downbeat endings, but were changed for their theatrical release...

 Nb: The following contains inevitable spoilers. If you haven't seen the subject of a particular entry, pay careful consideration to skipping it until you have...

"Good does not always triumph. Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature."

So said General Corman in Apocalypse Now. But what Corman should have said is, "Sometimes, the dark side overcomes what Lincoln called the better angels of our nature - assuming test audiences or studio executives will allow it to happen."

Downbeat endings are by no means out of the question in mainstream movies, but there have been times where filmmakers have, often at the last minute, had to go back and shoot a happier ending for one reason or another. For your delectation, »

- ryanlambie

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Inspired By True Story Film Hangman Heading to DVD/Bluray This February!!

11 January 2016 12:44 PM, PST | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

I’m a sucker for films that hold the “Inspired by True Events” stamp on them. Sure, most of them are Very far from what the source crime happened to be, but still, it’s the quickest way to instantly get under my skin for a terrifying time. It’s with that approach that filmmaker Adam Mason’s Hangman sets genre fans up for a big scare, telling the story of a couple being stalked by an intruder and the events that follow. Led by Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect, Crank, Road Trip), Jeremy Sisto (Wrong Turn, TV’s “Wicked City”) and Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead, The War Zone, Secret Smile), Hangman is set to hit DVD/Bluray on February 9th, via Alchemy.

Returning from vacation, the Miller family find their home has been broken into. After cleaning up the mess they continue with their lives, shaking off the feeling of being violated. »

- Jerry Smith

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