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How the Team Behind 'Unfriended' Pulled Off the Most Ingenious Horror Film in Years

24 April 2015 4:09 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The Death-by-Skype Horror Movie 'Unfriended' is an Unlikely Critical Hit Let's face it -- the majority of horror films released by studios nowadays are neither all that scary or particularly creative. Universal's current micro-budget hit "Unfriended," written by Nelson Greaves and directed by Leo Gabriadze, is both.  Dreamed up by "Wanted" director Timur Bekmambetov, "Unfriended" plays out entirely on a MacBook screen, where six high school students -- plus one sinister seventh party -- group chat on Skype on the one-year anniversary of their classmate Laura Barns' suicide. When the mystery user claims to be Barns, the teens start dying, one by one.  The ingenious execution of "Unfriended" (who knew static webcam images could induce suspense?) hasn't gone unnoticed by film critics, many of whom embraced the film prior to its theatrical launch last week -- a rarity for the horror genre. For a roundup of the positive. »

- Nigel M Smith

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Timur Bekmambetov Talks Unfriended, the Ben-hur Remake, Wanted 2, and More

20 April 2015 1:12 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Unfriended is a low budget horror film produced by Timur Bekmambetov. The film takes place entirely on a laptop screen and features six teenagers communicating via Skype when someone unexpectedly joins their call, someone who claims to be a girl named Laura Barns, a classmate of theirs who committed suicide a year ago. Soon after the first Unfriended trailer hit the web, it collected millions of views. It’s also racked up some serious social media attention with 261,951 tweets using the hashtag #Unfriended published in a single day, beating Fifty Shades of Grey’s record of 240,697 tweets the first day its trailer was released. The found footage genre has been long mastered by the authors of horror films, but Unfriended is still considered to be a fresh take not only in the genre, but also in cinematic language. Unfriended sparked a huge stir at the Fantasia International Film Festival in »

- Elizaveta Chalenko

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Box Office: ‘Furious 7′ Outruns ‘Paul Blart 2,’ ‘Unfriended’

19 April 2015 7:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Furious 7″ ran laps around the competition, picking up $29.1 million in its third weekend of release, according to studio estimates.

The fast cars sequel withe the gravity-defying stunts is barreling toward the $300 million mark Stateside, having already hurtled past the $1 billion mark globally. Domestically, “Furious 7″ has earned $294.4 million.

“This is how you build a record year,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “These are summer-style numbers in April.”

Despite “Furious 7’s” continued dominance, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2″ did better than expected, pulling in a solid $24 million across 3,633 locations. It had been projected to fall short of the $20 million barrier.

It’s good news for Sony Pictures, which had a painful chapter from its recent history dredged up this week when Julian Assange’s WikiLeaks published an archive of emails and documents that were stolen by hacker group Guardians of Peace. However, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Paul Blart’ Sequel Opens to $22 Million; ‘Furious 7′ Still No. 1

18 April 2015 9:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kevin James isn’t quite as fast as Vin Diesel at the box office but he’s not entirely out of the race this weekend.

Sony’s “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2,” playing in 3,633 theaters, should open to a solid $22 million domestically. That’s slightly below the 2009 original comedy, which debuted to $31 million but still, better than the $16 million projections.

Universal’s “Furious 7″ will likely cruise to its third straight win with an estimated $26 million haul.

The racing blockbuster, directed by James Wan, just crossed $1 billion worldwide to become the fastest movie to ever reach the billion-dollar club. It should hit $300 million domestically next week.

Universal’s other release, low-budget horror film “Unfriended,” is logging in with $16.5 million this weekend. Not bad for a movie that cost over $1 million to produce.

Unfriended” tells the story of six teenagers who are terrorized by an anonymous person online. The project hails »

- Variety Staff

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Unfriended | Review

16 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Face to Face: Gabriadze’s Topical Mutation of Technological Terror

How effectively chilling it is may be arguable. But there’s no denying that Levan Gabriadze’s English language debut Unfriended manages to be clever and somewhat topically meaningful in the age of cyberbullying on social media apps that have chained humans unwittingly to being constantly recorded, in some sense, at nearly every waking moment. Produced by Timur Bekmambetov, the film premiered as Cybernatural (too kitschy for the cool kids) at the 2014 Fantasia Film Festival, its fascination with and deliberate technological framing manage to meld found-footage aesthetics with the attention span of the real-time generation. Screenwriter Nelson Greave’s plot feels kind of similar to Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s creepy 2001 internet ghost film Pulse (which got a Us redo in 2006), but manages to keep an adept, impressive focus on all the action taking place from the perspective of one character’s home screen. »

- Nicholas Bell

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Wanted 2: the decision lies with Universal

15 April 2015 10:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Director Timur Bekmambetov reveals that the story is in place for Wanted 2 - it just needs a green light from Universal...

The 2008 movie Wanted was a good, solid hit for Universal Pictures and director Timur Bekmambetov. So much so that pretty much ever since, there's been chatter about a possible sequel. A sequel that, you've probably noticed, hasn't materialised.

In truth, we'd assumed that Wanted 2 was a dead project. The last we heard on it was a couple of years ago, and it just seemed like the film had missed its moment. Yet director Bekmambetov is still keen to move things forward.

In a new chat with Collider, he revealed that "for my part, I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I've seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there »

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Wanted 2 Still Happening, Wants Angelina Jolie And James McAvoy Back

15 April 2015 4:22 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s been close to seven years since Wanted smashed into cinemas in such gloriously over-the-top fashion that it instantly developed a fervent fan-base. Talk of a sequel has come and gone with every subsequent film that its rich ensemble and creative team have been involved in, and the subject of Wanted 2 has once again risen during a discussing with director Timur Bekmambetov - who insists that he.d love for it to happen and wants his original stars to return. During his chat with Collider, Bekmambetov admitted that he.s already been hard at work on Wanted 2. In fact, he.s already outlined the story for the film, got a team on-board to bring it to fruition, and he even teased that he wants to work with all of the original cast members from the original; even the ones who died in the film. Said the director, »

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Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-hur Actors At Vatican For Papal Audience Visit

15 April 2015 3:56 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Actor Rodrigo Santoro takes a break from filming Ben-hur, which is currently in production in Rome, to attend the Papal Audience and meet Pope Francis.

Pope Francis blessed actor Rodrigo Santoro, who plays Jesus Christ in the upcoming epic Ben-hur, at the Papal Audience at St Peter’s Square in Vatican City on Wednesday, April 15th.

Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the movie is written by Keith Clarke and John Ridley.

Check out Nazanin Boniadi’s Instagram for more photos of their visit to the Vatican:

https://instagram.com/nazaninboniadi/

Actress Nazanin Boniadi and actor Rodrigo Santoro of Ben-hur in front of the Vatican for the Papal Audience visit.

Ben-hur is the epic story of Judah Ben-Hur (Jack Huston), a prince falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala (Toby Kebbell), an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves »

- Michelle McCue

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How Social Media Has Influenced the Russian Filmmaker Behind 'Unfriended' and 'Ben-Hur'

15 April 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Timur Bekmambetov has been tapping social media to create a new cinematic language. Skype's "share screen" function inspired "Unfriended," the horror riff on "And Then There Were None," in which six high school friends are stalked online by a supernatural force using a dead friend's Facebook account, and the legendary chariot race in his "Ben-Hur" reboot was modeled after YouTube videos. "I remember when we were taught in the Soviet Union that capitalism was bad because everything was about ownership, and the idea about communism was that it was about sharing. And suddenly the internet has the same values," Bekmambetov recalled. "People are not asking about money when posting their videos on YouTube -- they're not even asking about ownership. What they're looking for is 'likes.' And the internet provides what they're looking for." But the internet also leads to a scary lack of privacy, »

- Bill Desowitz

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Fate Of Wanted 2 Rests In The Hands Of Universal, Says Timur Bekmambetov

14 April 2015 9:48 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

With rising star James McAvoy starring opposite Hollywood starlet Angeline Jolie, a high-octane premise that kicks physics to the kerb, not to mention a respective box office haul of around $340 million, you’d be forgiven for believing that a direct sequel to Timur Bekmambetov’s Wanted was set in stone. However, in the six years that have lapsed since the release of the original, there is still no concrete sign of a Wanted 2.

Granted, members of the cast and crew have been vocal about the follow-up’s chances in the past, even going so far as to hinting that a potential sequel could continue the bullet-bending action with those two aforementioned stars, McAvoy and Jolie. Couple this with Universal’s most recent statement citing that the studio was waiting on the right script and Wanted 2 showcases all the symptoms of a sequel that has irrefutably stalled during development for one reason or another. »

- Michael Briers

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Director Talks Chances Of A "Wanted 2"

14 April 2015 9:27 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It has been quite a few years since the release of Timur Bekmambetov‘s adaptation of Mark Millar‘s comic "Wanted," yet potential sequel talk regarding the movie has often swirled around it.

At last report two years ago, Universal was said to be waiting for the right story to come along before proceeding with the sequel. This week, Collider spoke with Bekmambetov himself who revealed that said story is apparently ready and now it's up to the studio:

"For my part I already have the concept of the new story. I have all the screenwriters and co-producers on board. I’ve seen that some websites have even posted the posters of Wanted 2! I think there are a lot of people waiting for the second part of the story we’ve made in 2008.

Unfortunately, Universal is still thinking about the possible dates of the pre-production start. I know that the movie should be released, »

- Garth Franklin

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Wanted 2: Timur Bekmambetov Says It’s Up to Universal

14 April 2015 8:35 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It's been more than two years since we last heard about Wanted 2, the long-gestating sequel to Timur Bekmambetov's adaptation of Mark Millar's comic Wanted. The 2008 film, which was most notable for it's over-the-top style and casual disregard of physics, followed Wesley (James McAvoy), a timid and frustrated man stuck in a cubicle who discovers he's the progeny of a legendary hitman in league with a clan of superhuman assassins (Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, CommonKonstantin Khabenskiy) called the Fraternity.  Back in 2013, McAvoy said that Universal was "doing the right thing" by waiting for the right story before moving forward with the sequel. According to Bekmambetov, that story is ready. [caption id="attachment_443023" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal[/caption] Yesterday, our contributor Elizaveta Chalenko spoke with the director about the prospect of Wanted 2, and he's definitely still up for it. Not only is he still interested in making the sequel, he's got »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Review: 'Unfriended' uses new social media language for familiar ghost story

13 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Unfriended" is a very silly film. "Unfriended" is also a very clever film. For a very silly film. And that combination of clever and silly will most likely make "Unfriended" a small sensation of sorts among the audience it is clearly chasing. It made me laugh when a group of teens paused mid-conversation to explain to one another what a "troll" is, because every person in that conversation would 100% already know that word. It's clearly a nod to the idea that my parents might see "Unfriended," and they wouldn't know, so someone has to explain it. The makers of "Unfriended" shouldn't worry, though, because there's little or no chance my parents would ever see this movie. While this is being released by a studio, it's actually a pick-up, an independent film that started life on the festival circuit with the title "Cybernatural." Director Levan Gabriadze and writer Nelson Greaves were »

- Drew McWeeny

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Bekmambetov animation series sold to North America

13 April 2015 3:40 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Timur Bekmambetov’s 3D children’s animated series Alisa Knows What To Do! has been picked up for distribution in North America.

Bazelevs Distribution, the sales arm of Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs Group, has sold VoD and home video rights for the USA and Canada to NCircle Entertainment Company who plan to launch the Alisa brand in North America in early 2016.

The series was first presented internationally at last autumn’s Mipcom where deals were concluded by Bazelevs with buyers from Ukraine and Israel. Negotiations are underway with other territories and set to be closed during this week at MipTV.

Alisa Knows What To Do! is based on Russian writer Kir Bulychov`s highly popular science-fiction book series, Alice: The Girl from Earth (aka Alisa’s Journey), about the adventures of 12-year-old Alisa Selezniova and her friends in the year 2093.

Production of the first 12-episode season has already been completed by Bekmambetov’s Bazelevs, Riki Group and »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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‘The Snow Queen 2’ heads to Us

13 April 2015 2:41 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: eOne nabs North American rights to 3D animation.

eOne has picked up Us and Canadian rights to Wizart Animation’s popular 3D family feature The Snow Queen 2.

The sequel to Russian animation The Snow Queen (2012) includes a voice cast of Sean Bean (Game of Thrones), Sharlto Copley (Maleficent), Bella Thorne (Blended) and Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games).

The film tells the story of the troll Orm who has become a hero after the victory over the evil Snow Queen. However, after grossly exaggerating his exploits in the Snow Queen’s downfall, Orm learns that friendship and happiness can’t be won through deceit.

Alexey Tsitsilin directs. Producers are Yuri Moskvin, Vladimir Nikolaev, Diana Yurinova and Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted).

eOne will release in winter 2015.

“We are thrilled to be handling the release of Snow Queen 2 in North America, building on the success of the first installment. We look forward to sharing this classic tale with family audiences »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 40 Pairs of Passes to ‘Unfriended’ From Jason Blum, Timur Bekmambetov

12 April 2015 2:01 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 40 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new horror film “Unfriended” from horror producer Jason Blum (“Paranormal Activity,” “The Purge” and “Insidious” series) and visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (“Wanted,” “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”)!

Unfriended,” which opens on April 17, 2015 and is rated “R,” stars Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson and Heather Sossaman from director Levan Gabriadze and writer Nelson Greaves. Note: You must be 17+ to win and attend this “R”-rated screening.

To win your free “Unfriended” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Win Passes To The Advance Screening of Unfriended In St. Louis

8 April 2015 11:13 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Ushering in a new era of horror, Universal PicturesUnfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier.

After Universal executives saw a test screening of Unfriended terrify a test audience, the studio acquired the thriller that was developed and conceived by visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter). Directed by Levan Gabriadze, Unfriended is written by Nelson Greaves and produced by Bekmambetov and Greaves, as well as Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions.

The film stars Shelley Hennig, Moses Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson, Heather Sossaman.

Unfriended hits theaters April 17.

Wamg invites you to enter for a chance to win passes (Good for 2) to the advance screening of Unfriended on Wednesday, April 15th at 7pm in the St. »

- Movie Geeks

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NYC: See Online Horror Unfriended Wednesday Night, Free

7 April 2015 3:17 PM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions are screening Unfriended on Wednesday, April 8, in New York City and Shock Till You Drop is giving away 25 passes (each for two people)!  Directed by Levan Gabriadze, and produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Blumhouse, Unfriended unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure…

The post NYC: See Online Horror Unfriended Wednesday Night, Free appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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[Media] - "Cybernatural" New TV Spot and images

6 April 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have released a new TV Spot and new images for techno-thriller "Unfriended". Universal Pictures' "Unfriended" unfolds over a teenager's computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. The April 17 release stars Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson and Heather Sossaman. After Universal executives saw a test screening of "Unfriended" terrify a test audice, the studio acquired the thriller that was developed and conceived by visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov ("Night Watch", "Wanted", "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"). Directed by Levan Gabriadze, »

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[Media] - "Unfriended" New TV Spot and images

6 April 2015 10:36 AM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions have released a new TV Spot and new images for techno-thriller "Unfriended". Universal Pictures' "Unfriended" unfolds over a teenager's computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. The April 17 release stars Shelley Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Jacob Wysocki, Courtney Halverson and Heather Sossaman. After Universal executives saw a test screening of "Unfriended" terrify a test audice, the studio acquired the thriller that was developed and conceived by visionary filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov ("Night Watch", "Wanted", "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter"). Directed by Levan Gabriadze, »

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