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We all know that the internet can be a pretty hardcore place. It can be used to make the world a better place, or it can be used to hurt people. This new horror film called Unfriended focuses on the latter, and it takes things to a whole new level of death. The movie was produced by Wanted director Timur Bekmambetov, and this is the brief synopsis:
Six high school friends with a dark secret receive a Skype message from a classmate who committed suicide a year ago after someone uploaded a video of her online. They are then killed one by one via Skype. I knew Skype was dangerous! The story for the film is all told through Skype, which is an interesting concept. I looks like it could be a pretty intense little film.
The movie comes out April 17th, 2015.
- Joey Paur
Another key character has been cast in MGM’s upcoming Ben-Hur remake. Danish actor Pilou Asbæk, who had a small role in Lucy and previously stunned in the barely-seen Danish film A Hijacking (one of my top films of 2013), has joined the production in the role of Judean emperor Pontius Pilate.
Asbæk beat out Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal for the part in the Timur Bekmambetov-directed remake, about the titular Jewish prince (Jack Huston) who is forced into slavery by his villainous former friend Messala (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes‘ Toby Kebbell). Bowed but not broken, Judah Ben-Hur vows to return for revenge.
Nazanin Boniadi, Sofia Black-d’Elia and Morgan Freeman are also in the cast, playing Ben-Hur’s mother Miriam, sister Tirzah and the Sheik Ilderim, respectively. In smaller roles, Rodrigo Santoro will play Jesus, Ayelet Zurer will portray Naomi and Moises Arias will play Gestas, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Lankester is a young woman who became an insider atop the largest illegal sports betting organization in the U.S., she eventually became a victim of this dangerous world of corruption and ultimately escaped to now live in Switzerland. [Source: Deadline]
Moises Arias ("The Kings of Summer") has joined the cast of Timur Bekmambetov's historical epic "Ben-Hur" at MGM and Paramount Pictures. Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, and Toby Kebbell also star in the film which begins shooting shortly in Europe.
Arias will play Gestas, a teenage Jewish zealot whose family has been murdered by the Romans, who is desperate to fight for his people’s freedom. [Source: THR]
- Garth Franklin
“Game of Thrones” star Pedro Pascal was previously in talks for the role in the Timur Bekmambetov film about the titular Jewish Prince, played by Jack Huston, who is forced into slavery by his former friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell).
The studio and Asbæk’s reps could not immediately be reached for comment.
Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to »
- Linda Ge and Jeff Sneider
While it’s being treated to a December release in his native UK, director Kevin MacDonald’s latest feature film, Black Sea, gets plopped into Us theaters in January, perhaps signaling a wise move so that it will stand out amidst the litter of debris that constitutes the vein of awards fodder holdovers and studio doldrums flooding the theaters during that season. Fresh from his enjoyable dip into Ya dystopia with How I Live Now, MacDonald returns to a tale bearing a bit more historical baggage, spiriting us away into a homosocial space of mounting tensions and rival cultural attitudes. A likeable lead performance from Jude Law plus a handful of nervy twists and turns helps its claustrophobic narrative chug along to a finale of limited possibilities.
Being informed he’s about to be laid off by his employer, »
- Nicholas Bell
Exclusive: The Kings Of Summer actor Moises Arias has joined the cast of Ben-Hur, the historical epic Timur Bekmambetov is directing for MGM and Paramount Pictures. Arias will play Gestas, a teenage Jewish zealot whose family has been murdered by the Romans, who is desperate to fight for his people’s freedom. Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, and Toby Kebbell star in the production which will lens in Europe ahead of a February 26, 2016 release. Arias is an alumnus of Hannah Mon… »
- Jen Yamato
Exclusive: The Kings Of Summer actor Moises Arias has joined the cast of Ben-Hur, the historical epic Timur Bekmambetov is directing for MGM and Paramount Pictures. Arias will play Gestas, a teenage Jewish zealot whose family has been murdered by the Romans, who is desperate to fight for his people’s freedom. Jack Huston, Morgan Freeman, and Toby Kebbell star in the production which will lens in Europe ahead of a February 26, 2016 release. Arias is an alumnus of Hannah Montana and The Wizards of Waverly Place who starred in Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ 2013 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-nominated The Kings Of Summer. He also lent his voice recently to Despicable Me 2 and appeared in Summit’s sci-fier Ender’s Game. Next up is a role in the Sundance 2015 drama Stanford Prison Experiment opposite Ezra Miller, Michael Angarano, and Billy Crudup, in which Arias plays one of several university students tapped for the »
- Jen Yamato
This April revenge comes online in the new cyber-slasher film Unfriended. MTV launched the new trailer for the horror film recently (see above). And now, thanks to Universal Studios, the film finally has an official release date set for April 17, 2015.
Unfriended, you may recall, was originally called Cybernatural as it made its way through the genre festival circuit. The death-by-Skype tale of a group of friends being stalked online on the anniversary of their clasmate’s death looks to breath new life into the found footage genre and give everyone a reason to stay offline in the near future. For my money, this looks intriguing enough to give a look as something that could be a bit more enjoyable than the latest offerings in the field (I’m looking at you endless Paranormal Activity films).
About The Film
- Mike Tyrkus
MTV exclusively broke out the trailer for the latest horror film, Unfriended, via their YouTube page. Jo Satana reviewed the film back when it played under the title Cybernatural at Fantasia 2014 in Montreal.
If you can’t wait, read Jo’s review here.
This sort of reminds me of the other film, The Upper Footage, mixed in with with that segment from V/H/S/2. I’ve heard decent things about the flick so I’m looking forward to some cyber scares when it comes out April 17, 2015.
Ushering in a new era of horror, 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.
After Universal executives saw a test screening of Unfriended terrify a test audience, the studio acquired »
- Andy Triefenbach
Universal acquired their next big horror outing, Unfriended (previously called Cybernatural) after watching a test audience go bananas during a screening. There’s absolutely no better judge of a film’s quality than a public who haven’t paid to see it, and based off the first trailer, which was released today, those terrified moviegoers could have been onto something.
Storywise, the film picks up one year after the death of teenager Laura Barns, who killed herself after a mortifying video of her wound up going viral online. As you may have guessed, the anniversary of her death provokes a return to the web for her angsty spirit as she takes her revenge on her bullies. Via Skype. Yes, it makes no bones about the fact it panders those who probably don’t recall the pre-Internet days.
- Gem Seddon
Timur Bekmambetov (Wanted, Night Watch) is directing the movie, which is an adaptation of the Lew Wallace novel Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ published in 1880. Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) is portraying the title character, with Toby Kebbell (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) playing Messala, the friend who betrays him into slavery. Rounding out the cast are Olivia Cooke (The Signal), Ayelet Zurer (Man of Steel), Sofia Black D’Elia (The Immigrant) and Academy Award Winner Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises) as the man who trains Ben-Hur.
Shooting for the film is expected to start later this year, with a 2016 release date scheduled.
- Scott J. Davis
The 300 star is eyeing the role of Christ in MGM and Paramount Picture's film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The story of his redemption runs parallel to the life and crucifixion of Jesus, who is active in the region at the same time.
Santoro reprised his role as Xerxes last year in 300: Rise of an Empire and will appear with Natalie Portman in the upcoming Western Jane Got a Gun.
Ben-Hur will be released in February 2016. »
What do you get when you combine "I Know What You Did Last Summer" with the "Noah" short film? You get a low-budget horror movie called "Unfriended," which is produced by Timur Bekmambetov and Jason Blum. And now, we have a new trailer for it. Check it out below. Plot: Presented on a computer screen and seen through the lenses of camera phones and webcams, "Unfriended" centers on a group of friends who are taken down one-by-one by an unseen and unknown figure who's seeking vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. "Unfriended" is set to hit theaters on April 17th. Trailer: »
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov, the film is said to have a message of forgiveness and Jesus Christ appears several times in the piece. Ben-Hur sees the man preach while in Jerusalem and later sees his crucifixion.
Jack Huston is playing the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his onetime friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Morgan Freeman also stars, as the man who trains Ben-Hur to win at chariot-racing. Sofia Black D'Elia and Ayelet Zurer also star.
In 1959, William Wyler adapted the book unto the big screen; the film went on to win 11 Oscars. Lately, Hollywood has shown a great deal of interest in religious, bible-based films. Last year we saw Noah, along with Exodus: Gods and Kings.
Ben-Hur hopes to »
- Laura Frances
Unlike the previous film adaptation, this one will be more faithful to the original Lew Wallace novel which features scenes of Jesus appearing several times. Ben-Hur sees the man preach while in Jerusalem and later sees his crucifixion.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Santoro would play Jesus Christ, who figures in several key scenes in the film about the titular Jewish Prince, played by Jack Huston, who is forced into slavery by his former friend, Messala (Toby Kebbell).
Also Read: TheWrap’s 25 Most Anticipated Movies of 2015: From ‘Fifty Shades’ to ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Spectre’
- Linda Ge
“Wanted” director Timur Bekmambetov is helming from a screenplay originally written by Keith Clarke, with revisions by “12 Years a Slave” writer John Ridley, who will exec produce along with Clarke and Jason F. Brown.
The project began taking shape in 2013 when MGM acquired Clarke’s script, an adaptation of Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel “Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ.” That story focuses on the years prior to those portrayed the 1959 film, centering on the characters Judah Ben-Hur, a Jewish prince and merchant in Jerusalem, and his childhood friend Messala, who returns home as a commanding officer of the Roman legions and betrays the Ben-Hur family.
The novel is in the public domain. »
- Dave McNary
Having played the bizarre giant god-emperor Xerxes in 300 and its sequel Rise Of An Empire, Rodrigo Santoro is now in line to play another religious icon. He's negotiating to be one Jesus of Nazareth in MGM and Paramount's upcoming Ben-Hur remake. Timur Bekmambetov (Night Watch, Wanted) is directing. Yes indeed, ladies and gentlemen: Timur Bekmambetov has found Jesus. Thank you, we'll be here all week.In the 1959 film, Jesus shows up towards the end. Charlton Heston's Ben-Hur takes the ailing Tirzah (Cathy O'Donnell) to be healed, but they arrive too late. Jesus' trial, presided over by Pontius Pilate (Frank Thring) has already begun, and Ben-Hur then witnesses the events of the crucifixion. Jesus was played on this occasion by the opera singer Claude Heater, although his name doesn't appear in the credits.Taken once again from Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel (which actually carries on significantly beyond Jesus' execution), the »
In the 1997 cinematic masterpiece “I Know What You Did Last Summer,” a group of teens accidentally kill a stranger only to fall one by one through an elaborate revenge-inspired plot. In 2009’s “Sorority Row,” a prank between sorority sisters goes horribly wrong and a girl gets killed. Once again, the perpetrators are brought to cold merciless justice by someone seeking revenge. Now, a low-budget film – to be released by Universal – has taken that core idea of young people getting their comeuppance and brought it into the social media age. Presented on a computer screen and seen through the lenses of camera phones and webcams, “Unfriended” centers on a group of friends who are taken down one-by-one by an unseen and unknown figure who’s seeking vengeance for a shaming video that led a vicious bully to kill herself a year earlier. Produced by genre vets Timur Bekmambetov and Jason Blum, »
- Cain Rodriguez
“Online, your memories last forever… but so do your mistakes.” The deceptive safety of the screen between teens and the online world is shattered when a malevolent entity crashes a Skype session between six high school friends, forcing them to commit gruesome, self-inflicted acts of violence in front of the computer camera. Going viral gets vicious in Unfriended, as shown in the film’s newly released trailer and poster.
“While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. At first they think it’s a prank, but when the girl starts revealing the friends’ darkest secrets, they realize they are dealing with something out of this world, something that wants them dead.”
- Derek Anderson
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