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Norwegian Horror Short ‘Polaroid’ in the Works as Feature-Length Movie

19 October 2015 6:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dimension is developing a feature version of the short horror film “Polaroid” from Norwegian director Lars Klevberg.

The 14-minute short is centered on two women discovering a Polaroid camera and discovering the horrible past it hides. It won the Best Short and Best Cinematography awards at the recent Los Angeles Horror competition.

Petter Lokke and John Hagen at El Dorado Films produced the short with Klevberg. Dimension acquired the movie rights and has set Klevberg to direct and produce with Lokke and Hagen.

Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jake Wagner will produce for Benderspink with Roy Lee at Vertigo. Keith Levine and Matthew Signer will oversee for Dimension.

Klevberg is repped by Benderspink and attorney David Fox. The news was first reported by Deadline Hollywood.

Here’s the trailer for the film:



- Dave McNary

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Hot Short Film ‘Polaroid’ Landed By Dimension Films

19 October 2015 5:06 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Dimension Films is optioning the rights to the short horror film Polaroid, which was written and directed by Lars Klevberg. It has been getting strong buzz since recently winning the L.A. Horror short film festival. Klevberg is also attached to direct the feature version which will go out to writers to adapt. Several offers came in, but an exclusive negotiation with Dimension started on Friday afternoon. Chris Bender, Jake Weiner and Jake Wagner will produce at… »

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"Royal We," "Cruelty," "Polaroid" Films Planned

19 October 2015 1:42 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

It has been a busy day for new feature film projects based on existing material.

First up, "Parenthood" duo Lauren Graham and Mae Whitman are teaming up to adapt Jessica Morgan and Heather Cocks' novel "The Royal We" for CBS Films. Graham will write the script for the project, which is being eyed as an acting vehicle for Whitman. The pair will also produce.

The story follows an American girl-next-door who moves to England to study at Oxford and falls in love with a fellow student, who happens to be the future King of England. There's also elements such as a red-headed troublemaking brother, her sudden tabloid fame and the royal family's many requirements.

Paramount Pictures and Jerry Bruckheimer have nabbed the rights to S. Bergstrom's 2014 debut young adult action-thriller "The Cruelty". Bergstrom is already writing the next book in what could end up being a trilogy.

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- Garth Franklin

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Bring The Griswolds Home When Vacation Hits Blu-Ray in November

18 September 2015 12:33 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Warner Bros.' reboot of the iconic Vacation franchise hit theaters over the Summer, and they've revealed when you'll have the chance to bring the new comedy home with you on blu-ray.  Come inside to learn more!

If you missed the new Vacation flick when it hit theaters, or simply want to add it to your collection of other Vacation films at home, you'll get your chance November 3rd: 

The Griswolds embark on an ill-fated adventure when New Line Cinema’s “Vacation” arrives onto Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD. Starring Ed Helms (“The Hangover” films) and Christina Applegate (the “Anchorman” films), “Vacation” marks Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley’s directorial debut. “Vacation” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on November 3. The film will also be available early on Digital HD on October 13.

Vacation” also stars Skyler Gisondo (“Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb »

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Christina Applegate on New ‘Vacation': ‘A Distant Dirty Cousin to the Others’

28 July 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Monday night’s premiere of New Line’s “Vacation” at the Regency Village in Westwood left no doubt that the comedy had easily earned its R rating.

“I get to say the F word a lot,” admitted 11-year-old Steele Stebbins on the red carpet. “I got used to swearing.”

Christina Applegate, who plays Debbie Griswold, the spouse of Ed Helms‘ Rusty Griswold, however, said that it’s difficult for her to be offended after portraying Kelly Bundy for a decade on “Married… With Children.”

“Nothing shocks me,” she asserted. “This film is like a distant dirty cousin to the others.”

The evening was full of homage to Chevy Chase — who nursed an arm injury in a sling — and Beverly D’Angelo, who reprise their iconic roles as Clark and Ellen Griswold. In the film, their son Rusty decides to reenact the trip to Walley World from 1983’s “Vacation” for his own family. »

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Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’ Enlists Bret McKenzie, Michael Chabon

27 July 2015 3:46 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Songwriter Bret McKenzie and author Michael Chabon are joining Disney’s musical comedy “Bob the Musical.”

The project, in which a man suffers a head injury and can subsequently hear everyone’s inner song, is being produced by Chris Bender, Jc Spink, Beau Flynn, Tripp Vinson and Jennifer Gibgot. “The Artist’s” Michel Hazanavicius has been attached to direct. “Bob the Musical” has been in development for more than a decade with script work by Mike Bender, John August and the team of Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel.

McKenzie, who won an Oscar for the song “Man or Muppet” from “The Muppets Movie,” is on board to write tunes for “Bob the Musical.” He also won a Grammy with Jemaine Clement for their “Flight of the Conchords” comedy album.

Chabon is in talks to work on script for the project. He wrote “Wonder Boys,” “Telegraph Avenue” and “The Yiddish Policeman »

- Dave McNary

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"Muppets" Scribe Pens "Bob" Musical Numbers

27 July 2015 11:56 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

"Flight of the Conchords" star Bret McKenzie is being brought on board to pen songs for Disney's long gestating musical comedy "Bob the Musical".

Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon is in talks to work on the film which Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist") is set to direct. Tripp Vinson, Chris Bender, Jc Spink and Beau Flynn are producing.

Tom Cruise is circling the lead role of a regular guy who, after an accident, can suddenly hear the inner songs of everyone’s heart as his reality is instantly turned into a musical - much to his dismay.

McKenzie wrote songs for "The Muppets" movie and won an Oscar for best original song with "Man or Muppet."

Source: THR »

- Garth Franklin

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Vacation Red Band trailer: The Griswolds go to Walley World

23 July 2015 2:29 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Next week, North America territories will get the first Griswolds movie since the absolutely terrible Vegas Vacation in 1997. Vacation sees the series get a much deserved reboot with Ed Helms taking the reigns as patriarch Rusty Griswold. The Warner Bros. movie has just got itself a new red band trailer. Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Leslie Mann, Beverly D’Angelo and the legendary Chevy Chase co-star.

Vacation red band trailer

Here’s the synopsis:

Following in his father’s footsteps and hoping for some much-needed family bonding, a grown-up Rusty Griswold (Helms) surprises his wife, Debbie (Applegate), and their two sons with a cross-country trip back to America’s “favourite family fun park,” Walley World.

As we said, the film arrives in Us cinemas on July 29th, and in the UK a little later on August 15th.

Check out the new Vacation red band trailer below.

Rounding out the cast are »

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‘Mr. Robot’ Creator Sam Esmail Inks Overall Deal with Universal Cable Productions

24 June 2015 7:28 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It’s been quite a day for “Mr. Robot” creator Sam Esmail. Hours before his first series premiere, “Mr. Robot” was given an early second season renewal and now, Universal Cable Productions has announced Esmail’s overall deal.

Under the seven-figure pact, which marks Esmail’s first-ever television deal, the writer/producer will develop and produce scripted programming for NBCUniversal’s portfolio of networks — which houses USA Network, home to his “Mr. Robot” — plus external and over-the-top channels.

“Sam is a visionary and, although he might not use the term himself, a real mensch,” announced Jeff Wachtel, Cco of NBCUniversal cable entertainment and president of Universal Cable Productions on Wednesday. “Everything about the process on ‘Mr. Robot’ has been a dream. We look forward to creating other wonderful shows with him.”

Mr. Robot,” starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek, made its mark winning the audience award at this year’s SXSW festival in March. »

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Elizabeth Banks Looking to Direct Ya Adaptation 'Red Queen'

12 June 2015 8:34 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

As much as I want to support Elizabeth Banks' endeavors jumping behind the camera, between her non-distinctive touch to Pitch Perfect 2 to her equally unremarkable short in Movie 43, I can't quite say I'm a fan of what she's brought to the table thus far. But I like to think of myself as a pretty open-minded guy, and maybe she can turn my opinion with what looks to be her sophomore feature, an adaptation of Victoria Aveyard's Ya novel "Red Queen". Banks currently is in negotiations to helm the project for Universal, called a mix between "Game of Thrones," X-Men, Cinderella and her own Hunger Games. This would be a much bigger production than the $29 million budgeted one she spearheaded before, but based on her sequel's impressive box office numbers (they've already greenlit Pitch Perfect 3 as well), she's likely got enough clout to get herself in the door. »

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Elizabeth Banks in Talks to Direct Ya Fantasy 'Red Queen'

11 June 2015 10:55 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It seems that Elizabeth Banks’ directorial outing on Pitch Perfect 2 was only a prelude. The actress, producer and budding director is now targeting Universal’s Ya adaptation of Red Queen as another helming project. Sources say she is in negotiations to board the project, which has shades of Hunger Games, X-Men, Game of Thrones and Cinderella. The project would be a major step up for Banks as far as budget and scope for a visual effects–driven feature.  Producing are Jake Weiner, Chris Bender and Jc Spink of Benderspink. Pouya Shahbazian is also producing.  The Ya fantasy is

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Elizabeth Banks To Helm "Red Queen" Film

11 June 2015 9:02 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Elizabeth Banks ("Pitch Perfect 2") is in negotiations to helm the film adaptation of the young adult novel "Red Queen" at Universal Pictures.

A blending of "Hunger Games," "Cinderella" and "X-Men," the story is set in a world divided by blood color with the 'elite' sporting silver blood and supernatural powers as opposed to regular people with red blood and no powers.

When a red blooded street urchin saves her best friend, she is brought before the king and queen, where she suddenly displays special powers. To hide this startling news, the king invents a past for her as a lost princess and sets her up to marry one of his sons.

She soon finds herself conflicted as she becomes part of the silver world while at the same time aiding a group plotting a red rebellion. Gennifer Hutchison adapted the script.

Jake Weiner, Chris Bender, Jc Spink and Pouya Shahbazian are producing. »

- Garth Franklin

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"It Follows" Helmer Plans TV Series

24 April 2015 4:39 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following on from the critical and box-office success of his indie horror tale "It Follows," filmmaker David Robert Mitchell is developing the crime-themed TV series "Mr. Postman" for Universal Cable Productions.

The story follows a mailman who investigates the dark mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific event occurs on his own street.

Mitchell will direct and executive produce alongside Chris Bender, J.C. Spink and Jake Weiner. The project is Mitchell's first one for TV.

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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Round-Up: The Visit Poster, The Tell-Tale Heart Film Adaptation, TV Series In the Works from It Follows Writer / Director David Robert Mitchell

23 April 2015 3:59 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Another poster for M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit has been released, once again stressing grandma's strict rules. Also included in our latest round-up are details on an upcoming modern day-set film adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Tell-Tale Heart, as well as information on an in-development mystery series from It Follows writer/director David Robert Mitchell.

The Visit: A Blumhouse Productions and Blinding Edge Pictures film from Universal Pictures, M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit will hit theaters in September:

"Writer/director/producer M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, Signs, Unbreakable) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious series) welcome you to Universal PicturesThe Visit. Shyamalan returns to his roots with the terrifying story of a brother and sister who are sent to their grandparents’ remote Pennsylvania farm for a weeklong trip. Once the children discover that the elderly couple is involved in something deeply disturbing, »

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It Follows Director David Robert Mitchell To Develop Crime Series Mr. Postman

23 April 2015 2:57 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Whether It Follows is granted a sequel or it’s decided that the terror should end there, the film’s visionary creator David Robert Mitchell is moving forward into new pastures. Per Deadline, the director has signed on to develop a show for Universal Cable Productions and Benderspink called Mr. Postman. Described with broad strokes as a crime series, the brief logline suggests it may share more than a passing resemblance (i.e. we’re already a bit unnerved) to his previous outing.

It follows a mailman who investigates the dark mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific event occurs on his own street.”

In terms of behind the camera duties, Mitchell will write and executive produce along with Benderspink’s Chris Bender, Jc Spink and Jake Weiner. There’s no word on whether the writer-producer will do triple duty and also direct, but one thing’s for certain, »

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‘It Follows’ Director Developing Crime Series With Universal Cable Prods & Benderspink

23 April 2015 10:10 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

It Follows writer/director David Robert Mitchell is making his first foray into TV. Universal Cable Prods and Benderspink are developing his crime series Mr. Postman. It follows a mailman who investigates the dark mysteries within his all-American town after a horrific event occurs on his own street. Mitchell is set to direct and executive produce alongside Benderspink’s Chris Bender, Jc Spink and Jake Weiner. The move also signals a further expansion into the horror… »

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‘Vacation’ Sequel Draws Big Laughs at CinemaCon

21 April 2015 6:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Thirty-two years after Chevy Chase starred as Clark Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Vacation,” the “Vacation” sequel drew big laughs from exhibitors at Warner Bros.’ CinemaCon presentation Tuesday.

Ed Helms, who plays Clark Griswold’s son Rusty, introduced a well-received clip after bantering with co-star Christina Applegate.

“I am super-trashed right now,” he quipped. “We think we’ve made an edgy but heartfelt comedy.”

Steele Stebbins, who plays a foul-mouthed younger brother to Skyler Gisondo’s character, could be a major scene-stealer when “Vacation” opens July 31.

Vacation” faces formidable competition, opening on the same date that Paramount launches Tom Cruise’s “Mission: Impossible — Rogue Nation.” Cruise wowed the CinemaCon crowd earlier Tuesday with footage of the star hanging on a jet plane while it was taking off.

John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein, who are making their directorial debut, told Variety that it was unthinkable to make the film without Chase and Beverly D’Angelo, »

- Dave McNary

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News Bits: Paul, It, Drifter, Book, Gold

1 April 2015 7:20 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Apostle Paul

Hugh Jackman is slated star in the faith-based feature "Apostle Paul" at Warner Bros. Pictures. Jackman, Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Jennifer Todd and Chris Clarke are slated to produce with Matt Cook penning the script.

Jackman would play the Jewish man of God (also known as Saul of Tarsus) who crossed over to speak to the Romans and preach the word. Paul is credited with writing 14 of 27 books in the New Testament. [Source: Deadline]

It Follows

Radius-twc is expanding its micro-budget horror film "It Follows" by additional 437 locations for a total of 1,655 theaters this coming weekend. David Robert Mitchell's film has strong word of mouth and a 95% 'fresh' rating on the Rotten Tomatoes site. [Source: Variety]

American Drifter

Relativity has picked up "The Butterfly Effect" scribe Eric Bress' drama script "American Drifter". Jc Spink and Chris Bender will produce. The story centers on a man raised by his eccentric father »

- Garth Franklin

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Disney working on live-action movie adaptation of Mulan

31 March 2015 1:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Disney is working on a live-action adaptation of Mulan.

The studio has bought a script written by Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek, which focuses on the Chinese legend that inspired the 1998 animated adventure.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Chris Bender and Jc Spink - who collaborated on We're the Millers - will serve as producers on the latest live-action project.

Mulan told the story of a young woman who pretends to be a man so she can follow in her father's footsteps and join the army. The film earned Disney $304.3 million (£205.4m) worldwide.

It comes in the wake of Disney's recent adaptations of Alice in Wonderland, Maleficent and Cinderella.

Earlier this month, Cinderella topped the Us box office by taking $70 million (£47m) over its opening weekend.

In addition to Mulan, Disney is also working on live-action versions of The Jungle Book, Dumbo and Beauty and the Beast.

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Disney Is Making a Live-Action Mulan Movie!

30 March 2015 5:43 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Let's get down to business! Coming off the (glass slipper) heels of Cinderella success, Disney fans will be thrilled to hear that another live-action film is in the works. The studio has confirmed that they are going to bring Mulan to the big screen. Disney has purchased a script from writing duo Elizabeth Martin and Lauren Hynek with Chris Bender and J.C. Spink attached to produce the film, which centers on the Chinese legend of Hua Mulan, the female warrior who was the main character in the 1998 animated film. No casting details or release date has been announced. Mulan will be added to the growing list of Disney live-action films. Casting was just announced for the highly »

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