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The South by Southwest festival is turning to one of its longtime attendees to headline one of its four Film keynotes: Mark Duplass, the multi-hyphenate whose work includes this year's film The One I Love and the FX series The League. He'll speak on March 15, in the middle of the festival's March 13-21 run. The keynotes were established last year to feature key creatives in film and television. Last year's speakers were The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb, prolific producer Jason Blum, Girls creator Lena Dunham and The Neistat Brothers creator Casey Neistat. Duplass has
- Austin Siegemund-Broka
Joe Carnahan's Stretch reminds me a lot of Michael Mann's Collateral. The operating word there being "reminds" as in this is the B-movie, bat-sh*t crazy, balls-to-the-wall red-headed step child of Collateral. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. For anyone the least bit familiar with Carnahan's work, Stretch will come as no surprise. Carnahan could easily be described as a director interested in masculinity. He's a "tough guy" cinema director, making the movie equivalent to beef jerky. I like beef jerky and I like Carnahan's films. I like the outlandish nature of his movies, the "anything can happen" narratives, and he consistently brings actors along for the ride that are just as willing and excited about starring in something crazy. While his films such as Narc and The Grey show he can also delve competently into serious cinema, his movies such as Smokin' Aces and »
- Brad Brevet
For the third week of October, genre fans have several new and classic titles coming out this week on DVD and Blu-ray to look forward to, including The Vincent Price Collection II, Snowpiercer, Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort, See No Evil 2 and the badass follow-up to last year’s box office home invasion hit, The Purge: Anarchy.
Several notable indie titles are being released this Tuesday as well, including Play Hooky (the first title to come out under Pollygrind’s new distro label), To All a Good Night (directed by the late-great David Hess), Life After Beth and The Scribbler, the film adaptation of Daniel Schaffer’s wildly popular graphic novel.
The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge. The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. »
- Heather Wixson
3rd Update, 2:45 Pm (Pt): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the Ya hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Final Update, 1:32 Pm: Fury ended the weekend at $23.7M for Sony and Qed, so it underperformed all the tracking (gee what a surprise), social media metrics, and expectations just a little. But it will likely still make money all in after its domestic, international and home entertainment run. I understand that there were significant profit participations on this one. Fox and Reel FX’s The Book Of Life closed the weekend on the high end of our estimate with $17M and will have some playtime again over the next two weekends as no new offerings are in the family zone until Big Hero 6 bows from Disney on November 7. The other newbie, Relativity’s The Best Of Me, was soft with $10M. Gone Girl is now sitting pretty at $106.7M after three weeks in release for Fox and New Regency.
The more exciting news was really in the specialty »
- Anita Busch
Hasbro is planning a My Little Pony movie for 2017. The animated adventure will join Jem and the Holograms as the second Hasbro property to be developed into a feature film at Allspark Pictures, a new label the company is self-financing. They may later team-up with other production houses to co-finace a slate of upcoming movie projects.
Allspark has already teamed up with Jason Blum of Blumhouse, who is co-producing the live-action Jem and the Holograms, with Universal Pictures set to distribute and co-finance that movie's budget. Jem and the Holograms will be released in October 2015.
Hasbro is producing and financing the new My Little Pony movie in-house. It is currently in discussions with a number of studios to release the movie on 'the broadest number of screens'. Explains president of Hasbro Studios and global entertainment and licensing for Hasbro Inc. Stephen Davis:
"We've very excited about the potential of that movie. »
It doesn’t get much more meta than this. A couple years back, Ryan Murphy came to Jason Blum and showed him the cult classic original The Town That Dreaded Sundown, the tale of a masked murderer in Texarkana who commits vicious and brutal crimes. Murphy informed Blum that he wanted to reboot the movie, and with the help of Afterlife with Archie scribe Roberto Saguirre-Acasa, they have crafted a smart and visceral horror film.
The story is pretty ambitious, but entirely original. In the new film, the original film exists and was a fictionalized retelling of murders that did actually occur in Texarkana. The people of the rural traditionally Southern town show the movie annually at a drive-in, unabashedly honoring the murders by entertaining themselves, almost mocking the grim account.
The post Review: The Town That Dreaded Sundown a Smart, Scary Redo appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The film will join “Jem and the Holograms” as the first to be produced through Allspark Pictures, a new label through which the company will self-finance or pair up with other companies to co-finance a slate of film projects.
Hasbro Studios will take the reins of “My Little Pony,” producing and financing it inhouse. It is in discussion with studios to release the film “on the broadest possible number of screens,” said Stephen Davis, president of Hasbro Studios and global entertainment and licensing for Hasbro Inc. “We’re very excited about the potential of that movie.”
Joe Ballarini, who previously »
- Marc Graser
A 20-second trailer for the upcoming horror film based on Hasbro Studio’s boardgame appeared in the “Recent Updates” section of users’ accounts on the app, with a sponsored icon. The ad disappears after it’s viewed or within 24 hours. It’s unclear how much Universal paid for the plug.
As with any update, users choose whether to view the video or photos, but many of those who did took to Twitter to talk about the video — some approving what they saw, while others were irritated by the promo that suddenly appeared on their accounts.
Snapchat, however, has said sponsored ads were coming to its 100 million users.
“We need to make money,” Snapchat put it simply in a company blog post. “Advertising allows us to support our service »
- Marc Graser
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 “Ouija” from Jason Blum (producer of the “Paranormal Activity,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” films) and the producer of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre”!
“Ouija,” which opens on Oct. 24, 2014 and is rated “PG-13,” stars Olivia Cooke, Daren Kagasoff, Ana Coto, Douglas Smith, Shelley Hennig, Sierra Heuermann and Bianca Santos from writer and director Stiles White and writer Juliet Snowden.
To win your free “Ouija” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2014 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 your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Who says TV programmers have run out of ideas?
Why, just in the last week, the trade papers have announced deals and casting for as many as 15 new reboots spinoff series and specials. Some sound like familiar shows, others like mutant Frankenstein hybrids of familiar shows. We'll leave it to you to decide which of these programs sound like must-see-tv and which sound like much-skip-tv.
"Care Bears and Cousins." Fuzzy is the new black at Netflix, which is reviving the candy-colored kiddie cartoon series but adding some new characters. No, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright are not going to have a threesome with one of them.
"Cheerleader Death Squad." The CW has ordered this series, from the showrunners behind "Desperate Housewives" and "Under the Dome" (that'd be Marc Cherry and Neal Baer, respectively) about an elite prep school where the pep squad is made up of spies-in-training. Dan Truly ("Blue »
- Gary Susman
In director Levan Gabriadze’s Cybernatural, an embarrassing viral video causes a notorious bully to commit suicide. One year later, someone with supernatural power wants revenge, and they will use the Internet as their own twisted conduit to deliver it. Universal and Blumhouse have acquired Cybernatural, with the former revealing the release date for the film that takes place entirely on a computer screen.
According to Variety, Universal will release Cybernatural on April 10th. Directed by Levan Gabriadze off a screenplay by Nelson Greaves, Cybernatural stars Shelley Hennig, Renee Olstead, Will Peltz, Courtney Halverson, Matthew Bohrer, Heather Sossaman, and Jacob Wysocki. Gabriadze and Greaves also produce alongside Blumhouse’s Jason Blum.
Synopsis (via The Awesome Fest): “While video chatting one night, six high school friends receive a Skype message from a classmate who killed herself exactly one year ago. A first they think it’s a prank, but when »
- Derek Anderson
The former will land in theatres on October 23rd, 2015 as a live-action reboot of the animated series. That joyful Saturday morning cartoon, based on the Hasbro toy line, sprang to life in the 80s and its very existence has plagued this writer on practically a daily basis ever since.
But enough about me, what about this live-action update? The direction in which Universal intend to steer the project is very intriguing, as the flick is set to be produced by Jason Blum and his spooky cohorts at Blumhouse. You know, that team of scaremongers who’ve made sure that no adult can shrug at a PG-13 rating ever again thanks to Insidious.
From what we know, it’s going to have little to no-scares whatsoever, instead telling the story of »
- Gem Seddon
After an announcement that took fans by surprise, its been fairly quiet on the Jem and the Holograms front. Today, we get the official release date for this live-action adaptation of the popular animated series and Hasbro toy line, which has caused some controversy amongst fans for deviating from the core mythology.
While not a horror film, Jem and the Holograms will be arriving in theaters on October 23rd, 2015, from Universal Pictures, just in time for Halloween. Which adheres to producer Jason Blum's core aesthetic. Is he aiming for another annual Halloween midnight tradition in the vein of The Rocky Horror Picture Show?
Directed by Jon M. Chu, who helmed the sequel G.I. Joe Retaliation for Hasbro and Paramount, Jem and the Holograms is being produced by Jason Blum for Blumhouse productions. He's gained a reputation for delivering movies on the cheap that bring in big bucks at the box office. »
The film, unfolds over a teen girl’s computer screen as she and her friends are stalked by an unseen figure who seeks vengeance for a shaming video that led a bully to kill herself a year prior.
Universal executives bought “Cybernatural” after a test screening in Montreal. Wme Global brokered the deal on behalf of the filmmakers.
The film was developed and conceived by Timur Bekmambetov and directed by Levan Gabriadze from a script by Nelson Greaves. Producers are Bekmambetov and Greaves, as well as Jason Blum for Blumhouse Productions.
- Dave McNary
The musical fantasy reimagines Jem amid the current hyperlinked social media era in a story of a small-town girl going from underground video sensation to global superstar with her three sisters.
It’s the second project to land on the date after Warner Bros.-New Line’s “The Conjuring 2.”
- Dave McNary
The live-action Jem And The Holograms movie based on the Hasbro animated series will be released on October 23, 2015, Universal said today as it dated two of its upcoming Blumhouse pictures. The music-driven film about a young woman who transforms into a pop star with the help of her best friends and a pair of high-tech earrings is being directed by Jon M. Chu and stars Aubrey Peeples, Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, Hayley Kiyoko, Juliette Lewis, Molly Ringwald and Ryan Guzman.
Universal also set its Blumhouse horror pic Cybernatural, produced by Timur Bekmambetov, for April 10, 2015. The studio acquired it in a Wme Global-brokered deal after a test screening. The pic unfolds over a teenager’s computer screen as she and her friends are »
- The Deadline Team
Universal's live action adaptation of beloved 1980s cartoon "Jem and the Holograms" finally has a release date: The flick will hit theaters on October 23, 2015.
"Jem" focused on Jerrica Benton, and musical alter ego, Jem. While the series was totally '80s, this new version will be a modern take; according to Variety, "The musical fantasy reimagines Jem amid the current hyperlinked social media era in a story of a small-town girl going from underground video sensation to global superstar with her three sisters."
"Nashville" star Aubrey Peeples is playing the titular star, while Stefanie Scott, Aurora Perrineau, and Hayley Kiyoko round out the rest of Jem's band, the Holograms. Ryan Guzman will play Rio, a love interest for Jem, and Molly Ringwald and Juliette Lewis are also part of the cast.
Photo credit: John M. »
- Katie Roberts
Shined-up studio remakes of grindhouse horror classics are usually best appreciated by viewers unfamiliar with the original films’ scruffy texture, but Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s tricksy take on “The Town That Dreaded Sundown” may be an exception: As it riffs on the professed legacy of Charles B. Pierce’s shoestring 1976 serial-killer thriller, this tediously metatextual exercise conjures few inspired jolts of its own. Following a plucky teen on the trail of a masked maniac methodically restaging murders from Pierce’s film, the redesign is riddled with in-jokes, yet contains little of the Grand Guignol humor one might expect from Gomez-Rejon and his “American Horror Story” collaborator Ryan Murphy. An inauspicious effort to mark the return of the long-defunct Orion Pictures label, the film opens in limited release this week, but is unlikely to spark strong word of mouth ahead of Halloween.
- Guy Lodge
Don’t lie, you played the game. Your parents warned you not to play it in your house but you did it anyway. Now, experience the film – Ouija!! We have some passes for you lucky souls to possess. Read on to find out how to score the passes.
In Ouija, a group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. Stiles White directs the supernatural thriller that is produced by Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller (The Purge, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th) alongside Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series, The Purge), Bennett Schneir (Battleship) and Hasbro. Juliet Snowden and Stiles White wrote the script for Ouija, and Universal will distribute the film worldwide.
Ouija has been rated PG-13 (Parents Strongly Cautioned – Some Material May Be Inappropriate for Children Under 13) for disturbing violent content, »
- Andy Triefenbach
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