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6 items from 2017


Eighth ‘Saw’ Movie Gets a New Name

21 June 2017 8:34 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has swapped the title of its eighth “Saw” film from “Saw: Legacy” to “Jigsaw.”

The horror franchise revolves around the fictional character John Kramer, also called the “Jigsaw Killer” or “Jigsaw,” who traps victims in situations that test their will to live. “Jigsaw” will open four days before Halloween on Oct. 27 in the U.S., followed by international launches in early 2018.

The movie was shot in November and is in post-production. Variety reported in January that Laura Vandervoort and Hannah Anderson had been announced as the first actors. Tobin Bell has played Jigsaw in the previous films

The film — the first “Saw” title in seven years — is directed by the sibling team of Peter and Michael Spierig from a script by Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell. Producers are Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman, and Oren Koules, the trio that has produced all eight films.

Lionsgate has long specialized in genre fare such as the “Saw” franchise, produced by Twisted Pictures. The original “Saw” cost $1.2 million in 2004 and was Wan’s feature film directorial debut from a screenplay by Whannell. Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell, and Whannell starred.

The first seven “Saw” films grossed more than $870 million worldwide combined. The Spierig brothers’ credits include 2003’s “Undead” and 2009’s “Daybreakers.”

The announcement about the name change came on Wednesday through the horror series’ official Twitter account.

#Jigsaw – In theaters October 27, 2017. pic.twitter.com/2gb0sq3yte

Saw (@SawMovie) June 21, 2017

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- Dave McNary

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Lost: Showrunners Had to Fight to End the ABC TV Show

12 June 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

While his HBO TV show, The Leftovers just ended, Damon Lindelof is still talking about the end of Lost on ABC. Don't worry. This isn't another rehash of the controversial Lost TV series finale. Instead, he goes into detail about how far he and co-showrunner Carlton Cuse went, in order to secure a definitive end-date for the show. A mystery drama, Lost centered on the survivors on Oceanic Flight 815, which crashed on an usual, uncharted island in the South Pacific. The ABC TV show cast includes Matthew Fox, Evangeline Lilly, Josh Holloway, Jorge Garcia, Yunjin Kim, Terry O'Quinn, Naveen Andrews, Daniel Dae Kim, Emily de Ravin, Henry Ian Cusick, Michael Emerson, Domin=ic Monaghan, Harold Perrineau, Elizabeth Mitchess, and Ken Leung. Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Jim Caviezel Boards CBS’ Navy Seal Pilot as Lead

14 March 2017 11:45 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS’ Navy Seal drama pilot has found its leader. Familiar CBS face Jim Caviezel has signed on to the untitled project, Variety has learned.

Caviezel will play Jason, the respected, committed leader of his assault team who’s been through over a dozen deployments. He joins A.J. Buckley, who plays the self-destructive, on-edge but loyal Sonny; Max Thieriot, a millennial Seal who is extremely capable but deeply insecure beneath layers of swagger and confidence; Neil Brown Jr. as Ray, the longest-tenured member of Jason’s assault team, and his most trusted friend and colleague; and Toni Trucks as Diaz, the logistics officer who is responsible for making the arrangements to get the team and their gear where they need to be.

The pilot, about the lives of elite Navy SEALs as they train, plan and execute the most dangerous, high-stakes missions our country can ask, hails from “Justified” and “Sneaky Pete” scribe Ben Cavell, who »

- Oriana Schwindt

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‘Wakey, Wakey’ Theater Review: Will Eno Picks the Wrong Man to Die

27 February 2017 6:00 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Despite their relative youth, a couple of new, hot playwrights have death on their minds this overly warm winter. Last week, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s “Everybody” opened at the Pershing Square Signature Center. And on Monday, also at the Center, Will Eno opened “Wakey, Wakey.” But if you have just one death play to see this season, make it “Everybody.” Michael Emerson spends most of “Wakey, Wakey” sitting up in a wheelchair, alone on stage. A caregiver (January Lavoy) arrives late in the play to chit-chat, put a wet towel on his forehead, and check his pulse. Emerson’s Guy has suffered a. »

- Robert Hofler

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Morena Baccarin boards animation 'Elliott The Littlest Reindeer'

11 February 2017 10:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Homeland actress joins voice cast of family animation.

Homeland actress Morena Baccarin has joined the voice cast on Awesometown Entertainment’s animation Elliott The Littlest Reindeer.

Baccarin will play Corkie, an intrepid reporter who is determined to get the scoop on Father Christmas’s North Pole try-outs for his coveted sleigh team.

“I really enjoyed the story,” said Baccarin. “The idea that with enough perseverance and team spirit you can change the expected and surpass the norm… And it’s always a plus to be in something your kids can watch.”

Ddi CEO Jason Morning announced the development on Sunday as Baccarin rounded out the key casting alongside Josh Hutcherson, Samantha Bee, John Cleese, Martin Short and Jeff Dunham.

Jennifer Westcott is directing Elliott The Littlest Reindeer from her screenplay. Lucas Lynette-Krech produces and executive producers include Dan Krech, Victoria Westcott of Elgin Road, Mike Sears and Michael Emerson of M3, and Moring.

Ddi’s Efm line-up »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Laura Vandervoort, Hannah Anderson Join ‘Saw: Legacy’ (Exclusive)

25 January 2017 6:43 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Laura Vandervoort and Hannah Anderson have become the first actors announced for Lionsgate’s “Saw: Legacy,” the eighth film in the horror franchise.

The film — the first “Saw” title in seven years — is directed by the sibling team of Peter and Michael Spierig from a script by Pete Goldfinger, Josh Stolberg, James Wan, and Leigh Whannell. Producers are Mark Burg, Gregg Hoffman, and Oren Koules, the trio that has produced all eight films.

Lionsgate has long specialized in genre fare such as the “Saw” franchise, produced by Twisted Pictures. The original “Saw” cost $1.2 million in 2004 and was Wan’s feature film directorial debut from a screenplay by Whannell with Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Ken Leung, Tobin Bell, and Whannell starring.

The seven “Saw” films grossed more than $870 million worldwide combined.

The franchise revolves around the fictional character John Kramer, also called the “Jigsaw Killer” or “Jigsaw, »

- Dave McNary

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