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*there are spoilers here. Director: Kevin Greutert. Writer: Robert Ben Garant. Cast: Sarah Snook, Joelle Carter, Mark Webber, David Andrews and Ana de la Reguera. Jessabelle is a supernatural thriller. This title was recently released through video-on-demand, by Blumhouse Production. Lacking in any true horror, the film offers a great setting, but a mundane tone. Thrills are relegated to a few fight scenes as the protagonist does her best to uncover a long buried family secret. Her digging uncovers several tropes, with the film moving towards a predictable conclusion. Jessabelle is a very watered down thriller, which will satisfy few. The story begins with tragedy. Jessabelle (Sarah Snook) is ready to start a family, with her boyfriend and new baby. A speeding semi, in a residential area, puts her dreams to rest, permanently. Jessabelle is forced to stay with her father, in a remote mansion. Here, she begins to see strange visions, »
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Jessabelle just wants to heal, but she’ll get hell for her efforts. Wheelchair-bound as she recovers from a car accident that killed her boyfriend, Jessabelle returns home to be near her father, but ends up getting too close to a malevolent spirit in Saw VI director Kevin Greutert’s Jessabelle, a Southern gothic film with a supernatural streak that Lionsgate is releasing to home media this winter:
Press Release – “From the mastermind producer behind Insidious and The Purge comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. The haunting, supernatural thriller, directed by Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), written by Robert Ben Garant (Hell Baby, Night at the Museum) and starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber and Joelle Carter, will arrive on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on January 13, 2015 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Jessabelle Blu-ray and DVD, including audio commentary with the filmmakers, »
- Derek Anderson
From the mastermind producer behind Insidious and The Purge comes the ghostly tale of Jessabelle. The haunting, supernatural thriller, directed by Kevin Greutert (Saw VI, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter), written by Robert Ben Garant (Hell Baby, Night at the Museum) and starring Sarah Snook, Mark Webber and Joelle Carter, will arrive on Blu-ray (plus Digital HD), DVD (plus Digital) and Digital HD on January 13, 2015 from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. The Jessabelle … Continue reading →
Kathy Griffin is in talks to replace Joan Rivers on “Fashion Police” Griffin recently confirmed she had been offered the job, but said, “I don’t know if the situation is correct at this time for me or right for me at this time.” Jon Stewart to promote his new movie on “The O’Reilly Factor” After plugging “Rosewater” on CNN, Stewart will appear on another news network that he scorns, Fox News, on Friday. Plus: A look back at Stewart’s side projects, Stewart and Steve Carell had a sweet reunion last night on “The Daily Show,” and watch Stewart sing Taylor Swift. Amy Poehler and Lena Dunham sell almost same number of books Poehler’s “Yes Please” sold 37,000 vs. 38,000 for Dunham’s "Not That Kind of Girl” in their first week. Both are on par with Tina Fey’s “Bossypants,” which sold 38,000 in its first week. Click Read »
- Norman Weiss
You have the right to remain the opposite of silent tonight at the stroke of midnight, when Comedy Central's @midnight host a mini-reunion of Reno 911! Thomas Lennon and Ben Garant (who serve as executive producers of @midnight) will be joined on the panel by fellow Reno creator/actor Kerri Kenney-Silver, and the trio will welcome Carlos Alazraqui and Cedric Yarbrough as special guests, with all five in character. (Look for Jones and a back-from-the-dead Garcia to pull the show over for "reckless hosting.") Seven of the 10 stars from Comedy Central's beloved Cops parody, which ran from 2003-2009, reunited »
- Dan Snierson
Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb is quickly gaining on us, and we have the latest (and probably last) trailer to the series' final entry. Enjoy below, at your leisure. As promised, writers Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon, as well as stars Ben Stiller and the late Robin Williams, have delivered the third Night At The Museum. While it's not set in the Liberace museum as the writers cheekily suggested when first asked about the project, it is set in the British Museum. There, Larry Daley (Stiller) and his usual gang of museum exhibit pals will try and unlock the secret of the Egyptian tablet that makes all of the exhibits come to life. MovieClips Trailers broke the preview recently, which promises to be the "final Night" for the moderately successful series. Whether it was planned that way in the beginning or not, it's probably for the »
"This place is waking up for the first time, and we have no idea what's out there." Though the Night at the Museum franchise is geared towards kids and families, it's written by Thomas Lennon & Robert Ben Garant, so there's always been a decent amount of comedy for adults to enjoy too. That certainly seems to be the cast in the latest trailer for the final adventure, Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb. New faces each get a moment to shine from Rebel Wilson as a new museum night guard to Dan Stevens, proving that he can do anything, as he plays an upbeat, heroic Sir Lancelot. And Ben Stiller gets to play two roles this time, adding a caveman into the mix. This honestly looks like some good fun! Watch below! Here's the final trailer for Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb »
- Ethan Anderton
20th Century Fox has released a new trailer from the upcoming sequel "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" starring Ben Stiller, Robin Williams, Owen Wilson, Steve Coogan, Ricky Gervais, Dan Stevens, Rebel Wilson, and Ben Kingsley.
Get ready for the wildest and most adventure-filled Night At the Museum ever as Larry (Ben Stiller) spans the globe, uniting favorite and new characters while embarking on an epic quest to save the magic before it is gone forever.
Have a look at the new trailer below.
"Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb" hits theaters on December 19, 2014.
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- Kellvin Chavez
This Friday, Kevin Greutert’s Southern gothic supernatural film Jessabelle is arriving in limited theaters and on VOD courtesy of Lionsgate. Written by Reno 911 alum Robert Ben Garant and starring Sarah Snook and Mark Webber, Jessabelle follows the titular character (played by Snook) who encounters something sinister living inside her childhood home when she returns there to recuperate after a devastating accident.
Daily Dead recently spoke with Greutert about his experiences working on the otherworldly horror drama and how his inability to helm Paranormal Activity 2 for Blumhouse Productions a few years ago (due to contractual obligations post-Saw VI) led to him to taking on Jessabelle for Jason Blum shortly thereafter. Greutert also discussed his latest horror project , Visions, which was also produced by Blumhouse and reflected on his involvement with the Saw franchise and how his editing style helped define the ‘look’ of the series.
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- Heather Wixson
Before making his way into directing, Kevin Greutert established himself as one hell of an editor, having edited everything from The Strangers and The Collection, to the first five Saw films, before successfully making the transition into directing. Staying in the franchise until its supposed end (last week’s press conference put an end to “the end”), Greutert stepped behind the camera to direct the return to form Saw VI and Saw VII. With the Jigsaw-led series over for the time being, Greutert recently jumped into directing again, with the Blumhouse film, Jessabelle (hitting theaters and VOD on November 7th via Lionsgate), a southern gothic tale of a woman confined to a wheelchair, and dealing with supernatural forces attempting to get her (our review).
- Jerry Smith
Ring Her Bell: Greutert Steps Outside Franchise For Promising Results
Considering that Jessabelle is directed by editor and eventual director of two Saw films, Kevin Greutert (he got credit for six and straight-to-dvd release number seven), his first foray outside of schlock genre isn’t the torporific eyesore one might have predicted. Written by Robert Ben Garant, better known as Deputy Travis Junior from the series “Reno 911!,” the film manages enough general interest to keep us wondering what will happen to its protagonist, even though it’s lack of tension and absence of thrills racks up quite a bit of dismay. Though a pleasantly peculiar finale at last breaks free of its quagmire of cliché, it can’t quite make up for the inert build-up, as well as a handful of illogical details that annul any of the film’s more successful moments.
After a devastating car accident claims her unborn child and her fiancée, »
- Nicholas Bell
Jessabelle is a bit of an odd experience, blending a fangless voodoo fantasy with some seriously unnerving scares about inner-demons going bump in the night. While such an imbalance might not sound completely unheard of, the seamless way Reno 911! prankster Robert Ben Garant scripts this Southern spooker manages to polish rougher edges with invasive psychological horror that’s surprisingly nightmare-worthy. Even with director Kevin Greutert’s horror experience coming from the overly-gory Saw franchise – specifically the final two splatterfests – Jessabelle remains solely story-driven thanks to atmospheric haunted house tropes, not distracting, stomach-churning gore. Isn’t it nice when horror movies respect their audience and take time to craft white-knuckle scares worthy of a few less hours of sleep, instead of Ouija-like backhanded scare tactics?
- Matt Donato
Today in We Did Not See That Coming news: Dwayne Johnson is, according to the Hollywood Reporter, now loosely attached to Paramount’s long-gestating film version of Baywatch. In the same news blast comes word that Horrible Bosses 2 duo Sean Anders and John Morris are on board to direct and produce.Paramount has been trying to crack this nut for years now, adapting the cult 1990s show that gave David Hasselhoff a second jolt of career juice and made the idea of good-looking people in tight-fitting swimsuits running along California beaches a popular weekly TV concept.Jeremy Garelick and Peter Tolan have worked on script drafts as the film floundered away in development, and Robert Ben Garant was touted as a director in 2012. Things have moved on, and now Paramount has Justin Malen taking a new swing at the script and Anders and Morris overseeing the current plan. Their »
We've been hearing about a potential film adaptation of the cheesy lifeguard TV series Baywatch since as far back as 2009. The first iteration had The Break-Up director Jeremy Garelick writing and getting behind the camera while more recent efforts pegged Robert Ben Garant, one-half of the writing duo behind Night at the Museum, to direct the film with Bill Hader briefly rumored for a lead role. Now the film seems to have life again as THR reports Dwayne Johnson is loosely attached to lead what will be a comedic take on the material with We're the Millers writing duo Sean Anders & John Morris set to direct now. More below! Johnson's name has been floated around the project before, but with no solid links. This still seems a little shaky, but an action comedy in the same vein as the 21 Jump Street franchise would be great with Johnson on board. As for the script, »
- Ethan Anderton
Sean Anders and John Morris (Horrible Bosses 2) will direct, with Justin Malen (Bad Teacher 2) set to rewrite the script. A number of writers have previously written drafts of the script, including Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer) and Peter Tolan (Rescue Me). One of the earlier stories revolved around a series of shark attacks that lead the Baywatch lifeguarding team to investigate a drug smuggling operation. No details were given for Justin Malen's new take on the story.
Back in January 2013, we reported that Bill Hader was in talks to star in Baywatch, although his reps denied the report. Robert Ben Garant was attached to direct at that time, but this was the last we had heard about the project until now.
Dwayne Johnson has aptly been labeled “franchise steroids” for his ability to revitalize series like The Fast and the Furious, G.I. Joe, and even Journey to the Center of the Earth with his incredible charisma and screen presence. This will be put to the ultimate test very soon, as THR now reports that Johnson is attached to star in the Baywatch movie for Paramount Pictures. Moreover, the writing team of Sean Anders and John Morris have come aboard to direct the film after making their helming debut on the upcoming comedy Horrible Bosses 2. More on this development after the jump. Per THR, Johnson is now loosely attached to star in Paramount’s Baywatch movie as the studio is moving forward with the film by hiring Justin Malen to do a script rewrite and Anders and Morris to direct. The feature film adaptation of the delightfully cheesy 1990s TV series »
- Adam Chitwood
Mr. Peabody and Sherman were the stars of one of last winter's most popular animated films. It was a well-deserved and long overdue promotion, since the characters got their start in 1959 as supporting characters in the Rocky and Bullwinkle cartoon universe. Well, the tables have turned. In the new 3-D Blu-ray of Mr. Peabody & Sherman, which arrives Oct. 14, the clever squirrel and not-so-clever moose return for another crazy adventure titled "Another Fine Moose You've Gotten Me Into," or "The Man In The Iron Moose!" Of course, if Rocky and Bullwinkle are back, then Boris Badenov and Natasha Fatale can't be far behind. »
- Jeff Labrecque
Exclusive: Michael Eisner’s Tornante Company is following its Netflix show BoJack Horseman by creating some feature film action. Tornante has set the comedy writing duo of Jim & Brian Kehoe to pen an untitled comedy in a mid-six-figure deal. I’m told the idea centers on the Olympic Village. The siblings have several projects around town, including their 2012 Black List entry Cherries, which has Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg producing for Good Universe alongside Dmg, with John Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg directing.
The Kehoes are currently rewriting Thomas Lennon & Ben Garant’s Disney script The Wheelman, and they sold their action comedy pitch Top Of The Food Chain for mid-six figures to Lionsgate, with Tyler Perry’s 34th Street Films and Dmg producing. Cherries sold as a spec shortly after Endgame purchased the Kehoes’ previous spec script, You Complete Us, for Adam Shankman and Offspring. The scribes are repped by »
- Mike Fleming Jr
The teaser trailer for this winter's sequel Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb arrived this past summer, and now 20th Century Fox has unveiled a new poster for the film starring Ben Stiller. It's certainly one of the better posters we've seen for the franchise as it takes the ensemble cast that includes Ricky Gervais, Rebel Wilson, Rami Malek and more, and puts them into an M.C. Escher style image with staircases that don't seem to end. Yes, Robin Williams is in the poster too (this is one of his final performances) and you can even spot a tiny Steve Coogan and Owen Wilson if you scan carefully. Look! Here's the new poster for Shawn Levy's Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb from Fox: Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb is directed by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum, Real Steel, Date Night »
- Ethan Anderton
Michael Eisner’s Tornante Co. is making a splash in the feature film business, developing an Olympic Village comedy.
Tornante has hired the comedy writing team Jim and Brian Kehoe to pen an untitled internal comedy idea. The logline is being kept under wraps, but centers around the Olympic Village.
Eisner, who was the CEO of Disney for 17 years, founded Tornante in 2005 and acquired Topps baseball card publishers, Internet chore site TaskRabbit and made-for-Internet production shingle Vuguru.
Eisner signed a worldwide distribution deal in late 2012 with Universal, under which Uni agreed to put up the P&A for a certain amount of qualifying pictures, returning Eisner to the moviemaking business.
- Dave McNary
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