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Matthew McConaughey is getting well-deserved Oscar buzz for his performance as real life cowboy turned AIDS activist Ron Woodroof in "Dallas Buyer’s Club," which expands in theaters this weekend. But before McConaughey jumped on board, the film was actually stuck in development hell for over 15 years with various other actors, including Brad Pitt and Woody Harrelson, attached to play the role. Most recently, even Ryan Gosling was set to play Woodroof for his "Lars and the Real Girl" director, Craig Gillespie, but when their film was hit with financial issues, Gosling had to turn the part down to focus on other projects. Matthew was later cast for director Jean-Marc Vallee’s vision of the film, giving a transformative performance – and losing a whopping 40 pounds – for some of the best reviews of his career! This isn’t the first time an A-lister has turned down a big role - find »
- tooFab Staff
A good horror movie protagonist has to be able to do two things. They have to be likable enough that you actually care about them when they’re put in danger by whatever horrific threat they’re facing down, and they have to project enough vulnerability that you really believe they might not come out of the other end of the story all in one piece. Being a great protagonist in a horror comedy is a little bit more complicated of a job though. Not only do horror comedy heroes have to accomplish both of those tasks, but they also have to be funny, and they have to be able to make the transitions in tone from scary to funny without having the change feel jarring to the audience or without making it feel like these two different aspects of the film are at odds with each other. Horror comedies need a talented actor. A »
- Nathan Adams
Ok, wait, so I’m confused. For all intents and purposes, Fright Night 2: New Blood is billing itself as a sequel to 2011′s Fright Night remake starring Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell, yet it has absolutely nothing to do with the previous project. None of the cast returned, the suburban story isn’t referenced in the least – in fact, it’s quite the opposite. Fright Night 2: New Blood is a spiritual remake all on its own, starting anew with familiar characters thanks to screenwriter Matt Venne. All the characters are named exactly the same, “Evil” Ed yet again starts in human form, Amy is back as Charley’s love interest – the only true change is that Gerri is now a female vampire played by the sultry Jamie Murray.
Unfortunately, Edurdo Rodriguez’s “sequel” is the worst kind of sequel – because it isn’t a sequel at all. Fright Night 2: New Blood »
- Matt Donato
Billy Bob Thornton plays the gym teacher from hell who makes life a misery for porky student Jim Farley (Seann William Scott)... and then winds up courting his mom. Director Craig Gillespie slickly weaves themes of bullying teachers and the ludicrous self-help craze to end up with a blackly comic laugh-a-thon that will push a button with the wheezing fatties amongst us. »
High school student Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) begins to discover several mysterious disappearances in the area, with all clues leading back to his mother's new neighbour Jerry (Colin Farrell). Hooking up with sceptical girlfriend (rising Brit star Imogen Poots) and dubious Vegas vampire hunter Peter Vincent (David Tennant), Charley finds himself up against a formidable foe. Lars and the Real Girl director Craig Gillespie wittily reworks the 1985 horror classic for a new generation. »
Craig Gillespie’s recent underrated remake of fun Tom Holland’s vampire thriller Fright Night has received a sequel again centring on unlucky teen Charley Brewster as his habit of butting heads with bloodsuckers continues. 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment are behind the straight-to-dvd follow-up Fright Night 2: New Blood which is directed by Eduardo Rodriguez. The film has an entire recasting with the likes of Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots and Christopher Mintz-Plasse replaced by British newcomers Will Payne, Chris Waller and Sacha Parkinson.
We’ve the first clip from the dark comic sequel led by the seductive Jaime Murray as the chief shapeshifting vamp Gerri Dandridge, previously played by Colin Farrell. Click on the link if you missed the first trailer.
By day Gerri Dandridge is a sexy professor, but by night she transforms into a real-life vampire with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. So when a »
- Craig Hunter
"Welcome to Fright Night for real!"
I thought director Craig Gillespie‘s remake of Fright Night was fantastic. I really enjoyed it, and it turned out to be a pleasant surprise. Fox decided to make a sequel to it, but this one is going straight to Blu-ray and DVD, and it looks like the level of quality that you would see for those kinds of films. In fact, the movie just looks like a remake of Gillespie's 2011 film, only not as good. This time around they decided to sex it up with a female villain vampire that bathes in blood. Here's the synopsis for Fright Night 2: New Blood:
By day Gerri Dandridge (Jaime Murray) is a sexy professor, but by night she transforms into a real-life vampire with an unquenchable thirst for human blood. So when a group of high school students travel abroad to study in Romania, »
- Joey Paur
The team behind Fright Night 2: New Blood is trying extremely hard to make sex sell for them, probably because you had no idea that there was a sequel to the remake of Fright Night. But even if you didn’t, you probably won’t be surprised that it’s going Dtv on October 1st. Craig Gillespie’s flick was one of the few remakes of 2011 to even make its budget back and was a lot more fun than its reboot stigma offered, but it looks like they’ve gone with the tried-and-true plot with different ingredients. The most notable is giving Jerry a sex change. Jaime Murray is the vampire this time around, and for some reason, they’re all named Jerry and Charlie Brewster just keeps finding them among the humans. Probably because he’s still a peeping tom. And because when you’re turned into a bloodsucker you legally have to change your »
- Scott Beggs
Walt Disney Pictures has chosen a prime release date for director Craig Gillespie’s (Fright Night, Lars and the Real Girl) upcoming baseball film Million Dollar Arm. Based on a true story, Jon Hamm plays a washed-up sports agent who travels to India and sets up a televised, national game show “Million Dollar Arm” to see if any cricket players might cut it in the major leagues. The film will kick off the summer movie season as a bit of counter-programming on May 16, 2014, where it will open opposite Warner Bros.’ Godzilla and one week before X-Men: Days of Future Past. Million Dollar Arm boasts a screenplay by The Station Agent and The Visitor scribe Tom McCarthy and also stars Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Madhurt Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Aasif Mandvi, Pitobash, and Alan Arkin. »
- Adam Chitwood
Disney has announced a release date for sports drama Million Dollar Arm starring Mad Men's Jon Hamm. The film, directed by Craig Gillespie, will open wide on May 16, 2014. Photos: Take Me Out: Hollywood's Best Baseball Movies Based on a true story, the film follows sports agent J.B. Bernstein (Hamm) who stages a reality show in India looking for the best cricket player. After discovering two standout players, Bernstein takes them back to the U.S. to attempt to turn them into baseball stars. Produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray of Mayhem Pictures with Joe Roth, Palek
- Rebecca Ford
Disney will pitch baseball drama “Million Dollar Arm” into theaters on May 16, 2014.
Craig Gillespie (pictured) (“Lars and the Real Girl”) is directing the film, based on a script by Tom McCarthy (“Win Win”), about real-life sports agent Jeff Bernstein who discovered professional pitchers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel through a reality show he staged in India with cricket players.
Mayhem Pictures and Roth Films are producing with shooting set for Mumbai, India and Atlanta. »
- Marc Graser
Following the trio of posters that are being voted on for use as the official DVD artwork for the upcoming home release of 'Fright Night 2' a brand new trailer has come bombing along adding further to the confusing premise which sounds more like another remake/reimagining than a direct sequel to Craig Gillespie's 2011 do-over. It lands on DVD and Blu-ray stateside on 1 October, will be wrapped in by what looks to be rather unimaginative artwork, and star a whole host of new actors taking on the roles of previous characters we've come to know and watch develop. The gorgeous star of hit BBC series 'Hustle' Jaime Murray -below ('Spartacus: Gods of the Arena') takes the lead vamp role in the remake/sequel(!?) and she is joined by Will Payne ('Elfie Hopkins'), Sean Power, Chris Waller and Sacha Parkinson. »
Horror comedy sequel 'Fright Night 2' heads to Blu-ray and DVD on 1 October and is now available for pre-order. In the meantime there's a special choice of 3 ready prepared DVD artworks for you to pick from with the most popular going forward to print before its October release. The entire cast from the Craig Gillespie helmed remake from back in 2011 has been replaced and the plot (shown below) has already had us scratching our heads. Is it a remake of the remake? If so, what's the point in that? Anyhoo sexy Brit star Jaime Murray ('Spartacus: Gods of the Arena', 'Dexter') takes the role of Gerri Dandridge the hot professor who just happens to be a blood sucker. Will Payne ('Elfie Hopkins'), Sean Power, Chris Waller and Sacha Parkinson make up the fresh faced cast. Check out the posters below and head »
Following on from the first look at cover and poster artwork, we bring you the first trailer from forthcoming vampire sequel Fright Night 2: New Blood. The film is follow-up to Craig Gillespie’s 2011s underrated comic horror starring Anton Yelchin and Colin Farrell, a remake of the cult classic from 1987 and originally directed by Tom Holland. The latest effort is again centred on the exact same characters from Gillespie’s film, although each character has been recast and will go straight-to-dvd.
When high school student Charlie attends a study abroad program with his horror obsessed friend “Evil” Ed and ex-girlfriend Amy in Romania, he soon discovers their young attractive professor Gerri (Jaime Murray) is a real life vampire. Too bad no one believes him. In fact, Evil Ed finds it amusing and it only feeds his vampire obsession. When Gerri turns Ed, Charlie seeks out Peter Vincent, the infamous vampire hunter (well, »
- Craig Hunter
Disney has announced that Jon Hamm's new film, Million Dollar Arm, has started shooting. The movie is being directed by Craig Gillespie (Fright Night), and also stars Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, and Alan Arkin. Here's what the film is about:
Based on a true story, Disney’s “Million Dollar Arm” follows Jb Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down for good if Jb doesn’t come up with something fast. Late one night, while watching cricket being played in India on TV, Jb comes up with an idea so radical it just might work. Why not go to there and find the next baseball pitching sensation? Setting off for Mumbai with nothing but a gifted but cantankerous scout (Alan Arkin) in tow, Jb stages a televised, nationwide »
- Joey Paur
Principal photography has begun on Walt Disney Pictures' Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm. Directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night), the film is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, through their Mayhem Pictures, and Joe Roth, under his Roth Films banner, with Palak Patel and Kevin Halloran serving as executive producers. Thomas McCarthy (Win Win, The Visitor) wrote the screenplay. The film also stars Bill Paxton (Haywire, Hatfields & McCoys), Lake Bell (What Happens in Vegas, It's Complicated), Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Aasif Mandvi (The Daily Show, Margin Call), Madhur Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), Pitobash (3 Idiots, Shanghai) and Academy Award-winner Alan Arkin. A.R. Rahman (127 Hours, Slumdog Millionaire) is scoring the film. Million Dollar Arm will shoot on locations in India, Georgia and Los Angeles.
Principal photography has begun on Walt Disney Pictures’ Million Dollar Arm, starring Jon Hamm. Directed by Craig Gillespie (“Lars and the Real Girl,” “Fright Night”), the film is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, through their Mayhem Pictures, and Joe Roth, under his Roth Films banner, with Palak Patel and Kevin Halloran serving as executive producers. Tom McCarthy (“Win Win,” “The Visitor”) wrote the screenplay.
The film also stars Bill Paxton (“Haywire,” “Hatfields & McCoys”), Lake Bell (“What Happens in Vegas,” “It’s Complicated”), Suraj Sharma (“Life of Pi”), Aasif Mandvi (“The Daily Show,” “Margin Call”), Madhur Mittal (“Slumdog Millionaire”), Pitobash (“Three Idiots,” “Shanghai”) and Academy Award®–winner Alan Arkin. A.R. Rahman (“127 Hours,” “Slumdog Millionaire”) is scoring the film. Million Dollar Arm will shoot on locations in India, Georgia and Los Angeles.
- Michelle McCue
Craig Gillespie, known for Lars and the Real Girl starring Ryan Gosling, and Fright Night, directs the film which also stars Bill Paxton, Lake Bell, Suraj Sharma, Aasif Mandvi, Madhur Mittal, Pitobash and Alan Arkin Mayhem Pictures' Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, produce alongside Roth Films' Joe Roth, while Palak Patel and Kevin Halloran serve as executive producers. Tom McCarthy wrote the screenplay which is based on a true story. Disney’s Million Dollar Arm follows Jb Bernstein, a once-successful sports agent who now finds himself edged out by bigger, slicker competitors. He and his partner Aash (Aasif Mandvi) will have to close their business down »
Production has begun on Craig Gillespie's Million Dollar Arm. Based on a true story, Jon Hamm plays a washed-up sports agent who travels to India, and sets up a televised, national game show "Million Dollar Arm" to see if any cricket players might cut it in the major leagues. The press release provides the full synopsis, and while it sounds a little corny at points, such as "Ultimately, what began as a purely commercial venture becomes something more and leads Jb to find the one thing he was never looking for at all—a family," I have full faith in screenwriter Tom McCarthy. He's 3-for-3 with The Station Agent, The Visitor, and Win Win (although he also directed those movies). Also, Hamm is long overdue for the lead role in a feature film. Finally, the flick boasts a terrific supporting cast that includes Suraj Sharma (Life of Pi), Madhurt Mittal (Slumdog Millionaire), Bill Paxton, »
- Matt Goldberg
Walt Disney Pictures has started cameras rolling on Million Dollar Arm . which stars Jon Hamm and is directed by Craig Gillespie. The film is expected to shoot in India, Georgia and Los Angeles. Million Dollar Arm is produced by Mark Ciardi and Gordon Gray, through their Mayhem Pictures, and Joe Roth, under his Roth Films banner, with Palak Patel and Kevin Halloran serving as executive producers. Tom McCarthy (.Win Win,. .The Visitor.) wrote the screenplay. Hamm is joined by Allyn Rachel (Couple Time) who plays his assistant, Bill Paxton (.Haywire,. .Hatfields & McCoys.), Lake Bell (.What Happens in Vegas,. .It.s Complicated.), Suraj Sharma (.Life of Pi.), Aasif Mandvi (.The Daily Show,. .Margin Call.), Madhur Mittal (.Slumdog »
- Patrick Luce
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