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Filmmaker Baltasar Kormakur’s next adventure will be Vikingr for Universal Pictures. Kormakur wrote the story and the script, along with Olafur Egill Egilsson.
The project is based on the classic tales deriving from the legendary Icelandic Sagas, which document larger than life heroes, adventures and battles of early Nordic settlers, as well as daily life in the Viking age.
Universal and Kormakur have a long running relationship going back to his breakthrough picture Contraband, which grossed $91 million worldwide on a $25 million budget. It was based on Kormakur’s Icelandic movie Reykjavik-Rotterdam.
- Michelle McCue
As another autumn approaches, horror hounds look forward to the chill of pumpkin guts on their hands, the crunch of leaves under their shoes, and, for some, pulling their copy of October Dreams: A Celebration of Halloween off the bookshelf for another round of seasonal reading. Published in 2000, Cemetery Dance’s collection of Halloween stories, reflections, and essays now has a sequel on the way.
Featuring an abundance of short pieces by a wide range of authors, October Dreams II: A Celebration of Halloween doesn’t yet have an official release date, but it is expected to come out soon in a hardcover edition from Cemetery Dance. The tome of terror includes stories by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert Bloch, and many more. We have the official release details and cover art below. To learn more or pre-order a copy, visit:
- Derek Anderson
If you're a rabid fan of literary horror, this announcement from Cemetery Dance should make your week! October Dreams II: A Celebration of Halloween, the long-awaited follow-up to one of the most acclaimed Halloween anthologies ever, is on its way.
The sequel features works by Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, Robert McCammon, John Skipp, Robert Bloch, Stewart O’Nan, Glen Hirshberg, Joe R. Lansdale, Al Sarrantonio, Whitley Strieber, Lisa Morton, Matthew Costello, Elizabeth Massie, and dozens of others.
It's once again edited by Richard Chizmar and Robert Morrish, the masterminds behind 2002's October Dreams. Chizmar is the founder and publisher/editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and the Cemetery Dance Publications book imprint. Morrish is the former editor of Cemetery Dance magazine and co-editor of The Scream Factory magazine.
This oversized volume will contain spooky Halloween short fiction, dozens of authors and artists recalling their own personal memories of Halloween, and essays detailing the "history" of Halloween. »
- Debi Moore
In the midst of insane fight sequences and impossible violence, Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill gave me a moment of pause. In the second part of the movie, The Bride (Uma Thurman) finally confronts Bill (David Carradine), and ultimately dispatches him with a secret technique from their old master Pai Mei (Gordon Liu) known as the five-point-palm exploding heart technique. This closely-held secret move uses pressure points on a man’s chest that will stress the heart to a point that the victim can only travel five steps before his heart explodes and he falls dead. That’s a pretty cool technique, and would be quite handy in a pinch, so it got me thinking: Which martial art will teach it to me? The Answer: A special subset of Aikido known as “bullshit.” The so-called “death touch” move, or “dim mak,” has shown up in many movies prior to either of the Kill Bill volumes. In »
- Kevin Carr
Beau Willimon’s “House of Cards” inexorably changed the television landscape when it premiered on Netflix in 2013 — establishing the streaming service as a major player in the scripted arena and forcing the entertainment industry to reexamine the very definition of a TV series.
Boasting an A-list crop of talent both in front of and behind the camera — including Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright and David Fincher — “House of Cards” quickly established itself as a cultural phenomenon, kicking off a binge-watching revolution and winning three Emmys at last year’s ceremony, including a Best Director gong for Fincher.
Variety sat down with Willimon at Austin’s recent Atx Television Festival to discuss the show’s meteoric rise, the Netflix business model and the collaborative process the playwright and screenwriter shares with the show’s cast and crew, which recently commenced production on season three.
When you were first writing and pitching “House of Cards, »
- Laura Prudom
This week, Sony is releasing the second season of Netflix’s hit political drama House of Cards on Blu-Ray and DVD, and We Got This Covered is celebrating the event with a contest! Five lucky readers will win a Blu-Ray copy of House of Cards: The Compete Second Season. And for one extremely lucky reader, we’ll throw in a Blu-Ray copy of House of Cards: The Complete First Season signed by Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Michael Kelly, Michael Gill, Sebastian Arcelus, Constance Zimmer and more. Sound good? That’s what I thought.
House of Cards is one of Netflix’s strongest originals yet, thanks to atmospheric direction and the utterly compelling performances of Spacey and Wright as D.C. power player Frank Underwood and his scheming wife Claire. We’re thrilled to be able to partner with Sony to bring you guys such an awesome giveaway for the series, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Netflix drama "House of Cards" made history at last year's Emmys by becoming the first online only provider to win awards. We will discuss those historic victories with the show's creator Beau Willimon in a live chat this Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Pt/ 2:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. The complete second season of hhis political drama was released on Netflix this year on Valentine's Day. Spoilers Ahead. -Break- Over the course of the 13 episodes, Congressman Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) maneuvered his way into the Vice President's office and was sworn in as President in the finale. First Lady Claire Underwood (Robin Wright) helped him scheme his way into that role, proving to be just as devious. Reporter Zoe Barnes (Kate Mara) was killed while Chief of Staff Doug Stamper (Michael Kelly) was left for dead. Follow Gold Derby on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Tumblr, iTunes ...' »
We haven't heard much lately in the way of progress on the historical drama Reykjavik, but apparently Baltasar Kormakur is now in early talks to direct. The 2 Guns director would replace Mike Newell, who was sitting at the helm when last we checked. The film takes its name from the 1986 Reykjavik Summit between U.S. president Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, an historic meeting that marks the end of the Cold War. Michael Douglas is set to play Reagan, with Christoph Waltz starring as Gorbachev; Frank Langella also stars as Paul Nitze, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy and Reagan’s senior adviser. As THR reports, Kormakur is only in the earliest of talks and no deals are in place, but there's now word of why Newell left the project. Kormakur is currently in Iceland in post-production on Everest, the hiking expedition tale starring Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, »
- Dave Trumbore
With the Cannes Film Festival set to get underway later this month, there's plenty of wheeling and dealing going on, which means there's plenty of casting news. First up, Keira Knightley has signed on as a late addition to the Everest. Directed by Baltasar Kormakur (2 Guns), the movie focuses on two different expeditions that struggle to survive while climbing the world’s tallest mountain. Filming has been underway for well over a month, and the Daily Mail reports that Knightley has signed on to play "Jan Arnold, widow of climber Rob Hall, who conquered the mountain five times." Knightley "shot most of her scenes at Pinewood and around the Home Counties," so don't expect to see her character scaling the mountain. The outstanding cast also includes Jason Clarke, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Thomas M. Wright, Sam Worthington, and Robin Wright. Everest opens »
- Matt Goldberg
Keira Knightley is the latest addition to Baltasar Kormakur's Everest, portraying Jan Arnold, wife of climber Rob Hall (Jason Clarke), who conquered the mountain five times. She joins fellow cast members Josh Brolin, John Hawkes, Jake Gyllenhaal, Martin Henderson, Emily Watson, Michael Kelly, Sam Worthington and Robin Wright. The 3D pic hits theaters later this year on September 18, 2015. Daily Mail The cast of Monster Trucks filled out while I wasn't looking, adding Rob Lowe, Barry Pepper, Thomas Lennon, Danny Glover, Jane Levy, Amy Ryan and Lucas Till in the live-action/animated hybrid. No plot details at this point, but it is set for a May 29, 2015 release from Paramount. Deadline Lastly, David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman Begins) was been brought on to write a treatment for a Fantastic Voyage remake for producer James Cameron. The original 1966 sci-fi adventure film centered on a group of scientists, shrunk down to microscopic »
- Brad Brevet
Refresh for latest … 2Nd Update, 5:06 Pm: The Atlantic is bringing a number of D.C. players to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner — TV D.C. players, this is. The magazine’s guest list includes several cast members from Netflix’s House Of Cards: Robin Wright, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Michael Gill, Mahershala Ali and Molly Parker, along with the show’s creator-writer Beau Willimon. Cynthia Nixon of Amazon’s Alpha House also is on the list. Update, 1:45 Pm: Reuters and CNN have unveiled their guests for Saturday’s shindig, with the former adding among others Unbroken lead Jack O’Connell, The Newsroom‘s Olivia Munn and Revenge‘s Madeline Stowe, and CNN hosting Diane Lane. Previous, Wednesday Pm: Awards season has receded in Hollywood, but Washington D.C. is getting ready for its biggest party weekend of the year with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. It’s »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Earlier today, an avalanche struck on Mount Everest, killing 13 people. The Universal Pictures thriller Everest is also shooting near the site, but Deadline reports that the production suffered no fatalities or injuries due to the natural disater.
Principal photography is still under way on director Baltasar Kormákur's thriller, with the main unit currently shooting at Pinewood Studios in London. The second unit is still filming on Mount Everest itself, as they were preparing to go up and shoot at Base 2. At the time of the avalanche, the crew was at the foot of the summit, some 1,000 feet below, when a wall of ice fell off and crashed into Base 2. Most of the fatalities are said to be climbers and the experienced sherpas who guide them to the top of the mountain. Several of the sherpas who were consulting on Everest rushed to the scene to help. The production will »
Even Michael Kelly doesn't know if he still has a job on "House of Cards" for next season. In a video chat with Gold Derby, he admitted, "I was kind of hoping you would have some insight for me. I don't know anything yet. Beau (Willimon) and that whole staff keep everything really tight to the chest." -Break- Kelly plays Doug Stamper, the chief of staff to Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) on the Netflix drama. His character helped the former Majority Whip move swiftly into the Vice President's office and ultimately sworn in as President of the United States in the season finale. Can 'House of Cards' stop 'Breaking Bad' sweep at Emmys? In the second season finale, Stamper is hit over the head by a prostitute he has been hiding. The audience (and Kelly himself) are left to wonder for many months ahead if Stamper is dead or just knocked out. »
The highly anticipated and critically acclaimed political drama, House of Cards: The Complete Second Season, produced by Media Rights Capital, arrives on Blu-ray and DVD June 17 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The series returns with two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey (American Beauty, Best Actor in a Leading Role, 1999; The Usual Suspects, Best Actor in a Supporting Role; 1995) as the newly appointed Vice President of the United States, along with Robin Wright, this year's Golden Globe winner for her role as his wife, Claire Underwood (Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Drama). This series continues to sizzle with intensity as the ruthless Underwoods stop at nothing to climb the political food chain.
All 13 episodes will be available on the four-disc Blu-ray and four-disc DVD sets for House of Cards: The Complete Second Season with stunning collectible packaging on both releases, along with five bonus featurettes. »
Does Michael Kelly still have a job on "House of Cards" after last seen left for dead in the season two finale? That's what we'll ask him when he joins our live chat Wednesday, April 16, at 9:00 a.m. Pt/ 12:00 p.m. Et on Gold Derby's home page. -Break- Kelly plays Doug Stamper, the evil yet loyal chief of staff to Frank Underwood (Kevin Spacey) on the Netflix drama. His character helped the former Majority Whip move swiftly into the Vice President's office and ultimately sworn in as President of the United States in the season finale. Subscribe to Gold Derby's YouTube Channel You can participate in our chat by adding your comments or questions in our chat room box that will appear next to the video box on our home page. Or you can participate over at our Google+ page in the Q&A chatroom there. Subscribe to »
It’s hard to imagine politicians with more disparate styles than House of Cards’ Frank Underwood and Veep’s Selina Meyer. But at Monday night’s benefit gala for the nonprofit theater Ars Nova, House of Cards writer Beau Willimon told Vulture that Meyer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus’s ambitious but constantly befuddled politician, might just need some new employees. “Well, if she had Stamper by her side, then the possibilities would be limitless,” he said, referring to Doug Stamper, Underwood’s ruthlessly loyal chief of staff.As it turned out, Stamper himself — the actor Michael Kelly — was also in attendance at the benefit, and agreed with Willimon’s assessment that his character might help Selina overcome the bumbling incompetence of her underlings on Veep. “Oh, man, [her office] would be run a lot differently, that’s for sure,” he said. Even though a Cards-Veep crossover has about as much chance of happening »
- Noah Hurowitz
We reported back in July that Max Landis had left Chronicle 2. But now it looks like Fox has landed a brand new writer, and the choice of screenwriter might come to a surprise for some!
It has been revealed that Jack Stanley, who has no credits to his name, is set to take over writing duties following Landis’ departure. Despite Stanley having no credits to his name, he has been catching the attention of Hollywood big wigs as his script Sweetheart made it onto 2013′s Blacklist.
When Chronicle was originally released back in 2012, newcomer Josh Trank took on directing duties and it helped launch his career. Trank is now set to direct the Fantastic Four reboot (Lets hope it does the same thing for Stanley!)
- Lucy Cave
Exclusive: Fox is getting moving on Chronicle 2, the sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit movie directed by Josh Trank. The studio has hired Jack Stanley to write the script. Who? Stanley doesn’t have any produced credits, but this goes to show how a good script written on spec can change everything for a writer. He wrote Sweetheart, the story of a female assassin whose attempt to get out of the biz is thrown awry by her high school reunion. It hit the Black List and Michael Costigan is producing with Stanley’s manager Jewerl Ross. They are packaging it, but the script made the rounds and put the 25-year old on the map. He showed he wasn’t a one shot wonder writing a second one, a werewolf thriller called Silver that is also making the rounds. The original Chronicle was written by Max Landis and starred Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell, »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
It was reported last summer that Chronicle screenwriter Max Landis had departed the 20th Century Fox sequel. Today, Deadline reports that the studio has brought in screenwriting newcomer Jack Stanley to tackle the followup to the 2012 hit. The original film, which starred Michael B. Jordan, Dane DeHaan, Alex Russell and Michael Kelly, told the story of three high school students who make an incredible discovery, leading to them developing uncanny powers beyond their understanding. As they learn to control their abilities, and use them to their advantage, their lives start to spin out of control, and their darker sides begin to take over. Landis had previously mentioned that director Josh Trank was never attached to the sequel and likely won't return, due to his commitment »
Everest, the tale of an expedition up the world’s highest mountain going horribly wrong, has added two more cast members. Avatar’s Sam Worthington and The Princess Bride herself, Robin Wright, will both take on roles in the film that is currently shooting in Nepal on the base of Everest. Other shooting locales include the Italian Dolomites, Cinecitta Studios in Rome and our very own Pinewood Studios. The film will follow a group on an expedition when they are suddenly hit by a snowstorm. Worthington will play Guy Cotton, while Wright takes on the role of Josh Brolin’s character Beck Weathers’ wife, Peach Weathers.
The cast is pretty solid, and with 2 Guns and 101 Reykjavik director Baltasar Kormakur behind the camera, we can assume it’s going to be a tense and thrilling affair.
Everest is released is set for a February 2015 release around Europe and a Us release »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
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