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You know what’s hip right now? Horror anthologies. You know what’s really hip right now? Horror anthologies that involve letters in their titles. You know what’s hip, uh, always? Women. Magnet Releasing has previously hinted at the creation of an all-new anthology series that comes to us from talented women (Shock Till You Drop first broke the news way back in November of last year), and now it looks like Xx is finally becoming a reality. The distribution label has announced that Xx is a go, featuring an all-female cast and only female directors, which Magnet will fully finance and own world rights to. Their mission? Create something horror-related, with creative freedom at the root of it all. Sounds pretty great, right? Magnet is also home to the V/H/S horror anthology series and the ABCs of Death franchise, so yeah, these people love horror and they love letters. What »
- Kate Erbland
Magnet Releasing – the ‘genre arm’ of Magnolia Pictures – has announced the acquisition of its latest horror anthology, which will be produced by Xyz Films. Having seen huge success with The ABCs Of Death and V/H/S, among others, Magnet now turns its attention to Xx – an anthology made up of short films that have female leads and female directors. Now, if there’s one thing that draws out the anti-feminist crowd, it’s the subject of female representation in the horror film genre. The reason for their dramatic eye-rolling is fairly obvious at first glance – there are plenty of women in prominent roles onscreen in horror movies, so what’s the problem? Halloween, Scream, The Exorcist, The Conjuring, Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Mama, 2013’s Evil Dead, Drag Me To Hell, 2006′s The Hill Have Eyes – in horror, it seems, there are women everywhere you look. So, why does Magnet Releasing »
- Sarah Myles
What's better than badass women making badass horror films? Are you ready for a new point of view? Magnet and Xyz Films are going to blast the doors off of the anthology horror vehicle with Xx! Magnet is fully financing and has acquired worldwide rights to this collection of short films that is sure to challenge, scare, and inspire viewers. Contributors to the film are all female directors --- who will showcase female leads --- meaning that the world will get to see new work by Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), Jovanka Vuckovic (The Guest), and Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body). No casting news yet. Judging from these ladies' past filmographies, I'm grateful that they'll have another terrifying outlet. Magnet, the tentacled genre arm of Magnolia,...
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Magnet Releasing has acquired the worldwide rights to Xx, a horror anthology featuring short films with female leads by all-female directors, EW has confirmed. Magnet will fully finance the anthology. which Xyz Films will produce. The directors, who includ Karyn Kusama (Jennifer's Body), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), and Jovana Vuckovic, will have creative control, but all films will involve the horror genre. "Magnet has been home to the most exciting anthology horror films of the last several years, and we're very pleased to continue the trend with Xx. We're especially excited about the caliber of filmmakers involved with this anthology, »
- C. Molly Smith
Heading into the Afm, Magnet Releasing is to fully finance and take worldwide rights to the project from producers Xyz Films. Separately, eOne will distribute After The Fall In North America and fresh cast have joined relationship drama The Choice.
Magnolia’s head of international and broadcast sales Christina Rogers will represent Xx at the Santa Monica market in November.
Each story will relate to the horror genre and the directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints.
“Magnet has been the home to the most exciting anthology horror films of the last several years, and we’re very pleased to continue the trend with Xx,” said Magnolia president Eamonn Bowles. “We’re especially excited about the calibre of filmmakers involved with this anthology, and the fresh »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Magnet Releasing has come on board to fully finance and take worldwide rights to “Xx,” a horror anthology featuring all female directors and stars.
The project was first unveiled a year ago at the American Film Market by Xyz Films, which remains the producer. The anthology will be comprised of short horror films by Karyn Kusama (“Girlfight”), Mary Harron (“American Psycho”) Jennifer Lynch (“Surveillance”) and Jovanka Vuckovic.
“The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre,” Magnet said.
Dwjuan Fox will serve as supervising producer for all segments of the film.
Magnolia will be repping the film at Afm next month. “Xx” will be completed next year.
- Dave McNary
Magnet Releasing announced that they have acquired worldwide rights to Xx, the upcoming horror anthology from all-female directors, including Karyn Kusama, Mary Harron, Jennifer Lynch, and Jovanka Vuckovic:
“New York (October 8, 2014) – Magnet Releasing announced today that they are fully financing and taking worldwide rights to Xx, a new horror anthology featuring all female directors, telling stories with female leads that is being produced by Xyz Films (The Raid, Tusk) . The Xx anthology will be comprised of short horror films by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’S Body), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), and Jovanka Vuckovic.
The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre.
“Magnet has been the home to the most exciting anthology horror films of the last several years, and we’re very pleased to continue the trend with Xx. We »
- Jonathan James
First announced by our own ShockTillYouDrop.com last fall, Magnet Releasing has officially announced Xx, a new horror anthology featuring all female directors, telling stories with female leads. Xx arrives from Xyz Films (The Raid, Tusk). The anthology will be comprised of short horror films by Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer's Body), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), and Jovanka Vuckovic. »
Xx - the project Shock was the first to bring you news about last fall - is settling into the hands of Magnet. This is the first female-driven horror anthology to hit the scene.
It appears there have been some cuts to the directors roster. A press release states only Karyn Kusama (pictured), Mary Harron, Jennifer Lynch and Jovanka Vuckovic are on board the project. Jen and Sylvia Soska were initially involved, but it appears they are out.
The post Xx Horror Anthology Finds a Home at Magnet, Loses Soska Twins appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
Magnet Releasing has signed on to back Xx, a new horror anthology with a gender twist – all segments will be helmed by female directors and will star female leads. Karyn Kusama (Girlfight, Jennifer’s Body), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Jennifer Lynch (Surveillance), and Jovanka Vuckovic have been tapped to direct the project, which is heading for completion in 2015 with producer Dwjuan Fox overseeing. As part of the deal, Magnet is taking worldwide distribution rights.
Horror anthologies are the concept du jour of late at Magnolia-owned Magnet, which previously released both the V/H/S and ABCs of Death omnibus projects. Both have spawned sequels; ABCs of Death 2 will be released this Halloween, while V/H/S: Viral, the third entry in the found footage anthology series, is also heading towards a theatrical/digital debut in November.
The Xx project serves two under-represented sectors: Female-driven films, and female-driven horror films. »
- Jen Yamato
Magnet Releasing has announced it will fully finance and take worldwide rights to “Xx,” a new horror anthology from female directors featuring female leads that is being produced by Xyz Films (“Tusk”) . The “Xx” anthology will be comprised of short horror films by Karyn Kusama (“Jennifer's Body”), Mary Harron (“American Psycho”), Jennifer Lynch (“Surveillance”), and Jovanka Vuckovic. “Xx” will be completed in 2015, and Dwjuan Fox will serve as supervising producer for all segments of the film. The directors have been given free creative rein within budget and time constraints, but all of the segments themselves will involve the horror genre. »
- Jeff Sneider
It's almost September, which means a whole new slew of titles on Netflix! August proved pretty lucrative on the quality title front, but it looks as though September it's going to blow the rundown out of the water.
TV takes spotlight this month, with the latest full seasons of "The Walking Dead," "New Girl," "The League," "The Blacklist," "Arrow," "Bones," and "Parks and Recreation" primed and ready for streaming before their fall premieres. And fans still mourning the loss of "How I Met Your Mother" (in more ways than one) can rewatch the ninth and final season to their heart's content. Ah, memories. Showtime's recently departed "Californication" can be seen in its entirety (Seasons 1 -7) as well, starting September 1. That's a lot of TV.
- Tim Hayne
This weekend, as you search for a movie to watch, you can either see Lucy or pick one of approximately 14 billion options available on streaming over a variety of services, be it Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, On Demand, or other sites. Every Friday, Vulture tries to make life easier by narrowing it down to a handful of heartily recommended options. This week, a quartet of films about strong female protagonists.Girlfight (2000)Tap an uplifting sports drama and watch the sap flow out. Girlfight, the feature debut from Jennifer's Body director Karyn Kusama, is no exception; chronicling a troubled teen's attempts to focus her aggression on legal fighting, the Sundance darling splices Rocky and Stand and Deliver to satisfying, if familiar results. But Michelle Rodriguez's performance is next level. Knowledge of the actress's now-notorious high school years, a time when perpetual expulsion nearly landed her in jail, only shades the harsh, »
- Matt Patches
Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, Middle of Nowhere revelation Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tammy Blanchard, busy-bee indie actress Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher, Wild Canaries) and John Carroll Lynch are the principle cast in Karyn Kusama’s fourth feature film, which according to Deadline, has just wrapped. The project which was first announced a couple of years back with the proposed cast of Luke Wilson, Zachary Quinto, Topher Grace and Johnny Galecki, has been retooled and saw Gamechanger Films’ Mynette Louie (Land Ho!) join Martha Griffin (longtime producer for Kusama) and Xyz Films (The Raid 2) as the producing team. At this point, it’s a safe bet that The Invitation is going to be looked at by the Sundance folks – Park City is where Kusama broke into film with her Y2K debut, Girlfight.
- Eric Lavallee
Exclusive: Filming in the Hollywood Hills has wrapped on The Invitation, the latest feature from Girlfight‘s Sundance award-winner Karyn Kusama and the helmer’s first since 2009′s Jennifer’s Body. It’s also the second feature to be backed by femme-focused Gamechanger Films, the film fund established last year to finance narrative features helmed by women in an effort to equalize gender disparity in film. The first Gamechanger project, road tripper Land Ho! co-directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, sold out of Sundance in January. Sony Classics opened the pic on Friday. Gamechanger financed The Invitation with Lege Artis, with Gamechanger’s Mynette […] »
Halt and Catch Fire, Season 1, Episode 3: “High Plains Hardware”
Directed by Karyn Kusama
Written by Jason Cahill
Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on AMC
Is this show getting silly or is this show getting silly? I’ve been optimistic about Halt and Catch Fire based more on its potential than its first two episodes, which have been pretty inconsistent. It has a fantastic setting and shows a slice of recent history that hasn’t been depicted very often on screen. It features some great music and some good acting. And dramatizing the dawn of the computers is not an easy task. To take a subject this intricate and specialized, a subject few are conversant in even as we use the machines themselves almost constantly, the writers seem to have two choices. They must either commit to exploring the actual process of building a PC, which is a tall order, »
- Bryan Rucker
Around this time last year we told you that Jennifer's Body director Karyn Kusama was working on an indie flick titled Invitation, with Luke Wilson attached to star. It seems as if those plans have changed, and we've got the latest casting news for ya today!
The Wrap reports that Prometheus star Logan Marshall-Green (pictured) and "Boston Public" actress Marieh Delfino have accepted the female director's Invitation, which will also co-star Tammy Blanchard, John Carroll Lynch and Michelle Krusiec.
Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi wrote the script, which stars Marshall-Green as a man faced with mounting evidence that something sinister has taken hold of his ex-wife, who is hosting a dinner party that harbors a terrifying agenda.
Production is scheduled to start this month.
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- John Squires
Since Jennifer's Body, I've been waiting for some time for director Karyn Kusama to return to the genre scene. She's attached to the all-female horror anthology Xx, but I haven't heard much progress on that since Shock was the first to break the news about that film last fall. She currently at work on The Invitation, which she boarded in 2012.
- Ryan Turek
• Rooney Mara and David Fincher are reportedly circling the espionage thriller Red Sparrow. The two haven’t worked together since 2011′s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The film will be set in present-day Russia, centered on an intelligence officer who is forced to become a “Sparrow” — someone who basically seduces people for information. She falls for the CIA officer she’s assigned to operate against. Fox is also in talks with Eric Warren Singer, who scripted American Hustle, to adapt the Jason Matthews book. Darren Aronofsky was previously considering the project. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
“Boston Public” actress Marieh Delfino will join Logan Marshall-Green in Karyn Kusama's indie thriller “The Invitation,” TheWrap has learned. The film will co-star Tammy Blanchard, John Carroll Lynch and Michelle Krusiec. Also read: Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron, Karyn Kusama to Direct All-Female Horror Anthology ‘Xx’ Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi wrote the script, which stars Marshall-Green (“Prometheus”) as a man faced with mounting evidence that something sinister has taken hold of his ex-wife, who is hosting a dinner party that harbors a terrifying agenda. Delfino wil play a UCLA professor in the movie, which Hay and Manfredi are expected to produce with Martha Griffin. »
- Jeff Sneider
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