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Here's your daily dose of an indie film in progress; at the end of the week, you'll have the chance to vote for your favorite. In the meantime: Is this a movie you’d want to see? Tell us in the comments. "Goody Goody" Tweetable Logline: "Goody Goody" is an historical comedy about a group of colonial women struggling to survive in their newfound celibate community. Elevator Pitch: Colonial women dealing with contemporary issues. "Girls" meets M. Night Shyamalan's "The Village". Set against the backdrop of 1750s America, the series tells the story of five women whose sinful pasts threaten to destroy them. Sex, Danger, Violence, and Greed come together in a wholly original and humorous way in this hysterical piece featuring the legendary Lori Beth Denberg (yes, from "All That"). Production Team: Created by Alex Rice, Adam Bonanni, Diane Wagner Written by Alex Rice, Diane Wagner Directed by Connor Hurley (www. »
Even Jack Bauer, the indefatigable U.S. super agent from the popular Fox series “24,” can be bought.
Fox is seeking as much as $500,000 for a 30-second ad in the debut of “24: Live Another Day,” a much–ballyhooed revival of its groundbreaking spy drama, and between $325,000 and $350,000 for a spot in subsequent episodes, according to people familiar with the situation.
Even at $325,000, an ad in the new “24″ would be among TV’s priciest. At $325,000 a commercial in “24: Live Another Day” would be the second-most expensive program on broadcast television, according to a Variety survey of ad prices for the 2013-2014 TV season, beaten only by NBC’s “Sunday Night Football,” which notches an average of $628,000 for a 30-second spot. A 30-second ad in Espn’s “Monday Night Football,” at an average of $408,000, also costs more.
The prices for the limited “24” series, set to debut May 5 on Fox, suggest demand »
- Brian Steinberg
(Cbr) "Movie 43" and "After Earth" were the big “winners” at the Razzies last night, with each film taking home three trophies from the awards ceremony that “honors” the worst movies of 2013. "Movie 43", which featured Hugh Jackman, Dennis Quaid, Kate Winslet, Seth MacFarlane, Chris Pratt, Emma Stone and many more big Hollywood stars in various short films being pitched to studios by a washed-up producer, took home the award for Worst Picture, Worst Screenplay and Worst Director — or directors, as the film had 13. "After Earth", the science fiction film directed by M. Night Shyamalan that starred Will and Jaden Smith, took home the awards for Worst Lead Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo for the father-son duo. Tyler Perry won his eighth Razzie for Worst Actress for "A Madea Christmas", where he once again performed in drag, while Kim Kardashian took the Worst Supporting Actress statue for »
- JK Parkin, Comic Book Resources
Sunday night was Oscar night in Hollywood. Jared Leto took home the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in Dallas Buyers Club while Lupita Nyong'o won Best Supporting Actress for 12 Years a Slave. Cate Blanchett won for Best Actress for Blue Jasmine and Matthew McConaughey won Best Actor for his role opposite Jared Leto in Dallas Buyers Club.
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Jennifer Lawrence may be contemplating a year off from the Hollywood scene but she couldn't leave us without staying true to her reputation as least graceful actress to receive an Oscar nomination. This will be the second year in a row that she's taken a tumble at the awards. Upon her glamorous arrival she stepped out of the car and tripped over an orange traffic cone. Oh JLaw, only you can make a tumble look so good.
Will and Jaden Smith may »
- Megan Rivera
With all the hoopla about the big Sunday night movie award show, many of you might not have gotten the list of the big winners from Saturday night’s big movie awards show. I’m talking about the 34th Annual Razzie Awards. They were started in 1980 by John Wilson to celebrate the movie year’s worst achievements. The hour-long ceremony was held this past Saturday evening down the street from the site of Sunday’s big show. Without further ado, here’s the nominees and winners for the 2013 film year:
Worst Remake, Rip-off, Or Sequel:
- Jim Batts
Awards season comes to a head tonight as the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences presents the winners of the Academy Awards, and - as is traditional - yesterday saw the very worst of cinematic achievement celebrated with the 34th annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
While Adam Sandler dominated the nominations (as usual) with Grown Ups 2, the Razzie favourite went away empty handed for a change as the ensemble comedy Movie 43 and M. Night Shyamalan sci-fi After Earth picked up three gongs apiece, with Movie 43 claiming Worst Picture, Worst Director(s) and Worst Screenplay and Jaden Smith and Will Smith named Worst Actor, Worst Supporting Actor and Worst Screen Combo.
Check out the full list of nominees here, with the "winners" highlighted in red....
Tyler Perry, »
- Gary Collinson
Last month we learned M. Night Shyamalan will be working with Bruce Willis again for the romantic drama Labor Of Love, but has he also been stealthily directing a new movie? Shyamalan recently tweeted this picture of a slate for a movie called Sundowning, and although no one is sure what the film is about, some think it could be a horror movie. Day 5 of the movie complete! http://t.co/FfqhSid9wq— M. Night Shyamalan (@MNightShyamalan) February 25, 2014 M. Night Shyamalan has »
- Jesse Giroux
The results are in, the envelopes have been opened, and the "winners" of the 34th Razzie Awards have been unveiled in ceremonies held at Hollywood's coolest new venue - just down the street from Sunday night's Oscars - IgnitedSpaces. The hour long show handed out at least one statuette to four of the five Worst Picture nominees, but Adam Sandler and his unfunny follow up Grown Ups 2 went home empty-handed.
Taking three of the top awards was the star-studded, snicker-free sketch comedy Movie 43, which "won" for Worst Screenplay (written by at least 19 people), Worst Director ("credited" to 13 people), and Worst Picture. Tying with 43, and also "winning" 3 gold spray-painted trophies, was the Will Smith and Jaden Smith sci-fi fiasco After Earth. Dad Will Smith took Worst Supporting Actor, son Jaden Smith was named Worst Lead Actor, and the combination of father & son, described in the ceremony as being "stranded »
Right before the Academy Awards announces its winners, the 34th Annual Razzie Awards has unveiled the list of its own winners for the worst achievement in film for 2013. Taking the prize for the Worst Picture of the year is "Movie 43," beating out such films as "After Earth," "Grown Ups 2," "The Lone Ranger" and "A Madea Christmas." The movie also won for Worst Director and Worst Screenplay. The theme of this year's Razzies focused on the Smith family, with Jaden Smith winning Worst Actor and Will Smith winning for Worst Supporting Actor for "After Earth." The father-son team also won in the Worst Screen Combo category. The only good news is that Adam Sandler and his "Grown Ups 2" went some how ignored, despite dominating the awards show for two straight years. Check out the full list of nominees and winners (in red) below. Worst Picture: * Movie 43 * After Earth »
In case you were out of the loop this week, here's an easy way to get back in and catch up on everything you missed. The Movie News: Losing Harold Ramis had to be the worst news of the week. But apparently that's not stopping Ghostbusters 3. The most interesting news has to be that one of the stars of Girls will be the villain in Star Wars: Episode VII. Oh, and M. Night Shyamalan assures us that his latest script is blowing people away. The guys behind This Is the End are now tackling the rivalry between Nintendo and Sega for Console Wars. And while that sounds Social Network-like, the guys behind The Social Network are making a new Steve Jobs biopic. Producers of The Lego Movie are makng a Minecraft movie. The Geek Stuff: Look at the...
- Christopher Campbell
Glamour! Elegance! The sweet smell of self-congratulation! None will be present at the 34th annual Razzie Awards, a proudly low-budget event dedicated to dishonoring the previous year’s worst movies. (Actually, make that “no-budget”; have you seen the Razzies’ website? It looks like a Geocities page from 1996.)
There are several strong contenders in this year’s Razzies race, from father-and-son team Will and Jaden Smith to perennial “winner” Adam Sandler and Golden Raspberry Award Foundation favorite Sylvester Stallone, who snagged a record-breaking 31st nomination for his work in three 2013 films. (Note: It is not hard to become a member of the Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. »
- Hillary Busis
First impressions are everything, which is why the art of the movie trailer has become the most vital tool in the film industry. A bad trailer can sour you on the best movie, but most of the time it’s the other way around. If Hollywood does anything right, it’s selling us a slow-cooked turd as delicious chocolate.
So here are Dread Central’s picks for great horror movie trailers that overshadowed their lesser films:
Exciting trailers for bad movies are a dime a dozen, but what about the ones that are shot just for marketing? You won’t find a better example of an ad eclipsing a film than the brilliant teaser for The Hills Have Eyes 2. Completely wordless with only the sounds of dragging bodies and Devendra Banhart’s “Insect Eyes,” the teaser showed more artistry and directorial flare than anything in the actual movie. »
Cue the loud, simultaneous groans of Shyamalan haters across the globe, similar to the cries of laughter that rang out once Mark Wahlberg discovered the evil menace plaguing The Happening. Yes, the news is true – M. Night Shyamalan has been directing a secret microbudget horror film right under our noses, as today the director teased Twitter followers with a production picture to prove his newest project. Of course, someone could have uncovered this news weeks ago and just didn’t care enough to report it, but hey, it’s a new movie by M. Night Shyamalama-ding-dong – there has to be some kind of, um, excitement?
Titled Sundowning, sites are beginning to speculate that M. Night’s most recent film will be a vampire thriller of sorts, but after some Sherlock Holmes detective work (Google), I uncovered the true meaning of yet another strange title by the mysterious director. As per the interwebs, »
- Matt Donato
Filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan hasn’t had the best run since captivating audiences with titles like The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable. In fact, the director has become something of a cinematic punching bag as his subsequent films have floundered and faltered at the box office. Shyamalan understands this, and has since decided that maybe the best way to proceed after the disappointing returns on his summer blockbuster After Earth is to go smaller for his next production. How much smaller? How about a feature film with a cast and crew of 10 people? We're guessing After Earth had more people working just in the craft services department than that. The director has taken to Twitter to promote his latest effort, a film titled Sundowning. Details about the project are pretty...
- Mike Bracken
If you haven't yet been totally turned off by the turkeys he's also lobbed our way in more recent years, then read on for details about his return to horror!
Though we don't have all that much to report at the moment, it has been confirmed that Shyamalan is working on a new horror movie, entitled Sundowning. M. Night has been teasing details over on his Twitter account, and from what we gather, it's going to be very low budget with an incredibly small cast and crew.
Principal photography began on February 19th, and based on pictures he tweeted out, it appears that the film will take place in a snowy environment.
- John Squires
Well, what do we have here? M. Night Shyamalan is apparently out making a "microfilm", or a film on a microbudget, titled Sundowning and is shooting it as we speak. Maybe Shyamalan did heed the advice of critics and go back home to make something small and independent. Our friends at SlashFilm have noticed Shyamalan tweeting recently about Sundowning, which is now shooting mostly around Philadelphia as he at one point mentions digging out a house covered in a foot of snow. It may or may not have anything to do with Shyamalan's other new film Labor of Love, which just got Bruce Willis, as M. Night boasts at another point "the cast is sensational." This instead seems to be a horror: "They literally jumped out of their seats." Here's a look at some of the media for Sundowning so far, all of it from Shyamalan's own twitter account: In addition to photos, »
- Alex Billington
At this point I'm not sure how many fans M. Night Shyamalan has left, at least how many of them are actually looking forward to whatever project he has coming up next rather than looking back fondly at films such as The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable, but he continues to work and his latest project is something he's referred to on Twitter as a "microfilm" titled Sundowning, and filming is underway in snowy Philadelphia. Shyamalan hasn't revealed any of the cast, but throughout mid-February he was tweeting table read updates and now he's posted to WhoSay the above shot of a clapperboard from the film's production just yesterday anouncing "Day 5" of the movie is complete. Slashfilm has done some sleuthing and found on M. Night Fans (hey, I guess there still are some dedicated fans) speculation the film could include Bruce Willis and Denzel Washington. I guess that might get »
- Brad Brevet
Once upon a time, M. Night Shyamalan could do no wrong. By the time "After Earth" came along, his name was much, much smaller in the ads than its stars Will and Jaden Smith, if his name was to be found at all.
Either by choice or necessity, Shyamalan's latest project is very small and hasn't been getting a ton of press. He's been tweeting about a "microfilm" project he's working on for the past few months, revealing a few choice details here and there, and has just started posting photos from the set. Principal photography began on the 19th in Philly, and his latest snap was of the clapboard and movie title, "Sundowning." It sounds unlikely that this is the project M. Night has planned with Bruce Willis, which was announced at the Berlin Film Festival at the end of January. "Sundowning" sounds a little spooky -- Shyamalan refers »
- Jenni Miller
After some big budget missteps, M. Night Shyamalan is dialing things back for his next movie. The Sixth Sense and Unbreakable director is currently filming a small film called Sundowning, which reportedly only has a cast and crew of 10. Shyamalan is revealing small details about the film on his Twitter, where he posted this […]
The post M. Night Shyamalan Currently Making Microbudget Film Called ‘Sundowning’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Germain Lussier
As we continue to move forward through the list, let us consider: how do you define an original screenplay? In theory, everything is based on something. Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine is basically a modern A Streetcar Named Desire. But, somehow, Jasmine is classified as an original screenplay. When a film is wholly original, nothing like it had been done before, and others have tried to copy it since. Plenty of original screenplays (some in this list) take on tired genres, but flip the script. But the ones that really catch the audience by surprise are the ones that feel imaginative, creative, and different.
40. Spirited Away (2001)
Written by Hayao Miyazaki
That’s a good start! Once you’ve met someone, you never really forget them. It just takes a while for your memories to return.
- Joshua Gaul
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