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Condemned director Eli Morgan Gesner spoke with Daily Dead about the film and the Q&A is featured after the jump. Also in this round-up: preview pages from Dark Horse's Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 9 Vol. 3 hardcover comic and a cool monster creator website from the team behind 20th Century Fox's Victor Frankenstein.
Condemned: "Fed up with her parents’ bickering, poor-little-rich-girl Maya (Dylan Penn) moves in with her boyfriend, who is squatting in an old condemned building on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. With neighbors that are meth heads, junkies and degenerates, this depraved hell hole is even more toxic than it appears: After a virus born from their combined noxious waste and garbage infects the building’s residents, one by one, they succumb to a terrifying pathogen that turns them into bloodthirsty, rampaging killers and transforms their building into a savage slaughterhouse.
Rlj Entertainment will release Condemned »
- Tamika Jones
Paramount Animation has confirmed its next five films - including SpongeBob Squarepants 3...
Set up in the aftermath of the release of the wonderful Rango, Paramount Animation has been busily working away on a slate of projects for some time now. SpongeBob Squarepants: Sponge Out Of Water has already given the fledgling studio a sizeable hit earlier this year (and it remains the most joyously bonkers film of 2015). But now, we know what its next five films are going to be.
Here's what's coming up.
March 18th 2016
The Little Prince, based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s book, is first. It's directed by Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda), with the likes of Mackenzie Foy, Ricky Gervais, Benicio del Toro, James Franco, Marion Cotillard and Paul Giamatti on voicing duties.
January 13th 2017
Exclusive: Mia Goth is set to star opposite Robert Pattinson in High Life, the English-language debut film from director Claire Denis. The movie is about a group of criminals who accept a mission in space to become the subjects of a human reproduction experiment. They find themselves in the most unimaginable situation after a storm of cosmic rays hit the ship. Goth recently wrapped Gore Verbinski's A Cure For Wellness, starring opposite Dane DeHaan. She most recently… »
HitFix's Ultimate Horror Movie Poll, which highlights the 100 greatest horror films of all time as voted on by over 100 genre filmmakers and experts, not only showcased the enduring power of No. 1 finisher "The Exorcist," it also cemented the status of the '70s and '80s as a Golden Age of horror (films released during those decades took up nearly half of available slots). The '70s and '80s, incidentally, saw the artistic rise and mainstream breakthroughs of both Wes Craven and David Cronenberg, horror icons who placed more films in the Top 100 than any other director (four titles each). Meanwhile, the list revealed one undeniably bleak statistic: only one movie in the Top 100 was directed by a woman. For me, the most gratifying moment of our Ultimate Horror Poll came when compiling the data was finally over, and I could take a step back and fully appreciate, as a reader, »
- Chris Eggertsen
Usually, a competing project is poison for a studio. Especially in the era now where a blockbuster costs the national budget of a small country to get out into the world, you don't want to be up against a film with similar subject matter.
Yet this keeps happening, time and time again. Even now, there are two live action Jungle Book movies in various stages of production, for example. And let us not forget when K-9 and Turner And Hooch once did battle...
But how have the movie showdowns of old turned out? And are there any instances where everyone's a winner?
Er, not many as it happens...
Let's start with two reasonably budgeted horror films, that both got wide releases. Jan De Bont »
Director Hideo Nakata has never quite topped, or even equalled, his 1998 break-out horror Ring. The tale of a cursed video cassette and the brooding, black-haired emo spirit Sadako, spawned a genre icon, sequel (Ring 2), prequel (Ring 0), Us remake (directed by Gore Verbinski), Us remake sequel (directed by Nakata) and a golden-age of
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- Daniel Goodwin
Iranian director Shirin Neshat to also receive support from German fund.
Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg (Mbb) has allocated $3.7m (€3.3m) production support to 20 new projects ranging from Gore Verbinski’s horror film A Cure For Wellness to Iranian-born video artist Shirin Neshat’s Looking For Oum Kulthum.
Verbinski’s film, which was shooting at locations in Baden-Württemberg and at the Babelsberg Studios in the summer, received the highest single amount - $560,000 (€500,000) – at this funding session.
Neshat’s homage to the legendary Egyptian singer and musician Kulthum – a co-production between Berlin-based Razor Filmproduktion, Austria’s Coop 99, France’s Arsam International and Egypt’s Film Clinic Cairo - received $168,439 (€150,000) production backing.
Other projects supported by Mbb include:
Wim Wenders’ The Beautiful Days Of Aranjuez, which marks his fifth collaboration with the Austrian dramatist Peter Handke and is now his second fiction feature film to be made in 3D after Every Thing Will be Fine.
Roger Spottiswoode’s TV movie »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Martin Blaney)
From the outset, David Fincher has honed a very distinctive visual style. Gritty and visceral, yet clean and precise, his back catalogue is very impressive. From Fight Club and Seven to The Social Network and Gone Girl, he has managed to make films that are both high quality and that people love. Yet they often also cost a lot of money and, due to the often uncompromising nature of his films, studios can be reluctant to give him exactly what he wants. The inevitable result is that differences become irreconcilable and projects collapse.
Below we look at some of the projects that have fallen by the wayside.
The story about fans of an obscure underground comic book who find themselves embroiled in a »
Austrian actress Susanne Wuest galvanized international audiences at the Venice Festival last year in horror pic “Goodnight Mommy.” Since then, the 35-year-old thesp had more than half a dozen projects either in the can or on her agenda, including Gore Verbinski’s horror-mystery “A Cure for Wellness,” which she’s currently filming.
First Act: Wuest grew up in rural Austria, with no TV in the home, she says. “When my parents took me to the theater for the first time, it was overwhelming, and I saw that’s what I wanted to do. It didn’t make them very happy!”
Fearless Flier: After high school, Wuest joined Vienna’s Volkstheater. “When you are 18 or 19, you have such faith in things. I just showed up and asked to work there, and they took me in. But it’s not something I would do now,” she laughs. She’s worked with top Austrian directors, »
- Carole Horst
Hit the deck! Rat-a-tat-tat!! These are the sounds of a cinema staple, the gangster genre. From the early silent days, “thugs with dirty mugs” were the source of many a “hit” at the box office, of course. Soon after the Brothers Warner began their studio, they quickly became the premiere producers of these “blood and thunder” morality plays, featuring a “murderers’ row” of movie icons headed by James Cagney, Edward G Robertson, and Humphrey Bogart. In the waning years of Hollywood’s Golden Age, these thrillers often merged with the biography genre with the stories of real-life 20’s and 30’s criminals like John Dillinger, Bonnie Parker, and Clyde Barrow, and, the big man himself, “Scarface” Al Capone. With the phenomenal success of The Godfather, these “public enemies” were back in vogue, continuing even to this day. Now the Warners are back in the true tale gangster biz, but they’re »
- Jim Batts
'Maze Runner 2: The Scorch Trials' with Dylan O'Brien. 'Maze Runner 2' to beat Johnny Depp 'Black Mass' The 20th Century Fox release Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, the sequel to the 2014 hit The Maze Runner, and Warner Bros.' Johnny Depp star vehicle Black Mass will be battling it out at the North American box office this coming weekend, Sept. 18-20, the last (astronomical) summer weekend of 2015. According to Variety, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials will “likely” end up at the top of the U.S. and Canada box office chart. In fact, more than just “likely,” in case tracking is on target. Including Thursday evening shows, Maze Runner 2 is expected to collect somewhere around $35 million from 3,790 sites, while Black Mass should take in $22 million or so from 3,188 theaters. 'Maze Runner 2' vs. 'The Maze Runner' Maze Runner 2 will then open only about 10 percent ahead of the original, »
- Zac Gille
'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' 2015: Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer. 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' movie is a domestic box office bomb: Will it be saved by international filmgoers? Directed by Sherlock Holmes' Guy Ritchie and toplining Man of Steel star Henry Cavill and The Lone Ranger costar Armie Hammer, the Warner Bros. release The Man from U.N.C.L.E. has been a domestic box office disaster, performing about 25 percent below – already quite modest – expectations. (See also: “'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' Movie: Bigger Box Office Flop Than Expected.”) This past weekend, the $80 million-budget The Man from U.N.C.L.E. collected a meager $13.42 million from 3,638 North American theaters, averaging $3,689 per site. After five days out, the big-screen reboot of the popular 1960s television series starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum has taken in a mere $16.77 million. For comparison's sake: »
- Zac Gille
Funds Mdm and Fff Bayern are providing more than $9.4m (€8.6m).
New films by Gore Verbinski, Steve Barron and Margarethe von Trotta are among the projects backed with more than $9.4m (€8.6m) by two German regional funds, Mdm and Fff Bayern, in their latest funding sessions.
Mdm stumped up $437,000 (€400,000) production support for Verbinski’s horror film A Cure For Wellness, which wraps shooting today (July 24) at the Hohenzollern Castle in Baden-Württemberg’s Hechingen, the ancestral seat of the imperial House of Hohenzollern.
The cast for the production by Blind Wink Productions, New Regency and Studio Babelsberg includes Dane deHaan, Mia Goth and Jason Isaacs, and 20th Century Fox is planning a Us theatrical release in September 2016.
A Cure For Wellness is the third major international project co-produced by Studio Babelsberg this year after serving as a partner on Eddie The Eagle, starring Taron Egerton and Hugh Jackman, and for the fifth season of the Us series Homeland »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl': Johnny Depp as Capt. Jack Sparrow. 'Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl' review: Mostly an enjoyable romp (Oscar Movie Series) Pirate movies were a Hollywood staple for about three decades, from the mid-'20s (The Sea Hawk, The Black Pirate) to the mid-to-late '50s (Moonfleet, The Buccaneer), when the genre, by then mostly relegated to B films, began to die down. Sporadic resurrections in the '80s and '90s turned out to be critical and commercial bombs (Pirates, Cutthroat Island), something that didn't bode well for the Walt Disney Company's $140 million-budgeted film "adaptation" of one of their theme-park rides. But Neptune's mood has apparently improved with the arrival of the new century. He smiled – grinned would be a more appropriate word – on the Gore Verbinski-directed Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, »
- Andre Soares
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
Cannes — In 2015, it's much easier to tell which company produced an animated movie as opposed to who directed it. That’s a tad disheartening considering how much energy the studios behind these films exert trying to nudge their directors into the spotlight. For instance, you can immediately tell a Pixar film by its character design and a story that almost always has a life message it wants to tell (which you can predictably see a mile away, for better or worse). Walt Disney Animation has soared in recent years by blissfully keeping the movie musical alive or finding the heartstrings in action-packed adventures. DreamWorks Animation films skew toward broad, interactive 3D animation that overshadows their peers and a sense of humor that can often appeal more to adults than kids (at times). Laika’s gorgeous stop-motion work has the quirky, dark corner completely covered. The artists at Universal’s Illumination »
- Gregory Ellwood
While he can bring pretty much any character to life, Jason Isaacs is often at his best when he gets to be bad. Gore Verbinski has realised that, casting the actor in his supernatural horror pic A Cure For Wellness.Revolutionary Road writer Justin Haythe – who worked with Verbinski on The Lone Ranger – is on script duty for this one, which focuses on a young man (DeHaan) sent to fetch his boss from a therapeutic institute nestled in the Swiss Alps. But while he’s there, his boss disappears and he has to extend his stay at the place. Which is when he realises he’s actually trapped and starts to uncover the dark secrets lurking around the hallways. Mia Goth is co-starring in the film, and The Hollywood Reporter brings word that Isaacs will be the aristocratic director of the institute, a man who has dark ideas for her character. »
Gore Verbinski is returning to horror. 13 years after The Ring, the Pirates of the Caribbean filmmaker is toning down the blockbuster spectacle for a supernatural scare film set at a wellness spa. Dane DeHaan and the incredibly named Mia Goth are set to star, with Jason Isaacs newly added as the villain. In A Cure for Wellness, DeHaan will…
The post A Cure for Wellness: Jason Isaacs Joins Verbinski’s Horror Return appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
The story follows an employee (DeHaan) who is sent to rescue his boss from a European 'wellness spa.' He soon realizes he's trapped, and discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients.
Isaacs will play the facility’s director, an aristocratic man with dark designs on a patient (Goth). Filming begins in Europe in June.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
Jason Isaacs has signed on to play the villain in Gore Verbinski’s supernatural horror project A Cure for Wellness. Dane DeHaan and Mia Goth are starring in the New Regency feature project, which tells the story of an employee (DeHaan) who is sent to rescue his boss from a European "wellness spa." He soon realizes he's trapped, and discovers that the facility has a more sinister purpose than just serving the health needs of its patients. Isaacs will play the facility’s director, an aristocratic man who has dark designs on a patient (Goth). Production is slated to start in
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