Awfully Good: Blank Check

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Veteran character actor Miguel Ferrer passed away last week. While he's perhaps best known for roles in Robocop, Twin Peaks and other films, I'll always remember him as the bad guy in. Blank Check (1994) Director: Rupert Wainwright Stars: Brian Bonsall, Miguel Ferrer, Karen Duffy, Tone Loc A child learns that crime literally pays. Blank Check is like porn for kids.a fantasy where a... Read More...
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10 Worst PG-13 Horror Films Since 2000

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Is it too much to hope for in a multiplex horror movie that it’ll deal with adult themes, have a few memorable lines and won’t be shot like a music video? Yes, it is, so the most you can ever hope for is a visceral thrill.

If nothing else, the so-called “torture porn” fad delivered that, but far more profitable (and hence attractive to studios) was the trend for PG-13 horror pictures. When The Sixth Sense made $672 million worldwide, making it one of the highest grossing horror films of all time, studios interpreted its success as a sign that non-restrictive ratings were key in developing the next blockbuster. They were seemingly proved correct when, a few years later, Gore Verbinski’s remake of The Ring made nearly $250 million worldwide.

As studios rushed to find material that wouldn’t tax the average adolescent overmuch, the trend initiated
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Ema secures $50m production credit line

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Hollywood-based Envision Media Arts (Ema) has struck a $50m credit facility with National Bank Of Canada to fund theatrical features in the $5m-$25m range.

The deal includes a bridge facility allowing Lee Nelson’s company to confirm talent and begin preparations in advance of the close of the completion bond.

Ema has hired finance veteran Wendy Moore as vp of finance.

The slate includes Waco, based on a screenplay by investigative journalist James Hibberd and Rupert Wainwright; thriller Red Ice co-financed by Apollo Media with Dennis Iliadis attached to direct from a screenplay by Keith Ray Putnam; and rom-com Committed by Claudia Grazioso based on the Greek film of the same name.

Ema most recently announced an exclusive agreement with Pez Candy, Inc. to develop an animated family film based on the iconic candy dispensers. Cameron Fay will write the screenplay.

The production company recently completed Henry Joseph Church with Britt Robertson and Eddie Murphy and its
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Bluray Review: Stigmata

Fans of religious horror can jump up and down (or..just pray??), with Scream Factory’s Bluray release of Rupert Wainwright’s 1999 thriller, Stigmata, a film that didn’t quite find its audience theatrically, but has since become something of a cult hit for genre lovers. How does the release hold up, compared to the titles we’ve come to love from Sf gang? Read on!

The Film:

Coming out in 1999, Stigmata is a perfect example of the decadence in style and music that was quite big at the time. Larger than life clothes, hairstyles, and a soundtrack that just Screams the ’90s. Telling the story of Frankie (Patricia Arquette, A Nightmare On Elm St. 3, Lost Highway, Boyhood), a young and completely faithless hair stylist (aren’t they all?) who, after receiving the rosary from a deceased priest, begins to exhibit the stigmata. Her wrists bleed, she experiences visions, and
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May 19th Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Zombeavers, Stigmata, Evil Eye

This week, we’ve got an insane amount of horror and sci-fi home entertainment choices getting released on Tuesday, including the latest from Scream Factory, Stigmata, and Kino Lorber is bringing us another Mario Bava cult classic to high-def in the form of Evil Ey,e and the recent horror comedy Zombeavers is looking to make a splash on DVD as well.

Anchor Bay is also unleashing The Vatican Exorcisms on May 19th and Olive Films is bringing a double dose of classic terror to Blu-ray with their releases of Peter Benchley’s Creature and It! The Terror from Outer Space. Indie horror fans have a ton of titles this week arriving on DVD to choose from and we’ve also got new high-def releases for both Poltergeist sequels and Terminator 2: Judgment Day too.

Evil Eye- Featuring The Girl Who Knew Too Much (Kino Lorber, Blu-ray & DVD)

While vacationing in Italy,
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John Carpenter's 'The Fog,' Then and Now

John Carpenter's 'The Fog,' Then and Now
"The Fog" announces itself as an old-fashioned spook-show in its first scene: kids huddle around a campfire as John Houseman spins a morbid tale about a band of shipwrecked sailors murdered 100 years ago this very night. Those sailors vowed to return and that’s just what they do, using the fog that blankets this little seaside town as their method of transportation. Starring Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis and Janet Leigh, the film was a solid success bringing in nearly 22 million on its 1 million dollar budget. "The Fog" was remade in 2005, directed by Rupert Wainwright and starring Selma Blair.
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Round-Up: Trick ’r Treat Cake Pop Sam Print from Cavity Colors, Gehenna – Where Death Lives Kickstarter Campaign, Stigmata Blu-ray

Hungry for the delectable and deadly atmosphere of Michael Dougherty's Trick ’r Treat following the announcement last week that Legendary comics is releasing graphic novels of Trick ’r Treat and the upcoming Krampus? If so, then you might dig Cavity Colors' Cakepop Sam print, the latest addition to their Deadly Desserts line. The print depicts the creepy creature from Trick ’r Treat as a cake pop that's a festive feast for the eyes. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on the Kickstarter campaign for world-renowned special effects master Hiroshi Katagiri's debut film, Gehenna – Where Death Lives, as well as release details on Scream Factory's Blu-ray of the Patricia Arquette-starring possession film, Stigmata.

Cake Pop Sam Print: Cavity Colors' "Cakepop Sam" print is now available to purchase for $15.00:

"Signed by Aaron Crawford High quality 8 x 10 inch Giclee Print Printed with Archival Inks on Acid Free
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Get ready to Bleed when Scream Factory Unleashes Stigmata on Bluray This May!!

I’m a sucker for religion-themed horror. There just something absolutely enthralling about the darker side of faith battling the lighter, and the journey that whoever is in between said battle is always enjoyable to watch. With that said, I couldn’t be more excited about Scream Factory announcing today that they’re giving 1999’s Patricia Arquette (A Nightmare On Elm Street III, Boyhood)-led Stigmata the Bluray treatment (hitting shelves on May 19th), complete with special features never before realed in the U.S. Read on!

Frankie Paige (Arquette) has absolutely no faith in God. All of that changes when she suddenly begins to suffer the stigmata — the living wounds of the crucified Christ. Frankie’s miraculous bleeding comes to the attention of the Vatican’s top investigator, Father Kiernan (Byrne). But when Cardinal Houseman (Jonathan Pryce, Brazil, Ronin), discovers that Frankie is actually channeling an extraordinary and provocative
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‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke to Receive Award at Santa Barbara Film Fest

‘Boyhood’ Stars Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke to Receive Award at Santa Barbara Film Fest
Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke have been honored with the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s 2015 American Riviera Award, marking the first time the distinction has been awarded to two honorees. The tribute will take place on Thursday, Feb. 5 at the Arlington Theatre.

“To honor Patricia Arquette and Ethan Hawke with the American Riviera Award is an immense privilege for Sbiff,” said Sbiff Executive Director Roger Durling. “Both have careers filled with significant achievements both on and off camera including their roles in Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ — which features some of the most unique performances of the year in a project they worked on for over a dozen years — and proves that they’re artists that continue to evolve and inspire us.”

The American Riviera Award is given to actors and directors who have had a strong influence on American cinema, with previous honorees including Robert Redford (2014), Quentin Tarantino (2013), Martin Scorsese
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Inside World Cup 2018's Makeover: How Director Rupert Wainwright Is Fixing Russia's Image Problem

British filmmaker Rupert Wainwright has directed features ranging from Disney's “Blank Check” to the horror movies “Stigmata” and “The Fog,” but he's currently tackling a very different assignment — selling Russia to the rest of the world for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. As founder of Los Angeles-based advertising agency Adore Creative, Wainwright developed and produced a series of short films that helped Russia win its bid to host the World Cup in 2018. Adore also created and produced several TV commercials and promotional films that helped Russia land this year's Sochi Winter Olympic Games, the 2013 University Games (the...
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'Sinister' Duo Set to Adapt 'The Outer Limits' for MGM

It seems the only time I can find that I wrote about a possible big-screen adaptation of The Outer Limits was way back in 2004 when Rupert Wainwright (Stigmata) was attached to direct. Unless I'm missing something I haven't covered it before or since, but today THR brings word the newly crowned director of Marvel's Dr. Strange, Scott Derrickson, has been tapped to write a screenplay for the long gestating feature alongside his Sinister co-writer C. Robert Cargill. "The Outer Limits" was a sci-fi television program that first aired back in the mid-60s and was then remade and aired on Showtime from 1995 to 2002. Here's how the THR story describes the plot: The duo will be tackling time travel, alien invasion and genetic manipulation in adapting the episode, which focused on a man with no memory beyond the last 10 days and a computerized hand who discovers he is from the future.
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DVD Playhouse--November 2012

By Allen Gardner

Pier Paolo Pasolini’S Trilogy Of Life (Criterion) Pier Paolo Pasolini was Italy’s last Neo-Realist, a product of post-ww II Europe who was fervently Catholic, openly gay, defiantly Marxist, and one of the most original voices of the 20th century’s second half. Before his brutal murder in 1975 (after the premiere of his still-controversial swan song, “Salo”), Pasolini directed a trilogy of films based on masterpieces of medieval literature: Boccaccio’s “The Decameron,” Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” and “The Thousand and One Nights (also known as “The Arabian Nights”). The three films celebrate the uninhibited, earthy, raw carnal nature of the original texts, leaving little to the imagination, but also offering Pasolini’s own very unique and pointed views on modern society, consumerism, religious and sexual mores (and hypocrisies), and an unexpurgated celebration of the human body, both male and female. Extraordinary production design by Dante Ferretti and another evocative,
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More Horror Deadly Comparisons: The Fog

By Jesse Miller,

The Fog Original (1980)

Directed by John Carpenter

Written by John Carpenter & Debra Hill

Starring: Adrienne Barbeau, Jamie Lee Curtis, Janet Leigh & Hal Holbrook

With all the horror films I watch, I sometimes forget how frightening something as simplistic as a shadow emerging from the fog can be and yet, you’ll find a few moments of these here in The Fog and each time, as the sailor’s ghosts lurk towards these unsuspecting poor souls, they’re as effective and chilling as they were the first time – Now, this is what makes The Fog so effective – John Carpenter’s understanding of horror and how he chooses to wonderfully build the mood and suck the audience into the worlds he establishes.

The setting of The Fog - Antonio Bay, California – feels surprisingly intimate and despite the fact that horrors come in the dead of the night
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Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins Cast in Depiction of 1942 Chinese Famine

Actors Adrien Brody and Tim Robbins have joined director Xiaogang Feng’s new project about the Chinese famine of 1942, which resulted in the death of an estimated 1 million people. Though the movie does not yet have a title, Feng and his production partner, Huayi Brothers, say it will be based on the Liu Zhenyun novel Remembering 1942. The famine, unfortunately one of many in China’s history, took place during the second Sino-Japanese War from 1942 to 1943. Feng is best known for his 2010 pic Aftershock, depicting the story of a family separated by a devastating earthquake in 1976 China. Aftershock earned him an Achievement in Directing nomination and a Best Film award at the 2010 Asia Pacific Screen Awards. Hit the jump for more on the project. Variety reports that Feng had announced the project as early as April and planned to begin production this fall in order to release the pic in 2012. The
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Kurt Russell to Star in Neo-Noir Supernatural Thriller Undying

Kurt Russell has signed on to star in the neo-noir supernatural thriller Undying. Written by Gary Whitta (The Book of Eli), the film is about a private investigator named Virgil Lone who falls into a surreal underworld after he’s hired by a mysterious woman named Delia. According to THR, production is set to begin this fall.

Russell recently joined the cast of Rupert Wainwright’s historical drama Waco. Whitta is also writing the Mmorpg movie The Defenders for producers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek).
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Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody, and Sharon Stone to star in Waco

Director Rupert Wainwright (The Fog, Stigmata) will revisit the tragic events of 1993 that occurred in the rural town of Waco, Texas when the Atf advanced on cult leader David Koresh’s compound, resulting in a 51 day siege and the death of 82 compound members and 4 federal agents.

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Russell, Stone & Brody To Star In ‘Waco’

This is a story that I’ve been looking into for the last two weeks – but it looks like someone scooped us!

Cult legend Kurt Russell, Sharon Stone and Oscar-winner Adrien Brody are set to star in Waco. The film will detail the David Koresh siege in Waco, Texas in 1993. The project is set to be directed by Rupert Wainwright, the director of Stigmata and the remake of The Fog.

According to Rupert Wainwright’s site:

Waco will be the first narrative feature film to explore the events of the Atf raid on Mt. Carmel, TX, the 51-day siege that followed, and the devastating compound fire that resulted in the deaths of 81 civilians. The movie cuts between Atf special agents, FBI Negotiators, the Davidians on the inside, the tactical Hostage Rescue Team leaders, and…

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Kurt Russell, Sharon Stone and Adrien Brody Star to Recreate 1993 Siege on David Koresh’s Waco Compound

If we hadn't just had word of the possible Benicio Del Toro / Cameron Diaz romantic comedy pairing, the cast currently attached to star in Rupert Wainwright's film Waco might seem like one of the strangest casting collections of the day: Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody and Sharon Stone are potentially teaming to recreate the Atf raid on the Branch Davidian compound outside Waco that was led by David Koresh. The siege and actions that led to it cost the lives of 82 residents of the compound and 4 federal agents. Production Weekly had the casting news in a tweet, while more info on the project comes from Wainwright's own website. There, we find that, Waco will be the first narrative feature film to explore the events of the Atf raid on Mt. Carmel, TX, the 51-day siege that followed, and the devastating compound fire that resulted in the deaths of 81 civilians. ...
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Casting Tidbits: Billy Crudup, Daniel Dae Kim & Kurt Russell

We're going to live on. We're going to survive. Today we celebrate our Casting Tidbits! First up, after hearing that Zooey Deschanel would star in Enchantress of Numbers, Production Weekly has followed up with more casting as Billy Crudup (Watchmen, Almost Famous) and Toby Jones (Infamous, The Mist) have also joined the cast. The film is a period drama from director Bruce Beresford (Driving Miss Daisy) that will focus on the life of Ada Lovelace, a wholly interesting and brilliant English woman who's often regarded as the world's first computer programmer. No word on what roles Crudup and Jones will be playing though. Next, Production Weekly keeps the casting news coming as they report Kurt Russell, Adrien Brody and Sharon Stone will star in Waco. Director Rupert Wainwright's official synopsis of the film from his own website says the film "will be the first narrative feature film to explore
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