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13 items from 2015

Remembering the First and Only Arab World Movie Star Known Around the Globe

23 July 2015 9:10 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Omar Sharif in 'Doctor Zhivago.' Egyptian star Omar Sharif, 'The Karate Kid' producer Jerry Weintraub: Brief career recaps A little late in the game – and following the longish Theodore Bikel article posted yesterday – below are brief career recaps of a couple of film veterans who died in July 2015: actor Omar Sharif and producer Jerry Weintraub. A follow-up post will offer an overview of the career of peplum (sword-and-sandal movie) actor Jacques Sernas, whose passing earlier this month has been all but ignored by the myopic English-language media. Omar Sharif: Film career beginnings in North Africa The death of Egyptian film actor Omar Sharif at age 83 following a heart attack on July 10 would have been ignored by the English-language media (especially in the U.S.) as well had Sharif remained a star within the Arabic-speaking world. After all, an "international" star is only worth remembering »

- Andre Soares

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Harald Zwart’s '12th Man' to lead Nordisk Film Norway slate

11 June 2015 5:32 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Danish major Nordisk Film has selected the team that will front its push into Norwegian productions led by Harald Zwart’s 12th Man

Harald Zwart’s Second World War epic 12th Man has been named as the first feature to be produced by Nordisk Film Norway.

“We are planning a 55-day shoot from March 2016 in the northern region of Troms, on a $8.4m budget,” said head of production Aage Aaberge.

“Post-production will be rather long, because of extensive work on VFX, so the premiere will be early autumn 2017.”

Nordisk Film Production CEO Henrik Zein, said Aaberge will lead “the best production team in Norway”, which will also comprise producers John Einar Hagen, Sigurd Mikal Karoliussen, Elisabeth Kvithyll, development producer Kristoffer Metcalfe, development and production coordinator Live Bonnevie and production controller Tove Mar.

“There is so much happening in Norwegian film and television drama, and we want to be part of this development,” Zein added.

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- (Jorn Rossing Jensen)

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Time Machine: Bachchan and Rai - Bollywood King and Queen on Hollywood Red Carpet

9 May 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai at the Oscars Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai on the Academy Awards' Red Carpet Pictured above are Bollywood stars Aishwarya Rai and Abhishek Bachchan arriving at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony, which took place on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Two years ago, an Anglo-Indian-American co-production, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire became not only one of the season's biggest sleeper hits, but also the eventual Best Picture Oscar winner. Dev Patel and Freida Pinto starred. Curiously, some have complained that Slumdog Millionaire was just a less interesting rehash of higher-quality Bollywood musicals and dramas that have received relatively little play outside South Asian communities around the globe. Abhishek Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai movies The son of Indian cinema legend Amitabh Bachchan, Abhishek Bachchan has been featured in nearly 50 films. Among them are: Dhoom (2004). Director: Sanjay Gadhvi. Cast: Abhishek Bachchan. Uday Chopra. John Abraham. Esha Deol. »

- D. Zhea

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ABC Family Sets McG To Direct Shadowhunters Pilot

14 April 2015 4:53 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Young Adult literary adaptations have dominated the movie box office for some time now – with titles such as Twilight, The Hunger Games and The Maze Runner all generating their own cinematic franchises. It was inevitable that television would find a way to jump on that gravy train, and ABC Family has ordered their version – Shadowhunters – straight to series, with McG at the helm of the pilot episode.

Shadowhunters is a television spinoff from the 2013 film The Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones, which was adapted from the book of the same name by Cassandra Clare. That book is the first of a series of six Young Adult fantasy novels, which itself fits into a larger series of writing, titled The Shadowhunter Chronicles. The series is built around the character of Clarissa “Clary” Fray – a teenager who makes surprising discoveries about her identity and her parentage. Through a sequence of shocking events and revelations, »

- Sarah Myles

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The Mortal Instruments Gets a TV Show Called Shadowhunters

30 March 2015 11:50 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

When The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones came out in 2013, I remember watching it in slight befuddlement. It was competently directed by Harald Zwart with a good performance from Lily Collins, but it just wasn't my thing at all. And, if I remember correctly, it ended with a weird sort of agreement between the two leads that they might be brother and sister, but they also might not be... and they just kind of decided to go with the latter assumption instead of really finding out lest they ruin their romance (if I'm wrong, feel free to tell me in the comments). If I'm right on that last point, it makes the franchise's move to ABC Family a tad ironic. But after City of Bones underperformed at the box office and a sequel in pre-production was scuttled, here we go. The Mortal Instruments will now take on a new life as Shadowhunters at the network, »

- Evan Dickson

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Nordisk Film boards Harald Zwart's '12th Man'

20 March 2015 6:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hollywood director returning to Norway for war drama following The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Karate Kid reboot.

Nordisk Film’s return to movies continues apace with the Danish major boarding Harald Zwart’s 12th Man.

The long-gestating film is set during the Second World War and centres on Norwegian resistance hero Jan Baalsrud.

It will mark a return to Norway for director Zwart, who scored a hit at the box office with the reboot of The Karate Kid in 2010. He most recently directed Ya adaptation The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, which underperformed when released in 2013.

12th Man centres on the true story of Baalsrud and three other commandos who were trained by the British to mount an assault on the Nazis.

They arrived by fishing boat to destroy the German air control tower at Bardufoss in Troms on March 29, 1943. But their mission was betrayed and Baalsrud was the only man to evade capture.

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- (Jorn Rossing Jensen)

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News Bits: Sculptor, Zwart, Leftraro, Seven

18 February 2015 8:56 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »


Sony Pictures has picked up the film rights to Scott McCloud's recently released graphic novel "The Sculptor," and have secured Scott Rudin and Josh Bratman as producers.

The story centers on an artist, destitute and living on the streets, who makes a deal with Death: the power to create with his hands. But after 200 days, his time on Earth is up. Art begins to flow from his hands, but complications ensue when he meets the girl of his dreams. [Source: Heat Vision]

Untitled Blumhouse Family Horror Tale

Harald Zwart ("The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones," "The Karate Kid") has signed on to direct Blumhouse Productions' latest micro budgeted horror film, though this one is reportedly being geared toward families. The film presently does not have a title or synopsis available, though Robert Ben Garant ("Jessabelle") wrote the script and will produce alongside Jason Blum. [Source: THR]


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- Garth Franklin

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Harald Zwart Will Direct Blumhouse Family Horror

18 February 2015 6:49 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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There are so many films in development at Blumhouse that it’s hard to keep track of them all. One will stand apart from the pack, however, as it’s being specifically targeted at families. This is a significant departure for the production company behind the Paranormal Activity, Purge, Sinister and Insidious series.

The only information THR have on the film so far is that Robert Ben Garant is writing and Harald Zwart is directing. They have much more kid-friendly experience than Jason Blum and co., thanks to the Night at the Museum films, Cody Banks and the Karate Kid remake.

Garant’s actually been busy at Blumhouse of late, also working on some proper adult-targeted horror fare. I’m not at all surprised; he’s also the author of Writing Movies for Fun and Profit with his co-writer Thomas Lennon and they weren’t joking about the profit part. »

- Brendon Connelly

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Horror Round-Up: Blumhouse’s Family-Friendly Horror Movie, Enormous Event Series Adaptation, New Videodrome Poster, Muck Hollywood Screening

17 February 2015 2:02 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Welcome to our latest horror round-up! We have news on Blumhouse Productions' upcoming family-friendly horror film and the event series adaptation of the massive monster comic book, Enormous, as well as a look at a new Videodrome-inspired poster from Cavity Colors and a special Hollywood screening for the Kane Hodder-starring fright film, Muck.

Blumhouse Family Horror Movie: According to The Hollywood Reporter, Harald Zwart (2010's The Karate Kid, Agent Cody Banks, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones) will direct an upcoming, untitled family-friendly horror film from Blumhouse Productions.

Robert Ben Garant (who played Deputy Travis Junior in the Reno 911! TV series and has co-penned Hell Baby and scripted Jessabelle and Blumhouse and Universal's upcoming The Veil) wrote the screenplay for the film, the plot of which has not yet been revealed. Jason Blum produces the project with Jeanette Brill and Couper Samuelson executive producing. Stay tuned to Daily Dead for further updates. »

- Derek Anderson

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Harald Zwart Will Direct Blumhouse Family Horror Pic

17 February 2015 11:31 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After spectacularly failing to launch a franchise with Screen Gems’ awful The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, director Harald Zwart is scaling down for his next film, having signed on to direct a microbudgeted horror flick for Blumhouse Productions.

Details about the pic are being kept tightly under wraps for now, but one intriguing aspect of the project, scripted by Robert Ben Garant (Jessabelle), is that it’s being aimed at families, not typically a target audience for horror films.

Still, if any studio can pull off a family-friendly horror movie, it’s Blumhouse, which has taken the genre by storm in the past few years with titles like Paranormal ActivityThe Purge and Insidious.

Though Zwart’s credibility as a director was somewhat tarnished by City of Bones‘ abject failure at the box office and with critics, he pulled off a huge hit in 2010 with The Karate Kid, and »

- Isaac Feldberg

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Blumhouse Producing Family-Geared Horror Film

17 February 2015 10:54 AM, PST | | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Blumhouse Productions, the seemingly omnipresenters of current studio horror are teaming with director Harald Zwart (The Karate Kid 2010, The Mortal Instruments) for a family-oriented horror film.  Though details, including plot, aren’t revealed, THR reports the script for the family film comes from R. Ben Garant. Garant is likely best known as the screenwriting partner…

The post Blumhouse Producing Family-Geared Horror Film appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »

- Samuel Zimmerman

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Harald Zwart to Direct Blumhouse Family Horror Film (Exclusive)

16 February 2015 10:47 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones director Harald Zwart has signed on to direct Blumhouse Productions' latest microbudgeted horror film. Robert Ben Garant (Jessabelle) wrote the script. Blumhouse has an excellent track record when it comes to making highly profitable microbudgeted horror features (including Paranormal Activity, The Purge and Insidious), but the interesting part of this new feature is that it's geared toward families. The logline is being kept under wraps for now. Blumhouse’s Jason Blum is producing with Garant, while Jeanette Brill and Couper Samuelson will executive produce. Zwart directed the 2013 Ya adaptation Mortal Instruments and also helmed

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By The Power Of Greyskull – A Masters Of The Universe Script Is Finally In

5 January 2015 8:42 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Confirming that social media is fast becoming a news source, of sorts, in terms of the entertainment industry, Senior Vice President of Production at Columbia Pictures, DeVon Franklin, was asked via Twitter for an update on the progress of the long gestating Masters Of The Universe feature film project, on January 2nd 2015. In response, he tweeted a picture of the title page of the script, dated December 24th, with credit for the completed draft going to Jeff Wadlow (writer and director of Kick-Ass 2).

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DeVon Franklin (@DeVonFranklin) January 2, 2015

It was announced in April 2014 that Wadlow had been tapped to produce a re-write of the script – which had previously been worked on by Alex Litvak, Mik Finch, Richard Wenk and Terry Rossio. Though Wadlow’s directorial prowess has him highly sought after (with Marvel reportedly being among his suitors), a director for Masters Of The Universe »

- Sarah Myles

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