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Eli Roth to direct Jim Carrey in Aleister Arcane

After more than a decade in development, Steve Niles’ horror comic Aleister Arcane looks set to hit the big screen, with The Hollywood Reporter revealing that Amblin Entertainment has picked up a package which has Eli Roth (The Green Inferno) directing, Jim Carrey (Dumb and Dumber To) starring, and Jon Croker (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) penning the script.

Published in 2004, Aleister Arcane follows “a Los Angeles weatherman named Aleister Green who returns to his hometown to host a midnight horror show a la Elvira. Under the guise of a mad scientist named Aleister Arcane, Green performed little skits until the local sponsors balked at the gore. An incident with two kids leads to him to be put on trial, breaking his spirit and into an early grave. Not long after, grisly activities begin to occur and only the kids have the power to thwart the curse
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Eli Roth, Jim Carrey Team For "Arcane"

Eli Roth will direct while Jim Carrey will star in and executive produce the long-in-development horror film "Aleister Arcane" at Amblin Entertainment.

Steve Niles ("30 Days of Night") penned the 2004 graphic novel about a group of children who befriend a bitter old man ruined and shunned by their parents. After his death, only they have the power to stop the curse he has laid upon their town.

Jon Croker will adapt the script while David Hoberman, Michael Aguilar and Todd Lieberman will produce.

Source: Variety
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"Aleister Arcane"

According to reports, the 2004 Idw, 3-issue comic book series "Aleister Arcane", written by Steve Niles and illustrated by Breehn Burns, about a late night horror movie host, will star Jim Carrey for director Eli Roth and Amblin' Entertainment:

Screenplay is by Jon Croker ("The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death") for producers David Hoberman, Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films, with Michael Aguilar.

"...Los Angeles weatherman 'Aleister Green' returns to his hometown to host a midnight horror movie show. Under the guise of mad scientist 'Aleister Arcane', Green performed little skits until the local sponsors balked at the gore.

"Then an incident with two kids leads to him to be put on trial, breaking his spirit and into an early grave. Not long after, grisly activities begin to occur and only the kids have the power to thwart the curse he has laid upon their town..."

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Eli Roth to Direct Horror Film Aleister Arcane, Starring Jim Carrey

Jim Carrey will executive produce and star in a new Eli Roth film about a late night horror TV show host seeking revenge from beyond the grave.

Earlier today, THR broke the news that Eli Roth will step behind the camera for Aleister Arcane, an adaptation of Steve Niles’ 2004 comic book series of the same name that centers on a curse cast on a small town by the recently deceased Aleister Arcane, a weatherman-turned-horror-tv-host who was pushed off the air by upset viewers.

Jim Carrey will executive produce the project, which is moving forward at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment, and while his character in the film has yet to be revealed, the titular role sounds right up his alley. Jon Croker (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) will adapt Niles’ comic book for the big screen.

Yesterday, it was revealed that Roth will also direct the Bruce Willis
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Jim Carrey, Eli Roth Team on Horror Film ‘Aleister Arcane’

Jim Carrey, Eli Roth Team on Horror Film ‘Aleister Arcane’
Jim Carrey will star in and executive produce while Eli Roth directs the long-in-development horror movie “Aleister Arcane” for Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment.

“Aleister Aracane,” written by Steven Niles, was first published in 2004 by Idw Comics. Jon Croker will adapt for the screen.

Mandeville FilmsDavid Hoberman and Todd Lieberman will produce along with Michael Aguilar.

The story centers on a group of children who befriend a bitter old man ruined and shunned by their parents. After his death, only they have the power to thwart the curse he has laid upon their town.

Variety reported in 2004 that Paramount had picked up the rights and set up the project with Aguilar and Dean Georgaris. The rights eventually lapsed.

The comic book story focused on a local TV horror host Aleister Arcane, who’s forced off the air due to the wishes of parents in an Oklahoma community. In the
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John Boyega Joins Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit Riots Drama, Jim Carrey Teams With Eli Roth & More

After signing up for Pacific Rim 2, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Attack the Block star John Boyega has found his next role. He revealed on Twitter (seen below) that he’ll take part in Kathryn Bigelow‘s follow-up to her Oscar-winning Zero Dark Thirty. Penned by Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker), the currently untitled film will be set in Detroit during the 5-day riots that took place there in 1967, and will explore the systemic racism of the city. With plans to shoot this summer in Boston and Detroit, the film is slated as an ensemble piece with Hannah Murray (God Help the Girl, Game of Thrones) also on board.

I've teamed up with Kathryn Bigalow for a movie based on the Detroit riots in 1967. #12thstreet

John Boyega (@JohnBoyega) June 21, 2016

With plans already in place to remake Death Wish, THR reports that Eli Roth has now lined up another project,
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Jim Carrey, Eli Roth Teaming for Horror Movie 'Aleister Arcane' (Exclusive)

Jim Carrey, Eli Roth Teaming for Horror Movie 'Aleister Arcane' (Exclusive)
Jim Carrey and Eli Roth are teaming to adapt Aleister Arcane, a comic book from horrormeister Steve Niles. Amblin Entertainment has picked up the package as a pitch that includes Jon Croker, the scribe behind The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, attached to pen the script, with David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman of Mandeville Films producing along with Michael Aguilar. Carrey will star in and executive produce the project. Aleister Arcane, published in 2004, told the story of a Los Angeles weatherman named Aleister Green who returns to his hometown to host a midnight horror show a la

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News Bits: Live, Serpent, Ruins, Private, Rift

Live By Night

Ben Affleck has posted the first photo from the set of "Live By Night", the adaptation of Dennis Lehane's Prohibition-era crime thriller which Affleck is both starring in and directing. The shot includes both Affleck and his cinematographer Robert Richardson in between takes conversing. The film itself is slated for release in 2017. [Source: Twitter]

The Serpent

Ciro Guerra ("Embrace Of The Serpent") has signed to make his English-language directing debut on the dystopian adventure "The Detainee" for Thunder Road Pictures and Film House Germany.

An adaptation of Peter Liney's trilogy by scribe Grant Myers ("The Maze Runner"), the story is set on an island from which there's no escape. Christian Angermayer and Basil Iwanyk will produce. [Source: Deadline]

The Ruins

Fox Searchlight and Joe Wright's Shoebox Films are teaming to develop the India-set supernatural thriller "The Ruins" with Jon Croker ("Desert Dancer," "The Woman In Black 2:
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Movie News: Demian Bichir Joins 'Alien: Covenant;' Joe Wright Developing Supernatural Thriller 'The Ruins'

Alien: Covenant: Demian Bichir (The Hateful Eight, above) has joined the cast of Alien: Covenant, which will be directed by Ridley Scott. Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterstone and Danny McBride lead the cast; Bichir's role has not yet been disclosed. The movie is scheduled for release on October 6, 2017. [Deadline]   The Ruins: Filmmaker Joe Wright (Pan, above left) is developing supernatural thriller The Ruins, with the idea that he might direct it. Not to be confused with the same-titled 2008 horror movie, Jon Croker (The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death) is writing the new project; all that's known about the story is that it's set in India. [Deadline]   Kill Your Friends Trailer: Nicholas Hoult stars in Kill Your Friends as a British music...

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Fox Searchlight And Joe Wright’s Shoebox Films Developing Supernatural Thriller ‘The Ruins’

Fox Searchlight And Joe Wright’s Shoebox Films Developing Supernatural Thriller ‘The Ruins’
Exclusive: Fox Searchlight is teaming with Joe Wright’s banner Shoebox Films to develop The Ruins, a supernatural thriller set in India. Jon Croker is writing the project, which is still in its early stages. It is being developed with a view to becoming a potential directing vehicle for Wright, although that decision is still some way off. Shoebox principals Wright, Paul Webster and Guy Heeley are overseeing the project. Other details are being kept under wraps for a…
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Working Title bringing Enid Blyton’s The Famous Five to the big screen

Working Title has tapped up and coming British screenwriter Jon Croker (The Woman In Black: Angel of Death, Desert Dancer) to pen the script for an adaptation of Enid Blyton’s classic adventure series The Famous Five.

The beloved book series follows five school friends – Julian, Dick, Anne, George and her pet dog Timmy – and their various adventures during school holidays. The Famous Five launched in 1942 with the publication of Five on a Treasure Island, with twenty additional books following, and racking up sales of over 100 million copies.

Two Famous Five movies were released in 1957 and 1964, while there has also been two live-action TV series between 1978-1979 and in 1995, along with a 2008 animated series entitled Famous 5: On the Case.
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Working Title to Adapt Ya Favorite 'The Famous Five'

Working Title has tapped screenwriter Jon Croker ("The Woman in Black 2") to bring Enid Blyton's "The Famous Five" to the screen again, in the first live-action adaptation since the 1970s, when it aired as a TV series on Britain's ITV. (The Children's Film Foundation made two films based on the books, in 1957 and 1964, and an animated series set in the present aired in 2008.) The 21-book series, published between 1942 and 1963, follows an adventurous tomboy, Georgina—who prefers "George"—her dog, Timmy, and her three cousins as they swill ginger beer, search for lost treasure, and chase criminals while on holiday in the British countryside. (The "Famous Five" stories have much more in common with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys than they do Harry Potter, where Croker cut his teeth as an assistant to "Goblet of Fire" director Mike Newell.) Working Title's plans stand out in the crowded Ya marketplace,
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Jon Croker To Adapt Enid Blyton’s Classic ‘The Famous Five’ For Working Title

Jon Croker To Adapt Enid Blyton’s Classic ‘The Famous Five’ For Working Title
Exclusive: Up-and-coming Brit scribe Jon Croker will adapt Enid Blyton’s classic tale of derring-do The Famous Five for UK production powerhouse Working Title. Blyton, akin to the Jk Rowling of her day, is one of the biggest-selling children's authors in history with global sales of over 600 million books. The Famous Five, with over 20 novels following the adventures of a group of four young children and their dog Timmy, is arguably her most iconic collection of books. It…
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Croker To Pen Adaptation Of "Famous Five"

British scribe Jon Croker ("The Woman In Black 2: The Angel of Death," "Desert Dancer") will adapt Enid Blyton's classic novel characters "The Famous Five" into a new feature and potential franchise launcher for Working Title.

Blyton is one of the biggest-selling children's authors in history with global sales of over 600 million books. She penned over twenty novels featuring the five - a group of four young children and their dog Timmy.

The first novel debuted in 1942 and Blyton released a new one annually (aside from 1959) right up until 1963. The property was previously adapted into two films in 1957 & 1964, and two TV series in 1978 and 1995.

Working Title acquired the theatrical rights to Blyton's series last year. Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan will produce.

Source: Deadline
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The Woman In Black: Angel Of Death DVD Review

Director: Tom Harper

Writer: Jon Croker, from a story by Susan Hill

Starring: Phoebe Fox, Jeremy Irvine, Helen McCrory, Adrian Rawlins, Leanne Best, Ned Dennehy, Oaklee Pendergast

Cert: 15

Running Time: 98 mins

Special Features: Deleted Scene / Featurettes / Jeremy Irvine: “Great Expectations” interview

For many years British horror brand Hammer Films lay seemingly dormant, its blood curdled and its back catalogue of famous monsters consigned to nostalgia territory. However today the studio coffin is open for business, down in no small part to the success of 2012’s The Woman In Black, starring Daniel Radcliffe. Using the classic novella by Susan Hill as a starting point, it was the perfect Gothic chiller with which to help revive their fortunes.

Of course Hammer were never ones to shy away from a sequel, and just as the late, great Christopher Lee put in numerous appearances as Dracula, so the ghostly “heroine” has been
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Inspiring Film 'Desert Dancer' Tells the Story of Iranian Youth Yearning to Create Art

This is an unexpected but beautiful, inspiring film. It tells the very human story of youth yearning to express themselves through art (in this case as dancers) who end up through no wish or foresight as socially dangerous protesters against a tyrannical, arbitrarily repressive government.

Iran is such an interesting country with one of the oldest cultures in the world. It was fascinating to see youth whose only wish was to create art being pulled into social protest. In recent years from abroad we have studied the various moves politically of their conservative oppressive government. I have always wondered what the youth, artists and intellectuals were and are going through there. This film brings us inside, up close.

"Desert Dancer" by Richard Raymond follows the true, inspiring story of a brave Iranian dancer, Afshin Ghaffarian.

Set in Tehran during the volatile climate of the 2009 presidential election and the start of the “Green Movement,” Afshin and a group of dancers (including “Elaheh” played by Freida Pinto) risk their lives and form an underground dance company.

One of the most socially dangerous things they do is to go on the forbidden internet to look at online dance videos.

With what little access to the Internet they had, the group discovers music and dance videos that were banned from viewing in their country.

The group learns various forms, techniques and styles of dance from timeless legends like Michael Jackson, Gene Kelly and Rudolf Nureyev. Inspired by these newfound heroes, they stage their own performances and uncover a passion for dance and one another.

While the political and cultural backdrop of "Desert Dancer" is very unique to the time and place, the struggle to overcome oppression— whether from a government or from within— proves universal.

"Desert Dancer" stars Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie, Tom Cullen, Nazanin Boniadi and Makram J. Khoury. Director: Richard Raymond; Screenplay: Jon Croker, based on the life story of Afshin Ghaffarian; Producers: Pippa Cross, Fabiola Beracasa, Izabella Miko, Luis Astorquia

International Sales are being handled by 6 Sales. Rights have been sold to the following territories: Germany (Senator Enterta), Hong Kong (Cinehub), South Kore (Sookie Pictures), Lebanon (Italia Film), Russia (Exponenta Films), Spain (Betta Pictures), Turkey (Kurmaca Film), U.S.A. (Relativity Media).
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Interview: Director Richard Raymond on the Passion of ‘Desert Dancer’

Chicago – What does anyone understand about regimes outside their political or moral universe? The setting is Iran, the time is during their controversial 2009 elections and the medium is dance as expression. Combining those elements was the challenge for director Richard Raymond, in his debut film “Desert Dancer.”

The film creates an allegory, using dance as a symbol for breaking free of government oppression, and is based on the true story of Afshin Ghaffarian, portrayed by Reece Ritchie. Like the 2014 film “Rosewater,” it uses the 2009 elections in Iran as a backdrop, and the constant vigilance of the “morality police” as a arbiter. Director Richard Raymond and screenwriter Jon Croker tell a simple story, but punctuate that story with two vital dance numbers, that say more about the events than the events themselves.

Director Richard Raymond on Location for ‘Desert Dancer

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The British born Richard Raymond has an superhero-like movie origin story.
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Film Review: ‘Desert Dancer’

Film Review: ‘Desert Dancer’
No one has the time of their lives in “Desert Dancer,” a fact-based drama in which all the dancing is dirty — at least according to Iran’s Islamic “morality police,” the Basij. The principal offender here is Afshin Ghaffarian, a noted Iranian dancer and choreographer who had to practice his craft in secret before defecting to France in 2009, though as with so many “extraordinary” true stories, British director Richard Raymond’s debut feature leaves you craving more truth and less canned inspirationalism. With its heart (but little else) in the right place, this thoroughly generic, long-on-the-shelf Relativity release (which opened in some overseas territories last summer) looks to exit the stage quickly following its April 10 limited bow.

Although dancing, like singing, is not an expressly forbidden activity (or “haram”) under Islamic law, it was still one of the previously permitted personal freedoms banned after the Iranian Revolution of 1979 — a prohibition
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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 30 Pairs of Passes to ‘Desert Dancer’ With Freida Pinto, Reece Ritchie

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 30 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the new biography/drama “Desert Dancer” starring Freida Pinto and Reece Ritchie based on the inspiring true story of Afshin Ghaffarian!

Desert Dancer,” which opens on April 10, 2015 and is rated “PG-13,” also stars Tom Cullen, Makram Khoury, Nazanin Boniadi, Simon Kassianides, Akin Gazi, Marama Corlett and Tolga Safer from director Richard Raymond and writer Jon Croker based on the life story of Afshin Ghaffarian.

To win your free “Desert Dancer” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Monday, April 6, 2015 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing these social actions only increases your odds of winning; this doesn’t intensify your competition!
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'The Woman in Black 2' movie review

Reviewed by Jesse Miller

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Synopsis: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house's darkest inhabitant.

Director: Tom Harper

Writer: Jon Croker

Actors: Helen McCrory, Phoebe Fox.

When I heard The Woman in Black: Angel of Death was being made, I was instantly curious. How could you continue this particular story while managing to keep the scares fresh and the story exciting? There's always the case that the sequel wouldn't live up to the original, yeah, but I was just curious as to where they would take this tormented lady in black.

Well, what I got left me with a shrug -- The Woman in Black 2 has terrific cinematography, striking set design and solid acting from all involved - and even the setting and premise of this story show promise - but unfortunately, this
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