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Kill the Messenger, 2014.
Directed by Michael Cuesta.
Starring Jeremy Renner, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Michael Sheen, Robert Patrick, Tim Blake Nelson, Ray Liotta, Michael K. Williams, Barry Pepper, Andy Garcia, Rosemarie DeWitt and Oliver Platt.
A reporter becomes the target of a vicious smear campaign that drives him to the point of suicide after he exposes the CIA’s role in arming Contra rebels in Nicaragua and importing cocaine into California. Based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb.
There’s so much deep and fascinating detail to cover in Kill the Messenger, it’s a wonder the film didn’t get swallowed up by the multiple strands which lay between conspiracy thriller, journalistic cautionary tale and biopic. It’s a credit to director Michael Cuesta and lead star Jeremy Renner that their film ends up being one of the better ‘based on a true story’ films of the last year. »
- Gary Collinson
“Poltergeist” is directed by “Monster House” helmer Gil Kenan with Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and Roy Lee producing. Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris and Rosemarie DeWitt star in the reboot in which a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter.
MGM released a trio of “Poltergeist” titles during the ’80s. The first film was produced by Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall and starred Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams as parents terrorized by ghosts who communicate with their youngest daughter through the TV set.
- Dave McNary
Briefly: For anyone out there anticipating either the remake of Poltergeist or the action comedy Spy, you'll want to listen up. 20th Century Fox has just shuffled the release dates for each. First of all, Spy starring Melissa McCarthy (watch two trailers right here) has been pushed just a couple weeks to June 5th later in the summer. And moving up a couple months to take its vacated May 22nd release date will be Gil Kenan's new take on Poltergeist from MGM with Rosemarie DeWitt and Sam Rockwell (check out the two teaser trailers here). Finally, due to the shift in Spy, the adaptation of Paper Towns (based on the book by The Fault in Our Stars author John Green) has been pushed to July 24th. It'll be a busy summer! »
- Ethan Anderton
They're going to be here earlier than expected. The evil spirits in the Bowen home apparently cannot wait to be unleashed on a new generation of moviegoers, as 20th Century Fox has changed the release date of their Poltergeist remake from July 24th to May 22nd.
"Legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spiderman,” “Evil Dead”, “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”) contemporize the classic tale about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When the terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever."
The new release date is according to Box Office Mojo. Directed by Gil Kenan off a screenplay by David Lindsay-Abaire, and produced by Sam Raimi, Robert Tapert, and Roy Lee, the Poltergeist remake stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, Jane Adams, Saxon Sharbino, Kennedi Clements, and Kyle Catlett. »
- Derek Anderson
20th Century Fox has bumped up its upcoming Poltergeist remake by nearly two months, moving it from July 24, 2015 to May 22, 2015. The horror reboot will now go up against Disney's Tomorrowland in its new release slot. The studio has also shifted the action comedy Spy from May 22, 2015 to June 5, 2015, where it will face Entourage and Insidious Chapter 3. Finally, 20th Century Fox has pushed Paper Towns from June 5, 2015 to Poltergeist's former date of July 24, 2015, where it will face Pan and Pixels.
Director Gil Kenan's Poltergeist stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt as two suburban parents whose home becomes terrorized by an evil spirit. Jared Harris, Nicholas Braun, Jane Adams, Saxon Sharbino, Kennedi Clements, Kyle Catlett and Susan Heyward round out the supporting cast. David Lindsay-Abaire wrote the adapted screenplay, with Sam Raimi producing the thriller.
Gil Kenan’s remake of the Steven Spielberg-produced, Tobe Hooper-directed classic hits this spring, instead. 20th Century Fox has shifted the Sam Raimi-produced Poltergeist to May 22, 2015, just two weeks prior to the opening of haunted house sequel Insidious: Chapter 3 and going up directly against the Mark Neveldine-helmed The Vatican Tapes. In the film, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Sam Rockwell,…
The post Poltergeist 2015 Moves to May appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Samuel Zimmerman
Director: Michael Cuesta; Screenwriter: Peter Landesman; Starring: Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Paz Vega, Michael Sheen, Andy Garcia, Ray Liotta, Rosemarie DeWitt; Running time: 112 mins; Certificate: 15
It only takes one small-town journalist to make a difference in Kill the Messenger, a true-life conspiracy thriller in the vein of All the President's Men, with The Hurt Locker and The Avengers' Jeremy Renner in buzzing electric form as the titular scribe. His defining moment is a 1996 series of articles uncovering the CIA's involvement in aiming to depose the Nicaraguan government, an effort funded by sales of crack cocaine – mainly in South Central, Los Angeles.
Apart from the dodgy foreign politics, issues of race and class are squarely in the frame as government spooks deem the lives of some of their own citizens expendable when weighed against the cost of arming the Nicaraguan Contra movement (who supply and distribute the coke in the Us, »
Director: Michael Cuesta
Run Time: 112 minutes
Synopsis: A reporter becomes the victim of a smear campaign after exposing a link between CIA backed Contra rebels in Nicaragua, Nicaraguan drug trafficking and the outbreak of crack cocaine in America’s inner cities.
Inspired by the life of Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Gary Webb (Jeremy Renner) and his ‘Dark Alliance’ exposé on the explosion of crack cocaine in the United States (which inevitably ruined his career), the film draws attention to the power and reach of fourth and fifth estate journalism and to the subjective objectivism of its gatekeepers.
Having said all that, if you take the time to reach beyond this »
- Sacha Hall
At one time, 2015 was poised to be the biggest year at the movies in recorded cinematic history. But that was before Warner Bros. pushed Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to 2016. Still, in the next twelve months, we'll be getting a new Star Wars movie, 2 Marvel adventures, a Terminator reboot, a Jurassic Park sequel, and a new 007. That's just the very tip top of this giant tasty cake. There are over a hundred big movies coming in 2015. We're taking a look at the best of the best. These are the movies you know you don't want to miss. Check it out as we delve into the 27 most anticipated movies of 2015!
1Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Release Date: December 18
Director: J.J. Abrams
What It's About: Continuing the Star Wars »
From Sam Raimi (Evil Dead trilogy, Spider-Man) comes a remake of the Steven Spielberg classic, Poltergeist starring Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris and Rosemarie DeWitt. The teaser trailer was revealed last week, but more images have since been released along with the new one-sheet which evokes the same eerie feeling of the original poster featuring the young girl with her back to the audience looking into the spirit world.
- email@example.com (Super User)
Few filmmakers have been as pivotal to the mumblecore movement as Joe Swanberg, whose micro-budgeted, improv-heavy dramas have brought him widespread acclaim and considerable success over the past decade. In 2013, he had the biggest hit of his career with Drinking Buddies and followed it up with another high-profile project, titled Happy Christmas, which sent his profile soaring even higher. Now, Swanberg is continuing his progression toward mainstream cinema by taking on his first studio film.
Romantic comedy Work Wife, which Swanberg will direct for New Line but (in an unusual move for him) not script, centers on two thirtysomething lawyers who decide to try their luck at dating co-workers. Screenwriters Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins previously created the beloved yet short-lived ABC comedy Trophy Wife and also have two scripts in development – Lunch Lady at Universal and Booksmart at 20th Century Fox.
Swanberg has made more than 17 films since 2005’s Kissing on the Mouth, »
- Isaac Feldberg
At a loss for what to watch this week? From new DVDs and Blu-rays, to what's streaming on Netflix, we've got you covered.
New on DVD and Blu-ray
"Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day"
This adaptation of the beloved children's book got mixed reviews, but it's fine if you're looking for a rather harmless family feature. Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner co-star as the equally frazzled parents of young Alex (Ed Oxenbould). Check out this exclusive clip!
They say that how you react in an emergency reveals your true nature and feelings. Are you out for number one, or is your family your first concern? A seemingly perfect Swedish family has to face that exact question when an impending avalanche threatens to ruin their ski trip to the Alps.
If you're already a fan of Jake Gyllenhaal's performance as a creepy crawly »
- Jenni Miller
Directed by Joe Swanberg
Digging for Fire comes perilously close to having something interesting to say about relationships and lurking curiosities. Unfortunately, it lacks the narrative focus and observational humor to be more than a mild diversion. It’s the kind of film where the secondary characters exist only to further the plot, while the main characters always say exactly what’s on their mind. It’s not a bad movie, exactly, but it never quite reaches the emotional heights that it’s reaching for.
Tim (Jake Johnson) and Lee (Rosemarie DeWitt) are a young married couple still bathing in the afterglow of the birth of their first child. Their past lives are becoming a distant memory and things seem more stable than ever. Everything is wonderful and idyllic. That’s usually about the time that panic sets in.
- J.R. Kinnard
Just when you thought it was safe to open your closet, the first trailer for MGM’s remake of “Poltergeist” has arrived to traumatize you all over again. (Much like the original, viewers with a fear of clowns may want to skip the flick, too.)
The 3D reboot of the 1982 horror classic stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris. It’s directed by Gil Kenan from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire. Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert are producing through their Ghost House Pictures banner along with Roy Lee. Nathan Kahane is exec producing.
The film follows the Bowen family, whose life is suddenly disrupted after a supernatural force takes over their home and begins terrorizing them.
“Poltergeist” hits theaters on July 24.
- Variety Staff
Do you feel a... disturbance? The TV people are back to haunt your screen with the first trailer for Poltergeist 2015.
We can understand those who are skeptical in the face of this new apparition. The specter of the 1982 original by Steven Spielberg looms large over this remake. Let's hope they checked the set thoroughly, you never know what's buried under your feet... We wouldn't want anything to get desecrated by accident!
But our first glimpse at this Poltergeist calms our fears, as it does appear director Gil Kenan and producer Sam Raimi took pains to remain faithful to the spirit of its ancestor. This time, the family in peril is led by Sam Rockwelland Rosemarie DeWitt with Jared Harris as the presumed occultist, but our good friend the clown is back along with many other elements still etched into our primal childhood fear cortex.
How many of these spooks can you spot in the trailer? »
- Valérie Bourdeau
You just can’t keep a good – well, evil – group of otherworldly spirits down. Not content with invading our world back in the 1982 original (and two sequels), the telly-obsessed terrors of Poltergeist are back in a new, rebooted version of the original tale from producer Sam Raimi and director Gil Kenan. The first trailer has arrived online. This time around, the focus is on the Bowen family, dad Eric (Sam Rockwell), mum Amy (Rosemarie DeWitt) and kids Kendra (Saxon Sharbino), Griffin (Kyle Catlett) and Madison (Kennedi Clements), the latter of whom becomes the main focus of supernatural attention. Moving into a suburban home, they discover it needs a bit more than just a coat of paint and some new furniture: it’s also linked to the spirit world through a variety of portals. "The original film commented on how we've let television get out of control, babysitting our kids," Raimi tells USA Today. »
Poltergeist remains one of the creepiest classic horror films of the eighties. Directed by Tobe Hopper, and produced by a certain Mr Speilberg, the film followed Carol-Anne and her family as they became terrorised by malevolent forces.
The news of an impending remake unsettled some, but after watching the first full length trailer we’re liking the tone that it has set. It’s directed by Gil Kenan and stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris, and Kennedi Clements.
The iconic blonde Carol-Anne is now a brunette little girl called Madison, but don’t worry, she seems to be just as spooky. The scariest thing we’ve glimpsed so far though has to be that updated clown doll, the original was bad enough, this one is even worse. Good luck:
Poltergeist hits cinemas on 31st July 2015.
Source: 20thCenturyFox »
- Kat Smith
The way a horror movie is constructed and paced has changed a lot from 1982 to 2015. Much like the 2013 Carrie remake, it all comes down to whether the pace of editing and easy reliance on jump-scares can replace the sweet creepiness (and, admittedly on my part, nostalgia) of the Tobe Hooper original.Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures is producing the do-over, which stars Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jared Harris and Jane Adams along with two really cute kids. City of Ember's Gil Kenan directs.Yes, the remake keeps the clown that traumatized the childhood of anyone born in the mid 1970s, but it begs the question of whether modern television sets can even 'snow-out' anymore. I thought they just drop to a blank blue screen with...
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As promised, 20th Century just unveiled the official trailer for its upcoming "Poltergeist" reboot, starring Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Jared Harris. Check it out below. Plot: A young family are visited by ghosts in their home. At first the ghosts appear friendly, moving objects around the house to the amusement of everyone, then they turn nasty and start to terrorize the family before they kidnap the youngest daughter. The new movie is directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House) from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful). Sam Raimi is producing. It's set to hit theaters on July 24th. Trailer: »
Sneak Peek footage, plus images from director Gil Kenan's "Poltergeist" feature film reboot, written by Pulitzer-Prize winner David Lindsay-Abaire and produced by Sam Raimi ("Darkman"), starring Sam Rockwell, Rosemarie DeWitt and Kennedi Clements:
"The original film commented...
"...on how we've let television get out of control, babysitting our kids," said Raimi.
"It's only gotten worse with the handheld portable devices.
"Screens are everywhere."
"Poltergeist" opens July 24, 2015.
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Poltergeist"...
- Michael Stevens
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