11 items from 2014
In Latin America, the combination of muscular government funding, the boom in pay TV households and ironically, lack of stars, is pushing regional filmmakers to try more genres and create original visions. Indeed, Latinos have directed five of the No. 1 movies at the U.S. box office in the past year, including Argentina’s Andres Muschietti (“Mama”), Uruguay’s Fede Alvarez (“Evil Dead”) and, of course, Mexico’s Alfonso Cuaron (“Gravity”).
This year, Bal, the Buenos Aires Festival of Independent Cinema’s industry initiative, will again showcase Latin American films in post in its Works in Progress competish. About half will travel to Cannes for Buenos Aires Lab Goes to Cannes, co-organized with the Cannes Market, per Bal co-director Violeta Bava. Bafici runs April 2-13 in Buenos Aires (festivales.buenosaires.gob.ar/bafici).
But, teaming with Chile’s Valdivia Fest Australab and Rotterdam’s CineMart, it will launch another initiative, »
- John Hopewell
Exclusive: Stuart Manashil has just joined Wme as a literary agent in the Motion Picture Department. Manashil spent the last 6 1/2 years at CAA and before that spent six years at UTA. Now, the question is which of the clients Manashil worked with will make the move with him. Wme did very well when it hired Dan Aloni after he left CAA and also when Warren Zavala made the move. Both took nearly all of their clients. Related: Who’s Who Of Nsa And Tech Heavyweights Brought Together At Wme Annual Retreat The clients Manashil worked with includes Oliver Stone, Ed Zwick, Tommy Lee Jones, Larry Kasdan, Olivier Assayas, Alejandro Amenabar, Juan Campanella, Fede Alvarez, Ariel Vromen, Brad Furman, Jose Padilha, Max Winkler, Alex Graves, and Adam Wingard. He also works with Matt Aldrich, Skip Woods, Matteo Garrone, Eugenio Derbez, and James Patterson and producers Art Linson, Irwin Winkler, Fernando Bovaira and Steven Schneider. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
A lot of movie directors have been dabbling in television lately. But how many start their own freakin’ TV network? That would be one. And that one would be Robert Rodriguez. The director and now founder of the El Rey network stopped by Entertainment Weekly Radio (SiriusXM, channel 105) this week to talk all about his new “video mix tape” and the super-cool programming they have in store. Of course, at the top of this super-cool list is a new TV version of his 1996 cult classic From Dusk Till Dawn (starring George Clooney and Quentin Tarantino, with a screenplay by Tarantino »
- Dalton Ross
The Uruguayan powerhouse Fede Alvarez known for last year “The Evil Dead” remake has directed an episode for the upcoming series “From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series”. Fede Alvarez gained Internet notoriety with his short film “Ataque de Panico” in 2009 and since then became Sam Raimi pupil. Fede’s “Evil Dead” remake was a box office success and received positive reviews from the media for its visceral bloody new look. Little is know of Fede Alvarez’s episode but it involves a violent bloody mayhem inside a Mexican strip club with a very long history. The series is expected to make its world premier, at South by Southwest on March 8. On Wednesday night, El Rey Network will air a making-off special.
- Hector E Rivas
Though the jury is still out on whether or not Robert Rodriguez remaking his iconic 1996 film From Dusk Till Dawn for his recently launched El Rey television network is a good idea, no amount of fan trepidation is going to delay the arrival of the show, officially titled From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series. Set to run for ten episodes starting in March, From Dusk Till Dawn is by far the buzziest project that El Rey currently has going, and the directors involved should alone be enough to attract horror fans of every variety.
Recently, Entertainment Weekly revealed that Rodriguez has locked down Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez to film the pivotal eighth episode of the series. Though few details are known about the episode, it will feature lots of bloody violence going down inside the series’ main locale, a strip club habited by vampires.
Alvarez has been a very »
- Isaac Feldberg
Fede Alvarez, who impressed fickle Evil Dead fans with his intense and graphic reboot of Sam Rami’s horror classic, is currently shooting the eighth episode of writer-director Robert Rodriguez’s TV reboot of his 1996 cult-favorite film. We can’t reveal much about the episode, except that it involves plenty of bloody mayhem inside a certain Mexican strip club with a very, very long history and that viewers will get to see some of that history firsthand. »
- James Hibberd
Jairo Alvarado has joined management-production firm Circle of Confusion. Alvarado was a creative exec at Warner Bros. in 2009 and is credited for spotting Uruguayan director Fede Alvarez and his short Panic Attack! In 2011, while building a reputation for identifying up-and-coming talent, he joined 3 Arts Entertainment as a manager. Story: DreamWorks Animation Launches Publishing Division At Circle, he reps writer Brian Miller (All Our Yesterdays); photographer/filmmaker Greg Williams, who co-wrote and is attached to direct Samarkand, which has Tom Hardy attached to star; American Dad writer Jordan Blum; writer/ director Kealan O’Rourke (Emily the Strange),
- Borys Kit
The tome is part of a series with the first book being released on Oct. 28, 2014 by Harlequin Teen. Kagawa is also the New York Times Bestselling author of “The Iron Fey” and “Blood of Eden” series.
This contemporary series revolves around dragons with the ability to disguise themselves as humans and an order of warriors, The Order of St. George, sworn to eradicate them. These fabled creatures, whose existence is unknown to anyone outside the order, are determined to rule the world. The Order of St. George are equally bent on driving the fabled beasts into extinction. However, when a young female dragon and a promising young slayer unknowingly become involved, it »
- Justin Kroll
Another year has come to an end, which means it's time for the Dread Central staff to weigh in with their picks of the best and worst of 2013's horror offerings. We're giving you a full dozen lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers.
We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers. We averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:
Worst: Texas Chainsaw 3D
Runners-up: The Purge, The Last Exorcism Part II
Check out the Dread Central staff's Best of and Worst of lists for 2013 by following the links below!
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[Debi "The Woman in Black" Moore]
[Gareth "Pestilence" Jones]
[Scott "Doctor Gash" Hallam]
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- Uncle Creepy
2013 was a great year for horror throughout numerous avenues. Independent film offered some standouts with the disease consuming Contracted, forced intervention Resolution, the creature feature Grabbers, and many more. Hollywood gave us hordes of zombies with the surprising World War Z, a fresh home invasion take with You’re Next, and legitimate scares with The Conjuring.
But horror wasn’t restrained to just film, television made big leaps with Mads Mikkelsen’s great portrayal in Hannibal, the clever re-imaging of Norman in the Bates Motel, and the continuing mayhem offered in Game of Thrones. Still, horror couldn’t be stopped as music jumped into the mix with superb soundtracks released from Death Waltz, Waxwork, and One Way Static records. And it didn’t end there because horror was everywhere!!! Here are a few of my favorites from 2013:
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For horror fans the music in their beloved »
- Jonathan James
Happy 2014 Everyone! Looking back, I thought 2013 was an exceptional year for horror, especially for independent genre fare that ended making up most of my favorite films over the last 12 months. In fact, 2013 ended up being so good, even a number of remakes that came out this year managed to be as strong as their original horror peers and that’s pretty damn impressive.
Here’s a look at some of my very favorite things that happened in horror along the way during 2013:
I’d been waiting patiently to see Don Coscarelli’s John Dies at the End ever since I chatted him up about the project at SXSW 2012. Thankfully, the film didn’t disappoint at all when it was released last January. Wonderfully weird and oddly heartfelt, no one has quite mastered the art of the unexpected like Coscarelli has throughout his career »
- Heather Wixson
11 items from 2014
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