18 items from 2015
"Goon" film star Seann William Scott has revealed that a sequel to the hockey comedy is set to start filming in a couple of months time. In a new Reddit Ama, Scott says he's been fight-training for the past month and begins work with an Mma fighter next month ahead of some skating lessons.
Ang Lee confirmed at Sony's CinemaCon presentation that he will shoot all of his military drama "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk" in 3D and at a ultra-high frame rate of 120 frames per second - twice that of Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit" film trilogy.
This marks the first film ever shot entirely at the 120 fps and is aimed at immersing viewers in »
- Garth Franklin
The recently rebranded distributor has cut a deal with Summerstorm Entertainment following the thriller’s recent world premiere and Golden Raven Award win at Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival.
Gabriela Bacher produced for Summerstorm alongside Heidi Jo Markel for Eclectic Pictures, Jennifer Holliday Morrison for Bad Badger and Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann of Summerstorm parent company Film House Germany.
Avi Lerner serves as executive producer on the modern-day adaptation set in Los Angeles where an artificial beast is left for dead by the married scientists that created him.
“Alchemy is the perfect partner to bring this modern take on a timeless story to American audiences,” said Bacher and Markel. “Alchemy’s acquisition is testament to the worldwide demand and hunger for new, contemporary visions and well-crafted filmmaking – audiences have never seen a monster quite like this »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Alchemy has stitched together a deal for U.S. rights to writer-director Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein, following the pic’s world premiere at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. The horror film won the fest’s top prize, the Golden Raven Award. Produced by Summerstorm Entertainment, the modern adaptation of the classic thriller stars Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Ann Moss, Tony Todd and Danny Huston. The deal was negotiated by Jay Cohen at Gersh on behalf of the… »
The film won the Golden Raven award at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. “Frankenstein” is set in Los Angeles and told from the perspective of the monster, who’s been left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists.
Producers are Gabriela Bacher for Summerstorm, Heidi Jo Markel for Eclectic Pictures, Jennifer Holliday Morrison for Bad Badger, and Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann. Avi Lerner is exec producing, and Nu Image is handling international sales.
Alchemy specializes in independent distribution and owns a catalog of 665 titles. It rebranded itself late last year, changing its name from Millennium Entertainment to Alchemy. It recently acquired worldwide rights to director Mitch Dickman’s marijuana documentary “Rolling Papers” following its premiere at SXSW »
- Dave McNary
Awarded the Golden Raven at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Bernard Rose’s Frankenstein will hit the U.S. via distributor Alchemy. Alchemy announced the acquisiton of the modern-day retelling today. Rose’s adaptation is L.A.-set, and stars Xavier Samuel as Frankenstein’s Monster, as well as Carrie Anne-Moss and Danny Huston as its creators. In Frankenstein, “After he is artificially…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Film House Germany (Fhg) announced today that Alchemy has secured the Us rights to horror legend Bernard Rose’s (Candyman, Ivansxtc) Frankenstein, from Summerstorm Entertainment following it’s highly acclaimed World Premiere at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival where it was awarded the grand prize, the Golden Raven Award.
Frankenstein is produced by Gabriela Bacher for Summerstorm, Heidi Jo Markel for Eclectic Pictures, Jennifer Holliday Morrison for Bad Badger, and Summmerstorm’s parent company, Film House Germany’s Christian Angermayer and Klemens Hallmann. Conor Charles is co-producing for Eclectic Pictures. Avi Lerner is executive producing and Nu Image is handling international sales.
On confirming the sale, producers Gabriela Bacher and Heidi Jo Markel said: ‘Alchemy is the perfect partner to bring this modern take on a timeless story to American audiences. Alchemy’s acquisition is testament to the worldwide demand and hunger for new, contemporary visions and well-crafted filmmaking »
- Michelle McCue
Aussie actor Xavier Samuel appeared as The Twilight Saga's Riley Biers and has subsequently popped up in a small role in Fury. His next turn, as Monster in Bernard Rose’s new take on Frankenstein, is a lot more eye-catching - as this first reveal from the film hints. He was the creation of evil vamp Victoria in Twilight, now it’s the turn of a pair of scientists played by Carrie-Ann Moss and Danny Huston as Elizabeth and Victor Frankenstein respectively to modify Samuel into a potentially horrifying new creation. Except this Frankenstein is told from the Monster’s perspective and it’s with him that our sympathies will lie as his creators abandon him to a cruel and uncaring world. "This perfect creation-turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity,” runs the synopsis.Samuel joins an illustrious line of actors to have played Frankenstein's Monster, »
We have the exciting first-look from Bernard Rose's Frankenstein starring Xavier Samuel, Carrie-Anne Moss and Danny Huston in this modern day adaptation of the classic tale by Mary Shelley. Frankenstein will world premiere this coming weekend at the Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival. We also have the thrilling new synopsis that delves into this contemporary retelling of the horror classic!
Frankenstein is set in present day Los Angeles and told entirely from the perspective of the Monster. After he is artificially created, then left for dead by a husband-and-wife team of eccentric scientists, Adam is confronted with nothing but aggression and violence from the world around him. This perfect creation-turned disfigured monster must come to grips with the horrific nature of humanity.
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein is one of those evergreen stories of creation, loss, and humanity, amongst numerous other weighty themes. In fact, there's rarely a year when at least one new re-telling of the story of Dr. Frankenstein and his monster is distributed either in theaters or VOD. Last year brought us the execrable I, Frankenstein, starring Aaron Eckhart as the suspiciously gorgeous monster and Bill Nighy as his Lucifer-esque nemesis; that's not even mentioning all the gargoyles involved in that movie. And this year, we'll see the release of Bernard Rose's Frankenstein, which updates the story to modern times and casts Xavier Samuel (Twilight, Fury) as a teenaged monster brought into the world by a pair of conflicted scientists, played by Carrie-Ann Moss and Danny Huston. The press release says that Frankenstein: is set in present day Los Angeles and told entirely from the perspective of the Monster. »
- Chris Cabin
With so many various Frankenstein projects out there right now, it’s hard to keep them all straight, but today we have a first look at one of them, Bernard Rose’s version starring Xavier Samuel, and hopefully having a face to… Continue Reading →
- Debi Moore
Candyman director Bernard Rose has turned his eye to one of the most classic of horror stories: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. Inspired by the concept a version told from the perspective of the monster’s journey, Rose’s adaptation is modern day, L.A.-set, and stars Xavier Samuel as Frankenstein’s Monster, as well as Carrie Anne-Moss and Danny Huston…
- Samuel Zimmerman
Kristen Stewart, 'Camp X-Ray' star, to join cast of 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' Kristen Stewart to join 'Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk' movie After putting away her Bella Swan wig and red (formerly brown) contact lenses, Kristen Stewart has been making a number of interesting career choices. Here are three examples: Stewart was a U.S. soldier who befriends an inmate (Peyman Moaadi) at the American Gulag, Guantanamo, in Peter Sattler's little-seen (at least in theaters) Camp X-Ray. She was one of Best Actress Oscar winner Julianne Moore's daughters in Wash Westmoreland and the recently deceased Richard Glatzer's Alzheimer's drama Still Alice. She was the personal assistant to troubled, aging actress Juliette Binoche in Olivier Assayas' Clouds of Sils Maria, which earned her a history-making Best Supporting Actress César. (Stewart became the first American actress to take home the French Academy Award. »
- Andre Soares
Dwayne Johnson's latest actioner San Andreas is another PG-13 rated visual effects piece of disaster porn as the MPAA promises "intense disaster action and mayhem throughout". Can't wait! There's more PG-13 goodness in the Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara comedy Hot Pursuit, but the rest of this week's highlights are all R-rated, that is, except for the PG-rated Minions, but, well, you know... Two movies we reviewed out of SXSW are coming soon and both are rated R in the form of Adult Beginners and The Overnight. Also, the Owen Wilson, Lake Bell and Pierce Brosnan "trouble in Southeast Asia" movie, No Escape, has an updated R rating. The original rating back in July 2014 was for "strong violence including a sexual assault, and for language", and this new rating is pretty much the same, but it's missing the "including a sexual assault" bit. Wonder what happened there... Finally, there's »
- Brad Brevet
Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jim Parrack, Brad William Henke, Kevin Vance, Xavier Samuel, Jason Isaacs, Anamaria Marinca, Alicia von Rittberg, Scott Eastwood, Laurence Spellman, Daniel Betts | Written and Directed by David Ayers
After End of Watch and now Fury writer/director David Ayer has shown a knack for depicting the bond that forms between people when they face death on an endless basis. Fury falls in line with similar World War II films, like Saving Private Ryan, that do not shy away from the inhuman brutality of war. Fury will fully engage audiences with its intense battle sequences and solid performances, but what it lacks is a consistent thematic message. The weight it builds becomes cheapen as it enters into an over simplification of the glory of war.
When the film begins it appears as if Ayer is content on illustrating the futile »
- Dan Clark
Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny are to be reunited with The Last Days of Disco director Whit Stillman in Love & Friendship, the Us filmmaker’s adaptation of Jane Austen novella Lady Susan that was left unpublished in her lifetime.
International sales are being handled by Protagonist Pictures, which will be pushing the film at European Film Market (Efm) (Feb 5-13) in Berlin.
Set in the 1790s, Love & Friendship centres on widow Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale), who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the colourful rumours about her dalliances circulating through polite society.
Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.
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The Last Days Of Disco trio of director Whit Stillman and stars Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny is heading from the 1980s back to the 18th century for Love & Friendship. Shooting begins later this month in Ireland on Stillman’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novella, Lady Susan, which was published after her death. Protagonist Pictures is kicking off international sales at the Efm this week.
Set in the 1790s, Love & Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon (Beckinsale), who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.
- Nancy Tartaglione
Kate Beckinsale and Chloe Sevigny will reunite with their “Last Days of Disco” director Whit Stillman for period drama “Love and Friendship,” based on Stillman’s adaptation of the Jane Austen novella “Lady Susan.”
Protagonist will launch international sales at the Berlin Film Festival.
In the film set in the 1790s, Beckinsale will portray the widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out the rumors about her dalliances that are circulating through polite society. She decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter.
The cast includes Xavier Samuel as the object of Lady Susan’s affections, and Stephen Fry, who’ll play the long-suffering husband to Lady Susan’s friend and confidante portrayed by Sevigny. Filming begins in Ireland this month.
- Dave McNary
Rod Taylor dead at 84: Actor best known for 'The Time Machine' and 'The Birds' Rod Taylor, best remembered for the early 1960s movies The Time Machine and The Birds, and for his supporting role as Winston Churchill in Quentin Tarantino's international hit Inglourious Basterds, has died. Taylor suffered a heart attack at his Los Angeles home earlier this morning (January 8, 2015). Born on January 11, 1930, in Sydney, he would have turned 85 on Sunday. Based on H.G. Wells' classic 1895 sci-fi novel, The Time Machine stars Rod Taylor as a H. George Wells, an inventor who comes up with an intricate chair that allows him to travel across time. (In the novel, the Victorian protagonist is referred to simply as the "Time Traveller.") After experiencing World War I and World War II, Wells decides to fast forward to the distant future, ultimately arriving at a place where humankind has been split »
- Andre Soares
18 items from 2015
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