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Evan Daugherty has written scripts for some fairly big, upcoming projects in the wake of his work on Snow White and the Huntsman. In September, Daugherty added G.I. Joe 3 to a list of upcoming blockbusters that already included Divergent and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. So where is Daugherty at in the script writing process on the next Joe film? "I think they gotta keep me sworn to secrecy on this one. I gotta stay quiet because I’m literally in the middle of writing it. When you called, I was writing it," said Evan to Rama's Screen during their phoner. However, he did go on to talk about when he'd be turning in his first draft, "Sometime in the next few months, I would imagine." When asked about Duke and whether he would have killed off the popular Joe in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Daugherty stated, "Would I have »
This week, as Toronto mayor Rob Ford continued to careen off the rails, everyone pondered how great it would be if Chris Farley were still alive to mimic Ford on Saturday Night Live. Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman teamed up to create a new short film for Prada, while screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Snow White and the Huntsman) put a dark spin on Super Mario Brothers. Also, Jimmy Fallon hosted a game of celebrity charades, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson and George Takei created a gay version of The Bachelor. Check out those clips and more in our weekly roundup of the best online videos:
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- Liz Raftery
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes the first two short films from The Four Players, the New York City Horror Film Festival lineup, details on the new zombie novel Northern Lights, and a Jason mask charity auction:
The Four Players Short Film Release Details: “Screenwriter and director, Evan Daugherty, screenwriter of the 2012 fantasy/action film “Snow White and the Huntsman” (as well as 2014’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” “GI Joe 3,” among others) and Maker Studios’ collaborative gaming and geek culture network Polaris have announced the release of “The Four Players,” four new short films, each one re-imagining a different character from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. franchise. The first two films, “The Fixer” (Mario) and “The Addict” (Luigi) will debut on Polaris beginning November 14…”
To find out more on these four short films, visit: www. »
- Tamika Jones
The Four Players
Following the first two Mario and Luigi focused shorts the other day, the last two shorts from the gritty Super Mario Bros. reboot anthology "The Four Players" have gone online.
"Snow White and the Huntsman" scribe Evan Daugherty wrote and directed all four shorts, with these two focused on the characters of Princess Peach and Toad. Here the former is an imprisoned and tortured singer, the latter a steadfast soldier.
Cranston and actress Jane Kaczmarek both appear in the short which was shot for the complete series DVD box-set due out November 26th.
- Garth Franklin
On the heels of yesterday's two Super Mario Bros. shorts from screenwriter and director, Evan Daugherty and Maker Studios' collaborative gaming and geek culture network Polaris, video gamers and fans have the opportunity to experience two more The Four Players shorts today with "The Star" (Princess Peach) and "The Soldier" (Toad).
Screenwriter and director, Evan Daugherty, screenwriter of the 2012 fantasy/action film Snow White and the Huntsman and Maker Studios' collaborative gaming and geek culture network Polaris (YouTube.com/Polaris) released The Four Players, four new short films, each one reimagining a different character from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. franchise.
The Four Players episode 1.3, "The Star (Princess Peach)" airs on November 15th, 2014.
The Four Players episode 1.4, "The Soldier (Toad)" airs on November 15th, 2014. »
Christopher Nolan’s gritty, dark reality is to modern times what Quentin Tarantino’s chatty gangsters were to the ‘90s. Basically, any time someone comes up with something fresh, it is uninspiringly copied ad nauseum until the culture is beating a dead horse. So at this rate you can probably expect a “gritty and dark” take on a Happy Meal soon enough. In the meantime, a shadowy and grim take on the Super Mario Brothers video game characters has arrived. “Divergent” screenwriter Evan Daugherty and online multichannel network Maker Studios have teamed up together to create “The Four Players,” which is … wait for it, “a grounded, dark and grittier” tale of the Super Mario Brothers story. Mario is a “fixer,” Luigi is an “addict” speaking at a Narcotics Anonymous-type meeting ... you get the picture. We’d say it’s cute, but like us, maybe you’ve grown a little tired (weary and tired? »
- Edward Davis
This Friday, November 15th, marks the launch of the newest generation of Sony's PlayStation game console, the PlayStation 4, and next week will see Microsoft's Xbox One hit store shelves. Both are debuting with a slew of high profile titles, with more games due out in the coming months and high hopes for all the companies involved. Video games, like it or not, are an ever-present part of our lives. Evan Daugherty, who wrote the screenplay for the upcoming "Divergent," has also just written and directed four new shorts featuring characters from "Super Mario Bros." They may put a new spin »
- Liane Bonin Starr, Josh Lasser
Screenwriter Evan Daugherty (Snow White and The Huntsman) has created a really cool series of gritty Super Mario Bros. short films for Maker Studios’ Polaris. The series is called The Four Players, and it reimagines four of the characters from the classic video game franchise.
The first two films have been released online, and you can watch them below. They are called "The Fixer," which centers on Mario, and "The Addict," which focuses on Luigi. The next two shorts will be released on Friday, and they are called "Star," which features Princess Peach, and "The Soldier," which follows Toad.
Daugherty had this to say in a statement,
"Making these short films gave me a chance to really ‘do my own thing,’ while having a little fun treating one of my favorite videogame properties with a darker vibe."
This is a really entertaining vision of this franchise, and it will be »
- Joey Paur
Video game fans can now experience Super Mario Bros.' Mushroom Kingdom from the unique perspective of screenwriter and director, Evan Daugherty. Maker Studios' collaborative gaming and geek culture network Polaris, and Daugherty, screenwriter of the 2012 fantasy/action film Snow White and the Huntsman, today announced the release of The Four Players, four new short films, each one reimagining a different character from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. franchise. The first two films, The Fixer (Mario) and The Addict (Luigi) will debut on Polaris beginning today, with The Star (Princess Peach) and The Soldier (Toad) being released tomorrow.
Watch the first two shorts here:
Focusing on the four playable characters from Super Mario Bros. 2; Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach and Toad, the films offer a grounded, dark and grittier treatment similar to Evan Daugherty's work in Snow White and the Huntsman. Here's what he had to say:
"Making these short »
The Four Players
The first two have gone online, the first starring Mario as a mushroom-smoothie drinking man burned out by the burdens of his work. The second sees Luigi as a recovering addict and dealer, while shorts involving Princess Peach and Toad will be released tomorrow.
He may be 53, but action star Jean-Claude Van Damme can still kick your ass ten ways from Sunday. A new ad for Volvo involves a one-take, no tricks stunt with Van Damme pulling off his most famous trick in order to showcase the auto manufacturer's 'Dynamic Steering' capabilities. It's actually a quite beautiful ad, »
- Garth Franklin
Today in unnecessary gritty reboot news, the classic Nintendo video game series Super Mario Bros. gets the Christopher Nolan treatment. Snow White and the Huntsman scribe Evan Daugherty thought it would be a good idea to take a gritty look at the world of Super Mario Bros. in a series of four short films he wrote and directed called The Four Players, and here we are. The first short, titled The Fixer, focuses on Mario and the whole thing plays like a College Humor parody. The film opens on dripping pipes and shows “gritty Mario” putting a mushroom into a blender to make a smoothie. If that wasn’t enough, the second short titled The Addict pits Luigi (or "Lou" as he's called here) as a recovering addict because what Super Mario Bros. was missing was a hardened druggie angle. I’d point to these short films as a prime »
- Adam Chitwood
There's certainly no shortage of gritty YouTube reboots of Super Mario Bros. Between Mario Warfare, Mario: Game Over, and the recent 'Super Mario Brothers Parkour' video, gaming's famous plumbers have been reimagined in seemingly every way imaginable. Even so, a Hollywood director has added more fuel to the gritty, under-lit fire. Polaris is the home of The Four Players, a quartet of short films about iconic Super Mario Bros characters. Each film takes a different character as its subject. The first two releases re-imagine Mario and Luigi, with two more featuring Peach and Toad following right behind. The dark tone of The Four Players makes sense considering its director. The shorts are helmed by Evan Daugherty, best known for directing gritty fairy tale reboot Snow White and the Huntsman. “Making these short films gave me a chance to really ‘do my own thing,’ while having a little fun treating one »
- Sam Gutelle
Evan Daugherty has written and directed four shorts for Maker Studios’ gaming and geek culture network Polaris, the company announced. Each short reimagines a character from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. The first two, “The Fixer,” about Mario, and “The Addict,” about Luigi, debuted on Wednesday. The next two, about Princess Peach and Toad, will appear later in the week. Daugherty has already reimagined several other cultural classics in his film work. He wrote “Snow White and the Huntsman,” a revisionist take on the fairy tale, and has also contributed to upcoming films “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles,” based on the comic, »
- Lucas Shaw
Screenwriter Evan Daugherty has teamed up with Maker Studios’ Polaris to release “The Four Players,” a series of short films reimagining the characters from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. franchise, the company announced Thursday.
“The Four Players” includes “The Fixer,” which offers a new take on Mario, as well as “The Addict” (Luigi), “The Star” (Princess Peach), and “The Soldier” (Toad). “The Fixer” and “The Addict” will debut on Polaris beginning Thursday, while “The Star” and “The Soldier” can be viewed starting Friday.
As the scribe behind “Snow White and the Huntsman” and the upcoming “Divergent,” Evan Daugherty is no stranger to adaptations. Much like his treatment of the Snow White material, Daugherty’s versions of the Super Mario Bros. characters offer a darker, grittier perspective on the foursome.
“Making these short films gave me a chance to really ‘do my own thing,’ while having a little fun treating one »
- Allegra Tepper
Divergent scribe Evan Daugherty and online multichannel network Maker Studios have teamed up for a new spin on the Super Mario Bros. The Four Players, a series of four short films written and directed by Daugherty, is being released on Polaris, Maker's gaming and geek culture YouTube hub. Each short centers on a reimagined version of a character from Nintendo's popular Super Mario Bros. universe. The short films will feature "a grounded, dark and grittier" take on the characters, similar in vein to the Daugherty-penned film Snow White and the Huntsman. For example, The Addict shows a skinny, mustachioed "Lou" speaking
- Philiana Ng, Rebecca Sun
Evan Daugherty, the screenwriter behind Snow White And The Huntsman and the upcoming Divergent, has taken it upon himself to give the beloved characters from Super Mario Bros. the "gritty reboot" treatment with "The Four Players", four short films made in conjunction with online multichannel network Maker Studios. The first two have been released and can be seen below. The first, titled "The Fixer", focuses on Mario, while the second, "The Addict", »
- Eric Walkuski
Screenwriter Evan Daugherty ( Snow White and the Huntsman , upcoming Divergent & G.I. Joe 3 ) has teamed up with Maker Studios YouTube channel Polaris on "The Four Players," four short films that reimagine the characters from Nintendo's Super Mario Bros. games. The four videos include "The Fixer" (Mario), "The Addict" (Luigi), "The Star" (Princess Peach) and "The Soldier" (Toad). The first two can be watched below and "The Star" and "The Soldier" will be available tomorrow (Friday). »
The first teaser trailer for Summit’s upcoming Divergent landed over the summer, cementing the film’s status as a very promising potential franchise-starter for the studio.
Summit found great success with Now You See Me earlier in the year, and have already set a sequel in motion to begin production next year. And with Divergent adapting the first novel in a trilogy, they could well have another franchise on their hands here too.
Just a few months separate us from the film’s arrival on the big screen, and now the first full-length trailer has debuted online, along with the new theatrical poster.
Divergent is a thrilling action-adventure film set in a future where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, »
- Kenji Lloyd
This morning during a live chat with the cast of Divergent, Summit Entertainment released the full length theatrical trailer for the upcoming young adult book adaptation. Fortunately the newest trailer steps things up from the teaser, but it still feels like something is lacking. Come inside to check it out!
I've read Divergent. I enjoyed it for the most part, but the ending left a lot to be desired and felt like it was born more out of a need to wrap things up than anything that flowed naturally. As such, I've held off on finishing up the trilogy, but have been interested in seeing what the film will bring to the table. The first teaser wasn't that great. It seemed to want to highlight the most boring aspects of the book instead of the meatier parts. This brand new trailer steps things up a bit though:
I'm still not entirely sold. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
As we've been telling you all week, the first official trailer for Divergent makes its debut today, and of course we have it for you right here. We also have the full live stream with director Neil Burger in case you missed it. Check out the goods and let us know what you think.
Look for Divergent in theaters and IMAX nationwide beginning March 21, 2014.
The highly anticipated feature film adaptation of Divergent stars Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. The film also features Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tony Goldwyn, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. The futuristic action adventure based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller is directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty. »
- Debi Moore
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