‘Monster House’ Director Gil Kenan Will Helm ‘Poltergeist’ Remake

MGM has found a director for that Poltergeist remake that Sam Raimi is producing. It’s Monster House helmer, Gil Kenan.

The original Poltergeist, which starred Craig T. Nelson and Jobeth Williams, was directed by Tobe Hooper and released in 1982 with Steven Spielberg producing. The film told the story of a malevolent spectral force that tries to take daughter of a Californian family. It spawned two sequels, Poltergeist II: The Other Side in 1986 and Poltergeist III in 1988.

Besides Monster House, Kenan is also the director of 2008′s City of Ember, based on the Jeanne Duprau books.

Nathan Kahane and Roy Lee will also produce the remake.

Source: Deadline
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Poltergeist Remake to Be Directed by Gil Kenan

With news that Gil Kenan (Monster House) will be directing MGM's reboot of Poltergeist, you can finally put to rest the rumors of Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) sitting in the captain's chair.  Raimi will still be behind the scenes as a producer on the remake of Tobe Hooper's 1982 classic horror film.  Written by committee, the most recent adaptation has seen work by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful), Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Juliet Snowden (The Possession), Stiles White (Boogeyman) and Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose).  That's quite the mix of horror writers in there, with Lindsay-Abaire holding it down for the familial aspect of the story that centers on a suburban home possessed by spirits.  Hit the jump for more. Deadline reports that Kenan will indeed be directing the Poltergeist reboot, but few other details are available.  Kenan, best known for his Oscar-nominated feature Monster House,
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Gil Kenan Takes on Poltergeist

It was announced last spring that Sam Raimi had stepped aboard MGM's upcoming Poltergeist remake as producer. Today, Deadline reveals that the project has not only found a director, but a director with haunted house experience. Gil Kenan, the man behind 2006's animated Monster House , has signed on to helm. The original Poltergeist was directed by Tobe Hooper and released in 1982 with Steven Spielberg producing and told the story of a malevolent spectral force that tries to take daughter of a Californian family. It spawned two sequels, Poltergeist II: The Other Side in 1986 and Poltergeist III in 1988. Kenan is also the director of 2008's City of Ember , a live-action fantasy based on the series of novels by Jeanne Duprau. In addition to Raimi, Nathan Kahane and...
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Catherine Hardwicke In Talks to Direct ‘The Maze Runner’

Catherine Hardwicke In Talks to Direct ‘The Maze Runner’
Catherine Hardwicke has seemingly moved on from her early days as a director of arthouse films with a youth-oriented bent. (Thirteen, Lords of Dogtown) Now she's enmeshed in more mainstream films with a youth-oriented bent. To follow up Twilight, she is in post-production on Red Riding Hood, which Warner Bros. will release in February of next year. (Here's the trailer.) Now she's reportedly at the negotiating table for a deal to direct a film based on the James Dasher novel The Maze Runner, which is the opening chapter of a young-adult sci-fi series. The Playlist reports that the director's rep confirmed that she is in 'early negotiations' to direct the film, which is set up at Fox. James Dasher will write at least the first draft of the script -- always an interesting move having the author of a novel script the film. There's a balance between having all the
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City of Ember

C.S. Lewis once remarked, “If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.” In The City of Ember, a novel by Jeanne DuPrau, Lina Mayfleet is a young girl living in the titular post-apocalyptic city, which is built some unknown distance beneath the surface of the earth. Lina, like those for two hundred years before her, believes that the small city, powered by a generator that is beginning to fail, is all there is to the world. No one has ever seen, or even heard of, the sky or the sea...
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Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren't as Scary...

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Noisy Outlaws, Unfriendly Blobs, and Some Other Things That Aren't as Scary, Maybe, Depending on How You Feel About Lost Lands, Stray Cellphones, Creatures from the Sky, Parents Who Disappear in Peru, a Man Named Lars Farf, and One Other Story We Couldn't Quite Finish, So Maybe You Could Help Us Out

Edited by Ted Thompson with Eli Horowitz

Yes, you read that right -- The title of this book really is 52 words long. Much of the McSweeney's stable delights in the strange, and this collection of short stories takes it to the level of unconventional tall tale. Even the dust jacket is a little bit different. On the inside is the beginning of a short story by Lemony Snicket, and readers were invited to finish it, fold up the jacket, slap a couple stamps on it and send it in. The winner was picked some time in 2006, with their
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Review: 'City of Ember'

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Other than the Narnia movies, and more recently Inkheart, there really haven’t been many good fantasy films aimed at families. That’s why 20th Century-Fox’s City of Ember proved to be such a major disappointment.

The film opened last fall after an extensive marketing campaign aimed not at the families but at the fans who might have kids. The mainstream marketing was lackluster and may have resulted in the film earning just under $8 million at the box office and vanishing without a trace. Which also goes to explain the plain vanilla DVD release, now on sale.

Based on the book series by Jeanne Duprau, the film quickly introduces us to the concept of the underground city of Ember, constructed and populated in the case of global calamity. The elders who conceived of this audacious plan prepared a container with instructions on how to exit the city and set
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DVD Round Up, Jan. 27, 2009: ‘Moonlight,’ ‘College,’ ‘City of Ember’

Chicago – We apologize to the people behind these four titles but the star power is a little dim in this edition of’s DVD Round Up. When a canceled vampire series is arguably the biggest release in a four-pack of titles, it’s a weird edition of the Round Up. Prepare yourself.

Amusement,” “City of Ember,” “College,” and “Moonlight”. A straight-to-dvd horror movie, a TV series cancelled after one year, and two movies that barely opened in theaters and made a Combined $13 million in domestic gross. These titles are for specialized audiences but that’s why we love the Round Up. Enjoy.

Amusement,” “City of Ember,” and “Moonlight: The Complete Series” were released on January 20th, 2009. “College” was released on January 27th, 2009.


Photo credit: Warner Brothers “Amusement” is one of those movies that you pass at the video store and wonder, “What the heck is that?
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'City of Ember' Coming to DVD in January

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Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment announced a January 20 release date for City of Ember on DVD.

To save the human race, an underground city was built to last 200 years… now time is up and they must unlock the secret for their survival. For generations, the people of the City of Ember have thrived in an amazing underground world of flickering lights. Built as a refuge for humanity and powered by a massive generator, the city’s time is almost up and now Ember is falling into darkness as the generator fails. In a race against time, it’s up to two brave teenagers to unravel the mystery behind the city’s existence, maneuver around corrupt politicians and save the City of Ember.

“Imaginative, heartfelt and exciting” (St. Paul Pioneer Press), City of Ember is based on the 2003 best-selling novel, The City of Ember, by Jeanne Duprau.

The cast includes Tim Robbins (Best Supporting Actor,
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City of Ember DVD Details

City of Ember is coming to DVD Jan 20th and we have the early word on the DVD Specs. A heart-thumping, edge-of-your-seat adventure comes to light in this exhilarating family film based on the best-selling novel by Jeanne Duprau. For centuries, the residents of the underground City of Ember have flourished in an amazing world of glittering lights and quiet contentment. But when the City’s massive power generator begins to fail, the street lamps start to fade — along with the hopes and dreams of the townspeople. Now it’s up to two courageous teenagers to follo...
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Review: “City of Ember”

Seen on: October 11, 2008

The players: Director: Gil Kenan, Writer: Caroline Thompson, Cast: Bill Murray, Toby Jones, Saoirse Ronan, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau, Harry Treadaway

Facts of interest: Based on the book by Jeanne Duprau.

The plot: Two youngsters (Ronan and Treadaway) must save an entire underground city before the lights go out and darkness thrusts everyone into panic.

Our thoughts: While Gil Kenan’s “City of Ember” fails to qualify as an extraordinary family adventure, the film boasts enough energy and excitement to captivate younger audiences from start to finish. You can hate me for saying this, but this kind of films turns out to be more constructive than your average animated flick in which talking animals keep doing the same stuff over and over again.
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City of Ember - A Wonderfully Entertaining Adventure!

I want to take this moment today to talk about one of my new favorite movies. It's very rare that I find a children's movie, or even a PG movie, that isn't pointlessly fast-paced and annoyingly over-the-top. But today I discovered a movie that not only entertained me to the fullest extent, but was a PG-rated kids adventure movie. City of Ember is easily one of the best family adventure films I've seen in a few years that is as thoroughly entertaining as it is an immense achievement for director Gil Kenan. I'm utterly surprised that more people aren't heading out in droves this weekend to see this magnificent film! Based on Jeanne Duprau's book, City of Ember takes place in a subterranean city built to protect people from the chaos above and house a new generation of human beings. In 200 years time, they were supposed to emerge, but
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Flick Sparks Interest

'On the day the world ended," goes the open ing line of "City of Ember," the fate of man kind was carried in a small metal box." I'm interested.

For a kiddie adventure, the movie, based on the Jeanne DuPrau book, has a pleasingly moody, eerie quality: It all takes place in a wonderfully designed post-apocalyptic wasteland. Then there's that evocative title, casting a burnt aroma over everything.

We never find out why the world ended, but "City of Ember" begins where "Dr. Strangelove" left off: What if humanity was driven underground to start over? (Minus the
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City of Ember Review

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I've been a fan of Jeanne DuPrau's Ember book series for several years now, having found them to be a great blend of post-apocalyptic dreariness and steampunk tomfoolery, and all in a young adult book. Tom Hanks' Playtone production company must have thought so too, since they optioned The City of Ember and gave it to Gil Kenan (Monster House) to direct. I was able to see City of Ember at Fantastic Fest, and it's sadly not the Ember adaptation I'd been hoping for. <span id="more-5967" ...
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Movie Review - 'City of Ember'

City of Ember

Starring Harry Treadaway, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, and Tim Robbins

Directed by Gil Kenan

Rated PG

It's a tremendous concept, but I have a gut feeling they've started telling us the story in the wrong place. City of Ember is based on a children's book by Jeanne DuPrau about an underground civilization that is running out of time and options.

Ember was created by "The Builders," and though the characters in the story don't know how they got there exactly, we do; Earth was facing an apocalypse, so scientists created a city miles below the surface that was to survive for 200 years, after which time, its citizens could resurface and repopulate the planet.

To me, the front end of this story is the most fascinating part:  What was the apocalypse, how was Ember built, how did the people eke out existences in their first years underground? We only get it as prologue,
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City of Ember

City of Ember Directed by: Gil Kenan Cast: Harry Treadaway, Saoirse Ronan, Bill Murray, Tim Robbins, Martin Landau Time: 1 hr 35 mins Rating: PG Plot: The people of Ember have been in a wondrous underground city of years, but now it is starting to fall apart and it's city lights are beginning to flicker. It's up to two kids to try and figure out a way to solve the problem and find a way out of Ember. Based on the novel by Jeanne Duprau. Who’s It For? The whole family. I know I sound like a billboard, but this genuinely is a film that will keep both kids and parents interested. The violence is minimal, mainly coming from a giant mole, and even if your little one is afraid of the dark, this film won't traumatize them for life. Expectations: I am always hopeful that a kids/family movie will
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Review: City of Ember

One of the most gorgeous-looking films I've seen this year is City of Ember, the Fox/Walden adaptation of Jeanne Duprau's young-adult fantasy novel about a post-apocalyptic underground city. Although the story is aimed at younger audiences, it's still enjoyable for grown-ups. The movie should be viewed on as large a screen as you can find, giving you the sense that you're this close to the fascinating and decaying city where the story is set.

The movie's prologue lays out the premise clearly. In the future, something goes haywire that causes the end of the world, but fortunately top U.S. scientists have created an underground city to keep a portion of mankind safe. The inhabitants will not be told about the Earth's past, so they won't be traumatized and will assume that their underground city is the only civilization. A box with instructions for returning to the Earth's surface will open in 200 years,
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'City of Ember' Celebrates Its Premiere in New York

In anticipation of "City of Ember" theatrical release this coming Friday on October 10, Fox-Walden Media have presented moviegoers with the premiere of their latest adventure fantasy film. Held at AMC Loews 19th Street Theatre, New York City, on Tuesday, October 7, the special screening event was a star-studded extravaganza.

Rolling out the red carpet outside the theater, the evening event saw many of "Ember" cast ensemble, such as Harry Treadaway, Saorise Ronan, Bill Murray, Tim Robbins and Martin Landau. While Robbins who stars as Loris Harrow attended the premiere accompanied by his partner Susan Sarandon, Murray who portrays Ember's Mayor Cole, walked down the red carpet with yellow miner's helmet on his head and on his hand.

The stars were also joined by the flick's director Gil Kenan. Also attending the event were several other celebrity guests that include recording sisters/actresses Aly & Aj, "Horton Hears a Who!" voice actor Josh Flitter,
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Opening This Week: A Wong Kar-wai redux, more mumblecore and shaky-cam horror

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By Neil Pedley

With the fall season's heavy hitters already starting to make an appearance, this week's feast of indie offers some calm before the big studio storm. Enjoy it while it lasts.

"Ashes of Time Redux"

Celebrated Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai gathered together lost and damaged footage to painstakingly rework his only martial arts epic, first released in 1994, into a fresh, definitive edition (complete with an all new score from Yo-Yo Ma). With a blindingly colorful palette, Wong paints a looping, stylized portrait of an embittered agent Ouyang Feng (the late Leslie Cheung) who channels the unbearable pain of a broken heart into commissioning bounty hunters to commit acts of vengeance. Tony Leung Ka Fai, Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau and Jacky Cheung round out the still-impressive cast.

Opens in New York and Los Angeles.

"Body of Lies"

In terms of the global espionage thriller, orange is the new
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