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Watch: Zombie Children Terrorize Elijah Wood and Alison Pill in New ‘Cooties’ Trailer
The unlikeliest of duos is teaming up to give us "Cooties," a horror-comedy from the minds of Leigh Whannell (co-creator of "Saw" and "Insidious") and Ian Brennan (co-creator of "Glee"). The movie plays with the seemingly infantile myth of cooties and makes it a reality, rendering it the most deadly of infections that even adults should be afraid of. It all begins with just one bad nugget from the school cafeteria, and ends with a zombie epidemic that only children can contract. Soon, the teachers are tasked with taking on the little zombies, and must band together to fight them off. Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill and Elijah Wood star as the teachers, along with a supporting cast including Jack McBrayer, Leigh Whannel, Nasim Pedrad, Ian Brennan and Jorgé Garcia. "Cooties" hits VOD and opens in limited release on September 18. Read More: Sundance Review: Elijah Wood Vehicle 'Cooties' Is »
- Sarah Choi
'The Avengers,' 'Iron Man,' 'The Walking Dead' And 'Lost' Writers Hired For Paramount's 'Transformers' Universe Movies
As you already know, Paramount is embarking on expanding their "Transformers" franchise into a shared universe of movies, with Akiva Goldsman ("Jonah Hex," "Batman & Robin," and "Batman Forever") tasked with overseeing and hiring the brain trust of scribes to bring this all to life. And the intentions are made very clear by the names have been signed up to further the adventures of Autobots and Decepticons. Deadline reports that Robert Kirkman ("The Walking Dead"), Art Marcum & Matt Holloway ("Iron Man," "Punisher: War Zone"), Zak Penn ("X2," "Elektra," "The Incredible Hulk," "The Avengers") and Jeff Pinkner ("Lost," "The Amazing Spider-Man 2") are being inked as the initial quartet of writers for Transformers-verse, with more to come. And their credits say it all, with Goldsman and Paramount clearly not messing around, with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
'Weekend' And '45 Years' Director Andrew Haigh To Helm 'Lean On Pete'
Andrew Haigh can't seem to step wrong these days. His breakout feature "Weekend" was pretty much acclaimed by everyone, he leveraged that into the HBO series "Looking," and he's now basking in the glow of his latest film "45 Years," which earned rave notices out of the Berlin International Film Festival in February (read our review). And the filmmaker's sensitive touch with characterization and emotion will be pushed into a new direction for his next film which is now gearing up. Screen Daily reports that Haigh will write and direct an adaptation of Willy Vlautin's novel "Lean On Pete." It tells the story of a homeless fifteen-year old who befriends an aging racehorse, and sets out to find his only known relative. Here's the book synopsis: Told from the perspective of fifteen-year-old Charley Thompson, Lean on Pete is the story of a boy left to fend for himself by his wayward single father. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Anne Hathaway's 'Godzilla' Meets 'Lost In Translation' Movie 'Colossal' Sued For Referencing Gareth Edwards' 'Godzilla'
Irony is a dish best served with a lawsuit. Voltage Pictures, who have made headlines for their aggressive tactics in suing those who have downloaded their movies illegally, have now been hit with legal actions themselves for ripping off a legendary movie franchise. A couple weeks back it was reported that Anne Hathaway would be starring in "Colossal," the latest film from Nacho Vigalondo ("Timecrimes," "Open Windows," "Extraterrestrial"), which was described as a "Lost In Translation" meets "Godzilla" tale about a New York woman who has just lost her job and her fiancé and heads to Japan upon hearing news of a giant lizard laying waste to Tokyo. It's that latter detail that has "Godzilla" rights owners Toho Co. hot and bothered. They have filed a suit against Voltage for using images from last year's Gareth Edwards' directed Hollywood version of "Godzilla" to try and drum up »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Youth Review | Cannes 2015
There was some cheering, but also some jeering. The notorious Cannes crowd had mixed feelings about Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth. Like fellow Cannes contender Matteo Garrone (Tale of Tales), Sorrentini paints vivid tableaux, sometimes surreal. And while the story sometimes gets lost in these aesthetics, its array of colorful characters is what brings the film to life. A luxurious Swiss resort nestled in the emerald foothills of the Alps is the perfect retreat for retrospection, reflection and ultimately rebirth. Michael Caine is commanding as Fred Ballinger, or Maestro, a retired composer-conductor who refuses to play his famous "Simple Songs" for Queen Elizabeth II, despite the persistence of Her Majesty’s emissary. His days are spent in friendly banter with his best friend Mick Boyle (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker, who is there with his team of young writers to finish the screenplay to his "testament movie," which will star his »
- Talia Soghomonian
Cohen Media Group Acquires Cannes Opening Night Film ‘Standing Tall’- Cannes
Cohen Media Group has acquired all U.S. rights to Cannes opener Standing Tall, written and directed by Emmanuelle Bercot. The film was only the second helmed by a woman to open the fest after Diane Kurys in 1987 with A Man In Love. Cohen Media Group, which also acquired Turkish Directors Fortnight drama Mustang, is planning an early 2016 release for the film, a social justice drama. It follows a volatile and violent teen delinquent, (Rod Paradot in a breakout turn)… »
Cannes Review: Takashi Miike Buys License For Next Five Duds With Transcendently Batshit 'Yakuza Apocalypse'
It is a Tuesday afternoon and Takashi Miike is in a blue funk due to not having made a film in over a week. He stares out glumly at the Japanese scene of Japan outside which probably features Mt Fuji, sweet bean paste and/or cherry blossom trees. Screenwriter Yoshitaka Yamaguchi sits and doodles on a pad. Beneath the window, two five year olds play a game of make-believe. Snatches of their conversation float up to the pensive Miike. "...and he's, like Raaahr!" "...and then the vampire's all zhhhhhum, zhhhhum!" "...and then the Frog Monster comes back to life except now it gives you the Death Stare, and you can't move and..." The men exchange glances. Yamaguchi starts to transcribe, slowly at first and then more feverishly as vampires meet gangsters, assassins dressed as tourists team up with Van Helsings dressed like Flemish painters, suicidal teenagers confront hospital patients and »
- Jessica Kiang
The Most Ambitious Movie At This Year's Cannes Film Festival is 'Arabian Nights'
Read More: 2015 Indiewire Cannes Bible The latest film from acclaimed Portuguese auteur Miguel Gomes ("Our Beloved Month of August," "Tabu") is his most ambitious work by far. Divided into three feature-length "volumes" — "The Restless One," "The Desolate One," and The Enchanted One" — "Arabian Nights" is a six-hour epic consisting of interwoven stories. Taking its namesake from the famous ancient collection of folktales, the film makes it clear early on that this is not an adaptation despite being inspired by the book's structure, in which the beautiful Scheherazade (played here by Crista Alfaiate) tells a fantastical tale every evening for 1001 nights to distract the tyrannical king from killing her. If the movie's cumbersome running time appears intimidating, its episodic nature makes it easily digestible, and here at the Cannes Film Festival it has been presented on three separate days — a fine way to experience »
- Adam Cook
Elijah Wood and Alison Pill fight infected school kids in Cooties trailer
The comedy horror follows a group of teachers who find themselves under siege in their school when a food virus turns the children into monsters.
The teachers have to go to extreme lengths to avoid the cooties outbreak, which leaves the kids with zombie-like symptoms.
Cooties will be released on September 18 in select cinemas and on demand. »
Cannes: Opening Night Film ‘Standing Tall’ Bought by Cohen Media
The French-language film follows Paradot’s character as he navigates the criminal justice system, aided by a child court judge (Deneuve) and a youth counselor, played by Benoit Magimel (“The Connection”).
Peter Debruge gave the film a positive review for Variety, calling it “an earnest homage to the unflagging dedication Gallic social workers put into ensuring that no child gets left behind.”
Cohen said, “’Standing Tall’ is a film of great depth, »
- Dave McNary
Why swapping heroes for heroines is a Top Dollar idea
There’s something terrifying, not to mention disquieting, about a really good lady villain. Maybe it’s the sheer rarity of genuine head honcho bad-girl types on the big screen, but the decision to gender swap the nefarious Top Dollar in upcoming comic book reboot The Crow already looks like a stroke of genius.
It might, of course, just be the fact that an actor of the quality of Andrea Riseborough is in talks for the role, seemingly cast against type in a hugely intriguing proposition. I suspect hardcore fans of the 1994 original view it through somewhat rose-tinted glasses, but there’s no denying that Michael Wincott was one of the best things about the movie as the ruthless ruler of a ruined Detroit. »
- Ben Child
Valley of Love review: peaks and troughs as Depardieu and Huppert feel the heat
Guillaume Nicloux’s Valley of Love is a starry two-hander with a very contrived high-concept premise which, perhaps inevitably, leads us precisely nowhere. Nicloux appears to have developed his project by taking his actors and the fascinating Death Valley setting as a starting point, hoping that an ending would materialise.
It has not been much liked here in Cannes, but I found it partly redeemed by watchable turns from Gérard Depardieu and Isabelle Huppert. They have not appeared on screen together since Maurice Pialat’s Loulou in 1980, and Depardieu in particular gives a sweetly tender and understated performance, his best for some years. (The movie is, incidentally, produced by Sylvie Pialat, Maurice’s widow.)
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- Peter Bradshaw
Watch: Keanu Reeves' Sexy Secret Turns Into A Nightmare In New Trailer For Eli Roth's 'Knock Knock'
Last fall, someone killed Keanu Reeves' dog in "John Wick," and the result was a lethal path of vengeance marked by a bullet-riddled pile of bodies. But for the actor's next genre outing, he won't have a special set of skills and a cache of weapons to rely on. He'll just have to hope to outsmart two sexy, dangerous girls in Eli Roth's "Knock Knock," and a brand new trailer is here. Premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, the movie co-stars Lorenza Izzo, Ana De Armas, Aaron Burns, Ignacia Allamand and Colleen Camp, and follows a successful man whose Father's Day romp with two women who aren't his wife, turns into a nightmare when it turns out they want much, much more. We didn't get a chance to check out the movie in Park City, but with some international dates coming up, hopefully U.S. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Rock Officiated A Fan's Wedding During The San Andreas Junket Because He's Awesome
Dwayne Johnson has proven himself as quite the renaissance man. He earned a gigantic fan following thanks to his endlessly charismatic energy as a professional wrestler, but has since taken that same energy and harnessed it to become one of the biggest movie stars in the world. This past weekend, however, Johnson threw on a third hat, as he actually wound up officiating a wedding during the San Andreas press day in Los Angeles. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it was comedian Nick Mundy who found himself both at the center of a bit and getting hitched on Saturday. Johnson, who is described as Mundy's childhood idol, both walked the comedian down the aisle and guided him through the process of engaging in holy matrimony with his fiancee, animator Dilara Karabas. You can actually watch the bit play out in the video below: As you may have guessed, this is »
amfAR Raises €30M At Glittery Cannes Gala; Harvey Weinstein Salutes France
An estimated €30 million ($33.4 million) was raised at the 22nd annual amfAR Cinema Against Aids Gala in Cannes on Thursday night, an event that again proved to be the most glamorous and star-studded of the festival. The lavish auction is always the highlight of this dinner, and it didn’t disappoint, led by the €12 million for Jeff Koon’s Coloring Book. Russian billionaire Leonard Blavatnik was the winning bidder, just as he was for last year’s big item. It was expected… »
Knock Knock: Keanu Reeves Gets Tortured By Sexy Psychopaths in New Trailer
Lionsgate has released a new trailer for Eli Roth's latest horror flick, Knock Knock. The film stars Keanu Reeves as a nice family man whose life is turned upside down when two gorgeous young women, played by Lorenza Izzo and Ana De Armas, come knocking at his door asking for help. Once inside, the ladies put their twisted seduction into motion and things dark in no time. Roth has a tendency to go overboard with his films, sometimes in a fun way (Cabin Fever) and sometimes in a downright awful way (The Green Inferno). I like this trailer, and it looks like Roth might finally be showing a little restraint. Based off Peter Traynor's 1977 exploitation film Death Game, Knock Knock looks like good old fashioned fucked up fun. The trailer certainly teases a lot of depraved shenanigans, but seemingly more of the mental torture variety, which is a »
- Haleigh Foutch
Brad Pitt Will Return In World War Z 2, Get The Details
Earlier this year it was teased by writer Steven Knight that the upcoming World War Z 2 would potentially not start up right at the end of the first movie, leaving some to question whether or not Brad Pitt would be returning to star in the sequel in addition to serving as a producer. Well, if new reports can be believed, it looks like we will be seeing the return of Gerry Lane in part two. In a report from Variety about World War Z 2 landing a release date, it's noted that Brad Pitt will return to play the starring role in the upcoming blockbuster. It hasn't yet been confirmed what the new movie will be about - especially since the last narrative kind of wrapped everything up in a bow - but we can expect that director J.A. Bayona (The Impossible) is planning to deliver some big time »
Paramount’s World War Z Sequel Gets a Summer 2017 Release Date
Paramount Pictures has announced the released date for the follow up to the 2013 apocalypse thriller World War Z, which starred Brad Pitt as a family man recruited to prevent the zombie apocalypse. Per Variety, World War Z 2 is set to arrive in theaters June 9th, 2017 with Pitt returning in the starring role. Despite some early bad word-of-mouth, the first film soared to $540 million worldwide, marking the biggest opening weekend of Pitt's career. Juan Antonia Bayona (The Orphanage, The Impossible) is set to direct the sequel from a script by Steven Knight (Locke, Eastern Promises). No plot details are known at this time, but earlier this year Knight commented that they're approaching the film with a "clean slate". [caption id="attachment_261305" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Paramount Pictures[/caption] The first film wasn't as terrible as early word predicted, but it wasn't great either (see: mountain of zombies). However, as a huge fan of the »
- Haleigh Foutch
5 Tomorrowland Easter Eggs To Keep An Eye Out For
With Brad Bird and Damon Lindelof both serving as the masterminds behind Tomorrowland, it was inevitable that the final cut of the film would wind up being jam packed with Easter Eggs. After all, both of the filmmaker.s resumes are filled with titles that feature tiny little references to either their own past or things that they are fans of. With the film hitting theaters this weekend, I can now tell you that the movie does indeed have a number of fun little goodies specially planted for eagle eyed fans. Collecting both my own observations, as well as fantastic details revealed to me in one-on-one interviews I did with both Bird and Lindlof, below you.ll find a list of five Easter Eggs to be on to be on the look-out for in Tomorrowland. And be sure to hit the last page as well to learn about the Easter »
Brad Pitt’s ‘World War Z’ Sequel Set for June 9, 2017
Variety reported a year ago that the studio had hired Steven Knight to write the sequel, which is co-financed by Skydance. J.A. Bayona (“The Impossible”) will direct the zombie tentpole with Brad Pitt returning in the starring role.
The sequel is the second title dated for June 9, 2017. Fox has also set “Fantastic Four 2″ for the same date.
- Dave McNary
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