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Fright Franchise ‘Five Nights At Freddy’s’ Blumhouse-Bound?
For months, there have been rumors that Warner Bros./New Line would put into turnaround Five Nights At Freddys, a thriller that is basically the tale of a night security guard terrorized by animatronic robots at a Chuck E Cheese-like restaurant called Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza. It had been developed at the studio with Gil Kenan once attached to direct, with David Katzenberg, Seth Grahame Smith and Roy Lee as producers. The studio pulled it back from turnaround a few months… »
‘Van Wilder’ Stokes Legal Battle 15 Years After Release
The producers who brought “Van Wilder” to the screen 15 years ago are now engaged in a legal fight over who owns the distribution rights to the film.
Myriad Pictures filed suit Wednesday in L.A. Superior Court, seeking a declaration that it will take full rights to the film on the 15th anniversary of its release on April 4.
According to the lawsuit, Myriad contends that its partner in the project, Tapestry Films, engaged in secret negotiations with the distributor, Lionsgate, to extend the distribution agreement beyond the 15-year term. Myriad asserts that under the agreement, Tapestry was receiving 80% of the proceeds to just 20% for Myriad, though Myriad put up the financing for the film.
“The participation split is extremely favorable to Tapestry,” the lawsuit argues.
According to Myriad, Tapestry sought to extend the agreement in order to maintain the favorable split. However, Myriad insists that the full distribution rights should »
- Gene Maddaus
‘Aquaman’ Concept Art Makes a Splash at CinemaCon
Consequently, the superhero film didn’t have a trailer to show exhibitors. That didn’t stop Momoa and director James Wan from debuting a video rich with production art that promised to take audiences to a dazzling underwater universe.
The mockups that Wan showed were arresting. They included drawings of an elaborate dogfight pitting warriors riding sharks and octopus-like creatures. There were also deep sea dragons, glittering palaces, and an image of Aquaman, trident in hand, riding a hammerhead shark.
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“Aquaman is an absolute bada–,” said Wan. »
- Brent Lang
CinemaCon: New Line Scares up ‘Annabelle: Creation’ as Sequel Title
The studio showed a promo Wednesday to show exhibitors the creepy trailers for “Annabelle: Creation,” directed David F. Sanberg and Stephen King’s “It,” directed by Andres Muschietti. The presentation included interviews with the directors along “The Conjuring” director James Wan — all who praised New Line for its willingness to explore horror stories outside the usual parameters of the genre, starting with “The Conjuring” in 2013.
The footage for “Annabelle: Creation” included a horrifying children’s tea party as a petrified, crucifix-holding Miranda Otto looks on as supernatural shaking ensues courtesy of the titular possessed doll. Then comes a loud spine crack from her posssessed daughter. The retitled film is staying on its Aug. 11 release date.
The “It” trailer, which debuted Wednesday, »
- Dave McNary
Academy Chooses to Stick with Accounting Firm Despite Envelopegate
The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has decided to continue working with PricewaterhouseCoopers in the wake of the massive Best Picture mix-up at last month’s Oscar telecast.
“Last night the Board of Governors met for the first time following what was, in so many ways, the most extraordinary and memorable Oscars ceremony in decades. As you may know, the Board meets approximately six times a year to discuss the business of the Academy,” Academy president Cheryl Boone Issacs said in an email to its members. “After a thorough review, including an extensive presentation of revised protocols and ambitious controls, »
- Ale Russian
Golden Globes: HFPA Announces Timetable for 75th Annual Awards
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has announced the timetable for next year’s Golden Globes.
Nominations will be unveiled on Monday, Dec. 11, 2017. The 75th annual Golden Globe Awards will be held on Sunday, Jan. 7, 2018.
Full timetable below.
Monday, July 10, 2017 — Submission Website for 2018 Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entries is now open
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 — Deadline for submission of Golden Globe Motion Picture and Television entry forms
Friday, November 24, 2017 — Deadline for nomination ballots to be mailed to all HFPA members by Ernst & Young
Monday, December 4, 2017 — Final screening date for Motion Pictures
Wednesday, December 6, 2017 — Final date for Motion Picture press conferences
Thursday, December 7, 2017 — Deadline for receipt of nomination ballots by Ernst & Young, at 8:00p.m.
Monday, December 11, 2017 — Announcement of »
- Kristopher Tapley
First Trailer For Colin Trevorrow’s ‘The Book Of Henry’ With ‘Room’ Star Jacob Tremblay
Colin Trevorrow looks to be establishing a career of zigging left, when most other filmmakers would zig right. After directing the blockbuster bonanza “Jurassic World” he easily could’ve taken the money and helmed any number of big money Hollywood movies, and there was probably no shortage of people trying to knock down his door. But instead, he decided to go back to the small size of films like his indie breakout “Safety Not Guaranteed” with “The Book Of Henry.”
“The choice was both creative and personal.
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Ghost in the Shell’ Early Buzz: A Visually Appealing, Often Familiar Piece of Science-Fiction
Ghost in the Shell may come up short on humanity, but the early reviews suggest director Rupert Sanders‘ live-action remake of Mamoru Oshii‘s 1995 manga adaptation is satisfying eye candy. Some reviews note that the film features another exceptional performance from Scarlett Johansson, although some of the movie’s critics write that the script holds her back a little. Sanders’ second feature may lack […]
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- Jack Giroux
Free Fire review – warehouse shootout is bang on target | Peter Bradshaw's film of the week
The restlessly inventive director Ben Wheatley gives us the crime-thriller equivalent of a violently atonal jazz suite lasting an hour and a half, like a Sam Peckinpah movie storyboarded by Ornette Coleman and Sun Ra. Gunshots here are as frequent, numerous and noisy as an avant garde drumroll. The film turns out to be plotless, formless, shapeless, McGuffinless, directionless and ruthless, but it is dazzlingly well put together, with some lethal zingers amid the gunfire and a droll use of John Denver on the soundtrack – alluding subtextually, I suspect, to the urban myth about Denver’s war service in Vietnam.
It’s supremely stylish and smart, and the melee becomes so disorientating that you forget, almost, that the whole thing is taking place in just the one place. »
- Peter Bradshaw
First Reactions To ‘The Fate Of The Furious’ Roll In, Vin Diesel & Dwayne Johnson Reportedly Still Beefing
Vin Diesel made his regular stop at CinemaCon this week, where he was front and center for Universal’s presentation and surprise screening (more on that in a second) of “The Fate Of The Furious.” One person who wasn’t by his side? Dwayne Johnson. Apparently, the buff duo are still beefing.
As you’ll recall, last summer, The Rock put his male co-stars on blast, writing on social media: “My female co-stars are always amazing and I love ’em.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Votd: What Do Martin Scorsese’s Movie Cameos Reveal About The Filmmaker?
Much like Alfred Hitchcock, director Martin Scorsese likes to make cameos in the movies he makes. They’re not always as overt as those that Hitchcock made, and there are probably some that weren’t even aware of, but they always have some kind of larger significance. Whether it’s revealing his own hand guiding his characters acting […]
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- Ethan Anderton
Udine Far East Festival selects 13 projects for genre market
Companies including Xyz, Wild Bunch and Media Asia are set to attend.Scroll down for list of projects
Projects from 13 countries will be presented at this year’s edition of Focus Asia, the co-production market held at Udine Far East Film Festival April 26-28.
More than 100 sales agents and financiers will gather for the event, including representatives of Xyz, Media Asia, M-Line, Showbox, Wild Bunch, Reel Suspects, and M-Appeal.
While last year’s inaugural edition of Focus Asia featured screenings and events built around finished projects, this year’s crop are all in the early stages of development.
The selection was curated from 72 submissions by a committee featuring representatives of the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival and the Nordisk Film & Fond’s Nordic Genre Boost.
The project teams are from countries including Japan, Indonesia, France, Sweden, Italy, Singapore and Laos.
The Udine Far »
- email@example.com (Tom Grater)
Iff Panama: ‘1977, The Treaty: Son of Tiger and Mule’ Explores how Panama Took Over its Canal
Buyers are circling around Annie Canavaggio’s upcoming Panama Canal docudrama “1977, The Treaty: Son of Tiger and Mule,” which will trace Panama’s contentious path towards recovering its sovereign rights to the Canal. Scoring best docu at the December round of Panama’s state fund awards, the docu will focus on the seven-year negotiations leading up the signing of the treaty by General Torrijos and President Carter, and its ratification afterwards.
Taking a page from Michael Winterbottom’s “The Road to Guantanamo,” Canavaggio aims to blur fact and fictional re-creation in her docudrama. “I hope to show more nuanced facets of the key players in this major event by combining reenactments with archival material,” said Canavaggio. “I want to show Torrijos as a human being, not just the hero he has been portrayed to be,” she said. “By merging my co-writer Vicente Ferraz’s investigative skills and my narrative flair, »
- Anna Marie de la Fuente
Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis’ Fashion Drama Sets Christmas Release Date
Get ready to spend the holidays with Paul Thomas Anderson and Daniel Day-Lewis. During Focus Features’ presentation at CinemaCon yesterday, in which they touted upcoming releases like “Atomic Blonde” and Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” the company announced that Anderson’s new film will be released on Christmas (via The Film Stage).
The release will most likely be a limited awards qualifying run, before the film opens nationwide in January. Warner Brothers used a similar strategy for “Inherent Vice” back in 2014, opening the film in select theaters in early December before a nationwide rollout January 9.
The release plan is the latest in a very slow-moving news cycle for Anderson and Day-Lewis’ first collaboration since their 2007 masterpiece “There Will Be Blood.” Focus has not even confirmed a title for the film, though rumor has it »
- Zack Sharf
Jordan Peele in Talks to Direct ‘Akira’ for Warner Bros.
Jordan Peele is the director of the moment, with his feature debut Get Out making waves critically and at the box office. And reportedly Warner Bros. has taken notice, courting the Key and Peele co-creator to direct the embattled live-action adaptation of Akira. The Tracking Board reports that Warner Bros. is “moving aggressively to lock in” Peele for […]
- Hoai-Tran Bui
‘Archer Dreamland’ Review: Season 8 Goes Full Film Noir in Big Gamble That’s Already Paying Off
[Editor’s Note: “Archer” Season 7 ended with a cliffhanger: Is Archer alive or dead? If you don’t know the answer (despite it being revealed at Comic-Con in July 2016), the following review contains spoilers relating to his physical state in Season 8.]
Dreams are a tricky storytelling device for any show, but for “Archer,” Adam Reed’s sneakily ambitious spy movie spoof, setting an entire season within his lead character’s dream is the creator’s riskiest gamble yet. Sure, he’s trafficked in “Vice” and gone Hollywood, but dreams are a different story. If the episodes lack suspense because the dream has no real-world consequences — or they simply don’t live up to past episodes — it would be seen as stalling, or worse yet, a waste of time.
But “Archer Dreamland” tells an engaging, exciting story with a similar style to past seasons and freshly invigorates its familiar cast of characters by repurposing each modern spy archetype to the film noir era. Without spoiling too much of the set-up, I’ll just say what was formally announced last July: Archer is still alive, but in a coma. The season takes place in his dream, »
- Ben Travers
Amazon open to smaller indie pitches in UK
SVoD service is keen for smaller UK TV indies to pitch ideas.
Amazon Prime Video is opening its doors to smaller UK indies and “boutique” producers as part of the next stage of growth.
The SVoD service is keen for fledgling producers and filmmakers to pitch projects to sit alongside ideas from high-end, Hollywood-backed firms.
Head of international originals Morgan Wandell told Screen’s sister publication Broadcast: “We are very open. Sometimes, the most original voices and distinctive filmmakers come from boutiques or the independent film world. We love that kind of talent.”
The series, commissioned by head of unscripted Conrad Riggs, tells the story of the gruelling 24-hour race, which was founded in 1923.
‘Torso’ Movie Lines Up Director Paul Greengrass
Paramount is hoping director Paul Greengrass and screenwriter Brian Helgeland – a terrific combo – can launch an Eliot Ness trilogy. The studio wants the Jason Bourne director and L.A. Confidential screenwriter to make another film about Ness, the man who led the Untouchables and helped bring down Al Capone. Greengrass’ film, titled Torso, is based on Brian Michael Bendis and […]
- Jack Giroux
Jordan Peele In The Mix To Direct Live-Action ‘Akira’
Warner Bros. continues to push the boulder up the hill of a live-action “Akira” remake, even if it seems the rock keeps rolling down the hill. The film was close to shooting in 2012, but the studio shut down production just before filming was going to start, and ever since the news about the project has come in fits and starts, but without anything gaining solid momentum. But it appears there’s a more concerted effort to make this movie happen.
- Kevin Jagernauth
Paramount looks to Disney model to recover after string of flops
Hollywood studio to make more family movies and rebrand TV channel after duds such as Ben-Hur and Star Trek Beyond
The $455m (£365m) loss, the worst in the 12 years Paramount Pictures had been run by Brad Grey, prompted parent Viacom to make a change at the top and pledge to bring the studio behind Titanic, Braveheart and The Godfather back to its former glory.
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- Mark Sweney
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