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Halloween Horror: Pete Hammond’s Top Three Fright Classics (Video)

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Saw is getting a major theatrical re-release in light of its 10th anniversary  and the fact that today is Halloween. It is one of the few pure horror titles, after last week’s Ouija and Annabelle  a couple of weeks ago, that is out there in theaters for the holiday. It seems Hollywood has really let horror fans down this year. Where’s all the new stuff , the potential new classics.  I’m disappointed, studios. This should be your bread and butter this time of year. And quite frankly I don’t care about seeing Saw, whatever the attributes of the original, because it spawned so many damn sequels it burned me out on the whole concept. I feel the same way about Michael Myers (Halloweens), Jason (Friday The 13ths)  and Freddy Krueger (Nightmare On Elm Street). These classic horror characters lost their mojo after the business just kept churning out sequel after sequel. »


- Pete Hammond

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John Carpenter Q&A: Why ‘Halloween’ Didn’t Need Sequels & What Scares The Master Of Horror

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John Carpenter keeps his office in a converted hillside Hollywood home, on a quiet tree-lined street evocative of the sleepy suburb Michael Myers terrorized in 1978’s Halloween. Inside, the walls are lined with memories marking Carpenter’s four decades in film: original prints, awards, figurines of Kurt Russell as Snake Plisskin and the Creature From The Black Lagoon movie Carpenter spent years trying to make at Universal, a sculpture commemorating the prankster goosings on the set of his Big Trouble In Little China. Carpenter, 67, chain smokes as we revisit the films that made his career — starting with Halloween, a film originally titled The Babysitter Murders that the hungry young director took after making his debut with 1974 sci-fier Dark Star and honing his chops with 1976’s Assault On Precinct 13.

Carpenter speaks candidly of his successes and failures, and of the health issues that required emergency eye surgery in recent years »


- Jen Yamato

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Oscars: 134 Pics Vie For Best Feature Documentary

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has released its list of 134 film vying for the Best Feature Documentary Oscar at the 87th Annual Academy Awards in February. A number of the nonfic hopefuls have yet to get their required Los Angeles and New York qualifying releases. Those that don’t will be cut from the contention. A shortlist of 15 films will be announced in December. Oscar noms will be revealed January 15, and ABC will broadcast Hollywood’s Big Night live on February 22 from the Dolby Theatre.

Here are the docu feature submissions:

Afternoon of a Faun: Tanaquil Le Clercq

Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

Algorithms

Alive Inside

All You Need Is Love

Altina

America: Imagine the World without Her

American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

Anita

Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Art and Craft

Awake: The Life of Yogananda

The Barefoot Artist

The Battered Bastards of Baseball »


- The Deadline Team

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‘Midnight Rider': New Photos Show Crew On Train Tracks Before Sarah Jones Death

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Never-before-seen photos show the last known images of Midnight Rider camera assistant Sarah Jones on the Georgia set where she lost her life in February. In one, Jones (in green) is seen slating a shot with actor William Hurt lying in the hospital bed that later was laid across train tracks and struck, leaving Jones dead and several others injured. Another shows the crew with equipment on the south end of the Doctortown train trestle moments after a train has passed. Jones also is seen walking along train tracks with Hurt and actor Wyatt Russell, who were set to play Gregg and Duane Allman, respectively. The photos were obtained by ABC News, which is dedicating tonight’s episode of 20/20 to the Midnight Rider tragedy, new details of which came to light this week in a Deadline exclusive report detailing the discoveries of Osha’s federal investigation. The episode airs 10 tonight. »


- Jen Yamato

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‘Riddick’s David Twohy To Direct Relativity Sci-Fier ‘Replay’

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Exclusive: Riddick helmer David Twohy has been tapped to direct time-travel pic Replay at Relativity, I’m hearing. This is the previously untitled sci-fi script that the studio snapped up in July from screenwriter Joe Gazzam, who sold action-thriller Shadow Run to Sony and is scripting the Cliffhanger remake for Neal Moritz and StudioCanal. Story tracks Tyler Vaughn, a test subject in a quantum experiment who’s sent four days into the future, only to discover his son has been killed and he’s been fingered for the murder. When the day ends, he’s pulled back one day prior and realizes he must solve the mystery of his son’s death as he jumps backward, one day at a time, to stop it from happening on the day of the initial experiment.

Twohy’s at home playing in the sci-fi sandbox and is coming off of 2013’s Riddick, the »


- Jen Yamato

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Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ Gets Wide Release; ‘Interstellar’ Lifts Off 2 Days Early

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Paramount has shifted Chris Rock’s Toronto smash Top Five to a wide release on December 12, instead of a previously scheduled limited bow a week earlier. And Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar will open in limited release on November 5, expanding wide two days later on November 7. The sci-fi Matthew McConaughey starrer will face off  that weekend against Disney’s animated Big Hero 6, Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything and horror pic Jessabelle, among others. Top Five will face Exodus: Gods And Kings and Inherent Vice on December 12.

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- The Deadline Team

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‘Nightcrawler’ Spooks Up $515k In Thursday Sneaks: Box Office Update

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Updated Friday 9:23 a.m.: Nightcrawler crept to a half-million head start in the weekend box office. The Jake Gyllenhaal thriller collected $515k in screenings that began at 7 p.m. in some markets. It’s nowhere near the Thursday haul of Dracula Untold, which sucked up $1.3 million earlier this month. But for an $8.5 million pic, the opening is solid-if-unspectacular.

The question is whether Gyllenhaal will continue to establish himself as a solid lead in dark thrillers. He’s anchored Zodiac and End of Watch to solid debuts, and exits suggest audiences are reacting to this one they way they did last year’s excellent Gyllenhaal kidnap film Prisoners, which debuted to $20.8 million last year. But that movie had the added star power of Hugh Jackman.

The Halloween weekend won’t offer much of a social media push for Dan Gilroy’s first feature film. RelishMix said R-rated flick has »


- Scott Bowles

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor Find ‘The Real Thing’ Elusive In Broadway Debuts

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Update October 31: Adds Barb Jungr’s show at end.

Tom Stoppard’s 1982 dazzler gets the matinee-comedy treatment from director-of-the-moment Sam Gold in a revival that leaves its attractive stars, both in their Broadway bows, deeply in the lurch. Glib and weirdly chilly for a literate comedy-drama about love, commitment, the sanctity of words and the enduring perfection of “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” the Roundabout Theatre Company production is as full of ideas as the play itself –- all of them wrong.

Gold’s first bad idea is to launch every scene with a sing-a-long involving most of the characters in this tale of two brittle marriages blown up when the wife in A+B and the husband in C+D fall in love. So the memorable opening scene, in which a man confronts his wife with what he believes is proof of her infidelity, comes only after that dopey chorus, »


- Jeremy Gerard

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Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana: ‘Special Correspondents’

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Ricky Gervais has set Eric Bana to help him bring that Golden Globes cynicism to a movie about journalism. They’ll star in Special Correspondents, a satirical comedy that Gervais wrote and will direct next spring. Bana will play a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of Manhattan. Pic’s a co-production between Bron Studios and Unanimous Entertainment in association with Creative Wealth Media Finance and they’ll sell at Afm. Unanimous’ Chris Coen, Bron’s Aaron L. Gilbert, and Manuel Munz will produce. Creative Wealth’s Jason Cloth and Larry Sanisky are executive producers. Wme Global’s selling domestic; Protagonist is dealing international.

Bana will do it after wrapping The Finest Hours at Disney. While »


- Mike Fleming Jr

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Blood List Names ‘Bird Box’ Best 2014 Genre Script; Adds Pilots, Books

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This year’s Blood List has named the 13 best genre scripts around town, and in its sixth year the annual screenplay contest is expanding its scope to include hot books, TV pilots, and young scribes ripe for signing. Taking top honors in 2014 is sci-fi thriller Bird Box from The Thing and Final Destination 5 scribe Eric Heisserer, an apocalyptic tale of a woman trying to lead her children to safety – all three blindfolded – after monsters descend on earth that turn people insane on sight. Universal set Heisserer to adapt the manuscript from Josh Malerman in 2013 for Mama helmer Andy Muschietti. Previous Blood List alumni include Black Swan, Stoker, Warm Bodies, and the upcoming Blumhouse thriller The Boy Next Door.

Like the Black List naming the top unproduced screenplays circulating around Hollywood, the genre-focused Blood List taps exec votes to determine each year’s best unmade horror, sci-fi, and thriller scripts. »


- Jen Yamato

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Judi Dench’s Harvey Weinstein Bum Tattoo Among Tales Shared At Britannia Awards

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Hollywood got a touch of British class on Thursday night as Robert Downey Jr., Mike Leigh, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mark Ruffalo, Emma Watson and Dame Judi Dench  all were honored at the 2014 Britannia Awards. The event held at the Beverly Hilton was a lively affair put on annually by BAFTA-la. Hosted in fine style for the second year by British comedian/actor Rob Brydon (My Trip To Italy) who welcomed the crowd by claiming he was really Renee Zellweger, the awards show also served to be a nice stop early in the Oscar/BAFTA season for potential contenders like honorees Robert Downey Jr. (The Judge),  Mark Ruffalo (Foxcatcher), and director Mike Leigh (Mr. Turner). If you’re in the race, it never hurts to turn up at these things already looking like a winner and getting to make an acceptance speech. And though they didn’t sport any winners of this »


- Pete Hammond

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Wild Bunch Opens Window On Pan-European Digital Distribution: Afm

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After world premiering Abel Ferrara’s sex scandal pic Welcome To New York in an unconventional way at the Cannes Film Festival last May, French powerhouse Wild Bunch is launching Europe’s first “e-distribution” company. The aim is to acquire four to five titles during the upcoming Afm which will be released via different VOD services throughout Europe, or — laws permitting — simultaneously on VOD and a small number of screens. Contrary to Netflix, which entered several European markets in mid-September — and recently said it would exclusively stream both St Vincent and The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby with no theatrical window in France — Wild Bunch films won’t be limited to one platform. Instead, co-founder Vincent Maraval tells me they will be available via such providers as iTunes as well as Canal Plus’ VOD service and Netflix where available. The idea is to capitalize on the films’ marketing campaigns which will »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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Sony Posts Wider Q2 Loss, Beats Estimates On Strong PlayStation4 Sales

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Sony came out ahead of analyst estimates with a smaller-than-expected second quarter loss thanks primarily to increased demand for its PlayStation4 game console. However, overall losses widened to 136B yen ($1.2B) from 19.6B yen in the comparable period in 2013 as the mobile phone unit bled $1.58B. Sales and operating revenue were up overall by 7.2% compared to the same period last year at $17.4B. The games and network services segment recorded an 83.2% bump in sales and revenue to $2.8B which Sony attributed to both PS4 hardware and software demand. The company upped its operating profit forecast in the division by 10B yen ($89.7M) to 35B yen ($314M).

In the movie unit, sales increased 2.4% on the same time frame last year to $1.64B. However, that was a 3% drop on a constant currency U.S. dollar basis which the entertainment and electronics giant said was primarily due to a decrease in theatrical revenues. »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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Daniel Radcliffe ‘Horns’ In On Specialty Box Office: Preview

30 October 2014 9:18 PM, PDT

Just in time for Halloween, Daniel Radcliffe gets some special powers and couple of appendages growing from his temples in Radius’ Horns, which will be this week’s biggest rollout among specialty newcomers. The title received a warm welcome at a Cinema Society event attended by its stars this week in New York. This week’s newbies are dominated by nonfiction fare, though with some exceptions. Kino Lorber is opening French/Swiss maestro Jean-Luc Godard’s Goodbye To Language following a successful festival run. It has been critically acclaimed, and the company is expecting it to be a box office winner too. The 2014 Best Documentary winners from South by Southwest and Tribeca are going head-to-head in their theatrical debuts. Radius’ The Great Invisible (SXSW) opened in limited release Wednesday in an exclusively theatrical rollout, and The Orchard is bowing Point And Shoot (Tribeca) in a single NYC run. Submarine Deluxe »


- Brian Brooks

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Robin Williams’ Final Film ‘Boulevard’ Afm-Bound; Pair Join Catherine Zeta-Jones’ ‘Godmother'; More

30 October 2014 5:31 PM, PDT

Robin Williams’ final feature film, Dito Montiel’s domestic drama Boulevard, has been picked up for international distribution by Inception Film Partners and will be sold during the American Film Market next month in Santa Monica. Kathy Baker, Bob Odenkirk and Roberto Aguire co-star in the pic, which stars Williams as a lonely married man who begins to confront the emptiness that permeates his life. Williams officially joined the project in January 2013. Douglas Soesbe penned the script. Camellia Entertainment produced. “Robin Williams’ performance as a man in a heartbreaking struggle to find his place in the world is both heroic and poignant and Boulevard is an extraordinary coda to an indelible performer’s life,” said Inception partner Andy Reimer. He and Jim Harvey negotiated the deal on behalf of Inception, with Preferred Content and Wme on behalf of the filmmakers. Preferred Content and Wme are handling North American rights.

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- Jen Yamato

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Starz Plunders ‘Northmen: A Viking Saga’ For Domestic Theaters & Pay TV

30 October 2014 4:14 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Starz has locked up North American rights to the action-adventure pic about a gang of Viking marauders marooned in a hostile land. The deal for Northmen: A Viking Saga covers all platforms in the U.S. and Canada including theatrical, followed by an exclusive premium cable run on Starz networks. Tom Hopper, Ryan Kwanten, Ken Duken, Charlie Murphy, James Norton, Ed Skrein, Anatole Taubman and Johan Hegg star in the pic, which sees the Northmen shipwrecked off the coast of Scotland. They must journey to the safety of the Viking stronghold Danelag — with the Wolf Pack, the king’s ruthless mercenaries, hot on their trail. Bastian Zach and Matthias Bauer wrote Northmen, which was produced by Ralph S. Dietrich. The Salt Company worked the acquisition deal on behalf of Ascot Elite Entertainment Group. A sizzle reel for director Claudio Fäh’s film drew attention at this year’s European Film Market in Berlin. »


- The Deadline Team

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A Hollywood Horror Story Unfolds In ‘Starry Eyes': Trailer

30 October 2014 1:00 PM, PDT

Newcomer Alexandra Essoe is audaciously animalistic as a fame-hungry actress who makes a deal with the devil — a Hollywood producer, naturally — in Starry Eyes, the stylish dark thriller from writer-directors Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer. After Deadline posted the first Starry Eyes teaser ahead of its SXSW Midnighters premiere, Kolsch and Widmyer snagged distribution with Mpi. Since then, the film has racked up raves from genre and festival press and hits iTunes, VOD and a limited theatrical release on November 14. Get a glimpse at the darkly comic Hollywood horror story in the new Starry Eyes trailer above.

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- The Deadline Team

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Open Road Goes Global With FilmNation Partnership – Afm

30 October 2014 11:57 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Open Road Films is expanding into the international sales and distribution business after inking a strategic partnership with Glen Basner’s FilmNation Entertainment.

The deal, announced today by Open Road CEO Tom Ortenberg and FilmNation CEO Basner, will allow Open Road to acquire worldwide rights on selected feature projects, with Film Nation selling and servicing international. The move will allow Open Road to offer filmmakers equity and bank financing for productions. The company will also continue to acquire films for U.S. distribution. The pact also gives the well-respected Basner a domestic base to his burgeoning international business.

The companies will be operating together next month at the American Film Market, meeting with buyers, producers and filmmakers. Details of the first projects to emanate from the new partnership are expected in the coming weeks.

“As Open Road Films grows, expanding our domestic footprint to international sales was a natural progression, »


- Ali Jaafar

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‘Midnight Rider': Open Road & Gregg Allman Dropped From Civil Suit

30 October 2014 11:11 AM, PDT

The family of Sarah Jones said today that it has reached an agreement with Midnight Rider distributor Open Road Films and producers Gregg Allman and Michael Lehman to be dropped from their civil lawsuit over the death of the camera assistant on the set of the Allman biopic.

The news comes after lawyers for Open Road told a Georgia judge on Tuesday during a motions hearing that it was close to an agreement with Jones’ family. The hearing was continued to November 13.

“This [suit] is about the production and Open Road is a distributor — we only deal with things once the film is made, there is no reason for us to be here,” Open Road lawyer Marvin Putnam said following Tuesday’s hearing in Savannah. “And I think that is what the recordings and the papers will reflect.”

Said Jones family attorney Jeff Harris today in a release: “This firm was »


- The Deadline Team

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Trick Or Treat? ‘Tales Of Halloween’ Horror Anthology Taps Neil Marshall, Darren Bousman & More – Afm

30 October 2014 11:10 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Now that horror hits V/H/S and The ABCs Of Death have shown that the omnibus film can live again, a new anthology is assembling with the likes of Neil Marshall (The Descent) and Darren Bousman (Saw II, III and IV) behind the camera. Epic Pictures Group has come aboard to finance and produce Tales Of Halloween, which will collect ten segments from eleven directors into one interconnected series of stories, all set in a sleepy American suburb terrorized by ghouls, aliens, and killers one Halloween night.

Tapped to helm segments alongside Marshall and Bousman are Joe Begos (Almost Human), Axelle Carolyn (Soulmate), Adam Gierasch (Night Of The Demons), Andrew Kasch (Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy) and John Skipp (Stay At Home Dad), Mike Mendez (Big Ass Spider!), Dave Parker (The Hills Run Red), Ryan Schifrin (Abominable), and Paul Solet (Grace). Carolyn conceived of the project »


- Jen Yamato

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