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How can you tell if you’re having a pretty good year as a filmmaker? As a general rule of thumb, if you have to take a break from developing a highly anticipated TV show based on a classic film for a major network so that you can direct a movie you co-wrote and for which there is currently a bidding war underway, then you’re probably at a better-than-average point in your career. Coincidentally, that’s pretty much exactly what’s happening with Rupert Wyatt right now. The 43-year-old British writer-director has been keeping himself pretty busy lately working on a horror series for Fox based on William Friedkin’s 1973 blockbuster The Exorcist. Unfortunately, that project is now butting heads with another, more personal project.
Captive State is a sci-film based on an original screenplay Wyatt has been working on with his wife, Erica Beeney (The Battle Of ...
- Dennis DiClaudio
A couple of weeks ago, I spent a few days immersed in Netflix’s new original series, Stranger Things. As someone who grew up in the 1980s and ‘90s, the show proved a wonderful exercise in nostalgia; a delightful amalgam of the wide-eyed Spielbergian ingenuousness and nightmarescapes of Stephen King that so informed my youth. From the moment the opening credits began I was hooked and a large part of this had to do with the show’s opening theme music. Composed by Kyle Dixon and Michael Stein, members of the Austin-based electronic outfit Survive, the show’s theme immediately brings us into the curious world of Stranger Things. Analog synthesizer motifs creep in and out of the mix, pulsating ominously, intoning dread. A percussive heartbeat simmers underneath, propelling us forward into awaiting disaster and, paradoxically, backward to another time and place. When combined with the show’s titles—its »
Hot Toys has unveiled a batch of promotional images for its 1/6th scale Finn (First Order Stormtrooper version) collectible figure from Star Wars: The Force Awakens; take a look here…
Originally trained since birth to serve the First Order as a Stormtrooper, Fn-2187 was deeply affected by the death of his squad mate and the innocent villagers during the attack of Tuanul on the desert planet Jakku. The skirmish has awakened his conscience and drove him down a different path, one that proved both heroic and dangerous and picking up a new name – Finn.
The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of John Boyega in the film featuring a newly painted head sculpt, a sleek First Order Stormtrooper armor with weather effects and helmet with the iconic blood mark, blaster rifle and blaster pistol, and a hexagonal figure stand with the First Order’s emblem.
- Amie Cranswick
I have never been a fan of The Exorcist. My Catholic parents always warned me about it and that it was the scariest movie ever. Probably at some inappropriately young age, I finally saw it and didn’t think much of it. To this day, I still find the demonic dubbing extremely distracting and takes me way out of the movie. Plus, I don’t understand how a little girl who refuses to leave her room can make for a terrifying feature. A couple years ago, I even attended a late night screening hosted by Linda Blair herself and ended up falling asleep. I did read the novel recently and found it absolutely scary and, while the movie sticks pretty close to the source material, the atmosphere just doesn’t translate well for me. I’ve seen plenty of movies since exploring various exorcism scenarios, but never found them to be scary. »
“The Exorcist” TV series that Fox will unveil this fall takes place in the same universe occupied by the iconic William Friedkin film, producers said at the Television Critics Association panel for the show.
The drama, which premieres Sept. 23, takes place in Chicago, 40 years after the events depicted in the film. There will be nods to the original, including occasional use of the Mike Oldfield composition “Tubular Bells” — though the TV “Exorcist” won’t be able to use it too often, because it’s a not a cheap song to license, according to executive producer and director Rupert Wyatt.
“We never set out to use it,” Wyatt said. But eventually, after a bit of prodding, the producers “tried it at the end of the [pilot] cut, and we realized that it worked.”
“If you can earn something through the story,” then it should go in, he said. “It was always our intent not to just plaster it on »
- Maureen Ryan
That creepy theme music from “The Exorcist” is memorable, but it might also be a seldom-heard presence in Fox’s new reboot of the horror classic starring Geena Davis. Filmgoers will recognize the minimalist piano music from “Tubular Bells,” the 1973 album from English musician Mike Oldfield. Director William Friedkin used a brief excerpt that became forever linked to the cult horror movie about the demonic possession of a 12-year-old girl. But it turns out that Fox doesn’t have an unlimited budget for musical homage. Also Read: What's at Stake for Networks Gearing Up for the New Fall TV Season? »
- Scott Collins
Despite Warner Bros' The Exorcist franchise racking up close to $590M at the global box office, the only title in the series that really ever worked on a mass level was William Friedkin's 1973 original, which with re-releases racked up 75% of the series' entire B.O. The sequels never clicked. Now Wbtv is making a go with a TV version of the classic demonic-possession film on Fox in the fall. Series EPs Jeremy Slater and Rupert Wyatt spoke at TCA today about the big shoes… »
"Fonts that are big and bold are more powerful..." It's always great to see behind-the-scenes people profiled in meaningful ways. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been making outstanding videos called Originals focusing on various filmmaking stories and profiling many of the remarkable people who create the movies we love. This one is about titled designer Dan Perri, who created the title design for Star Wars as well as Taxi Driver and Close Encounters of the Third Kind and so many other films. I love his explanation for Scorsese's After Hours, how his design actually builds up your heart rate so you're then ready to watch the film. Another stellar reminder that every single aspect of a film is important. Enjoy. Description from YouTube: "Title designer Dan Perri explains how he designed movie titles for films such as Star Wars, The Exorcist, and Raging Bull." Dan Perri »
- Alex Billington
In Review Online has launched a series on Sion Sono, posting one review of a feature every day this month. The Hollywood Reporter's Kim Masters explains what went wrong with David Ayer's Suicide Squad. Ira Sachs is talking to just about everyone about Little Men. Tilda Swinton's annotated a list of her ten favorite books. Little White Lies asks legendary title designer Dan Perri about working on Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Star Wars, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and The Exorcist. The 54th New York Film Festival (September 30 through October 16) will close with the world premiere of James Gray's The Lost City of Z. And we've got more news and views in today's roundup. » - David Hudson »
Designed as a continuation of the original film adaptation of William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist, Fox’s TV series The Exorcist takes the mythos in a bold new direction, while honoring the original film, directed by William Friedkin. In this interview, conducted at San Diego Comic Con, Academy Award-winning star Geena Davis discusses her role in the series, while executive producer Jeremy Slater dishes on the fact that the series is most definitely not a reboot or a remake.
Geena, you’ve done some horror movies in the past; I consider Beetlejuice a horror movie, and of course there’s Cronenberg’s The Fly. Those movies have lasted the test of time. Now you’re in The Exorcist, so there’s been a long gap of no horror for you. »
- Amie Cranswick
When many think of the opening of a film, it’s the score, the opening image, that initial moment. But sometimes the unsung hero of a film’s memorable beginning is the title design, the specific font and kerning, how it enters the image, how it draws the eye, and what it says about the story it is introducing.
A new video by The Academy titled Title Design: The Making of Movie Titles delves into openings of films with title designer Dan Perri, who talks about gems such as Raging Bull and Star Wars. “I fell in love with letter when I was about 12 years old,” Perri recalls, who has since worked on a vast amount of title designs — including Days of Heaven, Raising Arizona, and The Exorcist, not to mention Nashville, Taxi Driver, and All the President’s Men.
See the full video below.
- Mike Mazzanti
Over the weekend at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con, Daily Dead had the chance to speak with several cast members as well as the writer for Fox’s upcoming new series The Exorcist. Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrera, and Jeremy Slater all dished on what’s to come once the series premieres in September, and they also discussed the pressures of taking on such an iconic name as The Exorcist.
Geena, you’ve done some horror movies and now you’ve returned to the genre for The Exorcist. How does it feel for you to be back in the genre?
Geena Davis: I love it. I love horror. I love to watch horror movies and to be in them, too, is something I’ll always love. Just hearing the title of this series when they called and said they wanted to talk to me about doing it, I was like, »
- Heather Wixson
Forgive me and the rest of the planet for being skeptical of Fox's upcoming Exorcist TV series, but when you reboot the most iconic horror film of all time, there's bound to be a little blowback. Then again, maybe we're looking at this thing all wrong? Here's creator Jeremy Slater, who claims the show isn't a remake/reboot at all but a "continuation" of the original film, which I guess is supposed to make us feel better. "If you watch the pilot, you'll see that we have some...homages to some of the famous moments," said Slater during Comic-Con press rounds for the forthcoming non-reboot. "If you watch the pilot, you'll see there's a scene where they reference the original exorcisms in Georgetown [the setting of the film]. That's our way of letting fans know that the story you love isn't being written out of existence. This is a new story with new characters that »
- Chris Eggertsen
Ryan Lambie Jul 26, 2016
They cost millions and they’re very, very odd. We take a look at 12 expensive and eccentric Hollywood films from the past 40 years...
The risk-averse nature of filmmaking means that the world’s more maverick and outrageous writers and directors have to make do with relatively low budgets. Nicolas Winding Refn drenched the screen in all kinds of sordid, violent and startling imagery in such films as Only God Forgives and this year’s The Neon Demon, but the combined budget of those probably didn’t even match the catering budget for something like Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice.
Every so often, though, a truly bonkers film slips through the Hollywood studio system - often by accident. From horror sequels to original sci-fi adventures, here are 12 incredibly expensive and gloriously eccentric Hollywood movies from the past 40 years.
The Exorcist II (1977)
Budget: $14 million
Like most films made for purely financial reasons, »
Lethal Weapon isn't the only classic film that Fox is rebooting as a TV series this fall: At Comic-Con, the network unveiled their latest trailer for The Exorcist, based on the 1973 groundbreaking horror film.
Like its source material, the film pits a priest against a demon that possesses a teenage girl. While the series is inspired by author William Peter Blatty's original novel, the TV show features all-new characters, including Alfonso Herrera as the naïve young priest tasked with exorcising the demons, Ben Daniels as a veteran exorcist and »
Widely considered to be one of, if not the scariest films ever released, Fox is poised to pump fresh blood into a genre classic with its TV reboot of The Exorcist. And with all eyes in the industry directed at San Diego Comic-Con, the network has now conjured the show’s twisted, bloodcurdling first trailer.
After finding success through Netflix’s Sense8, Alfonso Herrera will be the one confronting pure evil as Father Tomas Ortega. Held up as the “new face of the Catholic Church,” Ortega is considered a progressive, ambitious and compassionate soul, but he’s about to go up a force not from this world. There’s also a nod to the famous scene of Linda Blair’s belligerent young girl included in the trailer above.
Whether or not you condone the practice of lending old properties the serialized treatment, repackaging Hollywood feature films and dragging them onto »
- Michael Briers
Ever since William Friedkin scared the world with “The Exorcist” in 1973, he’s set a bar so high for films about demonic possession that even decades later, very few movies manage to get close. The sequels to his film couldn’t get there, and countless exorcism pics are often more insipid than inspired. But can a […]
The post Possession Takes Hold In First Trailer For ‘The Exorcist’ TV Series appeared first on The Playlist. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Assessing the Legacy of Ken Russell’s Masterpiece 45 Years Later.
Ken Russell’s The Devils (1971) holds the distinct honor of simultaneously being the most controversial and the most banned film of all time. It is a film lauded by film critics as a masterpiece, one that routinely tops Must See and Best Film lists, and yet it is still largely unavailable on DVD and has never been released without the interference of heavy handed studio censorship and edits. It is a film that critics encourage viewers to watch via an illegal stream, simply because it must be seen. So what is it about The Devils that makes it so beloved by everyone but the studio holding the key to its release?
- Jamie Righetti
Being a big fan of horror movies in general, I understand that to fully enjoy them there has to be a suspension of disbelief. Most of the times with the genre this isn’t a problem, but what if the horror movie you are watching comes with those dreaded words attached “Based on a True Story”. The cynic in me tells me that pretty much all the story will be bullshit, with only a modicum of truth. Most of the times this doesn’t bother me, but how far can the true story be changed and stretched before it becomes a bare faced lie. My favourite film of all time is still William Friedkin’s The Exorcist (1973). Although I am pretty much an atheist, the films atmosphere,...
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Hot Toys has unveiled a batch of promotional images for its latest 1/6th scale Star Wars: The Force Awakens figure, featuring Daisy Ridley’s Rey in her Resistance Outfit from the final scene of the movie; check them out here…
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The highly-accurate collectible figure is specially crafted based on the image of Daisy Ridley as Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens featuring the highly detailed head sculpt, meticulously tailored outfit as seen in the final scenes of the film, Rey’s signature staff, a blaster pistol, Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber hilt, and a hexagonal figure stand with the Resistance’s emblem.
Star Wars: The Force Awakens sees J.J. Abrams directing returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2), Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) and Tim Rose (Admiral Ackbar), in addition to Adam Driver »
- Amie Cranswick
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