7 items from 2015
'The Lazarus Effect' box office: Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass horror movie arrives comatose (photo: Olivia Wilde in 'The Lazarus Effect') (See previous post: "'Focus': Will Smith Has One of Worst Opening Weekends of His Career.") Despite recent news that human head transplants are a mere two years away, the Mark Duplass-Olivia Wilde horror movie The Lazarus Effect – about bringing the dead back to life (as if world overpopulation weren't already a problem) – grossed $10.6 million from 2,666 U.S. and Canada venues on opening weekend, Feb. 27-March 1, 2015, according to studio estimates found at Box Office Mojo. The Relativity Studios-distributed low-budget horror flick had earned an estimated $3.8 million on opening-day Friday, including $350,000 from Thursday night screenings. Last week, box-office prognosticators had been expecting an opening between $12-$14 million. That was adjusted downward to $10 million or whereabouts after the film's disappointing Friday debut. Some, in fact, »
- Zac Gille
Plot: A team of medical researchers invent a serum (which they dub Lazarus) that is capable of bringing dead patients back to life. When one of the doctors . Zoe (Olivia Wilde) suffers a deadly accident, they use the serum to bring her back, and while successful, they soon discover that their colleague has changed since visiting the other side. Review: Does anyone think that premise sounds familiar? If you.ve seen Joel Schumacher.s stylish (and gloriously silly) Flatliners then no doubt »
- Chris Bumbray
Appropriately enough for a horror-thriller about raising the dead, “The Lazarus Effect” has spent the past few years sitting on a shelf, developing quite a stench in the process. Completed back in 2013 and originally set for release via Lionsgate, the low-budget pic subsequently landed at Relativity, which just last year teamed with producing shingle Blumhouse to distribute the imaginative and unsettling “Oculus.” No such luck this time around, as “Lazarus” shamelessly steals from superior genre efforts and lacks any distinguishing traits beyond a wildly overqualified cast. Still, even a modest opening weekend will ensure a profit before toxic word of mouth kills this stinker for good.
As a follow-up to the heralded foodie documentary “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” this is certainly an odd selection for director David Gelb; at the very least, it’s the strangest doc-to-horror left turn since Joe Berlinger’s “Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2.” But as with that notorious disappointment, »
- Geoff Berkshire
Exclusive: Rick Bieber is currently in production on demonic love story The Other in Los Angeles. Cary Elwes and The Godfather‘s Alex Rocco are among the new cast just joining the pic that stars Dominic Sherwood (Take Down) as a young man tormented by the possibility of descending into the depths of insanity, or worse, becoming the target of an actual demonization. Also boarding are Alex Carter (CSI), Andrew Caldwell (Transformers), Dash Williams (The Remains), Chloe Noelle (True Blood), and Riley Lio (Teachers). Previously announced cast includes Jill Hennessy, Drea de Matteo, Charlbi Dean and Sinclaire Schaefer.
Bieber is directing from his own screenplay. His executive producer credits include the 1990s hits Flatliners, Made In America and Radio Flyer. He recently wrote, directed and produced inspirational sports pic The 5th Quarter starring Aidan Quinn, Andie McDowell and Ryan Merriman.
Highland Film Group is handling international sales with Gersh’s Jay Cohen repping domestic. »
- Nancy Tartaglione
Directed by: Ang Lee
Ang Lee has gone in about eight different directions in terms of genre. His resume includes “The Ice Storm,” “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” Hulk,” “Brokeback Mountain,” “Life of Pi,” and this delightful Jane Austen adaptation, starring Emma Thompson, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman, and young Kate Winslet. “Sense and Sensibility” took home the Oscar for Adapted Screenplay for the story of the Dashwood family, a mother widowed and left in difficult circumstances after her husband has left his fortune to his first wife, instead of his current one. So Mrs. Dashwood (Gemma Jones) and her daughters Fanny, Marianne, and Elinor (Harriet Walter, Winslet, Thompson) have to find a way to survive in a world ruled by men and the rules that seem to create obstacle after obstacle for them. Unfortunately, given the era, they are viewed as “unmarryable,” since they have no fortune and no prospects. »
- Joshua Gaul
Relativity Studios has released the new terrifying trailer and poster for their upcoming horror movie, The Lazarus Effect.
Sounds like the 1990 film Flatliners that starred Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Julia Roberts. “Four Medical students experiment on “near death” experiences that involve past tragedies until the dark consequences begin to jeopardize their lives.”
Brought to you by Blumhouse Productions, evil (and scares) will rise in theaters on February 27th when The Lazarus Effect opens nationwide.
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- Michelle McCue
Writer-director-producer Rick Bieber and financier Ken Clark have partnered to form Minds I Cinema, an indie film production company that has already set up its first project: demonic love story The Other, which Bieber wrote and will direct. Dominic Sherwood, Jill Hennessy, Drea de Matteo, Charlbi Dean and Sinclaire Schaefer have been set to star, and shooting begins this month in La.
Highland Film Group has come aboard to handle international sales, with Gersh repping the domestic sale.
The project is the first in Minds I’s plan to fund and produce two films a year, and the company has several developed and completed screenplays with more projects to be announced.
“It’s our hope that the new company will produce very commercial films with evocative story lines and strong and well developed characters, regardless of genre,” Bieber said. “We’re anxious to create an appealing new home for talented »
- Patrick Hipes
7 items from 2015
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