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Universal Veers From Superhero Trend for a Monster Plan

21 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

While most studios in Hollywood are betting on superheroes to save the box office, Universal Pictures is doubling down on creature features.

This month, the studio acquired rights to Anne Rice’s “The Vampire Chronicles” book series. In July, it announced plans to create a Marvel-like cinematic universe around Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man and the Creature From the Black Lagoon. At the same time, the studio inked an eyebrow-raising 10-year, first-look deal with microbudget horror producer Jason Blum, whose Blumhouse Films is behind the profitable “Paranormal Activity,” “Sinister,” “Insidious” and “The Purge” franchises. Last summer, the studio lured Legendary Entertainment into the fold, and now the production firm is co-financing U’s “Jurassic World” and “Dracula Untold,” and has its own upcoming thrillers, including “As Above, So Below” and King Kong tentpole “Skull Island,” which Universal will release.

As Disney, Fox, Sony and Warner Bros. plant flags »

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'Spartacus: The Complete Series' Blu-ray Featurette | Exclusive

20 August 2014 1:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Spartacus composer Joseph LoDuca explains how the hit Starz series is a "composer's dream" in our exclusive featurette for Spartacus: The Complete Series, which will debut on Blu-ray and DVD September 16 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The musician reveals that Spartacus is one of the few television shows to use a full orchestra to compose the score, while highlighting the themes he came up with for characters like the "rock star" Gannicus (Dustin Clare), battle scenes and much more in our exclusive featurette.

Spartacus: The Complete Series is the classic tale of Spartacus, the Republic's most infamous rebel who comes alive in the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Then comes Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, the prequel that explores a deadly history before the arrival of Spartacus, and the death he now carries with him. The second season, Spartacus: Vengeance, continues to follow Spartacus as he is faced with »

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'Spartacus: The Complete Series' Blu-ray Featurette | Exclusive

20 August 2014 1:28 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Spartacus composer Joseph LoDuca explains how the hit Starz series is a "composer's dream" in our exclusive featurette for Spartacus: The Complete Series, which will debut on Blu-ray and DVD September 16 from Anchor Bay Entertainment.

The musician reveals that Spartacus is one of the few television shows to use a full orchestra to compose the score, while highlighting the themes he came up with for characters like the "rock star" Gannicus (Dustin Clare), battle scenes and much more in our exclusive featurette.

Spartacus: The Complete Series is the classic tale of Spartacus, the Republic's most infamous rebel who comes alive in the first season of Spartacus: Blood and Sand. Then comes Spartacus: Gods of the Arena, the prequel that explores a deadly history before the arrival of Spartacus, and the death he now carries with him. The second season, Spartacus: Vengeance, continues to follow Spartacus as he is faced with »

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FX Confirm Second Season for The Strain

20 August 2014 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Guillermo del Toro ('Pacific Rim') and Carlton Cuse's ('Lost') hip new horror series 'The Strain' has certainly made its mark during its first season. Not only has it just scored a 13-episode second season thanks to FX but Fox Home Entertainment will also unloading the first season onto both DVD and Blu-ray on 2 December. It became the networks most-watched series premiere in its history and has been received much praise ever since. Its currently airing on Sundays at 10:00pm Et/Pt with 7 episodes still to run. The second season is scheduled to premiere sometime during the Summer of 2015. The show stars Corey Stoll ('House of Cards'), Sean Astin ('Cabin Fever 3'), Kevin Durand ('Lost'), Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde ('The Mummy'), Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez and Mia Maestro. »

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Summer Movies Flashback 1999: 'South Park' surprise and scathing 'Star Wars' reactions

7 August 2014 4:25 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Our continuing look back at some of the biggest summers we've lived through takes us back 15 years to one of the best recent movie seasons overall. In honor of the 2014 summer movie season, Team HitFix will be delivering a mini-series of articles flashing back to key summers from years past. There will be one each month, diving into the marquee events of the era, their impact on the writer and their implications on today's multiplex culture. We continue today with a look back at the summer of 1999. It was the summer I became Moriarty. To be fair, I had been contributing to Ain't It Cool for a little while already by that point, and I had been slowly but surely embracing the potential of the website and the audience that I was reaching. I had already taken a few trips to Austin, including a memorable stay at the third Quentin Tarantino Film Festival, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Make a Date With The Mummy

31 July 2014 4:42 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Just a day after announcing that Alex Kurtzman is now at the helm of The Mummy, we have a release date to share with you cats. Look for the latest reboot to unwrap in theatres on June 24, 2016.

Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct Universal’s reboot of The Mummy. Kurtzman, who with former writing partner Robert Orci wrote some of the biggest franchise players in the last decade, is already producing the movie with Chris Morgan.

Kurtzman and Morgan are weaving together a cinematic universe for Universal based on its movie monsters properties, and The Mummy is due to be one of the first one out of the gate, setting the tone and stage for the rest of the universe.

Plot details are still under wraps, but it was previously indicated that the new Mummy is set in the present and is not a horror play but rather an action-adventure tentpole with horror elements. »

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New Release Date Announced for The Mummy Reboot

31 July 2014 3:42 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Yesterday we reported that The Mummy reboot was finally starting to emerge from its cinematic tomb with a new director, Alex Kurtzman, announced at the helm. Originally slated to come out in theaters on April 22nd, 2016, Universal Pictures has already revealed a new release date for the upcoming Mummy movie that will have fans waiting just a bit longer to see this monster in action.

Deadline reveals that The Mummy reboot will now hit cinemas on June 26th, 2016. Since the release has only been delayed by about two months, there shouldn’t be any major holdbacks in production.

The reason for the move comes from another big Universal property that filled in the abandoned April 22nd slot: The Huntsman, the prequel to 2012′s Snow White and the Huntsman that will be directed by Frank Darabont (showrunner on Season 1 of The Walking Dead, director of The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption »

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Uni dates The Huntsman

31 July 2014 3:08 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The Snow White And The Huntsman spin-off stars Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron has shunted The Mummy into a summer 2016 slot.

The Huntsman will open on April 22 2016 and explores how the eponymous character and Ravenna first met before the events of Snow White And The Huntsman. Frank Darabont will direct.

In a related move, Universal Pictures executives said they had moved The Mummy from April 22 2016 to June 24 2016.

Alex Kurtzman directs and produces with Roberto Orci, Chris Morgan and Sean Daniel.

Jon Spaihts of Prometheus fame wrote the screenplay and Bobby Cohen is the executive producer. »

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Universal to release 'The Huntsman' in 2016, pushes back 'The Mummy'

31 July 2014 2:52 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

So much happened before Snow White dropped in.

Universal Pictures announced the release date for The Huntsman, a prequel of sorts to 2012’s Snow White and the Huntsman with Chris Hemsworth and Charlize Theron reprising their roles of the Huntsman Eric and evil queen Ravenna. The film, directed by Frank Darabont, will be released on Friday, April 22, 2016 and reveal how the two characters interacted before Snow White ever met a dwarf.

The Huntsman takes the date previously occupied by The Mummy, which will now be pushed back two months to Friday, June 24, 2016. The reboot of the action-adventure films written by »

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Alex Kurtzman To Direct The Mummy Reboot

31 July 2014 12:06 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Universal Pictures have kept their Mummy perfectly preserved for decades now, with not even an encounter with Brendan Fraser able to fully put it down. And he’s usually enough to kill any franchise dead. Now the classic movie monster is set to rise from its crypt once again thanks to writer/producer Alex Kurtzman – best known for his screenwriting work with former partner Robert Orci – who is now set to direct the film, too, making it his second time in the chair following underwhelming 2012 indie drama People Like Us. Which probably won’t have much in common with The Mummy.

Kurtzman is reportedly in final negotiations with Universal to helm the film he was already producing with Chris Morgan, part of an ongoing initiative to resurrect all of the classic Universal Monsters: not just toilet paper-wrapped Imhotep but also the Creature From The Black Lagoon, Dracula and Frankenstein’s Monster, »

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Alex Kurtzman to direct The Mummy reboot

31 July 2014 12:26 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Alex Kurtzman, screenwriter of Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-Man 2, is in final contract talks with Universal to direct the new Mummy reboot, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The writer, who has penned some very big blockbusters over the past few years with former partner Roberto Orci , is already on board the reboot as a producer along with Chris Morgan. Kurtzman and Morgan have been entrusted with creating a shared cinematic universe for all of Universal’s big monster movie characters, and it looks like The Mummy will be first one to be seen, with a release date already set for April 2016.

Plot details are being kept under wraps, but THR reports that the new film is set in the present and is more action-adventure with horror elements than out-and-out horror. It will also feature new characters and not rehash previous incarnations, with directors Stephen Sommers (G.I. Joe »

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Alex Kurtzman To Exhume ‘The Mummy’

30 July 2014 9:44 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Prolific writer, producer and director Alex Kurtzman is to helm Universal’s forthcoming reboot of The Mummy. Previously involved on the production side, and courted by the studio to help resurrect their monstrous back catalogue, Kurtzman inherits the role from Len Wiseman (Underworld) and Mama’s Andy Muschietti, both of whom left the project over creative differences. Kurtzman is perhaps seen as a safe pair of hands. Until recently he was half of a successful movie partnership with Roberto Orci, scribbling out instalments of Transformers, Star Trek and The Amazing Spider-man (though the duo will continue to collaborate on TV). Currently he is overseeing Matador, an action series about a soccer player who works for the CIA.

The new version of the classic tale will see the action relocated to the present day. Is there room at the box office for a horny ancient being looking to exact vengeance on humanity? »

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‘The Mummy’ Reboot Gets Alex Kurtzman as Director

30 July 2014 6:29 PM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

In the days leading up to the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con, Sony/Columbia announced that their Amazing Spider-Man franchise spinoff Sinister Six will see a 2016 release, pushing The Amazing Spider-Man 3 back to 2018. This all came on the heels of mooted Venom director Alex Kurtzman’s vague answers on the state of that film and TASM3.

Kurtzman was clear on his main priority, however: developing the possible shared-universe reboot of Universal Studios’ classic line-up of movie monsters, starting with The Mummy. Now, The Wrap reports that Alex Kurtzman will be directing the film, with the intention of getting the supernatural horror flick in theaters by Spring 2016.

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Director Found for The Mummy Reboot

30 July 2014 5:25 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The Mummy reboot has been clawing at the walls of its cinematic tomb since 2012, when producers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci signed a production deal with Universal Pictures. After going through two directors and collecting dust, the movie is finally finding its way into the light, as a new director for the film has been announced, one who is already deeply invested in the project.

According to THR, Universal has looked to Alex Kurtzman to helm The Mummy reboot, which is set for an April 22nd, 2016 release. Kurtzman is already a producer on the project and has been a major contributor along with fellow producer Chris Morgan in planning out an interconnected cinematic environment with Universal’s classic monsters. Kurtzman and his writing collaborator Roberto Orci have worked on the script penned by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). Universal’s decision to hire Kurtzman to helm The Mummy reboot (Kurtzman has directed one prior feature film, »

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The Mummy to be directed by Alex Kurtzman

30 July 2014 4:56 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Universal Studios has enlisted Alex Kurtzman to direct The Mummy.

The film will be the first reboot in a planned monster movie franchise revival by the studio.

It was announced weeks ago that Kurtzman and Chris Morgan would be working on the franchise together, Deadline reports.

Universal previously released The Mummy, starring Brendan Fraser, back in 1999.

The film also starred Rachel Weisz and John Hannah.

Universal is also expected to reboot such classic monster films like Frankenstein, Dracula, Bride of Frankenstein and The Invisible Man.

Kurtzman is best known for his work on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and Star Trek. »

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Alex Kurtzman to Direct The Mummy Reboot for Universal

30 July 2014 4:16 PM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

It was recently revealed that Universal had decided to take advantage of their library of classic movie monsters (which includes the likes of Frankenstein, Dracula, The Wolf Man, Creature Of The Black Lagoon, and The Mummy) by hiring Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan to expand and unify a world featuring these characters.

Well, it has been confirmed tonight that Kurtzman will direct The Mummy for the studio in preparation for a release date of April 22nd, 2016. It’s set to be the first instalment in a new wave of monster movies, so there will be a lot of pressure on the writer to make this a success and set the tone moving forwards.

The original trilogy was helmed by Steve Sommers and starred Brendan Fraser and Rachel Weisz. The franchise grossed north of $1.2 billion, but it’s been a struggle to get this reboot going as both Len Wiseman (Total Recall »

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Alex Kurtzman Ready to Wrap Up The Mummy

30 July 2014 4:07 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

First it was Len Wiseman who left Universal's proposed reboot of The Mummy. Then it was Mama director Andres Muschietti who flew the Eqyptian coop. Now, producer Alex Kurtzman is throwing caution to the wind and directing the flick himself.

THR reports that Kurtzman is in final negotiations to direct Universal’s reboot of The Mummy. Kurtzman, who with former writing partner Robert Orci wrote some of the biggest franchise players in the last decade, is already producing the movie with Chris Morgan.

Kurtzman and Morgan are weaving together a cinematic universe for Universal based on its movie monsters properties, and The Mummy is due to be the first one out of the gate, having a release date of April 22, 2016. The movie is important as it will set the tone and stage for the rest of the universe.

Plot details are being kept under wraps (*ahem*), but it’s understood »

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Universal Unwraps Alex Kurtzman As New ‘Mummy’ Man

30 July 2014 3:52 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Two weeks after Deadline revealed that Universal Pictures was putting its classic movie monster franchises in the hands of Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, the studio is setting Kurtzman to direct the resuscitation of The Mummy franchise. The studio tapped that duo to come up with a creative game plan and maybe take on some of these monster classics, and clearly The Mummy was the first one to go in production, so this is not a startling development. Universal has been trying to reopen the sarcophagus on this one for a while. The original trilogy, hatched by helmer Steve Sommers […] »

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Alex Kurtzman Set To Direct Universal's New Mummy

30 July 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

He’s already partnering with Fast & Furious writer Chris Morgan to oversee the development of the studio’s new breed of monster movies, but Alex Kurtzman is looking to get involved with The Mummy in a much closer fashion – he’s in the final stages of hammering out a deal to direct it.Universal’s attempt to resurrect what it hopes will be an evergreen franchise has seen some frustration of late, with different script drafts from the likes of Jon Spaihts and Kurtzman himself, working with former producing partner Roberto Orci. And the beast has grabbed then discarded at least two other potential directors in Len Wiseman and Mama's Andy Muschietti.The new take on the Egyptian creature will be closer in tone to Stephen Sommers’ two entries – less a direct horror piece than a rip-roaring action adventure, albeit set in the present day. “Over the course of developing The Mummy, »

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Cosplay: Jenny Poussin As 'Baroness' From G.I. Joe

20 July 2014 5:44 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Baroness - G.I. Joe Cosplayer: Jenny Poussin * Photographer: Sergio Rico Click Here - More Images G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra - Paramount Pictures and Hasbro, whose previous collaboration was the worldwide blockbuster “Transformers,” join forces with Spyglass Entertainment for another extraordinary action-adventure “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” From the Egyptian desert to deep below the polar ice caps, the elite G.I. Joe team uses the latest in next-generation spy and military equipment to fight the corrupt arms dealer Destro and the growing threat of the mysterious Cobra organization to prevent them from plunging the world into chaos. “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.” is directed by Stephen Sommers (“The Mummy,” “The Mummy Returns”). Director: Stephen Sommers * Cast: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Byung Hun Lee, Sienna Miller »

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