8 items from 2015
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
Greg Nicotero, the masterful makeup effects guru and skilled director, has signed a two-year deal with AMC. Also featured in our latest round-up are details on two upcoming TV series: Houdini and Doyle and The Brothers Grimm.
Greg Nicotero: Reported by Deadline, Nicotero's new deal with AMC will allow him to continue executive producing and directing AMC's The Walking Dead, in addition to handling those duties on the companion series.
Nicotero has been an executive producer on The Walking Dead since season three and a director on the show since season two. This season, he's helmed the premiere ("No Sanctuary"), the mid-season premiere ("What Happened and What's Going On"), the 12th episode, "Remember", and the upcoming finale, "Conquer."
Houdini and Doyle: Deadline reveals that a 10-episode supernatural crime series titled Houdini and Doyle has been picked up by Fox. The show is a collaboration between David Titcher (The Librarian »
- Derek Anderson
It’s a fate worse than any Blockbuster late fee from back in the day: if you watch the tape, you die one week later at the hands of Samara Morgan, the black-haired ghost girl who needs no help getting out of the well she calls home. Though the 2002 American remake of 1998's Ringu unveiled some of Samara's backstory (in addition to the 2005 sequel, The Ring Two), there's still much more to explore about the adopted girl in the well, and Paramount is looking to to shed light on the murky horrors of Samara's past with Rings, the upcoming third entry in The Ring remake franchise that's slated for release late this year. Pre-production on the movie recently kicked off in Atlanta, and director F. Javier Gutiérrez shared some photos that give us new glimpses of the black-haired terror from the TV screen and much more.
Bloody Disgusting recently reported that Rings, »
- Derek Anderson
Which is the scariest Scream of them all? We’ve put the satirical, postmodern slasher series in order…
This feature contains spoilers for all of the Scream movies.
Do you like scary movies? Director Wes Craven and writer Kevin Williamson decided most people probably did. In the mid 90s, they breathed life into a flagging genre by creating a new knife-wielding icon who, crucially, was aware of all the horror movie villains who’d gone before.
In fact, ‘Ghostface’ was so into his horror trivia that he quizzed his victims about it before striking. Could watching enough horror movies save you when your own life threatened to turn into one? According to Scream, maybe it could.
Although the first movie ends with – spoiler! – the death of both the killers behind the mask, the Ghostface persona proved harder to kill. In the tradition of so many other slasher villains, Ghostface came back for more. »
“It's not the most serious of sets,” Sandler told Et . “I thought it would be fun to get to do a movie, get to relive first through twelfth grade again, and try to do it the right way.”
Watch: 'Scream 3' Turns 15! On Set With the Cast in 1999
It wasn't all glitz and glamour at the mansion, as Sandler had some misadventures behind the scenes -- like when he hurt his wrist playing tetherball with co-star Jared Cook.
“I was playing tetherball with that kid and he hurt me!” Sandler joked, “and he's over there bragging to his friends right now -- but he's going to pay for this.”
Man, I'm glad I called that guy!
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The Scream franchise was an instant cult classic, credited with reviving the modern horror slasher genre in film. The movies were a clever satire, completely aware of horror-film clichés and inserting them into the plot. Spoof or not, the original Scream film remains the highest-grossing slasher film in the U.S.
It's been 15 years since our favorite horror trilogy came to an end -- or so we thought. Et was invited on set of Scream 3, as Neve Campbell, Courteney Cox, and David Arquette were preparing to say goodbye to the end of an era.
Watch: Hollywood's Top 5 Scream Queens
"This is the last time I'm playing Sidney," Campbell told Et in 1999. "It's sad because it's a fantastic group of people, and it really is like a family, and I've loved the experience, and the films have been great for me."
The cast was careful not to give away any plot spoilers -- such as the crazy »
Featuring narration from The Craft's Fairuza Balk (and with clips of Robin Tunney, Devon Sawa and co), it made us feel a sudden pang of nostalgia and sent us on our own trip down memory lane to find out where they - and the rest of the '90s teen movie crew - are now.
So, here are 11 stars from some of our favourite '90s teen movies, and what they've gone on to do since:
He went on to play teenage prophet of doom Alex Browning in Final Destination (2000), and appeared as similarly unstable Stan in Eminem's controversial music »
It’s a fate worse than any Blockbuster late fee from back in the day: if you watch the tape, you die one week later at the hands of Samara Morgan, the black-haired ghost girl who needs no help getting out of the well she calls home. Last July, it was revealed that F. Javier Gutiérrez will direct the next Ring movie (referred to then as The Ring 3) from Paramount Pictures, and now the film’s new, official name and first cast member have been revealed.
TheWrap reports that Paramount’s upcoming Ring movie is titled Rings and will star Matilda Lutz in the lead role. A reboot of sorts due to the fact that Naomi Watts (who starred in 2002’s The Ring and 2005’s The Ring Two as Rachel Keller) will not return for this next installment, Rings will see Samara once again serving as the eerie antagonist »
- Derek Anderson
8 items from 2015
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