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5 items from 2008

The Disappeared (Film Review)

12 November 2008 8:08 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Let’s face it: Big-screen ghost stories are tough puppies to pull off. The subgenre, by necessity, needs to exploit the things that go bump in the night, the unseen and the horrors of the mind, and is not the ideal place for filmmakers who like to splash around amputated limbs and mangled torsos.

Rather, the true greats (choice examples include The Haunting, Don’T Look Now and The Blair Witch Project) mess with the imagination and imply things that are far, far creepier than a bucket full of decapitated heads. Want to see a cinematic spook show done badly? Check out Jan de Bont’s frightless remake of The Haunting or the pitiful Platinum Dunes spin on The Amityville Horror. Indeed, it would seem that the bigger the budget, the more tempting it is for the big boys to go crazy with the special FX—the result being CGI »

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Exclusive: 'W.' Truths With Screenwriter Stanley Weiser

27 October 2008 2:43 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Last week I finally had a chance to have a conversation with W. screenwriter Stanley Weiser. We had actually planned on having the interview just prior to the release of the film, but as it turned out schedules don't always work in your favor. Nevertheless, that doesn't make what was said any less interesting. Weiser is the man behind Wall Street and W. He aided Oliver Stone on Nixon and wrote a treatment for Wall Street 2 before Stone and the film's producer decided to part ways. This interview will be of interest to anyone that finds any of those films intriguing. Anyone interested in politics and in learning what part in W. Stone himself was going to play before being talked out of it. The interview was a long, exclusive 51-minute conversation examining the movie, it's motivations and its expectations. We also touch upon our current state of affairs. While »

- Brad Brevet

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Haunting Poster

14 October 2008 8:35 PM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Not much is known about the upcoming The Haunting In Conneticut except that it stars little known actress Amanda crew, a little better known actress Virginia Madsen and Casey "Elias Koteas" Jones. I also happen to know that it's based on true events and that not many people will go see it. If anyone has anymore information on this film, you can reach me at 1-800-i-dont-care. Check out the poster below. »

- Daniel Barna

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It's Official! Darren Aronofsky Directing New Robocop!

24 July 2008 9:31 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

It's official! Filmmaker Darren Aronofsky (Requiem For A Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler) will direct the new Robocop film from a script by David Self (The Road To Perdition, The Haunting). While plot details are unconfirmed, the new Robocop is rumored to be more sequel than remake. No word on if the plan is still to shoot it in 3D like we reported earlier Here. Below is the press release from MGM!

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures (MGM) has signed Darren Aronofsky to direct and David Self to write a new installment for its "RoboCop" franchise. Aronofsky, the director of The Fountain, and Self, the writer of Road to Perdition, make a formidable creative team, fast tracking the RoboCop motion picture and spotlighting it as one of the most anticipated new films for 2010.

In making the announcement Parent said: "Darren is undeniably one of the most talented, original and visceral film makers, and »

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It's Official - Darren Aronofsky Directing the RoboCop Reboot!

24 July 2008 8:00 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It looks like Requiem for a Dream's Darren Aronofsky (seen above) will be bringing RoboCop back before moving on to The Fighter! We've heard rumblings about Aronofsky's involvement in the RoboCop reboot for quite a while and both myself and Kevin Powers have each commented on our feelings. However, whether or not we thought it was a good idea, Aronofsky has officially signed on! MGM just announced tonight that he has signed on to direct RoboCop and that screenwriter David Self (of The Haunting, Thirteen Days, and Road to Perdition) is penning the script. MGM is fast tracking the film and moving it into production sometime next year for release in 2010. Now does this reboot sound badass?! MGM's Chairman Mary Parent said of the announcement: "Darren is undeniably one of the most talented, original and visceral filmmakers, and David is one of the greatest writers in Hollywood. All of »

- Alex Billington

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