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While Fox’s flagship panel and its presentation of Kingsman: The Golden Circle stole headlines left, right, and center, the company also staged a handful of smaller Sdcc showcases for some of its other properties. Case in point: The Exorcist.
Featuring a smattering of cast and crew members, the show’s panel took place yesterday evening, where key creative players like Jeremy Slater and executive producer Sean Crouch solicited questions about what The Exorcist season 2 has in store. Spoilers: if you’re at all familiar with Japanese horror, you may recognize the general aesthetic of the show’s sophomore season.
In fact, by relocating to the Pacific Northwest, it’s clear Fox is toying with an anthology format when it comes to The Exorcist, which may well allow the series to succeed where other film-to-tv adaptations (see: Minority Report, 24: Legacy, Emerald City) have failed. And so, gone are Geena Davis, »
- Michael Briers
Out of all the many, many film classics that have received a new lease of life in the form of a spinoff TV series, The Exorcist is arguably one of the few to prove its doubters wrong.
Whereas Minority Report, 24: Legacy, and even Emerald City failed rather spectacularly – all three were yanked off the airwaves after one season a piece – The Exorcist defied the naysayers to become one of the more intriguing horror series on the small screen, and it’s a credit to writer-director Jeremy Slater and the rest of the team that Fox’s creepy drama is able to live up to those lofty expectations that come hand-in-hand with any property directly related to William Friedkin’s film classic of ’73.
That means Slater and Co. now have their work cut out if they are to deliver a story that is just as emotionally compelling (and terrifying!) as the first, »
- Michael Briers
11 July 2017 11:19 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
A California federal judge has rejected a copyright complaint targeting Zootopia, Disney's Oscar-winning animated film that grossed more than $1 billion two years ago. On Tuesday, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Fitzgerald ruled that the plaintiff hadn't show him enough to state a plausible claim for infringement.
Esplanade Productions filed the lawsuit in March. The plaintiff alleged that Zootopia was derived from work pitched by Gary L. Goldman, whose credits include writing Total Recall and Next and producing Minority Report. In his complaint, Goldman described working with Disney on another film and pitching his own project (titled Looney) to the studio at least »
- Eriq Gardner
Author: Dave Roper
Science Fiction has been with us for as long as we’ve had cinema. Méliès made his Trip to the Moon, Lang built and displayed his dystopian Metropolis and Jules Verne’s rich science fiction novels fed into cinema’s early efforts to showcase the fantastical.
Thankfully, cinema’s relationship with science fiction has also generally proved to be intelligent and thought-provoking. Spectacle, as with the disaster epics of Irwin Allen’s 1970’s heyday, has always had its place, but alongside that films as diverse as Planet of the Apes, The Day the Earth Stood Still, Metropolis, Soylent Green and Invasion of the Body Snatchers gave us much to consider about human nature, society and our relationship with our fragile planet.
- Dave Roper
With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.
Christopher Guest has had an exceptionally strong ’00s with A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration, and it remains to be seen how his upcoming Mascots will be received, but his arguable peak is still the gloriously funny mockumentary Best in Show. Guest’s other films have lovingly skewered egotistical oddballs and the insanity of subjective or objective criticism, so Best in Show is »
- Jordan Raup
Rob Leane Jun 30, 2017
Channel 4 and Amazon are bringing us a Phillip K Dick anthology series that's worth getting excited about...
Philip K. Dick’s writing has been translated to the screen numerous times, with most of the results being brilliant in their own ways: Blade Runner remains one of the best-loved sci-fi films of all time; Minority Report stands out as one of the best Tom Cruise movies; Total Recall, the first one, has cult classic status; and The Man In The High Castle has really captured imaginations over the last couple of years.
See related Looking back at Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Now, Amazon and Channel 4 are teaming up to offer fans an unprecedented number of Dick-adapted stories all at once. Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams is an anthology series, arriving this autumn, which gives short stories from the iconic author a Black Mirror sort of treatment. »
Stars: James Brolin, Margot Kidder, Rod Steiger, Don Stroud, Murray Hamilton, John Larch, Natasha Ryan, K.C. Martel, Meeno Peluce, Michael Sacks, Helen Shaver | Written by Sandor Stern | Directed by Stuart Rosenberg
When films say they are based on true stories, it is easy to take such statements with a pinch of salt. The Amityville Horror though is one that is so enshrined in pop culture that it has a whole legend built up around it, whether it is true or not. Second Sight have now brought the popular horror to Blu-ray in the UK and it is well worth buying.
The Amityville Horror is the story of the Lutz family, who move into the perfect family home on the coast of Long Island. Surprised at how cheap it was, it soon becomes apparent why when the shocking history of the house is revealed, along with the demonic presence that resides there. »
- Paul Metcalf
The Amityville Horror, 1979.
Directed by Stuart Rosenberg.
The Lutz family move into a house that was the scene of a grisly mass murder, only to flee for their lives 28 days later.
While approximately three people in the world wait with baited breath for Amityville: The Awakening, the much-delayed 157th sequel to 1979’s The Amityville Horror, the wizards at Second Sight have decided to go back to that original movie and issue it in a rather splendid limited edition steelbook, which is only apt for its debut UK Blu-ray release.
Apt because The Amityville Horror is one of those horror movies that many of us of a certain age have a fond nostalgic glow for and other 1970s big hitters like The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The Hills Have Eyes, The Exorcist »
- Amie Cranswick
Though The Gifted may be the highest-profile series premiere lining Fox’s fall 2017-2018 slate – Bryan Singer and Matt Nix’s X-Men family drama has been booked in for early October – the network still has plenty of fan-favorite shows returning for another crack of the whip. Case in point: The Exorcist.
Whereas a small number of movie-to-tv adaptations bombed spectacularly back in 2016 – namely Minority Report and the recently-canned 24: Legacy – Fox’s horror anthology series struck a chord with audiences and even managed to maintain a relatively healthy threshold of two million viewers per episode. Even after all these years, it turns out there’s still an appetite for William Friedkin’s film classic of ’73.
And so, to strike while the iron was hot, Fox quickly ordered a second season of The Exorcist, which is now expected to loom over the small screen on Friday, September 29th. As previously reported, the Rance family won’t be returning, meaning that Geena Davis, Hannah Kasulka, Brianne Howey, and Alan Ruck have parted ways with the series – for now, at least.
“A potential season two would find Marcus, Tomas and Bennett tasked with helping a new family or a new case of possession,” he shared with us ahead of the renewal.
“Our challenge now is to create a new family that you care about just as much as the Rances, and to find ways to make their story feel just as compelling and unique as what came before. That doesn’t mean we’ll never see any of the Rances again.
Ready for another season of supernatural thrills and spills? The Exorcist anthology series returns via Fox on Friday, September 29th, at 9:00-10:00 pm Et/Pt. The Gifted, on the other hand, begins its mutant family saga on Monday, October 2nd. »
- Michael Briers
21 June 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
15 years ago, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report was released in theaters, offering a glimpse at what promised to be a darker, more complex era for mainstream science fiction cinema … one that ended up never arriving. What happened to the futures we were once promised?
When it was released, former The Hollywood Reporter critic Kirk Honeycut saw the movie as an exciting things to come, noting in his review that it was one of Spielberg's "most compelling and entertaining films ever" and applauding him for pushing "into new fictional terrain that is grittier, creepier and edgier than the warm-and-fuzzy science fiction »
- Graeme McMillan
Today is the 15th anniversary of the release of “Minority Report,” one of the most innovative and prescient sci-fi movies to grace the big screen. And in honor of the Steven Spielberg-Tom Cruise masterpiece, we wanted to run through 20 movies that predicted modern tech. Long before Siri, there was Hal. The ominous yet soft-spoken computer system was the antagonist in 1968’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Stanley Kubrick’s sinister talking computer ended up turning on its crew in a Siri user’s worst nightmare. Elon Musk, Google, and Uber have been duking it out to bring self-driving cars to the masses, »
- Ashley Boucher and Sean Burch
20 June 2017 1:35 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
On June 21, 2002, Steven Spielberg and Tom Cruise unveiled the thriller Minority Report in theaters, where it became a summer hit and, later, an enduring sci-fi classic. The Hollywood Reporter's original review is below:
All good science fiction is really a speculation about social and political trends. Thus, Steven Spielberg's Minority Report, a rousing film-noir suspenser set in a world of labor-saving devices and McLuhan-esque technology, is a thought-provoking inquiry into just how far we as a society want to go to make our environment safe.
Spielberg poses the question in one of his most compelling and entertaining films ever. »
- THR Staff
There are thousands of talented actors who never get their big break in Hollywood. Often, no matter how hard an actor works, success can depend on being in the right place at the right time. One very skilled actor who was lucky enough to perform in front of the right person at the right time is Jason Antoon. Antoon is known for his roles in major productions like Minority Report. He can also be seen starring in the highly popular series Claws. However, many people do not know a great deal about this talented actor. For those wondering who Antoon
Five Things You Didn’t Know About Jason Antoon »
- Timothy Hickey
We’ve just received word that the classic horror movie The Amityville Horror is coming to UK Blu-ray for the very first time in an awesome steelbook release. Second Sight are releasing the film on the home format in a deluxe special edition on 26th June, 2017 – a week today. Here’s some official blurb from the distributors, as well as the bonus material we’re expecting to see on the release.
“Mommy, I want to go home…”
Stuart Rosenberg’s seminal shocker The Amityville Horror starring James Brolin (Westworld), Margot Kidder (Superman) and Rod Steiger (On the Waterfront), is a genuine horror classic based on terrifying true events, and makes its Blu-ray debut complete with brand new bonus features on 26 June 2017.
When George and Kathy Lutz and their children move to Amityville, Long Island they believe they have found the perfect family home. But the house has a »
- Paul Heath
Many films have great action, but that doesn’t necessarily make them action movies. In putting together this list, we leaned toward a more exclusive model that didn’t include films with their feet firmly planted in the drama or crime-thriller genres, as the idea of comparing “Zero Dark Thirty” to “Fast and the Furious” seemed like a futile exercise. Needless to say, there are a few movies that professed action movie fans may consider to be worthy of consideration for any survey of the best action movies, but they didn’t make the cut for our overview of the finest examples since 2000.
The following films have been excluded from this list not because of quality, but rather a desire to compare apples to apples: “Collateral,” “Gravity,” “The Revenant,” “Old Boy (2003),” and “Sicario.” Additionally, the following action films were disqualified purely based on the fact they appeared on our sci-fi »
- Chris O'Falt, Graham Winfrey and Kate Erbland
Family, redefined? With so much chatter of a Game of Thrones prequel series sparking into life over at HBO – five prequel pitches are reportedly in the mix, with the franchise’s founding father George R.R. Martin on board to oversee proceedings – it’s a wonder there hasn’t been more rumblings of some form of continuation to The Sopranos.
It’s almost ten years to the day since HBO closed the book on David Chase’s award-winning family drama, and when the series creator was asked about the possibility of a revival by Entertainment Weekly, Chase was understandably cautious. With so many botched revivals (24: Legacy) and film-to-tv adaptations (Minority Report) littering the small screen’s graveyard, the mere thought of a sequel/prequel/reboot to The Sopranos is enough to leave longtime fans of the show clinging on to the edge of their seats. And that’s before you »
- Michael Briers
Not to be confused with the 2011 film of the same name, The Resident (retitled for the UK from The Sublet) is actually the latest horror film from Canadian genre outfit Black Fawn Films – the folks behind movies such as Antisocial and its sequel, The Drownsman and Bite. Their latest is less and out-and-out effects-filled horror a la Bite; instead relying much more on psychological scares and slow-brooding terror. And, despite falling into familiar territory, it works
The films follows Joanne and her husband Geoff, who move into a new apartment – and right from the get-go they should’ve known there was something amiss with their new place. After all, who would move into an apartment without meeting anyone to collect the keys And »
- Phil Wheat
The deal covers film and television projects through Mockingbird Pictures banner.
The company has several projects in development with Curtis (pictured) and Lynn, including the upcoming AMC television series Dietland.
Curtis and Lynn first partnered at Mockingbird Pictures after producing Albert Nobbs in 2012. The pair have produced seven films together, including Arie Posin’s The Face Of Love, Victor Levin’s 5 To 7, and Rodrigo Garcia’s Last Days In The Desert.
Curtis’ industry start was as Steven Spielberg’s assistant; the beginning of a 15-year professional relationship with the director. After working on Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List, Curtis transitioned »
Skydance Media has formed a multi-year overall deal for both feature films and television with producers Bonnie Curtis and Julie Lynn of Mockingbird Pictures, Variety has learned. The studio currently has multiple projects in development with Curtis and Lynn, including the upcoming AMC television series “Dietland.”
“Bonnie and Julie are exceptional people and incredible producers whose boundless energy, incomparable work ethic, and collective eye for mining and cultivating creative material are second to none,” said Dana Goldberg, chief creative officer of Skydance Media. “I have known and admired both of them for a long time and l am thrilled that they have become a part of the Skydance family. I look forward to the number of exciting film and television projects in our collective future.”
Curtis and Lynn first partnered under the Mockingbird Pictures banner after producing the Academy Award-nominated “Albert Nobbs” in 2012. Sine then, Lynn and Curtis have gone on to produce seven films together, including »
- Joe Otterson
Since any New York City cinephile has a nearly suffocating wealth of theatrical options, we figured it’d be best to compile some of the more worthwhile repertory showings into one handy list. Displayed below are a few of the city’s most reliable theaters and links to screenings of their weekend offerings — films you’re not likely to see in a theater again anytime soon, and many of which are, also, on 35mm. If you have a chance to attend any of these, we’re of the mind that it’s time extremely well-spent.
The legendary Marlene Dietrich is given a spotlight.
Film Society of Lincoln Center
“Il Bello Marcello” continues, and remains a showcase of world-cinema highlights.
Museum of the Moving Image
Films from Mann, Gray, Wes Anderson and more play as part of “The Caan Film Festival.”
“Immigrant Songs” continues and is not to be missed, »
- Nick Newman
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