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Harry Potter's broom was turbo-charged this year, as the schoolboy wizard's latest film adventure helped Warner Bros. fly well north of $2 billion to repeat atop the annual domestic boxoffice rankings.
Warners projects a $2.99 billion domestic tally and nearly 20% market share through Dec. 31. But as certain as the picture is at the pinnacle of year-end rankings, other top positions remain cloaked in uncertainty.
Headed into the final frame, Paramount sits second with $1.44 billion and a 14% share, while Sony is third with $1.43 billion and a similar share. But Fox, with $1.25 billion (12%), has holiday tentpoles "Avatar" and "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" still going strong enough to give the it a real shot at one of the medal positions.
Warners -- also ringing up lots of loot with recently released "Sherlock Homles" -- used the heftiest slate in Hollywood to nail down its repeat roost atop domestic rankings. Warners had 36 films in the market this year, »
- By Carl DiOrio
Amazon is having a sale on select Blu-Ray movies, offering over 100 titles for up to 60% off retail price. Here are a few of the titles on sale: $59.99 Star Trek: Original Motion Picture Collection (The Motion Picture / The Wrath of Khan / The Search for Spock / The Voyage Home / The Final Frontier / The Captains Summit Bonus Disc $9.99: Terminator 3, Wedding Crashers, A Clockwork Orange, Constantine, American History X, The Perfect Storm, Wedding Singer, The Wild Bunch, Being There, Swordfish, A Time To Kill, The Pelican Brief, Under Siege 2, Risky Business, Freddy vs. Jason, In The Valley of Elah, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Final Destination $8.00 - $9.49: Phantom of the Opera, Interview with a Vampire, Blazing Saddles, Bullitt, Under Siege, Beerfest, Omega Man, And many others! »
- Peter Sciretta
It’s been a while since we’ve heard anything regarding filmmaker Dan Walton’s planned feature directorial debut Bind, but today that’s all changed. Walton (who served as co-executive producer on 2008’s lurid Gutterballs) informed us that the film (which now features the tag-line "Hell Just Froze Over") is set to go before cameras in March of 2010 in Vancouver, Canada, and also provided us with a synopsis of the 80’s horror homage and an updated cast list.
According to Walton, who will direct from his own script, Bind tells the story of “a weekend getaway to a scenic winter wonderland that takes a deadly turn when a group of friends find themselves pitted against the elements and a dark presence with a bloody agenda.”
This past fall saw the debut of the supernatural horror/comedy Jennifer’s Body, and with the film's Blu-ray and DVD release being only a few weeks away (December 29th), I thought it might be interesting to take a look back at some of the most successful high school horror films that have been released over the past 10 to 15 years.
Jennifer’s Body is a slick production, equipped with fresh young stars, a hip soundtrack, and, of course, strings of "clever" dialogue. And that’s the criteria I’ve chosen to adhere to when working on this top ten list. Some of the films included here aren’t necessarily my favorites, but they’ve been impactful and deserve the call-out all the same. At the risk of spoiling some of the choices, I chose 1996 as the eligibility year for the simple reason that it was the beginning of the glossy, »
- Masked Slasher
Richard Kelly’s The Box opens today in the UK, you can read my review here, and to celebrate the 70s paranoia vibe we’re posting this look back at some of the greatest conspiracy/paranoia thrillers of that decade. There are some great films here, and The Box does its best to emulate this, so you might want to look into some of these when you’re done with Kelly’s latest.
Strongly following the crime / investigation genre, this film tells the story of a conspiracy theory that may be a little more personal, a little more close to home. Realistic and gritty (it centres on a prostitute); it promises the keep fans of 70’s films on their edge of their seat. ‘Don’t be afraid…’
Don't fret Dollhouse fans. You'll still get your Eliza Dushku fix on February 23. That's when Lionsgate Home Entertainment releases Open Graves . Directed By Alvaro de Arminan, this supernatural thriller also stars Mike Vogel ( Cloverfield ). In the vein of Final Destination , an international group of young surfers come into possession of an ancient artifact, Mamba, an old board game made from the skin and bones of a witch executed during the Spanish Inquisition. At a drunken party one night, they casually decide to play. It's all fun and games until they find out that curses last forever and death is the ultimate undertow. Ooooh. That's not the official cover art you see on the left, it's merely a sales sheet cooked up by Voltage Pictures. No special features have »
If Hollywood made a film about an evil Rumpelstiltskin, why the hell not make one about the Pied Piper? Zenescope Entertainment, who brought us comic books based on Final Destination and Se7e , are bringing their original title "The Piper" to the screen. At their backs are Persistent Entertainment and Pantry Films to help them realize this. Persistent produced Southland Tales and the upcoming Nailed . Here's how Zenoscope describes "The Piper": Present day Florida, a prestigious boarding academy where a musically gifted but misunderstood high school student named Sean stumbles upon a mysterious book that will give him the ability to finally get back at those who have wronged him the last few years. But when Sean realizes exactly what he has »
So you've bitten the bullet and purchased a Blu-ray player, but now you're left with some of your favorite movies on DVD and can't really afford to buy new copies of all of them. Warner Home Video feels your pain and has set up a special website where you can upgrade up to 25 of your discs for $7.95 or $9.95 per exchange with free shipping on orders of more than $25.00.
Here are the details: Visit DVD2Blu.com and look through their list of 55 films (with more to be added in the coming months). You'll print out a pre-paid postage label, mail in your DVDs (without the cases), and then receive your Blu-rays (complete with the typical case, cover art, bonus materials, etc.) a few weeks later. The genre titles that are currently part of the offer include Beetlejuice, Constantine, Dark City, Final Destination, The Lost Boys, The Orphanage, Pan's Labyrinth, and »
- Uncle Creepy
Warner Home Video just announced a new program where you can upgrade several of your DVD titles to Blu-ray for as low as $7.95, and right now the price doesn't go any higher than $9.95. This is a similar program to the Red2Blu offer they made allowing customers to upgrade their HD DVD titles to Blu-ray, a program I actually took advantage of and loved it as a result.
The process to upgrade is simple. Consumers select the titles they want to upgrade on DVD2Blu.com, mail in their standard DVDs with pre-paid postage and a short time later receive copies of the same film on Blu-ray Disc. Consumers who place orders over $25 will receive free shipping. For a complete list of titles visit DVD2Blu.com, but I have included the most recent list of titles and prices directly below. 10,000 B.C. ($9.95) Rush Hour 3 ($9.95) Full Metal Jacket ($9.95) Pan's »
- Brad Brevet
Warner Bros. has announced a DVD to Blu-ray upgrade program. While the list doesn’t include all their titles, it’s at least a start. According to WB, the process to upgrade is simple. Consumers select the titles they want to upgrade on DVD2Blu.com, mail in their standard DVDs with pre-paid postage and a short time later receive copies of the same film on Blu-ray Disc. If you mail in one DVD, it’s $7.95 plus shipping. If you order more than $25, you’ll receive free shipping.
While some people haven’t been converted to Blu-ray, I’m all in. I think the picture quality is amazing on Blu-ray and I definitely see a difference between DVD and the HD format. All I can say is, if you have an 1080p TV, the format is absolutely worth the investment. For a complete list of what WB is willing to »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
A Good Night Film production the Other Side of the Tracks is currently making the rounds on the film festival circuit with stops at the Connecticut and Sene film festivals. A film with many elements, the Other Side of the Tracks blends drama, and fantasy with a thrilling aspect. Already shown at the American Film Market a one-sheet and plot summary can be seen from the picture here. Check out the trailer for the feature at the homepage of the website as well.
A synopsis for The Other Side of the Tracks
"Ten years after a tragic train accident killed his girlfriend, Josh (Brendan Fehr, Roswell, Final Destination) finds himself haunted by disturbing visions from somewhere between the world of the living and the dead — haunting memories that keep him from moving on. His buddy, Rusty (Chad Lindberg, Supernatural, The Fast & The Furious), back in town for their high school reunion, »
- Michael Ross Allen
Hollywood studios are now thinking twice about splurging on A-list movie stars and costly productions in reaction to the poor economy, but also because of the surprising success of recent films with unknown actors.
After buddy comedy "The Hangover," a movie with a little-known cast, made $459 million at the global boxooffice this past summer, several films have shown that a great concept or story can trump star appeal when it comes to luring fans.
"District 9," a low-budget movie in which the biggest stars were space aliens treated like refugees and the lead actor was South African Sharlto Copley, made $200 million. Thriller "Paranormal Activity," starring Katie Featherston and Micah Sloat, has cash registers ringing to the tune of $100 million.
Next up, on Nov. 20, comes Summit Entertainment's relatively low-budget ($50 million) franchise movie "The Twilight Saga: New Moon," a sequel to 2008 hit vampire romance "Twilight" which made global stars of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart. »
- By Alex Dobuzinskis, Reuters
The Final Destination, the fourth and most likely not last entry in Warner and New Line's answer to Lionsgate's Saw, is coming to Blu-ray Disc and DVD on January 1.
The film racked up $67 million domestically at the box office and held onto the top spot for two consecutive weeks thanks in part to being the first series installment to support 3D. Warner Home Video will include a pair of anaglyph 3D glasses for a limited time.
The Blu-ray edition of The Final Destination will be presented in 2.4:1 1080p video and 5.1 Dolby TrueHD audio. Only the Blu-ray exclusive bonus features are available at this time with shared exclusives to be announced at a later date.
Alternate Endings (Bd exclusive) Body Count: The Deaths of Final Destination (Bd exclusive) Pre-Viz/Storyboards (Bd exclusive) Bd-Live features
The Final Destination on Blu-ray has an Srp of $35.99. Amazon.com pricing and pre-order information along »
Created, written and drawn by Laroche, Almighty takes place in 2098 and follows a female motorcycling mercenary called Fale, who is hired to rescue a girl and bring her home across a third world America - "a fractured landscape of segregated zones driven by neo-tribalism."
Laroche said: "At its heart Almighty is a pursuit story. As the story unfolds there are other things that are attached to it but at the core of it, a girl has been kidnapped and someone has hired a killer to find her and bring her home." The official website for Almighty is here.
Mania adds that Solipsist has also picked up screen rights on two other titles. »
- David Bentley
The very gimmick-heavy fourth entry into Death's favorite franchise, The Final Destination, will be coming roaring home to Blu-ray and DVD on January 5th, 2010, along with some good and bad news.
For a limited time the Blu-ray will feature both 2D and 3D versions of the flick along with 2 pairs of 3D glasses. The DVD? Not so much. Also exclusive to Blu-ray will be:
Two Alternate Endings Body Counts: The Deaths of The Final Destination featurette Pre-Visualization/Storyboard segments Exclusive Features via Bd-Live Digital Copy of the movie
Sorry, DVD owners. You're missing out again.
On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O'Bannon (Bobby Campo) has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence of events causes multiple race cars to crash, sending flaming debris into the stands, brutally killing his friends and causing the upper deck of the stands to collapse on him. »
- Uncle Creepy
Warner Home Video has announced January 5th as the release date for The Final Destination , the fourth in the Final Destination franchise. For a limited time, the Blu-Ray will feature both 2D and 3D version, along with 2 pairs of 3D glasses. Also exclusive to the Blu-Ray: - 2 Alternate Endings - Body Counts: The Deaths of The Final Destination featurette - Pre-Visualization/Storyboard segments - Exclusive Features via Bd-Live - Digital Copy of the movie Below you'll find the back cover art for the Blu-Ray release: Directed by David Ellis from a script by Eric Bress, The Final Destination stars Nick Zano, Krista Allen, Andy Fiscella, Shantel VanSanten, Bobby Campo, Haley Webb, Justin Welborn, Mykelti Williamson and Richard T. Jones. »
Platinum Studios and Fox21 have entered an agreement to adapt Jorge Vega's graphic novel Gunplay as a television series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Final Destination writer and producer Glen Morgan is on board to rework the book. Morgan has extensive experience in science fiction television, having previously worked on The X-Files, Millennium and Space: Above And Beyond. Created and written by Vega and artist Dominic Vivona, the supernatural Western won first place in Platinum Studios' 2007 online (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
Surprise! Another graphic novel (which is a fancy term Hollywood uses when they want to fool audiences into thinking the subject matter of their next movie was not based upon a comic book) is coming to the screen, but this time it's the small one!
According to The Hollywood Reporter Fox21 has partnered with Platinum Studios to develop a TV series based on Platinum's graphic novel "Gunplay." "Final Destination" writer-producer Glen Morgan is on board to adapt the novel, created and written by Jorge Vega. "Gunplay" centers on Abner Meeks, a buffalo soldier condemned to roam the Old West with a hellish curse slung at his waist: a demonic shooting iron that forces him to kill once a day or suffer soul-searing pain. "'Gunplay' is one of those rare combinations of fantastically created characters and wonderfully told narrative, which creates an inventive canvas from which to play," Platinum Studios chairman »
- Uncle Creepy
By the Hollywood Reporter
Fox21 has partnered with Platinum Studios to develop a TV series based on Platinum's graphic novel "Gunplay."
"Gunplay" centers on Abner Meeks, a buffalo soldier condemned to roam the Old West with a hellish curse slung at his waist: a demonic shooting iron that forces him to kill once a day or suffer soul-searing pain.
Read more at the Hollywood Reporter. »
- Brent Lang
Platinum Studios has signed a deal with Fox21 to develop Jorge Vega’s graphic novel “Gunplay” as a potential TV series.
"Final Destination" writer-producer Glen Morgan has also been signed to adapt the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Morgan has a long history with sci-fi/genre TV series, including stints on “The X-files”, “Millennium” and “Space: Above and Beyond.”
“Gunplay” was the winning submission of Platinum Studios’ 2007 online "Comic Book Challenge." Created and written by Vega and artist Dominic Vivona, “Gunplay” is a supernatural western that follows a buffalo soldier named Abner Meeks who is cursed to roam the Old West with a demonic gun that forces him to kill once a day or suffer agonizing pain.
"It is a unique story of an ordinary man who must live with an extraordinary curse," related Fox21 president Chris Carlisle.
Last month, Platinum Studios and Fox21 announced that they are also »
- Blair Marnell
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