15 items from 2014
We return with the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes a new trailer for Repentance and Rockabilly Zombie Weekend, details on the Sundance Next Fest Lineup, Eat Men Like Air, Mindless, and much more:
First Rockabilly Zombie Weekend Trailer: “When Becky and Grant arrive at their rockabilly-themed wedding, despite warnings of a West Nile Virus outbreak, things go horribly wrong as the mosquito-spread virus spawns zombies, who begin feeding on the wedding guests as well as the other locals. The two newlyweds have to escape along with their family and friends if they ever want to live to see their honeymoon!
Rockabilly Zombie Weekend is a new feature length horror thriller with a rocking twist on the modern zombie film. It’s currently being released on DVD on July 1st, 2014 through Green Apple Entertainment. The film (as well as other merchandise) can »
- Tamika Jones
James Cameron has three new Avatar movies coming up, and it's exciting because - say what you will about James Cameron - every movie the guy makes is interesting for some technological reason. Avatar 2 hits December 2016, Avatar 3 in December 2017 and Avatar 4 in December 2018.
Thing is, Cameron also tells broad stories that require archetypes to speak to a worldwide audience about big themes. Avatar talked about colonialism and environmentalism through the filter of Native Americans or Ferngully, depending on what your cultural reference is.
This weekend, Germain from /Film attended the La Times Hero Complex Film Festival and heard Cameron speak on his writing process for the three sequels. It involved making a whole encyclopedia for Pandora for the previous film to get made, but now he seems to have taken that world-building approach and grafted it onto a television writing structure.
"We tried an experiment. We set »
Making a sequel to the highest grossing film of all time can be a daunting task – so just imagine the challenges facing James Cameron as he tries to craft three sequels to Avatar all at the same time. The director discussed the topic at the L.A. Times’ Hero Complex Film Festival over the weekend, and revealed how his experience in the writer’s room of his Fox TV series Dark Angel helped him break down the daunting task of coming up with three interconnected screenplays all at once. Cameron starts off by saying he spent the first year writing an astonishing 1,500 pages of notes about the world and the expanded story. Realizing that he couldn’t possibly write all these screenplays in a timely fashion that would allow him to shoot three films at once, he...
- Mike Bracken
James Cameron is a master of great sequels. One need only look at his previous efforts Aliens, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and of course Piranha Part 2: The Spawning. Add to that the fact he made a fairly successful film named Avatar half a decade ago and you can practically hear the money registers oozing from excitement. Not only is Cameron making a sequel to the highest grossing film of all time, not only is he making two sequels, but in actual fact he is making one less than four sequels, four a grand total of three sequels. He isn’t working alone though, having hired four writers to co-head a sequel each (or two writers for the guys working as a team) along with Cameron himself. Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno are the lucky quartet that have been chosen and at the Hero Complex Film Festival, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
James Cameron has taken a long with his follow-up to "Avatar," mostly because he's planning not one film but three. The trilogy of sequels has been in the works for years now and still isn't quite out of pre-production just yet.
Appearing at the La Times Hero Complex Film Festival this past weekend, Cameron revealed that the lengthy prep is because he's not shooting the films back-to-back after all - rather, he intends to do all three simultaneously. Because of that, the three scripts have to be basically in the best shape they can be.
Here's Cameron's lengthy discussion about his ambitions for the new trilogy, transcribed by the folks at Slashfilm:
"We tried an experiment. We set ourselves a challenge of writing three films at the same time. And I could certainly write any one of them but to write three in some reasonable amount of time – we wanted »
- Garth Franklin
After the record-breaking box office success of James Cameron’s Avatar, speculation of a possible sequel – and sequels – began immediately. Four years later, Fox confirmed that the highest-grossing film in history would be getting not one, not two, but three sequels to be released over three years starting in December 2016.
With shooting on the films scheduled to begin in the fall, Cameron revealed in a Reddit Ama that development on all three sequels has been simultaneous, including script writing and new creature and character design work. In a recent interview, Cameron went into more specific details with regard to his writing process.
/Film reported that at ...
- Molly Freeman
Last night at the Hero Complex Film Festival, filmmaker James Cameron was on hand to discuss his seminal action/sci-fi masterpieces The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The course of conversation took a turn though to Cameron’s new hopefully equally seminal-in-the-making action/sci-fi trilogy: Avatar. Cameron hired three writers to collaborate on each of the three upcoming sequels (Josh Friedman, Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver and Shane Salerno), in an effort to get all the films ready to be shot back-to-back-to-back later this year. Last night, Cameron delved into the process behind writing these three sequels simultaneously. For Cameron’s revealing thoughts on the matter and how television gave him the idea in the first place, hit the jump. James Cameron on writing the Avatar sequels back-to-back-to-back: We tried an experiment. We set ourselves a challenge of writing three films at the same time. I knew I could certainly »
- Tommy Cook
Ever since Avatar broke box office records during its theatrical release, fans have been looking forward to a follow-up for this adventure set in the fictional world of Pandora. Instead of one sequel, we're getting three, with Avatar 2 set for release in December 2016, followed by Avatar 3 and Avatar 4 in 2017 and 2018, all of which will be shot simultaneously. Director James Cameron made an appearance at the Hero Complex Film Festival over the weekend, where he explained the "parallel process" of writing all three scripts at the same time, with co-writers Josh Friedman (War of the Worlds), the writing team of Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver (Rise of the Planet of the Apes) and Shane Salerno (Savages) for these highly-anticipated follow-ups. Take a look at what he had to say about this unique writing process, which he compared to a television show's writers room.
"We tried an experiment. We »
Just who is Jessica Alba? The actress describes herself as a "prude," yet she convincingly strikes a seductive and confident pose—while wearing a white bikini, no less!—for Entertainment Weekly's May 30/June 6 cover. Alba has long been considered a sex symbol, even if she didn't always agree with that label. In fact, during her early days in show business, the star got flustered if reporters mentioned her alluring appearance. "I didn't have a lot of experience, so at first it was all kinds of weird," says Alba, who hit it big as the star of Fox's Dark Angel before transitioning to movies. "I'm kind of a prude, and I didn't really understand. They would always »
Oh has been one of the show's stand-out performers throughout its 10-year run, but has starring in such a time-consuming role limited her career path until now?
To mark Oh's decision to escape the restraints of commercial network TV, Digital Spy has collected just a few other actors who perhaps should have 'done a George Clooney' by getting out early and made the transition to top movie star, not that movies are obviously better than TV nowadays of course.
This list only names actors who starred in long-running commercial network shows, rather than cable, as most shows in the latter have shorter seasons with longer gaps in between - just in case you were wondering where Jon Hamm and Alexander Skarsgård were...
1. Sandra Oh »
It’s safe to say I had some rather high (or low depending on your movie-cheese tolerance) expectations for Ice Soldiers. After all, the film comes from the pen of Jonathan Tydor, who wrote the fantastically over-the-top and ridiculously cheesy Dolph Lundgren-starring sci-fi horror Dark Angel, aka I Come in Peace, back in 1990 and despite a substantial 13 year gap between scripts (he last wrote and directed the Eric Roberts film The Kings Guard in 2000), I still had hopes that this films concept meant the movie would err on the (right) side of insanity…
The film follows a scientific expedition that unearths three genetically engineered Russian super soldiers (the titular Ice Soldiers) frozen in ice since the height of the Cold War. Bodies that have been buried beneath the »
- Phil Wheat
Jennifer Blanc Biehn -- wife of Terminator star, Michael Biehn -- is giving herself a special 40th birthday present -- a full nude pictorial in Penthouse Germany.Biehn, who was in "Dark Angel" back in the day, was 39 when she shot the spread ... but will be 40 when the May issue is released. Jennifer tells us she wants to show women you can be proud of your body at any age. Translation: she wants to prove she's still got it. »
- TMZ Staff
Two forces to be reckoned with have teamed up to bring us our first look at "It's Hell Getting Old," a horror short from director Patrick Rea that will be part of Blanc/Biehn Productions' new elevator-set anthology Hellevator Man.
Kansas City-based Rea's short stars Kip Niven (Jayhawkers, New Year’s Evil), Joicie Appell (Nailbiter), Victor Raider-Wexler (Minority Report), and Nancy Marcy. It was executive produced by Jennifer Blanc-Biehn, Michael Biehn, and Lony Ruhmann.
The script, written by Rea, deals with four elderly people trapped in an elevator on their way to their 50th Class Reunion, and one of them may have forgotten to take some important medication. The film was shot in Kansas City, Missouri, and the director of photography was Hanuman Brown-Eagle.
In addition to a few behind-the-scenes photos from "It's Hell Getting Old," we also have the kick-off announcement for Bbp's Mindless, a mind-bending thriller that marks »
- Debi Moore
Blanc/Biehn Productions has announced another new project, Fembot, which will see a release date in the fall of 2015; and we have the early details for you right here, including a very familiar name listed among the film's credits.
Fembot will star Michael Biehn (The Terminator, Aliens, The Victim, The Divide) and Jennifer Blanc-Biehn (Everly, Wrong Cops, The Victim, "Dark Angel") and introduces Martin Richard Kristek to Hollywood. Additional cast members will be announced next month.
During a recent trip to Vienna, the couple met Kristek (see all three pictured below), who made a lasting impression on them with his charisma as a European actor and DJ as well as his message and »
- Debi Moore
She's known for her roles in horror series like "Halloween" and "Hatchet," but there were no buckets of blood at Scream Queen Danielle Harris' wedding.The former child star, who also starred in "Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead" and played Michael Myers' niece as a kid, tied the knot over the weekend to David Gross.The two got hitched at Holualoa Inn on the Big Island of Hawaii on Saturday, where the bride wore a custom dress from Miami designer Daisy Tarsi. The couple's rings, from Siera Jewelry, were also custom made.66 friends and family members were in attendance for the beautiful ceremony, including bridesmaid and "General Hospital" star Kimberly McCullough. Other guests included "Skyline" star Tanya Newbould -- who introduced the couple -- and "Dark Angel's" Jennifer Blanc-Biehn.Harris, now 36, talked to toofab about the wedding back in October -- where she assured us it »
- tooFab Staff
15 items from 2014
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