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Burr Steers To Write & Direct ‘Breed’ For Summit

11 December 2012 11:30 AM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Summit have picked up the rights to Chase Novak’s book Breed: A Novel, which will probably just be titled Breed as a film. It was only published back in September by Mulholland Books. It sees a couple undergo an experimental fertility treatment that changes them into bloodthirsty beasts. They are then forced to go on a quest to find a cure. Burr Steers has been hired to write and direct, which will see him going down a new path as he is mostly known for writing comedies How To Lose A Guy In 10 Days (2003) and Igby Goes Down (2002). Steers was also responsible for directing the latter as well as 17 Again (2009) and Charlie St. Cloud (2010). A sequel novel is already in the works, which could hint at a developing franchise.

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Summit Entertainment Sets Writer/Director Burr Steers for Breed Adaptation; DreamWorks Taps Ringan Ledwidge to Direct Sci-Fi Thriller Glimmer

10 December 2012 3:12 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Summit Entertainment has set Burr Steers (Charlie St. Cloud) to write and direct an adaptation of horror-thriller novel, Breed. Written by Scott Spencer (Endless Love) under the pseudonym of Chase Novak, Breed centers on a young couple who participate in an experimental fertility treatment, but must seek out a cure when they are transformed into bloodthirsty savages. Steers previously wrote screenplays for Igby Goes Down and How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. In other acquisition news, DreamWorks has tapped director Ringan Ledwidge (Gone) to helm Glimmer, a time-traveling, sci-fi thriller produced on a shoestring budget. Hit the jump for more on both pictures. Variety reports that DreamWorks is hoping that Glimmer is a breakout hit with a budget that won't break the bank. Carter Blanchard's script centers on a group of teens who discover a portal back through time and must face the tragic consequences when one of them alters history. »

- Dave Trumbore

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Summit Entertainment Acquires Breed

10 December 2012 2:06 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, has picked up the rights to the horror novel Breed, by Chase Novak, also known as Scott Spencer. Summit has tapped Burr Steers to write and direct the adaptation. David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films are set to produce.

Breed, follows the a couple who take part in an experimental fertility treatment that turns them into bloodthirsty savages, leading them on a desperate quest to find a cure.

Steers has also directed Charlie St. Cloud and 17 Again. His writing credits include How to Lose A Guy In 10 Days and Igby Goes Down, which he also directed.

Spencer has penned 11 novels, and is best known for writing Endless Love, which has sold over 2 million copies and garnered a nomination for the National Book Award. Mulholland Books has also ordered a sequel to Breed.

Breed marks Summit's second deal with Heyday Films following the »

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Summit Entertainment Acquires Horror Novel Breed

10 December 2012 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Summit Entertainment, a Lionsgate company, has acquired the rights to "Breed," a novel by Chase Novak aka Scott Spencer. Summit has hired Burr Steers to write and direct the horror thriller which David Heyman and Jeffrey Clifford of Heyday Films will produce. Recognizing the tremendous potential of the novel, Mulholland Books ordered a sequel novel to follow Breed before it was published in September 2012. Breed follows the story of a couple who undergo an experimental fertility treatment that turns them into bloodthirsty savages, leading them on a desperate quest to find a cure. Steers most recently directed Charlie St. Cloud and 17 Again . His writing credits include How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days and Igby Goes Down , which he also directed. Spencer has »

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'The Other Side' Home Invasion Short to Screen at Screamfest

23 September 2012 8:41 PM, PDT | MoreHorror | See recent MoreHorror news »

By Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

The home invasion horror short The Other Side from GroundBreak Films has just completed a 20 minute 'home invasion' short horror film sponsored by Panavision.

The film has been accepted by ScreamFest.

Check out the trailer (which looks promising) below the synopsis.

Also, check out the killer artwork on the larger version of the movie poster which was illustrated by legendary artist Graham Humphreys (The Woman in Black & Old Boy).

"The Other Side" Synopsis

When fresh-faced nanny Sophie (Jennie Jacques) arrives at her new job on a creaky farm in the English countryside, caretaker James (Nick Moran) is struggling to provide for his family and wife Rachel (Amelia Warner) is unable to cope with the demands of her newborn baby.

As night falls on the secluded farmhouse, a sinister intruder invades the property, unraveling a night of gruesome bloodshed & unprecedented terror. Who is behind it? What do they want? »

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Posterized Propaganda September 2012: White Space Rules the Month

3 September 2012 6:00 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

When not distracted by the more offbeat, artistically inclined one-sheets for the amazing line-up gracing Toronto screens at Tiff this month, I was surprised to see a few good ones hit the September release schedule proper. Whether or not a couple of them find live on both lists is beside the point.

With enough to talk about that I don’t even need to bother with the umpteenth example of Milla Jovovich shooting a gun while skewed on the page in Resident Evil: Retribution (open September 14th) (poster »

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Gore Vidal and the movies

1 August 2012 4:26 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

From Ben-Hur and Caligula to Bob Roberts and The Us vs John Lennon, celebrated author Gore Vidal, who died yesterday, also took the Hollywood shilling as a screenwriter

Suddenly, Last Summer

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Gore Vidal followed in the footsteps of William Faulkner and F Scott Fitzgerald when he took the Hollywood shilling and signed on as a screenwriter for MGM. He scored an early success with his pungent adaptation of Tennessee Williams's Suddenly, Last Summer, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Katharine Hepburn and Montgomery Clift. Williams, though, took all the credit.


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Just how much involvement did Vidal have in Ben-Hur, William Wyler's Oscar-winning chariot opera from 1959? The writer served as a script doctor and later claimed to have introduced a simmering gay subtext to the rivalry between Ben-Hur (Charlton Heston) and Messala (Stephen Boyd »

- Xan Brooks

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'Electrick Children' Stars Rory Culkin & Liam Aiken On Their Roles In The Film & Growing Up Onscreen

22 February 2012 9:55 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

A small, indie, debut film from writer/director Rebecca Thomas, "Electrick Children" features a trio of young central performances and it really caught our eye at the Berlin Film Festival last week (review here). Having spoken to the film's lead and potential break-out, Julia Garner (check out that interview here), we then got to sit down with her two co-stars, both of them child stars-turned-promising young actors, Rory Culkin and Liam Aiken. Rory Culkin Graduating swiftly from playing younger versions of his brothers Macauley  ("Richie Rich") and Kieran ("Igby Goes Down"), Rory Culkin seems to have a made a career already out of playing damaged or vulnerable characters, from the asthmatic son in "Signs" to the bullying victim in "Mean Creek" to the centre of the crumbling, dysfunctional family in "Lymelife." In "Electrick Children" that trend continues, as he plays Clyde, a dropout and »

- Jessica Kiang

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Bingham Ray (1954 – 2012), San Francisco Film Society Executive Director

23 January 2012 3:20 PM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The San Francisco Film Society regrets to announce that Executive Director Bingham Ray passed away on January 23 while attending the 2012 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.

“The board of directors and staff of the Film Society are stunned and deeply saddened by the untimely death of our executive director Bingham Ray. We at the Film Society and the entire film community have lost far too early an energetic and visionary impact player who has helped shape the independent film industry for decades in so many important and valuable ways,” said Pat McBaine, Sffs board president. “He shall be dearly missed. Our deepest sympathies and condolences go out to Bingham’s family and his legions of friends and colleagues all over the world who loved and respected him.”

Ray brought his well-developed creative and business acumen to the running, reimagining and reinvigorating of a major nonprofit arts organization. Since taking »

- Michelle McCue

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