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Janine Sherman Barrois (above), executive producer, and writer on CBS hit series Criminal Minds, is one-third of a trio who've sold a new hour-long murder procedural to CBS titled, Darkness Falls, a show that will explore the complex dynamic of an FBI psychologist and a homicide specialist as they journey into small communities around the country to solve the darkest, most twisted single murders. The other 2 names in the trio are The Mark Gordon Company and Barrois partner at Criminal Minds Erica Messer. Both Barrois and Messer will write and executive produce Darkness Falls. And if the project gets ordered to series, Barrois will serve as showrunner for it, which would be awesome for her! There certainly aren't many black women showrunners. Barrois began her television career working as a writer on The Jamie Foxx Show. She went on to become a co-producer of The PJs and then was hired »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Janine Sherman Barrois (above), executive producer, and writer on CBS hit series Criminal Minds, is one-third of a trio who've sold a new hour-long murder procedural to CBS titled, Darkness Falls, a show that will explore the complex dynamic of an FBI psychologist and a homicide specialist as they journey into small communities around the country to solve the darkest, most twisted single murders. The other 2 names in the trio are The Mark Gordon Company and Barrois partner at Criminal Minds Erica Messer. Both Barrois and Messer will write and executive produce Darkness Falls. And if the project gets ordered to series, Barrois will serve as showrunner for it, which »
- Tambay A. Obenson
"Grey's Anatomy" executive producer Mark Gordon has sold a pair of projects to NBC and CBS -- and they're quite the differing projects indeed. The Mark Gordon Company said Friday that it has landed a half-hour comedy, "Spinsters," with NBC. The project, about spinsters whose lives are transformed when a normal guy moves into their apartment building, will be written by "Cougar Town" duo Chrissy Pietroch and Jessica Goldstein, who will also executive produce with Gordon and Andrea Shay. The second project, a character procedural titled "Darkness Falls," has landed at CBS. »
- Tim Kenneally
After setting up six projects at ABC, the ABC Studios-based Mark Gordon Co. is venturing out with a drama sale at CBS and a comedy one at NBC, both produced by ABC Studios. The CBS project, Darkness Falls, brings together the key auspices behind long-running procedural Criminal Minds — CBS, which airs it; the Mark Gordon Co., ABC Studios and CBS TV Studios, which produce it; and the series’ executive producer/showrunner Erica Messer. Messer will write and executive produce Darkness Falls with fellow Criminal Minds executive producer Janine Sherman Barrois. The project is described as a character procedural that will explore the complex dynamic of an FBI psychologist and a homicide specialist as they journey into small communities around the country to solve the darkest, most twisted single murders. Wme-repped Barrois will serve as showrunner, with UTA-repped Messer continuing her duties as the sole showrunner on Criminal Minds. Gordon »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
CBS is doing more business with the producers of Criminal Minds. The network has made a script deal for their latest drama effort, Darkness Falls, a character procedural set to explore the complex dynamic of an FBI psychologist and a homicide specialist as they journey into small communities around the country to solve the darkest, most twisted single murders. The hourlong effort from The Mark Gordon Co. is another co-production between ABC Studios and CBS Studios, with Criminal Minds' Erica Messer and Janine Sherman Barrois on board to write and executive produce. Joining the pair as EPs are Mark Gordon
- Lacey Rose
Thanks to the people at E!, we have some behind the scenes footage of upcoming action film White House Down, directed by disaster maestro Roland Emmerich. in White House Down Channing Tatum stars as a man who has just been denied a role with the secret service, but must protect the president (Jamie Foxx) after The White House is overcome by disgruntled cleaners seeking a raise…sorry, I meant terrorists. The film is scripted by James Vanderbilt, the writer of Zodiac (2007), The Amazing Spider-man, and Darkness Falls (2003).
From the behind the scene clips, it looks as though Emmerich has gone to great lengths to recreate The White House and the action scenes look fun. Just imagine Air Force One (1997) in a house. Or Die Hard (1988) in The White House. Or the opening scene of X2 (2003) with less teleportation and extended over 2 hours.
- Luke Ryan Baldock
by Nick Schager
[This week’s "Retro Active" pick is inspired by the history-rewriting presidential actioner Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.]
Political satire is nothing new to the horror genre, and on more than a few occasions—for example, William Lustig and Larry Cohen's Uncle Sam, or Joe Dante's Masters of Horror episode "Homecoming"—it's managed to find a suitable equilibrium with nasty carnage. Such a balance, alas, is nowhere to be found in The Tripper, the feature directorial debut of actor David Arquette, about a bunch of twentysomething friends who find themselves coping with all manner of clichéd slasher-madness circumstances, none more deadly than being pursued by an axe-wielding maniac in a Ronald Reagan mask. If you’re immediately wondering whether the Gipper—who's stalking victims at a drugged-out hippie-dippie Free Love music festival at Redwoods National Forest—eventually finds a way to carve "Just Say No" into his victims’ bodies, you're already one step ahead of this leaden effort. Arquette and co-screenwriter Joe Harris »
To help celebrate Memorial Day, I have a great giveaway for you that includes some of the best video releases you’ll find. I’ve reviewed these titles before (WWII in HD review), and they’re real treasures.
Kicking off we have WWII in HD, which is as much a full-fledged experience as anything else. The footage put together to create this incredibly detailed account of the history of the entire war, and period, is simply amazing.
You’ll also get Wwi The Great War, which is just as good, and a unique documentary effort that covers a wide variety of topics over four discs.
Finally, Conquest of America is a wonderful collection of region-by-region documentaries, and the behind-the-scenes featurettes are some of the best such bonuses around.
Let’s take a look at what I’ve got in the bundle, and then you can enter to win via the widget below. »
- Marc Eastman
The Latina Marvel executive gave CineMovie some insight into the workings at Marvel Studios and on juggling so many franchises simultaneously. The Argentinian-born executive is in charge of visual effects, sound post production, and stereo conversion. She wears many hats at Marvel and works on two to four films at a time. Her involvement in Marvel films begins in pre-production and not just in post production. Alonso started her career as a visual effects producer, working on Shrek, The 6th Day, Darkness Falls, and Cats & Dogs. She tells us it took "a long to get to her position."
In CineMovie's sit down with the Marvel Studios executive in the El
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Exclusive: Lifetime Movie Network has greenlighted Nancy Grace’s Eleventh Victim, an original movie based on Grace’s debut novel The Eleventh Victim with 90210 alumna Jennie Garth set to play the lead. Thriller The Eleventh Hour centers on Hailey Dean (Garth), a highly successful Atlanta assistant Da whose fiance is murdered. After a big courtroom triumph, securing the conviction of Clint Burrell Cruise for the murder of 11 prostitutes, Dean leaves the Da office and moves to Manhattan for a new career as a therapist. But soon Cruise is released from prison on appeal and starts stalking her and killing off her patients. John Fasano (Darkness Falls) wrote the TV adaptation. Talk show host Grace, a former prosecutor herself, is executive producing the movie with Ted Bauman and Josh Sabarra. PR executive Sabarra, a longtime friend of Grace’s, was Lifetime’s head of communications until the company’s merger with A&E Networks. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
New York, NY - HitFix's Drew McWeeny and Guy Lodge agree: "Wrath of the Titans" is the rare sequel that improves on the original source material. Were I to write a review, I'd also salute the improvements from 2010's "Clash of the Titans." Last weekend, I sat down with director Jonathan Liebesman to discuss his approach to storytelling on the big budget sequel. One of the particular goals for the "Battle Los Angeles" and "Darkness Falls" director, as you will hear, was overhauling the 3D, which was a much maligned afterthought on "Clash," but became a central concern in »
- Daniel Fienberg
Once again, we find ourselves with yet another new take on our favorite bio-mechanical aliens, the Transformers. In the wake of the Hollywood films and the recent Transformers Animated, we are treated to Transformers Prime, a weekly series on The Hub, which takes place in the continuity of High Moon Studio’s third-person shooter Transformers: War for Cybertron, which maintains the look of the movies, but allows for new human characters to interact with them. And to help bring the story to life is a score by composer Brian Tyler.
Tyler – whose credits include Frailty, Bubba Ho-Tep, Darkness Falls, Battle: Los Angeles, and several of the Fast & Furious films – is a very competent composer, and his work here is very well done, if at times derivative of the genre. All too often he seems to rely on tried-and-true themes, be it hero themes, villain themes, chase/action music, etc. I can forgive this, »
Action movies set in the White House are taking off. Just under two weeks after Gerard Butler was locked to star in Olympus Has Fallen, Variety reports that Sony’s bought White House Down, a potentially similar spec script from James Vanderbilt (Zodiac, The Amazing Spider-Man).
This has only been described as “Die Hard meets Air Force One,” which is rather funny when you remember that Olympus went by the logline of “Die Hard in the White House.” That could be something of a problem; it doesn’t help that I’ve been mixed on much of Vanderbilt‘s screenwriting career, either. Zodiac being the obvious exception — and with The Rundown basically in a positive light, too — we’re talking about the guy behind Darkness Falls, Basic, and The Losers. You can’t let that go overlooked.
In other Sony news, Deadline tells us they’ve become the favorite to purchase The Mortal Instruments, »
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Five years ago, it may have seemed like director Jonathan Liebesman was destined to be stuck doing horror movies after directing Darkness Falls , the "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" prequel and the short film "Rings" (bridging the gap between The Ring and its sequel). He even directed a smaller horror movie called The Killing Room , which debuted at Sundance in 2009. None of those things could have prepared anyone for what Liebesman could do when put in charge of a larger scale movie like last year's Battle: Los Angeles , which pitted a platoon of Marines against an alien invasion. Just over a year later and Liebesman is at the helm of Wrath of the Titans , the sequel to the 2010 blockbuster remake which is just as big as Battle: La in terms of action and »
Directed by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo
Written by Nicolas Casariego and Jamie Marques
Intruders is about two children who are menaced by a supernatural being known only as Hollow Face; he appears as a CGI murk or a hooded man and wants to trap and imprison the children in his web of darkness.
Or outwardly that is what this story would appear to be about. It is told in two concurrent storylines; that of a Spanish boy and his mother who deal with a nightly visitation that causes her son nightmares, panic attacks, and hellacious visions, and that of a British girl and her parents who endure attacks from a nighttime intruder who continually breaks into the girl’s room at night. The two apparitions are the same: they are this character Hollow Face. »
It's been common knowledge for a while now that Transformers director Michael Bay is looking to try his hand at bringing another classic children's series to the big screen via his Platinum Dunes production company with a new live-action adaptation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The new feature is currently slated for release in December 2013 and is rumoured to be helmed by Jonathan Liebesman, director of Darkness Falls, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Battle: Los Angeles and the upcoming fantasy sequel Wrath of the Titans.
Well, Bay had a few words about his plans for the new Tmnt movie at the 2012 Nickelodeon Upfront at the Lincoln Center in New York a couple of days back, and fans of the heroes in a half-shell are unlikely to be very happy with what he had to say. Check out the following video, courtesy of StuffWeLike...
Yes, you did hear that correctly: »
Second Trailer For Wrath Of The Titans
Today, Warner Bros. Studios released the second trailer for Wrath of the Titans, the sequel to the 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans. Sam Worthington, Liam Neeson, and Ralph Fiennes reprise their roles from the first film. Jonathan Liebesman, the director of Battle: Los Angeles, Darkness Falls, and The Killing Room, replaces Louis Leterrier in the director chair.
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- David Wangberg
We pick up today a few news tidbits that exploded onto the web over the weekend. We would have been more efficient and relayed this killer horror info back to you guys sooner but between beer swilling, pizza chewing and horror flick watching time bled away the past few days. First off is news that the extremely busy James Wan ('Death Sentence') and 'Saw' co-creator Leigh Whannell who are working on a follow-up script to their hit horror 'Insidious' have revealed two notable characters who will be returning for more spooky astral projection scares. During an interview with horror site Dread Central Whannell let them know that Specs and Tucker the two geeky investigators would be returning for the sequel. Tucker was played by Angus Sampson ('Darkness Falls') and Whannel himself played the role of Specs. »
Back in May of 2010 it was revealed that Transformers director Michael Bay was looking to bring another classic children's property to the big screen, landing the feature film rights to those heroes in a half-shell, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, via his production company Platinum Dunes. Now comes word from Variety that Bay and fellow producers Brad Fuller and Andrew Form may have set their sights on a director for the project in the form of Jonathan Liebesman, whose previous credits include Darkness Falls, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, Battle: Los Angeles and the upcoming fantasy sequel Wrath of the Titans.
Although plot details are being kept tightly under wraps, it is understood that the new film will be a reboot, bearing no relation to the earlier live-action trilogy, nor the 2007 CG-animated feature Tmnt. What is known however is that a script has been penned by André Nemec and Josh Appelbaum, »
Paskagankee by Allan Leverone
An isolated village, remote and vulnerable.
A series of brutal murders.
And a vengeful spirit born of tragedy, reawakened after a centuries-old massacre.
Three distinctly different people must come together, racing against time and their own personal demons in a desperate attempt to stop an unstoppable killer and save their town.
Welcome to Paskagankee, Maine. You may not survive the visit.
My first exposure to Allan Leverone was his novella “Darkness Falls” which I received from DarkFuse, I generally liked the book but thought it would have been better if it would have been a little longer, but that is only my opinion. I really liked Allan’s writing style, and the atmosphere and characters he created in the story.
I have no such reservations about his latest novel “Paskagankee”, which I think is absolutely fantastic. I am a sucker for a good old fashioned supernatural »
- Peter Schwotzer
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