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The Mummy Reboot to Star Tom Cruise?

24 November 2015 2:05 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

With cameras readying to roll on Universal's The Mummy reboot early next year, there's been talk today that Tom Cruise might star in the reimagining of the classic horror movie.

According to Variety, Tom Cruise and Universal are having talks about the actor coming onboard The Mummy reboot in a starring role. Details about the role are currently unknown.

Slated for a March 24th, 2017 theatrical release, The Mummy is expected to be the first of many Universal Monster movie reboots, with the ultimate goal being to create a shared cinematic universe including Wolf Man, Dracula, Van Helsing, the Bride of Frankenstein, the titular characters from Creature from the Black Lagoon and The Phantom of the Opera, and more.

Comprised of a sizable creative team of ten writers, the Universal Monsters reboot initiative is being headed by Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, with the former set to be in the director's chair for The Mummy reboot. »

- Derek Anderson

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Universal Monsters Reboot Update

17 November 2015 1:49 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Beginning with the release of The Mummy in 2017, Universal will reintroduce moviegoers to their lineup of classic movie monsters. Though news on the initiative has been relatively quiet as of late, recently the co-leaders of Universal's Monsters reboot initiative, Alex Kurtzman and Chris Morgan, offered an update and a bit more insight into the upcoming shared universe.

Speaking with Variety's Brent Lang, Kurtzman and Morgan discussed the Universal Monsters reboots, which could eventually pop into theaters at the same speed as Disney's Star Wars films. Following the debut of The Mummy (which is expected to start shooting next year with Kurtzman in the director's chair), the plan is to have a new Universal Monster film hit theaters each year.

Though the exact order of the post-Mummy films is not finalized, movies about the Wolf Man, Dracula, Van Helsing, and the Bride of Frankenstein seem to be high on Universal's to-do list. »

- Derek Anderson

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Mariah Carey Has a Spooky Reunion With Ex-Husband Nick Cannon

1 November 2015 4:08 PM, PST | | See recent Popsugar news »

Holiday parties sure bring out the best in people - just ask Mariah Carey. On Saturday, Mariah dressed up as a sexy witch and hosted her own Halloween bash in La, which included two very special guests: her boyfriend, James Packer, who dressed up as the phantom from The Phantom of the Opera, and her ex-husband, Nick Cannon, who wore all green and channeled the Hulk. Along with James and Nick were her two adorable twins, Monroe and Moroccan Cannon, who donned Batgirl and Batman costumes. That same day, Nick took to Instagram and shared two photos of his children, writing, "#RocandRoe going hard this Halloween! #BatGirl #Batman," with one of the snaps. Nick and Mariah were married for six years before splitting last Summer, but the two still continue to spend time together for the sake of their children. Earlier this year, the pair reunited for an Easter celebration with their kids, »

- Monica Sisavat

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Patrick Wilson on 'Bone Tomahawk's' extreme gore: 'I've never seen that on the screen'

26 October 2015 3:52 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Patrick Wilson has starred in such big-budget Hollywood movies as "The Alamo," "The Phantom of the Opera" and Zack Snyder's "Watchmen," but his latest film -- writer/director S. Craig Zahler's bleak horror-Western "Bone Tomahawk" -- wasn't exactly flush with money. Which, as far as Wilson is concerned, actually helped his performance as Arthur O'Dwyer, a young, crutches-saddled frontier man who goes on a mission to save his wife from a tribe of cannibalistic Native Americans: "I think this might have been a different movie...I felt this way actually about 'Hard Candy,' too, years ago -- you probably would have had a different performance, certainly in some takes, if the movie had been shot over three or four months," Wilson told me while promoting the film, which also stars Kurt Russell, Matthew Fox and Richard Jenkins. See below for more highlights from our conversation, including why »

- Chris Eggertsen

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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (1962) is a beautiful, tense rendition that suffers from a poor final act

18 October 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Phantom of the Opera

Written by John Elder

Directed by Terence Fisher

U.K., 1962

Hammer Film Productions is one of the oldest, most respected film studios to ever earn significant popularity. Founded in 1934 in England, the production company earned an outstanding sequence of success in the 1950s, 60s, and 70s by re-appropriating several well known horror stories like The Mummy and Dracula, as well as concocting several original concepts. Even in 2015, long after the studio’s heyday, cinephiles continue to look back at and appreciate the work Hammer put out during those three illustrious decades. Being such specialists in breathing new life into old horror tales, it would only seem befitting that they would try their hand at a new adaptation of French author Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera novel.

Transplanting the action over to home soil in London, this iteration of The Phantom of the Opera »

- Edgar Chaput

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Jason Manford, Lee Mead and Martin Kemp lead cast in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang tour

16 October 2015 3:37 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

The fantastic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang musical will hit the road again in 2016, and it has been confirmed this morning that the show will feature a new, all-star cast.

Caractacus Potts will be played by Jason Manford (The Producers, Sweeney Todd) from 10 February until 24 April, and he will return to the show from 5 October 2016.  Lee Mead (Casualty, Legally Blonde, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat) will play Caractacus Potts from 4 May until 18 September 2016.

Martin Kemp (EastEnders, The Krays) will play the Childcatcher until 24 April 2016, and Amy Griffiths (Everyman, Stephen Ward, The Pajama Game) will play Truly Scrumptious.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang will also feature Phill Jupitus (The Producers, Hairspray) as Lord Scrumptious/Baron Bomburst until 24 April 2016, Michelle Collins (EastEnders, Coronation Street) as Baroness Bomburst, and Andy Hockley (The Phantom Of The Opera) as Grandpa Potts.

Ewen Cummins plays The Toymaker/Mr Coggins, with Sam Harrison as Boris and Scott Paige as Goran, »

- Paul Heath

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DVD Savant’s Guide to the New Wave of Classic Hammer Blu-rays

15 October 2015 3:40 PM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

Curious about all those Region B Hammer Blu-rays from overseas, the ones requiring a region-free player? As a public service, Savant has solicited an expert opinion (you'll have to take my word for that) of a film restoration/transfer specialist who is also an informed fan of the filmic output of the little horror studio at Bray. I know, real Hammer fans buy first and worry about quality later, but this little guide might be of help to the rest of us budget-conscious collectors.

A 'Guest' article Written by a trusted Savant correspondent.

(Note: I receive plenty of emails asking for advice about the quality of Region B Blu-rays, most of which I don't see. I have access to industry people qualified to compare and judge the discs, but they stay off the record, because their employers forbid them to go online with their opinions. They must sometimes simmer in »

- Glenn Erickson

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Joshua Review Rupert Julian’s The Phantom Of The Opera [Blu-ray Review]

13 October 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Every October, horror hounds and cinephiles alike delve into the vast history of this art we call cinema, looking for the greatest in spine chilling horror pictures. Be it the latest in gruesome yet cliche-ridden found footage features or the gothic roots of classic Universal monster pictures, horror cinema comes to life in a distinct and visceral way each October.

And thanks to Kino Lorber, this is going to be a special holiday season, as one of horror’s earliest cinematic entries, and one of its greatest and most unforgettable, is now available on Blu-ray in a shockingly dense new release.

Starring one of horror’s most iconic stars, Lon Chaney, The Phantom Of The Opera has entered the ranks of Kino Lorber’s home video canon, in one of the year’s most enticing classic cinema releases. Released 90 years ago, the story from which it is based is a touch older. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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‘Phantom of the Opera’ (1943), a visual feast with the great Claude Rains, is hurt by a laborious script

11 October 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Phantom of the Opera

Written by John Jacoby, Samuel Hofffenstein, Eric Taylor

Directed by Arthur Lubin

U.S.A., 1943

It comes as a surprise to no one when stating that Hollywood is not averse to remaking movies. It is an old practice that goes back many decades, all the way back to the earliest days of the studio system. Great stories, apparently, bear retelling with more modern casts and more modern filmmaking techniques. In some cases, it is an issue of actually modernizing the setting, whereas in others instances the studio believes that audiences crave a new version of a familiar classic even though it was a period piece to begin with. Among several early attempts at refurbishing highly regarded motion pictures was 1943’s Phantom of the Opera, released not quite 20 years after the terrifying original and about 15 years after said original was itself the subject of tinkering to »

- Edgar Chaput

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‘The Phantom of the Opera’ (1925) is a stunning example of early Hollywood at its most lavish

4 October 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Phantom of the Opera

Written by Elliot J. Clawson, Raymond L. Schrock and Bernard McConville

Directed by Rupert Julian (uncredited: Edward Sedgwick)

U.S.A., 1925

 The following review is based on the silent version from 1925, not the 1930 version that included some dialogue. The version viewed for the purposes the present review also featured colour-tinted scenes and the infamous opening scene in which a man with a lamp walks through a dark tunnel, which is reportedly footage shot later for the 1930 sound version, but has somehow made it into all existing cuts of the original 1925 film.

The 1920s represent a defining decade for film, both in the United States and worldwide. Many of the earliest great pictures we produced during this time, with several film auteurs getting their start, such as Alfred Hitchcock, Jean Renoir and F. W. Murnau but to name a few. For Hollywood, which was growing in »

- Edgar Chaput

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The Phantom of the Opera

29 September 2015 9:56 AM, PDT | Trailers from Hell | See recent Trailers from Hell news »

The latest release of Lon Chaney's most famous silent classic is a Blu-ray, which allows us to marvel at at the actor's artistry in a beautifully tinted HD image. Erik the Phantom is one of the two or three greatest fantasy makeup performances of all time. The release has three separate encodings, of different versions running at different film speeds. A 1929 recut has the best image, while the original 1925 version is uncut. The Phantom of the Opera Blu-ray Kino Classics / Blackhawk 1925/29 / B&W with tints and Technicolor sequences / 1:37 flat Silent Aperture / 78, 92 and 114 min. / Street Date October 13, 2015 / available through Kino Lorber / 29.95 Starring Lon Chaney, Mary Philbin, Norman Kerry, Arthur Edmund Carewe, Gibson Gowland, John St. Polis, Snitz Edwards. Cinematography Milton Bridenbecker, Virgil Miller, Charles Van Enger Consulting Artist Ben Carré Film Editors Maurice Pivar, Gilmore Walker Original Music Makeup Lon Chaney Written by Elliott J. Clawson from the novel »

- Glenn Erickson

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11 Longest-Running Broadway Shows

15 September 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

“Mamma Mia!” held its final Broadway curtain call this past Saturday after 14 years and well over 5,000 historical performances. Do you know which other Broadway shows have enjoyed similarly impressive stretches? These are 11 of the Great White Way’s longest running shows. And here’s to keeping a good thing going! “The Phantom of the Opera”A worldwide phenomenon and Broadway’s longest running musical, “Phantom” opened in 1988 to rave reviews and multiple awards, and has stood the test of time ever since. The epic Andrew Lloyd Webber masterpiece is still playing at Broadway’s Majestic Theatre (clocking in at over 10,000 performances) and is wowing new audiences a generation removed from the show’s first fans. “Chicago”Though Broadway’s original 1975 production may have closed after a (relatively) short two years, the current revival of “Chicago” has been jazzing it up at Broadway’s Ambassador Theatre since 1996. The latest iteration has »

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Round-Up: Exclusive Night People Trailer, The Descent 10th Anniversary Screening, Tailypo Short Film

26 August 2015 8:13 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Given to Daily Dead as an exclusive, the Night People trailer shows us that even criminals can spin the creepiest of yarns. Also: details on the 10th anniversary screening of Neil Marshall's The Descent and a look at the short film Tailypo.

Night People: "'Night People' is an Irish Sci-Fi / Horror film which marks the feature film directorial debut of Gerard Lough.

A pair of professional but badly mismatched criminals breaks into a vacant house to carry out an insurance scam. Awkwardly thrown together with an hour to kill, they reluctantly start telling each other tall tales. One concerns two friends who discover a mysterious device that may be of alien origin. The more they learn about it, the closer to the breaking point their friendship is pushed. The other is about an ambitious business woman who provides a dating agency for wealthy fetishists. She attempts »

- Tamika Jones

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Round-Up: Silver Bullet 35mm Screening, The Walking Dead Fundraiser, A Plague So Pleasant DVD Update

19 August 2015 7:54 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Fans of Stephen King will be happy to hear that Mile High Horror Film Festival is screening Dan AttiasSilver Bullet. Also: details on Danai Gurira's (Michonne, The Walking Dead) charity and an update on the DVD release of A Plague So Pleasant.

Silver Bullet: Press Release: "Denver, Co -- This past month, the Mile High Horror Film Festival has been making exciting announcements in our media partnership with Fangoria, including a live edition of Fangoria's We'll See You In Hell Podcast, a 30th Anniversary VHS Screening of The Return Of The Living Dead with a live Q&A with Linnea Quigley as well as Mile High's 90th Anniversary screening of The Phantom Of The Opera with an appearance from Ron Chaney. However, in our joint efforts to bring fright fans an essential horror fest experience, Mhhff '15 and Fangoria are proud to exclusively announce another »

- Tamika Jones

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"The Man from U.N.C.L.E." versus "Straight Outta Compton" at the Box-Office

14 August 2015 8:05 AM, PDT | Manny the Movie Guy | See recent Manny the Movie Guy news »

It.s .The Man from U.N.C.L.E.. versus .Straight Outta Compton. at the box-office this weekend. .U.N.C.L.E. is based on the popular 1960s TV series. This one stars Henry Cavill as an American spy and Armie Hammer as his Russian counterpart. It.s directed by Guy Ritchie. .Straight Outta Compton. is the big-screen docu-drama of the rise and fall of N.W.A. Which one is my pick of the week? Take a look!

Official .The Man From U.N.C.L.E.. Synopsis

Henry Cavill ("Man of Steel") stars as Napoleon Solo opposite Armie Hammer ("The Social Network") as Illya Kuryakin in director Guy Ritchie's "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," a fresh take on the hugely popular 1960s television series. Set against the backdrop of the early 1960s, at the height of the Cold War, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." centers on CIA agent Solo and Kgb agent Kuryakin. »

- Manny

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Phantom Of The Opera celebrates 12,000 shows in London

12 August 2015 2:58 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Last night, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom Of The Opera celebrated 12,000 performances at Her Majesty’s Theatre in London’s West End.

The cast, which included Liam Tamne (Raoul), Gero?nimo Rauch (The Phantom) and Harriet Jones (Christine), celebrated with what looks like an enormous cake at the end of the show.

The musical opened at Her Majesty’s Theatre on 9th October 1986 with Michael Crawford and Sarah Brightman in the leading roles. In it’s 29th year, the production continues to go from strength to strength.

Here’s some images from the milestone performance in the West End last night.

The post Phantom Of The Opera celebrates 12,000 shows in London appeared first on The Hollywood News. »

- Paul Heath

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Alex Kurtzman Talks Universal Monsters Reboot

10 August 2015 8:31 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The rebooted Universal Monsters world is set to officially kick off with the release of The Mummy remake in 2017, but planning on the films has been underway for quite awhile, and recently at the Television Critics Association Press Tour, filmmaker Alex Kurtzman touched on how there will be plenty of horror in the upcoming monster movies, which were previously coined as "action-adventures."

Kurtzman, the co-leader of Universal's Monsters reboot initiative along with Chris Morgan, gave Collider an update on the fright films:

"We have actually started doing a lot of design work, we’re getting scripts in, everything is feeling really really good, so I don’t want to curse it by saying too much to you, but it’s going well."

Kurtzman insisted that these Universal Monster movies will be horror films, including The Mummy reboot that he will direct:

"...I think there was some lost in translation quality »

- Derek Anderson

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Kim Kardashian Takes Her Growing Baby Bump on a Family Outing

27 July 2015 3:10 PM, PDT | | See recent Popsugar news »

Kim Kardashian's baby bump has officially popped! The reality star, who is expecting a baby boy with her husband, Kanye West, stepped out with her family on Sunday to catch a showing of The Phantom of the Opera at Pantages Theatre in Hollywood. The California heat didn't seem to bother Kim, as she looked relaxed and gorgeous in a skintight dress that showed off her curves. Kim's sister Kourtney, who recently split from longtime boyfriend Scott Disick, showed him what he's missing in a low-cut top. Kendall and Kylie Jenner were also in attendance, as well as Kris Jenner and her boyfriend, Corey Gamble. The Kardashian outing is the just the latest we've seen of Kim's bump. In July alone, the reality star stepped out for a cute movie date with daughter North, went on a shopping spree in La, and traveled to Paris. Keep reading to »

- Caitlin-Hacker

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Pregnant Kim Kardashian Steps Out in Her Most Bump-Hugging Getup Yet: Maternity Style Photos!

27 July 2015 5:43 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Neutrals are a bump's best friend!  Kim Kardashian (who's pregnant with her second child with husband Kanye West) stepped out to see a matinee performance of The Phantom of the Opera at Hollywood's Pantages Theatre on Sunday, July 26, with her sisters. And naturally, the reality star couldn't resist showcasing her blossoming bump! Kardashian, 34, modeled a nude bodysuit and a matching skintight skirt, which hugged her growing tummy. She topped the ensemble with a blush-hued Juan Carlos Obando kimono-style jacket, and finished with Manolo Blahnik ankle-strap sandals. On [...] »

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“Good Luck is Bad Luck” and the Theatrical Superstitions of ‘The Gallows’

10 July 2015 9:19 PM, PDT | | See recent Icons of Fright news »

The first time I performed on stage, I was cast as a lead in a baseball musical in the first grade. The rest of the cast was comprised of 3rd graders who were Furious that a first grader was given a lead, but I apparently didn’t suck and I nabbed a starring role. My parents sat in the back of the auditorium next to the door just in case I was awful and they needed to sneak out. Luckily, I took to the stage the way a duck takes to water and I’ve been singing and acting on stage ever since. As I write this, I’ve returned home from an opening night performance of The Pajama Game, a performance I put on only hours after having caught a showing of the newest Blumhouse project, The Gallows.

A paint-by-numbers found footage horror film, The Gallows is sort of the anti-High School Musical. »

- BJ Colangelo

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