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15 items from 2012

Brenton Thwaites and Nicola Peltz to Star in Transformers 4

11 December 2012 9:45 AM, PST | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Twitch reports that Michael Bay has chosen his leads for Transformers 4 (Trans4mers?): Brenton Thwaites and Nicola Peltz. Who? Yeah, so they are super unfamous, but remember before Transformers, Megan Fox and Shia Labeouf were also mostly unknown (save for Even Stevens and Project Greenlight fans). Peltz, who will play Mark Wahlberg's daughter, is best known for her role in The Last Airbender. Thwaites, who will play Peltz's biker boyfriend, hasn't been in much, other than Lifetime's Blue Lagoon reboot, but he is supposed to have a significant role in the upcoming Maleficent. We look forward to watching them get out of the way of fighting giant robots. »

- Jesse David Fox

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Rihanna headlines a fashion competition for Style; Elizabeth Banks back on 'Modern Family'

5 December 2012 4:18 PM, PST | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

The Style Network is betting TV has room for one more fashion competition -- particularly if pop star Rihanna is involved.

The singer will star in and executive produce "Styled to Rock," a contest in which 12 designers compete to act as stylists for a different celebrity guest star each week. There's no word on the prize for the winner.

A casting call is underway online; go here for details.

Other TV news and notes:

- Elizabeth Banks is headed back to "Modern Family." She's reprising her role as Mitchell (Jesse Tyler Ferguson) and Cam's (Eric Stonestreet) hard-partying friend -- or maybe formerly hard-partying friend, as she tells the guys she's about to get married. [EW]

- Mindy Kaling's former "Office" mate B.J. Novak, who's been working as a consulting producer on "The Mindy Project," will join Kaling on camera as well. He'll do a two-episode guest stint as a possible new beau for Kaling's character. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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New Original Series Nuclear Family Launched by Syfy Digital

18 October 2012 12:57 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Vuguru's new 20-part original sci-fi drama "Nuclear Family," starring Corin Nemec, Kinsey Packard, Ray Wise and Sharon Lawrence, is now available on Xbox Live via the Syfy app. This is Syfy Digital's third original series.

Check out all the details of the show on Syfy.com and follow Nuclear Family on Twitter (@NuclearFam).

From the Press Release

For the first time ever, Syfy Digital launched a digital original series exclusively on Xbox Live via its Syfy App. On October 1st, all 20 episodes of Vuguru’s sci-fi drama "Nuclear Family" premiered on the Syfy App on the Xbox Live entertainment platform, followed by simultaneous premieres on Syfy.com, Hulu, VOD, Syfy’s mobile and tablet apps, and Syfy’s new Roku channel starting on October 15th.

"Nuclear Family," Syfy Digital’s third original series following the highly successful "Riese" and "Mercury Men," stars Corin Nemec ("Stargate Sg-1"), Kinsey Packard ("Sleeper Cell »

- Doctor Gash

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Ben Affleck, Alan Arkin, John Goodman and Bryan Cranston, to receive the “Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award” for “Argo” by Josh Abraham

3 October 2012 8:26 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

HollywoodNews.com: The 16th Annual Hollywood Film Awards, presented by the Los Angeles Times, is pleased to announce that the feature "Argo," directed by Ben Affleck, will receive the "Hollywood Ensemble Acting Award." "We are very proud to recognize the ensemble cast of "Argo," for their dramatic and outstanding performances," said Carlos de Abreu, Founder and Executive Director of the Hollywood Film Awards. The 2012 Hollywood Film Awards has also announced that it will honor director David O. Russell with the "Hollywood Director Award"; Oscar-winning actor Robert De Niro with the "Hollywood Supporting Actor Award"; Academy Award-winning actress Marion Cotillard with the "Hollywood Actress Award"; three-time Academy Award-nominated actress Amy Adams with the "Hollywood Supporting Actress Award"; producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner with the "Hollywood Producers Award"; writer/director Judd Apatow with the "Hollywood Comedy Award"; actor John Hawkes with the "Hollywood Breakout Performance Award" for "The Sessions"; and Quvenzhané Wallis »

- Josh Abraham

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Waterproof monster movie gets scary writers

25 September 2012 11:30 PM, PDT | Corona's Coming Attractions | See recent Corona's Coming Attractions news »

Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan got their big break when the screenplay for their gore-filled horror movie Feast won the interest of the Project Greenlight producers. Feast went on to earn a decent return on the show's minimal investment and in turn produce two direct-to-video sequels. It also brought the writers to the attention of the Saw movie-makers, and subsequently saw them hired on to write the last four installments of that other gory horror movie franchise.

Melton and Dunstan have continued to remain in the horror genre and find additional work. Their latest payment comes from Legendary Pictures, the financial/production entity that helped put together Christopher Nolan's Batman movies, the upcoming Man of Steel and the recent Sherlock Holmes films that starred Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. Another picture that Legendary is currently producing is Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, and it was on that »

- Patrick Sauriol

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Blu-ray Review: Abysmally Unfunny ‘Piranha 3Dd’ Doubles the Awfulness

6 September 2012 6:27 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – “Piranha 3Dd” is such a pathetic excuse for entertainment that it doesn’t even deserve to be regarded as a film. It’s just soft-core porn stuffed with shoddy special effects. The titillation factor is zilch and the scare factor is even lower than that. Even frat boys under the influence of multiple drugs may have difficulty finding this dreck watchable, let alone funny.

Director John Gulager is the Project Greenlight winner whose 2005 schlock-fest, “Feast,” still remains his crowning achievement. He appears to have no knowledge of why camp has the potential to be amusing. Truly funny camp must be constructed with a degree of sincerity. “The Room” is a timeless comedy classic because its eccentric creator, Tommy Wiseau, mistakenly thought he was making a searing relationship drama. You simply can’t make a movie like that on purpose. Everyone who does fails spectacularly.

Blu-ray Rating: 0.5/5.0

At least 2010’s »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Exclusive: Writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton Talk Piranha 3Dd, Sequels and More

4 September 2012 10:54 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

This week the silly, sexy and ultra-gory creature feature romp Piranha 3Dd is hitting DVD and Blu-ray shelves everywhere, and to get you guys ready, Dread Central recently chatted with horror's dynamic duo of writing: Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton!

The duo penned the sequel for a frequent co-collaborator of theirs, director John Gulager (the madman behind the Feast trilogy and a "Project Greenlight" winner alongside Dunstan and Melton in Season Three).

Check out what both Melton and Dunstan had to say about their sequel, pushing boundaries, deconstructing "The Hoff," sequel potential and more in our exclusive interview with the screenwriting team below.

Dread Central: Can you guys talk about what kind of touchstones you made sure to keep from the first movie for Piranha 3Dd? Clearly the location was different and - I would imagine - more challenging.

Marcus Dunstan: There were challenges, but having Piranha 3Dd take »

- thehorrorchick

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Exclusive Interview: John Gulager, Director of Piranha 3Dd

3 September 2012 7:23 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Shock Till You Drop recently spoke with John Gulager, winner of Bravo’s Project Greenlight and director of the Feast trilogy.

In our discussion, Gulager dishes the details on his latest directorial effort, Piranha 3Dd, which hits DVD and 3D Blu-ray tomorrow (September 4th). The sequel finds Gulager reteaming with fellow Project Greenlight alums Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton.

John discusses the camp value of Piranha 3Dd, taking the reins from Alexandre Aja, and trying to comply with slasher film conventions while keeping things interesting for horror fans.

In the event you haven’t seen the film yet, here is a look at the synopsis for Piranha 3Dd. Having awoken from their spring break extravaganza at Lake Victoria, the swarm heads upstream where they look to make a meal out of Big Wet, a local water park where when it comes to fun, nobody does it wetter! Thought they came to get wet, »

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'God Of War' calls the writers of 'Saw' and 'Pacific Rim' to arms

10 July 2012 6:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I'm guessing every development executive in Los Angeles spent the long 4th of July weekend playing video games.  That's the only explanation. "God Of War" has been in the works as a movie for a while now through Atlas Entertainment, with Chuck Roven and Alex Gartner producing.  They originally had David Self attached as the film's writer, but now it looks like Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan have been chosen to help get the film ready for production. If you were a fan of "Project Greenlight," then you remember Melton and Dunstan as the writers of "Feast."  If you're a horror »

- Drew McWeeny

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'Piranha 3Dd' Movie Review (2012)

4 June 2012 12:42 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

There is only one way to "enjoy" Piranha 3Dd and that is drunk and with as many friends as possible, most of you hardly paying attention to what is going on in the film. I haven't seen director John Gulager's Project Greenlight venture Feast, which spawned a pair of sequels after becoming a buzzed about horror film back in 2005, but if this film is any indication of its quality I hope I never do. This is, without a doubt, one of the worst movies I have seen in the last several years. For screenwriters Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan and Joel Soisson to leave their names attached as "writers" is an insult to the word. Prior to Piranha 3Dd, Melton and Dunstan were responsible for writing several of the Saw sequels and Soisson can lay claim to the likes of Mimic 2, The Prophecy: Forsaken and Children of the Corn: Genesis among others. »

- Brad Brevet

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Your Box Office Explained: Snow White Defies Expectations, But Here Comes Prometheus

4 June 2012 10:15 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

This Weekend’s Winner: With no other new films in competition at the box office, Snow White and the Huntsman out-performed the modest tracking predictions of its studio, Universal (whose execs even in the middle of last week had been forecasting that it would open as low as $34 million), and took the lead with an estimated $56.3 million domestic haul in its opening weekend.This Weekend’s Loser: Piranha 3Dd (directed by Project Greenlight winner John Gulager!) grossed $179,000, but calling it a "loser" seems redundant. Did anyone expect people to actually attend a sequel that's predecessor underwhelmed in the U.S., and this time had even lower-wattage stars? Its theatrical release was more of a token gesture anyway; it was also simultaneously released on VOD (though not in 3-D), so perhaps it will prove to be a big hit among Hasselhoff-fan-club-member shut-ins. You can't underestimate the power of their purse. Seriously, »

- Claude Brodesser-Akner

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Exclusive: David Koechner and John Gulager Talk Piranha 3Dd

2 June 2012 1:06 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Nudity! Gore! 3D! David Koechner! What more could you want out of Piranha 3Dd, the Drive-In summer sequel that has no equal! Heck, we even get a very funny David Hasselhoff poking fun at himself in some of the most ribald scenes you'll see all year. We recently caught up with director John Gulager (of Feast and Project Greenlight fame) to chat about paying homage to Joe Dante's original Piranha. We also sat with David Koechner and his on-screen daughter Danielle Panabaker to talk severed heads, motor boating, and the ability to die gracefully on screen. Watch as we get to the bottom of what makes Piranha 3Dd so darn bouncy and fun!

Piranha 3Dd Exclusive: David Koechner and Danielle Panabaker

Piranha 3Dd Exclusive: John Gulager

Piranha 3Dd was released June 1st, 2012 and stars Danielle Panabaker, Matt Bush, David Koechner, Jean-Luc Bilodeau, Chris Zylka, Katrina Bowden, Adrian Martinez, Paul James. »

- MovieWeb

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Exclusive: Director John Gulager Talks Piranha 3Dd, Much More

1 June 2012 6:12 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

If certain genre-heavy filmmakers exude a cool, self-serious air of entitlement and others chiefly a geek-made-good enthusiasm, John Gulager is the even more striking exception to these poles — a guy who’s at once painfully shy and yet also gregarious and giving in private, talented but frumpy, and kind of shocked that he’s getting to live out his dream. After winning the directorial competition for the third season of Ben Affleck and Matt Damon’s “Project Greenlight,” Gulager (the son of actor Clu Gulager) lent his talents to the low-budget “Feast” horror films. Now, after a bit of a break, he’s getting even crazier, in the form of “Piranha 3Dd,” a  [ Read More ] »

- bsimon

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Director John Gulager Talks 'Piranha 3Dd'

18 May 2012 9:48 PM, PDT | Planet Fury | See recent Planet Fury news »

John Gulager grew up on the backlots of Universal studios, where his father Clu (The Killers, Return of the Living Dead) worked as a contract player.

His early schooling in movie magic eventually paid off when he became a winning contestant on Project Greenlight. Gulager went on to work with writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton on three splatter-filled Feast movies, creating one of the most entertainingly disgusting franchises in film history.

The Feast crew has teamed up once again to create Piranha 3Dd, the sequel to Alexandre Aja's reboot of the Roger Corman classic. We spoke with Gulager about the nuts and bolts of making a 3D movie that takes place mostly in the water, killing his father onscreen, and tossing piranha at David Hasselhoff's head.

(Gesturing toward large rubber piranha on table) Is this an actual prop from the film?

Yeah. The silicone gives a bounce to them. »

- Ryan Orvis

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Reality Show Contestant Directing 'Back to the Future' Love Letter, 'Great Scott'

19 January 2012 10:09 AM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Remember that reality show On the Lot? It was produced by Steven Spielberg and featured several aspiring filmmakers who shot their own short films each week and competed for the top prize of a "dream job" at DreamWorks? The show didn't do so well in the ratings, and wasn't as entertaining as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon's Project Greenlight series, but the contestants who starred have continued to work in the industry, with news arriving today that one of them is now set to direct some sort of Back to the Future love letter called Great Scott. Moviehole tells us that Phil Hawkins (The Butterfly Tattoo) will direct the film, based in England, which centers on a bored teenager living a mundane life who would do anything to live out the adventures of...

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- Erik Davis

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