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Syfy pick-up ‘Z Nation’ for third season

6 November 2015 3:14 PM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Syfy and The Asylum today announced that scripted drama series Z Nation will be back for a third season of zombie road trippin’ action, as a 15-hour third season is slated to premiere on Syfy in 2016.

Z Nation takes place three years after a zombie virus gutted the country. A team of everyday heroes is tasked with transporting the only known survivor of the plague across the country to the last functioning viral lab in post-apocalyptic America, in hopes of using his blood to create a cure for the virus.

Z Nation stars Kellita Smith (The Bernie Mac Show), DJ Qualls (Supernatural, The Man in the High Castle), Keith Allan (Rise of the Zombies), Anastasia Baranova (The Darkness II), Russell Hodgkinson (Big Fish), Nat Zang and Matt Cedeño (Devious Maids). Karl Schaefer (Eerie Indiana, Eureka, The Dead Zone) serves as executive producer and showrunner.

Z Nation is currently airing Fridays at 10/9c on Syfy. »

- Phil Wheat

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"Lady Dior" - Enter Marion Cotillard

27 October 2015 5:14 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new images, plus short film footage of Oscar-winning actress Marion Cotillard (currently filming the feature "Assassin's Creed") supporting fashion campaigns for "Lady Dior", photographed by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott:

Cotillard has garnered worldwide acclaim and awards for performances in films including "A Very Long Engagement" (2004), "La Vie en Rose" (2007), "Nine" (2009), "Inception" (2010), "Rust and Bone" (2012), "The Immigrant" (2013) and "Two Days, One Night" (2014).

Cotillard's other notable films include "Chloé" (1996), "Furia" (1999), "Lisa" (2001), "Pretty Things" (2001), "Big Fish" (2003), "Toi et Moi" (2006), "Dikkenek" (2006), "A Good Year" (2006), "Public Enemies" (2009), "Midnight in Paris" (2011), "Contagion" (2011) and "The Dark Knight Rises" (2012).

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- Michael Stevens

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Tower Of Terror Movie In The Works At Disney

26 October 2015 10:06 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Seemingly undeterred by the middling box office performance of Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland, Disney is dusting off the theme-park-ride-to-movie business model for another spin, after Deadline brings word that the company is plotting for a live-action film based on Tower of Terror.

Holding a reputation as one of the park’s most enduring and popular attractions, the House of Mouse has drafted in Big Fish and Frankenweenie scribe John August to cook up a treatment for the nascent project, with plans now in place to search for a a writer to take August’s framework and expand it into a feature-ready screenplay.

For the uninitiated, Disney’s marquee theme park ride crams a group of five into a claustrophobic lift which, after being struck by lightning, plummets into the dark and terrifying underbelly of the titular hotel. Old school in name and nature, it’s unclear whether the haunted house »

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Disney bringing Tower of Terror to the big screen

26 October 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

As originally reported a couple of months ago, it looks like Tower of Terror is following in the footsteps of Pirates of the Caribbean, The Haunted Mansion and Tomorrowland, with Deadline revealing that the Disney theme park attraction is heading to the big screen.

The site reports that Big Fish scribe John August is set to produce the film alongside Jim Whitaker, having developed a concept that will “center around five people who disappear in a fancy hotel elevator after the building is struck by lighting.”

This won’t be the first time that Tower of Terror has been adapted for the screen, with Disney releasing a TV movie of the ride back in 1997.


- Gary Collinson

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Disney's Tower of Terror Park Ride Movie Moving Forward

26 October 2015 12:23 AM, PDT | | See recent Worst Previews news »

After turning some of its amusement park rides into feature films, Disney is at it again with plans of making a new movie based on "Tower of Terror," which is one of the company's most popular rides. The ride is connected to the original "Twilight Zone" TV series and features an introduction by the late Rod Serling inviting park-goers to enter a hotel that has ghosts and dropping elevators. The ride also contains lots of references to actual episodes. The movie will have nothing to do with "The Twilight Zone," mostly because there was never an episode about elevators and because the TV series is not a Disney property. The story of the ride focuses on five people in a hotel, who take an elevator and disappear after being hit by lightning. "Big Fish" writer John August provided the treatment and Disney is now searching for a writer to turn it into a screenplay. »

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Disney Plans Tower Of Terror Movie

25 October 2015 9:44 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Though the huge success of the Pirates Of The Caribbean franchise spurred at lot of theme park-based movies into development during the last few years, few have seen the light. Still, Disney – even after the disappointment with park-adjacent idea Tomorrowland – is lining up another possibility with Tower Of TerrorBig Fish and Frankenweenie writer John August has worked up a treatment for a potential film based on the attraction that sends you dropping into a terrifying art deco hotel with a lift struck by lightning and all manner of spooky goodness.But August won’t actually be the one to crank out the screenplay, with Disney instead starting the search for someone to expand upon the concept. It’s early days for the idea, so no directors are being approached yet. We’re just hoping that if the movie gets made, it goes all out with the old Hollywood style the ride embodies. »

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Tower Of Terror Is Getting Its Own Horror Movie Because Of Course

25 October 2015 8:08 AM, PDT | | See recent Cinema Blend news »

No company owns more valuable brands and properties than Disney. The Mouse House boasts Marvel, Star Wars, Mickey Mouse and dozens and dozens more that the average person is very familiar with. In recent years, the company has focused on reimagining these culture touchstones, mostly to great success. So, it should come as no surprise that one of its most beloved theme park rides, Tower Of Terror, is getting its own movie. Not a whole lot is known about the specifics of the upcoming project, but we do know the Disney thumbs up came following a treatment written by John August. He's probably best known for his work on Big Fish, and apparently, he figured out a sweet way to adapt the popular theme park ride to the big screen. It'll, of course, follow travelers in an expensive hotel who lose their way, though exactly how much of »

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'Tower of Terror' Movie Reboot Planned at Disney

23 October 2015 5:01 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

With Disney already developing a movie adaptation based on their theme park attraction Jungle Cruise, the studio is also moving forward with another theme park-based movie, Tower of Terror. Deadline reports that the studio is currently seeking screenwriters, who will write the script based on a treatment by John August. Both John August and producer Jim Whitaker took their idea to Disney, and the studio sparked to their take.

The attraction opened at DisneyWorld's Hollywood Studios in 1994, which is based on the anthology series The Twilight Zone. The attraction is set at the fictional Hollywood Tower Hotel, where visitors step inside an elevator, where they're told stories about several people who have disappeared in that very same elevator over the years. The movie adaptation will follow a group of five people, who enter an elevator in a posh hotel. They all disappear after the hotel is struck by lightning. The »

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Disney Plans A "Tower of Terror" Movie

23 October 2015 4:13 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Disney is seeking a screenwriter to develop a feature film adaptation of "Tower Of Terror," one of its longest-running and most popular rides in its theme parks.

The story involves five people in a posh hotel who take an elevator and disappear after it is hit by lightning. "Big Fish" scribe John August has penned a treatment for the potential film, which is being dubbed a haunted house movie.

August will produce with Jim Whitaker. Steve Guttenberg and Kirsten Dunst starred in a 1997 TV movie based on the ride - the very first movie (TV or theatrical) to be based on a theme park ride.

Source: Deadline »

- Garth Franklin

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Watch: Disney's 1997 'Tower Of Terror' Starring Steve Guttenberg & Kirsten Dunst; John August Hired To Pen New Film

23 October 2015 1:52 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

The more things change, the more they stay the same. Disney's penchant for turning theme park rides into movies didn't start with "Pirates Of The Caribbean" (though, that is when they began spending insane piles of money on such fare). Back in 1997, they made their first real attempt with the made-for-tv "Tower Of Terror" starring Steve Guttenberg and Kristen Dunst. Someone named D.J. MacHale wrote and directed the movie and didn't do much after, and the movie itself hasn't really lived on either. But the Mouse House will start over. Read More: Kirsten Dunst Says 'Midnight Special' Will Screen At SXSW 2016, Is Co-Writing A Dark Comedy She Plans To Direct Deadline reports that John August ("Big Fish, "Dark Shadows") has been hired to write a new movie based on the spooky theme park ride. There's no word yet on what the actual plot might entail, except that it »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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‘Tower Of Terror’ Getting Movie Treatment; Venerable Disney Theme Park Fright Ride

23 October 2015 12:27 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Armed with a treatment by Big Fish scribe John August, Disney is now looking to hire a screenwriter to give feature treatment to Tower Of Terror, long one of the most popular rides in its theme parks. Jim Whitaker is producing this with August, after he and the A-list writer hatched an idea based on the theme park attraction and the studio sparked to their vision. The premise: Five people in a posh hotel take an elevator and disappear after it is hit by… »

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See what Kiss looked like when they appeared on MTV sans-makeup, 32 years ago today

18 September 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Thirty-one years ago today, Kiss appeared in public for the first time without their trademark face paint. The makeup-less appearance aired on MTV to promote the band’s new album, “Lick It Up,” and that was a beginning of a new era for the hard rock band as they abandoned the iconic makeup and studded black leather costumes. Check out the MTV moment below: Other notable Sept. 18 happenings in pop culture history: • 1851: The first issue of The New York Times was published. • 1927: The Columbia Phonograph Broadcasting System (CBS) first went on the air with a network of 16 radio stations. • 1970: Jimi Hendrix died in London at age 27. • 1976: Wild Cherry’s “Play that Funky Music” hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100. It stayed at the top of the chart for three weeks. • 1979: The Eagles’ single “Heartache Tonight” was released. The song reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot »

- Emily Rome

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Hugh Jackman Eyes Homer's 'The Odyssey'

20 August 2015 2:35 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The dusty old tome Homer's The Odyssey just got fuel-injected with some much-needed excitement. It sounds as though Hugh Jackman is taking this trip to ancient Greece. The star is currently in talks to headline the Lionsgate fantasy adventure based on the ancient poem. It was announced in April that Lionsgate plans to turn the title into a huge action-adventure tentpole.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 director Francis Lawrence is behind the helm. And he's bringing producer Nina Jacobson along for the ride. In May, CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed that Francis Lawrence's deal is for more than one movie. Though how many installments are planned isn't yet known.

Francis Lawrence also directed the second installment of the The Hunger Games, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, after original director Gary Ross backed out. Nina Jacobson has been onboard for all four of The Hunger Games movies, »

- MovieWeb

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'Tomorrowland' Be Damned: Disney may be making another ride into a movie

6 August 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Because why Not make Disney's Tower of Terror ride into a movie, they're making Disney's Tower of Terror ride into a movie. Or at least, they're trying (allegedly). Ever since the "Pirates of the Caribbean" movies made 9 billion gajillion dollars at the box office, Walt Disney Pictures has been searching desperately for their next amusement park ride-turned-blockbuster movie franchise, and the results have been...bad. They've been bad, you guys. I'm not going to sugarcoat this. Cases in point: "The Haunted Mansion." (Bad.) "The Country Bears." (Bad.) "Tomorrowland." (Bad.) But they're not giving up! Those intrepid Disney executives are going to find the next mega-hit franchise if it kills them. They are literally sweating over this. Pools of sweat, everywhere. They are drowning in it, people. Help Them. A few other things you need to know: 1. The project was first rumored in 2009. 2. Tim Burton's frequent screenwriter John August ("Big Fish, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Disney making film based on Tower Of Terror ride

5 August 2015 11:03 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Tower Of Terror theme park ride, based loosely on The Twilight Zone, is to be turned into a Disney movie...

One of Disney's biggest live action franchises came about as the result of one of its theme park rides. In fact, Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Lies is currently filming, the fifth movie in the series, that's due to land in 2017.

Less successful was the film based on The Haunted Mansion, but let's not talk about that one.

Anyway, Disney executives have clearly been having a gander around the firm's theme parks, as they've resurrected plans for a film based on the Tower Of Terror ride. This is the one based in a rickety Hollywood Tower hotel in the 1930s, that in turn is based on The Twilight Zone. You're basically strapped in, sent on a lift up many floors, which them plummets. There's a good »

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The Stanford Prison Experiment – The Review

30 July 2015 7:01 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

I first learned about the story of the Stanford Prison Experiment in high school. It was a journalism/newspaper class of all classes – where I had a monthly movie review column, which served as my first foray into film criticism. The idea of a psychology professor taking students and throwing them into a simulated prison system didn’t make much sense to me then. It seemed cruel and unusual, and my naïve, middle-class upbringing didn’t understand the benefit of forcing students to be cruel to other students. Never the less, that experiment conducted by Philip Zimbardo (played here in the film by Billy Crudup) in 1971 has always fascinated me due to its unusual nature.

Now that I’m older, I understand its meaning and its relevance. The Stanford Prison Experiment, the film, deftly recreates these intense moments that followed over the case of several days, showing the excruciating stress »

- Michael Haffner

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Watch Danny DeVito, Jimmy Fallon Play Inflatable Flip Cup

29 July 2015 8:39 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

"You've gone from Taxi to this," Jimmy Fallon cracked at Danny DeVito during Tuesday's Tonight Show, as the duo geared up for a game of inflatable flip cup. "When this is over, I'm gonna kick your ass," the actor fired back. Host and guest channeled their inner frat boys as they raced to down Solo cups of beer and flip over the cups, all while wearing random poofy suits. 

Fallon took an early lead in the contest, holding on for a victory – despite a strong surge from DeVito, whom Fallon »

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Danny Elfman on Film Scores, 'Simpsons' and Working With Tim Burton

29 June 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it." He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series.

The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off »

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Time Machine: Burton and Bonham Carter Sporting Matching Hairdos on the Oscars' Red Carpet

24 April 2015 7:44 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter at the Academy Awards Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter on the Oscars' Red Carpet Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter sported matching hairdos upon their arrival at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Tim Burton's global blockbuster Alice in Wonderland, in which Helena Bonham Carter is one of the featured players (as the Red Queen), won Oscars for Best Costume Design and Best Art Direction. Bonham Carter was a Best Supporting Actress nominee for Tom Hooper's The King's Speech (as another queen, Elizabeth). Helena Bonham Carter: Career boosted by Oscar nomination Helena Bonham Carter's film career began in earnest in James Ivory's 1986 Best Picture Oscar nominee A Room with a View, in which she romanced Julian Sands. She kept on working without creating too much of a stir – e.g., Lady Jane, »

- D. Zhea

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron Soundtrack Digital Album Set For Release April 28 Physical CD Available May 19

16 April 2015 1:58 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Marvel Music and Hollywood Records will release the original motion picture digital soundtrack for Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron on April 28, 2015.

The physical CD will be available on May 19, 2015. The score features music by Brian Tyler (Marvel’s “Iron Man 3,” “Furious 7″) and Danny Elfman.

The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron in theaters on May 1, 2015.

April 13: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast and producers pose onstage during the world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

April 13: “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” cast and producers pose onstage during the world premiere of Marvel’s “Avengers: Age Of Ultron” at the Dolby Theatre on April 13, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

Brian Tyler has scored over 70 films and recently won Film Composer »

- Michelle McCue

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