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Slender Man movie lands The Losers director

Joseph Baxter Jan 5, 2017

Sylvain White is now set to direct the upcoming horror film centering on mythical Internet figure Slender Man.

It seems that Slender Man is set for a bit of a pop-culture surge. As HBO’s upcoming documentary Beware The Slender Man prepares for its Us premiere in a few weeks on January 23, a crucial development has occurred on the front of the gestating (and kind of inevitable) horror film adaptation of the meme phenomenon.

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According to Deadline, studio Screen Gems has appointed Sylvain White to direct the upcoming Slender Man feature film. For White, it’s a critical and poetic selection, since he made his directorial breakthrough for Screen Gems with the 2007 bellwether Hip-Hop dance drama hit Stomp the Yard. With Slender Man, White will
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Isabelle Huppert on How She Tackles Difficult Roles Like ‘Elle’

Isabelle Huppert on How She Tackles Difficult Roles Like ‘Elle’
Whereas every other celebrity who visited the sixth-floor Variety Studio at the Toronto Film Festival arrived by elevator, Isabelle Huppert took the stairs — which says a lot about the French star. With a genuine shot at an Oscar nod this year for her daring role in Sony Pictures Classics’ “Elle,” the 63-year-old — who has more nominations for France’s top award, the César, than any other actress (15) — never takes the easy route.

While many actors run from provocative, erotic, or otherwise risqué roles, Huppert is drawn to them — from her early, sexy career turns in “Going Places” and “Coup de torchon” to her most recent Cannes sensation, “Elle,” in which she plays the co-founder of a successful video-game company who reacts in an unexpected way after she is violently raped. At first, the character goes on with her life as if nothing had happened; then, after discovering the identity of her attacker,
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Directors: Colin Trevorrow Opens 'Book Of Henry,' Armando Ianucci Tackles 'David Copperfield,' And More

Until now, Daniel Espinosa has generally been known for gritty genre fare ("Snabba Cash," "Safe House," the upcoming "Child 44"), but for his next jaunt he's boldly going to outer space. The director is in talks to helm "Morningstar" for Warner Bros. The plot details of the script by David Birke ("Gacy," "13 Sins") are being kept under wraps, but it is said to have the vibe of a Cold War thriller and involve "world building." So basically, it sounds like it's an opportunity for Espinosa to expand the wheelhouse he's already in. [The Wrap] While yet another take on "David Copperfield" hardly sounds exciting, our interest is certainly piqued with Armando Ianucci ("Veep," "The Thick Of It") behind the camera. He'll helm a new take on the Charles Dickens classic with BBC Films honcho Christine Langan saying Ianucci's “sensibility usually runs very clearly through all his work. This won’t...
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“Elsa & Fred”

Lotus International, the international sales agent and the U.S. distributor, Millennium Entertainment, will open “ Elsa & Fred” theatrically on November 7.

Writer-Director Michael Radford and stars Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Marcia Gay Harden, Scott Bakula, George Segal and James Brolin team up to make an endearing film for many reasons.

The terms of endearment of Shirley Maclaine here are those of love, pure love as she takes three small steps with Christopher Plummer. Even at the ripe old ages of 75 and 80, love is young and ecstatic. And what memories septuagenarians and octogenarians have -- of Fellini, Anita Ekberg and Marcello Mastrioanni defining new versions of love. This is a targeted film, made on a budget easily recouped.

Christopher Plummer plays himself as an elegant, gorgeous, refined and gentle man, disguised as an old grump and Shirley plays herself, defining herself as a stunning older woman as beautiful as she was when young. In her case, even her face work is forgivable and almost lovable because she knows, and you know she “knows” you know.

My memories of Rome were awakened by the beauty of the city, my memories of Fellini. This device of making love to the audience, so successful in Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris” by allowing the audience’s eyes to caress the city, is also effective here. The movie also triggered my memories of walking and talking at two almost back-to-back film festivals with Michael Radford…for some reason I am thinking Mill Valley or Napa Valley in the fall and the Guadalajara Film Festival (Ficg)…where walking on new streets in new cities, we talked about our lives and his next film (which was not this one) and enjoyed being together in the collegial way festivals sometimes lend themselves to being.

And my memories of Shirley MacLaine, when I was training at 20th Century Fox International in Amsterdam, so homesick that when it was advertised she was playing live, I went to her hotel and introduced myself as working for Fox and welcoming her to Amsterdam. Her first words were she did not work with Fox (was involved in a lawsuit with them?) which I was prompt to report back to my boss, David Raphael. I remember especially her strong hand as she took my wrist and urged me to have tea with her at the hotel where she was staying and dismissed her entourage. We spent a good three hours talking about so many things, as I attempted to explain the Dutch and how I was experiencing my year in Amsterdam, and I felt so much better afterward.

The next thing I heard about her was when I went to 20th Century Fox’s home office to say my good-byes and they told me to go say hello to her as she was filming Herb Ross’ “The Turning Point” (1977) there on the lot of 20th Century Fox. I was too shy unfortunately to go see her. But it was a turning point in my life too.

This is a movie for women of “uncertain age”. It has a great cast, an accomplished director who is reflected in the character of Christopher Plummer. We hope it might cross over, but its budget is reasonable enough that it need not break box office records in order to break even. I notice that Intramovies, one of last two remaining independent international sales agent-production companies to remain standing in Italy (and both are owned by women of un certain age – Paola Corvino of Intramovies and Adriana Chiesa of Adriana Chiesa Enterprises) is the producer who brought in Rome, the eternal city of sacred and profane love.

The film premiered at Afm 2013 where Inferno was selling it. Something has transpired over the past year and Inferno’s product or Inferno itself has morphed into Lotus International (That is a story to look into another time), just as the U.S. distributor, Bill Lee’sMillennium Entertainment (“ Fading Gigolo” by John Turturro for Theatrical, Tv, Dvd-Video, Vod, Airline; “ The Assassin Next Door” (“Kirot”) by Danny Lerner and “Gacy” by Clive Saunders) and not to be confused with NuImage’s Millennium Films, is rumored to be about to change its name.

Lucky for me, I had not seen the Spanish-language original of “Elsa & Fred” directed by Marcos Camerole in 2005. I had heard such great things about it over a year of festivals and markets, but somehow always missed it. That Argentinean-Spanish coproduction won nine prestigious international awards.

It also sold well, although late to the U.S. where DistriMax took the rights (2008). But that is how “foreign” films fare in the U.S. Independent producers and financiers abroad don’t even bother factoring in the U.S. market – except for remake rights, if they are smart enough. But the story and movie itself was so good that it accomplished a rare feat of distribution: it crossed the borders of Latin American countries, something that rarely happens, and sold to both Venezuela - Amazonia Films and Chile - Four Films and played well in Spain -Altafilms Grupo Alta Classics and Argentina -Columbia TriStar Films de Argentina andLk-tel It also sold to Switzerland -Stamm Film Ag and the Netherlands - Filmfreak Distributie, It even sold to Taiwan which is a greater feat for Spanish language films.

According to Box Office Mojo its international gross was almost $3,000,000:

Foreign Total

-

7/28/05

n/a

-

$2,796,813

3/1/09

Argentina

Sony

7/28/05

$88,441

7.1%

$1,247,302

11/13/05

Belgium

Cnc

5/30/07

$2,153

100%

$2,153

6/3/07

Mexico

Zima

8/4/06

-

-

$804,202

11/16/06

New Zealand

Rialto

1/16/08

$3,018

10.2%

$29,679

3/9/08

Spain

Alta

11/11/05

$128,771

20.9%

$616,169

12/11/05

Taiwan

-

2/13/09

$3,160

33.2%

$9,509

3/1/09

Venezuela

-

10/17/08

$12,237

13.9%

$87,799

Information courtesy of The Internet Movie Database. Used with permission.

o Elsa & Fred (2014)

o Movie

o Director: Michael Radford (I), Production Co: Cuatro Plus Films [Us]

o Country: United States , Filming Location: New Orleans,… More

o Genre: Comedy | Family | Romance

o Elsa & Fred (2005)

o Movie

o Director: Marcos Carnevale, Production Co: Shazam S.A. [Ar]

o Aka: Elsa y Fred | Elsa és Fred | Intramontabile effervescenza

o Countries: Argentina | Spain , Filming Location: Madrid, Spain

o Genre: Comedy | Drama | Romance

The new and nearly word-for-word remake of the film has sold to Canada’sMétropole Films Distribution, Israel’sUnited King Films Ltd and Diamond Films for Argentina, the distributor of “The Hunger Games” trilogy and other exciting films. All three of these companies are top caliber which attests to the excellence of this film. If other rights are still available after one year, as they seem to be, this may the right time to acquire them – so listen up all you distributors out there in the world aiming at the cultured klatch of women who pay their own way to movies, theater, concerts and dancing! Reviewed at Wilshire Screening Room, October 12, 2014. Opens in theaters November 7, 2014.
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Countdown - Top Six Killer Clown Movies

In Conor McMahon’s Stitches, acclaimed British comedian Ross Noble plays Stitches Grindle, a hard-drinking mess of a clown whose destructive ways catch up with him at young Tom’s birthday party – leading to his accidental, violent death.

Six years later, Stitches returns from the dead to take revenge on the brats who put him six feet under… turning the tables on them as only a clown can.

In honor of Stitches hitting Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, April 2nd, we’ve decided to take a look back at cinema’s killer clowns through the years, and picked out a handful of our absolute favorites:

6) The Trio, Clownhouse (1989)

A trio of mental patients murder circus clowns, taking their guises to torment a young boy and his brothers (one played by a young Sam Rockwell) during a long night alone in their family home. A genuinely unsettling tale that delves deep
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French Horror Pic 'Livid' Getting An English Language Remake

With French filmmakers continuing to serve up some of the most extreme, high concept horror fare in recent memory, it seems all their English language speaking counterparts continue to do is offer low budget cheapie fright flicks or remakes. And true to form, here comes another.

Snd Films has announced that "Livid," the latest from "Inside" directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, is getting primed for a remake, with David Birke ("Gacy," "Dahmer") to adapt. The film, which opened last fall in its native France, has been doing the festival circuit for much of the last year. Described as a "fairytale horror" film, the story centers on a young woman and her friends who break into an old mansion and unleash some dark and spooky stuff in the process. 

The Weinsteins' genre arm Dimension seemed pretty hot on the movie last summer and picked up the U.S. rights but
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‘Livid’ is the Next Foreign Movie to Get an English-Language Remake

From Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo, the directors of the brilliant movie Inside, Livid was an unfortunately scattered follow-up that could have used some serious reigning in. Rob was right to call it a “visually appealing mess of a movie.” Still, the potential is undeniably there. In the film, a young woman is training to become a caregiver for several people – one of which is an elderly comatose woman living in a large mansion. The caregiver tells her friends so they can break in. What they find, gets a little sticky. For example, there’s a tea party And now, Snd Films is announcing they’ll be overseeing an English-language remake of the movie. They’ve hired David Birke (Gacy) to adapt which will be a test for a screenwriter who hasn’t quite proved himself in the feature world. He’s done work on serial killer flicks, but this particular piece is bound to be a
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Livide to be Remade in English ... by French Company

The French-language horror film Livide, directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury (Inside, originally A L'Interieur), will be remade in an English-language version, according to an unconfirmed report by Deadline. Dimension Films acquired U.S. distribution rights to Livid last summer, ahead of the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. While Dimension has not yet announced any plans to release Livid, either theatrically or on home video, French distributor Snd Films has set Doug Davison and Robert Léger to produce a remake. David Birke, who has a couple of real-life serial killer thrillers (Freeway Killer, Gacy) among his credits, has been hired to write the script. Davison is a remake specialist, a former partner of Roy Lee in Vertigo Entertainment before the two went...
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'Livide' Will Officially Become 'Livid' In American Remake

Inside directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo's artful (and French) Livid (review) is getting an American remake. Because that's what happens these days. David Birke (Kiss And Tell, Gacy) will be writing the script and one of the producers of The Strangers is onboard. Per Deadline, " French distributor Snd Films is moving forward with an English language re-make of 'Livid', and theyve set David Birke to write the script, and Doug Davison of Quadrant Pictures and Robert Léger to produce it. Davisons genre credits include 'The Strangers' and the upcoming remake of Old Boy at Mandate Pictures. The film...
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Ahith 2010: Review of Christopher Rusin's Fell

Year: 2010

Directors: Christopher Rusin

Writers: Christopher Rusin

IMDb: Na

Trailer: link

Review by: Jezizup

Rating: 7 out of 10

Meet Leah, a beautiful young woman who has suffered every type of abuse imaginable at the hands of her father. Her mother is confined to a wheelchair, so Leah spends much of her time caring for her and doing most of the household chores on her own. She works at a local inn and takes orders from her creepy boss all day long. To escape the banality of everyday life, she enjoys talking to her pet canary, sewing beautiful yellow dresses, and luring men back to her house so she can “play with them.” Over the years of constant abuse, Leah has come to believe that “all men think women are nothing,” and now she is out to settle the score.

There is nothing wildly original about Fell’s plot – media is so
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Image Preps Freeway Killer DVD Release

The DVD market continues to get flooded with horror fare based on real-life maniacs. Black Cadillac director John Murlowski's latest, Freeway Killer , is set to make its DVD debut on February 16 through Image Entertainment. David Birke, of Gacy , scripted this true story of William Bonin, a serial killer who terrorized California's freeways from 1979 to 1980. Scott Leet essays the role of Bonin. Michael Rooker ( Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer ), Cole Williams, Eileen Dietz and Helen Wilson. The disc will contain an audio commentary and making-of featurette.
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The Face of the Freeway Killer

The Freeway Killer popped up on the radar screen at the '09 Afm and now the official one-sheet poster with a full synopsis, from Bleiberg Entertainment, are available to be seen. The Freeway Killer stars Scott Leet, Cole Williams and Michael Rooker in a real life portrayal of murderer William Bonin. A serial killer, and general low-life, the Freeway Killer follows Bonin on some of his most horrific misadventures. From the filmmakers of Dahmer and Gacy there is now the Freeway Killer! Check out the full synopsis, about this true story, below.

A synopsis for the Freeway Killer here:

"December, 1979, The bodies had been turning up all over for a couple of years now-- cast off like a bored child’s broken toys - beaten, stangled. An Orange County newspaper suggests a serial killer is at work. The story runs and dies before the ink is dry. It is not
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Image Entertainment has Thriller and a Killer for disc

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Image Entertainment has Thriller and a Killer for disc
Image Entertainment announced recently that it has acquired North American rights to the classic horror/suspense TV series Thriller, hosted by Boris Karloff. The company plans a deluxe DVD boxed set for release in 2010.

Widely acknowledged as one of the great genre shows (Stephen King once called it the best in American TV history), Thriller ran from 1960-62 and featured, among its 67 episodes, adaptations of stories by the likes of Edgar Allan Poe, Psycho’s Robert Bloch, Richard Matheson, Robert E. Howard and others. Guest stars included William Shatner, John Carradine, Robert Vaughn, Leslie Nielsen, Elizabeth Montgomery, Ursula Andress and many more. The entire series will be remastered for the disc package, which will also include audio commentaries for many of the episodes, interviews and other extras currently being developed. Stay tuned for further details on the specific contents and release date.

Image also has Freeway Killer coming on DVD
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