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The book and Russell’s script are an expanded version of the 1813 Jane Austen classic that tells the timeless story of a woman’s quest for love and independence amid the outbreak of a deadly virus that turns the undead into vicious killers.
Natalie Portman was originally attached to star as the zombie-killing Elizabeth Bennet, but backed out last month. She’ll remain on board as a producer. Since then, Scarlett Johansson has surfaced as a possible replacement, but she stepped into a lead alongside Matt Damon in We Bought a Zoo instead. Bradley Cooper has been rumored for Mr. Darcy.
This is White’s second feature film after making his debut on Year of the Dog. Before directing, White »
- Jeff Leins
Horror/classic romance mash-up project Pride and Prejudice and Zombies has been one of the hotter projects stumbling around Hollywood’s halls looking for talent to bring it (back) to life. David O. Russell was attached for a long time, with Natalie Portman producing and starring. Now they’re both out, and, after a search, Lionsgate has locked in Mike White to get the ball rolling again.White has been in contention for a while, up against the likes of Spellbound’s Jeffrey Blitz and Empire favourite Neil Marshall. But Deadline reports that White was formally offered the job on November 5 and he’s now firmly in the folding chair.Pride is, of course, adapted from Seth Grahame-Smith’s comedy splicing of Jane Austen’s story with legions of brain craving undead. The film will need to track down an actress to play the feisty, zombie-slaying Elizabeth Bennet and the aloof, »
Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, an impressive documentary is coming your way November 9th.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents an enthralling examination of the creative forces behind the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, an all-new documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of the iconic company with unprecedented access to the Warner Bros. and DC Comics archives. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will be distributed by Warner Home Video on November 9, 2010 on DVD – also available On Demand and for Download.
Behind the amazing tales of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and a host of other well-known characters is the equally impressive story of the challenges, creativity and triumphs of the company that brought those characters to life. Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is both a celebration of the best writers and artists in comics and a thoughtful »
- Marc Eastman
Warner Bros. Pictures will release a new documentary entitled Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics. The film is narrated by Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern) and will look at the 75 year history of the iconic company. The doc hits DVD and digital download on November 9th, 2010.
Check out the trailer and full press release below!
Trailer: Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics
Warner Bros. Pictures presents an enthralling examination of the creative forces behind the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, an all-new documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of the iconic company with unprecedented access to the Warner Bros. and DC Comics archives. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will be distributed by Warner Home Video on November 9, 2010 on DVD for $24.98 (Srp). Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will also be available On Demand and for Download. »
- Jason Moore
With Warner Brothers currently attempting to revitalize their stable of DC comic book properties on the big screen, they've also decided to bankroll a new documentary to help spread the word about the magic of DC. Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics looks at the history behind some of their most well-known heroes including Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, and features interviews with such big names as Neil Gaiman, Geoff Johns, Jim Lee, Grant Morrison, Dennis O’Neil, Paul Pope, Louise Simonson, Mark Waid, and Len Wein. These kinds of documentaries are rarely hard-hitting or particularly deep, mainly because they are advertising tools, but this one is executive produced by Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound, Lucky) which lends at least a little bit of credibility to the project. The film is narrated by Green Lantern himself, Ryan Reynolds, who coincidentally is also narrating a documentary about a baby killer whale called simply The Whale. »
Burbank, CA (August 11, 2010) – Warner Bros. Pictures presents an enthralling examination of the creative forces behind the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, an all-new documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of the iconic company with unprecedented access to the Warner Bros. and DC Comics archives. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will be distributed by Warner Home Video on November 9, 2010 on DVD for $24.98 (Srp). Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will also be available On Demand and for Download.
- THE LEGION fan network
Update: I was wrong... The documentary is executive produced by Jeff Blitz, and directed by "Mac Carter, a stellar commercial director at Anonymous Content, who, in the comic book world, is highly regarded for writing The Strange Adventures of H.P. Lovecraft." DC Comics is celebrating their 75th Anniversary Documentary with a documentary chronicling the story of the comic book company. Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is directed executive produced by Jeffrey Blitz, the filmmaker responsible for one of my favorite documentary films Spellbound, and the Sundance coming of age movie Rocket Science (which is the film that really put Anna Kendrick on the map for filmmakers, before films like Up in the Air and the Twilight series). The official synopsis doesn't reveal much: An expansive documentary exploring the 75 years of DC Comics, the memorable characters of its universe and the talented artists and writers who brought them to life. »
- Peter Sciretta
While we usually don't take the time to highlight straight-to-dvd movies, lately the quality of releases has increased as certain productions which seem too difficult to market for a theatrical run find new life on the DVD shelf. So we're bring you this new trailer for one of those promising projects that won't be in theaters, but we reported on it in February anyway. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern himself) Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics is a documentary taking an in-depth look at DC Comics and cinematic partner Warner Bros and the creative challenge behind heroes like Superman, Batman & Wonder Woman. Watch the first official trailer for WB's doc Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics: Producer Jeffrey Blitz (Spellbound) brings us this documentary featuring excerpts from comics, movies and television series with interviews and lots of commentary from comic book royalty like Neal Adams, Karen Berger, »
- Ethan Anderton
On November 9, Warner Home Video will be releasing a very cool documentary called Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics and it’s going to be narrated by Ryan Reynolds (Green Lantern). As the press release says:
The original DC Comics Documentary is the first of its kind: a compelling look at the company that created the modern super hero, produced with unprecedented access to the archives at Warner Bros. and DC Comics. Both a celebration of the best writers and artists in comics and a thoughtful exploration of seventy-five years of DC Comics history, Secret Origins combines insights from respected hitorians, interviews with some of the most influential comic book creators in history, and excerpts from comics, films, and television shows to bring the story of DC Comics to life in new and unexpected ways.
While the press release makes no mention of who directed and produced the documentary, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The long-awaited documentary, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, screened at Comic-Con International and was previously announced as being included as a bonus in the forthcoming Batman Beyond complete series boxset. Now we have word that the crown jewel of the company's 75th anniversary celebration will be available on its own this November.
Here are the official details:
Burbank, CA (August 11, 2010) – Warner Bros. Pictures presents an enthralling examination of the creative forces behind the World’s Greatest Super Heroes in Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics, an all-new documentary that takes viewers behind the scenes of the iconic company with unprecedented access to the Warner Bros. and DC Comics archives. Narrated by Ryan Reynolds, Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will be distributed by Warner Home Video on November 9, 2010 on DVD for $24.98 (Srp). Secret Origin: The Story of DC Comics will also be available On Demand and for Download. »
- Robert Greenberger
One of the films I was really excited to see this past year at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival was a documentary titled Lucky. Directed by Jeffrey Blitz, the filmmaker behind one of my favorite documentaries Spellbound, as well as the great but under-seen indie film Rocket Science (which won him the Sundance Film Festival Directing Award in 2007 and featured a career-launching performance by Anna Kendrick, who later was nominated for an Oscar for Up in the Air).If you haven't seen either of the movies, you should add both of them to your netflix queue right now. Lucky is a documentary film which "crisscrosses the country following winners as they navigate their newfound riches, and hopefuls who have a 'dollar and a dream.'" I've always found the story of working class people who hit it rich and somehow lose everything interesting,but this film lacked the narrative that made Spellbound great. »
- Peter Sciretta
Most Bones fans will be aware of the fact that the show is based on a series of books written by Kathy Reichs. Reichs wrote the episode that will be airing on May and we have promo photos and a synopsis for you below. Prison Break fans should recognize Wade Williams in the photos below. He played Brad Bellick on that series.
Episode Written by Author and Series Inspiration Kathy Reichs
A cabin burns down in the woods revealing two bodies – one of a modern-day witch and one from the days of the Salem Witch Trials – leading Booth and Brennan into the world of Wicca to find a killer. Meanwhile, when Hodgins’ reckless driving gets him and Angela arrested and thrown in jail, Sweets and intern Clark Edison (guest star Eugene Byrn) step »
New York-based independent film company Paladin, formed last fall by distribution veteran Mark Urman, announced today that it will release Angela Ismailos’ Great Directors, a celebration of films and filmmaking starring ten of the world’s most acclaimed, provocative, and individualistic living directors. The documentary had its world premiere at the 2009 Venice Film Festival, and was produced through Ismailos’ Anisma Films. Paladin will open the film in NY, Los Angeles, and other top markets in late Spring.
A deeply personal and intimate look at the art of cinema and the artists who create it, Great Directors features original, in-depth conversations with world-class filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci (The Conformist, Last Tango in Paris, The Last Emperor, The Dreamers), David Lynch (The Elephant Man, Blue Velvet, Mulholland Drive), Stephen Frears (Dangerous Liaisons, The Grifters, The Queen, High Fidelity), Agnes Varda (Vagabond/Without Roof or Rule), Ken Loach (Hidden Agenda, Land and Freedom, Land and Freedom »
- Allan Ford
Today we mourn the loss of a talented studio and the uprising of unoriginality. So what else is new in filmworld? Everybody's all abuzz about a certain Batman savior taking the reigns of another DC Comics superhero; and speaking of DC, we might get a documentary in just a few short months.
• The guys behind the excellent documentary Spellbound—director Jeffrey Blitz and producer Sean Welch talked to Collider and confirmed that DC Comics has asked them to create a feature documentary on the publishing giant for their 75th anniversary. Even better, they're looking to have the movie delivered (at least in rough version) in time for this year's Comic-Con. Well, there's something to look forward to this July. Check out what they have to say about the project.
• In an interview with LatinoReview, Saw series writer Patrick Melton posits that the long-running franchise will come to an end with their seventh installment, »
- Arya Ponto
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to win the lottery? Do you think all your problems would disappear? After watching Jeffrey Blitz’s (Rocket Science, Spellbound) new documentary Lucky, I’ve learned what people go through when they come into a ton of new money and it isn’t always easy.
Lucky premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and the film features interviews with both lottery winners and regular folks hoping to win. What’s interesting is how some of the winners have changed dramatically, and others are almost the exact same people. It’s a fascinating movie about something millions of people play every week, and by the end, you’ll probably want to buy a ticket.
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Director Jeffrey Blitz and producer Sean Welch (”Spellbound”, “Rocket Science”, “Lucky”) recently revealed that they’ve started filming and production on a documentary about the legendary comic book publishers DC Comics. According to an interview with Collider.com, they home to premiere the movie at this summer’s Comic-Con. Originally founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications, DC Comics is the publishing division of DC Entertainment, a subsidiary of Warner Bros. and Time Warner. The company is home to comic book heroes and titles such as “Superman”, “Wonder Woman”, “Batman”, “Green Lantern”, and “Watchmen.” all of which have either been adapted into multiple media or are in consideration and production stages. [...] »
- Costa Koutsoutis
A documentary chronicling the history of DC Comics is to debut at this year's Comic-Con International. The project is helmed by the filmmakers behind Spellbound - an Oscar-nominated documentary following competitors in the 1999 Scripps National Spelling Bee. Mac Carter will direct with Sean Welch producing and Jeffrey Blitz executive producing. "DC Comics contacted us and asked if we would do this," Welch told Collider. "Jeff and the director are comic book enthusiasts since they (more) »
- By Mark Langshaw
If you're like me, then you're one of a dozen people who've seen the indie comedy Rocket Science. If not, then toss it in your Netflix Queue or whatever and watch it Asap, if for no other reason then to at least check out yet another fantastic performance from Oscar nominee Anna Kendrick. In addition, you'll be familiarizing yourself with Jeffrey Blitz who has dabbled in narrative features such as this in addition to documentaries like Spellbound. Now Blitz has his eyes on superheroes as Collider discovered he has started work on a documentary about the history of DC Comics and plans to premiere it at Comic-Con this year. On top of that, this project was actually commissioned and encouraged by DC Comics. However, their involvement might turn this into an ass-kissing session whereas I would much rather see an objective exploration of DC Comics, especially their rivalry with Marvel. »
- Ethan Anderton
Are you one of those people who complains that Comic Con isn't about comics anymore, but just all these giant movies that take up all the space? The director of Spellbound may be solving your dilemma. At Sundance Collider talked to the Spellbound and Lucky director, as well as his producer Sean Welch, and they revealed their plans to make a documentary about the history of DC Comics. Filming just started a few weeks ago, but the plan is to debut the film at Comic Con this year. Welch explained, "DC Comics contacted us and asked if we would do this. Jeff and the director are comic book enthusiasts since they were kids and remain comic book enthusiasts. So yes, we have access to their archives, their material, their covers, their panels, the creatives and the executives in the DC world." You can watch the video clip of the interview, »
Given the fact that Marvel and DC Comics characters have proved to be the new mainstays for summer moviegoing, I'm surprised that we haven't seen a new documentary that reaches deep into the history of either company. That might be about to change as Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch (who directed and produced Spellbound, Rocket Science and Lucky) are producing a doc about DC. Mac Carter, who worked on Spellbound, is directing the film, which we may see at Comic Con. Speaking to Collider, Blitz and Welch say that the film is fully authorized by DC, which leads me to wonder on how it will treat various rough patches in the company's history. Welch says: DC Comics contacted us and asked if we would do this. Jeff and the director are comic book enthusiasts since they were kids and remain comic book enthusiasts. So yes, we have access to their archives, »
- Russ Fischer
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