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47 Ronin May Have Found Their Director

18 November 2009 11:30 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Carl Erik Rinsch better start honing his samurai sword, as, according to Variety, the commercial director is nearing a deal with Universal to helm the Keanu Reeves-starring 47 Ronin.  This film will be the feature film debut for Rinsch who was previously rumored to be on the shortlist for the upcoming Alien prequel.  That was, until Ridley Scott decided it was time to step back into the world of sci-fi.  Needless to say, Fox welcomed Scott back into the Alien world with open arms, and Rinsch was forced to look elsewhere for his first film.

47 Ronin, written by Chris Morgan (Cellular, Wanted, and Fast & Furious), tells the true tale of Japanese samurai swordsmen who, in the early 18th century, took revenge on those responsible for the death of their master.  The classic tale has been altered slightly for Morgan’s screenplay to include the half-Asian Reeves as one of the swordsmen. »

- Kirk

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Universal finds their guy! Carl Rinsch to direct their '47 Ronin' film.

18 November 2009 8:05 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Noteworthy in the sense that we've only just been talking about a new chambara film being prepared in Japan.

Perhaps we didn't care or thought the idea was just too silly that it couldn't be true but almost a year ago it was announced that Keanu Reeves would be starring in an American take on the story of the 47 Ronin. [Insert picking ourselves up from the floor]

No sooner had we caught our breath then it was announced that the screenplay would be written by Chris Morgan. He wrote such sprawling epics as Cellular, The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, Wanted and Fast & Furious. But he silenced any doubters in an interview with cultural hot pot MTV, "It's this great, 'Gladiator'-esque, '300'-like big action movie with samurai and ninja," Morgan said. Although some "47 Ronin" enthusiasts have their doubts about the "Fast and Furious" scribe tackling the beloved Japanese tale, Morgan points to his long history »

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Film Panels at Afm!

16 October 2009 10:21 AM, PDT | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The 2009 American Film Market today announced its schedule of seminars and conferences to be held between Nov. 4 and 11. Celebrating its 30th year, the Afm will showcase panels on film financing opportunities, local and international distribution trends, marketing strategies and digital technologies. The sessions will include film executives, producers, writers, directors, distributors, financiers and attorneys.   This year’s seminars and conferences will include the annual “Afm Finance Conference” on Friday, Nov. 6; “Pitch Me!” on Saturday, Nov. 7; “No Direction Home – Changing Indie Distribution Strategies” on Sunday, Nov. 8; “Writing for the Genre World” on Monday, Nov. 9; “Case Study: How to Package and Finance Your Independent Project Overseas” on Monday, Nov. 9; and “The New Hollywood Movie Studio, New Media and Social Networking” on Tuesday, Nov. 10.

Programming the seminars and conferences will be the American Society of Cinematographers, British Academy of Film & Television Arts/Los Angeles, Directors Guild of America, Film Independent, Hong Kong Trade Development Council, »

- sean

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More Reasons to Avoid that Wannabe Screenwriter at Starbucks…

21 September 2009 9:12 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Screenwriter Larry Cohen is the writer of “Phone Booth” and “Cellular”, so right away you should expect a pretty nifty premise for a thriller that can be made on the cheap. Or a moderate budget that doesn’t involve hiring a superstar for $20 million. Cohen’s latest is “Messages Deleted”, about a screenwriter (played by a nearly unrecognizable Matthew Lillard) who becomes involved in a series of killings that seem to mirror one of his scripts way too closely. Predictably, the cops start to suspect that he might be responsible, and really, can you blame them? Especially when the about-to-be-dead victims start calling him and begging him for help. Luckily for our hero, one of the cops investigating him is Deborah Kara Unger, so there’s that. A couple of plotlines I’ve read on the net seems to give away the film’s twist ending, so be careful if »

- Nix

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Trailer: Matthew Lillard's Messages Deleted Thriller

21 September 2009 6:00 AM, PDT | WorstPreviews.com | See recent Worst Previews news »

Larry Cohen, the writer behind "Phone Booth" and "Cellular," is back with another phone-related thriller called "Messages Deleted," starring Matthew Lillard." We now have the trailer for it and you can check it out below. Plot: A quivering voice begs screenwriter, Joel Brandt, to pick up the phone on a message from his answering machine. Thinking its a prank, Joel deletes the message. The caller is found dead. Another caller leaves Joel a message; there is another murder... then another... then another. The killer has Joel's attention, and Joel now has the attention of the police. Now the prime suspect in a series of murders, Joel discovers this psychotic killer has targeted him for a reason found within his body of work. Will Joel be able to re-write his ending, or be forced to pay the ultimate price? "Messages Deleted" is the directorial debut of Rob Cowan, the producer of »

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Trailer: Messages Deleted

21 September 2009 2:48 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

A quivering voice begs to screenwriter, Joel Brandt, to pick up the phone on a message from his answering machine. Thinking it a prank, Joel deletes the message. The caller is found dead. Another caller leaves Joel a message; there is another murder...then another...then another. The killer has Joel's attention, and Joel has the attention of the police. Now the prime suspect in a series of murders, Joel discovers this psychotic killer has targeted him for a reason found within his body of work. Will Joel be able to re-write his ending, or be forced to pay the ultimate price? (A. Voghell [1]) Larry Cohen is back with yet another story revolving around a telephone. Messages Deleted is his final movie to file in his unofficial telephone-focused trilogy which includes Phone Booth and Cellular. The films stars Matthew Lillard and Deborah Kara Unger and is the directorial debut from horror producer Rob Cowan. »

- Ricky

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Messages Deleted Trailer Online

20 September 2009 11:00 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

That master juggler of the high concept and the low budget Larry Cohen has had a bit of a late surge of telecommunications-themed thrillers. The latest example is Messages Deleted, and you can check out the trailer here.Cohen of course, is the director of It's Alive, Return to Salem's Lot and Q The Winged Serpent, but he's as well known for his screenplays as his talent behind a camera. Phone Booth was directed by Batman villain Joel Schumacher, and Cellular by former stuntman David R Ellis, who went on to Snakes on a Plane and The Final Destination. Time will tell if such dizzy heights await Rob Cowan; lately a producer by trade, although he's credited as First Ad on Stakeout and Cocktail.Messages Deleted stars Deborah Unger, whose presence doesn't help this not feel a bit like The Game, and Matthew Lillard as the screenplay writer (and college lecturer, »

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Messages Deleted Movie Trailer

20 September 2009 2:13 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

If you didn't already know, the guy who wrote Phone Booth, also wrote the 2004 thriller Cellular. It looks like screenwriter Larry Cohen has one final movie to file in his unofficial telephone-focused trilogy, a C-rate thriller titled Messages Deleted starring Matthew Lillard and Deborah Kara Unger. Deleted is the feature debut of Rob Cowan, the producer of such films like The Net, Life as a House, Righteous Kill and the upcoming horror remake The Crazies. We have the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your snarky responses in the comments below. The official plot synopsis follows: A quivering voice begs screenwriter, Joel Brandt, to pick up the phone on a message from his answering machine. Thinking its a prank, Joel deletes the message. The caller is found dead. Another caller leaves Joel a message; there is another murder...then another...then another. The killer has Joel's attention, and Joel »

- Peter Sciretta

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Trailer for Messages Deleted from the writer of Phone Booth and Cellular

20 September 2009 10:12 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

The first trailer has arrived for Phone Booth / Cellular writer, Larry Cohen's, new one Messages Deleted. It's got a kind of tightly-wound I Know What You did Last Summer meets 88 Minutes vibe to it so I think it definitely has the potential to be a decedent mid-budget thriller.

Synopsis:

A quivering voice begs screenwriter, Joel Brandt, to pick up the phone on a message from his answering machine. Thinking its a prank, Joel deletes the message. The caller is found dead. Another caller leaves Joel a message; there is another murder...then another...then another. The killer has Joel's attention, and Joel now has the attention of the police.

Now the prime suspect in a series of murders, Joel discovers this psychotic killer has targeted him for a reason found within his body of work. Will Joel be able to re-write his ending, or be forced to pay the ultimate price? »

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Review: ‘The Final Destination’

29 August 2009 1:44 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The people behind the supernatural ‘Final Destination’ franchise seem to have their formula down pat.  Take a group of teens, and maybe a few wandering adults, and put them in an everyday scenario that winds up killing them all in gory fashion.  One of them has a premonition that leads the rest to safety.  Then, after the group begins living their life as if given a second chance, you start picking them off one by one, as if Death itself is collecting them personally.  Each death is set up in some elaborate manner.  It’s like a splatter-filled version of the board game Mouse Trap with humans, only, at the end of the game, the humans aren’t trapped underneath a huge cage.  They’re laid out without heads or on fire or impaled about four or five times with various, sharp objects.

This time around, the central accident is a race-car accident, »

- Kirk

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Really Cool 3-D The Final Destination Poster

27 August 2009 10:51 AM, PDT | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

Checkout the really cool animated poster for “The Final Destination” (Final Destination 4) below.

Warner Brothers Entertainment aimed to bring viewers to complete visual meltdown with the release of the movie “Final Destination 4,” so they partnered with Virtual Images — The 3-D Company, to promote it.

The creative team at Virtual Images, consisting of 3-D artists and 3-D designers, worked with the studio to create visually stunning art that depicts a human skull and shards of glass jumping out of the piece toward the viewer. The 4th installment in the popular Final Destination film series is receiving hype surrounding the self-exacted slogan, “Death Saved the Best for 3D,” and the 3-D movie posters produced to promote the movie fit that bill.

The Final Destination (2009) synopsis:

On what should have been a fun-filled day at the races, Nick O’Bannon (Bobby Campo) has a horrific premonition in which a bizarre sequence »

- Allan Ford

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TNT Renews Leverage for a Third Season

27 August 2009 8:26 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Leverage has been having a fantastic second season on TNT, averaging around 4.1 million viewers each week.  In addition to the fantastic cast on the show there have also been some great guest stars this season, including Wil Wheaton and Griffin Dunne, both of whom happened to be on last night's new episodes.

TNT has picked up the series for a third season which will start in the summer of 2010 and include 15 new episodes.

“Thanks in large part to its engaging cast and clever storytelling, Leverage has proven itself to be one of the most exciting and fun hours on television,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM).  “The producers, cast and crew have been incredible to work with, and we anticipate another wonderful season.”

Below is the actual press release from TNT about the renewal.

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- Bryan Jones

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David R. Ellis to direct "Humpty Dumpty" in 3-D

2 May 2009 6:57 AM, PDT | www.ohmygore.com/ | See recent OhMyGore news »

After completing the reshoots on "Final Destination: Death Trip 3D", David R. Ellis will be getting behind the camera for another 3-dimensional pic, this time for a sci-fi horror pic by the name of "Humpty Dumpty". The 3-D sci-fi horror pic is about a half-human, half-alien creature who embarks on a murderous rampage after his alien mother is abused by two rednecks in the Deep South. Billy Majestic is writing the script. Ellis also directed "Snakes On A Plane", "Final Destination 2" and "Cellular" for New Line Cinema. »

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David Ellis Will Turn 'Humpty Dumpty' into a 3-D Horror Flick

28 April 2009 2:05 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

David R. Ellis made a name for himself in the horror genre with the 2003 release of Final Destination 2, but since then films such as Cellular and Snakes on a Plane didn't manage to connect with audiences. Up next for the helmer is the summer ending 3-D feature Final Destination: Death Trip 3D and his new feature announced by Variety sounds like something that could either be great or another Snakes debacle. The new film is titled Humpty Dumpty and it isn't about an egg shaped nursery rhyme character, instead it is a 3-D sci-fi horror pic is about a half-human, half-alien creature who embarks on a murderous rampage after his alien mother is abused by two rednecks in the Deep South. Unknown scripter Billy Majestic is penning the screenplay and the film will be produced by Mark Ordesky's Amber Entertainment. Production is expected to begin in September. »

- Brad Brevet

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David R. Ellis Heads to Space With 'Humpyy Dumpty' in 3-D

27 April 2009 11:33 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

After completing the reshoots on Final Destination Death Trip 3D, David R. Ellis will be getting behind the camera for another 3-dimensional pic, this time for a sci-fi horror pic by the name of Humpy Dumpty (please change the title). The 3-D sci-fi horror pic is about a half-human, half-alien creature who embarks on a murderous rampage after his alien mother is abused by two rednecks in the Deep South. Billy Majestic is writing the script. Check out some art inside. Ellis also directed Snakes On A Plane, Final Destination 2 and Cellular for New Line CInema. They must love this guy! »

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First look: From the writer of Phone Booth comes Messages Deleted

17 April 2009 9:15 AM, PDT | QuietEarth.us | See recent QuietEarth news »

Writer Larry Cohen certainly has a love/hate relationship with phones of all kinds. I mean, even before cell phones became our favorite and most hated form of communications, he was using the pay phone as a device for thrilling cinema. Then he made Cellular and now he's got a new phone themed thriller in the can called Messages Deleted about:

A screenwriting teacher who is forced to live out the plot of a screenplay idea he stole from a student, who now seeks revenge.

Messages Deleted stars Matthew Lillard (that's him with a gun to his head) and the beauteous Deborah Kara Unger. It's directed by producer Rob Cowan who is currently producing The Crazies. There's no word on the film's official release date but I know it's done because it screened at the European Film Market back in February.

We've got the first poster and stills for you after the break. »

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Int: Dakota and Evans

5 February 2009 11:32 PM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

I'd never met either Chris Evans or Dakota Fanning before today. I was actually a fan of Chris and thought he was one of the bright spots in Fantastic Four. I had a blast with Cellular and need I mention Sunshine. But to be honest, I hadn't seen much of Dakota. Sure I knew she had been in War Of The Worlds and a ton of other movies, but I really had little knowledge of her film career beforehand. When I walked in and shook hands, I was very impressed at how down to earth Dakota was. »

- JimmyO

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Here Come the Evil Boyfriends With More Scott Pilgrim Casting

17 January 2009 7:01 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

In Edgar Wright’s upcoming Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, much as in Bryan Lee O’Malley’s original comics, title character Scott (Michael Cera) will be battling the evil exes of his girlfriend Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to keep their romance alive.  Until now, all of the casting announced had been of the “good guys” in the film, but word is beginning to leak of who will be playing these baddie boyfriends too.

Aint it Cool scored the scoop that Chris Evans of Cellular, those awful Fantastic 4 films and my belove Nanny Diaries, will be taking on the role of Lucas Lee.  A pro-skateboarder turned movie star and evil? Surname Lee? Wow - what has O’Malley got against that nice My Name is Earl chap? Perhaps it has something to do with Thetans.

In the comics, Lucas Lee was the second of Ramona’s evil exes.  After »

- Brendon Connelly

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"Fast & Furious" - Theatrical Trailer in!

15 January 2009 12:41 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We've added the explosive first trailer for "Fast & Furious," helmed by Justin Lin of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." Check out Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in the next installment in the popular franchise which sees theatres on April 3rd this year. Chris Morgan ("Wanted," "Cellular") returns from the previous film to write here as well, based on the characters created by Gary Scott Thompson »

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"Fast & Furious" - Theatrical Trailer in!

15 January 2009 12:41 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We've added the explosive first trailer for "Fast & Furious," helmed by Justin Lin of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift." Check out Paul Walker and Vin Diesel in the next installment in the popular franchise which sees theatres on April 3rd this year. Chris Morgan ("Wanted," "Cellular") returns from the previous film to write here as well, based on the characters created by Gary Scott Thompson »

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