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The Hollywood screenwriter and brother of the late Ronni Chasen is sharing his theory on what happened the night his sister was murdered. It seems that Chasen's brother, Larry Cohen (Phone Booth, Cellular), is on the same page as the Beverly Hills Police Department when it comes to whether Harold Smith is to blame. Smith, who killed himself during the investigation, was the "person of interest," but Cohen along with the Bhpd are not convinced he had anything to do with it. "This guy was a deranged person who just made that up; no way he was involved," Cohen told the New York Times. And they just might be on to something. Fox News reports that police tested »
It looks like David R. Ellis' 3D shark film (formerly known as Shark Night 3D) will definitely be coming to us sometime in 2011 thanks to Relativity Media; however, we're just not sure what the title will be.
According to Deadline Hollywood Relativity acquired the film from Sierra Pictures and Incentive Filmed Entertainment. It stars Sara Paxton, Katharine McPhee, and Donal Logue and was written by Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes. Chris Briggs and Mike Fleiss are producing via their NextFilms banner, along with Lynette Howell via the Silverwood Films banner. It's currently in post-production.
Ellis (pictured right), you may recall, also directed Final Destination 2, The Final Destination, Snakes on a Plane, and Cellular so there's hope for a fun, yet effective shark tale here. This film revolves around seven men and women who spend a weekend at a lake house in Louisiana's Gulf area. When their vacation quickly »
- Uncle Creepy
Relativity Media has just obtained the rights to child-actor turned stuntman turned director David R. Ellis’ new untitled 3D shark thriller. THR is reporting that Relativity Media is planning a wide release for the shark thriller which should hit theaters sometime next year. The movie, which is being produced by Sierra Pictures and Incentive Filmed Entertainment, has a large cast including Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee, Chris Carmack, Alyssa Diaz, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Sinqua Walls and Chris Zylka. The plot has seven college friends spending the weekend at a lake house on the Louisiana gulf where they find out that theres much more than shrimp in these waters.
The screenplay was penned by first timer film writers Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes and is being produced by Chris Briggs and Mike Fleiss under their NextFilms banner and Lynette Howell of Silverwood Films. Ellis’ previous films include the »
- CJ Simonson
Relativity Media has announced its completion of a deal securing domestic rights to the film, The Untitled David R. Ellis 3D Shark Thriller, from Sierra Pictures and partner Incentive Filmed Entertainment. The studio plans for a wide release of the film in 2011. The film is currently in post-production, with the partners planning for a new title to the film and a specific release date, both to be announced shortly.The film is directed by David R. Ellis (The Final Destination, Final Destination 2, Cellular) and stars Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee, Chris Carmack, Alyssa Diaz, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Sinqua Walls and Chris Zylka. The Sierra Pictures and Incentive Filmed Entertainment project was penned by Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes and is being produced by Chris Briggs and Mike Fleiss via their NextFilms banner, and Lynette Howell via the Silverwood Films banner. The plot surrounds a group of »
Relativity Media has announced its completion of a deal securing domestic rights to the film, The Untitled David R. Ellis 3D Shark Thriller , from Sierra Pictures and partner Incentive Filmed Entertainment. The studio plans for a wide release of the film in 2011. The film is currently in post-production, with the partners planning for a new title to the film and a specific release date, both to be announced shortly. The film is directed by David R. Ellis ( The Final Destination , Final Destination 2 , Cellular ) and stars Sara Paxton, Dustin Milligan, Katharine McPhee, Chris Carmack, Alyssa Diaz, Joel David Moore, Donal Logue, Sinqua Walls and Chris Zylka. The Sierra Pictures and Incentive Filmed Entertainment project was penned by Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes and is being »
So we had “The Fast and the Furious”, then “2 Fast 2 Furious”, then “Tokyo Drift” (quite literally), then back to basics with “Fast & Furious”. Now we have “Fast Five”, the latest instalment in the now rather long-running and successful franchise. I suppose “Furious Five” would have drawn plagiarism accusations from Dreamworks, re: Kung Fu Panda and in any event I guess they are more defined by their speed than their fury?
In all seriousness, this may not prove to be as derivative as I have made it out to be. Paul Walker, Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson all return, joined by Dwayne Johnson and Ludcris and directed by Justin Lin, who directed the previous two entries as well as “Annapolis”. Screenwriter Chris Morgan also scripted the last two films, as well as Wanted and Cellular.
Film Filia have a new poster for the film, with the usual shiny cars, »
- Dave Roper
Question everything. Learn something. Answer nothing.
From Euripides to Larry Cohen may seem like a considerable jump, but the more one looks into the careers of the seminal Greek dramatist (480-406 BC), author of Andromache, The Trojan Women and The Bacchae, and the exploitation-savvy New York-born writer/director (b. 1941) responsible for Q - The Winged Serpent, The Stuff and Black Caesar, the more certain parallels start to insistently emerge.
Both men revitalised existing genre "tropes" via the use of audaciously sharp satire—often aimed at authority-figures and/or conventional society's idea of "heroes"—alongside unexpected psychological depth in terms of characterisation (for both male and female roles).
And, just as in his lifetime Euripides lagged in terms of awards and critical acclaim behind the other two main tragedians of classical Athens—Aeschylus and Sophocles—likewise Cohen has often been overlooked »
Engineer Grace Wong is kidnapped by thugs looking for her brother. Though her captors have destroyed the telephone in the room she is being held captive in, Grace is able to use her technical skills to repair the phone enough to call a random number. She gets through to slightly hapless debt collector Bob and implores him for help, setting Bob off on a mission to save a complete stranger from a mysterious group of conspirators, putting his life and relationship with his estranged son in danger.
This Chinese-Hong Kong remake of Cellular (and based on the same script by Larry Cohen) hits a lot of the right notes to make a satisfactory, dynamic thriller. Benny Chan proves to be a first rate director of action and tension. The film starts quickly »
- Jack Kirby
No movie springs from a vacuum. There are always influences from past examples of the genre, from the previous work of the filmmakers and stars, even from similar films that don’t quite work. If you want to understand where a movie is coming from, take a look at where it’s coming from. In Buried, Ryan Reynolds’ contractor in Iraq wakes up in a coffin with nothing but a Zippo and a cell phone for company, and learns that his captors want a ridiculous ransom to release him. This flick sprang from (among other films): • The Vanishing (1988) -- the French/Dutch original, not the pallid American remake -- about a man who searches for years for his missing girlfriend; the film reveals much, at the same time, about the man who kidnapped her, and why he subjected her to an ordeal not unsimilar to that of Buried. • Phone Booth »
- MaryAnn Johanson
A piece of technology that is frequently the bane of many scriptwriters, Ryan looks at cinema’s sometimes awkward usage of the mobile phone…
Buried is remarkable. Horrifying in concept, and brilliant in execution. With little more than an actor, a wooden box and a few small props, director Rodrigo Cortés has created a film more terrifying than an entire shelf full of torture porn horror, and possibly one of most thrilling movies I've seen so far this year.
Ryan Reynolds is excellent as the luckless truck driver who wakes up in a wooden box six feet under, and it's his haunted face, dimly lit and filthy, that carries the entire film.
What's notable about Buried is its absolute commitment to its premise. Where the not entirely dissimilar Devil, which we reviewed the week before last, diluted its 'evil in a lift' scenario with a 'detective on the case' subplot, »
With the biggest, greatest, most over the top action film of all time coming out on 19th August in the form of The Expendables (our review here), HeyUGuys is bringing you the ultimate run down of the kill count that these historic action actors have each tallied up.
From throat rips to decapitations, martial art assassins to robotic killers and Yippee Ki-Yay’s to Asta La Vista’s, they have dealt death in every way possible with every weapon imaginable.
Each death reaches the same conclusion but each actor carries it off in their own unique style, often adding a personal touch. Be it an Arnie verbal send off like “Stick Around” after being stuck with a huge knife against a post or adding some humour by playing games with the baddies like John McClane in Die Hard ” Now I have a machine gun, Ho Ho Ho”. A memorable death »
- Gary Phillips
Now, before you start reading any further, you might be thinking, "What the hell have they written this list for? Surely he hasn't even made ten films yet?"
But you'd be wrong on two counts.
Firstly, the reason that Jason Statham has been so successful is from working damn hard since he broke through in 1998 with Lock, Stock And Two Smoking Barrels. In the last twelve years, he's clocked up twenty-four onscreen appearances.
Sensibly, he's chosen to concentrate on mostly making the films that he's naturally suited to: action movies.
The reason I'm most grateful for this is because of the seeming generosity with which it feels he's rewarding me as an action fan. I'd be happy if every other film he ever did was a sequel to The Transporter, »
Hayden Christensen has signed on to star in Snakes of a Plane/Cellular/The Final Destination director David R. Ellis' big screen adaptation of John Case's thriller novel The Genesis Code. Kevin Bernhardt, who wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film Peaceful Warrior, penned the adaptation. The story follows a former national security expert, played by Christensen, who, while investigating the murder of his only sister and her young son, discovers that a religious sect called The Shadow of the Cross may be involved. With the help of his sister’s friend Ana, they follow the clues to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment has been conducted – successfully. The results are so threatening to the foundation of the Church that they will do anything to keep it from being revealed. Read the full press release after the jump. Hayden Christensen To Star In »
- Peter Sciretta
Hayden Christensen has agreed to star in director David R. Ellis’ (Snakes on a Plane, The Final Destination) upcoming thriller The Genesis Code, based on the novel by the same name written by John Case. Here’s the synopsis:
The story follows a former national security expert, played by Christensen, who, while investigating the murder of his only sister and her young son, discovers that a religious sect called The Shadow of the Cross may be involved. With the help of his sister’s friend Ana, they follow the clues to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment has been conducted – successfully. The results are so threatening to the foundation of the Church that they will do anything to keep it from being revealed.
The film’s screenplay is written by Kevin Bernhardt. Myriad Pictures, who will co-produce the film, owns all rights worldwide, will »
- David Lane
Hayden Christensen joins The Genesis CodeHayden Christensen is on board for the lead role in director David R. Ellis' upcoming thriller The Genesis Code, based on the novel by the same name written by John Case. The film's screenplay is written by Kevin Bernhardt. Myriad Pictures, who will co-produce the film, owns all rights worldwide, will be selling the film at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.
The story follows a former national security expert, played by Christensen, who, while investigating the murder of his only sister and her young son, discovers that a religious sect called The Shadow of the Cross may be involved. With the help of his sister's friend Ana, they follow the clues to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment has been conducted - successfully. »
In the world of independent filmmaking a lot of people get their break only to discover they have no followup game. Then there are people like Larry Cohen. He's made his name and stayed in the game as a writer director and producer for decades. Known mainly for his work on films like It's Alive (1974), and The Stuff (1985) Cohen has also worked the mainstream side of cinema serving as screenwriter on such hi-profile projects as Phone Booth (2002), and Cellular (2004). And in the early part of his career he worked extensively in television creating such hugely popular shows as The Defenders, Branded and The Invaders. Talking to him, however briefly , was a true thrill. Finding him to be articulate, funny, gracious and deeply thought out about his career was even better.
Larry is appearing in Chicago April 10 at Sci-Fi Spectacular 4 in conjunction with a special screening of Q The Winged Serpent »
Could this be where the rumours of a Jaws 3D remake  started? Deadline New York  reports that David R. Ellis, the esteemed filmmaker behind such genre classics as Snakes on a Plane, Cellular and Final Destination 2 has lined up his next gorefest, and it will be a movie called Shark Night 3D. As the title implies, it will involve killer sharks and it will be shot in 3-D, a medium that Ellis has some experience with, since he also helmed the most recent Final Destination film. The script was written by newcomers Jesse Studenberg and Will Hayes, and the film will be produced by Mike Fleiss and Chris Briggs (Hostel, Poseidon). I believe Hayes was a writer on the Adult Swim show Assy McGee, so perhaps this will be at least partially a comedy? The good news is that the sharks will be animatronic instead of CG, and will »
Elsewhere on the casting front, Orlando Jones is joining Fox's comedy "Tax Man," Ritchie Coster has joined HBO's drama "Luck" and Mircea Monroe will be part of Showtime's Matt LeBlanc comedy "Episodes."
Hansen has snagged a lead role in "Friends with Benefits," which is about five friends who date within their circle while searching for their respective soulmates. According to The Hollywood Reporter, he'll play a regular guy who has a casual relationship with Danneel Harris' character. The cast also includes Jessica Lucas ("Melrose Place") and Fran Kranz ("Dollhouse").
The second season of "Party Down" premieres on Starz in April.
The rest of the casting:
Chris Evans is probably best-known for playing Johnny Storm in the "Fantastic Four" movies -- and he's about to become even better known now that he's been tapped to play the title role in "The First Avenger: Captain America."
So if you're not familiar with the Evans oeuvre, we thought we'd offer some highlights -- and lowlights -- from his career, starting with his best-known role.
"Fantastic Four" (2005) and "4: Rise of the Silver Surfer" (2007): The other Marvel franchise Evans starred in gave back some of the good will Hollywood had earned with comic-book movies like "Spider-Man" (the first two, anyway) and "Batman Begins." The movies are a little goofy -- Ok, a lot goofy at times -- but they do feature lots of scenes with a shirtless Evans -- and judging by the number of "Chris Evans is hott!!!" videos on YouTube, people like that.
There have been many names bandied about for the role of Captain America since the film was announced, but according to an article on The Hollywood Reporter's Heat Vision Blog , Chris Evans (Push, Cellular) has been given a legitimate offer from Marvel Studios. This deal would include roles in the upcoming The First Avenger: Captain America (for release in 2011), the superhero team-up The Avengers as well as future sequels (the offer says it includes "up to three"). Although this has been reported, both Marvel and Evans' agency the CAA has yet to confirm or deny this rumor, so it could still be up in the air. Wow. Chris Evans. The guy from Not Another Teen Movie. That would not have been my first choice. Simply put, he's too pretty and young looking for the role, and doesn't feel as natural of a fit as it was getting Robert Downey Jr. for Iron Man. »
- Jonathan Sullivan
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