20 items from 2016
CJ-CGV, South Korea’s largest multiplex chain, has teamed with U.S. production outfit Let It Play to make “We Kill Death.” The movie will be the first English-language film made for Screen X, a proprietary projection technology that uses a multiplex’s side walls as well as the main screen.
Alex Ginzburg, best known for producing the first-person sci fi action movie “Hardcore Henry,” will produce.
Since its launch, the technology has been adopted by some 15 Korean and Chinese films. They include Kim Jee-woon’s 30-minute short film, “The X,” which screened at the Busan festival in 2013. While previous Screen X films only adopted the technology at the post-production stage, “Death” will be designed and shot as a Screen X-specific production, »
- Sonia Kil
“Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk” is the most accomplished and provocative movie in a long time that ever went down as a debacle. From the moment it premiered at the New York Film Festival in October, it has been viewed by media culture as a colossal misfire, a highbrow “Ben-Hur,” a movie no one seeking a good night out at the movies would want to go near. Now that the film has opened wide and the numbers are in, the dire reaction seems complete: No one wanted to go near it.
Yet the film’s failure to connect isn’t as simple as it sounds. You might call “Billy Lynn” an audacious experiment that got cut off at the knees. Directed by Ang Lee, it’s an earnest drama about Iraq War soldiers that was filmed in a brave new format (3D 4K at 120 frames per second), but it »
- Owen Gleiberman
Actor Brendan Fraser has starred in a number of memorable roles from films such as Encino Man, School Ties, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Crash. Not only has he starred in movies and television series, he’s also done voice acting work on shows such as King of the Hill and The Simpsons. Although he left the spotlight for a number of years, Fraser is returning to TV for a recurring role on the Showtime hit The Affair. As it’s the theme of the show, there’s no doubt that he’ll either play someone involved in an extramarital affair
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- Nat Berman
Yeah, Hollywood has a nasty habit of taking really dumb ideas and adapting them to the big screen. Battleship? Stupid. An Emoji movie? Pass! Angry Birds? Bleh!
In Hollywood, brand recognition is perhaps the single most important asset. It doesn’t matter if that brand is fit for the medium. If audiences recognize it, they’re more likely to go see it in theater than, say, Kubo and the Two Strings, a film you’ve never heard of, and are therefore less invested in. It’s because of this fact that this next news piece is no surprise.
According to THR, New Line has acquired the film rights to Fruit Ninja, the mobile game that lets you slice and dice your favorite fruits for no reason other than the fact that it’s strangely rewarding. Producing the flick is Tripp Vinson, one of the guys behind the Journey to the Center of the Earth »
- Joseph Medina
Following the success of The Angry Birds Movie this summer, New Line Cinema has picked up the rights to another popular mobile game, Fruit Ninja. The studio has brought on screenwriters J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani to write the script, with Tripp Vinson set to produce. Unlike The Angry Birds Movie, though, this project will be a live-action adaptation.
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that producer Tripp Vinson teamed up with Halfbrick Studios, the creators of the mobile game, to develop this live-action movie. The game centers on ninjas who slice and dice fruit at a rapid pace. This movie adaptation will center on a group of misfits who are recruited to become Fruit Ninjas in an effort to save the world.
Fruit Ninja was first released for the iPhone and iPod devices in April 2010, before rolling out to other Android and Windows devices later that year. The game has players »
New Line has won the film rights to “Fruit Ninja,” a movie based on a popular and self-explanatory mobile game featuring ninjas who chop fruit with different blades. The script was written by J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, who were behind Sony Animation’s “How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack.” Producer Tripp Vinson partnered with the game‘s developer, Australia’s Halfbrick Studios, to develop a live-action adaptation of the game, which was a Top 5 Worldwide seller in 2015, per mobile analyst App Annie. Vinson produced the “Journey to the Center of the Earth” films for New Line and was also an executive producer on. »
- Matt Pressberg
Lionsgate picked up the rights to the untitled movie from screenwriters Evan Turner and Harrison Query. Details of the plot are being kept under wraps other than the fact that the exorcism took place on a military base.
Flynn has produced a pair of supernatural thrillers dealing with exorcism — 2005’s “The Exorcism of Emily Rose” for Sony/Screen Gems, which grossed $144 million worldwide, and 2011’s “The Rite” for New Line. His other credits include the two “Journey to the Center of the Earth” films, “Hercules,” “Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters” and the upcoming “Baywatch.”
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- Dave McNary
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New Line has racked up the high score for Fruit Ninja. The studio has landed the film rights to the addictive mobile game app that has become a staple on phones and tablets. The deal puts producer Tripp Vinson back in business with New Line. Vinson has a long history with New Line, having produced such films for the studio as the Journey to the Center of the Earth films. He most recently was an executive producer on New Line's action hit San Andreas. J.P. Lavin and Chad Damiani, the duo behind How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack
- Tatiana Siegel
In the past I have read people referring to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson as “franchise Viagra” given his impact on multiple series like Fast And Furious, Journey To The Center Of The Earth and G.I. Joe. Despite being a valid appropriation, I beg to disagree—which I’m sure is not something many people have said in front of Johnson. I would like to make... Read More »
- Matt Rooney
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Got a movie you’re trying to make? Why not put Dwayne Johnson in it? It’s what everyone else seems to be doing, and it’s bound to earn you a fervent flurry of publicity. The man who it may not be acceptable to call ‘The Rock’ anymore has a whopping 19 films on his slate at the moment (it's gone down, given that Moana is now in cinemas), though, so he may struggle to fit you in. But is there a movie star who's working harder right now? Just check this lot out...
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Universal, Sony and Paramount also made bids for the project, which takes place in a massive skyscraper in China, with Legendary paying about $3 million. Details of the logline are being kept under wraps.
Universal will handle distribution of “Skyscraper” worldwide. Legendary was acquired four months ago by Chinese conglomerate Dalian Wanda for $3.5 billion.
- Dave McNary
The project is based on the book series by Gitty Daneshvari, published by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. Wme is packaging the film.
Daniel Mackey adapted the first book in the trilogy, published in 2010. That story follows four children, all suffering from phobias, who are sent to an exclusive yet secretive school where they’re intent on conquering their fears and surviving a perilous final test.
Brevig directed 2008’s “Journey to the Center of the Earth,” which was made for $60 million and grossed more than $240 million worldwide. Brevig was part of the Oscar-winning visual effects team on “Total Recall” and received Academy Award nominations for “Hook” and “Pearl Harbor.”
- Dave McNary
All you need to do is tell us which district you would most like to live in and why. All entries must be submitted here by 11:59 p.m., Monday, March 28. The contest is open only to readers in the United States and Canada. The decision of ComicMix‘s judges will be final.
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Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC (January 27, 2016) – Four years after Jennifer Lawrence first appeared on the big screen as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) critically acclaimed series based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book trilogy comes to a thrilling resolution in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, arriving on Digital HD »
- ComicMix Staff
Shout Factory opens the crypt once more, for the last remaining UA and Aip fright movies starring our favorite gentleman of horror. The label lays on the extras, with Steve Haberman commentaries and episodes of Science Fiction Theater. Now where are the Vincent Price cooking shows? The Vincent Price Collection III Master of the World, The Tower of London, Diary of a Madman, An Evening with Edgar Allan Poe, Cry of the Banshee Blu-ray Scream (Shout!) Factory 1961-72 / B&W + Color / 1:85 & 1:66 widescreen / 420 min. / Street Date February 16, 2016 / 69.97 Starring Vincent Price Directed by William Witney, Roger Corman, Reginald Le Borg, Kenneth Johnson, Gordon Hessler.
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Scream Factory now brings us Part Three of its Vincent Price collection, pretty much emptying the closet over at MGM. Not counting his twilight feature The Whales of August every Vincent Price film under the MGM banner will soon be out on Blu-ray. »
- Glenn Erickson
In this special episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, February 16th 2016.
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News Cannon Films Arrow Video – Limited Edition Update Time for another… And the customer of the week award goes… – Twilight Time Movies Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959) and Thoughts on My First Twilight Time Purchase | Journeys in Darkness and Light Michael Collins Blu-ray Man Facing Southeast Blu-ray Something for Everyone Blu-ray Stryker Blu-ray The Astro-Zombies Blu-ray Criterion Announces May Titles Links The 33 Ambush Bay Amos & Andrew Beachhead Beat Street The Challenge Curse of the Faceless Man Death by Hanging Girls: Season 4 The Hitch Hike I Confess The Iron Giant The Kid Moonlight and Valentino The Mutilator My Science Project Mystery Date Pray For Death Sleep with Me Taviani Brothers Collection Trumbo The Vincent Price Collection III Credits Ryan Gallagher »
- Ryan Gallagher
Santa Monica, CA and Vancouver, BC (January 27, 2016) – Four years after Jennifer Lawrence first appeared on the big screen as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) critically acclaimed series based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book trilogy comes to a thrilling resolution in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2, arriving on Digital HD March 8 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack + Digital HD, DVD + Digital, and On Demand March 22, the company announced today. In addition, for the first time ever, The Hunger Games Complete 4-Film Collection will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on March 22.
With $647 million worldwide box office and counting, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 set the world on fire and enthralled millions of devoted fans across the globe. With a critically acclaimed cast including Academy Award® winner Jennifer Lawrence (Best Actress, Silver Linings Playbook, 2012), Josh Hutcherson (Journey to the Center of the Earth), Liam Hemsworth »
- ComicMix Staff
The finale of Hunger Games phenomenon, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 is on its way to Blu-Ray, DVD, On Demand, and Digital Download. Along with its release comes the entire Hunger Games Anthology and tons of special features. Read on for more.
On March 8th, 2016, Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 will be available for early Digital Download and March 22nd for the Blu-Ray Combo Pack. On the same day as Part 2's Blu-Ray release, the complete Hunger Games Cinematic Series will be available for fans, and those curious of the series, to watch the entire revolution on Blu-Ray/DVD!
Four years after Jennifer Lawrence first appeared on the big screen as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games, Lionsgate’s (NYSE: Lgf) critically acclaimed series based on Suzanne Collins’ best-selling book trilogy comes to a thrilling resolution in The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2, arriving on Digital HD »
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Just in case you missed it, Miramax and Broad Green Pictures announced on January 11, 2015 that principal photography has started in Montréal, Québec, Canada, on Bad Santa 2, the follow-up to the raucous comedy hit Bad Santa.
As was previously reported, the film boasts an all-star cast led by Billy Bob Thornton, Kathy Bates, Christina Hendricks, Tony Cox, and Brett Kelly. Joining the already announced cast are Ryan Hansen (Veronica Mars, 2 Broke Girls), comedian Jenny Zigrino (50 Shades of Black), and Jeff Skowron (The Good Shepherd). Hansen will play Regent Hastings, who runs a charitable organization with his wife Diane (Hendricks). Zigrino and Skowron play security guards Gina and Dorfman, respectively. The trio joins Thornton (television series Fargo, Sling Blade, Simple Plan, Bandits) reprising his Golden Globe-nominated role as Willy Soke, and Bates (Misery, Titanic, Dolores Claiborne) who plays Willy’s tough-as-nails mom Sunny Soke, as well as original cast members Cox »
- Mike Tyrkus
In this special episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the best DVD and Blu-ray 2015.
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Follow-Up Ryan buys the Ernest and Celestine Blu-ray from Plain Archive Ultra HD Blu-ray Pre-orders Live, March 1st release: Fox, Sony, WB, Shout! and now Lionsgate Curzon Tarkovsky Ryan’s Top 10 List of 2015 Classics from the Van Beuren Studio (Thunderbean Animation) Thunderbirds: The Complete Series (Timeless Media Group / Shout! Factory) The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension (Arrow UK) Twice Upon A Time (Warner Archive Collection) Journey to the Center of the Earth (Twilight Time) Watership Down (The Criterion Collection) Walt Disney Animation Studios: Short Films Collection (Disney) 3-D Rarities (Flicker Alley) Spartacus: Restored Edition (Universal) The Apu Trilogy (The Criterion Collection)
- Ryan Gallagher
Fans that missed Twilight Time's initial Blu-ray release of Ray Harryhausen's Jules Verne spectacle get a second chance with this Encore Edition reissue. It includes an improved transfer and new extras, including an excellent audio commentary with Steven C. Smith, C. Courtney Joyner and Randall William Cook. The show still sends us, and Bernard Herrmann's powerful music score shakes the rafters. Mysterious Island Blu-ray Twilight Time 1961 / Color / 1:66 widescreen / 101 min. / Encoire Limited Edition / available at the Screen Archives Entertainment website; Street Date December 8, 2015 / 29.95 Starring Michael Craig, Michael Callan, Beth Rogan, Gary Merrill, Herbert Lom, Joan Greenwood, Percy Herbert. Cinematography Wilkie Cooper Special visual effects Ray Harryhausen Art Direction Bill Andrews Film Editor Frederick Wilson Original Music Bernard Herrmann Written by John Prebble, Daniel B. Ullman and Crane Wilbur from the novel by Jules Verne Produced by Charles H. Schneer Directed by Cy Endfield
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20 items from 2016
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