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11 items from 2007

Morissette a novel vision for 'Radio'

30 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Alanis Morissette has joined the cast of novelist Philip K. Dick's semiautobiograhical feature adaptation Radio Free Albemuth.

In writer-director John Alan Simon's film, Morissette plays Sylvia, a woman who shows up in the vision of a record label executive named Nick (Jonathan Scarfe) as a glamorous singer.

In reality, she's an ordinary woman in unexpected remission from lymphoma who, after appearing in Nick's visions, gets a job as his secretary. She becomes his soul mate thanks to the pair's shared spirituality and visions.

"I am a big fan of Philip K. Dick's poetic and expansively imaginative books," Morissette said. "I feel blessed to portray Sylvia, and to be part of this story being told in film."

Shea Whigham (Wristcutters: A Love Story), Katheryn Winnick (Failure to Launch) and Hanna Hall (2007's Halloween) also star. Simon and his Discovery Prods. are producing with Dale Rosenbloom and his Open Pictures (The Girl in The Park) and Rhino Films' Stephen Nemeth (Dogtown and Z-Boys).

Dick's 1976 novel, published posthumously in 1985, is loosely based on his own experience with visions in the mid-'70s. »

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Sony's Stage 6 takes on horror classic

19 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Newly launched Sony label Stage 6 Films has signed on to distribute The Butcher Brothers' reimagination of the 1986 horror classic April Fool's Day, currently filming in North Carolina.

The film is the latest addition to the new banner, which operates under the umbrella of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group.

Stage 6 plans to distribute 10-15 films per year with budgets of $10 million or less. Whether the films will be released theatrically or straight to DVD is not decided beforehand.

The new April Fool's revolves around a party given by two uber rich siblings, played by Taylor Cole (Supernatural) and Josh Henderson (Desperate Housewives), for their friend (Scout Taylor-Compton of Halloween). Tragedy strikes when a friend falls over a balcony and dies. One by one, each partygoer is found dead.

Frank Mancuso Jr. and Tara Craig are producing. The Butcher Brothers team of Mitch Altieri and Phil Flores are directing. The duo, whose credits include last year's The Hamiltons, also wrote the screenplay with Mikey Wigart. »

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Zombie, Tyler, Beach at ICM

1 October 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Emerging from a competitive courting environment, filmmaker-musician Rob Zombie has signed with ICM for film representation. The agency also recently welcomed actors Aisha Tyler and Adam Beach into the fold.

Zombie was behind Dimension/MGM's Halloween, which just set the record for the biggest Labor Day opening and has grossed more than $54 million. He made a movie name for himself with House of 1000 Corpses and Devil's Rejects, moneymakers that established his unusual filmmaking style.

As a recording artist, Zombie has sold more than 15 million albums and is the longest-running recording artist on the Geffen label.

He continues to be repped by Spectacle Entertainment as well as by attorney David Fox of Myman, Abell, Fineman, Fox, Greenspan & Light.

Tyler's recent film credits include Death Sentence, opposite Kevin Bacon, and Balls of Fury, with Christopher Walken. She recently completed filming Black Water Transit, a movie set in post-Katrina New Orleans that stars Laurence Fishburne, Karl Urban and Brittany Snow.

On the TV side, Tyler co-starred in CBS' Ghost Whisperer and has recurred on CBS' CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and Fox's 24. She is managed by ROAR; her attorney is John Meigs. »

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Saperstein exit complete

20 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Richard Saperstein's long-expected exit as Dimension Films president of production is finally official.

In July, Dimension parent Weinstein Co. denied that Saperstein had been fired. Late Wednesday, the company issued a statement saying the exec and the company "have decided to sever their relationship."

The long goodbye suggests the parties involved needed the extra time to reach a settlement on Saperstein's existing contract.

During his tenure at Dimension, Saperstein was involved with the summer horror hits 1408 and Halloween and such upcoming films as Frank Darabont's adaptation of Stephen King's The Mist.

Saperstein declined comment on the circumstances surrounding his exit, saying only, "I'm proud of what we accomplished at Dimension during my time there, and I'm looking forward to future challenges." »

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Weinstein Co. digs 'Diary of the Dead'

12 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

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TORONTO -- The dead have risen. In a sale that once seemed as slow as a zombie, Weinstein Co. stepped up and bought North American and Mexican rights to "George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead" for $2 million-$2.5 million.

The latest sequel to Romero's 1968 horror classic "Night of the Living Dead" closed Tuesday night after several offers were considered, including some for video-only distribution. The Weinstein Co. deal includes a theatrical commitment.

While R-rated horror movies didn't perform well at the boxoffice earlier this summer, the Weinstein Co.'s "Halloween", released by MGM, bucked the trend with a record-breaking Labor Day opening. "Dead" premiered late Saturday in the Midnight Madness section at Toronto and spooked out crowds.

The Artfire Films/Romero-Grunwald Prods. film was written and directed by Romero, produced by Peter Grunwald, Art Spigel, Sam Englebardt and Ara Katz, and executive produced by Dan Fireman, John Harrison and Steve Barnett.

Cinetic Media repped the filmmakers in the sale. »

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'Yuma' remake O.K. at boxoffice corral

10 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Lionsgate's 3:10 to Yuma, a polished Western gunning to give remakes a good name, staked claim to an estimated $14.1 million in weekend grosses to open atop the domestic boxoffice.

But New Line Cinema's aptly titled Shoot 'Em Up, targeting a similar male-skewing audience, fired blanks with just $5.5 million in opening grosses, landing the Clive Owen starrer in sixth place for the weekend. Sony's male-oriented comedy The Brothers Solomon opened outside the top 10 with an anemic $525,000 from a modestly wide run of 700 theaters.

The Weinstein Co./Dimension horror remake Halloween grabbed second place for the weekend, turning in a $10 million performance for distributor MGM despite dropping 62% in its sophomore outing for a $44.2 million cume. Sony Pictures' Superbad finished third in its fourth frame with an estimated $8 million and a $103.7 million cume.

So where were all the gals this weekend? Fortunately for Yuma, more than a few padded audiences of James Mangold's well-reviewed updating of Delmer Daves' 1957 classic.

"The film played equally well to all demographics," Lionsgate Films Releasing president Tom Ortenberg said. "So while the opening weekend skewed a little bit male and a little bit older, we're hoping as the film plays out over the next few weeks we'll get more under-25 moviegoers."

The Russell Crowe-Christian Bale starrer was fully financed by Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media at a cost of about $55 million.

Yuma should pull audiences almost evenly split between males and females by the weekend, Ortenberg said. He added the belief that Yuma will show sturdy legs over the coming frames.

"It's not the kind of film where its core audiences flock out the first weekend to see it," Ortenberg said. "We feel (the) opening really validates our strategy to choose this week, so we could be the first Western into the marketplace and the first prestige film in the fall."

Indeed, Warner Bros.' Sept. »

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Zombie's 'Halloween' a boxoffice killer

4 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Like a cat with nine lives, Halloween pounced on the North American boxoffice during the Labor Day weekend, taking in an estimated $31 million that set a record for the four-day holiday frame. Director Rob Zombie's remake of John Carpenter's classic 1978 slasher movie might have been the eighth film spun off from the original, but it capped off a heated moviegoing season that saw the summer 2007 boxoffice set a record with $4.3 billion, according to estimates by The Hollywood Reporter.

Weekend moviegoers also sampled the martial arts comedy Balls of Fury, which ranked third for the four days with an estimated $13.8 million. But they mostly ignored the revenge thriller Death Sentence, which scrounged up only an estimated $5.2 million as it entered the market in eighth place.

The top 10 films for the weekend grossed an estimated $112.7 million, up 26% compared with the $89.2 million that the top 10 earned during the same frame a year ago, according to Nielsen EDI. The weekend also set a boxoffice record for the holiday.

With its estimated $4.3 billion haul, summer 2007 supplants summer 2004 ($4 billion) as the top grosser in Hollywood history, though with estimated admissions hitting 631.4 million, this year will fall short of the record 668.1 million admissions set in summer 2002.

Halloween, an MGM release of a Dimension Films title, earned its Labor Day weekend record by easily topping 20th Century Fox's actioner Transporter 2, which set its mark by grossing $20.1 million during the four-day frame in 2005. It also surpassed the top gross on a Labor Day weekend, which The Sixth Sense established in 1999 when it collected $29.3 million in its fifth weekend.

Bowing in 3,472 theaters, where it earned a per-theater average of $8,932, Halloween enjoyed the widest opening ever for an R-rated horror movie as well as the widest opening ever for the new MGM, which notched its first No. 1 opening in the weekend heats.

Although commentators were writing off the R-rated horror genre this summer after disappointing returns for Hostel: Part II ($17.6 million total gross) and Captivity ($2.6 million), Halloween played like an injection of fresh blood. »

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'Halloween' scares up quick boxoffice pace Friday

2 September 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

It will be Halloween in September at the North American boxoffice this weekend. Director Rob Zombie's R-rated remake of John Carpenter's 1978 horror classic, from Dimension Films and released through MGM, easily claimed the top spot Friday, the first day of the four-day holiday weekend, taking in an estimate of nearly $11 million in 3,472 theaters.

With that momentum, it should easily set a new Labor Day weekend record, racing ahead of the current record-holder, Transporter 2, which bowed to $20.1 million over four days in 2005.

The PG-13 comedy Balls of Fury, the Rogue Pictures release from Focus Features which debuted nationwide on Wednesday, took in an estimated $3.4 million on Friday for a third place showing.

20th Century Fox's R-rated revenge tale Death Sentence, directed by James Wan and starring Kevin Bacon, didn't establish much traction. Its Friday bow returned an estimated $1.4 million, which left it in eighth place for the day.

Rounding out the top five, Sony Pictures' Superbad, at the start of its third weekend, scored $3.4 million to secure a second-place slot. »

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31 August 2007 5:36 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

<div class="KonaBody"><p><span id="lblBodyText"><strong>Plot:</strong> Director Rob Zombie takes a stab (pun intended) at reviving the “Halloween” franchise by showing where Michael Myers got his start as a serial killer.</span></p> <p><strong>Who’s it for:</strong> If you see all the other horror flicks, you might as well see this ultra-violent offering.</p> <p><strong>Expectations: </strong>If a horror film can actually be scary, I am happily to be terrified. The problem, of course, is that most rely on gore.</p> <p>SCORECARD</p> <p><strong>Actors:</strong></p> <p>Malcolm McDowell as Dr. Loomis: Make-up isn’t used to show the aging of Dr. Loomis. Instead, it’s bad wigs. When McDowell spouts lines such as, “In a weird way, you’ve become my best friend,” to Michael … let’s just say I laughed at not with … which is kind of fun.<br /> <em>Grade: 5 </em></p> <p><strong>Daeg Faerch/Tyler Mane as&#8230;</strong></p></div> »

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'Halloween' remake should carve out holiday win

31 August 2007 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The calendar might say Labor Day, but moviegoers this holiday weekend at the North American boxoffice are just as likely to be celebrating Halloween -- or, make that Halloween, Rob Zombie's remake of John Carpenter's classic 1978 slasher movie.

While the current film, the eighth to be spun off of the original Halloween, appears to be jumping the gun holidaywise, it's just one of a trio of new wide releases that will bid for the attention of younger males while the rest of the family is off celebrating summer's end.

The Weinstein brothers' Miramax Films acquired the rights to the Halloween franchise in 1994 and released the sixth film in the series, "Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers," under their Dimension Films label in 1995. They followed up with two updates, Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, which opened to $16.2 million in 1998, and Halloween: Resurrection, which bowed to $12.3 million in 2002.

This time, though, Dimension -- which took the franchise with it when the Weinsteins left the Walt Disney Co. -- has returned to the drawing board. Rocker Zombie, who cut his teeth as a director on House of 1000 Corpses and The Devil's Rejects, has gone back to Carpenter's original tale of knife-wielding mental institution escapee Michael Myers and written and directed a movie that is as much prequel (with a look at Myers' horrific childhood) as a remake. »

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Fangoria's Weekend of Horrors

27 June 2007 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- If there is one thing genre fans love more than genre films and magazines that report on genre films, it’s genre-focused conventions (“cons” for short, i.e. “Comic Con”) – gatherings of fans and industry professionals (and press!). While I’d feel pretty out of place at a Star Wars or Dungeons and Dragons  convention, I will feel right at home this weekend at Fangoria’s Weekend of Horrors, coming to the New York area this weekend (June 29 through July 1) by way of Secaucus, NJ. Secaucus is a five to ten minute train ride from Penn Station, and a familiar location to anyone who commutes via rail from NJ to NYC during the week.Fangoria, for those of you who aren’t familiar with the magazine, is the world’s number premiere supplier of horror-related journalism, reporting on films, print, video games, toys, and any other form of media »

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