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“Intolerance” would be a massive, amazing undertaking in 2013. Can you even put in perspective what it was like 100 years ago? Arguably one of the most important and influential silent films ever made, “Intolerance” runs almost three hours and covers centuries of storytelling. It’s a fascinating film both in the history of cinema and the way it addressed cultural concerns of the time. Cohen Media Group continues to expertly restore and highlight great films. They’re quickly rising the ranks of the most important Blu-ray studios working today. »
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As yet another remake of Carrie heads into theaters this weekend, you may be wondering what the man who brought us the original film adaptation of Stephen King's novel, Brian De Palma, has been up to. It's been several years since he's given us one of his patented thrillers, but his latest flick, Passion, is about to change that.
Read on for details about the home video release of Passion!
From the Press Release
Two beautiful young corporate executives engage in a dangerous and tantalizing competition that will take a deeply personal and violent turn in Passion, the wildly received new thriller from suspense master Brian De Palma. The film, starring Rachel McAdams (as she's never been seen before) and Noomi Rapace, arrives on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on November 5, 2013, from eOne. The SRPs are, respectively, $29.98 and $24.98.
Forty years after his breakthrough thriller Sisters put him in the suspense/horror pantheon, »
- John Squires
by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com
The creepy paranormal film The Black Dahlia Haunting will be released this week. Look for it at Walmart, Barnes and Noble and Best Buy today. The film will also be available on RedBox October 22. Check out all the full details below.
Micro bay Features and Origin Releasing are proud to announce that their Paranormal Psycho Chiller "The Black Dahlia Haunting" hits stores (Walmart, Barnes and Noble, Best Buy) this week (the 15th) and Redbox on the 22nd.
The award-winning film stars Devanny Pinn (Hold Your Breath, Nude Nuns With Big Guns), Britt Griffith (Syfy's Ghosthunters), Alexis Iacono (The Penny Dreadful Picture Show, Blue Caprice), Jessica Cameron (Silent Night, Truth or Dare), Sarah Nicklin (The Disco Exorcist, Exhumed), and was directed by Brandon Slagle (2012 Shockfest Award Winner - Best Director).
Special Features include a Behind-the-Scenes featurette detailing the making of the film as well as a gag/outtake reel. »
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This is the 28-year-old Don Jon star's second time earning this title. She was voted Sexiest Woman Alive by the men's magazine back in 2006 when she starred in both The Black Dahlia and The Prestige. In 2006, she said of the title, "I'm sure my mom will be proud. You work hard making independent films for 14 years and you get voted best breasts."
What do you think? Is Scarlett the Sexiest Woman Alive of 2013? »
The past few years haven’t been Brian De Palma‘s finest time as a filmmaker. Neither Redacted nor The Black Dahlia left a mark with audiences, critics, or most of his fans. De Palma explored new territories and some old ones too with varying results. He does the same for Passion, which has been billed as a ”erotic thriller”. Like the masterful Femme Fatale, De Palma plays with an audience as much as his characters do with each other. While the two female leads play their games De Palma is calculating just as sinister of a move of his own. Or maybe some will see that narrative trick coming from a mile away. It’s all there in the highly-stylized aesthetic, never exactly hiding its impending reveal. A viewer will either find it on-the-nose or comforting. With De Palma’s tongue slowly cutting through his cheek though the result should be the latter. A »
- Jack Giroux
After the experimental political polemic Redacted and the gun-for-hire mess The Black Dahlia, Brian De Palma has returned to what should be his comfort zone; a violent, erotic thriller which he actually wrote himself. In fact, every scene of Passion seems to beg for a collective "return to form" proclamation. It's got identical twins, split-screen, sumptuous ballet, labyrinthine dream sequences and obsession to spare, but ultimately, it still feels like an over-the-hill rocker playing all his hits from forty years ago. On one hand, everything lacks the energy that originally made it so powerful, but, on the other hand, the songs are still better than anything else written in the last decade. That is to say, Passion is great fun, and occasionally kinda brilliant, but...
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Starring Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams, Passion (2012) sees American director Brian De Palma return to his favourite stomping ground of the overblown psychosexual thriller, a sub-genre which he made his own with such schlocky delights as Body Double, Dressed to Kill and Blow Out. The 71-year-old director spoke with John Bleasdale at last year's Venice Film Festival about the changing film industry, the impact of technology and why he should have really been a silent film director. Five years after 2007's angry Iraq War j'accuse Redacted, Passion - an English-language remake of Alain Corneau's 2010 thriller Love Crime (Crime d'Amour) - sees De Palma in a more playful mood.
"Passion is a good mystery story," the director explained on the Lido. "I liked working with women. I set out to make what I thought was a clever mystery even cleverer. Redacted is completely driven by men and so making this we're doing the opposite. »
- CineVue UK
Remember when American Horror Story (the Murder House season) brought in historical figure The Black Dahlia, the starlet who was murdered, as one of the many victims of the evil in the house? In the upcoming Coven season, the show is taking that idea and expanding upon it, as two of the recurring main characters are based on actual people.
That’s just one of the wee bits o’ info revealed about the upcoming story we’ll be seeing from our pals at American Horror Story, as was revealed at the recent TCA panel via THR. Kathy Bates will be playing historical figure/socialite serial murderer Marie Delphine Lalaurie, and Angela Bassett will be playing a character “loosely based” on historical figure/voodoo priestess Marie Laveau, in the upcoming American Horror Story: Coven.
Lalaurie was a popular Lousiana socialite in the early 1800s, until firefighters discovered tortured slaves in her basement. »
- Erin Willard
With James Cameron still frantically hammering away at the script for Avatar 2 (and potentially Avatar 3), The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that the director has enlisted the help of screenwriter Josh Friedman, who will serve as co-writer on the sequel to the highest-grossing movie of all time.
Friedman is certainly experienced when it comes to writing Cameron's characters, having served as writer and producer on Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. His other credits include 1996's Chain Reaction starring Keanu Reeves, Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds, and the crime thriller The Black Dahlia. He also worked on the 2011 TV pilot adaptation of Locke & Key.
Cameron has been working on developing the sequel(s) to Avatar since the original's record-breaking run in cinemas, with the second movie reportedly set to explore the oceans of Pandora. Sam Worthington (Jake Sully) and Zoe Saldana (Neytiri) are confirmed as returning, along with Cameron regular Sigourney Weaver (Dr. »
- Flickering Myth
Apparently the two more trips to the mystical planet of Pandora that Fox and James Cameron had agreed upon just weren't satisfactory enough. Instead, we'll now be getting three more "Avatar" sequels (does that make it a sequel-trilogy?), with the studio and director amassing a small army of writers to bring Cameron's singular, 3D-ified vision to the big screen. The three movies are designed to be filmed simultaneously starting next year, and will be released every Christmas starting in the year 2016. It's probably not a bad idea to start preparing your eyeballs now for the 3D workout these movies are going to deliver. The writers Fox and Cameron have assembled are a varied bunch, but they all have enough experience with big-time blockbusters to make them easy choices. Leading the charge will be "War of the Worlds" and "The Black Dahlia" screenwriter Josh Friedman, who brought Cameron's "Terminator" franchise to »
- Drew Taylor
Cameron has been in New Zealand for many months at work on the script for the follow up to the 2009 worldwide hit. Fox has slated the film for release at Christmas 2015.
There's also two bits of irony here. The first is that Friedman served as executive producer on TV's "Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles," the show based on Cameron's film franchise but one that Cameron himself was not involved with.
The second is that Friedman recently ended his relationship with Fox back in March, the same studio that he's suddenly now working for again with the "Avatar" sequel.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
James Cameron owned just about everybody on this planet for quite a while with his epic 3-D planetary adventures in Pandora in 2009's "Avatar," and at the end of the film's 8 month theatrical run Fox was left happily sorting through a whopping $2.7 billion smackers in ticket sales.
So, of course everyone involved was game for giving Jim-Jim a second run at those adorable Na'vi and their new addition. The sequel and a third part were announced almost immediately, and it seemed like this would get underway with haste. But not so. Instead, Cameron's been floating around in the Mariana's Trench — you know, like everyone does during time off (actually, just kidding, he's one of three people ever) — and retooling "Titanic" into 3-D format to nab even more cash ... until now.
After four years, there's finally a teensy weensy bit of news on "Avatar 2."
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cameron's »
- Amanda Bell
James Cameron has enlisted some help for the screenplay of the next installment of his adventure fantasy trilogy, Avatar 2, in the form of writer Josh Friedman. Cameron, who wrote the screenplay to Avatar himself, has been working on the script for both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 for some years now and it looks like progress is being made as he brings in Friedman.
Friedman’s writing credentials thus far are solid; he created Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, the Fox TV show set after the events of Terminator 2 which was nominated for 4 Emmy Awards. He also co-wrote the screenplay for the Tom Cruise sci-fi thriller War Of The Worlds and adapted James Ellroy’s crime mystery drama The Black Dahlia in 2006.
- Victoria Bull
It’s about time some news came out about Avatar 2, the sequel to James Cameron’s epic sci-fi fantasy film, which four long years ago broke box office records to become the highest-grossing film of all time.
Now, The Wrap is reporting that Cameron has brought Josh Friedman on board to work on the screenplay for the highly anticipated sequel.
Friedman previously interacted with Cameron when he served as the producer and screenwriter for Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, a TV continuation of the characters from Cameron’s Terminator 2: Judgment Day. The show, which starred Lena Headey, Thomas Dekker, Summer Glau, and Brian Austin Green, ran for two seasons before Fox decided to terminate it (sorry, couldn’t resist).
- Isaac Feldberg
Good grief… James Cameron has told us time and time again that he’s hard at work cracking the script for Avatar 2, and possibly outlining Avatar 3 at the same time. Now from the sound of it, he’s been spending his time in New Zealand drawing pictures of submarines and humming along to this tune. He’s just announced that The Black Dahlia / War Of The Worlds writer Josh Friedman will be coming aboard to work on the Avatar sequel with him.All right, so we know Cameron really has been hard at work revisiting Pandora, and it’s not like he hasn’t drafted in help in the past: Laeta Kalogridis (who is writing the new Terminator reboot) had a hand in polishing the original film’s script.Friedman is certainly experienced writing for characters that Cameron co-created, albeit in a roundabout way. He was the executive »
Back in May, Avatar star Zoe Saldana revealed that James Cameron was almost finished with the screenplays for both Avatar 2 and Avatar 3, which are slated to shoot back-to-back in 2014. It isn't known if Josh Friedman will be working on the Avatar 3 script as well.
Josh Friedman's other writing credits include The Black Dahlia, War of the Worlds, and Chain Reaction. He also wrote the Locke & Key pilot script, and served as an executive producer on the Fox series The Finder.
Just last week we learned that the first test footage of Avatar 2 was recently screened at the Siggraph computer graphics convention in California. Other than that, any real updates on the anticipated sequel have been scarce. But today comes news of another cook getting in James Cameron's kitchen as The Wrap has learned that War of the Worlds and The Black Dahlia writer Josh Friedman has been hired to work on the script for the sequel to the international 2009 blockbuster starring Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana, both expected to reprise their roles for the developing sequel at 20th Century Fox. More below! Cameron has stationed himself in New Zealand to work on Avatar 2, which may hit theaters in 2015, but there's no guarantee that will stick. This won't be the first time Friedman has played in Cameron's universe since he also worked on the short-lived TV series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. »
- Ethan Anderton
Slowly but surely, development on the Avatar sequels continues to progress. While James Cameron's past filmography tells us that the filmmaker will take as long as he pleases in between projects, we’ve seen numerous deadlines come and go for when Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 are expected to begin filming and finally hit theaters. The most recent timeline has Zoe Saldana saying that she thinks production will finally begin in early 2014, and while Cameron has been hard at work on the screenplays for the past few years, it appears that he’s enlisting a little help to get the script for Avatar 2 in tip-top shape before production (hopefully) gets underway. Hit the jump for more. The folks over at The Wrap report that Terminator: The Sarah Chronicles creator Josh Friedman has been recruited to work on the screenplay for Avatar 2. This is presumably not a “page-one rewrite” job, »
- Adam Chitwood
Showtime announced at the beginning of the year that Logan and Mendes would be in collaboration again after their work together on Skyfall, however there has been little news since then. The latest casting news shows that Showtime has faith in the series which is backed by producer Pippa Harris and Mendes who are both partners in Neal Street Productions.
Penny Dreadful is described as a “psycho-sexual” horror series that will feature classic characters from horror literature such as Dr Frankenstein’s monster, Dorian Gray and Van Helsing set in London during the Victorian era. Here are the main character descriptions from The Hollywood Reporter:
“Hartnett will play Ethan Chandler, a man of action and daring »
- Jonathan James
Josh Hartnett ("The Black Dahlia") and Eva Green ("The Dreamers") have signed on to star in "Penny Dreadful," Showtime's upcoming "psychosexual horror series" executive produced by Sam Mendes and created and written by his "Skyfall" screenwriter John Logan ("Noah," "Hugo"). Hartnett will play Ethan Chandler, a charming American who finds himself trapped in the darkest corners of Victorian London. Green is taking the part of Vanessa Ives, a seductive and formidable beauty full of secrets and danger. The series is looking to be a high profile one for Showtime, with "The Orphanage" and "The Impossible" filmmaker Juan Antonio Bayona set to direct the first two of the eight episodes ordered. "Penny Dreadful" will begin filming in London this fall for a 2014 premiere on the network. It'll bring together the origin stories of three iconic literary characters -- Dr. Frankenstein and his creature, Dorian Gray and figures from "Dracula." "Penny Dreadful, »
- Alison Willmore
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