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Dimension had originally planned to open the film six months earlier, but director Tim Hill revealed last month during a presentation at the American Film Market that he would start shooting the movie in February in Toronto.
“The War with Grandpa” follows a boy who’s forced to move out of his room when his recently widowed grandfather moves in. With the help of his friends, the boy devises outrageous pranks to make his grandfather surrender the room, but he turns out to be tougher than expected and all-out war ensues.
Christopher Walken and Eugene Levy have come on board to play the friends of De Niro’s character. “The War with Grandpa” is based on the 1984 children’s book by Robert Kimmel Smith. Phillip Glasser, Marvin Peart, and Rosa Morris Peart are producing, »
- Dave McNary
Yes, we're getting a Furby movie. Bob Weinstein announced the upcoming fantasy adventure as part of an ambitious five movie slate planned for the producer's TWC-Dimension banner. While no plot details have been announced, it has been confirmed that this impending franchise starter will indeed be based on the original Hasbro toy line of the same name. Says Weinstein.
"I'm rolling the dice and playing for hits."
Bob Weinstein announced the Furby movie during an early evening presentation on Thursday in Casa De Mar at the American Film Market, where he stood before over 100 buyers. The script for the Furby movie is already completed, as are the four other projects the producer came to sell, according to Variety.
This was the first time that a Furby movie has been mentioned in regards to the impending TWC-Dimension slate, a label that is better known for its horror and dark genre movies »
“I’m rolling the dice and playing for hits,” Weinstein said in the early evening presentation at Casa De Mar beforeabout 100 buyers at the American Film Market. All five projects have completed scripts.
Furbys, the owl-like robotic toys with speaking capabilities in dozens of languages, caught on in the late 1990s. Davis, the company’s chief content officer, and Feldman noted that Hasbro has already seen significant success in Hollywood with the Transformers and Ouija franchises.
“We think that this can resonate as a four-quadrant film,” Davis said. “It can’t just by a 90-minute commercial. »
- Dave McNary
If you want to set a groovy mood while watching Ash vs Evil Dead Season 1 on Blu-ray and DVD this Halloween season, then you're in luck, because we've been provided with two Ash vs Evil Dead candles to give away to a pair of lucky Daily Dead readers.
Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive (1) Ash vs Evil Dead candle (see image below).
How to Enter: For a chance to win, email email@example.com with the subject “Ash vs Evil Dead Candle Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
Entry Details: The contest will end at 12:01am Est on October 17th. This contest is only open to those who are eighteen years of age or older that live in the United States. Only one entry per household will be accepted.
From the Press Release: “Ash vs Evil Dead,” the 10-episode half-hour Starz Original series, is the long-awaited »
- Derek Anderson
Another new Resident Evil movie is coming out, but this one doesn't star Milla Jovovich. Yes, 2017 will see the release of another live-action Resident Evil movie but there is also a new CG movie set in that universe called Resident Evil: Vendetta. Now the first trailer has landed online.
Resident Evil: Vendetta is set to be released in Japan next year and the first trailer has been uploaded to YouTube, giving us our first look at the third CG Resident Evil movie. The first, Resident Evil: Degeneration came out in 2008, followed by Resident Evil: Damnation in 2012. This new movie will be taking place in the video game universe after the events of Resident Evil 6 and before the events of the upcoming Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
Fantasy and horror meister David S. Goyer (“Ghost Rider,” “The Dark Knight”) is to develop film projects that could be produced by Tencent Pictures, a film division of Tencent, China’s social media giant.
Goyer appeared in person at an event Saturday in Beijing to celebrate the first anniversary of Tencent Pictures and to unveil the company’s first slate of movie projects. Goyer did not announce a specific title, but said they could be oriented either towards the local Chinese or global markets.
As befits its social media and tech roots, the company unveiled a lineup that spans adaptations of book, comic books, animation and games. Tencent Pictures, headed by CEO Cheng Wu, is distinct from Penguin Pictures, another film operation under Tencent’s umbrella.
Tencent Pictures was previously a part of the Chinese contingent in Legendary Entertainment’s “Warcraft” and it announced that it will also on board Legendary’s “Kong Skull Island. »
- Patrick Frater
Resident Evil fans have a lot to look forward to next year, what with the release of the latest instalment in the movie franchise, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter, along with the hotly-anticipated video game Resident Evil 7: Biohazard.
Well, we can now add a CG-animated feature to that list, with Resident Evil: Vendetta announced at the Tokyo Game Show this past week. Here’s a couple of promotional images which were shown at Tgs:
The film, titled Biohazard: Vendetta in Japan, will feature the characters of Leon S. Kennedy, Chris Redfield and Rebecca Chambers in an original story, which is said to be similar to the plot for the original videogame.
Takanori Tsujimoto (Bushido Man) is directing Vendetta from a script by Makoto Fukami (Psycho-Pass), with Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge) executive producing. It is set for release in Spring 2017 in Japan.
- Gary Collinson
A naive young girl sells a video player with a haunted tape to an unsuspecting couple in a new clip from Sadako Vs Kayako, a.k.a. The Ring Vs. The Grudge. Although it has already hit theaters in Japan, the film will have its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival as part of the festival's Midnight Madness genre program, before it debuts in the U.S. on the Shudder streaming platform later this year. The clip reveals that at least one big change was made from The Ring franchise mythology.
After viewing a legendary cursed videotape, Natsumi (Aimi Satsukawa) discovers she has only two days before she will be killed by the demonic entity known as Sadako. The only way to break the curse: pitting the demon Sadako against Kayako, an accursed spirit possessing a haunted house where everyone who enters disappears. This clip, which debuted at Vulture, »
Cover artwork by Mark Reusch for Wolfmen of Mars' new album, Warp Suburbium, aims to depict the album's theme: liven up a suburban neighborhood with fun Halloween mayhem. Also in today's Highlights: program details for the 8th Annual Knoxville Horror Film Fest 2016, the Satanic Panic Room at Fantastic Fest, and the HellsGate Haunted House opening.
Wolfmen of Mars' Warp Suburbium Release Details: From Wolfmen of Mars: "We wanted the album to have a Twilight Zone / Halloween vibe. Artist Mark Reusch (http://misterreusch.com) took the concept of skeletons causing gremlin-esque chaos in an old suburban neighborhood on Halloween night, and came up with the album art."
To learn more about Warp Suburbium, visit:
The latest album from Wolfmen of Mars, Warp Suburbium will be released on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more on Friday, September 16th, and it is now available on Bandcamp.
- Tamika Jones
With August almost over and September around the corner, we’re only a few weeks away from the start of Fantastic Fest, taking place September 22nd–29th in Austin, Texas. Following the announcement of the first wave of programming earlier this month, the second wave of films have now been revealed, including even more titles for horror, sci-fi, and suspense fans to look forward to seeing:
Press Release: Austin, TX – Thursday, August 25, 2016 – Alamo Drafthouse’s Fantastic Fest delivers another dose of cinematic decadence with its second wave of programming. Procured once again from the most curious corners of the genre universe, Fantastic Fest is proud to announce its opening film, Denis Villeneuve’s stunning Arrival. Arrival marks Villeneuve’s Fantastic Fest debut, which has proven to be worth the wait as his spectacular science fiction feature promises to kick off proceedings in explosive fashion.
It wouldn’t be Fantastic Fest »
- Derek Anderson
Learn the best tools of trade to use when dispatching Deadites in two new bonus feature clips from Anchor Bay Entertainment’s Blu-ray / DVD release of Ash vs Evil Dead Season 1, which comes out today in groovy fashion.
Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA (July 18, 2016) – “Ash vs Evil Dead,” the 10-episode half-hour Starz Original series, is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), Rob Tapert (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), and Bruce Campbell (“Burn Notice,” Oz the Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness), the original filmmakers, and Craig Digregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner.
Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When »
- Derek Anderson
In theaters September 16 is the upcoming Blair Witch. Lionsgate originally promoted it as The Woods when in reality it is a sequel to Blair Witch.
The film is helmed by director Adam Wingard (You’Re Next, The Guest, V/H/S, V/H/S/2), who has assembled an accomplished behind-the-scenes team that includes screenwriter and longtime collaborator Simon Barrett (You’Re Next, The Guest, V/H/S, V/H/S/2); producers Roy Lee (The Ring, The Strangers, The Grudge), Steven Schneider (Paranormal Activity, Insidious), Keith Calder, p.g.a. (You’Re Next, The Guest, Anomalisa), and Jess Calder, p.g.a. (You’Re Next, The Guest, The Devil’S Candy), ; and executive producers Jenny Hinkey, Daniel Myrick (director/writer, The Blair Witch Project), Eduardo Sanchez (director/writer, The Blair Witch Project) and Gregg Hale (producer, The Blair Witch Project).
For several years, Lionsgate had been searching for the right concept to reboot Blair Witch, »
- Michelle McCue
From the creators of The Evil Dead comes a new Starz Original Series, Ash vs Evil Dead. The Starz Original series is the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead. The series is executive produced by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), Rob Tapert (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), and Bruce Campbell (Burn Notice, Oz the Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness), the original filmmakers, and Craig Digregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner. Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, it turns out, has no plans to release the unlikely hero from its “Evil” grip. »
- ComicMix Staff
Season one of Ash vs Evil Dead is coming home on Blu-ray and DVD August 23!
From the creators of The Evil Dead comes a new Starz Original Series, Ash vs Evil Dead. The Starz Original series, the long-awaited follow-up to the classic horror film The Evil Dead, is executive produced by Sam Raimi (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), Rob Tapert (The Evil Dead, The Grudge), and Bruce Campbell (“Burn Notice,” Oz the Great and Powerful, The Evil Dead, Evil Dead II, Army of Darkness), the original filmmakers, and Craig Digregorio who serves as executive producer and showrunner. Campbell reprises his role as Ash, the stock boy, aging lothario and chainsaw-handed monster hunter who has spent the last 30 years avoiding responsibility, maturity and the terrors of the Evil Dead. When a Deadite plague threatens to destroy all of mankind, Ash is finally forced to face his demons – personal and literal. Destiny, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Victor Medina)
Want a peek at Syfy’s Wynonna Earp Season 1, Episode 10 before it airs tonight? A clip from the new episode is now available and we have it to share with readers this morning. Also in today’s Horror Highlights: Blu-ray and DVD release details for the Cabin Fever reboot and The Pack, as well as info and a poster for Takashi Shimizu’s short film Ame Onna, shot for 4Dx theaters.
Photos & Clip from Wynonna Earp Episode 110: “On this Friday’s episode of Syfy’s hit series Wynonna Earp, Wynonna (Melanie Scrofano) and Dolls (Shamier Anderson) investigate the haunting, snowy Barrens, where rumors of a bloodthirsty beast could prove Bobo’s (Michael Eklund) undoing – and their own. Doc (Tim Rozon) confronts his murky future and takes action, with Waverly’s (Dominique Provost-Chalkley) inadvertent help.
You know the saying, every town has its Manson family. And Wynonna has just found Purgatory’s. »
- Tamika Jones
Disney has acquired the feature film rights to Tony Cliff’s graphic novel series “Delilah Dirk and the Turkish Lieutenant.”
The story centers on Delilah Dirk, a 19th century adventurer, who plots to rob a corrupt Sultan in Constantinople evades the Sultan’s guards with the aid of her flying boat. She’s aided by her new friend, a Turkish tea-master Erdemoglu Selim, who becomes duty-bound to follow her across Turkey after she saves his life.
The book became a New York Times bestseller in 2013. No director, writer or actors are attached yet.
Lee broke into Hollywood by executive producing remakes of Asian films such as “The Ring, »
- Dave McNary
Chucky’s back and better than ever… Mezco Toyz presents their newest Chucky doll based on his likeness in the first Child’s Play movie. Also: Wizard World and Crypt TV’s eight-city video showcase, Mondo’s Cronenberg vinyls, the Screamfest 2016 announcement, and over 10 photos from Shortwave.
Photos of Mezco Toyz’s New Chucky Doll: From Mezco Toyz: “Unlike the scarred and battle-damaged look Chucky normally bears (people have tried to destroy him in six films so far), this version represents the cleaner, earlier Chucky. His trademark outfit is un-slashed, his face is not yet mauled.
Just as he did in his films, Chucky has lots to say from his trademark “My name is Chucky” to far more sinister phrases.
The star of the Child’S Play films, Chucky stands fifteen inches tall and features real cloth Good Guys clothing, eleven points of articulation, his trademark orange hair and realistic glass-like eyes. »
- Tamika Jones
Exclusive: Omnibus film was inspired by a Japanese punk band.
Japanese studio Nikkatsu has picked up international rights to omnibus film The Blue Hearts, comprising six short films inspired by the music of the iconic Japanese punk band of the same name.
The six directors contributing shorts include Takashi Shimizu (The Grudge), Ken Iizuka, Shinichi Kudo, Ten Shimoyama, Noboru Iguchi and Lee Sang-il. Cast includes Masatoshi Nagase (Mystery Train) who stars in Kudo’s segment, Frozen Expectation.
Active from 1985 to 1995, The Blue Hearts have been compared to Western bands such as the Sex Pistols and the Ramones. Some of their songs were covered in Nobuhiro Yamashita’s 2005 indie hit Linda Linda Linda.
An incomplete version of The Blue Hearts omnibus film was screened at this year’s Yubari International Fantastic Film Festival.
Nikkastu’s Cannes slate also includes Roman Porno Reboot, a series of five features from leading Japanese directors inspired by the Roman Porno genre, and Kazuya Shiraishi »
- email@example.com (Liz Shackleton)
Familiar and frightening faces from two of Japan’s biggest horror franchises, Ringu (aka The Ring) and Ju-On (aka The Grudge), haunt humans who get caught in their cursed crossfire in the new trailer for Sadako vs Kayako.
Like something plucked from a horror fan’s daydream, Sadako vs Kayako will feature a showdown between the supernatural antagonists from the Ringu and Ju-On franchises. Horror fans living in Japan won’t have to wait long to lay eyes on Sadako vs Kayako, as the film is scheduled for a June 18th release. There’s no word yet on when it will debut elsewhere in the world. In the meantime, Paramount will release Rings in the Us on October 28th.
Sadako vs Kayako is directed by Kôji Shiraishi and stars Mizuki Yamamoto, Tina Tamashiro, Aimi Satsukawa, Misato Tanaka, Masahiro Kômoto, and Masanobu Andô, with Takako Fuji reprising her role as the »
- Derek Anderson
In the early 2000s, "versus" movies were quite popular, with Freddy vs. Jason, Alien vs Predator and several other movies hitting theaters, pitting two cinematic icons against each other. Earlier this year, the "versus" format was pushed to a whole new level with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, although that wasn't really a true "versus" movie, since it helped set up Warner Bros.' Justice League universe. The format will go back to its horror roots this summer with the Japanese movie Sadako vs. Kayako, which pits the evil spirits from The Ring and The Grudge against each other. Today we have a new trailer and photos which showcases the horror battle of the year.
Ironically enough, Sadako vs Kayako was actually birthed through an April Fool's Day joke which quickly went viral. Japanese studio Kadokawa and NBCUniversal Japan realized the cinematic potential of this joke, and Sadako vs. Kayako was born. »
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