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Screen Gems Shake-Up: Clint Culpepper Steps Down, Steve Bersch Takes Over (Exclusive)

Screen Gems Shake-Up: Clint Culpepper Steps Down, Steve Bersch Takes Over (Exclusive)
Clint Culpepper is stepping down as head of Screen Gems, the Sony Pictures division that specializes in lower-budget genre films, Variety has learned.

He will be replaced by Steve Bersch, the head of Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions, according to insiders. Culpepper helped rekindle the Screen Gems label in 1998 and was responsible for several hits such as “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “Think Like a Man,” and the “Resident Evil” franchise. However, Screen Gems has struggled to field as many success stories in recent years. Its most recent release, the action film “Proud Mary,” bowed to an underwhelming $9.9 million when it opened this month. Culpepper was recently informed that his contract, which was due up, would not be renewed. He will remain a part of Sony’s film family in some capacity through a production deal with the studio.

A spokesman for Sony declined to comment on Bersch’s promotion. In a note to staff, Sony Pictures
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Here Are All The New Releases Coming to Netflix in January 2018

Netflix is starting out 2018 with a ton of new film and TV series releases! We are only about halfway through December, but if you're curious to know what is waiting for you on the streaming service in the new year, we have a full list the new releases and their release dates. There's a lot of great stuff coming including a bunch of Batman Films, the Lethal Weapon movies, The Godfather trilogy, Caddyshack, Apollo 13, King Kong, The Shawshank Redemption, Training Day, and even all of the Bring it On films! You can check out the fill list below!

Week of 1/1/18

10,000 B.C. -- 1/1/18

30 Days of Night -- 1/1/18

Age Of Shadows -- 1/1/18

AlphaGo -- 1/1/18

America's Sweethearts -- 1/1/18

Apollo 13 -- 1/1/18

Batman -- 1/1/18

Batman & Robin -- 1/1/18

Batman Begins -- 1/1/18

Batman Forever -- 1/1/18

Batman Returns -- 1/1/18

Breakfast at Tiffany's -- 1/1/18

Bring It On -- 1/1/18

Bring It On Again -- 1/1/18

Bring It On: All or Nothing
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Mike Flanagan’s Before I Wake Coming to Netflix in the Us on January 5th

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Horror fans have been looking forward to seeing Mike Flanagan's Before I Wake since the film was teased in trailers back in 2015, but bankruptcy issues at Relativity Media delayed and ultimately brought the movie's release to a halt. Since that time, Flanagan directed two well-received films for Netflix, and the streaming service has now revealed that they will bring Before I Wake out of film purgatory and into the warm glow of the TV screen.

Netflix revealed the exciting Before I Wake news in their full announcement of titles being added to their streaming lineup in January of 2018. Starring Jacob Tremblay, Thomas Jane, and Kate Bosworth, Before I Wake will be available to watch on the streaming service beginning Friday, January 5th, marking its first official release in the Us (it was previously released internationally, including in the UK by Netflix).

Other titles being added to Netflix (in the Us) include 30 Days of Night,
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‘The Godfather’ Trilogy Makes Netflix an Offer It Can’t Refuse Next Month; ‘Marie Antoinette’ and ‘Midnight in Paris,’ Too

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Say this for 2018: It can’t be any worse than 2017, right? (Spoiler: It totally can.) At least Netflix’s first batch of offerings inspires cautious optimism in the new year, with everything from the entire “Godfather” trilogy, “Marie Antoinette,” five different “Batman” films and five different “Bring It On” movies (did you even know they’d made that many?), “Midnight in Paris,” the complete “Lethal Weapon” collection, “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,” and “The Truman Show” coming to the streaming service in January.

Read More:Netflix Reveals the Most Binge-Watched Shows of 2017: ‘American Vandal,’ ’13 Reasons Why,’ and More

As for Netflix Originals, there are several: “Before I Wake” and “Rotten” are both available to stream as of January 5, “Somebody Feed Phil” and “The Polka King” premiere a week later, “The Open House” arrives on the 19th, and “A Futile and Stupid Gesture” and “Dirty Money” both debut on the 26th.
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Where To Find Halloween On The Small Screen: The Ultimate Guide to This Month’s Marathons and Specials

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Where To Find Halloween On The Small Screen: The Ultimate Guide to This Month’s Marathons and Specials
Even if dressing up isn’t in your wheelhouse, there’s no reason you can’t celebrate Halloween from the comfort of your couch. Thanks to Halloween marathons, your favorite networks are airing classic and contemporary films and television shows that’ll get anyone in the holiday spirit. Plus, platforms like Netflix are working hard by releasing enough Stephen King adaptations and serial killer dramas to keep you entertained for the next two weeks.

From AMC’s week-long FearFest to Freeform’s classic 13 Nights Of Halloween, there’s something on TV for those who get spooked easily and for those with witches’ blood in their veins.

Check below for the 2017 guide to everything that is televised Halloween, so you can make plans for your favorite movie or episode.

Network Marathons:

AMC FearFest, AMC

FearFest will run for the week before Halloween, from October 23 to October 31. The marathon will include airings
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Jason Bateman and Laura Linney Have to Go On The Run In Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ — Watch

Jason Bateman and Laura Linney Have to Go On The Run In Netflix’s ‘Ozark’ — Watch
Things get intense in the latest clip released by Netflix for their upcoming original series “Ozark.” The series follows the aftermath of financial advisor Marty Byrd’s fallout with a drug cartel that leaves him and his family in danger.

Read More: ‘Ozark’ Trailer: Jason Bateman Breaks Bad in Netflix’s Cartel Crime Drama, With Some Help From Kanye West

The dark drama stars Jason Bateman (“Horrible Bosses,” “Arrested Development,” “The Gift”) and Laura Linney (“The Truman Show,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “Primal Fear”) as Marty and Wendy Byrde, a couple who lives in the suburbs of Chicago. Their seemingly picturesque lives take a turn when Marty’s dealings with a drug cartel go awry and the family has to relocate to a summer resort community in the Missouri Ozarks.

Bateman takes a hands on approach with this new series as its star, as well as executive producing and
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Jennifer Connelly & Mickey Sumner Cast In Scott Derrickson’s ‘Snowpiercer’ Pilot

The wheels keep a-turning on the casting train for TNT’s “Snowpiercer,” adapted from the critically acclaimed Bong Joon-ho (“Mother,” “Okja”) film of the same name. Oscar winner Jennifer Connelly (“Requiem for a Dream,” “Noah”) and Mickey Sumner join Daveed Diggs (“Hamilton,” “Black-Ish”) for the Scott Derrickson (“The Exorcism of Emily Rose,” “Doctor Strange”) -directed pilot.

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Scott Derrickson to Direct TNT’s Snowpiercer TV Series Pilot Episode, Daveed Diggs to Play Lead Role

Late last year, TNT ordered a TV series pilot episode based on Bong Joon Ho’s seminal sci-fi survival film, Snowpiercer, and now Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange, the upcoming Locke & Key pilot episode) has been announced as the director, with Daveed Diggs (Hamilton) coming on board to play the lead role.

Press Release (via The Futon Critic): Tony(R) Winner Daveed Diggs Boards TNT's Snowpiercer Pilot, To Be Directed by Scott Derrickson

Futuristic Thriller to be Executive-Produced by Writer/Showrunner Josh Friedman; Director Scott Derrickson; Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements of Tomorrow Studios; And the Original Film's Bong Joon Ho

Turner's TNT has cast Daveed Diggs, who earned a Tony(R) for the Broadway hit Hamilton, to star in the network's drama pilot Snowpiercer, which will be directed by Doctor Strange helmer Scott Derrickson. Derrickson will also serve as an executive producer on the series. Based on the
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‘Hamilton’ Star Daveed Diggs Joins Cast of TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer’ Adaptation — Here’s Who He’ll Play

‘Hamilton’ Star Daveed Diggs Joins Cast of TNT’s ‘Snowpiercer’ Adaptation — Here’s Who He’ll Play
Daveed Diggs is having a good week. A really, really good week.

Just one day after ABC showcased his brand-new fall comedy “The Mayor,” which he executive produces, TNT is set to announce that the Tony-winning actor will topline their TV adaptation of Bong Joon Ho’s “Snowpiercer.”

Also revealed Wednesday: Scott Derrickson (“Doctor Strange”) will direct the pilot to the futuristic thriller.

Read More: ‘Snowpiercer’ Pilot Coming to TNT

Snowpiercer,” set seven years after the world turns into a frozen wasteland, centers on the globe’s remaining humans, who circle the world in a perpetually moving train.

Diggs will star as Layton Well, “a prisoner barely surviving the harsh conditions in the tail end of the train. A quiet thinker who spends his days sniffing the industrial-waste-turned-drug Chronole and tending to his cage full of rats, Layton becomes a reluctant participant in a struggle that could upend life on the train.
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Doctor Strange Director Scott Derrickson Helming Locke & Key TV Pilot

Hulu seems to be locking down some great content from the Stephen King clan. In addition to 11.22.63, which hit the streaming service last year, they also have the upcoming show Castle Rock, which serves as kind of a shared universe of some of King’s novels and novellas. It turns out that Hulu is also taking on work from another King: Joe Hill (King’s son). The project in question? the comic book Locke & Key.

Deadline is reporting that the one-hour horror/fantasy series adaptation is getting a pilot order from Hulu, and what’s more, they’ve also locked down a pretty high profile director. The director in question: Scott Derrickson. Most recently, Derrickson helmed the Doctor Strange film for Marvel Studios, but it can’t be forgotten that he has his roots in horror. Before he moved over to the McU, he did such films as The Exorcism of Emily Rose,
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Scott Derrickson to Helm Pilot Episode of Locke & Key Adaptation for Hulu

Previously in the works as a TV series at Fox and as a movie at Universal, an adaptation of Locke & Key is once again moving forward, as Hulu has ordered a pilot episode based on Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez's Lovecraftian comic book series with Scott Derrickson (Doctor Strange) taking the directing reins for the anticipated episode and Carlton Cuse (Bates Motel) set as a showrunner.

The exciting news for Locke & Key fans was reported by Deadline, who revealed that Hulu has ordered a one-hour pilot episode based on the popular Idw comic book series that follows three orphaned siblings who move into a creepy mansion in Maine that is home to more than just cobwebs and creaky floorboards.

Hill wrote the script for the pilot episode, which is described as a "horror/fantasy drama" by Deadline, and he worked with Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) to develop the adaptation of his work.
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Horror Highlights: The Strange Case Of The Disappearing Man, Wizard World Cleveland, Cavity Colors, Blue Underground, Apocalypse Kiss, NJ Horror Con

Dark Horse's The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man comic book series tops today's Horror Highlights, which also includes Wizard World Cleveland, new releases (respectively) from Cavity Colors and Blue Underground, Apocalypse Kiss, and the New Jersey Horror Con.

The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man Comic Book Series: Press Release: "Milwaukie, Ore., (March 14, 2017)—Victorian horror fans, rejoice! Dark Horse is delighted to announce the follow-up to 2011’s cult classic The Strange Case of Mr. Hyde, with The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man. Mr. Hyde’s Cole Haddon brings fans even more Thomas Adye adventures, while Sebastián Cabrol (Thief: Tales from the City, Caliban) lends his beautiful art to the story, and Hernán Cabrera (Caliban) brings the art to life with his gorgeously grotesque color palette.

The Strange Case of the Disappearing Man finds Inspector Thomas Adye of Scotland Yard struggling to return to normalcy after his run-in with
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New Clip from Eloise starring Chace Crawford, Eliza Dushku, Robert Patrick – opening today

We wanted to share a new clip from the horror/thriller Eloise, from the producers of The Exorcism Of Emily Rose and The Rite. It stars Chace Crawford (Gossip Girl), Eliza Dushku (Tru Calling, Bring It On), Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day, The X-Files), and Brandon T. Jackson (Tropic Thunder, Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning …

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Interview: Bonnie Morgan Talks Returning to the Role of Samara in Rings

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She gave a generation nightmares with her creepy spider crawl (which she was specially brought in to perform) in the well scene of The Ring Two, and now Bonnie Morgan is back to bring Samara to life once again in Rings. With the seven-day curse coming back to the big screen this weekend from Paramount Pictures, Daily Dead recently had the opportunity to talk with Morgan about returning to the iconic role, her family’s horror history, her hilarious Samara TV store prank, scaring the cast and crew when the power went out on set, and more.

Congratulations on coming back to the role of Samara in Rings. You have an interesting background in contortionism. How did you initially get into contortionism?

Bonnie Morgan: I come from a long line of performers. I am of the third generation. My grandparents were in vaudeville. My grandma opened for Frank Sinatra
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The Weekend Warrior 12/2/16: Incarnate, Jackie, Old Stone

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.

This Past Weekend:

It wasn’t a bad Thanksgiving weekend, especially for the Weekend Warrior who pretty much nailed two of his predictions for the weekend! Disney Animation’s Moana indeed at opened at #1 with $55.5 million for the three-day weekend (exactly my prediction), although it ended up with more--$81.1 million--in its first five days. The Brad Pitt-Marion Cotillard spy thriller, Allied (Paramount), directed by Robert Zemeckis, also opened with $18 million, right on track with my prediction. I guess I could take some comfort on being spot on with two of the Thanksgiving releases—like I said last week, that holiday weekend is a bear to predict—but I way overestimated the other two movies as sequelitis indeed hit Billy Bob Thornton
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'Doctor Strange' Review: Benedict Cumberbatch's Marvel Debut Casts a Spell

'Doctor Strange' Review: Benedict Cumberbatch's Marvel Debut Casts a Spell
What Robert Downey, Jr. is to Iron Man and Ryan Reynolds is to Deadpool – that's what Benedict Cumberbatch is to Doctor Strange. By that I mean, he's everything. The British actor, flashing an American accent eons away from the plummy tones of Sherlock or Hamlet, is the creative spark that ignites this bracing new entry in the Marvel cinematic universe. That's no knock on the movie itself, which director Scott Derrickson – the horror guy from Deliver Us from Evil, Sinister and The Exorcism of Emily Rose – has kicked up a
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'Doctor Strange' Review: A Bit of 'Iron Man' Plus a Bunch of Magic Equals Another Hit for Marvel

'Doctor Strange' Review: A Bit of 'Iron Man' Plus a Bunch of Magic Equals Another Hit for Marvel
It's easy to shrug Doctor Strange off as yet another success for Marvel Studios. But it's only because The House That Iron Man Built makes it look that way: Marvel knows what it does best, but at the same time, they are constantly learning from their mistakes and aren't afraid to take big risks. That's only led to big rewards, so far.

In Doctor Strange, Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) gets a proper origin story, two years after being name-checked in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. A car wreck leaves the renowned neurosurgeon with damage to his hands that effectively ends his career. After Western medicine fails to "fix" him, he travels to Nepal to find the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). Under her tutelage, Strange learns that while the Avengers have been tasked with battling Earth's physical threats, she and her fellow sorcerers face the mythological.

Exclusive: How 'Doctor Strange' Star Benedict Cumberbatch Feels About Being Called
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Doctor Strange review – sharp wit and spiritual popcorn

Benedict Cumberbatch is unpredictable and intriguing as the Marvel superhero in a brain-melting tale that reinvigorates the genre

Visually distinctive, classily cast and mostly coherent, this latest picture from the Marvel stable is that rarest of beasts, a comic-book movie that fully justifies its reliance on CGI effects. This superior hero-origin story nods to the spatial origami of Christopher Nolan’s Inception and has something of the baroque enchantment of the Harry Potter series. It’s also, at times, the most brain-meltingly effective piece of psychedelic cinema since Peter Fonda got himself comprehensively wigged out in The Trip.

But crucially, Doctor Strange is very much its own entity: a handsome, endlessly fascinating conundrum of Escher-like complexity. Director Scott Derrickson, who also co-wrote the film, effortlessly negotiates the leap from quality horror pictures (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) to this daringly spiritual popcorn movie. There’s a sharp wit to the screenplay,
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‘Doctor Strange’: How Filmmaker Scott Derrickson Went Mystical With the Marvel Cinematic Universe

‘Doctor Strange’: How Filmmaker Scott Derrickson Went Mystical With the Marvel Cinematic Universe
By introducing magic and mysticism to the McU, “Doctor Strange” further enriches and expands its arsenal of diverse superheroes and distinct worlds. And for horror maven Scott Derrickson (“Sinister,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”), it became a creative journey of discovery.

The director not only got to play with the supernatural martial arts genre, but also dabble in exorcising the demons of the suave and arrogant neurosurgeon (the latest eccentric genius played by Benedict Cumberbatch). Strange is forced to look inward and open his mind spiritually after a car accident destroys the use of his hands.

Read More: ‘Doctor Strange’ Review: Marvel’s Mind-Bending New Superhero Movie Is Their Best Since ‘The Avengers

“I’m as unlikely a Marvel director as James Gunn [‘Guardians of the Galaxy’] or the Russo Brothers [‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ ‘Captain America: Civil War,’ ‘Winter Soldier’], but, for me, it provided a more positive approach to horror with a little bit more flair,” Derrickson told IndieWire.

“But if you take the horror out,
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Movie Review – Doctor Strange (2016)

Doctor Strange, 2016

Directed by Scott Derrickson

Starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Benedict Wong, Mads Mikkelsen, Tilda Swinton, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins

Synopsis:

A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts.

Despite the fact the Marvel Cinematic Universe is a multi-billion dollar franchise, it still seems weird that Stephen Strange has made his way to the silver screen in 2016. Not exactly one of the most popular first-string characters in Marvel cannon, Doctor Strange has had quite the journey to get here (including a rather rubbish TV movie in the late 1970s) and he’s now being played by one of the biggest actors on the planet in Benedict Cumberbatch. But, has the journey been worth it, and how does The Sorcerer Supreme stand up to previous origin stories?

Cumberbatch puts on his best American accent as he plays Doctor Stephen Strange,
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