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Some sad news this morning as it has been revealed that American filmmaker and horror maestro Wes Craven has passed away at his home in Los Angeles aged 76 after a battle with brain cancer.
Craven began his career as a director in 1972 with his first feature The Last House of the Left, a controversial rape-revenge thriller that proved to be a box office success. He followed this with films like The Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Blessing and Swamp Thing before introducing the world to the iconic character of Freddy Krueger with 1984’s slasher classic A Nightmare on Elm Street.
He would return to the Elm Street franchise as co-writer on 1987’s A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors as well as directing 1994’s Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. In 1996 he enjoyed huge success and breathed new life into the slasher genre with Scream, returning to direct all three sequels »
- Gary Collinson
It's our sad duty to share the news that Wes Craven, the horror writer, director and producer has passed away. The filmmaker behind such horror classics as The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare On Elm Street and Scream, Craven's career spanned more than 40 years.
A prolific filmmaker, particularly in the 1980s, Craven made his directorial debut with the controversial Last House On The Left in 1972. Thereafter, Craven's name became synonymous with the horror genre, despite occasional forays into other arenas, such as the 1978 baseball movie Here Come The Tigers or the 1999 drama Music Of The Heart.
While Craven's earlier horror films became cult classics, it was A Nightmare On Elm Street, which he wrote and directed, that became his first mainstream success. Shot on a budget of less than $2m, »
Legendary horror movie director Wes Craven, who is responsible for classics such as A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream, passed away earlier today at the age of 76, after battling brain cancer. The filmmaker made his mark with his first film, 1972's The Last House on the Left, and continued to be a driving force in the genre ever since. The filmmaker is survived by his third wife, producer Iya Labunka, sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven, daughter Jessica Craven, stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy and three grandchildren.
Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven, raised by a strict baptist family. He earned his undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Wheaton University in Illinois, and earned his Masters in Philosophy and Writing from Johns Hopkins University. After college, he was briefly a humanities professor at Clarkson College of Technology in Potsdam, New York. »
Wes Craven, director of such iconic horror films as "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Scream" and "The Last House on the Left," has died of brain cancer at age 76, his family announced Sunday in a statement: It is with deep sadness we inform you that Wes Craven passed away at 1Pm on Sunday, August 30 after battling brain cancer. He was 76 years old. Craven was surrounded by love, in the presence of his family at his Los Angeles home. Craven is survived by his wife, producer and former Disney Studios VP Iya Labunka, older sister Carol Buhrow, son Jonathan Craven with wife Rachel Craven and their two sons Miles and Max; daughter Jessica Craven with husband Mike Wodkowski and their daughter Myra-Jean Wodkowski; and Wes’ stepdaughter Nina Tarnawksy. Craven was predeceased by his parents Paul Eugene Craven, a machinist who passed away when Wes was 5 years old, his mother Caroline, a »
- Chris Eggertsen
Known for creating the iconic Freddy Krueger character from “Nightmare on Elm Street” and Ghostface in “Scream,” the versatile filmmaker also wrote and produced features, directed for television and wrote novels.
Craven’s first feature was the controversial shocker “The Last House on the Left,” which he wrote, directed an edited in 1972. He followed with the blackly comic “The Hills Have Eyes” and “Swamp Thing,” an early entry in the comic book genre.
“Serpent and the Rainbow,” in 1988, was based on non-fiction book about voodoo.
Craven tried his hand at non-horror »
- Pat Saperstein
Legendary horror filmmaker Wes Craven died earlier today in his Los Angeles home of brain cancer.
Though dabbling in dramas, Craven was always known for his horror work starting with the controversial "The Last House on the Left" in 1972 which he then followed with the original "The Hills Have Eyes" and its sequel along with the comic book adaptation "Swamp Thing".
The real breakthrough came in 1984 with the first "A Nightmare on Elm Street" which also launched the career of megastar Johnny Depp. He returned to the series twice penning the third entry and then writing and directing the meta-style "New Nightmare".
- Garth Franklin
Last month, Sony Pictures released both a domestic and international trailer for Goosebumps, an adaptation of R.L. Stine's popular book series. Today, Sony Pictures Brazil has released the second international trailer that includes plenty of new footage featuring Jack Black as R.L. Stine himself. We also get a look at a thrilling sequence involving a massive ferris wheel rolling down a hill.
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach's comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R.L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange... he is a prisoner of »
Over the years that Den Of Geek has been going, we've regularly been charting the assortment of reboots and remakes that are making their way through the Hollywood system. This, then, is the current state of play. We've removed a bunch of projects that seem utterly dead - the once mooted remakes of Videodrome and Timecrimes, for instance - but we'll keep this list up to date as and when we hear of more.
Without further ado, here's what's coming up...
One of Hollywood's most on and off projects, the current state of the live action Akira remake is that it's back in the works. Marco J Ramirez, the showrunner for season 2 of Netflix's Daredevil show, has been hired to pen a screenplay. Warner Bros is still backing the film, »
Before he began a successful career as a director starting with 1987's "Adventures in Babysitting," Chris Columbus began his career as a screenwriter. Two of his first scripts have since gone on to become bonafide classics - "Gremlins" and "The Goonies".
Both films, now just over thirty years old each, have also been the subject of rumored reboots in recent years, with new takes on both properties in early development. So far though, they still seem to be stuck in that stage and have yet to progress.
Ahead of the release of Columbus' new film "Pixels," the director is out doing press and was asked by Screen Crush how the two reboots are going. He says they are still in active development, but that they're very slow going:
"The stuff that I'm involved with - the Gremlins and Goonies reboots, for instance - they would do that without me. So, »
- Garth Franklin
According to Heroic Hollywood, Rachel McAdams (Mean Girls, Red Eye, True Detective) has been offered the female lead role in Marvel's Doctor Strange alongside Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme. The site makes no mention of which character she'd play, but if it's Strange's love interest then one would assume it's Clea, or possibly Morganna Blessing. Of course even if McAdams has been offered the role, there no guarantee she'll accept - but if she does sign on she'll also join Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. Scott Derrickson is directing the film from a script by Jon Sphaits, and shooting is set to commence in London this Fall. Doctor Strange will hit theaters November 4, 2016. »
There's this little show on Netflix called Peaky Blinders. Even if you don't totally love it like we do, you may have heard of it because Tom Hardy guest-starred during its recent second season. Hardy's brilliant performance aside, the real star of the show is Cillian Murphy as Thomas Shelby, the leader of a family gang in early 1900s England. Murphy, who turns 39 on Monday, has played some creepy dudes over the years - e.g., Batman Begins's Scarecrow and the psychopath from Red Eye - but this role completely redeems him. If you're not convinced, just take a look below to see Murphy looking 25 kinds of sexy. Seriously, just a peek. Go ahead. »
If you were heartbroken to hear that Joe Dante's seminal holiday horror comedy Gremlins (1984) was on the track to being remade, you can cling to some hope that characters from the original film (perhaps both human and otherwise) will be involved in the new entry to the beloved franchise. In a recent interview, Chris Columbus—who wrote the original Gremlins and will produce the new film—shared details that hint at the Gremlins reboot being more along the lines of J.J. Abrams' Star Trek films and upcoming Star Wars movie in terms of mixing familiar faces with new characters. It sounds like this new Gremlins film could be more of a sequel than a remake.
Collider spoke with Columbus at CinemaCon about the Gremlins reboot, a project Warner Bros. recently hired Carl Ellsworth (Goosebumps movie, Disturbia, Red Eye) to write. Columbus discussed revisiting the idea of a Gremlins »
- Derek Anderson
There’s been a lot of “one step forward, two steps back” movement with the Gremlins reboot, but things finally seem to be getting back on track. Attempting to firm up the production team, Warner Bros. has hired Carl Ellsworth to write the script. Fingers crossed, this hopefully means the studio is close to naming a director. The news of Ellsworth’s involvement was first reported by Deadline. He has already written a lot in the horror genre, including Disturbia with Shia Labeouf, The Last House On the Left with Garrett Dillahunt, and Red Eye with Rachel McAdams. More recently, he wrote the script for Warner Bros.’ upcoming Goosebumps movie starring Jack Black, Dylan Minnette, and Odeya Rush. So this won’t be his first time writing stories about creepy critters. Christopher Columbus wrote the script for the original Gremlins in 1984, and »
The last we heard, the long-mooted Gremlins reboot was on hold.
The new addition to the film series created by the great Joe Dante was being written by Seth Grahame Smith, but in January, he revealed that the project had "run out of steam" - producers Christopher Columbus (who wrote the 1984 original) and Steven Spielberg were, he said, busy on other projects.
"I think we just ran out of steam", he said. "It's one of those things where everybody got so busy doing other things. It's something I would love to come back to, but right now, Steven's making two movies back to back and Chris Columbus is busy [making Pixels]. We're all taking a five-minute break on that".
We're now hearing that Grahame-Smith, the writer of »
Back in January, we reported that the Gremlins reboot is on "indefinite hold," with producer Seth Grahame-Smith claiming that the project simply "ran out of steam." Today, Deadline reports that the project is moving forward once again, hiring screenwriter Carl Ellsworth (Goosebumps) to pen the script. We first reported on the project back in May 2013, when both Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg were brought on to produce, but neither of them were mentioned in this new report, so it's possible that they may be off the project entirely.
The site also reports that Chris Columbus, who wrote the 1984 original, will serve as a producer alongside original executive producer Steven Spielberg, but no story details were given on this reboot. Chris Columbus was at one time believed to be directing, although studio sources say that isn't happening at this point. It isn't known if a full screenplay was ever written before Carl Ellsworth came on board, »
Joe Dante's seminal horror comedy Gremlins celebrated its 30th anniversary last summer and its underrated sequel, Gremlins 2: The New Batch, will have its 25th birthday this June. The anniversaries of these two memorable creature features may have many remembering the franchise and wishing for that third installment that never was. Though a Zach Galligan-starring Gremlins 3 sadly never came to fruition, a remake has been in and out of the works for quite some time and was recently presumed to be dead. But Warner Bros. looks to be resurrecting the project, as they've hired a writer to scribe the remake, one who has lent his pen to both the hardcore horror and horror comedy sub-genres.
According to /Film, Warner Bros. has hired Carl Ellsworth to pen the Gremlins remake, with Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg are producing the project. Many fans will remember that Columbus wrote and »
- Derek Anderson
Warner Bros.’ remake of its eighties monster classic Gremlins has been through the ringer, but its long, arduous path to the big screen has taken a giant leap forward today. Even though January brought word that the movie was effectively dead in the water, Deadline reports that the studio has hired a new writer to punch up the project. Carl Ellsworth (Disturbia, Red Eye) has been contracted to pen this contemporary take on the story, which will likely involve the cute mogwai Gizmo, an irresponsible owner and a batch of malevolent gremlins.
The report goes on to confirm that Chris Columbus and Steven Spielberg will both team up to produce. Previously, we’d heard that Joe Dante, who directed the 1984 movie and its sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch in 1990, was not interested in returning to the director’s chair. As that’s still thought to be the case, Deadline »
- Gem Seddon
Netflix has a many, many films, shows and documentaries to watch. A lot of them you will know are there - great Netflix Originals like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and Better Call Saul - but there is even more to discover that you might not think or even know to look for.
Here are some of our favourite Netflix hidden gems:
Animator Don Hertzfeldt is a Digital Spy favourite, first coming to our attention with the bizarre, irreverent, melancholic and frequently obscene short Rejected. There is something undeniably beautiful behind the strangeness of the characters and scenarios he brings to life.
His first feature film, It's Such a Beautiful Day, spins together his previously released trilogy into a touching black comedy about hapless Bill and his hilarious, humdrum existence.
Chances are, this Netflix Original documentary will offer your »
The unique deal, in a nod to old-Hollywood studio models, will allow Skydance to work with Kalogridis and Lussier as true creative partners. The comprehensive deal includes a first look option on all theatrical and digital projects developed by the team, along with consultancy on the studio’s content, overall.
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“Laeta and Patrick are first-class storytellers and world builders,” said Skydance »
- Linda Ge
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