20 items from 2013
Director: Philip Kaufman
Running Time: 115 minutes
Synopsis: In San Francisco, a group of people discover the human race is being replaced one by one, with clones.
Philip Kaufman’s acclaimed adaptation of Don Siegel’s 1956 sci-fi classic Invasion Of The Body Snatchers remains one the earliest and beloved remakes in the genre, while remaining faithful with author Jack Finney’s source novel ‘The Body Snatchers’. Director Kaufman’s paranoia-fuelled update improves on the simple storyline of a population being replaced by emotionless alien duplicates by shifting the extraterrestrial terror to one of the United States’ most iconic cities. San Francisco adds a sometimes epic scope to proceedings, and also suggests this could very well be a sequel as these pod-like otherworldly arrivals, with the ability to eerily clone human beings, have expanded beyond that initial and unlucky small town. »
- Craig Hunter
After vacating the director's chair on the reboots of both Highlander and The Crow, 28 Weeks Later helmer Juan Carlos Fresnadillo looks to have found his next project, and yep, you've guessed it - it's another remake.
According to Variety, Fresnadillo is in talks with Paramount about directing Lorenzo Di Bonaventura's upcoming remake of the 1989 Stephen King adaptation Pet Sematary, which centred around a family who discover an ancient Native American cemetery that allows creatures buried there to be brought back from the dead, albeit with a bit of an attitude adjustment.
The original Pet Sematary was directed by Mary Lambert (Urban Legends: Bloody Mary), who also returned to direct a sequel in 1992. The script for the remake has been written by Matt Greenberg (Halloween H20: 20 Years Later, 1408) and David Kajganich (The Invasion, Blood Creek). »
- Gary Collinson
"Pet Sematary" is rising from the dead once again. Paramount has set "28 Weeks Later" director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo to helm a remake of the 1989 horror film, itself based on the bestselling Stephen King novel of the same name. According to Variety, which broke the story, Matt Greenberg ("1408") and David Kajganich ("The Invasion") wrote the script for the film, which is being produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura. "Pet Sematary" tells the story of a young family beset by tragedy just after moving into a new home located near a mystical graveyard where anything buried comes back to life - »
- HitFix Staff
"28 Weeks Later" director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, has been making waves of late for the projects he's almost done, rather than anything he's actually moving forward with. He was in the mix for both "Hot Wheels" and "Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes" but didn't get either gig, and he also walked away from the "Highlander" remake last year (someone else has since been hired). But it looks like the world of Stephen King has come calling... Variety reports that the "Pet Semetary" remake is alive once more, and Fresnadillo will be directing. This project has been brewing since at least 2010, and Alexandre Aja was once eyed for the job, but not much has been heard since. However, with a script from Matt Greenberg ("1408," "Reign Of Fire") and David Kajganich ("The Invasion," "Blood Creek") it looks like this tale of a pet burial site with the power to bring back creatures from the dead, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Though director Juan Carlos Fresnadillo ended up falling away from the reboot of Highlander, the filmmaker has landed himself a different mulligan, this time in the horror genre. Variety has word that the 28 Weeks Later helmer is in talks to direct a remake of Pet Sematary for Paramount Pictures, based on Stephen King's horror novel. Lorenzo di Bonaventura, producer of G.I. Joe and Transformers franchises, will produce the remake of the 1989 film with a script from Matt Greenberg (Halloween: H20, 1408) and David Kajganich (The Invasion). It's not clear how the remake will update the original story. For those who don't know, the original tale focused on a young family's home in Maine where there lies a terrible secret that holds the power of life after death. When tragedy strikes, the threat of that power soon becomes undeniable as the creatures buried there begin to come back from the dead. »
- Ethan Anderton
Before the biopic Diana hits theaters here in the United States, it will debut overseas, but the word from the title princess' homeland hasn't been all that favorable. Some reviews have called the film "terrible and tacky" and "a right royal mess." We're hoping that maybe the lead performance from Naomi Watts at least gives audiences something to latch onto. While we're waiting for the release, here's a new theatrical trailer for the film from Downfall director Oliver Hirschbiegel. We'll admit the film looks a little formualic and melodramatic, but when it comes to the royal family, people just eat this kind of story up. Watch it below! Here's the new trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana, originally from Yahoo: And here's the first poster for the film courtesy of Entertainment Weekly: Diana, originally Caught in Flight, is directed by German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Experiment, Downfall, The Invasion) described »
- Alex Billington
It’s a release date fit for a Princess.
Diana, the Princess of Wales biopic starring Naomi Watts as the eponymous royal, will hit theaters in limited release on November 1, 2013. Entertainment One, who picked up the film for distribution at the Cannes Film Festival, announced the plans Monday, which positions Diana as an early awards hopeful.
The story focuses on the last two years of the late Princess’s life, including her little-known but significant romance with Dr. Hasnat Khan (played by Lost’s Naveen Andrews), a heart surgeon. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Invasion), the film will be a »
- Lindsey Bahr
Director Scott Cooper is in early talks to replace Ben Affleck at the helm of The Stand. The actor-filmmaker was attached to direct this adaptation of Stephen King's novel, but his commitment to starring in Gone Girl and yesterday's news that he is playing Batman in Man of Steel 2, has made the actor-director unavailable.
Warner Bros. and CBS Films had to move fast to find a replacement, since they have a limited window in which they can make the adaptation before losing the rights. The story is set in a post-apocalyptic Earth after a synthetic plague wiped out most of humanity, following a group of survivors fighting the nefarious Randall Flagg. The novel was originally released in 1978, but the author re-released it in 1990, revising and adding portions to the story. David Kajganich (The Invasion) is writing the screenplay adaptation.
No cast members are attached. The filmmaker is known for bringing in top talent. »
Paging Oscar, paging Dr. Oscar! One of this fall’s buzziest biopics is certainly Diana, examining the last years of Diana, Princess of Wales (Naomi Watts), and her highly scrutinized relationship with Pakistani heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Khan (Naveen Andrews).
The film, directed by German director Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Invasion), focuses on Diana’s struggle to escape the pressures of celebrity and live out from under the thumb of the Royal Family. It takes place during the last two years of Diana’s life, following her high-profile divorce from Prince Charles.
The recently-released international trailer comes out of Japan, and features a ton of new footage from the project, including glimpses of Diana’s anti-landmine advocacy work and her relationship with Khan.
It seems obvious that Entertainment One will be launching an Oscar campaign both for the film and Watts’ performance, and based on what footage I’ve seen so far, »
- Isaac Feldberg
While the previous trailers for Oliver Hirschbiegel's romantic biopic Diana about the late Princess of Wales mostly focused on the icon of the people's princess, a new international trailer goes full speed for love. Naomi Watts plays the title royal as she attempts to find happiness in a secret love affair with Dr. Hasnat Kahn (Naveen Andrews), who was her secret lover for two years before their relationship was revealed in 2008. From disguising herself so she can go out in public to get a date with the doctor to the struggling relationship because of Diana's fame, this all feels a little artificial in this film package, but it's all based on her real story. Hopefully the film is a little less melodramatic than the trailers indicate. Watch! Here's the new international trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana via Bleeding Cool: Diana, originally Caught in Flight, is directed by German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Experiment, »
- Ethan Anderton
After Liv came forward with her story that Jay-z hit on her in 2008 while he was with Beyonce, we sat down with the up-and-coming female rapper to get all the Exclusive details about her alleged rendezvous with Jay. Read on to find out what Liv has to say about causing all this drama.
Liv‘s claim that Jay Z tried to make her his “in-town chick” first came to light when she called him out in her track “The Invasion: Part 2.″ Since then, she has dished about her encounters with the famous rapper in an interview with Pnc radio — and now with HollywoodLife.com. Despite her loose lips, Liv insists she isn’t trying to sink ships — she has nothing but love and respect for Jay’s wife, Beyonce.
Liv On Jay Z Cheating Scandal — Would-Be Mistress Apologizes To Beyonce
Liv, who claims Jay Z tried to get her digits both times they met, »
"He doesn't treat me like a princess. It's almost as if he doesn't know who I am." After the teaser trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's biopic on Princess Diana only showed Naomi Watts as the title royal, a new international trailer for Diana finally begins to unfold the whole story. "Lost" star Naveen Andrews plays Dr. Hasnat Kahn, who was her secret lover for two years before their relationship was revealed in 2008. At times this feels a bit melodramatic, but Watts' puts on an awards worthy performance, and the attention to detail to real-life is impressive, especially the sequence which turns into a real tabloid snapshot. Watch it! The international trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana, from The Daily Telegraph (via The Film Stage): Diana, originally Caught in Flight, is directed by German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Experiment, Downfall, The Invasion) described as the "love story between a princess »
- Ethan Anderton
The Invasion 2007
The fourth and latest film to be made from Finny’s story takes the pod people and plops them right into post-9/11 America. Directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and written by Dave Kajganich, The Invasion follows psychiatrist Carol Bennell (Nicole Kidman), whose ex-husband Cdc director Tucker Kaufman (Jeremy Northam) is infected with a fungus that controls their host while investigating a space shuttle that has crash landed on Earth. Carol’s first inkling that something is wrong is when one of her patients, Wendy Lenk (Veronica Cartwright), claims that her husband has “changed”. Carol’s son, Oliver (Jackson Bond), then finds a strange spore while at a neighbor’s kid’s party. Thinking it might be related to the recent spate of flu outbreaks that have been reported on the news, she sends the sample to Doctor Ben Driscoll (Daniel Craig) to have a closer look. Ben finds out »
- Andrew Perez
“Old man sitting there/he’s so fine in his chair/Watching him grow his hair/its so long he doesn’t care/…A pod is waiting for him.”
–I Monster “A Pod is Waiting”
What started out as a 120 page novella by Jack Finny published in 1955 has steadily become a quasi-film- franchise. The first film, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, was released in 1956 which then went on to be remade three more times: in 1978 by Philip Kaufman, in 1993 (Body Snatchers) by Abel Ferrara and in 2007 (The Invasion) by director Oliver Hirschbiegel. While each version carries the same plot (an alien race that replaces humans with imposters) it is the political turmoil and current events and attitudes of the times that influence and change each interpretation of the story. Whether it be yuppie culture, McCarthyism or Militarism, each film carries its own agenda and spin on the matter and »
- Andrew Perez
The most famous woman in the world. The first UK teaser trailer has been unveiled for Diana, the Princess Diana film starring Naomi Watts, which was shot late last year to much paparazzi hoopla. This is pretty much everything you'd expect for a trailer for a film about Diana, with triumphant music for "The People's Princess" and plenty of paparazzi in the film, plus lots of smiling and emoting and the oh so typical running-while-upset scene. Watts actually looks good as Princess Di, but she's the only one they show, obviously. The cast includes Naveen Andrews as Dr. Khan, but he isn't featured yet. Anyone curious should take a look. Here's the first official UK teaser trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel's Diana, originally from MSN UK: Diana, originally Caught in Flight, is directed by German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel (The Experiment, Downfall, The Invasion) described as the "love story between a »
- Alex Billington
Science Channel‘s inaugural Are We Alone? Month last March was a terrific success for them, so they’re doing the right thing and bringing it back this year. Below is a press release with more information, including the schedule for some world premiere shows about where we are in the hunt for extraterrestrial life, from a scientific perspective.
First, though, those crazy Science kids couldn’t resist joining in on the latest craze. Sure I know a lot of you are tired of the whole Harlem Shake thing, but come on, isn’t it an exception when there is alien involvement?
TV Spot: Science Channel – Harlem Shake | Are We Alone?
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Science Channel Joins The Search For Extraterrestrial Life
This March With Are We Alone? Month –World Premiere Episodes of Alien Encounters and Aliens: The Definitive Guide Air Tuesdays at 10 Pm (Et/Pt)–
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- Erin Willard
AMC has put a TV series adaptation of Dan Simmons' 2007 novel "The Terror" into development.
The book is an acclaimed fictional spin on the true story of Sir John Franklin's lost expedition in the late 1840's. Two ships, the Hms Erebus and Hms Terror, traverse well below freezing conditions in the Arctic in an attempt to forge the Northwest Passage. Both ships were lost.
The novel follows the fictional scenario in which Franklin and his crew are plagued by starvation, scurvy, mutiny and cannibalism. They are also stalked across the bleak Arctic landscape by a monster called a Tuunbaq which randomly picks off crewmen.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Exciting news for those who have read, and are fans of, the Dan Simmons novel "The Terror." Deadline reports AMC is working with Scott Free TV to bring the tale to the small screen.
The book, published in 2007, will be adapted by David Kajganich. He previously penned The Invasion and Blood Creek. He, as of late, has also been the go-to guy for King adaptations. He scripted new incarnations of It, Pet Sematary and The Stand. Recently, he was tapped to script the Creature from the Black Lagoon remake.
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The Girl Who Played With Fire hasn’t exactly been a fast-tracked project over at Sony. Since the 2011 release of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, things have been slow on the sequel front. Screenwriter Steve Zaillian has a ready-to-go script, but Sony hasn’t been keen on sinking another $90m into the project. That was the cost of the first movie, and while it did make over $230m worldwide, it wasn’t the major hit everyone was hoping for. Now Sony has another reason – or possibly an excuse – to stall. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Daniel Craig ‘s asking price for the sequel is too high for their taste. They didn’t specify how much Craig wants, but coming off the billion dollar success of Skyfall, it’s logical to guess he wants a good chunk of change. Billion dollar box office aside, why would Sony give in? Craig isn’t exactly a box office star »
- Jack Giroux
First in a series on Hollywood's new landscape. For 25 years, larger-than-life producer Joel Silver had a sweetheart deal with Warner Bros., which among other perks granted him two lavish bungalows on the lot, paid for his staff of 20 and helped fund production on movies like "Sherlock Holmes" and "Lethal Weapon." After decades of hits, but also some costly flops like "Speed Racer" and "The Invasion," that all ended for Silver with a $30 million buyout last September. Less than a month later, Silver was left holding court inside the shell of »
- Brent Lang & Liza Foreman
20 items from 2013
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