8 items from 2011
This weekend, Contagion spreads onto over 3,700 screens at 3,222 locations (including 257 IMAX venues) and is poised to end The Help's reign. Warrior trains to be a slow-burning crowd pleaser on close to 2,100 screens at 1,869 locations, while Bucky Larson: Born to Be a Star and Creature should be contenders for the worst opening title, hitting 1,500 and 1,507 single-screen locations, respectively. With a rash of familiar faces (Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslet, Jude Law, etc.) and deadly disease thriller storyline, Contagion recalls Outbreak, only with a darker, grittier, more global bent. Back in 1995, Outbreak debuted to $13.4 million or the equivalent of nearly $25 million adjusted for ticket price inflation. Contagion's infection and potential end-of-humanity angles also echo the recent zombie craze, and the movie's even opening in the same mid-September slot that the Resident Evil franchise is known for. Contagion's diffuseness, though, may not make it a threat to September's record books. »
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Back in 2006, Nick Nolte co-starred in a small sports drama called Peaceful Warrior (not to be confused with the upcoming sports drama Warrior), as a mysterious trainer/gas station attendant named Socrates. It was not a strong film. Or a strong performance. It was, in fact, the end of a near half-decade’s string of not-strong performances in not-strong films.
This was nothing new. The man had slumped quite similarly in the mid-90s (watch the awful Mulholland Falls for proof). Then, after reviving his career in the late 90s with winning turns in both Paul Schrader’s superb Affliction (which earned him an Oscar nod) and Terrence Malick’s masterful The Thin Red Line, the actor got arrested in late 2002 for driving while intoxicated. To add insult to injury, there was a beautiful mugshot that came with the arrest, something that’ll never be erased from the Internet. To »
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Paul Wesley, the actor of Polish origin known for his roles as Stefan Salvatore in The CW TV series The Vampire Diaries and as Aaron Corbett in the ABC Family miniseries Fallen has been offered the part of Count Paris opposite Douglas Booth who portrays Romeo and Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet in the latest film adaptation of Shakespeare’s classic, directed by Carlo Carlei.
Co-starring cast includes Holly Hunter as Juliet’s Nurse, Ed Westwick and Kodi Smit-McPhee as cousins of Romeo and Juliet – Tybalt and Benvolio respectively with production planned for this September.
All we need is a few adults to play Lord and Lady Capulet along Lord and Lady Montague and one of the greatest and most famous tragedies for the stage is set in motion again.
Wesley plays the »
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The filmmaker shed some light on his upcoming thriller starring Rose McGowan as a radio show psychiatrist who is targeted by a young sociopath paperboy; Plus Salva reveals more on the delayed Jeepers Creepers horror franchise. Victor Salva (Powder, Peaceful Warrior) is notorious for spawning one of the most acclaimed movie monsters of all time, the terrifying Creeper. Despite the third Jeepers Creepers flick still awaiting some funding, Salva is preparing to unleash a new horror movie called Rosewood Lane. Doctor Sonny Blake (Rose McGowan) is a radio talk show psychiatrist who moves back to her childhood home after her alcoholic father dies. Once back in her old neighborhood she discovers the local paperboy is a frightening and cunning young sociopath that targeted her father and now »
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Principal Photography Commences this Week on Dark Comedy
Seth Green, Michelle Trachtenberg, Billy Baldwin, and Harold Perrineau Jr. have joined Katee Sackhoff to round out the cast for Sobini Films. dark comedy Sexy Evil Genius. Shawn Piller is making his feature directorial debut on the project which was written by Scott Lew, a scribe diagnosed with Als (Lou Gehrig.s Disease) and who can only communicate via the written word.
Lloyd Segan of Piller/Segan/Shepherd and David W. Higgins (Hard Candy) of Launchpad Productions are producing along with Sobini Films. Mark Amin. Cami Winikoff of Sobini and Scott Shepherd are executive producers. Sackhoff, Todd Ulman, and Nellie Nugiel are co-producers.
Amin commented, “I »
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Seth Green, Michelle Trachtenberg, William Baldwin, and Harold Perrineau have joined Katee Sackhoff to round out the cast for Sobini Films' dark comedy Sexy Evil Genius. Shawn Piller is making his feature directorial debut on the project which was written by Scott Lew, a scribe diagnosed with Als (Lou Gehrig's Disease) and who can only communicate via the written word.
Lloyd Segan of Piller/Segan/Shepherd and David Higgins (Hard Candy) of Launchpad Productions are producing along with Sobini Films' Mark Amin. Cami Winikoff of Sobini and Scott Shepherd are executive producers. Sackhoff, Todd Ulman, and Nellie Nugiel are co-producers.
Amin commented, "I have been looking for a script that was original, had great characters, a seasoned director with a vision, and a compelling story. »
Scott Mechlowicz is an actor I've always wanted to see more of. He burst onto the scene in 2004 with the fantastic comedy Eurotrip (you know you still sing Scotty Doesn't Know every now and then...) and the heralded indie Mean Creek. Since then, though, he has only worked sparsely, with roles in Peaceful Warrior and Gone in 2006, and Waiting for Forever just last month.
Scott Mechlowicz next stars in the hybrid comedy Cat Run, which hits theaters on April 1. Scott plays Anthony, a recluse who packed up and headed to Montenegro to start his own restaurant. When an old friend (Alphonso McAuley) comes to visit, and an exotic stranger (Paz Vega) steals his car, Anthony gets dragged into the private investigator business, where he meets a host of colorful characters including a Mary Poppins-esque assassin, »
Beginning production this month in Los Angeles is director Victor Salva's Rosewood Lane, which follows a talk show psychiatrist (Rose McGowan) who returns to her hometown following the death of her father and becomes the target of the malicious neighborhood paperboy who stalked and murdered him. The film, which will also star Jeepers Creepers vet Ray Wise, has been a pet project of Salva's for several years now, and it will be the director's first feature effort since 2006's Peaceful Warrior, as well as his first horror film since Jeepers Creepers 2 in 2003. B-d recently chatted with Salva to get more details on the project, in addition to asking the burning question: will we ever see Jeepers Creepers 3, currently in limbo due to distributor MGM's recent financial difficulties? »
8 items from 2011
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