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Tom Rothman’s TriStar Productions has acquired the worldwide rights and given the go ahead to Money Monster, a fast-paced, character-driven thriller written by Jamie Linden. Daniel Dubiecki, who worked with George Clooney on Up In The Air, and Lara Alameddine developed the script along with Jodie Foster, who will direct the film. Dubiecki and Alameddine’s The Allegiance Theater will produce together with Clooney and his Smokehouse Pictures partner Grant Heslov. Alan Difore and Jim Kouf wrote the original draft of the script.
Principal photography is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2015.
Clooney stars as Lee Gates, a bombastic television stock huckster, whose program (the titular “Money Monster”), and life, are taken hostage by an outraged gunman. As much of the world watches live, Gates must keep himself alive and, with help from the woman who produces the show, uncover the truth behind a tangle of big money lies. »
- Michelle McCue
In terms of performers-turned-filmmakers, they don’t come much bigger than Jodie Foster and George Clooney. Between them, they are responsible for some of the more interesting and satisfying TV and film projects of the last few years – from episodes of Orange Is The New Black and House Of Cards (Foster), to movies like Good Night And Good Luck and The Ides Of March (Clooney). The prospect of these two talents collaborating is an exciting one, to say the least – so it comes as no surprise that Money Monster is already heading straight for ‘highly anticipated’ status, with studios clambering for a piece of the action. TriStar now seems to have won that battle, with a financing package of $30 million.
- Sarah Myles
It seems that this week is a particularly good week to be a genre fan if angsty-yet-kickass high school gals are your thing, as not only is Scream Factory releasing the modern cult classic Ginger Snaps onto Blu-ray, but Lucky McKee’s All Cheerleaders Die is finally getting its home release as well.
Also being released this week are the intense revenge thriller Blue Ruin, several indie horror movies are making their DVD debuts, and there are also a few classic genre films that are heading to the high-def format from the folks over at Mill Creek Entertainment too.
Teenage outsider Maddy (Caitlin Stasey, I, Frankenstein) is keeping some dark secrets and holding a serious grudge against the captain of the Blackfoot High football team. When Maddy joins the school’s elite and powerful cheerleading squad, she convinces her new friends to help inflict her revenge. »
- Jonathan James
There’s something about the whole idea of zombies and people returning from the dead that used to strike fear into horror fans. Films like Night Of The Living Dead, Zombi, and various others were able to make their viewers genuinely affected and frightened. Somewhere in the last half decade or so, there was a shift, replacing that fear with a watered down and somewhat dull angle to a once scary idea. Akin to what happened with vampires via Twilight, zombies just lost their edge, leading into a very safe and very family-friendly territory. Such is the case with Jeff Banea’s Life After Beth, a film that while being capable of a laugh here and there, just further illustrates how far the zombie subgenre has strayed, from being something frightful, into being just another genre watered down to the point of being unrecognizable.
Focusing on Zack, a young man »
- Jerry Smith
From a suburban werewolf to a farmer who plants people, Scream Factory will continue to deliver cult horror films to viewers’ doorsteps throughout this Summer of Fear. Those attending Sdcc next week will get a taste of their terror treats firsthand at booth #4248, where a number of Blu-rays will be available, as well a limited edition t-shirt, posters, and an “inside look” panel that will include special announcements and sneak peeks of upcoming Blu-ray releases.
The panel, titled An Inside Look at Shout! Factory, Shout! Kids and Scream Factory, will take place on Friday, July 25th, 2014 at 7pm in Room 23Abc. In addition to exclusive panel announcements, a Comic-Con exclusive blood-red Scream Factory t-shirt will be available at their booth, as well as a free 2014 button pack, collectible keychains, screen wipes, and more. Also available at booth #4248 will be the following batch of Scream Factory Blu-rays, each one coming with »
- Derek Anderson
Vampire Academy, 2014
Directed by Mark Waters
Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, half human-half vampire, a guardian of the Moroi, peaceful, mortal vampires living discreetly within our world. Her calling is to protect the Moroi from bloodthirsty, immortal Vampires, the Strigoi.
Based off the book series of the same name, Vampire Academy is basically Twilight meets Harry Potter and is every bit as lazy as it sounds. It’s lack of subtly, terrible acting and dreadful script are just a few reasons as to why Vampire Academy fails so badly. Given a cinema release in the States but released straight-to-dvd in the UK, this is a movie that even the easily-led Ya Enthusiasts would struggle to find positives.
Vampire Academy sees two teenage girls on the run from their school for vampires. »
- Luke Owen
Here's Adam on a film that's been on everyone's lips lately and an earlier hit you all know (and love?) - Editor
Juno & Donna. A girl in trouble is a temporary thing.
Leaving the subway platform on my way back to my apartment in Brooklyn from seeing Obvious Child, the reductively coined “abortion rom-com”, a young woman stepped out of a bodega mere feet away from me and accidentally dropped a mason jar of grape jelly. As she pouted in disappointment while the chunky purple contents dribbled through the sidewalk grate into the netherworld of New York City’s sewer system, I flashed back to the scene in Juno when Ellen Page slurps down an entire gallon of Sunny D and to the vacuum sound during Donna's abortion. Aside from the indisputable narrative similarities between the two films which each revolve around awoman's unexpected pregnancy, both delve into the crucial »
- Adam Armstrong
Where's the beef? Definitely not with Jared Leto and Ellen Page. I can exclusively reveal that PETA has named the Oscar winner and the Juno star as the winners of this year's Sexiest Vegetarian Celebrity contest. Leto triumphed over Joaquin Phoenix, Samuel L. Jackson, Peter Dinklage and Woody Harrelson. Page beat out Ariana Grande, Jessica Paré, Laura Prepon and Sarah Silverman. When British GQ recently asked Leto how he stays so young looking, he said, "I'm pretty healthy so I think that helps a lot. I've been that way for a long time—20 solid years of eating vegetarian/vegan and taking care of myself." The Dallas Buyers Club star also »
As you fine folks all already know by now, it’s one thing to just read early Academy Award predictions at this point in the year in order to see what folks like myself think will happen in six months, but it’s an entirely separate thing to actually know something about who and what will be in contention. To help out in that particular regard, I’m continuing to run down some of the major contenders in each Oscar category in order to prep you all for the season to come. Basically, the format will have me saying a few words about what or who I feel are the top tier contenders right now in said categories, along with a longer list afterwards of many of the other hopefuls that the Academy might potentially take a shine to. Consider this a sort of before the awards season cheat sheet »
- Joey Magidson
This week marks the 25th anniversary of Ghostbusters II. It may not be everyone's favorite movie, but when I was a kid I loved it just as much as the first one. It's really not that bad of a movie, sure it had some really cheesy parts, and I wasn't a big fan of what they did with Janine, but it was still entertaining. One of my favorite parts of the film when I was a kid is when they hooked the Nes Advantage joystick up to the Statue of Liberty and walked it into New York City to save the day. I thought is was so freakin' cool.
Since it is the 25th anniversary of the film, I thought it would be fun to share few interesting bits of trivia about the movie that you might not know. So here are ten of them that I picked out from Imdb:
- Joey Paur
Filming on the HBO movie will reportedly begin in January.
The film has just won the of Fipresci Grand Jury prize for best New American Cinema at Seattle fest.
Pic toplines Vincent Kartheiser (“Mad Men”) and Olivia Thirlby (“Juno”) as a young newly married couple from New York who have spending their honeymoon aboard a research vessel bound for Antarctica. An act of betrayal divides the young lovers, driving Chloe to separate herself from Peter, both physically and emotionally.
“As a first feature film, I knew I had to build a stellar team and basically trap them on ship on the roughest sea in the world until we came home with a film,” said Cohen, whose photographic works are in private collections worldwide.”I was interested in exploring a relationship in trouble whilst confined to a place where they could not »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: Jake Gyllenhaal is in early talks to star for Dallas Buyers Club helmer Jean-Marc Vallée, in Demolition, from the Black List screenplay by Bryan Sipe. Black Label is financing and producing with Mr. Mudd, whose Lianne Halfon, John Malkovich, and Russell Smith will produce with Black Label’s Molly Smith, Thad Luckinbill and Trent Luckinbill. Jason Reitman and Helen Estabrook are exec producers with Vallée’s producing partner and manager Nathan Ross. Mr. Mudd produced Reitman’s Labor Day and Juno. Related: Jean-Marc Vallee Set To Helm ‘Demolition’ For Mr. Mudd Talks with Gyllenhaal are in the early stage but look promising. The story centers on a young investment banker struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife. He begins to tear apart his life in a distraught effort to see where he went wrong but ultimately is rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
It’s movie night, and you can choose between crazy-shouty Robin Williams (think “The Fisher King”) and blubbering feel-good Robin Williams (like the one who discovers his son, dead from autoerotic asphyxiation, in “World’s Greatest Dad”). Which would you prefer? Trick question! In “The Angriest Man in Brooklyn,” you can have it both ways, as Williams plays the human equivalent of a bulging forehead vein who learns he has 90 minutes to live and spends the rest of the movie making amends, like Ebenezer Scrooge at the end of “A Christmas Carol.” Most auds will prefer have no Robin Williams at all.
Inspired by the 1997 Israeli movie “The 92 Minutes of Mr. Baum,” in which actor-director Assi Dayan tried to imagine how the worst possible news could possibly bring out the best in someone, this schmaltzy remake from “Field of Dreams” helmer Phil Alden Robinson (directing his first film since 2002′s »
- Peter Debruge
Sony Pictures Entertainment and Annapurna Pictures have announced a release date for the R-Rated comedy Sausage Party from Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Kyle Hunter and Ariel Shaffir. The movie will be released one week before Sony’s own Amazing Spider-Man 3 on June 3rd 2016.
Sausage Party tells the story of a sausage trying to discover the truth about his existence. After falling out of a shopping cart, our hero sausage and his new friends embark on a perilous journey through the supermarket to get back to their aisles before the 4th of July sale.
Only from the minds of Rogen and Goldberg eh?
Sausage Party also features an impressive voice cast that includes Rogen, Jonah Hill (22 Jump Street), Kristen Wiig (Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues), Salma Hayek (Grown Ups 2), Edward Norton (The Grand Budapest »
- Luke Owen
Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of May's Indie Film Month. "Juno" is today's #throwbackthursdays pick and is currently available to view On Demand. This article was originally published in October, 2007, a few months before Diablo Cody won her first Oscar for penning the screenplay to "Juno. Back in the days when she was working as a stripper and phone sex operator, Diablo Cody never dreamed she'd one day be the toast of the Telluride and Toronto film festivals, with a project in the works with Steven Spielberg, a second movie deal, and Oscar buzz spinning around her. Cody got her big break when her quirky, honest writing style on her blog caught the notice of manager Mason Novick, who then helped her secure a literary agent for the blog entries she was compiling into a book. Candy Girl: »
- Brian Brooks
Whilst promoting his new film Whiplash, which has revered at both Cannes and Sundance earlier this year, both Total Film and Empire spoke to J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Juno) about the film, and couldn’t resist quizzing the actor about his role in the currently shooting Terminator reboot, Terminator: Genesis.
Simmons told Total Film: “I can tease very little but the character I play is a small role that I’m told becomes larger in the sequels, which are planned of course. When it was initially sent to me I was interested but a little sceptical about the project itself. And I read the script and it’s a wonderful script – it’s really smart and it has comedy, and obviously brilliant action and the sci-fi aspect of it, which is not a genre I’ve really been involved in before.
“But it’s good storytelling and a fun little part. »
- Scott Davis
One of the most anticipated Scream Factory releases on their current slate is no doubt the Collector's Edition Blu-ray of the exceptional werewolf flick Ginger Snaps, which is headed home on July 22nd.
In the meantime, the company has just unveiled full release details for the disc, and when we say it's jam-packed with goodness, we damn sure mean it. Read on!
From the Press Release
Scream Factory has announced the July 22 Blu-ray release of fan-favorite Ginger Snaps (Collector’s Edition). Bonus features include new interviews with director John Fawcett, writer Karen Walton, actors Emily Perkins and Jesse Moss, producer Steve Hoban, make-up effects artist Paul Jones, composer Mike Shields and editor Brett Sullivan, a new Women in Horror panel discussing Ginger Snaps, an audio commentary with Director John Fawcett, an audio commentary with writer Karen Walton, deleted scenes with optional commentary by John Fawcett and Karen Walton, The Making »
- John Squires
Fresh off yesterday epic announcement of the Halloween: Complete Collection boxset, Scream Factory sent us the full specs for their upcoming “Collector’s Edition” Bluray of Ginger Snaps, which hits shelves July 22nd. Ginger Snaps has become somewhat of a cult hit since it’s original 2001 theatrical release, showcasing some really great performances from NBC’s Hannibal/American Mary star Katherine Isabelle and Emily Perkins (Stephen King’s It) as two sisters who go through some interesting changes, to say the least. It’s a horror film that is completely ripe for the brand of cult, fan-loving film releases that Scream Factory have made a name for themselves by releasing. For the complete info, see below!
Los Angeles, CA – Scream Factory has announced the July 22 Blu-ray release of fan-favorite Ginger Snaps (Collector’s Edition). Bonus features include new interviews with director John Fawcett, writer Karen Walton, actors Emily Perkins and Jesse Moss, »
- Jerry Smith
After winning both the audience and jury awards at Sundance this past January, Damien Chazelle's drama "Whiplash" has found itself at Cannes. In honor of the film, which is showing as part of the Directors' Fortnight selection, here is a clip featuring its stars, Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons. Read More: Meet the 2014 Sundance Filmmakers #14: Damien Chazelle's 'Whiplash' Brings a Terrifying New Element to the Sound of MusicJ.K. Simmons, also known as Juno's dad, stars as an extremely intense music professor who demands a lot from an aspiring drummer, played by Miles Teller. In the clip, which gives us real "Black Swan" vibes, Simmons has his students play the opening part of a composition, insisting that it is wrong each time. Eventually he loses it and throws a chair. An official release date for "Whiplash" has yet to be announced, but Sony Pictures Classics is handing distribution. »
- Eric Eidelstein
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