14 items from 2014
2014 has been an unexpectedly strong year for the work of late author Ira Levin. In addition to NBC’s planned miniseries adaptation of his iconic chiller Rosemary’s Baby, which will star Zoe Saldana and hew much more closely to Levin’s novel than the Roman Polanski film, TWC-Dimension is steadily moving forward with an adaptation of his creepy play Veronica’s Room, which now has The Wolverine writer Mark Bomback on board to pen the script.
In Veronica’s Room, college students Susan and Larry are drawn to a creepy New England mansion, where Susan is told that she bears a striking resemblance to the sole inhabitant’s long-dead sister. When the pair are asked by the caretakers to stay with the inhabitant, an old woman suffering from dementia, until she passes away, they reluctantly agree. However, the seemingly merciful errand takes a dark turn as Susan and Larry »
- Isaac Feldberg
Blu-ray Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $49.99
Studio: Warner Home Video
So apparently, in 2007 when Warner brought out Alexander, Revisited: The Final Cut, they lied. The 2014 Alexander: The Ultimate Cut is another version of the much-edited movie, which director Oliver Stone (Wall Street Money Never Sleeps) apparently can’t let go.
Celebrating the movie’s 10th anniversary, The Ultimate Cut is 206 minutes, 31 minutes longer than the already long 175-minute original film and eight minutes shorter than that Final Cut. Hmmm
“I’ve tried throughout this process to achieve what I believe is the appropriate balance between the inner and outer journeys undertaken by this extraordinary man,” said Stone. “Free from earlier constraints [i.e. defined codes for violence and sexuality], I’ve continued to pursue this great story, and I think I have at last achieved a film that tells a story as it has never been told.”
Good to know.
The originally R-rated movie tells the legend of Alexander, »
TWC-Dimention announced in December that it had come on board to finance and distribute “Vernonica’s Room,” based on Ira Levin’s play. The film will be produced by the Allegiance Theater’s Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine.
Story centers on a young couple who is persuaded to visit an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that the female bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, the family member’s long-dead sister, leading to a nightmare cycle of guilt, sacrifice and murder.
- Dave McNary
From the Press Release
TWC-Dimension announced today that Mark Bomback (The Wolverine, Unstoppable, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes) has signed on to pen Veronica's Room, a big-screen adaptation of author Ira Levin's (Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives, Deathtrap) 1973 Broadway thriller.
Bomback did production re-writes on 50 Shades Of Grey, and his script Art Of Racing In The Rain is currently in development at Universal.
The dark tale of Veronica's Room explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, the family member's long-dead sister. »
- Uncle Creepy
The Wolverine writer Mark Bomback has signed on to write Veronica's Room for TWC-Dimension. The film is an adaptation of writer Ira Levin's (Rosemary's Baby, The Stepford Wives, Deathtrap) 1973 Broadway thriller. Bomback, whose credits also include Unstoppable and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, did production rewrites on Fifty Shades of Grey. His script Art of Racing in the Rain is currently in development at Universal. Veronica's Room explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves lured to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan
- Tatiana Siegel
Veteran screenwriter Mark Bomback, who recently did a production rewrite on “Fifty Shades of Grey,” has been hired to write TWC-Dimension's thriller “Veronica's Room,” the studio announced Thursday. Bomback is best known for writing action movies such as “The Wolverine,” “Unstoppable” and “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” and Universal is also developing his script “Art of Racing in the Rain.” “Veronica's Room” is a feature adaptation of Ira Levin's 1973 Broadway thriller. Levin is the author of “Rosemary's Baby” and “The Stepford Wives.” Also read: ‘Wolverine’ Writer Mark Bomback to Polish ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Screenplay (Exclusive) The dark tale of “Veronica's. »
- Jeff Sneider
TWC-Dimension announced today that Mark Bomback ( The Wolverine , Unstoppable , Dawn of the Planet of the Apes ) has signed on to pen Veronica's Room , a big-screen adaptation of author Ira Levin's ("Rosemary's Baby," "The Stepford Wives," "Deathtrap") 1973 Broadway thriller. Bomback did production re-writes on 50 Shades of Grey and his script Art of Racing in the Rain is currently in development at Universal. The dark tale of Veronica's Room explores the thin line between fantasy and reality. Students Susan and Larry find themselves enticed to an old New England mansion by its caretakers to meet the sole surviving member of the family. They insist that Susan bears a striking resemblance to Veronica, the family member's long-dead sister. They »
Wamg is giving away 5 DVDs of the new action thriller Wicked Blood.
The film stars Abigail Breslin (August: Osage County, Little Miss Sunshine, Haunter) Alexa Vega (Spy Kids, Machete Kills) Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings, GoldenEye, Age of Heroes) James Purefoy (“The Following,” John Carter, Ironclad) and Lew Temple (“The Walking Dead”, Lawless, Unstoppable).
Backed by an all-star cast, Academy Award® nominee Abigail Breslin is Hannah – a teenage girl desperate to free her family from the corrupt Southern underworld of violence, guns, meth and biker gangs that surrounds them. A chess-wiz, Hannah lives with her older sister, Amber (Alexa Vega), and her drug-addicted Uncle Donny (Lew Temple) and they all live in fear of “Uncle Frank” (Sean Bean) Stinson, who runs the powerful crime organization in a ruthless manner.
But when »
- Movie Geeks
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes an exclusive clip from the film, The Case of Mary Ford, first details on The Three starring Lew Temple from The Walking Dead, a new candle line from Horror Decor, a review of The Poisoning and The Returned, a Q&A with artist Naisa Gomez, and much more:
Exclusive Clip from The Case of Mary Ford: “Greece, 1910. Maria (Tamar Karabetyan) is a young Greek girl in a fishing village on the Black Sea. The village match maker betroths her to a young fisherman Adonis (Branko Tomovic), who is in partnership with the true object of Maria’s affection, Giorgos (Yannis Stankoglou). One stormy night Giorgos and Adonis’s boat capsizes and Adonis is lost at sea. With no source of income Giorgos sets of for America promising Maria he will return for her. »
- Tamika Jones
Still not really sure what to make of Chris Pine, eh? Guess he.s a leading man, even though audiences don.t think so: they stayed away from Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, and they didn.t really thrill to Pine in stuff like Unstoppable (strictly a Denzel vehicle) or his attempt to be like a real hu-mon in People Like Us. But hell, maybe he.s an action star. Maybe his Star Trek legacy suggests he should be blasting stuff with guns, lazers, or some combination of the two. Pine is set to star in The Line, according to THR. Pine would play a patrol agent with a family life in shambles as he attempts to pick up the pieces. However, a raid on a cartel places him in the care of a newly orphaned ten year old boy, who is now a target on both sides. So it.s »
Friday, January 24
No Country for Old Men - 11.25pm, Film 4
Before he was touching up James Bond as the murderous Raoul Silva in Skyfall, Javier Bardem played a ruthless assassin in this critically acclaimed thriller. Vietnam War veteran Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) stumbles across the aftermath of a drug deal gone sour and makes off with a suitcase containing $2 million. Bardem stars as the psychopathic killer trying to track him down.
Saturday, January 25
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian - 8.15pm, BBC Three
Moodier than the first film in the series, Prince Caspian takes place a year after the Pevensies all fell out of the wardrobe - but when they re-enter the world of Narnia they discover that 1,400 years have passed. Stealing every scene he's in is Eddie Izzard as Reepicheep: a giant, talking CGI rat with a penchant for swordplay. Now there's a sentence you don't see every day. »
Director: Kenneth Branagh.
Running Time: 105 minutes.
Synopsis: After an injury causes his military career to be cut short, Jack Ryan (Chris Pine) finds himself headhunted by a CIA operative (Kevin Costner). Whilst working as an analyst for the group, Ryan stumbles across a potential worldwide terror attack and must help to stop it.
The character of Jack Ryan is one that many people will be familiar with, having several novels written for him by the late Tom Clancy. Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit will be the fifth screen outing for the literary character after previous films The Hunt For Red October, Patriot Games, Clear And Present Danger and The Sum Of All Fears. Whilst all of those dealt with a slightly older version of the character, Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit sees a younger take on the role, with the plot »
- Kat Smith
This week sees the release of "Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit," the fifth feature built around the CIA analyst character created by the late Tom Clancy, an insurance salesman-turned-bestselling novelist, in a series of blockbuster novels. Unlike the previous adaptations, beginning with 1990's "The Hunt for Red October" and continuing through 2002's mostly forgettable "Sum of All Fears," this new Jack Ryan outing is based on an original story, loosely connected to the source material.
Chris Pine is the fourth actor to play the Ryan character, in a pseudo-origin story that finds the analyst dealing with nefarious Russians (and yes, it's a contemporary story). Keira Knightley costars as his put-upon fiancée and Kevin Costner shows up as his gruff agency handler. Kenneth Branagh plays the Russian gangster almost as broadly as his bad guy from Will Smith's "Wild Wild West." Branagh, in his new role as studio tent-pole filmmaker (following »
- Drew Taylor
Following quickly on the heels of news that director Matt Reeves has signed on to helm the as-yet-untitled Planet of the Apes sequel, Fox has announced that the third instalment in the rebooted franchise will be hitting cinemas on July 29th, 2016.
Reeves of course came on board to helm this summer’s blockbuster sequel, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, which will be heading into theatres in July this year.
The Apes series has becoming a very promising franchise for the studio in recent years, with Rupert Wyatt’s Rise of the Planet of the Apes rebooting the original movies to the tune of almost half a billion dollars at the global box office, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes expected to do very well this summer. »
- Kenji Lloyd
14 items from 2014
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