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How ‘Mr. Robot’ Star Rami Malek Used Anxiety to Carry His Breakthrough Emmys Drama

8 August 2016 3:17 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Rami Malek is in Emmy mode.

The “Mr. Robot” star just flew back to the States from London for a fitting with a stylist, an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and a visit to the Television Critics Association Awards (where his USA Network series was named best new series).

What’s more, he’s got a new movie to prep: Malek will play the Dustin Hoffman role in a reworking of John Frankenheimer’s 1974 prison-break classic, “Papillon.”

This actor doesn’t agree to do just anything – he sets sky-high standards for himself. That’s how Malek broke through the noise on Sam Esmail’s innovative paranoid psycho-thriller “Mr. Robot.” The drama seemed to come out of nowhere, but quickly collected so many nominations and awards (Golden Globes Best Drama Series, Peabody, Critics Choice, AFI Ten Best TV, Gotham Breakthrough) that six Emmy nominations seemed inevitable.

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- Anne Thompson

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How ‘Mr. Robot’ Star Rami Malek Used Anxiety to Carry His Breakthrough Emmys Drama

8 August 2016 3:17 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Rami Malek is in Emmy mode.

The “Mr. Robot” star just flew back to the States from London for a fitting with a stylist, an appearance on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” and a visit to the Television Critics Association Awards (where his USA Network series was named best new series).

What’s more, he’s got a new movie to prep: Malek will play the Dustin Hoffman role in a reworking of John Frankenheimer’s 1974 prison-break classic, “Papillon.”

This actor doesn’t agree to do just anything – he sets sky-high standards for himself. That’s how Malek broke through the noise on Sam Esmail’s innovative paranoid psycho-thriller “Mr. Robot.” The drama seemed to come out of nowhere, but quickly collected so many nominations and awards (Golden Globes Best Drama Series, Peabody, Critics Choice, AFI Ten Best TV, Gotham Breakthrough) that six Emmy nominations seemed inevitable.

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- Anne Thompson

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Horror Highlights: Shut In, Lake Nowhere, A House Is Not A Home, Clowntown, 2 Jennifer

3 August 2016 7:38 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Little Jacob Tremblay’s (Room, Before I Wake) career is on a roll these days. Directed by Farren Blackburn and co-starring Tremblay and Naomi WattsShut In is teased in a set of new images ahead of its release on November 11th. Also in today’s Highlights: a release news extravaganza, with details on Lake Nowhere, A House is Not a Home, Clowtown, and 2 Jennifer that are all gearing up to be released (through various platforms) either this month or in early fall.

Shut In Release Details and Official Images: “Shut In is a heart-pounding thriller starring Naomi Watts as a widowed child psychologist who lives an isolated existence in rural New England. Caught in a deadly winter storm, she must find a way to rescue a young boy before he disappears forever.”

Directed by Farren Blackburn from a screenplay by Christina Hodson, Shut In stars Naomi Watts, Oliver Platt, »

- Tamika Jones

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‘A House is Not a Home’ Coming September 27th!

3 August 2016 7:21 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Following a limited theatrical run, Mvd Entertainment Group will release A House Is Not A Home, a DeInstitutionalized LLC production, on DVD and digital platforms on September 27th. The film stars Bill Cobbs (Night at the Museum), Richard Grieco (It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, 21 Jump Street), Eddie Steeples (My Name Is Earl, Raising Hope), Aurora Perrineau (Jem and the […] »

- Chris Coffel

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‘Stranger Things’: Shawn Levy on Directing Winona Ryder, Netflix’s Viral Model

22 July 2016 3:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Shawn Levy isn’t the first Hollywood filmmaker you’d expect to be involved in a show like Netflix’s “Stranger Things.”

The hit-maker is best known for comedy franchises like “Night at the Museum,” “Cheaper By the Dozen” and “The Pink Panther.” But he also produced the nuanced teen indie “The Spectacular Now” and directed the Steven Spielberg homage “Real Steel” — two projects that aren’t so far removed from the world of Netflix’s breakout ’80s-set and inspired genre series.

In the week since “Stranger Things” debuted on Netflix, it’s become an instant cult sensation with huge social media buzz. Levy has been a believer from the beginning, when series creators Matt and Ross Duffer first pitched the idea to his production company, 21 Laps. He came on board, helped bring the series to Netflix, agreed to direct two episodes, and continues to champion the show as it finds its audience.

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Night at the Museum is likely ancient history, according to its director

22 July 2016 7:01 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

All my Night At The Museum fans raise your hands! Okay so one…two…three…is that it? Hmm, I guess there aren't many comedy/history buffs among you. Okay all joking aside, I don’t know many people outside the walls of an elementary school that are fans of the franchise. But should I? The movies aren’t exactly geared toward the mainstream, adult... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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Kung Fu Panda director to make live-action debut with Ya adaptation Darkest Minds

14 July 2016 8:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that Jennifer Yuh Nelson, director of the King Fu Panda movies, is set to make her live-action debut with an adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s Ya trilogy Darkest Minds.

Darkest Minds “is set after a pandemic kills most of America’s children and teenagers. When some survivors develop various superpowers, they are deemed too dangerous for society, taken from their families and placed inside internment camps.” Described as a blend of “coming-of-age stories such as Stand By Me and post-apocalyptic survivor tales like The Walking Dead”, the first book follows a 16-year-old girl with telekinetic powers who escapes one such camp and joins up with a group of teens on the run from the government.

The film is being produced by Shawn Levy (Night at the Museum), while Chad Hodge (Wayward Pines) has penned the script.

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- Gary Collinson

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Travel Back to 1983 in the First 8 Minutes of Netflix’s Stranger Things

14 July 2016 2:31 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The first eight minutes have been released for Netflix’s Stranger Things, setting an eerie and nostalgic tone for the 1983-set series that will premiere all eight of its episodes tomorrow, July 15th.

“A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) serve as writer, directors and co-showrunners of the series, and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, »

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Netflix's Stranger Things: Shawn Levy interview

14 July 2016 1:14 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jul 15, 2016

We chat to the producer-director of 80s-set sci-fi horror series Stranger Things, now on Netflix, about Spielberg, nostalgia and more…

Read our spoiler-free Stranger Things review here.

Stranger Things, Netflix’s new sci-fi horror series is made by and for our kind of people. Movie nerds Matt and Ross Duffer have translated their love of classic Steven Spielberg, John Carpenter, Wes Craven and Stephen King pictures into an eight-part drama that feels as comfortable as sinking into your favourite chair.

Set in 1983 Indiana, Stranger Things is the story of a boy’s disappearance, odd goings-on at a local government facility and the mystery arrival of a peculiar little girl. With a very likeable young cast (think Freaks & Geeks if Sam, Bill and Neil had to deal with real monsters, not just the high school variety) and Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Matthew Modine capably leading the grown-ups, »

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Shawn Levy Talks The "Starman" Remake

13 July 2016 1:05 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Back in 1982, John Carpenter's "The Thing" was released in cinemas and proved a bomb both critically and commercially - a surprise considering it is now often considered his greatest work in various critical polls. In the wake of that failure, he had to come up with something more commercially viable and appealing.

The result was "Starman," the acclaimed romantic sci-fi film starring Jeff Bridges as an alien who crashes on Earth and takes the form of the recently deceased husband of a widow (Karen Allen) in order to get her help to get back to his people.

Now a remake of the film is on the way at Sony Pictures with "Real Steel" and "Night at the Museum" director Shawn Levy at the helm. Levy, who helmed episodes of the new Netflix series "Stranger Things" which premieres on the streaming service on Friday, spoke with Coming Soon this week »

- Garth Franklin

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Carla Gugino Gets In "Shape"

2 July 2016 11:19 AM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take a look @ new images of actress Carla Gugino aka 'Sally Jupiter, Silk Spectre' in "Watchmen" (2009), posing for the latest issue of "Shape" magazine:

Gugino is also noted for her role as 'Ingrid Cortez' in the "Spy Kids" trilogy...

...as 'Dr. Vera Gorski' in "Sucker Punch" (2011)...

...and as the lead characters of the television series 'Karen Sisco' and 'Threshold'.

Her other feature film work includes starring roles in "Son in Law" (1993), "Sin City" (2005)," Night at the Museum" (2006), "Mr. Popper's Penguins" (2011) and "San Andreas" (2015).

Gugino also had lead roles in the television mini-series "Political Animals" (2012) and "Wayward Pines" (2015).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Carla Gugino...

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- Michael Stevens

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New Trailer for Netflix’s Stranger Things, Starring Winona Ryder

30 June 2016 3:35 PM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Coming out on July 15th, Netflix's Stranger Things is teased in a new trailer that hints at the humor, horror, and pure wonder to come in the Spielberg-esque supernatural series.

"A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80's, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) serve as writer, directors and co-showrunners of the series, and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen via their 21 Laps entertainment banner (The Spectacular Now, Night At The Museum, »

- Derek Anderson

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The Academy has invited 683 new members to join their ranks

30 June 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Hollywoodnews.com | See recent Hollywoodnews.com news »

Yesterday afternoon, the ranks of Oscar voters grew substantially, with some welcome diversity added in for good measure. Yes, the Academy sent out invitations for new membership about 24 hours ago, with 683 names getting the coveted tap on the proverbial shoulder. Again, what made it so interesting to note is that AMPAS seemed to actively seek out women, minorities, and younger artists, hoping to make the demographics of the Academy slightly less centered on older white males. It won’t suddenly change the makeup of the Oscar nominations or upend how the Academy Awards go down next year, but it’s a slow step in the right direction, and that’s worth applauding for sure. As you can see below, in addition to basically all of last year’s Oscar winners, the new members are a diverse slate. Among the names you’ll see in the acting branch now are John Boyega, »

- Joey Magidson

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Horror Highlights: The Walking Dead Universal Studios Hollywood Attraction, Fight Of The Living Dead, Stranger Things

27 June 2016 8:02 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Greg Nicotero prepares a group of actors to properly portray walkers in a new behind-the-scenes video for The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood. In today’s Horror Highlights, we also have a new trailer for YouTube Red’s Fight of the Living Dead and a featurette for Netflix’s Stranger Things.

The Walking Dead Universal Studios Hollywood Attraction Bts Video: Press Release: “Universal Studios Hollywood recruited Executive Producer and Director of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and actors who portray Walkers on the hit television series to lead “Walker Boot Camp” as the theme park continues its preparation for the July 4th opening of its all-new permanent daytime attraction, inspired by AMC’s “The Walking Dead.”

Nicotero and “real” walkers lead the “Walker Boot Camp” as they put a cast of actors through the rigors of how to be a walker– move like a walker, stalk prey like a walker, »

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Exclusive: director Shawn Levy on the Starman movie remake

23 June 2016 9:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Sony’s Starman remake will have a younger cast than the original and a contemporary setting confirms director Shawn Levy

The news broke this April that a remake of John Carpenter’s 1984 sci-fi Starman is currently being worked up at Sony. Real Steel and Night At The Museum’s Shawn Levy is to direct and produce, joined by original producer Michael Douglas and Grace Of Monaco screenwriter Arash Amel on scripting duties.

While chatting to Levy about terrific new Netflix series Stranger Things, he gave us an update on Starman’s progress and confirmed that the new film will indeed have a contemporary setting:

Starman is halfway through being written. It is fucking cool and very much the story of the original but leans into the technology and the scientific awareness that we have now, which is radically different than what we had when John Carpenter made the original film. »

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Nostalgic 80’s Amblin-esque Stranger Things Trailer is a Must See!

9 June 2016 1:03 PM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Personally, it’s odd that I hear about this show today. I just got my 3 12-packs of Hi-c’s Ecto Cooler in the mail from Amazon Pantry in my house today (couldn’t find it locally) and from my first sip, I remembered all the things I did in the 90’s. 6 VHS tape From Dusk ‘Til Dawn Marathons in my room of my parent’s house. Eating pizza from a plate while sitting on the floor so I could be closer to my tube television and Vcr so I could quickly rewind the tape of the film I just watched and put in the next one to keep the movie marathon going. Then, this trailer comes across my inbox and it hits all the right chords. I’ll admit, that maybe it hit me at a nostalgic time but I think this series looks amazing. Check out the trailer below. »

- Andy Triefenbach

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Watch the Trailer for Netflix’s New Supernatural Series Stranger Things

9 June 2016 11:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Looking like a long-lost onscreen adventure from the decade of boom boxes and arcade games, Netflix’s series Stranger Things (coming out on July 15th) is teased in a new trailer that has an atmosphere akin to a Stephen King story or Steven Spielberg film.

“A love letter to the supernatural classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is the story of a young boy who vanishes into thin air. As friends, family and local police search for answers, they are drawn into an extraordinary mystery involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl.

Stranger Things stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Natalia Dyer, Cara Buono, Charlie Heaton, and Matthew Modine.

Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer (Wayward Pines, Hidden) serve as writer, directors and co-showrunners of the series, and are executive producers along with Shawn Levy and »

- Derek Anderson

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The Avengers Composer Alan Silvestri Returning To Marvel Studios To Score Infinity War Part I And II

6 June 2016 7:38 PM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Captain America: Civil War's score was a little forgettable, so you can understand why Marvel Studios is turning to composer Alan Silvestri for the soon to be retitled Avengers: Infinity War - Part I and Part II. He worked on Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers, while other non-Marvel credits include Forrest Gump, The Polar Express, Night at the Museum, Flight, The Croods, and The Walk. The news of his return to the Marvel Cinematic Universe was made official by Silvestri's website where they announced: "We are pleased to announce that Alan is slated to score the Marvel films "Avengers: Infinity War - Part I and Part II." These films are scheduled for release in May of 2018 and May of 2019." It will now be up to the composer to handle such huge moment as The Avengers teaming up with Guardians of the Galaxy and Thanos finally wielding the Infinity Gauntlet! »

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The Conjuring 2 review

1 June 2016 6:03 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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James Wan's Conjuring sequel has its moments, but it also points at a format that's coming to the end of its time...

The Conjuring felt like a breath of fresh air in 2013. Although similarly plotted to a glut of other ghost films and old-fashioned to the point of being simple, it had energy, style and jump-scares as huge as the box office receipts, perpetuating the idea that director James Wan had a golden touch. Three years and a spin-off later, its official sequel (also helmed by Wan) continues to plunder the case files of celebrated paranormal experts Ed and Lorraine Warren (played again by Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga), albeit to far less exciting effect.

After a confusing and unnecessary prologue in the Amityville house, the action cuts to Enfield in 1977, where the inhabitants of a damp and dingy - yet abnormally spacious - council house are being troubled by a poltergeist whose aim is to "hear them scream". Peggy Hodgson (Frances O'Connor with a Dick Van Dyke accent) is a long-suffering single mum with four kids who’ve been recently abandoned by their deadbeat dad. With no money to even buy biscuits, the last thing she needs to deal with is the ghost of a nasty old man who likes moving her furniture in an inconsiderate manner (more often than not, it breaks before reaching its destination) and possessing her youngest daughter Janet. The police, a group of psychical researchers and even some TV reporters all take a look inside the Hodgson house and raise the haunting's profile, so eventually the church calls in the Warrens in from America to stay at the house and find out if the it's real or not...

The Enfield Poltergeist is, of course, a well-documented case that's already had its share of books, documentaries and films written about it (including, loosely, Stephen Volk's immaculate Ghostwatch). It is widely believed to be a hoax but this is a studio horror picture so obviously it's going to play fast and loose with the truth and opt for a supernatural explanation. Fine in theory but it's a shame that the one it goes for is so flavourless because it actually winds up being somehow less interesting than the real story. Despite a noisy torrent of house-trashing visual FX it's an indulgent, overlong half-plot with very little meat on its bones.

While the first film was hardly subtle, it knew where to draw a line to keep its scares the right side of effective. This one, however, overplays everything and not in a fun audacious way either. It just takes its good ideas and drives them off a cliff, time and time again. For example, the Crooked Man zoetrope (this film's obligatory yet inexplicable Victorian-style toy) and the dog bell both seem like strong setups for the kind of inventive scares The Conjuring pulled off so well but the payoff is bewildering; a Burton-esque CGI dogman hybrid in a candy striped suit that stomps all over the screen like it's escaped from Night At The Museum.

Likewise, the characterisation takes a similar trajectory. There's a scene where Ed sings an Elvis song with the Hodgsons to bring everyone together and, when it starts, it's a rare moment of levity; warm, funny and tender. Then it's smothered with a string section that swells and swells until any emotion is lost beneath the heavy-handed soundtrack schmaltz. Joseph Bishara's score is irrationally bombastic throughout in fact, and the use of use of contemporary (or thereabouts!) music is so hysterically on-the-nose it's hard not to laugh. There is an opening montage of the local tourist sights set to The Clash's London Calling and then – with just a few cor blimeys in between - it cuts straight to a bus stop, while playing Bus Stop by The Hollies, in case we still weren't sure we were in Britain.

The worst offence, however, is the runtime. 133 minutes! Only the most ambitious genre films should dare to go over 90 and a simple one like this, focused as it is on scares, finds it impossible to sustain that much tension. Far too many of the shocks fall flat. At their best, the long takes of characters staring into darkness channel our universal fears of being alone in the house at night, uncertain of what we've just seen or heard. At their worst, it's literally just someone staring into space. I'd estimate there’s somewhere in the region of 40 minutes worth of staring into space in this film.

Ultimately, between the first Conjuring, the Annabelle film and three Insidious chapters (also Wan-directed or produced), this format seems exhausted. There's nothing here we've not seen done before and better. From the possessed kids to the pale-faced demons to the creepy use of a corny old vaudeville tune, what once was fresh now feels stock and predictable. Even the way that Lorraine is investigating one haunting (the Enfield Poltergeist) while having ominous visions of a different one (some kind of demon nun that looks like Marilyn Manson) is exactly what happens with Lin Shaye's character in Insidious 3. I hate to make the obvious gag but if there's going to be another Conjuring, it may be time they learned a few new tricks...

The Conjuring 2 is in UK cinemas now.

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First look at new Netflix original series ‘Stranger Things’

19 May 2016 3:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Netflix have revealed a first look at their upcoming original TV series Stranger Things, which hits the streaming service on July 15th.

The series boasts quite the cast, including Winona Ryder, Matthew Modine, David Harbour, Charlie Heaton, Natalia Dyer, and Millie Brown.

Here’s the plot.

Set in Hawkins Indiana in the 1980’s, Stranger Things chronicles the search for a young boy who vanishes into thin air under highly suspicious circumstances. His mother (Winona Ryder) opens an investigation into the boy’s disappearance with local authorities that unravels a series of mysteries involving top-secret government experiments, terrifying supernatural forces and one very strange little girl. A love letter to the ubiquitous cult classics of the 80’s, Stranger Things is a coming of age story for three boys that draws this quaint community into a world where mysteries lurk beneath the surface.

Stranger Things is executive produced by The Duffer Brothers »

- Paul Heath

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