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Rogue's Rona Officially Departs for Silver

10 December 2008 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

According to Variety , former Dimension co-head and now former Rogue Pictures co-president Andrew Rona is moving to Silver Pictures where he will serve as president. Rumblings of his departure from Rogue began last month shortly after talks of Universal's plans to sell the genre arm that gave us The Strangers this year to Relativity. Rona will also join Steve Richards as co-president of Silver's genre arm, Dark Castle Entertainment. His duties begin after the first of the year. Rona's replacing Silver Pictures president Susan Downey, who decided months ago not to renew her contract and end her 10-year run with the company. »

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Director Kevin Greutert Talks Saw 6

18 November 2008 | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Buzz around town says that Kevin Greutert is the cat to go to if you need a horror film edited. He's been on the Saw franchise since the beginning and he spliced and diced The Strangers . Next up, he's in the director's chair for Saw VI and in an interview with Fearnet he talks about the early stages of development. "I've got hundreds and hundreds of pages of every conceivable variation of what we can do with Saw VI and beyond," he says. "One of those will hopefully be the thing that we get. But it's a matter of thinking through every possible thing we can imagine. And of course creating new characters that we think people will like and can contribute to the drama . that's important as well." Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton are back to pen »

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Intrepid sees 'Cold Light of Day'

27 October 2008 2:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

New York -- Intrepid Pictures is on board to produce Scott Wiper's Hitchcockian thriller "The Cold Light of Day."

Wiper and John Petro's screenplay follows Will Shaw, a young Wall Street trader whose family is kidnapped on a vacation to Spain. He's left with only hours to find them, uncover a government conspiracy and the connection between their disappearance and his father's secrets.

Intrepid Pictures principals Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will finance and produce the film, which Essential Entertainment is repping at next week's American Film Market. Intrepid produced one of this year's biggest hits, Rogue Pictures' "The Strangers." "Day" will be made outside of Universal and Rogue, which have a first-look pact with Intrepid. Uni is currently negotiating a sale of Rogue to Relativity.

Wiper co-wrote and directed the 2007 Lionsgate actioner "The Condemned." »

- By Gregg Goldstein

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The Strangers DVD

23 October 2008 2:12 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

People are pretty divided on whether they like this film or not. I thought it was really well shot even if its style made the true to life elements of its ending seem out of place. But in a sea of really awful remakes and direct to dvd garbage I was just glad for a little honest suspense. Is this itself a remake of Funny Games Us? Not really, at least not anymore than any home invasion scenario film is. But I do think, after watching and rewatching it, that The Strangers does more than try to tack on a socially relevant ending to make up for the guilt of being little more than a better than average (by current standard anyway) horror effort. First the performances are there to support the idea that these are people not just character types being terrorized. Good performances from Liv Tyler and Scott Speedman »

- Canfield

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Liv Tyler's Son: Mommy is 'My Princess'

23 October 2008 6:00 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

It is supposed to be the moms who boast about their kids, but with Liv Tyler and her 3-year old son Milo, the compliments flow in the opposite direction. "He likes to call me his princess," says Tyler, whose The Incredible Hulk and The Strangers both came out on DVD Tuesday. "He says, 'Oh, mommy, you're so cute. You're my precious, precious mommy.' " The single mom, who split last spring from her rocker husband Royston Langdon, appreciates the positive affirmation – even if it comes at a price. "He's at that age now where he's so sweet and so loving »

- Oliver Jones

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The Strangers

22 October 2008 2:25 PM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

DVD Release Date: Oct. 21

Director/Writer: Bryan Bertino

Cinematographer: Peter Sova

Starring: Liv Tyler, Scott Speedman

Studio/Run Time: Universal, 88 mins.

Horror film doesn't hold up

Ever since the Coen brothers pulled one over on viewers with the blatant but joking falsehood, “This is a true story,” thrillers “inspired by true events”—as The Strangers claims to be—have held less water. As Fargo coyly pointed out, it’s a base qualifier, and when a filmmaker flashes that credential, viewers should be alert. I suppose The Strangers could’ve been inspired by true events, inasmuch as violent crimes do occur, and sometimes they’re random. But with the film’s posters and opening credits presenting the claim, it’s clear that first-time filmmaker Bryan Bertino really wants viewers to believe it. Alone, this cheap trick wouldn’t be a huge offense, but in the context of The Strangers, it feels »

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Blu-ray Review: The Strangers (Unrated)

21 October 2008 1:24 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I gave The Strangers a rather harsh review when I saw it in the theaters (read here). As I was watching the Blu-ray I began wondering if I had been way off base . The first half of this film is creepy, atmospheric and damn good. However, at the 43 minute mark all the problems I had with the film came back to me as it quickly turned from an inventive and creepy thriller into a film that was its own worst enemy. As I said in my theatrical review, the victims in this film can't help but be terrorized as they continue to run into harm's way or become the source of their own distress. The film features three nameless and faceless villains as they terrorize an unsuspecting couple just home from a wedding ceremony where the guy (Scott Speedman) asked the woman (Liv Tyler) to marry him, to which she said, »

- Brad Brevet

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Spin-ematical: New on DVD for 10/21

21 October 2008 9:02 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

Filed under: Action, Animation, Classics, Drama, Foreign Language, Horror, Independent, New on DVD, Home Entertainment, Cinematical Indie

Above: Incredible Hulk, Flight of the Red Balloon, The Strangers

Incredible Hulk

"There once was an angry young man..." sounds like a fairy tale, but the rebooted Hulk got a huge leg up with the casting of the intense Edward Norton as the scientist who turns green with rage. This Hulk has narrative problems, but as a straight-ahead action picture it keeps a pretty good beat as it rocks along, and definitely benefits from Norton and Tim Roth as his nemesis; Liv Tyler and William Hurt also star. Scott examined all the features of the 3-disk Special Edition on DVD; also available in a single-disk DVD edition and on Blu-ray. Buy it.

Flight of the Red Balloon

Juliette Binoche hires a Taiwanese film student as nanny for her son, and magical moments begin. »

- Peter Martin

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Spike Delivers Scream 2008 Awards

21 October 2008 6:41 AM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Tonight, Spike will air their Scream Awards, which were handed out on Saturday night. In case you’d rather watch something else, here is a full list of winners:

The Ultimate Scream                                                                             

The Dark Knight   

Best Fantasy Movie

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Best Horror Movie   

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Science Fiction Movie

Iron Man

Best TV Show

Dexter

Best Super-hero

Christian Bale as Batman; The Dark Knight

Best Actor In A Fantasy Movie

Heath Ledger; The Dark Knight

 

Best Actor In A Horror Movie Or TV Show Or TV Show

Johnny Depp; Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Breakout Performance

 Wall-e; Wall-e

 

Best Actress In A Horror Movie Or TV Show

Liv Tyler; The Strangers

Best Villain

 Heath Ledger as The Joker; The Dark Knight

Best Actress In A Fantasy Movie Or TV Show

Angelina Jolie; Wanted

Best Supporting Performance

 Gary Oldman »

- Robert Greenberger

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New DVD Releases: The Incredible Hulk, The Strangers, and Blu-ray Bond

21 October 2008 5:57 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

This summer's blockbuster reboot The Incredible Hulk, featuring Edward Norton in the title role of the gamma-ray enhanced superhero, leads this week's crop of new DVD releases. Pick up the 3-Disc Special Edition and enjoy a plethora of special features, including the much-discussed alternate opening in which a tiny glimpse of Captain America is said to be revealed.

Also debuting on DVD today: Bryan Bertino's super-scary home-invasion flick The Strangers, available in both standard and unrated editions; Ben Stein's Darwinian documentary Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed; and new Blu-ray editions of Sweeney Todd and Casino Royale.

Our DVD pick of the week is the two-volume James Bond Blu-ray Collection, featuring six classic 007 flicks, Dr. No, Thunderball, Live and Let Die, For Your Eyes Only, From Russia with Love, and Die Another Day, available for the first time in high definition. It's the perfect way to bone up on Bond »

- Thomas Leupp

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Universal might sell Rogue arm. "The Strangers" developer was considering a sequel.

21 October 2008 12:56 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

A sign of the times. The economy's suffering and the results are apparent. Universal Pictures is currently in talks to pitch off its Rogue Pictures. Apparently, they're considering a $150 million sale to Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media. This sale would include every of the company's thirty pictures as well as four films slated for a 2009 release and anything in development as well. A sign of the times. The economy's suffering and the results are once again more apparent than ever. Universal Pictures is currently in talks to pitch off its Rogue Pictures for a pretty decent price. Apparently, they're considering a $150 million sale to Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media. This sale would include every of the company's thirty pictures as well as four films slated for a 2009 release and anything in development as well. Their shocking thriller "The Strangers" starring Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, brought in solid numbers with a $53 million box office take. »

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Universal might sell Rogue arm. "The Strangers" developer was considering a sequel.

21 October 2008 12:56 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

A sign of the times. The economy's suffering and the results are apparent. Universal Pictures is currently in talks to pitch off its Rogue Pictures. Apparently, they're considering a $150 million sale to Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media. This sale would include every of the company's thirty pictures as well as four films slated for a 2009 release and anything in development as well. A sign of the times. The economy's suffering and the results are once again more apparent than ever. Universal Pictures is currently in talks to pitch off its Rogue Pictures for a pretty decent price. Apparently, they're considering a $150 million sale to Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media. This sale would include every of the company's thirty pictures as well as four films slated for a 2009 release and anything in development as well. Their shocking thriller "The Strangers" starring Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, brought in solid numbers with a $53 million box office take. »

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Universal might sell Rogue arm. "The Strangers" developer was considering a sequel.

21 October 2008 12:56 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

A sign of the times. The economy's suffering and the results are once again more apparent than ever. Universal Pictures is currently in talks to pitch off its Rogue Pictures for a pretty decent price. Apparently, they're considering a $150 million sale to Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media. This sale would include every of the company's thirty pictures as well as four films slated for a 2009 release and anything in development as well. Their shocking thriller "The Strangers" starring Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, brought in solid numbers with a $53 million box office take. Fittingly so, the DVD sees release today on DVD and Blu-ray unrated versions. (Shop now on MovieJungle.com!) A sequel was being talked about, whether this will materialize now, is another thing. »

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Universal might sell Rogue arm. "The Strangers" developer was considering a sequel.

21 October 2008 12:56 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

A sign of the times. The economy's suffering and the results are apparent. Universal Pictures is currently in talks to pitch off its Rogue Pictures. Apparently, they're considering a $150 million sale to Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media. This sale would include every of the company's thirty pictures as well as four films slated for a 2009 release and anything in development as well. A sign of the times. The economy's suffering and the results are once again more apparent than ever. Universal Pictures is currently in talks to pitch off its Rogue Pictures for a pretty decent price. Apparently, they're considering a $150 million sale to Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media. This sale would include every of the company's thirty pictures as well as four films slated for a 2009 release and anything in development as well. Their shocking thriller "The Strangers" starring Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler, brought in solid numbers with a $53 million box office take. »

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Spike TV Scream Awards 2008 Winners List

21 October 2008 12:23 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

A full list of winners of the Spike TV Scream Awards 2008 is listed below. Scream Awards 2008 will premiere on Tuesday, October 21 At 9 Pm, Et/Pt On Spike TV. The Ultimate Scream: The Dark Knight Best Fantasy Movie: Hellboy II: The Golden Army Best Horror Movie: Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Best Science Fiction Movie: Iron Man Best TV Show: Dexter Best Superhero: Christian Bale as Batman, The Dark Knight Best Actor in a Fantasy Movie: Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight Best Actor in a Horror : Johnny Depp, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of FLeet Street Breakout Performance: Wall-e Best Actress in a Horror Movie: Liv Tyler, The Strangers Best Villain: Heath Ledger as The Joker, The Dark Knight Best Actress in a Fantasy Movie: Angelina [...] »

- Brian Corder

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DVDs and Games this week! "The Incredible Hulk," "The Strangers," "Spongebob Squarepants Featuring Nicktoons: Globs of Doom" on Wii and more!

21 October 2008 12:00 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

From "The Incredible Hulk: 3 Disc Digital Copy" Edtion and "La Ink" all the way to "Looney Tunes Golden Collection," another week arrives for eager DVD and game buyers. There are just too many items worth mentioning this week from the array we have, but let's focus on a few of interest. The above-mentioned "Hulk" we can highly recommend in terms of overall film and bonus feature value. Includes a Digital Copy disc which can be transfered to your computer and played in both iTunes and Windows Media Player (read the review here). If you're willing to spend that extra cash over the standard single disc wide or full screen versions, this makes for a great buy. In for a scare? Check out the eerie "The Strangers" with Scott Speedman and Liv Tyler both on standardand Blu-rayversions and unrated on top of that. Definitely not for the faint hearted, "Lock the doors. »

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Relativity goes after Rogue Pictures

20 October 2008 5:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Relativity Media is in negotiations with Universal to acquire the assets of Rogue Pictures, the studio's genre label, for as much as $150 million.

The proposed deal would see Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity purchase more than 25 library titles, four upcoming films and more than 30 projects in development at Rogue, which was launched in 2004 as a division of Universal's Focus Features. In 2007, Rogue became an independent specialty unit of the parent studio.

The deal, if completed, would have an added benefit for film financier Relativity because it would allow Relativity to distribute the films it produces, as well as the Rogue titles it is acquiring, through Uni's distribution system.

As it moves beyond the hedge fund business to raise its own profile as a producer, Relativity has begun to produce movies separate from its slate investments at such studios as Universal and Sony. It has ramped up its own development activities, aggressively »

- By Borys Kit

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DVD Review: The Strangers (2008)

19 October 2008 9:34 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Among 2008.s nominees for .Trailer That Least Accurately Represents Its Film., we get The Strangers. Based on its ads, I thought it.d be a creepy supernatural horror film along the lines of The Ring. That wasn.t correct, as the movie instead went for real-life psychological tension more like Straw Dogs.

After they attend a wedding, Kristen McKay (Liv Tyler) and her boyfriend James Hoyt (Scott Speedman) stay at a remote home owned by his family. The romantic getaway James planned doesn.t go well, however. He proposes to Kristen but she declines his request and the evening takes a depressing turn.

The situation doesn.t improve as the night progresses. A strange girl knocks on the door and asks for someone named Tamara, and she later returns after James leaves to get cigarettes. Other foreboding incidents accompany her subsequent visit, and other folks join in as well. They »

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Scream Awards 2008: Winners

19 October 2008 6:17 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Wondering who took home the gold and can't wait for the broadcast?!? We've got you covered! Get ready for the spoilers!

The 2008 Scream Awards premieres Tuesday, October 21 (9:00-11:00 Pm, Et/Pt), on Spike TV. Don't miss it!

The Ultimate Scream Movie - The Dark Knight

Best Fantasy Movie - Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Best Horror Movie - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber

Best Science Fiction Movie - Iron Man

Best TV Show - Dexter

Best Superhero - Christian Bale as Batman in The Dark Knight

Best Actor in a Fantasy Movie/TV Show - Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight

Best Actor in a Horror Movie/TV Show - Johnny Depp in Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Breakout Performance - Wall-e in Wall-e

Best Actress in a Horror Movie/TV Show - Liv Tyler in The Strangers

Best Villain - Heath Ledger as »

- Uncle Creepy

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Lucas Thrills Scream Awards Crowd But Batman Is The Big Winner

19 October 2008 3:58 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Star Wars creator George Lucas provided the highlight of this year's Scream Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday night when he showed up to accept the Comic-Con Icon Award.

The Greek Theater was awash with the stars of film fantasy and sci-fi for the annual prizegiving, but it was Lucas' unexpected appearance which stole the show.

Flanked by two Star Wars Stormtroopers, Lucas was greeted by a standing ovation as he stepped onstage to accept his honour.

Sir Anthony Hopkins and filmmakers Tim Burton and Wes Craven also picked up special awards, but the night's big winner was Batman. The Dark Knight claimed 12 prizes, including The Ultimate Scream honour and acting awards for co-stars Christian Bale, Gary Oldman and the late Heath Ledger.

Bale took home the Best Superhero honour, Oldman claimed Best Supporting Actor, and Ledger was named both Best Fantasy Actor and Best Villain for his portrayal of the Joker.

Director Christopher Nolan scored the Best Director trophy and the Best Screamplay, along with Jonathon Nolan and David S. Goyer.

Other big winners at the third annual Scream Awards were Iron Man and Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - both films claimed two awards.

Robert Downey Jr. appeared via satellite from the set of his new Sherlock Holmes movie in London to accept his Iron Man acting honour.

Another highlight came from the Smashing Pumpkins, who performed their new single G.L.O.W. at the awards show.

The full list of winners is:

Legend Award - Sir Anthony Hopkins

Icon Award - George Lucas

Mastermind Award - Wes Craven

Scream Immortal Award - Tim Burton

The Ultimate Scream - The Dark Knight

Best Fantasy Movie - Hellboy II: The Golden Army

Best Horror Movie - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

Best Science Fiction Movie - Iron Man

Best TV Show - Dexter

Best Superhero - Christian Bale (Batman in The Dark Knight) Best Actor in a Fantasy Movie - Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) Best Actor in a Horror Movie/TV Show - Johnny Depp (Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street) Breakout Performance - Wall-e (Wall-e) Best Actress in a Horror Movie/TV Show - Liv Tyler (The Strangers) Best Villain - Heath Ledger (The Dark Knight) Best Actress in a Fantasy Movie/TV Show - Angelina Jolie (Wanted) Best Supporting Performance - Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight) The Holy S**t Scene of The Year - The big rig flips in The Dark Knight

Most Memorable Mutilation - Bitten by vagina with teeth in Teeth

Best Screamplay - The Dark Knight

Best Scream to Comic Adaptation - Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 8

Best Sequel - The Dark Knight

Best Director - Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight) Best Remake - Halloween

Best Actor in a Science Fiction Movie/TV Show - Robert Downey Jr. (Iron Man) Best Actress in a Science Fiction Movie/TV Show - Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil: Extinction

Best F/X - The Dark Knight

Best Comic Book - Y: The Last Man

Best Comic Book Movie - The Dark Knight

Best Comic Book Artist - Gabriel Ba (The Umbrella Academy: Apocalypse Suite) Best Comic Book Writer - Grant Morrison (Batman, Final Crisis) Best Line - "I believe whatever doesn't kill you makes you stranger" (The Joker in The Dark Knight) »

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