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This Girl Will Be in Saw 6

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

Tanedra Howard. Admittedly, I never tuned in to VH1's reality series Scream Queens until last night. (Chalk it up to work, disinterest and my natural loathing of reality programming.) That's when judges James Gunn, Shawnee Smith and John Homa declared the winner of the competition who spent the season vying for the Scream Queen crown and a part in Saw VI . After tears, overcoming fears, a trip to Lionsgate's screening room, a meeting with the studio's Jason Constantine and Twisted Pictures' Mark Burg, and acting in a recreation of a scene from Saw III , the aforementioned Ms. Howard won the hearts of the show's critics and producers. Now she's poised to appear in the sixth Jigsaw flick. The question is: Will Howard have a role to chew on? Or will she be relegated »

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Interview: Repo! The Genetic Opera Director Darren Lynn Bousman

6 November 2008 3:22 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

I first met Darren Lynn Bousman two years ago when we interviewed him for Saw III (you can still find that here). Not only do I think he's a great filmmaker, but he's a big horror movie geek and very down to earth, which as everyone knows, is quite rare to find in Hollywood. So when he showed Repo! The Genetic Opera back at Fantastic Fest in Austin, I walked in very optimistic and open, just because I wanted to give something so unique and so original a chance. Last weekend I caught up with Darren again down in Hollywood for an interview and an opportunity to chat about Repo. If there's anyone who might be able to convince you to see Repo! The Genetic Opera on November 7th, it's Darren Bousman himself. Repo! The Genetic Opera is a rock opera about a future where organs are being sold by »

- Alex Billington

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'High School Musical' Slays 'Saw V' while 'Pride and Glory' Finds Neither Pride or Glory

25 October 2008 2:44 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Zac Efron in High School Musical 3

Photo: Walt Disney Pictures Anyone surprised Disney's High School Musical 3 is going to slaughter Lionsgate's Saw V this weekend? If so you aren't in the loop and didn't see the numbers Miley Cyrus drummed up earlier this year on nearly 3,000 fewer screens. So, when it is reporting HSM3 managed an estimated $16.5 million on Friday on its way to an expected $55 million weekend you could perhaps be surprised it didn't make more. As for Saw V, well it looks like the franchise may be showing mild signs of weekening as the sequels seem to be dropping by $2 million increments since the dreadful Saw III, but an estimated $12.3 million isn't anything to scoff at. Steve Mason starts off his weekly Friday estimates with a long diatribe on Disney's cash cow, High School Musical, and estimates the franchise is so popular the first two basically added $2 billion »

- Brad Brevet

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Movie Review - 'Saw V'

24 October 2008 1:46 PM, PDT | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

Saw V

Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, and Scott Patterson

Directed by David Hackl

Rated R

There is a moment early in Saw V that might disorient someone who has followed the series and will certainly confuse someone who hasn't kept up to date. In very quick succession, and with no establishment of what the hell is going on, we see FBI agent Strahm (Scott Patterson) and police detective Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) with their guns drawn in some seedy warehouse basement. The corpse of Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) is in a hospital bed, and there are other bodies laying around, too.

Unfortunately, because Patterson and Mandylor look so much alike, at least upon first glance, you don't know who's who or if they're one in the same. It takes a little time to recall their roles from the previous entry in the series, and Saw V has zero intention of giving you a refresher course. »

- Colin Boyd

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Review: Saw V

24 October 2008 6:45 AM, PDT | Cinematical | See recent Cinematical news »

The advertising promises "You won't believe how it ends," but the problem with Saw V isn't so much its ending, it's everything that comes before. Oddly toothless, the entire flick feels like it exists solely as preamble for Saw VI. The greatest tension I felt was waiting for the movie to begin. I kept waiting, and waiting, and waiting, and then the end credits began to roll and I realized the movie had, in fact, ended. As one of the characters says, "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me."

The last installment, Saw IV, was both an origin story and a mild-tempered reboot of the series. Writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton (Feast) endeavored to provide deeper motivation for the Jigsaw Killer, Aka John Kramer (Tobin Bell), by introducing his ex-wife, Jill Tuck (Betsy Russell), and explaining that it was her tragic miscarriage years in »

- Peter Martin

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Saw V: Once More Into the Traps

23 October 2008 8:57 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Fiendish death devices? Check. A prolific serial killer explaining his unique theory of how to convince people to appreciate being alive? Check. And lots of blood and everything else found inside human bodies. 

This is Saw V, the latest installment in Lionsgate’s ferociously successful horror franchise, now splattering onto screens to the undoubted delight of Jigsaw followers everywhere.

And Oren Koules, who with partner Mark Burg has co-produced all of the Saw films, along with the upcoming horror musical Repo! The Genetic Opera (and, oddly, TV’s Two And A Half Men), says there are details in the movie aimed directly at the audience. “We do a lot of it now for the fans,” he says. “I know that sounds so cheesy—’Oh, we do it for the fans’—but we really do. We say, ‘They’re really going to love this,’ and actually do it almost like Toy Story, »

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The Real 'Friday the 13th' Remake Teaser is Here

23 October 2008 2:26 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Yeah, I am interested in the new Friday the 13th remake, but wasn't the great thing about the original the fact that Jason's mother was the killer and the subsequent emergence of an all-new killing machine? The intrigue was with the man behind the mask and how new he was... at least in the beginning. With a remake of it all isn't all of the mystery behind the story's killer ultimately lost leaving us with nothing more than the slaughter? With Saw a new killer was created and a franchised murderer was once again renewed joining the ranks of Freddy, Jason and Michael Meyers. As a matter of fact, after this weekend, Jigsaw is going to be the second highest grossing serial murder in movie history behind Hannibal Lecter, leaving Freddy, Jason and Michael in the dust with far fewer films. Personally I think the Saw films are crap and I haven't, »

- Brad Brevet

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Saw VI in Question?

22 October 2008 7:25 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

After four straight successes for the Saw franchise and a fifth seemingly in the bag, some surprising reports are emerging that Saw VI may be delayed, or might not even happen. These reports contradict other Saw news.

In an interview with Screens and Tech, Tobin Bell says he "wouldn't be surprised if it went further" before adding "if the fans want more, it means there's a market for more."

Other online reports have indicated that a Saw VI and VII were already greenlit and in pre-production, although producers were reluctant to offer confirmation at the recent round of press tours for Saw V.

Saw IV's box office take was down slightly from Saw III, but considering the average budget on III, IV, and V was in the meager $10 million range, ending the franchise would make little sense financially.

One final indicator that would seem to contradict emerging reports: The »

- Jeff Otto

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Pre-Halloween scares on Fangoria Radio tonight!

17 October 2008 10:59 AM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

Halloween is only two weeks away, and Fangoria Radio has been celebrating all month. Actually, we celebrate the macabre all year—but October is special, as all manner of monsters and ghouls emerge from the dark in inescapable numbers, driven to scare the daylights out of you, and hosts Debbie Rochon and Fango editor Tony Timpone (sitting in for Dee Snider) want to help them get straight into your homes.

Tonight’s show (airing on Sirius Satellite Radio channel 102 from 10 p.m.-1 a.m., with a repeat immediately after) features a shrieking lineup of guests behind some of October’s most terrifying events:guest Bios For 10/17 Show   Costas Mandylor He is the hot hunk star detective in Saw III, Saw IV and the upcoming Saw V! Tonight he is our special featured guest for Fangoria Radio's Saw month! Costas had also starred in the fear flicks The Cursed and Dr. Chopper! »

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Sleek New Poster Unveiled for Frank Miller's The Spirit

15 October 2008 4:24 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

A sleek new poster for Frank Miller's The Spirit has been unveiled today over at BadTaste.it. I really wasn't sure what to expect when I heard there was another poster, because Lionsgate has been all over the map with this movie, but this is very impressive, to say the least. It reminds me a lot of this Saw III poster, which I actually own, but without anyone's blood. With the awesome new trailer that came out a few weeks back and great posters like this (and these other ones as well), I may finally be convinced again that The Spirit could be a great movie! We'll find out for sure in just a few more months... The Spirit is both written and directed by legendary comic book author Frank Miller, who previously worked with Robert Rodriguez to direct segments of Sin City. The film is based Will Eisner »

- Alex Billington

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Update: Romero's Latest NOT a Sequel, First Casting Details!

25 September 2008 12:22 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

We learned of some very interesting info this morning that we've been trying to confirm for about a week now. What we have confirmed is that George A. Romero is currently in Toronto, Ontario shooting a new zombie movie, only it's <u>NOT</u> a sequel to DIARY OF THE DEAD like originally announced. No word yet on what exactly it is, but we're doing some more digging in hopes of finding out more. Something we did discover is that Alan Van Sprang is starring in the film, which reunites him with Romero for the third time (Land of the Dead, Diary of the Dead). He also starred in SAW III for Lionsgate. »

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Fantastic Fest 2008 Filmmaker Guests

8 September 2008 2:37 PM, PDT | FantasticFest.com | See recent FantasticFest news »

We'll have lots of guests at Fantastic Fest this year, more than ever before. Here are just a few of the many interesting people who'll be joining us this year, in no particular order. We'll continually update our roster so keep an eye on this page.

Filmmakers and Actors

Norihiro Koizumi (Gachi Boy: Wrestling With A Memory)

A young, talented director who is quickly making his mark in the Japanese filmmaking scene. At the tender age of 25, he directed his first major feature-length film, “Midnight Sun.” “Midnight Sun” was not only critically-acclaimed, but became a commercial hit, grossing over 1 billion yen at the Japanese boxoffice. His latest film, “Gachi Boy Wrestling with a Memory,” won the grand prix at the Udine Far East Film Festival.

Nacho Vigalondo (Shorts Program)

Last year at Fantastic Fest noted Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo won the Next Wave competition, later securing domestic distribution for Timecrimes »

- noreply@blogger.com (Lars Nilsen)

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Stark New Poster for 'Saw V'

29 August 2008 11:42 PM, PDT | GetTheBigPicture.net | See recent Get The Big Picture news »

I don't know a lot of movie critics who will go out of their way to watch a Saw movie. After having access to the first two films (and I preferred Saw II), the studio mysteriously stopped providing access, with the most logical thinking being that the movies don't need critics, especially after the audience knows to look for the subsequent movies the week before Halloween every year.

I get that, but after buying the really sub-par Saw III on video and catching an opening day showing of the more redeemable Saw IV, the series needs help, in my opinion. What I like about this franchise is that it makes the rules of the game so hard on the screenwriters. You really do have to think to put one of these movies together, as opposed to a Friday the 13th sequel.

There are two ways Saw V can go: Up or down. »

- Colin Boyd

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Final Saw V Poster - You Won't Believe How it Ends!

29 August 2008 1:39 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Lionsgate has just debuted the final poster for the upcoming Saw V. I've always greatly admired the Saw posters and their disturbing subtly and minimalistic design. This one from Saw III is still one of my all-time favorites. Now they've put out the final one and it's vastly less shocking than the teaser that hit in June, but it's still a very well-designed poster that should make fans quite happy. I'd suggest you take a look yourself even if you're not a big Saw fan. The catch phrase on this one is "you won't believe how it ends" even though we all know they're going to continue this series for years to come. So feast your eyes on this! In Saw V, Hoffman (Costas Mandylor) is seemingly the last person alive to carry on the Jigsaw (Tobin Bell) legacy. But when his secret is threatened, Hoffman must go on the »

- Alex Billington

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Darren Lynn Bousman Dying To Make Another Leprechaun

12 August 2008 1:46 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

What an odd bit of news. First Darren Lynn Bousman sets himself up to take on David Cronenberg's Scanners, now he wants to bring back Leprechaun. Before anyone starts throwing gold coins at the screen in frustration, this isn't confirmed, it's merely Bousman voicing his interest. MTV talked with the director and asked him what he would want to do next - his answer, of course, was Leprechaun. After six films, including "Back 2 tha Hood", I don't think anyone wants to see that series return, but maybe Bousman has a unique idea. "It's just one of those fun popcorn movies. I would love to bring back the fun popcorn movie - extreme violence, extreme absurdity - but make it fun. [My version] wouldn't be horror." Bousman, who put himself on the map directing Saw II and Saw III and has Repo! The Genetic Opera due out later this year, seems »

- Alex Billington

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Stills: The Tenant Movie Stills Featuring Michael Berryman

31 July 2008 1:53 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Director of Photography Jose Zambrano Cassella sent us some brand new stills from his upcoming horror film “The Tenant” by director Ric La Monte and starring J La Rose ( Saw III , Saw IV), Michael Berryman, ( The Hills Have Eyes, X Files, Devil’s Rejects ), Bill Cobbs ( Night at the Museum, The Ultimate Gift ), Randy Molnar ( Larry The Cable Guy Health Inspector, Contract Killers, This Man’s Life ), Aerica D’Amaro ( Steam, Misconceptions, Road Trip ), John Kyle ( Black Water, The Woods Have Eyes ), Georgia Chris ( 100 Tears, Black Water ) Sylvia Boykin ( Recount ), Justin Smith ( As The World Turns ), Ashley Totin ( All My Children ), Jenn [...] »

- Brian Corder

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'Saw 5' Teaser Trailer Arrives

28 July 2008 5:49 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

After catching the abysmal Saw III in a hotel during a press junket a year or so ago I have officially given up on the Saw franchise, so for me to watch the just released teaser trailer for the fifth film and give you my opinion would be a waste of your time and mine and it wouldn't help you one bit. So, instead, you be the judge and if you feel the urge to share let us know what you think of the trailer and of the franchise. I would be interested to hear if you are still in it for the long haul. Saw V hits theaters on October 24. function getVideo() { var so = new SWFObject("http://cdn.springboard.gorillanation.com/storage/xplayer/ro001.swf", "mplayer", "510", "550", "8", "#000000"); so.addParam("wmode","transparent"); so.addParam("swliveconnect", "true"); so.addParam("allowfullscreen","true"); so.addVariable("autostart","false"); so.addVariable("continuousPlay","false"); so.addVariable("file", "http://cms. »

- Brad Brevet

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New 'Repo!' Images, Soundtrack Review!

9 June 2008 3:58 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

While we all sit in anticipation for Lionsgate to give Repo! The Genetic Opera a release date, little nuggets of information continue to find their way online. Today two new images were found from Darren Lynn Bousman's (Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) futuristic horror-musical, along with a review of the actual soundtrack! Read on for the skinny. In the not-so-distant future when an epidemic of organ failures devastates the planet, scientists gear for a massive organ harvest. A biotech giant comes up with easy organ payment plans, but all financed organs are subject to legal default, including repossession at the hands of repo men. »

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Official Darren Bousman Blog Launched: New 'Repo!' Image, 'Saw V' Talk!

31 May 2008 2:04 PM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Bloody-Disgusting is proud to announce that joining the official Platinum Dunes page is now the official Darren Bousman Blog, where you can interact directly with the writer-director who has become a household name in the horror genre. Bousman is the man behind Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV, Lionsgate's upcoming Repo! The Genetic Opera and an up coming episode of Fear Itself entitled "New Year's Day". Keep your eyes over at the official spot for new images, blogs, announcements and confirmation on crazy rumors that spread throughout the land. If you head on over there now you can read an introductory piece and check out a brand new pic of Bill Moseley and Ogre in Repo! Talk directly to the director - feel free to leave comments under the bog posts as Bousman Will be reading them! »

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Lionsgate Q3 profit drops

12 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- Despite higher revenue, Canadian producer Lionsgate reported sharply lower third-quarter earnings Monday.

Vancouver-based Lionsgate posted earnings of $1.95 million for the three months ending Dec. 31, compared with a profit of $20.45 million in 2007. Third-quarter revenue came to $290.9 million, up 14% from the year-earlier period.

Total motion picture revenue during the quarter came to $254.1 million, compared with $221.6 million in 2007, with Saw IV and Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married? performing well for Lionsgate during the latest period.

Lionsgate's home entertainment revenue stood at $105.1 million, down from a year-earlier $113.6 million.

Lionsgate also reported $53.8 million in international revenue on the strength of such titles as Saw IV, Saw III and Good Luck, Chuck.

Lionsgate U.K. contributed $22.4 million during the latest quarter, while TV production revenue came to $36.8 million, with deliveries of episodes of AMC's Mad Men, Showtime's Weeds and ABC Family's Wildfire.

"Our theatrical, television, home entertainment, library, international and digital businesses all achieved continued solid performance in the quarter," Lionsgate co-chairman and CEO Jon Feltheimer said. »

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