11 items from 2015
20th Century Fox
Dwayne Johnson’s always had presence, even from his earliest days on WWE. His immense physical stature, playfulness and natural charisma marked him out as both a fantastic entertainer and powerful athlete. He harbours extreme warmth underneath his phenomenal physique, a quality upon which he’s built a huge fan-base.
After a false start with 2001’s The Mummy Returns, Johnson’s ascension up the Hollywood ranks has been sustained by a selection of diverse choices, including 2003’s underrated actioner The Rundown and 2008’s spy caper Get Smart. Things came to a head in 2013, where the combination of Fast 6, Pain & Gain, G.I Joe: Retaliation and Snitch rendered him the most successful movie-star that year at the box-office. Since then, the hits have kept coming, including Furious 7 and this summer’s San Andreas.
The star’s upcoming slate is pretty full, and befitting of any thorough-bred A-lister, »
- Daniel Kelly
Fox's Poltergeist remake sought to bring everyone's fears back to life, and now they've revealed the blu-ray edition of the movie is coming out in September with a handful of special features and an all new Extended Cut. Come inside to learn more!
20th Century Fox is bringing their newly made version of The Poltergeist to blu-ray on September 29th, and have revealed all the goodies that will be coming on the disc, including an extended cut and alternate ending fans didn't get to see in theaters:
Fox 2000 Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present Poltergeist, from legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man,” Evil Dead,” “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”). It contemporizes the 1982 classic about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever. »
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The new version of Poltergeist will be heading to home video formats this September and it has been announced that the Blu-ray release will include an extended cut of the film:
"Fox 2000 Pictures and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures present Poltergeist, from legendary filmmaker Sam Raimi (“Spider-Man,” Evil Dead,” “The Grudge”) and director Gil Kenan (“Monster House”). It contemporizes the 1982 classic about a family whose suburban home is haunted by evil forces. When terrifying apparitions escalate their attacks and hold the youngest daughter captive, the family must come together to rescue her before she disappears forever.
Kenan directs from a screenplay by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer David Lindsay-Abaire. The film is produced by Raimi and Rob Tapert, p.g.a. (“Evil Dead”) via Ghost House Pictures, along with Roy Lee, p.g.a. (“The Departed”). The film is executive produced by J.R. Young (“The Grudge 3”), Audrey Chon (“Changeling”), John Powers Middleton (“The »
- Jonathan James
Darren Lynn Bousman and company's Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival screening tour in the U.S. will commence this August in Los Angeles. Also in this round-up: details on The Charnel House and U.S. release details for the Morituris Blu-ray / DVD.
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival: In 2012, director Darren Lynn Bousman and his team hit the road and took Lucifer with them, bringing The Devil's Carnival film and accompanying live entertainment to cities across America. Bousman and company are now back to raise a lot of hell and a little heaven in Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival.
Featuring David Hasselhoff, Paul Sorvino as God, and Terrance Zdunich as Lucifer, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival kicks off its U.S. theater screenings tour on August 11th in Los Angeles. For tour and ticket info, visit:
"After triumphant collaborations on 2008's Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012's The Devil's Carnival: Episode One, »
- Tamika Jones
With Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Lake Bell and Jon Bernthal already cast, action drama Shot Caller is continuing to round out its roster. Latest to sign up is Matt Gerald, lately perhaps best known as Daredevil's Melvin Potter. The movie finds Coster-Waldau as a gangster freshly released from the slammer who is “encouraged” (read: ordered) to pull off a major, violent crime with a rival gang on the streets of Southern California. Gerald's role is that of a parole officer with a grudge against some particular gang members.The director is Snitch’s Ric Roman Waugh, who also wrote the screenplay. The ex-stuntman reportedly went undercover as a parole officer to do the necessary prison gang research. That's some hardcore method writing right there.Omari Hardwick, Benjamin Bratt, Emory Cohen, Juan Pablo Raba, Evan Jones and Jeffrey Donovan bulk up the rest of the cast, and production is already underway in »
Dolph Lundgren, Thomas Jane, and Ray Stevenson have all portrayed one of the most gritty anti-heroes in comic book history, and now Jon Bernthal will add his name to the list, as he will play The Punisher on season two of Netflix's Daredevil series.
Marvel announced the Daredevil Season 2 casting news today. Like Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox), aka Daredevil, The Punisher wants to clean up crime in New York's Hell Kitchen, but his methods are more extreme:
"He is a vigilante who aims to clean up New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen by any means necessary, no matter how lethal the results."
Bernthal left an indelible mark on The Walking Dead fans with his phenomenal portrayal of Shane, a former police officer who didn't shy away from making controversial choices to keep his group alive in the zombie apocalypse.
- Derek Anderson
Lake Bell, Benjamin Bratt, Omari Hardwick (“Power”), Jon Bernthal (“Fury”), Emory Cohen (“The Place Beyond the Pines”), Juan Pablo Raba (“Narcos”), Evan Jones (“8 Mile”) and Jeffrey Donovan (“Sicario”) have signed on to join Nikolaj Coster-Waldau in Ric Roman Waugh’s thriller “Shot Caller,” it was announced Wednesday by Bold Films. Coster-Waldau (“Game of Thrones”) stars as a newly released prison gangster who is forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang on the streets of Southern California. Waugh (“Snitch”) is directing from his own script, and production will start May 26 in. »
- Jeff Sneider
When Guy East and Nigel Sinclair launched their new company, White Horse Pictures, just one year ago ahead of the Cannes Film Festival, it was a more modest iteration of the successful partnership they ran for years at Exclusive Media. That international sales and financing company, which they founded, was behind such hits as “Snitch,” “The Woman in Black” and “End of Watch” but also the money-losing “Rush.” Now working as producers rather than financiers, Sinclair sat down exclusively with TheWrap’s Sharon Waxman at the Studio Canal offices overlooking the port at the festival to look ahead at an upcoming. »
- Sharon Waxman
Usually found wandering the castle hallways and landscapes of Westeros for Game Of Thrones, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is making one of his regular movie stops, making a deal to star in the new crime thriller Shot Caller. And yes, while we often use that term to describe the director, this time it’s just the title of the film, which finds Coster-Waldau as a gangster freshly released from the slammer who is “encouraged” (read: ordered) to pull off a major, violent crime with a rival gang on the streets of Southern California.There is, however a director attached, with Snitch’s Ric Roman Waugh, who is busy rounding up the rest of the cast with an eye to start shooting in New Mexico at the end of next month. Bold Films is behind this one, with Relativity Studios agreeing to take on distribution for the finished product. Coster-Waldau is at work »
A Summer movie preview feature has gone up at USA Today including a bunch of first look photos from all sorts of movies scheduled to open over the next few months including "Southpaw," "Fantastic Four," "Inside Out," "Pixels," "Entourage," "Spy," "Magic Mike Xxl," "Mission Impossible Rogue Nation," "Masterminds," "The Man from U.N.C.L.E.," "Ricki and the Flash" and many more. Click here for the full gallery.
Luckiest Girl Alive
Lions gate has scored the movie rights to Jessica Knoll's debut novel "Luckiest Girl Alive”. The story follows a 28-year-old New Yorker who appears to have a perfect life until a dark trauma from her past resurfaces. Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea will produce through their Pacific Standard company. [Source: Variety]
Anonymous Content has picked up rights to Mary Kubica's debut novel "The Good Girl". The story depicts the kidnapping of a judge’s daughter gone really wrong. »
- Garth Franklin
Bold’s Michel Litvak and Matthew Rhodes will produce with Waugh and Participant Media’s Jonathan King, who developed the project. Bold’s Gary Michael Walters will exec produce with Participant topper Jeff Skoll.
“Shot Caller” follows a newly released prison gangster who’s forced by the leaders of his gang to orchestrate a major crime with a brutal rival gang in Southern California.
Waugh, who broke into the business as a stuntman, wrote and directed “Snitch” and “Felon.” He went undercover as a volunteer parole agent in California to research prison gangs for his “Shot Caller” script.
“No one knew I was a filmmaker,” said Waugh. “They just saw me as a rookie cop, so nothing was censored. What I quickly learned »
- Dave McNary
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