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With a loaded production schedule and several potential new series in the works, pay-cable network HBO has cleaned house by unceremoniously pulling Bored to Death, Hung and How to Make it in America, while at the same time renewing the Laura Dern-led Enlightened, in the wake of its two Golden Globe nominations.
Sadly, the swift termination of these shows leaves the creators no time to accurately wrap up their respective storylines – which in the case of Hung and Bored to Death, ended with some pretty heavy questions waiting for answers. However, as fans of Deadwood, Carnivale and John from Cincinnati can attest: sometimes that’s the way the cookie crumbles.
- Kevin Yeoman
In a particularly unusual movie tie-in those pesky PR people are to release a new selection of nail polishes for 'The Hunger Games'. It appears that Elizabeth Banks' ('Slither') character Effie Trinket, from the sci-fi action feature, is to be the new face of China Glaze when they'll be releasing their new line of nail polishes called Capitol Colours. There will be 12 different polishes that are all said to be inspired by the 12 districts that are featured in the new feature adaption from director Gary Ross. A new poster has been revealed for the promotion which features Effie and the tagline 'What are you wearing to the opening ceremonies?' Jennifer Lawrence ('X-Men: First Class'), Josh Hutcherson ('The Vampire's Assistant'), Liam Hemsworth ('Triangle'), Willow Shields, Stanley Tucci ('The Lovely Bones'), Woody Harrelson ('Zombieland'), Toby Jones ('The Mist', 'St »
Lionsgate have revealed the first official, and let's face it better, one-sheet for Gary Ross's 'The Hunger Games'. So much more exciting that the barrage of district related emblem posters revealed over the past few weeks the new one-sheet finally gives this new sci-fi epic some scope and also features the sexy Jennifer Lawrence ('X-Men: First Class') and Josh Hutcherson ('The Vampire's Assistant'). The tidy little cast also includes the likes of Elizabeth Banks ('Slither'), Liam Hemsworth ('Triangle'), Willow Shields, Stanley Tucci ('The Lovely Bones'), Woody Harrelson ('Zombieland'), Toby Jones ('The Mist', 'St Trinian's) and Wes Bentley ('P2'). Check out the new poster below. »
IFC Midnight - a distributor that is definitely in tune with what genre fans would call "films of interest" - has acquired U.S. rights to director Padraig Reynolds' kidnapping thriller Rites Of Spring, which stars genre faves Aj Bowen (The Signal, House of the Devil, A Horrible Way to Die, Hatchet 2) and Anessa Ramsey (YellowBrickRoad, The Signal). It also features creature design by Aaron Sims (A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, Wrong Turn, The Mist, I Am Legend, Clash of the Titans, The Thing). Color me intrigued (whatever shade that is). No release date has been announced yet. Judging from the trailer, which you can check out after the break, it looks like a killer scarecrow flick, but I could be way off-base. »
The British are coming!
For the upcoming spy pic "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," Swedish director Tomas Alfredson manages to whittle the sprawling John le Carré spy vs. spy novel into a twisty-turny Rubik's Cube of a feature film. Not a small order, considering it was originally made into a seven-part BBC miniseries in 1979.
Packing the running time to capacity with complex examinations of Cold War loyalty and betrayal among an MI6 intelligence agency that's sprung a Russian leak, Alfredson assembled what could be considered an elite guard of English actors to fill just about every part, large or small. Star Gary Oldman, who plays enigmatic lead character George Smiley, is already talking sequel, and we have a list of all the main ingredients that have made this batch of Brits a force to be reckoned with.
5. Toby Jones
At 5 foot 5 inches, this pocket-sized performer first pricked up our ears providing »
- Max Evry
Sienna Miller (pictured below; G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) and Toby Jones (Red Lights, The Hunger Games, The Mist) are to play Tippi Hedren and Alfred Hitchcock, respectively, in BBC Two drama, The Girl. The film will chronicle the directors obsessive relationship with his The Birds star. According to BBC Two, Hedren has cooperated by giving interviews to writer Gwyneth Hughes while Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto is attached as a consultant. Miller and Hedren recently met to discuss the project and, says Hughes, got on like a house on fire. Becoming Janes Julian Jarrold is directing with Imelda Staunton and Penelope Wilton also in the cast. Hitchcock was at the height of his fame and creativity when, in 1962, he chose an unknown fashion model to star in his most ambitious film The Birds. »
Whether they’re bigger than a bus or smaller than your fist, spiders are commonly feared. Here’s Matt’s celebration of arachnids in the movies…
It is one of life's great mysteries, at least for me, that there aren't more films made about spiders. Preferably great big giant ones. They constantly top the lists of ‘most scary things ever’, and so, in an era of horror movie-making where directors turn to such unlikely quarters as pool cleaning robots and Teddy Ruxpin for our frights (Paranormal Activity 2 and 3 respectively), why are spiders not exploited more in the movies?
There are, of course, plenty of reasons why nobody (other than SyFy and The Asylum, who both seem to have an almost fetishistic fondness for all things spider and shark-related) is particularly interested in making these movies. The main reason being that generally, they're just not very good. There's not a great »
by Michael Pickle, MoreHorror.com
For all our MoreHorror readers recovering from the tryptophan induced stupor we call Thanksgiving, boy do we have a treat for you. What better way to celebrate the recent release of the Evil Dead II: 25th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray than to talk to the man behind the special effects and some of the most amazing visuals in horror movie history: the legendary Greg Nicotero.
If you've seen little productions like Day of the Dead, In the Mouth of Madness, From Dusk 'Til Dawn, Scream, The Cell, Masters of Horror, The Mist and most recently The Walking Dead than you are very familiar with his enormous body of work. I was fortunate enough to chat with the man who literally changed the face of horror before he had to run off to celebrate turkey day.
It was impossible to get to all the »
Stephen King is undeniably one of the most recognised household names in modern literature. A prolific idea machine, King’s schlocky, pulp-style delivery and liberty-taking use of prose is an instant turn-off for some. But it can’t be denied that many of the concepts that he dreams up are truly touched by greatness.
There are a ridiculous number of varying movie/TV adaptations from throughout the length and breadth of Stephen King’s career; believe me, I counted them. In all, I found evidence that no less than eighty-four various projects (from shorts to feature films and the gamut in-between) have been adapted out of Stephen King’s novelizations and short stories. And chances are you’ve seen a good chunk of them, even if you’re not aware of it.
Of course they’re not all great, not by a long shot. Some of them are downright drivel (the T. »
- Stuart Bedford
TV Line reports that a regular member of the cast wasn’t too happy with the way that Darabont was treated by AMC this summer and they asked for their release from their contract, which was eventually granted by the network. The cast member’s character was then written to be killed off but the actor/actress have now reportedly changed their mind believing they acted a little hastily and want to stick around. Problem is it may now be too late and AMC may very well kill them off anyway now that the idea is there.
Keep an eye out on The Walking Dead as the season progresses and if a major character is killed off, »
- Matt Holmes
Friend to the artist, foe of the horror movie participant, fog has been all around us this week
Dickens would have been good on the fog that shrouded much of Britain this week. Fog always brought out the best in him. Think of Bleak House. It opens amid "implacable November weather" with a dense description of London in a fog that is as much moral as physical. Scrooge in A Christmas Carol also exists in a fog "pouring in at every chink and keyhole", until the sparkling Christmas morning on which he finally sees the light.
For the Victorians, fog was spectral and deathly, a world in which phantoms roamed. In Arthur Conan Doyle's The Hound of the Baskervilles, the devil dog emerges from the Dartmoor mist: "an enormous coal-black hound, but not such a hound as mortal eyes have ever seen". Ts Eliot, who would have experienced many a pea-souper, »
- Stephen Moss
In the 35 years since Carrie came to our screens, Stephen King has become one of the most bankable names in horror and fantasy film. The list of adaptations of his work reads like a who’s-who of filmmaking: Carrie, Salem’s Lot, The Shining, Creepshow, Christine, The Dead Zone, Stand By Me, Pet Semetary, It, Misery, The Shawshank Redemption, The Mist, The Green Mile etc., etc.. It’s hard to think of any other living writer whose work has been so prolifically embraced by filmmakers.
But just as Stephen King has continued to write (despite threatening retirement in 2002), so the public’s appetite for his work remains. While recent adaptations like Secret Window and 1408 have hardly been stellar, there are plenty of other King works which would make for riveting viewing. Here are 5 that we think should be at the top of any film executive’s list for green-lighting.
- Daniel Mumby
Gary Ross' 'The Hunger Games' won't be hitting theatres until next March but the wheels are already in motion for the sequel 'Catching Fire'. The Lionsgate follow-up which will be based on the follow-on novel by author Suzanne Collins reportedly have their eye on an award-winning scribe. '127 Hours' and 'Slumdog Millionaire' writer Simon Beaufoy is being tapped by the studio to pen the script, based on the original material, according to those fine Deadline folks. 'Catching Fire' will once again be helmed by director Ross who was originally slated to develop a script along with Suzanne Collins on part two of the trilogy, however, time constraints nixed this. 'The Hunger Games' is currently in post and stars Jennifer Lawrence -below ('X-Men: First Class'), Josh Hutcherson ('The Vampire's Assistant'), Liam Hemsworth ('Triangle'), Elizabeth Banks ('Slither'), Willow Shields, »
A new duo of stills have been revealed to add to the ever-growing stack of assets for Gary Ross' 'The Hunger Games'. The Lionsgate production currently in post opens next March and stars Jennifer Lawrence ('X-Men: First Class'), Elizabeth Banks ('Slither') and Liam Hemsworth ('Triangle') who star as Katniss Everdeen, Effie Trinket and Gale respectively. The two new images give us a peek at the 3 cast members including an almost unrecognisable Elizabeth Banks (below). The images come courtesy of People and you can check out some of Banks' comments about her character in the upcoming Suzanne Collins adaption at the link at the bottom of the article. Josh Hutcherson ('The Vampire's Assistant'), , Willow Shields, Stanley Tucci ('The Lovely Bones'), Woody Harrelson ('Zombieland'), Toby Jones ('The Mist', 'St Trinian's) and Wes Bentley ('P2') all co-star. »
It's been a long time coming and highly anticipated but finally we get to check out the brand new trailer for Gary Ross' 'The Hunger Games'. The action sci-fi feature is based on the first of the trilogy of novels by author Suzanne Collins. So without further ado head down below where you can clap your eyes upon the first proper look at the epic adaption and more importantly the sexy Jennifer Lawrence - below ('X-Men: First Class') in action as Katniss Everdeen. A heap of stars join Jennifer on her adventure including Josh Hutcherson ('The Vampire's Assistant'), Liam Hemsworth ('Triangle'), Elizabeth Banks ('Slither'), Willow Shields, Stanley Tucci ('The Lovely Bones'), Woody Harrelson ('Zombieland'), Toby Jones ('The Mist', 'St Trinian's) and Wes Bentley ('P2'). Trailer below. »
Its psychological thrills all round in director Rodrigo Cortes' ('Buried') new flick 'Red Lights'. Cillian Murphy ('28 Days Later', 'Sunshine'), Robert DeNiro ('Limitless') and Sigourney Weaver ('Alien') star in the new thriller that revolves around the world of psychics and paranormal activity. Twitch have revealed two new pics from the production which are about as revealing as the teaser trailer that appeared online in September. No word on a release just yet hopefully Spanish helmer Cortes can inject as much tension to this new project as he did with his previous effort 'Buried' starring Ryan Reynolds. Joely Richardson ('Event Horizon', 'Nip/Tuck'), Toby Jones ('The Mist') and the gorgeous Elizabeth Olsen ('Silent House') all co-star in 'Red Lights'. Check out the new stills below. »
Jennifer Lawrence has popped up again in a new snap from the Gary Ross helmed adaption 'The Hunger Games'. The new pic isn't too far removed from most of the images of the lovely Miss Lawrence we've spied on previously (check them out at the links below), but still helps keep the Lionsgate production in the forefront of our minds before its March 2012 release. And especially as the studio could really do with a money-spinning blockbuster to help them turn a profit this time around it is important that that is the case. The first adaption of the sci-fi adventure series of novels by author Suzanne Collins stars Jennifer Lawrence ('X-Men: First Class') as our female lead Katniss. She is joined by Josh Hutcherson ('The Vampire's Assistant'), Liam Hemsworth ('Triangle'), Elizabeth Banks ('Slither'), Willow Shields, Stanley Tucci ('The Lovely Bones' »
Whenever I hear a new Stephen King film adaptation is in on the way, I get a little confused. The excitement from how good it can be (The Shining, The Mist) and dread from how bad it can be (Dreamcatcher, Maximum Overdrive) make it almost impossible to gauge an appropriate level of anticipation. For better or worse, King’s 1995 novel Rose Madder is on its way to the big screen.
Since King himself called the Madder one of his “stiff, trying-too-hard novels” in his memoir (On Writing), I’m not going to be too optimistic about this one. The book is about a woman who flees to the big city to escape her abusive police officer husband. There, she trades her wedding ring for a painting that ends up being a portal into a fantasy land populated by a crazy woman, a huge labyrinth, an evil one-eyed bull, magic seeds, »
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Every Friday, encore showings of The Walking Dead Season 2 on AMC feature “Story Notes”, which include trivia and behind-the-scenes information related to the episode. If you missed out on last week’s story notes from episode 3, we have the full list of trivia items, fun facts, and quotes from the cast and crew.
Glenn and T-Dog are driving a 1979 Jeep Cherokee in this episode. It’s Carol’s car.
Maggie is one of Hershel Greene’s daughters. She brought Lori to the farm on horseback. »
- Jonathan James
For movie freaks, Halloween naturally makes us think of… Halloween – the classic John Carpenter flick and it’s Rob Zombie-helmed remake. Since neither movie was directly based on previously published material, the subject won’t work for Adapt This… unless we start counting remakes, but that’s a whole other idea.
Anyway, for horror-loving movieheads of my generation, Halloween equals horror flicks and in the deepest chamber of my heart, horror equals Stephen King. We’ve covered Stanley Kubrick‘s The Shining, and while it’s generally considered to be a horror classic, King himself never cared for the flick, and executive produced a slavishly faithful remake years later for ABC. Has King’s attitude toward his film adaptations changed? Judging by King’s positive reaction to Frank Darabont‘s radical change to the ending of The Mist, (based on a great novella), maybe he has.
Either way, there »
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