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Struggling through the costly, back-to-back box office debacles of “The Incredible Burt Wonderstone” and “Jack the Giant Killer” this past March, New Line chief exec Toby Emmerich knew not to panic. Having risen up the ranks of the Time Warner-owned production outfit over the past 22 years, including nearly six as its president and chief operating officer, the 50-year-old executive has seen the company score momentous successes and endure its fair share of failure.
Indeed, New Line came roaring back in the summer with two surprise hits — James Wan’s supernatural thriller “The Conjuring” and Rawson Marshall Thurber’s comedy “We’re the Millers.” Combined, the midbudget smashes have amassed about $600 million in worldwide ticket sales.
The company returns to the spotlight this week with the global launch of Peter Jackson’s sequel “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” — a year after “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” took in $1 billion worldwide. »
- Dave McNary
In addition to a few first look images that Warner Bros. recently released in anticipation of its upcoming 2014 slate of films, the studio has also unveiled an extensive list of official synopses, providing a closer look at some highly anticipated features. Briefly: Transcendence – The feature directorial debut of Christopher Nolan’s longtime cinematographer Wally Pfister stars Johnny Depp, Paul Bettany, and Rebecca Hall and opens April 18th. Godzilla – The action redo stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston and opens on May 16th. Blended – The African safari-set romantic comedy stars Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore and opens on May 23rd. Jersey Boys – Director Clint Eastwood’s musical adaptation stars Christopher Walken and opens on June 20th. Tammy – The Melissa McCarthy/Susan Sarandon comedy opens on July 2nd. This Is Where I Leave You – Director Shawn Levy’s star-studded dramatic comedy opens September 12th. The Hobbit: There and Back Again »
- Adam Chitwood
An average reader may think this article is nothing more than troll bait (including myself if it were a few years back), but I 100% back my thoughts and feelings on a new Saw film – even if I may be in the closeted minority. While I completely understand that my stance probably isn’t popular, and I’m putting myself in quite the position by coming out of the closet on this one (no, not that way), but the horror fan in me sees absolutely no problem with Lionsgate moving ahead on Saw 8 – or whatever franchise incarnation they decide to move forward with. It’s inevitable, has recently been announced by Lionsgate themselves, and is the move we all knew money-hungry studios would make eventually – and why not? Would I like to play a game, again? Yes, I absolutely do, and you should too.
Everyone knows the storied history of the Saw franchise. »
- Matt Donato
After a day of giving thanks, eating turkey, and watching TV with the family, a common impulse is to get out of the house and go shopping. Just kidding! Instead of braving the Black Friday brawls, sit back and relax with even more TV marathons. (That’s what Cyber Monday is for, isn’t it?) Standouts include complete(-ish) sets of favorite franchises such as Harry Potter, Pirates of the Caribbean, Star Wars, and Star Trek, as well as guilty-pleasure reality series like House Hunters International and Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.
Check out the weekend guide to binge-watching »
- Maricela Gonzalez
The holiday shopping season officially kicks off tonight and we know it can be difficult to find presents for horror fans that seem to have everything. To help make things easier, we’ve put together the initial list of our holiday gift suggestions, which include cannibal wine, classic horror shirts, vinyl figures and Blu-ray collections.
While a handful of these items are only available at select websites, you should be able to find some pretty good sales on other items starting tonight. Specifically, Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart will have big sales on Blu-ray/DVD titles and video games. We’d like to give Tamika Jones a big thanks for helping put this guide together.
Silence of the Lambs Wine: “The Alamo Drafthouse’s 2013 Signature Wines are an oenophilic nod to noted gourmand, wine connoisseur and psychopath Hannibal Lecter. “The Chianti Slurp” is an iconic wine in film moment, celebrated »
- Tamika Jones
A Two Coreys Halloween: The Essential Horror Movies of Haim and Feldman
On October 29, just two days before Halloween, St. Martin's Press will release the long-awaited Corey Feldman biography Coreyography: A Memoir. It is a must-read for any fan, as it delves deep into the trials and tribulations of this actor's young life in Hollywood. Some of it is funny, some of it is heartbreaking and a great big portion of it is truly scary.
In the book, Feldman talks in great length about his best friend Corey Haim. In the coming weeks, you'll hear a lot about what happened to the two teenagers behind closed doors, and a lot of it's not that pleasant. Instead of dwelling on that in our own review, we'd rather look at the work Haim and Corey Feldman have left behind. Specifically, in honor of the season, their horror movies. The pair met on »
1. David Hail, 34 (pictured, left)
Senior publicist, 20th Century Fox
Recently promoted, Hail, who started at Sony Pictures Animation, works closely with 20th Century Fox to formulate film messaging and publicity strategies for all Dwa feature films. He worked on the release and awards campaigns for the Oscar-nominated “Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2,” “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Puss in Boots.” Additional campaigns include the “Madagascar” franchise, “Monsters vs. Aliens,” “Shrek Forever After,” “Megamind,” “Rise of the Guardians,” “The Croods” and “Turbo.” Hail is focused on this year’s awards season and next year’s slate of films, which includes “Mr. Peabody & Sherman,” “How to Train Your Dragon 2” and “Home.”
2. Matthew Milam, 31 VP, production, Skydance Prods. (pictured, center)
Milam cut his teeth on lower-budget horror pics and comedies such as “The Grudge 2,” “30 Days of Night” and “Harold & Kumar Escape From Guantanamo Bay” while a creative exec at Mandate Pictures, a post »
- Variety Staff
Mike Myers is expecting his second child, and, seizing the opportunity to unload a really questionable accent on their unsuspecting viewers, it appears every single local news anchor in America reported the announcement in exactly the same way: with an "Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery" impression.
The clip, assembled by the expert team at "Conan," recounts the seemingly limitless amount of news anchors reporting the news as: "Mike Myers says 'Yeah, baby,'" again and again and again. Chalk it up to the lack of creativity in the local news anchor game (your move, Ron Burgundy), or the fact that, years later, "Austin Powers" is still, like, totally fun to quote. Regardless, it's pretty hysterical. Schwing!
Myers has been out of the scene since 2010's "Shrek Forever After," although the documentary Myers directed ("Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon"), recently premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Myers is, »
- Drew Taylor
The final chapter in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Dark Knight Rises, may have been the most divisive entry in the series, but it certainly concluded things with a bang, as it featured some of the most memorable and sophisticated set-pieces of all three films. The football stadium scene – in which the diabolical Bane unleashes his wrath during a sold-out game in Gotham – was a particular highlight of the trailers as well as the film – and earlier this week we learned that Zack Snyder will be shooting a football scene of his own for the Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs. Superman, though it might not be as big ...
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- Daniel Johnson
A raw, inconsolable anguish cuts through the artfully scrambled layers of “Southcliffe,” an uneven but powerful four-part study of a small English village reeling from the all-too-believable tragedy of a mass shooting. Following his masterful 2011 debut feature, “Martha Marcy May Marlene,” director Sean Durkin employs the miniseries format to tell another bleak, violent story that drifts backward and forward through time, examining the brief buildup to horror and its prolonged aftermath from a multitude of telling angles. Unsurprisingly, Durkin has a trickier time processing an entire community’s grief than he did probing an individual’s trauma in “Martha Marcy,” but if the narrative imprecisions and nonlinear construction feel a bit less assured here, the performances nonetheless show a searing level of commitment that sustains this swift, absorbing 190-minute work from start to finish.
Well received in its airings in the U.K. before its recent North American premiere at Toronto, »
- Justin Chang
Yeah, baby, yeah! Austin Powers star Mike Myers and his wife, Kelly Tisdale, are expecting their second bundle of joy, E! News confirms. "We are thrilled!" the couple said in a statement via his publicist. The 50-year-old funnyman and his 36-year-old café owner missus are already proud parents to 2-year-old son, Spike, born in September 2011. No word yet on a due date or whether the new addition will be a boy or a girl. Myers and Tisdale first got together in 2006 and wed in a secret ceremony in fall 2010. With the exception of reprising the voice of his titular ogre in 2010's Shrek Forever After, the comic actor's last appearance in a major Hollywood »
‘Ch ch ch, cha cha cha…’
You can’t very well have a horror month without first mentioning the ultimate horror franchise. Pirates of the Caribbean. Sorry. I mean The Matrix. Sorry. I of course mean Friday The 13th.
In a move that some would describe as “pointless”, others as “maverick”, and some “whatever”, I have decided to write a feature (some very short, some very long) based on each individual film in the Friday The 13th canon. Impressed? I know I am and you will be too. Join me on this journey of blood, dodgy 3D and mayhem.
Friday The 13th (1980)
Friday The 13th was a little film made for $550,000 by an unknown director, Sean S. Cunningham (though Cunningham had worked with Wes Craven on Last House On The Left). Inspired by Halloween, Friday The 13th was a smash hit (in fact it was the highest grossing film of »
- John Rain
The Fifth Beatle, a biopic about Epstein's rise from shop assistant to manager of the biggest group in the world, will be the first feature film to include Beatles hits
• Clip joint: The Beatles
• My favourite film: Backbeat
A new biopic of Beatles manager Brian Epstein will be the first feature film about the Fab Four ever to win rights to use the iconic British band's original songs, according to Deadline.
Titled The Fifth Beatle, the film will document the life of Epstein from his discovery of the Liverpudlian group to his death by accidental overdose in 1967 at the age of 32. The biopic's screenplay is by Tony award-winner Vivek J Tiwary (Green Day's American Idiot, Mel Brooks' The Producers) and the film will be produced by American Beauty's Oscar-winning Bruce Cohen.
Epstein was the closeted gay Liverpudlian entrepreneur who brought the Fab Four to the public's attention. »
- Ben Child
It’s a good day to be a squirrel. First comes the trailer for The Nut Job, and now the news that the squirrel-centric children’s book “High in the Clouds” is being adapted into a feature film. Of course, squirrels can’t actually watch movies, read news on the internet, or even understand the concept of language, but I’m sure they’d be pleased were it explained to them in squirrel terms. But “High in the Clouds” is no ordinary children’s book. It’s one written by Sir Paul McCartney; formed Beatle and current writer of books about squirrels. The story will feature a squirrel on a journey to find Animalia, a legendary animal sanctuary. But the story’s not really what’s important – what’s important is McCartney’s involvement, and that he’ll be writing several songs for the film. That’s all but guaranteed to be the big selling point for »
- Adam Bellotto
Paul McCartney’s children’s book “High in the Clouds” is being developed as an animated movie with former New Line toppers Michael Lynne and Bob Shaye producing through their Unique Features banner with Rgh Entertainment.
McCartney will compose several original songs for the film. Tony Bancroft, whose credits include “Mulan,” will direct the feature from a screenplay by Josh Klausner (“Shrek Forever After”). Evolution will spearhead the global licensing and merchandising campaign for the film.
Lynne said, “We know how special this project is for Sir Paul and how excited he is to be a part of this wonderful, creative collaboration.”
- Dave McNary
For more than thirty years, Friday The 13th has proven to be as unstoppable at the box office as its hockey-masked villain Jason Voorhees, having spawned twelve feature films!
I’m not a huge fan of the Friday The 13th series. I was in college when the first one came out and was just a bit too old to get too excited about the many sequels. But I saw them all! Mostly at drive-ins. I saw part 3 in 3-D at the now-defunct Westport Cinema in ’84 (I also saw Parasite in 3D there the same year) and always considered that my favorite of the series, probably just because of the gimmick. I really liked Jason X (the one in space) and think more highly of Freddy Vs Jason now than I did when I first saw it 10 years ago. The reboot was forgettable and I’m not surprised that it seems »
- Tom Stockman
Writing an introduction to an article about quite possibly the best character in the entire Friday The 13th series (aside from Jason, obviously..) shouldn’t be this hard, but what do you say about the only person who not only handed Mr. Voorhees his ass, not once like most survivors, but three times? I’m kidding, of course…there’s plenty to be said, and well, it’s time to say it. So, without further ado, Great Character Arcs in Horror: Tommy fucking Jarvis.
Friday The 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter is not only my favorite entry into the series, but it’s always one of my five favorite films of all time. Every single thing about that movie does it for me, the teens, the kills, the dancing..and Tommy Jarvis. Played by Corey Feldman (The Lost Boys, The Goonies…if you don’t know Feldman, shoot yourself »
Today, Starz' Spartacus: War of the Damned and season one of Da Vinci's Demons will be released on DVD and Blu-ray. We're giving away some Blu-rays for these TV series along with two Spartacus novels and two block games (to be more specific, the block games are like Jenga). If you're interested in winning some free stuff, hit the jump to find out how you can enter. In order to enter the contest, email email@example.com with your name and address and include Starz Giveaway in the headline. You also need to “like” Collider on Facebook. This giveaway will be open until September 20th at noon Pst and is only open to residents of the United States. Also, only one entry per person. Once the giveaway ends, we’ll look over the entries, make sure you’ve liked us on Facebook, and randomly pick the winners. It never hurts »
- Matt Goldberg
Pennsylvania compares same-sex marriage license issues to licenses for 12-year-olds, All New Mexico clerks join same-sex marriage lawsuit, James Spader is Ultron
The final chapter in this batch of Husbands the Series episodes is out (there are more episodes coming), giving us the big reveal of how the rewedding turned out. Personally, I’m protesting the lack of Sean Hemeon’s abs in this series. I plan to write a very whiny and slightly creepy email to Cheeks, Sean, and Jane.
In a surprising development, all 33 county clerks in the New Mexico have joined the Aclu lawsuit for marriage equality. Honestly, I figured there would be at least one holdout. This will make it harder for the supreme court to stall on the issue.
Comically Vintage »
- Ed Kennedy
The final chapter will soon begin on The Mentalist.
With the Season 6 premiere on September 29, Jane will begin to narrow his list of Red John suspects down to one, with the killer's identity set to finally be revealed prior to 2014.
How will it all kick off? With an opener titled "The Desert Rose" that finds Jane and Lisbon on the case of a murder victim who had been missing for two years prior to his death. Scroll through photos from the premiere now and then respond to our poll...
Who Is Red John? »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Matt Richenthal)
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