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When you make a stoner comedy, you will, at some point, need to film your characters smoking something. It goes with the territory. There are numerous reasons why having your characters smoke actual marijuana is probably a bad idea. While it isn.t illegal everywhere anymore it.s still likely to be against the law where you.re filming. Even if that.s not an issue, unless you make the smoking scenes the last scene of each day, your actor.s will probably be useless for the rest of the day. So what.s a director to do? It turns out that "legal bud" is a thing, so it does a great job standing in for the illegal bud. Jeff Butcher is a professional prop master, so it.s his job to provide drug alternatives when they.re needed in a movie. He was the prop master for Pineapple Express, »
Centering on a band of wayward explorers lost in space, the pitch comes by way of Rodney Rothman (22 Jump Street, Grudge Match), who is poised to make his directorial debut with the space-set comedy. Rogen will have a hand in producing The Something under his Point Grey Pictures banner, while Universal will handle distribution now that the project has been greenlit.
Cast astray in the inky blackness of space, Rothman’s feature will find Rogen, Hader and Galifianakis’ astronauts marooned among the stars for years, until they happen across another ship. But Event Horizon this is not, and given that the writer-director has cast such an impressive trio, it’s little wonder why Universal acted quickly to issue the go-ahead. It marks something of a reunion for Rogen and Hader, »
- Michael Briers
The movie tells the story of a team of astronauts who encounter another ship after being stuck in space for several years. The Something was written by Rodney Rothman, who penned 22 Jump Street and Grudge Match, and will also make his directorial debut with the film.
22 Jump Street writer Rodney Rothman has gathered an impressive cast for his directorial debut, a space comedy entitled The Something, which has been in the works for quite some time. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader have all been set to star. While it isn't known when production will get under way, it seems this project is finally coming together.
We first reported on The Something way back in February 2010, when Universal Pictures preemptively picked up Rodney Rothman's pitch. At the time, the project was described as an ensemble horror/comedy hybrid set in deep space, which was being compared to Zombieland. The story centers on a crew of male astronauts who have been stranded in outer space for years, when they finally come across another ship. Deadline adds that both of these crews hate each other, but they have to find a way to work together. »
The deal provides for a day and date VOD release with MTV getting the first TV window. Theatrical distribution will be handled by a third party. The film screened in the U.S. dramatic competition section at Sundance.
The project is based on Brad Land’s anti-hazing memoir about an Ohio teen who’s abducted and beaten by thugs after a frat party. Directed by Andrew Neel, the drama follows a 19-year-old college student (played by Ben Schnetzer) who pledges the same fraternity as his brother, portrayed by Jonas.
- Dave McNary
Four years ago Little House on the Prairie, the beloved book and television series about a simple family living a simple life in the old West, kicked off a new journey to the big screen. It got set up by power producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, There Will Be Blood) at Sony Pictures with a script by Abi Morgan (Shame, Suffragette) and David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) in the director's chair. However, like so many seeking fame and fortune in 19th-century America,...
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Four years ago Little House on the Prairie, the beloved book and television series about a simple family living a simple life in the old west, kicked off a new journey to the big screen. It got set up by power producer Scott Rudin (The Social Network, There Will Be Blood) at Sony Pictures with a script by Abi Morgan (Shame, Suffragette) and David Gordon Green (Your Highness, Pineapple Express) in the director's chair. However, like so many seeking fame and fortune in 19th century America, those dreams didn't pan out as expected. Maybe it got a rattlesnake bite. Maybe it got dysentery and died. Maybe we're mixing our Little House on the Prairie with too much of The Oregon Trail. The point is, that movie obviously never ended up happening. Little House on the...
- Peter Hall
Our Brand Is Crisis is based on the true story of the 2002 Bolivian presidential race where underdog Pedro Gallo brought in campaign strategist Jane Bodine to manage his flagging bid to lead the country. The story was famously made into a celebrated 2005 feature documentary of the same name, but here Sandra Bullock leads the cast as (Calamity) Jane opposite Billy Bob Thornton‘s Pat Candy, her highly skilled arch nemesis who is batting for the other team; firm favourite to win, Victor Rivera.
David Gordon Green, a director who cut his cinematic teeth with stoner comedies Pineapple Express and Your Highness, before going the more serious route with Joe and last year’s Mangelhorn, takes the helm for this over-cooked political drama that relies on Bullock’s quirk and overdone clumsiness. »
- Paul Heath
Amazon has set pricing for this first wave of Sony 4K Uhd Blu-ray titles at $32.39 based off an Srp of $35.99. I would expect the Amazon price to trend lower closer to the release date, most likely somewhere in the neighborhood of $27 or $28.
Each of the six Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray launch titles also includes the movie on Blu-ray. A Digital Copy is not included, unlike the Fox and Lionsgate 4K Uhd Blu-rays that will include a Digital Copy. Sony may choose to include a Digital Copy in post-launch titles. We'll have to wait and find out.
Amazon's listings for these Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles does not include a release date. The presumption is that they'll arrive in »
Berlin Film Festival (Feb 11-21) has announced that its Panorama Special strand will open on Feb 12 with Daniel Burman’s The Tenth Man (El rey del once) and the previously announced War on Everyone by John Michael McDonagh.
Argentinian director Burman opened the main programme of Panorama in 1988 with his debut A Chrysanthemum Bursts in Cinco Esquinas (Un crisantemo estalla en cinco esquinas). After presenting further works in Panorama and Competition, including Lost Embrace (El abrazo partido) which won two Silver Bears in 2004, Burman is to return with a portrait of multi-layered life in Once, the Jewish quarter of Buenos Aires.
Another Argentinian film in the Panorama is Maximiliano Schonfeld’s The Black Frost (La helada negra). In his second film, Schonfeld uses elegiac images to explore a world disconnected from time, where ancestors »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Rookie lawman Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) aspires to become a detective like James Payton (Ice Cube), his future brother-in-law. James reluctantly takes Ben to Miami to follow up on a lead that's connected to a drug ring. The case brings them to a homicide detective and a computer hacker who reveals evidence that implicates a respected businessman. It's now up to James and Ben to prove that charismatic executive Antonio Pope is actually a violent crime lord who rules southern Florida's drug trade.
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I know this statement is unnecessary, but Ride Along 2 offers more action, more laughs, and most importantly a lot more Kevin Hart. The question is: Was that the right thing to do? The answer is a complicated "No." Going in optimistic, my disappointment peaked when »
- Tyler Richardson
Dolby Laboratories is quick to the table with the burgeoning drive toward 4K Ultra HD, the next-generation viewing format with four times the resolution of HD and the much-ballyhooed high dynamic range (Hdr), which produces brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays.
The company announced deals at CES with Sony Pictures, Universal Pictures and MGM to enhance their Ultra HD releases.
The company and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (Sphe) on Jan. 6 announced a collaboration to release Sphe titles in Dolby Atmos over the coming years, including Sphe’s first films to be released in the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc format. Dolby Atmos, according to a press release, “delivers captivating audio that places and moves specific sounds anywhere in the room, including overhead, to bring entertainment alive all around the audience.”
The studio’s first films to be released in the new 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc »
- Thomas K. Arnold
Want to go to Hell and back without the, you know, going to Hell part? Daily Dead's Hell and Back DVD contest details are after the jump. Also in this round-up: a teaser trailer for The Harvesters, details on the Netflix series Gypsy, and an update on the release of The Abandoned.
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Press Release: "Los Angeles, CA (December 3, 2015) – Freestyle Digital Media announced today that »
- Tamika Jones
Ultra HD Blu-ray is being positioned as the successor to Blu-ray. But what is it, what films are coming, and do we need it?
Perhaps for the last time, 2016 will see movie studios and hardware manufacturers attempting to get you to upgrade your movie disc playback equipment again. Since the late 1990s, most of us have gone from VHS to DVD, and some went from DVD to Blu-ray. Others dallied with HD DVD, before that format collapsed, but before the majority of the world switches to streaming and downloads, Ultra HD Blu-ray is going to be making a pitch for your money.
What is it?
The format is the brainchild of Sony and the companies who form the Blu-ray Disc Association. Sony, of course, won the HD format war as we detailed here. Said victory cost Sony an awful lot of money, and it wants to extend »
14 items from 2016
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