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The Book Of Life (2014) – The Review

16 October 2014 11:41 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

The great “schnozzola” Jimmy Durante’s signature catch phrase “Everybody wants ta’ get into da’ act!’ couldn’t be more true when it comers to animated features these days. Perhaps this may be a result of the incredible all-ages success of Pixar. Or it might be the love of animation held be many aging “baby boomer” film makers who awaited Saturday mornings in front of the tube (which just ended now that no broadcast networks run weekend ‘toons) or those grand ole’ special kiddie matinees. Tim Burton may have kick-started this trend by coming off his big Batman flicks to produce The Nightmare Before Christmas and later direct The Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie. Johnny Depp and his Pirates director scored a hit with Rango. And recently Adam Sandler started a new franchise with Hotel Transylvania. New to the animation arena, but a big name in the fantasy/horror genre is »

- Jim Batts

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This Guy Went to Comic Con Dressed as Multiple Johnny Depp Characters

14 October 2014 8:40 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Half the fun of attending Comic Con - either the New York or San Diego iteration - is the cosplayers. Whether elaborately, cleverly or just plain ol' hilariously costumed, cosplayers are the beating heart and soul of comic conventions. And this attendee has taken the art to new levels, as this picture (circulated on social media earlier today - New York Comic Con wrapped up Sunday) shows. This man took it upon himself to dress as characters from multiple Johnny Depp films, a postmodern experiment in actor worship that we can describe as pretty cool. In no particular order, this »

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Verbinski, Carell align for paranoid thriller

7 October 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Gore Verbinski will direct Steve Carell in the untitled project for New Regency, the La-based producer-financier riding high on the number one release of Gone Girl last weekend.

The project is the first in a multi-year deal between Verbinski’s Blind Wink New Regency and will commence production in March 2015.

Steve Conrad of The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty fame is writing the screenplay.

Following this, Verbinski will shoot two back-to-back projects for New Regency: the elevated horror A Cure For Wellness written by Revolutionary Road screenwriter Justin Haythe and Conrad’s action-comedy Passengers (working title).

New Regency’s dark comedy and recent Venice Film festival opener Birdman from Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu will open through Fox Searchlight on October 17.

Iñárritu is currently in production for New Regency on the revenge Western The Revenant starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, scheduled to open in limited release through  Fox on December 25, 2015.

Verbinski’s credits include the first three Pirates »

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Steve Carell Joins Paranoid Thriller for Gore Verbinski

7 October 2014 2:33 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Steve Carell has been garnering a lot of attention for his performance in Foxcatcher as of late, which will be released November 14. And while he does have a role in this weekend's Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, he has been branching out from his comedy background into more dramatic material. I particularly loved The Way, Way Back, which, yes, has comedy, but not really in Carell's character. He is a very talented actor, and I am glad he is stretching himself artistically. I will always admire someone for taking a chance. In his continued quest to branch out, director Gore Verbinski has tapped Carell for his upcoming untitled paranoid thriller, which is set to start production in March. On the opposite side of the spectrum, I am not particularly excited about seeing him in a Verbinski movie, mainly because I am not excited to see a Verbinski movie. »

- Mike Shutt

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Steve Carell to Star in Thriller Directed by Gore Verbinski

7 October 2014 12:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Gore Verbinski will direct a paranoid thriller starring Steve Carell with shooting starting in March for New Regency.

The untitled film is the first in a multi-year deal between Verbinski’s Blind Wink and New Regency. Steve Conrad (“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty”) is writing the screenplay.

Once he’s completed the Carell project, Verbinski will shoot back-to-back projects for New Regency: horror film “A Cure For Wellness,” written by Justin Haythe (“Revolutionary Road”) and the tentatively titled action-comedy “Passengers,” written by Conrad.

Verbinski’s credits include “Rango,” the first three “Pirates of the Caribbean,” “The Ring” and “The Lone Ranger.”

Carell will be seen next in “Foxcatcher.”

New Regency is currently in production on Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s western “The Revenant” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, scheduled for release around Christmas 2015 through Fox. New Regency’s “Gone Girl” opened last weekend through Fox and topped the box office. »

- Dave McNary

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Gore Verbinski to Next Direct Steve Carell in Paranoid Thriller; Lines Up Two More Projects

7 October 2014 12:35 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Filmmaker Gore Verbinski is coming back with a vengeance.  After helming the massively popular Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy with a swell mix of elegance and goofiness, the director took his talents to the animated world with the fantastic Rango.  Most recently, however, Verbinski helmed the poorly received and very expensive The Lone Ranger.  As a fan of the filmmaker I was still eager to see what he would do next, and now Verbinski is lining up his next three projects.  He will first helm an untitled paranoid thriller starring Steve Carell, and then plans to shoot the horror thriller A Cure for Wellness and the action comedy Passengers back-to-back.  More after the jump. The folks over at Deadline report that Verbinski has signed on to helm Carell in an untitled paranoid thriller for New Regency, with production scheduled to begin in March.  Steve Conrad (The Secret Life of Walter Mitty) penned the screenplay, »

- Adam Chitwood

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Steve Carell And Gore Verbinski Team For Paranoid Thriller At New Regency

7 October 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Gore Verbinski will direct Steve Carell in an untitled paranoid thriller that New Regency will put in production in March. It’s the first project in the multiyear deal between Blind Wink and New Regency, and several others will follow in quick succession. The script was written by Steve Conrad, whose credits include The Pursuit Of Happyness and The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty. The plan is for Verbinski to follow this one by shooting back-to-back projects for New Regency. Those films will be A Cure For Wellness, an elevated horror film written by Revolutionary Road scribe Justin Haythe, and Passengers. The latter is the working title for a large-scale action comedy also scripted by Conrad.

Verbinski, who signed the deal in April, is coming off The Lone Ranger and before that the Oscar-winning Rango and the first three Pirates of the Caribbean films. New Regency, relaunched by Arnon Milchan »

- Mike Fleming Jr

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The Definitive ‘What the F**k?’ Movies: 10-1

23 September 2014 8:26 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

10. Altered States (1980)

Directed by: Ken Russell

Is it a horror film? Many of Ken Russell’s films could be argued as such, but there’s enough in Altered States that makes it less horror and more science fiction/psychological thriller. Based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky, Altered States introduced the world to William Hurt (and also featured the film debut of Drew Barrymore). Edward Jessup (Hurt) is studying schizophrenia, but branches out into sensory deprivation experimentation with a floating tank. Eventually, he travels to Mexico to visit a tribe that provides him with an extract which he begins to take before his trips into the flotation tank, resulting in bizarre imagery and eventual physical devolution, once to a primitive man and to a near primordial blob. Side effects start to occur, causing Edward to suffer from episodes of partial regression even without the hallucinogenic drug. Russell’s direction shifts »

- Joshua Gaul

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'Blood Meridian' deserves a director who understands the Western genre

30 July 2014 4:10 PM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

With James Franco’s recent test footage for his not-to-be Blood Meridian film adaptation now online, it’s time to think about what we want from a movie version of the landmark novel. Franco shot that test footage a few years ago and showed it to Scott Rudin, who owns the rights to the novel, but Rudin seems to have turned him down—and should continue to do so.

So Franco, instead, directed another movie adaptation of a Cormac McCarthy novel: Child of God. The movie comes out this week, and Franco wrote a piece for The Daily Beast explaining »

- Jacob Shamsian

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Metrodome acquires Coherence

4 July 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK distributor nabs Us sci-fi from Independent.

Metrodome Distribution has picked up UK and Irish rights to Us sci-fi horror Coherence from Independent.

Writer-director James Ward Byrkit’s feature debut follows a dinner party disrupted by a power failure and other troubling events.

Emily Foxler, Nicholas Brendon, Hugo Armstrong, Lauren Maher star in the low-budget horror, which was a hit on limited release in the Us for Oscilloscope and recently had its European premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Producer is Lene Bausager.

The deal was negotiated by Metrodome head of acquisitions Giles Edwards and Independent’s head of sales Abigail Walsh.

Director Byrkit, a writer and storyboard artist on Rango, has recently developed Fraggle Rock: The Movie and Wake. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Metrodome acquires sci-fi Coherence

4 July 2014 1:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: UK distributor nabs Us sci-fi from Independent.

Metrodome Distribution has picked up UK and Irish rights to Us sci-fi horror Coherence from Independent.

Writer-director James Ward Byrkit’s feature debut follows a dinner party disrupted by a power failure and other troubling events.

Emily Foxler, Nicholas Brendon, Hugo Armstrong, Lauren Maher star in the low-budget horror, which was a hit on limited release in the Us for Oscilloscope and recently had its European premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival. Producer is Lene Bausager.

The deal was negotiated by Metrodome head of acquisitions Giles Edwards and Independent’s head of sales Abigail Walsh.

Director Byrkit, a writer and storyboard artist on Rango, has recently developed Fraggle Rock: The Movie and Wake. »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Exclusive On Set Interview: Scott Derrickson - Deliver Us From Evil

3 July 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Scott Derrickson, as evidenced by this interview, is one of the most thoughtful, sure-handed American directors the genre has working in the field today. If you’re not convinced of that after Sinister alone, then Deliver Us From Evil just might make you a believer.

Inspired by the true events of officer Ralph Sarchie and his dealings with the occult and assistance with actual exorcisms in some of the darkest corners of New York City, Derrickson and company will do their worst in trying to convince us that these occurrences are based in fact.

In doing so, Derrickson will also probably wind up scaring the crap out of you.

When we spoke to Derrickson on set in the South Bronx back in July of 2013, his usual soft, inviting demeanor was still on full display even though he was neck deep in the minute-to-minute stress of shooting a nuanced film that »

- Drew Tinnin

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Coherence movie review: night out of mind

20 June 2014 12:48 PM, PDT | www.flickfilosopher.com | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

Deploys twisty sci-fi concepts to warp the almost-clichéd dinner-party soap opera into a horror story of the human condition in the face of quantum philosophy. I’m “biast” (pro): I’m hungry for smart science fiction

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

Pro relationship tip: Do not go to a dinner party with a bunch of your friends who all have long-term interconnected relationships — with all the unresolved resentments and secret entanglements that can come with that — when there’s a quantum anomaly in the neighborhood. Not when there are important, even life-changing, decisions to be made at the same time.

See, just as Em (Emily Foxler: Ghosts of Girlfriends Past) is having to decide whether to fly off to Vietnam with her boyfriend, Kevin (Maury Sterling: Veronica Mars, The A-Team), for four months to accompany him for his work, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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Cheng to head Lucasfilm Singapore

15 June 2014 10:22 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Teresa Cheng has been appointed to the post of general manager of Lucasfilm Singapore, reporting directly to Lynwen Brennan, president and general manager of Industrial Light & Magic (Ilm).

Cheng previously served as a senior production executive for the joint venture between DreamWorks Animation and Shanghai-based Oriental DreamWorks.

She has also held senior positions at Warner Bros, Rhythm & Hues and Digital Domain. Her feature film credits include Shrek Forever After, Madagascar, Batman & Robin and True Lies

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy said: “Teresa is the rare executive with a solid background of production experience, business development acumen and a rich knowledge of global markets. She brings an energy and passion to her work that I know will benefit the studio and the relationships we’ve built while continuing to forge new relationships in the region.”

Founded in 2004, Lucasfilm Singapore has worked on 28 films. It provided nearly half of the animation work for Gore Verbinski’s Rango and recently worked »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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DreamWorks Alumni Bibo Bergeron and Mike de Seve Launch Monkey’s Uncle

11 June 2014 11:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Annecy– Bibo Bergeron, the director of DreamWorks’ “The Road to El Dorado” and “Shark Tale,” and Mike de Seve, a story consultant for many DreamWorks films, including “Shrek 2″ and “Madagascar,” are launching Monkey’s Uncle, a new venture aiming to develop and create a slate of original animated films’ IP’s.

An alliance of pedigree Hollywood talents who are well-connected, Monkey’s Uncle will also be joined by two more animation experts: Buck Lewis, who worked as character designer on such high profile toon pics as “Ratatouille,” “Alvin and the Chipmunks” and “Kung Fu Panda,” and Jurgen Gross, whose story artist credits include “Sinbad: Legend of the Seven Seas” and “Rango” (as storyboard artist).

“With Monkey’s Uncle, we’ll be able to provide high-end creative skills such as writing, directing, storyboarding, production design and character design to production companies and financiers globally,” said de Seve, who is also »

- Elsa Keslassy

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Q&A: ‘Penny Dreadful,’ Bond Screenwriter John Logan

14 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Playwright and screenwriter John Logan is known for his versatility — moving easily among pics as disparate as “Hugo,” “Rango” and “Skyfall” as well as the upcoming bigscreen adaptation of tuner “Jersey Boys.” He’s working on drafts for the next two Bond pics, but took a detour into Victorian London to birth the period horror drama “Penny Dreadful” for Showtime, with “Skyfall” helmer Sam Mendes. Logan spoke to Variety’s Cynthia Littleton about his inspiration for the show, which bowed May 11, and about the opportunity to stretch his writing muscles.

With so many film projects in the pipeline, what made you decide to stop and write eight hours of television?

I’m 52. I’m at the point in my career and my life where I want new challenges. I’ve always been agile in the things I’ve chosen. I’ve never wanted to write the same thing twice. Getting »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Q&A: ‘Penny Dreadful,’ Bond Screenwriter John Logan

14 May 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Playwright and screenwriter John Logan is known for his versatility — moving easily among pics as disparate as “Hugo,” “Rango” and “Skyfall” as well as the upcoming bigscreen adaptation of tuner “Jersey Boys.” He’s working on drafts for the next two Bond pics, but took a detour into Victorian London to birth the period horror drama “Penny Dreadful” for Showtime, with “Skyfall” helmer Sam Mendes. Logan spoke to Variety’s Cynthia Littleton about his inspiration for the show, which bowed May 11, and about the opportunity to stretch his writing muscles.

With so many film projects in the pipeline, what made you decide to stop and write eight hours of television?

I’m 52. I’m at the point in my career and my life where I want new challenges. I’ve always been agile in the things I’ve chosen. I’ve never wanted to write the same thing twice. Getting »

- Cynthia Littleton

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The Lone Ranger

22 April 2014 9:34 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Masked vigilante The Lone Ranger gallops into solid blockbuster territory in a hi-yo silver screen caper from the team behind Pirates of the Caribbean. The Social Network's Armie Hammer grabs the reins as the likable lead and Johnny Depp manages to exorcise the ghost of Jack Sparrow for a surprisingly heartfelt turn as native sidekick Tonto. As he did with Rango, director Gore Verbinski has made an unashamedly proper Western, filled with enough action, excitement and humour to entertain during a running time that seems as long as the era of the Wild West itself. »

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The First 'Jersey Boys' Trailer Will Have You Tapping Your Toes (Video)

18 April 2014 5:45 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

One of the major X-factors of the summer movie season has been Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the smash Broadway musical "Jersey Boys." The true life tale of Frankie Valli and the formation of his influential pop band the Four Seasons. For a while it looked like the movie would open up at Christmas, joining the Broadway musical thunder-dome that currently includes big budget cinematic revamps of "Into the Woods" and "Annie." But then the reality set in: Eastwood is a grumpy old director who never does two takes and ends each shooting day before lunch. "Jersey Boys" suddenly became a summer movie... and the first trailer has just debuted. And it's really, really good.

Instead of relying on movie stars, Eastwood corralled a bunch of young actors who had starred in various stage productions of the show, so John Lloyd Young stars as Frankie Valli, Erich Bergen is Bob Gaudio, »

- Drew Taylor

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Ranking the Major Performances of Johnny Depp

16 April 2014 7:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Few actors have been as adventurous or as weird, and few have risen to stardom so fast. Johnny Depp's filmography is as strange and varied as anyone's. With Transcendence hitting theaters this week, it's time to look back over the career of Johnny Depp and craft the definitive ranking of his performances. Here are our rules: only major roles are eligible (so no A Nightmare on Elm Street or The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus) and voice work in animated movies won't be ranked (so no Corpse Bride or Rango). The Brave is not ranked because it's still unavailable and unseen in North America. From worst to best, here are the 29 major Johnny Depp performances, ranked in quality. 29. Mad Hatter (Alice in Wonderland) This is it -- the nadir of Johnny Depp. No...

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- Jacob S. Hall

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