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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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Readers recommend: songs about reptiles | Peter Kimpton

13 March 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Crocs to cobras, mambas to cottonmouths, komodos to geckos – let's get snappy and slide in some song suggestions

Every few months sensational news items announce how a crocodile is on the loose somewhere in Britain. "Goose-killer lurks in London's River Lea near Olympic Stadium" ran one headline in 2011. Last year a huge crocodile was reportedly spotted in the English Channel. It turned out to be a piece of wood. And in February this year police were called out after someone supposedly spotted a crocodile under a bridge in Bristol. None were found. Still, while discarded terrapin pets are regularly to be seen thriving in park ponds, it's hard to beat the idea, for attention-grabbing public frenzy and what-lies-beneath terror, that some man-eating scaly monster will come up through the sewage system and bite your bits when you're on the toilet.

Reptiles also do leap out prominently in song, but they »

- Peter Kimpton

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The cast of Angel: 10 years on

4 March 2014 7:44 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Feature Sarah Dobbs 5 Mar 2014 - 07:00

Sarah digs into the post-Angel careers of David Boreanaz, Alexis Denisof, Amy Acker, Charisma Carpenter and more...

It’s been about a decade since the last episode of Angel, the Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off series about the vampire with a soul, aired. The final episode of season five, Not Fade Away, first appeared on Us television screens on 19 May 2004. That seems simultaneously like a very long time ago, and not very long ago at all, because time is vast and human brains are small and fallible, but it’s safe to say that in TV years, it’s a pretty long goddamned time.

The men and women behind the characters we used to spend one night a week with have gone on to other things – some bigger and better, others kind of rubbish – and unless you’re a particularly obsessive superfan, you »

- louisamellor

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Top 10 Tuesday: Wamg’s Favorite Oscar Nominees

25 February 2014 2:56 AM, PST | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

We’re getting closer to Hollywood’s night to shine – the Oscars. This year’s nominations are a bevy of brilliant films, performances and crafts, the motion picture industry at its best.

The Academy Awards is the gold standard by which every other awards show is measured, because when it comes to the biggest night in film, nobody does it better than Oscar!

In anticipation of the star-studded night at the Dolby Theatre, the gang at Wamg has chosen their favorite nominees – from the Best Picture and Best Acting categories to the technical categories, here’s a close-up look at our Top 10 Favorite nominees.

Best Picture – American Hustle

By Jim Batts

The Best Picture Oscar usually goes to the film that shines a light on a social injustice, a historical event, or individuals battling injury or disease. The most wildly entertaining (sorry Marty and Leo, but three hours of arrogant »

- Movie Geeks

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New Regency Sets Production Pact With Gore Verbinski (Exclusive)

4 February 2014 10:58 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Director Gore Verbinski has inked a three-year producing and directing deal with New Regency.

Verbinski’s production company, Blind Wink, and New Regency have already began developing two projects, one of which is  looking to begin production this summer.

“Gore is obviously is a great filmmaker who’s made huge movies,” New Regency president and CEO Brad Weston told Variety. “We want to work with the best filmmakers to generate the best projects. The deal with Gore is a continuation of that in a great way.”

As the major studios continue to finance their tentpoles — primarily sequels, reboots and films with built-in superfans — midrange original projects have sought alternative sources of funding.

This deal gives New Regency first look at Verbinski’s projects, similar to its partnerships with Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment and Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Films.

“I am really looking forward to this creative partnership with New Regency. »

- Alexandra Cheney

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Make It a Franchise! Why 'The Lone Ranger' Should Have Ridden Again

30 January 2014 3:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Virtually every major studio movie released these days is seen as the beginning of a franchise (or, increasingly, part of a larger, interconnected "universe"). Few of these movies should actually warrant additional installments, and it's the intention of "Make It a Franchise," a new recurring feature on Moviefone, to argue for the continued adventures of movies that failed to merit their very own franchise. We'll also investigate the reasons, either creative or commercial, for the lack of sequels and spin-offs, and whether or not the studio had larger plans for these tantalizing nonstarters.

Last summer, a movie rode into theaters nationwide with a bullseye already painted on it.

That movie was Disney's "The Lone Ranger," which, in its troubled production history, had been shut down once due to budget overruns, and then, when it was actually in production, faced a number of problems, including a costly, overlong shooting schedule that »

- Drew Taylor

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Paperman Helmer John Kahrs to Direct Paramount Animation's Shedd

22 January 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

John Kahrs, the Academy Award-winning filmmaker behind Walt Disney Pictures' short film "Paperman," is set to direct a mysterious animated feature from Paramount Pictures titled Shedd . Details on Shedd are virtually nill, but it is said to be based on an original idea by Adam Goodman and will feature a script by Tripper Clancy. Founded in 2011, Paramount Animation was born out of the success of Gore Verbinski's Rango and the end of the studio's contract with DreamWorks Animation. SpongeBob SquarePants 2 will be the first Paramount Animation-branded feature when it hits the big screen on February 13, 2015. Also in development is Monster Trucks , currently set for release on May 29, 2015. (Photo Credit: Adriana M. Barraza / WENN.com) »

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