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Film News Roundup: Graham King Signs First-Look Deal With Paramount

16 August 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s film news roundup, Graham King signs a first-look deal at Paramount and Samuel Goldwyn picks up horror film “Psychopaths.”

First-look Deal

Graham King, who won the best picture Oscar for 2006’s “The Departed,” has signed a three-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures.

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Under the non-exclusive deal, King will develop and produce films through his Gk Films shingle. The company will relocate offices to the Paramount lot as part of the new deal. He previously produced “Rango,” “World War Z,” and “Hugo” for Paramount.

Paramount chairman/CEO Jim Gianopulos said, “Graham not only has keen artistic and commercial tastes, but he also is one of the most prolific producers in this industry. It’s my pleasure to welcome him to our Paramount family and we all look forward to many successful collaborations for years to come.”

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- Dave McNary

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The behind the scenes battles of Pirates Of The Caribbean

24 May 2017 2:24 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison May 25, 2017

The Pirates Of The Caribbean movies have not been easy films to make....

As Michael Bolton once belted out: “This is the tale of Captain Jack Sparrow.” The Pirates Of The Caribbean film was a surprise sleeper hit in 2003, astounding the higher-ups at Disney who had long been sceptical of how a pirate movie, based on a ride at Disneyland, would appeal to audiences.

Off the back of this success, the sequels only got more ambitious and expensive in scale, with their use of practical effects and convoluted character dynamics serving to complicate the adventure format, with mixed results. It shouldn't shock you then, to hear that each of the movies released so far had some serious behind-the-scenes battles to make them shipshape.

The fifth and apparently final instalment, Salazar's Revenge (or Dead Men Tell No Tales), has had some very public battles before it has even been released, »

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The Best Of The Best – The Greatest Composers And The Scores That Made Them Great

10 May 2017 4:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Dave Roper

With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.

As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..

John WilliamsStar Wars

Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »

- Dave Roper

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Top 20: Films to see in 2017

29 March 2017 4:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

We are a few months into 2017 and already we had a number of standout movies like Get Out, Logan, and The Lego Batman Movie. Hopefully that is just the start of what is to come. Considering that, myself and Kevin – the hosts of podcast Cinema Geeks – combine forces to put a list together of 20 movies to watch in 2017.

Let us know what you think of the list in the comments below. Did they leave any off? Are the rankings off base? Let your voice be heard!

20) The Lost City of Z

What Can Go Right: A film with this type of setup sure would have to be bungled in order for it not to work. It describes the life of British explorer Percy Fawcett who made several attempts to find an ancient lost city in the Amazon and disappeared in 1925 along with his son. It should be in good hands »

- Dan Clark

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Review: Don't Drink the Water—Gore Verbinski's "A Cure for Wellness"

22 February 2017 11:38 AM, PST | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Jason Isaacs as Dr. Volmer in A Cure for WellnessIt starts with a whispered melody. It will send frissons of familiarity, of a kind of upsetting longing for clarity. You know that song the odd English girl is singing, but you can't place it. Neither can Lockhart (Dane DeHaan, who they might have called Lockjaw, as he can barely seem to spit his words out), which is what draws him into the guts of a mystery. And it draws the film into a slithering spiral, compels us to observe an autopsy of modern horror. What half-remembered giallo fugue is Gore Verbinski spooning up for us like medicine, pinioned to our chairs like one of the zombie patients in the film’s sinister clinic? A puzzle picture, a conspiracy thriller, a kind of baroque classical nightmare, A Cure For Wellness is too sturdy, busy and sure of itself to be much of a horror film. »

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Exclusive: Gore Verbinski on traditional horror, Dane DeHaan’s honesty and being disengaged with franchises

21 February 2017 9:53 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

After his success on bigger movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean and The Ring, Gore Verbinski returns behind the camera to bring us A Cure For Wellness, a project that the director helped to create with writer Justin Haythe (Revolutionary Road). You can read Stefan Pape’s review of the film here.

The film follows Lockhart (DeHaan), a Wall Street stockbroker who travels to the Swiss Alps to find his company’s CEO from a medical centre that is surrounded in mystery and soon he begins to suspect that not everything is what it seems. For Verbinski, who co-wrote the story, it was the traditional nature of the horror genre that excited him with the project rather than going for “jump scares”:

“I’m a fan of the genre but these days we tend to distill horror into a series of scares that have to »

- Scott Davis

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‘The Great Wall,’ Isn’t: Why All Three President’s Day Releases Flopped

19 February 2017 12:55 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Great Wall” (Universal) fared best among the three new original debuts this week. But at $18 million, it fell short of what was needed to boost this very expensive Chinese production aimed at international markets (while making American audiences see it as nothing out of the ordinary).

Even so, it did better than the disappointing Ice Cube comedy “Fist Fight” (Warner Bros.) or Gore Verbinski’s disastrous “A Cure for Wellness” (20th Century Fox), which barely made the Top 10. But any heft came from decent holdovers from last weekend’s unprecedented trio of $30 million+ openers.

That’s the good news. The bad is this is a Top Ten that compares miserably with 2016, and represents a further decline in year-to-date totals. Even if they aren’t in actual free fall, they’re showing serious weakness.

The Top Ten

(all estimates for the three-day weekend; with school holiday Monday, the order will »

- Tom Brueggemann

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Review: A Cure For Wellness [Monte’s Take]

17 February 2017 2:19 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Director Gore Verbinski has crafted quite an interesting career. After striking genre gold with the remake of the Japanese horror film Ringu, orchestrating one of Disney’s most successful franchises with Pirates of the Caribbean, and continuing his collaboration with Johnny Depp on the animated film Rango and the reboot of The Lone Ranger, Verbinski was poised to do whatever he wanted to do with his next film, and it doesn’t take long to realize this quality in the director’s new film, A Cure for Wellness.

For nearly two and a half hours, Verbinski compiles a beautiful, confounding, and chaotic medley of his favorite and most influential film scenes recreated. One moment you are whisked away on a train ride through the Swiss Alps in a moment of stunning scenery, the next you are offered images of unnerving and repulsive situations. It’s undeniable that Verbinski and director »

- Monte Yazzie

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Film Review: ‘A Cure For Wellness’ Provides a Much-Needed Temporary Fix

17 February 2017 9:56 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Gore Verbinski is no stranger to the spooky. He always creates these tense, terror-filled scenes that effectively frighten us. His films, from “Ring” to “Rango”, each are compelling enough to keep our attention, not matter how absurd they transform into. Boy, does he ever deliver in the gorgeously grotesque “A Cure for Wellness.”

Rating: 3.0/5.0

I grew up in what can easily be considered the golden era of fucked up cartoons. My formative years were filled with outrageous, absurdist shows like “Ren & Stimpy,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Aaahh!!! Real Monsters,” and “Courage the Cowardly Dog.“ Each of them probably has something to do with my macabre sensibilities and Gore Verbinski perfectly mirrors my own predilections. The most powerful part of any Verbinski is the visual storytelling and “A Cure for Wellness” proves that he works best when the camera tells the story for him. The best way to describe his »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Bioshock: why the film collapsed

16 February 2017 10:12 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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Director Gore Verbinski tells the story of how the plug was pulled on the film, just weeks before filming was set to begin...

A big screen adaptation of the Bioshock videogame series came painfully close to happening. Director Gore Verbinski was attached, and was close to physical production started, when Universal Pictures ultimately pulled the plug.

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Since then, Verbinski has moved on to films such as Rango and The Lone Ranger. And now he’s put together A Cure For Wellness, that lands in cinemas later this month. In a Reddit Ask Me Anything session, Verbinski was asked just what happened with the Bioshock movie, and why it fell apart. He was candid with his answer.

“Well »

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Exclusive Interview: Gore Verbinski Talks Creating Enduring Horror with A Cure For Wellness

16 February 2017 2:46 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Easily one of the more thought-provoking horror movies to get a wide release in some time, Gore Verbinski’s A Cure for Wellness arrives in theaters this weekend courtesy of 20th Century Fox. Not one to shy away from an ambitious directorial challenge, during our interview, Verbinski discussed bringing the unknown back to big screen horror, what fueled his desire to tackle a wholly unique story after years of bringing popular properties to life, and how A Cure for Wellness is his own twisted version of a fairy tale.

Look for A Cure for Wellness in theaters everywhere on Friday, February 17th.

For the last ten or so years, with the exception of Rango, you’ve been working with different existing properties in regards to your directorial work. Was it something that you were conscious of, as you began putting A Cure for Wellness together, that this was your way »

- Heather Wixson

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Q&A: Gore Verbinski, Director Of A Cure For Wellness, Knows What You’re Most Afraid Of

16 February 2017 1:07 PM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

Director Gore Verbinski refuses to be defined by a single genre. He may be best known for the first three parts of the Pirates of the Caribbean action-adventure franchise, but his credits also include the surprisingly complex animated film Rango, bleak comedy The Weather Man, and crime caper The Mexican. Verbinski’s first massive hit, however,... A Cure For Wellness, Knows What You’re Most Afraid Of">Read more » »

- Eric Ducker

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Q&A: Gore Verbinski, Director Of A Cure For Wellness, Knows What You’re Most Afraid Of

16 February 2017 1:07 PM, PST | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

Director Gore Verbinski refuses to be defined by a single genre. He may be best known for the first three parts of the Pirates of the Caribbean action-adventure franchise, but his credits also include the surprisingly complex animated film Rango, bleak comedy The Weather Man, and crime caper The Mexican. Verbinski’s first massive hit, however,... A Cure For Wellness, Knows What You’re Most Afraid Of">Read more » »

- Eric Ducker

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'A Cure for Wellness' Review: Wtf Spooky-By-Numbers Horror Loses Its License to Ill

16 February 2017 10:05 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

A room full of studio executives sit around a table. Each of them has a small pile of paper scraps and a pen. They jot down dozens of things that they believe fit the definition of universally creepy: "Old, European Art Deco health spas"; "lank-haired girls with Vitamin E deficiencies"; "stern-faced people speaking German"; "iron lungs"; "eels." They then proceed to take round-robin turns pulling these concepts out of a hat, depositing a random handful picks into a manila envelope. When the package's recipients – let's call them screenwriter Justin Haythe »

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Why The Lego Batman Will Likely Beat Matt Damon and Ice Cube at the Box Office

16 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

With Presidents’ Day, “The Great Wall” (Universal), “Fist Fight” (Universal), and “A Cure For Wellness” (20th Century Fox) each have the luxury of a four-day weekend. However, even with this advantage they could fall short of last weekend’s successful debuts.

Read More: ‘Lego’ Leads at the Box Office, But ‘Fifty Shades Darker’ and ‘John Wick 2’ Are the Big Winners

Last week saw a trifecta of new releases gross over $30 million. And it’s likely that we’ll see the winner, “The Lego Batman Movie” (Warner Bros.), in the top spot once more. A forty percent drop would place it at $32 million over three days, more than enough to dominate a group of titles that are each likely to struggle to pass $20 million.

Among the new releases, two very different entries could be in a close race to reach the upper teens.

The edge goes to “Fist Fight,” a »

- Tom Brueggemann

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A Cure for Wellness: Jason Isaacs on His Enigmatic Role

16 February 2017 6:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

One would think having played Captain Hook in Peter Pan, Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter movies and voicing DC villains like Sinestro and Ra's Al Ghul in animated films--as well as a couple more authoritarian figures in Star Wars: Rebels--would have gotten any desire to be evil out of actor Jason Isaacs’ system.

And yet, he’s playing a more enigmatic character in director Gore Verbinski’s twisted new thriller A Cure for Wellness, which follows Dane DeHaan as a financial broker named Lockhard to Switzerland to retrieve the CEO of his company who is thought to have lost his marble in search of a cure at a spa located at an old castle in the Alps. Once there, Lockhard breaks his leg in a car accident, and he’s put under the care of Isaacs’ Dr. Vollmar, creator of the cure based around the area’s underground waters and their healing properties. »

- Edward Douglas

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Gore Verbinski on Making the Reverse ‘Sleeping Beauty’ With ‘A Cure for Wellness’

15 February 2017 8:01 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Gore Verbinski first attracted wide attention for directing The Ring – one of the few examples of a successful foreign horror remake. Now, after 15 years of directing blockbusters (and also The Weather Man), he’s returned to the stage of psychological thrillers with A Cure for Wellness, opening this weekend.  We spoke with the director about the recurring motifs in his films, and particularly his latest, the design of the locations, how the film acts as a reverse Sleeping Beauty, and more.

The Film Stage: Water is a recurring motif or element in a lot of your films.

Gore Verbinski: Yeah, you’re referring to Rango and The Ring and Pirates… god knows what else. That is strange, isn’t it? It’s a beautiful metaphor for so many things — for birth and catharsis and drowning and baptism and purification. In A Cure for Wellness, it’s the idea that Volmer [Jason Isaac’s character] is diagnosing modern man, »

- Daniel Schindel

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The Weekend Warrior 2/17/17: Fist Fight, The Great Wall, A Cure for Wellness

15 February 2017 7:00 AM, PST | LRMonline.com | See recent LRM Online news »

Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.  

This Past Weekend:

The Lego Batman Movie won the weekend as expected, but not with nearly as much money as I had predicted, not besting the opening of The Lego Movie as expected, but instead ending up with a reasonable and not so bad $53 million.  Fifty Shades Darker proved that the audience for movies based on the popular books was still great enough for it to win Friday with $21 million (to Lego Batman’s $15 million) and end up second for the weekend with a strong $46.6 million. That was still almost $40 million less than the opening of the previous movie Fifty Shades of Grey, but the sequel also didn’t have the benefits of Valentine’s Day and a four-day holiday. Coming in »

- Edward Douglas

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‘A Cure for Wellness’ Director Gore Verbinski Fields ‘Bioshock’ and ‘Rango’ Questions in Reddit Ama

14 February 2017 3:51 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In addition to fake news, “A Cure for Wellness” is also being promoted via more conventional means, namely a reddit Ama with director Gore Verbinski. The helmer, formerly of “The Ring” and “Pirates of the Caribbean,” fielded questions about the inspiration for his strange new thriller, whether “Rango” will ever receive a sequel and whatever happened to his “Bioshock” adaptation (spoiler alert: not happening anytime soon).

Read More: ‘A Cure for Wellness’ Is Using a New Kind of Viral Marketing: Fake News

On the “Rango” sequel:

“I don’t think so. I think that we put everything we possibly could into ‘Rango’ and I guess you never say never, but I would like to go back into animation again. But try something completely different.”

On his movie based on “Bioshock,” a popular video game:

“Well it’s no short answer to that question but we were eight weeks prior shooting when the plug was pulled. »

- Michael Nordine

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A Cure for Wellness Review: An Insane and Unhinged Thriller

7 February 2017 11:14 AM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Director Gore Verbinski has spent a long time making very expensive studio blockbusters, including three Pirates of the Caribbean movies and the disastrous reboot of The Lone Ranger. However, he did direct the most successful horror remake of all-time with The Ring and it is easy to forget that this man knows how to tackle a genre flick. With A Cure for Wellness, he is once again let loose on the horror/thriller genre and for better or for worse, he seemed to be totally unconstrained. This has resulted in an absolutely crazy, unhinged, unsettling and surely divisive movie. It is probably the most off-the-rails crazy, mainstream studio movie audiences are going to have the chance to see all year.

20th Century Fox's latest centers on an ambitious young finance executive who is sent to bring back his company's CEO from a very mysterious and remote "wellness center" in the Swiss Alps. »

- MovieWeb

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