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Australian directors in Hollywood

27 February 2013 8:17 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Baz Luhrmann, George Miller, Robert Luketic, Alex Proyas and Phillip Noyce have carved out impressive careers in Hollywood over the past three decades. A second wave of directors are also now carving out impressive Us careers . and flying under the radar in their homeland.

Richard Gray recently finished filming The Lookalike . a Us thriller/crime comedy starring Justin Long and Luis Guzman . which was filmed in New Orleans and the Bahamas. The filmmaker has made four feature films (two shot in the Us) since Australian romance Summer Coda in 2010 and is currently promoting his Australian Rules drama Blinder, which will be seen on more than 100 screens from March 7.

.I'm such a fortunate guy,. Gray said by email. .I have a tremendous team and we've basically worked seven days a week for last five years to get us into a position where we can do what we love regularly. It's all »

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Official Plot Synopsis for Stephen King’s Mercy

27 February 2013 5:22 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Filming is underway on a feature adaptation of Stephen King’s Gramma. Titled Mercy, we now have the official plot synopsis released by Universal:

“Based on a short story by Stephen King, Mercy tells the tale of two young boys (The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs and Super 8’s Joel Courtney) who move with their mother to take care of their dying grandmother at her decrepit farmhouse. When they suspect that the elderly woman they love has encountered a dark spirit, they fear she might not be the only one who won’t make it through the summer alive. Once George (Riggs) and Buddy McCoy (Courtney) arrive at their Gramma Mercy’s (Shirley Knight), what they find inside her 150-year-old home is nothing short of terrifying. As the brothers experience deeply disturbing phenomena they believe to be the work of an ancient witch, they must fight for their lives »

- Jonathan James

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Official Plot Synopsis for Stephen King's Mercy Checks-In

27 February 2013 4:32 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Ready for the official story details for Blumhouse Productions' Mercy? Read on for the skinny pertaining to the Mark Duplass fantasy-horror project based on a short from Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew collection.

The flick, from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, stars Dylan McDermott, Frances O'Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight, and Chris Browning.

Peter Cornwell is directing this adaptation of the Stephen King short story from his Skeleton Crew novel from a script by Matt Greenberg. Jason Blum will produce with McG and Mary Viola from Wonderland Sound and Vision.

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Based on a short story by Stephen King, Mercy tells the tale of two young boys (“The Walking Dead”'s Chandler Riggs and Super 8's Joel Courtney) who move with their mother to take care of their dying grandmother at her decrepit farmhouse. When they suspect that the elderly woman they love has encountered a dark spirit, »

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Official Synopses for Stephen King Adaptation Mercy and Ride Along Starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube

27 February 2013 4:03 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The official synopses for a couple of upcoming Universal Pictures films have been released.  Director Peter Cornwell’s (The Haunting in Connecticut) supernatural thriller Mercy is based on the short story of the same name by Stephen King and stars Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead) and Joel Courtney (Super 8) as two young boys who, after moving with their mother to take care of their dying grandmother at a decrepit farmhouse, encounter a dark spirit.  Shirley Knight, Frances O’Connor, Mark Duplass, and Dylan McDermott also star in this Jason Blum-produced (Paranormal Activity) thriller. Additionally, we’ve got an official synopsis for the action-comedy Ride Along.  Directed by Tim Story (Fantastic Four), the film stars Kevin Hart as a fast-talking aspiring police officer who must team up with his girlfriend’s brother, a hot-tempered cop (Ice Cube), to prove that he’s worthy of being her husband.  The film also stars John Leguizamo, »

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Synopsis updated for Stephen King's 'Mercy' starring Dylan McDermott, Chandler Riggs, Mark Duplass

27 February 2013 5:08 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We've added the new synopsis for Universal Pictures' Mercy supernatural horror adapted from Stephen King's short story, which stars Dylan McDermott, Chandler Riggs, Mark Duplass, Frances O'Connor, Joel Courtney, Amanda Walsh, Shitley Knight, Chris Browning, Joe Egender, Harley Graham, Jack Carter and Pepper Binkley. The Haunting in Connecticut's Peter Cornwell directs from the script by Matt Greenberg. Mercy's produced by Jason Blum, McG and Mary Viola while Jeanette Volturno-Brill serves as executive producer. The Blumhouse Productions and Wonderland Sound and Vision film comes out some time in 2014. Official synopsis for Stephen King's Mercy: Once George (Riggs) and Buddy McCoy (Courtney) arrive at their Gramma Mercy’s (Shirley Knight), what they find inside her 150-year-old home is nothing short of terrifying. As the brothers experience deeply disturbing phenomena they believe to be the work of an ancient witch, they must fight for their lives and »

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Synopsis updated for Stephen King's 'Mercy' starring Dylan McDermott, Chandler Riggs, Mark Duplass

27 February 2013 5:08 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

We've added the new synopsis for Universal Pictures' Mercy supernatural horror adapted from Stephen King's short story, which stars Dylan McDermott, Chandler Riggs, Mark Duplass, Frances O'Connor, Joel Courtney, Amanda Walsh, Shitley Knight, Chris Browning, Joe Egender, Harley Graham, Jack Carter and Pepper Binkley. The Haunting in Connecticut's Peter Cornwell directs from the script by Matt Greenberg. Mercy's produced by Jason Blum, McG and Mary Viola while Jeanette Volturno-Brill serves as executive producer. The Blumhouse Productions and Wonderland Sound and Vision film comes out some time in 2014. Official synopsis for Stephen King's Mercy: Once George (Riggs) and Buddy McCoy (Courtney) arrive at their Gramma Mercy’s (Shirley Knight), what they find inside her 150-year-old home is nothing short of terrifying. As the brothers experience deeply disturbing phenomena they believe to be the work of an ancient witch, they must fight for their lives and »

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Mark Duplass Is Now At Stephen King’s “Mercy”

1 February 2013 11:21 AM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

Mark Duplass, a versatile actor with varied actor-producer-director cred, has joined the cast of Mercy, an adaptation of Stephen King’s short story Gramma.

The film already has a solid cast includes Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler RiggsJoel Courtney, Shirley Knight, and Chris Browning. A Haunting In Connecticut’s Peter Cornwell is set to direct the film, which is coming from Universal and Blumhouse Productions. »

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Casting Net: Jim Carrey turns to crime in comedy 'Loomis Fargo'; Plus Jeremy Renner, Frank Langella

31 January 2013 6:41 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Jim Carrey has signed on to star in the upcoming comedy heist film, Loomis Fargo. Inspired by true events, the press release announcing the news says the story follows a disgruntled bank employee who teams up with a girl to steal nearly $20 million. The film will be directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and based on an original screenplay by Emily Spivey (Up All Night).

Jeremy Renner will produce and star in the upcoming thriller Kill the Messenger, based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The Pulitzer Prize winner was known for uncovering the CIA’s involvement in »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Casting Net: Jim Carrey turns to crime in comedy 'Loomis Fargo'; Plus Jeremy Renner to portray journalist Gary Webb

31 January 2013 6:41 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

Jim Carrey has signed on to star in the upcoming comedy heist film, Loomis Fargo. Inspired by true events, the press release announcing the news says the story follows a disgruntled bank employee who teams up with a girl to steal nearly $20 million. The film will be directed by Jared Hess (Napoleon Dynamite) and based on an original screenplay by Emily Spivey (Up All Night).

Jeremy Renner will produce and star in the upcoming thriller Kill the Messenger, based on the true story of journalist Gary Webb. The Pulitzer Prize winner was known for uncovering the CIA’s involvement in »

- Lindsey Bahr

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Mark Duplass Shows Mercy

31 January 2013 12:57 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

More casting news has come in for Blumhouse Productions' Mercy as Deadline is reporting that Mark Duplass has signed on to the fantasy-horror project based on a short from Stephen King’s Skeleton Crew collection.

The flick, from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, stars Dylan McDermott, Frances O'Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight and Chris Browning.

Peter Cornwell is directing this adaptation of the Stephen King short story from his Skeleton Crew novel from a script by Matt Greenberg. Jason Blum will produce with McG and Mary Viola from Wonderland Sound and Vision.

The story follows two young boys who go with their single mother (O’Connor) to take care of their elderly, senile grandmother named Mercy, only to discover that she's a witch who made a pact with a dark force many years before.

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- Uncle Creepy

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More Casting News for Stephen King’s Mercy

31 January 2013 11:59 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

For the last few months, we’ve been covering the Blumhouse Productions adaptation of Stephen King’s Gramma. Titled Mercy, the movie has already started filming, but we have news of a late addition to the cast. 

Mark Duplass has joined the project in an unspecified role, according to a report from Deadline. Duplass (pictured above) is known for his work on The League, and has also appeared in Safety Not Guaranteed, Zero Dark Thirty, and The Mindy Project.

Mercy is currently in production with a cast that includes Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight and Chris Browning. The movie is being directed by Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) from a script written by Matt Greenberg (1408).

Gramma was first published in Weirdbook magazine and was part of 1985′s Skeleton Crew. The story “follows two young boys who go with their single mother to take care of their elderly, »

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Duplass added to the cast of ‘Mercy’

31 January 2013 11:56 AM, PST | doorQ.com | See recent doorQ.com news »

Another short story from Stephen King’s 1985 collection Skeleton Crew is headed for the big screen. Chandler Riggs (The Walking Dead) has signed to Gramma, and is playing young, Georgie, who has to take care of his ill grandmother when his mother needs to venture to a hospital to see her other son, who has broken a leg. It seems the old lady is a wirtch. Gramma was adapted once before as an episode of the New Twilight Zone back in 1986 with a screenplay by legendary author Harlan Ellison. Peter Cornwell (A Haunting in Connecticut) is directing this new take, now called Mercy, based on a screenplay by Matt Greenberg. The film will also star Mark Duplass, Dylan McDermott, Francis O’Connor, Shirley Knight, and Super 8’s Joel Courtney.

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Stephen King's Mercy Adds Duplass to the Cast

31 January 2013 11:54 AM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Blumhouse Productions has brought Mark Duplass (Zero Dark Thirty) aboard to appear in Mercy, the Stephen King adaptation which is based on the tale "Gramma."  

Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight and Chris Browning round out the cast of the film which is being directed by The Haunting in Connecticut's Peter Corwell.

Blumhouse recently picked up Peachfuzz, which Duplass co-produced and also stars in.

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Casting Net: James Franco to direct and star in biopic 'Beautiful People.' Plus: Liam Neeson lands action pic, Paul Dano to play Beach Boys' Brian Wilson

17 January 2013 7:07 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

James Franco is taking a break from his life of leisure and and media underexposure to star in and direct Beautiful People, a biopic about Jay Sebring, who built a hairstyling empire in the 1960s. He was also something of a famous international gadabout, including a romance with actress Sharon Tate, which eventually became platonic. Sebring was killed along with Tate in the infamous Manson Family murders, though it’s not clear if the screenplay by first-timer Lauren Wild includes that sad chapter of Sebring’s life. [Deadline]

• Liam Neeson, action star extraordinaire, is set to star in Run All Night, »

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See Chandler Riggs & Joel Courtney On Set Of Stephen King’s “Mercy”

17 January 2013 6:16 PM, PST | FamousMonsters of Filmland | See recent Famous Monsters of Filmland news »

The film Mercy, based on Stephen King’s short story “Gramma”, is moving quickly. We already have the first behind-the-scenes picture from the set, featuring the two child stars headlining the film. Those would be Super 8′s Joel Courtney and The Walking Dead’s Chandler Riggs. Check it out!

The Peter Cornwell film also stars Francis O’Connor and Dylan McDermott, who I would feel less creepy posting photos of. »

- Andy Greene

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Blumhouse Acquires Peachfuzz, Posts Set Photos of Joel Courtney and Chandler Riggs from Stephen King’s Mercy

17 January 2013 12:55 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Sundance just kicked off that that means we should have a decent amount of horror acquisition news over the next couple of weeks. Blumhouse Productions announced that they have picked up a found footage horror project, titled Peachfuzz, and posted two set photos from Mercy.

Patrick Brice is the director on Peachfuzz, which “follows a man who answers a Craigslist ad with unexpected results.” Additional plot details were not released, but based on the sales poster below, we’re assuming this is a werewolf movie. Mark and Jay Duplass are producing the film, which Deadline mentions is not 100% finished. Select scenes were shown to buyers at Sundance and Blumhouse will obviously assist in polishing up the movie.

Another Blumhouse production, Mercy, just started filming and two set photos have been released. The project is an adaptation of Stephen King’s Gramma, directed by Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) and starring Dylan McDermott, »

- Jonathan James

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Go Behind the Scenes of Blumhouse Productions' Mercy

16 January 2013 5:45 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The first behind-the-scenes image of Joel Courtney and Chandler Riggs in the latest Stephen King adpatation, Mercy, has hit the interwebs courtesy of Blumhouse Productions' Facebook page, and we have a look at it right here. Dig it!

The flick, from Universal Pictures and Blumhouse Productions, stars Dylan McDermott, Frances O'Connor, Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney, Shirley Knight and Chris Browning.

Peter Cornwell is directing this adaptation of the Stephen King short story from his Skeleton Crew novel from a script by Matt Greenberg. Jason Blum will produce with McG and Mary Viola from Wonderland Sound and Vision.

The story follows two young boys who go with their single mother (O’Connor) to take care of their elderly, senile grandmother named Mercy, only to discover that she's a witch who made a pact with a dark force many years before.

More as it comes.

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Behind-the-Scenes Pic of Chandler Riggs, Joel Courtney from Stephen King Adaptation Mercy

16 January 2013 4:32 PM, PST | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

Jeez, that kid from Super 8 is growing up fast.  The official Facebook page for Blumhouse Productions has posted a behind-the-scene photo from the set of Mercy, the Stephen King adaptation which began shooting yesterday.

Based on the King tale "Gramma," the film stars Joel Courtney of Super 8 and The Walking Dead's Chandler Riggs.  The Haunting in Connecticut's Peter Cornwell directs.  After the jump, you'll find the image featuring Courtney and Riggs.  Francis O'Connor and Dylan McDermott co-star.

The film follows two young boys on a visit to the hospital where they learn that their dying grandmother is a witch and that her powers are fueled by a pact with the Ancient Ones.

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Aus director Peter Cornwell begins production on Us feature Mercy

14 January 2013 3:07 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Peter Cornwell and actor Chandler Riggs. (Photo posted on Blumhouse Productions Facebook page.)

Australian director Peter Cornwell begins production on his second Us feature film, Mercy, this week.

The horror-thriller is.based on the Stephen King story Gramma and follows a single mother (Frances O.Connor) and her two boys (Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney) who take care of their grandmother. However, their grandmother hides a secret: she is a witch..The film also stars Dylan McDermott (American Horror Story), Shirley Knight and Chris Browning.

Cornwell first came to prominence in Australia with the animated short film Ward 13 in 2003 but his Us debut live-action feature, The Haunting in Connecticut, went under the radar. The horror film grossed more than $US77.5 million at the global box office but was released straight-to-dvd in Australia by Roadshow.

Mercy is being produced by Blumhouse Production (Paranormal Activity).and will be distributed by Universal Pictures in the Us. »

- Brendan Swift

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Casting Update for Stephen King’s Mercy

10 January 2013 8:51 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Universal teamed up with Blumhouse Productions for a big screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Gramma. The movie is officially titled Mercy and we have another casting update to share with readers. Variety reports that Shirley Knight and Chris Browning are the latest and final additions to the main cast, which already includes Dylan McDermott, Frances O’Connor, Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney.

The movie will be directed by Peter Cornwell (The Haunting in Connecticut) from a script written by Matt Greenberg (1408). Gramma was first published in Weirdbook magazine and was part of 1985′s Skeleton Crew. The story “follows two young boys who go with their single mother to take care of their elderly, senile grandmother named Mercy, only to discover that she’s a witch who made a pact with a dark force many years before.”

Mercy is one of multiple Stephen King projects currently moving forward. CBS has »

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