11 items from 2015
Shout! Factory, a leading multi- platform entertainment company, has acquired the North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, a vampire comedy-horror feature directed by Brian James O'Connell and penned by the comedy troupe Dr. God from an original script by Ryan Mitts. The announcement was made today by Shout! Factory's founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos, and the producers of the film, Fortress Features founders Brett Forbes and Patrick Rizzotti, and Maybe This Year (Mty) Productions founder Brandon Evans. In this picture deal, Shout! Factory secured exclusive North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards, including theatrical, home entertainment, digital distribution and broadcast for cross-platform releases in the U.S. and Canada. Here's what Jordan Fields, Associate Vice President of Acquisitions.
"Dr. God has made a gem of a horror comedy that fans will be quoting for years to come. It has the broad appeal of a mainstream hit, but the »
Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.
To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »
Evan Sanders is a dutiful and overworked employee stuck at a soul-killing corporation with his beautiful co-worker and girlfriend Amanda and his slacker best friend Tim. Evan’s world begins to crumble when Amanda dumps him and his boss Ted hands his coveted promotion to his nemesis Max. When his office mates start going through disturbing changes and bodies begin to pile up, Evan must find a way to stop the evil brewing amidst the cubicles and water coolers, win back Amanda, and rescue his workplace pals before his life and career go from dead-end… to just dead.
- Gary Collinson
It's been a mess over at Sony Pictures for the last few months, and know one knows exactly what the hell they plan on doing with their Spider-Man franchise. The future of the superhero is up in the air, but it looks like they still plan on moving forward with that Sinister Six spin-off film, which is being developed by Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods). The studio recently posted this image teasing Sinister Six on their official International Facebook page:
The English translation of the text in the image (thanks to ComicBook.com) is, "We have plans for you … #Spider-Man." I'm not sure why they would post this if they weren't still planning on making the movie. Last year, Sony gave Sinister Six a release date of November 11th, 2016. I wonder if they still plan on trying to get the movie done by then.
I'm a fan of Goddard's work, »
- Joey Paur
Chris Hemsworth went from unknown to Hollywood leading man seemingly overnight.
Like many other Australian stars, the actor got his start on a soap opera "Home and Away." But 171 episodes later -- and after a stint on "Dancing With the Stars Australia" -- Hemsworth ended up stateside, waiting for his big break. It didn't take long. Two years after his U.S. debut, Hemsworth won the titular role in "Thor" (2011) and hasn't looked back since. This month, he takes aim in Michael Mann's thriller "Blackhat."
From his days in the Outback to his iconic U.S. debut, here are 23 things you probably don't know about Chris Hemsworth.
2. His mother is an English teacher, while his father is a social-services counselor.
3. Growing up, Hemsworth split his time in Melbourne and the Australian Outback in the Northern Territory, »
- Jonny Black
“I heard you were dead.” This enduring line from co-writer/director John Carpenter’s Escape From New York nicely sums up the long in-the-works remake of the 1981 cult classic film. But, like its tough-as-nails anti-hero, Snake Plissken, the potential reboot keeps getting back up just when fans of the franchise think it might be down for the count. True to form, the project is moving forward with some force now that Fox has purchased the rights to remake the Kurt Russell-starring sci-fi action film, with Carpenter offering creative input on the new take.
According to Deadline, Fox came out on top in a competitive purchasing scramble for the rights to remake Escape From New York. The studio is looking to reboot the cult classic and potentially expand the property into a multi-film series. Fans of the original Escape From New York can take solace in the fact that John Carpenter »
- Derek Anderson
The Emmy winning actor will play Jake Peralta’s (Andy Samberg) father, first appearing on an episode of the police-centered sitcom on Sunday, March 8. His character, Captain Roger Peralta, is billed as a charming airline pilot who often lets down his son. But Jake hopes all that will change when the two of them enjoy a father-son weekend in Brooklyn.
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- Travis Reilly
This March will mark my fourth straight year attending the South by Southwest Film Festival. Every year creates many memorable moments, whether it be seeing the world premiere of Short Term 12 when it was on no one's radar or seeing Iko Uwais and Cecep Arif Rahman fight on stage when there was a problem with the screening file for The Raid 2, I always have a good time seeing as many movies I can in a short amount of time. And I am happy to be covering it for the first time as press for RopeofSilicon. The opening night films for SXSW have been hit and miss. My first year it was The Cabin in the Woods, and unfortunately, they cannot all be that great. The Incredible Burt Wonderstone and Chef followed after that. This year, SXSW has chosen the documentary Brand: A Second Coming as the opening night film. »
- Mike Shutt
Netflix, the world's leading Internet TV network, today announced a new ten episode chapter in the adventures of Marco Polo and upcoming premiere dates for some of its highly anticipated new original series. Marco Polo, the sweeping adventure that follows the famed explorer's exploits in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century China, will return to delight the global Netflix audience. Creator John Fusco's tale of Marco's journey will continue for 10 all-new episodes as Marco navigates Kublai Khan's world of greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry. Fusco serves as executive producer along with Dan Minahan. Academy-Award nominated directors Joachim Rønning and Espen Sandberg also serve as executive producers. Season 1 was shot in Malaysia, Kazakhstan and Italy. Produced by The Weinstein Company, the series stars Lorenzo Richelmy as Marco and features Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Zhu Zhu, Chin Han, Olivia Cheng, Tom Wu, Remy Hii, Uli Latukefu, Mahesh Jadu, »
Season 1 of Marvel's Daredevil will premiere with thirteen (13) one-hour episodes on April 10, 2015 at 12:01 Am Pt in all territories where Netflix is available. Blinded as a young boy but imbued with extraordinary senses, Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) fights against injustice by day as a lawyer, and by night as the Super Hero "Daredevil" in modern day Hell's Kitchen, New York City.
Marvel's Daredevil is a grounded, authentic, suspenseful and edgy action drama featuring a great cast that includes: Charlie Cox as Matt Murdock / Daredevil, Vincent D'Onofrio as Wilson Fisk, Rosario Dawson as Claire Temple, Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Foggy Nelson, Vondie Curtis-Hall as Ben Ulrich, Scott Glenn as Stick, Ayelet Zurer as Vanessa Marianna, Bob Gunton and Leland Owlsey, Toby Leonard Moore as Wesley. Marvel's Daredevil is one of the best known properties of the street level heroes and will be the the first of »
Update, Monday Jan. 5: And with the turn of the New Year, the domestic box office is up 6.5% for the first four days of 2015 with $210.2M versus the same period in 2014 which counted $197.4M according to Rentrak. The post-New Year’s Fss clocked in with $154.6M, down 26% from the post Christmas frame of $209M — but no one is sobbing. Why? Because this year’s post New Year’s frame was up a superb 10% from 2014’s $141.2M. Here’s the top 20 actuals– Apd:
Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five (WB), $21.7M, 3,875 locations, $5,608 average, Total cume: $220.6M, Wk 3 Into The Woods (Dis), $18.7M, 2,538 locations, $7,379 average, Total cume: $90.8M, Wk 2 Unbroken (Uni), $18.2M, 3,190 locations, $5,696 average, Total cume: $87.7M, Wk 2 The Woman In Black 2: Angel of Death (Relativity), $15.M, 2,602 locations, $5,775 average, Total cume: $15.M, Wk 1 Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb (Fox), $14.5M, 3,802 locations, $3,819 average, Total cume: $89.8M , Wk 3 Annie (Sony), $11.3M, »
- Anthony D'Alessandro and Brian Brooks
11 items from 2015
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