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Darren Lynn Bousman and company's Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival screening tour in the U.S. will commence this August in Los Angeles. Also in this round-up: details on The Charnel House and U.S. release details for the Morituris Blu-ray / DVD.
Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival: In 2012, director Darren Lynn Bousman and his team hit the road and took Lucifer with them, bringing The Devil's Carnival film and accompanying live entertainment to cities across America. Bousman and company are now back to raise a lot of hell and a little heaven in Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival.
Featuring David Hasselhoff, Paul Sorvino as God, and Terrance Zdunich as Lucifer, Alleluia! The Devil's Carnival kicks off its U.S. theater screenings tour on August 11th in Los Angeles. For tour and ticket info, visit:
"After triumphant collaborations on 2008's Repo! The Genetic Opera and 2012's The Devil's Carnival: Episode One, »
- Tamika Jones
Academy invitee Eddie Redmayne in 'The Theory of Everything.' Academy invites 322 new members: 'More diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before' The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has offered membership to 322 individuals "who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures." According to the Academy's press release, "those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy's membership in 2015." In case all 322 potential new members say an enthusiastic Yes, that means an injection of new blood representing about 5 percent of the Academy's current membership. In the words of Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs (as quoted in the press release), in 2015 "our branches have recognized a more diverse and inclusive list of filmmakers and artists than ever before, and we look forward to adding their creativity, ideas and experience to our organization." In recent years, the Academy membership has »
- Anna Robinson
Paul Feig put together a top-notch cast of leading ladies for his upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, including Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. But now, while the high-profile reboot rolls cameras in Boston, it’s been revealed that Feig had another A-list actress in mind at one point: Easy A breakout Emma Stone.
It makes a ton of sense that Sony, which worked with Stone on the Amazing Spider-Man series and saw her become one of that superhero franchise’s most acclaimed elements, would want her for the Ghostbusters remake. When you add in that original Ghostbuster Bill Murray (who starred opposite Stone in Zombieland way back in the early stages of her career) personally pushed for the actress to have a role, it seemed like a done deal. However, Stone recently went on record to say that there’s one big reason she’s not in Ghostbusters – and that’s that she turned it down. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Now available on Blu-ray/DVD is director Ari Sandel's high school comedy, The Duff. Starring Mae Whitman as a whip-smart high school senior who comes to believe that she's playing the titular role within her group of friends, the film (adapted from the Kody Keplinger novel of the same name) offers a funny, clever take on the modern high school experience. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but fans of Mean Girls and Easy A should find a lot to like and even the most cynical of viewers will have a hard time denying Whitman's skilled turn as the intelligent, charming, yet insecure Bianca Piper. On the surface, the concept of the "Duff" is troubling. The idea that every group of friends contains a "Designated Ugly Fat Friend" that, either wittingly or unwittingly, serves to make the rest of the group appear more attractive isn't just shallow, it's flat out mean. »
- Jason Barr
Senior Staff Writer Scott Davis continues his weekly look at what treats are in-store this week on Blu-ray in the Us in Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service, hit teen-comedy The Duff, time-travelling with Project Almanac and Brian Yuzna’s Society…
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Both a critical and public darling, Matthew Vaughn’s hugely exciting spy adventure has been a massive success across the globe as well as in the UK and Us. Colin Firth, Taron Edgerton, Mark Strong and Michael Caine are part of an elite British espionage team trying to track down the evil Samuel L. Jackson.
See Also: Read our review of Kingsman: The Secret Service here
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- Scott J. Davis
Beautiful Bynes! Amanda Bynes was photographed for the first time in three months on Wednesday, June 3 — looking as stylish as ever! The actress was spotted leaving Craig's restaurant in West Hollywood. The 29-year-old Easy A star looked chic in edgy black leather pants and a long-sleeved white top. She kept her blonde locks down and wore black sunglasses. "Amanda is doing great," her attorney, David Esquibias, tells Us Weekly. "She appreciates all of the love and support she receives from family, friends and fans." Bynes has had [...] »
'Spy' movie poster with Melissa McCarthy. 'Spy' movie review: 'Transgressive' feminist statement There's been a lot of talk around the ol' virtual water cooler about the feminist messaging embedded in Mad Max: Fury Road. George Miller's riveting, post-apocalyptic free-for-all features the male title character taking a back seat to a fierce, battle-scarred woman liberating five female sex slaves and delivering them to a group of women suggestively called the Vulvani and said to be living in a restorative oasis called the Green Place of Many Mothers. It's Trojan horse feminism, for sure: many guys would think twice about the movie if they knew what Miller was trying to say with it. And yet for all its ragged, dust-choked, girl-power finery, there is another feminist statement at a theater near you that, in its own way, is just as transgressive. Spy is an action comedy where the hero, »
- Mark Keizer
The project had originally been centered on on a consistently unlucky man whose streak of bad luck continues when everyone in his small town wins the lottery except for him. Disney has decided to make the protagonist female with Martin Hynes rewriting.
The project is based on a 2012 New York Times article by Suzanne Daley about a tiny town in Spain named Sodeto in which every cititzen but one contributed to the national lottery and won a $950 million dollar jackpot.
- Dave McNary
Easy A and Friends with Benefits helmer Will Gluck has signed on to direct Walt Disney Studios' untitled lottery project with Dan Lin (The Lego Movie, Sherlock Holmes) attached to produce. Gluck will also oversee Martin Hynes' re-write of the script, originally titled Lucky Guy, converting the formerly male-led script to a female-centric film. Per THR, "The project centers on a consistently unlucky woman whose streak of bad continues when everyone in her small town wins a lottery except for her. But it turns out to be a blessing in disguise that will ultimately allow her to save the town from ruin." I'm fascinated that Disney is converting a previously male-led script to a female-centric project. Actresses, writers, and audiences have been actively campaigning for more female-led films in recent years, and looking at the heaps of cash pulled in by films like The Hunger Games, Maleficent, Frozen, and Gravity, »
- Haleigh Foutch
A couple of projects scored impressive directors today.
The story follows "The Great Gatsby" author F. Scott Fitzgerald in the last years of his life when he came to Hollywood to start anew as a screenwriter in 1937. Troubled with poor health, finances, and a wife committed to an asylum, his time in Los Angeles did not go well. This is juxtaposed with flashbacks to his early days as a literary king.
The lead character has also changed gender, with the story now following a consistently unlucky woman whose streak of bad luck continues when »
- Garth Franklin
The pic, which was originally written for a male lead and titled Lucky Guy but is being retooled to feature a female protagonist, centers on a perpetually unlucky young woman who is flabbergasted when everyone in her small town wins a lottery apart from her. However, this apparent misfortune turns out to leave her as the only person standing between her town and total disaster.
Gluck is helping scribe Martin Hynes to rewrite the pic for a female lead. He’s uniquely qualified for the gig, given his killer breakthrough Easy A, which proved a star-making vehicle for Emma Stone, and crowd-pleasing comedy Friends with Benefits, which featured Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake.
Annie was an absolute train-wreck and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Emma Stone is one of the most delightful and adored ladies in show business, so it's no surprise that she's currently making Bradley Cooper fall in love with her in "Aloha." She's made us laugh in movies like "Easy A" and "Superbad" and wowed us with her dramatic acting chops in movies like "The Help" and "Birdman." What can't she do?
From the quirky way she convinced her parents to let her act to who she taught to text, here are the 13 things you probably didn't know about Emma Stone.
[Source: IMDb, MTV, Nylon] »
- Rachel Horner
Are Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield getting back together?! The Easy A actress was spotted out in Beverly Hills on Wednesday, April 29, picking up items from her stylist’s office and one bag in particular has caught our eye. Stone, who recently split from her boyfriend of three years, carried with her a shopping bag labeled for Garfield. While it’s unclear what exactly was in the bag — or why it would be in Stone’s possession — the two exes do share the same stylist. The Amazing Spider-Man [...] »
Emma Stone’s personality suggests she is an unlikely Hollywood superstar, but her quirky, down-to-Earth charm has swept up fans from across the globe.
The 26-year-old is still a young actress, but she has starred in 30 different productions, with several major films under her belt, including the first two films from the The Amazing Spider Man series, Easy A and most recently, Birdman, which has four Oscars and a further 191 award wins to its name.
Her reputation has basically grown to the point where she’s seen as every man’s perfect woman, frequently playing offbeat, unconventional, and often tomboy-ish characters, but she has proven herself to be a hard-hitting, serious actress when called upon.
Stone is not resting on her success though, as she is set to star in Aloha this Spring, alongside a star-studded cast of Bradley Cooper, Bill Murray, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski and Rachel McAdams. »
- Michael Potts
Liv Has A Vision That Might Be A Game Changer - Liv (Rose McIver) and Clive (Malcolm Goodwin) work together to solve the murder of a morning radio talk show host who specialized in relationship straight talk. Liv becomes filled to the brim with insight after consuming the brains, making Clive extremely uncomfortable when Liv starts getting personal. Meanwhile, Peyton (guest star Ali Michalka "Easy A") steps in to help Major (Robert Buckley), and Blaine (David Anders) issues a warning. Lastly, Ravi's (Rahul Kohli) unexpected romantic connection has the potential to make things awkward for Liv. Zetna Fuentes directed the episode written by Aiyana White. From the executive producers of Veronica Mars, iZOMBIE stars Rose McIver (Power Rangers R.P.M.) as Olivia “Liv” Moore, a medical resident on the fast track to a perfect life … until she’s turned into a zombie. Now stuck between half-alive and undead, Liv transfers to »
Rick Grimes takes aim from the shotgun seat in the Wizard World Philadelphia variant cover for The Walking Dead #1, drawn by artist Clay Mann (X-Men, Gambit).
Press Release -- "Philadelphia, April 28, 2015 -- Wizard World, Inc. (Otcbb: Wizd) and Skybound, Robert Kirkman’s imprint at Image Comics, today announced that Batman Eternal and Harley Quinn artist Clay Mann has drawn the ninth in a yearlong series of Limited Edition Exclusive Variant Covers of The Walking Dead #1 comic, to be provided free to all full-price attendees at Wizard World Comic Con Philadelphia, May 7-10. Skybound’s The Walking Dead created by Kirkman, the groundbreaking, Eisner Award winning comic book series, continues to captivate audiences worldwide.
The exclusive The Walking Dead #1 edition will be produced in extremely limited quantities and is available at registration to fans at the Pennsylvania Convention Center only while supplies last. VIP attendees will receive an additional black & white sketch version of the comic. »
- Derek Anderson
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
"It was just me, in a dress," Mae Whitman's teenage tomboy Bianca notes in voiceover, as she trades in her sloppy plaid shirts and baggy jeans for a cute Lbd. We've seen this moment before, the She's All That transformation where the so-called awkward girl turns miraculously into a hottie, and this knowing aside is one of many small-but-truthful twists that elevate The Duff from the nightmare it could have been.
An internet-savvy rom-com adapted from the novel by teen wunderkind author Kody Keplinger, The Duff sounds horrifying in concept. A high schooler played by the appealing, petite Whitman is horrified to learn that she is "the Duff" (Designated Ugly Fat Friend) to her two effortlessly gorgeous BFFs, and sets out to overhaul her image in order to »
Hocus Pocus – 1.15pm, Film4
Cast a spell over your Easter celebrations with this black comedy from Disney, staring Sarah Jessica Parker, Bette Midler and Kathy Najimy as three witches resurrected on Halloween by a group of children, only to cause havoc in a quest for immortality.
The Mummy – 6.35pm, ITV2
Easy A – 9pm, E4
Channel your inner John Hughes with this '80s-at-heart high school comedy starring Emma Stone as isolated teen Olive, who lies about her sexual exploits in a bid to get noticed without considering the consequences.
Fast Five – 9pm, Film4
This fifth outing for the Fast gang goes up a gear as Torretto (Vin Diesel) and co put together a plan to steel $100 million from a Brazilian drug lord that will set them for life. »
Though Avengers: Age of Ultron is probably the one film marked in everyone's diary this month, April also has some big treats in store for cinephiles.
Release diary: What movies are coming out in 2015?
Digital Spy rounds up the five films you have to see this April...
Release date: April 3
Why you should see it: If you've never seen Blade Runner on the big screen before then this re-release (courtesy of the BFI) is a chance to immerse yourself in Ridley Scott's bleak vision of a future Los Angeles. Blade Runner's stunning practical effects mean it's barely aged a day, and still holds up as a true sci-fi classic.
Fast & Furious 7
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