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The man behind such film classics as Carrie (1976), Scarface (1983) and The Untouchables (1987) has found his next project. Lights Out is being billed as an action/thriller about a blind Chinese girl who uncovers a secret assassination program. Brian De Palma, one of Hollywood’s most decorated directors, has agreed to work behind the camera. […]
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- Jeff Bricker
Last month, Lionsgate released the first trailer for their upcoming comedy Dirty Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro and Zac Efron. Today, the studio has debuted a new red band trailer, which is chocked full of R-rated language and sexual situations, which should be watched by viewers over the age of 18 only. This new footage proves that Robert De Niro's character Dick Kelly may go down as one of the most unique cinematic grandfather's in recent memory.
The story centers on Jason Kelly (Zac Efron), who is one week away from marrying his boss' manipulative daughter (Julianne Hough), which will put him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick (Robert De Niro), to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, bar fights, and an epic night of karaoke, »
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.The biggest news of the week for us is the online release of new films by two Notebook contributors: Gina Telaroli's Here's to the Future! and Kurt Walker's Hit 2 Pass, two fundamentally undefinable and wildly adventurous movies made and released independently. (The two filmmakers discussed their independence in a conversation published on the Notebook.) Both films will be be available to stream through November 22, 2015, and all proceeds they make on the release will go towards their future film projects.The full trailer for Quentin Tarantino's The Hateful Eight has been released, above, and it looks like the man generally derided (unfairly, we must add) as a kind of adolescent film nerd has made a film that looks akin to Alain Resnais' late films—and we couldn't be happier. »
Variety is reporting that Brian De Palma has signed on to direct the action thriller Lights Out, which is being financed by Aurora Alliance Films, a joint venture between Arclight Films and China’s Huace Pictures.
Lights Out will follow “a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.”
“De Palma is a proven master of suspense; in the hands of the legendary director, ‘Lights Out’ promises to be a thriller for the ages, full of empowering messages, harrowing plot turns and great action sequences,” states Ying Ye, MD of Aurora Alliance.
- Gary Collinson
The movie will tell the story of “a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.”
- Paul Heath
Brian De Palma has earned his place in cinema with films like Carrie, Scarface, The Untouchables, Mission: Impossible, and others; but despite those classics, I've found it hard to get all that excited about his work over the past decade. Brian De Palma's next film will see the director returning to the land of action thriller's with Lights Out, a film which sounds as though it... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
Brian De Palma has been attached to quite a few promising projects over the years. Most exciting of all, the director was going to reunite with his Scarface and Carlito’s Way star, Al Pacino, for a film about coach Joe Paterno. Whether De Palma is still involved with Happy Valley is unknown, and the same can be said for The Key Man and Heat. But […]
- Jack Giroux
Huace Pictures and Arclight Films is pushing ahead with its all-new action thriller Lights Out, and according to Variety, the studios have tapped none other than Brian De Palma to take the reins of the genre piece.
Acting as the director’s first foray behind the lens in almost three years, Lights Out bears semblance to Marvel’s Daredevil comic in some ways in that it orbits around a young and blind Chinese girl who inadvertently becomes embroiled in a clandestine assassination program. Granted, it’s not as though this protagonist actively indulges in vigilantism, but that mixture of urban crime and an inherently vulnerable lead character is certainly rich in potential.
Tailored to be a Chinese production from the ground up, Variety notes that casting is currently underway to find an A-list star to step into the shoes of our heroine. It’ll act as the first motion picture »
- Michael Briers
Brian De Palma has signed on to direct the action-thriller “Lights Out” for Arclight Films and Huace Pictures, it was announced Monday. The story follows a blind Chinese girl who gets caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. “Lights Out” will be produced by Jon Chieuw of Huace Media Group, Ying Ye of Aurora Alliance Films and Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy and Elliot Tong, along with Toronto-based Jennifer Weiss and Simone Urdl of The Film Farm. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Also Read: 'De Palma' Venice Review: Fascinating Guided Tour Through a Master Filmmaker's Career Huace Media Group, »
- Jeff Sneider
Brian De Palma's headed to China! I am hoping that 2016 is a year of celebration for De Palma. After all, Noah Baumbach's documentary "De Palma," which played to adoring festival audiences this year, will be getting a theatrical release next year, and now it appears that there's a chance we'll get an actual new film from the filmmaker, and I'm going to preemptively cross all of my fingers hoping that it's a return to form for him. While I thought his last film "Passion" was strikingly made in places, it's been almost twenty years since the last film he made that's actually a complete movie, and that was "Mission: Impossible," where he was a (very stylish) gun for hire. I think "Snake Eyes" has some fun stuff in it, and it's certainly a De Palma film, visually speaking. There are plenty of visual flourishes that remind us just »
- Drew McWeeny
Brian De Palma, the legendary director known for gangster movies like "Scarface," "The Untouchables" and "Carlito's Way," is set to return to the big screen with the action-thriller "Lights Out." The filmmaker was recently awarded the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory to the Filmmaker Award at the 2015 Venice Film Festival. He's also the subject of a new documentary by Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow, which A24 will release theatrically next year. "Lights Out" tells the story of Lin Shen, a blind Chinese girl who gets caught up in a conspiracy to expose a top-secret assassination program. The movie will be the first joint venture of Arclight Films and Huace Media under the name Aurora Alliance Films. The plot synopsis sits well with the mission De Palma has taken in the past few years. Once a filmmaker that some critics referred to as a "misogynist," he's now trying to skew his perspective to align more with feminist agendas. »
- Jeremy Berkowitz
Thanks to the premiere of Noah Baumbach and Jake Paltrow‘s new documentary De Palma on the fall festival circuit, there’s been rejuvenated interest in the work of the director. We called it “a fascinating, revealing, and compelling overview of a remarkably eclectic career, but it’s also a seldom-heard first-hand account of what it’s like to work inside and outside the Hollywood system.” As we look forward to A24’s theatrical release next year, it begs the question of what Brian De Palma will actually be directing next.
There was word he might reteam with Al Pacino on both the remake Retribution as well as Happy Valley, then we got the news he might put a new spin on Thérèse Raquin. It seems as they’ve all been put on the backburner, as a press release informs us his next film, Lights Out, is now pre-production. The action thriller, »
- Jordan Raup
The film is the story of a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.
Casting is currently underway for top roles, including an A-list Chinese actress to star as the female action hero lead.
The film is the first to be made by Aurora Alliance Films the joint venture banner between Huace, one of China’s leading TV producers, and Sydney- and Los Angeles-based Arclight. The joint venture company was announced in September with a $300 million slate of high concept action pictures.
De Palma, an iconic member of the ‘New Hollywood’ wave, is one of Hollywood’s top brand name directors. He was recently »
- Patrick Frater
The story follows a blind Chinese girl unknowingly caught in a plot to expose a top-secret assassination program. Although blind, she is able to use her other heightened senses to fight back and become a hero.
Lamont Magee and Jeff W. Byrd penned the script. Pre-production is now underway and casting is currently taking place for top roles, including an A-list Chinese actress as the female action hero lead.
French-born director Xavier Gens was previously attached to direct.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
In the past two years, Zhejiang Huace has emerged as one of the most important new forces not only on the Chinese film and TV scene, but also on the international one.
Founded only 10 years ago by Zhao Yifang, the company — with roots in the independent TV business — had the backing of the provincial government of Zhejiang and the municipal government of Hangzhou, the same home town as e-commerce giant Alibaba.
These days the company stretches from TV production to feature film, and from artist management in China to theatrical distribution in South Korea. It has its own stock market listing, but also counts the backing of Baidu, the online giant built around China’s largest search engine and which also owns iQIYI.
Huace describes its strengths as being primarily in developing screenplays and distribution, rather than in production. That distribution capacity was recently highlighted when Huace boarded Hou Hsiao »
- Patrick Frater
If you've ever had to take your grandfather on spring break with you, then you can surely related to the upcoming Dirty Grandpa. Lionsgate, via Buzzfeed, has released the first trailer and poster for this outrageous comedy, starring Zac Efron as a young man who gets talked into a road trip pilgrimage with his grandfather, played by Robert De Niro. As you can see in the video below, and as you can likely surmise from the title alone, Robert De Niro's Dick Kelly is not your average grandfather.
Jason Kelly (Zac Efron) is one week away from marrying his boss' uber-controlling daughter (Julianne Hough), putting him on the fast track for a partnership at the law firm. However, when the straight-laced Jason is tricked into driving his foul-mouthed grandfather, Dick (Robert De Niro), to Daytona for spring break, his pending nuptials are suddenly in jeopardy. Between riotous frat parties, »
Gary Hamilton has struck a partnership with president Zhao Yifang of China’s Huace Group to collaborate on a slate of at least three high-concept features a year.
Huace and Aurora Alliance, a new venture created through the partnership, will jointly produce the slate of Chinese, Us and Australian co-productions, while Arclight will handle sales outside China.
The parties claim to have secured “top-tier Hollywood directors” to each project and are in final talks with James McTeigue to direct what they say will be one of the most expensive Chinese co-productions ever, which is being developed with Thunder Road’s Basil Iwanyk.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Huace Group, one of China’s leading studios, has struck a pact with Los Angeles- and Sydney-based Arclight Films to produce a slate of films through a new joint venture company.
Arclight and Huace are to set up Aurora Alliance Films, which will develop, finance and produce a slate of “high concept” international co-productions and deliver three films per year. The companies said that the first pictures under the new banner have all secured Hollywood directing talent.
James McTeigue is in advanced talks to direct an untitled Chinese co-production being produced by Basil Iwanyk’s Thunder Road (“Gods of Egypt”). The film is an international action thriller that will shoot in Australia and China, and which Arclight says will be one of the biggest budgeted Chinese productions ever mounted.
Huace and Arclight are also working on “Safecracker, »
- Patrick Frater
This deluxe package contains all 8 soundtracks from the original series, over 8 hours of music including almost 3 hours of bonus tracks. New artwork has been commissioned for the set (by artist Shawn Conn, http://atomicdeadguy.com/), and configuring the sleeves together forms a larger piece of art. Before you have any nightmares, please don’t worry … the original Matthew Joseph Peak creations are included in the packaging.
The set comes complete with the trademark knitted Freddy sweater encasing the outer box.
The world was introduced to Wes Craven’s Freddy Krueger (portrayed by Robert Englund) in 1984 with A Nightmare On Elm Street. Krueger was a former child killer seeking revenge against the parents who burned him by haunting the dreams of their teenage children and killing them in their dreams. »
- Michelle McCue
[[tmz:video id="0_z1u6vwfl"]] Donald Trump is covered on offense And defense -- on the same day Tom Brady backed him, we got ex-stud linebacker Shawne "Lights Out" Merriman ... declaring his "friend" deserves to be prez. Merriman was in Hollywood Wednesday when we asked him about Brady's endorsement of Trump, and he not only co-signed ... he revealed Trump has "always been a good friend" of his, and someone he can call at anytime. It's unclear how Shawne and Donald first hooked up, »
- TMZ Staff
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