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“Gone Girl” author Gillian Flynn has yet another adaptation in the pipeline. Her debut novel “Sharp Objects” is being developed as a one-hour serialized drama with Marti Noxon on board as showrunner and writer and Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum and Charles Layton to executive produce.
“Sharp Objects” follows a reporter who has to cover the murder of two preteen girls in her hometown following a brief stint in a psych hospital. The novel has won two of Britain’s Dagger Awards and was an Edgar Award finalist.
- Alex Stedman
Remakes/reboots are really just business as usual for Hollywood, but in recent years it’s become especially fashionable to revamp films, movie franchises, and/or properties that were born in the 1980s (The Karate Kid, Fright Night, 21 Jump Street, and so forth). It’s been a few years since last we had anything to report about MGM’s planned re-imaging of another ’80s child in WarGames, but today we can offer you a significant update in the form of reports about the project getting a new director and writer (along with an idea of who’s being eyed to headline the film).
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- Sandy Schaefer
The genre arm of IFC has acquired North American rights to Outpost 37, an action sci-fi thriller starring Joe Reegan, Rick Ravanello and Matthew Holmes. Director Jabbar Raisani makes his feature helming debut after serving as a VFX pro on Predators, Machete, Fright Night, and HBO’s Game Of Thrones. Film follows a documentary crew tracking a group of elite soldiers after an alien invasion who reach the world’s most dangerous outpost only to discover that the first wave was just the beginning. Raisani and Blake Clifton wrote the pic which was produced by Laurie Cook, Jason Newmark and Trevor Engelson […] »
Million Dollar Arm is a Disney sports movie, which is to say you should walk in knowing exactly what to expect, a heart-warming film about people rising to the challenge, getting over themselves and finding success in the face of defeat. That's what you should expect and, for the most part, that's what you get. Perhaps the oddest thing for me, was that it's directed by Craig Gillespie, though he does seem to be making the rounds going from the edgy sports comedy Mr. Woodcock, to the indie dramedy Lars and the Real Girl, the comedic horror in Fright Night and now soft, family fare for Disney. It's a curious directorial path, but he seems comfortable with it. The obvious and easiest comparison to make is to call this film "Jerry Maguire light", which is really saying something since Maguire is pretty light stuff to start with. However, we're dealing »
- Brad Brevet
On the surface, Disney's Jon Hamm-starring feel-good family film "Million Dollar Arm" has all the makings of a typical studio sports movie, but dig deeper and you'll be surprised to learn the project has some serious indie cred going for it. For starters, it boasts a screenplay by multiple Independent Spirit Award-winner Thomas McCarthy ("Win Win," "The Visitor"), who makes his foray into live action studio filmmaking with this project. Adding to its indie appeal is the director Disney employed for the gig, Craig Gillespie, of "Lars and the Real Girl" fame. In addition to "Lars" and "Million Dollar Arm," Gillespie is best known for directing multiple episodes of the Showtime series "United States of Tara," the remake of "Fright Night," and countless commercials and music videos for artists like Kid Cudi. "Million Dollar Arm," based on actual events, centers on a desperate sports agent (Hamm) who concocts a »
- Nigel M Smith
Baseball season is upon us, and so is Disney’s new homerun Million Dollar Arm, which opens this Friday. Recently, Wamg attended a press day where star (and fellow St. Louis Cardinals fan) Jon Hamm joined co-star Lake Bell along with real-life inspirations for the film Jb Bernstein and Rinku Singh to talk about the new summer baseball flick in a small press conference. Also participating were producers Gordon Gray and Joe Roth. Check it out below.
Based on a true story, sports agent Jb Bernstein (Jon Hamm) finds that business has changed and things aren’t going well for his career. In a last ditch effort to save his livelihood he concocts a scheme to find baseball’s next great pitching ace. Hoping to find a young cricket pitcher he can turn into a major league baseball star, Jb travels to India to produce a reality show competition called “The Million Dollar Arm. »
- Melissa Howland
Craig Gillespie (the "Fright Night" remake and "Lars and the Real Girl") is certainly no stranger to offbeat drama and comedy, and "Million Dollar Arm" represents his greatest dance with dramedy. The inspirational biopic about recruiting two raw talents from India and turning them into major league baseball pitchers in less than a year also afforded "Mad Men's" Jon Hamm the opportunity to show off the full range of his acting chops, according to the director. Meanwhile, even though live-action family fare has been supplanted by animation, Disney continues its string of true-life sports dramas with "Million Dollar Arm," mixing the fish-out-of-water theme with a redemptive arc. Sports agent Jb Bernstein (Hamm) is so desperate for star clients that he concocts a wild scheme to find baseball's next great pitching ace in India. It's like finding the proverbial needle in a haystack of cricket bowlers. Yet Dinesh ("Slumdog Millionaire »
- Bill Desowitz
Of all the Francos right now, Dave Franco is the Daviest. In other words, it's silly to compare James Franco and Dave Franco because the more we see of the two of them, the more it becomes apparent that shared DNA aside, these guys are radically different performers. In "Neighbors," Franco plays Pete, the right-hand-man to Teddy (Zac Efron). The two of them rule the frat in the film and exist as a sort of living embodiment of the bro code. One of the things that "Neighbors" does well is the way it begins with broad stereotypes and then reveals the characters to be far weirder than they originally seem. Franco's character emerges as the "smartest" of the frat guys, an admittedly low bar, and his relationship with Teddy drives the film is some very funny directions. Franco also returns in "22 Jump Street" this summer for at least one sequence, »
- Drew McWeeny
I have a massive amount of love and respect for Psycho II. To take what is considered by many to be not only one of the greatest horror films of all time, but one of the greatest films of all time Period, and make a sequel to it…that takes some courage. Not only did writer Tom Holland (Fright Night, Child’S Play) and director Richard Franklin (Roadgames) rise to the challenge, they created a sequel that is held with intense reverence by fans all across the board.
Picking up 22 years after the events of the first Psycho, Psycho II brings Norman Bates home, where he is thrown into a web of confusion (most of which is at the hands of Lila Loomis, sister of Marion Crane, Janet Leigh’s unfortunate character from the original film), unsure if he’s losing his mind or if ‘mother’ is back at it. »
- Jerry Smith
As a horror fan who thrives on the sight of autumn leaves, the intermingling of orange and black and the unmistakable smell of a freshly-gutted pumpkin, of course I relish the idea of a fall season jam-packed with new horror films in the theater. But my fondest horror movie memories come from those offerings that arrived during the summer. If you've followed my ramblings over the years, you know my go-to summer horror movie recollection. It involves getting the opportunity to see Fright Night opening night - at nine years old - and being presented, en route to the theater, with an escape plan by my father, in case I was too scared to see the film.
The post Summer Horror Movie Memories & Fright Guide to the Last 34 Years appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
A new slasher movie is on it's way from Caliber Media and Revek Entertainment. 'Some Kind of Hate' is the bringing together of revenge and the supernatural as a bullied kid summons a spirit to deal with his tormentors. It's good to see writer/director Adam Egypt Mortimer trying something a little bit different with the genre but it does sound like a familiar amalgamation of past horror features that have already treaded similar ground - such as Brit horror 'Tormented' amongst others. But still our hopes are high. 'Some Kind of Hate' stars Ronen Rubinstein, the gorgeous Grace Phipps ('Fright Night'), Sierra McCormick, Michael Polish, Noah Segan ('Looper'), Spencer Breslin ('The Happening'), Maestro Harrell ('Suburgatory'), Jasper Polish ('The Astronaut Farmer'), Jeremy Hawkins, Brando Eaton and the sexy Lexi Atkins -below ('Zombeavers'). »
Reunion, Bert Havird’s shock-a-minute psychological horror-thriller, is excited to announce that it has completed casting!
Helmed by Shawn Chou, the feature, which plays on themes of love, loss, abandonment and revenge, will wrap in mid-April and plans are afoot to have a rough cut ready to wow distributors by mid-May. Shooting in Topanga, Malibu and Anaheim, Reunion already boasts the talents of Jack Turner, Sarah Schreiber, Reign Morton, Cara Santana and Maria Olsen, but this week is all about the film’s new stars!
Not one, but two amazing young actors have been cast to play the younger versions of Jack Turner’s Brad – our troubled leading man – and these boys, of whom we will, no doubt, be seeing a Lot in future, are Lucas Barker and William Leon.
8-year-old Barker’s intensity packs a simply phenomenal punch, and he is best known for his appearances in the chilling »
Hollywood is still trying to make Chris Pine happen. Outside of the "Star Trek" franchise, the actor has been a non-starter, but that's not stopping Disney from choosing Pine to lead "The Finest Hours." Penned by Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson and based on the book by Casey Sherman and Michael J. Tougias, the film would tell the story of a 1952 Coast Guard mission to rescue the crew of two oil tankers that crash off the coast of Cape Cod. Robert Schwentke was originally set to direct, but now that he's busy with "Insurgent," Craig Gillespie ("Fright Night") is now in talks. [The Wrap] Fox is keeping their "Fantastic Four" and "Chronicle" star Michael B. Jordan in the family, snapping up the T.J. Fixman pitch "Men Who Kill" and developing it for the actor. No firm plot details, but tonally it's said to be "an international 'Bad Boys,' " which says about all you need to know. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Star Trek actor Chris Pine is in talks to join Disney's coast guard film, The Finest Hours. It will tell the true story of a daring 1952 coast guard rescue of 84 men off Cape Cod after two oil tankers collided and were torn in half by waves during a fierce blizzard. Craig Gillespie is also in talks to direct the project. He's the director of films such as Fright Night and Million Dollar Arm.
This really is an incredible and heroic story, and I think it will make for an amazing film. This is a perfect project for Pine to take on. It's easy to imagine him in a movie like this. The film will be an adaptation of a book with the same name, and here's the synopsis:
In the winter of 1952, New England was battered by the most brutal nor'easter in years. As the weather wreaked havoc on land, »
- Joey Paur
Chris Pine is back to save the day. The "Star Trek Into Darkness" star is currently in negotiations to play the lead in the drama "The Finest Hours" for Disney. Based on true events, "Hours" takes place in 1952, when two massive oil tankers collided in the Atlantic off the coast of New England. The Coast Guard launch a mammoth rescue operation in order to save the ships' crews, according to Variety. Although nothing is confirmed, Pine would likely play one of the lead rescuers. Craig Gillespie ("Million Dollar Arm," "Lars and the Real Girl," "Fright Night") will direct, while Jim Whitaker will produce the film. Pine recently starred in "Jack Ryan," and will next be seen in the all-star musical "Into the Woods," and the comedy sequel "Horrible Bosses 2." »
- Dave Lewis
The story follows two oil tankers caught in massive Nor'easter storm off the New England coast in 1952. The ships split in two, and their crews were thrown into the ferocious seas.
Source: THR »
- Garth Franklin
Though his last stab at screen heroism, Jack Ryan, didn’t exactly set the box office alight, Chris Pine has had better luck at the helm of a ship, even if it is one that traverses between the stars and not across the ocean. He will be hoping for similar success with a real-life naval tale, The Finest Hours.According to The Hollywood Reporter, Pine is in talks to star in the film drawn from the true story of two oil tankers caught in a massive Nor’easter storm off the New England coast in 1952. The ships split in two and their crews were thrown into the raging seas. The coast guard was called out and had to attempt a rescue in the tempestuous waves. Though his role isn’t specified, Pine would likely be leading the Guard crew.Fright Night director Craig Gillespie is in talks to call the shots on this one, »
At first, a movie about vampires might sound like an odd fit for indie cult director Jim Jarmusch, but it actually makes perfect sense -- afer all, what better subject matter could there be for a director who's made a career out of exploring ennui?
So in Jarmusch's latest, "Only Lovers Left Alive," Tom Hiddleston stars as a world-weary vampire named Adam, hiding out in Detroit as a reclusive rock star, while his undead other half (Eve, naturally), played by Tilda Swinton, lives halfway across the world in Tangier, Morocco. Anton Yelchin, Adam's unwitting familiar/gofer Ian, and Mia Wasikowska as Eve's uncontrollable younger sister round out the small cast, and the result is a gorgeously shot and wickedly funny love story, packed with the same oddball charm and quirky characters on which Jarmusch has made his name.
Following the movie's premiere during the Toronto International Film Festival last fall, »
- Rick Mele
With director James Foley, Ld Entertainment and the producers of the 2011 Fright Night remake set to oversee the re-imagining of director Adrian Lyne’s 1990 psychological horror film Jacob’s Ladder, we caught up exclusively with the project’s screenwriter Jeff Buhler (above) in order to get the low-down on the project. Read on!
Best known to genre audiences for scripting 2008’s Clive Barker-inspired Midnight Meat Train and writing and directing that year’s feature Insanitarium (and who is also penning the upcoming Ghost House Pictures’ re-launch of The Grudge franchise), Buhler said of the feature project (whose source material surrounds a Vietnam veteran suffering Disassociative Identity Disorder), “Jacob’s Ladder came to my attention by the producers Alison Rosenzweig and Michael Gaeta, who are friends of mine.”
“Essentially the conundrum (with doing a remake) of Jacob’s Ladder, is that first of all it’s a ‘cult’ favorite, so »
- Sean Decker
When Only Lovers Left Alive was announced I think it was hard to not get at least a little bit excited. Here was have Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers) and Tilda Swinton (We Need To Talk About Kevin) - two powerhouse actors playing vampires in a world crafted by the always underlyingly powerful Jim Jarmusch, the man behind Ghost Dog, Dead Man and Broken Flowers, among others. That’s a lot of heavy hitter roster to begin with. Throw in the always lovable Anton Yelchin (Fright Night), the rising star Mia Wasikowska (Stoker) and the infamous John Hurt (Alien, Hellboy) and you have a stacked deck. So the question was could the film possibly live up to the hype that the cast induces? Absolutely.
The post Review: Jarmusch Puts a Refreshing, Distinctive Stamp on Vampres in Only Lovers Left Alive appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
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