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Genuine surprise is a rare occurrence in television viewing these days. The omnipresence of media (both social and traditional) has made it nearly impossible to stay spoiler-free. In fact, viewers have to make a concerted effort to stay in the proverbial dark, all-the-while hoping with baited breath and crossed fingers that people associated with any given show won't leak an important twist.
Imagine my amazement, then, when I sat down to watch Grey's Anatomy episode "How to Save a Life" having no idea what was going to happen to Derek Shepherd. Sure, the anticipation had been mounting since Derek didn't show for his meeting in Washington, D.C. I had my theories, of course. There seemed to be anvils aplenty that Derek was doomed. Yet, despite all of this, I started the episode not knowing what events led to the police showing up at the Dream House to talk to Meredith. »
Roe plays Holt, a young man who begins to become distant from his girlfriend, Julia (Lutz) after watching the infamous deadly videotape the series is known for.
The American remake and subsequent sequel (The Ring and The Ring Two) of Hideo Nakata’s 1998 horror-thriller were released in 2002 and 2005 respectively, and told the now infamous story of a videotape of ghoulish images that causes anyone who watches it to die seven days later.
- Scott J. Davis
British actor Alex Roe has signed on to play the male lead in Paramount's Rings, which we reported last week will be a prequel to the studio's 2002 thriller The Ring. While that report has yet to be confirmed, it claimed that this new story will be set several years before The Ring, focusing on the origin of Samara's reign of terror and how the mysterious video tape was created. In The Ring, anyone who watches this VHS tape dies seven days later.
We reported in January that Matilda Lutz has signed on as the lead character, but no details about her role were given. Deadline reports that Alex Roe is playing Holt, the boyfriend of Matilda Lutz's character who suddenly becomes distant after he watches the aforementioned tape. Since the earlier report reveals the story will examine how the tape is created, these new details could either mean that the previous report was inaccurate, »
Paramount Pictures has cast little-known Italian actress Matilda Lutz as the female lead for Rings, a follow-up to 2002's The Ring and 2005's The Ring Two which was formerly known as The Ring 3D. While it hasn't been confirmed, this project is expected to continue the continuity from the first two thrillers, although it will feature a brand new cast. Naomi Watts, who starred in both The Ring and The Ring Two, will not be returning for the sequel.
No details were given for Matilda Lutz's character, but the story is said to feature the tormented Samara and a deadly videotape, although no specific story details were released. We reported in July that F. Javier Gutiérrez (Before the Fall, The Crow) signed on to direct, with screenwriter Akiva Goldsman coming aboard in August to rewrite the script, which was originally written by David Loucka (House at the End of the Street, »
In light of his recent titles, it’s hard to forget that Jim Sheridan started out with My Left Foot back in 1989, and went on to work with Daniel Day-Lewis in two more superb roles. In 2004, Sheridan saw a resurgence with the success of In America, but a string of intriguing choices afterwards all seemed to fail, including the 50 cent headlined Get Rich or Die Tryin’, an unwise remake of Susanne Bier’s Brothers, and a supernatural thriller that was subjected to studio interference, Dream House. We’re thinking The Secret Scripture, based on the novel by Sebastian Barry and set to film in Ireland, will be a comeback worth anticipating, as it features a strong cast led by Rooney Mara. The film’s focus is a woman and her diary during an extended stay at a mental hospital. »
- Nicholas Bell
5 items from 2015
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