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If there was any doubt that the Oscar-season engine is roaring, events, Q&As, screenings and all that jazz is at a fever pitch — and it isn’t even Thanksgiving yet. Today’s big moment belonged to reigning Best Actor winner Matthew McConaughey, who got his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame followed by a lavish lunch at Spago in Beverly Hills hosted by Paramount Chairman Brad Grey and attended by his Interstellar co-stars Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain (who was excited to sit next to Martin Landau and hear his Actors Studio stories) and Mackenzie Foy, along with director Christopher Nolan and producer/wife Emma Thomas and brother Jonathan, with whom he co-wrote the screenplay. Oh, and did I forget to mention Paramount also invited scores of Academy members to celebrate with Matthew? His family including kids and wife Camila Alves were at the ceremony, and Alves also came »
- Pete Hammond
Director Lee Daniels has had an interesting career so far. After helming Precious, a film that garnered quite a few Oscar nods, he went on to direct the bizarre and insane The Paperboy, with Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron. This was followed up by Lee Daniels’ The Butler, another film focusing on issues of race in America. Now, the director is set to helm a very different type of film from his previous endeavors, as he signs on for Demon House, a supernatural thriller.
Demon House purports to tell the “true story” of Latoya Ammons and her family who, according to Ammons, were possessed by demons starting in 2011. The Gary, Indiana resident claims that her family were possessed, their experiences rating everything from attacks by ghosts, violent behavior due to possession, hearing voice, ghostly footprints and levitation. Weirdly enough, investigations by authorities have actually supported at least some of the Ammons’ family claims, »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Director Lee Daniels, the man who brought us films such as Lee Daniels’ The Butler, The Paperboy, and Precious, is about to take on a very different genre. He's set to direct a possession horror thriller called Demon House, which is apparently based on a true story.
According to Deadline, the movie is based on Latoya Ammons and her family. The claim to have been victims of a demonic possession that has spanned over two years and counting. The things that they've gone through have been witnessed and documented by the Department of Child Services, the Gary (In) Police Department, and hospital staff. According to the report:
"The experience began with unusual occurrences in her home over two years ago, including swarms of flies around her porch in the winter and unexplainable creaking sounds in her basement. The events progressed to possessive incidents including her oldest daughter unconsciously levitating above her bed, »
- Joey Paur
The Paperboy by Lee Daniels has become one of my favorite trashy movies because it is totally nuts. And so the idea of a Lee Daniels horror film is fantastic, because that could be just the framework in which he can let loose some similar energy with a different vibe. Enter Demon House, a supernatural […]
The post Lee Daniels Directing Supernatural Thriller ‘Demon House’ appeared first on /Film. »
- Russ Fischer
Lee Daniels is not one to repeat himself, and after doing kitchen sink drama ("Precious"), swampy southern crime tale ("The Paperboy"), and prestige biopic ("Lee Daniels' The Butler"), the filmmaker is going horror. The director will get behind the camera for "Demon House," which is "based on a true story" like all of these things are. The story centers on a family who "claim to have been victims of a demonic possession that has spanned over two years and counting…The experience began with unusual occurrences in her home over two years ago, including swarms of flies around her porch in the winter and unexplainable creaking sounds in her basement. The events progressed to possessive incidents including her oldest daughter unconsciously levitating above her bed, medical staff witnessing her middle son gliding backward on the floor, wall and ceiling." No word yet on who will be penning the screenplay. [Deadline] "Night At. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Lee Daniels will direct “Demon House,” based on the story of an Indiana family that has claimed to be a victim of demonic possession.
Relativity has been developing the project since August, when the studio acquired life rights from the family of Latoya Ammons of Gary, Indiana.
Ammons and her three children have asserted that in 2011 and 2012, the children experienced episodes of levitation, strangling one another and speaking in growls. The Gary Police Department, Department of Child Services and the local church filed reports about the supernatural occurrences, and exorcisms were performed with police standing by.
One Dcs case manager witnessed Ammons’ youngest son growling with eyes rolled back, locking his hands around his older brother’s throat — with no subsequent recollection of the incident.
The Ammons family moved out of the house in »
- Dave McNary
Coming off of awards fare like Precious and The Butler (and non-awards fare like The Paperboy) it looks like director Lee Daniels is about to mix it up a bit in the genre world with Demon House. The film will be based on real-life the experiences of Latoya Ammons, who claims that her family was the victim of a demonic possession for over two years. The details of this case are particularly frightening, as you'll see when you head below. There are currently no cast attachments but we'll be sure to update you as those become available. Hit the jump for more on Lee Daniels directing Demon House. Per Deadline (who broke the story): The experience began with unusual occurrences in her home over two years ago, including swarms of flies around her porch in the winter and unexplainable creaking sounds in her basement. The events progressed to possessive »
- Evan Dickson
After dabbling in heavy dramas like The Butler and Precious, along with the peculiar The Paperboy, director Lee Daniels is heading into a completely different genre. Deadline has word that Daniels is set to direct Demon House, a fact-based possession thriller inspired by Latoya Ammons and her family, who claim to have been the victims of a real demonic possession that began two years ago and is still impacting them to this day. As with any good "true" story like this, it comes with interesting details corroborated by the Department of Child Services, police department and various hospital staff in Gary, Indiana. More below! The terror haunting the Ammons family began in their home with swarms of flies being attracted to her porch in the middle of winter, along with typical creaking sounds on the basement. Eventually, things got scarier when the oldest daughter in the family reportedly levitated above her bed. »
- Ethan Anderton
Having previously dipped a toe into southern Gothic with the completely barking mad The Paperboy, director Lee Daniels' next project looks set to be even more horrifying. He's signed up for Demon House, a possession thriller based on the "true" story of Latoya Ammons and her family.The creepy, kooky Ammons family became the focus of a media frenzy at the start of this year when mother of three Latoya and her own mother Rosa began reporting Amityville-type happenings in Latoya's rented Indiana home. It all began with an infestation of flies and escalated, they said, to Latoya's children levitating, being thrown around by unseen forces, talking to ghosts and being possessed, which made their eyes bulge and their voices get deeper. Police captain Charles Austin said he was initially sceptical but quickly became "a believer".Others, however, were less convinced, especially when a photograph purportedly showing supernatural evidence »
Precious and The Paperboy's Lee Daniels is set to direct Demon House for Relativity, reports Deadline. The company has been in development on the project since 2011 when it bought the life rights to Latoya Ammons.
Ammons and her experience with the supernatural is the inspiration behind Demon House. Reportedly, she and her sons have experienced countless possessions and have had numerous exorcisms performed over the last two years. Check out the video below which goes into a bit more detail.
The post Lee Daniels to Try His Hand at Horror With Demon House appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
The story deals with the Ammons family of Gary, Indiana who claimed to be victims of demonic possession. Latoya Ammons and her three children asserted in 2011 and 2012 that the children experienced episodes of levitation, strangling one another and speaking in growls.
The Gary Police Department, Department of Child Services and the local church filed reports about the supernatural occurrences and exorcisms were performed with police standing by.
One Dcs case manager witnessed the youngest son growling with eyes rolled back, locking his hands around his older brother's throat - with no subsequent recollection of the incident.
- Garth Franklin
For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at one of the most unusual A-listers that Hollywood has to offer. It’s none other than Matthew McConaughey, a unique star in the business. Up until recently known as a talented but easygoing movie star, he’s since undergone a career transformation that’s not just made him one of the most sought after actors around, but one of the most acclaimed as well. Last year alone, he won the Academy Award for Best Actor in a very strong year. He’s entered the second phase of his career and could reach the stratosphere before long. McConaughey got his start by stealing his scenes in Dazed and Confused. In fact, that first theatrical role gave him some instantly quotable dialogue and really established him as an interesting new actor on the scene. His next group of roles, »
- Joey Magidson
Exclusive: Zombie-horror Plan Z, TV series also among slate.
The romantic drama, currently in pre-production, follows an ambitious young dancer whose world is turned upside down when she discovers a note suggesting her lover may be cheating.
Director Toby Tobias’ thriller Blood Orange, starring Ben Lamb and musician Iggy Pop and executive produced by former Miramax executive Colin Vaines (Gangs of New York), is currently shooting in Spain.
Carnaby will also be introducing writer-drirector Stuart Brennan’s zombie »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
Matthew McConaughey turns 45 on Nov. 4. So what do you get a guy like McConaughey for his birthday, anyway? Well, without realizing it, Kate Hudson and Jim Carrey recently teamed up to honor Hollywood's most talented bro in the exact same way: with impressions of him. First, while presenting at an American Cinematheque gala honoring McConaughey, Hudson let loose with her take on his trademark drawl as she experienced it on the set of their movie Fool's Gold. Then, while hosting SNL, Carrey offered the world his impression of McConaughey with a three-part parody of the actor's stream-of-consciousness Lincoln commercials. Two »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
'Idol's Eye' production shut down: Robert De Niro, Robert Pattinson and Rachel Weisz to have starred in Olivier Assayas' action-thriller (photo: Robert Pattinson) Production on screenwriter-director Olivier Assayas' action-thriller Idol's Eye, which was to have starred two-time Oscar winner Robert De Niro (The Godfather: Part II, Raging Bull), Robert Pattinson (the Twilight movies, The Rover), and Oscar winner Rachel Weisz (The Constant Gardener), has been shut down, officially due to financing woes. Michael Benaroya's Beverly Hills-based Benaroya Pictures announced the bad news earlier today, November 3, 2014. “Due to the criteria for financing not being met by producers, Benaroya Pictures has formally decided to discontinue financing the motion picture titled Idol's Eye. The company cannot continue to put its investment at risk and has been forced to stop cash flowing [to] the production. “This is something all of us wanted to avoid, but due to the producers missing »
- Zac Gille
How ironic it was that American Cinematheque, this bastion of all things honoring the history of film, would choose to give Matthew McConaughey its highest honor at a warm, funny and revealing tribute last night at the Beverly Hilton. Because among other things, McConaughey revealed he had actually only even seen two movies — ever — before the age of 18: King Kong and Orca. And though this non-cineaste didn’t specify which King Kong, I would be willing to bet it was the 1976 remake rather than the 1933 classic.
But as the evening proved, McConaughey — whom the star’s Interstellar director Christopher Nolan referenced as “the new Paul Newman” — more than meets the Cinematheque’s definition of this award for a distinguished mid-point career of excellence and contribution to cinema.
Of course there were many mentions of what is now known as the “McConaissance,” his recent spate of career-changing film choices beginning with The Lincoln Lawyer, »
- Pete Hammond
After accepting the Academy Award for lead actor earlier this year, Matthew McConaughey isn’t done collecting accolades. He’ll be honored Oct. 21 with the 28th American Cinematheque Award.
When McConaughey accepted his Oscar in March, it marked the height of the actor’s transformation from romantic comedy staple to complex dramatic performer. But the directors who worked with the actor before and on the cusp of the McConaissance say that the spark has always been there.
“I was interested in him because I liked his pure bad-boy side,” Waters says. “It may be the precursor to what he was eventually going to move toward, but there was something about the rebel in him and that aggressiveness.”
- Christy Grosz
Like a fine wine, Zefron just keeps getting better.
Let’s get the words out of the way quick and move on to what you came for: The pictures. Happy Birthday, Zac Efron. You are now 27. We wish you would jump out of a cake for us, because what a happy birthday that would be.
Ok, Here Are The Shirtless Pictures:
2. When he filmed the (almost) drowning scene in Charlie St. Cloud:
3. When he made sweet, sweet love in The Lucky One:
4. And then Taylor Schilling got to stick her hands down his pants:
5. Whatever was happening here in The Paperboy:
Watch: You need to see Zac Efron do the “Wiggle” dance
6. And whatever was happening here. Same movie.
7. The Paperboy again, but »
More details have emerged in Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder Damon Dash's lawsuit against Lee Daniels over the Oscar-nominated filmmaker's work on such films as The Butler, Precious, The Paperboy, The Woodsman, Shadowboxer and Tennessee. As we noted in August, Dash filed a summons that outlined his claims of having written and oral agreements with Daniels. On Monday in New York Superior Court, Dash followed up with an actual complaint that provides the basis why Dash thinks himself entitled to credits, ownership and millions of dollars in compensation. Dash's lawsuit confirms reports that the dispute dates back to
- Eriq Gardner
Though it has been rolling the cameras for a while now in New York, the Marvel/Netflix take on Daredevil is still adding cast members. The latest recruit for the show is Scott Glenn.The actor, last seen in The Paperboy, will play Stick, the mysterious martial artist who teaches Matt Murdock (Charlie Cox) the ways of the warrior, which help form his Daredevil vigilante personality.“Stick is one of the most important figures in Matt Murdock’s life and Scott Glenn embodies all the qualities of someone so integral to this hero’s journey,” Marvel TV Jeph Loeb boss told Variety. “There are few actors who could bring such the authenticity, gravitas and charisma to such a key role in Matt’s journey to become the super hero we call Daredevil.”With Steven S. DeKnight acting as showrunner, Daredevil also features Deborah Ann Woll as Karen Page, Elden Henson as Franklin “Foggy” Nelson, »
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