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Demian Bichir and John Cho join Andrea Riseborough in The Grudge

Earlier this month it was reported that Andrea Riseborough (Oblivion) was joining Ghost House Pictures’ horror remake The Grudge, and now comes word from Variety that the actress is being joined by Demian Bichir (A Better Life) and John Cho (Star Trek Beyond).

The film, a new take on the 2004 movie (which was itself based upon the 2002 Japanese horror Ju-on: The Grudge) is being written and directed by Nicolas Pesce (The Eyes of My Mother), with Ghost House’s Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert producing.

“We are so excited about this new adaptation,” said Raimi. “We went back to the original source material to deliver a relentless supernatural thrill ride that explores the horrors of American suburbia.”

The original remake of The Grudge starred Sarah Michelle Gellar, and grossed almost $190 million back in 2004. It was followed by two sequels in 2006 and 2009.

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Demian Bichir Joins Andrea Riseborough in 'The Grudge' Reboot

Demian Bichir Joins Andrea Riseborough in 'The Grudge' Reboot
Demian Bichir has joined Andrea Riseborough in Sony's latest take on The Grudge.

Eyes of My Mother helmer Nicolas Pesce will direct the new adaptation of the blockbuster supernatural thriller for Sam Raimi's Ghost House and Good Universe, starting in May. Bichir’s performance in the 2011 drama A Better Life earned him an Academy Award nomination.

The CAA-repped actor is set as the male lead in ABC's drama pilot Grand Hotel, which is being executive produced by Eva Longoria.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions snapped up worldwide rights to the Grudge reboot. Spwa, Ghost House and Good Universe last...
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Demian Bichir to Star in Eva Longoria’s ABC Drama Pilot ‘Grand Hotel’

Academy Award nominee Demian Bichir has been cast as the male lead in ABC’s “Grand Hotel” drama pilot, Variety has learned.

The project is described as a soapy drama set against the backdrop of a Miami Beach hotel. It will center around the family who owns the business, the staff who run it, and the explosive secrets they hide under the perfect exterior. It is based on the Spanish series “Gran Hotel.”

In his first broadcast TV role, Bichir will play Gonzalo Cardenas, described as the handsome and charismatic owner of the Grand Riviera Hotel. Gonzalo’s super-power is his charm.
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'The Prayer' ('La Priere'): Film Review | Berlin 2018

'The Prayer' ('La Priere'): Film Review | Berlin 2018
French director and occasional actor Cedric Kahn is probably best known in the U.S. for a trio of thrillers he made more than a decade ago, beginning with the brooding sexual obsession story L’Ennui, which he followed up with the serial killer portrait Roberto Succo and the Georges Simenon adaptation Red Lights. Since then, Kahn has made a handful of dramas exploring different facets of Gallic life, from the affairs of the bourgeoisie (The Regrets) to the travails of a struggling middle-class couple (A Better Life) to those of a family living on the fringes of modern society (Wild Life).

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New September Release Date for The Conjuring 2 Spinoff Movie The Nun

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After haunting Ed and Lorraine Warren in Enfield, the demonic nun from The Conjuring 2 is going to get even more screen time when her own movie comes out this year, but we'll have to wait a little longer than expected to see the anticipated spinoff, as Warner Bros. has shifted its theatrical release from July to September.

Multiple sources, including Variety, report that New Line Cinema's The Nun is now scheduled to haunt theaters on September 7th, nearly two months after its previous July (Friday the) 13th release date.

Warner Bros. is likely looking to replicate the massive box office success of 2017's It movie, which was released in Us theaters on September 8th and has raked in over $700 million worldwide.

One of several spinoff movies in James Wan's The Conjuring cinematic universe (other entries include the Annabelle movies and the in-development Crooked Man film), The Nun
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Nordic Film Market’s Work-in-Progress to Showcase New Films by Odell, Erlingsson, Noer, Stein/Mårlind

Anna Odell’s untitled next project, Michael Noer’s “A Better Life,” Björn Stein, Måns Mårlind’s “Swoon” and Benedikt Erlingsson’s “Woman at War” will be among the 17 features set to be presented as part of the Work-in-Progress section of Goteborg Film Festival’s Nordic Film Market.

Weaving reality and fiction, the untitled Anna Odell feature stars Odell, a provocative Swedish conceptual artist, opposite Mikael Persbrandt (“In A Better World”). Produced by B-Reel Films, the film explores masculin and feminine identity, and marks Odell’s follow up to her feature debut “The Reunion,” a study of ostracism and transgression of social norms. “The Reunion” won prizes at Venice and Stockholm festivals.

Produced by Nordisk Film Production, “A Better Life” is set in 1850s Denmark and tells the tale of an old

farmer, Jens, who must make an unbearable choice in an effort to save his family from starvation. Noer’s feature debut “R,” co-directed by [link
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Goteborg works in progress line-up includes Sonja Henie biopic

17 projects selected for festival showcase.

A strong crop of works in progress projects are set to be presented at Goteborg’s Nordic Film Market, which runs Feb 1-4.

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The selection includes new films from Benedikt Erlingsson (Of Horses and Men), Michael Noer (R), and Anne Sewitsky (Happy Happy).

Presentations of clips by the directors/producers will be made to the industry attendees in Goteborg.

Erlingsson will present his new film Woman At War, an “arthouse action film” about an Icelandic woman on an environmental mission. Noer will discuss his new Danish period drama A Better Life starring Jesper Christensen as an 1850s farmer. Sewitsky will unveil footage of her Sonja Henie biopic Queen Of Ice.

The 17 projects are:

Swoon, dir Mans Marlind and Björn Stein, prod Kristina Aberg (Swe) Bergman, dir Jane Magnusson, prods Mattias Nohrborg, Fredrik Heinig, Cecilia Nessen (Swe) Happy People, dir Samanou Acheche Sahlstrøm, prod Jakob Høgel (Den
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Ridley Scott is game to make future Alien films for Disney: “It’s crazy not to do something with it”

Director Ridley Scott wants to make more films in the Aliens franchise, regardless of the fact that Disney has made a deal to acquire 21st Century Fox. Speaking to Digital Spy, the Alien: Covenant director had this to say:

“It looks to me that the Fox deal is certainly going to go ahead with Disney, and I’ve been with Fox for a number years now. I’m hoping I’ll still probably be there so whether or not they go ahead with such a dark subject, being Disney, as aliens remains to be seen. I think they should because I think, when people have a hard and fast franchise which has ongoing interest, it’s crazy not to do something with it.”

The Disney acquisition of 21st Century Fox has left some properties in a strange position. While it’s amazing to think about Wolverine joining the McU, it
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Posterized December 2017: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ ‘Phantom Thread,’ ‘The Shape of Water,’ and More

“Don’t Judge a Book by Its Cover” is a proverb whose simple existence proves the fact impressionable souls will do so without fail. This monthly column focuses on the film industry’s willingness to capitalize on this truth, releasing one-sheets to serve as not representations of what audiences are to expect, but as propaganda to fill seats. Oftentimes they fail miserably.

The critics group selections for best of everything “Cinema 2017” are here and the major players involved are arriving in limited release so audiences can play along. Big city living should provide ample opportunities to see what the hullabaloo is about and choose your own faves within it.

Not only are studios dropping their contenders all at once to ensure their yuletide cheer is tempered by box office receipts, though. They’re also not disappointing us with posters that can’t do their movies justice. I had to leave
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Starz Sets Cast For ‘Vida’ Drama Series: Mishel Prada, Karen Ser Anzoategui, Chelsea Rendon Among Regulars

Mishel Prada (Fear the Walking Dead: Passage), Karen Ser Anzoategui (East Los High), Chelsea Rendon (A Better Life), Carlos Miranda (The Bling Ring) and Maria Elena Laas (Suffering Man’s Charity) have been cast as series regulars alongside Melissa Berrera (Club de Cuervos) in Starz new Latinx drama series Vida from showrunner Tanya Saracho (How To Get Away With Murder). Vida focuses on two Mexican-American sisters, Emma and Lyn, from the Eastside of Los Angeles who couldn…
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Ridley Scott casts doubt on the future of the Alien franchise

In light of the perceived failure of Alien: Covenant, and the polarising nature of Prometheus, Ridley Scott has been speaking at a Hollywood Reporter Roundtable about the future of the Alien franchise.

Speaking about his decision to pursue directorial duties on Alien: Covenant over the arguably more successful Blade Runner 2049, Scott said “It was a crossfire of too much business”, revealing that he’s involved in some way with at least six films released this year.

Alien: Covenant grossed $240m off a $97m budget, almost half of what Prometheus accrued ($403m, $130m budget), and on this Scott hinted at the future for his iconic xenomorph:-

“I figured it was a good piece of business to follow through Prometheus, which, from the ground zero, had good lift up. So we went to Covenant to perpetuate the idea and [revive] the franchise of Alien. However, I think the beast has run out,
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Operation Finale grows with additional casting

MGM’s Nazi-hunt drama Operation Finale, starring Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley, has gained several more actors for its cast according to Deadline. Chris Weitz (A Better Life) is directing from a script by Matthew Orton. It is currently filming in Argentina.

Joining Isaac and Kingsley in the film are Ohad Knoller (Munich), Greg Hill (The Wolfman’s Hammer), Torben Liebrecht (X Company), Mike Hernandez (Honored), Greta Scacchi (Brideshead Visited) and Pêpê Rapazote (Narcos).

Isaac will portray legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin in the period film, which is based on a true story of the 1960 covert mission where Malkin infiltrated Argentina and captured Adolf Eichmann (Oscar winner Ben Kingsley), the Nazi officer who masterminded the transportation logistics that brought millions of innocent Jews to their deaths in concentration camps.
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MGM Rounds Out Cast Of Oscar Isaac-Starring Thriller ‘Operation Finale’

MGM Rounds Out Cast Of Oscar Isaac-Starring Thriller ‘Operation Finale’
Exclusive: Ohad Knoller (Munich), Greg Hill, Torben Liebrecht (X Company), Mike Hernandez, Greta Scacchi (Brideshead Visited) and Pêpê Rapazote (Netflix's Narcos) have joined the cast of MGM's thriller Operation Finale, which is currently filming in Argentina. Chris Weitz (A Better Life) is directing the project from a script by Matthew Orton. Oscar Isaac stars as legendary Mossad agent Peter Malkin in the period film, which is based on a true story of the 1960 covert…
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Exclusive ‘Boomtown’ Trailer: Oil Fields Offer A Better Life

Almost every industry over the past few years has felt the impact of the buckling economy, so when opportunities to make good money arrive, people will travel to work. North Dakota in particular has seen an influx of citizens headed to the oil fields and the new drama “Boomtown” unfolds against the backdrop of that difficult life. And today we have the exclusive trailer.

Written and directed by Sabyn Mayfield, and starring Boyd Holbrook, Dwight Yoakam, Rachel Brosnahan, Tyler Riggs, and Jocelyn Donahue, the story follows John “Jt” Turner who, struggling to make ends meet, leaves his young family behind to pursue a gruelling, yet highly coveted, job in a booming oil town.

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James Cameron praises Alien: Covenant, calls it “beautiful”

James Cameron has spoken well of Alien: Covenant, calling it a “beautiful” film.

Ridley Scott’s latest effort in the iconic Alien franchise, Alien: Covenant, hasn’t performed as well as expected with either fans or critics. It has been pretty divisive among fans of the franchise, much like its predecessor, Prometheus.

However, James Cameron, who, of course, famously directed Aliens, has commented on Covenant, speaking fondly of it for the most part.

“I thought that Alien: Covenant was a great ride. It was beautiful. I love Ridley’s films, I love his filmmaking; I love the beauty of the photography. I love the visceral sense that you’re that, that you’re present. It’s not a film that I would have made. I hope I’m not spoiling this for anybody, but I don’t like films where you invest in a character and they get destroyed at the end.
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Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant gets an Honest Trailer

Screen Junkies has unveiled its Honest Trailer for Ridley Scott’s Prometheus sequel / Alien prequel Alien: Covenant; check it out below…

When Ridley Scott wanted to wank about the meaning of life for two hours, he gave us Prometheus. Now, he’s back with a good old fashioned alien flick that returns to it’s Sci-Fi, horror roots — until it takes a sharp left turn into the same wank job territory as the last one.

In a franchise full of unforgettable characters, experience a chapter where No One stands out — except maybe Kenny Powers. And meet the crew of The Covenant, married couples who you completely forget are married until someone says, “my wife.”

Ride along and experience a bad sci-fi script in the hands of a visual genius as you enjoy shot after epic shot while ignoring how all the tech looks way more advanced in the prequel.

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Film News Roundup: Demian Bichir Joins ‘Chaos Walking’

Film News Roundup: Demian Bichir Joins ‘Chaos Walking’
In today’s roundup, Demian Bichir comes on board “Chaos Walking,” Regina Hall joins “The Hate U Give” and New Line sets up “Pulse.”


Demian Bichir has joined Lionsgate’s science-fiction adventure “Chaos Walking,” starring Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley.

Doug Liman is directing while Allison Shearmur and Doug Davison are producers. The screenplay will be written by Patrick Ness, Charlie Kaufman and John Lee Hancock.

The film is based on Patrick Ness’s “Chaos Walking: The Knife of Never Letting Go,” a book that was published in 2008 as the first in a trilogy. It’s set in a dystopian world where all living creatures can hear each other’s thoughts with Holland’s character playing the only boy in a town of men who’s forced to flee with only his dog.

Bichir will play the father of Holland’s character. Lionsgate has set a March 1, 2019, release date.

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Demian Bichir Joins Lionsgate’s ‘Chaos Walking’

Demian Bichir Joins Lionsgate’s ‘Chaos Walking’
Exclusive: Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life) is set to co-star in Doug Liman’s Chaos Walking, joining Tom Holland and Daisy Ridley in the upcoming sci-fi thriller from Lionsgate. Based on Carnegie Award-winning novelist Patrick Ness’ popular Ya trilogy, the film will open March 1, 2019. The pic centers on Todd Hewitt (Holland), who lives on the distant planet of New World that is struck by "The Noise," a virus that inflicts immersive visions on one’s every…
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Ridley Scott may use CG to add Ellen Ripley into his Alien prequels

Although the disappointing box office returns for Alien: Covenant may have harmed Ridley Scott’s hopes of a further four entries in his Alien saga. However, it seems he still intends on at least one more instalment to bring the franchise full circle, and during a recent Q&A he has now suggested using CGI to bring Sigourney Weaver’s Ellen Ripley back into the series.

“We’re heading toward the back end of the first Alien so [using CG] may be feasible. I don’t think it’ll… but Ripley’s going to be somebody’s daughter. Obviously. We’re coming in from the back end. The time constraints, of what’s the time between this film, where we leave David going off heading for that colony, I think you’re probably two films out from even considering her.”

Sigourney Weaver had been keen to reprise the role of Ellen Ripley
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Alien: Covenant Blu-ray details and special features revealed

20th Century Fox has announced details of the Blu-ray release of Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant, which will hit on August 15th in the States and includes a host of special features, including a commentary from Scott and almost 18 minutes of deleted and extended scenes. Check out the full list of special features below…

See Also: 3 Reasons Why Alien: Covenant is the Best in the Franchise Since Aliens

Special Features include:

Audio Commentary by Ridley Scott 12 Deleted and Extended Scenes (17m 58s) 5 Featurettes: Meet Walter (2m 19s), Phobos (9m 8s), The Last Supper (4m 36s), The Crossing (2m 32s), Advent (6m 40s) Master Class: Ridley Scott (55m 25s) Theatrical Trailers David’s Illustrations Audio: DTS-hd Master Audio 7.1 4K Blu-ray: Dolby Atmos

See Also: Order Alien: Covenant via Amazon Us or Amazon UK

Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created in Alien with Alien: Covenant, the second chapter in a
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