18 items from 2015
There a huge amount of “been there, done that” with the majority of films dealing with possession and/or possible exorcisms. By now, there are very few things that seem original within the subgenre and it takes a whole lot for a film to really stand out. Enter Sonny Mallhi, one of the producers behind such films as The Strangers, The House At The End Of The Street and At The Devil’S Door (just to name a few). While doing a hell of a job developing and producing films, it’s his directorial debut, Anguish, that really offers that breath of fresh air, opting not to follow traditional cliches’ within the genre and instead, giving horror fans a film that pulls you close and gives you quite the frightening experience.
There’s a very intense opening to Anguish, one that makes you as a viewer interested in where the story is going, »
- Jerry Smith
On May 12, horror and sci-fi fans have many reasons to be excited as there are a ton of great titles making their way onto Blu-ray and DVD. Anchor Bay is unleashing The Drownsman this week and Scream Factory is releasing Extraterrestrial, the latest from The Vicious Brothers, as well. Kino Lorber also has several fun cult titles getting a high-def overhaul this week, including X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes and The Premature Burial. For all you Troma lovers out there, The Toxic Avenger III is getting repackaged in a fun Blu/DVD combo pack featuring some new content that should thrill all the Toxie fans out there.
After almost drowning in a lake accident, Madison (Michelle Mylett, Antisocial) develops hydrophobia: an abnormal fear of water. After shutting the world and her friends out for over a year, her friends attempt an intervention. »
- Heather Wixson
The Vicious Brothers look to the skies in their latest film, Extraterrestrial, hitting Blu-ray from Scream Factory on May 11th. We've been provided with three Blu-ray copies of the alien abduction film to give away to Daily Dead readers.
Still reeling from her parents' divorce, April (Brittany Allen, Dead Before Dawn) is dragged by her boyfriend (Freddie Stroma, Harry Potter & The Half-Blood Prince, Pitch Perfect), and a group of his friends back to the cabin where she spent summers as a child. Her trip down memory lane takes a dramatic and terrifying turn when a fireball descends from the sky and explodes in the nearby woods. The group venture out to the crash site and discover the remnants of a ship from another planet, along with »
- Derek Anderson
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
Last week, we reported that production is under way on Paramount Pictures' Rings, which is set 13 years after the 2002 thriller The Ring. There isn't much we know about the story so far, except that it centers on a young girl (Matilda Lutzz), whose boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) watches the infamous VHS tape, which causes each person to be killed seven days after watching it. Aimee Teegarden has also recently joined the cast, but no details were given for her character. Today we have new details that could provide some Spoilers if proven to be true, so read on at your own risk.
Shock Till You Drop is reporting that an adult version of Aidan Keller, the character portrayed by David Dorfman in The Ring and the 2005 sequel The Ring Two, will appear in Rings, although it isn't known how large or small his role may be. It isn't known if David Dorfman himself, »
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, »
The site says that sources have told them that the film will take place before the remake starring Naomi Watts and Brian Cox, and will tell the story and origins of the famous tape and the first signs of terror of the evil Samara.
F. Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall) is directing the new film, which will star Italian actress Matilda Lutz, and has been written by Akiva Goldsman (Insurgent), David Loucka (House at the End of the Street) and Jacob Aaron Estes (Mean Creek).
Rings is set for release in November.
- Scott J. Davis
Back in January, we reported that Paramount Pictures is moving forward with Rings, a continuation of The Ring franchise starring Italian actress Matilda Lutz. That report revealed that Rings will follow the same timeline established in the 2002 hit The Ring and its 2005 sequel The Ring Two, but with an all new cast. Today, a new report from Bloody-Disgusting reveals that Rings is actually a prequel, set several years before The Ring.
The Ring starred Naomi Watts as a woman trying to uncover the truth about a mysterious VHS video tape. Anyone who watches the tape turns up dead just seven days later. According to this report Rings will examine how the tape was created and delve into the origins of Samara's reign of terror. The site also reports that casting is currently under way, although it isn't known when production may begin. Back in January, Paramount handed out a November 13, 2015 release date, »
Allie MacDonald (House At The End Of The Street) has booked a series regular role in NBC's multi-camera comedy pilot starring Parenthood alumna Monica Potter. The project, from creators Sherry Bilsing-Graham and Ellen Kreamer, Warner Bros. TV and Ellen DeGeneres' studio-based A Very Good Production, is loosely based on Potter's life and stars the actress as Bridget, a woman who juggles her busy family life as well as her three ex-husbands — which proves to be difficult… »
Not every movie can be a winner. And not every actor can be Meryl Streep.
Even Oscar nominees make bad movies and sometimes, in an unfortunate twist of fate and bad timing, that bomb, that dud, that total and complete flop, comes out at the same time as some of the best work of their life. Here are 11 times that happened in the past 10 years:
1. Eddie Redmayne (2015)
Losing Role: Jupiter Ascending. This totally effing bonkers Wachowski sci-fi flick came out just before Oscar voting started. And once you see Redmayne as Bowie-esque space prince Balem Abrasax, it cannot be unseen.
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2. Jennifer Lawrence (2013)
Winning Role: Silver Linings Playbook. Lawrence took home Best Actress for her turn as a trouble townie named Tiffany in this dark spin on a rom-com »
After touring the paranormal-plagued Collingwood Psychiatric Hospital, Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, the writing/directing duo known as The Vicious Brothers, step out of the asylum’s haunted halls and into the woods for their latest film, Extraterrestrial. This spring, keep one eye on the skies and the other on store shelves, because on May 12th, Scream Factory is releasing Extraterrestrial on Blu-ray and DVD with a batch of bonus features:
Press Release - “From The Vicious Brothers, the creators of Grave Encounters, comes a pulse-pounding encounter of the deadly kind. On May 12th, 2015, the sinister alien abduction thriller Extraterrestrial makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut from Scream Factory, in partnership with IFC Midnight. Filled with dread and suspense, Extraterrestrial is a hair-raising homage in the tradition of classic alien abduction movies, with impressive visual effects that bring a visceral energy to the film. Scream Factory’s Blu-ray and DVD »
- Derek Anderson
Radiant Films International has completed multiple sales deals in territories worldwide for Madame Bovary starring Mia Wasikowska including all French-speaking rights to Jour2Fête and Italy to Paco Pictures. Additional sales include Benelux to A-Film, Scandinavia to Svensk Filmindustri and Portugal to Nos Lusomundo Audiovisuais, Latin America to Swen, Australia to Transmission Films, South Korea to Noori Pictures, Turkey to Aqua Pinema, Middle East to Gulf Film, Greece to Odeon and Iceland to Myndform. Radiant is handling all foreign sales on the project which they are actively selling at Efm.
The Solution Entertainment Group is handling international rights to Tokyo Vice, produced by John Lesher’s Le Grisbi Productions. The Solution’s Myles Nestel and Lisa Wilson will exec produce and present to buyers at the Efm. UTA is representing Us rights. Adam Kassan is also producing. »
- Ali Jaafar
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, »
Thursday, January 8, 2015 ratings -- New episodes: American Idol, The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Two and a Half Men, The McCarthys, Elementary, The Biggest Loser, Bad Judge, A to Z, Parenthood, and The Taste. Specials: House at the End of the Street. Reruns: How to Get Away with Murder.
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It happens to the best of them. Distinguished actors and actresses in Hollywood can often find themselves in downright terrible movies and roles. Unfortunately, they’re pretty impossible to forget. Despite all of the other amazing performances on their resume, it’s these clunkers and misfires from the likes of beloved stars like Kate Winslet and Ryan Gosling that tend to stand out. We’ve picked 15 of the absolute worst roles by some of the best actors and actresses of our time.
Al Pacino in Jack and Jill (2011)
Honestly, we could do an entire separate list of Pacino’s worst roles, but did any of the Oscar-winning actor’s terrible movies feature the star playing himself while rapping about Dunkin’ Donuts and seducing Adam Sandler in drag? We didn’t think so.
Giving credit where it’s due, Bullock was a good »
“American Idol” may be down but it can still lead Fox to nightly victories, as it did on Thursday. The show’s two-hour auditions episode won its time period in key demos, though CBS’ “The Big Bang Theory” was easily the night’s No. 1 show and “Mom” followed it up with across-the-board series highs. And 10 p.m. dramas “Elementary” on CBS and “Parenthood” on NBC matched their season highs as they enjoy some weeks without firstrun ABC competition.
According to preliminary national estimates from Nielsen, “American Idol” averaged a 3.0 rating/9 share in adults 18-49 and 11.0 million viewers overall from 8 to 10 p.m., retaining nearly all of its hourlong demo score of the previous night (3.1 in the prelims, 3.2 in the nationals). This is the show’s best night two performance relative to night one in six years in 18-49, and the first time in 13 years (since its first season) that it »
- Rick Kissell
Fast National ratings for Thursday, January 8, 2015. Fueled by its two-hour running time, the season's second night of "American Idol" rose in viewers and nearly equalled the premiere in the key demo, helping Fox win Thursday in both measures. While "The Big Bang Theory" clobbered "Idol" across-the-board, "Idol" was able to do better against the rest of the CBS comedies, dominating the 9 p.m. hour in particular. Fox boasts this is the best Night 2 "Idol" retention in six years, but the whole one-hour versus two-hour thing makes that an apples/oranges comparison. Among other Thursday notables, the home-stretch for "Parenthood" got off to a solid start, while nobody watches NBC's 9 p.m. comedies. On to the numbers... Among adults 18-49, Fox averaged a 3.0 rating for Thursday night, comfortably beating CBS' 2.4 rating in the key demographic. There was a big drop to Fox's 1.1 key demo rating and ABC's 0.8 key demo rating. The »
- Daniel Fienberg
Still Open All Hours remained on top of the Sunday ratings, overnight data has revealed.
The BBC One comedy dipped by around 250,000 viewers from last week's episode to an average 6.12 million (26.6%) at 7.30pm.
Earlier, live Fa Cup coverage scored 5.48m (26.4%) at 5.30pm, while Countryfile appealed to 5.16m (21.3%) at 8pm. Last Tango in Halifax dropped by around 400k to 5.28m (21.8%) at 9pm.
On BBC Two, a Top Gear repeat brought in 1.52m (6.8%) at 7pm, followed by Kate Humble's Into the Volcano with 1.51m (6.2%) at 8pm. Racing Legends interested 1.10m (4.6%) at 9pm, while a Qi repeat amused 1.12m (6.2%) at 10pm.
18 items from 2015
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