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Goode will star opposite Teresa Palmer — who has her own history of romancing the undead, thanks to 2013’s Warm Bodies — in A Discovery of Witches, an adaptation of Deborah Harkness’ internationally best-selling All Souls Trilogy. The story follows Oxford student Diana Bishop (Palmer), a descendant of the witches of Salem who becomes romantically involved with Matthew, a 1,500-year-old vampire.
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The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year, will open on Oct. 6 in New York, followed by a release to Boston, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and select cities across the U.S.
The movie is directed by Kief Davidson, whose credits include “The Ivory Game” and “A Lego Brickumentary,” and Pedro Kos, an editor on “Waste Land” and “The Island President.” The producer is Cori Shepherd Stern (“Open Heart,” “Warm Bodies”).
The film centers on three Harvard med students — Jim Kim, current president of the World Bank; Paul Farmer; and Ophelia Dahl — who became pioneers of global health by inventing an international framework for fighting diseases such as tuberculosis, AIDS, Sars, and Ebola.
Variety‘s Geoff Berkshire gave “Bending the Arc” a strong review: “For anyone who wants to believe in »
- Dave McNary
The unique romantic comedy with a paranormal twist, Warm Bodies, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) for the first time ever on October 3 from Lionsgate. In this story about the power of human connection, Nicholas Hoult stars as an unusual zombie who forms a special relationship with a human girl as they struggle to survive during a zombie epidemic. Rounding out the all-star cast is Teresa Palmer, Emmy® winner Rob Corddry (Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama, “Childrens Hospital,” 2008) and two-time Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Best Supporting Actor, 1993, In the Line of Fire, and 1984, Places in the Heart). 4K Ultra HD provides over four times the resolution of Full HD and includes Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast. Written for the screen and directed by Jonathan Levine (The Night Before, »
- ComicMix Staff
In this story about the power of human connection, Nicholas Hoult stars as an unusual zombie who forms a special relationship with a human girl as they struggle to survive during a zombie epidemic. (Review)
Rounding out the all-star cast is Teresa Palmer, Emmy® winner Rob Corddry (Actor in a Short Form Comedy or Drama, “Childrens Hospital,” 2008) and two-time Academy Award® nominee John Malkovich (Best Supporting Actor, 1993, In the Line of Fire, and 1984, Places in the Heart).
4K Ultra HD provides over four times the resolution of Full HD and includes Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (Hdr) to deliver the brightest, most vivid and realistic color with the greatest contrast.
- Michelle Hannett
In February, a number of directors emerged as the top picks to direct Suicide Squad 2, including Hollywood golden boy Mel Gibson, Zombieland’s Ruben Fleischer, Safe House’s Daniel Espinosa, and Warm Bodies’ Jonathan Levine. Now, none of those guys are attached any longer, and The Shallows director Jaume Collet-Serra is the new frontrunner. That’s according to Deadline, but a separate Hollywood Reporter story says that Gibson decided not to take the job over some script delays and that Warner Bros. has a new treatment written by Zak Penn (who worked on The Avengers and Ready Player One).
Collet-Serra is also the director behind the Liam Neeson movies Non-Stop, Run All Night, and The Commuter, and he has apparently been in high-demand in Hollywood for a while now. Of course, Suicide Squad 2 isn’t an unforgettable Liam Neeson vehicle like Run All Night, so it remains to »
- Sam Barsanti
For years, he's brought the dead to life in books like Patient Zero and Rot & Ruin, so it's rather fitting that prolific author Jonathan Maberry has now teamed up with the legendary George A. Romero to co-edit an anthology set within the early stages of the zombie uprising in Night of the Living Dead. Titled Nights of the Living Dead, the new anthology is now available from St. Martin's Press (check out our giveaway here), and to celebrate, we caught up with Maberry for our latest Q&A feature to discuss his work on the living dead dream project, and we also have a claustrophobic excerpt from his short story "Lone Gunman."
Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for us, Jonathan. How did the opportunity come about to collaborate on a Night of the Living Dead anthology with the legend himself, George A. Romero?
- Derek Anderson
Newly minted blockbuster superstar Gal Gadot was hardly a household name when she was picked to play Wonder Woman in DC’s Extended Universe, including turns in “Batman v Superman” and “Justice League” and a starring role in the studio’s newest smash hit, “Wonder Woman.” Best known to action-loving audiences for her supporting roles in the “Fast and Furious” franchise, the former Israeli soldier is now a bonafide breakout, thanks to her work in the long-awaited and instantly beloved superhero film. Fortunately, she’s not the only actress who made the jump from rising star to tentpole leading lady.
Oscar winner Alicia Vikander is toplining the newly re-launched “Tomb Raider” franchise, while “Kingsman” and “Star Trek Beyond” standout Sofia Boutella will star in the upcoming “The Mummy” reboot and presumably continue on in the planned “Dark Universe” franchise. Daisy Ridley has handily taken over chief badass status on the »
- Kate Erbland
To entice Goldie Hawn back to the big screen -- for her first film in 15 years -- it took a special script (Snatched), a special co-star (Amy Schumer) and a special director: Jonathan Levine, whose past work includes the cancer dramedy, 50/50, and the stoner Christmas carol, The Night Before. In his latest, Levine is tackling mother-daughter bonding (and snatchin') and Et phoned the director to discuss the road to bringing Hawn out of semi-retirement, doing improv with Schumer and the movie he would like to direct with Jennifer Lawrence.
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Jonathan Levin: Basically »
Let's wax nostalgic for a moment and celebrate the physical side of home video. Even though many of us fondly recall the VHS era, the popularity of DVD players surpassed videocassette recorders back in 2006. This popularity was reflected in movies like Hot Fuzz (top) and This Means War (below). Blu-ray, originally envisioned as the higher-fidelity successor to the DVD, was fated to survive the zombie apocalypse, according to Warm Bodies (below). But Blu-ray players have not achieved the same popularity as DVD players; the rise of digital streaming has had a large impact over the past few years. Still, 15% of U.S. homes do not have a broadband internet connection and many people have held onto their DVD machines and treasure their collections, which sometimes number...
- Peter Martin
Welcome to the “Preview Reel” column, where we look at the week’s upcoming wide-release movies. Marvel started the summer with a huge bang (as it does every summer) with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, this weekend looks to be much calmer. Guardians looks to dominate the box office again, but two newcomers will attempt to take on mighty Marvel. Guy Ritchie’s King Arthur: Legend of the Sword will try to take away some of the action buffs, while Amy Schumer’s Snatched looks to provide an alternative for comedy film fans.
What we are excited about: A modern re-telling of the classic King Arthur story is an intriguing concept. The 2004 film King Arthur was a little too bland for our taste, and Legend of the Sword looks anything but bland. Guy Ritchie is a polarizing director, but what worked so well »
- Scott Davis
Directed by Jonathan Levine.
When her boyfriend dumps her before their exotic vacation, a young woman persuades her ultra-cautious mother to travel with her to paradise, with unexpected results.
Around halfway through Snatched (an exotic-vacation-gone-wrong comedy from Jonathan Levine who is known for directing emotional cancer dramedy 50/50 and the underrated zombie rom-com Warm Bodies, and written by Katie Dippold who most recently worked on the divisive Ghostbusters reboot) is a scene where daughter Emily (played with the crudeness and feminist bite to be expected from the consistently controversial Amy Schumer) is told by random local doctors out in the Amazon (don’t ask me, nothing in this movie really makes a lick of sense, increasingly becoming too ridiculous even for an outlandish comedy) that a tapeworm has invaded her upper body. Of course, this »
- Robert Kojder
Lauded actress and boundary-busting comedian Goldie Hawn hasn’t appeared in a film in over a decade, let alone starred in one, so her return to the big screen should be considered a very big deal. Too bad that the Oscar-winning actress’ first project in 15 years isn’t just a misfire, but one that commits the unforgivable sin of not allowing Hawn to inhabit her stature as a great comedic performer. Jonathan Levine’s “Snatched” has bigger problems than just that one, but the decision to cast Hawn as a worrywart mother saddled with a woefully immature daughter (Amy Schumer) on a trip from hell is indicative of many of this limp action-comedy’s biggest sins. And there are so many.
Eschewing the kind of flinty, in-your-face charm that made her turn in 2015’s bawdy rom-com “Trainwreck” (which she both wrote and starred in) such a treat, Schumer’s role »
- Kate Erbland
While the upcoming R-rated comedy Snatched will probably get more attention for its two stars, Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn--the latter making her first big screen appearance in almost 15 years--the man behind the camera is director Jonathan Levine, who continues to diversify his filmography with this female-driven comedy.
Levine first got attention for his early indie The Wackness, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2008, and he followed that by adapting the young adult zombie romance Warm Bodies, then making the cancer comedy 50/50 and the Christmas comedy The Night Before, the latter two with Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
In Snatched, Amy Schumer plays Emily Middleton, who has plans to go to South America on a romantic trip with her boyfriend, but when he breaks up with her she asks her mother Linda (Hawn) to make the trip with her. Once there, the two are constantly fighting, but »
- Edward Douglas
Back in January, Cult of Chucky, Universal 1440's highly-anticipated horror sequel, started production, with director Don Mancini and star Jennifer Tilly sharing the first set photos. Now that the film is in post-production, the wait for the first trailer begins. But before the first footage drops, writer-director Don Mancini descended upon the Monsterpalooza convention in Pasadena, California this weekend, where he shed some new light on this sequel. During his convention appearance, the director made quite the bold statement, revealing that this will be the goriest Chucky movie ever.
"The gore effects in this movie, this is definitly the goriest of all of the movies. [This] wasn't something [we] set out to do, it just sort of turned out that way."
Don Mancini was joined by Jennifer Tilly, Fiona Dourif and animatronic effects supervisor Tony Gardner at the convention, with the director revealing that the story picks up directly after 2013's Curse of Chucky. »
Like most DC Extended Universe films, The Flash hasn’t exactly had the easiest time getting off the ground. While the television version of the character, currently seen on The CW, has found huge success, the big screen outing hasn’t quite come together just yet. After losing two directors in Seth Grahame-Smith and Rick Famuyiwa, the script is now being re-written from scratch and it appears as if the project is a long ways away from getting in front of cameras. Or is it?
Despite previous reports which told us that Warner Bros. was in no rush to find someone to helm the solo outing for the Fastest Man Alive, some new leaks from Reddit point to that not being the case. Of course, with all information that comes from Reddit, we advise taking this with a pinch of salt, but according to the leak, the studio is now »
- Mark Cassidy
Verticle Entertainment have released the first trailer for the sundance hit thriller, Berlin Syndrome.
While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer, Clare, meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues.
But what initially appears to be the start of a romance, takes an unexpected and sinister turn when [Continued ...] »
Following its debut at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year, Vertical Entertainment has debuted the first trailer for the upcoming thriller Berlin Syndrome, which is slated for theatrical release on May 26. This new thriller stars Teresa Palmer (Warm Bodies, Lights Out & Max Riemelt (Sense8), is directed by Cate Shortland (Lore), written by Shaun Grant (The Snowtown Murders), and based on the novel by Melanie Joosten. This new thriller could very well be one of the breakout indie hits this summer, if it finds the right audience.
While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer, Clare (Teresa Palmer), meets Andi (Max Riemelt), a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance, takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. »
Berlin Syndrome, which premiered at Sundance earlier this year, and will be hitting theaters on May 26, 2017 from Vertical Entertainment.
Read Variety’s review here.
Check out the brand new trailer.
While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photographer, Clare, meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them.
A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance, takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment.
An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.
Looking forward to this one.
Ever a big fan of Palmer’s, »
- Michelle McCue
Rogen will play an unemployed journalist, battered by his own misfortune and self-destructive ways, who endeavors to pursue Theron’s character — his childhood crush and babysitter, who now happens to be one of the most powerful and unattainable women on earth. The script is written by veteran comedy scribe Dan Sterling. Production is expected to begin in August.
- Dave McNary
The Shallows director Jaume-Collet Serra is the latest candidate in the mix for Suicide Squad 2, according to a report from Meet the Movie Press (via Screen Rant). Should a deal place, the filmmaker will be working from a script penned by Adam Cozad (The Legend of Tarzan).
Jaume-Collet Serra, who is perhaps best known for his action-oriented collaborations with Liam Neeson (see: Unknown, Non-Stop, Run All Night and upcoming thriller The Commuter), cropped up in conversation amid the ongoing episode of Mtmp, where reporter Jeff Sneider named-dropped as a potential candidate for the gig. It should be noted that this merely indicates that Serra is one of many filmmakers currently populating Warner’s wishlist – you know, assuming Sneider’s sources are sound – which has also made room for Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland), Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Daniel Espinosa (Life) and Mel Gibson, who is coming hot off the Oscar-nominated war epic, »
- Michael Briers
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