8 items from 2015
Schulman most recently spent eight years as president of Mandalay Pictures.
Her title has yet to be formalized, but she began work at the newly launched studio Monday and has already been reaching out to members of the creative community. She will report to president and chief content officer Oren Aviv.
STX Entertainment was launched last year by producer Robert Simonds with the goal of fielding 12 to 15 films a year, with budgets ranging from $20 million to $80 million. Upcoming releases include the psychological thriller “The Gift” with Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton; “The Secret in Their Eyes,” a remake of the Oscar-winning Argentinian film of the same name to star Julia Roberts; and “The Free State of Jones,” an action-drama starring Matthew McConaughey.
Schulman, who won an Oscar for producing “Crash,” is tasked with putting together projects »
- Brent Lang
For the third week of February, Scream Factory is delivering a double dose of terror in their releases of the recent indie horror flick Animal as well as the 1989 cult classic adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera starring Robert Englund and Jill Schoelen.
Magnolia is also bringing us V/H/S: Viral, the latest edition of their popular horror anthology series, home on Blu-ray, DVD and VHS (which is awesome!), and indie genre fans have tons of new titles to look forward to. And for you Game of Thrones fans out there, season four is making its way on Blu and DVD this Tuesday too.
Animal (Scream Factory, Blu-ray/DVD)
When plans for a weekend getaway hit a dead end, a group of close-knit friends finds themselves stranded in unfamiliar territory, pursued by a menacing, bloodthirsty predator. Holed up in an isolated cabin, they turn on one another as »
- Heather Wixson
It's a boy for Bethany Hamilton!
The professional surfer is 22 weeks pregnant and is expecting her first child in early June with her husband, youth minister Adam Dirks.
In 2003, Hamilton survived a shark attack and lost her left arm. In the video posted on Feb. 8 announcing her pregnancy with Adam, the 25-year-old acknowledges the difficulty she will face.
"Motherhood with one arm, I've been kind of thinking about it. I often forget that I have one arm, but when I think about a squirming baby, changing the diaper and just me and this squirmy baby," she says. "It could be really challenging."
Hamilton is not letting any obstacle get in her way of motherhood though as she says she has learned to adjust and adapt.
She also is not giving up surfing as she admits that she has been hitting the waves throughout »
Bethany Hamilton is expecting – and she's still surfing Pipeline!
"We have a little surprise for you… baby on board!" the 25-year-old said in a new video posted on her Facebook and YouTube.
The "Soul Surfer" author, who lost her left arm in a shark attack in 2003, said that she's 22 week along.
"It's been a pretty crazy last four months, finding out that we're ...
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In 2004, four ambitious Hispanic high schoolers in Phoenix—three of them undocumented immigrants, all of them underdogs with limited resources and prospects—defeated MIT's brightest (and better-bankrolled) in an underwater-robotics competition. Already the subject of a documentary last year, Soul Surfer director Sean McNamara's family-friendly frivolity shoehorns the incredible true story into a formulaic Stand and Deliver knockoff with no rough edges and the production values of an after-school special. George Lopez certainly doesn't have the acting chops of an Edward James Olmos, but his sincerity resonates as the substitute teacher and former engineer who coaches the kids to victory, while Marisa Tomei and Jamie Lee Curtis phone in their re »
You’re really asking for trouble when you title your film “Spare Parts,” especially when said film is as unabashedly formulaic as the one cobbled together by helmer Sean McNamara (“Soul Surfer”) and scriptwriter Elissa Matsueda. And yet, even though it’s easy to identify all the recycled elements — bits and pieces of several inspirational-teacher scenarios, ranging from “To Sir, With Love” to “Stand and Deliver” — in this “based on a true story” concoction, there can be no denying the feel-good effect of the finished product. Word of mouth should trump mixed reviews, giving this latest Hispanic-skewing Lionsgate/Pantelion release a chance to exceed expectations and appeal to crossover audiences in a variety of platforms.
Derived from an article written by Joshua Davis for Wired magazine, “Spare Parts” spins a lightweight yet likable tale of underdogs triumphant. Specifically, it’s the story of Hispanic students from a Phoenix high school »
- Joe Leydon
Watson was 16 when she became the youngest person ever to navigate around the world solo and unassisted in 2010.
Nable and Cathy Randall wrote the first drafts of the screenplay, based on Watson.s memoir True Spirit, and Spillane penned the final draft. Arc Entertainment is co-producing.. Paramount Pictures will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.
- Don Groves
Parts Per Nil: McNamara Family Value Aesthetic Lessens Impact of Immigration Issues
As we meander through the opening credits of Sean McNamara’s Spare Parts, we come to the inevitable information announcing that the film is based on a magazine article from Wired by Joshua Davis (who, interestingly, directed a film back in 2000 called West Coast, which has not been released). Significant liberties have been taken to relate the rather inspirational story of four Hispanic (and undocumented) high school students that formed a robotic club and conquered a contest formerly ruled by reigned collegiate MIT students. While McNamara, whose other notable directorial outing was 2011’s family faith-based film Soul Surfer, is always well-meaning with this endeavor and doesn’t lodge into schmaltzy overtones, events and certain realities are unduly softened, as if we were watching a parable about disenfranchised minority teenagers from a slightly more progressive alternate universe.
- Nicholas Bell
8 items from 2015