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Comic-Con 2015: Nerdist Acquires & Will Screen Contagion Horror Film The Hive

24 June 2015 11:51 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

The sunny backdrop of summer camp takes a dark turn in The Hive, a sci-fi horror film recently acquired by Nerdist. Before releasing the film in theaters and digital platforms this fall, Nerdist will first screen The Hive at San Diego Comic-Con.

Press Release: "Burbank, Calif.--(Business Wire)--This fall, Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist Industries brings you a new vision of terror with sci-fi horror film The Hive, the first release under his Nerdist Presents film label. Nerdist is bringing the film to Comic-Con for fans to get their first look at the future of horror; a film James Gunn calls, “The most horrifying love story ever!”

From the producer of Scream, Nerdist Presents The Hive turns the contagion genre on its proverbial bleeding ear. The cross-genre thriller starring Gabriel Basso (Kings of Summer, Super 8), Kathryn Prescott (MTV’s Finding Carter, Skins), Jacob Zachar (Greek) and Gabrielle Walsh (Vampire Diaries, »

- Derek Anderson

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Happy 50th Birthday, Super 8 Film!

4 June 2015 1:23 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Fifty years ago, Kodak introduced Super 8mm. Though "Cine Kodak Eight" was introduced as early as 1932, standard 8mm had a number of major issues that made it difficult for amateurs to handle. Read More: Film is Here to Stay! Studios and Kodak Strike a Deal But the new "super" format solved some of these problems. With the invention of the 50-foot cartridge in 1965, filmmaking became much more accessible to the masses. And many of today's most successful filmmakers -- including Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams, David Fincher, Tim Burton, Peter Jackson, Richard Linklater and Christopher Nolan -- started out shooting Super 8 movies. The original Super 8 film was silent, but Kodak released a sound version in 1973.  Over the years, these filmmakers and others have used Super 8 on films such as "Natural Born Killers," "The Fighter" and "Argo." Most recently, the documentary "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck" »

- Paula Bernstein

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How the year 2012 helped redefine blockbuster movies

20 May 2015 11:43 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

2012: the year the movie universe sparked, Universal struggled, and young adult adaptations really took off...

The big blockbusters of summer 2011 were the ones that followed fairly straightforward rules. The majority of them were sequels in linear movie franchises - Harry Potter, Transformers, Pirates Of The Caribbean, Fast & Furious - and it felt for the most part like a template was being followed.

Sure, there were surprises. Bridesmaids broke through and proved to be a massive R-rated hit. X-Men: First Class, meanwhile, came through unscathed - and in fine shape - from its reboot, whilst Jj Abrams took us temporarily back to the 1980s with Super 8. But other than that, the pattern was set: the big, pre-ordained films took the lion's share of the cash, and regular sequels were the order of the day.

The signs of change were there in 2011, of course. Thor was a bigger hit than most were expecting, »

- simonbrew

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The Goldbergs Promotes Aj Michalka to Series Regular for Season 3

18 May 2015 2:22 PM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

Good things come to those who wait. After two seasons of stealing every scene in which she’s been present, Aj Michalka has been promoted to a series regular on The Goldbergs ahead of the show’s third season. Michalka, who plays Erica’s best friend and Barry’s girlfriend, Lainey Lewis, has been recurring on the show since Season 1, and her promotion comes after a largely increased focus on the supporting cast in the semi-autobiographical show from the real Adam Goldberg. The Hollywood Reporter was the first to report the casting news. The third season of The Goldbergs will feature Aj Michalka’s first time as a regular on television. Also a singer-songwriter and member of music duo 78violet with her sister Aly, Aj has been featured in multiple episodes of The GuardianHellcats, and Oliver Beene, and she has also appeared on the big-screen in Super 8 and Grace Unplugged. »

- Jasef Wisener

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Nicole Kidman in Talks to Star in Romantic Comedy ‘How to Talk to Girls at Parties’

13 May 2015 4:19 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes — Nicole Kidman is in negotiations to co-star in “How to Talk to Girls at Parties,” re-uniting with John Cameron Mitchell (“Hedwig and the Angry Inch”), who directed her in “Rabbit Hole.”

Ruth Wilson (“Locke,” “Luther”) and Matt Lucas (“Alice in Wonderland,” “Bridesmaids”) will join Elle Fanning (“Maleficent,” Super 8”), who was previously announced, in the cast.

Based on a short story by Neil Gaiman (“Coraline”) from his collection “Fragile Things,” the screenplay has been written by Philippa Goslett (“Little Ashes”) with John Cameron Mitchell. The film is in the spirit of “Romeo and Juliet,” but instead of Montagues and Capulets, it is punks and aliens. This is the story of the birth of punk, the exuberance of first love, and the universe’s greatest mystery of all: how to talk to girls at parties.

Howard Gertler will produce alongside Iain Canning and Emile Sherman of See-Saw Films. Michael Werner »

- Leo Barraclough

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First look at Elle Fanning in Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon

13 May 2015 3:18 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Filming for Nicolas Winding Refn's The Neon Demon will wrap up in the very near future, and Screen Daily has the first official images from the Countess Bathory-inspired horror flick, featuring Maleficent and Super 8 actress Elle Fanning. The film also stars Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Jena Malone, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote, Karl Gusman and Desmond Harrington. Fanning's character has been described as "an aspiring model who moves to Los Angeles, where her »

- Jesse Giroux

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Let's Be Cops Director Luke Greenfield To Make Destiny

12 May 2015 5:03 PM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Lots of filmmakers can say Steven Spielberg influenced them. But there are select few who can point to a more direct interaction. One such example is Let’s Be Cops Luke Greenfield who has just seen a long-gestating script called Destiny bought by DreamWorks.Not much is known about the basic concept beyond the pitch line reported by Deadline: a supernatural love story about a struggling designer who must overcome his fears and uncertainty. But the connection runs much deeper than a deal with Spielberg’s company.It was born from the then 16-year-old Greenfield’s mother writing to Spielberg enclosing copies of her son’s Super 8 movies and asking the man behind E.T. and Jurassic Park if he thought Greenfield had what it took as a filmmaker. Spielberg responded with a two-page letter of encouragement and advice and that led Greenfield to a career in films. Fast-forward to »

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Brett Morgen: The Making of 'Montage of Heck's Mad Scientist

1 May 2015 1:44 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Brett Morgen has been called the Mad Scientist of the documentary world with his latest film, the long-awaited Kurt Cobain biography “Montage of Heck.” Morgen certainly lives up to that billing, creating an explosive and totally unique visual and cinematic experiences out of the fallen rock god’s various creations.   I have known Brett since we were both 14 years old, having gone to high school and then college together, where we were in roommates. Since the first days of our acquaintance, I have never known anyone with such a firm sense of who he was and what he wanted to do, and that has only strengthened over the years.   However, what astonished me seeing “Montage” for the first time was how much his creative skills have grown as a director, so that wild, unstoppable sense of Brettism is now married to awe-inspiring technical superpowers, that have enabled him to produce what in my very-biased mind, »

- Richard Rushfield

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The Only Thing Wrong with the New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer…

19 April 2015 5:11 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Wha-?! Did you see the-? With the-!? And, and, and the X-Wing buried in the-? Yeah, yeah. Yeah! Yeeeaaaaah Ohmygodhansolo!£$*&!

Yup, the latest trailer for The Force Awakens, released as the centrepiece of Star Wars Celebration Day, is mighty fine. So fine, in fact, that it’s easy to miss its worryingly sharp, stylistic edge.

Opening on a slow panning shot of Jakku’s desert landscape – not just a homage to Tatooine, but also to Star Wars’ Ol’Western heritage (a genre typified by slow, methodical direction, more on which later) – the wrecked hull of an Imperial Star Destroyer creeps into frame. Shortly after, Oscar Isaac’s “best frickin’ pilot in the galaxy” Poe Dameron rolls and spins an X-Wing over a river. So far, so thrilling and faithful. Nearer the end of the trailer, though, the Millennium Falcon flies inside that wrecked Star Destroyer, Tie Fighters hot on his tail. »

- Oli Davis

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New Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Offers First Look at the Return of Original Trilogy Stars

16 April 2015 | The Daily BLAM! | See recent The Daily BLAM! news »

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek), scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release this Christmas. The upcoming film stars original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker, and are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Legendary composer John Williams will return to create the score. Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens is scheduled for theatrical and IMAX release on on December 18th, 2015. »

- Pietro Filipponi

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Athena Wickham Joins Kilter Films, Boards ‘Foundation’ As Producer

9 April 2015 6:40 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Athena Wickham, who just exited J.J. AbramsBad Robot, has officially joined Jonah Nolan and Lisa Joy’s Kilter Films to run the company's television development. At Bad Robot, Wickham served as a producer on Fringe, Person of Interest, as well as the upcoming 11/22/63 for Hulu and Westworld for HBO. She will continue on Poi and Westworld, which Bad Robot co-produces with Kilter Films. Additionally, Wickham will join Foundation, Kilter’s drama series in development at… »

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The Messengers: Cast and Creators Tease New Apocalypse Thriller at WonderCon

4 April 2015 10:02 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Today at WonderCon, the cast and creators of The CW’s new supernatural drama, The Messengers, took the stage to screen the pilot and tease what audiences can expect from the new take on the biblical rapture. Executive producer Trey Callaway (Revolution), co-executive producer/creator Eoghan O'Donnell (Teen Wolf), and cast members Shantel VanSanten (One Tree Hill), Jon Fletcher (City of Dreams), J. D. Pardo (Revolution), Joel Courtney (Super 8), Diogo Morgado (Son of God), Anna Diop (Everybody Hates Chris), and Craig Frank (Mixology) offered some insight into the first season and the tough road ahead for the Angels of the Apocalypse. Check out our thoughts on the pilot and the full panel recap below. The Pilot [caption id="attachment_437703" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via CW[/caption] Angels! Angst! Abs! The CW’s latest sexy drama centers on a group of five disparate souls, chosen to stand for humanity in the biblical apocalypse. When an extraterrestrial object impacts with the earth, »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Bad Robot Taps BBC Executive to Oversee Television

30 March 2015 10:18 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

J.J. AbramsBad Robot has tapped BBC exec Ben Stephenson to oversee its television operations.

Stephenson has headed drama development for BBC since 2009. He’s been responsible for such series and miniseries as “Sherlock,” “The Missing,” “Luther,” “The Honorable Woman,” “Call the Midwife” and “Top of the Lake” — all of which have been successfully exported to the U.S.

“His love of great TV, his passion and respect for writers, and his remarkable taste are all in evidence through his groundbreaking work at the BBC. We can’t wait to work with Ben to tell engaging and impactful stories,” Abrams said.

Kathy Lingg, who has spearheaded TV for Bad Robot for the past eight years, is segueing to a producer role at the company. Athena Wickham, another Bad Robot TV exec, is leaving the company to head the Kilter Films production banner of Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, the writer-producers »

- Cynthia Littleton

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WonderCon 2015 Schedule Announced

19 March 2015 3:59 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Comic-Con International announced the full three-day schedule for WonderCon 2015, which will take place from Friday, April 3 to Sunday, April 5 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can clickHere to check out the entire convention schedule, but we have pulled out all of the movie, TV, Blu-ray and DVD related panel presentations below. Take a look at what WonderCon 2015 has to offer!

Friday, April 3

12:00pm - 1:00pm - Going Back to The Future

Filmmakers Jason Aron, Louis Krubich, and Lee Leshen discuss their film Back in Time, a feature-length documentary that shows the cultural impact of the Back to The Future franchise-just in time to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the initial film. Room 207

12:30pm - 1:30pm - Batman

Last year marked the 75th anniversary of the Batman. Now let's take a look into what the future may have to offer for the iconic »

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SXSW Film Review: ‘Raiders!’

14 March 2015 11:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

There’s a good reason why TV and movies have adopted the disclaimer “Remember kids, don’t try this at home.” As inventive as they were impressionable, pint-sized super-fans Chris Strompolos, Eric Zala and Jayson Lamb nearly killed themselves on multiple occasions attempting to remake the first Indiana Jones movie, breaking it down shot-for-shot and filming each scene as best as their limited resources would allow over the course of eight summers. The result has become the stuff of fan legend, inspiring magazine articles, movie deals and what feels like the perfect Hollywood ending, which the geek-bait documentary “Raiders!” reveals for the first time, as the original trio reunite a quarter-century later to finish the airplane scene they deemed too difficult to film as kids. Often poignant, occasionally pathetic, but never short of entertaining, “Raiders!” captures the obsessive hold movies have on young people’s imaginations, as exemplified by such pics as “Son of Rambow, »

- Peter Debruge

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Horror Blu-ray Round-Up: From a Whisper to a Scream, War-Gods of the Deep, Satan’s Blade

26 February 2015 12:52 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

We're back with a special round-up, taking a look at three upcoming horror film Blu-rays, two of which star the legendary Vincent Price. Scream Factory revealed the bonus features for the anthology horror film, From a Whisper to a Scream, Kino Lorber has announced they're bringing Jacques Tourneur's War Gods of the Deep, a.k.a. The City Under the Sea, out on Blu-ray with a new extra, and Olive Films has slated a Satan's Blade 30th anniversary Blu-ray for a spring release.

From a Whisper to a Scream: Scream Factory will release From a Whisper to a Scream on Blu-ray beginning April 28th, with bountiful bonus features included.

From Scream Factory: "**Extras for From A Whisper To A Scream Revealed!**

Fans of this underrated 1987 gem with Vincent Price (in his last role in a horror film) are in for a super treat. Check out the extensive line-up »

- Derek Anderson

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Paramount Extends J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Deal to 2018

18 February 2015 2:07 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paramount Pictures and J.J. AbramsBad Robot Productions have extended their first-look deal for three years through July 2018.

Bad Robot and Paramount’s first-look partnership began in 2006. Since then, Bad Robot’s films for Paramount have included 2008’s “Cloverfield,” 2009’s “Star Trek,” 2010’s “Morning Glory,” 2011’s “Super 8,” 2011’s “Mission: Impossible: Ghost Protocol” and 2013’s “Star Trek: Into Darkness.”

“Ghost Protocol” was the top performer among the Bad Robot titles with nearly $700 million in global box office.

Bad Robot is currently shooting “Mission: Impossible V,” with Christopher McQuarrie directing and Tom Cruise returning in his starring role. Cruise is also producing the franchise film, co-financed by Skydance Productions and set for a July 31 release.

Paramount decided last month to move “Mission: Impossible V” forward from Christmas — thus avoiding a clash with Disney’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which Abrams directed. The seventh Star Wars movie opens Dec. »

- Dave McNary

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SXSW ’15: Short film and Midnight Movie Lineup announced

10 February 2015 12:39 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Following the recent announcement of their full film lineup that includes Trainwreck, Get Hard, and Spy, South by Southwest has revealed their lineup of Midnight movies and short films to screen during the festival. Chief among them is the Sundance 2015 hit Turbo Kid (read our review here) and the Sundance ’15 winner of the Short Film Prize World of Tomorrow. SXSW runs from March 13-21. View the full Midnighters and Shorts lineup below via the SXSW website.

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Midnighters

The Corpse of Anna Fritz (Spain)

Director: Hèctor Hernández Vicens, Screenwriters: Hèctor Hernándes Vicens, Isaac P. Creus

Anna Fritz, a famous and beautiful actress, has died recently. Three young men sneak into the morgue to see her naked. Fascinated by her beauty, they decide to become the last people to have sex with her. Cast: Alba Ribas, Cristian Valencia, Bernat Saumell, Albert Carbó. (World Premiere)

Deathgasm (New Zealand)

Director/Screenwriter: Jason Lei Howden »

- Brian Welk

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8 Things J.J. Abrams Doesn’t Want You To Know About Star Wars: The Force Awakens

9 February 2015 1:17 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens may already be one of the most anticipated upcoming movies, cultivating daily news stories despite a far-off December release, but actual concrete information about what the film itself will entail is hard to come by. The teaser trailer set the movie’s tone nicely and some character names have since been revealed, but beyond that you’re entering highly speculative territory.

Even though producer Kathleen Kennedy assured fans that J.J. Abrams wouldn’t be as tight-lipped about his venture to the galaxy far, far away as he was about Benedict Cumberbatch’s character in Star Trek Into Darkness or the entire point of Super 8, so far things are pretty impenetrable over at Lucasfilm. Oh, there’s plenty of rumouring to be had, but none of it can really be substantiated.

What did you really expect though? Abrams is a director who relishes »

- Alex Leadbeater

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DisruptiveLA lines up Juveniles

6 February 2015 2:30 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

DisruptiveLA announced that Beau Knapp and Stephen Moyer will join the cast of new drama, Juveniles.

Knapp (pictured) has had previous roles in Super 8 and The Signal and Moyer is most notable for his lead role in True Blood. The rest of the cast includes Martin Henderson, Nick Eversman,Trevor Jackson, Jessica Rothe, Morgan Lily and Kevin Alejandro.

Nico Sabenorio, who wrote Juveniles, will take his first stab at directing a feature. DisruptiveLA’s James Burke, Chris Miller, Schott Disahroon and Selliot Roseblatt are set to produce.

Jueveniles is set to take place in small-town America. The film tells the story of an older teenager who must overcome the powerful forces of violence and poverty from a rival tribe to protect his family in his pursuit for a better life.

CAA represents worldwide rights. »

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