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Going on a set visit is a bit like going on a blind date. Despite a detailed itinerary, you never really know what you’ve signed up for. But if you’re lucky it will make a great story later. A little over a year ago, I went on a date with “Goosebumps.” By the end of it, I was muddy, had surreptitiously broken part of a set, had my picture taken with a dummy, and fallen down a nostalgia rabbit hole deep enough to drown in. Climb inside my brain for a front row seat to the ups and downs of visiting the set of “Goosebumps”! Image Credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment #1: Sweet mercy, the Georgia tax incentives must be Amazing to justify filming anything in this heat. I am being slowly suffocated by a moist blanket of air. Please Lord, take me now. #2: Blessed is Willis Carrier, »
- Donna Dickens
Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation is the latest film to be 'tracking softly'. But why are we so keen to lambast films we've not seen?
And so here we go again. We're two weeks away from the release of a blockbuster movie, and the dreaded term 'tracking softly' has reared its head. This time, it's apparently the upcoming Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation that's reportedly set for a lower than expected opening weekend when it arrives in cinemas at the end of July. Not withstanding the fact that very few people have seen the film yet (and early reactions from those that have are very positive), and that box office success is rarely determined by American takings only, it's still an indicative state of where we are with big movies right now.
Let's do the factual basics first though.
When a film is said to be 'tracking softly', it means »
1,2, Bughuul's coming for you. Last weekend Sinister 2 took over Comic-Con and will continue to spread terror nationwide in theaters on August 21st. Also: an excerpt from Freda Warrington's The Dark Arts of Blood and a trailer for Nerdist Presents: The Hive.
If you were at Comic-Con this weekend you weren’t far from gruesome #SinisterSightings lurking around any corner.
Terrifying twins took over San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter frightening unsuspecting Comic-Con attendees with a slew of sinister projections of homemade inspired kill films starting Thursday, July 9th until Saturday, July 11th from the time the sun went down until well after midnight.
Sinister 2 opens nationwide from Gramercy Pictures on August 21st, 2015.
Story: The sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie. In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister, »
- Tamika Jones
Everyone’s favourite ‘90s horror book series is coming to life.
The first trailer for the long-awaited Goosebumps movie just dropped online, and it does not disappoint. Jack Black stars as real-life author R.L. Stine, a paranoid creator of all things ghastly and ghoulish. The new neighbour, played by Dylan Minnette, manages to get into the locked manuscripts of the original books, releasing the hundreds of monsters dreamed up over the years.
The film also stars Halston Sage (Paper Towns) as the niece of R.L., along with Ryan Lee (Super 8), Kumail Nanjiani ("Silicon Valley") and Amy Ryan (Birdman). We spot a few infamous monsters that gave us nightmares as kids, like the ventriloquist dummy and the giant praying mantis. This trailer’s giving us some serious flashbacks to reading around the campfire with a flashlight as kids. Here’s hoping Goosebumps brings the same kind of bump-in-the-night scares as the original book series. »
- Amanda Wood
With a trailer on the horizon, the first poster has arrived online for Goosebumps, the upcoming movie adaptation of R.L. Stine’s series of children’s horror books, and you can check it out right here…
See Also: Meet the monsters of Goosebumps
Upset about moving from a big city to a small town, teenager Zach Cooper (Dylan Minnette) finds a silver lining when he meets the beautiful girl, Hannah (Odeya Rush), living right next door. But every silver lining has a cloud, and Zach’s comes when he learns that Hannah has a mysterious dad who is revealed to be R. L. Stine (Jack Black), the author of the bestselling Goosebumps series. It turns out that there is a reason why Stine is so strange… he is a prisoner of his own imagination – the monsters that his books made famous are real, and Stine protects his readers by keeping »
- Gary Collinson
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
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
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, »
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 Guardian, Hellcats, and Oliver Beene, and she has also appeared on the big-screen in Super 8 and Grace Unplugged. »
- Jasef Wisener
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.
- Leo Barraclough
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
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 »
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
Wha-?! Did you see the-? With the-!? And, and, and the X-Wing buried in the-? Yeah, yeah. Yeah! Yeeeaaaaah Ohmygodhansolo!£$*&!
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
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
Athena Wickham, who just exited J.J. Abrams’ Bad 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… »
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
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
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 »
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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