16 items from 2014
Since leaving the massively popular British sci-fi series Doctor Who in 2013, Matt Smith has been racking up an impressive number of major roles in buzzy tentpoles like Terminator: Genisys and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and now the actor has added one more exciting project to his schedule. Deadline reports Smith will star in Screen Gems’ pandemic thriller Patient Zero opposite Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer.
In the pic, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has transformed its hosts into a new species fueled by violence. One human survivor (Smith), inexplicably immune to the horrific virus, possesses the ability to communicate with this new species, which makes him the only person capable of spearheading a hunt for the cause of the virus. When his wife becomes infected, the man must race against time to find Patient Zero and extract a cure from them.
- Isaac Feldberg
A few pieces of casting to report: Martin Freeman is in talks to join Tina Fey and Margot Robbie in The Taliban Shuffle, a black comedy set in Kabul. Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy Stupid Love) will direct the adaptation of Kim Barker’s memoir. Bryce Dallas Howard is in talks to join the cast of Pete's Dragon. Oakes Fegley, Oona Lawrence, and Robert Redford also star in the picture directed by David Lowery (Ain't Them Bodies Saints). Matt Smith will star opposite Natalie Dormer in pandemic thriller Patient Zero, directed by Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall). More on each project after the jump. According to THR, Freeman will play a Scottish photojournalist, a love interest for Fey's protagonist. Here's the synopsis for Barker's book: When Kim Barker first arrived in Kabul as a journalist in 2002, she barely owned a passport, spoke only English and had little idea how to do »
- Brendan Bettinger
Following his turn as the Eleventh Doctor on Doctor Who, actor Matt Smith has gotten involved in a number of feature films, including roles in Terminator: Genisys and Screen Gems’ Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Now it’s been revealed that Smith is set to star in another Screen Gems film, Patient Zero, which takes place in a world where violence reigns supreme in the aftermath of a strange and powerful rabies outbreak.
Deadline reports that Matt Smith is set to star in Patient Zero, joining Game of Thrones’ Natalie Dormer in the film’s cast. Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall) will helm the picture off a script by Mike Le (Dark Summer). We’ll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further announcements regarding the film. Here’s the movie’s synopsis (via Deadline):
“In Patient Zero, an unprecedented global pandemic of a super strain of rabies has resulted in the »
- Derek Anderson
The action-thriller takes place in the aftermath of a deadly pandemic where an enhanced strain of rabies turns humans into violent, zombie-like creatures. The plot centers on a man who is not only surprisingly immune to this disease, but has the ability to communicate with the dangerous species. He leads a quest to find Patient Zero, in hopes of finding a cure to save his infected wife and the rest of humanity.
Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters, Deadfall) is directing from a screenplay by Mike Le (W.M.D.), with Vincent Newman (We're the Millers, Paradise Lost) producing. No production schedule was given.
The Game Of Thrones star – who plays Margaery Tyrell – has signed up to star in Patient Zero, about “an unprecedented global pandemic that causes the evolution of a new species”. Austrian director Stefan Ruzowitzky (Deadfall) will take the hot seat with Mike Le (W.M.D.) writing the script and Vincent Newman (We’re The Millers) producing. Deadline broke the news but no other information regarding Dormer’s character has been released yet.
The early synopsis reads:
“An aggressive form of rabies turns the infected into predators, addicted to violence. An inexplicably gifted human survivor with the ability to speak the new mutant language leads a hunt for Patient Zero and hope for a cure.”
Since her stint on the Game of Thrones, Dormer has appeared in a number of highly successful feature films including Rush, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 & 2 and Captain America: The First Avenger. She has also appeared in Elementary – the U. »
- Gavin Logan
Game of Thrones star Natalie Dormer has signed on to star in the Screen Gems thriller Patient Zero for director Stefan Ruzowitzky (The Counterfeiters, Deadfall). No details have been released regarding the actress' character at this time.
The plot is set in a world where a pandemic has spread throughout the world, creating a new breed of species through an aggressive strain of rabies. Once infected, the victims are transformed into terrifying predators, addicted to violence. The story centers on a gifted survivor who hasn't contracted the virus yet, and has the ability to communicate with these creatures, as he leads a quest to find Patient Zero and create a cure.
• Twilight: Eclipse star Xavier Samuel has been cast as Adam/The Monster in a new contemporary version of Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein. Danny Huston (Magic City) and Carrie-Anne Moss (Vegas) will star as modern-day Victor and Elizabeth Frankenstein, a husband and wife team of eccentric scientists living in Los Angeles who create the creature. Bernard Rose (Candyman) has adapted Shelley’s work for the picture he is directing. [Deadline]
- Jake Perlman
Director Gavin Michael Booth has released two clips for his upcoming film The Scarehouse. This film, which was shot in Windsor, Ontario, involves a group of sorority sisters and revenge. This film has recently been completed. D Films will distribute this title in Canada and the film will have its World Premiere in Windsor, this October 5th. The two clips, titled "I Can Still See Some Fat" and "Try More Clothes" are below. This tale of revenge begins with six sorority sisters. These friends show up at a haunted attraction, which is being run by a couple of their former club members. And, this attraction has been rigged - for murder! Understandably, this film has a large female cast. The cast includes a few regulars of the horror genre. The film stars Sarah Booth (Deadfall) and Kimberly-Sue Murray (The Colony). As well, Dani Barker and Teagan Vincze star. Fans of »
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I first saw cinematographer Shane Hurlbut speaking at a trade show held in New York City in 2010 hosted by Canon. Hurlbut had just finished shooting Act of Valor, shot predominately using the Canon 5D Mark II, and he burst on stage with enough energy to power the building. At the time I wrote that he was “loud, in your face, cracking jokes while dashing about the stage,” but it was also clear he had a passion both for the gear and for sharing information. Since then Hurlbut has lensed the pictures Deadfall, Need for Speed, and the currently in […] »
- Michael Murie
Mutual, headed by Gary Levinsohn, most recently produced a pair of spy thrillers — “Deadfall,” starring Eric Bana, Olivia Wilde, and Charlie Hunnam; and “Jack Reacher,” starring Tom Cruise and based on the Lee Child book series.
Mutual acquired rights earlier this year to Zach Ayer’s screenplay “Double Identity,” which focuses on the daughter of a Washington, D.C., politician using her paparazzi past as the perfect CIA cover.
“Kelly’s recent body of work has created a lot of momentum for her career and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to capitalize on that,” said Levinsohn. “She exhibits a unique range of talents that will »
- Dave McNary
Digital Release Date: May 20, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $34.98
Lone Survivor adds to the list of movies about the war against al-Qaeda.
Mark Wahlberg (Ted) stars as Marcus Luttrell, the real-life Navy Seal who was part of a four-person team on a covert mission to stop a high-level al-Qaeda operative. When things started to go wrong, Marcus learns that sometimes people who you think are the enemy can become unlikely allies.
The action movie grossed a tidy $125 million in theaters, on good reviews from both critics and moviegoers.
Both the DVD and Blu-ray/DVD Combo carry »
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014
Price: DVD $14.93, Blu-ray $19.97
The drama movie is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin and focuses on Frank (Hirsch) and Jerry Lee (Dorff) who are forced to race across the state to the home of Frank’s old girlfriend Annie (Dakota Fanning, The Runaways) after Jerry Lee is involved in a hit and run accident.
Although they seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee becomes increasing instable from grief, putting them all at risk.
Featuring animation from award-winner Mike Smith (ParaNorman), The Motel Life is the first feature film directed by Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, producers of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call — New Orleans.
The last time high-style Italian auteur Paolo Sorrentino attempted an English-language film, the results were interesting but muddled: starring Sean Penn as a past-prime goth-rock star crossing America in search of a Nazi war hunter, 2011's unabashedly odd Irish-Italian co-production "This Must Be the Place" had its champions, but was deemed enough of a misfire to send the director back to the safety of home. His follow-up, last year's Fellini-inspired Roman valentine "The Great Beauty" was as Italian as Italian can be, and his most universally acclaimed film to date -- even winning the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film. Bolstered by that success, Sorrentino is wading back into English-language waters. Boasting Italian, Swiss and British financing, "Youth" will tell the story of two septuagenarian men -- one a filmmaker trying to assemble his last masterwork, the other a composer being lured out of retirement -- holidaying together in the Alps, »
- Guy Lodge
The story, written by Michael Le, is set in a world where a strain of rabies has turned most of humanity into deadly creatures addicted to violence. The plot centers on a man who discovers he has the unique ability to communicate with these dangerous predators, which spearheads the search to find Patient Zero, the first person afflicted with this disease, in hopes of finding a cure for his wife and the rest of mankind. When the screenplay was first sold, the creatures were zombies, but that has been changed in subsequent rewrites.
Tagline: "Revenge is a bitch." The Scarehouse is a new horror film from production companies Mimetic Entertainment and A Name Viking. Recently, this production began shooting in Ontario, Canada. And, the film stars Sarah Booth (Deadfall), Kimberly-Sue Murray (The Colony), Dani Barker and Jennifer Miller; Gavin Michael Booth is directing. This mostly female cast play sorority sisters on Devil's Night. Now, the film's first concept poster is here, along with a tagline: "Revenge is a bitch." The Scarehousee will release later in 2014. D Films Corp will release the film in Canada, while NBC Universal will release this title in the United States. A trailer is coming soon and horror fans can find more cast and crew info below. Release Date: Summer 2014. Director: Gavin Michael Booth. Writers: Gavin Michael Booth and Sarah Booth. Cast: Sarah Booth, Kimberly-Sue Murray, Dani Barker, Jennifer Miller, Teagan Vincze, Emily Alatalo and Ivana Stojanovic. *a trailer has not been. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Allen)
This week it finally happened, Lovefilm is no more, it has now been completely consumed by its Amazon overlords and is now known as Amazon Prime and something that operates totally through your Amazon account should you have one.
At first this was a baffling experience, there was rumours of a lot more new content being added and when you logged into the Ios app for Lovefilm/Amazon post switchover, suddenly you were faced with A Lot of new content, things like Aliens, Congo, Cujo, Invaders from Mars and lots of HBO shows including Eastbound and Down, Enlightened and the Sopranos as well as Community in the ‘Recently Added’ section.
Of course this was too good to be true and you could add these to your watchlist but then not actually watch them. So when things calmed down and you logged back in, these titles it turned out were part »
- Chris Holt
16 items from 2014