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Happy Monday everyone! For today’s installment of Daily Dead’s 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, we’re bringing you some stellar gift ideas perfect for horror, sci-fi and pop culture fans including collectibles from Neca, a new book celebrating Planet of the Apes, the ultimate box set from Universal and much more.
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Vendor Spotlight: Cutestreak Designs
Launched in 2013 by Chelsea Patterson, Cutestreak Designs creates original pop culture infused artwork that’s inspired by some of the most iconic movies and television series of all time (and also creates the killer art for Deadly Magazine each and every month.
And if you’re on the lookout for something non-horror related, Cutestreak »
- Heather Wixson
A new synopsis of The Fantastic Four has been revealed.
20th Century Fox has confirmed the accuracy of the short breakdown posted on Rotten Tomatoes (via IGN).
"The Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centres on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways," reads the description.
"Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy."
The classic origin of the Marvel Comics team was that they received powers due to exposure to cosmic radiation.
Toby Kebbell recently revealed that his character - the villain Doctor »
Details on Josh Trank's Fantastic Four reboot have been very thin on the ground, especially considering the movie drops on August 7th next year. But with production finished on the project, the hype machine is begin to rumble, and we have our confirmation of what the movie has in store for Mister Fantastic (Miles Teller), The Invisible Woman (Kate Mara), The Human Torch (Michael B. Jordan), and The Thing (Jamie Bell) in the form of the official synopsis, that confirms this big screen incarnation will be getting a new origin: “The Fantastic Four,” a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel’s original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Or, That Time That Santa Went to Prison and Dad Broke Parole to Spring Him. You know, for kids! A new classic in the annals of Yuletide movie misfires. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
Or, That Time That Santa Went to Prison and Dad Broke Parole to Spring Him. You know, for kids! No, seriously: That’s really what Get Santa is. In the annals of Yuletide movie misfires — of which there are many — this is up there with Santa with Muscles and Santa Claus, the Movie (counting only the ones aimed at children, that is). I don’t know what anyone involved here was thinking: Father Christmas and the criminal justice system do not go together. There is nothing jolly about jail.
I re-emphasize: This is a movie intended for children, complete with aw-shucks father-son bonding, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Exclusive: Lionsgate UK CEO calls for cheaper ticket prices for British films.
“Exhibitors have to do something drastic in 2015 and beyond to counter the decline in admissions,” he told ScreenDaily.
“One way to do this could be to implement more price flexibility. Why is Marvel’s Avengers, for example, the same price as a film such as What We Did On Our Holiday?”
Cost of production
“In most other industries, retail price is related to the cost of production, but not in the film business,” he continued.
“A blockbuster can cost $250m and a UK independent film can cost $4m but it’s £10 or more to see both. I think we should see UK films priced at £4 and Us films at £10. A trip to the cinema isn’t cheap anymore.
“I have spoken »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
As Netflix continues to assert itself as a major television company with such acclaimed series as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, Amazon Studios is racing to catch up by ordering series it hopes will be equally well-received. So far, Amazon has scored one big hit in the form of Jeffrey Tambor-led dramedy Transparent, and it hopes to find some more in the new lineup of pilots, which will be made available for viewing as part of the company’s first pilot season of 2015.
Enclosed are descriptions of all seven pilots, courtesy of Deadline. The talented involved on all of them is impressive, to say the least. Mad Dogs comes from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), while The Man In The High Castle hails from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files). Carlton Cuse (Lost, The Strain) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart) are behind Point Of Honor, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Amazon has announced its pilot season line-up of original programming for 2015, with seven shows featuring in total, including pilots from the likes of Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), Carlton Cuse (Lost), Ridley Scott (Prometheus) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield).
The seven new pilots premiering early next year will include hour-long shows Cocked from Sam Baum (Lie to Me) and Sam Shaw (Manhattan ), Mad Dogs from Cris Cole (The Bill) and Shawn Ryan (The Shield), The Man in the High Castle from Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), and Point of Honor from Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Randall Wallace (Braveheart). The three half-hour pilots are Down Dog from Robin Schiff (Are You There, Chelsea?) and Salem Rogers from newcomer Lindsey Stoddart, as well as The New Yorker Presents, a docu-series pilot produced in cooperation with America.s most award-winning magazine. Here’s the full details
- Gary Collinson
In the moving new biopic, "The Theory of Everything," Felicity Jones plays Jane Hawking, who made the extraordinary decision to stand by Stephen Hawking, even when he was diagnosed with a devastating motor neuron disease and given only two years to live. It's debatable whether Hawking (played in the film by Eddie Redmayne) would have survived without Jane by his side.
While Jones has played real-life characters before (in "The Invisible Woman" and an "Anne Frank" miniseries), this is the first time she's played a character who's still very much alive. Jones talked to Moviefone about drawing her inspiration from the woman she refers to as a having "the determination of a battle general" and how nerve-wracking it was to film scenes with their real-life counterparts looking on.
Moviefone: How much time did you spend with Jane?
Felicity Jones: Well, it was really amazing to meet Jane because I'd »
- Sharon Knolle
Event aimed at increasing co-production between London and Paris was masterminded by Film London and Ile de France Film Commission.
Television drama producers from London and Paris will take part in A Tale Of Two Cities.
Masterminded by Film London and Ile de France Film Commission, the event is aimed at making new creative and financing connections to increase co-production and collaboration between the two cities.
The producers taking part are:
Christine de Bourbon Busset of Lincoln TV (Pigalle la Nuit, Tony’s Revenge)
Marie Dours of Marilou Films (Guts and Glory)
Aurélie Meimon of Mademoiselle Films (The Odissey »
- email@example.com (Ian Sandwell)
Spanning twenty five years in their lives together and based on the memoir Travelling to Infinity: My Life with Stephen by Jane Hawking, The Theory of Everything is the first major motion theatrical release to explore the life of one of the world’s most celebrated physicists, Stephen Hawking, a man with a compelling foothold in the cultural lexicon. As an arena for poignant and impeccably calibrated performances, the film is bound to be highly notable, not unlike a pair of names that overshadowed the significant shortcomings of last year’s The Dallas Buyers Club. As directed by James Marsh, the film is something of a crowd pleaser from a filmmaker that vacillates between arresting documentaries (Man on Wire; Project Nim) and brooding cinema (Shadow Dancer and a portion of the BBC Red Riding trilogy). Standardly told, »
- Nicholas Bell
Let's pretend we've been off air for a few month and Tfe's fall season starts tomorrow, 8 Am Est with a special Tuesday Top Ten day, reviews as Lists, or Lists as Lists, or Picture Lists or whatever -- top tens all day. Throw some confetti (Tfe has, strangely, a devout but possessive following. Don't keep things you love to yourself: share, tweet and like your favorites! Donate a cup of coffee a month - see sidebar)
Whenever I announce a new season, I like to illustrate with ruthless programmer Diana Christensen even though she'd immediately cancel us for our ratings share and low episode counts
Tuesdays Top Ten | Curio | New Or Returning Series
Wednesdays New Or Returning | A Year With Kate - only 11 episodes left!
Thursdays Ahs: Freakshow | New Or Returning | Tim's Toons
Fridays Posterized | Michael's Weekly Review
Saturdays Meet »
- NATHANIEL R
Actor and TV writer Joanna Scanlan was brought up in Ruthin in north Wales. She studied history at Cambridge University, where she joined the Footlights comedy club. After university she lectured on drama for eight years before taking up a career in acting. In 2006 she took on the role of Terri Coverley in The Thick of It, and in 2009 she co-wrote and starred in Getting On. Her big-screen roles include Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Invisible Woman. Scanlan stars in the second series of David Walliamss Big School, released on DVD on 13 October.
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- Kathryn Bromwich
Sean Durkin knows farms. In his spine-tingling, 2011 directorial debut "Martha Marcy May Marlene," Durkin explored the inner-workings of modern cult life, an organic brainwashing operation set against a lush plantation. John Hawkes' Old McManson was creepy as hell, but the backdrop — just lovely! Durkin has taken time and deviations in putting a follow-up feature together (he recently directed the British mini-series "Southcliffe," which earned him a BAFTA), but his next project is coming to light — and takes him back to the homestead. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Durkin is set to direct a film version of Laura Ingalls Wilder's "Little House in the Prairie," previously adapted into the popular Michael Landon-led TV that aired on NBC from 1974 to 1983. The books follow a fictionalized version of Laura as she grows up the in the 19th century American Midwest. Scott Rudin is producing the feature project, from a script by Abi Morgan ("Shame, »
- Matt Patches
One of the company’s long gestating projects, Philip K Dick adaptation The Man In The High Castle, is now shooting in Seattle.
Headline has partnered with Amazon Studios, which is wholly funding the project, and is being filmed in the first instance as a pilot.
This will be broadcast in December and a decision will be taken as to whether a 10-part series will follow.
“Headline created this show, secured the rights »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
By Anjelica Oswald
The 87th Academy Awards could see a collection of familiar names in the costume design category, from Oscar winner and 10-time nominee Colleen Atwood to one-time nominee Michael Wilkinson. When It comes down to securing nominations for costumes, it doesn’t matter how well the film has fared in other Oscar categories. Films such as Jane Eyre (2011), Mirror Mirror (2012) and The Invisible Woman (2013) were only nominated for costume design.
Atwood could receive nominations for Disney’s Into the Woods and Tim Burton’s Big Eyes during the upcoming awards cycle. Of her 10 nominations to date, she’s won three: best picture winner Chicago (2002), Memoirs of a Geisha (2005) and Burton’s Alice in Wonderland (2010). Atwood has designed the costumes for nine of Burton’s films: Edward Scissorhands (1990), Ed Wood (1994), Sleepy Hollow (1999), Planet of the Apes (2001), Big Fish (2003), Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007), Alice in Wonderland »
- Anjelica Oswald
By Anjelica Oswald
For some actors, it is a natural progression to move from using their talents in front of the camera to testing their skills behind it. Though actors have been making the transition for years, 2013 was a particular popular year for actors-turned-directors. Among some of the releases throughout the year were Ben Stiller‘s The Secret Life of Walter Mitty and Lake Bell’s In A World…, her directorial debut. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival was the directorial launching pad of Jason Bateman’s Bad Words and Mike Myers’ Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, and the festival also screened Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon and Ralph Fiennes‘ The Invisible Woman.
- Anjelica Oswald
Exclusive: Following an Emmy-nominated run on Netflix’s House Of Cards, Kate Mara has been offered a role in Ridley Scott’s The Martian. The 20th Century Fox sci-fier is picking up steam: Deadline reported this month that Jessica Chastain and Kristin Wiig are circling lead roles opposite Matt Damon in the saga of an astronaut marooned on Mars. The script is adapted by Cabin In The Woods‘ Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, which sold to publisher Crown in 2013 after enjoying meteoric sales as an e-book. Fox has set The Martian for release November 25, 2015. Mara already is set to play Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman in the studio’s superhero reboot Fantastic Four, which Chronicle‘s Josh Trank is helming. She’s repped by UTA.
- Jen Yamato
The Film Society of Lincoln Center will honor Ethan Hawke on September 30 and Richard Gere on October 8 during the 52nd New York Film Festival with a dinner and conversation with Director of Programming and Selection Committee Chair Kent Jones. Gere is starring in Oren Moverman's Time Out Of Mind and Hawke's documentary Seymour: An Introduction will be screened during the festival.
Ethan Hawke is currently starring in Richard Linklater's Boyhood with Patricia Arquette, Ellar Coltrane and Lorelei Linklater. At the New York premiere Hawke told me "I think the movie feels nostalgic for people like us because we remember being a kid. If you're a kid in the first person, I don't think it's about memory."
The Film Society »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Toronto — Actors who undergo extreme physical transformations for dramatic roles often are overpraised for their performances. That will never be the case for Eddie Redmayne’s remarkable depiction of Stephen Hawking in the new Focus Features drama "The Theory of Everything." Debuting at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, "Theory" begins with the great physicist and cosmologist enjoying life as a young doctoral student at Cambridge University. He's a goof with his mates and has his eye on the charming Medieval Studies major Jane Wilde (Felicity Jones). All happy times before he's diagnosed with motor neuron disease and his body’s physical functions slowly slip away. While clearly a biopic about Hawking’s life, the movie focuses centrally on his illness and his relationship with Jane, who would eventually become his wife. Showing great promise at Cambridge, Hawking’s world turns upside down when he suddenly collapses in a courtyard, falling face first to the ground. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Shia Labeouf (Transformers, upcoming Fury), Emmy nominee Kate Mara (Netflix’s “House of Cards,” upcoming The Fantastic Four) and Oscar nominee Gary Oldman (Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, The Dark Knight Rises) are set to star in the psychological thriller, Man Down, it was announced today by producers Dawn Krantz (Doonby), Stephen McEveety (The Passion Of The Christ) and Jon Burton (The Lego Movie).
Currently in pre-production, principal photography is scheduled to start on October 30th in Louisiana.
The Solution Entertainment Group (“The Solution”) is handling international rights and will present the project to buyers at the Toronto International Film Festival.
Lisa Wilson and Myles Nestel from The Solution are also executive producing the projectalongside Roger Goff. Also slated to executive produce are Russell Geyser and Clay Pecorin. Patrick Hibler will co-produce the feature film. »
- Michelle McCue
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