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Transformers: Age of Extinction easily held on to first place at the box office over a very slow Fourth of July weekend.Melissa McCarthy's Tammy did fine business in second place, while Deliver Us From Evil and Earth to Echo flopped.The Top 12 earned a combined $120.6 million this weekend. That's down a massive 46 percent from last year, when Despicable Me 2 and The Lone Ranger opened. In fact, it's the worst Independence Day weekend since 1999 ($116.5 million). That's a horrible way to kick off the ever-important month of July, and all-but-guarantees that this is going to be one of the lowest-grossing Summer seasons in the past decade.Transformers: Age of Extinction plummeted 63 percent to an estimated $37.1 million. Without any serious competition, Transformers became the first movie since Captain America: The Winter Soldier to repeat in first place. So far, Age of Extinction has earned $175.4 million, and is trailing the last »
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Released in limited theaters and on VOD outlets a few months back, Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego's Open Grave (review) is now getting ready to head home, courtesy of Cinedigm. We've dug up all the release details for ya today, so read on!
From the Press Release
Featuring genre favorites Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) and Joseph Morgan (“The Originals,” “The Vampire Diaries”), the zombie apocalypse film that takes psycho thrillers in a new direction, Open Grave, awakens on Blu-ray and DVD July 15 from Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm) and Tribeca Film. Directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18), the dark and twisted thrill ride also stars Thomas Kretschmann (Wanted, Resident Evil: Apocalypse), Josie Ho (Contagion), Erin Richards (The Quiet Ones) and Max Wrottesley (“24: Live Another Day”).
A complicated story that pits characters against each other, Open Grave examines how important memory is to a person’s identity by forcing six strangers—stripped of all »
- John Squires
In Open Grave, Sharlto Copley’s character experiences one of the worst rude awakenings possible: waking up in a pit on a bed of corpses. And that’s only the beginning of a very bad day for the poor guy, as he also faces memory loss and a group of gun-toting strangers. If you didn’t catch it in theaters, you’ll soon have the chance to see Copley and company fight for their lives in Open Grave’s upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release.
“Featuring genre favorites Sharlto Copley (District 9, Elysium) and Joseph Morgan (“The Originals,” “The Vampire Diaries”), the zombie apocalypse film that takes psycho thrillers in a new direction, Open Grave, awakens on Blu-ray and DVD July 15 from Cinedigm (Nasdaq: Cidm) and Tribeca Film. Directed by »
- Derek Anderson
The first look photo of two of the stars from ‘The Man on Carrion Road,’ Ian McShane and Patrick Wilson, has been released from Atlas Independent while the film is being presented at the Cannes Film Festival. The two lead a diverse cast, including Jim Belushi, John Leguizamo and Lynn Collins in the gritty thriller, which was helmed by ‘Apollo 18‘ director, Gonzalo López-Gallego. ‘The Man on Carrion Road’ was written by first-time feature film scribe, Nils Lyew, and produced by Atlas’ William Green, Aaron Ginsburg and Andy Horwitz. The film’s international sales at Cannes are being handled by Relativity International’s Camela Galano. In ‘The Man on Carrion Road,’ a [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
Coming out of Cannes is the first whiff of this contemporary, dusty American thriller from Spanish director Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18, Open Grave). Ian McShane, he of the eloquent cuss-laced soliloquy, is playing a soon-to-be retired Sheriff training his replacement (Patrick Wilson) during an investigation of a cartel deal gone wrong. The above still is a first look from The Man on Carrion Road. The film is set on the Us/Mexico boarder, and has Jim Belushi, Lynn Collins (John Carter) and John Leguizamo (playing an assassin) in supporting roles. ...
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Here’s a first look at Atlas Independent’s gritty thriller The Man On Carrion Road, directed by Gonzalo López-Gallego and starring Patrick Wilson, Ian McShane, Jim Belushi, Lynn Collins, and John Leguizamo.
Produced by Atlas’ William Green, Aaron Ginsburg, and Andy Horwitz, The Man On Carrion Road follows a retired sheriff (McShane) and his replacement (Wilson) as they investigate a cartel deal gone wrong, while hunted by a vicious hit man (Leguizamo).
- Michelle McCue
Hey everyone! We’re back again with a look at the DVD and Blu-ray horror titles coming your way this week. Not only does Scream Factory have a double dose of terror in high definition on tap for you guys but we’ve also got two different collections of modern horror goodies being released by Anchor Bay Entertainment as well.
And for those of you who might have missed it in theaters earlier this year, I, Frankenstein is making its home debut this week as well. It’s kind of a light week for horror fans but there are definitely some worthwhile goodies to bring home this week- check them out below!
Evilspeak (Scream Factory, Blu-ray)
- Heather Wixson
Found footage films get a bad rap - and worse reviews. But the genre combines the vitality of punk rock with the reach of a video viral, and it has earned, if not respectability, then at least a respectful reappraisal. Some found footage (hereafter Ff) films are, admittedly, unwatchable (see The Devil Inside or, better, don't). But others, such as recent West Country-set religious chiller The Borderlands, or Bobcat Goldthwait's creepy Bigfoot hunt Willow Creek (out on May 2), are closer to unmissable.
Beyond an ominous title card, Ff films require little backstory, and the genre has only a brief history of its own. An uncompromising, hand-over-the-camera-lens look at totalitarianism in Vietnam-era America, Peter Watkins' 1971 mock-doc Punishment Park is considered Ff's chief forebear. Ruggiero Deodato's still-troubling Cannibal Holocaust (1979), however, is the most striking early archetype. Following a gonzo film crew into tribal Amazonia, it puts video-nasty atrocities through a film-school filter, »
If a deal is made, his first order of business will be to rewrite the script, which was most recently worked on by Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel's Iron Fist), although it isn't clear how far along the negotiations are at this stage. Bill Paxton was once attached to direct back in October 2011. Other writers who have worked on the script include John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) and Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18).
The original Kung Fu TV series starred David Carradine as Kwai Chang Caine, a Shaolin monk who roams the countryside of America, searching for his long lost half-brother. The show, which aired from 1972 to 1975 on ABC, featured flashbacks to his days in training, where he was called "young grasshopper by his master, »
Adam Rehmeier, director of the controversial The Bunny Game (2010) and the acclaimed Jonas (2013), is ready to pull the trigger on his next film, Save A Bullet For Me. This violent western / action / horror picture is slated to begin shooting later this year in British Columbia.
Rehmeier is no stranger to touching nerves and stirring outcry - The Bunny Game sparked protest worldwide, and was banned in the UK - and his new screenplay seems primed to continue the trend. Set in the Us during the 1800s, the blood-splattered film focuses on the aftermath of a brutal massacre, and two wounded frontiersmen who make a desperate last stand against a Native American war party. Writer/director Rehmeier describes the movie as “a visceral, animal of a film, stripped down to the most primal fight-or-flight level possible.”
Save A Bullet For Me is being produced by Shawn Williamson, whose numerous genre film »
- Eric Stanze
Universal Pictures has been developing an adaptation of the 1970s TV series Kung Fu for several years, although we haven't heard anything about the project since October 2011 when Bill Paxton was attached to direct. The filmmaker is no longer involved, with Universal and Legendary still moving forward in search of a new director.
John J. McLaughlin (Black Swan) wrote the original draft for this Kung Fu movie, although other writers have worked on the script since then, including Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18) and Rich Wilkes (xXx, Marvel's Iron Fist).
The studios are trying to find a director before another round of rewrites are ordered, so they can restructure the project with a modern-day setting, instead of the 1800s period seen in the TV series, which starred David Carradine. The story reportedly revolves around a displaced monk who is roaming America in search of his father, facing dangerous enemies along the way. »
The story follows a sheriff (Patrick Wilson) who teams up with his predecessor (Ian McShane) to investigate a drug deal gone bad, in order to stop a sadistic drug cartel butcher (John Leguizamo), who has been brutalizing the town's residents. No details were given for Lynn Collins and James Belushi's characters.
Gonzalo López-Gallego (Open Grave, Apollo 18) is directing from a script by Nils Lyew. William Green, Aaron Ginsburg and Andy Horwitz are producing for Atlas Independent, an affiliate of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment. Shooting is scheduled to begin on April 14.
John Leguizamo most recently starred in the hit comedy Ride Along, and he also lends his voice to the upcoming animated sequel Rio 2. Lynn Collins is best known for her role in John Carter, and James Belushi »
John Leguizamo, Lynn Collins (“John Carter”) and Jim Belushi will join Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane in Atlas Independent's gritty thriller “The Man On Carrion Road,” the company announced Thursday. Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego (“Apollo 18”) will direct from a script by Nils Lyew. William Green, Aaron Ginsburg and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce. Mica Entertainment is financing, while Relativity International is selling the picture overseas. The film will start production April 14 and will be the fifth film Atlas Independent has produced since its inception in 2012. Also read: Patrick Wilson in Negotiations to Join Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas in Marvel's ‘Ant-Man’ “Carrion Road” is. »
- Jeff Sneider
Atlas Independent today announced that John Leguizamo ( Ride Along , Summer of Sam ), Lynn Collins ( John Carter , X-Men Origins: Wolverine ) and Jim Belushi ("According to Jim") will star opposite Patrick Wilson and Ian McShane in The Man on Carrion Road . Gonzalo Lopez-Gallego ( Open Grave , Apollo 18 ) will direct the film based on Nils Lyew.s script. The Man on Carrion Road tells the visceral story of a botched Mexican cartel deal in the back roads of a border town. The town's new sheriff (Wilson) must team up with the retired lawman (McShane) he replaced to investigate the source of the deal in order to stop a mysterious cartel butcher (Leguizamo) and his systematic brutalization of the town's residents. A gritty and modern thriller, The Man on Carrion »
Oscar-nominated writer Melisa Wallack (Dallas Buyers Club) has come aboard to provide a script polish for Summit Entertainment's supernatural thriller The Last Witch Hunter, which has Vin Diesel attached to star.
Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18) and D.W. Harper (Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters) previously worked on the script, which focuses on an immortal witch hunter (Vin Diesel) who teams up with one of his enemies, a female witch, to stop a New York City coven from unleashing a deadly plague on humanity.
Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is directing, with Mark Canton, Vin Diesel and Bernie Goldmann producing. Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Eric Reid are serving as executive producers. It isn't known when production will begin, although star Vin Diesel revealed some pre-production artwork on his Facebook page last month.
Vin Diesel took to his Facebook page earlier today to reveal the first pre-production artwork for The Last Witch Hunter. The image in the upper right hand corner is the logo for this supernatural thriller, which we first reported on last March. Although it isn't known when production may begin, check out the artwork, along with the actor's brief message to his Facebook fans.
"I will fill you all in later... but this meeting went well."
Breck Eisner (The Crazies) is directing from a script by Cory Goodman (Priest, Apollo 18). The story follows an immortal witch hunter (Vin Diesel) who teams up with a witch to stop a coven from releasing a plague that could wipe out all of humanity.
Odd List Ryan Lambie 12 Feb 2014 - 06:36
From faked lunar landings to invisible WWII warships, here are six conspiracy theories and the genre films they inspired...
"Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face," Sterling Hayden's General Jack D Ripper coldly announces in Stanley Kubrick's breathtakingly funny satire, Dr Strangelove.
Ripper's conspiracy theory, that the commies are secretly trying to compromise our "precious bodily fluids", becomes his harebrained reason for unleashing a missile strike on the Ussr. And just as Ripper was inspired by this strange notion to trigger a nuclear apocalypse, so filmmakers have been inspired by conspiracy theories to make all kinds of science fiction and horror movies - some funny, some tense and absorbing, others terrifying.
Here, then, is a selection of six real-world conspiracy theories and the varied movies they inspired - and funnily enough, Stanley Kubrick »
Spanish filmmaker Gonzalo López-Gallego hasn.t exactly made a huge splash here in the U.S., with last year.s slow-but-worthy Open Grave failing to reach wide audiences and 2011.s Apollo 18 being one of the most disappointing films I.ve ever seen. But both of those films had strong concepts, and his next film, The Man on Carrion Road, sounds just as interesting from the offset, especially now that Ian McShane has signed on to join The Conjuring.s Patrick Wilson in the violent thriller, which will be produced by Atlas Independent. While McShane is arguably always more enjoyable as the lawless badass, Deadline reports he.ll be playing a retired sheriff in The Man on Carrion Road, albeit one that doesn.t mind dealing out an asswhipping in place of a calm and considered conversation. He will team up with the town.s new sheriff (Wilson) to go »
• Tom Hardy (Inception) is in early talks to join Johnny Depp (who is now officially signed on again) in the Whitey Bulger pic Black Mass. Hardy would play FBI Agent John Connolly, a childhood friend of Bulger’s who gets in trouble when he reveals inside information to Bulger about an impending indictment. Scott Cooper (Out of the Furnace, Crazy Heart) recently agreed to direct the film. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
Atlas Independent, the affiliate company of Charles Roven's Atlas Entertainment, announced today Ian McShane (Sexy Beast, Deadwood), will star opposite Patrick Wilson in The Man on Carrion Road. McShane will play the role of Leland; an aging retired Sheriff of a small border town with violent tendencies. Gonzalo López-Gallego (Apollo 18, Open Grave) will direct the film based on Nils Lyew's script. William Green, Aaron L. Ginsburg, and Andy Horwitz of Atlas Independent will produce. Mica Entertainment is financing with Relativity International selling the picture overseas. The film is slated to being production in April.
Ian McShane was recently seen playing King Brahmwell in Jack the Giant Slayer for director Bryan Singer and as Beith, the leader of the dwarves in Rupert Sanders' Snow White and the Huntsman. In 2012, McShane did a memorable turn as Leigh Emerson, a sadistic Santa serial killer on Ryan Murphy's »
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