8 items from 2015
Supergravity Pictures has some brand-new executive team members. The feature film studio, co-founded in 2014 by Marc Hustvedt and Max Benator, has hired Cody Zwieg as the studio’s Senior Vice President of Development and Production, as well as Mike Flavin as Supergravity’s Director of Development.
Zwieg arrives at Supergravity with a wealth of production experience from Hollywood. The executive worked on The Lazarus Effect with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions and on Apollo 18 for Dimension Films. Additionally, Zwieg served in various producer roles for Wes Craven films like The Hills Have Eyes and The Last House on the Left. Zwieg also held the title of VP of Production and Development at Craven’s Midnight Entertainment company.
“I'm thrilled to join a team that embraces new avenues for traditional storytelling,” said Zwieg in a release. “We are going to support strong voices and innovative perspectives at Supergravity.”
As for Flavin, »
- Bree Brouwer
Now that Screen Gems' Underworld 5 has brought back franchise star Kate Beckinsale to reprise her role as the vampire Selene, the studio is starting to round out the supporting cast. Deadline reports that Outlander star Tobias Menzies has signed on to play a new Lycan leader named Marius. Theo James is also confirmed to star, reprising his role as David from 2012's Underworld Awakening.
The project reunites Tobias Menzies with director Anna Foerster, who is making her feature directorial debut with Underworld 5. The filmmaker directed the controversial Outlander season finale, where Tobias Menzies' character Frank Randall tortured and sexually assaulted Sam Heughan's Jamie Fraser. Deadline reports that this deal wasn't easy to make, but Outlander is a Sony-produced show, and since Screen Gems is a sister company to the studio, they most likely facilitated the deal.
Little is known about the Underworld 5 story, except »
Coming off the first teaser that debuted back in April, Lionsgate has unveiled the brand new trailer for The Last Witch Hunter, arriving in theaters October 23. After starring in the worldwide blockbuster Furious 7, Vin Diesel is trying to launch another franchise with this action-adventure, which already has a sequel in the works, months before the original hits theaters. We'll have to wait and see if this new movie will be as successful as his Fast & Furious franchise, but it certainly has all the makings of a genre hit.
The modern world holds many secrets, but the most astounding secret of all is that witches still live amongst us; vicious supernatural creatures intent on unleashing the Black Death upon the world. Armies of witch hunters battled the unnatural enemy across the globe for centuries, including Kaulder (Vin Diesel), a valiant warrior who managed to slay the all-powerful Queen Witch, decimating her followers in the process. »
There is and always will be something special about terrific unique found footage films. They tap a serious nerve. Apollo 18 broke the mold. So did The Blair Witch Project Rec Alien Abduction and Lucky Bastard. Those were standout subgenre features and if this trailer is any indicator of what genre freaks are in store for Creep may be the next handycam pic to leave viewers truly unnerved. »
Actress Kate Beckinsale has finalized a deal to return as the vampire Selene in Lakeshore Entertainment and Screen Gems' new Underworld 5. We last reported on the Underworld 5 back in September, when Underworld Awakening star Theo James signed on to reprise his role as David, although, at the time, it wasn't believed that Kate Beckinsale would be back as Selene. Our earlier report also revealed that the production was seeking two actresses to play brand new female characters.
The sequel has also brought on director Anna Foerster, who will make her feature debut. She previously served as a second unit director for Roland Emmerich's The Day After Tomorrow and 2012, and she also served as his director of photography on 2013's White House Down. She has also directed episodes of Starz's Outlander and CBS' Madam Secretary.
Reviewed by Shannon Hilson
I’ve been a sucker for a good tomb raiding adventure film ever since I first fell in love with the Indiana Jones movies as a kid. The same goes for absolutely anything to do with ancient Egypt or the pyramids, so naturally I was excited about a chance to check out The Pyramid.
Written by Daniel Meersand and Nick Simon, The Pyramid is directed by Gregory Levasseur (The Hills Have Eyes, Piranha 3D). It makes use of the found footage storytelling device to depict the adventures of father and daughter archaeologists Miles Holden (Denis O’Hare) and Nora Holden (Ashley Hinshaw) as they explore a mysterious three-sided Giza pyramid (most of the pyramids of Giza have four sides) with their team during the Egyptian protests of 2013. At first, they rely on camera-equipped, remote-controlled robot “Shorty” to show them what’s what inside the pyramid. »
Warren Christie is ready for a hot time with NBC. Christie, who plays Abby McCarthy’s love interest Will on the Bravo series “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce,” has been cast on the NBC drama “Chicago Fire.” Also Read: ‘Whitney’ Actress Yaya DaCosta Tapped to Star in ‘Chicago Fire’ Offshoot ‘Chicago Med’ The actor will appear on a few episodes of the series, playing a firefighter and childhood friend of Taylor Kinney‘s Kelly Severide. In addition to “Girlfriends’ Guide,” Christie is known for his starring role in the 2011 film “Apollo 18″ and Syfy’s “Alphas,” on which he played Cameron Hicks. »
- Tim Kenneally
It was another explosive weekend for American Sniper, which broke the record for the biggest Super Bowl weekend at the box office in its third week of wide release. Earning an estimated $31.9 million, Clint Eastwood’s Oscar-nominated drama continued to steamroll over the competition, including several wide releases that flopped or fizzled this weekend. Even with a strong take, the film dipped a bigger-than-expected 51% in its third frame, a bit worrying given the strong 28% hold that American Sniper has last week.
With an astounding $248.9 million take so far, American Sniper is already the fifth-highest grossing R-rated film of all-time. It is also a few days away from surpassing The Hangover Part II ($254.5 million), which also starred Bradley Cooper, to take fourth place on that chart. (Fun fact: Three of the five highest-grossing R-rated movies of all time in North America have Cooper in the lead role.) Beyond the Super Bowl record, »
- Jordan Adler
8 items from 2015
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