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Motion picture and television studio Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions have officially titled their Joel Edgerton-helmed film The Gift, it was announced today by Adam Fogelson, Chairman of Stx Entertainment’s Motion Picture Group.
Set to debut on July 31, 2015, this chilling, contemporary psychological thriller marks the writing and directorial debut of acclaimed actor Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior), and stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Edgerton. The film is produced by Rebecca Yeldham (On the Road, The Kite Runner) and Jason Blum (Whiplash, The Purge).
Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged…chances are there is someone out there who won’t ever forget it…or you.
- Michelle McCue
Whilst superheroes have made the idea popular, it's no surprise that the 'cinematic universe' model could spread to other genres. Horror in particular has always been one which has dabbled in the idea of crossovers in the past (eg. "Freddy vs. Jason").
But what about a shared cinematic universe between franchises within the same company? Blumhouse Productions have quickly established several of their own franchises in recent years, the most notable being the "Paranormal Activity," "Insidious" and "Sinister" franchises with are all set to get another entry each this year.
- Garth Franklin
In this edition of The Week in Spandex, we look at Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Doctor Strange, Spider-Man, Daredevil, A.K.A. Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Big Hero 6, The Fantastic Four, Deadpool, Suicide Squad, Green Lantern, The Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, Lucifer, Valiant, ABCs of Superheroes, Powers and more…
Over the past few years, Marvel Studios has firmly established itself as one of the big players at the San Diego Comic-Con International, but with the likes of Warner’s DC ensemble Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and fellow Disney subsidiary Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens expected to feature heavily, it seems that Marvel may have made the decision to skip Hall H this year. According to Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn, Marvel won’t be attending Sdcc this July, so we may have to wait until Disney’s D »
- Gary Collinson
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The image is from Uncanny X-Men writer and artist Brandon Peterson, and was originally one of the covers from his run on the Doctor Strange comics. The image hints that Doctor Strange’s origin – a surgeon involved in a car accident that leaves his hands badly damaged – will remain in the movie adaptation. In the comic lore, Stephen Strange then travels to the Himalayas to be healed by the mysterious Ancient One, who teaches him magic.
It has been previously reported that Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, but – much in the same way as Man of Steel’s flashback structure – could reveal details of how he received his powers through the course of the film.
Doctor Strange is set to hit cinemas on November 17th »
- Oli Davis
From masters of horror Blumhouse Productions – producer of The Purge, Insidious and Sinister franchises – The Lazarus Effect follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde), who’ve achieved the unimaginable – bringing the dead back to life. After a successful, yet unsanctioned, trial on a newly deceased animal, the team is ready to unveil their breakthrough to the world. When the dean of their university learns of their underground experiments, their project is unexpectedly shut down and their materials are confiscated.
- Melissa Howland
by Seth Metoyer
The Lazarus Effect has officially released in theaters. This looks to be a higher budget film worth checking out. If you're looking for something to watch in theaters, give this one a try.
The film follows a group of researchers led by Frank (Mark Duplass) and his fiancée Zoe (Olivia Wilde,) who've achieved the unimaginable - bringing the dead back to life. Directed by David Gelb, this highly anticipated horror-thriller also stars Donald Glover, Evan Peters and Sarah Bolger.
About The Lazarus Effect:
Director: David Gelb
It's finally happening! We're getting our first look at the movie adaptation of "Jem and the Holograms" -- and these ladies look ready to rock. In the new photo, Hayley Kiyoko (Aja), Aubrey Peeples (Jem) and Stefanie Scott (Kimber) are pictured rocking out on stage decked out from head-to-toe in some awesome '80s gear. The movie -- which has been adapted from the beloved '80s cartoon -- follows the story of young music company owner who uses new tech to disguise herself as a rockstar. "Jem and the Holograms" will be produced by Blumhouse Productions and toofab's Brian Particelli recently sat down with head honcho Jason Blum. While "Jem" seems like a big departure from Blum's usual productions (he's the man behind horror flicks like "Paranormal Activity," "The Purge" and "Sinister"), he's excited about the new cartoon adaptation. "With 'Jem and the Holograms,' we’re seeing if »
- tooFab Staff
In The Lazarus Effect, Mark Duplass and Olivia Wilde star as Frank and Zoe, two scientific researchers who are running clinical trials on a new serum that has the ability to revitalize a corpse after death. During an experiment, Zoe suffers a tragic accident and Frank, desperate to save her, uses his research to resurrect Zoe- a decision that has dire consequences for all.
Directed by David Gelb and co-written by Jeremy Slater and Luke Dawson, The Lazarus Effect arrives in theaters everywhere this weekend and recently, Daily Dead had the opportunity to speak with both Gelb and powerhouse producer Jason Blum about the project and much more.
Great to speak with you, today. I had a lot of fun with the movie just because it didn’t feel like every other theatrical movie out there these days. Let’s start off at the beginning- how did this project come about and David, »
- Heather Wixson
With Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War hitting cinemas before it (not to mention X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, Gambit and Deadpool), we’re still a way off from seeing what Marvel have up their sleeves with Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange.
At the Oscars over the weekend, Best Actor in a Leading Role nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be playing the Sorcerer Supreme, was asked about whether or not Doctor Strange would be American or British.
His response, well…
Oh that Cumberbatch. He’s a sneaky one, eh?!
If you haven’t got the means to watch the video, he sneakily shifts his eyes to the camera and interviewer as if to say he’s not allowed to say anything.
See Also: Ewan McGregor says “it was fun to be part of the »
- Luke Owen
Apparently you can cover a lot in just 10 minutes with Blumhouse Productions head honcho Jason Blum. With his latest flick, "The Lazarus Effect" starring Olivia Wilde and Mark Duplass, hitting theaters next week, the producer sat down with toofab's Brian Particelli to talk about pretty much everything his company is working on right now. The Blumhouse production slate is pretty packed, with sequels lined up for "Paranormal Activity," "The Purge" and "Sinister," a film adaptation of the '80s cartoon "Jem and the Holograms" and a TV series based on another book from "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn. Check out the full Q&A below! toofab: "The Lazarus Effect," "Insidious 3," "Paranormal Activity 5," "Sinister 2," there's a lot of horror coming from you guys, but also "Jem and the Holograms." That one seems like a bit of a departure. Blum: With "Jem and the Holograms," we’re seeing if our »
- tooFab Staff
There are so many films in development at Blumhouse that it’s hard to keep track of them all. One will stand apart from the pack, however, as it’s being specifically targeted at families. This is a significant departure for the production company behind the Paranormal Activity, Purge, Sinister and Insidious series.
The only information THR have on the film so far is that Robert Ben Garant is writing and Harald Zwart is directing. They have much more kid-friendly experience than Jason Blum and co., thanks to the Night at the Museum films, Cody Banks and the Karate Kid remake.
Garant’s actually been busy at Blumhouse of late, also working on some proper adult-targeted horror fare. I’m not at all surprised; he’s also the author of Writing Movies for Fun and Profit with his co-writer Thomas Lennon and they weren’t joking about the profit part. »
- Brendon Connelly
Director Alejandro Amenabar made a name for himself in Hollywood with the 2001 ghost story The Others with Nicole Kidman. Since then, he has made the critically acclaimed The Sea Inside with Javier Bardem and the underseen Agora with Rachel Weisz. Now, he is back with a new horror film, Regression, starring Emma Watson and Ethan Hawke. At first glance, Regression looks like the same horror flicks Ethan Hawke has been making in recent years like Sinister and The Purge. This Spanish »
- Alex Maidy
I'm sure most people forget, but Chiwetel Ejiofor had a pretty great showing in a fanboy feature once before, that being his villainous turn in Joss Whedon's Serenity. Now it would appear he's looking to return to blockbuster fair once again, or at least he's being "courted" to do so as Marvel is eying the recent Oscar nominee for a role in Doctor Strange. THR reports sources saying Ejiofor is being sought for the role of the film's villain, which would place him opposite Benedict Cumberbatch who's already signed on to play the title character, the surgeon turned sorcerer supreme. Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is directing for a November 4, 2016 release. In other comic book news, this being of the DC Comics variety, Latino Review is reporting Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) is in the mix to direct Aquaman, which will feature Jason Momoa as the title hero with »
- Brad Brevet
Marvel has entered into negotiations with 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor for an unspecified supporting role in their Phase Two sequel Doctor Strange. Variety's sources reveal that talks are in very early stages, but the studio is "very high" on the actor for a role. Benedict Cumberbatch was confirmed as the title character back in October.
We also reported last month that Marvel was eyeing Morgan Freeman to play the Ancient One. In the comics, the Ancient One was the previous Sorcerer Supreme, who served as a mentor to Stephen Strange. However, it isn't known if that story will be told in this Marvel Phase Three adventure, following an August report that revealed Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, starting with the character already established as a superhero.
Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.
To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »
Wondering how Benedict Cumberbatch might look in Doctor Strange? Well DeviantArt user thegameworld has posted a rather fantastic piece of artwork featuring the Sherlock star as Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme. Check it out here…
- Gary Collinson
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. There seem to be two Ethan Hawkes working in the movies these days, operating in parallel universes. They look the same and sound the same, but their choice in movies couldn't be more wildly different. There's the Ethan Hawke whose warm, naturalistic performances in things like "Boyhood" are amongst the best in the business, profoundly moving and deeply identifiable. Then there's the Ethan Hawke who makes things like the horror romp "Sinister," where his defining character trait is his oversized cable-knit sweater that he wears in every scene. Last year might have reached a "Back to the Future, Part II" paradox, with Hawke starring in both one of the year's best movies ("Before Midnight") and one of the worst ("Getaway"). So it makes sense that he would sign on to "Predestination," a twisty time travel adventure that deals in alternate timelines and parallel. »
- Drew Taylor
Speaking to Happy Sad Confused, Hawke admitted that he had come "as close as anybody could" to playing Doctor Strange. He told the podcast, which can be listened to below, that he had "a sneaky suspicion that Scott wanted me for [Doctor Strange] too".
Hawke remains "totally open" to taking on a role in another Marvel project, explaining: "We're living in the age of Marvel. Marvel has a tremendous amount of power over what everybody's going to see. They're making »
Before a director was announced, there were plenty of rumors about which actor will star in Marvel's "Doctor Strange." Ethan Hawke's name kept coming up, especially after it was revealed that his "Sinister" director was hired. The job eventually went to Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness). But in a new interview with Hawke, the actor mentioned that he was definitely in talks for the role and came "as close as anybody could" to getting the title role. Hawke went on to say that he would be interested in one day joining the Marvel team. "There.s a tremendous amount of salesmanship that's now really important to a studio like that. It.s a tremendous amount of time in your life where you're working and you're not acting. We're living in the age of Marvel... They're making movies at a high rate, and they're making them successfully. I'm totally »
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