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Exclusive: UK sales outfit boards international rights to directorial debut of Zack Whedon.
Goldcrest Films has boarded international sales rights to the feature debut of writer-director Zack Whedon (Deadwood), Come And Find Me, starring Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) and Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle).
Currently shooting in Vancouver, Come and Find Me, which appeared on the 2012 Black List, follows the character of David (Paul) who must track down his missing girlfriend after he realizes she is not who she claimed to be.
Goldcrest Films MD Pascal Degove will launch sales at Toronto. Wme will handle domestic sales.
Degove said: “Come and Find Me is a truly compelling script – a real edge-of-your-seat thriller, which, in the hands of such established and emerging talent, both in front of and behind the camera »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Reviewed by Tom Wood
Directed by Ciaran Foy
Synopsis – A mother and her twin sons find themselves tormented in their farmhouse by the mysterious Mr Boogie, all whilst Deputy So & So continues his investigation from the previous installment.
Upon hearing of a sequel to Sinister, I was as excited as a child on Christmas Day. Being more of a Splat Pack fan, not many supernatural films have caught my attention like Sinister and continue to gain it through to a second installment.
The film simply has the same storyline of the first, where a family are being haunted by a supernatural being. Very basic indeed; But, that’s not always a bad thing and is what I love about Horror films, the more simple something is, the better it can be. Take a look at The Exorcist, »
Sinister 2 is the chilling sequel to the 2012 sleeper hit horror movie, that is in theaters now. Recently, I sat down with stars Shannyn Sossamon and James Ransone, as well as director Ciarán Foy and writer C. Robert Cargill. Check it out below!
In the aftermath of the shocking events in “Sinister,” the evil spirit of Bughuul continues to spread with frightening intensity. The new story is a scary, suspenseful race against time to save a family from falling prey to the madness, movies, and murder conjured by Bughuul and his foot soldiers, the ghost kids.9-year-old twins Dylan and Zach Collins (portrayed by real-life brothers Robert and Dartanian Sloan) have been spirited away by their mother Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon of “Wayward Pines”) to a rural house in Illinois.
The home and property are just isolated enough to evade Courtney’s estranged husband Clint (Lea Coco), who has abused her and Dylan. »
- Melissa Howland
Not content with just starring in a Star Wars film, Hannibal alumni Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks for a role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie. Mikkelsen will appear in Gareth Edwards’ Star Wars: Rogue One movie in 2016, and now will play an unnamed part in Marvel’s Phase 3 flick.
Variety are reporting the news that Mikkelsen will assume one of the villain roles in the movie, which sees Benedict Cumberbatch star as Stephen Strange.
Before he met the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange was an unlikable and egotistical neurosurgeon. Everything changes when a car accident limits Strange’s use of his hands, sending him on a maddening quest for a miracle cure. This origin story introduces the magical and mystical realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. »
- Paul Heath
With Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge and no fewer than three Avatar sequels in his near future, Sam Worthington is still adding projects to his roster. The latest is The Titan, a sci-fi adventure from first-time director Lennart Ruff and screenwriter Max Hurwitz (Hell On Wheels). Luther's Ruth Wilson will co-star, along with Sofia Boutella (Kingsman, Star Trek Beyond).For Worthington, of course, there's a whiff of the familiar about that title. But nothing will clash or wrath this time, and no krakens will be released. This one's about a military family participating in a revolutionary experiment about genetic evolution in space.Voltage Pictures (The Hurt Locker) are behind the film, which they'll be hawking at Tiff next month. Brian Kavanaugh-Jones (Sinister), Rory Aitken and Ben Pugh (Welcome To The Punch), and Arash Amel (Grace Of Monaco) are producing. Amel also came up with the pitch that Hurwitz based the screenplay on. »
While the trippy and... ahem....strange world(s) of Doctor Strange may add up to this latest project from Marvel Studios to take on the label of ‘Marvel’s biggest gamble’, the second instalment of the studio’s Phase Three may have hit on a great solution to get audiences’ bids on seat for director Scott Derrickson’s (Sinister) exploration of the mystical side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe: populate it with an amazing cast of actors. Of course, the titular Master of the Mystic Arts will be played by none other than Benedict Cumberbatch, with Tilda Swinton taking on the role of his mentor, The Ancient One, and Chiwetel Ejiofor cast as his fellow student and eventual nemesis, Baron Mordo. Now, we can add another name to this already impressive list, with Variety reporting that Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to take on a as yet unnamed villain role. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Captain America: Civil War officially wrapped this past weekend. That means Marvel is ready to begin work on Doctor Strange. An exact production start date has yet to be announced. But the main cast is almost complete. Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title character. He is joined by Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who boarded the project earlier this year. Now we have word that another mysterious being is being added to the cosmic line-up.
Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen seems to be ditching his cannibal ways for Disney. It was reported earlier this month, during the studio's big D23 presentation, that the actor had joined the Rebel Alliance for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Now comes word that he is taking on a role in Doctor Strange. While Mads Mikkelsen has confirmed the unexpected, that he will actually be playing a hero in Rogue One, it seems that he'll »
Fresh from his casting in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, it seems that Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen could be set to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with Variety reporting that he’s in talks to play a villain in Doctor Strange.
See Also: Description of Doctor Strange concept art shown at D23
This isn’t Mikkelsen’s first brush with the McU, as he originally signed on to play Malekith the Accursed in Thor: The Dark World, before a scheduling conflict forced him to drop out, with Christopher Eccleston then securing the role.
Doctor Strange is set for release on October 28, 2016 in the UK and November 4, 2016 in the Us, with Scott Derrickson (Sinister) directing a cast that so far includes Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock) as Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton (Snowpiercer) as The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mordo.
- Gary Collinson
Scott Derrickson’s 2012 shocker Sinister was a surprise hit, telling a grim story about a true crime author moving his family into a crime scene and eventually opening up a Pandora’s box of evil in the form of a film projector and a boogieman that lived inside of it. It was an in your face film, didn’t pull a single punch and gave one grim ending that left a lot of viewers holding their mouths in shock. As we all know, when a film does well, talks of a sequel typically come up, and faster than you can say “Sinister 2″, there was the inevitable announcement of well,…Sinister 2. How would a sequel to a film in which every major character is killed off fare? Would taking a minor character from the first film, and fleshing out said character be enough to make an interesting continuation? More times than not, »
- Jerry Smith
How many horror sequels exceed the scare factor of the first film? You can probably count them on one hand and unfortunately, despite offering stronger characters and a more emotionally resonant story, Sinister 2 falls among the far more numerous cases of diminishing returns in horror franchise history. It's deeper, but not scarier.
For those who are unfamiliar with Sinister, the first film was a unique spin on the found footage horror genre, in which Ethan Hawke's true crime novelist Ellison Oswalt literally found footage of grisly murders that had taken place in his new house and copycat »
Nothing can stop "Straight Outta Compton."
The N.W.A. biopic smashed expectations last weekend with its $60.2 million debut, and it showed little sign of slowing down this weekend, when it remained on top with an estimated $26.8 million and a ten-day total of $111.5 million. The movie wasn't hurt by any of the obstacles it faced this week, including the premieres of three new wide releases and several days of bad press over "Compton"'s airbrushing of N.W.A. co-founder Dr. Dre's history of abusive behavior toward women.
Despite all that, the combined total earned by this week's three newcomers added up to less than what "Compton" earned in its second weekend. "Sinister 2" opened in third place (behind four-week-old "Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation") with an estimated $10.6 million. "Hitman: Agent 47" came in fourth with an estimated $8.2 million. And "American Ultra" opened at No. 6 with an estimated $5.5 million.
Each of these movies »
- Gary Susman
The creepy mystery loses all potency second time around in this tame horror sequel
2012’s Sinister cast spiky Ethan Hawke as a true-crime writer in need of a bestseller who uncovers a stash of super-8 snuff movies. With Hawke out of the picture, it’s left to second stringer James Ransone to carry the can as the dorky former deputy making it his business to keep track of the cinematic spirits. This time, single mom Courtney (Shannyn Sossamon) moves her boys into an affordable rural home to escape their violent father, and history repeats itself in boringly formulaic fashion. While the demonic Bughuul once possessed an air of creepy mystery, now he’s just a Baba-dud, a lurking Marilyn Manson clone, bereft of shocks and scares. The undead kids look like failed makeup test extras from The Devil’s Backbone, and their Children of the Corn home movies play out with dreariness rather than dread. »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
'Sinister 2' poster. 'American Ultra,' 'Hitman: Agent 47' and 'Sinister 2': Weekend box office bombs American Ultra, Hitman: Agent 47, and Sinister 2 are the new entries at the North American box office this weekend, Aug. 21-23, '15. All three of them are expected to underperform – with American Ultra having a particularly disastrous bow, especially for a movie starring Best Actor Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) and former Twilight star Kristen Stewart. Whether you blame it on a glut of movies targeting the same audience, a lack of major box office draws, or poor reviews, only one of the debutantes is expected to score more than $10 million at U.S. and Canadian theaters by Sunday evening. 'Sinister 2' According to early estimates found at Deadline.com, Ciarán Foy's Sinister 2 will lead the pack of newcomers with »
- Zac Gille
One of the many unexpected surprises from Scott Derrickson’s Sinister was the supporting character of “Deputy So and So”, a young police officer who right up until the end, did his best to help Ethan Hawke’s character solve the mystery behind the evil that was Baghuul. The character of the deputy was easily one of the fan favorites in the film, and when Derrickson and C. Robert Cargill were writing Sinister 2, the sequel that Citadel director Ciaran Foy would eventually direct, they listened to fans and made the Deputy character one of the lead characters this time around. Instead of showing up here and there, James Ransone’s Deputy So and So (now Ex- Deputy So and So) would be for the most part, front and center, looking for a way to stop Baghuul and his quest for children.
We thought it would be nice to have a chat with Ransone, »
- Jerry Smith
Coming our way in 2012, Sinister, from director Scott Derrickson and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill, presented itself as a refreshing new horror property, not one that shunned typical cliches but did provide some neat, disturbing twists to the well worn genre. As is the way with successful horror movies, a sequel has come our way, with Derrickson and Cargill saying on to pen the script and helming duties passed off to Irish director Ciarán Foy (Citadel). Foy does do a good job of recreating the creepy atmosphere of the first movie, and while it works best expanding on the mythology of the original’s literal, family murdering boogey man, Bughuul, Sinister 2 unfortunately just serves as a rehash of what came before. We’re pretty much thrown into the story from the opening scene, with James Ransome returning as the still unnamed ex-deputy dedicating his life to stoping pagan deity Bughuul from taking anymore victims. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Disjointed, incohesive, and psychologically ridiculous. And actually repulsive on multiple levels in ways that the first film was not. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
The only good thing about Sinister was Ethan Hawke’s portrayal of a writer having what looked like a mental breakdown, to the degree that it was easy to suspect that perhaps he was the perpetrator of the family murder he was investigating for a true-crime book. Before that film was half over, however, such a potentially intriguing scenario was rendered impossible, and Sinister became yet another by-the-numbers demon-haunted funhouse. And here’s Sinister 2, which doesn’t have anything so minimally compelling going for it.
Another family has been targeted for ritual killings by the devil Bhughul, which is just a fancy name for the Boogeyman, and he’s »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Reusable Bughuul: Foy Marks a Franchise for Death
The only thing effectively murdered in the utterly unnecessary and awkwardly bungled sequel to Scott Derrickson’s mostly effective 2012 film Sinister, unrolled with the equally uninspired moniker of Sinister 2, is the material’s once lucrative franchise capabilities. But perhaps Irish helmer Ciaran Foy, taking over for Derrickson, is doing us all a big favor with this perplexingly lethargic follow-up to a film that was already reconstituting elements from a variety of other known genre entities (such as the exposure to vintage cinematic documents necessitating a sort of initiation into the specific paradigm of this particular dark realm a la The Ring).
No longer part of the police force following his involvement with the fiery end greeting the Oswalt family in Sinister, the now Ex-Deputy So & So (James Ransone) is committed to following up on the demonic entity known as Bughuul. »
- Nicholas Bell
Bughuul is back and he still wants your children. But don't worry, in Sinister 2, the sequel to the frightening Sinister, Bughuul has his sights set on the Collins family, who recently moved into a rural home that has been marked for death. However, when now ex-deputy So-and-So (James Ransone) learns that Courtney Collins (Shannyn Sossamon) and her twin boys are slated to be Bughuul's next victims, he sets out to prevent the Collins' from meeting a grizzly fate at the hands of the...
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The biggest scare in Sinister 2 comes not from a demon appearing in the darkness, or a creepy ghost-kid materializing out of nowhere — though the movie does have plenty of those, too — but from an abusive father blowing up at his terrified son. It’s a moment of real horror amid the movie’s many phantoms, and it gets to the heart of why this sequel, as rough as it is, might be more worthwhile than its 2012 original. The first Sinister, directed by Scott Derrickson from a screenplay by J. Robert Cargill, was a case-study in cinematic sadism. It focused on the breathless investigations of true-crime author Ethan Hawke as he looked into the mysterious filmed deaths of a series of families, and its gee-whiz portrayals of anonymous children and parents getting elaborately murdered — usually presented via 8mm home movies — had no sense of loss, and thus, no »
- Bilge Ebiri
“Sinister 2” scared its competition, launching with $850,000 at 2,100 U.S. sites on Thursday night. Meanwhile, “Hitman: Agent 47” grabbed $600,000 from 2,500 locations and “American Ultra” nabbed $425,000 during preview screenings.
Focus Features’ “Sinister 2” is expected to wind up the weekend in second place in the $15 million to $18 million range, while forecasts for Fox’s “Hitman” have been between $10 million and $12 million. Neither is expected to challenge the second frame of Universal/Legendary’s “Straight Outta Compton,” which will dominate the box office with around $30 million as the studio adds more than 200 theaters to its current 2,757 locations.
“Sinister 2,” launched by Focus’ Gramercy Pictures in 2,758 theaters, stars Shannyn Sossamon and James Ransone in the story of a mother and her two sons who move into a rural house haunted by an evil spirit. The film, which costs under $10 million, is the latest from horror specialist Blumhouse.
The original “Sinister” was a major »
- Dave McNary
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