6 items from 2015
Welcome once again to "This Week in Horror," HitFix's ongoing series that rounds up the most pertinent fright-genre news to break over the last seven days. In this week's edition: the reboot of a beloved slasher title gets a big push (into 2016), that long-gestating "Crow" reboot loses another star, and an acclaimed Netflix anthology series may be getting a U.S. version. #1 "Friday the 13th," "Paranormal Activity 6" and "Rings" do the release-date shuffle Paramount did the franchise-movie shuffle this week with the latest installments of three major horror series: their mysterious "Friday the 13th" reboot (moved from November 13, 2015 to May 13, 2016); "Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension" (moved from March 13, 2015 to October 23, 2015); and "Rings," the belated third entry in the haunted VHS tape franchise, which will take "Friday the 13th's" November 13, 2015 slot. Let's hear it for unoriginality! [Deadline] #2 Luke Evans is no longer Eric Draven Luke Evans has dropped out of Relativity's remake of "The Crow, »
- Chris Eggertsen
After years of involvement with the project, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson has been officially cast as Belle in Disney’s upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation, to be directed by Bill Condon (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) from a script by Stephen Chbosky, who previously directed Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Watson was previously attached to a Warner Bros. adaptation of the classic fairy tale back when Guillermo del Toro was set to direct, but she fell off at the same time that helmer departed. Since then, that studio’s take has hit some significant stumbling blocks, but as Disney locked in Condon and began to search for actresses for its own take on the story, Watson’s name came up again. One source states that Disney believes Watson will be “perfect” for the part and was thrilled to court her.
Following TheWrap’s scoop on the story, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Bill Condon (“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn”) will direct from a script written by Stephen Chbosky, who directed Watson in “The Perks of Being a Wallflower.” Evan Spiliotopoulos wrote the previous draft of the screenplay.
Also Read: Emma Watson Speaks Out for Feminism and Against Man-Hating at Un (Video)
- Jeff Sneider
There is perfect casting and then there's this -- Emma Watson, best known as Hermione Granger from the "Harry Potter" films (and who has essayed tremendous roles in both "Noah" and "The Bling Ring" in the years since) will star as Belle in Disney's live action musical version of their groundbreaking "Beauty and the Beast."
What's interesting about this is that Watson was all set to play the same character in a Warner Bros production entitled "Beauty," which was overseen by Guillermo del Toro. When del Toro left the project last June, Warner Bros started to waffle and Disney came courting the young star for their version of the story. (According to The Wrap, they did so with del Toro's blessing.) This is going to be a big musical version of the story, very much in keeping with Disney's animated feature, the first-ever to be nominated for a Best Picture Oscar. »
- Drew Taylor
The breakout film from the 2014 Cannes Film Festival, It Follows is a suspenseful, beautifully shot, horror film that takes old, tired horror clichés and puts a smart, culturally relevant spin on them whilst maintaining a timeless class that the horror genre hasn’t seen for a long time. Teen sex, suburbia, murder, and nightmarish demons all take on a new layer of substance and style as writer/director David Robert Mitchell reminds us why these horror fundamentals are used so often and shows his peers how it’s done…
After a date and seemingly innocent sexual encounter, 19-year-old Jay is left with an inescapable sense that someone, or something is following her. Jay and her friends team up to try and find ways escape the traumatising horrors that are always right behind them.
- Phil Wheat
Logan Miller, "Take Me to the River" and "The Stanford Prison Experiment"Despite being only in his teens, actor Logan Miller has already done more than most actors twice his age. Credits include small roles in "Ghosts of Girlfriends Past" opposite Matthew McConaughey and Sofia Coppola's "The Bling Ring," and in the TV shows "Grimm" and "Children's Hospital." He also has indie cred, having worked with Kelly Reichardt on her last film, "Night Moves." He's now finally poised to break out in a bigger way via two Sundance entries with a lot of buzz surrounding them. First up is Matt Sobel's Next entry "Take Me to the River," in which Miller plays a gay teenager forced to retreat back into the closet when goes to visit his ultra-conservative extended family. He has a smaller part in "The Stanford Prison Experiment," his other film playing at the festival, but his supporting. »
- Nigel M Smith
6 items from 2015
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