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“The greatest challenge that we face is to keep evolving,” he said in a recent interview as his company prepped for Cannes with 20 completed titles for the marketplace, including“The Secret in Their Eyes,” directed by Billy Ray and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts; “The Free State of Jones,” helmed by Gary Ross and toplining Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell; and “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese with Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
Indeed, Im Global is among the top tier of sales-financing-production outfits along with FilmNation, Sierra/Affinity and Mister Smith Entertainment. The movie business has undergone deep changes with Hollywood majors focusing more on tentpoles, opening up screen doors to the indie sector, which has seen a steady growth in such sales-financing-producing shingles. »
- Dave McNary
In an official statement, Wayans said: "Sex and comedy go hand-in-hand and I'm looking forward to having fun with this project. It's amazing when a film of this caliber comes along begging to be made fun of.
"I'm really happy to be doing what I love with people I love to do it with. That double entendre was intentional."
Marlon Wayans is set to reunite with A Haunted House director Mike Tiddes and co-writer Rick Alvarez for Fifty Shades of Black, a spoof of E.L. James erotic bestseller Fifty Shades of Grey and its subsequent blockbuster movie adaptation.
“We’re excited to be back in business with Im Global doing our comedic remix of this movie,” states Wayans. “Sex and comedy go hand-in-hand, and I’m looking forward to having fun with this project. It’s amazing when a film of this caliber comes along begging to be made fun of. I’m really happy to be doing what I love with people I love to do it with. That double entendre was intentional.”
As yet, there’s no word on an exact release date for Fifty Shades of Black, but expect it early next year.
- Gary Collinson
Source: Focus Features It was only a matter of time: Marlon Wayans is making a Fifty Shades of Grey parody movie called Fifty Shades of Black. He'll reteam with director Mike Tiddes and coproducer/cowriter Rick Alvarez from A Haunted House and A Haunted House 2 on the project, which was announced at the Cannes Film Festival. "Sex and comedy go hand in hand, and I'm looking forward to having fun with this project," said Wayans. "It's amazing when a film of this caliber comes along begging to be made fun of. I'm really happy to be doing what I love with people I love to do it with. That double entendre was intentional." The movie is set for an early 2016 release date. Take a look at the poster he revealed below on Instagram! Source: Instagram user marlonwayans »
Im Global will fully finance and commence pre-sales on the Croisette on Fifty Shades Of Black and gets back in business with Wayans and A Haunted House writer-producer Rich Alvarez and director Mike Tiddes.
Production on the spoof inspired by this year’s S&M smash Fifty Shades Of Grey will kick off “imminently” in time for a scheduled early 2016 release.
Wayans will co-write and produce with Alvarez, while Im Global founder and CEO Stuart Ford serves as executive producer alongside president of production Matt Jackson and svp of production Glendon Palmer.
Ford said he was looking forward to creating “another wholesome slice of entertainment for all the family.”
Wayans added: “I’m really happy to be doing what I love with people I love to do it »
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I’ve always subscribed to the idea that film parodies only work when they’re played straight. When the situation is what brings the laughs, instead of continual references and camera winks, so to speak. Films like the Scary Movie or A Haunted House series never quite did the trick, with turning cliche-filled parts of the films they were poking fun into just a series silly jokes, with no staying power, once the scene was over. What made films like Airplane, The Naked Gun and even Top Secret! or Get Smart work so well, is how straight they were played, almost as if the viewer was the only one In on the joke, making each gag work tremendously well. The Tim Ogletree-written/Scott Dow-directed parody on all things zombie, The Walking Deceased, unfortunately falls into the former category, relying on over the top and continual references to the »
- Jerry Smith
Though A Haunted House was dismissed by critics (“It’s like watching a snuff film,” commented The Austin Chronicle, “only it’s the audience who’s dying inside”), it made $60 million on a $2.5 million production budget, so a year later audiences were treated to more of the same. As the saying goes, Hollywood was just giving the audience what it wants, so if you’ve ever wondered aloud how such films could exist, don’t restrict you ire to the filmmakers.
This is by no means a recent phenomenon. In 1985, Leonard Maltin gave his shortest ever review when discussing another bungled comedy: “Transylvania 6-5000 stank. I’m Leonard Maltin, Entertainment Tonight.” The picture not only made its money back, »
- Ian Watson
If you're a fan of Michael Plumides' Ghost Trek web series and have always wanted to see its characters and horror comedy style in feature film form, you can now help that longing become a reality, as an Indiegogo campaign for Ghost Trek: Confederate Ghouls is now underway. We also have exciting From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series news for Juan of the Dead fans, as well as theatrical release details for the hostage thriller, The Badger Game.
My name is Michael G. Plumides, Jr. and I am a second generation filmmaker. My dad produced the first independent film in North Carolina, the Southern sexploitation cult classic entitled, Night of the Cat, released in 1973 (available on Something Weird Video). Some of you »
- Derek Anderson
Five days into the new year and the movie awards season is in full swing. A chance to celebrate all of the cinematic gold bestowed upon us by filmmakers over the last 365 days, the majority of awards bodies veer towards the positive. The good, the great and the outstanding movie achievements. Of course, you can’t have yin without yang, and that customary glint of deviousness amidst the showers of compliments will soon be upon us, in the shape of the The Annual Golden Raspberry Awards.
Known informally as The Razzies, the achievements are dished out based on how bad the category nominees performed, and this year’s nominees have now been announced. Seth MacFarlane’s A Million Ways To Die In The West beat out its closest competitors for the esteemed honour of most nominations with a whopping eight altogether. Recent limelight comedy, The Interview, also snagged four nominations across three categories. »
- Gem Seddon
As the film business gears up to honor the best films of the year at the Academy Awards, the worst are getting recognized, too.
The shortlist for the Razzies, which names the worst films of the year, has been obtained by awards site Gold Derby, listing some of the biggest grossers of the year, like “Transformers: Age of Extinction,” and others that didn’t do so well. The shortlist isn’t a concrete list of the nominations — rather, it’s a preview of the contenders for the dubious honor.
Seth McFarlene’s “A Million Ways to Die” looks like it could be the frontrunner for the awards, popping up eight times. “Sex Tape,” which garnered mostly negative reviews, is listed six times. Seth Rogen and James Franco are both on the list for worst actor for “The Interview,” as well as worst onscreen duo.
Others who pop up several times »
- Alex Stedman
As the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences gears up to announce the nominations for the 87th Academy Awards on January 15th, the shortlist for the 2015 Golden Raspberry Awards has leaked online, giving us a look at the stinkers from the past twelve months who will battle it out for the “honour” of winning a Razzie.
Here’s the shortlist for each category…
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?
Legend of Hercules
Worst Remake, Rip-off or Sequel
Legend Of Hercules
Legends Of Oz: Dorothy’s Return
Atlas Shrugged: Who Is John Galt?
- Gary Collinson
The Interview has been performing well in its limited theatrical and online VOD release, taking in more than $15 million from online sales and rentals. The comedy has already expanded to cable VOD, Playstation, Vudu and more theaters nationwide. Despite its early success, The Interview has not been received well by at least one organization, The Golden Raspberry Awards, a.k.a. The Razzies, which has released its "short list" of nominees. The Interview is listed in several categories including Worst Picture, Worst On-Screen Combo (James Franco and Seth Rogen) and Worst Actor (both James Franco and Seth Rogen). Voting for the Razzie Awards ends on January 10, with the nominations to be announced January 14, one day before The Academy Awards nominations are announced.
12 items from 2015
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