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A soldier (Stevens) introduces himself to the Peterson family, claiming to be a friend of their son who died in action. After the young man is welcomed into their home, a series of accidental deaths seem to be connected to his presence.
The Guest is set to open Film4 FrightFest on August 28th 2014 and will be released in cinemas on September 5th in the UK. The film is written by Simon Barrett (You’re Next, V/H/S) also features Maika Monroe (Labor Day), Leland Orser (Taken), Lance Reddick (White House Down), Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End) and Brendan Meyer (Tooth Fairy). You can watch the teaser trailer here.
- Luke Owen
Garcelle Beauvais stars in the TV One original movie “Girlfriends’ Getaway,” premiering Saturday, Aug. 30 at 8/7c, TheWrap has learned. Beauvais — who has starred in the film “White House Down” and television shows “Franklin & Bash” and “NYPD Blue” — is joined by cast members Essence Atkins, Terri J. Vaughn and Malinda Williams in the film's central roles. “Girlfriends’ Getaway” is a sweeping comedy that finds newly single Vicky Holmes (Beauvais) and her best girlfriends on vacation in Trinidad; all facing turning points in their lives. Things go awry after their first wild night together and the very pregnant Sophie (Vaughn) is »
- Jethro Nededog
The hits have been smaller, but so have the flops.
The summer box office is down 20%, but most of the films that have hit theaters over the last three months have a good chance of recouping their production budgets while still in theaters.
“We really haven’t had an out and out misfire yet,” said Jeff Bock, an analyst with Exhibitor Relations.
There’s been nary an “After Earth,” a “White House Down” or “The Lone Ranger” to harsh Hollywood’s mellow this summer. To say nothing of “R.I.P.D,” the D.O.A. science-fiction comedy that debuted nearly a year ago to the day, recouping only $78 million of its $130 million production costs plus whatever else it took to market this “Ghostbusters” retread.
- Brent Lang
A magnificent science fiction drama, and a beautiful one. Wonderfully radical for the simple fact that it is ruled by principled ideas. I’m “biast” (pro): loved the first film
I’m “biast” (con): nothing
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
We need a bigger word than humanist.
That was a word I used to describe the lovely, honest, sensitive Rise of the Planet of the Apes — and god, did it feel good to be able to connect those words with a big-budget science fiction movie. But now it feels too small to encompass where Dawn of the Planet of the Apes takes the ongoing story. People-ist is the first coinage that leaps to mind, clunky as it is. Because there are nonhumans here who are as fully people as the humans are… in fact, the story is very much about the humans coming to »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Hard to believe, but it’s been a full ten years since Zach Braff, best known for his lead role on the TV sitcom “Scrubs”, released his feature film-making debut, writing, directing , and starring in Garden State. The modest box-office hit was a character study about a young man, played by Braff, in his twenties returning to his home town and learning to enjoy life again, thanks to a local free spirit played by Natlaie Portman. It generated a passionate group of fans who were eager for a follow-up from Braff. After a few more years on the TV show, a couple of movie acting gigs, and a recent stint in a Broadway musical, he surprised everyone with an internet announcement. Braff was ready for his second directorial effort, but he needed help to make the film the way he wanted…financial help. And so he launched a fund-raising effort through the Kickstarter website. »
- Jim Batts
If we were Maggie Gyllenhaal we'd be like, have at it! Cameron Diaz waited a full year to steal this breezy summer cocktail frock from the White House Down star. While there is no statute of limitations on a celebrity style (thank you Internet), the steal stings less as more time passes. We remember saying this hand painted look might be better off on the wall at the Museum of Modern Art, but now that we've had some distance, there is something lovely about the brushstroke print. Could the Sex Tapes star be to thank for our switch? There is something lighter and brighter about the way the blonde beauty's hair pops against this darker dress, but hair color can't possibly break this tie. We thought shoe »
This November, award-winning publisher Boom! Studios and Twentieth Century Consumer Products are pleased to announce they will launch Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, a new comic book limited series based on the new film from 20th Century Fox.
Written by Michael Moreci (Curse, Hoax Hunters), the six-issue series bridges the 10-year gap between the Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Dawn of the Planet of the Apesfilms, chronicling the fall of humanity and the rise of Caesar’s ape civilization. Additional creative team details will be revealed at a later date. While the apes of the world have yet to advance as a species, Caesar (portrayed by Andy Serkis in the films) must find a way to unify them to one cause. On the other side of the country, Malcolm (played by Jason Clarke in the Dawn of the Planet of the Apes film) must venture »
- Glenn Hauman
It’s made America a ravaged reflection of its former, healthier self. The Simian Flu that began to spread at the end of 2011′s Rise of the Planet of the Apes has taken a bite out of humanity and left apes as the emerging superior power in the San Francisco area. Tomorrow sees the release of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and Boom! Studios has announced a limited comic book series that follows what happened in the ten-year gap between films, as well as a one-shot prequel comic that will be an Sdcc exclusive.
Composed of six issues and titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the comic book series will come out this November, with the first issue set to be released in two different covers. The one-shot set to premiere at Sdcc is titled Dawn of the Planet of the Apes: Contagion and serves »
- Derek Anderson
For twenty-four years, Dan Rather was the face of CBS News. During that time, he broke countless stories and reported on hundreds of world-changing events. Unfortunately, his career is remembered in some circles for only one: The Killian Documents Controversy. The broadcast was a complete fiasco, and now, it.s getting its own movie. According to Deadline, the film will be entitled Truth. More importantly, it will star industry legend Robert Redford as Dan Rather and Cate Blanchett as his doomed producer Mary Mapes. It.ll be helmed by screenwriter James Vanderbilt, who will make his directorial debut. He wrote The Amazing Spider-Man and White House Down. Perhaps more importantly, he.s a descendent of railroad pioneer and visionary Cornelius Vanderbilt and a relative of The Silver Fox, Anderson Cooper. It.s unclear exactly how wide the scope of Truth might have, but it will focus primarily on the lead-up »
Robert Redford isn't messing around with this Oscar business. After losing out on a nomination for his acclaimed, nearly dialogue-free performance in last year's "All Is Lost," the legendary actor is making another go at Academy consideration (at least in theory) as the star of "Truth," in which he'll play former CBS news anchor Dan Rather during the career-derailing 2004 "Rathergate" scandal, according to Deadline. Starring opposite Redford will be Cate Blanchett as Peabody Award-winning "60 Minutes" producer Mary Mapes, who was fired from the program after it was discovered that a series of documents alleged to prove that then-President George W. Bush had been given preferential treatment while serving in the Texas Air National Guard had not been properly authenticated prior to airing on sister program "60 Minutes II." Though Rather continued on with the network until 2006, his career and reputation suffered irreparable damage from the scandal, leading to a $70 million »
- Chris Eggertsen
James Vanderbilt, who wrote Zodiac” and both “The Amazing Spider-Man” scripts, will make his directorial debut along with writing and producing through his Mythology Entertainment banner along with Brad Fischer, William Sherak and Mikkel Bondesen.
The film will center on Rather’s 2004 report on CBS’ “60 Minutes Wednesday”about a series of memos critical of President George W. Bush’s Texas Air National Guard service record that had been discovered in the files of the president’s former commanding officer. The authenticity of those documents was called into question, which led to claims that the memos were forgeries.
Rather and CBS initially defended the story — released during the height of Bush’s re-election campaign — but wound up retracting it 12 days after the initial broadcast. “If I knew then what I know now, »
- Dave McNary
Ever since his All The President’s Men days – and probably before that – actor/director Robert Redford has been outspokenly political. It should therefore come as no surprise that his next acting project will involve politics, the media, and the complications that arise when the two combine.
Redford has just signed on to play newsman Dan Rather in Truth and Duty, based on 60 Minutes producer Mary Mapes’ book Truth and Duty: The Press, The President, And The Privilege Of Power. Like the book, the film will follow the behind-the-scenes account of what happened before, during, and after Rather’s notorious report about how then-president George W. Bush managed to keep out of Vietnam.
The report alleged that Bush had received preferential treatment resulting in his acceptance in the Texas Air National Guard over the heads of other applicants, effectively keeping him out of the Vietnam War. Following the broadcast, CBS »
- Lauren Humphries-Brooks
Scared of clowns? You soon will be.
Clown started out life as a fake trailer by Watts which gained the attention of Roth who loved the idea. Watts then worked with Christoper D. Ford (Robot & Frank) to bring this joke trailer to a reality.
And what a terrifying reality it is.
No release date has been announced.
Here’s the synopsis…
A loving father finds a clown suit for his son’s birthday party, only to realize the suit is part of an evil curse that turns its wearer into a killer.
Watch the trailer below…
- Luke Owen
In today's long holiday weekend briefing: J. Hoberman reviews Bong Joon-ho's Snowpiercer, while Brandon Harris considers Hoberman's mashup of Lee Daniels' The Butler and White House Down. Plus a new manifesto from Adrian Martin, new work from Hal Hartley, The Baffler on cinema as "imperial control," Bright Lights on the way 20th vs. 21st century approaches to "income inequality and class divide" and more news and views. » - David Hudson »
“Transformers: Age of Extinction” attracted moviegoers in droves last weekend, but despite its success, the domestic box office is struggling to keep pace with last year’s record-breaking numbers.
Through last weekend, ticket receipts are down 0.9% at $5.19 billion. Thinner numbers for summer tentpole season are largely to blame for the shortfall. Overall, the total box office from the first weekend in May through last weekend is running 13.1% lower, and analysts expect the second quarter, which includes the month of April, to fall roughly 6% when the final numbers are tallied.
“Usually you see more big breakout films, but this year we haven’t seen that one big, massive summer blockbuster,” said Eric Handler, a media and entertainment analyst at Mkm Partners.
Going into the summer the stateside box office was up nearly 9%, but its lead has evaporated as big-budget productions have opened big, before flaming out quickly. Only three summer releases — “Maleficent, »
- Brent Lang
To mark the release of Helix Season 1 on 30th June, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on DVD.
Helix is an intense thriller about a team of scientists from the Centers for Disease Control who travel to a high-tech research facility in the Arctic to investigate a possible disease outbreak, only to find themselves pulled into a terrifying life-and-death struggle that holds the key to mankind’s salvation or total annihilation.
Executive produced by Ronald D. Moore (TV’s “Battlestar Galactica”), Steven Maeda (TV’s “Lost,” “CSI: Miami,” “The X-Files”), who also serves as showrunner, and Lynda Obst (Contact), Helix was created by co-executive producer Cameron Porsandeh and stars an ensemble cast, including Billy Campbell (TV’s “The Killing”), Hiroyuki Sanada (The Wolverine), Kyra Zagorsky (TV’s “Motive”), Mark Ghanimé (TV’s “The Hunters”), Jordan Hayes (House at the End of the Street), Cat Lemieux (White House Down »
Alcon Entertainment’s action-thriller Point Break, starring Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer and Delroy Lindo, begins principal photography today, it was announced by Alcon principals Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson.
The production will film on four continents, including North America, Europe, South America and Asia, and features stunts performed by the world’s top extreme sports athletes, as opposed to stunt performers. Locations set for filming include Germany, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, France, Mexico, Venezuela, French Polynesia, India and the United States. Alcon will release through its output deal with Warner Bros. Pictures.
Ericson Core (“Invincible”) is directing from Kurt Wimmer’s (“Salt,” “Law Abiding Citizen”) screenplay. Ramírez (“Zero Dark Thirty,” “Che: Part One”) stars as Bodhi and Bracey (“G.I. Joe: Retaliation,” upcoming “The Best of Me”) will portray Johnny Utah.
In “Point Break, »
- Michelle McCue
Mythology has acquired movie rights to “A Serial Killer in Nazi Berlin: The Chilling True Story of the S-Bahn Murderer” written by Scott Andrew Selby and published by Berkley Books, a division of Penguin Publishing. Mythology’s Jon Silk, who brought the project in, will executive produce and oversee “Blackout.”
The story centers on the hunt for a serial killer in the heart of the Third Reich, and the relentless detective who must confront his own murderous regime in order to catch the killer. With Berlin firmly in the grip of panic as British bombers raided the city by night, the government implemented a »
- Dave McNary
New York (AP) - The Las Vegas ensemble comedy Think Like a Man Too topped a slow weekend at the summer box office with $30 million, besting blockbuster holdovers from last week and Clint Eastwood's new Four Seasonsmusical Jersey Boys.
The Kevin Hart sequel Think Like a Man Too narrowly edged out 22 Jump Street, which earned $29 million in its second week of release, according to studio estimates Sunday. The DreamWorks animated film How to Train Your Dragon 2 slid to third with $25.3 million.
The top three films are all sequels that moved into the big box-office summer season following surprise hit originals released in the springtime.
Moving into summer's bigger competition actually diminished Sony Screen Gems' Think Like a Man Too. The first film, also directed by Tim Story and starring mostly the same ensemble led by Hart, opened with $33.6 million in April 2012.
Warner Bros.' Jersey Boys, Eastwood's »
- Cineplex.com and contributors
Digital Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014, Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Aug. 19, 2014
Price: DVD $30.99, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $40.99, Blu-ray 3D Combo $45.99
Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
Foxx and DaHaan play villains Max Dillon/Electro and Harry Osborn/Green Goblin, respectively, a pair who make Spider-Man’s (Andrew Garfield, The Social Network) life very difficult as he tries to balance protecting his fellow New Yorkers and spending time with girlfriend Gwen (Emma Stone).
Campbell Scott (Handsome Harry) and Sally Field (Lincoln) return as Peter Parker’s father and Aunt May, respectively, but the cast also welcomes Paul Giamatti (Barney’s Version) and Felicity Jones (The Invisible Woman).
Directed by Marc Webb ((500) Days of Summer), who also helmed the first Spider-Man reboot, the PG-13 science-fiction film wasn’t quite received as warmly as the first by critics and moviegoers. »
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