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Gersh Signs Oscar-Winning Writer John Irving (Exclusive)

Gersh Signs Oscar-Winning Writer John Irving (Exclusive)
Novelist John Irving has signed with Gersh, The Hollywood Reporter has exclusively learned.

Irving won an Oscar in 2000 for adapting The Cider House Rules, his own novel. Other novels of his that have received the big-screen treatment include The World According to Garp, The Hotel New Hampshire, A Prayer for Owen Meany (adapted as 1998’s Simon Birch) and A Widow for One Year (made into the 2004 film The Door in the Floor).

Irving’s other accolades include three National Book Award nominations (including a win for Garp) and an O. Henry Award for the 1981 short story “Interior Space.” His...
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Kim Basinger To Appear At "L.A. Confidential" Screening In L.A., May 9

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By Todd Garbarini

Curtis Hanson’s Academy Award-nominated film, L.A. Confidential (1997), celebrates its 30th anniversary this year and is the subject of an exclusive screening at Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre. The 138-minute film, which stars Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger, will be screened on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm.

Please Note: Actress Kim Basinger, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress, in addition to the Golden Globe and Screen Actor’s Guild Award for her role as Lynn Bracken, is scheduled to appear in person for a Q & A following the screening.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit: laemmle.com/ac.

L.A. Confidential (1997)

20th Anniversary Screening and Tribute to Oscar-winning writer-director Curtis Hanson

Q & A with Oscar-winning actress Kim Basinger

Tuesday, May 9, at 7:30 Pm at the Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre

Laemmle Theatres
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Giveaway – Win a limited merchandise bundle with Stephen King’s Cell

To coincide with the release of terrifying new Stephen King adaptation Cell, starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson, we have a very exclusive merch bundle up for grabs including a limited Headshot Clothing designed t-shirt, iPhone case and paperback of the hit novel upon which the movie is based! Get ready to fear your phone…

In this highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling apocalyptic thriller, John Cusack (1408), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) star as some of the few survivors of a murderous epidemic fending off bloodthirsty predators who have been dangerously re-programmed to kill by a mysterious worldwide phone signal.

Also starring Stacy Keach (American History X) and Lloyd Kaufman (Tromeo and Juliet), produced by Richard Saperstein (Seven, 1408) and Michael Benaroya (Margin Call, Lawless) and directed by Tod ‘Kip’ Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is a frightening new
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Film Review: ‘Cell’

Film Review: ‘Cell’
The most disturbing moment in any zombie movie is often the opening scene: that first chilling jolt of revelation that former live human beings have gone murderously off their rocker. The all-time scariest zombie scene? I’d still vote for the graveyard prologue of “Night of the Living Dead” (“They’re coming to get you, Barbara!”), which in hindsight heralded the creepy grandeur of the entire genre. In “Cell,” the most unsettling scene — sadly, it’s the only unsettling scene — is certainly the opening, when John Cusack is in the Boston airport talking on the phone to his ex-wife, and suddenly he looks up and sees…an orgy of insanity. One after another, people are having seizures, and then they start to attack each other, with bare hands or weapons (a cook comes at Cusack with a kitchen knife), or to attack themselves (a girl smashes her teeth against the
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‘Cell’ Review: Stephen King Novel Becomes a Phony Zombie Story

‘Cell’ Review: Stephen King Novel Becomes a Phony Zombie Story
Give “Cell” points for narrative expediency. It wastes no time bringing about the complete collapse of Western Civilization. Over the elapsed time of a single phone call, graphic novelist Clay Riddell (John Cusack) watches the normal bustle of his surroundings at a Boston airport erupt in a full-scale brawl. The inciting incident isn’t an act of domestic terrorism, but a mysterious electronic pulse that turns all of the terminal’s cell phone users into unrepentant rage monsters. Because Clay was on a pay phone, he’s able to watch in horror as employees and passengers alike descend into a series of increasingly horrific, animalistic displays.

Despite the indiscriminate nature of these newly-birthed beasts (some are violent, some seem intent on self-harm, some seem content to convulse), the sight of innocent bystanders getting launched over escalator handrails and a member of the airport security detail ripping out the intestines of
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‘Cell’ trailer debuts; John Cusack leads the Stephen King adaptation

The trailer for Cell, the adaptation of Stephen King‘s book, which will debut at Horror Channel’s FrightFest in August, has just landed, as has the first poster.

John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson star in the film, while Tod Williams directs.

Here’s the plot.

In this highly anticipated adaptation of Stephen King’s bestselling apocalyptic thriller, John Cusack (1408), Samuel L. Jackson (Django Unchained) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan) star as one of the few survivors of a murderous epidemic fending off bloodthirsty predators who have been dangerously re-programmed to kill by a mysterious worldwide phone signal.

Also starring Stacy Keach (American History X) and Lloyd Kaufman (Tromeo and Juliet), produced by Richard Saperstein (Seven, 1408) and Michael Benaroya (Margin Call, Lawless) and directed by Tod ‘Kip’ Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is a frightening new story from The Master of Horror.

Cell premieres at
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Cell: new trailer for upcoming Stephen King adaptation

Simon Brew Jul 5, 2016

Samuel L Jackson and John Cusack star in Cell, from Stephen King. Here's the new trailer...

Just a quickie: a new trailer for Cell has landed. Which we thought you might like to see...

Cell: April 2016

The next Stephen King-based project to make it to the big screen will be Cell, which is heading our way from Paranormal Activity 2 director Tod Williams.

Cell stars John Cusack, Samuel L Jackson and Isabel Fuhrman, and it tells the story of a strange signal that goes out across mobile phone networks, that consequently turns people into zombie-like savages.

Based on Stephen King’s novel, the author co-wrote the screenplay with Adam Alleca, and Cell heads to UK cinemas on August 26th.

We’ve got a trailer for the film and synopsis here, so as tradition dictates, we shall do them in turn.

Trailer first….

And here’s the synopsis…
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Trailer and Poster for Stephen King's Cell

We've been covering this adaptation for a few years now, so it's great to see it finally speeding towards the finish line. The first trailer and a fresh poster for the Stephen King adaptation of "Cell" has landed and it looks decent.

We also have release dates! Cell hits Ultra VOD June 10th and then theatrically and on VOD July 8th.

Directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).

Synopsis:

When a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals, struggling graphic artist Clay Riddell [Continued ...]
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Stephen King's Cell Trailer Reunites John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson

Stephen King's Cell Trailer Reunites John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson
10 years ago, iconic author Stephen King published a new novel entitled Cell, which was quickly eyed for a movie adaptation months before it was published. After a decade of development, which saw a number of filmmakers come and go, Lionsgate and Saban Films are getting ready to release Cell in theaters nationwide on July 8, preceded by an Ultra VOD release starting June 10. Today we have our first look at this thriller, which shows how technology is turned against us in frightening ways.

Stephen King's best-selling novel is brought to terrifying life in this mind-blowing thriller starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson. At the Boston airport, Clay (Cusack) witnesses a scene of chaotic mayhem when an electronic signal turns hundreds of cell phone users into rabid killers. Desperate to find his estranged wife and son, Clay teams with a train driver (Jackson) to battle the horde of murderous "phoners
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Trailer For Stephen King's Zombie Film Cell with John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson

At long last the first trailer for the feature film adaptation of Stephen King's Cell has been released! I've been anxiously waiting for this movie since I first read the book and it's almost here. The movie stars John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson, and Isabelle Fuhrman and it looks like a solid adaptation. King, who co-wrote the script for the movie, previously said:

“I enjoyed working on ‘Cell’ and love the way it turned out. Kip Williams has made a scary and thoroughly entertaining movie. But you may want to put your cell phone in the freezer after seeing it.”

Cusack and Jackson previously worked together on the big screen adaptation of 1408, which I really enjoyed. It looks like they were able to bring that same magic to bringing the story of Cell to life. Here's the synopsis:

When a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network
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We're Getting Closer to a Release of Stephen King's Cell!

Saban Films just announced they've acquired the Us distribution rights to the post-apocalyptic horror film Cell starring John Cusack, Samuel L. Jackson and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games). That means the film will see some kind of release (hopefully) in 2016.

Directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).

Synopsis:

When a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals, struggling graphic artist Clay Riddell (Cusack) bands together with a small group of fellow sur [Continued ...]
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Saban Films Acquires U.S. Rights To Stephen King Adaptation Of Cell

Saban Films has acquired the Us distribution rights to sci-fi horror film Cell starring Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (Love & Mercy, Being John Malkovich, 2012), Academy Award nominee Samuel L. Jackson (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Django Unchained, Pulp Fiction) and Isabelle Fuhrman (Orphan, The Hunger Games).

Directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor), Cell is based on the apocalyptic novel of the same name by Stephen King, who adapted the screenplay along with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left).

When a mysterious cell phone signal is broadcast across the network and turns the population into mindless animals, struggling graphic artist Clay Riddell (Cusack) bands together with a small group of fellow survivors to trek across a decimated New England to seek answers and reunite with his son.

Saban Films President Bill Bromiley said, “Stephen King is widely recognized as a master of the horror genre.
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Interview: Affonso Gonçalves and the Art of Editing Great Actresses

Affonso Gonçalves with this Ace win for editing True Detective (2014)Affonso Gonçalves is a man that every actress lover ought to both thank and envy. Over the course of his career in TV and film he has been privvy to a consisently vivid series of strong and sometimes downright iconic performances by several of our greatest actress. He's helped shape the way we see them, too.

His career began in earnest with as an assisant editor on Todd Solondz's cult hit about a nerdy teenager Dawn Weiner in Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) and soon thereafter he was editing multiple films for Ira Sachs and other independent minded directors. In the 20 years since his debut he's edited performances by Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive), Kate Winslet (Mildred Pierce), Kerry Washington (Night Catches Us), Michelle Williams (The Hawk is Dying), Kim Basinger (The Door in the Floor), and  Patricia Clarkson
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Twitter Watch: Photo Flashback- Donna Murphy Texts from Into The Woods

On Twitter Watch, Donna Murphy wrote 'Once upon a time a witch needed 2 text some1 from the woods. In honor of the new year trying this twitter thing. pic.twitter.com2JZ2X7Zb5DMurphy received the first of her two Tony Awards for Best Actress in a Musical for her role as 'Fosca' in Passion. Her second Tony for her portrayal of 'Anna Leonowans' in the 1996 revival of The King and I. Her Daytime Emmy Award came from her first television film, HBO's Someone Had to be Benny.This talented and respected actress has had a diverse career, making a number of appearances on both the big and small screens, working in such films as The Bourne Legacy, Tangled, World Trade Center, Spider-Man 2, The Door in the Floor, Star Trek Insurrection, Center Stage and The Astronaut's Wife. Murphy has also appeared on television shows The Mentalist, Damages, Law amp Order and The Practice.
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Samuel L. Jackson & John Cusack Find Stephen King Again in 'Cell'

Just over one year ago, we learned that John Cusack would return to Stephen King territory by starring in the apocalyptic thriller Cell. The film follows a father desperately trying to find his wife and son after some sort of catastrophe begins spreading via cellular telephones. Now Cusack will have familiar company as Variety reports Samuel L. Jackson has come on board to star. Jackson and Cusack both starred in 1408, which was also based on Stephen King's writing. And if that wasn't enough of a reunion, 1408 producer Richard Saperstein is producing. He seems to like King's work since he also produced The Mist in 2007. Tod "Kip" Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door in the Floor) is directed the film with production set to begin in January. The project is being sold at the American Film Market, but since production is so near, we're guessing this isn't one of those
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ICM Partners Signs ‘Paranormal 2′ Helmer Tod ‘Kip’ Williams

Exclusive: ICM Partners has signed Tod ‘Kip’ Williams, the Gotham-based director who last helmed the found footage sequel horror hit Paranormal Activity 2. He’s next directing Tangier, a Tom Pabst-scripted indie that will be produced by Traffic‘s Laura Bickford. I’ll always remember Williams for having the stones to take it upon himself to charm author John Irving into giving him a free option on his bestselling novel A Widow For One Year. Irving had never heard of Williams, who had only directed the festival film The Adventures Of Sebastian Cole. His producer, Ted Hope, had an in with Irving in that the author was briefly his wrestling coach at Exeter. That got Williams a foot in the door, and he sold Irving on his pitch to take only a portion of a sprawling tale (most of Irving’s books are sprawling tales), and make that the focus of the film.
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John Cusack Begins Beating Off the Dead in Stephen King's Cell in September

No, not like that, you filthy perverts; but oh, how we love the way that your minds work. We're talking about the latest Stephen King adaptation that's been announced just in time for Cannes. Read on for some new details regarding Cell.

From the Press Release

On the eve of the Cannes Film Market, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment’s newly formed international sales company, International Film Trust (Ift), has added a new title to their Cannes slate - the Stephen King adaptation Cell, starring John Cusack - it was announced today by Ift President Ariel Veneziano.

Ift has acquired the remaining international territories for Cell, based on the novel by Stephen King, with Benaroya Pictures now on board to finance and co-produce.

Cell stars Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (2012) and will be directed by Tod "Kip" Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door In The Floor).

Richard Saperstein (The Toxic Avenger,
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Ift Adds “Cell” To Cannes Slate

Benaroya Pictures and International Film Trust have acquired the rights to the remaining international territories for Cell, the forthcoming film based on the bestselling Stephen King novel. The film is set to be directed by Tod Williams (Paranormal Activity 2). Read on for the full press release.

(Cannes, France) – May 15, 2013 – On the eve of the Cannes Film Market, Benaroya Pictures and Miscellaneous Entertainment’s newly formed international sales company, International Film Trust (Ift), has added a new title to their Cannes slate: the Stephen King adaptation, Cell starring John Cusack, it was announced today by Ift President Ariel Veneziano.

Ift has acquired the remaining international territories for Cell, based on the novel by Stephen King, with Benaroya Pictures now on board to finance and co-produce.

Cell stars Golden Globe nominee John Cusack (2012) and will be directed by Tod “Kip” Williams (Paranormal Activity 2, The Door In The Floor).

Richard Saperstein (The Toxic Avenger,
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Paranormal Activity 2 helmer Tod Williams to direct Stephen King's Cell

A movie adaptation of Stephen King's apocalyptic horror novel Cell has been on the cards from the moment the book was first published in 2006, with Eli Roth (Hostel) originally attached to write and direct before passing on the project in favour of Hostel: Part II. However, last year it was announced that Stephen King had co-written a script with Adam Alleca (The Last House on the Left), with John Cusack subsequently signing on for what will be his third King adaptation after Stand By Me and 1408.

Now the project has attracted a director, with Screen Daily reporting that Tod Williams (whose previous credits include The Adventures of Sebastian Cole, The Door in the Floor and the hit horror sequel Paranormal Activity 2) has signed on to direct Cell for Cargo Entertainment, with filming expected to begin in May. "Tod is a dynamic filmmaker whose work has been both critically acclaimed and commercially successful,
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Paranormal Activity 2 Director The Latest To Take On Stephen King's Cell

News of a Stephen King adaptation generally draws extreme reactions - either disgust or clueless joy. I.ll cop to being part of that latter group, though my enthusiasm is always kept in check by the sheer number of of projects he regularly has in development. As fans lay in wait for further development of 11/22/63, The Stand and The Dark Tower, at least one long-gestating project is starting up again. Screen Daily reports Tod Williams has been tapped by Cargo Entertainment to adapt King.s novel Cell. Williams' most notable credit is his lukewarm sequel Paranormal Activity 2, though his earlier take on a John Irving novel for the film The Door in the Floor was much more concise and enjoyable. Production on Cell will begin in May with Williams working from a screenplay written by King himself along with Last House on the Left remake screenwriter Adam Alleca. King
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