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Viggo Mortensen to star in thriller 'Unabomb'

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Exclusive: Im Global fully financing and introducing to Cannes buyers.

Two-time Oscar nominee Viggo Mortensen will star in the thriller Unabomb for The Trouble With The Curve director Robert Lorenz.

Im Global is fully financing the project and lining up additional cast for a January 2018 production start.

Lorenz is producing Unabomb with Michele Weisler and Im Global’s president of feature film production Greg Shapiro.

Unabomb centres on one of the largest manhunts in history as FBI agent Jim Freeman, played by Mortensen, takes on the unsolved case of the Unabomber, who terrorised Americans with 16 bombings over the course of two decades.

Freeman and his unconventional team travel the country piecing together a profile of the infamous hooded suspect.

However the closer they get to narrowing down the terrorist’s identity, the more deadly and personal the attacks become. Randy Brown adapted the screenplay from the book Unabomber by Jim Freeman, Terry Turchie and Donald
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May 2nd Blu-ray & DVD Releases Include Rings, Beyond The Gates, Virus

The first week of May has some really stellar home entertainment offerings that genre fans will undoubtedly want to add to their personal collections. Jackson Stewart’s wickedly fun Beyond the Gates makes its way to Blu-ray and DVD this Tuesday, and for those who missed it in theaters earlier this year, Rings arrives on both formats as well. Scream Factory is also giving the sci-fi thriller Virus a brand new HD release, and for those who have been on the lookout for the recent indie horror flick, The Barn, you can now grab the movie on Amazon.

Other notable releases for May 2nd include Camino, Fear, Inc., The Naked Cage, The Windmill, Tunnel, and The Hexecutioners.

Beyond the Gates (Scream Factory/IFC Midnight, Blu-ray & DVD)

Welcome, curious viewers…have you the courage to go Beyond The Gates?

After their father’s unexplained disappearance, two estranged brothers (responsible
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Contest: Win Rings on Blu-ray / DVD

Keep one eye on your TV screens, because Samara is looking to make house calls with Paramount Home Media Distribution's Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD release of Rings on May 2nd (following its April 21st Digital HD release), and we've we've been provided with two Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copies to give away to lucky Daily Dead readers who are ready to brave the seven-day curse.


Prize Details: (2) Winners will receive (1) Blu-ray / DVD combo pack copy (including Digital HD) of Rings.

How to Enter: We're giving Daily Dead readers multiple chances to enter and win:

1. Instagram: Following us on Instagram during the contest period will give you an automatic contest entry. Make sure to follow us at:

2. Email: For a chance to win via email, send an email to with the subject “Rings Contest”. Be sure to include your name and mailing address.
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Rings Invites You to "Watch Me" in this Home Entertainment Release Preview

Rings was released in many theatres in early February. Since then, this sequel has released through Video-on-demand. There are now plans to release this fourth? film via a Blu-ray and DVD combo pack. This third release will take place in early May. Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe and Johnny Galecki each star in this latest sequel, which follows The Ring Two (2005). Javier Gutierrez (Before the Fall, 2008) has directed this latest picture. More details on the film's home entertainment launch are hosted her This latest Rings title follows Julia (Lutz). She is worried about her boyfriend, Holt (Roe), who has recently watched a cursed video tape. The curse states that he has only seven days to live. But, this time, there is a "movie within a movie" and it might be too late to rescue Holt. Paramount will handle the home entertainment launch. Extras on this release include: 7.1 DTS-hd Master Audio,
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Horror Titles Get Out and Rings Both Arrive on Blu-Ray in May

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If you're in the mood for horror, it looks like May is going to be your month (at least in your house), as the blu-ray versions for both Get Out and Rings have been announced to arrive in just a few weeks. Come inside to learn what all is coming on the discs!

Jordan Peele's impressive horror debut, Get Out is still making records at the box office, but if you can't wait to get your hands on it for your home entertainment collection, the time is coming closer. Universal has announced Get Out is coming to DVD/Blu-Ray on May 23, 2017, while hitting digital earlier on May 9th. Here's what all's coming with it:

A speculative thriller from Blumhouse Productions (Split, Insidious franchise, The Gift) and the mind of Jordan Peele, the first African-American writer/director to cross $100 million at the box office with his debut film, Get Out
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Samara to Stalk Screens at Home with Digital HD, VOD, Blu-ray, and DVD Release of Rings

Samara returned to the big screen this past February, and this spring she'll be making house calls. If you're not afraid of falling victim to the seven-day curse, then you'll be pleased to know that Rings will be available on Digital HD beginning April 21st, followed by a May 2nd release on Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD.

Press Release: Hollywood, Calif. – The legend of Samara takes a chilling turn in the new chapter of the hit Ring franchise, Rings, which comes calling on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 2, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. Dare to watch on Digital HD two weeks early on April 21.

When a radical college professor (Johnny Galecki, “The Big Bang Theory”) finds the mysterious video rumored to kill viewers seven days after watching, he enlists his students in a dangerous experiment to uncover the secrets behind the Samara legend. When the deadly video goes viral,
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Hunger Games and Jurassic World Mashup Movie Jurassic Games Begins Shooting

No, folks, this is not an April fools day joke. A movie called The Jurassic Games has started production. And it promises to mashup the best elements of popular franchises The Hunger Games and Jurassic World. It doesn't sound like your typical spoof, either, but instead will be an on-the-level sci-fi action thriller. Though, probably not with the big budget VFX you're used to seeing at the local cinema.

We have the official PR for you here, with the movie coming from Galen Christy's High Octane Pictures, in association with the Oklahoma Film + Music Office (Of+Mo). They state that they've officially kicked off production on Ryan Bellgardt's amazing sounding The Jurassic Games.

Starring Ryan Merriman (Final Destination 3) and Perrey Reeves (Entoutrage), the film imagines a world set in the near future wherein ten Death Row convicts are chosen to compete in The Jurassic Games, the ultimate
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‘Rings’ Review

Stars: Matilda Anna Ingrid Lutz, Alex Roe, Johnny Galecki, Vincent D’Onofrio, Aimee Teegarden, Bonnie Morgan, Chuck David Willis, Patrick R. Walker, Zach Roerig. Laura Wiggins, Lizzie Brocheré, Randall Taylor | Written by David Loucks, Jacob Estes, Akiva Goldsman | Directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez

First you watch it, then you die. Except in this case, it’s been a good ten years since vengeful VHS spirit Samara last got to kill anyone, her career floundering to a halt after the dull and unsuccessful The Ring 2. No-one did watch, and so Samara pretty much died with it.

You can’t keep a good horror icon down though, and America’s version of Sadako returns in Rings, bringing with her a remake of her own movie. It’s the new version of her haunted videotape which drives this belated sequel, sending doomed young romantic Skye on a quest to Samara’s hometown,
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Box Office Democracy: Rings

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Most of the time when a studio looks to revive or remake an old property it’s a desperate grasp for more money, but I’m willing to give the people behind Rings a little more credit than that. The Ring is about a shared video, and the ways in which we share and consume videos has changed so much in the 15 years since the original came out. Rings exists to carry the franchise into the YouTube era, and it pays off on a lot of the promise offered by the new technology (although not actually YouTube which was strange). Rings is a clever movie, but clever isn’t enough on its own— and unfortunately, clever is all Rings has.

I absolutely adored the use of new technology. There’s a sequence where Samara emerges from a flat screen TV that has fallen face down on the floor that never
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Rings Review

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Author: Daniel Goodwin

When film series’ dissipate it is sometimes difficult to tell whether one is watching a sequel, remake, spin-off, re-imagining or something else entirely. Horror franchises are probably the most guilty of doing this, with every decade spawning new icons for studios to saturate throughout cinemas. George Romero’s zombie/ dead series crossed the streams with sequels to the original trilogy and their remakes arriving simultaneously while classic characters are incessantly reworked for new generations. Now the Ring films follows suit with new sequel, Rings just arrived and Ju-on crossover Sadako Vs Kayako, still due an official UK release.

For anyone unfamiliar with the origin story: a young girl is buried alive at the bottom of a well. Her spirit possesses a videotape. Anyone who watches the tape receives a phone-call informing them that they have a week to live. The girl appears to the cursed cassette watchers seven days later,
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Split Beats Rings, Wins Box Office 3rd Weekend in a Row

Split Beats Rings, Wins Box Office 3rd Weekend in a Row
Most box office analysts predicted that Split would fail to win for a third weekend in a row, going up against Paramount's Rings and Stx Entertainment's The Space Between Us. A surprisingly small third frame decline and an underperforming crop of newcomers lead to Split winning for a third weekend in a row with $14.5 million. Its domestic total now stands at $98.7 million, with a worldwide haul of $142.7 million from just a $9 million budget.

Director M. Night Shyamalan's Split has already surpassed the totals for his last low-budget thriller, The Visit, which earned $65.2 million domestically and $98.4 million worldwide from just a $5 million budget in the fall of 2015. While it was a fairly close race, Rings came in a somewhat close second place with $13 million, debuting in 2,931 theaters for a middling $4,435 per-screen average, according to Box Office Mojo. Rings' debut failed to surpass both of its predecessors, with 2002's The Ring opening with $15 million,
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Box Office: ‘Split’ Tops ‘Rings,’ as ‘Space Between Us’ Bombs

Box Office: ‘Split’ Tops ‘Rings,’ as ‘Space Between Us’ Bombs
It was a squeaker, but Universal’s “Split” has edged past Paramount’s “Rings” to narrowly claim victory at the domestic box office. The low-budget thriller retained its first place position for the third consecutive weekend, earning $14.6 million. So far, “Split,” the story of a man with multiple personalities, has made $98.7 million stateside, while costing just $9 million, making it very profitable indeed. The film stars James McAvoy, was directed by “The Sixth Sense’s” M. Night Shyamalan, and produced by Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions, the maker of “Sinister” and “Paranormal Activity.”

“It’s a darn good movie,” said Nick Carpou, Universal’s domestic distribution chief. “It’s very satisfying for audiences. People seek out quality.”

It was a quiet weekend for Hollywood. After all, most of America’s attention has shifted away from the multiplexes to the coming battle between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons. The
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Exclusive Interview: ‘Rings’ director F. Javier Gutiérrez shares all

The Hollywood News sits down with director F. Javier Gutiérrez to chat about haunted videotapes and his new movie Rings.

It’s been twelve years since Samara scared cinema-goers silly in The Ring Two. Now the ghost girl returns in Rings, directed by F. Javier Gutiérrez. Based on the Japanese fright flick Ringu, the film series tells the story of a haunted videotape, which, if you watch it, will cause you to die in seven days. Rings looks set to bring the story bang up-to-date as that dreaded VHS tape ends up online…

On the eve on the film’s release we caught up with director F. Javier Gutiérrez to find out why it has taken so long to bring Samara back, and just what we can expect from Rings.

How familiar with the series were you before joining the project?

Well when I got the call from the producer
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'Rings' Review: Latest Entry in Haunted-Video Franchise May Kill You With Boredom

'Rings' Review: Latest Entry in Haunted-Video Franchise May Kill You With Boredom
If crap movies carried penalties for inflicting torture on audiences, then Rings would merit a death sentence. This overdose of cinematic Lunesta takes the horror out of horrorshow – and the show is lost as well, since Spanish director F. Javier Gutiérrez doesn't seem remotely interested in rousing anything in us besides all-consuming apathy.

Seriously, how do you screw up so bad when the source material is so fertile? Ringu, the 1998 Japanese horror movie directed by Hideo Nakata, scared audiences on a global scale with its tale of a cursed videotape
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How ‘Rings’ Director Brought the VHS Tape Into a Digital World

How ‘Rings’ Director Brought the VHS Tape Into a Digital World
The third installment of “The Ring” series, “Rings,” follows the dark past of its iconic well-dwelling antagonist, Samara.

More than a decade after “The Ring Two” bowed in theaters, the message is still the same for couple Julia and Holt, who get sucked into the world of the videotape villain. “First you watch it, then you die!”

While there have been many technological advancements since the first film debuted in 2002, the 2017 release still manages to tie the Vcr into today’s digital era.

“It is a movie that would somehow explain more of the original story of Samara, but at the same time expand the universe and play with new elements like the technology we have now,” explained director F. Javier Gutierrez at the film’s premiere on Thursday night at Regal L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles.


Film Review: ‘Rings

In terms of casting, “Rings” is very
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‘Rings’ Review

I have to admit before I start this review that I’m not the biggest fan of the Ring franchise. I’ve seen them, I don’t hate them, but I can’t say I ever loved them. Rings didn’t change that. Unfortunately, what started as a chance to reinvigorate a franchise ended up making it look worse.

From the very outset, Rings feels more like a shoehorned idea rather than a major plot point. Whereas Samara seemed subtle before, she’s so omnipresent in this one that it feels artificial and strange.

The story of Rings is the story of Julia (Matilda Lutz), who travels across the country to find her boyfriend Holt (Alex Roe) after he goes missing. After running into his professor Gabriel (Johnny Galecki), she finds herself caught up in a large scandal and ultimately a part of the infamous curse. She sets out to
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Review: Rings Starts Out Strong, But Needs More Screen Time for Samara

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Her curse only takes seven days to work its deadly magic, but it’s been over ten years since Samara was last seen on the big screen in the American version of the Ring franchise. That all changes with the release of Rings this weekend, and while it does share the same name as Jonathan Liebesman’s 2005 short film that bridges the gap between The Ring and The Ring Two, it doesn’t share its predecessor’s ability to get under your skin.

The Ring Two was released in March of 2005, and a lot has changed in the nearly 12 intervening years between then and now, especially with technology. While mobile connectivity was becoming more commonplace in ’05 (when flip phones were seemingly multiplying overnight like rabbits in the summertime), the concept of being constantly “plugged in” was vastly different than today’s screen-centric culture. Thanks to smartphones, laptops, and even virtual reality headsets,
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‘Rings’ Review: Watch It, and Seven Days Later You’ll Have Forgotten It

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‘Rings’ Review: Watch It, and Seven Days Later You’ll Have Forgotten It
Was there a clamoring we all somehow missed for a movie that would bring back the killer videotape that turns a viewer’s life into a seven-day rental? One would have thought that 2005’s “The Ring Two” had drained that well dry (pun intended); that follow-up even got us all to feel sorry for its director, Hideo Nakata, who made the original Japanese films (“Ringu” and “Ringu 2”) that got Hollywood interested in gore-less creeps and sinister girls with long black hair in the first place. It seemed there just wasn’t that franchise zip in “The Ring” the way “Saw” and “Paranormal Activity” could.
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Box Office: ‘Rings’ Scares Up $800,000 on Thursday Night

Box Office: ‘Rings’ Scares Up $800,000 on Thursday Night
Paramount’s horror movie “Rings” has opened with $800,000 in Thursday night preview showings at 2,155 North American locations. STX's sci-fi romance “The Space Between Us” took in a quiet $170,000 on Thursday night in its first showings.

Paramount is expanding “Rings” to 3,371 sites on Friday with muted expectations in the $10 million to $12 million range for the Super Bowl weekend as it battles the third weekend of Universal-Blumhouse’s sturdy “Split.” “The Space Between Us,” is looking at an even more muted debut of between $8 million to $10 million at 2,812 locations.

Rings” is opening with a straight-forward pitch about an evil videotape — “First you watch it. Then you die.” Paramount is reviving the franchise 15 years after it launched “The Ring,” starring Naomi Watts in a remake of a 1998 Japanese horror film. “The Ring” was a major success with nearly $250 million in worldwide box office as was “The Ring Two” with $160 million in 2005.

Rings” stars Matilda Lutz,
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Ghost in the system: has technology ruined horror films?

Well-dwelling Samara gets streamed in Rings, an HD reboot of The Ring, yet the genre has shown that a tech update doesn’t always lead to more scares

Nearly 12 years after The Ring Two – and 15 years after The Ring and 19 years after Ringu, the original Japanese horror movie that inspired it – Rings opens in theaters this Friday. The producers, Walter F Parkes and Laurie MacDonald, have stuck around for all three American versions, but there are no holdovers from the cast and crew – no Naomi Watts, no Gore Verbinski (director of The Ring) or Hideo Nakata (director of Ringu and The Ring Two), no Ehren Kruger (screenwriter of both the first and second Americanizations). In terms of continuity, it feels like a game of telephone where the line has been severed completely and we’re not even hearing gibberish on the other end. We need to be reminded why, exactly,
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