Chloe Sevigny, Timothy Hutton Top ‘#Horror’ Noir Thriller

By | Monday February 10, 2014 @ 11:48am PST
Mike Fleming

timhuttoncloe#Horror, a scandalous noir thriller that marks the directorial debut of Tara Subkoff, has just been shot. The film stars Chloe Sevigny, Timothy Hutton, Balthazar Getty, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn … Read More »

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‘Ink And Bone’ Tops 2013 Blood List – The Black List For Genre Scripts

By | Thursday October 31, 2013 @ 10:30am PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Franklin Leonard’s Black List has become a buzzy barometer for promising screenplays, but here’s a genre-centric version of the script service suited for the spooky season. The Blood List names the 13 best unproduced horror, thriller, and sci-fi scripts of the October-to-October calendar year as voted on by more than 100 film execs. This year’s #1 pick: Ink and Bone, Zak Olkewicz’s horror spec about a writer held hostage by his own creations that Dimension snapped up earlier this year. Independent manager/producer Kailey Marsh runs the annual Blood List, which has no affiliation with the more mainstream-leaning Black List but in its fifth year is turning out more and more high-profile alums. 2012 Blood List topper The Disciple Program landed at Universal with Mark Wahlberg attached to star for Morten Tyldum, while Barbara Curry’s 2011 selection The Boy Next Door is in production under the Blumhouse banner with Jennifer Lopez starring.

The 2013 edition was voted on by 108 feature execs, each of whom chose their top three favorite genre screenplays. Seventy-seven of them earned votes, with screenplays requiring a minimum of four votes in order to make the final cut. The 2013 class is announced, as it has been for four years, on Halloween: Read More »

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Future Of ‘American Horror Story’ Cast Unclear As Series Becomes Anthology

(WARNING: STORY CONTAINS SPOILERS) The status of American Horror Story leads Connie Britton, Dylan McDermott and the Golden Globe-nominated Jessica Lange remains in flux in the wake of the FX horror hour’s season one finale last night. But if … Read More »

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Hot Trailer: The Woman In Black

By | Tuesday November 22, 2011 @ 12:58pm PST

A new, more tightly edited trailer for The Woman In Black doesn’t skimp on the chills in store for Daniel Radcliffe when he travels to an isolated village to settle a deceased client’s affairs. James Watkins directs from a script by Jane Goldman (Kick-Ass, The Debt, X-Men: First Class, Stardust) adapted from … Read More »

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CANNES: Almodovar Awaits Verdict As Final Competition Films Premiere

Pete Hammond

It’s all over but the verdict. Sunday night will bring the Cannes Film Festival to a close with the announcement of winners for the various awards given for the Official Competition of this 64th Cannes affair. And it looks like a wide-open race for the coveted Palme d’Or. No one film seems to have jumped clearly ahead as there is still lots of speculation about whether it could be the Malick (cineaests here refer to the movies by their directors’ last names, not the film title), the Dardennes for the third time, the Kaurismaki, the Winding Refn, the Hazanavicius, the Almodovar or, heaven forbid(!), the von Trier. Or maybe, as so often happens, it will go to the unexpected or something no one is really buzzing about on the Croisette.

Saturday night brought the final two films in the competition. Radu Mihaileanu’s French entry La Source Des Femmes (The Source) was rapturously received at its 7 PM Lumiere premiere with a prolonged standing ovation and much applause even during the film itself. The story, or fable, of a group of women in a small village (somewhere between North Africa and the Middle East) who decide to wage a controversial sex strike unless their men help them fetch the water is entertaining and enlightening and could figure as a last-minute contender (as well as a strong possibility to be France’s entry for the Oscars). I doubt that will be the case for the final film, which premiered at 10:30 PM: Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s two-hour-and-37-minute Once Upon A Time In Anatolia, which I think may still be going on. The longest in 20-film group of contenders feels twice that length, a contemplative minimalist art film with no music and no real plot beyond anything a typical episode of CSI covers in its first five minutes. It is one of those movies fest directors love where people stare a lot, ponder a lot and talk about being bored. At least it provided some much-needed nap time; maybe the jury will give Ceylan a prize for letting them catch up on their sleep. He won an award here in 2008 for the overrated Three Monkeys, so you never know, but Robert De Niro’s jury has a lot better choices than this. Can you tell I am not a fan? Read More »

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IFC Buys Hong Kong ‘Dream Home’

By | Wednesday October 27, 2010 @ 12:20pm PDT
Mike Fleming

Fright films continue to scare up distribution deals. IFC has acquired North American rights to the Hong Kong slasher film Dream Home. The film, directed by Isabella helmer Pang Ho-Cheung, will be released on the IFC Midnight label. A woman buys her dream home and can’t afford it. Despite stealing … Read More »

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Francis Ford Coppola Quietly Shooting Next Pic — And Val Kilmer Is His Star

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Francis Ford Coppola has begun quietly directing his next feature. I’m told that Coppola is shooting Twixt Now And Sunrise, a thriller with overtones of horror, and that his star is Val Kilmer. Also in the cast are Elle Fanning (Super 8) and Bruce Dern (who long ago starred in the Coppola-scripted The Great Gatsby). But the picture’s fulcrum is Kilmer, who plays a horror novelist. The film is based on a short story written by Coppola. It is shooting in Napa, on Coppola’s property. Coppola hasn’t tackled the horror genre since early in his career, when he directed Dementia 13, and of course Bram Stoker’s Dracula. And some might consider Apocalypse Now to be horror. Read More »

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Queen Of Halloween Elvira Back On TV

By | Monday September 20, 2010 @ 7:13pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

It wouldn’t be Halloween without Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Starting this week, fans of the vamp queen (aka Cassandra Peterson who started out back in 1981 as the hostess of a local Hollywood horror movie show and then became … Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE: Guillermo Del Toro Talks About ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark,’ And Lessons Learned Before Leaving ‘The Hobbit’

Mike Fleming

He’s a geek god when he walks the halls of Comic-Con. But Guillermo del Toro just told me he feels the phalanx of print and web media at the festival gave short shrift to the reaction of … Read More »

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Comic-Con #9: The ‘Saw 3D’ Panel

Luke Y Thompson is covering the Con for Deadline:

Lionsgate had their SAW VII event off-site –a cocktail party where drinks were named after the killer Jigsaw and the returning Dr. Gordon (Cary Elwes), and then footage in 3D was screened across the street. Producers Mark Burg and Oren Koules are introduced, alongside director Kevin Greutert and star Tobin Bell. They announce that this will be the final film in the series. (Really? Because I thought Part 3 was supposed to be. Guess that means if this does well, the next one will be a reboot/remake). And here’s the Editor In Chief of the Guinness Book of Records, back again, to present SAW with a plaque for “most successful horror franchise of all time”. He notes that SAW III holds the record for highest grossing Halloween-timed movie also. Read More »

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Seth Grahame-Smith On ‘Dark Shadows’ As Tim Burton Pic Gets Closer To Start Date With Johnny Depp As Vampire Barnabas

Mike Fleming

dark2 shadowsEXCLUSIVE: Seth Grahame-Smith, who made his Hollywood entry  writing novels that put a macabre twist to literary classics and historical figures, has just snagged the high profile job of writing the new draft of Dark Shadows. The Tim Burton-directed adaptation of … Read More »

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‘ECLIPSE’ KEEPS BREAKING RECORDS: Twilight Saga Threequel Sets Best Ever Wednesday Opening Of $68.5M; Thursday $24.2M; Six-Day July Fourth Holiday Estimated At $178M; Twi-Hards Mob Theaters In U.S., Canada, Overseas

twilight-saga-eclipse-poster10TH UPDATE, THURSDAY 11 PM: No. 1 at the North American box office was the Twilight Saga: Eclipse with what looks like $24.2M today for a new cume of $92.8M and $110M for 5 days with a total of $178M for the 6-day July Fouth Holiday since Wednesday. That would put the pic just shy of Spider-Man 2 which holds the July 4th holiday record with $180M.

9TH UPDATE, THURSDAY 3:30 PM: Summit Entertainment is disclosing that THE TWILIGHT SAGA: Eclipse had “an incredible start” internationally. Despite great weather and the World Cup, Eclipse launched with an estimated $19M from 22 markets. The only major territories that opened on June 30th were Italy, Brazil, and Russia. Other majors like Spain, Australia and Mexico launch today. France, Germany, S. Korea and Japan will launch in the weeks to come. Here are some highlights of opening day results: Eclipse Kicks Off Big International Run

8TH UPDATE, THURSDAY 8 AM: I can report now that the 3rd film in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight Saga series of novels is off to a record-breaking start at the North American box office. Summit Entertainment’s ECLIPSE opened to $68.5 million today which shattered the best-ever $62 million for a Wednesday single day opening set last summer by Paramount’s Transformers 2. That $68.5M included Eclipse‘s record-setting $30M from Wednesday 12:01 AM and 3 AM showings at more than 4,000 theaters in the U.S. and Canada. Eclipse also registered the biggest single day opening during the summer play period, besting The Dark Knight‘s $67.2M. But the Twilight saga’s 2nd film, New Moon, still holds the largest single day opening record of $72 million. Eclipse is playing in 4,416 domestic locations, which sets another record for the biggest ever release in Hollywood history, surpassing Iron Man 2‘s 4,380 venues. 

eclipse orange2Stay tuned for the David Slade-directed Eclipse starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner from Melissa Rosenberg’s script to set more records over this 6-day July 4th holiday weekend. I’ve learned that 57% of the audience attending opening day did so because of the “subject matter”, while 36% did so because of the actor in the lead role, and 15% because of the actress in the lead role. Eclipse received a Cinemascore overall grade of “A” with 92% of moviegoers giving the pic an A or B. Read More »

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EXCLUSIVE Hot Trailer: ‘Let Me In’

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The Life of ‘Splice,’ The Unlikeliest Major Studio Summer Release

By | Friday June 4, 2010 @ 2:35pm PDT
Mike Fleming

splicemoviestillThe Vincenzo Natali-directed Splice opens this weekend with the distinction of being arguably the biggest acquisition to ever emerge from the Sundance Film Festival, based on Dark Castle’s  $35 million P&A commitment.

No matter how much business the horror film scares up, … Read More »

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Film4 Compiling ‘The Kill List’

By | Thursday May 6, 2010 @ 9:16am PDT

DT teaser posterEXCLUSIVE: I’ve been told that one of the broadcaster’s upcoming projects is The Kill List, a horror film about a group of demobbed soldiers turned contract killers who run up against a devil-worshipping coven. It sounds like … Read More »

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‘The Strangers’ Director Bryan Bertino Scares Up Ghost House Dream Job

By | Wednesday May 5, 2010 @ 2:17pm PDT
Mike Fleming

the_strangers_movie_image__3_EXCLUSIVE: Bryan Bertino, who wrote and directed the Rogue Pictures sleeper hit The Strangers, has found a new haunt. He has made a deal with Ghost House Pictures to write and direct This Man, a thriller that has a clever fact-based … Read More »

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Small Brit Horror Pic Finds Big Distributor

By | Thursday April 29, 2010 @ 12:56am PDT

F for FailEXCLUSIVE: Examples of  tiny self-financed movies getting picked up are rare indeed. Normally, such pics disappear without a trace. But Optimum, the UK distribution arm of Studio Canal, is set to acquire this low-budget horror movie, titled F, and … Read More »

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Lionsgate & Haim Saban Team Up For Pay TV & Asian Thriller/Horror/Action Channels

By | Monday April 5, 2010 @ 6:28pm PDT

lionsgate_logoBut my question is this: Will billionaire Haim Saban now help partner Lionsgate fend off Carl Icahn? Anyway, Saban gets offered a ton of deals, and does very few, so this must be something special. Lionsgate and private equity firm Saban … Read More »

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Top Pics Work Overtime Labor Day Wkd; ‘Final Destination’ #1, ‘All About Steve’ #3


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MONDAY AM: Sony pickup District 9 hit $100M domestic Sunday, the 5th Wingnut Film production in a row from Peter Jackson’s company to do that. It also opened #1 in the … Read More »

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