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‘Doctor Who’s Karen Gillan Joins Ti West’s ‘In A Valley Of Violence’

By | Friday May 23, 2014 @ 11:50am PDT

Karen Gillan In A Valley Of ViolenceEXCLUSIVE: After leading April’s horror hit Oculus, Scottish actress Karen Gillan has been tapped for another Blumhouse Productions genre feature. The Doctor Who thesp is joining Ethan Hawke, John Travolta, and newly announced Taissa Farmiga in writer-director Ti West‘s revenge Western In A Valley Of Violence, which is ramping up ahead of a late-June shoot. She’s the second repeat Blumhouse actor to fill out the Valley cast, as Hawke starred in microbudget hits Sinister and The Purge for producer Jason Blum‘s shingle. Gillan will play Ellen, the older sister to Farmiga’s character. Together they run a hotel in the town where Hawke’s drifter seeks vengeance for the death of his best friend. Gillan next will be seen in the villainous Nebula role in Marvel’s summer tentpole Guardians Of The Galaxy and also is making a run at network TV as the star of ABC’s fall comedy Selfie, which was picked up last week. She’s repped by UTA and Troika Talent in the UK.

Related: Taissa Farmiga Joins ‘In A Valley Of Violence’

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Cannes: Stephen King Novel ‘Gerald’s Game’ To Be Adapted By ‘Oculus’ Helmer Mike Flanagan And Intrepid Pictures

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Oculus and Somnia director Mike Flanagan has geraldcommitted to next helm Gerald’s Game, based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Flanagan wrote the script with his writing partner Jeff Howard. Trevor Macy and his Intrepid Pictures banner will produce, as he also did on Flanagan’s two horror films.

Flanagan and Macy originally intended the next picture to be Diver, a film that would have started production this summer. They’ve pushed that picture back and instead will plunge full on into Gerald’s Game, which is casting for a fall start and will be selling here at Cannes. King is very hands on and particular about filmmakers he trusts with rights to his novels. He takes upfront option fees as low as $1 (against a healthy back end), and when you are lucky enough to get one, you try to move fast.

flanGerald’s Game revolves around a seemingly harmless contest between a married couple in a remote retreat. It escalates to become a harrowing fight for survival and wife Jessie must confront long-buried demons within her own mind — and possibly lurking in the shadows of her seemingly empty house. Read More »

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BOX OFFICE FINAL: ‘Captain America 2′ Tally $41.2M, ‘Rio 2′ Runs Afowl With $39.3M, ‘Oculus’ $12M Over Disappointing Opener ‘Draft Day’ With Only $9.7M

OPENING: Rio 2 (FOX) on Friday was expected to fly to No. 1 for $43.9M to $44.3M (Fox was the only one to predict $45M), then Saturday got its wings clipped by Captain America: The Winter Soldier and ended at $39.3M, Oculus (REL) was expected to scare up $12M to $12.8M for third spot and ended up at $12M; Draft Day (LGF) on Fri. was second round pick for $10.9M (although Summit estimated lower $10.5M) and ended the weekend with $9.7M. NOTEWORTHY: Captain America 2 (DIS) expected to fall 56% in second weekend but will take No. 1 with $40.5M to $41.4M to end the 3-day with $41.2M.

BoxOffice_logo__131122164403-275x206UPDATED, MONDAY, 3:37 PM:  Rio 2 opened to $39.3M right in line with the first film which opened in 2011 to $39.2M. That hurts, but overseas, the film has already grossed $63.4M, so it has already pulled in over $100M worldwide and it should get some decent multiples as there is really nothing standing in its way for some weeks to come … well, there is the long- in-release Mr. Peabody & Sherman and Muppets Most Wanted. But for the sequel not to surge past the first film, something went a little haywire. Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the champ again this weekend and the final tally ended up at $41.2M but next weekend, it has competition when Warner Bros. opens the Johnny Depp sci-fi thriller Transcendence. The big disappointment of the weekend was the Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner football feature Draft Day (LGF). It took in only $9.7M. That’s three in a row for Costner that really didn’t thrill audiences — behind 3 Days To Kill and Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, although the criticism for that film really was directed at Chris Pine not being a strong enough lead. Regardless, it’s too bad for all involved. Oculus, despite its C CinemaScore, was able to pull in $12M for the weekend which served Relativity well. Noah also bypassed Divergent to step into the Top Five. Read More »

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BOX OFFICE: ‘Rio 2′ To Chase Out ‘Captain America’ For No. 1 At Box Office?

By | Thursday April 10, 2014 @ 1:15pm PDT

RIO-2-AfficheRio 2 will fly into theaters this weekend from Fox and easily peck away the rest of the flock of openers that includes Lionsgate’s Draft Day, the third Kevin Costner starrer this year,, and the horror film Oculus from Relativity. The current thinking is that the animated sequel will do roughly $40M to $42M while the second weekend of Disney’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier will play out to mid-to-high $30M number, but it might surprise. According to Fandango, both Rio 2 and Captain America are neck in neck with ticket sales, each representing roughly 25% of total sales. It really depends how much Captain America drops from its second weekend. Captain America grossed $95M with $10.2M coming from Thursday last weekend (its debut), so if it holds at 50%, it grosses $42.4M. The first Captain America dropped 61% in its second weekend, the first Thor dropped only 47% while its sequel Thor: The Dark World dropped 57%. The first Iron Man dropped only 48.1%, but subsequent sequels dropped 59.4% and 58.4%, respectively. All Marvel titles. Given the stellar reviews for Captain America, it might surprise.

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Relativity Acquiring U.S. Distribution Rights To ‘Oculus’ Filmmaker Followup ‘Somnia’

By | Friday April 4, 2014 @ 9:08am PDT
Mike Fleming

oculEXCLUSIVE: As it whips up buzz for the April 11 launch of the genre thriller Oculus, Relativity has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Somnia, the horror film directed by Oculus helmer Mike Flanagan. The film stars Kate Bosworth, Thomas Jane, Annabeth Gish, Jacob Tremblay and Dash Mihok.

Oculus-cThe deal continues the relationship between Relativity and Intrepid Pictures. Intrepid and Demarest produced, and Demarest Films co-financed Somnia with MICA Entertainment, the latter of which also co-financed Oculus. Relativity has committed to a wide release of Somnia. The film revolves around an orphaned child whose dreams – and nightmares – manifest physically as he sleeps.

The film is produced by Trevor Macy, Sam Englebardt and William D. Johnson. Flanagan and his Oculus partner Jeff Howard wrote the screenplay. Mali Elfman and D. Scott Lumpkin are exec producers. Paradigm reps Intrepid with Reder & Feig, and they brokered this deal. APA reps Flanagan and Howard. Sierra/Affinity is handling international sales.

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Facebook Acquires Virtual Reality Startup Oculus For $2B

By | Tuesday March 25, 2014 @ 3:14pm PDT

facebook_logo_2MENLO PARK, Calif., March 25, 2014 — Facebook today announced that it has reached a definitive agreement to acquire Oculus VR, Inc., the leader in immersive virtual reality technology, for a total of approximately $2 billion. This includes $400 million in cash and 23.1 million shares of Facebook common stock (valued at $1.6 billion based on the average closing price of the 20 trading days preceding March 21, 2014 of $69.35 per share). The agreement also provides for an additional $300 million earn-out in cash and stock based on the achievement of certain milestones.

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On Eve Of SXSW Preem ‘Oculus,’ Filmmakers Set ‘Diver’ As Next Pic

By | Friday March 7, 2014 @ 12:07pm PST
Mike Fleming

SXSW 2014EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Mike Flanagan and Intrepid Pictures’ Trevor Macy are reteaming on the supernatural thriller Diver, setting a summer production start. Flanagan will direct a script by Diane Ademu-John and Carter Blanchard with revisions by Flanagan and writing partner Jeff Howard. Macy will produce the film, with Marc D. Evans, Asha Kurian, and Julie Wilke also serving in various producing capacities.

Diver revolves around a secret project based in New Orleans that involves a team sent to enter the minds of the recently dead to experience their final memories in order to solve the most heinous crimes. When the Divers breach the barrier between the living and the dead, they must contend with the supernatural force they unleash. Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Oculus’

By | Wednesday March 5, 2014 @ 11:42am PST

We got a peek at horror pic Oculus back in January and now Relativity has dropped the official trailer. Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites star as siblings Kaylie and Tim, whose parents were killed 1o years ago in a brutal act blamed on Tim. When he’s released from custody, Kaylie sets out to prove a malevolent supernatural force was really behind their parents’ murder by returning to their childhood home. Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane also star. Mike Flanagan directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on their short story. Oculus hits theaters on April 11.

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SXSW: ‘The Guest,’ ‘Oculus,’ ’13 Sins’ Among Midnighters; Full Shorts Slate Unveiled

By | Wednesday February 5, 2014 @ 11:00am PST

SXSW 2014 moviesThe final wave of programming set to unspool at SXSW next month will include Midnighter selections The Guest, starring Downton Abbey‘s Dan Stevens and directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next), 13 Sins from Daniel Stamm (The Last Exorcism), Late Phases from Adrián García Bogliano (Here Comes the Devil), and Mike Flanagan‘s Oculus, the festival announced today. Today’s newly unveiled genre and shorts slate round out SXSW 2014′s full film lineup, which includes already-announced premieres for Universal’s Neighbors, Jon Favreau’s Chef, the Veronica Mars movie, and David Gordon Green’s Joe. Scroll down for the full Midnighters and Shorts program:

Related: SXSW: ‘Neighbors,’ ‘Joe,’ Wes Anderson Round Out Features Lineup

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The Guest Dan StevensThe Guest
Director: Adam Wingard, Screenwriter: Simon Barrett
A soldier on leave befriends the family of a fallen comrade, only to become a threat to all around him when it’s revealed he’s hiding dangerous secrets from his past.
Cast: Dan Stevens, Maika Monroe, Leland Orser, Lance Reddick, Sheila Kelley

13 Sins
Director/Screenwriter: Daniel Stamm, Screenwriter: David Birke
A cryptic phone call sets off a dangerous game of risks for Elliot, a down-on-his luck salesman. The game promises increasing rewards for completing 13 tasks, each more sinister than the last.
Cast: Mark Webber, Rutina Wesley, Devon Graye, Pruitt Taylor Vince, Richard Burgi, Tom Bower, Ron Perlman (World Premiere)

Among The Living (France)
Director/Screenwriter: Julien Maury, Alexandre Bustillo
After horror favorites Inside and Livid, Maury and Bustillo pair up again for a horror-thriller at the cross roads between Stand by Me and Friday the13th. Cast: Anne Marivin, Béatrice Dalle, Francis Renaud, Fabien Jegoudez, Nicolas Giraud (World Premiere)

Exists
Director: Eduardo Sánchez, Screenwriter: Jamie Nash
Five friends on a camping weekend in the remote woods of East Texas struggle to survive against a legendary beast that is stronger, smarter and more terrifying than they would have ever believed exists. Cast: Chris Osborn, Dora Madison Burge, Roger Edwards, Denise Williamson, Samuel Davis (World Premiere)

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Hot Trailer: ‘Oculus’

By | Saturday January 25, 2014 @ 3:45pm PST

Oculus TrailerBlumhouse and Relativity acquired the Mike Flanagan-helmed Oculus out of its Toronto Film Festival debut and the companies (with newly-pacted distribution partner WWE Studios) have now released a peek at the April 11 horror pic. Doctor Who‘s Karen Gillan and Brenton Thwaites star as siblings Kaylie and Tim, whose parents were killed ten years ago in a brutal act blamed on Tim. When he’s released from custody, Kaylie sets out to prove a malevolent supernatural force was really behind their parents’ murder by returning to their childhood home. Katee Sackhoff and Rory Cochrane also star in the pic scripted by Flanagan and Jeff Howard based on a short story by Flanagan and Jeff Seidman. Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans produced, with Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, Glenn Murray, Julie May, Mike Ilitch Jr. and Michael Luisi aboard as exec producers. Get an eyeful of the teaser trailer:

Related: Sundance: WWE Studios Takes Stake In Toronto Genre Pic ‘Oculus’
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Sundance: WWE Studios Takes Stake In Toronto Genre Pic ‘Oculus’

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 4:40pm PST
Mike Fleming

ocuWWE Studios has teamed with Relativity and Blumhouse Productions on the Mike Flanagan-directed Intrepid Pictures horror film Oculus, which was acquired at Toronto last fall. The film stars Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff. WWE Studios will lend its hand in promoting the film which was produced by Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans, who co-financed with MICA Entertainment. Pic will be released theatrically on April 11. The screenplay is by Flanagan & Jeff Howard based on the short film Oculus: The Man With The Plan, written by Flanagan & Jeff Seidman. Read More »

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Relativity Moves Horror Pic ‘Oculus’ Out Of Easter Weekend

By | Thursday January 16, 2014 @ 2:52pm PST

OculusAnd now there are five movies opening wide the weekend before Easter. Relativity has shifted Oculus from April 18 — where it slotted the horror pic only a month ago — to April 11, adding to an already-crowded frame. The Blumhouse film starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Rory Cochrane and Katee Sackhoff now will open against Fox’s toon sequel Rio 2, Lionsgate’s Kevin Costner football drama Draft Day, Open Road’s Arnold Schwarzenegger actioner Sabotage and the Weinstein Company’s Bill Murray pic St. Vincent De Van Nuys. Mike Flanagan directs Oculus, about a pair of grown siblings who set out to expose and destroy the haunted mirror they believe was responsible for their parents’ murder a decade earlier. Flanagan and Jeff Howard wrote the script. The film was developed and produced by Intrepid Pictures, which co-financed with MICA Entertainment.

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Relativity & Blumhouse Set April Release For ‘Oculus’

By | Wednesday December 11, 2013 @ 9:55am PST

oculusMike Flanagan directs the horror pic about a pair of grown siblings who set out to expose and destroy the haunted mirror they believe was responsible for their parents’ murder ten years prior, starring Karen Gillen (Doctor Who), Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent), Rory Cochrane (Argo), and Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica). Relativity and Blumhouse Productions acquired Oculus out of Toronto’s Midnight Madness selection where it premiered in September. They’ve set an April 18, 2014 theatrical release for Oculus which was written by Flanagan and Jeff Howard from a short story by Flanagan and Jeff Seidman and developed/produced by Intrepid Pictures. Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans also produced the film. Flanagan is at work on his next horror film, Somnia, starring Kate Bosworth and Thomas Jane.

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Toronto: Relativity, Blumhouse Near Deal For ‘Oculus’

Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Relativity is near a deal to partner with Jason Blum’s Blumhouse Productions to acquire Oculus, the Mike Flanagan-directed horror film that debuted at Toronto on Sunday night at the Ryerson in the Midnight Madness section. Relativity plans a wide release. Pic tells the tale of two damaged siblings who, as children, witnessed their parents’ harrowing descent into madness and murder. Brother and sister reunite as adults to expose and destroy the paranormal entity they believe is responsible: the Lasser Glass, which is a legendary mirror once owned by their family.  Flanagan and Jeff Howard wrote the screenplay, which is based on the short screenplay by Flanagan and Jeff Seidman. Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaits and Katee Sackhoff star.

The film was produced by Mark D. Evans and Trevor Macy. Focus Features International is handling international sales and Relativity’s president of production Robbie Brenner is overseeing this. Pic was originally developed by FilmDistrict, which allowed the filmmakers to shop it here at the festival. Paradigm repped it.

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Toronto: Katee Sackhoff To Star In ‘Somnia’

By | Sunday September 8, 2013 @ 8:41am PDT
Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: Katee Sackhoff, here at Toronto starring in the Mike Flanagan-directed Midnight Madness Section pic Oculus, has signed on to Flanagan’s next film, Somnia. That pic begins production later this fall, with Focus Features International handling international sales on the psychological horror film scripted by Flanagan and Jeff Howard. Trevor Macy is producing through Intrepid Pictures banner with William D. Johnson and Sam Englebardt of Demarest Films. Demarest will co-finance with MICA Entertainment. Mali Elfman is exec producer.

Somnia is described as a haunting, emotionally absorbing horror film about an orphaned child whose dreams — and nightmares — manifest physically as he sleeps. The film explores the enduring bonds between parent and child and is punctuated by sequences of intense, visceral terror that only a child’s imagination could conjure. APA and Affirmative Entertainment rep the director and scribe.

Sackhoff also stars with Vin Diesel in the weekend’s top grossing film Riddick. She is managed by Bleu’s Leland LaBarre.

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Toronto: ‘Oculus’ Helmer Mike Flanagan In Focus Features Int’l Deal For ‘Somnia’

By | Saturday September 7, 2013 @ 5:27am PDT
Mike Fleming

Mike Flanagan, whose film Oculus is playing in the Midnight Madness section, has got his next film. He’ll direct Somnia with production to begin later this fall. Focus Features International will handle international sales on the psychological horror film Flanagan scripted with Jeff Howard. Trevor Macy is producing through Intrepid Pictures banner with William D. Johnson and Sam Englebardt of Demarest Films. Demarest will co-finance with MICA Entertainment. Mali Elfman will serve as Executive Producer.

Focus Features International is also handling international on the Intrepid-produced Oculus. Somnia is described as a haunting, emotionally absorbing horror film about an orphaned child whose dreams — and nightmares — manifest physically as he sleeps. The film explores the enduring bonds between parent and child and is punctuated by sequences of intense, visceral terror that only a child’s imagination could conjure. APA and Affirmative Entertainment rep the director and scribe.

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‘Longmire’s Katee Sackhoff Joins ‘Oculus’

By | Thursday September 20, 2012 @ 2:34pm PDT

EXCLUSIVE: Katee Sackhoff is joining Oculus, the horror movie from Intrepid Pictures that already has cast Dr Who sidekick Karen Gillan in the lead role. The plot begins a decade after a terrifying family incident left two young children orphans. Although her brother was charged with murder, Kaylie (Gillan) is convinced a haunted antique mirror is the real perpetrator and years later wants to prove that the mirror was responsible for destroying their family. Sackhoff, who stars on A&E’s Longmire, will play Marie, the mother to a younger version of Kaylie. Director Mike Flanagan co-wrote the script with Jeff Howard, and FilmDistrict is distributing in the U.S. It’s going to be a busy 2013 for Sackhoff: The former Battlestar Galactica star will also appear in the Chronicles Of Riddick sequel, Sexy Evil Genius and The Haunting In Georgia. She is repped by the Gersh Agency and managed by Bleu.

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‘Doctor Who’ Star Karen Gillan To Star In Intrepid Pictures Horror Pic ‘Oculus’

By | Thursday July 12, 2012 @ 4:05pm PDT

Karin Gillan OculusKaren Gillan will play the lead role in Oculus, a horror film being produced by Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans and fully financed by their Intrepid Pictures. Production is set for the fall in Alabama. The plot begins 10 years after a horrifying family incident left two young children orphans. Although authorities charged the brother with murder, his sister, Kaylie, believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now rehabilitated and in his 20s, the brother is ready to move on but Kaylie is determined to prove that the mirror was responsible for destroying their family. Anil Kurian will executive produce for Intrepid. U.S. distribution is being handled by FilmDistrict, and international by Focus Features International. Gillan, who currently stars on the BBC cult hit Doctor Who, is repped by UTA. Read More »

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FilmDistrict Acquires ‘Oculus’: Cannes

By | Wednesday May 16, 2012 @ 1:18am PDT
Mike Fleming

FilmDistrict has acquired Intrepid Pictures’ horror feature Oculus, to be directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard based on Flanagan’s acclaimed short film. Trevor Macy and Marc D. Evans will produce and are fully financing the project, and the company’s Anil Kurian will executive produce. International sales are being handled by Focus Features International at Cannes. Production is set for a late summer start.

The logline: Ten years ago a horrifying family incident left two young children orphans. Although authorities charged the brother with murder, his sister believed that the true culprit was a haunted antique mirror. Now completely rehabilitated and in his 20s, the brother is ready to move on but his sister is determined to prove that the haunted mirror was responsible for destroying their family.

“When we read the script for Oculus and saw Mike’s short, we were excited about his potential to create a film that would deliver real scares to horror fans,” said Schlessel. “We look forward to working with Trevor and Marc and their team at Intrepid on the project.”

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