Keeping up with the throng of AFM news? Good, because we are hanging on by a thread and still have tons more to send your way in addition to whatever other headlines pop up today. Right now, the first word on The Well.
Screen Daily reports that Umedia is taking The Well to the ongoing American Film Market. The UK-Swedish-Hungarian co-production will be directed by Misko Massanyi, who also wrote the script. Tony Krantz and Jesper Böcker are producing through 79 Pictures, with production set to start early 2014.
At press time Sadako was unavailable for comment.
The Well is a psychological horror about a young woman trapped at the bottom of a dried out well who is tormented both by a stranger, from outside the well, and by her own psyche, from inside.
Twitch landed the premiere of the Indonesian trailer for Gareth Edwards' sequel to The Raid: Redemption, entitled The Raid 2: Berandal, and it truly speaks for itself. Just wow.
PT Merantau Films and XYZ Films teamed up for THE RAID 2 (Indonesian title, THE RAID 2: BERANDAL), the sequel to the wildly popular international hit THE RAID (aka THE RAID: REDEMPTION). The film reunites writer/director Gareth Huw Evans with actor Iko Uwais, who reprises his starring role. In addition to Uwais, the international cast includes Tio Pakusadewo, Putra Arifin Scheunamann, Julie Estelle, Alex Abbad, and Roy Marten.
Picking up right where the first film ends, The Raid 2 follows Rama (Uwais) as he goes undercover and infiltrates the ranks of a ruthless Jakarta crime syndicate in order to protect his family and uncover the corruption in his own police force.
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) acquired the film for the United States, Spain, Latin America, and South Africa; and Sony Pictures Classics will once again release the film theatrically in the United States.
Amidst all the news from AFM about movies that may or may not happen, we now have a teaser of the new trailer that's debuting later today for a movie that's definitely happening... despite our misgivings. Here's the latest on RoboCop.
ET has nabbed the brand-new trailer, which will be fully revealed along with some behind-the-scenes footage on the Wednesday, November 6th, "ET."
The teaser provides a double dose of action, as RoboCop is seen violently exacting justice with his gun blazing as he zooms around on his motorcycle. As previewed in the clip, however, RoboCop doesn't discriminate amongst perpetrators of injustice, which has his creators worried that he's been granted too much free will.
Jose Padilha's film stars Joel Kinnaman as the title hero plus Samuel L. Jackson, Gary Oldman, Jay Baruchel, Michael Keaton, Michael Kenneth Williams, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Abbie Cornish, Aimee Garcia, and Jackie Earle Haley.
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In RoboCop the year is 2029, and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the center of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe, and now they want to bring this technology to the home front.
Alex Murphy is a loving husband, father, and good cop doing his best to stem the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes its remarkable science of robotics to save Alex’s life.
He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.
Be sure to visit the RoboCop Facebook page, where they're counting down to the new trailer and have a few new images to share.
"Sleepy Hollow" has returned with a vengeance, and also back next week is guest star John Cho. Check out a preview of Episode 1.07, "The Midnight Ride," but buckle up - it's bumpy!
"Sleepy Hollow" Episode 1.07 - "The Midnight Ride" (airs 11/11/13; repeats 11/15/13)
Abbie (Nicole Beharie) and Ichabod (Tom Mison) must find hidden clues to thwart the evil in Sleepy Hollow, and Abbie gets an unexpected visit from the enigmatic Andy Brooks (guest star John Cho).
Legendary paranormal radio talk show host Art Bell began his latest broadcast endeavor with Sirius satellite radio several weeks ago. Entitled Dark Matter, the show was an instant hit with fans both new and old. Sadly, it seems as if Bell is now leaving the program. Read on for his comments.
We reached out to Bell for a statement regarding the situation, which has prompted some scathing reactions from fans who signed up for Sirius just to be able to listen to the king of paranormal talk radio once again.
"I started the show with the expectation that my listeners would be able to stream the show since most were coming from AM," Bell tells us. "They started the thirty-day trial and found that it was dropping out on them every few minutes. After the 30-day trial most did not renew; why would they? Faced with paying about 180 bucks a year for something that was not working right, what would you do? So I lost my base. My show is based on call in; if all I am left with is truck drivers (love them but the cell connections are not good) with cell phones going down the road at 70 MPH... well you get the idea. So I asked Sirius to allow free streaming for a year until they could fix their problems, and they said no. The show was simply not viable under these conditions."
Bell also added, "I am here and more than willing to do a show if Sirius changes their minds, a year under the circumstances seemed reasonable to me, just until they could fix the streaming."
Art is a man of his principles, and whether you agree with him or not, that is an admirable quality. Here's hoping for some quick and much needed resolve to this situation. We will keep you abreast of any further details should they arise.
In the interim you should also keep a close eye on the official Art Bell website for information as it breaks!
Back when I was in high school, the main things I worried about were getting laid and ditching class without getting caught. Sometimes the two went hand-in-hand. However, if supernatural beasties were running amok, I may just have spent a bit more time in that godforsaken environment.
According to Deadline, Federico D’Alessandro is in early talks to write and direct Lockdown at Franklin High for Sony Pictures. The microbudget film will be based on a script Sony acquired last year by Dance of the Dead scribes Gregg Bishop and Joe Ballarini.
Lockdown at Franklin High tells the story of a group of disparate high school kids who must band together and save themselves from a supernatural creature during a school lockdown.
It’s a Benderspink and Platinum Dunes production. Jonathan Kadin is overseeing with Hannah Minghella. D’Alessandro is repped by Storyboards and Oasis Media Group.
How's that for a headline that can simultaneously get you a bit ill and slightly aroused at the same time? In any event, it's happening but not exactly in the way that you wondrous perverts think. Read on for details.
According to The Wrap, Outlier and new production partner Pathbender have acquired film and TV rights for the Shadowline/Image Comics graphic novel Savage, which pits Bigfoot against a pack of werewolves.
Created by Jeff Frank and co-written by Frank, Dan Wickline and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night), Savage is a supernatural thriller illustrated by award-winning X-Men artist Mike Mayhew.
James Cotten (La linea) is attached to direct the film, which follows a mysterious killer who is hunting down supernatural creatures. While looking for a prodigy to continue his work, he finds himself in the midst of a battle between the legendary Bigfoot and a pack of werewolves.
Pathbender’s E. Thompson (Hansel and Gretel Get Baked) and John Adams will produce the movie, while Outlier’s Mark Morgan (The Twilight Saga) will executive produce.
A new recurring character has been added to Season 2 of "The Following" on Fox, and we also have a bit of guest star casting news to report that got lost in the shuffle last week leading up to Halloween.
First, Aussie actress Jacinda Barrett (pictured; "Suits," "Zero Hour") will play Julia, a very disarming and alluring woman whose mysterious intentions send several main characters in a frightening new direction.
The guest star heading our way is "Oz" alum Lee Tergesen (The Collection, No One Lives), who will appear in the seventh episode as Kurt Bolen, a seemingly normal family man who may harbor a dark secret.
They join the previously announced Keith Carradine as a friend of Ryan Hardy, Jessica Stroup as Hardy’s NYPD specialist niece, Connie Nielsen as a romantic interest for Ryan, Sam Underwood as a dangerous young man/possible follower of Joe Carroll, Tiffany Boone as the latest inductee of Carroll's murderous cult, Valerie Cruz as an NYPD cop who works closely with Mike Weston, and James McDaniel as an FBI agent.
"The Following" Season 2:
Following the season finale of "Sleepy Hollow" at a special time on Monday, January 20, 2014 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT), last season’s No. 1 new series, "THE FOLLOWING" (9:00-10:00 PM ET/PT), begins its 15-week uninterrupted second season.
Created by Kevin Williamson (“The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” the Scream franchise) and starring Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kevin Bacon (X-Men: The Last Stand, Frost/Nixon) and James Purefoy (“Rome”), Season 2 will catch up with RYAN HARDY (Bacon) in the wake of a horrific new murder spree. The FBI calls on Ryan and MIKE WESTON (Shawn Ashmore) to speak with the lone survivor, LILY (Connie Nielsen; “Boss,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), in order to help them solve the case. Ryan is reluctant to re-engage with the FBI but finds a valuable ally in his niece, MAX (Jessica Stroup, “90210”), an NYPD cop working in the Intel Division.
As the investigation proceeds, Ryan crosses paths with several complicated individuals, including LUKE (Sam Underwood, “Dexter”) and MANDY LANG (Tiffany Boone, Beautiful Creatures), which furthers his suspicion that JOE CARROLL's (Purefoy) reign of terror is far from over.
Yahoo! TV got hold of a new clip from "The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.06, "Handle with Care," and of course we have it for you right here. Bonnie may have doubts about a reunion with Jeremy, but he believes it will work!
"The Vampire Diaries" Episode 5.06 - "Handle with Care" (airs 11/7/13, 8-9pm)
Silas (Paul Wesley) happily announces his new goal to Damon (Ian Somerhalder) and Elena (Nina Dobrev), but they are skeptical when he promises to accomplish one important task in return for their help. Tessa (guest star Janina Gavankar) confidently tells Stefan (Paul Wesley) about her next move, then realizes that Silas has managed to outsmart her.
A desperate Katherine (Nina Dobrev) discovers a new and unexpected consequence of becoming human again and realizes she needs a new place to stay. In exchange for a spot in the dorm room, she offers to show Caroline (Candice Accola) how to get answers from Dr. Maxfield (guest star Rick Cosnett).
Bonnie (Kat Graham) is touched by Jeremy’s (Steven R. McQueen) strength and determination to stand by her. Finally, Damon is stunned when he figures out the secret to Tessa’s plan.
Jeffrey Hunt directed the episode written by Caroline Dries and Holly Brix.
If you're not watching "The Tomorrow People" on The CW, you're missing a ridiculously fun turn by Mark Pellegrino as Jedikiah, the evil head of Ultra. Check out this clip of Episode 1.05, "All Tomorrow's Parties," for an example.
"The Tomorrow People" Episode 1.05 - "All Tomorrow's Parties" (airs 11/6/13, 9-10pm)
After Stephen (Robbie Amell) breaks Ultra protocol during a training exercise, Jedikiah’s (Mark Pellegrino) mysterious boss insists on meeting Stephen. Stephen grows concerned when he learns Jedikiah is unable to protect him so he turns to John (Luke Mitchell), who is only interested for selfish reasons.
Elsewhere, the Tomorrow People are desperate to go topside to a party like normal people, but John and Cara (Peyton List) disagree on the dangerous plan. Meanwhile, Stephen makes a plan to go to Homecoming with Astrid (Madeleine Mantock), but when he bails on her once again, she decides to find out what he is really up to.
Aaron Yoo also stars. Nick Copus directed the episode written by Leigh Dana Jackson and Grainne Godfree.
A second clip has arrived from "The Originals" Episode 1.06, "Fruit of the Poisoned Tree," and in this one Rebekah's got her hand in Marcel's cookie jar. Get your mind out of the gutter, and check it out!
"The Originals" Episode 1.06 - "Fruit of the Poisoned Tree" (airs 11/5/13, 8-9pm)
TRUST ISSUES - When Klaus (Joseph Morgan) discovers Hayley’s (Phoebe Tonkin) life is being threatened, he goes to extreme lengths to protect her and their unborn baby. Having a difficult time dealing with the tragic events of her past, Cami (Leah Pipes) turns to Father Kieran (guest star Todd Stashwick) for guidance.
Feeling as though he can trust no one, Marcel (Charles Michael Davis) visits an old friend to seek out some advice, while Davina (Danielle Campbell) takes steps to learn how to control her magic. Finally, Klaus delivers some surprising news to Father Kieran.
Daniel Gillies, Claire Holt, and Daniella Pineda also star. Michael Allowitz directed the episode written by Charlie Charbonneau and Diane Ademu-John.
In a recent interview with The Toronto Star, acclaimed filmmaker David Cronenberg had some very interesting words about the late great Stanley Kubrick. Will this cause the same fervor as Romero stating he's not into "The Walking Dead"?
Kubrick will be getting his own exhibit at next year's Toronto International Film Festival, and the news sparked an unexpected reaction from Cronenberg toward the filmmaker and more specifically his version of Stephen King's The Shining.
“I think I’m a more intimate and personal filmmaker than Kubrick ever was,” Cronenberg said. “That’s why I find The Shining not to be a great film. I don’t think he understood the [horror] genre. I don’t think he understood what he was doing. There were some striking images in the book and he got that, but I don’t think he really felt it. In a weird way, although he’s revered as a high-level cinematic artist, I think he was much more commercial-minded and was looking for stuff that would click and that he could get financed. I think he was very obsessed with that, to an extent that I’m not. Or that Bergman or Fellini were.”
Well... okay then?
John Noble Confirmed for Season 2 of Sleepy Hollow; Three Sneak Peeks of Tonight's Episode 1.06 - The Sin Eater
Along with uncovering a trio of clips from "The Sin Eater," Episode 1.06 of "Sleepy Hollow," we learned that guest star John Noble, whom we'll see for the first time tonight, will be back!
Per TVLine, we’ll see Noble at least three more times this season. His next episode has “a terrific script,” he enthusiastically told the site, and the actor also happily announced that he’ll be back in Season 2.
"Sleepy Hollow" Episode 1.06 - "The Sin Eater" (airs 11/4/13; repeats 11/8/13)
When Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison) goes missing, his wife, Katrina (Katia Winter), appears to Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie) in a vision warning her that the Headless Horseman will return to Sleepy Hollow by nightfall. A frantic Abbie seeks help from the mysterious Henry Parrish (guest star John Noble), who holds vital clues about how Crane can vanquish his dangerous blood tie to Headless.
Meanwhile, an encounter from Crane's past weighs heavily on him, and details about his first encounter with Katrina are revealed.
Picture that, right? A body of water vs. an anaconda! It could be as exciting as watching two invisible men fight in Hollow Man 2. Lord knows that was a treat. Seriously though...
Word has come in pre-AFM that a new film is getting set to roll in Bulgaria that will bring together the Lake Placid and Anaconda franchises. There are no details yet, but casting is under way for two large and cartoonish-looking CGI behemoths that will no doubt spatter a wellspring of digital gore all over the place.
Wink at that, Jon Voight. Cameras roll in December.
If it's Monday, it must be time to see another Zombie Weapon of the Week from Dead Rising 3, heading our way day and date with the Xbox One. Choose to survive the zombie apocalypse with the game's unique Crusher weapon!
Look for Dead Rising 3 on November 22, 2013.
Dead Rising 3 puts you in the zombie-ravaged city of Los Perdidos, California. Do you have what it takes to escape before a military strike wipes out the entire city? As mysterious mechanic Nick Ramos, you’ll rely on improvised weapons to battle off the hordes of undead while you explore the massive open world.
Set 10 years after the events of Fortune City in Dead Rising 2, players are introduced to Nick Ramos, a young mechanic with a strange tattoo and a mysterious past, who must find a way to escape a city full of zombies before an impending military strike wipes the city of Los Perdidos, and everyone in it, off the map. Nick can’t do it alone – he must join up with other survivors to stay alive. They must fight their way out before it’s too late.
With intense action and an unmatched level of weapon and character customization, Dead Rising 3 delivers a heart-pounding experience unlike any other as you explore, scavenge and fight to survive in a massive open world on the brink of a zombie apocalypse. Get ready for a new generation of zombie-slaying thrills.
• More zombies than ever before: Players will face overwhelming zombie hordes with tons of variation, detailed gore, and shared awareness
• All new city, massive open world: Explore the city of Los Perdidos while staying immersed in the action and stunning visuals
• Anything and everything is a weapon: Create your own tools of zombie destruction by creating hundreds of potential weapon combinations
• SmartGlass: Use your Xbox SmartGlass enabled device to gain access to exclusive missions, new weapons, and more
• Kinect: Kinect allows the zombie horde to hear beyond the screen and respond to noise in your living room, so go ahead and flip off the lights...if you dare
All New City, Massive Open World:
One of the largest cities in Southern California, Los Perdidos is a leading national center of business, culture, and the entertainment industry.
Featuring a massive and dynamic world, Dead Rising 3 represents a new benchmark for open-world gameplay. Powered by Xbox One, Dead Rising 3 lets you explore the city of Los Perdidos while staying immersed in the action and stunning visuals.
Two Screens, More Action:
Xbox SmartGlass offers a more connected Dead Rising 3 experience. Use your SmartGlass enabled device to connect to the Zombie Defense and Control network and gain access to exclusive missions, new weapons, powerful military support features, and more!
Sense the Danger:
With Kinect, the zombie horde can hear beyond the screen and respond to noises inside your living room.
Ultimate Zombie Sandbox:
The zombies of Los Perdidos are smarter and deadlier than ever. With intelligent AI and shared awareness, players will be forced to employ all of their cunning, combat skills, and creativity to stay alive.
In Dead Rising 3, players can create their tools of zombie destruction, enabling unique and unforgettable gameplay moments. The action is gorier than ever as players survive and strike back at their undead attackers in new and imaginative ways.
Vehicles not only help you navigate the world of Los Perdidos, they are a weapon against the zombie horde. But watch out – zombies will cling to your car and attack you while you’re driving.
Another new character one-sheet has arrived for Divergent courtesy of Summit, and it features a hawk rising. Not a chicken hawk either. Those are reserved strictly for Looney Toons.
The highly anticipated feature film adaptation of DIVERGENT stars Golden Globe® nominated Shailene Woodley, Theo James, and Academy Award® winner Kate Winslet. The film also features Ray Stevenson, Maggie Q, Mekhi Phifer, Jai Courtney, Miles Teller, Zoë Kravitz, Ansel Elgort, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Tony Goldwyn, Ben Lamb, Christian Madsen, and Amy Newbold. The futuristic action adventure based on author Veronica Roth’s New York Times best seller is directed by Neil Burger from a script by Vanessa Taylor. The original draft of the script was written by Evan Daugherty.
DIVERGENT is a thrilling action-adventure set in a future world where people are divided into distinct factions based on their personalities. Tris Prior (Woodley) is warned she is Divergent and will never fit into any one group. When she discovers a conspiracy to destroy all Divergents, she must find out what makes being Divergent so dangerous before it's too late.
In some parts of the ancient world, the hawk symbolized the sun. Back when I got this, I figured if I always had the sun on me, I wouldn’t be afraid of the dark... Now it reminds me of the fear I’ve overcome. Most Dauntless get tattoos as a reminder of the past, a mark of progress. They are a sign of overcoming obstacles, a way of marking struggle and progress on the body.
More casting news for the latest Stephen King adaptation, CELL, has arrived in the form of the always entertaining Samuel L. Jackson. Read on for all the latest details that have just jumped out of the gate.
From the Press Release
Benaroya Pictures and The Genre Company announced today they have set Samuel L. Jackson to co-star with John Cusack in the apocalyptic thriller CELL, based on the bestselling novel by Stephen King. Tod “Kip” Williams will direct, with production set to begin in January. Benaroya Pictures is financing.
Samuel L. Jackson most recently co-starred in last year’s Django Unchained and next appears in the upcoming films Oldboy and Robocop as well as Captain America 2: Winter Soldier and The Avengers sequel. He is currently in production on Secret Service. In CELL, Jackson will play Tom McCourt, an engineer and former soldier who escapes from Boston along with Cusack’s character, Clay Riddell, after a mysterious pulse, transmitted by cell phones, spreads like a virus through the human population.
“It's really exciting to have such a great cast continue to come together on this project,” said Benaroya Pictures principal Michael Benaroya. “Our goal is to create exciting commercial fare with top talent to really deliver on the concept of an 'elevated genre' film.”
Producing the project are Richard Saperstein (Se7en, Hancock), Michael Benaroya (Lawless, Margin Call), Brian Witten (Chernobyl Diaries, Friday the 13th, Final Destination), and Shara Kay (Silent Night). While President of Dimension Films, Saperstein oversaw the Stephen King adaptations The Mist, directed by Frank Darabont, and 1408, which also starred Cusack and Jackson and grossed over $130 million worldwide.
The screenplay for CELL was written by Stephen King and Adam Alleca (Last House on the Left). Edward Mokhtarian, Armen Aghaeian, Xavier Gens, and Laurence Freed will executive produce. Mark Leyner and Ben Insler will co-produce.
International Film Trust will be presenting the project to buyers at the upcoming American Film Market.
When a powerful signal is broadcast across mobile networks worldwide, cell phone users’ minds are instantly and dangerously re-programmed. Heading north through New England in search of his wife and son, Clay Riddell is joined by a group of survivors hoping to fend off the bloodthirsty and hyper-connected “phoners.”
Five years after we first posted about Satan's Playground director Dante Tomaselli's Torture Chamber, the film is at long last headed home. The epic journey comes to an end on January 28, 2014, when Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment releases the film on DVD.
Refresh your memory with the plot crunch and trailer below!
The film stars Vincent Pastore and Lynn Lowry.
Hallucinatory horror shocker about an unholy bond between a mother and her two sons. A Catholic priest, devoted to saving his family, tries to cure his deranged younger brother -- but 13-year-old Jimmy Morgan is possessed by an evil too powerful to be exorcised by any religion. After escaping from a mental institution, Jimmy is back with a vengeance -- and an army of children who follow his every murderous desire. The town trembles in fear as the youths attack and abduct its residents -- innocent and guilty alike -- dragging their victims to an abandoned castle and subjecting them to grisly torments deep within its underground tunnels. Those who discover the terrible secret behind the disappearances and deaths don't live long enough to tell it. The teacher, the doctor, even Jimmy's own brother and mother, will all confront their fates in the Torture Chamber.
A few new stills have arrived from "American Horror Story: Coven" Episode 3.05, "Burn, Witch, Burn!"; and while they don't show us much, at least they tease the return of the Coven's hunky neighbor Luke (Alexander Dreymon).
"American Horror Story: Coven" Episode 3.05 - "Burn, Witch, Burn!" (airs 11/6/13)
Besieged by Marie Laveau's (Angela Bassett) army, Zoe (Taissa Farmiga) unleashes a new power. Fiona (Jessica Lange) and Myrtle (Frances Conroy) clash over control of the Coven. Madame LaLaurie (Kathy Bates) is confronted by old ghosts.
Written by Jessica Sharzer; directed by Jeremy Podeswa.
While horror fans tend to not see eye to eye on many issues, one thing we can all agree on is that old school practical effects should never take a back seat to CGI - which they unfortunately do these days, far more often than they don't.
If you agree with this statement, then director Benni Diez is looking to please you with his first feature film Stung!
Our friends over at Twitch just shared the first still from the flick, which is produced by Twitch's founder/editor Todd Brown. While Diez had originally unveiled a proof of concept trailer that was loaded with CGI, the still shows a whole different vision, one that includes a badass looking animatronic bug. Word is that Diez will be using practical effects as much as possible with CGI as a supplement rather than a crutch.
Check out the still below along with the aforementioned proof of concept trailer!
The flick stars Peter Stormare, Lance Henriksen, Clifton Collins, Jessica Cook and Matt O'Leary.
A fancy garden party goes terribly wrong after a local species of wasps mutate into giant predators. It's up to Paul and Julia, two catering staffers at the high-society event, to stop the killer creatures - an effort that kickstarts a budding romance between the two.