Just one week after being handed a release date over in the UK, The Babadook (review) has finally been given the same treatment here in the States, soon headed our way courtesy of IFC Midnight. Can we get a hallelujah?!
The label just announced today that they will be releasing the critically acclaimed spookshow on November 28th.
The Babadook will have its UK premiere at Film4 FrightFest on August 23rd at Vue West End in London’s Leicester Square.
Written and directed by Jennifer Kent, the film stars Essie Davis, Noah Wiseman, Daniel Henshall, Hayley McElhinney, Barbara West, and Ben Winspear.
Six years after the violent death of her husband, Amelia (Essie Davis) is at a loss. She struggles to discipline her ‘out of control’ 6-year-old, Samuel (Noah Wiseman), a son she finds impossible to love. Samuel’s dreams are plagued by a monster he believes is coming to kill them both. When a disturbing storybook called ‘The Babadook’ turns up at their house, Samuel is convinced that the Babadook is the creature he’s been dreaming about. His hallucinations spiral out of control; he becomes more unpredictable and violent. Amelia, genuinely frightened by her son’s behavior, is forced to medicate him. But when Amelia begins to see glimpses of a sinister presence all around her, it slowly dawns on her that the thing Samuel has been warning her about may be real.
Currently in the works over at HBO is a series adaptation of Westworld, a 1973 film written and directed by Michael Crichton. As shooting readies for the pilot episode, a whopping six new actors have joined the cast, and we've got all the latest info for you today.
Per TV Line, Jeffrey Wright (pictured; "Boardwalk Empire"), Rodrigo Santoro ("Lost"), and Shannon Woodward ("Raising Hope") have joined the sci-fi drama pilot. Additionally, Ingrid Bolso Berdal (Hercules), Angela Sarafyan (The Good Guys), and Simon Quarterman (The Devil Inside) have been added to the ensemble.
As previously announced, Anthony Hopkins and Evan Rachel Wood will also star in the series, revolving around a futuristic theme park where robots go berserk and attack the guests
Hopkins is set to play Dr. Robert Ford, the brilliant, taciturn, and complicated creative director, chief programmer, and chairman of the board of Westworld, who has an uncompromising creative vision for the park — and unorthodox methods of achieving it. Wood will portray Dolores Abernathy, the quintessential farm girl of the frontier West — who is about to discover that her entire idyllic existence is an elaborately constructed lie.
Below you'll find a rundown of the characters the six new actors have been cast to play.
Wright | Bernard Lowe: The brilliant and quixotic head of the park’s Programming Division, Bernard’s keen observation of human nature provides him with boundless inspiration for his life’s work: creating artificial people.
Santoro | Harlan Bell: Terrifying and brutal, with a dark sense of humor, Harlan is Westworld’s perennial “Most Wanted” bandit. He subscribes to the theory that the West is a wild place, and the only way to survive is to embrace the role of predator.
Woodward | Elsie King: A sardonic rising star in the Programming division, Elsie is charged with diagnosing the odd quirks of behaviors in the park’s hosts.
Berdal | Armistice: A savage fighter and brutal bandit, her ruthlessness with her victims is surpassed only by her abiding loyalty to her fellow outlaws.
Sarafyan | Clementine Pennyfeather: One of Westworld’s most popular attractions, every aspect of Clementine is perfectly beguiling, by design.
Quarterman | Lee Sizemore: The narrative director of Westworld, his inspired storylines consistently delight or terrify the guests — and his artistic temperament consistently grates on his colleagues.
J.J. Abrams will executive produce alongside veteran producer Jerry Weintraub and Bad Robot's Bryan Burk. "Person of Interest's" Jonathan Nolan, who co-wrote the pilot, will executive produce and direct as well. Lisa Joy co-wrote the pilot and will exec produce. Kathy Lingg will co-EP and Athena Wickham is a producer on the Warner Bros. Television drama. David Coatsworth is set as a co-EP and line producer with Susie Ekins set as a co-producer. "Westworld" hails from Abrams' Bad Robot Productions, Jerry Weintraub Productions, and Kilter Films.
It's been a long while since last we spoke about Darren Lynn Bousman's surreal wonderland known as The Devil’s Carnival (review). Now creators Bousman and Terrance Zdunich are back working on The Devil's Carnival 2: Alleluia, and we have more details for you right here.
Per Deadline, Barry Bostwick, Ted Neeley, Adam Pascal, and David Hasselhoff have been added to appear alongside returnees Zdunich, Paul Sorvino, rapper Tech N9ne, Emilie Autumn, Briana Evigan, Marc Senter, and Dayton Callie. Musicians Chantal Claret, Jimmy Urine, Shawn “Clown” Crahan of Slipknot, and Kevin “Ogre” Ogilvie from Skinny Puppy round out the ensemble of carnies and lost souls whose paths cross at a theme park.
Zdunich wrote the script and co-wrote the musical numbers with Saar Hendelman. Producers are Chris M. Bonifay and Sean E. Demott. Brian Perera is executive producer.
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You know you’ve arrived – not just as a filmmaker but as a human being – when President Barack Obama comes over to your pad to hang out poolside and have some lunch. Though Robert Rodriguez was coy about that bit of info slipping out at the Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For press conference in Beverly Hills last week.
He did admit he made pizza pies for the prez. “Yes, we had POTUS pizza,” he quipped.
Also on hand for the Dimension Films event were Rodriguez’s co-director, Frank Miller, and stars Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Based on Miller's Dark Horse Comics series, the sequel includes two segments derived from existing storylines A Dame to Kill For and Just Another Saturday Night plus brand-new original stories The Big Fat Kill and The Long, Bad Night. Favorite characters seen in the first film are back (with a vengeance, of course!): Alba as exotic dancer Nancy, Bruce Willis as Hartigan, Mickey Rourke as muscle Marv, and there are some new faces as well -- Green as femme fatale Ava, Gordon-Levitt as lucky Johnny, and Brolin slips in seamlessly as Dwight (who was played by Clive Owen in the first film).
The sequel has Rodriguez and Miller recreating the stark, dark and contrasty look of the first flick, shooting entirely against a green screen and in 3D. The scenery was added later, and they took great care in digitally manipulating the lighting and design in post-production. “It’s like being an artist,” said Rodriguez. “You pencil out your sketch first, then you fill it in.”
For Miller’s part, he thinks the whole process is rather like reverse-engineering. “We take a movie and make it into a book.”
Q: What was it like shooting with so much green screen?
Josh Brolin: You have to find the cadence. The cadence doesn't come to you. It's the kind of movie you really have to dive into. You can't manipulate the movie. And you can't manipulate Frank Miller's mind.
Frank Miller: Many have tried.
Miller said that although some things are ingrained – “I draw the way I draw,” regardless of whether or not he knows who might be playing certain individuals in a film – in some ways he’s evolved as a storyteller. “I am far more aware of character than I used to be,” he said.
Q: How did you newbies feel, stepping into the legendary Sin City?
Josh Brolin: I was a big fan of the first movie, but this one is different. The opportunity to be able to do it was really unnerving, but when I watched it afterwards, it was one of the few movies that I've done where I thought, 'Thank God I'm in this movie. I'm really proud to be in this movie.' I would go see a few times if weren't in it, but because I'm in it, it would seem pretentious.
Q: What did you like best about it, Joe?
Joseph Gordon-Levitt: I liked the cover page of the script, where it said, “Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller.” [What I really liked about it was] you get to become a cartoon in a way. We're not in the real world, in Sin City.
In fact, Levitt revealed that it was totally unreal from Day One. On his very first day or work, he shot two surreal scenes, back-to-back: one with Christopher Lloyd and one with Lady Gaga!
Eva Green: Playing Ava, it was a challenge to still be believable and lie all the time... she's so bad, so that was very fun. No conscience. No sense of right or wrong. She's pretty evil. But it was interesting to play all these different women in one.
Though the actors had some challenges, the co-directors’ mettle was also tested. It’s not easy to top an unforgettable first film, or at least try to compare. Dashing the hopes of Starbucks scribes everywhere, Rodriguez said the secret to great writing is a great environment. “Everything around you needs to be inspiring,” he said.
Q: How has Nancy evolved since the original film?
Jessica Alba: Nancy is devastated. She's an alcoholic, she's still dancing, and she's not happy about it. That wasn’t easy, all those skimpy costumes, because I'm a mom. I have two kids. I run a company. I'm not this drunk stripper, so I really had to get into that headspace of the character. But I liked playing a character who goes from being a sweet, innocent, naive victim to this very powerful warrior who takes her life into her own hands and gets revenge.
Revenge is indeed the name of the gory game in Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. Although it’s not a horror film, the body count is just as high as any – not to mention eye-gouges, eviscerations, bludgeoning and blood (mostly white… but just as flowing as the red stuff). See for yourself when the film opens nationwide on August 22, 2014.
Following the groundbreaking film that grossed $160 million worldwide, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For reunites Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller for the next chapter in this trailblazing series.
Weaving together stunning visuals with an uncompromising, hard-boiled plot, the film promises more lurid tales from the various residents of Basin City. With a star-studded cast that includes Eva Green, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jessica Alba, Juno Temple, Josh Brolin, Jaime King, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Jamie Chung, Lady Gaga, and Christopher Meloni, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For ensures an experience like no other!
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Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller reunite to bring Miller's visually stunning Sin City graphic novels back to the screen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR. Weaving together two of Miller's classic stories with new tales, the town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants. SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR is the follow-up to Rodriguez and Miller's 2005 groundbreaking film FRANK MILLER'S SIN CITY.
We're closing in on the September 22nd premiere date for "Sleepy Hollow" Season 2, and Fox is pulling out all the stops to make sure you remember that it's on its way. Here's a pair of new promos that promise a wild ride awaits!
"Sleepy Hollow" focuses on a resurrected Ichabod Crane (Tom Mison), who’s pulled two and a half centuries through time to unravel a mystery that dates all the way back to America’s founding fathers. Along for the wild ride is a modern-day cop, Lt. Abbie Mills (Nicole Beharie).
Orlando Jones, Katia Winter, and John Noble return, and joining the show this coming season are Timothy Busfield as Benjamin Franklin; Sakina Jaffrey as Sheriff Reyes, filling in for the incarcerated Frank Irving (Jones); and Matt Barr as Nick Hawley, an arms dealer who gets drawn into Ichabod and Abbie's work.
Season 2 of "Sleepy Hollow" will be an expanded 18 episodes, and we should have a synopsis for Episode 2.01 shortly - stay tuned! If you're still not quite caught up on Season 1, the Blu-ray and DVD arrive on September 16th.