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    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Production Begins On "Final Destination 5"

    Production is under way on New Line Cinema’s fifth installment of the gripping Final Destination franchise, which began back in 2000 with the original film quickly becoming a cult hit. The new victims of Death’s plan are part of a cast led by Emma Bell (Frozen, TV's "The Walking Dead") and Nick D’Agosto (Fired Up!, TV's "Heroes"). The film is being shot on location in Vancouver, Canada.

    The second of the Final Destination films to be shot in 3D, Final Destination 5 is being directed by Steve Quale, marking his major feature film directorial debut. Producer Craig Perry (American Pie) returns for the fifth time, working with executive producers Sheila Hanahan Taylor, Erik Holmberg, Richard Brener, Walter Hamada and David Neustadter. The screenplay was written by Eric Heisserer with revisions by Gary Dauberman; Heisserer is no stranger to the horror genre, having penned New Line’s recent hit A Nightmare on Elm Street.

    Final Destination 5 brings together an ensemble cast that includes Bell and D’Agosto, along with Miles Fisher (TV’s "Mad Men" and "Gossip Girl"), Arlen Escarpeta (Friday the 13th), Jacqueline MacInnes Wood (TV’s "The Bold and the Beautiful"), P.J. Byrne (Dinner for Schmucks) and Ellen Wroe (TV’s "Huge"). Rounding out the rest of the cast are Courtney B. Vance (TV’s "Flash Forward," "ER"), David Koechner ("The Office," Anchorman) and Final Destination franchise icon Tony Todd (Hatchet II).

    In this fifth installment Death is just as omnipresent as ever and is unleashed after one man’s premonition saves a group of coworkers from a terrifying suspension bridge collapse. But these unsuspecting souls were never supposed to survive, and in a terrifying race against time, the ill-fated group frantically tries to discover a way to escape Death’s sinister agenda.

    Collaborating with Steve Quale behind the scenes are director of photography Brian Pearson (Drive Angry 3D, My Bloody Valentine 3D); production designer David Sandefur (Repo Men, Journey to the Center of the Earth); editor Eric Sears (Shooter) and costume designer Jori Woodman (Eight Below).

    The film is a production of New Line Cinema and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    "Howl", Starring James Franco & Jon Hamm In Theaters Sept. 24th

    HOWL, starring James Franco & Jon Hamm, opens in theaters and premieres on VOD starting next Friday, September 24!

    Berkeley, CA - Rialto Elmwood
    New York, NY - Angelika
    New York, NY - Clearview Chelsea
    New York, NY - Lincoln Plaza
    San Francisco, CA - Sundance Kabuki
    San Rafael, CA - San Rafael Film Center

    The film will expand throughout October.

    Directed by: Rob Epstein & Jeffrey Friedman
    Starring: James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola,
    Treat Williams, Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels

    Starring James Franco in a career-defining performance as Allen Ginsberg, HOWL is the story of how the young poet’s seminal work broke down societal barriers in the face of an infamous public obscenity trial. In his famously confessional style, Ginsberg – poet, counter-culture icon, and chronicler of the Beat Generation – recounts the road trips, love affairs, and search for personal liberation that led to HOWL, the most timeless work of his career.

    HOWL interweaves three stories: the unfolding of the landmark 1957 obscenity trial; an imaginative animated ride through the prophetic masterpiece; and a unique portrait of a man who found new ways to express himself, and in doing so, changed his own life and galvanized a generation.

    HOWL is written and directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman and stars James Franco, David Strathairn, Jon Hamm, Bob Balaban, Alessandro Nivola, Treat Williams, with Mary-Louise Parker and Jeff Daniels. The film is produced by Elizabeth Redleaf and Christine Kunewa Walker for Werc Werk Works and executive produced by Gus Van Sant and Jawal Nga.  The animation design is by Eric Drooker, with cinematography by Edward Lachman, production designer by Therese DePrez, costume design by Kurt and Bart and a score by Carter Burwell. 

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Official Trailer For "Red Hill" 

    You can now watch the official trailer for RED HILL exclusively on Apple Trailers!

    Young police officer Shane Cooper relocates to the small country town of Red Hill with his pregnant wife Alice to start a family. But when news of a prison break sends the local law enforcement officers - led by the town’s ruling presence, Old Bill - into a panic, Shane’s first day on duty rapidly turns into a nightmare.

    Enter Jimmy Conway, a convicted murderer serving life behind bars, who has returned to the isolated outpost seeking revenge. Now caught in the middle of what will become a terrifying and bloody confrontation, Shane will be forced to take the law into his own hands if he is to survive.

    A taut thriller which unfolds over the course of a single day and night, and told with explosive action and chilling violence, RED HILL is a modern-day western played out against the extraordinary landscapes of high-country Australia.

    RED HILL will play Chicago International Film Festival, the Mill Valley Film Festival, Fantastic Fest, and the Philadelphia Film Festival before its November 5th release.

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Magnet Releasing Takes Takashi Miike's "13 Assassins"

    The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnet Releasing, genre arm of Magnolia Pictures announced today that it has acquired US rights to Takashi Miike’s samurai masterpiece, 13 ASSASSINS.  13 ASSASSINS, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival, recently had its North American premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and has just been named as the Closing Night film at this year’s Fantastic Fest in Austin. A gorgeously realized, bravura samurai action film in the tradition of Seven Samurai, 13 ASSASSINS is being hailed as one of the best films of Miike’s prolific career.

    Set in 1844 Japan, and based on a 1963 film of the same name, 13 ASSASSINS stars Koji Yakusho (Tokyo Sonata and Babel), and brings together the cream of Japan’s acting talent. Yakusho plays a brave samurai who assembles an elite team of thirteen killers to assassinate the brother of the Shogun, a sadistic and well protected young lord who’s above the law, raping and killing innocents with impunity. The film culminates in a mind-blowing, forty-five minute battle sequence that rivals anything seen before in the genre.

    The US deal was negotiated by Magnet SVP Tom Quinn and Hanway Films CEO Tim Haslam. 13 ASSASSINS will be released theatrically by Magnet in the first quarter of 2011.

    “Miike returns with a vengeance in this mother-of-all Samurai films,” said Tom Quinn, Magnet SVP.  “We could not be more honored to welcome one of the world’s greatest genre masters and this instant classic into the Magnet family.”

    HanWay sold over 20 territories in Toronto including Canada (Alliance), Australia/NZ (Icon), and Italy (BIM). A deal for the UK will be announced shortly.

    13 ASSASSINS will soon screen at the upcoming London Film Festival. It was executive-produced by RPC’s Jeremy Thomas, who has long held a reputation for breaking Asian titles into the international market, most notably Bernardo Bertolucci's nine-time Oscar winner The Last Emperor, Nagisa Ôshima's Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence and Takeshi Kitano's Brother. Thomas partnered with Sedic International head Toshiaki Nakazawa (producer of the Oscar-winning Departures and Miike’s Sukiyaki Western Django), and TV Asahi’s Takashi Hirajo. Toho Co., Ltd will release the film in Japan on September 25th.

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 Official Trailer

    Here you go, Harry Potter fans...the first official trailer for Part 1 of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which opens in theaters on November 19th:

    And I admit right here that I already got a little misty-eyed at a few shots in that trailer that I recognized from the book.  It looks like they did an amazing job with this, and we're not even to the finale yet.

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    More Back to the Future Blu-Ray Sneak Peaks

    NBC/Universal has released a few more of the new behind-the-scenes clips from the upcoming Back to the Future 25th Anniversary Edition blu-ray release, set to arrive in stores on October 26.

    First up:  cast and crew recall the unexpected and incredible success of the first film and how that ultimately lead to the sequels (which, contrary to popular belief, were not originally planned):

     

    Second:  an look back with Christopher Lloyd and the evolution of Doc Brown:

    Finally, Michael J. Fox talks about working on both Family Ties and Back to the Future at the same time and how he approached the role of Marty McFly:

    These are all part of Tales From the Future, a new 6-part documentary that will be included on the 25th anniverary box set.  Can't wait. 

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Pixar's "Brave" Logo

    Disney/Pixar has revealed the first official logo for Brave, their 3D animated adventure coming to theaters June 15, 2012:

    Featuring the voices of Reese Witherspoon, Emma Thompson, Billy Connolly and Julie Walters, Brave is the story of a Scottish princess named Merida whose reckless pursuit of becoming a great archer leads to all hell breaking loose in her father's kingdom, leading her to confront "unpredictable forces of nature, magic, and a dark ancient curse to set things right."

    Cool.  Brave will be Pixar's thirteenth animated film (the first unlucky one? hopefully not.), the first directed by a woman (Brenda Chapman), their first non-sequel since 2009's Up (with Toy Story 3, Cars 2, and Monsters Inc. 2 coming in between), and their first animated film with a female lead (who apparently gets to kick some ass).  Go girl!

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Snookie To Appear On "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" On 9/23 

    TMT knows that "Snookie" has a love/hate relationshp with the general public, but that is what makes it all so fascinating. We wanted to let you know that everyone favorite guidette, Nicole Polizzi aka ‘Snookie,’ will be gracing the “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” stage on September 23rd. She will sit down with Jimmy to talk about her insta-classic show, “Jersey Shore.” Other guests that night include actor Zach Galifianakis (“It’s Kind of a Funny Story”) and musical guest Trombone Shorty.

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    David O. Russell may direct 'Under Cover' with Jim Carrey

    24 Frames is reporting David O. Russell (currently putting the finishing touches on the Oscar probable The Fighter) is said to be taking meetings to possibly direct the upcoming Jim Carrey comedy, Under Cover.  The flick, in which Carrey is attached to star, tells the story of a man who wins back his family by performing classic rock's greatest hits with a cover band.

    While the story states Russell is merely taking meetings and under consideration for the film, I think the pairing of the director and Carrey would make for an interesting pic to say the least.  Carrey is obviously a comedic genius as he's proven over the past two decades, and Russell, while branching off recently with the boxing-drama The Fighter, has shown with his previous films (Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees) that he has a unique style when it comes to dramatic comedy.  Hope this one works out.  

    Wednesday
    Sep222010

    Phoenix to join DiCaprio in 'Hoover'?

     

    While it's been more than two years since he last acted (unless you count that mockumentary I'm Still Here), Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly up for a vital role in Clint Eastwood's upcoming biographical-drama, Hoover, based on the life of famous FBI head, J. Edgar Hoover.

    Vulture reports Phoenix is Eastwood's top choice for the role of Clyde Tolson, Hoover's esteemed protege and suspected lover during their tenure in the FBI.  It's said while the deal for DiCaprio is not complete (DiCaprio obviously to play Hoover), it's believed once the actor signs on the dotted line, Phoenix will be next to join.  Here's more on the story:

    With a script by Milk screenwriter Dustin Lance Black, Hoover explores the two men’s complicated relationship; neither man ever admitted to being gay, and Hoover was known for hunting down and intimidating those who dared questioned his sexual preference while he was alive. But Hoover’s actions in death seem to suggest they were more than simply pals in life: When Hoover died, Tolson was not only the beneficiary of Hoover’s life-insurance policy, he also inherited Hoover's estate and moved into his house. At Hoover’s funeral, he accepted the U.S. flag draped over Hoover's coffin, and today, Tolson's grave is a few yards from Hoover's in the Congressional Cemetery.

    Insiders tell us that Eastwood’s casting agent, Fiona Ware (who cast Hereafter), is already scheduled to fly into Burbank from London in early October to begin the casting process. One has to wonder if her imminent arrival might be the reason for Casey Affleck’s sudden and out-of-the-blue decision to “come clean” about the fictional nature of the Phoenix documentary I’m Still Here — fear that portraying him as a drug-addled crazy with a tenuous grip on reality might jeopardize Phoenix’s chances at such a fantastic and potentially Oscar-worthy role.

    Maybe this will end up scoring both DiCaprio and Phoenix their first Oscars?  Only time will tell.