In what is either the least or most timely film news of the month, it was announced today that writer-director Eli Roth is executive producing a remake of his 2002 flesh-eating virus horror film, Cabin Fever.
After working separately on a few films, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele have finally settled on their first joint project. And it was a cat that brought them together.
While the Oscar races for prizes like Best Picture will remain a mystery for the next few months, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has narrowed the field for another Oscar category: Best Documentary Short Subject.
Get ready for another Disney heroine to obsess over: Disney Animation announced today that it will release its 56th animated feature, Moana, in late 2016. READ FULL STORY
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. Each day, we’ll post our top picks from specific group—say, vampire movies or slasher flicks—and give you the chance to vote on which is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices. Today, we’re kicking things off with demons.
To the nonbelievers, demons are kind of funny—all horns and red faces, too unrealistic to provoke real scares. Then a legitimately terrifying, devil-centric movie—say, Paranormal Activity—comes along…and suddenly demons aren’t so silly anymore.
A good demon-focused film will paint the beast as undoubtedly real, something a mere mortal can’t get rid of easily. Demons are inescapable and devastating, and — perhaps scariest of all—they’re mostly imperceptible. Often, someone who’s tangling with a demon doesn’t just share share space with them—they’re fighting for control of the same body. READ FULL STORY
Here’s a new development in the ongoing conversation about sex and violence in movies. The Annenberg Public Policy Center surveyed 1,000 parents and found that when they were shown violent and sexual scenes from films such as 8 Mile, Collateral, Die Hard, and Casino Royale one after another, they became more and more desensitized.
According to Variety, the study, which was published in the Pediatrics journal, showed parents three pairs of movie scenes with violence and sex, and the parents responded with the minimum age that should be allowed to view these types of movies. READ FULL STORY
Fury flattened all other movies in wide release and is projected to take in around $23 million in its debut weekend in theaters. The Brad Pitt-starring World War II action-drama, set largely within the cramped confines of an M4 Sherman tank rolling across Nazi Germany, comes in at the lower end of pre-release audience tracking expectations. But it caps off a recent run of cinematic success for Pitt (a producer of the multiple Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave and star of last year’s sci-fi disaster hit World War Z). Fury also features Michael Peña, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman as a shell-shocked army crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. READ FULL STORY
Brad Pitt’s World War II tank thriller Fury blew away the competition in its Friday debut, racking up $8.8 million at the box office and handily ending Gone Girl’s two-week run as the No. 1 movie in the country. The animated kids’ flick The Book of Life, meanwhile, showed a strong pulse in its first day in wide release, tallying $4.9 million. And the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic tearjerker The Best of Me opened to a lackluster $4.1 million Friday, on track to come up short of pre-release expectations for its opening weekend. READ FULL STORY
• Game of Thrones‘ James Cosmo has signed on for Tomorrow. Martin Scorsese is executive producing the military drama. Cosmo joins previously announced cast members Stephen Fry, Stephanie Leonidas, Sebastian Street, Stuart Brennan, Sophie Kennedy Clark, Paul Kaye, and Joss Stone. Martha Pinson, Scorsese’s long-time script supervisor, will make her feature directorial debut with the film, which follows the lives of soldiers trying to re-immerse themselves into society. Street and Brennan wrote the script. They are producing alongside Dean M. Woodford. Emma Tillinger Koskoff is executive producing with Scorsese. [Variety]
• Patrick Fischler, David Krumholtz, Fisher Stevens, and Clancy Brown have been cast in Hail, Caesar!, from Joel and Ethan Coen. The new additions join an all-star cast: George Clooney, Josh Brolin, Channing Tatum, Ralph Fiennes, Jonah Hill, and Tilda Swinton. The Hollywood-set period comedy follows Eddie Mannix, a fixer in the 1950s Hollywood studio circuit, who gets caught up in the midst of a star’s mysterious disappearance in the middle of filming. Krumholtz, Fischler, and Stevens will play screenwriters who are communists, while Brown will play an actor in a movie-within-a-movie, Hail, Caesar! Universal will handle distribution of the film, from Working Title. [THR]
• Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje has boarded Jay Roach‘s Trumbo. The film tells the life of blacklisted screenwriter Dalton Trumbo. It stars Bryan Cranston as the titular character with Helen Mirren, Diane Lane, John Goodman, Peter Mackenzie, and Roger Bart. Akinnuoye-Agbaje will play Virgil Brooks, a powerful and harsh man who works at Ashland Federal Prision and is charged with Trumbo’s daily tasks. ShivHans Pictures’ Shivani Rawat, Nimitt Mankad, and Monica Levinson and Groundswell Productions’ Michael London and Janice Williams are producing along with Kevin Brown and John McNamara. [THR]
• Bitsie Tulloch (Grimm) has joined Sony’s untitled NFL concussion film, which stars Will Smith as a neuropathologist studying the long-term effects of head trauma experienced by professional football players. Tulloch will play Keana Strzelczyk, the wife of a former NFL player. Peter Landesman wrote and is directing the film, which is based on Jeanne Marie Laskas‘ GQ article “Game Brain.” The article uncovered CTE, the concussion syndrome that affected the suicides of former NFL stars, including Dave Duerson and Junior Seau. Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producing. The film begins production in a few weeks. [Deadline]
• Morris Chestnut has been cast in Bus 657, joining Robert DeNiro, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Dave Bautista, and Gina Carano. Scott Mann is directing. The film follows a father who, along with a co-worker, robs casino and hijacks a bus full of hostages in order to pay for his daughter’s medical treatment. DeNiro will play casino owner Frank “The Pope.” Chestnut will play Frank’s right-hand-man, Derrick “Dog” Prince, who must bring the stolen money back before the cops seize it. Stephen Sepher and Max Adams wrote the script. Randall Emmet and George Furla are producing for Emmett/Furla/Oasis. The film began shooting this week in Alabama. [Deadline]
• Rosie Day has signed on for All Roads Lead To Rome. The romantic comedy stars Sarah Jessica Parker and Raoul Bova, and is being directed by Ella Lemhagen. The Rome-set film tells the story of a woman (Parker) and her former Italian lover (Bova) who go on a road trip across Italy to find her teenage daughter (Day) as she tries to return to New York and her love interest. Silvio Muraglia, Andrea Iervolino, and Monika Bacardi are producing. Frank Konigsberg and David Wyler are executive producing with Viki Marras co-producing. [Deadline]
• Cardinal X has added Francesca Eastwood, Pierson Fodé, and Scott Keiji Takeda to its cast. The semi-autobiographical, indie college drama comes from writer-director Angie Wang, and stars The Leftovers‘ Annie Q. Set in the 1980s, the film follows a college student (Annie Q) who becomes an expert in making and selling ecstasy. Elisa Donovan, Ron Yuan, Aalyrah Caldwell, Yetide Badaki, Devon Libran, and Noah Segan will also be in the film. Richard Bosner is producing. Cassian Elwes is executive producing. Cardinal X marks Wang’s first film. [THR]
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