The Terminator is having a bad day. It’s a muggy July afternoon in New Orleans—the temperature is loitering in the triple digits—and Arnold Schwarzenegger is inside a giant warehouse on the grounds of NASA’s Michoud Assembly Facility. Suited up in a black leather jacket with green-painted latex obscuring most of the right side of his face, he is again playing the indelible robot that solidified his place in Hollywood some 30 years ago. So far today the former governor of California has been stepped on and forced to crawl on the ground, and now, as he gasps for breath fighting his opponent, he’s about to get transported to a different time—which, if you know anything about Terminator mythology, is a very bad thing. Especially if your metal endoskeleton is showing. READ FULL STORY
Alex Garland, the author of The Beach and screenwriter of 28 Days Later and Dredd, makes his directorial debut with Ex Machina, which features two next-generation Star Wars actors in a thriller about an artificial-intelligence experiment. Domhnall Gleeson plays a low-level programmer who’s selected by his internet company’s reclusive CEO (Oscar Isaac) to take part in a unique Turing Test with Ava (Alicia Vikander), an alluring and sophisticated creature who might be more advanced than both men can fathom. “One day, the AIs are going to look back on us the same way we look at fossils,” says Isaac’s genius. READ FULL STORY
• Demian Bichir is in negotiations to take the lead in the untitled Low Riders film for Universal, Blumhouse Productions, and Imagine Entertainment. Ricardo de Montreuil is attached to direct the film. Cheo Hodari Coker and Elgin James wrote earlier drafts of the script; Josh Bierne-Gordon and Justin Tipping wrote the current draft. Set in the East Los Angeles world of lowrider cars and street tagging, the story follows a teenager caught in the middle of his traditional father, whom Bichir would play, and his estranged gangbanger brother, both of whom are competing in the annual lowrider “Supershow.” Imagine Entertainment’s Brian Grazer will produce with Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum. Kim Roth and Alexandre Dauman will oversee for Imagine, and Couper Samuelson will oversee for Blumhouse Productions. Mister Cartoon and Estevan Oriol will executive produce. [Variety]
• Hailee Steinfeld has claimed the lead in The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight from writer-director-executive producer Dustin Lance Black. Based on the novel by Jennifer E. Smith, the story follows Hadley (Steinfeld) over the course of a day. It opens with her waiting in the airport for a flight to London for her father’s second wedding. The day quickly turns around, however, when she meets a British young man who she ends up sitting next to on the plane. Bruna Papandrea, Caroline Kaplan, and Steve Hutensky are producing. The Exchange will sell the film’s international rights at AFM. [Deadline]
• Emile Hirsch and Zoë Kravitz have boarded Vincent-N-Roxxy. Gary Michael Schultz is writing and directing the action crime drama, which follows two rebels who fall in love but fall apart when their violent pasts catch up with them. Unified Pictures developed the project and its Keith Kjarval is producing in association with Media House Capital. Aaron L. Gilbert is executive producing. The film begins shooting in December in Louisiana. [Deadline]
• Wesley Snipes is set to star in a remake of the Five Minutes to Live. Chuck Russell is directing the crime drama from a script he wrote with Raul Sanchez-Inglis. The original starred Johnny Cash and Vic Tayback as two burglars who plot to rob a bank and hold the bank manager’s wife hostage. Joseph Nasser, Michael Mendelsohn, and Richard Rionda Del Castro of Hannibal Pictures are producing. Hannibal will begin selling the international rights at AFM next week. [Variety]
• Matthew Willig has joined Will Smith in Scott Free’s untitled NFL concussion drama. The footballer-turned-actor will portray real-life offensive lineman, the late Justin Strzelczyk. His autopsy revealed that he suffered from irreversible brain damage during his 10 years in the NFL, bringing attention to the dangers of football concussions. Peter Landesman is directing the film, which follows neuropathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith) who discovered the pattern of traumatic brain injuries in deceased NFL players. Landesman wrote the script based on Jeanne Marie Laskas’ 2009 GQ article “Game Brain.” Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Paul Reiser, Alec Baldwin, and Albert Brooks also star. Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio, David Wolthoff, Larry Shuman, and Elizabeth Cantillon are producing. Michael Schaefer and David Crockett are executive producing. [THR]
• Joe Anderson (Hercules), Dayton Callie (Sons of Anarchy), and Jessica Lowndes (90210) have been cast in Abattoir. Darren Lynn Bousman is directing the thriller, which already stars Lin Shaye, from a script by David Schow, Teddy Tenenbaum, and Christopher Monfette. The story follows a real estate reporter who unveils the answer to the horrifying question: “How do you build a haunted house?” Jesse Berger is producing. Production is ongoing in New Orleans. [Variety]
“Hail, Caesar!,” the latest film from the Coen brothers starring George Clooney, will hit theaters on Feb. 5, 2016.
Universal Pictures made the announcement on Wednesday. In addition to Clooney, the cast also includes Josh Brolin, Ralph Fiennes, Channing Tatum, Scarlett Johansson, Tilda Swinton, and Jonah Hill. The comedy, written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, centers on Hollywood fixer Eddie Mannix.
The Coen bothers produced with Mike Zoss Productions and with Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan of Working Title Films.
Recently, the Coens have released their projects in the thick of awards season, with their recent films hitting theaters in December.
Horror anthology sequel ABCs of Death 2 delivers a second slate of 26 fatality-featuring short films overseen by an array of directors, which, this time around, includes Evan Katz (Cheap Thrills), Larry Fessenden (Beneath), Rodney Ascher (Room 237), Jen and Sylvia Soska (American Mary, See No Evil 2), Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice), and Julian Barratt, from cult British comedy duo The Mighty Boosh. But one of the film’s highlights comes very early with its opening credit sequence, an animated riff on the children’s books which inspired the franchise in the first place.
With Halloween fast approaching, EW is picking the five best films in a variety of different horror movie categories. For the past week and a half, we’ve been posting our top picks from several specific groups—demons, ghosts, slasher movies, and so on—and giving you the chance to vote on which film from each category is your favorite. On Oct. 31, EW will reveal your top choices.
We already covered vampires earlier today—but now it’s time to tackle their furry, sharp-toothed nemeses.
We’ve never really had a Werewolf Moment. Vampires have been popular figures onscreen since the silent film era. Zombies experienced a post-millenium burst of popularity that has never really died down. In that company, the history of werewolf movies can look a bit shrimpy. READ FULL STORY
In the final trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay—Part 1, fans are once again introduced to the devastation that Katniss is forced to face after her home is destroyed. But more importantly, the new trailer offers a glimpse at some of the book’s key moments, from Peeta’s warning to District 13 to Katniss’ message for President Snow.
Shoah, the epic 1985 documentary about the Holocaust, will stream online beginning on Nov. 9. Claude Lanzmann’s groundbreaking nine-and-a-half hour film, which includes interviews with Jewish concentration-camp survivors and their ex-Nazi oppressors, will be viewable on SundanceNow Doc Club, the member-based video streaming service.
When Shoah originally screened in 1985, it shocked audiences. Not because of any depictions of atrocities (no archival camp footage was used), but because of the testimony of those they lived through it. “It is an enormous fact, a 550-minute howl of pain and anger in the face of genocide,” Roger Ebert wrote in his rave review. “It is one of the noblest films ever made.” READ FULL STORY
It has been 10 years to this day that a little film known as Saw came into the public’s consciousness, unleashing a torture porn franchise that no one knew they wanted.
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