Director Don Coscarelli is best known for the Phantasm horror series—about folks getting their brains drilled out by silver spheres—and 2002’s Bubba Ho-Tep, about a nursing home showdown between an Egyptian mummy and a man, played by Bruce Campbell, who believes himself to be Elvis. Doesn’t the filmmaker ever dream of making a nice, romantic-comedy? Seemingly not. Coscarelli’s latest offering is John Dies at the End, which stars Chase Williamson and Rob Mayes as a pair of slacker-types who gain the ability to travel to different dimensions after consuming a drug called “soy sauce” and Paul Giamatti as a journalist Williamson’s character recruits to tell their bizarre tale. And “bizarre” seems the appropriate word for a movie whose outlandish sights include a flying moustache, a door handle turning into penis, and a monster made from cuts of meat.
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Sundance 2013: How 'C.O.G.'s young director finally convinced David Sedaris to go Hollywood -- EXCLUSIVE POSTER
Do you like apples? Do you like apples? Well, Kyle Patrick Alvarez convinced This American Life humorist David Sedaris to allow the 29-year-old filmmaker to adapt one of his essays. How you like them apples!
Hollywood had been knocking on Sedaris’s door for years, and he’d always turned suitors away. But Alvarez, whose promising first film, Easier with Practice, was based on a 2006 GQ article by another public-radio raconteur Davy Rothbart, took a more personal approach: he went to a Sedaris book signing. “I waited in line with everyone for him to sign my book after he read,” says Alvarez. “I tried not to be aggressive, but I gave him the a copy of my first film and said there were some things I’d like to talk to him about. I was incredibly anxious about it, but fortunately, he really liked the movie.”
They began exchanging emails, with Sedaris asking Alvarez why he specifically wanted “C.O.G.” — which stands for Child Of God — an essay from Naked, Sedaris’s best-selling 1997 collection. “It’s not like I went through every Sedaris story and tried to find the one to make into a movie,” says the 29-year-old, who also wrote the screenplay. “I liked this story. Had he not written it, and it was another writer, I would still have been incredibly interested and tried to make it into a film. There’s a coming-of-age aspect to it that I felt was really unique and particular.”
Apples, it must be said, do play a major role, as the exclusive Sundance poster reveals below. Glee‘s Jonathan Groff stars as an incredibly naive and condescending recent college grad who runs smack into the real world for the first time when he ventures West to work on an Oregon apple farm. “He starts out as this judgmental guy who thinks everyone’s going to be in awe of him, but then through the story learns how to appreciate people that he sees different than himself,” says Alvarez. “To me, the process of being humbled is very interesting.”
Click below for the exclusive C.O.G. poster and to learn about Alvarez’s greatest worry when the movie debuts next week. READ FULL STORY
Fans of Suzanne Collins’s words, you can rest easy. The adaptation of the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire will be “very, very true to book,” promises new director Francis Lawrence.
This week’s cover story describes the whirlwind few weeks that followed once director Gary Ross stepped away from the helm in April. “We were five months from when we needed to start shooting and we had no script and no director,” says producer Nina Jacobson. Once Lawrence came aboard, Jacobson put together her new director with series mastermind Collins to outline the script. Their main task, says Lawrence, was figuring out a way to best distill the novel’s dense first third, during which our hero Katniss Everdeen, home from her victory tour but tormented by the ghosts of war, struggles internally with her next move.
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'Texas Chainsaw 3D' star Alexandra Daddario on facing off against Leatherface and those 'Fifty Shades of Grey' rumors
The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise has a habit of casting actors on the cusp of fame, be they Matthew McConaughey and Renée Zellweger in 1994’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation, Jessica Biel in the 2003 remake of Tobe Hooper’s original classic shocker, or Matt Bomer in 2006’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning. The latest thespian hoping to benefit from what we’re going to call “the Chainsaw bump” is Alexandra Daddario (Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief) who plays the heroine in Texas Chainsaw 3D, which arrives in cinemas this Friday.
Below, the actress talks about facing off against the iconic Leatherface, the forthcoming Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, and why the cast members of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia aren’t as drunk as you might think. READ FULL STORY
Anyone who has read Orson Scott Card’s beloved 1985 sci-fi novel, Ender’s Game, can understand why, for the past 20 years, Hollywood has been unable to adapt the book. After all, it’s challenging enough to shoot a movie about pint-sized military recruits fighting each other in a futuristic, space-set Battle School, but it’s an even taller order to capture the novel’s complex themes about war and morality.
Fortunately for fans of the book, the long wait for a film adaptation is (almost) over. Ender’s Game will hit theaters on Nov. 1, 2013 (Summit Entertainment has just launched the film’s official Facebook page), and EW has your exclusive first look at the movie — as well as the first interview with director Gavin Hood (Tsotsi, X-Men Origins: Wolverine). READ FULL STORY
Forget vampires; these days, angels are where it’s at. EW can exclusively reveal that Becca Fitzpatrick’s bestselling Hush, Hush Saga is heading for the big screen. LD Entertainment has optioned the film rights to the four-book YA series, with Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith set to write the screenplay for the first installment.
Hush, Hush follows Nora Grey, a 16-year-old who catches the attention of Patch, her gorgeous, yet enigmatic biology partner. When she starts experiencing mysterious hallucinations, Nora learns that she’s at the center of an age-old conflict that reaches the heavens itself. Patch is fallen angel desperate to be human again, but that humanity could come at the cost of Nora’s life. Will he sacrifice Nora to save himself? READ FULL STORY
Yes, Warm Bodies was produced by Summit Entertainment — but that doesn’t mean this paranormal romance, an adaptation of Isaac Marion’s novel, is just a Twilight mad lib that trades vampires for zombies. Warm Bodies is a horror comedy, with an accent on the comedy — think Shaun of the Dead or Zombieland, two films to which it seems to owe a debt of gratitude.
The flick stars Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: First Class) as R, a reanimated teen who’s slowly shuffling through unlife until he meets Julie (I Am Number Four‘s Teresa Palmer), a blond hottie who also happens to be an accomplished zombie fighter. Sparks fly, and soon R begins to feel reanimated. Could love be the cure for zombification?
Check out the movie’s second trailer — featuring a truly excellent sight gag involving an evolution poster — below. Warm Bodies debuts in theaters February, making it a godsend for quirky guys and girls who are looking for the perfect Valentine’s Day date.
DreamWorks Studios announced today that it has entered into exclusive talks to acquire the feature film rights to The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman. The novel, which was just released in the U.S. in July, is already an international bestseller. The story revolves around a lighthouse keeper and his wife who discover a baby on an abandoned boat. The couple decide to raise the child as their own, leading to complicated moral questions and consequences.
Heyday Films’ David Heyman (Harry Potter) will produce the adaptation along with Jeffrey Clifford. READ FULL STORY
Life of Pi was as good as dead.
The film adaptation of Yann Martel’s 2001 novel, about a young boy stranded at sea with a ferocious Bengal tiger, had been on the shelf for a long time. 20th Century Fox had already approached three directors, who tried and failed to get an adaptation onscreen before bowing out.
The last best hope was Ang Lee, but while the Brokeback Mountain and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon director spent eight months developing the project, it was the executives at Fox who began to have second thoughts.
This would not be a cheap movie — the budget was estimated around $120 million, and when the studio took a hard look at the project, they realized they had no idea what they were getting in to.
That’s when Elizabeth Gabler, President of Fox 2000 Pictures, called Lee to tell him that it was off. Fox was backing out, and he was welcome to shop the project elsewhere.
It wasn’t the last time he would have to fight for Life of Pi. Here’s how he brought this epic tale of survival back to life, over, and over again.
Twilight is the gift that keeps on giving — for fans of paranormal teen novels, at least. Those who flood theaters to see Breaking Dawn — Part 2 will be treated to new trailers for two upcoming films based on beloved supernatural YA series: The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones and Beautiful Creatures. The latter follows 15-year-old Lena Duchannes (Alice Englert), a witch — sorry, “caster” — who is fated to become either good or evil on her 16th birthday. That destiny takes a back seat when Lena meets Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich) — a dreamy normal kid determined to save his new love from her possibly dark future.
This new trailer reveals much more of the movie’s southern gothic plot, which was kept pretty opaque in the teaser released in September. It also introduces the rest of the film’s cast: an imposing stable of actors who look like they’re either taking this material fairly seriously (Jeremy Irons, Viola Davis) or having great fun with it (Emma Thompson, Emmy Rossum). Watch Lena and Ethan’s love story bloom as Thompson chews the scenery below:
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