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They're heeere! Again!: 'Poltergeist' reboot to start shooting this fall


Hollywood’s love affair with ghoulies and ghosties was reconfirmed Thursday with the announcement that Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer is partnering with Fox 2000 Pictures to finance and distribute a new version of director Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror classic, Poltergeist. The film will be directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), written by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz: The Great and Powerful), and produced by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert through their Ghost House Pictures company, together with Roy Lee (The Strangers). Ghost House’s previous credits include The Grudge, last year’s The Possession, and the recent reboot of Raimi’s own Evil Dead.

Disney's 'Oz the Great and Powerful' super quick Super Bowl ad sneak peek - VIDEO

Oz is coming to the Super Bowl.

Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful — starring the enviably attractive medley of James Franco and Mila Kunis, Rachel Weisz, and Michelle Williams as three witches – is offering up a tiny online morsel sneak peek of a commercial that will show during the telecast of this Sunday’s Super Bowl game. The movie hits theaters March 8.

Check out the quick video, below, showing Franco as circus magician Oscar Diggs in a hot air balloon sucked from black-and-white hued Kansas into the vibrantly colorful Land of Oz, screaming all the way. “Am I dreaming?” he says. “You’re in Oz,” responds Kunis as witch Theodora, her long hair glistening over one eye like a ’40s glamor queen.

'Angelfall' author Susan Ee shares her hopes for the movie and an exclusive photo


The latest self-published YA novel heading full steam towards its big-screen moment. When it was announced on Wednesday that Good Universe had acquired the film rights to the deliciously dark Angelfall, (with Sam Raimi set to produce!), we immediately reached out to author Susan Ee for comment. She was thrilled to share her thoughts on the film and even shared an exclusive photograph (below) featuring her with the film’s producers.

Originally self-published in 2011, Angelfall was picked up by Amazon Children’s Publishing for a re-release in August of this year. The novel takes place six weeks after angels of the apocalypse have destroyed the world as we know it. When enemy angels fly away with 17-year-old Penryn’s little sister, Penryn is forced to team up with Raffe, an injured angel who wants his wings back. Together, they will journey to the heart of San Francisco and the angels’ stronghold, where an unimaginable horror awaits them.

Ee revealed that she couldn’t have picked a better team to adapt Angelfall, gushing in particular about the Spider-Man director. “I’m tremendously excited to be working with a creative powerhouse like Sam Raimi,” she told EW in an email. “Having Angelfall be received so enthusiastically by the readers and then having a world-class director/producer like Sam Raimi want to make a movie of it is simply the definition of joy for me.”


'Oz, The Great and Powerful': A deep dive into Sam Raimi's new trailer

The pieces to the puzzle that is Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful were just coming together, to be solidified and clarified with today’s new revealing trailer. And then this: a tantalizing splendor of new images and sequences that tease more of the plot but throw a monkey-wrench into the whole which-witch debate. James Franco’s Kansas magician is more like Dorothy than we ever knew: a mystical twister transports him to a strange land, where he encounters a witch (or three) and has to kill a Wicked one if he wants to acquire what he most desires.

Click below for a quick tour through the new promo. READ FULL STORY

'Oz The Great and Powerful' banner: Which witch is which?

The three-piece puzzle that is the banner poster for Disney’s Oz The Great and Powerful has been completed, but don’t expect your most essential questions to be answered. Notably, which old witch is the Wicked Witch of the West? Internet opinion was mixed when the first panel of the poster revealed a green-faced, crow-nosed bombshell striding through some haunted woods. Was it Mila Kunis? Or Rachel Weisz?

The newest reveal is not immediately helpful, as both Kunis and Weisz appear with James Franco’s wizard-to-be as he and Michelle Williams’ good-witch look skyward at some approaching danger — Twister? Monkeys? A broom-rocketed sky-writer? — while Emerald City looms in the background. Kunis wears Kate Winslet’s embarkment hat from Titanic and Weisz is dressed like a Boardwalk Empire dame, so the mystery remains. (Though Kunis’ character does wear similar boots to the Wicked Witch…)

Jump below for the complete image, and click on it three times and say, “There’s no place like home” to see a larger version. READ FULL STORY

'Oz the Great and Powerful' poster: Which beauty is looking a little green?

It’s not easy being green. Especially if you’re a witch in the land of Oz. In the first of three complementary panel posters for Disney’s Oz the Great and Powerful, Mila Kunis — or is it Rachel Weisz? — looks much more seductive than Margaret Hamilton ever did in the 1939 classic, what with a sexy, tight-fitting black leather number.

In the trailer for the film, Kunis’ naive Theodora was sweet, perfectly flesh-toned, and dressed like a British royal, while Weisz’s more worldly Evanora seemed more partial to this witch’s black wardrobe. This witch marches left to right, from the West, but which actress rules that realm? The loser gets a house dropped on her head.

Judge for yourself below. READ FULL STORY

Sam Raimi wins judgement to block unauthorized sequel to 'The Evil Dead'


An unauthorized sequel to Sam Raimi’s blood soaked, gore-filled The Evil Dead trilogy has been buried in a court-nailed coffin.

A California federal court judge has awarded Raimi’s Renaissance Pictures — which he formed in 1979 with actor-producer Robert Tapert and co-producer Bruce Campbell to make 1981 horror classic The Evil Dead, starring Campbell — a default judgment prohibiting another company, Awards Pictures, from making an Evil Dead sequel.

Renaissance Pictures sued Awards Pictures in May, claiming Awards Pictures’ in-production film Evil Dead 4: Consequences conflicted with Renaissance’s own plans to create a sequel. Award Pictures, plus the company’s president Glenn MacCrae, did not file a court response.

According to last week’s court four-page order, filed by U.S. District Judge Dale Fischer, Awards Pictures is “permanently enjoined” from using the names Evil Dead, Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon, Evil Dead: Genesis of the Necronomicon, Part 2 or Evil Dead: Consequences “as or as part of the title of a motion picture, television program, video game, play, book or any other form of entertainment provided or to be provided through any media.”

Awards Pictures had alleged that Raimi’s comment in a 2000 book saying he would never do an Evil Dead sequel was a sign the title’s trademark was up for grabs, also after being used for multiple other movies.

Several calls to Raimi’s office were not immediately returned.

Read more:
Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell gear up for ‘Evil Dead’ remake

Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Sam Raimi visit's Comic-Con suite

Sam Raimi, director of Oz: The Great and Powerful, dropped by EW’s Comic-Con suite this afternoon with two of his witches, Mila Kunis and Michelle Williams. The trio talked to Dave Karger about working together on the highly anticipated movie and putting Williams into Glinda’s magical flying bubble. READ FULL STORY

'Oz the Great and Powerful' Comic-Con Panel: No ruby slippers, but a green Mila Kunis? -- TRAILER

The Project: Oz the Great and the Powerful, a prequel where the wonderful wizard (James Franco) isn’t such a great guy.

He’s a con artist who gets swept away to that magical land and crosses paths with three witches: good Glinda (Michelle Williams), naïve Theodora (Mila Kunis) and more dubious Evanora (Rachel Weisz.)

The Panel: Director Sam Raimi, Kunis and Williams. The Nerdist’s Chris Hardwick moderated.

The Big Revelations: We see Glinda, Theodora, and Evanora in the normal hues of the actresses — but the final shot is of a bright green claw scratching lines in a table top.

Somebody goes green — and once you go green, you apparently go mean.

Check out the footage after the jump!


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