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The most terrifying remake you'll ever see. Ghost House Pictures and Screen Gems' remake of Evil Dead, directed by Fede Alvarez, premiered this weekend at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin to mostly positive reviews (e.g. see Rejects / SlashFilm). Based on all the trailer reactions and good buzz, there's no question that the studio wants a sequel, and it sounds like they're already planning one anyway. During the Q&A after the premiere, Fede Alvarez confirmed that he and co-writer Rodo Sayagues have already begun work on the screenplay for Evil Dead 2, with plans for a trilogy in the end like the original Sam Raimi series. Read on.
After having a hell of a 2012 starring in Looper, Lincoln, Premium Rush and The Dark Knight Rises, Joseph Gordon-Levitt kicked off 2013 with the Sundance premiere of his directorial debut, Don Jon's Addiction. The film received rave reviews, but because the main character is addicted to pornography, JGL has decided to shorten the title to the more simple Don Jon in order to take some of the controversy away from the film. In a new Facebook post, which revealed the first production still of co-star Tony Danza (seen above), Gordon-Levitt explains to his fans exactly why he thought the title needed to be changed. Read on!
"I think sometimes its good that you get your ass out of the house." Okay, so this place is amazing. If you love old VHS rental stores, you have to watch this. Media site Nowness (via Movies.com) has debuted an exclusive video featuring French filmmaker Michel Gondry giving a tour and talking about his favorite video rental store found in Paris, France - the Vidéo Club de La Butte (see on Google maps). He picks out and discusses different filmmakers like Wim Wenders, Jim Jarmusch, and Méliès while explaing how they inspired his work. Such a unique video rental store, I hope this place stays open forever. Check this out!
By now you're probbaly already familiar with director Jonathan Levine after his films The Wackness, 50/50 and Warm Bodies all rounded up decent season audiences. What you may not know is that Levine's very first film, titled All the Boys Mandy Lane, was finished before all those movies in 2006. The horror flick impressed audiences at the 2006 Toronto Film Festival and was auctioned off to The Wenstein Co. back then for $3.5 million. However, the film has yet to see a real release in the United States. But now the company's Radius-TWC genre arm will finally release it sometime this year in at least the top 50 markets.
Within the world of film, there are so many elements created from scratch from wardrobes to weapons, vehicles to companies, and much, much more. Well, a new art show is highlighting those very creations as they have asked various artists to craft real advertisements for these faux products. The Product Placement group art show at Gallery1988 in Los Angeles runs from March 9, 2013 to March 30, 2013. The show features posters and advertisements for fictional products from television or film. There's pieces inspired by Aliens, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Mad Max and Star Wars. Look below!
While we were at Sundance earlier this year, news broke of Lance Armstrong admitting to using performances enhancing drugs to win Tour de France titles. Shortly thereafter, Paramount Pictures and Bad Robot teamed to land the rights to Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong, a book set to be published through Harper Collins that chronicles the rise and fall of the once inspiring professional cyclist. Now the race is to the big screen as Deadline reports Atlas Entertainment's Charles Roven (producer of Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy) and Alex Gartner are working on the story from another angle.
It's happening. It's really, really happening. Though we've known for a few months that filmmaker-turned-media-empire Kevin Smith would be wrapping up his filmmaking career making Clerks III, it all has to actually come together before we sit down in a theater to see it. The first step, of course, is writing the script. On the 20th anniversary of the day filming started on Clerks, Smith wrote that "with no plan or provocation, I jumped out of bed at 4:20 this morning and started writing Clerks III." He posted this screenshot (found via SlashFilm) to his Facebook and Instagram accounts, showing that work truly is underway on the sequel.
Wreck-It Ralph (now on Blu-Ray and DVD) was one of my favorite movies of 2012, and though talks of a sequel have been brewing ever since its release, Disney is continuing the story in a more unique way first. They've released a thirty minute short online called Garlan Hulse: Where Potential Lives," a fake King of Kong-style documentary about the kid who once held the high score on the arcade version of Fix-It Felix Jr. game before it was overtaken by a Billy Mitchell-type rival. Ralph director Rich Moore hosts this live action tale, and if you're a fan of both Wreck-It Ralph and King of Kong, this is a must-watch. Watch it!
Just last week we learned that cinematographer Wally Pfister's sci-fi directorial debut Transcendence would be arriving in April of 2014, now we've learned that Christopher Nolan will follow-up later that year with his new sci-fi film Interstellar. Deadline released an official memo today confirming that Interstellar is a co-production between Paramount Pictures and Warner Bros, an unprecedented studio deal rare for these days. Included in that note is mention of a November 7th, 2014 release date for Interstellar, in both regular and IMAX theaters worldwide. A new Chris Nolan science fiction movie next year? Oh holy crap yes!
In just a couple of weeks, the first DreamWorks Animated film featuring the voice of Ryan Reynolds (the other being Turbo coming this summer) arrives in theaters with The Croods. The previous trailers have mostly focused on the family dynamic of the caveman group as they struggle to adapt to the world that is much bigger than they thought and the most recent finally introduced us to Reynolds' character. Now we get even more of his influence on the family as Emma Stone's character is smitten by his modern attitude and inventions, especially shoes. This doesn't look bad, but it seems a little too cartoonish on the humor. Watch!
Welcome back to another edition of Kickstart This, FirstShowing's weekly column dedicated to spreading the word about cool indie projects that need your help to become a reality. Today, we're shining a light on a new film project called Mastodon, a movie that involves a tragedy that befalls a trio of friends and examines themes of friendship, growing up, and the relentless nature of time in the wake of that defining event. It's a personal story about the consequences of getting stuck in the past, and should be a compelling tale if it gets funded. Take a look at the pitch video below, and don't forget to donate if you can. Watch this!
"To commit yourself is to run the risk of failure, a risk of betrayal…" Who else do you market an indie to if even diehard Terrence Malick fans are saying this isn't that great? How about the celebrity-obsessed crowd, especially after Ben Affleck won that Oscar, sorta, for Argo right? ET via The Film Stage has a new theatrical trailer for Terrence Malick's To the Wonder, the sweeping love triangle romantic drama set mostly in Oklahoma starring Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Rachel McAdams with Javier Bardem as Father Quintana. This is a beautiful, mesmerizing trailer but I have to say it's so much better than the film. Enjoy!