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Following a successful run in New York, GKIDS is ready to launch a massive 14-film retrospective for The Studio Ghibli Collection: 1984 to 2002 in Los Angeles. Running for two weeks, starting January 26th to February 12th, at the Egyptian and Aero American Cinematheque Theatres, 14 of the best classic Ghibli films will be screened in all new 35mm prints. Sounds wonderful already. Fourteen Studio Ghibli features produced between 1984 and 2008 will be presented, including Hayao Miyazaki’s Oscar winning Spirited Away, Princess Mononoke, My Neighbor Totoro, Castle in the Sky and Howl's Moving Castle. Read on!
From vampires to zombies to werewolves, now witches. Variety is reporting that Warner Bros is adapting a novel called A Discovery of Witches, written by Deborah Harkness, and they've lined up quite a prolific writer to take on the task. Playwright David Auburn, winner Joseph Kesselring Prize, the Pulitzer Prize, the Drama Desk Award, and the Tony Award for "Proof", has been hired to adapt the script for WB. The studio acquired the rights to adapt the film last year, and has producers Denise Di Novi (Crazy Stupid Love, Nights in Rodanthe, The Lucky One) and Allison Greenspan developing the project. Sounds fascinating.
So that means Loki survives The Avengers? I'm kidding. Isn't he the villain? Empire recently had a chat with actor Tom Hiddleston and, while he of course did not say a thing about Avengers or the story or any of that, he did mention one worthwhile tidbit - they're already planning to shoot Thor 2 this summer. "All I know about Thor 2 is that we're supposed to film it in London in the summer and that it is being directed by Alan Taylor," he said. Taylor was just announced and the release date is now November 15th, 2013, so they've got a bit but they're looking to get into production by the summer anyway. Keep ’em coming Marvel!
Some interesting news regarding the new film by Derek Cianfrance starring Ryan Gosling, The Place Beyond the Pines, seen above. The Playlist & SlashFilm are reporting that the film will be scored by Mike Patton, a singer-songwriter-musician known more for his bands and music than scores, but he did do work for Crank: High Voltage and the Italian film A Solitude of Prime Numbers. Cianfrance has a knack for choosing unique artists for his films, like Grizzly Bear doing the excellent score for Blue Valentine. This already sounds as promising and unique as we should expect for The Place Beyond the Pines. Can't wait.
"I know that this looks bad…" Since there aren't many other good trailers to feature, here's one you don't want to watch. A new trailer for a teen romantic comedy called LOL starring Miley Cyrus has hit YouTube via Vlicious. Yes, believe it or not with that title, this is a to-be-theatrically released movie from Lionsgate, and it's also a remake of the director's own 2008 French film, also titled LOL. There's a lot of questions in this, like: why the random trip to Paris, why is their hair blowing in the car, who's the band with the Dharma symbol? In addition to Miley, this co-stars Douglas Booth, Ashley Greene and Demi Moore. Have fun!
As we continue into the awards season in early 2012, more guilds are announcing their nominees/awards for 2011. We've already seen the Screen Actors Guild nominees and the Writers Guild nominees, so next up is the Directors Guild of America. The DGA has announced their nominees for the Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film 2011. This guild chooses five nominees every year in the feature category (documentary comes a bit later) which means it's a very short list. The winner will be named at the 64th Annual DGA Awards Dinner on Saturday, January 28th, 2012 in just a few weeks. Read on for the full list.
Another potentially monumental Hollywood deal may actually go through to kick off the New Year. Deadline is reporting, with confirmation via The Wrap, that Lionsgate is moving to seal the deal on a $700 million purchase of Summit Entertainment, the studio that is already raking in the cash with the Twilight series and other hits like RED and 50/50. "As the merger talks between two of Hollywood's largest independent movie studios morphed into takeover talks and went down to the wire," many places reported it was about to blow up, but now it's likely to come through. Wow, this will be huge, and something I'm intrigued to see.
How do you follow-up a triumphant, award-winning black & white silent film that Hollywood loves? Go back and remake a 1948 film! French director Michel Hazanavicius (interview), of The Artist as well as the two OSS 117 spy films, is reportedly lined up to direct a remake of Fred Zinnemann's 1948 film The Search, but will update the setting to contemporary "war-torn" Chechnya. Variety broke the news, which comes at a key time when Hazanavicius and The Artist are aiming for some big Oscar nominations (and maybe wins). But I also find it perfectly fitting that Hazanavicius chose a classic B&W film to remake for his next project.
More ghosts. So who you gunna call? An interesting news story to report on from Bloody-Disgusting, who picked up a scoop about director Vincenzo Natali, of Cube and Splice who has been lining up numerous projects. Apparently Natali is aiming to direct a project called Haunter next, which will start shooting this March up in Toronto. The supernatural horror film, from a screenplay by Brian King (Cypher, Night Train), is a twist on the norm being told from the viewpoint of a ghost, a spirit named Lisa, who, along with her family, died in 1986 under "sinister circumstances" but remain trapped in their house. Sounds quite creepy.
Exorcism movies have pretty much run their course at this point. The idea and execution has become so bland, so predictable, that a film better have something extra to add along with all the holy water and body contortions. But, evidently, these movies make decent enough money, so we still have to have a new one every year. Usually dumped in January. Which is why Paramount / Insurge brings us The Devil Inside, directed by William Brent Bell, the latest film that tries to scare us with all the old creepy trimmings.
"Witness these true events in real time…" Not to be confused with the original Uruguayan film this is based on, The Silent House, this is the remake. Open Road Films has debuted the official trailer on Yahoo for Silent House, filmmakers Chris Kentis & Laura Lau's US remake, starring up-and-comer Elizabeth Olsen. This remake was made in the same style, presenting the film as one long non-stop take, which Yahoo dubs "real time", though one-take or one-shot is a better description. It's a lengthy trailer and shows a lot, but it's a good tease for horror fans. And more time for Olsen in the spotlight. The Silence will Kill you!
Continuing our awards season coverage, we've got the nominees in for the 2012 Writers Guild Awards, as chosen by the Writers Guild of America. The winners will be announced on February 19th, during simultaneous ceremonies in Hollywood and New York. There are three separate categories of nominees - original, adapted, and documentary. Last year's winners were Chris Nolan's Inception and Aaron Sorkin's The Social Network. This year it's a bit different as a number of great scripts were ruled ineligible, including Shame, The Artist, Beginners, Like Crazy and Take Shelter. Read on for the full list of 2012 WGA nominees.