Movies/TV

Kevin Smith to Self-Distribute Red State

Following the official first screening of his latest film, Red State, writer/director Kevin Smith surprised the Sundance audience by revealing that he’s not using the festival to look for a distributor for the film after all. Instead, Smith has plans to self-distribute as a traveling roadshow. Starting March 5th at Radio City Music Hall, Smith will tour the film across North America before releasing Red State on October 19th.

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Anthony Hopkins in talks to play Alfred Hitchcock

The Hollywood Reporter has news that Anthony Hopkins is in talks to portray the Master of Suspense in Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, Montecito’s adaptation of the Stephen Rebello non-fiction book. Sacha Gervasi, who helmed the acclaimed documentary Anvil! The Story of Anvil, is in talks to direct Hitchcock. Montecito is developing the project and will give Paramount, with which it has a pact, first crack at the project. The book, published in 1998, tracks how Hitchcock, at the height of his game as a director, decided to make a “lowly” horror movie. No studio wanted to touch it initially so Hitchcock scrounged for financing by himself. The movie, of course, became one of his biggest hits and one of the most influential of all time.

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Bold Films picks up Evidence

Deadline reports that Bold Films has bought John Swetnam’s spec script Evidence. The movie is described as: Police arrive at an abandoned gas station following a brutal massacre. The only evidence at the crime scene is the victims’ personal electronic devices, including a camcorder, flip Cam, and two cell phones. With nothing else to go on, a detective must analyze the bits of ‘found footage’ to piece together the identity of the killer.

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Suicide Club review

Suicide movie review

Staff member, Melissa Frolich, recently reviewed Suicide Club.

54 high school girls throw themselves in front of a subway train. This appears to be only the beginning of a string of suicides around the country. Does the new all-girl group Desert have anything to do with it? Detective Kuroda tries to find the answer, which isn’t as simple as one could hope.

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Scream of the Banshee and 51 to have their own debut

After Dark announced today that it will release Scream of the Banshee and 51 films on their own later in the year, and separate from the After Dark Originals festival which hits selected theaters around the country on January 28th this year.

After Dark Films CEO, Courtney Solomon said, “We love our partnership with Syfy and look forward to expanding on this exciting line-up. Scream of the Banshee and 51, will be the first Syfy Saturday Original Movie to also get a theatrical release thru After Dark”.

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Jennifer Love Hewitt to direct Wait Till Helen Comes

Jennifer Love Hewitt is to direct her first feature film ‘Wait Till Helen Comes’. The ‘Ghost Whisperer’ actress – who has also gone behind the camera for several episodes of the show – will direct and produce the ghost story, which tells the tale of a family who move in to a strange house that turns out to be haunted. The script – which has been adapted from the novel of the same name by Mary Downing Hahn – will focus on a 12-year-old girl, the eldest of three children who discovers the ghost of a young female who may be a danger to the family.

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Red Riding Hood second poster revealed

The second poster for Red Riding Hood is here. Set in a medieval village that is haunted by a werewolf, a young girl falls for an orphaned woodcutter, much to her family’s displeasure.

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FilmDistrict will release Insidious movie

FilmDistrict will release INSIDIOUS, a new horror film from the director-writer team of James Wan and Leigh Whannell (SAW), produced by the masterminds behind PARANORMAL ACTIVITY: Oren Peli, Jason Blum and Steven Schneider. The film also features Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson and Leigh Whannell and was executive produced by Brian Kavanaugh-Jones. It will be FilmDistrict’s inaugural theatrical release on April 1, 2011, opening on 2500 screens. INSIDIOUS is the terrifying story of a family who shortly after moving discover that dark spirits have possessed their home and that their son has inexplicably fallen into a coma. Trying to escape the haunting and save their son, they move again only to discover that it was not their house that was haunted. “With INSIDIOUS, James and Leigh are redefining the haunted house genre,” says Peter Schlessel, CEO of FilmDistrict. “By taking well-known horror movie conventions and elevating them to the next level, they’ve created a film that is fun, suspenseful and very, very scary.” FilmDistrict and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions (SPWA) own all U.S rights on INSIDIOUS, which was financed by Alliance Films and is an Alliance Films/ IM Global presentation. The film was acquired after a riotous screening at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival. DVD and other ancillary rights will be handled by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. It will also be the first film in FilmDistrict’s partnership with Netflix. Alliance will release the film in Canada, Spain, and the UK. “James and Leigh have once again demonstrated their extraordinary talent and innovation as filmmakers,” says Haunted Movies CEO Jason Blum. “We are excited that FilmDistrict will bring this frightening and incredibly entertaining movie to audiences across the country.” “INSIDIOUS is truly this generation’s POLTERGEIST,” says Bob Berney, FilmDistrict’s President of Theatrical Distribution. “James and Leigh know their stuff, and horror fans and film lovers alike are in for a real treat.”

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Naomie Harris possibly in Dark Tower

New York Post reports that “Pirates of the Caribbean” beauty Naomie Harris is being considered for the female lead in the Ron Howard’s eagerly anticipated “Dark Tower” trilogy. Howard’s vision of the Dark Tower series will stretch across three films and a TV series. The first Dark Tower installment is expected in 2013.

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Throwing Stones web series debut

The teen horror series premiered yesterday on both Koldcast and Mingle Media TV. You can check out the season premiere of stylish teen thriller Throwing Stones from creator Bart Van Bemmel and Jason A. Wheeler at their official site. The series is described as: When a group of high schoolers have to attend Saturday School, they must work together to overcome their differences in order to survive when students end up missing.

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