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Anthony Mackie offered a role in World War Z

The Hurt Locker star Anthony Mackie has reportedly been offered a role in the zombie epic World War Z. Based on the novel by Max Brooks, World War Z is about a worldwide infestation of flesh-eating zombies. Brad Pitt is already attached to star in the Parmount Pictures film as the U.N. researcher and Mireille Enos is in talks to play his wife. Mackie’s potential role is currently unknown, but the film is looking to go into production immediately for a summer 2012 release.

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Lysette Anthony to produce Whisper

Black & Blue Films has teamed up with actress Lysette Anthony to co-produce supernatural thriller Whisper, the first picture from her new company PerfectFeatures. Whisper, which goes into production in September 2011 on locations in the UK, explores the nature of grief and the terrifying consequences of experimenting with Electronic Voice Phenomena to talk to the dead. It will be helmed by Terence Gross, the award-winning director of Hotel Splendide. The cast will be announced shortly. Jonathan Sothcott, Black & Blue’s MD said today, “We are delighted to be partnering with Lysette and her business partner Rachel Chatterjee for Whisper. They have identified and secured a genuinely excellent project that we are looking forward to bringing to the screen and we’re thrilled that they chose Black and Blue to help them with their feature debut. Lysette has been one of my favourite actresses for a long time and I’m especially thrilled that she’s going to be working with us.” Lysette Anthony added, “To be honest Rachel and I are a little overwhelmed. To have Black & Blue green-light us with the ink barely dry on our latest Whisper draft is, well, the stuff of movies. We’re honoured to be making our first film with them.”

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Hallow Pointe movie news

Hallow Pointe, the highly anticipated horror/thriller in development with Bobby Ray Akers Jr.’s Dead of Night Films & award winning filmmaker Thomas J. Churchill’s (“Emerging Past”) Church Hill Productions, is taking a fresh new approach to the creature feature genre. Churchill & Akers are bringing a new style and feel to their definitive werewolf film. Churchill’s partnership with “Predator’s” executive producer Laurence Pereira on another project, led to his addition to the production team and sparked the first step in this new direction. Innovative script changes and new casting additions are making this film one to watch. Ashley C. Williams (“The Human Centipede”), Tony Todd (“Candyman,” voice of The Fallen in “Transformers”), Allison Kyler (“Prom Night,” “TBK: The Toolbox Murders 2”), Stacey Dixon (“Hell House”) and Brad Loree (“Halloween Resurrection,” “Mr. Hush”) are joining an already impressive horror cast, with more big names in the works. Grammy-nominated writer/producer Jeeve (“Be Cool,” “Cold Creek Manor,” “Untraceable”) is bringing a great vision and talent to the score for the film and artist Dennis Willman has done an amazing job giving the poster a whole new look, which debuts today for the first time (attached; hi-res available upon request). “Hallow Pointe” is a chilling story about love, life and what lengths you go through to try and save someone; all told within the classic horror staple, a creature feature. The film is centered around Madeline’s Closet, a quaint bed and breakfast hidden away from the world on a forgotten dirt road in the woods. Henry and Jane are hoping a weekend there will help rekindle their love for each other. Staying there, along with a few other guests, everything seems to be going as planned…until the sun sets and the full moon lights up the sky. Instead of trying to save their marriage they must now work together to try and save their lives. The filmmakers’ vision for the film is to bring back the feel of old school 80’s horror giving fans something movies today are lacking – great creature development with hard core visual FX. Like two of the great werewolf films “The Howling” and “An American Werewolf in London,” “Hallow Pointe” is an “R” rated werewolf film with adult sensibilities played straight with a little humor to break up the drama and horror. Akers is “really excited with how the film is evolving. The new direction, new look and changes are more in tune with what audiences want to see. With a visionary filmmaker such as Churchill, we’ll all be in for one amazing adrenaline rush.” The cast currently includes a list of genre-favorites, including: Leslie Easterbrook (“The Devil’s Rejects,” “Police Academy”), Kane Hodder (“Hatchet 1 & 2,” “Friday 13th Parts 7 -10”), Tiffany Shepis (“Abominable”), Cody Matthew Blymire (“1313: Nightmare Mansion”), Belinda Balaski (“The Howling,” “Gremlins”), Eileen Dietz (“The Exorcist”), Sarah French (“Shriek of Sasquatch”), Steve Barton (“Hatchet 2,” “George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead”) and Lar Park Lincoln (“Friday the 13th Part 7”). Hot new horror author Joe Knetter penned the screenplay and Spectra Records promises a soundtrack album full of alternative rock favorites sure to please movie and music enthusiasts alike. Marla Stoker, of Marquee Media and Marketing, is handling publicity for this production. Production is set for 2011 in Pennsylvania with an anticipated 2012 theatrical release. Churchill is “raising the bar to make an epic werewolf film like you have never seen before with an all-star cast from horror and mainstream films. Pure carnage!”

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Rec 3: Genesis official poster

Yesterday, the twitter page for Rec teased its followers to keep an eye on Yahoo! Spain for something cool. The site launched the official poster for Rec 3: Genesis. The poster features leading lady Leticia Dolera who co-stars with Diego Martin. Paco Plaza is directing this entry solo (Jaume Balaguero is producing) and shooting began in Barcelona April 4.

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Rammbock: Berlin Undead poster

The US poster for Rammbock: Berlin Undead has been released. The movie is described as: Heartbroken and clueless, Michael (Michael Fuith) arrives in Berlin to win back the affections of brooding ex-girlfriend Gabi (Anka Graczyk). But he’s in for a little disappointment: she’s not home and the city is rapidly overrun by bloodthirsty hordes of zombiefied Berliners. His only companion? The plucky Harper (Theo Trebs), a teenage plumber’s apprentice at work in the apartment complex. From their overnight redoubt in Gabi’s bedroom, the unlikely duo must escape the infested building, outwit the undead and find her…before it’s too late. Rammbock is hide and seek…with zombies!

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House at the End of the Street coming in February

Relativity has announced that House at the End of the Street will open February 3, 2012. The House At The End Of The Street follows Academy Award nominee Jennifer Lawrence and her Academy Award nominated hot mother Elizabeth Shue as they move into a creepy old home marked down because of a vicious murder it housed years before. Weirdness begins almost immediately and is only heightened when Lawrence starts hanging out with the sole survivor of the massacre played by Max Theriot.

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Craig Gillespie to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Craig Gillespie has officially been attached to helm Pride and Prejudice and Zombies for Lionsgate. “We are so excited to have Craig Gillespie on board this film. his sensibility spans from genre bending horror to elegant character driven comedy, which is perfect for this movie. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is precisely the kind of movie I came to Lionsgate to make: sophisticated yet youthful and edgy. Our movie will be all of those things – with zombies- and it will benefit enormously from Craig’s unique perspective,” says Lionsgate prez Alli Shearmur.

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Patton Oswalt to join Odd Thomas

Variety reports that comedian, Patton Oswalt, is set to join Anton Yelchin in “Odd Thomas,” Stephen Sommers’ adaptation of Dean Koontz’s bestselling novel. Oswalt will play Oswald “Ozzie” P. Boone, an eccentric artist who designs sculptures, including a steel pendant that the titular clairvoyant hero wears around his neck.

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The Bay picked up by Lionsgate

From the producers of the PARANORMAL ACTIVITY franchise, the film is the next installment in their series following INSIDIOUS, and chronicles an unprecedented biological disaster unleashed from the waters of the Chesapeake Bay- an isopod parasite, carrying a horrific untreatable disease, that jumps from fish to human hosts. The true horror and scope of the event unfolds on footage captured on home videos and the internet by the town’s victims. “Ingenious genre films are and always will be a specialty at Lionsgate,” explained Drake of the choice to acquire the film. “THE BAY is a shining example of the kind of truly fresh horror film that audiences are always ready for, and that we excel at eventizing with them. Thanks to Barry, we’ll all be afraid to go in the water for years to come.” Adds Constantine, “We have been big admirers of Jason Blum, Steven Schneider and Oren Peli since their breakout hit PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, and are thrilled to be in business with them. This film works so effectively because it establishes a very natural, everyday world, places the audience intimately within it, and then sits back as everything takes a horrific turn. Barry has incorporated found footage to the most satisfying possible effect, and it’s all the scarier for not relying on anything supernatural.” “It’s exciting to see a company like Lionsgate embrace The Bay so enthusiastically. The found footage / multiplatform approach opened up the film to creative possibilities I hadn’t encountered in my previous films, and I think these sorts of films will only continue to push boundaries as the technology changes,” said director Barry Levinson. The film was directed by Levinson, from a script he co-wrote with Michael Wallach. THE BAY was produced by Levinson, Jason Blum, Steven Schneider, and Oren Peli, and co-produced by Mythodic Films, with Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Jason Sosnoff, Colin Strause, and Greg Strause executive producing.

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Rufus Sewell joins Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter

Variety reports that Rufus Sewell has landed the role of Adam, the lead vampire villain, in 20th Century Fox’s “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.” Sewell joins Benjamin Walker, Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dominic Cooper in the Timur Bekmambetov summer tentpole. Pic, based on the bestselling book by Seth Grahame-Smith, revolves around the president’s quest to rid the world of vampires, presented as the real conflict behind the Civil War. Bekmambetov will co-produce with Tim Burton and Jim Lemley. Film, set to be shot in 3D starting in March, is skedded for a June 22, 2012 release.

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