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Sony Launches ‘Close Encounters of the Third Kind’ Teaser and Website to Promote Re-Release

Big Close Encounters of the Third Kind news manifested over the Fourth of July holiday weekend. Sony has announced that they will re-release Steven Spielberg’s classic film to theaters for one week only, starting on September 1st, 2017. The re-release will launch in advance of the official 40th anniversary of the film, which will be on November 16th, 2017.

To make things more interesting, the announcement of the re-release was joined by two separate unconventional media campaigns. First came the website: https://www.wearestillnotalone.com/ read more

‘Venom’ Movie Will Exist Separately from Marvel Cinematic Universe

Bad news just broke for anyone hoping to see Tom Holland’s Spider-Man in the upcoming Venom movie, starring Tom Hardy: at this time the two franchises will exist in totally separate universes! While the news isn’t exactly shocking to fans who are familiar with the conditions of Marvel movie deals, it’s still disappointing to know that there’s little hope of Spider-Man existing within the world of Venom.

This confusing development is directly connected to the fact that Marvel doesn’t own the cinematic rights to all of their characters. Due to Marvel’s financial uncertainty and related dealings in the late 90’s / early 2000’s, there’s a big difference between movies which exist in the Marvel Universe and movies which exist in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Up until the anomaly known as this summer’s Spider-Man: Homecoming, studios who own the cinematic rights to Spidey, the X-Men, and others, have been solely responsible for producing their respective movies. The disaster that was 2014’s The Amazing Spider-Man 2 created an unusual opportunity for Sony and Marvel Studios to forget that version of the franchise and create a new one in the image of the official Marvel Cinematic Universe. As a result, Tom Holland got to appear as Spider-Man in Captain America: Civil War and Marvel Studios handled development and called all of the creative shots for Sony’s Homecoming. read more

Carnage to be Featured Villain in Upcoming ‘Venom’ Movie

Marvel and Sony are currently hyping the impending release of Spider-Man: Homecoming to the multiplex. According to the early buzz, it’s “oh so fun” and better than the disasters known as Spider-Man 3The Amazing Spider-Man, and The Amazing Spider-Man 2. In the midst of the carefully controlled corporate message about the great pleasure Sony took in handing over all creative control to Kevin Feige, the troubled studio revealed who the villain will be in it’s upcoming Venom movie (a film they’ve got to make on their own), starring Tom Hardy. According to THR, the bad guy duties will go to the other symbiote-enhanced maniac of the Spider-Man universe… Carnage! read more

Tom Hardy to Star as Venom in Spider-Man Spinoff, Ruben Fleishner to Direct

Sony has announced big news today for Spider-Man fans who still can’t wash the taste of Topher Grace as Venom out of their mouths: the symbiotic menace will be played by Tom Hardy in the upcoming spinoff film!

Viewers know the always-intense, always-charismatic Tom Hardy for his memorable roles as Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, Max Rockatansky in Mad Max: Fury Road, James Keziah Delaney in Taboo, and Charles Bronson in Bronson. The intensity he brings to his characters is legendary, and it should translate well to the notorious supervillain. read more

Sony Announces Venom Movie, Pushes Back The Girl in the Spider’s Web

Sony Considering Sale of Film and TV Businesses After Difficult Year

The New York Post has reported that Tokyo’s Sony Corporation is “listening to bank pitches about a potential sale of its film and TV operations.”

Several sources told The Post that numerous banks have been visiting Sony offices with pitches. The article speculates that because Sony CEO Kaz Hirai has not filled outgoing Sony Entertainment boss Michael Lynton’s position despite the ample notice of Lynton’s departure, there may not be a position to fill.

This news is not entirely surprising. According to Box Office Mojo, Sony/Columbia was the fifth highest earning major studio in 2016, with a market share of just 8% when accounting for all 22 films they released during the year. To put that into perspective, 20th Century Fox and Universal each released 17 films in 2016, and each studio had a market share of 12.9% and 12.4%, respectively. Buena Vista released just 13 movies in 2016, but it held an impressive 26.3% of the market share. read more

Don’t Breathe Director, Fede Alvarez, May Direct Sony’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo Followup

Variety has reported that Sony Pictures may be close to selecting Fede Alvarez, director of the Evil Dead remake and Don’t Breathe, to direct its followup to 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The film will reportedly be based on the novel, The Girl in the Spider’s Web. Based on the tremendous critical and financial success of the grisly Don’t Breathe, it isn’t surprising that Alvarez would be a top contender for taking a crack at this notoriously dark and intense series. read more

Trailer for Sony’s THE SHALLOWS

The trailer for Sony’s   The Shallows   has been released. Blake Lively stars in the thriller, which its theaters June 29.   Jaume Collet-Serra directs from a script by Anthony Jaswinski. Lynn Harris and Matti Leshem are producing.

The story centers around Nancy (Lively), who recently lost her mother. She finds herself being hunted by a Great White shark while surfing off a secluded beach.   She must fight for her life, stranded only 200 yards from shore, as she attempts to outsmart the massive predator. read more

Horror Anthology SOUTHBOUND on DVD May 17

 

The horror anthology Southbound will be available to purchase on DVD May 17. It is currently available on Digital and On Demand platforms.   You can view the  trailer and  full press release below.

 

From the Creators of the V/H/S Trilogy

 

SOUTHBOUND

 

Available on DVD May 17

Now on Digital and On Demand

 

Bonus Features Include Commentary, Deleted Scenes Reel, Outtakes Reel, Plus Photo Gallery

 

 

 

CULVER CITY, Calif. (March 21, 2016) – All roads lead to terror in the acclaimed horror anthology SOUTHBOUND, available on DVD May 17, 2016, from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. From the creators of the popular V/H/S trilogy, the movie follows the fates of a group of weary travelers who confront their worst nightmares over one long night on a desolate stretch of desert highway. Directed by Roxanne Benjamin (producer, V/H/S 1-3), David Bruckner (V/H/S), Patrick Horvath (Entrance) and the film collective known as Radio Silence (V/H/S), the movie stars Kate Beahan (TV’s “Mistresses”, The Wicker Man), Matt Bettinelli-Olpin (V/H/S), and Mather Zickel (TV’s “Masters of Sex,” Hail, Caesar!). read more