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‘Overlord’ Finishes Third at Box Office; ‘Venom’ and ‘Halloween’ Continue to Add to Totals

Bad Robot’s long-delayed and rumored about World War Two zombie tale Overlord finished third at the weekend box office while the break-out hits of October, Venom and Halloween (2018), continued to pad their already impressive totals.

Overlord, once rumored to be the fourth installment in the Cloverfield franchise, finished third with a modest $10.1 million dollar debut.  The hard-R tale of mad zombie science run amok may have been too much for the average movie-goer (who gave the film a mediocre B Cinemascore rating), but Overlord did score high with critics (the film currently has an aggregate rating of 81% fresh on Rotten Tomatoes).  The film will certainly earn back all of its production costs ($38 million) once international sales are included, but don’t expect Overlord to perform much better over the coming weeks with continued competition from tent-pole pictures from all of the major studios. read more

See Claire Foy as Lisbeth Salander in the New Trailer for ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

After months of anticipation, the first trailer for The Girl in the Spider’s Web is finally here! Sony’s upcoming film- which contains an entirely different cast than the group featured in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, stars Claire Foy as the iconic Lisbeth Salander, a coveted role which has been previously played by Noomi Rapace and Rooney Mara. Foy looks completely unrecognizable in the new clip. While she portrays all of Lisbeth’s iconic physical characteristics- such as her dark clothing, black tattoos, and signature hairstyle- the talented actress approaches the character with some new subtleties which make her performance unique. You can watch the trailer below: read more

Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Unsane’: The Horror News Network Review

As a director, Steven Soderbergh defies classification unlike nearly all of his contemporaries. With a resume like Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Erin Brockovich, Traffic, Ocean’s Eleven, Magic Mike, and Logan Lucky, it’s tough to decipher a connective tissue between his “crowd pleasers,” his “serious dramas,” and his more experimental work. If anything, the one thing Soderbergh has proven in his 33 years-and-counting career is that he refuses to be boxed in by any of the pre-conceived notions surrounding filmmaking, whether it be genre, style, or even the technology of the format itself. Unsane, Soderbergh’s take on schlocky B-movies which was filmed entirely on an iPhone 7 Plus, challenges all three of those notions with mixed results while still delivering a satisfying moviegoing experience. read more

Sylvia Hoeks Joins Fede Alvarez’s ‘The Girl in the Spider’s Web’

Anyone who recently witnessed Sylvia Hoeks’ performance as a psychotic replicant in Blade Runner 2049 knows that the actress is destined for much greater recognition and opportunities in the future.

And according to Variety, it also appears that director Fede Alvarez (Don’t Breathe) agrees, as the Dutch actress is about to join his production of The Girl in the Spider’s Web, a sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  

Claire Foy (The Crown)will play Lisbeth Salander this time around, taking over for Rooney Mara. Hoeks will portray Lisbeth’s twin sister in the film, who at this time appears to be the antagonist of Spider’s Web. read more

Don’t Breathe Director Fede Alvarez to Create Film Set in Labyrinth Universe for TriStar

Jim Henson’s 1986 film, Labyrinth has been the subject of renewed interested as of late. Some of it is due to the film restoration and merchandise releases related to the movie’s 30th anniversary, and some of it is due to the unfortunate passing of David Bowie. Now’s a better time than ever for TriStar to renew the series, and Deadline reports that they’re planning to do just that. 

Jay Basu (Monsters: Dark Continent, the announced Metal Gear Solid project) and Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead (2013), Don’t Breathe) are currently working on The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony as writer and director, respectively. When that project concludes, the two will move on to work on a project which takes place in the magical world established in Labyrinth. Here’s what the studio had to say to Deadline about the project: read more

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

Fede Alvarez’s The Girl in the Spider’s Web to Debut in Theaters October 2018

We learned in November, 2017 that Fede Alvarez, director of Don’t Breathe and the Evil Dead remake, would be directing The Girl in the Spider’s Web for Sony Pictures after the studio and talent elected not to continue the series started by David Fincher, Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig in 2011. We still don’t know who will portray Lisbeth Salander this time around, but we do have a release date! The Girl in the Spider’s Web will hit theaters on October 5th, 2018.

Variety reports that the date was unveiled on Monday at the London Book Fair, and that actresses Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman are both interested in the role of Lisbeth. Johansson was in the running the first time around, but Fincher ultimately choose relative newcomer Rooney Mara for the coveted role. Alvarez had this to say about this development: 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