Entries by John Evans

Paul Zindel’s Son Files Lawsuit Against ‘The Shape of Water’ Creators for Alleged Plagiarism

We first reported in late January that David Zindel, the son of playwright Paul Zindel, is accusing The Shape of Water of plagiarism. Now, the accusations have escalated in the form of a 53-page lawsuit against Fox Searchlight, Twentieth Century Fox, writer/director Guillermo del Toro, and associate producer Daniel Kraus.

NPR reports that Zindel’s suit was filed on Wednesday in U.S. District Court in the Central District of California. The suit alleges that The Shape of Water, “brazenly copies the story, elements, characters, and themes” of Paul Zindel’s 1969 work entitled Let Me Hear You Whisper. Zindel’s play, which was first adapted for television during the same year, tells the story of a female custodian who forms a special bond with a dolphin in a lab, and she hatches a plan to escape with the creature once she learns that scientists plan to dissect its brain. read more read more

Lionsgate’s Studio L to Develop ‘The Blair Witch Project’ Digital Television Series

Lionsgate is headed back to the wilderness with a new Blair Witch Project television series! The news broke with the announcement that the company has branded a new studio which will develop digital content based on original properties and some of Lionsgate’s hits of yesteryear.

Deadline reports that Studio L is currently working on feature films and episodic content in an effort to “hone in on millennials”… and millennials LOVE shaky-cams! read more

‘Goosebumps’ Sequel’s Ensemble Cast to Feature ‘It’ and ‘Jumanji’ Alumni

The folks at Sony Pictures are hard at work on a follow-up to 2015’s Goosebumps movie, based on the legendary works of writer R.L. Stine. We already knew that Jack Black will be returning to his role as a fictional version of Stine for the sequel, which is tentatively titled Goosebumps: Horrorland. Now, we know which actors and actress will be rounding out the new cast.

Variety reports that Madison Iseman, Ben O’Brien, Caleel Harris, and Jeremy Ray Taylor have all been hired to star in the upcoming film. The young actors and actress all represent the typical age group of readers when they first discover Stine’s infectious books. read more read more

Shooting Location for ‘Friday the 13th’ to Offer Sleepaway Camp to the Highest Bidder

So you think you’re the biggest Friday the 13th fan, huh? You’ve got all of the movies on blu-ray, you’ve had your picture taken with all of the actors who’ve ever played Jason… but have you ever spent the night at the legendary Camp Crystal Lake? Pretty soon, a few lucky (and wealthy) fans will be able to answer “yes” to that question!

Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco, the original shooting location for 1980’s Friday the 13th, will soon be opening its gates to fans of the franchise in an unprecedented manner. The Warren County, New Jersey campground is typically off-limits to the general public due to the fact that it is owned and operated by the Boy Scouts of America. The organization has periodically offered tours of the hallowed grounds as fundraisers in recent years, but they plan to up the ante with an all-nighter for the first time ever this spring! The only problem is, it will end up costing you an arm and a leg (and who wants to hear that phrase when Jason Voorhees is within earshot!?). However, you don’t need to feel too guilty about making such a purchase, because all proceeds will go towards preserving the camp for the enjoyment of future generations of scouts. read more read more

‘The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story’: The Horror News Network Mid-Season Review

Halfway through its intense and diverse season, The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story manages to out-“American horror” American Horror Story and claim the prize as one of the most engaging shows on television. Between its expert storytelling, its incredible actors, and its flawless delivery of social commentary, the series manages to exceed expectations each and every night.

The title, The Assassination of Gianni Versace, can be misleading at first glace. In Season One, we knew The People v. O.J. Simpson would primarily focus on the Simpson trial… and that’s exactly what we got. Assassination tells a much more complex story. Based on Vulgar Favors: Andrew Cunanan, Gianni Versace, and the Largest Failed Manhunt in U.S. History by Maureen Orth, the season spends significantly more time on Darren Criss’ serial killer Cunanan and his other victims than the time it dwells on the inner-workings of the Versace clan. That isn’t to say that Edgar Ramirez, Penelope Cruz, and Ricky Martin aren’t completely magnetic on screen- because they’re incredible- but the structure of the storytelling allows for breathing room as the viewer takes in the scope of Cunanan’s actions. read more read more

Jordan Peele Announces Free AMC Screenings of ‘Get Out’ for One Year Anniversary

Have you still not seen Get Out? Did you wait to see Get Out on home video, and now you’re wondering what it would have been like to watch it on the big screen? Have you seen Get Out plenty of times, but you want to catch it one last time in theaters? Do you like free things? If the answer to any of these questions is “YES!”… then Jordan Peele’s got a surprise for you!

The director of the four-time Academy Award-nominated picture took to Twitter to announce an incredible Presidents’ Day promotion in celebration of the film’s one year anniversary: read more read more

James Hetfield of Metallica Joins Cast of ‘Extremely Wicked’ Ted Bundy Movie

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, the upcoming thriller about serial killer Ted Bundy, just added a surprising new name to its impressive cast. In addition to Zac Efron, Lily Collins, John Malkovich, Angela Sarafyan, and Kaya Scodelario, the film will also feature Metallica frontman James Hetfield in a key role!

Variety reports that Hetfield will play, “Officer Bob Hayward, a no-nonsense Utah highway patrol veteran who was the first law enforcement officer to arrest Bundy in 1975 after pulling the killer over and discovering burglary tools in his car, but wisely suspecting much worse.” read more read more

Sony Unleashes Teaser Trailer and Poster Art for Tom Hardy’s ‘Venom’

Just 11 days after principal photography has officially wrapped, Marvel monster fans already have a first look at Tom Hardy as Venom in the upcoming Sony movie of the same name! In an aggressive promotional move, the studio published the first teaser poster artwork on its official Twitter feed to announce the arrival of today’s teaser trailer:

Clocking in at one minute and forty-nine seconds, the new video primarily focuses on Hardy as Eddie Brock. In stark contrast to the standard superhero cinema fare of today, Venom appears to be a much more gritty and personal film than Sony’s recent bubblegum-pop presentation of Spider-Man: Homecoming. The trailer’s voiceover provides a further hint at the inner demons which will be on full display in Venom: read more read more

Paramount to Continue ‘Cloverfield’ Story Theatrically Despite Netflix’s $50 Million Purchase of ‘Paradox’

As the dust settles on the surprise release of The Cloverfield Paradox on Netflix, we are beginning to learn more and more about the inner workings of the Paramount franchise and where it will go from here. While the sale of the third Cloverfield film to Netflix’s streaming platform provided the studio with some much-needed instant revenue, it is being reported that the franchise will continue in cinemas.

The Hollywood Reporter‘s sources say that Netflix paid Paramount more than $50 million for the rights to stream The Cloverfield Paradox. Negotiations reportedly began over the holidays and were finalized in January in time for the major Super Bowl stunt we all witnessed on Sunday. The sale means that Paramount likely thought they couldn’t earn at least $50 million at the domestic box office, and the movie’s low critical reviews and mixed fan reaction suggests they probably made the right choice to sell the movie. The studio still plans to bring the movie to China, so it will be interesting to see how The Cloverfield Paradox performs on an open market. read more read more

The Third ‘Cloverfield’ Movie is Streaming on Netflix RIGHT NOW

Well, I guess that settles the age-old question of “when will the next Cloverfield movie finally come out!?” Turns out The Cloverfield Paradox, aka Cloverfield 3, aka God Particle, will not hit theaters after all… but will instead stream exclusively on Netflix. The news was revealed alongside the only existing pre-release footage of the film during tonight’s Super Bowl commercials. When will the movie first be available for streaming? RIGHT NOW! What will the movie be about? WATCH THE CLIP! read more read more