EXCLUSIVE: Oscar-nominated actor John Hurt has been tapped as the co-lead opposite Corey Stoll and Mia Maestro in FX‘s high-profile drama pilot The Strain, from Guillermo del Toro and Carlton Cuse, which is being eyed for a 13-episode pickup. The high-concept thriller, directed by del Toro from a script he co-wrote with Chuck Hogan based on their vampire novel trilogy, tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Centers for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. Hurt, who first worked with del Toro in his 2004 feature Hellboy, will portray Professor Abraham Setrakian, a holocaust survivor who immigrated to the U.S. after World War II and now runs a pawn shop in Spanish Harlem. As the outbreak spreads, he may be the only one with answers — if anyone will listen. “I am incredibly happy to be reunited with John, who is one of the greatest actors in the world and one of my favorite people ever,” said del Toro. “Chuck and I always visualized him while writing The Strain novels and he is absolutely perfect for the part!” Kevin Durand, Richard Sammel, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonathan Hyde and Miguel Gomez co-star ... Read More »
2010’s “The Last Exorcism” was a mildly successful found footage horror movie about a huckster exorcist (played memorably by hey-it’s-that-guy character actor Patrick Fabian) who accidentally stumbles upon an actual possession while being followed around by an amateur documentary film crew. It was also, at least initially, metaphorically rich, with the demonic activity standing in for domestic abuse and the violence often bred by small-minded, backwoods religious fervor. Of course, all that nuance was jettisoned in the last ten minutes, when the possessed young girl (Ashley Bell) gave birth to what appeared to be a small gremlin or possibly the young version of Hellboy. In the wholly unnecessary “The Last Exorcism Part II,” the young girl has survived the demon-birth (or whatever) and is trying to reacclimatize herself to society. Unfortunately, it follows the original too closely, in that any attempt at substantial dimension is undone in favor for hoary horror movie tropes. After a...
It didn’t take Warner Bros. long to take pre-emptive screen rights to Tin Men, the latest book proposal from NY Times bestselling author Christopher Golden (The Shadow Saga, Body of Evidence) which scored publishing and film deals within a week at auction. Chernin Entertainment will produce with Pete Donaldson with Golden onboard as executive producer; a screenwriter is being sought now to adapt a script from the proposal and novel. On the lit side, Random House won North American publishing rights and will book a hardcover release in spring of 2014. Plot details are under lock and key but Golden’s specialty is YA horror-fantasy thrillers and suspense tales, including numerous comics and novels in Joss Whedon‘s Buffyverse and co-authored works with collaborators including Hellboy creator Mike Mignola (Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Amber Benson (Ghosts Of Albion). Tin Men marks the latest Golden book property to be snatched up by Hollywood. Alex Proyas is attached to adapt and direct Joe Golem And The Drowning City from the book by Golden and Mignola, in development at Constantin Films and produced by Donaldson and Gotham Entertainment. Talent, adapted from Golden’s graphic novel co-written with Tom Sniegoski, is set up at Universal under Mark Platt and Boom Entertainment. Fox 2000 has The Secret Journeys Of Jack London, which ... Read More »
Related: OSCARS: 85th Academy Award Nominations The six-part video series Behind The Ballot that launched today on Oscar.com features panels of experts breaking down what Oscar voters look for in contenders for Production Design, Cinematography, Makeup & Hairstyling, Film Editing, Sound Editing, Sound Mixing and Costume Design. In the seemingly endless chatter about the marquee categories during an awards season that seems to get longer every year, it’s a refreshing initiative that shines a light on the behind-the-scenes folks that form the backbone of the year’s best movies. A new video will debut each week — the lead-off panel is Cinematography, which features a chat with DPs Daryn Okada, Theo van de Sande and Mandy Walker (check it out below). Here’s the full lineup announced today by the Academy: Production Design: Scott Chambliss, “Cowboys & Aliens,” “Star Trek,” “Mission: Impossible III” Alex McDowell, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Minority Report,” “Fight Club” Jeannine Oppewall, “Catch Me If You Can,” “Pleasantville,” “L.A. Confidential” Bo Welch, “Men in Black,” “Batman Returns,” “Edward Scissorhands” Makeup and Hairstyling: Cydney Cornell, “The Artist,” “The Aviator,” “American Beauty” Mike Elizalde, “Hellboy II: The Golden Army,” “Fantastic Four,” “Men in Black” Beth Miller, “Mr. and Mrs. Smith,” “The Nutty Professor,” “Dances with Wolves,” Christien Tinsley, “No Country for Old Men,” “The Passion of the Christ,” “Ocean’s Eleven” Film Editing: Mark Goldblatt, “X-Men The Last Stand,” “Armageddon,” “The Terminator” Virginia Katz, “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1,” “Dreamgirls,” “Kinsey” Lynzee Klingman, “Man on the Moon,” ... Read More »
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