The epic nature of Stephen King‘s The Stand has meant that a big screen adaptation is all but impossible. Several filmmakers have tried and failed to condense the lengthy story – which is about a plague that destroys the world, and the battle between good and evil that follows – into a single movie. All have failed.
Josh Boone, director of The Fault In Our Stars, is the current director attached, and it seems his film won’t face the same failure. In fact, the project just got a lot bigger. Boone, Warner Bros. and CBS Films are reportedly talking to Showtime about airing an 8-part miniseries of The Stand that would act as a lead up to The Stand movie, which would hit theaters after the series ends. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, April 1st, 2015 by Angie Han
With one Boston Marathon bombing movie already in development, a second, competing project has just entered the picture. CBS Films has announced plans to make Patriot’s Day, with Boston native Mark Wahlberg likely to star as city police commissioner Ed Davis. Get all the info on the Mark Wahlberg Boston Marathon movie after the jump. Read More »
The Woman in Black was something of a surprise success — the old-school supernatural thriller had the advantage of surprise, and of Daniel Radcliffe in one of his first post-Potter roles. Radcliffe and the surprise factor are not a part of the sequel, but there’s still a serious creep factor in The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death, as a bus full of kids fleeing the Blitz in London arrive at the supernaturally dangerous Eel Marsh House. (And the film is called Angel of Death, which should be enough to generate some interest.) Check out the full-length Woman in Black 2 trailer below. This is a much different trailer compared to the one we saw last month. It is more focused and much more compact — it’s one of my new favorite one-minute edits.
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Posted on Tuesday, November 18th, 2014 by Angie Han
After perfecting her plain-girl act in Arrested Development, Mae Whitman (her?) is trying to shake it off in The Duff. She plays Bianca, a high school senior who’s dismayed to realize she’s considered the DUFF — Designated Ugly Fat Friend — to her prettier pals. In an effort to reinvent herself, she enlists the help of handsome popular jock Wesley (Robbie Amell).
It all sounds pretty silly, starting with the notion that Whitman is ugly and fat. But this is movie-land, where Rachel Leigh Cook was once considered freakishly repulsive because she dared wear overalls and glasses. And where we’re supposed to believe Amell, a 26-year-old former male model, is a typical teenager. Hit the jump to watch The Duff trailer.
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CBS Films has been trying to crack the popular children’s book series, Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, for a while. Originally, they brought on Saw writers Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton to pen a script. Evidently their take wasn’t what the company wanted. CBS has now gone back to square one and hired a writer who knows a little something about blending the tones that made these books so popular. John August, writer of Go, Charlie’s Angels, Big Fish, Corpse Bride and Frankenweenie, has been hired to write a new script for the scary series of short stories. Read more about the Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark movie below.
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For every Twilight and Hunger Games, there’s a Mortal Instruments or Golden Compass. The race for the next big thing never ends and that means there are hits and misses. Studios and production companies are constantly on the lookout for intellectual properties that might break out big. The latest such acquisition is an eBook sci-fi trilogy called The Origin Trilogy, or Atlantis. CBS Films has picked up the rights to the series, written by A.G. Riddle, which follows “a brilliant geneticist and an international counterterrorism agent who must team up to thwart a global pandemic and discover the truth behind the origins of humanity.” Read More »
We’ve seen Daniel Radcliffe as a hero, we’ve seen him in period pieces, some have even seen him naked on stage. But now the Harry Potter star takes on his most “normal” role to date, as a simple guy trying to win the affections of a girl.
Radcliffe is the star of What If, a romantic comedy directed by Michael Dowse. He plays Wallace, a medical school drop-out who meets a cool girl named Chantry (Zoe Kazan). She lives with her boyfriend (Rafe Spall), which becomes a bit of an issue for Wallace when he realizes he’s in love with her.
What If has a pretty typical set-up to be sure but the cast (which also includes Adam Driver) definitely piques my interest. The film hits U.S. theaters August 1 and you can check out the trailer below. Read More »
Remember Gambit? Not the Marvel Comics character, but the remake of a great ’60s caper that originally starred Michael Caine and Shirley MacLaine. The remake was scripted by the Coen Brothers — hence our interest in the movie. While that script kicked around town for a few years, it was eventually directed by Michael Hoffman. Colin Firth plays an art dealer who tries to con a wealthy buyer (Alan Rickman) into buying a fake painting, and enlists the help of a Texan lady (Cameron Diaz) to pull off the caper. While the film was finished in 2012 it never got proper US distribution. Until now. People have asked how they could see it, and with the film hitting VOD this weekend, here’s a current Gambit trailer to remind you that it exists. Read More »
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The Afflicted trailer might be one of the best Hollywood has released in a long time. Unlike traditional trailers, which are presented linearly, this one starts at the beginning, jumps to the end and works backward, showing how two friends’ trip around the world goes horribly, horribly wrong.
Written and directed by Derek Lee and Clif Prowse, who also co-star, the film won Best Horror film, screenplay and director at Fantastic Fest, which is about as impressive as it gets when it comes to horror competition. CBS Films will release the film online and in theaters April 4, but you can check out the insane trailer right now. Read More »
When Joel and Ethan Coen were assembling their new film Inside Llewyn Davis, they realized the film posed a unique challenge: their script featured a lead character who needed to be able to play and sing just as well as he had to act, and there are other side characters who need to be able to play and sing as well. The brothers lucked out with Oscar Isaac, who turned out to be a more than competent musician in addition to being an actor of no small skill.
Three new featurettes talk about the creation of the film specifically with respect to the music — one features music producer T-Bone Burnett discussing the creation of the song ‘Please Mr. Kennedy,’ which features Isaac, Justin Timberlake, and Adam Driver. One focuses on finding Isaac and working with him, and is backed by a lot of early rehearsal footage. The last is about finding some of the supporting cast, including Timberlake and Carey Mulligan. Read More »