Here’s a little bit of movement on that remake of The Evil Dead that Panic Attack director Fede Alvarez will oversee. The movie is based on Sam Raimi‘s fan-favorite original 1981 film, with a script Alvarez co-wrote with Rodo Sayagues before Diablo Cody did a rewrite.

Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions and FilmDistrict have partnered with Sam Raimi’s Ghost House Pictures to make a big deal to distribute the movie, with the bottom line being that Sony Pictures will distribute The Evil Dead in many countries, including the US. Read More »


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In the spirit of accepting that Jason Reitman‘s new film, the Diablo Cody-penned Young Adult, is about a really terrible, damaged woman, here’s a new red-band spot that seeks to show off just how abrasive she can be. Charlize Theron plays Mavis, a successful youth-lit writer who can’t quite manage to grow up, and who travels back to her hometown to try and win back an old ex, despite the fact that he is now married with a kid.

The film looks like a left turn from films like Juno, Thank You For Smoking and Up in the Air. All of those offered comedy with a certain edge, but none were as deeply dark as Young Adult seems to be. The highlight here, as this spot suggests, is going to be the performance from Charlize Theron, who gets to slink through the movie wielding the sort of unrestrained psychosis that so many of us want to unleash on a semi-regular basis. Read More »

We haven’t seen a feature from screenwriter from Diablo Cody since 2009’s tepidly received Jennifer’s Body, but next month’s Young Adult kicks off a series of interesting projects Cody’s got on her slate. In a pair of recent interviews, Cody touched upon two very different ones: the Evil Dead remake from writer-director Fede Alvarez (which has the blessing of the original’s director Sam Raimi and star/exec producer Bruce Campbell, before you get too up in arms), and that Sweet Valley High movie announced a couple of years back. Read her comments after the jump.

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We’ve known since this summer that Fede Alvarez, director of the short Panic Attack, is going to direct a new version of Sam Raimi‘s breakout film The Evil Dead. Other than that basic report, and the fact that Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues and Diablo Cody all worked on the script, we haven’t known much about the movie. Now, thanks to the upcoming American Film Market, we’ve got a synopsis that makes the movie sound like a carbon copy of Raimi’s original. But a few more details that have come to light reveal ways in which the remake will veer off into slightly different territory. Read More »

The more people get cast in Zal Batmanglij‘s The East, the more interesting it sounds. The latest addition is the always excellent Patricia Clarkson, who’ll play the boss of co-writer and star Brit Marling.

The thriller revolves around an agent (Marling) from a private security firm who is tasked with infiltrating a terrorist group called The East. Once she’s in, however, she finds herself falling for the group’s leader, probably because he looks exactly like Alexander Skarsgard. Other recent additions to the cast have been Ellen Page as Skarsgard’s ex and another member of the organization, and Toby Kebbell as a doctor who takes a tainted drug and develops Parkinson’s-like symptoms. [The Playlist]

After the jump, Octavia Spencer goes to Vegas and Michael Angarano goes home.

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Exclusive ‘Young Adult’ Alternate Trailer

Here’s a slightly different trailer for Jason Reitman‘s new film Young Adult. The film is scripted by Diablo Cody and features Charlize Theron as Mavis, a struggling, damaged author who heads back to her home town to win back her old flame, played by Patrick Wilson. Trouble is, he’s a married family man. Not that it really matters to Mavis. She’s determined to bulldoze her way back into his life.

As in the other trailer you may have seen earlier today, Theron’s character is announced as a giant bitch with the opening chords of David Bowie’s ‘Queen Bitch’ well before someone in the trailer gets around to calling her out on it. From there, we’re treated to a collection of moments of Mavis being terrible to others, and to herself. We’d heard the movie was supposed to be very dark, even uncomfortable. So far, that’s on point. But moments with Patton Oswalt lighten the mood a bit, if not quite in the way we’re used to seeing from him.

This trailer swaps out the clothes shopping gag that hits towards the end of the ‘clean’ trailer for a slightly more raunchy joke. Check it out below. Read More »

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In June, Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut was announced: Lamb of God, a film the writer and soon-to-be director described as “about a woman who survives a plane crash and loses her faith in everything. (Comedy gold!) Seriously though, it’s not the cynicism-fest implied by the log line. It’s a nice Christmas story.”

Not long afterward, Russell Brand was said to have been offered one of the lead roles. Now he’s locked, and Julianne Hough (Footloose), also mentioned as being high on Cody’s wishlist, is also set to play the plane crash survivor around whom the story is built. Read More »

Bruce Campbell: No Ash in ‘Evil Dead’ Remake

There are two iconic faces of The Evil Dead. One is Sam Raimi, whose comic, kinetic filmmaking was a framework in which grotesque horror could exist side by side with Three Stooges-style slapstick. (And so: ‘splatstick.’) The other iconic face is Bruce Campbell, whose Ash Williams character is the beating heart of The Evil Dead and, to generations of fans, the voice of a certain approach to horror.

The idea of remaking The Evil Dead was wild enough, especially with unproven short film director Fede Alvarez working from a script rewritten by Diablo Cody. Bruce Campbell is said to have a cameo, but who’ll play Ash? As it turns out, no one will, says the actor. Read More »

Paramount Pictures has released the first official photo of Charlize Theron in Jason Reitman‘s upcoming film Young Adult. In the film Theron plays Mavis Gary, “a writer of teen literature who returns to her small hometown to relive her glory days and attempt to reclaim her happily married high school sweetheart.” The movie costars Patton Oswalt and Patrick Wilson. I’ve heard good things coming out of the test screenings in Southern California, including praise for Theron, Oswalt and Diablo Cody‘s screenplay (which has been described as completely different than any of her past work). The film is not expected to appear at any of the festivals, skipping Reitman’s staples of Telluride and Toronto. Paramount Pictures will release Adult in theaters on December 16th 2011. Hit the jump to see the first photo.
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