Posted on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 by Angie Han
The filmmaker who brought us Hostel is now, ironically enough, getting into the tourism game himself. Eli Roth’s Goretorium, a haunted house, is scheduled to open September 27 at the corner of the Strip (a.k.a. Las Vegas Boulevard) and Harmon Avenue in Las Vegas. Though the timing is expected to help the Goretorium tap into the Halloween industry, the multi-level attraction will remain open all year round. Roth was previously behind the popular Hostel-themed maze at Universal Studios Hollywood last year.
Roth expressed his hope that the new attraction would become “the world mecca for horror fans,” and talked up the Goretorium’s terrors. “Horror fans know that with my name on it, it won’t be for little kids,” he said. “They know it will be a very scary experience.” If all goes well, the Las Vegas Goretorium could be the first of many. Roth says that he’s already received offers to franchise the Goretorium to locations in London, New York, and Tokyo. [Deadline]
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Posted on Wednesday, March 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
It’s been a few months since we first reported that Netflix and Hostel helmer Eli Roth would be teaming for an original series titled Hemlock Grove, but it’s just now that the pieces are really falling into place. This week, Netflix and Roth finalized a deal for a 13-episode run to premiere exclusively on the streaming service in early 2013, with Famke Janssen (X-Men) and Bill Skarsgård (Anna Karenina) in the leads. The series will be written by Brian McGreevey and Lee Shipman based on a gothic horror novel by McGreevey that’ll hit shelves next week. More details after the jump.
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Eli Roth is making the earth move. The man behind the Hostel series, co-star of Inglourious Basterds and producer of The Last Exorcism has teamed up with successful Chilean filmmaker Nicolás López to make Aftershock, an English-language action-thriller inspired by the Chilean earthquake. It follows a group of six friends (including Roth, several international movie stars and a cameo by pop superstar Selena Gomez) struggling to survive after a massive earthquake hits their city and society crumbles around them. Most of the film will include realistic, practical effects.
Aftershock is still shooting in Chile but Lopez and Roth are ready to debut the first official images from the film exclusively here on /Film.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2011 by Angie Han
Netflix’s shares may have dropped over the past several months, but as a news topic, the company is as popular as ever. After the jump:
- Netflix supports a bill that would allow it to share your video rental and streaming choices with your friends
- Rumor has it Verizon may be looking to buy Netflix
- Netflix takes yet another step into original programming with Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove.
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Tonight I was invited to the IMAX Theatre at Universal Citywalk to get an early look at Christopher Nolan‘s The Dark Knight Rises prologue, which will be attached to huge screen IMAX prints of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol on December 16th 2011 (participating theaters list). I don’t want to reveal any spoilers, so my report will be pretty spoiler free — purely a reaction.
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As we get older, Halloween becomes less about candy and more about being scared. When I was a kid, there was nothing better than walking around my neighborhood and getting as many sweets as possible but, in recent years, that tradition has been replaced with finding haunted attractions to attend with friends. These type of attractions, everything from haunted mansions, mazes and hayrides to converted amusement parks, pop up all across the country. And, in Hollywood, their attraction comes officially licensed by some of the biggest names in horror.
Every Halloween, Universal Studios Hollywood transforms into Halloween Horror Nights and this year not only will Eli Roth himself help design a maze based on his Hostel series, there will be a maze themed around the upcoming prequel to The Thing. They’ll both be open from September 23-October 31. Read some additional details after the jump. Read More »
Wu-Tang Clan producer and MC the RZA is in China now shooting his first big studio feature as writer, director and star. RZA wrote The Man With the Iron Fist with Eli Roth, and the two have Lucy Liu, Daniel Wu and Byron Mann in the cast. Also in the latest report is word that Russell Crowe, long rumored to have a role in the film, is in fact part of the cast. Reportedly he’ll be in China for most of February, which suggests that his part isn’t a small one. [Film Business Asia via Twitch]
After the break,a Miley Cyrus movie gets slightly more weird, and Studio Ghibli’s recent film Arrietty the Borrower gets two new voice talents for the English language version. Read More »
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I’d love to recap the meetings that got Universal to write a check to the RZA to the tune of twenty million bucks so the music producer turned actor turned sapling green director could go to China and make a kung-fu movie. Did he fill the boardroom with mind-altering gas, a la the ’60s Batman TV series, or what?
Regardless, the RZA is now in China shooting The Man With the Iron Fist, and his producer/co-writer/advisor Eli Roth is along for the ride. Read More »