Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments

Bible-based projects are hotter than ever. This year alone, we’ll see Ridley Scott’s Exodus, Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and the Jesus tale Son of God. But while most are taking the familiar form of an historical epic, WGN America is going a different way with their religiously inspired new miniseries.

Produced by The Weinstein Co., 10 Commandments will consist of ten episodes, each of which will focus on a different commandment. Different is the key word here. Each installment will be helmed by a different director, with Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven, and Michael Cera among those attached right now. (Yes, that Michael Cera.) Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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The sequel news today is partly theoretical, and partly oriented around 3D. After the break, find details on the following items:

  • Guillermo del Toro has toyed with a Pacific Rim sequel,
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation producer talks about that film’s late in the game 3D conversion,
  • It seems like Scream 5 isn’t happening any time soon, according to Wes Craven,
  • a Serenity cast member hopes for a sequel,
  • Anchorman 2 may shoot in March, says Judd Apatow,
  • and so could Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.

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One of the staples of the Scream franchise is the huge twist before the opening credits and that trend continued with Scream 4, which hits Blu-ray Tuesday. In fact, I think the first few minutes are by far the best of Scream 4. They’re clever, surprising and filled with the type of self-reference and cameos that made the series great. Unfortunately, the film slowly drops off after that.

We now know one of the changes director Wes Craven made to the film thanks to the extras on the new disc. He radically changed a segment of the opening. Is it for better or worse? Decide for yourself. Read More »

Wes Craven Says ‘Scream 5′ Likely to Happen

Scream 4 was enough of a box-office disappointment when it opened this spring that it seemed to curtail all the rumors about it being the first of a new Scream trilogy. But like its plucky heroine Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), the Scream franchise isn’t one to die easily. The fourth installment ultimately ended up pulling in about $97 million worldwide on a $40 million budget, apparently enough that director Wes Craven is now saying that a Scream 5 is very likely to happen. Read his comments after the jump.

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I’m not going to try and blow smoke up your ass with respect to Wes Craven‘s 1982 version of Swamp Thing. It isn’t a particularly good movie, and it isn’t a particularly good telling of the Swamp Thing story that originated in the DC anthology House of Secrets and was eventually at the forefront of the ‘mature comics’ boom of the ’80s thanks to writer Alan Moore.

But this Swamp Thing poster, created by artist Florian Bertmer for Mondo and the Alamo Drafthouse, is a great representation of Swamp Thing. So, as an old-school fan of the character, I’ll take it purely in that spirit. See the full image below. Read More »

In retrospect, over a decade removed from its previous installment and plagued with lukewarm reviews, maybe it’s not that big a surprise Scream 4 was a box office bomb. The first three films each made around $100 million but Scream 4, released 11 years after the third film, has so far grossed under $40 million. Still, Harvey Weinstein, who has executive produced all the films in the franchise, seems confident that we’ll get a Wes Craven-directed Scream 5 in the future. And after that Scream 4 ending, we really deserve it. Read his quotes after the jump. Read More »

‘Scream 4′ – What Did You Think?

There are a lot of questions surrounding the release of Wes Craven’s Scream 4 this weekend. Can Craven still pull off a solid horror thriller? (Obviously the man is a legend, but 2010′s My Soul To Take wasn’t exactly his most impressive work.) Even if Craven succeeds as a director, can he reinvigorate a moribund franchise? And can said franchise, which itself was a shot-in-the-arm to the horror genre during its initial release in 1996, still maintain its relevance in the midst of increasing cynicism in today’s horror cinema?

Be sure to check out Germain’s review of the film, and share your thoughts in the comments below. And assume SPOILERS lie after the jump and in the comments.
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Movie Review: ‘Scream 4′

Note: This review was originally published earlier this week.

The Scream series has always been a great, commercial representation for our love of cinema. They’re the rare movies that said, “If you are a fan of movies, this is for you” and actually found success. The problem with that, however, was as the films got more and more self-aware, character and storyline took more and more of a back seat. There in lies the problem with Scream 4. It tries so hard to be smarter, funnier, gorier and scarier than all of its predecessors that it often misses the mark. When it hits the mark, it hits it hard and in a near totally redeeming manner, but it’s impossible to totally redeem a lazy narrative structure that’s almost devoid of scares. Fans of the franchise will find plenty to enjoy, but others might find themselves frustrated.

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