For many actors, an Oscar nomination is a crowning achievement that can lead to newfound opportunities or added prestige to their name. But for Naomie Harris — and in an unfortunate pattern, many Oscar nominees and winners of color — that Oscar nomination has amounted to zilch. Since earning a nod for Best Supporting Actress for her raging turn in Moonlight, the British actress has been relegated to supporting roles in blockbusters that have ranged from deranged to disastrous.
But it looked like her fortunes might change with Black and Blue, Harris’ first long-deserved lead role in a feature film since her Oscar nomination. In the action thriller directed by Deon Taylor, Harris stars as a rookie cop in New Orleans who ends up witnessing violent evidence of police corruption. But what could be a monumental turn for Harris in a painfully topical film ends up being a B-movie thriller that cops out on any potent sociopolitical messaging in favor of hamfisted platitudes.
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Emma Stone became a star after her breakout appearance in Superbad back in 2007, but her first major solo lead performance was in the 2010 comedy Easy A, a then-modern riff on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s literary classic The Scarlet Letter. Now, nearly a decade later, an Easy A spin-off film is officially in the works at Screen Gems.
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This weekend sees the release of Brightburn (and it’s pretty good!), the story of a couple (Elizabeth Banks and David Denman) who raises a baby boy after he mysteriously crash lands from the sky in their backyard. As the child grows up, he starts exhibiting incredible strength and other unbelievable abilities. However, this isn’t a Superman origin story that creates a hero to save the world. This is a twisted take on the superhero mythos where the kid heads down a dark path and chooses to use his powers for evil.
Brightburn is directed by David Yarovesky, but it’s produced by Guardians of the Galaxy helmer James Gunn, and written by his brother and cousin Mark Gunn and Brian Gunn. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that there are a couple of Easter eggs that seem to connect the movie to one of James Gunn’s other superhero movies.
But in order to discuss it, we have to dive into some spoilers for the movie, so you’ve been warned. Read More »
Even though some producers seem terrified to throw the term “horror movie” around, horror sells. Audiences love to be scared, and time and time again, scary movies break the bank at the box office. Sony’s Screen Gems realizes this, so they’re partnering with production company Ground Control to launch Horror Lab. Horror Lab will produce and develop “horror genre proof-of-concepts” – short horror movies that can then be turned into feature films. That all sounds well and good, but I have one question: why call it Horror Lab, and not Scream Gems?
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We haven’t seen a Paul W.S. Anderson movie since he wrapped up his long-running Resident Evil franchise back in 2016, but the director’s next film will hit theaters next year.
Sony Pictures has unveiled the specific release date for Anderson’s Monster Hunter, a fantasy action film based on the popular Capcom video game series. The film will feature the first pairing of action stars Milla Jovovich and Tony Jaa on screen together. Add the date to your calendar and learn more about the Monster Hunter movie below. Read More »
Before The Exorcist scared audiences and broke box office records, a real-life exorcism was aired on TV. In 1971, reporter Carole Simpson interviewed the Becker family about their supposedly haunted house, and filmed an exorcism of the house carried out by a priest. Now the true story is getting the big screen treatment with True Haunting, based on the book of the same name from Becker family member Edwin F. Becker.
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Posted on Monday, January 28th, 2019 by Jacob Hall
If you were looking forward to getting the crap scared out of you by a ghostly woman with hair in her face and her cat-voiced ghost son this summer…well, you’re in for a longer wait. Screen Gems has moved its reboot of The Grudge from this summer to early 2020, a move that could mean behind-the-issues. Or it could mean the studio seeing a box office opportunity and seizing it.
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Just Dance is becoming a movie. You heard that right: the Ubisoft dancing game first released in 2009 will be getting a movie adaptation from Screen Gems. Maybe this will be the one to break the video game adaptation curse.
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If you were worried that we haven’t had a video game movie from director Paul W.S. Anderson for a couple of years, Screen Gems has you covered. And this one is another adaptation of one of Capcom’s best-selling video game franchises.
Monster Hunter is an action role-playing game following the Hunter, who slays or traps large monsters across a vast world as quests are handed to him by the locals. Players gather loot and resources in order to build up their weapons, armor and more in order to take down more powerful monsters.
Now the game is coming to the big screen with Tony Jaa as the Hunter and Milla Jovovich as an original character named Natalie Artemis, and the first photo from the film’s set down in South Africa has been revealed. Check out the first Monster Hunter movie photo below. Read More »
Searching, this year’s innovative and electrifying thriller that takes place entirely on computer screens, is coming to home video next month. It’s full of twists and hinges on a big mystery, and one of the bonus features reveals that the film’s ending is spelled out in exact detail for all to see in John Cho‘s character’s e-mail inbox – assuming, of course, that you’re quick enough to read it. Take a look at the Searching easter egg that spoils its own ending. Read More »