Seeing as everything else from the ’80s has been dragged back to the movie theater, it probably really is just a matter of time before we get another Twins. Also after the jump:

  • We now know who won’t be writing Scream 5
  • Paramount’s Jack Ryan film hits money trouble
  • Angelina Jolie rejects the script for Salt 2
  • Ice Cube’s working on the Friday 4 script
  • Iron Man 3 starts set work, code name revealed
  • MIB3‘s massive, ballooning budget partially explained

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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.

Read more of this NON-SPOILER review after the jump. Read More »

Scream 4 is done. It’s out there. And as we ride a wave of publicity, press screenings and more leading up towards the April 15 release, fans will have to dodge an obstacle course of spoilers revealing who dies, when they die, how they die and, of course, who or what is Ghostface this time around. For the record, I have no idea – I’m also avoiding spoilers at all costs – so feel free to read on.

Besides the onslaught of spoilers, one of the film’s biggest controversies was the reported creative differences surrounding franchise creator and the screenwriter of this fourth film, Kevin Williamson. We heard that sometime in the middle of production he left and Ehren Kruger (who wrote Scream 3 and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) came in. Director Wes Craven has finally spoken out on these issues and while you can read his comments below, beware that we’re also going to include some new photos, one of which is surely considered a spoiler. Feel free to read the quotes below but then watch out for the spoiler warning. Read More »

There’s a great deal of small TV news to round up, so let’s get to it. First off comes the news that Dexter has been given a sixth season renewal. The last time the show was up for renewal was in 2008, when Showtime committed to a fourth and fifth season. E! suggested that a one-season order now is due to cast contract renegotiations that will take place before a seventh season. I never would have expected the show to run quite this long, but the numbers are improving, with this Sunday’s episode grabbing the show’s best ratings ever. So: onward to season six!

After the break, news on the surprise fate of the writing staff of The Walking Dead, the prequel movie for Burn Notice, and more casting for J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz. Read More »

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UPDATE: There might be more truth and ugliness to this than I first thought was the case. New info at the end of the article.

We’ve been running a lot of Scream 4 info, and in a piece I ran yesterday one commenter asked why we’ve been covering it so much. The simple answer is “it’s what we do,” but the more complex answer is that there’s a lot of motion on the picture this week. Partially as a by-product of trying to keep the script secret, the film has been casting quite a few roles even as photography has begun.

But today the big rumor has been that there’s been a total screenwriter switcheroo on the picture, with the effect of not only making big changes to this film, but demolishing the option for a fifth. As is so often the case there seems to be some truth to the story, surrounded by a lot of exaggeration. Read More »

Alison Brie and Mary McDonnell Cast in Scream 4

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Briefly: The Scream 4 casting machine keeps rolling. Yesterday saw a lot of movement in the cast with Lauren Graham dropping out (due to scheduling commitments, according to her reps) and Adam Brody, Marley Shelton and Erik Knudsen stepping in.

Now Community‘s Alison Brie and Mary McDonnell of Battlestar Galactica (and much more) are taking roles as well, according to The Wrap. We don’t have a breakdown of McDonnell’s role, but Brie will play the ambitious assistant to Neve Campbell‘s returning character Sidney Prescott. Is ‘ambitious’ horror movie code for ‘she dies?’ Probably.

Reportedly the script is being so closely guarded that the cast hasn’t even been allowed to see past a certain point in the script — with casual slips of the tongue or text being so common, Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson are doing their damndest to keep the story’s secrets under wraps. Good luck to them; I’d like to be able to see the film without having had every element of the story given up first.

Nico Tortorella

Nico Tortorella has been cast in the horror sequel Scream 4. The actor revealed the news on Twitter, stating “Huge news today!!!! Just officially got cast in Scream 4!!!! Today is always the best day of my life.” Tortorella has previously appeared on television shows The Beautiful Life: TBL and Make It or Break It, and appears in the upcoming Joel Schumacher film Twelve.

No information has been revealed about Tortorella’s character, but we assume he might have nabbed the role of a character named Trevor Sheldon, described in the casting calls as: “Handsome high school jock, but quiet and intense, as though a secret hangs over his head.” All of the casting announcements thus far have been either females or older men, so it seems likely this is his role in the film.

After the jump we have some new information about the new characters in the film, gleamed from a casting call for the film which was sent to us through e-mail.

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Last week there was news about the casting for Scream 4 that suggested Twilight‘s Ashley Greene could end up playing one of the lead roles in the sequel — a part more or less equivalent to Neve Campbell‘s in the original film. Now it looks like Emma Roberts is going to have that role. So is Greene out of the film entirely? Read More »

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The first questions about Scream 4, which has taken many years to come together, revolved around which members of the cast would return. Wes Craven and Kevin Williamson, who kicked off a new wave of horror interest with the first Scream, have got Neve Campbell, David Arquette and Courtney Cox all signed to return. But this is theoretically the first chapter of a new trilogy (shudder), which means we need a lot of new characters.

Enter the potential new redshirts stars: Lake Bell, Ashley Greene, Hayden Panettiere and Rory Culkin. Read More »

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Scream 4 Teaser Poster Revealed

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Wes Craven has premiered the official teaser poster for Scream 4 in Entertainment Weekly. The poster doesn’t reveal much about the upcoming sequel, the first part of a new trilogy written by screenwriter Kevin Williamson. The one-sheet shows a close-up of the Ghostface mask and features the tagline “New Decade. New Rules.” And the letter A in the Scream logo has been turned into a red number 4. Check out the full poster after the jump, along with some new information on the film from Craven.

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