Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2019 by Jacob Hall
(Welcome to The Fantastic Fest Diaries, where we will be chronicling every single movie we see at the United States’ largest genre film festival.)
Welcome to Fantastic Fest 2019, day six. In this entry, Memory: The Origins of Alien finds new things to say about one of the best movies ever made, The Vast of Night is low-key science fiction that comes this close to working, and Scream, Queen! My Nightmare on Elm Street is a fascinating and heartfelt blend of horror and LGBTQ history.
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Jay Baruchel is best known for his acting roles — his respectably diverse resume includes turns in How to Train Your Dragon, Tropic Thunder, Almost Famous and Judd Apatow’s brilliant-but-cancelled Undeclared — but pretty soon, we’ll know him as a screenwriter, too.
Baruchel had his first feature screenwriting credit with the upcoming hockey comedy Goon, which he co-wrote with Superbad scribe Evan Goldberg. Now, Baruchel has signed on for two more writing projects: the comic book adaptation Random Acts of Violence, and a rewrite of Exorcism Diaries, based on Mark Opsasnick‘s The Real Story Behind The Exorcist. Baruchel will be collaborating on both projects with writing partner Jesse Chabot. Read more after the jump.
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Eminem, fresh from having his album Recovery certified as the biggest-selling record of 2010, is making another move towards getting back on the big screen. Last year he was in talks for Fernando Meirelles‘ film 360, about which we otherwise haven’t heard much in a while, and he was also attached to the Kurt Sutter pitch Southpaw, which was picked up by DreamWorks.
And now Marshall Mathers is almost set to appear in Random Acts of Violence, a film set up at Fox. The trivia hook isn’t just Eminem’s appearance, but that the script was originally set up as a knock-off of Grand Theft Auto. But it has taken a different turn. Read More »