Thursday, February 28, 2013

First Look: Rhino's Horn In Spidey 2

The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb took to Twitter to tease Paul Giamatti's horn as the villain, the Rhino in the upcoming sequel The Amazing Spider-Man 2--The tweet includes the word 'pravda' (Russian for 'truth') in keeping with his alter ego's country of origin:

Andrew Garfield is already set to return as Peter Parker and Emma Stone is in talks to reprise her role as Gwen Stacy.

Shailene Woodley has won the role of Mary Jane Watson, the perennial red-headed love interest of Pater Parker in the Spidey comics. The role was previously played by Kirsten Dunst in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy. Dane DeHaan ("Chronicle") has won the role of Harry Osborn Osborn of course is Peter Parker's best friend and eventual enemy who was played by James Franco previously.Jamie Foxx will be playing bad guy Electro. Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Osborn--who eventually becomes Spidey's number one foe--The Green Goblin--The character was played previously by Willem Dafoe Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), is in talks for an undisclosed role in the film.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce.

The new film is now in production to meet its May 2nd 2014 release date.

Radcliffe Close To Igor In McGuigan's Frankenstein

Daniel Radcliffe is in final negotiations to star as Igor in director Paul McGuigan’s version of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein reports Variety.

Based on a script by Max Landis (“Chronicle”), this adaptation puts a sci-fi spin on the classic 19th century novel about a creature produced through a scientific experiment.

Radcliffe's character is described as pathologically dirty and dressed in old clown's clothing.

Shawn Levy was previously attached as director but left due to budgeting issues.
John Davis is producing the pic when shooting kicks off in the Fall.

Oldman Resists The "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes"

Gary Oldman is joining the cast of the upcoming sequel "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" says THR.

The film will continue the action from last year's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Set 15 years later and human society contiues collapsing after a viral outbreak and the highly intelligent simians now free, the story will follow the apes on their path to emerge as society’s new rulers.

Oldman plays the leader of a human colony, a diplomat with has a military background and was, curiously enough, a former police commissioner.

"Rise" helmer Rupert Wyatt chose not to return reportedly due to the fact that the director wasn't comfortable with making the May 23rd 2014 release date the studio had announced. "Cloverfield" director Matt Reeves takes over.

Star James Franco may not be back--Zero Dark Thirty actor Jason Clarke Andy Serkis, and Kodi Smit-McPhee also star

Mark Bomback ("Live Free or Die Hard," "Unstoppable") is set to rework Amanda Silver and Rick Jaffa's script. Bombeck is expected to turn in something more suited to the new director's style. This is Deja Vu On 'Rise' Silver & Jaffa wrote the initial script and then Bomback did an uncredited script rewrite.

"Contagion" scribe Scott Z. Burns took a crack at the "Dawn" script as well

Peter Chernin Dylan Clark Silver and Jaffa will produce.

It's hoped that production starts by Spring

Hafstrom Will Lead "Tunnels" Expedition

Mikael Hafstrom ("1408," "The Rite") will direct the film adaptation of authors Roderick Gordon and Brian Williams' young-adult fantasy adventure novel series "Tunnels" says Heat Vision.

The first in a series of six books, and det beneath the streets of London, two teenage boys discover a hidden world desperately waiting for a hero to save it. The deeper they go, the closer they get to unearthing an evil that could destroy the world above.

Andrew Lobel is now writting the version of the adapted screenplay, taking over Joel Bergvall and Simon Sandquist who worked on previous drafts.

Ryan Kavanaugh, Mark Canton, Neil Canton and Danny Davids are producing the picture

Wright May Steer Film Version Of Gaiman's "Ocean"

A film adaptation of author Neil Gaiman's upcoming novel "The Ocean At The End Of The Lane" is already in the works says  Deadline.

The story begins when a lodger steals a family car and committes suicide in it, stirring up ancient powers best left undisturbed. Creatures from beyond the world are on the loose, and it will take everything the young protagonist has just to stay alive when the menace is unleashed within his family.His only defense is three women, on a ramshackle farm at the end of the lane. The youngest of them claims that her duckpond is an ocean. The oldest can remember the Big Bang.

"Atonement" and "Anna Karenina" director Joe Wright is attached to call action.

Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Paul Webster will produce.

The book hits stores in June of this year

Shadyac Helms "The Intouchables" Redux

Tom Shadyac ("Liar Liar," "Evan Almighty") is in talks to helm a remake of the French-language international hit "The Intouchables" says Deadline.

The story deals with a wealthy French aristocrat who, after being paralyzed in a hang-gliding accident, hires a young Senegalese man from the projects to be his caretaker (Omar Sy).

Paul Feig is writing the adapted script, with Colin Firth circling to star in the François Cluzet role from the original. Final casting is not yet locked down at this point

The original grossed a staggering $416 million in globallly, but only $10 million in the United States.  The Weinstein Company won the remake rights when they picked up the original to distribute.

Adam Driver Is "The Coward"

Girls co-star Adam Driver will headline the period comedy "The Coward" says Deadline.

Set in 18th century England, Driver plays a nobleman who hails from a family with a track record of men who came out on the losing end of to-the-death duels. When he is challenged to trade pistol shots, he panics and hires a common criminal to take his place. Trouble is that criminal steals his employer’s identity.

Max Winkler will direct using a script by Matt Spicer, that is based on a play by Nick Jones.

Peter Saraf, Marc Turtletaub, Ravi Nandan and Scott Armstrong are producing

Hardy Solders On In "Samarkand"

Tom Hardy is set to star in the drama "Samarkand" says Screen Daily.

Hardy plays an Sas veteran returning from the Middle East who suffers from Posttraumatic Stress disorder as he tries to reintegrate into society.

Photographer Greg Williams will make his feature directorial debut on the film--for which he and his brother Olly Williams wrote the screenplay.

Greg Williams previously directed the short film "Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother" which won awards and featured Hardy going full frontal.

Brewer Courts A "Gangster Princess"

Deadline reports that "Footloose" remake director Craig Brewer is set to adapt and direct the Rolling Stone article "Gangster Princess Of Beverly Hills".

Sabrina Rubin Erdely's article deals with actress, singer and model Lisette Lee. Lee passed herself off as an heiress to the Samsung fortune. In reality, she was a drug mule who was caught trafficking 500 pounds of pot into Ohio.

Erwin Stoff is producing the film.

Cooper Circles "Kokowaah" Remake

Recent Oscar nominee Bradley Cooper has signed on to star in the English-language remake of Til Schweiger's 2011 German comedy "Kokowaah"  says  Deadline.

The premise explores the relationship between two men – carefree bachelor Henry and devoted husband and father Trevor. The pair are forced to re-evaluate their lives after discovering the reality behind the paternity of Trevor’s 8-year old daughter Maddy.

The pic is being shaped as a starring vehicle for Cooper, and he might also might make his feature film directing debut on the redux.

Black List writers Scott Rothman & Rajiv Joseph ("Draft Day") are currently re-writing the screenplay from an earlier draft by Chris Shafer & Paul Vicknair.

Depp Has A Busy 2013 Planned

Johnny Depp's peeps have come forward via Screen Daily to end chatter and confirm the actor's next three films.

First up is "Transcendence," the directorial debut of "The Dark Knight" cinematographer Wally Pfister. Production begins in April.

Depp will then star in the crime thriller "Black Mass". The film follows South Boston criminal James "Whitey" Bulger, (Depp) who was betrayed by the FBI after he became an informant to bring down a rival crime family. Bulger was captured in June 2011 in Santa Monica following a 16-year manhunt. Barry Levinson will begin shooting the biopic  in the Summer.

Depp will do press for Disney's take on "The Lone Ranger" between these two projects.

Once he wraps 'Mass', it's expected he will then go into production on "Pirates of the Caribbean 5 " either at the end of the year, or early next year ahead of its circled July 2015 release.

Henriksen Finds Religion In "Nevermore"

Lance Henriksen is attached to star in the supernatural horror thriller "Nevermore" says  Heat Vision.

 Jason Cook (the daytime soaper General Hospital) and Valerie Azlynn star as a couple who experience paranormal activity involving dead children when they move to an estate in Massachusetts.

Henriksen will play a parish priest whom the couple turn to during this time

Josh Edwards and Dean C. Jones wrote the screenplay from which Jones will direct

Albert T. Dickerson III, Michele Weisler and Starr Jones will produce the film.

The movie is shooting in Graham, N.C.

Clarke Visits Gaghan's "Candy Store"

Jason Clarke has confirmed to MTV News that he Jason Clarke he will star in the crime thriller "Candy Store".

The story follows a highly trained deep-cover operative who starts his life over in Brooklyn as a beat cop. He soon discovers the global organization he was dedicated to fighting is also operating in his new backyard.

The pic as a 'two-hander'--meaning there's meaty roles for the two main characters.

Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington were up for those roles, with the likes of Christian Bale, Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, and Bradley Cooper on various wishlists. Last Fall Chris Hemsworth  was eyed Christoph Waltz was said to have an offer to star as well Jamie Foxx was reportedly said to be keen to take one of the roles in "Candy" as well.

Stephen Gaghan will be directing from his own screenplay. He of course won an Academy Award for writing Steven Soderbergh's Traffic. He also co-wrote M. Night Shyamalan upcoming sci-fi film After Earth.

"Button Man" Gets New Scribe

Matt Cook ("By Way Of Helena") is writing a fresh draft of the script for the film adaptation of "Button Man: The Killing Game" says Deadline.

Judge Dredd creator John Wagner wrote the graphic novel comic book with artist Arthur Ranson about a hired gun offered a fortune to take part in a game organized by bored millionaires that sets trained killers against one another in a fight to the death. When Exton gets disgusted and opts out, his only exit strategy might be to off the millionaires funding the competition.

Hillary Seitz and Barry Levy also worked on the script

"Drive" director Nicolas Winding Refn is attached to direct.

Roger Kass, Josh Braun, Mark Sourian and Michael De Luca are producing.

MOS: One Of The Best Films Of 2013?

According to their trusted scooper, JoBlo says that  Zack Snyder's big budget reboot Superman: Man of Steel is completed save for its 3D post-conversion which is underway. He also gave a bullet point

- Imagine a Nolan story with Snyder effects/action.
- There's TONS of action with Superman kicking all kinds of ass in his suit.
- The cape is CG'd most of the time so it can look awesome.
- They have intentionally left out most of the the Super action in trailers to save it.
- It's not nearly as dour and serious as the Trailers suggest.

They also claim the film will be high on many people's best films of the year list which  hopefully this means it will be a winner.

A recent screening of the film for Warner Bros. folks is said to have gone very well.

MOS stars Henry Cavill Amy Adams Michael Shannon Kevin Costner Diane Lane Antje Traue Christopher Meloni Harry Lennix Laurence Fishburne Russell Crowe and Ayelet Zurer. Bradley Cooper is said to be in talks to make a cameo appearance as Lex Luthor as a set-up for sequels. But that's not been confirmed. Emmy-winning actor Richard Schiff will play Dr. Hamilton. Cooper Timberline and Dylan Sprayberry both play young Clark Kent at various ages in the film. Jadin Gould is a young Lana Lang.

David S. Goyer wrote the first screenplay draft based on a story he concocted with Christopher Nolan. His bro Jonah Nolan taking a crack at the task as well Kurt Johnstad did rewrites

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas Deborah Snyder, and Nolan will be producers on the film.

MOS flies into theaters June 14th 2013

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Cooper Is Norman Osborn In Spidey Sequel

Chris Cooper has been cast as Norman Osborn in The Amazing Spider-Man 2. says The Hollywood Reporter

Andrew Garfield is already set to return as Peter Parker and Emma Stone is in talks to reprise her role as Gwen Stacy.

Norman Osborn was refered to in the last movie and said to be dying. In the comics he becomes Spidey's number one foe--The Green Goblin--The character was played previously by Willem Dafoe. Given that this film is already jammed packed with story arcs and characters--It's doubtful that we will see that full transformation--then again...Whenever we see Gobby I hope the filmakers take the character cues from the comic book and forgo the metal suit seen in the 2002 film

Shailene Woodley has won the role of Mary Jane Watson, the perennial red-headed love interest of Pater Parker in the Spidey comics. The role was previously played by Kirsten Dunst in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy. Dane DeHaan ("Chronicle") has won the role of Harry Osborn Osborn of course is Peter Parker's best friend and eventual enemy who was played by James Franco previously.Jamie Foxx will be playing bad guy Electro . Paul Giamatti is set to play the villain, the Rhino in the upcoming sequel Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), is in talks for an undisclosed role in the film.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt.

The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb will be back calling action.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce.

The new film is now in production to meet its May 2nd 2014 release date.

Look: Video Of Pics From Spidey 2

A video montage of new photos from the set of "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" has gone online The peek confirms the new costume design.

Andrew Garfield is already set to return as Peter Parker and Emma Stone is in talks to reprise her role as Gwen Stacy.

Shailene Woodley has won the role of Mary Jane Watson, the perennial red-headed love interest of Pater Parker in the Spidey comics. The role was previously played by Kirsten Dunst in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy. Dane DeHaan ("Chronicle") has won the role of Harry Osborn Osborn of course is Peter Parker's best friend and eventual enemy who was played by James Franco previously.Jamie Foxx will be playing bad guy Electro . Paul Giamatti is set to play the villain, the Rhino in the upcoming sequel Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), is in talks for an undisclosed role in the film.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt.

The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb will be back calling action.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce.

The new film is now in production to meet its May 2nd 2014 release date.

Hollywood Will Soon Offer "Proof Of Heaven"

Universal Pictures and Disruption Entertainment have nabbed the film rights to Dr Eben Alexander's recent bestselling non-fiction work "Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon's Journey into the Afterlife" says Deadline.

Alexander is a Harvard Medical School neurosurgeon and scientist.  He is a Christian, but did not believe in religious theories of the afterlife.

Several years ago he contracted a rare bacterial Meningitis that penetrated his cerebro-spinal fluid and attacked his brain. Comatose for seven days in 2008, he awoke with a clear recollection of what he described as a journey to heaven.

Ryan Knighton ("Thick As Thieves") will write the adapted script.

Mary Parent and Cale Boyter will produce the film

Holtz Is Crazy For "The Curse of Downers Grove".

Variety reports that Zane Holtz has joined the indie thriller "The Curse of Downers Grove".

Based on author Michael Hornburg 2001 novel, the story centers on a paranoid high school senior (Bella Heathcote) who's worried about an apparent curse that takes the life of one student every year at the school.

"Hick" director Derick Martini calls action from a script he co-wrote with author Bret Easton Ellis.
Aimee Teegarden, Jill Hennessy Lucas Till ("X-Men: First Class") Penelope Mitchell and Kevin Zegers also star.

Holtz is playing a meth-crazed sidekick to Zegers character.

Oren Segal, Jason Dubin and Chiara Trento are producing the picture.

Production aims to begin this spring.

Prom Night remake director Nelson McCormick and stars Hayden Panettiere, Nikki Reed and Rebecca De Mornay were set to work on this in 2010.

"Personal Demons" Film In The Works

The film rights to author Lisa Desrochers' young adult novel trilogy that begins with "Personal Demons" have been purchased says THR.

The stories center on a teen girl with a special ability. She is caught in the midst of a love triangle between an angel and a demon, each of whom are competing to “tag” her soul for heaven and hell, respectively.

"Original Sin" and "Last Rite" make up the other two books in the series.

Oplev Circles "Flatliners" Remake

"Dead Man Down" and the original Swedish "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" director Niels Arden Oplev is attached to helm the contemporary remake of Joel Schumacher’s 1990 afterlife film "Flatliners" in development says Bloody Disgusting.

The original pic centered on five medical students played by Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin and Oliver Platt,- who subject themselves to near-death expierments in order to see if anything lies beyond. After being revived they soon find themselves struggling to determine fantasy from reality as physical manifestations of childhood sins revisit them.

Ben Ripley ("Source Code") wrote the new screenplay from Peter Filardi's work

Laurence Mark, who produced the original Flatliners, will produce the new version.

Oplev recently wrapped work directing the pilot for the CBS TV Series adaptation of Stephen King's "Under The Dome".

TWC Says "Southpaw" Worth The Fight

The Weinstein Company has picked up the rights to the troubled boxing drama "Southpaw" says The L.A. Times.

Originally rapper  Eminem was ready to play a welterweight boxer on the rise who brawls his way to the title, only to see his world crash down around him due to a tragedy. He then must begin his fight to reclaim past glory for himself and his young daughter.

Antoine Fuqua was due to direct from a script by Sons of Anarchy creator/exec producer Kurt Sutter.

Then DreamWorks Studios backed out. MGM and Sony Pictures stepped up to take over, only to put the film into turnaround.

Fuqua is still attached to direct, but it's unclear if this will be his next pic after he finishes with Olympus Has Fallen. Eminem is no longer involved in the film.

Negahban Says Words Sees Pictures

Navid Negahban, best known for playing the terrorist Abu Nazir in the cable series "Homeland", has joined the indie drama "Words and Pictures" says THR.

In the story Negahban will play the headmaster at a New England prep school where a charismatic English teacher (Clive Owen) and a guarded art teacher (Juliette Binoche) form an unlikely bond, that is later complicated by romance.

Gerald Di Pago wrote the screenplay from which Fred Schepisi will direct.

Curtis Burch will produce.

Production begins in mid-March in Vancouver.

Binoche Eyed For "Godzilla" Reboot

Juliette Binoche is in talks to join the "Godzilla" reboot says Variety.

Aaron Johnson is still currently the frontrunner to play the lead--All three actors have no deals in place yet, or even close to being inked; and is await "The Shawshank Redemption" director Frank Darabont's draft of the script. The same goes for both Elizabeth Olsen, and Bryan Cranston Character deets are being kept under wraps.

David Callahan, David Goyer Drew Pearce and Max Borenstein have all worked on previous drafts of the screenplay.

The film has been in the pipeline for several years, but picked up steam recently - after a proof of concept trailer screened twice during Comic-Con 2012 and got great reaction. The project will "return the character to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner".

The film will be directed by Gareth Edwards ("Monsters").

In a chat with io9, in January Darabont said that both he and director Edwards' goal is to deliver a much more grounded interpretation, one much like the original 1954 film.

Goyer, Borenstein, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni will produce.

Roy Lee, Dan Lin Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia Patricia WhitcherDoug Davison, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira will serve as executive producers.

The film will get a 3-D release, but it's unclear if it is being shot that way or converted in post production

Production kicks off next month to meet a May 16th 2014 release.

Nobody Gets Out Alive: The Parents Speak...

Following yesterday's very personal post about Image Entertainment's official release of writer/director  Jason Christopher's throwback horror film Nobody Gets Out Alive....I thought it was  high time that you heard from the parents of Jay and and producer Deven Lobascio. To that end I invited them to share their thoughts about the occasion .....

Big D's parents are up first:

October 20,2011, anxiously awaiting.....Friends, family and even a few unknowns fill the Voorhees Ritz Theater to its capacity. Tonight is the premiere of an independent horror film "Down The Road". Could this be the the same film that our son and nephew were working on together in 2010? Is this film what is causing all of this hype and attraction?

During 18 and 20 hour days of filming, under not so great weather conditions and the occasional dispute, Deven and Jason both knew that nothing was going to interfere with their determination to make this film a reality. Along with a great cast and crew, DOWN THE ROAD was written and directed and produced by two cousins Jason Christopher and Deven Lobascio.  Meeting their goal is proof that with hard work anything is possible.

Fast Forward.....Two years later on Feb. 26,2013 we gather together once again. This time we are celebrating the release of the newly titled film NOBODY GETS OUT ALIVE....AKA DOWN THE ROAD along with the birthday of the The Friendly Driver. (played by Deven's Dad)

As proud parents we have watched the growth of two ambitious young men. We saw their passion for film taken to a different level. Along with their time and effort (and lots of family support), it has become a reality.....dreams do come true!

Our best wishes to Deven and Jason. That many more achievements will happen for them during their careers as they head down the road.

Jay's Mom is up next...

Looking back now its easy to see that Jason was destined to be right where he is. As a toddler he was fascinated with our VCR.. his favorite movie was  Uncle Buck with John Candy. He would cry when it ended and would watch it repeatedly . He soon learned how to master working the VCR himself.

As a child he would stay in his room and read book after book.. (The Hardy Boys).

In the second grade he would write short stories and then read them to the Kindergarten classes in his school. Soon after he took our video camera and was filming little skits that he would put together directing his friends and family. Than came the jackass skits (before j.a.was around). Our poor neighbors! Jason then started writing songs and soon formed a band. This was his outlet for awhile. And then it was back to more jackass stuff hard core.

In high school Jason directed a music video that he was entering into a collage film festival...enter operation nightmare!! Long story short, it was brought to the attention of school officials ... they were disturbed by the content of the video, They said that it looked too real and was too advanced for someone his age!..(are they kidding!!).  He was suspended from school  pending further evaluations.

During that same week at age 17, came the sudden death of his father--overcome with mixed feelings of sadness, loss, anger, hate and fear. the script for ....Nobody gets out alive came to be!!!!!

 With the help of childhood friend and cousin Deven Lobascio, the two turned the script into the flick!!!! So awesomely proud of the two kids from South Jersey who became two modest young men that didn't allow anything to stand in their way of their dreams and will continue to do amazing things in the crazy world of making movies!!!

Jason ,you will rock them!! Love you to heaven and back!


Thanks so much for doing this and sharing your thoughts. With support like this the boys were winners long before cameras rolled....

The slasher Nobody Gets Out Alive has been released to the masses via multiple platforms stores, Redbox,, VOD etc You can order the DVD And please go LIKE the Facebook Page to help spread the word!

Until Next Time...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Muschietti Opens A "Bird Box"

"Mama" director Andrés Muschietti will call action on the action thriller "Bird Box" says THR

Universal Pictures has optioned the rights to The High Strung frontman Josh Malerman's manuscript that centers on a blindfolded threesome—a woman and two children as they make their way down a river in a seemingly post-apocalyptic setting.

The book is set to publish in 2014.

Chris Morgan, Barbara Muschietti and Scott Stuber will produce the film

Ryan Lewis is negotiating to executive produce.

Grahame-Smith Doing A Script Pass On FF Reboot

Seth Grahame-Smith will polish the script for the "Fantastic Four" reboot says THR.

The comic book series is about four individuals-- Reed Richards (Mr. Fantastic), Sue Storm (The Invisible Girl), her brother Johnny Storm (The Human Torch), and Ben Grimm (The Thing).who gained superpowers after exposure to cosmic rays during a scientific mission to outer space.

Jeremy Slater was hired to pen the most recent script draft. Michael Green ("Green Lantern") also  wrote a draft as well.

"Chronicle" director Josh Trank is set to helm.

"X-Men: First Class" and "Kick-Ass" director Matthew Vaughn recently signed on to produce the reset

The first Fantastic Four in 2005 and its sequel 4: Rise of the Silver Surfer in 2007--both helmed by Tim Story--grossed $620 million despite awful reviews (I liked em both!).  Fox wants to restore some credibility and quality to the property, that is currently targeting a Spring 2015 release.

Grahame-Smith wrote the script for Tim Burton's take on Dark Shadows which bombed at the box office

The Coen Brothers Are "Unbroken"

Joel and Joel Coen are teaming up with director Angelina Jolie on "Unbroken," as writers says THR

Based on author Laura Hillenbrand's 2010 bestselling biography, that chronicles the life of Olympic athlete Louis Zamperini . He was captured by the Japanese navy and detained at a P.O.W. camp. That came AFTER he survived both a near-fatal plane crash and being stuck on a raft for 47 days.

"Les Miserables" writer William Nicholson penned the latest script draft for the pic. Richard Lagravenese worked on the script before that, but with Jolie now in the big chair a new draft was needed and she managed to convince the Coens to do it.

Jolie came onboard as director in December, replacing the previously linked Francis Lawrence.

Matthew Baer ("The Replacement Killers") and Erwin Stoff ("The Blind Side") are producing with Jolie.

Nobody Gets Out Alive Arrives & A Personal Story

The day is here!!! Image Entertainment officially releases Jason Christopher's throwback horror film Nobody Gets Out Alive....

The action follows a group of young folks who believe that the local legend of Hunter Isth, a man who vanished after his daughter was killed by a drunk driver, is just a myth. They soon find out how wrong they are.

Jen Dance, Shaun Paul Costello, Chelsey Garner, Chris Ready, Brian Gallagher and genre fave Clint Howard star.

I saw the film--This is the real deal folks! Gallagher gives Isth something extra that is fairly unique to the Genre...Showed the film to someone who HATES horror films and she liked it a lot! Inventive kills also hallmark the film.

A festival award-winner, Nobody Gets Out Alive is presented on DVD in anamorphic widescreen with Dolby Digital 5.1 sound: Also includes

• Audio Commentary
• Outtakes
• “Lost Here Forever” music video by Hello Cleveland

The slasher is being released to the masses via multiple platforms stores, Redbox,, VOD etc You can order the DVD And please go LIKE the Facebook Page to help spread the word!

As most of you know by now Christopher and producer Deven Lobascio have been very important to me both personally and professionally for the last few years...Sometime after the duo began this journey--I was asked by Deven's mom Kathy--if I wouldn't mind profiling them on TLR. I agreed. But I wanted to meet with them first just  to get a sense of things, see what their mindset was. The rest as they say is history...

Throughout the process Kathy and the rest of the 2 families have been constantly telling me how grateful all of them are for my help--While I appreciate the kudos--I don't think I did all that much really. What I did do was so worth it. What no one knows though is what Jay and Deven have done for me far outweighs anything I did for them.

Let me explain.

Around the time that I was finishing my own short film--I found myself falling into a very dark place personally that had nothing to do the film I saw no way out. I spent so much time in this place--friends did not know how to approach me. The positive attitude that I am known for was replaced with enough negativity for a dozen folks. It got pretty bad. The plans that my writer/producer Matt and I had to put the film out there had fallen apart. I had no hope at all about life let alone starting a film career. Our film--something Matt worked sooo hard on--became a casualty when I fell into the pit. I will never be able to apologize enough to Matt for how it all ended up...I take full responsibility and thank him for all that he did  in sticking by me.

A small circle of folks did the same but I still lost quite a bit along the way...I was horrible. It was a struggle to make my way out--Thanks to some very loyal folks and my own determination--I slowly clawed my way out to rejoin the living my positive nature came back,,,The lesson I learned--no matter how bad things may get--there's always hope ALWAYS...

You are asking how does Deven and Jay fit in? on a bit further...

Part of my long trip back included a career shift to a place where I am quite content and have little regret. Jay and Deven showed me that movie making is still hard yes---but could be fun and well worth the effort--something that I had forgotten. Helping them even in a very small way that I have allowed me the chance to give back in some respect--which is part of what life is all about. Something Deven and discussed a few days ago over the phone in fact...

Thanks boys! Wherever the path of life takes you remember I will always be grateful to you both. Good luck Enjoy Today!! I am proud of you!

You'll recall that I am related to one of them Until today though I have kept my last name off TLR--more over privacy concerns than anything else. However, as the blog's following grows via @TheLastReel on Twitter and it's Facebook page my identity has been revealed...yes my friends I am Tom Lobascio--Deven and I share a last name...

Happy Birthday to Deven's Dad Chris! What a great way to celebrate!!!

Until next time...

Monday, February 25, 2013

Browning Needs Saving In "Pompeii"

Emily Browning ("Sucker Punch") is set to join the Titanic-style epic Pompeii says PeliBlog & WP.

The story is set around Pompeii in 79 A.D. and folllows Milo ("Game of Thrones" star Kit Harington), a slave whose plans to marry the daughter (Browning) of his shipping tycoon master (Harris) are dashed when he is sold to another owner in Naples. When Mount Vesuvius erupts, he flees back to Pompeii to rescue his lover and his best friend, a gladiator trapped in the coliseum.

Janet Scott Batchler and Lee Batchler wrote the original screenplay-then Downton Abbey
creator Julian Fellowes wrote the most recent script revision.

Paul W.S. Anderson will direct and co-produce with Jeremy Bolt, Robert Kulzer and Martin Moszkowicz.

No production schedule was given.

McAvoy Is The Latest Person To Fly To The "Crow"

James McAvoy ("Atonement," "X-Men: First Class") is reportedly circling the-long in development reboot of The Crow says  Bloody Disgusting.

The report warns though that McAvoy’s work in "X-Men: Days of Future Past" might interfere with his ability to take the role.

Writer Jesse Wigutow was hired to pen the latest script--starting from scratch from which F. Javier Gutierrez ("Before the Fall") will helm.

James O'Barr's Gothic comic book series and the 1994 film from Alex Proyas-which became more known for the on set death of its star Brandon Lee, follows rock musician Eric Draven who is murdered while trying to save his fiancee from thugs. He is resurrected by supernatural forces and seeks revenge. That film spawned three sequels, The Crow: City of Angels, The Crow: Salvation, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer, as well as a short-lived TV series The Crow: Stairway to Heaven starring Mark Dacascos.

Director Stephen Norrington was slated to helm the reboot at first from a script by Nick Cave At that point Mark Wahlberg was rumoured to be interested in taking the lead role. Both Norrington and Cave left, replaced by Juan Carlos Fresnadillo and Alex Tse respectively

Actor Bradley Cooper actually signed on to play the title character. Then Cooper left due to scheduling conflicts with the now delayed "Paradise Lost" and  Oscar contender The Silver Linings Playbook Wahlberg was linked a 2nd time but had 2 Guns and Broken City in his sights; Channing Tatum (who seems all wrong for the role IMHO) was also mentioned at one point recently and then came the legal tussel

Ed Pressman, Jeff Most, Ryan Kavanaugh, Enrique López Lavigne and Belén Atienza will produce

Schoenaerts Joins "Animal Rescue"

César Award winner Matthias Schoenaerts ("Rust and Bone") has landed a supporting role in Michael R. Roskam's film adaptation of author Dennis Lehane's short story "Animal Rescue".

Schoenaerts tells The Playlist: "I'll be shooting in New York with Michael Roskam, we're shooting his first American feature film. I have a supporting role in that, and I really look forward"

The pair worked on Bullhead together

The crime thriller follows a lonely Boston bartender (Tom Hardy) who rescues a puppy from a garbage can and becomes the target of the dog's abusive and mentally unstable former owner. At the same time he becomes caught up in the middle of a criminal conspiracy playing out in his mob-controlled bar.

Noomi Rapace ("Prometheus") plays  Nadia, a woman with a massive neck scar who crosses paths with Hardy when he finds a wounded puppy outside her home.

Neil Burger was previously attached to direct but dropped out to helm "Divergent" instead

Lehane adapted the script from his own short story.

Peter Chernin, Dylan Clark, Jenno Topping and Mike Larocca are producing the film.

Production happens in the spring

DeHaan Talks Osborn Prep; Spidey Costume Peek?

Actor Dane DeHaan ("Chronicle") tells The New York Times that he has been working out a lot in preparation to play Harry Osborn in  "The Amazing Spider-Man 2" Osborn of course is Peter Parker's best friend and eventual enemy who was played by James Franco previously.

"I’ve been preparing. Right now it’s just about getting all my work done and bulking up a little bit. I’ll start shooting fairly soon in New York. I work out incredibly intensely six days a week and I eat every two hours. Mostly proteins and veggies. I consume at least 3,000 calories a day. I’ve already gained seven pounds in six weeks!"

Andrew Garfield is already set to return as Peter Parker and Emma Stone is in talks to reprise her role as Gwen Stacy.

Shailene Woodley has won the role of Mary Jane Watson, the perennial red-headed love interest of Pater Parker in the Spidey comics. The role was previously played by Kirsten Dunst in director Sam Raimi's Spider-Man Trilogy. Jamie Foxx will be playing bad guy Electro . Paul Giamatti is set to play the villain, the Rhino in the upcoming sequel  Felicity Jones (Like Crazy), is in talks for an undisclosed role in the film.

Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Jeff Pinkner are writing the script based on a previous draft by James Vanderbilt.

The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb will be back calling action.

Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach will produce.

Meantime Coming Soon claims to have an exclusive first look at the new costume Garfield's Peter Parker will be donning in the sequel.

After last year's reboot deliberately slipped Garfield into a costume stylistically different from the Raimi version, this one seems similar to the costume that Tobey Maguire wore.

The new film is now in production  to meet its May 2nd 2014 release date.

Quvenzhané Wallis Is "Annie"

Oscar nominee Quvenzhané Wallis ("Beasts of the Southern Wild") was rumored last month, but now is confirmed to be starring in the remake of "Annie " says Screen Daily.

Wallis will star as the iconic big-hearted orphan in this contemporary update of the classic Musical and Comic Strip

Will Gluck will direct the project and is currently revising the screenplay by Emma Thompson and Aline Brosh McKenna.

James Lassiter, Jada Pinkett Smith, Will Smith, Jay Z, Jay Brown and Tyran 'Ty-Ty' Smith
will produce the film.

A late 2014 release is planned.

At one time Will and Jada's daughter Willow was considered

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Box Office Update: The "Thief" Robs A "Snitch"

The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman comedy Identity Thief is once again in the top spot--after losing to Bruce Willis' return as John McClane in A Good Day To Die Hard last week. This time it was tough guy Dwayne Johnson and his actioner Snitch that had to sweat it out only to come up short..

Pamela McClintock of THR:

Melissa McCarthy's Identity Thief reclaimed the top spot at the domestic box office in its third weekend, narrowly besting Dwayne Johnson's new action-thriller Snitch with $14.1 million and pushing the Universal comedy's total to $93.7 million.

Snitch, produced and financed by Exclusive Media and Participant, opened to $13 million during an overall soft weekend for moviegoing. Sunday's Oscar ceremony was only part of the reason as revenue tumbled more than 22 percent from the same weekend last year, when Act of Valor opened to north of $24 million.

Exclusive Media and Participant likely wanted Snitch to do more, though the movie opened respectably ahead of several high-profile action pics that bombed in recent weeks, including Arnold Schwarzenegger's The Last Stand and Sylvester Stallone's Bullet to the Head. It also bested the $8 million opening of Johnson's Faster in 2008.

Lionsgate acquired domestic rights to Snitch for roughly $2.5 million. The film, costing a relatively modest $22 million to $25 million to produce, received a B CinemaScore and middling reviews.

Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, Snitch stars Johnson as a father who agrees to become an undercover informant and infiltrate a drug cartel after his son is wrongly charged with drug distribution. The PG-13 action-thriller also stars Susan Sarandon, Benjamin Bratt, Barry Pepper and Jon Bernthal.

A Frontline documentary about how changes to U.S. federal drug policy encourage prisoners to rat on their cronies provided the original inspiration for Snitch.

Coming in No. 3 after Identity Thief and Snitch was the animated Escape From Planet Earth, which moved up the chart in its second outing, grossing $11 million for a domestic total of $35.1 million. The Weinstein Co. is distributing the film.

The adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' romantic drama Safe Haven placed No. 4, falling 50 percent in its second weekend to gross $10.6 million for a domestic total of $48.1 million.

Last weekend, Identity Thief -- the top-grossing film of 2013 -- ceded the No. 1 spot to Bruce Willis starrer A Good Day to Die Hard.

Die Hard tumbled 60 percent in its second weekend, grossing $10 million to come in No. 5. From 20th Century Fox, the movie's domestic total through Sunday is $51.8 million.

Microbudgeted horror pic Dark Skies, the weekend's other new entry, placed No. 6 with $8.9 million.

Dimension Films released Dark Skies, about a couple trying to save their children from an alien presence. Keri Russell, Josh Hamilton and Dakota Goyo star, with Jason Blum, Couper Samuelson and Jeannette Brill producing. Scott Stewart wrote and directed Dark Skies, which cost $3.5 million.

Below are estimates for the top 10 films of Feb. 22-24 weekend at the domestic box office.

1. Identity Thief, 3/3,222, Universal, $14.1 million, $93.7 million

2. Snitch, 1/2,511, Lionsgate, $13 million

3. Escape From Planet Earth, 2/3,353, The Weinstein Co, $11 million, $35.1 million

4. Safe Haven, 2/3,223, Relativity, $10.6 million, $48.1 million

5. A Good Day to Die Hard, 2/3,553, Fox, $10 million, $51.8 million

6. Dark Skies, 1/2,313, The Weinstein Co., $8.9 million

7. *Silver Linings Playbook, 15/2,012, The Weinstein Co., $6.1 million, $107.5 million

8. Warm Bodies, 4/2,644, Summit, $4.8 million, $58.2 million

9. Beautiful Creatures, 2/2,950, Warner Bros., $3.4 million, $16.4 million

10. Side Effects, 3/2,070, Open Road, $3.5 million, $25.3 million

Next Up: Nicholas Hoult is Jack the Giant Slayer in director Bryan Singer's super-sized epic fantasy; Miles Teller, Skylar Astin and Justin Chon celebrate being 21 And Over; And the nightmare continues in The Last Exorcism Part II while And Ed Harris, Julian Adams and David Duchovny encounter a Phantom.

Breaking Dawn Part II Big Razzie Winner

The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation celebrating the year's worst films have handed out their honors for 2012.

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 won 7 of the 11 categories in which it was nominated.

That's My Boy and Battleship each won an award for acting as well.

With the 33rd annual Golden Raspberry Awards ceremony in the books the season is complete save for the Oscars this evening.

Here are the Razzie Winners

Worst Picture
*WINNER The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II

Worst Director
*WINNER Bill Condon - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II

Worst Actress
*WINNER Kristen Stewart - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II / Snow White and the Huntsman

Worst Actor
*WINNER Adam Sandler - That's My Boy

Worst Supporting Actress
*WINNER Rihanna - Battleship

Worst Supporting Actor
*WINNER Taylor Lautner - The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II

Worst Screen Ensemble
*WINNER The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II

Worst Screenplay
*WINNER That's My Boy

Worst Remake, Rip-Off, or Sequel
*WINNER The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II

Worst Screen Couple
*WINNER Mackenzie Foy and Taylor Lautner in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II
Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part II