XLrator Grabs U.S. Rights To ‘Crossing Point’; Stan Lee’s Pow! Co-Producing Action Thriller ‘Arch Alien’

XLrator Media has announced today that it has acquired U.S. rights to the film Crossing Point, and will release the film in 2016 through its Turbo action label.

The action-thriller stars Jacob Vargas (Traffic, The 33), Rudy Youngblood (Apocalypto), Luke Goss (the Death Race series, Blade II), Tom Sizemore (Saving Private Ryan), Paulina Gaitan (Sin Nombre, Netflix’s Narcos), María Gabriela de Faría (Nickelodeon’s Isa TKM) and newcomer Shawn Lock. It’s directed by Daniel Zirilli from a script by Paul Dominic and Lock, and is produced by Zirilli and Lock, and executive produced by Pieter Myny.

Compound B, the genre division of Bleiberg Entertainment, is representing the sales rights to the film and will be introducing Crossing Point to international buyers at the American Film Market 2015.

IMG_8037Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment is teaming up with Hualien Media and Mission Control Entertainment, along with producer/writer Bill Macdonald and director Ralph Hemecker, on a new action franchise called Arch Alien, it was announced today. The first film in the series, also called Arch Alien, is scheduled to begin filming March 7, 2016, and will be shot in multiple countries including the U.S. and China. A comic book tie-in, published in both English and Chinese, is planned for release in early 2016.

Described as rooted in conspiracy, mysticism, and alien mythology, details about the film are being kept under wraps for now, though the team is set to discuss them at a panel this weekend during the Stan Lee Comikaze fan convention, held through Sunday at the Los Angeles Convention Center. The story and characters were co-written by Lee, Macdonald, and Hemecker. Macdonald and Hemecker also wrote the screenplay, and Hemecker is set to direct. D The film is fully financed by Hualien Media, and will be executive produced by Hualien Media’s George Hsieh, Brandon Millan, Gill Champion and Sam Frankel. Marcus Morton is producing.


Is a ‘Star Wars’ and ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Crossover Possible?

When it comes to the massive worlds that fit within the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the Star Wars universe, the possibilities are endless, in regards to the types of stories one could come up with. Since both brands are owned by Disney, the potential for any kind of crossover between the MCU and the galaxy far, far away is there, but we don’t know if the studio will decide to explore those possibilities at all. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is about to start its massive Phase Three next year with Captain America: Civil War, and Star Wars: The Force Awakens will kick off a new trilogy and set of anthology films. With all of that being said, one of the MCU stars, Guardians of the Galaxy’s Dave Bautista, would love to see some of the Guardians cross over into the Star Wars universe.

“We always thought it would be so great if Drax or even Rocket or Groot just showed up in a Star Wars film. We just thought that would be so great. Just a cameo, no dialogue, just passing a scene, maybe a bar scene where Drax and Rocket are just having a drink. It would be so great.”

Of course, a scene like this would be an incredible Easter Egg, especially if these Guardians aren’t the focal point of the shot. While most fans likely wouldn’t notice it while watching the movie for the first time, it would be a fun discovery for fans of both franchises. Still, given that these are completely separate universes, the inclusion of Drax, Groot or Rocket could anger die-hard Star Wars fans as well.

Dave Bautista also mentioned the possibility of the Guardians joining forces with The Avengers at some point. After Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 hits theaters in May 2017, it isn’t known if the studio plans on bringing these intergalactic characters into battle with Thanos in Avengers: Infinity War Part I and Avengers: Infinity War – Part II. A third Guardians movie is certainly possible as well, provided Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 pulls in impressive numbers at the box office, but as of now, we know nothing about the studio’s Phase Four slate.

What are your thoughts on the Guardians of the Galaxy potentially crossing over with the Star Wars universe? Since the Guardians represent the cosmic side of the MCU, their characters crossing over with Star Wars is much more plausible than any other heroes or villains in the MCU, and with both brands under the Disney banner, it very well could happen. Do you think it would be fun to see Rocket, Groot and Drax having a drink at the Mos Eisley Cantina? Take a look at Dave Bautista‘s video interview below, and stay tuned for more on both of these franchises.

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Sandra Bullock to Lead ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ All-Female Reboot

Sandra Bullock returns to the big screen this weekend with Our Brand Is Crisis, portraying a political campaign strategist, a role that was originally written for her Gravity co-star George Clooney. The actor stayed on to produce that film, and now they are re-teaming for another gender-swapping project, with Sandra Bullock attached to take on George Clooney’s lead role in an all-female remake of his 2001 hit Ocean’s Eleven. The Playlist reports that this Ocean’s Eleven reboot has been in the works for over a year, with Gary Ross (The Hunger Games) signing on to direct.

The project reportedly came together last fall, originated by Ocean’s Eleven star George Clooney, director Steven Soderbergh and producer Jerry Weintraub. The trio have enlisted screenwriter Olivia Milch (Queen & Country) to tackle the script, which she has been working on for several months. There was speculation the project might have been delayed, after producer Jerry Weintraub passed away this summer, but the site reports that Olivia Milch has handed in a draft of the screenplay and the project is still very much in the works.

While it isn’t known how much the remake will be connected to George Clooney’s 2001 movie, sources claim that he could even return to cameo as Danny Ocean. While this is the first we’re hearing of this project coming together, it was briefly mentioned in emails leaked from the Sony hack, where Amy Pascal urged the filmmakers behind the all-female Ghostbusters reboot to move faster, once she heard of this project. The movie is expected to be next up for director Gary Ross, after he completes The Free State of Jones, due out in theaters March 11, 2016.

No story details have been given, and it isn’t known when production may begin. With Sandra Bullock leading the ensemble, 10 more female roles will have to be filled. It’s possible that Jennifer Lawrence could sign on, reuniting with The Hunger Games director Gary Ross, but scheduling may be an issue. The actress is currently filming Passengers, and she also recently signed on to star in an untitled project from writer-director Darren Aronofsky.

Ocean’s Eleven starred George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Bernie Mac, Elliott Gould, Casey Affleck, Scott Caan, Eddie Jemison, Shaobo Qin, Carl Reiner and Matt Damon as a group of criminals who attempt to pull of a daring heist of a Las Vegas casino. Julia Roberts also starred as Danny Ocean’s ex-wife, Tess, and if George Clooney comes back as Danny, it’s certainly possible that Tess could come back. What do you think of an all-female Ocean’s Eleven?

Ocean’s Eleven comes to theaters in 2017.


First Look at James Franco in Stephen King’s ’11.22.63′

Hulu announced today that their upcoming series 11.22.63 will debut on President’s Day, February 15, 2016. The nine-hour limited event series, based upon the New York Times best-selling 2011 novel written by Stephen King, will premiere Presidents Day, February 15, 2016, on Hulu. The streaming service has also released the first photos from 11.22.63, featuring stars James Franco, Josh Duhamel and Sarah Gadon.

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy was killed, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? The Hulu Original series 11.22.63 is a thriller in which high school history teacher Jake Epping (James Franco) travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. His mission is threatened by Lee Harvey Oswald, falling in love and the past itself, which doesn’t want to be changed.

Also starring Chris Cooper, Josh Duhamel, T.R. Knight, Cherry Jones, Sarah Gadon, Lucy Fry, George MacKay and Daniel Webber. J.J. Abrams, Stephen King, Bridget Carpenter and Bryan Burk serve as executive producers. Academy Award-winning Director Kevin Macdonald (The Last King of Scotland, State of Play, Black Sea) directs and executive produces the first two hours.

James Franco is coming off performances in the indie dramas True Story, Wild Horses and The Adderall Diaries, along with the second season of his web series Making a Scene with James Franco. The actor has a slew of upcoming movies such as I Am Michael, Queen of the Desert and lending his voice to the animated comedy Sausage Party. Josh Duhamel will next be seen in Beyond Deceit.

Are you excited for this upcoming series based on Stephen King’s beloved novel? The President’s Day holiday is certainly the perfect time to premiere a series like this, which has plenty of historical and Presidential significance. We’ll keep you posted as soon as the first trailer arrives. Until then, check out these photos, and stay tuned for more on 11.22.63.


This Leonardo DiCaprio Look-Alike Will Blow Your Mind

There is another Leonardo DiCaprio walking amongst us. And it’s kind of eerie. Last year saw two movies with very similar plot lines. Both Enemy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, and The Double, starring Jesse Eisenberg, followed men who discover their exact lookalike with disastrous consequences. Now, those movies seem to be playing out in real life as a carbon copy of Leonardo DiCaprio emerges from Sweden. Only this guy is 20 years younger!

Meet Konrad Annerud! He has garnered more than 58,000 Instargram followers for the sheer fact that he is the mirror image of Leonardo DiCaprio…From twenty years ago. Yes, it’s as if 90s Leo went back in time to enjoy life as a bartender and musicians. And yes, considering his striking good looks, he also occasionally models. In fact, his resemblance to Leonardo DiCaprio is turning him into a star in his own right.

Making matters even creepier is the fact that Konrad Annerud likes to rock the same slicked-back dirty blonde hair as Leonardo DiCaprio. And he has perfected that same smoldering stare that is capable of piercing even the most unsuspecting heart, be it man, woman or dog! If a movie ever needs to have someone play a young Leonardo DiCaprio, they don’t have to rely on CGI technology to de-age the actor. They can just use Konrad Annerud, and people will think Leonardo DiCaprio shot his footage years ago.

Konrad Annerud is currently 21 years old, and looks as though he blew right off the Titanic. The man claims that he is constantly bombarded with selfie requests, and gets mistaken for his Doppelgänger nearly ever single day, which has turned his life into chaos. About the whole ordeal, the master bartender had this to say to Swedish website Nyheter.

“It can become a bit hard sometimes when people call me Leo instead of my name. I get to hear that I look like him quite often, especially since I work as a bartender in a nightclub. But it’s fun to be like him. He’s handsome.”

Konrad Annerud must like all the attention as he’s done nothing to change his looks, and even goes so far as to dress like the actor, often wearing leather jackets, tight white T-shirts, tight jeans and boots. He also likes to smoke cigarettes much like the young Leo did, though DiCaprio has since switched to an E-cig. One thing that has become incredibly difficult for Konrad Annerud is traveling abroad.

“It’s much worse when I am abroad. When I was in Italy last summer, I kind of felt like I wanted to shave off my hair. It was chaos. People shouted ‘Leo!’ and wanted to take pictures all the time. It was the craziest thing I ever experienced.”

We’re not sure if Leonardo DiCaprio has come face-to-face with his younger clone yet. Or how he might feel about all of this. There is some rumors that Hollywood is already dreaming up projects for the two to star in together, but we’ve heard of nothing official. Some fans think this dude’s even better looking than the real thing. You can take a loo and decide for yourself.


AMC’s ‘Preacher’ Trailer Teaser Reveals First Footage

Last month, Seth Rogen announced that AMC has issued a full 10 episode season order for Preacher. Today, we finally get our first look at comic book adaptation with a brief preview, before the full trailer arrives Sunday, November 1 as part of AMC”s “The Walking Dead Mega Sunday” event. During the all-new extended 90-minute episode of The Walking Dead, AMC will air the world premiere of the trailer for their upcoming, highly anticipated series Preacher, as well as the television premiere of the Into the Badlands trailer.

Based on the twisted and popular ’90s comic book franchise of the same name, Preacher, created by Garth Ennis and Steven Dillon, is the story of Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper) a conflicted Preacher in a small Texas town who is inhabited by a mysterious entity that allows him to develop a highly unconventional power. Jesse, his ex-girlfriend, Tulip (Ruth Negga), and an Irish vampire named Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) embark on a journey to, literally, find God. On his tail is one of the most iconic bad guys in print – an immortal, unstoppable killing machine named the Saint of Killers – a western lone gunman archetype whose sole purpose is to hunt and kill Jesse.

The supporting cast includes Jamie Anne Allman as Betsy Schenk, Thomas Barbusca as Chris Schenk, W. Earl Brown as Hugo Root, Ian Colletti as Arseface, Lucy Griffiths as Emily, Lucas Neff as J.J. Quinncannon, Elizabeth Perkins as Vyla Quinncannon and Derek Wilson as Donnie Schenk. Seth Rogen originally let it slip last month that the series will debut in May 2016, although an exact date hasn’t been confirmed yet. The network will only say that the show is set to premiere in”mid-2016.”

The Sony Pictures Television and AMC Studios co-production was developed for television by Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg (This Is the End, Superbad, Neighbors) and showrunner Sam Catlin (Breaking Bad). The beloved comic book was being set up as a feature film adaptation for many years, with director D.J. Caruso once set to take the helm, working from a script by John August. Sam Mendes and Darren Aronofsky were attached to direct at various points in time over the year years, but the project never got off the ground.

While AMC hasn’t announced a premiere date for Preacher yet, it’s possible that the show could fill the Sunday 9 PM time slot in mid-2016, since that will be right around the time that The Walking Dead Season 6 will be wrapping up. Be sure to check back on Sunday for the full Preacher trailer debuting sometime during this weekend’s new episode of The Walking Dead. Until then, take a look at this brief teaser, which offers our first look at Dominic Cooper as Jesse Custer.


‘Funhouse Massacre’ Trailer Turns Halloween Into a Blood Bath

Petri Entertainment announced today that they have partnered with AMC Independent to release The Funhouse Massacre for a theatrical run in the U.S. The film, directed by Andy Palmer, stars Robert Englund, Chasty Ballesteros, Jere Burns, Scottie Thompson, Clint Howard and Courtney Gains. The Funhouse Massacre, which was produced by Warner Davis, President of  Petri Entertainment, will hit theaters in 15-20 U.S. markets on Friday, November 13th.

On Halloween night, a gruesome group of the United States’ most notorious and colorful serial killers escape from Statesville Asylum. They descend on a giant funhouse whose theme is based on their different reigns of terror. The unsuspecting carnival goers think that the carnage created is just part of the show, that is, until they become part of the main attraction.

The only people left to stop them are a rag tag group of college kids. They are joined by a clueless Deputy and the local Sheriff, who seems to have a strange attachment to the leader of this gaggle of maniacs, the silver tongued devil, Manny the Prophet. The film made its world premiere at HorrorHound in Indianapolis, where it won both Best Feature and Best Special Effects (by Robert Kurtzman). Says Warner Davis, Petri Entertainment president.

“We are thrilled to be releasing our film with AMC Independent. The Funhouse Massacre is a film you have to see and experience on the big screen with your friends.”

Palmer added.

“The film is an homage to all of the best monsters in cinema with the style, gore and self-awareness we loved in the slashers of the 90′s. Those films appealed to horror fans and general moviegoers alike, which is what I hope for Funhouse.”

We have the trailer, photos and poster for The Funhouse Massacre. You won’t want to miss this frightful treat when it arrives next month. While you await the bright red wave of terror coming your way, why not enjoy this awesomely scary sneak peek! It is sure to make your Halloween a chilling one.

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The Funhouse Massacre was released in 2015.


‘X-Files’ Trailer Uncovers Hidden Alien Technology

If the new trailer from The X-Files that debuted earlier this week wasn’t enough for you, then you’re in luck. The Live Feed has debuted both a new trailer and poster for this highly-anticipated event series, debuting Sunday, January 24, directly following the NFC Championship Game on Fox. While most of the trailer features recycled footage, there are a few new bits and pieces thrown in the mix, including an unspecified actor claiming that the government has been hiding alien technology. And it seems that the poster leaves a big clue as to the hiding place.

This X-Files poster features what appears to be an x-ray of a cracked alien skull, with the tagline “I still want to believe.” However, if you look at the top left-hand corner of the poster, you can see where the x-ray came from, none other than Roswell, New Mexico, the site of an infamous incident in 1947, which some still believe is where an alien ship crash landed. The U.S. military reported that it was simply the crash of a weather balloon, but conspiracy theorists know it was a government cover up.

These new episodes of X-Files are set thirteen years after the original run. The next mind-bending chapter of this popular sci-fi drama is a thrilling, six-episode event series from creator/executive producer Chris Carter, with stars David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson re-inhabiting their roles as iconic FBI Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Mitch Pileggi also returns as FBI Asst. Dir. Walter Skinner, Mulder and Scully’s boss, who walks a fine line between loyalty to these investigators and accountability to his superiors. This marks the momentous return of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon, which remains one of the longest-running sci-fi series in network television history.

The X-Files debuts with a special two-night event beginning Sunday, Jan. 24, 2016 (10:00-11:00 PM ET/7:00-8:00 PM PT), following the NFC Championship Game, and continuing with its time period premiere on Monday, Jan. 25 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT). The upcoming event series will encompass a mixture of stand-alone episodes and those that further the original show’s seminal mythology. The season premiere, entitled My Struggle, follows Mulder and Scully as they take on the case of a possible alien abductee.

David Duchovny, Gillian Anderson and Mitch Pileggi will be joined by original series stars Annabeth Gish as Monica Reyes, William B. Davis as “Cigarette Smoking Man” and the computer hackers known as The Lone Gunman, Ringo Langly (Dean Haglund), Frohike (Tom Braidwood) and Byers (Bruce Harwood). The all-new episodes will feature appearances by guest stars, including Joel McHale (Community), Robbie Amell (The Flash), Lauren Ambrose (Dig, Six Feet Under), Annabeth Gish (The Bridge), Annet Mahendru (The Americans), Rhys Darby (Flight of the Conchords), Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley). Check out the trailer and poster, and stay tuned for more on The X-Files.

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