New Line Set to Remake Horror-Comedy Housebound

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New Line has snatched up the remake rights to the New Zealand horror-comedy Housebound, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The film’s writer and director Gerard Johnstone will produce the film, but another filmmaker will step in to direct the project. A writer is currently being sought.

Morgana O’Reilly stars in the original film as Kylie Bucknell, who is forced to return to the house she grew up in when the court places her on home detention. Her punishment is made all the more unbearable by the fact she has to live there with her mother Miriam — a well-intentioned blabbermouth who’s convinced that the house is haunted. Kylie dismisses Miriam’s superstitions as nothing more than a distraction from a life occupied by boiled vegetables and small-town gossip.

However, when she too becomes privy to unsettling whispers and strange bumps in the night, she begins to wonder whether she’s inherited her overactive imagination, or if the house is in fact possessed by a hostile spirit who’s not particularly thrilled about her return.

You can watch the trailer for Johnstone’s Housebound below.

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Production Begins on When the Bough Breaks

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Sony Pictures’ Screen Gems announced today that production has commenced in New Orleans, Louisiana on the psychological thriller When the Bough Breaks, directed by Jon Cassar (“24,” “The Kennedys”) from the screenplay by Jack Olsen and Karl Gajdusek.

John and Laura Taylor (Morris Chestnut and Regina Hall) are a young, professional couple who desperately want a baby. After exhausting all other options, they finally hire Anna (Jaz Sinclair), the perfect woman to be their surrogate – but as she gets further along in her pregnancy, so too does her psychotic and dangerous fixation on the husband. The couple becomes caught up in Anna’s deadly game and must fight to regain control of their future before it’s too late.

When the Bough Breaks is being produced by the former New Line toppers Bob Shaye and Michael Lynne and executive produced by Screen Gems’ Glenn Gainor. Valerie Bleth Sharp will co-produce and Brian Dukes will associate produce.

The creative production team includes Emmy nominated director of photography David Moxness (“The Kennedys”), production designer Chris Cornwell (Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer), costume designer Olivia Miles-Payne (“Entourage,” Ride Along 2), visual effects producer Raoul Bolognini (Spider-Man 2, Zombieland), visual effects supervisor Erick Geisler (The Day the Earth Stood Still), and editor Scott Powell (“24?).

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Get Ready for a Much Younger Spider-Man!

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The internet has been abuzz all morning in the wake of last night’s announcement that Spider-Man is coming to the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Although details are still few as to precisely what route this latest reboot of the character will take, The Hollywood Reporter has today dropped a few details that should help fuel speculation.

What we know right now that is that Spidey will make his MCU debut in Walt Disney Pictures’ Captain America: Civil War, set for release on May 6, 2016. He’ll then get his own solo film with a still-untitled Spider-Man movie, set for release on July 28, 2017. Who will be underneath the mask? According to the trade, it’s going to be a “much younger” actor than Andrew Garfield (currently 31). 

We’re not sure yet who will take the director’s chair on Spider-Man either, although it is said that, as expected, Marc Webb definitely won’t be back. Previous producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, meanwhile, are being given “Executive Producer” titles on the new film, but won’t have any serious creative input, adds the trade.

The article also notes that Marvel Studios may be putting itself in a position to eventually reacquire the screen rights to Spider-Man altogether. The timeframe for that, however, is likely sometime off.

Who would you like to see wear the webs? Share your casting thoughts in the below!



This Week on Blu-ray and DVD: February 10, 2015

This Week on Blu-ray and DVD

Welcome to’s look at all the major releases hitting this week on Blu-ray and DVD. Check out the gallery viewer below for a look at all the major new releases and catalogue titles hitting the shelves!

Walt Disney Pictures kicks things off this week with their recent adaptation of the enduring children’s book Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. Last fall, chatted with the cast and, before that, we took a visit to the set.

It was also last year that we spoke with Jeremy Renner and co-star Rosemarie DeWitt about their latest, the disturbingly true political drama Kill the Messenger, which arrives today on both Blu-ray and DVD.

Critically acclaimed and currently nominated for an Academy Award for its screenplay by Dan Gilroy (who also directs), Nightcrawler stars Jake Gyllenhaal in a stylish Los Angeles neo-noir. Check out our conversation with Gyllenhaal and co-star Rene Russo right here.

The directorial debut of “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, the true drama Rosewater also debuts today. You can view our chat with Stewart and the real life Maziar Bahari by clicking here.

One of the first 2015 releases to come to home video, Michael and Peter Spierig’s Predestination stars Ethan Hawke and Sarah Snook and offers a trippy take on Robert Heinlein’s time travel tale “All You Zombies.” Watch our conversation with Hawke about the film right here.

Also hitting today is Ruben Östlund acclaimed disaster drama Force Majeure and director Lynn Shelton’s romantic comedy drama Laggies, starring Keira Knightley, Chloe Grace Moretz and Sam Rockwell.

Debuting exclusively on home video is the animated adventure LEGO: DC Comics Superheroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League, featuring the return of “Batman: The Brave and the Bold” star Diedrich Bader as the Dark Knight.

Walt Disney Pictures, meanwhile, releases “from the vault” their 1961 animated classic 101 Dalmatians on Blu-ray for the first time in an edition jam-packed with bonus features.

Joining the Criterion Collection this week are both Nicolas Roeg’s intense 1973 thriller Don’t Look Now, starring Donald Sutherland and Julie Christie as two parents trying to cope with the unexpected loss of their daughter, and A Day in the Country, a 1936 short feature in which Renoir himself stars.

Shout Factory, finally, rounds things out with a pair of Blu-ray double features. The first offers two different takes on vampire comedy, offering Stan Dragoti’s 1979 feature Love at First Bite, starring George Hamilton as Dracula, and Howard Storm’s Once Bitten, released in 1985 with Jim Carrey starring as a young man who may be in over his head when he meets an alluring vampire countess. In the next set, we get both the 1989 comedy Vampire’s Kiss (starring Nicolas Cage, who also provides a commentary track) and Neil Jordan’s 1988 ghost romance, High Spirits, starring Daryl Hannah and Peter O’Toole.

You can check out all the cover art in the gallery viewer below alongside a listing of each release’s special features (where applicable):


Meet Vincent D’Onofrio’s Jurassic World Character in New Viral Video

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The viral content for Jurassic World continues to flow and the latest piece from Universal Pictures introduces us to Vincent D’Onofrio’s character in the film, Vic Hoskins, head of InGen’s Private Security division. Check it out below!

Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters, Jurassic World arrives from Safety Not Guaranteed helmer Colin Trevorrow and offers a terrifying sci-fi adventure set 22 years after the events of Steven Spielberg’s original 1993 Michael Crichton adaption, Jurassic Park. According to Trevorrow, a huge part of what sparked his take on the blockbuster franchise was the image of a teenager texting, unimpressed with the T. Rex behind the glass in front of him. 

Jurassic World, which hits theaters on June 12, 2015, also stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ty Simpkins, Jake Johnson, Nick Robinson, Irrfan Khan, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus and Andy Buckley.

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Get Ready for Season Three with a New Orphan Black Teaser

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The third season of the hit sci-fi drama “Orphan Black” is set to premiere on BBC America Saturday, April 18, 2015 and, today, the channel has debuted a teaser that offers a taste of what’s to come. Check it out in the player below!

Sarah has always lived the life of an orphan outsider. But a clone is never alone.

Sarah hopes that cleaning out a dead woman’s bank account will solve all her problems. Instead, her problems multiply – and so does she. “Orphan Black” features rising star Tatiana Maslany (Cas & Dylan, Picture Day) in the lead role of Sarah, an outsider and orphan whose life changes dramatically after witnessing the suicide of a woman who looks just like her. Sarah assumes her identity, her boyfriend and her bank account. But instead of solving her problems, the street smart chameleon is thrust headlong into a kaleidoscopic mystery. She makes the dizzying discovery that she and the dead woman are clones…

But are they the only ones? Sarah quickly finds herself caught in the middle of a deadly conspiracy and must race to find answers about who she is and how many others there are just like her.

Picking up where Season two left off with the reveal of new male “Castor” clones, Season three has the clone sisterhood realizing they are more vulnerable than ever before against the highly-trained, identical male-soldiers, with Sarah, Cosima, Alison and Helena putting their friendship to the test.

In addition to Maslany, season three of “Orphan Black” features returning cast members Jordan Gavaris, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dylan Bruce, Kevin Hanchard, Ari Millen, and Kristian Bruun, with Ari Millen, Jordan Gavaris, Dylan Bruce, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Evelyne Brochu, Kevin Hanchard, Zoé De Grand Maison and Michiel Huisman in supporting roles.

The series is co-created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett, with Manson also serving as writer and Fawcett as director.

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Sophie Turner Talks Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse

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The upcoming X-Men: Apocalypse is aiming to be both a closing chapter and a new start for the classic Marvel characters on the big screen. Though planned as the conclusion of the “First Class” trilogy, the film will also introduce younger versions of previously-seen characters and seemingly pave the road for a new batch of “X-Men” movies to follow. One of those new additions is “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner as Jean Grey, who believes her work on the HBO series led to her getting cast in the film.

“I think maybe one of the reasons that they chose me for [Jean] is because they saw the dark side of Sansa,” Turner tells IGN. “Maybe they’re thinking, ‘Oh, Phoenix, Jean Grey.’ I definitely see a lot of parallels in there…..[Jean] struggles with her power… and not being accepted in the human world. I think in terms of [Game of Thrones], that’s kind of the way Sansa felt in that she really wanted to be a normal princess/queen and live a normal life — and she doesn’t, because of all this havoc happens. I think Jean, in a way, feels that.”

Turner went on to talk about the influence of Famke Janssen in the role, saying she plans to emulate her in addition to bringing her own flair to the character.

“I think Famke played Jean incredibly well, but also, I’m playing a younger version of her,” Turner said. “I want to emulate Famke in a sense, because she has to seem like the Jean in the first two movies, but I’m also going to put my own twist on her. I think I’m also going to take inspiration from the comics. I don’t know, we’ll see.”

In other X-Men news, building off of yesterday’s images, director Bryan Singer tweeted out a new photo of set construction for “Apocalypse” as a brand new Cerebro is being built. Check it out below!

Turner is joined by James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Nicholas Hoult in addition to Rose Byrne as Moira MacTaggert and other newcomers Alexandra Shipp as Storm and Tye Sheridan Cyclops. 

The film is being written by Simon Kinberg from a treatment by Mike Dougherty, Dan Harris and Kinberg. Cameras will start rolling on the next adventure in Montreal beginning in April. X-Men: Apocalypse is set for release on May 27, 2016.

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9 Cool References from Kingsman: The Secret Service

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Matthew Vaughn’s Kingsman: The Secret Service hits theaters on Friday, February 13, and while you can enjoy it knowing absolutely nothing about the Mark Millar-Dave Gibbons comic book on which it’s based or having ever seen any of the James Bond movies that were an inspiration for both the comic and the movie, we thought it would be fun to shine a light on some of the film’s cooler and possibly more obscure references.

Kingsman: The Secret Service stars Colin Firth as Harry Hart, a Kingsman agent who recruits the son of a former agent, Eggy (Taron Egerton), to go through the rigorous training process to become a Kingsman. At the same time, celphone mogul Richmond Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) is making plans to save the world in a way that will potentially leave billions dead as he only plans on saving the wealthiest and most powerful individuals.

Vaughn’s latest movie is filled with lots of pop culture references, some more apparent than others, and in the gallery below, you can learn a few of the most interesting aspects of the movie that you may or may not catch otherwise. And fear not, none of these references are plot spoilers for those who don’t want to have the plot spoiled before you see the movie.

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You can watch our video interviews with the cast of Kingsman: The Secret Service, including Colin Firth and Samuel L. Jackson, right here and then check back later this week for an exclusive interview with director Matthew Vaughn where we ask about some of the coincidences mentioned above.


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