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Bee Holder to Develop ‘The Reformatory’ Based on Florida Boys School Killings

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Think torture, rape, and murder in state funded reform schools is a thing of fiction? Think again.

You might’ve read about the Florida School for Boys a.k.a the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys recently in the news. It was shutdown in 2011 after 96 bodies of young boys between 1914 and 1973 were discovered not just in the school cemetery, but in the surrounding forest, under trees, and beneath roads.

Nearly 300 men have come out to speak about their time at the school, reporting instances of being brutally whipped — some over 250 times. There’s also allegations of rape by some of the staff, and “…runners were fired upon — at least seven kids were reported dead after trying to escape." One man claimed to see a boy locked in a laundry dryer and suspected he had died there.

Sounds like something straight out of a horror movie.

Bee Holder Productions recently acquired the life story rights to several of the men who attended the reform school back in the 1950s. Keir Pearson (Hotel Rwanda) is set to pen the script titled The Reformatory, set in the mid 1950s and told from the point-of-view of the boys.

via Deadline

David S. Goyer Signs On For ‘The Breach’

 

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Celebrated screenwriter, producer, and director, David S. Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel), has signed on to helm The Breach for Lionsgate, based on the novel of the same nameby Patrick Lee.

Breach is the first in the trilogy followed by Ghost Country and Deep Sky. Here’s a plot description from the author’s website:

Travis Chase, a man putting his life back together after fifteen years in prison, takes a solo hike into the Alaskan Rockies. He’s just looking for a quiet place to think about his future, but what he finds is trouble: a 747, downed in remote wilderness, the wreck impossibly undiscovered by authorities. Those aboard are dead, though not because of the crash. They’ve been shot.

This aircraft, along with the terrifying object it was transporting, is only the beginning for Travis. Within hours he finds himself at the center of a violent conflict that spans the globe, and a secret war that dates back three decades. A war for possession of radically advanced technology—that wasn’t created by human hands.

Sounds pretty crazy, right?

Justin Rhodes is currently penning the script, with Lorenzo di Bonaventura producing.  

Goyer is currently writing the pilot for Constantine, an NBC series following the Hellblazer comics.  There’s also been talk of Goyer teaming up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt to produce an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's phenomenal comic book series, The Sandman.

Regardless of di Bonaventura’s box office losing streak (The Last Stand, Jack Ryan) and the fact that Rhodes’ is extremely green, we’re looking forward to what should be something new in the age of the sequel, prequel, remake, and reboot.

First Trailer for WGN America’s ‘Salem’

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The trailer for WGN America’s first original series, Salem, seems more disturbing than the title (or the network it’s airing on) lead us to believe.  

Set in the volatile world of 17th century Massachusetts, ‘Salem’ explores what really fueled the town’s infamous witch trials and dares to uncover the dark, supernatural truth hiding behind the veil of this infamous period in American history. In Salem, witches are real, but they are not who or what they seem.

At first the trailer seems like your run-of-the-mill horror-drama complete with mystery, murder, intrigue, and lots and lots of sex and betrayal.  But it’s the last 20 seconds that really make the show stand out.  

We need more cable programs that push the boundaries, so why shouldn’t it be WGN America taking the reigns?  I’ll admit, it’s a surprising move for the network that’s famous for re-runs of shows your mother probably enjoys like Law & Order and Matlock.  

Only time will tell if their venture into original programming will prove fruitful…

You can catch the premiere of Salem on WGN America Sunday, April 20th.

Set Images from Disney’s ‘Tomorrowland’

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The first photos from Disney’s upcoming live-action sci-fi pic, Tomorrowland landed online today, coming all the way from the set in Valencia, Spain.

Tomorrowland stars Academy Award winner George Clooney (The Descendants) and Golden Globe winner Hugh Laurie (House).  Details pertaining to the plot have been kept severely under wraps, however, this is what we know so far:

Bound by a shared destiny, a bright, optimistic teen bursting with scientific curiosity and a former boy-genius inventor jaded by disillusionment embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space that exists in their collective memory as “Tomorrowland.”

I could go into further detail about the relationship between Clooney’s and Laurie’s characters, but the information I found borders on the spoiler line.  So if you’re interested in learning more click HERE.

Check out some of the photo’s below courtesy ComingSoon.net

James Cameron issues statement on ‘Avatar’ lawsuit

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Today, producer, director, writer, and explorer James Cameron issued a statement regarding the latest in an onslaught of lawsuits regarding his self-proclaimed masterpiece, Avatar:

"Sadly, a cottage industry has arisen of fortune hunting plaintiffs seeking to ‘strike it rich’ by claiming their ideas were the basis for Avatar.  As I have previously stated, Avatar was my most personal film, drawing upon themes and concepts that I had been exploring for decades.  Our film was also the product of a team of some of the world’s most creative artists and designers, and it is an insult to all of them when these specious claims are made.  I am grateful that Judge Titus and the other jurists who have dealt with these cases have recognized the complete lack of merit of these offensive lawsuits.”

Well there ya go…

Bryant Moore, a science fiction writer, claimed the 2009 blockbuster written, directed, and produced by James Cameron, had elements taken directly from his un-produced screenplays Aquatica and Pollination — the two of which had been previously submitted to Cameron’s production company Lightstorm Entertainment nearly twenty years ago.  

But this was neither the first nor will it be the last lawsuit for Cameron.  Artist William Roger Dean filed a lawsuit last June against Cameron and 20th Century Fox, claiming his artwork was the basis for the story of Avatar.  

If you google ‘William Roger Dean artwork’, you’ll see a piece called Arches Mist, which looks awfully similar to the arches we see in Avatar during the Tree of Souls scene with the blue cat-people hanky panky between Jake Sully and Neytiri. But there’s no plot details in the artwork containing anything like: “And then this space-marine totally bangs this blue chick under a tree covered by huge arches.  And then Dances with Wolveshappens.”

There’s also a piece named Morning Dragon with a creature that looks vaguely similar to a great leonopteryx (the scary cliff-dwellers that the Na’vi ride into battle at the end).

Although these similarities between Mr. Dean’s artwork and the computer generated imagery in Avatar are a bit suspicious, it seems a bit of a far cry to state that the plot itself was taken directly from the artwork.

But, even if Dean breaks Fox and Cameron’s legal winning streak, “James Cameron doesn’t do what James Cameron does for James Cameron.  James Cameron does what James Cameron does because James Cameron is James Cameron.”

(via DEADLINE)

Carrie (2013) Review

I want to start by saying thank you.  Thank you to all those who do not talk or check their phones during the motion picture.  You guys and gals are incredible.

I got the chance to catch the premiere of Carrie last night and was vaguely disappointed, but also relieved, that the theater wasn’t packed.  People just don’t show up like they used to.  With ten dollar ticket prices and four dollars for a Pabst Blue Ribbon, theaters across the globe have lost their way and their customers in the process.  But who’s to blame?  The studios for a lack in content?  A recovering economy driving prices up?  Or is it simply us and our contentment with streaming entertainment?  Why go see a ten dollar movie when you can sit back and binge watch Doctor Who while you fall asleep with one hand on the remote and the other in your pajamas?

Enough of the rant though.  Thanks for listening.

As a remake it’s difficult to measure up to the original, therefore, I will save us the time and my effort and come out and say no the remake of Carrie was not better than the original.  There, I said it.  Can we get on with it now?

For those who don’t know, Carrie stars Chloë Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) in the titular role as an awkward teenager who quickly discovers she has telekinetic abilities.  There’s bullies, and pigs blood, and prom, and you can pretty much guess what happens if you haven’t already seen the original starring Sissy Spacek back in 1976.  Julianne Moore (Game Change)plays Carrie’s ultra-religious and mentally disturbed mother, who just so happens to work at a quaint tailor shop - presumably in between calling people sinners and making friends.  Judy Greer (Archer) dons the role of the kindly gym teacher, who along with the principal apparently thinks that running laps is an appropriate way to punish someone for assault and battery.  You can see where this is heading…

I was genuinely excited to see director Kimberly Pierce back in action since her 1999 Academy Award winning film, Boys Don’t Cry.  Although I was looking forward to seeing what she could do with an adaptation of a Stephen King novel, I was also skeptical and felt she was an odd choice considering her film background.  However, I can see why writer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa was tapped due to his background as a staff writer for Glee and HBO’s Big Love.  You’ve got nasty teenagers and dysfunctional families, what more could the fellas over at Misher Films ask for in a writer?

While there were moments during Carrie that literally “wow’d” me, there were others that literally bored me.  From what I’ve seen from Glee and now Carrie, I think Sacasa is just guessing what modern American teenagers are like.  I seriously believe the man is stuck in the 80s with classic high school stereotypes.  The dumb jock, the evil queens, the kindly nerd with a camera who volunteers at the A/V department, it’s all stuff we’ve seen before and Sacasa makes no attempt at deviating from them.  There were times where it was so over-the-top, I felt like I was watching The Breakfast Club from Hell.

Speaking of stuff being just too much, Chloë Grace Moretz completely disappointed in her role.  She was excellent in Hugo and Let Me In, but it seems we might have over-estimated her abilities.  When she pretended to use her powers it looked as though she was rubbing a giant invisible ball, arms flailing wildly in the air, and I could literally pinpoint when she was being carried by a cable.  It felt unnatural and awkward, as did her performance which was like watching her on set reciting line after line.

Julianne Moore is great as always, in fact I’d go as far to say that she was the redeeming factor in the film.  Her character was a fascinating one, and ultimately made you question the merit of her instability.  She’s so terrible and even creepy that you just can’t wait until the next scene to watch her.

The film picked up some snickers from the audience every now and then, but the one thing that got me was the instant replay.  Watch it, you’ll know.

Visually it was beautiful, with haunting images of a bleeding Christ on the Crucifix to a certain someone’s face entering a car windshield.  With the exception of the cable problem, the visual effects team did an outstanding job.

Carrie is certainly worth a visit to the theaters, however, it’s certainly not without it’s issues.  So I’ll give it a good, but not great rating of 3/5 stars.  If you’re a Stephen King fan, the film is absolutely down your alley. But don’t expect any oscar-winning performances or scares, for Carrie had none of these things.

INDIE NEWS: Full Trailer for UNDER THE SKIN

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The full trailer for John Glazer's'Under the Skin' came online today and this might be the Scarlett Johansson we’ve been waiting for…

Johansson stars in this indie sci-fi thriller/horror as an alien who’s adopted the skin of the perfect human female.  It uses it’s powers of seduction to lure men (and possibly women) to their deaths, where she consumes them to survive.

Sound a bit like Species?  

Well you’re not alone.  

But the thing that makes Glazer's adaptation of the novel of the same name (written by Michael Faber in 2000) so fascinating, is the eery tone and that itching feeling to want to know more.  In the trailer we know something is off about this girl, but we’re not introduced as to why.  It’s suspected that she lures men somehow to do something sinister but it’s unclear as to what from viewing the trailer.  So that’s what we essentially get, a whole lotta nuthin.  But at the same time the movie itself lures you in and you just can’t resist the urge to keep watching.

The film was written by Glazer and newcomer Walter Campbell.  You might recognize Glazer's name from the controversial 2004 film Birth starring Nicole Kidman (which Glazer wrote and directed)and the 2000 film Sexy Beast starring Ben Kingsley who garnered an Oscar nomination for his performance.

Reviews have been mixed from Telluride, to Venice, to Toronto, but the general consensus is positive.

Take a look at the full trailer below!

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Sir Ian McKellen to play an aging Sherlock Holmes in A SLIGHT TRICK OF THE MIND

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While TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) is currently underway, that hasn’t stopped writer/director Bill Condon from talking about his future projects.

Condon is in Toronto for the premiere of his film The Fifth Estate, about the creation and rise of Wikileaks as well as it’s controversial founder Julian Assange, played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness).  

While Condon has written and directed such gems as the Academy Award winning Gods and Monsters, a loose interpretation of the final days of director James Whale, played by Sir Ian McKellen, Condon sullied his reputation by selling out for the final two Twilight films.  

I wonder just how many digits were on that paycheck to get Condon to sign on…

While at TIFF, THR had the chance to talk with Condon about his next film A Slight Trick of the Mind.  The film will star Sir Ian McKellen as an aging, retired Sherlock Holmes, haunted by the memory of an unsolved case 50 years ago.  No longer a robust young man and without the aid of his loyal compatriot Watson, Sherlock embarks on a difficult journey to close the case once and for all before his renowned mental powers abandon him for good.

The film is based on a novel of the same name written by Mitch Cullin, who’s 2000 book Tideland was adapted to the screen by British director Terry Gilliam in 2003.

Screenwriter Jeffrey Hatcher, who’s expertise lies more in plays rather than film, is currently writing the adaption to the book first released in April of 2005.  Hatcher's writing credits include the 2008 British drama The Duchess starring Keira Knightley (also an adaption) and the 2005 film Casanova starring the late Heath Ledger as the titular character.

Despite previous reports that Sir Ben Kingsley was set to play the legendary detective, I whole-heartedly believe they’ve made the right choice with McKellen.  The man certainly has that wily look about him and he’s such a diverse actor.  Not that Kingsley would have been a bad choice, but I simply can’t imagine him being a good fit for the role.  Kingsley has an almost villainous look about him, especially with recent roles as the antagonist in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,his utterly pointless character in Iron Man 3, and as a space general with a face tattoo in the upcoming adaption of Ender’s Game by author Orson Scott Card.

A Slight Trick of the Mind is set to shoot in the UK in April 2014.

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Creator Todd McFarlane talks SPAWN reboot

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In a recent interview with ScreenRant, comic book writer and artist Todd McFarlane talked a bit about the progress of the Spawn reboot, his progress on the script, and his thoughts on Jamie Foxx starring as the titular character.

Rumors have circulated for some time now regarding a Spawn reboot and even star Michael Jai White expressed interest in reprising his role from the 1997 superhero flick (which we’re totally down for by the way).

When asked if a Spawn reboot was something McFarlane still wanted to do, his answer was a bit…odd.

“Fans always ask and the answer is always the same; the movie has been sitting in my head for 10 years. I’ve begun the screenplay, people have been bugging me about this thing forever… The only reason it’s always been slowed up is that I write, produce, direct and so I just need to get the proper amount of time to be able to finish that screenplay and then be able to do the rewrites whether it’s me or somebody else [who does them] and then go in and direct it.

“I’m about a third through the screenplay. The whole movie is built on index cards so I just got to convert it onto the paper but I got like two hundred scenes, you can’t even have that many in a movie… There’s a couple of people that have kind of put a gun to my head and said we want that screenplay no later than December so that we can start shooting next year. So that’s right now [where we’re at] I’ve talked to my people and told them, ‘you gotta find me the time. I gotta get this thing done by December so that we can start shooting by next year. Maybe shoot it up here in Canada.’”

He mentions people “bugging” him and compares it to having a gun to his head.  It isn’t exactly good news when the writer/director feels like he’s being forced to write.  But at least he’s got a plan!  That’s something right?

McFarlane talked a bit about San Diego-Comic Con and Jamie Foxx ”actively pursuing” the role.  

“At the San Diego Con, Jamie Foxx came out and they were doing an interview and [he said] ‘I make a good Spawn, right? I met with Todd and I want to do Spawn.’  And I was like, ‘I thought we were keeping that [quiet].’”

When asked if he actually wants to see Foxx play the character…

“No, no, no, I’m just saying he said it out loud and then all of a sudden all the studios were phoning me again saying, ‘Todd, see if we can even get somebody in there.’” 

Although Foxx is an incredibly talented actor, Foxx is a nice guy and Spawn is a raging badass who takes no prisoners.  We’re not exactly sure if Foxx would be the best choice, but if his performance as Spidey villainElectro in the upcoming sequel of The Amazing Spider-Man proves he can take on the role of a darker character, well then maybe perhaps McFarlane should reconsider.

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Joseph Kosinski directing Twilight Zone movie?

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In an exclusive by THRTron: Legacy and Oblivion director Joseph Kosinski is in talks with Warner Brothers for a new Twilight Zone film.

Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way is set to produce the film along with Jennifer Davisson Killoran of Appian and Michael Ireland of WB.  

Appian Way has brought us some gems like The Aviator starring none other than DiCaprio himself, as well as The Ides of March starring Ryan Gosling (Drive) and George Clooney (The Descendants).  

Anthony Peckham is having a go at the script.  Peckham gained notoriety in 2001 with the Michael Douglas thriller Don’t Say a Word and later with the Clint Eastwood directed biopic Invictus.  Recently, Peckham wrote the screenplay for Sherlock Holmes starring Robert Downey Jr. and a rewrite on The Book of Eli starring Denzel Washington.  

We find Kosinski to be a wonderful choice.  It’s not that the movies he’s directed are modern classics (even though Tron: Legacy was damn fun to watch), it’s that he takes mediocre screenplays and adds some wonderful mystery and flair to them.  Both Tron: Legacy and Oblivion had less than stellar scripts, but both managed to be entertaining in their own respect.

As far as Anthony Peckham goes, the man has written some decent screenplays (Invictus, Sherlock Holmes).  We’re excited to see what he can do with possibly the most beloved American science fiction series of all time.  This should be exciting…

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