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"Winter Soldier" Double Screening And More

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

AMC Theatres have announced a "Captain America Double Feature" for the night of Thursday, April 3rd at 158 AMC locations nationwide.

Starting at 5:30 p.m. with 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger", that will be followed by the 8 p.m. release of "Captain America: The Winter Soldier".

Tickets are on sale online and at participating locations. Fans attending the event will receive a limited edition lanyard and a full size movie poster at participating locations while supplies last.

Meanwhile several set visit reports from the film have gone online this week, with the most interesting comments being about how the events of the movie will have big ramifications for the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Marvel Studios president of production Kevin Feige tells /Film:

"It is smack dab between Avengers and Avengers 2. It takes place after both Thor and Iron Man. So it's sort of the continuity of the release of the film is the continuity of the film as well. Which was sort of the case with the first phase one films but it was a little trickier. But this very much, you know, the ramifications at the end of this film go directly into Avengers 2. Much more so than the other films."

Co-director Joe Russo, who also worked on the script with his brother Anthony, says the ending was already in place before they got involved and while they did make script changes, they didn't tinker with that third act much:

"They had a really excellent construct to the script that was really sound, where it was going, a very big idea that they’re exploring in the third act of this movie. It’s a sort of, you know, monumental idea for the MCU.... it impacts everything. That has always been there. So it was easier to do the script work because it had such a clear spine to it, such a strong spine."

Finally, a new featurette highlighting Black Widow is out:

Categories: Science Fiction

Sony Adapting Max Brooks' "Harlem Hellfighters"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Sony Pictures has picked up the film rights to "World War Z" author Max Brooks' upcoming graphic novel "The Harlem Hellfighters".

The comic is based on the true story of the 369th infantry division - an African-American Army unit fighting in Europe during World War I.

The unit spent more time in combat than any other American unit, never losing a foot of ground to the enemy, or a man to capture, and went on to win countless decorations. Even so, they returned to the U.S. and faced tremendous discrimination, even from their own government.

Brooks will also adapt the script. The comic itself hits stores on April 1st.

Source: Heat Vision

Categories: Science Fiction

"Texas Chainsaw Massacre" Restoration Coming

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

MPI/Dark Sky Films have announced plans to release a new and exhaustively restored version of Tobe Hooper's 1974 classic "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" in time for the film's 40th anniversary. The restoration will have its unveiling next week at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas.

Boasting a brand new 4K transfer, this is the first restoration of the film to go back to the original 16mm A/B rolls - the actual film that rolled through the cameras.

As it was shot on cheap 16mm 'reversal' film stock (ie. so there's no negative), the restoration took five months to complete. Scanned in at 4K, a painstaking frame by frame correction process took place to remove scratches, stains, dirt, tears, and glue splices.

It was an extensive process, the color correction alone is said to have taken roughly 50 hours. Hooper was heavily involved in the process, along with lending a big hand to the newly remastered 7.1 soundtrack.

Details regarding the film's theatrical re-release this summer will be announced soon.

Source: Variety

Categories: Science Fiction

"Signal," "Snowpiercer," "Guest" Set Dates

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

The Signal
Focus Features have announced a platform release starting June 13th for William Eubank's sci-fi thriller "The Signal". The story follows three students on a road trip who take a detour into an isolated area where everything goes dark.

When one of the students, Nic, regains consciousness, he is in a waking nightmare. Brenton Thwaites, Olivia Cooke, Beau Knapp and Laurence Fishburne star. [Source: Heat Vision]

Snowpiercer
At last, a June 27th 2014 North American release date has been set for Bong Joon-ho's sci-fi action thriller "Snowpiercer". The long-awaited film has open in select Asian and European territories late last year.

Specifics of the release are presently unknown beyond it being limited and apparently in its complete form. There's talk of a potential VOD day-and-date release but that is not confirmed at this time. [Source: Box-Office Mojo]

The Guest
Picturehouse has picked up the North American distribution rights to "You're Next" director Adam Wingard's new film "The Guest" starring Dan Stevens ("Downton Abbey"). While no specific date has yet been locked, they have announced plans for a release sometime this Fall.

The story follows a young soldier who arrives on the doorstep of the Peterson family, claiming to be a good friend of their beloved son who died in action. When people start mysteriously dying in town, the teen daughter starts wondering if the soldier is responsible. [Source: Picturehouse]

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"The Storm" Pitch Trailer Released

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

A proof of concept trailer for "The Storm," a new film spec script by Brandon Bestenheider ("Grim Night"), has gone online and you can see it below.

"Fame" and "Mortal Kombat: Legacy" director Kevin Tancharoen is attached to helm the project in which a mysterious solar eruption heads toward Earth.

No-one knows what the effect of this cloud will be, but citizens are advised to take shelter and we follow one family dealing with the crisis.

Source: Heat Vision

Categories: Science Fiction

"Grasshopper," "Sermon," "Rex" Adapted

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Grasshopper Jungle
Scott Rosenberg ("Con Air," "High Fidelity") is in talks to adapt Andrew Smith's young adult novel "Grasshopper Jungle" which Sony Pictures has just acquired. Matt Tolmach will produce.

The story follows an Iowa teen trying to come to grips with his own sexuality as he and his friends cause a deadly genetically engineered plague that unleashes an army of six-foot-tall praying mantises with an insatiable appetite for fighting, food, and fornicating. [Source: Deadline]

Fire Sermon
"Guardians of the Galaxy" co-scribe Nicole Perlman has been hired to adapt the first book of Francesca Haig's young adult sci-fi novel trilogy "The Fire Sermon" for Dreamworks.

The story is set centuries into a post-apocalyptic future in which humans are born in sets of twins, one perfect, the other with mutations. The mutations are segregated into separate settlements. This follows a brother-sister pair and what happens when he becomes the leader of one side. [Source: Heat Vision]

Tommysaurus Rex
Tom McCarthy ("The Visitor," "The Station") is co-writing with plans to possibly direct Universal's long-in-the-works adaptation of Doug TenNapel's 2004 graphic novel "Tommysaurus Rex". John Bland is also working on the script.

The story follows a boy who loses his pet dog, moves in with his grandfather and becomes the subject of bullies. When he discovers a Tyrannosaur in a cave, he must prove to the townspeople that this new pet isn't a harmful beast. [Source: Heat Vision]

Categories: Science Fiction

Antoine Fuqua To Helm "Southpaw"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Antoine Fuqua ("Training Day," "Olympus Has Fallen") has chosen the drama "Southpaw" at The Weinstein Company as his next film.

Jake Gyllenhaal is set to star as a welterweight champion who rises in his profession while his personal life falls apart.

"Sons Of Anarchy" creator Kurt Sutter penned the script and filming aims to begin this Summer.

Source: Deadline

Categories: Science Fiction

Casting: Law, Zellweger, Sheen, Elba

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Susan Cooper
Jude Law is set to join Melissa McCarthy and Jason Statham in Paul Feig's spy comedy "Susan Cooper" at 20th Century Fox.

The story follows the adventures of an unlikely spy (McCarthy). Feig, Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping will produce. [Source: Variety]

The Whole Truth
Renee Zellweger will star opposite Daniel Craig in the indie courtroom thriller "The Whole Truth". Zellweger's role is being kept under wraps.

All that's known of the story is that Craig plays a district attorney. Courtney Hunt ("Frozen River) is set to direct from a script by Nicholas Kazan. [Source: THR]

Untitled Howard Hughes Project
Martin Sheen has joined the cast of Warren Beatty‘s untitled Howard Hughes project, marking the first time the two old friends have worked together.

The story centers Hughes' assistant (played by Alden Ehrenreich) and his love interest (Lily Collins). Beatty plays Hughes while Annette Bening and Matthew Broderick also star. [Source: Deadline]

A Hologram for the King
Sarita Choudhury ("Homeland") and Omar Elba ("Intelligence") are set to join Tom Hanks in the Tom Tykwer-directed comedic drama "A Hologram for the King" which has just begun filming in Morocco.

An adaptation of the Dave Eggers novel and set in a rising Saudi Arabian city, the story follows a struggling businessman pursues a last-ditch attempt to stave off foreclosure, pay his daughter’s college tuition and do something great. [Source: Variety]

Categories: Science Fiction

Aronofsky's "Noah" Skips Select Countries

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Paramount has been advised by censorship boards in Qatar, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates that Darren Aronofsky's Biblical epic "Noah" will not be released in those countries. Similar rulings are expected to happen in Egypt, Jordan and Kuwait.

While it has been reported that members of American religious groups have had issues with the accuracy of the film adaptation, in this case the argument is over something else entirely - the film portrays a prophet, thereby contradicting Islamic law.

In Egypt, the leading Sunni Muslim institute Al-Azhar issued a statement condemning the film and saying the movie should be banned: "Al-Azhar renews its rejection to the screening of any production that characterizes Allah's prophets and messengers and the companions of the Prophet [Muhammad]. Therefore, Al-Azhar announces the prohibition of the upcoming film about the Allah's messenger Noah -- peace be upon him."

"Noah" begins its global rollout later this month.

Source: THR

Categories: Science Fiction

TV News: 24, Diabolic, Rectify, Line, Mad

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

24
We're two months out from the premiere of "24: Live Another Day," the 'event series' return of Fox's action thriller series "24". Today, EW has posted ten official publicity photos from the new season with many of the major characters being introduced. Click Here to see them.

The Diabolic
Gary Oldman is set to produce the serialized horror drama series "The Diabolic" for Entertainment One (eOne) Television. Douglas Urbanski and Josh Weinstock will also produce while Daniel Kay ("Timber Falls") will write the pilot script.

The story follows a broken but brilliant exorcist who falls in love with a single mother. Her young son is possessed by an ancient entity with diabolic intentions that not only threaten the boy, but the very fate of mankind. [Source: Deadline]

Rectify
Sundance has announced that the second season of "Rectify" will begin airing on Thursday, June 19th at 9pm on the cable channel. The new season consists of ten episodes, up from the previous six of the first. [Source: TV Series Finale]

Mr. Selfridge
ITV has commissioned a 10-episode third season of the Jeremy Piven-led period drama "Mr. Selfridge". Filming will begin in April.

Piven plays charismatic American entrepreneur Harry Gordon Selfridge, whose business in London’s Oxford Street has become a much-loved institution. Season two is currently screening in the U.K. and is averaging 6.4 million viewers and a 21.6% audience share. [Source: THR]

Line of Sight & The Money
Proposed series "Line of Sight" and "The Money" will NOT be moving beyond the pilot stage at their respective networks. AMC is passing on 'Sight' which starred David Morrissey as a plane crash investigator. Meanwhile HBO has opted out of David Milch's "The Money" which was about wealth and corruption among the super elite. [Source: Deadline]

Mad Men
AMC has unveiled a 15-second vague teaser for the first half of the final season of its critically acclaimed drama "Mad Men". That first half is scheduled to premiere April 13th.

Categories: Science Fiction

Spider-Man Hits Back At Batkid Reports

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Current Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield has slammed reports in the media over the past day about the events regarding a pulled Oscars segment to honor five-year-old cancer survivor Miles Scott (aka. 'Batkid').

AMPAS confirmed that an appearance from Garfield and 'Batkid' at this year's Oscars was scrapped at the last minute. Miles' family had travelled to Los Angeles for the segment, but on the day of the ceremony (this past Sunday) they're were advised plans had changed.

Originally the pair were going to be a part of "moving moment" in the show which was to "illustrate the theme of how movies have inspired" the shows producer Neil Meron said last month. Essentially AMPAS and Make a Wish planned to make him an "official superhero" during the ceremony.

Instead, the original segment was cut and the slot was replaced by Chris Evans introducing a 'movie hero' montage. The reason for the change is said to be "due to the logistics of production" according to the Academy.

Various other media outlets have been reporting a different cause - that Garfield allegedly stormed off during rehearsals as he refused to go by the script and wanted to do his own lines - something the producers thought weren't appropriate.

Garfield's rep has now hit back at the claims, telling US Weekly:

"Here are the facts. In full collaboration with the Academy and the show writer, Andrew prepared a segment for the Oscars to honour Miles Scott as the true hero that he is.

At some point overnight on Saturday/Sunday morning, it was decided by those running the show that the segment didn't work in the ceremony. They decided to pull it - Andrew and Miles were equally upset.

The producers arranged for Miles and his family to visit Disneyland on Monday and Andrew drove down to visit them and to bring Miles a personal gift. Andrew did the right thing for Batkid and anyone saying otherwise is flat out lying."

Categories: Science Fiction

FX Renews "Archer" For Two More Seasons

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

FX has renewed its acclaimed animated comedy series "Archer" for a sixth and seventh season, extending the series through 2016.

FX has picked up 13 new episodes for each of the new seasons, and there's potential for the show to return beyond then. This also clears the way for the show to go into cable and broadcast syndication.

"Archer" ranks as the second-highest-rated comedy in basic cable among adults 18-49 and adults 18-34. First-run episodes are averaging 1.93 million viewers with the current fifth season the show's most watched ever.

Source: The Live Feed

Categories: Science Fiction

Sam Raimi Plans A "Last of Us" Movie

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Sam Raimi and his Ghost House Pictures have signed on to produce a live-action movie based on the much acclaimed PlayStation 3 video game "The Last of Us" for Screen Gems to distribute.

Released last year, the game is set twenty years after an infectious fungal pandemic has ravaged humanity. A hardened survivor named Joel and a young girl named Ellie are brought together by chance and journey together through a radically transformed United States.

The game garnered over 200 global Game of the Year awards last year, and a WGA award for 'Outstanding Achievement in Writing for Video Games'.

Naughty Dog creative director Neil Druckmann will write the screenplay. Druckmann, Bruce Straley, Evan Wells, Christophe Balestra and Raimi will produce.

Source: The Wrap

Categories: Science Fiction

"Winter Soldier" 4-Minute Clip & Trailer

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Marvel has released both a new four-minute preview from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" along with a Falcon-themed TV spot. The four minute clip involves a sequence from the start of the film, followed by a new trailer with a lot of never-before-seen footage.

Categories: Science Fiction

New Scribe Hired For Sony's "Zorro" Reboot

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Sony Pictures is moving forward with a planned reboot of the "Zorro" franchise based on Chilean author Isabel Allende's 2005 novel.

Fencer-turned-screenwriter Chris Boal, brother of Mark Boal ("Zero Dark Thirty," "The Hurt Locker"), has come onboard to rewrite a draft previously penned by Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia.

The Zorro character first appeared in Johnston McCulley's 1919 novella "The Curse of Capistrano", Allende's work is an origin tale and prequel to the events of that story, and contains numerous references to other famous Zorro works including 1998's "The Mask of Zorro".

Laurie MacDonald and Walter Parkes are set to produce the film which aims to bring a "Batman Begins" style approach to the character with a new backstory, gritty realism and emotional elements.

The project is not to be confused with Fox's rival sci-fi take "Zorro Reborn" which puts the character in a "Mad Max"-esque apocalyptic wasteland.

Source: Deadline

Categories: Science Fiction

First Trailer: "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

The first trailer for Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller's ambitious comic book adaptation and sequel "Sin City: A Dame to Kill For" has arrived. Johnny (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), Dwight (Josh Brolin), Marv (Mickey Rourke), Nancy (Jessica Alba) and Miho (Jamie Chung) return along with new characters in the signature hard boiled town.

Categories: Science Fiction

Schwarzenegger Drops "Legend of Conan" Update

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Though it's still in development, new details have emerged regarding the upcoming "The Legend of Conan" project which would star Arnold Schwarzenegger as an elderly version of the legendary barbarian.

Arnie, screenwriter Andrea Berloff, and producer Fredrik Malmberg recently spoke with ArnoldFans.com about the project which the 68-year-old Austrian actor is keen to get to work on:

"Conan is very much alive. Age doesn't mean anything to me, because I work out every day. I work out twice a day, as a matter of fact. At night I work out with weights, and in the morning I do cardiovascular training.

So for me, to get on the set and to swing the sword around again and to ride the horses and all those things doesn't mean anything [does not scare me], because I feel like I did thirty years ago. So as long as I stay in shape, that's the key thing, and to keep your body young."

Andrea Berloff ("World Trade Center") signed on to write the screenplay back in October and says she's still working hard on the script:

"My fingers are nearly worn down to tiny, bloody nubbins as I'm working to give this iconic character new life, while still holding true to the qualities that made fans fall in love with him in the first place. It is no small task to tackle one of the greatest legends of all times but I have a fantastic team of producers around me and we are all ridiculously excited about how our beloved barbarian is developing."

Producer Fredrik Malmberg spoke a bit more about taking Arnold's age into account in terms of the character:

"The idea is that this takes place AFTER Conan has been king. The whole idea that got Arnold so enthusiastic about the new creative take is, can he live up to the legend he is? Conan is in his mid 60s now, so he will have to fight through an aging warrior body, having cracking bones, aches and having to get back into the battle."

No director is currently attached to the project.

Categories: Science Fiction

Idris Elba Plays A Tiger In "Jungle Book"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

Idris Elba is in final negotiations to both perform and provide the voice for the killer tiger Shere Khan in Jon Favreau's live-action "The Jungle Book" adaptation at Disney Pictures.

In the work, Shere Khan is a deadly tiger who stalks and threaten to kill jungle boy and hero Mowgli. Robert Legato ("Avatar") will oversee the motion capture elements of the film based on Rudyard Kipling's novel.

Disney is in a race to beat a rival "Jungle Book" project in the works at Warner Brothers. That film had Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu attached to direct, but he left a few weeks ago and no replacement has yet been announced.

Source: Deadline

Categories: Science Fiction

Trailer: Michael Fassbender Is "Frank"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

It took Sundance by storm, now the first trailer is out for the dark comedy "Frank". Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy co-star in the film which hits the U.K. on May 9th.

A biopic of musician Frank Sidebottom (a.k.a. comedian Chris Sievey), Michael Fassbender plays the man who became famous for always wearing a giant paper mache head

Categories: Science Fiction

Kretschmann Is Hitman Villain In "Agent 47"

Dark Horizons - Sun, 03/09/2014 - 20:30

German actor Thomas Kretschmann ("Avengers: Age of Ultron," "King Kong") has signed on to play the villain in "Agent 47," the new film adaptation of the "Hitman" video game franchise.

Kretschmann is LeClerq, the chairman of Syndicate International, an organization which is striving to create an army of unstoppable agents.

Rupert Friend stars as the deadly, barcoded, bald assassin. Zachary Quinto and Hannah Ware also have unspecified roles. Filming is currently underway in Berlin under the helm of Aleksander Bach.

Source: THR

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