Author Archives: Jeff Sneider

“Halloween” Reboot Takes Shape With Danny McBride, David Gordon Green

Halloween 200 Kenny Powers gives you permission to freak out about this news!

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HALDANE (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMA geologist in Victorian-era England has his life torn apart when he discovers a crystal artifact that grants him incredible powers, sending him on a chase to discover its unearthly origin.

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THE NEW NEIGHBORS (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMStory follows a couple who move into an affluent suburban community only to discover that their neighborhood is filled with dirty secrets.

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Mike Myers to Play His Own Comedy Mentor Del Close in New Movie “Del”

Del Close Mike MyersSometimes, in the world of comedy, the student surpasses the teacher. Other times, like this one, the student becomes the teacher. Thus, Mike Myers is set to play his own comedy mentor, Del Close, in an upcoming indie movie simply titled Del.

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STXfilms to Chase “Gone Girl” Crowd With Thriller Spec “The New Neighbors”

Leslye Headland New NeighborEveryone has skeletons in their closet, even (especially?) rich people! To that end, STX Films has optioned the spec script The New Neighbors and attached Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) to direct the psychological thriller.

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HARRIET (MANN) (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA biopic of famed abolitionist Harriet Tubman, the American hero who escaped the shackles of slavery and subsequently helped free others from servitude through a channel of safe houses and secret routes known as the Underground Railroad.

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Jack Nicholson, Kristen Wiig to Star in “Toni Erdmann” Remake at Paramount

Jack Nicholson Kristen Wiig Toni ErdmannThose who feared that Jack Nicholson’s last film would be 2010’s forgettable How Do You Know? can rest easy, because’s Jack’s back, baby!

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Fox Wins Battle for “Vampire Uprising” Hoping for Next “World War Z,” Not “Abraham Lincoln”

Vampire Uprising Following a bloodthirsty bidding war that ended in a high six-figure deal, 20th Century Fox has acquired rights to Raymond Villareal’s novel A People’s History of the Vampire Uprising.

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Sylvester Stallone’s “Escape Plan 2” Secures Director Steven C. Miller (Exclusive)

Escape Plan After working with Emmett/Furla/Oasis on three films, Steven C. Miller has been hired to direct the company’s Sylvester Stallone-starring sequel Escape Plan 2.

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“Sleight” Director JD Dillard Casts “The Flash” Star Kiersey Clemons in Horror Movie “Sweetheart”

kiersey-clemons-excerptJD Dillard’s Sleight was one of the best films I saw at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, so it comes as no surprise that Blumhouse is staying in business with the director on his follow-up film Sweetheart, which will star Kiersey Clemons (Dope).

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Matthew McConaughey Learned Nothing From “Surfer Dude,” Will Star in Stoner Comedy “The Beach Bum”

Matthew McConaughey ExcerptHarmony Korine (Spring Breakers) is directing the indie movie, which is being produced by John Lesher (Birdman) and Steve Golin (Spotlight).

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James Hutchinson’s New Sci-Fi Spec “Haldane” Into Territories (Exclusive)

Haldane by James HutchinsonManager Kailey Marsh is out with a hot new sci-fi spec titled Haldane, written by scribe James Hutchinson and described as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Under the Skin.

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“World War Z” Sequel, “Friday the 13th” Reboot Pulled From 2017 Release Schedule

Brad Pitt World War Z 2 In what amounts to the least surprising news in the history of premature movie release dates, Paramount has pulled Brad Pitt’s World War Z sequel from its release schedule — along with the latest Friday the 13th reboot from producer Michael Bay.

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“Don’t Breathe” Director Fede Alvarez Launches Genre Film Label Bad Hombre

Fede Alvarez Bad HombreWith so many bad horror movies being made these days, it’s a good thing that Don’t Breathe director Fede Alvarez has teamed with Good Universe to form Bad Hombre, a content company that will produce genre films.

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THE VILLAS (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMTracks several relationship stories all taking place in a group of neighboring high-roller villas in Las Vegas, similar to The Mansion at the MGM Grand.

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TESLA & TWAIN (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA fictional exploration of the real historical friendship between The Adventures of Tom Sawyer author Mark Twain and genius inventor Nikola Tesla.

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Natalie Portman Taps Mimi Leder to Direct Ruth Bader Ginsburg Movie “On the Basis of Sex”

Natalie Portman Nearly 20 years after directing 1998’s Deep Impact — which domestically, was the highest-grossing film ever directed by a woman at the time — Mimi Leder has been hired to direct Natalie Portman’s Ruth Bader Ginsburg drama On the Basis of Sex.

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12 Movie Trailers That Might Air During Super Bowl 51, Including “The Fate of the Furious”

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Star-Lord, Jack Sparrow and Dom Toretto will likely appear, but what about Christian Grey or the Power Rangers?

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Nicole Kidman, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II in Talks to Join Jason Momoa in “Aquaman”

Nicole Kidman Oscar winner Nicole Kidman and The Get Down‘s Yahya Abdul-Mateen II are in early talks to join James Wan’s Aquaman as the titular hero’s mother Atlanna and the villainous Black Manta.

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Carrie Buck’s Sterilization Subject of Melissa Hilfer’s Hot New Spec “Unfit,” Now Into Territories With Producers (Exclusive)

Carrie Buck Emma Buck Unfit34 years after her death, Carrie Buck is at the center of a timely biopic that has A-list actresses across Hollywood paying attention. Written by Undone scribe Melissa Hilfers, Unfit is set in the not-so-distant past, when America was gripped by a political movement that promised to eliminate the “unfit” from our country.

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SMALL GREAT THINGS (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PM While working at a Connecticut hospital, Ruth, a widowed labor/delivery nurse with 20 years of experience caring for newborns, is told not to touch the baby of a couple who are white supremacists. When the baby subsequently dies while Ruth is the only one present, she is taken to court by the couple.

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Viola Davis, Julia Roberts to Star in Drama “Small Great Things” for Steven Spielberg’s Company

Viola Davis and Julia RobertsFresh off winning a Golden Globe and a SAG Award for Fences, Viola Davis has signed on to co-star alongside Julia Roberts in Small Great Things, an adaptation of the Jodi Picoult novel that is coming together at Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners.

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“Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins” Trailer Proves “Bellflower” Was No Fluke (NSFW Video)

Chuck Hanks and the San Diego TwinsCoatwolf Productions, the filmmaking coterie that brought us the explosive 2011 indie Bellflower, has dropped the first official teaser trailer for their next movie Chuck Hank and the San Diego Twins, and it looks well worth the six-year wait.

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“Stranger Things” Sensation Millie Bobby Brown to Star in “Godzilla” Sequel

Millie Bobby BrownStranger Things sensation Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven on Netflix’s buzzy sci-fi series, has signed on to star in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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Dominic West to Play Alicia Vikander’s Father Again in “Tomb Raider” Reboot

Dominic WestDominic West was the lead on The Wire, which is one of, if not the greatest television show of all time. As a loyal fan of The Affair, I was wondering just last week why we don’t see more of him on the big screen. Lo and behold, West was just cast as Lara Croft’s father in the Tomb Raider reboot that will star Alicia Vikander.

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EGGPLANT EMOJI (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMWhen a teenager accidentally cuts off his penis during a camping trip, he and his friends rush to save the appendage before it’s too late.

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UNTITLED JUSTIN BALDONI PROJECT (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMA story about love against all odds, this tear-jerking romance follows two teens with life-threatening illnesses who meet in a hospital and fall in love, despite the fact that their fragile health makes them an imminent danger to each other.

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Marvel Unveils Full “Black Panther” Cast, Filming Planned for South Korea

Black Panther Logo Marvel Studios has finally announced the full cast of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and not only are Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis confirmed to return as Everett Ross and Ulysses Klaw, respectively, but part of the movie will be filmed in South Korea.

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SING 2 (SALES)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMFollows the further adventures of the characters in Sing.

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Current Awards Season Affecting “Mudbound” Bidding War, Which Includes A24, Annapurna (Exclusive)

mudbound-excerptWhile most of the Hollywood contingent at Sundance has already left Park City, there are still plenty of festival deals being made, chief among them one for Dee Rees’ acclaimed drama Mudbound, which is the hottest acquisition title left on the board.

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