‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele: Scaring Up Racial Dialogue By Fusing Genre With Polemic
While he built an Emmy-winning career in socially aware comedy, those who knew Jordan Peele weren't surprised when he married a polemical theme to the horror genre for his feature directorial debut Get Out. Peele grew up a self-described movie nerd, with an encyclopedic knowledge of horror films, and after Get Out became one of the most wildly profitable films in memory, with a $253 million global gross on a $4.5 million budget, the film's clever play on race relations in… Read
Val Kilmer Tells Great Stories From A Terrific Career: Q&A
EXCLUSIVE: When Val Kilmer was presented with the Grand Honorary Award for outstanding contribution to cinema at the Sitges genre festival in Spain last month, he wanted to do one interview about his career. The catch was, it had to be done in an email back and forth, because he is recovering from cancer treatments to his throat and did not have his voice at the time. That festival also premiered The Super, a Stephan Rick-directed genre film Kilmer stars in with Chicago… Read
Chiller Going Dark As NBCUniversal Axes Horror-Centric Channel
Chiller is soon to be dead. NBCUniversal confirmed to Deadline today that its 10-year-old horror-fied cable channel, which reaches about 40M homes, will be put on ice for good at year’s end after struggling to secure carriage deals with the likes of Dish, Verizon and others.
We hear that NBCU doesn’t plan to pull the plug on any of its other nets and that no staffers will be impacted when Chiller goes cold on New Year’s Day.
Since launching in March 2007, Chiller has… Read
‘A Quiet Place’ Teaser: John Krasinski-Emily Blunt Chiller Promises Screams
Until now, all’s been pretty quiet on the plot for A Quiet Place, but this intriguing new teaser trailer provides some high-volume clues. Directed by John Krasinski – he co-stars, for the first time, with wife Emily Blunt – the teaser for the horror picture depicts a family living in quiet solitude in the woods, key word being quiet. They use sign language, which we soon see is a choice, not a necessity.
“If they can’t hear you, they can’t hunt you,” reads the tagline… Read
‘Thor’ Rocks $652M WW; ‘Orient Express’ Rolls $59M Offshore; ‘Coco’, ‘Paddington 2’ Spread Joy – International Box Office
UPDATE, WRITETHRU, with actuals: Still mighty after three overseas frames, Disney/Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok chiseled out another $77.3M at the international box office this weekend — up from the Sunday estimate. That takes the offshore cume to $440M, and lifts the worldwide tally to $652.1M. That global figure pushes the god of thunder to No. 10 on the worldwide box office chart for 2017. The Mouse has now roared to fill four of the Top 10 slots this year.
Jennifer Lawrence Proudly Owns ‘Mother!’s Polarized Reception; ‘Downsizing’ Producers On Alexander Payne’s “Most Optimistic Movie” — The Contenders
“It’s certainly not a darling. It never crossed our mind that everyone was going to love it,” Jennifer Lawrence said at The Contenders today of mother!, Darren Aronofsky’s polarizing Paramount picture in which she stars opposite Javier Bardem. “It’s an assault, but I think it’s necessary. I’m proud of us, and I’m proud of Darren for writing and conceiving it.”
Lawrence stars in the film as a woman known only as “Mother,” who finds herself at the hands of a mysterious and… Read
‘Confessions Of An Eco-Terrorist’ Sequel Sets Sail; Saban Films & Mongrel Media Pact For Canada; More – AFM Briefs
Lon Haber & Company has acquired worldwide sales rights to Confessions of an Eco-Terrorist 2, a sequel to the 2010 documentary that chronicled the efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society to protect wildlife on a global scale. The original docu from Peter Jay Brown spawned an Animal Planet docuseries. The sequel movie is being shown to buyers at the American Film Market. Brown returns to capture the exploits of Captain Paul Watson including more never-seen footage… Read
Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things 2’ Creeped Out 4 Million Viewers An Episode, Nielsen Says
Two weeks after Nielsen announced that it will measure Netflix viewership, the company is out with some interesting numbers about just who is watching Stranger Things 2 on their TV sets.
It said a “significant viewing event occurred” when the buzzy creepshow returned October 27 for its second installment. Within the first three days, Episode 1 averaged an eye-popping 15.8 million U.S. viewers and nearly 11 million in the demo viewing on the TV. Nielsen also said all of… Read
‘Lady Macbeth’ Leads British Independent Film Awards Nominations – Full List
William Oldroyd’s feature directorial debut Lady Macbeth has scored a leading 15 nominations for this year’s British Independent Film Awards. The drama adapted by Alice Birch from the 19th century novel Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk, stars Florence Pugh as a young bride sold into marriage and whose innocence is slowly corrupted by her circumstance and yearning to rebel.
After premiering in Toronto last year, the film went on to a series of festivals and made its U.S. bow at… Read
Jay Russell To Direct His Script ‘You’re Not Real’ For Akiva Goldsman & Paramount Pics
EXCLUSIVE: Just in time for Halloween, Jay Russell has sold an original horror thriller to Paramount Pictures and Akiva Goldsman. In a twist for the director of the beloved family film My Dog Skip and the heroic Ladder 49, Russell now has an an eye to direct the creepy You’re Not Real.
The story follows a young school teacher who reunites with her reclusive, scientific genius grandfather for the first time at his isolated country estate, uncovering disturbing truths about… Read
‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Thunders To $109M In Overseas Debut – International Box Office
TUESDAY AM UPDATE, WRITETHRU with actuals: Launching in about 52% of the world a week before entering the domestic arena, Disney/Marvel's Thor: Ragnarok hammered out a $109.1M international box office start this session. The strong debut on the Taika Waititi-helmed threequel was more muscular than the Sunday estimate of $107.6M. Through Sunday, it’s running 6% ahead of Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol 2 and 24% above Doctor Strange when looking at the same suite of 36 material… Read
Allison Willliams Toplines Horror Thriller ‘The Perfection’ For Director Richard Shepard
EXCLUSIVE: Allison Williams (Get Out, Girls) is toplining Richard Shepard's The Perfection, a horror-thriller that crosses borders and boundaries. The film tells the story of two cello prodigies and a sinister obsession. Production is slated to begin in early 2018 in Shanghai and Vancouver.
The story was scripted by Shepard, Eric Charmelo and Nicole Snyder. The Perfection will be produced by Miramax CEO Bill Block, Richard Shepard and Stacey Reiss (The Eagle Huntress)… Read