Billy Magnussen, who plays Kato Kaelin in FX’s upcoming 10-hour limited series American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, is expanding his relationship with the network with another project about events from Los Angeles’ recent history. Magnussen has been tapped as one of the leads of Snowfall, FX’s drama pilot from John Singleton about the beginnings of the crack cocaine epidemic in Los Angeles in the 1980s. Co-created and co-written by the Boyz n the Hood director Singleton and Eric Amadio and directed by Singleton, Snowfall is set against the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. It follows three characters on a violent collision course: Franklin Saint, young street entrepreneur on a quest for power; Gustavo Zapata, a Mexican wrestler turned gangster in search of his American dream; and Logan Miller (Magnussen), a prominent family’s “black sheep” desperate to escape his father’s shadow. When he sees an opportunity to reverse his fortunes, Miller risks everything to become a player in the burgeoning cocaine trade in Los Angeles. The pilot, from FX Prods., is executive produced by Singleton, Amadon, Justified’s Dave Andron, Michael London of Groundswell Prods., and Trevor Engelson. Production is slated to begin this … Read More
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9Jy2T0uQ9Y Remember that old urban legend about saying “Bloody Mary” in front of a mirror? The first trailer for “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” brings that myth to life. The new trailer for the sixth and supposedly final installment in the super-low-budget horror franchise introduces the Fleeges family, who have moved into a new house that — surprise — is crazy haunted. After reviewing some old VHS tapes found in the attic, the family realizes that their spooky situation is no accident. Enter creepy little girls talking backwards, evil demon Toby, scary mirror tricks, etc. Thanks to cameras with a special lens, it looks like the titular supernatural action that was always cleverly obscured will finally be seen by the audience. “The Ghost Dimension” will star Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw and Ivy George as the terrorized family. Gregory Plotkin, an editor on the past four films in the series, directs. The “Paranormal Activity” franchise started in 2007, which scared up insane profit margins with a $193 million box office gross on a five-figure budget. Three sequels inevitably followed after that success, along with a spinoff, “The Marked Ones,” released in 2013 that brought in $90 million. “Paranormal Activity: The … Read More
20th Century Fox has struck for Jason Micallef’s red-hot pitch titled Shadows, which will be directed by Rio and Ice Age helmer Carlos Saldanha. Sources say the studio paid $750,000 against $1.5 million for the live-action/CGI monster project, which is set in the world of cryptozoology. Underground, which manages Micallef, is producing alongside Saldanha. Underground took out Micallef’s 50-page document that lays out a three-film franchise on Tuesday night, and the film sparked heated interest. But Fox, which has a long relationship with animation veteran Saldanha, moved quickly. (Saldanha has a first-look deal with the studio.) Fox sees the project as a franchise starter for its in-house helmer who has directed the two Rio movies for the studio as well as three of the four Ice Age movies. The first Rio film earned $485 million worldwide for Fox Animation, while the sequel took in $500 million. The four Ice Age films also have been a mammoth hit for the studio, earning $2.8 million worldwide. A fifth Ice Age will be released on July 15, 2016. Shadows is poised to be Saldanha’s live-action debut. Micallef, too, has ties with Fox. He is writing the Play-Doh movie, based on the popular Hasbro … Read More
Dimension Films and Trancas International Films have set a production start for next month on Halloween Returns, the next installation of the latest Halloween reboots that included 2007’s Halloween and 2009’s Halloween II, both helmed by Rob Zombie and both from Dimension’s The Weinstein Company (the former an MGM co-production). Zombie is now officially not a part of this one, something he said after Halloween II bowed in August 2009 and made $33.4M domestically (the first one grossed $58.3M). Instead, Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, who wrote on several of the Saw films, penned the script, and Dunstan will direct. No plot has been unearthed yet. Malek Akkad is set to produce with Matthew Stein as executive producer of the film, based on the John Carpenter original. Dimension Films’ Matthew Signer and Keith Levine are overseeing. “The legacy of Halloween is something that Trancas is very proud of, and I look forward to working together again with Bob and Dimension to continue that tradition,” said Akkad. Dunstan and Melton are repped by Paradigm, Underground and attorney Dave Feldman. Original story appeared on Deadline.
MADRID – Jamie Bamber, Kellan Lutz, Jesse Williams and Jess Weixler are set to star in indie thriller “Money,” from “An Act of War” and “A Conspiracy on Jekyll Island” producer Atit Shah at Create Entertainment. Initiating principal photography from June 9 in Woodbury, Long Island, “Money” marks the feature debut of one of Spain’s most talked-about shorts/commercials directors, Martin Rosete, who leapt to attention with the 2012 Tribeca Fest-selected sci fi drama “Voice Over,” which won over 100 prizes. From a screenplay by Barcelona’s Josep Ciutat, “Money” turns on two affluent couples held hostage by a charismatic con artist who poses as their neighbor. Ensnared in a web of lies and embezzlement, their loyalties are severed and love destroyed for two suitcases full of cash. Rosete’s brother Jose Rosete, who has collaborated with him throughout his career, will serve as “Money’s” cinematographer. Equity financed, and to be shot at night, “Money” is “a contained thriller,” Rosete told Variety. “I love creating atmosphere and great visuals, but the main attraction of ‘Money’ will be working in depth with its actors,” he added. Lutz famously played Emmett Cullen in the ”Twilight” saga before starring in “The Legend of Hercules” and limning … Read More
The 2015 L.A. Film Festival kicks off in downtown Los Angeles Wednesday, June 10 with the opening-night movie, Grandma, which earned plenty love for Lily Tomlin and crew at Sundance and Tribeca. And while there are plenty of other recognizable festival hits screening (including Dope, Brand: A Second Coming, The Diary of a Teenage Girl, and The Overnight), there’s a gaggle of films having their world premieres. Here are five to look out for: BAND OF ROBBERS This adventure comedy directed by brothers Aaron and Adam Nee imagines what a grown-up Tom Sawyer (Adam Nee) and Huck Finn’s (Kyle Gallner) life might look like in 2015. The twist on Twain is enough to pique interest before you add in a stellar supporting cast that includes future Supergirl Melissa Benoist, super-comic Hannibal Buress, Stephen Lang, Eric Christian Olsen, and Creed Bratton (aka Creed from The Office). THE ESCORT Lyndsy Fonseca has owned the boob tube for years now, appearing in such hit TV shows as Big Love, Desperate Housewives, Nikita, and Agent Carter, which doesn’t leave her much time for movies. Here, she headlines a drama about a Stanford-educated escort who allows a journalist to tag along on her exploits. Director … Read More