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Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame

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Brad Renfro: Inside the Actor's Shocking Death at 25 and Quick Rise to Fame
It’s been nearly a decade since the tragic death of former child actor Brad Renfro. During his too-short career he made over 20 movies, the last one being 2008’s The Informers, where he starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Winona Ryder. The Apt Pupil star was a gifted actor who battled several off-screen demons, which ultimately ended the life of the 25-year-old.

A Star on the Rise

The Knoxville, Tennessee native was only 10-years-old when he was discovered by director Joel Schumacher to play Mark Sway, a young witness in a Mafia case, in his 1994 movie The Client. In the film,
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USC Students Launch Petition to Remove Bryan Singer’s Name From the School of Cinematic Arts

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USC Students Launch Petition to Remove Bryan Singer’s Name From the School of Cinematic Arts
Students at the USC School of Cinematic Arts have launched a petition calling for Bryan Singer’s name to be removed from the Division of Cinema and Media Studies. The call for action comes amid the ongoing sexual-harassment scandal emanating out of Hollywood, with the petition calling it “completely unacceptable that this prestigious department within our school still carries the name of Bryan Singer, a man accused multiple times of sexual harassment, assault, and pedophilia.”

Read More:‘Boyz n the Hood’ Director John Singleton Accused of Sexual Harassment By Reporter Danielle Young

Singer, who transferred to the USC School of Cinematic Arts from the School of Visual Arts in New York, has directed such films as “The Usual Suspects,” “X-Men,” and “Valkyrie.” The university recently refused a donation from Harvey Weinstein following the many accusations of sexual misconduct that have been leveled against him.

Singer was accused of asking a
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Hollywood’s Underage Sexual Abuse Problem: 5 Shocking Injustices From ‘An Open Secret’

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Hollywood’s Underage Sexual Abuse Problem: 5 Shocking Injustices From ‘An Open Secret’
An Open Secret” sounds like the perfect title for a brand-new documentary addressing the entertainment industry’s sexual harassment and assault epidemic, which in recent weeks has uncoupled Harvey Weinstein, Roy Price, and Andy Signore from their companies (and caused James Toback, President George H.W. Bush, Oliver Stone, Ben Affleck, and Mark Halperin to confront their own allegations). However, the documentary — which focuses on the abuse male managers, agents, and publicists inflict on young, male clients — premiered at Doc NYC in November 2014 and had a small release the following June (IndieWire awarded it an A-).

Despite its current 93 percent Fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, director Amy Berg — who’d previously investigated sexual abuse in “Prophet’s Prey” and “Deliver Us from Evil,” for which she earned a 2007 Best Feature Documentary Oscar nomination — was unable to find a distributor. “An Open Secret” producer Gabe Hoffman claims the film was even accepted,
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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far

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10 Best Stephen King Movies So Far
It stormed the box office in September 2017, smashing box office records, pleasing critics, and quickly washing away the bad taste of so many poorly wrought Stephen King adaptations like the current of a suburban neighborhood sewer. Move over Ernest Hemmingway! Beat it Dr. Seuss! The Stephen King adaptation is a hot commodity in Hollywood once again.

Sure, those aforementioned authors have had their books adapted less than half as many times as the works of Stephen King. With so many adapted works from the same prolific storyteller, many of them are sure to be bad. And that is the case with Stephen King. If you grew up in the 80s, you might even remember that a Stephen King movie was not anticipated with the kind of must-see attitude of today's audiences. Many laughed off the notion, believing that if it was a Stephen King movie, it must be bad.

But as It reminded audiences,
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First Look At Dean Devlin’s Bad Samaritan Starring David Tennant

Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment announced today that they have sold German, Latin American and Middle Eastern territories for Devlin’s latest directorial effort Bad Samaritan, starring David Tennant and Robert Sheehan. Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, Wicker Park) penned the screenplay with Electric’s Marc Roskin and Rachel Olschan producing alongside Devlin.

Buyers include Atlas in Germany, Imagem in Latin America, and Eagle in the Middle East. The deals were brokered by Sonia Mehandjiyska, Ralph Kamp and their international sales team, which will continue sales at the Marché du Film in Cannes.

Bad Samaritan centers on two young car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize houses of their unsuspecting patrons. Life is good for these petty thieves until they target the wrong house, changing their lives forever.

The company recently announced the high profile acquisition of Rob Reiner’s Lbj starring Woody Harrelson in the role of the bombastic 36th President.
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The true story behind Dougray Scott playing Wolverine in X-Men and why Hugh Jackman took over

Luke Owen looks back at a time when Hugh Jackman was not Wolverine

There was a lot of buzz and excitement in 1999. People around planet earth were excited to see what the new Millennium would bring; while big companies panicked that the Y2K bug would kill all their hard work and shut down the working world. For Dougray Scott, 1999 was set to be the year that changed his career. He had been handpicked by Tom Cruise to play the villain in M:i:2 and he was set to play Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men.

The adaptation of the popular Marvel Comics property had been a long one. In 1984 Marvel writers Gerry Conway and Rob Thomas wrote a screenplay for production company Orion Pictures (Platoon) who had optioned the film rights. But when the company fell into financial troubles the rights went over to Carolco Pictures (First Blood) who began
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Afm: Dean Devlin Optimistically Expands Electric Entertainment

Afm: Dean Devlin Optimistically Expands Electric Entertainment
Amid massive uncertainty in the independent movie business, longtime Hollywood player Dean Devlin remains relentlessly optimistic about his 15-year-old Electric Entertainment.

Electric is currently in post-production on its third season of “The Librarians” for TNT, and in post-production on the Warner Bros. film “Geostorm,” which marks Devlin’s feature directorial debuts and stars Gerard Butler. He re-teamed with Ronald Emmerich for “Independence Day: Resurgence.”

He’s in pre-production on his second directing gig on thriller “Bad Samaritan,” launching pre-sales at the American Film Market. David Tenant and Robert Sheehan portray car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize houses of their unsuspecting patrons, until they target the wrong house.

“It’s the kind of bread-and-butter drama that major studios have mostly stopped doing,” Devlin said from Portland, where he’s in pre-production to start shooting next month. “It’s not the typical buzzy title but people can
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David Tennant Signs On For Dean Devlin’s Bad Samaritan

As a writer and producer, Dean Devlin has had a hand in some of the highest profile projects of the last quarter of a century. Universal Soldier, Stargate, Independence Day, Godzilla – all have been revisited repeatedly by Devlin and others, in numerous media. This is why – even though he is not the most prolific filmmaker – when he sets up a new property, people pay attention. We pay even more attention, when he casts an actor like David Tennant (Doctor Who, Jessica Jones), in a thriller like Bad Samaritan.

The script comes from Brandon Boyce, who previously wrote effective dramas Apt Pupil and Wicker Park. It centres on two young men working as car valets, who use their position to rob the homes of their customers. Inevitably, they eventually rob the wrong home, and face some unexpected consequences.

The first thing that is very clear about this movie is that it is about men.
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David Tennant To Star In ‘Bad Samaritan’ Directed By Dean Devlin

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David Tennant To Star In ‘Bad Samaritan’ Directed By Dean Devlin
Exclusive: David Tennant has been tapped to star in Bad Samaritan, the next film from Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment that Devlin is set to direct himself. Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, Wicker Park) penned the screenplay for the thriller, which is lining up a shoot later this year in and around Portland, Or. The film centers on two young car valets who use their business as a front to burglarize the houses of their unsuspecting patrons. Life is good for the petty thieves…
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Directors' Trademarks: Bryan Singer

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Directors’ trademarks is a series of articles that examines the “signatures” that filmmakers leave behind in their work. This month, we’re examining the trademark style and calling signs of Bryan Singer as director.

Bryan Singer studied film at the New York School of Visual Arts and USC School of Cinematic Arts. After graduating, one of his short films caught the eye of a production company who funded low budget films. He then wrote Public Access with childhood friend Christopher McQuarrie, which he then directed as his first feature film in 1993. Two years later, he had his breakthrough with The Usual Suspects, which caught the eyes of critics at the Cannes Film Festival before ultimately becoming profitable in theaters. Next, Singer adapted a Stephen King novel for the screen, directing Apt Pupil (1998). That film received mixed reviews and was not a financial success. Singer was then hired to direct X-Men
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Apprentice’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Apprentice’
Launching at Cannes in 2009, Jacques Audiard’s delirious incarceration fantasy “A Prophet” virtually rewrote the rules for the prison movie, which makes the festival a fitting platform for a film that is “A Prophet’s” opposite in nearly every way. Privileging psychic scars over physical violence, and battling aggression with introspection, Singaporean director Boo Junfeng’s “Apprentice” shifts its attention from the prisoners to the staff, concentrating on a soft-spoken corrections officer who finds himself on the fast track to become chief executioner on the Malay equivalent of Death Row.

Though he offers a platitude about “wanting to help people” during the job interview, Aiman (Fir Rahman) has his own personal reasons for wanting to work in the Larangan Prison, though his motives emerge only gradually over the course of the film. What the young man doesn’t realize when he lands his new gig is how swiftly he will
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Bryan Singer’s ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ Lands at Fox

Bryan Singer’s ‘20,000 Leagues Under the Sea’ Lands at Fox
Fox has come on board Bryan Singer’s “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea,” five months after the director announced that he wanted to helm the movie from his own script.

“20,000 Leagues” will be the fifth film that Singer has directed for Fox, dating back to “X-Men” in 2000. He’s directed three other “X-Men” movies for the studio: “X2,” “X-Men: Days of Future Past” and the upcoming “X-Men: Apocalypse,” which opens May 27.

Singer posted a picture of his script for “20,000 Leagues” on his Instagram account on Sept. 17.

“It’s my 50th birthday (ouch), and I just put the finishing touches on the script for my next film. A story I’ve wanted to retell since childhood,” the director wrote. “I promise this will be an epic and emotional adventure for all ages! An adventure very dear to my heart. Not abandoning the #xmen universe. Very excited about #xmenapocalypse and beyond. #julesverne #20000leaguesunderthesea #nemo,
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Set Visit Interview: Talking 'X-Men: Apocalypse' with Bryan Singer

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While visiting the set of "X-Men Apocalypse" and after a full day of shooting a scene where Apocalypse comes and recruits Angel with his three other horsemen, we find time to sit with director Bryan Singer in his trailer and pick his brain about what we just saw. This time around Bryan is shooting using a 3-D camera, has set this film in the 80's, and has introduced a new set of actors to play younger versions of our favorite characters.

The last scene that we have witnessed today deals with the special powers that pertain to Apocalypse. With the brush of his hands he can enhance your mutant powers as he does with Angel. Here is what Bryan had to say about his version of Apocalypse.

How has your day played out today?

Bryan Singer: It was a very intense day. Just quite a day, extraordinary. I wrote
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Tokyo Festival Opens With Hollywood Spectacle, But Local Films Set to Dominate

Tokyo Festival Opens With Hollywood Spectacle, But Local Films Set to Dominate
Director Robert Zemeckis and producer Jack Rapke were on hand Thursday to introduce “The Walk” as the opening film of The Tokyo International Film Festival.

The U.S. pair did the honors at the Toho Cinemas theater in the Roppongi Hills entertainment and shopping complex, launching the 28th edition of an event which runs to Oct. 31.

Though Bryan Singer is chairman of the competition jury, there were fewer that normal Hollywood names on the red carpet. Helen Mirren appeared to represent “Woman In Gold” together with director Simon Curtis. Hilary Swank was on hand for “You’re Not You.” Both films play in Tokyo’s Special Screenings section for films set to open in Japan in the next months.

The Nippon contingent was especially large, no surprise given the nearly 100 Japanese films scheduled to screen in all festival sections, the largest number ever. Among those drawing the most local media
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Review: 'Key & Peele' says goodbye with 'Negrotown'

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Review: 'Key & Peele' says goodbye with 'Negrotown'
A few thoughts on the end of "Key & Peele" — both the finale that just finished airing and the series as a whole — coming up just as soon as I dial 911... Early in the series finale, Key and Peele get to reminiscing about the very first sketch they did. This is mainly an excuse to set up the long-delayed punchline about where the two guys have been driving for the last two seasons — in search of a place isolated enough where they can again get away with saying "Bitch!" — but it also sets up an amusing bit where Peele tries to suggest that their series is "the greatest comedy, or otherwise show, ever made." When Key acts incredulous, Peele insists that "It's us, then, like, 'Dallas,' and 'The Twilight Zone.' There's a list out there... Just talking influential. Huge. I'm a visionary. I think it's very possible that we'll
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A&E Sucks The Blood Of 'Let The Right One In' And Will Turn It Into A TV Series

A&E Sucks The Blood Of 'Let The Right One In' And Will Turn It Into A TV Series
First, "Let The Right One In" was a fresh take on the vampire genre from Sweden that made impressive waves in 2008. Two years later, it was remade as the arguably better "Let Me In" (yep, I went there) by Matt Reeves, who trimmed the fat, and delivered a leaner, more effective take on the story of a relationship between a young boy and an ageless, bloodthirsty girl. And now, the property is headed to the small screen.  THR reports A&E has started development on a TV series based on the cult horror film. The good news is that the network seems dedicated to quality genre fare, already the home to the acclaimed "Bates Motel" and the recently launched "The Returned." A cause for pause might be the fact that Jeff Davis, the showrunner for MTV's tweenage "Teen Wolf," is working on the adaptation along with Brandon Boyce ("Apt Pupil,
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A&E Sucks The Blood Of 'Let The Right One In' And Will Turn It Into A TV Series

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First, "Let The Right One In" was a fresh take on the vampire genre from Sweden that made impressive waves in 2008. Two years later, it was remade as the arguably better "Let Me In" (yep, I went there) by Matt Reeves, who trimmed the fat, and delivered a leaner, more effective take on the story of a relationship between a young boy and an ageless, bloodthirsty girl. And now, the property is headed to the small screen.  THR reports A&E has started development on a TV series based on the cult horror film. The good news is that the network seems dedicated to quality genre fare, already the home to the acclaimed "Bates Motel" and the recently launched "The Returned." A cause for pause might be the fact that Jeff Davis, the showrunner for MTV's tweenage "Teen Wolf," is working on the adaptation along with Brandon Boyce ("Apt Pupil,
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Let The Right One In To Be Adapted Again

First it was a novel, then an acclaimed Swedish movie, then a surprisingly classy English-language remake, and then two separate stage productions. Now John Ajvide Lindqvist's Let The Right One In is heading for yet another adaptation, this time as a TV series for the American cable network A&E. Brandon Boyce (Apt Pupil, Wicker Park) will write the new take, with Jeff Davis (MTV's Teen Wolf) acting as showrunner. Both, along with Tomorrow Studios' Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements, will serve as executive producers. So too will Hammer CEO Simon Oakes: Hammer retains the rights as the studio that brought us the Let Me In version in 2010.The story, in all forms so far, gives us a young boy called Oskar (Owen in the Hammer film) who befriends a local girl called Eli (or Abby). Eli lives in mysterious circumstances with her seemingly much older 'guardian',
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'Let the Right One In' TV Show Happening at A&E

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'Let the Right One In' TV Show Happening at A&E
A&E has prevailed in a bidding war with Showtime for the rights to John Ajvide Lindqvist's best-selling Swedish book Let the Right One In for a TV series adaptation. The novel was adapted into the 2008 foreign thriller of the same name by director Tomas Alfredson, which was remade into the English-language film Let Me In, starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Chloe Moretz. Teen Wolf showrunner Jeff Davis is teaming with actor-writer Brandon Boyce to write the pilot script.

The original novel centers on a bullied young boy who becomes friends with a mysterious girl he eventually learns is a vampire. The series will take a slightly different approach, centering on the boy and female vampire, who live together in secret with the young girl's guardian. After a string of grisly murders rocks their sleepy Vermont town, a federal marshal comes to investigate, who has a mysterious past of his own.
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Let the Right One In TV Series Adaptation In Development at A&E

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Norman Bates and the resurrected people of The Returned could be getting more company in the growing horror community on A&E, as the network is developing a TV series adaptation of John Ajvide Lindqvist's world-renowned Sweden-set vampire novel, Let the Right One In.

The Hollywood Reporter reveals that A&E is collaborating with Jeff Davis (Teen Wolf showrunner) and Brandon Boyce (who wrote the screenplay adaptation of Stephen King's Apt Pupil and also played Dr. Vandenburg in Teen Wolf) on the adaptation of the 2004 novel, Let the Right One In, aka Låt den rätte komma in, with both Davis and Boyce set to scribe the script.

A&E and Showtime were both looking to adapt the vampiric coming-of-age story, with the former outbidding the latter in the end and gaining the optioned story from Hammer Films Productions.

A&E is currently developing the series in-house along with Tomorrow Studios.
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