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Another Checks Into “The Haunting of Hill House”

Another Checks Into “The Haunting of Hill House”
Oliver Jackson-Cohen (The Raven) is the latest to join the cast of “The Haunting of Hill House”, Netflix’s modern re-imagining of Shirley Jackson’s classic 1959 novel, Deadline says. He joins Timothy Hutton, Carla Gugino, Michel Huisman, Elizabeth Reaser, Kate Siegel and Henry Thomas in the 10-episode straight-to-series drama, which hails from genre filmmaker Mike Flanagan, Steven […]
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Whatever Happened to the Cast of Better off Dead?

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Sure, we all know where John Cusack is as his star rocketed to the top since Better off Dead. As Lane Myer, he was the guy you love to root for, especially when his girlfriend dumps him and he luckily fails miserably at killing himself. Since then he has starred in the futuristic thriller 2012, and The Raven and is active on Twitter, but what about the rest of the cast? Here is what happened to the cast after filming that classic dark comedy in 1985. Demian Slade As paperboy Johnny Gasparini he hunted down the Myer family for his

Whatever Happened to the Cast of Better off Dead?
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Consider With Reservations: The Stars of Quantity Over Quality Cinema

The stars of yesterday now are making three films a year you never knew existed until they show up on Netflix.^ Real Movie ^

In my prior life as a script reader, I certainly read a lot of bad scripts, but at times, an even more common occurrence was a script that seemed to do a great many things right, but somehow fell just short of being something you wanted to champion as a movie. As draining as the terrible scripts were, there’s something pure about clear-cut bad. It takes little effort to explain why they’re unfit.

The real challenges were the scripts that had kind of a decent premise, kind of an okay twist or two, and a lead character who wasn’t bad so much as he or she was just… there. The raw materials are there for what Could be a script. They just happen to be assembled in the least compelling way
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The Lrm Interview with Luke Evans for The Girl on a Train

  • LRM Online
For years, Wales-born actor Luke Evans has been part of bigger action and fantasy blockbusters like Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit and Fast and Furious 6, as well as genre films like Dracula Untold and The Raven. In Tate Taylor’s adaptation of Paula Hawkins’ bestselling The Girl on the Train, Evans finally plays a more grounded role as a man dealing with domestic issues and a missing wife.

Evans plays Scott, who at first is merely one part of a seemingly loving couple that Emily Blunt’s Rachel sees as she passes their house on her train ride each day. When Scott’s wife Megan (Hayley Bennett) vanishes, Rachel gets closer to Scott and learns there’s more to Megan and Scott’s relationship than what she sees from the train.

Lrm spoke with Evans from the New York junket a few weeks back.

Lrm: This seems like a
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John Cusack: examining his recent straight-to-dvd movies

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John Cusack has made 17 films in four years. We've found the ones that have gone all-but straight to DVD and watched them...

John Cusack is a bit of a Hollywood oddity. There’s no pattern to the type of movie he will choose to do, so he’s always kept us on our toes. Sure, he’ll make a dumb action movie, but that will often afford him the chance to make a few smaller gambles later on. Up until the last few years he’s played the system very well, but recently his ethic appears to have, um, waned? A little?

Since the heady days of Say Anything and Sixteen Candles he’s come to represent a sort of slightly weird-looking, awkwardly charming, offbeat everyman that men aged 18-49 can look at and go 'me'” - which is fine. There’s a place for that, as
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Stephen King’s ‘Cell’: New Shots of Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman!

Stephen King’s ‘Cell’: New Shots of Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman!
Check out a serious of new images from the adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell, which stars American History X and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For‘s Stacy Keach, Orphan‘s Isabelle Fuhrman, The Raven‘s John Cusack, and RoboCop and Oldboy‘s Samuel L. Jackson. Fuhrman plays a teenage neighbor of Cusack’s Clay Riddell character who joins […]
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Examining Hollywood Remakes: The Raven

  • Cinelinx
We’re back with another look at the best and worst of Hollywood’s remakes. This article will be dissecting a failed attempt to recreate a Universal horror film starring Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. This week, Cinelinx, looks at The Raven (2012).

In the 1930s, Universal Studios, which specialized in horror and monster movies, teamed up their two cinematic titans of terror Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi in a series of films. The Raven (1935) was their second pairing. While the project was inspired by the Edgar Allan Poe poem “The Raven”, the plot is actually original, designed for the two leading men. The combination of the stars of Frankenstein (Karloff) and Dracula (Lugosi) could elevate even a mediocre film into something memorable. Sadly, the 2012 remake is totally not memorable.

On the plus side, John Cusack is ideally cast in the remake as literary legend Poe, alternately capturing Poe's egotism,
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Stephen King’s ‘Cell’: Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman (Images)

Stephen King’s ‘Cell’: Samuel L. Jackson, John Cusack, and Isabelle Fuhrman (Images)
Check out two more shots from the adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell, which stars American History X and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For‘s Stacy Keach, Orphan‘s Isabelle Fuhrman, The Raven‘s John Cusack, and RoboCop and Oldboy‘s Samuel L. Jackson. Fuhrman plays a teenage neighbor of Cusack’s Clay Riddell character who joins him and […]
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Cherry Tree Release Details Revealed by Dark Sky Films

  • DailyDead
Desperate to save her ailing dad, a young woman turns to the world of witchcraft for help in David Keating's Cherry Tree, a new horror film hitting theaters and VOD early next year from Dark Sky Films.

Cherry Tree hits theaters and arrives on VOD on January 8th from Dark Sky Films. In addition to a new Cherry Tree poster, we have the movie's official synopsis and teaser trailer (from its appearance at this year's Fantasia International Film Festival).

Synopsis: "A young woman makes a fateful pact with a witches' coven that can save her dying father's life.

Faith's world is turned upside down after she finds out that her beloved father is dying. When the mysteriously alluring Sissy Young becomes her new hockey coach, Faith has no idea that Sissy is the head of a witches' coven that has resided in her home town of Orchard for centuries.
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Mipcom: Japan’s Wowow Snaps ‘The Player,’ ‘Zoo’

Mipcom: Japan’s Wowow Snaps ‘The Player,’ ‘Zoo’
Cannes– Japan’s leading pay TV channel has acquired exclusive Japanese broadcast rights to U.S. hit TV series “The Player” (pictured above) from Sony Pictures Television” and “Zoo” from CBS Studios International.

The Player,” which bowed on NBC in September, will roll out on Wowow in the Spring, while “Zoo,” which kicked off on CBS in June, will start airing later this year.

Penned by John Rogers,”The Player” stars Philip Winchester (“Strike Back”, “Flyboys”, “Camelot”) as Alex Kane, a former FBI agent Alex Kane who becomes a reluctant player in a secret society’s perverse game of chance, where the stakes are measured in criminal acts and human lives.

Charity Wakefield (“The Raven”), Damon Gupton (“Empire”), and Wesley Snipes (“Blade Trilogy”) complete the cast.

Rogers is exec producing with John Davis, John Fox and director Bharat Nalluri. Kung Fu Monkey and Davis Entertainment are producing in association with Sony Pictures Television.
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Second Opinion – Love & Mercy (2015)

Love & Mercy, 2015.

Directed by Bill Pohlad.

Starring Paul Dano, John Cusack, Elizabeth Banks and Paul Giamatti.

Synopsis:

In the 1960s, Beach Boys leader Brian Wilson struggles with emerging psychosis as he attempts to craft his avant-garde pop masterpiece. In the 1980s, he is a broken, confused man under the 24-hour watch of shady therapist Dr. Eugene Landy.

For fans of the iconic 60s pop group The Beach Boys, this is a must-watch. Love & Mercy is a poignant and considered attempt to chronicle the tumultuous life of the band’s lead musician, Brian Wilson.

The film is a biopic covering two periods of Wilson’s life. Paul Dano (There Will be Blood, Ruby Sparks) plays Wilson during the mid 60s when seminal album Pet Sounds was recorded, but also the period when Wilson began to develop mental health issues and abused drugs and alcohol.

Intercut with this narrative is John Cusack
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Bad Ideas: Films We’re Glad Never Got Made

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While we often lament some of the films that end up stuck in development Hell, never to become realized on the big screen, there are some films we should all be glad never came to fruition.

Sometimes they don’t get it! We all know that the film industry is a business and they want to make money, but Hollywood doesn’t always realize that the best way to do that is to make a good film. Sometimes, Hollywood’s habit of taking a known property and stretching them out to absurd proportions proves that they just don’t get the point. Fortunately, there are times when someone recognizes a bad idea and puts on the brakes. Below is a list of 14 films where someone was smart enough to notice that they were making a pile of trash and threw in the towel.

Beetlejuice Goes Hawaiian

Due to the success of Beetlejuice,
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36 major blockbusters and why they never got made

  • Den of Geek
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...

This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.

If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...

1. Airframe

The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.

So: a hit book, another techno thriller,
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Ten Best Performances of John Cusack’s career

Following up on yesterday’s article on Love & Mercy, which features one of the best John Cusack performances to date, I wanted to look at his whole career and list his all time best work. As such, a new top ten list is here for your reading pleasure. This one obviously looks at Cusack’s best so far, which sadly has yet to garner him an Academy Award nomination. Hopefully he’ll score with Oscar one day, but regardless, he remains an underrated actor in Hollywood. Take a look below, and be sure to check him out in Love & Mercy this weekend, which again is one of his top notch turns. Enjoy! Here now is a look at Cusack’s ten best performances so far: 10. The Raven – Not many people give Cusack credit for this one, but he does a much better job than you’d expect, considering the silly premise.
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Film Review: ‘Survivor’

Film Review: ‘Survivor’
Milla Jovovich plays a falsely accused Foreign Service Officer who works to thwart a terrorist plot as she runs from the authorities in “Survivor,” a sturdy wrong-woman thriller that feels grotesque in its citations of 9/11 and other intimations of real-world import, but also steals a few good moves from “North by Northwest” and “The Fugitive” for a solid middle section. A generic title and low buzz factor are hurdles for this day-and-date release, a meat-and-potatoes offering from helmer James McTeigue (“V for Vendetta,” “The Raven”).

The prologue, in which two Americans in Afghanistan are captured after a helicopter crash, gets the proceedings off to an unpromising start; the poorly staged action and a lack of background density give off the vibe of a videogame cut scene. One of the men is identified as a potential bargaining chip, and his fellow soldier is quickly immolated.

Cut to London, several months later,
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Review: 'Survivor' Starring Milla Jovovich & Pierce Brosnan

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There was a time when James McTeigue’s ascendance as a top tier blockbuster director seemed assured. After working with the Wachowskis on “The Matrix” trilogy as first assistant director, he made his debut feature with the smash hit “V For Vendetta,” which the siblings endorsed with a producing credit. But from there things took a decidedly downward turn. The next team up between the Wachowskis and McTeigue, “Ninja Assassin,” was a flop, and so too was his outing behind period pulp piece “The Raven.” And things continue in a downward trajectory with “Survivor,” a thriller that lines up decent actors for a credulity straining affair that aims to honor American law enforcement for stopping terrorist attacks post-9/11, but winds up trivializing their job in the process. Milla Jovovich leads the movie as Kate Abbott, a hot shot security expert brought in to help the American embassy in London look
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Wesley Snipes heading to NBC for The Player, first trailer released

Over the weekend, NBC played a series order for The Player, a Las Vegas-set action thriller from the team behind The Blacklist, which is set to star Wesley Snipes (The Expendables 3) alongside Philip Winchester (24: Live Another Day), Charity Wakefield (The Raven) and Damon Gupton (Whiplash).

According to Variety, The Player “follows a former military operative-turned-security expert (Winchester) who is drawn into a high-stakes game where an organization of wealthy individuals gamble on his ability to stop some of the biggest crimes imaginable from playing out. His goal is to take them down to get revenge for the death of his wife.

Check out the first trailer here…

The Player will get underway on NBC later this year.
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Milla Jovovich Runs from Pierce Brosnan in 'Survivor' Thriller Trailer

"If you get her in your sight, do no hesitate." Pierce Brosnan took the hero role in last year's action thriller The November Man, but this year he's in villain mode for a new action thriller called Survivor. This time it's Milla Jovovich (Resident Evil) on the run as she's being framed for a terrorist bombing that Brosnan's infamous assassin character executed. It seems like a pretty generic plot, but Brosnan is doing some pretty slick stuff in this trailer. In fact, he seems to get more screentime than Jovovich, which doesn't really seem fair to the actress, but Brosnan is a James Bond veteran, so he'll help sell the movie too. Watch? Here's the first trailer for James McTeigue's Survivor, originally from Yahoo: Survivor is directed by James McTeigue (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin, The Invasion, The Raven) and written by Philip Shelby (Mechanic: Resurrection). After being mysteriously framed for a terrorist bombing,
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Charity Wakefield To Star In ‘Endgame'; Ben Hollingsworth Joins ‘Code Black’

Charity Wakefield (The Raven) has landed the female lead opposite Philip Winchester and Wesley Snipes in NBC drama pilot Endgame, written by John Rogers and directed by Bharat Nalluri for Davis Entertainment and Sony TV. Described as a high-octane thriller set in the high-stakes world of Las Vegas, it centers on Alex (Winchester), a former intelligence officer turned security expert who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy that forces him to complete a series of heroic…
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First Look at Stephen King’s ‘Cell’ Rings In

First Look at Stephen King’s ‘Cell’ Rings In
Check out this official first look at the adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell, which stars American History X and Sin City: A Dame to Kill For‘s Stacy Keach, Orphan‘s Isabelle Fuhrman, The Raven‘s John Cusack, and RoboCop and Oldboy‘s Samuel L. Jackson. Fuhrman plays a teenage neighbor of Cusack’s Clay Riddell character who joins him […]
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