Wonderfilm is Heading to Amityville with Casey La Scala at the Helm

The Wonderfilm Media Corporation announced today that it has green lit the horror film “Amityville 1974” to begin principal photography in November of this year.

The film is based on the real life tragedy that spawned THE AMITYVILLE HORROR novel and subsequent films when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family on a fateful November night. This tragedy was seared into the minds of the public consciousness by writer Jay Anson, whose book “The Amityville Horror” recounted the terror experienced by a family moving into the house in 1975 but fleeing after 28 days driven out by hostile supernatural forces. Wonderfilm’s Amityville 1974 will tell the story of the DeFeo’s horrifying murderous rampage.

Casey La Scala (Donnie Darko, The Remaining) will direct from a script he wrote. Jeff Bowler and Shaun Redick (Get Out/ Blackkklansman) will produce for Wonderfilm. Todd Garner(Tag/Mortal Kombat) will also produce. Bret Saxon and Yvette Yates will Executive Produce.

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“Doctor Sleep” Revisits Danny From “The Shining”

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Its been nearly 40 years ago since moviegoers saw Danny Torrance and his psychic powers called “the shining” in the 1980 film adaptation of the Steven King novel of the same name.

“Doctor Sleep” follows Danny (played by Ewan McGregor) now an adult, an alcoholic and battling the childhood trauma that he experienced with his family in the Overlook Hotel. This week, Warner Bros. unveiled the film’s creepy trailer, giving audiences a first look at Danny since the events in the hotel.

Written and directed by Mike Flanagan, who directed the highly underrated Oculus from 2013 and the hit Netflix series “The Haunting of the Hill House.”

Fans should also recognize the “The Shining” theme featured in the trailer, which suggests that the sequel may indeed exist within the world of original King novel and Stanley Kubrick’s classic film.

The film co-stars Rebecca Ferguson (Mission: Impossible – Fallout) and child actress Kyliegh Curran. “Doctor Sleep” is set to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures on November 8, 2019.

Film Director Franco Zeffirelli Dies at 96

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Italian director Franco Zeffirelli, who famously directed the film version of “Romeo and Juliet” as well as some of world’s greatest opera singers, has died. He was 96.

Zeffirelli directed more than two dozen films, including “The Taming of the Shrew” with Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton and the religious miniseries with an all-star ensemble “Jesus of Nazareth.”

His work on “Romeo and Juliet” remains one of the most successful big screen adaptations of Shakespeare. The film’s popularity has been credited for helped bring Shakespeare to young film goers around the world. It also earned Zeffirelli an Oscar nomination for best director.

In 1990, Zeffirelli once again revisited Shakespeare by casting Mel Gibson in the lead role for “Hamlet”, with Glenn Close as Queen Gertrude.

His lavish work on theater and opera is equally esteemed, having directed La bohème (1982), Tosca (1985), Turandot and Don Giovanni at the New York’s Metropolitan Opera, and Don Carlo with Luciano Pavarotti and Daniela Dessi at Italy’s famed La Scala.

Born in Florence, Tuscany, Italy in 1923, Zeffirelli was the son of a wool and silk dealer and a fashion designer.

Always Sunny’s Rob McElhenney Unveils “Mythic Quest”

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It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia star and creator Rob McElhenney was at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles during Ubisoft’s E3 press conference, where he talked aobut his upcoming new show for Apple TV Plus called “Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet.”

The new series was first revealed last summer although not a lot of information was available. At the time, McElhenney was attached to direct another video-game film adaptation, Minecraft, a project he vacated shortly after.

The live-action comedy series was developed by McElhenney, along with his Sunny comrade Charlie Day and executive producer Megan Ganz.

McElhenney is the lead in the series, supposedly playing an egomaniac video game studio director Ian Grimm.

“Like most of the creative directors I’ve met, he has the ego the size of a city bus,” McElhenney said on stage. “I’m going to get my ass kicked backed stage because there are lot of creative directors here.”

You can see the trailer below.

Momentum Pictures Announce NEKROTRONIC With Monica Bellucci

Momentum Pictures has announce the release date for NEKROTRONIC, the latest comedy, horror, sci-fi starring Monica Bellucci (The Matrix: Reloaded, Mozart in the Jungle) and David Wenham (The Lord of the Rings).

The film is set for release on select theaters, VOD and digital HD on August 9, 2019.

Directed by Kiah Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead) from a script written by Kiah Roache-Turner, Tristan Roache-Turner (Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead), the film co-stars Ben O’Toole (Hacksaw Ridge, The Water Diviner), Caroline Ford (Amazon’s Carnival Row, TV’s Once Upon a Time), Tess Haubrich (The Wolverine, Alien: Covenant), and Epine Bob Savea.

Here’s the film’s official synopsis
Howard North, a down on his luck sewage worker, gets dragged into a global conflict between the Nekromancers, a family of badass demon hunters, and Finnegan (Monica Bellucci) – an evil demon who absorbs people’s souls to increase her power. When Howard finds out the truth behind Finnegan’s past and her dark plans for the future, he teams up with his new friends to discover he is the ultimate Nekromancer, the only one with the power to defeat her and save the world.

First Full Trailer For “Frozen 2” Released

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The full-length trailer for the highly-anticipated sequel from Walt Disney Animation has been released, and it looks like another blockbuster winner.

The sequel, a follow-up to the highly successful, billion dollar grossing animated film from 2013, brings back the voices of Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel. The original of course was a global blockbuster, grossing $1.27 billion worldwide.

“Elsa, the past is not what it seems,” a troll says in the trailer. “You must find the truth. Go north, across the enchanted land and into the unknown.” The trailer also shows Elsa’s sister, who is similarly in an uncertain situation, and she is in a boat with no less than Olaf.

The original directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are also back and based on this new footage, they have not lost their magical touch one bit. Songwriters Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez also return. In the original film, the two took the song “Let It Go” from the film’s soundtrack all the way to academy awards, winning Best Original Song.

“Frozen 2” is set for release later this year on Nov. 22, which by the way is the exact day the original film was released six years ago.

Retro Themed First Poster For ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ Revealed

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Warner Bros may be skipping the big stages at this summer San Diego Comic-Con, but that didn’t stop director Patty Jenkins from hyping next year’s Wonder Woman 1984.

Marking a year from the film’s release next year, Jenkins tweeted a psychedelic and colorful poster of the film on Wednesday. “One… year… from… TODAY…,” Jenkins posted an image featuring Gal Gadot’s character, looking tough and ready to fight, standing in front of a rainbow-colored background.

Although WB is skipping SDCC, the director promised that promo will be in full swing in December. “By now you’ve heard: WB isn’t going to Hall H this year. We’re so sad to miss you there! And waiting until Dec. to start our official #WW84 campaign in full– But the truth is… we can just… barely… wait…” Jenkins posted.

Wonder Woman 1984 brings back Gal Gadot in the title role, as well as Chris Pine as Diana/Wonder Woman’s love interest Steve Trevor, while Kristen Wiig as Barbara Ann Minerva / Cheetah joins the cast.

The film is set to arrive in theaters on June 5, 2020.

Trailer Premiere Of Walking Dead’s Pollyanna McIntosh’s Directorial Debut: “DARLIN”

The Walking Dead’s Pollyanna McIntosh Directs and Stars in DARLIN’, set for release in select theaters and on VOD on July 12, 2019.

Found at a Catholic hospital filthy and ferocious, feral teenager Darlin’ (Lauryn Canny) is whisked off to a care home run by The Bishop (Bryan Batt, AMC’s Mad Men) and his obedient nuns where she is to be tamed into a “good girl.” However, Darlin’ holds a secret darker than the “sins” she is threatened with, and she is not traveling alone. The Woman (Pollyanna McIntosh, The Walking Dead), equally fierce and feral, who raised her is ever present and is determined to come for her no matter who tries to step in her way.

DARLIN’ sees standout star Pollyanna McIntosh both in front of and behind the camera, expertly commanding an all-consuming feast for the senses and sensibility in equal measure.

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McCarthy, Haddish And Moss Join The Mafia In “The Kitchen” Trailer

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The upcoming crime drama film sees the women as wives of Irish mobsters in jail. Written and directed by Andrea Berloff, the film is based on the Vertigo comic book miniseries.

Warner Bros. dropped the very first official trailer for the film, and it looks like the wives are about to take some serious business.

Those who may be expecting a comedy are in for a surprise, as the film is in fact more of a crime drama which that reminds us of last year’s excellent Steve McQueen directed film “Widows.”

Set 1978 New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen, the women are who are forced to take matters into their own hands while their husbands serve their sentences.

Also in the film are Domhnall Gleeson, Margo Martindale, Common, Bill Camp, and James Badge Dale, and many others.

“The Kitchen” set for release on August 9, 2019.

Robert Pattinson Confirmed As The Next Batman

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Robert Pattinson in A24’s High Life

Robert Pattinson is the new caped crusader. Today, Variety has confirmed that the actor will take over the role of Batman from Ben Affleck.

Matt Reeves ( “War for the Planet of the Apes”) signed on to direct the film in early 2017. He is known for critical and commercial hits Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) and War for the Planet of the Apes (2017) as well as the romantic horror film Let Me In (2010).

No other casting announcement has been made for the movie, though pre-production is expected to begin this summer.

The film would be Pattinson’s return to high profile movies since appearing in five global blockbuster film adaptations of the Twilight novels which concluded in 2012.

Since then, he has appeared in smaller indie films and worked with renowned directors as Werner Herzog and David Cronenberg as well as gained positive reviews in the crime film “Good Time” and this year’s science-fiction horror film “High Life”.

He is also set to appear in Christopher Nolan’s film “Tenet,” set to open July 17, 2020, as well as the dark fantasy horror film “Lighthouse” which has received acclaim at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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