June 24, 2011 10:20am EST
This year’s San Diego Comic Con is featuring a sneak preview of the upcoming Fright Night: a 3D reimagining of the 1985 horror cult classic, this time around to star Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. The convention will host a panel on Friday, July 22, featuring these stars as well as director Craig Gillespie and writer Marti Noxon. Additionally, fans will be able to attend a screening of the film as well as a “fan appreciation party.”
Comic-Con and Yahoo! Movies are also hosting a contest, “The Friday Night Feeding Frenzy,” beginning on Friday, June 24. The prize of the contest is a VIP trip for two to this year’s San Diego Comic Con. To win, fans must employ blogs, Facebook statuses and twitter in to check-in to events and share movie content—doing so will earn fans points. At the end of each week between July 1st and August 19th, the premiere of Fright Night, prizes will be awarded to fans who possess the highest amount of points. For more information, visit www.welcometofrightnight.com.
April 08, 2011 10:08am EST
Yesterday, the first photos of the upcoming remake of Fright Night released and surprisingly, they all looked pretty cool. So now, here's a few more photos and hey, you know what? They actually look pretty cool as well. In this batch, we've got Colin Farrell grinning devilishly, Anton Yelchin bearing a cross, and Imogen Poots caressing a revolver. Check 'em out below!
April 07, 2011 10:59am EST
I’m fairly excited for this remake of Fright Night and you should be too. I know why I’m excited at least. Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Colin Farrell, Imogen Poots, Toni Collete and Anton Yelchin all in one movie? Hell yeah! And these pictures seem to suggest something awesome is happening.
But you know what isn’t awesome? NOT INCLUDING ANY DAMN DAVID TENNANT! I MISS THE DOCTOR! WHY ARE THERE NO PICTURES OF HIM? BLURGHARGH! GET IT RIGHT NEXT TIME, FRIGHT NIGHT!
February 14, 2011 9:46am EST
I would love to offer the usual witty commentary on this trailer for Cracks, but it just looks so... British. Instead, I’ll rank the four leading ladies based on how awesome their name is to how hot they are (R = An/Hl, where Hn = Awesomeness of the name, Hl = hHotness of looks).
4. María Valverde
3. Eva Green
2. Juno Temple
1. Imogen Poots
(What, like you think I wouldn’t award someone named Poots in a movie called Cracks?).
Anyway, the film follows the females of a stuffy British boarding school where cliques rule the day. Until the new young teacher shows up (Green) and starts encouraging individualism (shocking! I know). Things get even further out of whack (British term) when a new kid comes to school, the lovely Spanish exchange student (Valverde). Things get more complicated when the teacher is accused of something bad (cough *hooking up with a student* cough) and again, it's all very very VERY British.
Cracks marks the feature directorial debut of Jordan Scott, the daughter of famed filmmaker Ridley Scott, who produces with his famed filmmaker brother Tony Scott. Scott's unite to take over the world!
November 10, 2010 9:19am EST
Did I miss something in high school English when we were reading Jane Eyre? I mean, I know I fell asleep everyday in that class (it was really warm and the teacher had the most sonorous voice) but I still read everything (well, most everything) and I do NOT remember Charlotte Bronte being this hardcore. Ghosts? Spirits? When did Bronte become Frank Miller? I used to be afraid of reading these books (fear of being bored to death, high five!), but now I can see I should’ve actually been afraid.
I’m just glad they are able to still throw in the staples of corsets, fancy frilly language, and socio-economic politics of the lower class during the Victorian era (HELL YEAH SERVANTS TALKING BACK TO THEIR GUV’NERS!).
Also: Imogen Poots. Can we all just agree to laugh at this? Let’s not hide it. No reason to be ashamed. Her name is Imogen. Poots. I would’ve killed for that kind of name in elementary school.
September 24, 2010 8:34am EST
Once news broke that Andrew Garfield will be the next Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Marc Webb’s reboot, the next big question was who will play the love interest? In the last three movies Kirsten Dunst played Mary Jane Watson, but Sony threw the nerds of the world a curve ball (sorry, a curve ball is a pitch in baseball which is particularly hard to hit because it suddenly curves. Baseball is... oh never mind) when they said Mary Jane Watson was not going to be the main love interest and there will in fact be two! Hold on to your pants nerds! Nerds still wear pants, right?
Anyway, a few casting rumors. Sudden (but not surprising) it-girl Emma Stone has read for a role in the 3D project. After the strong showing and great critical response of Stone’s Easy A, the next logical next step would be a blockbuster super hero flick for the lovable and raspy voiced red head. The thing that is surprising about this is how people are shocked that Stone is funny and can carry a movie herself. Of course she can! She’s hilarious and gorgeous and has red hair. Seems like the most obvious thing in the world.
Next up is indie-darling Mia Wasikowska who recently starred in the better-than-you-would-think The Kids Are All Right and the low budget, art house flick Alice in Wonderland from up and coming, super normal guy Tim Burton. Wasikowska is being toted to play Gwen Stacy, a part played by Bryce Dallas Howard in Spider-Man 3 (and if you forgot about that, don’t worry, most people have too). Super nerd (and my editor) Danny told me that Stacy was mainly the love interest of Peter Parker during his high school years (which is the setting of this reboot) while Watson was his next door neighbor. And since he has threatened to beat me up if I dare think he is wrong by looking it up to verify, I’ll just go with it (read his take on the potential casting picks here.) Yes, my dignity is just fine, thank you very much. Other ladies looking to join the franchise in one of the many female roles (like Felicia Hardy, Liz Allen and Betty Brant) possibly up for grabs include Ophelia Lovibond, Teresa Palmer and Imogen Poots.
Sources: Variety and Hollywood Insider
August 20, 2010 6:45am EST
When Andrew Garfield was confirmed as the new Peter Parker/Spider-Man in Marc Webb's 3D reboot of the iconic superhero, a lengthy and highly competitive casting campaign came to a close. But the end of one search inevitably leads to another and speculation began running rampant over who would play Parker's red-haired love interest Mary Jane Watson. After today's report from Heat Vision, though, many will undoubtedly wonder if Mary Jane will even be the leading lady in the new film.
The source claims to have found out who is in the running, or at least who is being considered, for the unnamed character who will steal Spidey's heart in the highly-anticipated redo, which is aiming for a July 3rd, 2012 release. Emma Roberts, Imogen Poots, Ophelia Lovibond, Teresa Palmer and Lily Collins will meet with director Webb and star Garfield throughout the weekend to read for the role. Most believe that the new film will follow the story of the Marvel Comics source material closely and that the love interest this time around will be Gwen Stacy (played by Bryce Dallas Howard in 2007's Spider-Man 3), but the possibility of a brand new character, written specifically for the movie, hasn't been ruled out. If it's accuracy that the writers/director/studio wants, these lucky actresses should be reading for Betty Brant, the Daily Bugle secretary played by Elizabeth Banks in the original trilogy who was actually Peter Parker's very first girlfriend, but I digress.
The ladies all have something different to offer, but share one thing in common. Like Garfield, they are all considered "up-and-coming" performers who will likely make waves in the industry whether they nab this part or not. Some are already moving up the ranks of the Hollywood hierarchy, like Emma Roberts, who comes from a very successful filmmaking family, appears in seven films this year (including the $110 million hit Valentine's Day and the upcoming It's Kind Of A Funny Story) and will topline next Spring's sure-to-be-big Scream 4. Teresa Palmer would also be a good choice as she's got the right look for the gig and experience working on big-budget productions like The Sorcerer's Apprentice and next year's I Am Number Four. Of course, keeping in line with the cost-effective strategy and edgier tone that Webb is aiming for, Poots (who can be seen in next week's Centurion), Lovibond (who recently wrapped William Monahan's London Boulevard) and Collins (who appeared in The Blind Side and will be seen next in 2011's Preist) could also steal the role.
Heat Vision also claims that no one is a favorite and that these girls will not be screen testing this weekend. This is more like a first round of meetings and it should be noted that there will likely be many more candidates that will be considered. I liken the search to the hunt for Paramount's Captain America, where the initial set of actors to read for the role (including John Krasinski and Garrett Hedlund) were nowhere near the finish line when director Joe Johnston chose Chris Evans to play the patriot. Since the reboot was first announced, I said that Roberts should play Mary Jane and though I would love to see her in the film, I don't think she's right for Gwen Stacy. If the innocent blond is in fact the leading lady, I would go with Poots or Palmer as I've seen them both give reserved and vulnerable performances in the past that would work well with the character. Only time will tell who will get the gig, but now is your chance to sound off: who do you think should get to play the female lead in Spider-Man 3D? Click on the photos below to see more of these stunning actresses and let us know!
Source: Heat Vision
August 18, 2010 8:42am EST
In 117 AD the famed Ninth Legion of the Roman army inexplicably disappeared. Through the centuries many legends pertaining to the missing squadron have unfurled. Some claim that the harsh elements of northern Britain brought them to their doom while more extraordinary stories suggest that supernatural forces laid waste to the soldiers. Writer-director Neil Marshall sought to set the record straight about the lost faction of fearless Romans with his new film Centurion but his audience receives much more mutilation than explanation.
A highly explosive cocktail of blood sweat and steel the film centers on Michael Fassbender’s Quintus Dias the stoic soldier for whom the film is titled and a captive of the savage Picts who have thwarted Roman subjugation for decades with effective guerrilla tactics. Quintus manages to escape the Picts’ village and regroup with the Ninth Legion led by the brave General Virilus (Dominic West) which happens to be on its way to finally end the devastation at the behest of a pushy Roman governor. Like every failed attempt at conquest the Roman forces are demolished. Quintus manages to survive yet again (cue eye-roll) along with a small group of battered warriors who end up on the run through treacherous terrain trying to stay a step ahead of Etain (Olga Kurylenko) a feared Pict huntress whose only joy in life comes from spilling Roman blood.
Like the movie’s breakneck production pace the story moves incredibly quickly leaving little time for the plot to be fully fleshed out (there’s not much of it anyway). The film would have benefitted from some more character development especially with the supporting cast because it is intended to be an ensemble piece but as each soldier got picked off I began to realize how insignificant most of them were to the narrative. As with all chase films though it’s the thrill of the hunt that keeps you engaged and Centurion delivers in that sense.
Fans of Marshall’s previous films The Descent and Doomsday will be drawn to Centurion’s similarly sadistic depiction of violence which is in no short order. Squeamish moviegoers will likely spend at least half of the movie’s 97-minute runtime with their eyes clenched as heroes and villains hack away at heads and limbs vividly illustrating the less-than-civilized age in which the film is set. Had previous entries into the swords-and-sandals genre like Braveheart and Gladiator not shown audiences and filmmakers alike that blood and story can be successfully balanced Centurion would’ve fared better but the director’s preference of gore over plot points kept me from ever being able to take it seriously.
Marshall’s mind is like an encyclopedia of genre conventions and he puts this knowledge to good use in terms of the movie’s technical components conforming to the visual style that we’ve come to expect from this period. If it’s growth that you’re hoping for don’t expect to find much; the only sign of it that the filmmaker demonstrates is in his at-times surprisingly poetic dialogue which describes the repulsive details of war and gives its deliverer Quintus much-needed depth. Credit is also due to a handful of the actors (namely Fassbender West and Kurylenko) who braved health-hazardous conditions to get the film made and take the on-screen chaos in stride no matter how absurd it gets.
July 16, 2010 9:15am EST
If you've been paying attention to network television this past season, you know that there's a new feisty Latina in Tinsel Town who's giving Salma and Penelope a run for their money. What you may not know is that Sofia Vergara, the voluptuous vixen who has won rave reviews as Gloria on ABC's Modern Family, has a younger sister named Sandra and she's ready to make her mark on the movie business.
The Hollywood Reporter scoops that Sandra has joined the cast of DreamWorks' upcoming teen-horror remake Fright Night, which is currently filming in New Mexico under the direction of Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl). Already cast are Anton Yelchin, Colin Farrell, David Tennant, Imogen Poots, Toni Collette and Christopher Mintz-Plasse. Vergara will play the girlfriend and assistant to a magician, played by Tennant, who is reluctantly recruited by Yelchin's Charley Brewster to fight off a vampire.
Of all of the horror remakes that are in production or development, I am looking forward to this one the most. Not because it's necessarily the most original, but because Fright Night hasn't been worn out by scores of sequel's and spin-off's like the Halloween's and Friday the 13th's of the world. Fans of Tom Holland's 1985 cult classic will likely flock to the multiplex based on the nostalgia factor and/or the wonderfully eclectic cast that the studio has put together, while youngsters who continue to spend their allowance on the cheap thrills that horror remakes provide will be unfamiliar with the story, making for an intriguing and unpredictable reaction to the material.
Fright Night is scheduled to scare up an audience on October 7th 2011.
June 21, 2010 7:33am EST
Earlier we reported that Christopher Mintz-Plasse and David Tennant were joining the cast of Fright Night; now British actress Imogen Poots has also signed on to DreamWorks' remake of the 1985 horror cult film. Poots will play the female lead opposite Anton Yelchin, along with Colin Farrell and Toni Collette.
For those who haven't seen the original, directed by Tom Holland (whose company Dead Rabbit Films will be releasing the remake), the new Fright Night will follow Charley (Yelchin), a teen who becomes convinced that his new new neighbor (Farrell) is a vampire. When his friends begin disappearing, Charley turns to his childhood hero Peter Vincent (Tennant), a 'Mindfreak'-like television magician with a history of hunting Vampires, for help. But Charley and his celebrity magician-mentor will also have to contend with Charley's nerdy best friend 'Evil' Ed (Mintz-Plasse), who is the first to suspect that there's a vampire in the neighborhood, and who ultimately decides to join forces with vampire-Farrell.
Poots joins the cast as Yelchin's girlfriend, a girl from the popular clique who is unaware of his past as a nerd (back when he hung out with Mintz-Plasse, no doubt). The talented actress is best known for her work in Juan Carlos Fresnadillo's 28 Weeks Later and Solitary Man with Michael Douglas. Poots recently finished work on Cary Fukunaga's upcoming adaptation of Jane Eyre, in which she stars as Blanche Ingram, opposite Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender.