Studio bosses at Sony Pictures are developing a remake of hit 1997 horror film I Know What You Did Last Summer. The executives have recruited Oculus co-writers Mike Flanagan and Jeff Howard to pen the screenplay for the thriller, which was originally adapted from author Lois Duncan's 1973 novel of the same name.
The first big screen adaptation featured Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe and Freddie Prinze Jr., and grossed over $125.6 million (£78.5 million) at the worldwide box office.
A sequel, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer, was released the following year (1998).
According to Deadline.com, bosses at Sony are aiming for a 2016 release for the reboot.
Alan Landsburg, the Emmy Award-winning mastermind behind Leonard Nimoy's hit series In Search Of... and Mickey Rooney's acclaimed TV movie Bill, has died. The 81 year old director/producer died of natural causes at his Beverly Hills home last week (14Aug14).
Landsburg also executive produced TV films The Ryan White Story and The Jayne Mansfield Story, which featured Loni Anderson as the actress and a young Arnold Schwarzenegger as her husband, Mickey Hargitay, and produced sequels Porky's II: The Next Day and Jaws 3-D.
He directed several episodes of 1960s documentary series Biography, hosted by Mike Wallace, as well as National Geographic specials and The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau adventure series.
Nominated for an Emmy five times, he won the prize as a producer on the 1970 Hallmark Hall of Fame film A Storm in Summer, which was written by The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling. Landsburg was also nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar in 1972 for Alaska Wilderness Lake.
Elvis Presley's granddaughter Riley Keough is engaged to marry movie stuntman Ben Smith-Petersen. The groom-to-be shared the news with fans via his Facebook.com page on Thursday (14Aug14), when he uploaded a photo of the couple, with actress Keough showing off her ring.
In the accompanying caption, he wrote, "So that happened".
Keough met her beau while working on Mad Max: Fury Road in 2012, and a source tells UsMagazine.com, "They're very serious. They're perfect for each other. Great people."
The 25 year old daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and her ex-husband Danny Keough was previously engaged to wed her Magic Mike co-star Alex Pettyfer in early 2012.
Recent reports suggested she was back in the arms of ex-boyfriend Ryan Cabrera after her split from the actor.
Rita Ora has opened up about her no-show at last weekend's (10Aug14) Teen Choice Awards in Los Angeles, confirming reports suggesting her ex-boyfriend Calvin Harris refused to let her perform the love song they wrote together.
Ora was an anticipated performer at the ceremony, but DJ Harris, who owns the creative rights to I Will Never Let You Down, refused to approve the track at the last minute, and the R.I.P. singer was left with no option but to scrap her set.
Appearing on DJ Ryan Seacrest's radio show in L.A. on Tuesday (12Aug14), she explained, "For anybody who doesn't understand how it works, he wrote and produced the song, so he has to approve anything TV-wise... and he didn't approve the Teen Choice Awards. "I could have got told a few weeks earlier, you know. That would have been nice. It was a last minute change, but, you know what, it happens and we move on and move forward... It is what it is, man. You write a song with somebody, and I guess there's some stuff that comes with it... Everything happens for a reason, that's how I look at it."
Ora performed an unplugged acoustic set of the song on Seacrest's show and insisted that regardless of her ex's feelings about the tune, she still thinks it's a hit, adding, "It's basically a love song you can dance to. I wrote this with a really special person, and it was the first time I ever kind of opened my doors up for somebody I knew personally. So, this song was written out of love and... it was convenient for the time it was written."
"People move on and move forward, but the song still has the same message... It's still an amazing song. I don't want anybody to have, like, a dark cloud over this song."
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The sullen critical reaction to the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie is unsurprising, but the box office intake for the Michael Bay-produced feature's opening weekend might warrant a double take: early numbers indicate that Turtles took in $65 million, a sum that allowed the flick to trounce expectations by 20 grand, top Guardians of the Galaxy by a similar figure, and — perhaps worst of all — spawn a sequel. Via the Los Angeles Times, Paramount is moving forward with a second Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, already scheduled for 2016.
Considering the fact that Turtles was hardly the worst thing we've seen this year (perhaps not even the worst thing to come from Michael Bay, in fact), we don't want to write off the newly developing follow-up just yet. There might be a way to save this '16-bound film, but it'll entail a few major changes to the process that brought us this year's Turtle movie:
1) Clean up the Turtles' lookThe choice to make the Turtle brothers look darker, grittier, and more "real" this time around is a particularly confusing one considering how broad and silly the film goes with its material. The grotesque appearance of the foursome doesn't mesh whatsoever with the tone of the movie, nor is it at all pleasant to look at. A dramatic redesign might not be necessary, but something smoother, cleaner, and altogether sillier would benefit future audiences. Splinter, on the other hand, could use a complete makeover.
2) Replace Jonathan Liebesman as directorLiebesman proved with Turtles that he is still developing his directorial skill set. A filmmaker with an established understanding of how to harmonize action and comedy would serve the second feature well.
3) More time on the shelled foursomeWith so much ground to cover in regards to Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' nonsensical plot, too much time was spent away from the Turtles themselves. Although they might not be the work of comic genius, they were more or less endearing in the grand scheme of things. More Turtles, less everything else. Oh, and for that matter...
4) Simply, simplify, simplify!Whoever it was that demanded this movie's premise to be more tiered and complicated than A Most Wanted Man does not understand the appeal of the Ninja Turtles. Keep things light, simple, and straightforward. We don't need several dozen conspiracies, puppet regimes, and plot twists. Oh, and for THAT matter...
5) Enough with that one sci-fi contrivance that seems to be popping up in every big movie this year.If you don't know what I'm talking about (I'm being coy for fear of spoilers) check out Mike Ryan's excellent diatribe against the phenomenon.
6) Oust Will Arnett's characterWill Arnett is an adroit comic actor, but his character in Turtles is about as pointless as a pastel bandit mask on the face of a gigantic reptilian vigilante. If April O'Neil had her own car, Arnett's character's contribution would have been instantly nullified.
7) Encourage an actual performance out of Megan FoxWhile Turtles can get rid of Arnett without missing a beat, it's unlikely that Fox can be dismissed so easily (although there Bay-universe is precedent for such banishment). If we're stuck with her, then let's at least try to get her invested in the story and character this time; all she does in this latest Turtles entry is babble flat exposition and grimace in ambiguous dread.
8) Make Michelangelo less creepyAn innocent crush on April O'Neil would be fine, but Michelangelo's character was full on sexual deviant with his obsessive come-ons and offhand erection jokes.
9) Stop destroying New York CityWe've seen it. We're sick of it. It weighs hard on those of us who actually live here. Enough.
10) Krang!His big screen debut is long overdue.
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Magic Mike stud Joe Manganiello has been voted People magazine's Hottest Bachelor of 2014. The actor beat the likes of Jared Leto, Zac Efron, Ryan Gosling, Scott Eastwood, Robert Pattinson, Chris Pine and Ian Somerhalder to claim the title.
Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn has come to the defence of his pal Ryan Gosling and his critically panned directorial debut, insisting the film is a "great movie". The Notebook actor stepped behind the camera for Lost River, which made its premiere at the Cannes International Film Festival last week (ends25May14) to scathing reviews from many critics.
The movie, starring Christina Hendricks as a struggling single mum who is drawn into a dark underworld in a mysterious town on the outskirts of Detroit, Michigan, drew mixed reactions from attendees at the screening, many of whom booed the picture, above a small smattering of applause. A number of critics were quick to notice similarities between Gosling and Winding Refn's directing styles, and the Drive filmmaker is eager to praise his pal on the project.
Winding Refn tells New York Magazine, "I think it's a beautiful, beautiful, great movie that will grow on people. There are images from it that still stick with me. "Because we're twins we make the same movie. Separated at birth, we found each other. That's the thing about twins. We stick together."
Unfortunately some reviewers found the similarities off-putting, with Kate Muir from The Times calling Lost River a "lurid mash up of (David) Lynch, Refn and (artist) Edward Hopper. In a bad way", while the Daily Telegraph's Robbie Collin stating Lynch, Winding Refn and David Cronenberg's "ideas and imagery aren't developed, they're simply reproduced".
Actor Matt Bomer spent a month living apart from his family as he prepared to play an AIDS victim in new TV movie The Normal Heart, so he could fully embrace the mindset of his desperate character. The Magic Mike star slimmed down drastically to portray Felix Turner in Ryan Murphy's screen adaptation of the hit Larry Kramer play, about the early days of the AIDS epidemic, and he temporarily moved out of the home he shares with his publicist partner Simon Halls and their three children to perfect his transformation.
He tells Vulture.com, "The whole point of the weight loss was obviously to create a certain aesthetic that Ryan was happy with, but also to create that physical reality for me. When the cameras were rolling, I wasn't having to affect anything; so much of it was already there. "I had separated myself from my family, I was living on my own for, like, a month, and I think that helped me sort of get into Felix's head in a way that I haven't had an opportunity to do with other characters before."
Bomer also called in a professional counsellor to make sure his sons would be OK with dad's drastic weightloss - but he admits he needn't have worried. He adds, "We definitely prepared our kids really early on, before I even started losing weight. I spoke with a professional who told me how to relay it to them in language they could really understand, and they were great about it. "Maybe it's a luxury of having all boys, who are like, 'Yeah! Go!' You know, it's like they were my cheering squad. And I remember, at one point I had lost 25 or 30 pounds and I came home, and it's such a testament to childhood imagination, because they were like, 'Oh, I thought you were going to be skinnier than that.' And I was like, 'Hey, I'm working here!' "But they were really great about it, and understanding. I think that our oldest son, who tends to be a caretaker, said at one point, 'When are you going to get to eat pancakes with me again?' But that was about as difficult as it seemed to get for them."
Bomer's amazing transformation stunned viewers watching the TV movie in America on Sunday night (25May14). The film also featured Mark Ruffalo and Julia Roberts.
Singer Jenny Lewis has credited the recording of her new album with pulling her through "one of the most difficult periods" of her life, after suffering a meltdown following the break-up of her cult band Rilo Kiley and the death of her estranged father. The star recruited rocker Ryan Adams and his musician pal Mike Viola to help her complete The Voyager, her first solo album in six years, and she admits channelling her pain and emotions into her songs proved to be the therapy she desperately needed.
She tells RollingStone.com, "Making The Voyager got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life.
"After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn't sleep for five straight nights. Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn't shut down...
"This record was the hardest one I ever made. The Voyager tells that story: the longest night of my life and the journey to finally getting some rest."
Lewis lost her dad at the end of 2010 and disbanded Rilo Kiley the following year (11).
Actor Matt Bomer has revealed he and his partner have been married for three years in a new magazine interview. The Magic Mike star 'came out' at the Steve Chase Humanitarian Awards in 2012 and now he tells Details he and publicist Simon Halls wed the year before.
The couple shares three kids, six year old twins and an eight year old.
Meanwhile, Bomer will portray a gay man dying of AIDS during the early days of the epidemic in Ryan Murphy's adaptation of the play The Normal Heart, which will premiere on HBO next month (May14).
Larry Kramer's play was important to the actor when he was a teenager - because it helped him understand the health crisis that has since claimed so many gay lives.
He tells Details, "At that time, I was clueless and obviously in a different place in relation to my sexuality. I was in romantic relationships with girls - whatever that means at 14. And it completely rocked my world... It's just an amazing call to arms. On some level, Larry (Kramer) probably saved my life... I wouldn't have a lot of the rights I have today if it wasn't for people like Larry."