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“Venom 2” Pushed Back – Titled “Let There Be Carnage”

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Hey there, fellow horror geeks and monsterphiles! Prometheus here, and it looks like “Venom 2” is our next coronavirus victim.

I reported recently how “Venom 2” was one of the only major films on Sony’s 2020 slate that hasn’t been pushed back. Well, it looks like I’ll be eating those words as Sony is now reporting “Venom 2” will be moved from October 2nd, 2020, to June 25th, 2021. This takes “The Batman’s” old spot, moving that film to October 1st, 2021.

This makes the wait to see Woody Harrelson’s Carnage on the big screen well over a year. Fourteen long, Carnageless months… to be exact.

Sad news indeed, but in these unprecedented times, I can’t say it was unexpected. On a lighter note, the film did receive an official title! “Venom 2: Let There Be Carnage.” How bad ass is that? Here’s to hoping we can get back to normal sooner, rather than later. (If ever…)  Tom Hardy, of course, will be reprising his role as Venom.

Until next time, keep on geekin’ on, my friends!

 

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Green Butler vs. Planet-Killing Comet in ‘Greenland’ trailer

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The trailer for Gerard Butler disaster thriller “Greenland”, hitting U.S theaters in August via STX, has been released.

A family fights for survival as a planet-killing comet races to Earth. John Garrity (Gerard Butler), his estranged wife Allison (Morena Baccarin), and young son Nathan make a perilous journey to their only hope for sanctuary. Amid terrifying news accounts of cities around the world being leveled by the comet’s fragments, the Garrity’s experience the best and worst in humanity. As the countdown to global apocalypse approaches zero, their incredible trek culminates in a desperate and last-minute flight to a possible safe haven.

In addition to the “300” and “Firefly” alumni, the film also features Roger Dale Floyd, Scott Glenn, David Denman, Hope Davis, Andrew Bachelor, and Joshua Mikel. Ric Roman Waugh directs.

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‘Scoob’ goes direct-to-VOD in Australia from today

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Warner Bros. will make its new animated feature film “Scoob!” available for both Premium Video On Demand (PVOD) and for premium digital ownership in Australia and New Zealand from today, providing high-quality family entertainment in the home just in time for school holidays.

“We know “Scoob” has been highly anticipated in Australia and New Zealand, so we’re pleased we can deliver this action-packed movie for families to experience at home during the school holidays,” said Joel Pearlman, CEO of Roadshow Films.

“‘Scoob!’ will be available to premiere at home for a 48-hour rental via Premium Video On Demand or premium digital ownership beginning on Wednesday, July 1. The title will be available on participating digital platforms.

A fully animated, full-length Scooby-Doo action adventure for the whole family, “Scoob! reveals how lifelong friends Scooby and Shaggy first met and how they joined with young detectives Fred, Velma and Daphne to form the famous Mystery Inc. Now, with hundreds of cases solved and adventures shared, Scooby and the gang face their biggest, most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this global “dogpocalypse,” the gang discovers that Scooby has a secret legacy and an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined. 

“Scoob!” features an all-star ensemble cast led by Will Forte, two-time Oscar nominee Mark Wahlberg, Jason Isaacs, Gina Rodriguez, Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried, Kiersey Clemons, Ken Jeong, Tracy Morgan, Simon Cowell, and Frank Welker.

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‘Gremlins’ actor holds out hope for third instalment

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As recently as three years ago, a second sequel to Joe Dante’s timeless classic “Gremlins” was in the works- with original lead Zach Galligan attached to play pop to toy-sized Gizmo again.

According to writer Carl Ellsworth,  speaking to ComingSoon.net,  the project fell through – and it’s a damn shame, it sounds like a real treat.

“The last time I touched it is now going on three years ago,” he says. “I was so excited to do it. I got the chance to work with Chris, and I loved the story we came up with. I’m so bummed that it hasn’t seen the light of day yet. What might have been, what could have been!”

“I became friendly along the way with Zach Galligan, the original Billy Peltzer, and he was so eager to return to the role. He was excited, I guess, by the idea that he and Gizmo should be the equivalent of Han Solo and Chewie in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. And he wasn’t too far off from where we were going.” In addition to bringing back Billy and Gizmo, Ellsworth adds, “There was, I believe, a smaller role for Billy’s girlfriend, played [in the first two movies] by Phoebe Cates. But Gizmo was at the very core of the story; it explored more of the mythology and the
history of the Gremlins.”

The film would’ve shared more in common with the original film than the campy sequel.

“(It) was thought of as a direct sequel mostly to the first film-not discounting the second one by any stretch, but I saw it as very much a passing-the-baton story, staying in the tone of the original. I think that helped get me the job: I said, ‘Yeah, there’s a lot of humor in the movie, helped by the classic Jerry Goldsmith score that gives us a license to laugh, but it’s first and foremost a horror movie.’”

Ellsworth, whose latest writing assignment “Unhinged” opens in theaters later this month, thought releasing a new movie last year would’ve been perfect timing.

“It’s one of those situations where it fell through the cracks, or they couldn’t put it together—who knows what happened?” Ellsworth says. “You know, some things see the light of day and some things get shelved. I have no idea what they’re doing with it nowadays, but I hope, as everybody does, that something happens, whether it’s with my script or somebody else’s. I wish they could have done something with it for the [first movie’s] 35th anniversary last year.”

Zach Gallighan has already expressed interest in reprising Billy for “Gremlins 3”

Galligan, who played Billy in the two “Gremlins” films (1984, 1990), believes the upcoming HBO series “Gremlins :Secrets of the Mogwai” might breathe new life into the abandoned sequel.

“It seems like what they’re going to do is reeducate us on the mythology surrounding Gremlins and Gizmo and Mogwai and, of course, most importantly, the three nebulous rules”, the actor told SyFy. “You have to figure that they’re using the animated series as a stepping stone to the larger endgame, which is a live-action Gremlins movie. That would be my assumption and it’s really not that much of a stretch to think that that’s what they’re doing.”

Galligan, who is set to participate in a “Gremlins 2 : The New Batch” Watch Party on, says he’d like to see some “kind of reunification with Billy and Gizmo. The relationship between them is kind of the heart and soul of both movies. I would also like to see some expansion of some pivotal ideas in the series… I think we should see some misapplications of the rules; I’d like to see what happens as various liquids hit Mogwais, if it causes strange things to happen or mutations.”

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New CGI ‘Ninja Turtles’ movie set for theatrical release

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Nickelodeon is rebooting “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” for the big screen with “Sausage Party” producers Seth Goldberg, Evan Goldberg and James Weaver producing via their Point Grey Pictures label, and Jeff Rowe (“Gravity Falls”) directing. “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” scribe Brendan O’Brien will pen the revamp.

Paramount will distribute the film – the studio were also behind the last two movies, produced by Michael Bay’s Platinum Dunes and released in 2014 and 2016.

The new version will be CGI — The last time there was a feature CG version of the property was Warner Bros.’ “TMNT” in 2007.

Said Brian Robbins, President, Kids & Family for ViacomCBS: “Adding Seth, Evan and James’ genius to the humor and action that’s already an integral part of TMNT is going to make this a next-level reinvention of the property. I’m looking forward to see what they do, and I know that Ramsey Naito and her team are excited to take the Nick Animation Studio into another great direction with their first-ever CG-animated theatrical.”

Big question is : Which character will Rogen voice?

Via Deadline

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Australian theaters to screen ‘Ghostbusters’, ‘Goonies’, ‘Lost Boys’ and more..

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With coronavirus still causing more trouble than a baby bear on a busy highway, don’t expect to see many new theatrically-released films until at least late August.

With numbers increasing by the day in the U.S, and thus, more and more films being pushed back, theaters are keeping their doors shut a little longer. In the past few days, everything from “Tenet” (now August 12), “Mulan” (August 21), “Unhinged” (July 31) and “Bill and Ted Face the Music” (August 21) has had their release dates pushed by at least a few weeks.

Last week, Paramount’s film adaptation of Tom Clancy’s “Without Remorse” was pushed from September 18, 2020 to February 26, 2021. And today, rom-com “The Broken Heart’s Gallery” was pushed from July 17 to August 7.

Christopher Nolan’s highly-anticipated “Tenet” had originally been set for a July 17 release before being pushed to July 31. It’ll now open two weeks later than that.

In Australia, where coronavirus is under slightly more control (but numbers are on the rise again), theaters are expected to re-open next week. Since most new releases, as per above, won’t be available until July, at the earliest, chains like Village and Hoyts will be following the lead of local drive-in theaters who have been showing a mixture of old and recent film product – with recent offerings like “Sonic the Hedgehog” and “Bloodshot” programmed alongside classic fare like “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, “Ghostbusters”, “The Lost Boys”, “The Goonies” and “Reservoir Dogs”.

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Paramount, not Roadshow, distributing fourth ‘Scream’

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Paramount Pictures will distribute the fifth instalment in the “Scream” series.

While Neve Campbell has been approached to reprise her role as Sidney Prescott in the new film, David Arquette is the only confirmed castmember at this stage – reprising his role as Officer Dewey Riley.

“Ready or Not” helmers Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett will direct the flick, with James Vanderbilt and Guy Busick penning the script. Original “Scream” scribe Kevin Williamson executive produces the film.

Principal photography will kick off in – “Dawson’s Creek” terrain – Wilmington, N.C late summer, with a 2021 release planned.

Roadshow had distributed the previous “Scream” films in Australia.

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Tornado classic ‘Twister’ set for the reboot treatment!

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Universal is dusting off ‘Dorothy’ for another trip into the eye of the storm!

The studio has tapped “Top Gun : Maverick” director Joseph Kosinski to direct a reboot of ’90s hit “Twister”.  Seeing as the film is being marketed as a ‘reboot’ as opposed to a ‘remake’, there’s a shot the new film could – like Kosinski’s “Top Gun” sequel – continue on from the events of the precious films, and include original cast member Helen Hunt (her co-star Bill Paxton sadly passed away a few years back).

Frank Marshall, whose wife Kathleen Kennedy produced the Jan deBont directed original, will produce the new film. Writers are currently being sought.

Warner Bros. released the original film, which earned $494.4 million globally and was made by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment. One of the things the original is remembered for is its innovative sound design, which had moviegoers feeling the tornadoes in their seats and in their teeth.

In addition to Hunt and Paxton, “Twister” also starred Philip Seymour Hoffman, Cary Elwes, Jami Gertz, Lois Smith, Alan Ruck, Jeremy Davies, Sean Whalen, Joey Slotnick, Todd Field and Jake Busey.

Via ‘THR

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‘Robots’ sounds like a riff on ‘Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey’

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Emma Roberts (“Scream Queens”) and UK comedian Jack Whitehall will star in comedy “Robots”, a laffer about a womanizer and a gold digger who learn humanity when forced to team up and pursue robot doubles of themselves.

Anthony Hines will direct the film, which is up for sale at the virtual Cannes market this week.

The pic was penned by “Borat” and “Ali G” scribe Art Hines and Casper Christensen, and is based on the short story by science-fiction writer Robert Sheckley. Charles and Elaine, who trick people into relationships with illegal robot doubles of themselves, unwittingly use the scam on each other. Their robot doubles fall in love and elope, forcing Charles and Elaine to team up to hunt them down before the authorities discover their secret.

Via ‘Deadline

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‘In Search of Darkness’ set for July premiere

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Shudder has skedded a fantastic doc for July (July 10), a four-hour-plus offering titled “In Search of Darkness” that tracks “major theatrical releases, obscure titles and straight-to-video gems” as it explores ‘80s horror films year-by-year.

“Topics include groundbreaking practical effects; the home-video revolution; poster art and project marketing; creative and budgetary challenges; sound design and musical scores; the 3-D resurgence; heroes and villains; sex, nudity and “the final girl” controversy; and the pop culture context that fueled the genre. Filled with countless clips and entertaining moments, In Search of Darkness is a nostalgia trip through a game-changing decade, as told by both experts and the icons who influenced the modern landscape of genre cinema”.

Featuring Tom Atkins, Doug Bradley, Joe Bob Briggs, Darcy the Mail Girl, Lori Cardille, John Carpenter, Nick Castle, Larry Cohen, Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, Keith David, Katie Featherston, Mick Garris, Michael Gingold, Stuart Gordon, Andre Gower, Spencer Hickman, Kane Hodder, Tom Holland, Graham Humphreys, James A. Janisse, Lloyd Kaufman, Eric Kurland , Heather Langenkamp, Don Mancini, Harry Manfredini, Kelli Maroney, Robbi Morgan, Bill Moseley, Greg Nicotero, Phil Nobile Jr., Cassandra Peterson, Mike Redman, James Rolfe, Ken Sagoes, Ben Scrivens, Mark Shostrom, Corey Taylor, Cecil Trachenburg, Ryan Turek, Caroline Williams, Alex Winter, Heather Wixson, Tom Woodruff Jr., and Brian Yuzna,. Directed by David A. Weiner.

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Blumhouse’s ‘You Should Have Left’ serves up Bloody Bacon!

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As reported earlier today, Blumhouse and Universal have opted to fast-track “You Should Have Left” to VOD beginning June 19.

Here’s the first trailer :

In a new psychological thriller from Blumhouse Productions and legendary screenwriter David Koepp (Jurassic Park, Mission: Impossible, Panic Room), Kevin Bacon and Amanda Seyfried star as a couple seeking a restful vacation on an isolated edge of the world only to discover that secrets demand a reckoning … and travel with you. 

In this terrifying, mind-twisting tale, a father fights desperately to save his family from a beautiful home that refuses to let them leave.

Theo Conroy (Bacon) is a successful middle-aged man whose marriage to his much younger actress wife, Susanna (Seyfried) is shredding at the seams, frayed by her secretiveness, his jealousy, and the shadow of his past.

In an effort to repair their relationship, Theo and Susanna book a vacation at a stunning, remote modern home in the Welsh countryside for themselves and their six-year-old daughter, Ella (Avery Essex). What at first seems like a perfect retreat distorts into a perfect nightmare when Theo’s grasp on reality begins to unravel and he suspects that a sinister force within the house knows more than he or Susanna have revealed, even to each other.

Based on the novel by best-selling German literary sensation Daniel Kehlmann (Measuring the World), You Should Have Left is written and directed by David Koepp (Stir of Echoes). The film is produced by grandmaster of terror Jason Blum (The Purge and Halloween franchises), Kevin Bacon and Dean O’Toole (Walk Like a Panther), and is executive produced by Jeanette Volturno, Couper Samuelson and Derek Ambrosi.

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