Paramount Finds ‘Pet Sematary’ Directors (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


Following the huge success of summer blockbuster “It,” Paramount is ready to get the gears moving on another Stephen King classic.

“Starry Eyes” helmers Kevin Kolsch and Dennis Widmyer have been tapped to direct a “Pet Sematary” remake at the studio.

Lorenzo di Bonaventura is producing the remake to the 1989 horror classic, which was directed by Mary Lambert and written by King, along with Steven Schneider. Matt Greenberg and David Kajganich wrote the script.

The original “Pet Sematary” was based on the King novel, which follows the travails of a family who moves into a new home next to a cemetery endowed with powers that allow the creatures buried in it to come back from the dead.

The original brought in $57 million on an $11 million budget, which led to a less commercially successful 1992 sequel starring Edward Furlong and Anthony Edwards.

Paramount had been ramping up its director search since the success of “It,” with directors like Shawn Carter and “47 Meters Down” helmer Johannes Roberts also meeting to possibly take on the role.

Kolsch and Widmyer first gained notoriety with their 2014 indie horror pic “Starry Eyes,” which caught the eyes of various studio execs and was partly funded by a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The duo is repped by WME.



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A special tribute, Battle Ballad is dedicated to our U.S. troops and any and all victims of war everywhere including 9/11 victims and survivors as well as any and all individuals involved in domestic violence. It is a tear jerker with hope and a message to live and embrace in peace today for there are ripples of negative energy on both sides for and from every violent act. Chorus lyric “kiss me now you fool…” is a metaphor in saying it is up to us in living for today and loving one and all who are important in our lives.  Storyboard & Directed by J.R. Griffin (former US military), D.P. Laura Beth Love, Co-starring Tina Guo as Grim Reaper & Angel, Will McMichael former US military as husband soldier, and Jarrald Ingram former US military as enemy soldier. Edited by Brian Porter.  Beaded Jewelry by Lea Ingram.  Special thanks to the Ingrams for the use of their home to film this project.

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Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards to Star in ‘Saturday at the Starlight’ (EXCLUSIVE) – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


Abigail Breslin, Denise Richards, and Michael Madsen are starring in the independent comedy “Saturday at the Starlight,” currently shooting in Los Angeles.

The project is an ensemble comedy, in the vein of Richard Linklater’s 1993 comedy “Dazed and Confused,” set in a roller rink on a single night in the mid-’90s. The story traces a canceled prom, a tween birthday bonanza, and a drug money pick-up gone awry.

The cast that includes Tony Cavalero (“School of Rock”), Booboo Stewart (“Twilight”), Brec Bassinger (“Bella and the Bulldogs”), Brenna D’Amico, and veteran comedian Brian Huskey along with newcomers Dylan Summerall and Breaker Novogratz.

Phillip Clark Davis is directing from a screenplay by Jake Disch and Nick Gligor. Producers on the project include Lee Eisenberg (“Bad Teacher,” “The Office”), Linne Radmin, and Jimmy Summerall.

The project is the first feature film from Brat, a digital company that’s released more than a dozen series on YouTube with recognizable players including Annie LeBlanc, Hayden Summerall, MaeMae Renfrow, Meghan McCarthy, Madeleine Byrne, and Cristian Oliveras. Founded by Rob Fishman — who previously started Niche, a digital marketing company acquired by Twitter — the company is backed by Lerer Hippeau Ventures, Shari Redstone’s Advancit Capital, and the Chernin Group.

“This generation of teens deserves the sort of iconic, sophisticated films that we grew up watching in the Eighties and Nineties,” said Asher Levin, a partner at Brat.

Breslin received an Academy Award nomination for 2006’s “Little Miss Sunshine.” Other credits include “Signs,” “August: Osage County,” and Fox’s “Scream Queens.” Richards has credits on “Wild Things,” “The World Is Not Enough,” and “Blue Mountain State.”



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‘House of Cards’ Set to End With Season 6; Netflix Silent on Kevin Spacey Assault Claim – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


Netflix drama “House of Cards” will end with its upcoming sixth season, Variety has learned. Production has begun on what will be the final season of the drama series, which is set to premiere in 2018.

Word of the series’ end comes in the wake of sexual-assault allegations against its star, Kevin Spacey. On Sunday in an interview with Buzzfeed, “Star Trek: Discovery” star Anthony Rapp claimed that Spacey had sexually assaulted him at a party in 1986 when he was 14. Spacey later apologized to Rapp in a statement released hours after the interview was published in which he said he was “beyond horrified” by Rapp’s story, saying he did not recall the incident. Spacey was criticized Monday by GLAAD and gay activists for including in his apology a statement saying that he was choosing “to live as a gay man” from now on — a move critics said appeared intended to deflect attention from Rapp’s accusation.

Spacey is the star and executive producer of “House of Cards,” the drama series that put Netflix on the map as a destination for original programming. Since 2013, the series has been nominated for 53 Primetime Emmy Awards — including five nominations for outstanding drama series.

Starring alongside Robin Wright, Spacey plays Frank Underwood, a devious congressman who ascends to the role of President of the United States through a series of complex machinations.

Filming for season six began in Maryland this month. No premiere date has yet been set by Netflix. Season five premiered May 30 on the streaming service.

Unlike leaders at most media and entertainment companies, Netflix executives have been largely silent about the issue of sexual harassment since a wave of allegations engulfed frequent Netflix collaborator Harvey Weinstein earlier this month. Netflix spokespersons have declined repeated requests to comment on the Weinstein situation. During an interview pegged to the company’s quarterly earnings report this month, chief content officer Ted Sarandos dismissed the idea that Netflix might by the Weinstein Company, the embattled production company that Harvey Weinstein and his brother Bob Weinstein founded.

“Our business with the Weinstein Company is pretty arm’s distance,” Sarandos said. but in reality the relationship between Netflix and Weinstein has been much closer, with multiple creative partnerships and joint appearances. Netflix and the Weinstein Company also hosted a Golden Globes party together for the last three years.



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‘Lion Heads Australia’s AACTA Awards Nominations – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


The Weinstein Company’s “Lion” topped the nominations for the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts, which were announced on Monday.

Earning 12 nominations, including best feature film, best director for Garth Davis, and best supporting actor for Dev Patel, “Lion” was closely followed by television productions “Blue Murder: Killer Cop,” and “Top of the Lake: China Girl” with 11 nominations each.

In the film category, “Hounds of Love” collected nine nominations. “ALli’s Wedding” and “Berlin Syndrome” collected eight each.

Hugo Weaving earned his third consecutive best supporting actor nomination for “Jasper Jones,” a film which collected six nominations.

“Blue Murder,” in the running for telefeature or miniseries, saw acting nominations for Richard Roxburgh and Toni Colette. “Top of the Lake,” nominated in the TV drama series category, included nominations for Elizabeth Moss as actress and Nicole Kidman as supporting actress.

“This year’s nominees showcase the Australian screen industry’s ability to create quality productions that tell universal stories with an Australian voice,” said AFI | AACTA CEO Damian Trewhella.

The awards will be announced in Sydney, at an industry lunch on December 4; and the main AACTA awards ceremony on December 6.



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Kevin Spacey’s Apology Slammed by Dan Savage, Rose McGowan, Billy Eichner – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


Kevin Spacey’s apology to actor Anthony Rapp has unleashed a flood of negative reactions on Twitter. Spacey’s decision to combine a coming-out statement with an apology to Rapp, who has accused him of sexual misconduct when Rapp was just 14, was slammed by observers who were shocked that Spacey took the opportunity to talk about his own sexuality in the midst of the accusation of underage sexual assault.

“Savage Love” writer and “It Gets Better” creator Dan Savage strongly condemned his statement, saying “There’s no amount of drunk or closeted that excuses or explains away asssaulting a 14-year-old child.”

“Billy on the Street” host Billy Eichner left it at a succinct “Nope. Absolutely Not.”

Rose McGowan, who was instrumental in helping to reveal the sexual assaults committed by Harvey Weinstein, reminded that the focus should be on the victim, not the accused.

Author Mark Harris said “Coming out is a beautiful part of being gay. Attaching it to this vileness is so wrong.”

Comedian Cameron Esposito and “Full Frontal” writer Travon Free both emphasized that being gay does not have to do with going after “underage folks.”

Comedian-writer Guy Branum called it a “PR smokescreen.”



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‘S— Is Going to Hit the Fan’ – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


Star Trek: Discovery” will see the return of Harry Mudd this week and things are going to get wild.

The role of Mudd, played by Roger Carmel in the original series and taken over by Rainn Wilson in “Discovery,” was introduced into the new series last week as a fellow captive on a Klingon ship alongside Captain Lorca. But when Lorca discovers Mudd has been passing information to the Klingons in return for preferential treatment, he leaves him behind during his escape. According to Wilson, Mudd is out for revenge.

“The only thing I can say is he was not so happy to have been abandoned there by Captain Lorca, so I imagine the s— is going to hit the fan,” Wilson told Variety. 

Though Mudd only appeared in a handful of episodes in the original series, he has long been a fan favorite character. Wilson attributes that to the nuance Carmel brought to the role.

“‘Star Trek’ always had a comic thread running through it,” Wilson said. “Some episodes were downright silly, especially in the original series. Roger Carmel just gave a great performance as Harry Mudd and has obviously been a fan favorite for decades because he brought that sense of fun, but he also brought danger. He was equal parts charming and despicable and that is very tough to play, so I was very inspired by what he brought the equation. I think that my Harry Mudd is a little darker because this new ‘Star Trek’ universe is a little darker. I think our current times are a little darker than they were in 1966. … It’s a testament to Roger Carmel that the character still lives and thrives and is still regarded so highly.”

Mudd is notorious for having a weak grasp of ethics, surviving mostly off of his ability to hustle, con, and connive better than those around him. Despite this, Wilson does not believe Mudd is inherently bad.

“I used to play a lot of Dungeons & Dragons as a kid, and you choose your alignment in that for your character,” he said. “You can be lawful good or chaotic evil. Harry Mudd is chaotic neutral. He’s trying to make his way in the world and he’ll do whatever it takes to get ahead. He’s a scrapper and a merchant and he just operates by a different moral code. He’s ultimately just a straight up capitalist. … I think Harry Mudd is a lot like Donald Trump: he follows the rules when it works for him, but he’ll bend the rules when it suits him.”

In addition to Mudd, “Discovery” has already brought back classic characters like the Vulcan ambassador Sarek and referenced several others. So what other characters would Wilson like to see join the new show?

“I would say Balok, the alien played by Clint Howard [in the original series]. I don’t know much about him, so I don’t know how he would get back in. I wonder if you could merge universes, like Q from ‘Next Generation.’ I loved him and I looked forward to every episode he was on. He was always so exciting because, again, he would just throw a monkey wrench into the workings of the Enterprise and play outside the rules. And Q is beyond space and time so he could definitely have an encounter with the Discovery.”

Star Trek: Discovery” Episode 7, titled “Magic to Make the Sanest Man Go Mad,” will be available to stream on CBS All Access beginning Sunday at 8:30 p.m. ET. 



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The Awakening’ Grosses Minuscule $742 – Variety – Sharing Variety Magazine


The Weinstein Company’s “Amityville: The Awakening” grossed a minuscule $742 total at 10 locations on Saturday, two weeks after the haunted house sequel began streaming for free on Google Play.

Bella Thorne, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jennifer Morrison, and Cameron Monaghan star in “Amityville: The Awakening,” which was directed by Franck Khalfoun from his own script. It’s produced by TWC’s Dimension and Blumhouse.

The original 1979 movie “The Amityville Horror” is based on the 1974 events at a rural house in Amityville, N.Y., which became the site of one of the deadliest hauntings and grisliest murders in American history when Ronald DeFeo Jr. shot all six members of his family. Jay Anson’s book “The Amityville Horror” detailed a family moving into the house in 1975 and leaving a week later due to paranormal activity.

The book was adapted in 1979 by American Independent Pictures and became a hit, grossing $86 million. MGM’s 2005 version earned $108 million worldwide. In “Amityville: The Awakening,” Thorne’s teenage character’s family moves into the house without knowing of its notoriety, and subsequently find themselves haunted by a demonic entity.

The Weinstein Company had planned to release “Amityville: The Awakening” several times since last year before scrubbing the release date. It announced on Sept. 21 — two weeks before the massive Harvey Weinstein scandal broke — that “Amityville: The Awakening” would be available for free exclusively on Google Play from Oct. 12 to Nov. 8 and have a limited one-day theatrical release on Oct. 28.

TWC had no comment about the theatrical release. Here’s a clip from the film that was released on Sept 20:

 



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