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With director James Wan‘s The Conjuring hitting Blu-ray/DVD this coming Tuesday, I can’t encourage those who missed the film in theaters to give it a watch from the comfort of their own homes enough. As I’ve said before, I think it’s fantastic (one of my favorites so far this year, in fact) and I can’t wait to see how it holds up on multiple viewings outside of the theater. While the wife and I take great pride in our movie collection, there aren’t many new releases that I consider “must haves” on day one. The Conjuring is the exception to that rule and an instant classic that any horror fan can be proud to own.

My ringing endorsement aside, this week’s installment of the Top 5 includes Carrie interviews with Chloe Grace Moretz and more, the first trailer for Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Kill Your Darlings interviews with the likes of Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan, a Star Wars editorial that argues against four rules being the key to making the franchise great again, and The Fifth Estate interviews with Benedict Cumberbatch and more. Like all the times before, a brief recap and link to each of the above resides after the jump.

Director Kimberly Peirce Talks CARRIE, the Editing Process, the Challenges of Making a Film Where the Lead Actor is Under 18, and More

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If you’re looking for a horror fix this October, then MGM and Screen Gems has you covered with Kimberly Peirce’s new adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novelCarrie.  For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers that she has telekinetic powers and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore).  For more on the film, watch the first clip, check out a bunch of new images with a cool viral video, and read Adam’s 25 things to know from his set visit and his interviews with MoretzPeirce, and Judy Greer.

A few days ago, I got to speak with Kimberly Peirce in Los Angeles.  She talked about her editing process, the challenge of making a movie where the lead actress is under eighteen, whether she shot the film knowing they’d eventually release an unrated or extended cut on Blu-ray, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

14 New High-Resolution Images and “Viral Video” for CARRIE Starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Julianne Moore, and Judy Greer

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Screen Gems has released a batch of new high-resolution images from director Kimberly Peirce’s upcoming new adaptation of Carrie.  For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a bullied teenage girl (played by Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers, and decides to dish out retribution against her tormentors including her abusive mother (played by Julianne Moore).  These images give a nice overview of Peirce’s take on the material, including a tease of the famous “blood dump” scene.

Hit the jump to see the high-resolution images, and if you missed any of my set visit coverage be sure to check out 25 things to know and my interviews with MoretzPeirce, and Judy Greer.  The film also stars Ansel ElgortPortia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde, and Alex Russell.  Carrie opens in theaters on October 18th. [Update: Screen Gems has also released a "viral video" in which they staged a telekinetic breakdown at a NYC coffee shop and filmed the reactions of the unsuspecting bystanders.]

Kimberly Peirce Talks Telling a Mother/Daughter Story, Modernizing an Iconic Property, the Level of Violence and Sex, Bullying, and More on the Set of CARRIE

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When it was first announced that a new feature film adaptation of Carrie was in the works, most assumed that Screen Gems would bring in someone versed in the horror genre to direct.  It came as a pleasant surprise, however, when Boys Don’t Cry and Stop-Loss helmer Kimberly Peirce signed on to take the helm this new version.  Peirce has proven incredibly adept at telling stories about outsiders or people that don’t quite fit in, making her a swell choice to bring the story of the titular bullied teenager to life.  Moreover, it’s refreshing to see a female-led story actually being told by a female filmmaker.

While visiting the Toronto set of Carrie late last summer with a handful of other journalists, Peirce graciously sat down with us for a lengthy chat about her take on Carrie.  She talked about her initial hesitation about the prospect of a Carrie remake, how she personally connected with the material, wanting to tell a mother/daughter story, working with Chloe Grace Moretz before filming began in order to break her down and introduce her to victims of physical and emotional abuse, updating Stephen King’s novel for the modern day, the film’s R-rating and approach towards violence and sexuality, working with Julianne Moore, and much more.  Hit the jump to read on.

First Full Trailer for CARRIE Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore

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Screen Gems has released the first full trailer for director Kimberly Peirce’s (Boys Don’t Cry) upcoming remake Carrie.  Based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, the film revolves around a young girl (Chloe Grace Moretz) who discovers she has telekinetic powers and who is abused at home by her ultra-religious mother (Julianne Moore) and tormented at school by her peers.  This full trailer gives us a much better idea of what Peirce’s vision for the story looks like (it’s almost too revealing), and it’s clear that this Carrie is going to be quite intense.  There’s a bit of a superhero bent to the scenes in which Carrie is discovering her powers, and Peirce doesn’t look to be holding back when it comes to the more violent aspects of the story.  The highlight, though, is the scenes between Moretz and Moore, which promise to be sufficiently disturbing.  Matching the quality of Brian De Palma‘s masterful 1976 adaptation is a tall order, but hopefully Peirce brings an intriguing angle to her iteration of the King classic.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, Alex Russell, and Gabriella WildeCarrie opens on October 18th.

Kimberly Peirce to Direct Aryan Brotherhood Prison Gang Picture, THE BRAND

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With her horror film reboot of Carrie coming out later this year, director Kimberly Peirce will now set her sights on an entirely different sort of film.  From an Alessandro Camon (The Messenger) script based on a 2004 New Yorker article by David Grann, Peirce’s next directorial project will be The Brand.  The edgy drama centers on the titular prison gang composed of members of the Aryan Brotherhood and U.S. Attorney Gregory Jessner who doggedly pursued them in the name of justice.  Hit the jump for more.

EVIL DEAD Releases First Images of the Book of the Dead/Necronomicon; CARRIE Kicks Off Viral Campaign with Disturbing Messages

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In keeping with the Halloween spirit, two current horror classic remakes have used the holiday as an opportunity to do a bit of marketing.  First up, Fede Alvarez’s reboot of Evil Dead has released the first images of the Necronomicon, or Book of the Dead.  In Sam Raimi’s 1981 classic, the book was discovered by the friends staying in the cabin and who inadvertently unleashed evil spirits.  This new version isn’t the one that fans are familiar with, possibly due to copyright issues…or perhaps there’s a surprise in store for us once the movie hits.  Evil Dead, starring Jane Levy (Fun Size), opens April 12th, 2013.

In other horror remake news, Kimberly Peirce’s reboot of Carrie has kicked off their viral marketing campaign with a series of disturbing messages that fans can access over the phone.  Starring Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore, Carrie opens March 15th, 2013. Hit the jump to see the Evil Dead images and how you can access the Carrie messages. 

First Trailer for CARRIE Remake Starring Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore

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The first trailer for director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Carrie has been released and it’s a doozy!  The ending of the original Brian De Palma picture is famous in its own right, not to mention everyone who has read the Stephen King novel on which the films are based.  But clearly Peirce knew that the stakes had been raised.  As a disembodied voice sings over scenes of devastation, we hear bits of dialogue from the film, the speakers referring to the source of the destruction just as the camera inexorably races toward it.  When we see her, we realize, this ain’t your Mama’s Carrie.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Chloe Moretz, Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Alex Russell, Portia Doubleday, Ansel Elgort, and Gabriella WildeCarrie opens on March 15th, 2013.

New York Comic-Con: CARRIE Panel Recap; First Look at the Teaser Trailer, Buckets of Blood, the First Poster, and More

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Remaking Carrie is a tough prospect.  Even if it hadn’t been made into a classic horror film in 1976 by director Brian De Palma, you’d still be adapting a beloved book by Stephen King.  However, director Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) has a pretty good shot at her new adaptation by finding a new take on the material that goes further in depth regarding the relationship between abused telekinetic teenager Carrie White and her mother Margaret.  The shot at successful remake becomes even higher when you have Chloe Grace Moretz and Julianne Moore playing Carrie and Maragret, respectively.  At this year’s New York Comic-Con, we got our first look at Peirce’s remake, and it looks like she may have brought King’s troubled girl back from the dead with more than just an inopportune grave visit.

Hit the jump for my recap of the Carrie panel, and click here for all of our New York Comic-Con coverage. [Update: Hit the jump to see the new international poster for Carrie.]

New Synopses for Fede Alvarez’s EVIL DEAD and Kimberly Peirce’s CARRIE Remakes

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When Hollywood decides to greenlight a remake, we’re always interested to see if the contemporary director will put an original spin on the project or if it will be a shot-for-shot remake (see: Gus Van Sant’s 1998 Psycho remake).  So now that 2013 will feature remakes of Sam Raimi’s 1981cult classic Evil Dead and Brian De Palma’s 1976 adaptation of Stephen King’s Carrie, we’re at least curious as to which, if either, will offer moviegoers something new on the big screen.

Fede Alvarez’s The Evil Dead stars Jane Levy (Suburgatory), Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood), Lou Taylor Pucci (Carriers), Jessica Lucas (Cloverfield) and Elizabeth Blackmore (Burning Man) and opens April 12th, 2013.  Kimberly Perice’s Carrie remake stars Chloe Grace Moretz (Kick-Ass) in the title role alongside Judy Greer (13 Going on 30), Portia Doubleday (Youth in Revolt), Alex Russell (Chronicle), Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers), Ansel Elgort and Julianne Moore (Magnolia), opening March 15th, 2013.  Hit the jump to check out the new official synopses. 

Kimberly Peirce to Direct WITH A FRIEND LIKE HARRY Remake

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Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce is looking to tackle a remake of the 2000 French film With a Friend Like HarryVariety reports that Peirce is attached to direct the pic, which centers on a family man who is joined on vacation by an old schoolmate named Harry who he doesn’t know.  Initially, “Harry seems to be just what the family needs with his carefree spirit and charm but his efforts and advice eventually become more mysteriously menacing.”

Interestingly, Prison Break actor Wentworth Miller is adapting the screenplay.  He previously wrote the script for the horror drama Stoker, which is set for release next March.  Nicole Kidman stars in that pic, which was directed by Oldboy’s Park Chan-wook.  Peirce is currently in the midst of helming the promising Carrie remake with Chloe Moretz and Julianne Moore.  No word on how soon Harry could begin production, but the Talented Mr. Ripley vibe seems an exciting fit for Peirce.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer for the original French film.

First Look at Chloe Grace Moretz on Set of CARRIE, Compares Film to BLACK SWAN; Production on the Horror Remake Officially Begins in Toronto

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Production has officially started in Toronto for Boys Don’t Cry director Kimberly Peirce’s remake of Stephen King’s Carrie, starring Chloe Grace Moretz. Up until now, we’ve only been able to bring you casting news on the horror picture, which stars Julianne Moore, Judy Greer, Portia Doubleday, Gabriella Wilde and Ansel Elgort. The new press release provides a few more plot details, which leads us to believe they’re sticking quite closely to the source material.  I’m not 100% up to date on the differences between the novel and the 1976 Brian De Palma film, but Moretz recently stated that the new version will be closer to the book.  Hit the jump for more plot details on Peirce’s version of Carrie, along with a first look at Moretz in the title role.

Chris Pine to Lead MANTIVITIES; Alex Russell and Ansel Elgort to Star in CARRIE Remake

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A couple of film’s got all actored up today. Here are the details on who climbed aboard what. First, fresh off playing in shaky-cam superhero hit Chronicle, Alex Russell has signed on for director Kimberly Peirce’s Carrie remake. Also getting in on the action is stage actor, Ansel Elgort, making his big-screen debut. The pair joins Chloe Moretz, who was previously cast as the lead. Based on the 1974 Stephen King novel (the book that kicked off the horror maestro’s prolific career), it will tell the tale of tormented high-schooler Carrie White, who, after being pushed too far by her classmates and mother, unleashes telekinetic hell. It was previously adapted in 1976 by director Brian De Palma, a film that still stands among the finest adaptations of the author’s work. Per Variety, Elgort has been cast as a friend who takes Carrie to the prom, while Russell will play a bully who ridicules (and, one would imagine, is brutally killed by) the troubled protagonist.

Hit the jump for info on Chris Pine’s latest.

CARRIE May Be Found Footage; Could Sam Raimi Direct POLTERGEIST? [UPDATE: Raimi Will Produce POLTERGEIST; Julianne Moore Offered Role in CARRIE]

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We’ve got a couple of horror related stories to share with you this afternoon.  Roger Birnbaum, CEO of MGM, recently gave talks at the University of Denver and he dropped some nuggets of info about a few remakes in the MGM pipeline.  Furthest along is the redo of CarrieKimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) is set to direct and Chloe Moretz is officially onboard in the lead role, first played by Sissy Spacek in the 1976 adaptation of the Stephen King novel.  Moreover, Julianne Moore is reportedly in talks to take on the crazy mother role.  During the talk at the University of Denver, Birnbaum revealed that some of the film may be done in the found footage style.  Hit the jump for more. [Update: Moore has recently been offered the role for Carrie. Sam Raimi will reportedly produce Poltergeist, but won't direct. More after the jump.]

Chloe Moretz Offered Lead Role in Kimberly Peirce’s New Adaptation of CARRIE

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Yesterday, we reported that Chloe Moretz (Hugo) and Haley Bennett (Marley and Me) were the frontrunners to play the title character in Kimberly Peirce‘s new adaptation of Stephen King‘s horror novel, Carrie.  If Moretz signs on, she’ll play the bullied telepathic teenager who finally snaps after being abused both by her religious fanatic mother and cruel classmates.  Moretz is one of the most impressive young actresses working today, and I’m eager to see how her take on the character will differ from Sissy Spacek‘s in Brian De Palma‘s 1976 adaptation.

Hit the jump for more.  Moretz will next be seen in Tim Burton’s Dark Shadows, which opens May 11th.

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