KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE Release Date Pushed to February 13, 2015; POLTERGEIST Moved to July 24, 2015

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While not as newsworthy as Warner Bros.’ recent release date bomb, 20th Century Fox has made a couple of release date alterations of its own, one of which is a little last-minute. X-Men: First Class and Kick-Ass director Matthew Vaughn’s adaptation of the Mark Millar graphic novel Kingsman: The Secret Service had been scheduled to debut this October, but now Fox has decided to push the film to February 13, 2015, where it will square off directly against the sure-to-be box office hit Fifty Shades of Grey.  The pic is a twist on the spy genre, as Colin Firth plays a veteran agent of the secretive Kingsman who is tasked with training a young prospect, played by Taron Egerton.  I saw some extended footage at Comic-Con that looked great, though one scene did look considerably unfinished.  Perhaps Vaughn is running behind in the post-production process, or maybe Fox feels bullish on the property and thinks it could be solid counter-programming against Fifty Shades.  Whatever the case, I’m still very much looking forward to seeing the pic, even if I do have to wait four additional months.

Hit the jump for release date news concerning the Poltergeist remake.

Jared Harris Talks THE QUIET ONES, Auditioning, Keeping Up with MAD MEN, THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E., POLTERGEIST, THE BOXTROLLS, and More

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Opening this weekend is director John Pogue’s supernatural horror film The Quiet Ones.  The period pic stars Jared Harris as an unorthodox professor who sets up a series of dangerous experiments in order to explore the dark energy manifested by the damaged psyche of a young girl.  Naturally, things don’t go well.  The film also stars Sam Claflin, and Olivia Cooke.  Erin Richards and Rory Fleck-Byrne.  For more on The Quiet Ones, check out some creepy motion postersthe trailer, and all our previous coverage.

At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive interview with Harris.  He talked about making the film, whether he still has to audition for a role, Mad Men and his thoughts on this current season, Guy Ritchie‘s The Man From U.N.C.L.E., the Poltergeist remake and what it was like working with Sam Rockwell, voicing a character on Laika’s The Boxtrolls, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

PLANET OF THE APES Sequel Set for July 29, 2016, POLTERGEIST Reboot Arrives February 13, 2015, LET’S BE COPS Opens August 13th

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A few release date announcements and shifts for 20th Century Fox films have been made today via Box Office Mojo.  Briefly:

  • 20th Century Fox will release the untitled Planet of the Apes sequel on July 29, 2016.  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes director Matt Reeves returns to take the helm.
  • Fox’s Poltergeist reboot will open on February 13, 2015, where it will square off opposite Fifty Shades of Grey.  Directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), the horror redo stars Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt.
  • In lieu of the Fifty Shades competition, Fox has moved the Nicholas Sparks adaptation The Longest Ride from February 13, 2015 to April 3, 2015 where it will open against Insidious 3 and the sci-fi pic Passengers.
  • The buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops, starring Jake Johnson (New Girl) and Damon Wayans Jr. (Happy Endings) will open later this year on August 15, 2014.  Its competition will be the action sequel The Expendables 3 and the childrens book adaptation The Giver.
  • Finally, Fox has shifted Night at the Museum 3 up from Christmas Day to December 19, 2014, where it squares off against the Annie remake and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

Katie Holmes Joins THE GIVER; Rosario Dawson Joins INCARNATE; POLTERGEIST Adds Saxon Sharbino; Natalie Martinez in Thriller, HOME INVASION

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Katie Holmes (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) will join Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of Lois Lowry’s novel, The Giver, starring Jess Bridges, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard and Brenton Thwaites.
  • Rosario Dawson (Trance) is in talks to join Aaron Eckhart in Brad Peyton’s micro-budget horror picture, Incarnate, from Blumhouse Productions.
  • Saxon Sharbino (I Spit on Your Grave) has joined Gil Kenan’s Poltergeist film, starring Sam Rockwell and Rosemarie DeWitt.  [Update: Jane Adams (Hung) has also joined the film.]
  • Natalie Martinez (Under the Dome) has landed a lead role in Sean Parker’s thriller, Home Invasion.

Hit the jump for more on each announcement.

Jared Harris Lands POLTERGEIST Lead; DARK PLACES’ Christina Hendricks Goes from Supporting to Lead

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A little bit of Mad Men-related casting for you today:

Hit the jump for more on both casting announcements. 

Rosemarie DeWitt Talks TOUCHY FEELY, Reuniting with Lynn Shelton, Awkward Brother/Sister Dynamics, KILL THE MESSENGER, the POLTERGEIST Remake, and More

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Rosemarie DeWitt navigates her way through a soul-searching identity crisis in Lynn Shelton’s new indie dramedy, Touchy Feely, about people uncomfortable in their own skin.  DeWitt plays Abby, a popular massage therapist and free spirit who suddenly develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact.  The unexpected crisis, which coincides with her brother’s (Josh Pais) equally abrupt transformation, not only makes Abby’s occupation impossible, but severely hinders her passionate love life with her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy).  Now available on iTunes/On Demand, and in theaters September 6th, the film features an impressive ensemble cast that also includes Ellen Page, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, and Tomo Nakayama.

During our recent interview, DeWitt talked about reuniting with Shelton on a more traditionally scripted film compared to their earlier collaboration on the largely improvised Your Sister’s Sister, building the awkward brother/sister dynamic with Pais, finding it scary playing her character without the usual anchors, and experiencing the beneficial effects of Reiki while acting opposite the talented Janney.  She also discussed the impact of Rachel Getting Married on her career, Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret, and her upcoming films Kill the Messenger, a fact-based drama with Jeremy Renner, and the Poltergeist remake with Sam Rockwell.  Check out the interview after the jump.

Sam Rockwell Conjures Interest in POLTERGEIST Reboot; Miles Teller Signs Up for WHIPLASH; Mireille Enos Joins IF I STAY

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Just about two weeks ago, we reported that Rosemarie DeWitt (Cinderella Man) was in talks to lead MGM and Fox 2000′s Poltergeist reboot.  Now, it looks like Sam Rockwell (Moon) is in early talks to star opposite DeWitt.  Officially described as “a revisionist take” on Tobe Hooper’s 1982 original film, it centers on the Bowens, “a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter Madison and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.”  Produced by Sam Raimi (Spider-Man) and directed by Gil Kenan (Monster House), the Poltergeist reboot was scripted by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful) and is likely due out sometime next year.  Hit the jump for more.

Rosemarie DeWitt in Talks to Lead POLTERGEIST Remake; Topher Grace May Join Christopher Nolan’s INTERSTELLAR

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The Poltergeist remake may have found its leading lady.  Deadline reports that Mad Men and Promised Land actress Rosemarie DeWitt “is the choice” to lead the supernatural redo.  Gil Kenan (Monster House) is directing from a script by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful), and Sam Raimi is onboard to produce the film, which is based on Tobe Hooper’s classic 1982 horror film.  The remake is officially described as “a revisionist take” on Hooper’s film, that centers on “a family struggling to make ends meet that relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.”

Hit the jump for more, including yet another casting addition for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar.

POLTERGEIST Remake Confirmed to Shoot This Fall; Likely Due out Next Year

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Last month, we reported that shooting on Gil Kenan‘s remake of Poltergeist was set to begin in Toronto this September.  Today, MGM and Fox 2000 have sent out a press release announcing that they’ll co-finance the picture, and it will indeed shoot this fall.  Per the press release, “In a revisionist take on the classic horror film, a family struggling to make ends meet relocates to an outdated suburban home and is confronted by an angry spirit who kidnaps their youngest daughter and challenges them to band together to rescue her from the clutches of evil.”  David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful) wrote the script.

Hit the jump for the press release.  With a fall start date, Poltergeist will probably arrive in theaters sometime in 2014.

Rumored Plot Details for GHOSTBUSTERS 3 and POLTERGEIST Remake; Sam Neill Thinks JURASSIC PARK 4 Is a Reboot

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With regard to the sequels to and remakes of your favorite properties from 1982-1993:

  • Dan Aykroyd continues to promise Ghostbusters 3, revealing that the sequel plot centers on troubling research by Columbia University particle physicists.
  • Director Gil Kenan (City of Ember) has begun to cast his remake of Poltergeist for a September shoot in Toronto.  Plot details have surfaced.
  • Sam Neill says it is unlikely he will be a part of Jurassic Park 4, in part because he believes it is a reboot.

More on each project after the jump.

POLTERGEIST Remake to Be Directed by Gil Kenan

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With news that Gil Kenan (Monster House) will be directing MGM’s reboot of Poltergeist, you can finally put to rest the rumors of Sam Raimi (Evil Dead) sitting in the captain’s chair.  Raimi will still be behind the scenes as a producer on the remake of Tobe Hooper’s 1982 classic horror film.  Written by committee, the most recent adaptation has seen work by David Lindsay-Abaire (Oz the Great and Powerful), Scott Derrickson (Sinister), Juliet Snowden (The Possession), Stiles White (Boogeyman) and Paul Harris Boardman (The Exorcism of Emily Rose).  That’s quite the mix of horror writers in there, with Lindsay-Abaire holding it down for the familial aspect of the story that centers on a suburban home possessed by spirits.  Hit the jump for more.

Limited Paper: Mondo Drops Their Latest Vinyl Soundtrack, POLTERGEIST, on the 22nd

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For awhile now, Mondo’s been keen to get into the vinyl game.  Over the past year, they released soundtracks for The Beyond and The Deadly Spawn, and last March they announced that a vinyl version of the glorious Drive soundtrack (overseen by Cliff Martinez) was in the cards (we expect that one any minute now).  Well, the time’s come for their latest vinyl release, this time a soundtrack for the classic 80’s haunted-house flick Poltergeist.   Featuring new artwork from the Australian super-duo known as We Buy Your Kids,  you’ll be free to pick up your very own copy tomorrow afternoon.  See pictures and learn more after the jump, folks.

Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire Talks RISE OF THE GUARDIANS, POLTERGEIST Remake, OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL, THE FAMILY FANG, and More

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With Rise of the Guardians opening this week, I recently got to see the finished film at DreamWorks Animation and it’s really well done.  Not only is the animation great to look at, it’s got a strong story that’s character driven and it doesn’t rely on stupid jokes.  In addition, unlike most superhero films that spend half the time introducing characters by explaining their origin and showing off their powers, what’s fantastic about Rise of the Guardians is we join almost everyone in the middle of the story.  If you’re not familiar with the story, it  revolves around the rebellious Jack Frost (Chris Pine) teaming up with other mythical figures North aka Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), E. Aster Bunnyman aka Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), Tooth aka The Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the Sandman to battle the evil Pitch (Jude Law).  Here’s my video blog review and all our previous coverage.

To help promote the film, last week I got on the phone with Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire.  We talked about how the film didn’t tell a typical origin story, the tone, whether there were any dramatic changes along the way, and more.  In addition, with Lindsay-Abaire writing the Poltergeist remake, he talked about the status of the script, whether he wrote it for a PG-13 or an R rating, and when it might shoot.  Finally, since he’s also working on Sam Raimi‘s Oz The Great and Powerful and adapting The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman and Good People, he gave me updates on both projects.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

Screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire Talks POLTERGEIST Remake, Tone, Script Progress, and More

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Earlier today, Steve spoke with Rise of the Guardians screenwriter David Lindsay-Abaire about the upcoming film (you can click here for Steve’s thoughts on the movie).  Lindsay-Abaire is also writing the upcoming remake of Tobe Hooper‘s 1982 classic horror film, Poltergeist, which is being produced by Sam Raimi.  During the interview, Lindsay-Abaire spoke about his progress developing the script, the tone he’s going for, capturing the emotion of the original, and the film’s priority for the studio.

Hit the jump for a transcript of what Lindsay-Abaire had to say.

Could Sam Raimi Be Directing the POLTERGEIST Remake After All? [Update: No]

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When it was first announced that director Sam Raimi’s horror classic Evil Dead would be getting the remake treatment, fans were understandably a little apprehensive.  The redo was approached the right way (if there is one), however, as Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Talpert remained integral to the production as producers.  The first incredibly bloody footage from the Fede Alvarez-helmed remake was unveiled last weekend at New York Comic-Con to an overwhelmingly positive response (read Matt’s recap right here), so it looks as though the update might actually be getting some very rare fan-approval.

Raimi is also involved in another curious remake, an update of Poltergeist, but after some initial confusion over his duties on that film it was confirmed in April that he would only be producing.  Now an interesting report has surfaced online that suggests Raimi could actually be directing Poltergeist after all.  Hit the jump for the details. [Update: THR has amended their original story to say that Raimi will not be directing the remake, he's still just producing.]

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