Check Out Art from Hero Complex Gallery’s “Kings of Cult” Tribute to Joe Dante and Roger Corman

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This weekend in Los Angeles, Hero Complex Gallery and the New Beverly Cinema will team up to honor Joe Dante and Roger Corman as “Kings of Cult.”  The celebration begins on May 23 with a double feature of Dante’s Matinee and Corman’s The Masque of Red Death at the New Beverly Cinema.  Dana Gould will host a Q&A with Dante and Corman between the films.

On May 24, HCG will host the “Kings of Cult” art exhibition.  The collection includes works inspired by Gremlins, Innerspace, The Burbs, Piranha, Death Race 2000, The Raven, and more alongside original props from their movies.  Dante and Corman will be on hand and ready to autograph.  Hit the jump for more details and a preview of the collection.

Gerard Butler in Talks for Sci-Fi Thriller THE RAVEN; Zac Efron and Amber Heard to Lead Eran Creevy’s AUTOBAHN

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More casting out of Cannes today.  A lead has been set for the long-gestating sci-fi thriller The Raven, as Heat Vision reports that Gerard Butler is now in talks to star.  Universal acquired the project in 2010 based off a short film directed by Ricardo de Montreuil.  The story of the short focuses on a young man with powers who is being chased around downtown Los Angeles by robotic police drones.  The feature film is described as a conspiracy thriller set in the future, and Gold Circle has come onboard to co-finance alongside Universal Pictures.

Liam Hemsworth was previously in talks for the lead role, but it appears that Butler will now be toplining the pic following his action turn in Olympus Has Fallen.  De Montreuil is still onboard to direct, and with a star and financing coming together, The Raven might start production as early as this year.  Hit the jump for casting news and a director change concerning the thriller Autobahn.

Liam Hemsworth In Talks to Star in THE RAVEN

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While the studio has yet to confirm the news, Deadline is reporting that Liam Hemsworth (The Hunger Games) will star in the sci-fi thriller The Raven.  The film is based on the award-winning 2010 short directed and co-written by Ricardo de Montreuil (Máncora, La Mujer de mi Hermano), who will also be at the helm of the Universal Pictures project.  The feature-length film, only described as a sci-fi conspiracy thriller set in the future, will be produced by Stephen Levinson (Entourage) and Mark Wahlberg.  A trailer for the short shows a futuristic world very reminiscent of The Fifth Elementwithout all the glam and lights of city – in which a man is wanted for his supernatural abilities.

This would be the perfect opportunity for Hemsworth to depart from his romance-movie roles and show off more of his action chops and stand-alone power.  His latest project, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, recently wrapped production in March and is set to hit theaters November 22nd. He has a total of four films slated for release this year, including the thriller Paranoia co-starring Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford.  For a look at the trailer for the The Raven short film, hit the jump.

Roger Corman to Produce 8 Low-Budget Edgar Allen Poe Remakes Including THE RAVEN and HOUSE OF USHER

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At the age of 86, having directed 55 feature films and produced a whopping 385, Roger Corman is a bona fide filmmaking legend.  Corman is best known for his work on low-budget B movies, making a name for himself on genre fare that generated a strong cult following.  One of Corman’s most notable achievements was a series of eight adaptations of Edgar Allen Poe stories that were released between 1959 and 1964, most of which starred Vincent Price.

Now Corman is keen on revisiting that period of his career, as he’s set to remake all eight films for a whole new generation of horror fans.  Hit the jump for more details.

New to Blu-ray: PROMETHEUS, E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, ROCK OF AGES, and More

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This week on Blu-ray, director Ridley Scott’s Prometheus comes to home video packed with special features that delve deeper into the film’s questions, Steven Spielberg’s E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial finally comes to Blu-ray, and two Alfred Hitchcock classics get the HD treatment.  We’ve also got a couple of major titles that were released last week.  Briefly:

Hit the jump for all the details.

Weekend Box Office – THINK LIKE A MAN Stays On Top with $18 Million as New Releases Underwhelm

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Thought last weekend, when the comedy Think Like A Man took first place from the heavily-favored The Lucky One, was a surprise? Then check out this weekend’s estimates. Not only has Think Like A Man defied all expectations by holding the top spot for a second week; it did so by beating the heavily-favored rom-com The Five-Year Engagement from super-producer Judd Apatow. Could it be that post-racial America has finally arrived? Or is everyone just saving their money to see The Avengers? You be the judge.

Title Weekend Total
1 Think Like A Man $18,400,000 $60.8
2 Pirates! Band of Misfits $11,400,000 $11.4
3 The Lucky One $11,325,000 $39.9
4 The Hunger Games $11,250,000 $372.4
5 The Five-Year Engagement $11,156,800 $11.1
6 Safe $7,720,000 $7.7
7 The Raven $7,250,000 $7.2
8 Chimpanzee $5,460,000 $19.1
9 The Three Stooges $5,400,000 $37.1
10 Cabin in the Woods $4,500,000 $34.6

Producers Aaron Ryder and Marc Evans Talk THE RAVEN, CRUSH, THE STRANGERS 2, MUD, and More

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Producers Aaron Ryder and Marc Evans THE RAVEN Interview

Now playing at theaters everywhere is director James McTeigue‘s (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) The Raven.  If you’re not familiar with the film, the story takes place in 1840s Baltimore where a series of grisly murders appear to have been inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusack).  Poe and a detective (Luke Evans) must team up to find the killer before he takes out the woman Poe loves (Alice Eve).  The film also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson.   For more on the film, here’s the trailer and 40 images.

Recently, I got to sit down with producers Aaron Ryder and Marc Evans for an extended interview.  We talked about how they got involved in The Raven, the rating, deleted scenes, how the script changed when the actors got cast, Poe’s dark and extraordinary life, and more.  In addition, they also talked about their upcoming projects like House at the End of the Street with Jennifer Lawrence, Jeff NicholsMud, The Cold Light of Day and The Strangers 2.  Hit the jump for what they had to say.

Friday Box Office – THE FIVE-YEAR ENGAGEMENT Can’t Beat Holdovers THINK LIKE A MAN and THE LUCKY ONE on Seriously Slow Friday

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What a difference 12 months makes. On this weekend in 2011, summer started early when the surprise blockbuster Fast Five sped past $86 million on its debut run. And this year? Out of four new wide releases on Friday, not one could challenge last weekend’s number one comedy Think Like A Man. Hell, none of them could beat last weekend’s number two movie The Lucky One, for that matter. Best effort came from the Judd Apatow-produced The Five-Year Engagement, which debuted with an estimated $3.5 million from 2,936 locations or about half of what was expected. Sony’s animated Pirates! Band of Misfits made it into the top five with $2.8 million (and could climb higher if family audiences turn out on Saturday); but both Lionsgate’s Safe and Relativity’s The Raven had to settle for ‘also-ran’ status with $2.6 and $2.5 million, respectively. Overall, it looks like a pretty lifeless weekend, which only means that we’ll have much more hyperbole to work with when The Avengers – which is already breaking records overseas – hits next Friday.

Title Friday Total
1 Think Like A Man $5,500,000 $48.4
2 The Lucky One $3,900,000 $40.1
3 The Five-Year Engagement $3,500,000 $3.5
4 The Hunger Games $3,000,000 $372.4
5 Pirates! Band of Misfits $2,800,000 $2.8

THE RAVEN Review

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Sometimes a film makes you wonder if Hollywood truly is running out of ideas. Or maybe director James McTeigue just wanted to put John Cusack in period dress and the Sherlock Holmes franchise was already taken. Tone-deaf, The Raven squanders an intriguing idea with dull action set pieces and an unfocused theme. The plot revolves around grisly murders that replicate Edgar Allan Poe’s most horrific works in an attempt to get the not-so-famous Poe to solve the case in Baltimore. For those unaware, this isn’t based on a true story. Hit the jump for my full review.

Luke Evans Talks THE RAVEN, Filming at 48 Frames Per Second on THE HOBBIT, and More

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Opening this weekend is director James McTeigue‘s (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) The Raven.  If you’re not familiar with the film, the story takes place in 1840s Baltimore where a series of grisly murders appear to have been inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusack).  Poe and a detective (Luke Evans) must team up to find the killer before he takes out the woman Poe loves (Alice Eve).  The film also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson.   For more on the film, here’s the trailer and 40 images.

Last week I did an exclusive phone interview with Luke Evans.  We talked about how he got involved in The Raven, his research, what it was like to work with John Cusack, the graphic violence in the film, how much changed during filming, his process as an actor, his favorite movies, and more.  In addition, with Evans currently filming Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit in New Zealand, we talked about how that’s been going, how long he has  been filming for and when he wraps, filming on the RED Epic in 48fps, and future projects like Amateur American and more.  Hit the jump for what he had to say.

John Cusack Talks THE RAVEN, Twitter, THE PAPERBOY, THE FROZEN GROUND, the Experimental NO SOMOS ANIMALES, and More

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Opening this weekend is director James McTeigue‘s (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) The Raven.  If you’re not familiar with the film, the story takes place in 1840s Baltimore where a series of grisly murders appear to have been inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusack).  Poe and a detective (Luke Evans) must team up to find the killer before he takes out the woman Poe loves (Alice Eve).  The film also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson.   For more on the film, here’s the trailer and 40 images.

Last week I got to sit down with John Cusack for an extended video interview.  We talked about how The Raven came together, his research, Twitter (you can follow him here), which of his previous films people always want to talk about, if we’ll ever get a sequel to Hot Tub Time Machine, his upcoming projects like The Paperboy, The Frozen Ground, filming the experimental No Somos Animales in Argentina, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Director James McTeigue Talks THE RAVEN, MESSAGE FROM THE KING, NESS/CAPONE and THE GRINGO

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Opening next weekend is director James McTeigue‘s (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) The Raven.  If you’re not familiar with the film, the story takes place in 1840s Baltimore where a series of grisly murders appear to have been inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusack).  Poe and a detective (Luke Evans) must team up to find the killer before he takes out the woman Poe loves (Alice Eve).  The film also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson.   For more on the film, here’s the trailer and 40 images.

During my wide ranging interview with McTeigue, we talked about making The Raven, the mixture of fact and fiction, film versus digital, his favorite director, actor and movie, the necessity of an R rating, future projects like Message from the King, The Gringo, and Ness/Capone (a retelling of the Eliot Ness/Al Capone myth that’s “nothing like The Untouchables”) and a lot more.  According to McTeigue, it seems like Message from the King is the one with the one with the most momentum, as he’s “going through the casting process of that at the moment” and it’s being produced by Aaron Ryder and FilmNation.  Hit the jump to watch. 

Watch a Conversation Between John Cusack and Director James McTeigue for THE RAVEN

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Director James McTeigue’s (V for Vendetta) twist on Edgar Allen Poe, The Raven, is set to open next weekend, and we’ve been provided with a short featurette from the film to share with our readers.  Instead of having actors speak generally about the film in between clips of action, this featurette is a conversation between McTeigue and star John Cusack about what drew them to the project and what makes Poe such an intriguing person.  It’s actually a fascinating watch and worth checking out if you’re a fan of Poe or any of the people involved in the film.  For those unfamiliar, the story finds the author teaming up with a detective (Luke Evans) in order to catch a killer who is modeling his crimes after Poe’s stories.

Hit the jump to watch the featurette.  The film also stars Alice Eve, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan GleesonThe Raven opens on April 27th.

4 Clips and Nearly 4 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from THE RAVEN

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We’ve been provided with four clips and almost four minutes of behind-the-scenes-footage from director James McTeigue’s (V for Vendetta) thriller The Raven to share with our readers.  The film stars John Cusack as Edgar Allen Poe, and follows the author as he teams up with a detective (Luke Evans) in order to catch a killer who is modeling his crimes after Poe’s stories.  It’s certainly an intriguing premise and Cusack isn’t one for phoning it in, so I’m hoping we’re in for a solid thriller with some nice surprises.

Hit the jump to check out the clips and behind-the-scenes footage.  The film also stars Alice Eve, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson. The Raven opens April 27th.

Director James McTeigue Talks MESSAGE FROM THE KING, NESS/CAPONE and THE GRINGO

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With director James McTeigue‘s (V for Vendetta, Ninja Assassin) The Raven opening April 27, yesterday afternoon I got to speak with him here in Los Angeles.  If you’re not familiar with The Raven, the story takes place in 1840s Baltimore where a series of grisly murders appear to have been inspired by the works of Edgar Allan Poe (played by John Cusack).  Poe and a detective (Luke Evans) must team up to find the killer before he takes out the woman Poe loves (Alice Eve).  The film also stars Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Brendan Gleeson.   For more on the film, here’s the trailer and 40 images.

While I’ll have the full interview online the week of release, towards the end of our conversation, we discussed some of the projects he’s developing like Message from the King, The Gringo, and Ness/Capone (a retelling of the Eliot Ness/Al Capone myth that’s “nothing like The Untouchables”).  According to McTeigue, it seems like Message from the King is the one with any momentum, as he’s “going through the casting process of that at the moment” and it’s being produced by Aaron Ryder and FilmNation.  He says it’s an R rated picture that takes place in L.A. and it’s about “a mysterious outsider who comes into L.A. from South Africa looking for his sister who’s dropped off the radar.”  Hit the jump for more.

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