John Carpenter will Exec Produce New ‘Halloween’ For Miramax

halloween-1491-1John Carpenter, creator of the original Halloween films, will executive produce a new production in the horror franchise. Miramax and Blumhouse Productions will co-finance development and production, with Malek Akkad serving as producer under his Trancas International Films banner and Jason Blum producing for Blumhouse.

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Miramax, which holds worldwide distribution rights, said it will determine its theatrical distribution partner at a future date.

halloween4.jpg“Thirty-eight years after the original Halloween I’m going to help to try to make the 10th sequel the scariest of them all,” Carpenter said in a statement.

Fueled by masked creeper Michael Myers, the Halloween franchise was started in part by Carpenter and Moustapha Akkad in 1978, and eventually encompassed 10 films that Miramax says generated nearly $400 million in worldwide box office.

“Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies,” Blum said. “The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together. We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give Halloween fans the movie they deserve.”

David Thwaites will oversee the reboot for Miramax with Carpenter, who is repped by APA and Stankevich Law. The companies plan to immediately “go out to filmmakers and fast-track the project,” says Miramax.

The Next Star Wars, “Rogue One”, will have a New Villain

The box office behemoth Star Wars: The Force Awakens finally brought fans back to their beloved galaxy far, far away, set 32 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. Anticipation is growing by the minute for the next sequel, Star Wars: Episode VIII, which is currently filming at Pinewood Studios in the U.K., and set for release next December. Later this year, though, fans will be transported back in time with the first spinoff Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which is set between Revenge of the Sith and the classic that started it all, 1977′s A New Hope. While we recently got to see the first trailer, there are still several unanswered questions about this spinoff, but thankfully, Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo gave fans one surprisingly definitive answer about this adventure, confirming that a certain Star Wars villain definitely won’t be seen in the movie.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens introduced fans to the next iconic villain in the Star Wars universe, Supreme Leader Snoke, portrayed through motion capture by Andy Serkis. Snoke is essentially the new trilogy’s version of The Emperor, seducing young Kylo Ren (Adam Driver) to the dark side of The Force, which ultimately lead to Kylo Ren killing his father, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in one of Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ most iconic scenes. Even though Rogue One is set decades before Star Wars: The Force Awakens, some had theorized that Snoke may make an appearance in this movie due to one shot in the teaser that shows a mysterious cloaked figure appraoching a tank flanked by the two Emperial Royal Guards, a rumor which Lucasfilm creative executive Pablo Hidalgo shot down. Here’s what the executive had to say in a brief statement on his Twitter page.

“Snoke is not in Rogue One. Like, in any way, shape or form. This is a standalone movie.”
Of course, Snoke’s exclusion certainly makes sense, considering when Rogue One is set, but there have often been rumors that the movie will feature the iconic Darth Vader in some way. A report from January teased that Darth Vader and his Deathtroopers will have pivotal roles in the Rogue One story, and the trailer’s mysterious cloaked figure could either be Vader or possibly the Emperor. While he wouldn’t reveal any specifics, Rogue One star Mads Mikkelsen teased in a recent interview that fans will be reunited with a few “iconic characters,” along with plenty of new faces. Here’s what he had to say when asked if it was possible that we’ll get to see anyone familiar in Rogue One.

“Some of them – but I would reveal too much. There are iconic characters in our film and also characters you have never heard of. It’s a mix.”
This interview comes just one day after Mads Mikkelsen dropped quite the bombshell in another interview, revealing that his character is actually the father of Felicity Jones’ Jyn Erso. The actor also dropped another spoiler during a convention appearance last year, where he signed a fan’s poster that revealed his character name is Galen, which many have speculated is actually Galen Marek, a character from the video game Star Wars Unleashed. In the game, Galen Marek was an apprentice to Darth Vader before switching sides and joining the Rebel Alliance, but it hasn’t been confirmed if Mads Mikkelsen is playing this character or not.

Other reports have liked Mads Mikkelsen’s character to Robert Oppenheimer, who helped create the atomic bomb. These reports claim that Mads Mikkelsen is playing a scientist who is working on the Death Star, before leaving the Empire to make things right, by enlisting the help of his daughter, Jyn Erso. Naturally, none of this has been confirmed, but it does fall in line with the revelation that the actor is playing Jyn’s father. We’ll be sure to keep you posted with more on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story as soon as we have more information, as we get closer and closer to the December 16 release date.

Will the new Star Wars, Rogue One, live up to the hype? If not, Disney has another 5 in the pipeline

The first new “Star Wars” in 10 years, “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” launched a franchise reboot in 2015, which will consist of six films total through 2020.

While “The Force Awakens” racked up more than a billion dollars at the box office, “Rogue One” is not a for-sure bet. The director is different and the cast is different as well. We are not sure why Disney has not stuck to the formula that worked. As “The Force Awakens” came out, there was quite a bit of criticism online regarding the authenticity of the film and the fact that it didn’t stick to some core Star Wars elements. Perhaps this played a role in Disney sacking JJ from the Rogue One installment.

“The Force Awakens” takes place 30 years after the events of 1983′s “Return of the Jedi.” The First Order has risen from the fallen Empire and the Resistance is fighting back. Featuring a group of characters from the original trilogy alongside a new team of young Rebels, “The Force Awakens” is the first in a trilogy.

In addition to that series, three stand-alone spin-off films make up the Anthology series. “Rogue One,” the first, will hit theaters December 16, 2016, and has a new trailer. A Han Solo origin film and Boba Fett film will round out the series for now.


How much do standup comedians such as Jim Gaffigan, Louis CK and Russel Peters make? Answer – a lot

How much can you make in stand up comedy? Answer is: a lot – if you organize your events and appearances yourself.

Stand up comics, famous ones, make a TON of money. Example: standard large venue capacity is 2000-3000 people. McCaw hall in Seattle has a capacity of 2,900. Not too many people, right?

If you sell out at an average price of $50/ticket, that’s 145,000. Even IF the venue takes 50% (usually it’s 30%), you still make an astounding $72,500 FOR THE EVENING. And you can do those shows at a rate of 100 per year, which comes out to $7,250,000 per year.

‘Game Of Thrones’ March Madness Teaser: “We Deserve Death — We All Do”

As is traditional, we’ll get it out of the way first: nope, there’s nothing whatsoever about Jon Snow in the new Game of Thrones teaser released earlier this afternoon. We’re all going to have to wait another month for the show’s 6th season premiere to find out whether or not the seemingly murdered Lord Commander of the Night’s Watch is, in fact, for real murdered. Sorry about that. On the other hand, what the teaser does offer is a moody, tense look at some of what will be seen when the show returns, including the return of Bran Stark, who hasn’t been seen since season 4. Watch it below now.


Daniel Craig Says ‘Spectre’ Won’t Be His Last James Bond Movie: ‘I’m Contracted for One More’

Daniel Craig does not want “Spectre” to be his last James Bond adventure. Despite seemingly never-ending speculation from fans as to who the next 007 will be, the actor said in a recent interview that he isn’t ready to give up the coveted role just yet. And he might not be ready for a long time. “I’m contracted for one more — but I’m not going to make predictions,” Craig said. “I work myself to death,” the actor added. “It’s getting harder. But such is life. »

Daniel Craig made his debut as the iconic James Bond in Casino Royal (2006). The movie served not only a fresh Bond, but rebooted the super-spy franchise with a new time line that allowed the plot to precede everything that had taken place before it. Craig has deftly delivered a grittier, more authentic representation of the worlds most famous spy.

With three Bond movies under his belt and his fourth, Spectre, set for worldwide release in November, fans are speculating whether Craig will continue to portray the character beyond his current contract. The actor has signed on for one more installment after Spectre and discussion is already rife regarding possible replacements – once Craig does hang up his Tom Ford suit for good.

The Bond movie franchise is one of the longest running of all time (Spectre being the 24th addition in 53 years). The 23 movies released have cumulatively grossed $11.6 billion and Craig is the sixth actor to play the spy. Craig has discussed his role with the Main Online, revealing what drew him to the part and his thoughts about his future involvement:

“I remember saying, “If this is the last thing I do in my career, then that would be OK” because come on – it’s not that bad a role to have under your belt….. But after Casino Royale I panicked a little about people only seeing me a certain way and I started thinking, did I need to play someone totally opposite from Bond? But as time goes on, I’ve relaxed about that attitude.”

This role has arguably bolstered Craig’s career advantageously. Bond is a man of few, albeit very quotable words and it is his finesse in subtly conveying the inner workings of the character that largely contributes to the movie’s success. The recent installments have allowed for a less suave version of Bond that humanize him by examining his psychological conflicts, past traumas and origins (due to be explored with Spectre). As Craig put it:

“He’s a killer. He kills for a living….But it’s an honor to play him. I get such a big kick out of doing it. I had an opportunity with Casino Royale to wipe the slate clean….. Although I’m not saying it was a rebirth of Bond – that sounds conceited – I was a huge fan of Bond before.

“But I couldn’t just do a movie where I would straighten my tie and drink a Martini. It’s all been done. It had to happen in the right way. And we’ve done that. That for me, as an actor, is so important.”

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When asked if he would reprise his role after Spectre‘s follow-up, the 47-year old actor gave an expected non-committal answer:

“It’s getting harder. But such is life. I’ll keep going as long as I’m physically able. I’m contracted for one more – but I’m not going to make predictions.”

Bond movies have the unusual license to transcend period to be re-imagined as contemporary stories. This character survives multiple versions, actors and styles and this has become the signature of the franchise, fittingly representing the context of covert government operations and even the man 007 himself. In theory, the future success of Bond should not pivot on Craig’s involvement, but with current themes matching his enigmatic performance so artfully – and with distribution rights edging towards availability – one has to wonder where the franchise will take us when that time comes.

With two more Bond installments featuring Craig yet to reach theaters, though, there is still time left for the actor to fulfill his personal commitment to this icon. After that, we’ll have to wait and see if he’s both still “physically able” and willing to continue on as 007.

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