News and Notes
Sam Raimi has successfully blocked an unauthorized sequel to Evil Dead from moving forward. Award Pictures tried to move forward with Evil Dead 4: Consequences, but Renaissance Pictures summoned their lawyers and a court has ruled Awards Pictures to back off. Awards Pictures claimed that Raimi's waffling over the years about making a fourth film and stated lack of interest in making Evil Dead 4 amounted to trademark abandonment. [THR]
Speaking of Raimi and the Evil Dead franchise, the director promises a "wildly bloody" remake. He tells Collider "It's really bloody. It's so bloody, it will make your head spin. I've seen almost all the dailies and they're really going for it. It's gonna be grisly and intense and non-stop." [Collider]
Safe House director Daniel Espinosa has been tapped by Summit/Lionsgate to direct a film adaptation of Tom Rob Smith's novel Child 44. The book tells the story of a series of child murders in Stalin's Soviet Union based on the real story of a Ukranian serial killer nicknamed the Rostov Ripper. [Deadline]
If you're going to the Budweiser Made in America music festival in Philadelphia over Labor Day weekend, you may see Ron Howard making a documentary of some sort about Jay-Z. Howard says, "This will not be a concert film; it's a reflection of the fabric of what it means to be Made in America – what the festival represents, why Jay is doing it and how he relates to each artist." Look for this film to arrive sometime in 2013. [Deadline]
Fame is getting rebooted again, this time as a television series. The 1980 musical drama was adapted into a TV series that ran from 1982-1987. The property was then rebooted in 2009 starring Kelsey Grammar and Bebe Neuwirth, among other actors. Now Nigel Lythgoe, the guy behind American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, is bringing the property back to TV and re-imagining it so that the story will be "set against the backdrop of today's unprecedented access to the world of celebrity and expose the gritty struggle, heartache and pain endured in the search for stardom. Sounds like Smash, with dancing. [Deadline]
Shia LaBeouf says he dropped acid in order to get into character for his upcoming movie The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. While the film doesn't seem to lend itself to drug-taking as preparation, LaBeouf said, "There's a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar and there's a way to be on acid. What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that electric chair in Dead Man Walking. These are the guys that I look up to." [USA Today]
From the WTF files comes word that National Treasure director John Turtletaub is developing a movie about a 4-year-old who falls overboard during a family outing and is raised by whales. The boy then goes on to become a champion Olympic swimmer. I just… I give up. [THR]
A new, shorter cut of On the Road will premiere at the Toronto Film Festival which begins next week. The film premiered earlier this year at Cannes to mixed reviews, with some critics calling it "lustrous but long-winded."
Andy Nyman has been cast as the villain The Tumor in Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall. [Film School Rejects]
Wong Kar Wai (2046, The Chungking Express) has been named the Jury President for the 63rd Annual Berlin Film Festival.
The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man opened in China on Monday and both films performed very well. Spidey topped Batman with $5.4 million, helping push the franchise reboot over the $700 million worldwide mark. The Dark Knight Rises wasn't that far off, raking in $4.5 million and setting the record for the highest-opening ever for a WB 2-D release. [The Wrap]
Videos, Clips and Trailers
Here comes another behind the scenes clip from The Avengers DVD/BluRay. This one focuses on Robert Downey Jr. as "leader of the band."
John Hawkes meets his sex surrogate in The Sessions.
Take a look at the second teaser trailer for HBO's The Girl starring Toby Jones as Alfred Hitchcock and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren. The Girl premieres on HBO on October 20.
Four new clips from Resident Evil: Retribution have landed online. The film opens in wide release on September 14.
Pics and Posters
The dramatic thriller Arbitrage starring Richard Gere debuts two new posters today. The film opens September 14.
Here's the Spanish poster for Stolen, starring Nicolas Cage. The film hits theaters September 14.
Batman, made from bats.
Keeping with the Batman theme, here's the Bat-Yaris.
Finally, Walking Dead bed sheets.