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Jamie Mark Is Dead Movie Review

MOVIE REVIEW: ‘Jamie Marks Is Dead’ Offers A Unique Supernatural Story

Film: Jamie Marks Is Dead
Starring: Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver
Directed by: Carter Smith

Jamie Marks Is Dead finds new ground in the realm of adapted supernatural young adult fiction, but it’s not enough to create a thrilling viewing experience.

The title of Carter Smith’s latest film is as much a fact as it is a lie. Jamie Marks is indeed dead, but his spirit, or something akin to it, survives. His tiny frame, protected only by a torn pair of boy’s underwear, saunters through the town his living self once considered Hell both day and night. He doesn’t believe …

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New ‘Gone Girl’ Trailer: Did Ben Affleck Murder His Wife?

There comes a point in the promotional run for almost every film when it seems the studio has become so desperate to ensure box office success that they’re willing to spoil a movie’s third act to boost YouTube views. This is not the case with David Fincher. Every film he has made has been accompanied by a marketing campaign almost as stylish as the movie itself. Like the teasers at the end of a Mad Men episode, the trailers that support his work are purposely cryptic, and the latest promotional clip for Gone Girl is no exception.

Amy (Rosamund Pike) …

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‘White Bird In A Blizzard’ Trailer: Shailene Woodley Has A Sexual Awakening (And A Missing Mom)

White Bird In A Blizzard serves as the third film to star Shailene Woodley in the last year. It is also the third adaptation the former Secret Life Of The American Teenager star has appeared in during that same time. I’m not sure if she likes books, or if she feels the stories in them are better told on the silver screen, but either way, there is a new film on the way that is sure to give all the feels.

Kat Connors (Shailene Woodley) is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve (Eva Green), a beautiful, enigmatic, …

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MOVIE REVIEW: ‘The Giver’ Offers Nothing Of Value

Film: The Giver
Stars: Brenton Thwaites, Jeff Bridges
Genre: Drama/Sci-Fi

Working off a screenplay written by Michael Mitnick and Robert B. Weide, director Phillip Noyce has delivered a frustrating and, at times, downright awful adaptation of Lois Lowry’s most beloved young adult novel.

The Giver offers a vision of the future that feels a bit like a watered-down 1984. Following the downfall of life as we know, mankind manages to rebuild society in such a way that all individuality has ceased to exist, including all color. In its place, an idea called ‘sameness’ has been put into action with …

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UTG Interview: ‘The Giver’ Author Lois Lowry and Film Stars Brenton Thwaites, Odeya Rush

Earlier this month I had an opportunity unlike any other up to that point in my writing career. For nearly thirty minutes I was able to sit next to author Lois Lowry and discuss her classic novel, The Giver, as well as the recent film adaptation. I also spoke with the film’s stars, Brenton Thwaites and Odeya Rush. It was the kind of meeting that seemed to pass lightning fast, but I was able to gain a lot of great insight to the film’s creation and all the hard work that goes into adapting a novel recognized around the …

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‘Testament of Youth’ Trailer: Alicia Vikander Will Not Let WWI Get The Best Of Her

The history of cinema is littered with dozens, if not hundreds of films based on the struggles of people who lived through World War II. It’s far more rare that films on the first world war make their way to mainstream audiences, but next year that is exactly what will happen when Testament Of Youth hits theaters nationwide.

Alicia Vikander has become a hot commodity in Hollywood over the last couple years, and her latest leading role will take audiences to a world torn asunder by World War I. Based on the classic First World War memoir, Testament of Youth

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‘As God Says’ Trailer: Takashi Miike Adapts Bloody Popular Comic

At the end of last month, we learned that there is an adaptation of  Takashi Miike‘s Audition pending. The response was mixed at best. Now, at the end of this month, we’re much more excited for an adaptation by, not of, Miike.

As God Says was a 2011-12 comic book written by Muneyuki Kanshiro and drawn by Akeji Fujimura that, according to Variety, has sold 1.5 million paperback copies. The plot is a familiar, and suddenly popular, one – kids forced to kill each other.

It immediately conjures up Battle Royale and Hunger Games, this plot “about …

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The End Is Near: ‘Transformers’ Scribe Hired To Write Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Adaptation

All you need to be successful in Hollywood is one or two good credits on a movie that makes a lot of money. It doesn’t matter if your work is shit, as long as you can help a studio turn a profit you’re as good as a golden goose with the ability to turn a phrase. Need proof? I have all the proof you will ever need.

The Hollywood Reporter ran a story today breaking the news that Transformers scribe Ehren Kruger has been hired to write a live-action adaptation for Disney’s Dumbo. Yes, the same man who has …

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Are You Ready For A ‘Scooby-Doo’ Reboot?

I swear the time between when a film debuts and when its reboot is first announced shrinks by the week.

Deadline is reporting that Warner Bros. is in the very early stages of developing a new Scooby-Doo reboot. This is not a rumor or an alleged title, but rather a full fledged project with a crew and people working to solidify a cast. The film will be a live action and CGI hybrid, much like the big screen version of the cartoon released in 2002. No additional details are available at this time.

Freddie Prinze Jr, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Matthew …

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‘Paddington’ Trailer: Never Trust A Bear In A Bathroom

There is an idea circling the net that nothing is safe from the world of Hollywood adaptations, and this Christmas the beloved fictional bear known as Paddington will prove that theory true.

Today, The Weinstein Company released the first trailer for Paddington, the first big screen adaptation of Michael Bond’s popular character. The film tells the story of the misadventures of a young Peruvian bear (voiced by Colin Firth) who travels to the big city in search of a place to call home. Finding himself lost and alone, he begins to realize that city life is not all he …

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Are You Ready For The First-Ever ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ Movie?

Sega has finally given in to demand (or money). Sonic The Hedgehog is headed to the big screen.

THR reports that Sony and producer Neal Mortiz, are teaming with Marza Animation Planet, a Japanese film production company and the division of the Sega Sammy Group, for a CG/live-action hybrid feature starring Sega gaming’s most famous character. No casting has occurred at this point, but we do know that Evan Susser and Van Robichaux are writing the screenplay, which will follow the antics of Sonic, the world’s fastest hedgehog.

This is not a joke, people. We are officially scraping the bottom …

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Disney Announces Live-Action Adaptation of ‘Beauty And The Beast’

Hot on the heels of Maleficent‘s $70 million box office debut, Disney has announced plans to adapt another one of their classic animated stories in the not too distant future.

According to variety, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon has been tapped by the house that Mickey Mouse built to direct a live-action version of the studio 1991 hit, Beauty And The Beast. Evan Spiliotopoulos is writing the script with Mandeville Films producing. No release date has been set.

Beauty and The Beast is actually a classic fairytale. The earliest published version of the story was …