Cloverfield and Let Me In director Matt Reeves is set to helm The Passage, an adaptation of the book of the same name by Justin Cronin. Cronin's novel, originally written under a pseudonym, chronicles an experiment that goes wrong and unleashes an army of vampires on the world, bringing it to the verge of extinction. Distributor Fox 2000 purchased the book in 2007 for more than $3 million and since partnered with Tony and Ridley Scott's Scott Free production company to develop the forthcoming film adaptation.
Reeves' last film was a remake of the Norwegian vampire film Let the Right One In, and The Passage seems like a similarly mature take on vampire mythology; in other words, this will not merely follow in the commercial footsteps of teen romance franchises like Twilight. John Logan, who wrote Gladiator and The Aviator, wrote the first draft of the script, but his duties on the script for the next Bond film will keep him from participating in the work Reeves is doing currently to get the The Passage ready to go into production.
Reeves also signed a deal last week for another project, an adaptation of a short story by Ray Nelson entitled 8 O'Clock in the Morning, about a human being who discovers that he is being controlled by aliens. While Reeves is only supervising the rewrite of The Passage, he is writing 8 O'Clock himself, which should mean that it will happen after he's finished shooting The Passage, whose script is more finished than the other film.
Universal City, California -- A rising politician finds himself caught up in a pulse-pounding, mind-bending conspiracy in The Adjustment Bureau, the acclaimed film coming to Blu-rayTM Combo Pack and DVD on June 21, 2011 from Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Academy Award® winner Matt Damon (the Bourne series, True Grit) and Golden Globe® winner Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada, The Wolfman) are the star-crossed lovers chased by mysterious forces that threaten to destroy their futures unless they abandon one another. Deleted and extended scenes, filmmaker commentary and exclusive bonus features offer behind-the-scenes looks at the making of the film. Plus, for a limited time only, the Blu-rayTM Combo Pack of The Adjustment Bureau includes a downloadable digital copy of the film that can be viewed anytime, anywhere, on an array of digital devices.
Written for the screen by George Nolfi (Ocean's 12, The Bourne Ultimatum) who also makes his directorial debut, The Adjustment Bureau is based on the short story "Adjustment Team," by visionary writer Philip K. Dick (Total Recall, Minority Report, Blade Runner). The Adjustment Bureau also stars Anthony Mackie (The Hurt Locker, Eagle Eye), John Slattery ("Mad Men," Iron Man 2), Michael Kelly (Changeling, Dawn of the Dead) and Terence Stamp (Wanted, Valkyrie).
BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE EXCLUSIVELY ON BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK:
• THE LABYRINTH OF DOORS: INTERACTIVE MAP OF NEW YORK - Explore the bustling metropolis of New York City as only a member of the Bureau can: using the intricate network of portals to leap from location to location. Each location will trigger a short video pod, either with a behind-the-scenes look at that location with cast and crew or a scene from the film that took place there.
• BD-LIVETM-Access the BD-LiveTM Center through your Internet-connected player to get even more content, watch the latest trailers and more.
• pocket BLUTM: The groundbreaking pocket BLUTM app uses iPhone®, iPod® touch, AndroidTM, PC and Macintosh to work seamlessly with a network-connected Blu-rayTM player. Also available on the iPad®, owners can enjoy a new, enhanced edition of pocket BLUTM made especially to take advantage of the tablet's larger screen and high resolution display. Consumers will be able to browse through a library of Blu-rayTM content and watch entertaining extras on-the-go in a way that's bigger and better than ever before. pocket BLUTM offers advanced features such as:
o Advanced Remote Control: A sleek, elegant new way to operate your Blu-rayTM player. Users can navigate through menus, playback and BD-LiveTM functions with ease.
o Video Timeline: Users can easily bring up the video timeline, allowing them to instantly access any point in the film.
o Mobile-To-Go: Users can unlock a selection of bonus content with their Blu-rayTM discs to save to their device or to stream from anywhere there is a Wi-Fi network, enabling them to enjoy content on the go, anytime, anywhere.
o Browse Titles: Users will have access to a complete list of pocket BLUTM-enabled titles available and coming to Blu-rayTM Hi-Def. They can view free previews and see what additional content is available to unlock on their device.
o Keyboard: Entering data is fast and easy with your device's intuitive keyboard.
• uHEARTM: Never miss another line of dialogue with this innovative feature that instantly skips back a few seconds on your Blu-rayTM disc and turns on the subtitles for the section you couldn't hear!
• MY MOVIESTM: Consumers can rent a variety of Universal favorites such as Meet the Parents, Fast & Furious, Mamma Mia!, Coraline, Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old-Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, or Role Models for $2.99 each, to instantly stream via BD-LiveTM, the pocket BLUTM app or on the web at UniversalHiDef.com
BONUS FEATURES AVAILABLE ON BOTH DVD AND BLU-RAYTM COMBO PACK:
• DELETED AND EXTENDED SCENES
• LEAPING THROUGH NEW YORK - An inside look at how the production team filmed David Norris' (Matt Damon) race to the courthouse, featuring interviews with Damon, director George Nolfi, special effects coordinator Mark Russell and producers Michael Hackett and Chris Moore.
• DESTINED TO BE - The Adjustment Bureau provided Matt Damon with his first opportunity to play a true romantic lead in a feature film. Co-star Emily Blunt, director George Nolfi and Damon himself reflect on this new role for the star and the relationship between David Norris and Blunt's character, Elise Sellas.
• BECOMING ELISE - A look at Emily Blunt's dance training for the role of Elise. Blunt, Matt Damon, George Nolfi and Blunt's dance choreographer discuss her transformation from slender actress to well-muscled athlete.
• FEATURE COMMENTARY WITH WRITER AND DIRECTOR GEORGE NOLFI
TORONTO, ON -- Cineplex Entertainment today announced that movies from Twentieth Century Fox are now available via digital download formats Download To Own (DTO) and Video on Demand (VoD) from the Cineplex Store on Cineplex.com. Twentieth Century Fox releases 127 Hours, Black Swan, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and the X-Men catalogue franchise are among the thousands of DTO and VoD titles available from the Cineplex Store. Select titles from Twentieth Century Fox are available for download the same day they are released on DVD and Blu-ray.
DTO and VoD purchases made from the Cineplex Store can be stored either on a customer's computer hard drive or in their Cineplex digital locker. The locker enables purchasers to store their movies safely and securely without depleting space on their computer hard drive while still allowing future downloads of DTO titles. The Cineplex Player and digital locker technology are powered by RoxioNowTM.
"When Canadians think of movies, we want them to think of Cineplex," said Ellis Jacob, President and CEO, Cineplex Entertainment. "The Cineplex Store features more than 50,000 DVD, Blu-ray, DTO and VoD movies. Today we are very pleased to add Twentieth Century Fox's lineup of great new release and catalogue titles to our digital download service."
"We are pleased to work with an entertainment industry leader like Cineplex," said Jamie McCabe, Executive Vice President Worldwide Pay Per View, Video on Demand, and Electronic Sell-Through, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. "In addition to Cineplex's outstanding theatrical experience, the digital download service at Cineplex.com offers consumers an opportunity to enjoy the movies they love conveniently at home."
In addition to new content, several key features are planned to be added to the Cineplex Store later this year.
Kansas City, Mo. -- AMC Theatres (AMC), a leading theatrical exhibition and entertainment company, is proud to work with Whole Foods Market, the leading retailer of natural and organic foods, to offer guests the chance to see the "Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel Film Festival" in celebration of Earth Month in April.
"AMC is committed to bringing quality, diverse content to our guests and the Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel Film Festival is a prime example of that," said Robert J. Lenihan, president of programming for AMC. "It is also an example of how we intend to amplify our pledge of bringing these powerful stories found in independent films to our guests through direct partnerships with independent filmmakers and film festival participation."
The festival launched April 1 and will travel to theatres in 70 cities across the United States this month, including five AMC theatres: AMC Rainbow Promenade 10 (Las Vegas); AMC Plymouth Meeting 12 (Philadelphia); AMC Rio Cinemas 18 (Washington D.C.); AMC Cupertino Square 16 (San Francisco); and AMC Rolling Hills 20 (Los Angeles). A different film will be shown each night at 6:30 p.m. local time, with a double feature on Earth Day, April 22, at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
It's a collection of six provocative, character-driven films that focus on food, environmental issues and serve as reminder of small changes people can make for good while supporting budding green-genre filmmakers. The six films chosen for the inaugural festival include:
• BAG IT! - In this highly entertaining and eye-opening film, filmmaker Suzan Beraza follows Jeb Berrier as he navigates our plastic-reliant world. Jeb is not a radical environmentalist, but an average American who decides to take a closer look at our cultural love affair with plastics. www.bagitmovie.com
• LUNCH LINE - This deeply affecting film from filmmakers Mike Graziano and Ernie Park follows six kids from one of the toughest neighborhoods in Chicago as they set out to fix school lunch and wind up at the White House. Their unlikely journey parallels the dramatic transformation of school lunch from a patchwork of local anti-hunger efforts to a robust national feeding program. www.lunchlinefilm.com
• ON COAL RIVER - A compelling and transcendent narrative on the human costs of coal and strip-mining, this provocative film from filmmakers Francine Cavanaugh and Adams Woods follows the journey of a former coal miner and his neighbors, residents of Coal River Valley in West Virginia, as they transform from so-called victims to fearless and informed experts on mountaintop removal. www.oncoalriver.com
• PLANEAT - This visually stunning film from filmmakers Shelley Lee Davis and Or Shlomi tells the story of the scientists, farmers and chefs tackling one of the greatest problems of our age: Western culture's love affair with meat and dairy. Through an extraordinary personal and mouthwatering culinary journey we discover the wide range of medical and environmental benefits of eating our veggies. www.planeat.tv
• URBAN ROOTS - Filmmaker Mark MacInnis tells the powerful story of a group of dedicated Detroiters working tirelessly to fulfill their vision for locally grown, sustainably farmed food in a city cut off from real food and limited to processed fast food. This group has taken on the enormous task of changing this reality. www.urbanrootsamerica.com
• VANISHING OF THE BEES - Narrated by Oscar-nominated actress Ellen Page, this cautionary tale from filmmakers George Langworthy and Maryam Heinen reveals the mystery of the disappearing bees, and the links to industrial farming and our attitude toward the natural world. Starring in this real-life drama is a commercial bee farmer who sounded the alarm when his bee colonies collapsed and his business was decimated. www.vanishingbees.com
Earlier this month, AMC unveiled AMC Smart MovieSnacksTM, a comprehensive snack pack that includes ChiquitaTM Fruit Chips, a 20-oz. Dasani® water, an Odwalla Bar® Chocolate Chip Trail Mix and PopCornersTM popped corn chips. In creating AMC Smart MovieSnacks, AMC identified the best products after testing hundreds with a guest panel and collecting feedback. As a result, AMC Smart MovieSnacks represents a meaningful product offering that incorporates the best of nutritious snack choices, yet still allows guests to indulge, albeit smartly, when snacking at the movies.
AMC's initiative to improve access to more nutritious snacks at the movies included working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, a national non-profit founded by the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation to combat childhood obesity. AMC modeled AMC Smart MovieSnacks on the Alliance's school competitive food and beverage guidelines, which the organization uses in its work that supports more than 11,000 U.S. schools.
In addition to the Whole Foods Market Do Something Reel Film Festival, Whole Foods Market is also creating a grant program for filmmakers in the green film genre. A portion of all tickets sales from the film festival will go towards a film production and development grant that will encourage filmmakers to continue making stories about the environment and the choices we make as consumers.
The festival is presented in association with Applegate Farms and RiceSelectTM, with additional support from EVOL Burritos, Food Should Taste Good and Siggi's. For additional information about the festival, please visit www.dosomethingreel.com.