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Jordan Vogt-Roberts to Helm Netflix’s Live-Action Gundam Movie

(Photo Credit: Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)Jordan Vogt-Roberts to helm Netflix’s live-action Gundam movieIt has been four years since the successful release of Kong: Skull Island, and now director Jordan Vogt-Roberts has finally found his next big project with Legendary. Vogt-Roberts has officially signed on to direct the studio’s first-ever live-action feature film version of Gundam for Netflix, which will be based on the universe of Sunrise’s iconic Japanese robot franchise.This marks Legendary and Netflix’s latest collaboration together, the two companies previously worked on films such as 2016’s Spectral and last year’s Enola Holmes as well as shows like Lost in Space and Pacific Rim: The Black. They are also currently working on the anime series adaptation of Skull Island and Tom Raider.RELATED: Netflix’s Live-Action Cowboy Bebop Series Wraps Production!Plot details for the Netflix film are being kept under wraps but the original Gundam series is set in the Universal Century, an era in which humanity’s growing population has led people to emigrate to space colonies. Eventually, the people living in the colonies seek their autonomy and launch a war of independence against the people living on Earth. Through the tragedies and discord arising from this human conflict, not only the maturation of the main character but also the intentions of enemies and the surrounding people are sensitively depicted. The battles in the story, in which the characters pilot robots known as mobile suits, are wildly popular. The Gundam universe is replete with numerous storylines of love and conflict along with the popular Gundam battles, in which the characters operate robot suits called Mobile Suits.The live-action Gundam film will be penned by Brian K Vaughan. It will be produced by Vogt-Roberts with Vaughan set as executive producer. Legendary’s Cale Boyter will oversee the project along with the Sunrise creative team. The project was actually first announced in 2018 at the Anime Expo.RELATED: Sony & Netflix Ink First-Pay Streaming Licensing DealCreated by Hajime Yatate and Yoshiyuki Tomino, the franchise first started in 1979 with the TV series titled Mobile Suit Gundam. The massively popular Mecha anime and science fiction media franchise is Sunrise’s multi-billion-dollar property that has spawned a multi-platform universe encompassing televised anime, manga, animated films, video games, plastic models, toys, and novels among other media. Gundam continues to dominate Bandai Namco’s earnings almost forty years after its inception.
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    Scare Me Interview With Writer/Director/Star Josh Ruben

    CS Video: Scare Me interview with writer/director/star Josh Ruben Just in time for the film’s debut on Shudder and for the start of the Halloween season, ComingSoon.net got the opportunity to chat with Scare Me‘s writer, director and star Josh Ruben to discuss his brilliant horror-comedy. Our interview can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: Scare Me Review: A Brilliant New Take on the Horror Anthology Genre In the film, Fred, a frustrated copywriter, checks into a winter cabin to start his first novel. While jogging in the nearby woods, he meets Fanny, a successful and smug young horror author who fuels his insecurities. During a power outage, Fanny challenges Fred to tell a scary story. As a storm sets in, they pass the time spinning spooky tales fueled by the tensions between them, and Fred is forced to confront his ultimate fear: Fanny is the better storyteller. The stakes are raised when they’re visited by a horror fan who delivers levity (and a pizza) to the proceedings. Click here to rent Scare Me! This film marks the feature directorial debut of Josh Ruben (College Humor), who is also starring alongside Aya Cash (You’re The Worst, The Boys) and Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live). It is written and produced by Ruben with Alex Bach, and Daniel also set as producers. RELATED: CS Video: Scare Me Interviews With Aya Cash & Chris Redd Scare Me is now available to stream on Shudder!

    Scare Me Interviews With Aya Cash & Chris Redd

    CS Video: Scare Me Interviews With Aya Cash & Chris Redd Ahead of the film’s debut on Shudder, ComingSoon.net got the opportunity to chat with stars Aya Cash (The Boys) and Chris Redd (Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping) to discuss Josh Ruben’s horror-comedy Scare Me. Our interviews can be viewed in the player below! RELATED: Scare Me Review: A Brilliant New Take on the Horror Anthology Genre In Scare Me, Fred, a frustrated copywriter, checks into a winter cabin to start his first novel. While jogging in the nearby woods, he meets Fanny, a successful and smug young horror author who fuels his insecurities. During a power outage, Fanny challenges Fred to tell a scary story. As a storm sets in, they pass the time spinning spooky tales fueled by the tensions between them, and Fred is forced to confront his ultimate fear: Fanny is the better storyteller. The stakes are raised when they’re visited by a horror fan who delivers levity (and a pizza) to the proceedings. Click here to rent Scare Me! This film marks the feature directorial debut of Josh Ruben (College Humor), who is also starring alongside Aya Cash (You’re The Worst, The Boys) and Chris Redd (Saturday Night Live). It is written and produced by Ruben with Alex Bach, and Daniel also set as producers. RELATED: Docuseries Cursed Films Renewed for Second Season at Shudder Scare Me is now available to stream on Shudder!

    Scare Me Review: A Brilliant New Take on the Horror Anthology Genre

    Rating:  9/10 Cast: Aya Cash as Fanny Josh Ruben as Fred Chris Redd as Carlo Rebecca Drysdale as Bettina Written and Directed by Josh Ruben Click here to rent Scare Me! Scare Me Review: Even in some of its wildest and most exhilarating efforts, such as Scare Package and Southbound, the horror anthology genre does tend to follow some tropes and formula in delivering their terrifying tales but with Josh Ruben’s feature debut Scare Me, the writer/director has stripped the concept down to its most minimal basis of simply telling a scary story and it proves to be a brilliant new path for the subgenre. Fred (Josh Ruben), a frustrated copywriter, checks into a winter cabin to start his first novel. While jogging in the nearby woods, he meets Fanny (Aya Cash), a successful and smug young horror author who fuels his insecurities. During a power outage, Fanny challenges Fred to tell a scary story. As a storm sets in, they pass the time spinning spooky tales fueled by the tensions between them, and Fred is forced to confront his ultimate fear: Fanny is the better storyteller. The stakes are raised when they’re visited by a horror fan (Chris Redd) who delivers levity (and a pizza) to the proceedings. The setup for the film is one that could’ve worked beautifully in a more traditional anthology, with the film transitioning into each tale written and directed by its own filmmakers, but the more simple nature of having Fred and Fanny face off and play off of each other’s critiques and praises to deliver the most effective tale proves to be a thrilling and hilarious new way of doing so. Creating their own sound effects, standing tall and delivering bombastic performances like some of the most enthusiastic storytellers of all time breeds some of the film’s funniest moments as well as some of its quietly chilling and, even with a runtime of only 104 minutes, helps keep the pace of the film feeling fast and exciting, never losing its grip on viewers. In a time in which we are all looking for a good fright, aside from the fright that is the state of the country, the film’s minimalist setting and filmmaking actually feels perfectly timed for current audiences, as many are more than likely gearing up to tell each other spooky tales around the virtual or socially distant fireplace. The way Ruben blends adding occasional effects that are blink-and-you’ll-miss-it shocks, such as a demonic hand wrapping around a pole before disappearing and returning as Fred’s human arm, is such a nice touch of tapping into the mentality of being so involved in storytelling that the listener’s mind tricks them into seeing what’s being described. Another of the brilliant elements of the film is its character work and not-so-subtle feuding between the frustrated Fred and the self-approving Fanny, a feud born out of the former’s feeling of inadequacies in comparison to the latter’s success. Jealousy for one’s success is generally seen between members of the same sex or else have it be a far more antagonistic relationship between opposite sex members jealous of one another and yet the way Ruben establishes Fred’s envy and how it plays into both his and Fanny’s actions feels fresh and pretty authentic. There’s certainly nothing wrong with men having some jealousy for anyone, men or women, and their success, it’s a plenty natural feeling to have, but with so many men going to gross lengths to shut down powerful and successful women, the way Ruben gets the viewer to simultaneously dislike and care about Fred and his future is a balancing act he handles really well both in front of and behind the camera. The performances on the central duo, as well as the supporting turn from the always hilarious Saturday Night Live and Popstar comic Chris Redd, also really helps keep audiences invested in the characters and their storytelling. Between You’re the Worst, The Boys and other projects, audiences are certainly used to seeing Cash take on self-absorbed or smug characters and yet something about her turn as Fanny that feels fresh for her and so compelling to watch from start to finish as her behaviors prove endlessly unpredictable as the story progresses. Scare Me might falter a bit with its ending but thanks to its brilliant and theatrically minimalist approach to the anthology formula, some fascinating characters and brilliant performances from Ruben, Cash and Redd, this is an absolute blast from start to finish that is sure to thrill both genre enthusiasts and general viewers alike.

    Shudder Announces Return of Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut

    Shudder announces return of Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut With a second season of the TV series on the way, Shudder has announced the return date for the second season of its companion podcast Eli Roth’s History of Horror: Uncut, whose first two episodes are available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other podcast platforms now! RELATED: Eli Roth’s History of Horror Season 2 Teaser Previews October Return An extended audio companion to the television series AMC Visionaries: Eli Roth’s History of Horror, whose new season premieres on AMC on October 10, the Uncut podcast offers listeners hours of never-before-heard, candid conversations with horror luminaries featured in the show.  The first two episodes showcase in-depth discussions with Megan Fox, whose 2009 film Jennifer’s Body was met with hostility upon release but has since been lauded as modern classic, and Bill Hader, who offers new perspective on his role as the adult Richie Tozier in It Chapter Two. “The reaction to season one was beyond my wildest expectations,” Roth said in a statement. “We became a top five podcast as soon as we debuted, and it shows the overwhelming excitement from the fans to hear these incredible stories directly from the artists. On the TV show, we have to condense everyone into one hour but on the podcast, we can really take our time, hear the full conversation and learn so much more. The stories they tell are fascinating and insightful and really make you see their work through a different lens. I’m so thankful to AMC and Shudder for letting us go much bigger with Season 2. These stories are for all time, and will be enjoyed by generations of fans for years to come.” Future episodes will feature actors Nancy Allen (Dressed to Kill) and Ken Foree (Dawn of the Dead), filmmakers Ari Aster (Hereditary), Roger Corman (The Masque of the Red Death), Mary Harron (American Psycho), Don Mancini (creator of the Child’s Play franchise), Barbara Muschietti (producer of the It films), Greg Nicotero (showrunner of Creepshow), André Øvredal (Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark), Eli Roth (Hostel), actor/director/FX master Tom Savini (Friday the 13th), Joel Schumacher (The Lost Boys) and Rob Zombie (3 from Hell). RELATED: Quibi Unveils Trailer for New Episodes of 50 States of Fright Eli Roth’s History of Horror Uncut is hosted by Eli Roth featuring interviews conducted by Kurt Sayenga. The podcast is executive produced by Roth, Sayenga, Steven Michaels, Jodi Flynn, Joseph Freed and Allison Berkley. Eli Roth’s History of Horror is produced by The Content Group and Marwar Junction Productions. The first two episodes are available now on Apple Podcasts, Spotify and other platforms, with new episodes set to be released every Monday, and the full Uncut season will be available on Shudder later this year.

    Enter ComingSoon’s The Pale Door Giveaway from RLJE Films & Shudder!

    Enter ComingSoon’s The Pale Door giveaway from RLJE Films & Shudder! RLJE Films and Shudder have provided ComingSoon.net with two Blu-ray copies of the thrilling Weird Western horror pic The Pale Door ahead of its October 6 release! The winners (must be within the U.S.) will be picked at random by Wednesday, September 30 and all you have to do to win is email your name with the subject line “THE PALE DOOR” to [email protected]! RELATED: CS Interview: Pat Healy on Weird Western The Pale Door The Dalton gang finds shelter in a seemingly uninhabited ghost town after a train robbery goes south. Seeking help for their wounded leader, they are surprised to stumble upon a welcoming brothel in the town’s square. But the beautiful women who greet them are actually a coven of witches with very sinister plans for the unsuspecting outlaws-and the battle between good and evil is just beginning. Click here to pre-order your Blu-ray copy of the thrilling Weird Western! The horror western pic features an ensemble cast that includes Devin Druid (13 Reasons Why, Greyhound), Zachary Knighton (Happy Endings, Magnum P.I.), Melora Walters (Big Love, Venom), Bill Sage (Power, Hap and Leonard), Noah Segan (Knives Out, Scare Package), Pat Healy (The Innkeepers, Bad Education), Stan Shaw (The Monster Squad, Jeepers Creepers 3), Natasha Bassett (Hail, Caesar!) and Tina Parker (To The Stars, Better Call Saul). Bonus Features featured with The Pale Door Blu-ray and DVD include: The Making of The Pale Door Filmmaker Commentary Editing The Pale Door RELATED: CS Interview: Co-Writer/Director Aaron B. Koontz on The Pale Door The film is co-written by Aaron B. Koontz, Cameron Burns and Keith Lansdale and directed by Koontz. The Pale Door is now in select theaters and on digital platforms and VOD and is set to hit shelves on Blu-ray and DVD on October 6!

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