Emma Roberts And Michael Shannon Set To Star In Upcoming Horror-Thriller Film ‘Abandoned’

Actor/Filmmaker Spencer Squire has just wrapped his first feature as a director, and he had a pretty incredible cast to help him do it.

It was revealed this week that filming on the upcoming horror-thriller ‘Abandoned‘ recently wrapped. The film stars Emma Roberts, John Gallagher Jr. and two-time Oscar nominee Michael Shannon.

Abandoned follows a mother, father, and infant son as they move into a remote farmhouse, which harbors a dark, tragic history. As their home’s past is revealed, the mother’s fragility escalates to a state of psychosis that jeopardizes her own safety and that of her newborn son.

The movie, which sounds low budget, was fully financed through the partnership between Vertical Entertainment and Three Point Capital.

In a joint statement, the companies had this to say…

Abandoned begins a new chapter for Vertical Entertainment and Three Point Capital and we could not be more excited to be partnered together on this journey. As we successfully did with Abandoned, our financing strategy moving forward will be hyper-focused on the symmetry of art and commerce making sure that the ratio of story, talent (both in front of and behind the camera) and spend equates to a fantastic consumer experience that is beneficial to both Vertical’s and Three Point’s bottomline.

No word on when this movie is expected to be released, but we’re assuming it might have a release date in 2022, maybe around Halloween?

In the meantime, you can catch Emma Roberts in the upcoming Marius Balchunas film, About Fate.

‘Shriver’ Comedy Adds Michael Shannon, Kate Hudson And More To Its Cast

The cast list for the upcoming comedy film ‘Shriver’ is becoming more impressive by the day. It was revealed this week that Michael Shannon, Kate Hudson, Don Johnson and Da’Vine Joy Randolph are set to star in the film.

This comes after it was revealed that Zach Braff, Jimmi Simpson and Aja Naomi King were also starring.

Michael Maren is the director/writer behind this project, which is based on a novel of the same named by Chris Belden.

Shriver is set at a small college, which is desperate to make a splash in the literary world and believe they have found Shriver, a famous writer who has been in hiding for 20 years.

But the person they have located is a different Shriver, a down-on-his-luck handyman who has never read a book in his life and has trouble telling the difference between his imagination and reality. With nothing to lose, this Shriver accepts the invitation to attend the college’s literary festival. But then, the ‘real’ writer shows up to expose him.

Production is expected to begin very soon. No word on a potential release date.

Michael Shannon Set To Star In Upcoming Coming-Of-Age Drama ‘Swing’

If you’re a follower of this site, then you know I love a good coming-of-age story, and thankfully it looks like we’re about to be blessed with a good one.

According to multiple reports, the insanely talented Michael Shannon will star in the upcoming coming-of-age drama titled Swing. Howard Deutch is set to direct, which is pretty cool considering he’s the filmmaker behind Pretty in Pink.

Shannon will star in ‘Swing,’ which has been compared to ‘Friday Night Lights’ and ‘Dead Poets Society.’ The story is set in 1999 and tells the story of a group of friends and crew teammates in their last year of college, whose lives are changed forever when a Vietnam vet (Shannon) takes over as coach of their dysfunctional team.

What’s interesting is that Vojin Gjaja, a Ranger-qualified former armor officer in the United States Army, wrote the screenplay for this movie. From what I can tell, this will be his first feature flick. Must be exciting times for him.

Principal photography will start in September in New Jersey. They’re still casting for Shannon’s co-stars. No word on a potential release date, but it’s likely it’ll be released sometime in 2020. We’ll keep you posted.

Michael B. Jordan And Michael Shannon Star In First Trailer For HBO’s ‘Fahrenheit 451’

HBO has released the first trailer for ‘Fahrenheit 451‘ starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon. For those who don’t know, the film is based on Ray Bradbury’s 1953 dystopian novel of the same name. It follows a futuristic American society where books are destroyed to censor and limit knowledge.

This movie is directed by Ramin Bahrani, and in addition to Shannon and Jordan, it co-stars Sofia BoutellaLilly Singh and Laura Harrie. It’s expected to be released on HBO in May.

People are madly in love with this book, so I have to imagine the audience is going to be tough on this movie. If this movie sucks, you’re never going to hear the end of it.

Check out the trailer below…

HBO Is Adapting Dystopian Classic ‘Fahrenheit 451,’ Michael B. Jordan And Michael Shannon Set To Star

The HBO Films adaptation of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451 has been in development for a while now. The dystopian novel, which was released in 1953, “depicts a future where media is an opiate, history is outlawed and ‘firemen’ burn books.”

Doesn’t sound too far off, huh?

This week, the studio announced that Michael B. Jordan and Michael Shannon will star in the movie. Ramin Bahrani (99 Homes) will direct the project. He also co-wrote the script with Amir Naderi.

There is a lot of talent behind this film. Both Jordan and Shannon are coming off great performances. You had Jordan’s breakout role in Creed, and then most recently you had Shannon give one heck of a performance in Nocturnal Animals. He was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2017 Oscars.

We will keep you updated on this project as more information is released. No word yet on a release date, but it’ll probably be in 2018/19. Jordan is currently busy filming Marvel’s Black Panther.

Movie Review: Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice – After the Opening, it all Goes Downhill.


God, the comic geeks must have spooged themselves when they learned that finally, all their ‘batman v superman’ arguments were coming to the movies. I never got that. To me Batman Versus Superman is the same as the ratio of ghosts to snork berries; nonexistent.  But, with the intent of becoming the wet dreams of 13-year-old boys everywhere, director Zack Snyder and screenwriter David S. Goyer put this together.

And now it’s time for a rant. How many times have I said “too many Superman movies”? How many times have I said “too many Batman movies?” So what do they do? Put them together. And, as if they’re making fun of me, they stick Ben Affleck in the lead.

That’s it. I quit. <typing stops abruptly, sound of footsteps, door slams>

Ok, not really. But that’s the kind of abrupt change of attitude you can expect from this newest DC adaptation. Dawn of Justice peaks in its opening sequence, a slow-motion, Sucker Punch-esque dispatching of the Batman origin story in three minutes or less, which sets the stage for the introduction of an older, broken, kinda fat Batman (Ben Affleck), who engages in increasingly violent and futile attempts to clean up Gotham City. The rest of the introductory character work sees Superman (Henry Cavill) grappling with public criticism over his actions in his last cinematic outing and the young Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) attempting to build a weapon capable of stopping Superman.


After the opening, it all goes downhill. I have to admit; I didn’t hate Ben Affleck in this. He makes a passable Batman. Henry Cavill came across better as Clark Kent. Jesse Eisenberg was almost embarrassing as Lex Luthor. It felt like he was doing an impression of Heath Ledger playing the Joker. Watching Jesse Eisenberg, I wasn’t entirely sure if he’d ever heard of Superman.

Now me, I’m not a person who has a big problem with violence. Heck, I love everything by Quentin Tarantino and he’s turned violence into an art form. But this movie seemed to be rushed in order to get to the next violent fight scene. The characters become completely interchangeable and really, you stop caring about who wins. The problem is there really are no stakes. This is such an obvious cash grab; we know that they’d never kill off anything they can franchise. Hell, if a spork tested well with a focus group, they’d give it a franchise. And I’d watch the Adventures of Sporky just like everyone else.


It’s not worth the watch, but it’s inevitable. It’s one of those bad blockbusters that everyone will go to, but eventually forget until the next one gets spit out by the studio.  They’re raking in garbage bags of money and we’re watching what they tell us to.

I’d say if it’s a choice between this and a Trump rally, I’d go with the Trump Rally. While the Trump Rally will be violent, at least Ben Affleck won’t be there.

WE GAVE IT: 2 Stars – Watch the Official Trailer and Official Movie Poster below!

2 Stars

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