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Paramount Insurge Plans Sci-Fi Tale Equinox

Paramount Insurge has made plans to develop a low-budget sci-fi tale called Equinox , says a story at The Hollywood Reporter . Simon Boyes and Adam Mason, the pair behind the upcoming Not Safe For Work , will provide the screenplay. The plot of Equinox has not been officially revealed, but the trade likens the story to a outer space version of Phillip Noye's 1989 thriller Dead Calm . That film, based on a 1963 novel by Charles Williams, followed a married couple who, traveling on a boat, pick up a shipwrecked man at sea who turns out to be a vicious killer. Bryan Brucks and Stefan Sonnenfeld will prodice with Sarah Perlman Bremner executive producing.
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Retreat – review

Tibbetts's passable thriller deploys on terra firma a plot similar to Charles Williams's nautical noir novel Dead Calm: a grieving couple's supposedly healing holiday is disrupted by a malevolent nutter. Cillian Murphy and Thandie Newton are the husband and wife who've lost their child, and Jamie Bell the blood-stained intruder with a gun and a dubious agenda (he claims to be protecting them from a relentless lethal virus), and the setting is an otherwise uninhabited island off the British coast (a combination of north Wales and the Inner Hebrides). Too much confused exposition is left to the final reel, and the downbeat ending will be familiar to admirers of Joseph Losey's early-1960s sci-fi minor masterpiece, The Damned.

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Dennis Hopper: The American Dreamer

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Dennis Hopper: The American Dreamer
Dennis Hopper's recent announcement of terminal cancer jump-started a long-overdue appreciation of his art and life. He got a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame last month (finally), and newspaper and blog appreciations are starting to pop up, focusing mainly on Hopper the performer. That makes sense: Hopper's career spanned a half-century's worth of theater, cinema, TV and recorded music; his list of collaborators stretches from Elizabeth Taylor and John Wayne through Kiefer Sutherland and Gorillaz.

Still, one hopes descriptions of Hopper's directorial career don't start and end with "Easy Rider." Hopper's 1969 debut is notable for its alternately ecstatic and lacerating portrait of the counterculture, the then-unusual use of pre-existing pop songs for its soundtrack, adventurous editing and its status as the first independently financed feature to become a mainstream smash. But there's more to his directorial résumé than philosophical bikers.

Although he directed just seven features ("Easy Rider,
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