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Shelved Movies: 18 Films With Delayed Releases

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 10, 2013 4:45 PM
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Shelved movies feature
Perhaps the most interesting thing about this week’s release, Jonathan Levine's “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” (because certainly according to our lukewarm review it’s hardly the film itself), is the story of the journey it took to get it to U.S. screens. When the trio of college friends behind the initial idea (writer Jacob Forman, production designer Tom Hammock and producer Chad Feehan) managed to pull together the resources to script and make the film, and then sell it to The Weinstein Company in 2006, it must have seemed like the end of a long, hard journey.

Fantastic Fest Review: Jonathan Levine's Belated Horror ‘All The Boys Love Mandy Lane’ Starring Amber Heard

  • By Edward Davis
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  • September 24, 2013 4:04 PM
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​Horror movie fans have it rougher than most. Their breed is one of the most loyal of audiences, and yet what they are often served is predictable, by-the-numbers tripe. Smart, well-crafted horror movies are usually in short supply (yes, there are small exceptions) and instead the industry has been overrun by lowest common denominator, found-footage frighteners made at bargain basement prices because the yield ratio is so high. Savvy producers/studios take advantage by realizing most cheaply made horror gross well regardless of the quality or investment, so what’s the incentive to produce an expensive or well-made product? It's a vicious cycle and cynical industry that often green lights any half baked project simply because it’s a ROI no-brainer that works, especially when calculably programmed during traditionally slow weekends.

Watch: New Trailer For Long-Awaited Horror 'All The Boys Love Mandy Lane'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • August 23, 2013 10:39 AM
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It’s been seven years since Jonathan Levine’s directorial debut “All The Boys Love Mandy Lane” premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. In that time, Levine delivered three more directorial outings—“The Wackness,” “50/50” and “Warm Bodies”—while his first film sat gathering dust on the proverbial shelf. This year The Weinstein Company’s genre shingle Radius landed the rights—nearly a decade since its parent company first bought the film—and it will now finally see a release this fall. A proper release begets a proper advertising campaign, so the studio has released a brand new trailer through CraveOnline.

Watch: Trailer For Jonathan Levine's Debut 'All The Boys Love Mandy Lane' Finally Getting U.S. Release This Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 8, 2013 4:49 PM
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Let's say you're a first time director, and you go to the Toronto International Film Festival hoping that maybe your film will get noticed and perhaps land a modest distribution deal. Now imagine that it's a hit, and none other than The Weinstein Company come calling with plans to release your movie through their Dimension Films shingle. Awesome! Or so it would seem to anyone, but this was 2006 and director Jonathan Levine -- who would go on to make "The Wackness," "50/50" and "Warm Bodies" -- found himself in a curious situation with "All The Boys Love Mandy Lane." He had a hot distributor for his movie, but they got cold feet after "Grindhouse" flopped, and sold his picture to Senator Entertainment...who went out of business. But now the movie has come full circle.

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