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Fantasia Exclusive: Horror Goes Online In Trailer For 'Cybernatural' Produced By Timur Bekmambetov

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 18, 2014 11:41 AM
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Cybernatural
With far too many headlines of late showing the tragic consequences of online bullying and the perils of social media, it hasn't taken long for the film world to respond with movies like "Disconnect" and "uwantme2killhim?" exploring the consequences of a mouse click. But in the forthcoming "Cybernatural" that theme gets a horrific twist and we have the exclusive trailer to share with you today in advance of the film's World Premiere this weekend at the Fantasia Film Festival.

Todd Solondz & Ralph Fiennes To Direct Segments Of Omnibus 'Petersburg' & George Nolfi To Helm Bruce Lee Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 2, 2014 10:18 AM
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Russia has made headlines lately for no shortage of reasons (the Olympics, Edward Snowden, Ukraine, you name it) and so there are plenty of stories to tell from the country. Russia’s Ministry of Culture is backing a project that we'd wager they're hoping will shine a different light on the nation, and they're rounding up some big names to help out.

Timur Bekmabetov Circling 'Ben-Hur' Remake, Also Producing A Movie About Killer Squirrels

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 19, 2013 1:03 PM
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Yes, "Ben-Hur" is getting a remake because Hollywood can't leave well enough alone, and all we know about this new project thus far is that it will center on the "formative years" of Judah Ben-Hur and Messala, leading up to the moment in which the latter betrays the former, selling him into slavery which (eventually) leads to revenge and chariot races. And because Bible stories are so hot right now (Darren Aronofsky's "Noah," Ridley Scott's "Exodus"), there will also be a plot thread involving Jesus Christ, who meets up with Ben-Hur at various points throughout the film. Well, now the project is looking for a director, and apparently, the guy responsible for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" is being considered.

Timor Bekmambetov Out, Ben Stiller Circling Director's Chair For 'The Current War'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 30, 2013 4:54 PM
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Perhaps the biggest surprise and news story of the day was the arrival of the trailer for Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty." The film, which Stiller both stars in and directs, was unveiled as something much more than your everyday remake, promising something that could possibly be the subject of Oscar talk a few months from now. It's certainly one of the more ambitious directorial efforts we've seen from Stiller, and it seems he's keen to keep testing himself with interesting material.

‘Wizard Of Oz’ Gets Reimagined Again By Timur Bekmambetov For Syfy

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • July 23, 2013 7:30 PM
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Wizard Of Oz Timur Bekmambetov
From bullet curving assassins to presidential vampire hunters, Timur Bekmambetov has covered a wide range of novelty characters. The director, who got his big break with the fantasy-themed “Night Watch” series, has never been the type to shy away from an outlandish idea. That’s why it’s not a huge surprise that he's is teaming up with SyFy, the house built from outlandish ideas.

Timur Bekmambetov To Direct Michael Bay Produced Airplane Pirates Movie 'Heatseekers'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 15, 2013 4:23 PM
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Things have been quiet for director Timur Bekmambetov following last summer's "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." In the run up to the movie there was talk of a few projects including "The Current War" about Thomas Edison with Sacha Baron Cohen considering the project as well as his take on Hermann Melville's "Moby Dick" which got a fresh rewrite. But not so much since. However, the helmer is kicking off 2013 by pairing up with a filmmaker who knows a thing or two about explosions.

Review: 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' Is A Surprisingly Solid Mix of History & Horror

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 21, 2012 8:30 AM
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One of the biggest question marks of the summer movie season has been "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," Timur Bekmambetov's $70 million R-rated historical mash-up that sees the sixteenth President of the United States fighting undead creatures and the evils of slavery, all at the same time (in 3D, no less). Based on the novel by Seth Grahame-Smith, who also wrote the screenplay (with uncredited help from Simon Kinberg), and produced by top ghoul Tim Burton, the trailers and television spots didn't completely convey whether or not it was supposed to be funny or scary, serious or silly. It turns out that (brilliantly) -- it's both. Somehow the movie manages to be fun and tongue-in-cheek without ever seeming disrespectful. It's a winning combination of history and horror where Honest Abe is able to kick serious ass.

Tim Burton & Timur Bekmambetov Talk The "Superhero Origin Story" Of 'Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter' & Why They Went 3D

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 20, 2012 3:19 PM
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When Seth Grahame-Smith began to write the “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter,” he didn’t let the epiphany of a wacky title affect his dead-serious alternate universe story -- our 16th President, leader of the people by day, and slayer of the undead at night. Though he couldn’t have expected that the premise to catch the fancy of A-List filmmaker Tim Burton, who heard the title and experienced a brief flashback.

Timur Bekmambetov Says "Shocking" Sequel To 'Wanted' Will Follow James McAvoy's Wesley Gibson & Features A "Great Twist"

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • June 18, 2012 9:40 AM
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EXCLUSIVE: While there has been much talk, a sequel to "Wanted" has been moving slowly. While the original writers were hired to pen a sequel last fall, it remained to seen how they would continue from the blood-soaked finale of the first film, a breakneck comic book actioner from director Timur Bekmambetov that grossed $341 million worldwide. With an ending featuring a bloodbath that killed the most important characters, not to mention the biggest names in the cast, a follow-up looked like a tricky proposition, but it looks like that particular story nut has been cracked.

Rewrites Galore: Timur Bekmambetov's 'Moby Dick' & James Watkins' 'Methuselah' Get Tinkered With

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 12, 2012 2:43 PM
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With major tentpole films such as “World War Z” and “GI Joe: Retaliation” recently experiencing major structural changes, in both cases executed well after the majority of the film has been shot, the public awareness of just how much behind-the-scenes finagling occurs has gone up ten-fold. Constant revisions and re-edits may appear to be damaging to the final product, but in actuality they're oftentimes just another essential part of the process -- or at least Universal and Warner Bros. are hoping so, as they begin major rewrites to two scripts floating around within their gates.

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