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Guillermo Del Toro reveals why André Øvredal was the perfect director for Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark

Andre Øvredal brings alive on screen Alvin Schwartz’s scary world overrun with terrifying creatures in Academy Award-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro’s Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark

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Scary Stories to Tell in The Dark

Based on the iconic eerie book series by Alvin Schwartz, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, tells horror tales drawn from the urban folklore, campfire tales and accounts of the chillingly inexplicable events that have suddenly disrupted ordinary lives and terrified teens for centuries. And to recreate the terror on screen, Oscar-winning filmmaker Guillermo Del Toro was in search of a director who was ready and willing to play freely in the creative sandbox that Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark was meant to provide.

The acclaimed filmmaker found exactly that in the Norwegian director André Øvredal. The appeal of Øvredal to Del Toro was simple and he says, “André has a great sense of character, a great sense of humor, a great sense of pacing, and he makes very scary movies.”

For Øvredal, receiving the script was the start of his own fantastic adventure. “I was not familiar with theScary Stories books before,” he admits, “So learning about them started me on the very joyful experience to get to know this incredible world of Alvin Schwartz and Stephen Gammell.”

Øvredal adds, “Guillermo is a master storyteller that I’ve learned so much from. Just his understanding of how to tell a story on screen, not to mention his brilliance with creating stunning creatures, was crucial to doing this film. He has an acute sense of how to heighten everything he touches.”

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A deep rapport opened up between Del Toro and Øvredal, reveals co-producer Dale. He says, “When Guillermo produces, he is very supportive and brings in a lot of ideas, but he also really wants the director to be able to put their own fingerprints on the movie. Luckily, André is also a very visual guy, so, he and Guillermo spoke that language with each other. They were constantly talking about things like palette and camera style in a very detailed way.”

Catch the biggest scare-fare and the spine-chilling tale of terror, Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, asPVR Pictures releases it in theatres on August 9. For more updates on this film and Bollywood, stay tuned to CineBlitz.

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Scoop! Anushka Sharma cast opposite Hrithik Roshan in remake of Satte Pe Satta!

Anushka Sharma has been finalised to play the female lead in the Satte Pe Satta remake, originally played by Hema Malini

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Anushka Sharma

Bollywood has been buzzing with the big news that Anushka Sharma has committed to play the lead role opposite Hrithik Roshan in the remake of Satte Pe Satta. While she has consciously decided to cut down on work nowadays, but the actress is going to honour two big commitments, Satte Pe Satta being one of them.

This is also going to be an exciting and fresh pairing as Hrithik and Anushka have never worked together. Initially, actresses like Katrina Kaif and Deepika Padukone were approached for the role, but the makers felt a new pairing was needed for the film.

Released in the 80’s, the original Satte Pe Satta itself was inspired by the American musical film Seven Brides For Seven Brothers. The Bollywood version Satte Pe Satta featured Amitabh Bachchan in a double role with Hema Malini and Ranjeeta cast opposite him. The new remake is now being directed by Farah Khan and produced by Rohit Shetty. Stay glued to CineBlitz for more news and updates from Bollywood.

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Is Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt starrer Inshallah similar to Pretty Woman?

Pretty Woman is a famous romantic film of the 90’s starring Richard Gere and Julia Roberts

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Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt will be seen together on screen for the first time in Inshallah

Renowned filmmaker Sanjay Leela Bhansali is gearing up to start shooting for his film Inshallah with Salman Khan and Alia Bhatt. According to sources, the film is inspired by the Hollywood film Pretty Woman. Bhansali will begin the shoot with Alia and superstar Salman Khan will join them in the second schedule.

The film will be shot in USA and is learnt to be inspired from the 1990’s Richard Gere and Julia Roberts starrer Pretty Woman. In the original, Julia plays a young prostitute in love with a rich businessman. It is just that here in the Bhansali film Alia plays a small time actress who is hired by Salman Khan to be his date with whom he falls in love eventually.

Also read: Salman Khan – Shah Rukh Khan REUNITE for Inshallah!

The film is set in contemporary times and Bhansali is said to be nervous about it as it is after a really long time that he is directing a film that is not a costume drama. On the other hand, Salman has acted in a similar film called Chori Chori Chupke Chupke alongside Preity Zinta and Rani Mukerjee many years ago. For more updates from Bollywood and show business keep reading CineBlitz.

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Angel Has Fallen: Nick Nolte brings a sense of frayed dignity to Clay Banning’s character

Creating a sometimes comical, but always compelling, contrast with Butler’s Mike Banning is the casting of Nick Nolte, known for his portraits of characters with tough hides but convoluted innards.

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Nick Nolte in Angel Has Fallen

Angel Has Fallen not only takes Mike Banning into his darkest hour but also his hidden past. Things take a wild switchback into turbulent father-son territory when Banning looks for refuge in the last place on earth he ever thought he’d go- his long-estranged father’s off-the-grid cabin. Here he has to confront a man he has never understood or had the chance to question: the Vietnam veteran who walked out on him as a boy and retreated from his PTSD and paranoia into life as a lone survivalist in the woods.

Creating a sometimes comical, but always compelling, contrast with Butler’s Mike Banning is the casting of Nick Nolte, known for his portraits of characters with tough hides but convoluted innards. Here, he brings a sense of frayed dignity to a man not quite sure if he’s ready for redemption. “There’s a fascinating contrast between Mike and his dad because Mike is driven to keep running into war and his dad is still trying to run from it,” notes Waugh. “What Nick brings is so much more than comic relief. His dynamic with Gerry is very tense and funny, but also very moving. There was a kind of magic that happened between them, and Nick is such a giving person that his passion inspired the entire crew, and me.”

Also read: Angel Has Fallen: Audiences will connect with Mike Banning, says Producer Les Weldon

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From L to R: Gerard Butler, Nick Nolte, director Ric Roman Waugh

Butler greatly enjoyed the raw and original relationship that erupts between the two characters—both fiercely stubborn, uncompromising men who push all of each other’s buttons. “All along, it’s been a deep regret in Mike’s life that he never really had a father, but now that he needs his father that means he also has to put up with him,” laughs Butler. “He and Clay think they are cut from different cloth, but now that they’re forced together, it allows them to see their connection. And Nick was so brilliantly weird and charismatic as Clay, he gave the relationship just the spark of intensity it needed.”

Nolte came aboard because he loved the idea of putting such a damaged, complicated, razor-tongued character—one who reflects a reality for some veterans—in the middle of the hardcore action. “I was interested in the challenge of this role,” Nolte explains, “and I was also drawn to working with Gerard. That turned out to be a bigger treat than I even imagined it would be because he really is at the top of his game right now.”

Also read: Actress Piper Perabo’s charming revelation about Gerard Butler!

For Butler, Nolte’s commitment to a man who has never learned to trust was a thing of beauty. “For someone to have been in the business this long and still bring that gorgeous, childlike energy where he’s always excited about the scene and gives all he can is amazing. In that first scene at the cabin, you can feel so much going on inside Nick all at once: he’s broken, grief-stricken, excited, questioning, wondering, fearful, judging, hoping and more.

You can see Clay’s whole life and struggles coming through in just the way Nick moves his face. As our characters grew closer, we also bonded in a big way.” For more news and updates from the world of showbiz stay tuned to CineBlitz!

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