After Hours: FilmDistrict to Distribute Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Esme Isle, Gerard Butler Returns to Dragons, and the Winklevoss Twins

After Hours. What is After Hours? Well it is a movie column named after one of my favorite Martin Scorsese films. After Hours will feature any movie news we might have missed during the day. After all we are human.

In this edition of After Hours we have a distributor for Director Troy Nixey’s Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, a remake of the television series of the same name, starring Katie Holmes, Guy Pearce, Bailee Madison and Jack Thompson.

FilmDistrict has stepped up to the plate and has picked up all the rights to distribute the Guillermo Del Toro produced horror flick. According to the distributor will release the film on August 12.

We also have our first look at what Esme Isle will look like for the former half of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn. The photo (above) was released through Summit Entertainment’s official twitter for the Twilight films.

Disney has released the official plot synopsis for Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie and you can read that below.


Genre: Comedy adventure
Rating: TBD
U.S. Release date: October 5, 2012
Running time:

Voice Cast: Winona Ryder, Martin Short, Catherine O’Hara, Martin Landau, Charlie Tahan, Atticus Shaffer
Director: Tim Burton
Producers: Tim Burton, Allison Abbate
Executive Producer: Don Hahn
Screenplay by: John August
Based on an original idea by: Tim Burton

From creative genius Tim Burton (“Alice in Wonderland,” The Nightmare Before Christmas”) comes “Frankenweenie,” a heartwarming tale about a boy and his dog. After unexpectedly losing his beloved dog Sparky, young Victor harnesses the power of science to bring his best friend back to life—with just a few minor adjustments. He tries to hide his home-sewn creation, but when Sparky gets out, Victor’s fellow students, teachers and the entire town all learn that getting a new “leash on life” can be monstrous.

A stop-motion animated film, “Frankenweenie” will be filmed in black and white and rendered in 3D, which will elevate the classic style to a whole new experience.

In Tim Burton’s “Frankenweenie” young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.


· When Tim Burton originally conceived the idea for “Frankenweenie,” he envisioned it as a full-length, stop-motion animated film. Due to budget constraints, he instead directed it as a live-action short, released in 1984.
· “Frankenweenie” follows in the footsteps of Tim Burton’s other stop-motion animated films “Corpse Bride” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas”—both of which were nominated for Academy Awards®.
· Over 200 puppets and sets were created for the film.
· The voice cast includes four actors who worked with Burton on previous films: Winona Ryder (“Beetlejuice,” “Edward Scissorhands”), Catherine O’Hara (“Beetlejuice,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas”), Martin Short (“Mars Attacks!”) and Martin Landau (“Ed Wood,” Sleepy Hollow”).
· Several of the character names—Victor, Elsa Van Helsing, Edgar “E” Gore and Mr. Burgermeister— were inspired by classic horror films.

In casting news we have Gerard Butler officially returning to the cast of the sequel for How To Train Your Dragon. This time Dean DeBlois will be the one directing the sequel. Butler joins Jay Baruchel as Hiccup; Craig Ferguson as Belch; America Ferrera as Astrid; Christopher Mintz-Plasse as Fishlegs; Jonah Hill as Snotlout; TJ Miller as Ruffnut and Kristen Wiig as Tuffnut, reports Empire.

Finally, LatinoReview has learned that Robin McLeavy is reportedly locked to star as Mary Todd in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.

She will be playing Lincoln’s love interest, and later, his wife.

Well that’s it for tonight’s edition, I would like to close it out with a behind the scenes look on The Social Network from Vulture. The clip explains the process of how Armie Hammer became the Winklevoss twins.

Until then see you Tuesday night.