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  • Film Review: 'Rigor Mortis'

    The cause of death would appear to be visual-effects overkill in the case of "Rigor Mortis," a flashy, incoherent and virtually scare-free Hong Kong horror exercise that marks the directing debut of actor, singer, record producer and fashion maven Juno Mak. Set in a gloomy apartment building where a washed-up actor has come to die, only to find himself and other residents staring down an infestation of computer-generated supernatural baddies, this busy, blood-spattered thriller seeks to reanimate the popular "hopping vampires" movies from the 1980s and early '90s, and will indeed prove largely impenetrable for audiences not already steeped in knowledge of that particular niche. The result has pulled in strong B.O. at home since last fall, but only Asian genre completists are likely to lick their fangs over it in limited Stateside release.
  • Juno Mak's 'Rigor Mortis' a disorienting Hong Kong horror flick

     Juno Mak's 'Rigor Mortis' a disorienting Hong Kong horror flick
    Co-produced by "The Grudge" director Takashi Shimizu, the unmistakable graphite palette and atmospheric dread of Japanese horror films loom over the Hong Kong import "Rigor Mortis." But typical of Hong Kong cinema, the film goes for broke with its...

    Amy Baer out as head of CBS Films

     
    After a short and largely unsuccessful run, Amy Baer is exiting her post as head of media giant CBS Corp.’s film unit. The departure has been in the works for at least several months and was timed to the end...

    CBS Films casts ‘7500′ with Amy Smart, Leslie Bibb and Ryan Kwanten

     
    We haven't heard so much as a peep out of struggling studio start-up CBS Films, not since “Driven” and that “Beauty and the Beast” high school adaptation “Beastly” and “Back Up Plan” and “Extraordinary...

    Wolfgang Hammer, Terry Press named to head CBS Films

     
    Veteran marketing maven Terry Press and young business executive Wolfgang Hammer have been named co-presidents of CBS Films, the movie company owned by television giant CBS Corp.