Lottery Ticket

  • Directors: Erik White
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Andrew Kosove, Broderick Johnson, Matt Alverez
  • Writers: Screenplay, Abdul Williams, Story, Abdul Williams, Erik White
  • Genres: Comedy
  • Actors: Bow Wow, Brandon T Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Teairra Mari, Keith David, Charlie Murphy, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Terry Crews, Bill Bellamy, Mike Epps, T Pain, Loretta Devine, and, Ice Cube

The story follows Kevin Carson who has to endure a weekend in the projects battling opportunistic neighbors, all while holding a winning lottery ticket. Kevin Carson (Bow Wow), a young man living in the projects, wins $370 million in a nationwide lottery. When his opportunistic neighbors discover he has the winning ticket in his possession, Kevin must survive their greedy and sometimes even threatening actions over the 4th of July weekend before he can claim his prize.

The Sandlot

  • Directors: David Mickey Evans
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Chris Zarpas
  • Writers: David M Evans, Robert Gunter
  • Genres: Comedy, Drama, Family, Sport
  • Actors: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, James Earl Jones

The film is told through the perspective of Scott Smalls, who is reminiscing on his first summer in Los Angeles. In 1962, Smalls moves with his mother and stepfather to a new neighborhood, and struggles to make new friends. One afternoon, he decides to follow a group of neighborhood boys, and watches them play an improvised game of baseball at a small field, which they call the “sandlot.” Smalls is reluctant to join their game because he fears he will be ridiculed on account of his inexperience. Nevertheless, he chooses to play with them, but fails to catch a simple fly ball and properly throw the ball back to his infielders. All the other players, except for Benny Rodriguez, begin to jeer Smalls for committing defensive miscues, prompting him to leave the sandlot in embarrassment. Benny, who is the best player in the neighborhood, shields Smalls from the insults of his peers, and invites him to rejoin their game. He proceeds to give Smalls advice and helps him earn the respect of the other players. In time, Smalls is accepted and becomes an integral part of the team.

As Smalls continues to play with the team, he begins to learn many of the customs of the sandlot, while experiencing many misadventures with his new friends. He learns that players avoid hitting home runs over the sandlot’s fences, as the property is guarded by a ferocious dog, called “the beast.” One day, Benny hits a ball so hard, that he ruptures its leather, causing the balls entrails to come out. The group cannot afford to buy another baseball, and is forced to retire for the afternoon. However, Smalls runs to his step-father’s trophy room, and steals an autographed baseball, in hopes of preserving the game. The team is impressed with Smalls’ gesture, and allows him to have the first at bat with the ball. He proceeds to hit the ball out of the sandlot, but is shortly enveloped by fear once he realizes that he has lost his stepfather’s ball. The situation is further worsened when Smalls realizes that the ball was autographed by Babe Ruth, and is almost irreplaceable.

While his stepfather is still mad at him, they eventually get over the issue. He then goes on to explain what became of all his friends, and the future careers they pursued. The film then jumps twenty years into the future, where Smalls is a radio commentator for the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez is one of the team’s star players. While he is in the twilight of his career, Benny manages to steal home in the movie’s final comments, before flashing a thumbs-up to Smalls in the press box.

Saw IV

  • Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Oren Koules
  • Writers: Screenplay, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan, Story, Thomas Fenton, Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
  • Genres: Crime, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Lyriq Bent, Betsy Russell, Justin Louis, Donnie Wahlberg, Athena Karkanis, Angus Macfadyen

During John Kramer’s autopsy, a wax-coated microcassette is found in his stomach. Lieutenant Mark Hoffman arrives at the morgue and listens to the tape, which informs Hoffman that he, too, will be tested and that even though Jigsaw is dead, the games have just begun. Elsewhere, a game is taking place in a mausoleum, where Trevor and Art are chained to a large winch. Trevor’s eyelids have been sewn together, as has Art’s mouth, making communication between them impossible. When the winch begins pulling them together, Trevor attacks Art out of panic; Art kills him to retrieve a key from Trevor’s collar and free himself. It is later discovered that he finds a video and instructions in another part of the building.

Six months have passed since Detective Eric Matthews’ disappearance, and four days since Detective Allison Kerry’s, as noted by Hoffman. The police discover Kerry’s corpse, still hanging in the harness of the inescapable trap that killed her in Saw III. After cautioning Lieutenant Daniel Rigg for barging through an unsecured door, Hoffman is introduced to FBI Agents Strahm and Perez, who deduce that Amanda Young, Jigsaw’s apprentice, would need assistance with Kerry’s trap, indicating that there is another accomplice to the murder.

Matthews sees Rigg approaching and tries to warn him off, ultimately shooting him with Art’s provided gun; though badly wounded, Rigg crashes through the door with one second left on the clock. Rigg shoots Art as the ice blocks are released and crush Matthews’ head, killing him instantly. Art tries to explain the situation to Rigg while pulling out a tape recorder; Rigg mistakes it for a gun and kills him. The message relays Rigg’s failure to complete the task, revealing that by not letting go of his obsession with saving people, he brought about the deaths of the captives. An unharmed Hoffman releases himself from the chair, revealing himself as Jigsaw’s second apprentice, and leaves Rigg to die. Meanwhile, Strahm finds Jeff in the makeshift sickroom from Saw III. Jeff demands to know his daughter’s location, waving a gun at Strahm; he kills him in self-defense, fulfilling Jigsaw’s prediction. He is then locked in the room with the four corpses by Hoffman. As he walks out of the factory, the scene cuts to Jigsaw’s autopsy, revealing that it took place after the events of Saw IV.

Saw V

  • Directors: David Hackl
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Oren Koules
  • Writers: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
  • Genres: Crime, Horror, Thriller
  • Actors: Tobin Bell, Julie Benz, Meagan Good, Costas Mandylor, Scott Patterson, Betsy Russell

Seth Baxter (Joris Jarsky), a convicted murderer who was released early from prison on a technicality, is chained to a table beneath a pendulum blade. A videotaped message informs him that in order to survive, he must crush his hands by putting them into two presses and pushing the buttons inside. Even though he does so, the pendulum swings down and slices him in half. The fact that the trap was inescapable marks it as a creation of someone other than John Kramer (Tobin Bell).

In a scene from the end of Saw IV, Agent Peter Strahm (Scott Patterson) enters the room containing the corpses of John Kramer, Amanda Young and Lynn Denlon, and shoots Jeff Reinhart (Angus Macfadyen) dead in self-defense. As he examines Jigsaw’s corpse, he is trapped in the room by Lieutenant Mark Hoffman (Costas Mandylor). Discovering a hidden door that leads into a passage and a microcassette that urges him not to proceed any further, he moves down the passage and is attacked by a figure in a pig mask. Regaining consciousness, he discovers that his head is trapped in a small glass box that begins to fill with water. A self-administered tracheotomy using a pen keeps him breathing until the police arrive at the Gideon meatpacking plant, where Hoffman emerges carrying Jeff’s daughter Corbett (Niamh Wilson), claiming that they are the only survivors until Strahm is brought out alive as well.

Strahm’s investigation brings him to a small underground room that contains a transparent box full of glass shards. A recorder inside the box delivers a message from Hoffman: Strahm will have to trust him and get in the box if he wants to survive. Instead, Strahm stops the tape short and ambushes Hoffman when he enters the room, eventually throwing him into the box and closing it. When the door to the room suddenly slams shut and locks, Hoffman advises Strahm to finish the tape. As the box sinks into the floor, the tape explains that if Strahm does not comply, he will die in that room with Jigsaw’s legacy becoming his own. Strahm then attempts to escape the room when the walls begin to move inward, but is eventually crushed to death while Hoffman watches from below.

Saw

  • Directors: James Wan
  • Producers: Gregg Hoffman, Oren Koules, Mark Burg
  • Writers: James Wan, Leigh Whannell
  • Genres: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Leigh Whannell, Cary Elwes, Danny Glover, Monica Potter, Michael Emerson, Shawnee Smith, Tobin Bell, Dina Meyer

Photographer Adam Faulkner (Leigh Whannell) awakens in a bathtub full of water, at one end of a grimy and disused bathroom. At the other end is Dr. Lawrence Gordon (Cary Elwes); both men are chained by the ankle to the plumbing pipes. A corpse holding a revolver and a microcassette recorder lies on the floor between them. Lawrence and Adam each discover tapes in their pockets labeled “Play Me”. From these tapes, Adam is told that he must escape the bathroom, while Lawrence is told that he must kill Adam before six o’clock, or else his wife and daughter will be killed and he will be left to die where he sits. They find hacksaws, though neither is sharp enough to cut through the chains. Adam breaks his and throws it away in frustration. Lawrence realizes that the saws are not meant for the chains, but instead for their feet.

Lawrence determines that their captor is the Jigsaw Killer, so named due to his practice of cutting pieces of skin in the shape of a jigsaw puzzle piece from his victims. The name is a misnomer, says Lawrence, as he never directly murders anyone and his intentions are for his victims to survive with a better appreciation of life. In a series of flashbacks his previous victims are presented, including his only known survivor up to that point, a highly traumatized heroin addict named Amanda Young (Shawnee Smith). She believes that her experience in the test, in which she risked having her jaws ripped apart, has made her a better person.

Adam searches Zep’s body for a key, but finds another microcassette player instead. Adam learns that Zep was only a pawn in Jigsaw’s game, following rules laid down for him in order to get the antidote for a slow poison he had been given. The “corpse” in the middle of the floor slowly rises to its feet, peeling some bloody makeup from its face and revealing itself as John Kramer, the Jigsaw Killer. Adam reaches for Zep’s dropped pistol, but Jigsaw stuns him with an electrical shock from a hidden remote control. He tells Adam that the key for his chain was in the bath, which we saw Adam accidentally pull the plug out of with his foot at the beginning of the film. Jigsaw then flicks off the lights and shouts “Game over!” before slamming the door and sealing Adam in the bathroom.

Repo The Genetic Opera

  • Directors: Darren Lynn Bousman
  • Producers: Darren Lynn Bousman, Mark Burg, Oren Koules, Peter Block, Yoshiki Hayashi
  • Writers: Darren Smith, Terrance Zdunich
  • Genres: Fantasy, Horror, Musical
  • Actors: Alexa Vega, Paul Sorvino, Anthony Stewart Head, Sarah Brightman, Paris Hilton, Bill Moseley, Ogre, Terrance Zdunich, Sarah Power

The movie is set in the year 2056; 26 years after an epidemic of organ failures devastated the planet. Out of the tragedy, the Bio-Tech Company GeneCo, run by Rotti Largo, emerged to provide organ transplants to the needy populace. Through his efforts, Rotti also got approval to create the Repo Men, assassins dispatched to deal with customers who default on their payments. In the present time, 17 year-old Shilo Wallace explores the cemetery where her mother is entombed. Hiding from GeneCop searchlights, she runs into the GraveRobber, a dealer of an addictive, expensive, painkiller Zydrate. Encountering GeneCops, Shilo passes out and awakens in her house, where her overprotective father, Nathan, has kept her locked all her life. Shilo has been suffering from an apparent blood disease inherited from her mother, Marni, who died taking a “cure” invented by Nathan. While Shilo believes he is a doctor, Nathan is actually one of GeneCo’s Repo Men.

Meanwhile, Rotti Largo, who is dying, views Shilo as a possible heir. He refuses to consider his bickering children, Luigi Largo, Pavi Largo, and Amber Sweet, viewing them as “vultures and ingrates.” Rotti, formerly Nathan’s rival for Marni’s affections, and secretly, her killer, asks Shilo to meet with him at the cemetery. When they meet, Rotti tells Shilo of a cure for her condition before introducing her to his GeneCo Genetic Opera’s star singer, Blind Mag. While Blind Mag announces her retirement to the public, Shilo is taken to a tent to be guarded by a few henchgirls. Unfortunately, her father calls her during work to remind her to take her medicine, which nearly causes Nathan to come home early.

Arriving at Shilo’s house to invite her to the Genetic Opera, Mag reveals to her that she is her godmother. After she warns Shilo to not make the same mistakes she did, Nathan arrives home and kicks Mag out. This prompts an argument between Nathan and Shilo, which ends when Nathan slaps her, causing her to pass out. Later that night, the characters converge at the Genetic Opera. At the performance, Amber’s stage debut bombs when her face falls off. During Mag’s performance, she gouges out her eyes and is dropped to her death by Rotti onto a metal fence. After convincing the audience it was part of the show, Rotti instructs Shilo to capture the Repo Man for her cure. Attacking the Repo Man back stage with a shovel, Shilo discovers, to her horror, that it’s her father. Rotti then reveals to Shilo that her condition was caused by “medication” provided by Nathan, who says that he did so to keep her from the outside world. When Shilo refuses to accept Rotti’s offer to inherit GeneCo by killing off her father, Rotti shoots Nathan himself before expiring from his disease. After she and her father exchange final goodbyes, Shilo leaves the stage, free from her Genetic destiny. The following day, as revealed by the GraveRobber, Shilo turned down inheriting GeneCo. Instead, Amber took over and auctioned off her face to charity. Pavi won after Luigi killed the top 3 bidders.

Saw VI

  • Directors: Kevin Greutert
  • Producers: Mark Burg, Oren Koules
  • Writers: Patrick Melton, Marcus Dunstan
  • Genres: Crime, Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Actors: Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Shawnee Smith, Tanedra Howard, Mark Rolston, Betsy Russell

While not much is known of the plot at this point, it has been confirmed that both Tobin Bell and Costas Mandylor will reprise their roles as John “Jigsaw” Kramer and Hoffman respectively.[4] It also has been confirmed that Shawnee Smith is set to return for newly filmed flashback scenes as Amanda Young.[5]

It has been reported by that Saw VI will be much more violent than previous films in the franchise.[5] Also, the film will have traps that pit victims against each other, similar to the mausoleum scene from Saw IV.[6]

On December 8, 2008, Tanedra Howard won the 2008 VH1 Scream Queens competition hosted by Saw actress Shawnee Smith. This guarantees Howard a role in Saw VI. Lionsgate made a public statement ensuring her a leading role in the film, although her character remains undetermined as of yet.[7]