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I think I may be saying something very controversial here, but Edgar Allen Poe was a really great writer. Not a lot of people want to admit it, but it is true. He has the ability to make a story bone-chillingly creepy as well as quite funny. His stories have been the basis for countless films, usually starring Vincent Price, though lately the number is decreasing steadily. Some filmmakers out there are still struck by his work and are compelled to give their interpretation, which brings me to Stonehearst Asylum. The film is very loosely based on the short story "The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether" and has very good intentions of being a classically told Poe thriller, sporting a great cast and the look is very appropriate, but the script fails this film greatly, stretching its material very thin and always opting for the conventional route. Jim Sturgess plays Edward Newgate, »
- Mike Shutt
Stonehearst Asylum has released a new clip.
Based on an Edgar Allan Poe short story, it sees a young doctor (Sturgess) taking up a post at a remote asylum.
He begins to fall for his patient (Beckinsale), but at the same time comes to realise that the original staff may have been ousted by the inmates.
The film was originally titled Eliza Graves.
Stonehearst Asylum will be released on October 24. »
Brad Anderson’s Stonehearst Asylum features Jim Sturgess as Edward Newgate, a recent medical school graduate who accepts a position at the title mental institution. At first, he’s taken by the superintendent’s warm welcome and more modern approach to caring for his patients, but that’s only because he knows nothing of the disturbing recent staffing changes. Want to know more about what Newgate just walked into? The film doesn’t hit theaters until October 24th, but we’ve got an exclusive clip that offers up a nice tease of exactly what he’ll be dealing with. Hit the jump to check out that brand new Stonehearst Asylum clip. The film also stars Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale, Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis. [complextv contentid="1ucWQ1cTprpJOB5EWMjRykCVVf8UDJwa" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Here’s the official synopsis for Stonehearst Asylum: England, 1899. When young doctor Edward Newgate (Jim Sturgess) arrives at Stonehearst Asylum in search of an apprenticeship, »
- Perri Nemiroff
The lunatics have seldom taken over the asylum so literally, yet to so little reward, as in “Stonehearst Asylum.” Not exactly qualifying as horror, costume drama, mystery, parable or satire, this well-mounted Gothic meller — as much as it’s anything — arrives top-heavy with prestige British acting talent but never quite finds its footing, or a discernible point. Arriving the week before Halloween in a half-dozen territories including the U.S., the pic’s familiar faces and promise (however empty) of a moderately scary good time should generate more idle curiosity than B.O., with word of mouth unlikely to help. Ancillary prospects are likely to be healthier, but this fairly expensive-looking production will face a long slog recouping its costs.
After a medical-school prologue in which a Victorian-era surgeon instructor (Brendan Gleeson, seen only here and at the end) parades a distraught female sufferer of “hysteria” before his students, we »
- Dennis Harvey
Brad Anderson's The MacHinist remains one of the most nightmarish films of the last ten years and also a striking moment in the career of Christian Bale. Bale filmed the thriller just before Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins. For The MacHinist, Bale lost 62 pounds and appeared skeletal onscreen, a feat he would repeat for Werner Herzog's Rescue Dawn. But, for Batman, Bale immediately bulked up to his original weight plus another 60 lbs. To say this is evidence of his »
- Alex Maidy
Rome – The Rome Film Festival, in its enth reconfiguration, has unveiled a decidedly disparate lineup for its ninth edition with a more marked populist accent comprising comedies and genre pics along with promising auteur fare – including 24 world preems – all in artistic director Marco Mueller’s self-described “suitably schizophrenic” signature style.
Contending with impediments dictated by Italian politics and the economy, Mueller in little over three months has assembled an attractive, if less abundant, mix of goods made of 51 pics innovatively divided in five sections: competition, out-of-competition, gala, mondo genre, and Italian perspectives.
The competition sees world bows of Russian auteur Aleksey Fedorchenko’s “Angels Of Revolution,” which had been announced; and also Italo helmer Claudio Noce’s Alps-set thriller “The Ice Forest,” (pictured) marking Emir Kusturica’s first lead thesping role; German helmer Christoph Hochhausler “The Lies of the Victors,” a thriller about the dark underbelly of contempo politics in »
- Nick Vivarelli
Name and focus changes for every section, which are now all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
The ninth Rome Film Festival (Oct 16-25) has revealed a diverse line-up including the Italian premieres for potential awards contenders including David Fincher’s Gone Girl. the world premiere of Takashi Miike’s As the Gods Will and Burhan Qurbani’s We are Young, We are Strong and European premiere of Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind, Toronto hit Still Alice and Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet.
This year for the first time the award-winners in each section of the programme will be decided by the audience on the basis of votes cast after the screenings.
Each section has changed name and focus for 2014 and are all competitive, resulting in the festival’s structure being “slimmer’.
Italian comedies Soap Opera and Andiamo a Quel Paese bookend the line-up.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
Writer: Matthew Miller
Director: Brad Anderson
The Story: Henry Morgan is an immortal doctor working in the city morgue. After surviving a subway crash, Morgan goes in search of the perpatrator whilst a mysterious caller reveals he knows his secret.
When I first heard of Forever I was unsure what to expect, the premise made it sound like it would take a mainly supernatural tone but going by the pilot, the show seems to be a nice mix of genres.
Ioan Gruffudd’s Dr. Henry Morgan fancies himself a bit of a Sherlock Holmes as he deducts a pretty cellist’s life on the subway. Just as you feel you has the general gist, the subway train crashes and both Morgan and the cellist are dead. However through Morgan’s narrative we learn that he cannot »
- Lucinda Holt
This October, London Film Fest will uncloak a new 4K restoration of Tobe Hooper's "Texas Chainsaw Massacre," the one that started it all in 1974. Stateside audiences heading to Austin's Fantastic Fest this weekend can catch it at the fest's parallel program MondoCon. Buzz about the beefed-up version prompted BFI to pick 10 great new horror films that, while probably not as impactful as "Texas Chainsaw" with its shock of the new, will last. Here are their picks: 2001: "Session 9" (Dir. Brad Anderson 2002: "May" (Dir. Lucky McKee) 2005: "The Descent" (Dir. Neil Marshall) 2006: "Bug" (Dir. William Friedkin) 2007: "Inside" (Dirs. Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo) 2009: "Amer" (Dirs. Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani) 2009: "House of the Devil" (Dir. Ti West) 2009: "The Loved Ones" (Dir. Sean Byrne) 2010: "We Are What We Are" (Dir. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
Premieres include Time Out of Mind, Black and White, Love, Rosie.
The Rome Film Festival (Oct 16–25) has announced the first English-language titles for its ninth edition. They include:
Time Out of Mind, Oren MovermanTrash, Stephen DaldryLove, Rosie, Christian DitterBlack and White, Mike BinderStonehearst Asylum, Brad Anderson.
Time Out of Mind stars Richard Gere as a man in dire straits who is forced to find refuge in a homeless shelter. The European premiere will screen in the festival’s Cinema d’Oggi (Cinema Today) section.
Daldry’s anticipated drama Trash, which will have its European premiere in Rome, charts the story of three Brazilian children who make a discovery in a garbage dump that leads to a chase with the authorities. Rooney Mara and Martin Sheen star.
Rome Film Festival Artistic Director Marco Muller announced Tuesday the first five English-language pictures in the upcoming ninth edition of the Rome Film Festival. European premieres include Mike Binder’s Black and White, Brad Anderson’s Stonehearst Asylum, Stephen Saldry’s Trash and Oren Moverman’s Time Out of Mind. German director Christian Ditter brings the international premiere of Love, Rosie to the festival. Black and White premiered to great acclaim in Toronto, earning early Oscar buzz for its leads Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer. The film, based on a true story, explores racial tension when Costner and Spencer’s characters must feud over
- Ariston Anderson
After last week’s news about Netflix securing The Blacklist for a record fee, a similar story came to light this week concerning the pre Batman prequel series Gotham. Now rather than getting it day and date after Us broadcast as per Breaking Bad and From Dusk Till Dawn, Gotham’s entire run will just arrive on Netflix after it’s finished its TV broadcast. Worse news is that this means you have to wait for Channel 5 to get their finger out and schedule it on one of their three channels and then muck it around the schedule just to confuse you further and for it to finish its run there. Kind of takes the wind out the sails doesn’t it? I wouldn’t expect to see Gotham on Netflix until this time next year at best but we will see.
In better news David Wain’s relatively well »
- Chris Holt
Kate Beckinsale will star in 'The Disappointments Room'. The 40-year-old actress has the lead role in the supernatural thriller, which will see her play a mother who drags her family to a country house where she is driven crazy by constant visions of a dead child who haunts the property. She now has her co-star for the movie. Lucas Till (Havok in two recent X-Men movies), will star star opposite Kate. D J Caruso has signed up to direct the movie from a script penned by Wentworth Miller, who wrote spooky thriller 'Stoker.' Meanwhile, Beckinsale has been approached to take the title role in the forthcoming movie 'Eliza Graves', which will be directed by Brad Anderson. The actress will portray a patient in a mental institution, which has been taken over by its inmates. She quickly catches the eye of a new Harvard Medical School graduate, »
As we look in the rearview mirror of the summer blockbusters, September heralds the start of the fall movie season. Filled with Hollywood heavyweights and A-listers, here’s our Big list of the most anticipated movies coming to cinemas this autumn and during the holidays.
Our exhaustive list includes films that are playing at the upcoming Toronto Film Festival as well the ones that already have a theatrical release date. With the awards season on the horizon, we also added a few bonus films at the end to keep your eye out for in the months ahead.
Pull up a chair, grab a pen and paper and get ready for Wamg’s Guide to the 100+ Films This Fall And Holiday Season.
We kick it off with what’s showing in Toronto at the film festival that runs September 4 – 14.
- Movie Geeks
On October 24th, a star-studded cast is going to take you on a very strange trip through Stonehearst Asylum. Kate Beckinsale, Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Brendan Gleeson, and Jim Sturgess are all residing within the walls of the Asylum (along with several other notable cast members), and as we venture inside with a young Doctor, we’re going to find out that nothing is as it seems, and it’s a tricky affair to figure out just who the crazy people are.
While everything about the general idea of this one might not have everyone pre-ordering their tickets, there is more than meets the eye at play behind-the-scenes as well. It’s based on a short story by Edgar Allen Poe, just to start, and you’ve got to wonder how we got all these names attached to a project, if there wasn’t something very cool going on with the screenplay. »
- Marc Eastman
Edgar Allan Poe's classic tale of good old-fashioned switcheroo based shenanigans 'The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether' has been adapted into Brad Anderson's ('The Call') latest mystery thriller 'Stonehearst Asylum'. Formerly titled 'Eliza Graves' the adaptation stars Kate Beckinsale ('Underworld: Awakening'), Jim Sturgess ('Heartless'), Michael Caine ('The Dark Knight Rises'), Ben Kingsley ('Lucky Number Slevin'), David Thewlis ('Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2') and Brendan Gleeson ('28 Days Later') and the brand new trailer has been unveiled which you can check out in all its glory below. »
A who’s who of British cinema stars in the Gothic psychological thriller Stonehearst Asylum. Based on a short story byEdgar Allan Poe, the film boasts an impressive Brit cast including Michael Caine, Ben Kingsley, Kate Beckinsale, David Thewlis, Brendan Gleeson, and Jim Sturgess, it’s a miracle that this film managed to fly under the radar for so long.
Original titled Eliza Graves, the thriller is set at a mental institution, which film lovers will know, is always filled with flickering lights, dark hallways, and spooky sounds. Sturgess stars as a recent medical grad who becomes smitten with his Stonehearst Asylum patient Eliza (Beckinsale), completely unaware that the mental institution has been taken over by its patients.
Directed by Brad Anderson (The Call, The Machinist), Stonehearst Asylum looks to borrow more than a few elements from Shutter Island, including the casting of Ben Kingsley. The trailer shows the British »
- Rachel West
Since “Session 9″ director Brad Anderson’s “Stonehearst Asylum” was originally called “Eliza Graves,” also the name of Kate Beckinsale’s character in the movie, I sort of assumed she was the star, and that the movie would be centered entirely around her. Turns out, not so much. The movie has since gotten a new title, “Stonehearst Asylum,” which seems to be more appropriate since it’s actually all about Jim Sturgess’ character, with Beckinsale in a co-starring role. Of course, don’t tell the guys who made the movie posters that. Anyways, check out the first trailer for “Stonehearst Asylum.” Yes, I’m pretty sure they gave away all of the film’s plot twists in the trailer. Who needs to be surprised anymore? A recent medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution soon finds himself taken with one of his colleagues — though he has »
Nothing quite beats a good psychological horror story and if there is one author whose name is synonymous with the genre it is Edgar Allan Poe. We haven't seen a good adaptation of a Poe work in a long time, but the trailer for Stonehearst Asylum teases a scary good time. Director Brad Anderson is known for some atmospheric and chilling films like The MacHinist and Session 9 and this could be another winner. Starring Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Michael Caine, Brendan Gleeson, and Jim »
- Alex Maidy
Here’s the first trailer for the Edgar Allan Poe-inspired psychological thriller Stonehearst Asylum, which was previously titled Eliza Graves. As FirstShowing points out, this looks discouragingly similar to Martin Scorsese’s Shutter Island. Both are period dramas set at an insane asylum where all isn’t as it appears, and both star Ben Kingsley in seemingly similar roles. In Stonehearst Asylum, Jim Sturgess stars as a Harvard Medical School graduate who takes a job at a mental institution, unaware the it has been taken over by its patients.
So with all the similarities to Scorsese’s semi-recent foray into horror, and Stonehearst Asylum playing what may or may not be an open hand in the poster and trailer (though I'd suspect some twists, hopefully), what does this film have going for it? It has an all-star cast and a director back in his element. Along with Sturgess and Kingsley, »
- Eli Reyes
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