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Brad Anderson took viewers on a mind-bending tour through a vacant mental asylum in 2001’s hauntingly atmospheric horror film, Session 9. The director heads to a another institution for the mentally unstable in Stonehearst Asylum. Based on Edgar Allan Poe’s short story, “The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether”, Stonehearst Asylum will come out on home media in time for the holidays.
“Los Angeles, CA (November 26, 2014) — Millennium Entertainment is proud to announce that audiences can take home the gothic thriller, Stonehearst Asylum, on DVD and Blu-Ray™ December 16, 2014. Directed by Brad Anderson (Transsiberian, The Machinist, The Call), the haunting film features the all-star cast of Kate Beckinsale (Pearl Harbor, Underworld series, Total Recall (2012)), Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe, 21, One Day, »
- Derek Anderson
Game Of Thrones actor Nonso Anozie has moved from his portrayal of Xaro Ahoan Daxos on the hit show, to a recurring role in the CBS adaptation of James Patterson’s novel, Zoo. The stand-alone book, co-written with Michael Ledwidge, was published in 2012 to positive reviews – many of which cited the perceived plausibility of the plot.
The earth-bound science fiction story centres on scientist Jackson Oz, who is systematically dismissed by his colleagues in the fields of ecology and biology after focusing years of research on animals attacking humans. Believing there to be an increasing pattern, Oz travels to Botswana, where he manages to survive a large-scale lion attack. Teaming with fellow survivor, and former diplomat, Chloe Tousignant, he works to uncover why the animal world has begun what is seemingly a united effort to remove humans from the ecosystem completely.
- Sarah Myles
Dwayne Johnson was rumored to be involved in 2005 when the project was originally set with Neal Moritz. Ryan Reynolds and Bradley Cooper had been reported as attached to the project in 2010. No actors are currently attached.
In 2010, Sheldon Turner (“Up in the Air”) had worked on a script for the film, in which a pair of San Francisco police officers are forced to work on a case with their fathers, who were partners on the Sfpd.
- Dave McNary
Shades of Mr. Gray: The Vicious Bros.’ Unsatisfying Close Encounter
Following the unanticipated success of their 2011 film debut, Grave Encounters (which feels very much like the derivative, found footage version of a variety of other abandoned mental hospital narratives, including Brad Anderson’s Session 9, but hey, someone managed to squeeze out Grave Encounters 2 for good measure), the Vicious Bros. are back with a sophomore effort, Extraterrestrial. Can you guess what it’s about? Reportedly based on a tale they drafted back in their college days, the film bears the earmarks of pedantic indistinctness, a generic thrust of recycled, disambiguated alien abduction narratives that’s not only hopelessly shallow but utterly routine.
April (Brittany Allen) and longtime beau Kyle (Freddie Stroma) are heading off to a weekend getaway at her parents’ cabin, about to be sold as part of what sounds like a tense divorce settlement. A trip already »
- Nicholas Bell
Sony Pictures has hired Brad Anderson to direct a new action thriller called Shadow Run. I’m a big fan of Anderson’s past work, which includes The Machinist, Session 9, and Transsiberian. The guy is a talented filmmaker who is good with the characters and stories he tells. He has also worked on TV series such as The Wire, Fringe, Boardwalk Empire, and The Killing.
Shadow Run comes from a spec script by Joe Gazzam. The story begins when "a viral attack puts lives in danger, forcing a CIA agent to enact a secret prisoner exchange: Russia’s most notorious spy for the American scientist who can create a cure.”
Anderson recently helmed The Call, which starred Halle Berry, as well as last month’s Stonehearst Asylum, starring Kate Beckinsale. I’m looking forward to seeing how this new project of his pans out. I think Marvel needs to »
- Joey Paur
Jason Reitman is in desperate need of a career bump. His last two films, Labor Day and Men, Women, and Children, felt like they were made my someone who did not know why he was making them. This is shame coming from the guy who made Up in the Air, which I rewatched recently and is still vibrant and specific. Thankfully, Reitman will be stepping back into dramedy territory with I Would Only Rob Banks for My Family, based on a rather unusual Texas Monthly article. The story follows a Texas family who pull off two rather impressive bank heists. Nick Hornby (An Education, Wild) will come on to pen the screenplay. Jason's poppa Ivan Reitman will produce the film. The two have not worked together since Up in the Air, so hopefully, they can create that same magic once again with this film. Reitman is in need of some quality. »
- Mike Shutt
The project emerged first as a spec script by Joe Gazzam, which became the object of a financial tug of war between studios last February. Michael De Luca and Andrea Giannetti have been tasked with handling the film for Sony, and they’ll work alongside producers Neal H. Moritz and Hernany Perla.
Plot details are scarce at the moment, but Anderson’s involvement indicates that the script impressed the well-respected director. His past projects include Halle Berry thriller The Call, star-studded period mystery-thriller Stonehearst Asylum and episodes of acclaimed series like The Killing, Boardwalk Empire, Fringe, The Wire and Treme.
No casting has yet been announced, though Sony will likely be searching for a bankable, already established action star who can carry the pic. »
- Isaac Feldberg
“The Machinist” director Brad Anderson has signed up to helm Sony’s “Bourne-esque spy tale” (aren’t they all?) “Shadow Run,” according to Deadline. The script, written by “Cliffhanger” writer Joe Gazzam, was the subject a frenzied bidding war earlier this year and is being kept under tight wraps with no plot details revealed yet. Truth be told, an action thriller isn’t too much of a stretch for Anderson’s sensibilities, since his filmography has trended towards genre fare with films like “Session 9” and “Vanishing on 7th Street.” If anything, at least “Shadow Run” has a bigger potential to actually reach audiences, as opposed to his latest output, “Stonehearst Asylum,” which saw release last month unbeknownst to anyone. Here’s hoping the next one washes away the stink of Anderson’s Halle Berry-starring “The Call.” Jon M. Chu, who has made dance ("Step Up 2: The Streets »
- Cain Rodriguez
Can't Touch This
Plot specifics are under wraps, but it has been described as "'Safe House' on a plane". Joe Gazzam penned the script. [Source: Variety]
Filmmaker Patty Jenkins ("Monster," "The Killing") has closed a deal to direct a remake of the 2011 Norwegian action comedy "Jackpot" at Focus Features. David Callaham ("Godzilla") is penning the script based on a story by "Headhunters" novelist Jo Nesbo. »
- Garth Franklin
Sony has just signed The Machinist‘s Brad Anderson to direct Shadow Run, the action thriller script by writer Joe Gazzam (Cliffhanger, Replay) that the studio picked up in February. The Bourne-esque spy tale is produced by Neil Moritz for Original Film and exec produced by Hernany Perla; Michael De Luca and Andrea Giannetti will oversee for Sony. Anderson, who broke out with the Christian Bale starrer The Machinist and has notched features Transsiberian, The Call, and the recent Stonehearst Aslum in recent years, has also been directing for TV on shows including The Wire, Fringe, Boardwalk Empire, and The Killing. Anderson recently helmed the pilot for Forever for ABC, WB TV, and Lin Pictures. He’s repped by Wme, Lbi Entertainment and Sloss Law.
- Jen Yamato
The plot details are being kept under wraps, but insiders have described the film as “Safe House” on a plane.
He is repped by Wme and Lbi Entertainment.
- Justin Kroll
"Mad Men" vet James Wolk is taking up residence at the "Zoo." The actor -- best known for his portrayal of Bob Benson on AMC's "Mad Men" -- will star in the new drama series based on James Patterson's bestseller. Wolk will play Jackson Oz, an American zoologist running safaris in Africa, where he begins to notice the beginnings of a worldwide epidemic of deadly animal attacks. Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg will executive produce, along with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout, Steve Bowen an Patterson. Brad Anderson ("Session 9," "The Call") will direct. "Zoo" will air summer 2015. Wolk recently co-starred in "The Crazy Ones,” which was also on CBS. He'll soon be seen in the independent films "The Stanford Experiment" and "This is Happening." »
- Dave Lewis
James Wolk has landed the starring role on CBS’ adaptation of James Patterson’s novel Zoo, EW has confirmed. The Crazy Ones and Lone Star alum will play Jackson Oz, a young renegade American zoologist who spends his days running safaris in the wilds of Africa when he begins noticing the strange behavior of the animals, which leads to a wave of violent animal-on-human attacks across the globe. As the assaults become more cunning and ferocious, Oz is thrust into the race to unlock the mystery of the pandemic before there’s no place left for humanity to hide. The »
- Natalie Abrams
Wolk will play a renegade zoologist who is tasked with trying to figure out why animals are suddenly attacking humans.
“Zoo” marks a return to the Eye for Wolk, who co-starred in the Robin Williams sitcom “The Crazy Ones” during the 2013-14 season. Wolk has become a highly sought-after leading man after much praised turns in AMC’s “Mad Men” and Fox’s “Lone Star.”
The launch of CBS TV Studios’ “Zoo” is a big priority for the Eye next year as it looks to continue its momentum with original summer series. The series has a heavy-hitter list of TV drama vets as writers/exec producers — Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum, Andre Nemec and Scott Rosenberg — along with James Mangold, Cathy Konrad, James Patterson, Bill Robinson, Leopoldo Gout and Steve Bowen. »
- Cynthia Littleton
The slasher movie, if we'll admit it to ourselves, is about our fears of teen sexuality. Whether you're a teen made nervous by your own hormones or a parent afraid of what trouble those hormones will get your kid into, the slasher-movie villain is your fears made flesh. But with the release 30 years ago this week (November 9, 1984) of Wes Craven's "A Nightmare on Elm Street," the slasher film entered a new dimension.
With the creation of Freddy Krueger (played indelibly by Robert Englund), who could kill teens in their dreams, the slasher villain proved there was no place that was safe, not even the subconscious.
In retrospect, the genre may have peaked with the release of this film; after all, how many other slasher villains since have been anywhere near as memorable? Unlike his predecessors, Jason Voorhees (of the "Friday the 13th" movies) and Michael Myers (of the "Halloween »
- Gary Susman
Top 100 horror movies of all time: Chicago Film Critics' choices (photo: Sigourney Weaver and Alien creature show us that life is less horrific if you don't hold grudges) See previous post: A look at the Chicago Film Critics Association's Scariest Movies Ever Made. Below is the list of the Chicago Film Critics's Top 100 Horror Movies of All Time, including their directors and key cast members. Note: this list was first published in October 2006. (See also: Fay Wray, Lee Patrick, and Mary Philbin among the "Top Ten Scream Queens.") 1. Psycho (1960) Alfred Hitchcock; with Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam. 2. The Exorcist (1973) William Friedkin; with Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair, Jason Miller, Max von Sydow (and the voice of Mercedes McCambridge). 3. Halloween (1978) John Carpenter; with Jamie Lee Curtis, Donald Pleasence, Tony Moran. 4. Alien (1979) Ridley Scott; with Sigourney Weaver, Tom Skerritt, John Hurt. 5. Night of the Living Dead (1968) George A. Romero; with Marilyn Eastman, »
- Andre Soares
As you know, music plays a huge part in the filmmaking process and plays with our emotions while we are watching the movie. Music heightens our senses and adds to the quality of film. When it comes to horror movies, the music is supposed to scare us, make us feel uneasy, and gives us moments of panic and fear. Director Martin Scorsese said the following about music and film:
“Music and cinema fit together naturally. Because there’s a kind of intrinsic musicality to the way moving images work when they’re put together. It’s been said that cinema and music are very close as art forms, and I think that’s true.”
Just the other day the main theme song from Halloween started playing on the radio, and it freaked my kids out to the point that they were in tears. It was sad but kind of funny at the same time. »
- Joey Paur
It’s not too often you see a movie premiering on VOD with a cast like the one in Stonehearst Asylum (formerly known as Eliza Graves). You have two Oscar winners (Michael Caine and Ben Kingsley), a well-known leading lady (Kate Beckinsale), acclaimed character actors (Brendan Gleeson and David Thewlis), and an up-and-coming leading man (Jim Sturgess). That is a pretty high-caliber group of performers. However, after you see the movie, its release makes perfect sense. Sadly it’s a bit of a mess.
- Ryan Turek
Good day, horror fans. If you haven.t heard, critics are saying Ouija is the best film of the year. No, wait, you haven.t heard that because Ouija was a pile of crap. But anyone who expected different probably always needs things spelled out for them via board games. You might have better luck on the VOD front, where both the anthology film VHS: Viral and Brad Anderson.s Stonehearst Asylum were released in the past few days. In smaller news, Sony is teaming with Eric Heisserer, writer of the remakes for Nightmare on Elm Street and The Thing, for his directorial debut, a Ring-like supernatural thriller called Exposure. Game of Thrones actress Natalie Dormer will be headed to Japan for the suicidal ghost thriller The Forest, while Patrick Stewart will play a white supremacist leader for Jeremy Saulnier.s Green Room. Finally, the indie filmmaker crew Wtflol (responsible »
Some directors make a movie early in their career that is so good they earn your attention every single time they make a movie, no matter what it is or who is in it. If you're a horror fan, Brad Anderson is one of those people. It's been 13 years since Session 9 came out, but it's still a superbly creepy, subtle film that continues to blow people away every time they discover it. And it's also precisely why we'll be excited about any time we see a "Directed by Brad Anderson" credit. Stonehearst Asylum is Anderson's latest movie, and it stars Jim Sturgess as a medical school grad who takes a position at a mental institution where not everything is as it seems (which tends to be the case in most stories written by Edgar Allan Poe). It's got a...
- Peter Hall
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