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Read More: 'Premature' Director Dan Beers on Wooing Bill Murray, Lessons Learned from Wes Anderson and Finding Heart in Hard-On Jokes National Octopus Day is upon us and with it comes a charming short film written and directed by Dan Beers featuring indie darlings Kate Lyn Sheil and Abbie Cornish. Setting the record straight on the plural of "octopus," (it's "octopuses," not "octopi") Olivia (Sheil) is a biology-obsessed loner who far prefers cold cephalopod connection to those of a more mammalian bent. But when Olivia finds herself pulled out of her comfort zone, she soon finds that friends don't have to come with tentacles. "Octopus'" is Beers' follow-up to his feature comedy "Premature," and is presented in conjunction with At&T and Vice. Read More: SXSW: Indie Maverick Kate Lyn Sheil on Going Big With 'House of Cards' & Making Movies with Exes »
- Aubrey Page
There’s a thin line between psychic and psychotic in “Solace,” a dark and corny serial-killer thriller delivered with enough conviction by a strong enough cast that the movie’s hokey premise — that the murderer, played by Colin Farrell, is targeting terminally ill individuals and “killing them with kindness” — actually starts to sound like a real psychological conundrum. Shot more than two years ago in Atlanta, but orphaned by Stateside distribs, the film acquired the reputation along the way of being a sequel to “Seven.” It isn’t, though like half the allegations made against its bad-boy star, the implication can only boost its notoriety, especially now that “Solace” has become an unfortunate victim of the Relativity bankruptcy — a setback that hasn’t thwarted its performance in several European territories, where a generally positive reception for this reasonably clever genre entry could eventually redeem its damaged-goods status back home.
- Peter Debruge
Directed by Afonso Poyart.
A clairvoyant physician is drawn out of retirement by the FBI in order to help investigate a serial killer who may have precognitive abilities of his own.
The script that would go on to become serial killer thriller Solace originated back in the early noughties as a sequel to David Fincher’s pitch-black 90s classic Se7en. Subsequently, the film spent a long time in development hell throughout the decade and the script by Ted Griffin (Ocean’s Eleven) received several rewrites, most recently from Frost/Nixon scribe Peter Morgan. Unfortunately, the end result suggests that you really can’t polish a cinematic turd.
- Tom Beasley
It’s ham and cheese to go from a luxuriantly mulleted Anthony Hopkins in this increasingly silly serial-killer thriller with a psychic twist. Cruising in default post-Lecter mode (I kept expecting him to tell Abbie Cornish’s FBI agent that she wears L’Air du Temps, but not today…), Hopkins plays retired clairvoyant physician Dr John Clancy, enlisted by Joe Merriwether (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) to lay his magic hands on a string of theatrically orchestrated murders. “It’s too early for a hail Mary!” complains Cornish, setting the overripe tone for the endlessly rewritten screenplay (astonishingly, Peter Morgan “polished” this turd), which was once touted as a potential sequel to Se7en. Fittingly, 2 Coelhos director Afonso Poyart goes for sub-Fincher flash throughout, making the whole thing look like a slightly creepy commercial with pop-promo set »
- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic
Press Release: Los Angeles, CA/Toronto, CA (September 14, 2015) – It was announced today that IFC Midnight has taken all U.S. rights to the Toronto Midnight Madness hit Baskin, a Turkish language horror thriller that was directed by Can Evrenol.
The film was produced by Muge Buyuktalas of Mo Films and executive produced by Todd Brown of Xyz Films and Mike Hostench and stars Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Fatih Dokgoz, Muharrem Bayrak.
Five cops, working the graveyard shift in the middle of nowhere are dispatched to investigate a disturbance. Isolated and without back up they find themselves confronting a labyrinthine ruin. Pushing ever further into the depths of the lair, it becomes clear they have stumbled into the darkest pits of a terrible evil. »
- Derek Anderson
Arclight announced today it would be launching sales on World War I drama The Angel Makers, with Christina Hendricks, Emily Watson, Abbie Cornish, Max Riemelt And David Cross all in the cast. Jon Amiel directs the story, set in the Yorkshire Moors in 1917. Survival is key when the men leave to join the allied fight in France, leaving their wives to maintain the farms. At their disposal, an internment camp of German POWs, all too happy to offer up their services, ignite an… »
Scripted by Paul Billing and based on true events, the film is set in the Yorkshire Moors, where German prisoners of war from a nearby internment camp are enlisted to help the local farmers’ wives maintain the lands while their husbands are away at war.
“Based on true events this is a story — part murder mystery, part obsidian-black comedy, part rich human drama — that has haunted me for years,” Amiel said in a statement.
Amiel was previously announced as shooting in 2012 when the film was titled “The Poisoners.” The film is now represented in international markets by Arclight, which pitches it as a drama/romance based on true events. »
- Jennie Punter and Patrick Frater
Dave Bautista, the former WWE professional wrestler who broke out in Guardians Of The Galaxy and will next be seen in the James Bond thriller Spectre, will play a war veteran who helps a young woman cross a dangerous area of Brooklyn ravaged by secessionists.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In a pre-Toronto Film Festival move, Ambi Group has agreed to acquire a majority of Exclusive Media Group’s library along with remake and sequel rights for an undisclosed price.
The deal covers about 400 titles including “Begin Again,” “Cruel Intentions,” “Donnie Darko,” “End of Watch,” “Ides of March,” “Memento,” “The Mexican,” “Parkland,” “Rush,” “Sliding Doors,” “Snitch,” “Undefeated” and “The Way Back.”
Ambi is acquiring the library in partnership with Raven Capital Management, a New York-based private equity firm.
Year-old Ambi has assembled a slate that includes “This Beautiful Fantastic,” starring Jessica Brown Findlay and Tom Wilkinson; James Franco’s “In Dubious Battle”; the sci-fi thriller “Rupture,” starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Chiklis and Peter Stormare; the psychological thriller “Lavender,” starring Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney »
- Dave McNary
Abbolita Films has ramped up its nascent distribution partnership with Xyz Films, acquiring multiterritory rights to “Green Room,” “Brain on Fire,” “’71” and “Pilgrimage,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Abbolita and Xyz launched the alliance at Cannes, involving acquisition and distribution of films in Turkey, Portugal, Greece, Israel, South Africa, Taiwan, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Hong Kong and the Philippines.
“Green Room,” which debuted at the Directors’ Fortnight in Cannes, is directed by Jeremy Saulnier and stars Patrick Stewart as the leader of a white supremacist gang along with Anton Yelchin and Imogen Poots. The film was acquired from WestEnd, and will be the opening night film at this year’s Toronto Film Festival’s Midnight Madness.
“Brain on Fire” stars Chloe Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann and Jenny Slate and is currently in production in Vancouver. The film will be released in partnership with Broad Green Pictures, which will distribute it in the U. »
- Dave McNary
Read More: Sex and the Revolutionary Female Perspective in Marielle Heller's 'Diary of a Teenage Girl' As the "The Diary of a Teenage Girl" opens this weekend, we got to thinking about female coming-of-age films. The problem, though, is that there aren't many. And there are even fewer that treat sex with the same abandon as male-perspective movies. Where does it leave young women when the only onscreen representations they see are filtered through the male gaze? Here are five examples of films that dared to break the mold and show us teenage girls discovering sex — from their point of view. 1. "Somersault" Cate Shortland's poignant debut is one of the most criminally under-seen movies of the past decade. This little 2004 Australian gem gave Abbie Cornish her breakout role as Heidi, a precocious sixteen-year-old who, after succumbing to the advances of her mother's boyfriend, leaves a toxic home environment »
- Emily Buder
Today we have an international trailer for the upcoming supernatural thriller "Solace," starring Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish and Marley Shelton. Check it out below. Plot: A former doctor with psychic abilities named John Clancy (Hopkins) is drawn into a serial killer case only to find that the killer (Farrell) also is a psychic, leading to a showdown between the two who can detect each other's every move. "Solace" is directed by Alfonso Poyart (Two Rabbits) and is set to be released in Europe next month. A Us release date has yet to be announced. Trailer: »
Once conceived as a sequel to David Fincher’s excellent 1995 thriller Seven, Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell play a dangerous game of cat and mouse in the thrilling international trailer for Solace - or Prémonitions.
Operating on each side of the law, each of the two nominal leads boast psychic abilities, though while Hopkins’ former doctor John Clancy puts his supernatural powers to good use, it is Colin Farrell’s elusive criminal who taps into his powers for nefarious reasons. It’s a ying-yang dynamic that is by no means novel, but Hopkins and Farrell have long proven their acting clout, and we’re intrigued to see them go head-to-head for a cerebral battle of the brains in Solace.
- Michael Briers
Set during a period of interplanetary colonization, the film is Abbess. follow-up to Infini, which has been sold to every major market and was released on digital platforms by eOne in Australia and by Vertical Entertainment in the Us.
It.s shooting for nine weeks in Sydney, the outskirts of Sydney and outback South Australia.
.This is a bigger film with a lot more action than Infini,. says Eclectik Vision.s Brett Thornquest, who is producing with Abbess and Sidonie Abbene.s Storm Alley Entertainment and Matthew Graham.s Phonetic Images.
Lutz (The Expendables 3, Hercules 3D, The Twilight Saga) plays Sy, a mysterious »
- Don Groves
"I've wanted to meet you for the longest time... Can't believe we're finally face-to-face." The first trailer for a serial killer thriller called Solace, or Prémonitions, recently debuted and if you haven't seen it you can check it out below. The film stars Anthony Hopkins and Colin Farrell, one a psychic, the other a serial killer, who battle mind-to-mind. Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish, Marley Shelton and Xander Berkeley also star. This looks like it has some interesting twists and turns, with that psychic imagery playing out in unique ways. I'm curious to find out what's going on, but not sure how good it'll be in the end. Here's the first official trailer for Afonso Poyart's Solace, or Prémonitions, found via Latino Review: A psychic works with an FBI special agent in order to hunt down a serial killer. Solace, also known as Prémonitions, is directed by Brazilian filmmaker Afonso Poyart, »
- Alex Billington
Supernatural thrillers are often hit or miss for me, but the combination of cast and crew for a film called Solace has me more interested than I otherwise might be. The film stars Anthony Hopkins as a psychic who works with FBI agents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish) to hunt down a serial killer, played by Colin Farrell. Newcomer Alfonso Poyart directs from a screenplay pieced together by a handful of names, including Sean Bailey, Peter Morgan (Rush), Ted Griffin (Ocean's Eleven), James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) and Jonathan Hirschbein. Obviously there is a lot going on there, and the fact so many writers have contributed to the script could certainly be a sign of trouble, but the names do add to the intrigue a bit. A little Google searching adds even more intrigue, as the film's Wikipedia page notes Solace was originally written as a sequel to David Fincher's Se7en »
- Jordan Benesh
Colin Farrell and Anthony Hopkins are two psychics playing mind games in the first trailer for “Solace.” Hopkins plays a former doctor with psychic abilities who is called in to help the FBI catch a serial killer (Farrell), who also seems to have supernatural abilities since he’s consistently one step ahead of the authorities. Afonso Poyart directed the Eden Rock Media production executive produced by Hopkins, Sean Bailey, Jacob Pechenik and Gerd Shepers. Also Read: Ryan Kavanaugh's Relativity Media Declares Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Abbie Cornish and Marley Shelton co-star in the thriller that will be released in France on Sept. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
6 Days, an action thriller based on the true events of April 1980 when armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in London and took 26 people hostage, has begun the London portion of its shoot.
The New Zealand-uk co-production recently completed its New Zealand shoot and will continue this month in London.
The film traces the six days of tense stand-off that ensued as a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain’s Special Air Service (Sas) prepared to raid the Iranian Embassy at London’s Princes Gate.
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
Solace tells the story of a veteran FBI detective (Morgan) and his younger ambitious partner (Cornish) who enlist the help of the reclusive, retired civilian analyst, Dr. Clancy (Hopkins) to help solve a series of bizarre murders.
When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers, which come in the form of vivid and disturbing visions, put him on the trail of the killer (Farrell), the doctor soon realizes his gift of second sight is little match against the extraordinary powers of this elusive murderer on a mission.
Solace is directed by Alfonso Poyart (2 Rabbits) and also stars Xander Berkeley, Marley Shelton, Janine Turner and Kenny Johnson. The film was shot in 2013 and is still without a UK or Us release date, but will open in France next month. »
- Gary Collinson
Shot in 2013 and sitting around ever since, it's probably not the best sign that the psychological, supernatural serial killer thriller "Solace" is of a particularly high caliber. That said, the cast is enough to lure more than a few viewers, with Anthony Hopkins, Colin Farrell, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Abbie Cornish among the players. And now you can see the result with the first trailer. Read More: Colin Farrell Joins Anthony Hopkins In Serial Killer Thriller 'Solace' Alfonso Poyart ("2 Rabbits") directed the flick about an FBI agent who enlists he help of a retired doctor with psychic abilities to track down a murderer. Uh, okay. Here's the official synopsis: Solace tells the story of a veteran FBI detective (Morgan) and his younger ambitious partner (Cornish) who enlist the help of the reclusive, retired civilian analyst, Dr. Clancy (Hopkins) to help solve a series of bizarre murders. When Clancy’s exceptional intuitive powers, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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