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15 items from 2011


Blu-Ray Review: ‘Sanctum’ Trudges Through a Watery Grave

9 June 2011 7:19 AM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – If “Avatar” stood as a reminder of James Cameron’s undying popularity with audiences, “Sanctum” stands as proof that Cameron’s name alone can’t always sell a picture. Though the filmmaker merely served as executive producer of this murky thriller, the screen overflows with his signature tropes: underwater landscapes, 3D photography, hokey characters and pedestrian dialogue.

It nearly comes as a shock to discover that “Sanctum” was in fact not written and directed by the technologically ambitious, proudly commercial auteur. This sophomore directorial effort from Alister Grierson (“Kokoda”) is the sort of trash entertainment that undiscerning FEARnet subscribers may appreciate. The film prides itself on being devoid of the usual knee-jerk scares in cave-bound pictures, though it’s no less formulaic or artificial than any run-of-the-mill studio product.

Blu-Ray Rating: 2.5/5.0

Viewers don’t have to be connoisseurs of clichés in order to predict every twist and turn after »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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New this Week: ‘Super 8,’ ‘Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer’ and ‘Sanctum (DVD)’

8 June 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer SummerJordana BeattyHeather GrahamParris Mosteller

Super 8 - Elle FanningAmanda MichalkaKyle Chandler 

Movie of the Week

Super 8

The Stars: Elle FanningAmanda MichalkaKyle Chandler

The Plot: After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.

The Buzz: The trailer for Super 8 sent shivers down my spine — good shivers. This film looks to be a beautifully crafted Spielbergian throwback. I’m pleased with the lack of A-list actors too. There’s been an air of mystery around this whole production, as J.J.Abrams and company did their best at keeping everything about this film on the hush-hush. I’ll be checking it out as soon as humanly possible »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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Sanctum

6 June 2011 4:30 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Starring: Rhys Wakefield, Allison Cratchley, Christopher Baker

Director: Alister Grierson

The Scoop: Director Greierson may be a newcomer, but he's being guided by perhaps the most popular and successful director of our time, James Cameron, who executive produces this thriller set a mile below the Earth. "Sanctum" follows an international cast of spelunkers and scientists who get trapped in a giant, flooded cave way down in the depths of the world and have to battle both geology and each other in a desperate attempt to survive.

Rated R, 109 min. | Watch the trailer »

- NextMovie Staff

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Sanctum Blu-ray, DVD, and 3D Blu-ray Debut on June 7th

5 April 2011 6:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The 3D underwater adventure Sanctum will be released on Blu-ray, DVD, and 3D Blu-ray on June 7. No pricing details were released, but you can take a look at the cover art and special features details below.

Follow father and son underwater cave divers and their team as they embark on an epic expedition into the heart of one of the world's largest, most remote and treacherous caverns. When a sudden storm seals off their only known exit, the team is forced to delve deeper and deeper in search of their escape; can they survive, or will they be trapped forever? With the threat of death and danger at every turn, this journey will test their strength and psyche against the perils of raging water and creeping panic.

Special Features:

Feature Commentary: With Director Alister GriersonFeature Commentary: With Co-Writer/Producer Andrew WightFeature Commentary: With Actor Rhys WakefieldDeleted and Extended ScenesSanctum: The »

- MovieWeb

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Box Office Beat Down: The Roommate Moves Into the Top Spot with $15.6 Million!

6 February 2011 12:26 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Weekend Box Office

The Roommate $15.6 million}Sanctum $9.2 millionNo Strings Attached $8.4 millionThe King's Speech $8.3 millionThe Green Hornet $6.1 millionThe Rite $5.5 millionThe Mechanic $5.3 millionTrue Grit $4.7 millionThe Dilemma $3.4 millionBlack Swan $3.3 million

The new horror film The Rite, starring Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins, took control of the box office last week earning $15 million in its opening weekend. The new movie took down reigning champ, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, and beat out the weekend's other new release The Mechanic starring Jason Statham. But with two new films hitting the charts this week including the college based thriller The Roommate, and the James Cameron produced 3D action-thriller Sanctum, it looks like we will be crowning a new box office champion this weekend.

Debuting at number one this week is the new thriller The Roommate. The film stars an excellent cast of young actors and seasoned veterans including, Leighton Meester (Country Strong), Minka Kelly »

- MovieWeb

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Box Office Predictions: Will Sanctum Make a Big Splash at the Box Office This Weekend?

4 February 2011 12:54 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

Sanctum $15.9 millionThe Roommate $14.9 millionThe King's Speech $8.9 millionNo Strings Attached $8.8 millionThe Rite $7.3 millionThe Green Hornet $6.7 millionThe Mechanic $5.4 millionTrue Grit $5.1 millionBlack Swan $4.2 millionThe Dilemma $3.4 million

Last week, the new horror film The Rite starring Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins possessed the box office and took the number one spot with $15 million. It unseated defending champ, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, and beat out fellow new release The Mechanic starring Jason Statham. But the film will have a hard time repeating its success this weekend with two highly-anticipated new movies scheduled for release, including the college-based thriller The Roommate and the James Cameron produced 3D action-thriller Sanctum. Chances are that we will be crowning a new box office king before the weekend is over.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new underwater 3D action-thriller Sanctum from executive producer James Cameron (Avatar). The »

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Box Office Predictions: Will Sanctum Make a Big Splash at the Box Office This Weekend?

4 February 2011 12:54 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Predicted Weekend Box Office

Sanctum $15.9 millionThe Roommate $14.9 millionThe King's Speech $8.9 millionNo Strings Attached $8.8 millionThe Rite $7.3 millionThe Green Hornet $6.7 millionThe Mechanic $5.4 millionTrue Grit $5.1 millionBlack Swan $4.2 millionThe Dilemma $3.4 million

Last week, the new horror film The Rite starring Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins possessed the box office and took the number one spot with $15 million. It unseated defending champ, No Strings Attached starring Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher, and beat out fellow new release The Mechanic starring Jason Statham. But the film will have a hard time repeating its success this weekend with two highly-anticipated new movies scheduled for release, including the college-based thriller The Roommate and the James Cameron produced 3D action-thriller Sanctum. Chances are that we will be crowning a new box office king before the weekend is over.

Predicted to debut at number one this week is the new underwater 3D action-thriller Sanctum from executive producer James Cameron (Avatar). The »

- MovieWeb

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Sanctum Movie Review

3 February 2011 8:11 PM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Sanctum Directed By: Alister Grierson Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie, Christopher Baker, Nicole Downs, Allison Cratchley, Cramer Cain Sanctum may want to be an adventure drama, but you’ve actually got to have a viable blend of action and emotion to validate that categorization. Director Alister Grierson certainly tries to achieve that denomination, but sadly, succeeds in just one respect and fails big time in the other. Which one’s the winner? Here’s a hint; if Sanctum were a silent film, it’d be quite good. Deep inside the Esa’ala Caves in the South Pacific is a channel of tunnels that have yet to be explored. Seasoned diver, [...] »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Sanctum Los Angeles Premiere Pictures

3 February 2011 5:42 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

Rhys Wakefield attending the "Sanctum" Los Angeles premiere.Photo copyright by Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos. Ioan Gruffudd and Alice Evans attending the "Sanctum" Los Angeles premiere.Photo copyright by Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos. Christopher Baker attending the "Sanctum" Los Angeles premiere.Photo copyright by Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos. Alice Parkinson attending the "Sanctum" Los Angeles premiere.Photo copyright by Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos. James Cameron attending the "Sanctum" Los Angeles premiere.Photo copyright by Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos. 01/31/2011 - Alice Evans - "Sanctum" Los Angeles Premiere - Arrivals - Mann's Chinese 6 - Los Angeles, CA, USA © Tommaso Boddi / PR Photos 01/31/2011 - Allison Cratchley - "Sanctum" Los Angeles Premiere - »

- James Wray

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Sanctum Director and Cast Interviews

3 February 2011 4:57 PM, PST | movies.about.com | See recent About.com Hollywood Movies news »

Sanctum director Alister Grierson (Kokoda) tackles his first 3D film with the underwater action film from Universal Pictures. But at the movie's world premiere in Hollywood, Grierson explained handling the 3D aspects of the film wasn't the most difficult part of the production. "The 3D wasn't really part of our consideration making the picture, as strange as that might sound," explained Grierson. "You really want to set it up technically so that it takes care of itself, and then it's just business as usual. So our biggest concern was water, you know, obviously, because there's huge technical implications and safety implications."

Joining Grierson at the world premiere were writer/producer Andrew Wight (the film's loosely based on events from his past), Alice Parkinson, Allison Cratchley, Christopher Baker and Dan Wyllie:

Exclusive interviews with Sanctum director Alister Grierson and producer Andrew Wight

Alice Parkinson on Sanctum and acting underwater

Interviews with Allison Cratchley, »

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Exclusive: Sanctum Cast and Crew Interviews!

2 February 2011 10:45 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Opening in theaters on February 4th, is the new underwater 3D action-thriller Sanctum from executive producer James Cameron (Avatar). The movie is based on a true story and follows a group of underwater cave divers who become trapped inside a deep cavern during a tropical storm. The film stars actor Richard Roxburgh (The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen), as well as Ioan Gruffudd (Fantastic Four), Alice Parkinson (X-Men Origins: Wolverine), and newcomer Rhys Wakefield. We recently had an opportunity to speak with director Alister Grierson, writer Andrew Wight, and executive producer James Cameron, as well as actors Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson, and Rhys Wakefield. We had a chance to discuss the new film, shooting it in 3D, working underwater and the true story that the movie is based on. To watch our exclusive interview please click on the video clip below.

Click to watch Exclusive: Cast and Crew Interview Featurette! »

- MovieWeb

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New this Week: ‘The Roommate,’ ‘Sanctum’ and ‘Boys Don’t Cry (Bd)’

2 February 2011 6:00 AM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Hitting movie theaters this weekend:

The RoommateMinka Kelly, Leighton Meester, Cam Gigandet

SanctumRichard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Allison Cratchley

Movie of the Week

Sanctum

The Stars: Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Allison Cratchley

The Plot: An underwater cave diving team experiences a life-threatening crisis during an expedition to the unexplored and least accessible cave system in the world.

The Buzz: This film looks stunning. I’m excited to see it in IMAX 3D. With a cast of relative unknowns (save Richard Roxburgh of Moulin Rouge) the star of this one looks to be cinematographer Jules O’Loughlin.

This is S.O.P. as far as Hollywood marketing is concerned, but I’ve always been annoyed when production credits are used to dupe the cinematically challenged populace. This film is produced by James Cameron, not directed. Direction credits go to Alister Grierson, a relatively untested director; Sanctum being only his second feature, »

- Aaron Ruffcorn

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Five Sanctum Clips and Two Behind-the-Scenes Videos

31 January 2011 3:24 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Pictures has released five new clips and two behind-the-scenes featurettes from the upcoming 3D adventure Sanctum, which arrives in theaters nationwide on February 4. Click on the video below to delve deeper into this thriller, which is executive produced by James Cameron:

Click to watch The Mouth of the Cave!

Click to watch Leaking Rig!

Click to watch Waterfall!

Click to watch Cave Water Rises!

Click to watch Sinkhole!

Click to watch Behind-the-Scenes Footage Part 1!

Click to watch Behind-the-Scenes Footage Part 2!

The 3D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea.

Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh »

- MovieWeb

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Four Clips from the James Cameron-Produced “Sanctum”

31 January 2011 12:35 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Four new clips have been released for the soon to be released film Sanctum, a film directed by Alister Grierson – not James Cameron, to be clear, despite the advertising material’s close association. The film stars Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Rhys Wakefield, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie, Christopher Baker, Nicole Downs, Allison Cratchley, Cramer Cain, Andrew Hansen and John Garvin. It will be released on February 4, 2011.

Here is the official plot synopsis:

The 3-D action-thriller Sanctum, from executive producer James Cameron, follows a team of underwater cave divers on a treacherous expedition to the largest, most beautiful and least accessible cave system on Earth. When a tropical storm forces them deep into the caverns, they must fight raging water, deadly terrain and creeping panic as they search for an unknown escape route to the sea. Master diver Frank McGuire (Richard Roxburgh) has explored the South Pacific’s Esa-ala Caves for months. »

- Ricky

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 20 Pairs of Chicago Passes to ‘Sanctum’ From ‘Avatar’ Creator James Cameron

27 January 2011 3:04 PM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In our latest 3-D action/thriller edition of HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 20 admit-two passes up for grabs to the advance Chicago screening of the new film “Sanctum” from executive producer James Cameron (creator of “Avatar” and “Titanic”)!

Sanctum” stars Rhys Wakefield, Allison Cratchley, Christopher Baker, Richard Roxburgh, Ioan Gruffudd, Alice Parkinson, Dan Wyllie, Nicole Downs, Cramer Cain, Andrew Hansen, John Garvin, Sean Dennehy and Nea Diap from director Alister Grierson and writers John Garvin and Andrew Wight. The film opens on Feb. 4, 2011.

To win your free pass to the advance Chicago screening of “Sanctum” courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just answer our question below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. Directions to enter this Hookup and immediately win can be found beneath the graphic below.

The movie poster for “Sanctum” from “Avatar” and “Titanic” creator James Cameron.

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- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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