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A month after it premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, Starz has purchased U.S. rights to Jason Bateman’s dark comedy “The Family Fang” and is planning to release the film theatrically in 2016, Variety has learned.
As part of the deal, Starz Digital will handle the dramedy’s digital, on-demand, and theatrical rollout. Starz’s Anchor Bay division will oversee the home video roll out following its theatrical run, and the film’s television premiere will take place on the Starz premium cable network.
“The Family Fang” is adapted from Kevin Wilson’s 2011 comic novel of the same name and stars Bateman and Nicole Kidman as siblings who reunite with their performance artist parents (Christopher Walken, Maryann Plunkett). A weekend of family dysfunction takes a detour after the parents suddenly go missing. The film is Bateman’s second as a director, following 2013’s “Bad Words.”
In a favorable review in Variety, »
- Brent Lang and Ramin Setoodeh
One of this year’s pleasant surprises was the Joel Edgerton-written and directed Blumhouse thriller, The Gift. It was a film that shocked audiences with its restraint and ability to give genre fans a film with closer ties to Hitchcock than to the slash and dice genre films of today. Following a happily married couple played by Jason Bateman & Rebecca Hall, and “Gordo” (Edgerton) a stranger from the past of Bateman’s character, showing up to help reveal the true nature behind the supposedly friendly husband.
A very entertaining and intense story, the film was a breath of fresh air and for those who missed the film during its theatrical run: things are looking up, with the announcement of the character driven film heading to Digital HD/DVD/Bluray this October 27th, complete with quite a few special features to please supplemental junkies as well.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and »
- Jerry Smith
It was a beautiful weekend for Rebecca Hall and Morgan Spector! Us Weekly is reporting that the couple secretly tied the knot in Saugerties, New York, on Saturday. The duo met while co-starring together in the Broadway revival of Sophie Treadwell's Machinal in 2013, and while they've remained tight-lipped on their relationship, they did step out holding hands in in NYC in July. Sources tell the publication that they held their rehearsal dinner on Friday and the wedding the following day. During the reception, David Blaine was in and attendance and even did some magic tricks for guests. This is both Hall and Spector's first marriage. Hall is best known for starring in Codes of »
Surprise! Rebecca Hall married actor Morgan Spector in Saugerties, New York, on Saturday, Sept. 26, Us Weekly can confirm. The British-American actress, 33, and Spector met while costarring in the Broadway revival of Sophie Treadwell’s play Machinal. The couple have kept tight-lipped about their relationship, but stepped out holding hands in NYC this past July. An insider tells Us that the lovebirds celebrated their rehearsal dinner Friday night. David Blaine was in attendance and did some magic tricks for guests. This is the first marriage for both Hall and [...] »
Sometimes our past mistakes come back to haunt us. The Gift, starring Jason Bateman and Joel Edgerton, comes to Blu-ray / DVD on October 27th. Also in this round-up: a Zombie Ninjas vs. Black Ops trailer and the second teaser for Jeremiah Kipp's Black Wake.
The Gift: Press Release: "Universal City, Calif., Sept. 9, 2015 -- Revenge comes in an artfully wrapped package in The Gift, a chilling psychological thriller available on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD and on Demand October 27, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. From Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions (Whiplash, The Purge) The Gift is a suspenseful and thrilling morality tale that earned a "Certified Fresh" seal on Rotten Tomatoes with a remarkable score of 93%. The Blu-ray™ and DVD are packed with chilling bonus features including a riveting alternate ending, deleted scenes, feature commentary with writer and directorJoel Edgerton, and more.
The Gift asks the question, "Can you really »
- Tamika Jones
Christopher Nolan: Next movie has release date. Next Christopher Nolan movie release date Warner Bros. will release the first post-Interstellar Christopher Nolan movie on July 21, '17. The film has yet to be baptized. Warners, which began its days as the Rin Tin Tin studio, also released Nolan's Batman trilogy movies, which collected $2.463 billion worldwide. Besides, the studio handled the sorta sci-fier Inception (2010), which took in $825.53 million, in addition to earning a Best Picture Academy Award nomination. The outright sci-fier Interstellar, which received mixed-to-unenthusiastic reviews in North America, opened in Nov. 2014. The film went on to gross $675.02 million worldwide, $188.02 million of which in the U.S. and Canada. Paramount handled the domestic release, while Warners took care of the international distribution. Mystery Movie As for Nolan's upcoming effort, in case there is a screenplay (or a blueprint of one) or any prospective cast members, no details have been given out so far. »
- Zac Gille
Amongst a summer movie season awash in sequels, remakes and presold tentpole properties, it’s rare to find a sleeper at the multiplex, an unknown quantity with the ability to surprise an audience. Such is The Gift, an unnerving psychological thriller that begins as a post-Fatal Attraction variant before veering into the domain of Roman Polanski and Michael Haneke. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star as a married couple leaving behind personal tragedy in Chicago to start a new life in Los Angeles. Shortly after their arrival, Bateman bumps into former high school classmate Joel Edgerton, who begins to insinuate himself into […] »
- Matt Mulcahey
World festival roundup: Highlights of the upcoming fall and winter season promise a wide range of cinematic treats around the world. Festivals listed in chronological order.
Aug. 27-Sept. 7
World Film Festival
Fest will open with the world premiere of “Muhammad,” the 171-minute epic from Iranian director Majid Majidi, shot by Italian cinematographer Vittorio Storaro. Mwff has received a record number of short films — over 1,200 (an increase of 42% over 2014) from some 64 countries, “evidence of the vitality of today’s young filmmakers,” notes Mwff president Serge Losique. Fest is adding a Chinese Cinema section with more than 10 new features.
The fest, above, nestled in the mountains of Colorado, has always been an intimate, casual, carefully curated event that isn’t just a competition but also a celebration of the best in film. Even though the festival doesn’t announce its lineup until the day before it begins unspooling, »
- Iain Blair
Spoilers Ahead! Don't read this unless you want the twist revealed.
"The Gift," a mystery-thriller released August 7, stars Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, and Joel Edgerton, who also steps in as first-time director. No blood and guts in this flick, one of the many positives about the movie, which kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time I watched it.
Jason Bateman plays a successful family man who moves to California with his wife, played by Rebecca Hall, after landing a new job there. Everything seems fine, life is great -- and getting better! -- until an old high-school acquaintance shows up. Unbeknownst to us, Bateman was a bully in high school and spread a nasty rumor he made up that caused Edgerton to suffer mental and physical abuse at the hands of his own father; 25 years later Edgerton comes for payback.
What I really liked about this »
- Wendell Escott
[major spoilers for The Gift; spoiler-free review here]
“Bad things can be a gift,” says Gordo (Joel Edgerton) to his old high-school classmate, Simon (Jason Bateman), and Simon’s wife, Robyn (Rebecca Hall). What does Gordo mean by this? Is he referring to the fact that he has been bugging them to the point where it could be considered menacing? Is that somehow a “gift” that is going to make their lives better? Of course not. What is the gift of the movie’s title? It’s probably not the bottle of expensive wine Gordo leaves on their doorstep (when he wasn’t given their address) soon after he bumps into them and renews Simon’s acquaintance. And it’s probably not the much more expensive fully grown koi he later deposits in their fish pond. While these range from weirdly stalkerish to wildly inappropriate (and mysterious: we have no idea how Gordo could have possibly afforded an »
- MaryAnn Johanson
The Napa Valley Film Festival has tapped former USA Today Chief Film Critic Claudia Puig as program director.
Puig will serve as a consulting programming director and industry liaison for the rest of 2015, and then take on the full responsibilities of program director at the beginning of the 2016 festival planning cycle.
“After 15 years as a film critic, I became increasingly intrigued by the film festival world and what makes compelling film programming,” Puig said. “Some of the best and most original movies I’ve seen have made their debut at film festivals. Joining the Napa staff is especially exciting — only in its fifth year, the Napa Valley Film Festival is growing by leaps and bounds with its ambitious, forward-thinking and innovative programming, panels and events.”
The festival will take place November 11 to 15 in Napa, Yountville, St. Helena and Calistoga.
It disclosed its Narrative and Documentary feature film line-ups for juried »
- Dave McNary
Chicago – Of the various genres of films, the psychological thriller is one of my holy grails. A story that highlights the psychology of its characters and their wobbly emotional states, few modern filmmakers dare to compete with the masterminds – Alfred Hitchcock, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and more recently David Fincher and Darren Aronofsky – or fail when trying to.
Kubrick’s “Eyes Wide Shut,” Lynch’s “Blue Velvet” and Hitchcock’s “Vertigo” – along with films like “The Silence of the Lambs,” “Se7en,” “Jacob’s Ladder,” “Pi,” “The Shining,” “Memento,” “The Sixth Sense,” “Misery” and “The Usual Suspects” – do the genre true justice. Fast forward to today, though, when we ask ourselves: Who is Joel Edgerton?
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
“From the producer of Insidious, Sinister and The Purge…” proclaims the trailer for The Gift. You already know where this is going – a cheap production with a couple of well-known actors slumming it for a paycheck where upcoming horror is signposted a mile away, culminating in an over-the-top gorey finale that fails because any built-up tension has been undercut by a fake-out jump scare every ten minutes. Next.
But wait, The Gift isn’t that movie. Everything about the advertising suggests it’s a vacuous thriller made to pad out the multiplexes for people who want chills over thrills during the blockbuster season (or, in a lucky turn of events for the Insidious producers, anyone who is wisely avoiding Fant4stic). Instead, it’s a well-written psychological thriller that prompts a tricky moral debate alongside its meticulously-built tension.
- Alex Leadbeater
In a weekend that featured four new movies hitting theaters, last weekend's winner Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation took the top spot for the second weekend in a row with $29.4 million, beating newcomer Fantastic Four, which earned $26.2 million. Mission: Impossible Rogue Nation dropped just 47% in its second weekend in theaters, with a $7,372 per-screen average in 3,988 theaters. Fantastic Four opened much lower than expected, possibly due to a spate of negative reviews.
Many box office analysts had Fantastic Four earning between $30 million and $40 million in its opening weekend, but it didn't come close to hitting that mark. The 20th Century Fox superhero movie wasn't received well by the nation's critics, with a paltry 9% "Rotten" rating on Rotten Tomatoes, with just 13 positive reviews out of 151. It isn't known how much Fantastic Four cost to produce, but the opening weekend numbers are far below the initial projections.
The Gift opened in third place this weekend with just over $12 million, »
Actor turned writer/director Joel Edgerton gives audiences a nicely wrapped present with his directorial feature film debut, The Gift. Edgerton delivers a great performance along with Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall in a movie that delivers all the elements of a good thriller. It's refreshing to watch an entertaining movie that's devoid of any superheroes or a reboot of a previous movie. Here are six other reasons to see this movie.
- email@example.com (Super User)
Tom Cruise, that immortal God of luscious hair and death-defying stunts, clobbered the Fantastic Four this weekend, as Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation took home the top spot at the box office, earning $29.4 million. Josh Trank’s widely-derided Fantastic Four, which was even chastised by its own director (in a tweet he subsequently deleted), earned $26.2 million, which is it the lowest opening weekend gross for a superhero movie since the 2012 monstrosity Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance, starring Nic Cage’s flaming skeleton head.Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut, The Gift, earned rave reviews and a healthy $12 million. The film stars Edgerton as a creepy guy who inflicts psychological torture upon Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. Just as creepy, albeit unintentionally, is the National Lampoon reboot Vacation, which attempts to revive the Chevy Chase series that was popular two generations of moviegoers ago. It made $9.1 million. Marvel’s Ant-Man rounds out »
- Greg Cwik
Best known for his work in front of the camera, Joel Edgerton wrote and directed The Gift, a borderline Hitchcockian stalker drama in which nothing is quite as it seems. The Callens, Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn, (Rebecca Hall) are a couple who seem to have it made - moving on from their old life in Chicago, they've just relocated to a swanky house in Los Angeles. Simon is due for a big promotion at work and Robyn is eager to start a family in their beautiful new home.
However, a chance encounter with Gordon 'Gordo' Mosley, (Edgerton) a former high school classmate of Simon's, upsets the status quo. He welcomes them to the neighbourhood with small tokens of friendship and offers to help set up the entertainment system, »
One of the moment’s men to watch is Australian actor Joel Edgerton. After writing last year’s Ozpocalypse thriller The Rover, he writes and stars in this feature-directing debut. It’s a production of chiller specialists Blumhouse (Insidious), and the ads, with their slogan “Dare you open?”, suggest something routinely creepy. (What could be in that gift-wrapped package? Dead kittens? A spare limb of the Human Centipede?)
The Gift proves to be considerably more sophisticated. Rebecca Hall and Jason Bateman play a couple who move into a sleek modernist house in La. They run into Gordo (Edgerton), Bateman’s old schoolmate, who seems over-eager to welcome them to town. We think we’re in for a routine home-invasion thriller, but Edgerton takes the story in unexpected directions. Bateman gets »
- Jonathan Romney
Joel Edgerton’s The Gift starts out like so many other thrillers before it — with an attractive, well-to-do couple purchasing a big new house — and then beats its own, uniquely tense and twisted path from there. It never flinches from that path, either. Where other films would have opted for cheap thrills, The Gift remains focused on the phantoms within. For most of its running time, its villains aren’t people, but doubt, fear, guilt, and rage. It’s that rarest of psychological thrillers: one that actually lives up to the words psychological thriller.The couple in question, Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall), have moved to the Los Angeles area after some time in Chicago, because he’s just gotten a fancy new job. They seem loving, but haunted. She, we learn, is somewhat emotionally fragile, possibly due to a miscarriage she had back in Chicago. He, meanwhile, »
- Bilge Ebiri
Marking the directorial debut of Joel Edgerton (also on writing duties), The Gift takes the usual stalker thriller formula and adds some impressive twists and turns, with the tale of young married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) who relocate from Chicago to California, near to where Simon grew up. The couple soon meet, completely by chance, the socially awkward but kind Gordo (Egerton), a former schoolmate of Simon’s, who soon slots himself in their lives, bestowing gifts on them and dropping by their house with increasing regularity. Helpful at first, it soon becomes clear there may be something sinister behind his motives. For his first time behind the camera, Edgerton proves a deft hand at delivering an increasingly unnerving, suspenseful and psychological thriller, maintaining a potent mixture of tension and dread throughout. From the opening frame, it’s a slow build as Gordo seems fairly innocent at first, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
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