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Studio newcomer Stx Entertainment premiered its first feature film, Joel Edgerton’s directorial debut “The Gift,” at L.A. Live on Thursday. In the film, which was also penned by the Aussie actor, an old grudge compels a high school loner to seek vengeance on a former classmate.
The takeaway: Bullying the smaller kid in school can come back to haunt you, so it’s best to be nice to them — (cough, cough) that means you, major Hollywood studios.
Variety’s Scott Foundas described the film in his review as “a coolly unsettling thriller that begins as an unironic homage to late-’80s/early-’90s yuppies-in-peril dramas like ‘Fatal Attraction’ and ‘The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. »
- Mannie Holmes
Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton and Jason Bateman hung out together at the after party for the premiere of their new movie The Gift in Los Angeles Thursday night. ‘The Gift’ Premiere After Party Hall, Edgerton and Bateman all seemed to be enjoying each other’s company at the L.A. fete. They were joined at the premiere […]
- Chelsea Regan
Stars: Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall, Joel Edgerton, Busy Philipps, David Denman, Allison Tolman, Katie Aselton, Susan May Pratt, Wendell Pierce, Beau Knapp, Tim Griffin, Nash Edgerton, P.J. Byrne, Mirrah Foulkes, Adam Lazarre-White | Written and Directed by Joel Edgerton
The Gift sees Jason Bateman play tech salesman Simon, who returns to his home town in California with his wife Robyn, played by Rebecca Hall. The couple soon encounter Joel Edgerton’s Gordo, an acquaintance of Simon’s from school. Gordo at first seems generous and helpful, leaving gifts for the couple and making himself useful around the house, but there’s an intensity to him and inconsistencies in his actions that begin to disturb. Pretty soon, Robyn becomes convinced that Gordo’s intentions are not entirely wholesome and paranoia sets in. But why exactly would Gordo have anything against the couple?
The Gift doesn’t really stand out as a particularly intriguing or exciting sounding film, »
- Jack Kirby
Blumhouse Productions have crafted a thriving horror fiefdom for themselves over the last half-decade, with nearly 20 films released since 2009’s Paranormal Activity. When not pitching in on the occasional bit of awards fare like Whiplash and The Normal Heart, Blumhouse can be counted on for the same sort of entertainment Hammer Films provided half a century ago: modest to micro-budgeted fright flicks dished out by the barrelful, where one hit can offset a dozen misses. The studio’s latest, The Gift, toys with this reputation in some unexpected ways, and ends up being as enhanced by the Blumhouse style as it is hindered.
Between The Lazarus Effect, Insidious: Chapter 3, Creep, and The Gallows, Paranormal Activity’s popular trappings (supernatural spookery captured via affordable found footage) have been thoroughly reworked by Blumhouse this year alone. Of the company’s 2015 offerings, The Gift is more in the neighborhood of a suburban »
- Sam Woolf
The Def Jam Records co-founder and his team have five active projects, three of which are being developed through Add.
HBO and Simmons are collaborating on the six-part series Codes Of Conduct from Steve McQueen, who developed and directed. The story follows a mysterious arriviste in New York high society and stars newcomer Devon Terrell, Paul Dano, Helena Bonham Carter and Rebecca Hall.
The deal includes a series that curates the best acts from Add’s weekly live Hollywood comedy night; comedy series These Are My Friends about aspiring hip-hop artists; and a comedy series via Add with the Broken Lizard comedy troupe.
The fifth project is a Def Comedy Jam 25th Anniversary »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
A new clip has come our for Joel Egerton’s directorial debut The Gift, giving us a great look at interesting and supremely creepy thriller. Early word on this is really good, and with a greta premise, and a great core cast of Egerton, Jason Bateman, and Rebecca Hall, The Gift is worth keeping an eye on. Released: 7th August Synopsis: A young married couple's lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband's past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Who's the real creep in the well-reviewed thriller The Gift, out August 7? Is it Gordo (played by writer-director Joel Edgerton), the high-school acquaintance who runs into well-heeled married couple Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) at the mall and then keeps showing up at their glamorous Hollywood Hills house uninvited? Or is it secretly Simon, who shows flashes of cold, smug-creep indifference in this exclusive scene, where he finally tries to break things off with Gordo as his more sympathetic wife looks on? Whoever the creep may be, there's certainly something long buried between both men that Simon would prefer to keep in the ground, but as Gordo's continued unwelcome gifts will make clear, he's not going away that easily. The friend breakup: always so tricky to pull off! »
- Kyle Buchanan
It goes without saying that the impact of social media is a constantly changing, organic experience. You may communicate with someone who lives minutes from your door more virtually than in person. Families keep in closer touch with each other and friendships are fostered across thousands of miles with often up to the minute updates. And, for better or worse, people who decades ago would have faded from your life are still able to find you. Yes, you can’t hide from your High School graduating class anymore. If one former classmate finds you that means another 100 can and the social pressures of accepting or declining a connection make the latter choice a rare event. But what if you had purposefully avoided everyone from that period of your life? Should that give your partner pause? That would be somewhat strange, no? It’s a question deftly explored in the new drama “The Gift. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The sins of the high-school cafeteria come home to roost in “The Gift,” a coolly unsettling thriller that begins as an unironic homage to late-’80s/early-’90s yuppies-in-peril dramas like “Fatal Attraction” and “The Hand That Rocks the Cradle,” before taking a turn toward the moral and existential minefield of Michael Haneke’s “Cache.” A modest but accomplished directing debut for actor and screenwriter Joel Edgerton (who also gives himself a plum role here), “The Gift” is a more psychological, slow-burn genre exercise than the psycho-stalker shocker it’s being sold as by Diy horror specialists Blumhouse and Robert Simonds’ newly launched Stx Entertainment. But some supremely effective chills and good word of mouth could spell sleeper success for this Aug. 7 opener.
To an extent, “The Gift” functions as a riff on what might be Edgerton’s pet theme — that of an ordinary man undone by a little white »
- Scott Foundas
Marvel's First Family must come together to stop the maniacal Doom in a new TV spot for 20th Century Fox's superhero reboot Fantastic Four, arriving in theaters nationwide August 7. These new scenes highlight the "clobbering" power of The Thing (Jamie Bell), as he literally rips off the top of a massive military tank. We also see Dr. Franklin Storm (Reg E. Cathey) tells this super-powered quartet that they have to work as a team to stop the evil Doom (Toby Kebbell).
Fantastic Four, a contemporary re-imagining of Marvel's original and longest-running superhero team, centers on four young outsiders who teleport to an alternate and dangerous universe, which alters their physical form in shocking ways. Their lives irrevocably upended, the team must learn to harness their daunting new abilities and work together to save Earth from a former friend turned enemy. The superhero movie is adapted from the Ultimate Fantastic Four comics, »
In an age of mega-blockbusters and star-studded dramas, it’s refreshing to see that some people are still wholly committed to middle-of-the-road thriller fare. Enter The Gift, the directorial debut of Animal Kingdom star Joel Edgerton, in which he stars as an unstable psychopath taking revenge on the guy (Jason Bateman) who bullied him back in high school.
The new trailer for the pic establishes an unsettling, edgy tone before segueing into actual footage from the flick, which finds Simon (Bateman) and his young wife Robyn (Rebecca Hall) tentatively reconnecting with Simon’s old classmate Gordo (Edgerton) before realizing there’s something very off about their new acquaintance.
No one’s expecting this flick to win any awards, but it looks like an appropriately tense thriller given the subject matter, albeit a somewhat silly one.
Here’s the official synopsis:
Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? »
- Isaac Feldberg
“Can bygones every really be bygones?” If you’re inclined to hold onto a grudge, maybe not. Here’s the second trailer for The Gift, directed by and starring Joel Edgerton whose character emerges from out of the past to toy with Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall. Produced by Jason Blum and Rebecca Yeldham, the movie from Robert Simonds' Stx Entertainment opens August… »
Stx Entertainment and Blumhouse Productions’ The Gift is a heart-stopping, thought-provoking psychological thriller from producers Jason Blum and Rebecca Yeldham and actor, writer, producer and first-time director Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Zero Dark Thirty, Warrior), that asks the question: What if someone you wronged long ago reemerged in your life through a chance encounter and what if they can’t get over the past?
Watch the creepy second trailer below.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin.
Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a series of uninvited encounters and mysterious gifts prove troubling, a horrifying secret from the past is uncovered after more than 20 years.
As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, »
- Michelle McCue
While Joel Edgerton’s feature film work has been in front of the screen, starring in films such as Warrior and The Great Gatsby, the performer has been stretching his wings in short films for a number of years, exploring both directing and writing in the medium. Later this year, Edgerton will make the jump to feature filmmaking, pulling triple duty on the upcoming horror film The Gift, as he’ll write, direct, and star in the film. The synopsis for the feature can be read below.
A young married couple’s lives are thrown into a harrowing tailspin when an acquaintance from the husband’s past brings mysterious gifts and a horrifying secret to light after more than 20 years.
- Deepayan Sengupta
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon’s high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn’t recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, but after a seemingly coincidental series of encounters proves troubling, a horrifying secret from their past is uncovered after nearly 20 years. As Robyn learns the unsettling truth about what happened between Simon and Gordo, she starts to question: how well do we really know the people closest to us, and are past bygones ever really bygones?
The Gift is set for release August 7th.
- Gary Collinson
Read More: Watch: Joel Edgerton is a Friend From Hell in Chilling 'The Gift' Trailer Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall fall victim to an increasingly disturbing series of chance encounters in the new trailer for Joel Edgerton's horror thriller, "The Gift." The actor's directorial debut features Bateman and Hall as a young married couple whose lives spiral into chaos when Bateman's character, Simon, runs into an old high school acquaintance, Gordo (Edgerton). Tensions rise when Gordo continues to appear around Simon and Robyn (Hall), presenting them with mysterious gifts that hint to an unsettling secret from Simon and Gordo's past. As Robyn tries to uncover the truth behind her husband's relationship, Gordo taunts his old classmate that the past isn't quite done with him yet. "The Gift" hits theaters August 7. Check out the trailer above. Read More: Digging Through the Blumhouse Movie Dump: What You Should Watch »
- Jessica Cariaga
To err is human, and to forgive is divine, as the saying goes, but there are some things that just can't be forgotten. That's the crux of the upcoming thriller, "The Gift," which finds Jason Bateman being revisited by someone from his past, with a transgression between them that changes everything. Read More: Watch The First Trailer For Joel Edgerton's Directorial Debut 'The Gift' With Jason Bateman And Rebecca Hall Joel Edgerton and Rebecca Hall co-star in the movie — which was also written and directed by Edgerton — about Simon (Bateman) who bumps into Gordon (Edgerton), who he hasn't seen in the twenty years since high school. But Gordo won't go away and soon the tension is rising. Here's the official synopsis: Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Berg will direct from a script written by Graham Roland. The film follows a CIA agent stationed in Indonesia who has to transport an informant from a city to a getaway plane at an airport 22 miles away.
Year-old Stx, headed by Robert Simonds, has been aggressively seeking to fill the vacuum in mid-price films. Its first release “The Gift,” starring Jason Bateman, Rebecca Hall and Joel Edgerton, opens August 7, followed by “The Secret in Their Eyes,” starring Julia Roberts, Nicole Kidman and Chiwetel Ejiofor, on Oct. 23.
Wahlberg and Berg are repped by Wme. »
- Dave McNary
A furious slew of titles in the works would seem to prophesize a robust main competition slate for Cannes 2016. Though our initial list will eventually be pruned down as the year progresses (Berlin may snag something in here, especially if their 2016 lineup looks anything like their landmark selection from this past January), we’re confident that we will be seeing another round of heavy hitting auteurs unveiling their latest bits on the Croisette.
Absent from the main competition in 2015 were the Romanians (Muntean and Porumboiu were assigned to Un Certain Regard) and any trace of Latin filmmakers. The 2016 edition looks to make up for lost ground. For the Romanians, a couple heavy hitting titans from the New Wave will be ready. Cristi Puiu, who previously won Ucr in 2005 with The Death of Mr. Lazarescu should hopefully be getting a competition invite for Sierra Nevada. Meanwhile, previous Palme d’Or winner »
- Nicholas Bell
Alongside his healthy career in front of the camera, Joel Edgerton has been a writer and producer for a while now, helping the likes of David Michôd get movies made. Now he’s taking on the director’s chair for the first time, bringing us a stalker drama called The Gift. Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star as Simon and Robyn, a successful married couple with a nice house and happy life that is proceeding as they planned it. But then comes a chance encounter with Simon’s high school acquaintance, Gordo (Edgerton), whom Simon initially doesn’t recognize – or seemingly doesn’t want to – but who soon starts trying to ingratiate himself into their world. But even as the couple decide he’s just a little too off to keep visiting them, things start to take an even darker turn, and the truth of what occurred between Simon and Gordo 20 years ago leaks out. »
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