12 items from 2014
Logan Marshall-Green, Michiel Huisman, Middle of Nowhere revelation Emayatzy Corinealdi, Tammy Blanchard, busy-bee indie actress Lindsay Burdge (A Teacher, Wild Canaries) and John Carroll Lynch are the principle cast in Karyn Kusama’s fourth feature film, which according to Deadline, has just wrapped. The project which was first announced a couple of years back with the proposed cast of Luke Wilson, Zachary Quinto, Topher Grace and Johnny Galecki, has been retooled and saw Gamechanger Films’ Mynette Louie (Land Ho!) join Martha Griffin (longtime producer for Kusama) and Xyz Films (The Raid 2) as the producing team. At this point, it’s a safe bet that The Invitation is going to be looked at by the Sundance folks – Park City is where Kusama broke into film with her Y2K debut, Girlfight.
- Eric Lavallee
Exclusive: Filming in the Hollywood Hills has wrapped on The Invitation, the latest feature from Girlfight‘s Sundance award-winner Karyn Kusama and the helmer’s first since 2009′s Jennifer’s Body. It’s also the second feature to be backed by femme-focused Gamechanger Films, the film fund established last year to finance narrative features helmed by women in an effort to equalize gender disparity in film. The first Gamechanger project, road tripper Land Ho! co-directed by Martha Stephens and Aaron Katz, sold out of Sundance in January. Sony Classics opened the pic on Friday. Gamechanger financed The Invitation with Lege Artis, with Gamechanger’s Mynette […] »
Halt and Catch Fire, Season 1, Episode 3: “High Plains Hardware”
Directed by Karyn Kusama
Written by Jason Cahill
Airs Sundays at 10pm Est on AMC
Is this show getting silly or is this show getting silly? I’ve been optimistic about Halt and Catch Fire based more on its potential than its first two episodes, which have been pretty inconsistent. It has a fantastic setting and shows a slice of recent history that hasn’t been depicted very often on screen. It features some great music and some good acting. And dramatizing the dawn of the computers is not an easy task. To take a subject this intricate and specialized, a subject few are conversant in even as we use the machines themselves almost constantly, the writers seem to have two choices. They must either commit to exploring the actual process of building a PC, which is a tall order, »
- Bryan Rucker
Around this time last year we told you that Jennifer's Body director Karyn Kusama was working on an indie flick titled Invitation, with Luke Wilson attached to star. It seems as if those plans have changed, and we've got the latest casting news for ya today!
The Wrap reports that Prometheus star Logan Marshall-Green (pictured) and "Boston Public" actress Marieh Delfino have accepted the female director's Invitation, which will also co-star Tammy Blanchard, John Carroll Lynch and Michelle Krusiec.
Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi wrote the script, which stars Marshall-Green as a man faced with mounting evidence that something sinister has taken hold of his ex-wife, who is hosting a dinner party that harbors a terrifying agenda.
Production is scheduled to start this month.
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- John Squires
Since Jennifer's Body, I've been waiting for some time for director Karyn Kusama to return to the genre scene. She's attached to the all-female horror anthology Xx, but I haven't heard much progress on that since Shock was the first to break the news about that film last fall. She currently at work on The Invitation, which she boarded in 2012.
- Ryan Turek
• Rooney Mara and David Fincher are reportedly circling the espionage thriller Red Sparrow. The two haven’t worked together since 2011′s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The film will be set in present-day Russia, centered on an intelligence officer who is forced to become a “Sparrow” — someone who basically seduces people for information. She falls for the CIA officer she’s assigned to operate against. Fox is also in talks with Eric Warren Singer, who scripted American Hustle, to adapt the Jason Matthews book. Darren Aronofsky was previously considering the project. [Deadline]
- Lindsey Bahr
“Boston Public” actress Marieh Delfino will join Logan Marshall-Green in Karyn Kusama's indie thriller “The Invitation,” TheWrap has learned. The film will co-star Tammy Blanchard, John Carroll Lynch and Michelle Krusiec. Also read: Jennifer Lynch, Mary Harron, Karyn Kusama to Direct All-Female Horror Anthology ‘Xx’ Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi wrote the script, which stars Marshall-Green (“Prometheus”) as a man faced with mounting evidence that something sinister has taken hold of his ex-wife, who is hosting a dinner party that harbors a terrifying agenda. Delfino wil play a UCLA professor in the movie, which Hay and Manfredi are expected to produce with Martha Griffin. »
- Jeff Sneider
Warner Archive Week! concludes at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing "The Year of Living Dangerously."Peter Weir’s superb political thriller set against the upheaval of Sukarno’s Indonesia is suspenseful, smart and beautifully acted with top honors going to Linda Hunt’s gender-bending triumph as photo-journalist Billy Kwan who strikes the romantic sparks between the more conventional duo played by Mel Gibson and Sigourney Weaver. The title was Sukarno’s prophetic phrase for the year 1965. Filming in Manila was disrupted by death threats from Moslem radicals and most of the film was shot in Australia. Composer Maurice Jarre eschewed his typically epic orchestrations for a low key electronic score bolstered by ancient tribal instruments. »
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A Criterion Grab Bag! continues at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing Wim Wenders' classic "Paris, Texas."Wenders’ 1984 French-German coproduction features a typically (for Wenders) unconventional cast, including the great Harry Dean Stanton as an amnesiac who enlists his brother (Dean Stockwell) in a search for Stanton’s runaway wife played by Nastassja Kinski. Wenders brings a poker-faced European sensibility to the backwaters of America with compelling results. The stellar crew includes the cinematographer Robby Muller and music from Ry Cooder, which has proven highly influential. »
- Trailers From Hell
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 20 Feb 2014 - 05:40
The unloved films of 2009 provide the focus in our final list of the 2000s' overlooked greats...
The year 2009 will partly be remembered as the year Avatar dominating the box office, with audiences flocking to see James Cameron's leafy pulp epic in shimmering 3D. Making almost $2.8bn worldwide, Avatar was a true behemoth, besting Cameron's own Titanic as the highest-grossing film of all time (not adjusted for inflation) and hastening a rush of 3D films in the years that followed.
Films such as 2012, Sherlock Holmes and boozy comedy The Hangover were also among the top 10, but as always, some of the most memorable and individual films of the year were far from the most financially successful. So to round off our series of underrated flicks of the 2000s, here's our selection of 2009's overlooked films...
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This week on Trailers from Hell, "Jennifer's Body" director Karyn Kusama takes a look at writer/director David Lynch's extraordinary, surreal debut film "Eraserhead" (1977) which, surprisingly, never had a proper theatrical trailer. David Lynch's visionary black comedy was shot in sunny California but the bleakly surreal black and white imagery, full of smoking chimneys and dilapidated walk-ups, suggests a nightmare factory town by way of Diane Arbus. The film has such a uniquely grungy beauty (courtesy of Frederick Elmes' photography) and featured such eccentrically empathetic characters (in particular the woebegone hero played by Jack Nance) that the prescient Mel Brooks took a chance on the unknown Lynch and hired him to direct "The Elephant Man." »
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Youth Runs Wild! kicks off at Trailers from Hell, with director Karyn Kusama introducing Amy Heckerling's "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."Heckerling’s raucous 1982 high school comedy based on screenwriter Cameron Crowe’s book is a virtual template for the dozens of teen flicks produced in its wake. Co-starring longtime character actor Ray Walston as the strait-laced history teacher engaged in a one-sided war with Spicoli, the modern day Maynard G. Krebs (a reference that may fly over the heads of those under 50), the film served as a launching pad for a slew of young actors who went on to become some of the mainstays of the last few decades including Sean Penn as Spicoli, Nicolas Cage (billed as Nicolas Coppola), Forest Whittaker, Eric Stoltz and Jennifer Jason Leigh. »
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12 items from 2014
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