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A young man enters in an affair with a married woman, but things take a turn for the worse when he is forced to face his affair. The movie stars Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas, Paul Sorvino, Kandyse McClure, Graham Rogers, and Dermot Mulroney. “Careful What You Wish For” will be available on DVD on August 2.
- Rudie Obias
The real mystery is how Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum‘s Careful What You Wish For got itself a theatrical release in the first place — no matter how limited. I’m not surprised Starz Digital is handling distribution, though, since it feels exactly like a late night pay cable ticket sanitized to an R-rating for lustful eroticism rather than actual chemistry, nudity, or plausibility. Sometimes thrillers of the “youthful stalker hits the sexual jackpot” variety can at least be entertaining in an ironic way, but that’s unfortunately not the case here. In fact, Chris Frisina‘s script is smart enough with its inevitable murder and ensuing insurance case to make us believe the film was produced with dramatic eyes and artistic hope. Alas, it ultimately falls short.
All the earmarks for this subgenre of trashy romance are present from the get-go. First you have the star: a Columbia-bound, engineering savant named »
- Jared Mobarak
Production is underway in the Caribbean island nation on the personal drama from Trinidad-based, Us director Emilie Upczak.
Moving Parts charts the story of one woman’s journey and her integration into a new environment, ultimately recounting how she found her way back to herself.
The film highlights local and international talent with a number of cast and crew from Canada, the Us and Puerto Rico.
“I am very happy to be in Trinidad & Tobago collaborating with such a vibrant film industry that is ready to go to the next level,” said Puerto Rican producer Annabelle Mullen-Pacheco.
“This film is unique; from the visual style, to the fact that we have an all female Heads of Department roster,” said Trinidad & Tobago producer Rhonda Chan Soo. “The success »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
If you've ever watched an “adult” movie, you know of the contrived situations, the cheesy soundtrack, and the gasping bodies. You'd laugh if a lowly movie critic complained of that movie's plot inconsistencies, its horrible acting, or the needless dialogue. So I won't blame you if you laugh while I tell you the many ways in which Nick Jonas's new film, the self-styled erotic thriller Careful What You Wish For, is not much more than glorified softcore. Which is to say that you may very well really enjoy seeing it. I certainly did.
The movie is a straight-up remake of the 1980s cult classic Body Heat, starring William Hurt and Kathleen Turner. Jonas, in all his heartthrob, beefcake glory, plays starry-eyed youth Doug (“Douggie”) Martin, who falls hard for an older woman, his neighbor's attractive wife Lena, played by the impossibly hot model Isabel Lucas. The neighbor, Elliot Harper »
- J Don Birnam
Ahead of its Us release next month, a trailer has debuted for director Elizabeth Allen Rosenbaum’s upcoming erotic thriller Careful What You Wish For which stars Nick Jonas, Isabel Lucas and Dermot Mulroney; check it out below after the official synopsis…
While working in a wealthy vacation community the summer before college, Doug (Nick Jonas, “Kingdom”, “Scream Queens”) begins an affair with the beautiful young wife (Isabel Lucas, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen) of his powerful investment banker neighbor (Dermot Mulroney, The Family Stone, “Shameless”). When the town erupts after a suspicious death, the young lovers become embroiled in scandal, forcing Doug to his limits as he battles deceit and betrayal. Graham Rogers (“Quantico,” Love & Mercy), Paul Sorvino (Goodfellas), and Kandyse McClure (Seventh Son, “Hemlock Grove”) costar in this steamy thriller.
Careful What You Wish For is set for release on June 10th in the States and features a »
- Amie Cranswick
The United Nations in Trinidad and Tobago has confirmed support for production of the film, "Moving Parts," co-written, co-produced and directed by Trinidad-based, American director, Emilie Upczak. "Moving Parts" is described as a story of human smuggling in the Caribbean, set in a Chinese restaurant. The film will bring a fresh approach to a difficult topic, and boasts a lineup of diverse and talented actors, including the Chinese-Canadian actress Valerie Tian, South African-born Canadian actress Kandyse McClure, UK-based Trinidadian Jacqueline Chan, as well as popular local Trinidadian actors Raymond Choo Kong, Stephen Hadeed Jr and Dru Castiglione. The film's »
- Shadow And Act
"Moving Parts," a film by Trinidad-based, American director, Emilie Upczak, whose crowdfunding campaign has only 11 days to go, is a story about two women from two opposite corners of the world brought together through circumstances beyond their control. Although set in the Caribbean, the film is globally relevant as it focuses on the issue of human trafficking.
“Moving Parts takes a fictional look at a very real issue”, Upczak said. “The film’s protagonist Zhenzhen, is a Chinese immigrant who is smuggled into Trinidad to be with her brother Wei following the death of their father. A tragic event leaves Zhenzhen vulnerable and only through the help of a neighboring art gallerist Evelyn and the restaurant’s Cook, does she have a chance at life”.
Emilie Upczak is a filmmaker and festival programmer specifically interested in ritual practice and sexual politics. These interests were first sparked after she spent two-years traveling throughout Southeast Asia, where she encountered numerous religious practices and worked as an escort in a hostess club in Tokyo. Since then, Emilie has produced short films and experimental video installations. Most recently, she was the Creative Director of the trinidad+tobago film festival in charge of the Caribbean Film Mart and Caribbean Film Database.
“We decided to crowd-fund the film in order to build our core audience and to engage individuals in our fundraising process,” she said. “We have been successful in engaging local government support and now we are turning to private sector and individuals”.
The film has been in development for two years and is now in the pre-production stage. Principal photography is set to begin in the Spring with a filming schedule of one month. One of the unique facets of the film is the female roster of most heads of departments. This line up includes, DoP Nancy Schreiber, Consulting Producer Annabelle Mullen, First Assistant Director Roma Zachemba, Co-Producers Rhonda Chan Soo and Rhian Vialva, Production Designer Shannon Alonzo and PR/Social Media Aurora Herrera.
Upczak noted, “I feel very strongly about having this film made by women and also by women primarily from the Caribbean.”
The cast includes Canadian actresses Valerie Tian known for her role as Su-Chin in "Juno" and Burns in "21 Jumpstreet" and Kandyse McClure known for her role as Officer Anastasia Dualla in "Battlestar Galactica."
You can support "Moving Pats" via its Kickstarter campaign https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/381237657/moving-parts?token=9ec81861 »
- Sydney Levine
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