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Following a recent trend in the distribution of indie films, Magnet will release the film on Video on Demand a month before it debuts in theatres. As low budget filmmakers and studios struggle to find new ways to get their films to the fans, the VOD option is one viable measure they deem worth trying. Whether Magnet will release Survival to theatres wide or limited, the studio has yet to indicate. Given the poor handling of Diary Of The Dead's release, at least it seems that Magnet is giving Survival a legitimate effort.
Though Romero doesn't have nearly the cache he used to, he still makes films that are relevant and challenge an audience. He's got a huge following, and his films deserve to be seen, »
At Fantastic Fest this year in Austin, one meme crept out of the woodwork (and the mind of unofficial Alamo Drafthouse mascot Nacho Vigalondo) and has been taking Hollywood by storm. It is the tagline of the third act of Lars von Trier's film Antichrist, "Chaos Reigns!" However, while Antichrist provided this year's edition of "I drink your milkshake," a fact upon which Fantastic Fest can hang its hat, perhaps one of the most memorable films from this year's selection was the Belgian stop-motion animated pile of insanity A Town Called Panic, from directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar. In his Fantastic Fest review, Dr. Cole Abaius called A Town Called Panic "pure spectacle that has the power to transport you to the younger, joyful mindset of the sandbox." It is a healthy mix of insanity, children's toys and humor that is wildly inappropriate. In a sense, just the kind of movie that anyone who reads »
- Neil Miller
It's over a week after Fantastic Fest, why are we still writing about it? Because it was Fantastic Fest, and Chaos Reigns.
You may have heard that even Variety picked up on the Chaos Reigns meme. Chaos did reign, from a sexy Swede turning grown women and a few men into quivering fans, to Zack Carlson's amazing save of a Yatterman screening by split-screen magic to show subtitles from a screener with the actual film. We had traditions continued, from David Strong nudity (you had to be there, but if you've been to a Fantastic Fest related event, this is not shocking) to the extreme, watching Tim League in a patriotic unitard battle Uwe Boll in the boxing ring (Boll politely didn't wipe the floor with League).
- Jenn Brown
What was Dr. Frankenstein’s assistant’s name in the original 1931 film? Who directed the original and the remake of House Of Wax? What was Christine’s license plate? These were just a few of the questions presented to the esteemed contestants on stage at Fantastic Feud, hosted by Scott Weinberg, (of Cinematical.com and horrorsquad.com) at the Highball Cocktail Lounge during night three of Fantastic Fest in Austin, TX. Just to be clear, those were among the easy ones.
The Fantastic Feud Trivia Challenge started back in 2007, I believe; I was there to witness the festivities first-hand, and have made it a point to attend ever since. Horror journalists, filmmakers and their brethren clash in a battle for spermological supremecy to determine once and for all (at least until next year) who knows more about the world of horror: the Americans or the invading foreigners.
I am pleased »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Drew Tinnin)
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Timecrimes director, Nacho Vigalondo, will helm an action-comedy called Gangland. The film is based on an idea by Vigalondo, will be written by Pat Healy (HBO’s In Treatment) and will be produced by Mandate Pictures and Steven Zallian via their Film Rites partnership.
Gangland’s story revolves around a group of video game developers who unwisely promise the most realistic game ever made, entitled Gangland (hence the name of the film). The group soon find themselves having to survive on their own wits as they have to deal with a real-life criminal underworld.
Sounds fun! I’m guessing in their desperation to deliver what they promise these game developers steep themselves in real criminal life and danger, which will most likely lead to more harm than good.
For those of you not up on your foreign cinema, you may not know who Vigalondo is. »
- Ross Miller
Odds are you didn't catch Timecrimes when it had its tiny debut last fall. The Spanish time-travel thriller was one of the twistiest, most entertaining sci-fi movies I saw all of last year, and deserved a much wider audience than it got. At least the movie's director, Nacho Vigalondo, will be given a bigger shot. He's been picked to direct Gangland for Mandate Pictures and Steven Zaillian, an action comedy based on Vigalondo's idea which will be put into a screenplay by Pat Healy. The story, as described in THR, sounds kind of like Tron for the Grand Theft Auto generation. A team of cocky video-game developers find themselves trapped in a real-life version of the game they promised to deliver. Rather than riding around on lightcycles, they apparently have to escape the gangsters in the underworld they created. A final little detail in the story is that Timecrimes will »
Oscar-winning writer Steve Zaillian is stepping away from the pen for a new film called Gangland. It’s going to be from Mandate Pictures, and Nacho Vigalondo is set to direct with Zaillian producing. The film follows a group of game developers who promise to create the most realistically hardcore video game ever. When doing "research," they end up in the real-life criminal underworld and must somehow make it out alive. Honestly, the premise sounds like a bit much, but »
- Paul Tassi
- Hollywood latest lassoed import might be Spanish director Nacho Vigalondo, Variety reports that the director behind Timecrimes (the fantasy thriller that was a popular title on the fantasy film fest circuit and was released by Magnet late last year), will take on the action comedy format for Mandate Pictures and Steve Zaillian via their Film Rites co-venture. Usually foreign filmmakers take on "other people's projects", but this isn't the case for Vigalondo, he is bringing his own idea for a film to the table and will have Pat Healy (the co-lead in Great World of Sound) write the script. Did these two meet in Sundance? Gangland revolves around a team of video-game developers who get in over their heads after they promise to deliver the most realistic game of all time, titled “Gangland,” and soon find themselves having to survive by their own wits in a real-life criminal underworld. »
Nacho Vigalondo is coming to America. The writer/director of ‘Timecrimes’ is bringing his original idea, ‘Gangland,’ to the states with Pat Healy (”In Treatment”) set to write the screenplay and Vigalondo himself set to direct. Mandate Pictures and Academy Award-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian will produce.
‘Gangland’ will be a comedy about video game developers who promise to deliver the most realistic game of all time, Gangland. The team find themselves in hot water when they find themselves in a real-life gang-land situation.
Nacho’s work in Spain is consistently innovative and energetic. In particular, we’re huge fans of his film, Timecrimes, and are excited to have the chance to develop another of his very original ideas with our partners at Mandate.
Film Rites, the venture set up between Mandate and Zaillian, has a first-look deal with Sony Pictures.
This is - by far - the best news I’ve had all week.
Los Angeles (July 30, 2009) – Through their co-venture Film Rites, partners Mandate Pictures and Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Steve Zaillian announced today that Pat Healy will scribe Gangland, a comedy based on an original idea by Nacho Vigalondo (Timecrimes) that Vigalondo will also direct.
The comedy will follow a team of videogame developers who get in over their heads when they promise to deliver the most realistic game of all time - Gangland - and soon find themselves having to survive by their own wits in a real life criminal underworld.
Vigalondo, for the record, is an absolute genius. More below the break!
- Todd Brown
If you don't know who Nacho Vigalondo is, I'll happily wait until you're acquainted with him. Nacho is a crazy up-and-coming filmmaker from Spain who treated us to the time travel film Timecrimes last year and was nominated for an Oscar for his short 7:35 in the Morning. He's now set to direct Gangland, an action comedy based on his own original idea that's being written by Pat Healy. The story revolves around a team of video game developers who get in over their heads after they promise to deliver the most realistic game of all time, titled “Gangland,” and soon find themselves having to survive in a real-life criminal underworld. Mandate Pictures is developing the project with Steve Zaillian (All the King's Men, American Gangster) producing. Zaillian is already producing an English language remake of Timecrimes as well and has been a fan of Vigalondo's work in Spain. If »
- Alex Billington
There's no denying it, science fiction is coming back in a big way. Not only is there more science fiction finding its way into independent and foreign cinema than ever before (read as: Moon, Sleep Dealer, Cargo, China's first ever, Chengdu), but Hollywood seems to have more than a few franchisable blockbusters on the horizon. With all this action happening on the scifi front we couldn't help but bring you this special report on all the upcoming science fiction projects that have us pumped right now.
#1: Eagle Eye director to helm "Dead Space"
Whether or not D.J. Caruso has the chops to handle a big screen adaptation of Electronic Arts' hit video game, Dead Space, is up for debate, but the fact that it's even on the table right now makes us excited. Gears of War and Dead Space movies? My tiny brain can't handle it! [via: Bd]
#2: More violent scifi coming form Neil Blomkamp? »
According to Variety, the story revolves around a team of video-game developers who get in over their heads after they promise to deliver the most realistic game of all time, titled Gangland and soon find themselves having to survive by their own wits in a real-life criminal underworld.
No production date has been set.
Steve Zaillian and Mandate Pictures will produce Nacho Vigalondo's comedy Gangland. Almost everyone I know has raved about Nacho's feature directorial debut Timecrimes (which I have still yet to see, despite it being a time travel story), and you may have seen some of Vigalondo's short films previously on this site (check out Choque if you have a few minutes). Gangland is based on an original idea from Nacho, and is being co-written by Pat Healy, an actor turned screenwriter who was involved in several episodes of HBO's In Treatment and has had two scripts end up on the annual Black List. According to THR, the story follows a team of video game developers who "get in over their heads after they promise to deliver the most realistic game of all time, titled 'Gangland,' and soon find themselves having to survive by their own wits in a real-life criminal underworld. »
- Peter Sciretta
The story revolves around a team of video-game developers who get in over their heads after they promise to deliver the most realistic game of all time, titled “Gangland,” and soon find themselves having to survive by their own wits in a real-life criminal underworld.
Film Rites’ aim is to produce projects by Zaillian, the Oscar-winning writer of “Schindler’s List” and “Gangs of New York,” in addition to emerging writers and filmmakers. Zaillian already was a fan of Vigalondo’s work in Spain; he and Basch are producing an English-language remake of his Spanish film “Timecrimes, »
- By Borys Kit
If you haven’t already realized from the existence of this blog, I love short films. I love watching them, I love making them, I love reading about them, I love everything about them. I truly believe that they are the more difficult to make than their feature-length brethren; they have to tell a complete story in under an hour, and in many cases less than a quarter of that. This is why I am always thrilled when directors feature their (or others’) shorts among the DVD supplements of their movies. Below you’ll find a few of my favorites.
Yes, I agree that Uwe Boll is the Ed Wood of our time, but like Wood, he has excellent taste in other people’s films. When he chose to include Richard Gale’s Criticized, one of the best genre shorts ever, on his Seed disc, »
- email@example.com (Logan DeSisto)
[Update: He suckered us in on the new feature. It’s a joke, a play on an old Spanish film. Vigalondo tells us he is prepping something for a Spanish company, though, and continue to whip thescript for The Ramp into shape.]
It has been a little while since we heard anything from Time Crimes director Nacho Vigalondo - a great favorite in these parts - but today a pair of news bits popped up on the radar.
First, Vigalondo has announced the title of his next film. Called Falsedades y Gruesas it is described as a fantasy film about hedonistic teenagers. There was a lot of talk about Vigalondo doing an English language feature next at one point - the most likely project was a sci-fi romance called The Ramp that I sincerely hope gets made and made soon - but from the sounds of things he’s planning on doing another Spanish language feature first. We’re trying to get more information on this now.
And second, Vigalondo was also recently commissioned by the Notodofilmfest to direct a short film. The result is Marisa, Aqui, and you’ll find it below the break. »
- Todd Brown
DVD Playhouse—April 2009
Milk (Universal) Sean Penn deservedly captured his second Best Actor Oscar (and Dustin Lance Black a statuette for his original screenplay) in director Gus Van Sant’s portrait of San Francisco Supervisor Harvey Milk, the first openly gay man to hold public office in the U.S. Alternately heartbreaking, infuriating and very funny, a film that both captures a bygone era and is still very timely. Fine support from Josh Brolin, Victor Garber, James Franco and Emile Hirsch. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Three featurettes. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 5.1 surround.
Slumdog Millionaire (20th Century Fox) The Best Picture of 2008 is a kinetic, clever audience-pleaser about a determined lad (Dev Patel) from the slums of Mumbai, who has his chance at literal and financial redemption as a contestant on India’s version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire. Best Director Danny Boyle dazzles »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
DVD Rating: 4.0/5.0 Chicago – There was a small window of time there where it looked like the Nacho Vigalondo’s excellent “Timecrimes” might be the next foreign language hit on the arthouse circuit. If not “Pan’s Labyrinth“-big maybe as buzzed about as “Tell No One” or “Let the Right One In”. That never happened (it didn’t even make $40k in theaters) but audiences are going to find this above-average genre pic on DVD.
“Timecrimes” is a movie likely to put a broad smile on the face of sci-fi or horror nuts grown weary of the cavalcade of crap produced by their favorite genres. Writer/director Nacho Vigalondo has crafted what is almost an oxymoron - a simple time-travel movie. So many time travel movies get deep into chaos theory or the butterfly effect, but “Timecrimes” is a piece with only four characters that delves into the idea of moving back in time. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Madrid -- The 12th Malaga Spanish Film Festival will stay true to its roots as the premiere showcase for the Spanish film industry, offering a bevy of directorial debuts, when it runs April 17-25, organizers said Tuesday.
But as new festival director Carmelo Romero takes the reins from Solomon Castiel for the first preview of this year’s Spanish film production stressing continuity, he also has added some ingredients to spice things up.
Native son Antonio Banderas will attend the festival for the first time to present the Malaga Award to Juan Diego, whom he directed in his Spanish-language, Malaga-based film “Summer Rain.” The festival will offer a “making of” section dedicated to Banderas’ “Rain.”
Cult director Alex de la Iglesia will preside over the official jury, comprising director Sergio Cabrera; actors Jose Manuel Cervino, Ruben Ochandiano and Emma Suarez; as well as writers Lucia Etxebarria and Juan Madrid.
But the meat of the festival, »
- By Pamela Rolfe
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