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Proving that scripts written on spec are still ocassionally currency in Hollywood, the horror thriller Bed Rest has just come out of practically nowhere to get the studios excited. Lori Evans Taylor is the writer, and MGM the company that grabbed the rights, making a preemptive deal for a cool six figures. Chris Sparling (Buried) will produce.Sounding like a meaty one-woman show for the right actress, Bed Rest revolves around an expectant woman, you guessed it, confined to her duvet due to complications with her pregnancy. And while she's there, "bad things happen". Films like Disturbia (and by association Rear Window) are being thrown around as comparisons, but we'd suggest there's a bit of Stephen King's Gerald's Game in that set-up too.Spec scripts were big business back in the '80s and '90s, with writers like Shane Black and Joe Eszterhas coining it before the bubble burst. »
Exclusive: MGM has acquired Bed Rest, the first script deal for Lori Evans Taylor. Spec is a Hitchcockian thriller in the vein of Rear Window and What Lies Beneath, centering on a pregnant woman who is isolated and confined to bed rest. Karen Rosenfelt is producing with Chris Sparling, the writer behind Buried and the upcoming Matthew McConaughey-Gus Van Sant film Sea Of Trees. This was a competitive situation with interest from multiple studios. Evans Taylor is repped by… »
Bill Pullman has signed on to play Senator Ralph Yarborough in Rob Reiner's "Lbj" alongside Woody Harrelson and Richard Jenkins. The film deals with Vice President Johnson (Harrelson) and his ascent to the presidency and passage of the landmark Civil Rights Act.
Yarborough was a famed progressive Democrat from Texas who was often at odds with the President despite their common roots. The pair were in the car together in Dallas when JFK was killed. Filming is set to begin in September on location in New Orleans, Dallas and Washington, D.C. [Source: Deadline]
Colin Minihan and Stuart Ortiz, a.k.a. The Vicious Brothers ("Grave Encounters," "Extraterrestrial"), will direct the horror-thriller "Temple" from a script by Simon Barrett ("The Guest," "You're Next"). Shooting takes place next year.
A book of ghost stories surrounding various real temples in Japan will also be released as a tie-in. The book will »
- Garth Franklin
In a competitive situation, MGM has bought horror script Bed Rest by relative newcomer Lori Evans Taylor. Chris Sparling, the scribe who wrote the upcoming Gus Van Sant drama Sea of Trees starring Matthew McConaughey, is attached to produce with Karen Rosenfelt. Spec scripts were the currency of much movie development in the 1990s and into the mid-2000s but the WGA strike, shrinking DVD revenues and studio contraction led to their waning. When they do occur, it's usually with major attachments. That's why clean specs such as this one are rare. The script began making the rounds last week,
- Rebecca Ford and Borys Kit
The Forest for the Trees: Van Sant’s Melodramatic Misfire
Gus Van Sant’s name seems to conjure wildly different reactions depending on how accustomed one is to his varying filmography. Whether you’re a fan or detractor of his period of ‘slow’ films, including 2003’s Palme d’Or winning Elephant, or his mainstream appeal with beloved dramas like 1997’s Good Will Hunting, one can’t argue with a certain amount of dexterity on his part as a filmmaker. But those hoping for a sensational return to any tone in particular are in for a pointedly disappointing time with his latest, The Sea of Trees. Hopelessly melodramatic and embarrassingly affected, it’s a film so emotionally tone deaf it makes Finding Forrester (2000) seem miraculous by comparison. Headlined by a high pedigree cast, awkwardly shuffled about in a revolving charade, the title is a major disappointment from the beloved filmmaker.
Read More: The Indiewire 2015 Cannes Bible Many people — Indiewire included — came to the 2015 Cannes Film Festival hoping for a major comeback from Gus Van Sant, who is in competition for this year's Palme d'Or for his drama "The Sea of Trees," written by "Buried" scribe Chris Sparling. Van Sant, an indie icon and Palme d'Or winner for 2003's "Elephant," has in recent years misfired with the tepidly received dramas "Restless" and "Promised Land." Unfortunately, as Indiewire's Eric Kohn put it bluntly in his scathing review following last night's first screening, "The Sea of Trees" is the filmmaker's "worst" yet. Kohn is not alone; the solemn drama was met with the first loud boos of the festival. (This writer sat next to a man who hissed as the credits rolled!) "Anyone has as much right to boo as they do to ovate," said "Sea of Trees" star »
- Nigel M Smith
“I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be invited. I’m happy that the film got in. It was a great experience for me,” he said at the film’s presser, which was not so packed.
“I liked the experience of making it, and I’m glad we got the opportunity to introduce it to the world,” he added. “I’m working in the United States, but it’s exciting for me to come here and support work that got I to do with these people.”
“This is fun. I look at this as sort of [eating] dessert. No matter what, we’ve declared now: here is is! Thanks for having us, hope you enjoy it. »
- Nick Vivarelli
Cannes — In the 25 years since his breakthrough film “Drugstore Cowboy” was released, Gus Van Sant has spent his time bouncing back and forth between the independent film world and more distinctly commercial endeavors. The style and tone of each work has clearly been dictated on the audience it's intended for and you can argue he’s only attempted to meet in the middle a few times, with the Oscar-nominated "Milk" or "Good Will Hunting." Van Sant’s latest work, "The Sea of Trees," sadly proves what a dicey proposition that can be. The film begins with a sullen Arthur Brennan (Matthew McConaughey) arriving at an airport. He leaves his keys in his car. He has no bags. There is no return ticket for his flight. Arthur is going to Japan and he has no plans on coming back. What he intends to do becomes more clear when he arrives at the Aokigahara forest in Japan. »
- Gregory Ellwood
One way to pass the time during “The Sea of Trees” — preferably during one of Matthew McConaughey’s interminable misty-eyed monologues — is to try and figure out exactly how many bad movies the actor, screenwriter Chris Sparling and director Gus Van Sant have managed to squeeze into their tale of a man’s lonely quest to take his own life. Almost impressive in the way it shifts from dreary two-hander to so-so survival thriller to terminal-illness weepie to M. Night Shyamalan/Nicholas Sparks-level spiritual hokum, this risibly long-winded drama is perhaps above all a profound cultural insult, milking the lush green scenery of Japan’s famous Aokigahara forest for all it’s worth, while giving co-lead Ken Watanabe little to do other than moan in agony, mutter cryptically, and generally try to act as though McConaughey’s every word isn’t boring him (pardon the expression) to death.
How this dramatically stillborn, »
- Justin Chang
Gus Van Sant will be making waves on the Croisette this weekend when his new film The Sea of Trees finally bows in competition at the Cannes Film Festival, but for now the first clip from the survival drama has debuted online for all to see just as The Hollywood Reporter brings word the film has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate. This first look at the film features Matthew McConaughey and Ken Watanabe attempting to find their way through Aokigahara, a mysterious Japanese forest at the base of Mount Fuji known as the Sea of Trees, or more ominously, Suicide Forest. It seems that second nickname is quite befitting as The Sea of Trees follows Arthur Brennan (McConaughey), an American trekking into the dense forest where people often go to contemplate life and death. Having found the perfect place to take his own »
- Jordan Benesh
Read More: Cannes 2015: The 10 Movies Indiewire is Most Excited to See Gus Van Sant's drama "The Sea of Trees," starring recent Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, has landed U.S. distribution with Roadside Attractions and Lionsgate ahead of its Cannes Film Festival premiere on May 16. The film is in competition for the Palme d'Or. Naomi Watts and Ken Watanabe co-star. Rumored to be more commercial than "Elephant," the drama that won Van Sant the Palme d'Or and Best Director award at Cannes in 2003, "The Sea of Trees" -- which boasts a Black List script by "Buried" scribe Chris Sparling -- centers on a suicidal American (McConaughey), who travels to the "suicide forest" at the base of Mount Fuji in Japan with the intention to kill himself. Once there, he encounters a Japanese man (Watanabe) who's there for the same reason. Roadside and Lionsgate also distributed "Mud," starring McConaughey. [Source: The Hollywood. »
- Nigel M Smith
For those hoping to break in, the world of screenwriting can seem like a black box. Unless you know industry insiders or have an agent, your first screenplay's journey from Final Draft to production will be an unparalleled challenge. That's why screenwriting organization The Black List teamed up with Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York to answer your burning questions. Read More: 8 Writing Tips From Screenwriting Masters Larry Gross, Naomi Foner, Henry Bean and Andrea Arnold The panelists—Chris Sparling (Cannes 2015 entry "Sea of Trees," directed by Gus Van Sant), Shari Springer Berman ("American Splendor," "The Nanny Diaries," "Ten Thousand Saints"), Michael Zam ("Best Actress") and Lara Shapiro ("The Americans")—joined moderator Franklin Leonard, creator of The Black List, to discuss everything from finding the right agent to when it's time to quit your day job. 1. Do I have to live in L.A. to have a »
- Emily Buder
For over 40 years now, tales of demonic possession have been a faithful staple of horror movies. At least one major release each year dealing with a character – usually a young woman – struggling to shake off a particularly pesky poltergeist, spirit or even Satan itself, often with the help of an in/experienced clergyman.
As such, the market for these movies has become saturated with some pretty samey fare. Which is why it’s somewhat refreshing (if not entirely novel) to see The Atticus Institute tackle the familiar subject matter as a faux-documentary/period found footage piece. We start with a familiar scene – an impending exorcism taking place in a dimly-lit, possibly subterranean scientific facility – that naturally goes pear-shaped and are then introduced to the »
- Mark Allen
Title: The Atticus Institute Anchor Bay Entertainment Director: Chris Sparling Writer: Chris Sparling Cast: Rya Kihlstedt, William Mapother, Harry Groener, Jon Rubinstein, Sharon Maughn Running Time: 83 minutes, Not Rated Special Features: The Making of The Atticus Institute; Deleted Scenes Available January 20th The Atticus Institute is a documentary style horror film edited like a basic cable type of paranormal shows with interviews of Dr. West’s family and colleagues, along with footage involving an event that occurred in the 1970s. After nearly 40 years, the secret experiments at the Atticus Institute have finally been released. Dr. Henry West (William Mapother) founded The Atticus Institute in the 1970s to test individuals [ Read More ]
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Hey there creeps! Apparently the ol’ Crypt o’ Xiii is The place to be! Ghouls are knockin’ the lid off the coffin just to get in and commence to jawin’ with the cool ghoul, yours cruelly! All right, all right, calm down… the first two fiends in line… git yer arses in here! Why look who’s here; it’s die-rector Chris Sparling and viscous vocalist Chad Kowal! Greetings o’ ghoulish ones! Chris, you’re the first contestant on Daniel Xiii’s Die-a-log of the Damned!
Famous Monsters. So, yer new flick The Atticus Institute [Which I will be reviewin' shortly - Xiii] has just been released on the ol’ home vid-gee-oh. Tell us what’s up with what’s goin’ down with the idea behind Atticus.
Chris Sparling. I wanted to make a possession movie that was more of a scientific approach to dealing with that problem rather than a religious approach. I was pretty fascinated with the idea that scientists, »
Making its first-ever Spanish pick-up, France’s Snd-M6 Group has pounced on world sales rights to “Vulcania,” a sci-fi thriller-drama produced by two associate production companies of Peter Aalbaek Jensen and Lars von Trier’s Zentropa: Zentropa Spain and Zentropa Sweden. Ran Ent. co-produces out of France.
Snd has also taken French distribution rights to “Vulacania.” Nordisk has tied down rights to Scandinavia. Alfa Pictures will release “Vulcania” in Spain.
The feature debut of Jose Skaf, part of Spain’s seemingly bottomless auteur genre talent pool, “Vulcania” is set in a small place lost in space and time, where there is no other option but to obey the village leaders.
It stars two of Spain’s fastest-rising thesps, Miquel Fernandez (“The End”) as Jonas, who always played by the rules, and Aura Garrido as Marta, a young woman who makes him question the system and realize they have been fed a lie. »
- John Hopewell
While found footage horror movies have recently began exploiting current technologies in more gleefully bizarre and enthralling ways, that hasn’t stopped filmmakers from uncovering musty reels of old-school possession footage that detail some of the “earliest” recorded cases of terror. The Atticus Institute is one such film, rewinding the clock back for a chilling History Channel-esque special that splices government-conspiracy-spilling talking heads with previously unreleased documentary footage. Writer/Director Chris Sparling understands an entire film can’t be built on VHS-quality pictures alone – despite being a sneaky advantage that hides outdated special effects – but scares are still hard to come by thanks to speedy camera-swapping whenever tension mounts at its highest peak, making the film an easy, breezy, but out-of-date spooker.
- Matt Donato
Are you ready for one of of the scariest movie experiences of 2015? We have an exclusive look at The Atticus Institute, which exposes the only case of demonic possession ever recognized by the U.S. government. Anchor Bay Entertainment presents this disturbing new horror thriller, from producer of The Conjuring Peter Safran. Take a look at our exclusive clip, before The Atticus Institute arrives OnDemand, DVD and Blu-ray January 20.
Dr. Henry West founded The Atticus Institute in the early 1970s to test individuals expressing supernatural abilities: E.S.P., clairvoyance, psychokinesis, etc. Despite witnessing several noteworthy cases, nothing could have prepared Dr. West and his colleagues for Judith Winstead. She outperformed every subject they had ever studied, soon gaining the attention of the U.S. Department of Defense, who subsequently took control of the research facility.
The more experiments they conducted on Judith, the clearer it became that her abilities were »
Following from last year’s new look and feel FrightFest (in a brand new location), the horror film festival has announced its line-up for their Glasgow counterpart. And, as with every FrightFest, there are a few first looks and premieres!
Included in the line-up is the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine. Also on show is the European prememire of The Atticus Institute, world premire of The Hoarder, European premiere of The Asylum and the UK premiere of the hugely anticipated Clown, produced by Eli Roth. If that wasn’t enough, there’s also the UK premieres of [Rec]: Apocalypse and There Are Monsters.
Thurs 26 Feb – Gft Screen 2
21:00 Eliza Graves (UK Premiere)
- Luke Owen
Kicking off with a special screening on Thursday 26th February and hosting eleven films on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th February, the UK’s favourite horror fantasy festival celebrates ten ‘gore-ious’ years at its second home at the Glasgow Film Festival with an all-exclusive slate of the freshest new horror films around – including three World, two European and six UK premieres!
The shocktacular line-up starts on Thurs 26 Feb in sumptuous Hammer-style with the UK premiere of the Edgar Allan Poe based Eliza Graves featuring an all-star Hollywood cast, including Kate Beckinsale, Ben Kingsley, Jim Sturgess and Michael Caine.
Friday’s fearsome line-up kicks off with the European premiere of The Atticus Institute, the paranormal activity shockumentary of the year, written and directed by Chris Sparling, who wrote ‘Buried’. This is followed by the World Premiere of The Hoarder, starring an on-form Mischa Barton who uncovers the worst horrors in the »
- Phil Wheat
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